Thursday, December 1, 2011

New rules for 2012 from my Quay Lo

Can you believe that we are now in December 2011? Another 30 days, we will be entering into 2012. So here are the new rules that was sent in an email to me from my Quay Lo. I think finally after 15 years of living with this "hard to live with" Quay Po aka "Lucy", he finally speaks up! LOL!

Here are the new rules:
Wives like to set the rules of the house. Now here are the rules from the husband's side. These are our rules! Please note these are all numbered "1" ON PURPOSE! That’s because they are all equally important.

1. Learn to work the toilet seat. You're a big girl. If you find it up, then put it down. We need it up, you need it down. You don't hear us crying about you leaving it down.
Quay Po’s answer: How about renovating the bathrooms so that you get a “He” and I get a “She” bathroom?

1. Birthdays, Valentines, and Anniversaries are not quests to see if we can find the perfect present yet again!
Quay Po’s answer: For a Chinese Quay Po, no need to waste your time searching for the perfect gift, GIVE LAH Ang Pau (money in a red packet), BIG BIG one! hahaha

1. Sometimes we are not thinking about you. Live with it.
Quay Po’s answer: Ok lah, just remember, turn-about is fair play.

1. Shopping is NOT a sport. And no, we are never going to think of it that way.
Quay Po’s answer: I am not a shopper and if I shop, I prefer to shop alone so this is not a problem at all.

1. Crying is blackmail.
Quay Po’s answer: No it is not, it is being a woman! Live with it, I cry easily and all the time. I am a cry baby but not "Big Cry Ten" (Tai hum sup - in Cantonese usually used to describe someone who exaggerates) LOL!

1. Ask for what you want. Let us be clear on this one: Subtle hints do not work! Strong hints do not work! Obvious hints do not work! Just say it!
Quay Po’s answer: I think with you it works.. I hinted a lot of things and I always get it. I will not give up hinting because it works in your case.

1. We don't remember dates. Remembering them is not a test of our undying love. Mark birthdays and anniversaries on a calendar. Remind us frequently beforehand.
Quay Po’s answer: Ya, that is for sure, no worries, I will remind you. Given your early senility, I think I will lose out if I don’t. LOL!

1. Most guys own three pairs of shoes - tops. What makes you think we'd be any good at choosing which pair, out of thirty, would look good with your dress?
Quay Po’s answer: I think you owe more pairs of shoes than me. You have good taste and offer your opinion most of the time and I appreciate it. Don’t stop doing that.

1. Come to us with a problem only if you want help solving it. That's what we do. Sympathy is what your girlfriends are for.
Quay Po’s answer: That’s the problem with men, everything you tell them, they want to fix it for you, they do not know how to listen ONLY!

1. Anything we said 6 months ago is inadmissible in an argument. In fact, all comments become null and void after 7 days.
Quay Po’s answer: Oh ya? Sorry we women keep it for a thousand years. Just get use to that!

1. If something we said can be interpreted two ways, and one of the ways makes you sad or angry, we meant the other one.
Quay Po’s answer: What?! You want me to retune my ears after fifty-six years?

1. Let us ogle, we will anyway. It's genetic.
Quay Po’s answer: Same with us women, we ogle too! Fair and square. (p.s. I like broad shoulders)

1. You can either ask us to do something or tell us how you want it done. Not both. We suggest that if you already know best how to do it, just do it yourself.
Quay Po’s answer: Of course lah, besides, if I waited for you I've learned it won't get done. Who fixed the the kitchen faucet last time?? Hmmm?? :D

1. Whenever possible, please say whatever you have to say during the commercials.
Quay Po’s answer: That’s why I am on my computer when you are seeing TV. I can’t keep my mouth shut, so I type it out.

1. If it itches, it will be scratched. We do that.
Quay Po’s answer: Scratch all you like, knock yourself out! (ps When I say that here, it does not sound so annoying as when you say it):P

1. We are not mind readers and we never will be. Our lack of mind-reading ability is not proof of how little we care about you.
Quay Po answers: Point taken, I will try to speak my mind. Make sure you can stand it okay?. hehe

1. If we ask what is wrong and you say "nothing," we will act like nothing's wrong. We know you are lying, but it is just not worth the hassle.
Quay Po answers: No, you don’t. You always want of to find out why. You are such "Gay Po Chi" (busybody)..hehe

1. When we have to go somewhere, absolutely anything you wear is fine. Really.
Quay Po’s answer: I think that’s true. That is because I have good taste and what I wear usually makes me look good. Wahahaha!

1. By the way, I am in shape. ROUND is a shape.
Quay Po’s answer: I love ROUND shape so you are fine.

1. It isn’t that I don’t want you to use the remote control. It’s just that …it’s mine.
Quay Po’s answer: You can have it, I don’t care!

1. Thank you for reading this; Yes, I know, I have to sleep on the couch tonight, but did you know I really don't mind that, it's like camping.
Quay Po’s answer: You sure? Oh but your Quay Po is very kind, she will not do that to you. In fact she will reward you for speaking up honestly with your favorite dessert. I would like to thank you for still loving me the same despite sometimes your "Lucy" can be a "BIG B"!

Rhubarb strawberry Galette

Adapted from Laura Calder with modification

1 2/3 cups flour
2 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt
2/3 cup butter, cut into small pieces
About 2 to 4 tbs ice cold water

1/2 c ground almond, lightly toasted
1tbs flour
1/4 C sugar
3/4 lb strawberries sliced
3/4 lb rhubarb, cut into small chunks


Mix the flour, sugar, and salt. Add the butter and work with the fingers to a mealy texture. Mix with the fingers to crumbs. Mix the water in quickly until the dough just holds together. Pat into a disk, wrap, and refrigerate half an hour.

Heat the oven to 400°F/200°C. Mix the almonds, flour, and sugar. Roll out the chilled dough into a circle and set on a baking sheet. Spread the almond mixture over, leaving a 3-inch/7.5 cm margin. Toss the strawberries and rhubarb with the sugar and arrange on top. Fold the edges of the galette dough up over the berries and bake until the crust is crisp and golden, 20 to 25 minutes. Serve warm with sweetened whipped cream, flavoured with vanilla or cinnamon.

Note: I am submitting this to the Christmas Giveaway in The Sweet Spot


  1. this made laugh so much, delicous desert too!

  2. It cracks me up !!!!! Your bestest post yet ;D Yup , LAISEE's really really important , and how much inside that counts hahahaha & the galette ? Ok Ok it looks good ;)

  3. Hmm.. how many pair of shoes does Gary has?

  4. so hilarious but oh so true in many ways between us women & them men!! You are always so creative...

    never tried rhurbarb before so what does it taste like exactly cos it looks like a celery.. :0)

  5. Awwww.....that is so sweet! I have to show my 'Quay Lo" this post.

  6. PERFECT!!! Perfect, perfect,perfect answers!! I love them! Great post, Lucy!

  7. Can't stop laughing when I read the rules...and to be honest,ur answers is perfect. Tq for speaking for us.

  8. Veron...your quay lo is so funny and you that makes a great pair !!! Thanks for sharing a great write out ! Makes my day reading this...the sky is so gloomy and now I feel so good after a visit to your blog :) Have a nice day with your quay lo and that strawberry galette looks delicious...slurps it off the screen now :)

  9. Your quay lo is so cute and hilarious. It must be really entertaining to be with him. You two make a perfect couple.

  10. Quay Po, this was one of the most realistic (and humorous) looks at "real marriage" I've ever read -- such fun! (Your Galette is gorgeous, too!)

  11. This is really hilarious. You two guys make a good pair !

  12. I can't stop laughing with those rules and answers! Verons, give me high-five!

  13. Oh...with a dollop of vanilla ice cream, it's gonna be to die for! Yums!

  14. :D ha ha ha...if only my partner is as funny as yr quay lo. Ya, no need to look for give a red packet with plenty $$$ inside. That would be the best present for any occasion.

  15. Ummm...why are all the rules numbered "1"?

    "I like broad shoulders..."??? Oh darn!!! That means I'm out of your list! Muahahahahaha!!!!!

    Pass me a pen and paper please - I will need to jot down my rules too. Hehehehehe!!!

  16. The strawberry dessert certainly looks good? Any rich cream to go with it? Slurpssss!!!!

  17. strawberrysAloha from Waikiki

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  18. What a brilliant post. So many truths in there - very humorous indeed! Thanks, to both of you!

  19. Love your Quay Lo's sense of humour and your cheeky responses too. I esp like the part about problem solving. So true about men, why do they always have to go into problem solving mode? Gees.... just LISTEN!

  20. so much fun to read your post...haha
    interesting with a hint of humor

  21. Wakakakaka...this is one of the most hilarious post.

    AS for item two ah...The BIG angpau..must tell QL not only give big big angpau ut the "inti" inside must be BIG also ..preferably a few purpose coloured ones :p

  22. Ha ha.... absolutely hillarious! You made me laugh at the end of a long tiring day :)

  23. You two are so CUTE.... hahahaha

  24. ROTFL! Nei tey leong khor equally humorous lolz. Heard of rules are made and meant to be broken? hahaha.

  25. Nice read, enjoyed it. I am sure many of us could relate to those rules, it's nice to laugh at one another sometimes! And a lovely dessert to round everything up so beautifully!

  26. Haha! You Quay Lo is so quite, can't stop agreeing with what you said when I was reading through :) You two are really a perfect match lo!

  27. Veron, I also fell of my chair reading this! If u're trying to get our attention, u certainly got mine!

    Well, I like "I hinted a lot of things and I always get it" best. Wish I could say that. Lol!

  28. Yes, you must be quite the pair. But the reason so many of us found this so very, very funny is that it's so very, very true for so many, many of us! Thanks for making my day!

  29. You guys are so cute! Your answers crack me up.

  30. Good answers, so funny, but you do sound so much like me. After fifteen years, I guess you should know how to communicate! :)

    I love ruhbarb, and this looks lovely. Could you send some my way? Thanks!

  31. heh! u guys are so funny! :)

    Thanks for joining the giveaway Veron. :)

  32. That is a lot of rules.


  33.! But you both are hilarious. made for each other..:) so did your quay lo like the dessert?

  34. Hahaha... couldn't stop laughing and wohooo... but most are soo true, about the women of course but wow, the hubby did get some hahaha... and I really love the last bit... him getting desserts for speaking up instead of getting the couch.
    Oh, Lucy you are sooo.. sweet.


  35. Quay Po, it is really very entertaining reading this post.I have been laughing my heart out coz some of these rules seem to be just happening in my roof or may be in other friends roofs as well.How I wish that my hubby & I will still be in such a good relationship when we come to your age(not saying that you are old but you know what I meant)!You 2 are a big sunshines!

    By the way,I love your "shopping" rule.Your rule, not your Quay Lo rule.

  36. both you and Gary are too funny! and i like your reply on that angpow and the big cry 10. Ya lah, you think women cry for no reason meh, our tears are so precious, we cry when definately not for blackmailing!haha! I'm glad that gary still knows that round is still a shape!!

  37. Haha...This is so funny and cute...;). I can see by reading the list that both of you are indeed in a loving relationship! All the best and the dessert looks delish :D)!

  38. @laurie
    I am so glad this post amuse you:D

    I agree, outside big, inside must be big too!

    You don't want to know, more than lots of people I know.

    @Food Dreams
    Yes it looks like celery but it taste different. It has a tart flavor.

    Let me know what your Quay Lo say.

    Looks like we are truly at the same wave length! hehe

    @Yee Er
    Happy to know that I have spoken for you.

    That's great. Know that I made yours, you have made mine too.

    @Sheoh Yan
    Thank you. When couples grow older, they have to add humor to their life so it is not so boring lor.

  39. @alittlelunch
    Yes, I believe all married couple can relate to this post. Thanks for your compliment on the galette.

    @The Experimental Cook
    hehe.. we love to believe we are a good pair. Thanks.

    @Ah Tze
    High five!! YAY!!

    @Honey Bee Sweets
    Oh yes, we ate this with vanilla ice cream.

    For Asian, that's true but for Quay Los , they do not think so.

    Aiyah, you did not read the beginning mae? It says every rule is No.1 ON PURPOSE because they are equally important wor. You better think before you write those rules for your missus, I will not be responsible if you have to sleep on the couch.. wahahaha.

    Really appreciate your frequent visit.

    You are very welcome:D

  40. @Charmaine

    Glad you had fun reading this post.

    @Small Kucing
    hahaha, he knows, he is well trained.

    It is good to laugh after a long tiring day isn't it?

    Are these signs of second childhood? hehe

    You are right, he can set all the rules he like, it will be fun to break everyone of them. hehe

    @Lite Home Bake
    Yes laughter heals!

    Thanks:D We are fated to be together.

    Loving sometimes, can't e all the time right?

  41. @Shirley
    Yes start hinting to your Low Kung more often.

    Glad the post made your day! To know that, you made mine too.

    @Baby Sumo
    It is good to lay out the cards sometimes hehe

    How lah my dear? If not perishable, you don't need to ask, it will be at your doorstep already!

    @Swee San
    You are very welcome my dear. Always happy to support my blogger friends.

    haha there are.

    @That Girl

    My Quay Lo love any thing sweet and that's why he loves me! hehehe

    Glad this post make you see it is a strategy to give him dessert for speaking up and not send him to sleep on the couch. Make him feel bad! hehehe

  42. @Jessie
    You and your husband will be loving if you both work at it:D Don't worry my dear, you can say I am old. I love being old, we get lots of privilege when we get old. When we say or do something wrong, I can always blame it on my old age. hehe

    "I'm glad that gary still knows that round is still a shape!!" Lena, I am not sure whether he does in another 5 years! LOL!

    @Cooking Gallery
    The true is we are loving sometimes, not all the time.

  43. This was such an entertaining post and yes, i totally support you on the shoes part. :)

  44. @Sharon
    So sorry I missed your comment and this late reply. Thanks for your support on the shoes part:D

  45. I've been so very slow lately. Actually I am away and glad to hop over. Another magnificient topic again. I'm just a simple WOMAN! All I want is care & protection. :o) Is it too much?
    Hope you're having a fabulous festive season.
    Will be back soon to catch up with you ladies. Chao!
    Blessings, Kristy

  46. Kristy, so good to see you. Happy Holidays to you and your family too. Take care.

  47. Wahahahahahah!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Very farnee lor........:) :) :) :)


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