Sunday, December 28, 2008

Post Xmas Entry

Ho! Ho! Ho! Ok, that was lame. It has been 3 days after Xmas. This year, it feels like Xmas just stopped by to wave "Hello" and bid "Sayonara" immediately. And so will the year 2008. I bet I'll be writing something similar soon enough. Haha... It's rather late, but...

Merry Christmas!!~

Xmas... how shall I say... To me, xmas is all about twinkling xmas trees, presents, candy canes, truffles, marshmallows, turkeys, red wine, snowmen, santa clause and most of all - love. It's a joyful season, with happy people singing along to carols played on the radio and in malls. And being petite makes everything seem so epic. Haha... Despite it from being a hectic season, I'm still very grateful to be able to enjoy myself thoroughly.

Gazing at xmas trees and experiencing the miracles of Christmas with someone dear to me are incomparable.


A nonpareil Christmas party with my loved ones.


And... a scrumptious Christmas spread!!


All things nice needs a perfect ending no? And the best ending for a student is to face examinations right after a happy event. Exams which are barely a week away and I'm not completely geared up to endeavor it. Haha... am seriously so in need of a miracle. Speaking of miracles, I shall end this entry with a Christmas poem that I stumbled on. Till my next entry, toodles!~

Maybe we need another miracle.
Each epoch ought to have one of its own,
Reducing skeptics to a single groan,
Renewing faith with evidence empirical.
Yes, we need fresh testimony lyrical,
Changing hearts that else would change to stone,
Healing those who, hearing, would atone,
Replacing reason with a canticle.
If only God would visit us again,
Showing us for sure His patient love,
Taking on our sins a second time!
Maybe we could be quite certain then,
Ablaze with what our faith would outright prove,
So for ourselves to witness the sublime.

Friday, October 3, 2008

Buffet War

Mealtimes are sacred to us all. They rank right up there next to the durian season. However, nothing whets our appetite more than the buffet dinner. We adore the buffet for it is the epitome of our love for all things that are edible. To be confronted with several tables laden with food and then to hear those 4 magic words "All you can eat" is to trigger a primordial instinct in us to load up our plates. But tackling the buffet is more than just eating until you can hardly breathe. Veterans, those people with years of experience, will tell you that it is also about economics, about getting your money's worth and, therefore beating the buffet.

The idea is not to forget that you are paying a lot more than you usually would for a meal. Secondly while you're welcome to eat as much as you want, that open-ended invitation has to be balanced against the woefully limited capacity of your stomach. The key to the equation is to remember that it's not how much you eat, but what you put on your plate that counts. It's important to take your time. Pace yourself. This race is about making the right choices. It is not about speed.

Most people tend to pick all the wrong things, choosing to load up on all the cheap stuff, like breads and soups before hitting the main table. Bread is fine and can be tempting, but it'll also sit in your tummy like a wet towel. As for the soup, you might as well throw away all the precious stomach space on an extra glass of water.

Aim for the pricey appetizers instead. Raw oysters and steamed prawns and mussels are all excellent choices, as are the smoked salmon and sashimi selections. Choosing among the main selections is especially tricky, for a wrong foot at this phase of the meal can send you crashing out early, belly distended and the dessert table still untouched. Be judicious with your volume of carbohydrates here; opt for proteins instead, especially of the red meat variety.

Don't get distracted by the hawker food selections, no matter how appealing they may seem. Stay focused, for hawker food can be had on any other day. Remember the mission at hand. By this point of your evening, if you've done your job well you should have already recovered the cost of your meal and still have a little breathing room left.

The dessert table is where you end your odyssey and where you get to push the sum total of what you have eaten past what you paid for. Avoid the jellies, local kuih and fruits at this critical juncture and make a beeline for the cakes. Try to finish at least 2 slices, then pat yourself on the stomach and consider it a job well done, for you have surely beaten the buffet. Dine on a salad leaf or two for the next couple of days and you will be ready to tackle another buffet by the end of the week.

- I found this article cute and thought of posting it up here. =) -

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Chocolate Chip Cookies 2

I has been a long time since I last had chocolate chip cookies. And to play in the kitchen! Internship is over and I just had to get in touch with my beloved tools. It's so nice to sit down and relax, searching for recipes again. I was tempted by this recipe from Sunset Cookies. The pictures in the book was too seductive to resist. On this bright sunny morning, I just had to make them. *scurries into the kitchen, hunting high and low for ingredients* Whee~

Chocolate Chip Cookies (adapted from Sunset Cookies)

1 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup solid vegetable shortening
1 cup sugar
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
4 eggs
1 tbsp vanilla
1 tsp lemon juice
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup rolled oats
24 oz. semisweet chocolate chips
2 cups macadamia nuts (original were walnuts)

  1. Beat butter, shortening, sugar and brown sugar until very light and fluffy (approx. 5 mins)
  2. Add eggs, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla and lemon juice.
  3. Sift flour, baking soda, salt and oats into the butter mixture, blending thoroughly. Stir in chocolate chips and nuts.
  4. Drop 1 tbsp dough onto greased pans, spacing cookies about 3 inches apart. Bake 180°C/350°F oven for 16-18 mins until golden brown. Transfer to racks and let cool. Store air-tight.
Mmmm~ What to bake/cook next? I'm so hyper these days.


Saturday, September 13, 2008

Mid Autumn Festival

Mid Autumn is here again and yea... finally celebrated it with my relatives after 2 whole years. I almost forgot the joy of carrying a lantern, walking around the housing estate under the moonlight with them. Sounds romantic eh?


Celebrating all these get-together festivals yearly do get me thinking. What have I been doing all this while? Running here and there, study study study, play play play. Hmm... Looking back, I think I've made a little progress in my life. Doing things that I have always wanted to but have never done before... and being myself once again. Yea... I think I'm gaining my confidence back. =) Okla, and also to start updating this very dead blog of mine. Hehe...

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Renee's Wedding

Happiest day!! Today is my cousin Renee's wedding. Congratz to the lovely couple!! Everyone was happy, and so am I. =)


I'm so happy that the wedding cake turned out GOOD!! The deco, cake, cupcakes and cake stand... all homemade. The couple loved it! The guest were awed by it! I'm sooo glad and happy! Whee~~ Words can't described how happy and proud I was at that time.

I loved using that edible glitter I got. It was worth spending a fortune on those glitter. It adds that glamorous accent to the roses, lil flowers and leaves.

Individual roses in peach and light purple for each and everyone that attended. Doing cupcakes for a wedding is a nice idea. Mum and I had fun making these lil roses together. Thanks Jess!


I'm amused at the groom though. He kept taking tonnes of photos of the cake, inspecting every corner and angle of it! Hehe... The colourful childrens' cupcakes turned out pretty good and I can't believe even the adults liked picking out Smarties and dragees from them!

Honestly, I couldn't have done it without my family's support and most of all, my amazing mum! I'm very proud of her. Thanks ma!

Having a job and completing the cake at night in less than a week, and assembling the main cake in 2 hours just before the wedding dinner (I'm crazy) is one tough work for a novice like me. Lesson learned well. Haha!

Yes, the cake is not perfect, but every bit of effort put in was worth while. I'm happy that the couple is happy and delighted with the outcome.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

First Day at Work

I've been busy working on the decorations for my cousin's wedding cake. Juggling between travels and the cake, hardly have time to touch my blog on the progress of the cake. Anyway, it's going fine and I think I really need to speed things up. The wedding's this Saturday and I'm only half way done. Eeek!

On another note... Yippie! I've got an internship finally. I really thought I will be one of the few who unsuccessfully obtained an internship this summer break. Talk about luck. Haha...

Today's my first day interning at a semiconductor assembly and testing factory. There were 3 others that came in with me and I'm beginning to dislike one guy. He's so annoying, judging everyone of us as if he's so perfect. Grrr... Him aside, I'm really thankful Adam is with me. At least I have someone whom I know accompanying me on the commuter and at work.

We were briefed by our supervisors on their current research... a new type IC which I think it looks really cool! Super small and amazing functions! Can't believe I'll be part of the 'team' that plays a roll in the research. Well... a teeny weeny bit la, but I'm still happy.

Later, we were shown around by our seniors and to our respective buddies (that's the buddy system they have it here, where trainees under the same supervisor are known to each other as buddies). My supervisor is so friendly and kind. He even gave me his Koop card, about RM 50+ (credit card in the company) to spend on meals and other stuffs that I want... until I get one of my own la. But, it's cool huh?

Lunch time was so happening! The canteen's large, an extremely organized system, and the best part is... so much food!! Nyonya, Western, Special (not too sure bout this 1 since it is not operating today), Indian, Vegetarian, fruits stall, kuih-muih stall, ice-cream, ABC... the list goes on! I tried the nyonya food, and it was pretty good and dirt cheap for a 4 side dishes+rice meal. Chicken.. whole drumstick+potatoes, 2 veges, and whole tofu costs RM5.10! Much better than my uni's cafe, anytime. Haha!

After lunch was fun. I don't know where Adam and the rest went. I followed YH (my buddy) around and she showed me every corner of the factory. She even borrowed one of her friend's smock for me to wear. I look like a ninja in that. She brought me into the 2nd and 3rd floor line. Er... I've forgotten their respective name though. The machines that I'll be handling in the future, the people whom I should look for if I need any help, how and what each machine does... OMG! Too many names and things to remember in a day! She seems rather excited explaining every bit to me. Haha... I'm like so blur there, don't really understand what she's trying to explain to me. Haha.. Soon I'll get the hang of it.

We went back to the research lab where everyone was there. I still had my smock on and Adam laughed so hard like a hyena! I'm gonna laugh back at him when he gets one. Hmph! At least I made him jealous that I could go venture into the lines, where else he and the rest were stuck in the lab for the whole day doing nothing. Haha! So, its good to be petite huh?

Alrighty... I'd better log off now. Come to think of it, I have to manage my time really well now. Work and the wedding cake. Aaah!!


Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Bruschetta

Whee~ I'm so glad exams are over. Over and done with torture! Now I can have fun in the kitchen! Yippie! Finally I can try out those yummy recipes which I have encountered through out the semester!


First off, I'll start with bruschetta. Something that mum came up with in the first half of my semester. My first encounter of Bruschetta was during dinner in a quaint little Italian restaurant at Bandar Sg. Long.. Calabria Restaurant, was it? I've forgotten the name of the shop. It has been years since the restaurant closed down. Pity though... they served pretty good Italian food. I used to love their bruschetta, pizza and their signature pudding. I guess not many people there (at that time... when TAR college just opened) are fond of Italian dishes.

Bruschetta (bru' ket' ta) is an Italian food usually made out of grilled bread, garlic, olive oil, salt and pepper. Bruschetta is easy to prepare and its many variations of ingredients makes it a good party platter, appetizer and as a snack. Variations may include toppings of spicy red pepper, tomato, cured meat, beans, vegetables, herbs and cheese. Here is a simple yet refreshing tasting vegetarian variation:

Bruschetta
1 loaf of French bread - sliced about 1 inch thick
Tomatoes - cut into small cubes
Lettuce of any kind - shredded
1/2 lemon - squeezed
Extra virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste

  1. Place tomatoes and lettuce in a bowl. Drizzle on about 1-2 tsp olive oil and lemon juice. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Gently toss them till well mixed.
  2. Grill/toast the bread slices till golden and crispy. Remove from grill/oven.
  3. While bread is still hot, top each slices with the vegetable mixture and serve.


Sunday, May 11, 2008

Mummy Dearest

Dear Mum,

We do not know how should we should say it, but "We love you, Mum". Somehow these simple words just cannot express how much we love you. Our gratitude towards you cannot be expressed through words alone. Your unconditional love that you have showered us with all these years have always been treasured by us.

Happy Mother's Day Mum!


Love,
Your stubborn daughter and son. =)


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Ok, back to my blog. =P
The cake is vanilla sponge cake with blueberry filling. It's been quite some time since I played around with fresh cream. *Sigh* My skills have gone really rusty. Took me many tries just to have 2 okay looking cream roses.

Then again... it was really relaxing taking my mind off studies. My exams are still on with just a paper to go. Electronic Design, my most dreaded subject of all. Have to persevere for 3 more days, and I'm off on a long long summer break! Whee~


Saturday, April 26, 2008

Study Week ....Not

I can't believe I'm blogging in the middle of study week. Exams are way too near, 30th April to be exact. And I have tonnes, tonnes!!! I say, to absorb everything in just 3 days.

The uni is a pretty conducive place for studying, only in the library for me. Because if I were to be 'studying' in the SA....


I can't concentrate. It's a place where too much distractions occur the whole day. I can't study with noise going on. And frankly, I am part of the noise as well. I do join in the fun to disturb others too. So... the library is a better option for me and the disturbed.

However the last 2 days of the week, studying was like a food fest for us. I bought McD for breakfast for the gang, Muhsin brought chocolate cake and unexpectedly, Hotaru brought a box of decadent donuts too! Such a coincidence.


MmmMmm~~ Yummilicious Big Apple Donuts! I fell head over heels for that yucky looking dunut. Was it called Predator or something? Hotaru said it was because the appearance of it, the choc culicues representing the hair of that monster from the movie Predator.

Anyhow... Chocolate in, chocolate out, chocolate on the table and hands. I did make a mess while eating it. This is love at first tasting. Haha... Perfect for a donut fan and chocoholic like me. I must find out where the nearest outlet I can get them easily!

Pity Sud.. missed out all the fun.


Saturday, March 1, 2008

Fatman Steamboat

No, I'm not saying the guy is fat. Or the steamboat serves a fat man. Ok. Let's just get serious. It's the company name of the truck that transforms into a steamboat stall. It still puzzles me. How on earth do they manage to stuff everything onto the van. Food, ice blocks, equipment and all.

Anyhow, spotting such a truck is a common sight. You see them in the morning, noon and even in the wee hours of the morning. Usually by the roadside, everywhere, anytime. For this particular stall, I found it at Bandar Sg. Long near Utar college. This one operates everyday from 2pm-2am.

Fatman Steamboat serves up a selection of food that is non halal. Meaning that they do serve pork. Most of the food stuffs are partially cooked. Like fish balls, meatballs, squid balls, sausages, seafood taufu, to raw stuffs like sotong, cockles, kangkung, chicken liver and gizzard, and pig intestines. Not up to it? There are ready cooked ones too like char siew, century eggs, quail eggs, and taufu pok stuffed with cucumber. All of which is skewered with different colour codings and lengths... to help the operator to charge you accordingly.


The concept is similar to that of a fondue. To Malaysians we call it as lok-lok (Chinese) or satay celup (Malay). Satay means skewered meat and celup means to dip. And lok-lok means to dip in boiling water/stock.

How to eat?
Simply step up to any of these stalls. The operator will usually hand you half a polystyrene take-away food container as a plate. Grab a stick and dip it into the furiously boiling pot of stock. Be careful. Scald or cook it depending on what you take. Those skewered by toothpick are usually not to be dipped. Ask the operator if unsure.

There are 4 types of sauces available. Sweet sauce, satay sauce, and two variety of chili sauces. They're placed next to the hot pot. Never ever dip your food into them. Use the spoon/ladle provided please. Mix and match the sauces to your liking. When done eating, place the sticks on the table top, separating from the other customers, call the operator and he'll charge ya.

As for me, I've always liked fishballs. I know we can get fishballs just anywhere but it is fun. Dipping and cooking there. The waiting and ambience makes it tastier. My favourite combinations:
  1. Fishballs + sweet sauce. (all time fav)
  2. Century egg + sweet sauce (weird but nice to me)
  3. Seafood taufu + chili sauce (the sour one)
  4. Hock chiew balls + chili sauce + sweet sauce + satay sauce
  5. Scald kangkung and sotong + combination of satay sauce and a lil sweet sauce, yummm... just like sotong kangkung!

You might be thinking, it's unhygienic. Dipping into the same pot of boiling stock. Raw food and sauce uncovered. Well... I don't know for sure how unhygienic can it be since the stock is constantly boiling. One thing for sure is that if the colour of the raw stuffs are off or it smells bad, or better yet, a swimming fly in the sauce... just stay away from them.

Like any other street food, forget about 5 star services. Just dig in and enjoy.


Thursday, February 28, 2008

A Camera, 2 Highlighters, and A Bunch of Students

A typical day at uni. A typical lecture scene when we're bored and restless. I don't know what is going on... is it just me alone? Each of us was on the verge to lala land, one after another. This only happens during a certain lecture. I tried to be attentive but every attempt is a failure. Why?

A glance of the scene. The room is cold, slightly dim and is equipped with cozy seats. I'm still full from lunch. After like 10 minutes or so, what is said is no longer audible or apprehensible. Usually I would have dozed off... but this time I was restless. Took out my camera phone and checked out what my friends were doing.

I turned to my right, snapped
and hey...
my camera turned to standby mode.
"You receive 1 missed call"
Playing miss call pranks ah?

I turned to my left...
Erm...
When you're done pass the papers to me ya.

I turned to my back and oh my...
I found a bunch of sleeping beauties.

Then, turning back...

Sud found another good use to a highlighter.
With just 2 highlighters, one yellow, one green, you can create just about anything.

He drew a supposedly tortoise on Mus's elbow.
Looks like a lizard in a sun-shaped shell.
I call it the Hairy Liztoisun.
*lame*

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Memory lane

It's about time I updated something here. Hee... Thank you for all your concern and e-mails guys. I am well, still the same old lazy me. I will still update this blog once in awhile. However, I doubt that this blog will be updated as frequent as it used to be. Currently, I'm tied up with my studies and hopefully this "study" enthusiasm lasts.

Lots of things have happened throughout the past 3-4 months, up until now. I shall get emo with this small memory lane of mine. **What am I saying?** Lolz..

Celebrated my bro's birthday with his buddies at home.
Note to "the hantu": Better luck next time to try to scare me^^.

Celebrated Mustafa's birthday with homemade cupcakes...

Getting frustrated over CODAS software.
Writing the report was a pain in the ass.

Catch up with girl friends at Gasoline @ Times Square.
Braved the crowd during New Year's Eve at Sungei Wang.
Crammed with the countdown crowd, watched fireworks on display
and managed to avoid getting sprayed!
Had overpriced cakes (RM 12 per piece!) and yet paid 3 for the price of 1.

Truly enjoyed the night with my best friends.

Played fireworks with cousins on CNY.
Had supper with them for the 1st time till 2am.
Waited 1 hour for a burger.

LION KICK~~
Guy on top: Sorry... sorry...
Guy below: You farted?!

Entertained by a lion dance performance at uni.
Not bad for an ang mo uni.

It's that time of the year again.
Had a lovely surprise this Valentine's.
Hotaru had her's too.
Gave chocolates to my dearest friends. Somehow it felt good to give.

An unexpected one on Valentine's. Thanks guys.
I'm the happiest girl in uni.

Held an open house on CNY.
First time saw Mus whack 4 plates.
Found out that Adam don't eat longans.
Also learned that Li San and Kien Woon just got married.
Congrats to you both!
Somehow, really got 'spiaked' by reality. Time really flies.

Learned how to use Xilinx.
Computers in uni sux big time.
Argh... an awaiting moment of report writing.

Ok, I think that's it.