oh gosh..tired again..*yawnz*
oh pls mummy let me put this song on!!! here's a christmas video featuring last yrs winner of America's got talent (a talent search competition) Bianca Ryans. OH my gosh..she's infectious and reallie UBER GOOD! makes me feel lykes its christmas all year round! *cheers* and best thing is she's only 11 yrs old! guess age ain't gonna change anything since she's got the talent to boot. she sings as though a black gospel singer has possesed her little body. AMAZING!!! a MUST watch!
and below is her performance for the finale of the show. sit back and admire her talent and wonderful control. *sigh*
(fyi, the picture above is taken from arches national park in the states. it a gorgeous place... *sigh*..just wish i cld return back once again. to feel tt magic once more.)
shot of the two tier caramel banana cake tt i did for the church function... all in the middle of the night at 2am.. *nuts*
got to watch bourne ultimatum today with kp. it wasn't as good as i had expected sad to say. action wise, it was top notch, with mind blowing fight scenes. However, the ending was a bit too abrupt by my standards and failed to create a perfect ending for the trilogy. Still, i would recommend this movie to everyone, sure appeal to any action movie buff.
anyhow i digress and before i make my move..towards my comfy bed of course..i shall leave u with a photo of my stalkers.. pesky little monsters have been walking past my bedroom window everyday..perhaps lyke 5 times a day. stealing peeks into the room everytime they prance by. argh!!!..intrusion of privacy alert! haha...
its amazing how the internet gets u to places whilst still in the comforts of ur own home... look at the likes of lily allen who rose to stardom just by posting her song creations on the net. I spotted the acoustic version of umbrella performed by Marie Digby during my daily scout and i must say tt she has immense talent. a captivating voice and demure looks. her version of Rihanna's pop hit 'Umbrella' was recently shown on Carson Daly's show. though i loved her version of the song, i would like to share another cover of hers which i feel reallie brings out the essence and msg of the lyrics. enjoy... 'You give me something' (original by James Morrison) by Marie Digby.
Oh!!! btw, my tuition kid is selling girl scout cookies! anyone wanna buy?!?! (still remember the blue tins of biscuits being distributed in class back in my Rgs days, i never did reallie fancy them but always bought out of support anywaz, its not too bad reallie...) its $10 for a tin of chocolate mint, chocolate cream or $12 for a tin of Macademia Nut cookies. pls support yar! and let me knoe if u guys wanna place ur orders by this friday(drop me a sms; i'll collect them and distribute the tins in school)! thanks!!!
sometimes I find it hard to believe how can u live under the same roof with certain pple yet emerge knowing nothing about them. Perhaps it’s the withdrawned behaviour exhibited by some. Or perhaps it’s their fake smiles and laughs that they throw from across the room. Its radiance illumininating a minimal distance, its effects short-lived. Is that how we’ve been living our days? In an empty house tt’s so cold? I guess this is how the story goes. It hurts even more so when words are spoken absent-mindedly about how one should or should not behave. If 20 yrs of living under the same roof hasn’t helped to understand each other better. I guess nothing wld… maybe its my fault for putting on a front. One tt is well-disguised, devoid of feelings or emotions. Yet inside of this hard wall lies a painful wretched soul. She wonders to herself when will they ever come to understand her pain, see thru her mask tt she refuses to peel off. She wonders for too long.. her mind adrift. She floats away, disappear into nothing-ness.
to my dearest girl Lihui, glad tt u and ur guest enjoyed the cupcakes tt i baked for u. it was no effort at all *eyeing the evil mess in the kitchen*. erm..yar.. anything for my gurl. *tee hee*. was so glad to see her all smiles and prancing ur way thru the throngs of pple tt had gathered to celebrate her pseudo and uber early bdae party. It was sweet though...
on the whole, it was a great get together and i had fun catching up with Yeeling and Lynn who's back from the States..its her turn at the BIG 21 this week! haha.. damm everyone is getting old.. *bleah* the lovely cupcakes: (from top left clockwise direction) space dust cupcakes, oreo cupcakes, chocolate cupcakes with pink frosting and cappuccino cupcakes.
the peace before the storm.... we wage war!!! Cake fight!
poor gurl with cake on her face. Cream mask! *woots*
the former attempt turned out alright and was well recieved by my customer and his family... but unfortunately, my second attempt was a flop!!! *argh*..got the oven temp slightly mixed up and set it at 350F instead of 325F. as a result, the cake turned up a little hard. but it was still okie by my opinion..loved the crunch of the walnuts in the batter. Meanwhile, some more work has to go into this.. perhaps i shld add a little more sugar the next time, its a little on the blend side... oh well...
thanks goodness the bdae celebration was done in a jiffy. cake ready and done in a hour. set ard the table as mummy aka the bdae gurl got serenaded by my older brother. made her wish, blew the candle and the cake was cut... hehe. glad tt at least she enjoyed the short moment. tts our family for you, *chop chop* and fast. ahha. bah..wat are birthdays anyway? u only grow older...
its finally mummy's bdae. for which i must first apologise for not being to bake a cake on the day itself! I'm SOOO SORRIE MUMMY DEAR.. just cooped with orders and other errands too. *Bleah*...promise tt i owe u and ah yi a cake each orite. *wink*.
Daddy the man was feeling a generous mood today and hence offered to take us out to dinner which was a huge relief to me coz i initially volunteered to prepare a 4 course dinner for the family but came to realisation tt i had too many things on hand. well, Kor recommanded a dinner spot and we all came to a common consensus about it. At least it was ina very convenient spot in town or rather, i was pre-occupied thinking of the benfits i wld inherit from the free dinner treat ( even more so since i heard the resturant served food at exhorbitant prices)..Oops.i mean there is a always a time to splurge right? especially on ur darling wife and her mischievous children.. haha. Thanks DAD!
the rest of the night was spent at Attica which launched their new 'guilty desires' night. loved the DJs as usual.. they reallie do knoe how to work the crowd... looking forward to going back more often.. my fav club!!! woots...
What is black, round, crunchy with a super soft and not to mention sugary sweet cream centre? tt wld have to be the OREO COOKIE!
In the end, it got good reviews from some in the crowd. Thank guys.. *phew*...was in a state of paranoia thinking tt the cream wld melt alongst the way to school given the warm temperatures outside. Thank goodness everything was still intact when i reached the destination... Now gotta think of alternatives to whipped cream for school deliveries. too much risk at hand. *argh*
Meanwhile its off to bed early for me. More orders arriving tmr, plus its Mummy's not to mention my aunt's bdae as well (since they are identical twins). Gosh..i smell double trouble already. *tee hee*. Sleep, i crave for slp. my threshold draws near. Perhaps its time to back off a little...
*phew*..feeling the heat nowadays. as u can see from my recent posts, entries have been nothing more than mere reports of my baking escapades? what happened to my ramblings? my journey of emotions. all these seem to lost in a flurry of flour, cocoa powder, and whipping cream. But fret not pple, the cry baby in me still ain't gone yet. just sorta worn out from everything. it appears as if i'm working full time. Having to juggle school, tuitions and baking isn't tt easy a feat as i deemed it to be before. Guess i've learnt. Takes so much from u, sucks ur spirit dry.. but thank goodness for the baking stints...they are so awe-inspiring. having to bury my head to think up ideas, to butter my fingers and soap the whole kitchen down after every job just keeps me going. Thanks to everyone who has ordered from me, u guys are my inspiration....
Next up, orders for tmr's BIG day( someone else's of course), and more orders for the week. *woots*..having so much fun!
Recieved an order from a very enthusiastic mum for her little gurl's bdae during the previous wkend. her likes, chocolate and the colour green which i got the inside scoop from her brother. Well, it so happened tt she wasn't too big a fan of green tea so my initial choice to bake the Matcha Chocolate Cheesecake had to be postponed till another occasion.
so there i was, emerging from the kitchen, exhausted and hot. Gingerly peeled off my apron strings and laid down to rest. Hmph..wait a min, i haven't got a apron do i? pity.. was thinking of getting one though. they just are such pretty little accessories to have. plus i was hoping tt by putting one on, somehow one's capability to bake is enhanced? *wishful thinking*.. haha. yeh.. but who cld resist a cute little apron? or a not so hot mama in an apron? haha.. Woops.
oh before i forget. happie bdae Wei Ying! hope u lyke the cake! *=)*
pretty much had a nice time out with the aero peeps at padang having our mini picnic and viewing the national day procession. the atmosphere there was lively, probably due to the huge crowd tt had gathered in tt one part of the island. it was so packed to the extent that movement to outside one fullerton was almost impossible. But thank goodness we were able to settle down on a cosy spot on the grass patch on padang with some floor mats courtesy of our dearest uncle rooney. Xie xie ni. Food was sponsered by Pingting and I. there were chocolate muffins, sandwiches, sausages and my lemon poppyseed cake which proved a little too soury for most to withstand. oh well, guess my fetish for sour stuff is kicking up a notch lately.
strange.. the turnout was pretty good. 10 pple, mostly couples but it was better than nothing i figured.
my gosh..haven't seen this gurl in ages. miss my french bimbo BIG TIME!!! haha. well.at least we got to see each other lyke after 7 months. first stop, cosmetics department. lyke DUH!!! its karen we're toking about here. hehe. then we settled for an early lunch since our dear girl was starving. Went to Akashi jap resturant at paragon. ate, toked, gossiped and bitched for about 2 hours plus! my my..can't believe we're discussing future career plans already. haha. But then again, its great fun toking with Karen. despite her super uber bimbo attitude, i think there's more than meets the eyes to her. someone ambitious, capable and independent. *smilez*. we shared a heart to heart tok... things always makes sense when u're toking to Karen. *hmph*..someway or another... Its always amusing how 2 pple lyke us, with characters that span from one side of the personality gauge to the other side of the spectrum cld be frens. Oh well...
next stop was City Space Bar, by Karen's recommendation of course. It was by far the nicest bar tt i've been to with the most beautiful view of the entire city skyline. Situated on he 70th floor of the swissotel, its window seats offered a spectacular view of the city and the marina bay. it was no wonder tt u cld spend hours on end staring out into the bright city lights while sipping on a cocktail whilst listening to the soothing voice of the lead singer of the band. its definitely a MUST go for couples as it is super duper romantic. wld probably agree to anyone who proposes to me there. haha. *tee hee*..just kidding. but truthfully, there wld make an excellent spot for secret rendezvous as well as chill out spots for close frens. 5 Stars!!!
so plan is tt we MUST meet at least every 2 months okie? till u become the power business woman and i the baker with the flour in my hair and 3 kids running and screaming ard the place. hehe.
anyway today is National Day!!!! happie birthday Singapore. gonna watch fireworks later with moi aero mates. Woots! YAY!.. haha
the macaroons on the other hand were a major disappointment. Firstly upon looking on them. their bright colours looked slighty dubious. i was apprehensive about tasting them. and trust me..these caused a droop in my lips after the taste test. as silly as it sounds, i felt sad at eating these. they were just such a let down tt i had no words to describe them. it just returned my old impression of macaroons to its original status. Evan!!! i want ur macaroons again! boo hoo *sobz*
Strangely, orders have been picking up in recent days. Guess pple are just more prone to ordering cakes when the school term is about to start. Pretty strange a trend. but oh well, at least it keeps me occupied. plus it allows me to use my creative edge... the more common practise nowadays wld be customers contacting me for their need of cakes whether it be for birthdays or personal consumption yet not knowing what exactly do they want. Even any amount of prompting is in vain in such a circumstance... my attempt at trying to understand my clients character before making suggestions for cakes are somewhat frustrating yet interesting and fun on the other hand. Fitting a cake to the style of the befitter is somewhat lyke finding a perfect shirt for a man. has to look good on him and suits his taste... A challenge indeed.
This wkend, i was given the task of baking for Ruth (abi's sista.) oh yesh..here's a happie bdae greeting going out to the sweet girl!!! and here's the cake i made for her birthday upon the request of her sister who asked me to work with a gothic theme. i was lyke 'HUH' when i heard tt. i mean..'gothic?!?!' wat in the world is that supposed to mean? wld tt mean i had to dye the whole cake black..tt wld just be plain scary. haha. so i decided to venture out from the theme and feature something saccharine on the surface but deep and dark on the insides. Hence i came up with this Chocolate rum Strawberry Cheese Charlotte. Forgive me for the long name yar. but tts the only way to describe the layout of the entire cake.
On the inside was rum soaked chocolate sponge layered btw cinammon infused cream cheese with whole strawberries to boost its flavor and honeyed appearance. On the outside, the cake was then topped off with more cream cheese and a generous layer of cocoa powder and then surrounded by lady's fingers held together by a delicate bow.
Now the exhausted baker has to hit the sheet. She craves for sweets and sugary stuff no more.. just her beauty sleep. Nite!