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Friday, April 29, 2011

Salam Rindu

Problem ...







A dearest friend was missing her family back home and she could feel the rindu yang teramat sangat from her mum too. But distance, the culprit, is always the triumphant one when the feeling of longing sets in. If she could fly, I knew she would run and take flight, and if she could beam, I knew she would appear at the first thought of her family in seconds. However, since all of that are only the capabilities of a super human, she had to wait and let time fly in its own course.




But...





as if by magic...



she did fly...



with family...



in thoughts, in spirits and in all the warmth of her heart.



I made sure I packed all of those in a box and deliver them straight to the people who have been missing her and did a surprise delivery one hot afternoon.





The chocolate wasn't the only thing seen melting that day, but I could sense that the rindu melted away with it too.








solved!








Take care Fasha!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Wordless Wednesday

Thank you so much Shima!




Thank you so much Mysarah!



Thank you so much Mala!




Thank you so much Iffah!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Trying

I am trying to remember how it was moments before then. But the flaw in me ceased to grasp the ever changing dispositions of my self assurance. Things need to be reassured from time to time lest we might forget. I reckoned it could never be of old age, or lack of tribute, but perhaps it's due to something that has long withered.

I am finding time to salvage what is left in this space and time. There's a lot to do and I am not sure if I can do it all but at least I know for a fact that I am TRYING.

Thank you so much to the sweet people who ordered the cakes below. The flaw in me has stolen your beautiful names, but I am thankful for the orders nonetheless.








Tuesday, April 19, 2011

We're Gonna Be Just Fine.

Thanks so much Haida!


Did you ever wonder where the story ends, and how it all began,
I do.
Did you ever dream you were the movie star with popcorn in your hand,
I did.
Do you ever think you're someone else inside,
when no one understands you are,
And wanna disappear inside a dream but never wanna wake, wake uuuuuup
Then you stumble on tomorrow, and trip over today


Would you be happier if you were someone together
Would the sun shine brighter if you played a bigger part
Would you be wonderful if it wasn't for the weather
You're gonna be just fine (gonna be just fine)

Are you not afraid to tell your story now,
when everyone is done it's too late,
Was everything you've ever said or done not the way you planned,
mistaaaake
So you promised that tomorrow, be different than today


Would you be happier if you were someone together
Would the sun shine brighter if you played a bigger part
Would you be wonderful if it wasn't for the weather
You're gonna be just fine
I think you're gonna be just fine
You're gonna be just fine
So don't worry baby

You're racing for tomorrow, not finished with today

Would you be happier if you were someone together
Would the sun shine brighter if you played a bigger part
Would you be wonderful if it wasn't for the weather
I think you're gonna be just fine

Would we be happier if we were someone together
Would the sun shine brighter if we played a bigger part
Would we be wonderful if it wasn't for the weather
I think we're gonna be just fine
I think you're gonna be just fine

Don't worry baby
Gonna be just fine
Don't worry honey
Gonna be just fine
Don't worry baby
Gonna be just fiiiiine

The Corrs

Thanks so much Dear.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Crunchy Thots

Thanks so so much Julia. Hope to meet you in person next time.

On days when the seconds are heavy and the hours are long, when the steps are stiff and the heart doesn't sing you a song, it's time to indulge in some sweet treats to boost the immune system. The recipe is simple, just sprinkles of this and a dash of that, not to forget a dollop of those and a cup of good power mash. They are called crunchy thoughts, words that are too sweet to pass and too delectable to ignore.

Crunchy Thots Recipe

Making them is pretty simple, all you need is an air tight jar or a small tin(you may decorate them if it pleases you) and colourful papers cut into strips. Google some nice sayings and quotes from the internet, words that uplift you, ideas that push you through the day. They can be in Arabic, German, English, Malay, as long as you understand what they mean, collect them and once you have enough(around 50 or more) begin to write it one by one on the colourful strips tadi. Or you could do it on a daily basis, write at least one a day and put it in the crunchy thoughts jar and let it build up in numbers over the months. Once the jar has filled up, make it a point to open the jar in the morning before you and your family start your day and let each one take a piece of the paper you have collected.

Read what it says on the paper aloud to each other and learn from the beautiful words together as a family. Below are some of my favourite quotes by famous people which I have been collecting and filling up my jar.

Inspirational Quotes
Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.
James Baldwin

Not knowing when the dawn will come, I open every door.
Emily Dickinson

Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal. Henry Ford

Obstacles cannot crush me. Every obstacle yields to stern resolve. He who is fixed to a star does not change his mind. Leonardo da Vinci

Obstacles don't have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don't turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it. Michael Jordan

One of the greatest discoveries a man makes, one of his great surprises, is to find he can do what he was afraid he couldn't do. Henry Ford

Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work.
Aristotle

The greatest inspiration is often born of desperation.
Comer Cotrell

The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing that you will make one. Ellen Hubbard

Things turn out best for the people who make the best out of the way things turn out.
Art Linkletter

Hold fast to dreams, for when dreams go, life is a barren field, frozen with snow. Langston Hughes

If you can dream it, you can do it. Always remember this whole thing was started by a mouse.
Walt Disney

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.
Eleanor Roosevelt

We cannot direct the wind but we can adjust the sails.
Anonymous

We must become the change we want to see.
Mahatma Gandhi

When you do not know what you are doing and what you are doing is the best -- that is inspiration.
Robert Bresson

Wherever you go, go with all your heart.
Confucius

and some good ones below written by people like you and me.

Birds sing after a storm, why shouldn't we?

You'll always gain more from what you discover than from what you're simply told.

Stand tall without standing on someone. Be a victor without victims.


Forgive your enemies; it messes up their heads.

The four things we can not recover: the stone after it’s thrown, the word after said, the occasion after the loss, the time after it’s gone.

And this makes the best sense.

I don't have time to hate people who hate me, coz I'm too busy loving people who love me :)

Have a good week folks. If you wished for the rainbow, you would have to put up with a little bit of rain first.That's from me.;o)

Friday, April 8, 2011

Happy Friday!

Thanks so much Azimah!



I am in the "entahlah" mood ni and trying so hard not to sink even farther down into the "argh" mood. It's not good to sigh and to whine, even if I do it inside my heart, audible only to myself. My woes are perhaps a speck of dirt caught in the eye if I make the brave comparison to a lot more of other people out there who have a world of worries on their shoulders. Let's take the Japanese for instance. Despite the horrific catastrophe they just hurdled, the people still come out strong and composed. They have been recognized and praised for their patience and their exemplary attitude. Maybe we can learn some values from them. I got this list below from a good friend of mine. Thanks Salina.

10 things to learn from Japan.

1. THE CALM
Not a single visual of chest-beating or wild grief. Sorrow itself has been elevated.

2. THE DIGNITY
Disciplined queues for water and groceries. Not a rough word or a crude gesture.

3. THE ABILITY
The incredible architects, for instance. Buildings swayed but didn’t fall.

4. THE GRACE
People bought only what they needed for the present, so everybody could get something.

5. THE ORDER
No looting in shops. No honking and no overtaking on the roads. Just understanding.

6. THE SACRIFICE
Fifty workers stayed back to pump sea water in the N-reactors. How will they ever be repaid?

7. THE TENDERNESS
Restaurants cut prices. An unguarded ATM is left alone. The strong cared for the weak.

8. THE TRAINING
The old and the children, everyone knew exactly what to do. And they did just that.

9. THE MEDIA
They showed magnificent restraint in the bulletins. No silly reporters. Only calm reportage.

10. THE CONSCIENCE
When the power went off in a store, people put things back on the shelves and left quietly!

And I would also like to share a Swedish proverb this beautiful Friday. This serves as a reminder to my forgetful self.

"Fear less, hope more; eat less, chew more; whine less, breathe more; talk less, say more; hate less, love more; and all good things are yours."

Happy Friday folks! and have a fantastic weekend!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Life's A Mac!

When you are in good company, the heat of the Sunday sun becomes almost bearable. There was abundance of laughter all around despite having to give our attention to the teacher who was trying to steal our focus that day. She was a generous host with endless of knowledge and experience to share with the rest of us the Macabees and of course we loved her for that. But deep in our hearts I believed the laughter was to hide our anxieties to attempt the Mac. As easy as it may look, there was still the possibility of the macarons turning into amaretti biscuits and I have been there and done that...once. After the first failure, my egg whites became too precious for anymore of the Mac attempts. But Yani convinced me otherwise. She is a living proof that doing the macs is as easy as 1,2,3 if not a,b,c.

Cikgu Yanie showing how a hard peak should look like.



We were armed with colourful spatulas, courtesy of our sweet teacher.



And so, that eventful Sunday all 6 of us Edi, Zura, Lyein, Putri, Mai and yours truly made a date with the Mac Master to learn the tricks of the trade, the proper techniques of handling meringue and making pretty skirts in the oven.


After the demonstration by our Master Chef, each one of us had to take turns to equally produce the same results. I volunteered to go first as I needed to leave early to deliver a cake later in the afternoon. I was going Mississippi 1...2...3 all the way folks and of course I haaaaaad to have the colour of the macs to match my baju, like?!?!?



Edi happily whisking away! weeee


In between the airing and the baking of the macs, kami telah dihiburkan oleh ahli2 muzik proffesional, Putri dan Zura. They serenaded us with their own renditions of Sheila Majid's songs. ...saya suka! I don't have many pictures to share but there are some fantastic shots from Edi in her blog.


I would like to thank Yani, Edi, Zura, Lyein, Putri and Mai for a wonderful afternoon. I wished I could stay longer and devour Yani's out of this world nasi lemak for the second round and chit chat with all the beautiful ladies but unfortunately I had to make my exit for a cake delivery. It was nice meeting all of you and hope to catch up on your Mac adventures real soon.


As I sit here today, in front of a bowlful of macs from the class, my mind started to wonder if I could repeat the perfect outcome of these colourful morsels sans teacher, sans friends, sans cheer.


Let me down this moment first with a mug of tea and a bowl of macarons. ;o)


macs by wiz




Friday, April 1, 2011

Yellow For You

Thanks so much Idamurni!

Some instances in life are just picture perfect! They capture the conducive mode to make you smile the whole day. Some cakes have that certain effect on me, and the one above is one of them. And when you share that good vibe with a cake, the ones receiving it get splashes of it too, I hope. Thanks so much Ida for allowing me to capture some happy motions of your happy family.

Have a wonderful weekend folks!