Monday, September 24, 2007

Cakes Galore - Part 4

Please go to Baking With Passion for a feast of cakes that I've done for the past 2.5 months. The long silence was very much due to us being bogged down with virus attacks. We each fell ill at least 3 times with temperature soaring to 40c. The finale of our sick fest was with B being admitted into Sunway Medical for denggi.

Anyhoo, orders for cakes for Ramadhan and Syawal are now open (actually they are open all year round). Last day for pickup is 11/10/07. So please browse my Baking With Passion for cake selections ya!

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Happy Birthday to Me...

Yes, I turn 31 today. I don't have a clue when the exact time was but no worries. I still regard the whole 24 hours of today as my birthday. So... happy birthday to me!

I'm too sleepy to write properly, so a pictorial story will do la ye...

Headed towards the city via the new SMART tunnel. It's free up till midnight today. Come 15th June, 0001 hrs, you'll have to pay RM2 to use it. However, if I were using this road daily to get into downtown, I will definitely use this tunnel for obvious reasons: save time, energy and wear and tear of the car. Yes, I'm one of those people who doesn't mind paying the toll if it's purpose was well served. Kalau macam toll kat sunway tuh, hmmmppphhh... hampeh!!! ada smarttag pun tak guna when you have to queue up like others way, way from behind.

We went here, my all time favorite place to hang out. Eventhough the parking fees came out exorbitantly expensive, I don't mind one bit because it has all my eyecandies.

I really should declare my birthday celebration as a jalan-jalan cari makan mission. Did I tell you that B and I love to eat?! Well, that explains our ehem, ehem size. We started with brunch at Burger King. The mozza cheese was excellent!

Then, we traipsed along the 1st and 2nd floor before Zareef spotted these cars and decided to do a pose for me. Lunch was at Nippon-Tei but since I was busy feeding Zara, I forgot to snap our soft shell crabs, tendon and sushi set. My grouse: the place was really packed for lunch and foodwise, wasn't that superb. We've had tastier ones before. We sort of rushed through because we were seated near the entrance and there was this old chinese lady who was really staring intently at me macam tempat yang kitorang duduk tu dia yang punya. Bloody hell, if you really want my table, then come earlier la. Jangan la nak buat bising2 pulak. So rude!

Then, it was off to Chocz for dessert. I had the potent Aztec while Zareef had the chocolate covered strawberries. And you know what, he ate JUST the strawberries and ditched the chocolate. Iskkk... kalau camtu, baik la mummy pegi beli je strawberries kat cold storage tu. Senang citer. Good God! The Aztec was a killer! First taste on the tongue was sweet dark delicious silky chocolate. When it slipped into my throat, it burned a path with its spicy, potent hot chili straight to my tummy. B didn't like it one bit after taking the first sip while I braved on because I didn't want to waste good money. After the 7th sip, I started to like it. It's an acquired taste, really.

Lepas tu jalan-jalan lagi. Walked into Anya just to enquire about their 5 quid bag. I know, I know. Wishful thinking as the orders were closed 3 weeks ago on Friday. Nevertheless, I put down my name on the waiting list. I am number 93. I pray and hope I'll get it but I firmly know I won't. Actually, it was just for kicks. Just to see whether I can really get it. Nevermind, I know someone who bought a few. Wonder if she'd be willing to sell it to me? I've already offered her double of what she's paying.

Zareef wanted ice-cream, so we adjourned to Haagen Daz. Their ice-cream is heavenly next to the gelato that I tasted in Florence and of course, Ben and Jerry's. Sorry no pix here. Was a glutton here so by the time I remembered, ice-cream was well stuffed into our tummies.

Feeding time for Zara and we went to my favorite baby room. Ahhhh... it felt so peaceful and serene. Even Zara appreciated the ambience and fed with a vengeance. Zareef? Busy running around playing with the toys and poking here and there. Here's a secret, if you ever find yourself in desperate need of a loo and the lines are too long, then just nip into the baby room near tower records and ease yourself in the mom and child toilet. I tell you, no lines there at all plus the place is ultra clean!

It was the bookstore next. B got me a cake decoration book. Niceee!! So, keep a lookout at my baking blog ya for new and improved decos, I hope.

After browsing around, it was time to go home. Zareef was tired from measuring the walkways in KLCC and Zara was getting grouchy for not having enough nap time.

We had my birthday dinner here.

It's located at No. 43-1 & 45-1, Jalan Radin Anum, Seri Petaling, 57000 KL. Tel: 03-9059 6237/39. And no, I'm not getting a commission for promoting this.

Oh my God!! The lamb mendi was delicious! Juicy, succulent, moist and tender all at the same time.

Chicken Mendi and chips with mayo dip for Zareef. So-so. Zareef loves any kind of chips so no complains here.

They had unlimited dippings of garlic yogurt, tomato salad and I-forgot-what-it's called dip. Very delicious and so satisfying. The black olives were from the side dishes. Cold water was replenished promptly and service was efficient. Place was fitted with loads of middle eastern stuff. Ambience was pretty relaxed, laid back and child-friendly without compromising on the tasteful yet expensive deco (Gosh... I do sound like a restaurant reviewer here kan). Highly recommended!

Thank you B for a wonderful, wonderful birthday. It was just as I wanted; filled with love, surrounded by loved ones and of course, stuffed with food! I love you for being very thoughtful and compromising on my special day. The kids had fun too (although I can't say for Zara but I certainly can vouch for Zareef because he ended up getting what he wants eventhough it was Mummy's birthday). The next round will be on me on your birthday which happens to be next Friday. Wieeeheeee... more glorious food!

Friday, June 01, 2007

Cakes Galore - Part 3

More cakes at BakingWithPassion for your viewing pleasure and orders (I hope...)

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Cakes Galore - Part 2

Please go to BakingWithPassion for a complete view of...

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

6 Months and Counting

My baby is now 6 months old. I've come to realize that I have not written anything about her. Poor baby. Bad mommy!

B and I can really say that Zara is a spitting image of Zareef when he was a baby. Memang betul satu acuan. Recently, during a flurry of spring cleaning, I discovered my baby pictures. Lo and behold... my two kids look exactly like me when I was a baby especially Zara with her bald head and all. "Aduhhhss... kuat betul genetic you nih! Muka I sikit pun tak sangkut kat derang dua..." Hihihih... apo nak dikato la kan...

She's starting to form her own character, that little princess of mine. Very curious! I swear, if her head could do a 360 spin, then she'll be doing it again and again. If something catches her attention, she'd stare at it intently without batting an eyelid. She's scooting around now. Every now and then, she'd lift her butt way up high in her attempt to crawl. She's sprouted two tiny pearly white teeth on the bottom gum. A very deadly weapon especially when she's breastfeeding.

I started her on solid food when she was 4 months old. First it was just plain old baby rice. Took her a month to master the art of swallowing. Now she's a pro. Her favorite food of all would be chicken, potatoes, cauliflower with cheese. In fact, she loves anything that has cheese in it. Sebijik macam abang dia. Zareef's all time favorite was cauliflower and broccoli with cheese.

She's almost done with her immunization save for the last one. She's a strong one, this little girl of mine. Didn't cry when the sharp needle poke her heavenly soft and chubby bum. But I think this GP of mine tak pandai cucuk la because every single time, there would be a bruise on my baby's butt. Zareef dulu takde pun. Itu lagi la, nurse je yang cucuk.

The most dreaded part has begun. Her separation anxiety has rear its ugly head. She'll scream and wail if she doesn't see anyone in her line of sight. I have learnt to turn a deaf ear on so that my sanity remains intact for both of our sake. To overcome this, I'm trying the peek-a-boo approach. Every 5 minutes or so, I'll just show my face to her, talk to her and give her a hug and then get out of the room. This is just to comfort her and reassure her that mommy is still within reach but mommy has to do lots of work so will you please not cry, wail and shout.

Zareef has been a real good big brother to his little sister. Now that Zara is able to show emotions, laugh at Zareef's antics and watch in interest at everything that Zareef does, Zareef in return is having fun playing with her. The biggest change would be his lack of interest in watching cartoons when he gets back from school. He'd change his clothes and wash his hands (I'm very anal about this. Everyone must always have clean hands before holding my baby!) and then would start to talk to her while showing her his work from school. Masa ni, Zara will smile, laugh, coo, gaa gaa in response to her brother's storytelling. Then, both of them would play together (Zareef would do most of the playing while Zara would watch and scream in delight at every cars and robots and legos that comes within her reach). Memang la a picture perfect moment and really my definition of heaven on earth. Total bliss!

Come evening, I would prop Zara in her MacLaren and we'd make a trip to the playground. Every, single day without fail! While Zareef is busy playing with his friends, I would push Zara making a few loops around the playground. Must exercise too, right.

On good nights, Zara can sleep through till morning but most of the nights, it would just be wishful thinking. By 9 she's ready to sleep. She'll wake up once around 3 and then 5, then 7. Oh well, sleepless nights come in the package of having a baby. So, whether I like it or not, terima je la.

Here are some pictures of my baby...

Zareef trying to make his sister smile. Not a very successful attempt :(

Hey look!... She's smiling on her own now...

Ohhhh... that cute cheeky adorable face of hers really melts my heart.

Time for bed little princess. Pooh and friends will lull you to sleep.

Ohhh those cute chubby drooping cheeks of hers. Mana la mommy tak geram asyik nak gigit je!

Her new set of wheels.

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

When Girlfriends Meet

I have not seen these ladies for more than 6 years. After 2 weeks of planning, thanks to Zied, the organizer, we finally met at Ikea's Cafe before adjourning to Little Penang Cafe. Memang tak habis-habis makan. It was great fun meeting with these lovely, wacky and bubbly ladies. We were doing the non-stop talking-eating-laughing routine. Very therapeutic indeed!

For three solid hours, my face was in constant smiling-laughing mode. Balik rumah, terpaksa massage muka lagi tu! Lenguh betul but it was well worth it. I felt so sorry and regretful for having to leave early. Home duty calls, y'all!!

I'm so glad that I got to meet Aje, Zied, Dilla and Amy. All of us were collegemates back in ADP/PPP. Zied and Amy were my crazy roomies while Dilla was the roomy one floor below and Aje was a few blocks away. In addition to that, Zied and Aje were my juniors from SSP. Plus, all of us are bloggers. So, there were so many bases to cover, too many stories to listen and lots of juicy gossips to chow down. Kalau one whole day jumpa pun memang tak cukup la.

from left: Aje, Zied and Dilla

from left: Dilla, me and Amy

*notice who the camera whore was?? hehehhe...*

Thank you so much for the lovely excursion, ladies! We should do this again and again and again. Seriously!

Cakes Galore

Please go to Baking With Passion to view

American Chocolate Cake

A Brownie Birthday

Winnie the Pooh Birthday Cake

Saturday, April 07, 2007

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

6 Years of Marriage...

... and I forgot to write about it! Shessshhhh... bad! Very bad of me!!

Our wedding anniversary was 2 Sundays ago, 25th March to be exact. Started the day off with surprising B with my gifts. Yupp... he got more than one. Three in fact. With the help of Zareef and Zara, we managed to pull it off.

This year's celebration was rather low-key and low-cost but a memorable one because we get to celebrate it with Zara nevertheless. So, it was indeed a special one.

We went to KLCC. In less than 20 minutes we were there, thanks to clear roads all the way and toll-free to boot! Hehehhe... I like!!

We wanted, well actually it was I who wanted to try out Bukhara's high tea but it starts at 3 so B said why not have lunch at Haagen Daz. Lunch you say? With ice creams?? Yeah, why not... so lunch it is. For the record, we only go to Haagen Daz on special occasions, the last one being B's birthday.

Then, Zara needed a feed and a nappy change. We went to the baby's room near Tower Records. Can I just say that that place is fabulous!! Spacious, well-lit, equipped with comfy chairs and has several board games to entertain the larger than life babies. I simply loooovvveeeee it! I must say that it is the most fantastic baby room that I've ever come across since I came back to Malaysia. We spent a good hour there with me happily feeding Zara, Zareef enjoyed trying out the games there while B just sat and lazed in one of the comfy sofas. Such bliss!

A trip to KLCC will never be complete without me zipping in and out of stores. This time, I didn't do any damage to my wallet. It's more of a family outing rather than a shopping trip. Around 3.30, we made our way to Bukhara. At RM 28++ for adults and half of that for children 5 years old and above, it was well worth it. I loved the relaxed and laid back atmosphere that the place has. Choices of food although limited, were more than enough to satisfy my cravings for Middle Eastern food. Not all are from Middle East though. They also have fish fingers, ais kacang, sandwiches, fish balls (I'm rolling my eyes here!), fried mee hoon and a selection of desserts which thankfully included baklava. Okay, doesn't sound very Middle Eastern now, does it?! I was rather disappointed with the choice of food so I made sure that I stuffed myself crazy with the exotic ones. I think I'll give Al-Marjan a try next time and make a comparison.

Around 5ish, we headed home but not before I got B a birthday card. I had to run away from him for awhile and make a quick dash into one of the book stores.

We exchanged cards the next day. Me him and him me.

Zareef saw me writing the card and insist that he had a go too. I let him doodle away. I was pleasantly surprised to see him write his daddy's name complete with the title on the card. Anyway, when B saw my card, he said "Eh Aling, I think you gave me the same card last year la". I was going... WHAT?? "Ye ke... tak la. I would know if it was the same one". "Hmmm... tak pe la. Tomorrow I bawak balik from office, kay".

Come tomorrow, B showed me last year's anniversary card. Well, well, well... whaddaya know...

It's exactly the SAME! Aiyooohhh!! How could I have forgotten which card I bought for him. I'm really kicking myself for it. I thought Hallmark is supposed to get rid of last year's stock and replace them with new designs but NOOO... they still have it in stock and plentiful to boot. So, I'm putting up the two cards here so that when next year comes, I'll know which card to avoid.

Well, cards aside, we had a great time just the four of us. To my husband, B, I'm so sorry for the card incident. I totally forgot what I bought for you last year. I love you darling and I pray to Allah that our marriage will last till death do us part. InsyaAllah...

A Special Delivery

Last week, I had a call from Sal, enquiring about a special request. It resulted in one large carrot cake but here's the special request part; to include several helium-filled balloons to go with the cake and delivered to hubby, Roslee at his workplace and... to keep it as a surprise. How about that?!

Okay, considering that I got the order in less than a-24-hours notice, my only worry at that time was where in the world can I get helium-filled balloons and it has to be surprise worthy to boot! A quick search on Google and I found a shop in PJ that stocks up on balloons from all the corners of the earth.

I quickly called B and urged him to get home early that evening to take care of the kids while I went for a balloon hunt. We all ended up going to the shop (sebab Zareef nak ikut tengok balloon shop). It's no joke man hunting for that shop during the peak hours of the evening jam. But, we made it.

The large carrot cake for Roslee.

It was adorned with simple decorations. Suitable for a guy to have it with his officemates.

Zareef simply loved the balloons. He has expressed that he wants 100 hundred of these balloons on his birthday this October.

Sal specifically asked for balloons that would draw attention to her guy since he is really shy and all. I hope that these balloons worked in doing so!

The birthday boy with his surprised cake and balloons but he remained cool and collected. If it were me, I would be jumping about like monyet kena cili.. hehhehe... He was very much surprised, I can say that much but still sporting enough to pose one for the camera.

When he walked in, I could hear the receptionist at the counter saying... "Wah... banyaknya balloons!! Birthday ke??" Yupp... the plan to draw attention to this shy guy worked! Yeay!!

So... happy birthday Roslee! I hope you had a great time with your lovely wife and here's to many more wonderful birthdays in years to come!

ps: Sal... next year nak buat surprise apa pulak?