January 25, 2012

Coffee at Gurney

Last weekend was a long weekend as we celebrated one of the three major celebrations in Malaysia! Before I start rambling, Happy Chinese New Year to all! May we have a wonderful and prosperous year. Woopwoop!

Anyways, husband and I headed back to Penang to spend some time with my family. Usually we will reach Penang on Saturday early morning and will leave on Sunday afternoon, which usually doesn't really give us much time to really go anywhere or explore. So this time we went to the Botanical Gardens (see previous post here) on Saturday and to Gurney Drive on Sunday. Initially we wanted to go to the beach but the roads were so congested that we ended up having coffee by the Gurney Drive which is actually the Penang coastline. And that was the end to our evening. Now on to the pictures!


*first outfit shot of the year*

*loving the necklace that I borrowed from Mom*

*Love wearing palazzo pants. So comfy!*

*Addicted to the Valencia Frap from Starbucks, a Chinese New Year special*

*Husbands outfit shot LOL*

*I just love the tones in this photo*

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*fixing hair?*


All in all, it was a great weekend. How I wish there are more four day weekends. But as usual, while on the way home (to our home in KL) I, naturally, got sick. I swear, I think I am allergic to long weekends. After going to the doctors today, I am diagnosed with an infected sinus. So my ears feel blocked, my nose is blocked and my cheekbones hurt. And I had to take leave from work today. Yeah, basically I feel like a horse has trampled all over my body, with a feel extra minutes at my face! Credits to husband for taking emergency leave to be with me today. Gotta give him extra brownie points, that's for sure! ;)

Anyways, I've got to go now. Gotta inhale more meds and off to bed. Happy Thursday everybody!
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January 14, 2012

Macaroon Heaven

Well, if anyone of you read the previous post you would know that there was a little maggot in my head about making my very first batch of macaroons. I tried, and failed colossally! Whatever you think could possibly went wrong...well, it went wrong! I followed this (what I believed to be) relatively simple macaroons recipe. Which was targeted for first timers by the way. So to count the ways in which I wasted my Saturday evening:

1. It took me hours to sieve through the almond and icing sugar mix. And the recipe called for three times sieving! I of course only did it once.
2. After whipping the egg whites and adding the cream of tartar, I FORGOT to add the castor sugar and immediately added the almond and icing sugar mix.
3. I added the castor sugar after I folded the almonds and icing sugar into my egg whites and messed up the consistency of the batter. It became too runny.
4. While I was trying to pipe my runny batter into pretty little beige disks, the piping bag split open in my hand! My hands were covered in batter. And it was a cloth piping bag, meaning I didn't have a spare one lying around.

At that moment I really felt like just chucking everything and just watching some lame TV reality show and just not give a crap. But my brother and husband were both trying to encourage me to bake whatever that was still salvageable of the batter. I tried to improvise and put the batter into cupcake liners and I only managed to fill six. And seeing how pathetic they look, I decided that these macaroons wannabes are better of in macaroon heaven where they will be much happier without having to burn them in the oven, prolonging their torture.

So, when I stepped on the pedal thingy to open up the trash can, I said a little prayer: 'Dear God of Macaroons, Please accept these runny little munchkins into your abundantly sweet and possibly diabetic version of heaven. Yours truly, Farah'. Once the lid slammed shut, the only thing that was running in my mind was, 'Thank God I didn't attempt to make some fancy ganache filling!'

There you have it, ladies and gents; my first baking failure. At least it was failing at making macaroons and not something insipid as sugar cookies *rolls eyes*. If that was the case, I would probably be too ashamed to 'show off' my cooking here, ever!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend lovies; I am definitely planning on putting my feet up till Monday! ;)
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January 13, 2012

Pinterest




I randomly found these images today on Pinterest while searching for something to help out a colleague. Really, I did not know how addictive Pinterest actually is! My God, I didn't even realise how long I was actually on the website. I even found a great recipe for macarons that I am dying to try! ;) And doesn't the brooch bouquet look so beautiful and classy? I should have done that for my wedding! LOL

Have a good weekend lovies!
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January 9, 2012

Six Months

Today marks the sixth month of my marriage to husband. And I finally, finally readied all three videos that shows my journey to being a Mrs. I know, it's probably too late but what the heck, I can't think of a better time that to post these videos up here other than now. I really do hope that whoever watches these videos enjoy the little bit of heart that I put into them.

So to begin with, the first video is the pre-wedding traditions that I had to follow. I had to go through a ceremony called 'Maiyo' where turmeric was rubbed all over my face, arms and legs. This essentially works like a facial/body scrub. And only after that is henna applied. And then follows the actual 'Mehendi' (Henna) ceremony.


After the pre-wedding ceremonies were done, it is only then that the Nikah (solenization) takes places. This event is usually held at the bride's house. The Kadi (the person who does the solemnization) will give a lecture before the actual process, in which he advices the groom on the responsibilites he has towards his soon to be wife. This is actually more of a Malaysian culture, however some people do request that the Kadi skips the lecture. The most important part of the Muslim's solemnization is the agreement of the bride to the wedding and once that is done the bride then signs the Nikah paper which is basically a contract saying that these two people are legally married in the eyes of God and all those who witnessed it. I was tearing up and trembling the whole time.


After the Nikah, we usually have the 'Walima' which is traditionally the wedding reception. After the wedding reception is over there is the 'Rukhsati' which is when the bride's family is giving the bride away to the groom.



I hope the little bits of information that I managed to provide was useful; if not you could always click on the links that I provided. And this, was the most beautiful one week of my very short life to date. It was a beautiful journey from being someone's partner in crime to their partner in life; from being a loved one to becoming a lover; from being a special friend to becoming a wife. Wow, I'm actually tearing while writing this. :')

I'm so happy and grateful to God, the most merciful, that gave me this wonderful, beautiful, stubborn, kind, genius of a man as my husband. I couldn't have asked, even prayed for a better person to share my life with.

Alhamdullilah for these beautiful six months; I am looking forward to our forever, my dear husband.
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p/s: I just realized that the quality of the videos are seriously downgraded. :(

January 7, 2012

2012

Hello lovies! How has the first week of 2012 been treating you? So far, it has been bittersweet but mostly sweet, for me. We ushered in the new year by just staying in. Although, I have to confess that I actually fell asleep and woke up 5 minutes before the countdown started in hopes of catching the fireworks but that totally failed! I couldn't see the fireworks from the areas near our place and well, that was about it. Sad, but true.


Little love note on the black board in our living room. Such a great buy, I think. This was written by me but do you think you can spot husbands addition? ;)
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