Here I am, back again to blogging! Maybe I enjoyed my wedding anniversary too much until I didn’t realise that the days just passed by so fast. The last time when I was not in action for quite a while, Lena of Frozen Wings commented that I disappear and then reappear….haha. Now I feel like I am a submarine…*laugh out loud*
By the way, Lena is a very sweet blogger. Her food blog is choked full of wonderful cooking and bakes. Visiting her blog always makes me want to take the next flight home to sweet Malaysia where some of the most delicious food of the world is available round the clock! I remember sitting in a cafe at about 2am (yes, 2am!) in the morning enjoying my favourite roti canai and a hot glass of teh tarik (special pulled tea of Malaysia) with a couple of special friends.
Yes, I had an awesome wedding anniversary. I thought I just want something different this year so I asked to watch Lion’s King in 3D at the cinema. My beloved hubby enjoyed it very much too. Animated cartoons are my all time favourite, especially Disney cartoons. Still young at heart huh….*grin*. Watching it in 3D on the big screen is just such an amazing experience. It is still fresh in my mind. If you haven’t watched this show, I really hope you do. It’s a great movie for ALL ages. There are so many things to learn from Lion King. I can name 4 here.
Firstly, we need to know who we are and the potential and talents within us. I believe each one of us was born with great potential to achieve and has many talents but sadly many are not being discovered and or developed to its fullest. I still remember when I first got married, my husband complained about my omelette! I didn’t really know how to cook. But I am so glad that I spent a lot of time learning how to cook and bake. My blog proves it all…..*big smiles*. Most of the food on my blog are new dishes that I had learned since I started blogging. I don’t need to be as good as other chefs. All I need to know is that I can cook like them if I am willing to learn. It’s hard work no doubt. But when you achieve something, no matter how small it is, you will be smiling all day…..*more big smiles*.
Secondly, we need to be able to let go of the past so that we can move on. Too many people are sadly tied down to their past which cripple them and prevent them from moving forward. Always let go, whether it be people, things or circumstances. Certain people can be toxic to your dreams. Let them go. Holding on to the past is like you being chained to a tree. You can only move a short distance but always being pulled back.
Thirdly, appreciate real good friends who are there for you, to support you and encourage you. Be very selective when comes to friends, especially when you go through problems. They will either make you or break you. Pay attention to friends who give good, wise advice. Sometimes the truth may hurt but it’s essential to know.
Fourthly, have fun but don’t be too naive. Young people, always listen to your parents. It’s not worth paying a high price for rebellion and disobedience. There are some mistakes in life that’s sadly irreversible. There are lots of daily examples. 3 important key words to learn in life….Other People’s Mistakes.
I love animal shows. They are not only fascinating, funny but there are also lots of life lessons to learn from. One day I may talk about the penguins. I love penguins. They are just SO cute. I love Mr Popper’s Penguins. If you have not seen that show, I really hope you do. I had a great laugh throughout. It teaches about love. One of these days, I am going to make a penguin cake! Yes, a penguin cake….*smiles*. Or at least little penguins made from sugar paste. It has been in my mind for the past few weeks. Oh, I think if I am snowed in, I am going to have fun making lots of little penguins…….*grin*. Maybe penguins skiing or snowboarding….haha. My girl would be thrilled because she loves snowboarding!
Now, talking about cake, I had an awesome time the previous weekend with my church lady friends in my house. Of course, there’s always food, games and lots of laughter. But this time is different. The highlight of the evening was a cake decoration competition. Most of the ladies don’t bake. That’s good news for me! I always love to get people out of their comfort zones. This cake competition will be a test of their creativity. Also on neatness and beauty of the cake. I prepared very simple decoration stuff and each one was given a small square piece of butter cake, about 5″x5″. They can cut into whatever shape they like. I only gave them 15 minutes. But later, added another extra 5 minutes. Everyone was surprised at what they did. I was so happy for them. Here are all the decorated cakes. I love all of them!
The winner takes it all! Sweet, pretty Jasmine was so happy to have won the competition. The prize was a bottle of my homemade chilli sauce, her favourite. We are all so happy for her. Her heart-shaped cake won the hearts of the 2 special judges.
Other beautiful cakes….
Then last weekend was graduation for Masters students. One of my friends, KiKi, graduated in Masters in Education. I am just so happy for her. Her mom came all the way to celebrate her graduation. What joy to meet her too.
KiKi’s mom loves to eat ‘kwang bing’, a special bread which she said she had not eaten for many years. It’s small round, chewy bread with a little hole in the centre and topped with sesame seeds. So, I decided to make for her. It wasn’t like what we get back home but still tasted very good. The best method to bake it is to use the tandoori oven but since I don’t have it, I just bake them. She was SO delighted that finally she gets to eat them……..*big smiles*.
I made a special cake to celebrate her happy day. I made a cheese cake covered with chocolate. That was my first soft cheesecake and in 3 layers! That was a challenge to myself. I couldn’t afford it to fail. I was so overjoyed that it came out well. I wasn’t too sure about the decoration so I decided to make it simple. I kept a few roses that I made for my friend’s wedding cake. It comes handy here. I used one. I still love those roses. I think the cake came out quite pretty, right?….. *wink*. She and all the rest of my friends liked it very much. I will post the recipe in another post.
It always wonderful to challenge myself to learn new things. There’s such a sense of achievement and joy when things turn out well. But even if it’s not, I am happy that I tried and I know one day I will get it right. I do hope you give yourself little challenges to learn new things every now and then. To achieve big dreams, we need small little dreams along the way. There’s just no short cut. Have fun and enjoy your journey toward your dream!
I hope you are learning new things every now and then. Cooking and baking is a good place to start. Spread the joy and fun around. You will surely find more smiles along the way, all around you. I do hope you have a great week.
Quote of the day……
“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”
- John Fitzgerald Kennedy, 35th president of the United States