I turned 25 on the 25th of June!

Tuesday, June 26, 2012 Liyana Hanim 5 Comments

Some of the food and drinks preparation by me!
So I turned 25 yesterday on the 25th of June!Last Sunday night had a family bbq because weeks back my mom suggested we do one for my birthday.I made all the delicious foods hehe!Some of my aunts brought food as well--there was mee hoon,mangoes and agar agar(jellies).It was intimate and low key.My parents and brothers set up the tables in our garden and there was candles everywhere.
Candlelight bbq!
Juicy beef skewers and sauteed mushroom with butter
I made beef skewers,chicken marinate with honey mustard marinade,prawns,asparagus,sweet potatoes and mushrooms with a little butter and many more.Parents bought satay that has been marinated so we barbequed it on the grill.I made garlic bread,mashed potatoes and garlic fried rice as well.Made drinks with a mixture of peach puree and fresh lemon juice!

The boyfriend was the first one to come to the house of course and as usual he always have something up his sleeve!He called me when he arrived and I was like just come inside and suddenly he said he can't cos he has something to give me.I didn't know what so I was surprised when I came out and saw that he had this flower pot with a rose,in a bucket of ice!

He loves me so!hehe
Turns out he made me a flower pot cake!!!The dirt was made from crushed oreos!:) He's just such an amazing boyfriend,bestfriend,psychiatrist(cos he listens to my gripes and probs&great at giving me advice) and more,to me.haha I immediately carried it inside and showed it to my parents which embarrass the boyfriend..hahahaha So cuteee!:P

The inside of the yummy cake!:)
Under the oreo 'dirt' there was a layer of m&m's,and inside was layers of cake and ice cream.It was good but I think it will take me a long time to finish it because it is big!!haha He told me the story of how it took him quite sometime to find the right flower pot and apparently to make a flower pot cake,it needs a special kind of cake so that it won't become mushy.
Awwwww :)
Actually he showed me a picture of the cake weeks back and it looked awesome online and I was like,why don't you make that for my birthday?I told him jokingly but then totally forgot about it and never thought he would really make me a huge one!:)

I'm glad that everyone enjoyed the food.Though I had a mishap with the ikan keli as they still smelled fishy even after everything I did--washed with asam jawa & soaked them in milk..T_T The relatives who was invited was from my mother's side of the family since we wanted it to be lowkey.Didn't invite the neighbours or dad's side because then there will be too many people!hahah.Boyfriend's siblings came as well but they came later than him.

The beautiful setting,my families and the foods!!
At the back is me & d boyf with his siblings who came to my bbq!

When everybody went back,boyfriend stayed with me until it was 12 am.We ate the cake he made and then I open the presents.And night when the clock struck 12,he sang me happy birthday.Before he went home,as I was sending him to his car,he gave me this two things below.
His homemade card and gift to me.Love,love and so much love.:)
It was perfect!And exactly what I wanted..a  simple silver necklace with a heart pendant that I can wear everyday.I saw it on a US based website & had wanted it & showed it to him one day & suddenly he told me he already bought it!:)))

Gifts from my relatives &
the cupcake necklace was made by boyfriend's lil sis!
I got gifts from my relatives as well!And Razin's sister made me this adorable cupcake necklace!So cute and she's the one behind CollarPop--an array of handmade beaded necklaces.They're very pretty and you can buy them at Stellar Boutique!

Non-birthday related matters:

Watermelon pops and wonder milk cupcakes!
I made watermelon pops recently because I saw so many pops(popsicle) recipe on the July issue of Instyle.Also managed to satisfy my Wondermilk cupcakes this week--bought a box of six and above is two pretty pictures of the rainbow and vanilla cupcake!
Stellar boutique,CollarPop setup there and stuffs I bought!
Finally went to Stellar Boutique with Qeema!Saw her Collarpop necklaces being sold there as well!I love the stuffs they have there because they have many vendors and there's a variety of things to choose from.I got myself a sparkly headband and a ring because when a ring can fit my small small ring finger,I must grab it!Also a pretty shade of pale pink Nyx lipstick!Went to buy Gong Cha afterwards!I loveee Gong Cha especially their Signature winter melon and peach green tea!
Qarla the cutie pie!
I end this post with cute pictures of Qarla,boyfriend's niece!!:)) Have a great week people!


I love the month of June!:)

Wednesday, June 20, 2012 Liyana Hanim 1 Comments

You want to know why I love the month of June??Because it's my birthday month!And this year I will be turning 25 on the 25th of June..:) Going to have a bbq with my loved ones on 24th instead because 25th falls on a Monday this year..boohoo.hahaha.

Boyfriend have actually bought me the birthday gift I wanted but he is hiding it from me..damn!I have only seen it online so haven't seen in it real life and hold it yet.But my time will come!hahaha
Sale everywhere at Setia City Mall
It is painful to see all the sales that's going on in our local malls especially when I'm almost broke nowadays..T_T..Whoever wants to give me money for my birthday will be greatly appreciated!!haha Went to one of my fave malls now,Setia City Mall and saw the incredible sale at MNG/Mango but alas no money made not able to buy any of the pretty dresses I saw there!T_T

Trying on pretty dresses at MNG!
Hair looks awesome on d left..*vain me* haha
I tried on a few things and there was this preppy blazer that I just had to have.So told mama about it and mama was kind enough to get it for me as an early birthday present!Yeayerssss..It's so hard to find a great fitting blazer..The actual price was rm199 but they marked it down to rm129!:))
Got this blazer!!yeayyy
Have you looked outside lately?haha The Indonesians was kind enough to give us haze,again!haiyaaa..Every year we will always get haze thanks to Sumatra,Indonesia which is near to Malaysia.But today and yesterday it didn't look bad and it was even very hot outside.I guess because of the heavy downpour on Monday morning which cleared it all up..yeayyy!
He lost by two points to me haha But after he asked for a rematch!
Boyfriend's lil brother came back from OZ & resume our Scrabble rematch.hahaha I am a verryyyy competitive Scrabble player.I hate losing and I never lost to my friends/family but I have lost to the CPU a few times and have won as well..Feels so good when you beat the computer on a hard mode game of Scrabble.

The awesome moment when I beat the cpu!haha
The reason why I am competitive in Scrabble is because I was the State champion of Negeri Sembilan(my family lived in Seremban for 2 years but now we're back in good ol Shah Alam,the place I was born and raised!) when I was 16 years old!hahaha Yes I am a nerd though I don't look like one.:P

Pretty arch there
Went on a picnic at Wetland Park in Putrajaya last early Saturday morning with the boyfriend.Yes,I know it was hazy but we decided to do so days BEFORE the haze came so I wasn't going to change my plans!Thankfully the haze wasn't bad in Putrajaya and inside Wetland Park,it was haze free.haha.

Picnic stuffs.Boyf made ice cold milo in the big flask,for me!:)
Nasi Lemak Pak Ayub at Sect 6 Pasar
We bought nasi lemak from his and now mine,fave nasi lemak in Shah Alam which is Nasi Lemak Pak Ayub.My late grandpa would always go there back when he brought my nenek to the Section 6 pasar.I have forgotten all about it years ago until this year when boyf brought me there a few months back.Ate there once with him & didn't have a chance to go back because you have to wake up early and plus my house is 30 mins away from it unlike the boyf's house which is nearer!

Love this guy!
Before the color coordination
I finally color coordinated my wardrobe!I read it in an interview somewhere how it's easier to find your clothes if you color coordinate it.I have too much clothes that sometime I forgot some of them for a few months and now I found them again it's like having new clothes haha
Frm right:Red,pink,green,orange,yellow,purple and blue
Frm right:Black,grey,brown,white,striped prints & misc.
I am loving the new app iPhoto because it helps me organize all of my pictures and also create journals using the pictures like the one I created below of my moments with my boyfriend,Razin.:) 
Our moments together..:)
Because I am the only girl in the family,I never had the privilege of watching a baby girl growing up in front of me.So I become such a fan of boyfriend's niece,Qarla,which is his eldest sister first child.She is just so adorable!!Below are some from the many pictures I have taken of her.
Playing with her aunty's cheetah toy
Sleeping like a boss
She loves putting her fingers in her mouth
Frm left:Boyf who doesn't like to pose,his lil sis Qeema,
the bday boy Raidi,Raushan,his gf Maisara
Had dinner at boyfriend's house with his family for his lil brother's 15th birthday a few days back.His mum made laksa sarawak.I have to say that I've only eaten laksa sarawak made by his mum and it's good!
Me& the boyf's laksa sarawak
Afterwards,the boyfriend's brother & I played this portable Scrabble game(which Raidi got as a birthday game) which confuses me because the rules are way different than the normal Scrabble.Definitely have to play more to be good at it!haha
The confusing version of Scrabble!
After about a month or so of not seeing Izza,my bestie who's busy with her job of being a news anchor for Astro Awani for a few months now,we managed to catch up with each other!I miss her a lot!!haha.I love the fact that although when we don't  get to see each other for a long time,once we do,we can talk and talk and it's like nothing has change.
Our shoes!Mine is the rainbow one!:)
Yucky food at Flaming Steamboat
One day the boyfriend & I went to Flaming Steamboat at Kota Kemuning.Previously I read from a few blogs that they have a wide variety of food and it is worth the money blah2.The truth is and this is the absolute truth,because I have eaten at many places and I love to eat/cook/bake so I know good food and so does my boyfriend who has a mother who's a great cook--the food at Flaming Steamboat..sucks!

The tomyam broth for the steamboat taste bad & they are also unhygienic because although the frozen&seafood items were put in a glass case,flies entered it and the workers just looked at it and didn't do anything!The ABC had super watered down gula melaka that it looked light brown instead of black!

I mean if you want to be in the food business please make sure that you maintain the quality of the food.Going there was a waste of time and thankfully we only used our Groupon voucher and didn't spend much.We will never go there again!
Love Gong Cha!
I loveee Gong Cha!They are way better than Cha Time.The drinks taste so good and so far I have tasted the Signature Winter Melon tea with pearls,Milk tea with pearls and also Peach green tea.I love that you can customize your drinks like what to add(pearls,pudding&etc),the sugar content and even how much ice you want.I've had Gong cha three times and everytime I just want more!
Green smoothie
Made this green smoothie from a recipe on Lauren Conrad's website because it is a quick way to add veg and fruits into your diet.There's no sugar added.All you have to do is blend everything and add some ice and drink up the nutrients!
Flaming crunch..yummy!
Have you guys tried KFC's new Flaming Crunch chicken?I love it!It's very yummy and I think way tastier than my fave hot n spicy.It's better than their other promo flavor like tomyam crunch and etc.I hope they make this a permanent fixture on their menu!
A&W waffle
One night I was craving for A&W waffle and rootbeer float and unfortunately in Shah Alam we didn't have a 24-hour outlet so boyfriend drove me to the one in PJ.When we were there both of us remembered that as kids our respective parents have brought us to the place and we would play at the playground.But now the playground has change(picture below).
It looks so bare!:(

The Do Not Disturb feature
 Ooooh by the way,for Apple users did you guys saw WWDC2012 when Johnny Appleseed introduce iOS 6???That was awesome!!I can't wait for it!My boyfriend and I was like iMessaging each other on our ipads while watching it live online in our respective homes.hahaha.

New facetime!
There's 200 new features and some of them that I can't wait to use are the Do Not Disturb function,Facetime over cellular(3g/4g),Passbook app and also the new and improve Maps--this is my fave because I always use maps to go places&it helps a lot!I almost never get lost now!

Lastly,below are a few pictures of me since hey,it's my blog..hahaha
I will try to update the blog more soon!
Candid by Izza!
Wearing my fave rainbow dress by ASOS
My pretty charm necklace!


Movie Review:Prometheus and MIB3

Sunday, June 10, 2012 Liyana Hanim 0 Comments

Yesterday boyfriend suggested we went on a movie marathon and he bought tickets for both MIB3 and Prometheus.


The last Men In Black movie,MIB2 was 10 years ago so there's a lot that I don't remember about.But that doesn't really matter because there wasn't really that much to catch up on and plus my boyfriend is a movie buff so he was able to explain some things to me.

The character Boris the Animal was really gross to me with that spider alien thing coming out from his palm.At the start of the movie,Nicole Scherzinger's boobs,according to my significant other looked like it was about to pop out from her top.hahaha.

Okay the movie is basically about Boris The Animal played by the unrecognisable Jemaine Clement from Flights of the Concord,who escapes from Lunar Max's prison and then went back in time to stop himself from being imprisoned and also wanting to kill Agent K because of the fact that he was responsible in imprisoning Boris.

So Agent J played by Will Smith have to go back in time and save his partner and also kill Boris.That is a pretty straightforward story right?It is also filled with funny or gross looking aliens and a few jokes here and there.

My fave was Bill Hader(I love him as Stefon in SNL!) as Andy Warhol and also the character Griffin played by Micheal Stuhlbarg.I don't remember what was the name of the species Griffin is but he could see the future and he helped Agent J and the past Agent K to track Boris The Animal.There was a very teary eyed moment that I didn't expect coming from this movie right almost at the end of it.This was quite an enjoyable movie!

Did you guys notice that Lady Gaga & David Beckham was classified as Aliens back at the headquarters if you look at the huge monitor slideshow thing?haha


I have to say I actually had high hopes for this movie but unfortunately it left me with so many questions.But in  the defense of this movie,it is actually a prequel to the movie Alien which was also directed by Ridley Scott(also,Blade Runner).

The start of the movie actually explains what  happened to the species living in the planet that 'created' mankind.A group of of explorers went on a journey to space funded by Weyland Industries to discover their 'maker'.The head of this group are Dr Elizabeth Shaw and Dr Charlie Holloway who have been searching all over the world for proof that there is a planet/moon(I'm confused by this haha) where they all come from.

When they arrived at the moon,after 2 years of hibernation in the spaceship because the journey took a long time,they found out similarities between the planet that they discovered with earth and also the aliens that they discovered on the planet contain the same DNA strand as humans although they don't exactly look the same.

But then of course things start to get horribly and grotesquely wrong.I have to say there were a few scenes that scared me.I really admire the character Elizabeth Shaw because she was very very strong and determine even when things starts to get really..well, f&^%ed up!

The character played by Micheal Fassbender as David(the A.I who looks very much human) was quite impressive though when you watch the movie you'll be like..he's very shady but in actual fact he wanted to help Weyland.Charlize Theron's character in this movie was quite a hard ass and I didn't like her very much.You'll also be surprise who she actually is in the movie!

Basically people who have not watch the movie Alien or have forgotten about it will probably want answers after watching Prometheus.Thus,like what my boyfriend told me,Prometheus actually makes people have to watch back the movie Alien to make some sense of it all and a better understanding of this whole thing.

The boyfriend also shared me an interesting thing that I'm sure you guys would have notice by the end of the movie--the alien species is actually just a strand of DNA.

Notice the worms lying on the black goo at the 'tomb' which then created huge aliens shaped like worms and also the fact that the other aliens was shaped like a human species?Get it?People who didn't understand the movie would probably be like..what the heck was that?But I thought the movie was quite okay.Below is a video that I forgot to share just now showing the younger Peter Weyland at TED 2023,as a promo for Prometheus.

If you are still puzzled by the movie you can always click HERE to read the answers for some of the questions regarding the movie.