Unexpected death takes you by surprise and makes you rethink everything.Of course it makes you sad and teared up as well.My aunt,passed away on the 26th December,coincidentally,it was my brother's Syafiq's birthday as well.She passed away around 5 am in the morning.It was very unexpected.
She's my mum's eldest sister whom I call mak chak.She went on my family vacation to Cameron Highlands back in April and I always remember that great time we had.Sometimes it's weird but at times,during the 3 day tahlil we had at her house,I feel like she's still around and I can hear her voice but I know it was just nostalgia on my behalf.
It made think about my life.How I should be thankful and grateful of it.Appreciate the people around me more.Get rid of petty things,always make amends and many more.Life is too short.There's so many things I want to do with it.I don't want to waste it away because you never know when it might be your last day.
Below is a picture of a sunflower which I took from my aunt's garden.She love to garden and sunflowers is one of her favorite flower.So now whenever I look at it,I'll remember her.:)
As seasons go by,the reason we stayed glued to the series even after the storyline became boring and so soap opera drama-ish,is because of Blair and Chuck,the friendship between Blair and Serena(fight,friends again,fight,backstab,friends again) and of course for us girls,the beauty looks and the beautiful style--gorgeous clothes,shoes and bags.
The various celebrity and fashion cameos from a true Upper East Side girl--Tinsley Mortimer,to Vera Wang,to Alexa Chung,Lady Gaga,Tim Gunn,Rachel Zoe,Cynthia Rowley,Lou Doillon,Ivanka Trump and her husband,GEORGINA CHAPMAN(capital letters because of Marchesa),Tory Burch and many more.
So,how was the last episode ever of Gossip Girl?For those of you who thought that the ending would be tragic don't worry..finally there's a happy ending after so many dramas.Especially for 'Chair'(chuck+blair)' fans..you won't be disappointed.
|Chuck and his mini-me :)|
It's a bit bittersweet,because you just want the show to be over because the plot has been getting more ridiculous and they're running out of elaborate stories and you're like..,please for goodness sake let Blair and Chuck end up together.BUT on the other hand,Gossip Girl, like the creator said,is a homage to New York after Sex and The City ended and because the filming was done there and the fashion is just so major...so you'll be missing that.
There was a lot cameo appearances in the final episode--Rachel Bilson and Willa Holland(both The O.C alum which was created also by Josh Schwartz),Kirsten Bell(the voice of Gossip Girl),Katie Cassidy,Jessica Szhor and Mayor Bloomberg(he created 'Gossip Girl day',Jan 26th last year).Jenny and Eric came back for the finale as well.:)
Since I think by now the internet is swarming already with who GG really is..I'll just say this and I'm sure those of you who've been watching GG will know who--Lonely Boy.I like the revelation of who Gossip Girl was because it makes sense,he wrote himself into the Upper East Side.:)
On a girly note,of course I love the beauty looks and the fashion in the finale.Makeup looks that I loved:Blair's lilac eyeshadow at the start of the episode and then her bronze eyeshadow for the wedding.
|Wedding dress:Elie Saab on Blair |
and Georges Chakra on Serena
|She looks pretty even in this color.Love the details though.|
Razin have been showing me the production videos of The Hobbit,the sets,the people behind it and everything else.Basically Peter Jackson and his crew have created sort of like their own state in New Zealand to produce The Hobbit trilogy.Apparently this movie took 3 or was it 8 years to make?Actually Razin said the book can be sum up in one movie but I guess for profitable reasons,they split it into three parts.
When the movie came out,the boyfriend was frantically clicking on TGV's website because he wanted to watch it in IMAX 3D(which is recommended for this movie,see the poster).But it took TGV I think a day or 2 to release the IMAX 3D tickets to be bought online.
So how was it?I have to say that I loved it and I actually want to watch it again.:p
Having watched all of LOTR movies at the cinema,watching The Hobbit in IMAX 3D was great.I wasn't dizzy at all and some of the scenes looked like they came alive.During some of the pivotal scenes that were a bit nerve wrecking,it seemed so realistic that I was reacting to it by moving from left to right hahahaha
I won't reveal much but I have to say it was pretty awesome of a movie.Of course there was a few scenes that was probably could be left out and we discussed that maybe they had to stretch the movie out a bit.And yeah,Radagast the Brown is a bit kookie and that growth on the right side of his face was a bit disturbing.And ooh,Gollum scene with Bilbo was great especially the riddles part.He looked so realistic.
Anyway,below is the review by Jeremy Jahn who is awesome because he watch so many movies,even Disney ones or lame ones because he's unbiased and is Razin's favorite reviewer and mine as well.Watch his vid for a more thorough explanation.:)
Let's move on to happier things shall we!
Below are three pictures of me and Razin(the boyfriend) with his niece,the ever so cute and precious baby Qarla,to wipe out the negativity that is the comment above :p
This picture above was taken when Razin& I went to his eldest sister's house to visit little Qarla who was down with the flu and bringing the books I bought for her at Big Bad Wolf which her mother asked for.Qarla's nose was runny but she was in such good spirits and she's always a happy baby!:)
The picture above shows how Qarla loves having her picture taken using the front camera of my iPhone 4s.
Went to KL for a little bit of shopping and catching up with Aimi.She bought this bling2 shoes.haha.Our shopping trip was for me to find a new bag and wallet/purse.But instead,I ended up with 2 bags,2 dresses,a chiffon cardigan,a belt and the one I've been waiting to arrive here from the States for months--Revlon Just Bitten!:)
Loving the colours above!A few things from my buys with Aimi :)
I love the bright color of this lipstain and how it looks like crayon.haha
Found out that Bake With Yen headquarters is 15 mins away from my office at Bandar Sunway..been there twice this week to get my baking supplies.:)
One of my favorite baking cookbook is The Hummingbird Bakery which I bought at Kinokuniya.I have tried quite a number of the recipes with success.Recently I baked their double chocolate cookies which had melted chocolate and chocolate chunks in it.Very decadent and delicious!Pictures of the chocolate and cookies are above and below.
I have also been trying my hands on fondant and practicing how to use them because I got an engagement cupcake order.I managed to mix different colors of fondant and achieved the color below.Can't wait to do more things with it.:)
As somebody who likes to bake,cook and eat..scratch that,I even loveee watching cooking shows--Top Chef,Masterchef,Iron Chef,Hell's Kitchen..I have them all!I even have an array of cookbooks as well and food related books..haha Occasionally I buy Flavors magazine..sometimes the content is boring though---(see I tend to sidetrack at times -_-),it's a given that I take pictures of food..A LOT!
Below are the pictures of food that I have eaten with my family,boyfriend and friends.Also foods that I have baked/cooked.:) I hope you're not reading this on an empty stomach ;)
|I love mangosteens|
|Mama's favorite chocolates|
|Favorite juice at the moment|
|Love this app though they spelled roti canai wrongly haha|
The app is pretty accurate!It even manage to identify nasi berlauk(refer pic above).It's shocking to see the calories in some foods so it does makes me more aware of what I put into my mouth.
|Lunch at Mohd Chan Abdullah|
|Beehoon sup daging--spicy and gooodddd|
|Half&half for both pizzas|
|Fave kind of lunch|
I love popiah.If the traditional one,I love Popia S.Ali,a fave of me and my mum for years.Above is Sisters Crispy Popiah which is the modern version and my fave as well.So good!Unfortunately it's not sold in Shah Alam so I only get to eat it once in awhile if I happen to drop by to Sunway Pyramid which is near my office.
|XXL crispy chicken and sweet potato plum fries|
I've heard about Shihlin Taiwan Street Snacks from my friends about a year ago but never had the chance to taste the food.But last Tuesday I managed to do so when I was out with Aimi,since it was a public holiday for those who was working in Selangor.I love it!
|Sushi King and durian ice cream|
Had lunch with colleagues at Sushi King one day and they were surprised that the green tea was free.Because they are used eating at sushi places whereby you have to pay for the green tea.haha.Had durian ice cream which my colleague Winnie recommended.It was good!Smooth and thick.yummmmm
If you see at the top left of this blog,is the link for my baking blog.And orders has been trickling in.
|Made thick chocolate ganache--cream+dark chocolate=decadence|
Whenever I bake cakes,there'll be some batter leftover so I'll make mini cupcakes for the family.Made a new batch of ganache because I ran out of it frosting a cake order.My mum loves a cake that is frosted.Who doesn't?Okay,maybe there are people who doesn't like that.haha
|Chocolate chip cookies!|
Because I've noticed that sometimes even if you follow a recipe to a T,if you use different brand of ingredients,the result will be different.So,always use the best ingredients you can find.
|A lot of the things I've baked recently|
|Hokkaido cupcakes and red velvet cake in the making.|
Phew..now that's a lot of food pics!:)
Last Saturday I went to Big Bad Wolf with Adela and we had a great time.We arrived there around 4-ish on Saturday.Initially I was a bit apprehensive to go because I heard at night the queue was so long.They opened for 63 hours straight since Friday when they first opened.BUT,to our surprise,it wasn't congested.
We managed to find a parking,though we were a bit lost inside the mall trying to find the connecting bridge to get to the convention center..bwahaha.And paying for the books wasn't a problem as well.There was only 2 people in front of us in the queue.
|So many books!|
Luckily,we found an empty trolley lying around,for customer service purposes.So we put two of our big boxes on it.hahaha.
|Happy girls!That's 'our' trolley haha|
I went to Big Bad Wolf last year--post HERE and I have to say they did a much better job this year.They venue was convenient,there was massage chairs,it was next to a mall..so we could grab a meal before or after buying books.
|Sorting the books|
|So happy that I found Enid Blyton's!!|
They sold it in box set for rm40 but I only wanted two of the books as some of the stories weren't as appealing to me,I remembered reading them years back.
|Wani and her basket :P|
Both me & Adela saw our friends there.haha I met Wani,a friend of my TESL junior Nashrah & also my boyfriend's little sister's friend.She came well prepared with her purple basket!
|What I bought..wish I could have bought more.|
Musn't be greedy!:P
I will refrain from going there again..because it'll end on the 23rd of Dec.