I am back with four :)

Thursday, May 28, 2015

I was on blogging hiatus for almost exactly a year. My last post was not inspirational, gloomy and lethargic, I thought something completely wrong with me, but it turned up I was pregnant :).

Life has been chaotic as always, with the new edition it is more hectic. The sleepless night was over, my little one is now 4 months, thanks God she started to sleep through the night in her 3rd month. However, It does not mean getting easier, it is just getting better as we are adapted with our new life journey.

Slowly, I am back in tune, busy being working mother and will start my night part time teaching two weeks from now, so  thought of starting to blog again, it will keep my sanity by writing here. Furthermore I miss this space, my personal space that I am free to share inspirational, fun and interesting lots with all of you.. so here I am, I will be back with frequent posts (hopefully). For now, I'd like to share these adorable photos of bundle of our joy

Big sister...

Latest edition (full stop).

Photo credit: Samantha Yong Photography

Happy weekend + {strive for quality times}

Friday, June 20, 2014

Hello all, lately, I have been unwell physically and a little bit burden mentally. I hope I will have at least a good sleep during the weekend. The only thing that I am so blessed during the down time is my wonderful family which often I take them for granted. I've been spending plenty of quality time with my daughter, more than usually. I am so happy for the fact I am doing it better than I expected.

Usually, she will follow me and help me to do house chores. Doing laundry or helping in the kitchen is part of the quality time with her. Being a working mom, I only able to do house chores in the evening and my daughter seem has a little option to spend time with me unless she is being a helper in the chores. Now, that I decided to put some portion of my time to just do nothing but cuddle and talk with her every night, it is actually makes me feel happier. I wish I did it earlier, but it's better late than never.
Happy weekend :)

Local Travel : Penang - Armenian st + {3 tops fave of family holidays}

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Hello friends, I have a good three days break over the weekend. We had a short trip to Penang. It is school holiday, so we thought of bringing our daughter for a short break too. She had a great time of playing in the beach behind our hotel. For two days we just stayed in our hotel, swimming and lounging in the beach, then the third day, we decided to have a little bit of detour in George town (Penang old town). I've been to Penang many times but never really explore George Town before, we decided to park our car in Armenian street and rented bicycle. We explored the street, took a picture of unexpected mural arts around the heritage areas, shopped at the street vendors and enjoyed the 70's ice shaves in the hot day. 

Also, there are many ways to spend a family holiday beyond just visiting a theme park. Personally my top three are:

1. Family road trip 
I love our Western Australia road trip last year. I think we spent so much of quality time during the trip. We had so much freedom to decide on our itinerary as well, especially when we have children below 7 years old, flexible itinerary is the key to enjoy family holidays. Takes a scenic driving routes is another plus point, my favorite is l the ocean view.

2. Historical/educational detours
Another great idea to spend my family holiday will be self-program historical/educational detours to museum, educational park and historical trails. My daughter enjoyed the bicycle ride along the Armenian street, we explain to them about the street mural arts and some other art pieces that we found along the street corner. 
(click this link  for a walking tour map of the Armenian st, bicycle rent is RM10/bike).
Last year when we visited North Bridge in Perth, she had fun with musical instrument which displays in the park nearby museum.

3. Farm stay/country stay
I just love to bring my family to stay for few days in the farm or country side. Staying near natures is nothing but rejuvenate experience for us adult and children as well, especially urban people like us where natures is no longer widely available nearby.   

I hope you enjoy your the pictures that I shared, next post I will share a few favorite pictures and moment of Ipoh, a town that we visited on the way back to KL.
Have a great day!

Recipe: Sinfully delicious Nutella cake {w/ step by step picture}

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Hello friends, I am fans of Nutella, I can eat straight from the Jar with my table spoon and I am contented :). So last weekend, I was bored and browsing Nutella recipes. I found many Nutella cookies recipes, but I am not really a cookies eater, except for this. I made it several time because of the unusual taste combination. So, then I found the recipe of Nutella cake. First, I doubted  if I want to try, the recipe uses four eggs. I prefer cakes with lesser eggs, some of Indonesian -Dutch cake recipes such as; spekoek, lapis legit, Sugi cakes, they use many eggs, it has intense texture and taste, so I normally opt more to light texture cakes. However, we are not talking about a dozen of eggs (Spekoek recipe use a dozen eggs... eeikk) we only talk about 4 eggs, haaa.. so I decided to try to bake the Nutella cake recipe and the verdict is sinfully good. My family and colleagues love it too.

Recipe is adapted from Rasa Malaysia, I just follow the instruction exactly, but resulted differently. I could not get the layer, instead of the Nutella went down to the base. Please don't compare with the original picture of the source. Lol. Regardless, it still taste yummy.  May be you could do much better than me. Have a try!

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
4 large eggs, at room temperature
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 sticks (8 oz / 225 g / 1 cup) unsalted butter, softened
1 cup fine/granulated sugar
1 (350 g) jar of  Nutella (standard size that you can find in the supermarket)

Preheat the oven to 325°F (160°C). Lightly grease and flour a 9-by-5-inch loaf pan, tapping out any excess flour.

In a glass measuring cup, lightly beat the eggs with the vanilla.

In a medium bowl, whisk the 1 1/2 cups of flour with the baking powder and salt.

In a large bowl, using a handheld mixer, beat the butter with the sugar at medium-high speed until fluffy, about 3 minutes.

With the mixer at medium-low speed, gradually beat in the egg mixture until fully incorporated.

Add the flour mixture in 3 batches, beating at low speed between additions until just incorporated. Continue to beat for 30 seconds longer.

{Refer to step 1 picture}Spread one-third of the batter in the prepared pan, then spread half of the Nutella on top. Repeat with another third of the batter and the remaining Nutella. Top with the remaining batter. Lightly swirl the Nutella into the batter with a butter knife. Do not over mix.

Bake the cake for about 1 hour and 15 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

{Refer to step 2 picture}Let the cake cool in the pan for 15 minutes. Invert the cake onto a wire rack, turn it right side up and let cool completely, about 2 hours. Cut the cake into slices and serve.

{step 1}

{step 2}

Local delight : My Elephant Thai Restaurant

Monday, June 2, 2014

Hello everyone, Happy June.. times flies so extra fast! I hope you will have a fruitful month ahead, it is surely another busy month for me.
Sometimes I like to share my new findings of eating places around my neighborhood or Malaysia. Last Saturday I wanted to eat Thai food, then my husband brought me to My Elephant Thai restaurant in the humble neighborhood, located in the ground floor of one of the flat complex in SS17 Petaling Jaya, in the same area where we usually have our chicken rice. Most of the time, I appreciate small eating places with cozy and authentic menu more than those offers by big restaurant in the malls/shopping complex. I am glad that in where I live, there are actually plenty to offer. Sometime when my friends or relatives come and visit Kuala Lumpur and ask me advice to recommend places to go/dine, I am kinda puzzled to give suggestion as those places normally not so common among tourist and the location sometime hidden behind the residential areas or small roads :).

In My Elephant Thai, we ordered few dishes for our lunch, but the signature dish- Snow fish is pretty special, it worth to try either. Snow fish is salt-baked whole Seabass (type of fish) with green chilly sauce. It has salty, tangy and spicy taste, I love it. If you ever pass by to this neighborhood, you shall give this place a try.

Happy Monday, I will be back here often this week.

My Elephant Thai Restaurant
Block C-G4 Happy Mansion
Jalan 17/13 Section 17
Petaling Jaya - Malaysia