Sunday, August 28, 2011

Kuih Makmur Inti Jem Nenas

Assalammualaikum w.b.t. and hello!

Syawal will be here in just few days. 2 days to be exact. All of us in the mood of celebrating 1st of Syawal. Some might wait to spend up for cheaper things at the last minute..for cookies, baju kurung, lemang, ketupat, shawls..the list goes on..

Some who is awesome (sengaja..:D) shall try my family's recipe, Kuih Makmur. Believe me, it is easier than you think and it taste simply good.

Recipe: Kuih Makmur with Pineapple filling

This recipe is from my Opah sedara and she mentioned that no precise measurement required. Which makes things easier!

: Dough
3/4 packet of Wheat flour
1 tin of Ghee

:Pineapple filling
A pineapple (grated)
Spoonful of sugar, proportionate to amount of pineapple.

Caster sugar (grounded),  for coating


1.  Prepare the filling first, so it has time to cool down. You don't want to burn your finger. Just put all the grated pineapple and sugar. Too much of sugar will get it too hard and tedious to work with. Let it reduced.
2. For the dough, put in little by little ghee onto the flour and yes, use your hand please. You have to feel it to ensure it soft enough and easy to mold.
3. The fun time! Mold the dough into balls and put a pinch of filling at the center and it ready to bake :)
4. Preheat the oven for 5 minutes first and bake it for 20 minutes at 180 degrees. Tadaa..
5. Powdered the cookies with grounded sugar and it's ready to be served.

Selamat Hari Raya!

Celebrating Freedom

F R E E D O M. 
Free. Bebas. Percuma.

I'm sure we have seen the best of life so far as muslims, and women. From my trip of balik kampung, I was imagining how was life there before I was born. What will I be if I was born earlier and having hard times seeking for independence. Taking my Opah, Nenek for examples. They don't even have electricity! Put aside laptops and cellphones. I'm sure I won't last for a day.

Note to self, appreciate what we have and think for others who hardly posses anything.

See it from different perspective. Its not free. 

Happy Merdeka Raya!

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Day 3 - Favourite Childhood Book

Hi there :)

Yeay! It's Day 3.. My favourite childhood book.

Well, we always reminiscing our lives that we had,either the good one or bad one. Always. I keep reminding myself not to feel sorry for what had happened. (Why do I sound so serious? )

Ok..what's the topic again? My favourite childhood book :D   hehe..I was reading the book again and tons of memories came back into my mind and made me crack a smile.

Oh! Cendawan by Norsiah Babjee

I'm quite a fan of children style art

I still feel the same of excitement while reading the book, Oh! Cendawan (Oh! Mushroom). I'm sure every kids have flip through this wonderful book. Simple story with colourful pictures, will put anyone under a spell.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

The Sims Social // Socialites in Town

Haven't you heard about 'The Sim Social'? Shame on you! I just started playing it today! Booyah!.. OMG! and worse..I'm addicted..

It's like..patiently staring at computer screen and keep me of doing a complete working drawing for submission tomorrow morning..

I was introduced to the sims, quite some time ago, by Farhah. No, I'm not blaming you..hehe.. It's been one of my guilty pleasure since..From the sims, the sims 2 and the sims 3..all I've played! Now, its Facebook era...grrrr....and I'm obsessed! Here are some screenshots...

Awesome tagline!

Imma Socialites baby!

My sweet little homie..meow..
This is the big reason why I play The Sims. Building a house! I wish other 3D software, SketchUp, do look like this and really user friendly told ya..Less time consumes in preparing illustration I bet..

Some real awesome houses! *drool* (via)
Love the garden at the back


Hot tub. outdoor, garden..when will I have these?

One of my fave items, the 1000 simoleons it!

Tempted? Say yes!..hehe..

Okay,since I just started, to, some tips ...
  • Be extra careful with what you the beginning, click the customize first. Customize everything till you feel totally satisfied!You ' sim looks so cute'..hehe...Cause once you clicked play, you need to pay to customize. Believe it or not, changing hairstyle will cost you 1000 simoleons! yikes! 
  • Don't sell anything you have. Ever. Even you hate it. It's useless. Most of the items sold for 90% less. 450 price item sold for just 45 simoleons! Just put them in store.
  • Let the energy bar replenish itself. Don't have to buy or ask friend, unless its urgent. While waiting for the energy to fill up, just do anything else like buying things for your house, change the layout or write a blog...see! I do make sense..
  • Get extra simoleons by keeping your sims 'inspired'. Your sims will be in inspired mode if its need is full. Easy peasy! Let the simoleons come to you...wuu...(simoleons is the sims currency, btw)
  • Help your friends.. and soon they'll help you back. Ask your friend to help in sending items quest, building new room, building furniture and be sure to help them back or drop them a gift.  
Ciida Montgomery

That's all what I have learned...Hope those tips help. Lets start socializing!

Don't forget to add me :)

p/s: Do I look adorable? Say it! Beauty mark on upper lip shall make me cute right? Ok..fine..I knew it doesn't work..  

Monday, August 22, 2011

Meow, Mew, Miau, Miao

Now you know what your cat been meowing about...

picture from here 

Selepas Ramadan

Ramadan, the month full of blessing, is going to end in just few days..
I keep asking what have I done for the whole month?
Was my doing worth? Was the time and chance given been use wisely...  
I keep thinking and thinking..Muhasabah..and regrets, still I'm thankful..

Will I be better muslim after leaving Ramadan?
Would I be as grateful as in this month? 
Can I behave wisely until next Ramadan?
Will I appreciate all the blessing bestow?

I shouldn't ask too many questions. Semua itu kerja Allah s.w.t. right..
Ramadan really changed us all in lot of way we could think of. Allah s.w.t knows the best. Allah s.w.t won't create Ramadan for nothing..the question is, will we meet Ramadan again? What if this is our last Ramadan? :(

I know we shall celebrate Syawal, but I miss Ramadan already.

Selamat berpuasa.. :)
22nd Ramadan, 1432 Hijrah

Friday, August 19, 2011

Day 2 - A photo that makes you happy

Say hello to starfish

  • Its a dead starfish actually :( Found it washed up on the shore..poor guy..
  • I never seen a starfish before, neither dead or alive.
  • Still, how lucky I am to find one right? I was so excited..see that smile!
  • Now I can wear it as a hairclip like the mermaids do.. hoho..
  • But please..If you see one that still alive, please throw them back into the sea! 

Luckily it doesn't look or smell or grin like Patrick Star..

See ya! 

p/s: that's my younger sister, Farhana. I was crazy finding any photo that makes me I forced her to email me this photo..just few hours ago..('o')-->supposed to sound like 'hoho' (belajar dari siapa gelak seperti ni...)

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Glee Project // Calling all gleeks!

My night won't be the same again from today on.. Its here, the Glee Project! Last night was a blast! Out of 40,000 applicants, only 12 are selected..

  The 12 contenders..guess which my fave is?
Maybe you'll be ''ugh..just another talent show..who cares..'' Well I do. I am a Glee fan and this Glee Project somehow an amazing addition to the series.

We can see what is behind the scene actually, who's the producer, choreographer, vocal arranger..Plus each of the contenders have their own story and they are so unique..

The winner will be feature in 7 episodes of Glee, season 3.. and acting with other Glee casts okay! wohoo! Okay.. Let the pictures tell all the story..

The first assignment 'Individuality'
Come on, let your colors burst
Video making for firework number. Do check out the video here

Looks like they're having fun, right? I'm amazed with how they want this badly but still enjoy what they're doing. Wish I can sing.. I'm a bad singer, believed me.. I even got some advice on not to swallow my words while talking by an English teacher.. ea, how possible for me to sing then? not even karaoke..haha..

The "most likely to be a nerd forever"
Lindsay: She's really pretty
Damian : He looks familiar right?

My favorite is the "most likely to be a nerd forever", Cameron Mitchell. Kinda nerd but very talented! Most likely one that already I can think of a character to be fit in the Glee show..a good looking nerd..possibly boyfriend to Brittany maybe..right right?

Please google up for more of their details. Jangan malas..  

See ya!

all photos are from (via) except group photo (via)

Monday, August 15, 2011

MasterChef // Spot-on!

Phew..what a start! After the heat for tonight MasterChef US Premier Gala show, I just can't wait for next week episode. Truth be told, I think chef Gordon Ramsay is quite...I don't know the right word for it... but I love the way he treated all the contestants with respect and his honesty on commenting the contestants' signature dishes.

I was impressed with the dishes prepared by these amateur and home cook. Oh, there is an architect..she want to pursue her dreams in cooking as she did not satisfy with her current job..ohh..architect!

Warning: Continue reading at your risk. If you are hungry, craving, delusional or anxiety disorder and prone to break your fast,  we suggest you turn back now :) hehe..
Stuffed Mushroom Ala Thai with Spicy Cold Soup
I wish I was one of the contestants, and amaze them with Malay Cuisine. Maybe ketupat, rendang tok, lemang...wait..nampak sangat nak raya ni.. hehe..

Ok..Maybe as a signature dish, I would opt for my favorite Malay dish, Bihun Kari, Satay dan kuah kacang, Nasi Lemak or Ween! Laksa Sarawak..right right? boleh la nak berangan seperti di sebelah ini.. (read: Ala Thai..chida?? Malaysia Truly Asia yaw!)

Red Velvet 
Oh, by the way..I hope...really realy hope that MasterChef Malaysia will be as good as US and Australia..please..

Wonder what kind of invention test could it be..mystery box must be brilliant! Our first ever Malaysia's MasterChef! Please do not let me google it up..please.. ok I just did! : D

No, I didn't find who the winner is..Here some photos from the audition that was held last April and...the show will probably start in October!

Chocolate Almond Toffee Bar
Chicken Leg with Beetroot Lime Sauce
Meringue Tart, maybe?

Not sure, Roasted Chicken and Salad?
Enough said. Wish all of the MasterChef Malaysia contestant best of luck.
Happy Fasting people..15th day of Ramadan..  

p/s:Actually for Raya, I wish there are more more our traditional biscuits than the modern one. How I love Biskut Makmur inti jem nenas! Usually I found Makmur with ground nuts fill. I shall upload the recipe soon, right?   

official website Astro here 
picture from Cherrylisz here 
picture of food from Official Facebook page here

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Day 1 -10 Things About Me

Hi! Happy fasting..its 13th day of Ramadan..
Yeay! So, I picked some random questions for this Day 1 challenge. Malas sudah. : D but I don't really know how to describe myself to begin with. Hope these questions will help. It's fun to try..made me feels like a celebrities or actor or someone..hehe..

1. How did you choose your nickname?
Its from children game called 'Bahasa m' some might use 'Bahasa f' and chimidama means chida. I don't know if it works in English..Himi, mymy namemame ismis chimidama.. sounds weird..hehe..

2. What would surprise people once they got to know you?
That I talked a lot and laugh too much for no reason. Sometimes I ask a lot of questions that has no answer to it. I still have no answer to why five fingers on foot do not have names..wait..I just googled it's the answer..Big toe, Index toe, Middle toe, 4th Toe and Little Toe - aka "pinky toe" (via)..So now, what's the name of those in Bahasa?

3. What is your current obsession?
Blogging! playing games on Neopets and Chris Evans.

4. If you live in another era, which would it be and why?
 Can I choose to live in Captain America movie's era? I love those vintage dresses, magic shows, cars.. and boys with preppy hair..

5. What is your earliest memory?
I am reading a book with picture of ants. 

6. What’s your #1 most played song?
Better by Regina Spektor..Check her out..

7. What can't you say no to?
Anything that has prawn..I love prawns a lot! My mom's Udang Goreng Kunyit and Afiqah Hassan's Butter Prawn!

8. What chore do you absolutely hate doing?
Washing dishes. I don't know. It made feel guilty for throwing out excess food. 

9. If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?
Washing dishes :p how the cars work, computers work..anything that involves stop me from imagining that there is little people inside computers do the works.

10. Complete this sentence: "........fascinates me"
People, human, babies..I used to think that babies are made by eating too much rice. haha..and for that reason, I don't eat a lot when I was a child..afraid I will get baby..

Thats all.. See ya!
p/s: I wish I had more questions..

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

100 Day Challenge

Hi there and Assalamualaikum w.b.t.

I am new. I am learning. and I really don't know how to blog.

Some might use blog to get fame, to be known, improve writing skill, to get more friends and even to get money. For me? All of those, from fame to money! OK..kidding. I've been lurking around, reading blogs of others, and that has inspired me to start my own blog. I like to read and write, but maybe in a way architecture has molded me. I read picture and write sketches. I am not really good at things with word and numbers but at least I tried.

This challenge sounds fun to me to try and maybe it will cure my repetitive-unhealthy-boring-gloomy-lonely-life (exaggerated..hehe..) and learned something out of it. Yosh!

So, here is the list of the 100 day challenge. <s

  Day 1 - 10 things about me
  Day 2 - Photos that make you happy
  Day 3 - Favorite childhood book  
  Day 4 - Your favorite quote, in your handwriting
  Day 5 - Fill in the blanks
  Day 6 - A picture of yourself 10 or more years ago
  Day 7 - Urban legends     
  Day 8 - Your favorite outfit
  Day 9 - Gallery of little kids drawing
  Day 10 - Photos that makes you sad
  Day 11 - All time favorite movies
  Day 12 - Going green guide
  Day 13 - Something you drew in 10 seconds
  Day 14 - A magazine you like
  Day 15 - Something you baked
  Day 16 - Guilty Pleasure
  Day 17 - A picture of the best moment of your life  
  Day 18 - Everything inside your purse / wallet / handbag
  Day 19 - Leave 19 comments on other people's blog in a day
  Day 20 - You make me feel so 'mahtava'
  Day 21 - What are doing to make world a better place?    
  Day 22 - Before I die, I want to..
  Day 23 - Project moustache
  Day 24 - Don't take this for granted
  Day 25 - Speak out for those who can't
  Day 26 - When I was little I wanted to be ..
  Day 27 - Following your idiotic dreams
  Day 28 - Please disturb!
  Day 29 - The fear of mediocrity
  Day 30 - "The Murtaugh List"  
  Day 32 - Things you're too young to do
  Day 33 - Nothing good happens after 2.00 am  
  Day 34 - Baby talk 
  Day 35 - The yips     
  Day 36 - 5 things I learned today   
  Day 37 - Favorite TV shows  
  Day 38 - Why weekend should be longer? 
  Day 39 - 5 things I want my kids to know 
  Day 40 - Picture of the moon   
  Day 41 - The most embarrassing thing in your closet  
  Day 42 -  5 ways to wear vintage clothes 
  Day 43 -  Find out who has same birthday as you
  Day 44 -  Eat the first freshly baked cookie from the oven
  Day 45 -  Pronounces someone's name right
  Day 46 -  Can you live without mirror?
  Day 47 -  Hourly record your activities for a day
  Day 48 -  Grow a plant
  Day 49 -  A talent of yours
  Day 50 - Your sports Award
  Day 51 - Your favorite childhood movie
  Day 52 - Something your mom bought you
  Day 53 - A hobby of yours
  Day 54 - Something you hold dear to your heart  
  Day 55 - An embarrassing picture from your childhood
  Day 56 - Your favorite animal
  Day 57 - Something that annoys you
  Day 58 - Picture of your report card
  Day 59 - Best and worst picture of you
  Day 60 - History timeline : my hometown
  Day 61 - How do you choose to be remembered?
  Day 62 - Overcoming Fear 
  Day 63 - When I was 17
  Day 64 - 5 pet peeves
  Day 65 - Place that makes you happy
  Day 66 - Something weird in your house
  Day 67 - Your dream house
  Day 68 - Something you hate
  Day 69 - What did you see when you were a kid
  Day 70 - Something passed down from your parents / grandparents
  Day 71 - The weather outside
  Day 72 - Browsing your bookmarks
  Day 73 - No plastic day - go green!
  Day 74 - Crushes on celebrities
  Day 75 - Something that making you slurping
  Day 76 - Picture of sleep lines on your face
  Day 77 - Artwork you still have from high school
  Day 78 - 10 reasons you get up in the morning
  Day 79 - Review an old movie :
  Day 80 - Write a controversial post
  Day 81 - 10 worst movies you have ever seen
  Day 82 - Your attempt at decorating cake
  Day 83 - Make something out of junk
  Day 84 - 5 ways to wear hijab
  Day 85 - A conversation you overheard on the bus / train / plane etc.
  Day 86 - If you could write a book.
  Day 87 - Stupid tricks you have tried
  Day 88 - List what you ate today
  Day 89 - 10 things I didn't learn in architecture school
  Day 90 - 3.00 am conversion with someone
  Day 91 - Taking your makeup off after wearing it for hours
  Day 92 - Saying thanks
  Day 93 - Car dancing
  Day 94 - Wearing pajamas outside of the house
  Day 95 - Getting buried under piles of heavy blankets on a cold night
  Day 96 - Interview someone
  Day 97 - Share a recipe
  Day 98 - Getting something free
  Day 99 - Little things which are important to your life
  Day 100 - Yeay! Finished! Write another 100 day challenge list

There you go..phew.. Half day spent to write this and I can't wait to start. Feel free to join me or just stalk me :)
p/s: I might change the order or the entry list.  

Day 20-29 are inspired by some of Candy Chang's Projects
Day 30-35 are inspired from How I Met Your Mother series
Random day challenge are from Shelly's blog 1000 Awesome Things

Saturday, August 6, 2011

10 Reasons You Are Rich

photo by Afghanistan Matters

  1.  You didn’t go to sleep hungry last night.

  2. You didn’t go to sleep outside.

  3. You had a choice of what clothes to wear this morning.

  4. You hardly broke a sweat today.

  5. You didn’t spend a minute in fear.

  6. You have access to clean drinking water.

  7. You have access to medical care.

  8. You have access to the Internet.

  9. You can read.

  10. You have the right to vote. 

Assamualaikum :) Selamat berpuasa! 

It has been 3 months of doing nothing at home and  its making me worry about future..a bit. Living without a job means no income and honestly I am still not used to it.
However, above facts from Marc and Angel Hack Life, makes me realize of what I do have.

photo by Thomas Life

I am so thankful that I am able to read. We learn, we write..all starts from reading. I cannot imagine how difficult it is to live without this ability.

Stop complaining and be grateful. Syukur Alhamdulillah  :)