Archive for August, 2010

Sweet Temptations

August 13, 2010

I baked these for a friend’s cousin.

Dark chocolate cake topped with chocolate ganache

My favourite vanilla cake, topped with sweet and slightly tart raspberry Swiss meringue buttercream. The buttercream is rich and light at the same time, the slight tartness of the raspberry balanced the richness of the buttery cake below. And, who can resist that lovely colour?

Vanilla cakes with vanilla bean dotted buttercream


Day at the Beach

August 13, 2010

We spent National Day at the beach.

It was Xuan’s first time at the beach and she was quite happy about it!

So was Rui who was utterly excited to see helicopters carrying huge flags in the sky!

We didn’t go to the National Day Parade, but I received an NDP pack from work. Inside the bag was a fun pack which include snacks and drinks, temporary tattoo pack etc. I emptied the content in the morning and put mini cakes inside for Rui to bring to school.

I think they were well-received.  🙂

A Little Night Time Happening

August 4, 2010

The night started with a little steam.

Well, not that kind of heat but the wrong kind – angry heat.

The hubby commented about my not-so-desirable habit of leaving things around. And well, as the guilty as charged always do, I got defensive and told him off. Deep down inside though, I knew he meant well but in my defensive mood, I wished he would cut me some slack, and focus more on the things that matter, or the things which I think that matter more than an inappropriately placed item.

We bit our tongues and calmed down, knowing what a full-on confrontation could lead to. An awkward silence ensued.

Then thankfully, the innocent chatter of Rui and babbling of Xuan took over and broke the dreaded silence.

Giggling excitedly, thankfully oblivious to the foul atmosphere, Rui began pretending to be diving into what he imagined as a pool of water. The pool was actually his mattress. Who wouldn’t cracked up at the sight of a little body “swimming” on a mattress?

Then, the mattress suddenly became his space-ship, pillows and bolsters, his control panel, with daddy as his co-pilot. Of course, a space saga could never be complete without an antagonist and who better be than Xuan, the bad alien. The roles soon changed with daddy becoming the bad alien, and Rui and Xuan being on the same side.

I watched with delight as the brother tried to shield his little sister with his light blue fleece blanket when daddy aimed a little bolster at her. I chuckled when Rui dived into a pile of pillows to hide from the evil alien’s “laser”, thinking that if he could not see the alien, he could not be seen as well.

The mood lighten considerably, tempered with loud cheerful laughter and gleeful chatter.

It was past ten o’clock and the hubby tried to calm Rui down for his bedtime. He cuddled the boy in bed and proceeded to tell his son about his days as a boy spent swimming and playing in a river in Sibu. “Daddy loved jumping and playing in the river. There were fishes and prawns in the river,” said daddy. “And squid and octopus!” the little boy chipped in. “Yes, squids and octopus too!”

I smiled.

These were the times that I hope Rui and Xuan would etch in their minds forever – the laughter, the cuddles, the hugs, the kisses, the warmth, the closeness and the innocence.