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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

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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.

Hello Auntie Young!

April 15, 2010

How many times have I mentioned that TIME FLIES in my blog? Can I say it again? TIME FLIES!

My Xuan is almost six months old now. I promised some pics and here they are… especially for you, Auntie Young, I hope these pics bring a smile to your face as they do for me…  🙂

 This is Xuan after a feed and in an awfully good mood!

No milk milk…

And this is Xuan with Cousin Carl who is about a month younger but much bigger than her.  Sorry for the picture quality, Auntie Young! I guess this is the best I can manage with two fidgety babies.

The Blues Are HERE Again

March 14, 2010

Now, who’s great idea it is, for women to be part of the workforce? And who even has the heart to suggest mothers to go back to work after spending four months cooing at and fussing over the baby? Does that person actually has a heart?

I can’t remember the last time I felt Monday blues on a Sunday. You know, the feeling of “OMG, a new week is looming…”. Wait a minute, maybe I can, because four months passed just like a flash! I can remember when I just tidied my desk and got ready to stay home and wait for the arrival of my little girl. And I can remember the feeling of woh-wee, bye bye to all the office nonsense for four months!

Well, all good things have to come an end. I am enjoying the second last day of my four-month maternity and gosh, am I nervous about returning to work. I certainly feel a tinge, no, not a tinge but a huge wave of sadness, leaving the baby in my mum’s care while I take care of the needs and demands of grown babies at work.

I feel a sadness also because I took a longer time to bond with my beautiful little girl, compared to her brother. She gave us a major, major medical scare when she was born. Rather than jumping in, and enjoying her company and smiles and little tantrums immediately, we were faced with some uncertainties and worries. Thankfully, she has been given the all-clear and we started to really enjoy playing, laughing, tickling and talking to her.

I hope Xuan will bond with and feel comfortable with Granny soon. I certainly will miss the feel of her warm skin against mine, the smiles and even the crazy loud cries.