Orange almond cake cupcakes

A little surprise inside!

Remember yesterday’s flowers?

Well, I took some time in the afternoon to bake some orange almond cake in cupcakes before running off to do some stuff in Cyberjaya. It took me about one hour to frost and decorate them little babies. I should include the amount of time I spent on thinking of how to decorate it but never mind.

Orange almond cake cupcakes

It didn’t help that The Gateaux Affairs was on while I was busy working on my little cakes. Quite funny considering that the whole show is all about cakes and more cakes!!! Well, you know it’s more than that but amazing show, really. Some bits are downright fake but it’s still fun!

The freshly decorated cupcakes!

I also ran into some issues with the storage. Bought a box that was too big so I had to run back to the store to get a smaller one. Definitely will have to make a note about sizes and stuff. Anyway, I hope the recipient(s) of these lovely cakes will like them. Now to carry them all the way to work WITHOUT messing them up! ^.^

Sweet floral delights!

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Giant primroses!

Pale blue primroses

These are for tomorrow’s orange almond cake cupcakes and if all goes well with the taste test on Thursday, the rest will be for my first cake order. It is just going to be for the hantaran but I’m planning to incorporate a little twist to the filling and frosting itself.

The bride-to-be has asked for a blue and white cake with primroses instead of the usual daisies and roses but I thought stark white is just too bright. So will most probably tone it down by using ivory and a lighter pale blue instead.

Piping these babies felt a little awkward at first because I haven’t touch my cake decoration stuff in ages. But once I got started, it was smooth sailing all the way! Now to get some rest and get back to other things like work…heh. Can’t wait till my last day, actually.

primrose_dephinium-blue

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Is it really exciting?

Since I booked my flight to Zurich last week, heaps of people have remarked on how excited I must be to be able move to a place like Switzerland. The whole “it’s a such a gorgeous place!”, “it must be great to move away from Malaysia”, and all that. Honestly, it’s tiring having to try and answer questions or statements revolving around my move…

Deep down inside, I haven’t exactly thought about all those things with the wedding dinner happening a day before the flight. Then there is the pre-move stuff – the packing, the househunting, the unfinished businesses (income tax is one of those biggies! =.= ), the goodbyes…and then there is the settling down bit and starting afresh…

I know we all have to go through things like this in one way or another but it still doesn’t stop me from wanting to NOT think about it constantly.

Being jobless and away from friends with no direction whatsoever doesn’t sit very well with me. It’s bad enough that I can’t stand being jobless. I also cannot stand being without any idea whatsoever of my focus/plans there. It was different in Australia because I was there for a reason and therefore, I had something on my hands. This time, things are different.

The goodbyes…well, it is always hard to say goodbye to friends and family. While the Internet may be a great way to keep in touch, it’s just very different from actually being there surrounded by people you know. Part of me looks forward to getting to know more people but the other part of me doesn’t want to leave the ones here behind. It doesn’t help when your parents keep going on and on about how you’ll be surrounded by strangers who will judge you based on their expectations of an Asian woman.

Come to think of it, I don’t know what to feel. I don’t exactly hate the idea of moving but I’m not exactly jumping up and down for joy either. Perhaps it is easy for others out there – pack up, move, settle down and that’s it – but for me, the process is emotionally draining…

Add that with the wedding preparations and you can see how it can get deadly for me.

So no, it’s not really that exciting. Don’t mind me if I just smile whenever someone asks and comments in that fashion. I’m not trying to be funny or rude. I just don’t find it all that exciting…

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Bronze

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Bronze
Pattern | Flower Basket Shawl
Yarn | 100% silk in dark gold
Needles | 4.5mm circulars (very loose cast off by using 7.5mm needles)
Modifications | A sprinkle of beads here and thereā€¦

This was actually finished just before I left for Hong Kong nearly three weeks ago but I never got around to putting up updates simply because there were other things to blog about. I thought it’d be nice to go back to my knitting roots – it’s always less controversial and personally more fulfilling!

My knitting has somewhat slowed down. I think I’m beginning to run out of adrenaline. It’s nightmarish though because I still have four shawls left to go before December runs out. Lets not forget the Christmas presents as well…ack! Time to really start getting back on track again! Watch this space next week for another pretty shawl, k?

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“The survey says…”

I got tagged by the ever wonderful Zona and just in time too!.

1. Name one person who made you laugh last night.
Nil

2. What were you doing at 0800?
Just getting out of bed. ^.~

3. What were you doing 30 minutes ago?
Playing “Cake Mania”.

4. What happened to you in 2006?
I think I went through too many things to remember exactly what happened but Nil went back to France for good (the start of my ultra long distance relationship) and that was the year when I realized that I was engaged (don’t ask). Also went to Paris and Lyon for the second time and this time, had heaps and heaps of fun. Work got a bit more challenging as well (understatement, really!)

5. What was the last thing you said out loud?
“No la” – Mum wanted to know if there were any movies on the telly.

6. How many beverages did you have today?
Does water count?

7. What color is your hairbrush?
It’s a comb and it’s pink!

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The diet is back on!

Okies, two inches and two kiloes…that’s the target this time.

Just got back from my dress fitting and apparently all the outfits are too fitting especially around the booby area (plus tummy). I think it’s all that siew ngor I had in Hong Kong.

Anyway, here’s to Iko Iko oat biscuits and the stepper machine every day till then! Oh, have to tell Nil that I can’t get pregnant either. Otherwise, bye bye dress!

*sighs* The things we women do for a day…in my case, it’s a night!

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