tropicana ~ life is a kaleidoscope
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Of Airing Your Dirty (Not) Laundry

Monday, August 23, 2010
Shutters and towels - Dubrovnik, Croatia

What do you do when you feel down? I go to TasteSpotting and start ogling at those gorgeous foods. Instant mood lifter!

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Of Christ and Tarts

Sunday, July 11, 2010
Cristo Rei facing the city of Lisbon

Somehow the stance looks more like Christ is ready to give an inviting embrace rather than being pinned on the cross.

I can't stop traveling, I'm like a kid in candy store whenever I go somewhere new and strange. I need Herculean strength to leave this job that has given me the privilege to travel extensively. 

I might not know you, but will you pray for me?

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Of Reminiscing

Saturday, March 06, 2010

Don't you miss me, my dear friend? Will I have the pleasure to invite you for a smoke or two ever again?

I miss you. 

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Of Tiger Year

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Happy Chinese New Year! My sis and I had a 60's one. It was fun.
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Sunday, January 31, 2010

Dome long gone. An empty hole is what remains since the original dome capping the ceiling has collapsed. This is the entry vestibule into Diocletian's living quarters, overlooking the Peristyle.

Split, Croatia

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Of Shedding The Old Skin

Monday, January 04, 2010

A new year, a new skin for my blog (hey, even my Nana needs to shed his skin every other month). Wicked isn't it, this new facelift?

Friends often said I complain too much. Like to pick on the petty side of life. Moan and groan about the slightest thing. Wash, rinse, repeat.

And so, I'd like to take a new direction with this blog. A picture blog. Let the pictures do all the moaning and lamenting. But of course, I'm allowed to rant once in a while. You don't want me turning into a psycho now, do you?

That picture above was taken last Sept, when Joanne and I went traveling in Central Europe. I still remember that day, walking the length of the Walls of Dubrovnik under the scorching Adriatic sun. The sunlight so bright we're squinting our eyes with the same urgency like a child holding her pee. And then the Bell Tower rang. It's good to be alive isn't it, because then you get to experience moments that fill your senses to the brim.

Happy New Year. May the new year be a blessed one for all.

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Of Music To My Ear

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Yummy bread from Casablanca

Argghhh, I kept playing This Is Not A Love Song by Nouvelle Vague on loop. It's so infectious, but I can't help it.

I'm crossing over into

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Of Little Morsels of Delight

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

I think I found the perfect basic cupcake recipe. It's so moist you don't even need frosting. Just throw in nuts, chocolate chip, fruits, whatever takes your fancy. Pictured here is Chocolate Chips Orange Peel Rum Cupcakes. Of course, instead of vanilla essence, I used half a pod of vanilla bean. Capture a little happiness today, bake some cupcakes!
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Of Berries and Orchid

Friday, May 29, 2009
Nothing announces the arrival of summer like the beautiful, luscious berries screaming "Pick me, pick me" from the market stalls. And so I ended up with a packet each of huge blueberries and strawberries.

The blueberries, I made them into muffins with cinnamon streusel topping. The gooey mess of the berries combined with a subtle hint of cinnamon is a delight.

Then I made a batch of vanilla cupcake with strawberry buttercream frosting using an ingredient I have never used before - vanilla pod. Vanilla is the only edible fruit of the orchid family and it's something that is hard to get in Malaysia and finally, I've managed to lay my hand on one - it's like discovering the G-spot in baking. The smell is just heavenly!

The cupcake is so pink I decided
to name it Miss Dior Cherie Cupcake

See the black specks? Those are vanilla seeds.

I went slightly crazy with the vanilla, using them not only in the cupcakes but for the frosting as well. Hey, a girl's gotta make up for lost time, right?

Half a pod is still sitting in the fridge. Vanilla milkshake, anyone?

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