roller-coaster week!


I’m not kidding guys; I’ve been on my feet 7 days straight and all I could remember was waking up, eat, work, sleep, REPEAT. Anything in between was in automatic mode, so I remember none of it in details. It’s like I got a hangover after being drunk for 7 days, lol.

Let’s start with last weekend – the Yayasan Sime Darby Arts Festival 2014. Honestly, I couldn’t take part in ALL of the activities that was organized, even if I try. But, that was the beauty of it! A festival full of all things arts – music (of course!), dance, movies, poetry, open mic, food (!!!), workshops, and many more! There was even a street of bazaar just behind the Pentas 1, where people were selling jewellery, decorations, bags, cookies, and books.

I was mostly in Pentas 2 for the live bands on the first day, as I was mixing for An Honest Mistake and Froya, and that I didn’t wanna miss the rest of the bands that were playing. I figured since it’s gonna be a 2-day sets, the bands were more than likely to play the same or similar sets on both days, so I took the time to explore the rest of the festival on the second day.

On the first night, my friend Ivan and I went to the Gala Night. 😀 They featured performances by the DAMA group, MPO Orchestra, the band MonoloQue, Zainal Abidin, and Sheila Majid!

More pictures here! [x]

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On Monday I went to Malone’s KLCC. The band called The Tangents from ISKL was performing and I was in charged of stage and sound. It started off nice and easy, and slowly going a lot crazier during the second and third set!! The air conditioning wasn’t functioning, and you would think no one would bother to even move with all that drink, but nooooooo. Everyone was on their feet and started dancing!! [x] [x]

my view.

 

Tuesday was Moonshine’s 9th Anniversary Celebration! I haven’t plan for a production this scale in such a long time and of course I was excited!!! Right after I got all information needed for the show, I did my channel list and production schedule. I got Cliff (my intern!) and Brian to help me out, and Reza got Hameer to manage the schedule, keeping everybody on time! I had Cliff handling the outside stage, while Brian and I covered the main (inside) stage.

Channel List & Equipment Needs | Production Schedule

 Wednesday was the usual Urban Sunset & Thursday was Rock is Dead?!.

this is how i roll on wednesdays 😉

 

Friday, I had the pleasure to handle stage and sound for The Russell Curtis Project at Malone’s KLCC. He was backed by Anthony Muthurajah and Sivam (lastname:Drummer as he wouldn’t tell me -_-).

 

As you can already tell, my week has slowed down tremendously and I’m about to have my usual off days tomorrow and the day after. Even though I’m looking forward to doing a lot of resting and let my body recover (and maybe doing a bit of running since I haven’t been doing it in ages), I’m immensely grateful that I was given the opportunities to be busy and doing what I love, and still able to call it my job. I’m beyond blessed and there is no other way to express my gratitude towards my roller-coaster week.

I’m not gonna stop doing what I love doing. I asked for challenges to come at me, and I got them. Keep ’em coming! 😀

Melanie’s Last Day in Malaysia


I’ve known Melanie for about six months now. I knew her through a local (albeit international) church that I was playing drums at. She was in Singapore for a week when I first met Elena, her partner-in-crime, but quickly found her very delightful and high in spirit when I got to know her. We have since became really good friends and I, being the attached person that I am, was really heartbroken when it was time for Mel to finally head home. 😥

So, a few of us decided that we’d bring her out on her last day. Too told us about this one restaurant that serves Sarawak food in USJ, so we used the opportunity to not only try out the food, but also for Mel to have a Malaysian meal one last time. 😀

 

Outside view.
Outside view.
Food choices!
Food choices!
We were too early for the lunch specials lol.
We were too early for the lunch specials lol.
Upon entering main entrance.
Upon entering the main entrance.
Our table!
Our table!

 

They have some pretty nice decor as well!

 

Can’t leave out food pictures. :p

Laksa Sarawak.
Laksa Sarawak.
Kolo Mee
Kolo Mee
Kiau! The aunty asked if I wanted my kiau fried, dry or soup. I specially requested for it to be mixed in soy sauce :D
Kiau! The aunty asked if I wanted my kiau fried, dry or with soup. I specially requested for it to be mixed in soy sauce 😀

 

The company – Too, Brian, Eugene and of course, Mel!

Brian and Eugene!
Brian and Eugene!
Mel! (excuse the fail photo)
Mel! (excuse the fail photo)
Too!
Too!

 

Right after our brunch, Too took us on a mini tour around the rooftop of One City mall. I have a footage of our mini adventure, and it’s a MUST watch. Eugene’s fear of height is priceless. 😉

Melanie is an amazing person and I feel beyond blessed to be given the chance to get to know her. I don’t know when I’ll get to see her again, but I will make the effort to come down to Nashville if given the opportunity. ❤

<3

august: awesome happens


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time flies when you’re having fun.
time flies when you appreciate the people around you more.
time flies when you give yourself another chance in life to live it.

Yes, Awesome do happen. My new job of two-month old is awesome, the people who I’m working with are awesome, my family is awesome, my friends are awesome, and the best of all, I am awesome. I lost myself for a while and haven’t been feeling confident in my work and my performance. But I realized over time that I am 21 and working a full-time job that I love, a place that I’d never thought I’ll be in, for having to always feel like I’m far behind my peers [in terms of knowledge and opportunities] back when I was in college.

I can’t. I just do not have the ability to express my gratitude for August that the Lord has blessed me with. My dad brought my family to Port Dickson, my colleagues have become my new family, PJEFC took the time to wrap a little parting gift on my last day, I get to watch my friends perform (where I’m not working) every once in a while…. I’ve learned to love coffee again. I’m going to Miri with An Honest Mistake this weekend…. What is life?!

Here are the colours of my current life. ❤

 

Meanwhile……. Melanie is going back to Nashville. MELANIE IS LEAVING ME. 😥

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IN A SEPARATE (AND ANOTHER AWESOME) NEWS: My little thoughts got published in The Star newspaper! I can only thank Ms Hariati Azizan for the opportunity. 🙂

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Thank you friends for spotting my face and sending me the pictures! I did not get a chance to get myself a copy, but you can read the full articles here and here. Also cool findings: The Search for The Merdeka Speech.

Here’s to September, and believing that every time reality knocks me down, life will always have reasons to bring me back up. 🙂 x

 

A little song that I wrote to go with my short story: Reality.

Nian Tze’s Mooncakes and Recipes


Nian Tze was always known for her generosity back when we used to be colleagues. This time around, I could not help but thought about her mooncakes as the Mid-Autumn Festival is drawing near. I bought 2 flavours from her and she gifted me with two others and so I thought why not compile her recipes here!

I’m not sure if she is still taking orders but I’ve included the price per piece if anyone wishes to try their luck! :p

 

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Pandan Redbean Snowskin Mooncake (Selling for RM5 per piece) *each piece is 100gm

Pastry:
90g Coconut Milk (Boiled and let chilled)
1tsp Pandan Essence
40gm krimwell
200g Redman snowskin premix
Some Pau Flour
(Total Weight = 330g)

Filling:
700g Red Bean paste
22g Melon Seed (Kuaci)
(Total Weight = 800g)

Method:
(Filling)
1) Divide Red bean paste and Melon seed into equal portion according to your mould, i.e. if using 100gm mould, 70gm is used for filling and 30gm for the skin.

(Pastry Skin)
1) Mix all pastry ingredient together except Pau flour. Process till even & divide into equal portion, rest for 5-10 mins.
2) Roll pastry into flat sheet, wrap in filling, seal edges & press into mould. Knock out, fridge.

* This recipe makes about 11 pieces for 100gm mould.

 

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Coco Banana Snowskin Mooncake (Selling for RM6 per piece) *each piece is 100gm

Pastry:
90g Chocolate Milk
10gm Coco Powder
40gm krimwell
200g Redman snowskin premix
Some Pau Flour
(Total Weight = 340g)

Filling:
500g lotus paste
250g ripe banana (Pisang Emas)
50g gula melaka
(Total Weight = 800g)

Method:
(Filling)
1) Double boil gula melaka till melt, put in banana to cook for a while then mix in lotus paste, knead till even.
2) Divide into equal portion according to your mould, i.e. if using 100gm mould, 70gm is used for filling and 30gm for the skin.

(Pastry Skin)
1) Mix all pastry ingredient together except Pau flour. Process till even & divide into equal portion, rest for 5-10 mins.
2) Roll pastry into flat sheet, wrap in filling, seal edges & press into mould. Knock out, fridge.

* This recipe makes about 11 pieces for 100gm mould.

 

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Coffee Nutella Cheese Snowskin Mooncake (Selling for RM7 per piece) *each piece is 100gm

Pastry:
90g cold coffee
1tsp coffee essence
40gm krimwell
200g Redman snowskin premix
Some Pau Flour
(Total Weight = 330g)

Filling:
500g lotus paste 200g Nutella
250g cream cheese
(Total Weight = 950g)

Method:
(Filling)
1) Double boil Nutella till melt, mix in lotus paste, knead till even.
2) Divide into equal portion according to your mould, i.e. if using 100gm mould, 70gm is used for filling and 30gm for the skin. Hence, I cut the cream cheese to about 20gm each and the kneaded paste to about 60gm each. Fillings will be about 80gm each.

(Pastry Skin)
1) Mix all pastry ingredient together except Pau flour.
Process till even & divide into equal portion, rest for 5-10 mins.
2) Roll pastry into flat sheet, wrap in filling, seal edges & press into mould. Knock out, fridge.

* This recipe makes about 11 pieces for 100gm mould.

 

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Orange Chocolate Walnut Snowskin Mooncake (Selling for RM8 per piece) *each piece is 100gm

Pastry:
200g cold water
250g Sunquick
2&1/2tsp lemon juice/rind
2&1/2tsp orange paste
200gm krimwell
1000g Redman snowskin premix
Some Pau Flour
(Total Weight = 1650g)

Filling:
1000g lotus paste
180g cooking chocolate
180g toasted walnut
180g orange peel
90g chocolate chip
(Total Weight = 1630g)

Method:
(Filling)
1) Double boil chocolate till melt, mix in lotus paste, knead till even.
2) Mix in walnut (toasted), orange peels & chocolate chips.
3) Divide into equal portion.

(Pastry)
1) Mix all pastry ingredient together except Pau flour. Process till even & divide into equal portion, rest for 5-10 mins.
2) Roll pastry into flat sheet, wrap in filling, seal edges & press into mould. Knock out, fridge.

* Modified recipe from a book.

My old time favourite is the orange chocolate flavour. I can never get enough of it. Hit me up (or Nian Tze, if you know her personally) if you’re too lazy or do not have the means to bake them yourself. 😀

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