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Amazing Turkey

February 3, 2014
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My husband and I went to Turkey last December. It was just beautiful.



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Land Of The Rising Sun

June 15, 2013

Konichiwa everyone! I just came back from the land where the most polite people on earth reside. I also got to see the grand Mt. Fuji up close!

20130615-092219.jpgI got some Japanese Befco (Beika Frontier Company) crackers for souvenirs and google translate them if anyone is doubtful of the ingredients.

20130615-092430.jpgFrom left to right, the flavours are green tea, sesame, cheese and curry.

Below, I have listed the respective ingredients:

Befco Green Tea: NON-HALAL
Non-glutinous rice (produced in the U.S., domestic production), vegetable oil, starch, soy sauce (including wheat, soybean), sugar, brewing seasoning, seaweed, mirin, pepper sauce (vinegar, red pepper, salt), modified starch, seasoning (amino acids).

Befco Sesame:
Wheat, soybean (produced in the U.S., domestic production), vegetable oil, sugar, soy sauce, starch, sesame, honey, brewing seasoning, wheat germ, pepper sauce (vinegar, red pepper, salt), modified starch, seasoning non-glutinous rice (amino acids), caramel color, fragrance.

Befco Cheese:
Soy, condensed milk powder, yeast extract powder, seasoning (amino acids), fragrance (produced in the U.S., domestic production), vegetable oil, starch, sugar, cheese powder, cheese, butter powder, salt, protein hydrolyzate non-glutinous rice, paprika pigment.

Befco Curry: NON-HALAL
(Including wheat, soy, chicken, pork) (produced in the U.S., domestic production), vegetable oil, starch, sugar, salt, spices, meat extract powder, (including milk, soy) protein hydrolyzate, cheese powder, flavor non-glutinous rice (including wheat, soybean) oil, seasoning (amino acids), spice extract, coloring (carotenoid-turmeric), acidulant, flavoring.

I hope this post is useful for those who are looking for the ingredients of such Japanese crackers.

This is me.

December 31, 2012
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I’m always afraid to show my profile because I don’t want to be judged based on my appearance and religion. However, I do think my readers deserve to see me.

Thanks for reading chums!

And heck it, if there are people out there who decide to judge. God bless you. We can’t please everyone. Even the celebrities are not spared. Heh!

Goodbye 2012, Welcome 2013!

December 31, 2012
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Wow, back from my (long) hiatus – I did nothing, actually. Heh. So many things happened in 2012 and I must highlight the two best. The first is that I have officially joined the teaching force (after, well, so very long) (Alhamdulillah!). The second is that I finally got a chance to travel to Europe (big thanks to the husband, who took me along on his work trip). I’m a happy and blessed girl, I know!

I bid 2012 farewell (ah, the world didn’t end) and welcome 2013 with open arms! It seems compulsory to make new year resolutions so here is mine:

1. To be a better Muslim (and human being);
2. To be a better wife (actually kind of a moot as No.1 over-rides everything);
3. To be a better teacher;
4. To learn more and retain information better; and
4. To travel (some more).

Now, let’s hear yours!

Meanwhile, here are some traveling pictures to share!

20121231-110823.jpgThe beautiful village of Schwäbisch-Gmünd, Germany.

20121231-110831.jpgMy first time seeing snow!

20121231-110837.jpgThe tower for romantics, Paris.

I wish all of you had a wonderful 2012 too. So, go sit back and eat 12 sweet grapes as you wait for the clock to strike midnight tonight wherever you are!

Happy new year!


September 7, 2012
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Hello again everyone! Eid (the celebration after 30 days of fasting) had come and will be going soon. There had been a lot of merry making and cleaning up. It had been fantastic, although I wish we had done a lot more visiting.

Here are some pictures to share.

20120907-105846.jpgLights Up in Geylang, Singapore

20120907-105916.jpgNew cushion covers

20120907-105929.jpgLast day of Ramadan

20120907-105942.jpgFestive Goodies in Tulip Jars (made those covers myself)

20120907-110003.jpgMy husband’s nephew in a Malay costume

20120907-110028.jpgAngry birds in my noodle soup

20120907-110127.jpgChocolate Chip cookies

You can imagine all the excess fat I lost during the fasting month is back on within a few days. And it continues to weekly. Gasp!

Happy 47th Birthday, Singapore!

August 9, 2012
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Well, well! Our little red dot of an island (aka. Singapore) turns 47 today! We are so very blessed to be born in a country which is rich – not in resources – but culture. We are all that we have and despite the numerous influx of foreigners (that our government requires), I hope our pledge that we recited daily for at least ten years of our lives is closely followed.

We, the citizens of Singapore,
Pledge ourselves as one united people.
Regardless of race, language, or religion,
To build a democratic society,
Based on justice and equality.
So as to achieve happiness, prosperity,
and progress for our Nation.

We are a melting pot of many cultures and working together in harmony is the essence of our Country’s success. I hope our government won’t forget it’s people, the natives if I may emphasize, and the thread that binds us all together.

Thank you Singapore, for an excellent education system that nurtures us to be on par with the rest of the world. Thank you also for providing clean water so conveniently, and one of the better transport systems around in the world (although words fail me of the frequent faults the MRTs have lately).

So, happy birthday, beloved Singapore!


18th of Ramadan

August 8, 2012
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I’ve finally bought fairy lights for the balcony at home! Now, I am in a festive mood as Eid is approaching. But still, we are going through the essence of Ramadan. I’ve been a lot busier these past 2 weeks, but am getting really excited. I even managed to bake cookies!



6th of Ramadan

July 26, 2012
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When my Instagram is empty, that means I’m hanging my pots and pans up – for the day. Yes, so today we have decided to break our fast at my MIL’s.

It’s really blazing this afternoon, but that didn’t deter me from layering some clothes. And I usually don’t take picture of myself, but I can’t help it today. It may be the fasting month, and many would be in somber mood. But to smile is charity and one should try to be happy because we are celebrating such a special month! I think, or I hope to think, that my outfit today reflects how I feel.

Georgette shawl in Salmon Pink (No brand)
Short-sleeved t-shirt in Neon Orange (Esprit)
Long-sleeves t-shirt in Navy (Zara)
Leopard-spotted harem pants (Zara)
Floral brooch in Royal Blue (Diva)

And here was what we had for break fast:

Mee goreng (Fried Noodles, Malay style)
Nasi Bukhari
Fried Finger Food

And chilled lychee drinks! Woohoo!

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5th of Ramadan

July 25, 2012
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There is about 4 hours more to go before we can break our fast. But I’ve already finished cooking because I’ll be going for my tutoring duty (Maths, I’m a Maths tutor) after this. As planned, today is a fried-food-day (isn’t everyday?? Tsk.).

I intended to make some burgers, throw in some eggs and dollops of baked beans but realized that I don’t have any more eggs (all used up for my toffee brownies). So I made a tempura batter and lather up some crabsticks and prawns with it. These, with nuggets, hot dogs and soup, would be side dishes to the main course – the potato gratin!





The only thing that is missing is a milkshake. Ahh, that’s an idea. 😉

Make: Blueberry Longan Drink

July 24, 2012

It’s a scorchingly hot day today and anyone who hasn’t gotten any drinks for the past few hours would buckle under it. Well, maybe not.

I should have done laundry but since I’ve no more of my favourite softener… I didn’t. (I know, excuses, excuses!)

As it is such a sunny day, I thought of making a thirst quencher for our break fast made up of a tin of longans, blueberry syrup and a few slices of lemon.

In a few hours in the fridge, and it will be really, really cool… Mmm… I can hardly wait!


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