Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Marble Cake.

Since last week, I have this sudden craving for Marble Cake. My mother used to make them, and I used to help separate the mixture into three and add the cocoa powder and colouring. When I checked my mom's recipe that I copied last week, I realised that the measurements were in oz!!! Only my mother has the old school weighing machine with the oz weight blocks. So, I had no choice but to google another recipe!

Last Saturday, I tried this recipe. Took the risk and made double batch so that I could send to Mom and MIL. The cake sorta caved in the middle, don't know why, but still is crumbly and I thought nice just like how I remembered my mom used to make them. Give it a try, won't cha. 

My SRF (self-raising flour) was bad, so I substituted it with the Superfine Flour added with 2 tbsp of baking powder for each 225g of flour.

Here's the original recipe, I suggest you follow exactly:


225g butter, softened
225g caster sugar
4 eggs
225g self-raising flour
3 tbsp milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp cocoa powder


1.         Heat oven to 180C/gas 160C/gas 4. Grease a 20cm cake tin and line the bottom with a circle of greaseproof paper. If you want to make life easy, simply put all the ingredients (except the cocoa powder) into a food processor and whizz for 1-2 mins until smooth. If you prefer to mix by hand, beat the butter and sugar together, then add the eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Fold through the flour, milk and vanilla extract until the mixture is smooth.
2.                  Divide the mixture between 2 bowls. Stir the cocoa powder into the mixture in one of the bowls. Take 2 spoons and use them to dollop the chocolate and vanilla cake mixes into the tin alternately. When all the mixture has been used up (and if young kids are doing this, you'll need to ensure the base of the tin is fairly evenly covered), tap the bottom on your work surface to ensure that there aren't any air bubbles. Take a skewer and swirl it around the mixture in the tin a few times to create a marbled effect.

*** If you wish to have 3 colours, divide into 3 and add some red colouring to the 3rd bowl, and alternate the 3 mixtures when mixing into the cake tin.

3.                  Bake the cake for 45-55 mins until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Turn out onto a cooling rack and leave to cool. Will keep for 3 days in an airtight container or freeze for up to 3 months.

Recipe: BBC Good Food

Monday, February 6, 2012

Kemensah Retreat.

Last Chinese New Year break, we took the kids to the river nearby our place. I new about this place way in 2010 when the office had an away day at the ATV Park way in the Kg. Kemensah area. My SIL's family  and my brother joined us too.


Someone thought, the sand by the river is as good as at the beach.

Loving it, didn't want to spoil his fun.
Since this was his first time seeing a river and it's bank obviously.

Yaya was too scared of the cold water.

Ultraman meets the icy cool river!

Snack break.

Yaya was here! 

My brother who didn't bother to bring any extra clothes, (because he thought he won't be 
tempted to get wet) was truly soaked, by the end of the afternoon.

Nap time.

Finally Zarif got out to have a bite to eat.

Nothing is more appetizing than eating by the water.

Nature at it's best.

Zaim too finally realised he's hungry.

Oh, soon enough it was time to go.

Friday, February 3, 2012

My vision of Reimagining Energy.

With the hope of glamour and glory I dig deep into the dearth of my mobile memory to find an image taken recently during our recent Chinese New Year celebration at work that would depict the theme of the PETRONAS CNY Photography contest.

Fortunately I captured an image during the Yee Sang tossing, amidst attempting to repeat the Chinese wishes as facilitated by the MC of the evening.

Yee Sang tossing apparently is a must during CNY celebrations. The action itself symbolizes wishing for another great year filled with abundance and prosperity.

But seeing a group of friends and family sharing a dish, tossing away (without any spills mind you!), I also think about unity! Aaaah... isn’t that worthy of a “PETRONAS TVC” like moment in it’s own way???

Here’s my humble mobile shot, my one shot at popularity, fame and prosperity… 

Title: Unity Energizes Prosperity
Category : Mobile

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Welcoming the Golden Dragon – PETRONAS style.

Any Malaysian would be no stranger to PETRONAS’ out of the box ad campaigns. So much so that each festive season, we would be looking forward to their TV commercials.

For the recent Chinese New Year celebrations to usher in the year of the Golden Dragon, PETRONAS has produced  some heart warming TV commercials that were shot in several countries.

If you missed them… check them out here:

CNY_TVC1      CNY_TVC2      CNY_TVC3     CNY_TVC4

“The TVC is meant to celebrate not just the Year of the Dragon, but the spirit of perseverance, adaptability and determination as captured in each of the stories it depicts.    This energy is something that should inspire us all as we navigate through the challenges we face in life,” said PETRONAS’ Senior General Manager of Group Corporate Affairs Division Dato Mohammad Medan Abdullah during the recent PETRONAS CNY event that was held last Tuesday at Galeri PETRONAS.

In conjunction with that, PETRONAS has also collaborated with Leica Camera AG and organized a photography contest themed “Reimagining EnergyTM

To participate, all you need to do is to capture your CNY moments that best reflect the spirit of “Reimagining EnergyTM“ and to submit your photos at PETRONAS’ Facebook page and stand a chance to win great prizes.

If you have absolutely no clue what kind of pictures to submit, here’s an idea as explained by Dato Mohammad Medan, “Energy is everywhere, in everything we do, and especially at this time. It could be the excitement and the bonding during the reunion dinner, or it could be the hustle and bustle of shopping for and decorating the home. It could even be a portrait of the wise grandfather of the family, or a picture of the lanterns that light up our cities”

So start snapping people! Besides the promise of prizes, (if that does not entice you enough) what about the prospect of having your memorable shot being displayed and exhibited at Galeri PETRONAS? Hmmm, does that get you “energized” (no pun intended here)?

For budding photographers out there, PETRONAS will also be conducting photography workshops at selected schools and colleges. This is to develop the skills of the younger generation, to express themselves through photography.

The “Coming Home” TVC will air from 17th January until 6th February 2012. For more exciting surprises, the public may visit PETRONAS’ YouTube page.

December break.

A week before Christmas, we went to Gold Coast for a short break. Here are some pictures to share.

During the flight to Brisbane, we were surprised with a Magnum Ice-Cream after the meal. Nice! Too bad Zaim was already asleep by then.

Later, Zaim was awake and ready to take on the game console with his brother!

Brisbane town.


We had loads of ice-cream during this trip.

Zaim loved this Viking ride, to our amazement. We got on this twice or was it three times???

We got on way too many roller-coasters! The timing was just lovely, weather was not too warm yet and the crowd was okay. Q'ing for rides were a breeze at all theme parks.

This ride here was in Dreamworld.

I went on it, stupidly enough! Crazy, don't think I'll go on this one again.

Told you we had ice-cream everywhere. Mine is always the Mint! L.O.V.E it!

Our last trip to Oz was before Zaim was born, this trip is to be fair to Zaim. 
This time we took the 2 hr drive to the Australia Zoo a.k.a Steve Irwin Zoo at Beerwah.

The place just felt odd, Steve Irwin presence is felt everywhere in the zoo. Somehow it feels like he might just pop out from any corner of the zoo especially at the Crocoseum. If I felt that way, imagine the family.

We love you Steve!

Our ride there. Huge 8 seater people mover.

This time Nayli went up the Superman ride with hubby. I gave it a miss. 

Zaim met his "favourite" superhero (among many...).

Tower of Terror... Jr version.

Queuing patiently...

This is the newly launched (in Dec 2011) Green Lantern ride that we missed.
Too many rides, too little time... sigh! (though it is rather scary! just a wee bit!)

When we had enough of the theme parks, we took the kids to another kinda park.

Another thing that we had too much of were the Cinnamon Donuts. Absolute addictive thing. 

This is at Harbour town outlet, one of the two outlets that we went whilst we were there.
Crazy discounts and further markdowns due to the festive season. 

Saying goodbye to our room on Christmas eve was difficult... especially for Zaim.

Due to this tub factor, obviously! (bath times lasted more than 30 minutes!!)

After checking out we went back to Peter's Fish Market nearby Sea World, thinking to get another round of delicious out of this world Fish and Chips that we had the day before. Unfortunately, they were not selling any  cooked meals as it was Christmas Eve. Just check out the fresh items available...

Oh, Gold Coast... I think we want to come back here again in December (but what year???). Only if to have the Cinnamon Donuts and the Fish and Chips at Peter's Fish Market! 

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