Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Baking is my passion!

"Everyone has their passion right? You might be doing engineering, medicine or law but your desire and enthusiasm is actually in doing something else like modelling, singing, dancing, baking, or travelling. For me, my passion has always been in baking. Since young, I've gravitated in baking and I was always the one to persuade my mum to bake cookies for Hari Raya or muffins and cakes whenever we have a family gathering. The funny part was that I’d be the one getting all excited to do the weighing and mixing and my mum would be the one handling the oven.

My passion for baking grew tremendously when I started pursuing my studies in Germany. Even though I’m studying engineering but that didn’t stop me from doing what I'm really passionate about. I began experimenting with a lot of recipes online and also from various recipe books. I would do adjustment here and there to cater to my own taste buds and sometimes to create a whole new recipe. I’ve tried making a number of desserts such as cupcakes, muffins, cheesecakes, pies just to name a few. I bake quite often actually. Whenever I’m stressed out, whenever I’m celebrating something or sometimes just when I feel like eating something sweet. Oh yeah I have a sweet tooth. That’s also one of the main reasons why I’m obsessed with baking.

Baking is actually like magic. You have flour, you add in butter, you mix in sugar and eggs and you don’t know what’s going to happen to them. You add in other ingredients and tadaa they turn into cakes, into cookies, into pies and other wonderful desserts. The excitement of creating something new and the pleasure of sharing it with other people make it such an amazing experience. That just sums up my passion for baking.

Before ending this post, allow me to share a quote from Julia Child “Find something you're passionate about and keep tremendously interested in it.” And that’s exactly what I’m doing. The most important thing is to love what you’re doing and maybe one day you’ll end up pursuing your dream and turning your passion into something wonderful!"

Tschüss und mach's gut!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Brighton and Hove

Brighton, located about an hour from London on the south coast of Great Britain is England's most populous seaside resort. Famous for its beautiful peeble beach and the seaside fun experience at Brighton Pier, Brighton has a lot to offer ranging from the amazing architecture of the Royal Pavillion to the vibrant and fun art of graffiti and mural.

I was in Brighton few months ago visiting a good friend of mine, Azri. He became my unofficial tour guide showing me around the beautiful city of Brighton. Brighton is not really that huge so one can actually covers the main sightseeing places in one or two days depending on what you are planning to do there. There are a lot of connections to Brighton from London, mainly by bus or train. I took a train to Brighton paying only 5£ for a one-way journey. That's because I bought the ticket few weeks in advance. If you're buying on the spot you might have to pay around 20 £. Anyways if you have time to spare, just hop on the train or the bus and take a short trip to Brighton. It's really worth it!

To start off, let me introduce a famous Fish & Chips restaurant in Brighton called Bardsley's. Njam njam!

Bardsley's Fish Restaurant

Azri and I

Bardsley Platter

Street Art & Graffiti Tour at Kensington Street

What the fudge?!

Brighton Street

The Royal Pavillion
The spectacular seaside palace of the Prince Regent (George IV) transformed by John Nash between 1815 and 1822 into one of the most dazzling and exotic buildings in the British Isles. It is highly influenced by both Chinese and Indian style (with Mughal and Islamic architectural elements)

Ice Rink at Royal Pavillion

Brighton Beach


Brighton's West Pier
The Pavillion caught fire in March 2003, was unable to be saved due to the collapsed walkway which prevented the fire crews from reaching it.

Brighton Marine Palace and Pier

Brighton Marina

My awesome hosts
Thank you so much to my amazing friend, Azri and my new friends, Sanah, Raf, Wani, Fad and Aziemah (not in the picture) for such a great hospitality and friendship. Miss you guys!

See you again, Brighton!

Till the next post...
Tschüss und mach's gut!