2 weekends away from Paris..

I’m in love with Paris, although I never been there yet.

I started dreaming about Paris since I met Ryan and fell in love with him. Prior to that, i never thought about Paris that much. Now i know, I want to experience Paris with the person I truly love, my first love and that’s him.

Before I met him, I wasn’t sure if I had fallen in love. When I met a guy and being head over heels, i thought I was in love but when I broke up with the guy, i questioned myself, Was it love or was it just convenience?

I was always in a relationship since my teenage years or since my puberty started and when you’re always in a relationship you always ask yourself, do I really love this guy or do I just need him or use him?

So when I met Ryan and fell for him, i questioned myself, was this love or was it just the same triangle again? but it was different, I never felt anything like that before, I like the things that I hated before, that was a sign! it was strange but it was certain. It was love.

I’m committed to him like I was never committed before. Then, I started to dream about Paris, me & him in Paris in love just us. People always told me good story about Paris, never bad ones. It makes me more eager to go and impatient.

The funny thing is Ryan never been to Paris before and He’s British! He lives in England for 25 years but he never set his foot in Paris.

It’s meant to be. It’s going to be our first time in Paris. We’ve got tickets we’ve booked the hotel and we’re going in two weeks.

I can’t wait.

Carrot & Pineapple Cake Recipe

I love carrot cake! It’s one of my fave cake. So when I found this carrot + Pineapple cake recipe I was so excited to try it. The pineapple makes the cake moist yummy yummy.

What you need:

For the cake:

  • 2 cups of plain flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 bicarbonate soda
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4 eggs
  • 200 mL sunflower oil
  • 2 cups grated carrot
  • 400g canned crushed pineapple
  • 1 1/2 cup caster sugar
  • 1/2 cup of chopped walnuts

For the icing:

  • 250g unsalted butter, softened
  • 250g cream cheese, softened
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 5 cups icing sugar, sifted
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts for decoration

Let’s start baking!

  1. Pre-heat the conventional oven  to 170°C (lower if you use fan-forced oven). Grease a 23cm springform cake pan and line the base.
  2. Sift the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt into a bowl. Drain the pineapple. Add the eggs, oil, carrot, pineapple and sugar. Stir to combine, then add walnuts. Pour into the prepared pan and bake for 50 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Remove from the oven and cool in pan for 5 minutes, then turn out on a wire rack to cool completely.
  3. Start preparing the icing by placing the butter, cream cheese and vanilla in the bowl of an electric mixer and beat until light and soft. Add the sifted icing sugar and beat until you have a smooth, light icing. Cover the top and sides of the cake with the icing. Then, you can lick the left over icing in the bowl yum yum! Finally, add the walnuts on top of the icing, just be creative!

Quite easy right ? hope you like it! Well it’s human tested + cat tested hahaha

Tips: you can also use other kind of nuts to your preference or replace the pineapple with raisins or sultanas.

I ♥ my macbook

My Apple Mac Book is a part of me.

I bought it with my own money in may 2007. A thought that I always spent my money on clothing, shoes, bags, alcohol, music gigs but never invested on a gadget was bothering me.

I fell in love with Apple when I worked at Flavour Makers in 2006. Prior to that I was a Windows user. Since I started using Apple at work I started to like Apple more and more compared to Windows.

In may 2007, I bought a 13-inch Mac Book with a student discount and tax free. A very good deal.

My Apple Mac book has always been good to me, never caused any problem never hang never crashed never got virus. It has a lot of great memory. Tigger and my late Snowy used to sit on it all the time.

It is also the first computer that I don’t have to share with anyone else. It’s mine.

The disadvantage of Apple is that it’s a bit expensive for maintenance, i.e for upgrades. Unlike Windows, you can hardly find any pirates software, well at least for me who’s not an IT super geek.

So when I saw all the new Mac Book released I was devastated and this year before I moved to UK, I almost bought one. Well maybe because Ryan bought a Mac Book Pro and I was jealous. I’m glad I didn’t buy one. The good thing to have an IT geek as your fiancé is he knows a lot about computer. So last month he re-booted and upgraded my Mac Book to Snow Leopard (before it was a tiger) for free and it’s like new again! It’s fresh and tidy. Don’t ask me how he did it.

Once you turn to Apple, you would never go back.

http://www.apple.com/

London cultural experience

Wednesday 14/10/09, I had a cultural day at London. I took a 12.19 express train with Virgin train, very standard train i prefer the London Midland train, but unfortunately the London Midland takes extra 1/2 hours.

First destination was art culture at National Portraits Gallery http://www.npg.org.uk/ which hosting a gay icons exhibition, it was amazing. 10 famous gay people were chosen and their task is to choose 6 people who inspired them. http://www.npg.org.uk:8080/gayicons/index.htm

Other highlights of the gallery is the Tudor gallery and the current display of Twiggy: a life photograph celebrating the 60th birthday of the actress, which i found very exhilarating, she is a fashion icon famous for her cropped hairstyle in the 60’s and stunning actress.

Twiggy

Twiggy

It’s just amazing that time is worthless when you’re in a museum or gallery, you can spend hours without realising the time and feel restless even though you stand on your feet all day, if you’re enjoying it.

Second destination was fashion culture, I did some research the day before, where to find the cute and vintage shops, well I went to Twenty8Twelve http://www.twenty8twelve.com/ a clothing brand by Savannah Miller, the sister of Sienna Miller. I went to the shop in Newburgh St near Oxford circus, lots of cute shops and cafes on the same streets. While i was walking on Carnaby St, a woman stopped me and offered me to be a haircut model (free cut and colour), ooh i wanted to say yes but since I’m growing my hair I had to refuse 😦 honestly i hate the stated of my hair but it’s all about sacrifice.

After Carnaby St, i went into Liberty my fave department store in London http://www.liberty.co.uk/, it was quite busy since it’s a tourist area (Oxford circus!) i was admiring all the glamour when i entered the Hermes counter. They were having a photo shoot for the shoppers absolutely free! so you got to wear a Hermes scarf styled by a stylist and got your photo taken by a professional photographer and got your chosen photo printed!, so i joined the queue! I got three scarfs knotted and put around my neck, once a lifetime fashion experience! Too bad you didn’t get the scarf to take home! After the photo shoot i realised i had a long day, and my foot started to feel tired, so i went to the cafe and had a Japanese tea with a rich chocolate cake, indulgent!I actually still had a list of shops that i wanted to have a look at but my feet had refused.

Third destination was music culture at the Barbican theatre http://barbican.org.uk/, where i planned to meet my other half Ryan. A bit of drama because he was late, but we only missed a bit of the supporting artist, Taxi Taxi. Kings of convenience played a sold out gig! great venue and great performance! Peaceful and fun at the same time 🙂 We enjoyed it very much.

Well it was a great long day so we went back to the station and the train was delayed 😦 1/2 hour of wait. At the end we were home and snuggled under the blanket and closed our eyes. Goodnight London, thanks for the delightful day.

The September Issue, opening the world of US Vogue

I was so eager to see the September issue, a documentary about the release of September issue of Vogue magazine. In the fashion magazine world, the September issue is the most important issue of the year.

It turned out to be really good… the documentary focus on Anna Wintour, US vogue editor in chief (the real life version of Devil wears Prada Miranda Priestly). Anna Wintour is an icon in fashion industry, respected but also feared by most people in the fashion industry, and although she’s the softer version of Miranda Priestly, she’s cool, firm and tough.

The documentary also shows there’s actually another woman behind the magazine who is as tough and stubborn as Anna Wintour. Grace Coddington is US Vogue’s Creative Director, a former model who is now one of the most famous fashion stylists in the world.

There’s a tension between Anna and Grace showed in the documentary, Anna is the Editor in Chief but it’s Grace who has the real artistic talent. Unlike the Devil wears Prada which focus on the cold hearted Miranda Priestly, September issue focus on the beauty of the fashion industry. The making of a fashion spread is like a making of a painting… clearly Vogue is a form of art.

One of my favourite scenes is when the camera is on Anna’s daughter, who does not want anything to do with vogue and wants to be a lawyer. The paris photo shoot is also amazing.

http://www.theseptemberissue.com/