Happy Hari Raya

On the weekend my family and I went to a family friend’s place for Hari Raya. Hari Raya is like the Muslim version of Chinese New Year. My understanding of it is it celebrates the end of Ramadan. Now Ramadan is a month of fasting, so they fast from dawn to dusk. I think it can get a bit extreme to the point where they don’t swallow their saliva or other things as well. I remember one of my university friends did the month of Ramadan because he is Muslim and he had conjunctivitis and was exempted from Ramadan because he had to take medication for it. Nice piece of info I have in my head 😛

Anyways, we went to our family friend’s place for an open house. Which kinda means that they open their house whole day for their friends to come and celebrate. I think last year we went I made chocolate cupcakes with coffee buttercream shaped as roses. This year, because I have mastered my macarons, I made macarons for them instead ^_^ I think I have a borderline obsession with macarons. This week for instance if my blood count is high ie I’m not too tired from work, I will try to make macarons for the Mooncake festival which is next week, according to my mum 🙂 I can tell you another interesting story about the Mooncake festival. It is actually my favorite story of all time 🙂 but I’ll leave that for another post 🙂

So I decided this time to make pink macarons to differentiate the difference between the 4 flavors I was making. I had coffee buttercream, salted caramel, chocolate and strawberry. The coffee buttercream and salted caramel were in white macarons with the salted caramel having salted on the shells. And the chocolate and strawberry had pink shells with the chocolate one having chocolate drizzles on the shells 😛 does that make sense?

I love their house, it’s very resort like and their kitchen is AMAZING and their fireplace is pretty awesome as well 😛 the food wasn’t too bad, I’m not a big fan of curry, after living in Australia for most of my life my spice tolerance is extremely low, but I do like my wasabi :P. Their curry were in massive pots, it could feed 100+!!! I wonder how many people visited them!

Unfortunately, I think my stomach did not like the curry and the next morning I was suffering from what I now call it a “hangover without alcohol” 😦 Not great at all and I was so dehydrated all I had for the whole day was lemonade with hot water and salt 😦 At least I was well enough by nightfall to be ready for work the next day…yippee??

Anyways, this week my puppy is having a friend staying over for a couple of weeks. His name is Toby and he’s a sheep puppy. Not a sheepdog like a collie, but a dog that’s looks like a sheep and when he was younger made noises like a lamb as well :s I’m sure Bailey will enjoy his company 🙂

heart cupcakerist

– Posted using BlogPress from my iPad


chinese new year

my very first post of the year ^_^ chinese new year i mean ^_^

happy chinese new year to everyone out there 🙂 it’s the year of the rabbit and aren’t i happy that it’s finally  come ^_^ personally, the rabbit is my most favorite animal 🙂  not only is it cute and fluffy, but it’s so jumpy and it loves carrots like me ^_^ when i was 5ive i use to love watching looney tunes and especially bugs bunny ^_^ i still have a soft toy of him sitting next to my bed 🙂

so i started the year 2011 starting a new job.  my “real proper job” is working at a hospital.  it has taken me a whole month to get use to this routine of waking up early in the morning >.<  but on my weekends i sleep in 🙂  i love that feeling in the morning and you wake up and realize you don’t have to go to work ^_^ it’s the best feeling ever! i have never enjoyed my sleep until now 😀

so i got my first pay check during my first week of work, i was utterly stoked! with all that money i had no idea what to do with it! i knew the first thing to do was treat my parents to dinner for all the years of teaching and guidance they have given me 🙂  i am totally grateful for the years of extreme patience and wisdom 🙂  hopefully i’ve grown to be the daughter that they’ve always wanted 🙂  so we went to HaLu at Mt. Hawthorn and i must admit i love this place.  it is my favorite jap restaurant now.  it use to be bonsai on roe street, but HaLu has definately taken over.  I’ve been wanting to visit this place since it opened and now I got to share the experience with my parents 🙂  The desserts are also to die fall.  I know it sounds weird, black sesame tiramisu, but it was absolutely lovely and not too sweet and had the a crunch.  it was REALLY YUMMY!!!

Yummy food @ HaLu

Dessert at HaLu

This year, chinese new year was quiet.  We spent Chinese New Year Eve at the sister restaurant of HaLu; Satsuki in Subiaco.  This one had a different variety of food and it wasn’t as yummy, but it was still good 🙂 We welcomed the new year by watching Howl’s Moving Castle on SBS ^_^ and went for a drive in the city just to see if any of the chinese restaurants were celebrating, but it was very quiet.  Last night we had close family friends over for dinner, mum prepared the whole meal whilst I was busy making cupcakes.  It’s been a bit quiet over at Cupcake Boutique Land.  My studies took over last year and getting use to this job has taken a toll.  But I was able to make some Chinese New Year cupcakes and give some to family friends as presents ^_^

CNY Eve @ Satsuki

Yummy CNY food

So this year I made a set of 6 cupcakes.  It was vanilla mandarin cupcakes with vanilla frosting.  I bought new cupcake cups so i was testing them out so see if I would continue to use them.  They turned out pretty nice and the cupcake cups were easy to use and fill as well.  I made decorations for my cupcakes.  It took me a while to figure out what I wanted to do, but in the end I decided with what made up Chinese New Year.  I had a rabbit holding an ingot to signify the year of the rabbit, mandarins that mean gold in cantonese, a bag of gold ingots and coins to represent prosperity and a little boy/girl dressed in a lion costume for all those wonderful lion dances that we get to see during Chinese New Year ^_^

I made such a mess of the table.  I had no idea how I was going to clean up, but at least I limited my mess to one table and the 6 chairs that surround it ^_^

The mess I make

Chinese New Year Cupcakes

So V-day is coming up in a week’s time.  And I still haven’t decided what I wanted to do for that!  Hopefully I’ll get it done in the next couple of days, so watch this space 🙂  I had one of my work colleagues tell me (who’s not a big fan of V-day) that “Love is suppose to be subtle, Valentine’s Day is as subtle as a sledgehammer” ^_^ hahahhaa, i’m sure not everyone thinks that way 😛  I certainly don’t.  But I found it funny from his perspective of V-day 🙂


♥ cupcakerist