Archive for November, 2008

Bento Marathon #53 & #54 – Pastas Overloaded

Left to right: Macaroni Cheese, smoke ham and a piece of blueberry as decoration, raspberries and raspberry in konnyaku jelly.

Close up on the Animal Pasta. They consist of Giraffe, Tortoise, Lion & Elephant

I think the Mummy is more excited than the kids. LOL Few days later, I opened up another packet of Pasta Zara. This time, they are in shapes of vehicles.

Left to right: Macaroni in bolognese sauce, blueberries, bite sized burger, a small container of mayonnaise for alphabet fried potatoes.

Close up on the Transportation pasta: Train, Car, Motorbike & Aeroplane. If you look carefully, I have the bolognese gravy at the bottom. Didn’t want to mix them so that I could have a better picture showing the graphics.

I did a smaller bite size burger this time compared to previously. And the patties are homemade too. The one sold in the market has too much fats in them. This is part of my weight loss program *cough*

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Basic on Photography

This is no expert talking. Just want to share a few tips on basic photography (as how I do it). First of all, get rid of the PNS and go buy a dSLR.

I was just kidding. LOL!

No, I am not. Seriously.

Ok, ok. I was just kidding.

Secondly, flash makes the photograph looks crappy and it all depending on situation too. Try not to use flash. Instead, choose a correct white balance, play around with your camera mode, etc. For dSLR user, increase ISO, reduce field of depth, external flash is the next option. (That’s what I did la!).

Thirdly, get as close as possible to your subject if you intend to shoot a macro. Level your camera at eye level with your subject. Don’t just stand at your height and shoot from the top. Be creative with your angle.

Under a florescent light, without using any flash at all. The background turn out black. Crappy isn’t it?

First candle was lit. See how the natural lighting brings out glow to your picture. Remember to bring yourself same level as your object. Sit on a chair if you want but for me, I was sitting on an ‘invisible’ chair. Go figure ;)

Lighting the second row. You can try for yourself how it looks like with flash. aitelyu, sure beh kua wan.

This is the result of natural lighting. Your picture looks like something that is shot in the dark but the fact is, they are not. Amazing isn’t it?

That’s all for this post.

p/s: The birthday candles is an ‘IN’ thing nowadays. Cute isn’t it? This year, FIL birthday candles look like this. Gee… don’t think he even notice them.

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Basic on Scrapbooking

Not many people heard of the term scrapbooking. What is actually scrapbooking? In my own words scrapbooking is where you transformed a dull photo into a piece of beautiful artwork. It is not difficult to start off if you have photoshop software or any other photo editing program that is able to do layering and must be able to run .png file.

Next, gather lots of element for scrapbook. You should be able to start working now. For my project, these are the elements that I am using:

Top to bottom: Ribbons, pin, stitches, flowers and alphabets. Not forgetting you need a paper too for the background.

From here on, you can start to create your master piece anyway you like or make them like a storyline. Not sure about you, I get my inspiration from looking at the elements I have, before putting them together.

I did a simple layout for my 11 month old Nephew.

Happy Scrapbooking.

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Bento Mania #52 – Tuna Sandwiches

I have every reason to pack more sandwiches to work now ever since I bought myself a new triangle onigiri bento box that double up as sandwiches box too.

Top to bottom: Tuna sandwiches, blue berries & kiwi.

I was not very fond of tuna as they have a foul smell but the 8y/o love them very much except for the greens. She had a different version compare to the adults.

Yea, just plain tuna sandwiches. The only child that goes after vegetables is the 6 years old Prince and he is the only child that eat whatever I served without whinning. My two girls are the pickiest lot!

Even Daddy was complimenting the onigiri box as they looks cute and useful for storing sandwiches.

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Toast but not Cheers

While I was in Singapore, I savored two version of toast that is not found in  KayEl and decided to make them again for breakfast one fine morning.

Co-incident, a colleague gave me a pack of Otak-otak from Muar that is still in the freezer since many donkey months ago.  I reckon this frozen pack suit my taste as they are less spicy and has chunk of fishes in there but lack on aroma.

What I did is defrost them at the lower compartment in the fridge and mixed evenly 2 pieces of young kaffir lime leaves that has been cut thinly.

I used 1 inch thick sandwich bread instead of the normal bread which is half of the thickness.  Spread otak-otak on the bread and toast them in the oven for approximately 20mins on 200C (or till done).

Serve immediately while hot before the toast lost it’s crunch. It is advisable to used a bread knife for cutting the toast to avoid denting especially on the centre (please refer to above pic :( )

For the kids, I’ve made them something that is non spicy.

Chicken floss toast with drizzle of condense milk.

Happy toasting ;)

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*Newark Airport Shuttle

Having to fly almost 13 hours from Kuala Lumpur to Los Angeles thereafter catching a connection flight again to my destination can make someone very tired not forgetting, jet lag.  Most of the time, I will book before hand airport transfer to the hotel I am staying. Who would want to look like a zombie running around the arrival hall, right? I remember my first time touching down in LAX. I jumped in one of the shuttles that was available and will never do it again. I was trying to save ten bucks or so, and instead got stuck with a family of 13, freaking out with their crazy kids in the back seat!

I have built up my confidence and have been using Go Airlink Shuttle ever since. Their service is truly superb.  They have phone reservation agent that work from 6am to 10.30pm and what benefit me most is their online booking that operate 24/7.  That save me heaps on phone bills.  During my recent experience with them using Newark Airport Shuttle, the driver is very generous to show us a lot more things that is supposed.  This is an advantage of hiring a private shuttle service and they sure know what service means.

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