Monday, 20 October 2014

Stables Of Como


Scarf Duck / Top Mimpikita / Pants Zara

I woke up early on my last day in Melbourne knowing exactly where I wanted to spend my morning. Regardless of the unexpected chilly weather, I wanted nothing more than to be outdoors, enjoying one last soy latte and a big breakfast with my sister and good friend. And Stables of Como was exactly where I wanted to have that. After indulging in what was probably the most glorious breakfast spread I've had, a walk outside the cafe was exactly what we all needed to not fall asleep on our chairs from that full tummy. And behind it was a private and peaceful garden overlooking the historic white Como house of over 160 years old. Greeted with tall green trees and bushes of new spring blooms, we couldn't have asked for a more picture perfect backdrop to our morning walk. :)

Photos by Kim L.


Birthday Carousel



I almost couldn't believe my eyes when I saw the last time I shared a cake post was more than two months ago. If it were up to my best friend, she would've shut my blog down already. She makes it a point to remind me I haven't posted anything, ALL THE TIME. So since I'm not stuck in the kitchen today, I'm so happy to have some time to sift through my memory card and pick up where I left off with my last cake post.

Over the past few years, my mum and I have been blessed enough to have some regulars who will contact us for a cake for just about every celebration they have throughout the year. And every year, this particular one will call us for her son's birthday cake, and about a week later, the husband will contact us to make her a surprise birthday cake for the same day since their birth dates are so close. It's so sweet how he tries to surprise her with one every year. This year's cake was a little bit more special as he requested we make a cake to remind her of her favourite city, Paris. Ahhh, yes, Paris. Who doesn't want to be reminded of it? I'm still having withdrawal symptoms from my last visit.

As I looked through endless pictures of Parisian carousels as reference, the many beautiful intricate details caught my eyes, and how each and every one was different was truly inspiring. With that in mind, I tried to make my own with this cake and bring that same whimsical feel you get when you see one.

Voici un petit morceau de votre ville préférée. Joyeaux anniversaire mon amour!

Friday, 10 October 2014

Selfies


Last night, I managed to attend probably one the most relevant talk addressing humility in our era of social media. Sheikh Yahya Ibrahim spoke about photography and all those related. I know it sounds like something you've heard before and don't really want to hear again, but there were a lot of good points made. It answered a lot of questions I had floating in my head and I hope it'll be of benefit to you too inshaAllah. Just click on the picture below and it'll link you to the video yeah.


Alrighty, I'm off to bond with my cakes again. Have a good one! :)

Thursday, 9 October 2014

Love Generously



I've had these pictures sitting on this page for quite a few days, not knowing where or how to even begin with this post. So let's just start with how me and my close friend Lala met. 

I was thirteen years old when I moved to Perth and entered high school there. I was a loner who was too shy to speak to anyone and so I ended up eating my lunch mostly alone behind a hidden bush or beside the toilet. It doesn't get any sadder than this! hahaa. Soon enough Lala saved me and the rest was history. We became partners in crime and practically did everything together. And today, even though we live countries apart, somehow we've managed to still be in each others lives and there for when we need each other the most. And this was THE day.

 I landed a week before the big day and stayed at Lala and Richie's home along with her sisters family who had flew in for this as well. I was so so happy they welcomed me with open arms into their cosy home because I get homesick real quick and staying in a hotel would've made it so much worse. I was taken care of so so well by them, and to be honest, this was probably the highlight of my week there. The warmth I felt from just how generous they were with their home, time and just going out of their way to make me feel comfortable. One of the first few things they fussed about was getting me to a halal meat shop, which really brought me back to our high school days because her mum would always prepare halal meat when I came over to her house. So we bought a whole lot and everyone at home ate halal meat for the next few days.

Staying with them made me truly understand why in Surah Al-Baqarah, ayat 177, God includes taking care of a traveler, as one of the ways to define goodness in someone. "…shares their wealth, in spite of love for it, to relatives, orphans, the needay, the traveler, those who ask (for help, and for freeing slaves..". Making sure I had a heater and three blankets to keep warm at night, cooked rice for me in case I missed home because we Asian yo, picked me up from the train station and made sure I got home safe were just the few things they didn't have to do, but did just cause.

So to be there as her bridesmaid was really the icing on the cake for me. I won't get into just how amazing that day was as I'm hoping the few pictures I managed to capture (in between rushing to set up the wedding cake and making sure everything looked like her Pinterest board) will do the talking for me. I loved everything about that day. Everything was real; the smiles, the laughter, the beautiful flowers, the stress, the tears and most importantly, the love. It wasn't the fairytale kind. 

To my dearest Lala & Richie, may you guys build a beautiful home together and find ways to always love each other, especially when you get under each others skin. As Richie says, there's no turning back now because they're like one DVD now, side A and side B, hahaa.

Photos by Yours Truly and Imran N. 

Monday, 6 October 2014

How's It Going?


Salam guys! Hope you guys are in the best of health and iman, and reading this with a smile. 

Firstly, Eid Mubarak and Selamat Hari Raya Aidul Adha to you and your family! How amazing of a day was it yesterday huh? Spent my Eid day unexpectedly out of town with my mum. Most probably one of the most memorable ones as I was surrounded by the beautiful landscape, spent some time with some of the warmest people I've met and most importantly, managed to witness the cows being sacrificed (last time I did this was when I was about ten years old). I didn't realize just how overwhelming it would be. 

In the pouring rain, under my crooked umbrella, I saw the cows lay down, fulfilling their purpose in life. At that very moment I quickly realized He had planned my Eid morning as such so I could reflect on my purpose in life and where it is headed. I needed this knock on my door. Have I sacrificed anything lately for His sake, small or big, as how our beloved Prophet Ibrahim (may Allah be pleased with him) did. As Yasmin Mogahed shared, 'Many years ago, our father Ibrahim (AS) made a choice. He loved his son. But he loved God more. The commandment came to sacrific his son. But it wasn't his son that was slaughtered. It was his attachement to anything that could compete with his love for God. So let us ask ourselves in these beautiful days of sacrifice, which attachements do we need to slaughter?'

Alhamdulillah, yesterday was the perfect ending to my past two weeks of being away from home and work. I was in Melbourne for my close friends wedding and also to spend some time with another good friend of mine. Like all my travels, I always hope to take home more than just pictures, but to be inspired by the things, places and people I cross paths with, and so this trip very well did feed me with all that and more. This is why I love travelling so much.

Driving through the beautiful countryside of the state of Victoria, I saw so many of these trees (pictured above) of only delicate pink flowers. They made my heart skip a beat. I saw one sitting outside the porch of someone's home and knew I had to stop the car, and lay under that tree. Mmmmmm, this was one of my favourite moments during this trip.

Alright, back to reality and the long list of work mails to catch up on now, but I can't wait to share more in my next few posts inshaAllah. :)

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Whimsical Wreath



Gold leaves, ombre ruffles and butterflies……

To be honest, I was quite skeptical when I was discussing the design with the bride, as I've always been a fan of simpler cakes. So when the bride requested to change the colour palette of our original wreath cake, and add on butterflies, I had to take a deep breath. Thankfully, that long deep breath ended with a sigh of relief as the cake turned out to be so much more than how I had imagined it would. The gold wreath and butterflies turned out to be quite the stunner up against the deep magenta ombre ruffles, which proves to me that fusing in our ideas and theirs creates an amazing aftermath. Hopefully we can make many more variations of our ruffle wreath cake. Thanks to the first bride we made the wreathe cake for. I can't wait to see how much more it can evolve with different little details.