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Sunday, March 17, 2013

Ingrid Michaelson- You & I (cover)


Thursday, February 28, 2013

A cover from one of my favorite artists

Try from P!nk's 'Truth About Love' album with Sue-Lynn

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

... I guess I'm back?

Well well well... I can't believe the last time I posted something was literally six months ago. Yikes!
Honestly, I have thought about forsaking my blog over the past few months and discontinuing my posts just because I feel that my life is not that exciting and sometimes I feel like I wanna blog about something cool, and I just don't know how to pen it down on paper... or more like type it out.

Then, I realize that it would be such a waste for me to just completely cut blogging out of my life just because I have had this blog since I was 14! TEN FRICKIN' YEARS YO!! Oh boy, now that I've said that, please don't scroll to my 2002 posts and read about stupid lame entries like... 'This is what I ate today' in multicolored fonts and sizes. Please don't. It would be... embarrassing.
*Well, now that I've said it... I betcha gonna do the opposite right?* Meh.

Anyways, the past 6 months have treated me nice and kind. Nothing incredible happened, nothing really tragic happened either. We survived Hurricane Sandy. No one got assaulted when our apartment got broke into and all the laptops in the house got stolen- Yes, I am blogging on my old year 2005 Dell Inspiron that is about to physically break into pieces anytime.


So, what should I blog about today?
Since I have missed 6 months of blogging, I'll do a photo recap. Shall we?

October 2012

Antellmo and I took had a Photoshoot play date.

I actually got to celebrate Halloween in NYC this year. As you can see, I was a French Maid because I was too cheap to buy a costumes. What can I say, I am a poor struggling actor.

November 2012

I shot an ad for www.thevanityboxhair.com
I had clip on Malaysian hair (yes, Malaysian hair. Apparently it is a demand in the hair weave culture) down to my butt and I got too look like Asian Kim Kadarshian for one night.

Thanksgiving Fat Fest came and went. I love that everything was homemade. Check out the variety of desserts! I made a Chocolate cake with Toasted Coconut and Salted Caramel Swiss Buttercream, Tiramisu, and Balsamic Strawberry Salad.

Went for a hike in the cold. Nothing better than Post Prandial Constitution, which is just a fancier way of saying after meal walk.
*To think that people back in the day use to use words like that all the time. Our vocabulary evolved so much that they might think that we're dumb.*

December 2012

We finally met our 'First cousin once removed' aka. cousin's baby in Maryland. So precious!

Organized our Annual Framily Christmas Party

Of course, there can't be any party without Sue-Yenn's cupcakes!
I made a classic Chocolate Cupcake with Peppermint Buttercream.

Nothing says holiday better but my signature holiday appetizer dish. 
Puff Pastry Stuffed with Brie and Apricot.

Christmas with the Walkers.

January 2013

I celebrated the New Year at work, which was not bad at all. I got paid double, drink champagne, and watch the ball drop in Times Square. Great times.

I performed with the Oshedancer Cultural Dance Troupe at the New York Times Travel Show at Javit Convention Center.

February 2012

We finished filming a feature film with Cloudy Sky Films.
I acted as a TV host, wrote and conducted a song with a choir, and had many small disguised parts in the film. Can't wait to see it!

We can't forget my dear sister's Surprise Birthday Party.
I baked a Nutella Rum filled Vanilla Cupcake with Almond Marshmallow frosting. 

We had the Framily over our small humble abode for a Chinese New Year Hot Pot dinner.
Yes, our apartment is so small that at least half of us sat on the ground. Japanese style.

Like Sandy, Nemo came and went. 

We put on a little show at Heather's 70th Birthday Party

At the Walker's Whimsey.

Another walk around the countryside.

The Oshedancer Cultural Troupe performed at the Malaysian Winter Kitchen at Bryant Park. We performed 7 different pieces ranging from Chinese- Indian- Traditional Malay- Joget- Sarawakian and etc.
It was so nice seeing that we had a huge supportive group of friends that would stop by and visit every time we had a show. #soblessed

So that's my last six months for you! Can't believe that we are already approaching March. Time sure flies. 

Stay tuned for videos!

*raises a glass of Mark West's Pinot Noir*
To more blog posts.


Friday, September 21, 2012

Oshedancer Cultural Troupe

Hello dear readers,
Thank God It's Friday!
My week have been insane and busy. Work picked up and I have been doing nothing but running around the city catering to extremely fortunate, beautiful, and rich folks. Oh what a life (for them I mean). I am finally able to relax and sleep in today. Unfortunately, I had to wake up early to check on my iPhone 5 order with AT&T that I spent 4 hours ordering through the phone last Friday, only to find out that once again the process has been interrupted with SHITTY UNPROFESSIONAL customer service. sigh. Looks like I will not be getting my iPhone 5 anytime soon. Poop.

Anyway, here are some pictures from last week's dance performance for the Malaysian Association of America and Tourism Malaysia!

Masri. An Arabic influenced dance. One of my favorites.
Nadia on the right, which is also the assistant to the choreographer. 

The Oshedancer crew in our opening costumes.
The ladies at the back danced a traditional Malay Overture and we followed the performance by performing the Inang Renek- a modern twist of a traditional dance performed in the 15th century for Sultans.

Malaysia Truly Asia costumes.

The Malay, Sabah, Chinese, Indian, and Sarawak represents!


Photo taken with the Malaysian Ambassador at Tourism Malaysia.

I wish I had more photos to upload, but this is all for now. Videos soon! :)


Friday, September 14, 2012

Oh Tranny!

We had a cultural performance at the Consulate of Malaysian for the Diplomats, members of the United Nations, and a bunch of other really important people which I know not of. I was curious as of what kind of eye-shadow colors we would be using for the performance since our costumes are extremely colorful...

Esther: Purple, Brown, and Black on the top. Black and Green at the bottom.

Lynn and Me: *jaws dropped*

Me: Oh my god, I think we are in the running of Who's the Biggest Tranny/Drag Queen.

It didn't turn out that bad after all. Then again, I cheated. I color less, no brown involved :)

Will post more about the performance soon.
One more performance on Saturday!

Monday, September 10, 2012

Foodie Weekend

I came across this picture a couple weeks ago at a friend's Facebook picture album. Puts a smile on my face. Oh those good college days. This was taken on an event organized by the Malaysian Student Association in conjunction on Hari Raya (Malay New Year) and Merdeka (Independence day) about 4 years ago?

Time flies.

Present day.
Same event- Hari Raya Adilfitri and Malaysia day.
The Malaysian Consulate invited all Malaysians for an open house. It was hot and humid, awesome food. It was as if they were trying to recreate a typical muggy day back home. There were people from DC and Philly that came all the way to visit, mingle, and eat. Oh, true Malaysians :)
Can't separate us from food!

Kebaya Girls.

Hope you had a wonderful weekend!
Mine was food-filled with amazing company. 

Happy Monday Cheerios!
Back to the grind baby.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Cheryl's Strawberry filled Green Tea Cupcakes with Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting

woof. That's a mouthful *That's what she said!*

Hey Guys! Happy Tuesday everyone. Hope everyone's week and weekend went well.
Mine was basically running around doing errands, 5k runs on the treadmill, rehearsals, babysitting, and planning the bestie/roomie/sista's mini surprise party. The surprise itself was not difficult. I just had to bake some cupcakes, and find a way to transport it to the city, gather the framily and VOILA!
But knowing this girl, she's filled with exciting plans and yes, she's pre-booked our entire weekend 2 months in advance for her weekend party. So it is pretty hard to find room in the entire weekend to get the fram together especially when plans hop around like bunnies on heat.

Well, the weekend finally happened. And none of us ended up in the hospital for alcohol overdose. Yay! 

Here's my recipe for the Matcha/Green Tea Cupcakes
adapted from MatchaSource

Matcha Green Tea Cupcakes
24 cupcake papers or 1/2 sheet pan / 350 degree oven
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
2 cups minus 1 1/2 heaping tablespoons sugar
2 large eggs
2 large egg yolks
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
2 tablespoons matcha tea
Your favorite strawberry preserves, I used a sugar-free one.

Preheat over to 350

1. Beat butter on high until soft, about 30 seconds.
2. Add sugar. Beat on medium-high until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.
3. Add eggs/egg yolks one at a time, beat for 30 seconds between each.
4. Add milk in mixture.
5. Whisk together flour, matcha, baking powder, and salt in a bowl.
6. Add to batter and fold to combine.

PLEASE DO NO OVER MIX or else your would end up with a dense pound cake like texture. You want your cupcakes to be fluffy.

7. Fill the cupcake liners half full.
8. Bake for about 20 mins. Poke a toothpick into a cupcake to test if it's fully cooked. It should come out clean.
9. Cool cupcakes for about at least 30 mins.
10. Core the cupcakes. I cut a triangle in the middle of the cupcake and take the middle off.
11. Fill the holes with Strawberry Preserves.
12. Clean the top of the cupcake off (don't leave crumbles and too much preserves).

Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting

You can always use fresh strawberries for this. But I prefer to use Trader Joe's freeze dried strawberries because the last time I made Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting, I was reluctant to put a lot of confectioners sugar, and the juices from the strawberries made it extremely water. It looked lie Pepto Bismol. Gross.

1/3 cups of freeze dried strawberries
1 1/2 sticks of soften butter
1 block of Cream Cheese
1 1/3 lbs of confectioners sugar 
1 teaspoon of vanilla essence 

1. Put freeze dried strawberries in food processor and blend till it's almost powder form
2. Beat butter till it looks nice and creamy
3. Add Cream Cheese till smooth
4. Add vanilla essence
5. Add Confectioners sugar to desired consistency

Baking Process

As you can see, instead of making 24 cupcakes, I made 12 and a cake.
The recipe works very well as a cake. In fact, because I accidentally over mixed my batter the cake turned out to be very dense. It worked well as a cake too. But just to remind you again, don't over mix because it would be better. Trust me!

I decorated the cake with peaches and grapes. You can do whatever you want with it. Strawberries, cherries, kiwi, blueberries... they will all work because everything works with Green Tea!

You can't really see, but I sliced the baked cake in half and smothered a layer of Strawberry Preserves in between the layers before frosting the cake. It's yum!

Yay Birthday Girl!!

Yenn: "Guess what flavor it is!"
           *excited smile*
C: *opens the cupcake liner and sees green* 
Yenn:  0.o' 
          "no... guess again!"
C: *Takes a bite and tastes the Cream Cheese Frosting* *looks at me confused* 
          "Red Velvet?"
Yenn: "Awww.... It's your favorite Green Tea!!!!!!"
         *sad face*
C:    "Now that you mention it... YEAH! It tasted familiar but I couldn't figure out what it was!!"

Hope all your dreams and wishes come true this year.

Love you gurl. Muah.


Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Secondhand White Baby Grand (Cover)

Finally! I've been planning on doing a cover of this song a couple months ago. Better late than never I guess ;)

On the other hand, it's been a birthday celebration month! I've attended 3 birthday parties just this last week and this weekend is dedicated to my other sister/roomie. Hurricane Irene interrupted C's birthday weekend celebration last year. I ended up staying at Sam's parents' place out of the city just incase the hurricane got us. I was doing my 5k run today at the gym and spent the entire 30 mins watching the weather channel talk about the possibilities of hurricanes striking.
Better rest up well before we tear up the weekend. Hopefully no hurricanes this time.

New found lounge over looking the city. Breathless view. 
The Press Lounge, you'll be seeing more of us :)

A day out with the girls at Central Park.

Bethesda Fountain. Oh so romantic.

Carousel at Central Park!
Summer Bucket list. One item down. Ninety nine more to go. LOL.

Yasir's surprise birthday dinner with the Framily :)

Went dancing with the girls at D's birthday before heading to Party #3

ET's Bday meet- more like a Singaporean and Malaysian meet up.
I've never seen so many Singaporeans and Malaysians in one spot. So unexpected! 
It was a wonderful weekend.

Summer is coming to an end. Time flies when times are good.