Snakes and ladders

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I started rolling the dice. I got 7. Son got 2. He was upset because it seems that he was behind in the game. We continued to move. My son’s turn. And then suddenly he got to the first ladder. He was happy. From the slow start he was now on the third row.

This is what happened in life. Some people seems to have a good start while you are still struggling. But by Allah’s mercy and his endless bounty, even when you least expect it, you manage to get to higher places – good job, better salary.

We continued playing. At times it feels so boring, same old routine, you roll the dice, you move according to the numbers you get but ultimately the goal you are aiming for is the spot where 100 resides.

There are times that you wish you get more number from the dice, because by that you could move up faster. No matter how much you try, you never know how much you can get until the dices have been rolled on the floor.

My son put the dices in his palm. He rolled it so hard hoping he will get more. And then it turned out to be 2, one each from the dices. With frustration, he moved.

Sometimes we work so hard. We tried our best yet we feel that we don’t get what we expect, not realizing that Allah has another plan for us.

As we moved along in the game, Son got 8. And he said, “If I got 11 just now, I would have been eaten by the snake..” That time he was at the second top row. A few more steps towards 100.

That’s the wisdom in sustenance (rezeki). It’s either you get what you want, or you’ll be saved from the harm.

And as he reached 98, he said I just need 2 to win. It turned out he got 10 and has to reversed 8 steps backwards. He was upset when he got 2 few times before in the game, remember? And yet now how he wishes to get the same number to win the game.

As for me, I got eaten by the snake at 91 and fell down to 25.

We didn’t finish the game but I did learn the lessons.

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The Birthday Month

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I love April.

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Bunga Telur Rose Merah

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This is one of the simplest bunga telur design you can make on your own if you don’t have enough budget to pay for custom made bunga telur.

Just buy artificial flowers that you like from floral wholesaler, cut the stem and assemble it on the bunga telur stick. Add on any kind of ribbons that suit the color theme.

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The above full pahar consists of 30 bunga telur, just nice for you to boil a tray of eggs bought from pasar borong :) This bunga pahar can also be given as part of hantaran or being used during acara merenjis.

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A KitKat Transformers Birthday Cake

I have decided to have a KitKat cake for my son’s 7th birthday this year.

I have a friend, Luscious Brownies & Cakes who made delicious cake for almost all my son’s party all these years. So after finding a good example of KitKat cake, I have requested the cake to be sent like this.

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The reason why there’s no decoration on top of the cake is because I was not sure how to put the Optimus Prime (which has been transformed to a truck, as shown in the next picture) on the cake.

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Dear Son decorated his own birthday cake a few hours before the party started. We bought Maltesers, M&M and tiny chocolate chips from Jaya Grocer. The initial plan was to put a lot of those choc pieces but after some thoughtful consideration we only used a little bit of each, so as not to have a crowded looking cake.

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The candles were bought in Toys R Us. Found one with number 7 in Alamanda branch.

The kids who came for the party were excited to have the KitKat, not so much for the cake. Their parents were the one who seem to enjoy eating the cake, haha!

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Strom Color Diamond Pan

I have been watching GoShop on Astro quite religiously lately, well you know the fun of seeing how they demo merchandise and how it could help ease your life, you get the idea..heh!

So after watching several rerun of this Strom Color Diamond Pan demo, I decided to buy it. At that time I got discounted online coupon of RM20, so instead of the retail price of RM149, I bought this for RM129 with free shipping in Peninsular Malaysia.

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When I got the pans out of the box, I said to myself, now these look lousy. Seriously! It is very lightweight, like you are holding cooking pan toy. I am used to the heavy feel of hard anodized Tefal set so I assumed that these Strom pans would be a mistake to buy.

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But once I started to use them in my daily cooking, I kind of love the lightweight quality. It’s easy to wash and rinse in the kitchen sink and the smallest pan is just the right size to make omelette or other simple dishes for my son’s meal.

The best part of these pans is the depth that they have. Usually imported pans like Tefal are wide and shallow and are not really practical for Asian cooking in general. But since this Strom Color Diamond Pan is originated from Korea, I guess they cater to the style of cooking and type of meals we Asians usually have at home.

For now, I am not sure how long lasting the diamond coating will be but so far it’s worth my money. I have cooked sambal, nasi goreng, stir fry vege, fried chicken pieces for nasi ayam in deep oil, well almost all the normal Malay cooking style and yes, it doesn’t stick and really easy to clean afterwards.

So, if you are still thinking whether you should buy this Strom pan set, I’d say go on and buy them. Have fun cooking great food for your family and friends!

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