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baking day!
Tuesday, June 27, 2006

woke up yesterday morning and felt that it was a good day to try out my close to non-existent culinary skills! yay!!

mission 1: egg tarts!!!

somehow it didn't taste as nice as when my mum made it.. but well! see those brown looking filling? they are the products of my close to non-existent ingenuity.. decided to add some chocolate chips into the egg tart filling to create a new flavour.. haha.. well.. it tastes.. like.. erm.. chocolate, egg, and tart :)

mission 2: cake!!!

had a craving for the borthday cakes that my mum bakes.. so even though there's no special occasion, i bugged mum into teaching me how to bake one.. maybe some divine being was gving me a sign to stop baking.. when we were just finishing with the batter, the oven "blew up" and short circuited the house.. it certainly chose the right time.. the batter could not wait if not it will go bad!

undeterred, my mum called her arsenal of friends and finally we went to one of my neighbour's house, about 10 minutes drive away, to continue my undying baking quest..


gonna slice the cake and spread the cream and decor later!! *rubs palms in glee*

good things always come in threes! so..

mission 3: oven baked!!!

i flipped through mum's whole library of recipes for 2 hours and finally found the recipe.. preparing the food is 100 times tougher than the cooking itself! it got me sweating profusely.. cutting mushrooms, grating the cheese, making the pasta sauce by blending and meshing tomatoes and adding a lot of what nots, making gluten, boiling the pasta, washing stuff yada yada... what a handful..

and not to forget.. the oven in my house is awaiting a trip to the hospital.. mum was expecting me to give up my decision to prepare dinner.. but no!! the great chef is on a roll!!

so.. i borrowed a multi-purpose microwave from that neighbour and carried it all the way home! i swear it is 10 kg!! look at its sheer size!

it couldn't fit into the kitchen, so we had to house the microwave in the living room.. my hand was cramping so badly i couldn't move it for about 10 minutes..

the end result was definitely worth the cramps and the effort!!! *yum* it definitely feels good eating and having people eat your creation!!! :):):)

then became...

and finallyyyyy........

what a wonderful way to end the day! :)

__pondering* 11:02 AM :)

as promised! more pictures from siem reap! koped from the other cameras :)  Posted by Picasa

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sang sang and her pharmacy!  Posted by Picasa

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the blue pumpkin is everywhere in siem reap.. we think its their version of "starbucks" Posted by Picasa

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yum yum :)))))) breads go half price after 7pm! so we made a trip down specially to get cheap lobangs.. haha.. typical singaporeans! Posted by Picasa

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togo vs switzerland :) the tuk-tuk drivers congregated at the big screens and the crowd got progressively rowdier as the size of the congregation swelled  Posted by Picasa

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what a cool shot! Posted by Picasa

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night life in siem reap :)  Posted by Picasa

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a restaurant along pub street :) Posted by Picasa

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bena and the little girl who followed her for half an hour to get her to buy postcards :) Posted by Picasa

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spot weili, bena and i :) there's a table in red piano cafe where tourists leave behind their passport photos.. bena and i took extra care to make sure we got a prime spot *hiak hiak* Posted by Picasa

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jess! this pic will delight you! this is where i got our backpacks!  Posted by Picasa

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wet market :) Posted by Picasa

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wet market Posted by Picasa

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weili caught the lame bug from me and tried to make his waterbottle cool.... Posted by Picasa

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the super super posh hotel de la paix...... Posted by Picasa

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they have zen decor! Posted by Picasa

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a zen statue in the hotel Posted by Picasa

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the site where tomb raider was shot i think  Posted by Picasa

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use neutrogena fine fairness for ultimate protection against the sun!  Posted by Picasa

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they have a church floating in the lake!  Posted by Picasa

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the cambodian words inscripted on the stone are indeed awe-inspiring! Posted by Picasa

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the guide book costs 20 plus in singapore but only 1 us over there!  Posted by Picasa

__pondering* 10:44 AM :)