Fantastic Four

26 June 2019.

My dear baby Nana, today you turn 4!

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Watching you grow from day one since you was a tiny newborn baby until now, you had now grown into a sensible little girl.

This year, you’re finally start schooling. You learn to socialise among your peers, learn to share, and to tolerance among each other. You learn new languages at school, craft, follow the rules and have fun with children same age as you. You became more and more independent. At home, you can do most of the things by yourself. If you are not tall enough to reach, you get a stool. You basically trying to solve your own problem before asking for help. Slowly, but surely.

Sometimes you are smart enough to even helped me up with my housework. When I bake, you pass me the mixer and spatula. When I make fruit juice, you pass me your plastic straw cup. When I accidentally wet the kitchen floor, you pass me my mop, without anyone to remind you or asked you for help. When me and daddy was away for two weeks, you even teach your popo (grandma) how to make your favourite Mac and cheese! Haha!

Even though most of the time you are still making a mess, but your offer on helping up is priceless to me. And the fact that you being more independent now makes me feel that you are no longer a baby.

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Checking out her 3 year old photobook.

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心肝寶貝

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Be happy everyday. 🙂

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And side note, you still look exactly like your daddy.

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This literally sums up what happen everyday at home. Daddy is always tired while mummy having crazy time dealing with the energizer bunny. Haha!

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My funny small nephew boy 😀

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They play, laugh, fight, cry and grow up together.

But no matter how much you grow, you will always be my baby.

Being your mother is still the hardest task I ever done but I wouldn’t trade in the world for you. Four years now but we are still learning and growing together. 💪🏻 I can’t buy you the world but I will promise to provide you a beautiful childhood so you have something to reminisce when you grow older. And no matter what happen, we will have each other to lean on.

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Happy four years old my baby girl.

Laugh and be happy every single day! Stay fantastic!

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Love you with all my hearts ♥️

Your mummy.

 

 

Images taken at home using Leica Q.

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Egg Tarts

Hola! It’s been a long long while since I neglected this space! Been really busy with motherhood and when I’m finally done with what need to be done, I would just slack around and day dreaming. 😉

Boring story aside, due to my love of pastry, I’ve always been baking all these while. Bought bread machine and been making sure I fully utilise it hence I’m making bread/bun for breakfast every other week. Make some non-baked oreo cheese cake and it’s love. Make some swiss roll and japanese cheese cake but well, these two needed to enhance. I’m still looking for the perfect failed proof recipe. Haha! Baked some chocolate chips cookies and it’s love!

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I’ve been baking egg tart using the following recipe adapted from Misstamchiak for at least 4 times and it’s great. Especially I prefer the pastry version of the egg tart instead of the flaky ones.  I’ve edited and enchance according to my own preference and if you would like to check out the original recipe, kindly check on her page. So, let’s go!

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Recipe for freshly baked egg tarts with buttery base and soft egg custard insides.

For Pastry

  • 280g Plain Flour
  • 4 tbsp Icing Sugar
  • 2 Egg Yolk
  • 1 Egg White
  • 150g Salted Butter

For Filling

  • 150g Castor Sugar or fine sugar (I opt for reduced sugar and just using 80g)
  • 150g Hot Water 
  • 4 Whole Eggs
  • 250ml Fresh Milk
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • a pinch of fine salt

Method (for Pastry)

  1. Cream butter with icing sugar, egg yolk and egg white.
  2. Add in flour and mix well. Once it is well mixed, using hand, press the mixture together and form a dough. If the dough is too wet or oily, do add some flour. Give it a few knead.
  3. Wrap the dough in a clingwrap. Put it into the fridge for 15mins to let it cool.
  4. Take the dough out of the fridge. Cut pastries into 12-14 equal portion (about 38g-40g each).
  5. Roll individual dough into a ball. Using a tart case, press the pastry ball into a flat piece. Line dough in the middle of tart cases, lightly press the dough into the tart cases.
  6. Refrigerate the tart cases for 30mins, and it is ready to use.
  7. Baked the tart for 10 mins.

Method (for Filling)

  1. Add castor sugar into hot water, mix until sugar completely dissolved. Set aside and let it cool.
  2. Beat eggs with milk, vanilla essence and salt. Pour in sugar water. Mix well.
  3. Sift egg mixture at least twice to achieve smooth egg mixture.
  4. Take tarts out of the refrigerator, carefully pour egg mixture into each tart shells.
  5. Bake tarts for 40mins at 180 degree, fan ON. (Original recipe stated to bake for 25mins at 180 degree, trial and error as it’s varies on different oven.)

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Not the most good looking one but who can resists a freshly baked egg tart for tea time? 😀

 

Yum! Gave half dozen to my sister and I had one for tea today. Gonna have the rest for breakfast tomorrow!

Till then!

Cheers,

Eva Eva

1, 2, 3! Who turns 3?

My dear baby Nana,

Today you turns 3!

1233 years ago you came into our lives and touched our hearts. You are overly active, strong-willed, talkative and very mischevious. By the age of 3, you still fancy bus over soft cuddly toys. Your favorite food is eggs, all kind of noodles, ice cream, cheese and chocolate cakes. As much as I wish you grow bigger and taller, there are times I wish you are still a tiny baby that stick with me all the time. You talk so much now that sometimes I wish you are still a baby where you only giggle and laugh when I talked to you. You run so fast now that sometimes I am out of breath chasing after you. I want you to know that no matter how big you are, you are and always will be my baby.

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On a good day, you will ‘request’ to help up (or mess up) with some household chores now. You helped up to hang the clothes, to mop the floor, to wash your own bowl after snack, to help washing the vegetables, to help baking cakes or cookies, to help to throw rubbish into the dustbin, and many other small little things in daily life when we asked you to do. Even if most of the time I will still need to clean up after you, but I want to let you know that mummy is proud of you.

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I’m very grateful to be your main caretaker as I can be there to witness all your growth. Sometimes you are smart, sometimes you are cute, you like to sing when you are doing something; creating your very own lyrics, you like to dance and dance and dance and dance, you are a social butterfly that never seems to go out of energy. People always notice you when you are around, coz you are either very noisy talking about everything in a very sharp loud voice, or you are crying out loud over a small matter. Though sometimes I do feel embarrassed, I will keep reminding myself that it’s alright to be as loud as you want to be for now. Just go ahead and be what a 3-year-old should be.

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By the time you turn two, you start testing my limit every single day. Sometimes you make me so mad that my fire is burning. But behind all the hurricane, occasionally you will tell me “I love you very much” and kiss me on my cheek. Some days soon you will not kiss me as often or hug me or even ask me to play with you; but no matter what happens, I’m always there for you like I did in the past 3 years.

You are my weakness and my strength. I love you with all my heart.

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26 June 2018

Happy 3rd Birthday my baby girl.

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We survived 3 years together! More to come. 😉

Love,

Your Mummy.

Images taken at various places using Leica Q and some with the build in self-timer.

Spring at Osaka & Kyoto, Japan

March/April 2017.

I’ve yet touched down this amazing land my whole life, and everyone who knew I’m heading there already warned me that once you did, you will fall in love. That’s true. That’s really true. I’m back with my heart so full.

Since parenthood hits me, I’ve always there, stand by for my daughter. It’s been a very tough period for us, as to cope with a new life, with all the new priorities. We felt that this vacation is really important for us, to have a good break, enjoy meal time slowly, walk slowly or to just staring at the river empty minded. In other words, to just feel the luxury of just being alone, the two of us. I’ve been always looking forward to this trip, yet missing our daughter back home. But everything is alright and I knew she’s in good hands. Turn out, she enjoyed herself so much that she never look for daddy or mummy for the whole 9 days. 🙂

Back to Japan, we touched down Osaka hoping to have Sakura welcome us, but…NONE. There isn’t any. Apparently, the forecasts are a bit off this year due to the extraordinary weather. It’s still raining hard and extremely cold! We aren’t preparing for this. It can go down to 3 degrees at night and extremely cold and windy when it’s rain. Anyway, we still hope for the best for at least a glimpse of the Sakura before we leave. And 2-3 days before we fly off back home, we finally catch a glimpse of it. 🙂

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Tired from the overnight flight. But, hello Osaka!

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Everything looks really appetizing in Japan!

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Night at Dotonburi.

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Long queue, always and forever.

We spent our days at two cities, Osaka and Kyoto. Needless to say, Kyoto is amazing. Osaka is pretty cool as a city, but to me, Kyoto indeed mesmerizing! We spent a day in Osaka once we touched down, then headed to Kyoto the next day. First stop, we went to the Suntory Yamazaki distillery. Amazingggg experience!

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Let’sssss GO!

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That’s me on the other side. With my luggage. We can’t wait for the whiskey tasting. No time to check in yet. Haha.

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The whiskey lover. While I’m not a fan of alcoholic drinks myself, I find it worth every penny for it. I enjoyed myself very much. Do make a reservation here preferable weeks before for the tour.

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While this located nearby our Airbnb, whenever we pass by it’s always a long queue. We checked online to find out it’s serving some fancy desserts.

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Wrong focusing, but plenty of people taking wedding/couple/family portraits by dressing traditional kimono here.

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Sakura oh sakura. Why aren’t you blooming yet.

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All the yummy food at Nishiki market. We literally stop by there every day. To grab some Oden, snacks and some yummy sashimi.

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And for cheap lunch, drop by these small udon place.

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Good hot coffee is very much needed on this cooling spring weather.

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My view.

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His view.

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Hello, Fushimi Inari Taisha. Ticked one off the bucket list.

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Golden hour.

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The sunsets are particularly amazing that day. It’s so beautiful.

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Next day we head up to Arashiyama.

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The well-known bamboo groove. Despite the busy crowd, it’s actually pretty cooling walk around here.

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It’s one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever visited.

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Connected from the bamboo groove, we walk over to this amazing view. It’s all sakura’s buds. Can’t wait for it to bloom. It’s going to be so mesmerizing.

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I would definitely come back for a visit in the future for this view. Autumn season would be great as well.

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Since it’s a peak season, it’s so crowded, but it’s still worth our visits. We spent almost the whole day there and we enjoyed to slowly stroll around and just enjoy the scenery.

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% Arabica Arashiyama. It’s such a longggggg queue! We can’t get a chance to taste it because it’s raining soon. Maybe next time perhaps?

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Hi handsome 😀

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On our “romantic train ride”. The Sagano Scenic Railway.

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My picture can’t justify the journey. It’s breathtaking.

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Since it’s a romantic ride, we shall have a picture together. 😀

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No planning for the day. We just explore the Kyoto town with our small bike!

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One of the oldest coffee shops. The old couple owners are really friendly and cute too.

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We sit down there, by the river. To day-dream.

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Catch a glimpse of the Sakura finally! But sadly we are leaving Kyoto already.

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The big man with a small bicycle.

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We are so heavy hearted to leave Kyoto. I love this city. 🙂

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And we are back to the busy Osaka city!

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Good morning, Kuromon Market.

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I can’t believe we visited this Instant Ramen Museum. HAHAHA. And we queue to DIY our own instant ramen! Hahaha. But that’s because it’s a rainy day, so we got no place to go. Hmm.

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The final full day in Osaka. So we visited the castle.

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Hanami.

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SAKURASSSS!

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The weather is great that day.

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Thank you Osaka. You’ve been really great too.

 

Japan, we will definitely be back.

This series were taken by using Canon F-1, Canon AE1, Lomo LC-A+ and LC-Wide loaded with various films.

p/s: It’s been awhile since the last I shoot with films. It’s strange and unpredictable. I like this feeling. 😉

Love,

Eva Eva

The Amazing Two

My dear baby Nana,

On 26 June 2015, you made me a mother. On 26 June 2016, you turned 1 year old and today you are turning 2.

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Where does all the time go?

In this year, you learned how to walk, run, jump, talk, sing, speak, communicate, draw, read books, make friends, bite and push other kids, greet, said sorry and thank you, being compassionate and expressing yourself. You are developing your own little character throughout your first birthday until today. You are demanding, sometimes annoying but yet you are very loving. You impress me every single day on all the tiny little milestones that you achieved. I’m truly grateful that I’m there, to be with you, to witness all of them and to teach as well as learn together with you.

You speak Malaysian English, Cantonese and a little bit of Mandarin. By age of 2, you can speak a short sentence with 3 different languages. You are truly Malaysian.

You still hurt yourself every now and then because sometimes I’m not fast enough to run towards you and protect you. You are very petite in size as to compare to your age and sometimes I get comments from strangers as if I starve you and ate all the food myself. Sometimes we eat out when I’m too lazy (or frustrated to cook). There you might have eaten some msg or whatever seasoning that isn’t good for your health. Sometimes I ignore you because I’m too tired (or lazy) to response. I just wanted to let you know that I’m not a perfect mother. But I’m trying to be as good as possible, to love and to protect you with everything I have.

Thank you for calling me “mummy mummy mummy” endlessly. Thank you for giving me a pat on my shoulder when I told you “mummy is sad”. Thank you for letting me sleep in a little bit more in some days without waking me up and greet me with your charming smile with your best “good morning mummy” greeting every morning. Thank you for kissing me good night before you go to the bed. Thank you for loving me wholeheartedly every minute every second until you need to peak on me when I’m on the toilet doing my business. Thank you for running towards me and hug my leg when I’m in the kitchen cooking our meal just because you wish I can sit down and play with you. Thank you for giving me a thumbs up on the food I cook for you. Thank you for testing my limit and challenge my patience. Thank you for giving me joy and laughter. Most of all, thank you for being my friend and spending these beautiful moments with me.

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26 June 2017.

Happy 2nd Birthday my baby girl. You are and always will be my baby.

Love,

Your mummy mummy mummy.

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Images taken at various places using Lomo LC-A+ & LC-Wide loaded with various film.