Baking with Maisarah

Aloha!

Today, I had my friend from secondary school over to my house for a little baking session.

Maisarah and I knew each other since sec 1 but we are not very close.

She recently got in touch with me over SnapChat and from there we started talking.

I told her about the surprise I was planning for my friend and she wanted to join so from there we got together to plan things.

Well, anyways, as this is the last week of holidays, everyone is scrambling around like mad trying to finish up everything and preapare for the new semester ahead.

So, it was difficult to fix dates but we did manage to after a long time of deciphering our schedules.

She came and we started off by making frosting for a batch of funfetti cookies that I had already prepared because I actually needed to chill the dough otherwise it would be sticky to work with. ( I got the recipe from sallysbakingaddiction.com under “cookies”)

We also then made the batter for Oreo Cheesecake Cups (I got the recipe from Popsugar Food’s YouTube Channel)

We frosted the cookies, decorated them, chatted and we also ate them.

We talked about school and stuff and basically, just did not bother.

But boy, time really flies. Three hours later, it was time for her to go home.

On a side note, I enjoyed the time spent and the goodies we made.

Looking forward to tbe surprise though

Cheers!

Nurfatma

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Super Stressful Saturday

Today is Saturday!

And as much the weekends are my answer to a much needed break from the hectic weekdays I had during the week, it also kind of stresses me out.

What am I going to do this weekend? Any plans to go out? Will I watch marathons of Kitchen Nightmares on rerun? Will I visit anyone? Will anyone visit me? Or am I going to have a boring weekend and do homework and assignments?

These are the same questions I have everytime a Friday rolls around.

I was expecting this weekend to be little different especially since I am having school holidays.

But no, it was pretty different.

I woke up late. What else is new?

Had breakfast with the family. Watched some TV and began working on a quiz that I am to complete.

After being unable to beat my previous high score, I gave up. (which is unlike me, maybe I am exhausted of the same questions multiple times)

I FaceTimed my friend and had a heart-to-heart talk with him. Which went okay-ish.

I hang up the call, took a quick shower, followed by a quick lunch and left home to go to Redman!

Redman is my favourite store in the whole world. Followed by H&M, and then Cotton On.

Redman is where you can buy all your baking supplies in one place. Cake tins, flour, sprinkles, butter, candy melts, food colouring and a whole lot more.

Whenever I visit their store, I feel like I am in baking heaven and the fact that there is one near my house is an added bonus.

I bought butter, flour, cream of tartar, vanilla extract and SPRINKLES!!!!

You might ask why did I need baking supplies? Well, as I mentioned in my 2nd last post about my best friend’s surprise birthday party which I am planning, so I needed to get the ingredients and bake him a little something.

I also needed a little heavy cream but I did not want to buy a huge pack so I went to the grocery store. Ditto. Next grocery store. Ditto. Next grocery store. Ditto. Called my aunt. Ditto. She only had cooking cream. And more sprinkles and icing sugar (which I eventually borrowed from her)

The difference between cooking cream and heavy cream is the fat content which differs by about 20%.

It was very unlike that so many grocery stores did not have heavy cream. I finally managed to buy some when I went to visit my aunt and happened to stop by the grocery store near her house.

Oh well, life is random and weird sometimes.

What else?

I also went to Cotton On to buy new shoes. I have been looking for a flat, covered up toe sandals.

Why covered up toes? Why sandals? Why not flats?

Well, I need it to have covered up toes because as a Science student, I sometimes need to be in the lab and the lab regulations state for it to be covered up toes otherwise I cannot enter the lab.

What do I do if I cannot enter the lab? 2 things.

Firstly, I can skip class and not bother. But that will affect attendance and if my attendance falls below 80%, I am debarred from taking the final exams.

Oh, these rules…

Secondly, I can go spend $7 and rent some shoes and socks from the office which I am to return after class. But, I can keep the socks.

Well, at least I bought myself some decent, boring socks.

Back to topic, whoops!

I preferred sandals because I have been wearing flats for a long time now and wanted to change things up.

Cotton On did not have any sandals. Sighs!

So, I went to Vivian & Sean, which is a simple shoe shop and also Bata. I hoovered between the two for about 30 mins before I bought from the former. The latter is a lil more expensive so I don’t want to waste money as well.

But don’t worry, I got myself two pairs of shoes. I got two because if the first pair was above $21.90, I could get the second pair for $9.90

Hell yes!

I went to Grandma’s house after shopping to find the door locked. So, I called my mum. No answer. So I came back home. When I called my uncle, found out everyone was back home.

Argghhh, so much travelling

Well, also just now I had some guests visiting. They were my grandma’s sorta sister and her daughters and granddaughter. Indians, I tell ya!

Thank goodness they didn’t stay very long though. Now, you might think I am selfish and hate guests but nope, I am not!

It is very late at night and I want to just relax. And frankly, I do not like to gossip with people. I will gladly take about ponies and unicorns and school and other stuff but to listen to people talk about their lives and other peoples live is not my cup of tea.

I pride on keeping myself happy and away from negative energy. And really just appreciating what I have.

That said, if you appreciate what you have, you begin to understand and feel for what others don’t have.

Alrighty, I have said enough.

Sorry if it got a little lengthy.

I am gonna go wash my face and lie in bed and watch Gordon Ramsay fill my ears with vulgarities. Ha!

Q: What are your weekend plans?

Have a great weekend!

See you soon!
Nurfatma

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I got these simple and comfortable sandals

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And also these simple flats which I will wear in the lab, hopefully!

Thank you! + Outing with Gracelyn

Aloha!

I fell asleep last night as I was writing this post and I am so embarrassed about it. But, now, I am fresh and ready to carry on.

First of all, I want to thank you guys (my followers!) . Thank you for deciding to follow my blog and wanting to get a glimpse into my life. I cannot thank you enough!!!

This blog had been a dead space for so long and just got updated. So, I am excited!

Yesterday, I went out with my best friend from secondary school.
She is my closest friend and I am so glad to have her in my life.

So, anyways, we had not met in 2 weeks. Sometimes, 2 weeks feel like forever. We decided we would go with our other friend but he was busy so we went on a trip by ourselves.

Our initial plan was to go visit this new mall that had recently opened in Fernvale.

But en route to Fernvale, we were at Compassvale, so Gracelyn suggested visiting Compass Point before the mall is shut down to be renovated.

True enough, a lot of the shops were already closed and undergoing renovation. So, we could not see much but we managed to do some window.shopping πŸ™‚

Then, we had lunch at Long John Silvers and had fun talking about school, Snapchat, Instagram and horoscopes. I was even singing along to the music playing. (Yeap, I am that weird person who sings in public)

After lunch, we took the monorail to Fernvale. But in our oversight, we boarded the wrong monorail and went in the wrong direction towards the East. Yes, we are that blur.

So we waited until the journey was conplete and we made sure to board the correct monorail and went towards the West.

If you ever travel to Sengkang and Punggol, be prepared to get lost. It is really hard to figure out where you are going. And I am not criticising or anything, but it is the reality.

So, anyways, we finally made it to Fernvale and went to Seletar Mall. It was levels and levels of shop and we went slowly.

We started off at The Paper Stone which is a stationery shop. Gracelyn, wanted to buy a notebook that was for $3 but it was the last piece and no one had bought it.

She did not want to buy it but at the same time, she wanted it as well. This girl, I tell ya.

Anyways, she bought the book before we left the mall. So, cannot blame me, I tried.

And while we were in the store, 1989 was playing and I had a fun time singing along to Wildest Dreams, How You Get The Girl and This Love. I documented it all on Snapchat.

I also had my first ever macaron from Delifrance. It was lemon flavoured and absolutely delicious!

We went to Popular, a bookstore, where we took photos of books we are interested in reading but are too broke to buy. Sighs.

We also went to this little shop and bought some badges as a birthday gift to our friend. The badges basically spell out his name.

We went to NTUC Finest which is a like a grocery store but with organic food. Boy, it was huge and some of the sfuff were super expensive.

We also went to a music school and had fun messing around with the instruments. Hahaha.

We also went to many other shops and wanted to watch a movie but the timings were totally off so we could not see the movie 😦

The escalator was broken down and we has to climb it and we were quite dizzy by the timebwe finished climbing. Only to realise in our blurness, that there was actually a lift. Gahhh.

We are also obsessed with the cakes that so many shops had. Especially rainbow cakes. But we gotta watch our diet. 😦

Hmm, like I had said Sengkang is confusing. We got lost with directions and had to walk a huge round in the hot sun to get to the busstop and we actually landed up towards Jalan Kayu which is another district.

But finally, we went home and blowed up our friend’s mind about the day we had. I loved irritating him >.<

That was pretty much it but the experience was fun and one that I will never forget.

Till next time

Nurfatma

P.S. Thanks for reading! I really appreciate it.

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I am so besotted with books.

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Our feet were aching from walking.

What is life even?!

Its a typical Tuesday afternoon and I am all sleep deprived even though its the school holidays.

I realised that I haven’t written a post in so long and since I am bored, I might as well just update this blog even though no one reads it.

So, lets go!

I have completed the first semester of my first year in poly. And I am pleased with the results. As we move on to the next semester, I am gonna push on for better results.

I have also been upping my social media game recently. I created Snapchat and Twitter accounts.

Snapchat is easy to keep up with. Twitter is gonna take a bit more effort. The only reason I created these accounts was not to “fit in” with others. But because, in maybe 10-15 years or whatever, it will be nice to look back on these things and reminisce my days and the activities I did. Or who knows that these social media may get outdated and replaced by newer, better sites. And it would be cool to think that once upon a time I was actually part of something called Snapchat, maybe?

So, what else? My best friend is turning 18 soon and I have been planning a surprise birthday parry for him. Dont worry, he doesnt read my blog or have the link to my blog.

A lil more about my friend though. I knew him since secondary 1 so thats like 6 years already but only grew close to him in about secondary 3. So its been like almost 5 years.

And yes, its a him. A lot of people including our own friends and family members are always surprised about how we have been able to be such close friends for so long and not gotten together or anything.

I don’t know. I guess we just feel very comfortable around one another and with our friendship that we do not need anything else. And most importantly, we both want to focus on our studies first. So everything else falls in later.

That aside, I spend a lot of time everyday just thinking about the stuff that I want to do for the party or what is the menu going to be like. I get excited everyday thinking about it. I have enrolled the help of my two other friends in the execution of this party. I cannot wait to see how it turns out.

Well, well, well

I am gonna sleep now

If you ever happen to read my blog, thank you!

Mr Young, I miss you and your English lessons too.

Happy Resting!

Welcome to poly!

I took such a long break from writing but O feel that before I mostly disappear and focus on school, I wanted to write a blog spot.

I am now wrapping up the first week of year 1 in poly. It feels exciting and nerve wrecking at the same time. It’s exciting because everyday I learn all this new knowledge and I am learning how to incorporate it into my life. However I also find it nerve wrecking because there is so much to keep up with that I feel like my energy is being sucked out of me.

I am taking seven modules this semester. I am okay with most modules but I am only worried about Anatomy and Physiology and Fundamentals of Nursing. Otherwise, I am quite okay with the rest.

It’s time for me to go already. But, I will make any time I have to keep this blog going

Thank you!

The show must go on

Yesterday (I mean Friday, it’s past 12mn now) was a bad day at work, for a number of reasons. But it got me to thinking about what goes on whenever I am at school and not working at the restaurant.

A lot of customers had $50 bills yesterday and I kept running short of the small bills. In turn, I sent out my colleague a few times to change the $50 bills into smaller denominations.

Then my mum forgot to order coins. We exchange coins from a supplier who supplies them to us. And they are vital because in the morning, everything is chaotic. Some customers might not have those small 10 or 20 cents that make up their purchase and as a result, coins become crucial.

Then, the poultry supplier who was supposed to deliver the goods in the morning at 11am only turned up at 9pm. His excuse? There was a road closure which prevented him from entering the CBD 😐. Liar! There was no such thing. I must have been on the phone at least 30 times pestering my mum about where was the supplier.

The rice supplier did not have any rice for us😭. We were screwed now. But he did promise us to deliver early the next morning. Phew!

Earlier on in the day, I went shopping at Haniffa with my mum and Grandma. I hadn’t had lunch and I was feeling hungry so I went ahead and bought a bag of potato chips. I started feeling thirsty, so I kept walking up and down to see where were the mineral water bottles, only to realize after walking a few rounds that they don’t sell drinks. I then had to walk to opposite road just to buy a bottle of water. 😀

What else? I was like a stressed basket yesterday. I was trying to get on the phone to my mum when my brother was asking me who was picking him up from school. I got infuriated a few times when she wasn’t answering. I wanted to curse at the phone but well, not in front of customers.

When my shift was almost over, I was busy preparing the stuff for next day like topping up plastic bags and paper cups etc. In my hurry to quickly leave because my mum was picking me up and I did not want to make her wait, I left my phone at the restaurant. πŸ˜‚

I only realised when I was halfway home, too late by then. I was now FORCED to spend my time without my phone. I felt so lonely.

I brought home some fried rice from the restaurant in what was meant to be my dinner. Before I could even eat it, my brother snatched the box from my hands and began eating. I felt like protesting but I was too tired to do so. I patiently waited till he had eaten his share before I got round to eating it.

I haven’t been this stressed since a few months ago when I was busy preparing for my presentations. Well, I feel like the fact that I made through such a terrible day, makes me think how amazing my collegues are. I don’t know if in real there are tougher days than these but maybe there are and I don’t salute them for handling much tougher days than yesterday.

I ❀️ my job!

How time flies!

We have just wrapped up the last week of PFP. It has been such a great year and I can’t believe that the first of my four years in Ngee Ann has ended. Well, I never expected this to happen . I was constantly living in paranoia about failing a module and having to go back to secondary school.

PFP was not what I had imagined it to be. I know that the graduating criteria is a pass but for every module, even Sports and Wellness, the stress levels were high. Of course, I had tried to be as chilled out as I possibly could but I think it got to the exterior what a nervous wreck I was.

Biology, my worst enemy, has now become less of a enemy and more of a friend. I still do face challenges atΒ  memorising but I am slowly getting there.

Math, my friend instead started to become a bit of my enemy on the other hand. Well, I am not saying that I hate it but the tedious calculations on Binomial Theorem and Vectors began sucking out the energy in me.

I felt like over the last year I learned a lot. I learned about things like Google Docs, which I never knew existed. I learned to be more flexible, both physically and mentally. Sports and Wellness really made me more active, even though it is once a week and the rest of the time, I become an inactive volcano.

I am going to try and see what were the SNW sports I covered over the last year: Dance-sport (Cha cha), Gym, Adventure, Hip Hop, Basketball, Netball, Soccer, Badminton and Pilates.

I recently got awarded the sponsorship and bursary award that I applied for. When I got posted to Nursing, I was not really happy because I was wishing for Food and Nutrition Science, I hated poly life for the first semester because I just did not like my course. I even despised myself for listening to my mum and enlisting Nursing as one of the choices. Until MOH talked to me and those doing Nursing in my class that I saw and realised the potential of a Nurse. Sure, it was not a glamorous job but the satisfaction and the pay are rewarding. Sure, it is tedious and requires long hours but the skills that I learn can help me in the future to take of my parents when they grow old.

And while upon graduation many others will be job hunting, I already have got a job secured. And the place where I am posted to is not so far away from where I live, so travelling will not be such a burden. And while I am working, I am considering of doing a part-time degree. (fingers crossed!)

Most importantly, I feel that the highlight of my PFP year was the friends that I had made. Sure, I may not be as close to some as I am to others but I will definitely cherish each day spent.

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Winding up PFP….

I started this blog because of Bridging English ( a module I studied in PFP) required me to do so. Over the last year, this blog became my soul where I documented my life. Now, that PFP is almost ending, I feel like a lost soul.

I am going to make every conscious effort I can to document my life here on my blog since writing a physical diary is much more tedious for me >.<

This week all I have been doing is revision for BNS and Bio since I have a class test and I am stoked to say that my overall grade for Bio is an A. Woohoo!

I have been racking my brains about my Math project which is to design a game proposal for the school’s Open House in which the player has only a 20% (+/- 5%) chance of winning. I came up with a game similar to “Are you smarter than a 5th grader?”. I hope that that comes along well.

This week I watched a movie called : Shaun of the dead, which is a comedy/horror movie about zombie apocalypse. This is my first full length scary movie. In the past, I have tried watching horror movie but halfway through I would just run away. I need more guts!

I visited a kiln and I tried my hand at pottery. It is not for me. I started off making a mug because I wanted a jumbo mug to make Red Velvet Microwave Mug Cake in. And then my clay fell apart because of the uneven structure. I tried again and I got a large bowl instead. Hopefully, the bowl can work in place of a mug.

Friday was the best day of all. I had NAPFA test. Although I failed 3 stations, I don’t need to do retest (Muahahaha). I then had a class exchange with the students of FPDE and some Year 3 Brazilians.The students of FPDE (Lincoln and Katherine) gave a brief history of Singapore and the festivals celebrated here.Next up, Aqil and I gave them a short presentation on Singapore food and Singlish (a mashup of English and other Singaporean spoken languages like Malay, Mandarin and Chinese dialects).

The Singlish part was the most hilarious though cause we used a calendar for it and got 3 Brazilians to pick out a day, date and month. It could be either random choice or a specific one. Then after they had picked out, Aqil got Joel to read out since Aqil claims to not have the necesary accent. It was hilarious!

Then the Brazilians presented on Brazil, did a dance demonstration and taught some of us to dance. I won’t say who but there were some girls who completely swayed at the sight of the Brazilians.

And we finished off with our Bio class test. It was a challenging paper but I am still in shock over my score. I still remember that on my first day of school, my first class was Bio and I also ended my last day with Bio. As I look back on this year, I don’t think that I would ever want to trade the memories for anything else.

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Elaine’s upcoming birthday present. I brought some the next day for everyone else.

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From the kiln visit

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This week was a hilarious week. First of all, there was the release of the o level results on Monday. A lot of my classmates skipped class to go back to secondary school to support their friends. But I didn’t because I cannot afford to miss class. I am getting weaker in Math and hence, I could not take the risk. I checked in with my secondary school friends and let’s just say… I expected them to do better and they missed by just a tad.

I am bogged down with projects. And my siblings have missed school most of this week because they are all sick. Hmmph, not fair! I am really tired.

And oh, while I was in school on Tuesday, my siblings decided to “help me”. I had made a batch of Oreo truffles last week for my classmates and had some leftovers which I planned to gift my secondary school friends. I had made the truffles and all that was left was to coat in melted chocolate. My siblings sprinkled salt all over it and when I come back and I look in the fridge. I see crystals. I taste one and i don’t quite like the taste. When I confronted my siblings, they said ” we wanted to help you. We were looking for sugar but couldn’t find it and so we added salt instead.” I tried to shake off some but some is already set in the truffles.

Well, I tried to get rid of as much salt as possible. And anyways, I coated some in chocolate and tasted it and well, all I taste is a little bit of salt and a little of sweetness.

That aside, I issued a challenge to Elaine that she has to stop swearing. And I gave her 2 days for it. Let’s see how she comes along with this one.

I have projects scattered here and there but slowly, everything is falling into place.

“I could build a castle out of all the bricks they threw at me” – lyrics from New Romantics by Taylor Swift

I wish you a good and long weekend.

Happy New Year!!!

I have just made it through the first week of school . Andddd it feels like a battle won πŸ’ͺπŸ†. It’s all been so tiring.

During the holidays I got used to sleeping late at like around 1am and this first week I have been sleeping at around the same time. It’s just like a habit now. And I need to kick this habit because I am finding myself feeling sleepy in class and it is NOT a good thing.

Projects are also piling up. There is project for EL, Math fundamental, bio, culture and community, and Basic Nursing Sci. I have started work on some and I have yet to start on some of them. And these are all due in a few weeks time.

So I am of course stressed. But I am also excited that this term is a short one. Like 5 weeks long. After that there is a 2 month holiday!!!!

This is also the last holiday where I can really take a proper break because soon I will be getting attached to intern at different places.

My holidays were a little on the dull side. I was expecting not to work this time but it got really busy so I found myself at the restaurant every single day.

Also, i was told by my friend that we were going to have a gift exchange on the second day of school. Basically, in this gift exchange, everyone is a Santa and everyone is a Angel. The person receiving is an angel and the person giving is a Santa. I was to prepare a gift for Joel. When i was first assigned, I was clueless. I have no idea what Joel really likes and we aren’t allowed to inform anyone about who is our angel. I tried asking my secondary school friends and he suggested a game. Too bad, I was broke and I had to stick to a budget of $15. As I scratched my head, something became clear.

” I have not baked in months. This is the perfect excuse to do some baking”. I planned to make a bevy of baked goods like candy cane Hershey’s cookies, funfetti soft sugar cookies etc. but I didn’t have much time, so I settled for making this really simple no bake Oreo truffles.

It is 3 ingredients and can be made in like an hour. Recipe is found at http://sallysbakingaddiction.com/2012/06/08/no-bake-golden-oreo-truffles/

It’s my first time preparing a proper gift for a proper occasion. I bribe my siblings into doing things for me by claiming that I will reward them later. When it is time to reward, I simply plant a kiss on their cheek and thank them for helping me. πŸ˜‚

They always say that I am the most annoying person.