Apr 30, 2011

King of Cakes : Baumkuchen

My sister was teling me this morning about the newly opened cake shop at the basement of Takashimaya, she knew this because it was so famous in Japan, but it seems to have originated from German though (ironic?)

"Baumkuchen"

pronounced 'bowm-koo-khehn'

Description:
A German specialty dubbed the "king of cakes," Baumkuchen is particularly popular at Christmastime. This tall dessert is comprised of many thin cake layers that resembles a tree's growth rings. Baumkuchen translates as "tree (baum) cake (kuchen)." It takes a master baker to make this labor-intensive cake in the traditional way, which is to spoon a sponge cake batter over a revolving oven spit, one layer at a time, browning each layer before adding the next. Today, other pans are sometimes used; one method is to brush a thin layer of batter onto the bottom of the springform pan, bake it for 2 to 3 minutes, then brush on another layer of batter and bake, and so on. Baumkuchen is tradionationally enrobed in a thin chocolate glaze, though vanilla or other flavors may be used.


Courtesy from : Food Lover's Companion Fourth Edition; Barrons, 2007; p. 49





Might wanna check it out one day. Price for small one around 8dollars and medium one around 14dollars-ish. ^^ ahh...food baby

Warning:-
- cant refrigerate once open, once refridgerate, thats it, the cake loses its moisture and won't taste so nice anymore..

Cake makes a good house-warming gift by the way.

Apr 28, 2011

sta : 20k

BigBang hits 20k total today!

Battle stats
Aiming: 1,006.6544
Power: 6,647.8254
Speed: 5,060.6620
Defence: 7,339.6879
Total: 20,054.8297

Apr 27, 2011

The Good Old Times

Saw this on someone's torn's profile and found it quite interesting and worthy to be on my blog ^^

"First, we survived being born to mothers who smoked and/or drank while they carried us and lived in houses made of asbestos.

They took aspirin, ate blue cheese, raw egg products, loads of bacon and processed meat, tuna from a can, and didn't get tested for diabetes or cervical cancer.

Then after that trauma, our baby cots were covered with bright colored lead-based paints.

We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, doors or cabinets and when we rode our bikes, we had no helmets or shoes, not to mention, the risks we took hitchhiking.

As children, we would ride in cars with no seat belts or air bags.

We drank water from the garden hose and NOT from a bottle.

Take away food was limited to fish and chips, no pizza shops, McDonalds , KFC, Subway or Nandos.

Even though all the shops closed at 6.00pm and didn't open at the weekends, somehow we didn't starve to death!

We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle and NO ONE actually died from this.

We could collect old drink bottles and cash them in at the corner shop and buy Toffees, Gobstoppers, Bubble Gum and some bangers to blow up frogs with.

We ate cupcakes, white bread and real butter and drank soft drinks with sugar in them, but we weren't overweight because.......

WE WERE ALWAYS OUTSIDE PLAYING!!

We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the streetlights came on.

No one was able to reach us all day. And we were O.K.

We would spend hours building our go-carts out of old prams and then ride down the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes. We built tree houses and dens and played in river beds with matchbox cars.

We did not have Playstations, Nintendo Wii , X-boxes, no video games at all, no 999 channels on SKY , no video/dvd films, no mobile phones, no personal computers, no Internet or Internet chat rooms..........

WE HAD FRIENDS and we went outside and found them!

We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth and there were no lawsuits from these accidents.

Only girls had pierced ears!

We ate worms and mud pies made from dirt, and the worms did not live in us forever.

You could only buy Easter Eggs and Hot Cross Buns at Easter time...

We were given air guns and catapults for our 10th birthdays,

We rode bikes or walked to a friend's house and knocked on the door or rang the bell, or just yelled for them!

Mum didn't have to go to work to help dad make ends meat!

RUGBY and CRICKET had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who didn't had to learn to deal with disappointment. Imagine that!! Getting into the team was based on MERIT.

Our teachers used to hit us with belts or canes and gym shoes and bullies always ruled the playground at school.

The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of.

They actually sided with the law!

Our parents didn't invent stupid names for their kids like Kiora and Blade and Ridge and Vanilla

We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned HOW TO DEAL WITH IT ALL !

And YOU are one of them!
CONGRATULATIONS!

You might want to share this with others who have had the luck to grow up as kids, before the lawyers and the government regulated our lives for our own good.

And while you are at it, forward it to your kids so they will know how brave their parents were."


Source : http://www.torn.com/profiles.php?XID=1328613



Ahhh...the good old days as they say =) but still i'd prefer technology

Apr 26, 2011

sta stats

was at fed a while due to stupid arcade games zzz but now am out w00t~

Aiming: 1,006.6544
Power: 6,647.8254
Speed: 5,060.6620
Defence: 5,485.9777 ---> training this now
Total: 18,201.1195

Apr 25, 2011

Me [25091985]

I tweet
I blog
I (still) write diaries
I scrapbook
I play text-rpg

And I'm not ashamed to mention all those above. Lol

(Means nothing much to do online since I'm not a hardcore gamer)

60's Food Street

Went to Orchard last Saturday and came across this...



Another 60's themed food fare! Seems like it has been a trend in Singapore nowadays to bring back the good old dining ala 60's lol. Anyways, I'm probably might try this place out someday, not that soon though. By the way, it is very easy to locate this place (just opposite Orchard Central)

Apr 24, 2011

Rant!

I wanna rant! But im the type who types stuffs halfway then my mind would go blank already. Zzz. A lot in my mind during shower times earlier. But now all vividly gone. Perhaps this is the perfect reason why I couldn't pursue in a career in writing.

Hurmmm.

Blogging Ideas..

Happen to saw this list on someone's blog...

Day 01- A recent picture of you and 10 interesting facts about yourself.
Day 02- Favourite super hero and why
Day 03- A habit that you wish you didn’t have.
Day 04- List 5 songs that represent your life’s soundtrack.
Day 05- A picture of somewhere you’ve been to and wish you could stay.
Day 06- A hobby you have.
Day 07- A picture of someone/something that has the biggest impact on you.
Day 08- Short term goals for this month and why.
Day 09- Something/someone you’re proud of.
Day 10- A story about a past relationship.
Day 11- A picture of something you dislike.
Day 12- A picture of your room; don’t cheat by cleaning it. Share a secret.
Day 13- A picture of you and your family
Day 14- A picture of something you ate and 10 confessions.
Day 15- Put your iPod on shuffle; share the first 10 songs that play.
Day 16- Something you could live without.
Day 17- Someone you would want to switch lives with for one day and why.
Day 18- Plans/dreams/goals you have.
Day 19- Nicknames you have; how or why you have them.
Day 20- If you had 3 wishes, what would they be.
Day 21- Share a picture from your day.
Day 22- What makes you different from everyone else.
Day 23- A letter to your parents.
Day 24- Top 10 favourite food.
Day 25- What you would find in your bag.
Day 26- Places you want to visit before you die.
Day 27- Why are you doing this 30 day challenge?
Day 28- A picture of you last year and now, how have you changed since then?
Day 29- In this past month, what have you learned.
Day 30- A picture of you today and .

I prolly will or will not follow it. Perhaps a little tweak here and there by myself (Since I love tweaking stuffs) Lol

Where I Sit?

wanted to sit on the sofa but...



They are the bosses at home =.=

Wanna have a body like Rain's but lazy?

Read this...

http://sg.yahoo.matchmovegames.com/newsarticle/rain-workout

Baby, baby, baby..ohhh

When I was 13, I had my first love
There was nobody that compared to my baby
And nobody came between us who could ever come above
She had me going crazy, oh I was starstruck
She woke me up daily, don't need no Starbucks

She made my heart pound
I skip a beat when I see her in the street
And at school on the playground
But I really wanna see her on a weekend
She know she got me dazin' 'cause she was so amazin'
And now my heart is breakin' but I just keep on sayin'

Apr 23, 2011

We went to East Coast Park...

...and saw this work of art!




Hawt weather.

Apr 22, 2011

Skidamarink!

Skidamarink a dink a dink,
Skidamarink a doo,
I love you.
Skidamarink a dink a dink,
Skidamarink a doo,
I love you.

I love you in the morning
And in the afternoon,
I love you in the evening
And underneath the moon;
Oh, Skidamarink a dink a dink,
Skidamarink a doo,
I love you!

long time never heard this song (first time in 2002 sang by Gracie) and i finally just found about its origin and correct spelling.... i initially thought it was "Skimmering..."

Meekness of teh Cuteness

after being together for a few months now...just found out that my paby likes Doraemon!






Its a good thing though.. I just never expected she likes those type of things..she's not teh act-cute type of ladies. Lol

Cheers to you, pabes! <3 *hearts*

Training other stats now...

Battle stats
Speed: 1,710.9660
Strength: 100,205.3046
Defense: 218.8487
Dexterity: 12,652.7038
Total: 114,787.8231

gonna train other stats now other than strength...see how much i'd get til my bank finishes in about 35days :)

Apr 20, 2011

589347 today...

Name: Top [589347] Faction: Top's Haven for SNSD
Money: $167,610 Days in Faction: 817
Level: 26 Job: Employee
Property: Palace [View others] (With SNSD) Cost: $65,000,000
Income: + $1,111 Upkeep: - $3,000
Game rank: #15 Professional Points: 160
Life: 41,350 / 41,350 Age: 1,245
Times jailed: 26 People busted: 1
Criminal offences: 7,530 Marital Status: Married to SNSD for 417 day(s)

Statistics:
Battle stats
Speed: 1,706.2088
Strength: 100,129.5726
Defense: 194.1873
Dexterity: 11,835.6189
Total: 113,865.5876

Working stats
Manual labor: 26,892
Intelligence: 69,559
Endurance: 21,823

589347 on March 6, 2010

Name: Tea [589347] Faction: Putumayo Restaurant Langkawi
Money: $156,017 Days in Faction: 407
Level: 20
Job: Education
Property: Palace [View others] (With Dephanie) Cost: $65,000,000
Income: + $3,250
Upkeep: - $3,000
Game rank: #10 Competent Points: 36
Life: 10,950 / 10,950 Age: 834
Times jailed: 26 People busted: 1
Criminal offences: 1,521 Marital Status: Married to Dephanie for 7 day(s)

Statistics:
Battle stats
Speed: 1,706.2088
Strength: 20,494.0036
Defence: 113.8426
Dexterity: 1,885.0914
Total: 24,199.1464

Working stats
Manual labor: 18,088
Intelligence: 50,702
Endurance: 18,567

Justin Bieber 2011 in Singapore!

100k strength!!!

Battle stats
Speed: 1,706.2088
Strength: 100,129.5726
Defense: 194.1873
Dexterity: 11,595.9220
Total: 113,625.8907

just got 100k strength today ^^ w00t....my own account t.t

Apr 18, 2011

Level + Rank Up!

Level: 26
Rank: #15 Professional

Top got these today ^^

Apr 17, 2011

Training with Marijuana

took Marijuana which gives you 1500 emotions..took 10 x energy food, 4 energy drinks, 1 camping punch...and...

You have gained 795.6288 more defence by training it 213 times.

You now have 822.3606 defence and 0 energy left.

w00t! a sudden boost in my defence ^^ sta p@wns~

Apr 16, 2011

Boring Saturday Night

aahhhh what a boring saturday night... paby at kl with her buds now, ong never reply me, mum lazy wanna go out... aishhh boringnyer... finally waited for weekend.. and tomorrow is sunday already, what a wasteful weekend... anyways, decide to do something to my bloggeh..change name, template and some description... and added some new post to keep this blog on-going w00t

100k total v.2

finally!

Battle stats
Speed: 1,706.2088
Strength: 86,708.7655
Defense: 194.1873
Dexterity: 11,393.0672
Total: 100,002.2288

100k stats! its a long long since my post-SA....for Top [589347] w00t....its my 2nd time achieving 100k total with my own account after my first one (Hazel) got fedded a few years back... =)

hmmm

getting all stats to 100k is the hardest... after that should be easy... time to chase all those peeps

Apr 11, 2011

10k total stats for BigBang!

Battle stats
Aiming: 27.9298
Power: 5,335.3649
Speed: 4,621.5906
Defence: 18.4040
Total: 10,003.2893

w00t...continue whore Power and Speed ^^

Apr 10, 2011

Random Updates

Top [589347]
Speed: 1,706.2088
Strength: 74,851.2971
Defense: 181.9798
Dexterity: 11,393.0672
Total: 88,132.5529

BigBang [2100]
Aiming: 27.9298
Power: 5,049.1537
Speed: 4,394.1374
Defence: 18.4040
Total: 9,489.6249

Paby (Rank 14 - Distinguised! :)

Apr 3, 2011

myself [3]

graduated : may 2010

start working : july 2010

til now... about 8 months already ^^

so far, so good

familiar wif singapore roads

have driving license now... can drive! (got car too) woopwoop

all family is here too ^^ appreciate it

debts started paying (halfway there...)

have dream phone already! (just need a camera now, then annual trip wif paby)

find a good girl too (must appreciate her!) - my paby

have great friends (though come and go from singapore)

finance: can support myself, wif some occasional splurging on entertainment

Apr 1, 2011

Top [589347]

Battle stats
Speed: 1,706.2088
Strength: 61,500.5405
Defense: 173.5850
Dexterity: 11,386.2709
Total: 74,766.6052

LikeAG6 [2100]

Battlefield Done: 57

Article

How to make your child a future millionaire

http://sg.finance.yahoo.com/news/How-make-child-future-tem-29721225.html?x=0

Celine Tan of theedgemalaysia.com, On Thursday 24 March 2011, 23:45 SGT

KUALA LUMPUR: Your child's wealth can be your financial success story. If you have failed in your quest to become a millionaire, it doesn't mean that your child should too. Time is on his side and all it takes is for you to start things rolling. Here, parents and financial practitioners relate how you can put your child on the millionaire's path.

Tell them why

While many parents want their children to be wealthy, one fear they all have is that the little ones may grow up to be too materialistic. “There is nothing wrong in ‘being rich'. Teach your children the ‘concept' of being wealthy, which is more important than being wealthy itself,” says C T Lim, senior partner of IPPFA Sdn Bhd, a Capital Markets Services Licence holder for financial planning with the Securities Commission.

“Explain to them the purpose of making good money. For example, I always explain to my three kids that although their mother is educated and we can afford to hire a servant, she chooses to devote all her time to their needs; and for this to happen, I have be the sole breadwinner of the family.”

Tell your child that money is not evil but it is an enabler, says Brandon Liew, CEO of Moneytree (M) Sdn Bhd, a company that coaches children and youth about money, investing and entrepreneurship.

“Make it clear that money is not everything, but almost everything needs money. Once you have set the right foundation and the values are in place, it is unlikely that your children will pursue material things.”

Create opportunities for them to earn

A million-ringgit gift to your child may sound impossible. But it is very much within reach, says Ong Shi Jie, head of wealth management of OCBC Bank (M) Bhd. “A monthly contribution of about RM300, made diligently from the time your child is born until he turns 18, and then left untouched until his retirement at 55, will hit the million-ringgit mark [assuming returns of 6% pa].”

But, is “giving” the right way to help your children? Ong takes a leaf from personal finance book, The Millionaire Next Door, in which Thomas J Stanley and William D Danko show readers how to become millionaires: “Built on years of research, it profiles people who have already become millionaires. Their research indicates that most millionaires were supported financially by their parents and ‘the more dollars adult children receive from their parents, the fewer they accumulate, while those who are given fewer dollars, accumulate more',” says Ong.

However, don't give them the money without asking them to do anything. “Or else, the level of appreciation is nominal. You don't want your child to have the perception that ‘no matter what, I will have my mum/dad to fall back on to help me out,” says Liew. “Create opportunities for your child to earn the money.

The plans can be tied to their academic achievements or other milestones. When you make them earn the money, the level of responsibility is far higher. This gives them a clear mindset that they have to ‘do something' to achieve the million-ringgit goal.”

Teach them millionaire habits

Planning financially for your children is not sufficient, you need to teach them some financial ground rules. “they also need to be equipped with the skills to save and grow the money,” says Liew. “Instil the knowledge and money habits so that they can responsibly handle any money you hand over. This will also give you peace of mind.”

It helps to understand the habits of millionaires and inculcate them in your children. “Teach them simplicity and frugality,” says Lim. “The focus should be how to manage money as a limited resource.”

Encourage them to follow their passion

While it is many a parent's wish to have their children graduate with a law or medical degree it is important that you do not try to fit a square peg into a round hole. “Don't quash their harebrained ideas, lest you stunt their budding creativity,” says Ong.

“While I'm not recommending that your child drop out of school and throw his textbooks out the window, nurture his strongest talent and encourage activities that make him happiest. After all, it is their passion that drives it. Whether it will help them arrive at being a billionaire, as most entrepreneurs will tell you, will be a combination of a multitude of factors.”

Your child will never be a millionaire if you force him into something he's not interested in. If you think that your child's passion won't pay, says Lim, help to turn it into a moneymaking idea. His daughter loves animals and her ambition is to be a veterinarian. “As the prospects for veterinarians are uncertain and I don't want to ‘kill' her passion, I encourage her to pursue her passion and give her suggestions on how to turn her ambition into a business. I gave her the idea of building a pet cemetery behind her future veterinarian clinic, which I feel has far greater prospects, and she likes it.”

Getting third-party help

You may be capable of teaching your child about money. “But, can you guarantee that your child is going to learn everything that you teach?” says Liew. “Teaching your child financial literacy doesn't happen in isolation. No matter how hard you try, you cannot provide the group dynamics needed as a part of learning. They need peer pressure to compete among and measure themselves. This is where programmes like financial literacy are important.”

Walk the talk

Children learn by imitating. Thus, it is vital that you watch your own money habits. “Be conscious of your simple everyday actions. For instance, if you use a credit card to make payments, make sure you explain how it works. Educate your child on the connection between plastic cards and real money. Otherwise, your child could misunderstand that the credit card is a tool to easily get things that he wants,” says Liew.

Make sure you are financially independent. Gone are the times when parents raised their children with the aspiration that they would grow into successful adults who would be able to take care of their parents. “The cost of living is going up at a tremendous pace,” says Liew.

“At the end of the day, your children will have their own expenses and families. To avoid being a burden to your children, plan for yourself financially.” This means that you must be on a sound financial footing, says Ong, with adequate insurance coverage, no credit-card balances or high-rate debts and are well on your way to saving for your own retirement.

By taking care of your own retirement needs, it can speed up your children's financial well-being.

Give them a good jump-start

Planning for your child education's funding is important. “Having a plan that helps your children pay their education fees can possibly be one of the best jump-starts. This could at least relieve them of the burden of having to repay their study loans and thus kick-start their personal savings plan as soon as they start their career,” says Lim.

The right amount to contribute should be based on your capacity. If the money you have set aside for them is insufficient, Ong proposes that you “have an open conversation with them. Start talking about the importance of saving money with your children, even when you don't have enough of it. Do not be afraid to share with them these difficulties and be transparent with them on making lifestyle adjustments in order to cope.”