Review: The Great Gastby

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I’m sure everyone is raving about the latest summer blockbuster – The Great Gatsby. Truth be told, I never intended to watch this movie until a friend of mine tweeted that it’s worth crying for. I love movies that make me cry. They make me feel human. Yes, I’m not shy of wearing my heart on my sleeve.

Through out the movie, I had questions that needed answering, but I silenced them out and sat till the end. This is one of the lucky movies I’ve watched before reading the book. I really want to read the book now that I’m done reading Dan Brown’s Inferno – of which I will discuss on another day.

As much as I would love to do a detailed analysis of the film just as how I wrote my Son of Babylon paper two years back, I don’t think it’ll be wise to do so now. I hate giving out spoilers so I shall give it a bit more time.

On a serious note, I think Gatsby is my new ideal man (minus his shenanigans). Move over Darcy!

 

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When the fridge is full of egg yolks…

So over the weekend my brother created a storm in the kitchen, and apparently made some meringue. Obviously, he was left with egg yolks. I couldn’t bear throwing them out so I knew I had to whip something up. Since I promised the models I’ll be working with that I’ll compensate their time with my baked goods, I quickly searched a recipe that I could use. I found a victorian sponge recipe on Nigella’s website, some jam and leftover cream cheese frosting – voila! I knew I had to get a shot because the cupcake liners were too cute.

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Before frosting the cupcakes…

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Nana’s Spongecake

3 egg yolks

2 tablespoon hot water

1/2 cup superfine sugar

1/2 self-raising flour

4 tablespoons milk

1 teaspoon vanilla essence

a pinch of salt

strawberry jam (or anything you like)

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 180 deg centigrade.
  2. Using an electric mixer, cream the egg yolks and hot water till creamy. Gradually add the sugar, vanilla and salt.
  3. Alternate between adding the flour and milk until well combined.
  4. Pour into individual cupcake liners and bake for about 20-22 minutes, or until skewer comes out clean.
  5. Let cupcakes cool for half an hour before coring them.
  6. Add a teaspoon of jam into each cupcake before frosting them.

Cream cheese frosting

1 packet Philly cream cheese

3 cups icing sugar

1/4 cup butter, softened

1 teaspoon vanilla frosting

Method:

  1. Beat everything together in an electric mixer until well combined.
  2. Do not over mix, but do make sure there are no lumps.
  3. Using a piping tip of your choice, frost cupcakes, and serve!

 

Fitrah + Luthfi

 

It’s been quite sometime since I shot a wedding. I must thank my lovely clients who trust me to shoot their special day despite being a fresh face in the wedding photography industry. As much as my belief in love is starting to fade away, I love weddings. They give me the little glimmer of hope I need to just to reignite my faith in loving, and being loved. I’ve got a lifetime ahead of me to understand truly what it means to love, anyways. Like everybody else says, I am still very young – perhaps a child even.

Fitrah and Luthfi contacted me about two months prior to their wedding, and I was excited to shoot their wedding because Fitrah kept feeding me with the idea of a film themed wedding. She was a very efficient bride, I must commend on that! When I met the couple two weeks before the wedding, she came prepared with an event programme and people movement chart. I must say, I was very impressed. Now future brides, take a heed from her! Prepare your orang-orang kuat (strong people) for your wedding well!

When they asked for suggestions on the outdoor photo shoot, I only had one place in mind – Tampines Eco Garden. That place, for a brief moment in time, bore a special place in my heart. Bringing my clients there to celebrate the unification of their love meant a lot to me. It meant that I moved on. I no longer crave to remember the memories it once held for me.

That being said, I hope Fitrah and Luthfi have a long lasting marriage ahead. Godspeed.

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Hani and Me

I’m the sort of friend who doesn’t need to meet up constantly. I’m happy with living my life on my own and then meeting up to catch up and have long meaningful conversations with. Hani and I share this special friendship where we text occasionally, meet up about twice a year, but when we meet we never stop talking. I can’t believe it’s been 6 years since we became friends! And we were never classmates!

Just sharing some photos of our catch up session last Saturday!

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Always smiley Hani.

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Hani’s outfit of the day!

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My outfit of the day hehe