Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Hang On .....

We wish to live longer
We learn to never give up on things that matter to us

Sometimes, when  you only have yourself to believe

You would think that life is a beach

And you learn to hang on even if things seemed to be difficult at times

When I was young, I used to think that growing up was difficult. I thought that being a teenager was a phase I needed to get rid of. I hated the imbalance of hormones, the merry-go- round moods and the unrequited crushes. I was eager to be an adult. I thought being an adult was easy, with a secure job and lots of cash. I even thought adulthood was the answer to my never ending questions in life. Life was confusing then and things were different. It was always school, friends and family. There was never really a big responsibility, but I learnt a lot through out my school days. Coming from an all-girls school, I learnt to be tough, to be a perfectionist or rather truthfully I learnt that life was not easy at all. I first learnt the word failures in school, picked up the pieces and stood up as if nothing had ever happened. That was a real lesson in life. You see, I learnt to be tough when the going gets tough. It was not an easy task to survive in an all girls' school-- as we learnt the word "competitive" from the beginning. Everybody would want to be the best. However, only those who had the tough spirits would survive.
     I wished I would have knew then what the future really looked like- for me. Sometimes, it is difficult just to stay afloat in a world full of misunderstandings and confusions. But what I learnt in my school days was  it was easy to give up rather than to stand back, it was easy to say good bye rather than to say hello. However, what I really learnt -in one of those incidents in school, (which I chose not to forget now), was to get up, walked and  ran. I chose to think positively out of difficult situations. I chose to believe in my own strengths and abilities. I chose to think that no matter what people think of me, God knew the truth back in those days. That was me then, that is me now. No matter how difficult things are, there will always be possibilities to be found and opportunities to be gained. Some people may misunderstood us, but there are some other people who would understand. But the most important thing in life is, hang on during difficult times, and never give up.... That is all that matters.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Hopes And Prayers

Hope is like a single lone flower

It gives us the courage and determination to hold  on...

We realise that life is too short when tragedy strikes

But we always have doa and prayers for those who are affected.
Hope is like a light in the darkness of a tunnel. It gives us purposes in life
and prayers are our only solace when tragedy strikes.

My thoughts and prayers for those who are affected by the 8.9 Richter Scale earth quake in Banda Aceh, Sumatra, Indonesia today ( 12 April 2012). Doa and prayers for the fishermen in Kuala Muda, Kedah, residents near the coastal area of Perak, Penang and Kedah - hoping that nothing bad will happen to them. The Boxing Day tsunami of 26th of December 2004 is still remembered by all Malaysians from all walks of life, and it is a sad memory for me. I truly hope that tragedy will not strike again. I am praying for the safety of everybody. God is great and He knows the best......

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

The Ultimate Banana Bread

Banana bread - a prime favourite with friends and family

Sprinkle some brown sugar  on the banana bread @ cake and decorate it with roasted pecans

I have never expected this creation of mine would be a hit among my friends especially. This banana bread recipe is created by me to fulfill the request of my son. I have done countless of baking experiments just to get the ultimate recipe. Each time would be a sold-out among friends and students. My son especially liked this banana bread, it is definitely his favourite. Therefore after, making some adjustments here and there, I  am finally ready to share this original recipe of mine. This is simply an original version which really suited my taste bud.  One tip to be shared is - please use very ripe bananas. I have used the Malaysian type of bananas - pisang emas or loosely translated as golden bananas. They are  yellowish gold, small in size and very sweet. You could google the picture for "pisang emas". However, if it is not available, you could use other type of bananas as well, as long as they are ripe and yellow in colour. Please set your oven to 150C for about 7-8 mins, (I used electric conventional oven) before putting in your banana bread. I have used the loaf tin to bake this bread. Use roasted pecan nuts to decorate your bread. I have found out that these pecans gave another aroma to the banana bread. To do this cake, you could always roast your pecans in the oven beforehand. Now, here goes the recipe;

The Ultimate Bread (Recipe)

** Grease the loaf tin  with butter, (here I used unsalted butter) and outline it with baking paper.
* Please do not use baking spray to grease this loaf, as the sides of the bread will turn out to be
  very crunchy after baking.
* Set your oven to 150C ( for about 7-8 mins)


7-8 mashed pisang emas (golden bananas)
A handful of roasted pecans
1 tbsp of brown sugar (to be sprinkled on the bread)
4 large eggs
1 tsp of salt
1 cup of unsalted butter ( I used SCS)
3/4 cup of brown sugar
1/4 cup of white sugar
1/2 cup of fresh milk - add one tsp of fresh lemon juice into the milk
2 tbsp of sour cream
1 tsp of fresh lemon juice
1 tsp of vanilla essence

**To be sieved together

2 1/2 cup of bread flour (high protein) - it would make the bread soft - you can always use the plain flour
1 tsp of baking soda
1 tsp of baking powder
11/2  tsp of nutmeg powder ( do not omit this- it is crucial to the taste of the bread)


1) Using electric mixer, cream butter and sugar in a stainless mixing bowl.
    Add in eggs, one by one. Add in vanilla essence.
2) Add in salt, the sieved flour, baking soda and powder, and also nutmeg.
    Then add in the fresh lemon juice. Mix them well again.
3) Add in the fresh milk (which has been added with lemon juice). Next, add in sour cream.
4) Lastly, put in the mashed bananas. Mix well
5) Immediately, using wooden spoon, put the mixture into the loaf tin.
6) Decorate the bread with roasted pecans and sprinkle some sugar on it.
7) Bake the banana bread for approximately 45 mins- it could be longer- check if it is ready by inserting a skewer into the bread. If it comes out clean, then your bread is ready.

** Don't worry if there are cracks on the bread. That is the beauty of the banana bread.

Happy baking, everyone......


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