A Labor of Love

Was browsing online when I stumbled upon this wedding photography blog and was instantly captivated by its images - Our Labor of Love is a husband and wife creative photography team and has an entirely unique style of their own. I was particularly in love with this couple's wedding featured there: Poonam and Chirag.

The details have a kind of quiet elegance *heart* and the theme of creams and greens look stunning. All images below by Our Labor of Love.

Huge fan of ring shots and this quirky shot doesn't disappoint at all

The table settings are amazing - love how the pale yellow orchids are entwined inside the glass vase and topped with a white rose ball

You've gotta love an elephant that's crafted out of vibrant green pom pom flowers!

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Upside Down Book Shelves

I love books + everything book related, so when I first saw the Sapien bookshelf at Elements of Style's blog, it was definitely love at first sight!
Definitely a space saver, it's such an unconventional way of storing/more like displaying books.


Image above from Michael Surtees flickr photostream.

The Sapien bookshelf turns a pile of messy books into an instant conversation starter, plus it looks so gorgeous here against a Bourgie Table Lamp (another love of mine!). Instant chic at its minimalistic best!

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My problem is that I can never make up my mind over which fragrance I want to commit a bottle to! I swing from pretty, sheer florals to fresh or clean smelling scents. Currently using Marc Jacobs and loving the smell of gardenias laced with vanilla. Also love L'Occitane's Cherry Blossom but the lasting power is next to nil on me and DKNY's Be Delicious, however so many girls in the office already have that and I don't want to smell exactly like them.

After dropping by the perfume counter, I now have a HUGE lemming for Stella by Stella McCartney. I love the smell of lush, fresh roses and the slight musk scent makes it slightly edgy. Only issue now is that should I buy the full bottle now or wait until 5 months later for Christmas to get a gift pack?

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My Milk Tooth

My Milk Toof is becoming 1 of my favourite blogs - whimsical and too cute! Showcasing the adventures of 2 milk teef: ickl and Lardie, this blog is a delight to read. I love, love, love how detailed everything is, right down to ickle's yello rubber duckie and towels.

All pictures from My Milk Toof

Milk Teef need toothpaste (of course!) to get clean

ickle & Lardie meeting a snail
Playing in their sandbox

Durian Fiesta

The hot and humid month of June is usually uncomfortable with the strong sun burning everything to a crisp and the air so sticky that you feel like showering as soon as you step back into your house. The only bright spot about June is that it's durian season! Makeshift stalls start to sprout like mushrooms at nearly every street selling pile loads of durians. I adore durians. While C gags at the smell of it, I love its sweet, custard-y taste; it goes with my giant sweet tooth, the sweeter it is, the better. Although I'm not that big a fan of the mildly alcoholic or bitter tasting ones (an acquired taste), I still love it because of the strong durian flavour.

So I was brimming with enthusiasm when our friends found a durian orchard that did ... yes, you guessed it, durian tasting sessions! The idea was that you'd pay a fee ranging from RM15 - RM20 and you could eat all the fruit you wanted. The orchard has durians (of course!), rambutans, mangosteens and cempedaks - all of which was my favourite.

C was really sporting enough to tag along even though he doesn't eat any of the fruits there. We were all laughing so hard when he brought his dinner of buns and bak zhang (meat dumpling).

Located at Gertak Sanggul, it's quite a drive away from town and you're greated with lush greenary, tiny roads and pre-war houses that still had name boards on the main door of each house. The name of the durian orchard owner's house is Qing He (Clear River) which was quite enchanting as it's just next to a stream which has water flowing directly from the hill behind his house.

Huge tree brimming with a mixture of greenish, semi ripe rambutans (which Jo went nuts for) and bright red, ripe rambutans that were really sweet. The Durian Uncle was a good sport and allowed us to pluck the fruits ourselves.

The back of the orchard. Plants, plants and followed by more plants. We were feasting on the durians around 6.30pm and that was probably the mosquitoes feeding time as well. Amazingly, they left the Durian Uncle well alone and choose us instead.


We thought these were just different sizes of the same durian. Durian Uncle then proceeded to open each one up with an explanation of the different varieties. The names were just as widely varied as the taste of the durians, there was 600, phua chiu chee ("half a finger", not related at all to Phua Chu Kang), bak eww (pork lard), 916, lao kampong and the most expensive one was "ang heh" (red prawn)

Durian Uncle's skills at his best - look at him grasping the thorny husks with his bare hands.

We were eating nothing but fruits for 2 full hours. We ended up being so full (with the exception or poor C) that we just skipped dinner.

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Nasi Kandar at Tajuddin Hussain

There's nothing like a plate of piping hot nasi kandar with fiery curry and an array of dishes from the humble ladies fingers (okra) to the giant prawns that unite the hungry together. With the growing popularity of 24 hour nasi kandar, you can find one nearly at every street corner but it's hard to find one that serves really good nasi kandar and has a clean store at the same time.

A friend, knowing my love of spicy food, brought C and I to his favourite haunt: nasi kandar at Tajuddin Hussain. It's tucked away in the middle of Queen Street in town and finding a parking spot can be downright impossible. Low frills, it was quite clean and what surprised us more was that for dine in customers, all you have to do is just tell them what you want and they'll rush away to get it for you.

Alvin highly recommended the nasi briyani and nasi tomato, along with the ayam ros (Rose Chicken? Didn't taste like a rose at all so guessing it's probably because of the colour), mutton curry and interestingly enough, pigeon curry! Alvin & C were eating it but I refused to even touch it and kept calling it a rat on wings. 

C had fun taking his photo. The waiters would say loudly "ehh, camera" & they'd all look up and grin!

I couldn't decide which tasted better, the nasi briyani or nasi tomato. Both were incredibly tasty that I could just eat it on its own without any curry. I drove C nuts by eating some of the nasi briyani, then changing my mind by saying the nasi tomato tastes better & would make him swap plates with me only to change my mind yet again to insist that he swap back.


Wish I Continued Piano Lessons

After watching this amazing performance by Jon Schmidt, I was totally blown away. Though I'm not a huge fan of instrumental music without vocals, this made my jaw dropped. Plus I love how animated they look, like they're having a blast! Just say ...... yesss

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Improvised Ravioli

C and I were watching the Discovery Travel & Living channel and was particularly taken with this Italian grandmother making the simplest ravioli with ricotta cheese for the filling and pasta sauce from just tomatoes and basil. She said adding garlic or onion to the sauce would over power it and she just wanted the taste of fresh ricotta, tomatoes and basil.

I was keen on buying ravioli from Cold Storage but balked when I saw the price (who the heck pays $20 for a small tray of measly-looking frozen ravioli???) C then decided to try making it ourselves at home which I was at first hesitant to agree to. Not to mention, Cold Storage was out of ricotta and sun dried tomatoes so C improvised by using home made pasta sauce with some chopped Swiss brown mushrooms as the filling.

Making the sheet of fresh pasta from scratch using a Nigella recipe. Surprisingly, it wasn't much harder compared to pizza dough, just a bit messier with bits and pieces of flour everywhere.

I know, it looks really weird, more like a mutant Chinese wonton instead of what the Italian grandmother did but in our defense, the filling was big & messy so we didn't really know how to pinch the ravioli together so we just folded it up like a wonton and then cooked it into boiling hot water until it floated.

The end result drizzled with some pasta sauce & dried herbs! It tasted like ...... nowhere near ravioli but pretty interesting. Now I get why everyone's always enthusing about freshly made pasta because it does taste a whole lot better. Would prob substitute the pasta paste filling the next time with ricotta!
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Cocktails, anyone?

I've always thought of cocktail rings as being really, really huge chunky pieces, especially on skinny fingers so I usually avoid them. However, these pieces from Piaget's Limelight Paradise collection give a whole new meaning to the words "cocktail rings".

Sex on the Beach is such a whimsical piece with a twist of "lime" at the side of the ring. Decadent yet chic, I can imagine this being worn n the set of Sex and the City!

For something even more delightful, check out the Blue Hawaiian. With a large cushion-cut blue topaz and a delicate blossom of white chalcedony topped with a yellow sapphire complete with a diamond studded "straw" this cocktail ring makes a refreshing treat for fashion-parched eyes!

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Roti Canai

Penang has a reputation as a food island with many of the best stalls nestled away in locations that people "in the know" would only find based on world of mouth recommendations. Although it may not be found in any doctor's guide to healthy eating, roti canai is incredibly yummy. Freshly made over a blisteringly hot grill, I love how crispy it can be and when paired with really good curry, it is so darn good.

One of the best roti canai stalls in Penang has to be the one at Transfer Road. It sits right at the edge of a busy road and right over a huge covered drain with paint peeling off its pre-war walls, might not be a poster boy for best good hygiene standards but that does not deter the huge crowd that swarms it every morning. To avoid the crowds and stifling heat of the morning sun, a good time to try the roti canai there would be around 8am.

Be warned, it is really low frills with tarp filling in for the gap between zinc roofs

Part of the pre-war wall with paint and bits of cement crumbling off

Finally, on to the food. As C dubbed it, a heart bypass on a plate. The outer layer of the roti canai is perfectly crispy but still soft and doughy on the inside.

*drools* This is so good, fiery red curry with tender chunks of mutton that melts in your mouth. We joked that part of the reason why the curry is so good is that it has probably been cooking there for years.

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