Madeleines aux pépites de chocolat

ca fait longtemps que j’ai fait une recette française. c’est pour ca que aujourd’hui, j’ai décidé d’essayer faire les madeleines. c’est l’un des gateaux français que je prefère. je me rapelle, quand j’étais en France, je les mangeais pour petit-déjeuner presque tous les matins. je spécialement prefère ceux aux pépites de chocolat.

ce qui m’etonne ici à Singapour , c’est que c’est toujours difficile de trouver l’extrait de vanille pûr et bien aussi les moules pour faire les madeleine. mais, j’avais de la chance, parce que j’ai démandé ma belle-mère avant d’arriver ici a Singapour pour ses vacances de m’amener quelques ingredients et les moules pour les faire. Continue reading “Madeleines aux pépites de chocolat”

Skin Care Products Review

i am the type of person who gets loyal to a brand. that’s why, when i found the perfect moisturizer for my skin type, i never tried any other moisturizer again until today…

i started using moisturizer on my face since i’ve arrived in Singapore. in the Philippines, my face would always get sweaty sticky oily all throughout the day, so i never really developed the habit of moisturizing my face on a daily basis.

Crabtree and Evelyn, my all-time favorite brand of body lotion

but in Singapore, for some reason, i found it less humid and more drying not just on my face, but on the rest of my body. this is why is started using Kiehl’s facial moisturizer. it was one of the brands recommended by a friend for the best lip balm ever. it’s a good thing i didn’t stop at buying a simple lip balm and extended my curiosity with the moisturizer because it turned out to be just perfect for my skin. i even bought a facial wash to go along with it. and it was also perfect. Kiehl’s is absolutely one of my favorite brands.

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Introduction to Painting Class

Introduction to Painting Class

ever since i can remember, i have always been on the lookout for painting classes. as you know, i have quite a bit of experience with drawing, as i love doing portraits in charcoal or pencil. but with painting, i always get a bit apprehensive. not only because i find it quite difficult to render color on paper, but also because i’m scared to go in a class where all the other people have already had the skill and experience beforehand. yeah, i hate being judged. especially for my art work. so, do be gentle with me in the comments, now. 🙂

but then, last week, i felt quite lucky to stumble upon this painting school that organizes classes for people who have never ever painted in their lives. and they even offer a discount for this introductory class. what’s more, it’s a mere fifteen-minute walk from where i live, which is just perfect!

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St Emilion, France

during my first trip in France, i was lucky enough to have my then-boyfriend-now-husband and my in-laws as tour guides. and since i told them that it was my life-long dream to visit a vineyard, they organized an educational tour for me to Saint Emilion, a famous and quite touristic village a few miles east of Bordeaux.

i remember being so excited riding the car on the way there. i can still remember being fascinated by the huge and smiley sunny sunflowers along the road. and you can imagine how thrilled i was at the first glimpse of the rows and rows of vineyards on the rolling hills.

once we were in the vicinity of the vines, it felt like going through a maze finding our way to Clos La Madeleine.

the entrance to the caves where the wines are casked and aged

here, we made a tour around the vineyard and also inside the distillery and into the cave on a guided tour about the process of wine-making.

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Typhoon Yolanda’s (Haiyan) Wake

I would just like to share this video to as many people as possible. Help is desperately needed.

Here’s one way you can help via Red Cross donation.

Please share to as many people as possible.

Thanks!

Hong Kong and Macau Revisited Part Two (Macau Day Tour)

i remember when i have just arrived in Singapore back in 2007, the first country i visited outside of Singapore was Macau. but i had to wait until February of 2008 to do this. i considered it my sneak preview to Europe since i haven’t been anywhere in Europe at the time.

i went to Macau with my friend, Jen because she wanted to jump off the Macau Tower. she was convincing me to do it with her then but i told her i was saving my money for shopping in Hong Kong. that was just an excuse because i was a bit scared to do it then. and still scared to do it up to now. jumping off buildings is not really my thing.

i wouldn’t want to hang off the side of tall towers either… jumping off city towers is just not my style
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Hong Kong and Macau Revisited Part One (Jose Rizal sites and Dinner with friends)

Since hubby was on a short business trip to Hong Kong, we took the opportunity to take a mini-break together and visit some interesting sites both in HK and in Macau.

Our room at Lan Kwai Fong hotel, it was quite old and maybe a bit dusty but it was very central
and the staff were nice and spoke good English.
this is our view from the hotel

It was hubby’s first time to visit both countries, while this is already the second time for me. Our hotel was very central, located in-between Sheung Wan and Central MTR stations, and within walking distance to the Ferry Port.

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Delicious Graham Cake

for our Farewell Party last weekend, i decided to make a Graham Cake. in the Philippines, we usually refer to this as Crema de Fruta. i prefer to call it Graham Cake.

i have checked several web sites and videos on the internet and took a little bit of something on some of them to make my very own recipe.

what is challenging here in France, when trying to cook something, is finding out first the french name of the ingredients that you need.

full cream

i wouldn’t have known before that lait concentré sucré is what we know in the English-speaking world as condensed milk. now i do…

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