Friday, 31 December 2010

2011

I will be out and about tomorrow for the eve of  2011.So let me just wish you in advance  HAPPY NEW YEAR may our 2011 be better than 2010.Wonder what will you be doing  tomorrow night
I had tried loading more pictures  from my recent weekend BUT it failed and  :((( only this one managed to be loaded
If the traffic permit I will be at my friend's  exquisite villa surrounded by big trees, hanging monkeys by the trees  and  lush moroccan inspired interior having dinner and watching the fireworks from TV


I think I am doing pretty  alright this year,I know at times work took over my parties and crazy afternoon teas/brunches , I think everyone understand that being a Corporate Chef at Orved and taking care of many expect of the Culinary and Operation,  I got the chance to move about the entire Asia and make whole load of friends while at it, name it friends in Seoul, Singapore, Bangkok , Manila,Jakarta and Hong Kong I think they are all as awesome as my friends  down here in Kuala Lumpur.

 I am back in Kuala Lumpur after few days of being out and I had cancelled my trip to London after purchasing the ticket  due to the weather that I don't really want to be in.This holiday is definitely dedicated to learning new language, reading the books that I had bought and yet  finished to read and get an optimum sleep.But we never know I might be taking  a flight to an island anywhere just chilling but for now I need to settle on few papers and phonecalls that I occassionally got involving work.(For  business associates  , you know I live to work therefore it's ok If you want to email me, it's not a complain at all I love my job) also had the chance to do a bit of food photography  and my food will be featured in one of the respected design magazine in  South East Asia.It was a pleasure to have worked with among the most creative people who thinks and transformed my imagination  into physical visual  feast.I will let you guys know where to get this  magazine in late January.

I wish I could write down a recap of all the golden moments I had this year , but there are just too much !All the work , parties, flying in and out, poshest of food and drinks.Thank You , thank You , Thank You 2010.

It is my year and I am blessed to have found, tasted, experienced all these joy.I have the best Mother, Brother,Employer, Friends and business associates.I love all of you guys.

‎2010 I had broken some rules, forgiven some people quickly, kissed slowly, love truly, laughed uncontrollably and I never regret anything that had made me smile , now what's left is just the chicken dance to celebrate! trials =triumph ♥

Monday, 27 December 2010

Ugly

This is dedicated to women who   had suffered from domestic abuse, i had never been abused like physically but after reading the news on how someone that you love could betray your trust like such...I am disgusted that some male took love so pure for granted.
For women out there who suffers in silence ...get out of it. 15999 is the number to call, talian Nur is  a hotline from The women's ministry and is dedicated for us.There is always help out  there...you deserve the best and not this.




Ugly is how you make me feel



Ugly it can’t be concealed


When you stabbed me with your sword made of your sharp words,


Ugly eternally is the only image of me.






Love is the word you said


Love is the lie your preach


What does love did to me


Hurt , pain, deceived and agony






You destroyed me into pieces


You cut me merciless


I won’t die of this pain


But forever cradled by sorrow and vain



Azura Othman
Boxing Day 2010




Copyrighted  2010

Thursday, 16 December 2010

Extract of 2011.


Bangkok at one of the most beautiful  hotel!i love this place :)

Tugu monas Jakarta on my way to a meeting

Shanghai from  The Park Hyatt

I love that house you know which one.it makes me smile  on every en route to my drycleaner

Dinner before a gala event ...YES eat before going to an eating event!, somewhere...i forgot


Where I spent most of my time lately, business lounge at the airport allover  Asia,in this one in Kuala Lumpur, they kinda know my name and my  favorite drink.

I remember the feeling at this time when my flight was delayed and having a conversation with one coughing gentleman at the  business lounge,thanks for giving me the cough.

Seoul with my new leather jacket

Seoul, City Hall

My brother and I are among the last  bunch of people to be eating there last before Societe  shut for good earlier this year.I remember growing up with this cafe had my first date there.Its all for the best

View from The New Asia Bar in Singapore

they gave me marzipan flower and I gave them ... friendship :) at Food hotel Asia Singapore

Lunch with my friend at the tower


what I enjoy most about being  with Orved is I justify what to cook at my demos and I have all the fun  during my talk time as I love to talk...can't you tell?

Seoul... again and again 4 visits in a year ? :) lucky me

My new baby eos 550D

My second interview in a year for  BFM

My room at The posh  Crown  where every morning I can see  this hot air balloon from my room :)

Melbourne is no doubt my fav place on earth

From my room at The Ritz Carlton in Seoul
while brushing my teeth-we women multitasking  good :)



My first time on a tramp  :)

With a fellow female chef from New York during the Italian Chef's summit in Hong Kong


The  sunrise in Taichung,Taiwan  from my room

Being invited to be a speaker at Taylor's Uni in this picture are all the speakers and the host is in green and all black :) Thank you

The huge campus of  Taylor's University
The year of Azura.


2010 is a year of trials, struggles and winning the tests.

I feel like I had been bruised and recovered by 2010, a tiring year and yet a year that teaches me about


LOVE
Love and fear for god

The people you should love are your parents, siblings,yourself and then come extended family .

Be there when your parents are ill, be there for your siblings after all blood is thicker than water and “we are family”.

The friends might betray you , copy the way you dress or your hairstyle so select your friends and keep those that are sweet and love you close to your heart.

Boyfriends don’t last forever so when it’s over don’t waste your tears, walk straight , chin up and if you think it’s too melancholic shut your eyes but don’t cry…he is not worth it and you are a beautiful person that worth more than a piece of dirt like him.


WORK

Love your work, your vocation should be your work or your love should be your work.I only after many years of living learnt that I love being a chef, I can’t believe that I have such a great job people see my dishes while smiling and wanting to explore the taste and surprise their palates.

Work politics should be tackled with grace and usually if you are the backstabbing drama queen who looks angelic in front of your boss and the vampire within your colleague and always scheming …I would suggest this kind of person to be ignored 100% god will punish them, if not she or he will be punished by their own stupidity.

Work and pleasure

Sometimes it makes me feel nauseous that people are trying to suck up bad to the extent of sending official emails with kisses I think that’s pathetic.

Getting drunk at your company’s expenses is too much,With the trust given we should enjoy it with care not tweak the last flower off till there are none.

Falling in love with someone at work is fine as long as one of you leave, for integrity and for the additional drama that you will cause.That is why I never do work romance and I don’t think I can do that in these near future.





Food

Every women should learn and try to at least cook a decent meal

Women who cook and wash aren’t low class, they are just pure feminine to my eyes.

I think my weakness are splurging on food which I should not, really.



Positive mind

Is something I embraced this few years, few years ago my life was a rollercoaster ride and the turmoil was too much for me to bear.I realized that it is easier to be positive when you have financial stability

And to have a financial stability you have to have a positive mind.Unfortunately or fortunately these two element works together.There were times when I thought it was the end of the road then I realized that it is not … why? Because I had a positive faith and my intention is good.I try hard not to nag and complain and I think it’s been years that I stop whining seriously it is killing you own energy and those of people around you, it can be a struggle living in negativity.



We are all punchbags

You are stronger than you think you are, so many times we were brought down, being told that we are short fat ,ugly,talkative, this and that even worst there are times when you ‘ve been betrayed by love of people that you trust and you wish you die at that very moment of time, But you don’t die of what people did to you chocolate will save you, eat them and go for a quick run or dance to Jason Derulo

We are indeed... very strong and resilient.

Tuesday, 7 December 2010

Did I owe you some pictures?

















my chocolate dessert :)

For Waliz

Is saddened by the loss of Waliz's father,

Al Fatihah

 I know how much loosing someone means

I am so sorry I know I cant take your pain away
but I pray  for  your strenght to go through this difficult time.
I am with you my beloved Waliz.

Saturday, 4 December 2010

Dedicated to My mum, Helen , Babu roti aiskrim... and for the little kid in all of us - Stay the same

What is food to you? , to me? , to us?


As our personal socioeconomic status rises , we tend to take food as pleasure.

I remember those winter evenings in The UK when what I really fancy was a night at some nice expensive restaurant down Knightsbridge maybe some Moroccan stew, or Lobster bouillabaisse but end up at my friend's kebab place having greasy chips and ketchup.

Time has certainly changed and nowadays i don't have to eat anything because I need to eat it, I choose my food even at the hungriest I know what i want to eat.
Just like on the relationship department...it's not really easy to win a woman's heart and we women...don't take any second best ...err, maybe.

But the question of socioeconomic status and personal preference is really a question that is playing with my mind especially after knowing that my grandfather is still having the same breakfast of kopi o literally translated as Black coffee with roti pat segi or known as cream crackers.this is the man who have gone through several level of economic status going uphill since 1929 (sorry tok wan, for revealing your real age).


I take food insanely serious, I have a food diary and sometimes I kiss the pictures of some food in my computer,they are times when I munch some delicious chocolate cookies I even make a vow that I would marry that cookie if it were a living form.That is a form of pleasure...the excitement of going to my favourite restaurant is the same like meeting your boyfriend or girlfriend for a date...(I know, someone in the Uk thinks I need help for my infatuation with cooking, table setting , entertaining and eating and yes... washing them plates too, only in my house of course... because my plates are pretty )

How pleasureable?it is measured with our greed and wants.


For some of my friends-chefs who take their jobs as serious they tend to eat less then me, and spent less too.
It is strange to me because for me food is more than fuel it is the entire experience from view , touch and tantalise to my palate.


The explosion of taste , the feeling of being on something lush -like I mentioned to my friend just now...everytime I eat my own dish even the one that is incredibly simple- chocolate pudding, it is equal to the sensation of buying new designer's shoes, sleeping on a bed of roses or even better 100 ringgit notes or buying a new perfume.



These are my fuel- things that inspires me to work harder ...

I work hard for my tongue, I love to taste with my tongue teaching it to be more adventurous and fun- for some people it could be watching movies,driving the fastest car ,reading the greatest writers work,spending money on a night out, buying speedboats...for me it's the palate of my tongue, the pure pleasure of eating- either celebrating nothing with friends while talking about nothingness over tapas, dim sum , long table,posh cakes at the posh chocolate shop or simply my own homemade chicken soup in front of the tele watching my favorite sitcom...these are the moment when I feel like nothing can harm me I am being protected in an imaginary pink bubble , I feel totally relaxed and happy being in that bubble of extreme happiness.






Then, in the middle of writing this, I learnt that the word Extreme happiness is the key.

The changes of our economic background, if yesterday we were a busboy and many years after an F&B manager, a chambering student and now a top lawyer...one thing never or hardly change is our favourite food , little things name it cheap or expensive as I learnt the layer of our palate , I learnt the biggest thing, we are different but we are the same, what you taste as good might not be good to me... and hell , i can't be having the same breakfast everyday like my grandfather.But one fact that is true the prices does not matter. I am a food snob that would never think twice about going back for my toast and kopi at helen's shop or even her mee soup where I was given the full authority by my late father to order my own food, I felt like an adult at the time! that sensation of munching on my kaya toast or slurping my noodles soup is the sweetest experience ever, the look of my proud fatherof his little girl with a perfect table manner is still fresh in my mind and no chocolate cake ,souffles,caviar or even my favourite lobster up until today could beat that sweetness of time -our memory of what is good and what not.Expensive and sophisticated name and design of a dish or restaurant means nothing if it is tasteless, at the end we still go to a restaurant to be satisfied.Our hunger and thirst for nourishment of joy need to be fulfilled.FULL STOP

Maybe we should make a point to learn our childhood favourite dishes and eat it where we feel like it.it would bring more humility into us that in this material world...not everything comes in a large price tag, experience of eating our favorite food from our kitchen , made with our hands are indeed very cheap compared to thejoy it would bring to us.Don't forget to close your eyes while munching it while thinking of your favourite childhood memory.For rich or for poor...Food for all :)


Live, laugh , learn, love... cook and be merry...



CAO



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