Water: Lesson 3 Image Orientation

This weekend found me in the vicinity of Marina Bay for the Santa Wishes Run. The run took place along the promenade, a wide concrete expanse with water on one side and buildings on the other.

When I came upon this unexpected sight, my breath was taken away!  At first glance, it looked to be field of green accented with brilliant pink flowers, except that it was an enormous manmade water feature filled to the brim with spectacularly hued water lilies.   Definitely the highlight of a good morning out! Continue reading “Water: Lesson 3 Image Orientation”

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A tart Yuzu Cupcake for a Sister’s Birthday

Younger Daughter’s celebration of Older Daughter’s birthday: sisterly love & Yuzu Cupcakes!

Crazy Little Cupcakes

Meg4Today is my sister’s birthday.  She inspires me in my favourite things: for my fashion paper dolls, she  buys me lots of pretty paper; in Maths, she helps me to get my homework right; in Baking, she gives me ideas for new cupcakes and sometimes bakes with me.

I have created a Yuzu Cupcake for her because she loves yuzu!  Happy Birthday, Meg!

Love, Jo

We used & adapted BenjaminWong’s recipes for the cupcakes & glaze from “Cupcakes with Attitude”.

Yuzu Cupcake, (makes about 10-12 cupcakes)

Meg3 Candied yuzu peel (left) and yuzu juice

  • 125g unsalted butter
  • 125g castor sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 20g candied yuzu peel (cut into small pieces)
  • 125g self-rising flour
  • 2 Tbsp milk
  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees centigrade.
  2. Line cupcake tray with liners.
  3. Cream the softened butter with the sugar until well-mixed.
  4. Add eggs and beat till well-blended, light & fluffy.
  5. Add salt…

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Street: Lesson 2 Establishing Shots

On my mind is how to set a scene with an establishing shot, usually a very wide angle capture of a scene, designed to show the audience where the action is taking place.

How to make it interesting?  After all, there really isn’t much going on.  Which then leads me to thinking about why everything has to have action, has to have a point of interest.  Is it not good enough to just be; calm, serene, with absolutely nothing much going on.   I continue to struggle with this.

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Hindhede Walk, on the way to Bukit Timah Nature Reserve

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Thanksgiving: Pumpkin Cupcakes with Maple Syrup Frosting

May your Thanksgiving Celebrations be filled with much love & joy!

Crazy Little Cupcakes

The month of November is a season of being thankful.  We celebrate many birthdays: Dad, Por Por, Godma, Aunty Kem and Aunty Janice. We are grateful for them in our lives!

I am also excited because every Thanksgiving we go to Aunty Janey’s home.  Aunty Janey is a great baking friend.  This cupcake is inspired by the pumpkin pie she makes.  Pumpkins also remind me of Fall, so this is a good time to make it.

Hope you enjoy this tasty cake!  Love, Jo

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Run in the mud: Nanowrimo Update Day 20

I haven’t had a good mud run in a long long time.  So much so that I actually considered putting my shoes through the washing machine, to my Loving Husband’s chagrin.

Breaking patterns and doing something quite different is good for one’s soul, if not for keeping shoes clean.   When the road seems never-ending and fatigue starts to set in, it is time to do something completely different. The anxiety over breaking routine, followed by the exhilaration of the novelty; result:  invigoration! Continue reading “Run in the mud: Nanowrimo Update Day 20”