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Anyone who knows me well knows that I’m no domestic goddess. I find no joy in either cooking or baking but I have decided to give baking another try since many of my friends often spoke about how therapeutic it is. So, I wanted my first ‘solo’ attempt  at baking to be something exciting and fun! What’s more irresistible than a colourful rainbow cake? I love colours and a rainbow cake makes me feel like a happy kid all over again! :)

Being a total beginner, I searched online for an easy recipe that included a pre cake mix which certainly made it pretty hassle-free. The end results? The colours came out very pretty and vibrant and I daresay it looks quite spectacular! The taste? Well, can’t go too wrong with a Betty Crocker cake mix although one cannot expect it to be Le Chocolate Cafe standard either. My final verdict? I gave it my best shot but baking is still not my cup of tea. I’ll keep to sports and handicrafts. :p

Nonetheless, I’m very thrilled to share with you guys pictures of the first cake that I have ever baked! :) 

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You can get the recipe and baking instructions from Table Spoon. Have fun!

. weekend: bits and pieces .

Weekends /  Laksa risotto at Food for Thought /  Baking a colourful rainbow cake / Doggy selfies / In love with Marvel / Singapore Heritage Festival 2014 / Excursion to offshore lighthouses, Raffles Lighthouse and Sultan Shoal

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. lifehacked: take a leap and jump out of the plane .

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I was reminded of 1 of the most amazing moment of my life when I came across this phrase “Don’t wait. The time will never be just right.” Do you have a bucket list of items and life experiences that you would like to achieve and fulfill  before you die? Well, I do! And there it was, on the top of my long list – To take the plunge and skydive! After many missed opportunities (5 times, to be exact) to skydive in New Zealand, I finally took a leap of faith and jumped from 18,000 feet in the sky during my trip to Florida last year. Looking back, I am so thrilled that I did not procrastinate or allow fear to get the better of me and took my chance when I could. After all, I will probably never get the opportunity to skydive again as I would not want to risk further injuries on my ‘new neck’. While many of my friends think it’s outrageous to even contemplate about being trapped in a tiny plane so high in the sky, let alone to jump out of it; Skydiving is, however, something that I dreamed about doing my whole adult life. It is the epitome of all extreme sports and 1 of the must-do activities for the bold. Had I waited for another day to skydive, I would probably end up regretting it for the rest of my life as that missed opportunity would have meant a stolen moment, a dream never ever to be fulfilled with my second chance at life.

And that’s why, my friends, I want to emphasize on the importance of not putting things off just because you think there will be a better time to do it in the future. Trust me, being a self-proclaimed procrastinator, I have put many of my goals and plans on hold because of this very powerful word called ‘fear’ and 101 other excuses. Excuses such as, “I’m too busy with the flurry of day-to-day activities to do this or that!”, “I don’t have enough money, I’m broke!” or “None of my friends are interested in this and I feel like a loser if I have to do it alone.” Does any of these excuses ring a bell to you? When I reflect at the past 26.5 years of my life, I’m proud to say that I have accomplished more things, in many ways, than I actually thought I would and have lived an excitingly colourful life thus far. I don’t always travel the well-trodden path because the few times that I had ventured off the path, it certainly gave me some of my most amazing and unforgettable moments. Having said that, my biggest downfall is that I often let fear conquer some of the biggest and hardest decisions in my life so that is still something I’m working on.

To quote Ivan Turgenev, “If we wait for the moment when everything, absolutely everything, is ready, we shall never begin.” In other words, there is simply no time like the present to pursue the (realistic, let’s be realistic here alright) goals or things that you have put on hold for the longest time. Personally, I have fallen into dark times, countless of times during my injury/ still on-going recovery, where I felt that my days were no longer as productive as before and a general loss of purpose in life. Many times, I gave myself a dozen of excuses for the things I cannot do instead of focusing on the many things that I actually can do. However, now that I’m looking a lot less like a Frankenstein and with lots of encouragement from loved ones, I hope to be back on the road. I like to call myself a cocoon, waiting to be transformed into a butterfly! Haha. Likewise, I hope that you can have a good look at the things and goals that you are planning to do next and accomplish them sooner than later.

The no. 1 activity to achieve on my bucket list – Skydive. Completed.
Don’t Wait. :)

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When I first heard that The Florida Skydive Space Center offers the world’s highest tandem skydive at 18,000 feet above ground, I knew immediately that there was no way I was going to choose to skydive at a lower altitude. I wanted my first (and eventually, only) skydive experience to be the most amazing as possible. Just how high is 18,000 feet? Well, Mount Everest base camp is located at an estimated 17,500 feet so this jump is slightly higher than that! And, I am not even required to don the ugly jumpsuit. Sweet.

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The center prides itself as the only place in the world that the jumpers get to enjoy an aerial view of the NASA Shuttle Launch Pads, the Main Assembly Building and the Shuttle Landing Runway. This view would have been the icing on the cake for me, had I not been so nervous throughout the entire flight! My heart rate was accelerating and I started cursing the F-word repeatedly as we soared higher into the skies. The moment that I have been waiting so anxiously for is about to come!

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The MOST terrifying and nerve-wrecking moment of my skydive experience – Standing at the edge of this tiny plane at 18,000 feet above Earth and getting ready for my BIG jump! Looking back, I don’t think I was ever ready!

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And … Off we go, plunging into the emptiness below us. I must have been screaming my head off but the pressure from plummeting at well over 190km/hr made me deaf to all sounds! If anything, my ears were so painful from the intense pressure that I felt that my eardrums were going to burst!

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60 seconds of an unbelievable freefall, as I watched the clouds and world moved below me. My eardrums felt like they were about to pop anytime, my skin was flapping from the fast wind speed, my hair was blowing in all directions and I was looking like a silly girl with all my hand actions. But the feeling of euphoria, coupled with a crazy rush of adrenaline, was simply like a mind-blowing orgasm. Indescribable.

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And I did it! One of the best experiences of my life. :)
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TODAY. Tomorrow.

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. my first leather creation with Maketh Project .

I have always enjoyed making handicrafts since I was a little girl but when commitments set in, life gives way to bigger priorities such as working to earn a salary, exercising to keep healthy, hanging out with friends to maintain a work-life balance. In other words, gone were the days when I used to indulge in some DIY therapy. Now that I have lots of free time on hand, I have decided to return to 1 of my first loves and give leather crafting a try! Time to pick up a new skill and be creative with it! :)

There are several places that offer leather crafting workshops but what that drew me to Maketh Project is the owners’ willingness to share their passion for leather with the community and give the masses (like you and me) the opportunity to create leather products based on our own designs! Yes, you are your own designer and creator! :)  Nothing beats the feeling and sense of accomplishment of being the ambassador of your own creation. Moreover, I kind of like the idea of it being one of those hipster yet intimate spaces that breaks down all pretense and encourages an exchange of ideas and creativity amongst like-minded people from all walks of life.

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Maketh Project is the brainchild of 3 girlfriends – also called ‘The Leather Girls” by their friends –  who wanted to create a cozy space where leather lovers and newbies can come together and craft leather products. I have always had nothing but full admiration and respect for people who have decided to become entrepreneurs so I spoke to one of the founders to find out about the story behind Maketh Project. Support local products!

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It all started from the “CHIEF”, Dynna have always loved leather even before she learned how to craft them.She started making things that she need, things she cant buy off the shelves out there. That is how the leather goods brand “Forest Child” was born.

After a year and a half of making customised leathergoods, we met Adlina and then decided to launch something new and different together. We always find joy in sharing tips with people about leathercrafting. And MAKETH PROJECT is just about all that. The crafting scene is very intimidating and Maketh Project  wanna make it  approachable,doable, possible and etc for people to create and be a maker. 

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Based on our own experiences, it was quite a struggle for us when we first started to learn , as we didn’t know of where to get materials and supplies from, or some others who were already in this leather business were not so willing to share their knowledge and skills and certain information.

Here at Maketh Project, we hope to build and eventually grow a community of crafters here in Singapore. We aspire to foster positive bonding amongst people through crafting. We are no pros though, but we just wanna share the love right now with whatever knowledge we have. 

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maketh project text 3My family has been my pillar of strength and support throughout my entire recovery. They have shown me that I still have a lot of love and things to look forward to in life, despite being ‘broken’ in some sense. As such, I wanted to personalise and present my first leather creation as gifts for them. Nothing too extravagant, just something simple to express the 3 words “I Love You.

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This is my favourite part of the session – To emboss the letters onto the leather. I was actually naive enough to think that we would be given a template to emboss the letters; Turned out that I had to use the mallet to hammer each letter, individually! I am under strict orders not to lift anything heavy as my neck is still fragile and healing so I was pretty hesitant about doing anything too strenuous. Fortunately, looks can be deceiving as the mallet is relatively light and it was easy once you get the hang of the hammering. Having said that, I must confess that this is the “most manual work” that I have done since my injury! Thumbs up for me!

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Ta-dah! The final products, handmade and hand-sewn with much 

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Well, the end product might not look as perfect as something that you might find from a factory but each of these leather tags has been lovingly and painstakingly handcrafted from scratch. I guess this is what they call “Finding perfection in imperfection“. My parents and sisters love their customized leather tags and I am delighted that they will always have something to remind them of the significant role that each of them have played in my life. :)

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*The initial phrase was ‘Family – Being loved no matter what’ but I had to shorten it due to space limitations.

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Maketh Project

Address: 24A Bali Lane (2nd Floor)
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/makethproject 

. weekend: bits and pieces .

Weekends / Brunch with girlfriend / Nostalgia is the most powerful seasoning / Reading by the patio / Yoga Inc yoga straw / Play time with furkids / Leather crafting workshop / My first handmade leather products / Family – Always Loved

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. furry times at The Cat Cafe .

the cat cafe logoAs a parent to 3 furkids and a school of tropical fishes, I know how wonderful it is to bask in the companionship of our furry and well, maybe not-so-furry counterparts. Having experienced first hand the indescribable joy and happiness that comes with pet ownership, I’m a strong believer in the calming effects of animal therapy. That was also the reason why I chose to visit The Cat Cafe earlier this week, after receiving some unsettling news about my neck recovery. I wanted a place where I could seek comfort and healing of some sort and I knew I could find it here at this cafe. And, I did.

The concept of cat cafes has been exceptionally popular in many countries, such as Taiwan, Japan and Korea and it’s little surprise that the first couple of cat cafes in Singapore have also received an overwhelming reception. After all, doesn’t it sounds purrrrfect to stroke and cuddle with a feline companion while sipping a cup of coffee?

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As a strong supporter of pet adoption, The Cat Cafe works with a local cat shelter, KittyHaven, to adopt 14 lovely rescue cats that have now made the cafe their home. These cats are allowed to roam around freely within the cafe so don’t be too alarmed if you happened to be sharing the same table with 1 or more cats!

There are, of course, rules that one ought to follow in the cat cafe but these are minimal and there’s no “bodyguard” to watch your every single move. Just soak in the casual and cozy atmosphere! The entrance fee of $15 (Which I think is very reasonable) will get you a complimentary soft drink and unlimited time with the feline companions.

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Cats are known to sleep as much as 18 hours a day so don’t be too upset if there are more cats sleeping than awake during your visit! That’s almost 2/3 of the day! Fortunately for us, we visited at a time (between 6-8pm) where most of the cats were active. As cats tend to sleep more often during the day, it is thus advisable for you to visit sometime in the evening if you do not want to miss the opportunity to catch them in play mode.

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I’m not going to deny that I’m a dog person as I find dogs a lot more interactive and playful. Plus, dogs are man’s best friends. In fact, I’m a little apprehensive about cats as I have this fear that they might scratch or attack me with their sharp claws! Blame this stereotyping on the media that often associate cats with “evil”. However, fret not as the cats at The Cat Cafe are generally docile and approachable. They seem pretty friendly and most would enjoy a pat or rub although the shy ones would run away almost immediately. On the same note, please don’t expect the cats to come running to you for attention, as what most dogs would do, because they are well, aloof by nature.

If you are lucky, you might even get to engage a little play session with some of the cats by getting them to chase after the teaser cat toy (the toys with a stick at the end)! Try that game with the resident black cat as it seems to be the most mischievous of the lot!

In between patting the friendlier cats, I couldn’t help but to behave like a typical Singaporean going around the cafe, snapping countless of pictures as the cats are simply too photogenic! :)

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The Cat Cafe

Address: 241B Victoria Street Level 3
Telephone: 6338 6815
Website: http://thecatcafe.sg/