Cookies in the Oven

Do you believe that everything has its place and time? And you cant rush for it?

This is so true for my very first meet up with Quay Po Cooks (QPC). I’ve been following and reading her blog and follow some of her recipe. I admire her for her willingness to share especially all those recipe of her gorgeous cakes and food. She is a daughter, she is a wife, she is a mother and she is a home baker. I thought she will be an ideal candidate for our cooking demonstration. I really hope to meet up with her while I’m still with the company and to connect her to our marketing manager. I have also read about her meet ups with her fans and blogger and I wished I could meet up with her too. But I felt it was kinda funny to say “Hey, let’s meet up”.

Then, QPC put up this post where she was giving away Zespri bookmarks and key chains. I took the opportunity to say “I love both the Zespri souvenirs. Can I have either one? … Would love to meet you in person”. Luckily she replied my comment and willing to meet up for lunch.

I wanted to make something for QPC to try. Since it was a week day, I can only make something simple. I decided to make almond cookies which is my family’s favourite. After work, I went down to Jaya Grocer and bought almond nibs and started baking the almond cookies after dinner.

Almond Cookies

  • 250g unsalted butter (take out from fridge and leave till softened)
  • 85g caster sugar
  • 330g plain flour
  • 200g almond nibs
  • pinch of salt (can omit this if use salted butter)
  1. Preheat oven at 150C
  2. Beat butter and sugar till light and fluffy (5 minutes on mid speed)
  3. Sieve in flour
  4. Mix in almond nibs and salt.
  5. Use 2 teaspoons to shape dough and drop on baking tray (no greasing required)
  6. Bake in preheated oven for 20 mins or till lightly brown
  7. Cool completely before storing in container

Fresh from the oven

 Feel so much like Chinese New Year, where I used to bake these cookies for my family and relatives.

Pack using Ikea ziplock bag

Once the cookies cool completely, I packed into this Ikea ziplock bag.

Cookies in the Oven

And put the cookies back into the oven.

Hahaha … this is not a real oven. It’s a mini oven made from cardboard which was given out by my company as door gift for one of our campaign. 

I met up for lunch with QPC, who came with her mother. The funny thing is except for those few comments that we left on each other blog, we did not know each other and we had not met. Yet, we chatted like old friend without a moment of awkwardness.

Zespri souvenirs given by QPC

QPC brought the above Zespri souvenirs for me, bak kut teh mix and lovely banana chocolate cupcake. The cupcake was moist and nice. I wish I remembered taking the photo before it went into Jaden and my stomach.

Nuffnang Blogopolis 2012

When I first started blogging, it was meant as a place for me to treasure my memories of those joyous days, to cherish and remember people I care about and events that I attended. They give me great pleasure and they are very special for me to treasure the memories. It is also a place for me share information and good experience with my family and friends. After all, good things are meant to be shared.

After a while, I find blogging to be very useful. It is like my virtual library, for me to note down important facts and to make reference to. There are several occasions when my friends asked me about Maid Renewal procedures and also about Kumon. I asked them to refer to my blog. And it was it.

Human lies but Numbers don’t lie

When I knew Nuffnang was going to have it’s first ever Blogopolis workshop, I signed up for it and surprisingly, Wendy decided to attend the workshop too.

Yes, I was very excited. Counting down to the event.

The set up

Official Broadband partner, P1 and its Bat Man, The Dark Knight Rises.

Twitter board for the event and competitions.

Wendy and I did not have any Twitter account. By the time, the MC announced the contests and prizes up for grab, we realised that Twitter is a necessarily tool. We signed up for Twitter accounts on the spot and … we did not win any prizes.

Nicholas Chay, Country Manager of Nuffnang Malaysia

 

Master Class 1: Idea Sourcing & Content Generation

Ken Wooi, Lim Chee Wah (Editor of TimeOutKL) andThe first Master Class was on Idea Sourcing and Content Generation where the speakers shared about key sources of finding blog post idea.

Master Class 2: Opportunities Gained Through Blogging

Huai Bin from sixthseal and Hui Wen from Revel in Me shared about the opportunities gained by them through blogging.

Master Class 3: Blog Design 101

Eric Cruz, Firdaus Haris and Lionel Chin talked about things to note on blog design, its compatibility across browsers, social media and blogs are the new magazine.

For the Master Class 4: SEO & Analytics for Dummies, the session was cancelled as the speaker, James Yeang from Google Malaysia was unwell. 

Master Class 5: Building Your Brand

Vivy Yusof from Proudduck and Beautiful Nara talked about understanding brand and what it stands for.

Master Class 6: Blog Photography 101

Sue Anna Joe and Carlos Nizam shared photography tips for blogging.

Master Class 7: Finding Your Voice in the Blogosphere

Prior to this Blogopolis, I have not heard of Wendy Cheng of Xiaxue. She is one of Singapore’s top blogger. She shared with us the reasons of her wanted to blog in the first place and her blogging life. Based on the overwhelming respond from the floor, I guess she was the highlight for the day.

Master Class 8: Using Different Platforms to Optimise Your Blog Traffic

Comic blogger, Ernest Ng together with Maria Elena had fun talking about the different platforms in blogging. This was the session that the MC had no chance to speak.

Master Class 9: The Malaysian Blogosphere

Premesh from Malaysiakini, Timothy Tiah (co-founder of Nuffnang) and my favourite, Kenny Sia who has won numerous awards for his blog. They talked about the future of blogging in Malaysia.

It was a very informative sessions. The master class topics were well chosen. I wish the discussion session can be more lengthy with more in-depth knowledge sharing.

New Home for “treasure memories”

Welcome “treasure memories” to WordPress!

This is my first post using WordPress. I started “treasure memories” in Aug 2008, using Blogspot. At that time, blogging was new to me and I wasn’t sure whether I was able to maintain the blog and keep it going.

I attended Nuffnang’s first ever Blogopolis event on 14 Jul 12 in Concorde Hotel. There were so many young and aspiring bloggers sharing their experience and opportunities gained through blogging. They are doing well and very successful. Ever since then, blogging just got better.

Exabytes was one of the sponsor for the event. The sales staff at the booth did a good job in explaining to me about hosting and domain registration. I wanted to have my own domain. “treasurememories.com” was taken. As such, I needed to put “-” in between the 2 words ie “treasure-memories.com”.

After much research and survey, I decided to sign up with Exabytes as the company was having promotion until 31 Jul 12. I paid RM99 for one year of hosting plan and paid another RM99 for 4 years ( 3 + 1 year free) of domain registration.

There are so many things that I wanted to do to improve on my blog. I also hope to move my old posts from Blogspot account to this WordPress account. Please bear with me for a little while.