Monday, July 26, 2010


Don't you love to do prank? Not a mean prank or stupid prank, it was just-for-fun prank hihihi ^^

There's this lovely couple whose getting married on Sunday. And they held a rehearsal dinner on Friday night. Me and my friend, RD, thought it would be nice to do something before they were officially married. I suggest to throw cream on their faces and she agreed. We gathered our accomplice. But plan was on and off, because some afraid that the bride won't like her flawless-skin-spa-treatment, trim-manicure-and-pedicure nails, beautiful dress, perfect hair do and splendid make up to be ruined 2 days before the D-Day hahaha I will be pissed off if I'm the bride. So we decided to do the prank only on the groom.

So, it was a cake marathon for me hahaha 3 days after working on the Royal Wave Threadless Cake competition, I continued to make the butter cream "cake" on Friday morning. My first experience with butter cream. Not so smooth. I struggled nearly one and a half hour just to find the correct consistency. But the coloring and decorating was fine. I tried to make it looks like their wedding invitation. Purple with pink and white leaf stamp.

3 cm styrofoam and 3 cm butter cream. Pretty neat, huh? ;)

Then I swirled some purple whipped cream and chocolate ganache on top of the chocolate cupcakes which I baked on late Thursday night. Well, I think it only be fair if I really made a real cake after we tricked them with the fake ones hehehe

7 PM, me and RD arrived at the bride's house. The groom's dad gave some speech so we have to tippy-toe to the living room, barefooted. Then inside the house, we just realized everybody all dress up with their shinny shoes. Damn! We had to get out and put on our flip flops. RD thought we won't need shinny shoes since everybody gonna barefooted inside the house. Eee, wrong!

8 PM, everybody started to eat and mingle.

9 PM, everybody still eat and mingle.

10 PM, it's getting late and not to much crowd. Time to get started the evil plan mwahahaha me and RD pretend to go home since I forgot something. Took the cream "cake" and the cupcakes. Put them inside RD's car. Back at the bride's house. Pretend there's something wrong with the car's wheel. Made some scene so people got out from the house to the garage. Present the "cake" to the couple. The groom and some people smelled something fishy. But we kept the straight face. Everybody forgot about the wheel and focusing on the "cake".

So far so good. We let the couple took some pictures with the "cake". At that time, the bride was holding the cake so RD told the groom to hold it. After the groom held the cake RD told him that he held it the wrong way. RD step forward, pretend to fix the position and YIHAAA!!!

1st attempt not so smooth, tsk, the groom had a nice reflex. So RD had to do it 1 more time, followed by the best men and the groom's best friend hahahaha it was a success!!! After that we watched the groom chased the bride while she's screaming, "nooooo... not my haaaaiiirrrr...!!!" =))

The bride still afraid when I present her the cupcakes. Hahahaha I'm sorry guys, it's all just for fun, no hurt feelings, ok? Peace (^o^)v

I'm not sure why we love to trick this couple, but we string sprayed them again late Sunday night at their wedding ballroom hahahaha

Wishing you guys a happy marriage, hoping that your life together will be rich in joy and love and be happy ever after!

My First Cake Competition

The Royal Wave Threadless Cake.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Ni Hao!

At first I wasn't interested to go to China, I still had bad memories about their... ehem public toilet... First time I went to China was about 10 years ago. I enjoyed my trip, love the scenery, love the foods, love their art&crafts. I almost love everything about them until 1 moment when I had to go to the restroom. It really shocked me. The partition was made from thin layer of plywood. Instead of door there was a linen that had been nailed to the plywood. There were 4 nails, 2 on the each left and right upper corner and 2 at the bottom. And the linen was very short, kids or short people could see your precious thing when you squat. And it was windy, my linen wouldn't attached very well, what the... I had to asked my mum to hold it in place. And the smell oooooouuuwwww I better not talk about that (-_________-)

Beside of that, China is a great country. I always love their show performance, dancing or circus or any mixed of those two, AMAZING!!! Not fond of the singing though since I don't understand the language. Also love the painting and crafting or other arty things. Love their souvenirs stuff. Most of them are very nice and cheap! Hahahaha

This time, it was 8 days trip by bus around south of China. Started from Guangzhou, Zhaoqing, Hezhou, Guilin, Yangshuo, Wuzhou, and back to Guangzhou.

First Day, 21 June 2010
Arrived at Guangzhou airport went straight to Zhaoqing, took about 3 hours by bus. When arrived at Zhaoqing it was too late to visit any place hahaha so just we rest at the hotel after 5 hours on plane. FYI, the public toilet didn't change much, the smell were still the same, no water nor tissue, but the plywood partition had been change into porcelain and of course, still no doors hahahaha well, not all public toilet like that but most of them are :D

Second Day, 22 June 2010
Zhaoqing to Hezhou, a very looooong journey by bus, it took almost 6 hours, goodness... We visited Shibashui Waterfall and Linfeng Square. Nothing special, it's only ordinary waterfall and ordinary square. The hotel looked more interesting to me hahaha

big rock at the entrance of shibashui waterfall

the entrance of shibashui waterfall

the hotel lobby

what seem to be some old time governor chair

Ah ya, to make things more exciting, funny story of the day, the electricity went off in the middle of dinner time for nearly 90 minutes hahahaha

So far, the trip was OK but my mood was ruined not by anything related from China but from the people inside the group. Smelly public toilet or long journey by bus nothing compared a bunch of grumpy old people. They always complained about everything. I think I never heard 1 single good thing or anything beside complaining from their mouths. BAH!

Third Day, 23 June 2010
Hezhou to Guilin. Guilin was famous for its scenic spots. First stop was Elephant Trunk Hill and Fubo Hill. Then went to some medicine factory. After that watched Dream of Lijiang, some chinese acrobatic and ballet performance before went to the hotel.

stone wall of elephant history

funny road sign inside the elephant trunk hill

big elephant shaped rock

cormorant birds for rent

traditional costumes for rent

funky oma posed with rented costume in front of elephant trunk hill

inside the fubo hill cave

dried flying gecko at some medicine factory

blind old man playing erhu for a penny

The hotel... The hotel was magnificent!!! One magnificent museum hotel. Big red gate, red pillars, gold ornaments, wood crafting furnitures, old chinese painting... Lo~ooooooooooooo~ve it!!!

the hotel lobby

the hotel lobby ceiling

details on one of the wood crafting furniture

nicely cut deep fried fish with sweet and sour sauce

Forth Day, 24 June 2010
Got up early so I can take a walk around the hotel. It still amazes me ;p

view from the hotel restaurant

what seem to be old time royal chair at the hotel lobby

another wood crafting furniture

Today, we went to see Panda at Seven Star Park, super cute!!! Kyaaaaa!!! Also the little red panda, cuteness overload!!! Aaaa~aaaaaa~aaaaa!!! I'm so happy to see them. I spent almost 30 minutes just watching them. Didn't care if it was drizzle or buy any of the panda souvenir coz the real one sooooo much better. Funny story of the day, I saw a Panda scratching his butt against his wooden house hahahaha.

yum yum yum

what are you looking for little things?

After that went visit some tea and silk factory before traveling around the 4 Lakes in downtown area to enjoy the night view.

dried tea leaves tower

silk lady workers

the beautiful sun and moon tower by the lake

Fifth Day, 25 June 2010
Last day at the museum hotel, quick, shoot as many pictures as I can hahaha

hi there, can you see me?

the hotel front door guardian

the big red door door knob

Still got time to go around the hotel before leaving to Yangshuo. Met a group of people doing taichi. Funny story of the day, they were facing me backward when I took the 1st picture. Had to walk around the park so I can see their faces but then, they also turned around. Again, facing me backward hahaha waited for 5 mins then gave up and back to the hotel.

Yangshuo is a nice small town. The air's so clean and refreshing. Many older women sold plums and peaches along the way. Cheap and very juicy. After had lunch, we went to visit the Crown Cave. The view was amazing... Love the lightning effect on the limestones. From the cave, the journey went on to the famous Li River.

1 plate for 3 yuan


magical fairy forest...

limestone parade along the li river

small path through the villagers houses to go back to the bus

From Li River we went on to the hotel. On the way, all you can see is green; green leaves, green trees, green fields, very soothing. Later at night, finally got the real time to shopping at the West Street Night Market hahaha shop shop shop till you drop.

view from inside the bus

nice and clean west street night market

Sixth Day, 26 June 2010
Got some time to walk around the hotel before leaving to Wuzhou.

local wet market near the hotel

a very serious little girl doing her homework at some local noodle shop

"look grandpa, i'm taller now"

funny baby boy with his baldy grandpa

a very loaded souvenir bicycle vendor

Stopped by at some place to enjoy the view of Yangshuo River by bamboo boat. Our local Yangshuo River tour guide sang along they way to some other bamboo boat. 3 funny old men showed up and they did some little performance.

they always bounced their shoulder every time they had stupid fake laugh

notice the sleeping lady shaped limestone mountain behind the boat rower?

fisherman with his cormorant birds

crunchy water chestnut to much while enjoying the view

our lovely restaurant for today's lunch time

Wuzhou main spot was the Temple of Dragon's Mother. It was raining and we just had 20 minutes to explore since they were about to close.

the temple front gate guardian

the wishing tree

can you see the golden dragon's mother statue?

the little turtles in the wishing pond were dancing because of the pouring rain

daydreaming mr stone dragon

street alley at wuzhou

view from window hotel

night view of old buildings

Seventh Day, 27 June 2010
Another looooooong trip to Guangzhou. There, we went to enjoy the boat tour at Star Lake and Yuexiu Park, the park of 5 rams statue, the symbol of Guangzhou city. It was drizzled and foggy hix not much to see. After that went to the famous Shangxiajiu shopping street. I forgot to stop and took some picture, concentrate too much on shopping thing hahahahaha.

elderly people having breakfast at the hotel restaurant after their taichi session

a very huge lock to secure a motorcycle hahaha

"is it straight yet?"

Eighth Day, 28 June 2010
Woooooaaaaah, it's already 8 days!!! Time sure flew so fast, my... Overall, I really enjoy China. Maybe someday I can go visit some other city and other scenic spots. And maybe, when that time arrive, the public toilets can be more civilized hahahaha

8 days full course meals

1 course meal had mostly 8 to 10 dishes and those 2 stupid babbling old men and 1 baboon madame still complaining. Not only food, they also complained about the tour schedule, the scenic spots, this, that, everything! They also loved to talk to each other with loud voices while the tour guide tried to explained today's plans. Not forget to ask what's today's plan after the tour guide finished her speech. Geezzz what an ungrateful ignorant creatures!