Monthly Archives: June 2007

Digital Scrapbooking – a fun way to tell your stories

Ever since my daughter Aya started schooling and the pressuring work loads at the office, da lama tak bukak all my DSB (digital scrap book) CDs and Adobe CS2. Boleh imagine ni berhabuk benda-benda tu sebab da lama tak pakai.

Only recently bila my mother was around and saw my photo cds, did I remember that dah lama I meninggalkan hobby yang lagi satu ni.

There first time I was tempted to do this, was when my husband bought for me some second hand magazines which included one for digital scrapbooking. I went online and found thousands of layouts to choose from. It was going back to the days I was in Brighton and going into the sweet shop. Walaupun nak pineapple cubes…but the strawberry strips and colorful mashmellows and chocolate covered raisins dan macam-macam lagi dalam baling-balang kaca yang besar mesmerized me buat I tercegat macam patung kat dalam sweet shop tu.

What more, me being an avid photographer (tak kisah la camera phone, digital phone, disposable phone…asalkan boleh ambik gambar, spur of the moment I will take) I had loads and loads of photos kept in soft copy.

Then I found an online group where I can post my photos in their gallery for others to see. Seronok jugaklah sebab orang boleh kenal adat resam kita, our way of life through photos.

Scrapbooking is a method for preserving a legacy of written history in the form of photographs, printed media, and memorabilia contained in decorated albums, or scrapbooks. Historically, scrapbooking was a tradition similar to storytelling, but with a visual and tactile, rather than oral, focus.

The advent of scanners, desktop publishing, page layout programs, and advanced printing options make it relatively easy to create professional-looking layouts in digital form. The internet allows scrapbookers to self-publish their work, even if it is just for a readership of one. Scrapbooks that exist completely in digital image form are referred to as “digital scrapbooks,” or “computer scrapbooks.” –

There were also tutorials online yang boleh guide kita untuk buat embellishment sendiri, layout sendiri, trick and tips dan macam-macam lagi. Then you can save them to a cd and play them at home as your photo album kalau nak.

My mother said

“Advance dan senang betul sekarang ni ya. Frame pun tak payah beli, cut paste je, taruk dalam cd dan tayang kat tv. Tauke photo album dengan kedai gambar pun sure susah nak cari makan!”

Why not try this today…who knows, it may be fun for you!

This is my first piece and will always be my faourite – Its called Henry at Taman Tasik Titiwangsa


Below are some of my collection. Click on the imagine to view the larger one.

Home Away From Home


Sabah Family

Garden Friends

If you would like to see more, visit my gallery at :

CREDITS – The following digital scrap pages where created using these kits :

Henry at Taman Tasik Titiwangsa

background, element border & element bookplate
from Kim Liddiard Leather Bound Page Kit
Created by Kim Liddiard

Element_photocorner & Element_tornvellum
from Natures Majesty Mini Kit
Created by Valeri Brumfield
Shabby Princess SweetSerenity YellowFlower
from {Sweet Serenity} Kit
by Shabby Princess
SP_HolidaySampler_Fall Together word art
by Shabby Princess
Sweet Page Kit
Created by Angie Svoboda
Memorial Day Freebie
Created by Stacey Stehley
Home Away From Home

Bobby Wilkes
December 2005 PTP Kit

Stapled Ribbons by
SWEET SPRINKLES created by ShabbyPrincess

Shabby Fall Page Set created by Shabby Princess – 2004

Copper Button Alphabet
Created by Lauren Bavin

Shabby Princess ~ Holiday Sampler ~ Fall Kit


bg_dsp_blue3 from
Blue Backgrounds created by Jenna Robertson

Element_silverbellsframe from
Silver Bells Extra Element Freebies
Created by Valeri Brumfield

Denim & Sunshine
Created by Elizabeth Weaver

Peach Blue Nautical Kit
Created by Joy Schoenberger

Embrace the Ocean-
By Tina Chambers

Sabah Family

{October FreePea} Digital Kit ©Anne Langpap
©2005 Anne Langpap

March Free{Pea} Digital Kit
©2006 Anne Langpap
ALangpap_2peas_March Freebie_Paper4
ALangpap_2peas_March Freebie_Border


Created by Marcee J. Duggar

Garden Friends

burstingthrough background
Cardstock Creations
Created by Kim Liddiard

Mocha Latte Swirls Page Kit
Created & ©2005 by Valeri Brumfield

Autumn WordArt Titles
Created by Suzanne C. Walker
Lilies & Lavender Alpha
created by by Fay Rahim
using Smargana Font from momscorner4kids with Sample picture Lilies from Microsoft Word



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A meme for charity

I’ve not been tagged for this but since brother Idham has extended the invitation and its for charity. why not.

The meme is about completing at least seventeen out of the following twenty seven sentences…….. *These can be copied and pasted to your entry*

What the heck, it sounds like fun and its for charity so I am completing all twenty seven anyway.

  1. A person is only as good as how he/she treats her parents. They say you can tell how a husband will treat his future wife by how he treats his mother…if he “rajin” help mom do housework, for sure he “rajin” to help his future wife around the house.
  2. Friendship is always in need. No man is an island.
  3. To love is to sacrifice, forgive, receive and honor.
  4. Money makes me cringe in excitement when I have them and in anxiety when I think I will lose them.
  5. I miss the kampung life. The simple “ikan goreng” from the nearby sungai, the “ulam” from the “kebun” to be eaten with the sambal belacan made from fresh “belacan melaka” or cincalok and of course the fresh “air kelapa degan” mixed with oren soda kampung from the coconut tree from the backyard
  6. My way of saying I care is by cooking a delicious feast. They say if you put a bit of love in your cooking, it goes a long way.
  7. I try to spread love and happiness by simple finishing these twenty seven sentences so brother Idham can spread the love and happiness to those orphanage.
  8. Pick the flowers when they have already been picked for you and displayed nicely in tin buckets at the local pasar. Buy them and give them to those in need of cheering up.
  9. To love someone is to let go of your weaknesses and shine your inner strength
  10. Beauty is so over rated when it’ s actually skin deep. We should embrace the flaws instead of celebrating someone who looks like she’s not eaten for days.
  11. When I was thirteen, what I remember the most was being in secondary school for the first time and feel all grown up.
  12. When I was twenty one, I remember my dad gave me my first notebook to get through college.
  13. I am most happy when I am at home, playing all those flash games (like Diner Dash or Zuma) or on my PS2 and feel like I can be a kid for just a while instead of being a mother to a kid.
  14. Nothing makes me happier than to hear my daughter utter very very matured expressions, too mature for her age. When she was 3, every time something when wrong like she popped in her diaper or her blanket fell down she would say “oh nosh” (it suppose to be “oh no” but I think she heard me call her “button nose” that she pronounced it “noshe” instead of “no”) or recently when she said “ hai, lama tak dengar berita” on the phone. I think she picked that up from my mother because that’s what my mom would say when I haven’t call for a while.
  15. If I can change one thing, I will change anything that can make this world a safer place for our future generation. No more wars…no more murders…
  16. If smiles were a way customer service gets paid (say RM10 for everysmile0 then I think all those cashiers, tellers at LRT or monorail station, or anyone that serves customer in Malaysia will smile more and not sulk like a “bitter gout”.
  17. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could all live in peace.
  18. If you want to succeed in life then you have to dream big, work hard and sacrifice a lot of things.
  19. Money is not everything but it sure feels good when you have ample.
  20. The most touching moments I have experienced is giving birth in 4 hours and 23 minutes when my mother said that it would take me 16 hours in labour.
  21. I smile when my husband makes silly jokes or tease me silly, I would then say “eee menjengkelkan” but continue to smile after.
  22. When I am happy, I sing, laugh, smile and  my cooking taste good (to me lah!)
  23. If only I don’t have to get home late sometimes then I bet I am less stressful
  24. The best thing I did yesterday was wake up at 5am to cook nasi lemak for my husband and got several pecks on the cheeks for that. Usually breakfast is very simple. But nasi lemak must always come from dapur, “baru la best!” my husband says.
  25. If I ever write a book, I will give it this title,”A great man and husband may not be handsome and successful, but ordinary with a great heart and soul”
  26. One thing I must do before I die is make sure my children are well educated religiously so they will give me a proper burial and prayers (doa) when I am no longer around.
  27. Doing this meme, I feel like for once I wrote my blog for an honourable cause and I’m so proud of those who did the same.

Since this is a “Tag for Charity” the invitation goes out to everyone as well. When you have done yours, please leave a comment at brother Idham’s blog – so that he can keep count.

He says

I am inviting you to participate together with me. For every person who complete this meme before August 26th, I will contribute rm127 on your behalf to the Darul Izzah Orphange, Bangi……This time, I created a meme for charity… and you can start the ball rolling. My aim is to collect at least rm10,000 worth of meme/tags from bloggers – now, can you do it!?? I am cool. Are you cool?

So guys, pick up your keyboard, laptop, pc..whatever..hehehe and keep this rolling. Have fun completing them…coz I did!


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How to make feast out of nothing

In a way I pity my sister-in-law and my other future sister-in-law. My two brothers are just guys who love not only to eat but to eat home cooked food cooked by mummy dearest and darling big sister – “kak long”.

There isn’t a gathering with my cooking that doesn’t end up with “nanti balik ambik resepi dari kak long”. I hope they don’t take it as an insult to their cooking. It’s bad enough to have to come to terms with husbands who will forever love their mother’s cooking, it’s really depressing when the “kak long” cooks well as well.

My brother Chal seldom adores the vendor’s nasi lemak. Too spicy…too this too that. But if it either my mother or me who cooks the nasi lemak, he will surely korek sampai ke kerak kalau boleh. He is very “cerewet” and I think my future SIL will have a tough time with this one when it comes to food. NVM, darling “kak long” will provide the 101 as usual.

My brother Eye-iz just loves eating. So fortunate for my SIL, he takes in whatever she cooks. But often enough he will come up with, “ni kak long masak ni..tengok” or “nanti balik ambik resepi dari kak long”

So I taught it would be a quiet weekend since I was on leave for 2 days. But my brother texted me and said he will be over for dinner, with SIL and my other brother.

Truth be told, we had planned to do the groceries on Sunday and I was too lazy to do any HEAVY cooking on Saturday. But we practically dragged ourselves out of bed on Saturday morning and did the groceries. For lunch I opt for a nice cool cendul with mamak rojak, with us sitting under the tree with the warm afternoon breeze on our face. Heaven LAH! Once in a while when some else does the cooking.

I told my husband I didn’t want to cook rice. Too heavy. So I decided to do my very very quick chicken chop –  side dishes, coleslaw, mash potatoes.

The trick was to always stock up on “emergency magic ingredients” as I would call them. This way you can wip up something in a matter of seconds. Basically, my “emergency magic ingredients” would consist of :-

Tepung Goreng Ayam Adabi (seasoning flour for frying chicken)
Italian Herbs
Maggie Seasoning
Pasta (spirals)
Tuna flakes in a can
Peas in a can
Laicis in a can

I had chicken fillets in the freezer so I defrosted and sprinkle ample of Maggie seasoning and some black pepper. Cover, put aside.
For the Tuna Pasta Salad, cook the spiral pastas, drain them. Mix tuna flakes with mayo. Add salt and sugar to taste, mix the tuna mix with the pastas in a salad bowl. Done.

For the coleslaw, finely shred the cabbage and carrots. Add one big onion, chopped. Mix with mayo and some Italian herbs. Add sugar and salt to taste. Add 2 table spoon of lime juice. Put aside in the fridge. This is nice served cold.

Peel and diced coarsely the potatoes. Boil until cooked and soft. Mash up, adding 2 tablespoon of butter, half a cup of milk and some salt for seasoning.

Whip one egg. Place the seasoning flour in a large plate. Dip the chicken fillet in the egg and then dipped in seasoning flour. Fry on a skillet on low heat so the meat will be tender. When outer skin is crispy, take out of the skillet and drain excess oil.

Now the chicken chop sauce is my husband’s favourite. As long as you have tomatoes and either one of these fruits – pears, plums & mangoes, you are good to go.

You will also need :-

Finely chopped garlic
Finely chopped big onions
2 table spoon of flour
4 table spoon of butter
I cup chicken stock
fruits – pears, plums & mangoes are pureed in a blender
tomatoes are diced and chopped
some Maggie seasoning
salt and sugar to taste
black pepper
can of peas

Place 2 table spoon of butter in a skillet, melt and sauté the garlic and big onions. Put in the diced tomatoes. Sauté for another good 3 minutes.

In another pot, place 2 table spoon of butter and put in the flour. Make sure to stir as the flour gets a bit sticky. Transfer the sauté ingredients in the skillet to the pot, mix with the fried flour. Pour in the pureed pears, plums & mangoes, add some Maggie seasoning, salt and sugar to taste and black pepper. Add I cup chicken stock and let the sauce simmer and reduce to about half. Add 1 can of peas (making sure to drain the water first).

When they arrive, I was busy pre-heating everything that I didn’t have the mood to chow down. I had a few bites here and there.

Well, the evening ended with empty dishes and no left overs, which is just the way I like it. After a few hours of watching Terminator 3 over Astro, my brothers and my SIL headed home. I had served them chinese tea earlier and some cold laicis in a can, with some ice as dessert. I know my brother Eye-iz loves caramel pudding but “kak long” too malas to cook lah!. He he he. Next time maybe.

It was good to have them over, its even better when not much work was put in but they enjoyed the food. Later that night, as we cleared the dining table and washed the dishes, darling hubby gave a sneeky peck on the cheek and said “it’s amazing how you make a feast out of nothing, every single time” 🙂


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Ironic isn’t it?

Effective tomorrow, I shall be on a two day vacation, away from work, from all the clutter, mess, people, emails…. Will see everybody back on Monday yeah.


photos by aNNa Munandar

 … BUT. Will still have to work full time as housewife though. Fuh! 

Ironic isn’t it?

photos by valpopando


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A very teddy love story…

I made and gave this to my husband during one of our anniversaries. We had totally forgotten about it until I ran some old CDs I have in my collection of photos.

Funny how love stories end up somehow…and funny how this still touches his heart after all this time..

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Genes of Creativity – This is my Mona Lisa

I’m not sure where my creative side comes from, maybe its from my mother, then again maybe its from both, mummy dan daddy dearest.

But I notice I am always the “bidan terjun” in most weddings that happend in my family when it comes to wedding gifts. My husband says I should commercialize but I think these master pieces are very very personal. One is never done exactly the same.

However, making wedding gifts or hantaran is such a stress reliever at times. Its something I passionately do and take my time, just like how all those famous painters paint their masterpiece.

Wedding Hantaran by Fay at

My cousins ask me how do I do it. I don’t really know. The last time I did it, my mother had the stuff placed on our huge family dining table and told me she wanted this and that and this. Somehow it just comes to mind, a photographic mental picture and by the time you know it, its done.

To go commercialize would mean that I am constricted to the clients wants and needs. This should be done this way and this should be done that way. Maybe I am more of a Galliano. my creations are for my own personal satisfaction..a fix I need to let out these juices of creativity and only purely only understood by me.

I do, I create, I show and people wear them, in my case, people use them, no questions asked. Besides, isn’t it the first rule of the thumb never to tell the Chef how to cook his own culinary creations?

I think my daughter has picked that up from me as well. After deciding to visit my grandmother-in-law, I decided to cook up “buah melaka” as a quick something something to bring as “buah tangan”.

My 7 year old daughter had a go at it. She was wonderful. I couldn’t believe she actually could make “buah melaka”. Hers of course was a bit smaller and had less “gula melaka”.

pc..pizzas..but solat comes first

Turned out my grandmother-in-law loved hers more. Less sugar and you can easily plopped them into the mouth.

I’ve recently found out what she does with my pc as well.

Paint.Exe Art by Aliya Maisarah

I guess creativity does run in the family genes…

Aya..Mama…& Daadiie a.k.a Daddy

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Muallaf, Amani, Being Bald & Lost Souls

This is what most saw of Amani’s new looks…

This is what most have not seen, unless they visit Yasmin Ahmad’s website – the storyteller

 Muallaf. A synopsis. – taken from The Storyteller

20-year old Rohani and her 14-year old sister Rohana are two Malay girls on the run from their wealthy, abusive father.

Finding refuge in a smaller town, their secret little world collides with that of Robert Ng, a 30-year old Catholic school teacher.

The young man finds himself irresistibly drawn towards the sisters, and the extraordinary courage with which they face adversity, in a relationship that inevitably forces Robert to confront a haunting memory of his own troubled childhood.

Robert reading Rohani’s Quran

In this story of lost souls who find comfort in each other, friendship opens the window to forgiveness and reconciliation with the past.

But then again there are other “lost souls” who really truly embraced the religion. Those who felt that there was something missing in their lives that by embracing Islam, they have found peace and they have found love that was once lost.

You may read their stories at :

Islam is a peaceful religion and by the true Islamic Morals it is a religion of peace and well-being and though a lot of us might not know, it defends tolerance and freedom of speech.There is no compulsion in religion. Right guidance has become clearly distinct from error. Anyone who rejects false gods and believes in God has grasped the Firmest Handhold, which will never give way. God is All-Hearing, All-Knowing. (Surat al-Baqara: 256)

Muallaf seems to hold a worthwhile synopsis worth checking out when it reaches the movie theathres. I wish kak Yasmin all her best in this upcoming movie. She is not only talented but one of a kind.

I shall not comment more about how Amani looks or wheather she is being a good muslim role model.

Islam is a religion which fosters freedom of life, ideas and thought. It has forbidden tension and conflict among people, calumny, suspicion and even having negative thoughts about another individual. Of course, Muslims may urge one another to keep the moral precepts taught in the Qur’an, but they never use compulsion. In any case, an individual cannot be induced to the practice of religion by either threat…Harun Yahya – The True Islamic Morals

That reminded me of the time my dad drove me back to my campus…he said

“To cover one’s head and yet still see your loins (he was talking about the girls wearing hijabs but tucking in body tees into their jeans)…the grasp of faith is without compulsion, it is with a clear mind and a clear heart to seek the love and respect of Allah swt…not the love of respect of those around you…”


 “Invite to the way of your Lord with wisdom and beautiful preaching.”  – Quran 16:125 

Muallaf photos : Originally uploaded by yasmin the storyteller

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