Last Day of 2021

We had a long walk yesterday. We wanted to take our daughter, Faatihah out just to breathe some fresh air and release some tension.

Made YouTube Shorts for the first time.

We didn’t go outdoors for almost a week. Faatihah kept on whining and I could see she was bored out of her mind. Glad we did that yesterday. She enjoyed every moment of it, especially when we bring her to play the seesaw we found in Servette residential area and the big playground at Park Trembley.

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Cool yet sunny weather allowed her to be so carefree.

This was the first time we let her walk freely most of the time just because I felt more secure with the surroundings. I also felt a little bit more relaxed.

The good thing as well from the long walk we did yesterday, I could also burn calories. Perhaps, I need to get back on track; walking every day as I did two months ago. I feel so sluggish each day. So the beginning of the year 2022, I need to change this and make daily walks or workouts a habit. So who’s with me? No one? Okay XD

Happy New Year 2022 guys!

How To Have The Best Winter Day

Winter is one of the best times to enjoy the fantastic weather and snow. There are endless activities you can indulge in in winter that can make the time magical. So, if you are looking to make the most out of your winter day this season, you are in the right place. 

Here is everything you must know about having the best winter day. 

1. Start Your Day With A Hydrating Beauty Routine 

Many people forget that the key to having a great winter day is a fantastic skincare routine. The winter air is dry, and many of us wake up with dry and patchy skin. Because of this, you must always start your day by doing a hydrating beauty routine. 

Exfoliate your face, use a cleanser, and then moisturize it. Be sure to use a moisturizer on your body to give all your skin the same amount of love. It will help you throughout the day as you will not have to worry about dry skin when you go out. 

2. Move Your Body 

After you are done with your beauty routine, you can move your body to warm it up. Run on a treadmill if you have one in your home or go for a jog outside. It will help with blood circulation and keep your body warm all day even on the worst winter day. 

You can run for as long as you like, but do it for a minimum of fifteen minutes. Once your skin and body are taken care of, it is time to engage in fun winter activities to have the best day. 

3. Go Ice Skating or skiing

The Winter season means that you will have many local ice skating rinks in your area. Take advantage of them and go with your friends or significant other. It is one of the best winter activities that offer a lot of fun and bonding. 

Ice skating will also help you warm up your body again as it is exerting despite the ice. You can also learn ice skating as a new skill during the winter months. 

My last year winter activity was going on a trip to see the beautiful mountain near Gstaad, Switzerland. I’ve read that it is known for its ski and cross-country slopes and winter hiking trails.

How To Have The Best Winter Day
How To Have The Best Winter Day

Check out my vlog trip below.

4. Bake Cookies 

The best part about baking cookies is that you will have something warm to eat, and your home will smell fantastic. It is one of the best winter activities to do with your kids on a long snow day if you are a mother. It will keep the little ones busy, and you will bond on another level. 

Of course, if you have friends coming over, you can bake cookies for them too and make some hot chocolate. The Winter season is all about foods that warm not just the stomach but also the heart. 

These are the top four ways you can have the best winter day. Be sure to indulge in these activities and make the most of this winter season. Don’t forget to do your beauty routine to show some love to your skin so it can stay supple all winter.

Illustration: Forest Witch

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Forest Witch

Just to get creative and try to find something to attract more readers who love art to visit my blog. Hence, I share with you guys – my illustration of Forest Witch. The sketch was made 2 years ago and I had been keeping it in a stack folder of Procreate and since I needed to get things done and up ASAP on here, I just took this and colored it digitally. It took me 3 days to finish it and I remembered I sketched this one whole day. Perhaps, this could be used as one of the contents that I put in my vlog. Or maybe there could be another new drawing. But yeah, that I still don’t know yet.

I am proud that I managed to finish this so quickly. Making a webtoon where I usually draw and color 70 panels help me work the illustration faster than I expected. Of course, I bet a pro illustrator could do that in one day. But I’m just a novice. I just need to learn and practice more to get on their level. For now, I can only say it’s a hobby and if the webtoon hires me then I have to put my heart 100% into making lots of this.

Oh, did I tell you I make a webtoon as well? Yes, I am. Right now, I am still busy finishing the second episode of my romance/comedy series. It takes a long, long time to finish; from the original plan that I could do 1 episode per month, it is taking me more than 6 months to finish drawing almost the end of the episode. Most of the time I juggle my time to do some vlog’s editing and also, of course, my real life. What I know, famous webtoonist who update their comic per week (who are making long episode) or 3 posts per week (who are making a comic strip) has some assistants on their back. Me? I’m a one-man show. Things can be a little chaotic if I do all the things at once. That’s why before I get so productive these few weeks I had taken a long break, just to clear my mind and be able to rest. The topic will get deeper, but I for sure will blog about it next time =)

This is a fun question for you guys. WHAT DO YOU WANT ME TO DRAW NEXT?

Brunei Foods

The part of what I loathe the most when living in a foreign country is when you crave more of your home country’s foods.

I finally uploaded my vlog #20 here. When I see there are still backlog videos that I need to edit for the sake of ‘purging’ them out of my cellphone storage, I realized most of them are all foods. It already sucks that I’m living away from Brunei it even sucks that some of the main ingredients or products I couldn’t even get from any Asian shop here.

For example, if I wanted to make Kuih Kosui, this sweet jiggly pandan taste-like cakes coated with shredded coconut they need to have lime water to make it perfect.

Can I tweak or substitute it?

The answer is yes and no. Yes, if you expect the imperfect taste of it. However, if you are like me, who doesn’t know how to tweak or couldn’t find any substitute for the ingredients or even worst a bad cook, then you’ll know the answer to this is no.

I miss eating…

There are so many I miss about Brunei foods. But I mainly miss eating the traditional wet dessert cakes like Kosui or Malaysian called it Kaswi, Pinyaram, Ardam, Wajid, and Kelupis. Whilst Brunei traditional cuisine that I miss as well are Belutak and Aminah Arif Restaurant’s main dish, Daging Urat Tumis.

The appearance of traditional kuih-muih you can watch in my latest vlog below.

My attempt & What Is Missing

Pinyaram

Glad I still keep this picture with me. Compare to the first picture here and my experiment, straight from the bat you already know something is missing. My Pinyaram tasted tough, but the perfect Pinyaram usually tastes soft and has this crunchy edge frills that roll up after frying and the middle usually raises like a UFO spaceship shape and does not turn up like Dorayaki.

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What did I do wrong here? Simply say the substitute ingredient that I thought I could tweak made it a failed attempt. Instead of using gula Anau I used brown sugar. Bear in mind that gula Anau is nowhere to be found here. In order to get it, you have to wait for my husband’s generous colleague who wants to help us to bring it here– that if they want to help. Asking my family to post it via normal mail post is not an option here because it’s not dry food. Even if I ask them to crystallize the sugar so that it’ll turn up like refined sugar I’m not so sure the quality will be good.

Ardam

Same as Ardam although it almost looks the same as the perfect one (pardon me there’s no picture of my failed attempt) the texture was very unlikely the same. Mine was hard and not soft and gritty at all.

My attempt at making Ardam.

Selurut, Wajid & Kelupis

I think I can make the filling of these two wet foods. However, I couldn’t find the leaves that wrapped these foods here, because Selurut uses Nypa Palm leaves, which come from a tropical palm tree that is usually found near the mangrove swamp river, and for Kelupis, you gonna need Daun Nyirik (peel leaves).

The only leaves that I saw last time in the Asian shop were just frozen pre-cut banana leaves packed in clear plastic. So without the leaves, it won’t be as fragrance and authentic as the original recipe.

For Wajid, since I used to help my mother make it during Eid Ul Fitr’s eve I can accept that I can eat it without the need to wrap the Wajid with Daun Nyirik. I remember my mother giving me a spoonful of serving size and placing it on the plate for me to taste. To me, the taste was already good so I don’t think I need the leaves to complete the taste.

Belutak

My 6-year old’s brain used to think this snakelike food was fine as long as this ‘snake’ tastes as beefy and sweet, just like real beef meat 😄 but actually, Belutak is made up of salted minced meat stuffed into casings of cow’s or buffalo’s small intestines.

In Brunei, they sell it in a clear packet in the supermarket or personal vendor and the price ranges from BND6 to BND10 depending on the weight of the product. I love to buy it from Perindustrian Beribi which cost the cheapest and stir-fried it with onion and a pinch of salt. I can make 4 portions from just one whole roll. But don’t expect me to share it with you because it’s so so so delicious, although the look isn’t that appealing.

Daging Urat Tumis Aminah Arif

It’s trimming of the beef cooked with soy sauce and turmeric and other ingredients that no one can copy no matter how many recipes you can find out there that claimed it’s Aminah Arif’s real recipe. It’s already their signature dish along with their main dish, Ambuyat that is solely served here. One dish cost BND4 and it’s for two persons serving. If you order in a set with Ambuyat I think it’ll cost you much cheaper. A whole set of Ambuyat full package (if I can remember) comprises of Ambuyat, Daging Urat Tumis, choice of cooked veggies, Ulam-ulaman, the Ambuyat dipping sauce, Belutak, and cooked fish. You can watch my vlog below for a better view of it.

So have you ever tried any Bruneian delicacies?

Need Some Love

I’ve recently been active uploading my life in videos on Youtube. You guys can check it out the links here.

(Eng) Delicious foods & Good times back in Brunei 2020 | Makanan sedap | Silent Vlog


Vacation Memories 2020 vlog Part. 1 | How To Eat Ambuyat, Brunei National Dish

And my October updates…

(ENG) AUTUMN VLOG 2021 | Growing plants indoor | Dieting | Halloween Vibe

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Continue with the vlogs

So I hope it will be. Here are my vlogs that I have been editing for the past few weeks; finally I have some times to do it so I begin to continually update my vlog channel and hoping I can upload it once a week as I usually did last year.

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