The Imperfect Issue + Kinfolk Magazine Giveaway - CLOSED

Saturday, 27 December 2014

 


As I recall my college years, I realized that some people would do almost anything to get rid of their flaws. I'm not saying about bad grades, although that wouldn't be such a bad thing -- But imperfections such as their looks, their voices, or their 'less-than-impressive splurge on luxurious materials'.

Things are not always going to fall in their right places. Monica Geller was right you know; the real world sucks.

But that shouldn't stop us. There will always be a crack in everything, and that is when the light shines in. Sometimes, being imperfect is just the perfection that we are seeking subconsciously. 

If you take a look at a chef’s hands, you might see scald scars, crooked nails and perhaps huge knuckles.

If you look closely at an old man’s coat, you might see the faded tone, or trails of lint.

If you compare a ballerina’s feet to yours, you might see their unaligned and bone-y toes. 

If you step into a vintage store, you might notice untreated windows or rusty key holes. 

Those are just few examples I have on top of my head. And all that to me, is perfecto.

So why try so hard to strive for perfection, when you are already doing so great? You have to give yourself credit sometimes. Go on, I pinky swear not to judge you. 

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Apart from that, I'm very excited to host the first giveaway in my entire life! Since this is my first time, entries are open to all readers currently residing in Penang Island only. As for the rest, don’t worry because I'm sure you will have your chances in the future!



Kinfolk magazine is neither to be heard nor seen anywhere near where I live. So, I'm super happy to give away 2 brand new copies of Kinfolk Magazine - Volume Thirteen.

If you have not heard of them, they are a leading independent lifestyle magazine for creative professionals all over the world. I subscribed to their printed and online pass on my birthday, which is possibly one of the best things I’ve gotten myself so far. 

All you have to do is tell me one of your imperfections and how do you embrace it! Send your entry along with your name to cindy-leow@hotmail.com


Terms & Conditions:
  • Closing date: January 6, 2015.
  • Open to all readers residing in Penang Island
  • All information will be kept private and confidential.
  • Two lucky winners will be randomly selected.
  • Winners will be notified via email & later in this post.
  • Parcel will be shipped after January 15, 2015.

All the best and here’s to a joyous new year!

*UPDATE
My heartfelt congratulations to two randomly selected entrants, Michael Cheong & Kitty Fong! Your Kinfolk Magazine is on the way. 


Phoebe, the odd reindeer.

Saturday, 20 December 2014




In all my life, my family never celebrate Christmas. Not even once. So, it becomes special for me when there is a celebration going on somewhere. 
Since it's a special season, I would like to introduce Phoebe, the odd reindeer for your Christmas this year!

Here's a little something about her:
  • Possibly the only reindeer that has never seen snow.
  • Has multiple identities -- She can be Chiara, Kina or even Cindy sometimes.
  • Terrified with the idea of Santa Claus.
  • Detachable antlers, period.
  • Prefer naughty kids over nice kids. They can be pretentious you know.
  • Thinks Rudolph is shy, but sexy. 
  • Still thinks she can fly over the sky.

By the way, the odd reindeer has some odd wishes to her odd family and friends here. And by odd, she meant loving and awesome people that hold special places in her Cervidae heart. 


To: The Leow Clan
When can we meet again? Yes, all of us! Despite me staying quiet, I actually read our group chat (perhaps not all). Merry Christmas and a Happy Happy New Year! I love you all.


To: Kitty Foong
We seriously need to get out of the mall. Meanwhile, let's start planning for our messy gathering. 


To: Siang
Are you still rendering your animation? Shall we pay a visit to the fridge? BTW, I love the photos!


To: Vincent Teoh
I'll try to make sure we have ice cream in our next meal. I will really try. 


To: Tricia, Siamese twins, Eileen, Emilyn, Hong Luan & Ee Lin
I'm sorry that I'm always in the worst time for meet-ups. Nevertheless, I miss all of you so much. And high school, of course.


To: TY, Khim & Kelly
Japanese food. As soon as possible. Hungry. Need to fuel new ideas. Lots of love. Ho. Ho. Ho.


To: EAA Ah Long
Thank you for the wonderful moments we had. All your messages never failed to make me laugh like an idiot. 


To: Jennifer Henson
I can't even put into words how much I miss you. When are you coming to the island again? Love you.


To: Fam
Are you still in your green tea world? I'm really hungry and I need you to fill my big tummy. The sooner the better. I'll call you if I'm going down South! 


To: Sean Crockford
It turns out they have fresh herbs at Sam's Groceria! I know we both have jobs in different places, but we've got to get down to serious business, my friend. -- Burritos.


To: Benjamin Tan
May your Christmas be merry & bright. Now, go get some sleep.


I don't think the list will ever come to an end. But my laptop battery will. 
So, I'd like to wish all of you a Merry & Creamy Christmas, and a Jolly New Year!


Double Chocolate Pudding

Saturday, 6 December 2014




Impress your guests with this easy and delectable recipe!
You can prepare this few days ahead and they still taste as good as the fresh ones. Just make sure you can resist getting your hands on it. 

Initially, I was planning to use dark chocolate in this recipe. But turns out I only have Russell Stover's truffles, hidden in a tragic corner of the fridge. Hence, my pudding turns out velvety and has stronger milk flavour.

DOUBLE CHOCOLATE PUDDING
Yield: 6 servings

Ingredients
2 cups whole milk
1/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup cocoa powder
25g semi-sweet chocolate bar or chips 
4 tsp cornstarch
3 large egg yolks
1 tsp vanilla extract
A pinch of fine salt

Directions
  1. Mix 1 1/2 cups of milk, sugar, cocoa powder and chocolate in a saucepan. Bring to a simmer over medium heat. Remove from the heat.
  2. Meanwhile, whisk all the remaining ingredients well in a bowl. Gradually whisk the hot chocolate milk into the mixture. 
  3. Return to saucepan and continue whisking over medium-high heat. Cook until the pudding for about 5 minutes until it comes to a full boil. Reduce the heat and continue whisking about 3 minutes more. The pudding should thicken by then.
  4. Using a fine mesh strainer, strain the pudding over a bowl. This will get rid of any cocoa clumps and the end result you get is velvety-smooth pudding.
  5. Pour the pudding into small cups and cover with plastic wrap. And now the hard part, wait for the pudding to set. You can refrigerate them for at least 3 hours or overnight.

You can serve the pudding just the way it is, or be creative! Top with some whipped cream, tame this little devil with sliced bananas, or drizzle some melted chocolate if you believe in heaven. 

I hope to enjoy making this classic dessert as much as I do!
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