Goodbye 2013, Hello 2014

Every year, I look back in the year and have a hard time remembering everything that happened. It’s one of the reasons why I wish to brush up my photography skills because I rely so much on photos to jog my memory. Even though I rely a lot on flickr (and instagram) at the moment, in time I wish to turn From Cass with Love into a photolog of some sort ;) Especially with my new baking blog Dessert Tales, sometimes I get boggled on what to share here and what to share over there. It’ll take a while, but I’ll figure out in time.

I can’t say 2013 has been a great year, but it hasn’t been all that bad either. I won’t go into a whole lot of details, but 2013 for me has been…

…the passing of my godmother. And hugging my godfather at her funeral.

…the beginnings of Miaow & Squeak with Mandy (who is running most of M&S, so credits go to her!), and the start of a wonderful journey in crafts.

… leaving my job. Finally. And then taking months of break to rest.

…Stephen coming back from Canada :)

…the trip to beautiful Melbourne with Mandy, and the solo trip to Sydney in winter.

…a trip with a group 8 friends I’ve known for yearsssss to Seoul in summer. If Singapore is bad, we almost died of humidity there.

…the beginnings of Dessert Tales, pushing myself to experiment more and photograph better ;)

I think this year has been quieter for me, as I try my best to focus and prioritise, put some things on hold, and not put a foot in everything I find interesting (which was what I did last 2 years). While fun, it can get tiring and there’s only 24 hours a day and only so much we can do. It’s not been easy, because I find it hard and sometimes feel bad saying ‘no’ to new exciting things, opportunities and people.

Anyway, enough said. Lemme share a few of my favourite photos from this year!

Group selfies in Nigel’s car on the way back to my place after guitar purchases ;)

Glenn a.k.a Guowei on the guitar chilling at bishan park before a gathering. I miss our jams!

The beginnings of Miaow & Squeak, the lego accessories that started it all.

Mandy and I during our trip in Melbourne, on a side tour on the Great Ocean Road.

Watching the sunset at Nelson Bay after some dolphin watching and sand boarding :D

2nd last day :D on the way home

My second last day at work. Almost all packed up and ready to go. My colleague gave me a cupcake box and some cupcakes as a farewell gift :~(

Miaow & Squeak at our first Arts Market at LASALLE. We teamed up with our good friends Karen and Agnes to share a booth :)

Trip to Seoul in the summer heat. Rand trying to find the aircon vent in the subway. Hahahaa. Did I mention we got bumped up to business class on flight to Seoul? Score!

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Family Christmas shot at my aunt’s :)

Blackforest cake

Black forest cake made for my dad’s birthday. The last cake for 2013! :)

And I guess that’s all folks. Go prod around at flickr and follow me there if you like. Goodbye 2013, it was nice to have you around. Happy new year everyone, have a fantastic 2014! x

Christmas Bakes for Sale!

Christmas is just around the corner! :)

I have some cookies, cupcakes and a tart for orders this season. Also I’ll be sharing some Christmas bakes that I’ve found in the next few weeks! If you like to order some bakes to share with family and friends, please hop over to Dessert Tales for more details.

Cheers!

Grand Mariner raspberry cupcakes & Chocolate Kahlua Cupcakes

Dark Chocolate Tart

Gingerbread men

Job rants

My last post was to announce the opening of Dessert Tales, my baking blog. It was also my last free day before I started my new temp job. I’m ending work here end of Nov; frankly I still feel like I’m on a break the 2 months I’m here. I’m not sure to call it lucky or unlucky, but ever since I came in, everything they hired me for got postponed so I’m sitting here half the time with nothing to do. I decided to end my stint here one month early, so that I can celebrate December and Christmas away (hah!).

I think my best decision this year was to quit my job and just be free for 6 months. Put a stop to all the negativity that came from work. It’s true putting distancing yourself from the unhappiness help put things into better perspective. I still miss my co-workers after I started working as a temp, and suddenly all the pain from my previous job doesn’t seem so bad. But I regret nothing taking that step to be out of the ‘chaos’ and getting some clarity in job expectations.

My friend casually commented just the other day, “after being in a few jobs, you learn that there will always be little things that annoy you in each job you’re in.”

It was something I thought about these few months – that in no matter which job we go into,  there will be things that drive you crazy, and things that make you happy. If we can stop putting so much emphasis on ‘chose a job that you love and you’ll never have to work another day’, I guess everyone will be much happier. Cause even if you’re in a job you love, there will be someone or something that will make you want to pull your hair out.

With all the rest and time to think, I’m now ready to take up my next job.

But before that, December! More baking, crafting, gatherings and Christmas celebrations! :D

Dessert Tales

And just like that September has come to an end. And so is my 2 1/2 months break from work – I’m starting a temporary job from tomorrow. A little excited, a little anxious.

It’s been a good two months. I’m wisdom-toothless (with no pain!), had a good time with at various Arts Markets with Mandy and more craft ideas to play with, and managed to start Dessert Tales from scratch.

Mini coffee cream dacquoise

It’s not the first time I tried moving my bakes out into a new blog. The first time it didn’t quite work because I felt that my life was so much intertwined with my bakes (and food), but now I’ve a better idea of how to spilt the two. I’m still crossing my fingers, frankly, but I’ll willing to take another shot because I want a space just for my baking adventures. It’s also easier for people and myself to navigate if they want to find recipes and not get caught up with other random personal rants :P

If you like to see more of my bakes, come join me over at Dessert Tales. See you there!

A small shoutout of thanks to my good friend Dorothy too, who suggested the name way back when I started my first experimental baking blog. The name stuck around until now, and I knew it was something special ;)

Oh, September…

So. I finally gathered my courage and arranged for an appointment with the dentist to get my wisdom tooth taken out. This is happening next Thursday, and I’m going for a minor operation to remove both teeth under local anesthesia. Hah. I’m dreading the recovery, because this means I’m going to be on a liquid diet for a while (both sides!). This reminds me of the time I had my braces on. Not looking forward to it, but it has to be done. Both my wisdom tooth are half erupted and food gets stuck between it and my last tooth, which was cause decay over time.

Now I’m praying there are no implications and a speedy recovery. I’m thankful too cause the whole thing is covered under medisave! :D Which means I don’t have to fork out a cent, in a way, which is good for income-less me at the moment.

Yesterday was also Stephen’s birthday. Happy birthday once again dear! We celebrated at Riciotti. I also made him a pandan cake – I think it’s not too shabby for a first go of the chiffon cake ;)

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Someone's getting some pandan cake today ;)I’ve also finally signed up for a hosting service and domain to host my baking site. I’m thinking of moving From Cass with Love too after seeing some of the beautiful themes ;) It’ll probably take a week or two for me to figure out the technicalities. It’s actually quite interesting; brings me back to the days when I used to have a fansite of Gundam Wing on Geocities. GEOCITIES. TRIPOD. ANGELFIRE. Do they ring a bell?! So much has changed since then in terms of building websites. I’m glad I dabbled a little in websites and HTML then, cause it really helps in some way.

Let’s see what else September brings!