Sunday, 11 September 2016

Book Review: After You

بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمنِ الرَّحِيمِ

Assalamualaikum peeps.



I just finished reading After You by Jojo Moyes. Mannnnnn, I've waited for this novel for months. I was oblivious (at first) to the fact that my favourite novel, Me Before You had had sequel to it. I was in Times Bookstore at Citta Mall when I first encounter the novel. It was the large paperback edition and priced around RM 70. And I was so poor at that time I couldn't afford it. (other times pon I am still poor jugak T___T).

So I wait and wait until one day I went to Ikea with my dear friend and we stopped by at the Popular Bookstore in IPC. Boy, can I have one Popular like that in my hometown? The Popular is massive and they have like everything and they have this one gorgeous Fiction rack full with beautiful books waiting to be bought and they have a section where they put all books in special edition and collection and and and I was still poor. pffft. #sadlyfe

Anyway, I found my After You and I was so happy I can't describe the feeling with words. So about the book. If you have never read Moyes', lemme tell you. She's a sensible author, a very brilliant one. Her stories are all so lovely, so relatable. She turns everyday's struggles and issues into absolutely beautiful masterpiece. I totally love love love her writing. 

Remember Lou? She was miserable after Will's death. She went travel for a while and then settled working as a bartender. But she didnt really settle down. She can't stop missing Will and she can't move on. There are lot more new faces in the book and I don't really want to spoil it's totally interesting and worth reading. There are many troubles too but nothing our Lou can't handle. Aicewah. 

Lemme list the important points for After You. I'm trying not to spoil anything.

1. Will Traynor has a daughter. A frigging daughter. 
2. Lou Clarks meets a gorgeous guy.
3. Lou's parents are having big but emmm funny problem?
4. And yeah, Lou fell off a building. Is she dead? Is she dead? Is she deadddddd?

I really think that After You is a must read novel for readers who are very curious about Lou's life after Will's death or people who watched the Me Before You movie. If you have read the previous book, well you will feel so attached to the miserable feelings Lou's facing. If you don't want to ruin your imagination about how actually Lou and Will can turn into, don't read the book. Moyes is a very realistic author. Lou moved on. miahahaha.

Well, I don't think I write a good review but thanks for reading anyway. Don't forget to read the book! After You by Jojo Moyes. Read it. Read it. Read it.

Till then, bye.
Be good do good.



Thursday, 1 September 2016

Cooking in Rice Cooker


بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمنِ الرَّحِيمِ

Assalamualaikum peoplahhhhh.

How is everybody doingggggg? I hope you are all doing fine. If not today, maybe some time soon. Did you guys cook and how do you guys cook? I'm living in a hostel so I want to share my cooking experience. Nothing interesting. Well, if you enjoy the food pictures then maybe it can be interesting.

I am not a good cook but I sure can cook to save my stomach. Living away from family in a dormitory style where no kitchen appliances (except rice cooker and electric kettle) is allowed, I have learnt to use rice cooker in all occasions. Wah gittu. Kat rumah pakai rice cooker buat tanak nasi je uols.

 But yeah, although using rice cooker is easier since you don't need to wash lot of things and it actually saves more money rather than cooking on gas stove, your food won't have the exact same result if you cook on proper stove. Anyhow, food is food. You gotta eat it. :'). There are certain food taste alright and as excellent when cooked in rice cooker and certain are not.

So, what is best to cook in rice cooker and what is not? 

FOOD THAT ARE RICE COOKER FRIENDLY

1. Food that requires water as main ingredient. Al those sups, karis, tomyam (more like tomyummmm) and gulais for instance. And also bubur. Bubur nasi, bubur kacang, bubur lambuk wah curlass sangat kau duduk hostel buat bubur lambuk. And of course, to cook nasi. Takkan masa lauknya dalam rice cooker, nasinya nak masak dalam cerek ye dak?

2. Use your rice cooker to boil things. Eggs, potatoes, veggies in case you like eating boiled veggies hahah oh and your friends too. Yang mana kawan suka buat lawak kering hambar tak berperisa tu basahkan mereka dengan merebusnya hoooyeahhh.

3. Simple tumis tumis food. Food that requires little frying are actually come out good using rice cooker. You can cook black pepper chicken very easily in a rice cooker. 


FOOD THAT ARE SO KEREK THEY DONT WANT TO TURN OUT GOOD or maybe i suck at cooking

1. Fried dishes. They just can't be crispy enough for my liking. Eheh. My ayam goreng won't have crispy skins because the rice cooker will turn to 'keep warm' mode when the plate is hot enough. And oh, I made doughnuts once. They all became soggy since the oil was not hot enough for them.

2. Just fried dishes.

3. Fried dishes you bastard you monkey why you wont turn out like I want?

4. Fried. Dishes.

But of course you might have different results from me. Maybe I just don't have enough talents to cook. *sobs. And just for reasons, I would like to share simple recipes I have cooked in my dear rice cooker. :*

SIMPLE RECIPES TO SAVE YOUR TUMMY!

1. Potato and egg salad. 


If you want the potato taste to stand out more, use more potatoes and less eggs. or vice versa. Wash them all and boil them together until the potatoes soften. You can peel the potatoes skin first. I always boil potatoes in their skin because I can peel them off easily after they are boiled.

Put them in the same bowl, mash them with fork. Add mayonnaise, pinch of salt and black pepper. Mix them well together. If you don't like your potatoes to be mushy, just cut them into dices and mix them well with other ingredients. I like eggs so I always use 2 eggs with one medium size potato heheh. They are so easy to prepare! And cheap heheh.


2. Sup ayam.


This one is my favourite too. Who doesn't like chicken????? You only need chicken, sup bunjut, potatoes (again), salt, onion and garlic. And WATER.  All you need to do is heat up some oil, throw bawang yang dah dihiris and sup bunjut, let them garing sikit and naik bau. Then pour water. Let them boil.

Once the water is boiled, you put in potatoes and chicken. I always add some diced carrots to give my soup some colours. Kahkah. Masak dalam rice cooker pon mestilah nak acah acah chef sikit khenn. Add salt to your taste and once the potato is soft enough, your chicken soup is readyyyyy to be eaten yeahhh.


3. Ayam black pepper


You will need chicken, black pepper sauce (in case you dont want to make from scratch), kulit kayu manis, bawang putih and bawang besau, halia, maybe half cup of water, soy sauce and salt. So what you have to do is to tumis bawang, halia and kulit kayu manis until naik bau. You can add the chicken first so it cook better. Remember to cut the chicken into smaller pieces because rice cooker is not as hot as cooking on stove.

Pour in black pepper sauce. Kacau sikit bagi rata. Then add water. Kacau lagi. Add some soy sauce, Kacau lagi. Lastly, add salt. Taste and adjust to your liking. Be happy to add air asam jawa sikit so ada rasa masam masam. Nak add carrots pon also can. :D

*pictures are taken from Google. :)

I share recipes which I think are really simple and don't need too many ingredients to be prepared. Eh tapi, later when you are married don't cook like this. Your mother in law won't be impressed. What I share is literally masakan orang malas tapi have no money tapi still want to eat. 

Feeling so grown up sharing recipes here. kehkeh. Hope you like this post!

Thanks for reading!
Till I write again. Be good, do good! :)

Bye!


Saturday, 27 August 2016

Problem - You Got Yours. I Got Mine.


بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمنِ الرَّحِيمِ

Assalamualaikum peeps.

Sorry for the looooong hiatus. Anyway, I am few days from my final examination for my seventh semester. One more semester and I'm off for practical. It's been few years of living away from family, meeting new people and facing new problems. I am forever grateful for my current life. Basically I don't have problems. Apart from being fat and unattractive which I don't really consider as problems, I got nothing to worry about. Oh ya, except my financial issue. #studentsarenaturallypoor


As I have less thing to worry about, I like listening to other people's problems. Oh boy, some people just had it harder than the other. That was what I think, at first. Then I realise that Allah is the Most 'Adil. No one has it harder than others and no one is burdened with tests they can't bear. Everyone has got problem and you may think that you have the biggest problem. But heyyy, if you can bear it, if you are still living, YOU CAN FACE IT! Nothing is bigger than Allah and you have Him on your side. So yeah, move on fighters!

Listening to different stories somehow make me learn more things than I could in class.

  1. Some people just don't care if you are having problems, they just enjoy listening to your stories. But still, you got people to pour your problems into.
  2. Some people insist on you not understanding their feelings about the problem. Well of course no one understands. Just spilled out the problems. Friends are there to listen and suggest things. Even if you don't like it.
  3. Some people belittle other people's problems because they feel their problems are just wayyyyyy more important and bigger. This. Is. Not. Nice. Something you feel small might be biggest thing for someone, and vice versa. So, just listen.
  4. Some people just forgot to count their blessings. All they see are what they could not have, not what they already have. They only see the obstacles never the happiness. Sadly, I was part of these some people also few months back.

And I am 100% confident, if you are to be grateful for everything, you will be happy. There are so many things to be grateful of. Even having problems are to be grateful as well. It's like a platform for you to become a better person, to develop your mental and emotional and to teach yourself to become stronger. Just believe that there will be happier, brighter days after the storms have all gone. :)

Err I think I grew up too much this year. I start talking about serious matter and become a much more positive person than I was. Fuh I can't believe myself either. And I started to feel like my blog has become sort of long, platitudinous stories. Well, that's what you become if you have such not-so-thrilling-life like mine. :(

Anyway, that's all I have to ramble for now. Till I write again.

Bye!
Be good, do good.