I’m Back!

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Hello my darlings! I can hardly believe I’m back again. It’s been over a year (time flies!) and while taking a hiatus from the blog was necessary at the time, to tell you the truth, I’ve missed this. Missed sharing things that caught my fancy. Missed the little community we built here at Peonies & Pancakes. And so, I’m writing again.

So much has happened over the course of this past year. For starters, I finally (can’t stress that word enough) finished my PhD and will be graduating this November. Phew. They say that when one chapter closes, another opens. The chapter I’m talking about now is my business – Lovesprk.

The idea behind Lovesprk is simple really. Our aim to put the fun back in dating! We do this through our website which offers a wide variety of exclusive one-of-a-kind dates (sometimes luxurious, sometimes a little quirky) but all lovingly handpicked for couples to choose from. All you need to do is sign up, purchase a date from our website and we take care of the rest. We handle all the nitty gritty details like planning and making reservations. Want to take it up a notch with a fancy personalised gift or bouquet of flowers? No problem. Our concierge service is just the thing for you. No hassle! Our focus is on providing a wonderful experience for two. Oh and did I mention that all our dates come at a discount? Make sure you sign up for our newsletter and like our FB page so you don’t miss out on all the goodies!

Lovesprk is definitely keeping me busy but this blog was my fun space. My creative outlet and I’m glad to be back. So look out guys – daily posts are coming your way once again.

How To Cook Bacon Perfectly

baconWe’ve been forgoing meat for a long time now and while I still think reducing the amount of meat we consume is important, we’ve recently had the urge to treat ourselves to a little bacon for a Saturday morning big breakfast at home. Sadly, the result were shrivelled pieces of crunchy bacon. Not good. Not good at all. A quick Google search later and now I know the trick to cooking perfect bacon. Just had to share!

How genius!

(Photo via Martha Stewart)

Favourite Links This Week

Hello lovelies! What did you get up to this weekend? I hope you had an absolutely wonderful time – be it enjoying a lil solo time, hanging out with friends/family or simply sleeping in and watching old movies in bed : ) If you’re in the mood, here are few fun posts from around the web. Enjoy!Link Love 371. Would you have foot surgery just to fit into those Manolos and Louboutins? Apparently, many woman are.
2. I love a good quiche. It takes just a short time to whip up and always comes out yummy. I’m making this one next.
3. For all those obsessed with Kate Middleton: Everything she wore Down Under. You’re welcome.
4. Beautiful music for your Sunday afternoon.
5. 21 social media tips you’ll want to know. Trust me. Read this.

And The Most Beautiful Woman Alive Is…

lupitaIn case you haven’t heard already, People magazine just named Oscar-winner Lupita Nyong’o the Most Beautiful Woman Alive. The gracious actress is excited for the honor because of “all the girls who would see me… and feel a little more seen.”

Known for her flawless skin, you’d think Lupita was simply blessed with good genes. In fact, she says this wasn’t the case and shared with Madame Noire: “Growing up I had really bad skin. I had a skin disorder. Yes, I did. And my mother went to great lengths to try and find something to remedy it. I remember she took a trip to Madagascar and came back with all these alternative, medicinal herbs and stuff. They didn’t smell so good but I think they worked some magic.” Now, she uses lots of natural oils – like avocado oil and Hawaiian kukui oil – and drinks loads of water.


A Wedding For Writers

wedding-in-bookstore-1 wedding-in-bookstore-2I simply had to share this beautiful wedding with you. It’s a writers dream come true. Darn it! It’s so beautiful I bet anyone would love to have their wedding in an old bookstore. wedding-in-bookstore-3Check out the brides style! A polka dot blouse and all those bangles! Who’d have thought it would all go so perfectly together? And did you notice her bouquet made out of book pages? Ahh… I’m loving this.wedding-in-bookstore-4 wedding-in-bookstore-5 wedding-in-bookstore-6(Via Powells)

Recipe: Thai Basil Chicken Fried Rice

thai-basil-chicken-fried-rice1If I had to pick just one type of cuisine to eat for the rest of my life, Thai food would be it! Not a doubt about that. I fell in love with it years ago when my mom was living in Bangkok. No matter where you go in Thailand – the hawker stall by the street or a fancy restaurant – you’ll end up having the most amazing food. A few of my favourites: Tom Yum, Pad Thai, green and red curries plus the many types of fried rice (like this one and pineapple).

Luckily, getting delicious Thai cuisine in Malaysia is easy. And so I never bothered even attempting it at home. But! All this changed when my sister and I tried a Thai basil chicken fried rice in one of her our favourite restaurants in Singapore. It was deeeliiiiicious. I was soon craving for it back KL and just had to give it a go.

thai-basil-chicken-fried-riceI checked out a few recipes online, tweaked it a lil to suit my taste buds and voila… we’ve got a yummy dish. This really is so easy. Try it for yourself. You’ll love it : )

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Favourite Links This Week

What are you up to this Sunday, my lovelies? We’re meeting family tonight for dinner but for now, I’ve got a stack of pharmacology papers to grade before Tuesday. So I better get started. In the meantime, in case you’re interested, here are a few fun links from around the web. Have a lovely weekend!

Link-Love-361. Carrie’s best shoe moments in gif. Fun!
2. My good friend and I used to sneak out late at night in Melbourne to grab this dessert from a nearby cafe. We loved it. Have to try this at home now.
3. The Airbnb office in Dublin makes me feel like moving there and applying for a job.
4. Sian shares three of her favourite new business apps. Very helpful indeed.
5. The full lookbook is out. Loads of beautiful pieces. My picks: for partying and for hot summer days.

Do You Sing In The Shower?

elvis-singing-in-the-showerOkie, who am I kidding? Of course you do! Right? Admit it. Admit it. I absolutely love it. As the saying goes, “There’s no half-singing in the shower. You’re either a rock star or a diva.” So the question really is: What are your favourite tunes to sing in the shower? I was a kid who loved singing. In those days, I jumped at every opportunity to sing for family and friends. I’d plan concerts and charge everyone a dollar to stay and watch me perform (luckily, everyone indulged me). Haha.. Now, my bathroom is my personal concert hall. Here are my top ten go-to songs:

1. Part Of Your World – The Little Mermaid
2. On My Own – Les Miserables
3. Make You Feel My Love – Adele (but I sing the Glee version)
4. Somewhere Over The Rainbow – Wizard Of Oz
5. My Favourite Things – Sound Of Music
6. Feed The Birds – Mary Poppins
7. Memory – Cats
8. Summertime – Leona Lewis’ version
9. Jar Of Hearts – Christina Perri
10. Look With Your Heart – Anna O Byrne, from “Love Never Dies”  (I attempt this)

So there it is! Looking at my list now, I realise I sing a lot of sad songs. Oh well… I love em. What do you sing in the shower? Do tell.

Happy 1st Birthday, Peonies & Pancakes!

I just can’t believe a year has passed by oh so quickly! As of last weekend, I’ve been blogging for a year. To be totally honest, when I started this lil blog, I never thought I’d make it past a few months. But I’ve been having so much fun. And though I thought I’d run out of ideas in a few months, I haven’t. Yay! Let’s take a walk down memory lane, shall we? A quick look back over the past year…Rimmel-Mascara-2Along with Michelle, we did a total of 13 make up and beauty reviews. It seems you guys just can’t get enough of these and we can’t blame ya. Better check it out before spending hard earned moolah buying it, right? And the most read product review is this
banana-muffin-with-honey-and-cinnamon-frosting-2I also talked about food! We satisfied the sweet tooth with these mini brownie butter cakes, banana cupcakes with honey-cinnamon frosting, salted fudge brownies and moist marble cake. Not a fan of sugar (who are you!?) – worry not. Try the creamy potato and carrot soup or delicious roasted tomato soup. As you can tell, we’re big soup fans.  jon-and-iWe spoke about relationships and discussed things like the best date you’ve been on, how to keep the spark alive in a long distance relationship, what to wear on your first date, what to expect on your first date and even who should paymad-men-2Plus, the 10 things we’ve learnt about mendenim-on-denim3And of course, we chatted about fashion, including nail art and hairstylespillow-covers-diy-1Let’s not forget home decor, like painting your walls black for drama,  DIY cushion covers and 5 unusual ways to beautify your wallsnoordin-mews-penang-3Travel, like our trip to Siem Reap, amazingly outrageous hotels around the world, 8 travel essentials and my favourite hotel in PenangRecommended-ReadingOf course,there were a bunch of random for-fun posts, like 73 questions with Sarah Jessica Parker, my 4 favourite books (have you read any?), civet poop vs elephant poop coffee (ahuh, you read right!), never giving up and an ad which will make you question how observant you are.

The past year has been wonderful! Writing posts is so much fun and I really hope you’ve enjoyed reading them : ) In the future, I’d love to post more original stuff – like DIYs and recipes but as I’m still putting the finishing touches on my phd and starting a business (more on that later), time is pretty limited. Anyway, I’d love to hear your thoughts since I very much want you to be a happy member of the Peonies & Pancakes community. So tell me exactly what you like, what you don’t and what you’d like to see more of here.