New Camera, Rainbow Cookies and Gingerbread Sluts!

I got myself a new camera!!!!!!!!!!

It’s a Canon EOS 550D.

It’s an entry-level SLR (meaning it’s a noob’s pro camera) and even though I already have 3 cameras at home, I really wanted an upgrade because I’d love to take photography to a newer level!

I have an underwater one for underwater usage, obviously. It takes pretty nice pictures out of water too, but I want something that will do justice to my holiday pictures because I’m planning to go to Maldives soon!!! ROAR!!!

And I have an everyday casual camera that is really light and compact and runs on AA batteries. And the last one I stuck bling all over it but didn’t like it in the end because it feels weird so I never touched it anymore afterwards.

Expensive mistake.

Note to self – don’t try arts and craft on costly gadgets!

For those who are wondering, I got it for about $1600, including GST and a camera bag plus 8gb memory card and the standard kit lens and 2 extra lenses that I bought… I bought a wide angle and HD lens, and a macro lens which was absolutely amazing!

I LOVE MACRO PHOTOGRAPHY!!

But it’s so bloody difficult and I don’t even know how to change the lenses LOLOL I have so much to learn. But I’m willing.

Haven’t had the time to properly play with my camera yet, so I don’t really have fab pictures to show you guys how the quality is. I suppose you can judge for yourself, since all the pics taken in the post were with my 550d.

Btw, don’t bother asking me where I got my cam from. The people who sold me this cam were dishonest and I will definitely not be reeling in customers for businesses that don’t deserve it.

Note - My house has super poor lighting so that may be why the photos aren’t very sharp or grainy! Either that or I’m just a really shit photographer lol.

Any fellow canon or 550d users got photography tips to share with me?!? :)

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Ok, enough yabber, time to bring on the pictures!!

I was too lazy to leave my house for test shots, so I went around my house snapping random pics, desperately trying to take “artistic” pictures to justify spending 1.6k on a camera I don’t even know how to use -_- (yet)

This was in portrait mode wtf only realized after I snapped.. I so want to try out my macro lens soon!!!

My gorgeous red nails!!!! Sponsored by Milly’s ♥

Have been doing my nails there the past 2 years. Click on link above to make an appointment with her!


I am absolutely in LOVE with red recently.
Been buying red clothes, red accessories, and even putting on red lippie all the time even though I used to think red looks awful on me!!!

Well, that was before I figured out how to make it work for me. Now I absolutely love it. It’s so sensual and attention demanding!

More gorgeous red stuff around my house. Yeah, we have a lot of fake flowers.

Aww look, it’s the old cuckoo clock that we used to have back in the very first house I grew up in!!!

I remember always watching the bird pop out of it’s little “house” and watching the dancers spin around, when I was younger.. Kinda sad that it doesn’t work anymore.

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So anyway, Peggy came over yesterday to bake gingerbread cookies with me!

BAHAHA I am so lazy that even when I meet friends they come to my house rofl I really have to step out of my house more often besides just to eat


Gingerbread mix!!!

I’ve never tried baking gingerbread before, so I thought it was a good idea, even though it’s not exactly near Christmas lol.

Ok so this is pre-made as well, brand is “Greens” from NTUC, costs about 5 dollars and includes a good amount of mix and chocolate chips and icing tip for you to decorate with and even gingerbread cookie cutters!

How awesome?

I know I use pre made mixes often, but we also baked chocolate cookies as a last minute decision and I came up with my very own recipe on the spot!!!

And it tasted heaps better than the gingerbread lol it’s very yummy, if I do say so myself!!!
Everyone we fed the cookies to agreed so nyahahaha

People seem to think that pre-made cake mixes are very easy and require much less effort. You are wrong!!!

With pre made mixes, you still need to add in eggs and milk or vanilla essence wtf, and then knead the dough with your hands! It’s exactly the same as creating the entire recipe from scratch, (what’s so hard about adding flour yourself? nothing right?) except with pre made mixes you don’t have to buy all the ingredients individually, which helps save weight and cost load!

It’s ideal for people like me who don’t bake all that often, but often enough to want to try all sorts of different pastries and cookies / cakes.

So to whoever who left a comment saying that using a pre-made cake mix isn’t home made, go screw yourself.

All cut and ready to pop into the oven!!!

Cookie-cutting is probably my favourite part of the whole process lol, besides licking the batter off my mixing spoon of course ;)

In it goes!

Grow my little gingerbread friends, GROW!!

They bake really fast, like about 15 minutes per batch? That’s the beauty of cookies.. It’s really hard to burn them and you don’t have to check back on the texture quite so often as you do with cakes!

With some patience, time and a little creativity you will get…


Adorable gingerbread men!!!!

Peggy’s first decorated gingerbread man! Reminds us of the gingerbread man from Shrek :P

…OMG!

Hahahaha Peggy, how could you?!

This girl ah… the moment she makes something, she will eat it straight away after. Before I even started decorating my cookies, she ate hers already lol wtf

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It’s my turn to decorate….

I aptly named this one, The Kung Fu Master.

The most pissed off looking cookie I’ve ever seen LOL and he’s wearing a rainbow jumpsuit!!! ♥

This one’s called The Hollow Man. LOL cuz it’s damn ugly!!!

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAH say hi to Gingerbread Slut!!!

Mad cute or what? Peggy’s ingenious idea!

Gingerbread Slut and her husband Green Underwear Boy with their little star and flower children lololol

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Ok, now I’m gonna teach you guys how to make

chocolate rainbow cookies!


I won’t be teaching how to make the gingerbread cookies cuz it’s very duh and you can find all the instructions on the cake mix box.

This is a recipe that I came up with on the spot and it’s suited according to specific tastes (mainly my mum and my bro cuz they are so picky!!!)

You can add or reduce the ingredients according to your own preference!

To make this chocolate cookie mix, you will need approximately:

1) 4 cups of flour

2) 3-4 cups of sugar, depending on how sweet you want it to be

3) 1 teaspoon of vanilla essence

4) 3 tablespoons of cocoa powder (if sweetened, reduce sugar content)

5) a pinch of salt

6) 3 tablespoons of butter / margarine

7) 3-5 tablespoons of milk (depending on how mushy or crunchy you want your cookies to be!)

8) 1-2 eggs (again, depending on how fluffy or hard you want em to be)

Using a large mixing bowl, pour in the flour, sugar and butter. Then include the eggs, butter, milk in respective order and the rest you can anyhow throw in also nevermind.

You will find that this cookie mixture is relatively dry, because I want my cookies to be quite thin and crispy like how my mum likes it, so don’t worry if it doesn’t look like normal cake batter! (The texture is similar to gingerbread)

Add just the right amount of milk so that it’s moist enough to take a doughy texture.


(looks like a pile of shit here rofl)

Then, once you’ve mixed it all properly, pick up the dough with your hands and start kneading it with your hand!

For those of you who have never done kneading before, it’s pretty much just like playing with play-doh.

You pick up the dough and start squishing it around in all sorts of directions with your hands, and you will find that the texture of the dry dough becomes much more flexible and play-doh ish so once you’ve got a nice even and smooth texture without any extra little crumbs falling out, you know it’s ready.

For the heart shaped cookies like mine, get your cookie cutters ready then lay your cookie dough on a flat surface and start peeling off chunks of it to roll into flat pieces with a rolling pin.

For rainbow shapes, simply take a perfectly round bowl of a decent size and use it as your cookie cutter.

Then cut the circular piece of dough directly into half, and ta-dah!! You’ve got your perfect rainbow shape ^__^

Once the shape is done, pop it into the oven and bake for about 10-15 mins depending on how thick each cookie is and how soft or hard you want it.


….While the cookies are baking, it’s time to get down to the icing!!!

The problem with rainbow cookies and cakes is that the longest time is spent decorating them… and I mean really REALLY long.

Just like in my previous “How to bake a rainbow cake” post, separate your home made icing using this recipe into 6 equal bowls and mix in the colours of the rainbow with food colouring!

Wait for your cookies to cool down a bit, then start painting the colours of the rainbow onto your cookies with a piping bag or icing decorator.

You’ll need to be reallyyy careful, get somebody with steady hands (like Peggy!) to do it. Any mistake and you’ll have to wipe everything off and start over.

Start with red, which is the outermost layer, and continue doing each stripe onto individual rainbow shaped cookies and slowly work your way down to complete all 6 coloured layers!

Once you’re done, you should have something like this, hehe!!!!

Absolutely adorable or what? ♥ them to bits!

Of course, if you’re patient enough, you can do different coloured hearts like what I did to boost cuteness factor ^___^

Really proud of this batch of cookies, since they’re an original idea and everything was made up as we went along!!

As compared to my rainbow cake, this takes less time and effort.. but both are sure to make whoever sets their eyes on them squeal in delight and begging you for just one bite.


I love rainbows, and I love baking. What do we get in the end??


Too-cute-to-eat rainbow cookies for major nomming!!!!!! :3

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The best part about doing something that makes me happy, is that it makes somebody else happy too ♥

xoxo,
Jess

xoxo,
Jess

Parasailing and Hyatt Grand Cypress

I know Orlando was like half a year ago (wtf did the time go?!?), but I still gotta blog about EVERYTHINGGG because I want to be able to look back on every single memory I treasure in my blog!!!

So here’s a compilation of random times me and Sam spent in Orlando, Florida:

LOL before we left for Orlando, my mum said “Take a picture with Tiger Woods if you see him!” (he lives in Orlando) so we did!!! So lame but we couldn’t resist :P


Victoria’s Secret!!!!!!!!

One of the few stores I’d automatically dive into whenever I see it. I LOVE VS, especially the factory outlets in the US because everything is so crazily cheap!

Bought a shitload of stuff. I got a maxi summer dress for only 15 USD and a gorgeous bikini for 10 USD!! Plus they had lotions, soaps, scents and everything going for 5 for 20 dollars or something.

Their cosmetics were even better - I bought numerous lip glosses and blushers / eyeshadows for only 2 USD each. Two!!!!!


Yummy food!

Their food in small little eateries are the best cuz they’re home made with love, the big chain restaurants are usually unnecessarily expensive and taste like shit.

Nonetheless, we decided to give the classic American diner a shot and it was absolutely lovely!!!

Was almost like Billy Bombers in SG, but less modern.

I have a huge soft spot for everything vintage and retro, and I absolutely ADORE classic diners because they have great comfort food plus they play my fav oldies! ^.^

The Beatles, Carpenters, The Everly Brothers, Pat Boone, Elvis Presley, and the list goes on… Perfect music to go along with a root beer float and a cheeseburger, really.

Actually, it’s perfect music for any mood, any time, anywhere.

I love root beer. Especially floats! My official favourite soft drink and I have it almost everyday, I usually have it for breakfast WTF.

But you know what I hate?

When restaurants serve you root beer float without giving you the entire bottle of root beer.

It’s like, they just fill the cup up with root beer and keep the rest.

WTF everybody knows root beer float is 99% foam and ice cream!!! How cheap can people get!

They actually make your burger right in front of you… Talk about building up your appetite

The best burger I’ve had in America was actually cinema food. How crazy is that?

I also didn’t know that their cinemas support free seating, so we ended up getting front row seats while watching Avatar 3D -____-

Maybe that contributes to why I think why Avatar is one of the most overrated movies of ALL time.

Around every corner of every street you turn into in Orlando, there will always be something new and interesting waiting for you!

Near the mall we were at, there was Wonderworks - An upside down building!!!!!

It’s funny to actually see a real life topsy turvy building.. used to read about it all the time in Enid Blyton’s books!

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Parasailing

I love this picture! The grass may not be greener on the other side, but their skies are definitely a different shade of blue.

It was a GORGEOUS day to be parasailing and I was sooo psyched because I’ve been wanting to try parasailing for the longest time ever!

How epic is being suspended hundreds of feet mid air by a colorful parachute that’s tied to a speedboat?

We did our Parasailing experience with Sammy Duvall’s located on Disney property! In fact, it was right beside Disney’s Contemporary Resort

An exceptionally warm day for the freezing winter we spent there

Weee, it’s time to hop onto the boat and get ready to be strapped in!!!!

Sam getting strapped up!

We chose a tandem flight, which means me and Sam were parasailing together! He was right NEXT TO ME!!!!!!

They attach you to all sorts of ropes and harness, and when you’re nicely secured, they get you to sit on the back of the boat…

And within seconds, you will find yourself magically levitating into the air while the parachute gently lifts up while the speedboat gains speed!


FUCKING AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

That blob of a shadow is us in a parachute!!!

One minute you’re sitting on the back of a boat, and the next thing you know, nothing but water is below you!

I think the beauty of parasailing is how smooth and safe yet incredibly exciting it is.

It really is an experience like no other ♥

Squinty eyes cuz the sun was shining really bright and so much wind was in our faces! But look how high we were going!!!

With every second, you get higher and higher into the air…

And the exciting part comes when the speedboat makes a sudden turn, because that tugs on the ropes really quickly and hard so you’ll find yourself lunging forward without being able to control the movements at all!

Almost feels like you’re falling, since the only thing keeping you up is a harness that’s attached to your body!!

You don’t even get to sit on anything. That’s why I think it’s the closest feeling to flying (besides hang gliding of course)


It looks like this.

As in, that’s ALL there is to it!!!!

Feels so unprotected wtf! But it’s ok, at least you know that when you fall, water is below you and there’s still your parachute

Yeah, this will definitely be a good picture to show the grand children :P

We opted for the highest one. I think we were more than 30 storeys above ground level

Disney Contemporary Resort

Yeah man, who the fuck thought one day we’d be playing L4D online as total strangers in different counrties and less than half a year later and halfway across the globe,

we’d be doing this!!

Now I can cross one more activity off my “Things to Do before I Die” list.

Parasailing?

Check.

In all honesty, it was one of the best experiences of my life!!!

♥ I just can’t wait to do it again

I uploaded the video of my experience through First Person View and I’ll embed it here for your viewing pleasure!!

You can see how we slowly gained height, and if you look closely enough, you can see Disney World’s Magic Kingdom in the background :D


LOVE!!!!!!

And this is why I ♥ my life.

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After parasailing, it was time for more unhealthy American food…. Yum, heart disease!!!

Sam biting into Mickey made out of rice crispies! Everything comes in the form of a mouse head there.

Went back to our hotel for some rest after that. It was our first day staying at the Hyatt Grand Cypress - apparently it has one of the best golf courses in the world and Tiger Woods himself plays here!!!

They had a parrot in the lobby, wtf!!!

Oh the joys of going on holiday during Christmas. Decos are everywhere and it really is just so much cosier and warm

Took a picture of the lobby while going up the lift – full-glass panel lifts freak me out!!!!

It’s funny how roller coasters and parasailing don’t scare me but looking down while in a lift does.

It feels like I’m going to fall every time I look down!

This is what most of Orlando looks like - lakes, greenery, probably golf courses and a hotel with diners nearby.

View from our hotel room window – what we woke up to every morning. Quite pleasant indeed.

The first thing we did when we got into the hotel room?

Unloaded Tilly onto the bed wtf. So freaking big!!!! You have no idea how hard it was to get him around everywhere, really.

Aww look at that happy couple.

I miss you. :’)

Decided to explore the hotel more since it’s one of the oldest yet highest rated one there…. this was where we had breakfast in the morning!

Hahahahaha what a Disney whore!!!! + Looking quite fail since I was completely exhausted

Gorgeous pool… which we unfortunately had no time to dip in -_- And weather was freezing

My camera ran out of juice after taking this picture, so that’s the end of this entry.

My favourite thing about the Hyatt was that it had a private beach and lake for the guests, so we spent out evening just sailing into the sunset with the free boats that they loaned us!!! :)

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I wish days like these could never end.
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“Don’t cry because it’s over, but smile because it happened”

xoxo,
Jess

xoxo,
Jess
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