Thank You for Inventing “Anniversary”!

Anniversary can be about anything, both good and bad. What I mean here is the anniversary of something we want to celebrate – the happy anniversary!Kiss

Yes, I just celebrated 15th wedding anniversary yesterday!  It was simply a nice meal at a fancy restaurant. The food was delicious. The drinks were nice. The mood was perfect. I was so happy – overjoyed!

Suddenly, I felt grateful for whoever invented wedding anniversary!  It was such a genius way to remind you of the bliss you felt when you got married to the guy. It’s not that you forgot the love and happiness you’ve had with him, but, being consumed in daily grind, you simply just don’t think about it that much.  The nice things you do for each other have become a routine.  You then stop feeling so grateful for those things at the receiving end.

Then the anniversary comes to save the day.  A year is already too long to not think about the love for this person we hold dear to our heart.  The one we made a vow to spend the rest of our life with, through good and bad times.  The influence he has over our physical, mental, and emotional health.

The anniversary helps remind us about our history – how we met, fell in love, and made the decision to live happily ever after.  Of course, life is not a fairy tale and there are lots of good and bad times after that day, but those times suddenly seem insignificant on the wedding anniversary except for creating even stronger bond between the two individuals.  The focus is the wedding time and the peak of passion we felt on that day.

I know this may not be true for all couples and please excuse me if I make it sound so overrated!   Even for myself, some anniversaries were better than the others.  Yet, the common things among all my anniversaries is I know I would make special effort to do good to my husband.  To really feel the love that’s there.  To look at him and see the soulmate in him, rather than just a “husband”.  Then I always realise how lucky I am that it doesn’t take that much of an effort to summon up the romantic memories and the loving sentiment with the guy.

So now I’m joyfully sitting here sharing my wedding anniversary bliss to you…not entirely to boast about it…haha…yes, a little, to be honest…but more to remind you to turn to the guy next to you and see someone you love, and not just someone you’re with.  Then you may feel you’re luckier than you thought…like me…today!

P.S. Yes, please forget those days when you just want to kill him literally!  Just forget it for one day!  ;-b

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Jasmine for Mom How-to

Thailand’s Mother’s Day falls on the twelfth day of August in every year as it is the birthday of Her Majesty the Queen, whom Thai people respect as our own mother.  Here we use blue colour and jasmine flower to represent this auspicious and lovely occasion.  

Blue colour is the colour of Friday, which is HM the Queen’s birthday, while jasmine has very sweet and lovely fragrance and its white colour signifies purity.  Therefore, it represents the never-ending, true, sweet love that mother always has for us.

Of course, just buying jasmines from the market won’t be special enough for my mom.  So, I decided to make them from gum paste for her.  If you’re to follow this how-to, I strongly advise you to add a little bit of jasmine extract to your gum paste.  That way you’ll have something very close to jasmine but even sweeter for your most beloved woman on earth.  

Follow this easy how-to to create your sweet flower.  

1. Roll out jasmine-scented white gum paste into a very thin sheet.  Then use the 5-petal flower cutter to cut out 2 pieces of flowers for each jasmine you would like to make.

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2. Smooth out the edge of each petal with a ball tool.

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3. Drag the ball tool from the edge of the petal inside toward the center to curl up the petal.  Repeat with all petals.

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4.  Glue two flowers together with water, egg white, or edible glue.  

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5. Put a small piece of green gum paste at the center of the flower.   photo 2-2

6. Press down at the green center with a small ball tool to make a shallow hole.

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7.  Shape the back of the flower to make it look natural. 

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8.  Leave the flower to dry in shape for at least 1 hour.

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Here’s the pictures of my finished cupcakes.  They are also available for advanced order.  Just allow me 2 days and you’ll have something special, sweet, and yummy for your mom.  Cheers!

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Last but Not Least

Daily Prompt: Last but Not Least

In your imaginary award acceptance speech (yes, we know you have one), who’s the very last — and most important — person you thank? 

This is quite a no brainer for me. As much as I love my husband and children, the one person who deserves my real gratitude is definitely my mother!  And It’s not because she was the one who gave birth and nurtured me all through these years.  She’s also the one person in this entire world who has never ever hurt me. Her true love and support is honestly unconditional and I do believe that no one else can ever give that to me!

So, for whatever award I’m winning, it can never happen without her!   Thank you so much, my dear mom, for everything that you’ve done.  I love you!  🙂