Winter is around the corner in the Southern Hemisphere and a warm sticky date pudding is the perfect companion on a cold winter's night. Having said that, it is nice to have no matter what climate or season you are in. If you have guests who arrived unannounced or if you're in the mood to satisfy your sweet cravings this easy-to-make pudding is your answer because it only takes 20 to 30 minutes to make. This recipe was given to me by my friend Helen (thanks girl!) and I'd love to share it with you.
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Thursday, May 16, 2013
I first came across Yasmin Mogahed's work on SuhaibWebb.com during my final year at university. It was a stressful year for many of my friends and I, but discussions about Yasmin Mogahed's Serenity radio show and inspiring articles helped get us through our trials that year. When I returned to Malaysia I had the chance to listen to her speak live at the 2012 Being ME conference. This year I have been fortunate enough to attend her talks and meet her in person again, alhamdulillah. I was invited by the lovely Husna Musa to an afternoon tea session organised by Light Upon Light and Viva Palestina Malaysia, and when that ended we rushed to attend another lecture by Yasmin Mogahed that evening. So you could say I spent a day with Ms. Mogahed :)
One of the best parts is that ticket sales of both events went towards projects for women in Gaza, inshaAllah. Here's a little something for everyone who couldn't be with us that day.
Wednesday, May 01, 2013
"The opportunity of adversity"
The video title caught my eye so I clicked on the link without knowing who the speaker was. Aimee Mullins. Nope, not a clue. At the time, that is. Her introduction was about the concept and definition of disability but I couldn't figure out what her "disability" was until later on. As a paralympic champion and double amputee her story is definitely worth knowing and I had an "Aha!" moment (as Oprah would call it) while listening to what she had to say on the advantages of adversity (yes I know it seems like a paradox). I'd like to share her inspiring words so you can have a new perspective on life and challenges.
Thursday, April 25, 2013
If you liked Nona and Mateen's first wedding reception you would like their second one too but for different reasons. The first reception was elegantly traditional whereas the second reception which was hosted by Mateen's family was unique or as Malaysians would say 'lain daripada yang lain' (different than the rest) and a little 'out of this world' because its theme was 'Alice in Wonderland'!
To be honest, I had no idea what to expect that night but I was mesmerised by how amazing she looked. What she wore were unlike any other wedding dresses I had seen in Malaysian weddings. Why don't you see for yourself?
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
I know most of my blog readers are women :) And women love wedding-related blog posts so I promised I'd share pictures from my friend Nona's wedding receptions. In Malaysia it's common for the bride and groom to hold two wedding receptions - one by the bride's family and another by the groom's family. In Nona and Mateen's case they had three wedding receptions. I only attended the ones in Kuala Lumpur but I heard the reception in Sarawak was very beautiful too.
This particular post is about Nona's reception. I would say it was a traditional Malay wedding especially in comparison to the one by Mateen's family and you'll have to wait to find out what its theme was! For now have a look at what I captured from Nona's elegant traditional wedding reception.
Saturday, April 20, 2013
Thursday, April 18, 2013
Real Beauty Sketches from John X. Carey on Vimeo.
Dove's latest advertisement has been floating around social media as of late. While I understand the jubilant reactions from women I couldn't help but feel something was a bit "off". The first thing that came to my mind was, "This is just another marketing tactic so people feel more positively about the Dove brand." As poignant as the ad seems this is precisely what marketing and advertising are all about — swaying consumer judgement about the brand and its products and ultimately affecting consumer behaviour.
Yes, it's a well-produced ad but all I'm getting from it is: What you look like is important and it will always be important no matter what age you are.
Sunday, April 14, 2013
I think it's fair to say 2012 was the year of weddings. Well that's how it felt for me, at least! It really seemed like most of my friends chose the year 2012 to get married and the year 2013 to have babies :) It feels very surreal... but hey, more weddings meant more reasons to get dressed up!
For Nona's wedding reception in December 2012 I wore a fuchsia evening dress I had designed myself. It's a very simple dress but because of its attention-grabbing colour I only wear it to formal events.
Femme en fuchsia (woman in fuchsia)
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
In my three years of blogging I feel pretty blessed to say I've made many friends from all around the world and Amnah of Little Life of Mine is one of them. Who knew I'd actually have the pleasure of meeting this lovely Palestinian-American mama of three from California in person someday? Amnah and her family came to visit her sister Iman (also a blogger) who moved to Kuala Lumpur last year. God has a way of bringing people together, doesn't He?
Iman planned a trip to FRIM (Forest Research Insitute of Malaysia) and gave Amnah a little surprise - ME! I was more than happy to meet them there because it would be a much more memorable experience than having a meal at some mall.
(clockwise) Amnah and I on the canopy walk; Iman flashing us a peace sign at the waterfall; blue fern (I thought it had been spray-painted on at first!)
Sunday, April 07, 2013
And this, ladies and gentlemen, is why we need more women as writers and reporters. She reminds me of a 13 year old girl who once said to herself, "I want to be a journalist because I want to help people tell their stories."
Posted by Shahirah Elaiza at 7:07 pm