Wednesday 30 October 2013

[Recipe] Malaysian-style Madeleine Cake

Salam n hye everyone~!!

Have you ever heard of madeleine cakes before? They actually originate from France and look like shells. Well, in Malaysia, the madeleine varies a lot and it is also known as "kek permaisuri" here. They're not really a whole cake, but rather petite cakes, which you can serve during tea-time or festivities. My aunt always does these delicious cakes, and a few weeks ago, Ummi (my mom) tried out to bake madeleines for the first time.

Madeleine Cake/Kek Permaisuri

* 250 gm self-raising flour
* 250 gm butter
* 250 gm sugar
* 250 gm eggs (approx. 4-5 eggs)
* 1 tsp vanilla essence
* strawberry jam
* desiccated coconut
* red cherries (chopped)

1. Mix butter and sugar until the mixture becomes light and fluffy.

2. Add in the eggs slowly and keep stirring. After that, add in vanilla essence.

3. Then add the flour bit by bit. Keep mixing until all ingredients are blended together.

4. Grease a 12-hole muffin tin with butter and put in the cake mixture until ¾ full into each hole.

5. Put the muffin tins in a preheated oven of 180°C and let them cook for 15 minutes or until golden.

6. After the cakes have cooled down, spread the strawberry jam on the top and then dab the top in a plate of desiccated coconut.

7. Lastly, put the cherries as a finishing touch.

It's really a simple recipe to make. Plus, the madeleines are delicious and are pretty too. ^_^ Enjoy baking them, hihi~..

Thanks for reading & happy blogging~!!

Thursday 10 October 2013

Freelance subtitling translator? What's that?

Salam n hye everyone~!!

Thanks so much to those who wished me on my previous post. Yeah, the minion plushie is the new trend for convocation bouquets this year. I guess this has a lot to do with how great the Despicable Me 2 movie was accepted worldwide, hihi~... ^_^

Remember that I told you I got a job as a freelance translator? (click here) Well, let me tell you actually what the job scopes are.

Since I'm recruited as a freelancer, I basically work from home. No need to rush & go through traffic in the mornings, hehe... My boss has asked me to download certain files & software that are needed for the work.

What I do? I translate English subtitles into Malay, usually for American & British shows. My boss will send a new assignment via email and using the software I have downloaded, I will translate the subtitles & put them into the video of the show I'm doing.

Since this is freelance, it's not a permanent job. I get paid for every episode I translate. Just like a normal translator who gets paid for every page translated.

Therefore, although this jobs suits me well and I very much enjoy the privilege of watching the shows before they are aired on TV, it's tiring and requires a lot of attention, focus, skill & time. For 1 episode, I'm only able to finish it in 2-3 days. (but I take a lot of breaks in between, hehe.. :P)

So...I'm still job-hunting for a permanent job. I'd really wish to get something like this, I mean something that has to do wif translation or language, can't be too picky when it comes to jobs, right? Owh well... Actually my mom prefers me to do a Master's degree & become a lecturer like her, but I insisted on getting work experience first, ngehehe... X3

Thanks for reading & happy blogging~!! ^_^

Tuesday 8 October 2013

Finally..I've graduated~!! Alhamdulillah...

Salam n hye everyone~!!

Sorry for being absent from the blogosphere & not visiting you back. I've been busy wif work which requires a lot of time & attention.

Back to the main story... Finally, after years of studying, I have graduated from University of Malaya on 4th October 2013. A 3-year course ended up to be 5 years long, as I encountered some problems a long the way (that are personal, huhu~...)

I'm grateful to Allah to be given a chance to finish my studies. And I'm very much thankful to my wonderful parents, family, lecturers & frens who have helped me out greatly, even tough there were times that I thought of stopping my studies. I can never repay them back, although I will try my very best to do so.

Hard work & patience are rewarding in the end. ^_^ Even when the going gets tough, you should never give up. 

Thanks for reading & happy blogging~!!
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