Tuesday, May 20, 2014

One Very Special Announcement..

Assalamualaikum wbt dearies. Oh my.. this, so far, has been the longest silence. On my part at least hehehe.. Please accept my sincerest apology. I didn't mean it.. it's all for good reason. I promise you. Just read on..

No no no.. am not giving up on this baby of mine, this blog, this humble business, Simply Chantique CupCakery. Definitely NOT. Although there was a bleep moment when I forgot the password to my blog ekekeke.. Sejuk kepala!

Am sorry for the unanswered calls & text messages (the number is no longer in service), the emails I failed to reply.. I'm sorry. Maafkan saya..

I decided to put everything on hold, in my pledge to give only the best, I thought this was & still is the best decision. InsyaAllah it will all be worth it.. I'm sure. We are sure.. God's will..

Well here goes nothing. We are expecting our first baby! Literally. hehehe.. Alhamdulillah..

That's the very sole reason for the long hiatus. The first trimester was a very challenging phase for me. I was caught off guard by the endless nausea, vomiting.. to the extent I couldn't even stomach even a glass of water. I had to be warded on several occasions with rounds of IV.. Adeh...

I started to question, where's the joy of being pregnant that I'd read & heard all this while?? It was during this trying time that I was most thankful with the utmost support from my beloved husband, mum, sister & the rest of the family. I lost almost 10kg during which.. Sigh..!

They kept on reminding me to put baby's needs first before mine.. So I forced fed myself.. again.. adehhh...

... and the moment I reached the 20th week.. when I felt the first ever movement in my belly, the nightmarish first trimester was all but a distant memory. It was pure bliss.. MasyaAllah.. and when we first saw baby on the ultrasound images.. I just broke down & cried.

I thank our doctor for her dedication in entertaining me & my husband's endless enquiries, no matter how stupid they sound; e.g would baby risks being crushed if I were to lie down on my sides? Can baby get angry with mummy? Hence the kicks, wriggles and whatever that baby's been doing in there til mummy rasa senak?? You reckon?

Hehehe.. doc asked me NOT to read & watch so much anymore. That will only trigger my nonsense curiosity. Bah ya lah.. I'll try. I would still though, recommend this book by Dr. Miriam Stoppard. A good comprehensive read for first-time mums.

These websites/blogs have been great guidelines as well.. 

..one that I find very useful in shopping for baby's stuff.. and a first-hand experience in baby care & development. Thanks Dr. Halina,


Bought this in preparation of being 'stretched out'.. turns out, alhamdulillah I don't really need it. Still applied diligently though.

Bought this for baby but the moment I applied it on my own skin; HEAVENLY! Will have to restock on this hehehe..

Alhamdulillah I'm in my 3rd trimester now.. Can't wait to hold our baby in my arms. Baby's been more active now that there's less space for him to wriggle in & make mummy geli-geli hehehe..

Anyway, that's the announcement cum the explanation for my long silence. No, am not going to stop baking.. I love it too much to just abandon what I had first started with love. But for the greatest love in our lives, we just have to prioritize now. 

InsyaAllah when I've completed my confinement, I will resume. Thank you so much for all the enquiries, emails especially from my regular customers & friends.. I really appreciate it. Please pray for our well being & safety. I'm finally enjoying & understanding the joy of pregnancy even though semput ya Rabbi dah now. 

Sorry for the long entry, look at it as a compensation for the vacant space since October 2013. Melepas geram... hehehehe... I will also provide you with my new number once I'm ready to bake again ya! In the meantime, you can still contact me through my email add. Til then, hugs & kisses. Happy Mother's Day to all the supermoms out there!

*Note: I'll solemnly resume with my updates on the previous orders as my appreciation for my customers. Please ignore the 'historical value' of the entries ekekeke...

A Beach-Themed Wedding for Liza Borhan

5th May 2012 ~ Once upon a time ago.. on the same day as the previous entry, two years ago to be exact, we were commissioned to handle this particular order.. ekekeke... saja nak menyindir diri sendiri!

Liza of Kg. Pasir Putih, Putatan had ordered a kilo each of our choc moist & carrot walnut cakes and a 2-tier beach themed choc moist wedding cake with buttercream deco. There must be an interesting story behind the choice of that interesting theme, I'm sure.

Now Liza requested for the choc moist & carrot walnut cakes to be cut in small bite-sized squares. They were for the dessert table I was told.

As for the wedding cake, as you all know me by now, the theme given was 'beach' and of course.. 

I got carried away & went all the way underwater hehehehe... No no.. not to the extent of 'Spongebob' deep. Just close to the surface deep.. you can still see the seaweeds or so I meant to pipe ekekeke..

Anyway, thank you so very much Liza. Hope all of you enjoyed the cakes, that is if you could still recall tih tih tih..

Back to work, back to reality. Baby wasn't really happy during the first few days in the office. Mummy was everywhere, up & down staircases.. he was restless all the time except for when mummy's seated.

By now, I already know how to calm him down.. or so I think hehehe.. The kind of touch, caress & voice that he likes. It's quite an experience when he would 'surface', arms, fists, head, legs & what not, wanting to be held and sayang-sayang.. and only works when mummy does it. The moment daddy tries to do the same.. he would come to a complete standstill hehehe... kwai-kwai!

Til then, do take care. Hugs & kisses.. Be thankful with all the gifts of life bestowed upon us.. mmuuuaahhhh!!!

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Jkie's Mummy Dearest ~ This One is for You!

5 May 2012 ~ This WAS for Mother's Day. Two years back. YES! Ya.. ya.. almost qualified to be archived. Ekekeke.. Have some mercy on me please..

Luckily, my years of filing & documenting practices, has helped me tremendously in keeping track of past orders, no matter how much spiderwebs covering them. Huhuhu.. will surely, hopefully, be able to locate them. In this case, the records & the pictures. 

As for the story, I just have to rely on my rusty memory.. for every order is a unique experience on its own. As I said before, I will take it to my personal KPI to give, hopefully, only the best in fulfilling each request from my customers.

There you go. I miss rambling. Okay back to Jkie's order;

It was a choice of our best seller choc moist cake with chocolate ganache for Jkie's dearest mum.

Jkie of Taman Rindu KK asked me to refer to the handwriting on the sample he provided. Okay... errr.. I tried my best hehehe.. have to admit that I'm not really good in forging. I was tempted to, few times in the absence of the superiors but sempat gugur tanduk hehehe.. I was spared from the aftermath.

So I just piped some pink rosebuds on top of the cake. Simple. Yet I love the subtle contrast of the pink against the dark choc. The message on the cake was simply "Happy Mother's Day". Thanks Jkie!

So how was your Mother's Day celebration? At the end of the day, why do you need a specific date to celebrate it right? Mothers never choose days to show how much they love us so why should we?? Hugs & kisses!