Feeling A Little Blue?

September 29, 2008

I don’t know about you, but it’s been disconcerting for me to watch the financial markets yo-yo up and down like a roller coaster these past couple of weeks. Back in the day, I spent about five years working in the investment banking industry before I started Room Candy, so even though I’ve been out of that industry for a few years now, it’s still sad to see major banks just disappear in a blink. No one can predict what’s going to happen to the economy except that it’s going to be pretty rough for a while, so if you’re feeling a little blue like me, do what I do:

1) Hug your dog for at least thirty minutes a day. If you have more than one dog, all the better because you can easily double or triple your “dog hug therapy” time.

2) Take your dog out for a nice long walk. The exercise will do you good and help alleviate your stress.

3) Take a mini lesson in maintaining a happy attitude from my dog Tiki.

This nasty scar is from Tiki’s surgery ten days ago for his luxating patella on his left knee (he had his right knee operated on seven years ago for the same condition). It is ironic that I blogged about a maltese called Henry that had the same surgery on both his legs this past summer because now Tiki has something in common with Henry! The surgeon opted not to put Tiki in a cast, but to prevent him from gnawing at his sutures, put him in an Elizabethan collar until his sutures come out later this week.

Boy did Tiki hate, hate, hate that collar!! For the first few days, in spite of the pills he took that were supposed to sedate him, Tiki would howl all day and night and scratch/bite/claw at the collar to try to get out of it. You can see for yourself all the bite marks he’s inflicted upon that collar. On the fifth day, Tiki finally resigned to the fact that the collar is staying put for a while, and slowly reverted to his usual jovial demeanor.

There’s that smile again!

Tiki doesn’t know that the horribly uncomfortable collar is coming off in a few days, and that in a couple of months, he’ll be bouncing along like a puppy with his healed left knee. So I guess the moral of the story is this: even in his current state of daily discomfort with the collar and his temporarily bum leg, Tiki chooses to crack a big smile and be happy. Not a bad way to deal with whatever is going on these days!

The Tao of Tiki: Take time to smile everyday!



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Under My Bella

September 27, 2008

Got this lovely e-mail from Courtney a few weeks back about her new English Bulldog puppy, Bella:

I just wanted to tell you how much I love your products! We just got a new puppy, and I stocked up on your super cute toys beforehand (the muffin boy is my favorite). Our puppy, Bella, loves them, and so do we! (She loves her Room Candy bed, too!)

Thanks for making such cute things. :)


Courtney & Bella

Ciao Bella! Even at her young age, Bella is already a pro at being a top model.

Wanna take a ride on my bike?

Modeling is hard work! Time for some beauty sleep!

Thanks for sharing these pictures, Courtney! She may be an English Bulldog puppy with an Italian name, but she’s an all American sweetheart!



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Alternative title: From Singapore’s Changi Airport With Love

Whenever I go back to Indonesia, I usually fly on Singapore Airlines because it usually means a quick stopover in Singapore. I myself spent six years in Singapore for school in my tween years, so I am rather fond of the country. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Singapore, it is a tiny little island of a country nestled between Malaysia and Indonesia, and is primarily known for three things – shopping, food and being “clean and green”. Not surprisingly, Singapore’s Changi Airport is an excellent representation of the country – rows and rows of high-end stores, food choices galore and even a little greenery along the way. My stopover was only 2 hours long, so it did not leave me much time to go shopping. I did make a quick stop to Toast Box, a local coffee establishment known for its Kopi O (black coffee) and Kaya Toast. Kaya is a jam made up of (roughly in equal parts) egg yolks, sugar and coconut milk. Definitely not for the faint of heart and those watching their waistlines! Kaya Toast is a sandwich made with two slices of grilled thick white bread, a generous heaping of kaya jam, and a thick pad of cold butter. I call it Heaven In A Bun, because when you bite down on it, you get (in order of taste/texture): crunch, pillowly soft bread, caramelly-coconuty jam and then salty melting butter! Sorry folks, I gobbled that thing down so fast I didn’t even think of snapping a picture! I did, however, manage to snap some pictures of the “green” part of the Changi Airport.

Here’s the Orchid Garden complete with a Koi pond.

Tiki The Monkey posing amongst a bloom of orchids. Singapore’s national flower is the orchid, and the country is also a prolific exporter of orchids.

Tiki gave the Orchid garden a big thumbs up!

I also saw a Fern Garden on the map which was located on the other side of the airport, so I’ll stop by that one during my next stopover.

I thought I was done with the tour of the airport and took a quick bathroom break en route to my gate, and lo and behold – tucked away behind the terminal and right in front of the restroom was a Butterfly Garden!

So surreal! I walked into an indoor garden and was immediately surrounded by hundreds of fluttering butterflies. There were quite a few species, but a majority of them were these JUMBO-sized butterflies that were literally the size of my outstretched palm.

Butterflies snacking on designated “flower stations”.

Told you these butterflies were gigantic!

It was so ridiculously easy to take shots like this when you’re surrounded by hundreds and hundreds of butterflies! I just checked on Singapore’s Changi Airport website and read that the Butterfly Garden was a newly opened attraction, which explained why there were only a handful of people in the enclosure including myself. All of us in the room kept giving each other incredulous looks because we all couldn’t believe that such a dreamy environment could exist within an airport. I noticed too that all of us were walking extra slow around the garden because we didn’t want to accidentally smash into a passing butterfly.

You can’t really tell from this picture, but that is a man made waterfall by the side of the garden. So cool!

Another butterfly feeding station with sliced pineapples.

Never mind the shopping and the eating spots, I’d say that just by the existence of the Butterfly Garden alone, I declare Singapore’s Changi Airport to be the coolest airport in the world!

Extra yummy: Talking about pineapples, I took a day trip to Bogor during my stay in Indonesia and came across these mini pineapples.

Them pineapples are the same size as those butterflies I saw at the Butterfly Garden! So cute! Bogor is a relatively small city known for its National Park and the large population of deer roaming all throughout the park. We didn’t have time to visit the park, but ran into this mini deer garden on our way to a restaurant.

Is that you, Bambi?

They look just like our deer cell phone charms!



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Do you love cupcakes? Well, you are not alone! I’m convinced that cupcake mania is getting mainstream now because even my local Howe’s supermarket stocks different flavored cupcakes that they continually change to reflect the season. These ones caught my eye the other day.

Soda inspired cupcakes! Okay, first of all, for a drink that’s been around for such a long time, I’m amused at how many different variations there are of the name 7UP when spelled out. I initially wanted to spell it as 7-Up, but when I did my fact checking, I saw that Wikipedia has it listed as “7 Up”, whereas other sites spelled it as 7Up and 7up. And why is that big red dot never included in the written name?

Oh well, no point fussing over mundane details. Time to open the box. As you know, the main ingredient characteristic of 7UP soda is the distinctive lime/lemony flavor, and I got a strong whiff of lemon right when I opened the box. So refreshing! Size wise, these cupcakes were probably on the small side (around 2 inches in diameter and 3 inches high). I would guesstimate that as far as the bites/cupcake ratio goes, it’s about 3 1/4 mouthfuls per cupcake.

I tip my hat off to the company that developed these cupcakes – they certainly picked a pretty shade of pale green that looks a lot like the honeydew slush I had a while back. And check out those green and yellow sprinkles! Those have got to be custom made for the company. I wonder if they are also flavored with 7UP? I picked off a few sprinkles and sampled them, but couldn’t really come up with a definitive verdict.

But the best part of the cupcake was the swirl. These were obviously piped with a machine, but the strong curves of the frosting tweaked off into a peak were architectural enigmas! I just couldn’t stop staring at them!

If you squint your eyes, it almost looks like the petals of a rose. A minty green rose!

Mmm…swirly vortexes of buttercream perfection!

There has to be a scientific explanation as to why people love the swirly pattern of most cupcake frostings. I’ve read about the Golden spiral based on the Fibonacci numbers, and how this swirl pattern is present in many species of flora and fauna.

Exhibit A: Golden spiral based on the golden ratio (i.e. 1.6180339887)

Exhibit B: Top down view of the 7UP cupcake.

Superimpose the two images, and..Ohmygosh!! The divine proportion does explain the beauty that is the cupcake swirl! Thanks, Mr. Fibonacci!

Extra yummy: Aside from its perfect swirl, this cupcake had another twist – when I bit into it, I was expecting a spongy cupcake texture but instead got a dense, pound cake consistency. A soft drink that’s transformed into a cupcake that tasted like a mini lemon pound cake? A real mind bender! Kind of like our Jelly Donut Bed – it’s a dog bed fashioned out of a donut dog toy that is a plush replica of of a real glazed donut!

It’s got green and yellow sprinkles too!



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OMG Pocky!!

September 21, 2008

Quick note from Linny (the blog’s de facto editor): I have done a few posts on our JUMBO toys, but it takes a real writer like Rachel to come up with a JUMBO post on all things Pocky. Seriously, if your mouth doesn’t water for those pretzel-esque snacks after reading her comprehensive review below, you’re missing out on a Room Candy certified yummy snack! Bravo, Rachel! I humbly bow to thy prowess with the written word.


If you are or have ever been a fan of anime or manga — or Japanese pop culture in general — you’ve probably come across Pocky. The little cream-coated cookie sticks were a staple of my teenage life. They fueled me through marathon weekends at OhayoCon, fanfic-related writers’ block…even the sporadic late-night finals week study session.

I was hardly alone in my Pocky addiction. The night of the senior prom, rather than languish at home feeling bitter about the lack of romance in our respective lives, two equally geeky friends and I attended the festivities together. We had a decent amount of fun mocking shallow classmates and making ill-fated attempts at dancing. What I remember most about the night, however, is my friend Ashley’s transformation into a Pocky-fueled windup doll on the dance floor. She’d run out of energy and all but freeze. Jenn (the third party in our merry misfit trio) or I would then run to the dance floor and a pop a Pocky stick into her mouth, and immediately she’d come back to life, a delirious smile gracing her features. We knew people were probably staring and laughing, but we responded in kind. We didn’t care. Ah, good times.

These days my life is far more complicated. Being six years removed from High School, I rarely get to experience the sheer innocent joy of moments like those. There are times when I almost feel like a traitor to my high school identity. I’ve fallen out of the loop as far as anime and manga are concerned. Even If I had a character to dress up as, I lack the time and money which allowed me to toil over convention costumes so many years ago.

Naturally, a part of me is overjoyed when I rediscover something like pocky. It draws me back, at least partially, to a time when there was much less to worry about. A period when, though I may have been an oddball, there was a definate certainty of self, and a sense of belonging in a _group_ of oddballs. When my greatest fear was being on the receiving end of a catty cheerleader’s comment, rather than being unable to pay my bills. While trolling the aisles of my nearby Nijiya Supermarket, I happened upon the Pocky section and found myself immersed in this sort of nostalgia. I found myself momentarily contemplating the value of Pocky — not only as a symbol of my youth and the otaku community, but as a snack. Were Pocky sticks really that yummy? I didn’t truthfully remember. The only logical thing to do was to buy a box of every flavor Nijiya had in stock. That’s 12 flavors (and $23.00)! Was it worth it? I’d soon find out, or go into sugar-shock trying!

After a veritable Pocky Feast, here are my general impressions:

1) Chocolate Crush — The first flavor with which I first reintroduced myself to Pocky was interesting, but by no means my favorite. The “crush” on the outside is comprised of Rice Krispy bits, strewn throughout “choco” cream coating. The underlying cookie is as crunchy, dependable and addictive as I remember it. Not bad, just not spectacular.

Getting a handle on the Pocky box!

2) Chocolate Marble — What first struck me about this variety of Pocky, as well as the other “Marble” varieties, was the incredible beauty of the chocolate on their surfaces. Ultra-smooth, with a pattern that ressembles a zebra’s stripes, these Pockys were sights to behold. But would they measure up in the taste department? I popped one into my mouth and found…they DID! The “chocolate” variety”, the first kind of marble I tasted, was my favorite of the three. Although no other flavorings were listed on the package, I could swear I tasted a hint of coffee. A quick glance over the ingredients list was enough to assure me I wasn’t going crazy – it’s far below “chocolate”, but “coffee powder” is on the list.

3) Rum Raisin Marble — These sticks, polished white chocolate shattered by ebony streaks, were the prettiest Pockys of all. They weren’t bad, at first taste, either; generally “sweet”, but not as good as the Chocolate Marble variety. When the aftertaste kicked in, though, a few “taste points” were knocked off, in my book. Apparently, the good people at Pocky HQ thought it would be a good idea to incorporate a strong “alcoholic” flavor into this variety. Considering the strength of this “rum” flavoring, I find it odd that there wasn’t a trace of “raisin”. Oh, well. Raisin isn’t my favorite flavor to start with, and if “rum” is any indication, it might have been pretty awful in a Pocky stick.

Pocky vs. Pokemon – The Epic Battle

4) Choco Caramel Marble — Very nice cookie — just about on par with Chocolate Marble. The “caramel” flavor tasted a bit fake, but it was chocolatey and sweet — and sweet is good, mmmkay?

5) Men’s Pocky — Super-thin Pocky cookies, surrounded by “Bitter Chocolate”. What makes these “Mens'” is beyond me. I actually know more women who like dark chocolate than men, and the chocolate enrobing these Pockys sports some serious cacao content — this isn’t stated outright on the box, but I’d estimate 65-70%. I’d also guess this is one of only two varieties using _real_ chocolate, rather than “choco” in its coating.

6) Chocolate Cream (also most commonly found flavor) — The second sort of Pocky coated with genuine chocolate, these are thin cookies in the style of “Mens'” Pocky. Dark chocolate is used in these cookies as well, but slightly less “dark” than in the Mens’. Decent, but not that interesting after you eat two or three. Quite feminine I may be, but I preferred the Mens’ variety.

7) Mini Almond Crush — I noticed after already making the purchase that these weren’t genuine Pockys. They’re made by Meiji, but looking at the package, you’d never know. Frankly, these short, chunky beauties are adorable to behold, and delightful to taste and feel on your tongue. They contain at least as much chocolate as cookie per stick, and each cookie contains a high concentration of almonds. As a result, the taste is nutty. I really liked these and would buy them again in an instant.

8) Coconut — This cookie reminds me, in flavor, of another childhood treat — one from earlier in my youth than Pocky. Does anyone remember the Girlscouts “Samoa” cookies? If you liked those tropical delights, you’ll adore these. There’s a lot of coconut flavor to be found here. If you don’t like coconut, though, you might want to skip these. I, personally, enjoyed them.

9) Brazilian Pudding — I’ll tell you a secret — shhh! — I have no clue what “Brazilian Pudding” is. However, judging by the flavor of this Pocky, I’ll have to order the dish if it ever pops up at a local restaurant. I’m guessing it’s something like Creme Caramel, because that’s what the taste reminds me of — a perfect mixture of vanilla and caramel custard. Magnifico!! My favorite pocky — period.

Got milk?

10) Milky White — Thick Pocky cookies coated with simple, creamy white chocolate. You can really taste the dairy in this coating, and I really like this kind of flavor. One of my favorites.

11) Strawberry — Similar to the Milky White in terms of thickness of the cookies and coating. Unfortunately, the strawberry coating wasn’t nearly as yummy as the deliciously simple “milky white”, and the little specks of “strawberry” throughout made the taste more “bizarre” and “unnatural” than “authentic”.

12) Blueberry — The last flavor sampled. This flavor was better than the strawberry variety. It had a definate scent of blueberry, if only a vague taste. Creamy and slightly fruity, I can imagine this would go well with my morning coffee.

Survey Says? Pocky are pretty great as snacks. You have to be in a certain mood to enjoy them to the fullest extent. Without a doubt, Pocky Sticks will works better to satisfy a cookie or general “sweet snack” craving than a specific “chocolate” craving. Truth be told, they’re best enjoyed while curled up witha good manga, editing an anime music video, or otherwise nurturing your inner otaku. But they’re overall _far_ above average on the yumminess spectrum, and a snack I’m glad I took time out to revisit.

I leave you with a poetic dedication to my long-standing Pocky love affair. Here’s

The Twelve Days of OhayoCon

On the first day of OhayoCon, my true love gave to me a Crunchy Pocky stirring my coffee!

On the second day of OhayoCon, my true love gave to me…a “V” of marble Pockys and a Crunchy Pocky stirring my coffee!

On the third day of OhayoCon, my true love gave to me…three Pockys in a hole, a “V” of marble Pockys, and a Crunchy Pocky stirring my coffee!

On the fourth day of OhayoCon, my true love gave to me…four Pockys in the path of a bear, three Pockys in a hole, a “V” of marble Pockys, and a Crunchy Pocky stirring my coffee!

On the fifth day of OhayoCon, my true love gave to me…a Men’s Pooooocky “Ni”! Four Pockys in the path of a bear, three Pockys in a hole, a “V” of marble Pockys”…and a Crunchy Pocky stirring my coffee!

On the sixth day of OhayoCon, my true love gave to me…a PockyMan with a cane, a Men’s…Poooocky “Ni”! Four Pockys in the path of a bear, three Pockys in a hole, a “V” of marble Pockys…and a Crunchy Pocky stirring my coffee!

On the seventh day of OhayoCon, my true love gave to me…a Cococat-of-Seven-Tails, a PockyMan with a cane, a Men’s…Pooooocky “Ni”! Four Pockys in the path of a bear, three Pockys in a hole, a “V” of marble Pockys…and a Crunchy Pocky stirring my coffee!

On the eighth day of OhayoCon, my true love gave to me…Eight PuddingPockys in my keyboard, a Cococat-of-Seven-Tails, a PockyMan with a cane, a Men’s…Pooooocky “Ni”! Four Pockys in the path of a bear, three Pockys in a hole, a “V” of marble Pockys…and a Crunchy Pocky stirring my coffee!

On the ninth day of OhayoCon, my true love gave to me…a Nine-branched Milky tree, Eight PuddingPockys in my keyboard, a Cococat-of-Seven-Tails, a PockyMan with a cane, a Men’s…Poooooocky “Ni”! Four Pockys in the path of a bear, three Pockys in a hole, a “V” of marble Pockys…and a Crunchy Pocky stirring my coffee!

On the tenth day of OhayoCon, my true love gave to me…Ten Top-of-TV Pockys, a Nine-branched Milky tree, Eight PuddingPockys in my keyboard, a Cococat-of-Seven-Tails, a PockyMan with a cane, a Men’s…Poooooocky “Ni”! Four Pockys in the path of a bear, three Pockys in a hole, a “V” of marble Pockys…and a Crunchy Pocky stirring my coffee!

On the eleventh day of OhayoCon, my true love gave to me a Very Blueberry Bookshelf, Ten Top-of-TV Pockys, a Nine-branched Milky tree, Eight PuddingPockys in my keyboard, a Cococat-of-Seven-Tails, a PockyMan with a cane, a Men’s…Pooooocky “Ni”! Four Pockys in the path of a bear, three Pockys in a hole, a “V” of marble pockys…and a Crunchy Pocky stirring my coffee!

On the twelth day of OhayoCon, my true love gave to me…Tons of Mini-Almond sticks, a Very Blueberry Bookshelf, Ten Top-of-TV Pockys, a Nine-branched Milky tree, Eight PuddingPockys in my keyboard, a Cococat-of-Seven-Tails, a PockyMan with a cane, a Men’s….Pooooooocky “Ni”! Four Pockys in the path of a bear, three Pockys in a hole, a “V” of marble Pockys…and a Crunchy Pocky stirring my coffee!!

Thank you. Thank you very much.

~~By Rachel~~


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Oh, Henry!

September 19, 2008

As the owner of two boy maltese dogs, I must admit that I’m quite partial to the breed. That being said, you don’t have to be a maltese lover to gush over the supreme cuteness of Henry, a 1 1/2 year old maltese owned by Liana Aghajanian.

Henry is soooooo cute!! And so deliciously puffy, I can almost smell baby powder just by looking at his picture! If you look him up in the dictionary, he’ll be filed under “U” for Unbelievably Adorable Maltese, or “W” for White Cloudlike Creature With Two Eyes And Nose, or even “Y” for Yes, Folks – He Is Real!

Henry at six weeks old. Just a wee handful of white cotton furball back then!

A dog as special Henry deserves the very best, and you really can’t get any better than Liana who… (I have to number her list of attributes because she has too many!)

1) …is a wickedly talented writer and editor of Los Angeles Cityzine (an e-zine dedicated to everything L.A) as well as her own blog, Write Pudding. It’s just a matter of time before she writes a bestselling book!

2) …is a co-host of a weekly gardening radio show called Edible Gardens. I am so jealous of her green thumb(s) because I can’t even keep cactus plants alive!

3) …is an extraordinary cook/baker. Check out this picture of a perfect mixed berry pie that Liana just happened to throw together on a lazy Sunday. You bet Henry gets to enjoy home cooked meals by Liana every so often.

4) …is the epitome of a young, chic female.

Painting done by Liana. Need I say more?

Here’s Liana describing sweet Henry in her own words:

With his black button nose, polar bear coat and his rambunctious personality, Henry had me at hello. Though he weighs in at just under 6 lbs, he has a big heart and has had an amazingly huge impact on my life. Stealing socks and other various under garments, as well as munching on green bell peppers and blueberries are his favorite past times. When he’s not barking at invisible intruders, fiercely protecting his Room-Candy toys or running laps around the dining room table, Henry can be found on my lap, with his head ducked into my arm, fast asleep. He rarely leaves my side, always following me like a shadow, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. He has enriched my life, made me laugh, licked away my tears, given me his company and taken all my stress away during troubled times.

This summer, it was my turn to return the favor, as Henry underwent surgery to correct a luxating patella in both knees, a condition common in small dogs. His two nights spent at the hospital were the hardest part and although his recovery has been long and possibly more painful on me than him, he is doing quite well.”

Even all bandaged up, Henry still looks like a rock star!

Don’t feel too bad for Henry, as he was/is extremely well taken care of by Liana during his recuperation period. Last time I checked in with Liana, Henry is almost back to his good ol’ self, thanks to the hard work Liana put in with Henry’s physical therapy and a daily dose of TLC.

There is a popular saying about how dogs tend to look like their owners, and even though I believe it’s probably more of an endearing urban legend than reality (if my dogs could talk, they would insist that they look much, much better than me!), I can’t help but wonder when I look at this picture of Liana and her maltese Henry.

Hmm, both sporting great hair? Check. Both wearing white outerwear? Check. Adorable faces? Check! Both equally in love with each other? Big check!! My gosh, in Liana’s case, the saying is true!

Can’t get enough of Henry? You can check out more pictures of this cutie pie on Liana’s flickr photostream and Liana’s blog. Thanks for sharing Henry’s pictures and story with our readers, Liana!



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I’m baaaaaack! Did you miss me? I know, I missed you too!

Already; enough with the silliness. Let’s get back to the yummy at hand. My trip back to Indonesia was, as expected, highlighted by meal after meal of all the well known Indonesian dishes I loved growing up there. Now, for those of you who haven’t visited Indonesia yet, the country is smack in the middle of the equator, which means that the weather is for the most part unbearably hot and humid. To compensate for this, Indonesians pile on extra spices and rich ingredients to each dish to intensify the flavor. If it’s not extra sugar, it’s bathed in coconut milk (I just checked the caloric content, and it’s about 500 calories per cup – yikes!), more coconut milk, deep fried, soaked in butter, and just for variety’s sake, covered in crunchy coconut bits which I’m sure is deep fried in pure butter! And I’m just talking about the bite-sized dessert snacks!

Anyway, news of my arrival spread amongst my Mom’s female friends, most of whom can cook up a storm, so new dishes were being sent to our house daily. Oh, the torture! :) Here’s one from Auntie Bobo that I particularly loved – a dessert called Kolak.

Pop quiz: Class, what’s that milky liquid you see? Why yes, it’s coconut milk sweetened with palm sugar! The orange balls are sweet potato dumplings, the gray ones are tapioca dumplings, pieces of jackfruit, and two varieties of attap seeds (oval jelly like fruits from mangroove palm trees) – all swimming happily together in tropical harmony. Well, you can’t just photograph a tropical dessert without some suggestion of water and palm trees in the background, right? So I went into amateur shutterbug mode and decided to do a Bali-style shoot. I know, I’m totally obsessed with photography right now, and felt the need to bring along my trip not just my Canon DSRL, but also an additional macro lens, a tripod, my point- and-shoot Canon Powershot, as well as a new camera I bought my sister. The tripod was stowed along with my luggage, but the rest I carried with me on the plane, so I was getting a lot of odd looks by the security personnel when I put my carry on bag through the xray machine. But now that I’m looking back at the magic of the Kolak forever captured in a picture, it was all well worth it!

Where was I? Oh yes, the Bali-style picture. We’re lucky that our house in Indonesia has a pool with a balcony right above it, so I set the bowl of Kolak gently on the edge of the balcony and started shooting.

That’s not exactly a palm tree in the background, but it’s still foliage nonetheless! Hmmm, something is still missing. I know, I’m missing a flower! So a few minutes of tearing through the garden later, I present to you the final masterpiece.

Tropical enough for you? :)

I love how the hibiscus matched the sweet potato balls, and it’s a version of hibiscus I usually don’t see.

From what I read, hibiscus flowers are also edible.

Thanks, Auntie Bobo! The Kolak was definitely a labor of love, and I ate it up very lovingly!

I’ll post more pictures of my adventures in Indonesia in the coming days.



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Hello, all!  I am currently in Food Heaven (aka Indonesia), and had planned to continue posting while I’m here for two weeks, but alas – while the food is spectacular, the internet connection here is slooooooooooow.  As such, I have made the executive decision to put the blog on a two week long hiatus unless I can find a better connection.  But worry not, yummy lovers, the blog will be back soon – sweeter than ever!

Till then – stay yummy!



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