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Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Behind My Camera~

Howdy!
I’m back!
 
I just thought I’d let you guys take a peek into the picture folder on my computer.
 
I enjoy taking photos, but photography is definitely not something I’m good at.
 
So yeah... :]
 
Without further ado, take a look!
 
Cycling with the family! (Pictures taken with my smartphone)
 





The following pictures were taken around my neighbourhood. (Pictures taken with my Lumix)
 
*Thumbs up for crazily photogenic brothers...*
 
 


 


 
 
That's it! Hope you enjoyed this short post!
 
Which picture was your favorite?
 
Bye!
 
~Natasha

Monday, 21 July 2014

The Sunshine Blogger Award (#3)

Yo!

Award post again.


pic from the previous Sunshine Blogger Award post~
This time, Asha nominated me. Thanks! <3
She posts DIYs and photos and other cool stuffz over on her blog. Take a look sometime soon maybe?
Them rules:
Thank the person who nominated you
 Answer the questions from the person who has nominated you
 Nominate your bloggers (11 being the standard)
 Make a set of questions for the people you nominated
 Tell them you nominated them.
 Put the award picture on your blog.
 
Asha’s questions:
1.      Favourite singer?
Erm, I don’t have one.
2.      Favourite colour?
Currently, I’m in between a sweet light purple and turquoise.
3.      What camera do you use to take the photos on your blog?
I use lots of different cameras for my blog.
I use my XiaoMi RedMi smartphone camera,
I use my Casio Exilim digital camera,
And I also use my Panasonic Lumix GH1.
YAS, they’re all MINE!
4.      What do you like about blogging?
I like writing so blogging is a great hobby.
Photography and DIYs are also stuff I enjoy so my blog is also a place where I can both share and afe keep those thingies.
The people are amazing too, of course!
5.      What is your favourite blog post of yours?
I enjoy reading my old blog posts, but if you asked me to pic one…
Either this post
Or this post
Click them links, yes please. :]
6.      What are your favourite blogs?
I love (in no particular order):
These are all great blogs with great content. As you can most prolly tell,
I enjoy crafting/DIY blogs,
As well as a little bit of writing, cooking and other randomness. :]
7.      Do you play any instruments?
Yep, I play the piano seriously.
Seriously…? As in I take exams and willingly put myself through other horrendous stuff.
*remembers that the exam’s in August*
*dies*
I also play the cello, kinda like just for fun. Just so I can say I play two classical instruments.
Oh and I also know how to strum a couple chords on the ukulele.
8. Favourite word?
I don’t think I have a favorite word.
English is such an epic and crazy language,
How can I possibly choose one out of the entire mumbo-jumbo mish-mash of words?!
 
Alrighty, I nominate:
*It’s fine if you choose not to do this post. No pressure. :]
 
My questions:
1.      Would you rather buy a house fully furnished or one that is unfurnished [in other words, you get to style and design the interior yourself]?
2.      Without having to study/practice, would you rather be able to speak three new languages or play three new musical instruments?
3.      [in regards to the previous question] Which languages/instruments?
4.      Favorite stationary?
5.      Do you want to own a car? What kind?
6.      Craziest goal?
7.      Dream vacation?
8.      Favorite color?
9.      What’s the thing closest your left foot.
10.  Which kind of blog interests you the most - Fashion, lifestyle, crafting/DIY, etc…?
11.  Have you ever done something amazing and gotten [slightly] annoyed/disappointed cos no one was there to see you do it?
That’s all for my post!
Thanks, Asha, once again for nominating me. <3
~Natasha

Friday, 18 July 2014

Project 16 - Baking Recipe #9 - Gluten-free Cashew Cookies


Hey There!
Okay, I haven’t been posting as much as I wanted to this summer…
But, at least I found some time to bake. (<3)
I baked gluten-free cashew cookies.
But before that, some updates/background info.
*cues flashback video*
~~
Recently, about two weeks ago,
My eczema decided to pay me another visit.
This time, with so much vengeance that I thought I was going to die.
I used to only have it on my ankles and sometimes on my fingers and around my mouth.
Now, it’s everywhere… ><
On my face, knees, and elbows (both in front and behind).
Not even my ears were spared.
It hurt, itched, flaked, cracked, oozed, etc. (ew…)
Yep.
So my mom suggested I change my diet. (AGAIN!)
Usually, the lazy me would resist.
I mean, think of all the stuff you have to take time off to specially prepare.
Not to mention the crazy amount of supplements and whatnots you have to eat.
But, the itching, annoyed, and half-dead me readily agreed.
I was ready to do anything to get rid of this disgusting skin problem…
So the gluten-, dairy-, sugar-, processed/refined foods-free diet began on the 7th of July.
I’m beginning to see some changes and improvement so I’m not complaining.
(though it really was such a pain to chug juice and swallow pills)
*End of flashback*
 
I was good girl for the past 2 weeks and managed to resist lots of stuff.
The resisting didn’t really affect me, I'm not a foodie, you see.
But what got me was the craving.
Everything I ate during the diet was almost always mushy and bland.
I craved something crunchy and salty…
Dehydrated fruits and veggies didn’t satisfy me.
Rice crackers were rather bland as well.
So after two weeks of thinking, searching, and craving,
I finally found a gluten-free cookie recipe.
Yay!
It’s also super easy to make.
Double yay!
 
You’ll need:
§  1/2 Cup Cashew spread
§  1 Tablespoon Honey (can sub agave nectar for vegan)
§  1/4 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
§  1/4 Teaspoon Baking Soda
§  1/3 Cup Semi-Sweet or Dark Chocolate Chips (optional)
 
 
This is the kind of cashew spread I used.
I know this is not a super organic or healthy recipe but hey,
It only makes 12 small cookies… :P
 
Just mix them all together, spoon them onto a baking tray,
Bake at 350 Fo/176 Co for 8-10 minutes, and
TADA!
 

I love the taste and texture – slightly moist… <3
 
Okay, that’s all I have for now.
See you in the next post which will most probably be another award post.
K, bye~!
~Natasha

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

The Sunshine Blogger Award (#2)

*Peeks out from behind curtain*
Um… Hi?
*sees an angry mob with pitchforks and torches*
Eeps…
Okay, um, guys… before I go any further, I just wanna say
SORRY
For disappearing…
Um.
Life kinda got in the way…
And I just didn’t feel like blogging
No, no, wait!
I mean I didn’t have time, yeah…
I didn’t have time, I was… I was
*headdesk*
***
So while I was “busy,”
*dodges a rotten tomato*
I was nominated by three lovely people.
Yay!
*Cupcakes and chocolate and ice-cream fly in random people’s general directions*
Ew…
So for simplicity’s and practicality’s and non-confusability’s sake,
I’ll post each award separately.
So my brain doesn’t explode from trying to organize the post… :]
 
~*~
Pic from Grace's award post ~
 
First up, we have the lovely Grace! *Thanks, girl! <3*
She posts cute pics and other sweet stuff over on her blog. Do check it out!
Okay, here we go!
Here are the rules:
Thank the person who nominated you.
Answer the questions the person who nominated you asked.
Nominate a bunch of other bloggers (11 being the standard.)
Question the people you nominated.
Tell them that you nominated them.
Put the award picture on your blog.
 
Grace’s Questions:
What’s your favourite hairstyle?
I'm currently lovin’ the brown to blond ombre hair thing…
No idea why, cos I would most prolly not attempt that on my own hair.
Curled or in a simple ponytail suits me just fine. For now.
Who’s your favourite superhero?
Hmmm, I hv no idea. I don’t really know any super heroes well enough to like any of them.
 :]
Favourite type of nuts?
Um, I don’t really eat nuts
As I have a hard time trying to rid myself of the self-erected misconception that nuts (especially peanuts) gives you pimples… (don’t ask why.)
I like the taste of hazelnuts [NUTELLA <3]
I also don’t mind macadamia nuts, mainly because my daddy likes them.
So, I eat them to keep him company.
*I love my dad… <3
White, milk, or dark chocolate?
Erm, definitely not dark. It’s always too bitter or too bland. :P
Milk over white, though.
The only reason why I would like white chocolate better is cos Mom doesn’t like them.
So with white chocolate, I get more. :P
*Haha, just so you know, I love my mama too, kay?
What month is my birthday?
September, the epicest, most funnest month of the entire year.
Anyone agrees? (or violently objects?)
Black and white photography or full color photography?
Depends on my mood.
Black and white for emo days…
FULL COLOR FOR HAPPY, CRAZY, FUN-PACKED DAYZZZ!
Fav drink?
FANTA GRAPE! <3
After that, Sprite
Then, 7up
:]
Tea or Coffee?
TEA, definitely.
Iced, honey, milk tea, any day, anytime, please!
Preferably, NOW! :p

 
I nominate (I’m gonna nominate five):

My questions for you:
Q1. What is one non-existent occupation you wish exists?
Q2. Go to snack?
Q3. Fav type of shoe?
Q4. Something you want as a gift.
Q5. Would you rather remodel your room to vintage or modern style?
Q6. Something on the top of your bucket list.
Q7. How long have you been blogging?
Q8. Fav girl’s name?
Q9. Most overrated movie?
Q10. Fav time of day?
 
That’s all for now!
See you in the next post,
Buh bye! <3
~Natasha