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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Catsparella - All Things Pawsitively Purrfect

Catsparella is an award-winning cat culture blog, dedicated to blogger Stephanie Harwin's passion for finding and sharing all of the coolest cat related content online.
Beyond pictures, news, and videos, she goes deeper into kitty culture, tracking trends, and highlighting everything from cat art and fashion, to cupcakes and celebrity cat gossip. She gets exclusive interviews, features unique products, and digs up all of the latest cat dirt you won't find anywhere else!
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Love her Cat Cupcake Tuesdays

These vanilla cupcakes with fondant decoration were created in the image of a real cat, whose owner requested them for her birthday.

Kitty Measuring Cups

Cat latte

Cute cat burglar

Cat themed tea set

Custom Vintage Cat Portraits by Hot Digital Dog

Beautiful Hand Stitched Cat Greeting Cards by Boo-Teeq

Kitty Nail Art

Feline Fence

A sweet cat video

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Robin Moses

I love, love, love Robin Moses' wickedly fun and creative nail art. Also known as the NAW (Nail Art Wizard), Robin uploads new designs every Monday, Wednesday and Friday so you get to learn and see new art all the time.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012


I promised myself that I would not get sucked into the Pinterest vortex but just one click and I knew that I would be in yet another place of no return!!! You just lose yourself in pretty pics like these.
Dang! There goes another new year resolution to cut down my online time.

In fact, I've been spending too much time on Pinterest and not enough on Google Reader which explains why I haven't been visiting your blogs lately. Sorry, pallies! I'm sure this is just something transient until something else comes along.

Food and art - my fave combo!


Monday, March 19, 2012

W/W - Keeping the meat off your plate

Growing up in a strict Catholic family, we always went meatless on Fridays not only during the 40 days of Lent but all year round. But my mom would take things a little further. In addition to a meatless meal, she would keep the meals humble to remind us to be appreciative of what we have and to give a thought to those less fortunate. I remember having either fried rice with salted fish or rice porridge with peanuts almost every Friday and those meals drove us nuts!
In her defence, coming up with different takes on a meatless meal can be quite challenging and in those days, Mom had no food websites to devour recipes to broaden her menu-planning.

My obnoxious 13 year-old son says stomaching the stuff I cook daily is as penitential as any other day of the week! Hey, my cooking isn't that bad if I made a concerted effort in it! And there are a few dishes I could rock!

In keeping up with this tradition to skip the meat, I have been googling recipes to spice up our Lenten meals.

I made this last Friday

Udang Kelio

* Udang means prawn in Malay

Turned out, it wasn't much of a sacrifice at all. I loved, loved, loved it! It was so good, it missed the whole penance thing!

Warning! Not recommended for those observing Lent!


650-700g large prawns
250ml thick coconut milk
3 kaffir lime leaves
4-5 tbsp oil

4 cloves garlic
100g shallots
50g ginger
2 thick slices galangal
1 thumb-sized piece fresh turmeric
2 stalks lemongrass
250g red chillies

Salt and pepper to taste

Combine all spice ingredients in an electric food processor. Process to a fine paste.

Heat oil in a nonstick saucepan, add blended spice paste and sauté until fragrant.

Pour in coconut milk and add kaffir lime leaves. Bring to a low simmering boil until the gravy is almost thick.

Add prawns. Stir gently until the prawns are cooked through. Adjust with salt and pepper to taste.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Noel Cruz

Check out these life-like celebrity dolls painted by Filipino artist Noel Cruz. He sold an Angelina Jolie doll for a staggering £2,000 on auction site eBay.

Cruz paints mass-produced dolls to resemble celebrities

Friday, March 9, 2012

Malo - Un jour, mon enfant tu sera

Paris-based photographer Malos's fun series entitled "Un jour, mon enfant tu sera"(One Day You Will Be My Child) captures the possible professions a child could choose through the eyes of a doting parent.