Friday, June 27, 2008

Birthday @ Rumah Keluarga Kami

Do not mess with this macha. You certainly do not want to wake up the next day (if ever) with crushed bones. Trust me, because we’ve been buddies for over 20 years now. Back in school, our duels were the next best thing after WWE (back then, it was WWF). Way awesome! Who could have thought these fists would open up and started mating with the keyboard? LOL!

But this macha has got a kind heart as well. For his 28th birthday, he chose to celebrate it with a group of kids from Rumah Keluarga Kami in Kajang. Definitely a first for me and was honoured to be part of his guestlist. Well, I was also the unofficial photographer for the event, together with our other machaistic buddy. By the way, macha is not green tea powder, in this context. It is a slang equivalent to likes of bro, dude and mate.

Children love anything sweet and colourful. Which means the obvious snacks to order were cupcakes! Ok, so cupcakes are not really my thing, but since they were for the kids, I was cool. The macha ordered 5 different designs of cupcakes from Audrey; cartoon characters (Bob Sponge, etc), soccer & vehicles (for the boys) and butterflies and flowers (for the girls). Slightly distorted, perhaps due to the heat, Audrey later explained that she went all out to make the icing/buttercream sweet, as she knew kids love really sweet cupcakes. The cartoon characters were a hit with the kids. As for the cake, I thought it was soft and moist, which was nice. Two flavours were chosen; vanilla and chocolate. There were sights of exchanges of cupcakes between the kids. Cute.

Not forgetting the curry puffs the macha’s father bought from somewhere in Kajang. The crowd loved it. For me, more heat would have been appreciated.

And the macha mum’s lovely Kesari. This semolina (not salmonella) based dessert was soft and sweet, just the way I like it. The gorgeous ghee made it rich and fragrant as well. Just the colour alone made it look absolutely beautiful.

According to the macha, the kids at Rumah Keluarga Kami are top students and athletes in school. All they need is a little push from you and me to enable them to soar higher. So, if you can support in any way, do contact them. Or even other organizations of your choice, for that matter.


I had a thought later that day.

In my twenty over odd years of existence, I have been blessed with a supportive family, friends for life and glorious food. But had I given back enough? I guess I will never know until I find what I have been looking for.

Peace.

For information on Audrey’s cupcakes, check out these links:
Lyrical Lemongrass
Ling239

20 comments:

CUMI & CIKI said...

big guy, warm heart!wot a nice gesture, and so cute.. the sponge bob cupcakes :P

Nic (KHKL) said...

cumi & ciki, oopppsss, it's sponge bob and not bob sponge ar? *malu* goes to show what a cartoon fan i am..hehehe...

Lyrical Lemongrass said...

I was just thinking the same thing...Spongebob Squarepants is so cute! Should try those designs next time instead of the usual flowers (which are also nice).

It's a great way to celebrate, and ultimately, it's about sharing and giving hope. Beats Monaco anytime.

Precious Pea said...

Those cupcakes so cute. Next time i will order sponge bob (not bob sponge, my nephew would be terrible upset with you, his idol la!) for him.

So nice of you and your friends. :)

Kenny Mah said...

Pakcik Nic, you and your macha humble us lah. Good on ya, mate! :)

P.S. Now made me lapar for karipap, dei...

christine said...

sponge bob wouldn't be happy to know this..haha..nyway a numbers of people correcting for u..so sweet of u to share the happy moment with them

Lianne said...

don't think its ever enough with so many unfortunate people around, no?

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

brilliant way to celebrate a birthday aint?

sometimes makes u feel what if..n what if..u can do more then just post fotos of the unfortunate..b that famous photographer to create awareness for these ppl..

ok la..still dreaming..

mimid3vils said...

Mr. Nice Guy...

Jun said...

i love ur last pic. so heartwarming... maybe u shud reli look into that bio-engineering thing that u were telling me abt, so we can help give back to society ;)

J2Kfm said...

I'd skip Spongebob, for that was the nick (nope, nothing personal here, Nic) given to an idiot who trash-talked us pharmacists to an extent where I'd be glad to shove anything up his ...
huh, heavy grudge.
I'd go for the SEMOLINA and curry puffs anyday though.

Big Boys Oven said...

wow! such a great way to celebrate a birthday! Shall we foodies do such sharing too? :)

Xiu Long Bao said...

This place is just 5 mins away from my house.

Last Dec my ex company went there for a charity visit. The boys' home was previously painted in blue and white by exxon mobil and we thought of painting it yellow and red. kekeke...

wmw said...

Great to make kids smile! Now, I want to eat karipap!

~Christine~Leng said...

i miss those cute cupcakes! got spongebob square pants some more!
Visiting the rumah keluarga always reminds me of how fortunate we are..
"Big guy,warm heart" agreed to cumi&ciki :)

Nic (KHKL) said...

lyrical lemongrass, yupe, kids will love the cartoon designs cos it's karlerful and sweeeettt ;)

you said it well there. it's all about sharing and giving hope. beats monaco?..hmmm, is there gonna be a change of plan? hehe...

precious pea, gosh, i hope your nephew will not hit me with his gameboy...hehe...

ya lor, it was a good idea from the macha. nice food as well ;)

kenny, where got humble lar, macha? hmmm, is macha the new mate ar? hehehe...but it was a good day out.

oh, karipap..reminds me that i've not tried the raved about ones from house+co... ;D

christine, i'm sure spongy bob will wanna squeeze me to death...hehe....i must thank the macha for inviting me lar...a nice birthday party, i thought.

lianne, well, we brought 100 pcs! ;D yeah, i know what you mean. and i guess if everyone can help out a bit, the world will be a better place. much better. ;)

joe, yupe, it was! ;)

ohhhh...i share your dream of creating awareness through photographs lar...that is like the ultimate COOL job, isn't it?

ok la, am still dreaming as well..hehe...

mimi, Mr. Nice Guy is not me lar...hehehe...it's that macha friend of mine. but i dont mind the title as well lar..hehehe...

jun, thanks! i like that pic as well. it tells a thousand tales, i thought ;) bio-engineering is definitely an agenda on my mind..am checking my options now...wish me luck! ;)

j2kfm, oh, you are a pharmacist ar? cool! no need to shove anything. just give him so pills...hehehe...opps, i'm supposed to be nice here..hehe

yes, SEMOLINA. ;)

big boys oven, wow! that would be awesome. we can cook a dish each. but since i cant cook, i'll just ta pau...hehehe....and nice desserts from you!

xiu long bao, is it? very near the komuter station one leh...oh, now i get it...hehe

aiyer, you ppl so bad lar! the next thing you know, it's gonna be green and white, since no more subsidy...hehe

wmw, you should be there as well lar. you are very much capable of making ppl smile. ok, one smiling kid, one karipap for you...hehehe...

christine, oh, you can have some to celebrate your graduation later. the icing will come in shape of a mortar board...cool! "big guy, warm heart" refers to the macha, i guess, i'm a small guy lar..haha!

♥ ♡ Alvin ♡ ♥ said...

Wah the cupcakes are excellents!! can do business already! so nice presentation!

backstreetgluttons said...

well done, its better to shoot(pixs) then to be shotted( when you r not looking) !
we mean it's more blessed to give than to receive or issit more blessed to be eaten than to be eating ?

ling239 said...

the semolina looks like pumpkin cakes to me...:p

hey, i must agree that Audry does make very good cupcakes!! delicious ~ ^_^

Nic (KHKL) said...

alvin, haha! the cupcakes look good, dont they? ;) but not i make one lar...so, cannot do business leh..hehehe...

backstreetgluttons, or should we say it's better to be loved than to love? ok, that's totally out of proportion..haha! but yes, it's more blessed to give than to receive. definitely ;)

ling239, the yellow colour of the kesari looks good, right? ;)
oh, i can still remember that ladybird audrey made for your friend...that was nice. ;)