I heard some common sense advice the other day that I thought would be helpful to post up here! It wasn’t phony, just good old common sense and good old fashioned values.

Jeevan Sahadevan, from ACTION Coach International came to speak at the ALPHA Workplace Conference 2014 and shared what he gleaned as a person living by the Bible and doing his best in today’s world.

Here’s what he shared:

Firstly, Work on your mindset. Change your language. No success comes by staying “below the line” of complaining, grumbling and not taking ownership.

4 Things to Practise:
1. 100% Above the Line. Take ownership. Own your attitude.
2. 100% Participation. All of life is participation. Either in the right or wrong thing.
3. 100% Fun. Human beings were created to enjoy and have fun!
4. 100% Clear Goals. We are naturally stimulated by goals. Important things get clearer and we sift out the not so important things!

7 Values to Inculcate:
1st Value: Diligence
2nd Value: Vision
3rd Value: Communication
4th Value: Partnering
5th Value: Prioritising
6th Value: Feedback
7th Value: Hard Work

No 1 Way To Grow: Be Unreasonable!
The future belongs to the unreasonable. Being reasonable is about being average.

…What is Failure?
Errors in Judgement Repeated Every Day

…What is Success?
Small Disciplines Practised Everyday

A Successful Environment is Created by Daily Deciding to:
Start….
Stop….
Do more of…
Do less of…

Reflections
Where all this is found in? The Word of God. Jeevan has accredited this to his search through the book of Proverbs. A dilemma I’m working through in my own brains is how do you be “spiritual” at the same time as be “successful” in your work. What are the motivations, what are the Bible passages that talk about success, money, work, priorities? “God”, a one worded answer can be a “Sunday School Answer” but not necessarily unpack it for daily living.

I’m reminded to write here that the most important work we have is that of redemptive work – sharing the good news to a world who really has bad news – that they are perishing in their sins if they do not repent.

The only way to live a successful life is by receiving the gospel which is the true solution to the reversal of sin, and this gospel gives us wisdom & a whole bank account of spiritual power to live this life by the blood of Jesus Christ.



June 23rd, 2014

Carrot Cake Recipe

Here is a carrot-coconut-pineapple cake with tangy cream cheese frosting for a jolly 2 year old! (Wish I was 2 now! What a carefree life we used to live! Tee hee!) This was a cake for Amli, who is one our most gracious customers! We hope the little guy enjoyed his cake and all the relatives went home with a smile on their lips!

As everyone loves this cake, I thought I would share it with you guys PLUS the little amendments I’ve made. This is my grandma’s go-to recipe and it tastes lovely with cream cheese frosting. Have a go yourselves! It isn’t too difficult and will leave everyone grinning with carrot-pineapply happiness ;-)

My Grandma’s Carrot Pineapple Cake!

Yield: 9 inch round cake
Prep Time: 20 min
Cook Time: 20 min

Directions

1 cup of sugar
1 1/4 cup oil
4 eggs
2 cups self raising flour, sifted
2 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
4 tbsp milk
1 cup dried & sweetened coconut (note: not fresh coconut!)
2 full cups grated carrots
250g canned pineapples, cubed (or laid flat on the pan)
150g walnuts, chopped

Heat oven to 180′C. Prepare & grease a 9″ round cake pan.

1. Sift all dry ingredients together.
2. Stir in the wet ingredients & add the dry ingredients together.
3. Lastly, add carrots, walnuts & pineapples
4. Pour in prepared cake pan & bake for 60 mins or until the cake skewer comes out dry after testing.

Additional Cream Cheese Frosting:

250g Philadelphia Cream Cheese, softened
250g icing sugar
2 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
250g cups cold heavy whipping cream

Directions

1. Whip the cheese & icing sugar together.
2. Add in the vanilla extract
3. In a separate bowl, whip the whipping cream still stiff. Slowly add into the cheese mixture
4. Voila!

Enjoy and let me know how it turns out for you guys, dear readers!



Feeling productive with this cake! Start clean, end clean! Did this in a night and learnt a few things on the way; making black royal icing and covering an oddly shaped cake. Still have a bit to improve here and there with the workmanship but boy is getting new challenges fun!

{butter cake with chocolate ganache}

Enjoy!



For those who struggle like me to “JUST DO IT”, here is an interesting article written on Harvard’s Blog. Insightful about what to focus on when you’ve decided to complete a certain task!

  • Your Problem ISN’T motivation!
  • Your problem is Following Through!
  • Hope it helps anyone out there wanting to redeem the time we have on earth!




    {lauranne & nick’s wedding cake!}

    {marriage : the roots are deep, the covenant is solid,
    love is sweet, life is hard, and God is good.” — John Piper}

    Last week, I was privileged to be part of the wedding covenant & celebration of my super dear friends, Lauranne & Nick. The love for them ain’t ever stopping for one of my favourite couples! They’re just preeeetty cool people.

    The day started beautifully. With hair & make up being done. Our radiant bride telling us how calm she was and how the whole day was really about her marrying Nick & enjoying the company of family and friends.

    We met under very interesting circumstances but it’s been an instant love story since then! Mwahaha! Let’s just say that this blog was vital for our connection ;)

    Okay, back to the story! My time in Brisbane consisted of arriving one week before the wedding for the bridal shower/hen’s night, a week of shopping, meeting up with friends & baking cupcakes for the wedding before ending the trip with the wedding itself.

    {the week leading up to the wedding}

  • The hilarious Hen Night & beautiful Bridal Shower organized by the lovely Lucy.
  • I had a try of some wonderful coffee, salads, and wonderful haloumi cheese.
  • I shopped at my favourite cheap wonderland, K-Mart
  • Had my first steak with Nick & Lucy
  • I had thought provoking conversations with Sara & lovely cafe hopping
  • First look at Albert River Wines, the wedding venue, where we rehearsed our nerves away
  • Baked cupcakes with the Cupcake Ninja Team (Shu Ling, Debbie, Michael, Victor, Nick)
  • On Friday, Michael kindly came over to help with troubleshooting the wedding cake & thanks to his pro skills, we managed to get the cake up and going. That evening, the bridal party finalized bouquets, emergency kits, did nails, prayed over at the Bearded Dragon.

    It was starting to feel real.

    On 24.5.2014′s morning, we all woke up to the surreal feeling that it was really happening. Everything ran like clockwork. Make up artists & photographers came and did a fabulous job.

    We were able to do a traditional Tea Ceremony with close family members in the warm Aussie sun. Shortly after, we packed up & everyone left for the venue, except the Bridal Party! We waited for the Rolls Royce that would take Lauranne away into happily-ever-after (not really but, you know, an ever after of the hard work that marriage is!) of Mrs Cheong-ness!

    {the stunning day!}

    The sun was blazing on the crowd as the couple said their personally written vows, and Ps Steven Tran shared on Christian Marriage. It was short and a good reminder of the God who has blessed & perseveres the people in this marriage covenant.

    {the beautiful bride & dapper groom}

    Lauranne is one of those people who are incredibly grounded, with a penchant for cute stuff! She’s one of those people who I jump up to share my deepest values with, wrestle through priorities with, exchange opinions & also enjoy LIVING together! We share lots of things in common, we are different personalities, and that makes us FAST FRIENDS as we learn and enjoy each other! If I haven’t mentioned it before, I am a super big fan of her life and I love her dearly! I really look up to Lauranne because she holds her friends close to her & stays reflective, humble & aware that everything she is she owes to God and those around who have shaped her to who she is today! Lauranne also holds the special position in my life as an online-buddy who I got to know through this blog! Yay!

    Nick is one of the most loyal guys I know, hard working, never contact with what he has, got a clear direction… AND a streak for dad-jokes. Nick’s servant actions have always shown me that there are deeper reasons to why he does what he does. Whenever we have serious conversations, I come out much more thoughtful & of course. Nick, I really admire your life and strength to become independent and protect your new family! You’ve gotten the girl of your dreams and together y’all are TOPS! :)

    Wah, my heart overflows with love for the both of them. Guys would learn much through interacting with Mr Nick & girls would be blessed like crazy to know Lauranne. Wait, I have the privilege of BOTH! Whoop whoop! Sigh :-)

    {the cake!}

    So grateful to be part of this. I’ve said before that some say that baking is their life, or their profession is their life, but nay… Christ is my life & I do what I can in Him & through Him. [#neverforgetthisfact] Yay! Doing what I love and appreciating the Creator who gave me these abilities & love to make beautiful tasting yummy cakes.

    Have a great day everyone!