Sunday, August 29, 2010

Food of the Day!

Dalcha ingredients

Rice ingredients

Ready to serve...
I am in the mood of cooking. Menu for buka puasa is Briyani Rice and Chicken Briyani with Dalcha. I am more excited on the process of preparing it:) Not bad but the rice need to further refine, should added on more spice, probably much better with ghee than vegetable oil.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Little Syam Book Binding Workshop 2&3 October 2010

Hello all,
I am proudly announce  LittleSyam Book Binding Workshop will be held again for the 2nd time on 2 & 3 October (Saturday & Sunday). For whoever interested kindly book your seat by email me ( your detail as follows:

Preferred name on certificate:
Website: (if any)
Food: (Kindly stated if you are vegetarian etc)

Application closing date will be on 20 September 2010.

Due to limited seat of only 10 students per workshop (location at Taman Botani) the application will be on first-come, first-served basisHowever if the response is overwhelming, I would probably need to split the group to the following week of Sat & Sun or first week of Sat & Sun following month. 

There are also a possibility of different venue/location to accomodate number of students. These are to be notified through email once I gathered number of participants after the closing date.

Please find some important detail as follows:

2 October - 3 October 2010, 10am - 4.30pm, Saturday & Sunday 

The Hive Gift Shop & Cafe, Botanical Garden PutraJaya (Tentative Location)

Previous workshop; me and participant
RM180 ONLY (Incl: meal, handout, material & certificate)
Tools will be on loan for the workshop. You could bring additional material such as paper, fabric, thread, string & decoration. Extra binding kit are available at minimum price during the workshop.
Provided material

Close up of student creations

RM100 deposit direct transfer/cash deposit to Maybank account
Samsiah Binti Jendol / ac no: 164052355030
Email or sms me at 012 3666856, once you've banked-in the money.
Balance of RM80 will be paid on workshop day.

Full Refund: Minimum 5 days prior to workshop date.
No Refund: Cancellation less than 5 days before workshop date.
Should class be cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances, fees will be fully refunded.

For the workshop we can accept children from 14 yrs old and above.

Looking forward to see you, there:)

Food of the Day!

Beautiful organic shape from Roti Jala/Net Bread. Nice to be enjoyed with curry gravy that goes along with it. Made of flour, eggs, water and Tumeric powder for colouring with sprinkle of salt. Need a special mold  to drop the mixture onto the flat pan. The mold can be found easily from 2 Ringgit shop, or any kedai runcit). Very enjoyable process.. end up with a nice presentation.

You all should try:)

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Hello There:)

I hope to feel happy. I want to know that I made something beautiful and that I inspired others to do the same. And relaxed.

dream big, but also 

plan ahead. 

do your research. 

make lists. 

check them twice.

make yourself a nest  

it will cushion your fall
when you make the leap.

don’t be afraid to 
ask for help. 
we all started 

This is not my word but found this in  
Words by Christine Castro from
I like it because it relates to what I feel at this moment.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Dolltopia Owl

Latest collection of Dolltopia...taaaa daa Owl/Burung Hantu..Suitable as travel pillow with kekabu inside... There are 5 of them..One of a kind.
Dolltopia Owl
Dimension: 17" (height)
Price: RM88

Monday, August 23, 2010


All these can be found at every corner of my Kampung House. Mom who seems to be able to get plants to grow well, where every single thing bloom and live in harmony. 

Lemon, Durian Belanda & Green Pea
MisaiKucing, Bunga Butang &
? not so sure what its name but it produce a nice sweet smell.
Ulam Raja...beautiful red colour
Wild Fern, Pegaga, dan wild Pokok Pepulut
(it produce a thorn small fruit where when it dried it will stick to the pant)
Pokok Ketam
Pokok Kacang Botol, nice for ulam
Pokok Kantan, it produce a flower that can be add on
into asam pedas for a nice aroma, look very exotic
Lumut that grew on brick, velvety kind of feel 
Pokok Bunga duri? Unknown
Nice Close up of beautiful.... weed 
Pinky nice flower? Unknown
Ulam Raja
Coffee, I like the nice smell of the white flower
Belimbing Besi, with striking deep red flower

Apam Kampung

The list of foods in this month of Ramadhan are flooded. Ramadhan Bazaar can be visited at many housing area with endless list of foods, which can be enjoyed by all races from different background. As for me the Ramadhan month is a sharing & family affair to thank Allah for the bless and rezeki. We had a big buka puasa with Kak Yam, Maya & Shakib  and friends from my husband workshop... Expect more than 10 people at home everyday and we have practice this for more than 6 years now.

Lucky that I have a "personal assistant" Atie, that are so good in cooking and housework. I can't imagine to handle all this by my own.

Here I would like to share a unique Apam Kampung (that's what they call it) where the mixture filled inside Rambai leaf, which is quite rare, as for me the first time I ever encounter with this unique Apam. The smell of leave added a nice aroma to it. Thumps up!

Boxy Bag

Another creation of mine...bag that have big space...for people like me that like to dump everything in it. It has extra pocket inside...easy to fold...and strong...

Dimension: 11 inches(width) x 11inches(height) x11inches(depth)
Price: RM39.00

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Have a Good Weekend All:)

Gonna spend my weekend in home town Gemas, and will break the fast with emak and abah which is incomparable with anything.

Here is my hand bound book with individual silkscreen cover. 2 Illustration of my trademark "Cap Ayam" and Nature both hand silkscreen individually so it appear similar but not exactly the same..with different colour use and stitch individually using Coptic Binding technique. Using craft paper for inside pages very suitable as a journal, which accompany me in my bag whenever places I went so I could jot down ideas,  visualise inspiration, write down info & appointment etc.

Hand Bound Coptic Binding
4.5" x 6"
144 pages front & back

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Syam in the mood of La...

Colour Smeared


Arissa drawing

Next Step

When things go wrong as they sometimes will,
When the road you're trudging seems all uphill.
When the funds are low and the debts are high,
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh.
When care is pressing you down a bit,
Rest if you must, but don't you quit.

Life is queer with its twists and turns,
As everyone of us sometimes learns.
And many a fellow turns about,
When he might have won had he stuck it out.
Don't give up though the pace seems slow,
You may succeed with another blow.

Often the goal is nearer than
It seems to a faint and faltering man.
Often the struggler has given up,
When he might have captured the victor's cup.
And he learned too late when the night came down,
How close he was to the golden crown.

Success is failure turned inside out,
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt.
And you never can tell how close you are,
It may be near when it seems afar.
So stick to the fight when you're hardest hit,
It's when things seem worst that you mustn't quit.

Nature..Absolute Stunning!

I am so inspired by nature. Syukur, the path I chose , moment I have now, permitted me to look at nature in a very close, micro distance. And it make me feel the existence of You. Thank you Allah....

Plant found in Tokyo, Japan

Dear God, I thank you for these feet, these eyes, these hands; I pray that wherever I go I will be able to see you in the world around me, and to always see honestly; I pray that whatever I touch will remind me your eternal presence in all things....

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Studio Space - Loft Style

Isn't a dream of every designer/crafter to have space of their own to do thing that we love..kind of like a loft style? Friend of mine Gigi introduced this space that can be rent to use for our activities on sharing basis..It was soooo great..superp.. Kids Workshop, Creative Bazaar and our activities can be done within this space...such a good progress for all of us,  and location and space are just perfect:) I am so happy.

Cheers to Me, Gigi, Lina & Safinaz....Yeaaaayyyyy. Stay tune ..will updating on the progress really soon..

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Arissa & Cupcake

Time flies really fast. Today was the 7th day of fasting. Body started to get used and adjusted to the fasting habit and Arissa kind of feel better without nagging and complaining of being hungry or thirsty like the 1st and the 2nd day of fasting. Syamil...seems OK so far. 

Today treat to both of them is a cupcakes...yeaaayyyy:) Not so sure how the taste like though:)

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

More Lalala Bag

Dimension: 17 inches(width) x 11.5 inches(height)
Double Layer with pocket
Price: RM62.00

Selamat Menjalani Ibadah Puasa dan Salam Ramadan

Ramadan - a month of obligatory daily fasting in Islam is the ninth month in the Islamic lunar calendar. Daily fasts begin at dawn and end with sunset. Special nightly prayers called, Taraweeh prayers are held. The entire Quran is recited in these prayers in Mosques all around the world. This month provides an opportunity for Muslims to get closer to God. This is a month when a Muslim should try to:

See not what displeases Allah
Speak no evil
Hear no evil
Do no evil
Look to Allah with fear and hope

"O you who believe! Fasting is prescribed for you as it was prescribed for those before you, that you may become God-fearing." (The Quran, 2:183)

The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said: Whoever fasts during Ramadan with faith and seeking his reward from Allah will have his past sins forgiven. Whoever prays during the nights in Ramadan with faith and seeking his reward from Allah will have his past sins forgiven. And he who passes Lailat al-Qadr in prayer with faith and seeking his reward from Allah will have his past sins forgiven (Bukhari, Muslim).

Amalan berpuasa menjadi sesuatu yang memberi makna yang berbeza, apabila usia telah meningkat seperti sekarang. Mempunyai sepasang anak yang berusia 11 tahun dan 6 tahun wajarnya menjadikan aku ibunya sebagai contoh. Tetapi bertuahnya badan dikurniakan anak yang tidak banyak kerenah. Arissa mula berpuasa penuh sejak usia 4 tahun..dan Syamil berpuasa penuh semenjak usia berusia 5 tahun. Wow....without ponteng even a day....Tidak pernah memberi tekanan kepada mereka untuk berpuasa, tetapi mereka melakukan dengan rela hati..dan sangat seronok setiap kali Ramadan menjenguk.

Sementara aku apabila mengimbas kembali zaman kanak2 memang selalu ponteng puasa atau curi curi minum.. alasan kerana tak tahan. Bila sampai ke penghujung Ramadhan aku dan Kak Ita selalu buka puasa separuh jalan dengan alasan, untuk menjadi tukang rasa kuih emak, takut terkurang atau terlebih manis :) Dan emak memang bukanlah orang yang terlalu straight.

Berbezanya keaadaan kehidupan kanak2 di zaman ini dan dulu. Tetapi bersandarkan kesilapan lalulah yang menjadikan aku sebagaimana sekarang. I am bless to have a very rich moment of childhood. Sesungguhnya kadang2 aku tersenyum dan seringkali merindui zaman kanak2 ku itu: bermain air hujan....menangkap anak katak, bermain pondok2 dan masak2, bermain lumpur, memanjat pokok..and the list went on and on...

mmmmm.... Seperti lazimnya seperti Ramadan yang sudah2 aku mengimbau kembali nostalgia berharga yang pernah aku lalui...yang pastinya membuat aku tersenyum sendiri:)

Sunday, August 08, 2010

Lalala Bag & Tote Bag

This is the improve version of Lalala Bag. I am settled for this for time being.

Dimension: 17 inches(width) x 12 inches(height)
Price: RM48.00

Dimension: 17 inches(width) x 12 inches(height)
Price: RM48.00

Dimension: 17 inches(width) x 12 inches(height)
Price: RM48.00

Dimension: 14 inches(width) x 14.5 inches(height)
Price: RM28.00 RM25

Dimension: 14 inches(width) x 14.5 inches(height)
Price: RM28.00 RM25

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Kuih Bakar Recipe Kak Ita.

Kuih Bakar recipe given by Kak Ita...less sugar..I forgot to get sesame seed...for finishing.
Oklah for first attempt:)

Coconut Milk
Pandan Leaf
Cinnamon Powder, Star Anise Powder & Cumin Powder
Sesame Seed

Syam in the mood of La...

I've been doing totally nothing this 3 days... I am supposed to go out for Creative Indulgence today..but the word LAZY, seems in capital letter and bold. My body felt aching..I need extra push and inspiration.. Still got a long list of things to do..but yet I feel those can be delay like nobody business. There are an order made for dolltopia, but since there are no I am in mood.

I went to get some groceries from Tesco. This picture was snapped from cereal box I purchased, which really inspired..Love the illustration, kind of wood cut style, with beautiful colour.

My purchasing drive was mostly because of the attractive packaging. Packaging act like a silence salesman. Instead of providing a protective layer it does performs many other function as well. Packaging can lend a special character to a product, enabling it to be distinguished from the competitors’ products. Important functions can also be assigned to packaging, including roles in advertising and sales promotions. The development of packaging for any product requires two basic design elements: design and function. As for user like me..I am attracted mostly because of  the design aspect, the aesthetic that appear physically like I mentioned is like a salesman that calling...BUY ME..BUY ME.

I've tasted the seed flake...mmm what can I say is I am not going to buy this product ever again:( a bit disappointed)

Monday, August 02, 2010

Book Binding Workshop 31 July-1 August 2010

Had my first Little Syam workshop for bookbinding which is super great:) Small class about 9 students enrolled.. I am really happy with the overall workshop which I felt so relaxing with good students. Meet with nice people..nice venue and it is like an escapism for a weekends, learning a new skill surrounded by nature. Not so sure when the next workshop yet since Ramadhan is around the corner.. perhaps on October... or could be at different venue.