Aud-MTN | Pilot Kakuno, The Smiling Pen

When I was young, I hated fountain pen because it's kinda troublesome to fill in the ink. Plus, it is always messy doing it. I used to have one Parker fountain pen which I have no idea where it lies now. Probably some dark corner of my room.

Pen, is always something I am quite particular of, because my handwriting changes according to the pen. When I started my MTN journey, I started of with normal gel ink pen (I still use them quite often now) and one day, I stumbled upon this lovely that took my heart away. It was quite a "love at first sight".

I actually compared Lamy and Kakuno and decided with the later as it is cheaper and has really good reviews (plus, its Japan stuff!). Ever since my encounter with her, my view on fountain pen changed.

Pilot "Kakuno" means "to write" in Japanese. It was initially designed for Japan kids to start of their writing journey but due to its many features it was well received even among the adults. It was than said the best fountain pen for the beginners. 

There are 2 color series of Kakuno. The pastel color pens have a winking smiley face, while the black series has a regular smiley face. Every box of Kakuno pen comes with a black ink cartridge.

The cap and body are hexagonal (similar to the classic wooden pencil) which is why the pen is comfortable to hold and doesn't roll away. The grip is made in a triangular shape so that fingers naturally sit in the correct position.

The cute smiley face on the nib serves a purpose. It should always faces up when writing, ensuring correct nib orientation. I am not sure if I am right on this, but I've tried both Lamy and Kakuno, it seems to me that Kakuno is so much smoother to write with while Lamy gives a tangled feeling when I write with it. Lamy just doesn't flow smoothly as Kakuno did. If you are looking at this two, I would strongly suggest you to try it out yourself on both before buying, see which suits you more.

As the people always says (actually I say) "Thoughts flows better with the pen that smiles." Pilot kakuno indeed brings smiles to my writing journey. It has been joyful, thank you.

Walking on with love,
Aud

If you like this post, share the ish out for me, would you? Leave a comment too!

Don't forget to show me some Love~♥



♥~Live to Dream′Dream to Live~♥
Aud

Disclosure of Material Connection: I have not received any compensation for writing this post. I have no material connection to the brands, products, or services that I have mentioned. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Aud-Cooks | Yeast Free Country Bread aka Iris Soda Bread

I love bread, I eat at least 2 slice of bread everyday. But It's been 1.5 years I have not eaten any because I found out that I am allergic to yeast.

I've been craving for white loaf bread recently, so I decided to make some to ease my craving. Sad to find out that white loaf bread does not comes in yeast free version, so I replaced it with Country bread aka Iris Soda Bread instead. Let's give it a try!


Ingredients:
3 cups whole wheat flour (preferably stone ground)
4 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups rice milk or water (works with any liquid)
1/4 cup liquid fat
(i.e. melted milk free margarine, vegetable oil, olive oil)
Some dried grapes
*Depending on the humidity of the air where you live you may need a little bit more or less liquid.

How to:
1. Mix dry ingredients. (Do not sift the flour!)

2. Mix liquids and add to dry. I used olive oil for the liquid fat.

3. Stir well. It may take a few minutes for the flour to fully absorb the liquid, so don't rush to add liquid or flour to it.

4. The dough should be moist but not sticky.

5. Shape into a ball or an oval, with oiled hands. Sprinkle sea salt and oregano for a foccacia flavor.

6. Place on clean baking sheet.

7. Score lightly the surface in a diamond or X shape to prevent splitting of the crust.

8. Bake for 40 minutes at 400°F.

40 mins later, tadah! Freshly baked Country Bread aka Iris Soda Bread!

Unlike white loaf that is soft and moist, Iris Soda bread is dense and dryer. You can have different variations of this bread. Example, for tea time you can add a tsp pure cane sugar to the dough. You may also replace the liquid with orange or other fruit juice if the bread is to be used for teatime and you can even add dried chopped fruits.

For a savory bread the liquid can be tomato juice and you can add chopped sundried tomatoes to the dough. Sprinkling of seeds in the dough or on top of the bread is also possible.

I toast it a little and layer some butter on it. Yumz yumz!

This is a country style bread that should be sliced thick. It is my first time making a bread, I believe I might had accidentally I rub the dough with too much olive oil hence the bread has a strong taste of it. Nevertheless, practise makes perfect. I will continue baking! Hope you enjoy it.

Walking on with love,
Aud

If you like this post, share the ish out for me, would you? Leave a comment too!

Don't forget to show me some Love~♥



♥~Live to Dream′Dream to Live~♥
Aud

Aud-MTN | How to Repack Masking Tapes to Smaller Sheets

I have to say I fell deep into the world of washi. They are so colorful, cute and yet they can be used on anything! Just google the use of washi tapes and you will be amazed by how useful it is.

I dare not to say that I have a collection but I have a pretty decent amount of them to cater my needs. But, how do I bring them out? They are in rolls which is kinda inconvenient to carry around and they eat up space.

This is how the pros came out with the brilliant idea of repacking them into smaller sheets or rolls. Basically there are two ways to repack the washis, you can either use straw or ice cream stick (in rolls), or use transparency or film (in sheets). I prefer using the second option because it will be slimmer, easier and tidier to keep in my pouch. Despite the method (rolls or sheets) the way to repack them is the same.

Here I will be repacking the MT slim 20 colors. Get ready your preferable straw/ ice cream stick/ transparency or film. There are glossy and matte film, I like the matted ones.

Aud-Eats | Amphawa Boat Noodle @ Sutera Utama

[REVIEW]

The Thais have been watermen since the earliest days in the 19th century. They commute by boats through the inland waterways and canals for all sorts of activities from daily errands to trading.

Due to the bustling life at the river bank, the people had slowly came out with a local delicacies named boat noodle. Boatmen serves the soup to people who would come eat on the banks of the canal.

Recently the boat noodle trend spikes out of no where. Now, you don't have to travel to Thailand for it. Amphawa Boat Noodle (located at Sutera Utama Johor Bahru) serves a 300 years history family recipe. Here you will find 2 different broth- Amphawa soup and Rangsit soup. Amphawa soup is the signature of the shop (hence the same name?). It is spicy and sour whereas, Rangsit soup is clear herbal broth.

Many boat noodle restaurant has only Thai rice noodle but Amphawa brings you Thai glass noodle too! Good news for those who love glass noodle right? According to Jason, Thai street food is not only Tomyam and Pandan leaf chicken. There are at least a few hundreds of local delicacies which most people are unaware of. That is why he decided to open this Amphawa Boat Noodle restaurant together with his wife and friends to bring more Thai local delicacies to the people of Johor.

Google+ Followers

Precious Readers