Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Cheating, why do people cheat? and what's the difference when it comes to lying? I took to Google dictionary and this is what I got.

gerund or present participle: cheating
  1. 1.
    act dishonestly or unfairly in order to gain an advantage.

  2. 2.
    avoid (something undesirable) by luck or skill.


  1. not telling the truth.

  2. I garnered that when people cheat, they are just trying to avoid something and get something out of it at the same time. People use it commonly on relationships as one party (or maybe both sides) tried to two-time their partner. *cue* JayZ & Beyonce cheating problem. 

While lying could be when the child who broke the glass insisted that they did not. But inevitably, if the child's purpose was to avoid getting beaten, then wouldn't that be considered cheating as well. That is just my opinion by the way.

In my perspective, both behaviours simply means not living the truth. Is this because our environment have made it so difficult to tell the truth because we do not want to face the consequences or deal with it. I am sure that we were not raised to lie or cheat but along the way as we observed how our seniors behave, subconsciously we adopt that element into us.

I am also guilty of it of course, I am not here to point out people's mistakes and overlook my own. One good example which I was guilty of in the past was bringing my youngest brother to Malaysia. We all know how dangerous our neighbour could be and that we had to be extra vigilant and stuff but well I sometimes took the risk and brought ourselves to JB. On that occasion, I will never tell my dad that instead I will just say we are going shopping. I mean that is the truth, we are going Malaysia. Thankfully nothing ever happened (assuming the fact that I went more than once ....:P). The thing is it was much easier to just say we are going out rather than explain where and how and why.

Stepping away from this story, I want to share about how I felt when I did lie regardless of whether I was discovered or not. It worries me all the time when I am living in such a life, if something were to happen then i would be guild-stricken forever. If I was discovered yet nothing bad happen, I took a shortcut to draw another story on top of the previous one. That got me into a further slush of waste down the pipeline (get into more deep shit ah).

From a simple lie, it evolves into plan to cheat my way out of any punishment. Ahhh that is the emotional warfare that we have engaged into. Basically, I am seeing that from a liar, it can propel one into a cheating game. This seems so complex yet it was avoidable at first.

So how to avoid all that? I have a 3 steps plan which works really well...for me.
1- Always have a good reputation and credibility. No matter what, it is important to always have and maintain the trust of people around us. Your words are your bond and your action explains your character.
2- Just tell the truth, cause it won't hurt anybody. If step 1 have been locked in place, you will have that level of faith by others that you will know how to live your life without others telling you to.
3- Just do it; stop thinking too much and procrastinate your life. When you want something, go and get it. When everyone can see and know what you are doing, and you get so busy with your plans and execution. Nobody aint got time to settle for small talks and questioning you.

This post was not inspired because of any other events of being cheated or stuff. It occurred to me whether at home, in school or in our workplace that all of us are guilty of such things in one way or another. We lie and we cheat and we can't deny that, can we? It is an emotional affair and it is here there everywhere.


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Saturday, September 13, 2014

Ahhh, so those on the korean wave and kpop and k drama and everything also K...well I am not so far away from that too. I do watch korean dramas, I listen to korean pops and I love korean related stuff but I am not a fanatic. The most challenging thing is that when I watched korean drama/movies, I get drawn to the food that they eat.

As always, I take pride in spinning my take on a dish. In this post, I share with you my take on Eomukguk 어묵국 (Korean Fish Cake Soup).

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

On 9:00 AM by siti shyuhaila in , , ,

Sometimes, we just want to forget but it is just so difficult. We keep telling ourselves and mumbling out that we should let go and we should move on, but internally our heart have not release. That will lead us to living a double life. As we go on living our daily life trying to correct the past and change, deep down inside we are still carrying another life. This translates to the memories, heartaches, dreams and nightmares which we may get at times when they come into our memory.

Clearly, we can forgive but we can't forget. We need to build a new set of memory space, we can't reboot and reformat our whole memory space cause that is only when a kind of sickness occurs and we do not really want that. 

But moving on isn't that easy, it is not really okay to just find a "replacement" and cover the torn patch inside us. We are humans and we have feelings, we get hurt and then we cannot just ctrl+delete that away.

No need to try to be righteous but the feeling of replacing makes one feel a traitor, a betrayor and a loser. Cause the promise of being the one and only can get so frail and weakened over time, it goes to show how weak that promise is.

I can't carry on to ramble on not because I don't have any idea but I do not want to. Know the difference and understand that, I am not weak, I am zsiti.


I need another break soon, out of Singapore. See you Malaysia, I am coming for you!

Monday, September 8, 2014

After my previous post on the video creation apps, here is the follow up of a few more apps which I have used for the past few months. You can read up on my previous review in the link here (5 video creation Apps (zsiti Review) ~ ZSITI CO.)

Now, you can have the option not just record your video BUT you can also decorate them. Beyond templates and filters, you can add in interesting stickers which "moves" (simply means animated) on your video.

The available apps which made into my list are basically from Japan and the format and templates are with Japanese background and text.

Without further ado, here is the list:

1) Mechika Boola | zsiti Review: Lovely and splendid
On a scale of 1-10, I really like the function and the userability of this app. There were so many choices of stickers which you can add into your video. Although this is a Japanese App, once you download into iphone, it gets translated to english. 
After rendering my video, it will be saved into my camera roll and I am able to upload to other platform such as Facebook or Instagram. However one disadvantage is that the frame will be larger and won't be able to fit into Instagram without cropping off. 
The video duration options are between 12secs to 24 secs.
Available on App Store and Android Google Play

2) Rabbit Cam | zsiti Review: the app amaze me yet language is a barrier
Very much the same as Mechika, however the language cannot be changed to english. Thus all the instructions and options are in Japanese. This made it hard for me to manoeuvre around the app and it just made me lose a little of interest in the app. It seamlessly can be shared onto Line as well as Facebook. Again, similar to Mechika, the frame will be cropped off on Instagram and I have to take an extra step to resize the video layout. 
The video duration ranges from 24 secx to 48 secs.
As a note, I am able to only find this app on App Store, I am not sure if Android would be having this anytime soon.

3) MyMovie from appland | zsiti Review: so-so
This app, reminds me the same as Instagram or MeiPai (my choice from the last review). Apart from having 32 different filters/frames and being able to fit squarely into Instagram. The app does not impress me much. Although it allows me to add in music background, the app does not have interesting cover filters/frames at all (unlike MeiPai). Thus I will not be keen to move over to this app.
The video duration however is impressively long up to 30:27 secs.
As a note, I am able to only find this app on App Store, I am not sure if Android would be having this anytime soon.

Check out sample of my videos which I used the mentioned app above from my lunch which I cooked today!
I recorded the video and chose a filter using MyMovie App and then the stickers and music were edited using Mechika Boola.

Recorded, filtered and sticker added using Rabbit Cam.

I also accept requests of app to be reviewed if you have any questions in mind. You can suggest to me apps which you want me to try out if you are not willing to try them out first! Be Happy!

Peace, zsiti

Saturday, September 6, 2014

On 9:00 AM by siti shyuhaila in , , , , ,
What is a cobbler? Some may ask: is it the uncle who repairs shoes in the neighbourhood? Well of course not. As the title of this post goes, it's Peach Cobbler which means that it has something to do with food which you can eat.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Don't you just have that craving sometimes for something sweet and cakey yet you are lazy to go out. Like me, your fridge is also not full of cake or sweets leftovers which you can munch on. Here is a recipe for a simple dessert made out of our daily use ingredients which we will have at home.

Bread Pudding!

The ingredients which I used are as follows:

Egg 4 medium to large ones
Sugar 3/4 cup
Vanilla Essence 1tsp
Salt 1tsp
Dark Chocolate (optional)
Cinnamon (optional)

How I did is simply idiot proof, I mean it does not take a lot for lazy ol' me to whipped up a dish of sweet (*toothly grin)

As a disclaimer: 
The measurements that I used here are catered to my taste and flavour. For desserts, I like mine to not be that sweet (I know, it defeat the purpose of a dessert but can you imagine all the harm that sugar and processed food are doing to our body? pardon me, I didn't mean to scare you back there)

Here are the ways to make the bread pudding:

1) Layout the bread pieces into a pan which has been layered with butter ( I'd rather use butter than those non-stick spray cause its cheaper and I clearly know that it is butter I am using). I bought a loaf of cranberry nut bread from NTUC which has the sweet and nutty element and I tore them up to small pieces.
I used a day old bread so that it will absorb much more liquid.
2) Now moving on, the wet ingredients come together: Eggs, sugar, milk, vanilla essence, salt

3) This step is up to your creativity and taste buds, what I had was cinnamon and dark chocolate. You can add nuts, raisins or other dried fruits if you like.

4) After putting all of them together, I let it sit aside for about 30mins while I pre-heat my oven at 180ºC. After that, I bake it in the oven for about 30-40 mins but every 20mins, I will check to ensure that the top do not get burnt.

5) To know if the bread pudding is ready or not, all the liquid in the pantry would have been dried up and the smell of the dish is awesome. To serve, you can whipped up some custard cream or vanilla sauce but in my case where I teach the easy way out, just serve with some melted vanilla ice-cream.
There you have it!

Have a go and when you have tweak to a flavour of your own, share with me here or you can get in touch with me on twitter/instagram! 


Saturday, August 30, 2014

Define happy (thanks to Google definition):

  1. ˈhapi/Submit
    feeling or showing pleasure or contentment.
    "Melissa came in looking happy and excited"
    contented, content, cheerful, cheery, merry, joyful, jovial, jolly, joking,jocular, gleeful, carefree, untroubled, delighted, smiling, beaming,grinning, glowing, satisfied, gratified, buoyant, radiant, sunny, blithe,joyous, beatific, blessed; More
    fortunate and convenient.
    "he had the happy knack of making people like him"
    fortunate, lucky, favourable, advantageous, opportune, timely, well-timed, convenient, propitious, felicitous, auspicious, beneficial,helpful; More

How many times do you tell yourself: this is my luck, I shall make do with this, I can't do this, If only... and many other self-questioning thoughts.Some thing always crop up at the wrong time and that seem to push you away from your goals, your dreams, and your aspirations.
Singapore is no longer like the past, what I mean by this is we are moving along the wave of creativity and open society. Things that you can't imagine in the past are now mainstream. Making music and creative productions are now open for the society; our families and friends to accept and encourage. But there are some who still hold back their reserves and worry about the negativity.

The world has to be in balance.

This Is what I always told my friends when I did something evil to them (evil as in prank them, or pull their legs: no harm was done towards kids or human beings XD). Similarly, there must be a balance with the human behaviour: the positive and the negative. This evokes a lot of feeling in us, we must empathise with these negative people, we must not be angry towards them, we must continuously love them, we must, we must.....Nonetheless, we must move on. Happiness is in our own two hands (figurative speech).
Look at a nearby kid or any kids in your family or even think of us when we were young kids. How did we behave? How did we pursue our own so called happiness? One of the strongest trait which kids have is faith. They do not know how, they do not know what and they do not know the consequences of their actions (or more so they do not care much of it). When they believe that they want something, they head on to execute their plan, with no turning back. Coupled with the intelligence of the kids nowadays, they are even able to negotiate or deal with adults separately (that is a whole new topic to be unravelled).
From that example when you see a kid wanting the parent to buy them a toy, we can take away two things:they had a plan and a goal. Although the plan would be as simple as crying and shouting and throwing tantrum to get the parent's attention, you can't deny that it is a plan (well foolproof enough to succeed).Imagine when you are 20 and you go up to you parent and start wailing to get them to buy you a new macbook (God forbid but I am not sure what would your parents do to you...cause of utter embarassment XD). 
What really fuelled this plan then? All of us can have a goal and a plan, but how do we make it successful?Going back to the kid's example: the other hidden element would be the faith. When they saw the toys, all they can see is themselves playing with it. In their mind, all they want is that toy and nothing, absolutely nothing can stop them. Even if you tell them that the toys may injure them, explode in their face, change colour and poo on them. They wouldn't care, to them owning it is what matters the most. That is one powerful element which we need in our lives. Having the faith, that child-like faith to carry out our plan. When the saying goes, nothing is impossible it means until you have seen it happen, then no one have the right to stop you from doing it. Past results is not an indicator of future performance. 
Peizhi's wedding at Beaulieu House Restaurant
You may say, well I tried making goals but I keep failing them and that demotivates me. Even if I succeed at some, those are too minor to be mentioned. Haven't you heard of the malay saying "sikit-sikit, lama-lama jadi bukit" small achievements over time will multiply and add up to be huge. Keep track of the happening in our lives, this will be a guide for us to be reminded what we want to achieve and pursue. When you look back, you will learn to appreciate how your story was written.
Be Happy