Thursday, August 28, 2014

Funtastic Fridays- Favorite things

It's Friday again! What better way to start of the day than to have your favorite breakfast food?
I don't really have a favorite breakfast food. It's a game of roulette in my brain minutes before I wake up and whatever food on the list gets chosen will be The Favored Breakfast of The Day.
Today's Favored Breakfast of The Day: Over peppered sunny side up egg and cheese sandwich
I could only capture my over peppered (I love pepper) egg because I was so hungry I ate my sandwich immediately after I assembled it. (You're not really missing out much, it didn't look that great anyway. Neither does my egg)

Other than sunny side egg and cheese sandwich, I love ICE-CREAM, but I love HOMEMADE ICE-CREAM even more!

Do I even need to tell you how much more delicious homemade ice-cream is compared to commercially made ones? OF COURSE NOT!

However, I found this ice-cream pre-mix in my local baking shop and I was really mindblown...I never knew they had such things, but I realised that this is probably how ice-cream is made commercially as an afterthought. Pretty disappointing, I know.
This pre-mix just lost it's mindblowing magic
Despite the fact that this recipe only calls for two ingredients (Full cream milk and the ice-cream mix), It requires too much fancy baking equipment. Weighing out ingredients like milk in grams....seriously? Come on!
It was a tad bit too sweet, so I added in some green tea powder to neutralize the  sweetness that's why it looks green.The flavour being too sweet would be another drawback about using ice-cream mix

I let it soften a bit before transfering to a freezer box for storing

Scoop, serve and enjoy!

P.s It's not as good as I thought it would be, I should expect that since it is a pre-mix. Still, this feeling of unsatisfied-ness is just so annoying!

I'm probably gonna make ice cream from scratch some time soon.

So, what is your favorite food? Let me know in the comments section!
I''ll be going off to enjoy the rest of my Friday. Ciao~

Asia Colion

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Random Ramblings -The not so secret confessions of a graduate

So a while ago I said something about a graduation post and here it is!

Like I mentioned an earlier post (click here) I've finally graduated with a degree at last!

I am no longer a dishonor to my family! :')

The Not so Secret Confession Time:

1. I hate having photos taken of me

  • should be awarded a Masters of looking awkward in almost every picture

Exhibit A: Dat. Awkward. Grin.
  • However, there will be those RARE candid shots which actually look normal and not awkward, I could almost dare say, nice! 
Exhibit B: Granny Shot, Captured by Andrew Mah

2.  Before my graduation, I used to get nightmares that the administrator in charge of the Results Portal made a mistake. We get our results earlier than our graduation, online, so I knew what my “grade” was.
  • I got nightmares that I did worse than stated on the Results Portal quite frequently (Kiasu much? I think so! haha)

  • Fortunately, I did unbelievably well (HALLELUJAH!) by God’s grace because it could not have been my own efforts (I mean, I’ve been a dunce from the time I started kindergarten, real honest. My parents can attest to the validity of my statement. (Sad but true)
3. I bought my graduation dress the day before my graduations (Because I’m fab like that~)
  • I was going to wear something simple and plain, but my flighty friend, Sienna Newton Ho, was like: NO! YOU HAVE TO WEAR A NICE DRESS!! (She just wants me to look good in the photographs, God bless her soul, but I think I’m a lost cause)

  • No dress, no matter how nice will save me from my awkward photo sickness :’)

Here are some pictures from my graduation that are not awkward
Not awkward...
...because I'm...

...not in it!
On a more serious note (get your tissue ready):

  • I thank God for always helping me through my whole life and especially during the tough times in uni (all those tears and sleepless nights!)
  • I would like to thank my parents for allowing and even encouraging me to enter University despite knowing what a dunce I really am and how expensive it is to send a child to university. Your support did not go unnoticed.
  • I thank my whole family (sister, uncle, aunty, cousin, etc) for supporting my choice of degree despite how unpopular and unrecognized my degree is (I studies Education in Special Needs) in Malaysia.
  • My classmates and friends, I love you guys! Uni life would not be the same without you! 
    • All those surprise meal deliveries
    • Late night support helpline
    • Forcibly making me take a break because you know I'm gonna have a breakdown if I don't
    • Heart to heart sessions about our struggles and then encouraging each other
    • Crazy mamak/ makan session
    • Taking me to the clinic when necessary
    • Random joyrides-turn-shopping-trips to relieve stress

Of pearly whites and awkward grins
Class of 2014! I  you guys 
The extended Uni family!  I  you guys too!
My not so sexy back, boo yeah!
You know who you are and I thank God for you constantly!  

Asia Colion

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Funtastic Fridays - Scrumptious Scones

Thank God it's Funday!
I am happy to announce that Funtastic Fridays are back!
And this week. it's....(drumrolls)...
Now, doesn't that just look scrumptious?
Scones! (ba-dam-tss!)

Here's how these babies were born!

This recipe was adapted from

Ingredients (Listed from left to right, top to bottom)

  •  1 cup milk
  • 3 cups flour
  • 170 g unsalted butter, cubed (and kept as cold as possible, freeze it)
  • 5 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt (I used Himalayan rock salt, but you can use regular salt)
  • 1 egg, beaten lightly

Before you jump right in, here's some thing's you must should do(trust me on this one, I learnt the hard way):

1) Put what ever bowl you're using to mix in the fridge/ freezer and let it become nice and cold
  • This will help the scones rise better by keeping your mixture (especially in warm climates)
2) Freeze your butter after you've cubed them
  • Because you need to keep thing cold, so your scones rise higher
3) Preheat your oven at 200C degrees
  • Grease your baking tray or line it with baking paper
4) Clear a large enough surface for kneading the flour
  • Finally, some action!
5) Make sure your hands are clean and your fingernails trimmed
  • Obviously, for hygiene reasons. Especially trimming nails...
Let's get on with the show!

1) Place flour, sugar, baking powder and salt into the cold mixing bowl and mix till combined

2) Throw in the cubed butter and, using your hands (you can use a pastry cutter but I like using my hands) break up the butter and mix with the flour until a bread crumb texture is achieved.

Your mix should look like this (this step is totally not long nailed friendly, hence, trim them)

3) Pour milk into the beaten egg and mix till combined

4) Make a well in the mix and pour milk and egg mixture into the well. Mix until you get a gooey mess.

  • At this point you might think the gooey mess is a mistake, but DON'T PANIC! It's all part of the plan.

5) Flour your surface generously, much more generously than I did please!

Gooey mess FTW!

6) Scoop out the gooey mess onto the floured surface and knead away!

7) Feel free to add more flour as you knead and shape it into 1 and a 1/2 inch (approximate) and you're ready to cut

8) You can use a scone cutter but if you don't a straight glass will do the trick! Flour the cup thoroughly and press down into the flour to create round cuts!
  • Optional: egg wash, use a basting brush to brush on beaten egg onto the top of the  unbaked scones

9) Pop them into the oven and bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack.
Why, hello there! Nice day for a spot of tea!

10) Serve with butter and jam (and clotted cream if it's available!) And now you're done!

Once more this recipe is adapted from
I used this recipe and made changes as I saw fit.


Asia Colion

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The epic tale of the battle of necessary evils

So, it's been a while since I last posted and... I would just like to say I'm really sorry for always being so inconsistant, but I SWEAR I ONLY DID IT FOR A GOOD CAUSE!!

So, "what is this good cause?" you ask me. The title says it all! Short story time!

       Once upon a time in a far away land where the people lived in trees with wifi and cable tv, lived a young woman by the name of Asia Colion. She once valiantly vowed to update her blog as frequent as 3 days a week and kept her promise for a few months. She posted about food, fun, crafty shenanigans and a sprinkling of her daily life, but as time went by, she enrolled into a university to further improve her shallow and tiny mind.

       As time went by, the number of her postings decreased and stopped altogether and she broke her promise. You must be thinking what an awful person she is to break a promise she had made, but the reasons on why she broke her promise was not known to the world. She was engaged in a battle, a battle too horrific to recount! A battle of mind and body with the darkest enemies of humankind!


       Alas! That was but  only one major enemy! She battled against Priorities, Time Management, Stress, Academic Text, Unreasonable Assignments, The Nasty Lecturer (This one was a real tough one!), Insomnia and many others which were just as devastatingly evil. The constant assault of the evils wore her thin till she could no longer find inspiration to blog.  The battle lasted for 3 years with no cease to the attacks, but at last she emerged from the battle victorious!

        Full of remorse for breaking her promise, she has returned to blogging fearing that all is lost and that nobody would ever want to read her blog ever again and this time she will be facing even more devastating evils, Evils which she has never faced before: Work Life. She begs for forgiveness and hopes that everyone will understand the inconsistencies of her posts. She also invites everyone to follow her battles in the coming near future if they can bear with the inconsistencies.

So yeah, story of my life in a nutshell. I've graduated but I'll reserve that for another post!
To be honest, I really had a lot of fun writing this and I do hope you had fun reading it!


Asia Colion