A special post: Prayers to MH370



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As many of you may already know, Malaysia Airlines MH370 took off from its home ground of Kuala Lumpur and was bound for Beijing, but never made it. And as I am writing this post, the airline is still missing. Nobody knows whether it has crashed, been hijacked, or it has landed somewhere. Even though I am far away (London) from where this is all happening, I am a Malaysian myself and it saddens me. Also, my late father was an airline executive for Malaysia Airlines. When I heard of the news, I suddenly thought of my father. I didn’t exactly know why. Probably because I know how much it would have affected him if he was here with me. I have been following the news throughout my Saturday. I have even been communicating with friends in Malaysia to find out how the situation is at the other end. There are many speculations as to what might have happened. But for now, let us pray and hope there will be some positivity out of this. My deepest thoughts go out to those who are affected.

Will be right back!!!

Hello all,

Just a short/quick note to let you all know that I haven’t been blogging or posting anything as I am currently living in temporary accommodation before officially moving into my new house. At the moment, I can’t go online (am posting this from an internet place). I hope to sort the internet out in within two weeks’ time. Meantime, I haven’t forgotten about the blog or my fellow bloggers. By the way, thank you to those who have recently followed my blog. I will be back very soon.

PY Lab


Chinese New Year 2014


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It is Chinese New Year 2014, the year of the horse. Many Chinese, including those of other nationalities from around the world, will be celebrating the lively, colourful, and joyous festival. It is also the time to be with family and friends. Where I am, in London-town, every year, the festival is celebrated in Chinatown and Trafalgar Square, London’s famous landmarks. Roads between Chinatown and Trafalgar Square will be closed for Chinese entertainment to take place, such as parades, acrobatics, traditional dance, singing, martial arts, Chinese celebrities appearances, and not to forget the dragon/lion dance.


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My favourite part of Chinese New Year is eating the Chinese rice balls. Here’s the link as a reminder for those who have forgotten about Chinese rice balls http://puiyinlab.wordpress.com/2013/01/01/happy-new-year-first-post-of-2013/ 


My best friend’s mother in Malaysia recently entered a rice ball competition where she had to be creative with using rice balls in the form of art.1491268_428654217262698_1698682218_o









I would like to thank Irene Soo and Chunkha Phen for the photos.

Happy Chinese New Year to my dearest fellow bloggers :)

Happy 2014!!!


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Happy New Year my dearest bloggers. Welcome to the year 2014. I would like to thank those who have been reading and following my blog. I would like to thank one amazing blogger in particular, Sagedoyle http://sagedoyle.wordpress.com for awarding me ‘The Blog of the Year Award 2013′. This is my first blog award and I am really grateful. Thank you Sagedoyle. Below is the post about the award reposted from Sagedoyle‘s blog. My blog is listed amongst other awardees. You too can award your favourite blogger(s).

Blog of the Year 2013 – 6 Stars!

I made six stars!  Thanks so much to everyone who awarded me, I very deeply appreciate it.

These are the talented and incredible people who honored me, not in the order necessarily that I received them:

A star from http://belsbror.wordpress.com/ which gave me 4 stars

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A star from http://danaiana.com/ which gave me 5 stars

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A star from http://adicanada.wordpress.com/ which gave me my total of six!

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I also received a 7th star from another blogger who has since deleted his/her blog.  I just want to say thank you to that person in case they’re still hovering about the blog world, but I don’t want to mention any names in case they’d prefer to be anonymous, since I’m not sure if they’re blogging anymore.

Thanks so much, friends!

The instructions for this award are simple:

1. Select the blog(s) you think deserve the ‘Blog of the Year 2013’ Award

2. Write a blog post and tell us about the blog(s) you have chosen – there are no minimum or maximum number of blogs required – and ‘present’ the blog(s) with their award.

3. Let the blog(s) that you have chosen know that you have given them this award and share the instructions with them – (please don’t alter the instructions or the badges!)

4. Come over and say hello to the originator of the ‘Blog of the Year 2013’ Awardvia this link – http://thethoughtpalette.co.uk/blog-awards-2/blog-of-the-year-2013-award/

5. You can now also join the ‘Blog of the Year’ Award Facebook page – click the link here https://www.facebook.com/groups/BlogoftheYear/ and share your blog posts with an even wider audience.

6. And as a winner of the award – please add a link back to the blog that presented you with the award – and then proudly display the award on your blog… and start collecting stars…


Yes – that’s right – there are stars to collect!

Unlike other awards which you can only add to your blog once – this award is different!

When you begin you will receive the ‘1 star’ award – and every time you are given the award by another blog – you can add another star!

There are a total of 6 stars to collect.

Which means that you can check out your favourite blogs – and even if they have already been given the award by someone else – you can still bestow it on them again and help them to reach the maximum 6 stars!

Ok, here are my awardees.  This is probably the most complicated factor in blogging for me.  I picked the below people for various reasons.  I know there has to be some of you out there that I missed and that’s the part I hate about selecting people.  If I forgot you, please don’t be offended, it’s just a lot of blogs to sort through and I get kind of overwhelmed, which creates a chaotic state of disorganization for me.  If I left you out, call it overworked axons and executive functioning issues.  That’s really all it is, because I value all of my friends here in the blogging community, and am impressed on a daily basis by the content on your blogs.

I have 4 stars to give out, so take as many of those or all of them if you want.  Happy New Year!

Anyway, awardees as follows, not in any particular order:











































The World’s Top 10 Best Soft Drink Inspired Cupcakes


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Check out these cupcakes. Love them.

Originally posted on The top 10 of Anything and Everything!!!:

The World’s Top 10 Best Soft Drink Inspired Cupcakes

The World’s Top 10 Best Soft Drink Inspired Cupcakes

This post has come about because I was at a post-Halloween craft show today and as per-usual there was a cupcake seller. He had made the usual Oreo, works of art ones, but also had some rather unusual Coke-Cola ones! Now I am sure many people reading this would have already tried some “fizzy pop drink ” cupcakes but not me, and now I want to know what other kinds people have made and discover for myself just what is…

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Halloween cupcakes


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Happy Halloween!!!

Today, my son and I were at the Dagenham Heathway Centre in East London, making Halloween cupcakes with other children and their parents. Below are some of the fun/monstrous/gruesome cupcakes that were made.

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Meet the brother and sister cupcake monsters made by a girl called Catrina/Katrina (sorry for the spelling sweetie).  cup4



And these are my monstrous dual.hallo1


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*The Dagenham Heathway Centre is a welcoming place where parents with children, particularly those with additional needs, come together. The centre provides a variety of fun activities, especially during the school holidays. It is also a place where parents meet regular, have coffee, lunch, cook, laugh, sing, zumba, joke with one another, and most importantly, to arise anything that concerns them and their children.

I am a proud mother to a beautiful autistic child, and I would take him to the Heathway Centre almost every Saturday for his playgroup. It didn’t take me long to fit in with the Heathway family. In fact, after meeting the family for one afternoon, I was already fitting in. And by then, almost everybody knew my name. That is how accepting, welcoming, and humble the centre is.

Missing in action – updates


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Hey all,

Been missing in action once again working on the publishing company. It’s hard work trying to find the right distributor. I am trying to ‘work’ with the distributor for my very first book ‘A Chinese Christmas Carol’, but I need to have a minimum of three new titles in their account. Therefore, I have been working and writing really REALLY hard to get some of those ‘titles’ done.

Meantime, I will be doing a Halloween post mid-next week. Catch up then :)

Happy Anniversary


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Hi! I totally forgot that today is my blog, PY Lab, one year anniversary. Can’t believe its been a year. Time does fly. Anyways, I just want to say a BIG thank you to my dear bloggers, especially to those who are following my blog. Always much appreciated. Really. Please continue to keep in touch. BIG hugs.

Happy Anniversary!!!

Chocolates for Amy Tan


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I became a HUGE fan of Amy Tan when I was a teenager after reading and watching ‘The Joy Luck Club’. Back when I was at university studying design, I had to create a creative and visual sketchbook about celebrities/well-known people. Amy Tan happened to be one of those ‘people’ in my sketchbook. One of the projects I had to do was called ‘The gift’ project, where I had to be creative and create a gift that I would like to give to a favourite celebrity/well-known person. So I chose Amy Tan. I don’t know how I came up with the chocolate idea. I wanted to make the gift personal (wishing that I could have really given the gift to Amy), and yet, I wanted to do something simple, unique, and fun. When I came up with the chocolate idea, of course I didn’t know how to make ‘real’ chocolates. So I decided to make ‘fake’ chocolates instead. All I needed was plasticine and acrylic paint. Using the plasticine, I started making objects and symbols representing mines and Amy’s lives. After that, I painted/covered the objects and symbols with dark brown acrylic paint. And then I left them to dry. Once dried, I put the fake chocolates in a Ferrero Rocher chocolate box, making them look like real chocolates.

The following day at university, I had to present my project. Before my presentation, many of the other students thought that my chocolates were real. Some even thought of stealing and eating them. choco

The front cover of the sketchbook.piv5

 The background with the writing was copied from one of Amy’s books.piv6


One of my other favourite well-known person is a famous architect, Daniel Libeskind.piv1


And of course the legend, Stevie Wonder.piv2


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