Surprise!

Hi everyone (: Aya here! I just wanted to make a quick post about a recent baking session I had on friday.
So, why did I decide to bake when I don’t even have school? Someones birthday? Nope. An anniversary? Nope. Celebration? Ahh, yes (:

Another advice I was given to get ready for university was to do the things I’ve always wanted to do before and one of them was to spell out a message for someone using cupcakes (: Who did I bake for? Of course, for my one and only Yuka! She finished all her tests on friday so I decided to bake and sneak in to her house with her mums help to set it up in the kitchen (: I took some photos of my process so here it goes!

Baking #1

Baking #2

Baking #3

I started off by mixing one pack of some simple cake mix and then separated the mix into three small bowls inorder to make different flavours. I kept one plain but for the other two I mixed white cocoa powder in to one and chocolate and almond into the other. Some thing I kept in mind was to mix in the chocolate right before I put the mix in to separate cups since it melts very easily.

Baking #4Off to the oven! I pre-heated it in 170 degrees celsius and baked it for 20-25 min. For the last 5 min, I just stood in front of the oven to check that it won’t burn…

Baking #5

Baking #6For some weird reason the white cocoa powder cupcakes turned brown…I really freaked out…according to Yuka it tasted fine though…

Baking #7

After that I placed them in lines to make sure I have enough and just used a thin tip for the pink icing to spell out the letters! Cutting off the icing was a little hard…but I managed! For the heart, I used small decoration sugar pieces (:

I had an idea to place the cupcakes, but there wasn’t enough space…but since it was pretty cute, I’ll share! What I did here was that I got a huge round plate and placed cute paper napkins in a criss cross pattern and places the cupcakes on top (:

Baking #8

I think it’s cuter when you choose bright coloured or patterned paper napkins to contrast your cupcakes!

I hope you all liked my simple surprise. Really, surprises are worth doing once in a while. The process and the outcome are both fun! I loved Yuka’s reaction (:

Lots of love,
Aya

Beautiful Inside and Out

Aya here (:
I’d like to dedicate this post to my best friend, Yuka. Take it as a wiki page about her. By the time you finish reading this post, you’ll know how she’s beautiful inside and out (: Let’s talk briefly about the outside first. She has normal height, natural brown hair that she wants to turn black, sleepy eyes, beautiful hands and a very skinny body. I love her hands…she has pretty nails too. My hands are pretty much non-existent so I envy her.

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Yuka was born and raised in the same city all her life and I guess that explains why she seeks for adventure once in a while. She’s real life Tintin (I hope you see the reference Yuka) and isn’t afraid to try out new things.

“God made us best friends because He knew our Mums couldn’t handle us as sisters”

As much as the two of us have similarities, we have a lot of differences as well. There were times (especially in our senior year) when we had serious fights where it made us rethink our friendship. We’re both pretty emotional but Yuka tends to keep things to herself while I tend to speak straight from my mind.

I sometimes wish that I had some sort of magical power to read her mind…it can be really hard to guess at times. But then I realize how this is part of our friendship and that I have to make my way to her for her to open up with me. She once told me on a random train ride home that I changed her for the better. Words can’t explain how I felt then.

BFF

I was just thinking. What does Yuka like? Let me try and list a few things…

– Airplanes, airports, air anything
– The number 17
– Her pet dog (he can be violent…)
– Ice cream
– Vegetables (onions especially)
– This one marble bread from Lawson
– The colour blue and brown
– Her iPhone
– Beach
– Warm clothes and hoodies
– Simple jewelery
– Blond hair, blue eyes
– Peter Pan
– Amsterdam
– Grapefruit perfume
– Brushing her teeth
– Intense roller coasters

There is a lot more but I’ll stop here for now…

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Yuka and I can be two very different people. She’s more of a sci-tech type while I’m artsy, she gets work done quickly while I take forever and she’s tidy while I’m a complete mess. I think this is why we hardly had any classes together in high school, but I remember how we somehow made sure that we had at least one class together every year and we took part in a lot of school activities together. We were the senior editors for our school year book this year and this is when I was really surprised at how Yuka gets work done so quickly…we were inserting photos into the pages and when I got through 5 people, she was done with 15. Also when we were volunteering over the summer at school, we had to put 200-300 books in alphabetical order and while I went through1 pile she went through 3. Really, I have NO IDEA how she does it but…she just does.

She also modeled for me for one of my art pieces (: I originally wasn’t planning to conduct a photo shoot so I made the dress using the measurements of a mannequin. But Yuka actually wore the dress for me…I mean she was the only person who fit in it but still, she kept up with my awful photo shoot skills and survived in the tight dress for an hour or so…

Casablanca Fee

The funny thing about Yuka is that she seeks for adventure and puts things to action…BUT she hates decision making. When it comes to decision making this is all she says: “I don’t mind”. I sometimes feel as if I’m making her do things and that I’m taking over so I ask and ask and ask what she wants. It’s so intense that we even got in to a fight once because we couldn’t decide. Talking about fights, there was a time when I didn’t know how I was supposed to act around Yuka and I asked a friend why I kept feeling this way. She gave me this great advice so I’ll share.

“No one is perfect and there is no such thing as a perfect match when it comes to friendship. The reason you two are best friends is because you two complete each other. Even though you might have something that you just can’t agree on, it’s just that one thing. Just be proud of what you two have, be positive.”

One of the things I love about Yuka is how she writes down how she feels once in a while. While we’re currently in a world full of technology, she writes letters to me, some random, some serious. There was a letter where for the first time she addressed me as her best friend. She also promised me on the letter that she will keep me happy forever. Really. It was like a proposal…I think it was the first time I cried by reading a letter…

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Yuka is my best friend, but she is also my second mum, sister, partner and other half. She can be anything and everything (: I know that was reaaaaally cheesy…but I’m sure you all get what I want to say! I have more secrets to expose…so stay tuned!

Lots of love,
Aya

P.s. I love you so much Yuka!! Thank you always.