Eye of the Photographer

I love Dentistry, but working 48 hours a week sometimes drained my energy out! I started my cheesecake challenge as a stress reliever and through out the challenge of baking, I discovered I love taking photos of the cheesecake more than baking it :-) and my fascination goes on to higher scale.

So, here I am again..challenging oneself!

” A good snapshot stops a moment from running away”

- Eudora Welty 1909-2001


Who follows who? my sons are in Culinary and Photography course, hahaha don’t get me wrong, mine is only a hobby!

I have a full-time job and retirement is still far in my mind :-) beautybeyondfifty still feeling young!


First lesson: EYE of the Photographer

1. A good photograph has a clear subject.

2. A good photograph focuses attention on the subject.

3. A good photograph simplifies.

I’ve been trained to diagnose, to listen and look for underlying cause so I can treat dental problem and maintained the oral health. I have learned the skills, the art and science of Dentistry and here is another lesson to dig in..to train my eye, to get the right composition of the subject O la la…good luck jamilamimi..hoping the fascination will continue :-)


Unit one: 5 books, 7 CDs and photo assignment and exam.


wake me up :-)



Wordless Wednesday


Weekly Photo Challenge : Express yourself

DSC_5396In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Express Yourself.”


Old Jeddah and Old Me :-)


I always look forward for a day rest on weekend but when my friend says we have to go somewhere..GO! hahaha that’s me! My foot has an addiction to roam around anywhere! DSC_5874

As far as I know this is the second day of “Old Jeddah Festival” Jan.16,2015. Our car was parked about one kilometre away from the site.Downtown Jeddah (Balad) is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The festival is open for 10 days and its free entrance for everyone. The buildings were lit with different colors of light, there were guards, ushers and usherettes to guide which way to go.One thing missing were leaflets for guest like us, who can’t understand arabic, at least for us to know whose house, what stories behind the building,.. for us to better appreciate the history and reconnect the past to the present.

Jeddah wall

Jeddah wall

old building

old building




Mostly of the building windows are adorned with wooden lattices. The place were full with local and expatriate people. It was hard for me to take a good shot, I was afraid to lose my valuables and be left by my friends. The hustle and bustle of the festival was overwhelming.


this man not only have a good smile but he showed us how the old houses were built.

this man not only has a good smile but he showed us how the old houses were built.

weighing scale for his fruits

weighing scale for his fruits

Beautiful girls and ladies of the night ..of course the gentlemen too!


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Colourful display of food,tea cup, materials and equipments.

Old Dental equipment and forceps :-)


It was a Funfair evening which ended up into a stressful night for me. To make the story short, I sprained my foot (mid section) as I was moving the chair back to stand up, I guess I was not paying attention or it’s me.. my old “ME” so much of laughter and accidents do happen at times :-( I am lucky my friends were all boys scout and girls scout. The first aid treatment was superb! I was able to walk and work the following morning :-)

Thank you my friends!



Weekly Photo Challenge : Serenity

There is  serenity in his smiling eyes!



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Taif through the eyes of Nanay Aurea


First road trip for 2015 ..the long winding road going to Taif, Saudi Arabia with an elevation of 1,879 m on the slopes of  Al sarawat mountains. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ta’if

nanay aurea

nanay aurea

This is also  Nanay Aurea first road trip outside Jeddah. Our plan was just to have an early sunrise breakfast to our favourite “sand dune” but decided to go further and have lunch At Al Shifa mountain.

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A breezy morning to unwind, as we ascended to the mountain, Nanay aurea was quiet for some time, wondering whether the road has an end. At times, she asked questions like..why there are so many tires on the road? In the Philippines old car tires can be reuse and recycle to a flower pot holder, a swing ,chairs and table etc.She was murmuring “marami nang manginginabang sa atin nito” a lot of people will earn from these old tires. In unity, we all nodded our heads.

Dongyan of Taif

Dongyan of Sand dune

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Once we passed by police check point, she readily took out her passport and got worried that her visa is only in Jeddah :-) to our amusement we told her, her deportation back home is imminent :-) hehehe of course not!

Her amazement of how the road was constructed  echoed on how  hard it is for her to relate the story to her friends back home. :-) me too Nanay Aurea ..I share your sentiments :-) I took a lot of pictures and I can’t decide which one to upload. Alas! I choose candid street photos! Alright friends..don’t roll your eyes on me!

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Taif is also famous for agricultural products like pomegranate, grapes and other fruits. There are also baboons on the street in which tourist have fun feeding them..oh wait! the last time I know they only eat banana but now they also eat arabic bread!  huh? oh yes!

baboons in Al Hada

baboons in Al Hada


Rock climbing anyone?

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house in the middle of the mountain

house in the middle of the mountain

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What about lunch? Chicken grilled on rocks!

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among other menu :-)

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The road was so foggy when we reached the top of Al Shifa mountain, the hot chicken is now cold chicken on the rocks :-)

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After Lunch, we headed back home, Nanay Aurea asked what we did? hahaha we only ate Grilled Chicken, so next time..I wonder if Nanay Aurea will ever ask  grilled chicken for lunch,..ever!

Oh! before I forget, what was the comment of Nanay Aurea on grilled chicken?

“amoy arabo ang chicken”..the chicken smells like the arab guy who was selling it :-) in fairness..the taste was superb! not the guy..the grilled chicken o la la :-)


Nanay Aurea rocks! We love you Nanay! Peace!

handprint in the sand

handprint in the sand



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Baboons of Al Hada TAif in black and white

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Nope! this is not a zoo, these are baboons at Al Hada, Taif of Saudi Arabia. Though there are many tourist attracted to these sight, a lot of locals complained about its existence because they destroys farms,trees and sometimes attack people when the food are scars, they are like scavengers,feeding themselves from the garbage or rely on the foods given mostly by the tourist around the city.

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I am so scared to go down from the car but the clinging baby baboon got my attention! I took the shots through the window car :-)

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This one caught my attention really hard, I realised the baby baboon has no life, it doesn’t move! And the mother won’t let go! how sad :-(

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Weekly Photo Challenge : Shadowed


A mother and baby baboon of Taif,Saudi Arabia

I took this photo today at 1pm at the foggy site of Al Hada,Taif ,Saudi Arabia. I was inside of another car, so scared to get down :-)

Another blog coming up about our first road trip for the year 2015 ( Taif, Saudi Arabia)




2014 in review

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This year 2015, I’m starting a new Challenge for myself, Cheesecakes was a lot of fun but I must admit I enjoyed baking as much as photography, so this year, I am challenging myself to make a better photos and in order to achieve my goal, I enrolled in on line photography class. Yes! you heard it right, I’m taking a photography lesson on line and let’s see if I can make it. :-)


Actually, I started lesson one but was not able to continue..this challenge will make it through.. Promise!!!



Home baked Cheesecake Challenge : 50th Flavour

The idea of Challenging myself with different flavours of Cheesecake started Dec.25th of year 2013.

my first attempt to make cheese cake

my first attempt to make cheese cake

January 15, 2014 was the day I uploaded my first Cheesecake

happy Dulce de leche Cheesecake

happy Dulce de leche Cheesecake

and wallah! today is the day of the 50th Flavour. Shall I go for a bang! or shall I make a simple one?

I choose a simple Berries Cheesecake!

50th : Berries Cheesecake

50th : Berries Cheesecake

A simple one will be a cheesy one too! not too sweet and yet it is deliciously insane :-) The extended crust on the side makes it more crunchy but so creamy and soft inside.

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I made another one, added more eggs into it, same taste only varies in texture!

Christmas Cheesecake

Christmas Cheesecake

Weight versus experience?

So what did I learned from this experience aside from gaining weight? :-) hahaha I know you gonna ask, did I put some weight? Oh well! I am happy that in one year I gained 3 kilo, not because I ate all the Cheesecakes but because I was lazy to do my routine exercise.

Lessons Learned :-)

> eat anything but in small portions and don’t forget to exercise!

> baking is not easy, I salute all the bakers,chefs and all in the culinary department! May you have good health and strength to feed us all :-)

> being passionate in what you do will lighten the load of doing it.

> nothing is impossible if you put your mind and heart into it, but having said that..you really need to dig in into your last penny to buy the ingredients :-)

> lastly, as I gained weight, I also gained experience and I gained friends too ! not to mention I gained enemy too hahaha.. I ruined their diet!!

Do’s and Don’ts of making cheesecakes?

Well, I can’t say what works for me will work on you too but it’s fun to experiment and find your thing!

* make do of what you have :-)

I’m still using my old oven with faded numbers of the temperature, it took me awhile to get the right temperature but I manage. And I am still using hand-held mixer, it works!

*don’t mix too long

the more you mix the more air get’s in ,which resulted to more bubbles in cheesecake.

*bake one day ahead

Chilling the baked cheesecake overnight will prevent further cracking as you remove it from the pan

*always make an extra cupcake size for tasting

I make sure I have extra butter to bake with the same recipe of the day so I know the taste.

*gently and slowly

have a lil’ patience, use water-bath to control the oven temperature, use your oven timer and don’t open the oven door now and then to check if it’s done! Sudden change of temperature will cause cracking of the cheesecake. When its wobbling at the middle, turn off the heat, leave the door slightly ajar and let it cool for an hour before removing it.

What kind of Cheese I used?

Philadelphia Cream Cheese

Philadelphia Cream Cheese

Though most of my recipes I used Philadelphia cream cheese, I also used Italian cheese like Mascaporne and Ricotta cheese. I also used the famous Kiri Cheese in KSA.


Well, it all taste good, it varies in texture, i.e. Philadelphia Cream Cheese is more denser than Mascarpone or Ricotta Cheese. Kiri Cheese is also denser but it’s quite heavy compared to Philadelphia.


I did use flour on some of my mini cheesecake especially when I use my cupcake pans. It gives more firmness and sturdiness on the cheesecake. If I don’t want to use flour, I add extra egg yolk to enhance the bind and velvety texture.

Hmmm.. Ladies did I forget anything? Or maybe you can give some tips of yours, that I can follow the next time I make another flavour. huh? there’s next time?

hahaha maybe, but I guess year 2015 will be a year of Beauty and Fashion ;-)


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