best cupcake frosting ever

im not a frosting fan, especially not on cupcakes. i always find them too sweet, too hard or too buttery

i love baking (not a fan of store bought baked goodies, i always find them too sweet/too chemical/too much icing/ too expensive) and today i made a batch of banana spice cupcakes for a sick friend

yeah i know cupcake craze that recently broke loose in the Middle East bla bla bla no seriously i don’t make cupcakes because they’r cute (although they are) but because they are easier to store and eat than a regular size cake, plus they make a nice present than regular big cake

for those of you who didn’t know (i hope that’s not too many people) a cupcake is simply a small size cake with lots of cute shit on top (yes same recipe as a normal sized cakes, yeah really. all you have to do is make your favorite normal size cake in small molds and adapt oven time to the mold used)

as this was a present i really wanted to frost the cakes, but as i am not a frosting fan (except for cream cheese frosting for carrot cake) i wasn’t sure what to do…….and what would go well with my mini banana bites (I made banana, cinnamon/nutmeg, walnut cupcakes)………….i trawled the internet for a few minutes and found honey cinnamon frosting

i had all the ingredients, recipe seemed simple and honey/cinnamon should go well with the cupcake. so i tried it and oh my this was the best frosting in the world, the texture was light, it wasn’t sickly sweet, and you could totally taste the cinnamon and honey…….oh and it only took  minutes to make

Honey & cinnamon frosting:

–  1 + 1/4 cup frosting sugar (sometimes called powder sugar or confectioners sugar. its the super powder white one)

– 1/2 cup unsalted butter at room temperature (it should be super soft but not melted)

– 1 table spoon honey (any honey would do)

– 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon (i put 1/4 teaspoon and it was fine)

put everything in a bowl, whisk with electric beater for a few minutes (till creamy)……aaaaand voila done. i used a teaspoon to frst the cakes no need for any fancy equipment. i frosted 20 cupcakes with the quantity and had some frosting left over (i used a little less than 1 teaspoon per cupcake but its up to taste)

perfect compliment to my spicy fruity cakes, thank you Martha Stewart🙂

a lesson in customer care by Emirates airlines

if all airlines in the world followed Emirates airlines’ customer care policy i wouldn’t be surprised if people stopped flying and went back to camel back caravans

here is Emirates airlines response to an extremely bad travel experience i have had with them last month, basically everything that could go wrong with the flight went wrong and instead of trying to ease the pain they are just adding insult to injury

the response can be summarized to: well, unfortunately we only care about business and first class ticket holders, but that you for flying with us. but hey judge for yourself

23 April 2012


Mr xxxxxxxx

Email: xxxxxxxx


Dear Mr xxxxxx,


Thank you for visiting Customer Affairs on 3 April.


Please accept our sincere apologies for the inconvenience you and xxxxxxxx experienced due to the delayed departure of flight EK651, from Colombo to Dubai, on 2 April. Our Daily Operations Report shows that this flight was delayed for 6 hours and 16 (which meant we were stranded at the airport for more than 8 hours) minutes, due to the late arrival of the incoming aircraft from Dubai, which was attributed to technical difficulties with the operating aircraft.


I do agree that our passengers are inconvenienced when flights are delayed. Whilst we make every effort to transport passengers according to planned schedules, sometimes operational necessities/technical difficulties cause changes to these schedules. When this happens, we do our utmost to minimise passenger inconvenience.


Flights are only operated when our Engineers tell us that it is safe to do so.  Emirates will never compromise on the safety of our passengers and crew.


I do regret to learn of your disappointment when you were not advised of this delay.


Normally, in line with our operating policy, lounge access is not provided to our Blue Skywards members travelling in Economy class. However, as a gesture of goodwill, our Airport Services Manager provided you an access to Sri Lankan Airlines lounge (big fat lie, we were taken to the staff lunch area and were left there for the full 8 hours. we were denied access to the 4 very nice Sri Lankan airlines lounges as we didn’t hold a Sri Lankan airlines ticket. this said place we were dumped at served expired food which gave us severe allergies for 10 days after)  for the waiting period in Colombo. I regret if you were unhappy with this arrangement.


I am concerned to note your concerns regarding access to Emirates Business class lounge at Colomboairport. I wish to inform you that the lounge is exclusively for passengers travelling in Business class (a total of 2 people were travelling in Business class that same day, I am sure they wouldn’t have minded if we shared the 1 bench in that lounge)


I note that you were unhappy that you were not upgraded to Business class on a complimentary basis. I would like to advise you that upgrades are given only in times of operational necessity.  Furthermore, upgrades are given with great reluctance, as we do not upgrade as a matter of course, out of consideration for passengers who pay the First or Business class fare. (out of the whole flight only 10 passengers were Skywards members they were all treated as cheap cattle. (We explained that the 8 hour airport wait was proceeded with a 3 hour drive and that we had to attend to jobs early the next day, and that a complimentary upgrade -to an empty Business class- would give us some much needed rest on the4 hour flight back to Dubai. not saying that after all the suffering it would make us feel that Emirates cares)


I am advised that our Contact Centre staff in Dubai, was unable to upgrade you and xxxxxx to Business class, as there were not enough miles in xxxxxx Skywards account.


It is of further concern to learn that you discovered your surfboard in a damaged condition on your arrival atColombo airport, when you travelled on flight EK348 to Colombo on 23 March 2012 (they forgot to mention the full damage report, it was mildly damaged on the way to Colombo and then irrecoverable damage was made to it on the flight to Dubai)


I wish to advise you that surfboards should be robustly packed, following the below precautions, which are clearly stated on our website, (exactly what was done on both flights)


Fins should always be removed, or, if they cannot be removed, should be firmly packed with polystyrene foam. Both nose and tail should have bubble-wrap or neoprene foam attached for protection. The rails (sides of the board) should have cardboard down the sides to absorb shock. The board should be packed in a properly padded surf-bag. (errrr, seriously???!!!!!! how stupid do you think we are)


Our Conditions of Carriage, Article 8.7.6, which forms a part of your ticket contract states that passengers must ensure that checked baggage is sufficiently robust and well secured to withstand the usual and normal rigours of carriage by air without sustaining damage. (and again what the hell do you think we did???!!! plus it was checked by your staff at departure and arrival)


Furthermore, your claim is governed by an International Treaty known as the Montreal Convention 1999, which has been ratified by the countries where you began and ended your journey. 


Under the Montreal Convention, Article 17, paragraph 2, the carrier is not liable if and to the extent that the damage resulted from the inherent defect, quality or vice of the baggage.  Therefore, we are unable to consider your claim for the surfboard.(bla bla bla bla)


Nevertheless, we remain concerned at your overall disappointment and wish to take this opportunity to restore your faith in Emirates. Therefore, as a gesture of goodwill, without prejudice or admission of liability, Emirates is pleased to credit 10,000 complimentary miles each, to your and xxxxxx respective Skywards accounts.(seriously 10,000 miles????!!!!!!!!! what the hell am I supposed to do with that? a flight to another GCC capital costs at least double the airmiles for an economy fair. and that damaged/broken surfboard has to be replaced where is the money for that Emirates?)


Thank you for bringing your concerns to our attention, and for allowing me the opportunity to respond. We appreciate your support as our Blue Skywards members, and look forward to welcoming you and xxxxxxon board our flights again.(not happening anytime soon)


Yours sincerely,



Amjad Khan

Customer Affairs

now seriously………………….i am lost for words, these guys still haven’t figured it out. they didn’t see all the European airlines fall out of the sky the past 3 years until they cleaned their customer care strategy and started paying attention to their customers, all of their customers (economy class or first class, a customer is a customer point). they still didn’t figure out that its is with economy class flyers that they will stay in business

but hey who am i to talk, i’m only an economy seat buyer, plus Emirates don’t seem to need or want customers their business is keeping afloat with only their cargo service bringing in cash since everything else sank (you only have to visit the shiny Emirates terminal to witness the great emptiness of a falling airline)

Etihad, Fly Dubai, Air Arabia…..get ready to take on a new loyal customer

the day Emirates airlines didn’t need customers anymore

did you know that Emirates airlines think of themselves as such a big regional elephant that they actually don’t need customers anymore?

did you know that Emirates airlines would happily tell you “Fuck you, fly with us soon”, if they:

–  left you stranded in a tiny airport for 8:30 hours

–  made you eat expired food that gives you severe allergic reactions for 15 days

– don’t take care of you while stranded in the airport

– refuse to upgrade you to business class as courtesy when above points apply + said business class is empty

– so badly damage your luggage sports equipment that it is beyond reparable


yes all of the above happened to me on a recent flight with Emirates airlines, I took the pain of actually following their retarded complaint process just to get an answer today (3 weeks later) saying:

“thank you for your custom, since you purchased an economy ticket Fuck you. fly with us soon. we love you”

copy of their response to follow. oh and their Facebook page admin keeps on deleting my comments because apparently “they are against policy”


nice nice

well done TNT

L’Odyssée de Cartier

a few facts are always welcome in a world full of uncertainties:

– diamonds are a girl’s best friend

Cartier makes beautiful things (mainly jewelry)

Cartier uses a lot of diamonds = Cartier can be one of girl’s best friends

– the following video is beautiful


in case you are interested in the video’s details: it took Cartier 2 years and 4 million Euros to complete the work, produced by Marcel agency and film was shot in Prague, Paris, Italy and Spain. The video traces the history of the famous jeweler’s as well as putting an emphasis on its core values of refined and elegant creativity.

Bernard Fournas (Cartier‘s CEO) said about the showreel “we want to portray that we at Cartier are at the opposite of fashion  temporary and disposable, we are timeless. When our teams create, develop and produce they have a unique way of thinking. Our products are conceived for life and not for a few fashion seasons”

In the video you will notice a few iconic Cartier pieces like Cartier’s Panther the house’s icon since 1904  (might be a one for the girls to recognise)

and if you don’t care much for jewels well its a really nice video production from the technical point of view


i’m open minded but this is pushing it a little

we have all probably received at least one of these coupon emails offering different discounts in the city you live in or any city you are interested in, it usually has restaurants, SPA/salon, discounts on items that never got sold in stores (remember those products with funky names like the Ab buster 3000…………….man i really want to be a funky product name inventor)

anyhow I as everyone else receive a few of these emails everyday and sometimes check them out there is no shame in a little bargain hunt every now and again, plus sometimes they have good items on discount. and today i received an offer of a different kind……………..get ready, have a seat………to give you all the parameters this particular offer is for Dubai UAE (a supposedly Arab and Muslim state)………………are you ready……………..ok here isa copy paste of the email received from the geniuses at GrouponUAE:

Give Yourself Peace of Mind With an STD Basic or Advanced Test And Consultation from AED555 at XXXX clinic

  • Privacy and Confidentiality for every individual is assured.
  • This test covers the major STD’s such as : herpes, chlamydia, hepatitis B and C, syphllis and HIV.

STDs are diseases that are mainly passed from one person to another during an intimate relationship. There are at least 25 different STDs with a range of different symptoms. The most common methods for the spread of STDs: 

– Blood Transfusions (Not common in the UAE). 
– Direct contact with blood 
– Intimate Relationship with an infected person 
– Acupuncture with unclean needles 
– Shared personal items (toothbrush, razor, nail clipper, etc.) 
– Non-sterile use of tools for Manicures & Pedicures
– Non-sterile use of tolls in dental procedures

Basic Testing: The determination of current infections for Chlamydia & Herpes (i.e early stages of the infection only) and the detection of Syphilis using the VDRL method (basic method with slight chances of false positives).

Advanced Testing: The determination of both current & previous infections for Chlamydia & Herpes (i.e early & late stages of the infection) and Syphilis screening using the TPHA method (Advanced sensitive method)

Please note that if the infection existed for a long time, the basic testing may not be useful.

Get yourself checked with this deal and stay safe

WOW now just wow, I never thought they would push the discount concept this far

– yes medical treatments are a business in this part of the world but commmoooonnn don’t run “discounts” these tests are to be taken seriously and not as a teeth whitening treatment……….. will the patients also get half services and half testing for paying half price?

– WTF  “are mainly passed from one person to another during an intimate relationship” WTF WTF and again WTF, if you must advertise for an STD test don’t just copy and past the definition of an STD from Wikipedia. did the editor forget this was an email going to residents of the UAE? and that in the UAE intimate relationships between 2 humans (man/woman/woman/man/man) are illegal outside the boundaries of marriage………and if you are married you shouldn’t really be testing yourself for STDs transmitted by your spouse………clearly this is targeted to all those SsssiiiINNEeeRRRzzzz ooooooo :-0………no really no kidding this time, shouldn’t they fire the guy who wrote this and get someone who can write more discrete copy……………………….in reality they should also fire the guy who scored this discount deal

Here is the link feast your eyes on their amazing copywriting skills

very appropriate

after a full long, very long, very very long day of ad agency presentation the below is very appropriate.

an ad agency presentation day is when a bunch of ad agencies come to see you and sell themselves, most of them believe in ruling by numbers (only 2or 3 people are needed, but usually 8 or 10 come along to fill your eyeballs)…………they try to explain your job to you and they apparently know more about your product than yourself, I mean off course they know you only created it and own it what do you know about it………now these guys with their Google stats fresh off the web that obviously no one would know how to get (especially not you the client) should be paid millions to run things for you while you stupidly continue on with your void of knowledge work life. One of them was arrogant enough/ or was it confident enough to try and give us a lesson in Facebook and Twitter…………..the room’s age group barely went over 35 so it was a bit like trying to give a teenage boy a lesson in Playstation 3


anyhow i leave you with this