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Gawai Day or Gawai Dayak is a festival celebrated in Sarawak on June 1st every year. It is both a religious and social occasion. The word Gawai means a ritual or festival whereas Dayak is a collective name for the native ethnic groups of Sarawak (and neighboring Indonesian Kalimantan): the Iban, also known as Sea Dayak and the Bidayuh people, also known as Land Dayak. Thus, Gawai Dayak literally means "Dayak Festival". Dayak would visit their friends and relatives on this day. Such visit is more commonly known as "ngabang" in the Iban language. Those too far away to visit would receive greeting cards.
    It started back in 1957 in a radio forum held by Mr Ian Kingsley, a radio programme organiser. This generated a lot of interest among the Dayak community.

    The mode of celebration varies from place to place. Preparation starts early. Tuak (rice wine) is brewed (at least one month before the celebration) and traditional delicacies like penganan (cakes from rice …


Halloween Window Silhouettes

Our Halloween Silhouettes lit up and shot from outside.  You can see another close up view of these silhouettes here and here.  You can also see our large "Witch on Broom" and "Fading Ghost" silhouettes here.

**See below for updates & a brief "How To".

**Update - Several people have asked me where we purchased these Halloween silhouettes & if the were vinyl.  All of our silhouettes were painted on cheap white fabric. For these silhouettes -  We cut cheap white fabric into long panels.We traced the design onto fabric.We painted the silhouettes using "dark gray paint" (Martha Stewart tip). The gray paint will appear black when lit.  Make sure you paint the silhouette on the side of the fabric that faces towards the outside. Also, make sure you protect the surface that you are painting on, since the paint can bleed through the fabric.We hung the silhouettes in our windows like curtains, using a small/thin peice of do…


The sour cream adds a subtle tanginess to this moist, chocolate-y cake. I made this for Justin’s birthday and loved it! While you’re at it, click here to see how we used this recipe in our Owl Cake. Shown with this chocolate frosting.

SOUR CREAM CHOCOLATE CAKEIngredients: 1 cup baking cocoa1 cup boiling water1 cup butter, softened2 1/2 cups sugar4 eggs2 teaspoons vanilla extract3 cups flour2 teaspoons baking soda1/2 teaspoon baking powder1/2 teaspoon salt1 cup sour cream
Directions: Preheat oven to 350 °F. Dissolve cocoa in the boiling water; let stand until cool. In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each. Add vanilla. Combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with sour cream, beating well. Add cocoa mixture; beat well. Pour into three greased and floured 9-in. round baking pans. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool …