When I posted the inspiring essay, "A never ending dream" written by the Oscar winning Director, Ang Lee, on my facebook account, I received a question from a fellow food blogger, Mel of "Through the kitchen door".
She asked, “when Quay Chai chose his career to become a singer, do you sternly object this path in the beginning?”
My answer to her was, “I was not in favor but I did not object after my Quay Lo told me that we should support him to pursue what he loves most. He said one excels when they work at what they love and are passionate about doing. He said success isn't about money, position, or power. He said it was happiness. My Quay Lo is right but I have to be honest, I still worry for him because it is extremely difficult to make ends meet being a musician, and singer-songwriter in Malaysia. Trust me, it is not easy to be parents to a creative child.”
The reason I want to share this article titled ""Help! My child wants to be an artist" with my readers is because I know there are parents out there who are like me or Ang Lee’s father. Maybe we share a worry of whether they will be able to support themselves pursuing a career as an artist. In fact, for me, I still fear for my son. So when my fear overwhelms me, I read this article and it seems to calm me because it reminds me of what Pullman said. (Quote:)“ Trust that your children’s lives will evolve, that they will find their own voice, and that they will become complete persons.”
So I end this with a plea. Please support our local talent by attending plays, concerts, and recitals. You will be so surprised at the talent we have and so pleased that as a form of entertainment it is far less expensive. Also, consider donations to organizations that fuel the growth of the arts in Malaysia. Message me if you want some ideas. Today, much of the talent we have is faced with letting their lights grow dim or leaving our country for better opportunities elsewhere. What a shame that is.
Oh, and another way to get my mind off worrying is to go into my kitchen to bake. After baking this delicious and pretty looking cake, I forgot all about my worries. Don’t believe me, try this if you do not think all the advice given in the article works for you. LOL!
Kiwi butter cake
2 Zespri kiwi, remove skin and sliced
250 gm butter
190 gm castor sugar
150 gm self raising flour
35 gm plain flour
120gm sour cream
1 tsp vanilla extract
Oil cake pan and set aside. Beat butter and sugar with mixer until light and fluffy. Beat in egg, one at a time. Fold in shifted flour and sour cream. Pour batter into prepared pan. Top with slices of kiwi. Bake at 180C or 375F for about 50 mins or until cake springs back when pressed lightly in the center. Remove cakes from oven and let them cool on the wire rack.