Sunday with Adam- Life Behind the Scenes! 🎬

Hey guys! I hope everything’s swell. Are you enjoying the brand new series of Sunday with Adam? Have you guys tried the recipe for Chips to the Next Level yet? If not, then you should try it now! Finally, Episode 2 of the kids series has been released! This time, it’s… Icy Bites! This delicious dish has got cookies 🍪, which pack a CRUNCH, and ice cream🍦, which is divine and delicious! You definitely can’t resist this perfect treat! So, you’ve seen it all on screen, but you can’t imagine what life is like behind the scenes of Sunday with Adam…

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At first, I was thinking that everything would be easy-peasy, as it seems in the video. It was only until we started shooting that I came face to face with the challenges! It was going to be a bit more harder than I thought!😵

Before we started to shoot the videos, Mr OCD Uncle had to plan everything from scratch. First, he had to think of the dishes that he was going to cook. Next, he had to decide which order he would cook them in. After that, he had to list down all the ingredients he needed. Then, he had to go grocery shopping for all the ingredients. Once that was done, he had to draw a design for the plating. Finally, he had to think of catchy names that would make the dishes even more attractive. BTW, Mr OCD Uncle managed to do all of this as a ONE MAN SHOW! I would say that he is equivalent to a superhero!!😤 One second he’s cooking at the worktop and the other he’s climbing up the ladder to check on the camera!💥

When the prep was done, we moved on to the shooting. The first stage was setting the scene! Now this was a very crucial but time-consuming part of the shooting. It took almost 2 hours to set everything up before each shooting day! We had to make sure that the spotlights were in the correct position so there was no shadow. The cameras also had to be in the right place so everything could be seen. Alongside that, we needed a nice background so we had to make sure the surface that we were working on was SPOTLESS ✨! The ingredients also had to be at a high standard.That’s why, early in the morning, Mr OCD Uncle goes grocery shopping to make sure we have high quality ingredients! For example, apples had to be a strong tone of red and shiny, lemons and limes had to be the perfect shape and mint had to be fresh and crisp. Everything had to be to a T! Whew, was that hard!

As soon as everything was set up, it was time to shoot the video! This was also a long process, it took half a day to do it! We didn’t start cooking straight away though. Before we did anything else, we needed to take a video of the spread of ingredients that we were going to use in our dish. Only then we could start cooking. Plating was also a very important issue. It was critical to make sure that the food looked stunning!😱 Because it was a cookery video, everything had to look irresistibly delicious! :p We also had to have perfect timing! For example, in Chips to the Next Level, we had to get the dish to the table quickly otherwise when we sliced it, we wouldn’t get that oozy, cheesy effect. And then we faced a bigger challenge with this episode. Since we were using ice cream in Icy Bites, the heat from the spotlight could have melted it so we had to get it onto the plate fast enough. It was a race against time! You should’ve seen me running around behind the scenes like a headless chicken! 😀

Did you notice that Mr OCD Uncle has also come up with something very smart in this brand new series of Sunday with Adam? He has invented ‘While Waiting…’! It is his own trademark and nobody else has ever done it before! This is the part I find fun as much as cooking. Whilst we are waiting for our food to cook, we do an activity together. For example, in Chips to the Next Level, we played Noughts & Crosses together. Then in Icy Bites, we played Monopoly, the board game. Clever, right?😁

Then along comes the final step, editing! And boy, did that take a long time! Because of the time limit on Instagram, all videos have to be no longer than 1 minute. Can you imagine how hard it was to shorten a video with a total length of a few hours into 1 minute? And that’s not all! We had to make sure it had a flow. It also had to have connectivity. Last but not least, we had to find a song! And it couldn’t be just any old song, it had to be a song that matched the video, it had to be a song that suited it. The song had to be something that was catchy, something that would stick in peoples minds. Finally, we had pieced all the jigsaws together so our masterpiece was complete!

So you see, a short but beautiful video has taken a lot of hard work behind the scenes. And it’s not just Sunday with Adam who works hard; the people who made the movies you love and the cartoons you watch have all strived and put their heart into their creation so they could make their own masterpiece. Now you know that some of the things you love have taken a lot of labour! Always appreciate other people’s hard work!

“The greatest achievements in life are only gained by hard work and toil.”

The Pawsome Lion

Friday 14th October 2016

p/s: Let’s Cook & Sway!

p/p/s: Don’t forget to follow Mr OCD Uncle on Instagram & Facebook: @adamdidam & subscribe to his YouTube channel too!😉

 

 

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The True Meaning of Eid

Salaam pawsome peeps!

WOW!!! Time flies without us even noticing! Ramadan is already stepping out from under the spotlight and Eid is just around the corner! 😀 Most people-especially lil’ kids-are looking forward to this very joyous occasion. Many people are hustling about making preparations for Eid such as what to wear, what food to cook, where to go and other stuff like that. But because people are too busy fussing about the preparations for Eid, they tend to forget that the peak of this blessed month is in the last 10 days. They don’t realise that they are missing out on the best part of Ramadan just because they are getting blinded by the excitement of Eid!

Instead of getting in high gear for the grand finale of this blessed month of Ramadan, many of us are too busy comparing the number of outfits they have between each other. When Eid comes, people go especially crazy when it comes to buying new clothes. They shop like there’s no tomorrow! They’re wasting money unnecessarily when they already have more than enough clothes to wear! Just because it’s Eid, people think that they NEED to buy new clothes in order to celebrate this big day. In fact, many are going off the rails because they feel the urge to show off to people so they can be better than others. However, I’m not saying that what they’re doing is totally and completely wrong, they obviously want to look good on the day. But, that’s still not the true meaning of Eid! It’s not what Islam teaches us! Our religion tells us to be modest at all times.

To relate to our subject, I would like to share a discussion that my family had recently. We were talking about the preparations for Eid. Mr Dad asked me,

“Do you need any new clothes for Eid, Pawsome Lion?”

Hearing this, I excitedly jumped up from where I was sitting and replied,

“Yes please! I definitely need some new outfits!”

Then, Mr Dad asked me again,

“Are you sure?”

So I thought carefully and finally answered,

“Hmm…No, actually I’m fine. I don’t need new ones. I’ve already got more than enough in my wardrobe!”

You must be wondering why I changed my mind in a matter of seconds. Well…the moment I said yes, Little Miss Diva repeated after me saying “Yes!” too, with Baby A tagging along. They didn’t even know what it meant but because they always look up to me, they copied me 100%! So when Mr Dad asked me a second time, my mind was racing. There was a voice in my head telling me to make a wise decision because I’ve got a huge responsibility to carry, setting a good example to my brother and sister. And anyway, I can always wear my best clothes from what I already have, not to waste money on clothes that I’m going to wear once or twice! We all should buy things only when we really need to.

Allow me to take you further down the road…THINK! Will you be happy parading around in your new outfit when you know that in another part of the world, someone less fortunate than you, who is cold and hungry, hasn’t even got a shelter to keep them safe let alone clothes? Now, will you still be selfish and have a cold heart, counting the number of outfits you wish to have on Eid? Or will you be grateful for what you already have and remember the true meaning of Eid? Your call! 😐

Now, I am pleading to all of you. Don’t burden your parents just because of some selfish excuse. Be kinder, help those in need, look at the people around you and ask them if they need help, if someone helps you, pay it forward, do all these things so TOGETHER WE CAN CHANGE THE WORLD! 💪 It is our duty as a human being to do it.

Moving on, in some countries, they practice giving money to children on Eid as a gift. For example, Malaysians call it Duit Raya. Now, I’m not saying that you shouldn’t give money but from what I have heard, I noticed that there are more negatives than positives on this tradition. Imagine that it’s Eid and you have two uncles in your family, Uncle X and Uncle Y. Uncle X gave £10 each to his nephews and nieces while Uncle Y gives only £1 each. Everyone will start to think that Uncle X is better than Uncle Y! Straight away, Uncle X has become everybody’s favourite. What everybody doesn’t realise is that Uncle X has billions of pounds in his savings account whereas Uncle Y has ZERO! What really counts is not the amount of money they gave away but the kindness and generosity that they intended. That is why we shouldn’t be judgemental. Always think further down the line, there might be some hidden reason behind one’s action!

Last but not least, I sincerely hope that this holy month of Ramadan will polish us to be a shining diamond! We can still celebrate Eid joyously and grandly but we do not have to show off our accessories or good looking clothes. Bear this in mind and everyone can live a happy life. Let’s all help each other to be a better person! Remember, the true meaning of Eid is to be modest and thankful for what we have and remember those in need!

Salaam!

“Modesty is something we should all have and hold on to. If we let go of it, our dignity will be no more and people will think of us as nothing but vain and selfish.”

The Pawsome Lion-Saturday 25th June 2016

p/s: Enjoy my old collection of Ramadan and Eid photo collage! 😉

*Media Source: The Pawsome Lion*