happy birthday, Darlink!

Happy Place, Happy Space

We celebrate Loving Husband’s birthday this weekend: champagne fry up to start Saturday.

Loving Husband is one of the most gleeful people I know, always game for an adventure, big or small. He has challenged me to try & do more things than I would have if left to my own devices.

First of several birthday cakes: this one gifted by Generous & Splendid Cousin, a Kueh Salat cake. Bottom layer is glutinous rice steamed with coconut milk, coloured by the bluepea flower. The top custard layer, made with eggs and coconut milk.

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I learnt this week about image optimisation for WP posts – thank you, Pendantry for putting me forward as a case study! It would have helped prevent a situation which I encountered earlier this year: when my old blog was “running out of space”. Image Optimisation is not an idea I was aware of (read: my eyes glaze over when I encounter technical terms) and I would like to share it here as it might change the way you blog, like it has for me: The Green Way to Blog Longevity via Image Optimisation.

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In case you are wondering, the title doesn’t contain a typo. Decades ago when the children were watching Angelina Ballerina, we were so taken by the way Miss Lilly said darlink, we adopted this term of endearment for our own.

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Reading your Joyful Posts brings me to my happy place. I hope having them in one place makes it easier for you to find when you need a bit of happy therapy, too.

If you would like to join in Happy Place, Happy Space, ping back to this post and I will include you next week.

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This post is my contribution to Weekend Coffee Share hosted by Natalie the Explorer


  1. What a wonderful celebration! Loving Husband must have had a wonderful time, as I know you did, surrounded by gifts of your dear friends. (Beautiful cake!)

    I send both of you warm greetings and blessings for another year full of adventures and new things. How lucky we both are to have husbands who push us to be our best selves!

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    1. Appreciate very much your well-wishes for the birthday as well as the year ahead …

      Indeed we are very blessed. Here’s to our better selves, and to the spouses who egg us there!


  2. Hi Ju-Lyn,
    Happy birthday to your man and partner in all your photo adventures.

    I worked like crazy this last weekend to finish up a large story and would love to share it but I don’t know that it would fit with your normal list of fun things. My newest story is different than my other stories. This one is longer, about an hour to read. It’s hard science fiction so has several technical things happening as part of the story. It’s a David v Goliath type story about two space ships meeting to battle. It’s not gory, but it is a fictional battle so someone looses. I’ll share the link with you in case you’re one of those secret SciFi lovers, like me, except that I’m not all that secret about it.

    I’d prefer to share one of my older, fun to read very short stories that takes less than 10 minutes to read and laugh about. This story really happened to me one night at a strange night job I had. Let me know if you enjoyed my distress.



  3. hahaha I had wondered about the title… anyhoo happy birthday to them and many more wishes

    Image optimisation definitely is something to keep an eye on and not just for the running out of space but for how the pages will load

    have an awesome week


    1. Thanks so much!
      I must admit that I haven’t paid much attention to what happens behind the blog – it’s a learning each day! Thank goodness for people who do, and take the trouble to share their knowledge!


  4. Yummy. Kueh Salut is amazing and so rich. I can only eat a little square and that’s a big cake!!

    Before I left Singapore I learned how to make Kueh Salut & a bunch of other types of kueh. But guess what … it’s impossible to make just a little kueh. If I made a whole cake, it’d be impossible to eat it all. Maybe if I had a party?? If only I could find some blue pea flowers …

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    1. It is very rich indeed – we divvied the cake up and shared with quite a few friends as there are only 3 in our household now.

      Wow! You learned how to make kueh – that is not an area we’ve ventured into. I guess because we can buy it in small quantities if we feel like eating it.

      My mom sometimes uses blue colouring if she can’t find blue pea flowers to stain her kueh.

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  5. What a fun post. The cake looks incredible. I love that you call each other ‘darlink.’

    To my knowledge I’ve not gotten to the point where I need image optimization, but I’m glad for the link about how to… when the time comes.

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    1. A quick look at your site suggests that you’re using .webp a lot (perhaps exclusively?). That’s a great image format, highly compressed by default (though, being a newer format, there may be situations where the images can’t be shown). And I didn’t see any images that were resized by the browser. So, yes, you should be good for a long while. πŸ™‚ My advice – not that you asked for it – would be to check, from time to time, what percentage of your storage space you still have available, and if that number begins to rise quickly, look into why that might be happening.

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  6. A dazzling cake as well as champagne for a special celebration – life is perfect! I hope you’ve all had a wonderful weekend! Thank you so much for sharing about photo optimisation and I’ve read the whole post. Yikes! A lot to take in but something that was beginning to concern me and here seems a real solution. I’m going to check out how easy it is to cut those photos down to size!

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    1. It was a very cheery celebratory weekend! Thank you for delighting in cake & champagne with us!

      I hear you – when I first read peDantry’s post, I was quite overwhelmed, but as I had to start this new blog as a result of “running out of space”, I was very taken by the idea of optimisation (plus, it’s the green thing to do!). My big challenge was to find a way to resize easily, and as I use an Apple computer, the Preview function allows me to do this. Hope you find a workable solution that fits your process, Annika!

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    1. Thanks so much Donna! Loving Husband is very pleased to receive well-wishes!

      Hope you find peNdantry’s post helpful – it has certainly changed the way I post my images in this space. And hopefully, I won’t have to start a new blog because I “ran out of space”.

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  7. A champagne breakfast AND Miss Lily! What a joyful start to my Sunday! Thank you so much for including me today. I will come back and check on Image Optimisation. Heaven knows, I need it! Happy weekend to yout lovely man!

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    1. Isn’t PeNdantry such a darling to share such wonderful information?!!!! It will certainly change the way I present images and hopefully will help with blog longevity!!!! and be greener in the process of it all.

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    1. He did! he did! Several more cakes came our way, bottle of bubbly, biryani, Very-Good-Chum’s Homemade Pulled Pork, Whampoa dumplings …. lots to celebrate with!


  8. Happy birthday to your husband, Ju-Lyn. The cake looks delicious. Good post by Pendantry. I always reduce the size of the images before posting them on my blog. It makes a big difference on storage space in WP. Thank you for linking up with #weekendcoffeeshare.

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