About Me

Once upon a time, there was a girl named Sam who disliked food. When she was little, she would rebelliously run around during meal times, defying any food on her plate. Things began to change when Sam left Singapore and went to The University of British Columbia in Vancouver. Forced to cook, Sam was mostly unsuccessful in the kitchen and nothing was quite edible. A sudden appreciation of food then began to take form. However, as a starving student, Sam could not afford to be picky. She became very open-minded about food, which was excellent for a someone living in the global city. Sam tried different ethnic cuisines and ventured on unfamiliar names on every menu. This experience with exotic foods had fostered a versatile and diverse palette for various cuisines. A passion began to develop and sooner than she realized, she lived to eat!

A year after her graduation, Sam had the idea of creating some cookie monster cupcakes one fine day. It was her first time ever making cupcakes and it sure was a challenge for her. Of course she had to get some help from Ms. Betty Crocker. The cupcakes turned out to be a success (how can you fail from Betty Crocker?). Ever since then, she was hooked. She never knew how much joy baking could bring to both herself and to those around her. The baking had since continued and alas, Sweet Samsations was born!


Hello and welcome all! My name is Samantha and please make yourself comfortable here! I am of Singaporean and Indonesian heritage, but have also lived in Vancouver, B.C. for 7 years.

What can I say? I simply love food and probably have more pictures of food than I have of people. This blog has evolved according to the many stages I’ve had with my relationship with food. At the present, I’m focusing on healthy, wholesome food that I can have every day.

Bend it like Bikram Baby! @Angkor Wat
Bend it like Bikram, Baby! @Angkor Wat

Thank you all for your support! If you have any questions or enquiries, please contact me at samsumarli@gmail.com

Sweet Samsations

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36 Comments Add yours

  1. big daddy says:

    nice page! daddy must have one too!!

  2. JP says:

    Nice blog here, and I am most impressed with your culinary prowess. You should also embark on creating fusion cuisine.

  3. samology says:

    Yes Daddy! You should!! 😉

  4. samology says:

    I believe in time to come, I will attempt to do so! Provided I become a lot more familiar with authentic traditional and modern cuisine! 🙂 Thanks Jin!!

  5. Ken says:

    Hi Samantha ,
    Your first post just appeared on Urbanspoon! Check it out:

    Let me know if you have any questions.

  6. Hi! Thank you for visiting my blog and for the like! I am enjoying looking around your blog – you have some great creations! Have an awesome day! 🙂

  7. samology says:

    Thank you sweetie! Glad you’re enjoying it!

  8. Gary says:

    Love your site. Please send me your contact information, I don’t see a way on here to get in touch with you… Thanks.

  9. samology says:

    Thanks! You can email me at samsumarli@gmail.com

  10. sugaredpecan says:

    Hi, I love your blog and so I have a little surprise for you. Come check it out! Donna

  11. samology says:

    Thank you so much Donna!! You’re too sweet! 🙂

  12. Very awesome! Loving your theme and descriptions! You’re cakes are too cuuute!

    I must admit, a lot of my money goes into food and experiencing different ingredients! We’re kindred souls!!!

    Happy cooking! 🙂

  13. samology says:

    Thank you very much for your kind comments!! You totally made my day! 🙂

  14. So welcome! I think it’s so awesome that folks take the time to stop by (each others) blogs! It encourages us all to cook/bake & write more!

  15. I’ve just nominated you for some blog awards! Not sure if it’s your style but feel free to check it out if you like! Your baking is beyond incredible http://girlinafoodfrenzy.com/awards-acccolades-appreciation-in-the-blogosphere/

  16. samology says:

    Oh yay! Thank you for your award! I feel very honoured and happy whenever someone appreciates my work! Thank you very much! 🙂

  17. Sammie says:

    Thanks dear!

  18. Sammie says:

    Thanks Kim!

  19. I like yout blog very much !
    kisses for you from Italy !

  20. Alex says:

    Pretty and delicious!;)

  21. Hi, I have nominated you for the Super Sweet Blogging Award! Check out this link for details. http://helpwithyourlife.wordpress.com/2012/11/21/super-sweet-blogging-award/

  22. Sammie says:

    Thank you so much!! It means a lot to me! You totally made my day!! 🙂

  23. moderngirlnutrition says:

    Hi! I just found your blog and love it:) Quick question: I can’t seem to get my Foodie Blogroll widget to appear- how did you do yours? The tutorial they give is outdated:( Thanks for your help!

  24. petit4chocolatier says:

    Beautiful blog!

  25. Congratulations, Samanthat! You have been awarded: Sunshine Award
    I do not expect any action to be taken, or for you to generate a post (unless you wish to pass on the award nominations). Nevertheless, your blog has been awarded at: http://fae-magazine.com/2013/08/28/award-august-2013-part-2/
    Enjoy your Award! 😀 Fae.

  26. lemonissimo says:

    Respect quite nice (sweet) blog 🙂

  27. ahappycook says:

    Great photography and writing! Enjoyed reading your blogs and wishing your more kitchen adventures this year! Cheers!

  28. pretzel says:

    awesome blog! thanks for sharing the recipe of ensaymada. Cheers!

  29. Sophia Rizos says:


    I hope you’re having a fantastic week!

    I wanted to quickly introduce myself, as I am the Community Manager for Zomato Vancouver. We recently announced some pretty big news and want to keep you informed!

    UrbanSpoon is now a part of Zomato, one of the world’s largest restaurant search and discovery services. We wanted to personally reach out to you – the most active Urbanspoon users – to thank you for the amazing role you have played in bringing Urbanspoon to where it is today!

    Our teams are working closely together to ensure a smooth transition from Urbanspoon to Zomato and we will continue to share new updates with you. There will be tons of exciting new features that you can look forward to!

    We could grab a coffee sometime, I’d love to get to know you and discuss the transition and answer any questions you might have 🙂

    Please let me know if you have some free time to get together!

    Looking forward to hearing from you 🙂


  30. ohmyglai says:

    I enjoyed reading your story! Like you, I also disliked food when I was a little girl. When I grew up and discovered different cuisines, I evolved into a creature who spends most of my money, time, and camera memory on food! hahaha. I like your food photography and styling, perfect for food blogging. I hope I can improve my skills on that. Keep up the good work and looking forward to more posts. 🙂

  31. Blake says:

    Hey I have been following your insta for ages and really love your photos! Could I know what camera/editing apps you use? Thank you xx

  32. Sammie says:

    Hi there! Thank you! I’m using a Nikon D610. I have 2 lenses at the moment: 50mm and 105mm. For Instagram I usually just use VSCO and Instagram’s edit. Hope this helps!

  33. Stephen says:

    Hi I just looked up your Asian Hot Dog Buns (Caterpillar Buns) recipe I can’t wait to make them. It says cheese in the recipe but didn’t give the kind of cheese. Could you let me know the cheese I am guessing cheddar.

  34. Sammie says:

    Hi There! Yes. You may use any cheese slice you like. Cheddar sounds perfect with this!

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