on Saturday night i had dinner (and a hearty whinging session) with cousin Paul and his girl.
feels a bit sorry to poor girlfriend who has to listen to me dissect my.. rather numerous issues.
anyway one of the topics was cooking.
i like it.. sometimes. or when i'm cooking for others occasionally.
but to get down and dirty in the kitchen for every freaking meal just makes me eat ChocoPie instead.
or ice-cream. or waffles. or popcorn. or fruits.
or-- do i really need to list out what i'm poisoning myself with or have you gotten the picture?
'start small,' Paul advised. 'start with sandwiches.'
which is lovely in theory because i adore bread.
but what happens is i buy bread and some salad leaves and cheese.
(i don't cook meat because i'm a bit rusty at that and i drink soy milk daily so my protein levels will go off the roof if i cook meat in addition to that. meat is my eating-out-special-occasion food.)
in my fantasy, i make a healthy sandwich prettily (both myself and the sandwich) then consume it in delicate bites.
i get hungry.
i ignore it and continue surfing the net.
i get hungrier.
i decide to make a sandwich after finishing this one last video.
starvation mode sets in.
i run to the kitchen both because i'm starving and freezing, grab the bread, slap on butter and jam or Guylian spread thickly, and eat a bloody 'sandwich' in like 4 bites while standing at the counter.
this is the trend, which means by the time i finish the bread (and the jam) i still have an unopened packet of salad in my fridge, along with the cheese.
look what was waiting for me when i finished class today! :)
i smudged the address ;p
but ooh isn't this exciting? (haha no wonder people think Malaysians still live on trees!)
box of organic produce-- goguma (sad that goguma couple is ending, though i didn't cry unlike Adam couple's era), carrots (i usually prefer frozen carrots, but i cooked one for dinner and it was quite good, too), 1/2 pumpkin (sigh.. i foresee at least 1/2 hour in the kitchen just to chop it), 2 granny smith apples, 2 pink ladies and 2 red delicious (all apples destined to be blended with soy milk for breakfast), mandarins, 2 oranges, an avocado, 1/2 cabbage :) and potatoes.
wow isn't it cool? receiving groceries via mail! feeling very first world right now whee!
then i was so terribly high i took a self-portrait (since i was wearing falsies-- gosh i hate them).
if you're super close to me you'll see something else.. hehe~
yesterday had a fabulous day out with the gorgeous Ka Wei and Silvia.
hopefully Ka Wei will post our photo on Fb and tag me so y'all can see how pretty my friends are (yep and i'm beautiful by association as well lalala)
and Silvia is now keen to marry a Malaysian 'so her baby will be multilingual'! haha see we're doing Malaysia proud!
kicked off with lunch at Curious Cafe, which we found on Two Thousand. (app-obsession again)
sampled their affogato but Campos Coffee's is better.
campos coffee affogato, a$5.50
it's the BEST!! i really wish i could bring it back for the people i love!
mini breakfast set with chili baked beans, curious cafe
see the tiny 1/2 of a cherry tomato?
on the description it reads '... 1/2 tomato'. puh-leez! i feel so cheated though am not much of a tomato person!
the reviews are good on Urbanspoon and co., but the food wasn't so delicious that i wanted to DIE or anything. i like the rather dim and old-fashioned decor though. i didn't even mind the bit of dust. wooden flooring, mismatched furniture, posters all over the walls.. this is the type of interior i love.
lone puff cloud by eugene tan (NOT my cousin), aquabumps gallery
because Silvia likes photography, i suggested Aquabumps, a gallery selling prints of mostly Bondi by Eugene Tan.
Lone Puff Cloud is my fave of all the shots in the little gallery because i'd always loved skies. some people like the sea, some prefer mountains.. but for me it has always been the sky.
and apparently all the photos are only tweaked minimally, so now i REALLY wanna go see a Bondi sunrise. thanks to Ka Wei's descriptions i also REALLY wanna go to Perhentian =.= looks like i REALLY wanna do a lot of non-study related things.
sometimes just going out to look at pretty things gives me as much pleasure as shopping, if not more :)
tutti frutti waffle with chocolate lick, max brenner
after our little spin in Aquabumps we went shopping at Westfield Bondi and then had dinner at Max Brenner (yep, we're girls, we have dessert as dinner).
crepe, max brenner
between taking snaps of the waffle and the crepe, the staff dimmed the lights =.=
but everything was absolutely yummy, even better than i remembered.
Silvia and i had planned to return home before dark as it was the first day of the Ghost Festival but then because we're girls we spent forever in Woolworths selecting snacks and groceries haha. (yes we even used Paul the Octopus app to decide between the Most Sublime Yogurt on Earth or the Most Scrumptious Ice Cream Ever)
however it didn't matter in the end as Ka Wei's boyfriend dropped us off in his car with awesome windows.
you know sometimes when you go somewhere and you just feel comfortable? or you meet someone and just click? that feeling is how Sydney makes me feel-- made me feel 2 years ago when i first visited.
sometimes when i'm just doing simple stuff like going to the kitchen to refill my water bottle or learning new things in class i feel so alive and lucky (nope am not on drugs, sugar or caffeine).
then i'll fret that being so happy will infuriate the gods (ish, right? but i can't help myself) but am counting and appreciating every (expensive) blessing i have, thanks parents and God.
royal copenhagen belgian waffle with a scoop of rocher ice-cream and drizzled clumsily (sorry it was DIY) with chocolate fudge?
i think i expect all my meals to be fabulously delicious, but not every experiment in the kitchen culminates in a serendipity-dessert. haha a bit grouchy because my attempt at dinner was gag-inducing and i had to throw it away-- sorry dad.
and what amazes me is how hungry i am all the freaking time but i don't get skinnier. or warmer.
whenever i go to the library (law, where the cute guys are, heh) i'm always the only one huddled under my layers of clothing while everybody else is just in one. single. t-shirt =.=
probably so delighted because it's not easy to find dinner here at 10pm on a week-night!
we finally found a humble little thai place.
there was a really pretty thai waitress inside (i knew she was thai because she was speaking it)
'gosh, she's gorgeous!' i'd exclaimed in chinese.
then i proceeded to continue talking about how hot thai people are (now that i think back i just wanna knock myself out cold with a punch).
only at the end of our meal did i know she could speak chinese too!!
thank goodness i was complimenting her!
after losing my way once (and somehow ending up at the railway station near my home) on my quest for atas sandwiches and tarts, i found John and Peter Canteen the second time around!
it is actually in an art gallery named Carriageworks, which was why i missed it. i mean, there is a railway station nearby, can i be blamed for assuming Carriageworks meant, well, carriage works?
the line was short as i went at a time when everybody except lazy postgraduate students me had to be at work.
and it is actually the Best Sandwich i'd ever had in my life.
it's not fancy or cute, just a basic toasted ham-and-cheese sandwich, but the fillings tasted so.. good. plus it had just a whisper of mustard and some herbs which just went amazingly well together. (i usually detest mustard but this time is a fantastic exception.)
ah~ all my money is spent on food! but i can't recreate those food at home :( i just botched a simple sweet pumpkin soup dessert with sago and milk. added not enough sugar and too much sago and over cooked the pumpkins.
now i have a pudding on my hands--
it tastes alright but the consistency is way off and it's screaming out for more sugar!