Tuesday, 21 February 2012

how it happened


cooked by Sun. om nom nom.

then the next day--


dinner at Arisun with Bernice and Lawrence.

i'd fantasized about eating toppoki + ramen for too long! it's not a complicated dish but i love watching everything bubble away.

fried chicken with sweet soy sauce

...

and then baked more cookies. ate the cookies.

now even my housemates whom i have known for only a fortnight are asking how much i weigh!

haha even my high school bestie Xian cannot tahan me already!

must. practice. moderation.

Monday, 20 February 2012

the fine food store


自从老娘找到工作后,完全过着奢侈的生活。

常常外吃!(其实是因为工作太突然了,没时间准备便当!-努力为自己找借口)

the fine food store 是拜日在 customs house 图书馆复习明天的考试,肚子饿到在安静的图书馆叫到太打扰了(找借口是我的天赋吗?!),于是用最爱的食物 app urbanspoon 看看附近有什么好吃的。

urbanspoon 真的令我与 s 找到一些宝!便宜可口的食物!

会打算去 the fine food store 是因为那里的评价很高,而且价格在 atas 的 circular quay/the rocks 算是便宜的!外加那里有 serve campos coffee,所以就算食物难吃,咖啡是有水准的!


这可爱的店面在 the rocks,一进门是买有机食物-爆米花,零食,cheese 什么的。。

我直接冲去 counter 点餐。


这是简单的食谱。

我点了 spanakopita (greek: spinach-&-3-cheese pie) 与一个 campos coffee 的 iced soy mocha。夏天喝冰咖啡,最开心了!


cafe 内的装衡完全是我的菜!续 my sweet memory 是我觉得第 2 漂亮的 cafe!

等待午餐的时候可以看杂志。

拜日超多俊男美女的情侣一起在 outdoors 的座位晒太阳,享受美味悠闲的早午餐,看来超羡慕的!

这就是我向往的生活-周日工作,准时上下班,周末出去美丽的 cafe 与心爱的人约会,吃好吃的,聊天。。可能去公园散步。。这就是我的梦想!最简单也最困难!


spanakopita 看起来不怎么样,但真的很可口!

一口接一口就干完了!虽然我真的有刻意放慢速度以好好享受!真的受不了自己!竟然胖了 5 公斤!

the fine food store 也有卖 black star pastry 的糕点 (black star pastry 是悉尼挺著名的 bakery)。the fine food store 也是在 adriano zumbo 还很低调的时候就代理他的 pastries! 完全就是品质保证呀!


吃饱了慢慢喝我的 iced soy mocha,完美的咖啡!微甜带点苦~ 爆爱 campos coffee! 悉尼好咖啡不少呀!(烂的也很多!)

真的太爱这 cafe 了,打了一堆。。好啦,现在继续复习[哭]


Sunday, 19 February 2012

valentine 2012

me, Laina

i wasn't gonna acknowledge my 22nd consecutive single v-day but the night before i saw my Japanese housemate pottering about in the kitchen and just felt that i should do something. it's so easy to let occasions slide and soon everyday will be the same if we don't make the effort to distinguish one day from the other.

went for my job interview on v-day. if you want a legal job with legal pay, don't let people know you're not Australian until the last nanosecond. 


baked chocolate cookies-- the photo's from Nigella's website, my batch was gone too fast for me to snap any shots. super easy and successful! plus my lovely housemate Jairo helped out and did the washing up!

Laina, S and i had dinner at S' new apartment, where i whipped up a devilled sausage dish. it left much to be desired appearance-wise, but L liked them and bought sausages home to cook herself the next day. haha!

at night we wanted to hit the clubs, but all the posh places which L likes are closed on a Tuesday, so we ended up at Scruffy Murphy's, which was.. scruffy. it had a live band and the DJ only plays music when the band's taking 5.. very different


teenage dirtbag is so stuck in my head after listening to it at 3 Monkeys!


Saturday, 18 February 2012

darling harbour


因为姐姐有文青的倾向(没办法,近朱者赤,近文青者。。文青),拜六晚上会跑去 darling harbour 看烟花!大学生就是应该这样生活-大家挤在一间小公寓,然后人生的乐趣就是散步到 darling harbour 看漂亮的夜景!

但一个人看烟花真的很文青!身边都是情侣!心里 os:妈妈的,哪来这么多这么多这么多的情侣呀?!

昨天与小学同学约吃饭,听说中学同学下个月会与在一起 9 年的男朋友结婚!人家都快当孩子的妈了,我到底在干嘛。。我看今晚看完烟花就可以跳海了。

我朋友也与 abc 男友同居 1 年后,得到 tr 了。那么想当澳洲人的我!为了实现梦想快把老豆的钱撒光光了!到现在还在不确定中徘徊!政府爽爽就改政策,让我完全没有重心!有时觉得,越想要的东西,越离我遥远!

好了啦!姐姐也是幸运的孩子-至少我在半年的努力后,找到了付 legal salary 的工作 *欢呼* *鼓掌*这样至少可以帮助生活费,减轻父母的负担![孝顺的表情]

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

pre-valentine dinner


the many types of love.


Sun from Korea teaching Maria from Croatia how to use chopsticks.



only a Westerner will rest chopsticks on plate separately.

was talking to S and thinking how scary the human's aptitude for adaptation can be.

when i first moved in, i thought i would die because the white carpet is never the original color due to the layer of filth on top.

now i just turn a blind eye to everything i dislike.

before i moved in, i would have termed this as 'living like an animal', but now i'm living in dirt and inconvenience myself without much fuss.

am reminded of when i visited Peking a couple of years ago and was appalled by how rude the commuters are. by day 2 i was almost as fierce as the rest of them.

personally i find it scary because who i am- who i think i am?- can change within a week. now it's just acclimating myself to a less hygienic environment. or fighting for transport. but soon it may be other, bigger aspects in life that i'm compromising on.

Monday, 13 February 2012

mardi gras


昨天与 kawei 去 mardi gras fair。最近因为烦没钱,没工作,没家,没男人,自己都觉得自己变得很无趣!

看来朋友们快受不了我了!都开始替我打听工作了~


悉尼下了一礼拜的雨,难得昨天艳阳高照!

这里有些 market 与 fair 是 entry by donation 的,通常是 gold coin donation-- $1/$2。

我们出来时,有超多人在排队。看来早起的鸟儿真的有虫吃!


因为 mardi gras 是庆祝 gay & lesbians 的,可以看到一些打扮得古灵精怪的人!


kawei 你的摄影技术真的。很。烂。

其实那里有穿内裤的猛男/裸体的大叔,但真的太猛了,我们光看都害羞,完全无法走向前跟他们照相!

碰巧让我们遇到 Darlinghurst studio 免费让我们与猛男照相,还免费替我们洗相片!


这个其实不算猛,还有更猛的。。肌肉男。。完全是太压力了,完全无法接近!

我现在了解为什么有时人家说会看到帅哥美女觉得很难亲近了~


除了猛男,那里还有表演,但实在太晒了,我看不下去!

dog show 完全看得忘记拍了-有 owner lookalike contest 什么的。。但这里的狗都不怎么是我的菜,太多毛,太象玩具了!

但令我最得意的是-


goodie bag!

你知道平时免费送的都是烂货!最有用的只是包!但这次真的大开眼界!


手机带,眼影,usb,洗发精,护法素。。而且-


眼影可是高级的!你们没住澳洲不会体会我的安慰!这里什么都比全世界任何地方贵!所以免费拿到有牌子的东西真的。。感动落泪。。


也太高级了吧!

大满足!

Sunday, 12 February 2012

mary poppins

sorry but i changed my mind and decided against being a nanny.

i had packed all my bags and was wondering how much of my cooking stuff to bring, so i texted my landlord to ask him if food is included.

food... toilet paper... are not included.

what the hell?! what kind of employer calculates toilet paper with his nanny?!


here is the Happy Man at Market City.

he puts a big wide grin on everybody's faces, even me who is fretting constantly about being money-less, homeless, man-less and job-less.

Saturday, 11 February 2012

otoke


今天莫名地吃 vietnamese spicy rice noodles 庆祝老娘终于找到工作。其实不是preferred 的工作,但这么久都找不到工作,又不想每天想到钱就头疼,于是先尝试这份工。若不习惯再换!

(就是抱着这种心态搬来我现在的家,唉~我真是持有这种想法,什么事都干了!)

工作竟然是-*深呼吸*保姆!nanny!也就是所谓的 kakak 吗?!天啊!我念这么多书到底是为了什么?!竟然沦落到当女佣的地步!

我家女佣还有包吃,发薪水;我只是包住!好啦,我的工作description 只是在 daddy 去健身房/按摩时看2岁的宝宝。其他不必干,周末休假(虽然我很怀疑,真的这么简单?!)。但洋人对nanny 通常挺好的(在大马的,有些还带 nanny 去滑雪!妈妈呀!),只希望我不会就这么幸运遇到变态的那个!

好啦,明天新房东/老板会来替我搬家,kawei 也特地为了看漂亮的混血宝宝(爸爸是澳洲洋人,妈咪是韩国人)会来帮忙。nini 也会来替我看看房东是不是怪咖!

祈祷。。一切顺利,平安!

下次会po新家与宝宝的相片,都很美哟!

Friday, 10 February 2012

photos of my apartment


ooh what is this dark mass? it's my first char kuey teow in 7months! courtesy of my lovely housemate Tonny. was on the phone with Eunice when he brought it home at 11pm.

''nooo!!! don't eat it!! it's the middle of the night!'' Eunice had screeched, but to no avail. it's char kuey teow!!!

despite certain housemates' kindness, i gave my notice to my landlord today. he was quite pening as i had only been here for 5 days, but my roommates and i will probably end up hating each other if i don't move out.

anyway because some people cannot imagine how 9 adults can squeeze into a 2-bedroom unit, here are some photos of my apartment--

kitchen

the second you enter, the kitchen's on the right. sometimes it just boggles my mind how people can continue dumping rubbish into an overflowing bin. 

i don't mean to be discriminatory but girls tend to be lazier than boys; and westerners more so than asians. with the exception of G.

rich people also tend to think they will die if they touch rubbish. where are all the normal people?!


this is where i cook my boiled lettuce & pasta meals. just the thought of pasta makes me nauseated. but because i share a shelf with 2 other girls, i have to finish food in the fridge before i can buy new food.

the dining table 

the shoe racks

the entrance to my room

too lazy to move so snapped most of these from the couch.

the couch

probably my fave part of the house. this is where we gather to chill and chat, which i hardly did at my old home. most of my housemates are very likeable :)

will start looking for a new place in March, really really hope to get a decent place this time around!

Thursday, 9 February 2012

the city


the central question in 蜗居 is-- is it better to enjoy a better standard of living in the suburbs? or endure a crap environment in the city?

is it better to be the wife of a poor bloke? or to be the mistress of a wealthy one?

this is my first time living in the city, and i must admit it's quite addictive. everything's just so close and accessible. i walk to the nearby Haymarket library to study and when i nod off (nowadays i can't stay awake if i don't drink coffee!), i just walk a block to De La France for coffee and to stare at people. 

perfection :)

Wednesday, 8 February 2012

pure heart 少女心

昨天与housemates看电影,聊天至凌晨3点。。意外发现我家的cyan在布满纹身的外壳里,也藏着一颗少女心!

cyan 是 myanmar 人,外表百分百象地皮-又纹身,又抽烟,又有耳洞(重点是耳洞是他亲手为自己穿的!好恐怖!)他在缅甸生活时,也很常吃槟榔,上课时也很皮。

万万没想到,他昨晚拿他房间的相片给我看,竟然就象女生的房间!!纯白的蕾丝窗帘!!

他竟然还说,住家里时,每天都会打扫房间,而且周末的爱好就是布置房间!笑翻了!

我是真正的女人,都不会每天打扫,累死了!

最近身边出现很多少女心的男生,N 建议我好好看看有没有合适的,因为与我这比较男人的性格可以互补。(这女人自己的爱情危机过了就很会给意见!)

哈哈,人不可貌相吼!

Tuesday, 7 February 2012

noted


Nini came to see my apartment yesterday and told me to call my landlord stat to give my notice. if you can't find a suitable place, you can crash with me first, she'd offered. 

apparently accommodation is divided into housing for students, and places for backpackers. Capitol Terrace is where the people with working holiday visas live! and what every student looks for when they inspect a home is how good it is for studying-- quietness, desk, etc.

so i probably need to move, especially as one of my roommate's faces has been darkening day by day at the sight of my stuff spilling out from under my bed.

but the other housemates are rather nice and chatty. Tonny from Indonesia made us the traditional summer dessert pictured above last night. and Cyan from Myanmar bought me lunch at a Japanese restaurant in Capitol Square on Sunday. Cyan's friend Ryan treated us to drinks at De La France, which is the most perfect spot for people-watching.

plus the mere thought of packing again makes me wanna hurl myself out the bloody window!

told dad about my predicament via email and being dad, he'd replied, noted.

what does he mean, noted?! note what?! am i his secretary? is he my secretary?! apalah noted!

Sunday, 5 February 2012

what makes a home


slightly less miserable this morning compared to last night. a bit noisy but thank goodness i'm quite a heavy sleeper. my bed is next to the windows so was awakened by sunlight. went for a dip in the pool on the roof. may as well maximize the benefits in this.. place. 

actually there are a few cute guys in this block. saw a few handsome Koreans yesterday and there was a man with small eyes and the sharpest nose i'd ever seen on a real person at the pool today.

be positive! S had told me yesterday. at least my roommates are not bitches. i was quite moved that she had called from Cairns, where she was on holiday. sekali S said, i called to tell you not to move too far away from me, actually! she had seen my photo on fb and knew i probably couldn't make it. my current place is 5 minutes' walk from her new home, which is the only reason S likes it.

i wish she was here in the apartment. a house doesn't feel like home until a friend has come to eat in the dining room/sit on the bedroom floor/lounge on my bed. Eunice 'house-warmed' my previous room within a week of me moving in and Sue Han did it for my Melbourne home, which was old, ugly and dirty in retrospect.

another plus point of this home is that it is within walking distance to Darling Harbour. so i may walk over next Saturday to see the fireworks since i will most likely stick it out here until my final exam is over and i return from New Zealand. cheer up!


Saturday, 4 February 2012

can you blame me for crying?

june 2011

for the first time since i began this diary, i am typing not from the comfort of my desk, but from the dining table of my new home. an angmo couple is watching a movie in the living room a few steps away. a Myanmar boy is eating rice and watching from a dining chair. a Filipino girl is doing the dishes at the open kitchen on my right.

the thing with this house is all the people people PEOPLE everywhere, constantly, is making me uncomfortable. and the fact that i wasn't given a swipe card, which means sometimes waiting at the apartment entrance for people to exit so i can enter. fuck, fuck and fuck. and FUCK again.

i haven't been here for 12 hours and already am feeling weepy. no wifi in the room i share with 3 other girls. 

february 2012

mine is the yellow bed with my closet beside my bed. what closet? i hear you ask. the answer is-- THE 2 PILES OF CLOTHES BESIDE MY BED. because honest to God, oh God please save me! there is no space for my clothes. my panties are all crammed into a plastic bag and hung from a clothes hanger off the bunk above me. i cannot, canNOT believe that the girl who used to live in a princess bedroom is now sharing a room with people who sleep on bare mattresses, no bed sheets!! 

i would do anything to have my old room back but it's been leased! i wanna call the landlord this very second to give my notice! but then what are my options? this is already the best place out of my 10+ inspections. if i want quality, i'll have to pay. double. but i don't think i can live like this-- i thought i could, and i wanted to try, but now i know i'm just a pampered girl just like the rest of my friends.

sorry but only animals use duvets/pillows without covers. 

my shoe-rack

there's no space for my shoes too, so they're all in a torn rubbish bag from my old home. oh God i miss my old room so much!

january 2012

ok, pick myself up and GAME PLAN--

1. call Eunice and cry;
2. call landlord and ask for swipe card. if no swipe card, leave!

3. if leaving, call dad and act cute and/or cry and beg for rent money;
4. start browsing chinese websites for slave labour jobs;
5. start looking for a good place, although actually my old room was quite a steal!

oh God please help me! please please please! either help me get a swipe card or help me find a reasonable place! or give me strength to stop crying and get over this!

Thursday, 2 February 2012

dr pepper


it's amazing what i find in my fridge when i really look. have stopped shopping for groceries entirely so am making meals out of whatever's in my fridge.

since S is here i opened my can of Dr Pepper, which has been stealing storage space since i bought it a few months ago. in my Sweet Valley-reading years Jessica Wakefield seemed to fancy Dr Pepper so i was intrigued about the taste.

G put me off drinking it by myself by describing it as 'sugar, gas and water, only drunk by fat Americans.' with S at least we can have a laugh about it.

Dr Pepper smells like almonds (eww, i hate that smell!) and tastes a bit like cough syrup blended with Coke. really not for us, although it's not as awful as G claims.


have been living peacefully with S for a night :) i study in the dining room while she chills in my room. i cook and she cleans. we watched A Beautiful Life while sipping pear cider last night.


the nanosecond i heard the opening song (Wonder Girls' Nobody), i knew this was gonna be a K-drama movie. not good but Liu Ye is still my absolute favorite actor. seriously i was blown away by all his performances-- Curse of the Golden Flower and Connected. Liu Yeeehhhh!!!

Wednesday, 1 February 2012

a bit of home


Kawei and my attempt at deep-fried goguma-nian-gao sandwiches last Saturday. quite successful but quite jelak after a couple of them.