Tuesday, 25 September 2012

city extra, circular quay


how many people can have this view during lunch break?


a most perfect spring afternoon, cool but sunny!

ideal weather for strolling around with bf!


but working people like me with rent to pay can only paktuo with my iced soy chocolate. orz

city extra is open 24 hours! 24 hours! in sydney!

a bit pricey ($5.90 for my drink) but the ambience and service is worth it.

on days like this i feel quite content.

Wednesday, 12 September 2012

my first homemade aussie meal


so after a year in Melbourne and more than a year in Sydney, i finally had the opportunity to go to a  grownup dinner party!

老娘等到这天了!

是在米国之旅认识的 belinda ,她是一颗鸡蛋-外白内黄,虽然是洋人但与我们这些亚洲人也合得来!

有一天下课遇到她,便突然约在她家吃饭!

去之前担心该带什么去时,完全有一种成人的 fu,因为之前去朋友家吃饭都会事先说好带什么-大家都熟了嘛!这次只好自己大约猜测 b 会喜欢什么,最后买了一盒巧克力与一瓶杨桃汁。(那杨桃汁我没尝过味道,希望ok!)

光看摆设就很有感觉啊!


都说了 b 是蛋,她家的 chopping board 超可爱的!小猪型啊!这好像是日本买,我好想去啊~


参观完 b 美丽的家后,晚餐也刚好煮好了!

(是说我在这里习惯随便住了,看到精心布置的房子,好开心呀!)

今晚的 menu 是 traditional aussie roast beef with potatoes and sweet potatoes。


看 b 很专业地切烤牛肉!


还有烤 asparagus。是说以前看[法国女人不会胖]有个用 asparagus 与番茄酱的食谱,美味翻了!(虽然 b 说没人会拿 asparagus 配番茄酱的哈哈)


以前的 house/dinner 派对都是自由式/亚洲式,把食物都摆出来,但洋人是端好一份一份拿到餐桌吃的。

牛肉看起来好干哦,是有点煮过头,但不会硬!


b 还调了红酒酱配牛肉。我不爱红酒,所以没有很爱这酱。我很俗气地热爱黑胡椒/蘑菇/奶油酱!


一边吃美食一边享用美丽的 sparkling white wine with hibiscus! 哈哈!我的国花耶!

但老娘的酒量不怎么样,所以没怎么喝酒。


重头戏到了!!!

整晚最令我回味的就是这个!pavlova!

其实以前我有在外面买过来吃,但觉得很甜,也不怎么会有冲动再去买来吃。

但这次 b 自己烘培的 cinnamon pavlova 实在太美味了((感动流泪


pavlova 与奶油都事先准备好,现场只需要切草莓,香蕉与百香果。


看了都想流口水啊!


只可惜每人只有一份!

因为 pavlova 是蛋白做的,所以不会腻。

第一口觉得有点甜,但因为奶油没加糖,只有浓浓的香味,所以搭配起来很完美!

草莓与百香果的酸甜也更加平衡了味道!

我好想再吃啊!


晚餐结束了,我们替 b 将桌上的摆设星星用磁铁吸起来!(完全就象乡下来的孩子呀我们!)

我们聊了一下 b 便开车载我们回家了。

然后。。下次轮到我们约米国帮聚会!天啊!这么重大的任务交给这么忙碌的我!(虽然说我还真的是最常与大家约!*惊*我真的很八卦耶!)

反正今晚很开心,很感恩 b 这么为我们着想!

最近知道还有 10 个月就得回家后,更珍惜这里的一切!


最后送上一张很三八的自拍(对不起啦!我也毛骨悚然~)

因为!

因为我好久没联系的朋友,昨天突然发 message 说他梦到我与我的女朋友(!对!就是爱人的意思!他梦到我是同志!*泪奔*)一起把夏威夷的地图纹在脸上!((晕

我想证明我没疯到纹身在脸上!

(我更想证明我是喜欢男生的囧。。时间会证明一切!哈哈又在疯言疯语了。)

晚安~


Saturday, 8 September 2012

happy talk

every time i think about going home i feel gutted.

because all my life i have wanted to have a way out but this time next year i'll be back to square one, but poorer.

and then having to live under the condescending eyes of neighbours, because didn't mr xxx's daughter do her masters in sydney, too, but she got to stay. unlike this loser!!!

honestly this hurts only very marginally less than when the love of my life (well, my life some time ago, anyway) broke my heart into a billion pieces. (unlike that time, however, i'm not crying myself skinny, so this time it's all pain and no benefit!)

let's have some happy talk la, i don't like being unhappy (unless when it leads to weight loss).


look! movie version of South Pacific!

this lieutenant is more handsome than the one i saw! so young!

and the girl Frances Nguyen was actually slated to play Suzie in The World of Suzie Wong, but got replaced by Nancy Kwan just as filming began. (Suzie is one of my fave books, though the author admitted that no such romance will ever work out in real life).


last night we went to watch The Dark Knight Rises at Event. the last time i was there was a year ago? Breaking Dawn part 1 with G. every time i think about this big buff guy insisting we go to the premiere of Twilight i laugh. 

it's quite violent, but then i don't stomach any aggression well. i feel like i'm the one getting physically punched or stabbed. (the upside is that i'm always deliriously happy when things pan out well in movies because i feel like it's happening to me and not the character!) but quite good despite the unnecessary fighting.


i don't know why Christian Bale looks a billion times more handsome here than he did in The Flowers of War! is it the money? his sense of duty? black hair?

Anne Hathaway also sizzling hot, but of course 重点是每个文青女最爱的-

Joseph Gordon Levitt!!


第一次看到他是在 500 Days of Summer,过后看 Never Been Kissed 时,一眼就认出他了!

他看起来象有亚洲人血统,完全是姐姐的菜无误!

忧郁的艺术家风格((脚软

所以花大钱去电影院看电影,外加有一幕被吓到尖叫出来,还有朋友觉得很好笑,一直吓我。。都是值得的!(别怀疑,这不是影评,这是姐姐的 happy talk 呀!)

好啦,心情有好一点滴,继续念书咯~

因为我懂就算让我选择第二次,我还是会做同样的选择。

所以只能往前看,珍惜每一天。说不定这就是我人生最美丽的日子。

Friday, 7 September 2012

why are we afraid of love?


so the plan for today is the opening of hello, stranger at the Korean Cultural Office.

art galleries are my thing but honestly i don't always get the depth.
i just like looking at pretty things.
i dragged my friend to the WA Gallery and i think he understood the art more than i did.

this is the first exhibition opening i have ever attended, and i highly recommend it!--

1. you get to see artworks before everybody else.
2. you get fed yummy Korean tidbits prepared fresh in the KCO kitchen.
3. the artists talk about their work, which really brings the pieces to live.
4. you feel really cultured and these are things which i probably won't get to do in KL.

i only stayed to listen to 2 artists present their work (because Sally was getting hit on by a DOWM* and we were a bit uncomfortable).

but i was really moved by Kim Seung Young's [photo] presentation.
the photo of the field covered with colourful paper planes was taken in Harlem, NY.
he was there for his residency and didn't even take a step into Harlem for the first 6 months because he heard it was a dangerous place.
however, he was curious enough to pay a visit to the neighbourhood before his residency ended.. and was pleasantly surprised by the peacefulness there.

so he wrote why are we afraid of love? on pieces of paper, went to a playground in Harlem, and began folding paper planes.
a few kids playing nearby joined him, and soon the plane-folding crowd expanded.

'where is this place?' a passerby asked. (a tourist, perhaps?)
and somebody from the group called back, 'this is the airport of peace!'

;;;

as i get older i hold more prejudices towards everything in general, but stories like this one inspires me to relax for maybe a few days (old habits die hard, and having biases is convenient for simplifying my life).

so let us all believe in love and peace on this gorgeous spring day!

*DOWM is a spin-off from DOM. Dirty Old White Man

Tuesday, 4 September 2012

honey toast


finally met up with my beloved S after more than a week of not seeing her.

i wanted to try the Honey Toast at ZenQ so we went there for lunch.

there was a half hour wait for our Chocolate Banana Honey Toast but time flew by because we haven't spoken for so long. (er this is sounding like a confession)

it tasted ok.. not to-die-for but pleasant.

can i say that S has became cooler recently?

her new thing is volunteering. she recently started volunteering every Saturday, which makes me feel rather selfish, but i just raised a white flag today and turned to dad for financial assistance ((covers face. honestly life has been a bitter struggle since i returned from the US, and it's taking its toll on my hair (white strands) and skin (i haven't had such awful breakouts since i was 14).

but today i sent out an SOS, which has been approved (unlike my tentative inquiry about going home for summer). dad must be thinking, what the hell?! because i said 'no' when he asked if i needed money on Monday and a couple of days later i'm like, please send the money tomorrow!

i want this semester to be over, but at the same time i want time to freeze. because i just got to know that the real reason my colleague got her PR so fast was not because she studied a Bachelor in Business Admin in Au for 2 years (as she told me when we first got to know each other) but because she's getting hitched to her engineer boyfriend (engineers are still in demand here).

so i'll be home this time next year, and i'm not sure if i'll ever have the opportunity to live abroad again.

a part of me is really so imba at the thought of people getting PRs just by being in relationships with certain people! but then life isn't fair, so no use sulking. plus i'm not sure if i'll be comfortable with the idea of relying on someone else for something so major and not on my own abilities.

fighting!

Sunday, 2 September 2012

a spring sunday


9.30am 

second yumcha of the weekend at The Eight with K's all-Malaysian group of friends!

haven't been with so many Malaysians since i came to Sydney!

my Malaysian accent came out to say hi xD

i never knew we could order pigs' blood at yumcha until D suggested it tentatively.

i'm supposed to be on a mostly-vegetarian diet to clear my skin but i asked him to order it anyway.

(the rest of the table was a bit shocked but after sampling it, K described it as sweet jelly).

i prefer it a bit saltier but it's still not bad.

11am 

Creative Communications in Marketing group discussion for our presentation next week.

sometimes quite 鬼挡墙,and Soph expressed surprise that i tend to work with the same people across units. 

i do it because
1. i have been burned by crazy motherf*ckers
2. my group mates are also my support network-- people i turn to at 2am when i need a bed, people who bring medication to my doorstep when i'm half-dead from flu, people who cook the only homemade food i eat here

3pm 

music class. i probably can't afford it but i quite like them. i think they keep me sane.


6pm 

walked home from uni and friends pointed the blossoms on the tree to me :))

today is the second day of spring, and the weather is very slowly warming.

and last night i saw a full moon *^-^*

i ran up to the rooftop when i heard the fireworks and after it was over, i looked at the view of the city i love.. and saw the full moon. so many beautiful things in one night!

would have been more perfect if i were with S, who was suffering from cashew-poisoning (from OD-ing on cashews *rolls eyes*)

haven't seen her for 8 days now, i miss her!

Saturday, 1 September 2012

first day of spring!

green tea with rock salt cheese, happy lemon

recent addictions are salty-sweet beverages.

ever since i tried Gong Cha's green tea with foam, there's no turning back.

i try to slurp as much foam as possible before it melts into the clear green tea xD


after talking about it for a sem, we finally made the trip to rhodes for yumcha ;pp

there was quite a line but time flies when you're camwhoring so it wasn't too bad.

actually i'm having dim sum with another group of friends tomorrow, which will make it the first time i have yumcha for 2 consecutive days! but my friend will be introducing malaysians to me heh heh so must go lor.


and have been forced to give up my takeaway food lifestyle for no other reason than because i have to survive on <$100 for the next fortnight.

**for those idiots thinking of telling your parents that you can make it on your own while studying abroad, DON'T DO IT!! unless you wanna end up like me, hair turning white and suffering from constant panic attacks**

so my dinner staple has been mushrooms + 2 ikea meatballs cooked in water and seasoned with korean seasoning paste (gochujang for tonight). if i run out of fresh produce and am broke, i still have frozen vegetables :))

damn what am i smoking?! so f*cking positive!