February 26, 2012

February full of love,

exams are done! (explains why i havent been blogging much, and that why i'm back to this space again) had my last paper on wednesday morning, and it was horrible. but i'm more than relief that i'm done w my forth semester in poly. now there's only two more left. if i take a moment to think about it all, i'm still truly glad (to some extent) that i took this longer-alternative route even though i started out all alone. afterall i've made some close friends. still, i just want to graduate asap.. because i still have a long way more to go. sigh getting a degree seems so out of reach. wish i was smart. but for now, i guess i have to make my priorities right. make time, time to concentrate on other/important matters.

neways, here's how i spent my vday! saved the date to spend it w my favorite boy and i'm so thankful that he gets to book out. his company was really understanding, everyone gets to book out, everyone gets to spend the special day w their girlfriends :')
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the boy got me a bouquet, a box of violent lips and an usagi. time to have some fun w a decent film camera, hehe i'm excited! gonna get a roll of film soon. sean was really sweet, and i really do appreciate all the efforts he put in for this vday. i felt really bad, he actually took few days off just to head to town to get my gifts, and to make gifts. yet on the same day that he was busy looking for my stuff at town, i told him how upset i was because i thought he didnt plan to make me anything LOL (well it's supposed to be a surprise, so i cant blame him for not telling me his plans right.....)
i can be such a meanie :(

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really lovely booklet he made. see that photo at the top right hand corner? that was taken on the second day we knew each other.... hahaha god that was so long ago already.
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i made an exploding box from scratch, and it took me no more than two nights. two full nights. i had to complete it asap since i was in the middle of exams, and i cant focus when i know i have got smth on hand, and not done you see. the point is, i'd rather spend time doing all sorts of things i like, rather than facing my notes. if you're wondering how i make the box, just google "exploding box" and you can find lots of instructions. haha of course, i did modify quite a lot of it, and i even stuck figurines in the middle of the box, apparently sean wanted that for quite some time. he has been shopping and browsing on ebay using my laptop, so i found out what he wanted through the history tab.
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i love you more than cupcakes, and i really love cupcakes haha.....

sean made a reservation at le bon marche that evening,
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le bon marche's situated along the busy roads of bukit timah. we took a cab down, was quite an unpleasant ride because of the cabbie,(he took the longer route, he assumed that we dont know our way etc, had some issues) but the food at le bon marche's and my wonderful date made it up for it.
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and this happens everytime i receive a bouquet hahaha......
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they had really simple set ups, and i love it. simple and nice. neways, here's our complimentary bread. i love the bread! very nice, and my favorite's definitely the cranberry loaf.
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scottish smoked salmon platter (premium scottish smoked salmon served with warm blinis pancakes, lemon wedge and creme fraiche)
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french duck leg confit (w charlotte potato puree served with cassis duck sauce)
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sauteed beef onglet steak (w shoestring potato fries, shallots and parsley jus)
apple tart tatin (w creme fraiche and calvados liquor)
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hot souffle w grand marnier liquor (served w hot chocolate sauce)

it was an enjoyable meal! massive portions, and service was extremely sincere. starters (smoked salmon and pancake) was extremely tasty. my duck confit was really crispy, loving the mash potato that came w it too. we were surprised when the waitress brought both desserts to the table, we didnt expect such huge portions for desserts! and they were really good, hardly considered overpriced considering the portion sizes and the flavours that went into it. what sweet way to end the meal - left full and satisfied. got to thank my favorite boy for taking me out and esp for taking all the time and effort doing so much research on the restos!

the weekend before vvvvday, i also made matcha green tea toast crunch for sean and his parents. a really simple recipe, and i got the recipe from here
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like what the vid-recipe says, this is three best things in one recipe - a combination of french toast, tres leches, and the caramelized sugar crust of creme brulee. yumyum, it's so easy to make, and it's really good! will try it out w cocoa powder instead the next time i make these all again.

also, i have been pretty lucky of late. two weeks ago, i won myself a makeover session, colored contact lenses, shu uemura products, as well as vouchers worth a few hundred $$$. i haven receive photos from the makeover photoshoot session, but it was definitely a good experience - put on contacts for the first time in my life (fyi i have perfect eyesight hehe. and i took half an hour to put it on hahaha)and had the taste of being a model for a day - someone to style my hair, someone to do my make-up, someone to style my clothes, and someone to snap photos of me. it was really fun!
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went out for a little photo date w the boy because i didnt want to put that make up and hair do to waste! hah i mean i seldom/almost never had the chance to put on such heavy make up... the blue contacts made me look like an alien, and also an ah lian though. but colored contacts are really pretty, maybe not blue, but i dont mind trying grey.
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hahaa imma one ah lian that day, totally. sean called me lao lian the whole day, meh :(
photospam, so sorry. haha i'm so vain. i mean everyone knows it... so yeah.
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xxxxx

just last week, i won myself yet another pair of invites to dj doze at ku de ta. my second time up at ku de ta - previous one on my bday, and last week's at the club lounge. didnt stay for too long because i have to go back to studyyyy (i have a paper two days after that) sigh such is life. but was lucky enough!
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view from lvl 57. slightly different from the previous time we were here, since we were viewing from the club lounge this time round, instead of from the resto.

and yesterday, it was a whole day of fun for sean and i, since i'm done w exams. NO MORE BOOKS(NOTES) on weekends, yay! the plan was to have brunch, then a trip to the shoppes at mbs, before titanic exhibition (finally) at the artscience museum, then dinner at skyve elementary bistro. apparently i won myself a degustation dinner worth $300 back in decemeber last year, and i finally made reservations to have dinner yesterday. the food was really amazing, and i'll blog about it real soon in a separate post w pictures, tgt w pictures from the three 21st parties i attended the past weekends, all my closest friends!
february's really good, every weekend was filled w different events, and dates w my boy. my weekends were lovely, and really productive. am really thankful xx
hoping i'm as lucky too when it comes to exams..... hahaha


i'll be starting internship tomorrow, i hope it's manageable. got to travel quite a distance every day. meanwhile, i’ll try to find motivation and also make good use of my free time, try to save up as much as i can. thinking of working part time when i start school all over again in april, i need to fund for my new camera, as well as june's trip. really hope that june's trip will happen. keeping my fingers crossed.

February 14, 2012

VVVValentine's,

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celebrating our second vee day tgt tonight!! hehe x
been trying to guess what/where is the boy giving me, making me or bringing me to. haha and my attempt to spoil my own surprise succeeded, at least by fifty %. i shall give up trying to guess alr...... i hope you like what you see tonight. see you later my dear :)

btw, i failed my tp........ am not born a racer afterall. i feel so lousy, oh man, i really do. am still hoping to get my driver's license before i turn 21 huh though i might not be able to get it before sean's ORD (sigh i really wanna drive him to camp ya' knowww) sigh

last weekend was well spent though. i made some matcha crunch toast for sean and his parents, had a buffet dinner at ban heng, celebrated my bestfriend's 21st birthday, and went for a little makeover/photoshoot
(thanks avenue m and shu uemura!). so that's really productive. not for the studying part though. i have no idea how am i gonna head for exams this friday...... been heading out too much, fuck it.

before i end off, here's a short film made by my friends from SNAP Productions for this vee-day,

was given an opportunity and felt more than happy to be able to help them out w the production, though i'm no actor and i pretty much know that i suck at acting. but i had so much fun fo sho!! i had to slap someone i knew in just less than half an hour, cant help but to apologise like ten thousand times after each capture..... so horrible lol..
please support nonetheless - i personally think they did an awesome job, do check it and show loads of love! x

February 07, 2012

Feed a hungry tummy,



caught chronicle last weekend, i really liked the movie. matt was cute, love how he gradually changed throughout the movie yet still remained as who he is from the start. i dont even know what i'm talking about lol. andrew's cute too, too precious. hate the fact that steve died. really liked how they felt and behaved like how real teenagers would. also, i have a thing for superheroes/superpowers films, and especially if the cast consists of some fine men.... LOL (ok yes i'm referring to my all time fave cap america now, so......) didnt get to see any previews for chronicle at the cinema actually, but caught it on youtube since i followed quite a lot of movie trailers's channels, and i knew i had to watch this one. maybe we should all try to move shit with our mind. that would be so fun.
real stupid, but why cant i fly?!!

anw just some photos and recipes to share from my little cooking trails back in december last year. i'm always behind time, but i guess everyone's pretty used to it. haha if not, you should start getting use to it alr.
had a gathering at sean's last christmas and i wanted to bake some sweet treats for our guests (my fave girls and their +1s). decided on chocolate chip cookies since they're easy, and who doesnt love chocolate chip cookies??
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apparently our eighteenth monthsary falls on a weekday, and sean doesnt have to be in camp. what are the chances? well, so i went over to his place and made him some breakfast,
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this one's really easy. all you need is just a slice of bread, an egg and some butter. works better w a thick toast though. i wanted to try this for so long (since it's similar to my fave bread from breadtalk. but of course breadtalk's 123times tastier w ham and cheese).
all i did was cut out a heart shape out of a piece of bread using a knife, melt the butter in a skillet over medium heat, fry the bread lightly, crack the egg and wait for it to solidify. you can use a cookie cutter to cut a shape out, but it's fine too. and you serve!

so right after some light breakfast, we made a trip to the grocery store. prior to that, we actually borrowed a cookbook from the library because i wanted to be 'spontaneous' lol. told him to turn to page 18 and we'll just cook whatever that's shown. too bad, im not that spontaneous enough, still, we decided to cook something from the book, and yes we're supposed to follow it entirely! it's kinda fun actually. so here's what we came out w,
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apple chutney chops// baked potatoes w topping
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both dishes were so good! (self praise hahahaha, no but we really enjoyed it!) esp the potatoes, i love how the potatoes seemed a little more special with all that rich topping.
here's the recipe straight from the book - tasteofhome simple&delicious cookbook (tasteofhome.com) do remember to reduce the portion haha for my case, i cut everything by half:

apple chutney chops

4 cups chopped peeled apples
1/2 cup golden raisins
1/2 cup honey
3 tablespoons cider vinegar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground mustard
1/2 teaspoon curry powder
4 bone in pork loin chops (1 inch thick)
1 tablespoon canola oil

for chutney, in a large saucepan, combine the apples, raisins, honey, vinegar, salt, ginger mustard and curry. bring to a boil. reduce heat, simmer, uncovered for 10-15min or until apples are tender. meanwhile in a large skillet, brown the pork chops in oil over medium high heat for 2 -3 min on each side. reduce heat, cooked uncovered for 10-15min or until juices run clear. serve w apple chutney. (yield: 4 servings)


baked potatoes w topping

6large baking potatoes
1/3 cup butter, softened
1/4 cup mayonnaise
2 tablspoons crumbled cooked bacon
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

scrub and pierce potatoes. place on a microwave-safe plate. microwave. uncovered on high for 20-23min or until tender turning once. meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine the butter, mayo, and bacon. set aside. cut an x in the top of each potato, fluff pulp with a fork. top each with 3 tablespoons of butter mixture. sprinkle w cheese.


and lastly, i made eggs en cocotte w bacon on new year's eve. i love eggs so much, and i decided that i should do something different w eggs, and since i've never baked eggs at home before, why not give it a try? it's actually really simple to make. pan fry the bacon first, then butter a few ramekins, add some crumbled bacon at the bottom of the ramekin, then crack one egg into each ramekin (try not to break the yolk), top the eggs with a spoonful of cream, sprinkle some herbs, cheese, and crumbled bacon and set the ramekins in a bain marie. bake until the whites are set, and you're done. the main ingredients are actually eggs itself, and cream, and you dont have to use bacon!! throw in whatever you want - smoked salmon, caramelized onions, spinach, mushrooms, whatever. just anything.
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looking forward to having it next time, w some buttered toast of course....

& i. want. to. go. to. the. beach.
soon.

February 02, 2012

You gotta fight just to make it through,

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some sneaks from vietnam 2011. ikr it's been almost two months! i miss the weather in hanoi, i miss being in a foreign place. really wanna travel again, got to find time and travel buddy!!! (but most importantly, save up) sigh constant reminder. well, i'll try my best to post some interesting encounters from the trip, say by the end of the month? we had so many 'first-times', definitely picked up so much along the way as well. or i might just skip the writing part. we shall see.

a week more of school before the non-existent study break, then, exams. gosh.
i'll also be having my driving practical next week, wish me luck..... i need a lot of that, not exactly positive. if i pass, i must have got some talent or am born a racergirl since i've attended less than ten driving lessons as of today.

february's a busy month. stay +ve.