Wee Band ~ We Can Make It
Sunday, November 30, 2008
First Kiss is about Fukunaga Mio who decides to spend her possibly last summer with her brother, Kazuki, before she undergoes a 50-50 chance of survival heart surgery. This came to surprise to Kazuki who hasn't seen Mio for about 10 years and finds how different she is from his imagination. The Mio now is so hateful with bitchy attitude (the reason why I stop watching the drama). But as the drama moving on, Mio finds love and happiness and change her whole attitude towards life and doesn't want to let go.
Overall, it's a touching drama after enduring the first 3 episodes of bitchy Mio. But, other than Mio, Yuuki sensei will be another reason why we ladies pass our endurance test of watching drama. He portrays a young doctor who is considered by his bosses to 'care too much for the patients' and in the end as a character who will fight for his feelings and doesn't want to let it go just because of his career **ooo so touching**.
FYI, the girl plays Mio is Inoue Mao from Hana Yori Dango and Yuuki sensei is Hiraoka Yuuta from Gokusen (no wonder looks familiar) and Proposal Daisakusen (another must watch drama).
Another point why this drama can be so touching is the OST. They play the OST from string to piano version during the tear jerker scenes and original version during the happy moments and it fits nicely. For me, the OST stucks in my head and now my brain keeps rerunning the tunes which is why I have it on the imeem (alas, I only can find the music box version) on the top and the youtube file below.
Friday, November 28, 2008
500gr minced chicken
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Monday, November 24, 2008
Starting today I'll start a healthy diet for my recently poor nourished body. Today I had my lunch with a bowl of green salad and a bagel, and turn out it's not that bad. The bagel surely help to keep me from starving, after all 1 bagel = 300 Cal. So tonight I whipped myself a tuna mayo salad w/ some greenies. And I still have 2 portion left for tomorrow.
What I can hope for is that this diet lasts more than 1 week, or another saying is that my will and determination lasts for more than 1 week. I think that's good enough for me. 1 week with no MSG should at least lift some of my discomfort. So some support is needed to get through the first week :). If you see me eating greenies stuff, don't assume that I have cross over to the vegetarian lala land, I'm just trying to eat something healthier for a change.
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Friday, November 21, 2008
On the link above, you'll find that luscious waffle with topping that I've never seen in Singapore. It gives a new meaning to waffles. You'll want it for all yourself, no sharing is allowed! Got to give a hands up for Ruru, the blogger, her blog made my blog so plain and she knows where to go for good food. But then again, it's Japan, where tons of good food is up for grabs in front of your eyes, whereas in here you have to scrap and analyze the not so honest or rather exaggerating food reviews.
I had their basil sauce last time, which was nice, and this time I was lured by the wobbly poached egg over the creamy asparagus and hottate pasta. Off course, we also have to order the thin crust pizza as my deary may not have this kind of foot once she steps on the land of koalas next week. For our pasta, we had the option to choose either spaghetti or penne, but we'd rather stick with the original. I was a bit disappointed when my pasta came because the poached egg was rather runny than sit still on top of my pasta, thus looked uglier than the cute picture on the menu. But that negative feeling was swept away when the pasta went to my mouth. I'm usually take a step back when I encounter a creamy based pasta because it's so sinful and fattening. But this time I was so curious that I stepped out of my comfort zone. And it turned out not a wrong decision. The cream was lighter than I expected and I managed to finish my pasta and didn't feel so lethargic thereafter. It turned out that asparagus with hottate can make a good combination of pasta, thus another new point of learning here, too.
And off course what farewell dinner that doesn't end up with dessert. And this is another reason why I dragged my friend to Shokudo. I know my friend is an ice cream lover, and Shokudo may be the 'it' place when it comes to ice cream. Ice cream normally was not my forte as my teeth normally can't sustain the icy cold sensation creeping from my teeth nerves. But, when it comes to Shokudo's strawberry ice cream, I'd say, to hell with my sensitive teeth. And true enough my friend's black sesame ice cream screamed the same thing to her.
So all in all, I was satisfied with my food in Shokudo, while feeling guilty now as the fat start to sink on my stomach as I'm sitting on the couch now. But, as a foodie always say, We live to eat, not eat to live. So might as well enjoy it!
Thursday, November 20, 2008
So, I start to carve my own to-do list for next year, and apparently my list is getting longer and longer, and it looks like I'm going to be a busy bee too next year. Some of my must-do items in 2009 are:
- Housing related ~ Pay property tax, pay TV license (totally forget that Singapore also do have TV license) and the bills are already laying on my table screamin at you 'Please pay!' Also, I have to renew my house loan, which means I have to do another loan shopping, calling all those banks, asking what's the rate and package that they're offering. Hopefully I'll lock in a lower interest rate thus lowering my payout amount.
- Immigration related ~ Renew my Singapore PR (yes! this is very important), renew my passport (though I rant and rant on it, I still have to do it), apply for US visa (another ranting but I still have to do it too, which much sighing)
- Further education related ~ Still stuck with CPA, and 2009 is full with dry subjects, ugh... so it'll be another saga to study read those materials
- Holiday related ~ in correlation to the immigration item, yep! I'm planning to go US in 2009. The will is firm that I must go US next year though, I still don't know what I'm going to do when I get there, but the point is, I have to get to US first, right? Have asked my boss for future off days and got an OK already, so I'm left with the visa.
- Fun related ~ OK, for this section, let me see. Hmm... With my current job, although I'm busy and work can be very hectic and stressful, surprisingly, I have more time at night than I'd ever before! So I've always been thinking that may be it's time for me to do other things that I like. Everybody knows I like food. So baking school is a top option. I've been eyeing to go for the UK City Guild 1-year certification, but I got put off before because of my master. But now as I'm taking CPA, it's a self study at your own pace, so it actually allows me to have more time on the weekdays to do other things and leave the studying to weekend section (this is the beauty of being single, you don't need to squeeze anything on weekend, just leisurely let the time pass through and do what you deem to be fit for the moment). A second option is language. I've been studying foreign language forever, but never move beyond the beginner level. I've tried and learned Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Spanish and even try to pick up French (but this one is a total failure). So, may be 2009 is time for me to further my language skill? That will be left to see.
So with that being said, I do have lots of things going on for me next year. Now comes the punching line, will I end up doing it in 2009? Or I will end up caving in again. You can list lots of things, but when it come to the doing it part, you'll end up in the spot that screaming the cliche, do I actually got the time for this? Can I afford to do this with so little time? Or just simply the worst, I don't have time for this. So, if you see me struggling to pass through next year, please give me a pad on my back because believe it or not, this girl really need it from time to time.
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Included in the playlist also their latest single, 'Hanabi,' released on Sep 2008.
Friday, November 14, 2008
In Korea, apparently ballroom dancing, unlike the Western counterparts, is identified as the dance that people do in bars which is involving naughty housewives and gigolos. So, it's a bit difficult for a man who really genuinely have the love to dance to express his passion, and he most of the time was being misunderstood as a gigolo, which he very much despised. The story ends with a heartwarming ending, and his search for
Thursday, November 13, 2008
So, there I was loitering around clueless at the baby section and my colleages all complaining why they end up with a son, not a daughter that they can do dress-up play on. Well, I can understand them after seeing how different between a boy and a girl baby clothing section. Baby boy's clothing only occupies about 15% (?) of the baby clothing section. And Goodness, the rest is all cheeky pink. What's up with the blue is for a boy and pink is for a girl? I never understand that until now.
Now, moving on to the baby products aisle. Basically, there are 3 main brands is there, Avent, Madella, and Pigeon. And we reached to the main topic, baby bottle. I was amazed with how many products launched just for baby bottle. It seems like the marketer never run out of ideas on how to market their products. With so many shapes, so many material, so many types, no wonder today's mother are so stressed over baby products. 20 years ago, maybe 1 brand only have 1 product and a mother just happily pick a brand that she likes. But, now? She has to read all the tiny description of the product. Is the plastic material contained particular chemical (I forget what it is)? How long should I use the bottle? Do I need to buy the little bottles too, for traveling? Which teats suitable for the baby? How soon should I change the teats for the sturdier one (FYI, they have different teat for each month, so you can count how much parents have to spend just for one baby, and this is only for the bottle!!!)? As my colleagues started to discuss these questions to no exact answer, I started nauseating. The thoughts are totally out of my league.
Now, they even have baby bottle sterilizer! OMG, apparently just using soap and water is not enough anymore! How clean do you want it to be? Well, again, this is the thought of me who obviously is scared of the thought of having a baby now! It's so intimidating!
Then, moving on to the other aisle, breast pump! For guys, you may be turned off by this. Now they have manual pumps, electric pumps, and even double pumps! Then, another set of totally different discussion begins. Which pump is better? Electric or manual? Which brand? Which is better? Which one is more comfortable for the mom? *FYI, pumping is not an easy job, it's painful and tiring (see, I began to sound like an expert haha)* What happen if I use the pump of a brand that doesn't sell the baby bottles for actual usage? Is transferring the breast milk to another bottle before storage inviting germs? Again my head started to spin. And these pumps are ain't cheap. Goodness, one electric pump costs you 300SGD?
After a long mother-to-mother talk (I was out of the picture already, obviously), my other colleague, who is a mother-to-be in counting now, asked my more experience colleague, who is a mother of a cute 2-year old, about the inflatable tub. As clueless as I get, I was amazed that they have a very cute inflatable tub that can even fit in your bath tub for your baby to play. It's cute, and also costly. The cash register rings at 50SGD for that plastic tub.
So, after 1/2 hour of baby crash course and all those new information (to me, at least), I was totally in awed with the manufacturers. Their marketing strategy is splendid! They know the worries of mothers, especially in this modern era where more information and innovation creates another worries for parents. And they optimize that aspect to the point of exploit it. And, my colleagues keep remind me, 'Wait until you become a mother, then you'll join us in the worries.' I honestly don't know. We'll see what I'll be become, given a chance. What kind of mother I will be. *wink*
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Sunday, November 9, 2008
- Mix all the dry ingredients in 1 bowl.
- Mix all the wet ingredients in different bowl.
- Pour all the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients' bowl. Stir gently with spatula. Be careful not to over-mixed.
- Pour in the corn, and mix well
- You can pour the mix into either: 1. baking pan, or 2. 12-pc muffin pan (I use muffin pan because it's easier to portion and you don't need to cut afterwards)
- Bake in 218C for 15-20 minutes
Saturday, November 8, 2008
Friday, November 7, 2008
But, the idea of having to hunt the Hell's fugitives and send it back to where they're belonged? It sounds familiar, hmmm... let me think.... Does Shinigami (Death God) ring a bell? Here's the complete article on wikipedia.
The idea of Shinigami has been played out in so many ways, whether it's Anime, Dorama or movies. The Shinigami term becomes very popular because of the anime Bleach, which is still airing since 2004. The idea of Shinigami in Bleach is that their duties are to protect humans and hunting down Hollow and send them back to where they belong. How come it's so similar?
So here I am, every time I watch Reaper, I keep thinking why Shinigami needed all those weird vessels to catch the bad guys. The idea may be fun for 1st season, but the possibility of it becoming boring is there when it gets to 2nd season.
Sure it has some comedy part to it. But somehow, I cannot really relate to it. You can be annoyed with Sock's continuous retarded attitudes and way of thinking. Once in a while may look funny, but continuously? It's annoying! Another part is how Also the Andi's indecisiveness of whether she want to do part time or full time college is just silly. I think it's common sense that if you're short of cash, then do part time, but if you're loaded, then do full time, take some internships or whatever. How hard can it be. It's not like you need to decide on where you leave and whether you'll marry somebody or whether to abort your pregnancy. Moreover, she's not an international student, so college is cheap!!! You just save more money, get a loan, and you'll survive.
But apart for that, I'll just keep watching for now on because there's nothing else to watch at Sunday 10.30pm besides the news.
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Then seeing me with the very dark deep blue and black face, the auntie said to me 'What happened to you today?' with a not so nice tone, off course (what did you expect?). I was ready to shout at her at that particular moment with 'YOU, YOU, YOU were the reason that make me feel so excruciating for paying 3.5$ for tiny bitty scoops of dear veggies and 1 sunny side up egg'.
This is why I don't like CINA mentality. They think by treating customer this way they'll earn more money. Wait until there's a competitor lurking around nearby, then you'll eat your hearts out. On top of that, you also only earn bloody salary and don't even share the glory of profit for your 'lau pan' from your stinginess.
And, to make my day worse. The chocolate mold is so expensive!!! 35SGD just for 1 20-pc chocolate mold is a totally over-priced to me. So, must come out with another method of making chocolate truffle professionally but cost effective. I'm not running a bakery, let alone not a chocolatier.
I was so distressed by the time I left the shop that I went to Ateng's Bakery at Raffles Place, bought one of that chocolate cake and gulped it with no remorse. The cake was a bit too sweet to my taste so by the time I finished it, I was sugar OD and back to my work.
Monday, November 3, 2008
Also, the Middle East conflicts is also brought up in disguise, in reversed way. In Gundam, it's the Middle East that goes the opposite way for not joining the Federation for the share in solar energy.
Sunday, November 2, 2008
So there I was on the MRT going home and the migraine ticked off again. In front of me, there were 2 teenagers (from now on, let's call them Kutu A and Kutu B) sitting. Kutu A was playing with his cellphone and Kutu B was with her PSP. In front of them standing a 6-month-old pregnant lady with a bulging stomach. Both Kutus raised their head up every now and then but yet, decided that their a$$ was more important than the pregnant lady and Kutu B was sitting on the 'PRIORITY' seat! The pregnant lady was too nice for not scolding them and there I was, ticked by migraine, tried my best not to explode at the Kutus' ignorance and act blur attitude. Did occur to me to smack the Kutu B's head for laughing and smirking with Kutu A. Come on, if you want to be bloody ignorant, don't sit on the 'PRIORITY' seat!!! There's a purpose why SMRT spent money plastering the word PRIORITY on those seats.
I wonder what kind of generation they will grow up into. No courtesy, no compassion, and certainly no kindness. For me, I would give way to those wrinkly aunties and uncles because I've seen and been grateful for those people who gave their seats to my dad. A simple gesture, yet for those who need it, it's a big help. And yet, those Kutus (now in general) usually either pretend busy with their PSP, Ipod, cellphone or whatever other gadgets they have in their over-sized bag, or simply pretend to sleep to ignore other people around them. And those who end up giving their seats are the similarly elderly people who might be easier to get tired from standing at the MRT than those Kutus. Off course, I also have seen those nice Kutus who vigilantly aware of those who need the seats more than them, but the ratio is just too small!
The question now goes down to: Why the Kutus act like that? This morning I read an article that its main message was we should not spanking our children, just a gentle spank on the hand will do. Spanking leave bad memories (Off course it leaves bad memory, that's what it supposed to do, to remind you that doing wrong and hurtful things hurts you back!!!) and it makes kids become rebellious and resentful in the future (I've seen the kids got battered during their childhood simply grew up to be much better than their parents, so those who had gone wrong lays with the kid itself, not in the teaching method). The more I read the article, my mind bubble of 'WTF??!!!' gets bigger and bigger. No wonder kids nowadays act more and more annoying, ignorant and oblivious. Their parents don't even do anything to tame them. So if, they don't even respect their own parents, how do we expect them to respect other people?
Excessive spanking definitely is a no-no as the other name for it is child abuse. But just a 'gentle spank' on the hand? It's the same as to tell them, go ahead do what you want, Mommy will just 'pad' your hand! As a parent, you also must be pretty ignorant to not knowing your kids laugh back at you for being too linient. And you see the kids in US and other Western countries act so wild and hysterical without the parents not being able to control them because spanking is illegal in those countries.
I don't have a kid yet and I may be wrong but I strongly believe in hitting the kid hard at least once in their life if she/he has done something really bad. Life outside home is tough and it's getting tougher. If we spoil them, how they'll survive out there?
Saturday, November 1, 2008
During the bubble tea frenzy in Seattle, the Ten Ren branch there decided to also sell bubble tea, but they use their own tea. With same price of 3USD, they brewed the Ten Ren tea of your choice (they have quite of selection for the bubble tea), add milk, the tapioca and the topping. I loved their strawberry milk tea because they used chunky strawberry puree instead of just the essence powder. It tasted so soothing that I bought them everyday before I went to my internsip place that time. How nostalgic.
The verdict, though commercialized and considered pricey for commercialized pre-packed teas, their products are true enough to be reliable. So, tea everyone?