Saturday, February 28, 2009

…Feeling very strange. I have my tests this Monday. A bit worried, as my brain feels very fluffy and uncooperative. I have this vague feeling that there’s something missing in my life. I just can’t figure out what.

On another note, I have successfully made mango sorbet~ Not as wonderfully smooth as Nestle’s, but still good. I really need to learn to measure stuff. I used two small mangos, pureed it, the juice of one small navel orange, and a bit of sugar. Very little sugar though, because the mangos were really sweet. I wonder how to make it so wonderfully smooth. I think I may have to strain it.

My brain must have boarded VI Airlines.

EDIT :  I made salsa. Or I think it’s salsa.

Use tomatoes, red onions and garlic. Dice the tomatoes and onions and garlic. It’s totally up to you how much onion and garlic you want, personally I don’t really like the onion. Makes it too spicy. >.< Mix it up with some olive oil, mixed herbs, pepper and salt. Very good on toasted bread that has a bit of butter on it.


Friday, February 20, 2009

So, today is my BIRTHDAY~ I’m gonna be sparse on the formatting here, as I’d like to post this before it turns into an un-birthday.

When it turned midnight, Zy texted me~ And Thiru too! I went to my Mum, and posed at her doorway, and she wished me too~ She gave me these beautiful prayer beads, since I’d lost my beautiful crystal prayer beads from Tibet. She said they’re semi-precious stones. The beads, that is. Most of them were a deep amber, and kinda translucent, and the rest were a shiny black. I love it~

So I Picrossed a bit, and I think I only fell asleep at like 2.30am. When I woke up this morning, how nice! Sher, Shawny and Jimi had texted me! I was glad. Though Jimi’s text said 4am. o.O I want a prezzie. He so owes me one. Anyway.

Went to school~ Erica wished me, and so did Yip. Then Sher walked past with Jonas, and Sher yelled happy birthday really loud~ I was glad. Most everybody who saw me that morning, who knew that is (which was quite a lot) wished me. But I felt kinda ill, so I decided to lie down, and I skipped lines. Jonas came in and said hi~ Happy birthday~ and I said… sick. Bumped his head~

Eventually, I felt okay enough. I pranced next door. Esther and Shawny and Petrina and um… Chiam and JiJian and Charmaine wished me~ I looked at Shawny. Where’smy prezzie? She said.. I didn’t buy lah. Awww. Nevermind. I’ll wait.

So anyway, it was really boring. I went back to class, and we just rolled around a bit. I distributed some cookies~ And leeched heat from Jonas. Eventually I went to sleep at the side.

Then Shawny came, and woke me up, saying, Samantha, Vasantha wants to see you in my class. I was quite muddled, and in my right mind, I would have realised that that woman would never be in a class. She’d have asked me to go down to the open hall. Well anyway, I got up, and turned, and there was Charmaine, with a cake! And everyone sang me happy birthday~ And I made a wish, and I blew out the one candle. Then Shawny pushed the candle into the cake, and told me I had to take it out with my teeth.

So I proceeded to do so, and Shawny shoved my face into the copious amounts of fake buttercream. It was quite pink. Shawny took a photo. XD The cake was a sponge cake, and kinda dry, and it had like 1 and a half centimetres of cream. But it made for good fun though. I really appreciated it, since they did buy it for me. Shawny gave me two prezzies, from BF. One was a purple cow purse from Memory Lane, and the other was a necklace with a sparkly pendant in the shape of a C. There were no more S’s.

I went to Math in good humour, and then suddenly Charmaine popped up with another prezzie! It was from Sher and Chee~ I opened it, and laughed. Two Transformers Animated colouring books! I loved them. After all, I like art, and I like Transformers~ I was touched that he remembered. He seems to think that they weren’t that great, but I really love them. XD Makes me feel young again.

In the afternoon, I went out for lunch with the parents and bro. Mum gave me an angpau~ Dad gave me munny too~ We went to Tesco for Pizza Hut, and I went to Tesco and bought lots of junk. I also happily bought myself a birthday present. Stainless steel measuring cups~ Beautiful.

Then I went to meet Najwa at Great Eastern Mall. I reached there earlier than she did. I went to look at the puppies in the pet store. There were golden retriever puppies. Extra cute. And there was a pompuppy! But she had floppy ears and was sleeping. I met Naj at Starbucks, and proceeded to tell her eeeeeeeeeeeeeverything. Caramel Hot Chocolate is nyummy.

Then Tareeq arrived! He seems okay. But I don’t think he’s THAT mature. I mean, from his mannerisms and such. He seems strange. I feel a bit scared for Najwa. She seems to be paying for his things. Not all things, but… you know. Calling him because his phone is barred, buying him a wookie figurine for valentine’s, buying him a frappe… I thought the guy was supposed to do this? I dunno. Well, Naj couldn’t pay attention to two people at once… So I sort of.. drifted. I went to see if the pom was awake, and yes she was! So cute. I came back, and they were still talking. I tried to tell Naj something, but I didn’t feel comfortable about him hearing it.. so I decided not to.

Later we went back. Naj sent me home. I told her I felt kinda ignored.. so we agreed that maybe I shouldn’t go out with her with her bf. So it’s okay. I told her what I wanted to tell her.

Overall, the day was good. I’m just kinda vaguely pissed. I shall tell.

EDIT : Have removed. A bit upsetting. I am very sorry to X. Merely my opinion, but I have kept it in my personal archives. I OWE YOU OUTING X~ WE WILL EAT ICE CREAM AND um... YOU CAN DRESS ME UP.

But enough of that. It is the last of my 19th birthday. Thank you everyone for your wishes! You have made me a very happy mewplant~ *fluffs daisies and preens*

EDIT : Photos of prezzies~ No photo of creamface me though. Shawny hasn't come online yet.

DSC00011All my prezzies so far~

DSC00005Necklace~ I dropped the pendant though, and the little jewels came out. I had to stick them back with superglue, but they’re not as sparkly anymore. ;_;

DSC00006Ladybug pillow thing from Naj. It’s been sort of strapped up across its middle, so it looks more like an oioi.

DSC00007Purse! Cute cowface. I need to figure out exactly who gave this to me though.   

DSC00008Hurhur. My colouring books.

DSC00010My new prayer beads!

DSC00012Shiny~~~ and see-through too~  

And now some completely unrelated photos~

DSC00001A landscape I was bored enough to draw on U6BF’s whiteboard. There was to be a forest and a waterfall on the left, but they had MUET. It was rubbed off.

DSC00002A mouse bank I made when I was still in kindy methinks. At art class. My mum kept 1sens and 5sens in it. Then the 1sens were discontinued. It’s very heavy now.

DSC00003Two banana trees growing from the gutter on the roof of the Form 6 block. Hopefully we’ll have some nice bananas.

DSC00004A piece of pork Jonas dropped on the balcony wall of the 2nd Floor. It had been deemed that the entire Form 6 block was now haram, because of the continuity of cement. *swt*   

And.. yeah.

First rant of the year.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

….First of all, I have to roar. ROOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOARRRGH. I swear that woman is so… UGH. She has this personal vendetta against me, I swear.

Right, so it started this way. She was lecturing all of us about how we wouldn’t stay back, and missed co-curricular stuff because we kept wanting to go back early and go tuition, or whatever. So she said, the next day there would be a meeting, no excuses, be there. Now, VI has this thing about… you’ll never know when you’ll be done. They never give you a fixed time. My mum is kinda a stickler for punctuality. She wants to know when I’ll be back, and early. And I can’t stay a minute longer than the time I give her, or she’ll verbally whack me to kingdom come. So I asked a very normal question. When will we finish?

She blew up at me.

Going on and on to all the girls about how THIS WAS THE KIND OF GIRL SHE WAS TALKING ABOUT. I tried to explain, but NOOOO she won’t take any word but her own. She put me down and stepped all over me, just because I asked a very sane and reasonable question. She put me up there as a sort of example of SOMETHING SHE DIDN’T WANT TO SEE. When all I was trying to do was save my own hide. So I just grumbled to my friends, that if my mum decided to ream me for not knowing when I’d be done, I’d tell her to go see my teacher.

Exhibit 2.

Right, I was applying for that scholarship thingy, to go to that Prof. Harry Messel Science School in Australia. But the thing needs comments from the Head Science Teacher and the Headmistress. So we (me and a couple of other students) decided we’d give it to the teacher in charge, and she’d ferry the whole bundle to where they needed to go. Earlier that morning I’d asked that lady to check my personal statement. I said thank you. Humble. Deferring.

Later (Now pay attention to this bit), she’d asked me to pass the applications to the Head Science Teacher. I looked through, and I was quite miffed to see that for Ji Jian, she gave ‘He has our un-somethingorother support’ (or something along those lines), and for me it was just ‘We wish her the best’. I wasn’t sure who wrote it, it could have been that lady, or it could have been the Science Teacher, who had it sent to that lady for grammar checking or whatnot. There were spelling errors. >.> So anyway, I couldn’t find the Science Teacher, so I went back and that lady told me to write a note, From Pn. Vasantha. (V.I. people, you know who I’m talking about) So I did it and left it on the table.

Later on, I’d realised she didn’t sign my co-curricular book. So I went to ask her for her signature. And you know what? She had the absolute NERVE to say to me,

I don’t sign books for people who don’t say thank you.

I totally didn’t get it. I asked Shawny, and apparently, this bitch (I shall now start referring to her as such) had been going around telling all her girls that the Science students didn’t thank her. I mean, WTF? But okay, I thought it couldn’t hurt, so I went back, and said…

Teacher, I get it. Thank you very much teacher.

And you know what that bitch did? She brushed me off. ‘It’s rather late.’ she said. I was like… what the hell? So I was like… Sorry teacher… I didn’t know. We passed it to another teacher. The Head Science Teacher was supposed to write it. And she’s like… ‘Sorry is a bit too late. I told you right? I sent you with the applications to the Headmistress, Written by Pn Vasantha?’

Now, scroll back up, and re-check what she told me to do at that time.

So I was like.. No, You told me to give it to the Science Teacher, just saying from Pn. Vas. And she’s like… YES but wasn’t it OBVIOUS that I wrote it? I’m very disappointed that my students are so rude. They can’t even bother to thank me. I just hope my girls aren’t like that.

And I’m like.. IS THIS BITCH SERIOUS? It’s her effing job man! And it’s so immature of her to deny someone something (which is also her job) simply because they didn’t say thank you. I would have GLADLY thanked her PROFUSELY if I’d known, without a doubt that she wrote it. And in the first place, she gave me a crap testimonial. But she’s acting like THIS?

Anyway, after that I stayed to help the girls, and once again before we left, I said sorry. And she’s like.. I might forgive you if you bring the Transformers for me on Friday. Okay. Take note of that.

Exhibit 3.

So I brought the Transformers Movie on Friday. It was Maal Hijrah, so all the non-Muslim students of the school were packed in the Lecture Hall. I was like her damn gofer. Covering and uncovering the projector when she told me to. The boys (keep in mind, these are the nonMuslims of the ENTIRE SCHOOL) wanted to watch Transformers. So I jacked in my thumbdrive, and tried to play it. Well, boohoo, no codec. So it didn’t play. Bitch got flustered. I stood there, trying to see why it wasn’t playing. She had Madagascar open in another window, so I minimised it, because she was talking to the students anyway.

And this bitch turns to me, still speaking on the damn mic, Samantha, don’t turn off the movie! and I’m like, I’m not turning off the movie!

And then she grabbed my arm hard, and yanked me backwards and down, and yelled Samantha, SIT! straight into the mic. Like a damn

DOG she treated me, in front of all my juniors. If I weren’t so

damned surprised, I’d have SLAPPED HER right across her bloody face in front of all those students and see how she likes it. She DEBASED me, HUMILIATED me in front of all those students. My friends were surprised too.

If she wanted to treat one of the younger boys like that, fine. But I’m a lady. I’m 19 years old, and I am considered an adult. And she treated me like that. That bitch has absolutely no right. And she’s supposed to be the Girls’ Club Teacher! What kind of example is she setting if she treats her own girls like that? I used to give her the benefit of the doubt when some of my guy friends would insult her, but I’m not going to give a damn anymore.

There. Now if any one of you happen to meet her, don’t be fooled. Just slap her. It’ll save you a lot of heartache later on. If she tries to make another scene, I’ll give her a damn scene.


Saturday, February 7, 2009

My parents are out.  I should be doing Math, but it’s… evading me. So I go and bake. Last night I made these choc mint cupcakes. I think I should get some really good peppermint extract. The cupcakes didn’t taste very minty. Not very chocolatey either lol.

My parents went for golf, and then they went for a Chinese New Year dinner party thing. On now~

My math sits in front of me, looking at me very accusingly.

I made scalloped potatoes for dinner. I made crispy chocolate meringues. Here’s the recipe.

2 egg whites
1/2 cup caster sugar
1 1/4 cup cornflakes, crushed
125g dark chocolate, finely chopped
2 tbspns drinking chocolate, for dusting

>> Preheat oven to warm 160C. Brush and oven tray with melted butter or oil. Line with baking paper, grease paper
1. Using electric beaters, beat egg whites in small bowl until stiff peaks form. Add sugar gradually and beat until sugar has dissolved and mixture is thick and glossy.
2. Using a metal spoon, fold the cornflakes and chocolate gently into the egg white mixture and stir until well combined.
3. Spoon 2 heaped teaspoons of the meringue mixture on prepared baking tray 2cm apart. Bake 25-30 minutes or until dry and firm to the touch. Dust meringues with sifted drinking choc while still hot. Transfer to a wire rack when almost cool.

It says here you can store them up to a week in an airtight container. I love this book. It’s got colour photos and it’s really good. I can’t stand cookbooks that don’t have a photo of the finished product. Those sort of cookbooks don’t hold my attention at all.

Anyway, I halved the recipe. I whisked the egg-white by hand, since I was bored. The trick is apparently, (according to my observation.. haha) to whisk it first until it’s sort of stiff, but the tip of the peak sort of falls over. Then start whisking in the sugar, little bit by little bit. When they say gradually, they seriously mean gradually. They say not to whisk it too much, but… well, I whisked it a lot after I started adding the sugar. Eventually it became very thick, and even more stiff-peaked. Very glossy too~ I used those Nestle whole wheat flakes, and chocolate rice. About half cup of the crushed flakes, an a couple teaspoonfuls of choc rice.

DSC00032 All done whipping~


meringues  The meringues, done baking. They taste SO GOOD. That space there is the one I ate.

I made the scalloped potatoes, (or.. well, I think it’s called that) with just white sauce, lots of herbs and sliced potatoes. Make a basic white sauce by melting butter in a saucepan, adding flour to make a smooth paste. Then add milk. Whisk to get rid of lumps, and reduce. Add flavour if you’d like. I put in a bit of mustard, mixed herbs, black pepper, bacon bits, and salt. Peel the potatoes and slice them thinly, and toss them in the white sauce. Cook it a while, then put in an oven-proof dish, bake with a cover till the potatoes are soft then without a cover to reduce the sauce a bit.

On another note, more photos! Camwhore me.

DSC00030Yesterday’s cupcakes. Very pretty.

DSC00031Partly eaten! This one didn’t have choc chunks in it though. 


DSC00027Kinda blurry, but me and Zy with our CHILDREN~ 


 Blackberries. Beautiful, but… Look at that price.

DSC00021 Romantic camwhoring in my lace top.

DSC00018 Dunno why I wanted to camwhore.

DSC00013 Camwhoring in girl’s bathroom~ With my copyright look, HAIRBAND~

DSC00009 From the CNY Reunion dinner the other day. Poor fish.

DSC00010 I thought this looked… poetic.

DSC00011 CHINESE SAUSAGE~~ And… some other stuff.

DSC00012 1000 layer cake! Crepe layers. Mille fieulle? I have no idea how to spell it. Very rich.

DSC00004Studying in Chem lab. My mess~ My space. 

DSC00005 Sexy photo~ This is the very basic stuff. Sulphuric acid, stuff like that that’s commonly used in experiments. The stuff in the cabinet in the faaaaar background over there is the dangerous stuff. *evil grin* I once carried this huge bottle of 90+% ethanol over to a table simply because I was bored. My teacher had a heart attack. 8Db

DSC00003 Before the CNY hols. Kissing the decorative fish~

DSC00001 And the decorative fish kissing me~

Yeah, well that’s all for now. I love taking photos~ And I love cooking. I will post photos of the CNY Open House in the next post. Seeya next time~