Books I have completed reading since January 2017:
1. Angelopolis - Danielle Trussoni
2. The Magicians - Lev Grossman
3. The Magic Circle - Jenny Davidson
4. Memories - Lang Leav
Friends and Enemies
Akatsuki: Nightmares & Dreamscapes
-beats in my head-
Chika-Chin's Anime Mania!
empty white space
In My World
My Blah blah Bulogu
My Little World
Sdovelly~ c'est la vie
Serene's Silent Secrets
Shuffle and Repear
Tolanic's Travel Blog
Orange and Chocolate Cake
Friday, January 23, 2009
250g caster sugar
Grated rind of 2 oranges
250g self-raising flour, sifted
100ml orange juice
100g dark chocolate, roughly choppe
120g dark chocolate, roughly chopped
50g softened butter
3 tbsp flaked almonds, lightly toasted till golden brown
1. Cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add the grated rind and beat in the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
2. Using a large metal spoon, fold in the flour alternately with the orange juice. Finally, fold in the chopped chocolate.
3. Spread mixture into a 20cm round cake tin which has been buttered and lined with greaseproof paper. Bake in a preheated oven at 180 C / 350 F for 45 minutes or until well risen and golden brown in colour. Cool cake on a wire tray.
4. While the cake is cooling, make the topping. Melt the butter in a small metal bowl placed over a pan of cimmering water. When melted, take the bowl off the heat and allow to cool for a few minutes before beating in the softened butter, a little bit at a time until you achieve a smooth, spreadable consistency.
5. Spread this chocolate mixture over the top of the cooled cake and sprinkle liberally with the toasted almonds.
Best Chocolate Cake
Friday, January 23, 2009
200g unsalted butter
250g caster sugar
70g plain flour
340g good quality cooking chocolate, melted and leave to cool
icing suagr to dust
1. Preheat oven to 160 C. Lightly grease and line the base of a 20cm round baking tin.
2. Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs and flour alternatively, mixing well after each addition.
3. Pour in melted chocolate and stir to mix well.
4.Pour mixture into the prepared baking tin. Place in a baking dish filled with hot water that comes up to three quarters the sides of the baking tin.
5. Bake cake for 1 1/2 hours or until the skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean.
6. Serve chocolate cake, sliced, with a dusting of icing sugar.
Quiet Chinese New Year
Thursday, January 22, 2009
My auntie has proven herself cowardice and a person who has no principle because she has taken back her words. Though we enjoy her companionship, it is crystal clear that she gave empty appointment that she will stay over at our place for the Chinese New Year as a tool to teach my jerk uncle a lesson, though she has complained to my family how she was mistreated by her little brother. And believe me, everyone in the my family was a victim including me. I remembered him calling me pat lam pat lui [direct translation from Cantonese would be half male half female which you may refer it as transvetite in English] when I visited his family in October 2007. He referred that to me when he was explaining to his insolent 3 year old daughter who was at the house gate. This auntie got the hardest hit but she chose to celebrate Chinese New Year with a jerk.
She plays her card well to the point my mother has indirectly declare sanction on her and other relatives to visiting us over the Chinese N ew Year and other times of the year. It is New Year but my family would want to have peace and joy and laughter and we don't welcome these people for they are nothing but only know how to criticize, speak you "down", and suck whatever knowledge you have without exchanging. We have had enough. I remember my jerk uncle clearly gave my family a box of eaten fortune cookies as Chinese New Year gift in 2008. And many of the gifts we spent time, money and SINCERITY to buy were not returned. We seriously are tired. We are now playing our own rules. There is a big possibility of my family consuming the gifts we bought for our relatives this year.
We can forgive but we will also bury the past and look into the future without these relatives in the picture. And my family dislike people who have no principle and reverse on your words and have no integrity.
Dedicate to Jolenesiah
Monday, January 19, 2009
Just for laugh. This is for u, Jolenesiah.
Jolenesiah had a little tiger
Jolenesiah had a little tiger,
Little tiger, little tiger;
Jolenesiah had a little tiger
Its fur was black as poppy.
Now, everywhere that Jolenesiah went,
Jolenesiah went, Jolenesiah went;
Now everywhere that Jolenesiah went,
The tiger was sure to go.
It followed her to her shop one day,
Shop one day, shop one day;
It followed her to shop one day,
Which was against the rule.
It made the customers laugh and shout,
Laugh and shout, laugh and shout;
It made the cusomters laugh and shout,
To see a tiger meows.
P.S: Poppy is her pet dog.
Laughter and Joy
Saturday, January 17, 2009
My auntie from another suburb came over for the weekend. And my house was filled with non-stop laughter. We had so much of things to gossip and talked about. I could see my mother and my aunt could never stop talking until it's over their bedtime hours. I realised though my mother doesn't really like my auntie's 'innocence' she would still teach her to new things such as eating Indian food which we did for dinner today; eating healthy food; and even be her fashion consultant.
During her stay here, I feel like we are all catching up with the time lost we have sacrificed for our career and commitments instead of spending time with family. How sad it is to not remember the laughter and joy we have shared in each other's companionship.
And the good news is my aunt is coming again on Chinese New Year. Right. Hopefully my aunt won't betray her words to go over to my uncle's place, which she very dares.
Between Hell and Tranquility
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
My ear hurts. So are my eyes. Concomitant so is my brain. But should not be the brain hurt the most before the ear and eyes? Who cares? My soul is always boiling to the max. No matter how I try to soothe myself, I ended up boiling and boiling. Why not? When the people you mix with from 9 am to 5 pm for five days a week keep on speaking to you in broken english. Imagine you are slap in the face for years. It drives me crazy!!! I used to tell myself "It's ok because they don't know the correction." So what after correcting for these 2 years? They still can't even string simple sentences. They keep translate directly from Malay into English. I don't know whether they don't LIKE or KNOW the EXISTENCE of HAVE but they never use it. NEVER. They always say instead "I NOT UNDERSTAND" and you can think the rest. I told my colleagues many times. I'm exhausted from repeating. If you think that is because English is my mother tongue and not theirs, then they need to screw their own brain. Malay is not my mother tongue and yet I could score A. Chinese should be my mother tongue but I'm illiterate and yet I could score A in college. Ok fair enough to say I can speak Chinese so learning how to write is no big deal. But I also can score A for my Japanese in reading and writing. So what is wrong with you guys? Why the hell do you read English books? And you all deal with English documents everyday. We have tonnes of journal in our office library. English cannot be improved? That's not an excuse! Don't say "Because I'm OLD my brain is not functioning." Then why are you working? If you are so old, then retire la. And that's not an EXCUSE. Can't they stop giving themselves excuse? I'm sick of listening to it. All I'm asking is to make simple sentences with HAVE. And that's the pinch of salt in the whole ocean.
And if you think my English is good, let me be frank here. My English is very poor before I entered college. To be frank, I didn't even know when to use plural and singular. My sentences are haphazard that I have to teach myself English basic and grammar. I read the sentences in my text book and make notes of the sentences development and then revise and then ask my English lecturer for help. And if I could do it in the first semester, where the hell are you all mucking for these two years?
C'on. SPARE ME. I'm still young and I have no intention of dying as a young girl. And to hell, you corrupted people!
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