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Easter Brunch at Home, Part I

What a BEAUTIFUL day!! Once I stepped out, it was hot and slightly stuffy and reminded me of good ol’ Hong Kong. A perfect 25*C, super sunny but slightly overcast and breezy hinting a brewing storm.

Walked across the street to my friend’s to make pancakes and eggs Benedict. I whipped up my frat-boy style hollandaise sauce (mayo + hint of mustard + water) for the poached eggs which were perfectly wobbly and round. Then we mixed up some pancake mix with frozen blueberries… which was a bad idea because all the ice and berries melted and the pancakes became a toxic-blue goo in the pan. I imagine it would make a great Halloween dish. Instead, we made fluffy banana pancakes from scratch! We added sliced strawberries and sieved some icing sugar on top. It was restaurant quality and picture perfect. The only fault of this brunch was we had milk rather than juice!

The lack of juice only inspired us for an epic Easter Sunday brunch and afternoon… stay tuned! Pics will come soon :)

Happy long weekend everyone!
Recipe for cuteless - 1/2 a cup of live bunny. (From CuteOverload.com)

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I’m on a Boat!!

“Ghetto Swimming Pool” >>

Speaking of ghetto, there was another “shooting” at my school! That was after the dozens of accounts of sexual assault, robbery, rape, hate crimes, countless arrests during protests, 2 months of strike, etc…. ONE MORE WEEK SUCKAAH

Okay, must finish thesis by morning.

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In the jungle… all the way to London

My aunt just came back from the jungle. Literally. Like, totally. Like, can’t make this up– okay I’ll stop.

Email in its original form, typos grammar mistakes and all. I can just imagine anyone texting while watching TV with a message like this:

HIHI, I am back from the jungle in North Bonero (Sabah). This 8 days we stayted with the forest rangers and walked through the trail. This is not open for tourists yet so we are the first group. (they used to just open for scientists, nature group, international Raleigh volunteer for some parts of the jungle). It called Imbak Canyon in the heart of Sabah.

each day we walked around 5-6 hours and overnight at a very basic camp. back to the nature and basic with no facilities. we took bath in the river, slept in a open tent with only the sound of insects and leeches. kayake down to the river, got lost in a jungle and walked from 10 hours until it got dark and arrived a camp found out no fuel for the generator (no electricity)…

Previously she volunteered for 3 months in Puerto Rico living in similar hut conditions, collecting sea turtle eggs, teaching local children English, living off yams, corn, and rice, getting attacked by leeches (right on her belly button!), having a fellow traveler pee next to the bunk beds, jumping down waterfalls… She also ventured straight up north during the huge snowstorm of 2007 to picturesque walkways of icy trees in New York and a blackout in our Toronto home.

I couldn’t even decide on a place to go for grad trip. I have to consider:
1. I want the best bang for my buck
2. Who do I go with?
3. What do I want out of it?

My aunt had all those solved. She went with her boyfriend/life partner (? She just doesn’t want to get married). He paid for everything. Because he’s white and he works in Hong Kong… figures. (Why don’t foreigners get paid higher in North America?! Why do Caucasians – dammit, I’ll be politically incorrect – whites get paid higher everywhere?? They’re not that much better!! They can’t speak complex Asian languages!! Lai ji mm ji or gong meh ah, bak yun? Meanwhile, many Asians are multilingual. China’s gonna own your ass, America. You’re going bankrupt and all without healthcare. Even Canada’s gonna own your ass!! We’re “boring like mashed potatoes“, we got healthcare and fucking poutine! Even our potato dishes own your ass!! I digress…). Then she went to England country side to visit the “in-laws” and experience strange western mom customs (de-core-d strawberries stored in a glass jar for her 40 y/o children to eat from?) The point of her travels is because she detests commercialism, materialism, etc., so she/they wanted to find a suitable city to call home. Basically, she got the who, what, and how covered, and where and when are unlimited because she doesn’t need to work. What a life.

If I wasn’t so mightily afraid of tiny critters crawling on me (just thinking of it makes me hunch my shoulders to protect my neck. I need a scarf now!!) I may have decided on a nature oriented journey. I don’t mind sleeping on rocks and in tropical forests; just give me a second layer of skin that completely covers all crevices on my body. So basically, I want to operate like this car (via; which I think has two letters missing from its name – you can tell when you see how the hood opens).

Right now, I have a tentative plan for a Euro trip. I have a friend in the UK, and we can visit Scotland, France, and if budget allows, Portugal and Spain. This is before all budget concerns, time limits, and any planning. So it’s not really a plan, but a dream. Although The Great Financer has approved of such a project, budget still needs approval. If it works, date of departure will be June 11th and must return by June 25th. That’s all I know for now.

Wherever the dart lands…

Oh yes, I am graduating on June 28th (typing this from the computer lab at 1am…). Then will be going for a few days to New York with The Great Authority and Financer of all things. So I’ll be going somewhere for sure. Except I have visioned my grad trip would involve backpacking and sleeping at train stations. I would if I weren’t a 5’2 sedentary klutz with no means of self defence.

Some people asked why I’m not going to Europe with le BF. “Oh, it’ll be so romantic!” Right now, that’s a pretty repulsive idea. I don’t want all the memories in my life, especially all travels, to involve him. Is that cruel?

PS. Any recommendations for must-go places in Europe? Cheap airlines, hostels, discounts?

Note: I’ve been to France & Italy as a 12 year old so I don’ need to see the Eiffel Tower or Leaning tower of Pisa, etc. I am willing to sacrifice photo ops for an authentic European experience! I speak a basic, basic level of French.

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Link: Giant Penis Festival

I shrank the thumbnail because I don’t want you guys to be kicked out of libraries or classrooms.

Excerpt:

“Hundreds of thousands come together for the world’s largest penis festival”. Specifically, the Steel Phallus festival in Kawasaki, Japan.
[Pictures show]
old ladies and gay dudes walk around sucking on candy that look like penises.

>> link

I have been fully aware that there is this holiday and a temple exists as well, as well as the numerous jokes my dear friends made. Just interesting to see an image…

PS. Hello Kurodo.

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It’s a war out there.

I’ve been going on several (window) shopping trips recently.. in preparation for Boxing Day Sale. I have a game plan — a shopping list in the form of a collage. And BOOYYYYY, did I shop!! I splurged quite a bit.. a list of my war prizes.


I’ve gone photobucket – edit crazy. Then the save failed on me again. I don’t know what’s going on with this image…

First, the greatest prize of all:

Aritizia virgin wool coat with 15% cashmere, double breasted with standing collar and belt, with slim waist cutting, reaches just above the knee. It has everything I’ve been looking for in a winter coat. Here is the crazy story that accompanies this coat:

I first noticed this coat a month ago when I went to Yorkdale and made the routine visit to Aritzia. I saw this rack of winter coats – only hip length and saw they were quite nice. Then I noticed there was a longer version. You can get this Virgin Wool Tabula coat for $350 +tax. Holieeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee. That’s almost $3000 HK. I wanted this in long and gray, while a friend was deciding between the short or long version in black. We decided that if it went on sale, we would consider. Later, I went shopping with a friend downtown and I mentioned that I liked a coat from Aritizia… and we ended up liking the exact same one, long and gray! we both thought it was too pricey, so didn’t think too much of it.
Come boxing day, and the moment I stepped into Aritzia I made a beeline straight for the rack of long coats. I searched and searched for a long gray one in XSMALL, but only found a black one. I asked a friend to line up at the cash first, and I took one last check all around the shop in case someone stashed it in a corner. No luck. And as I stood in line holding the coat, still contemplating on this $299+ tax, I got a call and kept talking as the line moved… andvery soon, I approached the cashier who began asking, “what is your method of payment?” I handed over my credit card while still on the phone.. and somehow, vacantly, frantic, hypnotized…. dreading the bill in my mind, while signing the receipt… I paid $337.78 for this baby. This coat, I will wear for the next 10 winters.

Next, is my first purchase:

A blue tiered dress from an unknown brand. The shop usually sells an assortment of brand name items, and I found this really cute dress for $14.99! I can wear this with leggings, jeans, a blazer, cardigan, for clubbing, dinners, banquets, lunch, anything! What a deal!

Next is my cheapest purchase on boxing day:

A Zara fedora in trendy plaid for $9.95! I better wear it often :)

And next, is my post-boxing day splurge…

This Armani Exchange tux blazer was spotted and tried after spotting a similar one in FCUK on a followup trip to Yorkdale, which had sleeves too long. This was a bit better… and fits so well. A splurge that I consider an investment, because like the coat, it is in a classic shape and fitting cut that I can wear for many seasons. It was worth the $69+tax = 77.xx. What a splurge….

Next are some things I bought before boxing day madness.

My sisster made an order for Forever21 online, and I ordered along with several plain t shirts a plaid lumberjack blouse. It’s such a seasonal item, and I was shocked to find that it was not a flimsy cotton tissue but of a thick, though synthetic, material. It’s a bit loose fitted, so I might need to wrap a thin belt over it. I think it was under $25.
The sweater next to it is from H&M – kid’s section! It was quite a find. I always check out H&M kid’s section because the clothes are cheaper and the largest size fits me. It’s got buttons, a belt, and hood – pretty nice features for a warm, snug sweater. Just when I needed one :) $29.00.

Also in the picture are some items from today: a blue pleated top from UO for $5, and a vintage hankie my sister found in the market – Christian Dior for $5!! That goes with the item in the bauhaus bag… it’s not actually from bauhaus, but I put it in there…. it’s a secret for now :)

I also bought a pair of booties from Zara – beige faux suede for $39.95. Thought I’d give them a try when the snow and puddles disappear!!

At the end of the month, I would need to tally my injuries (in my credit card bill) and fabricate some numbers to show the Economic Authority/Financer.

Gosh, Sindy. What a conceited post. Spending so much money when I have no school during this economic crisis. Huge splurges too!!!! arghhhhhh

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A+B=C — C for Complete 3-D Christmas Cards!

Remember my Christmas card project to make good use of my time? It’s done and sent!


All laid out for the glitter glue to dry. Yes, I am double-digit aged and still uses glitter.

It was very simple – each card only required a piece of 8″x8″ heavy paper, silver marker, and assorted colours of glitter glue. Here’s a closeup:


I swear I write better in cursive.

Materials: heavy paper, pencil, metal ruler, cutter

Steps:
1. Estimate the center and cut that little L shape out.
2. Leave that tab sticking out and fold the center.
3. Open up, and mark a 1cm margin on either side of the center fold.
4. Draw the levels of the Christmas tree as triangles resting on the margins, leaving around 1cm between each level.
5. Use the cutter to cut out the 2 sides of each triangle (tree levels). Be careful to not cut past the margin.
6. Push each tree level of its cut, out to the side that the center fold peaks towards. (So the tree levels fold opposite to the center fold.)

Now you can prop the Christmas tree on its little L-shaped tab stand, with the “leaves” sticking out! (I remembered taking a final product photo…) Decorate with anything you feel like, or to make this a fun interactive card, include decorations for your recipients!


With each card, I included a packet of hand-crafted stickers (from dollar stores) and mini pom-poms with double sided tape on them. I inserted instructions on how to enjoy the card, and mailed them halfway around the globe. They arrived just in time for Christmas, with a few days to spare and stand with other Christmas cards.

Merry Christmas :)

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C for Christmas Project!

A: I’ve got too much time on my hands, with my school on strike since November.
B: I have always had this hobby in making 3D cards – popup, interactive, put it together yourself.

A + B = C = Christmas cards!!
I have decided to embark myself on a Christmas card making Project. I plan to create Christmas cards for my family and hopefully they will be completed and arrive on time for Christmas. I think I am a bit late, it being mid-December already. So I guess I have only 1 week’s time to finish everything.

It’s nothing huge, but a great way to do something I love, spread some love this holiday, and make good use of my time and stay off internet junk. I will record my daily progress here, and renew my love for public blogging :)

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