November 28, 2009
A little chatting with a…let’s say a friend:
Lg ngpaen ni?
Gmn kul u? Da ujian lum?
blm, ntar desember baru final
Ow. Btr lg dnk?
So tar tamat dpt gelar apa?
ST, emang lu apa?
Mau j di boongin.
(At this point Me is a bit annoyed)
ya mana gw tau
sekolah2 skarang kan suka double degree dengan sangat cepat
MM tu s2. Magister Manajemen.
(At this point Me is a lot annoyed)
ya ampun…baru tau
Ms si br tau?
(Me ignored Friend. After a while…)
Btw off dl. Da ngntk. He5. Nitez. C.u n take care.
(Fought the urge to reply ‘yeah, whatever’)
Have we met? I’m sarcastic. You are…?
(Hint: Six letters. Starts with an S, ends with a D.)
November 28, 2009
People just keep coming up with absurd things.
Take Polly van der Glas, for instance. She is an Australian silversmith, qualified in 2006 and won the Craft Victoria Fillipo Raphael Fresh! Award upon graduation. For designing jewelry out of…
Human teeth and hair.
Nope, your eyes aren’t playing tricks on you.
I have incriminating (and grossly gross) proof in the form of pictures:
All works are handmade in Melbourne, with sterling silver, human hair and human teeth. Human teeth are locally donated and sterilised, and human hair is either locally donated or sourced from India and China.
Teeth are particularly difficult to come by, so any donations are gratefully accepted.
What do you think?
November 27, 2009
Now why is everyone so excited about this movie?
I kinda hate it.
After queuing for more or less half an hour, I got tickets for weekend price, which is expensive. Now I would’ve spent those money readily on Enchanted or The Devil Wears Prada or Star Trek or Resident Evil The Apocalypse or UP! Yes, Up. Wait, not on the Resident Evil The Apocalypse. And definitely NOT on The Carriers. The Carriers is surely the saddest excuse for a movie. New Moon is a still beneath The Carriers on the “List of Movies that Made Me Feel Cheated After Watching”, but still…
But I read the book. And watched the first movie. So I felt bound to watch this second one.
Yeah, that and those shirtless werewolves. =p
I mean, what’s with that girl? That sad excuse for a girl called Bella Swan. Left by her boyfriend and lost all purpose on life? So sad.
Useless little beeyatch.
I admire Victoria more.
Victoria is shown to have a mysterious but elegant personality. She could best be described as calculating however she was frequently bloodthirsty, whether it was when she was dying to kill Bella for her delicious blood on the baseball field in Twilight or when she was stalking Bella for revenge in New Moon and Eclipse. She is also marked as one of the most persistent and ruthless characters in the series. Like most archetypal vampires and femme fatales, she is seductively charming and rather vain.
She’s a vampire, granted. But someone killed her mate and she vowed revenge. And tried very hard, up to creating an army of vampires. And if Bella Swan’s mate were killed, I’d safely say she’s throw herself of the cliff and die. Blah.
It’s too bad Rachelle Lefevre will be replaced with Bryce Dallas Howard in Eclipse and Breaking Dawn. I kinda think that Lefreve is the perfect fit for Victoria; to prepare for her role in Twilight, she went to length of watching lion attacks on Youtube and acted like a cat for a day to get used to acting feline. During her audition, she jumped on a chair and hissed at Catherine Hardwicke (the director), assuring her of her scary cat abilities. She had also written a letter to Hardwicke on how she bonded and had a relation to Victoria.
November 22, 2009
Well, I especially like these songs from Glee:
Mash up of Beyonce’s Halo and Katrina and The Waves’ Walking On Sunshine; positively my favorite:
Queen’s Somebody To Love. I’ve liked it since I heard Anne Hathaway sang it on Ella Enchanted. =]
Don’t Stop Believing, by Journey. Yeah, I didn’t who the Journey is, either, but the song’s great.
Defying Gravity, from the musical Wicked. Absolutely (heart) this song!
Really, go do yourself a favor and watch Glee! =]
November 13, 2009
Just got back from Viennese Festival.
It’s an annual concert held by Classicorp Indonesia to encourage local musicians to perform in public. This year’s theme is Viennese, in the spirit of commemorating 200 years after the death of Joseph Haydn.
(From the program:)
Joseph Haydn is considered the Father of Symphony, and the Father of String Quartet. Along with Mozart and Beethoven, Haydn lived in Vienna during the classical period (1750-1820) and revolutionized classical music and established a firm foundation for their succesors.
Their works are often light, cheerful and witty, like Haydn’s Divertimento in A major for piano solo, although when writing in minor key, they could also be very powerful, complex and full of anguish, like Mozart’s Sonata in C minor for string quintet. Beethove, whose life spanned between the classical and early romantic period, developed his style further and thus his composition are usually more passionate, poignant (like the 2nd movement of his Sonata in A major, op. 30 No. 1), tempestous and even heroic.
The first performance is Haydn’s Divertimento (Sonata) in A major, Hob. XVI No. 12. It is then continued with the second performance: singing. Four works of voice composed by Mozart. And the list goes on and on.
I liked the flautist’s performance, although this was actually the first time I saw a flautist perform live, so I don’t really know whether she’s any good. Still, I (heart) her. She played Beethoven’s Sonata in A major, Op 30 No. 1.
An then a 15 year old girl played this:
(Haydn’s Sonata in E minor, Hob. XVI No. 34)
Boy, she’s good…
But from all the performances, the ones I enjoy most is the soprano’s singing. She’s swell.
Really, did I just use the word swell?
Well, she’s awesome. Absatively.
November 8, 2009
21 random babbles on my 21st birthday:
1. Can’t sleep? Try reading Robin Smith’s Chemical Process Design and Integration. It works wonders, trust me.
2. Don’t believe in stereotypes. Not all blondes are bimbos as not all brunettes are smart. Hint: Manohara.
3. Gender equity is when a woman behind the wheel gets off with a simple smile.
4. Women are not as fragile as they were back in the 19th century. To tell you the truth, women were never and have never been fragile. Seriously. Try giving birth.
Not that I’ve tried that, but it’s either true or people are exaggerating it in the movies.
We don’t need you to take us home, thank you very much, except when it is 22:00. Neither do we need you to carry our things, except if those things are heavy.
Okay, no one says being chivalrous is easy. That’s why everyone seems to have stop trying.
5. Please do not. I repeat do not…try to figure out what a woman wants. The ability to understand the creature known as woman is completely an urban myth. Even women don’t know what they want most of the time.
6. Or maybe that’s just me. I’m just one sample of the vast population of women.
One very very very extremely moody sample.
7. There’s no such thing as “a type” when it comes to dating. You will most likely end up with someone completely different.
8. Boys will be boys. The only way to change a guy is if he is wearing diapers.
9. Shopping is the only therapy. Well, a venti Raspberry Mocha Chip Frappuccino does the trick, too, but Starbucks discontinue it, so…back to shopping!
10. The seaweed is only greener on someone else’s lake if you possess a really depressing mindset.
11. “Abraham took in strangers, and God was happy. Elijah disliked strangers, and God was happy. David was proud of what he was doing, and God was happy. The publican before the altar was ashamed of what he did, and God was happy. John the Baptist went out into the desert, and God was happy. Paul went into the great cities of the Roman empire, and God was happy. How can one know what will please the Almighty? Do what your heart commands, and God will be happy.” -Paulo Coelho in The Devil and Miss Prym-
So do what your heart commands, because God is in your heart.
12. The person who says “Anyone who can read, can cook” is a complete and utter idiot.
13. And what’s with the phrase “It’s like riding a bike”!!??
14. When a girl does something totally impulsive for a guy, they call her aggressive. and a slut. When a guy does something impulsive for a girl, they find him sweet. What’s that all about?
15. When a girl says she’s fine/she’s OK/she’s not heart-broken, she means it. Asking her over and over again how’s she doing, or showing even a teeny bit of pity, can lead to a bitch-slap. Seriously.
16. Guys can do romantic way better than girls…, and girls do revenge way scarier than guys. Give it a try if you don’t believe this.
17. Caffeine is great, whether or not they caused cancer, osteoporosis, and whatever disease they’re claiming it caused before deciding that it was tannin that caused it after all, not caffeine. Whatever. You’d probably get hit by a bus and die, so why not enjoy coffee before that happened? =p
18. Pause to think. Before you speak. Before you write things in your job application. They actually read it and ask you why you listed “persistence” as your strength and ask you to give an example of how persistence is your strength. Gawd…
19. You know you’re into someone when you broke into a lame-ass smile everytime you think about him/her, what he/she said or do, and you start smiling a lot.
20. Laugh a lot. They say it creates wrinkles, but those wrinkles will be there anyway unless you’re thinking about getting Botox injections, so why care.
21. Being happy is all there is. Life is awfully short, live it to the fullest! Explore, dream, discover. Defy gravity! Happy birthday to me! =))
November 6, 2009
They say that anyone who can read, can cook.
I said that that’s hands down bullshit.
But today I rethink that opinion of mine, because todaaaaaaa~y…I made cupcakes.
I have pictures if you don’t believe me. =))
So…if you should want to make them (they’re vanilla cupcake with tiramisu butter cream, in case you’re wondering…), here’s what you need:
- 180 g margarine
- 150 g caster sugar
- 4 eggs
- 1/2 teaspoonful of emulsifier (SP/ovalet/TBM)
- 200 g flour
- 50 g custard powder
- 20 g milk powder
- 1 teaspoonful of baking powder
The recipe also requires 150 g of shredded cheddar and 100 g of chopped almonds, but I held the cheese and the almonds.
So how do I do the unthinkable (read: cook)? First I mixed the margarine and the sugar in a bowl, and whisked until the colour turned from yellow to white. Use an electric mixer if you still want to use your arms after this. The margarine should be softer after whisking.
Then came the eggs and the emulsifier (I used SP). The eggs were beaten separately, then added to the margarine-sugar mix. Add the emulsifier. Whisked some more, until soft.
Mix in the rest of the ingredient. Use a sieve to ensure that it is thoroughly mixed. Then put the cupcake dough into cups, fill 3/4 of the cups. Then bake at 180 degrees Celcius for 15 minutes.
For the butter cream, you need:
- 400 g white butter
- 100 g merry whip (instant whipped cream powder does the trick, too)
- 50 mL sweet condensed milk
- 100 mL simple syrup (simple syrup is just a fancy word for concentrated sugar solution)
- 2 teaspoonful of rum pasta (or more, according to taste)
- 4 teaspoonful of tiramisu pasta (or more; I actually poured the whole bottle in after pouring in 4 teaspoonful and finding the cream not tiramisu-ish LOL)
Whip the whole thing together and you got yourself butter cream for the topping. It took a while though, for the cream to be soft, so be patient.
(Makes appr. 18 cupcakes)