Tuesday, November 30, 2004

Hair Mood: BAD

Just saw myself in the mirror (after getting out of bed)... having such a bad hair day. Lu would be horrified or laugh incessently.

Sorry no photos.

Monday, November 29, 2004

Bread Epilogue

Ok so the bread looked reasonable and eatable... ant it was too. It just that it was abit rubbery and wasn't as soft nor white as commercial bread.

Still have a long way to go to become the baker to Kings.

Saturday, November 27, 2004

Denzil made dinner!

The stuffed capsicums about to go into the oven for baking The dinner that Denzil made.... Stuffed capsicums (mince, peas and cheese baked) with potato. 

Second attempt... we have BREAD!

Two times lucky and we have bread captain! This time it didn't start in disaster with me using the wrong side of the measuring cup. Best thing was that the bread was even eatable!!!

Bare ingredients. Flour, yeast, salt, and oil. The dough after kneading. 
The dough after kneading and letting it rise twice. The finished bread and buns.

Wednesday, November 24, 2004

Emergency Nissan Noodle Stash...

Last week there was an emergency with the Emergency Nissan Noodle Stash. I had run out! Oh the pain, oh the horror, I just couldn't stand it any longer and made a mad dash to China Town.

Hours later I was sitting at home with a bag full of noodles and Char Sew! Yummy!! And in a clash of cultures I made up a pot of pasta (pasta/noodles its all the same) with sauce stirred through and topped with char sew...

There's only one thing left to say... burp.

Sunday, November 21, 2004

Amex Reunion

Its always good to catch up with old colleagues especially when you come across some who are living in the UK aswell.
Today I met up with 2 old friends. Marco, a guy who started as a graduate with me at Amex on the exact same day in the exact same team! I hadn't seen him for 2.5 years. And, Violeta who I hadn't seen in 8months since leaving Amex.
We had such a good time catching up on all the office goss and sharing our European travel experiences. We'll definately stay in touch while we're here and hopefully when we all return back to Oz aswell.

Wednesday, November 17, 2004

One strange call...

On things weird... I just got woken up by my mobile ringing. Thinking it might be a job offer I answered it hoping I did not sound to sleepy.

The lady on the other end distinctly had an Indian accent and could speak prefectly good English. Perhaps I was still too sleepy to take the call or the line wasn't very good because we had a bit of trouble understanding each other properly. She ended up saying that she would send me details of the job via email.

I distinctly remember one of the questions... "WHAT'S YOUR RELOCATION STATUS?"... I did not quite get the name of the place the job was located but she repeated that question a lot. Why do I get the feeling the job is actually in INDIA???

Checking my email my resume was matched against an urgently required position for a company called Rishi InfoTech Pvt. Ltd. Going to their website stays they are located in India. Surprise!!!

Well I have seen Bend It Like Beckham and there was that Indian movie from the London Film Festival. Don't think that qualifies me to understand the finer points of Indian culture though...

Wonder if Lulu would like to relocate....

Tuesday, November 16, 2004

Denzil Jones's Diary.

A cinema full of people, 6 men (5 straight and 1 possible gay) and the rest women....

It can only be the 7:15pm Monday screening of Bridget Jones's Diary: The Edge of Reason. Lulu loved it ofcourse. There's something about the the Bridget Jones movies that all girls connect with in the way that Starwars and Star Trek connect with all boys.

I thought it was a good sequel to the original but not as funny and did conclude the story well. At the end of the first movie Bridget is with Darcy and this is where the sequel starts from. I do think that perhaps Bridget/Darcy are ill matched though. She is hopelessly ill equiped to parade herself in the same circles that Darcy is used to. My opinion only, and opposites do attract.

[Question] How to you get a room full of women to stop talking?
[Answer] Start playing Bridget Jones's Diary: The Edge of Reason.

I did think it funny that a room full of women is NOT as loud as any chinese restaurant during yum cha (dim sum as they call it in London).

Sunday, November 14, 2004

Everyone is Bridget Jones Crazy

Everyone I know seems to be Bridget Jones crazy at the moment. Lulu even has me excited about it and we have prebooked tickets for the 7:15pm session on Monday night. 70pence for the Saturaday paper and it came with a free special edition cd of the of soundtrack. And to put us into the mood the first movie is on tonight.

Saturday, November 13, 2004

Holograms at Home

I've always loved science, in particular lasers. I never bought one, not even one of those laser keychains. Never could find a legitemite reason to get one. Holograms was always just an extension of this and for $99 you too could make holograms on the kitchen table.

Home of Liti holo

What Lulu wants...

Lulu wants BLUE hair for Kathleen's wedding.

She wants me to ask Kathleen if that would be ok.

the weekend has begun!

Yay! Eventhough I had a short week of work(2 days to be exact) i've spent the last 3 days sleeping in, grocery shopping, going to the gym and doing our washing-everything I do on the weekends! The good thing is..its only Friday! so i've got another 2 days left of freedom before I start my new perm job with BA! hmm..maybe I should start my Xmas shopping.

Thursday, November 11, 2004

Red Velvet Cake

I tried to make this new cake recipe- Red Velvet Cake. The red part didn't quite make it so I ended up with a pink strawberry layered cake! Denzil thought it looked like a big piece of spam when i cut it open.

The next part is always the most fun-the frosting! While I was happily whisking away, I was waiting for the white chocolate to melt in the microwave (the packet says you can microwave it). 40 seconds later, I smell smoke and look at the microwave to see smoke seeping through the edge of the microwave door. "Oh No!"
Denzil looks through the kitchen and sees a big cloud of smoke. So I blast on the fan and open the windows-by then I still hadn't opened the microwave door! I open the door slowly and out pours more smoke. Luckily I still had half a block of chocolate left. That was definately my first and last time of melting chocolate in the microwave. Hopefully i'll have better luck next time.

Tuesday, November 09, 2004

Sainsbury Supermarket

I must be rather approachable or something because the cashier at Sainsbury supermarket started chatting to me like was her best friend.

Pearl: Hiya! How are you today?
Denzil: Not to bad.
Pearl: Day off is it?
Denzil: No... unemployed... been unemployed for a while now...
Pearl: Go down to the local Job Centre and you might be able to get a job a Sainsbury. But keep looking, and don't let it get you down.

I wouldn't mind chatting but Pearl stopped scanning my few items after the first one, and somebody came up and queued behind me. Seeing that Pearl had stopped scanning, the other customer was getting abit irritated.

Hurrying away when I had finished paying for everything, a little girl in pink was sitting in the 'seat' of a shopping trolley. I was thinking what a nice little girl until she stuck her tongue out at me and blew a raspberry at me!!!

Still I couldn't help but walk away laughing. I just find it funny how different people react different to the same person.

Saturday, November 06, 2004

Mazipan Sweets at Harrods

Harrod's Mazipan ZooMazipan Babies!!! awwww so cute!

Harrods Christmas Parade

They gave out free Shrek ears!!Ice Queen prancing at the parade
Noddy at the Christmas ParadeErrrr... its whats his name and Santa!!!

Emergency Nissan Noodle Rations...

11:30am... talking to Eva on the net.. The sudden realisation that I had not sustained myself that morning. My savour would come in the form of our Emergency Nissan Noodle Rations.

... the aroma of fresh instant noodles soon permiates the flat ... a few moments while not watching the pot of noodles as it cooks meant that it almost overflowed twice, and then with much (youthful) vigour I loose half the included packet of seaseme oil in a spray all over the stove top.

For fans of Star Trek: The Next Generation - "Perhaps today is NOT a good day to make pasta".

[Nissan Noodles - a brand of instant noodles that Denzil grew up on and is considered to be the best by many Chinese]

Friday, November 05, 2004

Ambitious Cooking

I caught a clip on a tv show about somebody making FRESH pasta from raw ingredients, ie flour, etc. Feeling kinda inspired to try it for myself. Since I did not see the entire clip, let alone write down the recipe, I googled for one instead: recipe for pasta dough and turning the dough into noodles/fettuccine

Two problems: 1) I just got back from the supermarket with bread making flour - not the sort to use for pasta. 2) I dont have a pasta making machine to cut the flour dough.

I wonder how the pasta would taste with self-raising or bread flour. I remember a documentry on traditional noodle making in Japan. I still remember the theory.. can I put it into practice.

Come to think of if, Steph did send me some pictures of the noodles he made. Wish I could have tried them.

Free Reiki Training!

I paid for my Reiki training, but you can also get it free off the internet here: Reiki Secrets. Apparently it trains you all the way up to Master level which is a level above me. Training with a proper person is still better as a good trainer will provide valuable advice/support during and after the course. Still this is a good way to get a feel for Reiki if your interested without spending alot of $$. Just don't go back asking for a refund :)

It just so happens that the Reiki Secrets website also has the links to spoon/fork bending. Not sure if this helps to legitimise the site or turns it more into a side show attraction... The choice is left to the student as homework....

Bending forks...


People who know me know that I used to do magic. Infact I have bit of a library of book and videos on the subject. One thing I never learnt was how to bend forks properly. This website aims to teach you how to do it with your mind! No magic trickery required!

You can find other links on fork bending here if your interested.

Its strange the things you find when you go looking up reiki on the net!

Wednesday, November 03, 2004

Moved old blog

Well I finally moved all the old blog posts here. So if you haven't seen the old entries you can now do so by going through the archives section of the blog.

Still haven't figured out what to do with the photo archives yet. Its annoying me no end actually.
Micheal (Lulu's brother) and Sabrina got married in Singapore. It was a beautiful wedding and for their honeymoon they did a tour in Europe and then stayed a week with us in London.

They absolutely loved it.

Tuesday, November 02, 2004

Denzil can cook #3

I started out in disaster. Yet somehow I managed to get the dough in reasonable shape to produce these wonder Chinese Fighting Bread Rolls. They are heavy enough to smash the bones in your toes if they fell on it. They taste pretty good though.