Friday, April 30, 2010

Cooking time~

Even if I have been a lazy student so far, at least I still got to learn something here..
Yup yup yup, cooking time~...

I bought this new slow cooker from KMart because:
ONE. it is on special, and
TWO. i got sick of looking to all of my housemate's yummy cooking using their slowcooker..
One thing for sure, you can make anything turn into a tender texture,
including meat, vegies, even beans..

Anyway, my first trial and error experiment is
"Baikut Sayur Asin - Pickled Mustard Soup"
taken from here

Method category: Soup/Stew (Rebus)
Ingredients/ Bahan:
1 lt Water (Air)
1 pack Pickled Mustard (sawi asin)
2 cloves Garlic.
500 gr Pork Ribs (Baikut Babi)
1 inch Ginger sliced (Jahe, iris)
2 tsp Salt (Garam)
1 tsp White Pepper (Merica)

Directions/Cara membuat:
1. Wash the pickled mustard, and chopped.
2. Chopped the pork ribs per bone. Cook the ribs until cooked with water and all the spices.
3. Put in the pickled mustard and bring it to boil once again.

1. Cuci sayur asin lalu potong2. Cuci dan potong2 daging baikut menurut ruas tulangnya.
2. Rebus baikut dengan air dan bumbu2 hingga matang.
3. Masukkan sayur asin lalu didihkan sekali lagi.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Ben - Michael Jackson

I watched Wedding Wars (the Movie) with my BF just couple of days before,
and this song is stuck in my head..
Quite a nice movie, and the main actor named Ben in the movie is quite handsome =)

This one btw was sang by Billi Gilman,

Ben, the two of us need look no more
We both found what we were looking for
With a friend to call my own
I'll never be alone
And you my friend will see
You've got a friend in me
(You've got a friend in me)

Ben, you're always running here and there
(Here and there)
You feel you're not wanted anywhere
If you ever look behind
And don't like what you find
There's something you should know
You've got a place to go
(You've got a place to go)

I used to say, "I" and "me"
Now it's "us", now it's "we"
(I used to say, "I" and "me")
(Now it's "us", now it's "we")

Ben, most people would turn you away
I don't listen to a word they say
They don't see you as I do
I wish they would try to
I'm sure they'd think again
If they had a friend like Ben
(A friend)
Like Ben
(Like Ben)
Like Ben

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Axioo - beyond words

Axioo - beyond words..
Oh my God, yes their slogant is so damn right.. Sometimes words are just not enough to explain the blossoms of love between the two in love couple..
Urgh.. I had a chit chat with my housemate just before, and we talked about photography.. Getting so excited until we talk about Axioo, one of the most popular wedding photographers ever..

My personal opinion,
they sell fresh ideas - instead of plain techniques;
a lil bit overprice - but who cares? happiness is worth a lot more than just money;
and they deliver fun unique special pictures for every single couple


<*all pictures taken from Axioo>

Monday, April 26, 2010

Diamonds are a girl's best friend? Louboutin will do?

would be nice to wear this Louboutin

The French were bred to die for love
they delight in fighting duels
but I prefer a man who lives
and gives expensive jewels.
A kiss on the hand may be quite continental
but diamonds are a girl's best friend.
A kiss may be grand but it won't pay the rental
on your humble flat, or help you at the automat.
Men grow cold as girls grow old
and we all lose our charms in the end.
But square-cut or pear-shaped
these rocks don't lose their shape
Diamonds are a girl's best friend
...Tiffany's ... Cartier...
Talk to me, Harry, Winston,tell me all about it!
There may come a time when a lass needs a lawyer
but diamonds are a girl's best friend.
There may come a time when a hard-boiled employer
thinks you're awful nice
but get that ice or else no dice.
He's your guy when stocks are high
but beware when they start to descend,
It's then that those louses go back to their spouses
Diamonds are a girl's best friend.
I've heard of affairs that are strictly platonic
but diamonds are a girl's best friend,
and I think affairs that you must keep liaisonic
are better bets if little pets get big baggettes.
Time rolls on and youth is gone
and you can't straighten up when you bend
but stiff back or stiff knees
you stand straight at Tiffany's
Diamonds... Diamonds...
- I don't mean rhinestones -
but Diamonds, Are A Girl's Best Friends

Friday, April 23, 2010

moo Business Cards

One of my teacher in uni showed me indirectly his business cards, and I noticed that it is not usual. I found out that his business cards is a double sided card, with one of the side containing his contact details and another one with pictureS.
Yes? Yes! Picturessss, he got different pictures printed on the back of his contact details. And in one set box of it, he probably got 4 or 5 different pictures.
I though that it must be really expensive for him to do that on his own. But i figured that its a "moo business cards".

Moo is a printing company who come up with this brilliant idea, where you get to print ur business card double sided with pictures on one side (personalized pictures; couple of those), and your contact details on the other side. You can use your own pictures by uploading it through the website or just use their broad selection of pictures taken from their designers.

They do international shipping (geez i hate when everything has to be from US), and dont you worry about the quality, from what i've seen, their quality is above standards and yes, the paper is thick, nice and promising. Those are things that your business cards should looks like.

Btw, they are not only doing business cards but also greeting cards and stuff. And if im not wrong, every order comes with a moo card holder for free? lets see, i might get some for myself, =)

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Clayton railway stabbing victim

It happen yesterday and now I got all paranoid about going back alone at night or daytime. Geez this is not robbery or stuff anymore, this is murder. aaaaa I want to move to city ASAP, please....

The victim of yesterday's fatal stabbing outside Clayton railway station has been identified as police continue their hunt for his killer.

Horrified commuters watched the young man die just metres from the station entrance after the brazen peak-hour stabbing about 8am.

Police identified the victim this morning but refused to comment further until his next of kin was informed....

continue reading here

Sunday, April 18, 2010

My Bucket List ~ 100 Things To Do Before U Die

I went out with some new friends last night, and turns out that they all have GREAT AWESOME WONDERFUL SPECTACULAR life (whatever words might not be enough)...
There were 8 of us, which were 3couples (including me) and 2 more boys..

Here what they have done that makes me jealous..
1. Trisha and Edgar (my fave, haha~), they had some backpacking experience all around south east Asia and their story about India was awesome. As Indonesian, it is not so common to do backpacking, but now I would LOVE to. Btw, Edgar played violin and Trisha doing education course.
2. Dilshan and Julie, Dilshan is a Karate coach or something, and if Im not wrong, he got a black belt already (which suppose to be the highest level, I believe). Julie herself is doing accounting while having a fashion shop (Im not sure but she is a really nice person)
3. Neil, he comes from India and moved to Australia since he was 12. He got his residency already (which I would love to have one by now) and funny story about him is that he got food poisoning when he went back to India for a trip. He was shocked by the life Indian people live back then. Interesting uh?
4. Liam, got a girl friend in China and he is now in a long distance relationship. He looks quiet but he is nice and played quite well on bowling that night.

Anyway, I feel like I'm being left out in this fun challenging world, and I have wasted a lot of my time on nothing.. darn it!
So, just to keep me on track for future references, and to make me feel better atm, I wanted to make a bucket list on my own; you know, the list of things you want to do before u kick the bucket (death).. But then I got stucked..!
I then decided to get this list and edit some here and there.
and it sounds perfect for now.. =))
I put those I've done in bold

1. Attend at least one major sporting event: the Super Bowl, the Olympics, the Australia Open. I want to say GP F1 is one of them isnt it?
2. Throw a huge party and invite every one of your friends.
3. Swim with a dolphin.
4. Skydive.
5. Have your portrait painted.
6. Learn to speak a foreign language and make sure you use it.
7. Wrote articles for a large publication.
8. Watch the launch of the space shuttle.
9. Spend a whole day eating junk food without feeling guilty.
10. Be an extra in a film.
11. Tell someone the story of your life, sparing no details.
12. Make love on a forest floor.
13. Make love on a train.
14. Learn to rollerblade.
15. Own a room with a view.
16. Brew your own beer.
17. Learn how to take a compliment.
18. Buy a round-the-world air ticket and a rucksack, and run away.
19. Grow armpit hair and leave it for at least a month. this is so yeck~ i wont do it ever
20. Give your mother a dozen red roses and tell her you love her.
21. Be a member of the audience in a TV show.
22. Put your name down to be a passenger on the first tourist shuttle to the moon.
23. Send a message in a bottle.
24. Ride a camel into the desert.
25. Get to know your neighbors.
26. Plant a tree.
27. Learn not to say yes when you really mean no. trying trying trying
28. Write a fan letter to your all-time favorite hero or heroine.
29. Visit the Senate and the House of Representatives to see how Congress really works.
30. Learn to ballroom dance properly.
31. Eat jellied eels from a stall in London.
32. Be the boss.
33. Fall deeply in love -- helplessly and unconditionally. i am ~
34. Ride the Trans-Siberian Express across Asia.
35. Sit on a jury.
36. Write the novel you know you have inside you. gotcha~
37. Grown and eaten your own vegetables that sounds really cool
38. Stay out all night dancing and go to work the next day without having gone home (just once).
39. Drink beer at Oktoberfest in Munich.
40. Be someone's mentor.
41. Shower in a waterfall.
42. Ask for a raise.
43. Learn to play a musical instrument with some degree of skill.
44. Teach someone illiterate to read.
45. Be one of the first to take a flight on the new Airbus A380.
46. Spend a night in a haunted house -- by yourself.
47. Write down your personal mission statement, follow it, and revise it from time to time.
48. See a lunar eclipse. i think i did
49. Spend New Year's in an exotic location.
50. Get passionate about a cause and spend time helping it, instead of just thinking about it.
51. Experience weightlessness.
52. Sing a great song in front of an audience.
53. Ask someone you've only just met to go on a date.
54. Drive across America from coast to coast.
55. Make a complete and utter fool of yourself.
56. Own one very expensive but absolutely wonderful business suit.
57. Write your will.
58. Sleep under the stars.
59. Take a ride on the highest roller coaster in the country.
60. Learn how to complain effectively -- and do it!
61. Adopted an accent for an entire day.
62. Spend a whole day reading a great novel.
63. Forgive your parents.
64. Learn to juggle with three balls.
65. Taken a Ferrari for a test drive.
66. Find a job you love.
67. Spend Christmas on the beach drinking pina coladas.
68. Overcome your fear of failure.
69. Backpacked in Europe. this one i wantttttt
70. Donate money and put your name on something: a college scholarship, a bench in the park.
71. Buy your own house and then spend time making it into exactly what you want.
72. Grow a garden.
73. Spend three months getting your body into optimum shape.
74. Drive a convertible with the top down and music blaring.
75. Accept yourself for who you are.
76. Learn to use a microphone and give a speech in public.
77. Scuba dive off Australia's Great Barrier Reef.
78. Go up in a hot-air balloon. knock knock mr.Right, i want this ok?
79. Attend one really huge rock concert.
80. Kiss someone you've just met on a blind date.
81. Lounged around in bed all day.
82. Give to a charity -- anonymously.
83. Lose more money than you can afford at roulette in Vegas.
84. Let someone feed you peeled, seedless grapes.
85. Taken a martial arts class.
86. Fart in a crowded space.
87. Sang loudly in the car, and didn't stop when you knew someone was looking.
88. Go deep sea fishing and eat your catch.
89. Create your own web site. hmmm should have done that long time ago
90. Visit the Holy Land.
91. Piloted an airplane.
92. Run to the top of the Statue of Liberty.
93. Create your Family Tree.
94. Catch a ball in the stands of a major league baseball stadium.
95. Taken a canoe trip that lasted more than 2 days.
96. Been a DJ.
97. Learn to bartend.
98. Run a marathon.
99. Look into your child's eyes, see yourself, and smile.
100. Reflect on your greatest weakness, and realize how it is your greatest strength.

Well well well,
I only got 17 out of 100,
see...? thats why I got to live my life more


Friday, April 16, 2010

IELTS Band Scores

I just realized that suddenly a lot of my friends are taking IELTS.
Reasons might be different, but now they kind of getting annoyed with the fact that some of us have to retake the test again and again before they can pass.
This is because of the new rules from immigration.
Since most of us are graduating real soon, and some did from last semester, we need to take IELTS in order for us to get our PR application processed.

And guess whats the score that we need?
7 it is, with no band below 7 and overall band 7.
Quite though is it?
Indeed for most of us, yes! Even 6 is not that easy either I found out.
It is ironic since we've lived here in Australia for more than 3years at least, and yet band score 7 is a "good user" (based on the band scores expectation description).
I feel so lucky for passing the IELTS already, but just to inform, I pass that requirement on my 2nd test (*damn it). Still not bad compare to those who need to do it over timesSS.

Well, this is what I got from the official IELTS website. Hope it might help.

There is no pass or fail in IELTS. Candidates are graded on their performance, using scores from 1 to 9 for each part of the test – Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. The results from the four parts then produce an Overall Band Score.

This unique 9-band system measures scores in a consistent manner – wherever and whenever the test is taken. It is internationally recognised and understood, giving you a reliable international currency. IELTS scores are valid for two years.

The IELTS 9-band scale

Each band corresponds to a level of English competence. All parts of the test and the Overall Band Score can be reported in whole and half bands, eg 6.5, 7.0, 7.5, 8.0.

Band 9: Expert user: has fully operational command of the language: appropriate, accurate and fluent with complete understanding.

Band 8: Very good user: has fully operational command of the language with only occasional unsystematic inaccuracies and inappropriacies. Misunderstandings may occur in unfamiliar situations. Handles complex detailed argumentation well.

Band 7: Good user: has operational command of the language, though with occasional inaccuracies, inappropriacies and misunderstandings in some situations. Generally handles complex language well and understands detailed reasoning.

Band 6: Competent user: has generally effective command of the language despite some inaccuracies, inappropriacies and misunderstandings. Can use and understand fairly complex language, particularly in familiar situations.

Band 5: Modest user: has partial command of the language, coping with overall meaning in most situations, though is likely to make many mistakes. Should be able to handle basic communication in own field.

Band 4: Limited user: basic competence is limited to familiar situations. Has frequent problems in understanding and expression. Is not able to use complex language.

Band 3: Extremely limited user: conveys and understands only general meaning in very familiar situations. Frequent breakdowns in communication occur.

Band 2: Intermittent user: no real communication is possible except for the most basic information using isolated words or short formulae in familiar situations and to meet immediate needs. Has great difficulty understanding spoken and written English.

Band 1: Non-user: essentially has no ability to use the language beyond possibly a few isolated words.

Band 0: Did not attempt the test: No assessable information provided.

gluck to my dearest friends~


Wednesday, April 14, 2010

song OF the DAY - gabebondoc

Jacob's Blues (I'm What You Need) - Gabe Bondoc

I know he's on.. he's on your mind.
I know his name's on your lips at night.

I'm trying to show that I'm strong, I can hold you.
He's always pulling away..

I'm what you need.. but he's what you want, no, not me.

So I'll take my time and see if your love can be changed.
Can't rush the fight.. cuz I know that your heart's still in pain.

Yes he was good, but he's gone, gone for good..
You deserve someone that stays.

I'm what you need..

You.. you can stop waiting.
Please just be brave and trust me.

I'll.. I'll never leave you, he won't even see you.
Please, trust me.

Yes he was good, but he's once, gone for good..
You deserves someone that stays..

I'm what you need.. but he's what you want, no, not me.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Mood of the day - FULL of LOVE

I think,
I'm falling for you,

When our hands get together,
the heart starts to race,

and There's a pink blossom,
here in my heart,


Saturday, April 10, 2010

The Big Day - 10.04.2010

the day has come..
the main reason for me to go back
"Holly's sweet 17th party - 10042010"

Our prayers:
1. no rain
2. cool mild weather
3. fun environment
4. happy family
5. succesfull party
and its all done...

The party should be started from 6pm,
but we decided to wait until 6.45pm,
when the time said so, there were not enough guests to start,
things were not as expected..

My lil sis was inside worried about her party ruined by not enough guests,
and mom got panicked also..
I know there is a surprise for Holly,
but It is before I decided to went down stairs, trying to see if there's more people coming to the party before we really start,
and I found out,
there were bunch of them waiting downstairs, wanting to give Holly surprises..

Here is the plan:
Wait downstairs and let Holly get upset by not enough guess,
Get her to do the cake ceremonial,
and just when she about to do so,
theyll come and surprise her with a big happy birthday song to be sang,
with candles to be lightened
and a scrap book prepared by them..
there were 16 or 17 of them, i can not recall..

and even though there were many things going wrong,
but on the top of all,
she is happy,
and also her friends,
ceremonial was done very nicely,
and she cant stop from smiling =)

that was one night,
where I can see how she can keep that smile on her face the longest ever,
it is a compliment really..
my 7hours trip was paid knowing that everybody is happy there..

Friday, April 9, 2010

Fish Spa with Gara Rufa

Today, life is good.
I love planning, i love being organized, i love time scheduling.
hm.. i guess im quite a freak on time management haha

So, todays plan:
1. go to gas station
2. final dress fitting
3. F.I.S.H spa
4. grab the jewelry for tomorrow
5. grab the souvenirs
6. buy some matching white shoes
7. manicure and padicure

From the list, my favorite one is the FISH spa,
im so enjoying that moment with me, my mom and Holly (the bday girl, yay..)
My brother was there too, but he decided to get some shiatsu instead.
Hm lets say he is not into girls talk.

first time we need to get our feet cleaned,
you can always grab some shorts which they provide to make it easier for you when u do the fish spa,
but mom never like "public sharing" properties,
she insist to keep her long pants on, and tried really hard to fold it up high..

then, we get to sit on a chair where someone can wash our feet..
im not so comfortable with the fact that my feet being washed as if im a queen to worship or something,
but seems like everybody have it done to them there,
so after that, the three of us get into a pool where we can sit and let our feet being "eaten" by the fish.. hahaha

let me tell u something,
it gives u a tickling sensation at first,
and the more dead skin u got, the more fish will come to ur feet,
and the more u got tickled by it..
mom even screamed once and got some "ssshuusshhh" by the other customers hahaha

anyway, the fish called "Gara rufa" or "Doctor fish"
they originally comes from Middle East countries like Turki and Syria,
the spa staff said the fish used for fish spa are those with maximum 2 - 4cm length only,
once it gets bigger, they are not recommended for fish spa anymore,
but the biggest size they can get is only 12cm..
by having fish spa, u might get ur dead skin off so that the younger skin can appear..

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Hate How Much I Love You boy~ and i mean it

That's how much I love you
That's how much I need you
And I can't stand you
Must everything you do make me wanna smile
Can I not like you for awhile? (No....)

But you won't let me
You upset me girl
And then you kiss my lips
All of a sudden I forget (that I was upset)
Can't remember what you did

But I hate it...
You know exactly what to do
So that I can't stay mad at you
For too long that's wrong

But I hate it...
You know exactly how to touch
So that I don't want to fuss.. and fight no more
Said I despise that I adore you

And I hate how much I love you boy (yeah...)
I can't stand how much I need you (I need you...)
And I hate how much I love you boy (oh whoa..)
But I just can't let you go
And I hate that I love you so (oh..)

You completely know the power that you have
The only one makes me laugh

Said it's not fair
How you take advantage of the fact
That I... love you beyond the reason why
And it just ain't right

And I hate how much I love you girl
I can't stand how much I need you (yeah..)
And I hate how much I love you girl
But I just can't let you go
But I hate that I love you so

One of these days maybe your magic won't affect me
And your kiss won't make me weak
But no one in this world knows me the way you know me
So you'll probably always have a spell on me...

Yeah... Oh...

That's how much I love you (as much as I need you)
That's how much I need you (oh..)
That's how much I love you (oh..)
As much as I need you

And I hate that I love you so
And I hate how much I love you boy
I can't stand how much I need you (can't stand how much I need you)
And I hate how much I love you boy
But I just can't let you go (but I just can't let you go no..)
And I hate that I love you so

And I hate that I love you so.. so...

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Hot n Cold - Katy Perry

You change your mind
Like a girl changes clothes
Yeah you, PMS
Like a bitch
I would know

And you over think
Always speak
I should know
That you're no good for me

Cause you're hot then you're cold
You're yes then you're no
You're in then you're out
You're up then you're down
You're wrong when it's right
It's black and it's white
We fight, we break up
We kiss, we make up

You,You don't really want to stay, no
You,should you don't really want to go-oh

You're hot then you're cold
You're yes then you're no
You're in and you're out
You're up and you're down

We used to be
Just like twins
So in sync
The same energy
Now's a dead battery
Used to laugh 'bout nothing
Now your plain boring
I should know that
you're not gonna change

Cause you're hot then you're cold
You're yes then you're no
You're in then you're out
You're up then you're down
You're wrong when it's right
It's black and it's white
We fight, we break up
We kiss, we make up

You,You don't really want to stay, no
You,should you don't really want to go-oh

You're hot then you're cold
You're yes then you're no
You're in and you're out
You're up and you're down

Someone call the doctor
Got a case of a love bi-polar
Stuck on a roller coaster
Can't get off this ride

You change your mind
Like a girl changes clothes

Cause you're hot then you're cold
You're yes then you're no
You're in then you're out
You're up then you're down
You're wrong when it's right
It's black and it's white
We fight, we break up
We kiss, we make up

Cause you're hot then you're cold
You're yes then you're no
You're in then you're out
You're up then you're down
You're wrong when it's right
It's black and it's white
We fight, we break up
We kiss, we make up

You,You don't really want to stay, no
You,But you don't really want to go-oh

You're hot then you're cold
You're yes then you're no
You're in and you're out
You're up and you're down

I am being silly~

Saturday, April 3, 2010

life is not so good lately

i am in indonesia, and bandung to be exact.
So far my plan has going just fine, except that my feeling is not at the very best place at all.

In short,
Everything is ruined by stupidity,
I got in a fight with my bf and i hate it

Seems like we r not going with the same perspective about our life anymore,
Can someone change in days?
It is not even a week from the last time we were tgthr.
I know its different when we used to get together all the time,
And suddenly u two r apart
But is that good enough as a reason for us to be so sensitive towards each other?
I do think if he can be so sensitive,
Me can do so too,

My friend said,
Face it and if u can pass it,
U'll get a lot stronger,
But if u can't then
Its better to know it early

PS: i blame no one