Saturday, February 25, 2012

Time Killer TAG--------Supersonic BOOM

  1. How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are?50
  2. Which is worse, failing or never trying?Never trying
  3. If life is so short, why do we do so many things we don’t like and like so many things we don’t do?We follow a vicious cycle, the repetitive, conventional way of life. in a way, I guess it's all we know. Our actions are never parallel to the things we say. Perhaps, if one day we all do the things we say we'd do, life wouldn't be so short.
  4. When it’s all said and done, will you have said more than you’ve done?Pretty much what I just said above, pay attention.
  5. What is the one thing you’d most like to change about the world?A lot of things, but where there's change, there's conflict.

  6. If happiness was the national currency, what kind of work would make you rich?As corny as it sounds, but spending time with people who makes me happy... duhh
  7. Are you doing what you believe in, or are you settling for what you are doing?Settling I guess, I really have no idea what I want to do nor could I ever make a career out of what I believe in.
  8. If the average human life span was 40 years, how would you live your life differently?If you give me a chance to do it all over again, I'd live my life exactly how it is.

  9. To what degree have you actually controlled the course your life has taken?Every time I make a choice...?
  10. Are you more worried about doing things right, or doing the right things?None, I do things my way.

  11. You’re having lunch with three people you respect and admire.  They all start criticizing a close friend of yours, not knowing she is your friend.  The criticism is distasteful and unjustified.  What do you do?Beat them up with a stick, haha I'm kidding. Depends, are these 3 people my close friends as well? if they back up their criticism I'll hear them out. If they point irrational and purely unjustified slashes then I'd confront them, lose my respect for them and wouldn't hang around them.

  12. If you could offer a newborn child only one piece of advice, what would it be?Always find balance
  13. Would you break the law to save a loved one?Yeh
  14. Have you ever seen insanity where you later saw creativity?Stupid question, we all have
  15. What’s something you know you do differently than most people?I don't sugarcoat? That's how I usually show people I care..  Maybe that's why I don't have many friends. hahaha
  16. How come the things that make you happy don’t make everyone happy?Because everyone is different you dumb shit
  17. What one thing have you not done that you really want to do?  What’s holding you back?Travel, I've traveled alone and it's a bit shocking. So I prefer to have a travel bud, which is impossible to find.
  18. Are you holding onto something you need to let go of?I don't think so
  19. If you had to move to a state or country besides the one you currently live in, where would you move and why?Austria, Japan or Hungary.
  20. Do you push the elevator button more than once?  Do you really believe it makes the elevator faster?Nope, Just once

  21. Would you rather be a worried genius or a joyful simpleton?I hate worrying. Joyful simpleton all the way!

  22. Why are you, you?Baby I was born this way...
  23. Have you been the kind of friend you want as a friend?If I were someone else, I would be the one friend I'd keep.
  24. Which is worse, when a good friend moves away, or losing touch with a good friend who lives right near you? Move away, time will change people. Also, I usually don't lose touch with people without a good reason.

  25. What are you most grateful for?The people around me who makes me feel worth-while.

  26. Would you rather lose all of your old memories, or never be able to make new ones?Never be able to make new ones

  27. Is is possible to know the truth without challenging it first?Don't ask me this, I'm pretty gullible sometimes

  28. Has your greatest fear ever come true?Not sure what my greatest fear is

  29. Do you remember that time 5 years ago when you were extremely upset?  Does it really matter now?Can't remember, so probably not.

  30. What is your happiest childhood memory?  What makes it so special?I don't remember a lot of my childhood but I remember a feeling and I miss "the free days with no expectations."

  31. At what time in your recent past have you felt most passionate and alive?Um... Can't remember
  32. If not now, then when?Shit, you're asking me?

  33. If you haven’t achieved it yet, what do you have to lose?Never had that much to lose in the first place. Depends on how you look at things. Based on my perspective, it's a win-win situation most of the time. People just have trouble seeing the potential gain in losing things I guess?

  34. Have you ever been with someone, said nothing, and walked away feeling like you just had the best conversation ever?.....I'm not too great with awkward silences.. it makes me want to walk away NOT feeling like I just had the best conversation ever...

  35. Why do religions that support love cause so many wars?Derps. Don't get me started on religion.

  36. Is it possible to know, without a doubt, what is good and what is evil?No
  37. If you just won a million dollars, would you quit your job?No

  38. Would you rather have less work to do, or more work you actually enjoy doing?More work i enjoy doing, that's a no brainer

  39. Do you feel like you’ve lived this day a hundred times before?I'm pretty sure I have

  40. When was the last time you marched into the dark with only the soft glow of an idea you strongly believed in?I march into the woods with one match stick every day

  41. If you knew that everyone you know was going to die tomorrow, who would you visit today?My Grandparents

  42. Would you be willing to reduce your life expectancy by 10 years to become extremely attractive or famous?No, being extremely attractive or famous won't bring you content or a peace of mind. So why would I bother trading 10 useless years of my life for more pointlessness?

  43. What is the difference between being alive and truly living?What the fuck is truly living?!

  44. When is it time to stop calculating risk and rewards, and just go ahead and do what you know is right?Define "right". That's a stupid question, most of the time we only attempt an action based on risk assessments and amount of immediate/long term gratification. Humans are selfish beings most of the time.

  45. If we learn from our mistakes, why are we always so afraid to make a mistake?This question pisses me off, just like people who can't spell.

  46. What would you do differently if you knew nobody would judge you?Not a thing.

  47. When was the last time you noticed the sound of your own breathing?Long time ago, when I caught a virus I had to breath through my mouth
  48. What do you love?  Have any of your recent actions openly expressed this love?"Love" is not a word I'd throw around or take lightly, but I do love a few things, small things, simple things. I have been told that I get borderline crazy when I'm in love though not too great at openly expressing uh.. "my love", nor am I an emotional writer... I'm the dickhead who sends 1-3 word text messages. 
  49. In 5 years from now, will you remember what you did yesterday?  What about the day before that?  Or the day before that?Maybe

  50. Decisions are being made right now.  The question is:  Are you making them for yourself, or are you letting others make them for you?Both, the way people behave towards me helps me decide whether my finger should be on the trigger or not. Whether I pull it or not is up to me, most of the time.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Cafe Ish - Surry Hills

Chai Latte
My apologies, once again... no idea why the above picture is up-right... blogspot must really hate me. I've been drinking quite a few chai lattes as of late. Cafe Ish amazed me... REAL chai leaves brewed in a small tea pot of latte. I quite liked it. Irrespective of my incoherence... a quarter of my latte went on my dress. As Lauren quite often say, "Can't take you anywhere".

Crab Omlette
Crab omelette, kara-age soft shell crab, avocado and shallots, garlic, chilli, soy, ginger dressing $16.5
We are too reliant on Urbanspoon... but this was the outcome of our research, crab omlette. I quite like my soft shell crabs and my love affair with eggs is no secret. Maybe it's because I had a long night, this oily thing sat nicely in my tummy. It was delish. A hint of sweetness from the sauce combined with the crunchiness of the crabs = a heavenly meal. The avocado was quite creamy and "re-freshing"... the omlette... well it's an omlette... you can't go wrong with omlette-s. I'm not convinced by ginger, but it suited this dish fairly nicely, it wasn't over-powering but taste-able. I like balance. Probably wouldn't be able to eat this whole or all to myself, a bit too heavy. I recommend this as a sharing dish.

Ai's Freaking Awesome Fried Chicken

Ai’s freaking awesome fried chicken- vinegar, shallot & garlic sauce $14.5
We were keen to try the wagyu ribs, but apparently it's no longer a part of their menu... so we settled for some freaking awesome fried chicken! Alas, the name did not lie, it was some bloody good chicken. Interesting combo, sweet-ish, sour with the kind of fried dried up garlic from migoreng. Chicken was succulent, with a crunchy batter. Oh, this only came in "sets"--- as in a side of rice and miso soup. Wasn't too big on the miso soup they served.. it was a little bitter.

Cafe Ish... I'm impressed... Look forward to my next visit as I drop your cutlery and spill your lattes :)

Café Ish on Urbanspoon

Monday, February 13, 2012

Shiseido Autumn Launch: Shimmering Cream Eye Color

It's been a while since I've blogged a post on make-up, promise I will do that more often...

 I'm not being bias when I say that Shiseido's shimmering eye shadows are my all time favourite. Their new formula is super long lasting. I've gone through my fair share of eye shadows and they all either run, crease, smudge or all of the above. Maybe it's the humidity, maybe it's the retard formulation of my eye lids. I wear on my bird's grave that this doesn't run, smudge, crease, clump into balls or anything obscure. I love them so much I've ditched my eyeliner, if I need to line I'd grab a pot of these.

The texture is incredibly smooth and easy to work with. This stuff lasts on my lids ALL day and night. It's the only thing (and shiseido's mascara) I'd wear if I'm going to an event or on rainy/potentially rainy days. What I really loved from this line (previous launch) was the purple and the antique leather colour. Although I prefer the colour pay off more from the original cream colours, but the silkiness of this cream shadow definitely won me over. Few people felt that they've downsized from the previous pots, but there's no disparity in quantity. Another thing worth mentioning is that the new formula consists of jewel reflecting powder, great for gals who love their shimmer also an apposite match for matte lips.

 OR313 (Sunshower), PK 214 (Pale Shell), BL215(Ice)

Sorry, bad camera/lighting

 Ice is a crisp and some what metallic baby blue colour, I'm NOT a blue person... I'm boring with my eye shadows.. I only really only wear grey, browns some times purples and green is newly introduced. But theses are quite pretty all over the lid or as an eyeliner. It's actually more blue than this but again.. bad lighting

Sunshower--- Reminds me of a very warm, sweet salmony colour :)

Pale Shell-- Probs my favourite. You can use this on it's own or dab it on top of any other powder shadow for long-wearing + shimmer!


Ragu Pasta and Wine Bar - Westfield Sydney

I love my Italian food. I crave spag bol every two weeks. I remember making too much spag bol when I was house sitting and ended up eating spag every day for 2 weeks.

Once again, I passed on Quarter Twenty-One and went with Ragu instead.

Spaghetti Bolognaise-- $14

My dish came out within 10mins of ordering.... wtf... How can you cook a decent spag bol in 10mins!?!? Fair to assume that it's pre-made or partially pre-made.
I was surprised that they used real beef chunks, personally, I much prefer beef mince. Not enough sauce...whatever sauce that was splattered on this dish was quite awful, almost bitter. Spag was undercooked, VERY chewy. Serving was generous, it took me extra stomach space to finish it. Might opt for the carbonara next time. Actually, No, I won't be returning. I prefer spag bol @ Jamie's Italian to this. Still on the hunt for the best spag bol in sydney!

The friend ordered the above.. no freaking idea what the hell it was..... maybe baked veal stuffed with bacon and cheese with roast potatoes... think it was about $16

Ragu Pasta & Wine Bar on Urbanspoon

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Greenfield Station Bistro - Bankstown RSL

We've been coming here every year for the last three years. It's becoming a tradition.

Unfortunately, the food has been venturing on a down-ward spiral.

Surf and Turf Mix Grill $25

I always order Surf n Turf--- lamb cutlet, mini steak, chicken tenderloins, prawn skewer, salt and pepper squid with chips and Caesar salad--- (I think I'll need to step outside my square and order someone new... eventually). Two years ago, surf n turf was a must have item on their menu. Guess meat age as bistros age??? The lamb cutlet has lost it's flavour, it was tender, but lacked seasoning. Mini steak was basically bland and extremely difficult to cut through, cardboard equivalent. Chicken tenderloins were dry and stringy, flavour was ok. Prawn skewer was juicy and tender, flavour was true, enjoyable.  Salt & pepper squid was good, Chips were meh...borderline soggy, no crunch... and no chicken salt!?!??!!? Caesar salad tasted like a fridge.

Rump Steak 300 gram $22

Ordered medium rare, it was over cooked. Hard to cut into, rather difficult to chew, lacked flavour... probably an old cow.

Don't really have anything else to say about this place. It's a real shame because I enjoyed the laid back setting. I think next time I go, if I do... I'd order one of their infamous stone fired pizza.

Greenfield Station Bistro on Urbanspoon

George's Cafe - Burwood

I wondered off to Burwood, swore I'd never return to the hell-hole, perhaps I need to renew my vows.
We were allured into George's Cafe by their dessert visuals. Similar to a "milk-bar" booth setting, I actually quite like the tall back to back cushioned chairs.

Service was next to horrific. By the time we hailed down a waiter I was grey and old. I get a tiny bit concerned when my food is prepared and served by a bunch of 20yr old dudes. The guy at the bar saw me waving around but looked the other way, fuck I'm not that ugly.

Can't tell you what I ordered... but it was pretty much creamy sauce + mushrooms + chicken and penne, it was about $20. My friend ordered the same. 20mins later the waiter came out with our dishes, instead of the creamy penne, he gave my friend PESTO penne... I thought I had bad hearing... "Pesto" VS "The same"... I can't see it.

The waiter who took our order came around to question us, we reconfirmed that we ordered two of the same dishes. He brushed it off with a "Yeh ok, that's fine". Not apologetic at all. So... I sat there playing with my food, while offering some to my friend, I felt bad for eating while a friend sat there in starvation.

The second dish came out after another 20mins.

The food was less than average, generous servings but the penne was under-cooked. No true flavour all I could taste was cream. I actually felt quite sick half way through, the portion was tremendous that we had to ask for boxes to take home. Guess... value for money?

Oh not to forget, their cleanliness is also questionable. Our metal water jug had some baby-food equivalent mesh stuck on the inner rim of the mouth.

Won't be going there again.

George's Cafe on Urbanspoon

Thursday, February 9, 2012

It's amazing

You know that feeling when life sudden shakes you.

You realise you're palpitating and all the crap exists?

I just got that, but I have my doubts. You're all a figment of my imagination.

Here's a picture of agedashi tofu

Monday, February 6, 2012

85 Degrees Bakery & Cafe

Finally went and picked up a cake for mum.

Was originally gonna get it from Laurent... but she likes 85C, I think it's Taiwanese or something.

Chococino $38

Inside Chococino
From memory, they advertised this cake to be filled with mousse.. but it's more like cream, chiffon, cream, cherries, chiffon, beat up crean with chocolate shaving and more chiffon.

Not overly sweet and relatively light weight, it was very fresh. Easy on the eyes, taste-wise definitely did not appeal to my palette.

I do like their assortment of single served cakes, their white chocolate chiffon thingy was amazing, mouthgasm!!!

85 Degrees Bakery & Cafe on Urbanspoon

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Zumbo - The Star

I was quite the Masterchef fanatic, eventually I jumped on the Zumbo bandwagon. Until I get a car, Balmain will have to wait.

I accidentally ended up at The Star (Star City, I know, what a wanky new name) with a friend one night. Gotta say, the new place is intricately renovated, attracting an abundant tourists, wankers and Godsford skirt lass'.
It was to my ardent surprise to see a sign indicating "Zumbo" is straight ahead. We literally pranced towards the store and looked into the glass window. Too bad it was closed.

Out of curiosity I went back some other night and picked up some of his infamous macarons.

5 for $12.50

Thanks to my flawless memory I won't be able to tell you the flavours... other than the green one is milo and one of the yellow is salted butter caramel.

To be honest.... don't understand the hype. They tasted like the ones I had at David Jones food hall... plus, didn't even have pistachio.. what  let down. They were overly sweet for my palette and definitely not value for money. Flavours were lacking, combination was less than impressive. The size of the macaron is about a quarter of my palm... and I have small hands. Mediocre for a hefty price tag.

Sorry Zumbo, won't be re-purchasing your no more than average rons. However, an old friend always told me to give everything and everyone the benefit of doubt. I may give his other desserts a go at his Balmain store.

Adriano Zumbo Pâtissier on Urbanspoon

Friday, February 3, 2012

Where did January go?

I have a feeling 2012 will be like every other passerby years, treading days a guinea pig on wheels.

I hope I'll get more of what I actually want to do done this year. If there's one thing I learnt from the previous year is that you will never get shit done being co-dependent.

Nonetheless, cheers to a new beginning.

Here's a picture I found on my phone. Quite pretty.

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