Keep Calm And Cook On

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School break is ending in just a few weeks. I didn’t do much, didn’t travel much. Well, I was supposed to but due to certain problems that popped up at the last minute, my December plan has to be postponed until next March, maybe. Ain’t sure yet. Would be awesome if it wouldn’t be postponed, but if it will, that’s fine too. I guess. Whatever.

Anyhoo, there is one thing that I’ve been doing quite consistently during this school break. The one that makes me feel so proud of myself. The one that I keep gloating to my mom.

That title is the hint already.
COOKING.

Okay, it might not seem like a big deal to some people, but to me, it is. I’m not much of a cook, but I dunno, lately, I’m kinda enjoying it. It’s fun noticing myself creating something for my little family, seeing my husband enjoying what I’ve created, acting like the domestic goddess, getting compliments after compliments and pretending like it’s not a big deal hahahah 😀

Some of my ‘air tangan’ that I’ve made during the school break. There are more but I just forgot to take pictures of them. Hungry tummy just couldn’t wait.

Baked salmon with butter

Baked salmon with butter

Grilled chicken maryland with spices (cumin, honey, garlic powder etc)

Grilled chicken maryland with spices (cumin, honey, garlic powder etc)

Steamed barramundi

Steamed barramundi

Butter prawns with curry leaves

Butter prawns with curry leaves

Water spinach (kangkung) with anchovies or nama lebih legend, 'Kangkung masak bellman'.

Water spinach (kangkung) with anchovies or nama lebih legend, ‘Kangkung masak belacan’.

Steam veggies (pakchoy and broccoli) with oyster sauce. Owh, I added some squids too.

Steam veggies (pakchoy and broccoli) with oyster sauce. Owh, I added some squids too.

Butter chicken wings, cooked together with potato chunks

Butter chicken wings, cooked together with potato chunks

Mi hailam seafood with super thick gravy.

Mi hailam seafood with super thick gravy.

Churros with cinnamon+sugar sprinkle.

Churros with cinnamon+sugar sprinkle.

Okay fine. It’s not much, I know. But I’ve made them and they’re not just plain edible, they’re delicious. Of course, hubs is the one and only judge of my cooking but even though so, his approval still can be taken for granted okay guys.

Still cracking ideas of what to cook tomorrow.

The Signature Scent

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Some people like to have their own signature scent because it is a symbol of their personalities, but unlike them, I love to change my scent every now and then. I don’t have any signature scent because I can’t stick to a certain scent for so long. I get bored quite easy hehe. Scent, any scent at all, is very significant in life. Scents can bring back memories of someone and some place even though you have left all them behind long time ago. It is like a time machine, transporting you back to those people and places. Some scents can make you smile and cry all by yourself. Some can make you drifting away in your own sad or happy memories, wishing you can turn back the time and relive all that. Some scents can even make you feel like you live in the memories because it feels so real.

Speaking of, yesterday, while I was at my sister’s place choosing perfumes to steal from her (hahah), I stumbled upon her DKNY Red Delicious and I quickly sprayed it on me. It immediately transported me back to a little perfume shop in Elizabeth St (if I’m not mistaken), Brisbane City that I used to visit when I was studying there, somewhere in 2007-2008. An image of a blond promoter wearing all black, with her hand holding a bottle of DKNY Red Delicious suddenly came to mind. I kept asking her to spray that fragrance on a strip of white paper that I was holding and kept smelling it while I was wandering around in the shop. I still remember walking to the shop with my backpack, looking at the passers-by who were walking so fast to do their errands, the buses here and there, the surrounding, the atmosphere etc. Hmm.. Memories. I miss being a student abroad. So young and free, do whatever you want, explore and learn new things. There was really nothing heavy to think about. Absolutely commitment free. Unlike now, I’m married and working, got bills to pay, this and that blah blah blah…

See, that’s me drifting away in my own writing, because of a scent that I smelled YESTERDAY.
That’s the power of scents.

Anyway, it was such a nice smell to me, but I ended up buying other perfume, LAMB by Gwen Stefani. I swore that would be my signature scent for the rest of my life. Pfffttt. I quickly bought other perfume once it was all out. Because I got bored already.

Here, some of the perfumes that I remember using.

My first signature scent, LAMB by Gwen Stefani.

My first signature scent ever, LAMB by Gwen Stefani.

My second fragrance, Curious by Britney Spears

Curious by Britney Spears

The third one, Hypnose by Lancome

Hypnose by Lancome

Butterfly by Mariah Carey

Butterfly by Mariah Carey

Manifesto by YSL

Manifesto by YSL

The current one, Mademoiselle by Chanel

The current one, Mademoiselle by Chanel

Right now, my Mademoiselle fragrance is almost gone. Haven’t got time to buy the next perfume yet, so I decided to steal one of my sister’s perfumes. Most of them I saw on the rack were half used already, so this, the full bottle of Green Tea by Elizabeth Arden seemed like the best choice that I’ve had.

Green Tea by Elizabeth Arden

Green Tea by Elizabeth Arden

Hated the scent at first, but after a few minutes, I think it grows nice on me. Citrusy, lemony, refreshing. Nature lovers would love this scent, I guess. The only downright is that it fades away so quickly. It doesn’t last longer on my skin so I am thinking to make this as my temporary scent until I buy the new one.

Told you, I don’t have a signature scent.

 

 

 

Ground Control To Major Tom

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A few days ago, Fox Movies aired this Ben Stiller’s movie entitled, The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty. I’ve never watched this show before or known anything about it, like is it based on a novel or is it a real story (it is an adaptation of a short story by James Thunder in 1939, later I checked).. I didn’t know, but I was really attracted to watch it because, of course, the trailer seemed interesting but most of all, the soundtrack of the movie, Space Oddity by David Bowie. It is an old song but full of meanings. As quoted by Cheryl Melhoff, ‘it is a song about courage and adventures to the unknown’. Yeah, something to do with the movie too.

Space Oddity by David Bowie

Ground Control to Major Tom
Ground Control to Major Tom
Take your protein pills
and put your helmet on
Ground Control to Major Tom
Commencing countdown,
engines on
Check ignition
and may God’s love be with you[spoken]
Ten, Nine, Eight, Seven, Six, Five, Four, Three, Two, One, LiftoffThis is Ground Control
to Major Tom
You’ve really made the grade
And the papers want to know whose shirts you wear
Now it’s time to leave the capsule
if you dare

This is Major Tom to Ground Control
I’m stepping through the door
And I’m floating
in a most peculiar way
And the stars look very different today

For here
Am I sitting in a tin can
Far above the world
Planet Earth is blue
And there’s nothing I can do

Though I’m past
one hundred thousand miles
I’m feeling very still
And I think my spaceship knows which way to go
Tell my wife I love her very much
she knows

Ground Control to Major Tom
Your circuit’s dead,
there’s something wrong
Can you hear me, Major Tom?
Can you hear me, Major Tom?
Can you hear me, Major Tom?
Can you….

Here am I floating
round my tin can
Far above the Moon
Planet Earth is blue
And there’s nothing I can do.

So, I googled it. I googled the song and the meaning of it. You can look at it in all directions because different people have different views, but here’s what I thought. First I thought it was a song about an astronaut who lost contact with people at the ground control and might not be able to make it back to Earth. Yes, it seems like it when you look at the lyrics. Very literal.

But it also can be interpreted in a big picture, which is maybe about a person who is stressed up in life and sick with other people’s expectation of him/her (And the papers want to know whose shirts you wear), so s/he decides to keep their distance away from the surrounding (Now it’s time to leave the capsule) (I’m stepping through the door) and hoping to look at the world with different perspectives (And the stars look very different today).

Even after distancing him/herself from the world, s/he still doesn’t get what s/he wants in life (Though I’m past one hundred thousand miles, I’m feeling very still). Something is still missing, doesn’t know what it is. S/he is drown in own problems and wants to forget the world/people and everything that s/he used to care about (Planet Earth is blue, and there’s nothing I can do) and ready to give up and say goodbye.

Wow. This is getting deep, isn’t it?

This is just an interpretation. You might have one on your own too. Hehe

People, if you haven’t watched the movie (The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty) yet, please please watch it. It’s kinda funny too seeing I might have something in common with Walter Mitty. Sometimes, I’m also a dream machine like Walter Mitty, especially when it comes to fantasy revenge to people I hate haha, but the sad truth is, fantasy revenge doesn’t work out the way we want. Why owh why….

Anyway, it is a very good movie and still got me thinking even after a few days watching it. It makes me wonder, ‘what’s my biggest achievement in life?’ ‘am I happy and satisfied with the still life I’m living (you know, being a teacher blah blah blah)?’ ‘don’t I wanna do more than being stuck in the system that I hate?’ and question after question pop up in my mind.

One thing that I hope I have in common with Walter Mitty is,
I wish someday I have his guts to be spontaneous. I wish I can just drop everything and see the world through my own eyes like he does in the movie. Not as a tourist, but as a traveler. This reminds me of Sean O’Connell too. I wanna be a traveler like him.

Hmm…..

Walter Mitty at his office, getting teased by his boss and co workers for being a dream machine.

Walter Mitty at his office, getting teased by his boss and co workers for being a dream machine.

Fighting to get that rubber toy from his boss, in his dream, of course.

Fighting to get that rubber toy from his boss (starred by Adam Scott), in his fantasy land of course.

The girl he has a crush for, Cheryl Melhoff

The girl he has a crush on, Cheryl Melhoff starred by Kristin Wiig

Imagining Cheryl singing him, Space Oddity song while he was trying to brave himself jumping into a helicopter, piloted by a drunk man... to an adventure.

Imagining Cheryl singing him, Space Oddity song while he was trying to brave himself jumping into a helicopter, piloted by a drunk man… to an adventure.

Him, jumping into a boat but guess where does he land?

Him, jumping into a boat but guess where does he land?

Skateboarding in Iceland, in his journey of finding a traveler, named Sean O'Connell

Skateboarding in Iceland, in his journey of finding a traveler, named Sean O’Connell

The traveler, Sean O'Connell starred by Sean Penn

The traveler, Sean O’Connell starred by Sean Penn

Nice words there.

Nice quote there.

Here’s the trailer

What a wonderful movie. One of my favs now.

Bye.

p/s- school reopens in just a few weeks. Dammit!