Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Vivid lipstick

Not too sure if my lack of happiness (as previous post) is due to lack of sunshine or not. I'm feeling ok now... funnily enough my mood got so much boost yesterday just because of some songs. I was watching The Voice yesterday and heard Delta's 'born to try' which is great (damn she can sing!) and Eminem's 'Not afraid'. I'm never a fan of Eminem but lately I've been getting back into music circa 2003 a.k.a music of my youth- they are a.w.e.s.o.m.e.  Can you believe that Beyonce's Crazy in Love is released in 2003, almost a decade ago???!

I finally plunged into the lip butter mania thing thats been going on for a while. I decided to buy in eBay for $13, which is not the cheapest but the seller is in OZ so I figured that I wont have to wait too long. I bought the Red Velvet and Sweet Tart colour.

Here's me with Sweet Tart on. As you can see its a bright bubblegum pink colour. When I bought it I'm kind of afraid that it's going to be too Nicki Minaj but I find it very easy to wear. In fact I wear this more than the Red Velvet one. Red velvet has nice dark red colour which is great for going out but IMO it's too vampy for day wear. I find it quite creamy when you use it BUT after a while it made my lips a quite dry.. so I suggest wearing lip balm before wearing this. Kind of disappointing actually.. I was actually expecting it to be like a super creamy lipstick. 

For some reason I'm a bit self conscious of taking self portraits these days.. kind of funny because when I was younger I used to be one of the vain ones who take pictures of myself all the time.. Maybe it's because of me growing up??

I love big brekky saturdays/sundays. There's something so relaxing with toasting a good sourdough bread (that you buy in Woolies the night before for half price of course), frying some goopey eggs and eating them while watching trashy morning show on the couch... I wish I can do this every morning! nom.



I went to Vivid Sydney on Saturday night and it was beautiful. My favourite are the lights at the Customs House and the MCA. I'm not a fan of the Opera House lights though.. I find it depressing and not cheer-y enough! There was so many people on that day and there are lots of aspiring photographer around carrying their heavy DSLR and tripods lol. We wanted to get food after but the queue was so longggg that we ended up eating Maccas.

Saw this pretty rainbow this morning! There's actually 2 rainbows if you look closely. This morning it's pretty dark, rainy and crappy. It was so hard to wake up but I manage to not do a sickie and dragged my ass to work! Not looking forward to the next few days because apparently it's gonna pour down rain. Looking forward to the end of winter though!!

Stay warm people!! xxx

Thursday, May 10, 2012

I don't have the time

Managing your time is hard
.. and writing is hard too. I just realised this a few days ago. I love blogs that have good writing and content whilst having some pretty pictures, but not so fond of blogs that are too image heavy but lack of writing or stories. I thought that blogging is an easy job because all those heavyweight bloggers make it so easy.. I realise now that it can easily take hours and become a real full time job.  

Why am I talking about this - because I haven't blog as much as I wanted. My last post was posted just a few days (weeks?) ago, but it take at least a week to actually write that simple recipe post. It's only supposed to take a few minutes, 20 minutes max, but I just can't keep my mind focused on that for that long. 

Anyway, I'm writing this because I had an 'emo' moment last night.  Have you ever have those nights where all the demons just come out and make you feel like your life is utter shit?

I'm a positive person most of the time but I have those moments. I have a lot going on right now, and have so much things that I still want to do, but I don't have the time. It's frustating. I envy those people who can juggle everything all at once, how do you do that? My activity may not compare to say, working moms, but sometimes I just feel burnt out, dissatisfied, and in general, not happy.

Right now I am trying to manage to work full time, study part time, going to the gym and somehow manage to have a social life. I think my lack of social life and interactions with friends really effect my happiness. I don't meet my friends as much now because I spend my weekend hanging with the mr, which I look forward to all week (we don't live together.. yet) The thing is we have a different circle of friends and I just felt totally awkward being around his friends; exactly the same with him when he's with mine; so I am kind of reluctant in doing the 'hanging out with friends AND partner'. I really really need to work on this relationship management thing and regain my social life. 

Other than regaining my social life, I need to get cracking on the opportunities hunting too- not that I hate my job but I feel like I'm ready to move and try something new. 

All this is kind of overwhelming.. I wonder if there's actual people, something like a 'life advisor' kind of thing who can help out with my time management. I know family, parents are meant to be my 'life advisor' but my life is really different from them. well starting with, I live in a different country with different culture compared to where they are at my age and when I talk like this my mom's going to be overly worried and think that I'm going to do suicide. (I'm not by the way) 

I'm sure that everyone have felt the burnt out, or in my language an 'emo' or 'pete campbell' (mad men lovers, you know what it means!) moments. If you have any advice on how to overcome this when it happens again and maybe on time management as well, please do comment in the comments box as I will really appreciate it. 

Sorry for the rambles.. just need to get it out!! Will be a happy Liz again soon.

Have an awesome day. XXXXXXX

Monday, May 7, 2012

No brainer chicken porridge

I love cooking.

If you follow my instagram you'll know that I post heaps of food pictures; stuff that I cook and stuff that I eat. I'm not quite a foodie or a masterchef hopeful though. As much as I enjoy Masterchef, which is coming back soon, honestly I don't think I'll ever be able to cook stuff as complicated as they do there (cooking rabbit?? venison?? lamb brains?? uugh nah.) stuff that I cook is usually quick and cheap because I'm poor money wise and time wise hehe. sometimes I do enjoy a sunday full of cooking though, especially when I cook for someone else other than myself.

Anyway...here's my very first recipe. I made this few weeks ago when it was cold in Sydney. Nothing better than soup and congee on a rainy day! The mr loved this and always ask me to make them when he's sick. When I was living in Indo, these stuff are consumed at all time of the day, you can have them for brekky, lunch, and dinner. There are plenty of congee styles there is in Indo, all of them are unique and most are tasty. This one that I make is a more chinese style congee and its super simple. You can make this even when you are fully drowsy from the flu and cold.


2 cups of white rice
About 2l of water
Chicken stock cubes (I use Royco brand.. South east asia style!)
Chicken pieces (amount is up to you)
Soy sauce, white pepper to taste
toppings: chinese fried bread (cakwe), green onions, fried shallots,chinese sausages, salted duck eggs etc etc..

  1. first, boil water in the kettle, and then pour to a deep pan (whatever you use to make soup)
  2. Drop your chicken pieces to the pan, and wait until it become all white. I do this because most of the time I use random pieces of chicken that I found on my freezer. Doing this will thaw and cook the chicken much faster, like 5 mins or so.  Take the chicken out and cut them into small pieces with a scissors.  You can leave it longer if you want and then shred them when they are fully cooked or chop the raw chicken before you put them into the pan.
  3. Drop the 2 cups of rice to the pan, as well as those chicken pieces you just chop up. 
  4. add those chicken stock cubes... 2-3 cubes should be enough.
  5. Now boil the shiz out of that porridge. Its going to take forever (as in 45 mins plus) and you will have to check and stir it every 10 minutes or so to make sure that the rice does not stick to the bottom. When the water dries out and the porridge is not in the consistency that you prefer, add more water and seasoning.
  6. After the porridge reaches the watery softness gooey ness that you like, turn off the heat, scoop them to your big bowl and garnish with chopped green onions, and all the toppings.
The above toppings are suggestion only. There are an endless list of things that you can eat with the porridge because it's technically just like rice. I like it with just chicken, chopped onion, fried shallots and soy sauce, but sometimes I add some salted fish or salted duck eggs when I have them. Just use your imagination and add anything in your porridge. This porridge is fridge friendly too, so if you make too much you can save it for the night or the next day and heat it with microwave. 

Hope you enjoy this! Now back to work.. hehe..

xx Liz