Saturday, September 8th, 2012 @ 04:21 pm
Work, Travel, and Baking  
I really miss LJ. I never post here anymore and many of my flist have done the same. I'm more on Twitter (@bluebear_74) and LJ now days. Part of it is that the App/Program I use to use to post no longer works, been busy at work, and just the lack of things to post about. Maybe I need some new people on my flist to bring me back out.

I haven't even posted once about the new season of True Blood! Overall I liked the season. They cut down a bit on all the pointless stuff (could have done with all of Alcide's storyline, pointless). I'm hoping with Alan Ball stepping down it refreshes the show and makes it as great as it once was. They actually had a good cliffhanger too, the past couple have been terrible.

Some up of what's happening.
- Had to turn off anonymous commenting, I was getting so much spam. Has anyone else had this issue?
- Been extremely busy at work. I hope this means a bigger raise in November!
- I'M FINALLY GOING TO THE USA!! After a few failed attempts, I'm finally going September 2013. The plan is doing Los Angeles, San Francisco, Las Vegas and New York via Tour. The fly down to Miami, hire a car and drive up to Orlando (WIZARDING WORLD OF HARRY POTTER) and from there driving to New Orleans (I hear such great things about it). We also hope to squeeze Rio (Brazil) at the end and relax.
- I've been bitten by the Macaron bug again. After a few crappy batches I gave up, but one good batch and I want to make them every weekend! I just wish the ingredients were cheaper because then I would! I haven't been taking photos of each batch (other than iPhone ones) because it's always dark when I finish and natural light looks best.

More has happened (concert, and what not) but it's been so long I'm not sure there's much use posting about it.
Mood bored
Thursday, April 5th, 2012 @ 07:57 am
Of Birthdays  
So it's official. I'm getting old.

Thursday, March 29th, 2012 @ 07:44 am
Of The Hunger Games  

OK. I always have been, but I just want to use the cute gif of Josh. I can see why they keep saying he practically is Peeta. He's so charming, funny, adorable in interviews it's hard not to like him. Wish he wasn't only 19 though :P. I love watching interviews with Jennifer Lawrence and him, they seem to be such good friends and their hilarious together.

I need some Josh Hutcherson and Hunger Games icons.

I also ordered hard cover copies of the books. I read them in eBook form originally, then considered buying them but didn't think I would ever want to read them again but I've hard a big urge since watching the movie.

I'm excited for Games of Thrones coming back Monday (here). Grr. My brother borrowed my blu-rays and still hasn't returned them so I only have this weekend to watch them (if I get them back). I doubt I'll be able to get through them all.
Mood bored
Sunday, March 25th, 2012 @ 10:00 pm
Of The Hunger Games  
OMG. Just got back from The Hunger Games. I loved it. Now I need the next one in my life. I made sure to wear my Mocking Jay pin :D (thanks to the awesome yoyotan!!)

Mood ecstatic
Music Kingdom Come - The Civil Wars
Monday, March 5th, 2012 @ 08:02 am
Of Malaysia, Sydney, and Travel  
I've gotten so bad at updating my LJ, yet I'm always on LJ (reading people's posts).

So quick happenings of my life.

I'm back from Malaysia now, everyone kept asking me how it was, all I could reply with was "good". There wasn't really much to say. It was hot, and we did a lot of shopping. Would have been nice to do more touristy things but it would have been a hassle with the family we were staying with (they did take us some places though).

I've gone and returned to Sydney with 2 other friends. We mainly went for the Harry Potter Exhibition there (which was fantastic). I was hoping to stock up on merchandise but everything was so overpriced! Wands were $60 (their around $30 on the Noble website, which is where they were from). I only got a few bits and pieces in the end, and still managed to spent $70+. We also went to Taronga Zoo because everyone said it was so great. It wasn't. It was no different from Melbourne Zoo, the only difference if they have animal shows (can't remember if Melbourne does). It was a nice 4 days there, but I prefer Melbourne better. I must admit though, I loved Bondi Beach and the Chinese Garden of Friendship (or whatever it was called).

No more travel for me I think for this year. I still really want to go to the US but I lack a travel companion. There is no way my parents would let me go alone, and I don't really want to go alone either. I'd start to feel like such a loner after awhile.
Mood busy
Monday, January 9th, 2012 @ 10:36 am
Of Malaysia, and Singapore  

I thought I'd be updating my LJ much more than this while I was in Malaysia & Singapore.

I was in Singapore for a few days before my uncle drove in from Johor Baharu (Malaysia) and drove us back into Malaysia. Spent 2 days at a place called Kulup. Going back to Singapore tonight, then back to Kuala Lumpur on Saturday.

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Wednesday, December 28th, 2011 @ 01:27 pm
Of Malaysia, and Food Poisoning  
I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas!

It's been mostly good in Malaysia, not as hot as I remember it, however unfortunately I have food poisoning. I was in bed most of yesterday, it only doesn't seem to hurt when I'm laying flat, however all the sleeping gave me a headache and feel dizzy and weak.

I guess it teaches me to get a "medium" steak at a dodgy food stall.
Friday, December 23rd, 2011 @ 01:28 am
Of Malaysia, and Holidays  
*Yawns* waiting for my flight to Malaysia. It's close to 12:30 but the plane doesn't board till 2:40AM and fly to 3:40AM.

I should have Internet access there but if I don't Merry Christmas everyone!
Location Australia,
Tuesday, December 20th, 2011 @ 09:19 pm
Of Baking, and Macarons  
I mentioned awhile I'd post about my Macaron (also know as French Macaroons) baking, so here it is.
A macaron is a sweet confectionery made with egg whites, icing sugar, granulated sugar, almond powder or ground almond, and food coloring. The macaron is commonly filled with buttercream or jam filling sandwiched between two cookies.

They've been popular for some time here (after MasterChef?), and my latest issue of Donna Hay has a section dedicated to them, so I finally decided I wanted to try some so while I while at Chadstone shopping centre I went to Lindt chocolate and bought two. They were delicious, and also $2.90 each! I decided to try and make my own, how hard can they be? The recipe in Donna Hay sounded quite straight forward.
My First to Fourth BatchesCollapse )

Fifth and latest batch has been my most successful. I decided to try making a Hazelnut one this time using the Italian method (all the others were made using the French Method). They by far have been the most delicious all the ones I've made. The Hazelnut meal in the Macaron (instead of all Almond Meal usually) was enough to flavour them, and the Nutella I used as filling made them even more delicious. I had intended to make my own filling however I had trouble finding Hazelnut essence/syrup and without it, it would have just been a chocolate ganache. I've gone my piping down pat now, and they're perfectly round. I need to work on getting the mixture smoother to get rid of the lumps, though I think part of this was due to the Hazelnut meal being a little lumpier than the Almond Meal (the stuff I sprinkled on the top were the bits that wouldn't foot through the sieve). Another thing I need to work on is my oven temperature; I managed to discolour them a bit by having the oven too hot. Everyone loved these ones, even my picky Macaron eating cousin.

Hazelnut Macarons with Nutella Filling

Macarons take time to perfect, each time I learnt something new, and got better and something I did horribly at the time before. I think I'll stick to the Italian method next time. It's a little harder because to have to make a sugar syrup by boiling sugar and water together all while making sure it doesn't get too hot and crystalize, all while making sure you don't over whip your eggs. The French method doesn't require you to make a syrup and raw sugar is put into the egg whites. Anyway, that's my macaron baking experience. Those who haven't tried them before need too!
Mood exhausted
Tuesday, December 13th, 2011 @ 01:46 pm
Of Christmas, and Cards  
Just a reminder if you would like to send me a Christmas Card, or receive one from me comment here. The post is locked, I've been slack at adding back people on LJ, so if you can see the post and would like to send/receive a card let me know.

I'm going to try and get them out this Friday.