Saturday, May 30, 2009

Colours of Nigeria

Lovely Saturday morning. I had to wake up early (thank god as I enjoyed the weather) to get to Milton Keynes to meet someone from EuropeTransport in Costa Coffee. I am not going to say anything about the meeting yet but it went well.

Reached back home at about 12.30 and got ready to go for my classes. My driving classes!! AAarrrggghhh !! Can’t believe it have to sit for an exam again. Now I know half of my friends will be thinking “aha thought so!” but this is not the case. I am redoing it because the British law forces me to! Bloody International License!! Aarrgghhhh!! Okok .. Breath in breath out .. WooSaaa

So I need to take my international driving license because the Malaysian one can only be used for a certain amount of time. I really think it’s more difficult the second time around. Maybe because of all the bad habits I have managed to accumulate in the past 12 years..hhmm ..But my instructor is a nice old uncle with a sexy mini. Absolutely love the car.

After that, I headed off to the skip coz DoobieBaby had to find something, which we didn’t manage to get. It kinda made me think”whoa this is different”. It was hot, broken grasses everywhere and too much grease for me. I respect the people who work there. I mean it’s not like a bad thing but I just couldn’t do it. Imagine if it was winter ...hmmm .. too much hard work!

**he was standing under a car and my heart was beating so fast!

Anyways, met up with Q later to go check out some fabric for the Nigerian outfit. OhMyGod !! So many different types it made my head dizzy- just like looking for a saree. We haven’t decided on anything yet but there were a few favourites. Need to decide real soon as Q is going to get it done in Nigeria.

**the more normal day to day ones

6 more months ((=

Friday, May 29, 2009

Foolish Games

You took your coat off and stood in the rain
You were always crazy like that
I watched from my window
Always felt I was outside looking in on you
You were always the mysterious one with dark eyes and careless hair
You were fashionably sensitive, but too cool to care
Then you stood in my doorway, with nothing to say
Besides some comment on the weather
Well in case you failed to notice, in case you failed to see
This is my heart bleeding before you, this is me down on my knees
These foolish games are tearing me apart
Your thoughtless words are breaking my heart
You're breaking my heart
You were always brilliant in morning
Smoking your cigarettes and talking over coffee
You philosophies on art, Baroque moved you
You loved Mozart and you'd speak of your loved ones
As I clumsily strummed my guitar
You'd teach me of honest things
Things that were daring, things that were clean
Things that knew what an honest dollar did mean
So I hid my soiled hands behind my back
Somewhere along the line I must've gone off track with you
Excuse me, think I've mistaken you for somebody else
Somebody who gave a damn, somebody more like myself
These foolish games are tearing me apart
You're tearing me, tearing me, tearing me apart
Your thoughtless words are breaking my heart
You're breaking my heart
You took off your coat and stood in the rain
You were always crazy like that

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Can Religion Bring Peace?

No ..
I personally believe it brings more problems to the world than peace. How do you expect me to respect you when you don’t care about anything but yourself? And you call yourself man of God.

HE watches!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Don’t doubt yourself too much!

I learnt something new today from Greg. Greg is from the finance department and I speak to him almost every day ( workstuff and gossips ) hehe. Anyways, during our chitchat today, he mentioned Gaslighting. I was like what?? Then he explained to me what it was. Interesting, very interesting.

From Wikipedia :

Gaslighting is a form of intimidation or psychological abuse in which false information is presented to the victim, making them doubt their own memory and perception. The classic example of gaslighting is to change things in a person's environment without their knowledge, and to explain that they "must be imagining things" when they challenge these changes.

Eg:

· Your husband and you go out and he flirts with other girls, you confront him and he says you are the paranoid and insecure. But in real, he was flirting. Or vice-versa.

· Your boss gave you permission to do something but denies it in front of everyone. He then blames you for the failure of the project. He belittles you and makes you feel that you were the problem. You begin to question your competence.

· Your takes credit for your work and makes it look like you are doing a bad job. This is emotional bullying.

I am sure in some way all of us has experience this and are still questioning if you are to be blamed. I read the below online:

How do we know? If you consider answering "yes" to even one of the following questions, you've probably been gaslighted:

· Does your opinion of yourself change according to approval or disapproval from your spouse?

· When your boss praises you, do you feel as if you could conquer the world?

· Do you dread having small things go wrong at home - buying the wrong brand of toothpaste, not having dinner ready on time, a mistaken appointment written on the calendar?

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On another note, I am currently watching the Finals for the European Cup!!

Barcelona 2 Manchester United a big fat 0!

DoobieBaby is not happy at all but I am hiding in the corner and smiling ( :


**This was the view from my hotel room; taken in King’s Lynn, Norfolk.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Spicy Lamb Meatballs

I tried this yesterday for lunch and it turned out nice. Now that I have it here, I can always come back and try it again.

For the meatballs:

About 500g of ground lamb
3 green chilies roughly chopped – add to remove to taste
1 garlic clove chopped
1 small piece of ginger chopped
2 teaspoons of cumin powder
1 egg yolk
Salt and pepper to taste
3 medium sized mushrooms – cut thinly
handful chopped fresh coriander
1 tablespoon of oyster sauce

Mix all the above really well until mixture binds together. Make them into about 12 medium sized balls and bake for 30 minutes. Keep aside.


For the sauce:

1 tablespoon of oil
1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
1 onion chopped
1 garlic clove chopped
1 inch piece ginger root minced
1 teaspoon ground cumin
handful of chopped coriander
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1 can of peeled tomatoes
2 fresh tomatoes
Half a glass of water

Fry cumin seeds in the oil for a minute then add garlic, onions and ginger fry 5 more minutes. Combine with rest of the sauce ingredients. Add water and let it simmer for 3 minutes. Add the meatballs and leave for another 5 minutes. And it’s done ( ;

Can be served with rice or spaghetti.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Not quite the normal Sunday roast ..

that you would expect. To start off , there was no roast. But the sun was blazing outside and it was a perfect day to have a family gathering. Yaz, Q, MIL, ShamAkka, anne, Kathy, achu, DoobieBaby and me. Menu for the day : lamb meatballs, choi sum with oyster sauce and prawns, claypot tofu, chicken sambal and chicken rice. Häagen-Dazs Baileys ice cream, chocolates, kesari and fresh fruits for desert. Oh and baby’s OhSoFamous lime juice ( ;

The main reason for this lunch was to talk about the wedding. It started off with my sister telling everyone what’s been prepared so far, i.e. Venue, catering, ceremony arrangements and abit about Ipoh as well. We managed to get the itinerary done. So DoobieBaby’s mum explained to us about the Nigerian way of doing things as well. Interesting! I really think this wedding is going to be one of a kind because of the mixture of 2 amazing culture. A few things I need to do:

• Arrange a date to look at brides maid dresses
• Go to Liverpool street to check out Nigerian suit fabric
• Finalise the wedding card
• Talk about Nigerian favours to Yaz
• Send in the application
• Send Raj anne decor pictures

So many things to do and so little time. But thank god tomorrow is a bank holiday...oh .. I love the feeling of knowing there is no work tomoroow on a Sunday night ((=

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Wing Yip rocks .. lol ..

I didn’t write again last night because I was upset. I am letting things get to me and it’s not healthy at all. I know this but I don’t know why I take everything (which is not even important) get to me. Getting emotional is part and parcel of being a Piscean I guess!! But no - I am not gonna let it take over me! Need to be positive and concentrate on more important things in life.

Woke up this morning and almost 90% of the housework was already done!! aawww .. What would I ever do without my DoobieBaby? Thank you Thank you Thank you !! I heart you ((= you are the best baby.

Took a drive to Edgware in the evening to get some groceries from Wing Yip. For me, Wing Yip is probably like heaven. It has all the Malaysian spices, vegetables, FRESH POMFRET and everything Asian. Oh oh and soya milk ..aahhh .. Love it. I absolutely enjoy cooking.

Since the weather was pretty gorgeous, we decided to stop in Watford to have a drink in Nero Cafe. It was also because I haven’t had my chocolate shot for the day and was craving for it. So this is what I ordered, chocolate frappuccino with extra whip cream and chocolate sprinkle. And what did he have? Mango and passion fruit smoothie. Tsk tsk tsk. Anyways, Watford brought back many memories. I was there with Pelin to have lunch in a Turkish restaurant and they had the best Moroccan mint tea. I was there with Ruvena once in a local pub, making friends with the locals, witness several girl fights. DRAMA! It was indeed a good yum char session.

Now I have to decide on what to cook for the 9 people who will be here for lunch tomorrow. Hhmmm

But that can wait .. Britain’s got more Talent is on ( ; hehe

P/S : can’t believe Adam Lambert did not win American Idol! *sulks*