gweeb

May 13, 2006

moved!

Filed under: Uncategorized — gweeb @ 7:56 pm

again, but that's cos my big brother got me my own domain! 

gwendalowe.com/blog

it's easy to import contents from any other weblog system to wordpress, but wholesale export from wordpress to another wordpress is impossible. that's oddly mystifying and pissifying.

other than that, setting up a new domain has been relatively effortless. happy happy.

May 12, 2006

ahhhhh!

Filed under: food,Uncategorized,vet school — gweeb @ 1:49 pm

am feeling a sense of impending doom. the problem with cretins like myself is that things dribble out of the brain extremely easily. so right now i’m completely clueless w.r.t. neuroanatomy neurophysiology nutrition biometry and arghhhh everything! i hope the sense of doom sticks with me though, so that i can do something about my empty brain. otherwise i’m just going to be happy and lazy all the way till the night before the exams (like last year) and then i’ll be really doomed.

today i had beef rendang. if i had normal tear ducts i would’ve cried there and then.

May 11, 2006

chocolate fondant or molten chocolate cake or whatever

Filed under: food,photography,Uncategorized — gweeb @ 3:51 pm

the most effortless yet decadent dessert you can make for yourself.

melt approx same amount of good quality 70% chocolate with butter (i use 1 block lindt with half block butter). at same time mix 2 eggs and 2 egg yolks with quarter cup of sugar. dont even bother getting out the whisk or whatever- that just gives you more washing to do. using fork, beat eggs and sugar till pale and frothy. dump melted chocolate + butter into egg, stir, add 2 heaping teaspoons of flour. i keep the batter in fridge and bake one each time i need one, cos i like mine fresh out of the oven but you can dump them all in the muffin pan if it so pleases you. (just remember not to nuke them for too long when reheating or you'll just end up with a chocolate cake.) bake at 230 degrees celsius. go back to your room and do your own stuff. remember to play some music to make yourself happy. after 4 songs, go out and look. take fondant out if it looks baked on the outside. flip onto plate and eat with ice-cream immediately.

May 8, 2006

weekend away at avoca

Filed under: Uncategorized — gweeb @ 7:09 pm

 

it was good! we went horseback riding and it was soooo worth it! nevermind the bruises, grazed skin (damn those loose jeans!) and aching muscles. it was such a pity we weren't allowed to take our bags with us (hence no pictures) but there's a photo gallery of the place here. we rode through the rainforest and across streams and rockpools and it was so so cool. bouncing with the horses when they trotted gave us sore backs though, but i'd give anything to go back there again all the same. and the horses, while a little lazy, were really sweet and easy to handle. i want to go for more riding when the exams end!

and then we went to terrigal beach to chill and have a late lunch. 

 

we also went lawn bowling, which was utterly hilarious. picture 5 asian kids stepping into a bowling club filled with silver-haired caucasian fogies. heheh. oh well at least i kinda got to bowl. have been dying to go ten-pin bowling and knock some pins! but good enough substitute i guess. 

after a scrummy bbq dinner we went to a cute little cinema at kincumber to watch MI3. which was just so-so. dont like tom cruise, dont like americano's misconceived perception of china (they filmed at 周庄 for the shanghai part! that's like a tourist attraction for fuck's sake! china, much less shanghai does not look like that anymore!), dont like fact that story was spun round an empty shell (so what exactly is a rabbit's foot?). but it was action-packed alright.

the following morning we had brunch! scrambled eggs and sausages and bacon! and then we went to the eastern beaches of avoca to watch the baptisms. beaches in australia are all so pretty.

okay it feels really weird doing an account of things that i've done. next time i'll stick to thoughts and rants and food and photos haha.

owww my healing scab on my inner knee hurts! it's not healing very well at all, still kinda wet actually (i almost said pussy hahah but then i realised it sounded totally wrong!). and my skin is not doing a very good job healing them cuts at all, which is very bad because i thought that given my youth, de skin should be very rapidly replaceable. was wrong about that. looky i still have scars from more than 6 months back. need to eat more fruits to help epidermal rejuvenation! i dont like scars!

very disjointed post, this is. 

May 3, 2006

ebi tempura

Filed under: animals,food,photography,Uncategorized — gweeb @ 8:58 pm

originally intended for this to be a photoblog, but obviously i rant more than i take pictures so havent had stuff to put up. so here, my lunch of ebi tempura.

in other news, my dog had her operation yesterday! apparently she's being really yen-o (hokkien dialect for girlishly needy) about it, going up to everyone for pats of sympathy. you can read my mom's post here and haha look she's also taken the time to comment on the singaporean climate!

And it is raining almost every evening and I keep on hearing and seeing the lightning striking and striking, it irritates me alot.

yeah singapore has the highest density of lightning strikes. we know how lightning always comes with thunderstorms, but i really hate it when even the slightest of drizzle can bring on a succession of lightning streaks. like, that's really not a big enough deal to warrant dramatic electrical activity from the sky you know! but then that's how it is in singapore. so annoying right.

May 2, 2006

The Build-Up

Filed under: music,politics,singapore,society,Uncategorized — gweeb @ 7:04 pm

i'm not one of those people who can listen to the same song again and again and again. i like variety and would much prefer listening to one album on repeat as compared to one single song being looped over and over.

but then there is this one song i have been listening to over and over. i've had it in my iTunes for a long time, and i listen to it along with my other Kings of Convenience songs, but today it enthralled me so much i stopped to listen to the lyrics (not something i usually do as am more of a melody-person).

The Build-Up
by Kings of Convenience

The build-up lasted for days
Lasted for weeks
Lasted too long

Our hero withdrew
When there was two
He could not choose one
So there was none

Worn into the vaguely announced
Worn into the vaguely announced

The spinning top made a sound like a train across the valley
Fading, oh so quiet, but constant 'til it passed
Over the ridge into the distances, written on your ticket
To remind you where to stop
And when to get off

The spinning top made a sound like a train across the valley
Fading, oh so quiet, but constant 'til it passed
Over the ridge into the distances, written on your ticket
To remind you where to stop
And when to get off

The spinning top made a sound like a train across the valley
Fading, oh so quiet, but constant 'til it passed
Over the ridge into the distances, written on your ticket
To remind you where to stop
And when to get off
When to get off
When to get off
When to get off

you would have skimmed through the above stanzas if you're impatient like me, and surely if you're no Kings of Convenience fan. but then you wouldn't have gotten the essence of the song by just reading the lyrics alone anyway. i would suggest listening to it whilst pondering through the words. Leslie Feist (i like her solo songs) of Broken Social Scene (i also like their songs) features in this Kings of Convenience song, and she really captivates with that… that haunting voice.

lovelovelove the repetitive loops of:

The spinning top made a sound like a train across the valley
Fading, oh so quiet, but constant 'til it passed
Over the ridge into the distances, written on your ticket
To remind you where to stop
And when to get off

i dont quite understand the meaning of this verse, perhaps someone more insightful can enlighten me on this, but whatever it is, that's really beautiful imagery there. the images of a whirring top, of a train whizzing between misty mountains, the rise and fall of Feist's voice, it all blends together so seamlessly.

but that is not the point of this post.

the point of this post was the first part of the song, because of its part-congruence with the goings-on back home.

first verse:

The build-up lasted for days
Lasted for weeks
Lasted too long

it's been a while hasnt it, this build-up to the big day. there is excitement in the air, even in politically-stale singapore, maybe because we might be politically-stale-no-more. i'm excited, because i feel like we might be at the cusp of something different. perhaps the time for change has arrived. and yet i do not know for sure, since i am away from it all. my options for news are limited after all. on one hand i have the free but blatantly biased CNA and the equally-biased pay-to-view national newspaper, on the other i have personal blogs which have concientiously chronicled every rally and analysed them with greater perspective. (which do you think i've chosen as my source of news? haha.)

but neither of them can give a good gist of where the general voting populace stands. what we read and see are only the actions and words of the politically-interested half. what about the voting but less-than-bothered half? so it might not be what i'm making it out to be. i don't know. i'm not in the midst of it all to be able to get a fair judgement of where things stand.

one man does not a country make, and i read somewhere before, that people deserve what they get (with respect to national leadership). the everyman on the street became the Hero, when he made that stand for his future in the People Power Revolution in the Philipines (nevermind the messy state it is now in). but then, what if:

Our hero withdrew
When there was two
He could not choose one
So there was none

i've been politically ignorant for too long already and with this coming elections i've decided to try to become more politically aware, so that i may choose wisely when the time comes for me to vote. and i fear now, that there are too many of us too caught up in the daily grind of work and play to inform ourselves adequately of the socio-political situation in singapore. i mean, look, we are voting for the well-being and future of ourselves and our fellow countrymen! how can you not care?

i've always been happily and even proudly apathetic to politics, because, hey as long as i make sure that i stay at the top of the income-pyramid, no policy can affect me right? as long as i dont let the system get me, as long as i make enough money to protect the people i love, i really dont have to care about what it does to the people down there. that's what we all learnt by experience didn't we? study hard, get ahead of everyone, so that you get into the best classes of the best schools. in the best schools you get all the opportunities in the world, the best of facilities and the best of teachers, while your stupider counterparts languish in their crappy 'neighbourhood' schools with their relief-teachers-of-the-month. and isnt that just a microcosm of society. be the best and you dont have to worry about being fucked around by the system.

but then could you live with it? i know that some of the people who line the bottom of the income bracket are stupid, or callous, or seem completely incapable of thought, and they probably deserved whatever crap situation they are in. but then the people who are the creme de la creme, these people who grace the pages of Tatler and Prestige and the like, some of them are hopelessly air-headed too, some callous, and some so absorbed in their glittering lifestyles they also seem completely incapable of thought. and then there is also the other type of the elite – the overwhelmingly intelligent ones. these who are leading or who will lead us, some of whom are surprisingly unempathetic, and cold and cocky and selfish despite their supposed capacity for thought. so how should that be a basis for the right to a decent life? everyone deserves the right to good things, not just the smart or the beautiful or the blue-blooded or the morally virtuous.

and so i'm really crossing my fingers, hoping that the voters who have been completely ignorant of the goings-on of this elections, the voters who have been reliant on their tv sets and newspapers for news, the ones who have not dissected carefully the propositions of each of the parties, the ones who are too comfortable in their middle-class lives to be acutely affected (and hence, bothered) by electoral outcomes, the ones who have not considered the importance and difference their one vote can make, the ones who have been so delirious with joy at those few hundred dollars they got pre-elections to care, will open their eyes and start caring. as a non-voter i can probably care less, and i think i really need to learn more before i can start having views/opinions on the socio-political state of singapore. afterall, isn't that what they've been drumming into our heads? find out more, so you can make an informed choice. so i can only hope that my fellow singaporeans have already done that, so that they can make a judicious choice and not fuck us all up.

that being said, i think i can safely say that while i cannot make a learned judgement with regards to which political party i am inclined to (besides, you never know who is prowling through blog entry after entry of your personal natterings just looking for an opportunity to 杀一儆百), i think it's time we had a more lively political scene. afterall, "Majulah, Singapura!" means "Onward, Singapore!". we have moved onwards so much socially and economically, but the political scene has been stagnant for too long. it's time we moved on to enjoy a political climate which is compatible to our "first-world" status.

April 29, 2006

my exam on monday

Filed under: Uncategorized — gweeb @ 8:39 pm

is 1 big wiki file (300KB). and it's leaking from every single orifice on my head. by the time we get to monday my head will be empty.😦

things could get even worse

Filed under: Uncategorized — gweeb @ 4:54 pm

everything is going wrong i said?

things could get even worse you know. your dog, could like, trip over a step and dislocate her left hip, rupturing her ligaments and be like, scheduled for a $1400 surgery.

my poor baby!😦

but thank you daddy, for dropping everything right in the middle of a golf game to rush home to send her to the vet, & my momma for skipping her volunteer work for the dog too. very much appreciated.

uh!

Filed under: Uncategorized — gweeb @ 1:51 pm

i bit my finger by accident. and precisely because it happened accidentally, because i didnt know my finger was in my mouth (doesnt make sense i know) i clamped down hard. the tip of my third finger of my right hand is now numb. i hope i didnt sever any nerves. nerve nerve please regenerate i have an exam to sit for on monday.

everything is going wrong. i am mentally exhausted. i spilt dark soy sauce on the carpet. i am eating crap lunches. that was how i bit my finger. being wayyy to hungry and stuffing ciabatta into my mouth. dont ask me how i did it. it just happened. it hurt at first but now it's just numb.

now, the reason why i spilt dark soy sauce on the carpet was because i was having a soft-boiled egg. no that doesnt explain it does it. i was having a softboiled egg out of the shell. not because i was trying to be fancy darling, (i wasnt even using an egg cup), but because my intended boiled egg came out soft. my sense of time was so warped i think i must've left it boiling on the stove for less than a minute. so i added 2 drops of dark soy sauce into the little hole that i made and stuck my giant teaspoon in, stupid person that i was, and of course the dark sauce on top spilled down the round smooth shell and plip-plopped onto the carpet.

anyway so after cleanup i finally got round to eating my egg, except that the first mouthful tasted oddly uncooked. looked into egg and realised that save for the soft-boiled outsides, the insides of the egg were happily transparent. popped egg into oven since cannot re-boil with hole, then proceeded to chomp on ciabatta which was when i bit my finger. (there, now got a bit more chornological order to story eyy.)

after squatting down in pain, recoverred from pain and retrieved egg from oven. went back to room to eat where retarded self stuck same giant teaspoon into same small hole causing a 2nd spillage of runny egg (sense of time was still warped. egg remained runny after time in oven.). in desperate attempt to save self from cleaning another patch of carpet, stuck leg out to catch dripping egg bits (since right hand occupied with giant teaspoon & left hand with egg). ended up with sorry mess on calf & thighs. what a waste of egg but at least carpet stayed clean.

am now eating peanut butter straight out of jar, partly because it tastes nice but also because need sugar & energy boost for brain to continue studying. i mean, hurhur i am eating peanut butter. by itself. do you see how fucked up this exam is making me?

you know how there's this weight-loss reality tv show called The Greatest Loser? man if they had a real Greatest Loser competition, where loser really means 'looooser!'complete with L-shaped handsigns, I would win that competition hands down.

addendum: oh joy oh joy! i can feel sensation returning to finger! nerves are either regenerating really quickly or nerves were just in shock for long time! i am inclined to believe it's the former, because that way it'll make my life sound more interesting hahaha. mmmm must be all that nutritious peanut butter and icecream (later on i had icecream with the peanutbutter to make it more normal. ok fine i just wanted to eat icecream.) that enabled nerves to grow so quickly. hmmm think third finger & brain need that wee bit more help with cell repair & regeneration. shall go fetch meself more of that lethal combination nyum nyum nyum.

stupider by the day

Filed under: Uncategorized — gweeb @ 9:09 am

i have trouble spelling the word longitudinal. everytime i type it i have to stop midway after the 'long' and think, before typing the remaning letters slowly. even then i get it wrong half the time. eeeurgh.

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