The Gossip – Heavy Cross

 

Beth’s vocals are extraordinary! Their other songs are just as good.

Thanks to CxWorxeverytime I hear this song I feel like I should be working out on my core strength.

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Very Easy Cheat’s Bruschetta

I love this recipe because it tastes good and takes minimum effort to make! I found this recipe in the Woolworths Fresh Magazine and it’s so, so, so good! The following method is how I make mine.

Ingredients:

1 packet of La Famiglia 9-slice Garlic Slices (You can probably make your own garlic slices if you can’t find this brand)

3-4 Roma tomatoes, diced

1 red onion, diced

A few leaves of basil, chopped

1 Tbs Olive oil

Salt and Pepper to season

Method:

1. Dice tomatoes and onion. Chop the basil.

2. Heat the garlic slices in the grill until brown or cooked to your liking.

La Famiglia Garlic Slices

3. Turn the garlic slices over and heat the underside until lightly toasted. Remove from grill onto a plate.

4. Combine the tomatoes, onion, basil, oil, salt and pepper in a bowl and stir well. (I used a white onion here because I ran out of red).

5. Spoon tomato mixture onto the slices and serve!

6. Eat! Yum!

I Won Lotto Again!

I had bought a Slikpick ticket a few hours before the Saturday draw not thinking of anything. The next day as I was enjoying my lunch and reading the paper I saw the published Lottery numbers. I got up, unpinned my ticket from the pinboard, sat back down and started looking at the numbers. I almost never do this and usually get my ticket verified at the Lottery outlets. Anyways I got to line 13 or 14 (I can’t remember now) and I had FIVE of the six numbers that got drawn! I checked again and realised one of the numbers was a supplementary number. So in the end I was holding a ticket with four and a half numbers out of six winning numbers. I couldn’t believe my luck! The jackpot was $20 million so I’m thinking I’ll have a fair chance of at least getting over $100. It may not be the jackpot but it was something!

How I was wrong. You know what I won?

$25.55.

Yes once again I was only $19,999,974.45 off the jackpot. The ticket cost me about $20.00 so I won about $5.00 really. I’m glad this time I actually won more than the ticket’s worth.

Oh the deception.

The Deception of Lottery

Love is Selfish

“Thou art to me a delicious torment.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

 

Angus & Julia Stone: Private Lawns

I really like the sound of this song!

Memoirs of Growing Up in an Asian Household

I knew there would come a time when I just had to write this post. It’s like a rant that I’ve been holding in for the last 20 years of my life that has to be released. I’m sure most of my Asian friends can relate to this. It hasn’t been easy growing up in Australia with Asian parents. Many times when I was growing up I would ask myself, why do my non-Asian friends seem to have such an easier life than me? Don’t get me wrong, I love my Asian roots and my parents must have done something right as I turned out ok.

I never rebelled much to them, mainly in fear of the consequences. You see, when you try to be smart to Asian parents the consequences are brutal. I remember that whenever my dad said, “Get my belt!” It meant I shouldn’t have done what I did and that the next ten minutes was going to hurt. And much to my dismay I knew I had to go get the belt, otherwise something worse would happen. But punishment was just one (big) part of childhood I remember will never forget.

So here’s a list I’ve compiled about growing up in Australia in the 90’s as an Asian kid:

  • As a child, your mum (or dad) would cut your hair to save money. Girls had the straight fringe and boys had the bowl cut. Nobody was exempt from the mullet.
  • Your parents would dress you up in bright colours or co-ordinating shorts and t-shirt with cartoon characters on them.
  • If you wore your shoes into the house, there would be hell to pay.
  • Almost every Asian family you knew owned a home karaoke set.
  • There was never a shortage of food or home supplies as your parents would buy in bulk when the item was on sale. There was also no room in the house because of the bulk buys.
  • In high school there were only two careers that you could work towards: Doctor or Lawyer.
  • There were only two grades that were allowed on your report: A or B (but not too much of the second one or you’ll get questioned)
  • While everyone else spent their Saturday’s playing sport or hanging out, you were at home studying or attending extra tuition lessons.
  • Learning a musical instrument was favourable and highly recommended.
  • Sleep overs? There were no sleep overs.
  • Asking for permission to go to a party was like an interrogation.
  • Asking for permission to go to a sleep-over party? You already knew what the answer would be.
  • Dating? Not until after high school when you are studying Medicine or Law.
  • Going to university wasn’t a choice, it was expected.
  • You had to address your parents’ friends as “Aunty” or “Uncle”. Having to explain to your non-Asian friends that they weren’t really your relatives was always fun.
  • At family/friend reunions, the “aunties” and “uncles” would test your Cantonese (or whatever language you are expected to speak) to see if you can still speak it. If you can’t, they will then tell you that you are doomed and that you should remember your culture.
  • Conversations with “aunties” and “uncles” always revolved around school, grades or careers.
  • Whilst your non-Asian friends got grounded and sent to their rooms, you got smacked, shouted at and sent to do chores.
  • You have the most aunts, uncles and cousins of anyone you know.

That’s all I can remember for now. For the record, I went off and studied Art and Design in university and graduated with a Bachelor in Design. You can imagine my parents’ reaction to that!

Below is a video that hits close to home! Have fun!

Books to Read

After reading Sibby’s Bucket List, I decided to set a goal for myself too. At the moment it’s not a bucket list of things to do before I die yet, but just a small goal to achieve by 2013.

This year I want to expand my literary knowledge hence I have given myself the challenge of reading some classic texts and other great books. I always hear cool references to books but have never read any of them.

I’ve compiled a list of what I want to read and I’m sure it will get longer as the year progresses. I’m in the process of reading Lewis Carroll right now to revoke the memories of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. And loving it! I’ve also started Edgar Allan Poe’s Tales of Mystery and Imagination. I managed to read about five books last year so hopefully this year will be more productive! Three books I read last year and thought were fantastic:

  1. The Life of Pi by Yann Martel
  2. The Beach by Alex Garland (It is not like the movie, the novel is much more intense and exciting)
  3. Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

My list of books to read. If you have any suggestions of great books to read, please feel free to leave a comment. 🙂

  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  • Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
  • Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
  • Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll
  • Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
  • A Tale of two Cities by Charles Dickens
  • Moby Dick by Herman Melville
  • The Lucky One by Nicholas Sparks

On another note, I’ve been watching a lot of movies lately (thanks to unemployment and Tuesday $2 movies day at Video Ezy). Three movies I highly recommend are:

  1. The Help (Brilliant story)
  2. (500) Days of Summer (suggested by friends and it was actually really enjoyable)
  3. Crazy, Stupid, Love (Ryan Gosling shirtless! Oh and it’s a pretty funny movie)

The Bucket List

“Man, because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and the he dies having never really lived.” the Dalai Lama responded when asked, “What surprises him the most.”

Dying is not something I think about very often or at all. Except for those times when life gets a bit shit and you wish that God would smite the crap out of you so you’d be put out of your misery, but knowing your luck you’ll just end up in Purgatory anyway. Just. My. Luck. F..k.

[Purgatory is the place between heaven and hell. If God decides you’ve been a bad ass, you go here to marinate until you’re purified of your sins.]

I digress. Dying. I figured that when my time comes, it’ll come. The one question that comes to mind is, “If I die tomorrow, am I satisfied with how I lived my life so far?” I think I am. There’s not much more I could’ve done. If I didn’t accomplish a goal, I’ll be comfortable knowing that I was working my way towards one. I guess the saddest part about dying would be the people I’d leave behind.

Let’s not get emotional.

Bronnie Ware has written an article on her blog about the “Regrets of  the Dying”. I found it insightful. http://www.inspirationandchai.com/Regrets-of-the-Dying.html

It’s one morning that a friend and I were talking about the things we’d like to improve on and the idea of creating a ‘Bucket List’ came up. At first I found the idea to be confronting but on the bus ride home I warmed to it and thought that this might actually be fun.

[Bucket List is a list of things to do before you die.]

My Bucket List in very loose order:

1.   Compete in the Crossfit games in a team or solo

2.   25/25 This is the amount of shotguns bullets in my pocket that will destroy all 25 clay birds

3.   70 mile hike from Lukla to Everest Base Camp [Nepal]

4.   White water rafting

5.   Must see places: New Zealand and Japan

6.   Exploration: a. Ride a camel and see the Egyptian pyramids b. Machu Picchu, Peru c. Chichen Itza, Mexico d. Yosemite National Park, Nevada e. Walk the Great Wall of China

7.   Dig for artefacts

8.   Perform in front of a live audience (sing and play piano)

9.   Open a gallery of my own works (drawing/paintings)

10. Become fluent in Mandarin

I love this list, I am very excite!

Sibby x

Youth Group: Forever Young

Love this version of the song!

Trigg Beach

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