Wednesday, January 2, 2013

The List: 101 in 1001 Days

HAPPY NEW YEAR!! May 2013 be more fruitful than it has been for all of us in 2012.

It's a little late, but here's my incomplete list. Started on the 20th of December 2012 and will end on 17th of September 2015.

  1. Learn to play the Cello
  2. Fix my Guitar
  3. Practice playing the Guitar
  4. Learn Japanese again
  5. Learn how to use my DSLR camera

  1. Travel to Japan
  2. Travel to a new place by myself
  3. Take a train across Australia
  4. Go on a road trip with my bestie
  5. Travel to Bali
  6. Go to Disneyland
  7. Go on a cruise
  8. Go on a retreat
  9. Walk along the Great Wall of China
  10. Travel to Paris

Health & Fitness
  1. Loose 10kgs
  2. Start swimming
  3. Practice Yoga
  4. Exercise in the morning
  5. Dance more, at least once a week
  6. Walk more, sit less
  7. Eat healthy, less fried food
  8. No carbs for dinner

Trying New Things
  1. Go camping (or glamping :p)
  2. Sky dive
  3. Climb the Harbour Bridge
  4. Snorkel / Dive / Swim in the Great Barrier Reef
  5. See a movie at the drive in
  6. Be in the audience of a day time TV show
  7. Give Archery a shot
  8. Kiss someone on the stroke of midnight on NYE
  9. Wear a bikini
  10. Send something to Post Secret
  11. Pretend to be someone else for a day

Things to do to be a better me...
  1. Underindulgence
  2. Save money in a separate account
  3. Host a dinner at my apartment
  4. Have a 'Yes' week
  5. Smile more to strangers
  6. Always look on the bright side of life *whistles*
  7. Get my Australian driver's license
  8. Look for a new job / role / pay rise by thef first quarter of 2013
  9. Seek advice from a financial planner / accountant on obtaining a loan
  10. Read up on apartment's contract
  11. Cook a meal for my family
  12. Read the books on my bookshelf
  13. Cook dinner more in weekdays
  14. Host a movie marathon / sleepover
  15. Drink alcohol only once a week
  16. Go through my wardrobe and get rid of clothes I've not worn for ages
  17. Clean my apartment weekly

I'm just a Material Girl...
  1. Buy my own place
  2. Buy a car
  3. Sip a cocktail at a swim up bar / bar in a pool
  4. Pierce my nose
  5. Own a real Coach (or similar range) handbag

That's 56/101 for now. It's hard to come up with a new list when a lot has gone on in the last couple of years. I suppose that is a good thing ;)

More updates soon, and to finish off the 30 days of sharing and start a new project. A variation of the 365 day project.

Monday, December 24, 2012

Day 24: Whatever tickles my fancy

Christmas always reminds me of Home Alone :) Hope you have a splendid day with lots of love, joy, food and pressies!

On another note, I won't be able to update the remaining 6 days promptly. I'm away on holiday and the last few posts have been queued. As the remaining posts require me to give a full report on a 'day', 'week', and 'month', I can't queue that :)


Sunday, December 23, 2012

Day 23: A YouTube video

Some 5 years ago, a creative YouTuber came up with a series called "Arby 'n' The Chief". If I recall correctly, I only watched the first, maybe second season, of these short funny stories. I laughed till I had stitches.

If you're a fan of Halo 3, heard about Halo 3, want a good laugh or have some spare time, check out the series here.


Saturday, December 22, 2012

Friday, December 21, 2012

Day 21: A recipe

I tried a recipe once from Jamie Oliver's 10-minute meals app on the iPad and I loved it. It's hard to go wrong with this recipe (but it definitely takes longer than 10 minutes to make). Here's the recipe:


  • 250g fresh tagliatelle
  • 4 rashers of smoked streaky bacon
  • 100g chestnut mushrooms
  • 150ml single cream
  • 1 sprig fresh rosemary
  • 20g Parmesan cheese
  • 1 small fennel bulb
  • 1 lemon
  • 70g rocket leaves
  1. Fill and boil kettle. Place a large frying pan on a medium heat and add a splash of olive oil.
  2. Chop bacon into thin strips and add to hot frying pan. Fry for around 4 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until lightly golden.
  3. Fill large saucepan with boiling kettle water, place it on a high heat and add a good pinch of salt.
  4. Slice mushrooms. Pick and finely chop the rosemary leaves, discard the stalk.
  5. When bacon is golden, add mushrooms and rosemary to the pan. Cook for a couple of minutes until mushrooms are cooked.
  6. Thinly slice fennel bulb.
  7. Add cream to pan of bacon and mushrooms and bring up to a gentle simmer.
  8. Drop pasta into boiling water and cook according to packet instructions.
  9. Turn heat off under your sauce and finely grate in a zest of half a lemon. Season with salt and pepper accordingly.
  10. Squeeze the lemon juice into a mixing bowl and add 3 times as much olive oil and a pinch of salt and pepper.
  11. Wash and dry rocket leaves and add it to bowl of dressing along with sliced fennel. Mix it only when served.
  12. Scoop out and reserve a cupful of cooking water from the pasta, then drain the pasta. Tip pasta into frying pan with the sauce.
  13. Gently stir the pasta through the sauce. If the sauce is too think, add a little of the reserved cooking water to loosen it.
  14. Divide the pasta between your plates and finely grate the Parmesan cheese over the top. Toss the salad in the dressing and serve on the side.
Enjoy! ♥