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The confused owner of a bronze Sony PSP lite.

But.. thanks so much Pa. Now I’ll have LocoRoco and Patapon for company if I get bored in Bern. =)

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An intern. Just like Asok.

Let’s just say that I find cubicles to be a gross violation of human rights. Wilson is right. The irony holds true that the best places for work are usually places that were not designed for work. If anything, this stint will concretize my career path and help me look out for jobs to aim for, and jobs to avoid. The people are real nice, and no, they haven’t been mistreating me. It’s just the physical environment and how I’m far away from any window. Claustrophobia sets in.

Oh wells, they’ve moving to BUONA VISTA (why……..?) in July. Till then, I’ll just have to hang in there, and take walks along the corridor more often. With a mug of Cadbury 3 in 1 hot chocolate.

Made some pasta bolognese for lunch today.

Yeah I used the same large-shell pasta as the last time.. I know this is usually cooked with spaghetti, but cannot finish my pasta what! Very big packet leh. I used ground beef, carrots and Hunt’s diced tomatoes for this dish.

Do you know how “bolognese” is pronounced? It’s not “boh-log-neese“.. It’s pronounced “boh-log-ngie-zeh“.

So now I have two dishes to tide me through my months in Bern. Hopefully I can cook this with red wine when I’m there.

Here’s the wiki entry for the bolognese sauce and it explains its origins and actual ingredients used. They usually simmer the sauce for one hour on very low heat, but fuel is too precious now to waste on a simple lunch, so I made do with 5 minutes. HAHA. It still tasted nice!

BY THE WAY, speaking of food, rice is getting really expensive these days. Singapore’s ample supply is no excuse to waste. So PLEASE, when you eat out, and you know you have a tendency not to finish the large amounts of rice usually served, please ask for less rice. It’s just two words “FAN SHAO”. Not very difficult at all. You may think your effort will not mean a lot, but the aggregate effect of every Singaporean doing this will have a significant impact on a more just rice distribution around the region.

The reason is simple. We eat less, we’ll import less. What is happening now is that exporting countries like Vietnam and Thailand are putting up export bans to ensure self sufficiency. If we can help import less, there will be more exportable rice left for our fellow rice-importing neighbours like the Philippines.

Think about the poor in the slums there, selling their kidneys for cash. The rice price hike has induced a large black market for rice there and many are not able to afford their staple and are starving. Please do your part. Rice is precious and we are very fortunate to have enough to eat. Let’s not abuse this privilege by wasting food.

That’s why I’m cooking pasta.

Totally Ridiculous

My bro bought this hi-chew-ish candy from a bookstore at serangoon central (as usual, we were enticed by cute japanese packaging).

There was a url on the wrapper and it directed us to some ridiculously cute site. It’s just candy?!?! SMU marketing students, watch and LEARN. That’s how they earn money ok! And i fall for things like that!

CLICK ME and be transported to Puccho Paradise!

Berne-Bound

I am going on exchange! To Switzerland’s capital.

Specifically, the University of Bern.

Yayyyyyy.

Come to Jesus

Come to Jesusby Chris Rice

Weak and wounded sinner
Lost and left to die
Oh raise your head, for Love is passing by
Come to Jesus, come to Jesus
Come to Jesus and live

Now your burden’s lifted
And carried far away
And precious blood has washed away the stain
So sing to Jesus, sing to Jesus
Sing to Jesus and live

And like a newborn baby
Don’t be afraid to crawl
And remember when you walk sometimes we fall
So fall on Jesus, fall on Jesus
Fall on Jesus and live

Sometimes the way is lonely
And steep and filled with pain
So if your sky is dark and pours the rain
Then cry to Jesus, cry to Jesus
Cry to Jesus and live

Oh and when the love spills over
And music fills the night
And when you can’t contain your joy inside
Then dance for Jesus, dance for Jesus
Dance for Jesus and live

And with your final heartbeat
Kiss the world goodbye
Then go in peace, and laugh on glory’s side
And fly to Jesus, fly to Jesus
Fly to Jesus and live

This song never fails to touch me. Jesus is someone whom we can share every moment with. Most importantly, He’s the one with whom we can spend eternity. =)

Tried cooking some self-invented pasta today because I’ve been so sick of eating out. Used my poor brother as a guinea pig for my kitchen adventure. Out of my magnanimous heart I decided to post the recipe online for you.. yes.. you lonely friend studying overseas, cooking your own meals. Amounts stated in the recipe serves 2. Here goes:

Chicken Tomato Pasta Thingy

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Approx. cooking time: 30 mins
Level of difficulty: If I can do it, anyone can.

Ingredients:
Chicken breast fillet (3 slices)
Fresh tomatoes (2 regular sized ones)
Pasta (100g) (Note: its ENOUGH. its alot alot. i used the large shell ones and all the liao4 got lodged in them. mmm! :p)
Garlic (finely chopped, 1 tbs)
Onion (finely chopped, 1 tbs or for me, much more)
Grated Parmesean Cheese ($7?!?!?!?! *$%^&!%@*@#!!!)
Black Pepper
Salt
Italian herbs
Margarine (1 tbs)

Directions:

  1. Go NTUC to get ingredients needed. Jostle with aunties while queueing up at cashier. Patience is optional but desirable. BRING YOUR RECYCLING BAG PLEASE.
  2. Dice chicken fillet and marinate them in salt and pepper. I personally marinated it with some ketchup and the effect is great.
  3. Boil a pot of water for your pasta. While water boils, proceed to step 4.
  4. Dice tomatoes. Also chop your garlic and onion. Ready-made chopped garlic is available at all leading supermarket stores. For the onions, try to look away once in awhile while chopping.
  5. If water has reached boiling point, put the pasta in. You don’t have to put the lid on or it’ll bubble up and make a mess.
  6. Heat up frying pan. Turn it down to low heat and melt about 1 tbs of margarine/butter. Add chopped garlic and onion and enjoy the heavenly smell as you sauté them.
  7. Add diced chicken and a little bit of water so the pieces do not clump together. Stir fry till they are almost cooked. Then add in diced tomatoes and mix well. Add a dash of salt and pepper. Put the lid on and let it simmer.
  8. If pasta is cooked, take it out and run it through cold water. Then drain it and leave it aside.
  9. The simmering is done when the tomatoes have softened. Then add in pasta and mix it around abit. If you’re feeling obssessive, try to lodge one piece of tomato or chicken into each pasta.
  10. Turn the heat off and mix in some grated parmesean cheese till the pasta turns a little gooey from the melted cheese. Garnish with some italian herbs and serve hot. 
  11. Extra step: After eating, make someone else do the dishes for you. Also, as a tip, leave the pan to soak before washing as it can be quite sticky from the cheese. 

Bon appétit. =)