Hmmm…

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我的立场

“If you know anything that is
hurtful or untrue,
do not say it.
If you know anything that is
helpful but untrue,
do not say it.
If you know anything that is
hurtful but true,
do not say it.
If you know anything that is
helpful and true,
find the right time.”

Need reminders like this to put me on the right path. I bitched about someone in my diary yesterday, and the whole process felt inconclusive and pointless, much less cathartic. I even felt bad and unsettled.

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Cheryl, 生日快乐!

Back from Cheryl’s 21st! I’m really touched by her family’s warmth. Her siblings were going around chatting with her friends la! I can’t imagine my own sister doing that. I feel a great sense of affinity with her sisters Macey and Cerlyn.

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Recipe for happyness

Was in a creative mood yesterday and made many ads. Made ngor hiong also! It’s easy and fun and makes me feel domesticated. A rather good feeling. Finally a good endorphins-producing activity to replace exercise! CF and Eric solved The Mystery of a Couch Potato’s Melancholy for me by telling me exercise produces endorphins.

And Ooo:

Besides behaving as a pain reducer, endorphins are also thought to be connected to euphoric feelings, appetite modulation, and the release of sex hormones. Prolonged, continuous exercise contributes to an increased production of endorphins and, in some people, the subsequent “runner’s high.”

I’m going to teach you how to make ngor hiong whether you like it or not:

  1. You need commonsensical amounts of: minced pork, minced prawns, chopped spring onions, chopped water chestnut, chopped coriander and dried beancurd skin aka 腐皮 in commonsensical proportions.
  2. Throw them into a big mixing bowl.
  3. Add commonsensical amounts of salt, five-spice powder aka 五香粉, sesame oil, light soya sauce and pepper.
  4. Use your bare (disinfected) hands to mix everything up. Add water if your mixing feels laboured.
  5. Spoon filling along breadth of dried beancurd skin, leaving 3 cm on both sides. Pat down to reduce air spaces.
  6. Roll filling cautiously. Try not to breathe loudly. Hold your breath if you can.
  7. Dab all ends with beaten egg and seal the glorious ngor hiong!
  8. Repeat steps 1 to 7 until your filling and/or beancurd skins are exhausted. I made 7 rolls yesterday.
  9. Pop all finished rolls into steamer and steam for 15 to 20 minutes. They should look like this:
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  10. Leave to cool completely.
  11. You can either deep-fry them now (cut into bite-sized pieces, shake all up in plastic bag containing corn flour) or store them in the freezer for future use.
  12. Serve with sweet sauce aka 甜酱。
  13. Yum!!

Wrong frequency

  1. Made shocking discoveries in the past ten minutes. Friend 1 (22 yrs old) says the only media she consumes is YouTube. Friend 2 (21 yrs old) says FM 98.7 is for kids. She listens to 91.3, 88.3 and class 95. The only newspaper she reads is TNP.
  2. HOW am I supposed to choose which media to use when their tastes are as unpredictable as Britney Spears! (ok, she’s increasingly predictable but, still.) I’m targetting tertiary students!
  3. HELP!!
  4. Tried 91.3 and 93.3 just now and got myself a headache.
  5. Sought solace at 97.2 and got it.
  6. I am quite disturbed by my private preference for 97.2 and absolute intolerance for young, trendy, funky radio stations.
  7. I am barely 21.
  8. Must be osmosis. Blame my parents for tuning in to 97.2 and only 97.2 everyday in the house.

Ho-hum

  1. If I had myself videoed on a busy day I might look like this too, minus the car, best friend, and lover: http://www.adbusters.org/media/flash/slow_down_week/
  2. Tom Hodgkinson expounds the evils of Facebook: http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2008/jan/14/facebook
  3. He says: “Doesn’t it rather disconnect us, since instead of doing something enjoyable such as talking and eating and dancing and drinking with my friends, I am merely sending them little ungrammatical notes and amusing photos in cyberspace, while chained to my desk?”
  4. And “Facebook appeals to a kind of vanity and self-importance in us, too. If I put up a flattering picture of myself with a list of my favourite things, I can construct an artificial representation of who I am in order to get sex or approval.”
  5. Slightly sorry that I’m still using it. Am too exhibitionistic and bored.
  6. Heard of Benrik yet? Found it yesterday when I was supposed to be doing sodding assignment. http://www.benrik.co.uk/content/
  7. “Benrik’s mission is to introduce a welcome element of branded anarchy into our predictable lives. Benrik’s books are thus instruction manuals for warped living.”
  8. And “This Diary Will Change Your Life is a recipe for permanent revolution in people’s imaginations, encouraging them to reinvent themselves every day of their lives. It has spawned a worldwide cult and is now in its fifth year.
  9. They’re the epitome of inanity and promote careless abandon for the world and its stifling rules. LOVE IT.
  10. Activities it encourages its followers to do include “Befriend A Customer Care Person”, “Watch Someone Sleep” or “Discipline Other People’s Children”. A group of lunatics follow these tasks religiously and blog about them here. Horribly distracting. I’ve just added its Facebook application.