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1/2 of my 'window buddy'

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I have like the funniest neighbors ever. We chat more than we communicate in reality. One of them is from South Africa who talks like really really fast. Like seriously, you would think she's actually rappin' when you're talking to her.


Apparently she goes around tellin' people she's black. Or maybe only me. Come to think about it, maybe that's why you've got lots of Indians attracted to you Sinéad. You're sending out the wrong vibe....Hahaha! Cranium night this week? ;)

The Global Poverty Project with Hugh Evans

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If i were to sum up Hugh Evans in one word, it would definitely be inspiring.

At age 14, he started his first humanitarian work representing Australia as a youth ambassador for World Vision to the Philippines. After experiencing first hand how the life was like for those staying at the 'Smoky Mountain', there's where his passion to end world hunger grew. At age 14, my biggest accomplishment was getting my hands on my first mobile phone without a sim card and proudly bringing it to school every single day. Hmmm...

His session tonight was mostly on what he's accomplished so far with his previous projects such as setting up The Oak Tree Foundation and also working together with Make Poverty History. At the same time, he also shared his current vision and passion to end extreme poverty around the world by the year 2015. To hear what he had to go through in order to get people around him to share that vision with him and also gaining the support of his own government and worl…

Why you should marry me...

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I can cook Buttermilk Chicken!
And i remix the recipe as i couldn't find any curry leaves around so a lil' pinch of curry powder did the trick. I can't believe i actually skip gym just to try cooking this Buttermilk chicken dish. I've been craving for it ever since i came here. Thanks for the recipe Ms. Ong. (:

Next up, steak! :D

Image, image, image...

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Remember this post where towards the end i posted that i had to think of an image that best represents me or what i'm passionate about? This is what i came up with...



The thing about 'homework' here is that sometimes, or rather most of the time, the tutor don't really bother if you've gotten yours done or not. How i wish they would do that with the essay assignments.

Essays, 1 down, 4 more to go...

My future wedding song...

To Make You Feel My Love
When the rain is blowing in your face
And the whole world is on your case
I could offer you a warm embrace
To make you feel my love When the evening shadows and the star appear
And there is no one to dry your tears
I could hold you for a million years
To make you feel my love I know you haven't made your mind up yet
But I would never do you wrong
I've known it from the moment that we met
There's no doubt in my mind where you belong I'd go hungry, I'd go black and blue
I'd go crawling down the avenue
There ain't nothing that I wouldn't do
To make you feel my love The storms are raging on rolling sea
And on the highway of regret
The winds of change are blowing wild and free
You ain't seen nothing like me yet There ain't nothin' that I wouldn't do
Go to the ends of the earth for you
Make you happy make your dreams come true
To make you feel my love

What are the odds?

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Okay, this is what happened during my weekend. I'm not making this up or adding on icing to make this whole story sound sweeter so what you're about to read is based on what exactly happened and how things slowly starting unfolding.

My previous post, i mentioned about being excited for a camp but i didn't really elaborate on what camp it was going to be, who's going to be there and what's going to happen. It wasn't because i didn't want to but i had no details with me. The invitation to this camp actually came last week while talking to my classmate who found out i'm a Christian. So it was really an impromptu conversation before she asked me if i wanted to come for a weekend camp with LIFE. My first thought was "Dang it, i don't have my blue comfy sleeping bed i usually use back home during camps..." which caused some hesitation but after a while, i just decided to go since i did tell myself to make the best out of everything during my stay…

During the past week, i bought...

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1. 2 copies of 2nd hand text books - NZD $50.00
Retail price of the 2 text books brand new - NZD $200 ish
I save NZD $150.00

2. A 2nd hand rice cooker + Steamer - NZD $26.00
Retail price of the brand new rice cooker - NZD $50.00
I save NZD $24.00

3. A brand new Logitech R20 2.1 Speakers - NZD $41.00
Retail price in shops - NZD $69.90
I save NZD $28.90

4. A brand new Canon PIXMA MP240 All-in-One Printer - NZD $52.00
Retail price of printer - NZD $62.25
I save NZD $10.25

I love TradeMe! They even got "SciPhone". Lol. And also lots of adorable dogs but at a rather high price. Then again, they're all proper pedigree dogs instead of mixed. Last weekend, i went out to a barbeque gathering with the OCF peeps.

Lovely bunch of people. See the guy folding his arms there? Each time i look at him, he reminds me of Sheng. Lol. The girl in pink right at the background there looking like she's going to spear someone is the president of OCF here.

This weekend, i'll be off to a church cam…

Dish of the day!

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So after weeks of indulging myself in Subways, fastfoods and frozen meals, i have finally decided to try cooking my very first dish. Curried Kumara. I ordered most of the fresh ingredients via Foodbox(i love all these online order + delivery things!) and they were pretty cool to include this recipe for the week.


Haha noticed how retarded the kumaras looked?
I forgot to buy a peeler so i had to manually use the knife to shave the skin off. Thankfully no cuts.. :P
Oh and the soap wasn't part of the ingredients...

After the first attempt only....
Voilà~!
I didn't make it too creamy cause i still haven't got myself a rice cooker yet. And also, i would actually think it'd be much nicer if the kumara was chicken. Haha. Then it wouldn't be Curried Kumara obviously. But yes, i still can cook!:)

Evacuate!!

Whoa 3 weeks in to my stay here and there's been so much happening already. I met 2 sisters from KB who's currently living here. They were nice enough to bring me out for dinner at Wok'in Restaurant which by the way have waiters who talk in an interesting way.

Last night, the fire alarm at our student apartment went off. Approximately around 2.45 am. And the sucky bit about that whole thing was there wasn't any real fire at all (not that i really wanted one but you know, just to add more drama a bit...) and i had to get up early for a 8am lecture today. But it was an interesting experience in a weird kinda way. All i remembered was i was having a really good sleep when the alarm went off, and the first thing i did was walked towards my window and tried looking around to see if there was any smoke coming out of any windows near mine. Realizing there wasn't any, i went back to bed hoping someone would turn the alarm off. And then i heard my flatmates running around. …

Meeting 'The Animal'

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This is something that you probably won't get to see everyday. After finishing my Body Attack class at Les Mills, i head down to the circuit room and guess who i saw working out?

Dave Batista
I couldn't believe my eyes. Other guys who knew who he is just stood there watching him do his thing and kept on smiling at him (which was also funny...seeing a bunch of huge size men just standing and smiling at one person working out). I managed to find that inner WWE fanatic in me to walk up to him and just shake his hands although i could have asked for a signature but i think it's just weird for a guy in a gym to be walking around with a pen and paper.

But yes, i did shake his hand and talked to him for a few seconds. It was quite awkward to be honest cause the only thing i blurted out was "HEY!! I DON'T REALLY WANNA BOTHER YOU BUT I JUST WANNA SHAKE YOUR HAND CAUSE I'VE BEEN A HUGEEE FAN OF WWE SINCE I WAS LITTLE!!" and gave him a really big weird looking smile. …

Don't retire yet!

I wish i could go London during July because of this. I hope when he say he's retiring, he meant he's only retiring in the London music scene not entirely from the music industry. Lol. But it seems like he is going to retire...forever! *cries* Now, you my friend will get a good kick from me if you don't go to any of his 10 concerts...not after all the concerts you've been attending. :P

Shakespear Regional Park

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After close to 3 weeks being stranded within Auckland City, i've finally gotten out of my usual routine areas that i always frequent, to somewhere a bit far off. Shakespear Regional Park. A very beautiful place filled with green green grass. No kidding. The grass here are really green. I made my own theory up while trying to figure out how come the grass here are so green while the ones back home are like boring green. First, you gotta answer this question.

Have you ever pee'd at a specific spot on a grass for a long time?

Ok, i never did but i knew a few people who did. Not that i was a pervert lookin' at people peeing or anything but let's just say somehow, you'll get lots of different answers whenever you ask people where their nearest toilet is. A minority (kampong-kia)will just point to a certain spot on the ground. Now, if you've ever come across certain spots where the grass always get pissed on, you'll see that that spot will always be greener than th…

During the past week, I....

1. Got confuse between the St. Paul's Church office and the church itself. Instead of heading to the church, i went to their office which was directly opposite the church. It was lock.

2. Got lost trying to find Elim Church after thinking to myself that St. Paul's Church was close which i thought was pretty ironic. Church...close on a Sunday? Walked for an hour trying the church but ended up in McD instead. At least i did say my grace. :P

3. Spent more than NZD$10.00 on 3 different dryers trying to dry my clothes. No, after the amount spent my laundry still wasn't dry yet.

4. Attended my first lecture ever. I now know how it works. If i'm lucky to be in the 'right' room, i'll get to see a live lecturer; otherwise i'll just be learning from a flat screen plasma tv watching the lecturer from the other room.

5. Am freaking out about my essay due on the 26th. Getting really irritated with the whole APA referencing thingy which i still don't know exactly how…

Current home @ Wellesley Student Apartment & Life Church

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These were taken right about an hour after i moved all my stuffs in from the YHA backpacker's hostel. For those who's wondering how the accommodation at AUT's Wellesley Student Apartment looks like, here are some pictures. Simple but yet very nice. :)

My humble room although still bigger than my own room back in Brunei.
The walkway to the living room / kitchen.
The toilet i'm using. There are 2 toilets, 1 is so much smaller than this one (although i think it's meant for disabled people but yeah since none of us are disabled, i'm just gonna stick with this big one).


The view outside my unit facing the other wing...
That's AUT's Wellesley Student Apartment for ya. (Lol, don't mind the link. I'm hoping whoever that's searching up for pictures of the apartment will get directed here. I know i had a hard time finding pictures of the apartment. Bahahaha!) Anyway during the first week, i've also managed to pop by Life Church thanks to Becky K's…