Wednesday, October 26, 2011

The Queen's Visit

The Queen (Elizabeth II) is here for her 16th visit to Australia and she arrived in Melbourne for a short tour today! We headed down to Federation Square at about noon to catch a glimpse of her

Look at the crazy number of people!

It was kind of horrifying. There was like a whole mass of people already jostling each other while the sun blazed happily away. ARGH! It was mad hot I don't understand! Half the time Melbourne is freezing but the sun just has to pick the day when tens of thousands of people are gathered to scorch us all! My face and my hair felt on fire and it was really hard to see anything with the glare from the sun.

On top of that, my view of the Queen was continually obstructed by people's heads, hats, flailing arms... and their expensive, modern, whopping enormous DSLRs. It's not enough that they block all possible view of the Queen but they had to shove their high definition DSLRs in my face If it weren't for the three million police who were also present at the venue, and also the fact that I did not have wings, I would have snatched those DSLRs and made a run for it. Not that there was anywhere not already occupied by people that I could run to. Like I said, I would have needed wings instead.

The very official-looking procession of white police cars trailing after the Queen's ride.

I wasn't really able to snap a good photo of the Queen, as you can tell from how stuck I was behind the crowds. Took this one of the huge screen, which even though is blocked by random poles, is high enough to not be blocked by arms and hats. Also, according to the news, there were at least 3 people who fainted in the crowd from heatstroke. That's frightening. I'm glad I stayed near to shade


Hooray, Her Majesty the Queen is dressed stylishly in my favourite colour


She smiles a lot, doesn't she? How lovely!


She reminds me so much of my granny. I love her already!

Back to looking at the crowds. At first, I was like "Oh my gosh, look at all these crazy people! Why are there so many of them?!" But shortly after, I realised that I was one of them too Hello to all ten thousand of you fellow curious and excited friends. See how much of a distance I am away from the Queen, that I take more photos of the crowd than of her

Here's where the Queen starts boarding the Royal Tram, and everyone starts cheering and yelling and fighting to get the last glimpse of her before the tram leaves.

It was an awesome feeling though, amidst the discomfort and the heat, to be able to see the Queen in person in real life, and to say that after. What a lovely, royal day.

Disclaimer: Not all photographs belong to me, because obviously I wasn't close enough to Her Majesty to take a nice, crowd-less photo.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Itty Bitty Kitty Cookies

"...I'm going to be baking!"

*GASP*

Don't be so horrified! I can be really good at cooking I think... like if I really want to be.

Anyway, my sister was in the kitchen baking while I was watching her. I wanted to help her but she didn't really allow me to go near anything... because according to her anything I touch EXPLODES (which, by the way, is extremely untrue) so I sat there and... supervised. Mummy's birthday was coming up so I suggested that we could bake her a batch of cute cookies!

So my sister allowed me to contribute to the baking process after she had finished making the dough. Yay! The fun part!

Cutting the little cookie shapes!

It's actually more difficult to mould than it looks. The dough kept sticking all over the moulds and the designs would break. It was quite difficult to make a nice shape without having to add more flour to the dough - which we didn't want to do because then the cookies would turn out too hard. And then we'd be chewing rock-hard albeit cute hockey pucks!

Army of the adorable kitties, ready to pop into the oven! The random brown bits are the crushed Oreos... Yum!

We were still moulding the dough into the night, and it was about 12 midnight. My sister was becoming really sleepy (past her bedtime haha!) but she was afraid that I would cause some major catastrophe if left alone with the oven by myself, so she gave me specific instructions about maneuvring around the kitchen while she went to sleep. I know, I know, some of you are going to poke fun at me for having to take instructions from my younger sister but in my defense, she does spend more time in the kitchen baking so she would know where all the pans go or how the dials work and stuff.

Anyways, so she went to sleep and I stayed up moulding the little cookies. I enjoyed how the cute little faces turned out, and it wasn't that tiring. But I didn't particularly enjoy (was a little confused too) setting the timer and temperature on the oven and watching them, as well as the cleaning up! UGH!

After all the effort...
Hooray! Two plates of cookies ready for Mummy!

Okay, the darker brown ones are NOT burnt (I've tasted them). They're just the extra Oreos I mixed in with the last few chunks of dough.

Hello kitty cookie!

Well, overall I don't think the cookies tasted fantastic or anything. Perhaps I ruined it after my sister left me alone with the dough But they are edible and taste like the common sugar cookies. My brother commented they were a little hard. But Mummy says she likes them! Not too sweet, the way she likes her cookies.

Maybe she's just saying it to commend my first-sort-of-baking attempt. Oh well!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Birthday bangs

Who is the birthday girl today?

Yay, me! I turn one year older today! And look, adorable rainbow cake!

Birthdays are all so exciting aren't they? But I feel like I've reached that age where I can't tell people how old I am anymore; because I really AM old *GASPS* Isn't it strange how we as little children couldn't wait to grow up, but once we did, we kinda go - "Oh man, growing up is sooo over-rated. " Growing up isn't only fun and joy and freedom to conquer the world. It also comes with facing new mornings with new challenges that wouldn't have even remotely crossed our little-kid-minds when we were the ones watching others grow up. But at the same time, it's also exciting, anticipating the new experiences and wonderful things life will throw in our paths.

And because I am OLD and responsible, haha, I will carry out my promise to you lovely readers to reveal a full-face photo of my newly-cut bangs/fringe!


Hello! Haha, what do you think? I had bangs/fringe as a child, maybe one day I could dig old photos out and compare them!

I'm not actually writing this post on my birthday. Can you believe it? I had to queue this post because looking at my schedule for the next few days, I probably would be, right now as you're reading this on my birthday, rushing essays all due next week. On my birthday! Seriously! Why is it that they always cram all the due dates for huge assignments together? Roaaar... okay but then again I should stop whining and admit that I suffer from lousy time management too...

Anyway I hope you have a lovely day, because today is supposed to be a lovely day!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Peek-a-boo

A big shoutout to all you lovely readers who still pop by to read my blog, despite my two-week hiatus from posting I assure you I haven't been lazy or anything like that, haha, but the semester term is coming to an end now and all the essays are due like, around now I just finished another one of my 2000-word essays tonight YAYS

Some of you might know that I recently got my hair cut! I think you all should already know that I PRIZE MY HAIR and I get insanely angry if anyone disrespects my hair (and me) - criticising it and refusing to follow specific instructions given by the client *ahem* *coughs* last year's ridonkulous-unprofessional hairperson *ahem* *coughs* I did eventually write a blog post about the terrible experience I had with this particular hairperson (no I didn't fail English I'm only using the word hairperson because that is how I will refer to an unprofessional person dealing with people's hair) and this post is archived in my previous blog. If you like, you can read the Hair-rowing Experience.

My point is that, I am rather particular about who does my hair, and ever since I moved here, I've only had that hairperson cut my hair once, and I never dared to allow anyone else touch my hair again. Thankfully my Mum found a nice hairstylist who accurately carried out what I wanted, so I'm happy 

Also, as she was combing my hair (the hairstylist, not my Mum), she suggested a hair style which she thought would look nice, but I was hesitant because I had not cut that style in almost a decade and was afraid it would look odd now. However she reassured me that it would be nice and since she did such a great job with one part of my hair, I decided to go with her suggestion.
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PEEK-A-BOO~ Hello everyone, I've got bangs now! There's your sneak peek of my hair cut! I'll reserve the full face photo for next time I've still got heaps of work - from now until next week. Orals, essays, tests... all for the next 10 days! Can't wait till holidays start!