May. 18th, 2007 08:42 am
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On Tuesday night, my Korean class went for dinner at Blue Ginger, a pretty popular (and good!) Korean restaurant in Bellevue (it's at the intersection of NE 20th St and 140th Ave NE). The restaurant was great and I had a large bowl of soup (of which I forgot the name now, but it was originally prepared with dog meat) with shredded beef chunks in it. It was really spicy, but it was wonderful. ^_^ We also found out more about our classmates and the teacher, including the fact that one of my classmates has been at Microsoft for 18 years. ^^;;;

Random note: fried kimchi and pork belly slices are wonderful~ Though not in soup ^^;;

On Wednesday night, I watched 깃 (A Feather), which was a somewhat slow but also quite moving movie about a "mediocre" film director, a piano, a hotel on an island, dancing the tango, and a promise... The scenery was very beautiful and I actually liked the movie, even if in some parts the pace seemed a bit slower than usual. ^^;; But I enjoyed the movie overall. ^_^

Last night (Thursday), the TV and DVD player that I'd ordered were delivered at around 9 pm, and it was pretty easy to set them up (within minutes, in fact).

Picture )

One more week until I meet [livejournal.com profile] relsqui, [livejournal.com profile] testing4l and their cats

Oh, and for some unknown reason, I started playing Clair de Lune. So far I can play it sounding nothing at all like the original. ^^;;;
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I've been making rather slow progress on it lately, but now I finished assembling my bed frame and a bedside cupboard (and am waiting for the stain to dry). So here is a picture of what they look like right now. :P

Bed frame and cupboard )

The next item will be a 4-drawer cupboard, which I'm going to start on after lunch today. ^^;;; After that will probably be the TV shelf so that I can actually buy a TV, some barstools, the computer desk and chair, and finally the sofa-bed and coffee table. And then I'll be all done! ^^;

Speaking of which, I should start looking for something to cook other than pork chops, chicken fillets and turkey as well as get more pots, pans and dishes. Does anyone have any suggestions?
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I decided that I was too lazy to stick it on the end of my previous post, so...

Here are the pictures! :P

Mee goreng in the wok )

Me holding the proof )

Cz holding the proof )
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But I like to think that I can cook decently for two. :P (The title of this post came about because [livejournal.com profile] itsacz was watching Iron Chef America on the Food Network while I was cooking. ^^;;; )

Recipe )

Changes from the recipe:
- There weren't any red chillies at least not that I could find, so I used mild green chili instead. [livejournal.com profile] itsacz commented that I could have used the chili padi or Thai chili, or even the extra-hot orange chili instead, because it was somewhat mild for him.. ^^;;;
- I didn't buy any spring onions because I couldn't be bothered to cut them, and I had a bag of salad leaves (with broccoli and carrot, among other things) in the fridge, so I used that instead.
- I didn't have dark soy sauce, so I used light soy sauce instead
- There weren't any wet noodles of the type that we usually use in Singapore, so I used yakisoba noodles instead. It was a somewhat large box and I used almost all of it ^^;;;;
- I didn't use any salt or sugar ^^;;;

I had fun playing Perfect Dark Zero and finishing Gears of War with Cz, and I hope I can finish PDZ soon. :) I also want to get my own Xbox360 too so I can play games, as well as a PS2... ^^;;;

I'm tired now, so I'll post the photographs tomorrow morning (and edit this post).
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So, I got my email accounts and most of my work environment set up today. I feel much more productive now that I can actually read documents and get meeting reminders. :P

I also had a great dinner with my aunt and "uncle" (actually her friend), as well as his son, his wife, and their two children, at Kabab Palace near NE 24th Street (next to Performance Bicycle Shop and around the corner from the Malay Satay Hut of [livejournal.com profile] itsacz fame). And there were leftovers, so I don't need to worry about dinner for the next two days! ^^

This video is made of awesome.

Today was a pretty good day, I suppose. :)

And a question for people: How do you sleep without a fan? I'm finding it kinda hard to fall asleep when I have a heater in my room, but no fan to circulate air.. ^^;;;
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On Sunday, I didn't do much in the early afternoon, because I had an incident with my dryer. No, it didn't eat my underwear laundry, but I was a klutz and forgot to actually push the start lever. ^^;;; I was wondering why the dryer was so quiet, too...

In the late afternoon, I went on a bus journey to the University of Washington to meet noself for dinner and pass him some requested things. It was an educational experience getting there, and in fact very much similar to the Brisbane bus system (especially with zones and free transfers), so I didn't have too many problems getting there. The fun started on the way back, though, when the bus I got on apparently did not go where I thought it was going. The driver was nice enough to drop me off at a bus-stop from where I could hopefully take another bus, even though I should've known that she probably wouldn't be able to know what other buses stopped where. I think I've been spoiled by bus drivers in Singapore suggesting what buses to change to...

I left UW at around 8:26 pm, and got home around 10:45 pm. Most of that delay was due to the infrequent bus schedules on Sundays (one bus every hour?!), as well as my getting drenched at the bus stop where I got off (intersection of Montlake Blvd going east and SR-520 east-bound on-ramp, if anyone wants to go there :P). I was worried that I'd either get home really late, or be sick, but fortunately neither of those happened. It was pretty odd being the second-last person to get off the bus, though, and watching everyone else alight and the bus gradually become emptier. I'm glad I didn't take my bicycle that night

A YUOism about caets )

Today was the first day of employee orientation. I didn't actually do any work or meet my manager (or colleagues), but I'll get to meet them tomorrow afternoon. Instead, today (and what'll happen tomorrow morning) was about learning the corporate culture and various other things, and some explanation of the benefits, which really are quite impressive. ^^;

I had a quite enjoyable evening with [livejournal.com profile] itsacz doing grocery shopping at Safeway even though I forgot to take my shopping list and missed out buying bread, washing powder and some other things, which can wait followed by a surprisingly good dinner at a restaurant which he'd gone to before and at which he'd had a somewhat off-putting experience. I'd like to believe that it wasn't because both of us were together. :P
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This day was eventful because of how many times I woke up in the morning. ^^;;; I woke up around 3 am because I couldn't sleep, then around 6 am, and then finally fell asleep and woke up around 10:45 am. So I think I'm pretty much over the jet-lag. :P I definitely should be, in any case...

The view outside my apartment at around 7 am )

Since I haven't posted any pictures of the inside of my apartment, I took some this morning. The lighting's a bit off because I didn't turn on all the lights, but it's still pretty nice.

Living room )

Hall and dining room )

Kitchen )

I'd posted pictures of Unigard Park covered in fog yesterday, and I walked past it this afternoon on my way to Crossroads to buy a HP all-in-one device (printer, scanner and copier) and a wireless router, among other things. The all-in-one is so that I don't go broke at Kinko's... The difference today was remarkable...

What a difference a day makes )

For dinner today, I decided to try something different, instead of eating out or making do with bread and butter. I cooked.


For real.

Here's the evidence in case you don't believe me!

If basket can cook, so can you?! )

I bought 2 boneless chicken breasts, a red and green bell pepper, some corn oil and a 10oz bottle of soy sauce, as well as some other items, from the somewhat nearby Uwajimaya in Bellevue for only $16. That certainly beats the prices at QFC for the same items, and it's much nearer. :P

Since I only cooked one of the chicken pieces and used some of the peppers, I can still cook something for myself tomorrow. Maybe it'll be the same dish, maybe not. But at least I can save money this way and eat somewhat healthily. ^^;;

There was also a pamphlet for their "Year of the Boar" sale, including a recipe for lemon chicken. I might try that out sometime. :P
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After uploading and resizing so many photos manually (especially recently), I decided to throw in the towel and got myself a Flickr account. My username there is nyankoframe not surprisingly. :P

So, without further ado, here are some of the pictures I took yesterday, which were the first to be uploaded. There are many others that I have want to upload, but I'll be doing them in stages once I get there. And it'll give me something to do, too?

I had a very enjoyable dinner with a friend at Swensen's in Holland Village, where I had a salmon and mushroom baked rice while my friend had a curry chicken baked rice. It was wonderful. :)

For dessert, we unanimously decided to order a baked waffle with ice-cream on top, because we can't resist we haven't had it in a long time... just because. :P That led to moments such as this:

Don't interrupt me, I'm eating a cherry! )

and this:

Thumbs-up )

and, finally, this:

Zzz... )

It was a very enjoyable time and I was sad to part with my friend. I hope I'll be able to talk to her soon once I'm in Seattle, though. :)
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On Saturday night, my brother and his wife took my family, as well as my aunt and cousin who were visiting from Sri Lanka, to the 211 Rooftop Cafe at Holland Village Shopping Centre.

Even though I've been to that building more than once, this was the first time I'd heard of this place. :P And even though it wasn't cheap (I think on average a main course was between $12 and $16), the food was excellent. I ordered a beef lasagne as my main course, although the restaurant also had a weekend special of BBQ Australian dishes such as lamb and salmon. Those were considerably more expensive at $28 each, though, and I didn't want to make my brother *that* poor. ^_^;; The others ordered their own courses, the most popular being the pasta dishes.

For dessert, I had about half of a crème brûlée (if you're interested, it looks something like this) and a piece of tiramisu soaked in Kahlua. Perhaps that contributed to my happy mood as much as the lasagna did. ^_^

In any case, this is definitely a restaurant I'd want to go back to again, and I even intimated to my mother that I'd come back with someone else for an intimate time alone. You can make of that what you will. :P
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I wonder how much it would cost, though.
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Risotto "cakes". This is something I could actually try making...

Official recipe
Alternate take
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*went to Cold Storage to buy capsicums and other stuff*

*came back with capsicums (red, yellow and green), black sliced olives, bread and...*


*now eating pizza*


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