Life

March - 16, Sat, 2013

Dress E from Stylish Dress Book

My sister gave me some sarong fabric for my birthday, and I've made a dress from it, following the pattern from the Japanese sewing book, Stylish Dress Book (vol 1), Dress E.

This is the first dress I have made. The pleats in the front are a little wonky, and the set in sleeves are a little wonky, and the entire dress is a size too big (I made size 9, but should have made size 7). But still I love the dress.

Thought I would blog about the things I've learnt from this, and the tools I used.

April - 01, Thu, 2010

April Elephants

Photo by MykReeve on Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/mykreeve/141536050/

Today is April Fool's Day.

I recall the first April Fool's joke played on me when I was about 8. It was by my sister, Wei.

We were in the garden, at my grandfather's house. There was some sort of party going on. The sky was dark, but the garden was brightly lit with fairy lights.

"Look behind you! An elephant!", exclaimed Wei, pointing behind me.

"Where? Where?" I asked, frantically searching around.

"Hahaha... April Fool!"

"Huh? April what?" I asked, confused and still wondering where the elephant was.

January - 29, Fri, 2010

Recipe: Chicken in Chinese herbs

Photo by Peter Collingridge.

This is another really easy-to-cook recipe. Basically you just throw everything in a slow cooker, add water and leave it to cook.

I love cooking with Chinese herbs. They are a cheap trick for impressing non-Chinese friends. And of course, they are very tasty.

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January - 29, Fri, 2010

Cooking with Chinese herbs

Packet of herbs

I love cooking with Chinese herbs. They have a very distinct flavour which most people here in UK are unfamiliar with. So they are good for impressing the 'westerners' with my 'exotic' Asian cooking.

To be honest, I didn't really cook much when I was in Singapore. I made up most of the recipes that I cook here. So they probably aren't authentic. But nevertheless, my British friends are impressed (or out of politeness they act so).

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January - 18, Mon, 2010

Recipe: Mum's carrot and pork rib soup

Picture of my remake of mum's carrot and pork rib soup

My mum used to cook this quite often when I was in Singapore. It's really easy to make. She would cook a huge pot of it, and the leftovers would taste especially good on the next day.

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January - 18, Mon, 2010

Avatar

Avatar

A James Cameron sci-fi fantasy movie.

  • Director: James Cameron
  • Release: 17 December 2009 (UK)
  • Starring: Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver
My verdict:
3

The film was quite visually stunning and entertaining to watch. I love the way the 'natives' move so gracefully. And the world is quite nicely created, though it does seem to suggest bad science every now and then, even for a science fiction film.

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victoriachan

Victoria is a web developer working in Oxford, UK. She was born and raised in Singapore.