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2012 Olympics

August 12, 2012

So basically my TV has been hijacked by the Olympics for the past few weeks, thus forcing me to have watched it during my free time, when I could have instead been watching that Justin Bieber movie or Teletubbies or horror films. Today is thankfully the closing ceremony, so this post is kinda like a tribute to the sports (and not-so-sports) I’ve watched this time around.

Archery. As far as I can remember, archery used to be about a bow, an arrow, and a target. Not arm guards and chest pads and finger straps and tripods and balancers and all that jazz. I didn’t even know what was going on half the time.

Canoe Slalom. So awesome! I never knew they even had this! My favourite part was when Ten thought they were all amputees or leg-less folk, and it was part of the Special Olympics.

Cycling – track. I never really watched this, Adam did. It was too boring for me. They were all just quickly pedaling around a raised oval. I did like the little grandpa referee though, who showed the racers the course for what seemed like an endless number of laps. Because an oval is just too complicated to figure out by oneself.

Diving. My favourite summer Olympic sport! I liked the little Chinese guy. The tiny one. The one who won everything. Wait, I’m not narrowing it down, let me research his name… Ah yes – Qui Bo.

Equestrian – jumping. Those horses were magnificent! I felt happy when they jumped over all those obstacles perfectly! I felt bad for that one horse who got scared at the big fence-in-the-bush and had to walk around it. I didn’t really notice the jockeys or riders or whatever horse-jumpers are called because they all looked the same in their silly little pants-suits.

Fencing. I still have no idea what this sport is about.

Gymnastics – artistic. This is the normal gymnastics. When I say normal, I mean uneven parallel bars, vault, beam, etc. Not that freaky rhythmic circus shit they do with balls and ribbons. Deng Linlin was my highlight! I also cried a little when Russia lost the lead because of that little midget girl falling and then the cocky one falling on her face at the end of their floor routines. Gymnastics is so emotional.

Shooting. I watched this for a few minutes, but then saw how quiet, sad, and dead-faced the sport was and turned it off.

Swimming. I only watched a little, but then when that freaky buck-toothed Lithuanian girl won something and started gnawing on her gold medal, I felt sick and never watched it again.

Synchronised swimming. I don’t know how those people can hold their breath that long and do strong underwater stuff while just treading the whole. fucking. time. Respect.

Taekwondo. Not even a real sport.

Weightlifting . I got all teary-eyed again when that Chinese guy won and that other Chinese guy was injured but still did good and that other Chinese guy dislocated his elbow. At least I think they were all Chinese. Also, the women scared the hell out of me. This one guy chick looked like a handsome man and this other one looked like an ugly overweight man. I saw many moustaches and uni-brows. It was a roller coaster of emotions.

And that was it. The other sports aren’t worthy of mentioning.

Now I’m excited for winter Olympics!

But hopefully I’ll post something before then.

Maybe.

Probably.

But possibly not.

Wwwwink!

God(s) of Cookery

May 7, 2011

Yeah yeah, I know, you don’t have to say anything. It’s been over a week. But you know what? I don’t care.

You haven’t really missed anything. Also, I’ve been uninspired. But today, I’m going to share with you a brief  post about Adam’s and my cooking challenge!

Originally, we used to have a barbecue every Friday (or a braai if you’re South African). Of course it has since become excruciatingly hot, so instead of outdoor grilling, we decided to move our extraordinary talent indoors. “What brought this on?” you might ask. Two words: MasterChef Australia.

Each week, Adam and I must prepare at least one dish, alternating between starters and mains. But the problem is, it turns into a legit competition, complete with sabotage, swearing, poison, and a few bitchslaps. The kitchen is literally Hell (pun intended, if you watch any cooking shows, possibly ones starring Chef Ramsay).

I’m going to share with you some of the dishes we’ve made so far. If you want recipes, contact me somehow and I’ll just spit in your face and tell you to Google them.

Breaded Breast of Chicken – Adam / Main / Score: 9.5

Adam made a delicious chicken once. It was succulent and juicy on the inside, yet crispy and thymeful on the outside. He made his own breadcrumbs and his own sauce. Phenomenal!

Mini Lamb Steaks, with Crumble Topping – Ona / Main / Score: 8.5

Aw man, this started out a disaster, but in the end I sorta won. Because I had to resort to oven baking, the lamb was a bit dry, but the crumble was goooorgeous. I’m not even going to talk about the risotto.

Garden Salad with Poached Prawn and Tangy Vinaigrette – Adam / Starter / Score: 9

Yep, this salad was as good as it sounds. I still would have preferred grilled prawns, but the poached ones were tasty and perfect nonetheless.

Spicy Thai Chicken Salad – Ona / Starter / Score: 9.5

Spicy and delicious and amazing, with a sauce that tasted exactly like the heart and soul of Thailand.

And there were a bunch of other dishes as well, including Kappa Maki, oven-grilled chicken, spinach/strawberry salad, and Adam’s magnificent dual meat skewers. Next week it’s my turn on mains again, so we’ll see what happens. Check Adam’s blog for possible updates and photos of our cooking adventures!

P.S. The title of this post is the title of a real movie. Download it (with subtitles!) because it’s funny as hell.

Top 3 creatures

November 19, 2010

During my short time thus far in South Africa, I have already encountered several strange phenomena. For example, the weather fluctuation on an hourly basis is even more fickle than my five personalities. One moment the weather would be cold and rainy, the next moment would be doused in sunshine, and later yet, you could experience scattered clouds and strong ass winds. It takes some getting used to.

But even more interesting than the weather changes are the strange creatures that live in this place. The following is my Top 3 list of wildlife that are abundantly found in the back yard.

  1. The “Shongololo.” I kid you not. That’s what it’s called. But you might be more familiar with the term “millipede.” I was actually lecturing Adam about how poisonous they are and he claimed they were harmless. Of course when I just researched it, I was wrong and he was totes right. Sort of. One of their defense mechanisms is to emit this poisonous chemical thing that can kill ants and whatnot, but for humans it’ll only cause mild skin discomfort. Bottom line: You can’t die from them. And some people even keep them as pets! Another defense mechanism is curling up into a tight coil so that their little exoskeletons protect their mushy undersides. I’ve stepped on a couple though, and it doesn’t really help.
  2. The Hadida bird. This demon bird is the most obnoxious, evil fucking thing. It’s huge (like, knee height) and just squawks all day. Even at night you can hear them in the trees. They’re devil birds, I tell you. And today I was practicing my Hadida mating call (because I want it to be my new distress signal) and one of them actually landed in the yard and started eyeing me. It was creepy.
  3. The random little black snake that might not have a name. It was a dark night. So we couldn’t really identify the particular species or whatever, but Adam’s mom came screaming into the house that there was a snake in the yard. We went to investigate (and Adam had to toss it over the wall), and it was this tiny little black snake, which to me looked like any other garden snake. But they were convinced that it was evil and poisonous, so I wasn’t allowed to keep it as a pet.

Yeah so those are the winners for this post. There’s many more critters and stuff, but they didn’t make the top three. I saw a sign today that said “Attention: Animal Crossing” but I couldn’t identify the animal in the picture.

Adam said it was some sort of buck. It looked more like a mutated moose/deer/gazelle, but I didn’t say anything.

Expectation vs. Reality

November 5, 2010

So I’m officially going with Adam to South Africa for a ten-day vacation! I had to do mad research though, because 1.) I’m not used to backwards, south-of-the-equator shit, 2.) I’m traveling alone and don’t know my way around any African airports, and 3.) I like to mentally prep myself before I venture into new territories.

Now, for those of you who are either mentally retarded or live under a rock or, I dunno, smoke a lot of crack or something, South Africa is a country in the south of… wait for it… Africa! Pretty nifty, huh? Did you see how they did that with the name? Anyway, it’s pretty much as south as you can go. Summer is in December, the left side of the road is the right side (bonus points for play on words!), and water swirls the opposite direction when you flush a toilet.

You know those HSBC ads that are totally ambiguous and awesome?

Yeah, that’s how I feel about South Africa. I’m confused between expectations and reality. Therefore, I have decided to display a series of images and let you decide which is which. Or, if you can’t be bothered to think, I’ll just tell you about it after my trip. If I make it out alive, that is.

 

 

Don’t judge me!

October 21, 2010

I know, I know, I know. Before you start throwing shit at me and cursing my name, let me explain the reason for my absence: We moved. Yeah, that’s basically it. We moved house, and it was a long process that disrupted my normal routine. I was also Internet deprived for quite a while. So after suffering from horrible withdrawal symptoms and undergoing weeks of intensive therapy, I fell off the wagon and stand before you today. That’s right, pretend I’m standing at a podium. And you all have bright and eager faces. And a few of you are shedding tears of utter happiness. And maybe a once crying baby suddenly stops and smiles, staring up at me in anticipation.

Anywho, let’s see. What’d you miss… Uhmmm… Yeah basically nothing. Midterms in two weeks. Still unemployed and looking for ways to get money. Watching Discovery Science in the background. Watched So You Think You Can Dance earlier. Oh, I picked up violin classes again! And Ten’s learning guitar! Oh annnnd, Adam finally decided to start blogging as well. I shall ask him if I have permission to post the URL here. But yeah, that’s really it.

Tomorrow we’re having some sort of dorky old-people party. I dunno, Ma’s having like 20 people over. As long as no one talks to me and I can eat a lot of food, I’m happy.

Kay that’s all. My eyes hurt and I’m lazy. And I’m missing my show on Discovery Science. It’s about the Big Bang and some intergalactic cosmology shit. Pretty trippy stuff.


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