Beauty And The Beast

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Everyone that has met Rosie knows that she has a massive love of all things Harry Potter, so when Beauty And The Beast was announced for the first time with Emma Watson as Belle, it was all Rosie could talk about. And after reading reviews and watching trailers, a certain 15 year-old male also started to get excited. So when the film finally came out in our local cinema, we just had to go. Well. Rosie just had to go, and I said I’d love to go along. At 3:30pm, we walked over to Lippo Mall near our house, assuming that 30 minutes was more than enough time to buy tickets. I went up to the cinema on the top floor while Rosie went to Hypermart in the basement to buy snacks. When I went to buy the tickets, I found that the entire cinema was packed. There were not many choice seats left over, so I chose two seats on the far right of the second row, which was the best seats I could get for us. Kind of reeky, but the next showing was at 5:30pm, so we had to take them. Rosie showed up and we bought two iced lemon teas, then went into the theatre. The seats weren’t too bad, and we got into the cinema mood by laughing at the cheesy commercials for Indonesian movies, and chatting about the film, until the lights dimmed. I don’t want to spoil the film for those who haven’t seen it, but I will say that it was excellent. The casting was awesome, and the cinematography was stunning. We both loved it to bits, and would highly recommend it to all. A great way to spend a Sunday afternoon!

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Lemon curd!!!

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I had an urge to make something this weekend after the success of Saturday night’s mie goreng (which Rosie and I made all by ourselves, with tasty results). So I decided on lemon curd! I cycled over to Hypermart to buy ingredients… with a twist. I bought some strange butter thingy which wasn’t really butter, and one of my packs of lemons got cancelled because it was missing a barcode! But that was fine, all fine. I cycled home and started on the cooking. Looooads of juicing, and frustration over zesting, but I got there in the end. I had everything perfectly measured out (my butter came to an exact 12 tablespoons) and mixed together as the recipe dictated. However, I didn’t read the instructions properly, so, having heated up the saucepan, I poured the egg and sugar mix in and promptly scrambled the eggs. Undaunted, I scraped the egg mix of the bottom, cooled down the saucepan, and started again. This time, I mixed all the ingredients in the (cold) saucepan before putting it on the heat. The butter melted nicely, and it smelled great, so happy days there, but it wasn’t thickening, so not so happy days. I whisked and whisked and whisked until I thought my arm would fall off (I still have a blister from holding the whisk), and then after 15 minutes of strenuous beating, the curd thickened! Yay!!!! It smelled great, and I strained it into some jam jars. It made just over two jars, and tastes great! I am super happy, and will add it to my repertoire now. As with the baking of the cinnamon buns, it was a super fun experience, with a few hiccups, but a great end product. Yum yum!

P.S. You may have noticed that the floral shirt I am wearing also features in the cinnamon bun post. Perhaps it has become my Official Baking Shirt…

thephilosophicalcyclist: A Year In Review

Hello friends! It’s been about a year since the first post of thephilosphicalcyclist was posted (January 5th), so I thought it would be cool to do a “Year In Review” post. I’ve come a long way from first writing my “Greetings from Dhaka” post, and on the way have amassed 29 WordPress and 9 email followers, and readers from 20 different countries. It might not seem like a lot, but for me, it’s an amazing achievement that so many people are able to seeing a different side of the world through my eyes, and that I can be a storyteller for the whole world through my writing. With the coming of 2017, I wanted to celebrate all that has happened in the year of 2016, so here it all is in One Reviewalicious Post™. Enjoy!

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Home Alone Photo Competition

 

I had a day off school today! Woohoo! Exams finished yesterday, so the school saw fit to give us a day off. Also, Papa was at work and Rosie still had to go into school, so I was home alone! I could tell you what I did for the day, but that would ruin this entire post. Let’s just say my day was… unconventional. For a teenage boy, I mean.

So, the photo competition works like this: look at the two photos below. Decide which one you think most accurately represents my Home-Alone-Day-Off™, and comment it. If you guess right, 10 points to Gryffindor! If not… Slytherin wins the House Cup.

So here they are, folks! It’s all in your hands now…