My LEAD Week came around again, and this year I took a two-night trip up to Pulau Seribu (Thousand Islands) north of Jakarta to stay on Pulau Macan. The trip was focussed on eco-tourism, and while we were there we learned about how the resort minimized their environmental impact to create a sustainable experience. We also got to participate in a bunch of environmental activities as well as team-building games. Sounds cool? The read on…
For this past term, I’ve been doing cross-country as part of the Junior Varsity (JV) team. It’s been really fun and has me pushed a lot at the same time. I’ve really enjoyed it, and as the season came to a close, we wanted to do something fun. So the whole team ran the Colour Run!
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!
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…
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!
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…
When we lived in Dhaka, we had a lot of staple foods that we would make as much as possible, but none were so popular as the cinnamon buns. They had their ups (when they were loved by all that ate them) and downs (when we used fiery cooking cinnamon instead of the baking stuff!). But they remained a baking mainstay for our family. Now, since we are fully settled in our new Jakarta home, we decided to make them for the first time in Indonesia. Our revised recipe is below.
The above title is an homage to my Canadian family, specifically the Franciscis. During the summer holidays, selected members of the Reed family went around Hamilton searching for the best apple fritter in the city, and the day was dubbed the “Friday Fritter Frenzy”.
Last Friday were parent-teacher conferences at my school, and since my parents weren’t able to get a single appointment, I had a day off. Alright!