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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Weekend Fun – Part 2: Sapling Sunday

I may have mentioned in previous posts that I am a member of the Urban Gardening Club at my school. The goal of our club is to reach out to the community and make people happy through gardening. Our current project, which has been going on for the whole year, is linked with the XS Project. The XS Project looks to improve the living conditions of residents of Jakarta’s many trashpicker communities, and JIS is a large partner of the program. Throughout the year, the Urban Gardening Club (UGC) have been doing fundraisers, sales and plantings to raise money to buy plants and materials to build plant boxes for one of the communities. The boxes were made and painted by our members, and all the plants and soil were bought using money raised from plant sales. In short, there has been a long build-up to Sapling Sunday.

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Weekend Larks – Part 1: Soprano Saturday

Saturday started off with me getting up at 7:00 am to cycle off for track. The session was pretty easy: I only had to run an 800m time-trial and help time the 200m time trials. After that, I went and hung out at the library (which closed at 12:00, boo!) and then met up with Mama and Papa. At around 2:30 pm we all went and got changed out of our smelly cycling gear into our “good clothes” for the big event: Rosie’s choir concert!!! Because she takes the half-year long Girls’ Vocals course, Rosie is obliged to take part in the choir concert. At least one group from each education level performs.

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Selamat Ulang Tahun!

 Selamat ulang tahun means ‘happy birthday’ in Bahasa Indonesian, and yes, it was my birthday on the weekend. I officially turned 15 on Sunday the 12th, but celebrations started before that (after all, why wait?). Rosie had  a sleepover at a friend’s house on Friday night, and didn’t come home until Saturday afternoon, so Mama, Papa and I went to Ambassador Mall in Central Jakarta. It is our favourite mall ever, because it is basically a multi-story, upper-class flea market.

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Oh My Aching…Everything

At JIS, there are three sports seasons in one year. Strange, yes, but good. First season is cross-country, football and volleyball, second season is rugby, swimming and tennis, and third season is track and field, golf and badminton. My friends and I decided to go “all out” and go for tryouts. Nathan and Jao Lok do badminton, and Ethan and I are doing track and field.

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Kiwi Kronicles – Part 3

The Eastwood family have left their campsite at Lake Hawea, and are now on the road to the highest mountain in New Zealand…

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Kiwi Kronicles – Part 2

Over the past week, the Eastwood family have been in their old home town of Island Bay, visiting friends and touring the city. It was a lovely week, full of kind people and fun times. But now the time has come to begin the 2nd part of the adventure: car camping on the South Island.When we last saw the Eastwood family, they were on the plane to Dunedin…

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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…