Wednesday, June 30, 2010

What's keeping me from blogging less these days!

I really miss blogging but it seems like whenever I am getting into the blogging mode, something comes up and I get distracted.

Guess what?!  We are moving again. Moving to a better place within Sweden, Uppsala. The reason is that we have found out that our current Landlord is a clever yet crazy person. So the sane thing to do is to move out of here before things get ugly. Here are some examples of what he has done.

1) When we moved in, the apartment was in an unacceptable condition so my husband wrote down all the things that had to be fixed before we started the tenancy. So this way, when we end the lease, we will not be blamed for things that were not damaged by us. However to our surprise, we found out that the Landlord actually charges and accuses his tenants for the damage that was not done by them and does not return the security deposits. He does that to every tenant and obviously never fixes things in the apartment. To our shock, we also found out that he owns a few houses in Uppsala and carries on this scam.

2) In the contract/lease, he is to pay for the heating and water. So we were happy to know this, as heating can be very expensive as it can get cold quite often here in Sweden (at least for me). There were a couple of days when it was so cold (even for my Swedish hubby) so you can imagine how it was for me. The heaters in our apartment were not working. We told the Landlord about this and guess what he did, he gave us a portable heating element. Consequently, we have to pay for the heating instead. How smart! Till today, he has not fixed the apartment's heating elements. From what we gather from the other tenants in the house, he has been avoiding fixing the heater since last year. Do note that last year, the winter was one of the worst in Sweden in 120 years! Temperatures dipped down as low as -30. Poor guys! To be very honest, I am not looking forward to this winter. I get so depressed when it's cold and dark. Without heating, it's going to be torture!

3) In the attic, there were 3 students living. So we can hear them walk, jump, talk and all you can imagine. The floors are so darn creaky and in the middle of the night when the students come home, we wake up because of the noise. So since the time we moved in to this apartment, we have had no proper sleep. The Landlord lied to us about the number of people living up in the attic. He said it was only 1 student and that he was a 'good' boy. We don't care what kinda boy he is, we just want the jumping and banging to stop.

4) We found out from an organization that offers legal advise and aide to tenants that there were 10 complaints against him just this year and that he is the only Landlord in Uppsala with this kinda record. All the above incidences were confirmed by the organization as the other tenants have had similar complains. Their advise was for us to end our contract asap.

Fortunately for us, we got an apartment much closer to the city and my husband's work place. The price to pay for this upgrade is 3 months of double rent as the move in date for our new apartment is July 1st and we had to give 3 months notice to the crazy Landlord. However I think the new apartment was meant for us as 7 other people who were interested turned it down as they were not able to move in immediately. I really think God heard our prayers. Now I get my own sewing room just like I had in Singapore! I am so happy for that!

So now I am busy packing and I really hope I can get my sewing, beading and makeup mojo on soon. I am missing it so much. I miss dancing around in my room with groovy music on. Just want to get my life back together as I was back in Singapore, who was always motivated and full of creative energy.

Now who says moving across half of the world is easy? I have finally realized that it is not so! Now I really appreciate my spoiled life in Singapore. I miss my family and friends very much!

I hope to be back real soon and share with you guys my new sewing room and makeup set up!

Love Love!

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Does this layout work?

Hi everyone,

I received a comment from an anonymous blog follower saying that he/she was not able to view my blog pictures because of the new blog layout. He/she also says that it could be that the problem is isolated in Australia. Is it true?

I would really like to know because if it is a problem with the new blog background/ layout, I will let blogger.com know about it and change it. I want my followers to have a pleasant time visiting my blog. It means a lot to me!

I really hope you could let me know asap. I would really appreciate that very much!

Anyways, I have not been able to post anything as we are having some problems with the current apartment. It is taking a lot on me mentally as I am new to this country and I do not understand the language. Looks like we might have to look for another apartment soon. So another round of packing and moving. Just can't wait for this period of my life to be over and done with. Just that we have been very unlucky with certain things that are happening in our lives now. Really want it to be over soon!

Till next time, have a wonderful weekend and Father's day!

Friday, June 11, 2010

Beef Pasta (Singaporean....Uma's style)

Today, I come to you with a recipe that is fairly easy and is an all in one dish. When I say all in one, that means the dish contains meat and vegetables. This is a dish I came up with in the beginning of my courting days with my then boyfriend (now husband). He likes asian and spicy food. So I thought why not a fusion pasta! (So now you know how I stole his heart ~ the way to a man's heart is through his stomach!) 
Thanks to Eve, I was encouraged to show my kitchen skills. I never thought anyone would be interested in knowing what I can cook up. Anyway, here is it. 

The ingredients needed are:

1) Minced meat - about 500 grams (preferably beef)
2) Streak bacon - 4 slices (optional but recommended as it enhances the taste of the dish)
3) Cumin seeds - 1 teaspoon
4) Onion - 1 ea
5) Garlic - 4 pulps
6) Ginger - 2 cm in thickness
7) Lemon juice - a splash
8) Chili pepper - 2 ea (sliced)
9) Carrot - 1 ea (sliced)
10) Mushrooms - 4 medium sized ones (sliced)
11) Snow peas - a handful 
12) Basil leaves - a handful
13) Pasta - fusilli or penne (your choice)
14) Pasta sauce or crushed tomatoes (I am lazy so I use ready made pasta sauce)
15) Salt and pepper
16) Italian herb mix - a pinch (optional)
17) Habanero chili - half a fruit (optional)

STEP 1
Cut the vegetables as needed. 

STEP 2
Chop the onion, garlic, ginger and chili.

STEP 3
Start boiling the pasta with a pinch of salt in it in a separate pot.

STEP 4
Fry/crisp the bacon, set it aside and cut it into bits. Do not add any oil as the bacon will secreted some fat which can be used later.

STEP 5
With the fat that is left from the bacon, add cumin seeds, onion, garlic, ginger and chili and start fry it for 1 min.

STEP 6
Add the carrots and let it cook for 1 min ( the sweetness of the carrot will come out)

STEP 7
Add the minced beef and let it cook till there is no liquid left from the beef.

STEP 8
Add the mushrooms, let it cook till the mushrooms shrink in size.

STEP 9
Add the pepper chili, snow peas and the pasta sauce. Mix well and let it simmer for 2 mins.

STEP 10
Add the basil leaves, salt, pepper and italian herb mix. Let it simmer for another min or so.

STEP 10
Add the pre- boiled pasta (drain the water as we do not want the starchy water). Give it a good stir, taste and switch of the stove. Let it simmer in the remaining heat from the dish.


FINALLY
Serve and enjoy!

This dish goes very well with garlic bread.

Hope you try it!

Till next time, have a wonderful weekend!

Love Love

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

DIY project: Earring holder

I have a gazillon earrings and jewelry pieces (store bought and handmade by me). I believe that the earrings/ necklaces should be hung and not be put away in a drawer. Doing that will distort the earring and you will never know what you have. Now with a earring holder, you can pick and match the earrings to your outfit without the frustration of going through drawers of jewelry (trust me I have been there and done that!). I thought maybe this step by step guide will give you some inspiration to make one your own. You don't have to spend a lot to make this (promise). Use what you have and be innovative. Anyway, here is the guide. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask.

Tools and things needed are :
1) Pen knife
2) All purpose glue
3) Thumb tacks or board pins ( you can also use sewing pins)
4) Chain or wire (I have a roll of chain in my beading stash so that came handy)
5) Decorative fabric or paper ( the ones I am using are scraps of wrapping paper)
6)Ikea soft notice board ( I am sure you can use two layers of think cardboard too)
7) Sewing pins - optional ( To keep the decorative paper in place after glueing)


STEP 1
Align the decorative paper onto the ikea notice board. Cut away the excess paper. I am using sewing pins to keep the paper from curling up.

STEP 2
Squeeze some glue onto the notice board just like so.

Make sure to cover the corners as they might curl up if not glued properly.


STEP 3
Since I didn't have enough deco paper to cover the whole board, I had to use another contrasting colored deco paper to cover the sides.

STEP 4
Use sewing pins to keep the glued paper in place. Allow the glue to dry for 2 hours.

STEP 5
With the pre-cut chains (15cm), use thumb tacks to place them as illustrated. (This is preferred for dangling earrings)

Whoa la....
A home made earring holder YAY!


Place your beautiful earrings and you are ready to hang it either in your wardrobe/closet or your creative corner. Mine will be hanging on the wall where I do my make up and makeup videos!

I hope some of you might find this useful and try it out. 

Till next time, 
Love Love

(PS: I am going to make two more holders as it turned out quite nice and it makes a great backdrop when I make Youtube videos!)

Haul: LUSH (Fresh handmade cosmetics)

I just cannot resist the temptation of going into LUSH and picking out nice smelling soaps. They smell so good! OMG, I have never had any soap that smelled this nice. Guess what my darling hubby  likes it too! Anyway, these are what I bought. 


Whoosh (shower jelly) - Smells so fresh, I think this scent is suitable for men as well as ladies.


Karma (shower jelly) - smells like peppermint and some floral scent. It's a great 'pick me up' scent!


Bubblegum lip scrub - of cos it smells like bubble gum. I use it twice a week and apply vaseline afterwards. The results are super soft, kissable lips.


Soft coeur (the honeymooner) - If you like the smell of cookies, this is it! My husband loves this scent on me (I leave it to your imagination to why! Naught hubby!).


Hisuan Wen Hua hair mask - I have not tried this yet. It's nearing the expiry date thus I didn't dare use it. Will be exchanging for a new one at the store tomorrow.


Expires on 09062010


Mums bath bomb - Never had a chance to try as the bath tub here in this (rental) apartment is nasty looking. I will save it for some other time. (Got it for free)


You can even grow some wild flowers with this tag! Cool idea!


Overall, I like this company. They seem to have many products which might be something to try in the near future. However, I would not spend all my money on these soaps as there are other good products out in the market. I am always open for suggestions and experimentations! 

Till next time!
Love Love

Monday, June 7, 2010

My 1st ever knitted scarf!

I have made a knitted scarf.... Yay! I never really thought I could take up knitting in the first place. It was my move to Sweden that made me decide to start doing something while I was waiting for our items from Singapore. Well, it went like this -> boredom = ideas = spending money = knitted scarf! Hooray! Thanks to Youtube (http://www.youtube.com/user/cyberseams), I was able to look at some tutorials and learn this relaxing hobby.

Here is my lovely scarf which obviously has flaws but who cares! I shall wear it proudly when it gets cold here in Sweden!


I was figuring out the tension I should use when knitting thus resulting in the obvious flaw!



I have started to work on a scarf for my darling hubby. 



Hopefully I can finish this soon and progress to making a knitted hat/cap.

That's all for now!
Love Love

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Easy party look!

I am back with a new tutorial! Yay! This is a look I wore for a friend's Phd graduation party. This is suitable for a dance night out too. It's not over the top. I am all for classy yet foxy makeup looks.
Here are the pictures and products used.









EYES
Eye primer - Urban decay primer potion
Eye base - Feline kohl power eye pencil
Mixing medium - Mac fix +
Eyeshadow - La femme Golden Khaki #13
Eyeshadow - Mac Inter-view mineralize shadow
Eyeshadow - La femme Black
Eyeliner - No brand black cream liner
Eyeliner - Feline kohl power eye pencil
False eyelashes 
Mascara - Mac zoom lash in Zoom black

CHEEKS
Blush - Mac Vintage grape blush ombre

LIPS
Primer - Chapstick
Lipliner - Lakme brown lipliner
Lipstick - Mac Chatter box
Lipgloss - Mac clear lipglass



Love Love!


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