Finally its the last weekday of the week.
Friday, November 30, 2007
Finally its the last weekday of the week.
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
LynN found my new idol!!!
Another Asian who was involved in Broadway Musicals.
Lee Hom is working on his own musical now, I don't know where and when is he going to stage it but, seriously if I have the chance to audition for him...
I'd be so............. speechless :)
Anyway, I got a callback for the Musical I auditioned for last week and another callback for a play that I auditioned for yesterday.
I am pretty happy about it.
I am an amateur so, I am already happy that I got a callback.
Saturday, November 24, 2007
A real American experience at an Americans' home
Kristy is my Malaysian Senior I met from Church. She has been here for 10 years.
So too transferred to Western from Sunway and did her Bachelors and Masters here and then got married to a typical nice and friendly white guy and settled down with three beautiful children.
Kristy is like a big sister to me. she even brought me to Walmart to get me medicine when I had really bad congestion.
So yeah, sweet Kristy invited Lynn and I over for Thanksgiving Dinner
We wanted to help out so she said she would pick us up earlier, but since Lynn had assignments to do Lynn said to go to her house at 4pm (about 2-3 hours before the typical dinner time)
Kristy called me at 11am on Thanksgiving morning.
Kristy: "Hello! what time do you want us to pick you up?"
Yenn: "owh...Anytime you think its most convenient will do"
Kristy: "How about 11.30?"
Yenn: "aikz.. i think its a little too early because Lynn wants to finish her assignment before she goes over. Can we come at around 4?"
Kristy: "Oh...erm, but we're eating way earlier than that. At around 2 something"
I was thinking..... wow... dinner at 2pm? ok.. maybe we're going to eat from 2pm to 8pm so..
Yenn: "owh, ok then. you can come and pick us up at 11.30. Will See you soon. THANKS!"
Kristy: "ok! bye"
We were both puzzled but soon forgot about it.
Carl came and pick us up, and got to their place in no time.
We were greeted by Carl's parents, Kristy and the three lovely kids.
I think Kristy knew that I was pretty confused about the dinner timing so she began to laugh when she remembered that I am a typical Malaysian who eats my dinner at 7-8pm-ish.
Do you know that.....
Americans have Dinner for Lunch and Supper for Dinner?
Where else Lunch would be lunch and dinner would be dinner for us..
I was like owh.... right.
I use to read Enid Blyton and I knew about that but it never cross my mind. I thought only British practice that.
Then again, since we're following the British in term of pronunciations and spellings, why aren't we using Dinner for Lunch and Supper for Dinner?
Owh well, we had a good laugh about that then we started playing with the kids and chatting with the adults.
Everyone was very nice. Grandma was a big kid herself, Grandpa was a joker, Carl made S'mores for us and Kristy showed us her AMAZING Malaysia collection of ingredients which she manage to smuggle through the customs.
For those who don't what are S'mores... I bet you'll love em.
We roast Marshmellows in the fireplace, then get a chocolate in room temperature and sandwich them in between Graham Crackers.
Bite em and feel the texture of melted marshmellows and chocolate in your mouth....
Am I tempting you? :)
LynN putting the Turkey into the super Deep Fry-er.
*We had deep fried Turkey instead of the traditional Oven-nized Turkey with stuffing the day before*
Which was good because we manage to try two different kinds. :)
Both were good in different ways.
Do you know... a turkey has both white and dark meat?
So if you feel like eating chicken and beef, just get a turkey.
You'll have both.
How convenient is that?!
I think I spoiled the picture :( I should have taken the picture without me inside. I look like a clutzy jacka**
*I'm so excited for Christmas!*
*Kids here are freaking tall. seriously! And they speak so well compared to kids back home*Kristy and Carl carving the Turkey
Collared Greens, Corn, Sweet pickles, Normal pickles, Olives, Sweet Potatoes, and Hors D'oeuvre. Not forgetting the Fat 21 pound turkey with Cranberry Sauce.
Cameron, Koryn and 5 year old Kassy
*I bet you all are thinking "They don't look a bit like Asian man!"
Cameron is the blend of both parents, Kassy would me mummy's girl and Lil Koryn is Daddy's girl
But to me, they still look white :P
Homemade Peach Cobbler *super nice and yummilicious* and Homemade Pumpkin Pie and with whipped cream
Then we headed over to Grandma and Grandpa's house which was about 5 minutes drive away from Kristy and Carl's
And they had a Mini Railway Station!
Then it snowed when we drove down to Indiana, Michigan City (not in Michigan) in a snow storm.
We were travelling as slow as 40 miles and hour.
So yeah, we were shopping at midnight in the Lighthouse Factory Outlet Stores. It was the Black Friday Sales and seriously EVERYTHING was darn freaking CHEAP. If only I had loads of money, I would get those Coach Handbags, Calvin Klien, Ralph Lauren, Nike, Areopostle, Timberlands, Adidas, Reebok, Liz Clairborne, Aldo, and MORE MORE MORE
It was crazy, I just wished I had taken picture of the line to the counters. People had to line up even to get into the shops in the cold
Some shops that only open at 5am in the morning had people camping out in the cold with TENTS. I'm serious!!!!
It was as if all the shops were giving free stuff and trust me.... Malaysians and Singaporians are not the only Kiasu people. That changed my entire perception on Americans are Laid back. Seriously, when it comes to shopping... IT IS CRAZY!
It was like we were fighting a battle and we had to strategize which shop to go to first and as soon as we enter the shop, one of us has to go line up without buying anything while the others go look for stuff. Then we took turns as longas there is a person standing in line or else we would had to line up for hours. Even doing so, Lynn and I stood in line for a whole hour!
Till Then.... Thanksgiving Holiday is almost over.. :( Back to busyness!!!!!!!!!!!!
Friday, November 23, 2007
Dinner @ Frat Village
We planned this dinner for Malaysians.
well, actually Jon did MOST of the planning.
We only went over to help cook, clean, wash, and make noise.
Those who were living in Frat Village (Chiweng, Kenneth, Wilson, Jon) and Yenni started cooking and backing as early as the night before the dinner.
We only went over on the day of the dinner at around 4pm to help because we had some stuff to do at uni.
Anyways, not many pictures of the process were taken because all of us were busy cooking and washing.
It was a HUGE buffet course!
From Assorted breads, to Mushroom Soup, Mixed Rice, Mashed Potatoes with Bacon in Potato Jackets, Roasted Lamb Leg, Stuffed Oven Turkey, Roasted Ham, Cookies, Pies, Sweet Potatoes, wine and etc.
No Doubt, it was a
it was a HUGE FEAST!
Everyone was charged 5 dollars to help cover the cost since the food was real-made-from-scratch-non-cheapo-ingredients.
Well, obviously it didn't cover all the costs. Merely half.
But thanks to the generosity of Jon, we all had an excellent dinner.
The Cooking Crew
*Mashed Potatoes with Bacon and Shrimp bits stuffed in Potato jackets topped with mozzarella and cheddar cheese*
Sounds good? :) This picture was taken before the Potatoes were sprinkled with cheese and "oven-ized"
This was my favorite part. :)
Yenni and I made our own Gingerbread train
But guess what, we set the Gingerbread Train beside the Chocolate Fondue which was not working properly. The Fondue machine vibrated the entire table till Gingerbread train kinda toppled over. :(
Worse, Chiweng couldn't stand seeing that toppled over train on the dessert table so he took it and dumped it into the dustbin within a flash. *sigh, all that hard work*
Hot Stuff Carmen and Athletic Ken
LynN and June
*look at the background, we even printed out the names of the dishes and the significances of pumpkin pie and turkey*
The candles, lounge instrumental and the Rock Star Drum makes it even fancier.
Chun Yee, Meng Chun and Siok Yee
Kenneth's tired face.
Well, there were many more tired faces. Jon who was super busy had to take a short nap while everyone was eating.
So yeah, people eat, people leave and the Small Fart Crew was back to work. Washing those dishes, wiping the place and of course, someone had to empty that huge load of trash.
We hung out and play WII games and then it snowed. :)