Monday, April 12, 2010

New job! Making lemon tea, ordering pizza from Little Italy, buying a new sidetable, Burger King, and tour of our kitchen

Woke up pretty late today after a pretty late night. We decided to celebrate my new job by having some wine after dinner.

Oops, have I not mentioned I have a job?

Haha... that really slipped my mind until I typed it out. On Friday, Schrobbenmaster got the call that the NS (train company) had given the green light to the NS Festival in October. Last year's festival was the first ever, and I had designed the newspaper for it. So this year, Schrobbenmaster's boss wanted to hire me again for the project if it was approved. And on Friday, we found out that I got the contract!

Now I can spend some money without feeling too guilty. I ordered Purpose-Driven Life by Rick Warren a few days ago from the bookshop. Been thinking about it for a while but kept forgetting. I bought a copy years ago when I was still in Christian Fellowship with the Life Teens in SFX (my church), and it was so cheap then. Now, not so.

Anyway, as always, here are some photos to spice up your lives.

Schrobbenmaster makes fresh lemon tea when the weather gets warmer. He was inspired from staying with me when I always bought Pokka Ice Lemon Tea (which is really delicious) to cool down from the heat. Fresh lemon tea is better though. It tastes much healthier.

Taste-testing. Methinks the lemon in this first batch wasn't ripe yet. It ended up tasting a bit lemon skin-ny, although obviously there aren't any lemon skins in it. Today's batch is much nicer.

I met up with Schrobbenmaster in the city one afternoon after work. The sun was out in full force, beckoning all the European critters out from their homes and offices. Sitting in cafes and on the steps of the World Trade Center.

That is de Bijenkorf, an upscale department store. I like their food and stationery section. Made me wish I had someone to buy Easter chocolates for. I got myself a pack of sticky notes in the design of cupcakes though.

This is the 'shopping gutter' on the Hoogstraat.

That's me Foursquare-ing in front of the little Italian takeaway. We ordered two pizzas and hung around outside till it was done.

The shop next to Little Italy. Really nice exterior, right?

Schrobbenmaster took this photo. Not sure why exactly it interested him, but apparently this bike is higher than usual? Uh... I think he meant the horizontal bars between the steering and the saddle.

The call that told us I got the job!

The pizza is really cheap and quite tasty. Wouldn't say it's the best pizza ever, but still nice. Mine was €6 for a large size.

Yesterday, we went back to Alexandrium, the furniture mall, to take another look at the sidetable we spotted for the office. Decided to buy it because we'd seen hundreds and none were as ideally-sized and coloured as this.

We chose a different, more modern handle for the drawers. Sad thing is, we only get it in 3 months! :(

After looking in some sleep shops for pillows, we found one that seemed suitable. I don't know how to choose pillows, but I really needed a good one because my neck has been in torture for the past few months and I don't know how to cure it besides having nightly neck massages and getting a good pillow.

My pillow was a good bargain too, paid €75, down from €150 because the shop was closing and moving to another mall. Yay!

Before we headed home, we stopped by Burger King because I was craving proper fries. Proper, meaning, American 'french fries'.

Schrobbenmaster having chicken nuggets, which he described as 'potatoes with a taste of chicken on the outside'. Made him light-headed as well, but I told him it's probably because his body is not attuned to the bad stuff in fast food. I advised him to have fast food a bit more regularly :D

This is what they wanted me to sit on! How weird is that? It's like those bars they use in bus stops so that people can at least sit and wait, but uncomfortable enough so homeless people and hooligan youths don't hang out there for long hours. But I'm there to friggin eat, man! Why make it so awkward?

Took a picture of the poster for entertainment purposes. Oddly enough, the time when I was snapping this shot was the only time we didn't have weirdos standing or walking by the window.

We had a family of women just by the yellow bin on the left, finishing their smokes before coming to Burger King. The mother had purple hair and um... odd (to say the least) leopard/snake print boots, like we're still living in the 80s. The also smoking daughter was dressed okay, but she had the oddest body - I thought she might have been pregnant, but Schrobbenmaster said she just had a really weird body, Big, bigger, then big and then bigger. And the aunt, also smoking, had black AND white hair. Not streaked, but like a skunk sort of style.

Bet you wish I had waited to take that shot!

When we got home, Schrobbenmaster made brownies to celebrate my new job.

So I decided to take photos around the kitchen to show you what it looks like...

It kinda looks like curry, but it's pasta meat sauce :P

The brownies baking in the oven.

And to end the post, our handy portable radio/speaker next to Brad, our second basil plant (first one was called Mister B). Btw, if anyone's looking for a portable radio/speaker, this one from Tivoli Audio comes recommended as it's reasonably priced (we paid RM700 in KL for it, but it's slightly more expensive now with the newer models) and good quality sound for something so small.


frachely said...

If you wanna have real pizza you'll have to visit la bella Italia hehe

here's wht i think abt the burger king chair: it's a FAST food chain afterall, they want you to go after finishing ur food instead of hogging the seat. hence the concept is exactly like ur description for the bus stop: u can sit & eat but not comfortable enough for you to chill. u know, like the yellow and red color of McD are suppsoed to make ppl eat faster? :P

schola said...

congrads on the job!

shoobaba said...

thanks schola! :D

rach: i still don't like those horrible 'bar benches' :( thankfully i have a small butt. how about the majority of mat sallehs? :D