Iron Chef America + The White House

Tuesday, March 30, 2010 Liyana Hanim 2 Comments

As you my dear blog readers know,being an avid fan of cooking and baking,I love love watching shows such as Cake Boss(amazing baking chops & I’m going to download episodes from season 1 & 2 soon!!),Iron Chef America(I have lots of the episodes stored in my trusty vaio),Racheal Ray Show,Martha Stewart and many more.
Thus,since I have been quite busy with my practicum and dealing with my colourful personality-wise students,I didn’t get a chance to download new episodes of Iron Chef America.boohoohoo

BUT,since my last observation for my practicum ended last week,I managed to do so while hanging out at my aunt’s place in Mahligai (which had the super fastest internet speed ever—imagine the fact that I manage to download an episode in just 1 hour!!).

This episode of Iron Chef America was MONUMENTAL!Why??Because it was a battle between four amazing chefs and their secret ingredient involved the White House!The 4 chefs are Mario Batalli(I still don’t agree with the uber ugly Crocs that he wears...euughhh..doesn’t matter what color/how comfy it is,it’s still UGLY fashion-wise!My dad wears one too in brown,but he never wears it outside,only to do his gardening..hahaha),Bobby Flay(he’s so cute!),Emeril Lagasse(love2 the way he cooks) and of course,the White House Executive Chef herself, Cristeta Comerford.

I mean,the start of the episode was just so funny!How the heck the chefs managed to keep a straight face(I’m sure they did many takes of it!) with Alton Brown mucking about??He is so hilarious with the whole secret agent bit.

The best part of course was went Michelle Obama came out from the White House.It was like—tadaaaa!!The White House vegetable garden(which was the secret ingredient in this battle!!) is amazing!I loved the fact that she said that the president and the family loves sweet potato in response to what Bobby Flay asked her—which I love too(though I love the Japanese deep purple ones—so yummy & the colour just beautiful!).

The 3 judges was Nigella Lawson(woohoo!),Sigourney Weaver and Natalie something(an Olympic medallist swimmer).I won’t reveal who the winner is because it’s like so obvious!hahaha.


Tick Tock Goes The Biological Clock

Sunday, March 28, 2010 Liyana Hanim 1 Comments

Last Sunday,an article in The Star newspaper stated that more and more Malaysians are choosing to get married later in life or NOT at all.Because I have parents that have embedded in my head that I should put career first once I graduate and to marry later in life--they said preferably when I'm 27-29 years old & plus my father is dead set AGAINST me having a boyfriend while I'm studying---but it's okay for my brother to have a girlfriend though!Double standards just because I'm the only daughter & other blah222 reasons..-_-..

Thus,the article did not affect me at all..or so I thought..Until after the conversation that I had with Izza a few days ago,which actually made me a bit afraid and started to think about my future.What if I NEVER found the right guy for me??damnz..It made me sort of regret some of the guys that I didn't want to be serious with.Okay to be truthful,I get a lot of flak from my friends for being a serial dater and never leading to anything serious.

I've dated quite a few guys,had genuine feelings for only 1 or 2 but it never lead to anything serious because to be honest,I just don't feel BOTHERED(a British expression-as in,I could care less).I'm not one of those girls who text you for no apparent reason or call whenever they want too..I never even do that to my friends(we usually text each other when we want to meet up or call when we have hot goss..ahaha).

Throughout 5 years of pursuing my bachelor's degree I've yet to find the one that made me want to have anything truly serious with them.Here's the truth,despite the fact that I might look all modern on the outside, but I still prefer the guy making the moves.BUT,a recent story about one of my lecturer's love life and how she nabbed a husband which was by being really really brave in getting what she wanted,made me rethink about my nonchalant way.

Plus,I'm soo not one of those cutesy2 girls who talks in a cute way or is all 'manja2' all the time(I am manja sometimes but not all the time!) and I don't like being joined at the hip and has to follow my boyfriend everywhere he goes or have to see each other everyday kind of thing.If others are like that,that's great but I'm not going to pretend that,that's me!Plus,I don't like being asked where did I go just now,what did I do--even my own family members know that this irritates me.

It's like this,I'm soo used to being single and comfortable being one that being in a relationship and the steps leading up to it makes me very uncomfortable.Thus,I'll need a MAN who's emotionally secure and one that I can depend on because I'm used to being independent, that it's good sometimes when you can depend on others instead.:)

BUT if worse come to worse,I'll accept my parents choice of a man that I should marry.Because like what I told my mum,if it ends with a divorce,it won't be my fault cos' they're the one who choose him..lols!


Movie Reviews

Sunday, March 28, 2010 Liyana Hanim 0 Comments

1.The Blindside
Sandra Bullock won an Oscar for her role in this movie and being a fan of hers,I thought I should watch this much talked about movie.By the way,this movie is based on a true story and Leigh Anne was actually at the Oscars when Sandra Bullock won an Oscar for her portrayal of her in The Blindside.

When I first watched it,my heart reached out to Michael. He makes me feel really sad and looking at his expression and his clothes and the fact that at the start of the movie he only has a couch on someone else’s house as a place to stay,was just utterly heartbreaking.He looked like a big teddy bear that needs a good hug.Oh,the title of the movie refers to the game of American Football which was explained by Sandra at the start of the movie but when people talk about sports,it goes right through doesn't register to me..:P

I cried when Michael said to Leigh Anne that he never had a bed to sleep in before when Leigh Anne thought that he never had a room of his own.That was so sad!And man,I admire Leigh Anne so much!I can only say that it’s a really really great movie which emphasize on love and family which Leigh Anne has so much to give and I admire her for that.

I hardly recognized Tim McGraw with his beard shaved off,playing Sean and Lily Collins--daughter of Phil Collins—duh & how appropriate that she’s playing Leigh Anne’s daughter whose name is Collins--looked really really beautiful! SJ character is just so cute and funny!!!I loved the part whereby he trained Michael for football.hehehe.I’d give this movie 4.5 out 5.People should definitely go and watch it!!!!I want to watch the movie all over again!!:)


Man,I've been waiting to watch this movie &I've to say that it disappointed me.I love Alexis Bledel & am a big fan of hers & think that she's one of the most gorgeous celebs in the world.BUT,I hate the ending of this movie.I can however identify with what she's going through in the movie because I am about to embark into the working world in a couple of months myself(insyallah).

Fashion-wise,I like the fact that in the movie she wears this big manly watch like I do which to me is so chic!Like Rachel Zoe(fashion stylist extraordinaire) said,she likes her watch to cover her wrist.

This is such a spoiler but I hate the fact that Ryden,after getting the job that she so badly wanted,left it just so she could go to Columbia & tell Adam that she loves him.Like QUIT the freaking job opportunity that's so hard to come where the heck is the logic in that??Why can't she just tell him that she loves him and keep the job too??Only in movies people,only in movies.Sigh.I'd give it 3 out of 5 just because I love Alexis and her hot neighbour David.But I would love someone like Adam as a boyfriend because he is so funny & sweet!


Movies that I recently watched

Monday, March 15, 2010 Liyana Hanim 2 Comments

Yeah2,I know I’ve been abandoning this blog for quite sometime.I mean,what’s the point of having a blog if you don’t update it frequently right?BUT I have a reasonable excuse in doing so..Been busy with my practicum and catching up with my friends.This week is school holiday thus I am free(sort-of) for 1 week.Have soo many things to do and I’m looking forward towards a few things that’ll happen soon.:).

Oh,are you guys watching the current season of American Idol??Is it me or is it getting more and more boring?Somebody please breathe some life into the show!I still like Didi Benami & the youngest guy(I still forgot his name again!).

Below are some of the movies that I’ve watched these past few weeks.

1.My sister’s keeper

I watched the trailer of this movie late last year I think, or was it early this year..but the point is,I was puzzled why a girl would be selfish and doesn’t want to give her kidney to save her sister’s life?When I watched the movie and as the story unfolds, when Anna decided to sue her parents over the rights of her own body,I was still dumbfounded but in a way iget the pain that Anna had to endure because she was a designer baby conceived to help her sister Kate who have leukemia to live.

The movie was great and I thought Cameron Diaz did a great job especially the part where she fight with her husband when he wanted to take them all to the beach.Some things puzzle me thus I think I’d buy the book to get a clearer picture like... why Jesse likes to hang out by the road side at the Red Light District?It’s understandable if he goes there to get ‘some’, but, all he does is sit by the roadside and stare....

And oh Taylor Ambrose is HOT.He is Kate's boyfriend and they met while they were getting treatments.He is just the sweetest thing ever and he makes looking bald because of cancer HOT.:P

2.Julie and Julia

Ahh,I bought the book for this movie in the year 2008 and it was a chance encounter because I’ve never heard about the book before but the cover catch my eye.As I recall,I think I bought the book at a warehouse sale.As I read it,I was amazed at Julie’s determination on wanting to cook ALL the recipes in one THICK cookbook for 1 year.

Now,the movie on the other hand, is a combination of 2 books.1 is the book Julie & Julia while the other one is a book of a collection of Julia Child’s husband,Paul letter’s.Now,as an avid cook and one who was exposed to cooking at a young age(thanks to my maternal grandmother,my only grandparent that is still in this world)this movie made me actually want to write a cookbook!

I swear that straight after the movie ended I made chocolate pudding(inspired by the chocolate cream pie that Julia made at the start of the movie) and crème caramel because the movie was just great!I like the fact that Meryl was totally transformed into Julia Child and even her voice was different!Amy Adams did a great job too and it looked like she gained a few pounds for the part.

3.My name is Khan
I watched the trailer of this movie around 2 months ago and I was intrigued to watch it because to tell the truth,I am not one for Hindi movies but I thought Shah Rukh Khan looked great in it and the storyline looks promising.Boy was I wrong when I finally watched it.

I guess now I know why the movie that actually tackles quite a few important issues didn’t become that well known.The intention of the movie was great but the execution quite frankly,didn’t come through. The saying is true that' too many cooks spoils the broth'.. because the movie had too many heavy issues in one movie from dealing with Asperger syndrome, racial discrimination and interracial marriage and it became one big mess.

BUT there are good things about the movie too.SRK’s(Shah Rukh Khan) acting was great.He managed to make a person who has Asperger come off as charming and cute(if you watched Grey’s Anatomy,there was a doctor who had Asperger and there’s many tv series in the States that have a character with Asperger ).I t didn’t hurt the fact that he looked good even at his current age!But I thought that there some scenes that made me rolled my eyes because it was soo farfetched and illogical.All in all,people should watch this movie because of its message and for SRK’s acting chops alone.

Movies that I have but haven't watched yet:The Blindside(can't wait to watch Sandra Bullock's Oscar winning performance) & Post Grad!


Hectic but fun

Thursday, March 04, 2010 Liyana Hanim 3 Comments

Update:I just realize that I have 106 people following me on Twitter--are my tweets that interesting?lolss

I’ve been pretty busy last week & this week too..The school sports day was last Tuesday and it was fun because we were screaming our lungs out, supporting the students who ran in the relay, took pics and some of them are below.

The weekend was spent with my family. Below is a picture of my 3 brothers (I am the eldest & the only girl aka the

The picture was taken during one of our rare family lunch. Rare because my brother Haziq (the 1 in the middle) is studying at UiTM Segamat.Let’s talk a little bit about them because I rarely put up pics of my family here.The one in the middle,Haziq, is the only one that is taken & he has a pretty girlfriend, which was my mum’s word and I agree too.hehe.He is 6 feet tall and just turned 20 on 12th of Feb. He eats a LOT and sleeps a lot too.Nobody messes with my brothers at school because they know that he’ll beat them up when he gets back from uni

The second brother is Syafiq who is 17 years old and I’m very very hard on him. I nag and scold him a lot because at times he deserve it.ahaha.But he is very generous to his friends to a fault and both me & my mum like to nag him about that too.He buys extravagant stuff for them and even lends them his stuffs.
Although I’m very hard on him,he knows that I love him and last Saturday I taught him how to make rice krispries treats because he wants to sell it as a school project or whatnot. He is very the metrosexual kind of guy in the sense that he wears Loreal face products for men—yes,the one with the Vitamin C in it--,he buys lots of hairproducts, clothes and accessories too.I guess,the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree..hehe.

The last one is Raffiq,who’s 15 years old BUT he is much taller than me.Can you believe it??He’s only 15 & much taller than me & he likes to remind me about it,many times.I told my family that whoever becomes Raffiq’s girlfriend/wife will suffer because he is a VERY picky eater.His ‘makanan ruji’ are chocolate chip cookies, pizza(just cheese+tomato sauce,NO TOPPINGS at all—he’ll take out all of the toppings until there’s only cheese on top), anything in a shell(cockles,mussels,oysters)crossaint and fried chicken. He doesn’t like lauk-pauk Melayu at ALL(except for my mum's/grandma's daging goreng dish)!He is the most ‘dennis the menace’ brother of all because he can be so rude at times.

Amidst all the hectic, I managed to watch 2 movies at the cinema(Valentine’s Day & Percy Jackson) and 2 on dvd’s(Sherlock Holmes & Old Dog)

Percy Jackson to me, although the storyline was predictable, nonetheless, it was enjoyable. I love adventure/fantasy journey movies that involves a bunch of friends. It was a fun ride, watching the movie and I especially love the part when they took the Maserati. Road trip in a Maserati? Coolness! Plus it didn’t hurt the fact that Percy is so cute..and I love the fact that Annabeth is a strong representation of a girl and not some waiflike damsel in distress type.bleargh. The movie got me interested in Greek mythology because before this I only knew a few stuffs like about Zeus,Hercules and Aphrodite.

Valentine’s Day turns out to be a comedy, in a good way. It doesn’t make people who are single goes all damn; ‘I wish I had a girlfriend/boyfriend’ if you watch it. There were many LOL moments in the movie. Although people gave Taylor Swift a lot of flack over her character in the movie, I thought that her character was one of the funniest and bimbo-est. I’ll always remember the ‘spit’ line, the way she dances, the ‘walk it off’ line to Taylor Lautner and the fact that she’s obsess with her big teddy bear.

My favourite scene has got to be one of the earliest scene..the one involving the LA Flower Market.There were so many beautiful flowers!I love love Siena Bouquet because they have a tiny bakery inside the flower shop.I want to open one too!!:)

Sherlock Holmes was awesome!Robert Downey Jr & Jude Law combination actually worked!I actually loved Jude Law as Watson.The plot was great too because I almost believed that it was sorcery that Blackwood was practicing.But of course,everything have a logical explanation.Robert Downey played a very dapper and funny Sherlock Holmes and albeit a very unkempt one.hehe.BUT,Rachel McAdams totally paled in comparison to both the male leads.

Old Dog was funny and I love the fact that the whole Travolta family was involved in the movie. His real wife and only daughter played Robin William’s wife and daughter.Seth Green character was so funny and I love the gorilla part.The movie is a celebration of friendship and family which I loved.
Ok,back to reality&back to my going-at-a-snail pace AE...:(