Monday, 27 February 2012

Daily Life: A stressy week with lots of complaining

WARNING: ULTRA LONG POST. THE KIND WHERE YOU POTENTIALLY FALL ASLEEP.

The past week has been a bit too much for me. I think I almost went crazy last Wednesday night when I realised that I had to pack and plan for the week ahead, because I wouldn't be returning to SB until the following Tuesday. I don't know how to break down my week apart from going day by day. This might seem long and boring, but I want to record the things that happened. At least so I won't forget.

On Sunday (19th Feb), I met up with Chu in town and we had Harvester for lunch - I can't find the pictures right now so I'll upload them later. We went for a wander round town and ended up spending ages in M&S buying pretty lingerie. Then we sped walked through town and bought chicken wings, rice flour, pandan cake, black sesame mochis, and then spent a good 20 minutes searching for the Micros training centre I needed to get to on Friday.
We caught the bus back to hers and prepared dinner...


可樂雞翼! We made Coca-Cola chicken wings which was gooooood. Hadn't had it in absolutely ages, so it was good to have something that wasn't the standard boring Chinese dinners that I tend to have. 


Chu was craving for 湯圓 (tong yuen), which are basically dough balls made by mixing rice flour with water. 


There are a lot of different ways that you can have them, but 湯圓 are specifically rice flour dough balls in a sweet soup. You can also get these dough balls without soup, often sprinkled with small pieces of peanut - these are known as 糖不甩 (tong but lut). Mochi are another type of dough balls which contain different fillings such as coconut shavings with sugar and peanuts, red bean paste, white bean paste, and black sesame paste.

 

 So yeah, here is my masterpiece :P


We also had pandan cake later on whilst we watched The Hangover :P


We kept the extra chicken for lunch the next day - I felt like I was at home and my mum was making me a packed lunch <3 sad, I know.


I stayed over that night and woke up for my Jubilee seminar on Monday which was quite interesting. We played the beer game for supply chain management - I definitely learnt more in that one hour than I do in a three hour lecture! Plus, I reckon I'm more likely to remember what I learnt from it.

On Tuesday, I spent 9am to 3pm with my PBL group, finishing off our research and finalising our reasons for the case study problem. We presented our findings, answered questions, and finished at 5pm. Tuesdays always drain me. Not eating always makes me grouchy. But not as much as Thursday finishes at almost 6pm T_T

On Wednesday, I started a piece of coursework in the morning, skipped my afternoon lecture at Jubilee, and attended the East Midlands Packaging Society conference instead. I got there extra early because of the bus times, and ended up having a conversation with the chairman of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3) without knowing who he was until he gave me his business card. It was interesting talk, but after he gave me his business card, I felt really self conscious and awkward because he was so.. high up and important in the industry ><

Luckily my friend gave me a lift back afterwards and I managed to finish off my coursework for the next day. I absolutely hate Thursdays... and this Thursday was particularly awful. I spent 9am to 12.40pm in the Food Production Facilities (FPF) with my group members for the development of our coffee product, rushed off to a meeting for Micros installation at 1pm in both Food Sciences and the Graduate Centre - I had to ask to be excused so I could hand in my coursework in between - which finished at 1.55pm, then I dashed off to my afternoon lecture at 2pm and sat with my stomach rumbling embarassingly through the entire afternoon until 5.40pm. Then I rushed back to my room, showered and packed, discovered that the bus times I had were in fact wrong, and that I'd have to wait another hour before I could catch the next one T_T By the time I'd got to main campus and got on the bus to Chu's house, I'd managed to 'lose' my university card. As soon as I stepped into Chu's house, she asked if I'd found it, and if I wanted to go back to look for it because it'd cost something stupid to replace it. Luckily she looked through my bag and found it wedged between some books. That night, she went out to a friend's house but I was too knackered so I went to bed.

Friday morning. Finally. If you've read up to here, I seriously commend you. I was going to cover what I've been up to in London too, but I figured you fall asleep if I don't stop soon. No fear. Next post, yah?

So yeah, Friday, 9am. I lugged my suitcase with me to the Micros training, which finished at 4.30pm. Unfortunately. Kind of. It was really interesting, but I'd booked my train ticket for 6.30pm because I thought they'd overrun. So kind of unfortunately, I had to drag my suitcase around town for an hour and a half.

Has anyone noticed how much I complain yet?

You know? Like constantly??

So yes. That was my horridly busy week last week. I have a feeling things will get worse over the coming weeks. But hey, this is what I get for signing myself up to this course. I enjoy it, but I guess I like complaining too. I feel bad that you have to sit there and read my pages and pages of complaining.

Anyways. I'll end it here before you all pass out. 

Hope your week's been a whole lot less stressful!

Priscilla,
Xx


Thursday, 23 February 2012

Update: NPD Coffee Survey

Remember how I mentioned my new product development module and how we're developing a coffee gel? Well, the link to my coffee survey is now live, so please please please would you be able to take a look and help me fill it in?! I would be so grafeful!!

http://www.smart-survey.co.uk/v.asp?i=47477snimg

Thank you guys!!

Hope everyone is well :)

Priscilla

Saturday, 18 February 2012

Daily Life: Another week later..

.. and I am now drowning in work!

To sum up the past 10 days, I have handed in my first piece of coursework this semester, been to way too many group meetings, slept at random hours, survived the cold during the snow, seen the frozen lake at main campus, watched the Vow, done some more baking, been ice skating, and generally had a really, really good weekend.

Talking of baking, we made pecan pie over the weekend.. I would show you a picture of the final product, only I forgot to take one -_- ... I can, however, show you what happens when you leave two slices worth of pecan pie, in a cake tin, in the kitchen, in my flat, at university halls...

First, I ate one slice... Leaving one slice in the tin...

Which was then partially eaten by some unknown hungry person...


The next day...


And yesterday...


I found this quite out of order... at least wash up if you're going to eat my food T_T I think this has something to do with the fact that I left out a plate of those rose-looking cupcakes for my flat mates to try last time, so someone probably thought that I'd left the pecan pie out for them to try too XD Haiii.

What else, what else?

I've recently started a new module which involves new product development (NPD). Our brief was to make a new format of coffee, so we're looking into making a coffee gel? What do you guys think of this? Would you buy it? I'm in charge of marketing, so I'll post the consumer survey on here once all the questions are finalised. Hopefully you guys can help me answer them? :D I would appreciate it so much!

How was everyone's week? What are your plans for the weekend? (I know it's already the end of Saturday >< But still!)

I'll try and update again soon :) It'll most likely be when I have that consumer survey sorted!

Take care :)

Priscilla

Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Daily Life: It's Been A Week...

... and I have yet to do anything particularly interesting.

On Saturday night, I baked cupcakes whilst the snow fell thick and settled quickly. For some reason, it felt like Christmas to me... which was strange seeing as Christmas didn't even feel anything like Christmas this last year. (I actually wrote the date as 2011 today T_T) Anyway. The cupcakes. I recently visited some cake decorating blogs online, and wanted to experiment with piping roses with buttercream icing...



Mmm, blue food.


I thought they turned out pretty well? I got some feedback though so I can try and improve next time. Does anyone have any tips for icing cakes/cupcakes? Please feel free to throw them in the direction of this cake decorating noob :D

How has your week been? :)

Priscilla,
Xx


Wednesday, 1 February 2012

I IZ BACKK.

Hi. I'm hoping you still remember me. I'm the girl who says she'll try to post more often, and then disappears under a rock for a month (+).

ANYWAYS, exams finished last week and I am freeeee (until dreaded results day and coursework starts to come flooding in), so here I am, attempting to start up blogging again. I haven't blogged properly for so long that I don't really know what to write...

On New Year's Eve, I went for lunch at Eat Tokyo and got the sushi bento.. I was craving sushi so badly, but I only managed to finish the bottom right hand corner T_T I asked for a takeaway box and took the rest home ahaha :P





Hungry yet? :P

Christmas was such a good break for me - I went home and spent 3 weeks with my family, stuffing my face, playing loads of mahjong, and spending New Year's Eve at a friend's house. Revision was a right pain in the butt because I'd done so little over the holidays and there was so much to learn, but it's over now and I am just waiting for Doomsday to come. Despite that though, January was a good month :)

Ramble ramble ramble. I know everyone says this, but I can't believe it's already been a month since the start of 2012. If the world really ends this year, then I should probably do something about the things on my bucket list. I should probably do something with (the remaining days of) my life.

I am going to sit here and promise now, that I will post once a week. Even if I have deadlines, I should always be able to set aside time to blog and just take time out. If I can spend an hour watching YouTube videos, then why can't I sit here and compose parts of a post instead? I don't take promises lightly. So I hope you'll all carry on supporting me.

I'm off to buy stamps and meet Natalie before stuffing my face with a delish burger (and most probably some cake too.. did someone say fat?!)  from the Farmer's Market on campus! Hope everyone is doing well.

How amazingly cute is this hat?!
Priscilla,
Xx


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