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This will be my shortest post on this blog ever.

The only reason I’m making a post is to plug my Tumblr and my Flickr, where you can find some of the photographs Janet and I took today around Carlingford in between studying at the library.

My Tumblr: A Scent Of Evergreen

Flickr set: 27-07-09: Carlingford

Two of the best shots of the day:

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Keep checking back on both my Tumblr and Flickr, as I’ll be adding more photographs in the next few days when I get around to editing them.

Blog title, anyone?

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the life of the party

So, if you’ve already read Belle’s or Sandy’s or even Janet’s blog, you’ll know that last night we had a belated (exactly a month after her birthday) surprise birthday party for Janet at Temasek Restaurant in Parramatta.

I would’ve blogged about it last night, but I was too busy editing photos to do some writing. Head to my Flickr for the photographs from last night as well as all the other photos I’ve taken with my new camera.

So anyway, the day began with me catching a bus to Parramatta. I arrived jsut before noon and decided to have some lunch and browse JB Hi-Fi a bit. While there I also played Guitar Hero for some time, which I haven’t played in ages, so that was fun. I also went around to the camera stores and had a bit of an ogle at all the gear and lenses. While at one of the stores, an employee noted my camera and we had a little chat about it. It was a little awkward but cool at the same time.

I probably shouldn’t be saying this, nor should I have done it, but a little while later I headed to the cinemas to buy tickets for Janet and me to The Hangover, which we would be watching at 2:20pm later that day. But while there, I met three of my brother’s friends and they were hoping to watch Bruno- except that they were all fourteen. So they then asked me to buy tickets to Bruno for them and I wasn’t so sure about it, but luckily I convinced them to watch The Hangover instead, which was also MA15+ but which I figured would be a cleaner movie than Bruno. So I figured I didn’t really want them to be sitting next to Janet and I in the cinema, so I bought three tickets and decided to buy ours later. In hindsight, the movie wasn’t too bad in terms of adult themes/images, so I guess it was okay.

I met Janet about an hour after I arrived, and we then bought tickets. On the bottom floor of Parramatta Westfield there were two people costumed as Daffy Duck and Bugs Bunny, and a lady with a Polaroid camera giving out free photos to anyone who lined up. So Janet and I decided to go down there, and we scored a sweet Polaroid of us with the two characters. After some shopping it was almost time for the movie, so we picked up a pie each from the shop next the Woolworths and also an Easyway each, taking advantage of the “Buy One Get One Free” coupon (for both shops) that was in the free Westfield coupon book that they had at the information desk.

The movie was actually quite good. I had heard people saying that it was a good movie before I went to watch it, and it was quite enjoyable. Basically, the story is about four guys who go to Las Vegas for their bachelor party, but end up waking up the next morning with the biggest hangover possible and no memory of anything that happened the night before. Turns out, a lot of crazy ish went down that night, and the movie is about how they try to find out what happened and to find their friend who they lost on the way. I’ve probably cheapened it somewhat through my description, but I do recommend it to anyone who wants to have a laugh at the movies without wasting your money.

So, after that we headed just outside Westfield where we took some shots. Unfortunately there weren’t very many good ones; Parramatta wasn’t as interesting as I first anticipated.

It was about six o’clock when we started to head to Temasek, where, unknown to Janet, there would be eleven friends waiting for us. I used my cool stalling tactics of forgetting the way to the restaurant (actually, I really did forget) and we ended up getting a bit wet walking through the rain to the restaurant. I wasn’t really worried about going the long way (apart from the rain), since Sharon had called me earlier and asked me to stall for more time.

Anyway, we arrived at the restaurant and everyone yelled “Surprise!” and Janet received her gifts. Then I ordered and we ate. It was good food, we ordered (between two joined tables and thirteen people): Satay Chicken x2, Kecap Manis Calamari x2, Beef Rendang x2, Chicken Curry x1, Black Pepper Chicken x1 and one piece of Roti Canai each. Pretty standard Malaysian food (except the Black Pepper Chicken which is Chinese), so I was pretty happy that everyone got to eat the kind of food that is so familiar to me.

Overall it was a really fun day and a great night; I haven’t had a chance to catch up with friends at all these holidays so it was nice to see everyone again. To see the other side of the story, that is, from the perspective of the group that greeted us at the restaurant, read Belle’s or Sandy’s blog.

Also, don’t forget to check out the photos at my Flickr, also named The Passenger Seat. Also, keep a look out for my Tumblr, A Scent Of Evergreen, where I have constantly been uploading photos, too.

I don’t think I’ll blog for a while after this, due to studying and such. So until next time (which could be far away), do take care.

PS. Oh, and nice job to Rohan again. The last title was the song “Symbol In My Driveway” by Jack Johnson, from his album On And On. This blog’s title is taken from the Fall-Out Boy song with a similar title, omitting the “(After)”.

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Flickr Set: Janet’s Dinner



symbol in my driveway

So today I had my driving test. Despite all the wishes of luck you guys gave me (which I greatly appreciate), unfortunately, I did not pass this time. One stupid mistake got me undone, so my car still looks like this:

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I took my test at the Silverwater RTA. It was a terrible day to do it. For some reason the traffic was all clogged up all the way along Silverwater Road. I think there may have been an accident somewhere, because at one point we did not move for almost 10 minutes, and as a result the testing officer decided to cut one section of the course due to time constraints. Anyway, it was actually just before this long wait in traffic that I failed. One big mistake cost me the whole test; the rest of my driving was perfect, with a score of 95+%. So what happened was that I was at a 4-way intersection and the examiner told me to turn right. Keep in mind that I was freaking nervous throughout the entire test; I haven’t been that nervous in a long time. So I was preparing to turn right into the closest of  the two lanes on my right. The light turned green and I proceeded, but in my nervousness and also somewhat due to the sunlight in my eyes (not making excuses, but that’s how it was), I didn’t realise that it was not a green arrow and I forgot to give way to the people on the opposite side of the road turning left into the same street that I wanted to turn into. I hope that made sense. Luckily no one wanted to turn into my lane while I was turning, so we didn’t have an accident. Oh, and on top of that there was a stupid pedestrian who tried to cross (running) after the lights had gone off, so that added even more to the danger of the situation.

When we got back she gave me the score sheet and I saw that apart from that fail item I only had one or two other little mistakes; the rest was perfect. I’ll be going back to do it again the Monday after our Trials finish, so I hope I can pass then since I now know the course and its tricks.

Anyway, after the test we went back to Harvey Norman in Auburn, since my mum needed to pick up the photos that she had ordered on Sunday. I decided to stay with the car in the carpark and, since I had brought along my camera in anticipation of this, I went around shooting stuff. You can find the best of these photos on my Tumblr,  as well as a few from yesterday. You can also find my photos on my Flickr, where you can also see the settings I shot with if you’re interested in that sort of thing.

That’s all I have to report today. I’m going to Parramatta tomorrow and I’m bringing my camera along, so keep an eye out for some more photos tomorrow.

Oh, blog title? I’m surprised no one guessed the title for my last two. “Split Screen Sadness” is by John Mayer, off his album Heavier Things.



split screen sadness, part ii
Lately I’ve also been watching a lot of Entourage. Now, I haven’t really been into many series before, mainly because I can never be bothered to follow it in its entirety, but I really enjoy watching Entourage. Great show; my favourite character is probably Ari Gold and his relationships with his wife and his gay assistant, Lloyd. For those of you who haven’t heard of or watched it, Entourage is a series about four friends who live together, and one of them, Vincent Chase, is a move star. So it’s basically all about him and his agent (Eric) getting movie deals and partying and the likes, but with a lot of lols and girls thrown in. There are also side plots with the other guys- Johnny Drama (Vincent’s older brother, washed up TV star) and Turtle (a guy who does nothing a lot of the time except check out girls)- getting some action in the business, too. It’s an interesting take on media and the entertainment business. I’ve watched up to the end of season 4 so far, and I’m now beginning to download season 5. Season 6 is in filming at the moment, so I look forward to that also. After Trials/HSC/whatever, that is.
So yesterday I watched Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince with my family. In my last blog I talked about Angels & Demons and how it was not faithful to the novel and that annoyed me a lot, so I think it helped that I had forgotten the story of Rowling’s book at the time of viewing. I did notice that certain parts of the story were removed, some in key scenes (where was ‘petrificus totalus’?), but I think the producer/screenwriter did it well, and the movie did work for me.
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To start off, I have some very exciting news. Today I went to Harvey Norman in Auburn and purchased something I’ve been wanting for a while now: the Nikon D5000 DSLR Twin Lens Kit. Thanks to John for helping me out. Although I did not use his sister’s staff discount at Harvey Norman Moore Park (too long a drive), it did help when I quoted that price to the salesman at Auburn, and I ended up getting a similar price without the trip to Moore Park (since my parents needed to print photos from their holiday at Harvey Norman). What can I say, I love it. Photography is really fun, but there’s still a lot of practice needed.

Please direct yourself to A Scent Of Evergreen. It’s my secondary blog on Tumblr, and it’s been waiting in the wings for a little while, in anticipation of this camera. It’ll be a photo blog as well as a place to post little random things like quotes that don’t really warrant a full post here. It’s much in the vein of James’ blog (Team Nikon!), which has moved to a new address: Written With Light.

And now onto the second part of the movie post…

Lately I’ve watching a lot of Entourage. Now, I haven’t really been into many series before, mainly because I can never be bothered to follow it in its entirety, but I really enjoy watching Entourage.

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Great show; my favourite character is probably Ari Gold and his relationships with his wife and his gay assistant, Lloyd. For those of you who haven’t heard of or watched it, Entourage is a series about four friends who live together, and one of them, Vincent Chase, is a move star. So it’s basically all about him and his agent (Eric) getting movie deals and partying and the likes, but with a lot of lols and girls thrown in. There are also side plots with the other guys- Johnny Drama (Vincent’s older brother, washed up TV star) and Turtle (a guy who does nothing a lot of the time except check out girls)- getting some action in the business, too. It’s an interesting take on media and the entertainment business. I’ve watched up to the end of season 4 so far, and I’m now beginning to download season 5. Season 6 is in filming at the moment, so I look forward to that also. After Trials/HSC/whatever, that is.

So yesterday I watched Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince with my family.

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In my last blog I talked about Angels & Demons and how it was not faithful to the novel and that annoyed me a lot, so I think it helped that I had forgotten the story of Rowling’s book at the time of viewing. I did notice that certain parts of the story were removed, some in key scenes (where was ‘petrificus totalus’?), but I think the producer/screenwriter did it well, and the movie did work for me. As always, the movie had its funny moments, and I loved the awkward love scenes. The Ron/Lavender relationship was especially amusing. The only problem I have with the movie was the ending. I remember someone on the forums saying that it was good except the last half-hour? Well I agree. I think they spent a lot of time on the love potion parts and stuff like that without moving onto the actual horcrux part, and then they rushed that. Overall I did really enjoy it; it had me gripped for most of it. Oh, I forgot to mention Emma Watson. Let me just say that she was good viewing.

Hmm, MasterChef. I’ll keep this short. I still think Julie is not professional chef standard. I still think she should have gone home at the beginning of the week. Poh should have won. Although it was stupid how she didn’t follow the instructions for the tempered chocolate, and she left her sorbet in the freezer for far too long. I guess she paid for those mistakes. The look on Julie’s husband’s face as he walked in was priceless. You could really see the emotion, so I’m happy for them. She’s a nice person and a mother, so it’s pretty hard not to like her. Like a lot of people, I noticed that she used her patented touching speeches again today. Ah well, looking forward to next season.

I think that is all I have to say today. I hope your holidays are all going well. Bye for now.



split screen sadness, part i
Loving Norah Jones a lot right now. Her voice is so, so nice. It’s so relaxing.
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I’ve watched a few movies recently. The first, two nights ago, was Angels & Demons, based on the Dan Brown novel of the same name. When I say “based on”, I mean this very, very loosely. As a fan of the novel, I didn’t like the movie. The plot strayed so much from the novel’s story, and so many key elements were taken away and changed, which annoyed me. If you haven’t watched to film and plan on seeing it, I advise that you skip the next paragraph, because there will be spoilers.
There were many things that I was disappointed with in the film. The first was that the scientist that is killed at the beginning was not Vittoria Vetra’s father, but rather her “research partner”. Secondly, the movie showed Vittoria actually in the lab at the time of the murder, but in the book she was away, on an ocean research trip. This took way from the film because it took away some of the funny moments, including the parts where Vittoria enters Vatican City in shorts, where women are not allowed to show skin above their knees. Also, Maximilian Kohler was removed completely from the film. His character is actually one of the main characters- his wheelchair-ridden figure and cynical tone added a lot to the novel, and he plays a key part in the unravelling of the plot. Instead, his character was now the police chief. Furthermore, in the key scene where the Camerlengo brands himself, it was supposed to be shot from a video camera under Kohler’s wheelchair, but this was changed to a simple security camera with the chief of police holding the key to the videos. Two very, very important things that were changed: 1. The fourth cardinal, the one who dies by drowning, actually survives in the film, and even goes on to become Pope. In the novel, ALL the cardinals die, so I reall didn’t like this part of the film, although it was an interesting surprise. 2. The fifth brand, the “Illuminati Diamond”, was not the crazy ambigram that it was in the novel- it was simply two crossed keys. Hardly spectacular.
Anyway, I’ll stop my rant there. I apologise to anyone who read through that painfully, but I really didn’t like what the producers did to the story.
Another film is The Wrestler, which I watched last night. It was clear from the beginning that it was another arthouse movie, and it did play like one. Like most indie movies, the story moved slowly, but it was moving at times. It’s the story of an old wrestler (think WWE, but on a local level) that suffers a heart attack and is forced to retire, and then tries to reconcile with his estranged daughter. He also tries to form a proper relationship with a stripper he’s been a client of for some time, but to no avail. He goes through various jobs before he gets sick of it and decides to participate in a final wrestling match; a rematch of a really famous fight many years back. Anyway, he ends up struggling with his heart during the match, and we assume that he doesn’t survive after his final move which wins him the match. Overall, the film was kind of boring at first but it did get me watching towards the end, so that was good.
And the lastly, lately I’ve been watching a lot of Entourage. Now, I haven’t really been into many series before, mainly because I can never be bothered to follow it in its entirety, but I really enjoy watching Entourage. Great show; Ari Gold is awesome. For those of you who haven’t heard of or watched it, Entourage is a series about four friends who live together, and one of them, Vincent Chase, is a move star. So it’s basically all about him and his agent (Eric) getting movie deals and partying and the likes, but with a lot of lols thrown in. There are also side plots with the other guys- Johnny Drama (Vincent’s brother) and Turtle (a guy who does nothing a lot of the time except check out girls)- getting some action in the business, too. It’s an interesting take on media and the entertainment business. I’ve watched up to the end of season 3 so far, and I will definitely be finishing season 4 by the end of the holidays.
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Hopefully I will blog next week with some very exciting news…. etc.

Loving Norah Jones a lot right now. Her voice is so, so nice. It’s so relaxing…

I’ve watched a few movies recently. The first, four nights ago, was Angels & Demons, based on the Dan Brown novel of the same name. When I say “based on”, I mean this very, very loosely. As a fan of the novel, I didn’t like the movie. The plot strayed so much from the novel’s story, and so many key elements were taken away and changed, which annoyed me. It looked awesome from the trailers, but the actual movie just didn’t cut it for me. If you haven’t watched to film and plan on seeing it, I advise that you skip the next paragraph, because there will be spoilers.

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SPOILERS BELOW

There were many things that I was disappointed with in the film. The first was that the scientist that is killed at the beginning was not Vittoria Vetra’s father, but rather it was her “research partner” in the film. Secondly, the movie showed Vittoria actually in the lab at the time of the murder, but in the book she was away, on an ocean research trip. This took away from the film because it took away some of the funny moments, including the parts where Vittoria enters Vatican City in short shorts, where women are not allowed to show skin above their knees. Also, Maximilian Kohler was removed completely from the film. His character is actually one of the main characters- his wheelchair-ridden figure and cynical tone added a lot to the novel, and he plays a key part in the unravelling of the plot. Instead, his character was now the police chief. Furthermore, in the key scene where the Camerlengo brands himself, it was supposed to be shot from a video camera under Kohler’s wheelchair, but this was changed to a simple security camera with the chief of police holding the key to the videos. Two very, very important things that were changed: 1. The fourth cardinal, the one who dies by drowning, actually survives in the film, and even goes on to become Pope. In the novel, ALL the cardinals die, so I really didn’t like this part of the film, although it was an interesting surprise. 2. The fifth brand, the “Illuminati Diamond”, was not the crazy ambigram that it was in the novel- it was simply two crossed keys. Hardly spectacular.

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Anyway, I’ll stop my rant there. I apologise to anyone who read through that painfully, but I really didn’t like what the producers did to the story.

Another film is The Wrestler, which I watched last night. I don’t think anyone is planning on watching this one, so I won’t worry about spoilers. But, like before, skip the paragraph below if you think you might.

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From the get go, it had the look and feel of an arthouse movie, but apparently it isn’t and has won many, many awards. The story moved slowly, but it was moving at times. It’s the story of an old wrestler (think WWE, but on a local level) that suffers a heart attack and is forced to retire, and then tries to reconcile with his estranged adult daughter. He also tries to form a proper relationship with a stripper he’s been a client of for some time, but to no avail on both counts. He goes through various jobs before he gets sick of it and decides to return to wrestling and participate in a special rematch of a really famous fight many years back between him and some Arab guy. Anyway, he ends up struggling with his heart during the match, and it turns out to be his last; we assume that he doesn’t survive after his final move, which wins him the match. Overall, the film was kind of boring at first but it did get me watching towards the end, so that was good.

Holy crap, this blog is getting long. I think I’ll stop there and post the rest of it tomorrow.

Just as a side note, I have my second ever driving lesson with an instructor tomorrow morning. I had one on Wednesday afternoon, also. My instructor is like the cousin of a friend of ours, and he knows all the little tricks that you can lose points on over the course (I’m doing the test in Silverwater). So these two sessions are just to get my driving perfect and so I’ll have a really good chance of passing. Previously, my dad taught me everything, and that’s been pretty good except for those tricks that only instructors/examiners know. I’ll be doing the test on Tuesday, so wish me luck!

Anyway, that is all for now. Stay tuned for Part II of the movie blog tomorrow, where I’ll talk about Entourage, which is not a movie but a TV series, and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, which I watched to day with my family. But ’til then, take care.

PS. WordPress word count lies. It says “Word Count: 1575” when in reality it’s like 800. And I know many of you will pick up the blog title. Split Screen Sadness, Part I, get it?



let the music play

Just a quick note: that movie post I mentioned in my last post will be posted tomorrow, after I have watched Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.

This post will be about the music I’ve been listening to as of late.

My music taste has definitely changed a lot recently. I remember in year 7, Eminem and D12’s “My Band” were all the craze, as well as Usher and Chingy and all those guys. Man, those were good times. I look back and wonder “what the hell was I thinking?” All I did back then was go with the latest craze and listen to what everyone else was listening to. I remember going onto Take40.com, seeing any cool songs up there and downloading them on Limewire. Yes, Limewire. Awesome times. I was so naïve, and that was probably when I first started actually getting into music. I really didn’t know anything about music before then except that John Farnham and Human Nature were cool and the Bee Gees were okay, because these were the only artists I ever heard in my household.

Shoot forward one or two years and I only listened to indie rock and acoustic guitar artists. Remember back in the day when everyone listened to bands like Fall Out Boy and Panic At The Disco (back when they had the ! in their name)? Yeah, I was part of that craze. That was the only music I listened to for a long time. Throw in Death Cab For Cutie, who, as you probably know by now, are still my favourite, Anberlin, who I’d like to think are set apart from the other indie/punk/alternative bands are are also still a favourite, and Red Hot Chili Peppers, who I actually have not listened to for a long time.

I think my music taste has matured as I have matured. If any of you remember my blogs some time ago, I talked about listening to bands like Lymbyc Systym and This Will Destroy You- indie instrumental soft rock/post-rock. That was a phase where I somehow really got into a genre I had never heard of before and it was nice for a long time. The soft, gentle background music got me through that exam period and it was great.

After that, you might remember my post about MGMT and Empire Of The Sun. That was a short electronic phase. After discovering new post-rock bands, many of them were heavily electronic- and synthesiser-based, and I guess this stems from my liking of The Postal Service (of which Ben Gibbard is the vocalist, so, naturally, I like them).

From there, somehow I’ve started to like Hip-Hop and RnB a lot, mainly since I was introduced to Kanye West a while ago when his latest album was released. Some of my recent downloads include:

  • Mos Def – The Ecstatic
  • Mos Def & Talib Kweli: Mos Def & Talib Kweli are Black Star
  • Ne-Yo – Year Of The Gentleman
  • Ne-Yo – In My Own Words
  • Akon – Freedom
  • The Foreign Exchange – Leave It All Behind
  • The Foreign Exchange – Connected
  • Wyclef Jean – Carnival Vol. II: Memoirs Of An Immigrant

A lot of these have been due to James’ influence. Right now I’m really feeling The Foreign Exchange and some of Wyclef Jean. I’ve pretty much been listening to only those artists for the past few days. There’s just something about the beats and production of some of the tracks that sounds really fresh to me. They feel clean, too, unlike to mess of guitars and drums and things like that in other music. It’s easy on the ears.

Actually, I’m listening to Norah Jones’ album Come Away With Me right now, which I’ve been meaning to obtain for a long time now. Really nice stuff; soothing.

I’ve noticed my music taste has really broadened in recent times. I find myself liking songs on the radio that I never would have thought I’d like, and that I know other people don’t like at all. I guess I’ve grown to be more open with this sort of thing, and I’m no longer trying to follow any trend or be “cool” and go with the crowd. I’ve just been listening with my own ears and deciding what I like and going with that. I think this is a result of growing up and having a lesser sense of peer pressure and more individuality. Oh gosh, that’s made me think about English. Yuck.

On a completely different topic, today I went to the city. Picked up a few bargain shirts which I’m really happy with, but while shopping I saw David Lam and Gavin shopping together at General Pants. Does anyone remember them? The crazy baller guys from a few years back; they were in year 12 when we were in year 8. Anyway, they were good friends back in the day, and I just find it really nice to see them still going out together and hanging out even four years after they graduated from Ruse. This is what I hope for in the future. I still want to be hanging out with my high school friends throughout university and beyond, and for those that this is not possible, I definitely want to at least keep in touch online or something like that. Reunions every now and then would be awesome, too, just to see everyone’s faces again and to catch up and see how people have changed.

But yeah, I think that’s enough sentimentality. I really love my friends here at Ruse, and you’re all awesome people, so thank you for that.

Anyway, that’ll be all today. Expect that movie post tomorrow, but until then, adios.

PS. Blog title? It’s a song by an artist I liked for a short time a while ago, after going to a concert… Well done to Swami for picking up the blog title, “Too Much Food” by Jason Mraz off his album Waiting For My Rocket To Come. You can have twenty points for that. And also thanks to everyone else’s comments. It’s nice to see all the different opinions on MasterChef.



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Wow, what a hectic night. Well, it’s only because of one thing:

MasterChef.

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Most of you watched it tonight and boy, what a crazy episode and verdict, and the previews looked epic also.

I haven’t blogged about MasterChef since probably my third blog ever, back when all twenty contestants were still in the competition. I’ve followed the entire competition (missing out some episodes due to exams, basketball and other commitments), and it’s pretty much one of the most interesting reality shows I’ve ever watched. It seems that the rest of the country agrees with me, too, since the show has received top ratings and views for the past few weeks.

Anyway, so today’s episode was quite a thriller. I won’t go through what actually happened since I know most people watched it, but it’s the verdict that everyone’s talking about. I don’t think anyone saw it coming that Chris would be going home tonight. He was tipped to win, and most thought that he would at least be in the finale. I think what really swayed it tonight was the presence of Donna Hay (whose cookbooks and magazines are in many places around my house, owned by my mum) and the fact that there was that huge emphasis on the cookbook.

So basically Julie didn’t completely plate up any of her dishes- they were all missing some key elements, whereas Chris and Poh finished quite comfortably (more so for Poh). If the cookbook was not mentioned at all today and it was just regular judging, Julie should have gone home for sure. Her dishes were not complete, her chicken was a bit overcooked and Matt said her cake was a bit granular and not rich like it should be. And she’s done this consistently in the competition- she’s been stressed and panicky in almost every round, and I don’t think she has ever finished comfortably or without mistakes. Is this really chef material? I thought they were looking for a master chef who could perform well in the kitchen, under pressure. I don’t think Julie can do that at all. Chris, on the other hand, has the emotional capacity of a brick, as exemplified in his “brick” pocket/filled thing he made tonight. He would be a great chef for the kitchen. He’s always cool and calm and he’s been super consistent throughout the entire competition. His downfall tonight was that his dishes were not up to scratch and he didn’t woo Donna Hay like Julie did with her story of children and family. Yes, a lot of people who watch the show, as well as the contestants (bar Julia, ew), hate Chris, but is MasterChef really about finding the “master chef”, or is it about finding someone who the public likes and who will sell books for their franchise? He’s also got a great, straight vision for his future in food, so that should’ve worked to his advantage. That being said, his set plans and clear vision means that he probably doesn’t need to win the competition to get where he wants to go. I’m sure he’ll open his beer-mason’s restaurant regardless of his elimination.

But if the competition is about finding someone who can sell and who the public likes, then there probably isn’t a more fitting couple for the finale. Poh has been everyone’s favourite ever since the beginning. She was the only Asian in the top 20 (which appeals to most of us), and she has had some crazy, wacky, creative ideas that have been really interesting. Her style is so different to all the other contestants, and she’s young and not bad looking (yes, this is up for debate), so that all works to her advantage. And then there’s Julie. Every Aussie home cook mother can relate to her, and so she’s got that huge fan base. Her cookbook actually does sound really good (as opposed to Poh’s “Food from Mars”), so props to her for that. I still think it was a bit cheap to bring her children and family into it; that always gets the tears going.

All in all, I’m definitely gunning for Poh to win. Her style is just so much more interesting, as opposed to Julie’s regular home-cooked meals that my mum can cook. And also, I can’t really relate to Julie’s story of being a mother with kids and all that.

As a side note, but still on the topic of food, I cooked Spaghetti Bolognese from scratch (i.e. without using pasta sauce) for my family for dinner tonight. Quite proud of that, since I’ve never done it before.

Anyway, apart from MasterChef, there are actually quite a few other things I want to blog about. Notice the “categories”, so to speak, in my blog header above? Well, in the next few blogs I’ll be covering a few of those. I actually continued writing about the other things just then, but it’s way, way too long so I’ll post those over the coming days. I don’t want to hurt your brains too much.

So, expect a blog probably tomorrow where I will talk about the various films and such that I’m seen over the past few days.

But until then, take care.