Thursday, July 29, 2010

Theme Songs.

I'm quite the slave to the idiot box, as my parent's called in during my childhood.

I do love a good TV show.

And even more so, a good theme song.

I even had a playlist on my old ipod called "theme songs" consisting of around 40 classic theme songs. This playlist was a hit and I would often play this at work or at parties. You have to be drunk to listen to TV theme songs though. And even more drunk to sing along to them. At a house warming party a few years ago, a group of friends and I stood around in a circle and we all screamed the words to childhood favourite like Perfect Strangers, Captain Planet, Golden Girls, Full House and Good Times.

Here is my 1st pick. I love this song. And I was quite a fan of the show too. I always loved Jason Bateman. Even with that terrible crew cut. He reminds me of Fido Dido.

Flashback Friday.

Nirvana - Lithium

I am a massive Nirvana fan. Most people my age are. My husband loves them. He lent me his copy of 'Nevermind' when we started dating and that was that. I was hooked.

This is one of my favourite Nirvana songs for sure. I'm turning this one up LOUD today and looking forward to a much quieter weekend with the family.


Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Girl Crush

Another addition to my girl crush file is Natalie Portman.

While she has only been in a handful of movies that I like, I find her beautiful, engaging and sexy.

Portman has professed an interest in foreign languages since childhood and has studied French, Japanese, German, and Arabic. A vegan and passionate advocate for animal rights and environmental causes, she spends alot of her time dedicated to helping those without voices, like animals and disadvantaged children.

I loved her performance in 'Garden State' so much that it started my own love affair with the band 'The Shins'. And the film 'Closer' is a favourite of both mine and James. She is so utterly stunning in that movie. And she proved she can hold her own against a Hollywood heavyweight like Julia Roberts.

Anywhere But Here, Where The Heart Is are great films too. She stars in an upcoming thriller called Black Swan, where she plays a ballet dancer in the production Swan Lake in New York City.

All images via weheartit

4 days ago...

After Abigail slept for 14 hours after her birthday, YES, 14 hours overnight, we had a slow start on Sunday and couldn't decide how to occupy our day.

The rain showers ruled out the playground and park so I suggested we check out Chatswood Chase mall on the lower north shore to see the recent renovations and to enjoy some dumplings for lunch.

Parking was a breeze, which stunned me. Hundreds of spare spots on every level, at 1pm on a Sunday. We parked and off we went.

I know some people aren't into malls, but after living in Singapore, I love mall shopping. And I've found my new favourite mall in Sydney. The Chase was quiet and peaceful. No loud music blaring over the PA system. I didn't feel anxious at all, which often happens when we visit Bondi Westfields. Can you blame me though, that place is mental!

We went down to Lower Ground to find a restaurant called 'New Shanghai' which I heard rave reviews about their dumplings. After a 15 minute wait for a table, we were given the rockstar table right at the front. Abigail ate all her packed lunch and love sitting up on the big red stool next to us. Luckily I had pencils in my bag, and Abi decorated her shanghainese menu.

We ordered way too much food as usual but couldn't wait to sample all these yummy things. As soon as I bit into the first xiao long bao (soup dumpling), it took me back to Sunday mornings in Singapore when we brunched on dumplings every weekend without fail. It reminded me of happy times in Singapore when Abi was a wee newborn and she would sleep while we sipped jasmine tea and dunked dumplings in vinegar and soy sauces.

Abi didn't try any dumplings but that's ok. She had a few spoonfuls of fried rice and then back to the drawing.

We walked off our lunch, checking out the gorgeous shops like Sass and Bide, Ralph Lauren, Natuzzi, Mothercare, Sambag, Seed, Alannah Hill, Gorman and more. I didn't get to Wheel&Barrow but I will next time.

Free parking on a Sunday afternoon, we whizzed out of the carpark and were home in 10 minutes. We really enjoyed our afternoon in Chatswood and I'll definately be back soon.

When we arrived home, a storm was rolling in and the view from the balcony was delightful. Abi and James played with her new 'Alphie' toy on the sofa. We shared leftover dumplings and noodles for dinner which were devine. Silky and smooth dumplings. And our weekend was over.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Dream House # 4

Inspirationally designed by Virginia Kerridge and finalist in the 2009 RAIA Wilkinson award, this architectural masterpiece fuses beachside living with contemporary elegance. Enjoying a north east aspect, sweeping ocean, beach and lagoon views.

$2.2 million is the asking price for this amazing house in Wamberal, on the Central Coast.

Features include 5 bedrooms, Japanese influenced gardens, sleek lines, split level design, commercial construction and high ceilings.

I love the suburb of Wamberal. It's right next door to Terrigal. But just away from the action and hustle. Recent renovations of the SLSC has really helped the beach front suburb and cute cafes keep popping open all the time.

I would be VERY happy to call this house my home. Sigh.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

DJ Lance Rock Party Hat

My mother-in-law bought this DJ Lance Rock party hat and glasses for Abigail's Birthday. Abi wasn't overly fussed to even try it on, but I encouraged everyone else at the party to pose with it.

Here are the best photos.

Nephew Mikey getting into the spirit.

My gorgeous brother Tim, giving it all he's got! 

Younger sister Louise, trying on the hat. Only Louise could still look beautiful in an orange fluffy hat!

And getting into a pose too. Such a charming face!

This is my older sister Jacki. I love this candid shot!


Brother-in-law Grant, sporting the do!

Cousin-in-law Bettina doing a fabulous DJ Lance!

My husband's much younger cousin Max. He is 12, at that wonderful awkward phase. Bless his heart for posing. He's a good sport.

My husband's uncle Tim. A very cool uncle indeed. Max taking a pic of him too on the iphone.

My sweet cousin Josh was very proud to strike a pose for me!

My cousin Matt, a little shocked at how funny he looks!

My Dad, even sporting "spirit fingers" for the photo. Bless his heart, love you Dad!

Last of all, ME! And I found Foofa so we could pose together. YO GABBA GABBA!

Abigail's 2nd Birthday Party

On Saturday 24th July 2010, my baby turned 2 years old. She is no longer a baby, but a fully fledged toddler.

The theme was 'Yo Gabba Gabba' which is one of Abigail's favourite shows. We had tickets to see the live show in June but it was cancelled due to licensing rights and filming apparently.

Almost all the invitee kids cancelled due to illness or, well, illness. I'm sure this will be a reoccuring trend because Abi has a winter birthday. But we still had the best fun, if not, even more fun than we would have, had everyone been able to make it.

I ordered a party pack online and had it shipped from the USA. The party pack included official themed party plates, napkins, balloons, and decorations. They had so many things you could buy, like an adult DJ Lance Rock costume which I almost convinced my husband to wear.

The party ran for 2 hours at my in-laws house in Dural. They have lots of room to host a party with plenty of parking too.

There was a colouring in table for the kids with Yo Gabba Gabba characters to colour in, a bubble machine outside which kept them entertained on the deck, Abi's bike to ride around the verandah and 85 decorative balloons on the ceiling which my nephew Mikey really liked.

My mother-in-law and gran-in-law made a pink 'Foofa' cake for Abi which was gorgeous. Abi loved it. They also made mini cupcakes which were a real hit. Abi ate about 6 of them on the day and was definately on a sugar high.

They also made her outfit which was a pink tutu, a white 'Foofa' t-shirt and tights. Abi loved her tutu and wanted to wear it to bed. She looked devine and you could tell she loved her party clothes. My nephew also wore his 'Brobee' t-shirt so he looked the part too.

Abi was really spoiled with lots of wonderful and generous gifts including a gorgeous wooden doll house, a camera, a tea set, a pink scooter, clothes, pj's, swimwear, some duplo lego, a bean bag for her room and so many more gifts.

We bought her a wooden easel, the new Baby Alive and Alphie robot toy which Abi loves. It's not as junky as it appears on ads on the TV.

When we sang 'Happy Birthday' to Abigail, she chuckled nervously and laughed. It was gorgeous.

Here are some of my favourite photos of her special day.

Abi opening her 1st present.

Birthday girl

Abi pondering

Abi with my Mum

Abi's Foofa cake

Tamsyn loving the balloons

My nephew Mikey getting into the fairy bread!

Fairy bread aftermath

My angel

James and Abi singing 'Happy Birthday'

Abi on her new pink scooter!

Birthday girl

Mini cupcakes

Food, decorations, party time aftermath

Point & Shoot.

Saturday 24th July 2010
Abigail's 2nd Birthday Party at Grandma's House in Dural

My princess Abigail turned 2 on Saturday. 2 years old! We had a wonderful party and this photo almost captures how gorgeous Abi looked in her party outfit. Her Grandma and Great Gran made this for her, including the Foofa T-Shirt. Abi loved her tutu so much, she didn't want to take it off until bedtime.

Head over to fatmumslim for more P&S fun.


Thursday, July 22, 2010

Flashback Friday.

The Smiths - How Soon Is Now

The Smiths are one of my favourite bands of all time. This song changed me. It's my go-to song. My shower song. My sad song. My happy song. It can be so many things to me.

It's been covered many times before. And this live version is just brilliant.

If I had Marty McFly's Delorean and could travel back in time, I would venture back into the mid 80's and have seen this band perform live.

Happy Friday.


Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Dream House # 3

Set upon 40.97 acres of lush paddocks, serene palm groves, and native vegetation that Magpies, Yellow-Bellied Gliders, Tiny Feather Gliders, Bandicoots, Kookaburras, Kingfishers, frogs and small marsupials also call home, this wonderful property sets the benchmark for native Australian-living.

This amazing pod house is located in the lovely coastal town of MacMasters Beach on the Central Coast.

The property operates off the grid for total independence. Powered by cost efficient solar electricity that further enhances the propertys sustainable credentials, there is also a back-up diesel generator that automatically starts when necessary.

Consists of a 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom floor plan. You could always add on another pod to the surrounding grounds.

This is definately a dream house. I love the idea of being so self sustainable. The location is fabulous too. Near the hustle of Terrigal and Erina, but near a lovely quiet beach town too.

This is going for auction in a few weeks. I'll be very interested to see what it sells for.


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