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Please DO NOT EVER buy an HTC :(

Pretty, shiny objects… I can’t resist.  Well, I can now! at least for phones!  For the past few years, I’ve been hopping from cellphone to cellphone as the newer prettier models come out.  HTC seemed to be the company that shat out pretty looking phones the fastest, and being a sucker, I couldn’t resist getting my hands on a couple of them.  What a mistake!  I’ll show you the culprits that I got myself involved with:

Specimen 1: HTC Kaiser (Lifetime with Kuini: 3 months before she gave it to her brother who uses it to today while going nuts every so often when it acts up)

HTC Kaiser

DO YOU SEE? DO YOU SEE?!!!!!

Specimen 2: HTC Touch Dual (Lifetime with Kuini: a little over a year.  Day abandoned by Kuini: tomorrow (Jan. 4, 2010))

HTC Touch Dual

DO YOU SEE?????????!

I was fooled by the appearance.  At first use, the phones were GERRREEEATTTT! The Kaiser was a lot of fun.  It’s keyboard was easy to use and everything about it was good. The Touch Dual was even better, with the exception of the screen being smaller, it worked really well.  Its keyboard along with T9 allowed extremely efficient typing.  It was wonderful and at the time, I never thought I’d ever dislike it… ever.  EVER!  You see, I’ve been playing around with pda’s since I was 12 (I was a spoiled little geeky girl), and I love gadgets.  I used to be absolutely opposed to the idea of having a pda and a phone in one device with the reason being if one craps out, it will take the other with it leaving me with nothing.  I finally decided to give up my stubbornness and give into new technology… too bad HTC was my first.  Both HTC’s ran on Windows Mobile.  Ever since Palm decided to go on a long hiatus from making standalone pdas, I’ve left and learned to use and like Windows Mobile.  Having Windows Mobile now together with my phone made life even more technologically efficient than it used to be when I carried around two different devices.  How great is that?  My phone can do everything!!! Play music, movies, hold my data, tasks, calendar, games (lots and lots and lots of them), pictures, videos… my new favouritest toy!

My love for the phones ended when I realized the major flaw in HTC devices.  You see, HTC  is great.  They have pretty phones and they give their phones so much capability, it can do anything!  however, HTC is cheap and they never gave the phone a proper processor and drivers that would allow it to do all of those wonderful things it’s supposed to be able to do.  In about a month’s of usage, the Kaiser started showing signs of “The Downs.”  It was slow in responding to anything.  It was so slow that I didn’t even want to use it as a pda.  Just to make this clear, I only gave this phone to my brother not because I am mean and I want him to have a horrible device, but because he asked very nicely and I explained the issues and he still wanted to have it to play around with.  Now, why did I get an HTC Touch Dual after having a bad experience with the Kaiser?  Well, because I’m stupid and an optimist and I somehow had a hope in me to believe that due to the uprise of unhappy HTC users and their numerous complaints and threats of a lawsuit against the company (HTC CLASS ACTION) that HTC would have made better working phones.  Much like how I ended up watching all the seasons of The L Word even though season 2 was horrible, season 3 was worst and season 4 was no better…  I keep watching, hoping that it will get better.  That was what I was doing with the HTC phones.  I was hoping.  Anyways, so I was wrong again, the HTC Touch Dual turned out to be worst than the Kaiser.  Not only is it slow at being a pda… it didn’t even know how to be a phone!  It was seriously a phone that did not know how to be a friggin’ phone!  For any other phone, the second you hang up, you will be ready to dial the next number.  Nope, not for the Touch Dual.  You hang up, and instead of letting you dial the next number, the phone hangs for about 30 to 40 seconds to realize that maybe you’ve hung up and you’d like to dial another number.  What a stupid phone!  and recently, its problems got worst by deciding to hang when I press the “answer” button and then hang up on the person while it takes its goddamn time to think!  And sometimes, it will have trouble waking up from sleep mode and I’d have to pull out the battery to restart.  What a stupid stupid phone!  argh! it makes me angry thinking about how stupid this phone can be!  Now you might blame me for installing weird crap on my phone, causing it to act this way.  Not a chance that it was my fault!  I’ve factory reset this phone numerous times hoping it’d solve it’s down’s syndrome, only to have it work nicely… for a day… before it acts up again.  Lesson here?  NO MORE HTC’s!

My nagging and complaints and fights with my phone in the recent few months have resulted in me getting an iPhone.  It was between that or a Blackberry.  Shawn has a Blackberry and loves it.  It is very fast and efficient as a phone, and great for typing.  I’ve always been reluctant about Blackberries and iPhones, but for a stupid reason.  I see so many people on the streets with them that they are almost uniform-like and I didn’t want to be part of that “uniform.”  However, upon researching about them, I now believe that there is definitely a reason why these two makes are the most popular phones.  People use them because they are good phones.  Not just glitz and glamor, but function as well.   Unlike the HTC which is all looks and no brain.  Now that I have an iPhone, I am happy that I do not have to deal with a stupid stupid phone anymore, but now I have to deal with a new problem: I now have to learn to use something I’ve always been intimidated of: Apple.

Alana promises me that I’ll love the iPhone for sure.  I don’t know yet, because right now, I feel like an old person trying to learn how to use a computer.

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Shepherd’s Pie with Parmesan Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Just so you know, I never properly follow instructions on any recipe.  Aside from baking sweets, I believe that recipes are only there to give you a rough skeleton of what you can do with certain ingredients.  I like to use intuition and common sense to decide how much of each ingredient to use.  So for the recipes I write out here, unless I find the quantity of a particular ingredient very important, I usually don’t bother adding quantities.  Missing an ingredient? just make one up as a substitute!  or add whatever additional ingredients that you’d feel would be good with the recipe!  whatever you do, just don’t do what Shawn does and put mozzarella cheese in place of hard boiled eggs… that… just… does… not… work.

Ingredients:

  • Cooked ground beef (I used vegetarian ground beef because Shawn does not eat meat.)
  • Diced celery
  • Chopped onions
  • Sweet Peas
  • Dried Basil
  • Potatoes (I like to use Yukon Gold because it has a nice sweet taste to it)
  • Salted Butter (or Margarine)
  • Broth (any kind, meat or veggie)
  • Minced Garlic
  • Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • Milk

Shepherd’s Pie consists of 1) a bottom layer containing the veggies and meat and 2) a top layer consisting of mashed potatoes.

*Note: if you aren’t using vegetarian minced meat, please make sure you drain the oil from the cooked minced meat before starting.*

STEP 0: That’s right! Step 0!  Which really means, the step you should really do first to make your life easier by the end of this recipe!

  • Place washed potatoes into a pot of water and allow to boil until soft throughout.

*You can peel the skin, but you lose a lot of the potatoes’ taste to the water if you boil the potatoes with skin off.  I prefer leaving the skins on.  Plus the skin contains a lot of nutrients and fiber.  Nothing wrong with that!

STEP 1: Making the “Bottom Layer”

  • In a frying pan, saute some minced garlic until cooked and fragrant enough to kill vampires.
  • Add the rest of the veggies (onion, celery and peas) and saute until onions are soft.
  • Add the cooked minced meat and mix it up with the veggies.
  • Add some dried basil and toss.
  • Salt and Pepper to taste if necessary.
  • Place mixture onto a baking pan and spread evenly to cover the bottom.
  • Allow mixture to bake in oven at 350 while you make the mashed potatoes.  I’m assuming your potatoes are already sitting in boiling water ready to be mashed.

*I added a tiny bit of broth in this step while sauteing the meat and veggies because 1) I had it lying around and 2) it will help make the bottom layer moist.

STEP 2: Making the Parmesan Garlic Mashed Potatoes (“Top Layer”)

  • Assuming you did Step 0 and the potatoes are now cooked and soft throughout: drain water from potatoes and place your potatoes in your favourite mashing bowl.
  • Add butter to the potatoes and mash.  Add just enough butter so that the potatoes aren’t dry, but not dripping with oil.
  • Sprinkle Parmesan cheese to your liking, and mash.
  • Add a bit of milk and mash.  I needed to add milk because the Parmesan cheese makes the potatoes dry.
  • All mashed up and good?  Take the bottom layer out from the oven and spread the mashed potatoes over the meat layer so that it is evenly covered.
  • Place the creation into the oven and bake at 350 until the mashed potatoes start to develop a golden brown colour.

I’d post a picture but the lighting is bad and my phone sucks at pictures.  I realize how much “words” are in this recipe.  I promise my future recipe posts will be clearer to follow.

Need a Sugar Daddy?

2009 is coming to an end, in a couple of days we’ll be welcoming 2010. What plans do you have for the new year? Will you do the popular “I’m hittin’ the gym and gettin’ back in shape” and make up excuses to stop one month later? or will you be doing something different? Perhaps you have plans to find a man, get married and have triplets by the end of next year? That was the conversation I walked into this morning. I work with a bunch of interesting characters. Anyways, the conversation of finding a rich man came up and someone suggested going online to find a sugar daddy. Surely enough, the second we got to a computer, we looked up SugarDaddie.com. Not good enough… so we Googled for more sugar daddies. You see, we have a coworker who is interested in nothing more than a rich, young, handsome man. We tried to help her out today, and this was the absolute best deal we came up with:

Papi, the 73 year old Sugar Daddy!

Unfortunately, Miss Picky said he was too old. Whatever… if she can put up with him for a few years and gain his entire inheritance, then she’s set and she can shut the hell up 😛 I’m kidding… this Papi man is creepy. His profile was funny though!

See, this one of the many reasons why you should not put your profiles and pictures up on the internet. It becomes public and people can and will blog about it. Ooohhh Papi 😀

For those of you innocent enough to not know what a Sugar Daddy or Sugar Baby is, here are some definitions for you. Yay! new words!

Sugar Daddy: A wealthy, usually older man who gives expensive gifts to a young person in return for sexual favors or companionship.

Sugar Baby: A woman who provides companionship and/or sexual relations for a wealthy, older man in exchange for expensive gifts and/or money; a “gold digger”

For those of you who are heterosexual males, here’s one for you too:

Sugar Mama: An older woman who buys extravagant gifts for a person and may/most likely will receive sexual favors, in return.

Orange/Lemon rinds are not supposed to be bitter

I learned this today after a co-worker of mine used orange rinds mixed with cream cheese as cupcake icing (a strange way of making icing; the taste kind of resembles orange yogurt). I’ve always been nervous about making my own “orange (or lemon) rinds” for anything because from past experience of eating an orange rind, I recall it tasted bitter and disgusting. Apparently it’s only the white parts that are bitter. If you only grate the coloured parts it should not be bitter.

Citrus fruit’s rinds contain a high concentration of the oils that provide the aroma, making them better to use than the juice or artificial flavourings for certain recipes that calls for a tinge of citrus-ness.

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I cried at Wall-E. After seeing it twice. Disney movies make me sad. I even cried in that Disney movie that starred The Rock. Go ahead, call me a baby ~__~