Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Pineapple Lump Lolly Cake

Today I decided to make a variation of Lolly Cake.
For the non-Kiwi's out there Lolly Cake is a New Zealand recipe for a slice.


1/2 tin of Condensed Milk
120g Butter (softened)
250g packet of malt biscuits (crushed finely)
1 packet (approximately 250g) of lollies, typically these would be a packet of Eskimo Lollies.
(I substituted for Pineapple lumps).
Coconut to cover the exterior of the log once made. (I omitted this step, as I'm allergic).

1. Crush the biscuits finely: I put mine into a triple layered plastic bag, then smashed them repeatedly with a rolling pin. 

2. Combine the softened butter and condensed milk in a microwave safe bowl and allow them to melt together in the microwave. It took me about 45 seconds to do this (*Time depends on your microwave and settings).
3. Combine the crushed biscuits and the butter/condensed milk mixture into a bowl. Stir to combine. 

4. Mix in the pineapple lump bits. (I cut mine into two bits for each bit so it's not too large; if using Eskimos slice into about 3-4 pieces for each one).

5. Turn the entire mixture onto a long piece of plastic wrap. Shape into a long log.
If you're using coconut to cover it, you'd put the coconut onto the plastic wrap then shape it into a log with the plastic wrap.

6. Refrigerate for 4 hours. 

7. Slice into even slices. 

There is even a Wikipedia post about Lolly Cake:

Teaching English ESOL and other thoughts about Languages

Since coming to Wellington in mid - 2008 I have been working towards becoming an ESOL / ESL / EFL teacher. (They're all the same role - teaching English to speakers of other languages). In the past few years I've taught at a school for South Korean students (aged eleven to seventeen) at a Hostel as an after school homework Tutor, as well as an at-home home tutor for an adult student.
During that time I've taught more than forty students. 

I've been researching possible places to live and teach for after I graduate - as I've been learning French since High School, I've come to realise that France or the French regions of the South Pacific may be possible places to also teach ESOL, not just South East Asia as previously thought. It does mean I would need to drop some roles - but I have another three to four years before any possible move anyway! 
I still have seven or so papers to complete at VUW - so that is my first aim and goal. 

To Complete my BA at VUW. 
Then to get a job teaching ESOL overseas. 

I'm still unsure exactly how I will fund this, but I have another few years to get finances sorted at any rate. 

Being in a new culture, society and place is exciting. 
Having language problems - of being misunderstood, and on top of that learning the local customs and culture. It's all exciting. And scary.  Leaving family and friends and everything familiar behind is scary - and I'm sure I'll feel home sick and nervous. Thankfully too Dan has agreed to come over with me wherever I get placed, so I will not be fully alone in a strange, new land!

Reminds me somewhat of the excitement but nervousness of the contestants off shows like The Amazing Race, which sees teams go around the world in a competition. is a great resource too. A lot of ESOL/EFL and ESL teachers write blogs and they're often a good look into the life of a teacher on the road and in new places. When I go overseas, I will write a blog on my life too - as a way to keep family and friends in the loop as well as a kind of journal or diary online.

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Feelings and stuff

To be honest I am not sure what I plan on doing with this blog, since starting it in 2010; let's just say that during the past 4 years my life has changed a lot. I'm not the same person I was back then. My relationships have changed (love wise) and I live in a much swankier place now, an apartment. On top of all that I have my mental health stuff still going on, as well as Asthma (who saw that curve ball coming my way?!) If you'd told the Lisa of 4 years ago that I'd be living in an apartment in the city I would have laughed...

I haven't blogged in nearly a month now, I've had a lot of changes in my life offline...
such as I'm now adding to my career titles, I just wish I was being paid! (haha).
I am now a secretary for a society; as well as the Outreach officer for another society.

To the memories of this year...

At Te Papa, selfie in the art gallery.

Wellington Waterfront.

Make over with Brooklyn at Weltec.

Take Back the Hood, Bats show.

Above and below: art from Matchbox art gallery.

Sunset from our apartment.

Thursday, 25 September 2014

Girls who wear glasses

Well since I've been wearing, and thinking about wearing, more make up I thought this post was much needed.

So I wear glasses for reading. I am forever taking them off and putting them back on. Every time I do so I end up smudging my make up on my nose from the nose pieces.

What's a lady to do?

When the glasses frames and nose pieces rub off the make up - well it's not a good look. The make up ends up splotchy and horrible - and the glasses end up messy too.
The solution?

Go online and ask google.

Make up tricks to look gorgeous in glasses

Make up tips for glasses wearers

From sites like the above I found a few tried and true things to try out.

1. Be sure to remove all make up and clean your glasses regularly.
2. Blot your make up, so there is no excess to come off (onto your glasses).
3. Wear a good powder over your make up. (A setting powder).
4. Try a tinted moisturiser or BB cream.
5. Use a make up sponge to blot off excess make up.
6. Thin layers of make up are better.
7. Just keep your glasses on, try not to take them on and off as the constant friction makes the make up come off.

Anyone else have any tried and true ways of keeping make up on the skin and off the glasses?
Leave me a comment, I'd love to hear any others...

Vacations, holidays and time out.

So last week I went home to Taranaki for a while to look after my siblings and have some time out. It was fantastic - except for the getting sick near the end of my trip. (Siblings and I ended up with horrible chesty coughs).

I was very spoiled with Birthday Gifts as it was my birthday on Monday - I'm ancient. haha. 26 finally.
I got some spending money, some make up, a new hair drier, make up brushes, jewellery, and a delicious birthday cake. Sadly Dan and I spent my birthday apart as my flight back wasn't until Tuesday evening. Thankfully even though my bag was over weight - it was only an extra $10 to have it as a checked bag. (I initially booked with carry on only).

Tomorrow we are going ten pin bowling with a bunch of friends for my birthday celebrations here.
I'm so excited; Bowling is so much fun!

Monday, 22 September 2014

September Birthdays and turning 26

Today happens to be my 26th birthday. 

Happy Birthday to Me!

Many more birthdays to come and all those well wishes....

I have always loved having a party with friends coming to celebrate & share in fun times...
 Even if it's just for one night before we're split apart again; 
due to distance, work constraints, and living arrangements!
This year is no different, I have some ideas of what I wanted to do today - and I'll update what went down on a later post. But this year I wanted to be Home for my Birthday. Mum was heading away so it was the perfect opportunity to head home for a few days and hang out with the family.

When I get back to Wellington we are going Ten Pin Bowling and having more fun times.

It doesn't feel much different now from 25 to 26, because most things don't change much - legally nothing changes. It's not like 25 when insurance got a bit cheaper, or 21 when I was officially an adult, or 18 when I could legally drink... 

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Thirsty Thursday: thirsty for thoughts or some kind of tipple?

"You are beautiful like a rainbow."

"Beauty isn't make up."

"I always find beauty in things that are odd & imperfect - they are much more interesting."
~ Marc Jacobs.

"Life is short, choose happiness."

"Don't call the world dirty
because you forgot to clean your glasses."

What happens if... ?

Tomorrow I'll be writing a post about Beauty and some quotes around that, as a pre-emptive I've chosen to also cover a few of those "beauty blunders" we have among other things...

  1. Yellowed, stained, embarrassing teeth. You know the ones - where you're afraid to smile since you don't have pearly whites? Yeah those. Teeth whitening - does it damage your teeth?
  2. The hair that just won't be tamed, it can't be tamed, it's wild. Uncontrollable.
    My good friend Leah has the secret to wonderful hair and it starts with washing - or rather not washing it!
  3. What happens when we mess up common sayings?  I've noticed this more since deciding to teach English - the fact some people (myself included) can absolutely butcher the English language!  Ten common sayings you're saying all wrong.
  4.  I was on Facebook and noticed on a Facbeook group I'm in recently that someone asked "What happens if you don't bath regularly?"  Granted the person asking had a mental health reason behind their question - but from a science, health and well being point of view, what would happen if you never bathed again? Cleansing Myths what if you never bathed?
Tomorrow I have more quotes and it's the start of Thinking Thursday!!

Until tomorrow - L.

Te Papa Tuesday and going to the Library

On Tuesday I went to the library and returned books so I could get more. It's always good to have reading material to take with me for travelling. I'm going Home to Taranaki on Saturday, so I wanted to make sure I wouldn't be bored while going on the bus. It's a long trip - like 6 hours!

Below are some snaps I took while I was walking through the waterfront from the Library, across the City to Sea bridge and onto the waterfront to head towards Te Papa.

Then I saw these, giant ceramic pieces, plates or something, broken into pieces...

Once inside I wandered around looking at the displays. I wanted to see what the National Museum had to say about Women's Rights and how many "women" aimed displays they had. 

I did enjoy coming across the WoW 25th anniversary displays. Very cool to see not only the costumes on display but there are also videos from the show which let us see that the models actually danced in them! They're very, very well made that's for sure.
I was very impressed. No photos from me - since there's a No Photography sign up.

I wasn't so impressed (or happy) to see a piddly display up about Women's rights regarding the Abortion, Sterilisation Act of 1977! It's very outdated as a Law, so I really hope it's picked up and updated very soon.

As the act is from 1977, it's very outdated in terms of contraceptions being "available to married women, with permission from husband" as well as a number of myths which have since been proven to be wrong. (Like the myth that an unwed, unchilded woman shouldn't get an IUD since it'll 'be too difficult to insert'.)
[Not taken from the displays at Te Papa, my own views about the law.]

Here's some photos I took of the available sexual health items from the Te Papa display.

Over all it was a productive day - even more so when I wandered up into the Art Gallery areas of Te Papa and came across a "selfie" area - complete with 2 mirrors, one convex and the other concave to show how mirrors can distort our image;

Until next time,