Archive for May, 2011

May 31, 2011

Obsession with Bridges

As I have mentioned before, I have a bucket list (http://teenithiy.tumblr.com/bucketlist) and recently I have added the following…
42. To cross the following bridges: Gateshead Millennium, London
43. Millau Viaduct, Southern France
44. Magdeburg Water, Germany
45. Oresund, Copenhagen, Denmark and Sweden
46. Erasmusbrug, Rotterdam, Netherlands
47. Bosphorus, Istanbul
48. Golden Gate, San Francisco
49. Coronado, San Diego
50. Sydney Harbour, Australia
51. Kintai, Japan
52. Akashi-Kaikyo, Japan
53. Hangzhou Bay, China
54. Tsing Ma, Hong Kong
55. Fehmarn Belt, Baltic Sea, German and Denmark (when completed in 2018)

I have a fetish for amazing architecture!

Some of the bridges above are just world-class:

 Golden Gate Bridge

 Coronado Bridge

Some are just so clever…

 Magdeburg Water Bridge

 Hangzhou Bay Bridge

But some are just absolutely stunning…

 Millau Viaduct Bridge

 Kintai Bridge

Although not all the best bridges are on my list of things to do before I die, the following may be a good place to start:
Gateshead Millennium, Humber Estuary and the Second Severn Crossing.

I shall keep you posted with how I get on.

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May 30, 2011

Homemade latte

Don’t get me wrong, a cup of tea is lovely, but coffee is something I cannot live without! It all started a few years ago, when exams began to get serious and all nighters were the key. My friends took me to Starbucks to buy me the most luscious latte and from then on, I haven’t passed a Starbucks or Costa and not bought a cup of coffee.

However, now that I have sixteen exams in the space of two months, I have realised that my bank account does not stretch for a few professional cups of coffee every time I decide to have an all nighter. So I went on a hunt.

Before I say any more… the following recipe is not mine. I found it on a blog when searching using Google: http://zhoodles.blogspot.com/2008/01/how-to-make-professional-latte-with.html. I am not trying to take credit for the following recipe.

Top recipe for a frothy latte coffee that you can make at home without any fancy percolator or whatnot. Unless you count one of those cheapy electric coffee whisks as fancy.

You will need;
A microwave
A Cheapy electric coffee whisk

Ingredients (for one mug);
1 tsp coffee granules (any will do)
1tsp sugar (optional)
1 part water
2 parts milk

Step 1
Boil the kettle

Step 2
Place in the mug which you will be drinking out of the sugar and coffee granules an sugar and a splash of milk. With a teaspoon mix until you have a dark brown paste.

Step 3
In another mug pour in the rest of the milk and microwave on full power for 1 minute 20 seconds (roughly).

Step 4
When the kettle boils fill the mug which you will be drinking out of 1/3 full. Stir.

Step 5
When the microwave got ping take out the milks and whisk using the electric whisk for about a minute or so making sure that you slowly lift the whisk out of the mug, whilst on, to create a foam on top of the milk. Then pour the milk slowly into the other mug. Stir again and serve.

This is a Godsend.

Seeing as the weather is amazing today… I am off to make myself an iced latte. Enjoy the recipe above (and I repeat, it is not mine!) and have a good day.

May 27, 2011

Collection of thoughts

I have just finished watching The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.  Prior to which I watched Harry Potter: The Deathly Hallows, Part 1. Both of these films are amazing. (Of course the books are classics and cannot be beaten.) The ending of TVOTDT is touching and, as I am a huge fan of morals, teaches great lessons. The Deathly Hallows… well the movie speaks for itself. As you all probably know already… I LOVE FILMS.

The fifteenth of July cannot come any quicker. Exams will be over, summer will have started and most of all DEATHLY HALLOWS PART 2!! The trailer looks phenomenal and I am buzzing already.

Although this was going to be a post purely on films, while writing this, I received an email from a cousin. So, I just wanted to share my love for technology.
I have a phone and an i-pod, love my television, 50 % of  my time is spent texting/calling someone, I have twitter, tumblr, facebook, lookbook and 2 email addresses… what I am saying is, without technology, life just wouldn’t be so interesting.

I had the most disgusting physics test today… so here’s a picture of London today. A perfect example of pathetic fallacy:

On the other hand, it’s half-term now and for all who aren’t in the UK, that means a week off from school. For those of us with exams are blessed with nine days without exams. Could not be happier.

P.s. I did cry when Dobby died… again ):

May 25, 2011

Enjoy your youth

Enjoy your youth. You’ll never be younger than you are at this very moment.

Being just sixteen, I have lived the very few years of my life thinking about the future and wishing to be older. I have always made plans for the future from Alevel subject choices to how many children I would like and where I would like to be in twenty years time. I have a bucket list in the making containing everything I wish to do with my life, many items on which can only be fulfilled in the far future. I am not one who is free spirited enough to live life for how it is; I need structure, goals and something to be motivated for.

But a year or so I met a guy named Tony. We met at a concert we took part in as we both play the violin. He is considerably older than me but I don’t think he would mind me saying he also acts half my age. He is also the one who is responsible for my change of opinion when it comes to goals for the future. He never plans too far ahead in time and always ‘had a go at me’ for wanting to be older. I feel that he was jealous of my age and he wants to be my age again.
Anyway, earlier today he said: ‘Age is an issue of mind over matter, if you don’t mind then it doesn’t matter.’

It has made me realize: it is comforting and safe to have my bucket list but my blueprint for my life can be restricting and can take the fun out of living. It’s not about the future and what will happen to me, it is about the present and enjoying everything as it comes.

Thanks Tony, saved me from being suffocated by my own aspirations for  life to come.

Do not worry about the past because it is gone, do not worry about the future because it is yet to come, live in today and embrace it!

May 24, 2011

New type of post for me

Views from my garden in the city, when I was meant to be revising…

May 22, 2011

Words

Seeing as I am new to Tumblr, and relatively new to blogging as a whole, I was very surprised at something that happened this evening. Let me explain:
On Tumblr, I am currently following http://tylerknott.com/. He is a poet, a very good one may I add; today I contacted him telling him he was hot. 😛
I wasn’t expecting a reply of course. I thought, he was too good to bother replying to someone like me, but he did 😀
And so he inspired me to write today’s blog.

I am so surprised that words have such a big impact in my life. I am a softie at heart, so the clichéd ‘i love you’ from my boyfriend will make my skin tingle. But poetic phrases and sentences which have been thought out and deeply considered can be one of the most beautiful things in the world.

Been An Ear

For each
and every one
else
I’ve always been
an ear.
Somehow
with you
since the start
and for the first time
in my
life
I remembered
that sometimes
it’s perfectly
acceptable
to be
the mouth
and to hear the sound
of your own voice,
shaky as it
may be,
once
again.

-Tyler Knott Gregson-

Do check him out and his page 😉

Goodnight dear bloggers

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May 20, 2011

I just wish life was a movie

Look at us, running around. Always rushed, always late. I guess that’s why they call it the human race. What we crave most in this world is connection. For some people it happens at first sight. It’s when you know you know. It’s fate working its magic. And that’s great for them. They get to live in a pop song. Ride the express train. But that’s not the way it really works. For the rest of us, it’s a bit less romantic. It’s complicated, it’s messy. It’s about horrible timing, and fumbled opportunities. And not being able to say what you need to say when you need to say it. At least, that’s the way it was for me. – The Switch (2010)

If movies had a monarchy, I would be queen of 21st century romantic comedies and chick flicks. I’ve watched countless movies and however predictable or cheesy the storyline, I will watch till the very end. They make me laugh and cry but most of all, make me want to part of them.

Love is a common theme of movies and one which my life has lacked. I know, I’m sixteen, I have my entire life ahead of me, but everyone wants their fairytale Prince Charming.
I’ve had a best friend for just over two years, but a month or so ago, we told each other how we really felt. He makes me feel warm and safe; he makes me smile and gives me that stomach ache you get when you laugh too much and he makes me feel like I can spend every minute of every day with him. We’re connected.

I understand that I’m young, I just wish I can always feel this way about him and have a part of a movie in my life.

Look at us, running around. Always rushed, always late. I guess that’s why they call it the human race. But sometimes, it slows down just enough for all the pieces to fall into place. Fate works it’s magic. And you’re connected.

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May 19, 2011

Dreams

Fact: we only dream of what we know. Our dreams are frequently full of strangers who play out certain parts – did you know that your mind is not inventing those faces – they are real faces of real people that you have seen during your life but may not know or remember? The evil killer in your latest dream may be the guy who pumped petrol into your dad’s car when you were just a little kid. We have all seen hundreds of thousands of faces throughout our lives, so we have an endless supply of characters for our brain to utilize during our dreams.

I was chatting to my dear boyfriend yesterday about my blog and he said I should think of subjects, from time to time, to write about, and since I recently reblogged the above on Tumblr, I decided what better topic to write about than dreams.

There are two main types of dreams and although I began to write about those which occur while one sleeps, I shall continue expressing my views about the other kind. Dreams, goals, ambitions.  We all have them, they just differ hugely. My goals would be: ace these GCSEs, get good Alevels and merk life at uni… but these aren’t dreams. I don’t know what my dreams are, I just hope I’ll aspire to do bigger things later in life.

P.s. I’ve decided love doesn’t exist for everyone, but that calls for another blog.

Peace out bloggerss

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May 18, 2011

The uses of monosodium glutamate (MSG)

I have a biology exam tomorrow but blogging really is addictive. I haven’t got a specific interesting event to write about, but then again those don’t usually come around too often in my life. Exams are getting tedious. The daily routine of waking up to cram for an exam and then returning home to start another subject is exhausting and I don’t think I have it in me to continue this for another 40 days! (Yes, I have a countdown on my desktop.)

However, I do have time and energy to keep up my extra activity rituals. I had yet another netball match this evening, against the Marshalls from Hornchurch.
For those of you who don’t know, I play borough league for the London Borough of Redbridge, or RB Cyans for short 🙂
Sport allows me to release the anger and frustration I get from exams* and other daily routines in a sensible, constructive and positive way. Safe however isn’t an adjective I would use in that list. Although netball is a non-contact sport, we are just as violent as men are playing football. The only difference is: at the end of the match, us ladies, will smile, shake hands and apologize for any physical injuries or mental scars we have forced upon each other.

Anyway,  I should have started biology revision at 8pm; it is now 8:27pm. I’m feeling an all-nighter coming along. Please do comment to keep me company. Have a good evening bloggers.

*exams- God save me!

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May 17, 2011

Some have completely the wrong idea of blogging

On Tumblr, http://www.theatlantic.tumblr.com, I read a post which went a bit like this…

“I loathe blogs when I look at them. Blogs look to me illiterate, they look hasty, like someone babbling. To me writing is a considered act. It’s something which is a great labor of thought and consideration. A blog doesn’t seem to have any literary merit at all. It’s a chatty account of things that have happened to that particular person.”

I was disgusted! Blogs may not be nationally published or sold in bookstores but not everything written has to be thought out or deeply considered. Some great ideas and opinions come from chain of thought and that is what blogs are. The ability to write about one’s life which can be referred to by others is an art in its own right. I was not saying the writer of this post was wrong; I guess it is just matter of opinion.

On a merrier note, my destination for the summer of 2011 has been confirmed: Albufeira, Algarve, South Portugal. I’m so excited and wish it could come around sooner!