Posts tagged ‘GCSEs’

September 6, 2011

Summer 2011

So I really haven’t blogged at all this summer so here I’ll just talk, about everything I can remember.

As soon as exams were over, I had about 2 weeks to do little things like shop, catch up with friends etc. Was a nice start to the summer. Then I spent 9 days in Liverpool where I did a music summer school of Indian music, I may do another post explaining this in detail. But we did 7 days of making music from 8am to 10pm. It was intense; painful at times, but I was there with people I consider as family. It’s the only week in the year where music is the only thing I think about… as cheesy as this sounds, it’s truly my passion.

So I came back to London on the 31st of July and on the following day I went to Portugal! A week with my family first. It was nice. I don’t have a great relationship with my parents, but that week we didn’t think about the past at all. We played happy family and I really hope my little sister (she’s 9 years old) had a good time. Our hotel was a 5 minute walk away from the beach which was nice. We stayed just outside the town of Albufeira, a really cute cobbled street town. The town beach was beautiful. We went to a few water parks too, which in the heat was amazing. That may just be my first good memory with my family.

I spent the week after that in Portugal with my friends. We hired a house/villa on the beach in Albufeira. We hit the strip every night; I’m pretty sure my liver stopped functioning. Strange things happened, like part of my head got shaved and my first lesbian encounter, but we agreed: what happened in Portugal, stayed in Portugal.

I got back to England to a few visits to the beach with friends and family but before you know it was off to Huddersfield for some more music. It was great fun as Samyo did a collaboration with the National Youth Jazz Collective. We saw the amazing people, who we had seen in Liverpool earlier this summer, and it was great catching up both socially and musically.

The day after we got back to London, it was time for GCSE results. And the good times stopped. Being from a Sri Lankan family, expectations were high. I got 5A*s, 5As and a B. These weren’t bad I suppose, I just could have done a lot better.

After this, I went to Reading and went to see Hobbie Stuart and The Lion and The Wolf…

My summer has been jam-packed with music which I am so happy about. Looking back, although I had some issues with guys, which was completely my fault, I had a great time. I made a few mistakes but I don’t regret, I’ll just learn from them and never do such things again.

With that, I’m off to school again tomorrow. Sixth form. Hope you all had a great summer.

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June 22, 2011

Food for Convenience

I am trying to go back to my size 6 bod as I want to look good for Portugal this summer! It is not happening!
I am trying to eat healthily, cutting down on the carbohydrates, finding alternatives for dairy products, water instead of juice etc but it is incredibly hard when everything around me tempts me to eat junk.

Earlier today, after school, my sister, mum and I went into town to buy some bits and bob. We ended up buying some Maccy Ds just because it was there!

Junk food chains are so popular by so many because they are so convenient. Drive-throughs on the dual carriageway, dotted around shopping centres and conveniently situated on the way home from school.

From now on, I need to avoid all fast food chains! Going to be difficult so wish me luck!

P.s. Latin GCSE over! WOOHOO. Just two more exams left.

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 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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