Kitchen Experiment #4: Banana Bread

12 November 2014 § 0


130g self-raising flour
2 eggs
2 tsps vanilla extract
3 ripe bananas
200g sugar
180g unsalted butter
25g sugar
25g and 50g cinnamon powder


Preheat oven at 160 C

Mash bananas
Mix soft butter and sugar thoroughly
Continue mixing then add eggs
Add vanilla extract
Add mashed bananas
Add 50g cinnamon powder
Slowly add in self-raising flour
Continue mixing for 2-3 minutes

Mix 25g sugar and 25g cinnamon powder
Brush melted butter on baking pan and dust it with the sugar-cinnamon mixture
Pour in banana bread mixture and level it
Place in oven and bake it for 60 minutes

Spark / Telecom NZ Internet Temporary Fix

05 September 2014 § 0

I have Spark/Telecom as my ISP and I've been having, to say at best, sporadic internet connection. I thought it was just my wifi connection or my phone but it was happening on all of the devices at home. So I did the usual troubleshooting step which is to reboot the router (power off for 30 seconds) - still the same problem. I checked the status connection on the routers WebGUI and I saw that it was a DNS server problem.

To check whether it was a DNS problem, I opened up my browser and checked - Web Page Cannot be loaded. Then I tried which is one of the IP addresses for the website - I was able to access it. This was indeed a DNS problem.

As a DNS problem, there are 2 simple temporary (but can also be a permanent) solution.

Disclaimer: Do everything at your own risk. I will not be held liable in anyway if something goes wrong with your devices.

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23 August 2014 § 0

Prepared breakfast for the wife after her week-long night shift.

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Kitchen Experiment #3: Ox Tail Soup

20 August 2014 § 0

I've been longing for the taste of balbacua and Bulkachong from back home so I experimented with ox tail soup.

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Kitchen Experiment #2: Pork Taosi

03 August 2014 § 0

Trying to recreate Mandarin Tea Garden's Pork Taosi Spareribs.

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Kitchen Experiment #1: Hotcakes Are Pancakes

18 July 2014 § 0

I woke up with Sooki breathing down my face.

"Good morning Papa!" An innocent smile on her face. "I'm hungry. I want pancakes."

It was a Saturday morning so she didn't have class and can have anything she wants for breakfast. Half of my consciousness still in dreamland, I said yes. I closed my eyes to give myself another 5 minutes then the horror set in: I didn't have a hotcake mix.

"What am I supposed to do? Maybe I should just tell her to eat cereal instead. But I don't want to disappoint her... Aw that look on her face when she's disappointed... I can't bear it..." My mind bombarded with these thoughts.

Quick as lightning, I jumped off from the bed and went straight to the kitchen. Thank my lucky stars I have flour. And not just any kind of flour; a self raising flour. I'm saved.

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Middle Earth

04 July 2014 § 0

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