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What If All Japanese Grandmums had 3D Printers?

28 Nov

Here’s a weird piece of news : Parents-to-be in Japan can buy a 3D printed model of their unborn foetus.

It costs a bit over $1000. That’s cheaper than a 3D printer.

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Drawing Robot

25 Nov

My son and I worked together to make this drawing robot. He designed and built it, with just a little guidance from me. I programmed it. He took the photos and the video. I combined his footage into this video :

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Woodman Point Jetty Fishing

19 Oct

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We headed to Woodman Point Jetty for fishing on the 14/10/2012, just a day before the kids went back to school. The jetty seemed to be dirty compared to Lancelin jetty. You can find broken beer bottles on the jetty. Woodman Point is about 8km south of Fremantle along Cockburn road. As we were fishing on the jetty two huge pelican birds marching up our way. My younger boy, Matthew got scared. These clever pelicans were waiting for someone to feed them. Yes, some kind soul gave the bird some fish. Unfortunately we did not catch any fish. We concluded that the only place which we were able to catch some fish was Cervantes. After  2 hours we have to leave the jetty with disappointment  because it was raining. Never mind at least we did try!

 

Siri And Fishing

14 Oct

I asked Siri (on my brother’s iPad) about the best times to go fishing. Her response?

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Nasi Lemak

11 Oct

I made nasi lemak for my family one night. They said that it tasted delicious. Here are the recipes for the nasi lemak, sambal and fried chicken.For the nasi lemak, you will need a can of coconut milk about 200mls, 3 cups of rice. 3 cups of rice will need 3.5 water. So if you use 3 cups of rice and 200mls of coconut milk it will be fine. I placed a tiny slice of ginger and a sliced shallots into the washed rice. Slice your shallots finely. Finally put 4 pandan leaves which you tie into a knot  on the washed rice. The pandan leaves are available in the oriental shop. The pandan leaves are sold frozen. The leaves will give a nice fragrance to the rice. Don’t forget to put half a teaspoon of salt  too.

For the fried chicken, I use 850gram  chicken(drumsticks, breast or cut up chicken pieces), 4 cloves of garlic(peeled and pounded), 2 tablespoons of cilantro root. You use the stalks and not the leaves, 1/2 tablespoon of ground pepper, 1 teaspoon of salt, 2 tablespoon of oyster sauce, 3 tablespoons of fish sauce and oil for deep frying. For the flour you will need 4 tablespoons of plain flour, 4 tablespoons of cornstarch and 4 tablespoons of rice flour. Firstly you will clean the chicken and pat it dry with paper towel. I use my thermomix to mash up the garlic, cilantro roots and salt until they become a fine paste. You can use a food processor too. Then add the paste , fish sauce, oyster sauce to the chicken and coat it well onto the chicken pieces. Transfer the chicken pieces into a glad bag and marinate them for at least 4 to 6 hours in the fridge. When they are ready, heat up a pot or a wok of cooking oil to fry the chicken pieces. While waiting for the oil to heat up, mix the three types of flour together  and transfer the marinated chicken onto the flour mixture. Make sure you coat the chickens evenly with the flour mixture. Shake the excess flour off. Next place the chicken gently into the hot oil and fry the chicken pieces until it is golden brown. Transfer the fried chicken on a plate lined with paper towels to soak up the excess oil.

For the sambal(chilli sauce for the nasi lemak), I use 70g big dry chillies. Please wash it and soak it for about an hour and get rid off the seeds before you used it. If you leave the seeds in the chillies, your sambal will be very hot. 2 tomatoes, 15g garlic, 100g onions, 2 tsp shrimp paste, 1 tablespoon of tamarind juice, 50g oil, 50g brown sugar, 100g anchovies and salt to taste. To make the sambal I use my thermomix. You can always make it in a pot over the stove. I put the dry chillies, tomato, garlic, onions, shrimp paste into the thermomix jug and add 100g water into the jug. I cook it for 10 minutes at varoma speed 2. Then I blend 1 minute at speed 10. Next put the oil, salt, brown sugar, anchovies, tamarind juice and onions into the cooked mixture and cook it again for another 5 minutes at varoma speed 2. Then the sambal is done. You can store them in a sterilised jar.

You can fry up some anchovies, slice some cucumber and boil some hard boiled egg to eat it with the nasi lemak. Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

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Our Fishing Trip In Lancelin

08 Oct

We went to Lancelin during the school holidays in October. We have high hopes that we will catch some fish at Lancelin jetty. A kind man gave my children two fishing rods. So they were hoping to have a good catch too. But after 3 hours of fishing my family only managed to catch a fish- trumpeter. My husband caught the fish. The kids were quite disappointed. But they have lots of fun sand boarding on the sand dunes. We have decided that we should just stick with Cervantes because it was the only place we manage to catch more than one fish.

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Jeremy’s Angry Birds

05 Oct

These angry birds belong to Jeremy. He is a great fan of angry birds. He has 8 angry birds. He likes the blue one because it is cute. The green pig is the enemy of the angry birds. The pigs will build buildings and the birds are supposed to knock it down.
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Siemens Washing Machine

05 Oct

We bought this Siemens Washing Machine 2 years ago. So far it has been working efficiently. It costs us about $1300. We bought it from Retravision, Osbone Park, Perth. It has 5 years warranty.  I love this machine. It washes well and when it spins, it does not try to move away from its spot. Most of all it reduces our water and energy consumption. It has 15 programs. You can even select the washing temperature and the spin speed. It has a child lock. It can even adjust the washing , drum movement and soaking times to the type of stain.The shortest cycle of complete washing is about 33 minutes with a temperature of 30 celcius and a speed of 1200. You can store a program and all settings permanently so that your older kids will only need to press a button to complete their washing.  I would strongly recommend you to buy this machine because it is a sturdy high quality machine.
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Back Friendly Laundry Basket

05 Oct

My dear husband made me a back friendly laundry basket. He screwed the laundry basket onto the stool. Now I do not need to bend down and pick up the clothes from the basket. It is a brilliant invention.

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Gigantic Lemon

04 Oct

Our lemon tree grows really well. We have got some huge lemons off it.
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