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Cheesecake and Teaching Week 3.

August 2, 2009

But actually the beginning of my fifth week in Australia.

I’m procrastinating on my 400 pages of reading for tomorrow, and I really, really want some oatmeal chocolate chip cookies.

I have a cheesecake cooling in the fridge waiting to be topped by candied kumquats.  The recipe says to chill overnight, but is that really necessary? I think I put the cheesecake in the fridge about 4 PM, so it’s been 5 hours already…yeah, I’m pretty sure I’m going to cut it up tonight, especially if friends come over later.

To blog: pre-study abroad interview, classes, environmental attitudes/behavior, Australia as a melting pot, photos, public transit

Some slang/pronounciation I’ve noticed, be it Australian or Singaporean:

Academic terms: I am currrently in the Faculty (College) of Agricultural and Natural Sciences, doing a course (major) in Environmental Science, taking four units (courses).

aluMINium – aLUminum
vase (vah-s) – vase (vay-s)
arvo = afternoon
goodonya = good for you
no worries = you’re welcome
have a think = think through it (and come up with a good response)
footpath = sidewalk
carpark = parking lot
flour (some other pronunciation) = flour (pronounced as flower)
compulsory = mandatory (as in, “a mandatory unit” is a “compulsory unit”)
on offer = on sale (as in, “just buy whatever is on offer!”)
cornflour = cornstarch (hella confusing, because at first I thought cornflour meant corn flour.)
globes = light bulbs
rubbish bin = trash can
lift = elevator
toilet = restroom
mobile = cellphone
cinema = movie theatre
Mostly you can always figure out what the other person is talking about; it’s cool seeing what other people’s speaking habits are like.

What I use for conversions:

1 AUD = 0.8 USD
1 m = 3 feet
Km * 5/3 = mile
kg /2 = pound
21 degrees C is 70 degrees F, 10 degrees C is 50 degrees F, 4 degrees C is cold.
25 grams = 1 oz. (The recipes posted in metric call for the weights of ingredients in grams, instead of in volumes of cups or weights in ounces.  I can still use measuring spoons for some ingredients, such as baking soda and vanilla extract.)

Yeah, I spent so long putting together this post I might as well’ve written up a proper update/report/reflection, but oh well. Hope you guys are having a lovely weekend 😀

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Sophia permalink
    August 2, 2009 18:06

    DAMN i want some cheesecake!!

    and LOL the word list made me crack upppp haahahahah

  2. Aster permalink
    August 8, 2009 01:34

    Haha, your word list is so right and it can still go on like sweets-candies, taxi-cab.. I was stunned when my floormate didn’t understand me when i said ‘handphone’. it also took me some time to get used to seeing traffic on the right side of the road. but the hardest for me temperature conversion. till now i still don’t know whether 60 degrees F is hot or cold! I always have to check the weather in deg C 😛

  3. Katherine permalink
    August 8, 2009 09:37

    useful! day of conversion. and cake!

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