Thursday, March 27, 2008
The Cost of Life
Sometime I got bored with computer games. However, this is one of these that never make me bored.

Basically, you have to get an african family to get through 4 years of their life to make it a better future for their children. Mom and Dad may be sent to work or going to vocational school to get better job. Their children may be sent to work or go to school. You will soon find it's hard to earn money if there is only 2 people working while it's not possible to send the youngest one to work other than in the family's farm.

Sometime a family member would get sick or a storm would destroyed their home or get robbed on the way to work, or sometime there is no proper work to do, while school is so expensive at the start of the game.

So how do these family survive then? Some helping hands do come from Oxfam to improve their life, Unicef, and a cousin from USA sending money.

Can you manage the family to get a better life?

Just log into:

For the real helping hands undirectly? Go to:


Or you can go to a shop such as Oxfam shop or Body Shop or just drink coffee from Fair Trading Organisation: (see information from wikipedia)

I'm happy to know that my Starbuck is buying coffee with Fair Trade producers.
posted by Lilia at 9:48 pm | Permalink | 2 comments
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Snowy Beach
Know what it is mean to have a free and high quality software to alter you photo digitally on the net?

It's mean I don't have to pay for around AUD $200+ for a software like photoshop. The con is as I like to take high quality photos (more than 3 MB quality camera), I had to upload a big size to the website then digitally altered it on the net. It took quite some minutes to upload it on the website. For those in Indonesia, never upload a big size. It may take hours to upload. The pro is it's free and I'm happy with the quality.

From this photo (the original one was a bit dark and gloomy, then I hit the Auto-fix button):

Into this funny photo with snowy effect (click on these photos below to see it bigger):

Or into this look Goofy look:

Or into this Cinema mode:

Or HDR look:

Or put the neon look (I chose yellow) plus put some cartoon available in there:

Or just put a Polaroid look:

How? Just log into

Happy editing photos....

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Monday, March 24, 2008
Sticky Candies
It was around 5 years ago when I discovered those candies on the left. It was cute, small and colourful with full of messages, names or small pictures inside.

Finally, 2 years ago I visited the window-display shop in Bondi Westfield with some staffs were making those candies. It was from a big candy which was folded with colourful filling to make those messages, names and cute picture inside. The big cylinder candy then rolled slowly and slowly into a small and long cylinder which then will be cut into small pieces. A big cylinder candy can make lots of bags of small pieces of candies, enough to be sold for one day.

To make the mixed-candy bags like the one on the left, the staff would save some of them and then mixed it with other leftover orders.

Isn't it cute to see a message from your loved one written like:
"Yenny Tristan"

"Amey Den Zio"

Or a message like:
"Retha Ken Lee"

Anyway, just enjoy these pictures from their website and if you would like to order these, just look into the form in the website:

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Tuesday, March 18, 2008
Nigella Lawson's husband diet
Do you know Nigella Lawson the Domestic Goddess?

She is on the picture on this left side.

Her cooking are delectable and beautifully presented with lots of delicious dessert.

I was reading a news online when I found this hilarious article and want to share it with all of you.

Here are the quotes from

TEMPTATION can never be far away for a man married to TV chef Nigella Lawson, known to her global audience as the delectable domestic goddess.

Our admiration for the willpower of her husband Charles Saatchi should know no bounds.

Saatchi, the millionaire art collector who had a hankering for pickled shark, has spurned his wife's cooking and been on a severe diet. So severe it practically breaches the Geneva convention.

In a matter of months, he has lost 25kg. While his wife grows ever more Rubenesque, he has gone all Giacometti.

What's his secret? Surely it is not possible for a man to lose weight when his wife can knock up rib-sticking stir-fry ("there's a good amount of meat in this") followed by roly-poly pudding ("eat with either cream or ice cream"), without even smudging her lip gloss?

For Saatchi, the answer was more radical: he gave up pretty much everything except eggs.

"The discomfort and humiliations of being obese finally won," he said. So he adopted radical action. "It took me 10 months of eating only eggs for breakfast, lunch and dinner to shift it. I am still not much to look at, but I have become cringingly vain and hold the world record for the highest level of cholesterol ever seen in anyone still with a pulse."

Saatchi is known to like a joke - never mind a yolk - and not everyone can believe he survived for 10 months on nothing but eggs.

More recently, studies in the US have shown that eggs, which contain protein and vitamins, provide the sort of nutrition that might help control appetite better than carbohydrates.

In one study of obese women, half were fed bagels for breakfast and half eggs, with both groups getting the same calories. The egg-eaters went on to consume less food during the rest of the day than the bagel bunnies.

But if he really did eat nothing but eggs, dietitian's have sympathy for his wife.

"After several days you'd get ketosis - carbohydrate deficiency, which is also well known with the Atkins diet," said Ursula Arens of the British Dietetic Association. "You get bad breath, constipation, gut problems and sulphurous odours, including eggy burps, over time. And you start to have food fantasies, visions about things you miss."

Experts are agreed that a balanced diet is by far a better way to achieve lasting weight loss.

"It's very important to eat a varied, balanced diet," said Joanne Lunn of the British Nutrition Foundation. "On the 'eat well' plate we use to illustrate healthy eating, eggs are in the group that includes meat and fish.

"But it's important to eat a dietary pattern that you can sustain in the long term. Otherwise all that will happen is that you will lose the weight, then go back to eating what you're used to and put it all back on again."

So stop that butter fudge sundae right there, Nigella - give the man a chance.

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posted by Lilia at 7:57 am | Permalink | 1 comments
Sunday, March 09, 2008
Random Photos Part 1

Guess which foot/feet belong to? It was taken a year ago

Was in a guitar shop on Pitt Street with Budi and Zsa2 when I spotted this Hello Kitty.

Sometime I think that I already saw too much Hello Kitty and it's like, hello... can I find a place where Hello Kitty does not exist?
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Monday, March 03, 2008
Morning Glory
Like many Asian girls, I strolled down into Morning Glory's shop in the Haymarket sometime.
There is nothing wrong to have a look into teenagers stuffs' nowadays, rite?
It was weird to look at those solar-powered-mobile phone-keychain, those-cute-tiny size-table displays, cute-pastel-coloured-folder and books, and lots of cute pens and pencils in the small shop. Then there it is...

A-cute-cat-that-was-sleeping-on-window display-but-fake.
Remind yourself, it's a shop not a pet shop.

Another hint of fakes. There is a baby tiger sleeping next to a puppy and a kitty.

I was thinking to buy one of that and put it on my desk and imagining that one of my manager would get surprise jump and ask me what-is-that-thing-on-my-desk?
posted by Lilia at 8:54 pm | Permalink | 2 comments