Hello everyone! Continues... Yesterday I registered with another Temp agency(TopTempBemanning), and applied for a job. Today this girl will head down to the unemployment office... I refuse to give up! This girl has no idea what giving up means although always having to fight can leave you really tired...
What happens when a giant group of food bloggers and food lovers congregate in one spot?
Copious amounts of food and merry people wining and dining that would put the Roman's to shame.
It's quite fabulous really.
A couple of weeks ago I was very kindly invited by Anna (@eatnik) to the duckfest/pigfest/#sucksalad (will explain later) extravaganza(and blogger CNY party/Celeste's farewell party), organized by Anna herself and the ever active Penny (@jeroxie) and served by Aunty Li and Uncle Robert at Pan Asian on Chapel Street.
I immediately jumped at the chance to go and quickly wrangled in Brad and David to join me.
I will say it right now, but we were all absolutely spoilt rotten that night.
The opulent surroundings of Pan Asian were delicately decorated with a few additional glowing lanterns for the Chinese New Year, aren't they cute? I think they kinda look like floating aliens or something along those lines...
Pan Asian managed to fit the 60 (?!) of us in their dining room with long tables of 10, it was quite squishy, but nice and cosy as well! Brad, David and I were seated right in front of the bar. Perfect. Brad and I both started our night with a lovely glass of pinot gris each.
Once we managed to get all the bloggers seated (they tend to be such social little things), greetings, welcomes and well wishes were had as I quietly drooled over the menu in anticipation.
Each table was graced with two 'Yee Sang' salad's, almost complete, but everyone has to help out to finish it up! This is a strictly Chinese New Year dish, well not strictly, but you would never see it at any other time of year and is more commonly served up by Chinese who live in or come from Malaysia or Singapore.
Pan Asian's version doesn't stray too far from what the majority of the salad's are like, grated carrot, radish, some other Chinese vegetable my mum told me about and I forgot the name, wonton skins (for that important crunch) and pomelo. A bit of fresh salmon on the side, plum sauce, sesame oil and in the very cheery, red 'ang pao', 5 spices to sprinkle on. When my mum makes her variation at home she chops up green apple and pear to add a bit of fresh and sweet crispness.
Once all the elements have been put on the plate, the tradition is that the group grabs their chopsticks and joyously mix the salad together, raising the chopsticks (and salad) as high as possible for more prosperity (which all the Chinese love). You will often see this salad at business meals over the Chinese New Year period in China.
Pan Asian's Yee Sang was the perfect way to start the evening, light and refreshing and I love pomelo!
We had a selection of exceptionally well priced pinot gris (to go with the pork dishes) and pinot noir (to go with the duck dishes (not that we kept to it)). The Prentice pinot gris was quite interesting with it's delicate blush, almost rose tone, not typical of a pinot gris. I think this is because the grapes are crushed instead of squeezed or something of the sort....at any rate, it was so lovely, sweet and fruity.
Ah, it has been ages since I have indulged in this delicacy! Peking duck. Aunty Li added her own little twist by providing the typical condiments of cucumber and spring onion, but also pickled vegetables and of course, hoisin sauce. YUM.
The skin was also delightfully thin (thanks Billy for being my hand model!), allowing you to really get into the duck which was succulent and juicy. And crispy duck skin. Delicious! There was surprisingly quite a large serving of duck, with everyone on the table easily having at least 3 pieces each!
Next was the duck salad with lettuce and a few duck wontons, affectionately referred to as #sucksalad on the twittersphere as when Aunty Li originally sent out the menu in the email to the invitees....well the d and s keys are very close to each other on the keyboard. You can figure it out I'm sure! The duck again was really tender, although I didn't get to sample a wonton. My only put off was that I found the presentation a little messy.
Three courses in and I was already starting to fill up which worried me considerably! Fortunately to finish up the duck dishes we were treated to a lovely, warming, piping hot duck consomme. My stomach was very appreciative for the reprieve! I very much enjoyed the flavours in this, I don't mean to be a bore again, but the duck flavour really came through!
And as I have more wine my photos get ever the more blurry and poorly composed...but onto the pork feature for the night! The crackling pork however though, was sadly not so 'crackling'. It was a bit cool by the time it had reached our table and must have been sitting out for a little while as the skin was quite chewy and hard to bite through. I definitely wanted to enjoy this more, but when I have crackling pork, I want to hear myself chewing on that skin!
I did like the two options we were given to have the pork in, either the cantonese style mantou bun or, for a little more Vietnamese twist, lettuce and vermicelli. When the skin was taken off the pork (so that I could bite through), I liked the Vietnamese twist which was like eating a rice paper roll, light and refreshing.
Bak Kwa (or I'm not sure how else you would type it out in English...), but essentially sweet barbeque pork, usually made out of pork mince and sold everywhere in Singapore and Malaysia (especially around Chinese New Year). I found it a little bit thin for my liking, barely a few millimetre's thick and I also found it a bit sweeter than I usually like. Although I am spoilt at home with my mother who does her own great home made version...
Hmmm...trying to focus a DSLR after 5 glasses of wine is kinda tricky...to finish up the savouries we had a stewed pork. I really wish I could tell you what it was like, other than a bit salty, but I was pretty tipsy at this point. :s
And just when you think you're too full and can't fit anymore in, dessert comes out. With a surprise cupcake from Sugadeaux and mandarin sorbet. There's always the second stomach somewhere right...? The cupcake was a beautiful green tea flavour with a little surprise red bean mochi hidden on the inside, how delightful! Easily one of the best green tea flavours I've ever had, with plenty of green tea, but not so much so that it's bitter, and enough sugar but again, not too much so that it's just sweet enough. Oh and that icing, so lucious!
The mandarin sorbet was also a great way to finish the night, cleanse the palette and not feel like you weighed an extra 10 kilos....
So. 8 courses later and 4 bottles of wine between 5 people, I was quite happily toppling out of the door. The duck portion of the menu probably impressed me more and defeated the pork in the 'yummy' competition, but I still enjoyed the whole meal and certainly the company!
It’s about time all of you get to know one of my favorite bloggers. I found this precious diamond on one of my blog travels. I love finding new, inspirational blogs and The Girl in Oslo really is one of a kind. As the inexperienced blogger I was it was truly amazing stumbling across her beautiful webpage packed with informative, positive posts. She has given me personal advice several times and often link to other bloggers. What I love so much about her is that she’s not afraid to credit other bloggers for their work. She posts comment of the week, repost from other blogs and also gives suggestions of great blogs to read. How many of us can say the same? She is a truly unselfish blogger; just as eager to throw some sparkles on others as herself. I’ve taken several advice from her when “redecorating” my blog. Read her Tips On Blogging and get inspired to improve your blog!
I’ve been amazed by how many bloggers who interact with their readers, no matter how busy their blog is. Unfortunately, there is also far too many who never pay any attention to their readers. Blogging is, in my eyes, an extreme sport. We are all fighting for more readers, followers and so on. When you manage to retain focus on your readers, giving quality content and personal, great comments, then you can call yourself a true blogger. Thank you Girl in Oslo, you have been my role model and inspiration since I found your blog. If I manage to do what you do half as good, I’ll be a very happy girl. With that coming from a perfectionist you know what you’ve done ♥
Reading your post makes me really appreciate having a secure job within the public sector. It might not be the most exciting of jobs, but it pays ok and it's secure, plus the benefits of insurance and being unionized. On the other hand, I'm sure the varied experience you get from temping is invaluable and can never be achieved in any other way, and I'm certain that you are a valuable employee for everyone who employs you! Plus it probably doesn't get boring:)
A hot coffee with a resume that needed a ton of work!
First and foremost...hope you all like the new direction this blog is taking?
I am really enjoying writing more:)
So I have said in an earlier post that my time the last couple of days have been spent working on my resume...or CV as we say in Norway (it is short for the latin word Curriclum Vitae)
As you go through the life you once had revisiting old employers, and places were you have left something behind...A piece of yourself..
I got to thinking that changing location, places, people sometimes can be really good.
It builds character! Not only do you learn something new about yourself in each place, but you also learn what NOT to do...and the type of jobs you will never have again...
On the other hand the best thing is that you learn what YOU really want!
I have been working as a temp for a few years now..ever since the financial crises hit Norway, and compared to other countries Norway never had a real problem. The "business" that is called Norway is a filthy rich little oil nation...
People... compared to other nations we have NOTHING to scream about:)
Here is the real topic:)
However the use of temp´s are growing here everyday, and for potential employers it is a NO risk game. They don´t pay you, they don´t have to be responsible when you get the a soar throat...If something were to happen they can replace you in a heart beat.
For the temp it means more competition not only within the agency that you are assigned to.
No ...it also means that there is a big fight going on between different agencies in Oslo.
They fight for the best people, money, cooperations, and you are basically left to think...are they considering me...or someone else...
On the other hand..there are so many really bad, lazy people out there...
Yes I said it...so many people are lazy, and wake up in the morning ...thinking were can I hurt today?
Also working for the agency that I do the good temps really have to keep reminding their "helper" that HEY I have gotten every job that I truly wanted...Why are you sending out him/her when you can send me - QUALITY...
Sometimes reminding people of your worth is not a bad thing...
And in the world of temping you have to fight for the best jobs, the best money, and the longest periods you are employed...(if anyone has a better word for periods let me know)
It is not a game for the scared..
This is the part of the "game" that I LOVE...I have never been a scared a little girl...and love beating other people for jobs...simply by doing a kick ass interview...
Giving a good interview is a real art.
1. Be prepared
2. Check the company online before you go
3. Ask the agency you work for to find out everything, and anything about the company for you. Although they might be badly prepared...make sure YOU are NOT:)
Because it is not about THEM being nice,and giving you work.
It is about YOU...how much do you really want the job?
I have been lazy at times...
But this time...You are looking at a really well prepared girl...:)
I have just gotten a call, and we will see how things evolve from the start of next week!
From the over lovely sydneyshopgirl- go check out her blog it is amazing,and I have been reading it for a long time. I think the most important thing for me as a blogger is to be true to who I am. For me, my blog is a record of my life - memories and observations. But I also love reading other blogs more focused on specific interests of the blogger. There is also the personality of the author that shines through and that is enough to keep me reading. Even if I'm not that interested in what they write about all the time. I like that blog posts can become forums for followers and other readers to come together and discuss things. SSG xxx
I should really be writing my resume, and I will get to that...
Finding a full time job is the most important thing at the moment, but for some reason I am just not that stressed about it.
Something will come through I just know it...
I choose to believe the perfect job for me is just around the corner.
It will be here soon...
Now on to the real topic for this post!
You know when you are trying to get really good at something...in this case blogging or whatever else.The best idea in my opinion is always to go online/read and try to get as educated in your field as possible. Another way to research, and get better is to find people at the top of their game. People with so much knowledge that you know listening to their advice only makes you better at the work you yourself put out.
Thats what I strive for!
I talked about this lady before; Lady Melbourne has from the time I "found" her been a HUGE inspiration to me...(I am not a stalker) she is professional, her photography is REALLY amazing. Her blog is just true heaven on a page.
Her blog is one a level I think we all aught to work for....
Without true inspiration or someone to look "up to"...
You can never get better at something:)
Have a great day...
That´ plenty more were that came from, SO BE AWARE:)
I just finished watching this preview for the 1000 time, and then something hit me.
Back when "New Social Media" tools first hit our lives (blogging/Facebook/Twitter-and I know that their are many more)did the owners developers have any idea how it would explode or how you/me would choose to use it?
Or was that the interesting part....they had no idea how it would change the lives of you and me!So they continue to work on their business, and then all of a sudden the big Tipping Point happens, and the world ...or how we choose to see it is changed forever...
People are no longer happy to sit back in their lounge chair, and get everything served on a platter by a bunch of developers (as far as information goes).
They want the information they find online to be a part of them.
They want to contribute themselves,and what better way to make your voice heard then through blogging ++, and that´ s why I think the age we live in...is soo interesting...because we have no idea were this will get us!
Personally I have always been a big fan of an Australian fashion blogger called ladymelbourne....
There are many reasons why this girl is a unique/intelligent woman, and I don´t have time to explain everything because it is beside the point!
However she has something she calls "Happy Friday Video Blog"....and in one of those videos (She is wearing a grey number) she makes a very valid point.
She says something like "blogging is a unique platform to make your own voice heard".
And I guess that is the reason why so many people out there are choosing New Social Media tools to help their own individual thoughts/business plans/hobby´s heard.
Because you never know who (please help me with spelling) might be reading, and therefor you don´t know what great chances or opportunities can come your way.
THAT makes using "Social Media" worth it.
Because if you don´t showcase your talents..no one including the people around you will have any idea what you can really do.. or what your real talents are for that matter.
And that is one of the many reasons why I think that "New Social Media" has become what it is today,and why it will continue to grow...
Because as long as you, and me see the benefits we will continue to push the information age forward!
I was asked by the lovely Girl Of Oslo to write a guest post for "A Single Blonde Girls Guide To Always Looking Your Best", and I almost immediately came up with the idea of suggesting 5 beauty products to carry in your handbag. Even if you have a big bag, chances are you would prefer not to carry around everything but the kithcen sink, but rather limit the contents of your little make-up bag as much as possible. After a little thought, here's what I came up with:
Face powder, either a compact or a powder dispensing brush. Great for touch-ups during the day, particularly if your nose or forehead tend to get a little shiny during the day.
Happy morning! Hope you all have a gorgeous morning just like me:)
We all have our very own rituals on the weekends. I for one like to wake up around 9:oo turn on the radio, and listen to a show called "Mozart og Madonna". People call in with their wishes for songs,and they also usually give a reason/story behind the song they choose. And the best part is that we all have such different reasons why we like something. But in many cases the music moves us in so many more ways then we can ever explain, and that´s why I love music. It can make you cry/smile/full of emotion, not to mention make you dance like a silly person for hours on end around your 40 foot square apartment in Oslo...
I have always loved music...it has always been a huge part of my life, and always will be. So Saturday mornings is listening to gorgeous classical pieces on the radio, some Earl Grey in a cup, and later a few slices of bread for brekky. Today I will pick up some shoes...read a book, and prepare for next week!When I have to find a new job...I hate temping....
Alright have a great day everyone:)
And I would be delighted if you told me what your loves are for the weekend!
Can someone please tell me why 400 people have visited my blog today????? Did some research online, and my google ranking for the post "are you a big blogger" as gone to number one... Now a lot more makes sense..
In the beginning of my blogging "career" I used to look up to the big bloggers at that time,and think... "I wish that many people would follow/read/comment on my work".. However the thing you never see these bloggers do is the real work, and by that I mean... All the countless hours trotting the pavement in search for that perfect picture/story or something else that is worth spreading... We all have such different takes on blogging/social media, and networking... Some people do it only as a hobby, and then some people work every day on getting better! Take more quality photos,and overall be taken seriously. I have always thought that the work you put into something is usually the amount you get out. And that is why the idea of having my own business is so appealing to me. When I love working hard it has to be for myself...so that I can reap the benefits...) You know what I am saying?
Like I said in my guest post for Michelle; in the beginning my work/blog was all over the place, and the funny thing is the more sharpened my idea becomes..the more work follows... The reason is of course...(this is only my head over -thinking) that you want as much of the blog to be your work, you don´t want to feel like you are ripping anyone off...
Now I know that my blog is largely based around other peoples work. I am so not a musician or a published author...PLEASE:) The only thing I really do myself is the writing, and pictures. It keeps growing every day.
We all think so differently when it comes to blogging, and I would be really interested in hearing your thoughts on the matter.... Did you go into this for the followers/hits/comments...to be big...or why???