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Of Women…and Men! August 26, 2010

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Yesterday I was lucky to start watching The Godfather series. It portrays the typical life  of a Sicilian mafia family in USA. Basically the Godfather (in this case, Don Vito Corleone and later Michael Corleone) is the head of the family who has lots of powerful contacts which he uses for giving favours to friends of his. Favours, as in, killing the guys who raped his friend’s daughter or bribing an employer by killing their favourite animal to give job to the Don’s friend. Well, basically that’s the story. The role of the women in this film is…. Oh, wait the women don’t do anything except cook and bear children. As Don Vito Corleone quotes, “I spent my life not being careless, women and children are careless.” So 2010! To give credit to the men in the film, they are very protective. In fact when one of the Corleone brothers notices his sister is being hit by her husband, he hits him back and eventually he kills him. Also, they were very romantic. For a first date Michael Corleone gives his future-wife a gold necklace. A GOLD necklace!

Anyways, back to the women-are-careless business. Although it’ a comment quoted in a 1972 film, it still holds for some men today. Yesterday is a case in point. While I was parking there was a car waiting behind me since it was quite a narrow parking lot. After I succeeded (after a short while) parking between two cars by using reverse, the guy in the car gave me the thumbs up sign! It seemed as if he was surprised I parked a car in reverse! It’s though driving is for men only and women are bad drivers! I went to a driving school everyone and I learnt the same stuff, like most men. On the other hand men should know how to do ‘women stuff’ like cooking and taking care of children. All one has to do is learn if they are given the opportunity. There’s nothing extra-ordinary in changing a nappy or feeding a child!

In other words, if given the opportunity, both men and women can succeed in doing the same things. Women are not frail,  vulnerable and stupid anymore and men are not considered as the main bread-winners anymore. Both sexes should work together to achieve a balanced way of life where everyone shares roles, especially in the family. Thus, I shall be able to tell Don Vito Corleone that his quote is so 1972! 😉


Breton Quiche August 24, 2010

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And here is my Breton Quiche cooling down on the hob. I’ve been making this recipe for years now and it’s my family’s favourite. I add onions and bacon but you can add whatever ingredient you want. Off to eat now.



Why oh why?! August 20, 2010

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Why oh why do we Maltese have to copy others?! I am posting this blog post since I am totally baffled by the way Maltese TV totally copies foreign TV programmes. Earlier today I was watching Malta’s Top Model. Rings a bell? No?! Let me remind you. America’s Next Top Model? Britain’s Next Top Model? Yes? Right! Maybe the title is a bit similar but the content must surely not be the same. Well, yes the content is the same. The set is the same. The judges are the same. There is even a gay who looks like a lady as part of the judgement team. The top model judge even calls out the names of the winners by giving the ‘models’ photos. The differences between America’s Next Top Model and Malta’s Top Model are these, the judge is not really a top model like Tyra Banks or a fashion idol like Twiggy! The gay judges are wanna-be gays who want to be so like Miss J. or better, ‘sooooo like Miss J.!” (in a flutter-of-eyelashes way). Can’t Maltese be original? I would have preferred a fashion programme. And no, not a Maltese fashion programme where we get to see different fashion outlets where the owner became a fashion specialist overnight and is an expert in fashion they bring from Afghanistan or some weird country. We want to know what’s the fashion in London, Paris, Rome and how we can imitate their dress sense without having to empty our pockets. Also, why not use beautiful Maltese women who are not  skinny but a common size 12-14? Ah well, thank God I’m not some producer or that sort of thing!

Anyways, next month Ady will be arriving from France, la belle France! I loved France and the mussels they cook are just heaven on earth. Here’s a picture of them. These ones were with their traditional sausages..YUM!

I will definitely go to Bretagne again to have another taste of them; their taste is still on my tastebuds and I can feel their smooth texture and the taste of the sea! MMMMM! They also have really good desserts , creme brulee being one of my favourite. So Ady is coming next month and am planning our itinerary in Malta, although he will be spending most of his time with his family since I will be seeing him a week after he London. I am already planning MY itinerary in London since I received a voucher from Selfridges to which I haven’t been to since I was 15, that is 9 years ago. Gosh, I’m going to be 25 next month! Well, I feel age is not important right now since I’m enjoying what I have to the full. My grandma tells me to remain young but I guess it’s what one feels inside and not how many wrinkles you have. Having said that, mature people also should try out modelling and model for clothes for people their own age. Why not? Which brings me to another TV show idea….. This will never stop will it? I’ll stick to my job for the time being and focus on what I know doing. I’ll leave TV productions for others.

Bye for now. Bisous.


Rock anthem for mums March 21, 2010

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Change March 4, 2010

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It’s soon Spring. Change is in the air. It’s funny that, like nature, we change. Experiences make us grow. It’s the bad ones which make us grow. So, unfortunately, we have to go through not-so-nice experiences to grow and mature (hopefully). My thoughts and philosophies are completely changed. Books, essays, papers that I read a decade ago seem to make a different meaning to me. I understand them differently. I am able to connect them more to my life now.


Look at me! I’m Famous! February 18, 2010

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No, I’m not famous. Not yet, anyways. Right now I’m hooked on to DCG’s blog. Those who are Maltese know to whom I’m referring. She’s pasting nasty pictures of famous people on her blog. Brilliant! I just love gossiping! Now we can see asses and bosoms of certain high-status Maltese people. Ah, so they party and drink like we do! They even have affairs and hear hear, make mistakes! So what, one asks? I remember in my good old days (ok, not so old) we used to use to word ‘idol’ or ‘pop idol’. It meant that we saw popstars or famous people as ideal people, therefore, we wanted to live the same life as they lived, that being, having fun, money to swim in and partying all the time. We never mentioned the paparazzi, stress and long hours of work they required to be famous. There was another downside. Their lives was one hell of an open book. They can’t move without paps taking photos of them in Hollywood, L.A and maybe in a posh holiday destination. Not Malta! Do we see paps in Malta? No, unless maybe when Sean Connery comes to Malta (which is rare and which he does with discretion). But here we’re talking about politicians and the lot taking photos of themselves and putting them on, yes you guessed, Facebook! In a way, the paparazzi are the ‘pop idols’ themselves. That’s where I get frustrated. They’re professionals for God’s sake! I’m a professional myself and be careful what to do in public nowadays. I cringe when I see my 16-year old students in Paceville (which I started avoiding). Ok, I don’t show my behinds like there was shown in DCG’s blog but I still feel uncomfortable. As a professional I have to show that I’m serious in what I do, everywhere! I don’t go around wearing transparent garments for a lecture. Case in point tonight. Yes, a professional (very high in education) was wearing a transparent top, with her bra strap falling off during a lecture. I remember during my uni days that we had a talk from another professional high up (higher this time) in education. She was preaching what to wear for an interview. Her shirt was a tad size too small and her lacy, white bra was showing. My friend and I were utterly disgusted. Even the guys were- it wasn’t a sexy view! That’s what comes with being a professional. You get criticised all the time. You get people whom their job is to scrutinise you all the time. Us teachers get that alot from parents, especially when there is more than one class in a grade. You either stick with it or leave it. Simple! But please if professionals want to take photos of themselves having a blast of a time during a private (hopefully) party, they keep the photos to themselves. Simple! Well, maybe not so simple to people who have degrees and masters!

On a lighter note, Ady and I went to a lecture tonight which was quite good (except that I had to bear with the high-in-education lady who kept fixing her bra strap which was slipping off and which I could see from her transparent top). Ah, the south is beautiful. We rarely go there nowadays. Since today was a warm day, we could enjoy the warm breeze in Kalkara while we walked near the boats. Simply delightful! I’ll miss Malta a little bit so I’m enjoying these little moments which in UK you can’t really enjoy. I met an old friend of mine and a lecturer who kept giving me advice what to do when I move to UK. He also talked to Ady and started giving HIM advice. Ah, adults adults! Well, I must be off to my talking bed since tomorrow is quite busy with lectures and errands.


Blog roll February 16, 2010

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