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\(^ ^ ) My name is Yuba. I'm a 23 year old teacher and freelance translator living in Tokyo, Japan. Sometimes I model. Sometimes I sleep. A lot of the time, I take photos of what I'm about to eat. Yum yum yum!

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Even the sims can make waffles...

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...But apparently Maiko and I can't.

Maiko bought a penguin-shaped waffle-maker when she was living in Australia. She invited me over for penguin-waffles today, never having made them in Japan before. I offered to help, but she said she knew what she was doing, so I watched tv while she mixed up our batter. Five minutes later...

Maiko: ....I think I've done something wrong..

I went to look, only to find that the mixture is like water. We put all of the flour in and hoped for the best. When we had something that at least vaguely RESEMBLED the right consistency, we tried it in the waffle iron. It didn't even sizzle. Maiko insisted it was okay, however, so we filled up the little penguin-shaped holes and closed the lid.

However.... Well, as you may be able to see, it didn't really come out as we expected. They were more like half-uncooked biscuits than fluffy, crispy waffles.

Oh well! We tried them - it tasted of absolutely NOTHING.

This time I was going to try, instead. I filled up the holes far more than Maiko did, and lo and behold, my attempts at least LOOK like waffles.

It was still completely tasteless, however ("what happened to the sugar?", Maiko asked. I didn't see her make the initial batter so I can only assume it was made with sawdust and glue, for all that it tasted of pulped cardboard) so we added a bit of honey into the dip of the penguin's bellies, making them look a little like evil penguin-aliens.

I can't claim they got more delicious as time went on. They were rather bland, but at least they were sort of penguin-shaped.

Sort of.

The reason why it didn't work, by the way - apart from Maiko's apparent failure to mix the right batter - is because she didn't realise that there's a MAJOR difference in voltage between Japan and Australia (and most other places, I think). Japan's electrical socket output is only 100V, whereas I know that the UK at least is 240V!