Welcome to new friends: Shaun, Stephanie, and Justin Kok (and Michael Justin)– KOKSTARS


This was an idea stemming from the Kok kids: Justin, Stephanie and Shaun Kok. They’re sharing their experiences in their various interests with the world in this simple website. Joining the site is Michael Friz who is all things photography and design. We’ve got some interesting things to say which you may find interesting… or not.

Shaun currently lives in Sydney, Australia with Justin.

Stephanie and Michael live in Stuttgart, Germany.

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Experimental Kitchen: Hasselback Potatoes

No, not Hasselhoff. We’re talking about delicious, mouth-watering treats all the way from Sweden, to you.

And as usual, we’ve made our own variation with seasoned oil instead of butter. Quick and easy to make!


Small – medium-sized potatoes (for a side dish, about 3-4 potatoes per person)

Olive oil and/or butter

Sea salt


Paprika seasoning


1. Preheat the oven to 220 degrees Celcius.

2. Peel the potatoes and cut them in half longways.

3. Using a small knife (use a knife that is not so precise, rather one that is a bit serrated…something between a steak knife and a dinner knife), and cut fine, vertical slits almost all the way through, into the rounded side of the potato. A tip that I read online is to put the potato half into a spoon and then slice. The knife won’t cut all the way through!

4. Rinse the potatoes in cool water to get rid of any starch that may try to keep the potato from fanning out while in the oven.

5. Put the sliced potatoes into a large bowl. Add olive oil/melted butter, paprika seasoning (to taste, about 2 heaped tablespoons – depending on how many guests), sea salt and pepper and stir through, coating each potato.

6. Lay out the potatoes on a baking sheet on an oven tray, sliced side up. The grill function can be used to make sure the potatoes get a crispy surface.

7. Put the potatoes in for about 40 minutes, brushing on any extra oil/butter seasoning when the potatoes start to look dry.

8. Can be served with sour cream mixed with chopped up herbs. We used something called Quark (never heard of it until I came to Germany, but it’s similar to sour cream, only with less flavour) chives and greek seasoning for ours.


We then used the Hasselback potatoes as a side dish to our pork and served it with veggies.

Bon appetit!








Moooovies: Oz the Great and Powerful

What is a kids movie? Does it insult your intelligence and simplify concepts? Do you feel like you’ve lost a couple of points on your IQ after leaving the cinema? I like the recent raft of kids movies, Wreck-it-Ralph probably sits at the top of the list for taking me back to the old-school gaming days. The amount of detail and beauty these CGI creations produce is simply astounding and it makes live action seem almost not detailed or vibrant enough. I’m a big kid, I want to be wowed when I watch a movie.

So you want to watch a movie but you don’t know if it’s any good right? So you visit and see if that candidate for your next 3-4 hours (parking, queuing and buying popcorn, juggling the XXL frozen coke while dodging the crazy kid with the Batman costume) I started watching the movie with no expectations so when it started in black and white I was wondering if a) it was going to be like this for much longer because heck I paid full price! b) imagine how much colour they are going to splash in your face later and c) batman kid is probably asleep by now which is great because I can now enjoy the movie properly.

Enjoy I did, the colours and even motion of the colourful and alive backdrop were reminiscent of Disney cartoons from the 40s and 50s, kids these days are spoiled with the vivid details. It must have been demanding acting “on set” but nothing Ewan McGregor wouldn’t be used to. The story is well paced with plenty of funny moments shared between the titular characters, one who stands out most for me was the China Girl played by Joey King who also played her normal world amalgam (you’ll see). China Girl’s appearance is cute and demure yet she’s got a little fire especially evident when she makes the comment about self defence. Zack Braff also puts in parallel comedic performances as both Oz’s assistant and then Oz’s assistant flying Monkey (it’s an Oz story right?) Oz himself is portrayed by James Franco putting in a convincing job of a young con-artist with dreams of grandeur, the portrayal puts me in mind of the eventual father like figure from Wicked. You can kind of see where it was going.

Without telling you too much they save the day, but that isn’t why you want to watch this movie. Watch it to be amused, feel like a kid again.

Vivid Sydney Lighting Festival

The cold is slowly drifting over Sydney, days are shorter and nights ever-longer as we make our slow trudge through the heart of winter. I don’t approve of the darkness setting in just before I get home at 5:30pm. I bet it does the same thing for everyone, you feel like you’re not getting your entire dollars worth when the sun is already starting to set around 4. Thankfully this does give Sydneysiders something else to enjoy and due the celestial electricity energy savings we have more time to enjoy it too. Hello Vivid Sydney.

The concept is simple, setup some very interesting and high-definition projectors be it laser or digital and project it onto iconic buildings around say Circular Quay, where you can get a full audience and excellent view no matter which side of the quay you happen to be on. Each year the themes change and you can’t really say what to expect. You have music videos, cool graphics, graffiti, laser shows the sky is the limit.

Justin and I went to see what is what in the city of lights, excuse the quality of the images, tripod or not we don’t profess to be experts.

Customs House:

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Opera House:






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