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DIY YOUR MARC JACOBS GOOGLY EYES WHATEVER



This is so refreshingly easy. Makes us want to just pick up that glue gun and just googly eye everything around us.

HOW WOULD YOU SAY GOODBYE TO A PERSON YOU HAD AN APOCALYPSE WITH

We found this in one of our messy folders of mails received and as ambiguous as it is, it broke our hearts.

Here it goes:

I am on the plane now and as usual, it is taking a while to take off. This is an evening flight and I cannot wait for it to take off so I can order a beer on this budget airline. Somehow, I like the transaction. I pay for how much I drink. And then I remembered how much I have not travelled. What was the last time? I remember. So jaded from work travel. I like this ruggedness all of a sudden. Was always fancy.

The plane moved and I saw the lights and I was inhaling the fresh air in the cabin as supposed to the haze outside. I cried a little knowing my family and friends are not doing the same. And then before I know it, I flighted.

And then I wished the person who was sitting next to me was you. Only that he was a fili with his family. And how I wished when I was listening to my podcast that we had this dual earphone thingy that we would smile at each other and laugh and squeeze our hands so tight. All these, I missed with a person and it wasn't  until I have spoken to u that I think I could even be remotely possible.

Maybe it isn't you. Maybe it is me. Maybe all of a sudden my heart is open after five years. I don't know but why are you in this moment then? Either go away or stay. Simple. Don't text or text in a consistent manner.

I took some pictures after takeoff and nothing was clear. I frowned. Why was this happening? And supposedly I am going away to fix something in my life  is a secret to my family. And I have left them in the fumes. I whelmed up inside. With my work laptop on my feet. With my heart heavy leaving my team behind, what do I have for myself? I wonder. What am I living for?

And I think of you. And why you? I don't even know you. But you have been on my mind. Who are you? And wake up to see if you were the one who texted. But no. Why are you occupying my mind and I yearn to see ur name appear on my phone. And the crappiest of it all. I don't even know your full name. Yes I know your last name, not your middle. And you never appear.

Please say goodbye in a nice way and then we block each other. This is a bit ridiculous. It would make a lot of difference if u were here and also without the traveling lifestyle. I tried that myself. And saw someone who had that, failed terribly. And then I met you and we know nothing of each other.


AQUARIUSES, OUR BIRTHDAYS ARE HERE SOON. HOW TRUE HAVE YOU BEEN TO YOURSELVES?

COOKING ISRAEL COUSCOUS FOR THE FIRST TIME


I cooked Israeli Couscous today for the first time. I have ordered it and it is just sitting in the dry pantry for a while now. I sat on cooking this couscous because it is carbs anyhow. I thought I would stay with the quinoa for a while. Except that I have the frequent craving for noodles. I try to go for buckwheat if I cook for myself. I cannot really help it if I am eating out.

So Israeli Couscous, I like it. It is in a fun round shape and it is chewy like barley. Apart from the carbs, it is high in selenium which is good for anti-aging properties.

The Bob's brand asked for 1 cup of Israeli Couscous to 1 1/4cups of water. I find this too wet for my liking. This is what i would try next time.
  • A teaspoon of olive oil
  • 1 cup couscous
  • 1 cup water
  1. Heat the oil in a non stick pan. 
  2. Pour in the couscous and lightly toast it. It needs to be slightly brown in colour.
  3. Pour in room temperature water, leaving it at low fire. Cover and simmer until water is absorb. Let is steam until cooked through.
I continued to 'stir fry' it with the other already sauteed ingredients, almost to make the couscous a bit dryer than what 1 1/4 cups of water did to it. This is what else I added to it.
  • caramelised red onion
  • carrots diced and cooked with onions
  • broccoli stem diced and cooked with onions
  • some bird eye's chilli for heat
  • salted dried shrimps
  • roasted shiitake mushrooms
  • leftover roast chicken

SUSTAINABLE HEALTHY FRUGAL EATING. PRE-COOKED MEALS, PROJECT LUNCHBOX AND ONE POT MEALS


I have been eating quite frugally. This is a little experiment I am trying just to see how easy or difficult it is to cook and pack lunch to work. Of course I have the occasional urge to eat out, just to be served, or to eat something that I cannot prepare myself. It takes a considerable amount of will power to work out this little eating project for the week but once I got into the momentum, it is not much effort at all.

I shall describe how I sustain this habit. The key is to have a good pantry, and these are my staples that I cannot do without.

DRY CABINET STAPLES

  • Cargo rice: I have opted out of white rice, only when eating out or when the family cooks it. It is nutty and chewy.
  • Couscous: This is too easy. Just hot water, stock cube, cover and fluff. I keep some of this at work in case I need it for an emergency meal or when I do not time to prepare it the night before.
  • Quinoa: I opt for this when I have already had too much carbs in the week. This is a good source of proteins that taste just like rice or couscous. It is crunchy too, so it adds a lot of fun to eating it.
  • Buckwheat noodles: Daiso (a Japanese $2 shop) sells 4 servings of this in a packet. I always pick this over cha soba which is wheat noodles with green tea because there is more fibre in buckwheat. This is good cold or boiled and then stir fried.
  • Buckwheat noodles sauce: Daiso sells this for $2 a pop and it is one of the best tasting soba sauce at this price. I use this for flavouring couscous and quinoa too.
  • Oats: Not just for breakfast and not just sweet. I use oats to make savoury chinese congee.
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil: Good for light frying and flavouring salads. I pour some of this into the buckwheat noodles when I refrigerate it for lunchbox the next day so they do not clump together.
  • Coconut oil: This is gold. It is good for cooking and flavouring food. You can use it for desserts and savoury dishes. It makes everything so much more tasty that you do not need much else.
  • Stock cubes: Guilty. But stock cubes are not so bad. They add a lot of flavour to anything and helps to make quick soups too.
  • Herbs and spices: I cannot do without these. I am a junkie and I have almost everything. Cinnamon, cardamon, coriander seeds, fennel, cumin...etc. A few of these tossed with root vegetables and coconut oil in the oven is awesome. They are easy to flavour simple put together dishes with any of the above staples.
  • Plain flour: For the odd onion bread that I love with olive oil and turmeric. Yummy. (need yeast of course)
  • Vinegar and other dressings: Some simple dressings from Daiso again, onion and perilla dressings. Lime juice for thai inspired salads and soups.

REFRIDGERATOR STAPLES

  • Miso: This makes a quick dip for vegetables, marinate for meats, soup base and even a quick salad dressing.
  • Kimchi: This is quick for putting into a lunchbox or tossing with dry cabinet staples with you do not have vegetables. It can be added to a miso based soup too.
  • Pickles: Works the same as kimchi.
  • Tofu: I like to make scrambled tofu 'fried rice' when I get bored of dry cabinet staples. You can marinate tofu in spiced soy sauce too and have it as is, pan fried or roasted.

KITCHEN STAPLES

  • Onion and garlic: This is a no brainer. They flavour everything. Make a batch of caramelised onions for the week and you can toss it into anything, or top it onto soups. I like thinly sliced onions with my cold noodles too.
  • Sweet potatoes: I seldom have this but if I do have to have potatoes, I would pick sweet potatoes. It is just so much better for you than regular potatoes. I always like to foil wrap a few of these and pop them into the oven while roasting or baking something else.
  • Cauliflower: I am in love with this. This is so good roasted or made into a soup.
  • Broccoli: This has to be one of the most nutritious vegetable you can it.
  • Kai Lan: This is a chinese vegetable and it is a species of broccoli just like broccolinis. They are a bit bitter but tasty nonetheless. Loads of nutrition in here like broccoli.
  • Carrots: This root will keep for a while.

TIPS FOR COOKING FOR THE WEEK

  • Batch cooking: I usually roast a whole batch of vegetable like broccoli, cauliflower, carrots and whatever looks good in the market. This batch of vegetable goes into most things like couscous, quinoa, noodles or just by themselves.
  • Instant: It doesn't need to be unhealthy. Miso paste into soup with buckwheat noodles, seaweed and chilli oil is very very yummy. You can add a lot of other things like ginger and garlic to flavour the soup, and just add meat or veg to top it off. Oh yes, and if you have instant oats, how can that be unhealthy in any way?
  • Just add water: I sometimes cook more savoury oats than I need and I just heat what I need in the pot and then add whatever I have in the fridge to top it off.
I hope this will give you some ideas for healthy frugal cooking. Let us know if you have any good tips that you cannot live without.

3-INGREDIENT COOKIE. OR JUST 2-INGREDIENT IF YOU LIKE

Just a banana, some raisins and 1 cup of oats. Bake or microwave.

Leave out the raisins and you have a simple base recipe with only 2 ingredients. I would leave the raisins out and put in some spices like nutmeg and cinnamon. I have been reading other recipes and it basically boils down to this:

  • 1 cup of banana. This is about 2 bananas, not the 1 banana as mentioned in this video. 
  • 1 cup of oats. So if you only have 1 banana, it will only need 1/2 cup of oats.
  • Bake at 180°C for 15 minutes. Or as the video suggested, 1.5 minutes in the microwave.
  • I have read that you can replace the banana with pumpkin or apple sauce or apple butter. It is just a matter of experimenting.

I WOULD BE STARVING IF I WERE TO FOLLOW THIS HAND GUIDE TO PORTION CONTROL

I am tall and lanky. Which probably means that my hand is too small to measure portions for me. Also, doctors have told me my feet are too small for my proportion that is why I have weak ankles. So, what is this portion control about? If I were to follow this control, I would be banned on the catwalk in 2016. Aren't they banning over skinny people now?

Surely this is for a meal. But isn't that way too little?

RESOLUTION FOR 2016

OF COURSE WE DO NOT NEED TO WAIT TILL THIS TIME OF THE YEAR TO WRITE OUR RESOLUTION BUT THIS IS TO REMIND OURSELVES WHAT WE HAVE BEEN DOING ALREADY AND TO CONTINUE DOING IT STRONG. 1. TO DOWNGRADE AND DOWNSIZE. WE HAVE WAY TOO MANY THINGS, WAY TOO MANY NONSENSE. WE HAVE TO DOWNGRADE MORE AND REMEMBER THAT WE ARE INSPIRED BY THE TINY HOUSE MOVEMENT. 2. TO CONTINUE COOKING AND LEARN NEW WAYS TO MAKE DELICIOUS AND QUICK MEALS. TO CONTINUE TO BRING OUR LUNCHES. 3. TO MAKE EVERYTHING WORTHWHILE. EVERYTHING NEEDS TO BE EFFICIENT. WE ONLY LIVE ONCE, WHY WASTE TIME ON THINGS AND PEOPLE WHO ARE NOT WORTH IT. 4. TO BLOG AGAIN, AND MORE. WE HAVE NEGLECTED THIS PART OF OUR LIVES. 5. TO EXPAND OUR SOCIAL CIRCLE IN THE WAY THAT IT DOES NOT COMPROMISE NO.3. NOT EVERYONE DESERVE OUR TIME AND EFFORT. 6. TO NOT BUY THINGS THAT WE DO NOT NEED. THINGS ARE MATERIAL AND WE CANNOT BRING IT WITH US ANYWHERE. ALWAYS FOCUS ON BUYING EXPERIENCE. 7. EAT AND DRINK HEALTHIER. WE ARE ALREADY DOING WELL, WE JUST HAVE TO DO IT MORE. 8. TO UNPLUG OURSELVES FROM 'WORK', AND UNDERSTAND THAT THERE IS LIFE BEYOND THAT AND THAT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT. 9. LIVE LIFE AND DO WHAT WE DEEM FIT. PEOPLE MIGHT TALK NOW, BUT THEY ONLY CARE BECAUSE OF POLITICS. A FEW WEEKS AND MONTHS DOWN THE ROAD, WHO CARES. 10. NEVER GIVE UP ON OURSELVES, BECAUSE, NO ONE ELSE WILL CARE MORE THAN WE DO.

#2016RESOLUTION

HAPPINESS 061215

HOMEMADE CHILI SAUCE IS THE BEST. WE CAN EAT IT ALL DAY LONG. A SOBERING WEEKEND IN HOPE OF A NEW CHAPTER. RAINY, LAZY WEEKEND, MIGRAINE SATURDAY, LAZY SUNDAY. TICK TOCK, DECEMBER. JESSICA JONES MARATHON. SERATONIN & MELATONIN. LEARNING HOW TO HAVE RESERVES.

WISDOM FROM FRANCIS MALLMANN IN CHEF'S TABLE

"My big draw in life since I was very young is believing only in myself and not letting myself be led by anybody. I want to be my own. I wanted to do whatever I wanted."


OUR FRIEND SAID SHE THOUGHT OF US WHEN SHE WATCHED THIS

What memories are made of.

I'll just go on
Thinking and forgetting
Turning and reaching
Loving and lying

A ROMANTIC STROLL

[11/7/2015, 12:17 AM] Sg:  Just sweet things like shoulders, head,...
[11/7/2015, 12:19 AM] Ale: Oh yes
[11/7/2015, 12:19 AM] Sg: That's cool.
[11/7/2015, 12:19 AM] Sg: Sometimes I like to take long walks
[11/7/2015, 12:20 AM] Sg: And when I come home at night. And and I walk with a shadow, I imagine it is someone (and in this case, let's say u)
[11/7/2015, 12:22 AM] Sg: And I walk in the dark with the street lamps and I see my shadows. I walk myself home and I imagine u walking next to me. And u walk with me home. And I would listen to my music or my podcast and sometimes I imagine holding ur hand in our shadows. And then I reach home. And it becomes sad. Because I don't see ur shadow in on the ground anymore
[11/7/2015, 12:23 AM] Sg: Oh ale. Don't freak out right. Just talking imaginary. Poetically. Not about u
[11/7/2015, 12:28 AM] Ale: I know!
[11/7/2015, 12:28 AM] Ale: That's beautiful ��
[11/7/2015, 12:28 AM] Ale: And sad too
[11/7/2015, 12:29 AM] Sg: And then when u do leave
[11/7/2015, 12:30 AM] Sg: It is like my heart is going to fall out of my chest. And I have to hold my breathe so hard and put my hand on my chest
[11/7/2015, 12:31 AM] Ale: You should write something
[11/7/2015, 12:31 AM] Sg: As if to keep my heart in, from falling out. From the pieces from breaking and falling into pieces on the ground
[11/7/2015, 12:32 AM] Sg: I have to push it in. So hard that hopefully it would stay in. And I would lay down with at the pieces would stay in shape and hold its place as I pass out in the midst of drowning in tears
[11/7/2015, 12:32 AM] Sg: Yeah. I thought I could be some kind of heart break poet
[11/7/2015, 12:33 AM] Ale: Definitely
[11/7/2015, 12:33 AM] Ale: Wish I could
[11/7/2015, 12:33 AM] Ale: But men are simple
[11/7/2015, 12:33 AM] Sg: Tell me
[11/7/2015, 12:33 AM] Ale: At least me ��
[11/7/2015, 12:33 AM] Sg: They r not romantic?
[11/7/2015, 12:33 AM] Sg: Not yearning ?
[11/7/2015, 12:33 AM] Sg: I don't know
[11/7/2015, 12:33 AM] Sg: I am a romantic. Even born on Valentine's Day
[11/7/2015, 12:34 AM] Sg: I am creative. Not like u. U r musical. I am artistic
[11/7/2015, 12:36 AM] Ale: I know
[11/7/2015, 12:36 AM] Ale: I mean me I don't have that
[11/7/2015, 12:36 AM] Ale: When I was in love maybe
[11/7/2015, 12:37 AM] Sg: But now, as I lay exhausted from the hamster wheel of a week. I imagine as if the person I am writing to as someone who would read this just to read this as pure words as I need to regurgitate.
[11/7/2015, 12:38 AM] Sg: That perhaps if u were him, whoever he is. I am exhausted and I wish as I am writing this, u were next to me. That u would put ur hand and ur fingers through my hair and massage my head and tell me that I am silly to be on the mobile.
[11/7/2015, 12:40 AM] Ale: Hah
[11/7/2015, 12:41 AM] Sg: And I would look up at u and smile and u would kiss my forehead and I would put my phone down. We would even contemplate watching a video but u would shut the laptop and put it on the floor and then light the aroma lamp and switch off all the lights. And come back to bed, hug me so tight and just keep stroking my hair and tell me about your day. And even better, what we would be doing over the weekend. What for breakfast and who would cook it
[11/7/2015, 12:44 AM] Sg: And we would fight Coz I don't like pancakes and I want to cook eggs. And there would be a pillow fight    Just too exhausting after a long week of work that I would give up and just hand you the pillow as you slap the pillow into my face. I fall onto the bed and just close my eyes. You pick my head up and place a pillow under and then your arm. And u hold me and we sleep. Me breathing into your neck just so u know I am breathing and alive next to u. And u holding me just so u keep me warm, and safe and then I would never go too far away from u
[11/7/2015, 12:44 AM] Ale: Did you have that before?
[11/7/2015, 12:44 AM] Sg: I imagine it
[11/7/2015, 12:45 AM] Sg: I had it close. Not that how I wrote it but one day. I am still optimistic I will find that person
[11/7/2015, 12:45 AM] Sg: I am not hoping for the sky. It is simple
[11/7/2015, 12:52 AM] Sg: And occasional, I would have a bad sleep. And I would cry in my sleep. And u would wake me. And I would sub consciously ask wtf what's going on. U would kiss me on my neck and face and hug me so tight and spoon me and say, nothing. It is ok now. Nothing happened. I am here. And we would fall back to sleep. With me being oblivious of the bad dream. And then waking up the next day, just opening my eyes slightly and seeing ur closed eyes next to me, even when I am slowly letting the light into my eyes. I see you. I close my eyes again just to check if I was dreaming. I open my eyes again and u are still there. I watch u for a while. And then I close my eyes and cuddle closer to u. U hug me tighter. I fall back to sleep together with u
[11/7/2015, 12:52 AM] Ale: I had that
[11/7/2015, 12:52 AM] Ale: Twice
[11/7/2015, 12:52 AM] Ale: Is the best
[11/7/2015, 12:53 AM] Sg: Yes.  I miss it
[11/7/2015, 12:53 AM] Ale: But after it was the worst
[11/7/2015, 12:53 AM] Sg: Doesn't happen often
[11/7/2015, 12:54 AM] Sg: I swear to myself. It will happen to me again. Another time. One last time.
[11/7/2015, 12:54 AM] Ale: Of course
[11/7/2015, 12:54 AM] Sg: But it is something I cannot force
[11/7/2015, 12:54 AM] Sg: This is chemistry
[11/7/2015, 12:54 AM] Ale: Always happen.. Someday
[11/7/2015, 12:54 AM] Sg: It seldom happen

HOW DOES WORK MAKE YOU FEEL?


Sometimes work makes us feel like the gif. Not a good sign. How are you feeling at work today?

THE STRAIN S02E12 QUOTE

She is lesbian, they had an affair together. Her lesbian lover is not dead. She got kidnapped by to vampires and he went to save her when they were about the kill her. She needs to make things work with her lesbian lover. But he loves her anyway. She said: "I don't make it easy for you do I?" And he said: "Good things don't come easy."

Heart break.
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