Here I am: 2013

In keeping with last year‘s tradition, here is quick list of my various milestones from 2013:

  • February: Resigned from my job.
  • March: Embraced unemployment with open arms.
  • April: Visited Walhalla. Adopted Danbo.
  • May: Purchased NEX-5R (Pepper) and Fujifilm Instax 8 (Chocobo).
  • June: Turned 20. Experienced a mini epiphany.
  • July: Visited Singapore. Travelled to Lang Kawi.
  • August: Watched my first AFL match (Richmond versus Carlton).
  • September: A rough and arduous month.
  • October: Completed my second year at university.
  • November: TWINS’s 2 Year Anniversary. Began researching for studying abroad.
  • December: Experienced 11/12/13. Enrolled in Japanese. Found employment. Started driving.

Come to think of it, 2013 has been a fruitful year. It was far from perfect, but I think the experiences from the past twelve months has helped me mature. With the lessons I learnt, here are a few of my resolutions for 2014:

  • Academically: Prioritise better. Build a better study habit.
  • Socially: Be more approachable and friendly. Surround myself with positive people.
  • Mentally: Stay optimistic. Worry less.
  • Physically: Exercise regularly.

2014 is going to be one heck of a year, I already know it.


Tis The Season

I can’t believe it’s this time of the year again. It feels like it’s only been a little while since I wrote this post.

This year’s festivities has been comparably bland. That said, we finally have a tree to decorate! My cousin’s family visited earlier this month and bought one for us before they left. We never bothered with decorations before but I must say it has been really nice. I’m kind of dreading taking it down though…

Moving on, Mum and I have barely been home the past week. The temple is having its annual retreat and we’ve been caught up with helping out. As a result, we missed celebrating Christmas Eve with Dad. I felt pretty bad and to make up for it, I made pancakes for breakfast for Christmas Day.

I remember my first attempt at making pancakes years ago. They were all undercooked and mushy. My poor parents ate every single piece. This time they were perfect; evenly cooked on both sides and the sizes were consistent.

I’m going to try to make Christmas pancakes our new tradition. It’s certainly less work than a full-course meal!

Anyway, I wanted to finish off this post by wishing all my readers a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Thank-you for your support this year.

I hope everyone ends 2013 on a positive note! Stay safe!

It’s Sobarashii

sobarashii™ (ソバラシイ)- A made-up adjective that plays on the Japanese word for wonderful, subarashii (素晴らしい), and the Japanese name for buckwheat, soba (そば).

There comes a point in everyone’s lives where they become more cautious of the food they eat. For me, that time has come.

After seeing a particularly alarming video, I decided to revise my eating habits. I admit: I’m not the best cook. I’ve cooked for my family before, however I’m only able to when I have every ingredient required in the recipe. Improvising? They didn’t teach me that in home ec.

I am learning though.

One ingredient I have come to appreciate is soba. It’s extremely good for health and aids in weight loss. Also, they are perfect for summer when served cold. Which is why soba is one of the two key ingredients in this sobarashii™ Japanese inspired dish.

You will need:

  • Soba
  • Roasted sesame dressing
  • Fresh vegetables

Notice I didn’t include any measurements? That’s because this recipe is really flexible. You can adjust accordingly to whatever ingredients you have and however much you’d like.

In terms of dressing, I recommend Kewpie. It’s a little expensive but they are divine and tastes absolutely delicious. They really make this dish, which is why it is the second key ingredient.

Back to the recipe:

1. Prepare your vegetables beforehand. Once ready, place your noodles in a pot of boiling water.

I suggest adding a small amount of oil to prevent the soba from sticking to each other. Keep a watchful eye on them; They cook quickly and can become a mushy mess. It is ready when you can break off parts of the noodle with applied pressure.

2. Drain the hot water and place noodles into a strainer. Quickly run the noodles under cold water. Toss the noodles as water is running to cool them quickly. Remove excess water and place onto a plate.

3. Serve with the vegetables and sesame dressing. To eat, mix all ingredients together.

Super easy, super delicious.

It’s nothing elaborate and perhaps a recipe is a little unnecessary. But I really enjoyed eating this and I wanted to share it with my readers. Hopefully it will provide some ideas to people looking for a healthy yet hassle free meal.