Let me start by saying that Year 2013 was the “Year of cool Grandpa” because I know 40 years down the road my grandkids would be gathering around my rocking chair, begging for another story from this year. “Oh.. when I was volunteering in Nueva La Merced, Guatemala…”
When writing this post, I went through all my posts. It was amazing that the blog has a total of 85 post already and I love all of them! *some self love going on here* It was an Awesome year, despite getting robbed of everything precious I owned, not showering for an entire week, and having hot llama blood smeared on my face, I love every single moment of it. If I were to die of some weird disease that consist of me staring at the computer screen for too long, just know that I am happy and you should be for me too. (P.S. Don’t tell this to my mum)
Mexico, my favorite country in this trip. I ended up going back again to Mexico and stayed a total of 10 weeks. When I looked back, it might be because of the road-side taco stands and Corona. Definitely also go to Puebla which is 2 hours away!
I want to thank everyone who graciously accepted me into your home with welcoming hugs. It takes huge courage to invite a stranger to your house and for that you all deserve the Nobel Brave Award. You guys are great and I have learnt so much from every single one of you. Most cool stuff in the house: Lyn, the hoarder.
Most creative house: Lam Le.
Favorite wedding: Sarahbeth and Tyler
Favorite Recipe: Twice Baked Potato
Favorite Craft Project: Valentine Surprise Poster
I learnt to be kind to people and you will be delightedly surprise: Random acts of kindness
Finally, guess what was the favorite post from you guys – me being a bum! (153 likes!)
Singapore, here I come!
It’s healthy vegetable, delicious fungus, jasmine rice and egg, all my favorite ingredients put into a deep bowl mixed with sesame oil and Korean spicy sauce. This is the famous Korean Bibimbap which is Korean for “leftovers.” (Literally, it means “mixed with rice”) This versatile dish can be made almost everywhere as long as there is a Korean store selling sesame oil and the special sauce.
Eun ju, my Korean friend is here to introduce you her version of the healthy and delicious Bbimbap.
1 Big Zucchini
1 Big Carrot
1 Big fresh Onion
Handful of Bean sprout
Handful of Mushrooms
500ml Jasmine Rice
Spicy Korean Sauce (Gochujang)
Bibimbap requires some basic cutting skill – Get on your chef hat and start chopping. I’ve provided a short tutorial to get you started.
Julienne the Carrots and Zucchini
Cut the Eggplant twice as big as Julienne
Slice the Onions and mushrooms
Stir-fry each ingredient separately until cooked (garlic and salt optional)
Pan-fried the egg (Sunny side up)
Plate the rice and ingredients
Serve with 1tbsp of Spicy sauce and 2 tbsp of Sesame oil
– V-cut the onions at the back to make it easier to separate
– You should be able to taste each ingredient (don’t overcook or over seasoned it)
– Meat can be cut into cube size and fry (make sure it’s juicy)
– Korean Kimchi can be added as well
– Basically, any vegetables that you fancy!
Yes, I know. It’s been a month since any update on the blog. Don’t blame me! I’ve been trying hard to find inspiration in China and it took me longer than I thought – looking at generic buildings after buildings. My trip started out in Guangzhou visiting the Huang Fei Hong museum, which is horrible by the way, then quickly got out of the city and headed to Chang Sha, Hunan in search of the “Avatar land”. After some local advices, I abandoned my Avatar adventure and brought a plane ticket to Kuming in the Yunan province. Thank you, Uhaw for the advice*
Its mountain, vegetations, Yaks, horses and rice fields here in Yunan. I’m in love, especially with a place called Old Dali (大理) in Yunan. I managed to made some new friend who runs Cafe Nani here in Dali.
It’s the end of Autumn here and the big juicy oranges are everywhere. I am excited to share this cute little recipe with you guys prepared by my newly made friends!
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Stuffed French toast, where have you been all my life?
Traveling and living in California has not been easy with the drastic change in culture. Lucky for me, I am blessed to be surrounded with warm and amazing people. Today, I am going to share a story on how I met a stranger who became a
friend family member.
It was a day before going to meet a wedding planner in Sacramento, a stranger added me on Facebook. I proceed to stalk on her and found out that she studied in Raffles Girl School, which is one of the top school in Singapore and is also a wedding photographer. I accepted her friendly request and briefly message each other on Facebook to schedule a meet-up her workplace. I drove over to her Sacramento feeling excited to meet this stranger. Who would have guess that this stranger is
a really good the top 20 wedding photographers in America and have TWO assistants. The rest is history. She housed me, cooked for me, helped me to secure my current internship and introduced me to wedding jobs. Her name is *drum roll*, Caroline Winata of Milou and Olin Photography.
Today, she made everyone some super yummy breakfast.
Click here to learn the recipe.
Let’s get into some good old american tradition and nail down this deliciously sinful recipe, Mac n Cheese. A good Mac and Cheese is all about the creamy cheese sauce and a little crust on top. Too often, the dish, is baked till its dried out and curdles. The cheese is crucial to this recipe. For best flavor, I like extra sharp Cheddar. I combined the pasta with the sauce and broil the top to achieve the crispy top instead of putting it in the oven.
Click here for the recipe.