One Pot Pasta Quickie

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

I have been getting quite a few questions on what I eat on I try to eat as clean and lean as possible but that is pretty much impossible and not wallet friendly, especially when eating out. My kitchen is where I am really choosy about the kind of food that I choose to nourish my body with. Very unfortunately, with such pickiness (often overly picky) I recently experienced dizziness and fatigue. That really scared the crap out of me and after much procrastination and pushing from the boyfriend, I finally visited the doctor. The results of the blood test is yet ready but the doctor did mention that I have a slight low blood pressure which could be normal for my size. I could clearly feel how my body wasn't acting the same. Fingers crossed that everything is fine. 

See, I cannot diet, even if I wanted to. I can never be stick thin, I am not and I don't want to be. :)

Here is a real quick and nutritious pasta recipe(vegan friendly) which I tweaked a lil from Pinterest.

Here is what you need:

For 3 servings

I have used:

200g of Spaghetti (depending of how much you think will be enough)
1 Bunch of Spinach
3 Tablespoons of Peas
1.5 Cup of Sliced Mushrooms
2 Cloves of Garlic (minced)
1/2 Teaspoon of Thyme
150ml of Double Cream (aka Heavy Cream)
4 Tablespoon of Grated Parmesan Cheese

And because I love white wine in my pasta,  1 Generous Splash of Sauvignon Blanc.

In a large pot, place spaghetti, mushroom, peas, garlic, thyme and 2 1/4 cups of water, season with salt and pepper (to your liking).

Bring it to boil and add in spinach. Once Spinach is just cooked, drain excess water, leaving just about enough for the bottom of the pot. Stir in double cream and parmesan cheese. Add in a generous splash of white wine and cook until reduced. 

Serve white it's hot.


Hopefully, you are satisfied with this quickie. Cheers!


Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Strangers could be kinder than loved ones.

Sometimes, people who think they truly know us, often give themselves too much authority to judge us and to treat us the way they think we should be treated. With all good intentions, they unintentionally hurt us because at the end of the day only ourselves truly know what we want. Others might think that they know what we need but they forgot that they are humans and they may be wrong. Either they are right or wrong it doesn't make us happy when we are not treated the way we want to. 

Them being right= us being sad, them being wrong=us being sad and blaming them in the future.

 Perhaps they thought that they would rather run the risks of us blaming them if they were wrong. But even if they were right, feelings are sabotaged and neglected along the way, and it may never be mended. More often than not, we would prefer falling and hurting ourselves than feeling hurt when corrected. Because we learn and appreciate better not through what people think is right for us, but through mistakes we make and the pain of making mistakes. Eventually, who is anyone to judge FOR anyone? On what basis do we think that we are a better judge? None of us have experienced every experience in the world to tell others that we know better. What might seem to be a mistake for one may be the greatest choice with best possible outcome for another. People will be more grateful to be able to seek comfort during down times than to have guidance (which would be deemed as rubbing salt to wound). A good example would be that friend that we all hated because it seems like he/she knows it all, he/she may want the best for us, but when we confide, we seek comfort but not guidance. And we observe that this relationship is strained.  We all want what we think is the best for our loved ones, but maybe it is time to just show love through presence and only advise when asked to. We are all grateful for refuge, aren't we?

P.S. Thank you Melissa for the great conversation last Saturday.

With my photographer of the day, @nylonpixie. <333

Got Lucky.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

I am bad at making connections with people. 
Especially in recent years, moving onto tertiary education and there is barely any fixed class like in Secondary/ Primary school. Most of my best friends are from secondary school.  Even though they are my best friends, the number of times we meet is no more than the seasons of the year. But I am always very excited and touched that we have never lost the connection. You know the thing where life happens and everyone is busy with school and their most convenient social circle. It is never possible to just have 1 best friend, because each friend is unique and the activities we engage in are different. Say, some friends enjoy taking pretty pictures and won't mind going the miles, while some friends better enjoy sipping tea and catching up with life. I enjoy their company so much that silence is never uncomfortable. Contact is limited but my thoughts of them never ceased. During the dimmest time of my life, when foolish thoughts surface in my head, I thought of my friends and I knew that if I were to confide into them they would render me unimaginable support. I am bad with my words, so I understand how even when they don't say much or can't help, they will always be there for me. The only best friend who is plagued by my everyday problems and my crazy issues, is none other than my boyfriend( thankful to have him too, my full time counselor). 

I think I am very lucky to have the friends that I have got. Heard too many stories about friendship dramas, backstabbing, being fake and etc. The friendships that I have are really genuine. One of these friendships is a dear one between Boo and I. After lower secondary school, we naturally drifted apart as we got into different classes. I was not really proactive to contact her as I was quite occupied with whatever was on hand.  So I thought that was the end of us. We did not talk besides wishing each other Happy Birthday and giving small gifts. It was only after 4-5 years, that we begin meeting up again.  Our first meeting after so many years, almost left me in tears because I was too happy that we could still talk and there wasn't any awkwardness between us! WHAT MAGIC! :') This goes for my dearest Lao Wu and Lao Huang! <333 I have too many good friends to list but they all have a special place in my heart.

 Sometimes I would just close my eyes and think about how lucky I am to have met such wonderful people. I am perhaps one of those entertaining friends who fill them up with my crazy stories(crazy just because I am crazy and so I react crazy and things get crazy). I WANT TO HUG THEM ALL NOW AND CRY! :') I am so blessed to have all of my friends, thank you for being here as I grow and I hope to be a better friend for all of you.


Tuesday, March 3, 2015

THIS BLOG IS STILL ALIVE! I am super determined this time to keep it alive! Ohmygod, I did not realised that it has been weeks since I last posted, even on my Instagram. I was pretty lazy to scroll through social media. I am pretty occupied with my day time activities, which I cannot even remember what I spent my time on. It reached a point where I was pretty reluctant to even look at Instagram, but it felt weird to not look through it. Meanwhile, I was surprised to receive quite a bit of attention on my I would say the whole experience was pretty positive. It made me less regretful of the choices that I have made and I was really happy receive encouragements from others. Thank you everyone, I am doing my best everyday to grow in ways, even the smallest form. I cannot express how happy I am that I am a more contented person right now.


P.S. Count the number of "pretty"s used. Perhaps I am feeling pretty pretty today! :p