Bauble Collection #1: The Sleeping Beauty

I am finally back after a crazy hectic April (I shall write about being a caretaker for the sick in another post) and I am ready to try my hand at e-commerce! I’ve always wanted to design jewelry, earrings, specifically because it is close to impossible to find something that will suit my style and personal taste AND most importantly, cost under $200 SGD cause this girl here likes her diamonds and nothing from our favourite costume jewelry store, Lovisa seems to cut it anymore. I spend ages trawling the likes of Etsy but still… people are either selling custom made jewellery that are so beautiful but still costs a bomb or the finicky China-made (but claims to be Korean-made) variety.

Allow me to introduce to you… The Muffinface approved baubles that I have tried and tested for a year; tweaking the design as I went along so that it’ll be comfortable enough to wear these babies to sleep, hence the inspiration for my first collection ever! I even shower with them sometimes because this girl here is lazy.  I don’t call them my everyday earrings because the first two, especially are my top picks for EVERYWEAR (everywhere)!

1. The Rose Gold Pearlettes

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I’ve got a guilty pleasure when it comes to enjoying anything Chanel-esque, if you know what I mean. I adore Coco Chanel’s timeless elegance and I would carry any of her bags in a heartbeat but when it comes to jewelry… I prefer to go down the understated look. Something that doesn’t scream I’M DOING A FREE PRODUCT PLACEMENT HERE!

You wear the earrings. Don’t let the earrings wear you.

Made with 925 silver 🙂

SGD 13.00, with free normal mail for local orders!

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2. The Cool Silver Pearlettes

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Sister to the Rose Gold ones above, I cannot resist having it made in silver too. Silver brings out the sparkle from the man-made gem stones that adorn these baubles! I switch between the two colours quite often, depending on my choice of necklace and rings.

Made with 925 silver 🙂

SGD 13.00, with free normal mail for local orders!

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3. Vintage Teal Earrings

I have a soft spot for anything teal because I feel an overwhelming sense of calm wash over me. These earrings are so versatile – it’ll compliment an all black outfit with a pop of colour but it’ll also further soften your look if you are into more pastel hues. Wear it for a picnic. Or pair these with your boho dress and a bunch of gemstone rings and you’re channeling Esmerelda.

SGD 8.00, with free normal mail for local orders!

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So there you have it! I acutally set up shop on my own little corner of the vast world wide web. I’m happy. Time to go do the other thing I do – financial consulting.

Life Update: First Quarter of the Year is almost up!

I’ve got a couple of posts that I am still researching and writing, one of which I hope you will find useful when it comes to deciding on whether or not your agent ripped you off – so stay tuned for that! It will be focusing on my view as both a consumer and insurance peddler  I meant financial consultant (hehe). Stay tuned for that!

I haven’t written anything since Valentine’s day because I didn’t think there was anything worth publishing. My thought process goes something like this… would it ruin my curated site if I were to just publish whatever I liked, as if this is Twitter? Or would it just add to my authenticity as a lazy, unfiltered specimen of the humankind – one which I am not even sure exists anymore today. Everybody is constantly doing exciting things, holidaying at the most exotic villas while here I am… still pretty much trying my best to be consistent at something. Anything, honestly!

A few exciting updates that happened over the first quarter

1. My boyfriend and I finally applied for a flat!

I immersed myself in calculations for days and we are currently in the midst of trying to figure out if we should pay off the loan via cash instead of CPF (after the initial downpayment of course) because I want him to be able to have a nice cash cushion when the time comes. Plus, if we were to transfer some money from the Ordinary Account to his Special Account, he will be able to enjoy a 5% growth each year, without fail! There are pros and cons to this of course… this means that we won’t be able to enjoy tax rebates on top of everything else. And there is also that constant fear of never having enough cash on hand… what if my bf loses his job. What if i just suck so bad I have no sales for 6 months straight? BUT it does mean that if we choose to sell the flat in future to upgrade or whatever, we will have more cash in hand. Which is why we chose to start with an inexpensive starter home.

SHAMELESS PLUG: DROP ME A MESSAGE IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO SPEAK TO ME ABOUT BUDGETING AND PLANNING FOR YOUR HOME. I am just as interested as you are in the current policies surrounding this and many more.

2. I started swimming again

Yes this I did! It was all thanks to that random night where my friend Aida invited me over to join her friends for a late night swim. It was so last minute that I actually bought the ugliest and most oversized spandex swim top (is that even a thing??) from Giant! Way to go, great first impression. I had so much fun with the girls that I started swimming more on my own by myself. It helps that I have access to a public pool just a stone’s throw away from where I live. I can feel myself panting at first… but hey, it’s been getting much better! The only problem is that I get SO HUNGRY after a swim! Madness!!!!

3. I am planning a little soft launch for…

Aside from my usual business of insuring people, I have been sourcing and working with this company to bring in some very gorgeous pieces of _____ at very affordable prices! I cannot wait to show you guys what it looks like! I’ve been working on designing the packaging it’s truly been an exciting little project. I am only bringing in 20 pieces of these to test the demand. So… yes. Maybe it’s your kinda thing… maybe it’s not. All I know is that I REALLY LIKE IT.

Alright, that is it for now. Heading out in a bit – meeting my book club for a read-aloud session! I’ve always wanted to perform (theater) but never got the guts to do so! I was always worried that none of the costumes fit me and all the wardrobe masters and mistresses would hate me and curse me. The closest I ever came to performing was probably reading “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” very animatedly to a bunch of kids… so yes, I am very happy to read a few paragraphs in my lovely crisp voice for a few adults over a cup of tea!

5 things I’ve learnt about love & relationships the past 10 years

I thought it might be apt to write about this, seeing that I’ve had the privilege to fail so many times when it comes to relationships. My first real boyfriend happened when I was 17 and 10 years later… I am wiser but nowhere close to marriage, kids and all that stable goodness that society keeps pushing you towards.

Some people are very lucky to have found love (and stuck with it) very early on in life. Others, like myself… find themselves constantly amazed by how resilient they have become. Thank you, heartbreak! I won’t say I’m jaded at all. It feels completely new each time and this kinda makes me wonder if I am not only daft but impossibly naive as well. 

Am I just making the same mistakes over and over? Or am I making new ones each time? Perhaps I’m really just more optimistic than I would like to admit. 

So let’s get into what I have managed to figure out:

1. It’s okay to get dumped.

Some of you are fortunate enough to always be the one in control. Well, I’ve been here a few times and I think I am much better as a dumpee than a dumper. You will digest and react to the reality of your situation a hundred different ways, over a thousand different days (if you are as dramatic and erratic as i am).

One moment you can be overcome by anger and the next by so much grief. There need not even be a third party involved but you suspect everyone on their Facebook account anyway.

It really takes time to feel normal again. You just have to do the time to feel fine. The key is to survive the nights and occupy the days with people and activities… tire yourself out. Distract yourself with something worth doing.  Work. Eat. Cry. Play. Lots of crying on the office toilet bowl for me, apparently. And lots of baby wipes. And so many bottles of… mascara. Gosh they really run out so quickly when you’re depressed. 

Be it days, or weeks,  months or even years later… i promise you that you will experience one very good day where you don’t feel like keeling over in pain at the thought of him/her.

The process is long and painful… my only advice is: don’t make it more destructive for yourself than it has to be. Don’t do things just for the sake of getting their attention. Every decision that you make – do it for yourself. Take care of YOU. Think about Jennifer Aniston and how she was dumped by Brad Pitt. It happens to the best of couples. This level of disappointment doesn’t get easier no matter how many times you go through it. But hey, if you bounced out of it once, you will do it again. Eventually you will think of yourself as a professional bouncer, keeping the bad jujus at bay. 

2. Don’t be that “psycho” girlfriend/boyfriend

Oh boy, it’s so easy to go crazy when you are young and in love. It’s only cute when you are faking it as a re-enactment to entertain your friends but trust me… there’s a really fine line between pretend psycho and full blown psycho.

Here’s a short guide as to what constitutes as psychotic behavior:

  • Tracking him/her down and showing up unexpectedly (when you are clearly unwelcomed)
  • Leaving the door open so that their cat/dog/bird and maybe even grandma would wander out and get lost so that you won’t have to share your partner with anyone else
  • Going through your partner’s phone secretly while they sleep.
  • The amount of missed calls you leave is equivalent to the number of spam e-mails the average person gets
  • Telling your partner to take a photo with a fork beside his laptop screen turned to your facebook profile page in his bedroom just to establish that he REALLY is where he claims to be – at HOME.

To be honest, if you are doing any of these frequently and you haven’t been dumped yet – your partner probably deserves it and is secretly enjoying it. Match made in looney town indeed. 

Hold up, before you squeal with glee and plot your next move, take a moment, close your eyes and try to recall if your partner had that break-up talk with you. BE HONEST NOW.

Psychos usually do not realise how their actions are affecting others. They feel like it’s the right thing to do at that point in time. It would help to gather some evidence and sit them down for an intervention. Show them the screenshot(s) of the 42 missed calls. Make sure you have the date and time stamp there and if the alleged psycho accuses you of photoshopping it… well seriously, you can’t help them now. Call a shrink, please. 

If you do not act like this all the time and it’s only with that particular guy/girl… find out what about them drives you completely insane and avoid such characters in future. You can’t live life being in a constant state of zombie-like psychosis. Snap out of it. You may key his car, but that’s it. Just key his car 😂

I think I truly enjoyed taking my crazy up to the next level because deep inside, I knew that he was just playing around with my feelings. Took great pleasure in watching the guy squirm. Hey i’m not proud of what I did but life works in very mysterious ways. I made a very good friend out of that psychotic episode 🙂

3. There will be certain problems that you can never solve by just talking about it.

I think we have read so many self-help books and articles about how communication is key in all aspects of life. Yes, it is important but do you find yourself going around in circles about the same few things each time you try to broach the subject? Does talking yield the result you want? Men and women hear things differently. Women specialise in indirect communication. We want our men to be able to INFER WHAT WE WANT. It’s frustrating for both parties.

You have to know when it’s time to stop talking and trying to fix things. Sometimes it’s totally okay to call it quits, as opposed to spending so much of your youth trying to fix something that refuses to be fixed!

Listen, we have got to realise at some point that he/she is never going to change and nothing you say or do will ever compel them to.

For instance; you really want your partner to take more initiative – plan out dates, maybe. You have told him/her many times but they just never seem to get around to doing so and it makes you feel very unloved, especially when you see others on social media being pampered and adored in the way you desire to be as well. 

Is it their fault for not being able to meet your expectations or is it yours for expecting them to be someone they are not? You start wondering if your partner doesn’t feel like you deserve it and all these other insecurities about yourself will start to manifest in your head.

STOP.

a) Ask yourself if you can live with someone like this for the rest of your life – with the assumption that they will never ever change their ways. Will it make you constantly resent him/her for not being able to give you what you want?

b) What are some of the things about him that you do love and appreciate? Is it enough for you?

Once you can be honest with yourself about what you want, figuring out what to do next will be much simpler. Sometimes, we just have to make peace with what we cannot have.

4. It’s bad enough having to end a bad relationship but it’s a million times worse when you have to end a very good one.

As you get older, you realise that there are very few people who really get you. In return, you truly respect, admire and love them with all your battered heart. You’ve both spent some time together and it’s clear that you get along but the circumstances surrounding you… is total shit. I’m talking about a hugeee avalanche of shit here. Not just regular unflushed toilet bowl kinda shit. The odds will never be in your favor and your relationship is constantly tested by external forces.

It could be the inability to compromise on religious beliefs or even geographical issues – who’s gonna move? It could also be that you are in love with someone of the same sex but that is just not who you are… you know very well that you are straight but you just happened to fall for someone who is so amazing that you forget all this gender appropriateness nonsense. 

It’s crazy to think that anyone would have to choose between the wonderful present and the gamble you have to make on your future. Do you choose to fight the odds together or do you accept the fact that neither of you are willing to compromise and just let it go?

Whatever the shitty circumstances are… a clean break is impossible because you both still love each other. You are not ready to let go. This kinda relationship experience wrings you dry as you both try your hardest to make it work but it’s clear that the only way is for one of you to make a huge HUGE compromise. 

You have a life changing decision to make and when you finally do, it will affect so many people. 

Be prepared to try a couple of times to really end the relationship. It’s almost like bashing a very potent cockroach with a newspaper and you happen to be one of those weird hippies who believe that all life are truly created to be equal.

You actually have to be downright cruel. You may also end up telling yourself every night that you did the right thing and that you are not a bad person.

But honestly it doesn’t matter what you do… as long as you summon the courage to make a decision. DECIDE and stick to it. Be the one to step up and take control if you find that you’ve been stuck in a shitty limbo for too long. 

The both of you can now begin to learn how to live apart again. Or live together under brand new circumstances. A period of adjustment is definitely necessary. Take time to come to terms with the decision you’ve made and for the love of God… don’t change your mind about it. It confuses the hell out of everyone. 

5. Mr Right doesn’t really exist… but there is a Mr Everything will be Alright.

Everybody would have some sort of idea, a list, even, with all the qualities that they think they would like in a partner.

Date a bunch of people who have those qualities… decide if you actually really like those qualities they have… Is it something completely non-negotiable? 

Some people look for the alpha-male type while others look for that independent girl who isn’t clingy. If you guys click and get along, great! If not, don’t be afraid to scrap some of the qualities you’ve listed down and replace them with others. Your priorities will significantly change as you go through life… especially when you start understanding yourself and your needs better. 

You will find yourself trading out the more superficial qualities like, “rich” and “handsome” for things like “caring”, “loving” and “considerate”. Don’t ever mistake nice guys/girls for boring and unadventurous. Passion cannot help you put a baby to sleep at 3am in the morning. Excitement cannot help you peel off your spanx after a long day at work, expecting nothing in return. It’ll be great if you can find a partner who can do the tough and ugly alongside the fun and crazy. That’s the dream, really.

I used to have 7 – 10 qualities that I look for in a potential mate.

As the years go on – I am only down to two; two very important ones that my life partner must have.

a) I have to be able to respect him wholeheartedly for he will eventually have to lead me and our offsprings (if any) in life, as well as hereafter. So we have got to have the same faith and values.

b) I must be able to rely on him to catch the ball if I drop it and I must be able to do the same for him.

Will my criteria change? Maybe. It’ll be nice to have financial security as well but that’s not all on him – I will gladly pull my weight too.

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Making a lifetime commitment to each other and staying committed throughout are completely two different things. Just remember that getting married is not the end goal – something that I have to keep reminding myself over and over again. There is no point in making that commitment if you are not quite ready to do all that it takes to honor and protect your relationship.

It’s not so much a question of: “Is he right for me?”

It’s asking yourself and answering, honestly, “Is this the life that I truly want to live, as the main witness to his life, for now and for always?”

It takes two hands to clap as they all say… so be sure you clap yours at 100%, everytime, all the time, in the current relationship that you are in right now. No regrets, okay.

7 min, 7 day Challenge: Days 4, 5, 6 & 7

I have been rather occupied with work the past few days… Trying really hard to meet up with all my existing clients, reviewing their portfolios, reminding them about their current insurance coverage and what not. 

But I am finally back to update about the 7 day challenge that ended last Tuesday. 

Well honestly, I haven’t been able to do it at 7am. Some days I do it right before I shower and get ready for work at 9am. Other days I only do it very late at night.

I did manage to do it everyday for 7 days straight… just not at 7 am, unfortunately. 

And so that pretty much concludes what’s been happening with that! The exercises do get easier but honestly… I think i need more than just 7 mins of exercise. Let’s go for a run next time. I really admire those people who can consistently carve out time to take care of their cardio needs on a daily basis. 

I just dread it so much! And i’m still stuck… but hey… I think there was a tiny bit of progress over the course of the last 7 days. 

Ooops gotta run! Meeting a client in awhile 🙂 

7 min, 7 day Challenge: Day 3

 

And so… we are on to Day 3. It feels like I’m finally figuring out why routine gets you going. You occupy your mind with the things you have to do and eventually, you will just do them. This is of course, a very literal understanding of the quote. Getting your mind to focus on the right things is another topic altogether.

I have, unfortunately been occupying my thoughts with lots of junk and that has got to stop. I spend so much of my energy on feeling so self conscious about what I write because I didn’t want to be judged. There were so many moments where I wanted to post something about the US’s current state of affairs but I was too afraid of being told that I am complete wrong or that I didn’t understand what’s happening… But honestly, whose opinions about the whole Trump issue are based on facts these days? Everything’s twisted and unrecognizable.

That’s what the donuts above are about. Donuts are just so ironic. They look like they would give you nothing but joy but it’s really all just diabetes waiting to happen. #donutporn

Back to the challenge, for some context, click here if you wanna know what this is about: Day 1

Click here if you are interested in what happened the following day: Day 2

So DAY 3!

I slept in my yoga tights and sports bra so that I could just jump out of bed and get into it the next morning. If that is not dedication, I do not know what is (probably laziness, you freak).

Let me tell you something. Sleeping in your sports gear is uncomfortable and extremely restrictive. Mine aren’t Lululemons or any of those high end stuff. I wake up every 30 mins or so to roll the band of my tights back up over my muffin tops. Too graphic, too graphic, you freak! Only crazy people would sleep in a sports bra. It’s like a frikin strait jacket and humidity in Singapore… let’s just say that my intention was not to grow mushrooms in my cleavage (ewww.)

It was the worst sleep ever but the good thing about being restless is that I woke up waaaay earlier than I intended to – with a terrible headache and a slight fever. I popped panadols in and I did the exercise at 5:20 am this morning!

3 things I noticed that I liked:

  1. The planking felt easier. I made it through 30 seconds without having my butt in the air at any point!
  2. I tried bending my arms during the push ups and I THINK i managed to bring my chest closer to the ground without buckling my knees in
  3. My headache was gone by the time I rolled on the floor after the whole thing.

Things that I didn’t like:

  1. I fell right back to sleep after the exercise, on the floor, in my pool of sweat (yuck)
  2. I woke up an hour later with an even higher temperature and a whole lot of body aches… which I left me no choice but to postpone lunch plans.

My friends came over to my place later in the evening after their jog armed with badminton rackets. I felt better so I played for like 10 mins. Okay I admit, I didn’t really play i was mostly running after and missing the shuttlecock. Terrible hand eye coordination!

And they made me do another 5 min SWORKIT workout (it’s a great app, go check it out). Nobody else broke into a sweat but me. I actually broke into cold sweat. That can’t be good.

My body is ridiculously underused and abused.

So…. that’s that… It’s 10:30 pm and I think I should be good to go again tomorrow. It’s gonna be a long productive day, I hope. Please fever go away.

 

 

7 min, 7 day challenge: Day 2

You may find that this entry is a little abrupt, with little context. If you are interested, click here to read Day 1 and the spirit behind this challenge. It is a real challenge for me but I get that the average person can probably do the workout without breaking into a sweat.

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Okay so i did not manage to wake up at 7am to do it… but i did just finish it even though I just got home from work.

Time check: 10:25 PM

I honestly truly do hate any form of exercise and I wish I never ever have to work out.

Did it feel easier? No.

Even the jumping jacks did not feel easy today. 30 seconds felt like 30 minutes. And I wanted to give up so bad during every 10 second break in between the different exercises. The only thing that kept me going is the thought of blogging my failure to commit to myself.  Wow. I didn’t really think I could feel accountable to my own blog.

Today, my favourite part is the wall sit. At least it allowed me to catch my breath… even though my legs were shaking but I honestly thought I held up better as compared to the day before.

I must be really tired, walking around in heels today. I’m admittedly very disappointed that I did not wake up early enough to do it at 7am but hey, 7am is coming up again in about 7 hours time!

Lunar New Year & a lil bit of blackjack and poker 

The invitation to celebrate the auspicious time of year with the team at the bosses’ home has become a yearly tradition that I find myself looking forward to, ever since I joined this line of business. 

As much as I do not really observe these superstions… it’s lovely to be a part of the exchanging and rolling of oranges  in to your place of commerce and also homes to welcome wealth and prosperity into the new year. 

My favourite part has got to be the “lo hei” (the tossing of the prosperity salad). Hey, what’s there not to like about it? It’s probably the only time you get to play with your vegetables and eat it too… and hopefully be blessed with good fortune for the rest of the year! There is a whole lot of significance to this practice, for sure (you can have Google educate you on it if you are curious) but for me, it’s just the best salad ever that you only get to enjoy on Chinese New Year! Huat ah! 





7 min work out, 7 day challenge: DAY 1

I was introduced to this idea by my friend and colleague, Vicky, during one of our sales meetings sometime last year. I think it is truly worth a shot if you are stuck in a rut like me and you would like to break out of your very own monotonous cycle.

The idea is that you would have to pick ONE thing that you would like to improve on and commit to doing that ONE activity every single day for the next 7 days.

It could be as simple as waking up at least 45 mins before work to have breakfast if you are the sort who runs on caffeine & ciggs in the morning. You can also choose something like – call a different friend  everyday for 7 days just to touch base if you feel like you’ve been very socially withdrawn and would love to reconnect with the human race but don’t know where to begin.

I’ve chosen to do 7 intensive minutes of exercise everyday at 7am for 7 days a week.

It sounds like doing two things at once but i usually get up around 6:30 am anyway for our fajr prayers but I always end up going back for a snooze right after. The workout will hopefully get me up and about for real, getting my body started for the day ahead.

I’ll be writing about my progress everyday and who knows… maybe my stamina will get better! And then we can talk about an actual exercise routine. I’ve attempted Blogilates and also Jen Ferrugia’s work out plans but i could never last more than 10 mins.

It always leaves me feeling very resentful and not to mention epic-ally useless. Maybe it’s just that way for people like me who lack focus and drive. Let’s hope I break my bad habits, at least for the upcoming 7 days.

You can read about the benefits of the 7 minute workout on Huffington Post here . It is worthy to note that the article mentioned how beginners should start with the 7 minutes and then gradually build it up to 3 rounds of the 7 minute workout – which brings it to a full 21 minutes to unlock the full benefits.

Here goes, *deep breaths*. I am zen.

Day 1: 30th Jan 2017

Time check: 6:49 am

I was honestly contemplating whether or not I could do it because the idea of going back to bed is more appealing. I realised that I didn’t even have the app on my phone anymore so I went on the apple store for a quick browse. There were quite a few to choose from.

App used: 7 minute workout by ABISHKKING LTD. 

No frills, super easy to use. You just dive right into it.

Verdict: SUPER SHAGGED. 

Perspired buckets after the final exercise. Here’s a breakdown:

  • 12 different cardiovascular exercises
  • 30 seconds for each exercise
  • 10 seconds of rest in between.

You can up the intensity for yourself by increasing the number of reps during that 30 seconds if you’re not a sack of potatoes like i am.

This felt easy to do for me… very thoughtful of them to open with a very encouraging one.

I felt my legs shake around the 15 second mark and realised that it really works your back and thigh muscles if you go lower

Now this is something I’ve always had trouble with. My arms can’t seem to support my weight. I did 3 push ups for the duration of 30 seconds. MAJOR FAIL.

I was ecstatic to be able to lie on my back for this one. ‘Nuff said. I did as many as i could. 18 crunches, only

Totally unprepared for this one. I scrambled around looking for a chair. I didn’t have one in my room that I feel could support my entire weight during the step ups. I skipped this one. Replaced it with frantic scrambling about instead

I did 12 squats. And then i sat.

I used my bed for this one. Luckily i have one of those orthopaedic mattresses that doesn’t really sink in and is pretty stiff. I would recommend using a chair though.

I lasted only 15 seconds!!!!

I was severely out of breath at this point and I felt my whole world shake under my immense weight as I was doing this. #fatty

MY LEGS ARE JELLY AT THIS POINT

I couldn’t do this so I replaced it with another 15 seconds of planking.

I found this to be much easier than the usual planking. Convinced that I must have done it all wrong! Maybe my legs are in the wrong position and they ended up supporting all of my weight instead?

Key observations:

  1. It really left me out of breath and panting
  2. The 10 second break is not enough!!!
  3. Thank God the torture only lasts for 7 mins!
  4. I really like the music and countdown in the app

Day 1 down, 6 more days to go! At least for tomorrow, I know that I’ll need a strong, stable chair for this work out.

I do feel a lot fresher and I’ve stopped perspiring by the time I publish this entry – just in time for a shower. May today be a wonderful Monday for all of us.

I’ve got a New Year gathering to attend over at my bosses’ crib later… and I hope I would be able to control my eating.

Note to self: IT WAS ONLY 7 MINS OF EXERCISE. It is enough only to get you out of bed but not enough to burn all your calorie intake for the day. 

Friday’s Shepherd’s Pie Dinner

I’ll be writing about my first experience making my own version of Shepherd’s pie sans Worcester sauce and wine. It is a halal version, basically, made with red meat.

These are the ingredients I used, in no particular order, with no particular measurement. This blog is not a recipe blog. My style of  writing is geared towards the experiential side of the activities that I engage in. I suppose it’s like reading erotica without actually masturbating. It just occurred to me that my mother could be reading this.

So anyway, the ingredients are:

For the filling –

  1. Minced beef (enough to feed your intended guests)
  2. Sweet large french onions
  3. Capsicums (i’ve got a long standing love affair with these things)
  4. Carrots (I didn’t bother cutting them just grated them in)
  5. Red pepper flakes (left over from the time we ordered Domino’s)
  6. Tomato sauce
  7. Oyster Sauce
  8. Thyme
  9. Black pepper
  10. Oil (to fry it in)

For the potatoes

  1. Holland potatoes (you can use whatever you like)
  2. Butter (to your liking)
  3. Salt
  4. Pepper
  5. Garlic powder (because grated garlic might be too overpowering)
  6. Oregano
  7. Splash of milk

That’s about it really. Actually it looks like alot of work but it felt much easier to do than the baking.

I added an extra step of cooking my minced beef with ginger in a pot first (just bring it to a boil but don’t add any water!) because I just hate the meaty taste.

Then you just fry it together with the onions and vegetables in a pan and it should look something like this; after you spread it out nicely in your dish.

The thing about me is that I am rather reckless and disorganised in the kitchen. I could be peeling potatoes one moment and then find myself rummaging through the refrigerator looking for chilli padi to spice up my dish (and hopefully my life as well).

It is no wonder that i managed to slice my finger in the first 30 minutes into the preparation. Thank God i had my sister around to help me disinfect the work area while i allowed myself to bleed out a little over my bathroom sink.

My first thought was to put my finger in my mouth and suck the blood out to stop the bleeding but i was worried that i’d find myself enjoying the taste. Now that would be opening a different can of worms altogether. What a strange thing to be writing about!

Allow me to digress a little since we are on the topic of blood… and talk about vampires on TV. I’ve watched so many different depictions – from my very first introduction to Count Dracula on Sesame Street to Buffy, to Twilight to Vampire Diaries and even a few episodes of Penny Dreadful but the most unforgettable vampire is definitely Brad Pitt’s and Tom Cruise’s Interview with the Vampire! Louis and Lestat. Can it get any sexier.

Yes, this thought runs through my head everytime I accidentally step on a snail. Sigh.

STUNNING SCREENPLAY! Who’s your favourite vamp? Okay i bet this is going through your mind right about now…

Back to my pie story —

My sister ended up doing most of the chopping while i was happy to just wait for the potatoes to boil. I LOVE MY SISTERS. That is another random fact about me.

Now, because I am so terrible at multi-tasking, I do not have any step-by-step photos of my pie.

I actually managed to burn my fingers because i stupidly touched the pyrex dish right after i discarded my oven mittens. Utterly disastrous in the kitchen but the pie looks good, doesn’t it?

Right out of the oven but i did not manage to get it to brown evenly

Yes… the meat to potato ratio is very off but i’m not about to lie and steal a photo off someone else’s site even though it will definitely make my post 100% more pleasing to the eye.

It tastes a lot better than it looks though! I am very much looking forward to making this again… Except maybe i’ll do it Gordon Ramsey style and add grated mozzarella to top it all off 🙂

Chinese New Year weekend and a kitchen adventure

I busted out my baby belling last Thursday, after years of hibernation and I decided to make the most of my long weekend. I got off my bum and searched for a recipe: easy chocolate chip cookies and my my… I am very impressed with Google. Google knows exactly what I am looking for. This was at the very top of the search results and I happily took a screenshot of it, thinking, “THIS IS IT!”

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Indeed, I was so pleased with myself for such extensive research that I almost forgot my real intention for it till around 4pm that day. Yes, i know… I am the most qualified procrastinator. But I hit the stores and got everything I needed.

By 5pm, I was ready. So darn ready. I laid out all the ingredients flat on the counter… wondering if I should do a flat lay, the way millenials do. That seems like too much work and too many unecessary bowls to wash… besides, i do not have a vase of fresh flowers or a sprig of rosemary to make my flat lay aesthetically pleasing. Would people really want to see what 2 1/4 cups of flour looked like in a bowl anyway? I decided against it.

In my head, I am going to be a break out star – the asian Rachel Ray, if you will. In reality however, i found myself staring at a great big block of butter, sitting in my mother’s beautiful ceramic mixing bowl. It looked so lonely.

I took it out and hacked the butter into pieces… fancying myself as Dexter now… except that i’m just decapitating butter. I wondered how he managed to make hacking off someone’s torso look so wonderfully zen while there i was, panicking and wondering if i just messed up my butter measurements and therefore, the whole recipe.

Would I have anything at all to show for my efforts?

Yes, i messed it up, of course!

Here in Singapore, butter for baking’s sold in blocks of about 225 grams each. That was what I used in entiety. I suspect that the 1.5 sticks mentioned in the recipe isn’t quite as much. My batter turned out a little too creamy. Looked more like cookie shake as opposed to cookie dough 😩

The only logical thing to do is to bury the butter in flour, isn’t it? And so i did. Dexter would be proud of how well I am concealing evidence.

The cookie dough turned out quite pleasant after that, with the chips added in! Chocolate solves most problems. I knew it. I ate most of the dough before I finally remembered to throw some in the oven.

My first batch was a little flatter than I would have liked them to be. It tasted alright but nothing Rachel Ray would approve of. Then again, this is not her recipe.

I managed to produce a very diverse batch of cookies from the same cookie dough! How’s that for progress, ey? We have the united nations right here, cooling off. Some brown ones… white ones (a tad undercooked, perhaps?) and i hate saying this but i had to trash the burnt black ones because they smoked up my oven.

My boyfriend said that every cookie tasted different and i said, with a little too much passion that “All my cookies were made different, as how God intended us to be when He made us.”

He rolled his eyes.

Yes, i get it… I am no Creator in the kitchen. More like Dobby the Elf from Harry Potter, minus all the magic at this point in my life.

Was it the first time baking for me? Yes, first in three years. I usually use Betty Crocker’s mix. I found out that I quite like pretending to be someone I am not in the kitchen.

Also, i didn’t know that the smell of butter sticks to you like the stench of baby vomit. No matter how much I showered and shampooed my hair (yes i got butter in my hair last Thursday night).

Other than that… I cannot really complain about baking because it really squished my appetite. I just didn’t feel like stuffing my face while everybody else stuffed theirs with my cookies. Funny how preparing food does that to you. The cook (usually not me) enjoys their own cooking far less.

Am i proud of myself? For sure.

Stay tuned for my next adventure in the kitchen. I am so domesticated this weekend I am totally charming my own pants off!