jejune

jejune
adjective
1. naive, simplistic, and superficial.
“their entirely predictable and usually jejune opinions”
2. (of ideas or writings) dry and uninteresting.

Long time no see!

And suddenly it’s June.

Why is time flying so quickly these days?

I haven’t been writing much on this space because:
a) I’ve been away for the most part
b) I constantly oscillate between being in love with and embarrassed of this space
c) I’ve been… jejune.

HAHAHA I’m just laughing to myself right now.

Urban dictionary calls it the worst word of the English dictionary.

You know I’m really only using it because it’s June right?

Ha

ha

ha.

This holiday I’ve had the opportunity to travel the world a little bit more and to see a whole lot more.

I’m just constantly itching to travel and anti-histamines just don’t keep the itch away.
(Quiz: What’s my favourite anti-histamine? A true reader would know hahahaha. HMU with the correct answer and you’ll receive a secret reward.) 

But constantly travelling is tiring (three different counties across one-and-a-half months!) and it’s only fun when you work hard for it, yes?

And there are always takeaways whenever you travel, and if I had to list 10 politically-correct  things to share with you:

#1 The world is your oyster!!!!!!!!!!!
………………………………….. if you have moolah to spare.

This got dark real quick. I’m really not going the inspirational route today.

#2 Norway is ridiculously expensive.
Scandinavia is ridiculously expensive.

#3 I need to get out of Oxford Circus. (I went there on 3 out of the 3 days in London.)

#4 I finally understand why people avoid well-done steaks like the plague. Please silently congratulate me on my new achievement: Enjoying Medium Rare Steaks! (Still would not make a conscious decision to order them but I’m advancing there slowly but surely)

#5 Getting stranded in an airport is no fun especially when staff tell you, “Well, there’s no solution. Flight’s cancelled.”

#6 Mama’s the best. In all aspects.

#7 Yogyakarta should be a more popular tourist destination. It’s beautiful and there are loads to do! (But again, it could be the company – do go there with people you like. HAHA)

#8 Phnom Penh… I only spent a day and a half exploring a teeny bit of you but I’d love to be back. Also saw firsthand how tireless healthcare workers can be and it is truly admiring.

#9 Singapore really has good food and good people.

#10 Counted all 892731237236467328237 of my blessings over, and over, and over.

Cliché point here, but you really never know what you have till you leave them behind.

Sometimes travelling is not about planning your time the most efficiently – jam-packed days are tiring and stressful.

When you take your time to chill and slow down, you see beautiful sunsets (no matter how late they are) and you eat delicious ice-cream cones while sitting by water fountains, and you enjoy what is in front of you.

We didn’t have data on some days on the trip (Comviq SIM! What are you!) but I came to the realisation: since when did we always have data on our phones?

Of course Im not saying this while I’m trying to bring myself from Unknown Point A to Unknown Point B as quickly as possible – but it’s fun.

It really is fun to be a little lost, in terms of directions and the moment.

I really did have some pretty good trips this holiday, and for that, I am thankful!

This post is really proving my title isn’t it?

Hahaha.

If you’re interested in reading more about my trips… I have them journaled elsewhere. No, not an Instagram spam account… but if you want to read what went down in detail, drop me a loving text. I love loving texts.

Alternatively if you’re intending to travel there some day, I have some handy tips for the confused traveller because we were really pretty confused while we were there.

School’s starting in a bit, and I don’t know what to think!

Because one year ago I was only done with half of my holidays at this point, and people always want what they can’t have, and only treasure what they had once they lose it.

On one hand I’m really excited to start clinical years but on the other, I’m not so sure if I’ll ever be competent enough (no, and hopefully yes someday).

Thank you for reading this space today even though it really isn’t about anything.

Just want to check in with all of you hehe, after a dear friend told me via a postcard she’ll always read my blog – you know who you are, I love you! - so… if you’re here reading this, thank you!

And yes, even if we may not be chatty buddies, know that you’re loved (even if not by me HAHA jk) and this space will always be here for you to waste your time at, ok?

There are few people whom I know adore my blog (my blog loves you too), and there are probably some more hiding around the corners afraid to show their love, but it’s okay if you don’t want to show yourselves. I feel you.

HAHAHAH ok la I don’t know for sure who you are but thanks for quietly reading ok. Would love to have some meaningful interactions with you someday.

ANYWAY.

Ok so heres the most important question of the day.

Should I get these?

HAHAHAHAHA.

Vote now and tell me!!

My online shopping craze has stopped temporarily – because I’ve been away, remember – and my mother + sister just absolutely abhor the sight of these shoes.

They call it the “ah beng shoes”.

They don’t care that it’s ~the hype~ (lol) and they don’t care that Julia Roberts owns a pair (or more… or no more).

I think it’s absolutely gorgeous.

Please help a pal here to prove a point.

And yes of course theres a difference between the first and second options.

And even though this is completely anonymous I’ll still send love your way if you pick the right option! (I don’t know how but I’ll get there.)

I know that right now you’re not sure if I’m being serious and I’m not telling.

Can I just say that the pink old skool is also extremely beautiful? But the other day I checked out my shoe cabinet and literally every single pair is pink/has some form of pink. This is disastrous and is getting out of hand.

Okay, I swear there’ll be better posts coming up next time.

Don’t run away!

Hope you’ve been well :-)

I genuinely meant that.

P.S. Do you remember that I said I had a list of ideas of posts to write? I still do! But I just can’t seem to bring myself to write anything these days. I have to wait for exam season. #insidejoke

P.P.S. No, I’m probably not getting that pair of shoes unless you think I should. SHOULD I??

I’ve been obsessed with the idea of owning an air fryer for a long time now… think back when it was thrown into the spotlight a few years ago.

But I really couldn’t justify spending $300 on the good old Phillips one for something I may not often use…

And then just last week, thanks to a Qoo10 sale, I manage to snag this Mayer one for $54.

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Model: Mayer 2.1L MMAF22 Air Fryer

Features: 2.1L, 60 minutes adjustable timer, 80-200 degrees celcius

Went through lots of reviews before buying it, and so far so good… chose this over MMAF88 (3.5L!)  simply because it’s white… to match my mother’s aesthetics HAHA.

Definitely can’t beat the strong ones in the market and the family was apprehensive about it tripping the circuit or exploding (…) but yes, none of that happened thankfully.

So I made these babies:

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It’s my absolute favourite Chinese New Year snack – I don’t know when it climbed up to the ranks of being a CNY-worthy snack, but I remember first eating them at the COCA Steamboat Restaurant at Ngee Ann City before their relocation (to another unit on the same level).

They’re amazing and once you start, it’s hard to stop.

The preparation is also incredibly simple. I’d say the washing took up the bulk of the time and effort!

How To Prepare:

It’s not even a recipe so…

1. Get your crabsticks! I read online that the Dodo ones should be the only brand you purchase – ain’t no need for seasoning at all.

2. Roll open your crab sticks! Simply tear them to the width you’d like them to be, be it 0.74893cm or 2cm. If they’re too big they may just roll back up and they wouldn’t fry properly so yes, I would say some tearing is necessary.

If you’re OCD: roll out all the crabsticks, stack them up, cut with a knife.

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As you can see, mine are terribly uneven.

3. If you intend to fry all 16 crabsticks in a typical packet (I got my crabsticks at $1.95 – it was at a very slight discount at Cold Storage), some recommend splitting them into two batches but some say just dump them all in your air fryer. I think it very much depends on the capacity of your air fryer la so just do whatever appropriate. Better to put less than more.

I urge you to use up the entire packet, instead of keeping half in the fridge for another frying session, because the clean-up is too much effort. You can keep them in a nice little tupperware in the event you cannot finish them in one seating. (This one is difficult.)

4. Preheat your Air Fryer for 5 minutes, at 200 degrees celcius.

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5. When you hear the melodious *ding*, dump all your crab sticks in. Don’t bother arranging them neatly. After you do so, give them a TEENY bit of oil. I know… air fryer… why need oil?! But it’s to prevent them from sticking together. If you appreciate an entire pancake of crab sticks by all means, go ahead!!

photo_2018-03-11_14-18-21Stuck to my truffle spray-on oil.

If not, a tablespoon of oil will do the trick too.

6. Let your air frying process begin! The recommended time is 10-15 minutes, but I checked on them every 5 minutes to toss and turn them. The first time I checked at the first five-minute mark, I was shocked at how… original they looked. It’s normal. They gotta fry for 10 minutes at least!

And that’s it!

Take them out once you see that they’re ready and let them cool for a while.

Easy peasy lemon squeezy.

The thing is, some of them tend to cook faster and some tend to remain a little soggy.

photo_2018-03-11_14-18-19These ones as you can see, have crispy sides, but the middle portions are not fried properly yet and they’re still soft after cooling.

So I popped them in to fry them for another 3-4 minutes.

Very easy to make at home :’)

But my sister gently pointed out:

“Uh $50 for this air fryer… how many bottles of crabsticks can you buy outside?”

But don’t worry I’ll be using the air fryer for other purposes to maximise its usage!!

photo_2018-03-11_14-18-27Really love them and they aren’t nearly as oily as the ones outside.

Sometimes when you chomp down on the ones they sell outside, you can feel a wave of oil rushing out… not necessarily disgusting but still!!

And the amount I showed up there (second picture) is 16 crabsticks worth minus the many I’ve eaten la but still around there.

I was actually expecting a mountain but I guess not…

Haha thats it for today!

Posted 3 very-easy-to-make and kinda-healthy snacks at one go :-)

I really love them all!

Keeping the recipes here also so I’d remember in case I ever forget.

This post was written on 7 February 2018.

I’m here today to share this very simple vegetable dish!

Literally just pop them in the oven and bake, and they’ll turn out super yummy.

Similar to the kale chips I posted about here.

I’m slowly but surely starting to enjoy salad more (started with me forcing myself to eat them, then realizing they ain’t too bad with some sesame dressing, then basically me trying to eat as much as I can stomach) – this is less tumultuous and tedious than it sounds.

Still won’t declare it one of my favourite foods, but it’s not that high up on my “foods to avoid” list anymore.

I’ve always liked broccoli, and at one point of my childhood I was completely obsessed with it.

It’s a cruciferous vegetable – great sources of fiber and Vitamin C, as well as a cancer killer… but it makes you bloated and gassy too, which is not the best for people with irritable bowels.

So yes enjoy them with caution!

What you need:
• Sliced broccoli (the smaller the crispier)
• Some oil (typically olive but I sprayed the truffle oil on like what I did to the kale)
• Salt (I used a pinch of truffle salt)
• Pepper (I used the whole grains as you can see… not that effective)

That’s all!

Recipe:

1. Preheat oven to 220 degrees celsius.

2. Pop the tray in – make sure the broccoli are dry before you prep them because high water content will only steam them!

3. Roast for about 20 mins. At the 10 minute mark, check and flip it so they are evenly brown.

How they looked like when I took them out.

This was after around 18-19 mins.

Don’t worry if they look too brown! Take a taste test if necessary.

The browner the better – they’re super crispy!

Of course make sure they aren’t burnt la HAHAHAHA.

Pro-tip: Cut your broccoli chunks into smaller pieces! 

And don’t throw out the little leaves and stalks that fall out – just drizzle them over empty spaces and they’re be the crispiest of the bunch, understandably.

Honestly I really loved the taste of it – tasted very similar to kale, but of course there’s a different texture to it.

I didn’t dry the broccoli properly, so it wasn’t as crispy as I would have loved?

Next time I’ll try using the salad spinner.

Edit: I’ve made these a few more times now, as of 10 March 2018. It’s great!

But this is delicious and healthy (I didn’t toss them in oil, merely sprayed them on so a lot remained on the baking sheet).

This was served with AMAZING honey butter and garlic salmon, pan fried by my mother.

And a beautiful fried egg at the back.

Such a delicious dinner!

Can really eat this all day.

Next up: cauliflower!!

Hehe really excited.

And very easy + fuss-free to make.

Much better snacking alternative?

I’m seeing myself getting more and more health-conscious, which is definitely a very good thing ahaha but I just can’t stay away from fries.

Alright short and simple post here today!