In the midst of exam preparation … feeling fidgety, unmotivated and regretful for not consistently working hard last term. But thankful for friends and sisters who entertain my keesiao snaps and texts, and Xr for both being crazy wimme and also keeping me sane!

Just wanna share this song I’m playing on loop as I tackle fucking management accounting and financial calculations! LOL how apt that the artist is SBTRKT which is pronounced “Subtract” #deep

I’ll be back soon … with recipes (banana bread! oatmeal!) and pictures taken with my newly acquired Nikon EM (hopefully!)

Happy 1st anniversary to Toasting.Co, happy 2015 to yall and have an abundant year ahead! X


This morning I woke up feeling proud of myself that it was only 9.46am, but that happiness died off within seconds as I realised that Daylight Savings had kicked in. I’m thankful for the extra hour today, but I’m still pretty pissed because:

1. The sun sets at 5 now—as if getting dark at 6 wasn’t bad enough?!?!

2. Honestly that sole reason is enough to keep me pretty pissed lol.

Ok end rant. I suppose I should then wake up earlier in order to catch daylight…dear body will you please do this for me? On a brighter note, life’s been pretty sweet lately:

– School’s manageable! I’m lagging behind some lectures but I’m still surviving, still somewhat motivated
– Having fun with people I hang out with
– Sent off BlackRock app this weekend—crossing my fingers!
– Feel myself getting fitter with more trainings and a #getfitordiecryin buddy
– Having #breakfasteverydamnday, no lies man I just don’t Instagram them because I cannot wake up early enough to make them look nice, and also because I am not very creative and eat similar stuff…
– Learning driving—I hope to get my license by Spring! Hehehe
– Trying all these fun, new recipes, buying health food from the organic store, shopping at the butcher, making homemade pesto, milkshakes etc hehe it’s amazing to have housemates with similar tastebuds
– Cooking communal dinners once/twice a week. Claire & I cook while the boys take turns to wash, how convenient & PERFECT?! We get all the fun from cooking and they get to eat yummy food at the attractive, unbeatable price of cleaning up wahaha

Super looking forward to the coming week because Sain’s delivery is coming tomorrow with shitload of DRINKS & MIXERS (Hendrick’s, Belvoir, Pimms, Passionfruit cider AND MOAR), because CHVRCHES, because LONDON, because HALLOWEEN, because XR & I ARE HOSTING OUR FIRST GUESTS (4 of them—OMG!), because NOTTS WINTER GAMES…NOTT lol idc coz I’m not involved this year

What’s left to do:

– Get Christmas plans all settled
– Send off more applications
– Buy a camera maybe…

So yeah my week/end’s been pretty swell, and I’m super looking forward to the week ahead, hectic as it may be! How’s your weekend? x

After hours of futile attempts at being productive, I tried to seek help…and I found out about the Pomodoro Technique! Don’t know much about the whole technique but I’ve just been making myself go through 25 minutes (one Pomodoro) of uninterrupted work, then giving myself a 5 min break. I’m supposed to continue that cycle til I get 4 Pomodoris. Then I get a long break ^_^ But I tweaked the method and have been giving myself a long break (which may or may not be the recommended 15 min) every 2 Pomodoris lol. But anyway, check it out if you are a serious procrastinator, which I obviously am. Like, I’m supposed to be working but I’m on WordPress now… Well I’m just trying to stick to my resolution…

Anyway, you can apply this time-management technique to the whole day, I think, to help you manage tasks well. I’m not quite sure how you can integrate it into your life completely, there’s a whole book explaining that which I doubt I’ll 1. pay for and 2. read, so I won’t be Pomodoro-ed. But I just love how cute it sounds ^_^

On another note, today Xr and I had an amazing dinner at Sukho! Sukho never disappoints. Can’t wait to bring everyone/anyone visiting me/us in Notts there, and watch them get their minds blown.

Tomorrow I will be trying to recreate Koya’s beautiful Pork Belly side dish omg am seriously excited for that. It’ll be a mix between Koya’s PB and China’s (lol) 红烧肉。我好兴奋!Been pretty inspired lately, I have lotsa cooking ideas and I feel motivated to cook properly, it’s either my pent up energy from not exercising or the procrastinating bug. Probably both. Oh it must be also because Xr and I have been watching Hell’s Kitchen…a habit that started after I watched Ramsay’s (thx Jessica :*) scrambled eggs video lol.

I’m not a fan of scrambled eggs but when done the Ramsay way, though troublesome and requiring more elbow grease, I get more consistent results. It is also very yummy (so says Xr). Yummy is always good so I will keep doing it the Ramsay way til I find a better alternative! Ciao