I Didn’t Mean To!

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Did I just disappear from the blogosphere for over a month? Please accept my sincerest apologies. I was busy with school, assignments, finals and life generally. I am now on holidays for a few weeks so I finally found some time in my strict sleeping schedule to actually sit my butt down at my desk to blog. But I also have something to admit.

Besides being busy with finals and what not, I also got sucked into the world of…….. SIMS 4 (cue ominous music with thunder and dark clouds in the background). 

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Yeah that’s right, that life simulation game. The game I foolishly bought for myself for my birthday and for getting awesome results from my previous finals, the game that I had been waiting for, for months. I can play it for a whole day without having to eat or interact with anyone. It’s really bad I know. To anyone who has never played this game before, DO NOT, I repeat, DO NOT EVEN THINK ABOUT IT. You will lose your social life or what is left of it, I should know.

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This was me since the end of my finals.

So anyway, remember this post about how I deal with stress? Since this was a lighter semester for me (probably my last, I have to take full loads for my last two semesters. SEND HELP), I only did one thing on that entire list. Which was, to take naps at any time and any day. I even took a super long nap on the day before my paper and also went to bed at night super early.

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I don’t know what it is, but I feel that sleep gives you a sense of cathartic release. Or maybe it is also a super nice way to procrastinate (my bed always seems to be much more enticing than my notes are). I went to the library to study ONCE, I got sleepy so I gave up and went home. Yes I can feel your judgy eyes all boring into my wretched soul. I’m sorry, my naps are much more important and of higher priority. I was not that worried for my finals because I feel that, the key to you remembering everything is to actually pay attention in class as well as to participate in class discussions. Oh, and also to ask lots of questions. Which I do all the time, I also come home from class and review my notes for the day. It’s a strategy that has proven useful for me (smirking like an idiot while I typed this sentence).

On to other news, another exciting event has started in me and my father’s boring and mundane lives since the end of the Premier League 2014/15. Premier League 2015/16 has commenced!! (THIS IS NOT A DRILL!) No more aimless weekend nights for the both of us, no sir!

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And with that cliché photoset, I bid you all adieu!

All gifs are from here.

 

Why I Watch Football….

I have, on occasion, been asked, “Why do you watch football?” or “When did you start watching football?”. If you guys did not know, yes I do watch football although I do not advertise it as much. I currently support Chelsea FC despite all the comments and reactions that I get whenever I declare that. The Chelsea boys are my babies.

But I digress.

My father loves football. Absolutely loves it. Everyone as daughters know how hard it is for us to bond with our fathers. Fathers have completely different interests than our mothers. Which is why, daughters are much closer to their mothers due to the fact that they share the same interests.

I used to hate football with a passion, I found it boring. But as I grew older, I watched how my father would cackle with glee when his favourite club (Chelsea FC) would win matches or how he would yell at the television when some of the players would act stupidly. He would watch all these football matches alone, sometimes in the wee hours (because English football matches are held at 12midnight or 0345am our time). I remembered thinking to myself that I do not have much in common with my own father and that it is actually kinda sad.

So as time flew, I would sometimes accompany him while he watched. I would ask endless questions (sometimes stupid ones) about what is happening on the pitch. And he would answer me with never ending patience as he did when I was younger (apparently I talked a lot when I was a toddler). I now watch every single football match (no matter the time) with my father, no matter English Football, Euro Cup or the World Cup. I would wake him up for every single match that we are scheduled to watch. I would engage my dad in football banter all the time, mostly about his favourite team. We would talk about the transfer seasons and joke about some players. If you could see how his face would light up when he talks about football, it’s so wonderful for me to see. I know how happy football makes him sometimes.

So, this is my answer. This is why I watch football, to bond with my father.

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To my wonderful father, this day is for you! Thank you for your wisdom that you have imparted to me over the years. For the countless advices that you have given to me, no matter what situation. For disciplining me so that I would not grow up without manners. For giving me whatever I wanted, although it means you have to sacrifice things of your own. For your sense of humour so that it would keep me entertained (I also grew up to be a wise ass). For believing that I could do anything that I wanted.

Fathers are the silent heroes, always working hard to provide for the family. Thank you for everything Abah, I love you beyond words.

Food Friday: Soba Noodle Chicken Salad

I came across soba noodles so many times in the supermarket and have always considered picking them up. The problem is, I had no idea what to do with them. That’s when I started researching on what I could incorporate soba noodles into. I stalked Pinterest and found this soba noodle salad recipe. I decided to give it a go and also tweaked the recipe a little bit to my liking and taste.

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Ingredients:

3 boneless chicken breast, poached and shredded roughly
2 bunches of organic soba noodles
1 whole carrot, grated
1/2 red cabbage, sliced thinly
2 bell peppers, thinly sliced (I used red & green bell peppers)

Dressing Ingredients:

4 tablespoons light soy sauce
1 clove of garlic, minced
1/2 cup orange juice (no pulp)
1/2 cup light sesame oil
4 teaspoons toasted sesame seeds (or more)

If you want the dressing to be spicy, you may add 2 tablespoons of sriracha

Directions

  1. Start off by poaching the chicken breasts. Put the chicken breasts in a pot and fill up with water until it covers the chicken breasts completely. Turn on the heat and when the water starts to boil, place the cover on top, kill the heat and let it sit for 10 minutes. Shred the chicken using either your hands or two forks.
  2. Cook the soba noodles by putting in the noodles when the water has started boiling. Wait for 4-5 minutes before removing it from the heat and dunking it in an ice bath.
  3. Combine soba noodles, chicken and vegetables in a huge bowl.
  4. For the dressing, mix everything together with a whisk until it combines. Pour over the salad ingredients and mix together. Top it off with toasted sesame seeds and salt & pepper to taste (I did not find the need to add salt and pepper).

This was such an easy recipe for me and I whipped it up in a matter of minutes! It helps if you have prepared the ingredients beforehand so you do not need to waste time on the shredding and stuff. The best thing about this recipe is, you can add whatever vegetable you like. Off the top of my head, edamame, enoki mushrooms…. I like to put it in the fridge and eat it cold, I feel that it tastes better!

I hope you guys give this recipe a whirl and let me know what you think. Also, I’m kind of contemplating on making this “Food Friday” a thing where I either share my favourite local/Western food or even some easy recipes that I make for my meals. I’ll see how it goes!

Versatile Blogger Award!

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After slaving volunteering to paint my house’s front door, front gate as well as the storeroom door, I got the most exciting news of my life ever since I decided to become a more active participant in blogging. I got nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award (italicised and bolded for my usual dramatic effect). To be honest, I never expected to be nominated because you know, my blog is still in its foetus stage and it is still not quite up to par. But nevertheless, it is still very exciting for me.

A huge thanks to Ray from justafellowhumanray, for nominating me! You can click here to go to his blog for cutely drawn robots along with his random thoughts for the day.

I wasn’t really sure what I had to do for my post but I googled it (yes, I google everything) and found out that I have to write seven things about myself as well as nominate 15 other blogs for this award. Well, here goes nothing:

  1. I’m a little bit of a perfectionist. Okay, maybe not a little bit. I am a perfectionist, I also sometimes think that I have OCD due to my need to have everything in place, cleaned, etc.
  2. I love reading. I can finish a storybook in 2 days flat if I am not interrupted at all. This habit was instilled in me from the day I learned how to read.
  3. I am a crazy rabbit lady. I actually love all animals, not only rabbits, and would like to open up my own farm.
  4. One time after my exams, I went on a quest for the scariest Western horror film. Still haven’t found it.
  5. I used to hate exercising when I was younger, I would even go to the doctor to ask for excuse letters all the time. I love exercising now, even running!
  6. I am a grammar nazi, like I will mutter under my breath and literally cringe when I read horrible English (not proud of this but…yeah).
  7. My dream job is to be an Editor In Chief of a magazine or newspaper. Thanks to The Devil Wears Prada.

My nominations for this would be (drumroll please):

  1. http://travelswithchoppy.com/
  2. https://quotationsidiomsproverbs.wordpress.com/
  3. https://christinapictures.wordpress.com/
  4. https://preppyandfunny.wordpress.com/
  5. https://consciousandbreathing.wordpress.com/
  6. https://ichasyahfa.wordpress.com/
  7. https://justafellowhumanray.wordpress.com
  8. https://foodtouristconfessions.wordpress.com/
  9. http://www.tulleandtrinkets.com/
  10. http://truthandcake.com/
  11. https://aginggracefullymyass.wordpress.com/
  12. http://twinfamy.com/
  13. http://laughupmysleeve.com/
  14. https://primitiveentertainment.wordpress.com/
  15. https://postliminy.wordpress.com/

I really do enjoy reading these blogs as they allow me to see little snippets of a complete stranger’s life as well as their thoughts. You guys should check them out! This post took me awhile to type out. Mainly because I was, you know, procrastinating as per usual. I also was trying to scrub off paint from my arms and moaning at the fact that I am hungry. I am going to go cook myself some instant noodles (it’s bad, I know) and I hope you guys enjoyed this post! Good luck to the fellow nominees on your blogging journey, thanks for reading my long ass post everyone!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My furry little baby

I find that pets are often capable of filling up that void you never knew you had in your heart. They come into your life and boom! They got you wrapped around their finger (or paw). I own a rabbit, a French Angora rabbit to be exact.

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Hello everyone, meet Brownie. My sassy bunny who has tons of attitude and is also too smart for her own good.

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Brownie does yoga with me. 

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She takes her naps very seriously.

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She occasionally sleeps with her favourite ball (it has a bell inside).

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She is a stylish bunny, here she is rocking a green ribbon.

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She sometimes wait for us to come home like a cat or a puppy.

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But most of all, she has filled a huge void in my life by just being there. Brownie just turned 4 on the 1st of April and in the 4 years that I have spent raising her from just a tiny baby to what she is now, I have learnt a lot. I learned to love, to be patient and to identify with what she wants by just looking at her body language. Some might not understand the bond a person has with their pets until they get one of their own. It is a bond so sacred and where pure love is being radiated from both sides. Brownie has saved me a thousand times and I am thankful for her.

How I deal or cope with stress (or finals week)

I’m currently on term break. My deadlines for school assignments went by, not peacefully, I might add. My finals week came and went, leaving a whole lot of brain damage incurred to me and my fellow Uni mates. My last 2-3 weeks of the school trimester consisted of sleepless nights, plain coffee (because I couldn’t take in sugar) and anxiety. People usually do a whole lot of celebrating after their last paper for the trimester, they go out for dinner or they go on a partying frenzy. But not me. Me and my friend went home straight to sleep. Yes, sleep. You see, for the last 2-3 weeks of the school trimester, I have fallen asleep on my desk, on the floor or halfway off the bed and usually only for less than 4 hours. I’m still suffering from the side effects that those weeks have brought onto me. Bad skin, reversed sleeping schedule to name a few. But my family and friends were quite surprised at my calm exterior, of course that is just a facade. They know nothing about the bubbling turmoil underneath. Anyway, these are the few methods that I use to deal/cope with stress during these periods.

1. I take excessive naps. Look, I know I have a deadline to rush for, but my bed is much more enticing.

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2. I cry excessively in the middle of the night. Crying helps take the pain away, sometimes.

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3. I decide that binge-watching a Netflix series is best done when you do it before an assignment deadline.

4. Of course I will find other things to be more fun than studying or getting some work done. Like for example, doing laundry or cleaning my room.

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5. I also sometimes stare out of my window to relieve stress and also wonder what the hell have I done to myself.

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But you know, all in all, I can safely say that I survived finals week. I also have a few more other finals week to go through before I’m really done. The path of education may be a hazardous path to some but hey,

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In the end, we will all graduate and achieve our dreams. And that is what I am aiming for!
PS: This is how I deal with my own stress based on my own experiences.

All gifs via this link right here.

Skills for Days.

Recently, I have become the designated person to fix any problem that happens in the house. WiFi connection is going nuts? Yes, I can fix it. Your laptop going crazy? Okay bring that to me, I’ll figure it out. The TV isn’t working? Okay let me take a look. The lightbulb has exploded? Why don’t I risk my eyeballs and change that for you. I don’t know when I became in charge of fixing the household items, but I was suddenly the designated one. I’m not complaining, I actually do enjoy doing these even though it will bring a bout of stress while I try to figure something out. The satisfaction I get when I manage to get things going again is indescribable!

I am THE ONE that can fix all your problems (God I sound like a bad advertisement)!  

I have discussed this with my father a few times about what skill would be useful for me to possess and add on to my arsenal of other skills that are already in my repertoire. And that is:

CAR MECHANICS (boldened and italicized for dramatic effect)

Why would a girl like me, be interested in getting greasy? HEY IT’S A MAN’S JOB! Lay off meninists, I can do whatever I want, if I put my mind to it. Actually, everyone can do any job, if they put their mind to it. That is the key. Anyway, I digress. The reason I would like to learn car mechanics is simple. Mechanics will be unable to misquote me should I send my car in for repairs, I want to learn how to take a car apart and put it back together and I would actually be able to figure out what the hell is going on with the car.

I feel that car mechanics is actually a good skill for all girls to have. I enjoy following my father to the mechanics whenever we send the car in for it’s monthly maintenance or to even to figure out why the car is making a weird noise. I enjoy seeing mechanics with their torchlights peering into the car’s hood, having a quick discussion and then quickly changing the spoilt part. I want to know what makes a car tick.

I can feel all the girls sighing as they read this, “What a manly skill to have!”. Hey, if I already do the electrical wiring, network configuring, carpentry jobs and etc at home, what’s wrong with adding this skill to my arsenal?