22.


From the 14th to the 21stbof August, I’ve been showered with ample amount of love. Thank you everyone who made my birthday week the best. The gifts, hugs, calls, messages etc. that I’ve received proved that I’ve been so blessed. 

Thank you for making my birthday a memorable one. I don’t know how to thank you enough. Another year older ; and one year of a roller coaster ride. Here’s to being finally 22 and adulthood.

Project R E C O V E R Y by Feeding The Hungry Photographer

“These pictures I’ve taken of people, have stories behind them. Each of us have stories that we don’t tell people. We’re afraid of exposing our vulnerability and expressing ourselves. I take pictures because to me, a picture really does tell a thousand words. The first time I held a camera, I was a child and I was so happy when I followed my father to develop the films. I would sit patiently in the shop and waited until I got all the photographs developed. This is the last picture for tonight.

No one told you how difficult it is to be strong when everything is falling apart. When I fell apart, Winnie was the only one who extended her hands and lifted me up. She fought my monsters and demons away when I no longer had the strength to do so. The lives she had touched ; the ones she had inspired, I hope that they never take her for granted. I watched her break down and fall apart more than once and with whatever strength she had, she still lifted herself up. Only 21 years old and Secretly, she bares more scars than most people I know. In this photograph, you see a very happy person with her bare face who defines strength and that itself, is beauty. At the age of 15, she talked me down from jumping off the ledge and I am who I am today because of her. Yes, she’s not a model or an Ivy League grad but she is one really amazing person that I bet, so many people are grateful they’ve became friends with her ; not just me. Recently, she fell apart but it hit her hard. Yet slowly, she lifted herself back up again with the little ounce of strength left in her and she continued fighting.

The 3 important lessons that Win taught me were :

  1. Never be ashamed of who you are and what you like.
  2. Forgiveness, kindness and love don’t cost a thing. So forgive, always be kind and love ; for your heart was made for it.
  3. You, are enough. Keep fighting for you, are worth it.

I end my yearly project with this photograph that has been beautified by strength. She’s your living proof that you’re strong enough to pull through and that you can keep fighting. Chapter 21 : Strength, Project R E C O V E R Y by Feeding The Hungry Photographer. Thank you.”

#bestbirthdaypresentever

 

All visuals and words belong to Win W.™ unless stated otherwise.

Pan-Fry Lemon Honey Glazed Chicken Lunchbox.

The series of what I have in my lunchbox continues😀 This was really spontaneous and I came up with this recipe while climbing up the emergency stairs during work. The thought “what if I just mix this with this…”. Honestly, I was nervous as I bought the ingredients which costs me less than RM20. This time, it’s not as beautiful as the previous one, but hey, at least I have lean meat now!🙂

SO HERE’S MY PAN-FRY HONEY LEMON CHICKEN LUNCHBOX.

Trick to cooking what you see in my picture in under 15 minutes : Use two stoves. One stove to boil your spaghetti (you can use wholegrain or semolina pasta if you prefer) in salted water while you cook your chicken.

INGREDIENTS 

500 grams of chicken breasts or chicken fillets
1/3 of a cup of light soy sauce
6 tbsp of raw honey (if you like it to be sweeter, you can add an extra tablespoon)
1/2 a lemon juice
250 grams of baby sweet corn (sliced)
100 grams of eryngii mushrooms (sliced)
1 clove of garlic (minced or chopped finely)
1 ripe avocado
Pinch of pepper
Pinch of salt
Virgin olive oil


Toppings
: Waitrose Cook’s Ingredients – Chili & Coriander Crust


INSTURCTIONS

  1. To work on the marinade for the chicken, in a ziplock bag or a container, mix the light soy sauce, raw honey and lemon juice until the honey is dissolved. Add the chicken in and let it rest in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.
  2. Heat up your pan and put olive oil. Sauté the garlic and add in the slices of mushrooms and baby sweet corn with a pinch of pepper and salt. Cook it for 5-7 minutes until the sweet corn is done. Transfer into a plate and set aside.
  3. In the same pan, add olive oil in again. Gently place your chicken breasts into the pan on low heat and let it cook. Glaze each side of the chicken with the sauce as you cook it. (About 7 minutes per side of the meat depending how thick the meat is. You can always cut it into strips which are easier to cook.)
  4. In your lunchbox, rest your chicken on a bed of spaghetti (or whatever form of carbs you desire, really. Quinoa, bread, pita, tortilla etc.) and serve the sauté mushrooms  and baby sweet corn with the avocado.
  5. Sprinkle with Waitrose Cook’s Ingredients – Chili & Coriander Crust for a little crunch!

 

PS : You can switch it up and use beef or fish instead. You could always grill the meat as well. If you’re planning to store it a little longer, you can just cook it in a bundle and freeze it up. You could also have it for dinner if you prefer as well. It’s pretty fast and simple!

 

All visuals and words belong to Win W.™ unless stated otherwise.

Soba Fruit Salad with Edamame Lunchbox.

I have a confession to make : I’m not the best chef in the world and I’m guilty for making dishes under 15 minutes. 3 weeks in my first full-time job and I could already feel my purse getting thinner by the day. So last night, I whipped up a quick lunch to be packed for lunch at the office today. Previously, I’ve uploaded 2 recipes on soba noodles but this time I’ve tweaked it a little.

SO HERE’S MY SOBA FRUIT SALAD WITH EDAMAME LUNCHBOX.

Trick to cooking soba and udon noodles : Once you’ve cooked it, quickly rinse it with cold water or place it in a bowl of iced-water for 30 seconds in order for it to be chewy and not soft. Also you don’t want to overcook your noodles and be very sure to even the noodles out when you’re cooking it. Soba noodles are clump up together easily and they cook faster than udon. So you have to be quick cooking your soba noodles!

INGREDIENTS :

Dried soba noodles (Up to your appetite! I held the dried soba noodles like how you would for spaghetti, about the size of a 50 cent coin.)
150 grams of edamame
100 grams of strawberries (washed with stems cut off)
80 grams of pomelo flesh (I used the sweet one but there’s the pink one that is sour. If you fancy it to be a sour, use pink pomelo flesh instead)
1/2 a table spoon of sesame oil
Toasted sesame seed

For sauce [this depends on only 1 person’s serving] :
1 – 2 table spoons of plain yoghurt (You can use low fat or greek yoghurt if you wish)
1 table spoon of raw honey
A pinch of chia seeds

INSTRUCTIONS :

  1. In a saucepan, lightly salt the water and bring it to a boil. Cook the noodles and refresh it under cold water. Drain and set aside.
  2. In the same saucepan, cook the edamame until bright green in the lightly salted boiling water ; about 2 – 4 minutes.
  3. In a bowl, combine the yoghurt, honey, chia seeds.
  4. Toss in the soba noodles with sesame oil.
  5. Add the fruits.
  6. Garnish with toasted sesame seeds. And when enjoying your dish, mix it with the yoghurt sauce.

 

PS : This dish is best enjoyed chilled so to be sure to leave in your fridge for half an hour or so. You can use whatever fruit you wish but I was clearing off my fridge. Leftovers are the best to make the quickest meal. You could use pieces of grilled chicken breast if you fancy as well. This recipe is really versatile so you use whatever fruits and vegetables you prefer.

All visuals and words belong to Win W.™ unless stated otherwise.

Back Standers of a Wedding Conversation

“Isn’t the close friend to the bride supposed to join in with the fun? What are you doing back here?”
“Hey uncle Lee. This is where I always go to so I could have an entire bottle of champagne to myself. And why aren’t you joining in the fun?”
“I gotta check up on you to see if you’re alright.”
“Of course I’m alright. This is a damn good bottle of Dom Pérignon I just took.”
“By the way good job playing the piano earlier. It was good!”
“I messed up a chord…”
“I didn’t notice so I’m sure all these people didn’t notice either. This is not your dress is it?”
“Nope. I don’t think I would own a dress like this. It’s really bare at the back.”
“But hey, nothing could go wrong with a velvet red satin dress.”
“Nothing could go wrong with good champagne honestly..”
“Where’s your date? Where’s the boyfriend??”
” *laughs* What boyfriend?!”
“It’s very hard to believe that you don’t have boyfriend. I mean you can’t lie to me! I am 68 years old. Don’t try to hide things from uncle.”
“This entire week, so many people asked me why don’t I have a boyfriend and I swear on my life, I’m single. I’m perfectly fine just sitting and standing here at the back alone with good champagne. Plus, I’m pretty tired. I haven’t been sleeping well for the past…3 weeks or so. Fever and stuff. Too many things in my head sometimes.”
“I didn’t mean it in a bad way, you know. I mean it like why? Are men nowadays too afraid to date a lady with ambition and so passionate about her dreams?”
“I think I’ve been swimming in the wrong sea of fishes.”
“Bullshit. Uncle says that is bullshit. I know lately you’ve been thinking like you’re the problem when it comes to things…my daughter tells me some things when the two of you talk. But listen to me and believe me when I say this okay? I am 68 years old. I’m not growing any younger. I’ve known you since my son was still alive and you two grew up together. I know you and what you’re like. You’re a driven person with so much passion. You inspire people. So what if you don’t have a boyfriend? If you ask me, I think a man needs you more than you need a man. What men these days don’t understand is that sex isn’t the drive in a relationship. Call me old fashion or something but correct me if I’m wrong, no guy has ever gotten you flowers right? Or even understand why you like the things you like. But believe me when I tell you that you will learn to fall in love again ; the same way you told my late son that he will learn to fall in love again and pick himself up.

No man is an island and some day…one day…a man is going to be the luckiest fellow alive to have met you. He will see the fire in your soul when you talk about the things you love and your dream. He will buy you flowers and he will accompany you to art galleries, gardens and parks. But for now sweetheart, go chase your dreams. If a man isn’t going to respect your decision on things, leave. You don’t need a person like that in your life. In fact, if you have friends who are like that, you get up and leave. Don’t even talk to them again. You’re young, beautiful, so smart and amazingly kind. If someone isn’t going to treat you nicely, you leave. Build your empire and hold your head high. Drink more Chai latté so you’ll sleep better and love the things that make you, you. Whoever that’s still by your side, tell them uncle Lee is grateful that they’re there for you.

You were the girl that was once there for everyone and gave so, so much for people. Many abuse it and took you for granted until you fell apart. The ones who didn’t, they’re there now lifting you up because you once lifted them up. If you need to go to the orchestra, the beach and to an art gallery to clear your mind, do it. You do you and believe me that everything will fall in place. Everything will, I know it.”

“Thanks uncle Lee.”
“Oh, I’m just saying what you once told my late son when he fell apart and broke down. You forget how amazing you are, Miss Wong. Allow your late best friend’s father remind you. DOn’t thank me. Thank yourself, sweetheart. Cheers.”
“Cheers.”

Vegetarian Soba Bowl with Spiced Honey Yoghurt Sauce

I know I haven’t been updating much about recipes because I’ve been too excited about work, worrying about finals and catching up with people. So this is very simple recipe that I did it in less than half an hour using simple and affordable ingredients. Previously, I’ve uploaded my clean soba noodles bowl recipe teaching you how to cook soba noodles ; giving you tips on it. But for convenience, I’ll post up the trick again. This time it’s a little different as this recipe don’t use so much of ingredients. It was more like a little salad-like dish as I treated the yoghurt sauce to be like mayonnaise.

SO HERE’S MY vegetarian SOBa BOWL with spiced honey yoghurt sauce.

Trick to cooking soba and udon noodles : Once you’ve cooked it, quickly rinse it with cold water or place it in a bowl of iced-water for 30 seconds in order for it to be chewy and not soft. Also you don’t want to overcook your noodles and be very sure to even the noodles out when you’re cooking it. Soba noodles are clump up together easily and they cook faster than udon. So you have to be quick cooking your soba noodles!

INGREDIENTS :

Dried soba noodles (Up to your appetite! I held the dried soba noodles like how you would for spaghetti, about the size of a 50 cent coin.)
100 grams of edamame
100 grams of steamed corn
1/2 a table spoon of sesame oil
Toasted sesame seed

For sauce [this depends on only 1 person’s serving] :
1 – 2 table spoons of plain yoghurt (You can use low fat or greek yoghurt if you wish)
1 table spoon of raw honey
A dash of paprika
A dash of cumin

INSTRUCTIONS :
  1. In a saucepan, lightly salt the water and bring it to a boil. Cook the noodles and refresh it under cold water. Drain and set aside.
  2. In the same saucepan, cook the edamame until bright green in the lightly salted boiling water ; about 2 – 4 minutes.
  3. In a bowl, combine the yoghurt, honey, cumin and paprika.
  4. Toss in the steamed corn, edamame and soba noodles with sesame oil.
  5. Garnish with toasted sesame seeds. AND YOU’RE DONE!

PS : You can add whatever vegetables you like or some stir fried tofu or even nuts if you prefer! This is a very versatile dish. It is such a delicious clean eat!

 

 

All visuals and words belong to Win W.™ unless stated otherwise. 

The Difference Between What You Want and What You Need

I told myself that it was time, as I walked out of the exam hall after my final paper. I packed my bags and I drove to the east coast to a place where I grew up building sandcastles underneath the same blue sea. I sung my lungs out to songs that were blasting over my car’s sound system. I waved at strangers and ran under the night sky while listening to the waves gently kiss the shore.

People wonder why I always travel alone. What they don’t know is that sometimes it’s not that I want to but I need to. I knew that if I didn’t do it, I wouldn’t know when I have the time anymore. Yes, it was a desperate and last minute attempt. So that’s what I did ; I placed myself first. I sat under the sun with my bikini and ate fresh strawberries and read a good book. I jumped up and down of my hotel bed, danced in my best sweatpants and buried myself in fluffly pillows.

All I’m saying that you need to do you. I immersed myself into the things that I needed most. Not what I wanted most. Treat it like you’re a patient and you need some medication to help your immune system be alright again. I focused on myself and to be frank, that’s the best thing you could ever do for yourself. It’s important to focus on yourself because you’re the only one who knows what you need most. So here’s to revamping your soul.

A word of advice? Love yourself. Another hard thing to do but you have to ; even if it seems desperate.  I buried my toes in the warm sand with the sea breeze running through my hair…and…for that moment, I realized that I got this. Of course parts of me were still shaky but at least it looked better than before. To the people who stuck by me through my lowest times, this one’s for you.