Monday, December 15, 2014

basic

Lately, I find myself drawn towards the minimalist style.

Think: Uniqlo, MUJI, Gap

As I grow up, I noticed how my sense of fashion changes as well. I still am very much into bright pop of colors and prints but I would always find myself reaching out for basics most of the time. Lazy? Basics. Tired? Basics. Feeling good? Heck, basics make me feel even better.

I remember mocking brands for charging ridiculously expensive for a normal tee shirt. But now that I think about it, I guess it's really worth it for a handsome looking pair of t shirt that fits you right. Ok, maybe I still won't spend AU 200 for an acne t shirt. *coughs*

I am now on a mission to revamp my whole closet into basic and timeless pieces! I am currently liking the all white style and I might wear something like that for Chinese New Year. Woop. Woop.

So excited! Here are some of my inspirations.




Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Matcha + white chocolate chip cookies!

Hi guyS!!

I'm currently on my winter break so I have a lot of free time to do plenty of me-stuff because

1) I'm jobless
2) I'm jobless
3) I'm jobless

I emphasize on the jobless part because I truly, really, honestly just want a job. But anyways, on the days where I don't do much job-hunting, I see myself searching for stuff to do - I'm no fantastic baker but I thought this simple recipe that I found online was so good that I have to share it!

It was so simple to make as well! Also, do note that this was my 2nd time actually baking something by myself! Usually, I'm the person who does the small and boring tasks so I'm glad to actually bake something by myself!

The first time I baked - the cookies got too hard that my braces bracket actually fell off when I try to take a bite out of them.

Lesson learnt: Cookies will get harder after you let them cool down :P

Here's the recipe for green tea + white chocolate chip cookies!

Best time to use my matcha powder that has been sitting in the shelf for ages! Also, I hate the winter sunlight. It gets dark so fast and my unit doesn't have much sunlight, sadly. I will promise myself to find a place with plenty of sunlight. :) 


Ingredients
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 tablespoons green tea powder (matcha)
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 large egg yolk
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
3/4 cup white chocolate chips

1. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, salt, and green tea powder. Set aside.
2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together butter, and granulated sugar until light and fluffy, about 3-5 minutes. Stop the mixer and use a spatula to scrape down the sides of the bowl. Add egg, egg yolk, and vanilla  extract, and beat on medium speed until mixture is fluffy, about 1-2 minutes.
3. Add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture and beat on low speed until just combined. Fold in the white chocolate chunks or chips with a spatula. Cover dough with plastic wrap and refrigerate for about 45 minutes.
4. Place racks in the center and upper third of the oven and preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
5. Scoop heaping tablespoonfuls of cookie dough onto the prepared baking pans, spacing them about 1 1/2-2 inches apart. Bake in preheated oven for about 12 minutes, until edges are lightly browned. Remove from oven, and allow cookies to cool on pans for about 10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
source: theblissfulbaker.wordpress.com

p/s: if you like sweet stuff, this would be perfect for you! However, I do find it a tad too sweet so you might want to reduce the amount of sugar if you're not a sweet lover.

The matcha cookies come out soft and chewy mmhmm! Just the way I like my cookies :P (coz I have braces duh)

Friday, April 18, 2014

Awakened

I went for Planetshakers Awakening 2014 and all I can say is, I came out feeling like a new person. What an indescribable feeling I had! It makes me hungry for MORE!! Everything was just so...so....good. God is so good.

As a Christian, I always struggled with God's people. I love God, I love Jesus but I don't love all of God's people. The term, "Love God, Love people" is easier said than done. I could honestly say cell groups are really important! God comes first, of course, but there is no point if you go to church every Sunday but you don't try and interact with the people in church. I'm not trying to be a smart-ass here but this is all based on my personal experiences and I just want to give my two cents worth about it.

The churches I attend regularly - I'm sick of people dissing that the music is too loud/ the people are too loud/ it seems like the people in this church is not putting God first bla bla bla if you don't like it, then full stop!

// It's time to have salty food - stop eating bland food all the time //

This is what I can say to those who can't seem to appreciate the loud music. If you just stand up, put your hands up and praise God and dance and jump, you will see why so many people enjoy it. The fact that you are doing it for God seems so amazing! The loudness will dissipate once you focus on God and not the loudness of the music.

// Pardon the noise, it's the sound of freedom! //

Last time, a guy told me he doesn't like young churches because he feels like they are always focusing on building character instead of focusing on God. At that time, I knew so little about God to answer him back. But now, I have an answer for that particular question.

Why do the churches focus so much on building character/motivational talks?

Well - if you are in the right character and you have the right mindset, you will eventually learn how to focus on God. So many people suffer from low self-confidence and even me, at times. However, we can always learn from churches like these as they can build our character and make us the individual God has created us to be.

Back to Love God Love people// as I said, I'm still struggling. Sometimes, in a cell group - when I try so hard to speak to this individual but I receive such little response and it makes me really tired to keep trying...but it's okay, try harder. :)

Some eggs are harder to break but if you keep trying - you will eventually crack through that hard shell. :)

If you are in a particular cell group long enough, you should learn how to speak to new people and make them feel like they aren't new. I personally really dislike the fact that people who are in cell groups long enough but won't make an effort to talk to the new person. You were the new person before.

// I did it first because someone first love me //

And I learned something so important in #psawakening as well.

"It doesn't matter how much you KNOW about God. What matters is how much you LOVE Him. "

What an eye-opener. I always thought I am not "Christian" enough because I don't know much about God. I guess it's the same for individuals. It doesn't matter how much you know about that person...what is the point of knowing so much information about them but not loving them as much as you know?

Friday, April 04, 2014

watercolor of the day #1

Tried out some watercolor brushes in Photoshop.

The outcome seemed pretty cool! I really, really dig how watercolor looks on paper. It has this incomplete look that makes it somehow look...perfect!

Gotta practice a lil more :)


Tuesday, April 01, 2014

doodle of the day #1

I downloaded a few new brushes for Photoshop and experimented with it! Never knew different brushes create different effects....

Ahhh...I might just love digital drawing a little much better now... :)


Charlotte

This is totally not my style....but it's time to try something different!

I call her....Charlotte. Simply because she looks like one :D