i have been reading my old blogs (!) and although it was partly traumatizing, it was also nostalgic and strangely reinvigorating. i used to blog with much more abandon and carelessness than i do now. because when i used to blog, it was more of an outlet to talk to myself but here i feel compelled to present appropriately to an audience. the irony in it is that a lot more people used to stalk me than they do now, now that i have fallen into obscurity.

tried out native foods at westwood the other day for the first time. the oklahoma bacon cheeseburger was bombbb. sorry, i ate it and it was a good three days before i remembered i should have taken a picture of it. my greediness precedes my desire to be a food blogger. also gobbled down a vegan sprinkles red velvet cupcake before dinner. dessert before dinner, just the way it was meant to be.

i remember a few years ago when a few of us innocent girls ventured into a sex shop in lucky plaza at orchard road, singapore, with great intention and determination of finding the perfect birthday gift for a lovely friend of ours. it is with pleasure and pride that i tell you, our present was indeed appropriate and has not been banished to the attic or store room where useless or unwanted material things are kept. it was with this same great intention and determination that i stepped into the pleasure chest (with another girl friend), located on a busy road in hollywood but kept discreet with its lack of windows and tacky signs. because i am all-knowing with awesome intuition, again another friend walked away with a purchase that i know was worthy and kept up to its claims. i feel like such an accomplished friend.

my time in singapore was great, and now i am back in the smoggy city of LA.

in my absence on this blog, A LOT has happened. as i sit here in my room, struggling not to switch on the air-conditioning in this heat and humidity, i am still trying to absorb everything that is going on in my life. firstly, i graduated! woo! so surreal. i still can’t comprehend the fact that i am an alumnus now and not an undergraduate. i will probably be one of those creepers who still hang around and party at USC after graduation. there, i said it.

i’ll probably throw in some pictures some other time when i actually upload them. the fam visited me and we went around LA, vegas and san francisco. plenty of fun but being with my family always takes tremendous patience on my part.. well actually i just get really frustrated and bitch a lot but it’s ok, we’re family.

then i came homeee to singapore! this has been surreal like no other. i haven’t been home in two years, and so much has changed. if you know anything about singapore, it’s always changing. orchard road, the place i knew like the back of my hand, has been completely transformed. we added a couple of integrated resorts with casinos and there’s even universal studios. whaaat! i will visit lots of places like a tourist during my time here. i will be exploring my vegan options here as well.. oh how i miss $2.50 brown rice with two side dishes. yesss cheap food nomnomnom.

the weather has been particularly unbearable for me. heat and humidity and rain whenever the sky feels like it. bad combinations. plus people who have been living in socal long enough just don’t know what to do with rain.

my job hunt is still going on.. wish me plenty luck! xo

yes it is a new year! and i have procrastinated to blog for about two months now.. it’s really not that bad, considering i take up to six months or so to reply emails and facebook messages. no, i am not exaggerating.

many changes in my life. remember i was freaking out about paying for school? i am freaking out less now (though i still need to find out how i can pay for this semester – stripping is much too tiring for me, i don’t last that long in heels), and things have kinda worked out. i am giving up my business degree (oh goodbye marshall!) and graduating this semester with my environmental studies (chemistry) degree. if you know anyone who will hire me, PLEASE DO TELL ME. i am ready to be a slave etc, and all value for money too. spread the word, people.

my most awesome class this semester (or all 3 years of college) appears to be senior seminar for environmental studies. we take a bunch of field trips, discuss about the environment, and i think there was some kind of individual project involved somewhere. or research paper. i don’t know, but our first field trip to santa catalina island was fucking awesome. if you knew me, you would know that even though i am a hippie at heart, i am inherently a spoiled child and am one of those girly girls. i was excited for our 3-day-2-night trip, but also nervous that i could drown while snorkeling, break a leg while hiking, get eaten by a bison (yes i know they are probably herbivores), or break my acrylic nails. rest assured, none of the above happened and i still have my acrylic nails on.

with the new year, comes new things. two years ago, i found a camera at a rave. and this year i actually bought the battery charger for it!!! yes!!! so i have a working camera now. i took pictures on my class field trip to catalina, so be prepared for pictures of the scenery, plants, and animals. not very many humans. i also forgot to change the picture size/resolution, so the photos may appear tiny. i will just post a few here.. the rest are up on facebook.

sea star with its stomach out ewww

view from wrigley institute

sea hare kissing a shell muaaa*

crabby

supposedly the rib of a blue whale

hill that looks like a wavy top turban

looks like a road to nowhere in alice in wonderland

even though bison are often an attraction for tourists to visit catalina, they are, in fact, non-native and are harmful to many of the native plants there while promoting invasive species. they were introduced during a filming of a movie and were never removed. a more appropriate icon for catalina will be the island fox but unfortunately i didn’t see one when we were there!  hopefully we will get to see one the next trip.

bison

beautiful

oh no.. we are climbing up stuff

i am INSANELY afraid of heights. a few months ago, i would have calculated that i wouldn’t be able to get down safely, and hence would not have gone up at all. but this time, i was like, whatever. it’s a cool place to die.

yay i made it to the top!

although i must tell you, i did kinda crawl up to the top. on my way down, i sled on my butt as i did not trust my balance enough to walk down like a normal person.

bench

yeah yeah, i know – if i were to be all vegan-PC, it would read “sitting on this bench with a veggie grill cheeseburger and soy vanilla shake is one of my favorite things to do.” R.O.

because of the introduction of non-native animals, such as mule deer, and plants that are often invasive, many measures are put in place for restoration and conservation. carlos from the conservancy gave us a very interesting and informative lecture, and then we visited the nursery that grew native plants for various purposes, like selling them to people for landscape.

grow grow grow!

snowflake

snap dragons

some kind of sunflowers?

lunching on a cliff

and after that lunch, we waited for our boat to take us back to reality. i can’t wait to go back again in 2 weeks’ time! but the freshman class will be joining us grrr. we have small class of 9 people and an awesome professor who brought along beer and wine for us. we went snorkeling on the first day which was amazing! and also kayaking before lunch on the last day which was really fun. a great partner is key to fun kayaking experiences.

i made snickerdoodles for the first time! i haven’t really had snickerdoodles, but from everyone’s review, these are pretty good. i never pick snickerdoodles as a cookie flavor, because i will always pick the triple chocolate chocolate with chocolate chips and all things chocolate kinda flavor.

snickerdoodles

made pizza from scratch too! got the beer crust recipe from cute and delicious, and then added pizza sauce, eggplant, mushrooms, onions, and sundried tomatoes for all-around goodness. i have some leftover dough so i am making some more pizza for lunch and dinner later!

vegan beer crust pizza

in other news, i am temporarily widowed as lonnie is now studying abroad in florence, italy. because i know he is narcissistic and loves all types of attention, go read his blog at lonizzle.wordpress.com.

ahhh! it is 100 days from graduation. i will feel more excited about it when i actually have a job offer. it is time for me to return to my exciting chemistry lab report now, till the next time!

i have sat in front of my computer for nearly 9 hours today, and i have hardly churned out nor absorbed anything for school. i did, however, watch harry potter & the chamber of secrets and harry potter & the prisoner of azkaban. and i am onto blood diamonds now. however, it is my personal goal that i finish my part of the group executive summary today before i sleep.

i made some yummy roasted garlic mashed potatoes! definitely something i will make again in the future. my very first vegan cookbook arrived in the mail! it’s the 30-minute vegan. my mashed potateos recipe (which i totally eyeballed) was very similar to the one in the book, and i also tried a variation of the chocolate avocado pudding. i am excited to try out the other recipes, i just don’t have any money for the ingredients yet!

jackie made vegan chocolate chip oatmeal cookies.. they weren’t entirely for me but i pretty much polished off half of them already. she’s the best roomie everrr!!!

i just want it to stop. but i don’t know how and maybe i am not strong enough. i just don’t know what to do.

if you willingly choose to leave yourself out, do you still feel left out?

i have been eating enough for a family of five generations. i really need to stop before i explode.

tomato basil cream pasta

the recipe is from veganyumyum but i modified it a little, it still turned out super yummy! below is the original ingredient list with my modifications at the end, and the instructions are pretty much the same but it’s how i did it and not the exact original.

tomato basil cream pasta

ingredients:

1 large, ripe tomato (2 cups roughly chopped, 1 1/2 cups blended)
1/2 cup raw cashews (i used trader joe’s thai lime & chili cashews)
1 tbsp tomato paste (i used 2 tbsp)
1/4 cup water
2 tbsp olive oil (i used 1 tbsp)
2-4 cloves garlic, minced, optional (i used 4)
6 ounces whole wheat spaghetti (i used about 2 1/2 cups uncooked fusilli)
1 tsp salt
2-3 tbsp wine or water, optional (i didn’t use any)
1-2 tsp freshly cracked, coarse black pepper
1 large handful fresh basil leaves, chopped (i used a lot of dried basil as i am too cheap to buy fresh ones)

instructions:

1.boil enough water for the pasta, then cook pasta till desired tenderness.

2. chop and grind cashews in blender. roughly chop tomato, and add all of the tomato to blender together with tomato paste and water. blend until very smooth.

3. add olive oil to large saute pan over medium-high heat. add garlic and saute until golden. pour sauce from blender and bring to a simmer. add salt and cook for 4-5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

4. add wine/water to thin out the sauce if desired. taste and season more if necessary. let simmer until pasta is finished cooking. once pasta is cooked, drain. add pasta to pan with black pepper and basil leaves. toss to coat. serve immediately, garnishing with more pepper and basil.

ok honestly, i did steps 4 and 5 wrong. i put my cooked pasta in the pan first, stirred it around, and then added the sauce. i JUST realized this as i typed out the instructions.

it’s ok. mine still turned out yummy, i swear.

well.. speaking of greediness, i am going to put up a little wishlist i have for christmas! jackie and i are so excited for abc family’s 25 days of christmas. i loveee christmas and christmas carols and christmas movies and christmas treats and christmas everything : ) we are just gonna camp out on the couch, watching tv, and pretending to study woo!

christmas wishlist

★ money for college
★ a recipe book (to write recipes in, such as those from paperchase)
★ an apron (such as this, this, or this)
★ camera cables for the canon ixus i picked up two years ago (or a new camera)
★ lomography cameras
★ warm clothes that will protect me from the cold (e.g. jackets, jeans)
★ ability to cook and bake amazingly, and to make my amazing-tasting food look equally amazing with amazing phototaking skills
★ books (novels, classics, cookbooks, anything interesting)
★ for more people to be green and vegan and love animals even when they jump on your bed with dirty paws 1047183913 times (aka sprinkles)
★ a great winter break
★ and many other things, but i want to go sleep now xoxo

i had INTENSE cravings for donuts a couple of weeks back – so much that i was tempted to buy some from 7-11 or krispy kreme. so i attempted to make some vegan ones instead after much procrastination. they tasted pretty good but i wished they were even more holey. i don’t really know how to explain it, but i just prefer them more krispy kreme/7-11 type to dunkin’ donuts (the cakey type). they didn’t rise that much, i might have been too impatient in putting the yeast in or something. and they were deformed. but lonnie ate 6 or 7 pieces in one sitting, so they must have tasted semi-decent.

glazed and chocolate donuts and donut holes

my very first vegan thanksgiving, after two vegetarian ones! amidst two murdered turkeys, and other dead innocent animals, i had a little feast of my own! although i forgot to take pictures.

tofurky roast & gravy

i know – cliched. but it was only $9.99 at trader joe’s, how could i not get it? plus i never ever had it. it is essential that, i, as a baby vegan, should eat tofurky for thanksgiving. the baste i used was the simplest one, containing oil, soy sauce, and ground sage. it was good and the leftovers lasted me till today.

italian layered vegetable casserole

i found this casserole recipe from fatfree vegan kitchen, and it was actually a hit! mind you, i was in the company of pretty carnivorous chinese who love their traditional foods.

chocolate peanut butter whoopie pies

they were sooo yummy and filling. i got the recipe from here. i was going to use applesauce for the egg substitute but i forgot about it altogether and they still turned out great! i would definitely make them again.

my dearest roomie made some vegan truffle brownies (using the trader joe’s mix) and they were delish as well. i ate half the box. and that concluded my very first vegan thanksgiving. well.. i also had cocktails, beer, and soju.

sleeping dogs are the best dogs

little rory is all better now, thank you for your prayers and well wishes : ))) oh look! rory and lucy are sleeping.. what a rare moment. usually they are little terrors tearing up the house. in every literal sense.

it’s the last week of classes! crunch time!!!

i have been a bad blogger. anyway, i lasted on the master cleanse for 3 days. it wasn’t too bad, i might try it again one day when my schedule permits. time for food pictures!!!

soft spiced ginger cookies! in the form of bats, pumpkins, ghosts, and moons

spicy spaghetti squash i made on world vegan day!

baked "cheesy" casserole with swiss chard, spaghetti squash & tomatoes

also, i went to scoops and they are SO generous with their portions – i was literally rolling out of there. two huge scoops for $2.75 is a steal. i got white chocolate oreo and pistachio jasmine oil. i thought i would like the oreo better but the pistachio flavor was richer and more flavorful, whereas the oreo had a watered down taste.

oh no : ( i just received very sad news. this evening, one of our puppies got really sick. she’s at the vet now. little rory started drooling, heaving, throwing up, and was really disoriented. the vet already cost over $100 and now they are saying to run tests would be $500. but we (myself and the other mummy) don’t have the money so one of my housemates (who rory’s main mummy) is at the vet trying to decide what to do now. the clinic said it’s either ulcer (could be caused by lots of things), rabies (unlikely, as she wasn’t bitten by anything other than the two dogs in the house), or distemper (i believe it’s a fatal disease). i am so so so sad and we don’t know what to do right now. pray for little rory!!!

little rory