My Mid-year Break.

I receive a mid-year break every year. It consists of 28 days, 672 hours and lots of lots of fun. However this year, 2014, I could probably say it has been the most fruitful 28 days of break. Indeed I went back to school, still squeezed in time to study and thought that I managed my time pretty well.

During breaks like this, I have to balance 3 things. Myself, friends and family.

Number 1. Myself.

I am not one who copes well with pressure and stress. When I am alone, I tend to think a lot. That leads to overthinking then stress. I gave myself a few days, alone in my house. Yes, I did a lot of thinking but it was not as intense as how it was when exams are near. To make myself happy, I would whip up lunch for myself or bake at night when everyone is asleep. I got my alone time and did what I love. Therefore I balanced number one during this mid-year break!

Number 2. Friends.

I told a friend of mine, I did not want any friendship drama as I am doing my national examinations this year and I did not want distractions. No one can predict the future; neither can I. However we can chose what we want to do. Therefore it is important for me to realize who will be the friends that would ‘have my back’ or accept me for who I am. I got closer with this bunch of crazy, lovely friends over this short period of time. I am absolutely grateful and thankful for having this bunch of people in my live. I spent most of my year with them, I laughed, joke and gossip with them. They are someone whom I chose to be in my live. Like the saying goes, ‘You cannot chose your family. But you can chose your friends.’ I am very glad that I bonded closely with them in this short amount of time. And sometimes I question myself ‘Do I deserve such friends, because they are so so AWESOME?’ Thank you for making my break fun and meaningful. Prashain, Shaheedah and Suvi, Thank you for a rather interesting and amazing mid-year break .

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Number 3. Family.

Family will always be there for you but you will drift from them if you do not spend quality time with them. I learnt that throughout the period of last year and this year. I could say I spent a good amount of time with them this month. I met up with my beloved cousins, spent hours with my little brat sister, went out shopping with my mum and had amazing meals with my parents!

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I could finally say that this mid-year break was the most productive and meaningful ever. Usually during breaks like this, I would laze around and be unproductive all day. However, I became a lively and happy teenager this June! Guess this sums up this week’s blog, hope you enjoyed it and tune in next week for more posts! Thank you!

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Nuts over Bananas!!

Hello!! I’m back with another banana recipe!! This time it is a muffin recipe. This sweet treat has different texture to it. For example crunchy from the pecan nuts and mushiness from the mashed bananas. This is my go-to breakfast muffin! This muffin would go really well with a cup of coffee or tea or milk! It also provides the nutrients I need. From the pecan nuts, I get vitamins from the B group, A group and E group. 90% of the fat content in pecans are unsaturated fats! From the bananas, I would feel more energise throughout the day! The muffins are quite filling,so it would  keep me full till lunchtime.

So enough talking, and let’s get down to the recipe!

Full dozen of Pecan Banana muffin!
Full dozen of Pecan Banana muffin!

Banana nut muffin

 Ingredients

  • 3 large ripe bananas, mashed
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • ⅓ cup butter, melted
  • 1½ cup flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ cup pecan halves, chopped

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees (175 Degree C) and prepare a 12 cup muffin tin with paper liners or baking spray
  2. In a small bowl combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and pecans
  3. In a large bowl combine sugar and bananas
  4. Add in the egg and mix well
  5. Stir in the melted butter gradually
  6. Dump the flour mixture into the wet mixture
  7. Stir until just combined and stop (be sure to not over mix)
  8. Fill the muffin tins and place in the oven
  9. Bake for 20 to 25 min in a standard muffin tin 30-35 min using larger baking cups
  10. Muffins are done when a toothpick comes out clean when inserted into the center

P.S. Add more nuts if you would like more crunch to your muffin.

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What I really love about this recipe is that it is very easy to make, ingredients are accessible at any supermarket and I love the different textures in it. The muffins are light and airy and it brings out the banana flavour and the pecans are evident in every bite.

I hope you would enjoy this banana recipe as much as I did. And I really wish that I turned non-banana lovers into somewhat a banana lover! Till next time, Good Luck & Have Fun!

Gaga over Bananas!

Over the past few months, I have been a little obsess over eating bananas. I feel like they gave me energy and they are easy to eat; I could just carry one banana and have it for breakfast in school. Simple!

Other than eating banana raw, I love to corporate it into my cakes or muffins. So I have search up some banana baked products and I found this recipe that I really really love. So without further ado, here is the recipe to the Banana bread!

Banana Bread!
Banana Bread!

Banana bread

3 cups of flour

1 cup sugar

1\2 tsp salt

1 1\2 tsp bi carb soda

185g butter

2 bananas

1 1\2 eggs

1 1\2 tbs water

1\2 cups walnuts

Methods

Mash bananas

Throw bananas into flour, sugar salt, bi carb soda, eggs, walnuts, water, and melted butter

Give it a good mix! Into thick pancake mix like.

Grease loaf tin

175C, 45 mins . Skewer comes out clean. Good to go!

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I absolutely love this recipe! It is simple, delicious and fun to make! I left out the walnuts as I did not get any walnuts from the supermarket then. It will not affect the flavour, but it will affect the texture. If you are looking for different textures in this bread, please go ahead and add walnuts. I would also love to add more bananas as the taste of it was not evident enough. But this is my go to banana product recipe! I love it!

However, I have another banana recipe to share! Do check back in on Saturday for the next banana recipe! Till then, Good Luck & Have Fun!

10 things I dislike…

On my previous post, I did a ’10 things I like’, therefore this time, I am going to do a ’10 things I dislike…’! This 2 posts are more like an introduction of myself as I never really done any introduction when I first started this blog. So, without further ado, here are 10 things I dislike!

  1. I dislike people who are fickle minded. However, I am fine with impromptu suggestions, it is just the ‘yes, then no, then maybe’  whom I cannot really stand. Just be confident with what you feel. Don’t beat around the bush.
  2. I dislike when I am ready to go to bed, but my phone is alive and strong with 60% of battery. I am a person who charges the phone overnight, hence it explains the unwanted percentage when I am ready to hit the sack…
  3. I dislike the unpredictable weather of Singapore. I do not carry an umbrella every day in my bag and sometimes I dress inappropriately for the weather. The weather is not something I could control, so I guess I have to live with it and watch the weather segment in the morning news.
  4. I dislike getting my school shoe wet on a rainy day. Hence, to prevent that from happening, I would take off my shoe and my socks and walk barefooted. Luckily for me, my house is 5 minutes walk from the bus stop.
  5.  I dislike brands. If there were no brands in the world, in my opinion, everything would be less complicated and everyone would be happy with what they got.
  6. I dislike staying at home for more than 3 days during daytime. In the day, I have to do some activity outside the house. I could not be cope inside the house for a long time. I am trying to figure out why…
  7. I dislike the fact that I am very bad at putting on nail polish. That is a skill I cannot master.
  8. I dislike changes. As much as I want everything to evolve, part of me don’t. Things are much simpler unchanged, when things change, they get complicated.
  9. I dislike the feeling of finishing a good book. I created a relationship with the book and as much as I want to finish it, I do not want it to end.
  10. Lastly, I do not like goodbyes. I cannot stand to send a person from my life away. I do not like the feeling of them leaving or gone as they were a part of my journey. IMG_5432

The photo above was someone whom took care of me since I was born. Carried me to school, back and forth. Fed me while my parents were at work. Played with me when I was alone. She was the one person I was close to as a child. Today, I have no idea if you are at home in your country or here in Singapore, but I hope you are doing fine and healthy and well. I never got to say this but, ‘Thank you for the care you provided for 13 years of my life.’

Well… I did not meant for this post to go this way, but please understand that all this facts of me are who I really am and I meant every single word.

So…. Thank you for reading, I hope you understand me more now! It’s been lovely writing about my likes and dislikes. THANK YOU!

10 things I like…

I figured I never really did a proper introduction about myself. So today I would like to share 10 things I like. Hope you get a better idea of who I really am and brought us closer….!

Let’s begin!

  1. I like a good laugh. Be it a cold joke or a big prank, I love it all. The feeling of your face muscles pull when you smile… This might be weird, but to me, it is a lovely feeling.
  2. I like to be under the sun, however not the afternoon sun. Those are nasty. My definition of being under the sun is walking around town or a walk at the park in the morning or running in the field.

    Under the scorching sun... :D
    Under the scorching sun… 😀
  3. I like to read a good romantic, sad or happy novel. Sometimes, my alone time would consist of reading at a cafe or library or even at home. When I have a good book, call me or find me when I am done with the book.
  4. I like to share about my new reads with my friends and exchange books they have recommended. I really like the idea of sharing our thoughts of the book with friends, like a mini book club. It brings new aspects to the book when you hear what others got to say about the book.
  5. I like listening to music. When you are with me, music would fill the atmosphere. My preferred genre are from indie to pop, acoustic to dubstep.
  6. I like to dress-up! I am not saying any further…. 😀
  7. I like animals! I could consider myself as an animal lover. I got a soft side for them…
    And that's my pet bunny, Wiggles!
    And that’s my pet bunny, Wiggles!

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  8. I like food items that are made with dough or flour. For example, pancakes, waffles, cakes, dough fritters and many many more! I could indulge in them all day.
  9. I like eating oranges. They provide me with vitamin C and really yummy juices to clench my thirst.
  10. Last but not least, I like to eat! Especially trying out different cuisine. I currently like Thai food, Mexican, Indian and my all-time favourite, Italian food! I would love to try Vietnamese food, Turkish food and many more!

    An Indian feast for 4~!
    An Indian feast for 4~!
An Italian feast for 3!
An Italian feast for 3!

This pretty sums up my likes for now… Hope you got a better idea of who I really am and brought us closer!! Do check out my next post! It is going to be about ’10 things I dislike’ !! So tune in to find out! See ya soon!