Friday, July 03, 2015

Yo What's Up?

It has been 8 years since I blogged so what have I been up to? Well, making a living to survive. Haha!

I made a career switch last year! From my job(different companies but similar job scope) of almost 12 years, I switched to something that I'm never trained in. So the first thing I had to do was to undergo a year of training, after which I took the certification exam and passed!

The one year of Polestar training was a grueling one, but I'm fortunate enough to land a job in a Pilates studio where I could use the facilities to practice. Many of my course mates had to juggle full time work with training and it's really hard for them.

Well, after one year, all that hard work paid off and now I'm a fully certified Pilates instructor :D. I sacrificed a high pay and fixed working hours for a lower pay and irregular working time now. Is it worth it? Totally! Now I'm able to help others achieve what I have been able to achieve with Pilates. It gives me an immense sense of achievement, which is not something I can get with monetary returns.

What is Pilates you may ask? If you already know what Pilates is about, or wish to find out more, feel free to contact me. I will also be sharing with you in future posts all about Pilates!

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Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Hello Blog World!

Hello there! I've been toying with the idea of re-activating this blog for the past 1-2 months. It all started when I was searching this blog for my bread recipes. Went through the posts and found a lot of memories here. Coincidentally my sister brought up this topic and gave me some great ideas. So after much consideration I decided to start blogging again!

Trying to make blogging a stress-free hobby, I have decided that I will not only be sharing cooking-related posts, but can be food reviews, random musings or others, at my own time and leisure. The photos may not be blog-perfect but who cares! 

Now onto my first come-back post. A buckwheat pancake recipe which I attempted today. I adapted it to what I have in my own pantry. They turned out light and fluffy despite the use of all buckwheat flour(which tends to make baked goods dense). 

Makes 3 big and 1 small pancake(depends on how big you like your pancakes).

63g buckwheat flour(I used the brand Origins)

1/2 tsp baking powder 

1/4 tsp baking soda

Pinch of salt

100g buttermilk*

3/4 tbsp maple syrup 

15g butter, melted
Whisk together dry ingredients

Add in liquid ingredients

Whisk gently to mix(some small flour clumps is ok)

Cook pancakes until golden brown on both sides. 

Keep cooked pancakes warm during the cooking process. I cover them with a piece of foil. Cold pancakes are so not nice. 

* Can be store bought. Or make your own by adding 1/2 tbsp fresh lemon juice into 100g milk. Set aside for 5 mins for it to thicken. 

Serve with fresh fruits, maple syrup, bacon, eggs or whatever you desire.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

It's Final

Some of you might have noticed that this blog of mine had been locked for the past few weeks. Thanks to all of you who have sent me comments and emails to check if I’m alright. The truth is, I put my blog on hold to stop and think about the fate of this blog.

Since a few months back, my work has been zapping my energy throughout each working week. The current projects are underway, but my boss keeps having new ideas. So the workload piles up, but the manpower remains the same, and I end up working for 10 hours on some days. As a result, I hardly have time to even visit some of my favourite blogs, not to bake mention bake during the weekdays. When the weekends come around, all I want to do is to catch up on some rest. Even when I do bake, I have absolutely no mood to fuss around with what ‘setting', ‘backgound’, ‘lighting’, ‘utensils’ etc etc to use to take pictures. All I want to do is to cut and eat whatever came out of the oven.

What has happened? To be honest, I guess I have lost my enthusiasm for blogging. I don’t know about others, but taking and then editing pictures, followed by research on the post, and finally till the actual write-up, takes up a substantial amount of my time, something which I don’t have a lot of nowadays. I am rather particular about my pictures, but my photographs still turn out lousy each time. Even after two years, I still suck at them. That’s another disappointment for me.

After writing so much, it's time for the conclusion - I am putting this blog on hiatus indefinitely. I don’t think I will return to blogging anytime soon. But there’s no saying that I won’t, maybe when the blogging ‘bug’ bites again, you’ll see me around again. Before I say goodbye, I want to take this opportunity to thank all of you – my readers, who has been visiting this blog for the past two years. I truly appreciate your constant encouragement and support. I will leave the blog open, in case anyone is interested in any of the recipes I have posted. Once again, thank you and take care!