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^this is a shirt I made recently. It’s a really easy DIY. just edit the image to how you like it, print it out the size you want, place the paper under the shirt then put it on a clear surface, shine light beneath and then trace with a fabric marker.literally the first doodle this whole entire year. it’s July…I’ve been so consumed by..everything and nothing at the same time. The sat/sun one is actually a portrayal of my mind before and now. ^doodles highly inspired by a book I borrowed from the library. i can’t draw from my brain but I can think of what I want to draw, Google a pic of it and draw it. guess you could say I’m a professional con artist that’s not an artist.
the only nice things I can draw without reference are simple people heads that all look the same. example above. I’m not going to say I’m good at drawing but I wil say I think my doodling is nice because drawing is such an official term and good is both subjective and relative. 

recently, I’ve been noticing how everything is relative. not going to delve deeper but is that what einstein’s theory of relativity is about? i should go read up on it. hmm ok random brain balloon flying by 🎈🎈🎈

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why i don’t eat meat

Well, here’s the situation, i’ve been a vegetarian for about 4 months (since 15th Feb 2016). The term vegetarian is pretty vague and so i shall define what kind of vegetarian i am. Basically, i don’t eat meat: chicken, beef, pork, fish & seafood. I do consume animal products like milk, cheese and eggs. (sidetrack:are fishballs and fishcakes considered vegetarian? Anyway, i don’t eat them because i don’t like them).

here’s the FAQ:

why are you vegetarian?

I’ve been asked this question numerous times in the past 4 months and i’ve always given a very seemingly unconvincing and unsatisfactory answer. This is because the tone in which people use to ask this question has been accusatory, condescending and negative which scares the shit out of me because it makes me feel like i have committed a crime/violated the laws of the universe, coupled with the fact that i’m not a very social and vocal person. Thus, i guess it’s a reflex for me to rid off the uncomfortable situation by giving an answer like “for fun” and “why not”. However, i do have more in depth reasons to why i have chosen to not eat meat.

The production of meat has highly adverse impacts on the environment.

  • Cows must consume 16 pounds of vegetation in order to convert them into 1 pound of flesh. Raising animals for food consumes more than half of all water used in the U.S. It takes 2,500 gallons of water to produce a pound of meat but only 25 gallons to produce a pound of wheat.
  •  Producing just one hamburger uses enough fossil fuel to drive a small car 20 miles. Of all raw materials and fossil fuels used in the U.S., more than one-third are devoted to raising animals for food.
  • A typical pig factory generates the same amount of raw waste as a city of 12,000 people. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, raising animals for food is the number-one source of water pollution. 

source: PETA

I believe that as inhabitants of the Earth, we have a responsibility to at least try to reduce the damage done to our home, the very place we rely on for our existence. Animal agriculture is the leading source of pollution and reducing the amount of meat we consume can alleviate and reduce the destruction done to our environment. Furthermore, it is something within our power that we can do so why not do some good for the Earth?

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Some people may claim that all those facts/statistics are false bs but even if it is all fake, eating less meat doesn’t harm me in any way. There are other reasons such as the process of producing meat etc (you’ve probably heard a lot of it) but the primary reason i’m doing it for is the environment.

I’m not trying to completely rid the world of pollution or save the Earth from all pollution damage by not eating meat(although it would be nice if anyone had the power to hehe). I’m just doing what i feel is right for me as of now, to the best of my ability c: I understand that the environment may not be what everyone is concerned about as a priority at this moment in their lives but i hope my actions are able to raise at least a tinge of awareness or even inspire others regardless of whether they choose to eat meat or not. A little awareness can go a long way.

how long am i going to be a vegetarian? Well, my family doesn’t 100% approve of me not eating meat at all due to nutritional concerns (but they aren’t entirely against it either) so it will probably be a seasonal thing whereby i’ll “stop being vegetarian” during holiday trips but i will probably have most of my meals meatless as far as possible 🙂

keep an open mind and be respectful of other’s decisions.

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chocolate paper cakes (with white chocolate chips and peanut butter chips) 

 
wanted to use the organic walnuts that my aunt gave me and to finish the chocolate chips in weird amounts I had in the fridge. The cakes were really dark,  delicious and not too sweet. I intended for it to have layers of white chocolate and peanut butter inside but the white chocolate chips I placed inside the muffins kind of disappeared??
Next time I will mix in more walnuts and the chips instead of just topping it off!

Really miss baking! 

 
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veganburg

  

In December 2015 last year, I visited Veganburg after going for a job interview at kni&kcalb. Yes, I went alone.

I tried the creamy mushroom burger. It may not look very big but I was substantially full; even struggled to finish a little at the end. The soy patty was crisp and flavorful and the burger was filled with a generous amount of creamy sauce an mushrooms. The burger alone was satisfying enough for me 🙂 definitely worth a visit..what’s more, it’s vegan and cruelty free.


Sometimes it feels good to have a solo meal with a book..

Psssst..I actually got the job and I’ve learnt so much and met some of the most warm and friendly people I have ever encountered.

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tree cake ((chocolate cake))

   
 
second time making a chocolate cake. like the first time, i was met with an obstacle when making the ganache 😂🙈 . I heated the cream over a Bain Marie which works but I didn’t heat it hot enough. Then I added BAKING CHOCOLATE into it. It was not sweet (obviously) and became a clump of doo doo. The oils of the chocolate also started coming out. My gosh, what was I thinking(was I even thinking?). In the end, I just went down to the store to get new ingredients and made a new ganache. 

This cake was made for my friend’s mother 🙂 my sister said it looks like a tree stump hence this cake is now called tree cake. It is a dark chocolate cake topped with dessicated coconut and crushed Oreos on the sides. Overall, I’m proud and blessed to have been given the opportunity to bake this cake.

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braided cheesy pesto bread

  it honestly looks like a green yeast monster with really loose stool oozing out of every single crevice of its body. yep I just sabotaged myself with a terrible description but trust me, it may be ugly but it’s super delicious. Half of it was eaten before it even had time to cool 🙈
  My first time using my new DeLonghi oven that is much bigger than my previous oven. Now I can bake more than 6 cookies at once.  here’s how simple it is:

  1. Add 2tsp of dry yeast into 1cup of warm water with a teaspoon of sugar. Let stand for 10mins
  2. Add 1/2tsp salt, 1tbsp olive oil
  3. Mix in flour until you get soft elastic dough(I used more than 1 3/4  cup)
  4. Let rise in an oiled bowl till double in size(approx. 1hour)
  5. Press air out and roll dough out onto a floured surface (i divided dough into two for two loaves)
  6. Spread pesto and cheese(as much as you like)
  7. Roll it up lengthwise
  8. Cut into half lengthwise leaving about an inch
  9. Twist the two long ends, brush with olive oil, sprinkle Parmesan and garlic powder (optional)
  10. Bake at 425F for about 25mins or until the bread fairy calls you 🙂

less glam shot

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