MIA + oatmeal

Phew, I haven’t posted in more than a week, huh? Quite a lot of changes in life recently and I haven’t been able to sit down quietly to collect my thoughts until now! I’m glad I haven’t been completely unproductive though…

I finally applied for the Cosmetic Technique and Management course I wanted to do (with Digital Media Arts as a backup), but sadly the course for September has been wait-listed. I guess I’ll just have to wait and hope someone misses their payment deadline so I get a chance to slip in!

Also made the decision to moved out of the place I was staying at to a family friend’s place temporarily. Packing up was hard – I don’t remember coming back to Canada with so much stuff! Fortunately there’s always the trusty bundling method that my friend showed me – managed to pack 4 pairs of pants, 7 hoodies, 8 tees, and plenty of underwear and socks into my little carry-on suitcase. Fit all other miscellaneous things (snacks, 2 boxes of makeup etc) into my large suitcase. I’m glad the frequent travelling between HK and Canada during my university years has trained me to be a good packer … But I still get overwhelmed every single time and repack once or twice to maximise space usage. Heh.

Since I’m back uptown, I booked my first driving lesson for tomorrow too. I’m so nervous … I haven’t driven since I got my G2 more than a year ago. But I guess I gotta do what I gotta do to get my full license … 😦

Anyhow, even with all that happening, I made sure I still had my bowl of oatmeal each day. Never had I realised how much more appealing regular oats were than instant ones (it’s rare to find anything that’s not instant oats in HK)! I love that you can cook it down into a thick gooey consistency but still have the grains to chew on. Not to mention the many benefits it comes with (low in calories, high in fiber and protein, heart-healthy, you know the gist).

If you’re thinking … “But it’s so bland!” … then I can tell you it’s the exact opposite! Because it’s so bland, you can experiment with so many different flavours – and the possibilities are only limited by your imagination (wow, that was such a cliche line, haha). If you’re stuck for ideas, below are a few things I’ve found in the kitchen that work, but I usually keep it simple by keeping it to just frozen berries. Sometimes I’ll add a handful of vector cereal (my fave!) if I’m craving for some crunch 🙂

Oatmeal Base
1/2 cup oats
1/2 to 1 cup liquid (milk, almond milk, soy milk, water) – adjust to get your preferred consistency
1 tbsp honey

cinnamon + mashed banana
chocolate + instant coffee
matcha powder
frozen berries
maple syrup

fresh fruit (seasonal berries, sliced bananas, sliced peaches etc)
cereal of choice

I’ve been wanting to incorporate chia seeds and flax seeds into my oatmeal for extra protein since my meat consumption is pretty low… I guess that will start when I finally settle down somewhere and have time to go buy it! Funny thing … I learned about chia seeds recently and it answered my question to what those weird gel/frog egg looking things were in chinese fruity desserts. Good to know it’s actually healthy!

No pictures this time around … My phone’s ongoing mission to commit suicide seems to have ended last week when it somehow got stuck in a boot-loop after it froze … Yay! =______= I’ve been forever in a hating relationship with Samsung since the ICS update and now I’m moving back to SONY …

Actually… Here are some random pictures of food I made from my instagram – scroll over them to see what they are!


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