Sunday, February 1, 2015

On 12:00 PM by siti shyuhaila in , , , , ,

Since the last few months of 2014, my mailbox have been utterly full for weeks and no matter how diligent I am at cleaning the mails it was a big challenge for me. If you are thinking then I should do about all the spam mails and stuff. Sad to say, I subscribed to those willingly and it's because of the many festive season and year end promotion where I like receiving more of such discounts in my mail.

After settling down with New Year and for some start of school period, I revisited my favourite site, Zalora cause I was looking for new clothes and probably a new wallet * whispers, though I just gotten my Michael Kors a few months back (I am not a shopaholic).

Apart from browsing through my selected choice of apparels, I will also look at other brands which Zalora carries then I got caught on Mango. It has been one of the early brands which I used to frquent with my friends when we were in poly. Even when we started work, some of us loved going to Mango outlet at Wisma Atria to browse through the bags, clothes, jackets and even shawls. Seeing Mango's stuff was on the site, so why not check out the available range of Mango's women collection online?

I cannot believe the discount that they were offering for the dresses, tops and wallets even. Normal priced items were going off at S$49, S$32.50 or even S$29. Of course I did not hesitate to inform my few close friends who are Mango fans or simply fans of discounts to go online to check the items. (That's what friends are for right ;)). A brand new year so a brand new set of clothes, doesn't that make sense?

My friend, Linko showed me a few of the pieces she have gotten from Mango recently and I thought that the pieces were pretty nice and decent. It is definitely good to see Mango continuously producing good clothing even with other competitors targeting the same market, working women like myself. But there must be something that sets them apart, for me it may be the discounts but for some of my friends. Due to their petite or unique body shape, Mango designs and cutting suits them way better.

Personally, I fell in love with this top but since I am still looking at the other selection and to make things simple for me....This goes onto my wish list, so dear loved ones, if you do love me this please...

Did you know that if you are new to Zalora website, you can get $10 OFF your first purchase simply by subscribing to their newsletter. That is how I keep myself updated with any new release from Zalora!

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Thursday, January 29, 2015

On 9:00 AM by siti shyuhaila in , , , , ,
I was feeling hungry one afternoon and then I only had potatoes and carrots. So what I like to do is to check for some korean recipe online and attempt to make them.

For today's ingredients, I found a simple recipe of Gamja Jeon (potato pancake). It only took 3 simple steps to make this dish that my afternoon snack was ready in a jiffy.

In a nutshell, the three steps are:

1) Grate
2) Mix
3) Fry

As the name states, it is supposedly just plain potatoes but since I like a little bit more taste to mine, I added carrots in.

Without a food processor, I had to manually grate the tuber vegetables by hand but no pain no gain. I was motivated to create this simple dish.

After the tubers were grated into the same bowl, I sieved them to remove the excess liquid away.

The liquid at the collecting bowl is then pour out slowly and at the bottom of the bowl will be the sediment.

This will be the starch which is to be added back to the grated vegetable and stir. Add a pinch of salt and pepper to taste. Now we are ready to fry them over the fire...

Stir fry them on both sides till they are golden brown. This takes about 4-5 minutes on both sides.

Ta dahhhhh, now I am ready to be served my freshly made Gamja Jeon with a twist ;)!
I didnt make any sauce for this case, which I usually have ready made dipping (soy sauce, sesame oil, sesame seeds, black vinegar and chilli flakes). Instead I have a bit of mustard to give it a tangy sensation to my pancake.

Tell me what korean recipe have you tried and if you favour other countries' cuisine, share with me the recipes/pictures.

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Till we meet again!

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Sunday, January 25, 2015

On 9:00 AM by siti shyuhaila in , , , , , , ,

The two Ps which I dislike when they come together is throat Pain and Phlegm. As the title says it all, this post will be dedicated to these two "friends". Of course as always, I am here to look for solutions and offer my alternative suggestions.

I recently had a case of dry throat cough and hardened phlegm, it was still manageable as it only acts up a bit and I need to find the cure ASAP.

I beefed up immediately on my vegetable intakes and cut down on milk, chicken as well as fish (as these are mucus-causing food).
As we all know, H2O is another item which has to be increased by multifold. Since our body produces phlegm in order to fight the immune waste, this means our body is going through a "battle time". By providing more water to our body, we are supporting the goodness to clear the waste and rejuvenate our body.

Don't you feel horrible when swallowing food becomes a torture, not to mention even your own saliva. Dry cough is one of the thing which I dislike, recently I was unfortunate enough to land myself with a dry cough. I had some symptoms of phlegm which was manageable. The only thing was that it kept tickling my throat as if I had swallowed a fish bone, so it was very uncomfortable.

In order to faster soothe my throat, I made honey lemon drink for myself. I was lucky that one of my brother is in the army and the other is overseas, my dad works late and I had no worries that I may passed the virus to someone at home. I had to recover in due time.

Since my throat kept feeling dried up, the honey water helped to soothe it. Coupled with some lemon juice, the vitamin C content helps to boost my immune system and increase the body's resistance to infections.

It was still not a great affair when swallowing my own saliva can give me a headache as well but I just had to diligently downed bottles of plain water and go to toilet as frequently as I could to "clear" my body.
I kept my warm water in the thermos flask for convenience

One last thing I did was the daily salt water gargling, as the bacteria which should be eliminated lies in the throat area, regular gargling helps to kill bacteria and reduce phlegm. The only thing was the inconvenience of it when I am at work. So I can only do this twice per day, in the morning and at night. But this is one process which I really stand by with faith that it helps improve my condition a lot.

So as a recap in no particular order:

1) Salt Water Gargle
2) Plenty of H2O (up to 15 glasses per day) and also Honey Lemon Water (I prepare a 1L bottle of this to bring around)
3) Cut away chicken, meat and fish (I attempt but sometimes I do snitch a few pieces during my meals, cause of temptation:( ). This leaves me with nothing more than fresh green leafy vegetables to fight my way to health.

Share with me, what are your go-to remedies when you start to fall sick or to prevent yourself from falling sick?

To those who are feeling under the weather, hope that you have a great rest and enjoy your recuperation!

Till we meet again, this has been zsiti.

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

You know that distinct mark on your TV, computer and even smart phone. Whatever means of devices you used to watch Korean drama or variety shows, you will definitely know this mark of theirs....Jjajangmyeon. Yes, it's food oh glorious food. Nothing else gets my attention (oh wait, maybe not really).

I am a fan of meokbang videos (watching others eat on internet as part of my joy of deciding what dishes next to make). I guess it may not be a good thing cause even though I am not eating the food, putting myself in such a state of temptation will make the brain seem to be craving for food. Even when I am not hungry, my brain may tell me to go and get food to eat. So yes, I know the bad things which I am putting myself into but I am telling you I know. This means it is a choice I made. Those people are making money out of those videos because there are viewers who demand for it. Where there is demand of course there will be supply ;)

In this blog, this has been one of the most wanted dish on my list to replicate. Basically, it's not easy to find halal Korean food in Singapore and even if there is, they only recreate the other dishes like the stew, bimbimbap and side dishes. I want to try the original bundle of joy (or some would call it Korean Black Bean Noodles...hehehhehe).

Recently, during my grocery shopping, I saw Lee Kum Kee's black bean sauce was on sale. When I picked up the jar, I was even amazed to see that it is labelled halal! That changes everything, cause it can fulfil one girl's dream...

I set out to get the few simple ingredients to make my jjajangmyeon and "yowza" it was awesome. Of course, the main key ingredients are as set out in the picture below. The improvisation would have to be things like chicken meat instead of pork, chinese black bean sauce (halal) instead of korean jjajangmyeon sauce. I added carrots and potatoes without onions or garlic (simply because I do not like them). At the end of the day, I totally love the simple dish recreated by myself.

As for the instructions of how to cook it, I simply followed Eat your Kimchi's recipe along with other instructions which you can find online. I tweaked here and there a little bit to give myself a satisfactory meal.

This is the final dish, doesn't it remind you of those shows where they will be squishing the noodle to mix the sauce together...oh yeah I know you know what I know you are thinking about. :P

But of course, in all my excitement I forgotten my Danmuji (Pickled radish)! I was too excited with the sauce that I did not have any kimchi or danmuji or any other sides at home in my fridge. So just like Jackson have said "oh my stress"

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Now I can't wait to try other dishes next and till we meet again!

This has been zsiti.


Saturday, January 17, 2015

On 5:49 AM by siti shyuhaila in , ,

I have all the time in the world for my loved ones, If...I care for you. There is only one me and I have the prerogative to make my choice on who or what is important to me. I do not need anyone to tell me what to do because I am no longer a 3 year old kid.

Time passes so fast that 2015 is already here and we are halfway gone in January. Everyday when I am on my computer, studying a new language or doing work the clock plays a trick on me. The next second, night falls and then morning comes. I am scared yet I cannot control the feeling of anxiety that bubbles inside of me everyday.

New things and new challenges appear daily in front of my eyes and preventive measures have to be taken although we have to fall and get hurt to learn a lesson from it. That is why, I simply do not have time to be "Nice". I get impatient with people who do not move as fast as what is expected of them just because they may be fresh from school or just entered the society or simply "just don't care". When I was 21, probably I had a little bit more time to hang around and doodle the whole day. But at 30, everything becomes a blur cause the repercussion of my actions comes back naturally fast. Everything is hanging by a thread now and like knitting, one wrong pull will make the whole knit undone just like that. 

There are pros and cons of that I guess...I get more stronger when I make mistakes cause I understand the meaning of saying sorry to learn and progress from there. I do not have time to be wallowing in sadness and "pain" and "agony" of worrying about my wrongdoing. Life goes on, the true meaning comes into play when one makes a mistake, saying sorry is to recognise that change has to be done. Life cannot get any simpler than that.

Till we meet again and talk about other good stuff ;)

This has been zsiti.