The Drawsomething Craze.

March 28, 2012  |  Ramblings  |  No Comments

And so in my boredom, I accidentally discovered drawsomething. It happened while I was searching for the most popular app download of the week and drawsomething popped up.

I decided to download it and immediately I was hooked. I found myself playing when I wake up, playing when I eat, playing when I watch tv, playing whenever I take a break. Zomg. Literally.

I was wondering to myself why was the game so addictive and concluded the following:

  • You get amazed by how some of your friends can REALLY draw.
  • You get entertained by how some of your friends CAN’T REALLY draw.
  • The fun really begins when you get your colour palettes.
  • The game really fills those little pockets of time that you have here and there. Each drawing and guess is really short and you can do it anytime you like.

Personally for me, it is really entertaining to draw and laugh (I know I’m evil but you gotta admit the WTF moments that you have when you try to guess those impossible drawings) at the drawings of mine and the rest. It is super awesome bonding when I take a jibe at my brother’s drawings while he criticizes mine till no end. Even mom gets to guess and dad gets to raise his eyebrows.

I have since bought 5 colour palettes and purchased the paid version of the app. I am a fangirl and a picasso in making. (right. Lol). Hey, I have improved a lot since I first started. My good friend, Vicki can testify to that. From shitty to pretty decent is a huge jump! Btw, she alongside with Charleswanmushi generously helped to beautiful the blog header above. Will do a proper credit to them in a separate entry.

Anyway, after the huge hype, I think some people might be interested to check out my drawings. I have put together some of my best drawsome moments below! Enjoy :)


Broccoli Soup anyone?

March 20, 2012  |  Food  |  No Comments

Homemade Broccoli Soup

Made broccoli soup for dinner over the weekend. Love how it is so creamy without milk and cream. Check out the recipe here.


Peanut Butter and Banana Toast .. on a diet.

March 13, 2012  |  Food  |  No Comments

Peanut Butter and Banana Toast with a side of grilled tomatoes and sunny-side up!

Decided on a hearty brunch today. As I woke up late, I chose to have both my breakfast and lunch at the same time since I have the extra calories. People sometimes ask me if I find it tiring to count calories and if it is very restrictive on my diet.

My answer is Yes, it is pretty tiring to key it into my iPhone via the MyFitnessPal app but what I realise is that when you count for a long enough period of time, you sort of have a mental gauge of how much calories you consume a day and you can skip the actual counting itself because you kind of know how much you have chalked up instinctively.

As for diet restriction, on the contrary, I find that my diet is much better these days. I get to eat anything that I want, albeit in smaller portions. I do have a preference for healthier food but when I have those insatiable cravings for cakes, sweets, icecream, fatty stuff, I know that I can eat those as long as I keep within my calorie budget. The best thing that came out of this calorie restriction diet is that I can really eat freely and guilt free. You know sometimes you have that, “oh damn it, I have eaten way too much today and I feel so terrible” thoughts which makes you feel really lousy and guilty? With my calorie budgeting method, I find that I do not have such thoughts that often anymore and I actually ENJOY my food.

So, back to the main topic today – Peanut Butter and Banana toast on a diet. Yes, you can enjoy your high calorie sweet stuff even when you are trying to lose weight. Just make sure that your daily intake does not go past your budgeted calories. ;)

For those who are interested in the caloric count of this particular brunch that I made for myself, let me share the recipe and calories below:

Peanut Butter and Banana Toast

By Dionis Published: March 13, 2012

  • Yield: 1 Servings
  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Cook: 10 mins
  • Ready In: 15 mins

Simple PB and banana toast recipe that's jazzed up with grilled tomatoes and a sunny side up!

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Heat up the pan. Prepare the ingredients - slice up tomato and slice up the banana.
  2. Once pan is hot, place bread on the pan and toast. Flip over after 1 minute or so to toast the other side.
  3. Remove toast once they are done and heat up olive oil. In the meantime, spread the peanut butter over the toast and place banana slices on it.
  4. Once oil is heated up, place the tomatoes, sliced side down on the pan and crack your egg to cook it sunny side up.
  5. Once both are cooked, remove from pan and plate your food.

Tadah! Really simple and the entire menu costs you approximately 550 calories. Not bad for a hearty meal :)


Pan Seared Scallops on a bed of sweet pea puree

March 11, 2012  |  Food  |  No Comments

Homemade pan seared scallops on a bed of sweet pea puree

Decided to cook myself a nice dinner of scallops and peas today. Very simple 10 minute dinner that you can fix for yourself. Low in calories and yet very very yummy.

1

Preparation

Set a pot of water to boil. Pat dry scallops with kitchen towel and sprinkle sea salt to season. Set aside. Melt the butter in the saucepan.

2

Cook the peas

Pour frozen peas into boiling water. Bring water back to boil then remove the peas and drain.

3

Pan sear the scallops

When pan is very hot (test by dropping a drop of water and it immediately sizzles), use the tongs and place the scallops on the pan. Do not be tempted to lift the scallops to check as you will lose heat and lose the browning of the scallop. Sear for approximately 2 minutes then flip over the other side and cook for approximately 1 minute.

4

Make the pea puree

Sprinkle sea salt on the peas to bring out the flavour. Using a food processor or a fork if you like, mash up the peas

5

Plate your food

Place puree at the middle of the plate and place your scallops on top of the puree. Drizzle olive oil & balsamic vinegar on top of scallops and pea puree for extra flavour.

Ingredients

Serves 2

  • 1 cup of frozen peas
  • 10 large scallops
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • Sea salt to taste
  • Optional: Olive oil and balsamic vinegar

Hope you’ve enjoyed this simple recipe. Bon Appetit!


Starting on a clean slate.

March 10, 2012  |  Ramblings  |  No Comments

As some of you might have noticed, this blog has been undergoing some changes here and there. I have been spending quite some time trying to find out exactly how I want to shape this blog. And you know what, the old entries aren’t going to help and so with a click of a button, I decided to trash them all and start on a clean slate.

Yesterday, I was in Malaysia with my family. Somehow, I am not sure if it was due to the weather or I already caught the flu bug, I suddenly developed a fever and felt terrible. The moment I reached back home, I ate some cherry tomatoes and went to bed. (I ate the tomatoes because I think they are going to spoil soon and they were not exactly relevant to helping me feel better.)

It was in my flu-laden dreams that I started to review my life. You know, it is always during these times of discomfort when you start feeling sorry about yourself and get a little bit depressed. It is only natural and a passing phase, I hope.

I’ve been blogging since the end of 2002 and the blogs have undergone many transformations. It started off as a diary to document the trivial stuff that happened everyday. A blog entry literally went:

Today, I went to school, met up with Luyee and we slept through our lectures. Haha. I wonder how am I going to graduate in 4 years time if this goes on.

Upon hindsight, it does seem a little silly back then, but honestly speaking, I was 19 years old and what could you expect from a 19 year old? Thank goodness, I did grow up as I grew older. My blog went from mindless blogging, to sharing of technical stuff (literally programming routers and sharing Java and C codes), to sharing my thoughts and documenting some important events in my life.

Then I stopped. Mainly because I got involved in after school activities (legal ones! I’m a good girl :p) like starting a non-profit tech based organisation in my final school year and I didn’t want my professors to track me and think that I wasn’t doing my school projects. And I stopped because I had nothing that I could share anymore.

Then the years passed by. 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and now 2012.

The important events, my thoughts and realisations in these few years have literally turned up blank in my memory, except for a few pictures here and there on Facebook. There were no more documentation of any sort. There were a couple of entries on this domain, but they were not meaningful at all.

Yes, “meaningful” being the keyword here. The epiphany that came to me while I was tossing and turning in my bed.

My Afro Hair - 2005

So at the break of dawn at 6am yesterday,  (I was up this early because I hardly slept the night before from my flu.) I decided that it’s time to get back into some blogging action. I will start off on a clean slate and not let the past entries influence my current ones.

I want to crystalize my realisations, talk about life, talk about food, talk about acting, whine, de-stress, talk about anything under the sun. You know what, I just realised that my new intentions aren’t that different from the ones that I had when I started my first blog in 2003. Zomg. But hey, still show me some love and smile any way ;)

Dionis, signing off.