DIY Deity, a.k.a ME

I haven’t been blogging for the past 8 months, and I’d apologise, but I don’t really see any reason to. I’ve always written for myself, and whenever the mood strikes, and with exchange leaving me far too busy enjoying life (a rarity), blogging was the furthest thing from my mind, naturally. I think I might do a couple of throwback posts just to have a dumping ground for the hundreds of pictures I’ve taken overseas, but till then, I probably won’t be blogging as regularly as I used to do.

Since my return in late July, I’ve mostly been busy with school and assignments as well as settling internship matters. And now that it’s the holidays, I’ve taken up DIY projects, busying myself making cards and care packages for the people I care about. I recently got inspiration from a craft website that Rachel introduced to me called Oh Happy Day, and it’s absolutely brimming with ideas, I love it! It’s got great suggestions for designing your own envelopes, gift cards and other party ideas that are perfect, especially for this gift-giving season. I ended up creating watermelon care packages filled with sweet goodies for friends I’ll meet this December, and painting watermelon cards for those overseas. I think I’ve made about 30 of these in total and if I never pick up another paintbrush, that would be too soon.

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On a somewhat related note, I don’t know if it’s because I’ve suddenly realised just how fulfilling it can be to make your own creations, but I made dinner today! When it comes to cooking… I almost never do it, and when I do randomly get bitten by the cooking bug, it’s usually at 2 or 3 in the morning when everyone’s asleep. What I normally do is google “easy recipes + whatever ingredients I have in my fridge” and then see what pops up, and then I’ll just adapt the recipe according to what I’ve got. Today, I was on my own for dinner and I really wanted to do something with the kimchi my mum had bought and so… I decided to make kimchi pasta! After a quick google, this was the closest thing to what I wanted to do.

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It was super easy to make, and turned out so much better than I thought it would! I actually didn’t follow the recipe all that closely. I boiled my spaghetti separately and while that cooked, in another pan, I added some butter, kimchi and milk and let it cook on low. I wish I could give you the exact measurements, but I was cooking for 1 portion and went purely by instinct. I added just a little pinch of chicken stock and pepper, adding more milk, butter and kimchi along the way as I saw fit. I added some pepper too when I needed to offset a bit of the saltiness. And when my spaghetti was about done, I sprinkled some pizza cheese in to thicken the sauce and then finally, mixed in my spaghetti. I topped it with two slices of smoked duck just because I had it in the fridge, but sausages or bacon would probably do the job too (though that would definitely be better cooked together with the sauce)! I undercooked my spaghetti because my sauce was already starting to boil so I’ll definitely do this again perfectly – this time, probably a bigger portion to share with the family!

Ingredients:

  • Kimchi
  • Milk
  • Butter
  • Chicken stock
  • Spaghetti
  • Dash of pepper
  • Pizza topping cheese
  • Smoked duck

I hope this inspires somebody to get a little crafty this holiday season. Also, hope everyone’s having an enjoyable time this December so far! I can’t believe we’re only 11 days away from 2015. I’ll be celebrating my birthday as well as ringing in the new year overseas because I’ll be on a cruise with my family, yay!

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Fun with food: Ramen burger

I’m not some cook by any means, but sometimes I do get this sudden inspiration to whip up something in the kitchen. The other day, I happened to stumble across this recipe for ramen burgers, and I thought it looked both delicious and simple enough to recreate. I mean I love ramen and I love burgers but who would think of actually combining them both? On hindsight, I guess it shouldn’t be all that surprising, what with the existence of rice burgers and all.

I won’t do a step-by-step since I pretty much followed the recipe I linked above to a T, just with some slight modifications since I’m missing a few ingredients. Basically, I replaced the meat patty with chopped hot dogs that I seasoned with Japanese Teriyaki sauce before stir frying. I topped it with grated Parmesan and popped the open-faced burger into the oven for a few minutes until the cheese had melted. Then I added a slice of lettuce and doused the thing with mayo and I’m done!

It’s pretty delicious but the ramen could have done with a little more salt. Other than that, I’d highly recommend trying this one out. It’s easy to do and fun too!

Love is all you need

EXAMS ARE OVER!!!!!! Which means I can finally get back to what I’ve been doing before studying and all-nighters at Starbucks took over my life — nothing. Or rather, catch up on TV shows and dramas, K-pop, spend time on Tumblr, as well as get back into the writing groove for Dinoseoul.

Today not only marked the day of my last paper but also the day B.A.P took LA by storm during their Live on Earth concert. My Twitter feed was filled with live updates and stream after stream of fancams and I think I must have downloaded at least 50 fancams, some of which are really decent. Of course, I wasn’t there since I’m stuck all the way on the wrong side of the world (please will someone release the ticketing details for LOE SG already T_T)… I haven’t watched most of the fancams yet, except for a really good ‘One Shot’ one that I swear to god almost made me tear up in public because ~first ever~ live OT6 performance. I’ve also watched the special stages and I’ll admit I have BangHim’s ‘Sexy Clap’ performance on repeat because… well look.

Yongguk‘s got mooooves and Himchan… I don’t know what he was doing patting his crotch and wiggling his butt in the middle of the song but, I’ll take it. DaeJae’s ‘I Believe I Can Fly’ was sadly boring and was totally the wrong choice for Daehyun‘s voice and suited Youngjae‘s so so much better. And then you have maknae line doing the dougie (which wasn’t terribly exciting since they did it in Seoul too) but then the music cuts off and Jongup falls dramatically to the floor AND THEN the school bell from ‘Never Give Up’ plays and everyone’s screaming because holy crap are we getting Moon & Zelo for this??????? Jongup’s totally working the red hair. Come to think of it, red seems to be a k-pop hair trend that can’t really go wrong. Hmm.

Wasn’t it the cutest?! They have so much chemistry onstage and they’re pretty much BFFs in real life and I love the dance break and their high five exchange during the ‘clap your hands’ part towards the end. I-just ugh Moon & Zelo sub-unit please, TS.

I have to say that US-BABYs are totally awesome and quick with their fancams though. With LOE Seoul, it took a few days before fancams started being released properly and even so, they were all at most 1-minute cuts but here, so many of them are in full and 1080p. So, so thankful. I’ll definitely try and return the favour, that is, if LOE SG goes according to plan (FML). Sometimes I want to cry because I love B.A.P so much… and then I think to myself, “Justine, just what are you doing with your life?”

And then I feel thankful that at least I have people who will always love me unconditionally – no matter what happens. It’s a little late since Parent’s Day in Korea literally just passed (it’s on 8 May) but sometimes it’ll strike me randomly, just how grateful I am to have my mum and dad in my life so I just wanted to write a little something to express that.

Since young, family has always been the most important thing in my life and growing up, what with peer pressure and puberty, I’m really glad that I never grew apart from them and that we still manage daily homecooked meals as best as we can as well as frequent family holidays/gatherings. And my mum made kimchi friend rice for the first time (in honour of me, she says lol) for dinner today to celebrate the end of my exams and it was so good!

Perhaps its the hellish exam period that’s made me realise this more than ever, but my parents really are so supportive. Like my mum forwent going to the gym this morning just so she could come home on time and make sure I woke up and wouldn’t miss my paper (since I was late the week before when she did go). Or how my dad would ask every single time whether my paper went okay and I’d snap back that it was terrible ~as usual~ and he’d be all understanding. It’s the little things like these that make me look back and feel so loved. And they deal with my shit every single day and so, I’m just really glad for them. I love you both so much!!!

Fun with food: Waffle ice cream sandwiches

I just love Tumblr. And one of the reasons is because it’s a place that’s brimming with new ideas – and sometimes they’re so simple, yet genius, they make you go, “Well why didn’t I think of that?!” Recently, I came across someone’s picture post of her making waffle ice cream sandwiches. How good does that sound, seriously?! They’re supremely easy to make, but for those who have a little trouble in the kitchen, here are step-by-step pictures of mine. So yumz.

What you’ll need:

  • Box of frozen waffles
  • Ice cream

1. Stick two waffles in a toaster and toast till they’re brownish at the edges.
2. Remove from toaster and slap on a whole lot of ice cream.
3. Squeeze.
4. Cut in half and ta-dah!

This is literally idiot-proof and they’re so good. I think it would have been even better if I’d slap on some toppings like Nutella or peanut butter but I was halfway through devouring it when it occurred to me. Oh well, gives me an excuse to make these again. ;)

A touch of randomness

Well, school hasn’t exactly let up and I have a 4-page script due in two and a half hours. And yet, I’m on here. I told you I have a serious problem with procrastination. These days, I’ve been trying to hone my photography skills so I’ve been taking pictures of anything and everything with my DSLR. Though sadly, my improvement remains stagnant. Anyway, here are some of the pictures I’ve taken in the past few days. They’re not much, just pictures of some of my dinners, and some snacks I’ve acquired… but well, they all have to go somewhere.

Famous Amos’ double choc chip & pecan cookies! One of my faves. I can inhale a whole packet of these in one seating, no problem.
These key lime cookies from Hey Cupcakes are little bites of heaven. SO GOOD.

After following a couple of nail accounts on Instagram, I’ve been into glitter and polish lately. The polishes I’m using are super old though since I haven’t been updating my collection. For the glitter, I’m using LA Girl Rock Star’s ‘Overdose’ over a black base. And three coats of Holika Holika’s grey polish.
Definitely my favourite brand/flavour of instant noodles, after Singapore curry.

I get pretty bored easily when it comes to food so my favourite thing about coming home everyday is definitely the home-cooked dinners and the variety of the meals. Yum.

Other than that, I’ll probably post more extensively another time about B.A.P‘s ‘One Shot’ comeback as well as my thoughts on their recent concert (even though obviously I wasn’t there and had to update myself through live tweets :c).

xx