A Mango Tart to Brighten Up My Day

Work has been crazy. It’s that time of the year where everyone in the office is stressed out. I decided to buy a few of my co-workers coffee from Starbucks, and when I gave it to them they had the biggest smile on their faces. It made them feel a bit more motivated and happy to continue their work.

Today, I got my vanilla latte with soy. But that mood was suddenly ruined because I had to clean up after another co-workers’ mess in the break-room. What was ironic about this situation was that we recently signed an acknowledgement form to keep our break-room clean – basically clean-up after ourselves. I sent out an email to the company (hoping to find the culprit haha), and my moody self literally gave an aura stating, “do not talk to me.” It was amusing hearing some of my co-workers yell out “it wasn’t me!”

About 10 minutes after I sent out that email, my mood suddenly changed after a co-worker walked into the office and handed me a mango tart from 85 Degrees Bakery (my co-workers really likes to spoil me with food). It’s amazing how food can really brighten up your day, and make you feel more positive. So for breakfast, I had a vanilla latte and a mango tart which made me very hyper from all the sugar haha.

– Stories by Cindy

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Diving into the world of film photography

During my junior year of college, I had the opportunity to be a student assistant in my professor’s film class. I learned a lot about film photography, especially developing black and white film in the dark room. Being a student assistant in that class, gave me a new perspective in photography. When enrolled in the class, students were able to borrow a film camera for the entire quarter. This class really got me into film photography, but I never really went through with buying a film camera of my own. Two-years later, I finally bought my first film camera. When taking photos, I usually use my iPhone 7, and sometimes my Canon T5i (when traveling). Starting film is a bit nerve-wrecking because I won’t really know how my photos will turn out until it’s developed. But as a beginner, I’m not that afraid of making a mistake because every mistake I make is a lesson. I can’t wait start shooting, and learning more about film.

Canon AE-1

Monday Motivation – Bread

Over the weekend, I made the mistake of looking over some work related stuff. I started feeling a little stressed, and decided to watch a movie (Your Name) to get my mind off of it. This morning, my sister wanted to get some bread before we head off to work. We stopped at Paris Baguette, and I picked up some mini croissants, chocolate filled croissants, and a bread where it may or may not have any filling in it (no label).

Monday mornings is the hardest day of the week. You just had a relaxing weekend – sleeping in, or spending time with family and friends. But, by treating yourself to something at the beginning of the work week, you’ll feel a bit more positive and motivated. Whether it’s a cup of coffee from your favorite coffee shop, or a favorite pastry, get something that will spark a bit of joy and happiness.

– Stories by Cindy

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Common Questions Twins Get Asked All the Time

A while back, I did a very short post about being a twin. After talking about it with my identical twin sister (Wendy), we realized that we still get questions that ranges from normal to outright ridiculous. Here are some frequently asked questions that we usually get from friends, co-workers, and relatives.

Have you guys ever switched places when you were in High School/College? 

No we did not. I know some twins who did switched places. But for my sister and I, we have subjects that we’re better at. For example, in High School I was better at English, Math, and Physics while my sister was better than me in Biology and Chemistry. When we attended college, she majored in Business while I majored in Communication. Switching places would give us so much anxiety because we would be constantly worrying about what might happened.

Do you do the freaky twin thing? Like answering at the exact same time.

One time, someone asked my sister and I if we do the “freaky twin thing” and followed up with, “when is your birthday?” We both obviously have the same birthday, so we both naturally gave an answer at the same time since the question was directed at both of us. They were astonished by our response and said, “that was freaky.” If we both know the answer to something, and you ask both of us at the same time, you’re going to get two same answers at once.

Do you two always finish each other’s sentences?

Not always. But when we do, it’s because we are both well-informed of the given topic, or we just have the same interest. For example, we both used to do competitive figure skating so we know all the technical rules and regulations of the sport, and as a result we are more likely to finish off each other’s sentences. Because of this, it usually leads to the next question of- Continue reading Common Questions Twins Get Asked All the Time

Garden of fresh vegetables & herbs

This past weekend I went home to visit my parents. Usually, I would stay indoors and be lazy while my mom spoils me with her amazing food. I have yet to reach her level of cooking skills, but a lot of my friends (and ex-boyfriends) has complimented my cooking skills (lets just say my ex gained a few extra pounds when we were dating haha).

It’s amazing how fresh vegetables and herbs can really transform your dishes, and I really appreciate it when my mom gives us bags loaded with veggies/herbs for my sister and I to bring back to our apartment. It saves us time on grocery shopping, and on grocery expenses. But sometimes, our mom gives us a little too much. She would usually give a bag of cucumbers, herbs, or zip lock bags of Thai Chili Peppers (which I still haven’t used them all up yet). When we tell her we don’t need any of it she says, “I still have more in the garden, so take it.” And often, she would make us feel guilty by saying, “do you want me to finish all these ingredients by herself?”

Currently, my parents’ garden consist of a mango tree, tomato tree, lime tree, and orange tree. Corn, Lemon grass (mom uses this for her amazing Thai curry/soup), cucumber, Thai basil, Thai chili peppers, mint, green onions and many more. One of my favorite vegetables from my parents’ backyard is green papaya. I love it when my mom asks me if I want to make Thai papaya salad. When I feel like making it, she would then go out to pick a papaya (I was too short to reach for one myself), and we would start preparing the dish.

It’s a very nice feeling to just go out into a garden and carefully pick your vegetable/ herb. I’m still a newbie at picking vegetables and herbs, so when my mom asks me to go out and pick stuff for her, I’m yelling across the garden into the house, “mommy how can you tell which one is good or not?!” and she would respond by telling me to look at shape, size, color etc.

Note: this is only a small portion of my parents’ garden. I was too scared to go to the other side because of the bees.

This week, my mom gave us eight cucumbers. She said to just eat them on the side with ours meals or something. Eight cucumber is a lot, and on top of other vegetables that I would like to eat, I’m worried that I won’t use them all in time before it spoils. I’ve been looking up some recipes online but I haven’t really found something that I’m interested in making. For now, I might buy humus, and eat it with the cucumbers. Hopefully, when I visit my parents again they won’t give us too much stuff to bring back.

– Stories by Cindy

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Lazy day – Curry + Ramen

At the beginning of 2017, one of my New Year Resolution was to eat healthier. It started off great, but recently I’m having difficulties staying consistent. There are weeks where I’ll cook healthy meals everyday, and then there are weeks where I’ll eat instant ramen 3-5 times a week.

This week one of my lazy cooking is Japanese curry. I woke up at 6 am to make this curry with ground pork and a lot of mushrooms. Sadly, there was no other vegetables in my refrigerator – it’s a sign that I need to do some grocery shopping. Making curry does not require a lot of time which is why I consider it my lazy day food. I would just throw anything that I find in the refrigerator (preferable vegetables since I’m trying to eat more vegetables), and use Japanese curry roux – Vermont or Golden Curry brand. With just 3 ingredients (including the roux) I was able to finish cooking this in about 30 minutes (without forgetting to cook the rice). My favorite recipes are from the website Just One Cookbook.

When I come home from work, of course I have to give my spoiled dog (Chibi) attention. He usually jumps around on the couch or bark at my sister and I until we sit down on the floor. After, he would crawl onto our lap and turn onto his back for a belly rub. When I get home I’m usually starving, so I made instant kimchi ramen because it’s the quickest option. To make it ‘healthier,’ I added fermented kimchi and some bean sprouts. After, I was just lounging around the house watching Youtube videos, and shows on DramaFever. I should really start being more productive, but there’s something about summer that makes you want to be lazy.

– Stories by Cindy

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I was told…

In elementary school, I was told that I should be a doctor, not a teacher. Being a teacher does not make a lot of money. I gave up on that dream as a child.

In middle school, I was told that I wasn’t smart at a certain subject simply because I have a twin. Teachers would start turning us against one another by announcing to the class, “let’s see which one of them is the smarter twin.” When we would get one point higher/lower than the other, one of us was considered as the “dumb twin” or the “smart twin.” It lowered my self-esteem, and I actually believed that I was dumb based on my grades. Continue reading I was told…