Re: Why I stopped blogging for a year

It’s been well over a year since I published a full-length blog and I don’t feel guilty at all.

There were a few times when I’ve forced myself to sit down for an hour or two to write a blog post from the list of topics I’ve listed a long time ago or random topics I’ve thought of during my long commute from work. These times were the most excruciating writing sessions I’ve put myself through – for no damn reason! To make matters worse, I had a slew of excuses for why I couldn’t finish a blog post or why I had to stop writing. Eventually, I started to feel anxious about my skills as a writer. What if I just couldn’t write anymore? What if I lost my creative spark? What if my writing is not good enough?

I was psyching myself out of doing something I loved to do.

In retrospect, there were a few personal things I needed to reconcile with first over the past year or so. Blogging suddenly became such a laborious thing that I “had to do” on my free time after work. It just didn’t feel like something I enjoyed doing anymore. At first, I felt really bad. It felt like I was failing myself. So I took some time off to understand why I felt that way and figure out what I should do next to not feel like that anymore. Granted there are still a lot of things I need to work on, but I’m in a much better place now.

So, why am I blogging again?

Because I want to. Because I’m genuinely hungry to start writing again. I wholeheartedly want to continue sharing pieces of my life; lessons I’ve learned and my travel adventures to places I never thought I wanted to visit. I’m blogging again because it’s an expression of my authentic self – blogging has helped shape who I am and how I communicate. Though I won’t have a regular publishing schedule like I used to, I’m making an effort to continue writing and ultimately to continue expressing myself.

For those who have been there with me on my winding journey or those who are just stopping by for a quick read, thank you.

Always,

K

Re: Heart-BEET Pancakes

 

IMG_6995.pngOn my way from a long workday, my hungry self was daydreaming about a beet-apple smoothie I made the previous night. A few moments later, my imagination took over and thought of beet red heart shaped pancakes perfect for a Valentine’s Day brunch. Well, I came up with a quick recipe this morning!

Ingredients:

  • 1/2-1 red beet
  • 1 banana
  • 1 1/3 cup oatmeal
  • 1/3 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp. raw honey
  • ground cinnamon
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 2 tbsp. melted butter
  • ¼ cup water
  • ¼ tsp. vanilla extract (optional)
  • 1 tbsp. sugar (optional)

Procedure:

  1. Using a regular blender or a food processor, roughly grind the oatmeal (or you can buy/use ground oatmeal if you it’s available to you)
  2. Put the ground oatmeal in a medium size bowl then add the baking powder, ground cinnamon and all purpose flour
  3. Peel and dice the red beet then put it in the blender/food processor
  4. In the same blender/food processor, add the banana, vanilla extract, eggs, raw honey and water
  5. Blend away until all the ingredients are combined
  6. Gradually pour in the wet ingredients (beet mixture) with the dry (ground oatmeal mixture) ingredients
  7. Once the dry and wet ingredients are mixed together, add the melted butter
  8. To make the heart shape pancakes, I used a piping bag to make a heart shape OR you can also use a squeeze bottle OR a heart shape pancake mold
  9. Cook the pancakes in medium heat because they do tend to brown very easily
  10. Enjoy with some fresh fruits and more raw honey on the side!

A healthy and pretty brunch dish that will keep your sweetheart’s heart-beet beating! 😉 (see what I did there? Haha) Give it a try and let me know what you think! Share with us your comments and questions in the comments section below 🙂

 

Always,

K

Re: Using Love Languages to find the perfect gifts for your loved ones

I thought about writing a Valentine’s Day gift guide for those celebrating the day, but are Valentine’s Day gifts too anticipated? Should it be the only time of the year we show our appreciation to our loved ones? Obviously not! So why the fuss? Others may say that Valentine’s Day is a commercial holiday created by the retail industry. Sure, that could be a reason, but a rather important detail is missed here. Whether you agree with that reason or not, we receive and show our love differently. There are those who prefer to receive love through gifts and there are others who might not be fully satisfied with chocolates and roses.

Out of my curiosity, Mr. Ko and I took a love languages questionnaire a couple months ago. A friend had talked to me about the questionnaire about a year ago and I recall taking the test when I did a quick search of my own. It does take some time to complete the questionnaire since there are definitely more than a handful of questions to answer. That being said, the results ranked the 5 love language according to how I would like to receive love, and you know what? Receiving gifts was at the bottom of the bottom of my list! So, before rampaging the stores for the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for your significant other, why not take the quiz together and share with each other the best ways you would like to receive love. Doing so, will also help you gain a better understanding about each other.

 

Always,

K

 

P.S. There are 5 love languages:

  1. Words of Affirmation – e.g. verbally telling your significant other how you feel
  2. Acts of Service – e.g. reliably doing what your said you were going to do; acts speak louder than words
  3. Receiving gifts – e.g. give a tangible gift
  4. Quality Time – e.g. scheduling some time out of your busy days for each other
  5. Physical Touch – e.g. giving your significant other hugs or holding their hand

 

Having this in mind, there are various ways that you can show your loved ones how much you appreciate and love them this Valentine’s Day season (or everyday).

Re: Back to Basics

IMG_3090I started blogging on tumblr about 4 years ago to help me improve my writing. And if I’m being really honest, I started practicing my creative writing on tumblr to help me release some frustration and sadness I was feeling. Blogging/writing was an avenue for me to unapologetically dump everything I was thinking and feeling.

After a couple of years I decided to start a different blog at WordPress, focusing solely on food culture. Now, though I do love food culture and will continue to develop recipes and write about food, there are other topics I want to explore and write about. So, for a few months now I’ve been looking for a way to create a blog that focuses on key principles instead of categories. I know it might sound a little unorthodox, but I figured that I wanted my blog to be a good representation of who I am growing to be.

Another huge part of my decision to transition into doing life blogging is that I truly feel like I’ve grown up with my blogs and the people I’ve met or interacted with through it. I’m going back to basics and blogging about my life through letters/letter writing. A mix of old school with new school.

 

I can’t wait to share more stories with all of you this coming year!

 

 

 

Always,

K