Sunday, 25 January 2015

65\\ Peanut Butter and Banana Overnight Oats

Didn't sleep for the whole night due to major headache and it's killing me right now. The weather has been rather cold this past week, was supposed to go to Bristol after first assignment due, but it's too damn cold, I don't even wanna leave my room. Anyhoo, here's a simple recipe for overnight oatmeal. Most of the recipes online are mainly berries, but I decided to use banana and peanut butter instead, so here's my version of overnight oatmeal. As for choice of milk, you can either use soy milk, almond milk or even hazelnut milk, they taste just as good. Enjoy!

Peanut Butter and Banana Overnight Oatmeal

1 banana, mashed
1/4 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup soy milk
1 tbs chia seeds
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp honey

Sliced banana/ cinnamon/ choc shavings

:: In a bowl, mash banana with fork.
:: Add remaining ingredients to bowl and mix until well combined.
:: Pour mixture into container and refrigerate overnight.
:: Stir oats, add toppings and dig in! (:

x, jo

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

64\\ Paris Love

If this does not shout Paris, what does right?

Paris was beyond amazing. Kudos to Joann who planned the wonderful trip for us.

I did not expect much from Paris. In fact, I expected the worst, after being warned about the pick pockets, unfriendly people around. The last time my sister was there, she even told me Paris was a rather stressful trip because she has to take care of her belongings all the time. 

But no, all these did not happen to us. We met friendly people asking if we are alright when they see us holding a map  on the street, trying their best to explain to us in English, and even warned me about my unzip bag when I was running after Christmas countdown. 

That's the kind of impressions I have towards Paris. Of courses, we have to be extra alert in a metro, especially a crowded one. We have to worry about our passports, phones and cash. 5 days 4 nights isn't short, but none of our pockets have been picked. All 5 of us. 

Counting down at Eiffel Tower with mulled wine, hot chocolate, churros and crepes on Christmas eve. We did not expect the light show when we were there, so imagine the cheers we made when we saw the dazzling lights, twice in one night. 

Paris was so much love. I know we are going back, for even more adventures. 

xx, Shan

Saturday, 17 January 2015

#63. Paris Photo Diary

#1. Tour Eiffel Carousel. 
#2. Best friends beanies (from prettylittlething) on best friends. (:
#3. Jo and Arc de Triomphe
#4. Cakes. Laduree
#5. L A D U R E E
#6. P I E R R E H E R M E 
#7. Macarons, macarons and more macarons. Sweetness overload.
#8. Cheese fondue! Take a tour around Saint Mitchel, you will find all kind of nice and affordable restaurants here. More on that soon.
#9. Tour guide of the day, yours truly. x
#10. Pont des Arts a.k.a love locks bridge
#11. Candid. Trust me, you will never regret carrying tripod around for awesome group photos. Memories yo!
#12. Musée du Louvre. Never have the chance to enter the museum, the queue to enter was too damn long, we never bother to even line up for tickets. TBH, guess all we know is only Mona Lisa, and we already know how she looks like, so yeah.... #cheapskate.
#13. Group shot. It was pretty cold that night, and I remember we were taking tourist shots rushing-ly, as the gentlemen need to rush to the toilet. And there's almost no public toilet anywhere.
#14. Eiffel tower's night view. Don't miss the light show!
#15. Amorino. It is cheaper than London's, give a try on their hot chocolate
#16. L'Eclair de Génie. Instagramable but nothing special.
#17. Tower of applessssss
#18. Things we bought from Paris. Perfumes (Mont Blanc x2, Daisy Dream x2), snow globe (x2), hand made soaps (x2), S. Pellegrino Sparkling Mineral Water (less than 1Euro, so much cheaper in France.), Madeleine. And also meringue that are not in the photos (from Maison Georges LARNICOL), macarons (from both Laduree and Pierre Herme) in our stomach, eclairs and cream puffs too. (:

Paris, the city of love. I've heard so much about Paris, pastries, macarons, wine and cheese. But I've never expect to love it, cause it gave me bad impressions like pick pockets, dirty and smelly undergrounds. Sometimes you have to experience things for yourself in order to find the beauty of a foreign places, Paris is indeed a beautiful city, I fell in love with it instantly. Everywhere is so artsy, strike a pose and you will be the model of the day, haha. So stop listening to all the negative comments people give. Start exploring and experiencd the beauty of travel, not only Paris, anywhere everywhere. Create your own story.
We plan the itinerary by ourselves, thus I often feel contented when we found the destination by our own effort. My favourite moments were having hot chocolate while watching Eiffel tower's light show, and also counting down for Christmas, climbing up the staircase to Montmarte.
However, the trip wasn't as smooth. Most of the shops were closed due to Christmas week, didn't get to try any of the cafes that we planned to go to, thus no cafe hopping! Sobs. It's either Christmas is a really big thing or Parisians are lazy, hmm. And we were supposed to visit Disneyland on Christmas eve, but sigh... It's okay, I will be back!
It's really convenient to travel around the city by Metro. Download the RATP app and it will guide you to wherever you're looking for.

 “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover” – Mark Twain

p/s: i'm in love with paris (: 


Thursday, 8 January 2015

62\\ bits of paris

Back from Paris for almost two weeks. Gosh, where did all the time goes? It's a brand new year again, but this time it's different, I'm here in UK and is really glad to be here. Days in Paris were so goooood, I instantly fell in love with it, and really wouldn't mind to be a hobo to stay longer. Lol.

It's such a sad news to hear about the terrorists attack happened in Paris. #jesuischarlie #staystrongparis

More about it next, below is a short video of our trip. Enjoy. ;)

x, jo

Thursday, 1 January 2015

61\\ no longer (half) blonde

Courage is contagious. Especially when you are with your best friend. That being said, you tend to do stupid things when you're being encouraged by your best friend. In our case, I don't know if this is stupid but it took a bit more than courage to be done.

We cut our hair ourselves. Just like that.

Jo woke up this morning and said

"I don't know if I should cut my fringe." She walked into the bathroom with a pair of scissors.

Then she came out with a strand of hair in her hand. So I got up and shouted

"I want to cut my hair too!"

And the pictures tell you the rest of the stories.

I love my (half) blond hair. I love how people compliment them when I curl them up or tie them into fishtail. But the split ends are getting on my nerves. They are really frizzy and dry I don't like that the way they are anyway. I always thought I should wait for them to grow ass long then chop them off only after I get back to Malaysia. You can certainly see how happy my mum is when I tell her about my hair. But yeah, I like how it is now, shoulder length, no more frizzy half dead hair.

Anyway, Happy new year! Off to London now with Jo for our new year eve celebration

xx, Shan