At some point I felt the idea of being independent from being away from my usual environment. It was a short-lived vacation yet something that I will always remember. I immersed myself in a culture that is a total stranger to me. I was enthralled at how organized their public transportation is. In this post, I was riding their version of auto-rickshaw called tuktuk. One of the important things I learned during this trip is something about self-reliance and its crucial role in oneself. The sense of self-reliance somehow forces me to think ahead, make wiser decisions and enjoy my own company
I took this photo of my mom after our day of charity work giving out food, school supplies and toys to orphans. I grew up seeing my parents help others all the time which inspired me to start my own foundation someday.
I recently came across Snoopy’s official instagram and read through some of the comic strips and it suddenly evoked nostalgic memories. So, I picked up my copy of The Complete Peanuts: 1979 to 1980 from my bookshelf, reread some strips and found my favourite piece from this volume that is about trying too hard to get someone you like to like you back which often results to you not being yourself. To anyone out there who is trying too hard, listen here.
On a different note, I noticed Snoopy is following one account, which happens to be his sister Belle, I didn’t know he had a sister. Did you?
Overnight Oats with Chia Seeds | Preventing diabetes and cardiovascular diseases, stocking up on omega 3, providing excellent source of fibre and protein are just a few reasons why you should include chia seeds in your diet. Chia seeds, when mixed with liquid, becomes gelatinous, similar texture as tapioca. These seeds are so flexible, you can add it in any kind of liquid you prefer, even water, and let it expand as they absorb the liquid. Overnight oats is another way of enjoying chia seeds. Overnight oats are simply oats that are soaked in glass poured with any liquid of your choice but normally people use milk (almond milk, soy milk, yoghurt etc.) and cover it and stick it in the fridge overnight and eat it the next morning. This is just the base recipe and the toppings are countless! The toppings range from fresh or dried fruits, raw cacao nibs, nuts, peanut butter, granola, flaxseed and the list goes on. You may add your toppings overnight or right before you eat the overnight oats.
5 tbsp. rolled oats
2 tbsp. chia seeds
1 tsp. agave syrup
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
2 cups of unsweetened soy milk
Combine everything in a 16 oz jar or glass.
Mix well and put in the fridge to soak overnight. The mixture will thicken as the chia seeds absorb the liquid.
Rita Ora for ELLE UK May 2014 Issue | I spent my 20 minutes reading the ten-page full spread article of Rita Ora for Elle UK May issue. The article aims to give an intimate insight into a star as she talks about her audition for UK Eurovision in 2009. She got selected but others advised her that it wasn’t the best way to progress her career, so she did not take it. In retrospect, it seems it was the right decision for her opting out of Eurovision as she’s now headed for bigger things. She was spotted by Jay Z’s Roc Nation label and received a phone call inviting her to meet Jay Z and the next day she flew to New York, met Jay Z and has signed her.
It’s a no brainer that Prince and Oprah love her and her music. I admire her for being an independently minded person. She moved to Brooklyn herself at 18 and said “I had no idea what I was doing, I couldn’t even cook.. I had to grow up really quick.” She’s Albanian and she says any Albanian woman is strong. She recalls that Albanian families are very traditional – “Get your degrees, get a job, find a husband. I was used to that lifestyle, but something in me was bursting to go left, so I did.” She also opens up about her relationship with Calvin Harris, saying that she is in love for the first time. She doesn’t want to talk about it too much because it’s her personal life but she assures us that she is extremely satisfied and happy. I am amazed that in short span of time, she has sold thousands of copies of Ora and then sold more copies of it in 2012. She is now omnipresent on the fashion scene; she has modelled for Madonna’s Material Girl Collection, Moschino catwalk, DKNY catwalk at New York Fashion week in September 2013, and the new face of DKNY Resort 2014 collection alongside with Kate Moss and Georgia May Jagger. And now, she has just released her new single “I Will Never Let You Down” produced by her other half. She’s also up to making her new album and her appearance on the upcoming film, Fifty Shades of Grey.