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September 2016 (2)

feeling at home tip #2: cook a meal

/ Tue, September 20, 2016

one fine dae: cook a meal

Even a simple one. 

When you're cooking something, you're actually investing time into creating a meal. And any form of investment to me has some form of ROI, whether it be the meal itself, or the effort put into it, or the fact that you're actually using the appliances and cookware that you own. 

I remember when I first moved into my apartment, I didn't cook my first meal until around the 3 month mark. Yes, crazy I know, but that's a story for another day. Anyway, I remember when I finally cooked something it was the first time I felt at home even though my place was barely maneuverable due to stacks of boxes that had yet to be unpacked. Albeit the meal was a simple one—fried eggs with Chinese sausage and nori over a bed of rice—it was the first time that I felt rooted. 

Now, when I say meal, I'm talking about a real one, made with ingredients that require prepping and pots, pans, or an appliance to cook with. Microwaveable dinners and cup noodles do not fall under this category, tempting as they may. However, I wouldn't write off packaged ramen if it's cooked over a pot and veggies and/or protein are added to the mix. 

one fine dae: cook a meal

My point is the kitchen is most often the heart of a home. Every house gathering I've been to have always included food to some degree. But the ones that felt most home-like always included some delicious concoction cooking on the stove or in the oven. I'm not sure why, really. Maybe it has to do with your senses being on alert when you're cooking? Either way, it's one of the key things I've discovered that instantly makes a space feel lived in.

P.S. This series is inspired by Erin's "Life In A Tiny Apartment" posts on Reading My Tea Leaves. I've followed her blog for years and am particularly fond of her posts on how to live minimally. When I moved into my own tiny apartment last year, I wasn't sure how I was going to be able to create the space that I had envisioned when I signed the lease since I had SO much stuff (read crap). But her posts about living minimally helped shape my own ideas and discoveries of what it means to make a space feel special.

bidding adieu to you, summer

/ Mon, September 19, 2016

one fine dae: bidding adieu to you, summer

Well, before summer officially ends, I should say a few words before I bid adieu. This summer's been pretty short but sweet. Had a bit of a rocky start and a few hiccups here and there, but overall a memorable one nonetheless. I had a chance to visit family in SoCal (whom I haven't seen for 5+ years) for a cousin's wedding and explored a few new spots in LA. Then crossed over to NYC (again) to eat and catch up with a life-long friend over food and evening strolls. 

I think what also makes this summer a milestone one is the fact that I've finally lay to rest a part of my past that's been haunting me on and off for the past 2 years. It didn't fold up neatly like I wanted, but I think having the ending that it did finally forced me to accept its fate and reality. Sometimes we really can't explain or comprehend why things happen the way they do, even when we try our best to not let the cards fall that way. But I believe the universe knows what it's doing and how to balance itself out so I just have to trust it and let it do its thing.

The photo above was taken at the Santa Monica Pier where I had the evening all to myself to people watch and catch the sunset. It's one of my favorite photos taken this summer because it captures the essence of the season so perfectly. Whenever I visit SoCal, a sense of nostalgia floods over me and always takes me back to my childhood summers spent with my cousins. It's also where I had my first gush of puppy love and discovered what a rush of butterflies felt like. Le sigh. As an adult I can't see myself living there, but it's nice to know that whenever I visit there's always a sense of familiarity and fondness for the place.

I'm excited for fall and especially the holiday season this year. Mainly because I plan on making my place more holiday-friendly and maybe even host a teeny tiny get-together with friends. So much to look forward to. More to come, soon!