I was having a conversation with my friend that shared their family problems.
For a brief moment, I forgot how to appreciate a stable family. A simple and stable family that on the surface may look like nothing interesting is happening, but we cherish the small thing.
Maybe we do not have holidays to various places in the world or going to shopping mall and spending thousands of dollar.
Just a normal, everyday family. Stable throughout the years and can let you grow with sufficient supply of money.
I realized, to actually achieve stability is hard. We can be extremely rich, but the families are abandoned. We can be poor and have a lot of time, but the needs are not fulfilled.
Achieving both good income and sufficient time to spend with family.
To be able to solve problems, without getting into fight.
Having your family live without any big distraction that could potentially damage their self-development.
Indeed, stability is something that is often overlooked but it is that one thing that is so hard to achieve.
The camping trip is this week and we will often go to Decathlon to find our stuff.
We will play with all the balls and what not. Throwing it until it almost get out of the window.
Use the punching bags as if we were Muhammad Ali. Using the belts and do squats in public.
Doing a penalty kick like we are in a football match. And having our other friend as the goalkeeper.
Decathlon USJ have a special place in my heart that I will remember forever.
There will be more camping trips and going back there again will relive the memories.
Well, it is true what they said, it is the crazy stuff that you did that will be remembered.
Yesterday, it was a good and fulfilling day. A good workout and end it with a dodgeball game with friends.
It was satisfying because I managed to invite my close friend to play it with me.
The younger students was so good though. They had the energy and speed.
While I am playing with my injured leg. But it is all good. I put knee guard and the game is on!
The leg injury was due to my squat exercise in the gym. I slowly have increased my squat but with a machine.
Also, about exercise, many people want me to train with them but they never really set an appointment with me.
They are expecting me to go and plan it for them. I often wonder why.
Maybe they are not serious about it. Because I have problems in knowing whether you are serious or not.
That aside, the dodgeball game was FUN! All thanks to my friend who want to come and play together.
If it was just me alone, that would be very boring. You guys are the best.
I woke up late today. I felt miserable.
Then when I was driving. I saw a woman on her stretcher.
I looked over dashboard and saw my leg. It was there.
I forgot how grateful i should be to live healthy and breathe without worries of health problem.
As my friend Imran said, life is beautiful. More story on that too.
The other my friend cooked something and receiving bad comments about it. Well, of course she was offended.
And you may ask ‘What is the best way to comment on someone’s cooking?’
Let me share you a story. I had a cousin who is in culinary field.
So, there is this family gathering and I made cinnamon bread. It was so sweet, and the cinnamon was too much. Guess what he said after tasting it?
‘It was really good!’
I am like ‘really?’, and he goes ‘yeah! Really’.
I know the cinnamon bread sucks but in that instant, I felt a great amount of respect for him.
Now, we know how good food taste like and for sure the bad one will be very obvious.
I do not have any specific way to comment on someone’s cooking because it depends on the situation.
My basic rule is:
- Is this a cooking competition?
- Am I being asked to judge honestly?
- Is the person trying to improve?
- Is he/she someone close to you?
Hope it helps. Happy eating.
A simple bbq on weekend is my forever favorite. I would imagined a small bbq place like the size of your palm and grilling a thin slice of steak, or perhaps wagyu if I have enough budget.
I am thrilled by the idea of doing it small and simple. It just gave a short spark to my heart. Lively.
And luckily, I found a beautiful recipe for marinating. So, I would like to share it with you.
Soy sauce (A lot)
Honey (3 tbsp)
White vinegar (2 tbsp)
Ginger (1 tbsp)
Garlic (a handful)
Vegetable oil (put a bit)
Steak (1 kg)
Thanks to this recipe that I referred to! Here is the link.
(Disclaimer: I have tailored the recipe to suit Asian taste)
Before my sister went to her boarding school, I gave her some lamb bbq. Though she did not really like it but I like to cook so yeah, give your lamb to me, thank you very much.
So that is about it, my kind of weekend. I like to stay at home and do experiments especially in cooking.
Next, I will share about commenting on other’s cooking. This is interesting to me.
People will often wonder why we would go all the way to hike a mountain. Well, in my case, I hiked 3 mountain.
Hiking is all mental. How do you overcome your own weakness and continue walking. Lifting your legs, believing that it will not break down.
It is not about the view that mesmerized me, nor the feeling of achievement of completing a hike. Because there will always be a more beautiful view and people achieving higher than this lowly mountain.
It is about believing that the pain will eventually come to an end.
It is about finishing what you have started.
It is about fighting yourself.
Being physically fit is a bonus. Well, I don’t have that. So the only thing I can do is to push through.
At night, after a long hike, I will think about how I achieved to finish my hiking adventure. Many times I am in disbelief that I can finish it.
I guess I found the beauty in that and I do not plan on stopping anytime soon.