Daily NhanSense – Day 5

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Daily NhanSense: Every day, I will blog about something that comes to mind. My goal is to practice writing about my hobbies, my interests, my opinions and so forth.

Day 5’s Topic: Coffee.


For the past few months, I have incorporated a cup of joe into my morning routine for six days of the week. I set one day aside as my “free day” where I just eat or drink whatever I want, which usually amounts to junk food and this is more than OK and ideal for the human body.

Coffee is very healthy and beneficial for the diet I am on because it stimulates metabolism.

I have just grown so used to drinking a cup of coffee with my diet-friendly breakfast throughout the week, even if I am not allowed to add the “fun” stuff to it like an absurd amount of sugar, whipped cream, creamer, caramel and so forth.

I absolutely despite drinking my coffee black (how do people stomach something so bitter?), but at least there are ways of making the coffee taste tolerable for my palate.

Oh well. I think coffee places like Starbucks are severely overpriced, but it’s a person’s prerogative to spend $5+ for something they could easily make at home.

So for six days of the week …

I start with a generic brand of coffee.

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Daily NhanSense – Day 4

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Daily NhanSense: Every day, I will blog about something that comes to mind. My goal is to practice writing about my hobbies, my interests, my opinions and so forth.

Day 4’s Topic: Footwear.


I am a no-thrills kind of guy when it comes down to it. It’s not that I dislike fancy things, but simple stuff usually more than suffices for my personal tastes, especially when it comes to clothing.

On a regular day, I am the kind of person who wears generic sneakers with white socks, but I definitely prefer to sport sandals when the weather permits it.

Below are my favorite pair of sandals that I have had for about four/five years now.

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My mother bought me these around the time I graduated from college. They literally came from her trip to Vietnam, so there is a bit of cultural value to them. I think they fit my feet nicely even after all these years, and I like the appeal of them. Continue reading

Tamagoyaki

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Nhan Fiction:

Tamagoyaki recipe.

Originally posted on Vegetus. A food ecosystem.:

Tamagoyaki is, very simply, rolled-up Japanese-style omelette. It can be eaten by itself as a snack, as wingman to a main dish, as part of a bento, or chopped up and plonked on top of sushi. Sweeter than its western counterpart, tamagoyaki is addictive in both flavour and method of construction. Yes that’s right: construction. There is something immensely satisfying about rolling up layers of omelette and getting them to fuse together. It’s devilishly difficult the first time around, but gets easier with practice. Have a go – the payoff is immense!

Ingredients (serves 2 as a side)

Eggs (x3 large ones)
Soy sauce (x1.5 tsp)
Sugar (x1.5 tsp)
Kelp dashi powder (x1 tsp)
Water (x2 tbsp cold, x1 tbsp boiling)
Oil

Specialist equipment

A small, rectangular frying pan (or makiyakinabe)

Method

1. Make the kelp dashi: Add the water (both cold and boiling) to a bowl (total: 3…

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Daily NhanSense – Day 3

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Daily NhanSense: Every day, I will blog about something that comes to mind. My goal is to practice writing about my hobbies, my interests, my opinions and so forth.

Day 3’s Topic: Fortunes.


Whenever I get Chinese/Asian food that happens to come with a fortune cookie for dessert, I always like saving the fortunes and stashing them later in this “bowl” I have near my computer desk.

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As you can see, I have accumulated quite the mini-collection of random fortunes next to my kitty bank (yes, there is in fact random change inside it.)


I’m totally a dessert guy to boot, so eating the fortune cookie is fun. It’s like, “Oh hey, I just had some really Americanized Asian food with a few pounds of sugar added to the dish, so what’s the harm of a little extra sweetness from this commercialized cookie?”

The typical routine entails cracking open the cookie, reading the fortune, while munching on the cookie as I store the fortune away in my wallet to be dropped off in the “bowl” later. 

Rinse and repeat. After like 20 random meals at places like Panda Express or the gazillion Chinese restaurants that serve the same sweet and sour chicken recipe, you end up with as many random fortunes as I have that I can reread whenever to my heart’s content.

Some fortunes are the standard self-esteem boosters that could pertain to anyone.

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“Your confidence will lead you to success.”
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