Day 25 – Clothing makers, where are my pockets?

Dear people who design clothing for a living,

Specifically the dress and skirt makers of the world, but extending to skinny jean makers who are often equally guilty of the same crime.

Why do you make women’s garments without pockets?

Seriously, I want to know. 

And don’t give me that trite answer that women carry purses and don’t need them. Because I’d at least like the option of not having to lug around a bag, when all I need for the day is a place to store my keys, phone and cash.

Not even a wallet man, just a tiny place for a phone and keys is all im asking for, I don’t even need the ability to put my hand in the pocket.

Sure, I could carry a clutch around in those cases, but they suck.

 I can never get used to them because their size means that I’m extremely likely to set it down and lose it.

Why should I need an entirely separate bag to make up for the short comings of my clothing?

Oh and fake pocket people? The ones who sew tiny areas on pants that contain the meer apperence of pockets without the functionality? 

You are the worst.

Why not just include the helpful clothing tool instead of betraying our feelings by pretending to be something you are not?

People aren’t looking at the pants and going “wow sweet non pockets”, they assume that they are just normal pockets not a bundle of deceate and lies.

You know how bad it has gotten? I now become irrationally excited when I find any woman’s garment that contain them. 

When in actuality they should be standard issue. After all, no one has ever gone, “this is an awesome pair of pants, I just wish they got rid of this weird slit with fabric attatched that I could conveniently choose to hold items in”

So to all people who make clothing for the fairer sex, please give me my dang pockets.

Signed,

Rebecca

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Day 25 – Scratch that!

Like most of these posts, I’ve once again left this until the last moment to do, and therefore are scrambling for ideas and frantically typing away to meet the word count.

I have had plenty of ideas, but everytime I start typing, I have “Scratched it” by deleting the whole thing and starting over… super annoying now that I now have less time and nothing done instead of an unfinished post, but alas here we are.

Since I really can’t think of something, here is a short bullet list of the ideas I have scratched out so far:

  • The daily prompt: Tether – Was going to write about the “Tethers of my world” but it was extremely uninspired and dull. Basically a rehash of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs
  • Finishing the Snacks post – I barely have time to type up this one! Ain’t nobody got time to finish that incredibly long post and find pics etc
  • Quick fire questions – I feel its too soon since the last one… Probably an irrational fear but hey, most my life is full of them, why stop now?
  • My Ultimate book recommendation list – In short, the 5 books I would recommend to anyone I would ever meet. Still might do this in the future, but adjusting it right now, adding some books, taking some off etc.
  • IB-isms – Aka. “Things IB Alumni do”. Most fitting since the IB scores just came out, but I am running out of time, and only had 2 or 3 really good ones off the top of my head
  • Infographic – Work in process, saving til day 30 😛

I should mention that with all of these, I had started typing the post out before getting rid of them… why do I do this to myself -.-”’

I sometimes do this in exam essays, which basically means I end up shooting myself in the foot by wasting time on something that I just scratch out in the end, meaning that the the frantically written thing I end up submitting usually is poorer quality than had I just left the original one XP

So yeah, instead of a decent post, you got all of the could have been’s.

Sorry about that, hopefully something more inspired will show up soon!

Basically this is me right now:

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Calvin and Hobbes – May 21, 1992 (Sources: 1 & 2 )

Except my problem is the doing bit that requires the panic, not the ideas bit.

Well, that was a bit of an odd post.

See you later!

Rebecca

Day 24 – Elemental Reflections (on a whole bunch of stuff)

Like the types of benders in Avatar the Last Airbender – aka the-greatest-TV-show-ever-no-joke-binge-watch-it-now-if-you-haven’t-seen-it-yet(minus energy bending) or the Classical Greek Elements (without aether), this reflection comes to you in 4 distinct parts related to Air, Water, Earth and Fire!


Air – Element of Freedom. Foreseeing implications, valuing diversity. peace and clarity. 

This section is more about my blog and the “creative freedoms” I’m giving it. 

So I really should have spilt up the snacks post into more than one like the cubing one… oh well, part of this type a day thing is learning more about making posts and blogging.

I’ll be leaving that one incomplete for now and finishing it up later when I get the time too.

Basically, anytime there aren’t finished tags on a post, I’ll get back to it later.

Since the arbitrary rules I wrote at the start technically didn’t say I had to finish a post, or couldn’t edit it later, just that I had to write something every day 😉 Again, my blogs, my rules. 

Also, the more I write these things, the more I realise there are different types of posts. Some that require more time than the few hours (sometimes minutes) at the end of the day that I have.

I feel as though the act of starting to write stuff (possibly not finishing) and editing it later is more closely inline with what I was envisioning when starting this project, rather than just 200 words of copy and paste, so I will give myself a bit of leeway when it comes to “post a day”


Water – Element of change. Going with the flow, being flexible and adaptable.

This is going to be about my changing views on Carousell. If you have no interest in it, skip to the next one. I should also point out that they aren’t paying me or anything like that, just my thoughts.

So earlier in this writing everyday thing, I made a post about how difficult it was to get rid of my textbooks in HK (see the post here ). and I mentioned how I was flogging it on a random app I downloaded but getting no bites.

Well, in the two weeks between me posting that and now, out of my listing of a dozen items just to test it out, I have managed to sell off 1 textbook and have deals in the works to exchange 3 more… Yeah. 

Not sure if it is the fact that school is out, so people are thinking more about buying books, I’m getting lucky with my post times (seems like more people like for things I post in the afternoon) or there are just more people being on the app now (I’ve been seeing the app’s advertisements on mini buses now, though it could just be the 

Or it might just be me, since some of my friends are having trouble selling the same books, even though they are priced lower in some cases.

Perhaps that experience selling books on amazon as a kid paid off? Since some of the really basic stuff (like ISBN numbers so people can double check it is the book they need) or how to describe the condition of a book are missing in some of the other listings I’ve seen. 

For now, I’ll continue trying to keep an open mind toward it and see how it goes! 

(By the way, if you are in HK and want to buy second hand English books, I’m Beckysbooks on Carousell)


Earth – Element of substance. Strong, persistent and enduring, facing challenges head on.

A random pondering of where I stand right now

I can’t believe I’ve gotten this far with writing. 

Seriously.

I have never done a writing project this consistently before and it continues to amaze me that this silly idea I had about a month ago to kill summer boredom has turned into an epic saga with over 24+ chapters of a uni student’s thoughts on everything from growing up and trying to find her place in the world to more random post like geeking out over cubing and being overly metaphoric about random words thrown at be by a daily post blog. 

Then again, it occurs to me that most writing projects start off with a person having comparably silly random idea (a boy becoming a wizard and going to boring school, a fantasy story involving different houses competing to sit on an uncomfortable chair, a girl in a dystopian world who gets thrown into a fight to the death etc) and going:

“Ehhh… why not? This thing isn’t going to write itself.”

Then persisting through everything to the end where the thing if finally published, often several YEARS later.

Kudos authors out there! I’ve tried doing it several days in a row, and even I started to lose hope around day 12. Which reminds me…

There was a guest post linked to a post of mine that was written by Michelle Jayne on Kasmin’s blog titled ” The Writer and the Tortise” (link here) which really resonated with me, that deals with a similar thought of perseverance and writing habits. You should check it out! 😛 


Fire – Element of power. Having the desire and drive for growth to achieve all that is possible within their ability.

This bit goes out to all of the May 2017 IBers out there, who are in a few hours about to recieve their scores and see if they got into university (including my younger brother).

Some of you will be elated about your scores, some will shrug it off, and some of you will be crushed.

This open letter of sorts is for the latter guys in particular, but applicable to all IBers and people entering university

“Where there is a will, there is a way” is a saying my former math teacher used to say.

Of course at the time it was to counter any of the (admittedly kinda pathetic) excuses we would all come up with for why our assignments were late. 

But, like most wise advise given to me, its true meaning doesn’t present itself until later.

Your score may feel like the end of the line, as measure of all the hard work you have done over the last two years. To that I say… its not.

Unlike pretty much all other exams in the world, IB is not a sprint, a few hour multiple choice quiz that is over in a flash. It is a pentathlon of suck that you are thrown into without any prior training… while sleep deprived… with CAS and TOK and a 4000 word research paper etc.

You have, over the past two years done everything from analyse translated literature, read passages in a second language, design your experiment, write a mathematical investigations, explore humanities subjects etc. And that is just the IAs. 

I speak from experience when I say that you have a leg up compared to your peers, and the first year of uni is nothing compared to IB. Everything from learning how to write a paper with proper citations, to volunteering in actives as a global citizen, to overcoming (or at least coping) with sleep deprivation etc are all skills that IB has left you with that a simple score isn’t going to show, but universities know about and consider. 

(well, except for USA unis who care more about AP and SAT. Then again you have already gotten in, so your IB grade doesn’t really matter at this point. so you don’t understand the terror of waiting til d-day)

In the end, your score doesn’t define you. 

Whether you sit down and give up, or brush yourself off and get up, does. 

I have a friend who thought their life was over when they got a 23 (later a 24 after remarking), but who still got into university to study film due to his hard work ethic, leadership skill and portfolio of work that the IB left them with.

It can be done! 

So no mater what score you get, Celebrate!

You now join our global community as an IB Alumni, and more importantly, an IB survivor 😛 ! Prepare yourself for all the lingering IB-isms, the “You know nothings” to the Pre-IB/ the Year 1’s,  silent “You poor unfortunate soul” nods you will give to the Year 2’s and the instant connections you get with other people who went through IB like you.

Good luck to all, with all your future endeavours!

 


On that note, I’ll catch you later!

Rebecca

Day 23 – Street Snacks!

NOTE: Incomplete today, finishing tomorrow  some day later. Check in later for full finished one! (will still have another day 24 post though, just giving myself more time to finish this)

So continuing on from my snacks post from day 20 : My favorite street snacks!

Photos will be edited in tomorrow, since it is taking me longer to find images for everything and put them together (sort of like the blossom post).

Also cheating a bit by posting it first before finishing it off after the deadline 😛 but hey, it is a long post and I started late today + I’ve met the word count before the time cut & it’s my blog my rules.

But in order to just get this finished, here is the list for now:

Taiwanese food

Lot of Taiwanese foods have inspiration from Japanese food and called Mandarin Chinese/Taiwanese names that are direct transliterations from Japanese due to its history and similar climate (mochi, bento, tempura – though the Taiwanese version of it is pretty much oden, since it is stewed not fried) . Instead, of just rehashing a list of Japanese food, I’ll be pointing out the stuff you would get at a night market that I just love (even so it’s a long list because Taiwanese street snacks are some of the best in the world)!

  • “Wheel cakes” ( 車輪餅) – These are generally called Imagawayaki in Japan ( I say that because they have lots of local names as well), but I only knew them from the Chinese name and you see lots of vendors in Taiwan selling these to the point that for the longest time, I thought they were Taiwanese as a kid.Oh well, keeping it on the list. Basically, they are a circular desert, made with a sweet pancake like batter (that is less fluffy and more dense) filled with sweet red been paste, custard or taro
  • “O-ah mi sua”/Oyster vermicelli (蚵仔麵線) – Taiwanese name this time, but this is a hearty soup with Chinese brown vermicelli noodles, veggies like bamboo shoots, cloud ear fungus (that mushroomy thing in hot and sour soup) and chives; plus oysters and pig intestines. Sounds crazy but man it is good, and I’m sure to get a bowl anytime I find myself in Taiwan.
  • Papaya milk (木瓜牛奶) – Given my blogs name, this was sort of a given. It is one of those drinks that sounds simple (over ripe papaya + milk + ice + blender) but hard to get right. The papaya has to be so ripe that it provides all the sweetness for the drink without adding sugar, but not over ripe to the point of going off. There is a really good stall in the Kaohsiung night market specialises in this drink, and it is amazing!
  • Stinky tofu (臭豆腐) – Stinkier the better. I have no idea how to even begin to describe the taste, other than say “Try it!” Especially fried on a stick with chilli sauce. Yum!
  • Iron eggs (鐵蛋) – They are quail eggs that have been stewed for long enough that the outside turns chewy (like jerky since I can’t think of another western food with that sort of texture) and a concentrated eggy taste for the yolk. Great cheap snack to grab.

Hong Kong food

  • Fish balls –
  • Three treasures
  • Rice rolls
  • Squid

Western food

At least Texas where I used to live, there wasn’t really a street food culture. What it did have was a carnival/rodeo food

  • Turkey leg

Sweet Stuff

  • Milk Tea – Placing this in the sweet stuff category instead of the Taiwanese/Hong Kong food category to avoid starting an argument. For the record, I like cold Taiwanese milk tea and hot Hong Kong milk tea. And yes there is a difference:
    • Taiwan milk tea is made with a weaker and what most USA places sell as milk tea (or bubble tea). It’s made with dairy or non-dairy creamer and shaken with ice in a cocktail shaker, to create a foam at the top before being poured over tapioca pearls. Overall, it is a lighter, more sweet and refreshing drink.
    • Hong Kong milk tea is made with a much stronger, almost bitter brew of black tea and less sweet overall, often being marketed as “Silk stockings milk tea”. It uses evaporated milk and sugar (or just condensed sweetened milk, which is known as 茶走), and by adding the tea, milk and then stiring it (comes from the British). This type of milk tea packs a stronger punch and is more like coffee, something to perk you up after a long day. (by the way, there is an HK drink called 鴛鴦/Yuenyeung, which is basically coffee + milk tea which, while tasty, will keep you up for a long time)
  • Ice Cream – Always good on a hot day. My favorite flavors by the way are:
    • Western flavors – Mint chocolate chip or cookie dough.
    • Asian flavors – Matcha or Ube/Purple yam (completely different from taro), especially if it is made into Haluhalo, which might be the greatest desert ever.

Day 22 – Ocean Park Trip!

I’ve decided to stop labeling these types of post “filler” because it sounds quite negitive for what they really are: quicker posts that are sandwiched between the larger topic text based ones that I have been working on for a while.

This is going to be a really picture heavy post since I have been out all day at Ocean Park with a couple of my close friends, and am super tired right now, so haven’t had the time nor do I currently have the energy to type something more substantial out.

So here are some quick snapshots of what I did today…

(When not riding crazy roller coasters or looking at the animals that is – there were lots of videos as well, but I can’t figure out how to upload them and don’t want to waste my wordpress storage space on them)

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And with that (which should be 200 words, if not… well pictures are worth a thousand of them, so technically speaking :P)

I’ll see you tomorrow!

Rebecca

Day 21 – Scampering Around Trying to Sort My Life Out (A Filler Post & Rant)

Yesterday, I said I would be doing Snacks: part 2 today, but given the title, you can probably see where this is going.

Just as a heads up tomorrow will also be a filler one, since I am going to Ocean Park with some of my school friends, so won’t be back til late (and need to sleep earlier today), so if any of you are waiting for the snacks post, see you some time after day 23 (because I really need a few days of doing nothing and relaxing right now)!

On to the prompt! Which is…. * drum roll *

Scamper (July 2)!– (It showed up earlier than normal, so I can actually do today’s prompt, rather than yesterday’s one)


Scamper!

That word just about sums up what I’ve been doing for a while now.

Scampering from one project to another, one idea to the next.

Thought after thought fills my mind without pause, from the moment I wake up to the second my head hits the pillow. Even my dreams are sometimes filled with tense situations that ask – nay – demand my attention.

I’m being pulled 90 directions, trying to make the most out of “the best 4 years of my life”.

Trying to:

  • figure out how to apply for exchange
  • look for internships
  • decide my next semester’s classes
  • type up blog posts/Camp Nanowrimo
  • list textbooks on Carousell
  • catching up on books I need to read

On and on the to-do list grows…

But above all…

Trying to figure out what I want to do after I graduate university. 

It’s not a controlled run, where there is a goal in mind and a pace to be set.

It is a frantic grasping of straws, attempting everything at once and getting nowhere.

And I am EXAUHSTED.

Pure and simple.

Because I JUST DON’T KNOW!

I don’t know what I’m doing, I don’t know how or what I’ll get a job in (Ecology and History not really known for tons of jobs) and I don’t know what the future holds for me!

If I did, it would be simple.

Just complete the skill tree that leads to me following my career path (which at this point, is more a meandering stream). Unfortunately, it’s not.

The fear of the unknown causing is to dart off wildly in an unclear direction right now, and I hate it.

All that build up of my life til this point and this is what I end up as.

A tense, anxiety ridden mess, reacting to things rather than proactively planning a course of action

Though now I think about it…

I guess that is the feeling that a cockroach gets when I suddenly switch on a light!

So much change has happened, but no time to plan.

In that instant, just one action comes to mind…

SCAMPER!


Thanks for taking the time to read my semi-rant 😛

Rebecca

Day 20- Snacking on Dry Squid! My Favorite Things to Munch On

Since it is officially the 2/3 point of my Post a Day Challenge (as outlined HERE ), and the start of my Camp Nanowrimo journey today, I thought I’d write something a bit lighthearted and more straight forward, since I’ve done enough BS-ing for today.


Due to pretty international upbringing (Asian Parents, born and raised in Texas, moving over and currently living in HK) , I’ve got pretty different and diverse idea of what constitutes a snack in my mind.

In attempt to keep things organised , I will be splitting the snacks into two sections: Section 1 being the type of snacks buy straight of the shelf or make at home. Section 2 is more “Street snacks”, or special occasion type of food.

So here we go!

  • Dried Shredded Squid (魷魚絲) – Or literally translated “Squid Strands”. Yes I know, it sounds a bit odd (even revolting some would say), but think of it like the Asian beef jerky if it was a bazillion times better.
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Image Source: Flickr

Don’t knock it til you try it! It’s not like calamari at all, more like a subtle sweet taste (like seafood crab/lobster/shrimp sweet, not watermelon/candy sweet) that turns to a strong salty with a hint of peppery taste (like jerky).

Also, there are really two types of strands in each bag: a fluffier, lighter colored type (think cotton candy texture if it didn’t dissolve in you mouth) and a stringier, tougher type (think somewhere between pulled pork and beef jerky in texture). Personally, I like the second type more but both are great! Try it out and you will see what I mean! (you can get it at pretty much any Asian major market State-side)

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Image Source: Dania’s Delicacies
  • Blue Corn Tortilla Chips (+salsa & guac if I’m feelin’ fancy) – Texas roots showinghere! I really do prefer the Blue Corn type, but not sure if it’s due to nostalgia since mom would buy these instead of white/yellow corn since they are supposedly “healthier” (not sure if this is true though) or because I really can taste a difference even though they are supposed to be the same except for color (I feel like the Blue ones are… more substantial? like nuttier or something).

Or maybe it is just because I get a kick out of blue food due to Percy Jackson (10 bonus points to you if you got that reference)

Hold the cilantro/coriander on the salsa & guac though, I’m one of those “It-tastes-like-soap-what-the-heck-are-you-doing-putting-it-in-this-amazing-food” type of people (it isn’t so bad when cooked, like in Pho. But Raw? Why?!)

  • Guai Guai Corn Puffs (乖乖) – If you ask any kid in Taiwan or with a Taiwanese
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    Image source: Ibon Mart

    parent (like me!) about these, they will know. It’s like the unofficial snack of Taiwan. Why? Well it’s name directly translates to “Well-behaved, Well-behaved” and you usually get them when you do well in something (they usually have a spot where the parent writes the child’s name on it). I guess it is a bit like the Japanese with their Kitkat’s. Man the memories of wolfing these down…

They are pure amazing. Imagine a cheeto, if they removed the fake cheese dust, then made them sweet. Then, they added chocolate or coconut flavoring and that sweet condensed milk taste.  Basically, it is what astronaut ice cream should taste like, with all the amazing goodness there, but without the chalky aftertaste. A bit harder to find but well worth it if you do!

  • Fruit – This is a bit of a catch all, but a fresh bowl of fruit an awesome snack in all cases. Whether it is the more Western apple, pears, oranges and watermelon; the more Asian wax apples, persimmons, mulberries and lychees; or somewhere in between such as pineapples, mangoes, honeydews and cantaloupes, they are all great snacks. I’ve been mostly munching on blueberries and bananas in university (no washing and great with breakfast cereal or oatmeal)

 


This post has been inspired by the Daily Prompt from the Daily Post: Snack (30/6) (due to time zones it’s  the one from yesterday, see previous daily post prompts for explanation)


I’ve just realised it is 11:53pm here, so I need to post this soon or I won’t meet my Post a Day challenge requirement!

Guess this will become a two parter! See you tomorrow with more snacks!

Rebecca