This week has been relatively hectic in comparison to the week before. One thing I’m glad about is waking up at a sensible, decent time each morning, and actually having the best week of sleep I’ve had in months. Next week I have no choice but to move apartments; the new owner of my current residence has decided to enforce a 3+ month advance in rent payment system, which is ridiculous considering the faults in the apartment and just doesn’t seem plausible compared to the by monthly payment plan I’m used to. Nevertheless the new apartment’s location is more convenient, on a cleaner street and more safe. I’m slightly looking forward to moving elsewhere, and it’s within an area I know fairly well. I get somewhat anxious when things change in my life, but I think I’m handling it well this time around.
This week was Milly’s (my cat who lives with my parents back in London) 11th Birthday: apparently the poor thing sleep through most of it.
I’ve been long overdue a return to the salad life. I’ve been, as my Dad and I like to call, ‘salad dodging’. I’ve been reliant on Spaghetti and fried rice dishes for quite some weeks now, so ideally I need to forgo munching through Vienna Sausages and Spam luncheon meat to once again channel my inner Guinea-Pig. As briefly mentioned in my last diary entry, Strawberries are all the rave right now in Korea. Finally the prices of fresh strawberries have reduced to more acceptable costs; so I purchased a punnet from Seokbawi Market, Incheon. I’m all for fusion foods and experimenting with flavours, although I never could fathom why anyone would want to combine fruits and vegetables to make a salad: today, I put this to the taste test.
I shedded some common green lettuce leaves and napa cabbage (sometimes named ‘Chinese cabbage’); before adding a few Strawberries, rum raisin cream cheese, sweet cream salad dressing and a sprinkle of dried basil plus sweetner made from apples. Pine nuts or crushed walnuts would complement this salad well, however nuts are expensive here unless brought online in large quantities. Besides, my local mart didn’t seem to sell any kind of nuts for adding another texture to the salad. Despite the absence of the nuts, the salad was flavoursome. The bitterness of the rum raisins and strawberries’ sweetness were well balanced with the vinaigrette within the creamy salad dressing and the mild cheesiness of the cheese which is usually used as a dessert cheese for a cheese and crackers course.
Every now and then I return to read a chapter of “The little book of Lykke” – by Meik Wiking. As I’m writing this I just surpassed chapter 3, titled ‘Togetherness’. Wiking discusses “bofællesskab” (- co-housing systems) and their relation to “Lykke” (- Happiness). Within co-housing systems, which do not only exist in Scandinavian countries like Denmark, have a large positive impact on a person’s mental health as well as social and cognitive developments. The writer goes on to say how within this type of community everyone is treated with equal amounts of respect, with each individual contributing to community. Residents of bofællesskab, depending on the building’s set-up, may have access to private kitchen’s within there room/apartment, but will take it in turns to use the communal kitchen to prepare meals that can be eaten in a shared dining hall. They grow their own produce and children can freely play within the communal gardens under the supervision of whichever families are present at home; whilst some adults may be tending to work duties or enjoying their ‘one-off’ date for maintaining the relationship of marriage away from the responsibilities that come with being a parent.
“It takes a village to raise happiness”.
With the above quote in mind, I agree that other countries should intergrate similar social habits within their cultures. For instance, the Dutch have an annual ‘Neighbours Day’: a day when people gather in the middle of the street to enjoy lunch together. Everyone contributes a dish or beverage to the table; encouraging chat, laughter and the playing of games and music.
This week I came across a YouTube channel which is new to me. Q2HAN is run by twin sisters Qwon & Qjin. They are South Korean, but grew up also in Canada and studied fashion design in the US. It’s rare that I discover a YouTube channel that covers has a variety of themes and subjects that are all interesting. I never skip past a single video. The sisters travel frequently among London, South-East Asia, and occasionally return to the States but are mainly based in Seoul and Gwangju, South Korea.
If you get intrigued by highstreet and highend fashion, are a foodie and like kbeauty; I’m sure you’d get engrossed in their main and vlog channels. They aren’t Vegans, yet live a plant-based diet, giving viewers plenty of Vegan food, cafe and restaurant recommendations/reviews all whilst maintaining a good sense of humour. They attend regular product launches and opening events, so you will get the lastest news about cosmetics soon to be available or they may give you ideas of places to visit which you could add to your travel itinerary. Basically they’re consistently uplifting and they remind my of the lighthearted antics my brother and I get up to.
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