Learning to Cook

Last year I developed a fascination for cooking and baking. After scrolling through many foodie Instagram accounts that made me drool (literally) and watching YouTube chefs, I thought it would be cool to replicate their delicious meals.

Full disclaimer: I am a beginner chef whose very average at best.

My family lives off take out and restaurant dining. Don’t get me wrong, eating out is yummy and we are fortunate to have my grandpa cook dinner for us on some days. But when I eat out of a plastic container more frequently than from a piping hot plate of homemade goodness, there’s a small void in my stomach. Appreciating a meal that is made with love tastes better psychologically than any instant Chinese takeout could accomplish.

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As a result, I started a personal Instagram account (Alli Cooks) to document all my cooking adventures! It’s fun learning to cook different dishes and my family has been 100% supportive of this (I think they’re getting sick of take out, finally!). This Instagram is a great way to track my progress. If you would like to check it out, here’s the link:


The Good vs. The Bad

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My favourite repeat dishes so far are the oyako don, Thai curry and sushi. Any suggestions as to what I should make next? 




It’s Been a While!

Hello world!

It’s been over a year since I’ve posted anything. Now that I’m back home in my cozy bed one year later, I think this blog can metamorphsize into something more than just a documentation of my travels. I’ve always been that person who seeks to try new activities and learn something from it. Two summers ago I wanted to learn how to longboard, so I did. Last year I thought it would be fun to learn how to grow vegetables and it turned out semi-successful (enjoyable nether the less!). I’m currently taking a commerce class on design thinking to expand my knowledge outside of my Psychology & Sociology degree. I find it so exciting to step out of my comfort zone and embrace the ambiguity of what I am going to learn. Even though most of my new activity pursuits are often recreational, that sense of trying to better myself for my own personal development is satisfying. It’s so easy to be stagnant and content with a routine lifestyle. But I think it’s important for everyone to focus on making yourself a better person than the previous day (much cliche) and become more self-aware!

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Throwback to when I thought I was so cool for riding a longboard. In reality, I didn’t go very far in this picture!

One thing I noticed about myself is that my self-awareness has grow significantly. I would say I was always conscientious with strong values growing up, but I have a much better understanding of my own needs, threshold, habits, desires, flaws and emotions now. I do a lot of self-reflection and I think that’s why I am able to quickly capture my behavioural patterns, such as my tendency to learn a new hobby every year, and improve on it!

Ps. This blog post’s content is highly influenced by my 3AM feels and too much bubble milk tea. Milk tea is delicious but maybe I shouldn’t have had it at 11PM. Oops. No regrets. 😛