Vegan Life?!


Turning vegan has been something that I have been contemplating about for a long time. It’s definitely easier said than done. I could see myself turning vegan but in reality, meat always crept into my diet one way or another. I had to be really aware of what I was eating and it’s difficult to do that when you have a lot of other things to worry about, such as assignments and your social life. I believe that I had begun seriously contemplating veganism two to two-and-a-half years ago. Changes that I have already implemented since college was cutting out dairy milk when grocery shopping and since moving to the States, I have never bought meat in the grocery store. The vegan options are delicious and the few ones that I have ventured to try were the Boca nuggets and meatless patties. I loved both of them. I make sure to buy a lot of fresh and frozen veggies and I love buying fruits too. I’ve realized that potatoes aren’t for me as I can never finish eating them mostly because I just don’t crave them. I tried making kale chips, didn’t work out for me. With time, trial and error and following what feels right slow and steady, I know that veganism is achievable. In addition to that, my wish to have a clean and organized fridge (like shutthekaleup’s one on Instagram)!

31501186_2068522710050596_2084157533496279040_n(1)*Disclaimer – shutthekaleup is not vegan, hence the eggs and dairy and meat in her fridge.

morganizewithme and withloveandveggies’ fridge inspo.


Tofu Pancakes

Tofu Tofu Tofu!

My friend, savior, trusty food guy. I love its texture, color, nutritional content of being protein-powerful, and its ease to use in cooking!!

Pancake recipe by moi, here we go:

Ingredients: 1/2 block of tofu, 1/2 cup flour, water to get the consistency to how you imagine pancake consistency to be, 1 egg, 1 tsp baking powder, 1 tsp garlic powder

Add the flour and incorporate the baking powder.

Crumble the tofu into the flour and then add the egg.

I added water for consistency as well as to make the batter less yellow because I didn’t want the egg to overpower the recipe.

I added garlic powder last and mixed the batter well.

I honestly didn’t know what I was doing at the time I was making it so making this comes with potential risks (of failure or.. potential new love).

During the first trial, I tried to make it a sweet treat but it didn’t work so I added the garlic powder and it turned out much better as a savory dish, which I ended up spoiling by adding carob powder in efforts to make it into a sweet dish again with a chocolate taste. Conclusion: savory is the good result. I love tofu and I’m happy I got to make it into yummy pancakes – my go-to type of food I like to make!

it’s 2am, i need to sleep. goodbye.

Fun Pancake Recipes: Sweet Potato, Avocado, Potato

Hey there! Been a long while since I’ve posted one of those easy-to-whip-up food recipes here! So here are three of them. Personally, I have not tried all of them out but they’re easy and sound like they would be tasty so what’s there to wait?

Sweet Potato Pancakes

Ingredients: 2 eggs, 1 medium sweet potato, (suggested to add: 1 tsp baking powder, drop of vanilla, dash of cinnamon)

Poke holes into your sweet potato and microwave it for 4 minutes – tip #1 is to cover your bowl with a wet paper towel when microwaving your sweet potato, tip #2 is to fill your bowl with a little bit of water to keep the bowl moist

Peel off the now soft sweet potato and mash it.

Combine with the eggs and prep is done!

KEY: make your pancakes small. think ‘mini’ pancake sizes, then they will come out perfect! Wait 1 minute before flipping. Serve with maple syrup!

Avo Pancake

Ingredients: 1 avocado, 3/4 milk. 1/2 flour, 1 egg, (suggested: salt, lime too)

Combine milk, flour, egg.

Add the avocado and mix well. Add the suggested if you’re feeling fancy. If not, move straight to the stove and wait-flip-wait and voila!

Potato Pancakes (savory, wow, that’s a rare find in sylv’s books)

Ingredients: 3-5 potatoes, 2 green onions, 2 tbsp flour, bit of cheese or nuch (nutritional yeast 1 tbsp), 1/2 tsp salt, 1 egg

Rinse, peel and grate the potatoes in the food processor. Squeeze the liquid out and drain the potatoes in a strainer after its out of the processor.

Finely chop the green onions and use the white portion of the green onion to incorporate with the egg, cheese, flour and salt in a large bowl – mix well.

Fold in the potatoes and combine.

Pour half of the batter into the pan and wait 5 minutes before flipping! The thickness should be 1/2 inches. You can use the green portion of the green onion as your topping and yum, sounds scrumptious and filling for the tummy!

disclaimer: the recipes are not mine but instead, from multiple inspirations online – mainly from fromyourbowl (esp. for the potato pancake) !

I made tofu pancakes once eyeballing the whole recipe but they turned out so cute and absolutely filling, which is something I get satisfied about. Tofu pancake recipe (somewhat) up next!


express: Depression

Depression is one odd thing.

I’ve read descriptions and personal stories of it and as much as it has reasoned with my experiences, every time I feel it, I am certain that no words that exactly express the depth of its deplorable tentacles, or the broad degrees of unpredictable temperament, nor its whereabouts.

It sprouts out and about anywhere at any moment of one’s life and how uninviting and unwelcome its presence is to me, like fungus suddenly appearing on the most unexpected parts of food. It is the most disturbing, irritable party crasher and worse, it is stubborn as a mule to the point that I am forced to look within myself instead of blaming the uninvited guest and reflect if there had been any mistake or misunderstanding on my part which had made depression feel like it would be perfectly acceptable to barge into my party and ruin it.

Some people view depression in a good light as it was responsible for awakening one’s consciousness in the events around their life. It is a force and I undoubtedly accept that but I do not attribute it any positivity – how can I when its essential core is empty and hungry? It never leaves too so I’ve accepted a fate of multiple encounters with it throughout my life.

Oh depression. What will I do with you…

The end. (or perhaps, Never the end)

p.s. By the way, this was a creative expression of my thoughts on depression – I have encountered with it years before so at this point, I know how to tame and control it to avoid deteriorating my physical and mental self to the extent of needing critical support. Don’t worry! xx


Update Add-on


Me again. I just wanted to mention how I spent my first Thanksgiving here in the US. Just to refresh, I came from Korea to JFK to DTW on 21/22 Aug and it is currently my winter break. I went to New York City during the Thanksgiving break and it was such a lovely getaway escape from the damn college town. I had never felt so imprisoned like I was in KL. I felt stuffy and fed up there at times but this time, it was different because school just shove you with so many things to do that I felt stuffy and sick of the place and I knew how I felt but it was just always at the back of my mind.

I really like this break and I never want it to end. In fact, I’m scared for it to end. It means that it’s getting nearer to my studies and the torturous study sessions with the painful headaches and unhealthy eating habits. It’s so hard and I just wish that I had a hold of my life more.

P.s. 나 요즘에 황금빛 내인생 보는데 진짜진짜 재밌어 ㅠㅠㅠ 어제 아침5시까지 보면서 펑펑 울었다 ㅠㅠㅠ

P.s. I figured the happiest way to spend money is buying things for other people. There are more options to buy things here so it’s easier to find out what people would like for sure! I love that fact and I can’t wait to work more to use that money to buy people things!!!!! I work at the dining hall so yup.

University of Michigan – Ann Arbor Update

Hi guys!

It’s almost Christmas and during the time that had passed, many things happened. I felt like I’m growing a lot and I can’t say that it has been the best but I’m trying.

I didn’t expect it to be this different coming here, which my friends think is a stupid thought just because US is so far and big but I don’t know. I still didn’t think I would feel such a culture shock. People’s mindset, talking manner, clothing style, actions all portray their culture that is so different from what I thought it would be. I guess media is really a a fake messenger.

I feel that my English is extremely not up-to-par either but I’m confident that will improve. I love the standard of teaching at my school, especially for foreign languages and the opportunities they have here. I absolutely love learning different languages as new linguistic systems with separate syntax, grammar and style fascinate me. I feel like language can sometimes be seen as a unique path of view towards learning a country’s culture.

I really don’t know what the future holds for me and I want to be optimistic but it’s really hard when you feel a lot of pressure. Pretty damn difficult. Job search is a scary painful process that literally makes my heart want to jump out of my chest knowing the stakes yet, exposing myself to how competitive it is especially here at my school.

I want to share more but I’m slightly afraid of how much to share. Let’s stop here and I’ll talk soon.

Lots of love.

The States Planning 1

So I don’t know if you know this already but I’ll be transferring to Uni of Michigan – Ann Arbor this August for fall semester. I want to sorta get my healthy diet and exercise going good so that when finals week kicks in and all or just generally during hectic weeks, I wont stray thaat far. I know I’ll need to have

  • blender
  • oven, baking tray, baking dish
  • microwave

And I will most probably get frozen berries, acai packets, spinach and/or kale, bananas, etc. for my morning smoothies or nice cream for when I feel like it. Thus, staples should include dessicated coconut, cacao powder and oats. One thing I want to note is getting almonds and a cheesecloth to make my almond milk personally + also toast my granolas in batches and for that I would need slivered almonds, oats, sunflower seeds, raisins, (maybe rice puffs). It’d be so nice if I could make my own granola and almond milk in batches all the time. I would need litre glass bottles and filter funnels as well. A measuring cup.

I would definitely be making oatmeal too so rolled oats is a staple. scrambled eggs with spinach or pancakes with my smoothie would be other alternatives too so I guess breakfast is set with that! for lunch I would most likely eat on campus? I would love packed lunch though.. hmm I should think of that. For packed lunch, tortilla wraps with romaine lettuce, spinach, chicken breast, + any other colorful veges (red or yellow capsicums, purple cabbages, carrots, cucumber, etc) with salads and crumbled nuts for healthy fats would be nice. Other alternatives?

For dinner, buddha bowls would be cute with brown rice, greens, capsicums + other colorful vegs, peanut sauce, peanuts, broccoli and cauliflower. sweet potato fries from the oven on the side or with mix salads with sauce. I really do like more variations for dinner though.

To bring from home

  • spoon, chopsticks, fork, teaspoon
  • small plate for pancakes, fruits, salads
  • my wooden bowls yas
  • a few plastic containers from KL
  • stationery (pencils, pen, highlighters, rulers, post it notes, erasers)
  • cheesecloth – Buy


To buy there

  • wooden spoon
  • measuring cup
  • x3 liter glass bottles
  • set of cute plastic cups
  • mason jar
  • silicon spatula
  • non-stick frying pan
  • saucepan