Hello! My name’s Chris, I live in Singapore and love to cook. To view an “updated” version of “About Me”, titled “The Real About Me”, click here.
I started this blog in June 2013 when I quit my job in the corporate, banking world (which paid me a decent salary) to care full time for my aunts who are (now) 76 and 80. They’ve never been married and have taken care of me since I was a little girl. I’ve always been a bit unconventional, and I love digital media, writing, cooking, and my aunts; and I knew I had to do something for them while I still can. Plus, I was inhaling the smoky fumes of being burnt-out. You can earn back the money, but time lost is forever.
So I quit.
A year on, I am now back to the workforce doing something totally unrelated to banking. I write for a living and am thankful for the second chance. The money’s not as good as compared to the bank, but I feel like I haven’t let myself down, and you can’t put a price tag to that.
I used to keep to a weekly grocery bill of $30 for two meals a day Monday to Friday, for 3-4 people. It was hard but surprisingly not impossible, and I love a challenge! I’ve put chicken, fish, pork, soup, tofu, vegetables, home versions of hawker food, Chinese and Western style dishes on the table. If I could do it, so can anyone! And it is true – anyone can cook as long as he/she is willing to step into the kitchen. It is also against my principles to cook curry from scratch when we have premix.
When I’m not cooking, I explore eating places and go to the supermarket with my better half, check out new kitchen appliances, go vintage treasure hunting and do travel planning for family and friends. I love researching travel destinations, connections, accommodation and itineraries, and have travelled to many Asian countries, North American states and European cities. In other news, I love to think too much because I think it liberates me. I am also a grammar nazi who adores Singlish. In my past life on Xanga, I ran “Pink-Pink!!”, a one-of-a-kind pink blog with a huge personality which eventually consumed her.