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Prep For Solo Living

So you’ve decided to live on your own. Congratulations!

I hope you’ll find it as fulfilling and carefree as I do. There are a million things to prepare when you decide to move out on your own, and you will have to take care of most of them yourself.

Everyone knows that you need to organise utilities and furniture before the big move day. What else is there?

Here are some friendly reminders to consider tasks that are often overlooked.

Emergency Plans

You’re on your own and you cut yourself on meal prep Sunday. What will you do? What if you trip and break a bone? What happens then?

We never want to imagine the worst, but it might just save you. I highly recommend getting to know your neighbours and making sure they or your building manager has a copy of your emergency contacts.

Community Rules

Each council and municipality has different rules from how many pets you’re allowed to have to when it’s your bin day and where you’re supposed to park. If you live in an apartment like I do, you might be subject to even more restrictions.

Make sure you read the community rules carefully and know who to contact if you have any questions.

Check for Defects

Whether you’re renting or buying, make sure you carefully inspect for defects. The last thing you want to do is have to fix any defects that you are not responsible for, or try to put up with a leaking air conditioner unit for two years.

Take photos and collect proof of any defects and lodge them immediately. Unfortunately, the more time after the completion of a building, it becomes more difficult to get a construction company to respond and take responsibility. Take it from me, I got suckered with an extra 1K+ bill for body corporate because the legal fees and improvements to the building had ballooned over the budget.

Good luck and happy living!

 

Why I Choose to Live Alone

I’m always met with surprise when I tell people I live on my own. There’s the preliminary ‘Oh, but you’re so young’ surprise but also the ‘How come?’ question right behind it.

In the end, all my favourite things about living alone, are just facets of being alone. Here are the top three things I love about living alone.

Freedom & Autonomy

Absolute freedom.

We all spend so much time being careful and considerate of others in social and work settings, that having that time to be selfish is incredibly valuable.

I can have spontaneous dinner parties and make up voices for my cat without a care. I love not having to consider anyone else at home. I can do whatever I want, whenever I want without being a disturbance to anybody else or have anyone judge me.

I come and leave knowing that nobody’s sleep is disturbed. I don’t have to report my social activities to anyone. I choose exactly how I want my space to look. I could go on forever.

Responsibility

I know that everything that happens at home is a direct result of my own actions. I take responsibility because if I don’t, no one else will.

If you’ve lived with anyone else, you have negotiated who does the chores  on the polite end of the spectrum, and on a bad day you’ve fought over whose mess is whose to clean up.

I’ve never felt cheated because I had to do more than my fair share of dishes nor felt guilty for leaving the bathroom in a mess.

Solitude

I enjoy my own peace.

Nobody disturbs me. Anyone who has had a roommate in a relationship might understand that it’s never pleasant to be subject to that certain awkward situation where you don’t have anywhere better to be, but don’t want to stay and listen to their rambunctious love making.

 

 

Sunday, 25 September 2016

12.30PM

A late start to the day today. My family had decided that I would cook for them this week, and I had my meal prep to do which normally takes ages, although a lot of that time is inactive cooking time.

I had put some pumpkin pieces in the slow cooker yesterday so in the morning it was super soft and ready for mushing. Pumpkin mush+old cooked rice= pumpkin porridge. Yum. The last time I made this, I put in a lot of artificial sweetener but I didn’t think it was necessary this time.

Next up, I prepped the lamb shoulder I was going to slow cook for dinner. I made this recipe up, and if it was any better, I would write it out…but it wasn’t.

I seared the lamb in the pot, and dumped it in the slow cooker with a container of on-sale mushrooms. The marinade was a Korean style marinade, which didn’t suit because of the fattiness and flavour of the lamb. Not bad, not great.

I also made some vegetable side dishes from recipes off korean bapsang. Korean side dishes are just so simple that I feel like I’m cheating. I usually cook the veg by blanching, so I can save on washing pots. I made an eggplant dish, a spinach dish and a chinese cabbage dish to wrap the lamb in. Very productive. Gold star.

Finally I made a Mexican style bean, corn and capsicum dish seasoned with paprika and pre-made taco seasoning. The capsicum was from my balcony garden and absolutely way too cute. So small!

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A meal prep day is never complete without a trip to Coles to snap up random ingredients. ❤ Please sponsor me.

 

5.00PM

We normally eat quite early because it takes the parents an hour and half to come up from Mornington and they have to get home before 9.00PM so their employee can clock off. Just like Cinderella, except not at all.

The parents didn’t tell me that they brought food as well, so we ended up having way too much. It was a good feast.

My brother received a deck of souvenir cards from his friend who visited America, so we played big2 Shangy style until 7.00PM. I didn’t do too well.

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8.00PM

Me time. I spent the rest of the night setting up this blog and watching my new favourite show. It’s called: “I Live Alone (나 혼자 산다)”. It’s a Korean show, where they follow celebrities who live alone for one day, from the moment they open their eyes until they go back to sleep.

I think it really resonates with me because I live alone too. Most of the celebrities don’t have a fixed workday like I do,  but I find it refreshing to see how each guest lives differently and their philosophies on life. Some are crazy spontaneous, some are busy bees who can’t stop working and some are complete hermits.

The show films the celebrity and then films them watching themselves with a fixed cast. Providing commentary throughout the clips. Sometimes, there are no guests, but you watch one of the fixed cast members go through their day. One particular show I watched had a cast member leave the show and in his closing video, he mentioned that through the show, the audience found out more about him and his lifestyle, but for him, he discovered himself.

I think living alone is very introspective. You spend all this time alone, free from distraction. Everything that happens, is because of you. You have no-one else to blame and no-one else to praise. In that sense, I think you end up confronting yourself, who you are and who you want to be.

I couldn’t recommend it more.

Goodnight.