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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!

 

Sunday, 2 October 2016

11.00AM

Meal prep Sunday rolls right around again

Today’s main protein dish is a pork loin roast.

I adapted a recipe that I found online: here.

The thing with living alone is that it’s really hard to have all the ingredients on hand. For example, if I use half a garlic, what am I going to do with the other half? Rather than eating in at home, all the wastage adds up and it might even be cheaper for me to eat out, unless I take the shortcuts I do.

I can highly recommend buying pre-minced ginger and garlic and leaving it in the fridge. This way, you can use as much as you need and store the rest for another time.

I also stock up on ingredients that have a long expiry date and are as natural as possible. Although I’m not overly concerned about processed food, I do try to avoid them when I can. Products like rice, dried beans and spices are pantry staples you can always rely on in a pinch.

My other adaptations to the recipe, detailed below, were made because of cost and diet reasons.

  1. I added sliced Wombok (Chinese Cabbage) and chopped up Potatoes into the slow cooker before I added the Pork Loin.
  2. The recipe uses Pork Shoulder, but I used Pork Loin, only because it was on special at my local supermarket.
  3. I replaced the nine-tenths of the brown sugar in the recipe with stevia and  kept a little bit of the brown sugar for flavour.
  4. In the marinade, I used pre minced ginger and garlic and estimated the amount needed.

After that, I compiled it all in the slow cooker and placed it on low, aiming for it to be ready in approximately 8 hours.

1.00PM

It was very windy today. My spinach crop got tossed to the floor on my balcony by an angry gust of wind. What a waste.

3.00PM

Many years ago, when I was looking for books, ‘The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared’ by Jonas Jonasson was trending at the top. Last week, I saw a copy of it on sale for $10 AUD at my local bookstore and picked it up.

I tried walking on the treadmill and reading it at the same time, but I really think it’s an armchair kind of book. It’s not written in a style that I’m normally used to, but I find the book humorous and I’ll definitely be finishing this books.

5.30PM

Dinner with the family again, this time at my Aunt’s house.

My parents don’t really understand the whole western eat-from-one-plate concept, and each time they prepare something like salmon with veg in butter, they also make sure to make at least three chinese dishes to share and a soup.

Fat fatty Plumber isn’t allowed inside, so he watches us from the back door.

9.00PM

My Pork Loin is done!

It was falling apart so I couldn’t make it look nice.

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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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.