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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Fennel... Yuck

Have you guys ever eaten fennel before? 

I have just tasted one just now. Raw. Because I'm following some clean eating recipe. It's the first time I'm encountering this ingredient. I was suppose to have this for lunch tomorrow as a salad but.... I had a taste test just now, and I cannot consume more than one tiny bite. In the end, I threw it away. Because it is too strong for me. I know it's kind of wasteful of me but I doubt anyone in the household will eat it, plus it's been in my fridge for more than a week.

If I were to describe it, I think it's similar to celery but stronger and more tangy but it's much sweeter. I don't really like celery, but I eat it raw/juice it for health reason. I don't mind if it's stir-fried with carrots though. Maybe it's because my mum normally cooks it with other things so that the smell is covered. 

Okay, no more fennel for me.

This is basically how clean eating goes. Bland and bland because it's au natural and require less processing. I usually put a lot of salt in order to give it some taste, else it will feel like I'm eating grass. I don't mind baked chicken with salt and pepper though, I actually find them really tasty.

Ran 8km today, rather slow actually and I was having difficulty in running half-way. LOL. I ran too fast until my body cannot take it. I felt like I can't breathe. Bad idea. Or maybe it's just me not used to running this distance without resting. But anyway, glad I did it! Normally I would just end my workout in between 3km to 6km but I pushed to 8km today. Started quite late so I finally finished when the sun was almost down. I wanted to wake up early to run but ended up oversleeping. 

Better luck next time. And my coding ain't going well. GOSH, WAMP is giving me a headache. It was fine last few days, but it didn't work today! ARGHHHH.. And I spent like few hours fixing it and still it is not fixed! Vomit blood. I guess I'll have to take a rain check on meeting with my supervisor... again............ 

Monday, November 17, 2014

Dinner at Duck King & Little Yun Ho Mascot attempt #1

Me and le bf's family went to The Duck King at Jaya One for dinner gathering. It feels like an early Chinese New Year though because of the atmosphere and the overall food that was served. 

I didn't want to believe I was getting fat, but this picture just give me a slap in the face. I cannot ignore it any longer. Plus I had to expand my waist belt as I was eating halfway through the full-on course food. LOL. So much for clean eating. I really let it all go last week. Didn't care how much or what I was eating. And yesterday... was my most hardcore attempt to gobble down food. I even had a Siew Bao, a pork bun, a cheesecake and some Starbucks before dinner. *laughing and tearing up*. And I am now again 51kg, nothing changes. Oh my, it's really so much easier to gain weight than lose them. I basically just wasted 3 months healthy dieting with 1 week of super YOLO days. 

But from today onwards, I'll be back on track!!! My appetite has been better now and not feeling any nausea anymore. Plus I have to start training for my half marathon. 
Jogged 5km this evening *tick item*. Was planning to sleep earlier today so I can wake up earlier tomorrow for another run. But ended up doing this and that and blogged since I was telling myself to get back into blogging mode. And now it's 11pm. I was suppose to be on the bed by 10pm. 
However, I have seemed to fail to do anything for my FYP and I was telling myself that I will be too busy to do that everyday but in the end, I have zero output on that issue. F*ck. And I have deliver something on Wednesday. Good lord, how am I going to push myself.


On another note regarding the TVXQ mascot amigurumi, I've done a sample for Little Yun Ho Mascot! And it's destroyed now because I'm fine-tuning it to the customer's order. Even though it's small, it needs a lot of work. But first things first, coding. 

Coding coding coding. Tomorrow full day coding, no crocheting for you Joey.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Elsa Amigurumi Doll!

So, I've finally finished doing my Elsa doll! It was my first attempt in doing a human doll amigurumi and it was a bit tricky since I'm not used to attaching hairs to an amigurumi and made it human-like. If you're wondering where I get the pattern from, you can find it here on ravelry. This was one of the prettiest Elsa doll pattern that I've found so far. And I used it as a reference, I tweak it a little according to what I was aiming for. 

I also have to say that the hardest pat of all was making the eyes. At first I thought of just using buttons as the eyes but then I just feel like trying out and make a more cartoon/anime type of eyes for her. Since the face was quite small, I had to make really tiny and delicate details to it so that it could fit on the doll's face and not look weird. I had to split my 4ply yarns to 1ply and then work from there. And I made it! Unfortunately the left and right eyes are not symmetrical.  

And this is my final product. I even made the dress detachable but not the arm parts. I thought it would look nicer if it's crocheted in with the doll's arm and look less bulky. I was also going to sew the dress with it but ended up using snaps instead. 

As for the face, I've used this picture as a reference. Even though the eyes are not... really looking sideways like the above. 

Okay, I know it looks like she's looking a little retarded with the eyes focusing in the middle but I added the white there, it's just covered by the black outline. I guess it's not half bad considering this is my first time making such delicate stuff. *Self-praising and self-pitying*

As for the hair, I used this as a reference because I think it looks really awesome!

And I've also decided to make the dress splits behind instead of the front. Actually I never thought of doing a split. I intended to make it a full covered dress but then after I finished crocheting the dress piece, I realize Elsa's feet couldn't fit into the dress if I don't do the splits..... Therefore, this. But it is covered up by the cape, so no biggie here.

With this, I announce this project as done! But could be better made in the future if I have the chance to. Will update this soon in my Etsy shop and add it into my listing!

Done some shopping in Sunway today and there was a free health screening for everyone. So, me & him went to check it out. I think I've been eating unhealthy-ly this week therefore the result. Hahaha. Need more water, protein and exercise in my lifestyle. I'm neglecting working out too this week, right after my run. It ruined my appetite for a few days, and I was craving so bad for sweet and heavy chinese food. Ugh, I miss them so much. It feels like cheat week. Better get back to the "active" routine next week! That's it for today!

Oh, one random question for today. Does anyone know where I can find black string cord around the area? I wanted to make my own choker. I finally found some chokers on sale in Sunway today but it was very expensive (RM30+) so I decided to make one myself. Daiso and Ace Hardware doesn't have them..

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

So much crocheting to do

Yes! I'm on cloud 9 because not only I have one sale this week, but TWO! Things happen when you're not expecting it to. 

I made this as a sample for my friend and now it's been shipped to his new home. *tears* This is actually my second sale on Etsy. But it is a ready made item, so it was shipped right after the day that it is ordered. 

But unfortunately I'm a green horn in this entrepreneurship thingy-ma-jingy, I didn't quite profit from what I sold, because of postage miscalculation. The rates I checked online were different from the one they have now on the PosLaju system. I had to find out more about it from the office itself today and turns out, I could have taken the much cheaper but longer delivery option. Learning from my mistake!

And this, this is my first official international sale. My second Charizard I've made in my life. I've just finished it not long ago, going to ship it by tomorrow. I hope it will reach safely to his new owner! I'm so grateful for Etsy for giving the chance to reach out people from around the world. And also to both my new customers! *heart eyes*

And for my next project/order... Well, not an official order but I guess it's worth a try. 

Picture borrowed from ravelry

Picture borrowed from epickawaii.etsy.com
I will be venturing into human dolls! I've made Annabelle before but that was just some goofing around.

..and also two custom TVXQ mini dolls for a friend's friend. Thank you Ada, for directing your friend to me! I have another opportunity to make an original creation again. Hehe. Also, thank you Michelle. I will do my best to make these babies! So much to do, so little time.

Okay, back to work. Wow, my FYP coding is gonna suffer this month but I can't help it when I love doing these than coding. 

Monday, November 10, 2014

Loss of appetite

Not much going on today so.. This is gonna be a short one. Appetite is still not back to normal. Constantly felt like someone or something is jostling my throat and stomach. Have the urge to vomit throughout the day. Only felt like eating specific things. 
My boyfriend and my mum thinks that this happens because of the things I ate yesterday which is quite oily and heavy. I think so too since I started eating clean for awhile and suddenly ate too much unhealthy food yesterday so I'm suffering right now. Even though I lost my appetite, I still manage to eat pass my quota today. Lol. Because I ate quite a number of buns. 

Can somebody reach me how to vomit properly? I think I'll feel better after that but the problem is I keep vomiting air instead. 

Urgh. FYP is going slow. And I'm still lacking behind and going so very slow. Supervisor ain't gonna be happy with my attitude. Have been slacking a lot lately.