Can we go back to regular programming now ?

The food has been consumed, the gifts unwrapped, trees and decorations put away, New Years resolutions been made and maybe already broken, therefore,  it is safe to say that life now goes back to normal.

I breathe a sigh of relief that the holidays are now finally over.  It seems so much more different to me than it ever did.  Maybe it is me getting older or just that the importance of Christmas is no longer the gifts or the food. Having said that I did buy a few gifts and did receive a few gifts, but the best gift was the one I bought myself.

As I get older I really don’t care about the gifts too much, most often I tell my friends the best gift they could give me was not giving me a gift. I know it sounds terrible and ungrateful, but I have noticed that often we give gifts because it has turned out to be some sort of ritual and no thought is put into the gift giving and it is something that just collects dust in the house or sits unused in the closet.

A friend sent me a t-shirt for Christmas, while I admit and appreciate that she had paid attention to the fact that I collect t-shirts  from countries/cities I have visited, she forgot to pay attention to the correct size and now this gets added to the bunch of t-shirts that are way too big that will sit in my closet.

For the few friends I tend to send gifts for, I generally bake something or ask them if there was something on their wish list I could send. I don’t deny that there have been times that I have picked up something just because I have to and hated those moments as I dislike the pressure of having to buy gifts in order to reciprocate for a gift that I received. I like to send gifts (even if they are baked by me) at random times to show my appreciation for the friendship and not at Christmas because that is what everyone expects from me.

My boy friend’s sister constantly talked to me about Lemon Meringue Tarts, so with my new blow torch in hand, I set out to make her some Lemon Meringue Tarts.


I made cookies for some friends, a Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownie for another and Pecan Bars and Fruit cake and even Creme Brûlée for a friend who lives around me.

Now that Christmas is over and the obligation of giving gifts is over, I can safely say that I can now resort to my regular baking and experimenting.

About my random musings

I am originally from South East Asia and I moved to the US about 15 years ago to follow my heart. My heart has since been broken a few times, but I continue to be on journey of trying to mend it. I could talk about running, baking or writing in a small crowd, but put me in a room full of strangers and I will be the one standing in a corner people watching. When I am not writing or running, I would be in my kitchen, flour strewn all over the kitchen counters, music playing in the background and me just rolling and folding dough, excited about what my creation will turn out to be. Besides that I love passionately, when I love, I give it my all, not always a good thing, but that is who I am. I jump both feet in and sometimes I come out with regrets but having learnt a lesson. I believe everything happens for a reason and this is my place to share bits and pieces of my life, my adventures and sometimes misadventures. Hope you enjoy reading my stories as much I enjoy sharing them with you.
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4 Responses to Can we go back to regular programming now ?

  1. The tarts look wonderful! I think it is wonderful that you bake or cook most of your Christmas gifts – that is truly from the heart.

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