Crafting, Cooking & My Current Favorites!

My Dear Fabian 😜,

It has surely been a while(I think I start most of my correspondences to you with that same sentence). So much has happened and yet, nothing has happened. Ha, ha, ha. Let me put that in a clearer way. So many tiny things have happened but not much progress has been made based on the bigger picture. Um…maybe I should just stick with the first one?

Ok, first things first. I completed that challenging crochet project that I had talked about way back. The original one was supposed to have two more rounds but I ran out of thread. So, I decided to end where I thought was best.

I used a thicker thread than the original.

It turned out to be less challenging than I thought. I think the most ‘challenging’ aspect was the patience required to finish the project! This piece was done by following Jeego Crochet‘s wonderful tutorial on Youtube. Jeego, thanks!

I also made some small motifs just for fun :).


I also ordered some thick yarn some time ago. I’ve been wanting to make a scarf for a while and I was so excited when they came in the delivery!



The combo of three different colors is for crocheting my phone case. I haven’t gotten around to making it yet. But I’ve started on the scarf! I’m knitting it though, as I feel the technique produces a tighter pattern.
       At first, knitting was like walking in a house of illusion. You move forward and suddenly find yourself in a dead end, then you turn back but you don’t know how to anymore! I kept having to count the stitches, making errors and then taking everything out again just because I didn’t know how to fix it(which I did countless of times!). It was downright frustrating!!! So, I decided to crochet my scarf instead. But after two-thirds of my way in, Jasmine started knitting her scarf and was having a smoother time at it so I thought to give knitting another try(there’s nothing like competition to give people an incentive!) Luckily(and miraculously), this time was much, much better! I was finally getting the hang of it. I’m still working on my scarf right now. Fingers-crossed that it works!

Recently, I tried making ‘Szechuan Spicy Poached Beef’. It was tantalizingly delicious! I followed two recipes of the same dish as a guide. The only downside was that it was a little too salty(my fault, I think).



Thanks to the recipes by The Handsome Chef and Charlotte Zhou. The first link is in Chinese, so if you’d like me to translate it for you, let me know ;).
      I didn’t add any sugar, unlike Charlotte, as I don’t like savoury food to be sweet. I liked this dish so much that I made it a second time! Although, I have to say that it was a little time consuming for me. I think video tutorials are less confusing(not pointing any fingers here :)).

On another topic, I’ve been enjoying watching ‘Modern Family’ lately. It’s incredibly funny and very much relatable! It’s become one of my favorite shows.

Well, I’ll end my letter with a few songs that I’ve been liking a lot these days. (It’s a playlist, by the way)

‘Til next time then,
Vivian Grace Westerly

“A day can make all the difference between winning or losing.”

6 thoughts on “Crafting, Cooking & My Current Favorites!

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  1. That Szechuan recipe, and even more that porcelain dish itself, reminds me of my time in China.
    I think my mom had something similar to it at home.
    Why don’t you become a chef yourself? It certainly would do some good for ya, as per one of the earlier posts. How nice would it be to develop it into your own little space..

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    1. Haha 😊, getting into the food industry was my initial plan but due to various personal reasons, I can’t go study in a culinary school. Also, cooking is sort of a hobby and I’d like to keep it that way. But your feedback is much valued 😀 I shall keep it in mind!

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      1. How nice would it be, to earn a buck or two doing your hobby?
        Not all of us have such luxuries..
        You don’t need to attend culinary school. Just focus on a couple of recipes you’re comfortable with, and sell just that. Start small but grow big.
        Grandpa will shut up now.
        Cheers girl.

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