Archive for September, 2014

Goodbye Internship, Hello Vacation

Happy weekend, everyone! It’s an extra happy one for me, solely because…

My internship is over! And no, six months did not fly by or pass in the blink of an eye. It crawled and stalled and felt longer than Sleeping Beauty’s 100-year coma. So I’m even happier now!

I never mentioned this explicitly, but I worked as an journalist at a newspaper. My job was to do interviews and write articles for print and act like I knew what I was doing in a huge newsroom full of adults.


To thank everyone in the office for tolerating me, I did lots of baking and decorating and eventually came up with cookie jars for the editors and pound cake for everyone else.

The pound cake had quite a saga—I got up before dawn to bake it on the day of but when I opened the tub there was an extremely suspicious patch of blue fuzz sitting on all that white yogurt. I ended up nipping out to the 24-hour supermarket to get a new tub, and by the time I came back it was all too rushed so I singed the top of my poor cake. It took me a while to do surgery on its burn wounds with the cake knife, but eventually it was bundled up and ready to go.

I was only going to give them to everyone towards the end of the day, which meant till then my nerves got whittled away right down to almost nothing. Because announcing your departure and last act of goodwill to everyone in a mass message is more unnerving than public speaking.


But eventually I deposited them on the table. And I think it did turn out decently in the endnekoI got several messages of thanks back, and some of the staff came to my desk for a very quick chat which was incredibly nice of them even though I’d really just wanted to remain invisible and sidle out.

Still, I guess you can’t really leave after six whole months without being at least a little celebratory about it.


I wrote myself a letter on the morning of my first day of work to open when it was all over. Right before I headed out to the office for the first time, I wrote about the all the worries I had (and jealousy that future me was already done). It’s such a sappy thing to do, but at least I got a present on the last day of workkira kira(even though it’s from myself)

Looking back…I can’t even look back, April was too long ago.


On my first Saturday of freedom I went to the beach with my mom and dad! My brother was out for the day, so we decided to just take a drive out on a whim. It was really random; I think it’s actually the first time I’ve gone to the beach with my mom and dad. But it’s okay. It only took 19 years!

We had lunch at the old food stalls and took a bike ride along the coast. It was the most carefree day I’d had in monthsgirl





blogging break

Hello! This week I’m taking a break from blog postsneko

It’s my last week of internship, and I’m probably the busiest I’ve been in the last six months because my workload doubled in this last stretch. I have just a few more days to juggle everything, and so that’s where all my energy will be dispatched to.

Right now I’m actually in the middle of writing a report, but I’ve minimised it for about the seventh time tonight.

I’ll be back next weekend as a free personkirakira

Weekday Munchies

Happy (end of) Sunday!

It’s been a while, but here’s my food diary from the past week (or several…my phone is so stuffed with these pictures I lose track of them all the time). Evidently, I’m frequently surrounded by all sorts of yummy munchies that manage to lift my mood most of the time.

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Cronuts, a pink swiss roll, cheesy pizza, waffles and ice cream, bircher muesli and rainbow cake! I curate only the prettiest of foods. So the pizza might be an odd one out among all those sweets, but it’s heart-shaped! Which more than makes up for its savoury existence.

Today’s a small diary post because I needed a break from wordstiredOr just a break. Recently I’ve been getting a bit quieter on social media because I’m so tired, but hopefully it’ll (or rather I will) perk up again soon.

Also, I really wanted to watch The Maze Runner! I didn’t have time this weekend, so it’ll have to wait for a while…meanwhile, the gazillions of good reviews and TV spots are making me more impatient. I think I’ll just read the books again until I can see it on the big screen.

Have a good weeksmile

Vanilla Pound Cake


This Sunday’s post is another baking diary. I think I’m finally living up to my blog title, except that I haven’t actually made an apple cake yet (nor do I see it coming in the near future). But I’m halfway there!


This weekend I made a vanilla pound cake! It’s pretty simple stuff so there’s less room for me to mess up. Everything just goes into a bowl for me to mix and then off to the oven it goes. The hardest part is making sure it doesn’t get burned in my unpredictable, fiery inferno of an oven.

But this time it baked without incident tooheart


Pound cake is probably my favourite kind of cake because it’s so simple and neat. The buttery taste is rich without being cloying, and the shape is really compact—I feel like I could pick it up and toss it around the room (not that I would do that, obviously, but that’s just an illustration). Slicing up pound cakes is immensely gratifyinggirl

Like the muffins, this is far from being the best pound cake around (not moist enough, a little too crumbly, and whatever else my untrained palate doesn’t tell me). But in less than a day almost the whole loaf was gone so its existence was wiped out from the cake-osphere fairly quickly. Thanks friends and familylove

▷ . Cheryl

A university student in Tokyo who takes pictures and puts them on the Internet

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