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Task classification

I’ve had this idea when I was doing house cleaning last week. Everyday we do a lot of things/tasks, some are necessary, some are pleasant and others are annoying. I’d classify them in 3 categories:

  1. Things that need to be done like house cleaning, paying the bills, etc. We don’t particularly enjoy the process, but we need to final result.
  2. Things that we do mainly because we like the feeling when it’s finished. Typical example would be running a marathon. It’s a painful process but you feel million bucks when you cross the finishing line.
  3. Things that are enjoyable the process itself. This is probably what makes me happiest. Examples: cooking, reading, walking, working πŸ˜‰

Ideally we should only do things that satisfied all three categories. Unfortunately we often do things that we don’t like but it must be done. But as long as we remind us to do more things that belong to 2 and/or 3, we’d be enjoying more the daily life.

Talking about daily life, for my surprise I had a very productive day! Even though my code took 10 hours to run just once, I did tone of related work while I waited patiently πŸ˜‰ (it seems that patience is general missing virtue)

I started my morning in a positive way…. YEAH~~~ I’m addicted to this book. If The Happiness Project was good, this book is even better because it’s a research based book about Happiness, written by a Ph.D in psychology. Stay tune! I have a lot to share with you πŸ˜‰


Rudi’s 14 grains toasts with a microwaved egg, LC and ketchup! YUM~~~


After my first time eating wraps, I couldn’t resist to try another combo

As you can see, everything happen in this table: work, leisure reading, breakfast and lunch πŸ˜‰


for the filling I made a chicken curry: chicken, celery, onion with this sauce


wrap # 1 was a success!



#2 was messy because it was too much filling to wrap it up 😯


YUM YUM YUM~~~ I love wraps!!! Sooooo TASTY AND soooooo easy to make.

Dessert was chocolate mousse.


perfect ending, followed by a 30 min power nap~

Q: What kind of task/thing (according to above categories) you do more often?

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Face the fear!

Yesterday I mentioned that a news from a friend shocked me and pissed me off (about myself). I’m happily to say that I overcame it! How? Basically, talk to people, be with people and be open minded! I won’t go into details about what happened. But what I think it worths sharing is that if you keep making stories in your head and be alone, you’ll never get out from the vicious cycle! Instead, be brave, face your fear (in my case to meet with my friend), talk to them, express your feelings and LISTEN to others with heart, be in their shoes and all the crowd in your head will clear out. I did that, I met with my friend and we talked for almost 3 hours. I was enlightened by the end and felt that our friendship is even stronger. πŸ˜€ What a great feeling!!! πŸ˜†

Other news:

bad: sleep is bad… (3-4AM is a normal day, 5AM is a good day).

good: I met with my advisor and finally my dissertation structure is defined. πŸ˜‰ The next two months will be intense!

Yesterday I opened a new bag of tea: Choco-Menthe


I still have a lot left from my tea purchase in SF with Maggie


After meeting my friend and advisor, I came home, happy and wanted comfort food! Which was a stir-fry of veggies & tofu. Heather and Maggie would agree with meΒ πŸ˜‰


my favorite seasoning:


and steamed kabocha to make it even more comforting! πŸ˜‰


Movie: Nothing but the truth


black & white rice porridge





and did some baking for breakfast πŸ™‚


Q1: What’s your favorite news magazine? I’m deciding on subscribe in one.

Q2: What’s your favorite flax meal recipe? I have two bags and run out of ideas.


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Grill sandwich continues & new products

As much as I like my new breakfast toy…. I think about new combos hundred times a day! 😯 We know what men think about all day long, but we, foodies, can’t feel alive without thinking about food at least once an hour, right?

Yesterday’s combo for me was: LC (have to finish the box before exploring new cheeses that I bought from WF), steamed spinach (so I can add more than two leaves;) and onion jam



The flavor and taste of the onion jam is AMAZING!!! πŸ˜€

Mom had a classical: ham, cheese and butter!


This combo is a classic in argentinean cafes. She loved it! πŸ˜‰

I spent all day long at the office trying to catch up with work. Oh… man… it’s HARD to go back to work after a week off! I had to literally hit my head severals times to stay awake! 😯

After “work”, exhausted and disgruntled I asked Mom to go for a walk. I would have gone to the gym and have a good sweat if she weren’t here… but I feel guilty to leave her alone all day long at home, so I want to be with her as much as I can. Sweaty workout? Is it comparable to the time I spent with Mom? NO! Don’t think that I haven’t struggled about that…. you know… it’s kind of uncomfortable not bing able to have a proper workout, but when I put these two in the balance (workout or be with Mom), the decision wasn’t that hard. πŸ™‚

Q: Have you given up something you like doing to be with your family?

After an hour walk, I came home and did 30 min Sadi Nardini power yoga sequence while Mom prepared dinner.

chinese leek with smoked tofu


black chicken with black fungus and bok choy


black chicken or silkie is highly consumed in asian countries. It’s lower in fat, higher in iron, more nutritious.


Two new products that I received.



Product: Kathy’s Krackers

Description: raw, gluten-free, flaxseed crackers

Apple Cinnamon is made with fresh apples, cinnamon, and sea-salt with just a touch of Stevia for sweetness.

Savory combines bell peppers, garlic, and parsley with vegetable protein from soy.

Salsa provides that spicy kick with tomatoes, jalapeno, and bell peppers, sea salt, cumin, and oregano.

Benefits of flaxseeds: high in omega 3 and 6, smoother skin, stabilize blood sugar, high quality of protein, plenty of fiber.

Coco’s take: these aren’t like standard crackers, but more like a bar made with ton of flaxseeds. I’m sure you’ll get all the benefits of flaxseeds with these. As far as I know, there are few ready-to-eat snacks for raw foodiest, so these are convenient for a quick fix loading up good fat, protein and fiber. In term of taste? mmmm…..Β Β Even for someone with mild taste, I’d say it lacks in flavor and taste. I don’t mean it tastes bad, it just lacks flavor. I wouldn’t have it if I want a treat like snack. But definitely would have it for its nutrition properties. 3/5




Product: Sweetriot chocolates

About the company

Identity: sweetriot is human, globally responsible, irreverent and built for a new generation.


  • We use premium, high quality, and all-natural ingredients.
  • We believe in fair trade with developing countries.
  • We celebrate culture and diversity through our products.
  • We create sweet experiences for our customers, partners and employees.
  • We are young at heart, energetic, down-to-earth and contribute to the greater good.

unBar Coco’s take : I really like those mega bars… as you can see from pic the ingredient list is short and loaded with antioxidants (cacao powder, cacao nibs, cacao mass). It’s sweeter than standard 70% dark chocolate but in a good way because it contains cocoa nibs which is bitter… so it counterbalanced the sweet chocolate. I also like the addition of raisins in it (don’t know why it’s not listed in the ingredient list), it made it more interesting. Crunchy nibs and raisins are like little surprises while the chocolate melts. πŸ˜‰ 5/5

chocolate covered cacao Coco’s take : these are cacao nibs covered by chocolate. What I like most about this is the little tin, so cute and convenient. Cacao nibs are bitter so the 50%, 60% covered chocolate tastes better than 70%. Overall 3/5

Many of you asked for chinese cooking tutorial, so stay tuned for tomorrow’s post! Maybe I’ll do a video! πŸ˜‰ Anyone knows how to edit videos? like putting two short videos into a long one?


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