Hi! My name is Gen. I was born in Toronto and raised between Toronto and Hong Kong. I’m currently studying international relations at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. Food makes me happy 🙂
Everyone asks me: what’s with the blog name?
‘Life Is Like A Dumpling’ was a metaphor I used in one of my high school speeches. A few of my friends couldn’t stop laughing at how silly it was, and it’s become some sort of a (no longer!) inside joke about how life is like a dumpling. When it came to choosing a blog name, they insisted that my blog had to be named after this metaphor-speech-joke. Here’s the blog post explaining it.
And that, my lovely readers, is how my blog baby came to be born!
What I love: There are few things I love more than food, books, travel, good conversation, and of course, my family and friends. I love art, especially impressionist paintings- I love all of the ballerina works by Edgar Degas, including the sculpture; Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh; and The Kiss by Gustav Klimt, just to name a few. I also love having fun. I’m always excited to try new things in new places. In my free time, I enjoy experimenting in the kitchen and find comfort in cooking. I have an ice-cream maker that I have yet to completely master, although the three times I’ve made ice cream have turned out pretty well. Besides cooking, my favourite past time is reading. Some of my favourite books:
Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett
The BFG by Roald Dahl
Matilda by Roald Dahl
Everything Is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer
Siddartha by Hermann Hesse
A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera
To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
The Giver by Lois Lowry
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
Harry Potter book series by JK Rowling
The Catcher In The Rye by JD Salinger
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
Currently reading: If On A Winter’s Night A Traveler by Italo Calvino; Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë; Fairy Tales by Hans Christen Anderson
What I eat: Anything that is healthy, wholesome, and fresh. I really do believe that you are what you eat, and that you’ll always feel better if you choose to put the right foods in your body. I haven’t eaten meat in almost four years, but do eat the occasional fish. I love dairy, despite having a slight lactose intolerance. I eat it occasionally but try to minimize my intake. I will always prefer dark chocolate over milk or white.
My cooking style: I’d describe my cooking style as ‘healthy comfort food’, although ‘healthy’ varies from person to person, and depends on the portion.* I love to experiment with recipes that are either vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free, and sugar-free to show people that these kinds of foods, as well as vegetarian and vegan food, can taste good. Above all, I want to show people that food that is good for you can be delicious, too. Don’t get me wrong, I have guilty pleasures too- I love to indulge in chocolate, cheese, ice-cream, and fries. And if you put a bag of salt and vinegar crisps in front of me, I probably won’t be able to stop myself from eating the entire bag.
*Raw desserts may be healthier than regular desserts, but they are by no means healthy if you have no portion control and eat the entire cake. The key: everything in moderation! 🙂
My camera: In addition to my Canon 60D DSLR, I also take pictures with my Olympus Pen E-PL1 and my iPhone. This is only because I don’t carry my big camera with me everywhere I go! All photos are taken by me unless otherwise stated.
My ultimate dream: On the one hand, I would really love to become a guidance counsellor. I really enjoy talking to different people, getting to know how they feel, and helping them out. On the other, my ultimate dream would be to either open a bookshop-café serving only the best comfort food ever. The walls would be lined with my favourite books for people to read or buy. It would be an ideal place for weekend brunches, studying, afternoon tea… etc.
My philosophy on life: I love to start my day by telling myself it’s going to be a good day. After reading The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin, I was inspired to be more proactive in becoming happier in my everyday life by making the simplest (although not necessarily easy!) changes. I started by making a list of thirteen personal commandments: love myself; appreciate my friendships and relationships; have fun and be in the moment; listen and observe to help others and myself better; be honest- with others and myself; think twice; empathize; always be thankful and grateful; treasure the little moments; be kind; don’t procrastinate; invest in myself; and make the best out of a situation I can’t change.
Meet my sous-chef…
My wonderful boyfriend Lewis, aka my partner in crime in the kitchen. He contributes to many of my kitchen creations, whether it’s an idea or a recipe. We are each other’s sous-chefs whenever either of us is cooking 🙂
I can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.