Hooray For Breakfast! Enter, Overnight Oatmeal!

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, yet it’s almost always taken for granted and skipped since everyone’s in a hurry in the morning. This is my dilemma before. Until I met my breakfast soulmate: Refrigerator Oatmeal! Otherwise known as Overnight Oatmeal. 

How this works is that you prepare your oatmeal the night before and in the morning, the oats have soaked up the liquid and will be ready to eat. I’ve been trying overnight oatmeals lately and I found I like them better when cold. I used to think that cold oats are icky, but with this recipe, they taste like a healthy dessert for breakfast.

Just want to share my recipe since it has kept me full until lunch. I get to eat less food at lunch because of this. I love that it’s so convenient and I can now eat breakfast on the go. I store mine in an 8oz mason jar, BTW.

Recipe:

  • 1/2 cup old fashioned rolled oats (not instant nor steel cut. I prefer Bob’s from Healthy Options)
  • 1 tsp brown sugar or honey
  • 1 tsp to 1 tbsp chia seeds (adjust this depending how thick you want your oatmeal because chia seeds soak up a lot of liquid. I like mine a little runny. You can leave this out if you don’t like chia seeds)
  • 1 tbsp nuts of your choice (I like almond, cashew, hazelnut, and sometimes pistachio. A variety of them is even better )
  • pinch of cinnamon (optional)
  • chopped chocolate (I prefer 65% cocoa, vegan, optional)
  • 1/2 cup milk of your choice (I prefer chocolate hazelnut milk – it tastes like nutella, only healthier!)

In the morning when I’m ready to eat them, I just chop a banana and add it to the oatmeal. You can add mangoes, strawberries, or any fruit you like. Protein powder, peanut butter or nutella would be equally delicious as well.  The possibilities are endless. Just tweak this recipe to your heart’s content.

I used to eat instant oatmeal but I found it inconvenient to go to the pantry for some hot water (I usually eat breakfast at my desk at work). It does not keep me full so I tend to crave more food. It also made me feel like I’m eating the same goopy stuff everyday. 

Since I can modify what goes into my overnight oatmeal, I don’t get that feeling that I’m eating the same thing everyday. So now when I get to the office, I just grab a spoon and eat right away. LOL.

Here’s my Chocolate Banana Nut Oatmeal:

Chocolate Banana Nut Oatmeal

Enjoy your decadent, healthy, fiber-rich breakfast that will surely fuel up your day! 

Happy 3rd Anniversary, Team Nihao at Rancho Cancio

When I was hired 3 years ago, my batchmates and I named our group Team Nihao. Not sure why, probably because our group has a lot of chinky-eyed individuals. And it’s probably not a good name as there are already a lot of nihao-a(nihawa — which means left the company or resigned) in our batch. LOL. There are only a few of us in our outing as some weren’t able to come.

But look at this place. Ain’t it wonderful?

It looks even better at night. Look at the sky. It just looks so beautiful.

The pool really topped it off. It’s the reason why I love the place so much.

The place is serene, over looking the mountains, and the infinity pool is just hands down. This just defines my ideal weekend and I would love to retire and live in a place like this.

If you know me, whenever there’s pool or sea involved in the outings, I’m the last one to leave the waters. And it’s definitely the case for Rancho Cancio.

This is how the pool looks when it’s foggy. It was actually raining that Sunday morning and the temperature was freezing. We felt like we are in Titanic when we were swimming. Haha!

The obligatory group pictures:

Huge thanks to my batchmate, Ryan Rucas, who captured the awesomeness of this place.

Great place, great food & drinks, great company. We had an awesome celebration. Till our 4th, Team Nihao! 

Thank You!

Today, I have feet blisters. I’ve never experienced this in such a long time. Which reminds me, has it been ages since I had a new pair of shoes? Haha! I am so grateful for my cousin who bought me a pair of shoes. It was a closed wedge shoes that I can wear to work. This actually feels like de javu. I remember blogging about my blisters the first time I wore heels when I was hired in the corporate world.

When I arrived at work, a surprise is sitting on my workplace. It was the tea that I so wanted to try. Thanks to my thoughtful co-worker who gave it to me.

I had received a lot of gifts, it makes me feel like it’s still Christmas.

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On a random note, Over You by Chris Daughtry played on my phone which made me recall my conversation with my boyfriend a few weeks ago when we were commuting.

And when you slammed the front door shut,
A lot of others opened up,
So did my eyes so I could see
That you never were the best for me.
‘Cause the day I thought I’d never get through,
I got over you.

I was lipsinging the song and he told me “I know you remember someone with that song”. He was actually referring to my ex-crush. LMAO. “How did you know?”, I asked him and he was like “DUH?!” with a smile. I probably had him listen to the song years ago, which I used to do back then: share a song to people when I can relate to them.

Nothing has changed. My boyfriend still makes me feel giddy when he smiles.

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I Cooked Carbonara!

My Carbonara

The first time I made Carbonara using a recipe, I remember having the pasta swim in sauce and the pepper was so overpowering that I could not taste anything else. What a fail. I concluded then that cooking and baking are entirely different. In cooking, you have to trust your instincts and taste buds. You season and add ingredients as you taste.

This is actually the first time I cooked a dish without any measurements, unlike with baking that I get O.C. with all the correct measurements. I know my dish is a success when my mom tastes it and says “Please print the recipe for this”. I’ll definitely add more meat, some mushrooms and basil/parsley next time. It was easier than I thought and I love how thick and creamy it is — just like how I like it! It tastes like my favorite Carbonara in Kitchen 30 at The Gallery, if I say so myself.  

Best Things That Happened In 2014

I love that it’s gently raining on a new year, makes me feel that God is already blessing us this year. The weather has been relaxing me lately. We just celebrated New Year and I’m here upstairs, pondering just about anything.

I love the cold wind as I’m listening to my brothers and Mom sing their hearts out downstairs, while I’m just in my parents’ room, sipping wine, with my pet sitting by the door and occasionally jumping to the bed to sit with me. I can’t help but recall how truly blessed I am this year. I had a lot of expenses this year, but the experiences I had are priceless.

I am blessed financially, spiritually, and relationship-wise, not only with my love life, but also with my friends and my family. For those of you who didn’t know, I became a member of IMG early 2014 — a financial broker and financial institution here that teaches people how to save and invest. I got across a post in Facbook, asking what is the best thing that happened to me this year. I decided to share is with you guys:

  1. I disciplined myself to place my money in different investment accounts and follow a financial strategy. Before I would just put my money in Stock Market and I didn’t give much thought about long-term healthcare. All I ever think of was investing in Stock Market. Now, I’m glad I’ve established my financial foundation and will continue to improve it this 2015.
  2. This is probably the highlight of my year: I learned how to apply the Universal Law correctly and surprisingly, I became more positive. I used to be a cynical, pessimistic person — there was even a time I refrained using Facebook because I would think negatively of the posts that I don’t like or posts that irritate me LOL. I learned that you can make the Law of Attraction work for you or against you. It all boils down on what you focus on. So if you want to be more positive, happier and more blessed, you gotta focus on everything that makes you feel good. And it will just multiply. Trust me, I even got surprised at the good things coming to me just by changing my mindset. 
  3. I gained a lot of experiences, including my first international trip in Hong Kong and Macau, insights from a lot of people, and of course friends. Having a positive environment like IMG is just a cherry on top of a wonderful cake. I love that environment, wherein I know there are people in there with the same mindset as I do, especially when it comes to the importance of saving and investment. I’ve been attending their talks and they made me feel that you are never too small to dream big dreams, never too late to pursue them, that you can achieve all of your goals no matter how outrageous they may seem. Isn’t it wonderful? To be surrounded with people who support you, see the best in you, believe you, even if you don’t have that vision yet. It’s amazing!

So in summary, 2014 was my best year, so far. I became more aware of who I am, what I want, the goals I want to achieve, the people who I like to associate with, and most of all I was able to spend more time to those that matter and not care about what everyone thinks of you.

Thank you for reading this post! Happy New Year and may God bless you more! Stay happy and focused. Let’s achieve all our goals for 2015.