With the start of a new year, I decided to start a new notch in my adventures. I have moved out from the middle of nowhere and smack dab into the middle of downtown. I’m in a lovely skyscraper overlooking the streets. It’s everything I could have dreamed of. The fact that it’s only 425 square feet doesn’t even bring me down because as a lover of Ikea, I know how capable small spaces are.
Ever since the Sims 2 Apartment Life expansion pack, I always wanted to try living in a loft or an apartment. A little nerdy I know, but man life is pretty interesting now that I’m on my own. Moving into my apartment unit fulfilled my childhood sim desires. And with the new change came an abundance of freedoms and responsibilities. Jokes were a-plenty with my new change in life. Many thought I would starve once I moved out. Others wondered how I would even survive day to day lives. Ahh such silly times. To be fair, some did have good reason to fear. Haha. My first week I didn’t have a rice cooker or a microwave. So the first few days I ended up eating cold leftovers. Haha. One of my best friends ordered me a microwave to solve this issue. And another friend gave me a rice cooker and rice as a housewarming gift. I’m truly grateful for my thoughtful, and caring friends. I have learnt that moving out is quite costly if you don’t already own the necessities of life. But I managed to survive. I’m still missing a few stuff for my apartment like a dining table, but overall it’s livable and it’s good for me.
It might come off as a surprise to some, but I find cooking very enjoyable and being able to buy the materials I need and prep the dishes I want is exciting for me. For the first few weeks, I had a GoodFood box subscription, which I will talk about in a later blog post, as well as some veggies to start myself off with. For the next few months I’ll be practicing Japanese cuisine. I picked up a book from Chapters called Japanese Home Cooking, and it’s quite educational. Usually I steer clear of books that claim to have Japanese recipes in it because many are adapted to Western tastebuds. No offense or anything, but that’s just my experiences with them. At one point in time, I thought about ordering cookbooks from Japan. However, the one I picked up had Japanese authors and so my trust for the recipes were higher. And from a flip through of the pages, the content was very true to the culture and so I ended up getting it.
Most of my lifestyle currently revolves around Japan and its culture. It inspires me to lead a more humble lifestyle. I get what I need, no more or less. For meals I try to keep the portions small but the variety high so it matches what a Japanese person would eat typically. I even thought about having a floor dining table because I thought it would be cheaper to get. That and it would still allow me to have space in my place without a full dining set getting in the way. After moving out, I realized how troublesome it is to have bulky furniture.
I guess the reason for this obsession for the Japanese lifestyle is that it reminds me of my trip to Japan last year, and how much I miss it already. Judge me if you want, but I’m trying to live with intention and respect. Anyways, that’s all I have for my apartment life experiences so far. Thanks for reading! I’ll catch you guys in the next blog post!