10 Things I Liked in September

10 Things I Liked in September |

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Little Island Creamery: Mint Choc Chip Organic Coconut Ice Cream |
Little Island Creamery Mint Choc Chip Organic Coconut Ice Cream
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1. Little Island Creamery Mint Ice Cream

I bought this because it was on sale, and I wanted to see what a vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, non-GMO, etc ice cream would taste like. To me, ice cream and dairy goes hand in hand. Having tried some highly reviewed gluten-free brown rice pasta once (which turned me off further experimentation), I was suspicious of this ‘ice cream’.

But boy, I’m more than happy to take back all the foolish doubts I had. It was probably the most delicious store bought ice cream I’ve had to date! I turned the tub over to check out the ingredients (which can all be seen clearly on their website), and was pleasantly surprised to see ‘organic peppermint oil’ listed. It really did taste very much like it, and I do love my minty flavours! In fact, I liked it so much I finished the entire tub on my own in a week (ahem).

We tried their ‘chocolate’ and ‘chocolate raspberry’ flavours after, but I don’t think they were anywhere as good. I mean, they weren’t bad, but weren’t as ‘true’ to the flavour. The coconut taste was great but I couldn’t taste much of any chocolate at all. Also, the boyfriend tried the next tub of mint ice cream I bought and didn’t like it so much. Verdict: “too minty”. So I guess it really depends on your taste 😉

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2. Tea Forté

Maybe my new favourite tea brand, except it’s so dang expensive. Flavours such as lavender and chamomile can be so light they almost taste like water, but they were strong in these tea pyramids!

Apart from floral and herbal, the red and organic fruit teas were also delicious. I can’t comment on the green teas as I gave them to my mum; I can’t drink them as I’m on blood thinners for antiphospholipid syndrome.

What types of teas do you prefer, and do you have a favourite brand to recommend?

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3. Worry Doll from Kate

I have a new chronic illness penpal, @contrariwise_candor, thanks to the Spoonie Card Swap I participated in a few months back. She sent me a cute little gift together with her latest letter – a worry doll!

I’ve been told that it needs to be kept in its box or pouch if not in use – anyone knows why? Anyway it’s nice that I now have an extra ‘ear’ to share all my worries with 😉

4. Okada Coffee & Sweets

“What? More food?!” I can hear that thought echoing in your brain 😉 What can I say, I’m Chinese! 😉 But anyway, this one’s more about the location. It’s a Japanese café headed by Okada Yoshiko, and they have more than 70 years of experience in the coffee and pastry business. It’s pretty close to my place, and I enjoy the hand-poured coffee served in pretty Japanese cups, which provides a smoother drinking experience.

I also like to shuffle my work environment every now and then, as it helps with my productivity and happiness levels. It’s usually nice and quiet here, and I adore the huge wooden table that sits in the middle of the café. I take it for myself when there are hardly any customers, eight seats and all (ahem). I find it comfortable working with so much space, and it’s also better for my posture 😉

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The Soul of an Octopus by Sy Montgomery

5. An Assortment of Books

I have yet to write the next installment of book recommendations for spoonies, but can’t wait to do so as I’ve found many good ones of late! I’m currently reading ‘The Soul of an Octopus’, which has been nothing but fascinating so far. Who knew that octopuses were such intelligent, interesting creatures? As humans we often define and compare ‘intelligence’ to our own limited understanding of it, but knowledge comes in many forms, and is shaped by our environments as well.

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6. Art Oracles: Creative and Life Inspiration from 50 Artists

Not a new find, but still relevant as I continue to derive pleasure and insight from it. It’s a deck of cards with beautiful illustrations of various artists, and three quotes they made that capture their personality and style toward work and life. Kind of like a fortune cookie, only prettier and wittier! Some of my favourites can be seen below.

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Art Oracle cards, Orlan
“Don’t fear pain. Art is an anaesthetic.” – Orlan
Art Oracle cards, Charles & Ray Eames
“Design your days – don’t plan them.” – Charles & Ray Eames
Art Oracle cards, Damien Hirst
“Postpone death. Preserve it in formaldehyde. Encrust it in diamonds.” – Damien Hirst
Art Oracle cards, Artemisia Gentileschi
“Use your talent like a weapon.” – Artemisia Gentileschi

7. Thryve Inside

I sent off my human sample a week or two ago, so am just waiting in anticipation for my gut bacteria report! It should give me a rough idea of how much or how little good and bad bacteria reside within me. From the HealthLine website:

“Your bowels host an estimated 100 trillion microorganisms from more than 500 different species, according to Harvard Medical School. Your mix of bacteria is unique, like your fingerprint.”

As such I’m not expecting a 100 percent accurate report as that’s impossible (100 trillion microorganisms!), but I do hope to be able to help the good guys out a little if that’s possible. There are hundreds of probiotic supplements out there, but not all of them may be the right one for you. I am looking forward to doing a review on this soon 🙂

Review now out! Read it here.

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8. Mooncake Festival

When I was a child growing up in Hong Kong, Mooncake (or Mid-Autumn) Festival was very popular. I had wonderful memories of mooncake eating sessions, playing with lanterns, and enjoying the full moon with friends, family and even strangers. Mooncakes aren’t to everyone’s taste, but I suppose when you grow up eating something, there’s a certain rose-tinged association to it.

I decided to revive these good vibes by hosting a dinner and mooncake night. Even though we had a few squabbles as it’s wont of family to do, I’m glad we all got together regardless. I understand that not everyone has a good family to count on, so I think that those of us who do should put in extra effort to appreciate and maintain these blessings. Family is forever.

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9. Bamboo Towels

I was strolling through a mall the other day, and got excited in an aunty sort of way when I saw a pop-up store selling bamboo towels. They were the same ones that I’d bought a while back to sample since they were cheap, and ended up liking for their superb absorbency and soft, fluffy texture. All you need is a light pat to dry yourself. They don’t have a physical store or label, so I was glad to find them again, and snapped up a few more.

Bamboo is the fastest growing woody plant in the world and can grow in diverse climates, making it a sustainable resource. It’s also biodegradable, eco-friendly, and there’s no need to use pesticides or fertilisers when growing them for textile fibres. Combine these with the absorbency, texture and price plus points, and you can call me a bamboo convert 🙂

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10. Suitcase & Sidetracked Magazines

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Sometimes a good magazine can be extra relaxing. The physical act of flipping through nice, thick paper, and the large, artistic pictures combine for a wonderful sensory experience.

These two magazines in particular are under the travel and leisure genre, with an emphasis on adventure, the outdoors, and exotic destinations. You might think that this would invoke bitterness or envy within me, but on the contrary, I found them inspirational.

I enjoyed reading about the adventures that healthy, able-bodied people embarked upon – difficulties, triumphs and all. I’m happy to see them living their lives to the fullest, and followed them vicariously through the words. Learning what ‘normal’ is like in other parts of the world is a huge fascination of mine, and these magazines serve to sate some of that curiosity.

My dad knows me best and said to me one day, “I wonder where in the world you’d be right now, if you weren’t sick”, and I wonder as well. While I may only be armchair travelling for the moment, I know that one day I’ll be back on that dusty traveller’s path again, even if it’s just for a little while. You can check out my old travel blog here if you’re interested 🙂

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  • Avatar of Alice

    I love these posts. You always include such interesting things. I also like the buttons you use to click to buy the items. Can I ask how you add these to your post?

    • Avatar of Sheryl Chan

      Hi Alice, thank you! I’m surprised people actually like them 🙂 Which buttons? The ones that go ‘Buy on Amazon’? I made them via css 🙂

  • Avatar of Kirsten

    So cool you have a pen pal from the Spoonie Card Swap, that’s how I met my best friend! Snail mail is amazing <3

  • Avatar of Sue Jackson

    Another wonderful collection!

    I do sometimes eat coconut “ice cream” – So Delicious! makes a decent version, especially their peanut butter chocolate flavor. But I can’t have dairy OR sugar and most non-dairy ice creams still have loads of sugar 🙁 So these days when I splurge, I keep a quart of sugar-free vanilla from our local dairy farm/ice creamery in the fridge (this is SUPER local – the cows are about 3 miles from our home!!). I can take Lact-Aid to help with the dairy problem. That’s often my treat these days – I make a homemade sugar-free hot fudge sauce to go with it!

    I’ve wanted to try bamboo towels for a while now – your post makes me even more eager!

    I also love all kinds of magazines and especially travel magazines. My favorite, Budget Travel, went all digital and no longer producing a paper magazine. Now, it seems that all the travel mags left feature trips and places I could never afford…still fun to dream, though!

    Nice roundup!


    Living with ME/CFS

    • Avatar of Sheryl Chan

      Ooh peanut butter chocolate coconut ice cream sounds delicious 😉 I’m sorry you can’t have both dairy and sugar 🙁 The local dairy farm vanilla sounds really good though, we don’t have such benefits here as our country is so tiny! Wish I could try your hot fudge sauce 😉

      And yes, bamboo towels feel luxurious, surprisingly affordable, too 🙂

      Never wrong to dream, especially if it inspires you 😉 I’ve got to go check Budget Travel out. It’s always sad when they switch it to entirely digital. For magazines especially, the experience just disappears!

  • Avatar of Wanda

    You had me with the ice cream review, I haven’t tried a vegan ice cream as I figured it would be tasteless but I’m going to try one now and definitely something with mint.
    The virtue cards caught my attention as well, I’d never heard of them but now I’m intrigued.

    • Avatar of Sheryl Chan

      Hi Wanda, I had the same thinking as you regarding ice cream that’s for sure 😉 I think these don’t fatten me up so quickly as well ;p I love a good quote as I find that they can really inspire and change my day/week around. Combine that with some gorgeous art and I’m sold 😉 Thanks so much for dropping by!

  • Avatar of Amelia

    I received Virtues Cards this month I am enjoying. Bought Bamboo sheets a while ago and love the feeling of them.

    • Avatar of Sheryl Chan

      Thanks for reading, Amelia! How are your virtue cards like? 🙂 And yes, bamboo feels great, doesn’t it? 🙂

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