About Me

For the longest time I've resisted creating an "About Me" page. Partly due to laziness and procrastination, but also partly because I do like a bit of anonymity and my blog is my sanctuary - I don't know if I want it to get too crazy personal.

However, I love reading other people's "About Me" pages, and I've noticed through my blog stats that my visitors often jump to my Blogger profile page to find out more about me, which must invariably leave them disappointed as it sadly doesn't offer much in the way of voyeuristic delights.

So here we are...

I am Malaysian, with a Chinese background - part Hokkien, part Teochew. I came to Australia half a lifetime ago, and these days I regard Melbourne as my second home.

(from 2007 to 2014) By day I work in an unremarkable office job. By night I waste time on the Internet. In between I cook, eat and blog. I do a bit of freelance writing and recipe development on the side. I read. I play capoeira. I dabble in music. I watch Big Bang Theory. I consume frozen cheesecake. I hang out with my boyfriend Simon.

(second half of 2014) Experiencing the freedom and exhilaration of travel on an indefinite timeline. Pure joy.

(from 2014 to 2017) I am a casual worker at a restaurant, and do some freelance writing on the side. I've gotten a bit lazy with this blog, but it's still a favourite place for me.

I like to see where my ingredients take me. This means throwing a meal together with what's cheap, or what I already have. It also means being drawn to a particular ingredient while doing my grocery shopping, taking it home and having fun with it. Other times, I like to tackle the specific cravings and ideas I have churning around my mind and my tummy. Above all, the less effort it is, the better.

For more on my aspirations, please read this post.

Or see this post on how I try to deal with things when I feel like I'm not living up to my potential.

2014 was a year brimming with travel. First, we went to Nepal, which was a truly incredible experience. I went there scared about everything, and returned feeling like I could take on almost anything. Later that year, I quit my job to travel with Simon. After about 5 months of hobnobbing around, we visited his family in Perth for Christmas, and somehow, instead of resuming our travels afterwards, we decided to stay put and start earning money again. We had so much fun during our travels - you can browse the blog posts under the 2014 Asia Trip tag.

As of 2017, we're still in Perth, but planning to move back to Melbourne.

As you can see, I'm still figuring things out... but life is mostly good.

Feel free to contact me - theindolentcook [at] gmail [dot] com.

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