I think there's this curve that most people go through whenever they face changes. At the beginning, a change can be exciting. You see new things, everything is interesting. But once the excitement died down, then comes resistance. Panic mode, also known as the "what the hell" period in my dictionary. It's the period where you feel like nothing is going your way. But then you'll come to an acceptance. You make things work for you somehow. After that you kinda go into a plateau... enter... the comfort zone.
That's where I'm at right now. I got myself a pretty nice routine of self indulgence and balancing mind and body. It's sort of therapeutic... can't go wrong with the daily yoga, cardio, good food, good company, and the occasional full body massage, cream bath, facial, or shopping.
But there's something missing. What happened to the part about my passion in baking??
I gotta admit, I absolutely am NOT in my comfort zone when it comes to baking here. I feel like I dunno how to bake anymore. Everything's so different and I feel so ... unable. The biggest challenge is not even the lack of ingredients availability in my hometown, but the fact that it's just so darn hot most of the time. I fear of turning on the oven. Just the thought of it makes me sweat :-p.
But I did bake some. There are so many traditional Indonesian sweets and snacks that I really wanted to learn how to make. One of the things I really wanted to do before I came here was to bake with my mum. So glad I finally had the chance to do it. We made some cookies for the holidays. They are some of the most common "cookies" that are being sold around here, but they're definitely not like the typical american cookies. When I think of cookies in the US, I immediately think simple and quick. These cookies are neither simper nor quick. They are quite labor intensive and some of them require a few days to prep (you gotta make the jam first, or your gotta prep the tapioca flour, etc).
Despite of being labor intensive, they are definitely lotsa fun to make. And they're so worth the effort since they taste so darn goooooooddd.....