Occupied

營營役役。I had to ask my mum what that meant, as well as ask her how it was written in Chinese.

It’s used to describe those who have their daily lives occupied. Which could be an apt summary of the working class in Hong Kong in general.

Keeping oneself busy works in a sense that you don’t have time to think about things that you don’t want to think about. Sometimes it needs a bit more determination to smother stupid thoughts which resurface once in a while. Sometimes it doesn’t work. Feelings and emotions aren’t things you can just stop and start as you choose.

Current bad habits: spending weekends sleeping, messed up sleeping patterns, tapping, copying, not exercising, not being motivated. Need more discipline. In everything.

Brown Sugar Snickerdoodles

Ingredients
70g butter, room temperature
100g brown sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
175g plain flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
a pinch of salt
2 tablespoons brown / caster sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

Method
1.     Preheat oven to 190C.
2.     Cream the butter and sugar together, then beat in the egg and add vanilla extract.
3.     Mix the flour, baking powder and salt. Then mix in well with the butter and sugar mixture.
4.     Roll the dough into small balls and roll them into the cinnamon sugar mixture. Place on baking sheet.
5.     Bake in the oven for 8-10 minutes.

Quiet Time

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