Matcha-riffic

What is it about matcha and why do people like it? (including myself)

 

 

Matcha is starting to get known worldwide, the fact ths Starbucks now offers matcha latte is a testament to that. Side note: those are extremely sweet and really atrocious, run away from it, really Matcha is in fact my daily go to drink ever since I found out about it. Interestingly, I discovered this wonderflu drink/flavour/all aournd goodness from Japan itself  I think I tasted the Green Tea Kitkat (which is matcha) and them boom! I was in love.

 

Let me define matcha for you, well instead of opening another tab on wiki, let me tell you quickly that it is just Green Tea. But instead of the normal tea wherein you soak the tea leaves in hot water and in turn absorb the essence, the tea leaves are turned into powder form and hence, you have your matcha powder. It will have that really grassy/earthy/bitter flavor that you can imagine tea leaves would have. I like it cause it’s bitter and it gives me that caffeine fix that I need in the morning without the jitters.

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Matcha is also super easy to prepare. What I normally do is put in a teaspoon in hotwater and add a dolop of almond milk and any day will suddenly become brighter! (Except Mondays. No amount of matcha can make me hate Mondays any less). And it’s not just a great drink, it’s good for baking too, it adds that nice bitter flavor to balance the sweetness of most baked goods.

 

Green is good for you too. Do a quick google on all the benefits of Matcha and you’ll be buying a pack faster than I can say “antioxidants”. I’ve read a few, just to make myself feel better about over indulging in a Matcha Crème brulee, they say that it has tons of antioxidants, vitamin c, and helps in controlling your weight.

Japan is Matcha Heaven. And if I have now converted you to become obsessed with this amazing flavour, go to Japan. That country is FILLED with matcha, from Kitkats to soft cream, to biscuits and breads. Basically anything that can be flavoured will be flavoured with matcha.

 

That’s all for me, as my cup is getting cold. Mmm.

 

 

From Malaysia to Sydney

 

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Dear Ms. Emily,

I have recently received my grant of permanent residency to Australia.  I am currently living in Kuala Lumpur, and plan to move to Sydney as soon as possible where I have friends who will initially take me in.  I am really excited about the prospect, and I would like to do the move right. I wonder if you could help me determine the right time to move, and the best way to get the right job for me? Should I fly directly from Malaysia to Sydney, or should I fly out from Manila where my parents are based? – Frankly Baffled

Dear Frankly Baffled,

Congratulations on your PR, well done.

To answer the first question, June to August is the height of winter while December to February will be summer. The time in between, I reckon, will be a pleasant period to do your move and job hunt as well.

A fast and efficient way to hunt for a job is through www.seek.com.au . May I add to wait for the job to come first before making the final decision as to where to stay permanently.

To answer your next question, I think it is more prudent to fly directly from Malaysia to Sydney that from Manila. If using the Manila airport, you will be required to attend a pre-departure seminar (PDOS) before being allowed to fly out which will not be necessary when flying from KL. (More information about the PDOS here www.cfo.gov.ph .)

May I suggest to visit the parents on another occasion, perhaps taking a separate trip before the big move.

Hope this helped.  Best wishes on your new adventure.

 

 

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Adelaide vs. Melbourne

 

 

Listen to advice, but follow your heart. – Conway Twitty

 

Dear Ms. Emily,

 

I am conflicted. I have lived for some time now in Adelaide and have settled down quite nicely. However, I have recently bagged a great job in Melbourne in a once in a lifetime opportunity. My wife is pregnant with our first child and our baby is due almost at the same time we are supposed to move to Melbourne, so the stress of moving to another city, having my first child and taking on a new job all at the same time, is really high. I have a good job here in Adelaide but our hearts (my wife and I) are quite set on Melbourne. My dilemma is – should we stay in Adelaide or move to Melbourne? – Conflicted First Time Dad

 

Dear Conflicted First Time Dad,

 

It seems to me that the answer to your dilemma is already clear to you.

Here are some questions that could help you make the correct decision for you and your family:

 

  1. How does your wife feel about the move to Melbourne? Are you in agreement as to what is best for your little family?
  2. Are you up to managing all the details moving will entail – leaving the old job and accommodations, transferring medical records, finding suitable new lodgings, taking on a new job? Do you have the strength to carry this through?
  3. And most importantly, what does your heart say?

 

Ultimately, the best advice is the one your heart tells you.

 

Hope this helped.

 

 

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