Small Steps Make All the Difference: 5 Simple Steps to Build a New Habit

stone stairsHave you ever tried to change something in your life? Like, start waking up earlier and dedicate one hour or two for reading; fit 30 minutes of exercise into your busy schedule; begin yoga lessons that helps you to relax and be more mindful of the present; learning a foreign language; or just start writing nonsense in the hope of producing a book one day.

If you have, it is likely that you discovered old habits die hard. It doesn’t help when research shows that newer generations are more used to instant gratification, meaning they see the rewards they can get instantly or with little effort being more attractive compared to better rewards that requires time or effort. When an obstacle presents itself, the effort required increased, therefore the rewards now seem less attractive, and we are more likely to revert back to our old habit.

So, how do we overcome it? Simple really, we start small. Cut down your goal to something so easy you can almost do it in your sleep, almost. This turns instant gratification to our favour, really: when we made it so easy that there is little to no obstacle in our way, we could achieve it before the thought of not doing it even shows up. It’ll be like “what about n-OH IT’S DONE!”. The best part is the rush of excitement we feel over our little achievement, that one thing we’ve been meaning to do but keep slipping out of our grasps. Sure, it’s a small achievement, but that may be just what we need to motivate us breaking through our old habit and start sticking to a new one.

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On The Journey

the journeyIt’s Valentine’s! Phew talk about journey, my backside’s still hurting from the ride! Anyway, I realized it’s been ages (read: ten days) since I posted here, definitely way out of my usual posting schedule, and not following a schedule is one of the first sign of going down the slippery slope. Uh. Oh.

Thankfully, being away from writing for this long also means I have more things on my mind to engrave onto the paper (or in this case, my blog). So, I’m going to do a short summary and review on The Journey. If you do not want to get spoiled, stop right here! It’s a minefield up ahead. But if you don’t mind, read anyway. You have been warned ;p

Crawfish Boil (Louisiana Style)

Crawfish BoilRecently I had a unique dining experience in the form of crabs, prawns, yabbies, and one of the warmest customer service I have had. The catch? There were no utensils offered. No plates, no spoons, no forks, nothing. Just a bag of freshly boiled seafood on the table, seducing you with its aroma, telling you to eat it with nothing but your hand. It was messy, but it offers a rare opportunity to chow down on delicacies with your bare hand; It doesn’t hurt that it was finger licking good, too. This experience was made possible by Crab Factory: Original Louisiana Boil, located at the heart of the busy city of Petaling Jaya, in SS2 (which is in Malaysia).

The thing that left the strongest impression with me is their well-seasoned sauce. The restaurant currently offers three types of sauce in conjunction with their seafood: Garlic Butter, Lemon Pepper, and the Signature Whole Shebang sauce. The last one is worthy of mention, as it is the signature sauce and comes in four levels of spiciness: Mild, Medium, XXX, and the Death Valley. I’ll be first to admit that this is my least favourite sauce, if only because of its spiciness xD I have a cat’s tongue, and the heat from the freshly boiled seafood coupled with the spiciness of the sauce was too much to bear for me. Even the medium level packs a ferocious punch and left me wanting more water.

On the other hand, the Garlic Butter sauce is my favourite. I repeat, the Garlic Butter sauce is myyy preeciiiioou – I mean, my favourite. It’s literally packed full of garlic, yet it blends in nicely with the sauce and makes a perfect marriage with seafood. Heck, I could have downed a full plate of rice/spaghetti/whatever with the sauce alone. With seafood, it takes it to a whole different level. Suffice to say it left me wanting more and drove me on a search for a recipe that I could prepare on my own. I have yet to try their range of liquors (craft beers included!), the fine assortments of delicious-looking side dishes, AND the upcoming mudcrabs! So I’ll be sure to revisit it. But, enough talk for now. Let’s take a look at my own version of the Crab-Factory-inspired, crawfish boil recipe!