milk tea & avocado toast

Sometimes, you just want to throw everything to the other side of the room and log onto Netflix with a nice, steaming mug of milk tea and a plate of scrumptious avocado toast. Ahh. Just picture it. I've been the laziest bum in bed ever since stepping on California soil; feels like my first season of college finals took a pretty heavy toll on me (mentally, emotionally, physically, all that jazz). My GPA is scraping the floor and my skin is breaking out like it's the end of the world, but life is great right now and nothing's getting in the way of this blissful rest called winter break.

Milk tea is very simple to make. Have I ever mentioned how wonderful tea is? Grab a tea bag, milk, and some sugar if you've got a sweet tooth. Green tea, black tea, chamomile, earl grey—choose whatever floats your boat. Earl grey is one of my favorites. All I could find in the cupboard at home was this vanilla black tea, but it's all good because this smelled so delicious.

Steep your tea bag in hot water and mix in the milk and sugar. Pouring in the milk is always the best part. If you add a handful of squishy tapioca balls, you've just made yourself a cup of homemade boba.

Now, for the avocado toast. This has been quite a healthy trend as of recently, hasn't it? Here are the ingredients you need for one serving:

1 ripe avocado
2 slices of bread (I like French bread)
1 egg
a sprinkle of salt & a sprinkle of pepper

Don't forget to pull out a toaster and a fry pan.

Pretty straightforward: toast your bread and fry your egg. I always like to leave the yellow part uncooked so that I can pop it and let the gooey yolk ooze onto my toast (personal preference).

Peel the avocado, cut it in half, and place slices onto your pieces of toast. You can leave it at that, or mash up the slices with a fork. Sprinkle pinches of salt and pepper for flavor.

Done and done! What a simple, easy, and nutritious breakfast. I would eat this every day if I could. But alas, having a stash of avocados in my dorm room back in Philadelphia doesn't sound quite feasible.

Once in a while, I like to talk about art pieces. Grab your cup of milk tea, take a bite of your toast, snuggle into your blankets, turn on your favorite rainy day playlist, and let's admire this painting together.

One of my favorite painters is Leonid Afremov, and one of my favorite paintings of his is this one: Melody of the Night. Imagine a magical Parisian night, saxophones singing in the distance and city lights sparkling in the black sky to the rhythmic pits and pats of glittering raindrops. Ethereal. Whimsical. Afremov creates the most beautiful depictions of our world.

I love rainy days. I love the clouds' reflections in the puddles and the twinkling drops on bare branches. Rainy days are usually portrayed as dreary and murky, but Afremov uses gorgeous blends of vibrant colors to paint his masterpieces. Thank you, Afremov, for bringing to life what is imprinted as gloomy in our minds.

Much love,

P.S: A merry Christmas Eve to you!