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If you’ve seen any of my videos, you know that I’m a bit of a coffee addict. Well, addict is a bit of an understatement. It’s kind of become my life force and the only reason why I get out of bed in the morning.
During my time at community college I worked as a barista at a global coffee chain (yes, That Global Coffee Chain) and developed a bit of an obsession for the bitter brew. Since then, I’ve upgraded from my every day cold brew to something a little bit more elaborate. No, it’s not necessarily the easiest or the most convenient medium for brewing coffee, but it’s something that I genuinely enjoy doing every morning. It’s a little bit of self care and slow living that I do every day.
Hario Skerton Ceramic Coffee Mill
My coffee routine begins every morning with grinding fresh beans using a conical burr grinder. I use the Hario Skerton ceramic coffee mill. A conical burr grinder creates a uniform grind size and doesn’t heat your beans up, unlike a cheap electric grinder. This one’s compact and travel friendly as well.
I like a grind size that’s slightly coarser than what is typically used for an espresso maker for my moka pot.
Bialetti Moka Pot
If you like a strong cup of coffee, this stove-top coffee gadget is for you. It’s commonly known as a stove-top “espresso” maker - however this isn’t technically true. The moka pot only brews at around one bar of pressure, whereas true espresso (with body and crema) takes nine bars to create.
However, it doesn’t mean that a moka pot doesn’t make a strong cup of coffee. I use a three-cup size moka pot because it makes about three shots of espresso, and don’t exclusively use espresso beans when brewing. As long as it’s a medium-to-dark roast, I’m game.
I’ve been trying to reduce my use of single-use disposable items, like paper coffee cups and plastic straws. In order to incentivize myself to use a reusable cup, I purchased one that I actually enjoyed having around. The KeepCup is the perfect zero-waste companion to your morning cup of joe. All the parts are placeable, sustainably sourced, and incredibly durable. I’ve dropped mine down a set of concrete stairs (trust me, my heart dropped to), and it’s unscathed. The only draws are that the cup isn’t insulated, and the cork band can be rather small for hot beverages. However, as someone who drinks primarily iced coffees, I find that the lack of insulating and heat-protecting features don’t bother me. It’s also pretty leak-proof as well. Can you tell I’m a fan?
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Because I’m flying back home for Thanksgiving break, I figured that it would be appropriate to give you a little peek into my travel beauty kit.
I’m definitely a bit of a minimalist when it comes to beauty. While I do love exploring different products, I tend to stick with a relatively simple routine, both in skincare and makeup. Everything in my travel beauty bag is built to be compact, efficient, and leakproof.
Green Tea & Enzyme Powder Wash - By Wishtrend
Salicylic Acid 2% Solution - The Ordinary
Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% - The Ordinary
Micellar Water - Simple
Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA - The Ordinary
Aloe Watery Sun Waterproof SPF 50+ PA+++ - Skinfood
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Perfecting Skin Tint - Medium
Haloscope - Quartz
Boy Brow - Black
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Cotton Rounds - Target
Lavendar + Sage Natural Deoderant - Schimdt’s
Pomegranate Moisturizing Lip Balm - Burt’s Bees
I’ve been hopping on the eco train quite a bit lately. Between swearing off fast fashion, and reducing my participation in single-use plastic utensils, I like to fancy myself a bit of an environmental enthusiast. However, there’s one environmental impact that I haven’t discussed yet and that’s food supply - specifically animal agriculture.
The American animal agriculture industry has been under quite a bit of criticism since the release of Cowspiracy, especially for its inhumane treatment of animals. And not only is it inhumane, it’s detrimental to our environment. Animal agriculture produces an incredible volume of air pollutants, such as particulate matter, ozone precursors, and greenhouse gasses .
However, it’s difficult to associate adorable, fluffy little chicks we coo over, with the dino nuggets we chow down on at 2 am. It’s also hard to cut out animal products all together when they’re way more affordable due to government subsidies and more convenient. Between breakfast cereal and pre-prepared foods, it’s incredibly difficult to find plant-based substitutes at the same cost of their animal-based counterparts.
Vegetarianism has been around since Pythagoras (I kid you not), but was regarded as a relatively alternative lifestyle until the publication of Frances Moore Lappé’s Diet for a Small Planet in 1971. However, the lifestyle change to a completely vegetarian or vegan diet is difficult when those dino nuggets taste so good. Also, it’s not feasible for everyone - especially those with health problems.
Enter: gradually introducing plant-based diets.
Instead of trying to switch over to the green side in one fell swoop that inevitable ends in failure, making a gradual lifestyle change incorporating more meatless Mondays, and eating lower of the food chain is a much more sustainable way to go over to the green side. It’s all about the little changes, like ordering a tofu stir-fry, rather than the chicken one.
I don’t live a completely plant-based lifestyle, nor do I ever truly think I will make the transition to live one. The food I’ve known to grow and love, and is a part of my identity and culture, is meat-based. However, I don’t think that it’s necessarily a bad thing. Just staying mindful of what we put into our bodies and how it got onto our plates is important.
Going green doesn’t mean you have to be perfect. Any effort, big or small, is better than none at all.
Some Advice On eating Green
If you’re hungry, eat more.
Plants-based meals generally have fewer calories than animal-based ones do. So if you’re hungry, just eat more! If your plate is full of vibrant produce, eating that second serving won’t hurt.
Bloating is real
The fiber content in vegetables and fruit is unreal, so let this be a warning to you now. You will bloat. A lot. I sure as heck did. Be sure to drink a lot of water to allow things to, uh, pass through a little easier.
Take a b12 supplement
Especially if you’re going all day without eating any animal products. B12 is a vitamin essential for red blood cell formation, neurological function and DNA synthesis . It’s commonly found in animal products, but is harder to find in plant-based ones. Either a b12 supplement or some nutritional yeast can help combat a b12 deficiency.
Boots | Everlane
Sweater | Grana
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Since this community has grown so incredibly much within the past six months, I felt like it was appropriate to start getting a little bit more intimate with each other. There’s a line of privacy that I find important when sharing one’s life on the internet, especially when there are academic pursuits involved. However, it felt almost selfish and inappropriate not to provide my insight on life - especially if it helps make people feel less alone and further understood.
So I decided to start Q & A sessions - hopefully, these will become a regular thing on the blog. If you have any questions that you’d like answered on the next installment, please leave them in the comments down below, or DM me on Instagram (@TheSeoulSearch).
Are you happy you chose to transfer to UC Davis?
Yes! I really appreciate this school and community’s commitment to sustainability and being environmentally thoughtful! Between the weekly farmer’s market and grocery co-op, as well as the ease of biking around town, I’ve been able to reduce my waste and carbon footprint quite a bit. Having a lot of green spaces, such as the Arboretum, to clear my head or just get some fresh air has also been quite lovely.
Of course, there’s more to transferring to Davis than the environmental aspects. The physics department is quite robust, in fact, much more robust and tight knit than what I had expected. The professors and TA’s have both been incredibly kind and willing to help. The physics department at Davis has the same homey feel as the physics department at my community college. The primary difference has been the size.
What’s the most challenging part of transferring from a community college to a UC?
The quarter system - undoubtedly. I’m not quite sure what it is about the quarter system, but it feels much more panicked and rushed than the semester system did. Although the volume of information covered over the course of a year is the same, I feel like the semester system was less stressful.
What are some things being away from home that you didn’t expect?
How difficult it is to feed yourself consistently!!!! Because I chose to stay at an apartment, rather than the transfer dorms, I’ve been having a surprisingly difficult time remembering to feed myself. The duties involved in having a meal becomes wholey thrust upon you - no longer can I meander down the stairs to find my mother’s cooking. From grocery shopping, preparing, and washing up, all of those tasks are now up to you. There’s no one there to remind you to eat, when it seems like it’s been too long. I’ve started to meal prep, which has made it a little bit easier, but it’s still a work in progress.
How to prevent burnout?
Honestly, I wish I could provide some insight but I can’t. I run myself to the ground until I have an existential crisis, cry in the shower, then do it all over again. I have found, however, that practicing self care and uni-tasking has significantly helped me feel less panicked.
Plans after college?
I want to help shape the landscape of STEM education in the United States and be an educator in some capacity. I don’t necessarily think that it’s going to be in a traditional medium (ie. teaching in a physical classroom full of 50-ish students), but I want to create and develop a platform that makes high quality STEM education accessible to everyone.
If you have questions that you want me to answer next time, please leave them in the comments down below!
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It’s barely fall fashion weather here
in Davis, with 80 degree highs all week. However, the mornings have been on the cooler side and I took the opportunity to dress a little more seasonally appropriately.
Glasses- St. Michel (Golden)
Blazer - The Oversized Blazer (Grey Herringbone)
T-shirt - The Cotton Box-Cut Pocket Tee (White)
Jeans - The Cheeky Straight Jean (Sky Blue)
Boots - The Boss Boot (Black)
Rings - AlariDesign (Etsy)
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Jacket - vintage
T shirt - Everlane
Denim - Everlane
Socks - old (I think they’re from The Limited ~early 2000s?)
Shoes - Superga
Bags - The New Yorker Complementary Tote & Outdoor Voices Complementary Tote
Belt - Levi’s
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