Current Loves: Cheerios and Soy Milk?

Cherios and So Good Soy Milk

Cherios and So Good Soy Milk

As you probably all know, I am Asian. Just like a lot of Asians, my food has to have taste. A lot of taste. During my 10 years of being in this western country of Australia, I have slightly adapted to the much more muted tastes of the food here – though I still prefer my tasty Asian food.

I had the hardest time trying to find a good cereal and milk that I like (other than those really sweet unhealthy cereals like coco pops, fruit loops, etc). I hated milk back home (since it’s very hard for us to get fresh milk and we are stuck with long life, sweetened milk or powdered milk) and I am definitely a very picky milk consumer even today. Australia’s fresh milk is a lot better than the milk we get in Indonesia – by far. But I still don’t “reach” for milk when I open the fridge.

The Milk

Recently, people hyping different types of milk. Soy milk and almond milk just to name a few. Some prefers these types of milk compared to the normal dairy milk because of the health benefits but I drink it literally because I like them better. I only managed to take pictures of the long life soy milks but I have since switched to the ones they sell at the chilled section next to all the dairy milks (I think these are more fresh and less preservatives?).

I also ventured to try the regular soy milk vs 99.9% fat free. As many would have guessed, the regular taste a lot better. The fat free version to me tasted like water when I tried it with cereal. But hey, I finished the carton nonetheless. But I think I will stick to the regular version better.

And then I compared regular soy milk to their almond milk and that just tasted like sugar water but not in a sickening way, if that makes sense. Plus, the almond milk is not available in what I perceive to be a more fresh version (the chilled version) so I am sticking to the soy milk.

I also recently finished another kind of soy milk which my mum found at the chilled section – the Vitasoy Calci Plus. Strangely, this one tastes like cereal – like oats – similar in taste to the regular soy milk mixed with cereal.

The Cereal

Cheerios. Hm… This thing is seriously UNDERRATED and definitely something is missing from their marketing. The packaging and the colour of the cereal itself doesn’t look very “fun” nor is it appealing to its main target audience, whom from what I gather from their advertisements on TV, are little kids. To me the packaging appeals more to people in their 20s or 30s. My perceptions when I saw these at the supermarket were that I thought they were going to taste really plain – like cornflakes or plain rice bubbles. And then the ads got me thinking, if these are marketed for young kids, they SHOULD taste good… So the next time they were on discount, I tried one.

It was the BEST cereal I’d ever had! It’s slightly sweet – but not overly sweet. I’m pretty sure it’s healthier than those cereals I previously eat – at least this one’s got a large wholegrain percentage. And combined with soy milk – heavenly.

I also tried the honey version and that just has less wholegrain percentage and tastes all just the same.

So, what will I continue to buy?

I am definitely sticking to the regular Cheerios for cereal since they are healthier and the taste is no different to the honey version. As for milk, I will buy whatever is cheapest out of the soy milks (not the fat free one) at the chilled section. I love them all! And when they do get almond milk in the chilled section, I will put them into consideration too (I will still buy whatever is the cheapest)!

Lots of smiles,

Sita

Disclaimer: I am not affiliated, sponsored or compensated in any way from any of the brands mentioned, showed, or linked.

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KDrama: Recently watched 26.07.2013

Hello all!

I got a great response for my last blog post on my favourite Korean Dramas (KDrama) last time so I am back here again today with a list of my recently watched KDramas and what I think of them.

Baker King – Kim Tak Goo

Baker King

Episodes: 30

This drama is nothing less than amazing. It’s very inspiring. I don’t know how else to describe it. Just. Watch. It. I must warn you though, this is not the lovey dovey kind of drama nor does it make you laugh every few minutes. But it’s definitely a must-watch! Can’t believe I didn’t watch it sooner (though I definitely do prefer my romantic comedies!).

Innocent Man

 

 

 

 

Innocent Man

Episodes: 20

After a rather “neutural” and “inspiring” drama, this is definitely a very depressing, wrong-in-every-way kind of drama. As I mentioned before, I started watching this because of the cast. So many people I know from variety shows (Family Outing Season 1’s Park Si Yeon and Running Man’s Song Jong Ki & Lee Kwang Soo). This was definitely more depressing than I thought though! Oh and it’s got a rather “Inception” ending if you know what I’m talking about – I still don’t know exactly what happened. But still glad I watched it – some really sweet moments there.

Ma Boy

Ma Boy

Episodes: 3

So Innocent Man got too depressing for me so I decided to find something light and fun and romantic (a.k.a. my RomCom hunt begins). I found this mini series along the lines of finding new stuff to watch. The story is cliche and the acting is not the best but nonetheless it did its job – entertained and cheered me up after Innocent Man.

The Thousandth Man

 

 

 

 

 

The Thousanth Man

Episodes: 8

Another just-for-fun kind of drama, but this time, with a touch of fantasy – the legend of the nine tailed fox that is apparently very popular than I thought. The story follows a family of “Gumiho” (nine-tailed fox) trying to get their 1000 livers from 1000 men in order for them to become human again. One of them though refused to take livers from men who didn’t have love and compassion for her – this drama follows her journey in getting her one thousandth man.

Nail Shop Paris

Nail Shop Paris

Episodes: 10

More fun & games. With (again) the legend of the nine tailed fox intertwined in it. Another series with not-so-great acting and over-reacted parts though I enjoyed this nonetheless. I must admit I didn’t really expect the ending. I heard though this drama didn’t get good enough ratings to keep going so they ended it short at episode 10.

Flower Boy Ramyun Shop

 

 

 

 

 

Flower Boy Ramyun Shop

Episodes: 16

This drama was hilarious and fun to watch. The acting was definitely way better in comparison to Ma Boy and Nail Shop Paris and I promise you no “Gumiho” was involved this time. This drama kind of reminds me of the Taiwanese drama Devil Beside You though the lead actress plays a student teacher and the lead male plays the son of the owner of the school. Comedy and romance in a drama? You know I’m a sucker for it.

That was everything I watched in the past 2 months or so. I tend to get very “obsessed” when I watch dramas. I always want to know what happens next and rarely do I ever stop watching series before I finish all the episodes – especially if it’s romantic comedies.

Have you watched any series lately? Let me know in the comments below!

Lots of Smiles,

Sita

Thankyou: The Coles and Woolworths Campaign

 

Thankyou_logo_2012

So I have seen Thankyou waters here and there but I don’t really know what they’re about so I haven’t really been buying them. Though I do know that they somehow benefit some kind of charity/those who are less fortunate. However, this video was on my Facebook feed today and I admit at first I thought Coles and Woolworths (the two largest retail grocery stores in Australia) were working together to make this happen when in fact, Thankyou is a separate organisation that is trying to get Coles and Woolworths to stock their products on their shelves.

This is what I understand the program to be: essentially, Thankyou wants to empower Australians by giving them the opportunity and link to fund projects to get fresh water for those living in less fortunate countries and possibly living in poverty. I’m probably not explaining this very well (sorry!) but you can go to their website for more information about their movement.

Thankyou wants us to show how we feel about them selling products at Coles and Woolworths and of course I’m ALL FOR IT. In the video, they mentioned that they will price it competitively and many great people are on board in creating the products to make sure that their products are at least on par or better than their competitors. If all that is true, I feel like switching as much of my necessities as possible to the Thankyou brand.

It’s so easy to join this campaign. To join, Thankyou suggested to either make and post a video or simply post a quick comment on either or both of Coles and Woolworths‘ Facebook pages expressing your opinion. As for me? Well, I’m posting this on my blog and I will share this blog post on both retailers’ Facebook pages.

Although the readers of this blog is nowhere near a significant number, I just thought this is worth sharing anyway.

I hope you’ve been having a great day and I’ll post again soon!

Lots of Smiles,

Sita

–Disclaimer: I am not sponsored by the Thankyou brand in any way and all oppinions are my own. I am just an ordinary supporter of Thankyou and its causes.