Being a short-term assignment spanning no more than several weeks, the tasks assigned were relatively small in scale. There was more flexibility in terms of its delivery time, for the allocated working period also encompassed the beginner's learning curve. Truthfully, it was more of a blessing than a curse, for I was provided more guidance and mentorship than ever in my past 1.5 years of requesting the change in work content. However, this did not feelings of inadequacy, for there was likely a quicker way of completing the tasks, but I simply hadn't acquired the necessary skills to be useful to the project (or as effective as I wanted to be, anyway).
Closely related to the first response - and likely its cause - was impatience. It stems from an urge to build upon one's skills in short period of time. Once again, the end goal was to be useful, and consequently productive.
The mentor that had graciously taken upon the process of teaching and providing tips was being transitioned off the project within a few weeks' time. It was a shame to have such a patient member of the team not only departing the project, but also the Great White North as a whole. Consistently open to discussions and help sessions, it would be a loss to my CAD development for him to be absent following my return from fieldwork.
In a daze, I pull into the closest McDonald's parking lot to commence my mobile order. A Quarter Pounder BLT with extra lettuce and Medium Fries - free for National Fry Day! - are delivered to my passenger window some ten minutes later.
Eventually, I change into workout attire, reach for one of the warming eye masks bestowed upon me by the sleepy polar bear, and decompress before continuing with delayed exercise.
1) Ube Loaf
The not-very-violet loaf was adapted from SK's infamous marbled banana bread, but swapped out bananas for 130g x 3 of ube spread, removed all spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, ground ginger, etc.), and added in ube extract instead. The coppery mauve hue was not one I had expected at all; at first glance, it appeared identical to banana bread, but denser and hence devoid of much rise.
In contrast to the visuals, the slices actually seemed a bit dry on the first day, but grew tastier with time. By the third day though, they did dry out, and the surface was no longer crunchy from the coarse sugar.
(blue sky bran muffins were also constructed in parallel. But this space has had plenty of talks regarding them.)
Constructed from leftover Aroy-D, several spoonfuls of ube jam, a generous drizzle of ube extract, and simple syrup, a righteously purple block of Ube Coconut Jelly is formed.
Sliced into asymmetric rectangular prisms, the bite-sized pieces were ideal as an afternoon snack - until they were forgotten and grew mouldy.
Not all "ugly" by any means, Sunday Baking's latest release was of immense instant interest to me. The elaborately decorated specimens were chunky and unapologetically ornate. I took to attempting the chocolate and matcha renditions, and topped them with, quite literally, whatever I had on hand, as per her video directions.
Kaizen was pricier than most local establishments offering RMT massages, though the experience was undeniably superior.
I opted not to venture out altogether, for clean hair and humidity are never great as a pair. We resolved to exchange "Ugly" Cookies for a mostly melted Halo Halo from the Seafood City stall. The cup was sticky around its lip; within the blurred layers were sturdy leche flan cubes, insanely sweet melted ube ice cream, and plenty of green jellies and coconut jelly threads. Truthfully, I couldn't taste much besides sugar. Freezing it didn't lesson the headaches either.
My go-to of Roasted Oolong Milk Tea with Coffee Jelly had been made obnoxiously sweet, and dared to incorporate tapioca pearls. I had avoided the QQ Roasted Oolong Milk Tea for this reason, but could not escape the unwanted topping.
The bonus bottle of Peach Milk Tea had been advertised to contain mini tapioca. Unveiling it at home, I learned that it not only contained normal tapioca, but was equally sickeningly sweet.
Tim Hortons was my closest stop en route. The party opted for a Cilantro Lime Chicken Loaded Bowl and another iteration of the Roasted Beef & Cheddar Sandwich. Despite not being particularly keen on repeating the same item within a span of seven days, the Mississauga outpost's was surprisingly tastier and of a larger portion than Niagara. Moreover, there were distinct char markings on the deli beef slices.