Life of a Wallflower Part 5 – #100HappyDays Challenge

It has been awhile since I gave you a little peek into my life so here it is. =)

My sister, cousin, and I decided that we would participate in the 100 days of happiness challenge. As of yesterday. You can find more about it at http://100happydays.com/. Basically, they’re challenging us to find one happy moment in life every single day for 100 days. You document those moments with a photo and #100happydays. In the end, you’ll have at least a hundred photos of the little things that make you happy. Are you up for the challenge?

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The little things in life?

I’m excited for summer. I seriously cannot wait, as you probably noticed in my Iced Lychee Mint Green Tea with Strawberries post. Every time I go to the supermarket, I look to see what fruits are being sold. I see the first peaches. That’s why I’m waiting for.

But, in the meantime, here are a few exotic fruits that are in season, and I’m obsessed over.

Mini Mangoes. I snapped this photo while at the supermarket. The lighting is awful, I know. lol. But aren’t the mini mangoes so cute? They’re almost double the price of the larger mangoes. Isn’t that crazy?

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Jack fruit. I love these, but it is such a pain to remove the fruit. It is extremely sticky. We had to wear disposable gloves and grease the gloves with vegetable oil to remove the fruit. Was it worth it? Yes! If you havent’t tried this fruit, and would like to, I’d recommend buying the frozen one first. It’s slightly cheaper and in smaller quantity.

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Durian. It’s a love it or hate it kind of fruit. If you’ve been around this fruit, you know what I’m talking about. It’s infamous. Can you believe that these grow on trees?

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I just wanted to share some little “happy” moments with you. Every single day is filled with its up and downs. But it’s up to us to see the bright side of things. My happy moments will probably revolve around food. I can already see it…

What did we learn about me today? I love exotic fruits. lol.

Until next post.

    ~ Andrea

73 thoughts on “Life of a Wallflower Part 5 – #100HappyDays Challenge

  1. I AM DOING THIS RIGHT NOW!!!! I modified it a bit because some of the things I’m happy about can’t be photographed. I set it up on my twitter where I document one thing a day. AWESOME challenge. It really puts you in the mindset to be positive! I am on day 18 and I can already tell a difference in my mood and attitude! Great post! Thank you for sharing and keep it up!!!

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  2. Wow! They look very interesting! I have had mango but not the others…I’d be afraid to try them, they look a little intimidating! 😉 xo

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  3. This is a great challenge. My sister and I are also doing it and we’re on Day 37 today. It’s amazing how the tiniest things make us happy but we don’t think about it until we’re challenged to look deeper. Good luck with your challenge!

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  4. I don’t think that you will have any trouble with being happy for one hundred days. It seems to me that you have the right attitude towards Life. Enjoy and be happy. The alternative isn’t so great. As for fruit…….I could not live without fruit!! Here the first of the season’s Mandarins are becoming available. Any recipe suggestions would be appreciated.

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  5. What an awesome challenge! This is definitely inspiring.
    As for the mangoes, before I read your description I actually thought I was looking at potatoes and giant beans… ha ha.

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      • Achieving contentment is not “settling for” anything at all. Achieving contentment is the practice of balance. There is no happiness without sadness, no life without death, no joy without pain. Happiness when taken alone is a misunderstanding. The art is to find where things weigh equally, as one persons pure joy can only be purchased at the price of another’s pure suffering.

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  6. Interesting challenge! It’s certainly a nice way to see something each day in an optimistic way! And durian…oh dear… yes, it sure is a love hate relationship with that. Good luck and I hope you enjoy the challenge all 100 days!

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  8. Wow, durians! Not a lot of people can take that fruit, especially the smell hahaha do you know the durian flowers are used in cooking as well? And don’t throw away the jackfruit seeds, you can boil them and eat! 😀 Enjoy!

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    • I grew up eating durian so I’m used to it. Unless someone else is eating it and I’m not. Then the smell is a little overwhelming. lol. I have never seen durian flowers so I had no idea that you can use them in cooking. What are they used for? And I know we can use jackfruit seeds, and durian seeds, to eat. But we don’t usually do it at home. I haven’t had it in awhile. Maybe I’ll have to try it again soon. Do you eat it with something or by itself?

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      • i tell you, we have a thing called durian buffet here, and the smell is so overwhelming that even I cannot stand it LOL oh yes the flowers
        http://a6-k.deviantart.com/art/Durian-flowers-in-bloom-409401143
        it looked something like this. and once i went to an ochard, and there are some durian flowers blooming, sweet smelling flowers :p
        my mom would use it to cook a vegetable dish, just stir fry. Sometimes, she’ll add a bit of sambal belacan (prawn paste) and lime – its really good. like combination of mushroom texture and egg plant… something like that. you can use the blossoms to cook curry too 🙂 lots of ways to explore. I’ll try to get some, try to whip up a dish and share it with you 😉
        as for the seeds, I like to eat by itself, like chest nuts. or throw them into salads hehe

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      • yea, silly of me, i got too excited. I was browsing the net, and realized in peninsular malaysia, we can only get the flowers in certain place. where i’m from (Sarawak, east malaysia – or borneo), we could get it at the vegetable market during durian season. It won’t be easy getting it in the US.
        but perhaps with any luck you might find it in asian stores 🙂

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  9. I tried durian, for the first time, with some trepidation while visiting Bangkok. My wife and I actually happened upon it being sold by a street vendor in Bangkok’s Chinatown. I’ve always heard it smelled awfully bad but more than makes up for the smell with its taste. Well…I didn’t think it smelled all that bad, but it didn’t taste all that great either. It had a creamy and sticky consistency with a taste somewhat similar to jackfruit. My wife didn’t try any of it and stayed more than arm’s length away while I was sampling some durian.

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    • I grew up eating it so I really like it. But it’s funny. If I’m eating it, I don’t mind the smell. If someone else is eating it and I’m not, I think it smells like a gas leak. lol. Each durian tastes different. Some are sweeter than others. And some are more fibrous than others. I think that can affect your experience too. Thanks for sharing your story =)

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  10. Delicious! I’ve been to Thailand (all to briefly) and Vietnam (a month) and these are truly amazing delights. I think my favorite was the Dragon’s Fruit also called Tang Lam I believe in Vietnam (spelling?)

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  11. Thank you for liking “Midsummer.” Nice post! 🙂 I enjoyed learning more about the exotic fruits in this post. I have not seen mini mangoes in my area, but I have seen jack fruit and durian at a local Asian supermarket. I was wondering about the appearance of their insides.

    Good luck with the 100 days of happiness challenge! I am not sure if I could successfully complete it, but it is an interesting concept. 🙂

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