Granola cereal and vanilla yoghurt.

Granola cereal and vanilla yoghurt in large amounts, for breakfast, lunch, or late-night munch-time.

Granola cereal and vanilla yoghurt at 3 a.m. on a weekday to stay awake during an all-nighter, and at 3 a.m. on a weekend to satiate a drunk food craving.

Granola cereal and vanilla yoghurt, just because I feel like having it, because it’s my comfort food.

Sometimes, when I don’t feel like going to the dining hall and am too lazy to make real food for myself, I decide to allow myself a heaping bowl of granola cereal and vanilla yoghurt for a meal. And such a decision is always met with a little bit of excitement and a little bit more of anticipation.

Honey granola, oats, mini flakes and toasted pecans, with large spoonfuls of thick, heavy, creamy sweet vanilla yoghurt.

Having granola with yoghurt is one of my Grinnell habits, one among many that make a regular, typical day at Grinnell regular and typical.

I bought a box of granola cereal and a large tub of yoghurt from Tesco in the new Paradigm Mall the other day. More than just to have something in the house for my breakfasts, I really wanted to reclaim a little bit of my Grinnell everydayness.

The yoghurt here, I am sadly reminded, just isn’t the same. I forgot that Malaysian yogurt is watery, runny, thin. Tangy, sharp, unpleasantly tart.

It’s not just granola and yoghurt that I want, it’s the taste of combining that granola cereal with that vanilla yoghurt that I desire, that I’m trying, and failing, to recreate.

Guess it’s time to let go of this Grinnell habit. Toto, we’re not in Kansas anymore.

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