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DIY dishes a.k.a. Me, cooking

13 Jun

I love eating out and trying new restos.  But I realized that eating out all the time can be pretty costly when  some of the dishes I love are actually pretty simple to make.

Out of nowhere, I was suddenly hit with the inspiration to cook.  This was around the time the end of the world/Judgement day announcements were getting louder and louder.  I wondered if it was a sign that I should quickly go about this project before the world ended, or if it was instead what would happen to someone who ate what I cooked. 

My choices were limited though as I was only able to work on very simple recipes (you know, stuff even 5th graders could prepare).  Hey, if it was ME preparing it, it was DEFINITELY easy.  Oh, and I didn’t follow any recipes in making any of the dishes below.  Recipe books and I don’t really get along 😉

Here’s the verdict:

Tacos: Win!

finished tacos

here's the good stuff inside

Hey even my parents loved this, so yeah, it was pretty good.  I think that made it my favorite in this batch of experiments.

Coleslaw: Fail

coleslaw - so so

It tasted a bit bland so something was definitely missing from this coleslaw.  Then again, considering I didn’t follow any recipe…

Nasi Goreng fried rice: Fail

nasi goreng with barbeque. hey, they loved it 😉

My friends liked the Nasi Goreng but I didn’t.  Maybe I’m just not a Nasi Goreng girl.

Pho: Win!

almost authentic Pho

I would like to thank Thu, my brother’s Vietnamese girlfriend who visited a few months back, for telling me how to make this.  Of course, this cannot compare to the one made by a real Vietnamese (her), but was ok for a first try.

Hotdog: Win!

easy breezy yummy

Hey, I put in everything I want in a hotdog.  How can it not be a winner???

So my little experiment was a mix of hits and misses.  It’ll get better with practice, and maybe an actual recipe to follow next time, yes?  Let’s see.


Kaos and Old Penang: i ♥

14 May

When my brother was about to leave for Vietnam, I wanted to treat him and the family before he left.  So off we went to Resorts World to watch Kaos, the “Las Vegas meets Broadway” show which a friend highly recommended. And man, this was one show I enjoyed immensely!  The fantastic costumes, features and stunts were a sight to behold!

Early in the show, the acrobats from China swinging to the tune of Where is Love made me teary-eyed, beautiful as the scene was.  I think that was my favorite, simply because of how beautiful and delicate it was.   I didn’t want it to end.

The Human Time Machine was one of my mom’s favorites.  How this duo ran, hopped and skipped even blindfolded while balancing on this contraption also amazed me and made me grip my armrest every now and then.

My friend raved about the bare-chested duo, who she said she could watch exclusively, even if she missed the whole show.  That duo from Belarus definitely had amazing balance and flexibility.  How one guy managed to balance the other guy upside down, just using their shoulders and neck WITHOUT the use of their hands was truly spectacular.  And yes, their abs were wonderfully sculpted.  Naturally.  There was no shortage of bromance here 😉

The finale, of course was the sphere where motorcyclists would enter one after the other, with the audience gasping each time a cyclist would be added to the sphere.  It brought out the child in my senior citizen mom 🙂

The show boasts of lions and tigers.  But really, these animals were overrated.  They didn’t do anything special.  They just appeared in the cage and ate a piece of meat.  So much for being wowed by the wildlife.

After a fantastic show, we moved on to Old Penang, suggested by my brother.  He’s never tried it but wanted to since I think he was after some Malaysian/Singaporean fare.

Upon seeing Hainanese Chicken on the menu, I was done.  I just added an order or Char Kway Teo while my brother had some Nasi Lemak and Teh Tarik which he loved, loved, loved.

some Hainanese Chicken loving

Char Kway Teo

Nasi Lemak

I looooved how juicy, tasty and plump their chicken was.  The noodles were good too, but I was too busy enjoying the chicken.  Their food tasted authentic compared to other restaurants.  I love discovering restaurants serving great food that I really, really like.  A fantastic end to an already fantastic day 🙂

Photo credits: spot.ph, our awesome planet

I am the Empress

14 Mar

I was surfing the net (when I should’ve been studying) and came across someone’s blog post about what her tarot card was. That led me to this site.

Now I’m not very familiar with the tarot and its uses.  Some have negative things to say about it, but I’ve also heard otherwise.  Anyway, since I don’t have anything against it really (it’s amoral, imho), curiosity got the better of me.  I took the short quiz and this is what my tarot card was supposed to be:

You are the Empress

Beauty, happiness, pleasure, success, luxury, dissipation.

The Empress is associated with Venus, the feminine planet, so it represents, beauty, charm, pleasure, luxury, and delight. You may be good at home decorating, art or anything to do with making things beautiful.

The Empress is a creator, be it creation of life, of romance, of art or business. While the Magician is the primal spark, the idea made real, and the High Priestess is the one who gives the idea a form, the Empress is the womb where it gestates and grows till it is ready to be born. This is why her symbol is Venus, goddess of beautiful things as well as love. Even so, the Empress is more Demeter, goddess of abundance, then sensual Venus. She is the giver of Earthly gifts, yet at the same time, she can, in anger withhold, as Demeter did when her daughter, Persephone, was kidnapped. In fury and grief, she kept the Earth barren till her child was returned to her.

I remember, in 2006, my friend invited two people to come by the office to have her fortune told. One was a numerologist and another was a tarot reader.  Since she didn’t want to go through the experience alone, she convinced me to go through it too.

I took whatever I was told with a grain of salt.  And the session didn’t reveal anything memorable, as far as I can remember.  But I do remember that in that reading, the center card which supposedly symbolizes me showed:  The Empress.  That was five years ago.  Should I be surprised with the consistency?

Some things never change

9 Aug

Getting together with four Aikido guy friends over the weekend made me again aware of some things I hadn’t really thought of since college:   

1.  I am oftentimes the only girl. 

During Sunday’s dinner, there were five of us, and I was the only girl.  It was the same as back in college, I would usually be the only girl when we go out.  See, the composition of the aikido club then was probably 75% male.   Since I went out more than some of the girls, I oftentimes ended up being the only rose.

2.  Guys are so comfortable discussing ‘green’ topics (and no, it’s not the environment).

I (still) got lost when what started out as an innocent topic suddenly had some sexual innuendo.  I usually don’t mind since none of these are directed at me anyway.  It was guys being their usual selves.  I’m not gonna spoil their party.

3.  The feeling of safety being among guys.

I’ve learned to regard these guys as my brothers/bodyguards who would be willing to defend me in any case.   Some of them may look pretty tough, but they’re really a bunch of teddy bears (oops, secret’s out!)  When I’m around four or five physically capable men who I fully trust and know are after my well-being, I can’t help but feel like a princess sometimes.  Who needs a boyfriend when you feel cared for by these guys?   Then again, the princess-like feeling can only last so long – like until they discuss matters I can’t contribute  much to (see #2 above).

4.  I’m just one of the guys.

It still is now how it was then.  Whether it’s green jokes, eating as much, or discussing practically any topic of interest, I can (usually) give and take as well as most of them.  Though there’s the awareness on their part that there’s someone around whose girly top, heels and makeup make her undeniably female and feminine, the fact that that female is me makes that fact moot.  I am and will always be  just one of the guys.  Uh, just don’t expect me to lug around anything heavy 😉

Where have you been and where are you going?

3 Aug

I love posts like this. Shoos the dark clouds away…

Where have you been and where are you going?

By Toni Platon-Tiu on July 2, 2010 8:14 AM |

How have you been? Where have you traveled the past few months? What new experiences did you embrace? 

It’s good to stand still sometimes. I open my window, breathe in the fresh air and just stand in front of the morning’s view. The only movement is the rustle of the leaves on neighborhood trees, the flight of maya birds, the bicycles of children speeding by. When was the last time you were still and discovered so much beautiful movement around you?


Then it’s good to move, to take those steps forward. Lace up those Chucks and run out the house! Feel the fresh air nipping on your skin, listen more closely to the maya birds, wave to the children with bicycles speeding past you. When was the last time you moved and discovered so much beautiful things you can interact with?

Where have you gone the past few months? And where do you plan to go?

Wherever it was and wherever it is, keep that wonder alive. Keep your spirit adventurous enough to move on and forward, and keep it still enough to appreciate the beauty that moves around you too.

Think happy thoughts!

Let’s get it started

26 Oct

I finally decided to start on something I’ve always wanted to do but somehow never really got around to, until now (despite a looming deadline!)  Create my own blog.

Finally. I’ve written a few notes in my Multiply and Facebook accounts but didn’t think of those much as blog platforms.

Now, writing has always been a cathartic activity and I’d like to think I come up with one or two bright ideas occasionally. So here I am. Sharing. That’s really all what a blog is, right? Sharing thoughts, experiences and ideas to unknown others who just might appreciate it 🙂 Setting up my blog’s look and changing elements here and there according to my liking really is quite interesting.

Blogging.  Let’s see where this will take me…