A Whole New Year, A Whole New World

I just realized that it has been quite a while since my last post. I did not mean to neglect this blog, that was not the intention. My focus was directed on a different direction, or I guess you could put it as “I was busy”, but that was not an excuse.

So, new year, new life. I am now currently staying in Malaysia where I will begin my professional work soon. It is really odd thinking that I will be working outside of the Philippines, to be quite honest. Usually, my mindset whenever I go out of the country is that I will be “out there” to travel, and at the moment I am trying my best to change that mindset, that I am here in Malaysia to work. Rules and expectations will be different, that much I can comprehend. Nonetheless, despite this being work, I will still try to make the work-life balance thing work.

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Versions: Balsamic Chicken Adobo

I was rummaging through my ref on something I could whip up for dinner and found my slightly used balsamic vinegar. I was reserving this for my salad dressings, and since I haven’t bought any greens yet, I decided to put this to good use, this time to put a different twist to a classic Filipino dish: Adobo.

It was a lucky day for me too: I did not have to go to a grocery store to buy meat because there was a newly opened meat shop near where I live. Half a kilo of chicken was more than enough for one.

For me, adobo is the easiest and most practical dish to cook. You really do not need a ref for storage since it has vinegar as its main preservative, so you can just put it on a container and leave it to pair for tomorrow’s sinangag. It is simple, indeed; however, due to its simplicity, people tend to take it for granded. It is not like you can just dump everything in a pot and leave it to simmer until cook time. Even a simple dish has its own technicalities. Continue reading

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Malasimbo Festival 2013: A Night to Remember

How often does the Grammy-nominated Joss Stone graze the land of the Philippines? Probably zero. That’s why when I found out that she was the headline performer at the Malasimbo Festival 2013 in Puerto Galera, I knew I had to take this opportunity to see her perform in person. I have been a fan from the start so I could not let this chance pass by. It was my first time to go to Puerto Galera as well, and to a festival like this, so it’s like hitting three birds in one stone, to modify the saying.

Joss Stone working up the crowd

I have to admit, when I purchased the ticket and the accommodation, my only purpose was to see Joss Stone. Later on, I realized the festival wasn’t just about the performers, and Joss Stone for that matter. It was a culmination of nature, art, music, life, and love.

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Challenging Myself with a new Language

A year ago, I decided to learn a new language. I wanted a distraction from work. I initially wanted to learn Italian at Dante Alighieri because I had this feeling that I would be more aligned towards that language. However, I didn’t make the first wave of enrolment and the next wave came at the start of the 2nd quarter of the year. In short, I was in a hurry to get a distraction so I ended up enrolling to French in Alliance Française de Manille.

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Versions: Asian-style Chicken Pasta

One of the pizza places that I love to go to is Yellow Cab. In my opinion, their pizza has the right thickness to the crust that holds the right amount of toppings. But what piqued my interest to this restaurant is their pasta called Charlie Chan. It’s a pasta mixed with a spicy-sweet, caramel-coloured sauce with chicken strips and shiitake mushrooms sprinkled with peanuts. Ever since I tasted this dish, I wanted to re-create it.

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I dare you…

“Sing like no one’s listening, love like you’ve never been hurt, dance like nobody’s watching, and live like it’s heaven on earth.” – Mark Twain

2013. A new year, a new era, well at least on the Mayan calendar perspective. I lived to tell the tale that I made it past the end of the world. Jokes aside, I am thankful that I am alive, and the past year has thought me lessons I’d definitely not forget.

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En Route to Bangkok: Weekend Shopping Spree

I love Bangkok. When I went there last 2009 with my former officemates, I instantly fell in love with it. I told myself I would definitely go back. I cannot explain it well, but I feel a connection with Thailand, like a baby connected to the womb by the umbilical chord. I usually say, “It feels like I was born there in my past life.” Continue reading

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