i can't say that it's the fastest salad to prepare, but it's really good. and friends will hopefully appreciate the effort you made in making it. the steps are really simple, it just takes a bit of time. check out how i made it.
11 December 2013
the holiday season means that you'll probably be going to several parties. some people choose to have food catered, while others go the potluck route. for the first party we attended this month, i brought potato salad to share with friends.
06 December 2013
I'm probably one of the few people in the world who discovered Kid President just recently. Apparenly, he's been a YouTube sensation since last year and has met a lot of famous people, including President Obama.
Here's a nice pep-talk from Kid President. Enjoy, and Happy Friday!
Here's a nice pep-talk from Kid President. Enjoy, and Happy Friday!
03 December 2013
I have never heard of the word "chope"* until I came here to Singapore. In the Philippines, we "save" or "reserve" a table, usually by having one person in your group sit and wait while the rest of you go off and buy food. It's not really recommended to leave something on the table, like an umbrella or worse, a bag. I've seen people lose their stuff in the foodcourt because they used it to "save" a table.
In Singapore, there's no need to have someone sit and wait, all you have to do is take out the all powerful packet of tissue and place it on the table.
02 December 2013
Happy December and Happy Monday! Today, I'm sharing some things on my wish list.
I don't think we gave out our wishlists when we did our "Secret Santa" gift exchange during our grade school and high school years. We only set the minimum price of the gift. So I usually received gifts that I didn't know what to do with, and as a giver, I found it hard to buy someone a gift that I thought they would like (most of the time, they did. I stuck to useful stuff like planners and pens) When I started working, I felt kind of iffy about sending my wishlist to my Secret Santa. It's only in the past couple of years that I understood the power of the wishlist (or any list for that matter, but more on that soon). It's really practical for both sides: the giver saves a lot of time because he knows what to get, and the recipient gets what she wants.
1. Coffee Maker & Tea Infuser 2. Pen Tablet 3. Skagen Watch 4. Hope Ring 5. Adobe Photoshop Elements 12 6. Film Slide & Negative Scanner
They can be practical or not, but it's something we desire for ourselves. But whatever you receive this holiday season, whether it's in your wishlist of not, remember to be thankful. It's always the thought that counts, that people remember you and appreciate you enough to give you something.
What's your opinion on wish lists? Do you have one for this year?
29 November 2013
This article appeared in my facebook feed a couple of months ago. If you look real quick, you'll think there's not much difference, but look closer and you'll see how drinking water caused a big change to her face.
In my twenties, I didn’t really think much about water and how it affects my body. In my previous office in Manila, I used to be paranoid that the stuff in the water dispenser was really just from the tap. So I drank more cofee and tea than water. Same thing in restaurants, I rarely drank the free glass of water, instead I ordered juice or soda. Here in Singapore, tap water is safe to drink, though I find that there's a metallic aftertaste with the water in our flat. So I prefer the bottled ones. JP buys a couple of bottles for us every few days.
I have poor digestion and very slow metabolism. This year, when I was told by the doctor I had to lose a significant amount of weight, I had to do all sorts of healthy things, ie. modified my diet (for the most part. haha), exercise more often, and drink more water. Of the three, drinking water was the easiest thing to do. And I think it's made a big difference. My skin's a little bit clearer, I don't get too many breakouts as often, and it's really helping my digestion.
Drinking water is also an excuse to get up from my seat at work. Every hour, I go to the pantry to refill my water bottle. I deliberately use a small bottle so I have a reason to leave my desk, because it's not recommended to sit for hours on end. The article says the lady drank 3 liters of bottle per day. It may seem too much, so if you want to do this, maybe start with 2 liters?
28 November 2013
Happy Thanksgiving to folks in the US. I didn't really know much about this holiday other than turkey being served at dinner and the Black Friday sales. Check out more information from History. Very interesting.
From what I've seen in the movies and in TV shows, part of the dinner would have each member of the family saying out loud what they're thankful for. So today, let's pretend we're sitting down for a Thanksgiving dinner, and say (well, write) about what we're grateful for this year.
I'll go first...
26 November 2013
I used to go to HongKong every year since 2006 up until 2010 (thank you, budget airlines). Tickets are quite cheap, and you just have to do a little bit of research to find a good, inexpensive hotel. To me, HongKong is more vibrant than Singapore. Maybe because, it's larger, or that there are more people, I'm not really sure. There is definitely a lot more to see and do.
It's also a memorable place for me. Here's why:
22 November 2013
these past few sundays, jp and i have been dining out for brunch/lunch. most of the time, i don't bother taking a picture of my food, which seems to be the norm these days. but there are days i would whip out my phone and be THAT person who takes a photo of their plate before eating. here are some of the restaurants we've visited recently and a couple of pictures i took.
20 November 2013
time to share with you a couple of books i read last month. i decided to include some mystery/suspense to my reading challenge this year. i rarely read books from this genre, because i usually get confused towards the middle, and then find myself backing up and rereading a couple of chapters so i could continue on with the story. it took me a couple of days to finish these. i picked two of the most famous and best-selling authors in this category, and also from two very different time periods: james patterson and agatha christie.
19 November 2013
sheldon cooper had an emergency evacuation bag he would pull out whenever he had to leave his apartment. this was hilarious, at least in the show's context.
but in the philippines where calamities are the norm rather than the exception, it really makes sense for families to have an emergency kit in their homes. this illustration is from rappler, and i'm posting it here, just in case you want to make your own pack.
red cross philippines has a comprehensive list of things you may want to include in your lifeline kit, it depends on your family's needs.