Friday, August 29, 2014


Blue used to be my favorite color back in high school, but for some reason, I became obsessed with red. But that's beside the point. I have been spending a little more time than usual on YouTube today, and I realized once again just how much I like blues. I wish I just knew how to play.

While I play the piano and guitar (or used to), I am not much of a musician, but I really, really wouldn't mind picking up an instrument again. Browsing musciansfriend, that desire just gets stronger.

In the meantime, I shall keep listening to B.B. King and his peers.

Check out these YouTube playlists, and you'll probably be infected, too.

The Only Version of Frozen's "Let It Go" I Wouldn't Putting on Repeat

Metal guitarist 331Erock has done it again. I first discovered him when he published his metal rendition of the Game of Thrones theme song, and I've been following him on YouTube since then.

Not being really a regular YouTube visitor, I missed out on this, although I saw Frozen pretty much soon after it came out. I liked it, but with everyone and his mom - and cousins, and dogs - singing "Let It Go" everywhere I go (even driving hours away from the city didn't help), the song kind of got old.

This, however, is something else.

What do you think?

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Thinking of My Babies

They say having a pet is the best thing to soothe an anxious [or insert any similar adjective here] heart, and while it may be a pain to take care of them sometimes, I believe that pets can only be good for people. Even though you'll have moments when you need to find a vet in the middle of the night, spend money on medication like posatex, or put up with your pet's inanities, at the end of the day, they're comforting.

That being said, I miss my pets.

Dexter the Turtle

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Celadon Thai Resto at Powerplant Mall, Rockwell

Thai food is one of those things that always sound good to me, and when my friend invited me for a dinner at Celadon at Powerplant Mall, I was rather excited to try a new place - new at least for me.

Located at Unit 145 R1 Lopez Drive, Rockwell (same side as Barcino), the restaurant has an outside dining area, which is perfect for a nice breezy summer night. And even if it's stinking hot, like it has been all summer, their ceiling fans are powerful enough to make al fresco diners feel comfortable.

Monday, May 26, 2014

My Love Affair with Asian Home Gourmet Ready-made Spice Pastes

I've always loved trying out new dishes in the kitchen, and while I like having cookbooks around, I've discovered a "new" product that has become a staple in the pantry: Asian Home Gourmet ready-made spice pastes.

Pasta is our go-to meal, and I make sure we never run out of the ingredients needed even for the most basic of pasta dishes. But I at some point in the week, I'll find myself craving Thai or Indian food. It's just the way it is. The stupid thing is, I never seem to be able to make a really good curry from scratch.

Enter Asian Home Gourmet, which has made everything so simple AND quick.
Asian Home Gourmet Spice Packs
From Indian curry to Thai curry (red and green) to Nasi Goreng to Hainanese Rice to Tom Yum Soup - they've got it all!

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Hear That?

That's the sound of the universe laughing.

Every time you make plans, every time you see a little glimmer of hope, thinking things are finally going your way, the universe cackles like a witch brewing a potion that would backfire on whoever used it.

Eff off, universe. I can laugh back at you, too.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Trunks, Trunks, and More Trunks

I've seem to have gotten this thing for trunks - you know, the kind that you can throw everything into and yet use as a chair, a side table, or a coffee table?

These past weekends, when strolling in the mall, I've seen some pretty interesting trunks, but the prices are just unbelievable, so I as usual, Internet, here I come.

You might not think trunks are worth your while but take a look at these.

The second one is particularly fetching because it's supposed to be Doctor Who-related...and you know how that goes.

Looking for unique trunks, too? Trunks Depot is an online shop that has a lot of options. Click to find us here.

Images via DoctorWhoOne and caliconcept

Saturday, April 12, 2014

New Recipe: Wholesome Beef Stew Recipe from "Healthy Cooking for Happy Kids"

I've always loved to cook, but I've never been one to do well following recipes. I suppose it comes from what I learned from my dad - throw in a little bit of this, a little bit of that, and BAM!, Emeril style.

That being said, I have a repertoire of dishes that I know how to make well. The thing is, it's quite a small repertoire, and sometimes, I find myself looking for something new to make.

Enter the Wholesome Beef Stew recipe from "Healthy Cooking for Happy Kids", a cookbook specially made for moms who want to serve their kids healthier food without too much of a hassle. Technically there are no kids in my house, but sometimes it feels like...

Since we love caldereta - the Filipino version of beef stew - I decided to give this recipe a try.

The ingredients seemed simple enough, so I made a list and headed off to the supermarket to get things together.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

When the Going Gets Tough

The tough gets going...and I suppose that adage is meant to motivate, empower, strengthen, or something along those lines.

But what if you find out that when the going does truly get tough - and I mean shoe sole steak tough, expired beef jerky tough - you're not tough enough to get going? What if you find yourself semi-paralyzed?

I wish I had the answer. Even the hint of an answer would do.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Need Book Recommendations!

I've been doing a lot of reading before going to bed lately - well, I fall asleep in the middle of a chapter most of the time - and I'm in need of new books to read. I've just finished all books the Wheel of Time - a huge chunk of my life over. I also finished the Dragonlance Chronicles - I like it so much I think a reread later this year is in order.