To the stars by hard ways

A personal online diary of a thirty-something Filipina.

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

066. Blessing in disguise

Okay, not in the strictest sense, but sometimes, one has to make the best of what they have--and they still brought out good results! This afternoon, I made this.


You can find the recipe here! It's easy peasy. :)

It's the first time I made churros. To be honest, I didn't expect it to be a bit, er, strenuous, haha. The recipe video made it look easy--so I thought it was. Well, it was, except for the part where I would be mixing the ingredients to make it a dough. The only good thing about it is that I was able to exercise my arms. Boy, that was quite a workout!

Another challenge--since I don't have the star piping for icing, I didn't know how else. So...I thought it would be easier to roll the dough into a ball--it seemed to work. Plus, I was able to make a lot of churros that way. When they were done, it was such a hit with my mum and older brother that the balls were gone in less than an hour! I made chocolate dip, but as I bought a new jar of cheese-jalapeno dip, my older brother made a beeline for it. I tried it out, and it was just as good!

Cheese and chocolate dips. What more can one want? 

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Tuesday, 19 July 2016

065. That very late Me Before You movie review.

It's always awesome to spend time with your friends--no matter how large or small the number. And that's exactly what my law school bestie and I did.

We watched the most anticipated movie for this year--aka. Me Before You.




Cast: Emilia Clarke, Sam Claflin, Brendan Coyle, Matthew Lewis, Jenna Coleman, Charles Dance, Samantha Spiro, Janet McTeer, Vanessa Kirby, and Ben Lloyd-Hughes.

Elle and I, along with our friend Nina (who is also my law sorority sister. She is currently in the US so she wasn't able to make it) have been looking forward to it for months--since the trailer was released. In my case, I've read the book, and was pretty excited to see how it would turn out. Luckily, Jojo Moyes also wrote the screenplay so I would have no reason to be disappointed!

For those who haven't read the book (although this would be impossible), the story begins where Louisa "Lou" Clark (adorably portrayed by Emilia Clarke) lost her job when the cafe she was working in closed down. She found a job later on--and she meets Will Traynor--a very successful, adventurous, thrill-seeking banker (the very gorgoeus Sam Claflin brings this character to life) turned into a cynical, sarcastic quadriplegic. Lou refuses to treat Will with kid gloves, eventually becoming friends with him, and later, developing feelings for each other--despite the presence of Patrick--Lou's thoughtless boyfriend in her life.
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Thursday, 2 June 2016

064. The random five.

Sorry, this picture has absolutely nothing to do with the list below! I just thought of including this as it has a great way of making me feel energized. 


As I've mentioned in my previous post, I was holed up at home because of asthma. But it wasn't such a lonely convalescence as there were plenty of things to watch (on my phone), and stuff to read. A clue: some vlogs, a book, and a few articles. These links are cited without any order of preference.


I've come across this vlog through some YouTube video that the University of Oxford has posted for the benefit of international students. (You never know--a girl can dream!) This video, for some reason, was next in line for my viewing so I also checked it out too. End result: I've began to watch Simon's older videos. 



If you've watched the video above, then you would have heard of this article being mentioned. This an article about the struggling students who need scientific papers but have to pay a huge amount of money just to obtain them? Who made it possible? So what happens next? The article is pretty interesting--an eye-opener in fact!




Meet the Michalaks--Stef, Hannah, and their adorable toddler Grayson. They are a young family living in London--and their weekly vlogs are as real as they get. I discovered their YouTube channel by accident, through this blog. Since then, I have looked forward to watching their vlogs every Sunday. Better late than never, I say. ;)



This is one of the advantages of subscribing in Ebook Bub. If you're lucky--you will find a book that is free! :) I've found this book deal from one of their emails to me--and I got it without paying for anything at all. I'll have a review lined up! 



If there is one word to describe The Salty Sea Blog's entries, it's ethereal.  Someone must have sprinkled some fairy dust into Sarah's entries, because there is some kind of magic whenever one reads her blog. And it's not just me, everyone else who has read The Salty Sea Blog feels the same way too! This linked post, in particular, is one of my favourites. (She had a new post that week I was holed up, but I kept coming back to this entry.)



Hope you enjoy checking these links out whenever you can! :) How about you? What do you enjoy watching or reading online? :)


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Wednesday, 1 June 2016

063. Lately, lately.


Me with my friends from law school at a christening celebration. One of our friends, Giselle (not pictured), invited us to her son's christening celebration. It's been great to see these girls as I haven't seen them in ages. Photo courtesy of Lorelie Dema-ala, who by the way is the gorgeous girl with the red matte lippie.

The previous week had me ill--severe asthma knocked me down, making me go off work for a week. In a way, I saw it coming, since I kept forcing myself to go to work even though I feel unwell (translation: my health is taking a nosedive on account of the summer weather). I've been doing so for several weeks--a month, to be honest.

The Sunday before that, I attended this really cool brush calligraphy workshop which is put up by this pen and art supply store. Brush calligraphy is a bit more tricky than pointed pen calligraphy in a way that it's a bit difficult for me (as a lefty)  to control the strokes and relax the grip on the pen at the same time. It was fun learning though. The workshop facilitator, Oats Diy, was really very patient--my hand having a mind of its own!

The kit for this workshop included a calligraphy practice pad, three brush pens, and the manual of sorts. The card with my name is actually a place card  for seating arrangements. I think I'm going to use this as a bookmark in the future!
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Sunday, 22 May 2016

062. The dish with no name.

A friend asked me once what I like to cook. I remember telling him that it really depends on which ingredients are available, and he in turn asked me if there is any dish that I particularly love to cook but unfortunately, I don't get to often. So hence, this dish, which (haha it rhymes) is originally of my mother's invention (she swears that it was an experiment involving chicken, tomato, and cheese in a combination she has already forgotten). With her permission, I modified the recipe. Below is the recipe I am excited to share with you all!


You'll need:

2 chicken breasts, sliced thinly*
5 leaves fresh oregano, chopped finely
3 tomatoes, chopped
1 cup tomato sauce
2 cups grated quickmelt cheese**
1/4 cup water
2 tbsp corn starch, dissolved in water

For sauteeing, you'll need:

2 tbsp olive oil***
1 onion, finely chopped
garlic, crushed
1 chicken broth cube
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