December 19, 2014

Postcard Collaboration: Postcard # 8 (Leipzig, Germany)



Winter Oak

Iambic Pentameter poetry: D.G. Bersabal
Photograph: Rob Roy Aus

Through the range of hills in Southwest England,
lies an oak tree standing very firmly.
Does not fail to give its glowing beauty;
even during winter months it looks grand.

*postcard sent to E. Bischoff

December 15, 2014

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain


The Adventures of Tom Sawyer makes me reminisce my adventures as a child. So, it's probably the reason why I liked reading it though it took me a while to finish it. It's not an easy read as I thought it was but nevertheless it was worth the time. I enjoyed the mischiefs Tom did together with his friends. All those risky situations he was in and bravely stood up to be responsible as possible. There was character development somehow for Tom. I have only two adjectives for Tom: mischievous and adventurous! Dear Tom, I know how it feels to struggle and make everyone know you're good but in the end they still see you as bad as ever. Haha! Cheers, Tom!

Twain brought me to the world that's somehow familiar to me. The story about Tom, his friends, and their adventures brings so much nostalgia. Overall, it's exciting and a good read. Cheers to all childhood & future adventures!

December 11, 2014

Ice Breaker #4: Which of your parents' rule do you appreciate the most? Why?

All I can do right now is to remember the good old days with my parents when they were still alive and when I was young & in my early teens. As far as I could remember, my parents were not strict with their rules. Though I may give an answer and write aggressively if I were still young and full of teen angst and say nothing bad because those years weren't really rough. But as an adult, who understands motherly and fatherly things sometimes, I know that they just did their duties as parents. I am thankful that my parents aren't crazy parents. Mama just used her hands to spank my butt (and sometimes she'd twist a part my skin but it's my fault anyway for making her super duper mad I guess). Hehehe.

I don't remember I followed a very strict rule at home. It was just full of happiness despite how poor we are :) My favourite rule is probably: to always clean our garden first thing in the morning. I appreciate it because at an early age, they taught me how to be responsible with regards to cleaning my surroundings. Also, I talk to my parents' plants... because Mama said plants listen to stories and it makes them bloom and grow beautifully.


December 7, 2014

Letting go is hard but sometimes if we choose to stay, we'll never see what lies ahead.

This is going to be the biggest change in my life so far. I am moving away to wander around somewhere in the middle. It's been two weeks since I am packing my things and sorting those I will give and will keep. It sure is a difficult task because I have too many things and my list of things to do goes on and on...

The first week was terrible. I got emotional knowing that I am going to leave behind all these things without a guarantee that I am leaving for good. That I am leaving to have a better life ahead, a happier mornings, and most especially to finally achieve these things I wonder all the time. My ideals are great but they sure are too perfect for this world to happen. I always do that. I always imagine. There's peace in imagining great thoughts. It's better to imagine beautiful, too-good-to-be-true things than those of the opposite. Though be cautious not to drown in it.

There's no guarantee. There are definitely hardships that I have to go through in this journey. After all, I am not living in a world just like in the fancy Disney story books. Although I am willing to write and tell my stories of life. Fancy or not. Like I always do. That's a part of my goal: to have time to write a book.

A part of me wants to stay and forget about it. But I keep packing my things like my mind and body really wants to go out from my comfort. Two weeks in and I am still confused as to how this will be. Letting go is hard but sometimes if we choose to stay, we'll never see what lies ahead.

December 4, 2014

Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery

Don't lose your sense of wonder! Being so inspired by this classic, beautiful literary fiction & being in the real, complicated but somehow beautiful world, all I can say is, just like what Anne said in the last line, "...all's right with the world." How very inspiring this #book is! 5 stars out of 5.
Anne of Green Gables is probably one of the best stories I have read so far in my life. There's something about Anne as a young girl who is very curious of things and very imaginative in all things around her that somehow relates to how my childhood was. That probably is the reason why I am so in love with this book.

It's a children's story book but there are a lot of things an adult could get from this. Some passages speak of positivity that gives you inspiration for the day at least. Anne Shirley is such a brave girl with big dreams and big, big imaginations! Such a great book to read!

"I promise to read the printed word...even when there's a blackout" LOL One of the most annoying things to happen is when you have decided to sit, and read, and imagine the scenes in the #book when suddenly... Flashlight on the go!
 Here are some of the quotes form the book:

“It's been my experience that you can nearly always enjoy things if you make up your mind firmly that you will.”   

Sometimes life surprises us with things we don't expect or given a thought of but it's always a pleasure to embrace it and enjoy it as it last.

“Life is worth living as long as there's a laugh in it.”   

Laughter is one of the best things to being alive.

“Because when you are imagining, you might as well imagine something worth while.”   

“Dear old world', she murmured, 'you are very lovely, and I am glad to be alive in you.”   

“It has always seemed to me. ever since early childhood, amid all the commonplaces of life, i was very near to a kingdom of ideal beauty. Between it and me hung only a thin veil. I could never draw it quite aside, but sometimes a wind fluttered it and I caught a glimpse of the enchanting realms beyond-only a glimpse-but those glimpses have always made life worthwhile.” 

“One can't stay sad very long in such an interesting world, can one?” 

We don't want to stay sad for a whole day or sad for half a day at least. We should just brush off the dust to find joy. We are all discreet beings in this beautiful world. We're all only just dots in the world. Learn the things outside of the box, if you look at it, the space we live in is so beautiful and awesome...the earth, the whole solar system, the solar interstellar neighborhood, the milky way galaxy, the local galactic group, the virgo super cluster, local superclusters, the observable universe! Everything is so lovely and amazing. We are all lucky beings to be alive in this world where we are safe from harm. So there should be no room for sadness. 

December 2, 2014

Rolled Omelet recipe


Rolled Omelet recipe

5 eggs (depends on how much you want; just adjust the rest of the ingredients.)
Fresh milk
Red Onions, diced
Carrots, diced
Spring Onions, chopped
Vegetable oil
Salt & Pepper
Optional: left overs (e.g. grilled fish, meat)

1. Mix everything in a bowl.
2. Heat oil in a non-stick pan.
3. Put just enough of mixture into the pan. Make sure the mixture is not too thick when you spread it around the surface for easy rolling. You will have batches for this depending on the amount of your mixture and the size of your pan.
4. Cook it like how you cook your scrambled egg. Once cooked, gently roll the omelet by using a rubber spatula.
5. Take a chopping board and place your rolled omelet on it. Slice the omelet to make rolls.
5. Serve.


The best way to pump up your favorite scrambled egg for breakfast or brunch! I found this recipe from Eugenie Kitchen on YouTube.

November 30, 2014

Apple Cake by Grandmother Madeleine

 

Another recipe from Aurelien who lives in Lille, France. :)

Ingredients:
500 grams flour
2 eggs
125 grams white sugar
4 apples
1 pinch of salt
500 ml fresh milk

Mix everything in a bowl.
Add apples cut in small pieces
Put in plate
Bake at 175 degrees for 25 to 35 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean.

 

My first time to bake an apple cake that kind of turned out as a pie! Hahahahahaha it was great! I loved it. Thanks, mon amour, for sharing your grandmother Madeleine's recipe!

A: "Don't forget the most important ingredient!!"
D: "What is it?"
A: "Love."
:)

November 28, 2014

Overnight Sensation by Hal Eisenberg

Finished reading Overnight Sensation by @halacious1! Thanks for the good and easy read, sir. Four stars out of five Also, thanks for these bookmarks and guitar picks which are very useful to me because I have lost mine through the years. More so for the letter... if I were to win the world lottery, I would give you a share so pray for it! Haha Anyway, it is fun to read something that teleports me back in high school -- forming a band, practicing, 'can we really pull it off?' moments, stage fright that slowly fades away when you start playing! We had the time of our lives haha! Thanks #GoodReads #FirstReads
When I received this book in the mail, I got super excited and super curious to read it. Looking at the cover made me think and assume that this will definitely bring back the feelings back in high school when I was all about that bass. I mean, I was part of a band and playing along with my friends (seatmates!!!) back then probably is one of the best memories in my life so far.

This book is an easy read. It's a page turner because it makes you crave more about what will happen next. The story is so unique and every words all clump together to make such a great visual! I like the story and especially how it ended. I think the ending was quite epic! It's such a light and easy read. Very entertaining. :)

Thank you Good Reads First Reads!
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