Thoughts before embarking on to another year!

I patiently waited for the clock to strike 12 midnight (and see if there would be any magical changes to happen -- who am I kidding? My soon-to-be 24-year-old self! Ha!). While waiting I wondered, how would this year be like? Being 24 must be challenging for me especially now that a certain thought has been lying in my head for a period of time just waiting to be solely addressed. I knew that I seriously need to practice being independent because life is going to be way too opposite from how it was in the past years. I need to be on my own. Honestly, I've been trying small practices such as taking responsibility to manage, make, and save money. I never knew it would get too exciting. And as the number of digits grew, I couldn't help but get twice as excited as I was just starting. I never wanted to take out all the money I have.

Now that I am in search of another job, I have been making plans on how to invest. It's going to be a new adventure for me. Things are going to be kind of  messy but for sure it's fun. Planning to have a full-time job and an online craft shop could be a good idea! But then again I'm open to more ideas soon. The mission for now is to find a new job for a stable income!

Minutes before midnight, I realized how different my goals are compared to the past years. How timely. I feel like all grown-up. It feels good and scary! I can't remember contemplating over these things at least in my college years. I had big dreams, probably bigger than these, but my dreams right now are all about building a foundation for those crazy bigger dreams! Feels like starting over but this time more justifiable. I don't know how my colleagues are working on their lives... they have probably figured what they want in life. That's good!

Now the clock says it's a new day.... another birthday for me. My 24th birthday. This is it. 24 is going to be a different surprise and I will make it a fruitful year by building a foundation and making quests for life! Happy birthday, self. :)


Ice Breaker #3: Self-control is love's strength.

1. What type of partner would you choose for yourself?
     Someone who is patient, hardworking, imaginative, open-minded and has a positive outlook in life.

2. What do you dislike about failure? What can you learn from it?
     It makes me feel so bad about myself and it makes me think that I don't deserve anything in this world
     at all. Exaggerated, I know, but that's usually my initial reaction. After that, I'm good. I accept every
     failure I get and I won't commit the same mistake/s again.

3.  Self-control is love's strength.
      I think self-control is a factor in every good relationship. It is being able to control what you want to
      do and work on what should be done instead. It is being mature. For me, one should practice
      self-control for one to completely love himself or herself because a person without self-control
      is like a house without walls. It's one of the factors that builds a good character, personality
      and relationship with others.

4. What are your limitations and your potentials?
      I am not quite sure of my limitations and potentials because I still have so much to accomplish in life.
      Being young means to throw yourself out of your comfort zone and mingle in it for a long time and
      by then, when I'm comfortable at saying I have experienced a lot, I could say what my limitations
      and my potentials are. But for now, as silly as I may sound, my limitations would be not to enter
      one's life and command what they should do. As for my potentials, I could do everything that comes
      my way! Hahahaha

5. What is helpful to you in coping with stress?
     Listening to music. Not just listening but getting lost in it. There are a couple of songs with really
     great and powerful lyrics that I can get lost into. It feels so good and relaxing to listen to such
     great songs!


Fish Escabeche Recipe

I enjoy cooking (who doesn't?!) and sometimes I like taking photos of them. That is if they turned out good or great which rarely happens! Although I admit I am so bad at taking photos of food, not to mention my bad style at food presentation, I still show it off because it's *my* masterpiece hahaha! Like painting a rose but ends up looking like a pink (abstract lol) cotton candy! But I don't mind and so do you. That's me trying to be your perfect chef! Hahaha! 

Anyway, this recipe is called Fish Escabeche. The internet says that the word escabeche is Persian and was brought by the Arabs to Spain. The Spaniards probably influenced the early Filipinos to this dish which is simply a sweet and sour (honey and vinegar) taste with a couple of spices. Escabeche is probably the second easy fish recipe I can do. First being the fried fish, of course! Hahaha!

Fish Escabeche Recipe

Fish, any kind
Ketchup, depends on the amount of fish
Water, half a cup; depends on the amount of fish
Red bell pepper, sliced thinly or however you want
Ginger, sliced thinly
Garlic, sliced
Onion, sliced
Salt, a pinch or so haha
Vinegar, depends on your preference
White pepper, depends on your preference
Sugar, depends on your preference
Spring onion, just not too much hahaha

1. Fry the fish first. Set aside.
2. In the same pan, saute onion, garlic, ginger, bell pepper. Do not over cook!
3. Pour small amount of water (depends on how many fish you have. Just keep in mind that you are not making a soup! So you know how much to put.), vinegar, sugar, ketchup, salt, white pepper. Simmer for five minutes. Add more spices according to your preference. It doesn't need to be too salty though it should be sweet and sour. Add more pepper if desired!
4. Pour the mixture into the fried fish. Add spring onions above for garnish though it also adds a pop of flavor for the recipe! Serve.

Some recipes use corn starch to thicken the sauce but in this recipe I used tomato ketchup only. That's because we didn't have a cornstarch. I think ketchup is a good alternative for it though! :)


Postcard Collaboration: Postcard # 5 (China)

Red Umbrella
Free Verse: D. G. Bersabal; 
Photography: Elaine Won 
                                                                I can see you
                                                                slowly walking
                                                                away from
                                                                my heart.
                                                                In between
                                                                trees; under
                                                                your umbrella;
                                                                on a patterned
                                                                You are there
                                                                carrying my
                                                                specific light.


Kamote Cue Recipe

Kamote Cue (Sweet Potato Cue) is a popular snack in the Philippines. It is sold in the streets along with Banana Cue, Turon, Hotcake, Pinaypay, and others. Without any doubt, I know all Filipinos love this as a snack! If you are planning to visit here, you should try it.

Kamote Cue Recipe:

Sweet Potatoes
Cooking Oil
Brown Sugar

1. Wash and peel the sweet potatoes
2. Slice the sweet potatoes across 
3. Heat the cooking oil in a pan and put the sweet potatoes into the pan, deep fried, until they are slightly brown.
4. Take them out and place them in a plate. Set aside.
5. Using the same pan, pour the brown sugar into the pan. Do not stir yet. Once the sugar floats, pour the sweet potatoes back into the pan. Stir until they are caramelized. Serve.
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