May 20, 2016

Korean Beef Bowl recipe

Korean Beef Bowl recipe


1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 kilogram ground beef
1 onion, thinly sliced
ground black pepper
spring onions, minced
cooking oil


1. Combine brown sugar, soy sauce, ground black pepper, and ginger
2. Heat the cooking oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add garlic until it turns brownish.
3. Add the ground beef and cook until they are light brown. Once cooked, drain the excess fat.
4. Pour in the soy sauce mixture and onions to the skillet. Allow it to simmer.
5. Take a taste test -- add more pepper as you want or add pepper flakes.
6. Take a bowl of rice and serve it with the beef recipe on top. Add spring onions as garnish.

Enjoy! :)

May 9, 2016

Life Lately | 1

It was nice to be out for lunch with my teammates. My Fettuccine with Meat Balls is from Carluccio's, Marina Mall. 

Enjoyed too much of the photo booth with my colleagues at the Arabian Travel Market opening party at Rixos The Palm on a Sunday night. The loudest Sunday night I have been to in Dubai so far. 

Eating ice creams and taking naps with my sister Rachel and her husband Melbert at Mamzar Beach Park.

Trying to burn some calories as well these past few days... since the food that I almost eat everyday is fattening (or that's how I purposely think about it!)

Winding down in the evening with a cup of tea to relax my chaotic mind (sometimes~)

Watched two movies so far with my roommates -- Jungle Book (April) and Huntsman (May). I think we are doing it as a monthly activity!

 So far it has been a good life lately. How's yours?

May 6, 2016

The Friday Currently Vol. 4

My view at the gym - in Al Barsha 1, Dubai

Reading - I am starting to read 1984 by George Orwell. I am just a few pages in and so far it's interesting. Scary how some things in the book are somehow happening now or has happened before. 

Writing - This blog entry. It's been a while that I have not written anything except work e-mails. So I am really looking forward to update my blog with my Friday happenings... ;p

Listening - The Everly Brothers -- because I miss listening to old music! Back in the Philippines, we would play old music at home so loud all day. That's how some weekends should be! :p

Celebrating - my brother's birthday? Well, He is in Brunei right now and he is in fact working! So I just bought some nice Madeleines and a cup of coffee to celebrate life! 

Thinking - about planting again but how would I do this? There's no way for me to do gardening here. So I am wondering, when will I ever have my own garden again? Missing the home so much!

Smelling - Madeleine and coffee~

Feeling - a bit tired. I went to the gym this morning and made rounds in Carrefour. 

May 4, 2016

Thoughts on my first year work anniversary

Today marks my first anniversary at work. I didn't realize it until my boss mentioned it. It's weird how I was so excited yesterday that I am going to be one year at work today... And on the very day, I completely forgot about it. Nothing exciting happened on this day except that I cooked Lo Mien Beef with Broccoli however I still could not make something that is exactly as nice-looking as the pictures on the internet. It was definitely exciting from the start and ended up feeling okay about myself for not being very good at cooking. Nothing is perfect after all!

So anyways, one year... Wow. I remember asking myself how I am after a year of finally paying my own bills and doing actual adult responsibilities. you know, those serious and boring things~ Well, so far it has been fun to actually manage my own money. Keeping track of my money seems exhausting task to do but I look forward of doing my "accounting" on a weekly and monthly basis. I think I can say that I am proud to be frugal.

Work-wise, it has been very good. I can not believe a year has passed already. Exactly a year ago today, I had very little idea about how the company I worked for is all about. Until I learned... a lot. It's a very interesting company to be in - I feel lucky to be working there and proud of being part of it! There are so many things to learn and that means more knowledge and experience. For sure, I can say my work adds a little spice to the overall quality of my life in general.

Life abroad? Bittersweet. For sure, I miss home so much but I still think I am given an opportunity to know the outside world more. It's exhausting for an introvert like me to actually get out there but I manage. I always am open to new experiences and friendships. 

Overall, I am doing good! Looking forward to another year or maybe more years to come! 

May 2, 2016

Playlist: Tunog Kalye 1


Eraserheads Fruitcake
Rivermaya Bring Me Down
Parokya ni Edgar Sampip
Wolfgang Center of the Sun
Put3ska Manila Girl
Francis Magalona Girl Be Mine
Barbie's Cradle Goodnyt
Sugar Hiccup 5 years

I am feeling nostalgic right now and so I decided to create a short playlist of songs that I loved since I was young. Thanks to my brothers who introduced me to rock music since I was a kid. :)

A letter to self:

Remember the times when your favorite place in the house is your father's office on weekends? Because you can freely use the computer and play all of your favorite songs through that black and neon green software called Winamp (then later on you found it interesting to change the skin every night). You would sit in the computer chair and turn on the speakers to its highest volume and you're day has been made! Those were the days! Simple joys filled with mostly music. No wonder you like to sing even though you're not too good at it.

On most days, your favorite mode of entertainment was mostly the television however there were times when you would spend hours and hours just listening to the radio - every radio station. You used to have a list of telephone number for each of the radio station from 88.3 Energy FM to 107.1 NU Rock. Haha, remember the time when you just wanted to greet on-air and the DJ asked if you could answer his question about that damn underarm roll-on then you can greet on-air. You never went to claim your price! You were 8 years old then.

I am surprised that you're not working in a radio station after all that interactions such as greeting on-air, requesting songs, participating on radio topics, befriending a DJ all the way from Manila (NU Rock 107 DJ Andy) -- I remember she told you in a text that she was tired but still working on late nights. 

Thanks to your brothers who have a great taste in music. They are the ones who introduced you to what you think are the most sensible music ever. :)

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