Seafood quickie

This recipe is one of those quick fix lunches when you have forgotten to thaw out the meat. Seafoods with the exception of fish, are quite easy to defrost. My box of mussels that rested in the freezer for quite a long time almost forgotten and the left-over prawns make for this recipe.


8 pcs. mussels on half shells

8 pcs. shrimps, deveined (simply cut along the dorsal section with scissors without removing the entire exoskeleton)

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 onion, sliced

1 tomato, diced

a thumb sized ginger, julienned

a bunch of leafy green i.e kangkong, young spinach

a bunch of coriander, chopped

1-2 pcs hot chilis, chopped

3 tbsp rice wine

2 tbsp Kikkoman soy sauce

salt and pepper to taste


1. Sautee onion, garlic, ginger, chilis and tomato in canola oil (or any cooking oil).

2. Add in shrimps and mussels. Make sure that these are completely thawed. Stir fry until almost cooked.

3. Splash in rice wine and soy sauce. Simmer covered for 3 minutes.

4. Add in leafy greens, salt and pepper. Simmer for another 2 minutes uncovered.

5. Turn off heat and sprinkle the coriander over.

Serve with plain steamed rice.


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a pair of sandals

I miss my Birckenstock. It was my trusty companion. Although I have re-glued the sole twice already, other than that, it has remained faithful. I worn it everywhere: hiked it, soaked it in mud, washed in a river, and waddled in the sea. It looks cool with jeans, shorts, skirts, and even with a dress. It’s been with me in my most exciting adventures, relaxing afternoon strolls, and  in my saddest walks.

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Late for Halloween…

I kind of got the hang of basic Gimp operations. Since I had not participated in any Halloween related activity the last time, I made an artwork about it. I was inspired by the semi-gothic-emo theme of 2NE1’s music video of “It Hurts” posted by a friend at FB. The character of Sandara’s kinda cute, mute and cute. 🙂

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Again, I started with the graphing paper.

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graphing paper + bus + Gimp

I’ve been practicing with Gimp (GNU Image Manipulation Program), a share software for image editing. I haven’t got hold of Adobe Photoshop yet, so I’m starting over with Gimp – I like the sound of it /gimp/. I’ve been doing my sketches manually and I am so intimidated by Adobe Illustrator. I feel like a total moron the moment I open it. I’m still starting with Gimp and I have no idea if I can draw vectors with it as easily as Visio – how I missed Visio. So out of frustration, I bought a graphing paper and drew my sketch, took a picture of it, and did some rendering with Gimp. And there goes my “Hop on, hop off” bus… a bit disproportioned and out of perspective. Next time, I’ll draw a flat cartoon, this way I don’t have to worry about being disfigured. So much for the graphing paper.


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Recall: simple life of an 80’s child

I remembered when asked to tell a story of my childhood in a ValuesEd class in high school with Ms. Ferarren, a classmate of mine commented that it was like in Tom Sawyer’s – my story. Truly, my childhood escapades were quite comparable to that of Tom Sawyer’s adventurous and truant undertakings. Growing in a barangay of a small town and in a small island, I had all the opportunity to explore and discover, and to engage in quite hazardous child’s play. In contrast, back to the high school ValuesEd class, my close friend’s childhood was quite confined to the limits of the four corners of a concrete wall that normally surrounds a house in the city. She practically grew up with hundreds of books and toys – almost all kind of toys. Me and my sibs grew up with a simple life, very seldom do we have a plastic toy. However, the beauty of a simple life is that as a child, the world is your toy. You observe, discover and create. My brothers were quite craftsmen and inventors, me I watch and imitate, and frequently almost have my fingers cut. My sister was already a young lady during that time and had different interests.

From these childhood memories that I so treasure, I am inspired to write down those memories in this blog. Specifically, I would feature the games that we played, the toys we invented, and any contraptions and accoutrement made of indigenous materials that we played with. I wish to represent them as much as possible in the best way with my own sketches. I would have loved to do them in Visio or some other neat drawings but I really got none of those now. So as a starter, here’s a sample of a  rough sketch. This will be featured on its own sometime.


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Taking notes at a NatGeo program?

Having been immersed in science ever since I learned how to read – grew up with Grolier’s encyclopedia, went to a science high school and pursued an undergraduate and masters field in science – pretty much, I am a huge science buff. Thus follows my extreme fascination with The National Geographic Channel and Discovery Channel. I could watch these shows for an entire day and still not having enough of it. Dang, I even actually took notes a couple of times! Yep, if I were Dr. Sheldon Cooper’s student, he would be very satisfied, would even give me a star. 🙂

Below is an example of a NatGeo topic I noted, and later made into an assignment. Good thing my housemate is an extremely quick and intelligent geek, he never failed to answer and even illustrate my inquiries in an instant, in a very scholarly manner, just like a professor.

I got so fascinated and amazed with Sea Launch, an extremely high-tec platform in the middle of the Pacific for launching satellites such as DirectTV, PanAmSat, and some satellite phone providers.

Here’s an instant illustrated lecture of my housemate when asked about the distance in which for example a boat would drop from a line of sight or horizon. This is in relation to the topic above regarding satellite orbiting the earth; and  the distance in which the earth curves to a certain degree.

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My search for the perfect notebook

Ever since I was a kid, I have this predilection for nice, clean, and smooth writing surface. My mother would scold me for being wasteful and disorganized, because I would tend to write on a new, perfectly smooth and fresh page.  I would skip writing at the back and the following page which would have dents and traces from the heavy pencil writing. Growing up, I have changed, to be not wasteful of precious pages that is. In fact, I have the tiniest handwriting that would fill every empty surface of a page. I’d even divide the note page into two columns to maximize the space. However, my fancy for smooth and clean (with a nice scent is a plus) writing surface is still there. In fact, it has become quite a bad habit. I would buy nice stationeries, diaries and journal notebooks, sketch pads, and tiny notepads. I really fancy those clean-looking Japanese and Korean notebooks that has dainty cartoon drawings, regardless of the tag lines that do not make sense at all. I’d probably write on the first few pages, and then nothing more. They would just lie there in my plastic stationery box. I haven’t been really a diligent scribe that writes a daily journal. I do write lists however in bullet form, on important events or things of the day. And supposedly, I would transcribe these bulleted summaries to a journal entry, into those nice crispy pages… but I haven’t really.
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