Saturday, August 31, 2013

There Is A Light That Never Goes Out

Dress: vintage | Shoes: Fashion 71 | Bag: Thrifted

This used to be a long vintage dress exuding serious grandma vibes. I made it a tad youthful by cutting it shorter. The shift silhouette reminds me so much of the 60s. It has one of the finest floral prints I've seen in a while. The background is a pretty robin egg hue and splattered with gorgeous flowers. I would have worn it with socks but with the temperature today, that's not really a sterling idea.

And please pardon my unruly hair. It has arrived at a point where I can't decide whether to cut it short again or let it grow longer. Right now, I'm leaning more towards the latter.

I've been a terrible blogger but I hope this will start more regular posts. Anyway, I hope you all are having a great weekend. I know I am.

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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Bacon-Wrapped Kani Recipe

I made bacon-wrapped kani a couple of days ago. I was planning on making this for Myk's birthday so I decided to test-drive the recipe to prevent disasters. I shouldn't have worried though. It was pretty easy making it.

- kani (crab sticks)
- bacon
- oyster sauce
- soy sauce
- brown sugar
- onion leaves
- toothpick

1. Cut crab sticks in desired size.
2. Cut your bacon in the size enough so you can wrap it around the crab sticks. Bacon shrinks when you cook it so make sure your bacon is of good quality and doesn't shred or rip easily when you slice it.
3. Secure the bacon with a toothpick.
4. In medium heat settings, use vegetable oil or olive oil to fry the bacon-wrapped crab sticks. 

For the sauce mix oyster sauce, soy sauce and brown sugar. Just eyeball it. You can put more oyster sauce or more brown sugar, depending on how you want your sauce to taste like.

Plate your bacon-wrapped kani and sprinkle chopped onion leaves over it.

I hope you like my first recipe post! <3 I can't make outfit posts these days because of the constant rain. Hope you guys are doing great. 

Monday, August 19, 2013

Rainy Day Inspiration

I've forgotten what a sunny day looks like. The torrential rains have been relentless, flooding cities in mere hours. We here are so lucky we only have to deal with semi-flooded streets.

I loathe the monsoon season with a passion. And I'm not just whining. I'm just concerned.

Last wednesday, we rushed my cousin to the hospital. She was diagnosed with a strain of dengue fever, a viral disease you can get from the bite of an infected mosquito. Dengue season is often at its peak during the monsoon season when there is plenty of clear water collected from bouts of rain. Mosquitoes hatch their eggs in these pools of water.

When we got there, we had to wait for a bed to be vacated. That's how many people are being admitted every hour. And it's not just the dengue cases. There's also pneumonia, bronchitis, stomach bugs and a gamut of illnesses that aren't experienced when the sun is up.

My cousin just got back home and is now, thankfully, out of danger. But the scare of that will leave me scarred for life.

As a way of cheering myself up in these trying times, I curated a few 50's and 60's photos I collected in the past months. I mostly got these from pinterest. I don't own these photos and do not lay any claim to them. I just want to share them with you guys. If you own these photos, do let me know and I'll credit you.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Life, Lately

This post sums up the goings-on in my life lately. Suffused with platitude - eating, reading, taking weekend trips with Myk and trying to look like Brigitte Bardot. But I'm not one to complain. Life has been blissful and I won't have it any other way.

Sunday, August 4, 2013


Slammed. God, Slammed! Where do I even begin to talk about this book? I realize I can't. It's too amazing, I'm afraid I'm not going to do it justice. All I can say is that if you are looking for something to read, you should get your hands on this...and the other two books that come in this series. Colleen Hoover just managed to get in my list of favorite authors. And you need to do a quick research about slam poetry first if you don't know it already before giving this a go.

Anyhoo, here's another 60's-inspired look. It was too windy and too gloomy to take decent pictures but we managed to get a few snapshots. I'm excessively exhausted and I'll probably nod off in a few minutes so in lieu of a goodbye, I'm hoping you guys are having a great weekend.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

The Fault in Our Stars

I spent the better part of yesterday afternoon finishing The Fault In Our Stars by John Green. To be honest, I'm not a huge fan of male authors who write love stories. They usually end up tragically and I want to be spared the needless pain inflicted by a seemingly harmless paperback. But for this particular John Green piece, I caved in. 

It's beautifully written, with characters that are all too wise, accepting and eloquent for their age. It makes me feel intellectually puny - like I need to go relive my teenage years and be someone more profound. But then we are talking about fictional cancer patients here so obviously, they are different from the rest (and by different I mean the difference in how they see the universe and not the difference as in alienated because of their illness). 

Although Hazel Grace is the main character, Augustus Waters is my favorite. As a fictional character, he is a rockstar who deserves to be raised to cult status. I've never met a male protagonist as amazing as Augustus. All those lords and rich CEOs and alpha male protagonists that I so often read in my romance novels pale in comparison to this teenager. 

But like most novels with characters brimming with hamartias, I finish this book with a heavy heart. It's a gem, this book. I cried a lot reading it. Like really cried - a sobbing, heaving, face-crumpling crying. It was that moving.

Moving on, I find it amusing that I have unintentionally matched my outfit to the book's cover. It's currently my favorite ensemble and one that didn't cost me a lot. The top was a thrifted item for under a dollar and the skirt used to be a midi skirt until I had it shortened to this size. I was going for the 60's, old school vibe. Should I make a trademark out of wearing plain headbands now? This seems to be my go-to accessory as of late.

Anyway, these photos were taken hastily as the clouds were threatening to open up and the wind made it impossible to keep my hair in place. Sigh. The rainy season has really come to make its presence known. There's no ignoring it.


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