Monday, 23 February 2015

Cheese-Filled French Toast

Let sweet and salty flavours brighten up your morning with this super simple breakfast recipe. Actually, this is my mum's version of the classic favourite French toast, and I just kinda tried replicating it today out of hunger, and also because I want something nice to eat while watching the 2015 Oscars. Haha! 

Cheese-filled French Toast


1 Egg
1/8 Cup condensed milk
Sliced bread

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1. In a bowl, combine the egg and condensed milk. Lightly beat the mixture.

2. Top a slice of bread with your choice of cheese (I used Kraft's Cheddar cheese, which is available in Philippine supermarkets).

3. Place another slice of bread on top of the cheese-filled slice, and press down until the slices flatten.

4. This step is optional, but for easy serving, you can cut the bread into quarters.

5. Coat the slices with the egg-and-milk mixture.

6. Fry until golden brown.

7. Serve and enjoy!
***You can dust your French toast with powder sugar or top it with syrup.


Friday, 16 January 2015

7 Times Sidharth Malhotra Proved His Hotness

Sidharth Malhotra is undeniably one of the hottest rising stars in the glitzy world of Bollywood. And as he celebrates his 30th birthday today, allow me to take my fangirl feels to the next level by listing down the seven times he got us all swooning over him.

Sid as hot nerd Abhimanyu Singh in Student of the Year

1. When his debut movie scene was a musical sequence about how handsome he is, because - well - he just is!

2. When he made you thirsty - like, parched-dehydrated thirsty - in all his shirtless glory.

***His well-built physique made him the first man to be featured twice on the cover of Men's Health India.

Left: 22-year-old Sid on the February 2007 cover of Men's Health India
Right: Seven years later (April 2014), Sid graced the magazine's cover once again looking more
buff with the flair of a true B-Town star.

3. When he tried playing the role of a bad guy but ended up looking  evilishly adorable instead.

With "Ek Villain" co-star Shraddha Kapoor

4. When he seemed effortlessly suave in his GQ India photo shoot.

Check out these behind the scenes clips!

***Before hitting it big in Bollywood, Sidharth Malhotra has done ramp shows in fashion capitals across the globe such as Milan, Paris, New York, Singapore, and Dubai. He also used to work as a model for renowned designer Roberto Cavalli.

5. When he revealed that he loves doodling and drawing cartoons during his free time. 

6. When he showed off his sometimes-cool-sometimes-awkward dance moves in Hasee Toh Phasee.

***Yeah, shake it like Shammi!

7. When he urged his fans to practise animal birth control as part of PeTA's campaign to end animal homelessness. 

***He has a boxer named Oscar to keep him company in his Mumbai home. (OK, I'm honestly not a dog lover - I'm actually super scared of them - but how would I even bother freaking out over a dog when Sid's around? Haha!)


Happy birthday, Sidharth MalHOTra! 
Never stop being awesome!


***NOTE: I do not own any of the photos used in this post.

Thursday, 1 January 2015

Happy New Year!

Cheers to another year filled with stories to tell, experiences, and new adventures!


Wednesday, 24 December 2014

Christmas Illustrations

About a week before Christmas day - which is tomorrow (oh, how time flies!) - I devoted a few hours a night to paint a card (or two) that says "Happy Christmas" in a different language - most of them are the native languages of close friends and almost-family (I intend to upload the photos on Facebook and tag people, knowing how the post operates during the holidays). 

It was quite a challenge that I subjected myself to, since I was pretty much bored most of the time, and also because I wanted to practise painting with watercolour, experiment with other media, and to test my skill in lettering, which, I can honestly tell you, is really poor.

Making the cards was not easy. In fact, it was mostly frustrating. It's a lot like me writing, when I'd curse myself for doing badly in my pursuit. 

Anyhow, I am happy about how the illustrations turned out, cos they're not that bad or too embarrassing to show you.

Happy Christmas, everyone! :)

I chose to paint a wreath made of colourful Christmas lights for this one.
I used a metallic pen to add the silver twinkly effect. :)

I went a bit overboard with this card, but I really like how the nail decals
complemented with my watercolour "painting".

I've always wondered why the girl and the boy in the
popular Dutch ceramic souvenir are kissing, so I gave them a
reason to kiss: I placed them under a mistletoe. Haha! :)

Inspired by the wreath we have at home, I combined sprigs and hollies to
make this card.

Thinking it's probably like Frozen in Finland right now,
I made use of cool blue colours to paint baubles that
come in different shapes.

I love poinsettias and I love the Spanish language, so I thought, why not
combine the two? ¡Jaja! :)

I wanted the English greeting to look playful, so I mixed cheery colours
with metallic ones.

I had a difficult time deciding on what I should paint for the Filipino
greeting, probably because I wanted it to mean a lot, since I'm a Filipino
myself. Then it came to me: the PAROL! It's the most significant
emblem of our Christmas, so that's what I painted!


Monday, 22 December 2014

Music Monday: Yuletide Mix

I'm the kind of person who occasionally listens to Christmas songs even when it's not Christmas. (It's not that weird, really, cos I know some other people who do that.) But. of course, listening to Christmas tunes on Christmas is still more special. Here are some of my old and new favourite Christmas tunes that are currently in my Yuletide playlist. Most of them are contemporary renditions of Christmas classics that I really like. I hope you like them, too. :)

"Baby It's Cold Outside" - Idina Menzel ft. Michael Bublé

"Mistletoe" - Colbie Caillat

"Sleigh Ride" - Jason Mraz

"Hark the Herald" - Corrinne May

"Christmas Present Future or Past" - Workshy

"Christmas Time Is Here" - A Charlie Brown Christmas

"The Christmas Song" - Kris Allen

"All I Want For Christmas Is You" - Mariah Carey

"Angels We Have Heard On High" - David Archuleta

"Home For The Holidays" - Keke Palmer

"Santa Baby" - Taylor Swift


Thursday, 18 December 2014

3 Easy Christmas Nail Art Designs

I clipped my nails really short recently, and I easily regretted my decision because there's just a ton of cute Christmas nail art designs that I wouldn't be able to try with my super short nails. But, of course, nothing can stop me from painting my nails with some Christmas-inspired patterns. So, girls with short nails who still want their nails to look Christmas party-ready or just Christmas-ready (I'm not a fan of parties myself), this post is especially for you. :)

"Let It Snow"
Freehand + Applique
Colours used: metallic blue, white, silver

1. Start with a metallic blue base coat.
2. With a fine tip brush, paint tiny asterisk-like patterns with six lines.
3. To make the asterisks look more like snowflakes, draw tiny accents like flicks or dots along the lines. I attached tiny rhinestones at the centre of each snowflake for extra shine. :)
4. With a dotting tool or a toothpick, dot tiny white and silver polish on the blue spaces to create a snowy effect.
5. Brush on a clear top coat.

"Deck the Halls"
 Sponged + Freehand + Applique
Colours used: dark metallic green, glittery yellow-green, white, clear/natural

1. Start with a clear base coat to protect your nails.
2. Dip a tiny piece of sponge in white polish. Dab the excess liquid on paper before pressing the sponge onto your nail. This creates the frosty effect. Repeat for each nail.
3. With a fine tip brush, draw dark green holly leaves. 
4. This step is optional, but if you want to achieve the same look of the leaves as mine, brush on some glittery yellow green polish on the half of every holly leaf.
5. With a dotting tool or a toothpick, make three Hidden Mickey-like dots where the two holly leaves intersect, and attach three tiny red rhinestones.
6. Make your design last longer with a clear topcoat.

"O Christmas Tree"
Taped + Freehand + Applique
Colours used: white, black, yellow, red, green, blue, metallic dark green, glittery yellow green, silver

1. Start with a plain white base coat.
2. With a fine tip brush, draw black lines and loopy curls for the wire of the Christmas lights.
3. Use a dotting tool or toothpick to make the tiny colourful Christmas light bulbs. Just dip whatever tool you have with you in the coloured polish, dot on your nail near the "wire", and drag the lacquer a bit.
4. For the Christmas tree, cut two pieces of tape and form an inverted "V" shape. Gently press the pieces of tape on your completely-dried nail.
5. Brush some metallic dark green polish on the triangular space formed by the pieces of tape. Follow with a glittery yellow green colour.
6. Carefully peel off the tape, and leave the design to dry.
7. Decorate your "tree" by attaching some studs and rhinestones. As you can see, I used two gold star-shaped studs and tiny red rhinestones.
8. With a dotting tool or a toothpick, dot tiny silver bits of "snow" around the tree.
9. Finish with a clear top coat.


Monday, 15 December 2014

My Christmas 2014 Wishlist

I'm too old to be included in Santa's list (never mind the fact whether I've been good or bad this year!), but, hey, nobody's too old to make wishlists! So, here are a few stuff I'd really appreciate to find under my Christmas tree.

1. Lomo'Instant
I first saw this genius upstart project in Kickstarter a few months ago, and I just fell in love with it. It's a lomo camera and an instant camera rolled into one gadget of pure awesomeness (and hipsterness). 

2. Brevellier's CretaColor Calligraphy Set
I suck at calligraphy, but that doesn't mean I have to suck at it forever, because I really, really want to learn it, and I think these tools will give me the right push I need.

3. Humans of New York by Brandon Stanton
I've been following HONY for quite some time now, and I truly admire Brandon Stanton's work and how he inspires people through his photographs. Seeing an image of someone who's got the same issues or simple joys as yours from the other side of the globe does make the world seem smaller.

4. A printer, copier, and scanner
About time we replace our busted printer and scanner at home!!!

5. Katie Daisy's Live Simply 2015 planner
OK, I don't really use planners that much, but I'd definitely love to have a planner illustrated by my favourite artist Katie Daisy just so I can flip through it, and remind myself that life - no matter how much it sucks - is just as beautiful as the pages of this planner.


I'm also good with cash. Haha! jk!

Friday, 28 November 2014

Life Lately: SEM-BREAK NA!!!

Things have been ticking along quite nicely after the first semester ended. I passed in all my subjects, and earned really good marks even in the subjects I thought I was on the verge of failing. I think I truly deserve them after all those sleepless nights and breakouts that school has caused my face over the past four months. 

That said, I've got one semester left in college to endure, and I know it's not going to be easy, because all the subjects I've been dreading since my first year must be taken this coming sem. I dunno how I will do in sports journalism, business journalism, and PR practise, but I guess I'll just have to go with the flow, because I've got one more major thing to worry about, and it's called THESIS DEFENSE.

But I don't want to worry about that just yet. I'm still trying to ease my brain into the sem-break mode, which is actually harder than I thought it would be. My sleeping pattern has been totally messed up, and I sleep at around 2 am or so every mornight. I'm constantly fidgeting, as though I'm expecting an exam or something, my stomach would still flip in the most random of times, and my heart would suddenly race for no reason at all. Everything's just so weird with me these days. It feels as if I don't even want to cut myself loose from all the stress last sem.

I'm trying, though...

Last Tuesday, I picked up a new book - Katie Cotugno's "How To Love". I haven't finished it yet, but I wish the story gets better, because it's kinda boring me. 

Tuesday evening snack and read :)

I've been watching a lot of movies lately, too. In one day, I'd watch about two to three on my computer (I skip scenes most of the time), and some more on TV. Sometimes, it's scaring me, cos it's like I'm torturing my eyes and brain cells. But then, once school starts again, I won't be able to watch movies that much anymore, so I might as well...

My current favourite film is "About Time". I dunno why I didn't see it before! I loved the story (despite the plot holes and all), the bond and relationship of the characters, and I'm crazy about Domhnall Gleeson and Rachel McAdam's charming chemistry! Bill Weasley and Regina George. Great! 

You might also want to check out my recent list of mouth-watering food flicks, in case you want to go on a movie marathon yourself.

When I'm not reading, watching a film, or surfing the net, I draw and paint. Now, I'm not a super talented artist (I can't even draw a decent cartoon of a person to save my life), but I think my illustrations will look great on greeting cards, since most of them are inspired by nature and places. This may sound ambitious, but I've always wanted to be a greeting card artist. 

Here are some of my fave designs :)

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Today, I woke up with a hangover from heaven after Jason Mraz and Raining Jane's concert at the Smart Araneta Coliseum last night. 

I will never get tired of seeing Jason Mraz perform live. That's for sure.

Three years ago (I can't believe it's been that long!), I went to see Jason Mraz perform an acoustic show with Toca Rivera and after that amazing night, I swore to myself that I will catch him again when he holds another concert in Manila. And he did. Last year. However, I was still in Holland when he arrived in the Philippines for the concert. I was pretty bummed back then but since he's been saying that he adores the Filipino audience, I knew without a doubt that he'd come back.

So last September, when I found out that he's returning for the Manila leg of his YES! Tour with his beautiful collaborators from Raining Jane, I did not dare miss any chances! I raided my measly concert fund, and spent 90 percent of it on a box ticket for Jason's concert (the other 10 percent went to Ed Sheeran's concert in March next year - I bloody needed a compromise!). I also asked my friend, Felis, if she wanted to come with me (she's a bigger fan of Jason Mraz, I think), and I'm so glad she said yes, because it would be my first time to attend a concert with a friend and it would be her first time to attend a "real" concert - as she put it.

Fast forward to yesterday, Felis and I got to:

-Watch Jason Mraz and Raining Jane rehearse for their evening show. There were only a few people who were granted passes, which made us feel really lucky. Most of the people at the soundcheck were women, so a lot of swooning ensued. 

-Meet Jason Mraz in person and we got to hug him! Oh my God. YES, WE HUGGED JASON MRAZ. I could not stress that enough. Most of the fans were just high-fiving him, but NO. We don't want to just high-five Jason Mraz! We wanted to hug him, so we f*cking did! How I wish we have photos to prove our "claims", though, but damn, photography wasn't allowed during the meet and greet. We have a group photo with Jason and some other fans, though. I guess that's good enough. I just don't know where we will be able to find that picture taken by the official photographer of the event.

-Sing our hearts out during the concert <3

During Jason Mraz and Raining Jane's soundcheck...
(I sneakily snapped this photo, since taking pictures wasn't allowed.)

Felis was literally frozen in this position during the entire time we were at the
soundcheck. Gotta love her expression! Haha! :D

Now, here's a funny story: After finishing one of his songs during the soundcheck,
Jason threw his guitar pick, but I was too overwhelmed to even realise what was
happening. The girls around me just suddenly had their hands on the floor, 
frantically looking for the tiny pick. Then it all happened really fast. I glanced 
down, and it was there. Right next to my right foot was what everyone's been 
looking for. I quickly (and tightly!) placed my hand over the pick, while the 
other girls tried to pry my hand off it. All I could remember was saying 
"It's mine!" again and again until they finally gave up and let go of my hand. 
So, even thoughphotos and autographs were not allowed during the soundcheck, at
least, I've got the pick Jason used (the frayed edges and scratches on the surface
will speak for me) to play some of my favourite songs ever. I felt like a winner.
I battle hard like that.

Just before the show started...

Fangirls :D

Here are clips of "Lucky" (with an arrangement I really, really love) and "Love Someone" I took during the concert:

Jason Mraz and Raining Jane taking a long bow after an amazing show in Manila

It was crazy! Seeing Jason Mraz perform live twice in one night was - and still is - so surreal! Last night is truly unforgettable.