Friday, 12 September 2014

Friday Night List

I find TGIF a distant idea now, especially because I've got a crappy Saturday class schedule that demands me to be away from home (...fun, social life, and relaxation) from 8 in the morning to 9 in the evening. So, yeah, don't you dare complain about your class schedule in front of me, because I'm sure that I've got worse. 

ANYWAY, after a super tiring exam day in school (and as I write some parts of a course requirement), allow me to unwind a bit by sharing with you some non-academic stuff that keep me sane and happy (even in the simplest of ways) lately. After all, making lists makes me feel better.


Divergent Trilogy


I hate dystopian novels. I think I made that point of mine clear before. I even tried my best to like the current favourite, The Hunger Games Trilogy, by watching the first film and starting the first book, but to no avail. However, when I got to watch some parts of Divergent while on the bus en route to Manila, I got hooked. I knew I had to read the books, so I bought a copy of Divergent that weekend. I finished it today, and started reading Insurgent.


If I Stay (Film and Music)


I went to see the film version of Gayle Forman's best-selling novel If I Stay last Wednesday, and it was everything I wanted it to be! Screw the fucking critics who call it horrible or manipulative! It was perfect! Chloe Moretz and Jamie Blackley spelled chemistry. The soundtrack is pure eargasm. And, the essence of the book was not lost in the film! My favourite part was the bonfire scene, where Mia played the cello alongside Adam, who played the guitar. I keep hitting repeat to hear their rendition of Smashing Pumpkins' "Today" again and again and again!



Painting


I've been painting again. It's the only thing I like to do when I've got a few hours to myself, or when I feel like something I'm writing is going nowhere and I'm in need of new ideas. It allows the creative side of my brain to recharge. It's pretty amazing and weird how I get to come up with words to write whilst painting. I'll always love that surge of good thoughts.


Dylan O'Brien


Tell me he's not cute and I will stop these irrational fangirl feels raging within me.


The Theatrical Trailer of Love, Rosie 


I've seen it countless of times, and I still hit the replay button whenever I look it up on Youtube, which I do a lot! Love, Rosie is my favourite book from Cecelia Ahern and is one of my favourite books ever, which is why I really can't wait to see its movie adaptation! Lily Collins and Sam Claflin look amazing together!



...And, I keep pausing the trailer when it gets to this part of a teary-eyed-yet-smiling Sam a.k.a. Alex  with a tiny teddy bear in his hand.



Andz

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Easy Recipe: Chili-Parmesan Shrimp Skillet


I came across this recipe earlier today, and it totally stuck in my head. So I thought my mum and I should make our own version of it for dinner, and guess what? It turned out really well! 

Although it took us only a few ingredients to make this dish, it burst of sweet, savory, and spicy flavours here and there without overwhelming our taste buds, which is great! It's also super easy to cook - perfect for everyone who doesn't want to cook complicated dishes on a simple evening.


Chili-Parmesan Shrimp Skillet
(adapted from the blog How Sweet It Is)


1 pound raw peeled and de-veined shrimp

1/3 cup olive oil

1/4 cup parmesan cheese

4 garlic cloves, minced

2 teaspoons brown sugar

2 teaspoons soy sauce

1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes

Instead of penne, we used capellini or "angel hair" pasta

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1. In a bowl, mix the olive oil, parmesan, minced garlic, soy sauce, brown sugar, and the red pepper flakes.

2. Add the shrimp in a Ziploc bag, and pour the sauce in. Seal and shake.

3. Refrigerate your marinade for 30 minutes (or for as long a you wish, so the flavours could really seep into the shrimps).

4. Cook your pasta.

5. Dump the contents of the Ziploc bag into a pan, and cook until shrimps turn pink.

6. In low heat, add your pasta, and toss.

7. Serve and enjoy!

 


Andz

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Nail Art Tutorial: Textured Nails


It's been a while since I last painted my nails. I knew that my nails needed to breathe after my months-long nail art challenge, because even though I love how nail polish makes my tips look pretty, I know that applying nail lacquer every few days isn't really a healthy thing to do. 

Anyway, after trimming and treating my nails, I wanted to try something new. Something simple and easy that wouldn't take too much of my time, so I decided to try different textures on my (super short) nails. Although I don't have grainy or sandy polish at the moment, I am really happy with this orange glossy-matte-and-glittery combo.



Textured Nails

What you need:

-Tape
-Various nail lacquers that come in different textures.
(I used plain orange, glittery orange, a glossy top coat, and a matte top coat.)


What to do:

1. Start with a plain base, brush a glossy top coat, and let your nails dry completely.

2. Cut a tiny piece of tape, and position it on your nail according to how you want your design to look.

3. Brush a layer of your textured polish on the exposed part of your nail away from the tape (follow the arrows). I chose to brush the matte top coat first.



5. Carefully peel off the tape.

6. Position another piece of tape on your nail, avoiding the part you just painted over.

7. Brush another layer of textured polish away from the tape, carefully avoiding the previously painted part of your nail.


8. Carefully peel off the tape, and leave your nails to dry.


Pretty easy, right? :)


Andz

Friday, 8 August 2014

SNAPS: Thomasian Global Village


I kind of assumed the role of an unofficial photographer during AIESEC-UST's very first mini Global Village (GV) held last Wednesday. I knew the other AIESECers would be super busy, so I figured, perhaps, I could help them at the moment by documenting the event. After all, I like staying behind the lens and taking photos. Haha! And, since I'm not a fan of Facebook's crappy photo album feature, I'm including in this post some of the "best" shots from the GV. 

How was the event, you ask? Well, it exceeded my expectations. In fact, think it exceeded everyone's expectations.

Sure, it wasn't set in a glamorous venue, nor did we have state-of-the-art props and shizz, but everybody seemed to be having fun, while learning about different cultures at the same time, and that's all that mattered. So, kudos to AIESEC-UST, especially to the Organising Committee (We love you, OC! We do! ♥) and to the EPs, as well as some UST international students, who put up really interesting booths (with the least resources available and in the shortest time possible) and warmly interacted with the students who dropped by.




Mato from Croatia

Thijmen from Holland

Cheuky from Hong Kong

Marin from Japan

Mana from Japan

Jennifer from Indonesia

Peppi from Finland

Of course, we have a booth, too!

Marshmallow relay!!!



What's an AIESEC event without AIESEC dances?

Cheuky writing my name in Chinese (prolly, Cantonese)


I helped Peppi put up her booth, since she didn't have much items with her -
I loved the Salmiakki, though! :D



The participants also paraded their national costumes :)





The participants showing off their certificates from the event

From left: Mato, Nicole, Cheuky, Mana, Peppi, Thijmen, and Jennifer



Check out more photos from the event HERE.


Andz

Thomasian Global Village (Photos, Outtakes, and Whatnot)

Random snaps from the first Thomasian Global Village - yay! 

*NOTE: Can't find the photo you've been looking for? Maybe, it's in my OTHER POST. Still can't find what you're looking for? Drop me a message (jump to Reach Me), and I'll look into my files again then I'll send you the photo/s if I find it/them. Please understand that I couldn't upload every single photograph I took at the event, so I just chose to publish the "best" shots and the pictures people requested me to take.


















 




















Andz