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03.18.13: Where I truly belong

One of the things that truly amazes me about life is how God puts me in a position where I can learn a lot… and when I say A LOT, it means more than a handful of what I expect and deserve. I have been blabbing about the turning points in my life for years now. It’s just hard not to, especially when I realize that I can inspire someone.

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Went to one of my favorite bookshops in the States! Ukazoo! They sell previously owned and new books.  Trust me, I tried my best not to go out with so much books, but these are just so hard to resist! I went back a few more times after that Monday!!

P.S. Sadly, I can’t bring all of the books that I bought. I had more or less 18 books in total and I was only able to bring home 6 😦

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Fact: I LOVE MEDITERRANEAN FOOD! I am so lucky that my boyfriend is half Greek cause I get to enjoy the same food that I love with him.

Wait…. don’t we always do? Haha 🙂

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Appetizers: Grilled Calamari, Hummus and Tzatziki

I love tzatziki!!! I eat it with everything!!! I can eat it with my steak, fried chicken or whatever is in front of me LOL.

It is safe to say that “we got served”. Served with too much pita breads! Pita has got to be one of my favorite breads, maybe next to brioche even! We went home with a bag of pita bread enough for 6 people!

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Grilled Octopus in red wine vinaigrette with tomato-cucumber relish

Soooooooo goooood! There’s something about octopus that makes me feel like I’m a beast. haha #Weirdo

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And of course! A Greek food trip will not be complete without these yummy babies! Gyro and Souvlaki! Mmmmmm

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I first knew about ACF from our school, I never really thought much about it until my graduation, when they handed me that certification. I became more interested about it when I worked at BCC, all of the great Chefs that I worked with are part of this. And I though to myself…. wow I have that too (though mine was just on the student category only that time). So when the time came that mine expired (I was in luck cause I was still there when it happened) I didn’t hesitate on renewing. With God’s grace, I was able to do so and much more, I got upgraded to a Certified Culinarian. It means a lot to have this with CC beside my name. (apart from the fact that I am crazy about cards haha)

DISCLAIMER: DO NOT SCROLL DOWN IF YOU HAVE A WEAK HEART, OR IF YOU ARE EATING….especially PORK!

AGAIN, DO NOT SCROLL DOWN IF YOU DO NOT WANT TO BE GROSSED OUT!

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After our uber late lunch, we went straight to Stratford to witness a demo. One of the perks of being part of ACF is that you get to attend meetings, demos or any Culinary related stuff arranged by your chapter.

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A french chef butchered a pig. He looked like he was filleting a fish. Haha

I liked the insights that he told us too! Made me want to attend to more ACF meetings! ❤

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Oh hello there! If the meeting took place here in the Philippines, this head would be a sisig after a few hours! haha

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OOTD: And of course, to balance everything about this blog (weirdo style) here’s an outfit post!

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Unfortunately for me, I can blab more about food. I love fashion! I love dressing up! I love style! But cooking is my passion so it’s easier for me to speak from the heart and talk about it all day.

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It is a delight for us to have a warm weather right after winter. So I took the opportunity to dress the part. I wore a floral skirt to scream SPRING and a jacket to say “hey it’s not summer yet” HAHA!

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Forgive my face, the wind was blowing too hard that it made my face freeze. Not warm enough apparently! haha

Jacket: H&M | Skirt: Zara | Flats: Tory Burch

15 months today,

R ❤ xx

Oh, Manila

April May 2013: A roundup of randomness 

I know… I KNOW, I haven’t been fair to this blog, especially to you readers. I have failed to deliver and make this page as exciting as it was. But despite of my absence, I am really grateful of everyone who has been visiting my blog. My daily stats never went down to zero and I have gained a few dolls on my followers list. So thaaaaank you everyone! ❤ 🙂

Anyway, I have been contemplating about life deeply for the past few days. The girls and I spent a lovely sleepover this past weekend and it has opened my heart into expressing the thoughts and feelings that I have kept inside, towards my life here in Manila.

It is disappointing to feel like a tourist when I step out of our home. To choose to be on the other side of the world than to be here. I have been very bold when it comes to my family and how they affect my choices in life. But one thing that gets into me is how the people that doesn’t know anything can say so much just for the sake of…speaking. It disturbs me how someone can just make my life his/her business, when they haven’t done anything but to be a professional stalker. My life was an open book before, it’s like a portfolio for some, just waiting to be turned and exposed. God knows how devastated I was and how I struggled just to be who I am now… happy, contented, blessed, loved, and existing.

Existing, yes. I remember when I was still in college, our Logic Professor talked about “life”, he mentioned that “to live is to exist”, and that thought is stuck on my head ever sinceHe said, you make yourself exist by living, by doing things that will make you live, and by doing things,that’s when you exist. A few years after, I realized that I should try to exist and live to have my own identity in this world. So I prayed and told Him, I want to feel good about myself,and be great at something. It took me 2 years to be blessed with such…and I am telling you, it was worth the wait.

So yeah, it still breaks my heart every time I think about my decisions in life. But see, God blessed me with something big and we all know how sacrifices work in our lives. Nothing great comes easy. It’s sad that the thing that made me feel great is at the other side of the world. In just a span of 1 year, I was able to learn a lot and hear the most motivating and flattering compliments from people who are highly-skilled, Top Chefs if I must say. I never thought that I can be that person, and it’s such a shame how I didn’t feel the same appreciation when I got back (aside from my family). Anyway, in a few months I will do what I love the most again and feel great. And be able to make my family proud (again and again and again) and be mum about it (again). “Let them wonder why you’re smiling” , as they say.

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This welcomed me earlier 😦 I can’t believe that the browser that I have been using for the past 2 years (I think) is retiring!!! I spent almost half an hour transferring my bookmarks and jotting down my saved passwords. #hassle

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WEEK 1: Finally

 

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First official week highlight: A trip to the salon.

It has been 15 months since I last had my hair cut and treated. I had the driest hair in Manila!! I felt guilty after seeing almost 4 inches of hair on the floor 😦 All for the love of…beauty! Haha 🙂

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Week 2 highlight: T Love

Met up with my college friends, Caloy and LA! ❤ 🙂

I forgot small servings here in Manila are…and how overpriced they are in unworthy restaurants! I don’t even know how to start with the VERY VERY VERY small shrimp that was served in my brother’s Alfredo pasta 😦

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Week 3: Vanity and Family

Was craving pizza so I asked my family if we can go to Uncle Cheffy’s for some yummy panizza! ❤ Sooooooo goood!

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Week 4: CC is for Chubby Cheeks!

My second Chanel lippy! Happiness! ❤ 🙂

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Week5:  Piggies

Fattening dinner in Sambokojin. We’ve been going to buffets like crazy lately and my bodyis not entirely happy about it. My baby brother is not a baby anymore, look how big he is! He makes me loook like a midget! 😛

74 days,

R ❤ xx

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