Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Biko Birthday Cake

I've decided to make good use of the gorgeous rice from Cagayan Valley in the Philippines that was gifted by a friend, and decided to make some Biko. I found a simple recipe here. I just adjusted the sugar to my taste. And found that the rice needed more coconut milk than was mentioned in the recipe.

Gorgeous grains of Malagkit Rice from Cagayan Valley, soaked overnight in water.

Monday, December 24, 2018

The Loneliness of Palindromes

One of the most beautiful things I have ever come across on the internet...


Merry Christmas and Happy New You... if there is such a thing!

P. S.
I find the creator of the youtube video a bit mad, or genius, or both.
Does anybody know if she's a real person or AI ?

Saturday, December 22, 2018

December Watercolor Painting Updates

This week, I've been having an unexpectedly long weekend due to my sudden indisposition. And I finally found some time to brush up on my watercolor painting skills, while trying to rest. I thought I would make some paintings to give to family for Christmas. Painting is a kind of therapy and relaxation for me, so I thought, why not...

Some simple paintings of my version of Poinsettia wreaths to send to relatives
The calligraphy certainly needs improvement. This is just my natural handwriting. I haven't exactly been studying how to do this with a brush, or how to properly do calligraphy.

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Corsica

Up on the travel blog...

Poolside view at our resort in Rondinara Bay, Corsica
Winter must be cold for those with no warm memories --  that famous quote from that famous Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr movie. Glad I got plenty of them from last summer. And all the previous ones. Enough to keep me warm for a lifetime, most especially on bleak autumn days like the ones we're having this week.

Keep warm, folks!

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Rio on Urban Dictionary

If you're running out of dumb things to do on lazy weekends, look your name up on Urban Dictionary.



I was surprised to find how accurate they are -- "Abs like Jesus", etc. Made me laugh so hard.

And just for wicked fun, I looked up the names of my not-so-favorite people and found them to be accurate as well. Makes me wonder if I actually wrote the definitions myself, if not for the few, obvious lapses in grammar.

And a funny video of laughter en francais...



Have a good one, folks!

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Working in France

Surprisingly, I managed to find work after just one week of looking for a job. It's my best record so far. I'm not very patient with job interviews, so this was really a very much welcomed relief for me.

Aerospace Technology has always fascinated me... so glad to have this opportunity to work in this industry. 😊
(image credit: careerguide.com )
For the first time in my life, I'm not working in Finance/Banking industry. In fact, everything was overwhelmingly different -- new technologies, new industry, different language, etc.

The language is really one of the biggest obstacles I had to face. Although, the technical interviews are mostly in English, I had to express myself in French in the non-technical interviews. And since we are in France and all my colleagues are French, including myself, everybody speaks French at work. Even my computer is all set up in French. The keyboard is of course, not my usual qwerty keyboard, where I'm used to touch-typing. But I am not complaining. This is a good training for me. Already just one week into the job, I feel a lot more confident speaking French. I even surprise myself at the extent of what I could understand now even before taking the job.

Et voila, juste une bonne nouvelle que je voulais partager avec vous.

Bon weekend! 😊

Sunday, August 5, 2018

First Time Long Drive (Revisiting Lourdes)

With some helpful proddings and encouragements from hubby and friends, I've managed to convince myself to do a day trip and revisit Lourdes. It was a gruelling 2.5-hour one-way drive to get there. It was my first time ever to drive for such a long time. My right ankle hurt for three days! But of course, it was worth it. Although, next time, I would take into consideration to do a short break each way, to give my legs some rest.

Goth Revival Spires atop the Basilica of Our Lady of Lourdes

Crossing the gorgeous Gave de Pau River

Golden crown and cross, shining shimmering splendid on a hot summer afternoon

Before going, and agreeing to embark on this long-drive (buwis-buhay) adventure with my motivated friends, I have of course, checked the map and the most convenient area to park without the exorbitant fees.