Just a little update.

Hey! I know my last post was two days late, and I was going to apologize there, but I decided to just make a separate post about it. I’m really super sorry about the late post, and also for not yet posting the other Cali Gallery and La Union posts.

I’ve been kind of out of it lately, but I’m trying to get out of the funk. I’ve been struck by an intense wave of insecurity and worry about what I’m doing with my life, and whether or not I will amount to anything in the end.

Coincidentally, the song I posted about last week is a track that I kind of resonate with these days–at least in the sense that I need help. I’m hitting a slump of feeling alone and not feeling like I matter at all. It doesn’t quite make sense to me, but it’s also my reality at the moment.

I’m really hopeful that I’ll get over the slump soon, and I’d like to very sincerely thank you for sticking with me. I’ll be back with consistent posts soon, but I hope you understand that they’ll be sporadic for a while. Thanks again so much! You’re amazing. 😊

’til next time,

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Music monday (on a wednesday): Help me out.

I haven’t heard of a new song from Maroon 5 for a while now (although I may just have been out of the music loop for years), so when I saw this track a few weeks ago on Spotify, I decided to give it a play–and I really liked what I heard. It fits well with music nowadays, it’s catchy, and it has pretty honest lyrics. It’s a good track to add to a work out or commute playlist because it’s such an easy song to bob your head to, a really awesome find! Check it out! 🎢

Let’s cook! Bistek Tagalog

I’m making lunch today and I had a thought to document the process. Bistek Tagalog is one of my absolute favorite Filipino dishes, and it’s very simple to make yourself so that’s a huge bonus. Now, I don’t remember where I got the recipe that I use. It’s been a note in my phone for over a year, but it works so that’s great!Β πŸ˜†

The ingredient list for this recipe is pretty short: soy sauce, calamansi (Philippine lime), pepper, beef tenderloin (I used breakfast steak), onions, and oil and butter. Calamansi is a key ingredient in this recipe, and although you can substitute it with lemon, there’s nothing like this citrus fruit from my homeland. 😊

So we start by putting together 1/4 cup calamansi juice, 1/3 cup soy sauce, and 1/4 tsp black pepper. Into this mixture, we put 1/2 kg of the beef, make sure they’re cut up into smaller pieces, although the size depends on you, and let it marinade for 15-20 minutes. I let it marinade for an hour or two, although I don’t know if this changes anything.

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After marinading, put some oil and butter in a pan and then sear the beef. Don’t forget to set aside the marinade as this will be used later on. This is the longest step in this recipe because the meat should be seared one layer at a time. I cooked 3/4 kg of beef and it took me about 30 minutes to sear everything–it really depends on the size of your pan and the amount you’re searing.

When all the beef is seared, set them aside and put the onions in the pan, sliced into rings, and cook them until they’re translucent. I like onions so I put in a large whole one, but the amount depends on your preference. When the onions are translucent, put the beef back into the pan and mix them in with the onions. Pour the marinade into the pan, as well as 1/4 cup water, and let them simmer for about 2 to 3 minutes.

That’s it! Pretty simple right? This is a classic Filipino dish that I think you will enjoy. It’s savory and kind of sour, with some sweetness coming from the onions, and it pairs very well with white rice. Try it yourself and let me know what you think. 😁

’til next time,

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P.S. – I had to leave right after cooking and then chowed down as soon as I got home so I wasn’t able to take a photo of the final product. Sorry about that. πŸ˜…

Music monday: Helium.

I first heard of this song when my best friend played over Spotify during a drive. I asked what the title was and who sang it, and made a mental note to check it out later on. I found the lyric video on Youtube, and I’m just fell in love with the track even more. It’s such a creative and beautiful way to express support to those people that are important to you. It speaks the words that I myself don’t exactly know how to say. Whether you need a pick me up, want to send a pick me up to someone else, or just want to listen to a new heartwarming track, this is an amazing choice. Check it out! 🎢

Cali galleries: In-N-Out.

These next 2 posts happened in the same day–my last tourist day in San Diego. If you want to check out the rest of this series, go ahead and click here. I spent two weeks in California meeting with family and friends, and being a tourist. This series documents this trip. Go ahead and check it out! πŸ˜„

This day’s adventure started with lunch at no other place than In-N-Out. I’ve heard so many things about this place, and have been told that it’s something that must be tried when in California. I was really excited to finally be trying such a popular thing. I nearly jumped out of the car when we parked. BURGEEEER YAAAAAASS.Β πŸ˜†

In all the time that I’ve seen and heard people talk about In-N-Out, I heard hype around pretty much the same thing–Animal Style. It’s an item on their not-so-secret secret menu, and means the addition of grilled onions, cheese, and extra sauce. Given its popularity, it was clear what my order was going to be–a double double and fries, both Animal Style. 😁IMG_4895

Look at that beaut. It took a lot of restraint to not chow down as soon as the food arrived, but IΒ had to take a photo first–if not for the blog, then for my own memory bank. I took this and another one and then,Β finally, FINALLY,Β ate my lunch. 🀀

The burger was really good and I’d definitely have it again, but it wasn’t as amazing to me as the hype made it out to be. Maybe it was just the fact that I heard too much hype about it, or maybe I just eat too many burgers. Again though, it was super good and filling, and I’ll definitely be going back when I can. 😁

So yeah, just a short post to start off the last tourist day. I’ve gotta say, it was a great start–stomach, heart, and soul full (burgers really make me happyΒ πŸ˜†). What followed is a very tiring and fun day–but that’s for the next post. Thanks for sticking with me!Β πŸ˜„

’til next time,

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Music monday: START:DASH!!

So I spent the last week re-watching one of the most happy-go-lucky anime titles I’ve ever watched–Love Live!Β πŸ˜† It’s a very entertaining show, and since it deals with being school idols (pop groups from certain high schools), there are a lot of super catchy songs. This one is the first one performed in the show, and is the one that’s been pretty much stuck in my head since I heard it again. If you read the lyrics you’ll find that its very uplifting, and with its melody, you have a tune that you can’t help but dance to, or at least bob your head. Check it out! 🎢

P.S. – I couldn’t find the music video of START:DASH!!, but I did find this live performance of the voice actors of the characters. I was so amazed when I found this that I binge watched several more live performances by them.Β πŸ˜†

New books from #MIBF2017.

September 13 – 17 was this year’s Manila International Book Fair at the SMX Convention Center. It’s the biggest book event in the country, and I’ve never been able to check it out because of how far it is to where I live. This year though, I managed to finally go with two of my friends, and we got overwhelmed by everything together. 😡

There were so many people in line and inside the venue, which I didn’t quite expect because it was the second to the last day when we went. At the same time, because it was its penultimate day, I was worried that we weren’t going to be able to get out hands on good books. Thankfully, there were still loads of stocks available. 😁

After looking through a lot of titles, a lot of which ended up in the cart, the final selection ended up to be these five books. As much as I wanted to take home ALL the books, I thought it would be a better idea to be reasonable and picky so as to ensure that they’d all be read. I don’t have much time to read these days, and I still have a bunch of books on my Kindle that I’ve yet to read, I didn’t want to add too many titles.Β πŸ˜•

The five books I picked are the following: The Art of War by Sun Tzu, Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami, American Gods by Neil Gaiman, I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson, and Dirty Pretty Things by Michael Faudet. 😊

The first three books listed are ones that I’ve been wanting to read for quite a while now, and I’ll Give You the Sun was a book that fascinated me when I read about it a few months back. The last one listed is a poetry book that I barely read about prior to picking it up, and after reading some reviews, I’m a bit worried about the purchase. I’ll give it the benefit of the doubt though.Β πŸ˜…

These are (mostly) welcome additions to my small-as-of-the-moment library, and I look forward to exploring the contents of the books I’ve recently acquired. It was a very memorable and fun, albeit tiring day, and I hope that I get to go this convention again in the coming years. 😁

’til next time,

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