Sunday, December 14, 2008

Success, anyone?

After we TIP and BLINK, we're off to the next step, success. Here's the best 5 things I've heard recently.

Gladwell's Five Steps to Success

1. Find meaning and inspiration in your work.

2. Work hard.

3. Discover the relationship between effort and reward.

4. Seek out complex work to avoid boredom and repetition.

5. Be autonomous and control your own destiny as much as possible.

Time to get the book?

Monday, October 20, 2008

A Trip to the Pumpkin Patch

"Resurrect subprime morguegages!" - Zombie Dude

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Cooking Risotto

I successfuly prepared a risotto meal this evening, even without the white wine. Sabroso! Thanks to Giada de Laurentiis' Mushroom Risotto recipe.

Mushroom. (I miss!)

Extra Virgin olive oil

Arborio rice


Red wine. Well, this particular meal didn't exactly go with red wine but it's all my mom and I had. But it was good nevertheless!

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Frozen Delights

You guessed it---I'm a sucker for ice cream and frozen yogurt. 

My personal favorite: Pinkberry green tea frozen yogurt with strawberry and chocolate chips. Just heavenly!

Mochi Ice Cream from Ooki Sushi. (1573 3rd Avenue) 

Red Mango green tea frozen yogurt with Ghirardelli dark chocolate and strawberries. 

Grom gelato, in pistachio and stracciatella.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Sunday, September 21, 2008

To Love

“Time is too slow for those who wait, too swift for those who fear, too long for those who grieve, too short for those who rejoice, but for those who love, time is eternity.”
—Henry Van Dyke (1852-1933), author, educator, clergyman

Congratulations, Paola and John!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Walking around, I saw...

Photographs of NYC during its last days of summer. 

I had no idea! But then again, nowadays you can fry almost anything, including your brain. Click here for recipe.

Yummy yummy treats for my tummy! I had chocolate covered strawberries, though. But these look delicious as well, wouldn't you agree?

Arc of balloons on every block. Reminded me of a DNA double helix.

"We have not inherited the world from our forefathers -- we have borrowed it from our children." - Kashmiri proverb

Badger, badger, badger, badger, badger... Mushroom, mushroom! (please click this link, I beg of you. It's insane)

"We have staff to answer the phones, 877-234-6545, and immediately offer you the help that you require to meet your portable sanitation needs." - A Royal Flush, Inc.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Post Boracay syndrome

All I can think of right now is drinking red wine from the bottle while waiting for the sun to set. I wish I can get paid to do that. I can be a sun set connoisseur! It's amazing how you see that lot can change in thirty minutes. It's true what they say, "We don't spend enough time looking up."

Sizzle, sizzle, I hope it never fizzles! 'fo shizzle, thank god it didn't drizzle. Just sit down and let it sizzle!

Fall and Rain

Summer is finally making its transition into fall. Walking around the city, my attention was called by the drama of it: brown leaves on the ground, the cool breeze, grey skies and scattered rainfall. 

A pile of brown leaves gather at a small gate near the United Nations General Assembly Building.

I saw a bunch of these spraypainted on the street and wondered whether they were meant to serve as location markings of some sort, or marked randomly (meaning, whichever curb the artist happened to be sitting on at that moment, taking a break from life). Doodling away. Spraypaint as a medium, asphalt as a canvas. 

One would never conceive that bunnies were as special as deer so as to be watched out for while driving. Until the unraveling of this road sign. Hail to egalitarianism

For additional information, kindly refer to the  House Rabbit Society and  Deer Crossing Signs and Technologies websites.

I was watching the downpour from a local coffee shop, musing over the usual questions.

It's boot season, everyone! Don't forget to carry around an umbrella at all times.

"Fall is my favorite season in Los Angeles, watching the birds change color and fall from the trees." - David Letterman

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Look to the sun

Local skim boarders strutting their stuff on the shores of Boracay.

It's five-o-clock! Another day of work done for most of them.

A life lived is a form of art in itself...

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

The Smashing Pumpkins: A rediscovery

Sheila and I were talking just last night about the music we used to listen to as teenagers. 

Apart from the teen angst phases, Fiona Apple and Stone Temple Pilots, another thing we had in common was The Smashing Pumpkins

How we loved The Smashing Pumpkins. 

"Of all the major alternative rock bands of the early '90s, the Smashing Pumpkins were the group least influenced by traditional underground rock. Lead guitarist/songwriter Billy Corgan fashioned an amalgam of progressive rock, heavy metal, goth rock, psychedelia, and dream pop, creating a layered, powerful sound driven by swirling, distorted guitars.

..Unlike many of their contemporaries, the Pumpkins were able to withstand many internal problems and keep selling records, emerging as the longest-lasting and most successful alternative band of the early '90s."

Listen here, I took time to compile some of their greatest hits and our personal favorites. 

Also, track #13, a beautiful remake of "The End is the Beginning is the End"  was used in the trailer for the much-awaited movie The Watchmen, coming to theatres March 6 2009.

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Track list:
1. Tonight, Tonight     
2. Stand Inside Your Love     
3. Today     
4. Ava Adore     
5. 1979     
6. Bullet With Butterfly Wings     
7. Eye     
8. Perfect     
9. Disarm     
10. To Sheila     
11. Rhinoceros     
12. Cherub Rock     
13. The End is the Beginning is the End
14. Landslide

Monday, September 8, 2008

Fortunes for the Kooky

Fortune (noun) 
according to the Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, it is:

"1. The arrival of something in a sudden or unexpected manner; chance; accident; luck; hap; also, the personified or deified power regarded as determining human success, apportioning happiness and unhappiness, and distributing arbitrarily or fortuitously the lots of life."

The following fortune cookie "fortunes" have been gathered from my last two months of binge-eating on General Tso's Chicken in various Chinese restaurants:

I find it a bit odd that the "fortunes" aren't exactly fortunes, according to Mr. Webster's standards. 

But hmm.. Perhaps they're called fortune cookies because it does seem quite fortuitous how the little wisdom strips seem to relate exactly to the things that I am going through at certain points in my life. Bravo!

They're almost the same as the wise maxims written all over my Doodle Notebook (quotes from various individuals, blurted out during heady/reflective/avid conversations or in the midst of almost-stagnant cigarette smoke and AZ-ness at the back of BPI Main).

What a pleasant surprise it is, each time I get to crack a cookie open!

"C is for cookie, that's good enough for me! Oh cookie, cookie, cookie starts with C." - Cookie Monster (please click the link, it's just the greatest thing ever)