Friday, December 9, 2011

i bought a dream today

I bought a dream today. And i feel light as air as the hope it brings to my senses. Sometimes it takes a month. two months, maybe years... just to see what it is really that is our heart's desire. 

When we have been so used to our daily routine, existence sorts of become a must rather than the celebration it is supposed to be. Then everyday is just a multitude of dragging your feet and being caught up with a system that we feel strapped in. When we get to this stage, it becomes a trap of the most dangerous kind. You become complacent. Content but not really content. Happiness is laughable. Reality surreal. But when you snap and suddenly wake up, then that's when change would come settling in. 



It has been too far too long a wait to stand a chance of sanity. The devil becomes the advocate. That devil in me. What used to be a statement: I can be what i want to be. Becomes a question: I can be what i want to be? Becomes more vague: Can I? Then eventually with finality: I am what I want to be. I just bought a dream today. It took me probably hundreds of hours of waiting, but happened in one single unexpected glimpse on a window. 



I bought a dream today. And finally beside me, another journey.

Monday, December 5, 2011

headboard - love this idea!!

Color Inspiration: Bright Orange


I was thinking of doing something like this for the back of my cabinet and book-shelf. Simply love.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Thursday, December 1, 2011

the power of ideas - Alan Kay on TED's

image from net research

It's the last month of the year again and I want to start it off with a phrase that one philosopher said some hundreds of years ago. He said "We see things not as they are but as we are."

A powerfully loaded statement that deserved to be pondered on. An open mind is one thing that is most elusive even to those who think they have it. I have no problem saying I can be one to swallow my pride. The first step to learning is openness to what ifs and what could become. How can we truly see things as they are? Well we can take it one step, one day at a time.


The link on TED    The Power Of Ideas

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

denim i miss you


I miss the thrill of denim development. The kind that is like the sudden rush of endorphins throughout my system. I miss it. Really miss it. Be back soon.

Check out this true religion jeans at this website: http://www.denimology.com/

the girl effect

Girl power!!!!

I watched this video and found it really nice. It's amazing what girl power can do. Cheers to Women's Lib!!!

The Girl Effect from Catherine Nicole on Vimeo or here in her website: http://www.catherinenicole.com/

the perfect mash

Now the perfect mash could really mean a lot of things for me right now, this scrumptious morsel of creamy potatoes combined with 3 types of cheeses, garlic and toasted bacon drizzled with flavorful oil from sauteed ingredients is just about all the carbs you will ever need for an entire week's work out. But you will surely be sighing in all of God's glorious creations while savoring every bite. 


the image is from the food network


I have not tasted anything that seems as perfect as this so i will definitely keep this on my "to-cook" list. Check out the video here Fabio's ultimate mash or if you want a recipe Rachel Ray's Mashed Potatoes

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

throat scratcher? anyone?

I only just survived a sore-throat onset when i am harassed by another one even before i can breathe easy. Just last week i had to take all these antibiotics that made my stomach so queasy i needed to go to the bathroom all day long. On my last day of the meds, i went to divisoria to breathe in all known and unknown microbes. 

Of course i easily caught them all. I am officially sick and a virtual martyr (note: i never really do this, i hate getting up when i'm not feeling well, but i just really really had to). One colleague gave me this candy and it was like literally scratching my throat and clearing up my clogged nose at the same time. 

I thought it was only available abroad. Am prepared to buy online or the next time I go abroad but i later found out, Mercury drugstore sells it too. This is just so super!! Chewy ginger candy made of ginger root, tapioca and i guess a little bit of sugar. It's so super. Try it.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

cranberry white chocolate chip heaven



Since i'm so into this product review moment now, i decided to give two thumbs up and a four and a half stars to Starbucks' cranberry white chocolate chip cookie (@Php55.00/pc -- make it gooey warm). It tastes like absolute heaven. Moist, chunky white chocolate chip cookie with big enough chunks of white chocolates, walnuts and bits of the good stuff --- cranberry. Paired with my hibiscus hot tea, it is quite a feast for my bland tastebuds now. I googled a couple of recipes which i hopefully wanna try in the near future. Check it out at the bottom of this post.

So now you're asking, what's with the missing half star to make five? Well it basically goes down to the fact that this is surely sticking to my butt forever. The only reason why i'm not munching on another one.


Brandied Cranberry, White 

Chocolate Chip Cookies

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup of brandy (to soak the cranberries in, then saving 1 1/4 teaspoons of it for later)
  • 1 cup of dried cranberries
  • 1 cup (two sticks) of butter, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup of granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup of lightly packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 2 1/4 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup of white chocolate chips

METHOD:

1 Put the cranberries in a wide and shallow bowl, pour in a bit of brandy. Enough so they're surrounded by it, but not drowning. Cover and place in the fridge for an hour or more. Afterwards, place a colander over a bowl and pour the cranberries and brandy through, putting the cranberries and the brandy they soaked in aside.
2 Preheat oven to 375°F. Beat the butter until light and fluffy. Add the sugars and beat again until light, fluffy and well incorporated.
3 Add the eggs, vanilla extract, and add 1 1/4 teaspoons of the brandy that the cranberries soaked in (as for the rest, I suggest popping it in a glass and topping it off a bit for yourself). Beat well until light and fluffy. Scrape down the sides of the bowl midway through to ensure even mixing.
4 Sift together the flour, baking soda, and salt, then add to the mixture a bit at a time, beating until just mixed. Fold in the brandy soaked cranberries and white chocolate chips. Let chill for 15 minutes in the fridge.
5 Line a baking sheet with parchment paper (a baker's best friend) and place rounded spoonfuls down on the sheet. Bake at 375°F for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool for a minute, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.



here's the link where i got the recipe as well as the yummy pic: cookie recipe

gimme a Burt's

I decided i needed a new lip balm because I left my bunch of war paint on my desk in the office and really didn't wanna go without looking like a ghastly apparition in the middle of a ***forsaken place at the heart of where all these "scenes" that you don't want happening seem to be happening.

So I met up with a friend and tried on a couple of stick color despite the running nose which gets more action than  the combined efforts of my butt and the rickety  bicycle rider in my room. I knew instantly that I would like Burt's tinted ones. I got the raisin color because rhubarb just disappears on my nearer to dark skin tone. What's so nice about it is that it has a minty feel to it that really lasts for a while. I would have loved it more if it tasted yummier but well..it's great just as it is now.


Check out the Burt's Bees webby for all their products. Both make-up and skin care line. I am planning to try next: Glow Booster!!

Also, check out this blog http://cosmetic-candy.com/stocking-filler-review-burts-bees-lip-balm-lip-shimmer/ that has an article about the burt's as well. 

Sweet Enchantments


My friend is at it this time of the year again. Check out her website and go order!!! How much will it set you back? Prices are sweet considering how much you'll be enchanted.


http://sweetenchantments.multiply.com/ 


Butterscotch 18pcs BOX - 150.00 
Butterscotch 18pcs BAGS - 130.00
Butterscotch 6pcs - 50.00 
Food for the gods 18pcs BOX - 185.00
Food for the gods 18pcs BAGS - 160.00
Food for the gods 6pcs - 85.00
Brownies 18pcs BOX - 150.00
Brownies 18pcs BAGS - 130.00
Brownies 6pcs - 50.00
Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes 6pcs - 250.00
Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes 12pcs - 480.00
Buko Pandan Cupcakes 6pcs - 250.00
Buko Pandan Cupcakes 12pcs - 480.00
Red Velvet Cream Cheese Cupcakes 6pcs - 300.00
Red Velvet Cream Cheese Cupcakes 12pcs - 520.00

Monday, November 21, 2011

sundays



a journey of a life made just loving...so nice to see other lives that are so different than my everyday realities..cheers to http://nihaoyall.com/

Sunday Snapshot

give me....or else..


i am liking the determination in this kid's eyes..like nothing will stop her from getting exactly what she wants..she looks like if you don't give it to her, you will have to pay. long and hard.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

frozen jeans

Frozen jeans? Anyone? For many years people have put in their 2-cents worth of whatever they can think of to anything denim. Being a denim enthusiast myself, it is not unheard of for me to go on for days, weeks or sometimes even months without washing my jeans. The idea behind it is that i would like to preserve as much as i can the authenticity of the denim fabric.

Image from net research. If this is yours please let me know and email me at tanya.macabuhay@gmail.com so i can make proper acknowledgements

Below is a video i found of one of the crazier things i have heard of about denim jeans. It might be a brilliant idea to others, far-out for some. You be the judge.


How to Freeze Your Jeans from maxwell gillingham-ryan on Vimeo.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

nice pattern


artwork is not my own, i got it from random net surfing, if this is yours please contact me so i can give proper credits, thanks!!!

it's a luck day!

I have this yearly tradition that I've been doing for quite a while now. I collect Starbucks sticker for the planner ever since it started. I'm a sucker i know. But it has brought me many good memories over the past few years and I intend to keep on doing it. Anyways, while i was collecting the stuff, i got this random receipt where you need to go to their website, answer a bunch of questions then you get a free gift in return. I got one yesterday. I happily answered the questions immediately and put the receipt with the code provided after I have finished answering the survey inside my bag ready for my next visit. Then just this afternoon, i absent mindedly cleaned up scraps of paper and a few wrappers in my bag and when i looked for the receipt again, it's gone. I didn't wanna feel bad so i just chalked it up to my bag of "experience" and swore to let it pass. Then what do I know, as I was waiting for my receipt during another Starbucks visit, i got another random "you're-a-lucky-one!!" receipt for another freebie. How cool is that??


So now i'm happily sipping my mint tea and no, i'm not loosing this one again. Could this mean things are looking up?

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

my little story about a happy revelation

i have a tiny bit of revelation that spurred an idea that copped out of my head. it's been said, written, made into film, made into a book, made into a song, an artwork, whatever, that happiness is a choice. well, me, i know this phrase like the back of my hand but it being the back of my hand, i never really payed attention.


just during the start of this week which was the eid (i'm not sure what this means, some festival for the middle world as i read on twitter --- my constant source of knowledge these days) while on my way to work with my carpool friends all with long faces because we needed to go to work despite the fact that the rest of the country and maybe half the world is still at home sleeping their asses of because it was declared a holiday, i suddenly get this crazy idea.


i decided that i would choose to be happy. just for spite. because i knew everybody will be dragging their feet. so i did. and guess what, i tricked myself. i pretended to be happy, i actually WAS feeling happy. all day long. then i realized just how much power the mind has. maybe i will be choosing to exercise this power a bit more often now.


who wants to play some?

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

i dare say, happiness is a choice...yes?



Artwork by: Alber Elbaz
Website: http://trendland.net/fashimals/

So do we actually care about others in our search for this elusive happiness that becomes more and more harder to come by? To be truthful, be wise. We probably care too much sometimes which should not be the case. Try not to sometimes.

Monday, September 12, 2011

quote from the 99%


If your participants are not invested emotionally in the meeting's topic, purpose, or outcome, they won't participate at a high level.

missing piece

Have you ever wondered how it is that we become what we have become and not what we actually hoped we would be? But then we would have to answer the question, what was it exactly that we wanted to be? That is a fairly difficult question to answer. When I was young I wanted to be a doctor. Until I discovered that it involved a lot of blood and internal organs. Then I wanted to become a nun. But when I went to a nunnery, i could not stand the sound of silence. Then I discovered a whole new world filled with colors and shapes that have been intertwined. It came with a blazing rebel sign. It looked so attractive to me. I wanted it to belong to me so much. I wanted to be different. But I kind of ended up a bit messed up.

Since we can always start again, I might be choosing to start the slate anew. This time when I pick up pieces if I do have broken pieces, I will carefully turn them on all sides just to see if this is one particular bit that I'd like to put back inside me. So when I put together pieces and become whole again, I can make sure that I have a bit of the old (not necessarily just the good ones, even the "bad" ones that I want) and still have room for new, unexplored slices and shapes that I can wield and master.


Sunday, September 11, 2011

just out of nowhere


Getting ready to do what I have always wanted to do is a quite frustrating journey of never ending hopes that are high and dreams that are a bit too far fetched from a regular girl just out of nowhere. I can always say that I am not searching. I can lie through my teeth that I am content. But I cannot lie to my innermost chakra, the one that I have always been trying to hide from but have always failed to miss. I always end up right smack at the middle with it in front of my face. What I have been avoiding because I am too lazy. What I have been wanting just because I dream of me. The me that I have always thought I was but was always too busy or too lazy to become. But if I just take away all the veils that hide me, I can just safely say that fear holds me back from the realization of what I see in my mind's mirror. I can feel time trickling by the nano-bit of  a second. Precious time that I am loosing that I am aware of and fully allow. I invoke the right to get lost now. Maybe tomorrow when I wake up I will finally get up and finally finally take whatever it takes of me to get real.


more of the converse ad here: http://adsoftheworld.com/taxonomy/brand/converse

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Marco Tempest: the magic of truth and lies


It's amazing how this video creates sound from the mobile phone. Marco Tempest successfully integrates the sounds and creates an orchestra worthy of TED's.


Marco Tempest: The magic of truth and lies (and iPods) | Video on TED.com

Can't Get Enough




By Vita Young

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Paul Bloom: The origins of pleasure

This talk explains how most of us are essentialists when it comes to enjoying things simple and luxurious. It does matter that money can buy a lot of things. Because for us humans, money buys so much more than just mere objects. It buys us idealism. It buys us dreams. And when we get really lucky, we can even buy our very own larger than life self esteem. Okay....i'm not saying it's everything....i'm saying that it's an option and for some it is reality. This video helps us understand why we would pay for a bag that is worth as much as a car costs.



You can also watch the clip on this website.

This photo is taken from www.awakeningtheself.com

Paul Bloom is a Psychologist who believes that humans are essentialist by nature. 

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

yellow belle


Of course this one has got to be my favorite!!

Sunday, August 7, 2011

brights for summer



@designrelated: colorful facade of new Marimekko shop coming this fall in New York City http://twitpic.com/6234gf


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Sunday, July 31, 2011

no worse for wear




d-day finally came....nonetheless not worse for wear.. :)

celebrating with friends for my big 3-OH!!!

It may have been one big blur, three decades of mixed up mishaps. Today is a day to mark my big-3-Oh. Of course it can only be a proper celebration if shared with friends.

     

 


This was at the CAB Cafe in Kapitolyo, Pasig City. This is right next to my all-time favorite Click The City find, Charlie's Grind and Grill. CAB Cafe is  just perfect for a long chit chat with friends after a hefty meal at Charlie's

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Fossil Key-Per Love

I have been looking for a while to replace my favorite Oilily laptop bag that i carry around everywhere even though it does not have a laptop in it. Yes i do use it as my regular everyday bag because i am just so enamored with it ever since i laid my eyes on it that fateful day. I have finally got the chance to ask a friend to buy me these Fossil set that somehow resembles my Oilily. I love bags that are quirky and doesn't look like any other one that every girl on the street seem to be toting about. Needless to say, I am a bag person. When i see one that i absolutely want to have i just dream about it all day and get nightmares about it and i'm not even kidding. The perfect "it" bag is always something that would make me feel better even on the craziest day. I can just imagine hugging it to make me feel better. Ha!ha!!!

So here is the set as i saw on the net. Yes this is how i sent her the picture because i wanted to be doubly sure that i get exactly what i wanted that i saw it online.

The sling bag is quite big, enough to hold a 15" laptop. It has plenty of pockets. It has 2 on the side without closure - i normally put keys here or some small stuff that i need without having to open the bag. You can't put big bottles of water but small ones fit nicely. The back has a pocket with magnetic closure. When you open the flap there are 3 pockets to hold more stuff in separate slots. A regular sized wallet and phones fits nicely. Inside there are 3 more pockets one has zip. There is no zip for closure though, it only has magnets for the flap. The material is clear coated canvass and non-coated canvass. Handle can be adjusted. It has this cute bling on the side just because.


I also wanted a full size wallet to match the bag. It is made with the same material. Has zipper as closure. Just like the bag it has lots and lots of slots for cards and cash and even has a separate compartment for coins and other irregular non-paper or non-card items you wanna stuff in your wallet.


Then there is also this cute little coin purse to complete the set. What's really nice about this is that it has these 2 huge balls as closure in citrine greenish yellow.


I have used these set for quite a while and they are a pretty sturdy set. They are very functional. At first i thought i will have a problem with the flap only having magnetic closure but it really didn't become a problem at all. What's kind of frustrating though is that the un-coated part of the bag very easily gets dirty and i do not know how to clean them. I have not tried cleaning it yet though for fear that I might ruin it or something. I will probably get a professional to do it for me. Maybe dry clean or BagRx or a similar service.

It's a good thing to note that if you want a fossil anything, it might be a better option to buy it abroad or have a friend or a relative buy them for you. I have seen the stuff they sell at the malls and they are so much more expensive here. Maybe twice the price of how much you will pay if you buy it abroad. They do have a wide collection real leather bags that are so pretty and functional i think it is definitely worth the price. But only if you buy it abroad. Not sure why they are so expensive here.....might be taxes?? I don't know really, am just taking a really wild guess.

Here's the website of fossil to view their products. I just love one of their new items called the Explorer Tote in a very pretty shade of Aqua. Hope I don't get nightmares tonight.

The Explorer Tote in Aqua.

They don't ship here yet but hopefully they will in the future and I hope that future is very near!!

Cheers!!

Monday, July 11, 2011

Foodiee..........Herbed Potato

How I wish I could eat all the carbs I could get my hands on and not gain one iota of an ounce. I guess I can always dream.

HERBED POTATOES

Ingredients:
Potatoes - as much as you would consume
Thyme
Rosemary
Oregano
Basil
Sage
Olive Oil - for frying and dressing
Rock Salt and Pepper to taste

Directions:
1. Scrub the potatoes clean. If you got the marble sized ones you can just cut it in half or if you got the bigger sized ones, slice them up into wedges. Drain and dry them a bit with paper towels just so oil will not splatter ones you fry the potatoes.
2. Heat olive oil on a non-stick teflon frying pan, just enough to cover the bottom of the pan. Start frying in batches until the potatoes are golden brown.
3. Put potatoes in a bowl then toss together with all the herbs you can find in your kitchen. Rub the herbs between your hands to release its flavor. Drizzle with a bit more olive oil. Season with salt and pepper.

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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Sunday, July 3, 2011

oh three --- look at me!

I have been a color lover ever since I can recognize it. I have been wearing yellow when others are telling me I shouldn't, I like wearing green with purple even if I look like a walking eggplant, I want a bright red painted wall in a stark white room in a house that I creatively re-construct in my head every other year or so. What can I say? Colors attract me like bees to honey. It is a compulsion I have loved and lived with. It is another one of my addictions I could get lost in. It is the fundamental medium where I live and view my life with. I am a certified color-lover-addict.

Gui Paganini Borderless

 Gui Paganini 

Saturday, July 2, 2011

every second counts

Procrastination is such a powerful force. It is one of my most infamous vices. Thus today, i have chosen this word of wisdom that i would hopefully achieve one day. TODAY is always a good day to start.

Artwork is from an app from apple that i downloaded as wallpaper. All clock illustrations below are from Google search. If they are yours and would like to be acknowledged, please email me at tanya.macabuhay@gmail.com so i can give proper credits. Thank you!!!!!

 Today is always a good day to start something you have always thought of doing a couple of eons ago.
            
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