Thursday, September 29, 2016

Take A Bow: Madam Miriam Defensor-Santiago

I woke up to a sad day. One of the greatest statesmen this country ever had the fortune to have, Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago has passed on today September 29, 2016. She was 71 years old. A life very well lived, she has accomplished so much for herself and for the Filipino people.

My earliest memory of her was when she run for president back in 1992. I remember my mother voted for her, when i tell her now she has forgotten that she has. But i remember that she did. I wanted to vote for her, except I was only 10 or 11 years old then.

Through the years i have always believed in her faith in the Filipino people. Her convictions and high morals has always been her guiding compass into steering this impoverished, sick Nation from the hands that truly holds us captive, corruption.

Thank you for the service Madam Senator. You will be missed. May this collective gratitude reach you as you travel on to the next chapter of your existence. Heaven has gained another feisty angel. I'm sure you will keep the others entertained.

My sincerest condolences to the family.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Drawing: My Self Portrait

So i have been drawing using illustrator and i have been loving it. This is a piece that i made from 6 years ago and only finished now. Still crude but as what my professor used to say, drawing is a skill. You have to work on it. So i guess kind of like me. A work in progress.

Cheers you all. And have a great Monday.

Artist: Tanya Lou Macabuhay
Personal Instagram: @tanyawatterlou
Other Instagram Account: @luckyboxmnl

Saturday, May 28, 2016

No Knead Pizza Dough

I was looking for a dessert pizza recipe and found one from the YouTube channel of Gemma Stafford. This is a brioche based dough recipe that you don't need to knead. So it is perfect.

Based on the recipe the toppings are Nutella, sliced bananas and marshmallows. I didn't have bananas but i had chocolate sauce so used that instead. Haha!!!  I also used the dough for savory toppings with ham, pepperoni and 2 kinds of cheeses. It worked pretty well. They are all very yummy and easy to do. The dough can be left on the fridge to use for later. You can always prepare it beforehand and make pizza on demand. Life can't be more perfect if you have home made pizza dough in your fridge right? 

Here's the video of the recipe.

Nutella Smores Pizza

Ham and Cheese Pizza

Pepperoni Pizza

Here's the recipe that i got from Gemma Stafford of Bigger Bolder Baking. I have been watching her channel for a while and i really like her recipes. I've tried a few of them and they work amazing!!! I followed the dough strictly but for the toppings, i used what i had available locally (in Manila). Check out her channel on this link for great and easy to follow baking ideas. 


2 Cups (250g/9oz) all purpose flour / plain flour
7 tlbps (100g/3 ½ oz) dairy butter, melted
⅓ cup (5 tablespoons/70g/2 ½ floz) milk at room temperature
2 eggs
2 ½ tablespoons (50g/2 oz) honey (you can also use sugar or maple syrup)
1 tsp salt
1 tsp instant dried yeast

Pizza Toppings

Mini Marshmallows
Salted caramel sauce


1. In a large mixing bowl, add in the flour, instant yeast and salt and stir together.

2. Combine eggs, honey, milk, salt and melted butter and whisk together well.

3. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and with enthusiasm, mix for 30 seconds until your dough looks smooth and no lumps. Cover your bowl and let the dough rest for two hours at room temperature.

4. After the 2 hours, use a spatula to knock the air out of the dough in the dough. You do the to strengthen the gluten in the flour. Cover again and place in the refrigerator over, or for a minimum 12 hours, but preferable overnight. It can stay in the fridge for up to 48 hours. This step cannot be skipped.

5. When you are ready to bake your brioche take the dough out of the fridge. I like to let it sit and come to room temperature before I use it as this helps it proof faster.

6. To shape your dough into a pizza crust roll it out on a well floured surface. Keep rolling until you dough is about 9inches by 9inches. You can even roll larger if you wish. If you find the dough is hard to roll then let it relax for 10 minutes and then try to roll again. This is a soft dough so you will ind it is a little sticky.

7. When your pizza base is ready lift it onto a tray line with parchment paper.

8. Spread on your soft Nutella. Make sure it is soft so it is easy to spread.

9. Lay on your sliced bananas and scatter on your mini marshmallows.

10. Bake at 375ºF/ 190ºC for 20 minutes or until golden brown. 11. Generously drizzle over salted caramel sauce and serve, Enjoy!

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Friday, April 29, 2016

UNIQLO - fab finds

Uniqlo is a Japanese brand that I have liked and admired for a long time. They use good quality fabrics and use them in designs that are so simple but well thought of that an item that you buy from them will surely last longer than your money's worth. I used to only buy here when i go abroad but i am happy that they Henry Sy's group has brought that brand for the Filipino market to enjoy.

Much like The GAP from the US, Uniqlo boasts of basic lines and styles in an almost utilitarian design engineering. They have a wide product range covering the core of every person's wardrobe. From knitted t-shirts, woven tops, sweaters, jackets, pajamas, under wears and for me the best among their product line ups ---- the denim jeans.

I was so happy when i found out that Uniqlo was opening here. I finally went to their branch in SM North EDSA. The store is very typical of what other Uniqlo stores are all over Asia and probably all over the world. At least this one is similar from the ones in Hongkong, China and Bangkok. The shop looks very modern and airy. Everything is organized very well and they have a wide range of colors to choose from. Their denim line consists of a complete variety and very affordable. Prices range from Php990.00 to about Php1,990.00 a piece and comes with free length/ inseam alteration. The washes and color shades has a wide range from very dark denim blue to light almost bleached out washes. The details are very wearable. In short it's your everyday go-to denim pants that can be part of your wear anywhere pile. 

I got 2 pairs, one is the Skinny Fit Straight which is Php990.00 and the Ultra Stretch Jeans that sells for Php1,990.00. Both i got in very dark rinse washes. The fit is perfect. I have been wearing both alternately literally everyday for a couple of months now and i am very happy. 

The fabric of the Ultra Stretch Jeans is very comfortable to wear. It just feels like it literally moves with you. Because of the stretch content, it's almost like Jeggings. There is very little color transfer. (i can probably write about that a.k.a. Crocking in another post) So i don't end up with indigo all over my hands and all over. The only thing missing is it doesn't have a coin pocket but really, you can just put whatever it is inside the front pocket since it is spacious enough. I am sure i will wear this one down to bits. 

The Skinny Fit Straight is also comfortable enough because it also has stretch. I just feel that the thigh area is a bit tight but i am sure it's only because i need to loose weight. This pants has a bit of color transfer through out the day. So every time i would wash my hands i have blue indigo running down the sink. That is really not a problem for me though. I kind of feel like I have indigo running through my veins literally which figuratively is the case.

Since the length is too long for me, i had them altered and they had both jeans ready after just 20 minutes. And they have great customer service. The sales people on the floor kind of reminds me of their counterparts in Hongkong. Kind of like mainstream Harajuku meet the streets of Hongkong live in Manila. They're just very cute to look at. Overall this is great value for money. Check out their full line on their website.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Taiwanese Beef Noodle Soup

Noodle soups are perfect for rainy days and can be made ahead of time and eaten throughout the day until the soup is so tasty from repeated heating. Traditionally made Chinese noodle soups look so tedious to make but they are really so delicious. I have been wanting to try and make my own because the symphony of spices intrigues me. I wanted to know why it tastes so different than the typical Pinoy Mami. So i decided to look for an easy to follow recipe and found one on YouTube.

I found what i was looking for at Angel Wong's kitchen. I love her videos. Her kitchen is a dream. I have been wanting to try her Taiwanese Beef Noodle Soup and when i finally did, it was AMAZING!! I was a surprised that it was so easy to do. It's a slow cooker recipe but if you don't have a slow cooker, you can just simmer over low heat for a couple of hours until the beef reaches a tenderness to your liking. I have substituted some ingredients based on what is available in my kitchen. I would presume you can do that too.

LIFE TIP: For a clear broth use a strainer when you pour it over your noodles to remove debris from the meat, vegetables and spices.

I used to think that it is impossible to achieve the clear flavorful soup similar to what is being served in restaurants but i learned from this video that you can achieve that with a very simple trick.

I posted a picture of what i made to my instagram page and tagged Angel. She was kind enough to reply. This is one of the reasons why i love watching her on YouTube. She seems so nice and down to earth. Like somebody who can be your friend. And looks like i am not wrong!!

Here's a picture of what i made. It tastes as good as it looks.

Here's what you will need to make this recipe:
  • 1.5 lbs beef shank
  • green onions
  • 1 yellow onion 
  • 2-3 carrots sliced
  • 1 tomato
  • 8 cloves garlic
  • small piece of ginger (about 3")
  • 1/2 tsp fennel
  • 3 star anise
  • 8 whole cloves
  •  1 tsp Sichuan peppercorns
  • 1/2 a cinnamon stick
  • 3-4 dried red chili
  • 6 cups water
  •  6 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2-4 tbsp rice wine
  • 2 tbsp beef bouillon paste (i used cubes)
  • knife cut frozen noodles (i used Vietnamese flat noodles)
  • baby bok-choy
  • pickled mustard greens
  • fresh red chili sliced
  • cilantro

Instruction Video from Angel Wong's Kitchen YouTube Channel

This is the kyowa slow cooker i used for this recipe. I bought mine at Megamall. I think it was on sale when i bought it.

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