Date Night: Tapas!

The boyfriend and I were feeling particularly antisocial one Friday night. Okay–maybe it was just  me, because I said we should try making tapas first for us before inviting other people, whereas VMB wanted to have some friends over. Anyway, after a really heavy lunch we went to the grocery (I abide by the rule never go the supermarket hungry. You’ll spend more than you need to!) and gathered a list of things we would need to make this fine, fine spread.

We really should’ve invited people over. No matter how we tried to be good with portions, this spread lasted us about three meals, including one shared with some friends the next day. We had:

Patatas Bravas, modified. It was more of fries mixed with a bit of paprika, which we had with tartar sauce.

Baked mussels. It was the first time we ever cooked mussels, so we had to google how to clean (VMB had gloves, would you believe that!). Baked in cheese and garlic

Salpicao. We both had different takes but I ended up winning the argument. I wish I didn’t. Haha. Maybe next time.

Pan con Tomate, modified. Instead of toasting the bread with tomato and garlic, I made the sauce on the side so we can dip it and use it for other things

Cold cuts. We had cheese but decided against opening it since we already had too much food!

Since we’re not big on wine, we opted for imported beer. We went crazy when we stumbled upon Rustan’s selection, which went beyond the usual Heineken-Stella-Tiger. And the prices weren’t bad either.

Not bad for a first attempt! I think we’re ready to be  “antisocial” with friends next time!

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Crafts Party!

Before my best friend got married last month, she invited the bridesmaids (yay!) and some of their close friends to help her make props she wanted for her wedding. The invite said to  make ourselves free on Saturday afternoon, bring whatever art materials we had lying around the house (with specific instructions not to buy anything!), and our drinking pants.

VMB and I arrived to this:

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A DIY/Crafter’s wasteland! We had our computers and iPhones ready to broadcast how awesome we are. Our friend, Sanya, brought over her old Sweet Valley and Babysitters Club books! The 90s fangirls in us started screaming and reading out loud chapters from the books!

We originally planned to cut out the covers and make buntings or coasters out of them. Or maybe something like this, haha

We didn’t have a lot covers, so we tore out the pages and made these awesome flaglets for the guests to have photo-ops with:

And then the very fab very metal boyfriend started making other props for the photobooth:

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And a championship belt! Our geeky boyfriends rejoiced, I tell ya.

Of course, being Hanson fans (well, I’ll say former on my end! LOL), we couldn’t resist making these:

Last but not the least, we made this David Lynch-inspired bunting, at the special request of the bride 🙂

 

Klassy and Eric used this for the post-wedding photo shoot and brought it back to hang in their home in SF 🙂

My best friend is the awesome bride (no “zilla” here!) who came up with everything! What can I say, she made me feel like a really useful bridesmaid, haha. This party was an awesome excuse to get the guests to mingle before the wedding and be all excited for the big day!

Love the crafty folks at Camp Derby!

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I think I’ll throw one when the time comes! DIY or die! LOL

* All Instagram photos were taken by Klassy

Hello, 2012!

Happy new year! How do you like my horoscope??? Ironically, it’s also the first day of work so first day of work = first day of the rest my life. Harhar.

Before I gush about how excited I am for this amazeballs year, I want to say a few words about 2011.

2011 didn’t start out great. I broke up with my ex when I found out he was cheating on me. I felt like shit because it really did feel like shit–it felt like you invested five years of your time to nothing. Boo!

I would’ve written so many emo and bitter things about it in my old blog, but I decided to open a new one instead (you’re looking at it). I’m also lucky because I have a fine set of amazing friends who lined up a whole slew of distractions I readily welcomed–Iyengar Yoga, tapas and wine overload, early happy hours, weekend beach getaways, mid-day movies and yogurt, and clubbing.

Ah, clubbing! A very good friend from college went out of his way to take me out every week (mostly to poke fun at ditz promoters and dance to our friend’s sets). Well, you guessed where that went. VGF = VMB. ❤ The end is where you start from.

That, Kylie, and the Eurotrip (sister’s wedding included!) made my year. Enough to cancel the bad stuff, and make me excited for 2012.

Another friend and I have this thing about giving slogans for the new year. I can’t remember last year–maybe it was Perfect 10, 2011 (still doesn’t make sense!). Twelve isn’t really an easy word to rhyme.

Crossing off things in our bucket list and going after what we want, in case the Mayans were right and the world would end soon. In my case, I really want to:

1. Keep saving money. I managed to reach my goal last year and now that I now I can do it, I hope I can be more consistent! I guess this article helped a lot!

2. Less bitching. I would’ve said Stop bitching, but I have to admit I can’t. Less negativity, more of being METAL (I love my very metal boyfriend for introducing me to this outlook, haha).

3. Work harder, embrace responsibility. Time to get off the scenic road and be more adult. Haha. Last year made me think of what I really want out of my job and helped me in mapping out how to make a career out of it, so I am honestly excited for the new challenges and opportunities 2012 will throw my way.

4. Take better care of myself. Eat better, move more. Wash my face before going to bed.

5. Keep doing “stuff”. Blogging/writing, sewing, cooking, going off different places, taking pictures. It seems easy to say, but sometimes, the Internet just sucks you in.

6. Unplug more. I spend almost all my waking hours online, and this keeps me from doing #5. And yeah, there really isn’t a need to update everyone on what I’m doing every single minute and I shouldn’t obsess over their lives when I’ve gone mine to manage. Haha.

7. Travel to a new destination. An annual to do! 🙂 I’m hoping to see more beaches this year (I only went to one last year…BOO).

8. Hang out with this guy whenever I can. The easiest thing on the list!

Oh, I also have a feeling I will be going to an epic, life-changing concert this year. Crossing my fingers!

Cheers to a good year up ahead 😉

Dreaming of Dinner

My friend Zee made it to the Tastespotting page with her simple prawns!

Don’t these babies look delicious? Click here for her recipe!

I’ve been a fan of Zee’s food ever since she made us a wicked arroz caldo when we went on an out-of-town trip a couple of years back. (I might be mistaken, I think this fandom started earlier but the arroz caldo merits the top-of-mind spot as it’s one of the best I’ve ever had).  I’m so happy she has finally put up this blog that centers on FOOD!

I think it’s actually one of the reasons why we get along. We love good food: making it (more of Zee) and consuming it (um, me? haha). She was the one who made the delicious pesto and chicken for us while she was sick! All for the love of food, folks. If you don’t believe me, ask the dishes (I’ve been watching Beauty and the Beast again): follow her blog over at http://www.dreamingofdinner.com.

Lately

Life has been good. When I say good, it means that I’ve managed to consume lots of good food–like Tofu Balls at Pino, Xiao Long Bao at Lugang Cafe, ramen at Nihonbashitei, and the new menu over at LOOP. When I say good, it means that my friends have supplied me with endless anecdotes about life then and now, really corny-bordering-bad-jokes, and unarguably the best reasons to get together–to celebrate the best days of their lives, like tying the knot with their soulmate or welcoming the cutest baby with the tiniest hands in the world.

I can only say, it’s doing the unstuck.