We Live For Weekends

 

 

My weekends have adapted some sort of homage to my favorite summer memories. The food (more on the grilled/fried variety), the homemade shakes, the wholesome fun (the joys of finding perya rides in the neighborhood park!), the silly dates, and the post-drink-grubfest at your local Burger Machine.

I always wish that weekends were longer than 48 hours (or more than 54 hours if you count Friday night). But the compressed amount of time always forces you to make the most out of it. And yes, I think we’ve done a good job so far.

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To my 2004 self

Dear 2004 self,

8 years from now, you will be able to watch a couple of your favorite bands live in Manila. Yes, your emo heart will not explode because eight years is enough time to get over post-teenage angst.

You will be singing along to Transatlanticism live in the flesh (#bestillyouremoheart–that’s a HASHTAG, by the way haha), but also to a whole lot of new songs you will also love, like What Sarah Said (cry, cry, cry) and You Are a Tourist.

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And yes, you’re gonna get that setlist!

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Hopscotch will be long gone by this time, but you’ll see The Used with the same fun and dumb friends, and of course, Wacky! (Why I’m saying “of course” is another surprise! Haha!)

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Yup, they’ll play Blue and Yellow, but they won’t play Buried Myself Alive. And Bert won’t be able to reach the high notes anymore, but that’s okay because you’ll see the funniest wall of death and mosh pit ever!

Oh, Chris Carrabba’s also there at the same concert (gasp number two!). His is an acoustic set, but don’t worry–you’ve already seen him two years ago with the rest of the band.

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And then, there’s Taking Back Sunday. YES! I’m not shitting you.

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John Nolan’s back with them! And he’ll be singing the only Straylight Run song you know. Yep.

It’s just April, but your 2012 will be awesome. I promise.

My favorite time of the year

The view from outside my bedroom window–summer’s here!

 

I spent the first weekend of summer making colorful things, like these¬†mini horse ribbons brooches from this tutorial. I think they go nicely with my rainbow purse, don’t you think?

Another reminder that summer’s here: Joey‘s Summer CD! He has been making these for about ten years now. Perfect for a breezy summer night.

And ended the weekend driving around the city with my brother, this in full blast.

I might have found my summer song! Teehee

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.

The heat is killing me

It was almost 36 degrees outside yesterday. Summer’s fashionably late. If I can only come to work in beach shorts and a swimsuit. Meanwhile, it’s been nonstop Miami Horror on the iPod:

Will upload pictures of the great weekend with my bestest girl friends! Been hanging out with the guys a bit too much that I’ve forgotten how good it is to squeal and oggle and talk about shit guys don’t understand.

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

Now I can call my Holy Week a productive staycation: between 14-hour cat naps, a finished book, bad and good movies watched, I made my old favorite: Chocolate Crinkle Cookies. I could’ve just bought one at a bakery, but I felt like giving baking another try. I mean, real baking, not mixing eggs, oil, and a Betty Crocker mix. Haha.

The recipe!

I got the recipe from a Hershey’s Chocolate Lovers Cookbook!

The ingredients

It’s one of those recipes don’t require much: flour, eggs, cocoa powder, sugar, powdered sugar, vegetable oil, baking powder, vanilla extract, and a little salt.

Step 1: Lots of fun!

Mix the cocoa powder, sugar, and oil.

Step 2!

Add your four eggs and vanilla and beat well.

Step 3

Step 3

Combine flour, baking powder, and salt. Mix that in with the chocolate goo until you’re sure that they’re all getting along well.

Step 4

Cover the bowl and stick in the fridge for about 4-6 hours until the dough is firm enough to handle. Here’s the part where I watched Camelot and decided that it was good although Arthur should’ve been more handsome and less wimpy.

Step 5

Preheat your oven to 350. Grease yar cookie sheets!

Step 6

Put some powdered sugar in a plate. Roll the dough into 1″ balls, then roll in into the sugar. The more the merrier!

Step 7

Line em up in your cookie sheet! Bake for 12-14 minutes or until you see them cracking on top. Since I was using a small oven, I baked it for a little over 10.

Step 7

take them off the sheet and let them cool.

Fin!

Yay, done!