Archives for April 2012

Tuyom

I sometimes see this bottle sold in the market.

 

The vendor said it is tuyom. Tuyom is the Visayan word for sea urchin.  The vendor said I can saute it in garlic, onion and tomato.

One bottle costs Php 100 and it can produce four servings of sauteed sea urchin.

It was delicious.

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This is Day 22 of the 30-day blogging challenge.

Origami: Anti-Aging?

I recently read this New York Times article.

When it comes to mental agility, we’re more likely to think of crosswords than cross-stitch. But neuroscientists suspect that learning a challenging new skill — a new language, a new musical instrument — may be even more effective than mental games at keeping the brain sharp. And quilting is more complicated than it may seem.

Even before I shared this link, my friend already took up quilting as a hobby and her quilts are beautiful.

I do not have the drive to learn quilting but I wanted to learn other skills so I thought of origami, the Japanese art of paper folding. This website showed step-by-step instructions. This is what I produced after 2 hours of folding. I used the pages from an old magazine.

From the top; left to right: rose bowl, day lily, lily, 8-petal flower, tulip, cornflower

 Here are some cute origami decors I found in the Internet:

Source: http://harujiondesign.blogspot.com/2011/04/modern-origami-wall-decor.html

 

Source: http://www.bloomize.com/origami-roses/

Source: http://onossocasamento.pt/forum/origami-1

Who wants an origami wedding bouquet?

Source: http://www.weddingoo.com/origami-wedding-bouquet/

Source: http://www.weddingoo.com/origami-wedding-bouquet/origami2/

I should start collecting cute wrapping papers (and quit doing sudoku).

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This is supposed to be Day 21 of the 30-day blogging challenge.

Promising…

Who would have thought Zachary Levi can sing?  Here’s Zachary Levi with Mandy Moore:

Zachary Levi did a duet with Katherine McPhee. I know someone who played this song over and over again last year.

I rooted for Katherine McPhee in Americal Idol. She is now in ‘Smash’, a television series about a broadway show about Marilyn Monroe.

Megan Hilty is a revelation in Smash. Amazing voice and I just found out she played Glinda in ‘Wicked’.

Speaking of Marilyn Monroe, Michelle Williams played Marilyn in My Week With Marilyn
and I am thinking if I should watch this movie. She won a Golden Globes for this role.

So many promising young performers, I love it!
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This is supposed to be Day 20 of the 30-day blogging challenge.

Afternoon Music

We almost missed the sunset but I am glad I was able to take this picture.

As we cruised along the highway, music blared from the car.  Since I forgot the songs he played, I am just going to share the song I kept singing yesterday.  I found a Gary Valenciano pop version.

                       

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This is supposed to be Day 19 of the 30-day blogging challenge.

TED Videos

Whenever I want to be inspired, I watch TED videos. (To learn more about TED, read here.)

I do not know how to swim or dive so it fascinates me to see the underwater creatures.  This video is a testament to the beauty of the ocean.

Here’s a story about a brain scientist suffering a stroke: It is an remarkable story because it helps us understand how our brains work during a stroke. Who is better to explain that than a brain scientist who experienced stroke and survived to tell the tale.

 

 

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