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An online diary of someone who tends to forget easily.

Fashion...



Fashion is a statement, not a style.
Fashion does not have to be worn casually, nor outside the runway.
Fashion is fit for all sizes for all people of all ages.
Fashion is an art of personal self-expression, not an excuse to be pretty, popular and charismatic.


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A Taste of Korean Food


This is a late entry posted just today about my first time to eat in a Korean restaurant.


As you noticed, I'm into Korean stuffs such as Korean show/Kdrama, music, movies, fashion, and Koren food! I've always wanted to try to eat in a Korean restaurant but since I'm not good in directions (I easily get lost) I can't do it. 


Last July 29 I asked my colleagues if they want to have dinner in a restaurant near our workplace. At first they are not sure but in the end they agreed since it's our Pay day and it's Friday so we went out and dine in Hyun Jeong Korean Restaurant in Friendship Angeles Pampanga. We were so excited that we even brought digital cameras to take pictures. 


There are two women that welcome us as we arrived in the restaurant. The first one is a Filipino and the other one is a Korean. After choosing a table, they gave us the menu book where we can choose food to order. Good thing the menu have some pictures so we know what the food look like before ordering it. Since I made some research before going there, I already know what food I want to eat so I looked for them in the menu. Too bad the Tteokbeokki and Bulgogi are not included in their menu. After few minutes of looking at the food list, we ordered Samgyeopsal (Grilled Pork Belly w/ Lettuce), Galbitang (Beef Soup), Bibimbap (Rice mixed with veggies), and Makkeoli (Rice Wine). There are also free side dishes that was served. 


I loved everything we ordered especially Bibimbap and Makkeoli. I drank a lot of Makkeoli because it really tastes good as you eat Bibimbap or Samgyeopsal. I really enjoyed our dinner! I would love to go back there and eat Koren food!


After dining in Hyun Jeong we bought some snacks in a Korean grocery store near the restaurant. I bought rice pops and noodles, some of my colleagues bought noodles and Ppeppero.


I really enjoyed that day! ^____________^

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Since You've Been Around

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Lovin' ice cream

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Busy Ghee!

Lately I noticed myself being BUSY at work. I used to have a lot of time doing some things that are not work related which sometimes makes me feel guilty. Being a test engineer, I usually wait for the system/application to be developed and deployed to our testing site URL before testing it. But things changed because our projects are scheduled to be released in a month after they were developed. Aside from testing I also do some other tasks which are really time consuming. I'm not just testing one application that's why sometimes I can't take time to rest or have a break from all the work I'm doing. It's not that I'm complaining with the tasks assigned to me. It's just that sometimes it's getting a little bit stressful. I'm so grateful that despite the busyness and stress that I feel, I still have my friends (colleagues) around me to make me laugh, and a healthy body. I always say that I wish it's already December, my fave month not only because it's my birth month, but because it's the month when I can rest a lot, eat a lot, and makes me really happy. I'm currently typing non-stop as ideas pops on my mind without even thinking if my grammar is correct, if my thoughts are properly organized in this entry, etc. I can't even read to check if my spelling is correct because I'm using notepad application and Curlz MZ as my font. I'm really tired today. I spent this day in front of my laptop in the office doing my work. For others they might think that it's an easy job...but it's not!

If only I can take a long vacation somewhere. Somewhere far from here. A place where I can relax and not think of my work or responsibilities. If only I can stop working whenever I want. If only I can do all the things I want to do anytime I'd like to. But I can't. That's not how life works. I mean, the reality is I have to work hard and save a lot for the future. If I want to stop working and just have a vacation, I should have a large amount of money on my savings account. Right? You might think I'm not contented with what I have right now...maybe you're right. One of these days, I will update my resume and find an opportunity abroad. I hope that soon I'll find that opportunity that will really help me.

Anyway, that's all for today my virtual diary. I don't know what else to do in front of my PC so I decided to write something about how I feel right now. I still have a lot to blog about and I will definitely make time for it. Aja! ^^v

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Quote of the Day 082211

Don’t get stuck on things that ruin your day. Smile and be happy. Life is too short to waste on negativity.

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A Tribute To Mr. Bean

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August is about to end!!!


'Woah! August is about to end already?! Wow!' -- This is what I always say to myself whenever I look at the calendar to check the date today. I can't believe how fast time flies these days. I don't know if it's just because I'm busy at work that I didn't noticed but it is really fast! Just like today, I started working at 8 o'clock in the morning and after doing some stuffs in the office (meeting, checking emails, folders, etc) when I look at the time on my laptop, I was surprised when I saw that it's almost 11 am! Time really flies so fast! ^^


This month (August) is about to end, then I realized I haven't posted anything on my blog yet. Having a blog, I promised myself that I'll update it whenever I'm not busy. I should have at least 20 posts every month. Being busy these past few days, I wasn't able to post 20 entries for my blogger account, haha! If you will notice, I just posted some random quotes that I really like just to keep it updated. :P


Well, that's all that I can share for now. I'll try to write again about my life later. I'm sure it's gonna be a busy Monday for me because I have some things to finish today. I have so many things to share about the changes in my life and the thoughts I have lately. Well, I hope I can spend some time later or this week to write about those things.


When I don't have time or lazy to write, I just post quotes, videos, articles, or images just so I can share something on my virtual diary. 


May we all have a happy day today! Friday 5pm please come soon! Haha! 

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RQ6: Finding a Companion


Finding a companion isn’t about trying to transform yourself into the perfect image of what you think they want. It’s about being exactly who you are and then finding a person who appreciates that.
– Everyday Life Lessons FB Page

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RQ5: Like vs Love

To like someone is easy, you can have your attention on someone base on her looks or nice appearance. But, to truly love someone is a journey of exploration. You won’t know it until you truly go out and explore it. It is hard to know whether what you looking for is the right destination you are seeking to reach, until you spend time to realize it yourself.


– Everyday Life Lessons FB Page

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RQ4: Lessons in LIFE

Everything is a life lesson. Everyone you meet, everything you encounter, etc. They’re all part of the learning experience we call ‘LIFE.’ Never forget to acknowledge the lesson, especially when things don’t go your way. If you don’t get a job that you wanted or a relationship doesn’t work, it only means something better is out there waiting. And the lesson you just learned is the first step towards it.


– Everyday Life Lessons FB Page

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RQ3: Life...

There have been lots of ups and downs, but ultimately, at the end of the day, that’s what makes you who you are. We all know how to laugh, we all know how to love back. We all know heartbreak, but the world keeps moving, and we keep moving along with it. And everything we experience helps us realize how beautiful life really is.


– Everyday Life Lessons FB Page

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RQ2: Don't pretend you're strong

You don’t always have to pretend to be strong, there is no need to prove all the time that everything is going well. You shouldn’t be concerned about what other people are thinking, cry if you need to, it’s good to cry out all your tears. Because only then you will be able to smile again. Sometimes, it’s okay to fall apart for a little while.


– Everyday Life Lessons FB Page

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RQ1: Don't judge by its cover


If you judge a book by its cover, you limit the possibilities and relationships that could one day be willing to love, support, and boost you. The outside doesn’t define us. That’s something we have no control over. What defines who we really are and inspires others is our personality, hard work, positive behavior, compassion, and love.
– Everyday Life Lessons FB Page

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Top 5 Korean Food Recipes


I've always wanted to learn how to cook. Lately I found myself interested in learning how to cook Korean food. As I search on the different recipe online, I decided to focus on quick and easy recipe that I can do at home. Here are my Top 5 simple Korean food recipes that I found because of Google. Check the details below.


Dukboki (Tteokbeokki)
RECIPE #1: Spicy Korean Rice Cakes 
(Duk Boki)
By Naomi Imatome-Yun, About.com Guide
Ingredients:
-1 lb cylindrical rice cakes (duk), cut into 2" pieces
-1 Tbsp kochujang (hot chili pepper paste)
-1 tsp kochukaru (hot chili pepper powder)
-1 Tbsp sugar
-2 tsp minced garlic
-1.5 Tbsp soy sauce
-1 package rectangular fish cake (oden or omook), sliced into 1" pieces
-2 cups Napa cabbage, chopped
-3 shiitake mushrooms, soaked and sliced into pieces


Preparation:
1. Soak rice cakes (duk)for about an hour in cold water.*
2. In a pot, mix 3 cups water with kochujang, kochukaru, garlic, sugar, and soy sauce.
3. Bring to a boil.
4. Add fish cakes.
5. Bring to a boil.
6. Add the mushrooms, cabbage, and rice cakes.
7. Bring up to a boil again, simmer for about 3 minutes, and then turn off the heat. The sauce will thicken upon standing.


*If you don't have time to soak the rice cakes for an hour in advance, you can add the rice cakes into the pot in the very beginning with the sauce. Simmer for about 10 minutes before adding fish cakes and simmer for a few minutes more after adding vegetables.
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Samgyeopsal
RECIPE #2: Grilled Pork Belly wrapped in Lettuce (Samgyeopsal)
Ingredients:
-8-12 strips of samgyeopsal pork belly
-8-12 lettuce leaves
-a bowl of steamed rice
-gochujang (hot chili pepper paste)


Preparation:
1. Without seasoning the meat, fry the samgyeopsal in a frying pan with a little oil until browned.
2. Wash and dry lettuce leaves.
3. Lettuce leaves should be at least palm sized and no larger than a cupped hand. Divide larger leaves into smaller pieces if necessary.
4. Place a lettuce leave in one hand.
5. Add a small spoonful of rice.
6. Dip the cooked samgyeopsal into gochujang and place it on top of the rice.
7. Wrap into a parcel small enough to be consumed in a single bite.
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Bibimbap
RECIPE #3: Beef and Mixed Vegetable Rice (Bibimbap)
Ingredients:
-¼ lb chopped beef (ground beef is acceptable)
-1 cup bellflower roots (doraji)
-½ cup bean sprouts
-1 lettuce leaf
-3 shiitake mushrooms
-1 sheet of vegetable jelly
-⅓ carrot
-1 cucumber
-1 egg
-3 cups short-grain rice
-4 tbsp kochujang
-1 tbsp sugar
-1 tbsp sesame seeds
-1 tsp sesame oil


Preparation:
1. Wash 3 cups of rice, soak for 30 minutes and drain. Put the rice in a thick cooker and add 1 cup of water, then bring them to a boil. After 10-15 minutes boiling, reduce the heat and simmer with the lid on for 5 minutes. Do not lift the lid while cooking.
2. Season beef and stir-fry lightly until cooked.
3. Cut cucumbers, carrots and shitake mushrooms into match stick size and shred bellflower roots (doraji) and lettuce leaf. Squeeze out excess water and sprinkle them with salt (not including lettuce leaf).
4. Add 1 tsp of sesame oil to hot frying pan and stir-fry the cucumber quickly so the color stays vivid. Spread them on a big plate to cool. Add more sesame oil, then stir-fry bellflower roots, carrots, and mushrooms consecutively.
5. Place cooked rice in a deep dish and add the prepared ingredients on top of the rice (*for hot stone dolsot bibimbop, heat the stone pot until hot enough to burn the fingers and coat 2 tsp of sesame oil. Place the rice sizzling right into the hot stone pot).
6. Fry an egg sunny-side-up in a frying pan and place it on top of the dish (*for hot stone dolsot bibimbop, place the raw egg on the side of the hot pot so it can slightly cook).
7. To make seasoned kochujang paste, combine kochujang, sugar, sesame seeds and sesame oil. Mix all ingredients well.
8. Add seasoned kochujang to taste and mix it thoroughly with rice and vegetables before eating.
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Kimchi Chigae
RECIPE #4: Fermented Cabbage Soup (Kimchi Chigae)
Ingredients:
-1 cup of kimchi, 16 oz pork belly (or any part with fat), thin sliced (uncooked bacon can be used as a substitute)
-2 green onions, slice in a bias
-½ pack tofu (dooboo)
-2 kochu (hot green chili), chopped
-2 tbsp kochujang (Korean chili paste)
-1 tbsp kochukaru (Korean chili pepper flakes)
-2 tbsp minced garlic
-1 tsp soy sauce
-3 cups water
-Salt & pepper


Preparation:
1. Place a pot on the stove, turn the heat on. Add pork belly (or bacon), sauté for a minute or so.
2. Add kochujang and cook until meat becomes white.
3. Pour the water, add kimchi. Bring to a boil, reduce to simmer.
4. Add soy sauce, kochukaru, and garlic. Cook for 20-30 minutes.
5. Add chilies, green onions, salt and pepper. Cook for another minute.
6. Serve with rice.
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Kimchi
RECIPE #5: Fermented Cabbage (Kimchi)
Ingredients:
-Cabbage - about one pound
-Fine red chili pepper flakes
-1 tbsp minced garlic
-1 tbsp minced ginger
-3-4 green onions, sliced
-2 tablespoons anchovy or fish sauce (optional)
-½ yellow onion
-½ ripe apple
-½ ripe Korean pear
-Sea salt
-Water


Preparation:
1. Separate cabbage leaves and chop into bite-size pieces.
2. Dissolve a quarter cup of sea salt in a bowl of warm water then pour salt water over cabbage leaves. Give cabbage a gentle toss to distribute salt water. Allow salted cabbage to sit for at least four hours.
3. Give cabbage a good rinse to remove excess salt then transfer cabbage to a large bowl.
4. Combine a quarter cup of fine red chili pepper flakes with warm water, stir gently with a spoon to create a red chili paste, then transfer chili paste to cabbage.
5. Add minced garlic, minced ginger, green onions, and fish sauce.
6. Blend yellow onion, apple, and pear with one cup of water, then add this natural sweetener to the cabbage.
7. Put on a pair of plastic gloves and give everything a thorough toss and rubdown. You want to evenly distribute all ingredients, especially the red chili paste.
8. Transfer seasoned cabbage leaves into a large glass bottle. Be sure to use firm pressure with your hands to push down on cabbage leaves as they stack up inside the bottle.
9. Transfer any liquid that accumulated during the mixing process into the bottle as well - this liquid will become kimchi brine. Some liquid will also come out of the cabbage leaves as you press down on them as they are stacked in the bottle.
10. Be sure to leave about 2 inches of room at the top of the bottle before capping it tightly with a lid. Allow bottle of kimchi to sit at room temperature for at least 24 hours.
11. Refrigerate and take out portions as needed. The refrigerated kimchi will continue to ferment slowly in the refrigerator over time. So long as you use clean utensils to take out small portions, it will keep for up to a month in your refrigerator.


Source: http://www.trifood.com/food.asp

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