2014, July 17

Wish I could say I was going to a tropical island for a vacation…

… but instead, we’re renovating the house at my mother’s. It will take a long time, it will be messy and especially expensive. It already made me give up on many things I love doing, much of my free time, and my heart is slowly breaking, truth be told.

However, I’ll give acting the way I want to feel a go and I’d like to think what I’m doing in the upcoming months is, creating space for more magic, like my friend j mentioned to me in a reply to one of her blog posts. (So I’m ending this post with her words, before I slowly sink into depression over having to put the blog on hold.)

“House renovations sound exhausting and exciting. And while I don’t always love it when I’m in the middle of it, sorting through what to give up and what to keep is always soul-filling in the long run. You’re creating space… for more magic.”

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See you soon, hopefully. Hope you all have a great Summer!

 

2014, June 18

Desire mapping

In one of Danielle LaPorte’s recent roundup e-mails, she said “We visualize to manifest. Vision boards, motivational quotes on your desk. Ideas on sticky notes to inspire. At the root of desire mapping is this notion: Knowing how you want to feel is the most powerful form of clarity you can have. And…being reminded of your core desired feelings is part of the practice.”

With that in mind, I was instantly drawn to use the Desire Map Graphic Maker.

I’m starting out small, so-to-say, and sharing my first Desire Map publicly here. I have a feeling more will follow as my desires shift.

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What would be on your Desire Map?

2014, June 11

What would you like to get done during power outages?

Okay, so I’m quite annoyed right now. Power outages (and my mother at this point) are just nerve wracking.

The only thing working in our house right now (aside from our cell phones is my laptop) and all the good that does since I’m basically lost without an internet connection. Never knew how energy-addicted I was before just now.

I’m amazed at how our neighbors can still use a saw. In the dark!

When ever there’s a power outage, I always think “Oh, good now I can just relax”. That is the first instinctive thought. About fifteen minutes in, instead of holding on to that idea, I end up thinking of things I could do which all require energy, which usually involve crossing things off my ever-growing to-do list and only very few fun things:

  • water plants,
  • rearrange my closet,
  • wash clothes,
  • write e-mail replies,
  • make pop corn,
  • watch a movie or episode of a series,
  • read (good thing I can do that on my tablet or laptop or else I’d have to imagine myself into a world where one can only read at candlelight; and my eyes would not thank me at all for that.)

This is what I could think of off the top of my head.

How about you? Are you the same way, and forget about having one of the best excuses for being able to just relax and go to bed early, and instead start listing to yourself what you could be doing if the power was on?

2014, June 6

“Coffee adoration” is a valid search term

I kid you not. ‘Coffee adoration” is a valid search term on Pinterest and will give quite a few lovely findings to lose yourself in. Especially if one loves coffee. But even if you don’t, there’s always something fun to read about and see. Which brings me to my point.

Today, I talk about coffee and funky signs over at Milliver’s Travels, where I have a short article and lots of pictures for your amusement: Funky Signs: The coffee adoration edition.

Come on over to Milliver’s Travels and let me know: do you like coffee? How about funky signs? Can you recall seeing similarly funny signs in coffee shops?

 

2014, June 4

Recipe of the Month: My version of Szechuan Chicken

When I woke up on a Saturday morning craving something yummy, yet didn’t have too much aside leftovers in the fridge, I decided to get creative and use them all up. The only things I convinced myself to go out and buy were the leek and broccoli, since I really wanted to add something extra yummy to the flavor-palette. Plus, the short walk in the sunshine after a couple of rainy days in a row was quite lovely!

I haven’t cooked Szechuan Chicken in a very long time, but I am so glad the recipe stayed with me – and especially that it came out even more delicious than I remembered!

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Szechuan Chicken

1 lb skinless chicken breast half 
3 tablespoons soy sauce 
1/4 cup red wine 
2 teaspoons cornstarch
2 teaspoons grated peeled fresh ginger
1/4 teaspoon honey
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
2 tablespoons Olive oil
6 green onions, or 1 leek, cut thinly
1 red pepper, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
2-3 medium tomatoes, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
1 small can of chopped Pineapples 
1 Broccoli, cut into 2-inch pieces

Cut the chicken breast half crosswise into thicker slices.
In medium bowl, combine the soy sauce, wine, cornstarch, ginger, honey, and red pepper flakes; then add in the chicken, tossing to coat it in the mixture.

In a large non-stick skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of oil over medium-high heat until very hot and add in the green onions (or leek) and red peppers and cook, stirring frequently, until the vegetables are tender-crisp (it should take about 2 to 3 minutes). Add the tomatoes in last, stir gently for only a little bit.

Transfer the vegetables to a bowl and increase heat to high. Add 1 tablespoon oil, heat until very hot and add in the chicken mixture, then stir-fry until the chicken looses its pink color throughout and is well cooked.

Return the vegetables into the pan and heat everything through.

Serve with a side of rice or mashed potatoes.

Bon appétit! ;)

2014, May 28

Procrastination, being tired, and rival knights

It’s been a while since I’ve written a more in-depth blog post. And I’ve missed it. So much!

These past few weeks have been packed with a bunch of stuff that needed to get done. At least  today is a slow day at work (waiting for something from the DEV team), so I have a few minutes.

Let me apologize in advance for this post being all over the place. It’s just the reflection of my brain at the moment. ;) Also, I assume you might have already noticed this, given I missed a couple of Mondays. I didn’t even have time to experiment in the kitchen and cook something new that I could post the recipe to.

For some reason, it was so difficult for me to wake up this morning.
The thing is, I feel tired. So, so tired. Even as I type this, I have a feeling I could fall asleep if I closed my eyes for a couple of minutes. And the problem with this is that I’m not sure why. I mean, at work it’s all fine, as I *sit* here for eight hours with a one hour lunch break which I spend walking. I haven’t had this good of a schedule ever since I started working after college. It’s not like I need to lift heavy boxes and rearrange furniture. Plus, I like what I’m doing!

By the time I get home in the evenings though, I don’t have the patience to do anything. That, in and of itself, is enough for me to procrastinate and not get anything done. This leads to feeling annoyed that I’m not getting anything done – because as you can guess, things tend to pile up this way. I guess the question is, how high can I leave them aside before they catch up with me ;)

On a lighter note, I did manage to finish reading a couple of books. I’m trying to read at least one chapter, every night before bed.

And just for fun, I’m attaching here a trailer of the application we’ve tested at work for the past four months (well, four months for me, as I only started working at Gameloft in January this year).

2014, May 19

That moment, my poem, featured on ArtiPeeps

When Nicky from ArtiPeeps contacted me about a feature article a couple of months ago, I was thrilled. It was such a wonderful opportunity. I shared “The Closet of Dreams”, which I have designed myself to add a more personal feel to the words I was conveying.

And, it also meant that I qualified for FreeSpace, which meant I’d be featured three more times. My first use of the free space was a flash fiction, "A glance under the surface" in March. The second was a short essay, “In these fast-paced everydays, also think of…” in April.

Here is the last feature of the three, a short poem for this week.

Without further ado, I hope you enjoy “That moment…” over on ArtiPeeps today!

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On a different note, Franny, from Dr. Franny and Mrs. Myself has tagged me in a blog post of hers a couple weeks back.

Given I’ve already answered the questions in a different blog post, when Lynn has asked me the same, I’ll redirect you to my previous post. The answers still stand :)

Hope you have a happy Monday!

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