Calligraphy Workshop: The ‘Last Hurrah’ Before School

Just wanted to make a quick post about what I’ve been up to.

School just started (for me) a few days ago and I’m happy. While staying at home is nice and all, there’s just this sense of peace and achievement within me whenever I go to class or complete a task. For my “last hurrah” before school started, I attended a watercolor pencil calligraphy workshop (courtesy of Faber Castell) last week with my cousin.

(Photo from bhotel’s Facebook page)

The funny thing is that it’s supposedly for mothers only (as a treat/celebration for mother’s day). My aunt (who is a mother) signed up so I decided to sign up as well (well, technically I can be called the mother of my two dogs heehee). Anyways, my aunt couldn’t go last minute so my cousin stepped in for her.

My cousin, Trixie!

As you can see, MOMS EVERYWHERE. The photo is blurry because they all started looking at me and I felt shy HAHA.

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Sophie Bakes: Honey Hotteok (호떡)

So I’ve got the baking bug again! Last week, I was browsing through some baking videos when I came across this:

(It’s Calcifer!)

(Click here to watch the video.)

Honey hotteok (pronounced ‘ho-tok’) is something like a “Korean filled pancake bread” and is a popular Korean street food. It got me curious – I’ve never tried to make any Korean food yet, so why not try something new? (Plus the fact that I won’t be using an oven?) The best part is that the ingredients aren’t too difficult to attain (also, I didn’t need to go to the supermarket for this recipe since I had everything I needed at home)!

Preparing all the things I’m going to use!

Here are the ingredients:

For the dough:
Bread flour 400g, Dry Yeast 6g, Salt 6g,
Sugar 45g, Milk 240g, 1 Egg, Butter 60g

For the filling:
Honey 60g, Brown sugar 100g, Water 100g,
Corn starch 20g, Cinnamon Powder 1/4 tsp
Salt 1/4 tsp

[For me, this recipe makes about 18 – 20 pieces]

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Coldplay Manila!

Several months ago, Coldplay announced that they’ll be having a concert here in the Philippines – as expected, tickets sold out right away, so even if you DID have the means to watch their concert, you couldn’t watch (and that’s already around 35,000 tickets)! My best friend, Courtney (whom you probably would recognize from this blog post) is an avid fan and was devastated when she found out that she wouldn’t be able to watch. As a supportive best friend, I couldn’t just stand by and do nothing – so I searched for every single contest for tickets available and joined as much as I could. Our last shot was Pepsi’s contest:

[Translation for international readers: “You still have a chance to win Coldplay Live in Manila tickets!” Don’t lose the chance to see and experience Coldplay: A Head Full of Dreams Tour with #PepsiSnapAndSync! Record yourself on Instagram holding a Pepsi product while lip syncing the featured Coldplay song of the week, share and tag us! Submission of entries is until March 30 so join now!”] (Photo from PepsiPH’s Instagram.

I swallowed my pride and embarrassment and used my ~communication arts skills~ to good use and made the video (which can be viewed on my Instagram (@philosophieyu). We had so much fun making the video and after a few days –

(Photo from PepsiPH’s Instagram) (My name is Sophia YSABELLE Yu, by the way HAHA – not Ysabella!)

WE WON!

So fast-forward to April 4, 2017 (Tuesday):

(Yes, my face is having some problems right now – it’s been a really stressful term AHHA)

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Fully Booked: Children’s Books Galore!

Last month, my favorite local bookstore Fully Booked sent me a newsletter about children’s books followed by a link with their top ten recommendations (click here to read it)!

(Photo from Fully Booked Online)

At the bottom of the list, they announced that they were giving away specially curated sets of children’s books! I excitedly joined. They only asked for two things: one, to visit their Facebook page (which I usually do, anyways); and two, to leave a comment on their list answering the question “what is your favorite children’s book?” I answered from the heart and a few weeks later –

I won!

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Storybored: Artistic Progress

A few weeks ago, Wingstop Philippines announced that they were holding a contest:

Photo from Wingstop PH.
Photo from Wingstop PH.

When I saw the phrase: “win P 1,500 worth of GCs from Wingstop“, I knew I had to join.
I started sketching my idea:

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(So, basically, it’s a basket of wings with smoke coming out of it, an iced cold drink beside it, hands reaching out to get some wings, and a brush lettering of “Wingstop” on top of everything.)

It started out so well:

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Art Fair PH 2017

[Brace yourselves for a long post.]

Yesterday (February 16, 2017), I went to Art Fair PH! I’ve been wanting to go for years, but I never really got the chance to until this year!

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We (my aunt, her friend, and I) arrived early afternoon and was pleased to see that there was an acceptable amount of people – not too many, not too little.

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I’ll let my pictures and the art do all the talking. Enjoy this visual treat of what to expect in this year’s art fair.
Unfortunately, I didn’t capture everything, so here are some of my favorite pieces (plus my comments/insights):

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Bench’s collection!
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This one is so mesmerizing.
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I love how the artist played with shadows and dimension.

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My 19th Birthday!

Last week, on the tenth of February, I finally turned 19. It was such a bittersweet feeling because this would be my last year where I’d have a “1” at the beginning of my age. I’m starting to feel my age catch up to me – before I know it, I’ll be 20 already (which feels really weird since I feel like I’m 17, I probably look 16, but I’m already 19?!)

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My cute (and really delicious) birthday cake baked by my aunt! (Thank you, Diko!)

On my actual birthdate, I didn’t really do much but stay at home and have a quiet day with my family. We had the cliché Filipino birthday party food of spaghetti and fried chicken (courtesy of Amber’s HAHA).

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Breakout Philippines: Living Legends-ish

Forget A Walk to Remember, yesterday was a day to remember!

Yesterday – February 4, 2017 –  I met up with some of my Filipino / Philippine-based friends from when I went on an exchange program in Japan last year. We met because of the exchange program, and have been good friends ever since! Anyways, we decided to head for the Katipunan area because initially, we wanted to eat at a restaurant situated in that area. We changed our minds later on when we were weighing out the cost of the imaginary possible bill. Instead, we decided to tick one thing off our bucket list: going to Breakout Philippines.

If you’ve been following my blog or my social media accounts, you’ll probably know or have some kind of idea that I’ve been going to escape games a lot. Yesterday would mark my 5th time. One reason I keep going back is because escape games are so much fun; my mind and my observation skills are tested here along with teamwork and cooperation with friends. Another reason would be the fact that I was never able to successfully escape yet. I’ve had a lot of close calls (99% – ugh, 60%, 80%, and 70%), but I never got to escape…

UNTIL THIS DAY:

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(L-R: Anton, Dei, Winona, and I!)

BAM. WE ESCAPED with twenty seconds to spare! The last five minutes were really intense; we were ready to give up and call it quits when the last clue revealed itself – there was a lot of screaming and running afterward.

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Sophie Makes: Milk Tea

Sophie Makes: Milk Tea
Sophie TRIED to Make Milk Tea but Failed.

I think after my success with my Chocolate Chip Melon Pans, I got a little too excited or cocky. I had some black tea leaves in my room and decided to try to make my own milk tea.

The recipe is from Peaceful Cuisine (again):
[Side note: I’m sure his milk tea turned out great because of his skill and ingredients HAHA!]

Ingredients: (2 servings)
– 30g black tapioca pearl (in the end, I chose not to add in pearls anymore)
– 300g water
– 10g black tea leaves (I used CREAM of Earl Grey instead – bad move)
– 300g soy milk (I used full cream milk instead)
– 30 – 60g maple syrup (I added in white sugar, brown sugar, and condensed milk instead)
Instructions:
1. Soak black tapioca pearls overnight. (I skipped this.)
2. Boil black tea leaves for 1 – 2 minutes.
3. Add in soy milk and bring to a boil. Turn off the heat when it brings to a boil again.
4. Boil black tapioca pearls for 1 – 2 minutes.
5. Let them cool then pour together into your cup.

Of course, I didn’t have the time and the exact ingredients, so I improvised.

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Sophie Bakes: Chocolate Chip Melon Pan

[Maybe a more fitting title would be Sophie TRIES to Bake Again: Chocolate Chip Melon Pan]

A few weeks ago, I discovered this channel on YouTube called Peaceful Cuisine which is basically a cooking and baking channel dedicated to fill your eyes and ears with quiet cooking (I find it incredibly relaxing) – but not your stomach, unfortunately. There was this one video that captured my attention: Chocolate Chip Melon Pan. Melon pans, in general, are really good. [A melon pan is basically a sweet bread with crisp cookie dough on top.] I always buy one whenever I go to a Japanese bakeshop here in the Philippines and I make it a point to eat one whenever I visit the Land of the Rising Sun. It’s one of my ultimate comfort foods.

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Just look at it!

I absolutely love Japanese food so when I saw “Melon Pan” I immediately clicked on the video – and the fact that it had chocolate chips? I knew that I had to eat it. I’m sure that everyone has this thing they do wherein they watch people cook or bake online, drool at the thought the final product, but end up never really making it for themselves because of laziness or other excuses? Well, I’m usually like that, but for some strange reason I wanted to make Chocolate Chip Melon Pans. I grabbed some paper and wrote down all the ingredients I had to buy.

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