If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you’ll know that I’m such a sucker for contests and random draws. So, when I saw this in my email on the 25th of February,
I knew I had to try and enter their lottery draw for seats. The next day, I got this in my email:
That’s a LOT!
The day before, I invited my bestie, Chiara, to have this feast with me. (And feast we did.) I was pretty excited because I’ve always wanted to try out Bad Bird, but never really got the chance to. We arrived at Robinsons Manila thirty minutes early and hungrily loitered around until 5:30 PM.
After weeks of eagerly waiting (and saving), the Big Bad Wolf Book Fair finally makes its debut in the Philippines! I stayed up-to-date with the book fair, making sure that I didn’t miss a single post. Sure enough, they gave away hundreds of preview passes that’s good for the day before opening to the public. I-of course- had to join the contest and was one of the lucky people who won preview passes!
Bright and early on the 15th of February.
I invited my friends to come with me, as each pass allowed two people. Luckily, my university is near the venue (World Trade Center), so my best friend and I commuted. We left early in the morning and finally arrived around 8:30 AM, thirty minutes before opening!
I’m in love with the tickets!
Nicole and I! (My other two friends came in later and I didn’t get to take a photo with them.)
After impatiently waiting for thirty minutes, the doors finally opened and I was breathless with all the books around me!
This year, I celebrated with my best friends one day after my birthday (which was on February 10.) I made reservations at a nearby restaurant called The Frazzled Cook. I was drooling over the menu as the day approached, and I’m glad to say that it did not disappoint!
We started off with their Pizza Caprese (Php 295), which tasted really fresh and cheesy;
then followed with Fish and Fries (Php 245), which was so soft and their fries tasted uniquely good;
next would be their family-sized Truffle Pasta (Php 515). It was incredibly fragrant, delicious, and creamy! Drool!
We ended dinner with their Seafood Paella for 5 (Php 600) – while it may look small, it’s kind of like buried treasure since you’ll have to really dig through it! Yummy. To down it all down, we had a single pitcher of Homemade Iced Tea (Php 225).
For dessert, we transferred to Victorino’s, which was conveniently nearby.
Last month, just like every year, I went to the Manila International Book Fair (MIBF, for short). As expected, my wallet wasn’t ready for it (despite me trying to save for a year.) Unlike last year, where I was able to go to the MIBF on two dates, I was only able to go once this year.
My aunt and I started on the second floor for children’s books!
Check out the number of people there are on the second floor!
Unfortunately, my phone died by the time my aunt and I headed for the first floor, so I didn’t get to take any more photos 😦
A couple of weeks ago, my little sister climbed one of our kitchen shelves and accidentally knocked over a jar of oatmeal. Instead of throwing it out, I decided to make dog treats instead (since my dogs started eating the oats on the floor like there’s no tomorrow.) I found this easy recipe from this website and tried it out.
That’s a lot of oatmeal.
The recipe calls for rolled oats, salt, egg, and beef broth or chicken broth. After I combined them all in a bowl, I found this bear-shaped ice tray (only because I don’t have cookie cutters at the moment) and filled it in with the mix.
I placed all the oat treats on a baking tray and popped it in the oven at around 325 degrees.
Earlier this week, my aunt and I went to UP Town Center for Kevin Kwan’s book signing!
(That’s my aunt there in the background.)
We read Kevin Kwan’s books about a year ago and became instant fans! I found his book, Crazy Rich Asians, relatable and entertaining (I am Asian, after all) and laughed harder than I should’ve when I first read “aiyah” in the book.
We arrived around 12 PM for registration. Since it was still early (Q&A and signing would begin at 2 PM), my aunt and I went around the mall and had lunch.
At around 1:30 PM, my aunt and I went back and found some seats. Soon, it was time for the Q&A portion and Kevin Kwan entertained us not only with our questions, but with a reading from his latest book Rich People Problems as well.
“Cookies” because it was originally a recipe for cookies – but then…well, you’ll see why by the end of this post.
So, just like last time, I was inspired by a YouTube video to bake! I was craving for some cookies and ended up doing Gemma Stafford’s 3-Ingredient Cookie recipe! Assessing the ingredients I have in the kitchen, I decided to make some peanut butter cookies. The recipe is very simple, and as the title suggests, it only requires three ingredients!
Unfortunately, I lacked peanut butter and decided to substitute half of it with Nutella. I combined one cup of peanut butter + Nutella, 1 cup of white sugar, and 1 egg into a bowl and combined them all together (1:1:1 ratio).
Afterward, I prepared a “cookie sheet” and asked my 6-year old sister to drop the cookies on top.
I literally turned away for a minute or so and my sister poured the batter on the cookie sheet – thus, it became a brownie.
See? Oh well, ha-ha!
I did the best I could and cut it into little pieces, but no one believes me when I said that it really cookies.
It surprisingly tasted really good! I would recommend this to anyone who wants to make a quick treat to satisfy their cravings.
I want to start a new series where I wrap up my experiences per month in one blog post! So to wrap up June, I want to share with you some things I’ve been working on plus some packages I got!
First up, packages!
1. Pedigree Dog Food Samples
I have two cute dogs at home and I wanted them to try out some Pedigree samples (that’s specific for their weight class). Luckily, Pedigree Philippines offers free samples for your dog to try! I sent in the details of both my dogs and got this a few weeks later:
Inside each package contains a small pack of dry dog food, a small pouch of wet dog food, and a small booklet on feeding information. It was really interesting to receive these since I wanted to see how my dogs would react to wet dog food (as compared to their normal dry dog food portions).
You can get a sample here (for Philippine residences only)!
2. Books, books, and more books!
The next package I got was really exciting for me since I’ve been waiting for several months to receive it. I pre-ordered two books from Book Depository a couple of months back and it’s finally here!
It’s the 20th-anniversary copy of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone! It’s so pretty. I love everything about it.
I’m a proud Ravenclaw. #HousePride! While one of my best friends (Courtney) is a Slytherin. I bought her a copy as her birthday gift. (Don’t worry, she already saw it.)
Last month, I had a friend who approached me with a proposal: teach a calligraphy class for LEAP (an annual alternative class event in my university). Of course, I freaked out. My mind went into overdrive thinking – was I good enough to teach a calligraphy class? Was I ready to face a class of around thirty or more to talk about my passion? Why was I chosen when there are so many other people who are better than me in calligraphy? Would my class think that I am too inexperienced?
I asked my friend calmly, “What specific type of calligraphy? Using the nib and ink?”
She replied later with, “Brush pen.”
I felt my confidence rise. I knew that using the brush pen was one of my strengths (well, as compared to nib and ink calligraphy). I took a deep breath, typed in: “I’ll do it” and hit send. I had a month to prepare.
I was so anxious, I couldn’t sleep at night for a while – I was really scared of my inexperience and how I will teach the class. I was afraid of what they’ll think of my work and my very being. It got to a point where I practiced teaching the class on my Snoopy stuffed toy (don’t judge) until I felt I was ready. So the night before, I prepared my bag of art supplies:
After checking my presentation slides for what seemed like the hundredth time, I finally went to sleep. The next day, one of my best friends, Nicole met up with me and encouraged me over lunch. She eased my worries and even walked me to my class where the project heads were waiting for me! A few minutes later, people started coming in. I felt my hands go cold and my blood rise up to my head. I knew I could nail it, but my perfectionist-self wanted everything to go according to plan.
I had three friends (angels) who attended my class – two of them on purpose, while the other was completely by accident – so I felt reassured and calmer. I set up my things on the table in front, cleared my mind, and signaled to the project head that I was ready.