Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Four-Day Laze

     I never considered myself a homebody. I mean, I do enjoy staying at home but whenever I can, I always try to find time to head out with friends to catch up over coffee, good food, or a few drinks. It doesn't have to be very far, I just need to spend time with my friends because I don't like being alone. Lately, though, I've spent my weekends at home, vegging out. I'll marathon movies or a series, cook, or take out food from across the street, and just stare at my laptop screen till night comes. I think I'm starting to lead a pretty boring life. And do you know what weirds me out? I'm totally okay with it. I'm fine with staying in on weekends weekends when everyone else is out partying and getting wasted. I'm okay with watching downloaded movies in the comforts of my condo unit while everyone else are in theaters, watching blockbusters on the big screen.

     Thanks to the numerous holidays August has, we didn't have regular classes Friday through Monday. Well, I still had Arch170 on Saturday and CWTS on Monday but I had Friday off, plus afternoon classes on Thursday were cancelled thanks to ACLE. Talk about a bummeriffic weekend right?

     When I'm home, I get to experiment in the kitchen. I play around with whatever I can find in the kitchen.I experimented with tuna last Friday with the help of Kirby Salvador, a friend I met one night at Abreeza, Davao. He gave me specific instructions on how to make the tuna meal. It's funny how I had to consult him through text because I didn't know what to cook for lunch.

French toast, chicken sausages, and diced peaches

   My favorite thing to experiment with? French toast, since it's pretty easy to make. Actually, anything that has eggs as ingredients are easy, don't you think? :)

     I made my french toast with leftover raisin wheat bread since that's what mom left here in the condo and I'm not a fan of white loaf bread. Yes, that sounds pretentious but ever since mom started buying wheat bread, my taste buds have gotten used to the not-so-sweet loafs. I still eat white bread, though, don't get me wrong.

French toast out of raisin wheat bread
     During the whole long weekend, I only remember going out thrice. Twice was because I had classes and the other instance was because my sister and I had to attend mass. We usually attend mass in UP, but we decided to try attending mass at Our Lady of Pentecost since it's a lot nearer. It is a wiser choice since the church is just a short walk or tricycle ride away. And since it was a Sunday and I didn't go out all dressed up, I decided to dress up for church. Yes, rare girl moment!

Thrifted charm bracelet from Eastwood Weekend Bazaar
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     After the mass, my sister and I headed to Rustan's to buy some vegetables and other grocery items because I wanted to do another kitchen experimentation. I cooked up a carrot and broccoli stir-fry and it came out perfectly. I didn't take a photo of it, though since my sister and I went straight to eating after. Oh well, bummerific weekend. I'll write regarding the next long weekend, too and we'll see how that goes. :)

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

The Tap Room Catch-up

   Last Sunday, my family decided to meet up with a few family friends at NAIA since they were coming in from Davao City. They were flying to Guam for a week and we wanted to meet up before they left. We've known them for ten years now and they're practically family to me. In ten years, we've bonded through sleepovers,early morning billiard games, movie nights, and extreme sports adventures. Now, they're all 18 and I'm 20 (Yes, they're all the same age) and we've grown a lot but we still enjoy each other's company. 

     We were starving when we met up with them at the airport so we went to MOA but the restaurant we were supposed to eat in looked all messed up so we left and headed to The Manila Hotel and decided to try the drinks and pasta at The Tap Room. Mom enjoyed her margarita and Apa enjoyed his beer. The pasta was a totally different story. Hannah, my sister ordered pesto, Zech ordered carbonara, Nikki ordered soup, and I ordered whole wheat penne primavera. Only Hannah enjoyed her meal. Zech, being a student at iChef has developed a trained tongue. His pasta tasted like an egg sandwich and the ham was too sweet. He couldn't handle it at all. I could understand him being picky with food because he's great in the kitchen. He cooked up last Christmas' turkey. My pasta was as bland as ever. It was nothing but undercooked pasta tossed in vegetables, peanuts, and lots of oil. No amount of pepper and salt helped the taste. We all agreed on one thing, you can never go wrong with pesto.
Whole Wheat Penne Primavera

Seafood Pesto Linguini

     Thank God for awesome company or our afternoon could've turned sour. Us young ones decided to go out to get some fresh air while leaving the adults to enjoy their drinks and chats. We just lounged around and played around with the camera. We teased each other like kids, talk about the vices we've been on, things our parents don't know and the things they've caught us doing. 

Hello there, handsome friend
     Zech will be leaving and working in Guam in a few months. I'll miss this kid, I really will. I got close to him back when we were younger. He'd tease me for being fat and shorter than him, I'd tease him for being such an emo kid who cuts himself on the wrong places. But we both agreed on a few things: Alcohol, Pop Tarts, extreme sports, and rock music are awesome. :)
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