Happy Ishtar? :)

Some bits and bobs I’ve been looking through this extremely humid Easter Sunday in the tropics.

I love vintage photographs! Some though, because of the quality make the photo a wee bit creepy, but otherwise, to me anyway, it adds to the texture of what was shot.  Check out these pictures of circus performers back in the day: http://dangerousminds.net/comments/color_photographs_of_circus_performers_1940_50

I love to travel and travel lightly. I won’t say I’m a total backpacker, as I don’t think I could handle a hostel (I like having my private bathroom that I needn’t share with the entire floor for example), but I don’t mind not staying at fancy resorts.  Minimum requirement is a clean bathroom (see a theme?).  Anyway, I saw this and it made absolute sense to me.  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/04/15/master-traveler-tips-_n_5126467.html?ncid=fcbklnkushpmg00000063

These pieces are just nuts: http://designtaxi.com/news/365074/Artist-Creates-Powerful-Splatter-Paint-Portraits-Of-Animals/

And this made me cry: http://www.adweek.com/adfreak/24-people-who-applied-worlds-toughest-job-were-quite-surprise-157028

Here’s a soundtrack for you all trying to clean up, the kitchen or any other part of the house 🙂 http://www.thekitchn.com/songs-for-dancing-in-the-kitchen-a-playlist-200197?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Kitchn%2021314%20-%2020%20Songs%20for%20Dancing%20in%20the%20Kitchen&utm_content=Kitchn%2021314%20-%2020%20Songs%20for%20Dancing%20in%20the%20Kitchen+CID_1eeaaf3b7c89bafabc099d87fc7e8931&utm_source=email_newsletter&utm_term=20%20Songs%20for%20Dancing%20in%20the%20Kitchen

Since it is Monday tomorrow, I have been reading up on this: http://www.thekitchn.com/how-to-make-the-best-iced-coffee-cooking-lessons-from-the-kitchn-192560

Actually, everyone should just bookmark this page to get it over with 🙂 http://www.thekitchn.com/15-essential-recipes-for-home-cooks-the-kitchns-best-of-2013-198412?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Kitchn%20122313%20-%2015%20of%20the%20Most%20Essential%20Recipes%20for%20Home%20Cooks&utm_content=Kitchn%20122313%20-%2015%20of%20the%20Most%20Essential%20Recipes%20for%20Home%20Cooks+CID_b44ff0ff6e3333d90bcfb3aed274e335&utm_source=email_newsletter&utm_term=15%20of%20the%20Most%20Essential%20Recipes%20for%20Home%20Cooks

I don’t know why but this song has been in my head all day.

HEHEHE! How’s your Easter so far?

 

 

 

 

Stuff I saw from my subscriptions mailbox today

Today being a holiday, I thought I would tackle sifting through my email box and sorting some stuff out, especially in under the “SUBSCRIPTION” folder.

I started at 10am. It is now nearly 7pm. What the hell.

But nonetheless, I’ve found some gems that I wanted to share 🙂

I love the site The Kitchn. I love to cook (and eat), and this site has always given me interesting ideas to feed people with.  Because I’m a full time working mom, I try to keep things simple, healthy, at the very least not processed, and something that can be heated up in 10mins. Let’s be honest: there are A LOT of days that I come home and the last thing I want to do is pretend to be Ina Garten, even if I want to be her, and swish around the kitchen plopping things into a pan I know I will have to clean later anyway. Plus, yeah, the tropical heat.  So I love the idea of cooking huge batches of stuff, and sticking it in the freezer.  This entry is awesome: http://www.thekitchn.com/10-freezer-meals-for-busy-weeknights-193608?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Kitchn%2081913%20-%20Freezer%20Meals&utm_content=Kitchn%2081913%20-%20Freezer%20Meals+CID_68529bbcc7e2824f8d4a1fe377e371f7&utm_source=email_newsletter&utm_term=10%20Freezer%20Meals%20for%20Busy%20Weeknights

I love steak. I love Vietnamese food. Put the two together and I am a happy bunny: http://www.saveur.com/article/Recipes/Vietnamese-Style-Steak?cmpid=enews081913&spPodID=020&spMailingID=5656289&spUserID=MzE1NDg4ODQyNjMS1&spJobID=330397115&spReportId=MzMwMzk3MTE1S0

My hubby loves squid so I think I will make this sometime soon 🙂 http://www.saveur.com/article/Recipes/Stuffed-Calamari?cmpid=enews090213&spPodID=020&spMailingID=5685354&spUserID=MzE1NDg4ODQyNjMS1&spJobID=333763601&spReportId=MzMzNzYzNjAxS0

I’ve been on a sandwich making kick lately and this landed in my mailbox. The basil outside is getting unruly so I think I will make this next week 🙂 http://www.thekitchn.com/recipe-california-blt-with-avocado-and-basil-mayonnaise-173957

And because this summer seems to be dragging on forever (it just started and I want it to end already), here are some summer recipes 🙂

http://www.thekitchn.com/10-recipes-to-make-before-summer-is-over-recipes-from-the-kitchn-193916?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Kitchn%2082613%20-%2010%20Recipes%20to%20Make%20Before%20Summer%20is%20Over&utm_content=Kitchn%2082613%20-%2010%20Recipes%20to%20Make%20Before%20Summer%20is%20Over+CID_a8ed0737a9f8b4845fcf8ed25fdde3b3&utm_source=email_newsletter&utm_term=10%20Recipes%20to%20Make%20Before%20Summer%20is%20Over

I also love SAVEUR. If you haven’t seen it, I suggest you click on this link. This recipe is for dolmades, a favorite of mine, just hard to find grape leaves here in Manila 🙂 http://www.saveur.com/article/Recipes/Dolmades-Stuffed-Grape-Leaves

If you like eggs as much as I do, check this recipe out. Seems simple enough, right? http://smittenkitchen.com/blog/2014/04/baked-eggs-with-spinach-and-mushrooms/

This post is just cool. If you haven’t subscribed or looked at the blog BRAIN PICKINGS, I suggest you do, especially if you’re a reader. They have awesome posts like THIS one: http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2014/04/16/fictitous-dishes-dinah-fried-book/

There’s even a reimagined Periodic Table 🙂 http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2012/09/18/wonderful-life-with-the-elements-bunpei-yorifuji/

Saw these lovely, but very sad photographs from WIRED, whose online publication I’m subscribed to and love.  http://www.wired.com/2013/08/photos-documenting-the-beauty-behind-a-failing-airline?mbid=nl_wired_08202013

I love looking at maps. These are pretty cool: http://www.wired.com/2013/08/fictional-koana-islands-maps?mbid=nl_wired_08202013

Something to help push the creative juices flowing even in this heat: http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/the-creative-process-5-ways-to-cultivate-inspiration-ideas-196529?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=DAILY%20103013%20-%20The%20Creative%20Process%205%20Ways%20to%20Cultivate%20Inspiration%20%20Ideas&utm_content=DAILY%20103013%20-%20The%20Creative%20Process%205%20Ways%20to%20Cultivate%20Inspiration%20%20Ideas+CID_27ddc098bc648190633f30fb3c3a8e84&utm_source=email_newsletter&utm_term=The%20Creative%20Process%205%20Ways%20to%20Cultivate%20Inspiration%20%20Ideas

If you like art, like I do, check these cheeky buggers out: http://www.lostateminor.com/2014/04/07/classical-art-paintings-updated-social-media-notifications/

And how lovely and a little eerie are these pictures from INSIDE musical instruments, or rather what the artist thought they would look like:

http://www.behance.net/gallery/ART-DIRECTION-INSTRUMENTS-FROM-INSIDE/340016

Ok off the computer I go. Need to indulge in some “mommy time” with my books 🙂  I’ll leave you with a little Liz Phair of yore. Twas her birthday the other day 🙂 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tM60GAPIXTY

 

 

Digital Childhood

As a new mom, who works in digital advertising and content, I am concerned what the impact of all this technology has on kids these days.  I see a lot of kids on their parents’ phones, and what used to be the TV to keep them occupied, they now have iPads and iGadgets and all sorts of other toys that, some say, make them develop faster.

Be that as it may, I’m concerned because I loved being a kid. I ran all over the place, played outside a lot (and I mean, A LOT), climbed trees and such.  Of course living in the city that doesn’t really value parks (sadly for Manila), this idyllic childhood will not be part of my bebe’s and the realisation of this makes me sad.  But I am sure that he will have a childhood nonetheless, with stories and legends to sleep, imagination encouraged, couch forts built, if I have anything to do with it! 🙂

This article did put a little bit of dread into my head, how much stimulation via technology is TOO much? Addiction is not anything new, though the addiction to gadgets are.  I’ve read horror stories of mothers killing their children over a video game, or some guy in Seoul who literally died playing a game online.  These are extreme cases of course, but of course, there is always the wonder of how much is too much? What defines that fine line between just having fun, or even being dedicated, to obsession?

Anyway, here is something I read that I brought these thoughts into my head.  It’s long as online articles go, but it does bring up some interesting points. http://www.inhabitots.com/technology-and-kids-startling-statistics-about-addiction-to-iphones-screens-that-every-parent-should-know/

What do YOU think? Leave me a comment or a thought. I’d love to hear from you 🙂

Homemade handwipes :)

This actually is a big help in our home, both for our wallets, our hands, and the bebe’s bum.  I actually got the idea before I got pregnant because I have this whole thing about keeping my hands clean, maybe because getting sick in the heat is annoying.  Then I started looking up how to make them, and found the video from this blog: http://www.earthmamaangelbaby.com/mama-resources/expert-panel/diba-tillery-rn-bsn/making-homemade-baby-wipes

I actually have done my own. I love my organic stuff but to be a little practical about the costs, and I try to buy in bulk, I use Johnson and Johnson products as you can’t really go too far wrong with those.  So here we go 🙂

 

 

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The gear. L-R: paper towels, lite baby oil, body wash, serrated knife top: receptacle for storing Not Pictured: measuring cup and spoons

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Cut in half, and sometimes I also peel off a couple of layers so the roll can fit into my little plastic can 🙂

It gets a little messy, but I find that if I keep moving the roll around while cutting, it gets the best, and straightest cut.

It gets a little messy, but I find that if I keep moving the roll around while cutting, it gets the best, and straightest cut.

Get your measuring cup and spoons ready.

Get your measuring cup and spoons ready.

You will need ONE (1) CUP of water.

You will need ONE (1) CUP of water.

I used this particular body wash just because it is SUCH a hot summer and this helps cool the little one (and his parents!) off. ONE (1) TABLESPOON.

I used this particular body wash just because it is SUCH a hot summer and this helps cool the little one (and his parents!) off. ONE (1) TABLESPOON.

ONE (1) TABLESPOON also of lite oil. I use lite oil because I still want to help the moisture but still not be too heavy in this heat. Mix both into the 1 CUP of water.

ONE (1) TABLESPOON also of lite oil. I use lite oil because I still want to help the moisture but still not be too heavy in this heat. Mix both into the 1 CUP of water.

 Put the towel into the bin, then pour the water ALL AROUND and EVENLY through the towel.


Put the towel into the bin, then pour the water ALL AROUND and EVENLY through the towel.

The extra layers I took off earlier I usually use to clean up spills and mess after the whole process.

The extra layers I took off earlier I usually use to clean up spills and mess after the whole process.

OK! So stick on the lid, and wait about 10-15mins :)

OK! So stick on the lid, and wait about 10-15mins 🙂

 I actually flip it over and let it stand on its head for another 10mins to ensure that the solution goes throughout all the layers of paper, like the video says. And you can take out the middle bit of the roll easily afterwards :)


I actually flip it over and let it stand on its head for another 10mins to ensure that the solution goes throughout all the layers of paper, like the video says. And you can take out the middle bit of the roll easily afterwards 🙂

 

VOILA! Baby and hand wipes that you can use throughout the house for all kinds of things, and clean ups. So far it has worked well for us and the baby seems to like it. Doesn’t smell too bad either 🙂  YAY FOR HOMEMADE! 🙂

And here, a little soundtrack for those who, like me, like having music accompany them when they’re doing chores 😉 This is my hubby’s take on Bob Dylan 🙂 He too has a blog about his music called Nerd Notes.  Check out this tunes here: https://soundcloud.com/bubblebasedboy/25mar14-15-50-all-i-really

Withering Wednesday

Today is suffocating. And I mean, there is absolutely no wind.  We are currently hitting about 40 Celsius and boy, can you feel it!

A little accompaniment to this entry as I have had this damn song in my head all day. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MPNhV1gF008

In other news, there is no work today because it marks the Araw ng Kagitingan, or Day of Valor.  This is celebrated to mark the day that our soldiers in WWII walked what we call the Bataan Death March, where the Japanese having still had control over the Philippines, made captured soldiers walk, and left those who were dying and thirsty, and abused the rest.  To read more about this time in our history (and if you don’t know it, I think you SHOULD), click on this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bataan_Death_March

For those who are pregnant or have kids, I have been reading the book “Bringing Up Bebe…” (http://www.amazon.com/Bringing-Up-B%C3%A9b%C3%A9-Discovers-Parenting/dp/1594203334) and it has really opened my eyes to a new way of parenting. Look, I stand by the thought that, whatever works for you, WORKS, so just keep doing that.  For me, I’ve just felt like as a new mom, I’ve been bombarded by well meaning people about all of these different ways of raising my child.  I’m thankful for some, but more often than not, I believe that others are really just discouraging, focusing on things I’m doing wrong instead of helping me understand why I shouldn’t do whatever it is I’m doing that they disagree with. I’m a new mom and even before I had my baby, am a worrywart.  Add a baby into the mix, I can now be crowned Ms. Paranoia 2014.  This book (thank you so much to my cousin who gave it to me!) has helped me take a breath, and gives me reasons why I not only SHOULD take a breath, but that I shouldn’t feel guilty about it.  I’m posting about it because it has helped me breathe, and I hope, if there are some other new mothers out there reading this (or even old mothers), that this will give you some respite and encourage you that YOU ARE DOING OK.

This is such sad news. He was a huge part of my childhood, along with Hulk Hogan and Andre the Giant, Jake the Snake and the GLOW ladies. RIP http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2014/04/09/the-ultimate-warrior-dead-at-54/?tid=hp_mm

Being a huuuuuge Potter fan (I will be mentioning Harry Potter a few times throughout this blog hahaha!), this blew me away. The news of a continuation of the series is already getting me giddy.  http://www.hypable.com/2014/04/07/beedle-the-bard-three-brothers-short-film/?onswipe_redirect=no

I am also a big fan of Star Wars, and these prints, I believe, need to be on my wall 😉 http://designtaxi.com/news/364946/Striking-Illustrated-Star-Wars-Propaganda-Posters/

This was just something pretty 😉 http://designtaxi.com/news/364951/A-Stylish-A-Z-Guide-To-Dance-Styles/

And who do you guys think should be inducted from this list? http://www.rollingstone.com/music/lists/20-artists-eligible-for-the-rock-and-roll-hall-of-fame-next-20140408  Still trying to make my mind up, truthfully.

Oh and because I’m OC about stuff, especially now I have a little one, I would really rather not use anything too heavy with chemicals so when I saw this, My heart danced with joy. I already use white vinegar, baking soda, lemon/oranges, and hydrogen peroxide so this just extends my happiness in concocting little cleaning elixirs for the house: http://www.buzzfeed.com/peggy/how-to-clean-almost-anything-and-everything?bffb

And last but not least, my country has finally passed this into law. MABUHAY 🙂 http://www.gov.ph/2012/12/21/republic-act-no-10354/

Good day to you all, or good evening or night to some 😉

 

Sci-fi and geekdom

My first celebrity crush was Wil Wheaton. From way back in “Stand By Me” to “Toy Soldiers”, then later on in my favorite Star Trek series, The Next Generation as Wesley Crusher.

First crushes never die I tell you. And this awesome fellow has now banked on his awesome nerdiness and told a kid at this convention how not to let people calling them a nerd to get to them.

http://www.startrek.com/article/watch-wil-wheaton-wows-with-reply-to-childs-nerd-question

Then, just as I am a Star Trek lover, I am a Jedi lover as well. I do not discriminate in which world I would like to live in.  This video of how lightsabers were ‘invented’ just about knocked my socks off tonight.

http://gizmodo.com/george-lucas-explains-the-birth-of-lightsabers-in-this-1556006207?utm_campaign=socialflow_gizmodo_facebook&utm_source=gizmodo_facebook&utm_medium=socialflow

As I’ve mentioned in the other blog, I have a love for writing and Shakespeare.  I have a love for books really, and most everything to do with literature, except maybe editing.  I adore Jane Austen, and wish I could have been her friend.  Anyway, you will know the love I feel for this little gem I found on the internet today for two things: well obviously the whole Victorian aspect of it, and secondly because my name is Aberforth Magnus; Aberforth being one of the names of one of my fictional heroes, Albus Dumblebore.  Oh yeah, did I mention I’m a Potterhead too? 🙂

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/31/pen-name-generator_n_5045267.html

 

Then there was this.

fiction death

Urrrrg.

Oh lawdy, Sirius Black. 😥

And I’ve stopped playing April Fool’s jokes online as of this year, and hope that this isn’t a prank coz it would really piss me off: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/george-takei/live-from-new-york-its-saturday-night_b_5065767.html?1396325436

Happy April Fool’s day, and welcome to the second quarter of the year! 🙂