Category Archives: food

simple kimchi rice

super “simpre” kimchi rice. get it? L’s become R’s? i’m bad at this.

“To insure good health: eat lightly, breathe deeply, live moderately, cultivate cheerfulness, and maintain an interest in life.”  ~William Londen

Simple and easy kimchi rice. It’s not for everyone but for someone like me who’s almost allergic to everything(shrimp, shellfish, gluten, soy, etc) Its quite hard to find different recipes you can cook everyday that’s easy and yummy at the same time.

Thus I went to a korean grocery store and bought some locally made KIMCHI.

But why KIMCHI?

  • Why to try it: Kimchi (or kimchee) is loaded with vitamins A, B, and C, but its biggest benefit may be in its “healthy bacteria” called lactobacilli, found in fermented foods like kimchi and yogurt.
  • This good bacteria helps with digestion, plus it seems to help stop and even prevent yeast infections, according to a recent study.
  • And more good news: Some studies show fermented cabbage has compounds that may prevent the growth of cancer.  -from (awesome!)

How I thought of making the kimchi rice was when me and my friends went to this Korean Restaurant to eat and they had Kimchi rice.

And yes, I did try to re-make it at home in my own way.

this is Gluten-free, but I warn those who are reactive to spicy food and are new to KIMCHI.

What you need:

1/2 cup of kimchi(any brand to your liking will do)

1 potato, peeled and cut into cubes

1 cup of rice

1 tsp. of Sesame oil

pinch of salt

Any good oil for stir-frying stuff(i used olive oil for this one hehe)

What you will do:

  • Heat a pan then add oil, heat the oil then add the potatoes.
  • Mix in the sesame oil and add a pinch of salt.
  • Cook the potatoes through and add a cup of rice.
  • Mix it together and make sure the potatoes are evenly scattered.
  • Add the kimchi then continue mixing until the rice is nice and orange-red.

this serves 1 person but you can always cook for more, just add more kimchi and potatoes! 😀


“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”  – Hippocrates


of ramen and mochi

FInally, the long awaited post is here!

Me and my friend Ness went to The Collective, it was my first time to go there and I must say its more of a night crowd kind of place.

7274 Malugay St. San Antonio Village, 1203 Makati, Philippines
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Cafe Mezzanine

Cafe Mezzanine

a not-so-hidden hidden cafe on the 2nd floor of Chuan Kee Restaurant, if you can’t find it, don’t be like me and be all silent/prideful trying to find it yourself; ask around and surely almost everyone knows where it is.(well, not everyone)

650 Ongpin St. Cor. Yuchengco St., Binondo Manila, Binondo, Philippines
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punchdrunk pandas and lame excuses

sweet cured pork(Tocino) + egg + garlic rice = lunch time bliss *a preview of my next post*

WARNING: For those of you who have .5 secs of an attention span, this may cause severe irritation due to the long post. But I assure you, there are more pictures than there are words. I warned you.

Your eyes will die (due to excessive exposure to vibrant colors)in 3…2…1…

I told you so. And yes, this is DAY 2 of the Blogworthy workshop.

5 Reasons why I love this workshop:

  • NEW FRIENDS. Being the most socially awkward person, its quite rare you see me going to events with a lot of people. But this little blogging workshop isn’t as populated, so its like a family/classroom type of feeling where everybody knows at least somebody. And as you’ve seen in the pic above I’ve met some really great friends like Bernice Cayco(she’s a friggin model for crying out loud, you don’t get to meet a model everyday you know).
  • Collaborations. Yes meeting new friends has its benefits. For example you meet this web developer, maybe you could collaborate on working on your website and you could design his website(if your a designer or something). Or collaborate with a fashionista to make web articles more fun and colorful with vivid designs.              The possibilities are endless.
  • Exploring new places. Before the workshop, I had 0% knowledge of the area (Co.lab Xchange was @ Brixton St behind Pioneer Center), how to get there is another story). Trying to find a new place is both exhausting and rewarding, you get to familiarize yourself with this whole new area, new shops to see, new restaurants to visit, etc. Plus we got to go on a lunch field trip, but more on that place in the next post. Plus I get to out of the house. (yes, being a freelancer I have been hibernating in my cave for a long LONG time and I needed this chance to go out and meet new people)
  • Getting your brain to work again. Seriously, I needed this blogging workshop that I never even knew I needed before. May the gods shine happy smiles and more blessings to you Wanderrgirl aka Arriane Serafico.
  • Learning new tricks of the trade. Stuff from ‘Finding your inner blogger‘ to ‘Tips for instagram-ish effects on Photoshop‘. My mind is ever so happy to learn new things.

Speaking of new things, and new friends, we met this super awesome girl who is one of the heads of Punchdrunk Panda. Nica Kim. And she told us all about how they started and what makes them different, and also shared the 10 Lame excuses the stops us from starting anything new.

10 Lame Excuses by Nica Kim of Punchdrunk Panda

  1. I don’t have enough time. B*itch please, I’ve heard that the nth time already. Have no time? Stop using Facebook. Stop watching re-runs of shows you’ve watched a thousand times already.
  2. I might fail. Dude it took Thomas Edison a thousand fails to finally invent a working lightbulb. You fall down 9x, then you get back up 10x. Simple as that buddy, failure isn’t an option.
  3. I’m not inspired. Then go do something else until inspiration strikes, take a walk outside, do a movie marathon with friends, bake some cookies. Anything to get you and your brain working and being productive.
  4. Idea isn’t original enough. That’s why its a challenge. You take this problem and turn it into a solution. Challenge Accepted. ‘What makes you or your idea stand out?’
  5. I can’t get started. Then start today. Start NOW as in right this moment, write down ideas, doodle ’em out, take pictures. ANYTHING. Just go, DO IT. 
  6. I don’t have my entire plan laid out yet. The plan isn’t perfect yet. Buddy, no plan is perfect, only God has the perfect plan. Your job is to stop worrying and just go. For example, you waste so much time worrying about the negative aspect, you haven’t even started. Hey, use the failure(IF you fail) as a learning experience.
  7. I’m taking way too long. Again, excuses. You have to get rid of your fear of failure. I am as stubborn as a mule but I learned to cope with my pride and my fear because I know in the long run this will be beneficial to me as a whole.
  8. I need to do market research. Yes yes, the research, the “googling”, the aahs and the oohs. There’s market research and there’s TOO MUCH research aka procrastinating. Stop it.
  9. I’ve got bills to pay or I have no money. I know this feeling believe me. (I’m not even earning anything regularly like my other friends working in studios) This is where learning to collaborate has its benefits, when you collaborate, you find a person who needs your talent/service and vice versa, thus equalling to an opportunity for growth in your experience and in your money(i hope), honey.
  10. There’s too much competition. There will always be competition, this again is a challenge you must be willing to face.
due to the excessively long post I will write about Punchdrunk+Panda and Milky Sunny(where Arriane took us to lunch and we all had a lovely free lunch and dessert, I urge you to stick around for the 2 posts cuz I made it extra special for you readers out there, if I do have any or I am just talking to myself :< ) So stay tuned!
Again a BIG BIG BIG thank you to Arriane Serafico and her lovely crew for this workshop!

of flowers and tea

2 color. free wallpaper ❤

Of Flowers

Told ya I’d post about the flower stall. Unfortunately, I couldn’t seem to find the lady that owned it. So I took pictures of it instead.

I recommend this to anyone who is living or near the area, if you need flowers asap; they’re always there.

#Binondo #hiddengems #lovely

of Tea

“The Tea” (THAT really is the store’s name, i’m not kidding)

Mandarin Square along Ongpin St. Right next to Salazar bakeshop

This petite little tea place in the heart of Chinatown has been open since December 2011. Due to the unforgiving Manila heat, they have been doing well and have renovated into a bigger store.

Strawberry Pudding Green Tea Ice Cream ❤

le menu 

this Fruit Grass Jelly w/ nuts(yes, as awkward as it may seem, the dessert includes a little packet of peanuts) is your go to dessert when you want the mix of sweetness of red beans, watermelon, and mangoes + grass jelly + milk.

The place is a hit with the Chinese locals. The one behind the counter is a lovely Chinese girl who runs the store with her sister(and her brother I think? I’d have to get back to you on that one)

What makes them different?

  • The wide array of desserts aside from the choices of milk teas. Ice cream with fruits, Green Tea Icecream, Fruits in grass jelly and milk, etc. It actually took me 5 minutes just staring at the menu. PERFECT when you’re craving an iced cold dessert.
  • The newly added POST-IT wall. Good gods it was so pretty to look at with all the post-its; and almost all the posts are in Chinese! Don’t forget to write and say hi to the nice ladies when you drop by 🙂

 last but not least, let me introduce you to my eccentric friend, Gilbert Que.

“An Indian lover, a proud Chinese/Filipino-Chinese, an enthusiast of music, languages, and all things cultural.”

  Gilbert went to “The Tea” place with me this afternoon, and I must say, I always loved his company! He’s like a walking tour guide/culture addict. I even learned a bit of French and Korean from him from our past meetings. The caption says it all, need I say more? 🙂

he even gave me this bell keychain from Xiamen 🙂

i leave you with this song Strawberry Swing by Coldplay. I simply ADORE how they made the video, being an animator myself, I know how hard it is to make a stop motion video, and this is no exception to how great and hardworking Coldplay is in terms of making their videos.