Crime Fiction

I’ve always enjoyed crime stories… Halfway through a book, I already have a list of possible endings, suspects, etc.

I haven’t read crime stories lately, my last was Linda Fairstein’s The Deadhouse which I purchased back in college.

At present, my time is devoted to finishing Stieg Larsson’s epic trilogy:

I’m super hooked! Currently reading The Girl with a Dragon Tattooย  I already have some hunches to solve the mystery. (which was spoiled by my officemate, Mika ๐Ÿ˜ <boo, Mika Girl!!!>) I’m looking forward to how Mikael Blomkvist will solve the case as well as how Lisbeth Salander (super cool!) will apply her research skills in this one.

Rekindling my love for Crime Fiction, Ms. Leslie (my Managing Editor) suggested I give James Patterson a try. So after JP and I had dinner at Karate Kid, Waltermart last Sunday, I couldn’t resist visiting Bibliarch (which was right across us). And there it was, the book she recommended! ๐Ÿ˜€

So after finishing the Millenium trilogy, I will be reading my first ever James Patterson novel:

Now all I want to do is go home and read!


A Product of Hardwork and Perseverance

My First Cookbook Project

If you want easy-to-cook and delicious meals, grab a copy of Timpla at your favorite bookstore for Php 195 ๐Ÿ™‚

*FYI: This is not a shameless plug ๐Ÿ˜› Haha! This project started last December 2009 and was finally printed this October 2010.

Even if this book gave me sleepless nights, pimples, and wrinkles I am so proud that it came out pretty well. Nothing beats the feeling of fulfillment ๐Ÿ™‚

I hope people would give the recipes a try ๐Ÿ˜›

Timpla is published by Hinge Inquirer Publications

Copyright 2010

Food Styling by: Theo Zaragoza of Resultado Gourmet Designs, Co.

Photography by: Benjamin Chan and Maui Hidalgo of Blacksheep Photography

Embracing yourself | Embracing change

I woke up to a cloudy Saturday. At around 3PM – there was a ย heavy downpour!

After much debate whether I should get a haircut or not, my stubborn self won. So I braved the flood outside the driveway and went to a nearby parlor.

What I told the one cutting: “Kuya yong dulo kasi… (he butted in with: ah yong dry sa dulo) (so I continued) Wag po masyadong maikli kasi malaki yong mukha ko, tsaka gusto ko ganitong shape (forming an apple-like shape in the air). Hanggang balikat lang“.

And so he made some cuts here, snipped some hair there and voila! My hair is short again. My thoughts after the haircut:

1. it’s shorter than what I’d hope

2. What will the boyfriend think when he sees it

3. I just wasted the money I paid for a hair relax last month

I asked my brother Carl if my hair was too short. His reply: “Parang buhok ni Maja Salvador sa Impostor“.

OKAYYY. I don’t want to post her picture here so I googled up a photo of Maja from her show. You can see it here.

I always get a haircut when I’m stressed. The funny thing is, I’m not stressed today. Yes, there are crazy work demands but I didn’t have the urge to cut my hair because of work! Weird.

I must admit, I’m quite scared of people’s reactions. Not scared… hmmm… worried? I don’t know. And then the thought just hit me! I’ve been thinking about this since this morning when I opened my eyes… It’s all about embracing yourself! HAHAHA! From a haircut comes wisdom.

Kidding aside, I admit to my insecurities as a person:

1. My weight is bad for my height (meaning I’m obese. But I prefer chubby :P)

2. I have pimple outbreaks from time to time

3. I feel sad sometimes because I’m not able to wear the clothes I like because they’re not able in L or XL

*The list might go on and on.*

As I try to look at the brighter side, I just tell myself that “this is me”, and I should make the most of what I have. And that is my oath from here on.

I promise to embrace myself and be happy with what or who I am. Though I’m not closing my doors. We can always improve ourselves for the better! ๐Ÿ˜€

Embracing Change is one of the things I’d like to learn. For example, battling my weight issues by going healthy ๐Ÿ™‚

I guess what I’m trying to say is that, we should love ourselves and be thankful for what we have at the same time if we need to modify something for the better, welcome it with open arms ๐Ÿ™‚

Love thy self! โค