Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Disney characters as real men.

Here are some Disney characters re-imagined by Finnish artist Jirka Vinse Jonatan Väätäinen as real- life men.  Boy are they smouldering indeed.

                                                    Flynn Rider from Tangled

                              Prince Eric from Little Mermaid

                                     Prince Phillip of Sleeping Beauty

                               Kristoff of Frozen

Prince Charming of Cinderella

                                                  The Prince of Snow White

                                                     Shang of Mulan

                                               The Prince from Beauty and the Beast

Hercules from Hercules

                                                      John Smith from Pocahantas

Sunday, September 13, 2020

US Open Champion Dominic Thiem

I was rooting for Dominic to win the US Open Men's Finals.  Primarily because he is so darn cute.  And his one handed backhand down the line is awesome.  He seems like a nice guy too.

And for eye candy purposes, here are more pics of him.

Monday, September 07, 2020

Tuesday, September 01, 2020

Parties during a pandemic

During the Covid 19 pandemic here in America, there are still people who are resistant to the government mandate of mask wearing, social distancing and no large gatherings.  Many Americans have politicize the science behind Covid.  These are mostly Trump Republicans who follow the lead of Donald and what he is saying.  Donald is such an idiot that he does not heed the advise of his administration's medical experts so we as a nation are not able to cut down our infection rate successfully.  Besides the Trump Republicans, there is a large segment of the young population who does not take Covid seriously.  They think it won't affect them since they are young so they go on with their hedonistic selfish behaviors of gathering in large parties without mask or going out to the beaches.  Every time I see a face book post of "gatherings", I cringe cause I know these are not helpful in curbing the infection.  I almost hope they get Covid and learn their lesson.  Even if one survives Covid, the sickness alone is very grave.  Days or weeks of hospitalization and even use of ventilators.  On top of that there is the blood clots, heart damage and kidney damage. I for one am going to self quarantine at home till at least we get a vaccine.  A vaccine is the glimmer of hope to get some protection from Covid.  I can't wait for it.

Thursday, August 20, 2020

Hamilton, cancelled by COVID 19

Today would have been the day I finally get to see Hamilton on stage.  But alas it was not meant to be.  Covid 19 pandemic forced Pantages Theatre to cancel the performance for today.

I won't say I am terribly disappointed.  After all I already saw Hamilton in YouTube and firestick.  Seeing it again on stage would have been a moot point I suppose.  The thought of sitting in close proximity of others in a crowded theater is not very comforting.  I will only feel at ease again in a theater after I get vaccinated or have acquired immunity.  Also I got to save $72 in the process.  Maybe I will still get to see it in the future.  Never say never in this case.

May I say that although I thought the show was brilliantly written and staged, I can't totally get onboard with some of the rapping in the songs.  I am just not a fan of rapping in general.  Despite that, I must say that there were several songs that I really liked namely "The Schuyler sisters", "helpless", "You'll be back", "Take a Break" and "One last time".  Those were catchy songs that I can hum to all day.    On top of the rapping that was a bit of a mood killer for me, the lack of a big dance number did not help.  On the other hand I did get some history lesson from the show.

Many have been raving about Hamilton that my expectations were just simply elevated.  So I was a bit let down.  I will give this a 3.5 stars out of 5.

Friday, August 14, 2020

Sunday, August 09, 2020

Saturday, August 01, 2020

Thursday, July 23, 2020

Bake when in quarantine

I take this COVID 19 pandemic seriously.  And one simple way to prevent me and my mom from getting it is to self quarantine in our home.  I only go out to work and the essential errands like grocery.  Since I am home a lot, I keep myself busy by tending to my yard and learning to bake.  I recently discovered how to make Leche flan from youtube and it was a success.  I dare say my flan is tasty.  The problem with making flan is it only needs egg yolk in the recipe.  So what am I to do with the egg white???  I do not want it to go to waste so I scower the internet for a simple meringue cookie recipe since I know it only uses egg whites.  I made some but it can get quite messy filling the piping bag with the beaten egg white.  Using a simple spoon or spatula makes for some oddly shaped cookies.  Mom suggested Angel food cake so I searched the internet once more for that recipe.  I tried making it and it was a success again.  Instead of using vanilla extract as the recipe calls for, I used orange extract.  It is yummy indeed.  Maybe next time I will use a different extract like banana or purple yam.  I dunno...

Monday, July 13, 2020

Pinakbet ilocano taught to me by my Ilocano friend.


-  Okra.  About 10 pieces.  Both ends sliced and discarded.
-  eggplant. Two long ones.  Slice and discard the top end.  Sliced this only when about ready to add in the pot.  If you slice this ahead of time, let it soak in water.
-  Tomato. Two large ones.  Sliced 5 times into desired shape.
-  garlic. 5-8 cloves skinned.
-  Long green beans.  About 10 long pieces cut to about 1.5 inches long.  Discard ends.
-  Shrimp paste aka bagoong.  about 2-3 table spoon depending on your taste.
-  Ampalaya aka bittermelon.  1-2 pieces. Seed and inside discarded.  Slice to desired shape.
-  Lechon kawali.  About 1/2 pound cooked.  Cubed into desired size.  Making one from raw pork belly is another labor intensive task.
-  Kalabasa. 1/3 of a whole kalabasa.  Skinned and cubed.
-  onion. 1 whole one skinned and sliced.
-  cooking oil.  About 1/4 cup and optional.  Usually the fat from the lechon is enough.
-  salt and pepper to taste.
-  About 1 cup of hot water as needed if the dish in the pot looks too dry.  Usually the water from the veggies is enough.
-  I omitted 2 more veggies that I am not familiar with.  I do not think it affected the dish.


-Mix cooking oil, garlic, tomatoe, lechon kawali, onion and shrimp paste in a large pot.  Cover pot and let it cook and simmer on medium heat for about 3-5 mins.  Stir occasionally.
-Then add long beans and kalabasa.  Add salt and pepper to taste.  Cover pot and let it simmer for  about 5-8 more minutes.
-Then add eggplant and okra.  Cover and continue to cook and simmer for another 5-10 mins till all veggies are cooked.  Stir occasionally.
-You are done and the pinakbet is ready to serve.  Kain na tayo!