DEAR CAPTAIN

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"If it's written in the stars that you are the one for me, then let's start working on our happily ever after now. Otherwise, stay where you are and never come near my heart in the slumberland."

It's too easy to say these lines yet my heart doesn't have the guts to do so.
Instead, when you came knocking on my door one day I let you in without inhibitions.
I showed you my world again like I always did numerous times in the past.
You see, after all these years saying no to you is the last thing I'd do.
Maybe because I've always wished that one day the universe will conspire to finally bring us together.
And it did. We are almost there.
You make me happy, you make me smile.
You slowly become my ray of sunshine amid the gloominess you once brought into my life.
I just hope that you will never go and light up the whole world or it would harm my delicate heart again.
Be mine. Only mine. But if you are not mine, please stop shining right now.
I love you. I always do.
I was just scared of ending up with you when we were young, so I chose to walk away than to love you in a world full of mess.
But now I am ready. I hope you can see how much I care. Please stop doubting my heart.
I'm all grown up, I'm ready to love passionately in the jungle with you.
All I am waiting for is you dragging me into your world.
And we can love forevermore.
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They say true love can be found in a snap, I'd say ending up with the one you love is a long and tedious process.
Where are we now? Are you really the one?
Don't make me wait N years again to find the answer.


SELYA KUSINERA: MANGO STICKY RICE

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To complete our "Thai dining experience" at home last weekend, I prepared mango sticky rice for the dessert. This is perhaps my favorite Thai food and I made it even better (ahem haha) because I used mangoes from the Philippines. I honestly think our mangoes are way sweeter than Thai mangoes.

The recipe is from here.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups sticky/glutinous rice (uncooked)
  • 2 cups of water
  • 1 1/2 cups coconut milk
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • mangoes (peeled and sliced)
  • toasted sesame seeds
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Steps:
  • Cook rice in a saucepan.
  • While the rice cooks, mix together 1 1/2 cups coconut milk, 1 cup sugar and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil, remove from heat and set aside. Stir the cooked rice into the coconut milk mixture and cover. Allow to cool for 1 hour.
  • Make a sauce by mixing together 1/2 cup coconut milk, 1 tablespoon sugar and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a saucepan and bring to a boil.
  • Place the sticky rice on a serving dish and arrange the mangoes. Pour over the sauce and sprinkle with sesame seeds.




SELYA KUSINERA: THAI CHICKEN BASIL

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One of my favorite Asian cuisines is Thai. I love their fried rice, the seafood, every dish that's cooked with cashew nuts, their mango sticky rice dessert and this chicken basil dish that I fell in love with when I moved here in Singapore.

Last weekend we had a  "Thai lunch" here at home. I cooked Thai Chicken Basil for the first time and  prepared Mango Sticky Rice for the dessert. My friend also made vegetable spring rolls while I cooked sinigang na hipon (and we pretended it was tom yum to complete our Thai dining experience. Hahaha.) Kidding. My friend who lives in a faaaar faraway land came over just because she loves my cooking. Haha.



So here's the recipe for Thai Chicken Basil..

Ingredients: (please don't ask me about the measurements, I suck. Hehe)
  • ground chicken (or chicken breast cut into small sizes)
  • long beans (cut into small pieces)
  • basil (the orig recipe used holy basil, but since its a challenge to find that outside of Thailand, I just used sweet basil and add in a little McCormick basil)
  • garlic
  • onion
  • soy sauce
  • fish sauce
  • lemon or lime
  • chili
  • sugar
  • oil
  • egg (sunny side up)



Steps:
  • Heat wok on high heat and add about a teaspoon of oil.
  • Add the garlic, onion and chili. Stir fry them for a few seconds and toss in the chicken. 
  • Add fish sauce and all your pampalasa. Continue cooking the chicken until all the pieces are cooked.
  • Add a splash of soy sauce, probably half a teaspoon of sugar depending on your preferred taste.
  • Add your long beans, continue stir frying until cooked (but not too cooked or soggy).
  • Grab a handful of basil and toss  it into the wok, mix a little and turn off the heat. The basil only needs to be cooked for a few seconds. Add in a a little bottled basil for added taste.
  • Sprinkle a bit of lemon or lime juice.
  • Serve with with rice and sunny side egg.








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Happy Father's Day to the man who often reminded me to never be frugal when it comes to food. Thank you for making me what I am today -- FAT. Hahaha. See you soon! <3





NILA RUN 2015

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As their official website put it..

"The Nila Run offers once in a lifetime opportunity to participate in the 28th SEA Games 2015 activities. The runners will experience thrill and excitement of running part of the route of SEA Games elite marathoner."

Indeed it was a very memorable experience. The thrill of running in the rain for more than an hour is a once in a lifetime opportunity.  :P

Although I already expected a not-so-good weather that morning because it was slightly raining when I woke up at 4am, I was hoping so bad for it to stop, or at least not get worse. 

The run was scheduled to kick off at 6pm (or was it 6:10? I forgot.. haha). We arrived at the starting point at about 5:30 after a few minutes of walking from where our taxi stopped. It was some sort of warm up so it was fine. 



I got really happy when the rain stopped even before we started. Everything went on smoothly until I reached the 6km mark when the clouds turned grey and suddenly it drizzled. A few minutes,  7km into the run, it was already a downpour. It was heavy I felt like I was being whipped by the rain.. hahaha. Everyone was already soaked but had no choice but to proceed. There were no shelters nearby and all we can see was the slippery road, plus the bay on our left side that seemed to be angered by the bad weather. 


Photo from www.justrunlah.com 

Despite the mishaps (and not being able to take nice photos at that bridge and at the finish line) we are still happy we were able to finish the run. 

I completed the 10k run for a hour and 20+ minutes, blame the slippery route for my being a slow runner. Hoho. Believe it or not, I am still fast because some of my friends took more than 2 hours to finish. Haha.


 
After the run we went to the nearby mall to fix ourselves (no clothes to change though) and have breakfast. We took photos at the finish line after an hour or so, when the rain had completely stopped  and all the runners/organizers were gone. Hahaha.



Here's a closer look of the shirt, bib and medal.



We also took a picture with Nila, SEAGames 2015's official mascot. I wanted a picture with the real mascot so bad but he was nowhere to be found during the run, probably because he didn't want to get wet. Tsktsk. 




Wooooohoooo! we made it!!!! :) 




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