Saturday, April 19, 2014

SELYA KUSINERA: TUNA PASTA WITH BROCCOLI

Because I am trying my best to live a healthier lifestyle nowadays, I am starting to prepare my own meals (the healthy ones, of course). I'm not really used to packed lunches coz I'm too lazy to cook during weekdays so I usually go out of the office for lunch. This time though, it's surprising that I am excited to cook despite lack of recipes on hand (I'm beginning to search online anyway).

The other day I made a dish that's easy to prepare -- tuna pasta.

Ingredients:

  • Pasta (I used the spiral ones)
  • Tuna in olive oil
  • Broccoli
  • Garlic
  • Pesto (if you don't like pesto you can use basil or any other herbs and spices)
  • Salt and pepper

Steps:

  1. Roast garlic, set aside
  2. Cook pasta in boiling water, drain and set aside
  3. In a heated pan cook tuna and broccoli (I like mine a little bit crunchy but still cooked well)
  4. Add the pasta
  5. Toss and mix well (if it looks dry you can add a little olive oil)
  6. Add salt, pepper and pesto to taste
  7. Add the roasted garlic

Jaraaaaaaaannnnn!!! So easy, right? :D






Thursday, April 17, 2014

100 HAPPY DAYS: 58 OF 100

Because this deserves a space in my blog... :)



Happiness is seeing how your parents adore each other even after 31yrs of marriage. My dad is one of a kind. Can anybody clone him pls? (got pictures on the right from USS Ashland's FB page) #100happydays #100happydaysofselya #day58 #58of100





Thursday, April 10, 2014

ARITA PORCELAIN PARK

Japan is all about parks, gardens and temples. So on my official first day in Japan we went to a park called Arita Porcelain Park. It is a ceramic centered theme park in Arita (Saga Prefecture) modeled on the Zwinger Palace in Germany. Arita is Japan's porcelain producing town.

It was raining but that didn't stop us from exploring the place. After all, we drove for more than an hour from where I stayed (Sasebo).

Upon entry, we were greeted by this beautiful palace-like building. Because it was too cold and we didn't bring thicker jackets, my mom's gone crazy (again) and asked me to take her picture:
 
 
For a moment I thought we were in Italy or somewhere in Europe because of the building and the view.

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We were ‘transported’ back to Japan when we reached the other part of the park because of a bunch of cherry trees and those unknown grasses with yellow flowers. My mom said they were 'mustasa' and I until now I don't know if she was serious or picking on me again. But the view was awesome I took a lot of photos. Again, my phone got soaked and even my DSLR literally 'walked' in the rain. Hahah.

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Before we left the place we saw 3 Japanese girls wearing costumes. I bet they had their own pictorial there. They looked so cute I couldn't help but sneak my camera and take their pictures.

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My mom's friend who speaks Japanese approached them and asked if she can take our picture together. And so.....


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I belong? Hell yeah! Too bad my clothes didn’t. Open-mouthed smile
 
On the way back to Nagasaki, we dropped by Gallery Arita and had late lunch.

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In front of the restaurant was a ‘porcelain’ minicooper..

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And soooo much more porcelain inside. 

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I told you, it’s Japan’s porcelain producing town. Smile



Saturday, March 29, 2014

KONBANWA!

Moshi moshi!

I am currently here in Japan where my parents reside for the past 15 years. Too bad my dad went on a 'mission' and has been away since February. My mom doesn't know exactly when he's coming back. Oh yes, that is the life of a military wife.. oblivious of the specifics. Nonetheless, I'd just keep my mom company even just for a week.

The US base where they live is here in Sasebo, Nagasaki. From Singapore I took a 7hr flight to Tokyo then took another 2.5hr flight to Fukuoka. From Fukuoka I rode the train and traveled for almost 2hrs (including the time spent on getting lost.. haha!) to Sasebo.  Tiring, isn't it? (Plus, I still worked the entire day before I left Singapore!)

Nagasaki prefecture is in Kyushu, an island located in the southwestern part of Japan. Some neighboring prefectures are Fukuoka, Miyazaki and Okinawa. 

Since I traveled by train to Sasebo, I had the chance to do a bit of sightseeing and I realized that it is somewhat countryside.



Kyushu is also mountainous. Located in the island is the most active volcano, Mt. Aso, hence the presence of a number of hotsprings. I won't be able to see Mt. Aso but I passed by a couple of mountains and hills.



I got off Huis Ten Bosch (named after the park) station where I got a nice picture of the park. 


"Huis Ten Bosch is a theme park in Sasebo, Nagasaki, Japan, which recreates the Netherlands by displaying real size copies of old Dutch buildings. The name Huis Ten Bosch literally translates into English as "House in the Forest". It is named after Huis ten Bosch, one of the three official residences of the Dutch Royal Family, located in The Hague in the Netherlands and former home to Princess Beatrix." -- wikipedia

I'll go tour around this park when the weather gets better. I heard there's a tulips festival. I should not miss that! I will try my best to get nice pictures and write an entry about it. I'm excited! 

By the way, my parents' place is located behind that 'castle' so I had to cross that looooong bridge. 



It's springtime here, a perfect time if you adore sakura (cherry blossoms). Though you can see them everywhere during the season, they usually bloom and fall within a week especially when it rains. This morning it was raining so hard but we had to walk to the commissary. I saw a couple of cherry blossoms and my mom said, "mas mabilis sila mawala pag maulan." Lucky me, I saw those pretty blooms. I hope to see more when I tour around the island. Also, cherry blossom 'schedule' differs from one Japanese island to another so it's better that you check the schedule online when planning your holiday. Although it may not always be accurate, the Japanese government does cherry blossom forecasting.


Anyway, I was lucky to see more when we went to the main base this afternoon to get my gate pass. Too bad it was still raining hard I couldn't take a decent photo. Again, I am hoping to see more and more lovely trees.




My phone was literally soaked because I wanted to take pictures so bad. Hahah.

So there, we went to the base and found out there was a bazaar and lots of discounted goodies at the Navy Exchange. So we did a little shopping. Hohoho. :D


While trying on a pink jacket, some American guy passed by and said, "that one looks good on you.. you look pretty.. blahblahblah.."

Me: Thank you
Him: Are you married?
Me: No
Him: Oh, you're gonna get married tonight!

Hahahah.. For a time I wanted to stay here for good so I can get myself a husband. Wahahah. Just kidding. :P

After shopping, we went to the main commissary and found something funny..


I found it funny coz it's in a US military base. Most Filipino stores are found in the city, outside of the base. American products are the ones usually seen inside the commissary. Pretty much like the "PX goods" shops I grew up with in Clark and Subic. Heheheh.

On a more serious note, my mom introduced me to her friends and one of them told me (while mom's away), "you've got a very sweet mom."

I smiled. I am proud of my mom.

She may never have the sweetbones for me (we are alike anyway) but I know she is adored by everyone around her because she is generous, caring and helpful. 



Okay, so much for an entry. 

Oyasuminasai! :)



Wednesday, March 26, 2014

THROWBACK THURSDAY YER FACE

D*** that TBT trend on social media, I get so sad every Thursday (and today is Thursday.. awwww). :P 

While I already accepted the fact that I am getting old, metabolism slows down and my built will never be the same again, I am still hoping my waist line won't go beyond 30"... Hahaha. Apart from that wish for my tummy, I also dream of having arms like these again (taken about 3 years ago):



I know I am asking for too much but... who knows, right? 

So there, I finally had the time (and kasipagan) to hit the gym last weekend, ran on the treadmill for 40minutes and did a little bit of weights. Because I already stopped smoking, I felt more comfortable and lighter running. Gone are those moments when I can hardly breathe while running. 




I also did a few laps after running. Talk about momentum to workout. Hahah.

In between working out I was goofing around with my friend.




"It's not flying, it's drowning with style." 

Hohohoho.

Okay, I'm not making sense anymore. I'm just killing time here at the airport coz my flight is delayed. Tsktsk.

All I want to say is... I hope I can work out regularly and get back in shape!

Balik Alindog program it is!

But wait.. I'm going on a holiday.. so how's my diet? :D



Monday, March 10, 2014

100 HAPPY DAYS OF SELYA


Have you heard of the 100happydays challenge? If not, you must be living under the rock.

Anyway, I joined this challenge and now on my 19th day. The rule says post a photo of something that made you happy on that day. You should do this for 100 days. It can be a thing, place, event or anything that made you happy. In my case, it's always food. Hahaha.

As the rule said, don't do this to brag or show off. Do this because of other reasons that are more meaningful and sensible. I am barely on the 1/5 of this challenge yet I've already realized something -- it's not hard to be happy. Simple things make me happy that it becomes confusing which one to post out of a number of things that made me happy. The other day I got a solution; my friend told me her friend posts several photos in a day and tagged them differently (eg #day1.2, #day1.3, etc.) She is such a genius! I'll do that moving forward. :)

It became a trend on social media (most especially on Instagram) that almost everyone I am connected with already jumped on the bandwagon.

It's fun, at the same time it can teach you appreciate all those little things in your life. Try it... and be happy. :)



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