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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Playing with soft pastel

This will be the first time I'll ever use a soft pastel. I looked all over the net to get inspirations. But I guess the artist in me is still sleeping or lazy. 

I told myself I'll do something artsy today. I bought these soft pastels from Daiso, I didn't know why I bought it probably one of my shopping impulses again. 

I guess I just wanted to play w/ soft pastels, so I just did whatever I want with it, not knowing how to use them in the first place. I just colored them like what I remember in one of art attack's episodes. It kind of looked like chalk art though.

For this project I thought I'd use a black base card.

Black cardstock
Soft pastels

1. First thing I did was to draw my image into the card.

2. Color with soft pastels
3. Line with silver pen.

I know, this is not the way to handle soft pastels, but like I said, I just wanted to do something without worrying if I did the techniques right. Let it go! As the song went.

Lessons learned:
1. If you have no plans of smudging the pastels, don't erase your pencil drawings, it will mark like the moon in this card.
2. This is a messy project, be sure you work in a place you're allowed to make a mess.
3. Watch videos or read on it when you want to try something new.

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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Microwave Cheese Omelette - Dorm Cooking

I wondered if I could cook using the Lock & Lock Hello Kitty. Let's start the day with a simple breakfast.

I saw this Eden cheese sulit pack & I thought they're perfect for dorm cooking.

1 medium sized egg
1 Eden cheese sulit pack
Salt & pepper to taste

Serves: 1

1. Beat eggs and slice the Eden cheese into cubes.

2. Put the cheese cubes into the egg and put salt and pepper to taste.
3. Put into microwave and cook for 1 min on medium high.
4. Use your fork to flip the egg and cook for another 30 sec.
5. Put extra cheese cubes on top and enjoy!

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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Earl Grey Chocolate Microwave Doughnuts - Dorm Cooking

I just recently bought a doughnut mold from Daiso Japan store that's microwavable! There are really lots of goodies in daiso and saizen! Which is why I really love that store!

Time to put this into test. Most of the youtube tutorials I found, use it as a pancake mold. But I don't have a pancake mix right now here in my dorm. I've got some leftovers though from my chocolate chip mug cake experiment before.

Here goes...
4 tablespoon all purpose flour
4 tablespoon sugar
2 tablespoon cocoa powder
1 egg
3 tablespoon oil
3 tablespoon chocolate chip
2 tablespoon milk
1 tablespoon earl grey tea

1. In a bowl combine all purpose flour, sugar, coca powder and mix well.
2. Add 1 egg to the dry ingredients and mix well.
3. Add oil and milk and earl grey tea and mix well until you have smooth mixture.
4. Pour amounts of the batter into the molds only up to the line indicated in the molds (approximately 5mL)
5. Put in microwave and bake for 1 min on medium heat.
6. Put out of microwave, it should come out easily.
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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Yakult Cupcake - Dorm Cooking

The moment I saw the yakult cupcakes from Bakehappy, I've been itching to try her shortcut to making yakult cupcakes.

It's just perfect for snacks in the dorm, and really easy to prepare.

Cupcake or mamon

Serves 1

1. Stab your cupcakes with your fork
2. Pour yakult over your cupcake.
3. Wait for a minute to let the cupcake absorb the yakult. For this small cupcake I used 1/2 of yakult.
4. Enjoy your yakult cupcake!
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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Rose petal cupcake - Review

We went to SM Aura yesterday for a lecture about scars and their management. Being a plastic surgery rotator, I'm obliged to attend no complaints from me since it's SM Aura anyways. 

This was also the first time I met Doc Bryan, Dr Sam Ang's son, I knew Kevin since he was my batchmate since college.

I went out a while during the lecture since it was really cold inside the SMX. As I was walking around, I saw the Royal Gourmet Cupcake. I was lured by their pretty cupcakes! They all look so elegant. i went to buy one to taste their cupcake.

I was intrigued by the Princess Rose Petal Cupcake, plus it's really pretty!

I had one for take out. I will not comment on the 'dryness' of the cupcake since I ate the cupcake the next day after refrigerating it, it will really turn the cupcake dry. But reading from reviews the downside of their cupcakes were really that they're dry.

It's a vanilla cupcake with rose flavored frosting. The frosting really brought the rose petal flavor. It was weird for me actually, & I didn't like it. I didn't like eating a flower haha. The cupcake has a rose petal jam filling which I love. It gave the cupcake a kick into it. 

I would definitely go back to buy other flavors, but I won't buy the rose petal cupcake again.
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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Dorm Cooking - Oreo Yogurt Parfait

In every resident or intern's life, there will come to a point when you need to eat and there's not much of choices of food except the 24 hour jollibee or mcdonald's . But what if you want to try something new for a change.

I'm starting this new segment on my blog, Dorm Cooking. This is for those people like me, never went near the stove, and is only learning to cook now because of necessity. Since I'm living alone in the dormitory with only microwave, small rice cooker, oven toaster, fridge around.

Ingredients would mainly come from either supermarket or 7-11 (since 7-11 is the closest convenient store near me).

Let's start something simple today. Oreo yogurt parfait.

1 pack of three oreo cookies
1 snack size yogurt

1. Crush the oreos with your fingers while the pack is not yet opened. So as not to make a mess.
2. Pour the some crushed oreos into a glass.
3. Put some yogurt into the glass. 
4. Layer the oreos and yogurt alternately.
Enjoy this simple snack!
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Sunday, July 13, 2014


She is known by the residents & nurses & doctors as "A-mah", chinese word for grandmother. That was because she was in  & out of the hospital for 1 year.

When I was young, I saw my grandmother as a very strict grandmother, always scolding me and being a girl in a chinese family, I really felt her favoritism towards my male cousins. She also had the traditional way of thinking, oftentimes I'm not allowed to do this & that.

As I grow older, & entered med school then clerkship, you realize how short life is, & that anytime you  can go in an instant. I've realized that it was my grandmother who paid for my tuition fee all the way from nursery to med school.

One day I saw them, my lola and my lolo, both were alone eating in the dining area.  Then I realized, unlike the families I see in the movies, their grandchildren aren't close to them.  So I started making lame jokes with my lola, & luckily she buys it.  And from then on started our bond.

My grandmother is a very strong woman.  At 84 she still works in the family business, & this is not just any office work, but together with the workers, in hot conditions, standing the whole day, sorting out labels, packing, etc.  She was really a workaholic, will work even on Sundays.

When I was a child she would tell stories of how they were hiding from Japanese during World War II, how she saw her sister die when a biologic bomb was dropped China. During summer, when school was out, all of us cousins would sleep over our grandparent's place and  play magic cards til early morning, watch tv and even watch the chinese telenovela my grandmother watched, I think it was "hwan chu ge ge". On either Fridays or Sundays, my grandmother would ask my mom to order pizza for all of us to eat.

On Sundays, she would always go to the temple to pray, then after praying she would go to Divisoria to walk around and buy stuffs.  On certain Sundays she would buy me those made in Taiwan maong jeans for me to wear.  And since I always joke around with her, I usually joke about getting baon & she would give me baon.

In med school I seldom get to see her, when I get home I either study or sleep.  And I would always hear her say that she now understands why going to see a doctor is so expensive, because of all the hardships a person has to endure just to become a doctor.  She would always ask my mom to cook me food and ask me to bring home-cooked meals because these meals are always better than store-bought meals.

When I started residency, I seldom come home anymore.  And whenever I go home, she would always give me baon for me to buy a pretty dress. And when I joined the Mr & Ms Thomasian Doctor Personality, she was excited to see me try on the different dresses provided for the contest.  And when I got home she asked to see the pictures taken during the program. Come to think of it, whenever I have an event that I'll wear some gown or costume, she will always come by my room to see me and comment how beautiful the dress looked on me.

She was seldom sick, only minor colds & flu and mild hypertension, until last year she finally told us after 2 years of hiding an oral ulcer.  It was a mass of the buccal mucosa which turned out to be squamous cell carcinoma.  She underwent surgery & radiotherapy.  For a time she was well, we thought she was healing well, until the cancer got back at us again.  She had recurrence.  This destroyed her spirit.  She went into depression and eventually her body turned frail.  Our consultants tried their best to convince her to undergo surgery again since all her other organs are functioning well, but she refused another surgery.  She went in and out of hospital mainly because of sepsis & septic shock. With help of medications she will be ok then be discharged only to return to hospital for another sepsis 2 weeks after.

It was 4:30 am of July 12, 2014 when I received a call from my mother saying that a-mah had a fever and according to the doctors when she will have fever, bring her back to the hospital.  But all of the family have decided not to bring her back to the hospital, I just told my mom to give her paracetamol and to TSB & give her oxygen since her o2 saturation was 91%.  We were on our way to Batangas for our Surgery Department Team Building when I received a call from my mother, "achie, wala na si a-mah" I answered back, " Ha? Ano?!" Then she repeated, "wala na si a-mah". All I could say was "sheeet".

As I arrived at the resort, JM helped me tell our chief resident that I would be going back to Manila.  Our consultant told me to have lunch first and let the driver eat before heading back.  As I was eating a small white butterfly flew in front of me, made a small turn in front of me and then went away. JM commented, "nagpaalam na si a-mah." I couldn't stop myself from crying during that time.

I requested not to take her body away yet until I got back.  When I got back, I just wrote down the paper, time of death 11:34 am July 12, 2014.  I couldn't talk that time. According to the nurse, she had no pulse & heartbeat at 10:00 am. She looked peaceful, the asymmetry of her mouth was less pronounced than usual, I think she knew she was going to die.  She prepared herself, she closed her mouth to look  normal, she had the nurse to clean her, she had the nurse put some lotion all over her body.  As what she always wished, she wants to be always beautiful.

I lost count of the times I cried. But I know, she's in a better place, more at peace...
I'll really miss her.

She doesn't like to take pictures, I guess I have to dig deeper into the stash of old photos to get a picture of her.  All I have that's digitally saved is this picture.
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