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My genetically altered penguin that can live in tropical weather

I’ve bought a Penpen plushie when I was in Tokyo and I put it on my desk.

Now people call him an Angry Bird. :(

Awww. :( Di po siya Angry Bird! 

Angry na siya. :(

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Does anybody else …

Feel like a fish out of water pag a few days before sweldo?

:)

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Baking Chocolate Soufflé

The first attempt at baking Chocolate Soufflé is all because I want to cheer up a dear friend. I was originally planning to make Crème brûlée, but I was requested otherwise.

I looked around online and found that the ingredients are all basic. Eggs, butter, sugar and chocolate. I mean, how can one mess that up?! But boy, I was wrong to assume that baking this would be a real piece of cake. ;)

Soufflé is a kind of dessert that is not to be underestimated. Today I just found out that beating the egg whites and the yolks separately can be a dreadful process. Well, if you don’t have an electric mixer. I don’t have one so my arms really hurt!

When beaten thoroughly, the egg white foams up and the yellow yolk pales. Wonderful!

Preparing for the heat!

As proof of this feat, here’s a shot of the post-mixing and beating process. I’ve poured the mixture (eggs and chocolate) in their own containers made of porcelain – also called “ramekins” and put them in the oven. I took careful note that the oven has been preheated at 150C, as I’m not sure how it should be for I haven’t done it before exactly. (I was just putting fate into the hands of the recipe I got somewhere!)

They looked very familiar. Every batter looks like the brownies batter.

The chocolate came from the Lindt’s Excellence 70% dark chocolate (144Php). I’ve chopped the chocolate into little pieces and melted them in a glass bowl dipped in hot water. While making this, I couldn’t imagine how could only eggs and chocolate could make brownies-like fo

After 25 minutes, I came back and checked what’s going on with my little lovelies.

Almost done!

It was just like in the cartoons where you’d see a baking cake rise up, only to fall again if you open the oven and cold air comes in. After the oven timer went off, I waited a few more minutes before taking it out.

It’s difficult to keep the shape of the Soufflé. On my first try, I wasn’t able to keep up this risen shape. :( I have yet to find out techniques for that.

Anyway, after letting it cool for a bit, here it is.

Chocolate Souffle

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The Mighty Thor – “THORoughly impressed”

GODAMMIT!! Ang ganda ng THOR! Shetz!

Now I know why they said na sobrang bitin ang Thor – kasi it’s so AWESOME gusto mo na malaman kung ano mangyayari. (I want to see more NOW!)

The Mjolnir - "Whosoever holds this hammer, if he be worthy, shall possess the power of Thor."

It’s definitely one of the movies I would recommend. Actually, gusto ko na i-recommend sa office now, but I think ako na lang hindi pa nakakapanood. Haha! So I recommended it to the taxi driver nung pauwi na ko (“Kuya! Nanonood ba kayo sa sinehan recently? Panoorin niyo po THOR! Ay napakaganda ho!”)

OK – Now Captain America na lang, and then The Avengers na.

So hyped.

“THORoughly” was coined by Jenny-chan ;) Brilliant, I say.

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sudden rains

It rained suddenly again today.

I have to remember to start bringing a small foldable umbrella from now on. Getting caught in a rain is not so much *fun* when you’re alone. Hehe.

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Amidst the Confusion in Japan 2011 Earthquake and Tsunami Disaster

Japan is really amazing.

Coming from a third-world country, I was used to getting by with what was immediately there to survive and make the most out of it. Then when I first went to live in Japan for more than a year, I was overwhelmed to see an Asian country having a good quality of life like this! I got used to the modern conveniences which I never thought I’d be able to use.

Back then, given their high standards for living, I was pretty sure that they would find it difficult to live outside of their country or to even lose these kinds of conveniences.

But right now, after the 9.0 earthquake, they showed the world once again that they could handle this disaster gracefully, just like what they did after the WWII. Everybody is cooperating, even in the simplest thing that they could do or contribute. My friends there tell me they try to minimize their power usage – which is difficult because almost everything in the house is run by electricity (i.e. hot water, stove).

An earthquake like that could have easily toppled down those buildings, but most of it are still standing proudly right now in their cities – with countless lives saved. I was reminded of the strength Japan has – that even in the midst of a disaster, no matter how hard the ground shakes, they still refuse to falter.

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Ayala A-Card 2011

Expired na yung 2010 mo no? :P

Well good news, if you have the 2010 Ayala A-Card, you could get the new Ayala A-Card 2011!

Starting February 18 (daw – sabi ng ate dun sa may glorietta), all you have to do is bring your 2010 Ayala A-Card to the A-card stalls in any Ayala Mall. Pay 300 pesos and then you get your new 2011 Ayala A-card.

Enjoy the cool discounts at Ayala restaurants and the hassle-free usage of the 10pesos lounges :P for another year.

I hope this helps guys!

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The Lucky Manila Tumbler

I went inside Starbucks at Trinoma a while ago and headed straight to the shelf of mug and tumblers.

I already knew which one I was going to take so I looked up to the highest shelf to search for it.

There it was, along with about ten others that look just like the one I’m going to take. I picked the one that I was able to inspect thoroughly. I knew that even the slightest flaw will not be noticed, but I still wanted to get the very best one.

Once satisfied, I took it to the cashier and paid for this little thing. I looked at it as it was standing silently on that table.

*You lucky tumbler, you.* I thought.

*I hope you reach London safely.*

<3

Advanced Happy Valentines you guys!

^___^

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