Archive for April, 2012

Readings and Drawings

I. Cat swimming

I was browsing my usual RSS feeds when I encountered this so-cool-of-an-Instructable: Teach your Cat how to Swim.

^So cute, though I think she’s on the verge of panicking.

Anyway, the instructable is ideal for people who have a pool, and can tweak its settings or something, like chlorine content and temparature. If I’m going to do this to my cats, I’ll need an inflatable that wouldn’t get punctured easily, or a bit tub of water.

Or maybe they wouldn’t bother learning at all. Hey, it’s a cool instructable anyway.

II. Yarn Bombing

Been popping up in Pinterest, and in other art-related blogs, but I never knew it was technically called as Yarn Bombing, and the verb use of this is “bombed” (e.g. The tree has been bombed). Anyway, I’m not familiar with this one as it’s relatively new, so Imma post this here for future reference.

III. Draawwiingg

Here’s something I did last week. I recently was doing digital painting and lineart from scratch, but last week I was in a hurry to finish this so I did the lineart manually, scanned, and did the coloring digitally.

Treehouse

Treehouse

Click on the link for the bigger version.

Cleaning (and pet stuff)

I don’t like cleaning. I’m just lazy doing it. But when I do get around it, I can clean everything even if it’s 1 in the morning.

I came home from Saizen (my money…huhuhu…) and brought this broom for P85:

Why this broom? Because it’s bristled 😀 Hahahahaha~ I’m so funny~ Erhem, anyway, the bristles does not only get the little dusty ickies on the floor, but it’s effective in getting the hair, cobwebs, and random dustbunnies.

The downside, it’s hard to clean because it’s bristled. Ehehehe~ annyywayy…I’d rather clean the broom, than have to spend a long time sweeping the floor with moderate results.

I finally got a trashcan! Before, I’ll just hang a plastic bag on the doorknob inside my room and use it to put my trash. So here it is, with lid, for P75 in SM Supermarket. Since I collect plastic bags (not a hobby), I use it as trash bags and put it inside the trashcan. I snap it together with the lid to secure it in place.

I was thinking of getting a cute mop in Saizen earlier. It wasn’t really a mop: it had a rectangular sponge thingy at the end, and it’s as lightweight and small as the broom, but since I bought some pet products as well, I need to skip it, thinking I can do use a wet rag instead for the meantime (I hate doing the wet rag thing for the floor, but priorities are calling. Sigh.)

If you’re curious, I bought a sheet for kitty litter, I think (Saizen, P85) and a feeding bottle for kittens (True ValueP179.75). There’s a smaller one for almost P300, perfect size for kittens, but I need to scrimp. Besides, they’re growing fast anyway, and I bought one because I wanted to check if my kittens will like it.

It has its own bottle cleaner and spare nozzle, just in case they manage to chew one through.

Now, to bed.

Having blog layout problems.

I’ve been noticing that whenever I go to the main page, the layout had a big blank space, and it doesn’t show the latest post. It was stuck with the “Black Friday” post.

I still don’t know what the problem was, but I tried changing the layout theme and it seem to work.

If you have any suggestions on how to fix that (The Black Friday post is still a bit wonky, but bearable), please post a comment. Thanks!

[Food] Dormitory Dining

So I asked a friend of mine, Shadowdancer, who have a recipe blog (but you needed to sign up to read them), to make a set of recipes for someone like me ^___^ Here’s a copy paste of her entry:

One of my friends, Terri, asked me to come up with recipes for someone who lives in a dormitory, has no fridge, microwave or toaster oven, but has only a rice cooker with a steamer tray with which to prepare food, and can’t keep perishables. These are geared toward single person meals that will hopefully have no leftovers, or serve as a single pack lunch that can be taken to work.

Speaking of work, I better get to it! This is late as it is, since my RL work decided to eat away all my free time. Mea culpa…

Assume that I’m having these recipes either steamed in a foil packet, or a small, covered ceramic dish, unless I state otherwise.

1) Steamed Tofu With Vegetables

1 block tofu
Sprouted mung beans (about a handful or two)
1 small tomato, sliced
1/2 tablespoon Silver Swan, or Maggi Seasoning / Savor to taste
1-8 to 1/4 cup water
1-2 spring onions, chopped.

Slice the tofu into smaller pieces. On foil, layer the tomatoes and bean sprouts and top with the tofu. Sprinkle with spring onions, season, add very little water, and seal. Place in steamer tray and cook with rice being steamed. Enjoy as rice topping.

2) Chicken Nuggets Afritada

Chicken nuggets
Mama Sita’s Afritada Sauce, small packet size
1 small carrot, peeled and chopped small
1 small potato peeled and chopped small
1 small onion

Layer the carrots, onions and potatoes at the bottom. Place meat on top of the vegetables and pour the sauce on top. Steam while cooking your rice.

3)Chicken Breast Fillet Strips Adobo

1-2 chicken breast fillets, cuts into strips
1 small packet Mama Sita’s Adobo Mix
1-2 small potatoes

Prepare Mama Sita’s mix as directed. Layer potatoes with chicken breast fillet strips and add the adobo mix. Steam with rice, and enjoy.

4)Hamburger Patties with Mang Tomas and Mushroom Sauce

1-3 hamburger patties
1/4 cup Mang Tomas sarsa (or gravy)
1-3 fresh mushrooms, stems removed and washed, sliced into strips
1 small onion, sliced fine
1/8 cup water

Layer onion on bottom, top with patties, layer mushrooms on top and then cover with gravy and water. Steam with your rice.

5)Cream Dory Fillet With Sweet Oriental Sauce

Cream Dory fillet – 1 small
1 small piece of ginger, 1 cm worth, sliced fine.
1-2 tablespoons Kikoman soy sauce (no substitutes!)
3 tablespoons brown sugar
1 small leek, sliced
2 spring onions, chopped.

Mix Kikoman and sugar together till sugar is dissolved. Mix chopped vegetables together. Place a layer and then put the Cream Dory fillet on top of the vegetables. Top with remaining vegetables, soy sauce mix and water. Steam at the same time you are cooking your rice.

6)Chicken Breast Fillet Strips Royal

Royal, in this case, is the orange soda drink marketed in the Philippines by Coca Cola. Try using other orange soda drinks if you don’t have Royal at hand.

1 whole chicken breast fillet, marinated in Royal soda for 10-15 minutes.
Spring onions, chopped
a pinch of salt

In your steaming dish of choice, pour the breast fillet with the marinade into the dish. Top with spring onions. Dissolve salt in a little more soda and pour over the chicken. Steam with your rice. Top with mandarin orange wedges before serving.

note: you can do this with pineapple juice as well, and pieces of pineapple.

7) Steamed Fritata

I got this idea while eating a quiche.

1 small egg
pinch of salt
1/4 cup milk or cream
1 small tomato, sliced
1 small onion, sliced fine
some melting cheese, to taste
a slice of ham, sliced into smaller pieces (or any sausage meat you might have on hand)

Scramble egg, salt and milk/cream together. In ramekin, arrange your vegetables, cheese and ham. Pour egg over the whole thing and steam for 15 – 20 minutes or til firm. Let sit for 5 minutes before eating.

This is a recipe whose end product will not keep for very long, so it isn’t adviseable to make this for a packed lunch/bento.

Bonus Recipe

Steamed Banana Pudding

1 large banana, sliced
1-2 slices bread, shredded
1/4 cup condensed milk
1/8 cup melted butter
Brown sugar for topping

Line bottom of ramekin with bread, pour condensed milk on top. Layer banana slices and top with butter. Sprinkle brown sugar on top and steam for 10-15 minutes.

Will try to make at least one of them, and post pictures! Good luck to me!!

(Moving: Part 2) The Mess Within

Although I already have a setup in my head on how I’ll place the things, in the end, I’ll just dump everything inside the new room and go from there. I did try to start arranging and fixing stuff in the room as I go along.

The new room. It reeks of paint.

This box baby was the first one who got in.

Window with no jalousies. A potential security risk.

The landlord hanged this for the room. Look at the cute kittiesss~

This was placed on the wall beside the kitty picture frame for the future wall fan.

And so…

Use the wall fan base as a hook. Tadah!

The empty top bunk is now being used as storage.

Table dumpage

Table dumpage with LIGHT!

Since I cannot put hooks on the ceiling, I opted to loop a piece of plastic rope (or twine, or whatever you call it) by the window beam and used it to hang my umbrellas.

Instant umbrella hanger!

Unfortunately, the umbrella hanger doesn’t have the space to put this plastic bag filled with plastic bags (redundant hehe)

I think I needed to sort this as well...

I was sitting on the bottom bunk of the bed, when I stood up, and hit my head on the corner of the cabinet door. It hurt like hell.

Be careful of this lethal weapon

There. Generally, I have placed my things in their designated areas in the room, but detail-wise, it needed more ironing. Like the clothes, the cabinets, the arrangement of my things on the top bunk. Generally everything. I’ll fix them as the week goes and hopefully I’ll be able to finish it before this weekend.

(Moving: Part 1)Goodbye, big room

Last Monday, I’ve moved out of the big room, which I had been living in since last year with my sister, and two months by myself.

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Bedroom.

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More into the bedroom. I like sleeping here.

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Empty cabinets, except for the last few items to move out. There are two more cabinets underneath. On the right side is the bedroom.

There. No point in taking more pictures. I just wanna know what it looks like when empty. 

I have successfully moved!

No pics today, but will try to get them up tomorrow. I forgot my data cable back home xD

Anyway, I found out that the room I just vacated will have its new tenant soon, and it’s because he/she read about my room in my blog. So happy! *throws confetti around* I don’t know or have seen this person, but good luck on your move 🙂

Right now, I’m in the newly painted room, so my eyes and nose hurt a bit (or its getting assaulted by the fumes and I don’t notice it anymore). I’ve got loads to tell you but it’s better with pictures.