Saccharine Irony

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January 27, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — Aimee @ 8:58 am

Originally posted almost 2 years ago. I just miss Bukidnon. :-/

Saccharine Irony

I spent the weekend in one of my favorite places in the world, Malaybalay, a small city of pine trees and streams, seated deep into the heart of Bukidnon province.

A year after I graduated from college, I took up a work assignment in this small city for three straight years, until I decided to come home and take up another career.  Yet, the city has always held very distinct memories for me.  Every cafe, park, and street corner tells a story;  and even the stars, brighter than those in the smog-filled city, have their own tales to tell.

I traveled over the weekend primarily to get some downtime – and take some really good pictures – so that’s exactly what I did. And it surely did not hurt that I was traveling with one of my bubbliest friends in the whole wide world, Nashy.  So it was laughter…

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Have Some Fun Will Ya?

Filed under: Career Chronicles,Life,Weather — Aimee @ 2:02 am

Because I was too happy with my midterm exam on Essay Reading and Writing and because I just wanted to do it, I walked under the rain today on my way home. And then I realized it’s been quite a while since I did something spontaneous just for the fun of it. Like heading to the beach on a weekday afternoon or watching a movie alone in a dark theater or buying a book just because the cover looked really pretty. Did I just suddenly grow up or get boring? I used to do these stuff years ago, when I thought being irresponsible was fun.

But here I correct myself. I used to do all these because I was bored and trying too hard to be irresponsible. But these days boredom is an alien concept altogether. I guess it comes with maturity or whatever, but when you get older you don’t really get bored anymore – at this point in your life you’re supposed to already know how to amuse yourself, even if all you have with you is a ball of string. So walking under the rain was pointless really, but I had fun, and after that easy peasy exam it was all I could do to celebrate.

Because once I get home it’s all work and work and more studying. Responsibility! I have several pages and product descriptions to write for my creative copy writing job, five short stories to reread and dissect, and a take-home midterm exam to finish before the day is over. Remind me again why I enrolled in post-graduate literature studies. :p

So a quick snap of my messy study desk (If it’s work I work out of a desktop). A copy of Katherine Mansfield’s The Fly, a pink fluffy pen to remind me that life can be soft and fluffy, a real pen (pointy and not at all fluffy), a notebook, and a bubble-blowing toy I stole from one of the loot bags at my nephew’s 1st birthday party two weeks ago.

Again, just for the fun of it.




Everything Chocolate on Chinese New Year January 25, 2012

Filed under: Food — Aimee @ 12:42 pm

A few days after the Chinese New Year celebrations, I finally decided to update this long-dormant blog. My last blog post was from June of the previous year; a few days before two of my besties got married only nine days apart. After all the wedding-related stresses I finally had time to wean myself off my stupid diet and to get back to the usual daily grind. But I immersed myself in so many things all at the same time (which is so characteristic of me, what else) – work, baking experimentation, supervising house renovations, MA studies, volunteer work  – that the only time I had left was for bathing and sleeping (meals had to be devoured OTG or On The Go). I loved the craziness and the busy-ness of course, but  I figured  it could not go on forever. So now while waiting for new projects from my very good boss and while exam week is finally coming to a close, I finally found some downtime to do the things I love, with real indulgence.

So on Chinese New Year, which was declared a national holiday on January 23, I thought about going the sweet and indulgent route, not wanting to commemorate the day buying or frying the traditional glutinous stuff known as Niangao or Chinese New Year’s cake. From around here, the stuff is better known as tikoy, which Chinese stores sell by the boxes.

I had some new flour from last Christmas and a huge dark sweet chocolate bar and some powdered cocoa too, so Moist Chocolate Cupcakes was the order of the day! Topped with chocolate butter cream ganache, the cuppies were heavenly.

After about 20 minutes in the oven and after spreading the ganache I readied the little darlings for a photo shoot. Splintered almonds added a nice contrast to the light brown ganache.

But I was a bit bothered by the ganache; too runny when topped on the cupcakes, and no other directions were given from the recipe other than to spread them so I was worried about having done something wrong in the first place. So I scooped the remaining buttercream ganache into a plastic container and forgot about it in the fridge for an entire day.

One day later, and I was spreading beautifully textured ganache on these moist chocolate cupcakes! I don’t know why I never even thought of chilling it for a bit in the fridge, but that solved the runny-ness altogether. I think leaving it in the fridge to set for about an hour or two is good before frosting the cupcakes with them.

A few splintered almonds and a 30-year old Japanese plate later, I was able to take a really pretty picture in natural light.

Now I’m sipping Chinese green tea to balance out the day’s overwhelming sweetness.

Happy New Year, people. 🙂