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2012

Gordon Ramsey: My Kitchen Hero

Have I told you guys how much I hate chopping onions? ~_~

I saw this in YouTube today, since I am SUCH a huge fan of Chef Gordon Ramsey, and I suck at chopping onions. I’m not as good at cooking as he is, but I’m hoping I could learn to at least not cry when I’m chopping them.

I cook sometimes, especially when I’m helping my mom during the holidays, and for years now, I’ve been chopping onions for her. And it annoys me because I always end up crying when I chop them. My sister ends up poking fun at me, saying that people who cry when chopping onions are “softies”. Sheesh. I’d like to see her spending 15 minutes chopping onions for the stuff my mom is going to cook. ~_~

Anyway, from the look of this video, it seems I have two problems when chopping onions. First is my knife. It’s slightly blunt, and unevenly weighted. Maybe I should consider buying restaurant equipment supply knives. I heard Japanese knives are awesome and sharp.

Next is my technique, since I always end up chopping the root of the onion first. Wrong of me. As it turns out, chopping the bottom part of the onion, near the root, causes the onion to release the chemicals that makes the eyes burn a little, causing you to cry. Huh… that figures.

Anyway, somebody’s 28th birthday is coming (…ehehehehehehe…..), not to mention my friends and I will be having a pool party this weekend. Time to put what I’ve learned from Gordon Ramsey to use. XD

0 Comment(s) - What do you think?  Posted by ZenkX - August 1, 2012 at 8:12 pm

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Neil Gaiman’s Inspirational Speech

I will make sure that I will save this and stick into my iPod and listen to it every time I want to write something.

0 Comment(s) - What do you think?  Posted by ZenkX - July 14, 2012 at 10:33 pm

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Back PAIN!!!! T_T

Speaking of yoga…

MY BACK IS KILLING MEEEEE!

I think the cushion on my bed is messing with the alignment of my spine or something. Maybe I need to switch to barn wood furniture hard beds.

Not to mention the whole 8 hour hunching over a computer is hurting me.

I found this video about using yoga to help fix the realignment of the spine by stretches. Hopefully, I’ll be able to do these after the long weekend.

Anyway, I probably still need to fix my schedule so that I least have 3 days in a work week to do some serious yoga, so maybe the 4 day long weekend should help me fix everything and center my mind again.

0 Comment(s) - What do you think?  Posted by ZenkX - June 8, 2012 at 8:35 pm

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Return to Yoga

And so, I’ve decided instead of moaning all the time about how I miss my bellydancing lessons, I’m going to go back to practicing yoga (even though I’m still very NOT flexible XD).

I’ve bought a new DVD, which SHOULD be arriving in 15 days… depending on the Philippine Post Office (~_~). It features Ariellah, one of the pioneers of Gothic Fusion Bellydance.

I have Rachel Brice’s DVD too, but I hate to admit for someone as flabby as I am, I’m having a hard time with it. According to my research, Ariellah’s DVD is much more beginner friendly.

Anyway, I have to go on vacation for a while, but I’m hoping to practice this once I come back. XD

0 Comment(s) - What do you think?  Posted by ZenkX - at 8:21 pm

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I Need a “Drag Queen’s Guide to Life” Book XD

Yes, seriously.

A professional Drag Queen should start making her own book about the things she learned in life, the best designers for drag queen looks, hair and make-up tips, buying sterling silver bracelets at ZuluMoon.com…. EVERYTHING!

I don’t know if RuPaul has done this… but I am hoping someone like Raja Gemini would do something like this. I’ve been watching reruns of RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 3 (damn you, stupid cable TV), and like many of her fans, I believe that Raja is an awesome drag queen, and that she deserved to win. She’s awesome because she looked like such a beautiful woman on her face, but then you look down at her costume sometimes, and you can immediately know he’s a man. It’s like she’s…. he’s….

What was the term….? “Gender fuck”?

Anyway, as it turns out, he’s also a make-up artist and a performer. Also she’s had several years under her belt in the drag industry, so it should be easier for her to tell her story and teach women with low self-esteem (like me ~_~) or give fashion tips. She should write a book about it.

Oh! Especially about how she became a drag queen, and how she was able to deal with all her negative comments and her past experiences to haters.

Hmm… “Raja Gemini’s ‘A Drag Queen’s Guide to Life'”… kind of catchy, don’t you think?

0 Comment(s) - What do you think?  Posted by ZenkX - April 28, 2012 at 11:10 pm

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Neil Gaiman’s Crazy Hair

This man is the reason why you don’t need to read around Ripped Freak reviews to know that you’re awesome.

Yep, it’s Neil Gaiman. Author of Coraline and The Sandman series, and one of my favorite authors. In this video, he’s reciting his poem, which is now also a Children’s Book in the US, called “Crazy Hair”.

And yes, he does have crazy hair, doesn’t he? XD

But that is exactly why he is so awesome. He was able to make a poem about himself, and still add a touch of fantasy in there for the audience. A person with that much imagination in him is worth idolizing.

There’s even a comment in this video that says Mr. Gaiman’s hair beats Neverland. XD

I wish I could get a copy of this book… it would be a great for story telling in my Library.

0 Comment(s) - What do you think?  Posted by ZenkX - April 22, 2012 at 3:20 pm

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Oh my poor face T_T

Oh my poor, poor skin. T_T

My face totally got fried by the sun during our outing last Saturday. This is what I get for not wearing Hats during the summer season.

Don’t get me wrong. I am naturally dark. I’m a typical Filipino color of “kayumanggi” (or brown), so I guess I shouldn’t be surprised.

But my shade right now… it’s doesn’t look good. My neck is a different shade compared to my face now. And it’s annoying since I wear make-up to work. I’m pretty sure my foundation is not going to match again.

Argh. Time to bring out all of my mother’s glutathione products… at least until my neck’s skin tone matches my face again.

0 Comment(s) - What do you think?  Posted by ZenkX - at 3:05 pm

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My First Ukulele Cover: Free to Decide

Yay! I’m finally able to make a video of a Ukulele Cover!

Unfortunately, since my S1800 is broken, I used my old Nikon Coolpix L20. Also my lighting is pretty dark… or maybe because my face is just dark. XD

Urghhh… I really need to work on my strumming and singing. ~_~

1 Comment(s) - What do you think?  Posted by ZenkX - at 2:55 pm

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The Future Coffee Faucet

I was surfing around the net again when I found this video that I’m pretty sure any coffee addict (or blogger) would want.

Yep, it is a Coffee Faucet!

Oh, how much I want that, you guys would never know. I don’t know if this thing is available already, but it just looks so frickin’ cool! Imagine having one of these in your kitchen or office. Plus you don’t need to buy something from standsandmounts to install it, since it pretty much stands on its own.

I’m an office-home-computer kind of girl, and this would totally be good for me. I’d get my coffee before heading for work, and get some espresso coffee when I’m blogging and my head’s out of ideas. Writer’s block is awful when you don’t have coffee. XD

But with this kind of technology in your kitchen, I have a feeling that it’s going to cost a fortune… which is bad for me. I’m already trying to cut down with my budgeting as it is…

Maybe I should just stick to my 3-in-1 coffee sachets for the time being. ~_~

0 Comment(s) - What do you think?  Posted by ZenkX - April 21, 2012 at 12:21 pm

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Camera Distress T_T

The look on my face on this picture my sister took of me says it all….

Yeah. My S1800 Camera is broken. T_T

Apparently, the shutter in my camera is stuck closed… probably because I haven’t used it in a while. From what I’ve researched, it’s a common illness among Point and Shoot cameras like mine.

Although there are some ways to unstuck it (like tapping the camera, etc.), I’m afraid of causing further damage to it, so I’m leaving it alone for now. I’m going to look for a repair center for Fujifilm first. I advise anyone who has the same issue to take it to a service center rather than trying to unstick it yourself. A camera repair is going to cost a lot, but causing permanent damage on your camera from tapping it or banging it, will cost more. ~_~

But, in the meantime, no photography until I get this fixed. T_T

0 Comment(s) - What do you think?  Posted by ZenkX - at 10:52 am

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