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Meliora Eligo. I Seek the Better Things.

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Baking 101

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For the first time, I baked something for my blockmates (with guidance from my mentor aka Mama). Heehee. After coming up with a pretty decent batch of chocolate cupcakes (with a surprise center), I can say that I’m really my mother’s child. LOL. :))

Most of the people in my mother’s family are skilled in cooking and baking. And Mama in particular is really talented in baking. The revel bars that she bakes are really popular in UP (I met a lot of people from different colleges and organizations who order from us) and apparently reach other schools as well. Hearing people praise the goodies that she creates makes me feel proud (even if my only contributions are to help with the packing, delivering and do public relations).

I got inspired to develop my baking skills because of her. The first time I baked something was for my crush back in high school. I created chocolate crinkles and seeing the satisfied smile on his face made me so happy. If that smile wasn’t enough, my heart went overdrive as he thanked me and kissed my cheek. Then, I got really shy and managed to mumble “Thanks, bye.” before shuffling away. What’s with this cutesy memory?! O.o

But then, my number one (and only) supporter with my baking activities is my brother. For someone with a selective palette, he actually eats my attempts in producing cakes and sweets. :”>

Since I’m already adept in making clothes, I’m learning how to bake and to cook to expand my domestic repertoire (in preparation for my future as a loving housewife and mother of two. Hahahaha). And so, I remain optimistic with this new endeavor of mine.

~Cris, April 22, 2014

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If you’ve been reading this blog for quite some time, you’ll see how I love Japanese manga and anime. And I’m actually fond of watching Japanese animated films. I don’t know if it’s just the ones I have seen, but I noticed that these movies have beautiful stories which tend to be bittersweet in nature.
After finishing my school work for this semester, I had the time to have a movie marathon. “Kotonoha no Niwa” (The Garden of Words) was one of the animated films that I watched yesterday. The story is about Takao Akizuki, a 15 year old schoolboy who dreams of becoming a shoemaker, and Yukari Yukino, a literature teacher who wishes to walk her own path. The two first met on a rainy day, and they continued to encounter each other in the park on rainy mornings and grew closer in each other’s company.
I liked Kotonoha no Niwa because it is a story of seeking solace in the face of loneliness and finding hope in a seemingly hopeless situation. Of course, the illustration style is great. In terms of the characters, I really like Takao because I found his dream to become a shoemaker interesting. As a fashion student, I could relate to him, pursuing something that he loves despite what other people may think. These themes are things that I don’t usually see in other movies, that’s why I really appreciate Japanese animated films. :)
~Cris, March 30, 2014

If you’ve been reading this blog for quite some time, you’ll see how I love Japanese manga and anime. And I’m actually fond of watching Japanese animated films. I don’t know if it’s just the ones I have seen, but I noticed that these movies have beautiful stories which tend to be bittersweet in nature.

After finishing my school work for this semester, I had the time to have a movie marathon. “Kotonoha no Niwa” (The Garden of Words) was one of the animated films that I watched yesterday. The story is about Takao Akizuki, a 15 year old schoolboy who dreams of becoming a shoemaker, and Yukari Yukino, a literature teacher who wishes to walk her own path. The two first met on a rainy day, and they continued to encounter each other in the park on rainy mornings and grew closer in each other’s company.

I liked Kotonoha no Niwa because it is a story of seeking solace in the face of loneliness and finding hope in a seemingly hopeless situation. Of course, the illustration style is great. In terms of the characters, I really like Takao because I found his dream to become a shoemaker interesting. As a fashion student, I could relate to him, pursuing something that he loves despite what other people may think. These themes are things that I don’t usually see in other movies, that’s why I really appreciate Japanese animated films. :)

~Cris, March 30, 2014

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