While browsing through NY Times, I came a cross a ‘funny’

article.

An argument between a passenger and a flight attendant from a plane over whether to eat chicken or beef led to a serious federal case.

http://s299.photobucket.com/albums/mm314/haley123456123/?action=view&current=CowAndChicken.gif“Would you like chicken, or beef?” the flight attendant asked, the good-old common question on a flight.

“Chicken,” Mr. Delis answered.

However, by the time the attendant reached Mr. Delis, the cart ran out of chicken, thus she replied by saying, “sorry, we only have beef left.”

Then Mr. Delis shouted allowed complaining why she would ask him ‘chicken or beef’ when there’s only beef left.

When I first read it, I thought this case was quite ridiculous.  Honestly, who makes a fuss over airline menu?  To me, both chicken and beef taste equally ‘not-good‘.  They’re not bad, but not necessarily something I would crave for.  As interesting it is to see someone make a big deal out of this issue, it’s even more amazing to see someone take it even further to a lawsuit. Unfortunately, Mr. Delis lost the case, but he said that he was willing to take it all the way to the end to win it.

On the other hand, this unique matter is reasonable up to a certain degrees.  Why would someone ask for chicken OR beef when there’s only beef?  That’s like giving false hope to a chicken lover.

This made me realize once again, the world is a big place with the most unthinkable events occurring here and there.  I’m happy to be a part of this place 🙂

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invisible food

03Mar09

No!! I gained 10 pounds only within a month. What am I going to do to lose all the fat? You know what, I’m not going to eat until I go back to my initial weight.”

http://www.cartoonstock.com/newscartoons/cartoonists/pju/lowres/pjun171l.jpgIt’s a pretty common statement spoken whenever one goes on a scale, seeing the needle point higher numbers can often freak people out. I guess I’m one of those ‘self-conscious’ people when it comes to weight. Although I try to maintain my physique, the thought of not eating have never crossed my head. Why starve when there’s a better alternative?

Not eating will make one lose weight for sure, but honestly, starving is one of the hardest things to do. Would you want to risk going through the silent pain just to lose a couple pounds? It may make you feel good for a couple of days thinking that you’re losing weight, but what’s next?

Just a little more. Weighing a little less than now isn’t going to make much of a difference,”

is the phrase that leads to the entrance of ‘good-bye food’. Once you reach the goal weight, stop and try to maintain it from there. The photos of stick-figured models in magazines are just fantasies, but the society has somehow brainwashed the world to believe that that’s the stereotypical look of a person. Believe it or not, this has caused a great damage to young teenage girls thinking that they must look like those models. This led to the issue of anorexia and bulimia, bringing up major concerns for the girls.

Influential people like Tyra Banks and Oprah Winfrey have done shows based on this topic and told the girls how to improve their self-esteem based on their appearances. Those two women have played major roles in helping the girls and have made a big difference towards the matter as well.

http://blog.kir.com/archives/images/Healthy_Food.jpgThe conclusion is to eat healthy by making smart choices. Starving is too much of a suffering for food lovers like me. I rather eat vegetables and low calorie food than quit eating. Although eating vegetables, fruits, and grains are very beneficial for health, that’s not the solution that common people turn to when trying to lose weight. Healthy foods simply don’t taste good. But, there are many cookbooks (recipes) and TV shows today that show examples of living a lean and healthy life by turning the tasteless foods into delicious and low fat meals. You’ll be surprised by how good vegetables can taste.


Are you a Krispy Kreme lover?  If you are one, I’m sure you’ll agree with this scenario below 🙂

The RED LIGHT is ON!” I yell aloud in the car.

“What red light? What do you mean, sweetheart?” my parents ask with their raised eyebrows.

“Th..the RED LIGHT, Krispy Kreme! The RED LIGHT is on! We can get free hot doughnuts if we go in now!”

Yes, Krispy Kreme doughnuts are greasy, fattening, and unhealthy, but they are just too tasty to stay away from. Of course, having these often would be bad, but once in a while, don’t you think that you deserve delightful treats like these? Look at them, they’re so pretty, shiny, perfect in shape. They’re edible jewels! How can you say no to heavenly halos like the Krispy Kreme doughnuts?

I usually get very inpatient when watching the doughnuts being made through the see-through glass window at the store. The machine releases four raw ringed-doughnuts at a time into the puddle of oil. Once they are fried on both sides, they go through what I like to call, the ‘sugary glaze fall‘. Coating front and back, all over the freshly fried doughnuts. Then they cool down for a bit until the coating hardens and then… Into my big mouth it goes!!! I love it when I get to taste the fresh doughnuts.

Out of all the fantastic doughnuts that Krispy Kreme sells, the ‘original glaze’ has to be everyone’s favourite, including me

But, besides the delicious original glazed, I fell in love in another variation of Krispy Kreme here in Seoul, Korea. The PINK STRAWBERRY CHEESECAKE DOUGHNUTS.

It is filled with cheesecaky goodness that leads me right to heaven. I don’t think it’s out in many other franchises, but I sure am lucky to be living in a country that has it.


doughboy.jpgMy nose can always tell whenever my Mom makes these colourful Cornflake Marshmallow Krispies. The sweet and slightly buttery aroma fills the whole house as the marshmallows slowly started to melt on the stove. Biting into the Cornflake Marshmallow Krispies meant everything to me as a little girl who simply loved all types of foods. I love the way it filled my mouth completely with its sweet and juicy flavour. Sweet marshmallows and just crunchy cornflakes coming together was unbelievably good.

“Mom, what are you making?”, I ask even if I know what she is making. I want to make sure that the tasty Cornflake Marshmallow Krispies would soon be in my mouth.

A bright smile appears on my face as my Mom answers, “Your favourite, Cornflake Marshmallow Krispies, sweetie.”

cooking_with_kids_600.jpgI remember running into the kitchen to observe every move my Mom made just to see what kinds of food she added to the tasty treat. She would add a bowl full of colourful marshmallows and a bowl full of cereal. I used to snack on the ingredients that were prepared while my Mom wasn’t watching. Once the marshmallows go on to the stove, I’d just stare at it until it melts completely and the cereal is added. My Mom would mix the two together and scoop them up in the end. Eating the slightly warm and chewy chunks of Cornflake Marshmallow Krispies off the spoon would always make my day.

Now that I come to think of it, seeing my Mom in the kitchen often as a child led me to have an interest in food. It’s definitely a strong possibility because I still remember standing up on a chair near my Mom whenever she used to cook for the family. I also helped her out frequently in the kitchen while she tried new recipes and prepared meals.

images.jpegWhen I started school, I used to prepare simple snacks for myself and spend a lot of time at the kitchen. Of course, I needed help from my Mom or even my Dad with lots of things, but when I became a 6th grader, my passion for food truly opened up. I not only made snacks, but also prepared meals and desserts and all sorts of things. I spent time watching the Foodnetwork Channel all day long and tried suggested recipes and created some of my own. But, this is a story for another day…

Here’s the recipe for the delicious Cornflake Marshmallow Krispies!!!

Recipe

Cornflake Marshmallow Krispies is another variation of Rice Krispies, but better!

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Yield: 15 pieces

Ingredients:

200g of Colourful Marshmallow (any types of marshmallows will work)

2 tbsp of Cooking Oil & 2 tbsp of Margarine (can replace Margarine with Butter)

5 cups of Not-Sweet Cornflake (can replace Cornflake with Rice Crispy Cereal)

Optional:

1 tbsp of Shredded Unsweetened Coconut

1/4 cup of Chopped Walnuts

How to Make It:

1. In a large pot, melt cooking oil and margarine over low heat

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2. Prepare a large baking sheet and cover it with a parchment paper

3. Stir in the marshmallows until they melt completely (stir the marshmallows constantly so that they don’t get stuck on the pot)

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4. Add cornflakes (and the optional ingredients) into the pot and fold the mixture until the cornflakes are fully coated with marshmallows

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5. Turn off the heat

6. Scoop the warm mixture with an ice cream scoop and place them on the prepared baking sheet

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7. Let it cool completely (can put it in the freezer for some time to make the process faster)

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8. Enjoy!


Tomorrow’s the day of an interview at school.  The lesson is to pretend that we, the high school students, are applying for real-life jobs with proper resumé and of course, a professional interview.

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I don’t like the fact that my face becomes as red as red cherries and heats up like hot packs when I’m put into these type of situations.  I try my best to make eye contact with the interviewer and be as calm as possible, but that’s not always one of the easiest things to do.  It feels awkward to stare at someone’s eyes for enough time to convince him/her that you are fit for the job you’ve applied for.  It’s almost as if you never stop looking at the person right in the eye!

One good thing about dreadful interviews is how fun it could actually be.  Once I calm down and breathe through the first couple nerve racking minutes, I concentrate better and become more enthusiastic.  I heard some real-life interviewers ask some real odd questions.

For example,

Which animal would you like to be if you were to be born again?

or better yet,

There are three objects in front of you: a leaf, a basketball, and a bottle of water.  Which one would you choose and why?

It’s often quite impressive how people answer these unexpected questions, but it’s even more impressive to see how people even came up with those questions.

This is a funny clip from YouTube of a somewhat overly-enthusiastic interview.

I have my fingers crossed that things will go smoothly tomorrow!!  Well, as long as I don’t end up in a place like the video below, I’m sure everything will be fine:)


Yum~ Big Macs… one bite is all it takes until you can see my face grin.

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The succulent (on unlucky days, it may be slightly dry) meat (I’m hoping it’s real meat) makes all of your taste buds stand up while the creaminess of cheese slowly melts in your mouth.  To add more to that, the slight crunch from lettuce and pickles top all the other menus.  The whole point of the Big Mac is the extra slice of bread in the middle, and the extra piece of patty right in between soft and warm hamburger bread.

People love this satisfying bite of heaven not only for its taste, but for its price, too!  Since when do meals that contain protein, carb, calcium, fiber, and sesame seeds as garnish on top all at the same time, come under the price of $5?  Well… not many.  If there’s one nutrition fact missing on this list, OMEGA-3 might be the answer.  Are you confused?

It’s a worldly known fact that OMEGA-3 is very beneficial for our health, yet it’s quite hard to find it in burgers or any other quick set of meals (not that there are much of other nutrition factors…).  I found the one and only burger that will let you reach the ‘daily recommended consumption‘ of OMEGA-3.

the CAVIAR BURGER

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This will definitely make sure you consume enough OMEGA-3.

I got a little carried away talking about OMEGA-3, but what I really wanted point out from this burger is its price.  As you may have imagined, the  main ingredient of this burger is… yes: caviar.  A perfect combination between red caviar and regular black caviar.  Should I say yum~ or… fishy? This isn’t one of those everyday-drive-through burgers; more like once in a life time!

How much do you think this burger would cost?

Even in supermarkets, black caviar is sold in small amounts and costs MORE than a gallon of gas.  I know the suspense is killing you, so I’ll reveal the price.

$1,200 USD+ $11.9 USD = $1211.90

Do you still want a bite off of that?

I guess it won’t be too fun finishing up this burger.  It will definitely be juicy, but yucky-juciy type of burger.  Of course, this isn’t sold at normal stores or even restaurants, but it was nice to see what kind of burgers there are out in the world.


blog much?

05Feb09

Are you a blogger?

Even though I am sitting in front of my laptop writing a blog, I cannot resist asking myself these questions.  What is so cool about blogs?  What draws people’s attentionWhy DO you Blog?

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Not that I’m degrading on those who do write blogs, I’m trying to seek for the purpose here.  With technology that seems to improve at a rate faster than ever, internet-based information seem to appeal more to the modern, up-to-date people.  When is the last time you’ve opened up the newspaper on the subway instead of catching up on your handy-dandy blackberry or cell phone?

Blogs are HUGE today.  Within the past couple years, it has become a huge sensation.  It’s a form of communication internationally throughout the globe.  People express their opinions and share them with others around the world with similar interests.  Blogs are just as popular as radios were in the 80’s.   Writers don’t write on papers and publish hard copies of their works anymore; they TYPE!  And who says writers should be adults?  Modern writers vary from young and fresh pimply students to hip grand-daddies.  The best part about blogging is that it’s so EASY!  Once you log into EduBlog or WordPress and click on ‘create blog‘, tada~~~ you’ve got your own blog.

My only concern with writing blogs would be the actual posting of the blog.

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It’s not as easy as it seems to click the “PUBLISH” button after I’m finished with my writing.  Worries come before excitement of publishing it to world viewers.  Questions like, ‘who would care to read my blog posts?’ or ‘is this really interesting?’ pop up unconsciously.  Then it got me thinking: who am I writing for?  To be honest, I don’t know.  I’m just writing what I feel like writing and what I like to write about.  If there are people out there who share common interests with me and agree with my ideas? AWESOME!  Be my guest 🙂

I don’t think everything needs significant purpose to start out with.  Blogging is just like writing diary entries; the only difference is that you’re writing for a larger audience.  The world is complicated enough for what it is already.  Sometimes just doing it seems easier than hesitating over it (unless it involves some “eewy” in any shape or form).  Pressing the “PUBLISH” button might be a good start.


Dramas, dramas, dramas!!

The more I watch these sopoperas, the further I seem to stray away from reality.  One of the most popular dramas in Korea at the moment is ‘Boys Over Flowers‘ – a remake of popular Japanese young-romance comic series. It illustrates the fantasy-like happenings at a private high school involving a new girl at the school and the ‘F4’, the four gorgeous guys.  This sentimental series has already succeeded in not only Japan, but also in China like one massive storm.  Its anticipated arrival in Korea has captivated thousands of fans within no time.

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sources from: http://www.naver.com/movies/

The Korean version of “Boys Over Flowers” aired first on January 5th, 2009 and has been under the spot light ever since.  Although only 9 episodes has been televised, it has gained over 30% of Korean viewers over other competing dramas.  Its popularity currently is sky-rocking and it seems as if it’ll maintain its status at the top for a while.

The female character, like in all Cinderella stories, is hated by the fellow girls, yet loved and cared by the hot guys.  How unfair can the world get?  Also, is it just me or does it seem as if all those good looking guys always say the most romantic things to the girl that they just can’t get enough of?  Yeah, it’s all just a fantasy, but would it kill for someone in real life to say those things?

It’s fascinating how quickly one can get into these dramas.  That’s one of the things I hate most about them.  Once you start watching, you just can’t stop.  Especially when watching online, I can’t resist clicking on the next episode.  Then the next thing I know is that I’ve spend the whole day on my chair with bunch of junk food lying around the computer desk.  As much as I hate seeing that occur to me, it’s impossible to get the drama off of my head.  At least during the time the show airs, it’s almost as if I’m living where the characters live.  Everyday I’d daydream about how it’d be like if I were the main character getting all the attention.

Other favorite shows of mine include, ‘My Lovely Sam-Soon‘, ‘Full House‘, and ‘My Girl‘.

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sources from: http://www.naver.com/movies/

The above three contain similar plot line, yet everyone watches with knowing the fact that the not-so-pretty and often dull-looking girl will win it all.  These Korean dramas with the typical happy-ending outline gained tremendous popularity in Japan, China, Philippines, Singapore, and other fellow Asian countries just as ‘Boys Over Flowers’ has impacted Korea.  It’s said that China has made a remake of ‘My Lovely Sam-Soon’ and Hollywood is preparing one of their own as well.

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I’ve seen other mini-series of dramas that pretty much deal with the same topic: the typical Cinderella StoryThe poor girl gets it all.  I complain while watching the show about how unrealistic it is, yet the more I complain, the more I think about it, and the more I get absorbed into the abstract world far, far, far from reality.  The audience are not only in love with the plot, but also the casts of the drama.  Then, REALITY CHECK!!! Is everyone smart enough to say the perfect lines at the perfect moments?  Is everyone handsome, pretty, tall, and skinny like the ones on television?  Is everyone guaranteed to live a happily-ever-after life once they meet their Prince Charming?

The answer to these questions are the same: NO!

Getting caught into these fanciful notion happens with a sanp, and we all struggle to escape from it once the show is over.  What’s even worse is that this sort of cycle continues every time new dramas start. But then again, these unrealistic, fantasy-like, fairy-tale stories povide visuals of our innocent hopes.  The things that we wish would happen in our lives at least come true in dramas.

Then, is it good to watch these dramas and step away from reality once in a while?  Perhaps, imaginative getaways are necessary in life as long as you have the ticket to return to reality.


Do vegetarians eat ANIMAL CRACKERS?

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The good old joke continues.  Jokes like these just crack me up 🙂  What else is there to do but laugh?

Just in case you want this question clarified,

As tricky as it may be to answer, my response to it is YES!  It’s true that those crackers are in shape of cute, innocent animals, but I can bet you they’re 100% meat-free.  If vegetarians don’t (or couldn’t) eat those soft-yet-somewhat-crunchy- mouthwatering-delicately-sweet-tasting animal-shaped crackers, they’re missing out.  Then unless you’re a cannibal, you shouldn’t be eating gingerbread-man cookies either.

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Statements like these are cliché, but people are drawn to it because it’s a temporary getaway from the complexity of modern society.  The world today is so uptight that it doesn’t allow any space for a break.  It tends to focus on serious issues and mostly, the negative facets of the current community.  It’s comprehensible how those matters should be discussed in order to prevent further leading to one massive disaster.  However, one can’t be solemn all the time.  Everyone needs time for a joke or even a laugh.   According to Helpguide.org, tons of benefits are brought by one single laughter; for example:

  • reduce stress
  • lower blood pressure
  • elevate mood
  • boost immune system
  • improve brain functioning
  • protect the heart
  • connect you to others
  • foster instant relaxation
  • make you feel good

Minuscule and miscelaneous things in the world, sometimes, can bring a big smile on your face unconsciously.  As said before, we all need a break at least once in a while.  Kids have recess while adults have coffee break.  In this confind space, the type of break or leisure time isn’t what matters, but the factor that lets you breathe.