Liebster Award Nomination




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I’d like to nominate:










1. What is your favourite book?

Ah, this is a tough one. I’m not ready to answer this!

Okay, I’m a bit of a bookworm (understatement).

My top 5 in no particular order:

  •     The Messenger – Markus Zusak
  •     For One More Day – Mitch Albom
  •     Carrie Diaries – Candace Bushanell
  •     The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
  •     Night – Elie Wiesel

2. What is your most memorable dining experience?

  •  Eating a feast composed of seafood and lovely desserts like caramel mud pie and strawberry  short cake at Bubba Gump in the Victoria Peak (Hong Kong). The view was fabulous and had a wonderful time with my family!
  • Making dinner for one of my best friend’s aunt and uncle. They let us stay in their house for the weekend because it’s a sleepy town but I enjoyed their company tremendously. I don’t know about you but I have a soft spot for older generations so hearing about their lives and travels – all the struggles, the fun and excitement, the joy and tragedy, the beauty and pain of existence. They’re such beautiful people.

3. Favourite cuisine?

  • Asian
  • Italian
  • French

4. What is your favourite meal of the day?

Probably dinner – when the whole family is present 😀

5. What is your least favourite food?


6. Do you prefer cooking for yourself, or others?

I don’t cook much – perhaps not at all! Thank goodness for Mama and my auntie.

If the world turns upside down and I learn how to cook, I’d love to cook for others.. that is if I feel confident enough. But nothing beats a really easy, simple homemade meal for your lovely self so the answer is BOTH!

7. Favourite blogs on the internet?

Garance Doré – a vivacious, witty French blogger who is effortlessly chic and humorous!

Humans of New York – Brandon Stanton’s photographs and the conversations he has with strangers never fail to amaze me, I’m sure you will blown away if you check it out 😉

I wrote about him here in my blog.

Movie2k ~ I thank the creator of this site from the bottom of my heart)

Sidereel ~ I’m also a TV series fanatic. Scandal, Revenge, Suits, Grey’s Anatomy, The Mindy Kaling Project – you name it.

8. One place you would love to travel to?

E-U-R-O-P-E. ‘Nuff said.

9. Casual dining or fine dining?

Casual dining for sure!! Fine dining is no fun if you have to pretend to be prim and proper.

10. Salt or pepper?

Random question. Salt.

11. Spicy food: yes or no?

I love spicy food so yes! I like putting a bit of spicy stuff on my food especially in soup dishes and pizza 🙂

Thank you soo much to Genevieve for nominating me for the Liebster Award!

So unexpected and had a great time answering these questions 🙂


Three things Filipinos would ask…

Every time there’s a gathering, mostly birthday parties, in which people go crazy by cooking sumptuous Filipino cuisine, it’s always a grand banquet, a big feast.

There’s three main qualities of the Filipino culture. Here’s what every adult would ask a typical young woman in her teenage years:

1. Tumangkad ka. Ilang taon ka na nga? (You grew taller, how old are you now?)

A question from the older people. We like tall people, I’m not quite sure why! This is usually followed by some speech along the lines of: “You’re growing up fast and almost a lady, soon enough you’ll have your own family.” Family-oriented, close family ties, you name it.

2. Kumain ka na? (Have you eaten?)

If you say no, they would insist that you eat; if you say yes, they would politely ask you to eat more and more and more… Gosh, we’re really generous.

3. May boyfriend ka na? (Do you have a boyfriend now?)

Talk about no privacy. Even to the point of inquiring about our love life. Everyone wants to know… well I think being innately inquisitive is a good and bad thing 😀

Gotta love Filipinos though. We care too much 😉

Film Review: Haute Cuisine

Director Christian Vincent serves Haute Cuisine, a film that would entice audiences who love the aroma of all things fresh, organic and truly French. Yet perhaps at the same time, some may end up with a slightly disgruntled stomach.

Based on a true story, a provincial chef Hortense Laborie (Catherine Frot) unexpectedly becomes the head chef of the private kitchen for no less than the President of the French Republic (Jean d’Ormesson). Despite the omnipresence of gold in the Élysée Palace, he longs for home-cooked meals and detests decorative roses on his plate. Through simple and authentic French dishes, Hortense wins him over without much effort, quickly forming an unlikely friendship with the head of state who has a secret passion for food.


Obnoxious alpha males rule kitchens in the palace but Nicolas (Arthur Dupont), a naïve yet charming pastry chef who is also Hortense’s sous chef, becomes her ally and apprentice. Madame Laborie’s no holds barred attitude when it comes to expressing her views and accomplishing tasks puts those machos to shame. The main character’s personality is much like a delectable lemon meringue tart – sweet and zesty, strong but soft.

Actors delivered well-executed performances but there isn’t much to work with – the storyline did not provide a chance for character development. Musical scores and soundtracks were rather forgettable yet eyes are kept affixed on the beauty of each scene. Vincent captured the elegance of French cuisine whilst contrasting the picturesque landscape of countryside France to the sheer magnificence of the Élysée Palace.

Characteristic of French films, few words are uttered but it doesn’t prevent viewers from laughing out loud courtesy of its sharp, witty dialogue. Haute Cuisine does not have a strong, dramatic climax seen in mainstream Hollywood movies; hence, Vincent clearly took a realist approach, focusing on simplicity and authenticity. At times, there was no clear-cut sense of direction and you can be left wondering where the film is going. The lack of direction rooting from realism can cause an air of malaise but simplicity – the very thing that alienates some, resonates with others.

If you want to experience a light, humorous film and have a taste of true blue French cinema then you’re in for a treat on this one – but if not, spoil yourself with a heavenly French macaroon instead.

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Strangers on the Plane

“Welcome aboard, princess!”

This middle-aged flight steward with a receding hairline greeted me with such enthusiasm and warmth that I must admit, remembering this moment still makes me smile to this day. I was only ten years old at the time, a chubby-cheeked girl who loves wearing colourful headbands and everything pink but I guess this lovely man made an impression. It was a twenty-hour flight but to the astonishment of my parents, I was never cranky. Every time the steward passed by, he would stop and check on me for I told him it was my first time on a plane. He was bursting with energy much like a busy bee that can talk a lot and laugh like no one else was there, generating buzz wherever he happened to be hovering.

About an hour before our arrival, he kneeled at the aisle to give me a memento – a map that traced our flight from Philippines to Canada. He even suggested that I use it for show and tell so my classmates would get jealous of how far I travelled. I tried to thank him but I knew, even at a young age, I’d never be able to repay his sincere kindness and perhaps, it is best to simply pay it forward. I wish I had known his name but wherever you are kind stranger, I hope with all my heart that your life is filled with happiness and whatever you wish it to be. Although I’ve moved houses a couple of times, I believe the crumpled piece of paper comfortably resides in one of my drawers and it holds more value than any other souvenir.

“Hi, can you pay for my food?”

He had a startled look on his face.

“What I meant to say was if you could use your card to pay for it and then I’ll pay you with cash. My brother and I, we don’t have a credit card.”

“Oh yes, of course.”

He handed it to the flight steward. I can vividly remember the sumptuous gourmet pizza that I ordered because it was just that good. Being a fifteen year old, I had no idea airlines no longer accepts cash when purchasing goods during the flight. That was a good thing though. I realised I did learn a lot from a year of studying overseas without my parents and I had the privilege of meeting Tom, my seatmate on the plane.

The flight to Vancouver gave me time to reflect on the year I spent as a Year 9 student in a Canadian public school. Tom and I had a lively discussion about the Western and Eastern culture, the youth and life in general. Soon I discovered that Tom was in Montreal for a brief business meeting and he has two daughters, one is a veterinarian and the other one is a university student. He and his family hosted exchange students throughout their life and he thought it was brave of me to be so willing to travel to the other side of the world.

“It was nice meeting you. See you, Julia.”

“Same here. See you, Tom.”

Brief encounters with lovely strangers never fail to amuse me. I went to Canadaland two times, one as a visitor and one as a student. Oddly enough, two of the most fascinating, unforgettable experiences happened during the flight.

Have you met a kind stranger on a plane?

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