Cooking Monster

I hated cooking when I was young. I hated everything that has something to do with kitchens and food preparations. I remember when I was 15 years old, my dad asked me to put a pinch of salt on the halaan (a type of edible clam). I refused to do it but he raised his voice on me so off I went to our kitchen… furiously. So what I did, instead of putting just a small amount of salt, I took 5 tablespoons of it on the halaans. My dad noticed it of course and he scolded me, and after that he never asked me to help him with cooking anymore (IKR! I was spoiled!).
However as time goes by, I learned that sometimes we just have to rely on ourselves. The people who are close to us might leave us or in other case we might leave them for some reason, so it is absolutely necessary to learn the ways of life (and cooking!)

Ja ja , enough of the dramas, now I would like to show you some of foods I’ve made lately. 🙂

Chicken Inasal (grilled or barbecued) -Filipino food

 
Spicy Beef Ramen-Japanese food

Chicken Adobo-Filipino food
It’s not hard to cook these food, but the preparation is time consuming because of the number of spices to chop and prepare. Don’t worry! The waiting part is worth it because the outcome’s very good.  

No pain, no gain!

My inspirations:

 No one who cooks, cooks alone. Even at her most solitary, a cook in the kitchen is surrounded by generations of cooks past, the advice and menus of cooks present, the wisdom of cookbook writers. 
-Laurie Colin-

Endelig er det Sommerferie!

I dag hadde jeg min siste eksamen. Endelig! Nå kan jeg jobbe, spille Tekken 6 og reise så mye jeg vil. Jeg har gledet meg på det. I juni skal jeg til Oslo og kanskje til København også, men jeg er ikke sikker for jeg har ganske dårlig økonomi nå og dessuten reiste vi til Filippinene i fjor og var der i nesten 3 måneder. 
Don’t worry be happy.

Jeg savner turen på Filippinene, selv om det er så varmt der. Jeg har aldri likt temperaturen i Filippinene, men jeg må innrøme at jeg savner den varmen nå i dette kalde Norge. I know, sånn er livet. Av og til må vi leve uten den opplevelsen eller noe som vi trenger eller savner akkurat nå for å lære oss takknemlighet. 

Uansett, må jeg feire fordi jeg er ferdig med eksamenene. Jeg har tenkt meg å grille ved stranden, spille volleyball og sole meg med vennene mine, men det skal ikke bli aktuelt denne uka pga dårlig vær (regn og sky). ja ja, bedre det enn snø.:)



Du da? Har du sommerferien nå? 🙂

City Mission’s (Bymisjonen) 20th Year

The City Mission in Stavanger celebrates its 20th year today. Honestly, I’ve never heard about this organization before till my friend invited us to go out with them today. My friends’ company  is sponsoring the grill event at St. Petri kirke (church). There were free grilled food (mmmm…!) 🙂 and not only that, there were free concerts too!


Domkirka


Queen Elizabeth

17th of May

17th of May is Norway’s Constitution/National day. It is celebrated every year by Norwegians. There are parades and different activities from morning to evening. It is really a must experience for everyone who would like to feel and be a part of the Norwegian culture.

How did I/We celebrate it?
My bf, friends and I went to Sandnes centrum to watch the parade and went to Langgata to see what the sellers are up to. After that we went to a dinner party. My friend and her husband made a three-course dinner!

The people’s parade (folketoget)
The folketog consists of different people/organization/sector/band in a particular county.

What attracts me most in this occasion is the people in their bunad

   
Musicians

 

The Russ . They are one of the coolest participants in the parade.

 
Here is a shot of Langgata today. The shopping street of Sandnes.

To sum up, we had a really great time. It is always the same feeling we get every year in this kind of event. However I think that the parade is a bit short, I could have wished for more participants. Hehe! Anyway, the important thing is that we participated and showed our appreciation for the wonderful presentations.

Hip Hip Hurrah for Norge!!!

Solastranden (Sola Beach)

Who says Norway is always cold and beachless? Don’t you know that Norway has beautiful beaches and fine sand too?
One of the beaches here in Norway is located at Sola kommune(county) where you can find Stavanger’s airport. Sola beach has very fine white sand, that is why it is getting a lot of attention from both locals and non locals during summer or even just on a sunnyday. 🙂