Friday, May 31, 2013

{foodie adventure} earl grey tea cookies.

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Nevermind the blueberries and the lavender buds and the awesome wooden spoon. That will all make sense in a blog post or two. But hey! Look at those scrumptious Earl Grey Tea cookies from Loc Maria's Bon Naturellement line! Courtesy of Miss Hanhsters, who found a box of these, thought of me, wrapped it up and sent it my way one random March day. (Thanks, homegirl! =D) And ever since then, I've been squirreling these delectables away, enjoying them from time to time, 'cause who knows when and how I'll ever get my hands on these wonderful gourmet finds. (Oddly enough, they're hard to find on the internet!) But if you just so happen to stumble upon a box, prepare your tastebuds for spring-like delightfulness. The slightly buttery cookie really compliments, as well as draw out, the subtle earl grey tea taste. Makes for great light breakfasting!

besos ... jin.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

throwback travel thursdays // malaysia 2009.

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Kuala Lumpur was a welcomed change after the 4 most boring days spent in Singapore. None of these pristine concrete jungle of sorts and constant shopping in swank malls and endless eating. I could do that in Houston. Even the insufferable humidity felt like I had never left Houston! But in KL, it was all about the nitty gritty trekkage across the unpolished city with loads of mesmerizing Islamic-influenced architecture and wafting scents from dilapidated street food stalls. Yah, you def don't see that in Houston. Not to mention that everything in KL was just a fraction of the price compared to S'pore! Hellz yah! It made our time in KL a much more adventurous experience, trying everything and anything we came across. Fish spa, Petronas Twin Towers tour, green tea donuts, foot massage? Why not? All uber cheap!

besos ... jin.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

{foodie adventure} matcha green tea pocky.

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I'm surprised these yummies haven't made their way down to Tejas yet! For months upon months, I would stare at pictures of these elusive Matcha Green Tea Pocky sticks posted by various friends from NYC and Cali on IG, Foursquare, etc. For a green tea addict, this is some maddening stuff. To feast with the eyes and not do any actual feasting! The Matcha Green Tea gods work in very mysterious albeit questionable ways at times. Heh. But anyways, with Amazon downright outrageously expensive and totally out of the question, I finally got my chance last April in San Fran's Japantown and gleefully stocked up. Took my first bite soon thereafter and OH EM GEE they are every bit worth the hype! Matcha green tea perfection on a stick!

So kind friends in NY and Cali - trade ya BBQ for Matcha Green Tea Pocky? Yah? ;-)

besos ... jin.

Friday, May 24, 2013

throwback travel thursdays // portugal 2007.

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Let's pretend it's Thursday and not Friday, yah?, and that I'm totally on top of this blogging thing. ;-) This week was full of bajillion little joyous moments (shooting a baptism, Car2Go BBQ, late night 'Arrested Development'-inspired Bananarchy runs) and minor setbacks (Flickr down which subsequently led to log-in problems ... still!, inconvenient state inspection renewal, stuck in 1.5hr traffic due to torrential downpour.) But hey, at least I posted something this week! I promise, I'll be back regularly!

So ... Lisbon to us, Lisboa to the locals. From afar, she looks absolutely stunning with colorful exteriors of tile and plaster. Until you look closer and realize every inch of the city is slowly decaying before your eyes. It's obvious Lisbon has seen better days. Now a lil (scratch that - a whole lot) rough around the edges. Slum-like, even. But despite the slow death, there's something beautiful in it's breakdown and sketchy visual imperfections. You can feel it in the air, in the people - that persistent resilience amid the endless graffiti and chipping paint and missing tiles. Optimism, maybe? Well whatever it is, I'm oddly drawn to it. This rough charm. Yeah, I kinda like it here!

besos ... jin.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

throwback travel thursdays // singapore 2009.

throwback travel thursdays // singapore 2009.
throwback travel thursdays // singapore 2009.
throwback travel thursdays // singapore 2009.
throwback travel thursdays // singapore 2009.
throwback travel thursdays // singapore 2009.
throwback travel thursdays // singapore 2009.
throwback travel thursdays // singapore 2009.

A few scenes of the Singapore sunset as seen from the Singapore Flyer. Probably one of my favorite things to do in the city other than the food. Aaaaand that's about it. I ain't gonna lie - Singapore is a little boring! Yeah, I said it! The endless concrete jungle reminds me of any major city I've visited - Hong Kong, Tokyo, Madrid, etc. - but nicer, cleaner, and more boring. If anything, the food definitely makes up for the lack of things (and visuals, heh) to do in S'pore, 'cause there's only so much shopping one can do during a 4-day visit, but, oh! The foodie adventure here is ah-mazing! I'd come back for that. As well as to visit expat family, see this chic and meet this one. Next time it's a weekender for me!

besos ... jin.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

throwback travel thursdays // life in spain 2007.

throwback travel thursdays // life in spain 2007.
throwback travel thursdays // life in spain 2007.
throwback travel thursdays // life in spain 2007.
throwback travel thursdays // life in spain 2007.
throwback travel thursdays // life in spain 2007.
throwback travel thursdays // life in spain 2007.
throwback travel thursdays // life in spain 2007.
throwback travel thursdays // life in spain 2007.
throwback travel thursdays // life in spain 2007.
throwback travel thursdays // life in spain 2007.
throwback travel thursdays // life in spain 2007.
throwback travel thursdays // life in spain 2007.
throwback travel thursdays // life in spain 2007.
throwback travel thursdays // life in spain 2007.
throwback travel thursdays // life in spain 2007.
throwback travel thursdays // life in spain 2007.
throwback travel thursdays // life in spain 2007.
throwback travel thursdays // life in spain 2007.

How does one sum up 3.5 months of life in España? Oh, here's how!:
Month 1 // Month 2 // Month 3

Moonlighting as a European, even for a fleeting moment, is honestly one of the best things I have ever done ... in life! For most people it's getting married at a young age, a steady job, a 401k, children by 30, obligations, responsibilities, appearances, etc. Which, in societal norms, is understandably so. For most people. For me, it was traveling the world, living out of a suitcase, meeting all walks of life, stepping outside the comfort zone, trying everything and anything, living in various spots of the globe ... particularly in Salamanca and Madrid, where one of my most cherished life altering epochs occurred. It was there I learned the minimalist and c'est la vie ways of a European - astounded by their thirst to know your story, humbled by their open-mindedness, amused by their distaste of routine. It was all about being unpredictable and curious and positive and welcoming! A doctrine I could, nay, trying to whole-heartedly live by. After all, life really is too short.

Something Oliver once told me that tickled me to the core, "I keep forgetting you're not European."

Hah! I take that as a compliment! Explore, Dream, Discover!

besos ... jin.
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