Inspiration: Amezaiku

Who doesn’t love candies? I do, perhaps not as much as when I was young, but I do crave for them once in a while.

However, if you find yourself in Japan, you just don’t get wrapped candies. The country takes pride of Amezaiku, or the art of creating something unique and magical out of these saccharine treats.

It’s a very intricate process only those who have experience, skill, and artistry can really do it. To give you an idea, though, the craft masters create taffy candies first. When they are in the process of hardening, they then immediately mold the candy into several shapes, from animals to fairies, using their hands or tools such as scissors. They sometimes add food dyes to give these creations more character.

The challenge doesn’t only lie on creativity but also on speed and accuracy. They need to come up with something before the candy becomes really hard.

The end product is usually so beautiful I definitely don’t want to eat them. Nevertheless, consuming it seems to be one of the best ways to show how much you appreciate and value the master’s genius.

 

Great Find: Free Vintage Cliparts

Isn’t that pretty? I thought so too. I’m planning to put that up on my home office wall one of these days (or until I can start properly organizing things).

I love vintage, though these days or perhaps in this city and country it’s difficult to find beautiful ones without breaking the bank. Once I bought a Choco Vim bottle in a thrift store in Cubao Expo, and it already cost me almost 500 pesos. Worse, Chuck, my cat, suddenly jumped on the table and smashed it into pieces.

Anyway, I’m just happy to discover Free Pretty Things for You. Keren sure makes lovely things that are so endearing for me. Do check out her collection.

My Farm

Nope, there isn’t anything yet, but I’m crossing my fingers that someday–or hopefully very soon–I’m going to have my own little farm with lots of free-range chickens that give delicious eggs, a cow for our ration of milk, and several plots of vegetable garden that I won’t need to spend a lot of money for only a few pieces of carrots, cucumbers, and tomatoes in department stores.

It’s going to be a farm that sits right up the mountain, where I won’t be bothered by the cares of the world. Instead, it’s just going to be me, the wind, that gorgeous sunrise and sunset, and the rest of nature all together. (And I sure wouldn’t mind a magnificent view of the nearby islands and seas.) It will be an inevitable retreat for friends and family who are tired of high-rises and too much technology.

It’s a farm where I can go back to the basics, because anything simple is always the best. It will remove me from unnecessary material things and enjoy real bliss and contentment.

It will be powered by the sun–or the wind–whichever nature wants me to use.

This will be the farm that promotes sustainability, that supports community, that feeds not just me but as many people as it can.

 

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La Bamba

No, I’m not talking about this:

Before I get into that, allow me to share a short story first. A few hours ago, I went to Herbalife Nutrition Club. According to their digital weighing scale, I already lost almost 8 pounds. (My weighing scale says otherwise: 10 pounds.) Either way, I don’t really find it bad considering I haven’t been that consistent when it comes to food choices and exercise, though I’m getting so much better in portion control.

However, since I decided to join their weight loss challenge, my way won’t help me beat the other competitors’ loss. So my mentor suggested something: La Bamba.

For 3 straight days, I won’t be taking any solids, only their shake–which I do love, by the way–for every 2 hours.

Honestly, I find it quite drastic, and I’m very frightened of starving myself. It’s something I’ve been trying to avoid for more than a month now. Yet I am a willing guinea pig, so I’ll try this for 3 straight days and let you know what I think afterward. *crossing fingers*

Happy Independence Day!

So when was my last post? I stopped counting. I’ve been on and off blogging anyway, but I’m really crossing my fingers that I’m officially back.

I’ve got tons of stories, but I’ll set them aside for our country’s celebration tomorrow:

We’re free!

Independence Day!

Honestly, I think the celebration, as well as its essence, is somehow lost among a lot of people, but it shouldn’t be. Despite of the gazillion of problems our country is facing, we still enjoy so much liberty compared to other nations.

Our small household is definitely going to celebrate it tomorrow. Bernard and I will wake up early and head to the market, which is thankfully only a few minutes away from us. I’m thinking of doing Pampanga’s bringhe or Filipino-styled menudo (which has a tinge of sweetness), but I’m still open to suggestions. 🙂

Enjoy the holiday tomorrow!

 

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