Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Thursday, June 23, 2011
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
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It is tempting to buy Straight Talk immediately, but mom knows best that we have to learn more about the plans:
- Straight Talk meets the need of obsessive phone users. $45 per month including unlimited calls, text messages, pictures, and online access.
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Wednesday, June 15, 2011
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Thursday, June 9, 2011
I love this pool despite the chlorinated water that have clogged up my ears. As I'm typing this adventurous vacation, I am unfortunately half deaf. I tried everything, from warm water to mineral water to oily ear drops, and I am still clogged, but it's nevertheless worth it. Let me tell you how worth it is, if I ever get my ears unclogged, I would still risk another disaster to swim in this pool. It's so peaceful and comfortable, you are surrounded by nature and yet artificially developed tropical things that makes your life more relaxing. For example, after the swim, I can relax on a fancy swinging sofa on the side of the pool, and order myself some non-alcoholic drinks. Emphasize on non-alcoholic, so I don't scare the tourist away :)
You can't forget the beaches, it's what makes the Caribbean island an island. And of course, tropical beaches always reflect the mischievous side of myself. I am a total trouble maker, let me tell you what I did. I always wanted to take a bath in nature because it's exciting and that the little mermaid did it. If you look at Herbal Essence shampoo commercials you will notice how enticing it is to bathe in nature. I decided to take matters into my own hands, and sneak some Herbal Essence shampoo and conditioner to the ocean. I was anxious to experience what it feels like to bath in the open sea, with the birds and the beas watching over me. Once I pour the soap and rub it onto my hair, I totally experience another part of Herbal Essence that I have never felt before. It feels like your soul and spirit are lifted up to the sky and that all the fruity smell from the soap magnifies ten fold from the constant swooshing of the ocean and bending of the air. I practically use all the soap just so I can constantly experience this one in a life time sensation, what can I say, there is no way I'm leaving paradise without bathing in it.
After my refreshing, nature sea bath, my fiance and I head over to the nearby restaurant. The food was magnificent and what made it better was the ocean view. I ordered a Pina Colada since it matches with the occasion, but I was also curious as to how the Caribbean bartenders make their cocktails. As a former bartender, waitress, chef assistant, and all that restaurant jazz, I know good cocktail by just a sip. I was blown away by their simple Pina Colada, I been all over the states, and tasted many different cocktails by different bartenders and I have to say, the Caribbean by far have the best cocktails. Usually in the states, bartenders make the usual mistakes of putting too much coconut or too much rum in the drink. The key ingredient for a successful cocktail is the ratio between alcohol and fruitiness, and the caribbean hit the target just right. I was so impress that I had to talk to the bartender who made the drink and give her my compliments. In addition to the delicious cocktail, we also witness the sunset and night time on the beach. This was when the ocean looks like a dark, silky blanket rolling back and forth on the smooth grain of sand. This mystifying, tropical and yet gothic experience of the dark sea instigated my anxiousness to run towards the ocean one last time before leaving Jalousie.
Stay tune for more Island adventures filled with pictures and silliness
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
After spending a couple of days getting comfortable in Houston, my fiance and I decided to take a vacation in Saint Lucia Caribbean island. We did a lot in the island: mineral baths, dining in a tropical forest, shopping, swimming in the beach, and etc. Unfortunately, the pictures are stuck on the our camera or phone and I'm too lazy to load them up right now. So instead of pictures about our Caribbean trip, I will present you the taste of the Caribbeans:
Caribbean Chicken Wings
1. Wash 24 chicken wings and place in ovenproof pan.
2. Combine 3 oz dark rum, 2 oz soy sauce, 1 oz lime and 1 oz orange juices, 2 teaspoon orange rind, 1/4 cup of dice onion, 1 garlic clove, 1 teaspoon of grated ginger, 1 teaspoon thyme and 1/4 teaspoon mustard in food processor and combine to form a paste.
3. Pour paste over chicken wings, cover and refrigerate for at least 6 hours.
4. Bake chicken wings in pre-heated, 350-degree oven, turning and basting with sauce, for about 25 minutes or until the wings have reached an internal temperature of 165 degrees for 15 seconds.
5. Remove chicken wings from pan and place on patter.
6. Combine 1 teaspoon cornstarch and 2 teaspoon water, mixing well, and add to liquid in pan and stir until thickened.
7. Pour mixture over chicken wings and serve.
Caribbean Coconut Chicken Bites
1) Mix 1/4 cup vanilla low-fat yogurt, 1/8 tsp. lime zest, 1/2 tsp. fresh lime juice, 1/8 tsp. Caribbean seasoning
2) refrigerate for 20 min
3) Top 36 Ritz crakers with: 1/2 avocado, cut into 36 thin slices then cut in half.1/2 lb. cooked boneless skinless chicken breasts, thinly sliced, cut into 36 pieces. 2 Tbsp. BAKER'S ANGEL FLAKE COCONUT, toasted. 1 Tbsp. chopped cilantro
Grilled Jerked chicken with Mango Salsa
Cut the 3 chicken breast into six cubes per breast and brush the meat with 2 oz olive oil. Rub with 3.5 oz Raptor Caribbean Jerk Rub and skewer the chicken. On a medium-high heat BBQ grill the meat until cooked through
Mango Salsa Preparation
Combine all this in the bowl and seasoned:
1 cup Mango (small diced)
½ Red Onion (small diced)
1 tsp. Red Jalapeño (minced)
1 tsp. Ginger (minced)
3 Sprigs Cilantro (chopped)
6 Mint Leaves (chopped)
2 Scallions (chopped)
1 tbs. Red Wine Vinegar
Salt and Pepper to taste
Mamasitas Taqueria Shrimp Cocktail Recipe
For the shrimp:
* 2 tablespoons Special Seasoning
* 1 lemon, halved
* 1 teaspoon granulated garlic
* 1 clove garlic, finely minced
* 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
* 1 teaspoon salt
* 10 extra large tail-on raw shrimp
For the cocktail sauce:
* 1/2 cup Heinz chili sauce*
* 1 cup ketchup
* 1 tablespoon horseradish
* 1 dash Worcestershire sauce
* Juice of 1/2 lemon
* 1/2 teaspoon Tabasco
* 1/2 clove garlic, finely minced
* 1 tablespoon cilantro, chopped
Rum Infused, Grilled Pineapple with Coconut Topping
1 ripe pineapple
2-3 tablespoons of dark rum
1 teaspoon of granulated sugar
1/2 cup of whipped topping (try to avoid the canned stuff.. get some whipping cream and make your own – musch more tasty)
1/4 cup of shredded coconut.
Peel pineapple and cut crosswise into 6 slices. Place in a bowl and drizzle the rum and sugar over the slices. Mix around so every piece gets coated (would be nice to let it sit for about 3-5 minutes – covered so the rum does not evaporate). On a medium hot grill, place the slices for about 10 minutes, turning once. Remember to watch closely since the sugars can burn and become overly charred.
Top with the whipped cream and shredded coconut… feel free to add a nice heaping scoop of your favorite ice cream.
Sunday, June 5, 2011
Once we started packing, the room turned into a disaster. It looked like a tornado had gone haywire and spin around for a solid day. The boys didn't know where to start, but lucky for me, my womanly instinct kicked in, and I instantly know what to put in the box. My fiance and all the boys just concentrated on moving heavy boxes to the truck, while I do all the packing alone. What really bothers me is this conversation between me and his boys:
"Fiance's boys (FB): have you ever packed before?
me: Of course all the time, I practically travel the world
FB: Do you honestly think you guys will be able to pack all this in a day and drive 7 hours to Texas?
FF: You guys should have done this sooner, you will never make it."
The word "never" strikes up a very negative feeling to me. It means a person is not capable or will not reach his goals. I was shock that these boys call themselves friends or homeboys to my fiance. the last time I checked friendship is someone who encourages you to reach your highest potential. I didn't want to say anything to upset them, so I kept quiet. I decided to relay the message to my fiance to see how he will react. He reacted calmly and maturely, he just shrugged and continue working. Then he turns around and said: "lets prove them wrong!!" My eyes began to glare with fire and rage to get all our stuff packed. I ran around the whole room grabbing whatever is on the floor and took only.0001 second to glimpse at it and decide if it's worthy to pack. After 16 painstaking hours, we finally got everything in the truck, and on top of that we had to tow my fiance's low ass car on a high ass ramp, and packed up two dumb pets. But we did it, and drove our ass 7 hours to Texas, all that and it didn't even take us more than a day.
"So take that stupid boys for calling yourselves my fiance's homeboys"
I guess life is like looking at a messy room and you only have a certain amount of time to clean and pack. Usually you are given an unreasonable amount of time where it looks practically impossible, but is actually very plausible. What I'm saying is if we always listen or obey what is probable and what is not, we will never be able to reach our full potential. If my fiance and I have listened to his friends, we will probably end up moving to Texas 4 days later. Then if we run into an obstacle in our future endeavors, we will most likely give up, not knowing what we are capable of. We will be one of those people who analyze the statistics of winning and losing and use that as a determinant factor. We will never experience that to truly live is to be a defiant of what is suppose to be. With this experience of success despite the statistic being against us, I am confident to say, "never say never."
Thursday, June 2, 2011
I love shopping, but it's a hassle to carry all these bags and walk around for hours with cute, uncomfortable high heels. It's also outrageous how much the mall charges for high fashionable clothes, handbags, and accessories. I decided to do something new, and try out the shopping scene online. Lucky for me, I found an online fashionable store that sells Prada, Fendi, and Gucci at a major discount. If you love fashion at a discount, but extremely lazy to drive or walk around in the mall, then you should try Bluefly.
Beautiful, brown leather and zucca ankle wrap sandals will give you an elegant, sexy look for the summer. This sleek, ravishing sandal will look very tasteful with a dark, color cocktail dress or summer dress. It's unbelievable that Bluefly is selling this for only $468, and if you are interested in this elegant Fendi sandal, you can find it in the Bluefly's Fendi page.
I absolutely adore this fashionable, blue, denim Fendi purse. This purse works very well with casual style such as blue jeans, mini skirts, tank tops, and well fitted t-shirt. It also looks great in a more professional style such as long black pants with white button up shirt and fashionable scarfs. I have seen Fendis in the mall before and they costs over $1110, but at Bluefly it only costs $888. If you want to check out more high fashion purses, click on Bluefly's Fendi Handbags.
Before creating a homemade face mask, it's important that you take a shower to open up the pores. Showering helps wash away extra, microscopic oil and dirt that could cling onto your skin. After taking a shower and drying off, it's best to wear a robe and something on your head to keep your hair from dangling onto your face. Afterward, go to the kitchen and mix these ingredients together:
Cut up some avocado, throw the seed and shell away, and scoop the inside parts. It's best to cut them into little cubes and add them in the bowl. Don't moosh them yet until you got all the fruity ingredients in there. Avocados are popular fruits used as face mask, they contains an oily substance which is good for moisturizing dry skin. They are also a good source of potassium, which keeps skin young and healthy.
Peal the bananas and cut them up into pieces, and add them with the avocado. Bananas are full of vital nutrients for bodies, but these sweet tropical fruits also benefit the skin when applied in a facial mask. Bananas are high in Vitamin C, A, B6 and B12, plus they contain potassium and magnesium. The fruit acids in bananas help slough off dead skin and energize the complexion.
Don't forget Papya, scoop the seeds out, peal them, cut them into pieces, and put them in the mix with the other fruits. This tropical fruit contains Vitamin C and Vitamin E, plus an enzyme that helps exfoliate and smooth the complexion. They also have this sweet, refreshing smell that can help rejuvenate your skin.
Now it's time for some strawberries, my favorite fruit. Since strawberries are alittle more acidic, you might want to put a little amount on your face mask. It's good to have some strawberries in your skin, it helps unclogged pores, relieve redness, and get rid of acne. I guess they're not only delicious in smoothies, but also in the beauty world :)