Awkwardly talking to myself

Hi world!

Wow, can’t believe its almost the last week of August! Crazy how time has flown by.

It has been a busy couple of weeks but finally had the chance to take the day to myself and explore around the Bay Area. Though I was born and raised here, there are many places I still have not yet visited – one of them being the Devil’s Slide Bunker.

60B4B962-AE0D-4968-8E81-22A93EC855B2-1025-0000008E8D22D46ELocated in Pacifica, CA (right on Highway 1), it was a beautiful drive over. It has been a bit foggy in the Bay, it wasn’t too cold nor windy, which made it perfect to take a stroll to see the bunker.

The bunker was used during the WWII as a watch station but was abandoned in 1949. What attracted me to visit this place was the graffiti. The bright color of the paint contracts against the fog has it pop out more, which was great. And the creativity these artists have is quite interesting too to look at.

NOTE: I read the bunker is on “private” land and/or it’s against to go up on the bunker. So… I recommend not to do that. oops…

Anyways, I wanted to try a different approach and thought I create a vlog of my adventure! It is VERY choppy as it’s my first one and I felt VERY awkward talking to myself (or to a camera and you can obviously see that on my facial expression), but I had fun creating this. Give it a watch and feedbacks are always welcome (as there is room for improvements).

As always, thank you for always stopping by and being part of my non-sense adventures and word vomits. And I hope to see you guys soon!

Cheers, Jane

The Story of Ramen

Hi world!

I mentioned Singapore in my last post and included a picture of one of the dishes I had there made me hungry, which lead me to share a cool class I got to participate in San Francisco!

The Story of Ramen is a fun, interactive class lead by Chef Manville and his team, who actually studied the art of ramen making in Japan. The class I took with my cousins was a 2-hour class where we got to make our own noodles for our ramen.

IMG_8865.JPGTo start, Manville would explain how the type of flour used to make the noodle and how measurements of water, lye water, and salt plays an important role in the texture of our noodle. With that, we began our noodle making journey.

The class taught us how to knead the dough to ensure our noodles become that elastic texture we all love. Then we ran it through the spaghetti cutter you can attach to a Kitchenaid.

Once our noodles are cut and ready to take a bath in boiling water, we head to the kitchen where we dunk the noodles in boiling water for 90 seconds while tossing it around with chopsticks.

IMG_1867Once the noodles are ready, Manville has our bowls ready for setting. He has the chasui meat ready for us, soft boiled egg, green onion, bamboo shoots, the broth – then the final touch: NOODLES

You’re able to choose your spicy level as well. I started with a 2 (medium), but the broth was so rich and delicious, I had to ask for more spiciness.
Overall, this class was a great bonding moment with my cousins because we all enjoy cooking and LOVE eating. But you also learn a few things about noodles, especially Japanese noodles (like bread flour is best to use due to the gluten – whaaat?!). I would suggest if you (readers) are located in the San Francisco Bay Area, love ramen, and have time to stop by the class – do it! They also have the vegetarian option too, so it is open to everyone who wants to learn.

Well, I hope you enjoyed this article. If you have any other suggestion to what I should write, please let me know!

 

Cheers,
Jane

Crazy Rich Asians

Hi world!

So my goal for this blog was to post a blog at least twice a week… failed! But, being positive and giving myself a pat on the back for at least posting this blog today.

So, on my social media and if you watch any entertainment news, the latest topic to talk about has been the movie “Crazy Rich Asians” (which will be out in theatres on August 15, 2018). I was fortunate enough to score some tickets to watch the sneak preview of the movie last Wednesday, and boy – did it hit home!

If you don’t know what Crazy Rich Asians is about, its about an international man, Nick Young, being in a relationship with an Asian American, Rachel Chu, and invites her to meet his family over in Singapore (very quick summary of what it is). And if you’ve seen the trailers for the movie, you probably heard it a bunch of time.

But – why did it hit home?

There is a scene where Eleanor, Nick’s mother, tells Rachel that she will “never be enough”. Those words – never be enough – have always pierced my soul and my heart whenever I try to be who I want to be.

“Never be enough” would be the words that my parents would tell me at times when I express my interest to do something different in terms of career, but even that would “never be enough”.

That scene itself and the words Eleanor says to Rachel is a brief window to how Asians are raised. We are raised to be more than what is expected of us and yet it would never be enough in career or even as an in-law.

Another reason why it hit home was to see the type of characters on the big screen.

Seriously – I remember seeing a few Asians here are there in some of my favorite movies, but a whole cast of Asians in one movie was motivating! As an inspired model, to see my fellow Asians on the big screens just gives me the courage and motivation to continue to work harder and practice harder to make it there with them.

Lastly on why it hit home – Singapore.

 

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prawn & pork rib noodles @ Blanco Court Prawn Mee

I had the chance to travel to Singapore in November and I absolutely adore the culture and people there. In terms of advertising and wanting people to travel to Singapore – I think the movie did a fantastic job. It really made me miss the food, the people, and the attractions there. Note, that Singapore has a wide range of people – Malaysians, Chinese, Indians – so the food in Singapore is delicious.

 

Well, I know that wasn’t the best job of selling the movie, but I really do hope everyone gets the chance to watch the movie. If its not for the cast, definitely watch it for the writing, the visual, and the outfits. Had some LOL moments as well, which… I was the only one laughing in the theatre,

Anyways~ Thanks again for always reading my blog! And I hope for you to come back again!

 

Cheers,
Jane

The first… EVER

As I sit at my local Starbucks… deciding what would be a great introduction to my first blog post ever… I guess it’s safe to say this –

Hello, internet world! My name is Jane and this is my first blog post.

I’ve written a few blogs in the past, but the fear of feedback hurting me made me delete my blog sites not once, not twice, but thrice (3!) and give up blogging.

So, what changed?

As I continue to grow my career as an events manager, which allows me to travel and meet new people, explore new taste in foods, and experience different types cultural hospitality, I thought it’d be a great way to jot my thoughts and share these experience with anyone.

Also, as a grown woman (sorta…) I welcome feedback to learn and develop better writing skills to what people would like to read, see, or talk about as I hope to share with you some of my passion: cooking, photography, and nature. YASSS

Well, that is all my brain is capable of writing now – also my laptop is about to die. 3% battery life! Living on the edge!

Thanks for stopping by and make sure to come back!

Cheers, Jane