happenings in life | chili cook off

So after yesterday’s “fun” event…


flashback:

It reminded me of this episode on The Office.


BUT.. that was just a blip in the week. Here’s what happened the next day!

I made some notes on the chili presented.

1- Very simple beef chili. No extra flavors.. Very watery for a chili.. 

2- Needs more salt. Literally taste like cook beef in tomato sauce. Lacks some flavor. Has a watery consistency as well. 

3- Oh! Lots of cayenne.. or is it paprika? I like the corn bits. Has a lot of flavor compared to the first two.

4- This chili feels like the flavor from the can still there. Not much to say about it. I feel perhaps a smidge of sour taste at first..?

5- A kick of flavor springs from the jalapeño bits. Otherwise not much flavor besides beans..?

6- A slight sweeter flavor from the bell pepper from this chili. Not just a tomato can flavor. I did I like the flavor mixed with sour cream and Fritos. Good meat chunk ratio.

7- Lacks salt or any flavor in general! I did notice it has a few tomato chunks. I’m guessing this was used real tomatoes?

8- This chili has less soup than the rest. Different, but I suppose I prefer a chili with some sauce. A taste that’s different! Has a noticeable smoky paprika flavor. I liked it especially with sour cream.

9- Hmm, I enjoyed this one! Nice, mellow, sweet-ish. Not much to add. Meh?

10- Great balanced flavor. I suppose the mix of beef and pork bring mixture of flavor to the chili. The paprika and chili flavor is tasty altogether. Not too watery or chunky so it pairs well with cornbread.

11- For a chili, this has a great variety of flavors as well, especially with onions. Similar comments with 10.

12- Sooo, this had legit brisket chunks and I REALLY appreciated this. This probably had the more expensive ingredients in this chili and it is bomb. Taste amazing with Fritos and sour cream.

13- Yay! A non-meat chili. Not an easy task but this was tasty! A chunky consistency and all veggies had a sweetish taste. I felt I thought some of the flavor was a salsa flavor but I’m probably wrong. It had a tang that I just cannot describe though!

14- (Mine) This chili’s main flavor is gochujang and it’s not subtle.. Its Got a subtle heat but does not take away the flavor. Taste very different than from the rest of the group.


Overall, the cook off was fun, exciting, and eventful! Even though I don’t know majority of the people there, I know they got to see my face and taste my food. Still learning how to be more confident and feel sure about myself more.

Thanks for reading!

happenings in life | ELM’s graduation

Lemme make this real quick before I get back into the study guides..


I traveled to the Midwest to attend my cousin’s graduation. Long story short, it’s a big thing since it’s decided that the next step is going to Pharmacy school afterwards so ..

Pretty much what this was. So I’m super proud of ELM and all the accomplishments achieved and I know there are bigger and better things out there to be had.

I will say Lincoln, Nebraska is a lovely place. Not too shabby of a place to attend college so I think it was a nice balance as far as being able to balance out a college experience yet not get too caught up in it and focus on school.

Well-known structure of the school.
If you know where or what this is, then I don’t need to tell you which school this is. 😛

During the busy weekend, ELM asked me to decorate the cap. They must have started decorating caps after I graduated! I was like “Man! Why didn’t I think of this!?” It felt like scrapbooking so it was fun for me.

FINAL PRODUCT. (pls don’t jank this)

Yes, those are Vitamin D pills on the plants. It came out more 3-D than what ELM expected so that was funny. I didn’t expect it to come out like that either but either way, if there are no expectations, then you can’t be disappointed! I also like that fact that there is a subtle Filipino pride on it without being gaudy. *uwu*

Anyways, amongst the craziness of schedules of work and weddings and other responsibilities, I’m more than thankful for being able to be a part of a memorable moment. It’s true when they say that you’ll remember the moments where you did do something versus not doing it. I could have opted out to not go but I’m glad I didn’t.

I don’t know if you need to hear this but if you can somehow plan for moments in life where it doesn’t mess up your work life too much and can bear the lack of sleep for a moment, I encourage you to do it. Haha. Hope you appreciate those moments.

happenings in life | ll & jc’s wedding (part 1)

Ah, weddings. Defined as “A ceremony where two people are united in marriage. Wedding traditions and customs vary greatly between cultures, ethnic groups, religions, countries, and social classes.”

I think it’s so cool when you know you played somewhat of a role. Maybe it’s me but I suppose it feels surreal to see a person you have known for a long time get married to someone that you happened to introduce to each other. I guess that’s what makes this matrimony a little bit special for me.

Since it was a court-house wedding, some stuff had to be put together. LL and I went to a bodega and I was helped by the owner to put together her bouquet. I thought it came out pretty well!

Bouquet

With the inspiration of Pinterest, we were able to come up with a simple yet elegant bouquet! I was overall happy with it. It doesn’t look difficult but it does take talent to tie flowers together. Heh.

The bride and mother!

On the wedding day, the weather was a little rough, to be quite honest. It was pretty cold and wet but according to Brides.com

What does it mean when it rains on your wedding day? You might have thought it was a sign of a bad luck, but it’s actually quite the opposite! “In some cultures, rain on your wedding day is considered good luck, symbolizing fertility and cleansing. So whether you are superstitious or just prefer to look on the bright side, think of it this way: Who couldn’t use a little good luck on their big day?” says Samuels.

So there you have it! If it rains, it’s a good thing! LL donned her fur vest with her wedding outfit. I’ve never been to a wedding where it rained so it was a bit memorable, at least for me!

A bride with her bridesmaids!

After the ceremony, we ate a few blocks down and made sure that the groom was nice and fed before they took photos. Afterwards, a few of us headed to Central Park for some photos. It was assumed that the weather was going to be a challenge due to the rain but in fact, it ended up looking pretty magical. ❤

A glimpse of the merry couple!

It’s so interesting to direct couples during a photoshoot because it’s no different than what I do in real life for my job so I was in the background yelling “just look at each other!” or “put your hand on his chest, and you hold the umbrella!” The real magic is happening when the photographer takes the photo. It’s kind of cool seeing the end results.

Anyways, I only had a few days in NYC but it was great to spend time and be part of a special event, at least in LL and JC’s life. It made me see how intimate and special small weddings are and how beautiful it is to be part of something like this. *sighs longingly* I really wished I could have stayed longer..

Silly Girls!

Anyways, this is just the first part of the wedding happenings. The grand finale will be happening in July so I suppose both you and I are going to have to wait what will happen then! In the mean time…I gotta catch up with other stuff!!


Thanks again for stopping by. I’ll try to update as much as I can in between my studies. I still have quite a few food places I need to write reviews about so be on the look out on those!!

happenings in life | MEGACON ORLANDO 2019

WARNING:: This will be severely a LONG post. Prepared to get more than what you can handle. Otherwise, carry on!

Yikes! It’s been a long time since I’ve posted anything and if you happen to have stuck around, thank you.. sincerely from the bottom of my hearth. I know I said I would work on being consistent and it still has been a struggle as far as keeping to a schedule. Time really does get away and I do feel like I am trying to scrape as much memories and trying to be “present” in where I am or what I’m doing. Also, if you would like to hear more of any of the things that I’m doing, feel free to reach out to me! IG | Email | Twitter

Otherwise, I want to share all the things that has been happening in my life but I will have to cut it down in short snippets! If you haven’t checked out the my schedule, I’ve kind of written out the major events happening in life. It helps give me an overview as far as how life is based on some of these major events and in-between those time frames, you have responsibilities, work, and other minor details you have to add and fill in. May has definitely been one of the most busiest month for me and I’m trying to grind out my hardest because of what’s coming up in June!! Anyways, on to the better news!


MEGACON ORLANDO Orange County Convention Center, North/South Concourse

I’ve been excited to go to MegaCon this year because I finally convinced myself to get the 4-day pass. If you happen to be in Florida around the convention time, enjoy the hustle and bustle of cosplayers, artists or just want to catch a glimpse of celebrities, you should check out MEGACON. In the past, I would go with friends/significant others but would only go for 1 day and the experience has always been different just about every time. This time, I wanted the full ride. Honestly, I encourage you to grab the 4-day pass because this pass is worth the money. Even if you don’t go during the weekday, it’s still a discount for the weekend ($10 cheaper!)

This year, a couple of friends and I built up the courage to cosplay together on the weekend. I had an extra cosplay I wanted to do so I was able to do that during the weekday. I don’t know too much about the cosplaying world but depending how much work you put into it, it will translate to other cosplayers on your dedication. You can see it in the photos below! Be ready for a plethora of photos!! (covers eyes)


THURSDAY

Day 1 – “Took a good poop today” Pink Haired Girl

Thursday was short lived! People finished up their booths and it was nice to see all the cosplayers, even if it wasn’t saturated! Honestly, it was easier to approach them when they aren’t surround by photographers!

I adore family cosplayers! Curious George!

IG: kickingcones
Hela! This is an amazing cosplay!
(this also happen to be a common pose for me >.<)
Posion Ivy & Harley Quinn
(Look at those heels! Ah! Wow!)
Power Rangers in ACTION! ❤
Couple Cosplayers! ❤ (Scooby, Shaggy, & Velma)
I’m a sucker for Miyazaki art. I did not, however get this one.. T_T
Made her ENTIRE costume. Phew! The dedication!

FRIDAY

I attended MegaCon by myself on Friday. The experience is quite unique by itself. I’ve never cosplayed, and I’ve never went alone so it was a little bit nerve-racking. My hairclip fell off but they had a cosplay “hospital” and it was very neat how they had set it up. Pretty much had anything ready, whether it needed glueing, sewing up, patching up.. they even had sheets of how long certain glues dried on certain metals, or fabric..!! Just so much! They were quite helpful, although I did arrive after the “rush hour” so I didn’t wait at all. I was able to walk around and admire the booths, got to buy most of the artwork or items I wanted on my own time. Took lots of photos of other cosplayers. It was maybe annoying that if no one offered to take the photos of said cosplayer, I had to resort to a selfie mode, but I got over that. I attended some of the workshops, and panels that had that day. I also was able to go through the day without data on my phone. Haha, I suppose it was a challenge but I didn’t mind it as much.

I did stay tried and true to the character and kept the wig on ALL DAY. I had a couple people take photos with me and kind of identify who I was. Haha, the hardship of cosplaying an obscure character from an anime not as popular.

Day 2 – Megumi Tadokoro from Food Wars!: Shokugeki no Soma

I really enjoyed this anime and her character is one that I may be inspired by. She’s an adorable character that really tries her best in what she does, wants to help out her family and is inspired by her friends she’s surrounded with.

South Concourse End
Female All Might
Sophie and Gender Bend Howl
Ghostbusters
Raphtalia from Rising of the Shield Hero
Star Trek Fans: Uhura
Aloy from Horizon Zero Dawn
*sighs* Not exactly what Satoshi Isshiki would have done but he did have the naked apron getup.
Teen Titans!
Gender bend Rapunzel, Belle in Westworld, Shazam
Shuri and Black Widow from Avengers
GOT look-a-likes
*confused* Just people with fun costumes!
Mortal Combat characters?
Ooh, this I know! Obi-wan!!
Hawkman and.. Hawkgirl?
Jane from Tarzan
Mercy from Overwatch
Justine from Persona5

Oof! As you can see, it was a lot easier for me to just take a photo of them instead of inserting myself with them. And check out those poses! The commitment and everything! I have no idea why it can seem so inspiring to me but I suppose it also shows that you do have to take a step out of that comfort zone to portray certain characters. Also, you can see that cosplaying has no age limit! It doesn’t limit you either. Even if you are in a wheelchair, it’s amazing what cosplaying can make you feel.

Quick shot of Will Savage

Heh.. shh! I didn’t realize what area I was in until I looked up and there was Ben Savage and Danielle Fishelle. I quickly tried to sneak a pic of both but I was only able to grab one.

..aaaaand! Since I was already in the area, I figured I could be like everyone else and grab a far shot of Zachary Levi. *shrugs* It was cute seeing him interact with fans. It really shows how dedicated actors/actresses are with their fans. It’s tiring work but I’m sure it’s worth it in the end.

Edreen from Winnipeg, Canada

Took the time to kind of chat a little with some of the artists. I’ve gathered that it takes a lot of dedication and believing in yourself to be in this field. It isn’t for the weak but if you are motivated AND passionate about your work, I suppose it pays off in the end. This is Edreen. He’s Filipino and it took him about 3+ years together to have all his pieces together. I was in awe. I ended up buying a couple of his pieces.

*sighs* more Miyazaki art…

FRIDAY

Day 3 – Ochako Uraraka from My Hero Academia

Heh, I’m still shy when it comes to posing so here’s the best one out of all the trials. I’m not particularly ashamed when it comes to my weight but I suppose when cosplaying is a factor, I immediately started noticing all my flaws instead of just enjoying the process. So here’s to learning to be uncomfortable and growth!

A very popular anime that’s been on the radar, My Hero Academia. Lots of people gravitate to this anime due to its popularity of different characters and people being able to relate to certain characters. I apologize in advance because I want to show all the amazing shots taken!

The gang! Ochako, Nana Shimura, and All Might
Mina Ashido
Izuku Midoriya
Katsuki Bakugo
Minoru Mineta
Present Mic
No. 13
Mei Hatsume
Fumikage Tokoyami
Shoto Todoroki
Yuga Aoyama
Tsuyu Asui
Denki Kaminari
Shota Aizawa
Hitoshi Shinso
My Hero Academia Meetup
My Hero Academia Meetup
Villian
Villian
Gran Torino, Tomura Shigaraki, Nana Shimura, and All Might
Momo Yaoyorozu & Fumikage Tokoyami
Kyoka Jiro
Ochaco Uraraka

Phew! That’s pretty much it for that anime. Otherwise, Saturday is a day where AMAZING cosplayers go all out to show off their amazing talent. Here they are!

Snowball (or Snuffles) Rick & Morty
No Name, from Spirited Away
Ahh, I forgot!!
Odin, from Thor
Dark Magician Girl from Yu-gi-oh | IG: uniquelydolly
Ashitaka & Breakfast Princess | IG: Yazzelberry & Penumbraprops
…mmm, Idk where this is from!
King Kai from DBZ
Akasha from Queen of the Damned
Darth Vader caught me in his chair!
Davy Freaking Jones from Pirates of the Carribean
Halo booth!
Naofumi Iwatani from The Rising of the Shield Hero
Snorlax from Pokemon

As you can see, Saturday was a lot more involved!


SUNDAY

The shortest day but presenting one of the most adorable cosplay we did together. It’s called Cells at Work. It’s a hybrid of Magic School Bus and anime. It’s educational with a hint of slight violence.

Day 4 – Platelet

The feeling of finding fans who enjoyed the series and who approached us to want to take a photo is just breathless. You can feel the energy behind the excitement and the happiness that’s there.

Group Photo! (Killer T-cell, Red Blood Cell, Platelet)
Lunch break with Japanese Onigiri
Dimple from Mob Psycho
Samurai Batman and the gang
Chef Storm Trooper
Connie the Hormone Monstress from Big Mouth
Wanda and Cosmos, from The Fairly OddParents
Pinup superhero girls
“Thank you for your hard work!”
*poke* KAWAII!

Oh my! So what do you all think?! It’s been quite a wave of photos! I can’t believe that all happened in 4 days.

Everything pretty much turned out well and I’m glad we all got to do this together. I think I’ve spent more than I should have so I’ll have to go back reserving my spending and try to hold back on the spending. It does, however, make me happy so it’s not all done in vain!


Anyways, thank you for stopping by and reading all of this. Again, feel free to reach out to me, even if it is to say hello! IG | Email | Twitter

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