Archives for category: Inspiration

I have been back in Ann Arbor (away on an unexpected, in many ways, trip to Shanghai) for a few weeks, but haven’t felt the compulsion to update. For that, dear readers, I sincerely apologize and promise that many, many entries are on their way!!

On the way to work yesterday, however, I came across local Ann Arbor artist David Zinn working on a new mural and found it too adorable not to photograph and too lovely not to share.

Is that pig not adorable?!  One of my English teachers in high school used to pass out miniature ceramic pigs at the end of the year; she says in Germany, they’re a symbol of good luck!

The magic of chalk!  Anything arranged in a kaleidoscope of colors makes me happy.

Had lunch at Sava’s the other day, just by myself and a lovely book.  Their juices are fabulous (especially the Citrus Sunrise–orange, grapefruit and watermelon), and the above was my first meal in Ann Arbor when I first came to the city two years ago: a BLT with a fried egg, and sweet potato fries.  I’m getting back into school mode, and to recreate, on a gustatory level, the exposition of my collegiate career was a quirky, spur-of-the-moment, satisfyingly delicious idea.

What are you all doing to prepare for the upcoming return to academia?


Guten morgen! And I mean that… I’ve only just gotten up about half an hour ago.  XD  A late night playing a raucous game of Apples to Apples and an unexpected, odd sleepover of sorts resulted in going to bed at 5AM and waking up past noon, leaving me to scramble and condense what I’d planned to do.

The About Me page is updated, with a very long, narcissistic rambling.  I also got rid of explications and just combined that in the general About page.

Also also also… here’s a hint of what I’m up to tonight!  No, it’s not a rave:

So this category’s normally called ‘Food Porn,’ but that would be really creepy in today’s case, as the subject of our viewing is a child and pedophilia is gross and vile. Lily is the adopted Vietnamese baby girl to Cameron and Mitchell on ABC‘s Modern Family, and one day, she develops this new habit of… well, biting.

Vodpod videos no longer available.

And just in case the above clip wasn’t clear, there was also a public service announcement released:


Music Video from Autoerotique
Directed by: Miles Jay and Derek Blais

This makes me wanna throw a rave. And serve cake!

Quite possibly the most epic butter commercial ever beyond walking butter commercial Paula Deen herself, from the Danish company Lurpak.

(Also… making up for a week of not posting by doing the required 3+ postings all today; I’ve been sick. =( Apologies for the spamming of your RSS feed!)

One of the most abysmal baking failures I’ve ever had was a few months ago, when I attempted to make fortune cookies. They kept on popping up on many of the food blogs that I follow, and I wanted to try making them–it seemed so easy!  Just mix, drop, bake, scrape, fold and mold… but they kept on going to pieces. =(

What was great about it, though, was that all five of us in the apartment had some fun.  Jason, Grace, and Lily all tried making them with me (Jason made the best ones!), and Rocky even joined in when we were writing fortunes to insert into the cookies.  No pictures of the fortune cookies (too ugly to photograph and keep my dignity!), but here are some messages we put up on the board for memories:

These could be called mottoes–top one is mine, bottom one is Grace’s!

Messages from Jason; you should especially take the last one seriously. ;)

Lily’s just looking out for your wellbeing.  heheheh :D

Some mornings, I just like to experiment with breakfast.  When I get lucky, I post it. =P

This last weekend, I was volunteering at the Asian American Movement Building Conference; after the two-day circus of pure awesomeness, I was kind of pooped and wanted to nosh on something yummy. (Although much more to come about the conference; lots of pictures to wade through).

Believe it or not, but this recipe was inspired by Tomatoes Provencal, a traditional French tomato dish. I really, really wanted something baked in a dish to eat out of, and to eat it as soon as it came out of the oven (and after it cooled).  I’m a very veggie-centric person, but for me, protein = brain food (although in intense situations, broccoli really hits the spot!).

Asparagus (yeah, I like it), salami, sun-dried tomatoes, eggs, toast… BUTTER. This recipe is ridiculously simple and happy-making, and can be easily expanded to fit a bigger pan:

Morning Bake

2 slices toast
3 eggs
3 sun-dried tomatoes, sliced
3 slices salami, sliced thinly/slivered
1/2 cup slivered asparagus
cooking spray
salt & pepper, to taste


Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

Spray a small 12×6″ rectangular, oven-safe dish with cooking spray, then lay down the toast (you may have to squish!).

Crack the eggs over top.  Sprinkle with the tomatoes, salami, and asparagus.

Bake 20-25 minutes.  For a harder yolk, cook longer (25-28 minutes).

Eat! Enjoy! :D Om nom nom…!


Feeling poorly today, so I made myself a simple chicken soup–chicken, chicken broth, green onions and salt. Sometimes, chicken noodle’s just a bit much for the stomach.

Lots more updates coming later this week; another recipe tomorrow and something spectacular happening on Friday (sadly, no, it does not involve the fact that George Clooney is filming on campus, though friends of mine are extras).  Please come back!

In the mean time, I am reading:

  • The Hours by Michael Cunningham; spectacular.
  • Blu’s Hanging by Lois-Ann Yamanaka; as one of the most controversial novels in the Asian American literature community, it is… interesting.
  • Maus by Art Spiegelman; a graphic (auto)biography, really fascinating to dissect in English class.
  • The Passage by Justin Cronin; definitely brings the scary back to vampires, and very, very good literature.

The title sequence to Showtime‘s Dexter is probably the most sinister-looking food video I have ever watched.  It’s awesome, as is the show.