Friday, July 31, 2009

another box of Peaches

Our Peaches arrived yesterday.. a box full of yellow goodies with hint of pink! haha! :)
There are still mid-ripe, crunchy.. just the way Melchor and I both like.

Yummy!! Our last goodies for the season!!

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

my new Hair Dryer

I got my new hair dryer last Saturday.
It's new, it's big, and very very powerful!! haha!
I'm using it for 2 days now.. and so far, so good!
Also for the ion thing, I switched it ON, and I felt my hair's fuller and bouncier for now.
Maybe it's a psyche thing only.. haha!
Overall, I'm happy with this purchase! Hope this last more than the last one.

Peaches season

It's peaches season now here in Shanghai.
And the best peaches here are found in Nanhui, Shanghai.
If you google the word, Nanhui, you will see there's a page featuring peach flowers in Nanhui.
Cool, huh?
With the help of our colleague Diane, we got a box of Peaches! Wooohooo!!
Gave some to Marvin, my brother in-law; friend Veronica... the rest, Melchor and I ate an average of 2 peaches per day, since we got the box of peaches! :) hahaha!

We have a final peach for now, and I'll let Melchor enjoy his last peach later.
I ordered a box again earlier! hahaha! :)
The peaches season will be over this week. I'm happy to order a box again!
Final peaches galore!!!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

my dead hair dryer

This is my 2nd hair dryer here in Shanghai. I got this last 2007, after Melchor's small hair dryer went kaboom on me, and now, this 2nd hair dryer went dead on me yesterday -07222009! After I plugged it, there was a burnt odor.. and that's it.. Hair dryer no more.

So I'm search for a new hair dryer.. I'm eyeing Panasonic items and possibly a larger salon type dryer.
After checking Panasonic web page, there are a lot of new technological advances they now have with hair dryers? Like Nano something and Ionity... I wonder if they do work.. hmmm...

Anyway, here's to the 2 yrs of Philips hair dryer!! I badly need a new one!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Skincare: Moisturizer

I'm using this moisturizer for the past week.
It's actually nice... I think my skin's loving it :) This is just a sample.. I'm test driving this for now..
If all goes well, I might get a full-sized soon ;)

July 22, 2009 - Total Solar Eclipse

It's raining here in Shanghai.. Temperature is now around 29 to 30 degrees Celsius.. A refreshing day after yesterday's 36 to 37 degrees. Solar Eclipse day.. but it's cloudy and raining here.

Around 9:00AM, it seems like 5PM in the afternoon already... felt like the sun sets already.. the day was actually just starting.

Some pictures taken from 9:34AM to 9:40AM:

It's now bright, cloudy, yet raining.. We welcome the change of temp.. but too bad we were not able to see the full solar eclipse! After 300 years again, perhaps.. :)

First cooked meal: Salmon

Last Sunday, Melchor and I got not much to do, and we decided to hit Carrefour store near our place. I've been scouting the fresh goods for the last couple of visit, but Melchor was not too keen to cook on our own. I saw the piece of Salmon in the fresh freezer, and I told Melchor maybe we can try and cook something on our own! (This is very rare, since I'm not a very domesticated person and this is my hubby's chance for us to start learning to be domesticated! haha!)

So, we got a piece of Salmon.. and it's not cheap ah! It costs Rmb 62.00 here, and it was just 0.34kg. But the craving for a Salmon ruled over than thinking about the price. After all, I want us to practice eating healthy.. This is a good way to start.

Come Monday after office. We stormed to our dormitory's kitchen, armed with our olive oil. We took out the salmon from the fridge and realized that we still need to defrost it! It was stone-freezed! Wahh!! Since we'd planned on cooking the fish in the afternoon, we should have brought up the fish from the freezer to allow time to defrost. Ok ok, lesson learned. :)

We washed the fish, then placed it in a microwave oven for it to defrost. Melchor set the time to 10 minutes to defrost, I was bugging him maybe he set the time too long!

Then, Melchor wanted to cut the fish into 2.. Since I have this idea of how the salmon fish will look like after we cook it, I told him, no and I want it in 1 piece! Haha!

We prepared the frying pan. I poured the oil to ready the frying. I was advised by my sister Ever to be sure that the oil's hot before we place the fish! Haha! That's what I did and what I told Melchor! Then, with Melchor holding the pan, I placed the fish, oil splashing around, then our pan caught FIRE!! I instinctly blowed the pan with the fish! Haha!

In the middle of the cooking, Melchor's doing all the work now, we realized that we don't exactly know if the salmon is cooked in the middle part or not! So in the end, Melchor said we need to cut it into 2.. Haha! I reluctantly agreed.. :)

Ever told me we also need to seasoned the fish! I saw a pot of salt, but I felt it was a bit old, since I can see some salt stucked together to form circular shaped.. I told Melchor maybe the salt we had was expired already! He said salt doesn't have expiration date! Fine fine... I think I have to look and research about this! :P We sprinkled the salt all over the fish to have some taste to it.

Since it's now summer here in Shanghai, it's really hot and humid in the kitchen! I think I may like to put an A/C in my future kitchen! Haha!

Melchor was turning the fish left and right.. After assuring him the 2pieces were cooked already, we placed it in a bowl.. We're ready to eat na! Melchor wanted a buttery flavor, so he sliced our butter and placed it on top of the fish. Then, we went on to our room. I got 4 pieces of fresh lemon also from our supermarket, (cost: Rmb 9.00+), sliced 1 and Melchor squeezed the lemon juices to the fish! I was super starving at this point! Finally, our very own Salmon dinner!!! :)

That Monday night, Melchor and I were talking and doing recaps of what happened at our cooking experience. We were reminiscing the Fire we got after I placed the fish in the pan! Haha! 'Parang flambeau ah! hahaha!' Too bad we were not able to photograph the fire pan thing! Haha!

My lessons learned from our first cooking attempt:
1) Make sure to defrost the fish prior to cooking! I was recalling and I felt since we had a plan to cook the salmon after office, we should have transferred the fish from the freezer to the normal fridge part. That way, we gave the time for it to defrost and be ready for cooking after office.

2) Since the salmon we got was a big block, I should have listen to Melchor and cut it into 2.. Well, we did that in the mid-part, right? hahaha!

3) I should have poured less oil. Olive oil is not cheap! Haha! So I think I overdid a little. ;)

4) I guess I was a bit excited about having the oil boiling hot before we place the fish! I followed Ever's suggestion, but I think the pan was just easy to get hot, so the time we heated the oil was too long, that's why the pan caught fire when I placed the fish!

5) We should have prepared a cover for the pan! The oil was splashing around, and I'm a bit scared of oil burns! So Melchor took charge and he was the one who actually cook "cook" the fish! Haha!

6) Since we have to do a clean-up after, we should have placed newspaper around the stove. That way the oil around the stove.. hay!! I hate clean-ups! hahah! But I'm good at washing dishes. ;)

7) It's not good to cook during hot days! Haha! Don't take this seriously! Haha!

8) Do this more often! I believe this is a great bonding session with your loved ones. After this dinner, and the whole thing happened in between, I believe this experience is now part of Melchor's future story to our kids! Hahaha! "The time your Mom and I cooked our first fish together!" hahaha!

Our cooking session pictures can be found here: Salmon dinner

In the end, we were satisfied.. we were happy! I believe after all the sweat, the challenges we faced during our cooking session, we end up happy, contented, and I hope we both can do this over and over again!

Slideshow of our pictures! haha! :)

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

all about the Hair

I realized that I have to start and be concern with ageing. Right now, I'm still searching for the right products for my face.. then, I thought I also have to be concern with my hair!

With that, I've been longing to get myself some hair products. I love the Kerastase oleo relax and the smell!! It's so yummy!! Hahaha! I got myself the Bain Satin, and I wasn't too happy with the fragrance. But with Bain Oleo Relax, wow!! I love it!

Anyway, I got myself the shampoo and some masque. I had a hard time choosing as they have a lot of selections.. I was looking for something I can do during Sunday.. and I prefer not to do homemade treatments like my friend, Debstone's doing.

So, I got my orders today:


got the following: Kerastase Bain Oleo Relax shampoo, Oleo relax masque, Age recharge and Nutridefense. Further description of them can be found at Kerastase website.

I opened the Oleo relax masque and shampoo, and I love the smell! haha! I'm excited for Sunday for my first treatment.. This will now be part of my weekly prettifying!! What color should I first use..? hmmm!! Orange, white or green...?!! Exciting!