30-Day Challenge: Day 25

Everybody has regrets. Even if someone says they don’t have any because they live life to the fullest, somewhere deep inside that person has a tiny bit of regret. Me? I have plenty. They’re so plenty that I couldn’t tell which one my biggest regret. So maybe I’ll just sort of sum it all up by say that my biggest regret was being not enough.

  • Not true enough to admit how I feel
  • Not brave enough to fight for I really wanted
  • Not determined enough to finish what I started
  • Not motivated enough to start something new

Honestly, the list could go on. But let me stop here.

30-Day Challenge: Day 24

I would like to believe believe that I’m not like every other girl who has a checklist of traits of their ideal guy. While, in fact, I do not have an actual checklist written on paper or any other form, I guess I do have a few things in mind. Of course, I didn’t stay up late one night thinking about these things while I was little (that wasn’t my thing then). Although I stay up late every night up because I have the cursed fate of an insomniac. These traits are, more often than not, guaranteed to make me swoon and, in my mind, decorating our future house together. Kidding.

  • Sense of Humor – Who doesn’t like a good laugh? He doesn’t have to be overly hilarious. Just someone who enjoys a good laugh every now and then.
  • One hell of a smile – A smile that could make a heat skip a beat like I have arrhythmia

Well, like I said, I don’t have a list. I have a few things though that I would want in a guy like I want someone affectionate just because I think that would balance things out because I’m not affectionate myself. Personally speaking though, I don’t like to lose sleep on these things because in reality, people rarely ever get what they think is ideal. So why should I bother picturing the ideal guy, right? I wouldn’t get it anyway.

30-Day Challenge: Day 23

If I won the lottery…

…I’d pack my bags, leave everything behind, go wherever my feet would take, be a hobo for a year, explore places I can only dream about, try different cuisines, learn a new language, explore different cultures.

That’s if I don’t have any responsibility.

But since I do, if I won the lottery, my responsibilities would come first. If I won the lottery, it would solve most of my problems. It wouldn’t be everything, of course, but it would be a good way to start over.

30-Day Challenge: Day 22

My Worst Habits

  • Overthinking

I have this ability to think about the worst scenarios in just about 20 seconds. My mind runs way past the speed limit in worrying.

  • Procrastination

This I practically have a Masters degree on. I put off even the most basic things like taking a bath or peeing.

  • Flipping through channels

Staying on one channel is torture to my brain which gets bored every one minute, give or take, depending on what I’m watching.

  • Emotional eating

Happy or sad, good days or bad days. I celebrate with food and I heal through food.

Tapioca Salad

It’s mango season once again!!! I love this season because obviously there is an abundance of mangoes and that means the prices are cheaper. I just absolutely hate buying mangoes when they’re not in season because their prices can go up as high as 90 pesos per kilo. And of course, that depends on which city you live in. Since I’m in the provincial areas of the Philippines, it doesn’t go up as much but, you know, who likes spending a lot these times anyway?

One thing I noticed this year though is that there are less mangoes compared the previous years. Sad, sad thing. We had I think the worst drought this year, the El Niño phenomenon, which perhaps affected the number of produce this year. Really, it’s time we get off our butts and do something for nature. Trust me, things will worsen.

Okay. Before I start channeling my inner environmentalist, I’ll channel my inner home cook and share how I make this favorite dessert. I call this a tapioca salad. Not that I’m the one who named it or anything but it’s what I know it’s called.

Ingredients are as follows:

  • Sago
  • Condensed Milk
  • All-purpose cream
  • Mangoes

I was told you could also add gulaman on it but because that’s too much work for me, I opt not to put some on my version.

You can buy uncooked sago from your grocery store but I’ve seen a cooked version available in the local market. Now, to be completely honest, I suggest you go ahead and buy the uncooked sago and prepare it yourself. It’s time-consuming, yes, but at least you know it’s clean.

So this is how the cooked sago looks like

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Tips for the Sago:

Soak the sago overnight. The longer you soak it, the better. This is so that you’ll have lesser cooking time. After soaking my sago overnight, I just went ahead and boiled it with continuous stirring for 45 minutes or until the pearls turned translucent as seen above. Hard work, right?

Mangoes

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These mangoes don’t look ripe enough but trust me, they were sweet. And they were free!!!

I sliced these mangoes and used a kitchen tool (which I have no idea what it’s called) and sort of shredded it. Not shredded it I guess but this was the aftermath.

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Now, of course, even if you taste the mangoes and it tastes sweet, there’s really no assurance that there’s no sour part of it. So what I do is cook the mangoes with brown sugar. Just put the mangoes (as seen above) on a pan, put some sugar, and wait until it boils. Make sure you don’t overcook it. We don’t want it to caramelize.

Next step is the fun part. Mixing everything together!!!

Just go ahead and combine all the ingredients together: cooked sago, cooked mango, condensed milk, and all-purpose cream. And drum roll please…. it’ll look like this!

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There you have it. Tapioca salad. The picture isn’t as appetizing but it was perfect.