feeling Korean tonight?

it’s time for some Jap chae!

 

For this recipe, I made it with chicken instead of beef.  It’s totally up to you as to what kind of meats/veggies  you use, traditionally they use beef, carrots, onions, mushrooms, and spinach.

You’ll need: two handfuls of cellophane noodles, 2 medium chicken breasts- sliced thinly, 1 carrot – sliced, 1 Japanese cucumber – sliced (Japanese cucumbers tend to be crunchier, even after they’re cooked), 2 handfuls of bok choi- chopped, 1/2 yellow onion-sliced, 1 cup black fungus-sliced,  1/4cup soy sauce, sesame oil -accordingly, 3 tsp sugar, 4 tsp salt, 2tsp garlic, black pepper- accordingly

1. Marinate chicken breasts with 1tsp corn starch, 1tsp of sesame oil, 1tsp salt, and a hint of black pepper
2. set aside
3. In a large pot, boil the cellophane noodles until softened, (around 5 minutes), drain the water, and set aside
4. in a medium sized pan, heat 2 tsp sesame oil, pour in onions, carrots, cucumbers, and black fungus, bok choi, and garlic sautee for 5 minutes, or until the bok choi has just wilted, set aside
5. in a smaller pan, heat 2 tsp sesame oil, pour in chicken breasts, sautee until fully cooked
6. in a large pan, heat 2 tsp sesame oil, and now add all the cooked vegetables, meat, and cellophane noodles together, pour in all the soy sauce, remaining salt, sugar and some black pepper, stir fry all the ingredients together for 2 minutes
7. serve!!

*depending on your taste, if you like more of the sesame oil taste, you may add more of the sesame oil*

(serves 5-6)

good luck!

 

 

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Moulin Rouge

It’s almost halloween, and if you still haven’t picked out a look yet, it’s time to hurry! For today, I took inspiration from Make Up Forever’s Fall 2010 collection, in which they used Moulin Rouge as their main theme.  So, if you’re looking to be a can-can girl this Halloween, this might be a good look to try out

Eyes:


1. Use a white/light beige eyeshadow to highlight your brow bone and the inner corners of your eyes.  Here I used the light beige second to the left, on the first row.
2.  Then, I used the light pink shimmery eyeshadow, (second to the left, second row), and lightly patted it on the eyelids



3. Using the pink color shown above, go over the eyelids again to create a more intense pink
4. Blend it out

5. Using the bright red shown above, go over the crease of your lids
6. Blend it out in by using your brush to soften any harsh edges


7. Using the dark plum, (second from the right, second row), use a smaller brush and apply it on the outer corners, and following the hollows of your eyes, creating a contour
8. Blend.


9. Finally, using a black color, as shown above, take a little bit of it and go over the dark plum you previously applied on the outer corners of the eyes.  This will give more intensity to the colors.

If you are satisfied with the look now, the next step is optional because glitter can be messy and even after a year later, you’ll still find traces of it ..everywhere.


but it gives the look a nice touch of glamor, and it’s fun for parties…so why not.

10. Use eyelash glue (if you want it to stay on longer), or clear lip gloss (if you want to avoid the stubbornness of the glue while getting rid of your make up), gently apply it on the ball of your eyes, making sure you’re not covering the plum and black colors.
11. Using red cosmetic glitter, dab your a little bit of the glitter and apply it where you’ve applied the glue/gloss.
12. do not drag the glitter with your fingers, as this will harm the delicate skin on your eyes.  Just simply apply the glitter using a light tapping motion. Use a tissue to cover under your eyes to prevent fall outs of the glitter
13. Using the small brush, reapply the dark plum/black on the hollows of your eyes if the glitter has covered up some of it
14. For the bottom liner, line it with the dark plum, and then use a black eyeliner pencil to go over it, and blend to soften
15. Apply false lashes
16.  Fill in your brows according to your own shape

Lips and Cheeks:

1. For the cheeks I used a light pink and brushed it on the apples of the cheeks
2. I then used a bronzer to contour my cheeks, slightly brushing it under the apples of the cheeks and angle it up towards your ears
3.Apply red lip stick
4. Apply clear lip gloss on top

For those who like a less intense look.. I made another version of it a few days ago:


this one uses the same eye shadows, but for the glitter, i only applied it on the outer corners of the eyes.

Hope you guys enjoyed this, and good luck on choosing your Halloween look!!

not your average sunday night movie


I walked into this movie thinking it was just another Battle Royale genre movie full of gore and messed up plots of the psychological mind.  To my surprise, there was minimal gore, and  more of the latter, accompanied by a well crafted, twisted plot.
Directed by Tetsuya Nakashinma, Confessions, aka Kokuhaku tells the tale of a mother who seeks revenge and salvation, by skilfully planning twisted plots of revenge on her 13 year old students that killed her four year old daughter.  It explores concepts of morality, the bond between a mother and her child, and the cliche question of life.  Each character speaks of a confession throughout the story, and they all reveal chilling perspectives leading to an unexpected ending.

The movie itself was shot very artistically with the use of low saturated colors along with slow motion and fast motion effects that were very prominent throughout the entire film.  The movie also features Radiohead’s  Last Flower as their theme song.

I highly recommend this movie to those who are fans of psychological thrillers, or simply those who are seeking an inordinate film to excite an ordinary night. Here’s the trailer, enjoy!

dinner for one ..or two

here’s a simple dinner recipe I came up with when it was just my mom and I at home for dinner. For those who are looking for recipes that can be easily made for one or two people, give this a try.


Baked Sugar Lime Chicken Thighs:
You’ll need – 2 large chicken thighs, 1 cup soy sauce, 1/4 cup of chopped fresh parsley and thyme, 1 tablespoon of brown sugar,  1 shallot – diced, 1 tsp cayenne pepper, 2 tsp lime juice,  1 tsp chopped garlic

1. set aside the chicken thighs, and in a medium sized pan, whisk together all the remaining ingredients in med-low heat
2. let it simmer, turn off heat and set aside to cool
3. Once it’s cooled, pour the marinating sauce over the chicken thighs, let it marinate for 2 hours
4. After 2 hours, Preheat oven to 450F/235 C
5. Put the chicken thighs in the oven on a non stick baking pan, set it for 25 minutes, flip the chicken thighs on the 12th minute to ensure they are cooked thoroughly

Zesty balsamic Shell Pasta salad:

You’ll need:  2 cups of Shell Pasta, 2 small cucumbers sliced, 1 large tomato sliced, 2 stalks of chopped celery sticks, 2 cups of fresh baby spinach,
for the salad dressing:
1/2 cup balsamic vinegar, 1/2 cup Japanese sesame/soy sauce salad dressing, 1 shallot- diced, 1 tsp chopped garlic, 1 tsp of salt, 2 tsp brown sugar

1. Boil the shell pasta over medium heat, once it softens, drain the pasta and set aside
2. in a medium sauce pan, whisk together all the salad dressing ingredients over low heat, let it simmer, set aside to cool
3. in a large bowl combine all the pasta, vegetables and dressing together and mix well
4. add black pepper and mixed herbs for seasoning
5. if you like the salad colder, then leave it the refrigerator for a longer period of time
serves 2-3


this is the Japanese dressing I was talking about earlier, it’s great for the recipe above or alone!
good luck and enjoy : )

safe in the steep cliffs


For those of you who are Nujabes fans, here’s another electronic producer/DJ to add to your list – Emancipator
He’s collaborated with Nujabes in one the songs that have been mixed over and over again on youtube, “With Rainy Eyes”.
His beats are smooth and easy to chill out to, so check out his new album Safe in the Steep Cliffs that was just released this year.
Here’s one of my favourites by him, from his old album, Soon it’ll be cold enough, enjoy!

60′s mod inspired

Thought it would be nice to continue with the whole retro thing and so I did the 60’s mod inspired make up today… or as my mom would call it, the Cher inspired.   Either way, it’s a great look for anyone who’s looking to be a 60’s mod..or Cher this Halloween.

Prepping your face:
Be sure that you keep your face moisturized day and night as it is an important step in your skin care regime.  This ensures that a) your skin won’t dry out and b) when you apply make up, it glides on better rather than sticking onto your flaking skin.  If your skin is naturally oily, (like mine!)  choose a water based moisturizing cream, but never skimp out on it, keeping your face moistened is the key to stop your skin from over producing sebum, otherwise known as oils.

1. so after you’ve properly moisturized your face, apply a face primer.  This will make sure that your foundation stays on and makes it last longer
2. conceal all your imperfections ie: dark circles, blemishes, dark spots
here’s a tip: if you have red spots or blemishes, use a green colored concealer and dab a little bit on top.  The green color cancels out the red, next, put on your normal skin colored concealer on top.. and you’ll magically see your red spots dissappear!
For those who tend to have  dark circles that are veiny-blue colored, try dabbing a bit of an orange-y concealer before applying your skin colored concealer
3. Now apply your foundation, and make sure you go over the concealed spots carefully as you don’t want to rub away the color correcting concealing that you so previously applied
4. now apply loose powder on top to set your make up


Eyes:

1. Apply a white matte eyeshadow all over the eyes, including the brow bone, make sure that it is especially white on the eyelids
2. Using a pencil eyeliner, softly sketch along the crease to create the double eyeliner, starting from the inside corner of the eyes, draw it according to your own crease line (the hollows of your eyes), and have it gradually wing out just a little. Note: you don’t want to create too drastic of a cat eye here as the mod look is supposed to make your eyes look rounder instead of longer, contrary to the 50’s.
3. now use a black eyeshadow, carefully go over the double eyeliner you just created, and using a contouring brush, try to soften out the line by smudging the eyeshadow you just applied
4. Using a liquid eyeliner, line your eyes starting from the very inner corners of your eyes, slowly bring it out and make it meet the end of the double eyeliner that you created previously
5. Now, using a white eyeliner, line the bottom of your eyes covering the tear ducts, make sure you apply them thicker than usual, i would say 1/8 of an inch thick.
6. outline the white eyeliner at the bottom with a black liquid liner starting from the outside, as you go towards the inner corners, make sure you make the two liners (top and bottom) meet at the inner corners


last but not least..
don’t forget your false lashes!! those are the things that complete the 60’s look!

7. Choose full and thick lashes, measure it so that the length fits your eyes
8. Apply glue, and stick them where your real lash line is
9. for the bottom lashes, stick them where you’ve drawn the black eyeliner earlier

Lips:
for the look i created above, I chose to stick with nude lips.
1. apply lip balm
2. use a matching skin tone concealer, and apply all over the lips
3. add gloss if you want it to look, well, glossy.

Note: for those who want a less dramatic look, you may apply a thinner double eyeliner, or skip out on the false lower lashes

and there you have it !

 

honey, what’s for dinner tonight?

For tonight’s dinner, I decided to make some baked lamb chops (one of my dad’s favourite dishes!), and the minestrone soup : )

You’ll need:  4 lamb chops, fresh parsley, fresh thyme, fresh mint leaves, salt, and pepper

1. preheat the oven to 450 F or 235 C
2. Chop up all the herbs
3. Marinade the lamb chops with salt, pepper, and the chopped up herbs
4. in a pan on high heat, pour 1tsp of oil olive
5. Allow the lamb chops to sizzle on the pan for 30 seconds (or until brown), do the same for the other side
6. now pop them into the oven, and let it bake for 20 minutes

..and DONE.

You’ll need:5 cups of chicken broth, 1 diced canned tomatoes,4 stalks of celery, 1 zucchini, a generous handful of baby spinach, 1 large onion, 2 large carrot sticks, 1/2 cup of shell pasta and 1 tsp of minced garlic

1. in a large soup pot on high heat, add 2 tsp of olive oil
2. add the minced garlic and chopped up onions, allow it to sautee until brown
3. now add in the chopped up celery and carrots, sautee for around 5 minutes
4. add in the chicken broth, diced canned tomatoes with the water and let it boil
5. now add the chopped up zucchini, spinach and shell pasta, turn it to med. heat
6. allow all the ingredients to cook for another 30 minutes

…and DONE!

 

The above recipes have been taken out of the cookbook “Bite Me”, by Julie Albert and Lisa Gnat
However, for the lamb chops, I did tweak the recipe to fit my own tastes, and you can do the same too. Try switching it up by marinating with different herbs, grilling them, or sizzling them on the pan!
For those of you who don’t know, this cookbook is amazing , it’s got recipes that could give you a 5 course meal every day. I also love the fact that they have interesting and creative tips, from showing you how to choose the best seafood to the best tunes to jam with while cooking.

sooo for those who are interested in cooking, go to your local book store and pick this up!!

50′s inspired

Hello 50’s!
so today i tried the marilyn/50’s pinup inspired look, and this is how it turned out..

i had terrible lighting in my room, so my pictures didn’t turn out that great, i tried my best to pick out the best ones!
some key points to this look are: the cat eyes, blood red lipstick, and dark dark eyebrows.
I didn’t have blood red lipstick at home, so I replaced it with a red wine-like colour


Eyeshadow:
Not a lot of eyeshadow needs to be applied for this look, just enough to create the contours of your eyes.  For the look above, I used a white eye shadow on the brow bone and on the ball of the eyes.  As for the outer crease and the hollows of the eyes, I used a bit of a champagne color, and then darkened it with a bit of dark brown.  The key is to stay as minimal as possible on the eye shadow because you want your eyes to stand out through the winged eyeliner.

Eyeliner:
Next, I used liquid eyeliner and lined the eyes (thin at the inner corners and then gradually bring it out and up to create the winged look)

As for the bottom, line the tear ducts of your eyes with white eyeliner and then use a black pencil eyeliner to line the bottom of your eyes, just ending half way.  This will create the illusion of larger and brighter looking eyes.

Lashes:
False lashes were used in this look, you should choose full looking lashes.
Instead of using one eyelash for one eye, cut the lashes in half, and stick it on the outer part of the eye so it matches the winged eyeliner and do it for the other eye with the other half

Eyebrows:
With the eyebrows, you can choose a color that’s darker than the one you use normally so that it really frames the face and the eyes.
Fill them in at an angle to create a sharp looking brow, (mine weren’t sharp looking enough ! )

There you have it!

translating real life stories into art

Tim Wong, who used to be an apprentice for renowned director Wong Kar Wai, now makes a business doing photography and videos.  When I was looking through his work, his wedding videos made the biggest impression.  Not only was the cinematography well composed, but the content of the short videos were fulfilling and real; after all these people aren’t actors. He really took inspiration from Wong Kar Wai’s movies and implemented them into the stories of people from reality.  For all those who are about to get married or planning to get married, check out his amazing work: http://www.sykespicturehouse.com/

a treat for the family


For those of you who don’t know, besides from make up, i also loooove cooking and feeding people

About a few days ago i was given the task of making a dinner for the family, and so i came up with a few dishes that were healthy AND easy to handle.

first up, i got the Japanese Salad:
romaine lettuce, japanese cucumbers, tomatoes, hint of parsley and some seaweed
I used a Japanese sesame dressing, that’s almost kinda like soya sauce but not as salty and more zesty, (for those who like creamier dressings, i would suggest a Yuzu cream dressing)

Roasted Asparagus was next:
fresh thailand asparagus, mixed herbs, salt and olive oil!
because a guest of mine was allergic to black pepper,  I had to opt for more mixed herbs to bring out more flavor
put them in the oven for around 12-15 minutes at 230 degrees C

Honey-Ketchup glazed Chicken wings:
for the marinade sauce I used soy sauce, ketchup, honey, and brown sugar.
together, whisk all these ingredients over a pan until it simmers, set aside to cool and pour it over the chicken wings.
Marinade for around 4 hours
and then pop it in the oven at 250 degrees C for 20 minutes, flipping them over at 10 minutes

 

I also made miso fish that night, but I reckon I used the wrong type of fish..so it kinda failed, but the family enjoyed it nonetheless..

and then my brother brought back two other dishes to satisfy those with carnivorous appetites : )