April 1, 2018

Fasting and Faith

This week has been slow and long, and exactly what I needed to get my bearings back after a long workation-turned-holiday. The Holy Week is the only time I like Manila, because the streets are practically empty, with regional immigrants returning home to the provinces and locals vacationing elsewhere. Even social media was quieter, a little less agitated, a little more sensitive. In the religion I was raised in, this is typically a period for fasting and reflecting on our faith. While I no longer follow Catholic traditions regularly, my core beliefs are unwavering and I still find value in […]
February 9, 2018

Macadamia Magic

A few weeks ago, my boss handed me a kilo of macadamia nuts in a bag and said, “make magic.” I was excited, but also felt a little pressured by his tall order of “magic.” What would I make? Initially, he mentioned wanting a nut brittle of sorts, but specifically asked to keep the nuts whole and beautiful. Okay, I added the beautiful part because macadamias are my favorite nuts. 💛 Cookies were the first things I imagined as I cradled the heavy bag in my arms like a baby, because cookies are my favorite baked treats. I couldn’t wait […]