Sushi Bread Hotdog

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This is the Sushi Bread Hotdog (pardon the name) I made. It is pretty simple to do. First, just flatten two pieces of bread, then put any desired spread over those two pieces (for my sushi, I used barbecue sauce and mayo), place your hotdog on top, and your cheese, pickles, etc. Then, just roll it. Put it on the toaster for maybe around 3 to 5 minutes, then cut it depending on your desired size. When cutting, be careful because it’s super hot.

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Thousand Origami Cranes

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Ancient Japanese legends promise that anyone who folds a thousand origami cranes will be granted a wish by a Crane. Some believe that the maker of the thousand cranes will be granted eternal good luck, long life, or recovery from any injury or illness.

 

For the past few years, whenever I have time, I fold origami cranes hoping that eternal good luck be granted to me.

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BOOK QUOTES v.2

These are the quotes and phrases I highlighted and stored in my kindle.

  • “You can’t be a duck until you learn to quack.” -One L (1977) (Scott Turow)
  • Revenge is a dish best served cold. -Ready Player One (Ernest Cline)
  • “It’s not over until it’s over. And it’s not over yet.” -Ready Player One (Ernest Cline)
  • The van was my refuge. My Batcave. My Fortress of Solitude. -Ready Player One (Ernest Cline)
  • ‘“It’s easy if you try.”’ -Warm Bodies (Isaac Marion)
  • Love is the world’s infinite mutability; lies, hatred, murder even, are all knit up in it; it is the inevitable blossoming of its opposites, a magnificent rose smelling faintly of blood. Tony Kushner, THE ILLUSION –Gone Girl (Gillian Flynn)
  • Don’t fight force with force –Heroes of Olympus 01: The Lost Hero (Rick Riordan)
  • Great victory requires great risk –Heroes of Olympus 01: The Lost Hero (Rick Riordan)

I never thought about how important the sky was until I didn’t have one. –Across the Universe (Beth Revis)

  • he thinks ignorance is the best way to protect someone, and he doesn’t understand that what we imagine is often worse than the truth. -Across the Universe (Beth Revis)
  • power isn’t control at all—power is strength, and giving that strength to others.   -Across the Universe (Beth Revis)
  • A leader isn’t someone who forces others to make him stronger; a leader is someone willing to give his strength to others so that they may have the strength to stand on their own.  -Across the Universe (Beth Revis)
  • Michelangelo said, “Every block of stone has a statue inside it and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it.”  -A Million Suns: An Across the Universe Novel (Beth Revis)
  • Love without choice isn’t love at all. -A Million Suns: An Across the Universe Novel (Beth Revis)
  • I have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night. —Sarah Williams -Shades of Earth (Beth Revis)
  • ‘There is no winner if war breaks out, hot or cold‘ -Escape from Camp 14 (Blaine Harden)
  • “Everything has to start somewhere.” –Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei (Sato Tsutomu)
  • “Well, if I’ve learned anything in the last few days, it’s that you don’t always get what you want.” –Beautiful Disaster (Jamie McGuire)

“You know why I want you? I didn’t know I was lost until you found me. I didn’t know what alone was until the first night I spent without you in my bed. You’re the one thing I’ve got right. You’re what I’ve been waiting for, Pigeon.” –Beautiful Disaster (Jamie McGuire)

  • But engineering isn’t about perfect solutions; it’s about doing the best you can with limited resources. –The Last Lecture ( Jeffrey Zaslow Randy Pausch)
  • An Injured Lion Still Wants to Roar –The Last Lecture ( Jeffrey Zaslow Randy Pausch)
  • being considered the best speaker in a computer science department is like being known as the tallest of the Seven Dwarfs. –The Last Lecture ( Jeffrey Zaslow Randy Pausch)
  • But I believe that curing autism would be the same as “curing” science and art. -The Spark: A Mother’s Story of Nurturing Genius (Kristine Barnett)
  • They say that God never gives you more than you can handle, –The Spark: A Mother’s Story of Nurturing Genius (Kristine Barnett)
  • “A great mind is just a great mind, and I try not to worry too much about what package it’s in.” –The Spark: A Mother’s Story of Nurturing Genius (Kristine Barnett)
  • You can only call someone crazy if there’s someone else who’s normal. Like good and evil. If everything was good, then nothing would be good. -The 5th Wave (Rick Yancey)
  • You know how sometimes you tell yourself that you have a choice, but really you don’t have a choice? Just because there are alternatives doesn’t mean they apply to you. –The 5th Wave (Rick Yancey)
  • “‘A single death is a tragedy; a million is a statistic. –The 5th Wave (Rick Yancey)
  • “God doesn’t call the equipped, son. God equips the called. And you have been called.” –The 5th Wave (Rick Yancey)
  • “Attraction has its own magic, I suppose.” -Hex Hall 1 (Rachel Hawkins)
  • “Maybe it doesn’t mean anything. Sometimes dreams are just dreams.” -Demonglass 2 (Rachel Hawkins)
  • Like a wild animal, the truth is too powerful to remain caged –Insurgent 2 (Veronica Roth)
  • Mourning brings weakness and chaos. Moving forward is the only way. -Prodigy 2 (Marie Lu)
  • Heaven is not the next world; it is now.Heaven is not up in the sky; it is everywhere and nowhere.Heaven is a place that is not a place. It’s eternal. All other places end.Heaven is a time with no past, present, or future . . . it is always now.  -The Boy Who Came Back from Heaven: A Remarkable Account of Miracles, Angels, and Life Beyond This World (Kevin Malarkey and Alex Malarkey)

A wise man once told me that only by leaving someone good can you meet someone better. You will be with your Vishnu, and you will only know him once I am gone. -The Rise of Nine 3 (Pittacus Lore)

  • How did you restart something that had never been turned off? –Under the Never Sky (Veronica Rossi)
  • Dreaming led to disappointment, and disappointment to a kind of depressed funk that wasn’t easy to shake. Better to stay in the gray than get eaten by the dark. -Darkest Minds (Alexandra Bracken)
  • “Where there are villains, there will be heroes,” my father said. “Just wait. They will come.”  -Steelheart (Brandon Sanderson)
  • never throw the first punch. If you have to throw the second, try to make sure they don’t get up for a third.  -Steelheart (Brandon Sanderson)
  • Don’t just act because you can; act because it’s the right thing to do. If you keep that in mind, you’ll be all right.”  –Steelheart (Brandon Sanderson)
  • “Our job is to cut out the infected flesh. Only then can the body start to heal—but it’s going to hurt a lot first.” -Steelheart (Brandon Sanderson)
  • The only way you’ll win is if you think you’re ready. -Song Of The Lioness Quartet 01 – Alanna: The First Adventure (Tamora Pierce)
  • The most intelligent people disguise the fact that they are intelligent. Wise men do not wear nametags. The more people talk about their own skills, the more desperate they are—their work should speak for itself. –Death Note: Another Note – The Los Angeles BB Murder Cases (Andrew Cunningham)
  • “Please try to be on time. Time is money, and therefore life.” -Death Note: Another Note – The Los Angeles BB Murder Cases (Andrew Cunningham)
  • Pain lets you know you’re not dead yet. -All You Need Is Kill (Hiroshi Sakurazaka)

 

 

 

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Homemade Salsa

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Who doesn’t like homemade salsa! Just cut tomatoes into bits (it’s easier to use scissors), chopped onions, any greens (just for aesthetic purposes), lemon zest, salt, pepper, and sugar to taste. It’s also good to add chopped ripe mango. I just did not have mango that time. Enjoy!

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Cupcakes

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Lovely cupcakes at Vanilla Cupcake Bakery. It’s like we’ve entered a doll house because of the cute chairs, tea sets, and of course, cupcakes!

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BOOK REVIEW: ESCAPE FROM CAMP 14

Author: Blaine Harden

Pages: 205

Rating: 5/5

This is about the harrowing tale of the life of Shin Dong-Hyuk, the only person known to have been born and to escape from North Korea’s toughest and most brutal gulag or prison camp, Camp 14. For the first 23 years of his life, Shin only ate corn porridge, pickled cabbage, and cabbage soup. When he was six years old, his teacher discovered five kernels of corn in his classmate’s pocket. The girl was beaten to death. Shin felt no pity. To combat hunger, Shin tried different unimaginable ways. He even searched cow dungs for undigested kernels of corn. His happiest childhood memories were when his belly was full after eating roasted rats.

Escape from Camp 14 was written mainly to raise people’s awareness regarding the lives of our brothers and sisters who are confined in prison camps in North Korea. It very well served its purpose. I know that there are prison camps in North Korea but I was very much surprise of the severity the prisoners are experiencing.

I would not say that I enjoyed the story but I could say that it is worth the read. Every time I turned a page, every moment I read a word, my heart was burdened by this inconceivable reality. It seems like the story was directly taken from George Orwell’s 1984. It is a real life dystopia. It is a nightmare turned into reality.

“I am evolving from being an animal,’ he said. ‘But it is going very, very slowly. Sometime I try to cry and laugh like other people, just to see if it feels like anything. Yet tears don’t come. Laughter doesn’t come” -Blaine Harden, Escape from Camp 14

Book Review: A Million Suns (Across the Universe #2)

Author: Beth Revis

Pages: 386

Rating: 4/5

This is the second book of Across the Universe. It’s good but not as good as the first installment of the trilogy. In this second book, there are many people who died (I’m not telling who)  and more mysteries and secrets unveiled. They are still in the ship that I can assure you, but in the last few pages they are few minutes away from landing to Centauri Earth. I recommend you to continue reading because the last book is just so frexing amazing (I’ve already started reading it)!

“Michael Angelo  said: Every block of stone has a statue inside it and it is the task of teh sculptor to discover it” -Beth Revis, A Million Suns

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Book Review: Across the Universe

Author: Beth Revis

Pages: 398

Rating: 5/5

The book cover suggests that it is a love story with heavy romance. It’s a trick! It’s more of sci-fi/ mystery/ suspense/ dystopia genre. Sure it has lil bit of romance but it in this first installment of ATU the story focused in developing the whole scenario, describing how the vessel looks like, how people manage to live there, and all the mysteries involved. So basically in this book, a group people live in a ship (a space vehicle) and they are led by Eldest and Elder. They are the future of the human race. This ship is alleged to be flying for at least 250 years already and it is supposed to land in Centauri-Earth (this is another planet not the same as OUR so called earth) for another 50 years. Sleeping in cryo chambers which are hidden in the ship are people who specializes in particular things necessary for people’s survival when they land in the Centauri-Earth. These frozen people in cryo chambers are supposed to stay there for another 50 years. However, one girl was melted by an unknown person (it will be revealed near the end who woke her up) and from there, it all changed everything.

“I never thought about how important the sky was until I didn’t have one.” -Beth Revis, Across the Universe

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Book Review: Warm Bodies

Author: Isaac Marion

Number of pages: 240

Rating: 4.5/5

I read this book just because my friend is so obsessed with the movie. He said even said that it’s better than Twilight. Warm Bodies shows what happens when a zombie and a human fall in love. At first I thought that it is just the typical zombie apocalypse storyline. But it’s totally unique, I assure you. Just like normal zombie world in books and films, the place is infected with plague and zombies are all scattered all over, eating human brains, and there’s an isolated place called the Stadium where humans live. One day, ‘R’, the zombie protagonist, met Julie, a normal human. From then on, R protected Julie from other zombies. He even brought him to their hideout. Somehow or another, R and Julie fell in love and it somehow change R. It’s making him more human. This spark between R and Julie affected the other zombies and somehow the plague is like disappearing. The story goes like that. Just read it. It’s just a very fast read and the manner of writing is so easy to understand.

“We are where we are, however we got here. What matters is where we go next.” –Isaac Marion, Warm Bodies

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Book Review: Outpost

Author: Ann Aguirre

Number of pages: 320

Rating: 5/5

Deuce, Fade, Stalker, and Tegan are now all in the topside called Salvation. This place seems like paradise for them…. at first. They have their own adoptive families, friends, and new responsibilities. Duece and Fade developed and expressed their feelings for each other. However, it’s difficult for Deuce to learn all the girl things expected from her. She always gets in trouble because of this. The huntress lurking inside of her still boils and becomes alive when she sees Freaks. Deuce and Fade joined the security group where they guard the persons growing the crops from Freaks. But one day, the Freaks stole their fire. And then another more day, they kidnapped Fade. Deuce rescued Fade. What Fade told her from his experience is so chillingly unbelievable. The persons captured by the Freaks are first put into a fenced pen, and before they are eaten they will first be mashed to make them tender and then deboned. Even though most people in Salvation do not like Deuce, it’s all in her hands to save them before history repeats itself.

“People try to make sense of things, and if they don’t know the answers, they make them up,because for some, a wrong answer is better than none.”

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