Wednesday, January 30, 2008

a little inspiration

i read this on my friend's blog and i find it very inspiring:

In April, Maya Angelou was interviewed by Oprah on her 70+ birthday. Oprah asked her what she thought of growing older. And, there on television, she said it was "exciting." Regarding body changes, she said there were many, occurring every day...like her breasts. They seem to be in a race to see which will reach her waist first.

The audience laughed so hard they cried. She is such a simple and honest woman, with so much wisdom in her words!

Maya Angelou said this:
"I've learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow. I've learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights."

"I've learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you'll miss them when they're gone from your life."

"I've learned that making a "living" is not the same thing as "making a life."

"I've learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance."

"I've learned that you shouldn't go through life with a catcher's mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw some things back."

"I've learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision."

"I've learned that even when I have pains, I don't have to be one."

"I've learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back."

"I've learned that I still have a lot to learn."

"I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.."

Monday, January 21, 2008

my new hobby

i'm now hooked to buying dessert cook books. started out with just one dessert book, i now have one shelf filled with my dessert cook books. problem is, i have so many that i haven't really had a chance to try the recipes or even read them.

the next book i'm eyeing is "Martha Stewart's Wedding Cake." but i also want to order the "Modern Wedding cake" magazines from Australia... and i also want to get Dorie Greenspan's "Baking: Form my home to yours."

so many books i want to get, yet i haven't even finished reading Alton Brown's "I'm just here for more foods" that i bought a couple months ago. *sigh*

another new hobby is buying cooking gadgets. from sheet pans to fondue set to ice cream machine... i have lots and lots of tools...

books and tools.

boy, moving will not be fun! :-p

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

lost my mojo

i haven't been blogging for quite some time. the main reason for that is because i've been in a depressed mood for the past few months, and i didn't really want to flood my blog with random complains and whiny-ness.

"why have i been depressed?" one might ask.

well, in case you're interested... here's the reason why. if you're not interested.. move along cuz this will bore ya' ^_^.

for those who know we, you probably know that i am not quite fond with my job. however, ever since i started attending my culinary school, i was able to balance my life and my job. unfortunately, my teacher was pregnant and she had to leave to give birth to her baby girl. and when the new teacher took over, that's when everything started to go downhill.

this teacher might not be a bad person, and she is probably an excellent bread baker. i just don't find her and i to be compatible as a teacher and a student. i don't understand her method of teaching and i find myself being confused in class most of the time. i feel like i'm wasting my time when i attend her class. there's also been lotsa drama ever since she came to teach our class.

i think she, herself, doesn't really want to teach us. so when we expressed our concerns, she used it as a tool to escape from teaching our class. she made it seemed like we were the reason why she doesn't want to teach the class.

anyway, ever since we came back from our winter holiday, i found myself NOT wanting to go to school. i also found myself not as excited about baking as much as i used to. this drastic change made me wonder if i'm really into this baking business or not. and that's what made me really depressed. i felt like i've lost it. lost my mojo. lost my dream. lost my motivation. i mean, if i really like this, a bad teacher shouldn't affect me that much, right?

and just like a ripple effect, once i got depressed with my school life, i started getting upset about work too. everything and anything bugged me.

i felt miserable at work and at school.

BUT .. here's the good news. another teacher took over our class last night due to a reason that i cannot disclose in this post. and i got it back!! i got my passion in baking and pastry back! it was just so excellent. she showed us the demo and then she told us what she wanted us to do. just like that! so simple, yet so clear. and i finally felt it again. i finally got back my passion for baking. i finally felt like i've made something beautiful again.

it's amazing how one person can have so much impact in others.

she's gonna quit teaching us in a few days, to be replaced by yet another teacher. i am counting down the days, and i'm sure she does too.