Sunday, February 23, 2014

Review: Vapiano's Apple Parfiat

Some time ago, my cousin invited me to have lunch at Vapiano. Since it's opening, it's had great reviews, and the locals constantly crave it. At the time, being full of my own lunch an hour before, I decided to just enjoy one of their desserts and tea while my awesome cousin ate her own delicious and mouthwatering pasta right in front of me. It felt like torture, watching her twist her fork into that pasta. 

But alas, when this beautiful creamy looking dessert was put in front of me, my craving for pasta floated away, and my mouth watered just looking at that creamy dessert. Though I am unsure of the exact name of the dish,  I recall that it was a special of the day/week. It looks somewhat like a parfait, and since the main element of flavoring was the apples at the bottom, I'm assuming it's an Apple Parfait. But please correct me if I'm wrong. :) 

The creamy dessert had peeled sweet apples at the bottom, with a thick layer of yogurt and cream, and all topped with chopped walnuts and a point of mint. 

I just went right in there and attacked the thing. The texture of the cream was smooth, and with the apples, a bomb of sweetness exploded in my mouth. The walnuts were chewy and gave the dish the right crunch, along with the apples. 

A great dessert from Vapiano. I recommend this to those with a sweet tooth for apples and crunch. If you enjoy apple pie, you'll enjoy this one.


Sunday, February 16, 2014

What to Read Next - The Dilemma!

Damn, I can't choose.

After finishing the Duke and I, I have the uttermost duty to pick a next book to read. Because, God forbid, I would never go a day without a book on my currently reading shelf. I have this urge to read something really good and romantic, and I have narrowed down my bookshelf to these three.

The Viscount Who Loved Me by Julia Quinn
Faking it by Cora Carmack
Scandal in Spring by Lisa Kleypas

All of the books are from a series, and all over them are really good and romantic. I read the synopsis of all three of them and the first 4-5 pages. My heart seems to be leaning on the Viscount Who Loved Me and Scandal in Spring. It's yearning for another good historical romance. Oh dear I can't pick. Might as well read all three. xD

How do you guys pick the next book to read? :)
Do you find it as hard as picking your favorite? 

[Review] Bridgerton #1 - The Duke & I by Julia Quinn

The Duke and I by Julia Quinn
Series: Bridgerton (book 1)
Genre: Historical Romance

By all accounts, Simon Basset is on the verge of proposing to his best friend's sister, the lovely—and almost-on-the-shelf—Daphne Bridgerton. But the two of them know the truth—it's all an elaborate plan to keep Simon free from marriage-minded society mothers. And as for Daphne, surely she will attract some worthy suitors now that it seems a duke has declared her desirable.
But as Daphne waltzes across ballroom after ballroom with Simon, it's hard to remember that their courtship is a complete sham. Maybe it's his devilish smile, certainly it's the way his eyes seem to burn every time he looks at her... but somehow Daphne is falling for the dashing duke... for real! And now she must do the impossible and convince the handsome rogue that their clever little scheme deserves a slight alteration, and that nothing makes quite as much sense as falling in love..
Can there be any greater challenge to London's Ambitious Mamas than an unmarried duke? — Lady Whistledown's Society Papers, April 1813 - Goodreads


It took me a surprisingly long time to finish this book. I thought, since it was a historical romance, I'd finish it faster.

The Duke and I is a witty, heart clenching, laugh out loud kind of book. There were many instances where I'd be literally bursting out with laughter. But ironically, I didn't feel the book like I do with other historical romances until I got within spitting distance to the ending. Don't get me wrong, it's a really good book, it was really interesting, and a definite page turner, but I couldn't grasp the world of the Bridgertons' tight enough to become apart of it.

Fortunately, as I got towards the ending, I couldn't put it down. Cocooned in my blanket, reading into the night and getting drawn into the world of the Bridgertons' was utterly relaxing. I'll be picking up the next book of the series soon.

I recommend this to all those who enjoy the pleasure of historical romance. Every historical romance addict should get a glimpse of Julia Quinns writing, because she is said to be one of the best historical romance writers out there


Saturday, February 15, 2014

Dreams into Reality

A person has their own wants, their own dreams, and their own goals. They do what they can, to achieve them, and when they do, happiness follows. There are some of us who use a tool to get what we want, be them material or a form of idealism. Vision Boards.

Ever since my house has been renovated, I've prolonged redoing my vision board for months, and finally, a few weeks ago, I made one and I thought I'd share it with you, with the hopes of maybe inspiring you to make one yourselves.

My vision board has always had these three main sections; Dream Job, Husband/Boyfriend, Health.

Though, at the time, and perhaps right now, I have been unsure of my dream job, so I focused on manifesting the office of my dream job and how I would feel walking to work instead of focusing on the actual industry I want to work under.

Having a happy ending with my one and true love has always stuck with me, and like every single woman out there, I wish for a man to love me and complete my life. I want a hot smexy man, and now.
My weight loss journey is almost at an end, losing almost 18kg in over 3 years, I now plan to live a healthy lifestyle for the rest of my life. This doesn't mean depriving myself of food I don't want to eat, it just means doing some physical activity and consuming the nutrients my body needs to survive.

Vision boards are created by those who want a glimpse into how they want their future to look like. They are created to help the creators overcome their gigantic bubble of fear and doubt and turn it into a rage, and pure eagerness to achieve the greatness of turning their dreams into reality.
Why don't you guys try making your own vision board? 
What's stopping you?

Friday, February 7, 2014

What is Considered a Classic in Terms of Books

The term classic is defined in the dictionary as judged over time to be of the highest quality and outstanding of its kind.
There are multiple books around the world that have been published through time. Books that have been bought, read and reread, books that have been loved and cared for, and books that have been burned and thrown across the room for its contents.

Most of the world enjoys the company of books and about 40% of those enjoy stating their opinions about the books they've read. I am one of those 40%.

Writing book reviews had taken over my blog for a little bit of time before I brought that usurper down to its rightful place. The reason, I cannot say, but during the reign of "book reviews" on my blog, I would review books every time I shut the last page and lay it beside my laptop to begin writing. There were times when I would stare at the book I just finished and at the blank blog post screen thinking "how am I going to write a review for this". Sometimes I feel as if the book I just finished, isn't worth my opinions because it was that good on its own without my adding to it.

When I consecutively read the Harry Potter and the Lord of the Rings series, I did not feel I deserved to review it. Books like these are what I considered my classics. Except for that one time when I reviewed Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, back in 2011. It is not my proudest review.

Classics can also be known as "books to read before you die" because they give out a message that may mean something or teach you something new at the end of that last chapter. It may help you in life, or it may just be one of your daily pleasures after a long day.

What do you, my readers, consider a classic? Do you think these classics deserve more than your straight forward opinion?


This blogpost has been proof read by Grammarly
For those of my readers who are unfamiliar with Grammarly, it is an online proofreader that detect grammatical mistakes, spelling errors, and etc. that we all subconsciously make whenever we write.

This has been a great tool for me so far. When I tried it out on this blogpost, you have no idea how many errors there were and I'm pretty excited to use more of it on my future blogpost! :3