The C Word.

No, I’m not talking about “cunt”. I’m talking about the grisly discovery I found today while I was stretching after my run this morning. Motherfuckin’ CELLULITE. I kind of wanted to die. I was always known for my firm, muscular legs but I pretty much went downhill in the past six months. I guess it’s karma for all of those years of making fun of Stacey Wallin and gross fat, party people with no class. Oh, oops, my bad. Guess it’s time to get on the Stairmaster.

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Frozen Food Chronicles: Part 2.

Michelina's Noodle StroganoffOne thing I hate about frozen food is how tiny the portion sizes are. Not only do the majority of them taste like shit, we also need to consume like four of them just to feel satiated. But hey, as a starving student during crunch time, I’ll take it.
Michelina's Noodles Stroganoff Michelina's Noodles Stroganoff
Continuing my frozen food escapades, I tried Michelina’s Noodles Stroganoff. Gee, I always thought stroganoff had noodles. And what is this mystery meat? I’m going to assume it’s beef… because, well, I haven’t heard of any other stroganoffs. So, just as I had expected, this was a win. Taste was there, meat was there, convenience was there. The only disappointment was the lack of mushrooms as displayed in the picture. Motherfuckers. Always giving me false hope.
Harmony Honey Barbeque Chicken Harmony Honey Barbeque Chicken
Next was Harmony Honey Barbeque Chicken. Harmony is Michelina’s’ “healthier” frozen food option, boasting that it only has “2.5g of fat and 290 calories”. This meal was a rice-based dish. See, I’m always weary about rice-based frozen meals. Or any variation of minute rice, Uncle Ben’s, or any jazzed up version of White rice. This was just wrong. It was like 60% rice, 34% sauce, 5% chicken, and 1% vegetables. I counted five pieces of chewy chicken and ONE piece of celery. Not like I’m a fan of bell peppers, but where were they? Damn deceiving pictures! This was actually so gross.

Before you make any weird assumptions, I actually cook. For realz.


Frozen Food Chronicles: Part 1.

Michelinas Lasagna with Meat SauceSo my mom has bought a plethora of frozen food lately, pretty much enough to feed an army, and since there wasn’t much frozen food in my household while growing up and the fact that I am way too busy to cook nowadays, I have decided to sample each and every frozen item in my freezer. Why? Why not? There are millions of food blogs in Vancouver… BUT THERE AREN’T ANY FROZEN FOOD ONES (yet)! I know, I’m amazing. So begins the frozen food journey.
Michelinas Lasagna with Meat Sauce Michelinas Lasagna with Meat Sauce
First up: Michelina’s Lasagna with Meat Sauce. This was actually pretty decent. See the resemblance to the boxed picture? No? And it comes with cheese. REAL cheese, that is. And meat! Score. I’m not going to lie — this is one of the “better” brands of frozen food out there. Approve.
Banquet Mexican Style Chicken Enchillada Meal Banquet Mexican Style Chicken Enchillada Meal
Next? Banquet Mexican Style Chicken Enchillada Meal. The words “Mexican style” and “enchillada” should have been my first warning. Second, I hate frozen meals that require a lot more work than just popping it in the microwave. They’re supposed to be convenient, right?! Nope. This one was “Microwave for 2 1/2 minutes, then stir rice and spoon sauce over enchillada. Microwave for another 2 minutes. Let sit for another 2 minutes”. So you’re telling me, that this “meal” will be done in 6 1/2 minutes!??! Proposterous. I’ll have my Michelina’s. Anyways, anything made “Mexican” is a guaranteed disaster. Rice tasted predominantly of red pepper. Um… red pepper in Mexican rice? Never heard of that. And the enchillada? Let’s not even go there. Chewy tortilla wrapper, jelly-like sauce, and a mysterious unknown meat and/or bean mixture encaved inside. A fail on so many accounts. Yuck.

Gotta say… I am looking forward to this frozen adventure and tar-like poo!

133.0 lbs.


Am I getting…OLD?!!

I’ve had a tremendous amount of weight gain in the past six months or so. Nearing the end of my post-secondary career, could it be due to stress, abundance of delicious food, lack of exercising, and/or my gluttonous behaviour? Or could it be the fact that I’m… in plain terms… GETTING OLD!?!?! I’ve considered all the various factors. And I used to eat whatever I want and still manage to stay in shape. Hell, when I was in first year at SFU, I vowed to NEVER gain the Freshman 15 (in fact I had lost 10lbs upon entering university). But now… I’m coming to think my youthful days are over. All I do is eat, study, work, sleep. Probably in that order. No gym? NO ENDORPHINS! No time to cook. No life. Standing at 5’2 and a whopping 132.5 lbs, I’m back at my old highschool wrestling weight. My old friend, Mr. Muffin Top, is back. This needs to change. Pronto. Summer is just around the corner and one of my New Year’s resolutions was to be 125 lbs by June. Not going to happen at this point. But… as cheesy as this sounds, I CAN DO IT!

Gonna start a weight journal again. Hey, it was effective last time. 132.5 lbs.

Must. Make. LIFESTYLE CHANGE.


I like food.

I’ve been eating out way too much lately and working out?  Ha. Food, 1. Me, 0. New eats this week (sorry, no pictures since I never bring my camera with me anywhere):

Commune Cafe. Been wanting to try this place out for a while. I really do enjoy the idea of having communal tables because, well, Vancouver is straight up bitchy. Having communal tables forces Vancouverites to sit together, get to know their neighbour, and hey, if you’re lucky, get to try your neighbours’ food. I was totally diggin’ the Braised Turkey Bacon Stuffing sandwich. Complete with a small salad, this is quite the filler. So damn good. The Spinach Dip? Not so much. It was liquidy and had way too much sour cream in it. I would like it not to be all blended together. Yuck. Complete miss. Overall, a good experience.

The Keg’s new dessert menu. So The Keg finally got rid of their disgusting Sweet Temptations (metallic-tasting mini desserts in a shot glass) and replaced it with, well, small desserts… on plates. I got the Passionfruit Creme Brulee (in a dreaded shot glass), Strawberry Shortcake, and their S’mores. Also got their new Warm Chocolate Cake. The cake was a go, except the top chocolate layer of the guy was rather rubber-y and the mini desserts? Fail yet again. Shortcake was probably the most decent out of the three. S’mores… I could probably make better at home. Or better yet, go to Earl’s when they have it again. And the passionfruit creme brulee? Yuck. Just stick with the original.

Glowbal. I know. I work at glowbal and yesterday’s visit was my fourth visit in four weeks (I KNOW). Pretty much need to try the ENTIRE menu. Wagyu Carpaccio? Ultimate bliss. 8 oz. AAA beef tenderloin with turnip puree and some unknown sauce that was completely orgasmic? Ah-mazing. King mushrooms? Consistent. Seasonal Berries Sabayon? Best ending to a great evening. Love glowbal. Every single time.

Creme de la Crumb. Finally got to use my coupon again!!! I’ve tried the Vanilla Bean and Pear scone last time and, hm… I don’t really see what the hype is all about. Maybe it’s because I don’t like scones. Or maybe it’s because I’m obsessed with the scones at the Fairmont Hotels. I don’t know. I mean, they’re good, but not “OMG ORGASMIC” good. Anyways, decided to pass up on the scones this time. Went with their Salami, Mortadella, and Prosciutto sandwich. Omg. So good. The peppery arugula and the pairing with the provolone and foccacia bread was to die for. So getting it again. Finished off with a Cranberry and Dark Chocolate Rice Crispy. In heaven.

What’s next? McD’s Apple Crisp. Will try tomorrow.


Online dating?!

Why is there such a social stigma around online dating? Is it because it’s looks desperate, that we must resort to the Internet because we fail to meet people in person? Or is it because are so many ridiculous dating sites out there like Plenty of Fish? Who knows, but if you’re on  POF, that is pure desperation, sorry. Anywhos, I have a hilarious story to share with you all. And why you shouldn’t online date in Vancouver.

So I signed up for an account on eHarmony (insert laughing and judgment) late last year one on of those nights I was feeling particularly bored and lonely. After seeing all those commercials and my aunt and cousin successfully finding love on it (and now married!), I decided to give it a go during one of those “Free Communication Weekends”. It’s actually pretty in-depth and the sign-up process is super long and in-depth — it took me like 15 minutes to sign up. Yeah, I got matches here and there but the limitations to free accounts is that you can’t see pictures (insert shallow comments here). So months pass by and I don’t really do anything about the matches because, well, I’m a starving student and am too lazy/poor to pay for an actual account. So a few days ago, a friend of mine messages me on Facebook and the conversation sort of went like this…

Him: hey
Me: hey! how’s it going?!
Him: so you’re on eH
Him: you’re one of my matches
*me thinking “What the hell is eH? …………OMFG YOU’VE GOT TO BE KIDDING ME”
Me: OH. MY. GOD.

Turns out that eHarmony is SO good at matching people up, that it actually paired me up with one of my friends. HAHAHAHA. FML. I pretty much died of laughter. Oh, hellz no. So moral of the story: I probably won’t be online dating for a long time, atleast not in Vancouver. Way too small of a city!


#lifeofastudent

/boring nerdy school post.

There has only been one thing one my mind as of late: school. As the semester is quickly coming to a close, with that comes an enormous avalanche of term papers, last minute presentations, wrap-up and group projects, and of course, the dreaded final exam. Only two term papers this semester, 12-15 pages, totally doable. I actually really quite enjoy writing papers — I’m a nerd like that. Haven’t thought of a topic for my Violence Against Women class but I’m actually starting one up one of my papers next week for my Minorities in Criminal Justice class just to get that out of the way. If my proposed topic is approved, I will be writing on Canada’s Live-In Caregiver Program (LCP) and how it is detrimental and further marginalizes immigrants from third-world countries in specific reference to Filipino women. I am of Filipino descent and my family has employed “nannies” (as they so call it) on the basis on sponsorship and I think I would be able to bring a different angle to the table. I think sponsorship (not only in terms of domestic work) is a terrible thing. Yes, I am fully aware that employers are giving immigrants a chance to come to Canada, but only in terms of underpaying them because no Canadian citizen would ever rightfully do that work for such a low amount of wage?  I think it’s disgusting. And sad too because it happens frequently in this country. For example, I know of certain employers that sponsor immigrants to come to Canada, pay them at a lower wage than other employees, and do not pay their employees overtime. It is really disturbing.

On a lighter note, Project GIVE is almost a wrap! Two more weeks to go until the panel presentation. We’ve got some awesome ideas planned specifically for our presentation and a killer theme that will metaphorically (along with our theme) sweep the judges off their feet! Our theme is kick-ass and our mentor, Val Litwin, was so impressed with us and all the work we have accomplished thus far. Best…mentor…EVER! Excited to finish this part of the project. Next step? Going out into the world and actually making this project a reality. And change some lives in the mix too.

My enrollment date was earlier this afternoon. After much consideration, I have decided to sign up for more than one class for summer semester. I am taking CRIM 369 DE (Ethics), CRIM 312 DE (Current Social Problems) and SA 337 (Sexuality and Society). Pretty UNstoked for the Crim courses I’m taking as I have heard they are extremely writing heavy… Pretty sure I’ll be writing over 200 pages (I’m not even exaggerating) this summer. I am pretty excited for my Sociology class because I have waited 4 years to take another class with the legendar, Ann Travers. Super excited. I was actually enrolled in this class two summers ago but she had cancelled it due to unforeseen circumstances. Pretty effing stoked.

I also have a super genius plan for my last year in university. So… yes, I’ve enrolled in my last few courses in the summer (will be taking my very last one in Fall 2011). SO my plan is to take summer semester, do my practicum/field practice and last course in the fall, and then off to study abroad in Spring 2012. Sounds amazing, right? Apparently I will have to talk to the International Studies department and beg for them for accept me into Spring 2012’s field exchange because they discourage people from studying abroad during their last semester. BUT the thing is, I will have completed my 120 credits and satisfied all of my requirements needed for graduation by Fall 2011 that next spring semester won’t even be needed. So… what’s the deal!??! Grrr.

In other news, I was nominated randomly and elected as the new Forum Representative of the Criminology Student Assocation.  Yay?

And in disgustingly offensive news, I gave my number out to a token old guy who was in a number of my Crim classes based purely on “study purposes”. What a fool I am. I know it was stupid but goddammit, I’m regretting it now. FML.