December 30, 2012

SungKyungKwan Scandal Review


I love Korean dramas and I recently finished watching the SungKyungKwan scandal series. The story is set in the Joseo era, so it involves the history of Korea. The SungKyungKwan is a well know university where the scholars study the way of Confucius. The heroine Kim-yun-hee, in the story pretends to be his brother Kim-Yun-Shik in order for her to enter the university. She’s a smart girl who transcribes text from books, back in the day’s women only stays home and studying in a university is unnecessary and prohibited, but in her case she pretends to be a man and work in a bookstore to feed her family and pay for her brother’s medication. To pay for her family’s debt, Lee-Sung-Jun, her love interest in the story convinced her to enter Sungkyungkwan because he thinks her talents would only be put to waste if she’s going to spend her life transcribing books. Well he doesn’t know she’s a girl yet.

I like this series because it has a light romance, the drama is unique, it is comical especially when all the main characters are together, and they really portrayed their roles well. This series has 20 episodes and I never thought I would stay up all night just to finish it. I got too hooked because of the weird romance. You know how the guy repels himself from the heroine because he thinks he’s falling in love with a man, which he really could not believe. Oh how I love the bromance here, it’s so intriguing it makes my heart flutter every time I see them caring for each other in a sort of a manly but odd way. He did find out she’s a girl, which made him relieved. All in all the series is great, but I really wasn’t happy about the epilogue. I think that it could be better. The story is so good that I hope the epilogue could be better. I still can’t get over the bromance though.

December 29, 2012

Fired For Being Too Sexy


I saw this news online; a dental assistant was terminated because she was irresistible and attractive for her boss. Melissa Nelson worked in her boss's dental clinic for 10 years and the problem began when she started wearing tight clothes, her boss got distracted and his wife got jealous of her husband's attraction to an employee. She has become a marriage threat and the wife decided to take action before worse comes to worst. Iowa Supreme Court determined the question to be "whether an employee who has not engaged in flirtatious conduct may be lawfully terminated simply because the boss views the employee as an irresistible attraction."

If you ask me, it is unfair to fire someone just because she's too sexy, attractive or irresistible, not to mention taking that to court, it's just so narrow-minded. But I understand what the wife is trying to do, to save their marriage; Nelson must step out and disappear. The dental assistant should have known better but to cover up and just try not to be sexy if it's a distraction, but one cannot help it if they have the looks or the body and it's human's nature to be attracted physically. The wife should have made an effort to lure the attention of her husband back to her; maybe she's becoming too boring. My suggestion to the wife is why not ask Melissa Nelson how to be irresistible? That would save their marriage even in the long run.

December 27, 2012

To Be Entertained By Cheaters



I have come to notice the movies and the TV drama series that the Philippines are making, it all involves cheating, bastards, secret affairs, divorce, obsession, sex and scandal, maybe because it is the reality now that this is happening and cannot be avoided. And I don’t know why people like these movie trends. It has become popular nowadays, the love triangle that we are seeing in Asian TV drama series. I don’t know why we are so entranced by these trends. Yes, it’s quite entertaining to see three people being played with circumstance. It’s intriguing but in reality it sucks.

If you ask me, I don’t think that it’s good to promote these kinds of films because our kids today might misunderstand or likely be confused about what they are seeing. These kids especially the young adults that are in their most crucial stage of life might think it’s alright to have an affair while you are married. It might show them how cruel reality is or they might be experiencing these kinds of things in their family, which can add weight to their burden. I think it would be best that they should make more family oriented films, films that show hope, unity and inspiration, a film or TV series which the whole family can enjoy.

December 25, 2012

Sesame Chicken Recipe


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Sesame Chicken Recipe

Cuisine: Asian


Ingredients


  • 3- 4 boneless chicken breasts cut into serving size.

  • Marinade

  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce

  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar

  • 3 drops sesame oil

  • 2 tablespoons flour

  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch

  • 2 tablespoons water

  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda

  • Sauce

  • 1/2 cup water

  • 1 cup chicken broth

  • 1/8 rice wine vinegar (you can add more or less, it should not be too sour)

  • 1 cup sugar (you can add more or less, balance the taste. It should not be too sweet)

  • 1/4 cup cornstarch

  • 2 tablespoons dark soy sauce

  • 4 tablespoons sesame oil

  • 1 teaspoon chili paste (or more)

  • 1 garlic clove (minced)

  • Cooking Oil for deep frying

  • 2 tbsp. toasted sesame seeds

  • 1 tbsp. cooking oil

  • 1 stalk green scallion, chopped




Instructions



  1. Wash, pat dry and cut the chicken into 1-inch cubes.

  2. Mix the marinade ingredients.

  3. Marinate the chicken for 20-39 minutes.

  4. While the chicken is marinating, prepare the sauce

  5. - In a medium bowl. Mix together all of the sauce ingredients “EXCEPT THE VINEGAR AND SUGAR).

  6. - “This is the tricky part”. Using a spoon, slowly adding the vinegar and sugar mix until you achieve the desire taste. Remember! You can always add or cut down.

  7. - Set aside when you achieved the taste.

  8. Deep fry the marinated chicken cubes a few at a time until golden brown.

  9. Drain on paper towels. You can cover the fried chicken with aluminum foil or place it on the warm oven while continue frying.

  10. Last, get a wok (if you have any) or deep frying pan.

  11. Heat 1 tbsp. cooking oil

  12. Sautee garlic until golden brown.

  13. Add the sauce, cook, until slightly thicken. If you think your sauce is too runny then you can always add more cornstarch by diluting it first with water.

  14. Add the fried chicken. Stir.

  15. Add toasted sesame.

  16. Sprinkle the green scallion.