Eid al Adha, the Culmination of Hajj Pilgrimage

It's been a while since I food-blogged. Or blog for that matter. This entry  has been posted on my Examiner.com column. Eid al-Adha is a day in the Muslim calendar that marks the culmination of the Hajj pilgrimage. During this day, a Muslim is ordered to give sacrifice in the form of a four-legged animal; to symbolize the mercy of God by sparing Abraham of sacrificing his son, Ishmael, by turning him into a lamb....more

Who's wrong, really?

Today I face a dilemma. Some of the lawyers, including the one I'm the secretary for, is going to have a conference call with about half-dozen people from all over the globe - proverbially, thank heavens. Unfortunately, said people has grammar as good as a watermelon. This being a law office, said situation is ripe with possible misunderstandings et. al.At the previous conference call, a former Jr. Associate did something smart: He recorded the teleconference using his laptop. Unfortunately, said associate has resigned from this firm. Along with his laptop. ...more

Ye Olde Indonesian Staple: Gado-Gado

Gado-gado, staple Indonesian food with plethora of nutritional goods within, is fairly easy to make. Technically, the only things one needs to do are to steam or blanch some vegetables, pour in the peanut sauce, and it's done. For the time-challenged, the peanut sauce even often come in pre-packaged. All one needs to do is dilute it in hot water, and it is serve-able....more

Still on the diet thing? And you won't let go?

Back to the problem of 'Being Told to Diet' by peer pressure.Made difficult (and ultimately annoying) because said 'peer' happens to be someone 'in power' at the office.I am still gonna be stuck in this office for another three months. The money, granted, is good. The pressure, however, to diet, was immense to the point of painful.Yes, I am overweight. Yes, I am still unmarried. No, I am not pug-ugly (hey, I personally think pugs are so fugly they're adorable). Yes, losing a few (dozen) pounds may make men turn their heads toward me -- more....more

Oh Workplace, why do you want me to diet?

I have not worked in a 'professional' (read: office-based) workplace since 2002. Since then, I have gained approximately 20 lbs, but I am healthy (cholesterol - nada, blood pressure - rather low, liver function - spiffy, uric acid - wth is that?). Sure, I'm round in places where women ought to be round, flat where.. well, nowhere other than my forehead. I fit a Medium-petite, US size somewhere between 8-10. Size 34c bra. Size 34 jeans. Am turning thirty-SEVEN this year. As far as I'm concerned, I'm in a pretty good shape....more

Day of Sharing

For some reason, today seems to be the Day of Sharing at my office. Not 'share' as in sharing cookies, mind (although upon finding a cake with my name on it, I reckon that is the case, too). It's not - thank God - sharing workloads, either. It's sharing the... dirt? - I suppose - on other people. ...more

Tech babies

No, I haven't a child of my own. Yes, I'm a tech-geek. I know just about anything and everything that is needed to know about technology. I can build, dismantle, and rebuild a desktop computer. And I know the common prices of all the thingymajig in, on, or at one's computer/iPad/laptop/cellphone/smartphone. I can actually make programs to run in those computer/ipad/laptop/smartphone. Sounds presumptuous? ...more

The Color-coded

Life, folks, should never be color-coded.As an outsider, it's always amusing for me to watch how issues that started off as general issues (rights, income, children) tend to be dissected, shredded, and chopped - then one issue above all else would be touted out from said issue: color.My parents: ...more

Re-creating My Library

Once upon a time, I had a (roughly) 15x15 feet room; which I shared with my brother until I was 5 and he 3. We occupied half of the room with the twin beds, and the other half with our collective toys and books. On the far end of the room, dad built us our respective closets alongside our respective book shelves. Or book-closets, since they weren't really shelves at all. Each box was 3x3x3, and we had six of those - piled on top of each other. If I were to reach for the top-most box, I had to climb on my study desk, pick the book, and have my brother catch it....more

Feminism in 3rd world countries?

Ahh, feminism. The subject where women all over the US are tripping over themselves and each others to.. I dunno, wrap their heads around? Dissect and disembowl enough to validate themselves or or discredit the other side? Do we need men or not? Do we wear skirts or bras or trousers or bodices or not? Do we vote or not?...more
 @Isabel_Anders Thank you for your encouragement, Isabel!more