NORMAN and ME.

Sometimes I get a little bit jealous when I see my friends’ pictures with their boyfriends, fiances, or husbands. I don’t feel too bad about it though. Right from the start, it was really clear to me that Norman and I can’t really have one of those pictures together unless I randomly wake up in Singapore, or he magically appears in Manila.

So in the meantime..
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Isn’t Norman truly, madly, insanely cute? Haha..

Norman’s cute like that. He’s a tanned cutie with little Chinese baby eyes and darling cheeks. My favorite part of his face is his nose though, for reasons that I can’t really explain. His features are generally baby-like, but his nose brings the masculity on. Don’t even get me started on his smile. Ooohhh, his smile. 🙂

I’d love to post pictures of him, but he has massive privacy issues, and I respect that. He’s such a private person, so I try to limit my Norman-sharing in terms of his information and our conversations. I don’t write about our problems either, though I do acknowledge that they happen. I try not to be too cheesy in public about how I feel about him, because it means a lot more when it’s just him and me talking. That’s how we are. We’re introverts like that.:)

NOTE: By the way, my Norman doesn’t use Facebook anymore. I have another “Norman” in my friends list– same name, same city, same age. It’s hard to believe, but they’re two different Normans (or, in plural form, Nor-MEN?). So I guess people from my circle can stop stalking Norman Chia now. Mr. Chia’s good looking and all, but he’s not my Norman.:)

BIRTHDAY THOUGHTS 1.

Happy Birthday to M.E., me!:)

Seriously, my birthday’s my ultimate favorite day of the year. Of course, 2014 is no exception. Damn it, I’m 23 now!:)

Right now, I’m checked in off the radar. Noelle and Clary are coming over for a sleepover. I’m really excited for it because our last sleepover was FIVE years ago when i turned 18.

It’s kind of weird to be thinking about breakfast right now, but I seriously am. I’m thinking of having some Indian curry. Perfect timing, of course, as I’ve been craving it for almost a month now, and never really bothered to settle for anything less than authentic. I love my dimsum and my dumplings with all my heart, but Indian-Muslim food is just so special in ways i can’t really point out.

I really wish I could come up with a more visually-appealing way of presenting my thoughts, but unfortunately, my Sun Broadband Mobile WiFi isn’t working, so I have to blog using the browser on my phone.

The first greeting of BIRTHDAY 2014 came from my super-thoughtful former roommate, Ira.:) She’s always been such a sweetheart, and I’m glad my first greeting came from someone whom I love very dearly.
Norman greeted me at 12:05 (Philippine Standard Time), along with the little animal emotes we call “pets”. I’ll post a picture of that when I can.:) Norman has IPPT later in the afternoon, so I’d rather have him rest a lot for now to prepare.

Goodness, I can’t stop thinking about my Indian curry!<3 5 hours to go.. 5 hours to go!

This is gonna be fun, being 23 and everything. I still can't believe it though. ^_^

CURRY.

Kitty Picture.

I have this habit of randomly sharing picture of cute things with Norman. Like if I see something cute on We Heart It, Tumblr, or Facebook, I’d immediately take a screenshot and send it to him via Skype or Whatsapp. It doesn’t matter if we’re talking about politics, food or education– all conversations stop at the simplest sight of a cute dog, rabbit, baby, hamster or panda.

It’s one of my random things, I guess.

Apparently it’s his thing now too.

Today was just one of those days when he’d tease me and find entertainment in me getting pissed. Today alone, I had threatned to bite him, pull his hair and beat him up in pretty black leggings. That’s the last time he’ll ever con me into thinking that he forgot my birthday. It was just one of those days when we were both just being stupid.

Just when I thought that my randomness didn’t matter so much to him, he sent me a link which led me to..
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share with you kitty picture
make you happy

I just never thought he actually pays that much attention to the little things I like.

Yeah.

언니 (unni) PQ Style.

One of the many awesome things about being home in Parañaque is that a Korean supermarket (yes, I’m using supermarket and not just store) is never too far away for me to get my Korean quick fix. I kind of feel like I’m in the metro’s Little Korea sometimes. I have a wide selection of Korean stuff, and if they don’t have what I’m looking for, there’s sure to be another supermarket a few blocks away. I live in an are with a high concentration of Korean nationals, and my goodness, I’m loving it.:)

I love it so much, that I sometimes have little Korean-inspired dinners.
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..and yes, this was one of those instances.

Today I had Shin Ramyun Black, a Black Bean Calcium drink, and Norman’s favorite– kimchi. Honestly, I had the idea to get Korean food, because I was talking to Normy earlier today about food. He really likes kimchi, that I’m seriously starting to wonder if he’s an undercover Korean just pretending to be Singaporean, haha! By the way, Norman’s last name sounds slightly Korean too, though it’s actually Hainanese.

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I really like kimchi. My ex-roommate, Ira, can attest to that! I never thought it was possible, but there was a time when I was slightly fed up with kimchi, and it was when I was in Korea wherein loads and loads of kimchi would seemingly come out of nowhere. I like to think of that time as a rough patch in my love affair with kimchi, and right now, I’m proud to say that the relationship is stronger than ever.:)

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I think this is the first time I had Shin Ramyun Black. I almost never see it in local supermarkets, and not all Korean stores carry the variant. It’s slighty more expensive, but it was really good. The mushroom chunks and other trimings were a lot bigger, and there was more seasoning, as opposed to the regular Shin Ramyuns.

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I had some of this too. I like soy milk and all its simple glory, so I was way curious about what black bean soy milk had to offer. Didn’t disappoint at all! It’s like regular soy milk, but better. Sadly, it’s expensive. One milk box cost me Php30.

Of course, a Korean-inspired home dinner wouldn’t be complete without..
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Yeah, KBS. Haha.

I don’t think I’ve ever mentioned this to anyone, but I have this weird way of holding chopsticks. Like way weird. It’s really B-A-D since I’m part Chinese, and I regularly go to chopstick restaurants.
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The sticks aren’t really supposed to cross. Rather than going up and down, I tend to manipulate the upper stick side to side. It gets a lot worse when I think about it. I’m not really sure where I picked up that incorrectness, but I think it’s been something I’ve been doing since I was a little kid, but was just never corrected.

The part of greater strangeness?
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I actually do a better job at holding chopsticks with my left hand. To be fair, I’m ambidextrous, which means that I don’t have a non-dominant hand, just a less dominant hand. Then again, it gets ruined when I overthink.

I should have Korean-inspired dinners more often! It’s fun. Maybe I should go buy tteokbokki and fish cake next time. Oh wells. No pressure to it, after all, the Korean supermarket’s just a 10-minute walk away.:)