School and OJT has been stressing me (physically and mentally) so bad these couple of days.
I miss home and how comforting everything seems to be over there. Please take me to Cagayan de Oro right now. :-(
Being in the crazy kitchen everyday for more than 6 hours a day, everyday (yes, including Sundays) finally took its toll on me. I’M OFFICIALLY SICK. I hate having to work and feel so uncomfortable because of my runny nose and drowsy feeling. Plus the addition of my incredibly dry throat and sore legs aren’t helping at all. My body is still not used to this insanely demanding pace and work load. Lord, please help me get better very, very soon. :-(
9 hours to go until my first day of OJT at Cafe Ysabel begins! Goodness, time flies so fast! I could still remember writing a blog entry 3 months ago about how nervous and excited I was for my first day of culinary class and now, we’re on to our on-the-job-training already.
I really hope I’ll learn a lot from this experience be it good or bad. I’m just glad I was grouped with my close friends in class so we could get through this together. I know this isn’t going to be a smooth sailing ride but I believe it’s still going to be a lot of fun.
De La Salle University - Manila’s Library.
SRSLY now? Lucky undergrads. :|
Our culinary batch and my friend, Jay, gets featured on the Philippine news program, 24-Oras.
Day 16 - Something that you want to do within the next five years.
My goal within the next five years is to be doing something I’m passionate about. I’m hoping it’s about food.
- I want to be able to travel and take more classes on cuisine and pastry abroad.
- I want to be able to experience working at a five-star hotel or under a well-renowned chef.
- Open my very own restaurant at my home sweet home that is Cagayan de Oro.
Since I started my culinary classes at CACS, not a single day has passed where I did not look forward to going to class (yes, even on exam days). I enjoy being in school a lot and I learn a ton of things in just one day.
I am really happy where I am today and I can’t wait to see what God has in store for me in the coming years. But I’m taking everything as it comes - day by day.
[Photo by Jjay Cabelin]
I missed day 16 (May 16, 2010) of the Tumblr Challenge because since my relatives are here and day 16 falls on a Sunday, I was out for family day. I was pretty tired from the previous night so I woke up late, we left for the 2:30 P.M. church service at CCF St. Francis (amazing and comical speaker btw), and hung out at Megamall right after.
Dinner at Saisaki, SM Megamall
My cousin, Cay and I
with Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago. ( See how I am not peculiarly tall at all? Even the senator is taller than me :| Jeeeez )
Yesterday in class, we learned how to make soufflés and custards. Overall, it was an amazing day. Since we were only given three recipes for the day, Bujong and I were paired up to create Soufflé Au Grand Marnier (Orange Soufflé). Things went really well. We were able to create a great base for the soufflé, whipped the eggwhites to a soft peak, lightened the base and folded the eggwhites to the base with extra care and correct timing, and the end result was 8 ramekins holding our beautiful (very delicious) soufflés. I am so proud of myself and my partner Bujong as well as my three other groupmates for the lovely creme brulee they’ve made.
Just as I was starting to love dessert making, we’ll be taking a break from it and move to pork/poultry/duck/lamb fabrication for the upcoming weeks. Tomorrow will be our last pastry arts session until the 1st of May (which happens to be my mom’s birthday and I want to come home badly). BOO
No long boring talk after all.
These are my group mates from culinary and pastry arts class.
On another note, the school’s welcoming party for us freshmen is next Saturday already and I still don’t have a dress!!! I really hope Trixia and I can find the perfect LBD tomorrow!
Today, I waited for an hour in the classroom only to find out that our lecture on gastronomy was cancelled and will be moved to another date. Bummer. I could’ve left for CdO today had I known! In school, I’ve been getting along way better with the boys than the girls. Which goes to show why I’m the only girl sitting on the right side of the classroom while all the others are on the left. It doesn’t matter since I hardly talk anyway. Next week, we’ll be wearing our uniforms already. With the shoes, of course. I’d love to show you a photo but I can’t find the means to. I left my camera and cellphone cables back home and my webcam doesn’t seem to function.
Anyway, tomorrow’s the day!I have to wake up friggin’ early though! I have to be up at 4:30 A.M. and leave the house by 6 for my 8:15 flight.
Right now, I’m typing extremely slow to avoid make dents on my newly polished nails.
I’m hungry and my snack’s here which means, I got to go.
I have nothing to do and I don’t feel like watching television. I did finish watching all of the old dvd’s here though and three of those films all have Colin Firth in it (That he’s starting to grow on me now). I read all my new magazines, surfed the net, and right now, I’m trying to go through and understand a 20-page handout on gastronomy. It has a lot of huge and foreign words that boggles me.
Today in class, we were told that our welcoming party (to be hosted by the upperclassmen) will be on the 17th of April. Dress code is all black and attendance to the party is a must (unless we’d rather serve an additional 100 hours in the kitchen). I’m not at all into the party scene; not a single bone in my body has interest in going to clubs and drinking ‘til the wee hours of the morning but we all have to comply on this one (except for the drinking and smoking, duh). So the big question is: WHAT AM I GOING TO WEAR?!!!
On a different note, I’m excited to see T for lunch (and lunch only since she has work BOO) tomorrow! But really, thanks a lot for making time, T.
Another thing to be excited about: My visit to my home sweet home on Friday! Nothing beats the idea of home and the presence of my adorable family. But despite the fact that I’m extremely happy to go home for a short bit, I actually don’t like to miss my 6th lecture class on Saturday. That’s what make-up classes are for, I guess.
I survived Culinary MATH. Who knew?
Just as luck would have it, I was never called to write down my solution and answer on the board. That’s right, NEVER! It was like I was meant to just chill in Math class. To make things way better, we were dismissed an hour and a half early. Ahh, pure joy. But I still dislike you, Math!!!
Today, we were given our school uniforms. I hated it at first (during enrollment where I had my fitting), but I’m starting to like it now that I got to wear it with the entire set. I have to say it looks quite good. But the kitchen clogs look really funny to me. But I’d rather wear the clogs than have something bad happen to my toes.
I’m nervous about the kitchen tasks already! Even if it’s still in two weeks. I’m scared of a lot of things, really. But my fears are way overpowered with excitement and curiosity. I hope Culinary is as fun as I think it is!
My ultimate reminder: STUDY HARD. AIM HIGH DON’T SETTLE FOR MEDIOCRITY. DON’T GET DISTRACTED!
Second reminder: DON’T GET FAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAT.
So far, I’ve been having a wonderful time in my Culinary classes. That it’s like, lately, the stars are on my side. It hasn’t been this wonderful during the start of the year. I really hated 2010 then. I thought it was going to be my worst year ever! After all the successive miseries and mishaps. Oh well, that was then, and this is now. I feel like I’m finally in the right direction (so far).
Today, I had my French Culinary class and we had Ms. Cecile Mauricio as our instructor. She is remarkably chic and if you close your eyes and listen to her speak in French, you’d think she’s a true-blue Parisienne. She speaks the language so beautifully and she has the guns to back it up, too. She holds one of the highest levels in languages at the Alliance Française de Manille. She totally made my day. So far (I have to keep stressing that just because…), the instructors are incredibly inspiring. Miss Cecile has given me a ton of beautiful words of encouragement and valuable advices to motivate me to continue to study French. All those kind words, coming from her, really meant a lot me. And to think that she’s a really strict instructor (but not to me, YET), I think she’s amazing. *winkwink*
I love my school and the opportunities and experiences it’s giving me. Thank you, God.
TOMORROW IS THE DAY. I’m really looking forward to my first day of culinary class but at the same time, I’m fifty times more nervous about going back to school. I hope things turn out well. God, I lift up everything to you.