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  • .: Joni’s New World :.

    Welcome to Joni's New World! Here you will find my thoughts on anything I am currently obsessing over: mostly Literature, languages, and travel. View the cloud down there for a better representation of subjects.

    I've been blogging since 2005. My early posts were on Multiply but have since exported those to Blogger. See if you can find that. (Actually not that hard.)

  • .: My Calendar :.

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  • Weekly Gratefulness List (July 31 to August 6, 2016)

    Posted By on August 21, 2016

    –big move

    Stressful as heck but finally successfully did it. Thanks to C for the help!

    –this Pinoy dinner

    I told the Bunny that we should have halo-halo after we’ve moved. And so we had this the next day. Yum!


    And then the next days were pretty much a lot of unpacking, cleaning, and organizing. What fun! (No, not really. But was really happy to know that the worst of the move has passed.)

    Thank you! More please!


    Weekly Gratefulness List (July 24 to 30, 2016)

    Posted By on August 19, 2016

    It was a pretty crazy week of packing and moving stuff. I did get to:

    –squeeze in five hours of writing

    …which was not enough but grateful still because it was more than I would usually get.

    –NYFA check in

    The talk was about public speaking and how to better present ourselves.


    Saw the award-winning Pinoy film “Toto”

    –Chinatown date

    We had been craving for fried chicken for quite a while now. This wasn’t exactly fried but still good.


    –kitchen success: chicken adobo


    Thank you! More please!


    Weekly Gratefulness List (July 17 to 23, 2016)

    Posted By on August 18, 2016

    –2016 Book #11: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

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    –productive goal-setting meeting with NYFA mentor M


    Being productive never fails to make me really hungry so….

    –date night was wings and shrimp and spinach pizza!


    –My orchid plant has started blooming


    Thank you! More please!!


    Weekly Gratefulness List (July 10 to 16, 2016)

    Posted By on August 15, 2016

    –NYFA Alumni Mixer

    NYFA events are always inspiring. I feel so grateful that I get to be a part of it.



    –coffee with E

    I met E in Shanghai shortly before I moved back home to Manila. She later moved to Manila for work and then is in the US for a training program (in CA) and some travel (everywhere!) so we got to catch up while she was in NYC. It’s nice to stay in touch with friends over the years and across the oceans.

    –We got to see our cute Jojo!

    –We found taho in NYC!!

    Not exactly like Manila’s taho but close enough.

    The sign. Bunny going to get me one. Me eating it!

    The sign. Bunny going to get me one. Me eating it!

    –sold three things on Poshmark, two of which was on the same day

    A new record for me, I think. Use my referral code “BUZZA” so we both get $5 in credits.

    Thank you! More please!!


    Sauted Green Beans in Garlic Butter: a recipe

    Posted By on July 25, 2016

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    I came up with this idea because I had leftover green beans after cooking sinigang. I figured, anything with garlic and butter should be good, right? YES. It was insanely good. Even so much better than what I imagined. And what’s even more awesome is that it’s so easy that anyone can make it. Here’s how:


    • green beans
    • butter (about a quarter of a bar? Depends on how much green beans you have. Or your conscience.)*
    • chopped garlic (the whole bulb, if I were you)
    • salt and pepper (to taste)

    *If your conscience can’t take it, maybe you can use olive oil instead. I haven’t tried that though but it should still be good. Just maybe not as good? Your heart might thank you for it later.



    1. Melt the butter in low to medium heat.
    2. Put the chopped garlic in. Wait for maybe half a minute.
    3. Put the green beans in. Cover for a few minutes at a time but stir every so often to cook evenly (or when bored).
    4. Add salt and pepper. Stir to distribute flavors evenly.
    5. Wait until the beans are fully cooked and the garlic bits are crispy. Season with more salt and pepper to taste.
    6. Stir, stir, stir.
    7. Serve with rice. Lots of rice.

    I’m drooling just remembering this. Will cook it again really soon.

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    Weekly Gratefulness List (July 3 to 9, 2016)

    Posted By on July 21, 2016

    –4th of July performance with the Dyker Singers at Staten Island

    We stayed afterwards to watch the fireworks. I have no pictures of the performance or the fireworks, but I have these in between (after the performance while waiting for the fireworks):


    –2016 Book #10: “The Girl on the Train”

    I reached my goal of 10 books this year and it’s just half of the year! Yay!

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    –pain-free passport renewal

    I will have to go back to pick it up but I was so happy that there was no line, no unreasonable requirements, no attitude from staff. I almost collapsed in relief and happiness when I was done.

    Thank you! More please!!


    Weekly Gratefulness List (June 26 to July 2, 2016)

    Posted By on July 19, 2016

    –2016 Book #9: “Go Set A Watchman”

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    –My book talk at Dyker Library

    –birthday dinner for mom

    –day trip to New Haven, CT

    We went for the pizza:


    And checked out some museums, one of which was the Yale Center for British Art which was having an exhibit called “The Poet of Them All: William Shakespeare and Miniature Designer Bindings”. They were so cute and tiny! I managed to take some pictures before the guard saw and stopped me.


    –free Dunkin Donuts drink that’s bigger than my big face


    Thank you! More please!!


    Weekly Gratefulness List (June 19 to 25, 2016)

    Posted By on July 15, 2016

    –date day was at Manila Social Club

    We finally got to try Manila Social Club, home of the $100 golden ube doughnut. We did not get that though. (Possibly because we do not have $100 to spare for a doughnut.) I had tortang talong with garlic fried rice, and the Bunny got mango souffle pancake. The free appetizer on the side is pandesal with some sort of ube jam. We were happy.


    –got a nice surprise which will remain unsaid at this point

    –NYFA – meet the mentors

    NYFA’s IAP is a godsend to me. It gives me hope that it is possible. Whatever “it” is.

    –dinner with V

    Always a pleasure to catch up with a lovely friend over yummy food! (That’s garlic chips in chili sauce on the side.)

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    –2016 book #8: Denton Little’s Death Date

    I read this for one of my book clubs. It’s YA and not what I would usually read but it’s nice to change it up from time to time.

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    –Reno trip

    Hanging out with our new friends in Reno:


    Thank you! More please!!


    Weekly Gratefulness List (June 12 to 18, 2016)

    Posted By on July 12, 2016

    This week is filled with activities galore. Plus, I’ve been really sociable too.

    –I started the week hanging out with my friend I for an action-packed Sunday:

    • We watched the musical “The Color Purple”

    I read the book but could not remember much. All I could recall was how heavy the book made me feel while reading it. I was then bracing myself for some heavy drama but the musical, thankfully, was surprisingly funny despite the serious subject.


    • Incidentally, it was also the Puerto Rican Day Parade! And we got to check it out first in Manhattan, then Brooklyn. My friend I is Puerto Rican, btw.


    • And we also had some Latin American food for both lunch and merienda . These are for merienda:


    –reconnected with cousins N and J

    I played NYC tour guide for the day as long-lost relatives and their friend were in town for a vacation. We covered:


    • Rockefeller Center
    • (passed by Radio City, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Lego, Coach, etc.)
    • Empire State Building
    • Brooklyn Bridge City Hall
    • Manhattan end of Brooklyn Bridge
    • Oculus
    • Shopping at Century 21
    **Downtown Brooklyn
    • Barclay’s Center
    • Atlantic Center (some shopping!)
    • Brooklyn Bridge Park (view of Brooklyn Bridge, Manhattan Bridge, Williamsburg Bridge)
    • Grimaldi’s Pizzeria

    And these are their pasalubongs for us as well as the Grimaldi pizza for dinner. Yum!


    –Shanghainese dinner with friends T and H

    Catching up over food is always a good idea. I wasn’t able to take a picture of the pork dish but it was yummy too. Also, I took a picture of my tea because it has J for Joni.


    –kitchen success: Arroz ala Cubana

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    Thank you! More please!!


    Weekly Gratefulness List (June 5 to 11, 2016)

    Posted By on July 10, 2016

    –Suggested User on Poshmark!

    Finally. I must admit that I had given up on being one but yay!! I hope this will bring me more sales. Doobeedoobeedoo! If you want to join Poshmark and sell and shop too, please use my code BUZZA so we both get $5 credit. Or let me know and I’ll send you an invite.

    –Vinted Meetup

    Had a successful swap and shop meetup with fellow Vinties in and around NYC. Super fun!


    Thank you! More please!