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God’s Dwelling Place

Posted in Uncategorized by litingyu on April 27, 2010
Then the word of the Lord came through the prophet Haggai: “Is it a time for you yourselves to be living in your paneled houses, while this house remains a ruin?”
Now this is what the Lord Almighty says: “Give careful thought to your ways. You have planted much, but harvested little. You eat, but never have enough. You drink, but never have your fill. You put on clothes, but are not warm. You earn wages, only to put them in a purse with holes in it.”
This is what the Lord Almighty says: “Give careful thought to your ways. Go up to the mountains and bring down timber and build the house, so that I may take pleasure and be honored,” say the Lord.
“You expected much, but see, it turned out to be little. What you brought home, I blew away. Why?” declares the Lord Almighty, “Because of my house, which remains a ruin, while each of you is busy with his own house […]”
Haggai 1:3-9
God purposely frustrates our human efforts to get ahead – school, life, work – because he wants to get our attention, to make us realize we are missing out on life, which is God.
He gets our attention through difficult circumstances. Question: how do you know you can trust in God, until you’re in a situation where you need to make the decision to trust him?
Or in other words, how do you know the strength of your anchor until you’re in a storm ?
Our love (trust and faith) for God must be tested: it’s human nature to try and work our way to comfort and security. God puts trials in our life to get our attention.
The most beautiful part is – He isn’t asking for perfection.
No, he only requires that you put forth your best, even if your best is broken, incomplete, ugly, because your best is a reflection of your current attitude and heart. And God will take pleasure and be honored in what your best has to offer.

Williams-Sonoma

Posted in Uncategorized by litingyu on January 5, 2010

Today was an interesting day.

Not only was it the first day of school, but S and I also successfully made our first batch of pasta from scratch !

Over winter break, a good friend introduced me to Williams-Sonoma…and there is simply no resisting that lovely, beautiful store. While perusing the fondue section, I passed by a doodad with an eye-catching metallic shade of red – “Imperia Pasta Machine” – it read.

I promptly returned the jeans I had bought for S, and purchased this cute little old-fashioned gadget as a fun gift for my food-loving boyfriend.

So in celebration of having nothing to study yet, and of 2010, we did a quick stop at Trader Joe’s to pick up some ground beef, onions, marinara, and a back-up pack of pasta should our little endeavor fail.

Imperia Pasta Machine

Rolling, rolling.

feeding it into the machine's mini-rolling pin

noodles coming out !!

fresh pasta!

Seriously, that was one of the most satisfying experiences ever (:

But of course, the beginning didn’t go as smoothly as expected. Our first try at making the dough resulted in an egg explosion…with an epic failure of runny yellow stuff with white chunks dripping off the dining table and onto the floor. However, that did not deter us, and it all worked out in the end!

the end product, with a bottle of Happiness !

Our freshly made pasta was actually quite delicious ! It has a chewiness to it that leaves me wanting more, and of course to top off our fun meal we had Trader Joe’s “Bottle of Happiness.” Isn’t that bottle something ?

Happy New Year everybody Ā ~ 2009 was superb, and I can only hope that 2010 will be just as sensational.

fight the gloom !

Posted in Uncategorized by litingyu on December 5, 2009

It is a gloomy day in Westwood, but Cafe Elysee is hoppin’ and poppin’ with students.

Boyfriend and I have joined the throng of studious looking hipsters, too smart for school, and fighting the cold with this:

deliciously frothy mocha latte.

I haven’t blogged in quite a while, but I had to drop by and scribble about the most amazing class at UCLA:

World Arts and Culture 144 – Make Art: Stop AIDS, with David Gere.

It was probably the most emotionally challenging class I’ve had, and I have to give props to Professor Gere – he’s as unconventional as it gets. Raised in farmsville, he finished college and went to India to study dance there. Then he got involved with AIDS work, linking together the public health realm with arts/drama, successfully reaching out to the thousands of people and educating them about HIV. Now he’s back at UCLA, teaching this class and sharing his passion with his students.

Nothing was easy – you learn about the international AIDS community and utilize arts for activism, then you’re required to plunge into your local community and research how AIDS has effected people right here in Los Angeles.

Never had I had a class where I’ve spent so much time and money…some of which was spent on buying a red glitter-dick from a sex shop for a “Sex West” Airline condom demonstration at Dickson Court, shouting “DO YOU MASTURBATE??” at the top of your lungs. It was quite an experience. I think I have shed all my shame and most of my the stigma that surrounds sex.

Anyways, the most important thing was the circle of girlfriends I gained from this craziness. After spending hours upon hours thinking up raunchy lines and researching Malawi (making fun of Madonna), there is no excuse not to bond.

So here’s the group of girls right before our condom demonstration on World AIDS day (:

Mouthy Women of Malawi

Mouthy Women of Malawi

Before I leave, answer me this: How does a bird fuck a bee ?

šŸ˜€ CHEERS !

foodie adventures

Posted in Uncategorized by litingyu on October 31, 2009

A few months ago, I was introduced to a strange girl with a winning smile, who had a crazy resemblance to Emma Watson.

Let us call her Hermione (:

Hermione @ La Provence (Brentwood)

Hermione @ La Provence (Brentwood)

I believe that in another life, Hermione and I would have been sisters.
We have the similar experiences, histories, outlooks in life, a wild passion for dessert, and most importantly – the willingness to hunt for GOOD FOOD.

Also we both laugh really loudly (though hers is more charming), and we have no qualms speaking publicly about things – bowel movements, hairy legs, and so forth – that are usually considered to be “TMI.”

But in every sense of the word, she is the most joyful person that I know. Also ambitious, driven, a list-maker, full of life and care for others. Yes, I am writing an ad for her, but no she really doesn’t need it. Oh well (:

FOODIE RULE: don’t be afraid to have dessert before dinner/lunch!

Today’s adventures began at Hotcakes Bakes, a quaint and very pink cupcake store on Centinela. The workers were extremely friendly, and seriously…I can’t get over the pinkness inside!

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lemon cupcake: recommend !

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so pink (:

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love the blackboard.

Lots of signs and postcards from people who’ve had ordered their cakes, and groups who’ve had batches of cupcakes made !

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heartfelt !

Then off to the loveliest little cafe in Brentwood: La Provence !

 

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La Provence (Brentwood)

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DESSERT !

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Macarons (<3) or..."macaroons" in America.

I’ve never had a macaron before tonight, but the moment their hazelnut macaron hit my taste buds, I knew it was over. I was hooked ! It was one of those orgasmic experiences, one where you can foresee the midnight cravings and “I NEED HAZELNUT MACARON!” moments during finals week.
Definitely recommend ! Also a cute date place / read by yourself with afternoon tea place (:

To end:

 

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Lenka !!

Thank you lovely roomie (: It was a wonderful night ~ with…quite an interesting experience. Ask me about it !

Until next time lovelies.

 

 

My Life in France

Posted in Uncategorized by litingyu on September 23, 2009
My Life in France by Julia Child

My Life in France by Julia Child

So recently I have been meandering through Julia Child’s lovely book about her travels in France with her hubby, all their foodie adventures as well as life lessons, and I must say…it has been one amazing journey.

Over the years I’ve gotten into the habit of zipping through books, often finishing them faster than what would be considered healthy. But with this one, I took my sweet, sweet time. And boy was it worthwhile !Ā Her stories are so chock-full of delicious little details and tender memories, it seemed only proper to slow down and enjoy them. As I plod along night after night in my bed with le cheelds, the other half of the book gradually thins…and I’m filled with a certain sadness, knowing that this wonderful journey will come to an end, soon. But not quite yet !

(: So let us rejoice, by learning how the French deal with extreme inebriation.


Julia Child

Julia Child

What to do if you are passed out on the floor from over-consumption of alcohol, according to the French:

“…[Chef Verge, a good friend of Julia Child’s, recalls how his aunt would cureĀ his uncle of extreme alcohol consumption] We’d start eating and drinking around tenĀ o’clock Sunday morning, and we wouldn’t stop till about five. At that point, the men would all troop out into the village, where they’d spend an hour or two in the cafe drinking aperitifs.The women washed up and began cooking dinner.

Julia Child and Chef Bugnard of The Cordon Bleu

Julia Child and Chef Bugnard of The Cordon Bleu

One of my uncles – he must have been seventy-five at the time – would get so drunk that he’dĀ fall on the floor.Ā When the eating and drinking started up again, my aunt would take a pairĀ of scissors and cut a vein in his ear. By the time he’d bled enough, he’d get up and join right in with the rest of us!”

Wowza.

(: bleed it out hm ?