Strong as 10 Men, a List of 5 Favourites!

In my childhood, there was a figure that competed for my love alongside Godzilla, and that was Hercules! The Roman, the OG, the Bactrian Buddha buddy, however you sculpt your lion-pelted demigod, I was a fan! With my cartoon-drenched childhood in mind, I present to you some of my favourite portrayals as a child, along with some interesting traditional versions that I encountered as an adult.

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The Dead Zone

At the centre of the impending storm is a teacher at the local high school, a young man who goes by the unlikely name of John Smith, no middle name. Johnny is a charming, sympathetic character, a teacher beloved by his students, and he is in love with Sarah Bracknell. In his heart of hearts, Johnny believes that teaching is his true talent, and is what he has been intended to do in this life.

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Crazy Rich Asians

It has everything from New York desserts to Singaporean dumplings, from absurdly extravagant fashion choices to jewellery straight from royalty, and Kris fcking Aquino, of course wearing yellow.

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Night Shift

I’ve had the opportunity to read Night Shift when I was much younger, but there were only a few of the twenty stories that left enough of a mark on me that I remember details ten years later. Strawberry Spring is one of them, as was Quitters Inc., but my favourite by far is I Am The Doorway.

Our main character is an astronaut who has been exposed to an alien life force during his mission in space. Alien beings now inhabit his body, and have recently emerged as eyes on the his hands.

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Roast Pork Belly Sinigang

After years and years of making sinigang for my sinigang-obsessed family, I finally decided to try and make it differently, just for fun. The result is a stewier, thicker, more intense dish that is probably how I’m going to be making sinigang 4 out of 5 times, it’s that good.

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Bicol Express

I’ve always been in love with coconut milk as an ingredient. One of my favourite Filipino dishes is Pininyahang Manok (chicken stewed in pineapple and coconut milk), which melds the rich flavours of coconut milk with the tangy sweetness of pineapple.

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Dani’s Bachelorette!

My bridal party and I drove over to St. Catharines and Niagara-on-the-Lake for my very low-key bachelorette weekend! Since I’m not one for a themed party, we instead decided that we would drive out to a small tourist town in Ontario, book something cute from Airbnb, check out new restaurants and hiking trails, and dig into a greasy box of fried chicken in our pyjamas while watching rom coms with face masks on.

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Homecoming

Home: the going back, the getting there, the vivid memories of how food really tastes like dancing on the back of your tongue, lending flavour to whatever pale ghost of an imitation it is that you can get wherever you currently are. The sheen of summer sweat on brown skin during dreamily imagined summer scorchers of days taking on moments of romanticism in deep winter.

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Toronto Bites: bb’s diner

For our 6th anniversary (6th! Can you believe it?), Mikaius and I spent our day out eating good food and exploring the Ontario Science Centre! We decided to go to bbs diner for lunch, a Filipino diner at 76 Lippincott Street that looks, feels, and tastes like your grandma’s kitchen. Whatever your grandma’s kitchen was […]

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Toronto Bites: NishDish Marketeria

We are resurrecting our Toronto Bites series this year with Nishdish Marketeria! The last one we did was of The Good Fork, way back in February 2016 – go check it out here! Mikaius and I found ourselves in Toronto on a beautifully sunny late winter day. We were going to check out Queen Video’s […]

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The Hobbit (1977)

We’ve been on a Tolkien kick, lately, and we spent the last two weekends making our way through the original Peter Jackson trilogy. Mikaius’ favourite is Fellowship, while I lean more towards Two Towers. I am a sucker for everything Rohan, while he is a sucker for anything that makes his cold black heart feel things. Folks, […]

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Carrie

Grad school has been taking up most of my time, and the next few months up until graduation will be hectic, I can tell you that much. Choosing to read Stephen King is a deliberate choice in self-care because the man has been one of my favourite authors for over a decade now, and doing […]

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Ghouls and Tools : The Man from Earth Review

Taking place in the modern day – it was released in 2007, but with no technological references, it fits as well today as it did then – the entire movie takes place in a cabin. More specifically, it takes place around a fireplace, rarely sidestepping into the other rooms or outside. Seven people gather to see […]

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