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Friday, July 31, 2009

Flickr Pro Dream Comes True!

I am happy to say that I am the proud owner of a pro account on flickr!! Remember how I was going to add it to my birthday wish list? Well Hubby was super thoughtful and gifted me with a pro account earlier this week, and I have been a happy camper ever since.

my flickr home page looks so much better with that small "pro" icon

I was running out of uploading room (at 179 out of 200 photos), and I was reluctantly uploading on Picasa. Now I don't have a great relationship with Picasa because there's only about a 75% success rate of the photos actually making an appearance when I add them to my blog posts. That's not the 100% that I was hoping for, and I'll admit that I was falling in love with flickr. With the ease of uploads, amazing ability to maintain the quality, and organization made for neat freaks like me, it was a match made in heaven.

Now I'm on an uploading frenzy. I have no upload limit whatsoever, and that means every photo is getting ready for its grand appearance. Yay! Be prepared for oodles of yummy photo porn in upcoming entries. China recaps are coming soon!!

sneak peak of the recaps with the cutest little boy I ever met
check out that watermark!! props to hubby with the amazing idea!

Thursday, July 30, 2009

About Ovaltine

While walking around Acme with Hubby with no grocery list in hand, Hubby decided that he wanted chocolate milk. Since we have a gallon of milk in the fridge, we had the perfect excuse. After walking around aimlessly in search of syrup and/or Ovaltine, I just asked the worker for assistance. His response was something along the lines of, "I think it's in aisle 2... and what is Ovaltine anyways?" Oh boy.. I must be getting old if this teenager has no idea what Ovaltine is. Well we'll ignore his comment and move right on. I declared that the syrups were a no go with all of them listing high fructose corn syrup as the first ingredient. I felt better with sugar as the main ingredient in the chocolate powders. Since we were in search of Ovaltine to begin with, it was clearly the one for us.

What is Ovaltine exactly? Let's use the trusty Wikipedia as our main source and do some research. Here's the break down:
  • brand of milk flavoring product made with sugar (except in Switzerland), malt extract, cocoa, and whey
  • developed in Switzerland, where it is known by its original name, Ovomaltine (from ovum, Latin for "egg", and malt, originally its main ingredients)
  • was exported to England in 1909; it was a misspelling in the trademark registration that led to the name being truncated to Ovaltine in English-speaking markets
  • popular chocolate malt version is a powder which is mixed with hot or cold milk as a beverage
  • U.S. children's radio series Little Orphan Annie (1931–1940) and Captain Midnight (1938–1949) were sponsored by Ovaltine
  • "Ovaltine" is an anagram for "Vital One"
  • In Hong Kong, like Horlicks, Ovaltine is known as a cafĂ© drink; the powder is sold without sugar, to be sweetened to taste by the consumer
  • In Brazil it is commonly mixed with vanilla ice cream
I am a sucker for brands that have been around for a long time, especially those that play a part in my favorite part of history (1930s-1960s). I was actually introduced to Ovaltine back when I was a kid watching "Supermarket Sweep." What.. you don't remember the show? Let me remind you with this clip...

It pretty much convinced me that Ovaltine was a super yummy product, but I never got a chance to try it out. Now that I'm older and have full purchasing power (without my parents yelling at me for buying "junk" food), it was time for me to experiment. At Acme they had three kinds available: Classic Malt, Chocolate Malt, and Rich Chocolate. Seeing how Nesquick, Ovaltine's main competitor, did not offer any products with "malt" in the title, I knew that I had to either get Classic Malt or Chocolate Malt. We were in the mood for chocolate, and that solved our problem.

Ovaltine's Chocolate Malt

Product Description from the Ovaltine website:
"With a unique and wonderful malt taste, Ovaltine Chocolate Malt is the mix you can't resist. Over the years it has become a staple of the American family. Fortified with eight vitamins and minerals, Ovaltine Chocolate Malt is rich in antioxidants: vitamins A and C."

While back home we mixed 5 heaping tablespoons of the powder with a large glass of cold milk. It was delightful with a nice chocolate taste. It was much different from the chocolate milk with Hershey's syrup that I am usually accustomed to. Surprisingly, it reminded me of my childhood. Do you remember the pouches of chocolate milk that came with the school lunches? It tastes exactly like that, and boy was that a pleasant surprise. The malt taste is subtle (or maybe I was just so dazed reminiscing about my childhood) and delicious. As am extra bonus, Ovaltine is fortified with vitamins and minerals.

milk pouches from my childhood are similar to the ones shown in the bottom half of the photo - (source)

After enjoying a nice tall glass of Ovaltine, I am declaring it a Yin approved product! Sweet! Next time we'll mix in 4 heaping tablespoons instead of 5. Hubby prefers it to be not too strong in flavor, and I think 4 tablespoons will yield the perfect Ovaltine concoction. Yumm!

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

China Recap Posts Coming Soon!

Earlier this year I went back to the motherland for the first time with my parents for five weeks. I have been meaning to do a HUGE post on my experience and everything that I learned on my journey back home. I just haven't found the time or motivation to go through over a thousand photos and organize them into posts. I'm hoping to slowly blog about my trip, and here are a few videos for starters.

{Little Background}

Every year my parents return to China for the Ching Ming Festival (also known as Clear Bright Festival, Ancestors Day or Tomb Sweeping Day). Around the end of March/beginning of April, families go back to their ancestors' graves to pay respect and make offerings. It was now my turn to experience it for myself and have a greater understanding of where my ancestors came from. Since I'm not that great of a photographer, I decided to record a few videos to greater capture my experience.

*For anyone who is out on the market for a video camera, I would highly recommend that you avoid the flip mino HD. While the slim body was attractive, it didn't help much with stability. As a result most of my videos are really shakey. Boo.


via Digg

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Happy Anniversary!!

Dear Hubby,

Can you believe it's been 4 years since we first met and fell in love? That sure does sound like a heck of a long time, but it's just a small dent in the lifetime we'll spend together. You are my best friend, my fiance, my soul mate, and my everything! I cannot wait to see what the future has in store for us. I love you. Happy anniversary!


{Let's take a look back down memory lane...}

{me being shy}

{hubby being relaxed}

{at morimoto's - just friends}

{we're officially together}

{at my sister's wedding - august 2005}

{spring 2009}

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Fashion Spotlight: Sale at Urban Outfitters

Since Anthropologie is owned by Urban Outfitters, it only makes sense for me to love this store as well. While the prices are not as friendly as Target, I do love to make a run for the clearance racks in the back of the store. I usually find items for $10 (shirts, dresses, pants, etc), and sometimes I splurge on an extra special item (2 amazingly cute dresses). The best deals can be found in stores. I usually go back online to find that the price is usually at least double what I paid for. Urban Outfitters is currently having a sale both in stores and online, and I couldn't help but to browse. Here's what I found...

{Silence & Noise Applique Mesh Front Tee}
orig. $42, now $9.99

{NEAL by Neal Sperling Knit Tulip Skirt}
orig. $48, now $9.99

{Ecote Denim One Piece}
orig. $88, now $9.99

{Ecote Denim Bikini Top & Bottom}
orig. $76, now $9.98

{Laser Cut Nature Hoops}
orig. $18, now $9.99

{Rose Bowl Ring}
orig. $20, now $9.99

{Flower Bobby Pin}
orig. $12, now $4.99

{Square Bottom Readers}
orig. $18, now $4.99

{Spitfire Round Reader}
orig. $38, now $9.99

{Miss A Kit}
orig. $18, now $9.99

{Ikimono Camera}
orig. $20, now $9.99

{Monogrammed Mugs}
orig. $8, now $4.99

{Bamboo Birdcage Lantern}
orig. $24, now $14.99
not sure why this was in the $10 & under search, but it's too cute to omit from this post

{Oak Jewelry Stand}
orig. $14, now $9.99

Make sure to check out the sale at Urban Outfitters this weekend either online (free return and exchanges!) or in store. Free shipping on orders $150+. Sale ends on Sunday, July 26th!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Fashion Spotlight: Anthropologie

If I had $1,000 to splurge on clothes, I would spend a lovely day in Anthropologie to shop to my heart's delight. Since that is not the case (I'm poor), I will just have to drool all over the keyboard.