Friday, December 12, 2014

Pre-seasoned supermarket chicken sold with pseudo-Asian font

Season's Greetings! Here's another utterly mundane PINK MANHATTAN post, one of many as of late. Hey, we all have to eat, and what's better than "cooking" pre-seasoned or, heck, frozen, foods that taste better than expected? Bless the people who have made this possible (not that I've ever been an avid cook)! Speaking of pre-seasoned food, I've been addicted to this chicken from the supermarket that tastes really good; it's marinated in some kind of spicy red sauce. I noticed yesterday that this package of ready-to-cook pre-seasoned chicken had a label on it saying it's chicken, in some kind of pseudo-Asian font. That got me thinking...could this be kimchi sauce? Has Korean flavor arrived in mainstream America dressed up as nondescript oriental fare? It's going to be an interesting experiment when I go buy a jar of kimchi sauce to compare (Edited to add: Or could it be gochujang sauce?) (Image:

Saturday, November 08, 2014

My November 2014 Top Fragrance Favorites List

This is my Top 5 fragrance list for November. I have no idea what my year end list is gonna look like. Aside from the occasional taste for a warm, smoky scent reminiscent of temple incense, or a clean and fresh citric palate cleanser, Creed Virgin Island Water with notes of lime, coconut and white rum is just about my daily signature perfume. I think I enjoy sharp and refreshing hesperides a lot: lemons and limes, even if they're just supporting notes within a blend. I still can't live without my sweet gourmand coconuts and vanillas, though, especially on these increasingly cold days when I want to be wrapped in warm comfort. All in all, I'm enjoying a laid-back vibe in scents.

1. Creed Virgin Island Water
2. Demeter Kahala Pina Colada
3. Lavanila Coconut
4. Creed Jasmin Imperatrice Eugenie
5. 4711

Friday, November 07, 2014

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Monday, October 27, 2014

Deco Futurism

The Glass City by Heinz Hajek-Halke

The Glass City by Heinz Hajek-Halke, c. 1950

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

"The Marriage of Figaro" at the Met

"Mozart, though, is a true democrat: Figaro may not have the same intricate music, maybe not even the fine words, but his emotions, his desires, and his love have no less value or importance than those of his suave, sophisticated master. The marriage of Figaro and Susanna has the same moral and aesthetic merit as that of the Count and the Countess. That’s the story of the opera and of the current of world history that thrusts it, as timely as ever, into the twenty-first century." Read the article: “The Marriage of Figaro” at the Met by Richard Brody, October 22, 2014 The New Yorker

Friday, October 17, 2014

Sali @ PINK MANHATTAN Asks: What's My Socionics / MBTI Type?

This video was made for Olga Tangemann and her School of Associative Socionics to discuss my personality type. Please visit her site at and her Facebook group, Socionics International. Feel free to visually type me!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Socionics Associative Test

Take the Associative Test on Olga Tangemann's School of Associative Socionics web site! Although I was initially typed as an LII INTj, I took this test and came out an EII INFj. Olga says the reason I'm unclear about my type could be because I have a Superid subtype which might turn up as my typing as an LII, IEI or ILI. Maybe now, finally, I can be certain about being an EII type--even if whether that translates to my being an MBTI INFJ or INFP is still up in the air.

Edited to add on 10/27: It looks like my assessment is still LII INTJ. Also, Olga has explained clearly why a Socionics INTj is still an INTJ in MBTI. Check out the Socionics4you forum where she's started a thread for me. See you there!

Edited on 11/17: In an unexpected turn of events, it turns out Olga thinks an LII INTj is an INTP in MBTI after all. In any case, I'm a Logical Intuitive with Ti-Ne as leading functions.

Edited on 11/18: I'm still unclear on this point, and so I found a link to a discussion on this INTP forum where they were figuring out Why P=p, and J=j, which would be closer to Olga's original theory when I first joined her group. I hope I can sort this out soon, and finally settle my type.

Edited on 11/28: Olga has clarified this point succinctly by explaining that if we go by the dichotomies and not descriptions or models (or presumably introverted and extraverted cognitive functions such as Fe-Fi), we arrive at the same types in both Socionics and MBTI. I can see how this makes it easy to discuss types in both systems, as there is agreement on the type descriptions.

As for an LII being the equivalent of an MBTI INTP, I don't know why I hadn't read this before because I read Wikipedia a lot, but here it's stated on their Socionics page that the introverted types flip between J and P between the two systems, with the understanding that the two systems won't correlate 100%. So I guess that makes me an LII and an MBTI INTP. My official Myers-Briggs practitioner had assessed me by phone as an INTP (although I thought myself to be more INTJ).

Bath & Body Works Coconut Lime Breeze

I wanted to try this because I had gotten wind of online reviews that compared it to Creed Virgin Island Water, my fragrance obsession of the moment. I have to say while it is no replacement for the Creed, it hits the spot when I want a coconut scent. Bath & Body Works Coconut Lime Breeze is a light combination of fizzy citric notes and the same coconut note I remember finding in Ralph Hot perfume, then subsequently in lots of fragrances following it. I've described it as a sort of suntan oil-like coconut scent, a note that's not quite sweet but creamy/oily/heavy nonetheless, ubiquitous these days as a compositional base from Versace Crystal Noir to perfumes by Benefit. The coconut note I find in Creed Virgin Island Water is a purer coconut note, devoid of suntan oil references in my mind but tropical and beachy, tastier as a gourmand note and yet crystal light and clear, a bit more along the lines of the one in Parfums de Nicolai Cococabana, only sheerer mixed with musks and lime. I have sampled a number of coconut scents, and I know now how variable this note can be. I like this BBW scent, though, and I have been enjoying alternating between this and the Creed this month.