Carpentry, rock climbing, motorcycle maintenance…these are skills I don’t have. Not yet anyways. I mean I play some guitar, piano, and saxophone but not at the level that I’d like to be. I trained in Brazilian Ju-Jitsu and Muay Thai for 8 months, almost every day, but a recent injury is preventing me from getting back on the mat. So this post got me thinking. What talents do I have!?

In the book Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell said that it takes roughly 10,000 hours of practice to achieve mastery in a field. I don’t think I’ve spent that many hours perfecting anything. So I thought to myself, what’s something that I do every day and continue to get better at?

As far back as I remember I always wanted to be a chef. I would hang around the kitchen watching my grandma cook food the same way her mother did back home in the Philippines. Going to the local market to pick up fresh ingredients, spices to make marinades and sauces. Rolling flour into thin crepes to make lumpiang, the hours spent over the stove, the huge pot of jasmine rice, enough to feed 10 people. I wanted to cook just like her!

No joke, when I was 4 years old I learned cracking an egg into ramen would change the flavor and texture before I could count backwards from ten. Even at a young age I enjoyed eating food that my brother and sister wouldn’t dare eating. Give it to Mikey, he’ll eat anything!

As I grew older my parents encouraged me to go to cook school, to learn the trade, and dedicate myself to it. I love cooking and I’d like to go back to school but life gets in the way of living sometimes so I have to put those plans on hold for now.

I forgot to take pictures of the cilantro lime rice, veggies, and tilapia I made last night but my roommate and I were hungry and we demolished everything.

Until next time

JJ