Friday, September 30, 2011

New Cooking Workshops At My Great Food Club


Wheww! just a couple of months more and we are way near to my favorite month... December. For me, it's the happiest time of the year because of so many holidays and celebrations especially in our home town back in the Philippines as this is also the month for our City Fiesta. So when we talk about holidays and occasions, the first thing that would come to our mind is foods, foods and lots and lots of foods. Well..this is just expected as there will be lots of parties here and there. So when we talk about foods then we may think of what new dishes can we prepare and cook for our family and friends. Well...San Miguel Purefoods Culinary Center had prepared 3 cooking classes for the month of October. Each class will just cost you P1,500 including manual, ingredients and apron. They have this "I Can Bake Party Desserts" where you will learn how to bake special goodies like Choco Cake with fudge frosting, cheese cakes and pecan tartlets. I think this would be a perfect gift for our friends. How I love to attend this class but unfortunately, I cannot (lol). They also have the "I Can Cook Spanish" and "I Can Cook Chinese" classes where you will learn those favorite dishes usually being served on such special occasions. How I love to master that "Arroz Valenciana"! I never tried cooking it though. It requires a lot of ingredients so one must be careful so as not to waste the ingredients. That's why I won't try it without really having a good introduction on how it should be prepared and cooked.

Anyway, if you are in the Philippines and wants to learn something new, experience the thrills of meeting new friends and get acquainted with your favorite dishes, then you might want to give these classes a try. It's just timely as Christmas season is fast approaching.

Log on to www.mygreatfood.com for more details.

Good Luck and Happy Cooking!

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Kris Aquino - The New Olay Total Effects Endorser!



For the nth time, Kris Aquino proves that she is the undisputed celebrity endorser as Olay Total Effects had chosen her to be the new face in it's new TV commercial. Well...judging from the above TV endorsement, there is no doubt that Kris Aquino possessed that undeniably "flawless skin". As Kris admitted during her interviews, she owed her "good skin" to her genes giving credit to her two grand mothers. But Kris reportedly used the said product for 3 months before deciding to accept doing the TV commercial. She was quoted as saying that she doesn't want to put her name and credibility at risk so she would normally try first the products that she is being offered to endorse.

I have considerable thoughts as to what this lady really had making her a credible product endorser. She got a number of product endorsements to her credit and companies would not consistently choose her to endorse their products if she is not proven to be an influential endorser. Kris Aquino despite of the numerous controversies she'd been involved with in the past remains to be a favorite product endorser and remains to be in the number one spot at Yes! Top Celebrity Endorsers of 2011.

No doubt that Kris Aquino is soaring high with all her TV commercials left and right. She's been blessed with so many things, indeed. Being a daughter of two prominent icons in Philippine history, sister of the current President of the Philippines, a famous TV personality, Queen of All Media and a Top Celebrity endorser, Kris is undeniably one of the "luckiest" and well known personality in the country today. The only down side in Kris Aquino's life is her "love life".

Well...as the saying goes, God will not give you everything in this world....

At any rate, I like her new Olay Total Effects TV commercial and she looks really stunning and convincing in that TV commercial with her youthful and flawless skin ever....

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Why I Love Grapes


I just bought a kilo of grapes from a nearby fruit stand for VND25K or PHP55. Sounds great? Grapes are cheaper in Vietnam. Actually not only grapes but most of the fruits. I love grapes not only because of it's good taste but also because of it's nutritional benefits. I have this habit of getting myself acquainted with the health benefits of any fruit or food that I eat. That way, I can figure out what kind of fruit or food that I have to take more to suit my body and health condition.

Well...grapes are rich in "flavonoids", a substance that gives the vibrant purple color to grapes and red wine. Grapes aid in constipation, rheumatism, skin and liver disorders. It also helps reduce platelet clumping and blood clots. The "bioflavonoids" in grapes facilitate the absorption of Vitamin C in our bodies. These bioflavonoids make our body cells strong and healthy. Grapes also contains "resveratrol" which is believed to activate enzymes that can slow down the aging process. Grapes also reduce the acidity of the uric acid, thereby it is a good ally in treating kidney disorders. Not only that, grapes can also help to slow down the build up of cataract thus reducing the risk of lost vision by 30 to 40% among elderly people.

One cup of grapes contains 1.09 gram of protein, 104 calories and 1.4 grams of dietary fiber.

Having said all of the above, would you still wonder why I love grapes?

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Typhoon Pedring Hits The Philippines!

Photo courtesy of Philippine Star.com

I was saddened by the news that I'd been seeing from CNN and by the text messages I got from my kids about a strong typhoon that hits the Philippines. Typhoon Pedring had caused classes to be suspended on all levels. Thirty four domestic flights were also cancelled. I heard that Metro Manila was also hardly hit and Marikina river overflowed which prompted the local government to order the people living near the river to evacuate the area.

In our hometown, signal no. 2 was raised and kids informed me that the rain is really really strong and never stops since early morning. Roads are flooded, electric and water supplies were also cut off.

Hearing all these news made me really sad and worried. Even during my working time here, I cannot concentrate and can't help but feel sad for another calamity that the Filipinos are currently facing. I just hope and pray that this typhoon will not cause much destruction to the country in general. I've been constantly monitoring news online and I have read that typhoon Pedring will make an exit from the Philippines by noon of Wednesday.

I hope everything will be stabilized by tomorrow.

Fingers crossed!

Monday, September 26, 2011

The Versatile Olive Oil


If there's one thing in my cabinet that I can't do without, it's a bottle of olive oil. Olive oil is very versatile for it's number of uses. I started using olive oil as a dressing for my chef salad and later, I began using it for my skin and hair care as well. Olive oil is not only a useful ingredient in our daily meals but it also has a lot of health benefits both internal and external.

Do you know that olive oil is rich in Vitamin E which is an anti oxidant and in mono saturated fats which actually helps us to lower our bad cholesterol levels? Olive oil helps to stimulate digestion and relieves upset stomach. It is also believed to aid in constipation.

But apart from it's health benefits, I also use it for my hair care. I used to massage my scalp with olive oil before bed time, let it moisturize my hair overnight and I just wash my hair after I woke up with a mild shampoo mixed with water and hair conditioner.

I also use it to moisturize my skin, I used to mix olive oil with oatmeal for my facial mask and mix it with lemon juice for cleaning my face. You can also apply olive oil to dry spots of your skin and stretch marks.

As you can see from the photo above, I especially choose the extra virgin olive oil as this has no preservatives and no additives. Extra virgin olive oil is said to be cold pressed from fresh olives and totally chemical free. Well, compared to an ordinary cooking oil, olive oil is quite expensive...if not, I might resort to using it as well in cooking. Hmmm....why not?

With these many benefits of olive oil, how can I afford to lose it in my cabinet?

Just sharing!

Sunday, September 25, 2011

When Words Are Not Enough....


Today is Sunday and just like the past Sundays, I never had the chance to attend a Sunday mass. I'm staying in a Buddhist country and Catholic churches are very very few here. Actually in my work place, there is none.
Praying alone during my solitude moments is my only way of communicating with God. Within the confines of my own room, at my work, wherever and whenever there is a need to talk to God is my actual time for prayers. Whether it's about asking for guidance, seeking help, asking for blessings or simply thanking God for a meal that is served before me...it's my own way of talking to HIM.

For my Sunday's reflection, I wanted to declare this day as my own "Thanksgiving Day". Thanking God for all the blessings that He has given me all through these years. God has been so good to me in so many ways. I may not have a perfect life, but God has always been there for me during the saddest and happiest times of my life. Though I've been into problems, and sometimes into pains, I'm happy to say that I've been blessed with a lot of things. I got a good job, a stable income, nice house, supportive family and good health. What more can I ask for? A simple happiness? My Mom despite of her old age is still very much alive and living with us...enjoying the precious years of her life.

I thank God for all these things, for all the support and guidance He has been giving me. For giving me the courage to face all the problems, for giving me the strenght to face life's difficulties, for allowing me to learn from my mistakes and for letting me to live one day at a time.

When words are not enough to express my gratitude...
When words are not enough to show my appreciation for everything...
I will just seal my lips and convey my heartfelt thanks more than words can ever say.

As deep within me...in my heart, God knows what I want to say at this point in time,

"THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING!"

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Bad Hair Day!

Whoooo....what a bad hair day! Never got a good sleep today, never got a good meal as I was not feeling well. Got a bit of head ache. I got a couple of things to do today but I simply don't have that drive to do anything, and the worst part is, I still have to go to work later. :( Sigh!!

I have piles of clothes to laundry but I've just decided to keep it aside first. Just got a quick meal as I'm not in the mood to cook. I've decided to just work on some pending things online but my ISP has never been good to me these past few days. There is always a problem in the "connection". It always disconnect. I'm actually thinking of looking for a different ISP. Currently I'm using Metfone. Looks like today is not my day. Since I have a difficulty completing my online tasks because of the ISP problem. I just decided to give up all my pending works and just watch a DVD movie, I picked up a movie by Julia Roberts entitled, "Eat, Pray, Love" and just watch it while indulging myself into some "Munchies Cheese Fix" and a can of soda (lol). I know this is not a healthy food but doing it once in a while won't hurt. :)



The ending? I had an unproductive but a relaxing day! (lol)

Friday, September 23, 2011

Cebu Pacific's "Sale Mula Sa Piso"



Cebu Pacific is up for another surprise to frequent travelers. Imagine a P1 fare to some local destinations? Yes...for 1 peso you can travel to the following destinations:

Manila to Laoag
Cebu to Bacolod, Clark, Dumaguete, Ilo-Ilo

And what more? For P388, you can take a flight from Manila to Bacolod, Cebu, Ilo-Ilo, Puerto Princesa, Tacloban or Tagbilaran and Manila to Cagayan, Davao or Dipolog for P888.

The foregoing sale is until September 25 only or until seats last. This is for travels from November 1, 2011 to March 31, 2012.

Sounds great?

How about an international flight from Clark to Hongkong, Macau or Singapore for P488, Clark to Bangkok for P888 and Cebu to Busan, Incheon, Hongkong or Singapore for P888. Fun tour packages to Korea are also available.

You can grab these "promo seats" until September 25 only or until seats last and this is valid for travels from December 1, 2011 to February 29, 2012.

Check it out!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Power Up!

It was a very busy day for me...I had an important appointment to attend to. So just because I have to travel to the city and attend to that appointment, I just took the chance to combine business with pleasure. I pampered myself with eating foods that I cannot have here in our isolated place (lol). Tried "fish amok", a famous Khmer dish that I always got to see from other blogs of pinays here in Cambodia. It was truly delicious. Bought some cakes and pastries and had some midnight snacks in the hotel room. I regret that I wasn't able to bring my digital camera. I wasn't able to shot pictures. Oh, before I forget....I also tried some relaxing "oil massage" on the same hotel where I stayed. It was really good. I requested the lady masseurs that I prefer a "hard massage" as that time, I really had some body pains maybe because of being stressed out for few days and also probably because of the travel. I was able to have a very good sleep after the massage. It was awesome!

Able to meet a nice "tuktuk driver" whom I hired to bring me to places that I'm supposed to go. In Phnom Penh, it's very hard to find a "tuk tuk driver" who will not charge you much especially when they know that you are a foreigner.

My meeting went through smoothly and I was able to get a bit of shopping before I headed back to my place of work. I arrived almost 6PM and needed a "nap"...I still have to work the same day.

Overall, it was fun especially that I got "positive results" from my appointment.


How was your day?

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Don't Quit!

Photo Credit : http://chipesajian.com

When things go wrong, as they sometimes will, when the road you're trudging seems all uphill, when the funds are low and the debts are high, And you want to smile, but you have to sigh, When care is pressing you down a bit,
Rest, if you must, but don't you quit.

Life is queer with its twists and turns, As every one of us sometimes learns,
And many a failure turns about, when he might have won had he stuck it out;
Don't give up though the pace seems slow, you may succeed with another blow.

Often the goal is nearer than it seems to a faint and faltering man,
Often the struggler has given up, when he might have captured the victors cup,
And he learned too late when the night slipped down, how close he was to the golden crown.

Success is failure turned inside out. The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,
And you never can tell how close you are. It may be near when it seems so far, So stick to the fight when you're hardest hit... It is when things seem worst that you must not quit.

By : Anonymous


I just want to recall my favorite literary piece since I was a student. This poem continued to inspire me for years. At times, we feel that things are not going our way, failure is coming one after the other.... success very far at hand. There were times that we're almost on top but the price that we have to pay for getting there has always been a painful experience. I would say that I've been through a lot. If I could only record all the sound of my cries, perhaps I could end up having a CD track. There were so many times in the past that I wanted to quit for various reasons. I wanted to put myself in isolation. I wanted to withdraw from this world....but every time, I read this poem in a poster which I always hang on the wall of my bedroom, I feel that sudden urge to fight and continue with what I have started. Living in this complicated world is not that easy and life has always been a struggle. To survive, one must be tough. Life is full of challenges and to end victorious, you must have the "will" and the "guts" to face every day's challenges. Sometimes, we've been betrayed by people we trust, left by people we loved, abandoned by people we cared about. But that is part of life. A friend of mine once said that life is like a food....you have to taste both good and bad so you would know how to differentiate the taste.

So now...every time I'm being confronted with a problem, I withdraw! But just for a moment.... just to rest and regain my strenght. After all...we're just humans. We do get hurt. We failed as we are not perfect beings. One said, "the beauty of life is not in never falling, it's rising in every time you fall." So as what this poem suggests....


REST IF YOU MUST BUT DON'T YOU QUIT!!!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Living Within Our Means (The Envelope System Way)



I had numerous discussions with my family, friends and colleagues about this issue. Some of the comments I got from yesterday's post also mentioned about how tough life is and how difficult it is to sustain our daily living. Prices of all basic commodities and services keep on going up and more often, we are facing the dilemma of having so many budget envelopes to fill. My answer to this is simple. "We have to live within our means". Why would we spend more than what we earn in the first place? We have to make a list of our budget and set our priorities. If your income is small, then you have to spend less on luxuries and just concentrate on the basic necessities. On the other hand, if you have a bigger income, then you can consider pampering yourself with some "little things" from which you can derive pleasure at. Our life style should coincide with how much money we make. I would like to cite this as an example....I had spoken with someone who was complaining about the burden of buying diapers and milk for his baby as the cost of these two things are relatively high now. I advise him to get away from diapers if they cannot maintain buying these and just use cloth diapers instead. I'm thinking, people of older generation can live without diapers, so that means it's possible to live without it. This is for comfort and to ease our everyday burden of washing cloth diapers but if we feel the difficulty stretching our budget because of this, so just get away with it. Same with our monthly bills...if we feel that we have so many envelopes to fill, then we have to re examine what is necessary and what is not. If we need to get away with everything and only stay with the electric and water bills, why not? If that's only what we can afford at the moment. When our resources increased then that's the time we add up on something that we really want and would make us feel happy and comfortable. Getting away with debt and the big interest associated with it is very important. That's why whenever I make a budget even before when our monthly income is really very small, I try to make a budget plan. First, I would list down all the normal expenses that a household would need to keep it running. I allocate a specific amount for each category. After I calculate and I see that the amount is not sufficient, then I go over my list again and cross out those things which we can live without until I'm able to balance the income and the expenses. This way, I could get away from debts which will just add up to my burden in the long run. I gradually increase my monthly budget as our income increases and this also translates to increasing the number of my envelopes. To attain financial security, planning is very very important. Sometimes, we feel upset for having only few pieces of envelopes to fill...but that's the beauty of life. Working on a specific goal is like a fuel that keeps us running and makes life more challenging.

I would like to reveal some of my tips based from my own experience. Last time, I prepared a number of envelopes which includes my "leisure fund", "savings", "goals", etc. But our income is not enough at the time to fill all those envelopes that I wanted to fill. So I just only pick those that are important and keep the other envelopes together with my monthly planner. Every time I open my planner and I see those envelopes, I always have that desire to keep on moving and find ways and means to increase my earnings so that one day, I could fill those envelopes. I always keep them at hand to inspire and motivate me. So, gradually...I would pick one envelope from those that I set aside and add it up one by one to my monthly envelopes until one day I just found out that all my envelopes are already on "active status". 

Figuratively, I would say that we are the ones controlling our envelopes. How many envelopes that we have to fill depends on us. At the end of the day, it's us who make the decision.

Having said this, I would like to stress that all the foregoing are just my personal views and opinions. It may or may not be applicable to some but then again, I'm sharing these things hoping that other people having similar experience can relate to me. Each person has his own life style and his own strategy to meet his desires. It's just a matter of choosing what's best for us.

Have a great day! :)

Monday, September 19, 2011

Using Envelope System!


Have you ever used the "envelope system" as an effective means to prepare your monthly budget? I do! I've been doing it for years and so far, it's proven effective. What I did was I bought a pack of small envelopes from a local book store, then I made a list of our projected monthly expenses. I labeled each envelope with the corresponding budget allocation like electric bills, water bills, telephone bills, internet bills, etc. I also have envelopes for food allowance, grocery allowance, kids school allowances and for house helper monthly salary. I also set aside an envelope each for savings, emergency fund, leisure fund. As soon as the monthly income comes at hand, I would normally put the money on it's designated envelope starting from savings envelope and so on. Since some of our utility bills do not have a fixed rate, as it depends on our monthly consumption, what I'm doing is that I just allocate an amount equivalent to our average monthly bill for each category. When the bill arrives, I would check on the amount and if it falls below the amount kept in the envelope, I would get the "difference" and transfer it into the "emergency fund" envelope. Same with other projected monthly expenses. Sometimes, I just play with the budget. Whatever is in excess of the monthly payables, I would either put it onto the "emergency fund", "leisure fund" and "savings". At the end of the month, I would check all the envelopes and if the "leisure fund" was not utilized in full, I would transfer it to the "savings" envelope. The "emergency fund" accumulates every month and this is where we get the unexpected payables such as school contributions and other expenses. This is also where we get the money for covering up those appropriated budget which exceeds the limit set. For example, if I allocate P2K for electric bill and our bill for the month reached P2.3K, the difference of P300 will be taken from the emergency fund envelope. Upon reaching the desired amount, the contents of the "savings" envelope will then be transferred to the bank account.

By doing this technique, I do not mess up with my monthly budget and it brings me a great pleasure whenever I'm able to put an extra money to my "emergency fund", "savings" and "leisure fund" envelopes. Somehow it works for me. I'm also beginning to train my kids on this system and let them work on their monthly allowance. I'm happy that I can see their eagerness to save as they watch their money grows.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Healthy Meal!



I don't know what inspired me to cook but today, I suddenly thought of preparing a healthy meal for myself (lol). Oh...I guess it's because I'm sick and tired of the foods being served to me in the office since it consists mostly of meat. It's either fried pork, fried chicken, or a combination of both sauteed or cooked with a certain kind of sauce and seasonings which sometimes is very hard for me to decipher what actually is that dish(lol). For a change, I decided to spoil my palate. So for today, I had a steamed buttered broccoli and steamed fish topped with ginger and onion leeks. I'm sorry I don't know the name of the fish but it's definitely not "tilapia" coz there is no "tilapia" here. :)

I had a good lunch as expected. I like to eat the foods when these are "really hot". It makes me eat more. I never worry of getting fat though as I am the type who is not very easy to get fat and besides I just eat to my hearts content once in a while (hey, why I'm justifying?) hahaha....

Well...just to give you an idea of why I considered my meal today as a healthy diet....

Broccoli is low in saturated fat and very low in cholesterol. This is packed with so many nutrients such as Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, Riboflavin, Vitamin B6, Folate, Potassium and Manganese.

Fish on the other hand is a high protein low fat food (especially when it's not fried), is a good source of iron, contains healthy essential fatty acids and easy to digest. Another important benefit for choosing fish is that it's easy on the budget and can save your time in the kitchen as it is easier to cook.

So guys....what do you think?

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Caviar Facial Whitening Cream


I wonder if anyone of you had already tried this facial cream. It's Caviar Facial Whitening Cream. I bought it during my last grocery shopping. This product was recommended by the seller. She said, this facial cream is a product from Thailand and proven to lighten dark spots in your face. Well....I did purchased it with the thought that I have tried various skin care products from Thailand and there's nothing that I have problem with. In my place here, most of the skin care products that you can find are mostly from Thailand as Cambodia is very near to Thailand. Well...Thailand is not only famous for being the shopping capital of Asia but it is also famous for being the leader as far as skin treatments and products are concerned. Most tourists are going to Thailand just for the cosmetic surgery and other skin care treatments. Another good thing about buying products from Thailand is the cheap price. Most of the products are very affordable. No wonder, many Filipinos are going there just to shop.

As for this cream, I just have started using it and so far, I did not observe any allergic reactions to it. In fact, it is not so harsh to the skin and no "sting" feeling when you apply it as compared to other facial creams that I have tried before. For just 1 week of using it, I could notice the lightening of some dark spots on my face. But I cannot boast yet on the effectiveness of this product as of this time, as this must be proven after continued use and I just have started with it. Actually the container is very small, so it would probably last for less than a month, I supposed. Since I find it to be safe on my skin, I will just continue using it and hoping to see some positive results so I would be confident to recommend it next time :).

Well....let's see!

Friday, September 16, 2011

Rice Cake - Vietnam Style!


Every time I work night shift, it has been my routine to go to the nearby market after checking out from work to buy some foods for my breakfast and some for snack the rest of the day. I love to see those people flocking into the area buying foods from the Vietnamese vendors who traveled all the way from the nearby provinces to sell their foods. Sometimes, I just buy any food that I see out of curiosity and just for the experience (lol).

During the last day of my night shift, I went out to buy this rice cake from one of the Vietnamese vendors which actually resembles our Philippine "biko" and "palitaw" rolled into one (lol). It is also made of sticky rice and looks like "biko" but when I tasted it, it's not really sweet until the vendor put some combination of sugar and shredded coconut on top same like our own version of "palitaw". That's why I said it's a combination of "biko" and "palitaw". Serving comes in two sizes, the smaller one for VND5K and the bigger one for VND10K. That's about PHP10 and PHP21 respectively.

The taste? Well...I find it okay as I'm also able to finish the small serving but of course, I still prefer the taste of "biko". I noticed that they sell so many foods which is quite similar to our own Philippine foods like puto, turon and empanada but the difference lies in the taste, method of preparation and presentation.

In the end, it's still worth a try! After all, sampling their foods is my own way of bonding with the "locals". It's truly an experience I wouldn't like to miss.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Tawa Tawa Leaves

Photo Credit : denguecure.com

Just recently, an ex colleague who just came back from his short vacation in the Philippines had mentioned to our other friend that the reason for his unscheduled vacation was to check on her daughter who was suffering from "dengue".

During the course of their conversation, he had mentioned about the "tawa tawa leaves" that he had researched online to be the best cure for dengue. Without further investigating, he immediately sought help from some of the members of their church to find for him the said "tawa tawa leaves".

Fortunately, one of the friends of the member of the church claimed to have these plants available from their back yard in the province of Bataan. Our ex colleague arranged to get the leaves immediately and upon reaching their house, they boiled some leaves minus the roots, let it cool down for a while and allow her daughter to drink the said boiled leaves for the next 24 hrs. Afterwhich, they brought their daughter back to the hospital for another blood test and to their delight, her daughter's condition was set back to normal. She's now totally cured from dengue.

I was amazed by this story as I never encountered about this "tawa tawa leaves" before. It was my first time to hear about this wonderful plant that can cure dengue. Our friend says another name for this is "gatas gatas". When I saw the picture of the plant online, I remembered to have seen it before but I was thinking that it is just like a kind of grass then. Well...at any rate, I'm happy to hear about the early recovery of his daughter just by drinking the boiled leaves of "tawa tawa". I'm beginning to get familiar with a lot of herbal plants now as I also heard about the "buntot ng pusa" herbal leaves which is also a known cure for kidney problems. On a side note, this is a good news as we can not set aside now the effectiveness of some herbal plants which were previously being taken for granted. But of course, we still need to do a lot of research so we can be well informed on the pros and cons of these herbal medicines.

But I think, drinking the boiled leaves will not really be a problem although precautionary measures are still recommended at all times.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

MANIS (Indonesian Food)


I got this from my friend who is an Indonesian Cook. She is the one preparing our foods everyday in our work place. She said, this was brought by her brother from Indonesia. When I asked her what is this, she said "Manis" is an Indonesian word which means "sweet". She added that I can eat this together with steamed rice. This friend of mine cannot express herself well in English that's why it's a bit difficult for her to explain to me what this "Manis" is made of. I'm amazed with this lady, she's an Indonesian but speaks well in Khmer (Cambodian Language). She can speak better in Khmer than in English (lol). So whenever she talks to me, she is using a bit of English, a bit of Indonesian Language and lots of Khmer (lol).

Sometimes, when people hear us talking, they want to feel crazy with how we talk. As for me, I talk to her with lots of English and a bit of Khmer. Exciting, isn't it? We're friends though so we can understand each other in any language...hahaha.

As for this MANIS that she gave me, no choice. I want to know much about this food, but there is no way she can explain it to me. So, I would just follow her instruction, I would just try to eat this with rice. :) Hope my stomach will not complain later (lol).

Just sharing!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Do You Love To Cook?


If you love to cook, chances are you are always in a search for something different. Cooking is fun and is a great bonding activity with your kids. In today's generation where people are very open minded when it comes to trying new things, it's not surprising that we love to try foreign dishes especially the Asian cuisine which is always a winner in taste and presentation. I also love to cook but with my situation now, I am limited to doing things. But, if given the chance, I would love to explore and try cooking other Asian dishes. After all, I've tasted most and I would say that I truly enjoy the experience.

Speaking of cooking, My Great Food Club is having a cooking workshop this month and for the coming month. There are two classes scheduled for this month, on September 3 and 24 for Korean and Japanese cuisine respectively. Another two classes are scheduled for October and this time, they will be featuring Spanish and Chinese cuisine and that would be on October 15 and 22 respectively. It will be held at the San Miguel Foods and Culinary Center at Legaspi corner Eagle street at Barrio Ugong Pasig City.

The price is affordable at P1,500 per class inclusive of all the materials, ingredients and apron. I'm sure that it would be a fun filled activity for all the cooking enthusiasts out there!

Visit My Great Food Club for more details.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Fixing Up!

I'm thinking of rearranging my working table to suit my lifestyle. I'm one person who would always sit infront of my table for hours. I love to surf, I love to read and I love to blog. This has been my routine for many months now. Whenever, I find something that interests me, I would always take down notes. I have a long list of sites that I love to visit. Reading keeps me well informed and abreast with the latest trends. Apart from reading online, I also have some women magazines and few selected books that I always keep on my working table. But recently, I find my working table to be a bit messed up already. Sometimes, I'm looking for something that I couldn't find right at that moment. That only means to say that I am slacking on my organization skills (lol). I really need to organize my humble space to keep me going.

I love this magazine organizer and pen holder that I found online. These are very cute and very "girly". Don't you think so?



I found these on www.pbteen.com.

I like all my things to be cute and bubbly. Well...this somehow makes me think and feel young and jolly all the times. Sometimes, my colleagues would always ask me why I love to decorate every little space that I have which I always replied with, "Well...this is the thing that makes me happy and keeps me going! Any complain?" (hahaha!) Of course, I'm kidding!

I'm happy to note that this trait of mine was adopted by my kids. Maybe it's true that kids always mimic what they see from their parents. Of course, I'm referring to those positive things which they find fulfilling like your hobbies and your passions.

So, enough for this dilly dally.... I have to make a move and fix my desk now.

Tomorrow will be a new day and my table will have a "new look".

Got to go! Ciao!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

My Daughter Got A Boil!

Was saddened with the news that I heard from my daughter...she just got a boil ("pigsa" in Filipino Language), her first time to have it actually. She said it's actually a season for "boil" in the Philippines now, even our house helper is having it, too. Too bad for her as she goes to school everyday and I know that having one makes her feel uncomfortable. I had that before when I was still working in the Philippines but I had it on my lower leg. My daughter's boil is in the armpit so I could imagine how difficult it is for her to move her arm. Hmmm....not a good reward for her. She just sent me a text message and told me about her grades in school and was happy to hear that she got really high grades on most subjects so having this boil now is not a good reward for her "hard work", isn't it?

Anyway, I told her to observe proper care so it would be cured faster. A boil is a kind of skin infection that would initially appear as a tender and reddened part of your skin and later would become firm and hard. Later, it would collect a lot of "pus". Treating a boil starts from a "hot compress". This helps the circulation in the area and somehow relieves the pain. Most simple boils can be treated at home but for some complicated cases, like what I had years ago, help from a medical practitioner will be recommended. The pus can only be drained once it becomes soft or once it forms the "head". Antibiotics are usually administered for this kind of disease to eliminate the build up of bacteria but rare cases would definitely need the attention of a Doctor.

How I wish hers is just a minor case and wouldn't go to the extent of going to the hospital for the pus to be drained using minor surgical operation. I wish it won't be a severe case as I also don't like her to have much absences from school.

Hope she'll get better soon!

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Another Seat Sale Is Up From Cebu Pacific!


Just a quick post to share another exciting treat from Cebu Pacific. Yes...the number one affordable airline in the Philippines is having another seat sale until September 12. They have domestic flight seat sale for a s low as P288 and international flight seat sale for as low as P488, this is for their Clark to Macau flights. Their Manila or Cebu to Hongkong flights is also up for grabs at P888 while their Manila to Kuala Lumpur flight is priced at P1,488.

These are all valid for travels from October 1 to December 31, 2011.

Are you planning for a trip soon? Try to grab some seats now!

Friday, September 9, 2011

The Wonders Of Pomegranate Fruit



When I came here In Cambodia and travels back and forth to Vietnam, I discovered a lot of fruit varieties which were not familiar to me when I was still in the Philippines. I would admit, I only buy those fruits that I know like apple, orange, watermelon, papaya, cantaloupe, avocado, lanzones, banana, mangoes, grapes, etc. But never buy the rare ones which I hardly see from the fruits stands in the market. Obviously, I don't like to experiment. Fruits in the Philippines are quite pricey, so I don't want to waste the money in case I don't really like the fruit. Another thing, my two kids are also very choosy with the fruits especially my daughter who only eat few varieties.

One that I especially like is mangoosteen which I already posted last time. I like it's sweet taste and considered it one of the best tasting fruits I've ever had. As for the pomegranate, it was introduced to me by a colleague who explained to me that this is the best fruit so far that is responsible for having a great skin. She said, this is rich in anti oxidants which slows down the aging process of the skin. She testified that a mother of her friend really have a good skin and the former never takes any vitamins but only eats pomegranate fruit. I told her that I'm not familiar with this fruit and doesn't even know how it looks like. Then one day, she bought a kilo of pomegranate and let me tried it.

Actually this fruit is a bit difficult to eat coz it has a lot of seeds. You can't really get so much from it when you eat it except for the juice. But my colleague says that it's juice is packed with a lot of vitamins and a high level of anti oxidants. So, because I was intrigued with her story, I begin buying this fruit whenever I have the chance to see it on the nearby fruit stands. Later only that I discovered that apart from giving you a good and youthful skin, this fruit also is good in improving your blood flow thereby helping you to prevent heart diseases and is also good on clogged arteries. It also helps to regulate your blood pressure and is very low in calories.

Now, every time I see this fruit available on any fruit stand, I would always take time to buy even a kilo. I think it's better to get the nutrients from a raw fruit itself rather than taking different kinds of vitamins.

Have you tried it yet?

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Catching Up!

I don't understand why I have a lot of things to do.... Today, I had another migraine attack and it keeps me off from doing things. Migraine needs a complete bed rest and I have work tomorrow, so I have no choice but to sleep. If not, I might be absent from work if the pain never subsides. Never cooked my dinner today. Just bought some snacks and fruits at a nearby shop. I'm not in the mood to eat and do anything. I'm an organized person thus, I feel like a little mess in my room is already a big problem.

Tomorrow...I have to do the laundry, ironing, fixing my room, cleaning, etc. The thing is I don't have an OFF day this month so I really have to squeeze everything in my day to day schedule. How I wish a day has more than 24 hours (*sigh*).

But if my migraine gets totally cured tomorrow, I guess, I would be able to finish all just in time. Have to do multi tasking again. Anyway, I'm used to it!

Week end and week days are basically the same to me. My work is continuous so sometimes, I never even bother to know what day is today. I just keep track on the dates (lol). Anyway....busy is better than being idle. That means we're productive.

It's getting late, got to go!

Ciao!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

A Day Unnoticed!

Now, I'm sitting in front of my laptop, trying to figure out what transpired for the day. Well...nothing significant. In fact, the day had passed unnoticed. I am working straight for 2 days with less than 5 hrs of sleep in between. What can I expect but head ache. I went straight to bed after work and took a nap for 3.5 hrs., cooked and had my dinner at almost 8PM, washed few pieces of clothes and before I knew it, it's time to go to bed again. Haven't done much for the day (*sigh*). I'm a kind of person who cannot be happy without accomplishing much things in a day. I know it's wrong coz we need to relax sometimes but....that's me.

Maybe I'm used to a fast paced life! Oh well... I just have to try my luck tomorrow. Maybe it would be a busy day with me trying to sort out a lot of things. I have so many back logs that I need to catch up with. Never been out for a while. I missed having a glimpse of nature and getting fresh air. One day, I have to! I would be bringing with me my digicam and hopefully, I will be lucky to capture some interesting subject "outside".

Enough for this, I'm dozing! It's time to go to bed. :)

Ciao!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

2011 Manila International Book Fair

Just got an invitation from our friends at OMF Literature, Inc., the country's leading Christian publisher which I've been supporting for almost a year now on the forthcoming Manila International Book Fair from September 14 to 18 at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Complex.


Here is a preview of what to expect when you visit OMFLit at Aisle D!

30% off on selected titles on the I Read postcard which you can get from all OMF LIt Bookshops in Metro Manila or download it from omflit.com website.


Here is the sample of the I Read Post Card:

20% off on ALL OMF Lit local, republished and imported titles
10% additional discount when you flash your Kaibigan or Pastors' Exclusive card at the OMF Lit booths at MIBF.
Outrageous discounts on their sale piles!
During the duration of the MIBF, all their Bookshops in Pampanga, Cebu, Davao, Cagayan de Oro and Gen San City will also be on sale with all titles at 20% off!

As for the activities, here's what you can expect:

Storytelling activities for kids on September 14-16
Pinoy Christian Bloggers meet-up on September 15
Live broadcast of The Edge Radio on September 16
Words and Music (mini-concert and book excerpt reading) on September 17
Authors meet and greet



So what are you waiting for? Go and be a part of the 2011 Manila International Book Fair, grab great discounts on your favorite books and enjoy 5 days of fun filled activities.

Monday, September 5, 2011

The Sun is Up!

Finally, the sun is up in the Philippines after long days and weeks of strong rains. I'm happy to hear from my daughter that rain took a break. :) This means that some of our pending projects in the house will resume. Hope that rain will take a long break. This has caused a lot of inconvenience to people. There was a land slide in our home town and until now, casualties are still confined in the government hospital. My daughter is also having fever on and off because of the weather. I could imagine the difficulty of going to school everyday amidst the heavy rains. Sometimes, she would arrive in the house with her uniforms partially wet and her socks all wet. So, I'm really thankful that the sun is up! But, I know this will only be temporary as rainy season is not yet over.

Anyway, I just hope that when the rain comes back, it wouldn't be in a form of a destructive typhoon. For now, we have to rush on things. Our projects are on pending status for few weeks because of the rain. :)

What a good day to begin with. Hope everything would be fine the rest of the week.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Righteous Work

For today's reflection, I would like to ponder on the following verse from the Bible.

Proverbs 10:16

"The wages of the righteous bring them life, but the income of the wicked brings them punishment."


Now a days, it seems like very hard to find a job so if you are blessed with one, you should be very thankful and grateful to God. But according to the above verse, work should be governed by righteousness. When we say righteous work, it is a kind of work that you render without the elements of cheat, lies and abuse. It is but human nature that we tend to envy those people earning big. Then, we would ask ourselves, "Why I am just earning a little?" "Why I can't be like him?"

It's not only one time that I've encountered people who would always lament on their current jobs citing their strong desire to earn big just like the other people that they knew. They make this as an excuse for not progressing on with their lives. I always tell them that if they really want to save and achieve a certain goal, then the decision is all up to them. Earning big or little is not the problem but your attitude towards your finances. You must have discipline in handling your money and a sheer determination to succeed. I am talking based from experience and based from my actual observations. I know a lot of people who are earning quite big for years but ended up with nothing. I know of some who are working overseas for about 10 to 15 years but until now, they are still struggling on the "start up" money stage of their lives. I also heard about some people who started up with a meager income but ended up successful. If you will base from these observations, then would you still say that the size of your income dictates your future?

Let's face it, some people get rich very fast out of their "wicked jobs". But one thing is for sure, this will not last long. Remember the saying, "Easy to get, easy to lose". On the other hand, income derived from a righteous work is often blessed and lasts forever.

Before I finally end, I would just like to emphasize on one thing.....

Think of all the blessings coming our way, consider everything. Do not only concentrate on the "tangible things". Even those "intangible ones" are a blessing by itself. Blessings do not only come in terms of monetary rewards and material wealth. There are blessings which are intangible and always end up to be the best. One good example is "good health". They say, if you never spend for the purchase of medicines and paying hospital bills, that is a blessing! The fact that you are healthy is a blessing by itself. Being happy and stress free is also a blessing. Being surrounded by a supportive family and a company of good friends is also a blessing. These are the blessing that never come in monetary form but the rewards you get is more fulfilling.....and these can only be derived out of righteous work.

Ciao!

Saturday, September 3, 2011

My Second Versatile Blogger Award!


Pardon me guys! I know that I have posted more than a week ago about my first blogger award. But this time, I got the same kind of award from another blogger KM of More Than Sexy. So i just feel that I have to make another post for this to officially thank her and show my appreciation for her kind gesture of recognizing my blog. I think she got 2 awards almost at the same time from other bloggers, as well and I personally want to congratulate her through this post.

Now, I would like to pass this on to another five bloggers whom I respect in the blogosphere. Congratulations to all of you:

Chin Chin of Stay At Home Blessings
Jackie of Food Fashion and Fun
Tori of Gladiator Godess
Teecup of Teecuplimited
Rovie of My Journey

So just to higlight KM's requirements in receiving this award, please link back to the person who passed on the award to you and pass it on to another 5 bloggers whom you think are deserving to get this award.

Cheers! :)

Friday, September 2, 2011

Filipino Foods That I Truly Missed!

Today, I feel like I'm craving for some Filipino foods that I truly missed. This is the downside of staying in a foreign land. How i wish, I could have a scrumptious lunch having these foods on the table.




Grilled Bangus, Pork Sisig and Beef Kare-kare! OMG, I soooo love to have these foods now (*sad*). Problem is I cannot cook these foods here. Bangus (milk fish) is not available here and ingredients for the other two are not complete here in my place. So, my only resort is to look over the pics of these foods that I so loved to eat. These pics were taken from the Philippines when I had my vacation last time. I just wanted to recall how I enjoyed eating my favorite Filipino foods.

Hmmm... for now, perhaps I would just cook fish paksiw instead. :(

Have a nice week end everyone!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Controversial Girls Shirt

Photo Credit : the hairpin.com



Have read the news about a girl's shirt being pulled out from the JCPenny website Wednesday. This long sleeves white T-shirt bears some wordings not pleasing for most parents, thereby creating parental outrage.

The controversial T-shirt reads:

"I'm too pretty to do my homework, so my brother has to do it for me"

To be honest, I myself was displeased with this shirt design. Why? Because, I'm also a parent and I also have a daughter whom I will never allow to wear such kind of shirt with a stupid message!

For one, if you are a girl,would you wear something that degrades your self worth? Why would you wear something that conveys a "wrong message" for other girls to emulate? The message on this shirt is very degrading! It conditions the mind of the public, girls in particular that being pretty outshines being smart and intelligent and gives you the right to neglect your studies. Any parent would not be happy to see their kids to be more concern on being cute and pretty in exchange of their academics. If you're pretty then you're pretty, that's it! It's wrong to justify being lazy on your school works to your pleasing appearance. If you're pretty and smart at the same time, then that would be great!

At any rate, glad that some reputable online companies such as JCPenny had made a stand to protect the integrity of their merchandise being sold online. The company apologized to the public, to the parents in particular about the said controversially designed shirt. The company who has come up with such design must now think twice and screen their goods before putting these out on sale so as to avoid offending the consumers.

This has to be a lesson learned!

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