Thursday, August 30, 2012

Healthy Meal That's Easy On The Pocket

 Sauteed Clams

Fried Egg Plant Topped With Onion Leeks

A lot of my friends are telling me that I am health conscious as they always see me buying fruits every now and then.  They also see me to be very wary of the nutritional values that I'm able to take from the foods that I eat.  In a way, it's true but just like the others, I also try to satisfy my cravings. I also eat whatever I like but I also make sure that I eat everything in moderation.

Recently, I used to cook clams.  The one shown on the first photo are very abundant in Cambodia.  It can be cooked in a variety of ways.  In fact, I learned one recipe from a Vietnamese friend.  They used to cook clams with tamarind and chili and the taste is very nice.  However, I still prefer to cook it "Filipino style".  Just saute it with garlic, onions and ginger.  Add a bit of water, fish sauce (patis), a dash of MSG, let it boil and you're done! I used to top it with onion leeks before serving.  To complete my meal, I normally fry some eggplants to go with it.  I just prepare a special sauce consisting of  soy sauce or Maggi Savor with chopped chili, garlic, calamansi to go with it.  According to study, clams are good source of Iron and protein and it can help those people who are suffering from anemia. The many nutritional benefits of clams apart from it's delicious taste made me include it in my regular menu cycle.  What more? It's easy on the pocket, too. Above meal that I prepared (sauteed cams and fried egg plants) only costs me 6,000 Cambodian Riels or Php60.  I actually cooked half kilo of clams and this, together with fired egg plants is good for 2 meal servings. That equates to Php30 per meal. :)

I now include this in my regular week menu cycle.  After all,  I have all the reasons to do it.

Friday, August 24, 2012

My Typical Day Out From Work

Oh well....last night, I posted on my status at Facebook that I am indeed thankful that after 17 long days of working without having a single day off, I finally got one and it's today! Yippeee!!

It's not that I'm complaining as I am used to this kind of working schedule ever since. I'm working in this kind of  set up for long years and my body just got used to it.  I have worked on shifting, no days off in a month, jump shift and every kind of schedule that you may think of.  It might be difficult for some but not for someone like me who had already adjusted to this working life style.

So today, I woke up in the morning feeling energized after getting a good night sleep.  So to start my day off, I got myself a yummy breakfast consisting of a cup of cappucino, a piece of yummy chocolate cake and to balance my hearty breakfast, I make sure that I would get a serving of fruit and I have chosen a piece of pomegranate.

I was on morning shift yesterday so I was able to do my laundry in the afternoon after I'm off from work at 3 PM.  Today, I just have to tidy up my room, do some online tasks, do the ironing and get a power nap. :)

Sometimes, it really feels nice to have a day for yourself and do all the things that you wish to do without being bothered about anything.  I'm not going out today! I've decided to stay at home since I already went to a salon for my regular mani and pedi two days ago. I would also postpone my "Thai massage" session until my next day off.  I just want to stay in my room and relax.  A lot of people are asking me if I don't  get bored  staying in a suburb and away from my own home and I always answer them with a smile.  I also feel that way at times, but not always as I'm a type of person who can always find something to do.  Good for me!

I wonder if I'm a stay at home Mom like most of my friends and fellow bloggers, would I be able to do it?

What would be my typical day, then?  Hmmm...I got to think about that later.  

Ciao! :)

Friday, August 17, 2012

Busy Mode

If there's one wish that I would like to make at this moment, that is to have luxury of time.  I want to do all the things that I want.  At this stage, I have so many plans and so many things that interest me that I would love to do given the chance.  My "to do list" is fully loaded.  Being here, to where I am now doesn't mean that I'm fulfilled.  There are still lots of things left undone.  But as what I normally do, prioritizing is the key.  Ever since, I always try to figure our what my priorities are and I have to start from there.  The other plans should take the back seat in my long list.  I know somehow that I have to strike a balance between career, family and personal life.  I also have lots of plans for the family especially for my kids.  Things can't simply end.  To be busy was my personal choice.  I want a fast pace life especially that I'm not at home.  Focusing myself to work and other worthwhile activities will keep my world spinning.

At the moment, I am busy preparing and waiting for my forthcoming vacation. It's one and a half month more to go and I will be setting my feet to my homeland once again.  I can't wait to see my family, my home, my Mom, our pet Lucio and the usual places that we go. As of now, I'm already planning for the things that I have to do back home.  Have to get a complete check up, a make over (lol), routine check on the house to see if everything is still in order, process some lot and bank documents and the thing goes on and on. More importantly I have to spend quality time with my Mom and the kids. My husband would be home in time for the next summer vacation so he wouldn't be around by the time I'm home this October.

Right now, I'm not feeling so well. I guess my head ache prevents me from doing things but I still have to do some or else, things will pile up for the coming days.

I will list down  and share some of my plans on my future posts. Hope you will come back here to have a sneak peek of my long list. :)

For now, I have to go back to my offline tasks. See you around!


Friday, August 10, 2012

Roto-Rooter: Your Partner in Plumbing Needs

I guess everybody would agree with me that the most important aspect of being a home maker is being able to maintain your home in good condition.  By good condition, I refer to every bit of thing in the house.  From carpentry works, roof leaks, repainting tasks, and the most often neglected, plumbing needs.  Our house areas like kitchen, bathroom and laundry area have one thing in common.  These areas are normally the first ones to get problems as these are the most used areas in the house. I couldn't count exactly how many times in the past that I got exposed to plumbing and drain problems in the bathroom and kitchen.  This really caused me a lot of disturbance, likewise house hold chores are being delayed.  What is even worst is that I have contacted several plumbing technicians and they quoted me a high service fee only to realize in the end that my problem was not really addressed.  At one time, I was asked to purchase some materials for the leaking faucet and clogged drain on the bathroom's lavatory but nothing happened even after I have purchased the requested materials.  The result is money being wasted.

With the bad experiences I had engaging some plumbing services of private individuals,  I wished that I could find a reliable plumbing and drain service company like Roto-Rooter.  Getting plumbing services from a reputable company can give us the assurance that services offered come with a guarantee tag. Besides, I love the idea that you could navigate on their site and choose the kind of service that you need on a particular instance.  Whatever it is, it is important that we are trained on the basic things that we have to do on immediate plumbing problems, but keeping a list of  reliable plumbing service companies at hand will save you much time and money and the most important part is that you are satisfied with the end results.

This is a sponsored post for Rotorooter, however, all the points and views presented here are my own.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Health Concern Is Everybody's Concern

For many people, probably health concerns are the ones most often neglected especially for those who are having a busy lifestyle.  More often, since we are more focused at work and family, we tend to have lost our interest on health issues.  People on the rat race are often less conscious about the foods they eat,  the importance of daily exercise and the necessity for regular check ups.  Well, I think otherwise.  For me, health should be a priority especially if you are a working parent or the bread winner in the family.  I believe that in order to work well and provide for your family, you should be at your optimum health level. The reason is quite obvious.  How could you perform your work at your best when you are weak and often sick.  How could you show your great potentials if you are always absent from your work due to sickness.

Having this in mind, I always take time out for myself.  I am mindful of the foods that I eat and I make sure that I get a balanced diet.  I also make it a point to get a daily serving of nutritious fruits. This way, I can make sure that I am getting the right kinds of nutrients and minerals that my body needs.  Apart from this, I do brisk walking whenever I can. I also intentionally go up and down on the staircase of our apartment to get that daily dose of exercise.  I also believe that getting a good body massage can help me to get rid of body toxins and maintain a good circulation of my blood, not to mention that it relaxes my body muscles and helps me to de-stress after a week of hard work.  Since, I am working overseas, I usually make it a point to have regular check ups during my home leaves. However, due to the increasing costs of medical services, most of us tend to be lax in subjecting ourselves for regular medical check ups.  I'm also thinking that as we work, we have to be mindful of the years to come and prepare for our health care needs while we are still earning.  To get this at hand, it would be best to get some health insurances to cover our health related expenses. Since my Mom stays with me and I support her health care needs, I think that getting for her a Medigap seniors insurance would be most adequate.  Since Medigap covers those gaps or health needs not covered by Medicare, it would be nice to have an insurance package that would help fill those gaps.  That way, I can be assured that complete health care services can be extended to my Mom when most needed at no extra cost.

I still believe that in today's age where everything is getting more and more expensive, assuring ourselves and our loved ones of getting proper health care is a must.  The different plans available would enable us to decide what's best for our requirements.  I think good health is the best gift that we could give ourselves and our parents.  Nothing can make us feel more secured than having that assurance that our parents are having the kind of protection  they so deserve.

In the end, that pays off for all our hard work.

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