Thursday, March 10, 2011

a speci we go!

1. Oh gross! I thought it was pooh...hehehhee.

2. Playing the violin was hard, well THAT's off my bucket list!

3. No, I won't eat chocolate this week only, hah!.

4. Mind, heart and soul.

5. And then falling in love is the best thing that ever happened to me.

6. I can't forget the first time I heard him on a radio program.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to chilling with the family___, tomorrow my plans include attending a special service and Sunday, I want to attend my daughter's piano and voice recitals!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Thankful Thursday

Parenting is the toughest profession in this whole wide world and I thank the Lord for we have overcame issues on discipline and teen issues with our girl. Lessons learned: she learned to be tough and honest and we learned to really apply tough love. Congrats my girl for taking responsibilities and we love you no matter what.

"Problems are to the mind what exercise is to the muscles, they toughen and make strong."
-- Norman Vincent Peale

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Cognitive Training

A recent report funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) found that only
one factor demonstrates a HIGH level of evidence for delaying or preventing cognitive decline -- cognitive training.

Of course, that's not to say you shouldn't take care of yourself in other ways. Other factors, for example physical activity and a diet rich in vegetables and omega-3 fatty acids, were associated with a decreased risk of cognitive decline. These things are likely good for your brain, but the authors did not find enough evidence to say so definitively.

He keeps me functioning
each and every day.
Without Him, I will be
But, with Christ,
HE strengthens me.
(Phil 4:13)

Monday, March 7, 2011

That's My World Tuesday

A long, long walk and finally....resting from a days vacation on Meditation Park Hongkong.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Friday, March 4, 2011

“Jesus Wept”: The Bible and Human Emotions

In preparation for the Holy Week, I would be sharing to all how Jesus life has touched our emotional and psychological well-being. This is Part 1.

“Jesus Wept”

As humans, we are the most rational of all the world’s created beings. Marvelous as they are, frogs, dogs, caterpillars, and donkeys don’t have our capacity to reason. Yet, even with all our powers of logic and rationality, we’re also emotional beings. One could argue, justifiably, that emotions rule our lives to a much greater extent than reason does or ever could.

Emotions are good; without them we’d barely be human. (What kind of person doesn’t know love, compassion, sympathy, fear, or sorrow?) Robots might be able to function emotionlessly; we never could.

" ‘I tell you the truth, you will weep and mourn while the world rejoices. You will grieve, but your grief will turn to joy’ " (John 16:20, NKJV).

Emotions are a vital part of the human personality. They can be powerful motivators, both for good and for evil. And, depending on the emotions, they make us happy, sad, fearful, or joyous.
“Positive” emotions can bring a feeling of satisfaction and well-being; “negative” ones tend to cause pain and anguish. Though the first ones can promote mental health, a prolonged exposure to “negative” emotions may bring about behavioral and relational problems. Thus, emotions can play an important part in our overall well-being.

God wants us to enjoy the effects of positive emotions. However, because of sin, we often face the adverse effects of negative emotional experiences. Bible characters were not immune to emotional ups and downs either. Some succeeded in gaining control over them; others, losing control, allowed negative emotions to lead them into wrong actions.

The relationship between emotions and behavior is not clear and direct. At times painful emotions may drive us to our knees in order to seek God as the ultimate source of help and support. At other times struggles may cause people to give up faith entirely.

How crucial, then, that we learn more about our emotions and how they impact our lives.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011


Dear Father God,

First and foremost, I must ask your forgiveness for the little faith I have shown in You. As I look back, You have been so very good to me. I have screamed and yelled at you and even early in life I didn't believe You were real. I walked and talked as if You could not hear me. I even still do at times, but I catch it much more quickly now. I am sorry Father.

God, I write to you asking forgiveness for those that still live in those ways. You have taken the blinders off my eyes and I see your tears of sadness for what mankind does to You in our ignorance.

Father, I remember the day quite well that You lifted blinders from me. I now slightly understand the pain you felt when mankind nailed Your precious Son, Jesus Christ to a cross to die. For this day.....a big Thankful Thursday Lord.

Monday, February 28, 2011

My World Tuesday

Horses at the foot of Taal Volcano Philippines.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Yummy Sunday Smoothie

For energy days...I drink yummy healthy, try one now!

Crazy Carrot Smoothie Recipe
(serves 2-3)
3/4 medium sized cup of carrot juice
3/4 medium sized cup of orange juice
1/2 cup soya milk
6 ice cubes
Pour the carrot juice and orange juice into blender and mix gently until well combined. Add the ice cream and mix until thoroughly blended. Add the ice cubes and process until smooth. Pour the mixture into glasses. Sit back and enjoy.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Thankful Thursday

Thankful for blessings enjoyed this week:

1. My hubby graduated from one month training of CHIP : Coronary Heart Improvement Project by Dr. Hans Diehl,DrPH,Director CHIP U.S.A., through Manila Adventist Medical Center and Colleges at Angelo King Wellness Center. I attended the graduation last night. One thing I learned is that, diet plays a great role in reversing, controlling diseases such as: stroke, heart problems, diabetes, etc. through a PLANT-BASED DIET. Read the following books I found so helpful, "Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease" by Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, Jr. MD, was surgeon, clinician, researcher at the Cleveland Clinic.

2. My son is joining the weekend camping today and we are happy to note that he is growing strong and maturer in God's hand everyday. And daughter, is helping him prepare for this camping.

3. My mom, turning 74 and she is healthy, happy and still working as a volunteer principal at Nanuri International School.

4. To God be the Glory and in all things we give thanks.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011


Mom's Birthday

Mom celebrated her 74th birthday with with my brothers family and the teaching staff where she is presently working as principal of Nanuri International School. We really missed her and the jolly group...but distance is not a hindrance,we called her, asked my sis-in-law to buy her gifts for us. Here are the pictures to enjoy. HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOM....WITH ALL OUR LOVE....AND WISH YOU MORE HAPPY BIRTHDAYS TO COME!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

FFI....Happy Weekend Everyone! we go!

1. New experiences and possibilities are awesome.

2. Friends are an unexpected turn on a daily walk and they are blessings.

3. I'm looking forward to going to S&R Shopping mall to buy some apple sauce.

4. Meeting friends of long ago, I never have imagined.

5. Try to find meanings in all things.

6. Being a happy person is what's extraordinary about me.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to chilling, tomorrow my plans include attending a worship service and Sunday, I want to attend my class again and fulfill class requirements hmmm...too long and too many!

Finding the Right One for My Daughter

Just two days ago, I had a conversation via with my sister-in-law who is a nurse in London. Well, come to think of it she surprise the family with a suggestion that she would offer to take my daughter with her to study in London, so she can have the best education in terms of her chosen career. My daughter plans to take up Music with maybe a concentration on performance or piano combine with voice pedagogy. We were so dumbfounded with the offer. We started to plan for this news. I was trying to think of starting her off with a Sixth form college to transition her from our educational system. This would prepare her to advanced school level qualifications.
easter revision courses could be her starting point. I would be contacting them for information and we can get ready as soon as possible. My daughter has to be oriented with the culture, the school, the people and the rest of what she could possibly learn so by the time she will go she is really ready. I would be missing her but a chance like this is hard to come by. Good luck to all of us...preparations must start now!

A Gift for Hubby!

March is coming and this March 2011 is a big event for the family. I have two reasons to celebrate and prepare fast. My son who is in Grade six is graduating on March seventeen and my husband's birthday is on the 25th. So what's the fuss about.....well.....for one I have to prepare gifts for this two big events, and everyone seem on edge and are really gearing to make a big celebration out of it. I was exactly eyeing some rustic furniture for my hubby and am still undecided. I have been looking around and finally came across a site I could pick to peek on some very good selections.
leather furniture is the one for him and this one offers a variety of very hardy, sturdy, beautiful furniture. I think I could give my hubby a new study table that fits his busy schedule. Specifications matters, it must be comfortable, durable and could become a master piece in years to come. This one must become a piece my hubby could be proud of to give as an heirloom piece to the next generation. Any suggestion, so far am getting lost with hundreds of selections I'm looking at. Think I could go to the next page of this brochure now...hmmm...this one is nice...that one is nice....why, all are simply beautiful!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

We are Thankful this Thursday

Case close...everything went normal again, unprecedented events that ruffled us a bit was this we give thanks.

Simple joys like: aromatherapy session shared by Lyn my friend and afterward she gifted me with the following essences I enjoy...peppermint, jasmine and soothing and it cleared my mind and relaxes my body and soul, more of it my friend.

Imagine our favorite food all the way from my mom....via airplane...hhahaha....thanks mom, you're a dear always, really.
For blessings great and small...we are so thankful.

Think We Could Enjoy That?

My wish list for this year is so tall I could pin it from the roof top of the apartment down to the ground. One of the list include attending Monaco Grand Prix in actions, live, so I can shout with the crowd in the excitement of all what there is to see. I have heard of testimonials such as: "We've used Paragon many times to organize our corporate hospitality events." "They are one of the best and I want to be here everyday possible." Their access to sporting personalities, passion for what they deliver and experience sets them apart from others." Wow, that's great! that would be a vacation dream par excellence and with all the concerts and festival I could watch, its a plus bonus bonanza for me. I would choose the best of them and that would be..........Yes...yes...and yes....the
Monaco grand prix hospitality I could be in the midst of everything and enjoy the exclusive access to all prestigious, glittering, and star studded events both on the sports and social calendar without b0ther. to start setting aside money for this dream vacation and one day I will be there!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

The Spiritual Dimension of Work

By: Monica Flores

If you think about it, all of us are here, during the time we have on the planet, to be who we were meant to be.
We may be good at performing music.
We may be good with numbers.
You might have an ear for learning languages.
Your skill might be in woodworking.
Some of you prefer to think, whereas some of you prefer to act.
All of us have a unique skillset and particular sphere of expertise that we’re good at and that we enjoy.
Our main task while we’re here on the planet is to use our skills to match with our big vision of what we are here to accomplish.
Your soul, when you decided to come to Earth, had a list of items that you wanted to check off: perhaps your task you gave yourself was to learn how to be more compassionate. Or perhaps you had a checklist item to make the world a better place for children or sick people. Perhaps your initial task list included being a good husband, father, son, brother, or wife, mother, daughter, or sister.
Whatever that to-do list includes, you are participating in that work day by day. Your soul grows through your daily work. You reflect everything around you by participating in our shared experience of Life.
When you choose your job, or your occupation, or your ongoing daily practice, consider that you were born for a particular purpose. I encourage you to do as much as you can to bring your life work into alignment with your soul’s deepest need

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Friday Fill-Ins!

Friday Fill-In #163

1. Pickles are reminder that life could be both sweet, sour and tingly.
2. When alone, I crazily clean everything at home.
3. Dieting is just too much! I don’t want anymore, hahahhahaha!.
4. I truly believe that all things good and holy can be found God's creation.
5. It’s 2:16 PM; that means I should be on my way to work (if I’m scheduled to be).
6. A good Corned Beef and Cabbage dish is not really hard to find.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to University's Two-gether Forever Couples Retreat, tomorrow my plans include attending the weekend couples retreat yet and by sit-down dinner after marriage renewal of vows and Sunday, I want to attend class....yikes even Sunday we have class...think about that!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Thankful Thursday

My country is rocked by political corruptions among top leadership in both the military and other government agencies. But through it all I still believe God is in control of everything. A handful have come out to be key witnesses of some gigantic graft cases these leaders are facing. We call these brave few "Our Heroes" and they come from the rank and file of the government who want change and transparencies in all transactions. To our heroes we are thankful for your integrity, honesty, love for country and an unwavering faith in God who will protect you in this dark history of our country. To all friends, let's pray that the truth will set us free.

I thank the Lord that He is always there for my family. My daughter has joined an academy camping and the weather is not so good. One hour the sun shines brightly and the next, a storm poured its wrath to all campers and it happened last night. We have to evacuate our daughter, and all her things and her fellow campers at 11:00 p.m. last. Everyone is safe and we are thankful for being safe.

My son received an MVP award for soccer. He is grade six and has done so well in sports. Thank you Lord for the gift of sports and for my children's hard work.

And to all blogging friends around the world, you are my inspiration. Keep on blogging, dropping comments, visiting and writing great posts. I love you all!

It's Time........ to Redecorate!

Yeheeey!'s yeheey time for me. My sister-in-law just called a while ago and told me the good news. The good news is, she said on the phone..."Sister, I am on vacation for a month...hhhmmm, and we decided with your brother John that we would volunteer to redo your bathroom this week, is that okay?" "What! is that okay? that is not the it." Yeheey....I was shrieking jubilantly a minute ago...this is dream come true, redecorating my bathroom was a long time dream.....and it's coming true. Sis-in-law just sent in the brochures she said she found from a website she opened and this
Hardwood floor installation cost a dime and have gorgeous designs, and I am really so excited with what I have seen so far. I told my husband that we have to go a Home Depot that has the products from the brochures. Well, husband Ted was just too willing to go, because, in all honesty, my sis-in-law and brother would pay for labor....labor is free...oh my this is not happening and it's making my day.....aheeemmm.....brighter, sunnier...lovelier, you name it...I am ecstatic. I have to be in the depot by ten and I have an hour to hurry now!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Amazing WFW My Friends.

Peace of mind is the most fabulous
accessories, ever!

Sunday, February 6, 2011


My mom and her paintings titled..."Under the Sea" the biggest she has produced...bought by one private college in our place, it now hangs on the lobby of the college library. She takes order locally and internationally. She painted these paintings three years ago when she was 71 years old. She is active in both church and civic activities and does painting exhibits. The painting with a local boat scene was inside my house, we were getting ready for her exhibit in the college were I work.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Yummy Sunday...

Favorite treat of my family...uhhhhmmmm...just so delicious!

Tropical Smoothie Recipe:

Tasty Stuff:
1/2 cup coconut meat
1 banana cut into chunks
1/2 cup mango
1 cup of milk
1/2 cup of vanilla ice cream

1 capsul of Vinotol (you can get it free at
1 scoop of Vanilla protein (availale at most pharmacies)

Blend the banana with the milk, ice cream, mango, and coconut until a smooth texture is formed. Add protein and Vinotol after everything has blended; blend again until the smoothie reaches a smooth texture again. This smoothie should be very sweet and tasty. Enjoy!

Thursday, February 3, 2011


When God made YOU, our son, He was having a good day! because you are so special, so kindhearted, that its difficult to say in words...Happy Birthday son, we love you!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

TT: 65th Birthday..Hurrah!

Blessings came pouring in:

Our dear professor turned 65 this week and we had a grand celebration. Dr. Armand Fabella touched our lives in many different ways. We were blessed by his wisdom, kindness, his challenging encouragement to seek inner directions. We can always sit for hours listening to his lectures. I am thanking God for giving us a committed teacher who have touched our lives in endless ways.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

My Beloved Hubby!

My beloved Tedd...always there for me. I took this picture 2 weeks ago we went up to the crater of Taal Volcano, Batangas.

Monday, January 31, 2011

My Friends, Some in Red

My friends and I, attended the Human Resource Workshop with Dr. B'julah in white and pink. I am the one with the cream orange bag, we enjoyed learning how to make everyone in the workplace happily functional.

Saturday, January 29, 2011


15 Honorees

I am going to mention some from visitors to Susannah’s {Kitchen} and some from the hospitality-lovers regulars at Chrysalis. Thank you all for your wonderful comments; I appreciate our developing friendships! You are completely deserving of this Stylish Blogger Award.

By the way, there is no obligation to participate if your time is tight or your blog is award-free. However, please do feel complimented!

1. Lisa at Sweet as Sugar Cookies
2. Miz Helen at Miz Helen’s Country Cottage
3. Kim at Quit Eating Out
4. Amy at
5. Sherry at Lamp Unto My Feet
6. Shelley at Stones of Remembrance
7. Janette Wright at Janette’s Sage
8. Nice A at
Nice Thoughts & Thrills
9. Gemini at The Road We Traveled
10. Faith at Gold in the Clouds
11. Bobbi at Blogging Along
12. Christie at Crickl’s Nest
13. Constance at Slim Pickin's From My Brain
14. Sandra at Heart for Him
15. Susan at Forever His

Here are the Rules

First, thank and link back to the person who gave you this award
• Second, share 7 things about yourself
• Third, award 15 recently discovered great bloggers
• Then, contact these bloggers and tell them they’ve won this award

7 Random Things

1. I am from the Philippines

2. I've worked with young people with dependency problems and community crisis centers.

3. I have two kids and I love children and I volunteer in orphanages.

4. My first love and my first and last sweetheart is my husband...hahhah...the relationship is still very strong after 17 years of marriage and counting.

5. I love cooking, baking, traveling, reading, blogging, Bible Study and gardening.

6. Me and my hubby is on scholarship grants for both our PH.D, hoping to graduate by March 2012.

7. The Lord has blessed us tremendously and am always sharing these blessings to everyone, they call me back home....Mommy A, ages=preschool to late in my mid-forty and laughing is my passion.

A million thanks for E-mom for this award!..Enjoyed your blog always. More blessings from above.

YM...Happy Eating!

Kare-Kare or Philippine Beef Stew

1/2 kilo oxtail
1/2 kilo beef stripe
1/2 cup oil
4 tablespoons atsuete oil
2 heads garlic (minced)
2 medium sized onions (diced)
1/2 cup bagoong alamang
3 cup ground nuts or 4 cups of peanut butter
1/4 cup ground toasted rice
5 pieces eggplant (sliced into rings)
1 banana bud (cut to almost proportional to eggplant slices, blanch in boiling water)
1 bundle sitaw (string beans) cut to 2″ long
1 bundle pechay (bok-choy)
Salt and Pepper

1. In a casserole, boil oxtail, beef stripe. Lower fire and let simmer until cooked. Remove all scum that rises to the surface.
2. Drain, set aside then reserve the stock.
3. In a big wok, heat oil and atsuete oil and saute garlic, onion and toasted rice and nuts (if using nuts).
4. Add oxtail and beef stripe, pour in the stock, season with salt and pepper and add peanut butter (if using peanut butter).
5. Simmer until all flavors are incorporated, then add the vegetables.
6. Make sure vegetables is not over-cooked.
7. Serve hot with bagoong /or fish sauce and chili pepper

Tuesday, January 25, 2011