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



Sunday, January 23, 2011

Mango Galore!

Do you want one? Mango time,banana time and fruits all around, summer time is here, summer time Philippines!

Saturday, January 22, 2011


My life is amazing this week!

Friends from Seattle Washington visited us: we went Volcano trekking, fruits shopping, dining, attending worship service and reminiscing. Mr & Mrs. Betita are here for a Medical Mission Trip, the other members of the team are arriving this week. God bless the team for this mission outreach to the most disadvantage group in our society. We cannot join you for now, but you will be in our prayers.

My life is amazing this week!

Friends from Seattle Washington visited us: we went Volcano trekking, fruits shopping, dining, attending worship service and reminiscing. Mr & Mrs. Betita are here for a Medical Mission Trip, the other members of the team are arriving this week. God bless the team for this mission outreach to the most disadvantage group in our society. We cannot join you for now, but you will be in our prayers.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

FFI we go!

1. So many of us are happy and satisfied.

2. We can smile even in hardship.

3. Those who are accepting of self and others are the happiest ones.

4. God is waiting quietly.

5. Light is in both the thankful and grateful.

6. Love of all that is ordinary.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to preparing food for church potluck, tomorrow my plans include meeting with friends and Sunday, I want to attend my classes and shop with my daughter!

Thankful Thursday

Thank you Lord for a successful trek to Taal Volcano today....we enjoyed the hike though it was so hot and humid, dusty, and tired but seeing the volcano crater with it's majestic beauty was awesome in itself....the boat ride was so calm and peaceful, the people who guided us and later served a sumptuous lunch and the time we were able to contemplate on God's goodness to His creation.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

WFW 2011

Eureka! it's Bingo!

Bzzzzz! kringggg! Bingo!that's the shrill sound of the buzzer I heard from the sound system as I passed by Bingo arcade in one of the malls I visited the other day. Me and my friends went shopping, and Dinah urged everyone to join. I never played bingo in my life before and joining now is a bit exciting. I don't know how to do it but each of my five girlfriends have something to say about how to play it. Well, to make the long story short, I did not win any, but the exciting part was everyone I saw really concentrated and when a buzzer shrills, everyone! what a noisy crowd. My friends told me to try some free bingo sites I could hone my skills and they gave me
bingo sites to log on too. Well, I may try my luck online then practice, practice, practice. I may sneak out to a mall without them and surprise them with what I have won. Tap my shoulders gonna be lucky this time.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Class Retreat: La Roca Trinidad

Class retreat happened last Saturday and Sunday.
We tackled the days program as follow:
Saturday : Groups Dynamics: Inner Directed and Self-Actualization Process. Everyone shared their visions in life and how to achieve each others goals in life. Testimonies were done late in the afternoon, with three visitors testifying God's leading in their lives. Emotions involved that day were mixed.We need some catharsis in the forms of tears, laughter, nervous discussions. Soon everything ended and all were refreshed. We topped the activities with swimming----hot springs galore....splashing all the way like children in a storm. Overnight singing, eating, talking. Oh! reality strike...I have an early 8 a.m. to late from last night's outing...

Sunday, January 16, 2011 friend Lyn!

My friend and classmate Lyn Sta. everything we really enjoyed great and small things....spas....talks....movies, we cry for a bucketful, food....class discussions, scents of lavender, our favorite, she gave me two bottles of it yesterday.....chocolates, in all shapes and flavors, local travels here and there, books, recently we read, "The Boy Called It" series, etc., etc., etc., and for Mellow Yellow's for Lyn, here's for friendship!

Got to Experience It Somehow!

Wow! my sister's boyfriend is up to his sleeves helping his friend preparing and psyching himself up for the greatest ride of his life. Jen, emailed and said both she and his boyfriend Craig were given tickets to this race that is deemed widely considered as the most significant and famous automobile experience in the world, the
Monaco Grand Prix. Wish, I could be there with them.Additionally, a wide selection of hospitality packages during the Grand Prix week-end is available to ensure everyone's absolute comfort, ranging from hotels, yachts, appartments and villas. If, I am not only tied with my work contract, I could fly myself and enjoy the show, for now, it would be the family glued to cable TV to watch.This is how to experience it somehow.Me and my family would be going for Webber and Schumacher.....cheers for our men!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

This is Amazing!

Whew! am in the real world now. After a two week vacation grande, well am right in my world now. Back to books, researches, classes,and tons of requirement for this semester. My sister in-law however sent me, what she calls, a faceless,smartest library that creates, edits,displays,prints Acrobat PDF documents. Grace,my sister-in-law says,
PDF Viewer is small, fast, easy to use and can be integrated in my projects. It has even lots of features I have to discover.She sent me yesterday the brochure and I think this afternoon I have to see my computer technician to help me with this product. Well, in this world of techno magic, am still, kind of lost. I marvel at products like these, and when presented with one, my mind gets muddled at what they can do, but, I have to be ahead of my time and learn such thing. Good, I have friends around to show me and explain the in and out of such technology. This is a big help, but I need more help, huh!

Let's Make Some Memories

"Congratulations Jerry and Lei!" These two were my students in college and recently these lovebirds tied the knot for marriage. After five years of dating, listening to their stories of adventure, failure and victories, finally, the two march in a grand wedding attended by friends and loved ones. I was not able to attend the wedding, but
photo book, these set of gifts I sent will surely seal the memories forever. I promise the two that come summer I will visit them and enjoy the pictures of the most memorable day of their life together. They have uploaded pictures in Facebook, and I had glimpses of what happened during the wedding. I got to shed a tear or two for this couple. They were my students, friends and now am happy that they are already a couple for keeps. Happy Wedding Jerry and Lei...Welcome to the world of married life!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Pictures from travels, reunions, New Year Celeb.

Pictures from travel, high school reunion, and family new year celebration.