October 2, 2014

Exploring My Kitchen

Long after I decided to stay home for good, I began to explore in the kitchen for a variety of reasons. I want to make up for the lost times with my kids.  I wanted to cook for them all their favorite foods and given the opportunity, more dishes and snacks that I haven't prepared before.  It's been 7 years that I was away from home and it is for this reason that I missed up on a lot of happenings in the kitchen.  The truth is, I love to cook and bake and I love to explore every possible way to discover new staples from my kitchen.

Chicken salad for sandwiches


Atchara and Ampalaya Salad

Home Made Beef Tacos

Snacks!
Hotdog Sandwiches and Fried Vegetable Lumpia

I also love to prepare meals and present them artistically on the table.  Not only will this delight my kids but it will also make our lunch or dinner more interesting.  In fact, my kids are always excited what I am up to present for their dinner.

Here are few of the examples of what I've prepared:




 

I will continue to explore my kitchen as serving delicious foods to my family has always been a pleasure for me.



September 18, 2014

Home Made Pizza

It's not a secret that my daughter loves pizza and this is the reason why you can always chance upon us at Greenwhich and Sam's Pizza Hauz. (lol) But ordering a pizza every now and then will really kill your pocket. Why not? Pizzas are expensive especially when you order it from high end stores.  So my frugal spirit has guided me to find ways to satisfy our craving without being too harsh on my budget.  The end result? tadah....home made pizza!






If you could notice from the photos, I made several with different flavors.  For the ingredients, I choose what my kids prefer.  They love ground beef so this became the primary ingredient in all the pizza flavors I made.  I just add some of this and that to other servings and voila! we have a hearty pizza dinner.

The best consolation by the way is that I only spend about Php80 per pan and for us, that's a great savings!

Happiness indeed!


August 30, 2014

Remembering Saigon



Every time I walk along a busy street in the city, I can't help but remember Saigon.  My first time in Saigon was truly amazing.  I was amazed with how they could use motorcycles as their primary means of transportation. Some of my Vietnamese friends told me that owning a car in Saigon is only possible for very rich families as cars are really expensive there.  No wonder every time I want to cross the street, it feels like it will take me forever to wait, as the street is really really full of motorcycles. Motorcycles are quite cheap in Saigon and shops selling motorcycle accessories can be seen almost everywhere.  Students and office workers usually use motorcycle as their means of transportation and I could even see high school students driving their own motorcycles which I think wouldn't be allowed in the Philippines unless you're 18.

I once thought of buying one there and bring home to the Philippines together with some motorcycle accessories but where to find motorcycle shipping quotes

Oh well, that plan together with a plan of buying shih tzu pups which are also really cheap in Vietnam did not materialize at all until I left Vietnam in 2012.  I am glad though that I was able to witness Vietnam's culture and how it differs in many aspects with Philippine culture.  The next time I visit Saigon, perhaps I will still find tons of motorcycles on the streets but this certainly make Vietnam unique in that aspect.

 

August 28, 2014

$1 Eyeglasses Promo



Are you in need of new glasses but hesitant to get one because of their high prices?  Do you desire the versatility of several pairs of eyeglasses without the usual high investment? GlassesShop.com which offers chic and superior eye-wear at affordable prices is going to have a $1 eyeglasses campaign!  This will run from August 28, 2014 up to September 3, 2014.

During that period, you will be able to buy particular prescription eyeglasses for only $1.  The qualifying available eyeglasses will be various in type which you can choose from the list given in our website.  Due to the very low prices of the glasses, the time of the campaign is limited, so are the quantities of available frames and lenses.

Head over to GlassesShop.com and plan your future eye-wear wardrobe.


August 15, 2014

Hubby's Specialties!

Grilled Fish with his signature dressing 


Creamy Carbonara 


Yakisoba

When hubby is home and he does not have much projects to do in the house, he would always go to the market ( his favorite thing to do) and buy some food items and ingredients for his special recipes either for our lunch, dinner or "merienda".  He loves to cook (that's for sure) and he is very good in "presentation".  

Whenever we throw a party in the house, our guests, especially our kids friends and classmates would always compliment the foods and the way these were presented.  Normally, they would think that we have the foods catered in our house but the truth is, it was just a "labor of love" from all the family members headed by hubby.  That's the benefit of a family who shared the same passion. As my kids grew up, I've noticed that they would love to do what we normally do, thus I believe that what you normally show to your kids will influence them greatly in the future. 

My son (my eldest) also loves to cook now and he's also quite good in designing.  He is in fact, my partner in our cup cake business.      

Ciao!
   

August 14, 2014

The Power of Music


Music has always been a part of my life from the day that I began to see life to the day that I began to understand things on my own, music has always been my faithful companion.  What would life be without music? For me, music is a direct reflection of my life.  Apart from being a source of entertainment, music for me is an expression of one's thought and feelings. Music is a kind of art that progresses over time but it is a perfect form of art which never restricts us the way the other form of entertainment does. It's positive effects on one's growth and development is beyond question.  It brings out the creative side of every individual and doesn't choose any specific age or gender. It forms part of every cultural and social activity and a perfect expression of joys and triumph as well as mourning and failures.  

Even during my young age, I am always fascinated with people who can play guitar or any other forms of musical instruments.  For me, they are such a genius!  I once thought that the quality of the musical instrument being played has something to do with a great music but how about those great people in history who played great music even with just a set of bamboo organs?

I had a chance to visit www.musiciansfriend.com and found a great collection of musical instruments there. It would be great to have one from their guitar collection and start playing guitar though I think it's already quite late for me (lol).  

I just wish that my daughter would pursue her interest in music and just continue my dream as a frustrated guitarist.  I think that would be more fun. What we can't do as parents now can always be passed on to our children, anyway.  What do you think? :)

  

July 21, 2014

A Special Night For Mika - Her JS Prom

I wasn't here last year when my daughter Mika attended her JS Prom. I was still working abroad that time and it's quite impossible for me to be here in the Philippines to witness every important milestone in the life of my kids.  What I do is, I normally choose the most important ones like the recognition days and graduation. It was kind of hard for an OFW like me to fulfill my obligation as a Mom since I have a career to look after. Nonetheless, I tried my best to assist them where possible like helping them in their school projects and research works which I could do online.  I also remembered to have written a declamation piece for my son when he was chosen to represent their school for a competition.  He won second place that time and I was just so proud being able to fulfill my role as a Mom assisting them in every way I can even we're miles apart.

I was truly sad that I was not here to witness Mika's prom in school last year but I took part in choosing the gown that she had worn that night, which I'm glad  to have fitted her well.

Mika at Ambyanz salon for her hairdo and make up. She looks quite excited!


I think she still looks like a baby even with her make up on 

Mika with her shih-tzu pet, Lucio


with her newly adopted babies (lol)

all set for the party 


 checking her eye lashes :)

I'm glad that my son was able to compile his little sister's photos, at least I could still witness how did she look that evening.  I think everything was perfectly alright for her. Her dad and "kuya" were both beside her from the time that she had her make up until the time that she had worn her gown down to the party venue, but oopps, they did not join her there of course.  I'm very happy though that even when I'm not here that evening, everything works well with her.

I love her dearly and she knows that so well.  



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