Friday, February 25, 2011

50 Questions Challenge, Day 34: Do you feel like you have enough money to live the way you want to?

Yes, I think so.

I am not materialistic. Things don't make me happy. When I was younger, it's all about getting the latest gadgets and going to places, but when I had a child, everything changed. What I have in mind now is "growth and sustainability". Having extra money would be great but I will not be depressed if I don't have it.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Maria on The Ellen Show

Maria has gone a long way since Lady Gaga's tweet about her cover of Born This Way. After more than 10 million views in You Tube and Lady Gaga's conversation with her on the phone, she now guested in The Ellen Show. And she sang her the song that made Lady Gaga cry.

Monday, February 21, 2011

No More Holiday Economics

Photo from here.
Lo and behold, fellow workers... there will be no more holiday economics as per P-Noy! And the People Power Revolution is not considered a holiday in the labor sector.

Holiday Economics or R. A. 9492 was made a law in 2007 by Ex-Pres. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. It is a law wherein all public holidays can be moved to the nearest Friday or Monday if it falls on a Saturday or Sunday.

President Noynoy already announced last December 21 via Proclamation No. 84 that there will be no more movable holidays come 2011 to give daily paid workers a chance to earn more. This means that the holiday will be celebrated on the day itself. This also means that there will only be long weekends if the holiday falls on a Friday or Monday.

There are 14 holidays in Proclamation No. 84 and only 4 of which fall on a Sunday:
  • Labor Day – May 1 (Sunday)
  • Independence Day – June 12 (Sunday)
  • Christmas Day – December 25 (Sunday)
  • Ninoy Aquino Day – August 21 (Sunday) (special nonworking holiday)
Three, meanwhile, fall on a Saturday.
  • New Year’s Day – January 1 (Saturday)
  • Araw ng Kagitingan – April 9 (Saturday)
  • Last Day of the Year – December 31 (Saturday)
The rest of the holidays fall on weekdays.
  • Maundy Thursday – April 21
  • Good Friday – April 22
  • National Heroes Day – August 29 (Last Monday of August)
  • Bonifacio Day – November 30 (Wednesday)
  • Rizal Day – December 30 (Friday)
  • All Saints Day – November 1 (Tuesday) (special nonworking holiday)
  • EDSA Revolution Anniversary – February 25 (Friday) (special holiday for all schools

Friday, February 18, 2011

Signs that I am in love

1. I sing love songs... in the bathroom, while cooking, while sweeping the floor... singing while doing things.

2. I write love notes and give cards even without an occasion. I also send them through snail mail. Yeah, I am cheesy and old fashioned!

3. I give random gifts. When I see something at the mall and I think it will fit perfectly or will look good on the guy, I'd buy it... even when there is no occasion.

4. I always find time for the guy... time to text, call, rub his back, comb his hair, et cetera, et cetera.

5. I text him from morning until night.

6. Do unusual stuffs for him like cooking his favorite dish, trying to learn his hobby or sport, pretending to like UFC to the point of accompanying him to Georges St. Pierre's autograph signing. 

6. I take efforts to be prettier everyday.

Somebody asked me today if I am in love. I do sing while doing things because I love to sing. And I take extra efforts to be prettier each day because I don't want to look older than my mom. The rest of the signs aren't present, so that means I am not in love.

If ever you will ask me someday if I am indeed in love, go back to this post. I will not lie. I am not good at lying when I am in love.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Favorite Video of the Day: Lady Gaga cried over this

Lady Gaga really checks out the social media and socializes with her fans. I love her! In the mean time, be amazed or even cry with this video she shared on Twitter from You Tube.

This kid is really amazing! Her version of Lady Gaga's Born This Way is so sweet.

Maria Aragon is a 10-year old kid of Filipino parents in Canada. In her site, she said she don't look at music sheets, she just figure out the chords all by herself. 

And this is Lady Gaga's version. Funky.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Meanwhile in other sites...

United Nude has some awesome wedge sandals for Spring... I could not wait to get my hands (feet) on them.

A few weeks time and it is already Summer (here) so I will temporarily say goodbye to my jackets and cardigans. Buying jacket in Summer is not prohibited so I still have an excuse if I will buy a Burberry jacket that is not so fond of receiving hugs... that is, if I have the budget.

Owning an Hermes satchel would be tantamount to asking for world peace so I will just probably have an almost similar design from other bag designers.

Katy Perry probably is applying to become Victoria's Secret Angel so she wore angel wings during the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Candy heart, chocolate and lots of love

How's your Valentine's Day?

I got a candy heart with cute little rosettes, chocolate and lots and lots of Valentine greetings today. 

My son went to the mall with our grandmother and when he got home, he said he has flowers for me. I asked where are the flowers and he said it's inside his pocket. He put his hand inside his pocket and handed me the flowers that are, apparently, invisible. I took the invisible flowers and he gave me a kiss. He said the flowers are invisible because those are meant to be seen only by me. And instead of saying 'Happy Valentine's Day' he said 'Congratulations'. I wonder why he congratulated me. Haha! 

In exchange of his flowers and congratulations, I gave him a bar of chocolate. Per usual, he had an ear to ear grin on his face.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Tonight's Dinner: Patola con Miswa (Ridge Gourd Soup)

It's a windy night (again) and what better way to warm the stomach than to have soup for dinner. You can cook it in just three easy steps. I prefer eating this dish with steamed rice and fried fish.

Here are the ingredients:
1 Patola (Ridge Gourd or Loofah), peeled and cut diagonally
2 packs of miswa (wheat noodles)
3 small packs of hibi (dried shrimps)
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 medium onion, finely chopped
2 tablespoons oil
2 tablespoons fish sauce
3 to 4 cups water
salt to taste

Here's how to cook it:
1. Heat oil in pan or skillet and then saute garlic and onion. Add hibi (dried shrimp).

2. Add ridge gourd (loofah), water and fish sauce. Boil for 3 minutes or until the vegetable becomes slightly cooked.

3. Add the miswa. Miswa absorbs water so add more water when necessary. Simmer for 3 minutes. Adjust taste by adding salt.

Photo from here.
Ridge gourd is rich in dietary fiber, vitamin C, riboflavin, zinc, thiamin and magnesium. Aside from being edible, dried ridge gourd or loofah can also be used as kitchen sponge. It can also be used as bath sponge to exfoliate dead skin.

Sarah McLachlan - Angel (OST City of Angels)

"I would rather have one breath of her hair, one kiss of her mouth, one touch of her hand, than eternity without it."

Happy Valentine's Day to all!

Spread the LOVE.


Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Former Sec. Angelo Reyes found a way out

Harakiri or seppuku is a form of Japanese ritual suicide by disembowelment. It was used voluntarily by samurai to die with honor rather than to fall in the hands of their enemies, as a form of capital punishment for samurai who had committed serious offense or it is performed for other reasons that had brought shame to them.

Photo from
Former Sec. Angelo Reyes was found dead before his mother's grave in Loyola Memorial Park at around 8AM today. According to reports, he asked his sons, his aide and bodyguard to leave him for a while and a few seconds later they heard gun shot and Reyes was found bathing in his own blood.

Reyes is currently on probe because of the alleged anomalies in the AFP as revealed by Lt. Col. George Rebusa, including receiving money amounting to 50M pesos as send-off money from Former Pres. Joseph Estrada.

We will never really know the reason why Reyes took his own life but in the midst of all the controversies that involve him, people are speculating that his act is his only way out, as an admission of guilt and to save him and his family for further shame.

"Who's next?", people ask. It is an evil thought, but, can we blame people?

Tonight's Dinner: Pork Adobo

Another no fuzz Filipino dish--pork adobo! 

While riding the jeepney on the way home, I was thinking of cooking adobong sitaw (string beans) with ground pork but when I got home, I don't have string beans in the fridge... so I ended up cooking pork adobo. It is my son's favorite dish. In fact, even in the wee hours he would ask me to cook adobo. For me, it is his way of making lambing so whenever I see or eat adobo in other places, I always associate it with my cute and lovable son.

Photo from here.

Here are the ingredients:
1/2 kilo of ribs or pork belly cut into 3x2 size
3 tablespoons oil
1 red onion, diced
4 cloves garlic, diced
1/2 cup soy sauce
1 cup vinegar
1/2 cup of water
3 laurel leaves (bay leaves)
salt and ground pepper to taste

Here's how to cook it:
1. Heat skillet and pour oil. Saute onion and garlic.

2. Add pork, water, soy sauce, vinegar, pepper and bay leaves. Bring to a boil. Cover and allow to simmer for 30 minutes or until the pork becomes tender.

3. Adjust the taste by adding salt.

Adobo is a Spanish term for sauce or marinade. It is probably the most popular of all Filipino dishes, in fact, it is coined as the Philippines' national dish. It can be cooked by substituting pork with chicken or can be cooked using both pork and chicken. Adodo is best eaten with steamed rice, egg and tomato and is wrapped in banana leaves--binalot style in Filipino terms.

Photo from here.

In 2002, ABS-CBN Entertainment and Unitel Productions produced a film entitled American Adobo under the direction of Laurice Guillen which starred Christopher De Leon, Dina Bonnevie, Cherry Pie Picache and Ricky Davao. It is a hilarious and touching portrayal of Filipino immigrants' life in the US. It received positive reviews from movie critics from various parts of the world. 

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Tonight's Dinner: Tinolang Tahong (Mussel Soup)

How's your weekend?

We stayed in our grandmother's house the whole day. While my son played with his cousins, I had a little chat with our aunts and grandmother on the porch. That is what I like about weekends... I get to catch up on my relative's lives over sumptuous meals.

I was asked to cook tinolang tahong (mussel soup). This is one of the easiest Filipino dishes to cook.

Here are the ingredients:
1/2 kilo of tahong (mussel)
3 tablespoons of oil
1 red onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, diced
2 thumb size ginger, cut into strips
1 8 oz. 7-Up
Salt to taste

Here's how to cook it:
1. Saute onion, garlic and ginger in a deep pan. Put in cleaned and fresh mussels. It is always best to cook seafoods while they are still fresh. Mix a bit.

2. Add the 7-Up. Cover the pan. There is no need to add water since the mussels will release its juice when it  opens. You may wonder why there is 7-Up in the dish. I actually don't know. I just learned this dish from my grandma and she's been doing it since time immemorial. Taste-wise, the 7-Up balances the saltiness of the mussels so sometimes it is no longer necessary to add salt. What if there's no 7-Up? Try Sprite. Seriously. The effect is just the same.

3. You know it s already cooked when the mussels are already open. Add salt to adjust taste.

You may also substitute tahong with halaan (clam).

Tahong is a kind of bivalve (where clams also belong) with scientific name of Perna viridis. It has a characteristic blue, brown and green elongated shell and byssus (beard) to help it attach to its substrate. It feeds on phytoplankton, zooplankton and other suspended materials that is why it is commonly infected with the deadly red tide or harmful algal bloom.

Shells may be used as fillers for animal drugs or as ingredient for animal feeds because it is a rich source of calcium and phosphorus. Polished tahong shells may also be used as an accessory or home decoration.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Bruno Mars - Just the Way You Are


Tonight's Dinner: Fried Mackerel Scad and Nido Soup

I wasn't able to cook chicken a la king (obviously) because I did not go to the supermarket to buy the ingredients. Instead of chicken, I cooked mackerel scad and nido soup for dinner. Sounds like something you only eat in restaurants but it is actually the Philippines' famous daing na galunggong. The fish is marinated in vinegar and garlic for at least 24 hours and then sun dried to perfection so that it will become crispy when cooked.

Photo from here.
It is actually best eaten as breakfast with fried rice and tomato.

I cooked nido soup just to have something hot to sip. I admit to being too lazy this day because I used Knorr's Nido Oriental Style Soup mix. Hehe!

Photo from here.
As usual, my son and I got so full.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Tonight's Dinner: Shrimp in Butter and Oyster Sauce

Happy New Year!

Tonight's dinner is shrimp in butter and oyster sauce. It is actually from last night. I cooked it while I was waiting for the pork sinigang to be cooked. I learned this recipe from my grandmother and I just modified it a bit because I am too lazy sometimes to buy all the ingredients.

Photo taken from the pan, it smells so good... I wish somebody will invent a 'smell it' button on the internet.

Here are the ingredients:
100 grams medium shrimp or prawns
4 cloves minced garlic
1 medium minced red onion
2 tablespoons melted butter or a two inch thick slice of 1/2 bar of butter
1 tablespoon of oil
3 tablespoons of soy sauce
2 tablespoons of oyster sauce
pinch of ground pepper

Here is how to cook it:
1. In a pan, put in oil and butter. Oil prevents the butter from burning.

2. Put in the onion and garlic. I learned in one cooking show that it is best if you put onion first before garlic because garlic burns easily and once it burns, it gives a bitter taste.

3. Add the shrimps, soy sauce, oyster sauce and pepper.

4. Once the shrimp changed its color, it is already cooked.

5. Adjust the taste by adding salt.

My grandmother's original recipe has ginger because it removes the 'fishy' smell of the shrimp. And she does not use butter. I can eat this dish the whole day... but, I don't because shrimps are expensive. I only cook it when my son tells me he wants to eat crabs... he thinks shrimps are the same as crabs. My son doesn't eat crab because he thinks it is Mr. Crabs of Spongebob Squarepants.

This weekend I am planning to cook chicken a la king. I hope my son will like it.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Andy Gibb's Our Love (Don't Throw It All Away)... cried me a river

This song cried me a river because it is my favorite song and it was dedicated to me by someone. Sing and cry with me if you please.

Maybe I don't wanna know the reason why
But lately you don't talk to me
And darling I can't see me in your eyes.

I hold you near but you're so far away
And it's losing you I can't believe
To watch you leave and let this feeling die.

You alone are the living that keeps me alive
And tomorrow if I'm here without your love
You know I can't survive
Only my love can raise you high above it all.

Don't throw it all away, our love, our love
Don't throw it all away, our love.
Don't throw it all away, our love, our love
Don't throw it all away, our love.

We can take the darkness and make it full of light
But let your love flow back to me
How can you leave and let this feeling die?

This happy room will be a lonely place when you are gone
And I won't even have your shoulders for the crying on
No other woman's love could be as true, I'm begging you.

Don't throw it all away, our love, our love
Don't throw it all away, our love.
Don't throw it all away, our love, our love
Don't throw it all away, our love.

We changed the world and made it ours to hold
But dreams are made for those who really try
This losing you is real
But I still feel you here inside.

Don't throw it all away, our love, our love
Don't throw it all away, our love.
Don't throw it all away, our love, our love
Don't throw it all away, our love.

Kung Hei Fat Choi!

Photo from Mister Greeting Card.
Happy New Year to all our Chinese brothers and sisters from all over the world. To the Chinese, the year of the rabbit officially starts when the clock hits 12:00MN. If you have missed the New Year because of whatever reason (lame), you can still celebrate the new year tonight.

Did you receive any nian gao (tikoy) today?

According to Wikipedia, eating nian gao has a symbolism of raising oneself higher in each coming year. If you haven't eaten a nian gao, it is a sticky rice cake. In Chinese tradition, nian gao should be given as this is also considered good luck. If you bought a nian gao for yourself, better give it away and wait for other persons to give one to you. It actually makes sense because the famous saying goes, "it is better to give than to receive."

Tonight's Dinner: Pork Sinigang (Pork in Sour Broth)

It is cold and windy so I decided to cook something that will warm the stomach... pork sinigang (pork in sour broth). Sinigang can be cooked in different ways and ingredients but generally, it is cooked using sour ingredient as the base like tomato, tamarind, camias (ginger lily) or miso.

Photo of my pork sinigang fresh from the pot. It's still simmering.
Here are the ingredients:
1/2 kilo of pork liempo (pork belly) cut into small pieces or 1 kilo of pork ribs
2 cups of string beans, cut into 5" length
2 medium sized eggplant, cut diagonally into sections
2 medium size white radish, cut diagonally into sections
4 pieces okra, cut in halves
6 pieces gabi (taro), cut into small parts
1 bunch kangkong (river spinach) leaves, young parts are cut off the stem
2 medium onions, diced
4 medium tomatoes, diced
3 green chilis (Hungarian variety)
2 liters of water
1 pack sinigang mix (because squeezing the tamarind juice is so 1900's) 

Here's how to cook it:
1. In a pot, put water and pork and let it boil for 5 minutes. While waiting for it to boil, mix the onions and tomatoes in a small bowl and then add at least two pinches of salt. Mix well (preferably using your clean hand) to let the juice come out. This is a trick that I have learned from my great great grandmother.

2. Put the onions and tomatoes and the sinigang mix into the pot and allow the pork to soften.

3. Add the taro, white radish and okra first since they take longer time to soften. After the taro, radish and okra have softened a bit, add the eggplant, string beans and chili. Do not overcook the vegetables.

4. Adjust the taste by adding salt. I personally like my sinigang sour so I don't put too much salt.

5. Turn off the heat before adding the river spinach leaves. Cover the pot. The steam will cook the leaves.

Sinigang is best served hot and with steamed rice. Yummy!

There are different types of sinigang (shrimp, beef, fish and even chicken) and regions in the Philippines have different styles in cooking it. But basically the ingredients are all the same except for when cooking the variation of sinigang--sinampalukang manok--which has ginger and shredded tamarind leaves to replace tomatoes. River spinach and gabi are also not common when cooking sinampalukang manok.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Protect yourself from the wind

I need not go to Chicago to have my hair blown by the wind. Where I am right now is enough for me to experience the wind. It has always been like this in the Philippines when the snow from other parts of the world starts to melt and the Northeast monsoon gushes towards the Southeast. If I could no longer bear to shower directly from the shower head, it is already a sign that I should stock up on products with moisturizers and thick clothes to keep me warm and moisturized 24/7.

A lip balm to lock in moisture thus preventing chapped lips.
Burt's Bees nourishing lip balm, $2.99 at Small Flower.

If you look pale without lipstick, here is Lip Fusion  Balm by Fusion Beauty. It will give your lips color and then moisturize it up to 6,000% if you use it continuously for 4 weeks. That's a lot of moisture! Get this at for $22.

The face needs as much moisturizing as the lips. Try this Sephora instant moisturizer, $20 at Sephora. This has HydroSenn+ that not only moisturizes the skin but also prevents appearance of future signs of aging.

Never leave the house without putting on lotion. Nothing beats Jergens lotion in moisturizing the skin. Get it at your favorite drugstores. It is $5.49 in Target.

Keep moisturized and at the same time smelling fresh for hours with this Victoria's Secret Sensuous Escape body lotion with cocoa butter. It deeply moisturizes and nourishes the skin with its Vitamin C and E. Get this for $9.

Cozy up in a cashmere sweater. This A. P. C. sweater will do the trick, $355 at Net-A-Porter.

A biker jacket will also keep you warm. This Walter hooded leather jacket is on sale at The Out Net for $196.50 previously $655.

Juicy Couture ruffled chiffon jersey scarf, $68 at Zappos Couture. Scarves a great accessory during cold and windy days.

You have got to learn from the Middle Easterners to wear a Bedouin scarf. It is their armor against the windy desert. This All Saints Bedouin scarf in beach coral is just perfect, get this for $90.

Today is a windy day!

It is so freaking cold and windy outside that my hair just got so tangled and messed up, a detangler became useless. Good thing I am not wearing a skirt.

Sarah Jessica Parker is so freaked out here. Great legs you've got there SJP! And thank goodness you are wearing panties.


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