Showing newest 19 of 34 posts from October 2010. Show older posts
Showing newest 19 of 34 posts from October 2010. Show older posts

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Pork Torta

Such a busy Monday for me today, I have a lot of chores to do. An hour after I wake up I have to work in the kitchen wash the dirty dishes my hubby just left and cook the ground beef in the fridge. If you are interested to know last Saturday when went shopping we bought a lot of meat than the normal days. We had pork and a piece of beef. You know why its SALE, the beef is 50% less.  Just an information when both of us go shopping expect it on a rush, my husband don't like me looking around. After he got all he want he will roll the cart to the counter that's why there are times we argue because I or we forgot something and I need to return and buy (lazy me).

So after a day we just found out the meat will expired on November 2, I laughed knowing that we forgot to look on the date we just grab upon seeing its on sale. So he asked what meat I could cook and eat before the expiry date because he will keep the others in the freezer. Well I am the only one who ate meat so don't expect me to eat all of it. 

Anyway here's what I cooked, I made pork torta. I just mixed pork, eggs, potato and put some spices like black pepper, salt and garlic. The 3/4 of the beef I just cook it in vinegar and soy sauce (lol) I am looking for a tomato sauce or ketchup in the fridge to cook giniling but it seems out of stock.  So I don't know how my ground pork adobo taste, my torta taste good but kind of salty.  When I added more salt I dropped a lot of  it because the lid with tiny holes is not working when I removed it and drop some, a big amount splashed on my mixture. Just too lucky that I did it after I cook few.

After cooking lampaso time! Then blogging and now I have to eat my breakfast I think the rice is already cooked.


You're not Alone

When you feel sad and blue
And think nobody's there for you
When you feel you're crying
And see yourself lying

When the things go wrong
And the days seem so long
When you heard that song
You feel so strong

Where the days are dark
You forgot what life was be
When you light the spark
You can't tell why me

When you realized you are alone
Don't ever pick a stone
You'll never be alone
There will always be a dawn

When you feel empty and unhappy
Don't pity, you're not a puppy
When you think I am funny
Don't make me happy

When you feel lousy and silly
And think world is on happy
Don't be gloomy
There's me!


Date written:
5/19/04

Mellow Yellow Monday

Happy Halloween everyone! How is it going?  Last Friday my husband and his co-teacher had a small party for their students, playing games and watching Disney horror movies. He brought home these food after it, I think the kids did not ate all of the food. So I had a box of pizza and a lot of cheese..


MellowYellowBadge

This is me, this is how I changed. Welcome to my evolution..

Who am I? Sino ako? Saan ko nga ba unang narinig ang mga katagang ito?  Kung hindi ako nagkakamali sa Values Education 1, ito ang unang leksiyon sa pagbubukas ng pasukan sa unang taon ko sa hayskul.

Kasabay ng pag-inog ng mundo marami ang nabago sa akin pisikal man o emosyonal. Nadagdagan man ang edad ko ngunit hindi isip ko.  Ako pa rin ito, ang batang iyakin na noo’y walang muwang sa kalakaran ng mundo.

Paano ko ba sisimulan ang sulating ito?  Nasa pagitan ng anim at pitong taon ako ng una akong tumuntong sa paaralan. Wala akong nais kundi matuto at magkaroon ng maraming kaibigan, nakamit ko ang una ngunit hindi ang pangalawa.  Wala ng sasakit pa sa lahat ng mga katawagang hindi ko matanggap, lumaki akong kapiling ay mga luha at hinanakit kung bakit pa ako pinanganak sa mundong ito kung masasaktan lang naman ako. Kinulong ko ang sarili ko sa apat na kuwadrado ng aking mundo kung saan iilan lang ang pinayagan kong makapasok. Aaminin ko mahina ako, iyakin at walang ngiti na maipagmamalaki.  Lumaki akong walang tiwala sa sarili at takot sa labas ng mundo, sapagkat sa paaralan at tahanan lang umiikot ang buhay ko.

Dumaan ang taon at unti unting nalagas ang mga lumang dahon sa punong bayabas na madalas kong pasyalan. Hanggang dumating ang panahon abo na lang ang natira sa pinagsunugan, wala akong pinagkaiba sa bayabas matapos pagsawaan ay iiwan ding luhaan. Nagkaroon ako ng mga taong tinatawag na kaibigan, akala ko ginto ngunit bato pala ang tunay na kaanyuan. Kilala lang ako kapag tulong ko ay kailangan ngunit kung hindi naman, maalala lang kung andiyan. Mas madalas nakabuntot sa babaeng kasing edad ko lang naman. Noon naisip ko kung mayaman lang sana kami marami akong kaibigan na hindi mang-iiwan.

Katulad ng karamihan kahirapan ng buhay ang kinamulatan ko, karpintero ang aking ama at simpleng may bahay ang aking ina. Sa isa’t isa lang kami tanging umaasa, bahay namin ay nawawala kung may pagtitipong pupuntahan ang mga madlang kadugo ko pala. Pasensiya na walang personalan pero hindi kayo ang paboritong katsikahan. Matuto ka muna ng sipsipan para kayo’y mapagbigyan sa kahilingan. Malayo ang loob ko sa kalahatan hindi kasi ako ang tipong malambing sapagkat nguso ko nga ay laging nakaigkas na parang sabitan ng kalderong may kaitiman.  Ako ang tinik sa lahat ng mga rosas wala ako kahit talentong meron sa karamihan, kung kumanta ako akala mo may kinakatay sa babuyan, sumayaw may posteng dinuduyan mabuti pa ang kawayan nakakayuko sa kabataan o katandaan.

Sa mga siphayong pinagdaanan ko lumaki akong abnormal sa pakikipagkapwa tao, pilit kong tinatago ang sarili ko sa kabibeng akala ko ay siya kong tahanan. Wala akong tiwala sa sarili, takot makihalubilo at hindi mapagbigyan (afraid of rejection).  Dumaan pa ang ilang taon unti-unting nagkahugis ang aking  kinabukasan at ang aking katawan pero sa tingin ko pantay pa rin naman kasi nakausli pa rin ang tiyan,  kolehiyo na pala ako. May siga sa kanto, nasaan? Ako lang naman babaeng pilit ginagaya ang kalalakihan ngunti ang totoo ay lampa naman. Nakikipagbiruan ngunit ang katotohanan kinakabahan. Kaybilis naman ng panahon, dalaga na pala mga pili kong kaibigan, mga kaibigang sa akin ay tumanggap ng walang alinlangan at hindi tinitignan ang aking panlabas na kaanyuan. Ang mikrobyo kapag kumapit ay walang kasingbilis sa aking biglang pagharap  sa mahiwagang kasangkapan ako ba tong may pintura sa labi? Ako ba ang nasa salamin? Ano  nga ba ang dapat asahan ang batang iyakin ngayo’y dalaga na, late bloomer ayon nga sa sabi nila. Unti-unti nagkaroon ng tiwala sa katawan at kakayahan, humahalakhak kita pati ngala-ngala. Natutong makipagkaibigan at makipagngitian kung mauunang ngingiti ang taong ngingitian.  

Kaybilis ng panahon, dilaw na pala ang palayan sa tabi ng tahanan. Panahon na kung saan natapos din ang apat na taong pinaghirapan at pinag-utangan ng salapi para makaakyat sa entabladong kung ilang baytang lang naman. Katibayan ay isang papel na pangalan ay prenteng nasa kalagitnaan.

Paalam mga kaibigan ako ay nag-iisa na naman, balik na naman sa kuwadradong mundo minsan ay aking binuksan upang makipaghuntahan. Baon ng pag-asa at tiwala  sumubok sa Kamaynilaan kasama ang inang kabuntot lagi kung saan, sa kasawiang palad umuwing bigo at luhaan. Payo ng inang sinta, kung wala kang suwerte sa Kamaynilaan bakit hindi subukan ang usapang may kasalan. Isang pindot, nakakilala ng dayuhan, kasayahan pagkatapos ng kasalan.

Ay madami pala akong kaibigan, ano nga ang iyong pangalan? Tama ang iyong sapantaha dumami ang aking mga kaibigan. Mga taong noon ay hindi man lang sa akin makipaglaro ng sulyapan. Mahika ng aming tahanan ay biglang nagpaalam, nakikita na ito kapag may handaan, imbitado na kung saan. Salapi, ano nga ba ang iyong kapangyarihan?


My story is such boredom isn’t it. I am typical child, lady and a woman who is asking for love from everyone. On my younger years I am victim of bullying from cousins, friends and classmates, almost everyday I am crying. Nobody loves me, nobody wants me. Even my mother hates me, as what I remember I am always the reason why my parents fight each other as what she always told me. My mother is disciplinarian, military rule as what I have called it. My father is soft, no comment because if he did my mother will storm him. With this unhappy childhood my personality didn’t grow, it remains as it is. I did not experience to play longer in the sun I am locked up inside my world and our house. My mother doesn’t want me to play with other kids, as a little child all I know she doesn’t love me at all and she is different from other mother I know.

Time flies, I am old and still hard headed as my mother says. I am not afraid anymore if my mother will tell me to burn my clothes, hit me and etc. I came to the point that I told her all my heartaches during my childhood and adolescent period for not letting me play and for not letting me grow.  There are things that I can’t understand before but when my mother cried my heart melts, she told me “Walang ina na gustong makita ang anak na nasasaktan at umiiyak, akala mo ba masaya ako kapag pinapalo ko kayo? Kapag naging ina ka maiintindihan mo rin ako” Now I know, why she is so strict to me and don’t let me play with other kids because every time I went out our house for sure when I go home I am crying because everyone is against me and don’t want to play with me and when my mother caught me sneaking outside it’s bamboo time. Well my mother is right she loves me on her own little way. With this, my perspective change, I became thankful for everything she did to me. The way she raised us because we grow differently far from the way of other kids I envy before. It comes to my mind maybe when my mother is not strict I am also a single mom, or married in a younger age and was not able to finish my studies. Every thing I got now I owe this to my mother, to my parents.

When it came to my friends I have no close friends on my elementary days until two years before graduation  came,  Mr. Bean (boy classmate) who call me names with the others and make me cry, and  Ms.  Cole, blood related of mine who’s  the same age with me was transferred to another section, I am always in a star class. Things change because the  leader's of the gang are one section away; I gained few friends those classmates who don’t like me before. They told me Ms. Cole told them not to talk with me and etc and what I am thankful too all  the boys stop calling me names because  Mr. Bean is not around anymore . At last I  am at peace from the boys and I am out of her shadow, I am free of my own because if you are interested to know they always compare us and I am always the second best for my relatives and classmates.

Life is so cruel. It was  before my high school days  when there’s spelling quiz bee in our barangay,  Ms.  Cole and I are one of the contestant. I won it and for the second time I proved to myself I that I can be better than her but well it  was just for me. My relatives were not happy that I won, they even tell Ms.  Cole in front of me why she let herself lose on me. It hurts but acceptance will set you free, they don’t like me us.
God is still great, I passed the high school entrance exam and she did not. They said she is lack of sleep so am I because the night before the exam is the awarding ceremony for the quiz bee. Everything change, at least my relatives known that I am not the moron they know, they stop comparing us. They see me as me and not a shadow of her anymore but the fact that I am not still the best for them is just perfectly fine for me.

My high school days are fine I meet other teenager from different town and walks of life. I still remain behind the poverty line what I mean I make friends to my classmates with the same level as me, poor student. I am a class vendor on my high school, selling candies and chocolates or anything that I can carry on my bag; I even bring pocketbooks for rental. Yes I am walking store (lol), our teachers did not mind it as long as I am going to be responsible with my classmate’s rubbish, and they know I need money for my daily expenses especially I live farther than the others. My other classmates live on the other side of town but they can afford to hire a school service and not like me if the jeepneys are all gone I have to walk home alone beyond the rough road.

I have few friends but the fact that I cannot treat them in the school canteen they always out of my sight, I will just found out they are with one of my classmate’s who  can afford to treat them in exchange of doing project, planting pechay or bringing something for them. They always left me, they just remember me when they need something from me or the goddess is not around. I am still the second best. Well I am poor but I did not let my can afford classmates to treat me as their assistant or ask me to do this and that. I am not kind, isn’t it? But I admit during elementary days I used to be, I write a long notes for my classmates notebook in exchange of P2.00 or to buy food for them in the canteen for the amount of P1.00. Maybe it was the reason why they look at me so little during those times.

On college, Ms.  Cole and I meet again on the same school, institution and class room. Even we lived on the same place, we are not close to each other. Things are not constant, as well as people. People also changed when they became mature and at least now we are both grown up, we have the same group of friends in combine. Her schoolmate’s befriended with my schoolmates and vice versa, so we are one group. We didn’t talk about our childhood days but I know she know how did she treat me with her allies, my cousins and our classmates and she admit it  long after and asked herself why they did it to me. We’re not alike she is girly and I am boyish. After two years she needs to stop and get married, she’s pregnant. For me I continue despite the hardship, thanks to the help of my parents and  scholarship/s.

It was on my third year things changed this is the time I bloom. I gained confidence every time people will tell me I am cool and I look good. I am completely out of my shell, I became strong and a fighter.  Not until graduation came that we need to part our ways, I return to the real me a weakling and shy. I am just strong and a fighter when I have friends around but alone I am not.

To summarize and to answer the question what is the change that has happened to me and what are the things I still need to change about me. To recall I have said a lot of changes happened to my life from being lonely to being friendly, from being timid to bubbly, from being a loser a fighter, from being ugly duckling to lovely swan.

When I grew up I have realized some things are not constant they are bound to change. I changed when time past by as well as my cousins, classmates and friends as well as the people that surrounds me. What inspires me is the attention I get when I started to spread my wings so high, extending friendship and smile to everyone. Encouragement from my family and friends.  Life is colorful in the outside world, no matter how it hurts sometimes. I gained self confidence with the help of my so called friends; they cheer me up when I am down.

I am not perfect I still have a lot of things to change with myself; I want to get rid of shyness when I am alone and not in the group. You will see me strong but I am weak inside, I want to get rid of my sensitiveness and my being anti-social. I am childish I want to be mature and responsible.  I am trying my best to overcome my shyness by mingling with other bloggers and be mature enough to do the things alone. If you didn’t know where ever I go my mother is always with me, going to town, to dentist, to hair salon, to municipal hall, to post office, to stores, to school sometimes, to Manila and everywhere I can’t live alone. That’s why when I got here with my husband we always argue if I can’t go out alone, I always want him to go with me. He keeps telling me to be independent and stop acting like a child and be a woman. I need to change because this is for my own good and for my social growth. For my future children, I don’t want them to be like me, a weakling. Whenever I achieved the changes I want, it will be a good effect to my social life, and I am going to be independent and mature where I can go to public places alone without crying the whole night. Isn’t it a big relieved to my love one that has their own schedule?

To all parents, aunts love your kids or nephew/nieces and stop comparing them to other kids and keep them safe from bullies because it hurts and it well affect their social growth. When you are also a  victim of bullying it is also hard to trust a friend not until you overcome it. The pain will gone but the scar will remain, it is a like a nightmare that when you are down they’re flashing back to your memories. I am telling you these because that’s what I feel when I am down, I feel alone and pitiful. If not on my faith in God I am not here anymore. Peace!


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Saturday, October 30, 2010

I love SALE and how much more if 90% less...

I just got a new shoes despite my husband don't like me buying things I don't need. I still have my old shoes which is one year this October. Well who am I to fight the battle of SALE? Yes S-A-L-E the store is 90% sale, I don't know if this shoes is included can't read the paper posted, I would love to take picture but I might insult the owner (lol). Well blessings in disguise that I bought  a new shoes because I can now wash the old one, in one year it was just washed one time after our trip to Sri Lanka . This shoes cost 10,000 won or $8.88, as far as I known the cheapest shoes in Seoul cost $17.75 or less, so I saved a lot. I even tell my husband this shoes cost $26.63 and he believed me? Not so sure, Lol! Well I did not buy it on the street but in the shopping district where some of  the expensive brands are located.  If Filipinos loves original I could say Korean loves more, most of the shoes, clothes and apparel here are known names like Nike, Guess, Crocodile and a lot more. But I guess my shoes is not original, I can't find the word Do Be in the internet as what it is marked in the inside. Well what matter most its cheap than the cheapest.

Anyway I don't know what's going on with the store why they are on sale on high rate, maybe they're already closing, transferring or going to migrate. The only thing I can read clear is 90% (lol). Anyway no matter what their reason is I love my shoes. I wish to return again they had a lot of pants which are in sale too and so far it the cheapest clothes store I have encountered here in Korea. Lastly maybe their products are from China that's why cheap. Lol!

Heli's Beauties 1st Giveaway

Here's another giveaway to dig, HELEN of Heli's Beauties is hosting her first giveaway. A lot of precious items to be won as follows:

A bunch of Nail polishes


 Skinfood Sesame masks




Sebastian clay (Hair)


 W7 Palette


Guess what? There's only ONE winner of the above items. This is open until December 24, so you have plenty of time to join but as Google translator says "defeating prompt diligent" (Daig ng maagap ang Masikap!) So join now, just visit  Heli's Beauties for details. Open to all!

Superficial Gallery Halloween 2010 Contest

Karen of My So Called World invited me to join the Superficial Gallery Halloween 2010 contest where she is ONE OF THE SPONSORS. They're giving away a grave digging $300 in cash and prizes. (Thanks for the invite)

The complete list of sponsors follows:

To Join in this contest click here for the steps.




I don't need a mask anymore, these face is already scary. Lol!
Trick or treat?


Giveaway Update

Ok, this is final I am going to have 2nd price, my 100th follower did not follow the rules, did not blog or comment. So here is the prize for the lucky 2nd winner, this is the same size and weight of the Pantene Shampoo. So probably the shampoo is not 750ml  but 900ml, sorry but there's no information in the shampoo bottle not like this one it has.

The shampoo weighs 0.9 kilo when you convert it into grams is 900 grams.
900 grams to milliliters is 900ml.

Anyway here's the 2nd prize:

900ml Happy Bath (Lavender Essence)
This is a body soap


This giveaway is open until November 25.
I will announce the winners the next day when I wake up (afternoon)
Winners will be chosen via random.org
Winners will be given 48 hours to respond to my email.
If no response I will draw another winner.

Join here

Radish Kimchi

On over a year staying here in Korea, I am already used with their food. There are days that I am craving for bibimbap but can't do anything because too shy to go inside a Korean restaurant because until now I am ignorant with their national language, I always told myself to learn it but I am always busy to do so. Maybe I will learned when we are not here anymore in Korea, sarcasm.

Anyway Kimchi is the traditional fermented Korean dish, mostly when people heard kimchi what immediately comes to their mind is cabbage. For your information it has different varieties as what I know there are 100 varieties  of  kimchi.  This one (photo) is my favorite as of now, it is a radish kimchi. Every time I ate I have a side dish of this except with noodles of course. This kimchi is served in cubes that's why when I want to eat I have to cut it into cubes.

If you want to make your own radish kimchi here's how:

Cubed Radish Kimchi

1 daikon radish (weighing approximately 1 1/2 lbs.)
Water and kosher salt for brining
2 tsp Korean fine chili pepper powder
1/2 bulb of garlic, finely grated
1 1/2" fresh ginger, finely grated
4 tsp Korean anchovy sauce
1 1/2 tsp sugar
3 tsp Korean coarse chili pepper flakes
4 scallions, green parts only, sliced into 1" lengths
1 1/2 tsp rice flour
3/8 C water

  • Fill a big non-reactive bowl (this means no metal!) with cool water and stir in a handful of kosher salt. Peel the radish and cut into 1" cubes. Put the radish cubes into the brine and leave them there to soak for 20 minutes.
  •  Make rice porridge by mixing the rice flour into the 3/8 C water and bringing it to a boil, at which point it will thicken, then removing it from the heat and setting it aside to cool to room temperature.
  •  Sterilize a jar. (Yeah, this seems kinda silly, but all the recipes I've read suggest it, so why not?)
  •  When the radish cubes are done brining, rinse them off with cool water. Mix in the Korean fine chili pepper powder. 
  •  Mix all the other ingredients into a paste, then mix them into the radish cubes, making sure that all the cubes are basically smeared all over with this stuff. This is tons of fun to do with bare hands.
  •  Put the whole mess into a jar and screw on the lid. Leave it out at room temperature for about 40 hours, at which point it is ready for eating and should be kept in the fridge henceforth.
Recipe Source: Gothamist

Friday, October 29, 2010

Skywatch Friday

Every time we travel my camera is always on my hand and I am always near the window. You know why? I love taking photo of the surroundings while traveling. Taken inside the bus going to Busan..

Can you see the dark shadow in the mountain? I remember when I am in Grade IV on our Art  Class we draw mountains, fields and trees like what you see in the picture below then our teacher told us to color a black shadow, anyway our art lesson that day was SHADING.







This is my 7th entry for Skywatch Friday

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LinkShowOff site that works like Ask2link

Remember my blog about Ask2link where advertisers pay you just putting the code in your blog? Well I stumble to LinkShowOff  today it works like Ask2link. It is also a legitimate one.


Linkshowoff

How it works:
1. Sign-up a publisher account here
2. Then create a widget, adding your website information
3. Click Edit widget then get code paste it on your blog element.
4.  If advertiser advertise on ur website a LinkShowOff Text Link Ads will show up in your website. Your website will also show up in our market place. After advertisers buy the ad from your website, you will receive the money in your Paypal account.

My proof of payments from Ask2link here.


Thursday, October 28, 2010

My 6x6 Photobook from Artscow

After a long wait my 6x6 photo book from Artscow arrived yesterday. Normally when I ordered from them it only took eight(8) days but this one it took almost three(3) weeks before I received it.  This is a very awesome deal, it only cost $0.99 for 20 pages. I love it, if you want to make your own photo book just sign-up with Artscow.

Apples are on sale

As a buyer, I am so frugal. I love SALE; of course you love it too right? Well, stores are not on sale everyday so we need to grab the chance to buy the items while they are on sale.

Last night after gym I went to the supermarket to buy some supplies that we does not have anymore, supposedly I only need to buy 2 packed of apples but like what I said I need to grab the chance when items are on sale. The apples are sale for W2,800 per bag which has 6 apples on it, in normal days it cost W5,900 per bag with same number of apples. So I immediately put three (3) bags on my cart while walking away my mind changed and grab one more to make it four(4). That's a lot of apples huh? It is part of my husband's meal which he weigh first before eating and if it is over his desired weight he is going to give me the piece of it which usually I always forget to eat so he is still the one who's gonna eat it on his next meal. I just don't feel eating cold apples, so whenever I ate one I need to make it warm first by putting it outside the fridge.

My all time favorite banana milk

I love drinking yogurts, fruit shakes and lassis but I am not fan of drinking fresh milk alone, most of the time the milk in the fridge get spoiled. Sometimes I ate it with cereal but I am getting tired of cereal too. My sweetie pookie bear bought a blender month ago and it just a time that I am addicted to fruit milk shake called Banana milk. I first tasted it when I bought a smaller bottle when we went shopping and then I craved for it that I want to buy every time we went shopping for our weekly food. My sweetie pookie bear don't like it, because it became my treat. Well it is  really a bit expensive to buy 4 small bottles a day or sometimes I want more.  And so since we bought a small blender I made my own banana milk. If you don't know what is banana milk it is pretty much exactly what it sounds like a blend of banana and milk to create a banana flavored milk beverage. It is popular here in Korea, you can find it in every food mart or store. To make it you are just going to mix fresh milk and the banana in a blender and presto its ready to drink. You can add vanilla too if you desired.

Banana milk can be beneficial because bananas are high in potassium, fiber, vitamin C manganese, and vitamin B6. Try it on your home for sure your kiddos will love it.

Picture above is my ready to drink banana milk, I just put the banana as a design.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Nostalgia: Niyakap ko ang Bukas

It's Thurday again today the day to look back on my past. I think I skipped last week on Nostagia I already enter on advance stage as far as I remember my last post is about my struggle to college. So here's the continuation of it.. typing this last night a guilt feeling struck to me.

NIYAKAP KO ANG BUKAS

PROLOGO

“Rhanne kailan enrollment ninyo?”
“Third week of October ata, bakit Tay?” interesadong tanong mula sa akin
“Wala naman, isang sem na lang pala gagraudate na ang anak ko” may pagmamalaki sa boses na turan ni Itay na ikinangiti ko na lang
“Kapag nakapagtapos ka na Rhanne huwag ka muna mag-aasawa huh?” pakiusap ni itay,
Nilingon ko siya mula sa pagkakaupo. Marami nang nagbago sa pisikal na anyo ni Itay, yayat na ang kanyang katawan.
“Siyempre naman tay!” listo kong sagot. Magtatrabaho pa nga ako eh saka hindi ba nangako ako na ako ang magpapaaral sa kapatid ko?” dugtong ko
“Oo, magtutulungan kayong magkapatid, Huwag ninyong pababayaan ang isa’t isa” madamdaming turan ni itay na bigla kong ipinanlamig
“Tay naman!” protesta ko
“Bakit? Pababayaan mo ba kapatid mo?” nagtatakang bulalas ni itay sa akin
“Hindi naman sa  ganon, kaya lang Tay naman kasi kung magsalita ka parang ano eh!” katwiran ko na hindi maituloy ang sasabihin
“Rhanne, hindi natin alam kung ano ang mangyayari bukas. Ako bukas hindi ko alam kung magigising pa ako.” Patuloy ni itay
“Tay naman ayaw ko nang ganyan!” napalakas na ang boses ko at bigla na lang akong napatayo
“Henry naman kasi huwag mong tinatakot ang bata!” salo sa usapan ni inay na kanina pa tahimik na nagbabasa.
“Lotty, hindi natin hawak buhay natin…”
“Hay naku tumigil na nga kayong mag-ama distorbo lang kayo sa binabasa ko!”
“Pikon talaga itong Nanay mo.” Sumbong ni itay sa akin na tatawa- tawa
“Kainis ka naman kasi tay.” Sagot ko
“Naku pagtutulungan ninyo na naman ako kung may anak akong lalaki disin sana may kakampi ako.”
“Hindi nga ba Tay ako ang junior mo?” agad kong banat at kunwa’y nagtampo
“Ang mga anak ko talaga oo, Luke halika dito kay Tatay!” tawag ni itay sa bunso kong kapatid na abala sa panonood ng telibisyon
“Bakit?”
“Basta lapit dito”
“Oh, tapos?”
“Kiss!,” lambing ni itay na tinuturo pa ang pisngi. Agad namang sumunod ang inutusan at humalik kabilaan
“Ikaw, Rhanne” harap sa akin ni itay na nakamasid lang. Pasimple kong hinalikan sa kaliwang pisngi si itay. Inatake na naman ng paglalambing ang dakila kong ama. Basta may kunting tama ng alak ito, mahilig mangaral at maglambing sa kanila.
“Aha, dalaga na ang anak ko, ayaw nang halikan tatay niya. Oh sa kabila pa.” kantiyaw ni itay sa akin at saka hinarap ang kanang pisngi
Dahil inatake ako ng kalokohan pabigla akong kumandong kay itay na ikanabigla niya, hindi niya inaasahan na gagawin ko yon sabay matunog na halik.
“Teka, ang bigat mo” reklamo ni itay sa aking natatawa
“Ah bahala ka Tay” balewala kong sagot at “Luke halika kandong ka” tawag ko sa kapatid ko habang natatawa..at napuno ng masayang tawanan ang maliit naming tahanan,,,

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Tatlong taon ang mahabang lumipas ako pa rin ito si Eirrhanne, matapos kong YAKAPIN ANG BUKAS maraming nagbago kasabay ng pag-inog ng mundo, wala akong ibang pinangarap kundi takasan ang kahirapang kinalakihan ko, kahirapan ng buhay na laging kinukumpara ni inay sa kasaganaang kinamulatan niya. Kahirapang palagi niyang sinusumbat sa akin, kahirapang unti-unti kong kinamumuhian…

Ngayon nagsisimulang nagkakahugis ang mga pangarap ko kasama ang mga pangarap ni itay. Oo mataas ang pangarap ni itay para sa aming dalawang magkapatid. Pinasan niya ang lahat ng hirap upang itaguyod ang aming pag-aaral, lahat ng pasakit kinaya niya. Minsan lang kung mangaral si itay kapag sinusumpong lang siya ng kanyang espiritu bilang PADRE de Pamilya. Minsan pero malupit ang tama. Matitindi ang bawat hagupit nito na hindi mo maaring makalimutan. Ang kabilin-bilinan ni itay huwag naming siyang tutularan, pag-aaral daw muna ang atupagin naming bago ang lahat. Masuwerte nga daw kami at nakapag-aaral at hindi katulad niya na gustong mag-aral ngunit hindi kayang suportahan ng kanyang pamilya. Kaya magtapos daw muna ako ng pag-aaral at kapag nakapagtrabaho saka ko na hanapin ang para sa akin. Higit sa lahat ang pinakaayaw ni itay, ang magkaroon ng hiya. Huwag ko daw tularan ang pagiging mahiyain niya, huwag ko daw ikahiya ang bagay na hindi naman dapar ikahiya. Dapat daw laging malakas ang loob ko at laging palaban kung gusto kong umangat. Sanay na ako sa mga pangaral ni itay ngunit aaminin ko takot ako kay inay, sa batas militar niyang pamamalakad. Iyon ang tawag ko sa kahigpitan ni inay, wala akong batas na hindi dapat sundin basta sinabi niya. Iiling-iling kong pinagpatuloy ang pagsusulat kasabay ng isang ala-ala
“Rhanne, next year ka na lang mag-aral para next year ka na lang magfield-trip” hindi yon isang utos kundi pakiusap
“Bakit?: walang muwang kong sagot
“Wala kang pangfield-trip, pampaenroll nga ngayong sem wala din eh” maikling paliwanag ni inay
“Sayang scholarship ko.” Mahina kong bulalas
“Pinapaasa ka lang naman ng scholarship mo. Isang taon nang hindu dumadating allowance ninyo” reklamo ni inay
“Pero nay, isang sem na lang bubunuin ko!”
“Sana nga, kaso Rhanne hindi ka naman makakasama sa field trip saying lang eenroll mo. Kaya mas mabuti tumigil ka muna at kung gusto mo magtrabaho sa Manila bahala ka ng may pangfield-trip ka!” mahabang litanya ni inay
Tumimo sa utak ko ang mga sinabi ni inay, magdamag kong pinag-isipan. Tama siya saying lang ang salaping ipapa-enroll ko, kung wala namang kasiguruhang gagagraduate ako. Bibitawan ko ba ang pagkakayakap sa aking bukas?

‘Rhanne ano na naman yang sinusulat mo?” puna ni itay kasabay sa pagbalik ko sa realidad.
“Wala to tay, kuwento lang” na-aalarma kong sagot
“Anong kuwento?” interesado paring pagtatanong ni itay sa akin na hindi ko malaman kung paano tatakpan ang sinusulat ko sa mga mata ni itay
“Maikling kuwento” listo kong sagot at naglulumikot ang aking mga mata sa paghahanap ng paraan para maitago ang nilalaman sa mga mata ni itay
“Kapag nakapagtrabaho ka na Rhanne saka ka na lang uli mag-aral ng gusto mong kurso” payo ni itay na umupo pa sa katabing upuan ng study table na pinagsusulatan ko
“Kung makapagtrabaho ako kaagad” nakangiti kong turan
“Ano bang klaseng kuwento yan?” interesadong tanong mula kay itay na aktong kukunin ang isang pahina
“Love story ni Eirrhanne tay!” pambubuko ng kapatid niyang may pilyang ngiti sa mga labi
“Love story ka diyan!” asar niyang kapatid na bumalik sa panonood
“Katulad mo rin ako noon, mahilig magsulat. Komiks lang nga lang ang sinusulat ko, hilig ko rin kasing magdrowing eh”
Saya ako nagmana tay” segunda ko
“Pero mas talentado kapatid mo” salo ni inay sa usapan na bigla na lang susulpot at mawawala sa usapan
Ngumiti na lang siya bilang pagsang-ayon at ipinagpatuloy ang naudlot na pagsusulat at parang sineng bumaha ang nakaraan…


 ITUTULOY..........



Watery Wednesday: Hyeongsan River

This is my desktop wallpaper, isn't it lovely? This picture was take when we visited Yangdong Folk Village in Gyeongju. This is Hyeongsan River, a river in southeastern South Korea. It flows from Doseo-myeon, Ulju-gun in Ulsan to the Sea of Japan (East Sea), covering a distance of about 62 km. The Hyeongsan watershed covers roughly 1,167 km² 

I took this picture while waiting for the bus going back to the city.



Walnut Pie

Since the other day the temperature here is getting colder that a normal jacket can't be used anymore, time  to use the winter jacket. As I am feeling cold making this blog I am thinking of eating a walnut pie,  I wish to eat one right now.

Last Chuseok my husband and I had a little disagreement, I want cake but he wants this walnut pie below.  When I first tasted the pie, he was right I am going to like it.


Ingredients

* 3 eggs
* 1/4 teaspoon salt
* 3/4 cup white sugar
* 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
* 3/4 cup light corn syrup
* 1 cup chopped walnuts
* 1/4 cup butter
* 1 (9 inch) deep dish pie crust

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (205 degrees C).
2. Beat the eggs in a large bowl. Mix in sugar, salt, vanilla, and syrup. Melt the butter or margarine, and add it to the egg mixture. Stir in the nuts. Pour filling into pie shell.
3. Bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes. Reduce heat to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C), and continue baking for 35 to 45 minutes.

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Monday, October 25, 2010

What is your addiction?

We have our own hobbies, collection and addiction. I had a fetish buying hair, face, and bath and body care products. I don't know when does it started and how, as far as I remember I've been like this since I'm in the Philippines when my mother became Avon dealer. I just love to collect and look at them; I don't use them unless I have too.  That's why if you're going to notice I have a lot if things that I just hide, I even buy small stuffs like pens and the last time I checked them some are already unusable that I need to dispose,  I think the ink stocked and dried. I also collect notebooks that I need to hide because my husband will scold me when he see me wasting my money. For him it is really a waste to buy something I am not going to use. So these stuffs are perfectly hidden in the cabinet only small stuffs can be seen.  I used things when they are already torn and ugly like when I brought my notebook in China, I am not planning to use it as possible but our bags get wet from the rain including my notebook, so no choice have to use it. As of now my husband was the one using it, jotting his in-active farm friends or seeds  he had no mastery in farmville. Sometimes taking down some names he need to search for his genealogy.

Well I can't use these products because I also had jumbo stuffs in our bathroom, I have managed to put one shampoo (not in the picture) in my giveaway. Anyway I am thinking to send this home, for sure my mother will appreciate this so much. But when I packed them in a box, whew it is damn to heavy, I am going to be poor in postal fee. I think I need to stop buying stuffs for a while and concentrate on saving money for postal fee.

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