Thursday, December 2, 2010

My vampire craze

After finishing the last book of the Twilight Saga a few days ago, it's just now that I feel so into it. Breaking Dawn made everything else clearer and more... due to the lack of a better term... fascinating.

The end of my reading means a lot more interest about the Saga, and vampires in general. Well, I also enjoy reading trivia and answering some quizzes. I'm just so proud to get a perfect score in identifying the vampires' powers!

Twilight-Quiz
Twilight Quiz

Can't wait for the Breaking Dawn movie/s. Hmmm... does this count me as an official Twilight fan? Haha!!!

P.S. Due to nostalgia for vampires... I bought DVDs of Vampire Diaries (seasons 1&2).

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Virtual Cafe, Growing!

It's been more than three months since I started taking Facebook "seriously", though my account has been active for more than two years already. I must say I love it! It connects me to the world, plus, it gives me some time (or force me to have time) to smile in front of my laptop screen amidst the windows of piling class requirements.

OK... I posted my "virtual cafe" in FB last October. A first, it's just a recreation, but now, it has somehow become an addiction. Actually, mine is nothing compared to my cafe world neighbors. But hey, I have kids, husband, house, school, and a life to look after.

Look at how my cafe grew out of few minutes snatched from my papers =)

Sorry I had to zoom the screen out because, due to expansions, the land area won't fit into the screen anymore. Parang totoo. Hehe...

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

CD 201 class (2nd sem, AY 2009-10) advocacies on climate change

We can do something, if we act now.

After my report on "Climate Change and Globalization", our class came up with individual advocacies to fight the frightening climate change. As much as I want to summarize my report, which took me three hours to present, I have time and space constraints, and so I will just enumerate our answers for the said activity.

Mine:
  • Addressing climate change requires social energy and networking among institutions and players around the globe to act within an interconnected system of parts where each one has a vital role to play, each voice is right, every right is represented.

For Fleureeza Marie A. Liwanag:
  • Promote 3Rs (Reduce, Re-use, Recycle)
  • Plus an additional "R" for Refuse to using anything that may contribute to more wastes (like plastic bags.

For Kat Cordova:
  • Plant a tree.
  • Recycle - avoid using plastics, reuse paperbags.
  • On policies, the government must strictly implement the Clean Air Act. Smoke belchers should be punished, companies who violate must be closed.
  • Practice walking instead of commuting or using vehicles that burn fossil fuels.
  • To those who want to engage in business, invest on renewable energy projects (fengshue says it's good)
For Ryan Israel T. Advincula:
  • Revive the Philippines' natural resources like rainforests, mountains, oceans, etc.
  • Create protected and/or areas off-limits to industrialization such as reservation parks.
  • Recycle and segregate.

For Sol Lawagan:
  • Be part and be involved in fighting climate chnage for our children and our children's children!
  • Save the Earth for tomorrow's sake!
  • Act now, be Earth lover!

For Karla Futatsuya:
  • Increase use of ecological products
  • (Since economy affects the environment, companies should change their products. Further, it helps people to increase consciousness toward environment. If many people bought only ecological products, use of unecological products would decrease)
Our advocacies may look simple, yet I would like to believe that if all of us would start taking simple steps toward combating climate change, it will make a significant difference to the status of the world at present. As I've said, it would take "social energy" to do this.

To summarize, our professor said it all...

For Prof. Elmer Ferrer:

The three most important concepts of addressing the problem...
  • presence
  • mindfulness
  • values formation
For next meeting, I'm looking forward to hearing other pressing issues that the world is now facing. Be it simple or complicated, we have to do our individual share toward resolving it.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Spicy Garlic Chicken

This is an adaptation of a not-so-old Knorr Real Sarap (a seasoning) recipe presented in one of its advertisements, with Claudine Barreto as the endorser-cook. It's presented as a "pulutan" dish, but I must say it's also a good viand for those who love spicy taste to top their rice.


Ingredients:
  • 1/2 kg chicken breast fillet, cut into small strips
  • 1/4 cup Knorr or Maggi original seasoning
  • 1 small pack Knorr Real Sarap
  • 1 tbsp worcestershire sauce
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • chopped chilis (red and green)
  • mixed veggies (as garnish)

Directions:
  1. Marinate chicken in the first five ingredients for at least 1 hour.
  2. In a pan, sautee garlic in butter.
  3. Sautee chicken (without the marinade) until it changes in color.
  4. Add mixed veggies until cooked.
  5. Pour the marinade and let the sauce thickens.
  6. When almost done, put the chilis.
  7. Remove from heat when the sauce evaporates.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Choco-Chip Pancake, a No-No

I admit I'm a certified choco-chip addict. Be it a cookie, ice cream, donut... name it! I simply love chocolate. However, I discovered choco-chip flavored pancake won't do it for me. I loathed the Chocolate Chip Pancake served to us at Pancake House in Trinoma.


I love Pancake House's waffles and classic pancakes. It's only this time that I tried other variants of their pancakes, and there... found it not so satisfying. The pancakes weren't light and fine, perhaps because of the melting chocolate chips that penetrated the each layer. Not in a good way, though. They didn't look appealing, too.

After about an hour, I was only able to finish half of what was served. I loved the peanut butter scoop on the side, though.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Goodies from all over Japan

Although I don't get to talk intimately with hubby's business partners (especially the foreigners), I'm touched everytime they remember the family with pasalubongs. The Germans and the Japanese are the most thoughtful based on hubby's engagements but the Chinese, of course, will not drop out my list.


Last week, Umezawa sensei visited the project site here. Since the financial "transactions" with hubby's group are done, he just bought some sweets for the team. Actually, only Doc Berns, hubby, and the plant owner received the token. The goodies' box was beautifully wrapped in Japanese paper. The package was so neatly arranged that I didn't want to touch it. Haha!!!


I labeled it "from all over Japan" since every pack has a Japanese province/city on it. The ones visible here (pix on top) would be Tokyo, Okinawa, and Kyoto. The taste? Hmmm... most of these cuties taste like our local "hopia". The others are like "tikoy", though more sophisticated. Haha!!!

Thanks sensei! Till next time =)

Sunday, October 25, 2009

A rare moment


God, I just need to vent!

Hubby's leaving for Singapore, Cambodia, and Thailand. He'll be there for a project site visit and will be back after 10 days. We're meeting in Bangkok on Oct. 31 and staying there until Nov. 4.

Still, I feel so lonely. Lonely, I think, is an understatement. It's been years since we got married but I still get this empty feeling whenever he leaves out of the country. Well, I simply hate it!

Why can't I wait for Oct. 31 when it's just a few days away? Why can't I feel the excitement of spending some time for a vacation to a foreign land? Why can't I just look forward to celebrating my birthday?

God, good thing my babies are with me. Grrr!!! I'm going mad! Hahaha!!!

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Facebook's Cafe World

I should be accomplishing my two final papers for my Master's Degree courses, but look at what's keeping me awake at this wee hour (1 am).


Tadahhhh!!! My virtual restaurant in Facebook - Cafe World! I discover this is a lot more fun than Farmville which takes hours to cultivate and harvest. This one's more interactive (sorry to FV's fans).

I just wish this wouldn't be a hindrance for me to finish this sem. What a stress reliever! Hehe...

Pork Spareribs

I'm super proud of this recipe! This is the first time I cooked it, but I must say I pulled it off pretty well. The whole family, including the kids and the househelps (who have very diverse taste), loved it, too.

It's pure experimentation. Haven't read anything about this recipe before coz I thought it needs to be roasted all the time. Well, I just found out I was wrong. Yeah, it took some time for me to get done, but it's OK. The taste justifies the means =)

Ingredients:
  • two baby back ribs (approximately 3/4 kg), cut into desired size
  • 3 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup vinegar
  • juice from 4 calamansi
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • peppercorns, freshly cracked
  • 2 cups water
  • 3 tbsp brown sugar
  • 4 pcs bay leaf
  • 1 tbsp oil

Directions:
  1. Marinate the ribs in the first seven ingredients (from Worcestershire sauce to peppercorns) for at least an hour.
  2. After marinating, boil the ribs in low fire with the marinade and the water. Let the ribs absorb the liquid.
  3. When only half of the liquid is left, remove from heat.
  4. Heat oil in a pan and pan fry the ribs.
  5. Add the liquid from boiling the ribs, sugar , and bay leaf.
  6. Wait until the sauce thickens. Taste and add the necessary condiments (salt, pepper, sugar).
  7. Remove from heat and serve.

Optional: Before serving, cook it in a microwave oven for 3-5 minutes in HIGH setting. It will make the liquid penetrate more the meat. Further, it produces a somehow glaze-looking dish. I did it here.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Crema De Fruta


This is just like the usual recipe of Crema De Fruta that most Filipinos know. I just want mine to have "volume" and so I combine the all purpose cream with the milk using a hand mixer. The process makes the mixture creamier and fluffier, avoiding the stacking together of the layers of crackers.

I must say this one's look neater.

Ingredients:
  • one pack of Graham Crackers
  • one brick pack all purpose cream
  • 1/2 brick pack of condensed milk
  • 1 mediun can fruit cocktail
  • 1/2 pack gelatin powder

Directions:
  1. Whip the cream and milk using a hand mixer until mixture is fluffy.
  2. In a pan (glas or plastic), arrange crackers to form a base.
  3. Make a layer of the cream mixture on top of the crackers. Use 1/3 of the cream.
  4. Repeat the alternate layers of cream and crackers. (Six alternate layers for this recipe, but you may want to add more or to lessen)
  5. Top the last cream layer with fruit cocktail. Chill.
  6. Prepare and cook the gelatin as per package direction.
  7. When cooled (not hardened yet), pour the gelatin mixture on top of the cake.
  8. Chill (do not freeze) again before serving.

This is my humble, ever-reliable hand mixer. It's been with me for three years now. It's not the sturdy, expensive type, but hey, it's doing miracles for my dessert. Hehe... Thanks to my SPHD family who gave this to me as a gift last 2006 Christmas.

And look who stole the cream from the cream jar! Third liked the mixture so much that he "wiped it out" till the last drop... with his tongue =)