Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Macaroons (chocolatey and lemoney macaroonies)

Yesterday, Skye was looking for a snack and thought of opening a can of sweetened condensed milk. She imagined eating bread dipped in condensed milk, a snack she always loves, easy to prepare and eat. Only after pouring some milk on her small saucer did she find out that there is no more mini-France bread. She said "Oh no, Mommy, I've already poured some milk on the saucer, and there's no more bread. What would I do with this milk?" I said to her, just put it in the fridge, you could still use it once we bought that bread or (thinking)...we can make macaroons. Then she said, "Oh, let's just make macaroons!" I told her to get the recipe folder and prepare the ingredients.

Skye read the instructions, and before I could tell her what to do, she was already beating the eggs when I checked.

She started measuring the sugar when I thought of taking pictures.

She added the condensed milk. I told her to mix until the sugar dissolves.

Snowe asked what she could to do help and I asked her to put the paper liner on the macaroon cups.

and after that, I told her to add the desicated coconut to the mixture while Skye mixes everything.

They helped each other grating the lemon for the flavor.

I divided the mixture into two portions. I added grated lemon for the flavor to the first half. Snowe asked if she could be the one to put the mixture in the cups, so I let her. I was surprised to see that she was able to finish filling all those cups.

Skye had her turn, too. She requested the chocolate flavored macaroons, so I added the melted Swiss dark chocolate (about 30gms) to the other portion of the coconut mixture. It was actually a leftover because Skye was not able to finish that Frey Noir 72% chocolate bar Snowe gave her (she said it's bitter for her taste).

My girls had fun baking. Snowe ate them as soon as it cooled down... and they called it the "chocolatey and lemoney macaroonies" :)

*Macaroons recipe from

Monday, October 18, 2010

Mommy Lolly

October 18, 2010

Dear Mommy,

Thank you for being strong for all of us.
Thank you for your unfailing love.
Because of you we learned how to be strong,
to care and to love.
I'm sorry for the many times I gave you heartaches.
I'm sorry that I made you cry.
Thank you for being there whenever my heartbreaks, for comforting me, for assuring me
that everything will be alright.
Thank you for making your time available
whenever we need you.
May God bless us with more years with you so we can show you more how much we love you and thank you for all the things you've done for us!

We love you always!

Happy Birthday, Mommy Lolly!

Monday, September 20, 2010

France Bread Pizza a la Skye and Snowe

Skye and Snowe love to eat pizza. They would often ask me to make pizza for them and I did, but with their help. They both helped and it was our breakfast this morning.

We used France bread, it's like a bun, cut in half and laid on a baking tray. I put a teaspoon of Del Monte's Sweet Pizza Sauce on each half and Skye spread it on. Snowe then put the small cuts of Mozarella Cheese, the one we use on sandwiches.

Skye arranged the vegetables on top - tomato slices, onions and green bell peppers. Snowe laid down the bacon strips last.

Baked at 150 deg C on a pre-heated electric oven for 8 minutes and voila, we have an instant pizza.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

06 Senti Compilation

Sa paglasap ng tagumpay, siguraduhing walang natatapakan.

Sa pagnamnam ng kaligayahan, siguraduhing walang nasasaktan.

Sikaping lumingon sa pinanggalingan.

Ang Pako

ano kaya ang magiging epekto kung ang lahat ng tao ay marunong tumupad sa ipinangako?

pangako hindi kita iiwan.
pangako hindi pababayaan.
pangako hindi ka na magiisa.
pangako ako ang bahala.

huwag na lang mangangako kung lagi din lang mapapako...

ibinaon na nila sa limot ang kanilang mga pangako...

Ikaw ilan na ang pangako mo o ipinangako sa iyo ang napako?

huwag mo na itong asahan...

Si Lord lang talaga ang laging tumutupad sa Kanyang pangako.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Daddy's Day Chicken

June 20, 2010

The name of our very late dinner for tonight... "Daddy's Day Chicken."
Why? Because Daddy Eio invented this dish right after his mini concert at home. I know, he should be pampered today, but let me tell you my errr... excuse. *grin*

We had our late lunch around 2:30 -3:30 p.m., after attending Sunday mass, at Paulaner inXintiandi. Wanting to have a little exercise after a heavy lunch, we walked home from Xintiandi, bought milk tea with pearls along the way and reached home at about 4:30p.m.
As we got home, we decided to sing along with our magic sing.
Snowe massaged daddy's feet while I set up the machine (she said it's her gift to dad). Skye started selecting her favorites songs. Then, the magical voices filled the airs in parkville :-) the four of us take turns with the microphone, and i noticed that the line-up of songs are all for Daddy. It's his day so let him be.

At 7 p.m. I asked him if he's hungry and if so what does he want me to prepare for dinner. He said he's still full and we should have dinner later. Okay, I said, anyway the kids are not hungry yet. I just took out the chicken middle wings from the fridge to thaw.

When Eio got tired of singing he decided to cook the chicken. I don't exactly know the amount of the ingredients he put in but he said he boiled half-a-kilo of chicken first with water, fish sauce and a few cloves of crushed garlic, when the chicken is almost done he added some light soy sauce, a teaspoon of sugar and sprinkled ground pepper. There's also his trick of alternating a little cold water while frying the chicken in the final stage. The result was very delicious, the taste is something new to us. He asked me to take photos as he put the cooked dish on the dining table and teased me to post here :D

And we had the very late dinner at 10:30 pm.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Happy Father's Day, to the one I Love!

He is not just a caring father, he is loving, too.

He takes care of his children well, and disciplines them, too.

His kids love him so much,

his their playmate and buddy, for them he's the greatest!

He does my work on weekends, even workdays he'd help me, too.
what more can I ask for from a husband like him...
a partner and a friend whose love is never ending.

He's not perfect, i know, but from his imperfection, comes out the best in him.

To the Father of my Children, I love you more each day!

Happy Father's Day!

Friday, June 18, 2010

Happy Father's Day!

I can still remember the morning you died in my arms,

until your last breath it is your children you always care about...

"Panginoon, Kayo na po ang bahala sa mga anak ko, gabayan Mo po sila."

... were the last words you said.

Oh, how I long to be with you more...

I know I have not thanked you enough...

Thank you for loving our Mommy the way you did.

Thank you for being a responsible Father to us.

Thank you for providing all our needs.

Thank you for doing the best you can to raise us well.

Thank you for making sure we will have food on our table.

Thank you for sending us all to school to have a good education.

Thank you for being there to guide us.

Thank you for being our pillar during trials.

Thank you for the happy memories you shared with us.

I smile every time I remember your jokes on your last day,

a day full of happy memories...

...memories I will never forget.

I can still feel your presence.

I love you, Daddy Tony!

Happy Father's Day!

Your EeknyhP (that's how you call me :-)

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

bulag sa katotohanan?

kumusta naman ang pasugalan? sulit ba ang puyat na magdamagan? 'yun daw ang "ideal woman"... babaeng may lalake na, may babae pa, san ka pa? tao ka ba? ito ang uri na gustong pakisamahan?

gisingin ang ugat patungo sa utak baka natutulog lamang, paganahin kahit saglit lang.

kadalasan, nasasaktan na'y nasisisi pa - ang mga taong nagmamalasakit lamang, mga taong hinihingan ng payo nguni't hindi pinakikinggan. mga taong nalalapitan sa oras ng matinding pangangailangan. hindi lang sa panahong naghahanap ng kaibigang makakasalo sa saya o habang may naibibigay ka...
nasasabihan mo nga siya ng problema pero nasosolusyonan ba? paano kung sa bandang huli siya pala ang iyong problema, paano lalabas sa isang sitwasyon na hawak ka?

ito 'yung taong bulag sa katotohanan, bingi sa payo ng mga taong tunay na nagmamahal. "focused" ika nga, focused sa akala ay panghabang-buhay na kaligayahan. walang "happily ever after" hanggang hindi naitatama ang mga maling gawa.

Who says life is easy?

It's never easy... lalo na kapag di ka marunong makontento.

Noong bata ka gusto mong tumanda agad para magkatrabaho.
Noong tumanda ka naisip mong mas masarap pala ang maging bata kasi walang iniintindi.
Noong nagaaral ka feeling mo laging kulang ang baon mo.
Noong nagtatrabaho ka na, feeling mo laging kulang ang sweldo mo, nasa isip mo mag-aral na lang kaya ulit ako?
Kapag gutom ka nagrereklamo ka... kapag busog ka na nagrereklamo ka pa rin.
at marami pang ibang eklat!

Noong payat ka gusto mong tumaba, nung tumaba ka gusto mong pumayat.
Maputi na nga ang kulay mo, gusto mo pang magpa-tan.
Iyong mga kayumanggi nga gusto namang magpa-puti. (gumamit ng papaya, bleach, Belo meds, may gluthathione pa, tapos magrereklamo sa gastos)
Bakit di na lang tanggapin kung ano ang pinagkaloob sa iyo.

ano ba talaga, kuya?

Kailan ka ba masisiyahan? Kahit ang Diyos maguguluhan sa nais nating mangyari sa ating buhay kung ganito ang pagiisip natin. simple lang naman talaga dapat ang ating pamumuhay, pinapahirap lang natin sa pamamagitan ng pagkomplika ng sitwasyon.

Tanggapin na lang kaya natin ng maluwag kung ano man ang meron tayo, at mula doo'y palaguin ito. :-)

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Barbie's Shoe

2010, April 19, @3pm - Snowe came to me crying, she said she can't find her Barbie's other shoe. I remember she's playing by the bathroom's lavatory because she needs water for her toy, a Barbie Seaworld Trainer set. I went with her and helped her look but we couldn't find it. I asked her if she washed the doll, but she didn't answer and started to cry out loud as if she lost something very important to her. You know how babies cry when a mother leaves or a young kid is lost in a mall? That's how she cried and I feel sad for her, but I couldn't comfort her yet. I'm a bit disappointed because we just bought that set of Barbie last Saturday (it was on 50% sale) and as we were opening the package I keep on telling her to take care of the very small items for it might get lost.

When we could not find it, I told her maybe it's flushed down the drain and it's gone forever, she kept on crying and crying. I hugged her and we sat down in front of the computer, asking her what to do now that the other shoe is gone, she said we can make another shoe. I said i don't think we can, she said "we can" and suggested some materials we could use like paper. until she got tired and asked me for milk. She said "Mommy, I want dede." (she's referring to her bottle of milk) I was being mean at the moment, because of what had happened, and I'm trying to test her reactions and teach her a lesson. I said, you want milk? you can't have milk because you lost a shoe! she replied, "but i think I want to drink milk". It made me smile to think that maybe she wants to find comfort from something. We called her Dad and told him Snowe is sad and she couldnt' talk but sob, I explained to him what happened then I gave her the phone, in a few seconds, she was smiling and even laughed at me when I put the phone down. I asked her what Dad told her, she said he'll help her find another pair of shoe. Shush! Well, after a few more minutes of blah, blah, I decided to get her milk, while Ate Skye put away the toys. Skye was telling stories on what could have happened to the other shoe and kept on until Snowe is no longer sad.

5pm: I went to the bathroom to put clothes in the washer and cleaned up the area where Snowe played, I lifted the rug and saw the shoe Snowe thought she had lost. I called her immediately and she was so happy to know that it was just there after all.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

A re-post...

I'd like to repost this forwarded Handbook of 2010 sent by An2:

Have a great and peaceful 2010 ahead!!!


1. Drink plenty of water
2. Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a beggar
3. Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat less food that is manufactured in plants
4. Live with the
3 E's -- Energy, Enthusiasm and Empathy
5. Make time to pray
6. Play more games
7. Read more books than you did in 2009
8. Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day
9. Sleep for 7 hours
10. Take a 10-30 minutes walk daily... And while you walk, SMILE

11. Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about
12. Don't have negative thoughts or things you cannot control. Instead invest your energy in the positive present moment
13. Don't over do. Keep your limits.
14. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
15. Don't waste your precious energy on gossip.
16. Dream more while you are awake
17. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need..
18. Forget issues of the past. Don't remind your partner with His/her mistakes of the past. That will ruin your present happiness.
19. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone. Don't hate others.
20. Make peace with your past so it won't spoil the present.
21. No one is in charge of your happiness except you.
22. Realize that life is a school and you are here to learn. Problems are simply part of the curriculum that appear and fade away like algebra class but the lessons you learn will last a lifetime.
23. Smile and laugh more.
24. You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree...

25. Call your family often.
26. Each day give something good to others.
27. Forgive everyone for everything..
28. Spend time w/ people over the age of 70 & under the age of 6..
29. Try to make at least three people smile each day.
30. What other people think of you is none of your business.
31. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch. Life:
32. Do the right thing!
33. Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful.
34.. GOD heals everything.
35. However good or bad a situation is, it will change..
36. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
37. The best is yet to come..
38. When you awake alive in the morning, thank GOD for it.
39. Your Inner most is always happy. So, be HAPPY ALWAYS

Happy New Year!

we celebrated the new year as a family here in, had dinner together and waited for the countdown around xintiandi. the kids enjoyed watching the fireworks which lasted for about 10 minutes.
but, there's no place like home when it comes to celebrating tradition.
Have a blessed new year everyone!