Tuesday, May 29, 2012

July 1993

This was the date written on this birthday card. . .which makes it 19 years old!  I saw this while fixing my drawer and was given to me by M, my best friend.  (She is probably my first friend too. . . EVER!  Haha!  We met when we were both seven years old while practicing for a school activity.)  

It's so nice to read her personal message (again) which I found funny and amazing at the same time.
Amazing how she foresaw all the possibilities that can happen in my life (teehee)

Betchamygollywow, I'm NOT nineteen anymore!
I got married
I got into stocks (and got out of it, haha!)
I got a job (Before I got married)

One of the things I am thankful for in my life is having a great set of friends.  They are a blessing in my life.  We may not see each other as often as we want to and we may have seen changes (major) in our lives but I know our friendship remains the same.  So . . .

To M and to my other best girls, thank you for being "a friend for life".  =) 

Monday, May 28, 2012

Hello Monday! (A Garfield Monday)

I know, weekends go by too fast . . .

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And that we all hate Mondays

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BUT . . .

monday garfield
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When I was still working, I thought Wednesdays were the worst because they seem to be the busiest day of my week, haha!

But for now, I love Mondays .. . because each new week brings us closer to seeing Zola's Dad!  (He's coming home!  *Happy dance here*)

Whatever your favorite day of the week is, I wish you a week full of humor and laughter!

P.S. Don't you just love Garfield?

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Siesta Time

It's a lazy Sunday afternoon, it's 2:30 pm, I am lazing around the bed, the TV is on (I can hear the Divine Diva belting out a song). . . but I'm also reading the newspaper and then I suddenly feel my eyes getting heavier, the sound from the TV slowly fading and I know what's next. . . .it's time for my siesta!
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BUT. .. this  was before the Little One came along. . . 

Being a mom means getting some sleep doesn't come in easily (not that I'm complaining).  

This afternoon, I was soooo sleepy that I thought of two options:

First, I bargained with my sister (she helps me with the Little One when she's not working) and asked her to give me just 20 mins of power nap (and she gets an hour) 

OR I give the Little One sleeping meds!  (Just kidding!!!)

But Luck is on my side!  The Little One asked for her bottle and is now fast asleep.

And me. . . well, sleep has escaped me! (Arrgghhh!) 

And that is why you are reading this post. . . .

Now that my sister is awake, let's see if I can do something about my siesta. . . again.

Hope you all had a nice weekend!

Friday, May 25, 2012

Happy Hour!

I went to Hotel Vida yesterday (which is located inside Clark Freeport Zone) and saw this . . .

Drink all the cocktails you want for just US$ 7?!!!  (Drinking Cocktails. . . it's definitely more fun in the Philippines!)

THAT is absolutely a good deal!  I am sure my good friend J would love this!  (J, you have to take a 2- hour drive to Pampanga though to enjoy this!  Haha!)

Have a relaxing and exciting weekend everyone!               

Wednesday, May 23, 2012


Yup, "leche"!  

This post is not about "leche" being used as an expression when one is pissed off (which Filipinos do) but refers to the Spanish  word for milk.   

We have some chicken lollies and thought of cooking them for lunch.  Among all the recipes I saw at the Net, I liked the recipe of Pinay in Texas the most.  I also saw some recipes which calls for milk as a marinade as it makes the meat more tender and moist (hmmm, interesting!  Our homemade fried chicken gets dry when reheated).  So I just got some parts of Pinay in Texas' recipe and thought of saving her actual recipe for another day. . . just so I can try this milk thing (teehee) and see if it really makes a difference.  And I'm happy to say. . . the chicken lollipops turned out pretty good!  Tasty, crispy and moist!   

For our recipe, we used the following ingredients:
(I'm so sorry I don't have measurements as I just usually estimate and adjust according to taste)

1/2 kilo chicken lollipops 
Garlic Powder
Salt and Pepper
Evaporated Milk (small can)
Cayenne Pepper (Optional)

1 Egg 
Panko Bread Crumbs (I highly recommend the Kasugai brand)

Cooking Procedure:
1. Mix the dry ingredients and rub it on the wings.  Pour the milk and marinade the chicken for at least an hour (in the fridge).
2. For the breading, dust the chicken with flour, then dip it in the beaten egg, followed by the Panko Bread Crumbs (Trivia: Panko bread crumbs are usually made from the center of the bread instead of the crust.  It has a coarse and lighter texture which make fried food crunchier and also maintains the crispiness longer as compared to using the traditional Western breadcrumbs.  I've also read that it contains less salt and calories!) 

3. Deep fry your lollipops until golden brown.

4. Serve (and enjoy) them with your favorite dip.

I really wish I have the knack for food styling, haha!

Happy Cooking . . . and Eating!

I can't think straight. . .

Must. Declutter.

Housekeeping Mode (more of "Roomkeeping" actually) ON.

Favorite Music. . . ON.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

A Ball of Energy

Crawling (not underneath the computer table) but ON TOP! --- while "skyping" with her Dad

Either she's trying to find other uses for her basin or 
she's just plain bored during the car ride.
(Just in case you're wondering why we have one in the car. . .
well, let's just say the Little One sometimes get "sick" 
after drinking her milk. . . if you know what I mean) 

Bag raider!

You should have seen her trying to put this AND a pen in her mouth. . . 
AT THE SAME TIME!  (Big Gasp!)

Yes, Little One, I'm watching you like a hawk!  

Can I have some of your energy please? 

Monday, May 21, 2012

Hello Monday! (On Changing your Life)

Sometimes, all we need is a sign to encourage us to decide on something that can change our lives.  Hope this is what you're waiting for!

Have a life-changing week ahead! =)

The Big 4-0!

Nope, not my birthday!  (Not yet anyway. . . )

It is actually my parents' 40th Ruby Wedding anniversary yesterday.  We had a simple, no-frills celebration of this milestone (just the way they like it).  It was a good day made up of a good meal, relaxation and family-bonding time.    

To celebrate their marriage, I thought of posting a school paper which made its way around the Net a few years ago . . . which I kept because it is something worth reading again. . . and again.  It is a long read, but I assure you, it is a good one.  You don't have to be married or in a relationship to appreciate this.  I am sure that we can see ourselves in some parts of this paper (at one point in our lives). 

Happy Anniversary Mom and Dad!  Thank you for showing us that Marriage is a Partnership.  You are our inspiration.  We love you very much!


Eduardo Calasanz was a student at the Ateneo Manila University, Philippines, where he had Father Ferriols as professor. Father Ferriols, at that time, was the Philosophy department head. Currently he still teaches Philosophy for graduating college students in Ateneo.

Father Ferriols has been very popular for his mind opening and enriching classes but was also notorious for the grades he gives. Still people took his classes for the learning and deep insight they take home with them every day (if only they could do something about the grades...)

Anyway, come grade giving time, (Ateneo has letter grading systems, the highest being an A, lowest at D, with F for flunk), Fr Ferriols had this long discussion with the registrar people because he wanted to give Calasanz an A+. Either that or he doesn't teach at all...Calasanz got his A+. Read the paper below to find out why.


By Eduardo Jose E. Calasanz

I have never met a man who didn't want to be loved. But I have seldom met a man who didn't fear marriage. Something about the closure seems constricting, not enabling. Marriage seems easier to understand for what it cuts out of our lives than for what it makes possible within our lives.

When I was younger this fear immobilized me. I did not want to make a mistake. I saw my friends get married for reasons of social acceptability, or sexual fever, or just because they thought it was the logical thing to do. Then I watched, as they and their partners became embittered and petty in their dealings with each other. I looked at older couples and saw, at best, mutual toleration of each other. I imagined a lifetime of loveless nights and bickering and could not imagine subjecting myself or someone else to such a fate.

And yet, on rare occasions, I would see old couples who somehow seemed to glow in each other's presence. They seemed really in love, not just dependent upon each other and tolerant of each other's foibles. It was an astounding sight, and it seemed impossible. How, I asked myself, can they have survived so many years of sameness, so much irritation at the other's habits? What keeps love alive in them, when most of us seem unable to even stay together, much less love each other?

The central secret seems to be in choosing well. There is something to the claim of fundamental compatibility. Good people can create a bad relationship, even though they both dearly want the relationship to succeed. It is important to find someone with whom you can create a good relationship from the outset. Unfortunately, it is hard to see clearly in the early stages.

Sexual hunger draws you to each other and colors the way you see yourselves together. It blinds you to the thousands of little things by which relationships eventually survive or fail. You need to find a way to see beyond this initial overwhelming sexual fascination. Some people choose to involve themselves sexually and ride out the most heated period of sexual attraction in order to see what is on the other side.

This can work, but it can also leave a trail of wounded hearts. Others deny the sexual side altogether in an attempt to get to know each other apart from their sexuality. But they cannot see clearly, because the presence of unfulfilled sexual desire looms so large that it keeps them from having any normal perception of what life would be like together.

The truly lucky people are the ones who manage to become long-time friends before they realize they are attracted to each other. They get to know each other's laughs, passions, sadness, and fears. They see each other at their worst and at their best. They share time together before they get swept into the entangling intimacy of their sexuality.

This is the ideal, but not often possible. If you fall under the spell of your sexual attraction immediately, you need to look beyond it for other keys to compatibility. One of these is laughter. Laughter tells you how much you will enjoy each other's company over the long term.

If your laughter together is good and healthy, and not at the expense of others, then you have a healthy relationship to the world. Laughter is the child of surprise. If you can make each other laugh, you can always surprise each other. And if you can always surprise each other, you can always keep the world around you new.

Beware of a relationship in which there is no laughter. Even the most intimate relationships based only on seriousness have a tendency to turn sour. Over time, sharing a common serious viewpoint on the world tends to turn you against those who do not share the same viewpoint, and your relationship can become based on being critical together.

After laughter, look for a partner who deals with the world in a way you respect. When two people first get together, they tend to see their relationship as existing only in the space between the two of them. They find each other endlessly fascinating, and the overwhelming power of the emotions they are sharing obscures the outside world. As the relationship ages and grows, the outside world becomes important again. If your partner treats people or circumstances in a way you can't accept, you will inevitably come to grief. Look at the way she cares for others and deals with the daily affairs of life. If that makes you love her more, your love will grow. If it does not, be careful. If you do not respect the way you each deal with the world around you, eventually the two of you will not respect each other.

Look also at how your partner confronts the mysteries of life. We live on the cusp of poetry and practicality, and the real life of the heart resides in the poetic. If one of you is deeply affected by the mystery of the unseen in life and relationships, while the other is drawn only to the literal and the practical, you must take care that the distance doesn't become an unbridgeable gap that leaves you each feeling isolated and misunderstood.

There are many other keys, but you must find them by yourself. We all have unchangeable parts of our hearts that we will not betray and private commitments to a vision of life that we will not deny. If you fall in love with someone who cannot nourish those inviolable parts of you, or if you cannot nourish them in her, you will find yourselves growing further apart until you live in separate worlds where you share the business of life, but never touch each other where the heart lives and dreams. From there it is only a small leap to the cataloging of petty hurts and daily failures that leaves so many couples bitter and unsatisfied with their mates.

So choose carefully and well. If you do, you will have chosen a partner with whom you can grow, and then the real miracle of marriage can take place in your hearts. I pick my words carefully when I speak of a miracle. But I think it is not too strong a word. There is a miracle in marriage. It is called transformation. Transformation is one of the most common events of nature. The seed becomes the flower. The cocoon becomes the butterfly. Winter becomes spring and love becomes a child. We never question these, because we see them around us every day. To us they are not miracles, though if we did not know them they would be impossible to believe.

Marriage is a transformation we choose to make. Our love is planted like a seed, and in time it begins to flower. We cannot know the flower that will blossom, but we can be sure that a bloom will come.

If you have chosen carefully and wisely, the bloom will be good. If you have chosen poorly or for the wrong reason, the bloom will be flawed. We are quite willing to accept the reality of negative transformation in a marriage. It was negative transformation that always had me terrified of the bitter marriages that I feared when I was younger.

It never occurred to me to question the dark miracle that transformed love into harshness and bitterness. Yet I was unable to accept the possibility that the first heat of love could be transformed into something positive that was actually deeper and more meaningful than the heat of fresh passion. All I could believe in was the power of this passion and the fear that when it cooled I would be left with something lesser and bitter.

But there is positive transformation as well. Like negative transformation, it results from a slow accretion of little things. But instead of death by a thousand blows, it is growth by a thousand touches of love. Two histories intermingle. Two separate beings, two separate presence, two separate consciousnesses come together and share a view of life that passes before them. They remain separate, but they also become one. There is an expansion of awareness, not a closure and a constriction, as I had once feared. This is not to say that there is not tension and there are not traps. Tension and traps are part of every choice of life, from celibate to monogamous to having multiple lovers. Each choice contains within it the lingering doubt that the road not taken somehow more fruitful and exciting, and each becomes dulled to the richness that it alone contains.

But only marriage allows life to deepen and expand and be leavened by the knowledge that two have chosen, against all odds, to become one.
Those who live together without marriage can know the pleasure of shared company, but there is a specific gravity in the marriage commitment that
deepens that experience into something richer and more complex.

So do not fear marriage, just as you should not rush into it for the wrong reasons. It is an act of faith and it contains within it the power of transformation. If you believe in your heart that you have found someone with whom you are able to grow, if you have sufficient faith that you can resist the endless attraction of the road not taken and the partner not chosen, if you have the strength of heart to embrace the cycles and seasons that your love will experience, then you may be ready to seek the miracle that marriage offers. If not, then wait. The easy grace of a marriage well made is worth your patience. When the time comes, a thousand flowers will bloom...endlessly.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Weekend Food Fix

Something refreshing . . .
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This Korean ice cream bar comes in different flavors (Honeydew melon, strawberry, banana and mango) but honestly, I always have the Honeydew melon!  This creamsicle (got this term from Wikipedia) really tastes like the real thing. . . with creamy goodness in a stick!

We discovered it by chance when we were at a Korean grocery store years ago.  I guess it has become popular since than that it is now being distributed in some local supermarkets and S & R Price Club (or just to be sure, head out to a Korean grocer).  If you want a refreshing dessert, I guarantee that you'll love this!

Something comforting (teehee) . . .
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My favorite "bag"

Something sweet . . .

I wish I can say that I baked this muffin . . . but I can't!  Haha!  This big (and moist) muffin was store-bought and is good enough for me.  Just in case you want to make some homebaked blueberry muffins, I saw this easy to bake recipe, please click here.

Something savory . . .

If I can't bake. . . well, I think I can probably make these. . . .NEXT TIME!  Haha!

Thank you for families who share their blessings =)

It's going to be a happy (and filling) weekend!  (Yup, weekends are cheat days!)

Food.  Family.  Fun.

Happy Weekend everyone!

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Guess who needs new glasses

My Mom was reading the book "Violet's House" to the Little One and I heard her say. . . "This is a rabbit . . . "

I've read this book a hundred times and I was sure that there was no rabbit in it or probably I just didn't notice it (but I was really 100% sure that there was none!).  So I looked at what she was pointing and saw this. . .

Meet Violet, a mouse!  Haha!

And then this morning, my mom was watching "Tom and Jerry" with the Little One and my sister.  
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Jerry was running away from Tom and Mom said,  "that's a monkey!" Haha! (Moommm, you're sooo funny!)  

She definitely needs a new pair of glasses! 

Disclaimer:  Any stories I write here are my own and in this case, do not (might not) reflect the opinion of my mom.  Haha!  

I love you Mom!  XOXO

Grandparents are a delightful blend of laughter, caring deeds, wonderful stories and Love. ~author unknown

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Ms. Worry Wart, No more! (Okay, i'm getting there!)

I mentioned in an earlier post  about being a Worry Wart.  We were planning to get a US tourist visa for the Little One but I was getting anxious about it because I was creating so many "what if" scenarios playing in my mind.  (With her father being an immigrant in the US and all . . .okay, I won't bore you anymore with the details, teehee)

Well, just want to share with you the good news. . . .the Little One got her tourist visa! Yayyy!!!  (Thank you Lord for answered prayers!)  

Moral lesson of this story. . .Stop being like me! (Haha!)

and THIS. . . 
I am putting this where I can see it everyday!   

Have a nice day ahead . . .Let's free ourselves from worries!

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Happy Mother's Day!

One of the things I learned on being in a long distance relationship is to be more patient, understanding and let go of things that may cause stress and anxiety.  So before it becomes a "potential issue", I reminded Zola's Dad to greet me on Mother's Day!  (He might forget . . . considering the time difference and that this is my first Mother's Day) 

Me: Honey, batiin mo ko sa Mother'sa Day ha!  Baka makalimutan mong nanay na ako.
(Honey, don't forget to greet me on Mother's Day!  You  might forget that I am a mom already.)

I can just imagine him smiling sheepishly and in his usual cool and collected manner he said . . .

Zola's Dad:  Ayaw mo nun, ibig sabihin tingin ko sa iyo parang single pa rin
(Well, then it only means that you look and I still feel you're single!)

Galing talagang magpalusot. . . he almost got away with it!  Ha!!!  Let's see if he needs to think of a better excuse!  Haha!

To my Little One, I just want to say "thank you" for bringing out the best in me.  I am still "a work in progress", I still have my own fears, but I promise to be the best mom for you.  I will be your best friend and I promise to be a "cool" mom (but you can't stop me from kissing and hugging you in front of your friends whatever age you are).  You are my greatest treasure, my pride and joy.  I love you sweetie . . .  

To my Mom, thank you very much for the undying love, guidance and support you have given me all these years.  When I was growing up, we've had our share of differences and you always say that I'll never understand you, not until I become a parent myself.  Now I understand why (to name a few). . . you don't allow me to go swimming or boat rides, why there are times you didn't let me do sleepovers, why I had to let go of some parties, why I have a curfew or why boys can wait.  You taught me so many valuable things that I want the Little One to learn too.  Thank you for giving me a loving home.  I'm sorry though if I really can't share your love for gardening (heehee).  I love you Mom! 

To all the moms out there. . . you are all great!  Happy Mother's Day!   

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By the way. . .Just in case you're wondering if Zola's Dad remembered me on Mother's Day. . . HE DID!!! (Yayyy!)  I got a text from him at 12:04 am (May 13), Manila time.  Love you honey and thanks for remembering!

Friday, May 11, 2012

How I started my day . . .

I know I said it's nice to start our day with a good laugh but today I started mine with tears . . . buckets of tears!  All because I watched this video which was shared by my friends in Facebook.

Be a witness to the greatness of a Mother's Love . . . I'm inspired. . . .

Have an inspiring day ahead everyone!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Wanted: Crafty Mom 2

This is another challenge to bring out the crafty mom in me! 

I just opened another can of formula milk for the Little One (I really wish I was able to breastfeed her for a longer time) and just as I was about to set it aside for M (who comes to our house regularly to collect all our recyclable materials like scrap papers, bottles, plastics, etc), I thought of looking for some other ways on how we can recycle our cans.  Here are some of the useful (and pretty) things I saw in the Net . . .

As vases for floral centerpieces . . .you may spray paint them
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Or leave them as they are . . . 
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Or add some more details (which definitely makes a big difference!) . . .
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Cans make great organizing tools too . . .

I like the idea how you can make it personalized

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If only I have a wall where I can do this . . .
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A good way of sorting and organizing your different (work/home) supplies 
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They can also  be used as gift containers . . .
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And as an herb garden!
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I don't have a green thumb but I would like to have these at home . . . I love the idea of cooking and throwing in fresh herbs from your own garden!  Don't you think it's cool to say "Oh excuse me, let me just pick some cilantro for the salad dressing", haha!

I think I have more than enough cans to do all of these craft projects . . . I just hope I can do at least one! 

How about you, any craft projects you're doing right now? =)

Monday, May 7, 2012

LOL Monday

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Monday is here again and I know it's going to be a good day today! 

I don't know which is funnier. . .

Walking in on Dad who was flipping channels and stopped at . . . Gossip Girl??!!!  Haha!  (Dad, say Hello to Serena and Blair) . . . .it's definitely far different from the action films he usually catches in the morning (thanks to the cable channels) 


My sister seeing me in my "Mommy fashion"---- styled with my PJs and new flats.  She gave out a hearty laugh when she saw me garbed in these while trying to put the Little One to sleep for her morning nap.  Story is, I tried my new shoes this morning and just never took them off because they are soooo comfortable!  I'm still wearing them while writing this post, haha!  (Will do a separate post on these shoes) 

It's always nice to start the day with a good laugh =)

Happy Monday to all! 

Friday, May 4, 2012

Driving 101. . . with the Little One

Dear Hun,

I brought our Little One to the mall the other day and let her try "driving" a car.

By the look of it, I think she enjoys driving one . . .

She knows where the horn is . . .

And even knows how to shift gears (I swear, I didn't tell her to do any of these things.  All I did was put her in the seat)

She even thought of turning on the radio . . .

However, we have to make sure to teach her that when she drives . .. . 

Eyes should always be on the road

And that there is a proper way of holding the steering wheel

And that single hand driving should be left to the experts

By the way, I don't think it's a good idea for her to drive any open top cars because she might do this while driving (Gasp!)

I know kids learn by imitating their parents. . . so okay, she may have seen me do some of these things (teehee), I just want to let you know that I NEVER stood up while I'm driving. . . so I'm sure she didn't learn that from me!  (just to set things straight)  

So while we wait for her to go to a driving school, I promise to be a good example and that I'll be a better driver.

Love always,
Zola's Mom

The Organized Mom

 . . . .I am NOT!

I wish I was more like my Mom and Dad who know how to take care and keep stuff (as I've mentioned in an earlier post)

Well, Dad doesn't only know how to keep big things like my sister's high chair but small things as well!

My dad was organizing and sorting the car keys and he thought of putting keychains (which he must have kept over the years) in each of them.  I was surprised to see this  . . .

Because this key chain is 15 years old!  I got it when I was still at the University.  (It's amazing how a simple keychain can bring you back in time.  I remember buying this at the University's bookstore!  I can even remember the smell of the place!)

Anyway, as they say, the apple doesn't fall far from the tree. . . I wonder what happened to me, haha!  I keep on either misplacing or losing things. (Shame on me!)

If you don't have any plans this weekend, spring cleaning might be a good thing to do. . . clearing our space helps us clear our minds too =)

Have a nice weekend ahead!

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

I need Dessert!

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I think I need a slice of cake (or probably an entire cake, haha!) today then!

I am stressed, but not in a "I'm pulling my hair, gritting my teeth" kind of way (not yet anyway). . . I just have so many things to do (for the Little One, some home and personal stuff), I've been playing with these steps again. . .my brain works faster than my body can move. . .  enough of holding off things!   

I just have to sit, write down my "To Do" list and work on it . . . NOW!   

Have a stress-free day ahead =)

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