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It’s Definitely Hot


I don’t know how it came about but my son told me last night it was a challenge you have to try in stages. I mean “what?”

Anyway, last night he came home  with a pack of Korean  ramen which he cooked before we had our dinner. Earlier I prepared pork adobo for dinner.  Before we had dinner, he mixed a glass of  milk. I got curious.

“This is just number 2 Ma,”  he said. I actually tried tasting it a little but my tongue felt like fire. It was so hot.   The idea is you have to finish the whole  thing and the next challenge would be number 5 which means it is hotter.  The milk is supposed to temper the hot taste of the noodles. He just finished two spoonfuls then gave up.  We both laughed.

I like chili peppers when they are mixed  as ingredients to some Philippine recipes that we have here but that Korean ramen is the ultimate. I love spicy  food too but not that spicy.  So there is this Korean noodle challenge on YouTube. My gosh, I don’t envy those Koreans.

Son said when we finished dinner, “sayang ang P70 pesos”.  That small pack was P70 pesos?  Give me cash anytime 🙂

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Beating The Holiday Rush


It’s a fact that ours is the longest Christmas celebration in the whole world. Nothing could compare with the Simbang Gabi or the dawn masses that end on the day before Christmas. Where in the world could you find the whole family, extended families and sometimes close friends and other relatives celebrating Christmas together under one roof, sharing Noche Buena food, going to mass together, having fun with the kids and the whole rigmarole of exchanging gifts and jumping with joy because you got what you wished for? Or maybe you have given enough hint to your son and daughter that you want this and that without putting a hole in their pockets.

I remember one Christmas long ago, when my son was still in his teens, he told us that he did not want to receive gifts that he needs but he would be happy with something that he wants – the needs being the usual handkerchiefs, underwear, socks  etc. and the wants listed as a new jacket, books, gadgets   or some  simple do-it-yourself  things that he loves.

So how do you lessen stress and enjoy the holidays?  You can really plan ahead on what to prepare  by listing all the things you need and buying them at least  a month, three or two weeks before Christmas. One of the best recipes that we usually cook  in advance is the  embutido. Embutido is a Filipino style meatloaf that can be served hot or cold depending on your  taste and they can be stored in the freezer for as long as a month. There are times when I do  my Christmas shopping as early as the month of September and by November, all gifts are wrapped and labeled.  Do your Christmas shopping all year round. Be on the look out for items that you think would be appreciated by your loved ones. And when December comes, you don’t have to join the Christmas rush because you have saved time by planning ahead.

Don’t feel obliged to reciprocate each single item that you received from someone you didn’t get anything for, a simple “thank you” would be enough.

And there are only 35 days,  11 hours and 50 minutes to go before Christmas.   Enjoy shopping.

A Berry Saturday


This morning, I spent a little time at the garden inspecting new blooms and trimming  some more. We have these berry trees behind the house.  A friend gave them as seeds  some years back and I planted at least six.  They are all bearing fruits now. Some branches are so close to the cloth line at the back so I have to trim them too. I thought of arranging them in a vase. I just added two palm leaves and bingo, they look great.

 

Busy, Busy Days


It’s been a busy week!

I haven’t posted for quite a while but I had time to finish gardening, trimming the carabao grass, shaping our Eugenia and  gold dust plants and replanting some white  grass which were  uprooted by our three playful kitties.

My back and arms ached a little so I have to take a rest almost the whole day just catching up on reading and visiting  some new blog posts here.  I actually read two e-books in three days. Not my normal kind of authors and books  but I enjoyed reading both.  Sometimes when you haven’t read love stories for so long, it’s lovely to discover that they are as engrossing and as interesting as those memoirs and historical fictions that you normally read.  Good life and happy endings.

According to xmasclock.com, it’s 38 days, 5 hours and 7 minutes before Christmas. Hooray! I am  really looking forward to the happy days ahead.

It’s One Of Those


Last night while relaxing and listening to Christmas albums on YouTube, I tried this app. Senior moments though, I could no longer remember the site but I got these results.  Preposition, spelling, proper grammar –  my fave.

Haha, love this 🙂

Congratulations, you are a grammar master! You have a superb understanding of even the trickiest grammar rules. Not only do you know the difference between affect and effect, but you also never confuse your tenses. You must be an English scholar because only 4% of Americans can get a perfect score on this test.

 

Loving This


Good news!

We have a new internet provider. We replaced  PLDT Homebro with Globe broadband and  it  is ten times faster than the former.  Monthly fee is a little costly but the convenience of having a faster connection is just wonderful.  Maybe now I could watch those free Hallmark Christmas movies on YouTube without having to wait for so many minutes  for it to upload.  Lately we’ve had problems with the old  one. Sometimes the connection stops for a minute then it’s on again. News  reports say that the Philippines has one of the slowest internet connections in Asia, Singapore being the fastest.

I am thinking of  applying at 51Talk for extra income but that is still a plan.  They pay teachers by the hour spent teaching English language. It is a home-based job.   Maybe one of these days, I’ll think about it.

 

Slow Me Down Lord


I find this poem so very inspiring.  sometimes we move so fast,  always  in a hurry   and we forget to appreciate what life is all about.  Great blessings to all.

Slow Me Down, Lord

Slow me down, Lord.

Ease the pounding of my heart by the quieting of my mind.

Steady my hurried pace.

Give me, amidst the day’s confusion

the calmness of the everlasting hills.

Break the tension of my nerves and muscles

with the soothing music of singing streams

that live in my memory.

Help me to know the magical, restoring power of sleep.

Teach me the art

of taking minute vacations….

slowing down to look at a flower,

to chat with a friend,

to read a few lines from a good book.

Remind me

of the fable of the hare and the tortoise;

that the race is not always to the swift;

that there is more to life than measuring its speed.

Let me look up at the branches of the towering oak

and know that … it grew slowly … and well.

Inspire me

to send my own roots down deep…

into the soil of life’s endearing values…

That I may grow toward the stars of my greater destiny.

Slow me down, Lord.

by Wilfred Arlan Peterson