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Archive for November 19th, 2017


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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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.

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