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Tried one of the ingredients Nissa brought home from Singapore, It’s a Mee Siam Paste. Surprisingly, it tastes good. You just add 200 grams of Pancit bihon, one boiled egg, fried tofu or bean curd topped with green onion. Definitely Asian.

It’s healthy because it is a meatless recipe.  It tastes different from our usual recipe using Bihon

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5:30 am

I was sitting at the garden waiting for the day to begin. The street lights were still on and it was dark still. With a mug of Swiss Miss in hand, I was also listening to the classical music on my transistor radio before the station signs in. It was one of those no-commercial break stations featuring those lovely music and passages from the Bible with corresponding reflections….lovely.

The morning is waking up. Cars and motorcycles break the silence. I got my garden shears and started  trimming the carabao grass. It has grown again in the whole month that we didn’t touch them. I stayed at the garden close to two hours and I didn’t even make a dent except trimming those so close to the concrete stepping stones.

That cleaner portion was the only thing I’ve done this morning.

I still have to trim the carabao grass here at the front of the house.

Only a grass cutter is practical here because we have lots of stepping stones  all the way from the garage up to the side of the house. I hope this afternoon won’t be too hot so I could garden again.

This is where my hanging plants are at the side of the house.

It’s a little tiring to stay in the garden when the sun is up.

 

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I just posted more photos of my small garden early this morning. You can find them all here.

While I was browsing Memories at Facebook, I saw two more shots of Nissa taken eight years ago. Nostalgic…remembering those moments. These are not official shots though.

According to Facebook, this is my most-liked photo of 2011.

 

My caption at Facebook says: I just love this, the two people so dear to me captured in a frame together. Nissa in a seemingly dream-like walk towards the altar and Lovell at a distance, a loving older son who’ll have his moment when he’ll be ordained as a deacon soon.

Back then, Lovell was still a seminarian. He has just celebrated his 7th Presbyteral Ordination a week ago.

Time flies….making memories!

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I took shots of more blooms in the garden early this morning. There are very few flowers but I love the greens just as well. I also transferred a pot of Snake plant indoor.

Do you know that Snake plants have several benefits in our lives? It also needs minimal care.

I wonder why they call it Mother in Law’s Tongue otherwise known as Sansevieria. It does not need a lot of water, you can water it weekly and is also  ideal indoors.

“The Snake Plant cleans air better than most other indoor plants as it has the ability to absorb excessive amounts of carbon monoxide. Additionally, it emits oxygen and filters other toxins from the air such as benzene, xylene, trichloroethylene and formaldehyde” 

 

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Too lovely not to share….

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Just updated my gardening blog. Took shots of my green plants early this morning. You can find them all here at Gardens and Empty Spaces.

 

 

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Yes, it’s their 8th wedding anniversary today. Eight years ago I was an anxious and a nervous mom but I was happy for them.  It seems like it was only yesterday and now we have our precious Nate who always makes  us happy and joyful. He is turning seven two weeks from now. I remember this day as if it only happened a few days ago.

Their formal wedding photo taken in front of Ibarra’s Garden where the reception took place.

 

In front of Paco Park church after the wedding.

Counting the years of togetherness, the happy memories, the lovely moments with Nate. Love and much happiness, warmest wishes to both of you Obet and Nissa.

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So I am finally counting, it’s forty three days to go before the big day.

Do you know the meaning  and the symbolism behind the song Twelve Days of Christmas? 

Some of us are not probably aware of it. It is another one of those lovely melodies we play during the Christmas season, right? The 12 days of Christmas is the period that in Christian theology marks the span between the birth of Christ and the coming of the Magi, the three wise men. It begins on December 25 (Christmas) and runs through January 6 (the Epiphany, sometimes also called Three Kings’ Day). 

In our Catholic calendar, the Feast of the Three Kings was moved every first Sunday of the year, not usually January 6 as we previously knew.  So it ends on Sunday, January 5, 2020. Here is the true meaning of the twelve days of Christmas. CHRISTmas with Christ in it.

(Got  this from a post of a friend on FB). I posted something similar two years ago. Just a gentle reminder why we are celebrating Christmas. 

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Haha! No blog post for three days 🙂

The thing is, I was again distracted reading lovely books which I could not put down. When you are focused on something else, blogging takes a back seat.

It’s been a rather busy weekend. Finally, Josef and I are done with grocery shopping which is good until New Year (the first week of 2020). I have to make a list so I won’t forget. Still I have to go back this morning to search for items that I clearly forgot. Now I remember,  I forgot to buy a roll of aluminum foil which I will use for my Embutido.  Another trip to the supermarket  one of these days. Senior moments indeed.

Ah, according to my Christmas clock, there are 43 days more to go before Christmas. We were able to squeeze in putting up some decor over the weekend.  Around this time the past few years, you would notice almost every home decked with Christmas lights and lanterns, they’re now missing though. Maybe it’s because economic hardship in our country is so glaring,  most people would rather spend  on necessities for their daily needs. Anyway, we could always spend the season quietly as long as we know why we are celebrating, right?

The nights are getting colder and we still experience thunderstorms now and then. Looking forward to PAGASA’s declaration of hanging amihan when the Siberian winds bring in the cold weather. Those are the days when you truly remember the loveliest season of the year which is of course Christmas.

I asked Josef early this morning why he was wearing a t-shirt and maong pants. He said that it is a holiday in the US today and since they are working in a US bank, they are allowed casual wear at the office.

HAPPY VETERANS’ DAY  to all my friends who live in the US.

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Maybe, we cook it in different ways but the taste would always be  that delicious, a blend of so many spices and the nutty flavor of coconut cream.

I just cooked chicken curry for lunch. I have so many spices on different Asian and Singaporean recipes that Nissa brought home from their trip in Singapore. This is a yellow curry flavor. We also have the green and the red ones. I’ll partner this with sauteed string beans.

 

 

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