Ah, to remember those days of old. They make you smile and nostalgic of course. Taking a trip down memory lane to the max :)
Nissa called me up early this morning looking for a box where she put some CDs, a copy of their wedding invites and baby pictures which their official photographer used during their wedding reception. All of our photo albums were flooded six years ago when typhoon Ondoy hit Metro Manila. My son painstakingly wiped dry all our photos and collated those which can still be saved. I looked at the photos she chose for the video, some are frayed at the edges but they evoked memories.
Nissa was around five or six here and Josef was 3.
Then I found this too, mixed with their baby pictures. A former office mate took this shot years ago when I was still with BPI.
“When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.”
– ansel adams
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Posted in baking, family life, food, guilty pleasures, I love Sundays, photography, tagged baking, banana bread, banana bread recipe, fluffy and light banana bread, food, I love Sundays, kitchen adventures, photography, simple joys on September 20, 2015 |
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I love Sundays.
I came home from an early morning mass and thought of trying a banana bread recipe which I copied several days ago. I found this site . It’s a Japanese array of cuisines and desserts where I found several recipes using pancake mix. They had me at “sugar-free”. I love it.
You could try this, here’s how.
150 grams Pancake mix
3 ripe bananas
50 ml milk
Use a fork to mash the banana until creamy. Add the egg and mix thoroughly with a wire whisk. Stir in the milk.
Add the pancake mix and roughly mix it with a spatula. Lightly grease the cake pan with a little oil or butter then pour in the batter. Bake for 40 minutes at 180 °C.
That simple, I adjusted the amount of ingredients though using 4 ripe bananas, 200 grams pancake mix and 100 ml evaporated milk. It turned out like this, a yummy sugar-free banana bread.
Have a blessed Sunday everyone!
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Posted in art, entertainment, family life, guilty pleasures, photography, tagged coloring books, coloring books and crayons, family life, guilty pleasures, photography, Zen Mandala on September 18, 2015 |
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It’s one of those relaxed and lazy days of the week. I asked Josef if he could accompany me to the newly opened library in our town and he readily agreed. I told him bringing the car was probably a mistake because of the horrendous traffic. Such common daily routine of everyone ….traffic. He had all his IDs laminated while I waited at the library to talk to their assistants there. There is no licensed librarian yet and most of the volumes on the shelves were donations from the National Library.They have a sizable collection of National Geographic and several children’s story books, various local publications of food mag, travel and leisure. I had a good time chatting with the library assistants and I promised that I would donate some fiction/non-fiction books to add to their shelves. Finally, we have a modern and lovely town library with lots of computers and free wi-fi.Most shelves are still vacant though.
Nissa gifted me with a lovely Zen Mandalas coloring book complete with a set of Faber-Castell colored pencils, sharpener and eraser. The designs look so complicated and challenging. I was happy before having an ordinary coloring book, this one needs a lot of time before you finish a page. Coloring is a stress-buster. Josef told me early this morning that I could upload Mandala on my tab. Practice, practice, practice. It is so addicting. The final picture depends on how creative you are in choosing a combination of colors. Here are some photos that I practiced on before we went to the library.
I set aside reading again. I can’t wait to start coloring on an actual page.
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Posted in family life, It's More Fun In the Philippines, journeys, life, Philippine beaches, tagged beaches, Boracay, family life, It's more fun in the Philippines, journeys, leisure and travel, Philippines, photography, tourist attractions on September 13, 2015 |
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The first words I heard from my son when he came home from a week-trip to Boracay were, “Enjoy talaga, umitim ba ako Ma?” I laughed and he embraced me and said, “I’ve missed you Ma”. Of course I’ve missed him too.
He said he was sorry he was not able to find sea glass for me. It was just a lovely powder-white sand all throughout. That’s okay though because based on his accounts, he enjoyed his one-week stay there and that what really counts. He didn’t take pictures but took videos of the activities they did there. Aside from swimming and exploring the place, he enjoyed parasailing, one of the many things they did with his friends. When I saw the video, it was really, really beautiful. Imagine yourself high up in the air with just the blue ocean underneath. One thing that he would like to experience again if he ever has the chance to come back was the helmet diving. It was his first time to dive. They were briefed on how to equalize pressure in the ears, taught hand signals to the divers and just enjoy the gifts of the sea. They gave a small packet of bread to feed the different species of fish they saw there and he enjoyed that too. The corals are just so lovely. The diving package comes with a CD where you will see yourself feeding a school of fish and admiring the lovely corals. They tried the ATV ride (buggy cars, one of the many options to go around the island) but it was not much of a challenge compared to helmet diving and parasailing. The place is open 24/7. The whole story-telling itself was just as exciting.
Banana boat ride…
About to experience the best of all….helmet diving!
So there is a grotto there, an image of Mama Mary..
Boracay is one of the many (if not the best) tourist attractions in our country. A lot of tourists, foreign and local visit this place throughout the year. To view some photos of the place, just click this link. It is one of the world’s top beach destinations.
He brought home sweets, lots of key chains for me, for Nissa and for his office mates and t-shirts.
It’s more fun in the Philippines.
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