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It’s Pancit Bihon


Second to rice, pancit is a Filipino noodle dish which is also a staple on our table. It uses rice sticks mixed with pork, shrimp, chicken and vegetables. We even mix it with sliced hot dogs and chicken liver.

I prepared this for lunch today and followed Chef Tatung’s recipe by adding sliced squid balls to the pork. Veggies are half-cabbage, Baguio beans, carrot, celery and green onion for toppings.

You could eat this as substitute for rice. Yumyum🥢🍜🍷

Simpol


I’ve alway been a fan of Chef Tatung Sarthou. I often see him on television with his regular segment in one program of ABS-CBN.

I occasionally catch him on his Facebook page showing those recipes that he cooks. They don’t need elaborate ingredients. They are simple recipes so easy to follow.

Last Sunday I decided to order his first published cookbook last November 2020. Delivery was fast, ordered it through Lazada.

He calls it Simpol which means simple in English. The book is thick, the pages are glossy with picture of every recipe featured in the book. I browsed it and it seems they are so easy to follow. He simplified those elaborate recipes and made the ingredients affordable. One of these days, I will try some of them.

This book is one more treasure to keep.

Crazy Covid


Last night a relative from UK called me up and told me about what they went through first week of December when four of them, she, her husband and two kids were found positive with Covid-19. She got the worse case, she had fever for more than a week, hardness of breathing, tastebud was nil, she kept coughing. She thought she would die. She was crying while narrating her experience with Covid.

“God is merciful”, she said. She held on and spent her time praying while she was isolated. It was the hardest challenge she had to face.

Like cancer, Covid is crazy. You’ll never know if you will live or die. When you are given a second chance at life, everything is a blessing.

Pocket Of Joy


It was a joyful but quiet celebration of meeting 2021 finally. Although firecrakers are prohibited during the general community quarantine, for a few minutes before the new year started and a few minutes after, it was so noisy outside. By 1 am, everything was so quiet.

Mom and I are alone in the house. Josef, Jovy and our two pets spent the new year with Jovy’s grandma. They will stay there until Sunday.

Here’s our simple lunch: a healthy veggie salad with mayo/garlic/vinegar dip, slivers of cheese and thin slices of crisp apple, two rolls embutido and baked macaroni. Blueberry cheese cake and brownies for desserts. Heaven🍎🥒🥬🧀

Turning a new leaf in the calendar of life, another 365 days to make life more meaningful.

Peace and prosperity to all. HAPPY AND BLESSED 2021.

Happy New Year


WELCOME 2021🍇🍈🍊🍋🍎🍏🍓🍒🍑🍐

I’m Lost


Gosh,my computer gave up on me, it suddenly shut down. I am not so good writing on this tab. I’veclearly forgotten how it’s done.

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Mom


This photo earned several “hearts” and “likes” emoticons on Facebook. This is how mom looks now, she is really getting old, hard of hearing, can’t see clearly and sometimes with bouts of forgetting. So glad though that she  still remembers our names, she still can sweep the yard in the morning and play with our four kitties.

Nissa gave that shawl to her as Christmas gift when they came over last December 24. The first one she gave her three years ago was a little darker but equally lovely as this. Those flower designs are embossed on the soft cloth. Mom loves it.

She’ll be turning 92 in a few months. My brother Noel was so happy to see her because they never get to talk anymore over the phone nowadays. Sometimes, she can’t even read those enlarged words I type on my notepad. She gets cranky when she insists that she wants to go home to the province and we say that it is not allowed. She no longer understands the gravity of this pandemic, that older people like her are more susceptible to catch it outside.

That’s mom, blessed to have reached this age still healthy and strong. She plays solitaire every day and watches television even if the sound is muted.

Joy In Small Doses


Eating some left-over macaroni salad, a small bowl of reheated pancit bihon, two slices of Embutido and a hot mug of red berries tea infusion….heaven 🙂

Christmas day was a quiet celebration, a day of thanksgiving, a day of praying harder that we get to go back to pre-Covid days, not being afraid to go out, not being wary of kissing the hands of our elders, not too cautious about kissing and hugging our kids.

If there is one thing that this pandemic taught us, we learned to be closer to our family and to God.

Seeing Nate Again


Nate 12-24-20

Yes, we haven’t seen each other for ten months except through Messenger video chats until today. Another milestone in our lives seeing each other again.

No kisses except tights hugs and “I love you Nate” and “I love you Nonna” in between. He has grown so tall for an eight-year old.

Through the short time that they were here, we had lunch together  and Nate enjoyed playing with my revolving computer chair and he said that he liked it.  Nissa didn’t buy him one at home because she knew he would play  with it.

I gave him a set of pajama and Word Factory. I told him to enjoy playing with her mom and dad. It is a good educational game from seven to adult.

Nissa  and I took lots of pictures of course (for prosperity and remembrance).  We will choose which one to upload later.

I guess I won’t need to cook later for Noche Buena, we still have untouched food inside the ref and I ordered two roasted chicken for later.

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ONE AND ALL.

Kris Kringle


I told you about our Kris Kringle a few days ago at our Sambuhay Interaktib Online,  a program that we watch twice a week anchored by two  Pauline priest friends and a seminarian.  We have become one big family, those who are active at the site but we are scattered.  Some live in Australia, Canada, USA, Hongkong, Italy and even in the Middle East. 

Well, the app was downloaded by one of our members and friend Min helped him with e-mailing those who participated. Yes, there is an app called Secret Santa.  Fr. Pao suggested that everyone could join although it is not compulsory.  We’ll finally have the “reveal” tomorrow via Zoom. My goodness, I am only just learning how it works because I didn’t see the need of downloading the app before.  I wonder how the more than fifty of us would go about it. 

A few hours ago, I received the gift from my Secret Mommy  sent through MrSpeedy, another online delivery option for us here. We were allowed to have a wish list that our Secret Santa could see in the e-mail.  

Despite this pandemic, we could still laugh. I am glad I found this group. Last night, the topic was about previous and memorable times spent during  Christmas.  Everyone has their own story. I am really looking forward to tomorrow’s 115th episode.  Come to think of it, this program was conceptualized by the SSP ( Society of Saint Paul) brothers and priests to make lighter moments and share laughter despite the grave threat of this pandemic.  And we have music in between. Fr. Albert and Bro. AJ have lovely voices. We gained friends in the process. Wonderful 🙂

We are on the seventh day of Simbang Gabi, two more days to go and we’ll complete the novena masses.