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Gosh, I was about to “press this” my new blog  post  on Nate from my other blog https://nonnaarlene.wordpress.com/2020/09/05/making-it-simple/  to share it here on Dreams and Escapes when it switched to block editor while I was about to post it  here. My goodness, whereas before  the link is automatically posted, now it is only the title that I see.

Crazy. I don’t want to switch to block editor yet. It is making the post complicated.

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More than a week ago, I talked to one of my nieces (wife of my nephew  from a  first cousin). They have also set up a small business aside from their old one. They called it  Breadville. So we talked about  the different breads that they make – cookies, muffins. the latest craze now here called ube pandesal,  banana bread and cakes too. Tina learned baking when she stayed in Ireland for a year. I was surprised this afternoon when she called me up asking for our address because Jeff wanted to send banana bread so I could taste their products. I told them, “baka malugi kayo” because deliveries are definitely costly aside from the bread of course. They were generous enough to send me these two loaves of banana bread…..yummy!

The one we opened have different nuts on top and it is so delicious. Paired it with a new blend of Twinings’ Four Red Fruits and it’s perfect.

What blessings!

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My gosh, I got so excited when I saw it.  There are several designs actually and all with Biblical passages. One of the vendors in our  subdivision is selling them. Although I have lots of cloth face masks,  I’ve been using one since I was operated on eleven years ago, I bought this because I love the message it conveys.

I may not have the chance to use it, I have more than a dozen washable face masks here and also N-95 and  ordinary surgical masks.  I like looking at it and  I am uplifted by its message.

BE STRONG AND COURAGEOUS!

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I was surprised to receive a message from Nissa early this morning asking me to add Nate to my list of contacts on Messenger.  Only Messenger is installed on my tab, no FB because I use it for my e-books. Nate prefers video chat where he can see me. Our conversation goes like this:

Nate: Hello Nonna  (with so many love emoticons). I Love you.

Nonna: Love you too baby. so glad to see you online.

Nate: I am studying. (Nissa says he had live lessons a couple of hours ago).

Nonna: Study well and please don’t go out.

Nate: I won’t Nonna.

A few minutes ago  he called me up again and he said he is on a class break.  I asked him if he is enjoying his online study and he said, he does. Well and good. Nissa created Nate’s messenger account so they could talk when she is at the office. He knows how to send a text message now but is still quite slow. Oh my gosh, my message chat box is full of emoticons from him. Now we think of it, I know it is not that healthy to let kids stay too long in front of their tab or PC but that is the new normal now….online learning. They could adopt to it but there is still a need for supervision from parents especially those kids as young as Nate. A teacher friend told me that only two hours continuous stay in front of a computer is allowed and in-between they should rest.  Nate said his class is until 1:30 pm.

This pandemic is changing lives and we are forced to adopt to it.

 

 

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Been taking hot tea the whole day. It is a little cold here and you can hear the thunder in the distance. Before lunch, Jovy went out to buy ingredients for our afternoon snack. We were all craving for those traditional recipes like ginataang mais. (coconut milk rice pudding with sweet corn).

It’s the first time in years that I’ve tasted it again. We used malagkit (sticky rice), coconut cream in pouches, 2 cans of corn kernels and a little sugar to taste. I gave a tub to our neighbor and he said it was yummy. I agree.

I also ordered two boxes of our famous Hopia in two different flavors. Hopia is a Filipino-Chinese pastry with different fillings. It is known in Asia than anywhere else. Here, I took a shot too.

belVita has become a favorite. Perfect with a hot cup of tea. This time, it’s Wild berry. I love experimenting on different fruit tea flavors.

Gosh, I am ashamed. When you are on a lockdown, sometimes all you think is about food. We are again on modified enhanced community quarantine until August 18. So far we have the highest number of days of lockdown period but still, COVID positive individuals are still rising every day. So really sad.

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Been busy the last three days. Ah, just busy reading and watching Josef and Jovy revive their small business.  It is the “in” thing now, online selling to friends, relatives and neighbors. This time though, they partnered with a former classmate of Jovy in their culinary arts class at DLSU-St. Benilde.  He does the cooking and Jovy and  Josef are in-charge of marketing the product.  There is another friend who prepares the brownies and crinkles.

Yesterday, there were so many orders of  baked kani mango sushi, chocolate crinkles, brownies and cookies. For the first time, I tasted baked sushi. Boy, what a heavenly taste. Just love it. It is a little expensive though because the ingredients are complete – Japanese rice, mango, kani, cream cheese, cucumber, Japanese mayonnaise, nori sheets  and some other ingredients I am not familiar with. We had it again for dinner tonight with spaghetti and milk tea. I don’t drink milk tea though because I don’t like milk. It seems like those rolled/sliced California maki are no longer popular here.

The baked sushi are priced differently according to size.

 

Mini red velvet crinkles, choco chips, supreme walnut brownies and fudgy brownies.

 

We had this again for dinner this evening – kani mango sushi bake.

Online food business is really that good. There were more orders today picked up by Grab Food for delivery to different places here in Metro Manila.

 

 

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The best way to relax on a gloomy afternoon!

 

 

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I was inspired by Wilma’s photo on giraffes and I thought of the cross stitch I did years ago on the same subject. Back in the nineties, one of the Asst. Vice-Presidents (my boss) of the bank taught some of us to do cross stitching. I was hooked making so many projects some of which I gifted to my close friends. I even joined exhibits before. My eyesight is no longer that good for those small stitches. Here’ s a frame of my own giraffe Wilma. It’s still has pride of place in one corner of our wall.

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We were at the garden this afternoon including Oreo. He has now learned to bark or whine when he wants to go out and pee. Dogs are intelligent, aren’t they?  When we are outside and are busy, we make him sit on the ledge of the front window. He couldn’t jump because it is high. Good thing he is friendly with our other dog Noki but when he is inside the car and Noki shows his face near it, he barks. Quite territorial. He goes with Josef and Jovy  when they visit the latter’s  grandma every week.

I took a photo of him earlier. I think he needs another trim, I could barely see his eyes.

 

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Saw this early this morning while I was watering our Arius tree. I thought at first it was deformed leaves eaten by some insects. Look at that monochromatic shade of its wings. I wonder if this is a butterfly. It didn’t move while I was taking some shots. If this is a butterfly, I guess it would have flown when I touched it but it didn’t.

Could you help me identify it? This is bigger than a moth.

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