Saturday, March 26, 2011

Natural Healing and Herbal Treatment

My Mom loves reading books and her favourites include health and inspirational books. She has collections of these two varieties and never fails to read them always. When my kids get sick she would always give first-aid treatment and advices on natural herbal treatment. She even knows the best remedies for skin and hair problems and recommends tips on choosing skin lotions and hair loss products which proved to be very effective on our relatives. Know what? Her father who happens to be my grandfather also knows a lot about water and herbal treatment on several sicknesses in his time. So probably she got it from his father and we’re the lucky recipients!

Couch Potato

My cousin bought a new 42” LCD TV last week when she found a good deal online. I know that she’s reading some 3d tv reviews before she bought but I never thought that she’s serious about buying one immediately. She’s a couch potato and I know that having a high-definition TV will make her happier now. 

Since she gave birth to her 3rd baby last December she was not able to go back to work and watching shows on television fills her day. She told me that she’s looking for a new job now but she’s very choosy about work location because it will be hard for her now if her work area is very far from her house. I can very well relate to her dilemma as I’ve experienced it all when I was still on corporate office job.

Friday, March 25, 2011

:FF/FTF - Tokwa't Baboy in Tausi (Pork & Tofu in Black Beans)

This dish is one of my fave recipes as most of my entries here :D  I love dozens of tofu recipes and this is one of them.  For me tofu is one amazing food that I can mix with veggies, chicken, fish and pork.  In this recipe I have tofu, pork pigue, black beans, onion, garlic, pepper, salt (optional) and sugar. I prepared tofu chicharon first and set it aside.  Just saute onion, garlic and put pork.  Wait until pork is tender then add black beans without the sauce as it might be too salty.  Add tofu chicharon, pepper, pinch of salt and sugar to taste (around 2 Tbsp).  That's it, so easy and very yummy.

Some use tenga ng baboy (pig ears) for crunchy taste instead of pork pigue or kasim.  Sometimes they combine both.  It depends on your taste and creativity.  

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Thursday, March 24, 2011

Collectible Coins

Ever involve yourself into a collection hobby? Well I had and until now I have my precious collections. I kept my old coins collection but gave the stamp and songbook collection to my nephew in the province. I maintain my coin collection and added the old paper bills collection. I feel good doing it especially when I add some more into my storage.

Now I heard this thing about challenge coin and I became interested with it. It’s easier to have it and you’ll also have your own collectible coin. Really even the oldest form of collection hobby has entered some innovation too as when you order it your design can be seen online. You only have to submit a picture, slogan or logo and you can have the nicest collectible coins ever! I’m thinking now if I will have this kind of collection too.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Getting Hotter!

It’s nice to stay indoors especially when the temperature is hot outside. We’re now back to tropical season and have entered the hot summer season. We’ve had cool temperature for long and it’s hard now to adjust myself to the hot weather. We’re lucky to have a compound with plenty of space for fruit-bearing trees which doesn’t only give us some fruits for eating but a cool shade also in the afternoon. Our visitors would always comment that it’s cooler in our place than any other area in the village. 

When we feel that it’s unbearably hot inside we seek the refuge of our patio area and stay there until we’ve cooled down. I understand why there’s such a need for a good filter and air purifier. It’s good to know that EZ Breathe can do better what other dehumidifier, ionizer and air purifier can’t do to help make the atmosphere fresher and cooler. Oh this season makes me yearn to spend some time in beach vacation house.

Friday, March 18, 2011

::FF/FTF: Ginataang Langka (Unripe Jackfruit in Coco Milk)

This is one of my favorite dishes and I patterned this one from my SIL whose Mom came from the Bicol region. Well the recipe is just the same as what we usually do in Tagalog region. You just sauté garlic, onions followed by unripe jackfruit, coconut milk then salt, pepper and seasoning but instead of pork I used a can of sardines in tomato sauce. You just put everything in the can and mixed it in the simmering jackfruit and coconut milk and that's it. You bet it's so yummy...and economical too. Best for those who don't eat pork on Lenten season too.

Since I learned this recipe I never used pork in ginataang langka again.

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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Don't Buy What You Don't Need

Now that my work is picking up and opportunities are starting to lengthen my working hours I’m planning to save a fixed percentage of my income for our savings. In this kind of job we have where we can earn good if we’ve worked that hard it’s good to have some savings so when low peak season comes we’ll not be caught off guard. Anyway the past two low peak months have passed and I was glad that I didn’t have to apply for cash advance payday loan during those two months.

My earnings from last year saw us through those months and now I can say that I’ve learned my lesson and will continue with saving for my kids’ education and some house project plans. It’s better to be prepared than be at a lost where to find finances for my family. Some nuggets of wisdom from my Mom made me realized that she’s right in saying ‘Don’t buy what you don’t need and do not need what you can’t buy.’ In these times of uncertainty when countries are in chaos and disasters attack various countries we should be able to practice being frugal and save for the rainy days.

Friday, March 11, 2011

::FF/FTF: Home-Made Street Food

This is the famous kwek-kwek sold in most streets which is either duck  or chicken boiled egg fried with breaded sauce.  It's very popular here but I don't buy it in streets for  personal and sanitary reasons.  I don't judge all but some vendors are not so clean in preparing the sauce that's why I decided to cook it on my own for my kids and the whole family as they want to try this very yummy-looking eggs they usually see on streets.

I've included stages of preparation here just in case you want to try it.  First boil the eggs, remove the shells and cut lengthwise.  Prepare the dipping sauce which is basically water, flour, salt, pepper and some other seasoning of your choice, I used Magic sarap here.   You could also add a pinch of food color  to the sauce for a more palatable look. Dip the cut boiled eggs to the mixed sauce, roll in flour and deep fry.  

Dip the fried egg in your desired sauce - you can use catsup, vinegar sauce with garlic and onions or any other.  I always dip it in my special vinegar sauce mix for a more exciting taste. Warning: don't eat more than 2 servings if you're on diet lol!

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Monday, March 7, 2011

Safe Relief

My Mom is very healthy at her age of 78 and she’s turning 79 this coming May. She lived eating healthy foods and practiced a healthy lifestyle. Her only sickness is her arthritis and when it’s cold it attacks her most often. She tried taking medication but realized that she should be taking natural methods instead. We bought several effective liniments and oil to help her ease her pain when she felt the pain of arthritis. 

Few years back some students of physical therapy visited her on weekly basis and gave her massage therapy. That didn’t last though because they were assigned to faraway place. Anyway I just remembered it now when I saw massage therapy program online and thought of reliving those days of therapy for Mom. Well that is, if she will allow it because she told me she’s satisfied with the herbal oil she’s using. The herbal oil was given by my father’s cousin and she loves it, just like a best friend to her.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

His Own Preferences

My little boy and I dropped by to my friend’s shop because I have to give her something. And because we’re in such hurry we forgot to bring our protection from rain. I’m just relieved that I made my little boy wear his cap because when we arrived home the rain started to fall. I told Josh that I will buy new hats for him like Kangol hats I saw this month so he can be protected from heat and slight showers of rain. I love looking at various hats and caps displayed in the site and I’ve already picked one or two that I like best. I have to show it to Josh so he can approve it. He has his own likings and preferences now.

Friday, March 4, 2011

:FF/FTF: Seoul Barbecue's Japchae

This is one of the foods we ate at Seoul Barbecue on my former boss' birthday last December.  I still have to post on my main blog our meeting with him 3 days before his birthday.  It's supposed to be our treat to him but he paid the bills lol!  It's one of Sir Bob's favorite resto along Libis, it's also where he treats us for lunch meetings.  Riz, Osang and I resigned from BT&T for over a year, the two left earlier than me, and we thought of having some kind of reunion birthday treat for our dear boss.  Our friend/officemate Win who is currently employed there joined us.

Anyway that is Japchae, a Korean dish made from cellophane noodles called dangmyeon), stir fried in sesame oil with various vegetables (typically thinly-sliced carrots, onion, spinach, and mushrooms), sometimes served with beef, and flavoured with soy sauce, and sweetened with sugar. It is usually served garnished with sesame seeds and slivers of chili. It may be served either hot or cold (as per wikipedia def.)

I'm not much into Korean dishes as I find some of their dishes too hot but I love the taste of Japchae particularly the noodles and the combination of spices put into it.

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