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May 24, 2008

My Condolences....

.........To those families grieving In China and Myanmar...my condolences.... Believe me, these were devastating to know.

Whom doesnt know about this tragedy?

Tragedy after tragedy in just a snap of a finger...my heart is crying, and I couldn't watch it... i couldnt even look at them on tv... its beyond imaginable!

Natural Disaster that killed more than 40 thousand people (Myanmar and 51 thousand and counting in China).... if my figure is right... I can imagine how many children were included... those helpless kids .... why did all these happen?


Is this some kind of a curse? karma? or the effect of neglect to our nature.....
More likely!And if we continue neglecting our responsibility to Mother Earth, not just calamities like these are going to kill our children... and who can protect them?

 Excuses excuses! Everything in this world is link to each other... cause and effect.... nobody to blame but ourselves... and lets not start pointing fingers! Lets just do what we can to help... REACT positively... I know some of you are living a life that feels like no meaning at all...here is your chance to put meaning back into your life... stop doubting... REACT and see what it leads to... our lack of sensitivity is the PROBLEM itself. Make a difference!


The same reason why we are all here... to love one another, to care for each other, not to trample nor to outsmart...but to HELP.


So many people are asking for HELP because they just dont have means...they just cant do it alone... and yet it only pass through deaf ears...


If anyone of u who has means... Dont hesitate to donate. And to those who only have enough to feed their families ...your PRAYER is more than enough. And just do whatever you can to recycle and not contribute with the EARTH's destruction.




To the people of CHINA and MYANMAR....May God give u hope...in the midst of all these. I know how it feels... believe me I know.

And to u who doesnt know, who doesnt care...may these tragedy never happen to u!

May 13, 2008

Double Celebration- Son's Birthday and Mother's Day

Food/gifts/guest







Here are the pics that I promised to post...



May 11th, marked my son's 11th birthday and 11 years of love and pain we shared together. But this year its kinda unique coz on his birthday was also a date where MOM's like me were being recognized for our hardwork and job well done in taking care of the family and their welfare. Not only that... as a daughter I was able to put emphasize on showing my MOM how grateful I am to her too... Id like to share with all these pics I took during the said occasion.



Seeing my son happy on his special day is more than a gift anyone can give me... and because I knew he was so happy... that alone made this Mother's day celebration a Happy one for me!





May 4, 2008

DELICIOUS BEEF PARES RECIPE!



A lot of people are asking for this RECIPE.... That is the reason I wanted to share mine.  This is one of the most famous food available in the Philippines and its everywhere...But very few will actually give you the right recipe for it. ;) But I will!



Ingredients:

1/2 kilo beef brisket or camto boiled until tender ( about 1 1/2 hour depending on the thickness of the meat...preferably slow cooked, reserve the broth)

Marinade:
1/4 cup soy sauce
1 tsp black pepper
1/4 cup sugar



For Sauteing:
2 tbsp ginger
1 cloves garlic crushed
1 medium size onion chopped

4 cups beef broth
2 pieces star anise
sesame seeds or oil (optional)
1 - tsp flour (optional )



Procedure:
Boil meat until tender, reserve the broth.
Marinate the tender beef brisket on the marinade ingredients for 30 minutes.... Set aside.
 After 30 minutes or so...

Saute ginger, garlic and onion ... while doing this ... drain the meat from its marinade, put them in the pan and saute for 5 to 10 minutes... till it dries up and its just oil sizzling the meat...
 Pour the beef broth and let simmer. About 15 minutes. Put the remaining  soy sauce marinade and simmer for another 5 minutes. Put 1-2 pcs of star anise... simmer some more... check your meat. When the meat is very tender dissolve the flour in 1/4 cup water then mix this gradually to the simmering beef while stirring to avoid forming lumps( Do this only if u want the sauce to be  a bit thick.) Let simmer until flour taste is gone. 
Season according to your taste. If u want it to be more sweet u can always add additional sugar . That's it! This will taste better the next day folks...


Why is this called BEEF PARES?



Pares literally means "PAIR"... because this meat dish is best served warm with fried rice   ( i liked mine with lots of toasted garlic and spring onions on top) and beef soup   (i like mine spicy so i preferred it with chili garlic oil.)




How to make beef soup?

Using some of the reserved broth u can modify the taste by using beef cubes, some black pepper and salt to taste... let simmer....and put some spring onion on top... and while its hot serve immediately...


May 1, 2008

Bataan Trip....

Foggy and green... this is what u can see at the shrine




Mt. Samat, Bataan



Raven Resort

LOBBY ROOM


POOL AREA





No i didnt go there personally but seeing all these pics felt like I was there too. Soon i wanted to see this particular place. Y?


My family happen to live here back when I was still a small girl( my mom and dad used to tell us stories of how our life was ) . My father used to work in the now Mothballed Bataan Nuclear Powerplant and he has to bring us all there...it was just me, my brother jeriko, my mom and dad~ my other two siblings wasnt born yet then ...we used to play in the beach and we had native friends who trade a newly hunted animals for a canned sardines...lolz! And we had lots of sardines with us..
.... this is my main reason why i wanted to see this place again.... especially the water... I knew and can still recall that we live near the water... its still vivid in my memories how the water reached my feet ...and it was sunset....

The resort you see in the pics above is called Raven Resort ... u can find it in Abucay, Bataan. Tho the place is far from the city and yet it was jam packed with travellers . But located in the superhghway so its still accesible.

A friend of mine said some bad and good things about the resort... that it has a weak water supply, the rooms are fairly clean but one of the comfort room that our family friends stayed at she complained has lizard poo..eiwz...lolz! Im not trying to be mean okay... just telling what i heard... i mean if ur the person who wanted to spend money on something would u not want to at least enjoy it? So I say this is Not good for people who are accustomed to staying in a five star hotel when travelling. The aircon? they are kind enough to uninstall it to replace with a better one twice...cuz its not functioning well... too bad their stay isnt much for them to know why the place is frequented by many people... is it because they dont have much choice?lolz! Well I hope not...