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>> Tuesday, December 24, 2013

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Sold at the Bus

>> Monday, December 2, 2013





For some weird idea, I thought the man selling these goodies is a rock star. Hahaha.. I think he looks like the guy seen online where millennia pro-audio at guitar center was featured. Well, I may have crazy notions of things sometimes, but I really thought I was so right. Hahaha.. 

I bought these babies as pasalubong for Lili while we were yet on our way to Oroquieta. A student was selling them for additional income to augment school expenses and help in his educational journey in one way or another.. 


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Loot from the Garden (From Oroquieta with Love)



One of our friends in the business, who opened a nutrition club in Oroquieta City, gave us these treats when we left two weekends ago, after their grand opening.. 

They actually served us lots of Pomelo and since we mentioned that Paku or Wild Fern is one of our favorites, they wanted to send us this full bag.. 


Oh, but we gingerly declined and brought with us only 1/3 of the bag of freshly harvested wild fern, right from their garden.. 



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On Tables and Memories

>> Saturday, November 30, 2013

I have been planning to buy a new table and I am dreaming of a rev-a-shelf lazy susan, but I find it really expensive. Anyway, I know I can find a table that is as nice as the one I am dreaming of, but then again, dreams can come true too.

I remember the lazy susan of our neighbor back when I was small, where we neighborhood kids would find it difficult to even just sit on the dining chairs, lol. Seriously, we were very small then.. 

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Jana's

>> Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Bought three items tonight from Jana's. They are my pasalubong for Lili..
I hope she likes them..
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Busy Week Past & Future

>> Saturday, November 9, 2013

It's been a busy week for me. I wish I could just fire up some steaks and hotdogs but they are not part of my diet anymore so I simply resolve to drinking my shakes, which I love, by the way. Now I can not help but think about the crown xls that I am supposed to find for a dear friend, but I have been procrastinating. Probably because the busy week that passed still has its toll on my body. Or at least rest wants to embrace it. 

Anyhow, I am excited for what is to come. Although I know it will still be a busy one, I anticipate it will be awesome.. 



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Happy Lunch..

>> Sunday, November 3, 2013







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Thank You for the Durian..

>> Saturday, October 12, 2013



Our friend and co-member gave us Durian. Unfortunately, I can not eat Durian at this time as it is very high for Cholesterol and glycemic index. 


But then, my siblings and Lili love the fruit. 


Thank you Thank you Thank you Manong.. 



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Little Girl is Craving for Shawarma

>> Friday, October 11, 2013



When Lili craves for something, I usually give in because it is not always that she asks me for something. I take it as a reward for her hard work in school as well as for being a good daughter. 


She is not choosy and her cravings are always simple. But now that I am into my program, and my food is limited to protein, she is also aligning her cravings to those where she can still spend time with me. So for Shawarma, she asked me for Chicken flavored Shawarma so I can also eat. 



That's how thoughtful Lili is. Applying the Law of Attraction, who wouldn't want to give more to this adorable, thoughtful gift from the Universe.. 



I love you Bhabie.. Thank you Thank You Thank you for being you.. 




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My Day is Cool!

>> Wednesday, October 9, 2013

I am waiting for my lunchmates here at the Nutrition Club for a healthy meal. Later, I will have to think about fasteners at reidsupply.com then I'd be off for school for my classes. I would have lots of things to do today, but I will be okay. I know that for sure. I am happy--- just happy... 

Anyway, I will be attending a meeting with our department head and I am sure I will get lots of pointers from her this afternoon. 


 
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Anti-diet Yummies...

>> Thursday, September 12, 2013




The kiddies love them both...


Me? I am speechless... Well, just a tinee weennie bit was all I could partake.. bwahahahaha


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OH MY! Fetus Shaped Jackfruit

>> Monday, September 9, 2013



At first glance, what do u see? I though Kukit was bringing with her a baby placed in a plastic bag, hahaha..
But lo, and behold! A Jackfruit! A jackfruit that is shaped like a human fetus..
See???


Thank you Mike Abonitalla for this.. Yum! At least, that trip to the trailer dealers was worth it! We all loved the yummy sweet jackfruit, freshly picked from my dear friend's garden..


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Lunch: Chicken in Mung Bean and Malunggay Soup plus 2 Fishes

>> Monday, August 26, 2013




Yummy lunch. Healthy and hearty.


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Because Frying Chicken is Monotonous

>> Wednesday, August 21, 2013




Boiled my chicken yesterday, and drowned them bits and pieces with spices.. Yummy!



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Spicy Sausage and Tomato Macaroni



It's a rainy afternoon and I feel like it's perfect for a selfmade recipe.. The kids love pasta, so I cooked them some pasta for merienda..

I actually used two kinds of home made sausages which are sold by co-teachers at our school. I sauteed onions and garlic using sesame oil before adding the sausages, mincing them in the process.. 

When the sausages were cooked evenly, I added cubed tomatoes. And continued sauteing. Added some spices: Oregano, Basil, Thyme, Black Pepper, Spanish Paprika, Cayenne Pepper and more sesame oil.

Before I started preparing cooking the sausages and tomatoes, I have already boiled the pasta to which I added sesame oil and some spices. When the pasta was half cooked, I removed it from heat and started cooking the sausage and tomatoes. 

I added the pasta to the sausage and tomatoes mix, and below is the end result. Before serving, I added some more of the spices used, plus two tablespoon of mustard. 

I guess this is what is called cheating.. I finished a saucerful of my recipe, lol..

But I had my usual tea, instead of the ice cold coke that everyone else in the house had.. 

So this is truly a celebration for me huh? Hahahaha.. I can imagine myself playing mitchell lurie clarinet reeds.. Hahaha.. Happiness!


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Because It's The 3rd Month..





I have not been eating what are deemed "bad" for the diet program that I am in. But today is a special day so I gave myself a chance to eat some.

Our compound have this huge Mango Tree with huge Mangoes that are quite many these days. We were lucky to have been given some by our landlord, so the household enjoyed a plateful.. but of course, in my case, just one tiny bit was all I have rewarded myself. 



It was quite long time already that I have not eaten Green Mango. Mangoes are not good for my diet, whether it's ripe or unripe because of the high glycemic content of the said fruit. 


For lunch, my household enjoyed the Lamb cooked Adobo-style by my sister, and I also rewarded myself by eating some tiny bits. I am not sure if lamb or even goat meat are good or bad, but I just couldn't take the risk. A tiny portion is all I needed just for taste, and I feel I am okay. 


Today marks the 3rd month of my diet program, and because I have lost 32.8 lbs in the 3 months that I have been religiously using the products and the meal plan, I am convinced that in the next few months, achieving the 106 lbs goal will be easy.. I am 91.4 lbs away but I have the best products, and the best coaches, so what more can I ask for? I just need to invest in this program as much as I am investing in myself. 

Yes, good health and proper nutrition is attainable, though temptations are there every so often, still, it boils down to discipline. I can do it! And it's gonna be worth it in the end!



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Expanding

>> Tuesday, August 20, 2013

 There are some very unique specialty food stores and markets appearing in towns and cities across the US that may seem like unlikely options for many grocery hunters. The truth is, many of these smaller-style food venues offer competitive pricing, hard-to-find ingredients, and some of the freshest produce and meats available locally. When perusing the retailers and markets of distinctive regions, seek out some of the less-commercialized and less-expansive options to find some fantastic items and garner some culinary inspiration!

Many consumers may overlook small ethnic grocery stores, thinking that the prices and the selection may not suit their family's food needs. While this is possible, there are also some perks to patronizing these stores. Not only does shopping in these smaller businesses boost the local economy, but it could eliminate tireless searches for specific ingredients needed for particular ethnic recipes. For example, small Hispanic markets found in some North Carolina towns offer an impressive array of produce that rivals any farmer's market, and the odd-looking fish displayed are "fresh-off-the-boat" in terms of quality. Browsing these venues may serve to inspire many home-cooks into trying something different, and may make some consumers feel a bit like Chantal Royer, combing the nooks and crannies of the world in search of the finest cuisine offered!

Those feeding families or that have some less-experimental palates in the home may find that many ethnic meals served are met with cynicism or resistance. It is okay to adapt and modify recipes when this is an issue; also, most people that claim to not care for specific foods or ingredients likely have never tried them before. Another approach might be to stick with family favorites, such as chicken, and serving it in a completely new way. Kids that eat chicken might argue that they don't like Thai food, yet when skewered and served with a delicious peanut dipping sauce, they will gobble it up! Encourage children from an early age to try and expand their food horizons, and motivate them to try something new and different. While many dishes may not evolve into becoming family favorites, it will serve to teach children about the world beyond their own kitchen. 

A practical approach to expanding the kitchen and pantry to accommodate new and exciting recipes may include some initial investment costs. Some ingredients called for may be considered expensive; don't try to stock up on exotic ingredients all at once. A less-painful approach may be to pick up one or two items during weekly shopping trips, and slowly build a repertoire of items over the course of time. An example may include Saffron, which is an expensive item to buy as it is made from the carefully harvested stamens of a particular flower grown. Saffron is mild, though unique, in flavor and a little goes a long way; it is responsible for the warm, buttery color that it gives to dishes such as yellow rice frequently served in Hmong eateries. 

For those that want to experiment but that are concerned about buying large amounts of unique items, visit a local health food store or market. These retail venues often offer such ingredients in bulk, which means that consumers can buy as little or as much as they wish. This enables experiential cooks to purchase just enough of an herb, grain, or other food stuff to prepare a particular meal or recipe, without wasting or having surplus left over. This tactic also keeps expenses at a minimum when trying to prepare particular dishes that might otherwise hurt the weekly food budget.


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Biko Topped with Ube Halaya

>> Monday, August 19, 2013







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