30 Apr 2008

Quiche Cake


Time for new recipe.. I've just finished making Quiche Cake earlier and it taste really good. My mother-in-law taught me how to make it during my first few weeks here in UK but I've never make this recipe alone. I guess its time for me to try this new recipe alone and choose the filling I want to put in.. Here's the result of my Obra. I'll give credit to my mother-in-law for teaching me this recipe. Try it guys and you'll love it. Perfect for Snacks or to those who are on diet co'z I chose vegetable fillings on it. Visit yummy.com for complete details on how to make this piece of cake lolz. Enjoy it!

28 Apr 2008

Someday MTV - by nina

I just love this song .. This is one of Nina's best song..

27 Apr 2008

The Fall Result!

I can't sleep today! My lower extremities are still achin'. And I am not happy to inform you that I had a Palm Size Bruise on my Bum-Bum. That makes me miss the eggplant in the Philippines. And I've got a free one... Hehe... Is it obvious that I can't still forget about yesterday.. Sus! Now to my co-bloggers who are reading this post, feel free to comment for the best possible cure... Thanks in advance.. :D

Free Pinoy Channel

Hi guys.. I'm back again to blogging. Yesterday I was chatting to my friend's cousin who also lived here in UK too. She's one of my batchmate wayback home when we are trying to get the chances in going to Japan. Who will ever tell that our future will be settled here in United Kingdom? Unbelievable, Ayt?! I'm glad to know that I can have one of my acquaintance in my college days. Thanks to Ate Jane!

We've chatted hours while Jamie and Dad are having an afternoon nap. I asked her what's keeping her busy and what was her hobbies there. Of course she had a son to take care and some part time work but what I mean is does she have TFC ( The Filipino Channel) to watch to? She said she dont have any cable subscription or whatever. She's just visiting this site called PINOY CHANNEL ( if you're interested click this site) and she can freely watch all the Philippine shows whether its on GMA7 or ABS-CBN. Good isn't it? and its completely FREE! All you need is just internet and you can browse and watch all the programs you want to watch (including every episodes of the program). Its more like Youtube and Veoh but the difference is that this site uploads more Pinoy Program.Try it and you will see what I mean. I just tried watching some of the programs and its working properly to mine. Highly recommended for all my homesick kababayan! Thanks for taking care of the Filipinos abroad and also to those uploaders who patiently uploads programs that entertains us across the sea. Cheers!

26 Apr 2008

Edna is Falling down...

Yeah right.. this is not one of my lucky day ... I have just receive a very good news we are all waiting for nearly one month. My RESIDENT PERMIT. That means, I can stay for 2 years more.And I'm free to work without the need for Working Permit. We were all excited that makes me feel like I am walking in cloud nine but just after chatting tonight at 7Pm I fell on the stairs!.. You heard me right! The cloud nine I'm imagining turned out to be the deadly stairs of the day. Its about 8 steps stairs and I was so embarrased. The incident spoiled my excitement! Dad is running fast trying to save me and asking if I am ok while bouncing. Tsk! Tsk..And Jamie is shockingly shouting, "Carefull!" while watching me bouncing down ( haha)..Poor me! Funny yet painful really.. I really can't feel any after reaching the bottom part of the stair. Im telling them I'm fine ..I felt like its like a dream or should I say I'm in shock and my mind is flying. When I told Jamie about that he told me the same .. it was like a dream like its not happening in real. Imagine? Watching me bouncing down ( Not so gentleman! hehe kidding!) He was shock though! And that will explain why he didn't run and save me (He is Kapitan Boom a.k.a Hari ng Sablay huhuhu) Well I go straight to the kitchen after that accident and while I am cooking the dinner I felt like something was broken in my back.. and my Bum-bum was really painful. I won't be shock if there are big bruises tomorrow but at least nothing worst happen than that.Not all people can do a quick fall like that( I'm Super Girl a.k.a. Reyna ng Sablay). Jamie keeps on telling me that it was really a nasty fall.. haha .. Gosh this is my first ever fall in my whole life.. I mean at this age hehe.. ( I might had the same fall when I was young but not in this age yay!) Cheering me up a bit, Dad said " its not only you who fell from that stairs. I fell there many times!" Now it figures how this stairs became deadly.. Anyway, bad things really happen sometimes.. and there are some memories to look and to laugh back on. Nasty memories Geezz! .. (Ouch!) I guess its really time to move house.. I want a longer and spirral stairs so when I slip again theres more thrill reaching the bottom ... Wohoo..

21 Apr 2008

Concert Day ...

Its about 6:00 Pm today when I started singing. Just thought of singing when I woke up earlier, so I finish all my household choirs first, made some Tea and quickly installed the magic sing in our 5.1 Surround Speaker. I feel like I am having a concert and realized that I'm having fun.
I enjoyed it, although it was not as fun as when I'm doing it in the Philippines. Here I'm singing alone while in the Philippines we do it with a bottle of tequila and with lots of Pulutan infront of us. Sometimes you can't even hold the mic coz someone has reserve lots of songs before you. One thing that you will really miss in the Philippines is that Pinoy loves singing no matter how you sing it or how you pronounce the words. What really matters is that you are enjoying it with your friends or family. Really miss those times.
When I sang " Manila", Jamie is in a deep thought and told me that he misses the Philippines. Like he can't wait to go back there. He remembered when tatay dedicated a song to him. You see what I mean. Philippines is really different in any ways that foreign people loving so much. The experience is alive and totally new to them yet fun and exciting. I told him we will be going home in the right time and if we have savings. Coz I feel like going home too ... I hope to happen that soon ...
Anyway, I guess thats all for now before I burst into tears ( kidding!) Its nearly 12:00 Midnight now. And I think I really need to park my fingers and have a good night sleep. That was an awesome concert by the way. Sad to say I only have one fan watching... and thats my Husby... :) I'll be expecting some banners next time .. L.O.L.

Household Tips

Hi guys, I'm back again from blogging. I just checked my old emails and this email caught my attention. It will be more useful if I can share it with you guys.. Here are some suggestions that can help your household choirs more easier... Try it!
1. How many of these did you know about?A sealed envelope - Put in the freezer for a few hours, then slide a knife under the flap.The envelope can then be resealed.(hmmmmmm...)
2. Use Empty toilet paper roll to store appliance cords.It keeps them neat and you can write on the roll what appliance it belongs to.
3. For icy door steps in freezing temperatures: get warm water and put Dawn dishwashing liquid in it.Pour it all over the steps.They won't refreeze.(wish I had known this for the last 40 years)!4. To remove old wax from a glass candle holder, put it in the freezer for a few hours. Then take the candle holder out and turn it upside down.The wax will fall out.
5. Crayon marks on walls?This worked wonderfully!A damp rag, dipped in baking soda.Comes off with little effort (elbow grease that is)!
6. Permanent marker on appliances/counter tops (like store receipt BLUE!) rubbing alcohol on paper towel.
7. Whenever I purchase a box of S.O.S Pads, I immediately take a pair of scissors and cut each pad into halves.After years of having to throw away rusted and unused and smelly pads, I finally decided that this would bemuch more economical.And now a box of S.O.S pads last me indefinitely!In fact, I have noticed that the scissors get sharpened this way!
8. Blood stains on clothes?Not to worry!Just pour a little hydrogen peroxide on a cloth and proceed to wipe off every drop of blood.Works every time!Now,where to put the body?LOL
9. Use vertical strokes when washing windows outside and horizontal for inside windows.This way you can tell which side has the streaks. Straight vinegar will get outside windows really clean.Don't wash windows on a sunny day.They will dry too quickly and will probably streak.
10. Spray a bit of perfume on the light bulb in any room to create a lovely light scent in each room when the light is turned on.
11. Place fabric softener sheets in dresser drawers and your clothes will Smell freshly washed for weeks to come.You can also do this with towels and linen.
12. Candles will last a lot longer if placed in the freezer for at least 3 hours prior to burning.
13. To clean artificial flowers, pour some salt into a paper bag and add the flowers.Shake vigorously as the salt will absorb all the dust and dirt and leaveyour artificial flowers looking like new!Works like a charm!
14. To easily remove burnt on food from your skillet, simply add a drop or two of dish soap and enough water to cover bottom of pan, and bring to a boil onstovetop.
15. Spray your TUPPERWARE with nonstick cooking spray before pouring in tomato based sauces and there won't be any stains.
16. Wrap celery in aluminum foil when putting in the refrigerator and it will keep for weeks.
17. When boiling corn on the cob, add a pinch of sugar to help bring out the corn's natural sweetness.
18. Cure for headaches: Take a lime, cut it in half and rub it on your forehead.The throbbing will go away.
19. Don't throw out all that leftover wine: Freeze into ice cubes for future use in casseroles and sauces. Left over wine?What's that?!:)
20. To get rid of itch from mosquito bites, try applying soap on the area and you will experience instant relief.
21. Ants, ants, ants everywhere .....Well, they are said to never cross a chalk line.So get your chalk out and draw a line on the floor or wherever ants tend tomarch.See for yourself.
22. Use air freshener to clean mirrors.It does a good job and better still, leaves a lovely smell to the shine.
23. When you get a splinter, reach for the scotch tape before resorting to tweezers or a needle.Simply put the scotch tape over the splinter, then pull it off.Scotch tape removes most splinters painlessly and easily.
24. Now look what you can do with Alka Seltzer.
25. Clean a toilet.Drop in two Alka Seltzer tablets, wait twenty minutes,brush and flush.The citric acid and effervescent action clean vitreous China.
26. Clean a vase. To remove a stain from the bottom of a glass vase orcruet, fill with water and drop in two Alka Seltzer tablets.
27. Polish jewelry. Drop two Alka Seltzer tablets into a glass of waterand immerse the jewelry for two minutes.
28. Clean a thermos bottle.Fill the bottle with water, drop in four Alka Seltzertablets, and let soak for an hour (or longer, if necessary).
29. Unclog a drain.Clear the sink drain by dropping three Alka Seltzertablets down the drain followed by a cup of Heinz White Vinegar.Wait a few minutes, then run the hot water.

20 Apr 2008

NBN Quotable Quotes

Earlier today, I read a newspaper that states about the NBN Issues. It seems to me that the issue about it is fading away. Rarely heard it on the news from the past week either. The bottomline here is that the issue remains unresolved.

Going back to what I read, the thing that got my attention was the so-called NBN Quotable Quotes. These are the statements made famous by Lozada ( The NBN Star Witness ).

" Sir bubukol po 'yan. Napakalaki niyan." - Lozada to Abalos when Abalos allegedly told him to protect his $130 million commission from the project.

"You moderate their greed." - Romulo Neri, as recounted by Lozada, when Lozada told Neri that Abalos was asking him to protect $130 Million as commission from the NBN Project.

"She's evil." - Romulo Nero, as recounted by Jun Lozada, in reference to President Gloria Arroyo during a meeting Neri and Lozada had with Senators Ping Lacson and Jamby Madrigal at the Asian Institute of Management sometime in December 2007. Lacson and Madrigal corroborated Lozada's claims. Later, several people, including former Jose de Venecia's Wife, Gina de Venecia recounted how in several occassions Neri called GMA Evil.

"Probinsiyanong Intsik lang po ako." - Lozada while explaining why he initially didn't want to appear before the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee.

"I've seen the ugly side of the state. If they use it against the citizens, we can't do anything." - Lozada regarding his alleged kidnapping.

"Ang salitang Pilipino ay hindi lamang nangangahulugan ng pamilya. Ang salitang Pilipino ay nangangahulugan din ng bayan.. Bayang Pilipino." - Lozada on what he's learned upon coming out with his expose'.

"As to the Senate's summons for ZTE to appear in the hearing, ZTE cannot allow itself to be dragged into any political circus." ZTE Statement on its refusal to appear before the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee.

TAGS:

Probinsiyanong Intsik - Jun Lozada

Bigboy - First Gentlemen Mike Arroyo

Ma'm - President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo

ES - Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita

Sec - former Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Romulo Neri

Chairman - Former commission on Elections Chariman Benjamin Abalos

J.Lo - Jun Lozada


I find it hilarious. But somehow makes me think what will happen next after this heroic action made by Jun Lozada. I'm still hoping for the best result at the end of the day. Source




19 Apr 2008

Shocking News

Yesterday I was shocked on the news I've watched in TV Patrol via TFC. " Bus crash kills 9 , 20 Injured in Pantabangan". A D-Liner Bus plunged into a ravine in Pantabangan Nueva Ecija. Out of 9 Dead, 2 are identified and the investigation are still ongoing among the other passengers. I asked Jamie to call my mom to check if she's okay as I was talking to her the other night. But theres no way we can contact her as its past midnight in the Philippines. Still hoping that nothing happens to her.
According to the news " the brakes on the bus apparently malfunctioned as it was negotiating a sharp curve on an unpaved highway in Pantabangan town in Nueva Ecija province. The bus crashed into an 82-foot-deep ravine. Five men and four women were killed in the accident. At least 20 other passengers, including a child, were brought to hospitals.

It was not clear how many people had been on the bus because some of the injured were taken to hospitals by passing cars before police arrived. The bus driver was injured and the bus conductor could not be found.
Bus accidents are common in the Philippines because of poor maintenance, lack of road hazard signs and railings, and reckless drivers." - Source
Earlier today, Jamie confirmed that Nanay is safe and sound. I've also chatted to my brother and he said that my mom had the first trip and is fine. Thank God she's safe.
Hearing news like that makes me nervous and uncomfortable. I guess Filipinos Overseas struggles the same as me whenever they heard horrible news near their family members.

18 Apr 2008

BUNCH of Love

Bunch of Love? Hmm.. Wonder why I put that unique title in this post? Well, I want to feature here a very lucky pet of Ms. Brenda named "BUNCH". She's actually the sister of my best friend Lou. Anyway, heres the short biography of BUNCH.

Bunch is a male midget dog. He has been with Raganit family since 2001. He was four months old when Ate Brenda bought him. Bunch is his real name but most of the time they call him "Banseng" ( thats probably the tagalog name of Bunch). He has big round eyes and flat nose that they always describes as impakto like. But he's not of course. They just look like that but there are more characteristics and attitudes that you will like about him. Let me highlight other things about Bunch. Well, Bunch favorite foods are egg, leche flan, ice cream and pancit. He also loves eating chicken ( Sosy!). And to balance his diet, Bunch eats lots of veggies and fruits. Potatoes, Apple and Banana is in top of the line.
When it comes to his attitude, he is somewhat sweet and jealous. He don't want his Mommy Brenda to touch other dogs than him ( hmm.. possessive!). I personally noticed how he was when Mommy Brenda is around. Or whenever he sees some new face in their house he won't stop barking till the visitor is gone or hide somewhere.But one most unique characteristic he has was " he is gentleman". How? For instance, Mommy Brenda is planning to go somewhere packing her things, he patiently waits even he's really sleepy or bored. He's willing to wait till her Mommy Brenda finishes packing things.
Bunch is 7 years old now. And as you can see in the picture, he always celebrate his birthday every year ( Daig ako hehe ). Mommy Brenda never forget buying him a gift or cake to lighten up his day. Mommy Brenda is treating him as her little baby and her Best Friend. (Cool!)

That it! He is Bunch....He's one sweet little pet that I'm sure you will want to have..

17 Apr 2008

The Wheel of Misfortune

I was in the pub last night with my husband and father-in-law. I had few drinks with them and talk about how well I am now coping here in UK. I said I'm ok and having fun. I really am. Especially now that I've got a new hobby that I put my efforts on ( duh?! Blogging??). Anyways, to make the story short, we tackled about this so-called " Gambling". Dad said in the middle of the betting conversation, " One thing in betting that wives love is when their husband is winning but when we are losing, they hate us..." I thought about every lines of it and I think he has a point. Why are we in the pub now? ( Hehe because he won in the horse race ). I answered him back that betting is okay if in moderation. You know, just for fun and not making it as a habbit. And he agrees with me. As we get home, I'm still puzzled why dad suddenly talk about it. Only to get up early and find the answers in the web. To make the explanation clear here are some of the answers I've found:
" To non-gamblers, even more to controlled gamblers, the idea that gambling may become compulsive (an addiction or a sickness) is incredible. It is not so difficult to believe that people can be alcoholics or drug addicts because, in those cases, something gets into the physical system. Nonetheless, the condition is real enough.
It begins for some when they are still young. It overtakes others later in life. It is more than just having an irresistible itch to gamble. Those who are affected vary considerably both in their personalities and in their positions in life. Their experiences of gambling and of its results in their lives have much in common but in detail there are considerable differences.

The onset of compulsive gambling may be prompted by circumstances. The beginning for some is an introduction to gambling which they recognise immediately as an inviting world. They enjoy the excitement and the whole atmosphere. Others win when first they gamble, and become convinced that they are lucky gamblers, a conviction which prompts irrational action. Others cannot endure being under pressure for money. The move from ordinary to compulsive gambling for these may start when they get married, when a child is born, or when for some other reason their responsibilities, domestic, financial or otherwise, are suddenly increased so that they are not sure how to handle them. They are faced with bills and not enough money to meet them. This is a common human experience but the compulsive gambler feels that the only answer is to gamble and try to win enough to pay them all at once.
Compulsive gamblers are carried away by this and for them it becomes a squirrel's cage. Win or lose they cannot escape - this distinguishes them from heavy and professional gamblers. As time goes on they develop a need for the action. Because it contains the elements of tension and release, some observers have made a comparison with orgasm, and decided that, as an experience, gambling has more in common with breaking and entering than sexual intercourse.

If you must have the action and, win or lose, cannot leave it, then, because the odds are against you, you must lose till it hurts. This leads some, mistakenly I think, to say that compulsive gamblers are masochists. It is certainly a humiliating experience. It makes compulsive gamblers swear that they will never gamble again. They do though because their dream world capacity obliterates bad memories.

This dream world enables a compulsive gambler, on his way to the action with money in his hand, to know without any peradventure, that today he will advance, win after win, to that glorious consummation of the ultimate win which will cut down to size the man who broke the bank of Monte Carlo." Read More Here...
Gambling violates God's legitimate laws of obtaining money. The Bible contains legitimate ways for man to obtain moneys. There is the law of labor (Gen. 3: 19, Eph. 4: 28), the law of exchange (Matt. 25: 9), and the law of love (gift, Eph. 4: 28, Jn. 3: 16). Gambling, stealing, etc. do not come under any of these legitimate methods; hence, gambling is wrong. Gambling bespeaks the mentality of "something for nothing."

Gambling involves tragic waste. Material things are to be used for the glory of God, not squandered away in gambling (Lk. 16: 9, Eph. 4: 28). John Gates, once a multi-millionaire, advised: "Do not gamble, do not bet on cards, do not bet on horse races, do not throw dice." Gates played bridge for $1,000.00 a point and matched pennies for $1,000.00 a turn. He lost all he had and died broke in 1911. A sign advertising a business close to my house reads, "Win 25 percent of the time." Of course, that means you lose 75 percent of the time!

Gambling involves covetousness. Epithumeo, one verb translated covetousness in the New Testament, is a compound word consisting of epi, upon and thumos, passion. Hence, to fix passion upon. Epithumeo vividly describes much of the mind-set which often surrounds the gambling climate. Appreciate the fact "thou shalt not covet" is mentioned in the same sentence as "thou shalt not commit adultery…kill…steal, and …bear false witness (Rom. 13: 9). Greed and avarice characterize gambling from the tossing of dice for gain in a dark alley to the multi-million dollar well lighted gambling palace.
In other words, the foregoing is the truth about gambling. Striped of all its euphemisms and white-wash, it is a practice which continues to destroy lives and reap havoc on families in a country which once vehemently denounced gambling for the vice it is..
More or less I have found the answers to my questions. Now its time for you to read and realize about the truth in gambling. The way I understand it , It's a never-ending Wheel of Misfortune.

16 Apr 2008

Blog Virus

Are you familiar with the so-called " Blog Virus"? Well, guys I am suffering from that. Spending most of the time in front of the computer and doing blog. Hard to sleep at night thinking of what will you feature the next day ( duhh??!). And composing articles in your mind that will make your visitors keep coming back. Another thing were you always make sure that your camera is not battery low to take some eye captivating pictures that you can post on your blog. However your fingers never stops browsing the net to research on different things that you think will be unique or will more enhance your article. Visiting other blogs and call it Blog Hopping..whew! Sometimes its tiring! But to a person like me, its helpful. Its more tiring when you just sit on your bed watching TV ( or TFC should I Say) and the next thing you knew you were bored and depressed. Better blog than experience these horrible things ayt? Anyways, the bottomline here is that blogging really helps in different ways. It helps you express your thoughts, share your experiences, give knowledge to others and etc.. So guys, keep on blog!blog!blog!blog! blog! ( sounds addicted?? hehehe)

14 Apr 2008

Tag: World Wide Link Love!


I got tagged by Confessions of an Army Wife

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1. Julia (Philippines)
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4. Mitch (Philippines)
5. Hailey (Philippines)
6. Sexymom (USA)
7. Confessions of an Army Wife (USA)
8. Life Away From Home ( United Kingdom )

Now I am tagging: Juliana's World, PinayWAHM, Points of View, Merydith's Place, Retchel, Kimchiland, Life Away from Home , Blessed Sanctuary and Confessions of an Army Wife.

12 Apr 2008

Beach Holiday in Bolinao..

It was summer once again in the Philippines and that means it was time for summer outing! I can still remember our last years get-away in Bolinao Pangasinan, month of April. We did not meant to go there but since I was the organizer of our barkada, I planned the whole summer trip. Out of nowhere, I came up with the idea "Why don't we try going to beach?" So, I searched the web for the place where we can go and where we can stay. The place that will be trully unforgettable! Upon searching, I stumbled with this place I've seen somewhere in Pangasinan. And it was the Treasure of Bolinao! Treasure of Bolinao was not my first choice. It was Puerto Del Sol. But when I called this resort, they were fully booked because there was a company outing that had been booked earlier. I think it was Citybank that time. So I had to search the net again to check for a second destination and Treasure of Bolinao is the place to be! I called my friends and they all agreed with my idea and set the date.
Place and date was already set! I had to distribute the other tasks to my friends to make it a successful one. I asked my friend Jasmin to ask her dad for the shortest way we could get there in time for the scheduled day of trip. Lou would be driving, Jasmin ( Map and Mangoes), Kristine (Chichiria and Refreshments), Ria ( Butong-Pakwan, Kornik etc.), Carmie ( Photographer) And me for organizing the whole trip and some chichiria. We left Cabanatuan at 4:30am if im not mistaken but we had to pick up Ria in Guimba and Jasmin in Sto. Domingo. The funny thing was, since its too early some are late.. hehehe Lou was a bit late. But that doesn't matter. The important thing is....We were all ready for the travel. Bolinao here we come!




Half-way to our destination, we stopped by at the famous Hundred Islands.( they said its 99 Islands remains coz 1 island shrunk already) and took some group photographs that I could put in my Album or should I say Friendster? ( O, diba?) I was just sad about the reality that some of our friends weren't here to jam with us. Click! Click! Click!




Second Destination, The Lighthouse in Bolinao. I can't remember how many times we stopped by to ask for the exact location of Bolinao because it was really a long rough road. Yes! Thats true.. But don't mind about the road and the 5-6 hours journey coz its worth it. What you can see in this picture is just the top view of the Bolinao Beach. In this picture you can see the blue background where you can't imagine it will be. If you are going to look at it in real, its like a big canvass. The color of the sky and ocean combined together with the virgin forest makes us feel so relaxed. (Iisipin ko na 1 hour lang kami nagbiyahe) Its really good for Kodak Moments like you can see in the picture ei?! If you're asking wheredid we get those petals and what they are, those are the white and pink Bougainvilla ( Did I spell it correctly) we picked around the Lighthouse near where we were standing. And to make the picture great why not jump before Carmie ( our Photographer) clicks the camera?

Time to check in... What else can we explore with this place?? of course the resort itself. It was cool.If you are a nature lover then its the best place to go with. You can get loads of pictures. Barkada moments that no one can replace. They have lots of room packages to chose with wether its airconditioned or 2-storey Nipa. Good for drinking sessions at night! Are you convinced yet?






They say if you want to explore Bolinao, avoid being so "maarte". Because one main problem here is the water. So be warned! Iyou are planning to go here for a weekend then better bring your own water. Its much better to be safe. Well, after our lunch we had to get ready exploring the area. One of the most eye-catching scene here is the White TOB Bridge. It was really good. You can go round there during sunset and just sit and relax. Or if you are adventurous and brave enough, you can do go under the bridge and play with the white sand or visit the coral reefs and small caves just under.

These are some Rock Formations that you will surely love. Water is clear and this summer time, refresh yourself! Get your best two-piece suit or any clothes you're comfortable with and swim. Its a natural sauna and I bet you won't regret it.

Just a few meters away was the Patar White Beach. Its as gorgeous as Boracay. So to those Summer Trippers that are looking for something new, I highly recommend this Beach. It is safe and clean.


Sunset... that was really pretty.. In this picture we are more like singing "Lupang Hinirang" hehehe.. Seriously, it was the best sunset ever after a long journey and tiring day of exploring the place..
After hours of swimming, exploring and taking photos we had a night swimming with their private pool. It will be best described as Swimming Jacuzzi as the water is really warm and relaxing.. Its like you're in a Giant Bath Tub. Whew!
Next day will be along journey again. In as much as we wanted to stay, we only had a minimum budget to spend. If you will be staying for a couple of days, there are lots of caves around the area.
Now that I'm here in UK, I kept on reminiscing about those moments we had there. I can say that this was the most memorable trip I had with my friends. We promised ourselves that we will be going back in this place again in the near future..Its worth the long journey talaga! So guys, what are you waiting for?









Chicken/Sausage Noodle Soup Recipe

Who would tell that i'll be a good cook since moving here in UK? Haha.. Jamie left me the other day to meet his friend in Holyhead and told me that he will be back at 4:45 PM in the afternoon. He was asking me to make him a chicken/sausage noodle soup which is commonly known in the Philippines as the famous " Sopas". Who will forget about this meal? When its never absent during occassions like birthdays, etc? I really don't know how to cook this until I asked my mother to teach me how. She taught me how to saute the vegetables using margarine and used coconut milk instead of using the evaporated milk that can be bought in the nearest sari-sari store. But here in UK I have to use butter than using margarine. Heres my own recipe of Chicken/Sausage Noodle Soup.
Ingredients:
1 Red/Yellow Bell Pepper cut into strips
1 cup boiled chicken
1 Medium size Onion minced
3/4 cup Chicken Meat boiled
1 pc. medium sausage chopped
2-3 cloves garlic, mashed
4 cups Chicken Broth
2 tbsp Vegetable oil
1/4 kls Macaroni Noodles
1 Hard Boiled Egg
1/2 tsp Freshly ground pepper
1 medium carrot, sliced thin on the diagonal
1/4 head cabbage, cut in thin strips
1/4 cup green beans sliced thin on the diagonal
3 green onion, sliced thinly on the diagonal
4 tsp of butter
1 cup evap milk

METHOD:
Start by boiling the chicken in about 1 c. salted water until its tender. Take the chicken out of the cooking liquid then sliced bite size.

Saute your garlic and onion in butter, then add the chicken and sausage. Cook well, and add vegetables pepper, salt and msg till its half cooked.
Remove the vegetables and put it in a bowl. Leave some chicken pieces and add broth, boil and add noodles and milk and continue cooking till the noodles are done.
When they are ready, add your vegetables and serve it while its hot with green onion and 3 slices of boiled egg on top.
Bingo! Your Chicken/Sausage Noodle Soup is done. Try this guys!

10 Apr 2008

My Favorite UK Program

I am a big fan of Reality Program eversince. When I was in the Philippines, I used to watch every single episodes of Pinoy Big Brother which gives way to the popularity ot Sam Milby. The newest hearthrob on Philipine television today. I also watched Pinoy Dream Academy that is more on music. More on discovering new talents who are fond in composing and singing. Now that I;m here in UK, I am really excited in each episode of this program called "Young Mum's Mansion". It was really unusual but it interests me to keep on watching.
The program is about the social experiment in which ten single mums and their twelve children move into a mansion for four weeks to see if living together can improve their lives. Each programme sees a different mum take charge of running the house, with their own agenda and a different challenge. Ive only been watching it for 3 days so i am in hurry to know who will stand out among these single mums.I'll keep you updated on what will be happening next.

9 Apr 2008

Whole Foods California

Just a short post to share you the complete list I found for those who are looking for Whole Foods Store in California.

Now you don't need to scourge the net just to find the direction and map for the various Whole Foods Locations in California. All you have to do is visit Whole Foods California list, CTRL+F and thats it.

Address, phone number, zip and even store hours at the tip of your nose. :)

Here is the Link: >> Whole Foods California


April 2008 Teacher's Licensure Exam Result

Heres another informative site that will surely provide you the Latest Professional Examination Results. One of the latest examination that has been finished this April 2008 was the LET Board Exam. So if you are one of the aspirant, or if you have a family member or just simply know someone who has took the exam then please feel free to visit 2008 LET Exam Result. I strongly recommend it. :)

Prepare for your retirement

As an educated accountant with an interest in saving and achieving realistic long term goals, I would like to recommend this site. Free Personal Finance Blog. It is entirely related to practicing a sensible approach to build wealth for a happier retirement. My personal favourite part of the approach is the S.M.A.R.T aproach. You will see what I mean by following the link and looking at the GOALS section. Aside from the goals section the site is full of interesting articles and is well worth a read.

Cemaes Bay .. Tourist attraction where I live..

Cemaes has attracted visitors since the end of the 19th century. Its main attraction has always been its sandy beaches. There are two such beaches, Traeth Mawr (the big beach) and Traeth Bach (the little beach) which are separated by a stone harbour and the River Wygyr.

The beaches form a natural 180˚ and one or the other is always sheltered, except from the Northerly wind.

Probably the main asset is its safe bathing, as there are no dangerous currents with it being a bay within a bay. The seaward slope is very gentle, so that the sea is shallow for a considerable distance. The seawater is regularly tested by the County Council's Department of environmental Health and the yellow flag of merit flies with great pride from the flag post on the harbour wall. By-laws are in force to prohibit water skiing, and speeding boats close in to the shore.

Cemaes is proud to have been awarded the coveted Blue Flag in June 2004.
The larger of the two beaches has ample parking space to either side, with a broad promenade in-between. The main car park is at the village end and has the benefits of both a snack bar and clean modern toilets.
There are also numerous public coastal paths leading from the beaches, together with ample sites for fishing from off the rocks.
Besides the main beaches, the larger of the two, (Traeth Mawr), having an adjacent car park, toilets and a beach kiosk catering for your every holiday need, there are more isolated sandy coves which can be reached by short delightful headland walks where we can guarantee you will certainly find yourself "away from the madding crowd" and able to communicate with nature.

If your ideal holiday consists of lazing on a beach, soaking up the sun whilst reading your favourite novel, safe in the knowledge that your children can paddle in a safe, award-winning bay, then Cemaes has to be top of your list of places to consider for either a short break or your main holiday destination.

Llanbadrig Church

It was a nice day and finally i decided to go out and take a walk with Jamie. Jamie wanted to surprise me by showing this historical church.It was really lovely and this church must be one of the treasures of Cemaes. According to the history, the Welsh name Llanbadrig means "Church of Saint Patrick". This church, founded in 440 AD, has a direct link to the patron saint of Ireland. The then Bishop Patrick was sent by Pope Celestine to Ireland to convert the Irish to Christianity during the 5th Century.

Local legend states that Patrick was shipwrecked on Ynys Badrig, (Patrick's Island - also known as Middle Mouse), which can be seen from the stile in the churchyard wall.
He succeeded in crossing to Anglesey, landing at Rhos Badrig (Patrick's Moor) and finding refuge in Ogof Badrig (Patrick's Cave).
The cave is situated below the churchyard and had a freshwater well - Ffynon Badrig (Patrick's Well). The fresh water allowed Patrick to recover from his ordeal and he founded the church as thanks to god.
The church is a simple building, 60ft. long by 14ft wide (18.5m x 4.3m) and has resisted the elements for centuries. The earlier church would have been smaller and built of wood. It is probable that this early church, like most native Celtic churches had no division between the nave and the chancel. The chancel arch was built later in the 14th century. The earliest stone on this site is the top of the font, which was made in the 12th century.
The stonework of the east window dates from the 15th or early 16th centuries - it was probably around this time that the the church was enlarged to its present size.

In 1812 the church was repaired and the house, Ty'n Llan, adjacent to the church was built. Further work was carried out in 1840 and 1884, when the church was fully restored as it is today. The 3rd. Lord Stanley of Alderly (Cheshire) provided funds for the extensive restoration on the condition that the new interior included elements of his own Moslem faith.

Moslem influences within the church included the predominance of blue, red and white in the stained glass windows, the blue glass of the east window, the blue tiles around the sanctuary and the Pastor Bonus mosaic. Both the blue tile in the sanctuary and the mosaic were custom produced by a very exclusive London firm who have also worked in St. Margaret's, the chapel of Westminster.

Being chased in your dreams...

Curious about dreams, I came across with this information about Dreams. It seems to me that this blog will be very interesting to those people like me who always dreamt about being chased by someone trying to run as fast as you can. Well hope this will help you understand your dream.

Chase dreams often stem from feelings of anxiety in your walking life. The way we respond to anxiety and pressure in real life is typically manifested as a chase dream. Running is an instinctive response to physical threats in our environment. Often in these dream scenarios, you are being pursued by some attacker, who wants to hurt or possibly kill you. You are running away, hiding, or trying to outwit your pursuer. Chase dreams may represent your way of coping with fears, stress or various situations in your waking life. Instead of confronting the situation, you are running away and avoiding it.Ask yourself who is the one chasing you and you may gain some understanding and insight on the source of your fears and pressure.

The pursuer or attacker who is chasing you in your dream may also represent a part of yourself. Your own feelings of anger, jealousy, fear, and possibly love, can assume the appearance of threatening figure. You may be projecting these feelings onto the unknown chaser. Next time you have a chase dream, turn around and confront your pursuer. Ask them why they are chasing you.

One may be consumed by their own anger, jealousy, love, or self-destructive behavior. For example, you may be drinking too much or exhibiting open hostility toward others around you. You may subconsciously be threatened by these actions which have been jeopardizing your relationships and/or career. Your dreams are a way of calling attention to these self-destructive actions.

A more direct analysis of chase dreams is the fear of being attacked. Such dreams are more common among women than men, who may feel physically vulnerable in the urban environment. These dreams are inspired by fears of violence and sexual assault in which we are so over-exposed from the media. The violence that the media portrays magnifies our fears and how at risk we all are.

Why do we have Nightmares?

I was up late last night watching movie called " Happy Gilmore". It was starred by Adam Sandler.. Was really nice and funny. And then go to bed at half past twelve. I didnt know that my sleep will turn up into a bad nightmare. But why do we really have nightmares?

According to the Real Meaning of Dreams. Nightmares are bad dreams.They can make you feel extremely scared and frightened. But fear not….these dreams are not real and are usually quite normal.
Characterized by vivid imagery and extreme feelings such as anxiety, fear, sadness or guilt they are powerful enough to wake you up.

Children experience frightening dreams more often than adults, especially between the ages of 3-4 and 7-8, as this is when they are dealing with separation anxiety.Bad dreams at this age show a normal struggle to cope with fears and issues and they usually involve being chased by wild animals. This is a normal stage of development for children and should be viewed as such.
In adults, about 50% report experiencing nightmares occasionally and of these, they occur more often in women than men.

There are certain factors that contribute to frightening dreams occurring in adults:1. Certain Medications and illnesses, especially fever, can cause bad dreams.2. Stress and anxiety in adults is the main reason that causes bad dreams. If there are some stressful events or huge changes in your life this can definitely lead to frightening dreams.3. Traumatic events such as deaths, serious injuries or being attacked can bring on a severe form called Post Traumatic Nightmares and these are more severe than regular bad dreams and are usually recurring dreams. Treatment can be sought for these forms of dreams as they are usually more disturbing and persistent in nature.


7 Apr 2008

My Lucky Day...

Its been a month since I last played the scratch card. This picture was taken earlier. Jamie bought two (2) scratch card and ask me to choose one. Obviously, I picked my favorite scratch card. I asked Jamie why he bought scratch card today and he said he just dreamt about winning 108 Pounds last night. I then started scratching it and found a diamond on the fisrt game, then zero winning on the second then a gold bar on the third. Only got 6 Pounds winning though but its fun and worth a try. At least 106 Pounds na lang ang kelangan namin mapanalunan para magkatotoo yung dream ni Jamie.. Hehehe.. Anyways, Last Saturday was Grand National Day. According to Jamie, he always put a bet on the horse since he was young. So I chose 2 horse and put just a pound each horse. Jamie texted my parents and Lucky and ask them to choose their horse too. We didn heard Nanay's horse. Tatay's horse fell near the end of the Race. Lucky's horse came third. Jamie and Dads horse lost and my horse? ... My lucky horse came first haha... Im not encouraging you guys to do this but sometimes its fun. Wag lang sosobra hehe..


6 Apr 2008

Cute Cat Picture

Hi guys... ever wondered why i posted a picture of this little cat? hmmm ...Her name is Cleo.Cleo was born in Wales in 1996, she is almost 12 years old (which is a good age for a town cat). Her original owner was Rachel Moroney ( Jamie's Sister) but when Rachel moved on to university, Marie, my mother in law became the owner. Nowadays my husband claims ownership as he and myself live in the family home now where cleo has spent all of her life.

Cleo likes to sleep in our room with us, but occasionally she likes a little privacy. She goes outside about 3 to 5 times a day but wants to come back in to sleep very quickly each time. When sleeping in the bedroom, cleo sometimes gets an appetite for a late night snack or early breakfast. She lets us know this by biting our fingers to wake us up.

So Don't forget guys, her name is Cleo, the cat who spend most of the day sleeping.. hehe

Home Crafts..

Another boring day! While ordering kebab in Llangefni where Jamie's dad lives, I noticed a crafts store and was fascinated with the items they are selling there. So I asked Jamie if can drop by to choose what I can buy. I've found a stunning Jewelry Kit. It is complete with everything you need to create different glass beads accesories. Well, it will help me a lot to fight my boredome.. Plus, I can maximize my skills in tryng out new things like this. Isn't it cute? Pwede pang pangregalo or pambenta hehehe..

5 Apr 2008

Plant or Weed??

Tuwang - tuwa ako nun minsan na lumabas ako sa likod-bahay. Paano ba nman nakakita ako ng bulaklak sa gilid ng Garden ng Mama ni Jamie.. Eh tagal ko hinihintay kung kelan mamumulaklak ang Daffodils na madalas mabanggit ng Dad niya. Eto na nga, ilang metro rin ang layo ko sa kinalalagyan ng bulaklak na nakita ko at pahiyaw ko pang tinawag si Jamie. " Jamie theres a yellow flower in your garden. Is this Daffodils?" Naks.. Siempre pa humaharurot naman sumunod ang lolo mo. Hinahanap niya kung nasaan un bulaklak na itinuro ko. Aba'y nasa harapan na namin.. Nungka ng makita eh tinawanan pa ako. " its not plant edna, its WEED!"

Ngek! Ang taray naman ng damo dito. Eh naaalala ko ganito ang itsura nun itinatanim namin sa iskul na pinapasukan ko sa Elementarya nun bata pa ako. Madalas nga papadiligan ni Mam Elvie sa amin yun .. Haha.. Anyways, pasensya na lang si Jamie at medyo inosente ako sa mga bulaklak. Ang tawag daw sa bulaklak na to eh Dandelion. At bago ko pa makalimutan, eto ang brief detail ng bulaklak na sa kasamaang-palad eh damo pala hehehe...

"Dandelions are tap-rooted biennial or perennial herbaceous plants, native to temperate areas of the Northern Hemisphere of the Old World. They are commonly known as weeds or ruderals. The genus is taxonomically very complex, with numerous macrospecies, and polyploidy is also common; over 250 species have been recorded in the British Isles alone (Richards 1972). Some botanists take a much narrower viewpoint, and only accept a total of about 60 species.

The leaves are 5-25 cm long, simple and basal, entire or lobed, forming a rosette above the central taproot. As the leaves grow outward they push down the surrounding vegetation, such as grass in a lawn, which kills other plants by cutting off their access to sunlight. A bright yellow flower head (which is open in the daytime but closes at night) is borne singly on a hollow stem (scape) which rises 4-30 cm above the leaves and exudes a milky sap (latex) when broken. A rosette may produce several flowering stems at a time. The flower head is 2-5 cm in diameter and consists entirely of ray florets. "

Interesting huh??..

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Home Cooked Pork Kilawin Recipe




As I woke up this morning, Jamie made a nice breakfast for me.. Of course the famous breakfast meal in this country, Bacon and egg on toast. I'm the lucky person who always eat this meal every morning hehe and sometimes makes me feel sick and crave for filipino dish. So I've quickly used my laptop to search for something to cook. And found an interesting recipe called " Pork Kilawin". I didn't know there was 2 version of this meal but then again, I've prepared the ingredients thats available here and then started cooking it. Makes me feel I'm Ratatouie right now hehe... Lets get started! Heres the Recipe:

PORK KILAWIN

Estimated cooking time: 40 minutes

Ingredients:

1 kilo pork skin
1/3 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup Vinegar
2 medium onions, chopped
3 medium tomatoes, (Optional)
Ground Pepper
4 cups of water
1 teaspoon salt
6 pcs chili (siling labuyo or Green Finger Pepper)
MSG


Pork Kilawin Cooking Instructions:
In a casserole, put pork skin/Meat in water and some salt.
Bring to a boil and simmer for 20 minutes or until the pork is tender and the skin is soft.
Remove pork skin from water.
Slice the pork skin into bite sized pieces while still hot.
Saute it till its Golden Brown
Place in a bowl and add vinegar, chili,
soy sauce and chopped, uncooked onions and tomatoes.
Serve immediately!
They usually served this recipe with beer in the Philippines. But since I'm really craving for some Filipino dish in my stomach, I ate it with rice hehe..Yummy! Oh by the way, Jamie said I'm the kitchen genius here.. Maybe because i'm always experimenting! Puro gulay kasi ang alam kong lutuin sa Pinas haha!

3 Apr 2008

Tips for how to get rid of homesickness

Homesickness means you miss your family member, your friends and your supportive neighborhood. If you are away from home for a few period of time then you really miss your family member along with your home. Homesickness is develop after a definite period. You like to enjoy with your family member, friends and meeting new people. Your life is naturally brings both excitement and nervousness.

Homesickness for some general reasons
If you are far away from home, family and friends.
You miss vital occasions at home like birthdays, weddings and other holiday celebrations.
You cannot communicate properly with others.
Losing interest in life and negative thoughts and feelings
Stress, frustration, negative emotions and many other factors of homesickness.


Tips for how to get rid of homesickness
1. When you are missing your family member try to listen your favorite music.
2. Phone calls will help you because when you hear your parent's voices you feel everything will be okay.
3. If you are feeling very alone then talk to your friends about it because they understand you very much and you feel better.
4 Join any clubs, community and sports teams.
5. Put up some favorite photos of your family and friends.
6. If you are interested in any activities then it is a great way to meet new people.
7. Attend special lectures, meetings and exhibits that catch your fancy.
8. Go out with friends and enjoy a campus party this a great idea to give a relax to you mind
9. Having fun is an easy way to get rid of homesickness.
10. A course of natural homeopathic remedies for those who facing a homesickness problem.

Depression Tip
You schedule everything else-why not manage anxiety this way too? Set aside a specific time everyday when you will give yourself permission to worry.

Homesick...

I woke up early feeling depressed.. I opened my laptop and logged in to my chikka account and this is the message I have received. "Nilalagnat si Lucky, tinatawag ang pangalan mo. Ate ng Ate..." That message came from my "Nanay". Well that figures the reason why i felt really heavy earlier. Maybe I just miss my naughty brother. I remember when I was about to leave, he was crying and asking me to bring him with me. And I told him to study hard so if in case I am lucky enough to save for their flight then it will not be hard for him to communicate with the kids here like I am experiencing as of the moment.. Haha.. As they've said " kokonti lang ang baon kong Ingles!"

2 Apr 2008

Leona Lewis

Leona Lewis to Billboard No. 1

Who can't recognize her? She's one of the best singer nowadays. And I am one of her million fans who really admired her songs. She is Leona Lewis, the former U.K. talent contest winner (The X-Factor), became the first British female solo artist in over 20 years to top the U.S. pop ratings when her single "Bleeding Love" hit No. 1 in the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

Extended family here in UK..

This is my new family here in United Kingdom. From Top left is John Roberts ( Rachel's Boyfriend ), Nikki Moroney ( Joe's Wife), Joe Moroney ( Jamie's second brother), Lucy Moroney ( first grand daughter), Marie Moroney ( Mother - in Law) , John Moroney ( Father - In Law), Rachel Moroney (Youngest and only sister of Jamie), Me ( The Bride), Esther Moroney ( Nanna ) and Jamie Moroney ( My Groom ). FYI , Sean Moroney (Third Brother of Jamie )didn't make it to the wedding because of his work schedule but he did send us his regard and felt sorry that he couldn't attend his brother's wedding. Anyway I'm looking forward to meet him one day. or should I say on Monday? lol :p

Shopping Trip at Birkenhead, England

Birkenhead, England ( 30/12/2007)
This picture was taken last year when me and my soon to be mother-in-law took me for a shopping in England. They were really worried how will I adjust to the new weather. So she finally decided to buy some sort of jumpers and cardigans to make me warm during winter. I was pretty amazed at the shopping malls here coz it was really far from what i've expected. there were no high buildings like we have in the Philippines. But one thing I can assure you, December is the best time to buy loads of stuff you can't afford during regular days. So better save for the next SALES in December 2008. Cheers!

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