Tuesday, 31 March 2009
Some of which were food from the Philippines like "suha" or pomelo; cinnamon roll and "ensaymada" or Majorcan ensaïmada of Red Ribbon; toys for the kids; books such as Sweet Smell of Success by Ernest Lehman, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Happily Ever After by Jack Canfield & Mark Victor Hansen and Low Fat Kids' Snack Recipe Book; and Philippine magazines such as Good Housekeeping and Enrich. We had a lot of reading materials to read on. We were so grateful for these "pasalubong" that came all the way from the Philippines and for also visiting us here.
Wednesday, 25 March 2009
I just follow the recipe and the instructions available on the internet and viola...a simple pink-heart fondant cake off for bite. I had fun doing it and it was also a learning experience for me. My hubby and my mother tasted it and they said it's fine and good for a first timer. At least it was edible and presentable for that matter. This will be something that I will focus on for the next few weeks or months. Let's see then.
Practice Fondant Cake
"Permanence, perseverance and persistence in spite of all obstacles,
discouragements, and impossibilities: It is this, that in all
things distinguishes the strong soul from the weak."
Monday, 23 March 2009
(L-R) Me & Jheng --- Arnold, Allen, Rommel & Rudolph
I was amazed with the two comedians. They are superbly excellent in what they do, a true performer. We also enjoy the band, dance and the over-flowing ladies drink. Jheng and I had few rounds of vodka and rum with different mixers like soda, tonic, lime and ginger ale. While boys had their beer.
Me and Jheng with Ate Glo and Chocolate
Our Saturday night was full of fun and laughter.
Saturday, 21 March 2009
Hope you'll like the song and the message.
Thursday, 19 March 2009
This is one of the favourite food that I cooked since it's easy to prepare and healthy one. With a twist of sweet and sour taste and a little spicy on the side. I would want to share the recipe with you, Sweet and Sour Fish.
Enjoy and happy cooking.
Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 20 minutes
1/2 kilo of firm, fleshy fish (2 pieces) – Tilapia I prefer
3 tbsp of cooking oil
For the sweet-sour sauce :
1/2 carrot sliced thinly
2 medium-sized cloves garlic, minced
2 medium-sized onions, chopped
1 small piece of ginger, sliced thinly
1 bell pepper, julienned
1 tomato, diced
3 tbsp. of vinegar
4 tbsp. of sugar
1 tsp. of salt
1/2 tsp. of hot chili sauce or chilli powder
2 tbsp. of tomato sauce
1 tbsp. of cornstarch or tapioca starch
1 cup of water
1 small can of pineapple tidbits (optional)
1 tbsp Canola oil
1. Rub the salt in the fish.
2. Heat a skillet or wok. Pour in the cooking oil. Heat oil until it starts to smoke. Fry the fish over very high heat until golden. Remove from oil and drain on paper towels. Set aside.
3. In a small saucepan, mix together the vinegar, sugar, water, salt, chili sauce, starch and tomato sauce. Set over medium-high heat until thick and the cloudiness has disappeared. Set aside.
4. In another saucepan, heat 1 tsp. of oil. Add the carrots. Stir for a minute.
5. Add the bell pepper, onion, tomato, ginger and garlic. Stir for 20 seconds.
6. Add the pineapple (if you’re using) and then pour in the sweet-sour sauce (previously done) and bring to a boil. Turn off the heat.
7. Pour over the fried fish. Serve with steamy rice.
Monday, 16 March 2009
We had fun playing badminton. After the game, the wives (Jheng, LA & me) cooked something for dinner. We cooked and prepared lugaw (chicken porridge), tokwa’t baboy (fried tofu and boiled pork), adobong paa at atay ng manok (chicken feet and liver cooked in soy sauce and vinegar), fried fish balls and some chips. While Rommel ordered for a KFC, his treat and Allen brought his Vodka. We have a lot of food that night. It was a very filling and sumptuous dinner. Nothing beats Filipino food! Then afterwards, the guys had their shots of Vodka and we do all have fun singing our hearts out with the Magic sing of Arnold and Jheng. Karaoke all night! It was a merry night. We end the day at 2am. It was the first time that I went home late at night or should I say early morning.
Came Sunday, we’ve prepared the kids for the children’s party. The daughter of Meheson (hubby’s officemate) celebrates her 2nd birthday again at Arnold’s place, at the condo’s function room. It was a Dora inspired party. By 12:00 noon we are already there. Had some chats, ate a well prepared food and busied ourselves posing for pictures. Ralph and Ria enjoyed the party; give-away and ice-cream cake.
We went home by 4pm and then hubby and I went to Suntec City to buy a printer. Since there’s an IT show at Suntec we did grab the opportunity to buy. We bought a 4-1 printer at the cost of S$100, not bad. Then had dinner at a favourite fast-food, Subway.
The weekend was a bit exhausting yet exhilarating.
Friday, 13 March 2009
Thursday, 12 March 2009
It was silly that it's only now that I know the importance of a hand glove. And now am using it every time I need to wash something.
Wednesday, 11 March 2009
People like Charles Ponzi(1920), Bernard Madoff(2008) and Nicholas Cosmo(2009) are big time "theft" prowling and looting sums of money to their investors. They operated on the basis of trust and confidence. They go to individuals, companies, charities and what-not and discuss all how the investment works and make the deals. People will invest whatever they have, just as what happened to René-Thierry Magon de la Villehuchet, businessman and founder of Access International Advisors (AIA), big investor in Madoff’s so called “asset management arm” of his firm which has a lost of US$1.4 billion, committed suicide last December 23, 2008 thirteen (13) days after Madoff confessed that what he operates is all “One Big Lie”. And just last February 10, 2009 another client of Madoff committed suicide, William Foxton a former British army major who invested all of his life savings to Madoff's US Herald Fund and Luxemburg Herald Fund.
I felt terribly sorry for those who have exposure on Madoff’s so called “hedge funds” and Cosmo’s “340 million ponzi scheme”. Nasty things happened to the extent of losing lives and breaking of families and dreams. To name a few companies who has exposures with Madoff according to The Wall Street Journal (December 16, 2008) the investors with the largest potential losses, including feeder funds, are: Fairfield Greenwich Group, $7.50 billion; Tremont Capital Management, $3.30 billion; Banco Santander, $2.87 billion; Bank Medici, $2.10 billion; Ascot Partners, $1.80 billion; Access International Advisors, $1.40 billion; Fortis, $1.35 billion; HSBC, $1.00 billion. The potential losses of these eight investors total $21.32 billion. And there were eleven(11) investors had potential losses between $100 million and $1 billion, they are : Natixis SA;Carl J. Shapiro (a 95-year-old Boston philanthropist); Royal Bank of Scotland Group PLC; BNP Paribas; BBVA; Man Group PLC; Reichmuth & Co.; Nomura Holdings; Maxam Capital Management; EIM SA; and Union Bancaire Privée. These are big companies; investment management company and private banks who confidently invested to Madoff.
And most probably this has something to do with the “economic crisis” happening around the world. Don’t you think?
How could these people have all these guts to have this “make-believe” story just to get whatever they want? How could they sleep well at night knowing these kinds of acts and jeopardizing the lives of many? These are naturally sick people who want to make money at the expense of others.
Do you think US government was reluctant and lax on governing this kind of investment or what-ever you may call it? These and non-of-these should had happened if only these people were thwarted early on.
Monday, 9 March 2009
We move here because my husband has a better job offer, a promising one and we see it as something advantageous for the kids and for the family as well. Moving in unfamiliar place is so hard. This means you have to learn the culture, governance, child care, education and what-not. There are a lot of adjustments to make but many more things to learn and discover in which I whole-heartedly embrace.
As for me, the career that I have back then; networks that I have established; and the friends that I build over the years all of these I left behind. It’s not an easy thing to live in a place that everything is so unfamiliar. A simple illustration was back in the Philippines I know and understand fully the labour laws and all it’s guidelines since it’s my work and it’s my country. Modesty aside, I have established my name in every company that I have worked with. My last job in Manila was indeed a comfort zone for me. The people that I worked with that I’m so comfortable working and exchanging of ideas; deliberately throw jokes and funny stories with my co-workers and the party that I planned for the group, I missed them all. And here everything is so different.
And I may say that I have stepped out of my comfort zone. Again, it’s never been easy but it gives me more room to know more about the things that is unknown to me. And to establish another network and friends in an unfamiliar place. This makes me a little more confident about myself and the learning that I have. A more competent and diverse individual I may say.
And I quote,
“In bullfighting there is a term called querencia. The querencia is the spot in the ring to which the bull returns. Each bull has a different querencia, but as the bullfight continues, and the animal becomes more threatened, it returns more and more often to his spot. As he returns to his querencia, he becomes more predictable. And so, in the end, the matador is able to kill the bull because instead of trying something new, the bull returns to what is familiar. His comfort zone.” - (Carly Fiorina, former Chief Executive Officer of Hewlett-Packard Co. from 1999 to 2005)
It will do no harm if you get out of your comfort zone and try something new. And so you won’t remain predictable.
Sunday, 8 March 2009
Friday, 6 March 2009
Thursday, 5 March 2009
Tuesday, 3 March 2009
snow is exhilarating; there is really no such thing as bad weather,
only different kinds of good weather."
But on the contrary I love the fact that when it rains the weather gets breezy and cold. The sound it makes is like music in my ears. Leaving a refreshing atmosphere. And it’s the perfect time to wear a jacket, so loved wearing jacket. Also a perfect time to drink a hot cup of coffee while reading a book.
You, do you like it when it rains?
Monday, 2 March 2009
Most of the time this is the hardest thing to do, to surrender. To admit that one can’t do what is expected of him. Or to acknowledge that you can’t do what you wanted to achieved. No matter how you try still the outcome is nothing.
To surrender is to submit yourself to the idea that you can’t do it. That you most of the time fail and time and again people mistakenly thought that you are a loser. Do you believe that people who surrender are losers?
Come to think of it, why do you need to insist on doing the things that you can’t do. And maybe it will take sometime before you can actually have it but what is clear for now is that you can't simply have it. Probably it is not yet time or the luck is not on your side.
Have you thought of surrendering?