Tuesday, 1 January 2013

Friendships 2012 and Beyond

Photo courtesy of quotes4friendship.blogspot.com


2012 was a year of extremes. Extreme losses and extreme blessings.

The year started with a promotion. Then followed by five awards. Major challenges also prompted significant changes with family, immediate and otherwise. Relationships tested - some endured, some fell apart.

As I was to embark another journey in my career, someone very dear, a friend and mentor passed. It was a big blow emotionally; I felt lost. Shook me to my core. Admittedly, I am still coping. No one will be ever ready for death. When it's someone close, it's hard to put meaning to it. It's never easy having to give up or end friendships, what more losing one permanently.

Despite the lowest lows, I have been blessed with overwhelming friendships - old ones, renewed ones and a lot of new ones. Aside from my family, I have my friends to thank for being my anchor, strength and inspiration in more ways I can imagine. I would not have survived this year without their compassion, sincerity, generosity and love. During the time I felt alone, they kept me company. When I was sad, they did not only make me laugh, they made me happy. When I was at the brink of not believing in myself, they reminded me passionately and patiently of my worth. When I was taking myself too seriously, they drove me crazy and let me be crazy without any judgement or ridicule. 
 
2012 was also a year of abundance. The blessings were overwhelming. For sure, this is only the start of more to come. 2012 is extra meaningful because I discovered and experienced the power of positivity, creative thinking, giving more to have more. It changed my life tremendously, and I'm happy to have shared this with friends as well. These blessings came from friends, enabled by friends, shared with friends and celebrated and enjoyed with friends.
 
This year was definitely a year of friendship. And I pray that these friendships last a lifetime, and beyond.


Sunday, 12 August 2012

Mr. Moo's Milk Planet

I love cheese. Who doesn't? So discovering Mr. Moo's Milk Planet is happiness! 


Mr. Moo is on Aguinaldo Highway in Tagaytay. At the right side when you're Manila bound. It's a few meters after Gourmet Cafe. 

The shop basically sells milk and milk products. They have three milk sources - cows, goats and carabaos. Aside from freshness, the don't use preservatives and additives on any of their products.

My personal favorites are the goat feta cheese, jumbo pastillas made of carabao's milk and fresh goat's milk. Goat's milk, I learned from a Mr. Moo staff, is naturally low in fat. Although, they also have low fat cow's milk, if you're not into goat's milk. I just love the feta cheese in olive oil. They have feta cheese in brine too. My kids particularly like the chocolate and strawberry milk drinks. 

Mr. Moo offers so many products. Dips, shakes, yogurt and even soy milk. As they say, there's something for everyone.

Aside from everything edible, they have soap too. Also made from milk.

Checkout the bulletin board for information about their products, proper storage and more. 

Aside from all natural ingredients, their 'squeezing' process is also all natural, as this sign says :)


Sunday, 8 January 2012

Wednesday, 22 June 2011

Baking Again


I'm reviving my love affair with baking. Starting with cupcakes. Getting a bit bolder though - trying out cake decorating.

I only bake cookies, pies and bars because most do not need frosting or icing. I have always been intimidated with decorating. Although I never tried, I believed I couldn't do it.


Thanks to Olga Logronio of Cupcakes by Olga for offering her cupcake baking and decorating class. It was enough for me to at least try cupcake decorating. I'm no professional yet but practice makes perfect. At least I'm heating the oven again.

Today's batch is Dark Chocolate Cupcakes. Will post the recipe soon.

Wednesday, 8 June 2011

Mabuhay ang Arroz Caldo!


Number one in my list of comfort foods - arroz caldo.

When traveling, I always look forward to Mabuhay Lounge's Arroz Caldo. Yummmmmm! One reason why I only fly Philippine Airlines. I was told that it's Kapitan's (the Lucio Tan) personal favorite as well.

It has chunks of chicken, topped with chopped salted egg, fried garlic and crispy dilis. Then a drizzle of patis and calamansi. Panalo!

I don't really care anymore what will be served in the plane. By the time we board, I'd be so full and sleepy.

Thursday, 23 December 2010

Daddy's Lechon Kawali - to die for!



Our potluck for tonight's homeowner's Christmas party.

Renato's Lechon Kawali

1 kg Pork belly
Water with some salt
Oil

Daddy's secret is the pork. He's very picky and meticulous with the meat he cooks with. He wants it ultra fresh, as much as possible. With this, less seasoning is needed. Just your usual and preferred 'sawsawan'.

Boil pork until soft. Tried asking Daddy how long but he can't determine a specific time. He insists 'just until it's soft.'

Drain meat, wrap in foil and then freeze overnight. Keep the pork broth for nilaga or sinigang.

How much oil is needed? A lot! Make sure that you're able to completely submerge the meat. Ensure that oil is really hot. Smoking hot - literally.

Straight from the freezer, cook meat until skin is crispy. If you wont serve it immediately, wrap again in foil. If you wish to reheat, use a turbo broiler. On high for 10-15 minutes.

Our preferred sawsawan is bagoong isda (not alamang) with calamansi or our new favorite Sukang Pinakurat

I've been getting requests and demands for Daddy's Lechon Kawali. Especially from those who've tasted it. That's why Daddy always has at least one pre-boiled pork inside the freezer. Ready to fry on demand!

Sunday, 2 May 2010

Best Raisin Bread - Bag of Beans, Tagaytay



For years, the best raisin bread for me was Baguio Country Club's until I tried Bag of Beans' today. Fresh from the oven, so soft, and packed with raisins! Be purist or with butter and jam, still heavenly. Now, we don't have to drive 6 hours and spend P6k/night for a night's stay in a hotel; just an hour's drive (less if there's no traffic) and we have really good raisin bread.

Just make sure to enjoy it with freshly brewed coffee.

Tuesday, 6 April 2010

Home-mixed


Can't call it homemade. We bought everything and mixed them at home. So home-mixed halo-halo seem more appropriate.

This is how we celebrated Easter, while trying to beat the heat.

Highly recommended. Cheaper than having it in a restaurant or fast-food.

Next time will include minatamis na saba and Erwin's leche flan.

Wednesday, 17 March 2010

Bye, Jolo




Another death in the family.

They say it comes in threes. Uncle Bob, Lola Luz, now Jolo.

I hope this is the last in a very long time.

Sunday, 29 March 2009

What Would You Do?




This was MMS'ed by my friend Rodger last Friday with the message "Kasabay ko sa bus. Sasabihan ko ba? (Riding the bus with this person. Will I tell him?)"

Looking at the picture closely, it's a grown man! If this were a kid, I might tell the mother or companion.

Had a good laugh, though.