Sis' 80th

It is my mother-in-law's 80th blessed birthday!! Beautiful. So fruitful a life. She is still a strong woman, in body, will and spirit Great! Ganda di ba?

My mother-in-law and me, in their house, picture taken by hubby. It is taken in the evening already, really wanted to have this very memorable day in a photo. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, SIS!!

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Moonlight Sonnet

Here came the time between dusk and dawn,
Every room was filled with total gloom',
But ‘ needed to move around in the dark
For I was searching for the light that sparked;
I walked stumbling in the hard-to-see way,
But the darkness was just wiltered deeply;
And I found no light in every chamber,
All I needed was a true comforter,
But there was none so went near the window,
Saw the will-o’-the-wisp in big shadow
No light only the gentle breeze I felt
But in one part of the sky the moon glint'….
What a great comfort its glows to my heart
I could find my way, for it casted away dark’.

1995 from memory

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Here is one recipe I tried today from a Chinese cuisine cookbook:


3 chicken legs, 1-1/3 lbs. (600g.)
1/2 onion
1/2 C. carrot, cut to bite-size pieces
2 T. ea.: soy sauce, cooking wine
3 T. sugar
1/2 C. water
1 t. cornstarch
1 T. water


1. Wash chicken legs and cut into pieces. Cut onion into bite-size pieces.

2. Heat a wok and add 3 T. oil. Stir-fry onion until fragrant. Add the pieces of chicken and stir to mix. Add carrots and ingredients; bring to boil. Turn heat to low and cover; cook for 20 minutes, or until the liquid is reduced to 1/2 cup. Add mixture to thicken; stir. Transfer to a serving plate and serve. Serves 6.

When cooking chicken, stir occasionally to prevent it from burning. If the liquid in the chicken mixture has not reduced to 1/2 cup after 20 minutes of cooking, turn heat to high; stir and cook until liquid is reduced to 1/2 cup.

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Far East Food (Iba Talaga Ang Atin)

We had a quiet busy but happy day today. We went to town and did some things but more importantly, we went for the first time to a Far East market owned by a funny Korean lady, where I would buy foods I missed. If I haven't met Miss Joy, the Filipina neighbor who is also a wife to an American, we would have not known that this store exists, at least this soon, after four months of my stay here. The other days, I also talked to a kababayan who have been here for more than twenty-years already. It's kind of funny, but my brother-in-law Jamie met her in a library and being an "oriental lady" he got her number for me. So would begin a new circle of friends. I got all I could possibly get out of that market/shop. Naa jud mongoes, dried fish hehehe, and saltwater fish, bagoong alamang, and all kind of noodles. As I was grabbing them, I also thought that the ones we ordered in the Internet from the Filipino store will be coming shortly. So they came, and another package too is on the way. I am just so excited! I like American food, but just enthusiastic about cooking again my own far east food, which to my delight, hubby love to eat.

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Some Things For A Wife To Remember

As I was looking for something on my stuffs, I came across my old notebook with my Tips and the like writing on it. When I was in my teenage years I used to write notes on everything I see as will be helpful for me, and I see it now. I loved to listen to lecturers and speakers on every youth camps and fellowship and honestly, I was interested in things for couples and marriages, ngek. Lordy lordy I was so young then. But I was glad that there was my cousin Glen who at least shared the same interest with me in that area. This is one of the notes I see as reminder for me now. Whoever was the source of this, I'm thankful for the effort for it will be rooted in the core values here.


  • To be a failure as a wife is to be a failure in life.
  • The purpose of the woman’s creation was to be a wife.
  • Give your husband first place in your heart, next to God, of course.
  • Do not brag on other men in your husband’s presence.
  • Be sure that you boost your husband. Do not tear him down.
  • Remember, you are a helpmate.
  • Make your husband feel important. The only way for you to be a queen is to make him a king.
  • Keep the home atmosphere as pleasant as possible.
  • If you are more efficient that he is, appear to be less efficient. Show your need of him. (What do you think of this?)
  • Spend time with him regularly.
  • Put the husband before the children.
  • Love your husband before the children.
  • Be interested in his activities.
  • Always submit yourself to your husband. (Have a mutual understanding about your physical relationship. 1 Cor. 7:1-5)
  • Be beautiful and appealing.
  • Dress as he wants you to dress. Think of him in choosing your wardrobe.
  • Talk to him very frankly about his needs.
  • Don’t forget to be more romantic and more appealing with the passing of the years.
  • Be very frugal financially.
  • Never criticize his parents.
  • Encourage him to take the lead of the family spiritually.
  • Arrange to eat privately with your husband often.
  • Learn to have fun together. Maybe a hobby could be started.
  • Do not boss your husband. Do not tell him what to do around the house. Courteously, lovingly and kindly, you may ask him; but keep clear of any strong suggestions and orders.
  • Be very careful with your relationship with the opposite sex. Do not place yourself in positions where temptation will arise or criticism could be given.
  • Plan to be home when your husband is at home.
  • Do not be preoccupied with duties or thoughts on duties when you are with your husband unless, of course, the duties are being formed together.
  • If your husband is unsaved and the least bit antagonistic toward the church, do not discuss the church with him or tell him how much you enjoy it in front of him.

  • I see them useful now, and it will be helpful and and will serve as a guidepost. But the same respect applies to the husband too. As clearly implied by the author of this that one important aspect is to have the supreme Guide to be successful; and this is based on the basic instructions from the Book. I might not be perfect, but this one helps. Maybe somehow, I knew before that I would need it; all works for good.

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    Filipina Neighbor

    I met the first fellow Filipina around my place this day. A fellow church member told my mother-in-law about her and told me about it and I finally made them to get her number for me. After some phone calls and leaving messages, we finally see each other and her family too. It is good to know that there are many of us here. It seems it will be merrier here now that there is a fellow Bisaya near me. She's a young beautiful woman and our husbands both work offshore too, and her baby, oh so cute I can't wait to have my own, lol. I am just happy. Just the knowledge that someone is there is enough and now that we're friends is great. Be having more fun.

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    Indian Nostalgia

    Someone from India read my blog today. As I was looking at the map, I remember then my travel to the cradle of Hindu civilization. Were it not because of my fiance then, I could have not visited and stayed there for few weeks last year, and gone to places which before were just in my wish list.

    My stay there made me see so many things and humbled me. Mumbai (Bombay) is a home of approximately eighteen million people I was amazed how dense. I come from a populous place too, but this struck me. Every afternoon, you will also wonder where these people come from when they will all come and sit in the sand watching the afternoon beach sun, and also, maybe watching other people there. Every afternoon, thousands and thousands of Indian people would go to the beach with their friends, families and groups, dogs, and even their balls for playing. And I was used to that. I just imagined, when those people wouldn't come, how lonely the place might be. It is obvious anyone around the globe loves the beach, and this setting made it for them to relax and ponder about the day, though some were doing nothing but sleeping early in the morning on the streets or the sand, or anywhere one could lie down...

    It might not be a very clean beach, and when the wind blowed on me I could sense that distinctive Indian smell from the thousands on the beach, but I kind of missed the afternoons there, the recreation, when if alone, I could lost myself in my thoughts as I enjoy the never-ending waves, the distant cry of the birds as they flew and seek something on the sand, watch the clouds in the expansive sky and envision myself in silhouette of the orange sun with the people on a distance.

    Perhaps that's me, inasmuch as I like to be with people, I prefer some good times to be with myself more and enjoy the recreative and meditative embrace of the nature around me, only then I can feel so light-headedly refreshed, and appreciate more the beauty and wonder of the works around. Just as nature has given us two eyes, two ears and only one tongue so that we can see and hear more than we speak. And I saw and heard so much in there that I couldn't put into words, they were just all beautiful in their own ways..

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    Today is My "Offical" Birthday!

    It's my "official" BIRTHDAY today! Official in the sense that I am on a different time zone. I am halfway of the globe away. This is my first birthday away from my family, all the same, it is a happy birthday. I want to give thanks and appreciation to my friends who greet me for this day.

  • Miss Ana Maria B. for the early friendster message. Missya.
  • Bulaklak Rainel Jeane Calvert my friend in Florida, dai, thanks for the messages and greetingsJ. ur great!
  • Engr. Dyvinie J. thanks for the cute testimonial, believe jud ko ani dyvinie ba.
  • Engr. Pilar M. thanks for the chikka greetings, it's always heart warming.
  • Engr. Darlene L. thanks for the greetings, I appreciate it so much.
  • Miss maganda Paline Marie L. thanks for the cute card gwaps, so thoughtful and nice of you, it was indeed blastingJ.
  • Hey Julius L. thanks for the greetings friend, I appreciate it. Gobbless always.
  • Engr. Myla Pauline D., te may, my friend, thank you so much for the greetings.
  • Thanks Engr. Melba T. for the nice greetings, gwaps. Godbless.
  • Of course with nostalgic thanks to my family for always being there for me, for the early birthday greetings call this morning. I am so happy.
  • My in-laws, especially my mother-in-law, Sis, thanks for the pretty birthday card, and for being such a good woman.
  • I always thank My Maker for giving me another year to appreciate life and see the beauty of it even when there are pains and hurts on the side, still, life is beautiful with all of them.
  • And all the rest of them who would have come to our house to greet me had I been there. Thanks everyone, and for the chikka messages I got.
  • Thank you Jonathan for the greetings and for the cards, most of all for the love you gave me and for what we have for each other. I love you honey. So proud of you mylove.

  • Indeed, life is beautiful, another year to experience life and embrace all the realities and fullness with it, and in the end, always see God's faithfulness and strength in our weaknesses, and His provisions to our needs, and we can always testify that God is good, all the times of our lives, His love and mercy to His children never ends, in fact, they are new every morning, so great is His faithfulness, and we will see it again in action in this new chapter of our life.

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    Life is Like a Play

    All the world's a stage,
    And all the men and women merely players:
    They have their exits and their entrances;
    And one man in his time plays many parts,
    His acts being seven ages. At first the infant,
    Mewling and puking in the nurse's arms.
    And then the whining school-boy, with his satchel
    And shining morning face, creeping like snail
    Unwillingly to school. And then the lover,
    Sighing like furnace, with a woeful ballad
    Made to his mistress' eyebrow. Then a soldier,
    Full of strange oaths and bearded like the pard,
    Jealous in honour, sudden and quick in quarrel,
    Seeking the bubble reputation
    Even in the cannon's mouth. And then the justice,
    In fair round belly with good capon lined,
    With eyes severe and beard of formal cut,
    Full of wise saws and modern instances;
    And so he plays his part. The sixth age shifts
    Into the lean and slipper'd pantaloon,
    With spectacles on nose and pouch on side,
    His youthful hose, well saved, a world too wide
    For his shrunk shank; and his big manly voice,
    Turning again toward childish treble, pipes
    And whistles in his sound. Last scene of all,
    That ends this strange eventful history,
    Is second childishness and mere oblivion,
    Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything.

    Life is like a play - we merely go through the stages of our life acting it out.

    JAQUES:From Shakespeare's As You Like It, 1600:

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    Tip of The Tongue

    I have had the experiences where I have something on the tip of my tongue, but I can't remember it. All I could do was close my eyes, crease my forehead and forcefully try to recall it with some movements of my fingers, as if it helps speeding the recall, and with questions for myself what was that matter I wanted to recall; sometimes I remember it with kind of “joyous victory”, sometimes just not with disappointment. I know I’m not alone with it. Then I found this braingle and it says and explains something about this.

    Memory: Tip of the Tongue One way to try to recall the information is to think around it. (When you learn a fact, there are many associations that are learned along with it. The more associations you have for a particular fact, the more likely you are to remember it because each association acts like a cue to remember the original information. You can use this idea to help you remember something that is on the tip of your tongue. Try to recall everything that is related to the idea. Chances are that something you DO remember will lead you to what you DON'T. For example, if you are trying to remember an actor's name, try to name all the movies that he has been in and all of his costars. It's very possible that in doing this, the name will just pop into your head.

    The context of where and how you learned a piece of information is also stored in your memory. If you are trying to remember something that your math teacher taught you in class, try to picture the class and the circumstances surrounding the time when you learned it. This might cue your memory.)

    Another way is to stop thinking about it and let your unconscious mind process it for a while. Sometimes the fact will jump into your mind the moment after you stop thinking about it. Normally, once you remember the fact, it seems obvious and you can hardly imagine why you couldn't remember it in the first place.

    This proves a few facts about memory. First, it shows that memory is not all or none. In other words, sometimes you can recall a partial or incomplete memory. Second, just because the information is in your mind doesn't mean you can recall it whenever you want. Organizational problems sometimes prevent recall for information that exists.

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    My EAD ID

    I got my EAD (Employment Authorization Document) ID card today in the mail from Homeland Security. So many things will follow then. Glad that paperwork is running. In the next day or so, we will apply for SSN already, driver's license, then not long, I could go home. Not that impatient but I hope all paperwork will speed up, as attorney said when they transfered my case to California service center. Everything works fine, and if along the way they won't, there will always be an end.

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    Here is a simple recipe I tried. I'm so proud hubby loves this stew so.


    6-8 lb. cross cut beef shanks
    3 stalks celery, diced
    3 lg. carrots, diced
    2 med. onions, diced
    1 (28 oz.) can tomatoes
    1/2 c. chopped parsley
    1/2 tsp. basil
    1/2 tsp. thyme leaves
    1/2 tsp. pepper
    1 (10 oz.) pkg. frozen lima beans
    1 (10 oz.) pkg. frozen corn
    1 (10 oz.) pkg. frozen peas

    In very large kettle over high heat, heat beef shanks 2 tablespoons salt and 10 cups hot water to boiling. Reduce heat to low. Add remaining ingredients except frozen vegetables. Cover simmer for 2 hours. Stir in frozen vegetable and 2 teaspoons salt. Cook 30 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Makes 26 cups or 14 servings. Freezes up to 3 months.

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    Chain Letters

    There must be some fun in sending and forwarding messages just to let it circulate around, and just to have something to do, or much more, just to have something to send to anyone. I appreciate everyone sending messages but I'm a melting pot of those chain letters, the link stops there. Well, if I send messages to anyone, it must be with sense or we can gain something from it, and not waste others' time. I don't mind receiving chain letters though, but the link of the chain stops in here. Peace. Just don't see any sense forwarding it, unless it makes the recepient laugh. Sometimes they're just you know, nonsense.

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    Reunited and It Feels so Good

    I have been so busy today. Tomorrow will be a very busy day again. My husband will come home tomorrow!!! I pray he has safe passage. He is on flight now from from India. We have been apart for few weeks, just miss him so. So many things to do then just so excited.It's party time. Hehehe. Well that's all for now, still have to groom myself for the big day, tiwas sa ko pa-beauty. Wink. Advance happy Valentine's day. Happy Day!

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