Early Morning Treat

Daryl is home at last! He and his classmates went to Laoag then to Vigan for an out of class (for Geog) activity last two days ago.

morning chant?

Look at what he got for us from Vigan.

Vigan longganisa

Vigan longganisa are more garlicky than sweet.  But I love it with fried egg, tomatoes, fried rice and Pinoy Kurat (spiced tuba vinegar). Yum!

fried egg no salt
fresh tomatoes, no salt
simple but yummy garlic rice

While Papsie was cooking the longganisa in small amount of water with no cooking oil (the oil that comes from these longganisas becomes the one that will fry them), I was starving.  Who would not be when they look great over the fire and when they’re already cooked?

while they are being cooked
the finished product about to be gobbled

Daryl had fun.  He also brought home muscovado and a set of special bibingka.

delicious bibingka

Of Pills and Workouts

It is astonishing that the so called diet pills are abounding in the net and there are even those claimed as the best diet pills for women.  But as I have always said, when I am asked what I will choose between pills and workouts, I always choose the hard way – working out!

Most of the time, I do morning workouts but I learned that evening workouts are preferable because they boost metabolism and they burn calories after a heavy dinner.  I think I am going to try this because it is always hard to get up early and I might be losing some benefits of a healthy sound sleep.

The disadvantage of having a gastrointestinal disorder is what I fear with diet pills.  My intestines are always sensitive that a slight disturbance and a foreign matter would cause LBM (excuse me for the word  😀  ).

Both diet pills and workouts require managing one’s diet anyway.  It is the seemingly influx of energy that I always like with workouts.  I will not be experiencing that with diet pills as I only need to sit and wait for the effects.

Colon Cleansing to Remove Mucoid Plaque

What is a colon? Why is a cleanse colon procedure necessary?

The colon is the part of the large intestine between the cecum and the rectum; it extracts moisture from food residues before they are excreted.  From Wikipedia, it is the last part of the digestive system in most vertebrates ; it extracts water and salt from solid wastes before they are eliminated from the body, and is the site in which flora-aided (largely bacteria) fermentation of unabsorbed material occurs. Unlike the small intestine, the colon does not play a major role in absorption of foods and nutrients. However, the colon does absorb water, potassium and some fat soluble vitamins.

Experts say that colon cleansing is very important to remove the mucoid plaque from the colon.  One can start by fasting and then a procedure involving supplements.

Using the Head

While I contemplate on how to reduce belly fat – what to choose between work-out and pills or between the hard or easy way – I came to a conclusion that a large part of results in our lives come from discipline.

Last Wednesday, a worker in one of the plants in the company where I work went missing.  Speculations include the possibility of accident, and worst, murder by criminals.  All forms of monsters lurk in the street when night falls and who knows what could have happened?

The guy was found behind bars on Friday afternoon.  The borrowed motorcycle he used to send another co-worker home killed a 73 yr old man when he wasn’t able to balance the motorcycle as he was climbing the slope of a path.  The old man was crossing the path and was hit and dragged when the motorcycle dropped down the slope.  Guy M had a head injury, too.  He was put behind bars facing multiple charges.

All of us wishing for him to be safe before were thinking now of the benefit of him not coming alive out of the mess.  It may sound cruel but to live and face such a very complicated situation makes him a walking dead.  The agony of the whole thing for his family, especially to his wife and kids, is unbearable.  Even if I am not witnessing what is transpiring now in his life, I am sure of the pain that they are enduring.

But as the old saying goes, if there is life, there is hope.  Maybe there will be good that will come out of it all.  But I am sure that he had learned his lesson very well that there are always consequences to a wrong-doing, that before plunging into anything, use the head.

And back to reducing belly fat, similar things are running in my head.  I had not considered on exercises, or work-outs, or drills, to be physically fit.  Maybe because I am a working mom and there are many things to pencil in to draw at least a happy life if not a perfect one.  But there are always consequences, as mentioned. In my case, a bloated body and belly to trim.

On Valentine’s Day

Let us partake of love’s
sweet taste
Let us swamp ourselves
in love’s care

Again and again, feel
my embrace,
my kisses,
my love.

Let me drown in your tenderness,
my love.
Let us for a while forget
this world.

Let us partake of love’s
and live in its
sweet taste

Love is corny, according to you.  But according to you, too, this is the reason why it is so nice to feel love.  Just like ingredients, being corny is one of the ingredients of a sweet and good love.

We do not utter our love like this.  We just usually say “I love you”.  It comes with a touch on the head, and of course, a touch here and there.  😀  It also comes with a wink that usually has an intense meaning to it.  It also comes with a passionate glare which meaning I know too well.  It comes most of the time with a kiss, or with kisses, some are feather-like, some flaming.

A day does not end without telling me that I am loved, or making me feel that I am.  Do we not get so bored with each other? So used to each other’s words, touch and presence?  I do not think so.  You are not only my other half.  You are more than being half of my life.  And I hope I am to you, too.

Happy Heart’s Day, dearest!

Photohunt: Education

org meeting

Above is a picture of son Daryl’s friends gathered for a meeting of their organization. Organizations in their university enhance their social skills, and their abilities. Meeting people and getting to know and learn from them makes it more interesting. I had never seen my children so interested in joining and participating for the sake of education empowerment.

English class

This is a picture in one of those English classes Kay had attended. The professor was once a news anchor in one of today’s famous teevee stations.

Today’s Photohunt is about education. It is quite a challenging theme for me. How about you? How do you find it?

You can check the others here and here.

Not Yet Ready

From the first day she had a boyfriend when she’s still in high school, people tell me and my daughter that I will soon be a grandma or she will soon get married (as if a young girl can marry that young). There were even relatives who bravely asked when she will marry.  Of course, this irked my daughter.

I know that the thought of having a baby out of wedlock, or marrying early is not a far-fetched idea for most people who sees a young girl walking side by side with her young boyfriend.  Admittedly, it crossed my mind.  Even with a beautiful ergo baby carrier, the idea is not appealing to me though.

It is a good thing that my daughter graduated (with honors) in college with a boyfriend in tow without getting preggy, and knowing the risks of being a young parent without a job to support a baby.  God bless her soul for thinking ahead what could happen to a baby without the needed support.   God bless her soul for having eyes on abandoned babies on the streets, and feeling angry to the mothers of the unborn aborted and left in garbage places.

Photohunt: Fashion

daughter Kay

Because today’s Photohunt theme is fashion, I share this photo.   This pair of big eyeglasses does not look good to everybody but it fitted Kay well.  Fashion-only eyeglasses can enhance the look and outfit but they also have to suit the shape of the face.


But just look at these kids.  Isn’t it adorable that they have their own fashion sense this early?

This is my contribution to today’s Photohunt challenge. You can also visit the Technorati page.

Fine Linens on a Cold Night

white linens and pillows

Sleep is heavenly when there are fine linens and pillows to slumber on.  It does not necessarily require Sferra linens.  But if you have the cash, and want to experience these handcrafted linens and pillows, then maybe it’s worth the try.  How can they not be when this 100% Italian Egyptian sateen sheet costs almost PhP 8,000 and a pair of pillows almost PhP 4,000?

I wonder what it would be like to spread over these linens on a cold night.  It must be worth it.  I would prefer white, how about you?

Cheap Car Insurance

Papsie inside the car


Our car is an old model.  That is why the cheap car insurance.  Not that I am complaining because there is no need to (it is a very useful car for us).  What I am trying to say is we cannot avail of the comprehensive insurance because it is already an old model car and not a vintage car.

We have the CTPL insurance, meaning, compulsory third party liability insurance.  It is a requirement for old model cars.  The third party is the owner of the vehicle.  The liability will be the financial obligation for the bodily injury or harm to the third party.  This also includes death.


Though an old model, once replaced, it would be very difficult for us to let go of this car.  It has been a part of our lives for more than half a decade already.  It replaced the owner-type jeep Papsie had before which was sold to a cheap price to the brother.  Papsie dearly loved that jeep, too.  He had had a lot of his earnings spent for the maintenance and for buying a very fine engine.   When it was sold, it left a scar.  We were so saddened that the vehicle was sold again to a very cheap price.  We felt so sorry for the car with its fine-working engine.  We were very unhappy because we did not have enough money, and even if we have, we could not decide on buying it because there are many other priorities to consider.


I have a friend who has a name for her car.  It was funny to learn that even her car was baptized!  😀  Until now, I cannot think of a name for my car.  think* think* think*  Maybe I’ll call him Blue.

A Prom Dress for a Debut?

Kay at her debut

Anything from the collection of Jovani prom dresses would look great on my daughter on her 18th birthday last 2008.  I was thinking of a one-shoulder satin mini length dress with sequins, beads and flowers.  But flowers on a dress is a big no-no for her.  I was also thinking of a strapless square tulle mini length dress with a full skirt in an empire waistline.  I know it would be perfect for her.  But not with a fuchsia or pink color.

Then I thought of a corset with sequins and a basque waistline;  strapless, layered, and in a tulle fabric with prints would make her look very beautiful.  Even if it would cost me a fortune.  (I am joking, I know you know.  😀  )

Then she chose black.  Plain black, put together by a wide red belt.  The cut was okay, the bodice is strapless and with a basque waistline.  The length is okay.  But black?  Why did she choose black?

I should have known.  My daughter is not the typical one.   She loves uniqueness, she loves out of the ordinary, she loves red and black.

It was my first time to see someone who will be celebrating her debut in black dress.  But I did not argue.  It’s not me who was going to celebrate her 18th birthday anyway last 2008.

Conference Calls – How I Wish!

Conference calls can spice up phone conversations with family, relatives and friends.  Imagine talking or conversing through the phone with more than one caller.  The juiciest conversation will go unending because it would be like talking personally to more than one of your family members, or relatives, or friends.  If you are bored at home, you just call a number and you will be connected to conversations with other callers.  Isn’t this amazing?

conference calling

I used to think of conference calls as very useful only in businesses where they are used to meet and converse with other parties inside and outside the company.  It was interesting to learn that it could be used at home, too.

There’ll be a party everyday by talking to my high school and college friends at the same time!  😀

It’s just wishful thinking.  Bear with me.