For the not so love of tomatoes

  

I remember I liked eating the raw green tomatoes when I was younger. And I still like it now. But I can never remember I enjoyed the red ones. I just really find the taste  – “eh!”. 

But don’t get me wrong. I still eat them but not just on its own. It has to be mixed with anything so that I can’t taste it. 

Recently, I challenged myself to start eating it even if it is raw. I just have to force the 5 year old in me because I know it is good for me. And so far, it is still a struggle. 

Good thing I can buy these cherry tomatoes that I can just throw the whole little thing into my mouth and chew a bit then swallow.

So wish me luck! 😁😁😁

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Old and New

To live in another country, you can either embrace it or regret it.

As for me, I’m totally embracing it! Hehe…

It’s been almost 2 weeks and I must say I’m so grateful with the old and new friends I’m meeting.

This weekend has been a blast – people, food, laughter. It’s a time to take my mind off from my job hunting thoughts.

Last Friday, I jogged with friends at Central Park just here in Burnaby. Finally, we were able to do it after postponing it for many times. Well of course, after we jogged, we ate. Haha!photo 1 (2)

Saturday was fun day and fooood day! Hehe… My former colleague here in Accenture who has been my coach and mentor at work treat me for a fully loaded lunch in a Chinese restaurant. The food was really great. Too bad I wasn’t able to take pictures. But, really good lunch!

After that, I attended a birthday picnic party still at Central Park. Best part of the day. So many kids!

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the birthday celebrant (left cute kid) with his family

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some of the party goers

Sunday was church day and movie time after. My jogging buddies and I watched a Tagalog movie, not that we are fans of the actors but we just really wanted a good laugh. We got what we paid for. Haha!  And of course, bubble tea to close the day. 🙂

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It was a full weekend.  Though I had to hit the gym when I got home yesterday. I had to burn calories. Haha!

I’m really an extrovert. I get so energized with people around. Hehe!

I thank God for relationships. 🙂

Travel the World

With $1000, will I be able to travel into different places? You think?

I wish I can go to different places like starting tomorrow…

know the culture

meet the people

enjoy the food

take photos

live for a week or so

stroll around

bike around

write about the place

share God’s love

experience work

learn the language

teach my language

tell stories

hear stories

a lot to do!!!

I should start picking my first destination, what you think?

Any suggestion somewhere in Asia?

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Meeting over Spicy Tuna Pesto and Turbo Chicken

I invited everyone in the core group of the ministry I am part of – Singles@Work to have the continuation of our planning and meeting at my place over dinner.

I prepared two main dishes which are two of my favorites. I prepared a turbo whole chicken marinated in salt, pepper, calamansi, oregano, some seasoning and lemon grass. I let it soak for more than 2 hours.  (I forgot to take a picture when it got cooked. )

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I also prepared my specialty – spicy tuna pesto pasta. I usually buy a ready to mix pesto sauce but unfortunately the supermarket near my place ran out of it so I have to do the sauce from scratch, for the first time. I used my Magic Bullet blender to make the sauce. I mixed the fresh basil leaves (which I sooo love the smell!) with olive oil first, then, added chopped garlic and little bit of salt and pepper.

Then, I sauteed the tuna with onions. I mix Century Tuna Spicy and the one in Vegetable oil. After which, I added the pesto sauce I have made. I put in the pasta then added the nuts as last. I don’t like mixing the nuts when I do the sauce.

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My visitors and their happy stomachs. 🙂

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Food for the Body & Soul

 

Since I resigned from work, I had more time preparing meals especially breakfast!

One breakfast, I cooked for me and my roomie some buttered carrots, omelette and our favorite chorizo made in Cebu. It’s just nice to have normal meals on weekdays.

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I craved also for some sweets this week that I bought donuts and a box of chocolate-filled pretzel sticks.

I realized how dependent we are with food that sometimes we feel like we are about to die if we can’t eat a proper meal on time.

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I’m glad that Jesus taught us about prayer and fasting. Not just that it reminds me that I don’t live by bread alone, but it’s an amazing journey with the Lord as He enables me to just be dependent and focused on Him alone. It is a time of prayer and studying of the Bible instead of eating meals. It could be a one meal fast or three meals fast and it could be three days or a week. Aside from meals, there’s also a fast from the things that usually take away our time for God like watching television and/or the internet (Facebook, etc.)

If you haven’t tried prayer and fasting, I really recommend you give it a try.  You will experience God much deeper.

Chicken & Cupcake

Since I bought my  American Home Turbo Convection, I was able to prepare more healthy meals. Oil-free meals!

Growing up, my family always loved turbo chicken. And I’m so happy that I can prepare it whenever I want! Because I craved for it last week, I did some turbo for the thigh parts and some broccoli for the side. I marinated the chicken with just salt and pepper and cooked with turbo for 45 mins to an hour if you want it really crisp.  As for the broccoli, I just steamed it then, sauteed with butter after.

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If you want to do it for a whole chicken, would be best to marinate it for a long time. Then, put lemon grass and we have this fruit we call in Ilonggo “Batuan” which really adds to the taste of the chicken. But, lemon grass is okay. Put both in the inside part of the chicken and marinade inside as well with salt and pepper and some “calamansi” or lemon.

This is the “I’m not proud part” of what I prepared. I wanted to bake banana muffin and I don’t know – I put in the wrong type of sugar to my mix. And so, the muffin was just the worst ever!! And I’ve made this before already, I just don’t know what I was thinking!! Grrrr….

I will definitely, definitely, definitely do it again perfectly!

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Quebec

July 2011 – It was summer in where I was that time. My aunt invited me to join them for a long drive trip to Quebec coming all the way from Virginia. I got excited because I’ll be visiting a French speaking place (closest to Paris I could get…hehe).

Before our trip, I did not google about Quebec, asked what’s in that place or even got curious what I could see there. I realize that if someone else is planning the trip, I really don’t have to know the details.

And you know what? It was really good not to know the details. Because I didn’t know what to expect, I got blown away by the place. Sounds exaggerated? Not really. I fell “in love” with the place. I felt like I was in one of those places that I see in Europe. The old city of Quebec was really beautiful. And not to forget, the French dishes we have tried were really impressive. I’ve used some of the basic French words I’ve learned from my 101 class before (finally! Hehe)

I’ve learned some history about the province like it was used to be under the French colony, thus, the French-speaking people. It has a Catholic background seeing all the big churches in every town or city. I’ve learned from our tour guide that the highest rate of employment comes from tourism. No wonder I see information centers in almost every town we passed by to.

I must say, it was one of my best trips in Canada.  I thank God for such privilege of allowing me to see beautiful places on the other side of the world.

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With Tita Merlyn making a pose in front of a lovely restaurant

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strolling around the city

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behind me, just one of the huge churches

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i can’t even eat this, i can just stare

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Shaun and Tito Elmer busy taking photos while I take a photo of them…hehe

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