all about love

This will be our first Christmas without my father and our second without my brother. I will be honest, when my brother passed, i literally cried buckets of tears. Whenever i think of him or see photos of him i cry. These days i still get teary eyed whenever i think of him. I really miss him so much and forever i will. But, i don’t know and i’m not sure why i did not feel the same way when my father died. Yes, i miss him… we all do but it seemed like all of us had already accepted about his passing. Maybe our sense of relief just outweighed our sense of loneliness and grieving. Now that he’s gone, it seemed like a renewal. My parent’s house is having a big renovation, all the clutter that my father has been holding on has been disposed and most importantly i noticed a tremendous change in my mother’s aura. She has been smiling a lot, stress is gone because nobody is bullying her anymore and i truly believe she is happy. Of course she misses my father but she recovers quickly.

The holiday season would not be complete without the family, love, food and laughter. Gifts come second and it is not as important to me now than when i was younger. But for the kids, they are really looking forward to it especially those coming from my sister who works abroad. As always she would be home for Christmas and be the jolly Santa Claus of the family.

I know it’s a cliche but Christmas is all about love and happy reunions.

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Sending lots of cheers… Happy Weekend.

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“I sitz here while i wait for Christmas… hey Mom, how many days til Christmas? Will you buy me lots of treats as Christmas presents?”

learning the art of cooking

When i was still living in my parent’s house, i never cook. My mother does all the cooking. She’s one talented cook. I remembered all the dishes she served us through the years and somehow they served as inspiration when it was time for me to cook for my own family.

Is cooking a talent or a skill? For me it is both. One needs to learn the skill to be able to know the techniques and be talented. While some learns faster and finds it easier some don’t. It is really the love of cooking that inspires us to be better, to try again and to improve our creation.

The need to serve delectable food on the table and my love for cooking made me  a good cook (that’s according to my children).  Over the years, i learned and continue to learn. I never follow an exact recipe but rather relies on inspiration from recipes that i read, or cooking shows that i’ve watched. The problem with recipes or in cooking shows is that either the ingredients are not available locally or just cannot be found or just plain expensive so there is a need to be creative in switching to an alternative ingredient which i do most of the time and that’s where my MAGIC goes to action.

For today, i am sharing my own version of SALMON PASTA WITH MUSHROOM AND SPINACH IN WHITE SAUCE. To put it simply it’s just an ordinary pasta dish with shredded salmon toppings. It is so easy to prepare.

Season salmon with salt, pepper and rosemary. Pan fried in oil (or add butter if you wish) til cooked. Set aside to cool and shred the meat. Then prepare white sauce or bechamel sauce. Put some butter on pan, add a little flour while constantly stirring then pour in milk (or add cream for a thicker sauce) and season with salt and pepper. (My secret ingredient is pork bouillon cube for the sauce flavoring). Add the shredded salmon, mushroom and spinach. Set aside some shredded salmon for toppings. Serve on cooked spaghetti, fettuccine, linguine or any pasta that you like.

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A post would not be complete without kitty photos. Sharing with you Puti’s adventures. She decided to dive into my bag. I’m not really sure what she’s looking for.. “Sweetie, i got no MILLIONS in my bag.”.

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Oh, what did you find? Sorry for interrupting your adventure kitty but mommy’s gotta go. 

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Puti my foster kitty has that habit of going inside of just about anything, bag or shopping bag, plastic bag which i am always closely monitoring for safety, cabinets and drawers. One advise for cat parents, never leave shopping bags, especially plastic ones just lying around the house. They should be kept properly as kitties love them and sometimes get stuck or snagged on their handles.

Happy Wednesday and i hope my kitty Puti made you smile today.

too colorful to eat

I haven’t blogged in ages… Luckily for today i have some spare time and be e-connected again. I am super busy the past weeks in supervising the renovation of my parents’ house. Not an easy task in choosing, ordering, buying and monitoring of construction materials down to the smallest details.

Tired and in need of some sugar rush, i picked up a box of baby donuts on my way home. TINY 24 bite size pieces that are too gorgeous and too colorful to eat.

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With a happy tummy, now i could relax beside my sleepy princess Star.

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Have an awesome weekend!

shine bright

I had a nice time dining out with my kids in a new restaurant at the mall near our place. Upon entering, we were greeted by a blast of multi-colored decorations… delicately beautiful dropped lights and lamps, flowers and plants and a lot of inspiring quotes adorning the glass walls.

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I love the mismatched chairs and they make the place even more charming.

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Distressed mirrors that hang on wall and the metal lattice works with all those tiny details on display provide the rustic appeal. I love the Moroccan inspired pendant lamps that can be seen on almost all corners. They give off that lovely SHINE that provides warmth to the overall ambiance.

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The blue water goblets are so attractive and they will surely be on my wish list this holiday season. Oh by the way, the food is as impressive as their interior.

And … here’s something to make you smile… sharing with you a photo of Puti (means white in English) my all white foster kitten to brighten up your day. Her eyes SHINE bright like blue sapphires. She is one sweet girl despite her hearing disability. (Ah mom, it’s time to clean my nose plzzzz...)

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Have a happy Wednesday.

red velvety flower and gingers

This LOCAL red velvety flower is called cockscomb. While some really grow these plants i also see them as wildflowers and commonly growing in vacant lots. I was surprised to see some of these plants on my planter just outside my fence and i remembered that a neighbor has been growing these in her garden and i’m sure that some of the seeds were just blown by the wind. I am not protesting though as they are so gorgeous.

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And… speaking of reds, my gingercats are happily modelling a red collar. (Note: red cats are also referred to as gingers, marmalade or orange cats.) This collar is TIGER’s but i let KUTING wear it too. Let’s see who wears it better.

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Looks like my adorable models are having fun. Yes, mommy is having fun too because they look so handsomely cute.

 

my forever

I have a complicated love life. Married twice and both ended in failures.

When i got married the first time, i never thought it will end. We had so many dreams and so many plans and a lot of promises but things did not turn out the way it is supposed to be. Things happen like major disagreements, problems in finances, immaturity, incompatibility and the relationship ended.

Again, I wasn’t lucky the second time around in searching for that chance to be happy again. I thought that maybe this time it would last forever. How wrong i was.. there’s no FOREVER. The relationship collapsed because of lies, deception, cheating and empty promises. The act of cheating and lying are definitely not mistakes because they are intentional and that’s why it was so hurting. I found it really hard to move past the hurt when TRUST was broken so there was no use for me to be in that kind of relationship anymore. The more i stay in the relationship, the more it was hurting me so getting out of that is the best decision ever … i’ve  felt that URGENT need to escape so i could maintain my sanity otherwise i would really go crazy dealing with too much anger. Oh well, enough of these dramas.

Let’s kick the blues away by starting the day with a smile and be happy.

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And one of my sources of happiness are… There’s Star, Tiger, Boots, Kuting, Ashton and my new foster Puti that bring so much smile and happiness. There’s Marwind, Kristina, Rafraf and Tobi that make me laugh when they are acting like goof balls. (Visit my About page to see their photos).

Among my kitties, these two are really BFFs. They groom each other, sleep together and play together. I love them forever.

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sentimental value

It is fine to keep things from the past but we just have to be sure that these would not clutter our present. It is just a matter of determining which ones give us happiness and fond memories.

Holding on to a little Santa CANDLE with fondness may seem a bit strange to some but for me it is meaningful and important. It represents the number of years when i had to finally move out of my parents’ home. I clearly remembered buying this cute and lovely candle way back in 2000 when we moved into a rented house while our new home is under construction. Tiny it may seem but it has been one of the decors every Christmas season in my own home since then and it is now on its 16th year. Quite a feat for an itty bitty candle don’t you think?

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Meanwhile, the kitties are getting crazy playing with a used red ribbon. Endless fun and enjoyment with a thing of no value.

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Have a happy weekend everyone.