Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Monday, October 26, 2009
from Periplus Mini Cookbooks by William W. Wongso and Hayatinufus A.L. Tobing
Thursday, October 22, 2009
September 2009 Pneumococcal (Prevenar) P3,330.30 (discounted)
December 2009 Chicken Pox
Sunday, October 18, 2009
It's been 3 months since I wrote part 1 and a lot can happen in 3 months. Like changing my mind about my difficult new boss D. Nothing has changed-he still repeats his instructions over and over all the while looking at me with a look that says "does she understand what I'm saying?", he is still the most OC person I've come to know, he still has sharp tongue, etc. etc. BUT I decided to give him a chance. Nothing was happening with my applications for transfer to other departments. If I cannot leave him then I have to deal with it. I decided to just do everything he said and ignore those I did not agree with.
Ignored: entering his meetings 3x in his calendar so that it sounds an alarm 3x (every 15 minutes and hour before the meeting). Once is enough!
Ignored: the out of office report (quarterly surveying the leave, training/seminar, and mission schedule of every staff in our department); we already have a whiteboard for that.
Ignored: printing out his 2-week schedule everyday (he already has this in his lotus notes calendar, in his diary, and a post it of the day's meetings on his desk)
Guess what? It worked! And now I decided he's not so bad after all. He's thoughtful and very appreciative of the work that I do. And he sounds very sincere when he says thank you.
Thoughtfulness: gave me half of his chocolate bar during overtime; got me a milo when he got coffee for himself; got my favorite flavor ice cream after doing personal stuff for him (mint chocolate chip from tillamook..yummy!)
And when he says thank you, it really sounds sincere.
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Yet again! I haven't been able to connect to facebook at home for more than two weeks now. Only facebook. Sometimes I get a page load error to other sites but I just refresh and it connects. But never facebook. I thought it might be a virus but I ran the cleaner a few times and came up with nothing.
So I was thinking that maybe P blocked facebook. Could he do that? He's always been nagging me about playing facebook games like Mafia Wars, Farmtown, Restaurant City, etc. instead of spending time with Via. I guess he's right. But...back to the topic. I searched online how to fix the problem (since P doesn't want to help me....he insists nothing's wrong and I'm better off without FB) but couldn't find a solution that works. Help!
I've been wearing my hair short for years but once in a while I get the urge to grow it out. And that's what I did after giving birth last December. My hair is wavy/curly and it's awful when it's in that awkward growing out stage. I endured it and had my hair relaxed in June when it was about chin length. I used L'oreal Elseve Smooth Intense shampoo, conditioner and anti-frizz serum. It really tamed my hair. It's now October and I can put my hair up in a ponytail. But I cannot stand it anymore! It's heavy, takes longer to dry and sticks to my nape. And long hair is a nono around babies. The li'l twerp likes to pull strands of my hair....hard! It hurts!
Today I had it in a ponytail again and got a headache. It was too tight. Enough of this when I don't really know how to style long hair nor do I have the patience for it. So I went to Jesi Mendez in Robinson's Galleria after work and had it cut short. What a relief!
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
When typhoon ondoy was pouring it's rains down on Metro Manila that Saturday, we were holed up in our building enjoying the cool weather. We did have a little problem though. We had no water! At first we thought it was because we were late paying the association dues :) I learned the night before though that apparently, the contractor of the building being built beside our building hit the water tank. So that morning, I decided to go to the office to take a bath and bring Via with me. When we got to the lobby about to go out, the rain was really pouring and it was flooded up to mid calf. In Ortigas Center! After waiting a few minutes I realized the rain will not stop so we waded in the flood to go to my office across the street. I bathed Via in the wash basin then took my shower. When we went home it was still raining although not as hard and the flood had gone down a bit.
The next day, Via and I took our baths at my office again still without an inkling of the devastation Ondoy was wreaking. It was only on Monday hearing my officemates' stories that I learned the extent of the devastation. One of my coworkers had her house completely submerged as it was a bungalow. Some of the staff in my office took temporary refuge in our office building. I was tempted to join them. We were beginning to feel how difficult it is to live without water.
You might wonder why we had no idea of what was happening outside our building. We hardly watch TV anymore. When Via was born, the TV was moved out of our bedroom to make room for her crib. And P doesn't want Via to watch any TV until she's at least 2. So we were clueless.
Now almost three weeks after typhoon ondoy, we still don't have water. Some say it might take another week. Hopefully! Meanwhile, I continue to take baths at the office before going home. Via's yaya continues to get water from the upper basement late at night. We are all sleep deprived because of it.
One good thing out of this is that I learned to appreciate the importance of water and not waste it.
Sunday, October 11, 2009
I've been trying to learn how to cook Indonesian dishes with little success. I find it difficult because I'm not familiar with most of the ingredients and the proportions and how they should taste. I don't usually follow cookbooks to the letter. I try to add spices or change the proportions. So far I've tried Ikan Bilis, Nasi Goreng Ayam, Pecel with Peanut Sauce a few times. Something's always wrong with them. Today I decided to try Crispy Fragrant Chicken.
1 whole chicken cut into serving portions
2 salam leaves (optional)
1 stalk lemongrass, tender inner part of bottom third only, bruised and cut in 3 pieces
Oil for deep frying
5 candlenuts or macadamia nuts
1 teaspoon coriander seeds
1/4 teaspoon cumin seeds
5 cm (2in) fresh ginger root, peeled and sliced
1 tablespoon turmeric powder
4 cloves garlic
1 teaspoon salt
To make the spice paste, dry fry the candlenuts or macadamia nuts, coriander and cumin seeds in a skillet or wok over low heat until fragrant, about 3 minutes. Grind them in a blender or food processor until fine, add the galangal, turmeric powder, garlic and salt and grind to form a smooth paste. Add a little water if needed to keep the mixture turning.
Put the spice paste in a wok or frying pan with a lid. Add the chicken pieces and stir fry over medium heat to coat with the spice paste, then add the salam leaves, if using, and lemongrass. Cover the pan and simmer slowly over low heat, turning the chicken peices from time to time, until all the moisture is absorbed and the chicken pieces are tender, 30-35 minutes. Remove and discard the lemongrass and salam leaves.
Heat the oil in a wok until very hot. Add several chicken pieces, with the spices still coating the outside, then deep-fry over high heat until golden brown about 3 minutes. Drain on paper towels and keep warm while frying the remaining chicken peices.
I basically followed everything except for the salam leaves and the lenmograss which I forgot. I used almonds instead of candlenuts and coriander and cumin powder instead of seeds. Also I added juice of 2 calamansi, 5 pieces chilli and a little Knorr original seasoning.
Finally, P said it was good. Finally!
My baby girl is now 10 months. She has six teeth, four upper teeth and two below. She's raring to walk. She has already taken 1 step by herself. It won't be long now. She has met all the milestones at just the right time.
When she was born all my friends said she looked like her Daddy. Daddy has sharp and strong features and very dark. I was more concerned about her being dark since she's a girl. Everybody said not to worry. Babies change their appearances several times before they're a year old. Now at 10 months though, she's showing no signs of changing her looks. She solidly looks like her Daddy. Even her ears look exactly like Daddy's.
Her coloring is lightening though. I'm not sure if it's because of the Johnson's Milk Bath that she uses. So when we ran out of the milk bath last week, I bought Nivea's head to toe wash. If she turns dark again, then the milk bath lightened her skin.
Now though I am not that concerned about her skin color anymore. My friends say she has a very nice skin color. It's dark but reddish and she has rosy cheeks. They say her skin color shows her Daddy is of a different nationality. Whatever! It took me a while but I so adore my baby girl now.