Friday, March 26, 2010
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Whenever I leave in the morning for work, I kiss Via and she waves goodbye with a flying kiss. She usually doesn't cry. So I was surprised when starting last week, she would cry when I left in the morning and when she's put to bed at night and we're not home yet, she would cry calling Mamee...Mamee.
- increase her freedom to give her a sense of independence
- pamper her with extra attention just like you would if she were sick, just don't let it go on too long
- don't prolong goodbyes, say goodbye and leave no matter how hard she cries and never sneak away
- develop a ritual goodbye
- always use positive reinforcement and assure her that you will always be back
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Monday, March 22, 2010
Thursday, March 11, 2010
I have never thought of having eggs for dinner. However, I decided to try this tasty Malaysian dish because it contains no meat. After going through a few recipes I found online, I decided to try the one I found in My Kitchen Snippets.
5 hard boiled eggs
1 large onions – sliced thinly
1 clove of garlic - chopped
2 tbsp of chili paste or sambal olek (more if you like it spicy)
2 tbsp of tomato ketchup
1 tbsp of lemon juice (optional)
1 tbsp of sugar
Salt to taste
Heat about 2 tbsp of oil in pan and shallow fry the hard-boiled eggs till eggs are slightly browned. Remove eggs and set aside.
Add in garlic and onion and stir well until aromatic and lightly brown. Add in the chili paste and tomato ketchup. Stir for a few second and gradually add in some water.
Add salt and sugar to taste. Return fried eggs to the sambal mixture coat evenly and allow to boil until sambal is reduced in liquid.
Serve warm with rice.
I made slight changes in the ingredients because we didn't have a couple of them. I used chili bean paste instead of chili paste and banana catsup instead of tomato ketchup. Since banana catsup is already sweet, I didn't add the brown sugar. Also I added more garlic because I just love the taste of garlic. It's sooooo good. I will try some more recipes from that blog since there are so many similar dishes between Malaysia and Indonesia.
I will make this again tomorrow morning as I told my friends at the office I would give them a taste if it's successful.
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Yesterday, we took P to the Philtranco terminal in Megamall. The Philtranco bus takes people to the Clark International Airport. Some flights, fly out of the Philippines in that airport only. He's taking Tiger Air. He's going home to Indonesia to visit his family for a week. He used to say that he doesn't like saying goodbye and he usually just ups and leaves without telling anybody. So everytime he goes on a trip by himself, I don't expect to take him to the airport. But everytime, when he's about to leave he would ask me if I'm not going with him. He would say the taxi might take him round and round Manila, that it's difficult to make the driver understand, etc. He speaks enough Tagalog to make himself understood and he knows his way around Manila. Men really are such babies sometimes :)
Since the Philtranco terminal in Megamall was walking distance from our place, I thought he would go by himself this time. Besides, he had to be there around 6:30 am. We played badminton until midnight the night before and Via was having difficulty sleeping. So I had all of 3 hours sleep. Well, when he picked Via up (who was fast asleep), I thought it was to kiss her goodbye, but no. He was taking her with him so I had to go as well. I guess he's going to miss his baby girl very much.
I don't function well if I don't get 8 hours sleep. Not only do I look tired and haggard, my skin looks dull and I'm obsessive about skincare :) I went through yesterday like a zombie and didn't get any work done.
The Philtranco bus was right on schedule. I guess it goes around stops in the city to pick up passengers. It stayed about 10 minutes at that terminal. Other terminals are in Pasay, Cubao, Bacoor, and Ermita. The bus schedule and other information may be found in this website: http://tourism-philippines.com/philtranco-bus/.
Monday, March 8, 2010
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
Why is it that bad news come in bunches?
On Sunday morning (February 28), the news of an 8.8 magnitude earthquake hitting Chile was all over the news. I felt as sudden wave of fear. So soon after the earthquake in Haiti in January. It brought to mind all these thoughts and images of the apocalypse, the Book of Revelations, and all the movies I saw about the end of the world as we know it. I am Legend, The Day After Tomorrow, 28 Weeks Later, Armageddon...so on. Saturday night we saw the movie The Road starring Viggo Mortensen. That was depressing! I couldn't bear to finish it but P asked my to stay and watch it with him.
Later that day, one of my closest friends sent me a text message that she had cancer. What?! I though she was joking. So soon after her nephew passed away of cancer in January. And she said she didn't want to get a chemo. Just an IV treatment. I have to research this one.
And then all these stories and articles about the Philippine presidential elections and the candidates. Honestly, I still don't know who to vote. None of them seem right for the job. Oh, there is one candidate that I believe can do the job and has demonstrated in the past his ability to get things done without having allegations about his integrity but I doubt he will win. Maybe I'll vote him just the same.
This post hasn't really done anything to cheer me up. The future looks bleak. I hope my mood improves when I wake up tomorrow to a hopefully sunny day.
Monday, March 1, 2010
1 big fish, about 1 kilo
4 tomatoes, sliced
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 cm. fresh ginger
1 small onion, sliced
4 tbsp. lard
1 1/2 tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper
Clean the fish. Boil in water to which the ginger has been added. When the fish is done, remove it from the water and take out the bones. Heat the lard in a frying pan. Fry the garlic and the onion. Stir in the tomatoes, the fish, the salt and the peppers. Remove from the fire and cool. Beat the eggs and add them to the mixture. Mix thoroughly. Place a piece of banana leaf in the frying pan in which there is a little fat. Saute the mixture by tablespoonfuls, browning both sides. Serve hot.