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I Went Shopping with my Toddler

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

.....and was not able to buy a single item on my list! I knew it wouldn't work but I wanted to bring her along. I took the day off from work to have lunch with my best friend from elementary and do some shopping for Via's birthday.

We took the MRT to Cubao where my friend worked. My officemate gave Via her birthday present early -


a toy cellphone. As I took her picture with my mobile phone, she also "took pictures" with her toy mobile phone.

After lunch we headed to the mall to do some shopping. However, Via kept running here and there every time she saw something interesting. All I did was chase after her especially in the toy store. She loved this piano.

Gives me an idea of what to get for her birthday gift. I hope it's not too expensive. Wasn't able to check the price. We went home tired and accomplished just one thing - buying her loot bags. I will have to make another trip to the mall by myself next time for the loot.


Yaku Japanese Grill

Friday, November 26, 2010

A friend at work is migrating to Canada and our lunch group had it's farewell lunch for her at Yaku Japanese Grill at the 3rd floor of the Podium. It was a happy affair with lots of reminiscing and laughter. This was my first time to dine at Yaku and I was pleasantly surprised that the food was good and the prices reasonable. The servings were small but there was enough for everyone to have a taste. The best thing is we felt full but not stuffed after.

Enoki Bacon


Aspara Bacon

  Ebi Tempura

Ankake Tofu

Rice with beef toppings (I forgot what it's called in the menu)

Yakimeshi Rice

Yasay Itame



A photo to remember our farewell lunch taken at Segafredo where we had our coffee and dessert. We all had identical orders: Coffee with Frozen Braso de Mercedes.


Wordless Wednesday: First Taste of Ice Cream

Wednesday, November 17, 2010


Cajun Red Rock at Robinson's Galleria

Monday, November 15, 2010

Saturday night we had dinner at this new restaurant called Cajun Red Rock, which replaced Cafe Mediterranean, in Robinson's Galleria. It's near the theaters. P was craving for ribs at Rack's but it's such a long walk to El Pueblo.

We were given a plate of popcorn as soon as we sat down which I immediately devoured. I was so hungry. When I remembered to take a picture, this is all that's left.

We had for appetizer, Tower O'Sesame rings (onion rings) and comes with 3 dips.

I had the Jack Daniel's Ribs. Had a hard time finishing it, very big serving. It comes with 2 side dishes of your choice. I chose Cajun Saffron rice and country potatoes (for the Twerp).

P had the Supreme Espresso Ribs. Looks so dark cos this was taken with my mobile phone. He said it was good. His sidings were plain white rice and crispy mojos (the mojos in Shakey's were better though).

The Manager made this for Via.

The food was good overall and service was great. The prices were reasonable too. I would eat here again in the future.


2011 Starbucks Diary

Friday, November 12, 2010

Started collecting stickers for my 2011 Starbucks Diary today. I got the Peppermint Mocha (love it!) and my friends, who donated their stickers got, Americano and another Peppermint Mocha. I don't have pictures of the diaries but they were on display. I like the one with the red velvet cover. I hope I get more sticker donations. There's a Starbucks in the library at work and if I hang around there I just might complete my sticker requirement with minimal cashout  :)


Toddlers, The Great Imitators

Friday, November 5, 2010

Toddlers learn a lot by imitating and trying out new things and it's amusing to see. I found these photos on my mobile while deleting files. They made me smile.

Playing doctor to her stuffed dog Chao Pai.

Buying groceries with Mommy.

Looking all grown up.

Children like playing pretend. Since their social circle is limited at this point, they mostly imitate Mommy, Daddy and other people in the household. It  forces the adults to be on their best behavior by being good role models. The child's personality is becoming more evident as she learns more of the world she lives in. Providing a good example at this stage will make it easier for the child to be disciplined later on in life and grown ups get to learn from their children as well.


It's All in the Accent

Thursday, November 4, 2010

I work in an organization where employees are of different nationalities. It's fun and interesting because it's not the usual workplace. Although English is the language used at work, the different accents of people make it very interesting if sometimes challenging.

A consultant from New Zealand once asked me, "Are you hippy today?" I replied that I was not a hippy. Then he said that he would like to take a picture with me because it was his last day. Ohhhh....I realized then he was asking if I was HAPPY that day.

Then there's the boss from mainland China who was asking me to change some data in an excel spreadsheet. He kept saying, "vanish it, vanish it." Huh? It took a while for me to figure it out. He wanted me to use the VALUE SHEET.

It's been especially challenging to take minutes of meetings. Hard enough that sometimes attendees have already discussed issues by email before the meeting and seem to continue the email discussion at the meeting, but to deal with the different accents (Indian, French, Australian, Italian, Singaporean, etc.) really drives me nuts.

It all just makes each day interesting.


Beef Rendang

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Been trying to learn Indonesian dishes for P so he wouldn't be too homesick for food. He's been subsisting mostly on fried chicken, KFC, Jollibee, McDonald's, Inasal, etc. He's tried them all. Most of my experiments have not been too successful though. Either the recipes were not good or I wasn't following it correctly or I did not have the right ingredients. Still, I keep on trying. My friend Karen got a Singaporean cookbook which had a lot of Indonesian and Malaysian dishes in it. I decided to try out the Beef Rendang although the recipe confused me a bit because it was not specific enough. I had to look up other recipes on the internet. So this is a combination of many recipes.

1/2 kilo beef brisket cut into cubes
1 cup grated coconut, lightly toasted
1 cup thick coconut milk
3 pieces dried tamarind, sliced thinly
Salt and pepper to taste
2 pieces kaffir lime leaves
1 piece turmeric leaf
1 piece salam leaf
1 cup cooking oil

Blend the following into a paste:
1 medium onion
6 pieces large garlic cloves
1 teaspoon minced ginger
a handful candlenuts (I used almonds as candlenuts were not available)
1 piece shallot

Add these to the blended paste:
1 teaspoon coriander powder
1 teaspoon chili paste
2 teaspoon cumin powder
1/2 teaspoon turmeric poweder

Season beef cubes with salt and pepper and marinate for at least an hour.

Heat 1 cup cooking oil (in medium heat) in a large wok and fry the blended paste. Add the kaffir lime leaves, turmeric leaf and salam leaf and continue stirring until brown.

Add the sliced tamarind. Once the oil separates from the paste, add the marinated beef and cook in slow fire for 2 hours or until beef is tender. Stir once in a while and add a little water if the paste starts to dry up.

Add the grated coconut when the beef is almost tender and stir until well mixed. When the beef is tender, add the coconut milk. Mix well. Add salt and pepper to taste. Once oil starts to float on top, it is ready.

Serve with steamed rice.

This time my experiment worked out well. P said it was good and I brought leftovers to work to have my friends taste it and they liked it too.

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