• Tiny hands and feet

    25BE1E9E-157B-4613-8914-864D4148A0E2.jpegI can imagine, 8 years ago, you came to this world and entered our hearts. Today is your birthday and you are a gift to every life you touch. Like a small seed in the ground, you have blossomed to a beautiful caring soul. I couldn’t think of a life without your mischievous grin, funny antics and quirks.

    God answered my prayers as I cried in awe seeing your tiny hands and feet.  I prayed for ten little fingers and little toes. That was my prayer then. I loved you before you were born. I wouldn’t  care if you are different.

    To God who entrusted us to be your parents, we are truly grateful. We are given the honor to take care of a unique masterpiece that you are. We thank God everyday for undeserving love He bestowed our family.

    Before you came to our life, we thought our lives were incomplete. You coming to our life let us appreciate what we have and more.  You taught us to be strong, tough and patient. To have resilience and endearing hope. Your life magnifies God’s unconditional love. You brought us closer to God.

    I love your unique ways. You have a world of your own and a calmness within you. The world may not understand your different ways. You have a special heart.

    We will forever cherish the day we held your tiny hands and feet. For someday, these little hands will hold someone’s heart, these chubby little feet will go places we can only imagine. Today is a day of celebration. Tomorrow, will always bring surprises.

  • Low Carb Japanese Siomai

    Satisfy your siomai craving with this easy and tasty homade recipe

    WHAT YOU NEED

    Seaweed Nori

    1 medium egg

    Onion and Garlic

    Soy sauce and Calamansi

    Garlic Salt, Salt and Pepper to taste

    Minced Pork

    Parsley

    WHAT TO DO

    Mix in cabbage, onion, garlic, ground pork, egg, garlic salt, parsley,  salt and pepper.

    Mix until well blended. Cover and let it rest for at least 15 minutes.

    Cut Nori into strips

    Brush the Nori Seaweeds with water before wrapping it. Lay a Nori wrap on a flat surface. Spread the meat filling evenly.

    Roll and seal edges.

    Using a steamer, steam the japanese siomai for about 30-45 minutes.

    While waiting, prepare the dipping sauce. In a small pan over medium heat, add oil and garlic. Cook garlic, stirring often, until browned and crisp.

    Combine the other ingredients in a bowl.
    You may serve them separately, topping the Japanese Siomai with fried garlic and then the sauce.

    Enjoy and share.

  • In the night sky

    537A42B0-216E-480F-B754-A9BE5D7BA4A6.jpegI met the love of my life when I was in my early teens. If every person has one soul mate, I believe we were destined for each other.  Love’s truest form was connecting with your spirit and mind. Whenever I close my eyes, I still see your face the day we met.  You are the man of my dreams.

    I didn’t care who was staring as we giggled and danced awkwardly at the dance floor. Being with you at the senior prom was the highlight of my high school life. It was funny because neither of us knew how to dance. I can still remember the fun night we had.

    We used to see each other in campus a lot, although our eyes don’t usually meet, just side glances. I belong to a writing club and was ecstatic when you walked through the door and joined the club. We became instant friends just like that. You always tease me and tell me that my jokes are corny, but you laugh anyway. There wasn’t a dull moment and I looked forward to every waking day that I get to see you.

    There were days after school where we just hang out and at the park and just talked about what we are going to do after college. I liked that you didn’t find my dreams silly.  You described your ideal mate as someone whose traits are like mine. I didn’t know If you really meant what you said or just your crazy antics to make me blush. Our relationship has no labels, and we didn’t care because we were enjoying what we had was special.

    I heard from a mutual friend that your mother had passed. After high school, we lost touch. You left without saying goodbye.

    I always thought that growing old with your soulmate is the best things that can happen in life. We were so much alike. We were both stubborn and reckless. We were both  goal-getters.  I am that person you believed in when I didn’t believe in my self. You knew me more than I know myself. You accepted my flaws and details. I hated that you left. It was a part of me that was crushed when you went away.

    I still stare at the night sky hoping that you are also gazing and watching the same sky with me.

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • Whirlwind

    Lightning bolted across the sky that became dark all of a sudden. It was was a bright sunny day earlier, no cloud in sight. As if there were no a severe weather alert flashing in all the tv stations, day goes by normally, for me anyway. Little did I know that a tornado that lasted for almost 10 minutes hit the area close to where I was that time.

    The aftermath of the tornado included downed power lines due to trees that were uprooted by the heavy winds. Thankfully, no major damages were reported. The neighbors who rarely spoke to one another were checking on one another to see if everyone needed assistance. There were no power for days. The adversity brought people together to a common goal, that is to help one another. Unexpectedly, tornadoes come in our lives in a form of problems,sickness, failures. Nobody wants these inconveniences but they do serve a purpose. We are more appreciative for the sunny days of our lives because of these sad experiences.

    The outlook is to look for positive things in our lives, amidst the storms. The tornado didn’t last long, but  it’s impact was tremendous.

  • Low carb Gyoza

    Stuffed Cabbage Roll

    I thought that with so few ingredients there was no way these could be good. I was surprised.

    We actually ate them warm and cold and they were good in both ways.

    Prep:30min  Cook:15min  Ready in:45min

    WHAT I USE

    1 medium egg

    Cabbage

    Onion and Garlic

    Soy sauce and Calamansi

    Garlic Salt, Salt and Pepper to taste

    Minced Pork

    WHAT TO DO

    Mix in cabbage, onion, garlic, ground pork, egg, garlic salt, salt and pepper. 

    Place approximately 1 tablespoon of pork mixture in the center of each cabbage wrapper.

    Fold wrappers in half over filling, and seal edges.

    Place water into skillet and reduce heat. Cover and allow gyoza to steam for 15 minutes.

    In a small bowl, mix soy sauce and Calamansi.

    Use the mixture as a dipping sauce for the finished wrappers.

    These do not seal like normal gyoza/mandu/potstickers, but they still hold up just fine

    I loved these and will ask my boyfriend to make them again. I had never made them before and found that folding the cabbage wrapper to be a little tricky.

    In the end, just know that they do not necessarily have to look perfect, they just have to be sealed really well.

    A lot of work but definitely worth it.

  • August Rush

    Early mornings that doesn’t involve changing your oversized sleep shirt or loungewear into scrubs or work clothes is a definition of a relaxed weekend in my book.  Getting to wake up in tune with your natural clock and not having the alarm on snooze is setting your day to a great start. Enjoying a cup of coffee and protein filled breakfast that is unrushed typical of a laid back Saturday morning.

    In an article that I read about productivity, suggests to tackle the hardest chores in the beginning of the day and the do the enjoyable and easier tasks such as catching up on your readings, emails, blogs last. I still tend to finish my paperworks in the nick of time just before the deadline which is becoming a routine. I need to reprogram my mind to focus on more important thing that doesn’t involve watching “in my feelings video” challenges. Watching a 10 minute how to make up video wasn’t in my agenda, I guess I need to be more focused and get my priorities in order.

    August is my only son’s birthday month and we still haven’t started any preparations yet. He is on the spectrum and while he was non-verbal till he was four, he is a little bit chatty now. We are so grateful for the progress that he has made over the years. One of the social skill that he has been struggling is how to express his feelings. For his 8th birthday, he requested a trampoline party at the the game park. We are thrilled that my son is excited in the party idea. Last year he was not jolly at all.  He wasn’t enthusiastic to take part in the outdoor games for the superhero party we had in the backyard.  Like any kid that is into computer games, he likes to have a Roblox themed party. I don’t know if there will be a lot of  themed decorations or favors that will not cost a fortune in etsy or amazon. I thought for sure he would pick a lego party but I’m glad that he has developed his own personality. We are impressed that he can accomplish simple tasks such as taking his shoes off without help and big things such as adding grocery items in the cart (ha!)

    This is my husband and son’s bonding moment today. Today was a warm day and a great day to paint the deck( no rain)1468E1D9-4863-458E-A869-004A44353FEB.jpeg

    780DDBBA-DF1D-43A1-B0A8-1703A28F5DB1.jpegThis the simple dish I cooked for lunch: saucy stir fried Chow-mein noodles, which me and my husband happily devoured in one sitting. 7552CC7C-1D83-4A4C-82B3-58004E349749

     

    It was the highlight of my day.

     

     

     

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