Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Handsome Raffe

June 9

More photos from our growing, cutiepie Raffe!

Mommy Ces & Raffe

Kabalo na mo pa-cute, pero buyag.


Birthday weekend

May 31

It's our birthdays! We went to Berkeley to watch Prince Caspian and have dinner in a nice restaurant. We're pooped after watching and exposed to more than usual weird people in the vicinity, so we decided to order mixed Hawaiian barbecue (to go) for dinner. Sang each other a birthday song while taking turns to blow on a small brownie cake. We felt so much better after that. More cuddling for birthday "twins". (happy sigh)

Birthday bouquet of roses.

The following day, we decided to make tandoori chicken. It was our first time, so we're so excited.

Grilled Tandoori chicken. Check out the ingredients under label "A recipe", if you're interested.

With the "Master Griller".

We also had pre-mixed "saag paneer", spinach salad and Pangga made deviled eggs.

It all turned out so well! YUM!! Happy birthday to us, again!

Fremont with friends

May 24

Our friends, Jonnie & Katie, invited us to watch the movie : Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull with them. Since it has been awhile we've visited them at Fremont, we agreed. Eric was also meeting some old friends who just arrived from Panama, Alec & Marylilly.

The movie was great! It was full of suspense during the chase to own the Crystal skull. Even if he's older, Harrison Ford still got it. Shia LaBeouf was chosen well to play the character of being Indiana's son. The other actors did a great job too.

For synopsis of movie, please click link.

After the movie, we went to Denny's for eats. Their Homestyle Meatloaf, grilled and covered in brown gravy is superb. Will definitely have more next time.

Then Josh and Liz invited all of us to their house in Mountain View and play Munchkin (card game) there. It was late by the time we finished, so we spent the night at Jonnie's.

May 25

It was a beautiful, sunny day. So we went walking to Lake Elizabeth, right across Jonnie's house, before going to Michaels to buy flowers for my hair on our wedding day.

Relaxing with my man.

Deviled Eggs

May 26

It was in Illinois when I first saw deviled eggs. I asked Pangga, "What's that?". He told me what it was and I tasted it. MMMMmmmm... It was love at first taste.

Pangga felt like making deviled eggs today and he reminded me of that scene in Illinois. He said deviled eggs are easy to make and showed me how.

This recipe is good for two persons. You can adjust ingredients if you plan to make more.


* 2 eggs
* 2 Tbsp miracle whip or mayonnaise
* 1 Tsp minced onion
* 1 Tsp capers
* Salt and pepper to taste
* a dash of Thyme, Dill weed, & Paprika


1. First hard boil the eggs. Add a teaspoon of vinegar to the water to prevent egg whites from leaking out if any of the shells crack.

2. Drain hot water from pan and run cold water over the eggs. Let it cool for awhile.

3. Peel the eggs and slice lengthwise in half.

4. Gently remove the yolk and place in mixing bowl. Set white halves on serving plate.

5. Mash up the yolks and add miracle whip (we prefer this), onion, capers, a dash of thyme & dill weed. Sprinkle salt and pepper.

6. Spoon egg yolk mixture into the egg white halves. Sprinkle with paprika.


Dinner of mashed potato, salad and steak with a deviled egg. Perfect!

Grilled Ground Beef Patty & Bacon Sandwich

May 17

We bought fresh ground beef and Pangga seasoned it with pepper, salt, dash of thyme & dill weed. He also added minced onion, garlic and 2 tbsp of cooked rice. Then made it into patties and grilled it.

The Master Griller.

He also grilled mushrooms and tomatoes with it.

My personal chef is preparing the sandwich.

Adding the bacon, onions, tomatoes and spinach.

Look at that!

Set, GO!

Super Kalami!
Hail to the chef!

Growing Vegetables in Pots

May 17

Pangga always wanted our own herb garden, so we decided to grow them including some veggies in pots. We bought the following seeds: scallions, chives, spinach, snow peas and beefsteak tomato. Pangga also bought soil mixed with fertilizers in order to help the seeds grow well.

I'm not an experienced gardener, so I just closely followed the manufacturer's instructions and recommendations. I'm reminded of my mother, she can coax any plant to grow well. I often refer to her as the "green thumb" in the family.

Pangga and I have been holding our breath since I planted the seeds and we're both excited to see them finally growing.

One advantage I like when growing plants in containers/ pots is the ability to move them around to a sunnier or shady spot to fit the needs of the plant. But I know that it needs to watered more than those field- grown because of the limited amount of soil within the container.

Above is a photo of a growing "big beefsteak tomatoes" which took 7-14 days to germinate. It will produce huge globe- shaped fruit size about 10- 12 oz each. I really hope we get to see that before the summer ends. (finger's crossed)

Below is a photo of salad scallions. Pangga is so looking forward to this!

May Birthday Celebrants

May 14

TTS, where Pangga works, provide parties for birthday celebrants each month. Today, Pangga was included in the May birthday celebrants. Darrell was in charge of decorating the break room and it came out nicely.

When I arrived there in the afternoon, I was able to have some of the cake. Yay!

Smile, birthday celebrant!

Rose Bowl shirts from Julie

May 11

Today, we finally wore the t-shirts sent by Eric's sister, Julie. It's of the Fighting Illini during the Rose Bowl. I edited the photo and sent this to her. Thanks Julie!