Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Quotes That Inspire

I love reading inspiring quotes, poems and motivational books. It's such a comfort knowing we're not alone and what we're experiencing at a certain moment, is also being experienced or had been experienced by other people. That there's hope; that we can overcome whatever trails or frustrations we have; emerge as a winner: stronger & happier as a person. We might not know it yet or believe it but it will come and be revealed to us. Just don't stop believing in yourself.

An inspiring quote can really reinforce a good feeling and helps me get through my tasks. That's why I added "quote for the day" in my page. I wasn't quite satisfied with it because I wanted it to be more motivational. I searched for one in Google gadgets but I didn't know how to sift through a particular gadget and look for the HTML code.

Finally, I found one which I liked! I'm particularly overjoyed that the quotes also shows wonderful photos every time it changes.

There's a link, "Click here for success tip" at the bottom that leads you to Dr. Fernando's site: "Practical Inspiration For Achieving Your Life Goals".

This is what I read today:
When your motivation is low, instead of saying:

"I just don't feel like doing this today!"

Develop the habit of saying:

"I just don't feel like doing this today BUT I will do it anyway!"

Isn't that just moving?

Thanks to this site: widget-flood. It's a Google gadget but the HTML code was there, ready to be shared and copied. I just tweaked the width a bit, so it can be accommodated in one of the columns. If anyone of you wants the same widget, here's the HTML code.

To add it: Highlight code, Copy, then "Customize" your blog, "add a gadget" using HTML/ Javascript and paste code. For those who decide to add it, I hope you'll enjoy it as much as I'm enjoying it now. Happy day to all!


Sunday, March 29, 2009

North Indian Cuisine

I took pictures of these pretty pink daises when we went to Berkeley today. It was a beautiful sight to behold.

Posing with daisies while waiting for our friend, Darrell.

We had lunch at India Palace Restaurant along University Avenue. It's one of our favorite restaurant. The place has a relaxing air, its walls adorned with bold and colorful paintings depicting village life in India. I would wholeheartedly recommend it to those who love Indian food and living in the east bay.

That's my plate. Can you tell I was very hungry? (hehehesengihnampakgigi) Their tandoori chicken is moist and delicious. Their lamb curry is so tender and juicy too. Talking about it makes me want to go back right this minute. lapar

There's a huge Lord Ganesh at the entrance. It's about 4 feet in height. He is widely revered as the Remover of Obstacles in India. He is also believed to bring prosperity in homes and businesses.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Earth Hour

My hubby and I joined Earth Hour 2009.

We had wine and played scrabble by candlelight. It was fun except for the part where I lost the game this time. sedih Unlucky draw of the tiles. Oh, well. Got to have a rematch soon!

Of course, observance of Earth Hour has sparked a controversy. The real question is its real effectiveness and impact.

I think it's a start. It's a reminder to turn off the lights when you're not using it; to properly dispose our garbage; rethinking our commute; recycling things; etc. The list goes on.

I think that coming together like this will inform peoples of the world that future generations won't enjoy what nature has to offer today, if we don't take care of it. Awareness is the beginning.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Friday Memes: Recipe, Poem & Photograph


This week's challenge:
'Extreme Closeup'

Meme Express

by Sheystrides

(Click on picture to read poem and view larger image.)

Fun, Crafts and Recipes

Four Foods On Friday

Here are this week’s four questions:

1. What’s your favorite cereal?
Choco Crunch

2. What do you use to flip food on the stove?
Chopsticks, fork or tongs whichever is available.

3. What’s your favorite type of donut?
Glazed chocolate. Yummy!

4. Share a rice recipe.
Arroz Caldo

Literal translation: "hot rice". Filipino Congee Recipe perfect for rainy days or when you have a cold.


* 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
* 2 tbsp. minced garlic
* 1/2 medium onion, sliced
* 2 pieces deboned chicken thighs, sliced thinly
* 1 cup cooked rice
* 3 cups water
* a dash of salt, pepper & thyme
* 1 medium ginger, sliced
* 2 stalks spring onions
* 1 kalamansi or lemon


1. Heat oil, then sauté garlic and sliced onion until slightly browned.

2. Add the chicken, stir-fry for 2-3 minutes and then cover for about 8 minutes until cooked & its juices come out.

3. Add rice, water and ginger. Season with salt, pepper and thyme according to preference.

4. Adjust stove to low heat, cover pot and let it simmer for 20-30 minutes until a creamy consistency is reached.

5. Stir occasionally so that rice won't stick to the bottom.

6. If it becomes too thick, add water.

7. Garnish with spring onions. Squeeze kalamansi or lemon on top.

Comfort food!

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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Pancit/ Shey & Ric's Series of Silly, Spontaneous Events

I'm quite fortunate that my hubby loves Filipino food because those are the kind of dishes I can only cook. If he craves something else, he makes it for us.

His Filipino food favorites are pork sinigang (pork in sour broth) and pancit. That's why I prepare it often.

Tonight, I'm going to share my recipe of chicken pancit bihon. Pancit is a stir-fried noodle dish common in the Philippines of Chinese origin. Sometimes we refer to it as "Asian spaghetti". It's delicious and easy to make.

I wanted to post this last night but didn't get around to doing it. This is why:


1. Tuned in to American Idol
2. They featured Motown music
3. Smokey Robinson was the mentor
4. My hubby is a fan
5. Got carried away
6. Muted TV during commercials
7. Selected Motown music from voluminous collection
8. Cranked up the speakers:"I Wish" by Stevie Wonder
9. Dancin, groovin and shakin :sinchan
10.Back to the show
11.Anoop gently crooned
12.Commercials, muted TV
13.Another Motown music by The Temptations
14.Shakin and groovin' :ayuk:
15.Back to the show
16.Adam's soulful rendition
17.Commercials and more music
18.Repeat scene with different Motown music each time:
* Tell Me Something Good by Chaka Khan;
* Shaft Theme by Isaac Hayes;
* Get Ready by Rare Earth
19.Groove, shake, dance, groove :nggaya:
20.Simon draws a mustache on Paula hah
21.Commercials, repeat scene
22.American Idol wraps up for the night tepuktangan
23.Music way past the show
24.Getting tired, Phew!
25.Got to post my recipe
26.Too pooped ngantuk
27.Saved as draft
28.Went to Bed
29.Another day of studies minum
30.Break time
31.Pancit leftover!

So, okay here's the recipe. (Finally!gelakguling)


* 6 oz rice sticks
* 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
* 2 tbsp. minced garlic
* 1/2 medium onion, sliced
* 3 pieces deboned chicken thighs, sliced thinly
* 1/2 cup carrots,shredded
* 2 tablespoons soy sauce
* a dash of pepper & thyme
* 1 cup chicken broth
* 1 cup cabbage, shredded
* 2 stalks spring onions
* 1 kalamansi or lemon


1. Soak rice sticks for 10 minutes or until softened and then drain. Set aside.

2. Heat oil, then sauté garlic and sliced onion until translucent.

3. Add the chicken, stir-fry for 2 minutes and then cover for about 8 minutes until chicken is tender & its juices come out.

4. Add the carrots and stir-fry for another 2 minutes.

5. Stir in the soy sauce and a dash of pepper & thyme.

6. Pour broth into the pan and add the rice sticks. Mix ingredients well.

7. Adjust to low heat then cover the pan. Cook for about 10 minutes and until the liquid is absorbed.

8. Add the cabbage until cooked.

9. If it looks too dry, pour more chicken broth.

10.Garnish with spring onions. Squeeze kalamansi or lemon on top. Enjoy!

(3-4 servings)

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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Watching Shadows and Light

We just had a power outage that lasted for an hour. It's my first since moving here last year. We were disheartened at first because it happened during dinner. My husband quickly recovered and said, "Well, I always planned for a candlelight dinner." That made me smile and enjoyed the soft flickering lights of the candles throughout our meal. After dinner, the shutterbug in me couldn't resist taking photos.

Here are the shots I've captured while watching shadows and light.

This is the view from our kitchen sink overlooking the BART Station's parking lot. We're pretty close to it as you can see. It's obvious that their power grid wasn't affected. The power outage started from our block onwards, opposite this area.

By the way, on the foreground is an outline of a lucky bamboo plant placed on the windowsill.

Soft light from our scented candles.

Below: I used a flashlight on this one.

My magnetic butterfly collection.

A colorful blown glass oil lamp.

When electricity returned, we had our favorite treat: Girl Scouts' chocolate thin mint cookies and milk! MMMMMMM!

Monday, March 23, 2009

I'm Thankful For...

I'm joining Kasey's "Friend Makin' Mondays" featuring things we're thankful for. Here's mine.

1. My husband who's very supportive, thoughtful and loving. Someone who's strong for me in times when I'm not.

2. My family and friends who are there for me, through thick or thin.

3. Being alive and healthy to experience a new day.

4. Gardens and the breathtaking views we get to see or discover.

5. My camera which I bring along almost everyday. Storing what I've seen, so I can share it with everybody.

6. Ice cream & Chocolate! Need I say more?

7. Books and the authors who wrote it. They share so much and we learn from them.

8. Music and musicians who can somehow interpret and resonate what's in our hearts.

9. My computer and the web because some of my friends "live" there. I get to keep in touch with my family and friends who are faraway.

10. Fellow Bloggers like you (reading this) whom I can share my thoughts with.


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