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Jul 31, 2009

I had to satisfy my cravings for a Vietnamese meal last week so we went to Pho'hoa to had my fix and what I had definitely made my day.

We had fresh spring rolls as our appetizer. This one has rice noodles, lettuce, meat strips and shrimp rolled in rice wrapper and served with dipping sauce that tasted like a mixture of peanut and hoisin sauce. A big thumbs up for this one .... its appetizing indeed!

And for the main event we had Pho Do Vien or simply Seafood Noodle soup! Extremely satisfying, I can finish a large bowl.

Lemon, basil, beansprouts, hoisin and chili sauce, these are the ingredients that will ultimately make your gastronomic adventure more hearty and fulfilling. Use them to flavor your soup by adding them directly to your broth and voila, my day is now complete!

Happy foodtripping peeps!

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Jul 30, 2009

The truth is, I'm one of those who applauded when I heard her speech, not because everything she said was accurate and true but because it was well delivered and fierce. She may not be popular but no one can discount her intelligence and the dedication she puts into her job. And she looked pretty in that pink terno made by Inno Sotto.

To highlight the main points of her speech ...

1. "I didn't become a president to be popular"
2. "Better health care, more roads, education system"
3. "Kilalanin ang mga magsasaka bilang backbone ng bansa"
4. "Paid the political price to do the right thing"
5. "For standing up with me to do the right thing, thank you Congress"
6. "We have built more and better infrastructure"
7. "Subic Tarlac expressway is an example of building better roads"
8. "We have built airports of international standards"
9. "We are developing wealth through PPO and tourism"
10. "Tourism doubled. It is now a 2B dollar industry"
11. "Cash handouts produced the most effective immediate relief"
12. "Sa pamamahagi ng milyon milyong hectariyang lupa"
13. "Hinihiling ko sa congreso ang pagpapalawi ng CARP"
14. "165 Million Pesos for MicroFinance Loans"
15. "Nakinabang ang isang milyong pamilya sa pabahay"
16. "Our highest rate of inflation is the lowest since 1966"
17. "We increased indigenous electricity"
18. "There is decreased use of fossil fuels"
19. "Taxes should come from tobacco and alcohol, and not from books"
20. "We have provided 8M jobs"
21. "We have decreased the number of poor by 2M people"
22. "My term does not end until next year"
23. "I will fight for the ordinary Filipino"
24. "We cannot be complacent"
25. "Thank God, we did not let our critics stop us"
26. "To the candidates for the next election, build a nation rather than tear down their opponents"
27. "My critics called it dictatorship. I call it determination"
28. "Mabuhay ang Pilipinas"

I'm not going to check the accuracy of those numbers but I've felt developments despite the worldwide crisis and I'll give her credit for that. There's just too many critics out there, that if only words can kill, GMA must be long gone by now. That's why I really enjoyed the part when she finally lashed back at Mar Roxas, Erap, JDV , etc... and to quote her ...

Those who live in glass houses should cast no stones, if you really want something done, just do it. Do it hard, do it well. Don't pussyfoot, don't pander and don't say bad words in public."

“They, who so vehemently oppose Charter Change today, pursued it vigorously when they thought they were going to benefit from it. Now that they won’t, they rally against it.”

I really cringed at the sight of these politicians like they are all pure and clean and have honest intentions to serve the country. C'mon, give me a break!

And to Mr Palengke, everytime I see you driving the padyak makes me want to shut the TV down. That is so pretentious!

Its just unfortunate that a lot of people are being mislead by speculations, like on one paper the headline reads "GMA, hindi bababa!"This is obviously a blatant attempt to mislead the public and poor Juan dela Cruz would readily believe when in fact GMA said she will step down in 2010.

I will take her word that she will step down when her term expires, no more analyzing what she didn't say, leave it to those negative thinkers!

I'm hopeful that next year, real change will happen. Let's get rid of the same trapos we hate. Let's analyze who among those presidentiables can offer real solutions to the problems of our country other than kicking out a president. Let us not equate eloquence with good leadership, gaining popularity because they can charm everyone with their good vocabulary. Good leadership means action and progress, and I have someone in mind who qualifies.

Ngayong tagulan, malaking bagay ang laging magdala ng payong para sa ating proteksyon, lalo na at panahon ngayon ng ubo at sipon, mahirap magkasakit!!

Dahil isa lamang ang dala naming payong noong araw na pumunta kami sa CALERUEGA, Batangas, inilaan namin ang payong para sa mama ko, kunsabagay umaambon lang naman at mas malakas ang resistensya namin kesa sa kanya....

Para sa ibang lahok, bisita na dito ...

Magandang Huwebes mga ka LP!

Jul 28, 2009

I've been wanting to play in "I heart Faces" weekly photo challenge for quite some time and just find time to do so now. Tuesday night is their cut off time so I'm still in ...

This week's theme is "at the beach" and among the many beach photos I have, I'd like to share this one. This was taken last year at the famous Boracay beach, my friend was rejoicing coz finally the storm ceased after two days since we arrived and we can now fully enjoy the beach and bask in the sun.

With or without the storm, we definitely had fun!

Jul 25, 2009

Chopsticks, that's the utensil I enjoy using. I wish I can be as efficient as the japanese/chinese/koreans, I take pleasure looking at everytime they are having their meal. It's like an art, a skill that captures your attention and interesting to watch.

For more utensil entries, check here.

I was tagged by YAMI of Mom Writes for A Cause to participate in a weekly photo meme called Food Trip Friday. And since eating is one of life's pleasures I enjoy doing, here shown above is my favorite dessert, COFFEE JELLY!!! Coffee jellies topped with vanilla ice cream and chocolate kisses will surely made my day. You can have this too if you dine at TEMPURA.

I would like to tag Chicpinay and OhmyGums to participate in this food trip. :)

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Jul 23, 2009

Interesante ang tema ng Litratong Pinoy ngayong Huwebes at medyo nahirapan akong maghanap ng nakakakilabot na larawan dahil natatakot akong kuhanan ang mga ganon. Meron akong nakakakilabot na kuha ng mga taong nagpapakyut, sa totoo lang marami yun at sa tuwing titingnan ko tumatayo talaga balahibo ko kaya lang pag yun ang inilagay ko dito baka mawalan ako ng mga kaibigan, hehehe!

Samantala, ang larawang nasa itaas ay kuha sa Lumiang Burial Cave sa Sagada, mapapansin nyo na tanging ilaw ng flash ng camera at ng lampara ang tanging nagbibigay ng liwanag dito, isama mo pa ang sobrang lamig na tubig, ay mangingilabot ka na. Eh paano pa kung malaman mo na sa entrada ng kwebang eto ay may libangan at magkakapatong ang mga kabaong, di ba tataas ang balahibo mo!!!

At kung naniniwala ka sa "ORBS", titigan mo ang larawan at makikita mo ang mga bilog na parang may mata. Maaaring alikabok lang ito o isang ispirito, di naman ako sigurado.... Pero ok lang sa akin ito, kahit ano pa sila basta huwag lang silang mangangagat, hehe :)

Sa iba pang litratong nakakakilabot, punta na sa Litratong Pinoy.

Magandang Huwebes mga Ka LP!

Jul 20, 2009

"Finally, be strengthened in the Lord and in the strength of his power. Clothe yourselves with the full armor of God so that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil." ..... Ephesians 6:10-12

This is an unusual topic but I've got this urge to share this recent experience to acknowledge God's power over the schemes of the devil.

A month ago, my cousin received her Working Visa to Canada. She is the 4th member of the family to have been granted this opportunity to work in Canada, of course acknowledging my uncle and my auntie's efforts who made all this possible.

While waiting for some papers to be finalized, she went home to our province to see her family and friends and say her goodbyes and then came back after a few days. We booked her flight and everything's all set. But 2 days before her flight, that was a Thursday, she became ill and was diagnosed with Respiratory Infection. We had no choice and rescheduled her flight, paying an additional of 6,000 pesos for the rebooking charges. After a few days of medication her fever subsided and so we thought she's already in good shape. But I noticed something really unusual since the day she arrived from the province, I always catch her staring at the window or the ceiling and always in deep thought and not her usual bubbly self, sort of in a floating mental state. I thought, it must be the nerves, young and just got out of school and now will be working abroad .... I will be scared too, I mumbled........

Came Thursday again, 3 days before her flight, we all thought she's already in better shape. I told her to get some morning sun, Vit D is good for the lungs I said, so she went outside for a while. A few moments passed, I heard someone panicking and crying, my cousin was trembling and she cannot breath. My sister instructed her to breath thru her nose, checked her vitals and looked for a paper bag where she can breath. She's hyper ventilating, I said .... that's anxiety attack! We were also panicking but when her vitals normalized, we decided to postpone bringing her to the emergency room.

My father was urging us to bring her to the hospital and even articulated the need to postpone permanently her desire to work in Canada. My father has that habit of over reacting and worrying too much. Of course, I disagreed and downplayed the situation by citing some facts. He listened for a while but still insisted. But after the panic mode died down and my cousin's condition normalized, I talked to her and asked what's bothering her ..... with a little difficulty uttering the words, she finally revealed, she's hasn't been sleeping well at night since the day she came back from the province and constantly seeing signs related to death. Everytime she reads the paper, all she can see are death signs. Puzzled, I gave her reassurance that there's nothing to worry about as long as she puts her trust in the Lord and continually pray for His protection. After hearing all this, only one thing came to my mind, my cousin needs a lot of prayer for deliverance and protection. Somebody must have put a hex or a spell against her when she went to the province. We are not sure who it was but have someone in mind as we can recognized the pattern and the reason behind it .... ENVY, GRUDGE !!! Immediately we know what to do and that is to have her prayed over . I asked my other cousin to call her church and request the church elders to pray for my cousin's deliverance from what's ailing her.

The prayers of the righteous worked like magic, the Real Magic .... sans the rituals and the chantings. I acknowledge the reality of curses because its real, the Bible have mentioned about it plenty of times. And to quote a Christian missionary .....

" The good news is that breaking curses can be surprisingly easy for Christians because we dwell under the protection of the blood of Jesus Christ. Curses have greatest power where the person who has been cursed has committed some great act of wickedness such as involvement in the occult. The reverse is also true, curses have little or no power over a righteous person and Proverbs says that a curse without cause will not alight on the head of a righteous man" .....

That episode is history and my cousin just arrived Canada yesterday in high spirit and full of hope. Thank you God for your unfailing love and protection.

Jul 18, 2009

I've been overwhelmed by huge and amazing rock formations lately and you can see them everywhere on my current travel entries. So for a change, I'll be featuring regular rocks like this one lying near the pool of Bellevue Hotel when we had an overnight stay there recently.

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Jul 16, 2009

Isa sa mga paboritong kong pagkain ay itong pinatuyong pusit lalo na pag almusal. Mas masarap pag isasawsaw sa kamatis na may konting suka, tsarap! Galing pa ito sa Coron, Palawan noong nagbakasyon kami kamakailan....

Sa ibang pang lahok, bisitahin ang pahinang ito.


Jul 11, 2009

While we were walking back to our lodging in Coron, Palawan after our dinner at Sea Dive Resort, we passed by this spot where this dog is scavenging for leftover food from this covered garbage. Really feel sorry for him and I hope some animal shelter in Coron could take him in.

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Jul 9, 2009

Ngayong linggo sa Litratong Pinoy ay "basa"ang usupan at syempre para mangyari yan kailangang may tubig! At kapag nasa tubig ka, lahat ng suot mo ay mababasa tulad ng tsinelas na ito na sa katunayan ay malapit nang matuyo noong umahon ang may-ari at nagpahinga muna sa isang tabi. Ang larawan ay kuha sa Kayangan Lake, Coron.

Eto naman ay mga batang "wet look" na nadatnan naming nakababad sa 40 degrees kainit na tubig ng Maquinit Hot Spring sa Coron.

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