Saturday, June 30, 2012

Fetish for Feline

It's been a long time since I've last felt the soft fur of my favorite animal... Cats! Ever since I was 8 or 7, I was never without a pet cat. Most of them were just stray cats who accidentally came to our house who never left once they felt the loving care from us, well, me in particular. But I had to give them up when I left my parents' house.

Last time we visited over, I almost drooled over watching Olie's cats do their way to seek attention. I was dying to touch them but I can't with my husband looking at me. I'll never hear the end of it because he says those cats were unclean hehe. But one night, I expressed my undying love for the cats and said my future plans to have one. I can see the kids have this passion for pets too. But that's a long time away, probably when the kids are a lot older and has sense of responsibility to help me raise the cat. Right now that my hands are itching to touch them, I told my husband I'd visit over to my sister one of these days all on my own haha. He knew what I was thinking but perhaps he's doubting my seriousness. What he doesn't know is, when I express something in a light manner, it means I already have a plan. The moment opportunity comes, there's no hesitation, I'll grab it hehehe.

Meanwhile, I'll just have to look at them to satisfy my yearning...
I miss those look of narrowed eyes...

Those were my hands cradling the animal... I miss touching the soft fur!
One loveable thing about cats is their naughtiness. This one's trying to get in after mom takes them outside the house hehe. Lucky for him, it's me or my sister who saw him hehe.
This is Harry. Not Potter though, but Houdini because he had this great ability at escaping when he was just a kitten.
These cats have the liberty to relax in the bedroom of my parents' house. How lucky can they get? :)
The preggy cat had just added up 3 to my sister's new pets. I'm so jealous...
Photos courtesy of dear little sister who loves cats just as much as I do... :)

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Pending Books

Last Friday after office, I finally can't get over the temptation and visited the newly opened store "Books For Less" at Pioneer Centre. My officemate and I often walked through PC but it was just 2 days ago when I noticed the bookstore. I was excited when I saw the shelves of books but I had to stop myself from going to the store, first because I was with someone, and second because I know it would take me quite a time to browse through as that has always been the case when I'm inside a bookstore. Last Friday, I just found myself walking towards it, instead of the exit door of the PC, saying to myself over and over like a mantra, "For 15 minutes only."

I went over to the YA section and immediately found a John Newbery Medal Book called Missing May (1993 winner of the Newbery Award). It was just for Php50. Not bad I thought, although the last Newbery books I purchased at Booksale was for Php10 and Php15 only. When I'm done reading the book, it's plus 1 to my sister's bookshelf which mostly store classics and Newbery books (oh, and Mary Higgins Clark).



Just as promised, I was out of the store in 15 minutes, with another good book piled pending to be read. After "Please Look After Mother," I still have 3 books to devour. :)

 

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Demi's First Day

So this is it! I'm finally letting my baby learn on her own. I took a leave from the office to send her off to school. Well, practically all of us, Daddy, me and Daisy sent her off this morning. I'm so proud of my baby! She didn't show any signs of anxiety, just pure excitement. And when Teacher told them to say goodbye to us, I hesitantly obeyed hehe. Daisy was so sweet kissing her big sister before she left. It was her who almost cried when we left saying "iwan ate Demi." Hehe. It's such a joy to see them like that.

I am so excited myself. I can't believe I'm sending someone off to school. Am I really that old? It seemed like but a FEW years ago when I myself had been attending school. *sigh* it's so nostalgic. Anyway, when we left, I told my husband that I wanted to stay outside the gate and peek hehe. The last thing I saw was Teacher asking them to all stand up. I wanted to know what they're going to do. But my husband told me I'd just be a nuisance to Teacher and a sure distraction to Demi and the other kids. Oh alright. Anyway, here are some of our pics on the way to school.




On the way to school...
On the way back home, we passed by tita Rizza's office. She says she'll come with us when we pick Demi up later.
Daisy is interested with the dead frog on the street hehehe...
Taho for breakfast! :D
Daisy momentarily forgot her miseries about leaving ate Demi behind with a cup of taho :D
A funny thing happened. Just when we were about to pay, Gyun Woo remembered that he left his purse at home. We didn't want to look like we were playing drama with Manong Magtataho (for Php10 taho!!! goodness gracious). Luckily, we haven't gone far from ate Rizza's office. Now we owe her one haha.

And what do you know? It's 5 minutes before picking Demi up again. So I've got to end this post and see what's Demi been up to on her first day of classes! Yehey!

Monday, June 11, 2012

Sassy Girl Turned 29

This is the first time I ever declared my age without hesitating to understate it haha. Not that it matters. I mean, it’s just a number. Deep inside, I am still very young at heart. Besides, birthdays are hardly that material to me. The celebration yesterday was actually accidental in nature but thank God I think we all had a blast yesterday. :)

The first thing that made me happy was the gift. Three days before my birthday, I have read a review about another great book from my friend, Diane. The minute I have read that the story was moving, I said I had to read this one. Because buying books myself always sends me off to a fight with my conscience (I am THAT frugal), I had to ask my husband to get it for me as a gift. It doesn’t matter if there is no near occasion. I could WAIT! But the lucky thing was, it’s 3 days before my birthday! He deliberately ignored me though when I sent him a chat message that I wanted the book as a gift. But it didn’t irritate me. I knew he just wanted surprise me (He’s so predictable!).  The book was, "Please Look After Mother" by Kyung-sook Shin.

The second thing that made me happy was the thought of destroying his surprise in return for ignoring me hehe. So last Friday, when I got home, I looked for signs that he had gotten out to get the book. First, I noticed that my husband had just taken a bath. That’s supposed to be unusual because normally, he takes a bath at night before going to bed, or only when he’s gone out to get rid of the germs hehe. (He’s so OC!) I told him that and asked him to which he replied his lame excuse that he went out to pay the rent. It’s such a lousy excuse considering that the landlord’s house was just a short walking distance from the house. He probably noticed that I wasn’t buying his excuse so he added that he rode the tricycle to make sure that he gets back immediately because the kids were about to wake up. Just to give a brief background, walking to the landlord’s house would take about 20 minutes back and forth. Riding would take at most 10. The kids sleep for at least 1 and a half hour hehe.

And I told him (word for word), “Your excuse is doubtful.” I was sure he went somewhere. I looked around for some clues that would give him away and found the screaming shape of a “book” inside a brown paper bag. I pointed at it and asked him, “What is this package?” That totally gave him away and destroyed all his effort to surprise me. I did get a hit in the head though, with the diaper he was holding because he was taking care of the kids at that moment, hehe. But I was overjoyed with my success. Darn, I know him too well! ;)

The third thing which made me happy was the celebration itself. On Sunday morning, we went over to mommy and daddy’s house. The kids and I dipped in the kiddie pool…


Tita Olie showing off her newborn kittens while we were at the pool =) cutie!

We had grilled fish and pork for lunch…
The fish was wrapped in banana leaves before grilling

The yummy tomato and onion stuffing and side dish
 
Grilled chops done!
And enjoyed chatting, computer gaming, and lazying around while the kids were asleep…

While the whole nation was grumbling about Pacman's loss, we were oblivious about it. Sorry... hehe.

In the afternoon, we strolled around the village…
Softdrinks in plastic... classic. ;)



Then we had pancit and ice cream for dinner…

And finally, took a family picture before going home.

Demi and Daisy computer gaming with tita Olie

It was a very simple celebration but spending time with loved ones has always been worthwhile.

And as if it wasn’t happy enough yet, the fourth thing that made me happy was, I finally got the gift officially :) My husband left the beautifully wrapped book, which I’m guessing was wrapped by the NBS store clerk, inside my bag where I found it just this morning. Surprise or no surprise, it was the best! I just can’t wait to read it.




The end…

No wait. Mom just called to ask if I was expecting a package. There were several expected packages mostly from bookmooch.com so I asked who it was from. And making the happiness overflowing, it was from Diane! Inside were the books she generously promised to me. Wow! Thanks so much Diane. I am treating these treats as a birthday gift. This is the fifth thing that made me very happy on my birthday. I know my birthday’s technically over but there was just so much happiness that a day can’t contain them. 

I just had to sigh in great contentment. Thank God for all the wonderful gifts I had just received, and had been receiving, for the past 29 years of my sassy life. :)

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Father’s Day Celebration

There is a common saying that the fastest way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. So what better way to make our daddies happy than food! If you’re lucky enough, you might be a good chef so you could prepare the food on your own. Otherwise, you may just buy from your favorite restaurants. I myself have been thinking of what to cook for my husband, my father, and my father-in-law.

Here’s a list of food choices I have that are quite affordable and/or easy to make:

Cakes
Let’s face it. Cakes are common but timeless. Who could resist a delectable cake? So it’s on top of the list. Easy, affordable, classic. Just make sure daddy’s not diabetic or he won’t be enjoying this food much.

Tuna Pasta
Pastas are the next most common food served on the table. Since dad doesn’t like spaghetti with meatballs, tuna pasta is the best alternative. The choice of pasta is yours, but I think the most recommendable are penne or fettuccine. Just mix the canned tuna with the pasta, season with salt and shredded cheese then add bits of broccoli. You may also add tomato as in the picture but I haven’t tried that one yet so I’m not sure how it would taste like.

Buko Pandan

I have tried this recipe once and discovered it was quite easy. Maybe now is the perfect time to make this again. Besides, this dessert is well loved in our household so this might just make everyone happy, not only daddy. :)

Grilled Tilapia
For a time, my husband has been craving for grilled tilapia. Once I tell him that I’m planning to cook this for father's day, it would definitely make his day. But this is difficult to make, especially cleaning the fish, but I guess you could ask the market vendor to do that for you. Stuffing the fish stomach with tomato and onion cubes may be a bit arduous also so I might let my husband do that too haha.

I think I’ll go for the cake if we visit over to my father-in-law’s house. Then maybe the fish or tuna pasta (whichever is available) at daddy’s house. I’ll be getting plenty of help in preparing the food there so I don’t have to worry hehe. Probably, I’ll make the buko pandan at home for my husband. Anyway, he’ll get to eat the food at Tatay’s and Daddy’s celebration so in a way, it’s a triple celebration for him. He deserves it. after all, he’s the best daddy/husband in the whole world (he has to be or esle...). ;)

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