Saturday, November 30, 2013

Celebrate Small Things - November 29, 2013




Greetings Bloggers and here we are celebrating again! How did that happen?

The rules of CTST if you can call them that, are simple: post celebrations in your blog, sign up on the linky, and hop around and celebrate! The Celebrations can be as small as you like.



This week I have been thankful for:


-Very supportive and loving family

- Patience and encouragement

- wonderful week

- Understanding friends


We don't celebrate Thanksgiving Day but we celebrate Christmas instead.

To all Americans, Happy Thanksgiving Day


Friday, November 29, 2013

Friendship Friday # 5 Anything Goes









  • What was your favorite Thanksgiving moment this year? - we don't celebrate Thanksgiving Day, we celebrate Christmas instead. We have exchange gifts, family bonding and going to the church together.

  • Are you decorating your home for the holidays this weekend? - yes we decorate our home, we always put Christmas lights and other Christmas decorations.
  • Do you plan on doing any Black Friday or Cyber Monday shopping? - 



I love Christmas and one of my wish is to experience white Christmas, I want to make a very big Snow Man.




O Holy Night! The stars are brightly shining, 
It is the night of the dear Saviour's birth. 
Long lay the world in sin and error pining. 
Till He appeared and the Spirit felt its worth. 
A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices, 
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn. 
Fall on your knees! Oh, hear the angel voices! 
O night divine, the night when Christ was born; 
O night, O Holy Night , O night divine! 
O night, O Holy Night , O night divine! 




Pictures credit to google

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Wordless Wednesday - Masquerade



Our Company Christmas Party will be on December 21, 2013 at Decagon Silver City, Theme for this year is Masquerade. I'm so excited and I started looking for a costume that will goes with my personality and will fit my budget as well.










Wednesday, November 27, 2013

God will not give us what we cannot handle



Whenever I'm down, I always think this phrase " God will not give us what we cannot handle" it encourage me a lot. I know God gave  me trials to remind me that he is always there with me to guide and bless me. I admit that sometimes I got so busy with my work and I had no time to attend mass, I neglect my duty as a son of God.

There are times that I feel that I'm drowning and there's no one to help me,also there was circumstances in my life that was so overwhelming and my world is falling apart. 

God is so good, he always touch my heart and he let me feel that I'm not alone. In return I never lose hope, I made it to the point that I remain positive in life. Whatever problem I encountered I just pray to God and ask to give me strength and encouragement always.


God is waiting for us to open our hearts to him and we should let him in wholeheartedly. 




Monday, November 25, 2013

Inspire me Monday # 11





INGREDIENTS

Olive oil
1 lb lean ground beef
1/2 medium onion, diced, about 3/4 cup
1/2 large bell pepper (green, red, or yellow), seeds and veins removed, diced, about 3/4 cup
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 28-ounce can tomato sauce
1/2 6 oz can (3 oz) tomato paste
1 14-ounce can crushed tomatoes
2 Tbsp chopped fresh oregano or 2 teaspoons dried oregano
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley (preferably flat leaf), packed
1 Tbsp Italian Seasoning
Pinch of garlic powder and/or garlic salt
1 Tbsp red or white wine vinegar
1 Tbsp to 1/4 cup sugar (to taste, optional)
Salt
1/2 lb dry lasagna noodles (requires 9 lasagna noodles - unbroken)
15 ounces Ricotta cheese
1 1/2 lb (24 ounces) Mozzarella cheese, grated or sliced
1/4 lb (4 ounces) freshly grated parmesan cheese
Cooking Utensils

Large skillet (for browning beef, onions, green pepper)
8 to 12 Qt pot (for noodles)
3 to 4 Qt pot (simmer sauce)
13" x 9" x 2" lasagna pan (preferably a pyrex or stainless lasagna pan. Do Not Use Aluminum Pans - the aluminum will react with the acidic tomato sauce, leaching the aluminum and ruining the taste of your lasagna sauce.)
Large colander (drain/blot beef, drain noodles)
Large baking pan (to cool noodles)
Large slotted cooking spoon
Large cooking spoon
Paring knife


Directions

1 Put a large pot of salted water (1 Tbsp salt for every 2 quarts of water) on the stovetop on high heat. It can take a while for a large pot of water to come to a boil (this will be your pasta water), so prepare the sauce in the next steps while the water is heating.

2 Heat about a teaspoon or so of olive oil in a large skillet on medium high heat. Add the lean ground beef and cook it in the skillet until lightly browned and cooked through. Put a few layers of paper towels in large bowl. With slotted spoon, remove the browned beef from the skillet, draining off the excess beef fat, and put the browned beef on top of the paper towels to help blot away the excess fat. After you have removed all the browned beef from the skillet, drain off and dispose of excess fat. (If your ground beef is sufficiently lean, there won't be any excess fat to drain.)

3 Add the diced bell pepper and onions to skillet (in the photo we are using yellow bell pepper and red onions). Brown for a few minutes on medium high heat. Add the minced garlic and cook for 30 seconds more. Add the browned beef back to the skillet, lower the heat to low and continue to cook for 5 more minutes stirring frequently.


4 Transfer browned beef, bell peppers and onions to a medium sized (3 to 4 quart) pot. Add the tomato sauce, tomato paste, and crushed tomatoes. Add oregano, parsley, Italian seasoning, adjust amounts to taste. Add a pinch of garlic powder and/or a pinch of garlic salt, to taste. Add a splash of red or white wine vinegar. Add sugar a tablespoon at a time, until desired level of sweetness, no more than 1/4 cup of sugar. Note that it is hard to follow a pure recipe when it comes to pasta sauce. One Italian spice mix is not like the other, nor is one can of tomato sauce like another. So you really do need to taste the sauce as you are adding the spices, sugar and vinegar, and adjust for your preference.  Add salt to taste, and note that you will later be adding Parmesan, which is salty.

Bring the sauce to a simmer and lower the heat to low to maintain a low simmer.  Cook for 15-45 minutes to thicken (do not scorch bottom, stir frequently). Remove from heat.


5 By now the salted water you started heating in step one should be boiling. Add the dry lasagna noodles and cook then per package directions (al dente). (Note noodles may be cooked in advance.) Stir often to prevent from sticking. Make sure that water remains at a full rolling boil during the entire cooking to prevent noodles from sticking. When ready, drain in a colander and rinse with cool water, gently separating any noodles that may be sticking together. Spread a little olive oil on a large rimmed baking sheet, and lay out the cooked noodles on this sheet, turning them over so that they get coated with a little of the olive oil. This will prevent them from sticking together.


6 In a 13x9x2-inch casserole or lasagna dish, ladle one cup of sauce and spread it along the bottom of the pan. Apply one layer noodles 3 length wise (edge may overlap, depending on your pan). Ladle a third of the remaining sauce over the noodles. Apply a layer of a third of the mozzarella on top of lasagna sauce. Add half of the ricotta cheese, by placing cheese dollops every 2 inches. Sprinkle grated parmesan cheese in thin even layer on top of ricotta cheese.

Apply second layer of noodles, top it with half of the remaining sauce.  Add half of the remaining Mozzarella and another thin sprinkling of Parmesan.  Finish with another layer of noodles. Spread the remaining sauce over the top layer of noodles and sprinkle with the remaining Mozzarella cheese.




Book that inspire me this week,worth reading.


Christmas Cupcake



Do It Yourself Project, I will try this one


What are the things that Inspires you this week?


credit to Pinterest and All Recipe

Thanksgiving Meme


We are not celebrating Thanksgiving, we celebrate Christmas instead.



1. What do you have for breakfast on Thanksgiving? - Macaroni Soup, Spaghetti and Barbecue

2. Do you go to a Thanksgiving parade or watch one on TV?  nope

3. Do you serve appetizers, lunch, or snacks during the day?  yes

4. What are the traditional favorites?  Ham,Bacon and Barbecue

5. What new recipes will you try this year? Lasagna

6. What part of the meal do you never compromise?  Dinner with family

7. Who gets to carve the turkey? 

8. Family style around the table or buffet style and everyone sits wherever there’s room? Buffet Style

9. How many will be at your table this year? around 30

10. Once you're at the table, do you say grace or a toast or does everyone go around and say what they're thankful for? everyone goes around and great all of us "Merry Christmas"

11. Cranberry sauce… yay or nay? yay

12. What time do you eat Thanksgiving Dinner?  12:00 midnight

13. Three best pies for Thanksgiving dessert?  Egg pie and Cupcakes

14. Do you have dessert right after the main meal or later on?  later on

15. Favorite leftover? Spaghetti and Barbecue


Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Inspire me Monday # 10





Empire State Building shine their lights in the colors of our Philippine Flag to show their support for Typhoon Haiyan's victim.  Thank you so much NY


I'm inspired with this quote and I will work hard to achieve my dreams and ambitions in life.



Please pray for Typhoon Haiyan's victim.


Beautiful Mystic Sunset



Our country was hit by Typhoon Haiyan, Visayas Region was totally wrecked and thousands of Filipinos need food and prayer. We are very thankful to other countries who help us, they gave donations and they also bring equipment for retrieval operations.



Monday, November 18, 2013

The ASK Meme, part one




Welcome back to Sunday Stealing which originated on WTIT: The Blog authored by Bud Weiser. Here we will steal all types of memes from every corner of the blogosphere. Our promise to you is that we will work hard to find the most interesting and intelligent memes. You may have heard of the expression, “honor amongst thieves”. In that age-old tradition, we also have our rules. First, we always credit the blog that we stole it from and we will “fess up” to the blog owner where we stole the meme. We also provide a link to the victim's post. (It's our way of saying "Thanks!") We do sometimes edit the original meme, usually to make it more relevant to our global players, to challenge our players, sometimes to select that meme's best questions, or simply to make it less repetitive from either this new meme or recently asked questions from a prior featured meme.
Let's go!!!




1. What’s your favorite candle scent?  - Lavender


2. What female celebrity do you wish was your sister?  - Drew Barrymore


3. What male celebrity do you wish was your brother?  - Johnny Depp


4. How old do you think you’ll be when you get married?  - not sure


5. Do you know a hoarder?  - nope


6. Can you do a split?  - no


7. How old were you when you learned how to ride a bike?  - i don't know how to ride a bike


8. How many oceans have you swam in?  - 3 to 5


9. How many countries have you been to? - 1


10. Is anyone in your family in the military?  - none


11. Have you named any of your body parts? - yeah


12. If you had a child today, what would you name him/her?  - Beatrice


13. What’s the worst grade you got on a test?  - 75


14. What was your favorite TV show when you were a child? -  Rugrats


15. What did you dress up as on Halloween when you were eight? - pumpkin


16. Have you read any of the Harry Potter, Hunger Games or Twilight series? - yeah


17. Would you rather have an American accent or a British accent?  - both


18. Did your mother go to college?  - yes


19. Are your grandparents still married? - my grandfather is dead already


20. Have you ever taken karate lessons?  - nope


21. Do you know who Kermit the frog is? - yeah


22. What was the first amusement park you’ve been to?  - Star city


23. What language, besides your native language, would you like to be fluent in?  - English and French


24. Do you spell the color as grey or gray?  - gray


25. Is your father bald? - nope


Sunday, November 17, 2013

Sunday Social # 8

Sunday Social


1. Name 4 jobs you've had in your life.
My first job was Message Handling Specialist. Second job was Customer Service Representative, third job was Store Coordinator and my present job is Quality Assurance Specialist in a Call Center.

2. Name 4 movies you would watch over and over.
Ever After, Armageddon, A Walk to Remember and Titanic.

3. Name 4 places you have lived.
My family lives in Tondo Manila for 6 months and now here in Pasig City.


4. Name 4 of your favorite foods.
My favorite are Spaghetti, Pizza, French Fries and Japanese Foods like Katsudon and Maki.

5. Name 4 things you always carry with you.
My cellphone,wallet,mirror and make up kit.

6. Name 4 places you have been on vacation.

I've been in Boracay Island, Puerto Galera, Pangasinan and Baguio. Hopefully I can visit Hongkong Disneyland early next year.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Empire State Building Support Typhoon Yolanda Victims



The world-famous Empire State Building shone brightly in red, blue and yellow November 15, 2013, in solidarity with Filipinos devastated by monster storm Yolanda (international name: Haiyan). New York City's popular landmark will feature the Philippine flag's colors for two days in an effort to raise awareness about the storm's impact. Filipinos and foreigners in the United States have posted photos of the memorial, along with prayers for victims and struggling survivors.


Being a Filipino I'm so touched and delighted. People all over the world help each other in times like this. Filipino people was down and devastated because of Typhoon Yolanda.

I believe that Filipino will move on and we will show the world that life must go on. 

We are grateful to other countries who help us.







Friday, November 15, 2013

Everytime I See You



Every time I see you my world turn upside down, I'm so happy and I don't know what to say and what do to.  Your smile completes my day, I know I look stupid when you are near and I don't care, what is important to me is that you will feel  how special you are to me.

Every time I see you I felt so alive and inspired, I know that you don't like me the way I do but I hope and pray that one day I can write a beautiful story of me and you.

Every Time I see you... 

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Wordless Wednesday November 13, 2013




Super Typhoon Yolanda  Lashes Philippines



Typhoon Haiyan (known in the Philippines as Typhoon Yolanda) is the second-deadliest Philippine typhoon on record, killing at least 2,344 people. The thirtieth named storm of the 2013 Pacific typhoon season, Haiyan originated from an area of low pressure several hundred kilometers east-southeast of Pohnpei in the Federated States of Micronesia on November 2.

 Tracking generally westward, environmental conditions favored tropical cyclogenesis and the system developed into a tropical depression the following day. After becoming a tropical storm and attaining the name Haiyan at 0000 UTC on November 4, the system began a period of rapid intensification that brought it to typhoon intensity by 1800 UTC on November 5. By November 6, the Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) assessed the system as a Category 5-equivalent super typhoon on the Saffir-Simpson hurricane wind scale; the storm passed over the island of Kayangel in Palau shortly after attaining this strength.

Thereafter, it continued to intensify; at 1200 UTC on November 7, the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) upgraded the storm's maximum ten-minute sustained winds to 235 km/h (145 mph), the highest in relation to the cyclone. At 1800 UTC, the JTWC estimated the system's one-minute sustained winds to 315 km/h (195 mph), unofficially making Haiyan the fourth most intense tropical cyclone ever observed. 

Several hours later, the eye of the cyclone made its first landfall in the Philippines at Guiuan, Eastern Samar, without any change in intensity; if verified, this would make Haiyan the strongest tropical cyclone to make a landfall on record, surpassing the old record of 305 km/h (190 mph) set by Atlantic Hurricane Camille in 1969

Gradually weakening, the storm made five additional landfalls in the country before emerging over the South China Sea. Turning northwestward, the typhoon eventually struck northern Vietnam as a severe tropical storm on November 10. Haiyan was last noted as a tropical depression by the JMA the following day.
The cyclone caused devastation in the Philippines, particularly on Samar Island and Leyte, where the governor estimated that at least 10,000 people may have died in the city of Tacloban alone.

 According to UN officials, about 11 million people have been affected and many have been left homeless.






Please pray for the Filipinos who are affected by Typhoon Yolanda. God Bless our country.






You can also check my previous post  Typhoon Yolanda Lashes Philippines



credit to the owner of the video and Wikipedia

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Sunday Stealing - The What's What # 1





The What's What Meme 

What is on your bed right now? - my laptop and cellphone

What’s your favorite word or phrase? - yeah, really

What is the best ice cream flavor? - chocolate and mango

Did you wake up smiling this morning?
 - yeah as always

Is there something in your life you used to have, and now miss?  - none as of the moment

What major company would you like to work for? - Google and Apple

What time do you wake up on a typical morning? - I work on a night shift, I usually wake up 3:00pm

What holiday makes you sad? - Christmas 2008 when my father passed away

Where does a good night’s sleep rank on your priorities? right up there

One song that makes you cry? - Heaven Knows

 How old was your mom when she had you? - 26 years old

When is the last time you went to the beach? - last summer

What is the most random object around you? - computer and paperwork

 What is your favorite sushi? -

What food do you find disgusting? - cat fish

If you could have any type of dog in the world, what would it be? - shitzu

What was the last meal that you made for yourself? - Spicy noodles

Is the hard drive on your computer full or getting close to being full? - getting full

Are there any songs that you prefer the acoustic version over the regular version? - acoustic version

Sunday Social # 7

Sunday Social


We don't celebrate Thanksgiving here in the Philippines, I will just share with you the things that we always do during Christmas day.


1. What is your favorite Thanksgiving memory?

My family celebrates Christmas on my grandma's house. We exchange gifts, eat together on Christmas Eve.

2. What is your favorite Thanksgiving food?

My grandma cooks Barbecue,Spaghetti,bacon, ham and my aunt always prepare Fruit Salad.

3. What is a Thanksgiving tradition you and your family have?

We attend mass together,exchange gift and we will watch movie together with my aunt and cousins.

4. Show us a favorite Thanksgiving picture(or 5) from years past.


Ice Cream, yum yum


My Family




Playing Bingo



5. What are you most looking forward to about this Thanksgiving?

I'm excited to see my cousins, to give my christmas presents to my family and friends.



Monday, November 11, 2013

Inspire me Monday # 9



For this week, I chose DIY crochet, my mom teached me how to make centerpiece,curtains and socks  using different crochet thread. 

Here are some DIY that I post on my Pinterest account






Very colorful centerpiece














Combination of different colors, I love the designs.




Now it’s time to share your inspirations! You can participate in Inspire Me Monday in the following ways:
1) Share “What’s Inspiring You” by creating your own Inspire Me Monday post! You can include any creative challenges you’ve discovered – any books or quotes you love – any bloggers who have inspired you – anything that has inspired you and will inspire us too!
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The party will remain open all week so have fun sharing – inspire me with your comments – and please, use the social media buttons below the post to spread the word!

Typhoon Yolanda/Haiyan lashes Philippines



One of the strongest typhoon in history lashes Philippines last November 8, 2013. More than 700,000 Filipinos forced to flee their homes.

Tacloban  was truly affected,they are devastated by Storm surge.









They are waiting for their food supplies

















Let's help our kababayan by giving donations.



















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