Monday, June 30, 2008
Sunday, June 29, 2008
Friday, June 27, 2008
As I look back on those 2 weeks of his first visit, I realize how lucky I am to have spent that two weeks of my life with the wonderful man that I chose to marry. It was filled with wonderful memories, fantastic dates, sweet moments and memorable places that we visited together. And to celebrate the 2nd anniversary of that first meeting, Jeff took me out to a Thai restaurant last night. A cone of twist vanilla and chocolate ice-cream each was our dessert as he drove us to a pretty park in front of a serene creek with a flock of geese as our company. I enjoyed spending last night with him reminiscing our first dates back in the Philippines.
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Anyway, included below is the recipe for those of you who might wanna try it as well. It was so yummy that I ate so much last night. It makes me wonder if there could be some effect to my 40-minute treadmill yesterday since I cave in to my cravings of lechon manok right after. (hehe)
3 tablespoons of brown or white sugar
1 cup soy sauce
1 head garlic, minced
3 tablespoons of calamansi juice or lemon juice
1/2 cup of sprite, 7up
2 cups of tanglad (lemon grass) for stuffing (since its hard to find tanglad in the US, try substituting it w/ sibuyas dahunan and mint
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
2 tbsp oil
Marinate the whole chicken in soy sauce, calamansi juice, minced garlic, chopped onions, ginger, soda, sugar and pepper. Let stand marinate in the refrigerator for 1 hr.
Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
Stuff the chicken cavity with tanglad (lemon grass). Add the substitute herbs if there's no tanglad available.
Rub salt and oil all over chicken.
Dump the whole marinate mix inside the chicken.
Cook chicken for 1hr & 20mins or until golden brown. (I cooked mine until the pop up timer comes out)
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
This picture that I found over the internet is the "Stout's Point", which is in the eastern tip of Petit Jean Mountain. A board walk has been constructed for the people who would like to marvel at the grand view of the Arkansas River Valley to the north and various mountains to the south. Nearby is the gravesite of Petit Jean (Adrienne Dumont), who according to the legend of Petit Jean, is a French girl who disguised herself as a cabin boy so as to secretly accompany her sweetheart, Chavet, a young French nobleman, who lived during the period of the French exploration of the New World. Knowing the hardships and danger on the journey, young Chavet of course didn't let Adrienne go with him and so she dressed herself like a boy so he can't recognize her and called herself Jean but the sailors called her Petit Jean which is French for Little John. Unfortunately, she was terribly ill while they stayed in the mountains, a few days before their voyage back to France. She eventually died with a request that she'd be carried back to the mountaintop and be buried at a spot overlooking the river below. Her legend and her death seemed to be what draws the people to this enchanting place.
The picture below is from the Wild River website. It is a wavepool which is just one of the exciting things you can find in the whole waterpark. I am excited to try their different slide attractions and the fun lazy river ride of course. I can't wait for July 4-6 to come. I'm sure this will be another fun and exciting weekend for me and my babe.
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
As you might already know, a devastating typhoon struck the central and northern Philippines over the weekend. It brought so much damage to the affected areas and great loss for the relatives of the victims of MV Princess of the Stars tragedy. I was glued on tv last night as I watched TV Patrol giving interviews to the few lucky survivors of the stricken ship. A male survivor recounts the horror they all went through on that fateful day. He said the waves were as huge as buildings, the winds were so strong and the rain was so heavy making everything so dark even if it was still noontime. He also said most of the passengers were in their lifevests but most of them were too scared to jump out into the water and leave the ship. The life rafts were of no use as they were tossed away because of the raging storm. When the captain announced that they'll have to leave the ship, the survivor said in his interview that a lot of passengers especially the children and the old ones were too afraid to do it.
While I was watching his interviews, I couldn't help but got teary-eyed. I can imagine the fright that these passengers have been feeling at that moment. My heart cries out for the relatives of the victims. It must have been so hard for them not knowing what happened to their missing loved ones. Sulpicio Lines issued an official statement that they will be giving financial assistance of 200,000 pesos/victim to the relatives. But is there an amount that could compensate to the loss of their families and loved ones? I don't think so. It might be painful to admit but we couldn't put the blame solely to the vessel's management and owners. In the midst of this, there's no point in pointing fingers on whose to blame. No one would want this to happen. As Filipinos, we can offer our sympathy and prayers to our countrymen so that they might get past this terrible life crisis.
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Monday, June 23, 2008
Finally, I was able to get a chance to watch the new musical show of my favorite singer, Regine Velasquez entitled Songbird. They messed up a little bit with the schedule--I stay awake until 11:55 PM thinking that her show goes on air at that timeslot but apparently I was wrong 'coz they moved it to Saturday but they didn't update their tv guide. Anyway, this week she sang Barry Manilow songs and again I was fascinated by her voice and her renditions.
Have you heard about Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island book? It's a classic adventure which was first published in 1883. Jeff had read it when he was a kid and we found a copy of it in a used bookstore here in our town and it's now in our nightstand. I enjoyed the first few chapters of it. However, some part of it was written in Old English and they talked about pirates and ships but Jeff helped me understand them.
On a different note, did you know that Pinoy Dream Academy Season 2 was launched last week? Yeng Constantino was the first winner of the said show. This season has so much talented voices to offer. I've watched their first Gala performance last Saturday and I must say that most of the contestants has the makings of a winner. I'm sure they will grow more and more better each week.
Speaking of voice talents, Pinoy Idol's Top 12 also performed last Saturday in a much bigger venue. I was impressed by their performances and most of them are good looking and really has the star quality. I feel so proud to be a Filipino because it's a given fact that Filipinos are known to be really great singers anywhere in the world. These singing shows of the two competing networks are the best place to hone young and promising singers in the country.
Obviously, I am a tv addict. Besides my Filipino shows, I also like to watch shows about Fashion and Style. TLC's What Not To Wear truly interests me. I've watched 3 episodes this week and I find it fun. It's the US version of the BBC America makeover series where the lucky participants will be given $5,000 worth of credit card that they will use to shop for an updated set of wardrobes. It's not as boring as it may sound. Believe it or not, not all people like changes. I've seen participants whine and complain when it's time for them to head to New York and shop. I thought to myself, what's there to be upset about! I mean a chance to shop for clothes in New York and in effect makes you feel good about yourself. Anyway, the show is hosted by fashion gurus, Stacy London and Clinton Kelly.
Friday, June 20, 2008
The supposed rivalry of Marian and Angel continues to be a heated topic as both were nominated for FHM's 100 Sexiest Women. Recently, the fans of Angel Locsin have reached the heights of their support for their favorite star in this rivalry by accusing FHM magazine of manipulating the voting results in favor of Marian Rivera. Currently, Ms. Marian holds the number 1 spot while Ms. Angel dropped to number 4 according to the partial and incomplete results of FHM.
Oh well, there's no telling as to where this rivalry reaches. But I personally think it's unfair for these women to be compared with each other. They are totally different persons and equally beautiful and talented. Healthy competition is fine but if it would personally affect them and the fans, I don't think it's worth it. It's best to just let them work and appreciate them both. The world is already full of hatred and animosity, we don't need our entertainment industry to join.
In our modern times, I think Criss Angel is one of the best illusionists there is. His acts and illusions are clever, weird, very entertaining and mind bending that if you watch him perform in his shows, you would be left spellbound and some would have even thought he has some real dark magic powers. But of course, he doesn’t have real dark powers, he’s just a very clever illusionist, but that is all he is.
I personally think that his tricks are pretty amazing. The best ones for me are when he levitates from one building to another, walks on water and when he was run over by a bulldozer on a bed of glass. Wow, that’s pretty neat, isn’t it? But I think the best thing is to watch him do his tricks live. Luxor Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas will hold a debut Cirque du Soleil performance called CRISS ANGEL Believe. It’s gonna be a night of haunting journey inside the mind of this great mystifier Criss Angel. Too bad the contest is now closed but you could have won 2 tickets of this show by texting 'Believe' and send it to 22122. But don't worry, you can still buy your tickets by visiting the Criss Angel Believe website.
Thursday, June 19, 2008
The rules are posted at the beginning. At the end of the post, the player tags 6 people and posts their names, then goes to their blog and leave a comment, letting them know they’ve been tagged and asking them to read your blog. Let the person who tagged you know when you’ve posted your answer.
1. What am I doing 10 years ago?
Hmm, I was 20 then. I was a working student at that time. In love with somebody whom I eventually lose communication with.
2. What are 5 things on my to-do list today?
You don't wanna know...Yep, it's as boring as that..Hehehe
3. Snacks I enjoy:
Pizza, Snickers, A can of preserved strawberries or peaches, Pringles, Ritz Biscuits
4. Places I’ve lived:
Cebu City, Quezon City
5. Things I’d do if I were a billionaire:
Buy houses for investments...Travel around the world with my loved ones...Do charity works...Pamper myself with fashion, beauty and health stuff
6. People I want to know more about...
The lifestyles of the greatest leaders in the world
Done this tag; 1. " My Wonderful Life " 2. Me and Mine 3. Creative In Me 4. Little Peanut 5. Pea in a Pod 6. Sugar Magnolias 7. Just Me.. Eds 8. My Precious 9. My Sweet Haven
1. Would you forgive your best friend for sleeping with your husband/wife?
~ Nope, never. Hehe Seriously, I might. But I don't think I'll ever forget it. So it might be hard for me to continue being friends with her and continue being a wife to my hubby. :(
2. Where were you last week?
~ Just here at home feeling the Illinois vacation blues
3. Have you ever seen a live bat?
~ Yeah and it scares me to death.
4. Do you like Big Macs?
~ Yeah but I try not to eat more of that lately.
5. Are you single?
~ I’m happily married.
6. Do you like the color orange?
~ Yeah, depends on the mood.
7. Do you find it in your heart to forgive?
~ Yeah, but as what I've said I find it hard to forget.
8. Would you rather not eat or not sleep?
~ Neither. I'd get cranky if I don't get enough sleep much worse not eat.
9. Have you ever seen a real redneck?
~ Umm, not sure.
10. Do you like tattoos and piercings?
11. Where was the last place you got your hair cut?
~ D &D Hairworks here in Ozark
13. Do you care if people talk smack about you?
~ Yeah. I wouldn't like it I suppose.
14. How long do you use the phone daily?
~ It can be a maximum of hours if my sister is on the other line.
15. Do you like snakes?
~ Hell, no...
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
A symbol of spirit of unity.
The burning icon of love.
Undying picture of hope.
The hot symbol of oneness.
The Flame of Friendship.
And now it's your turn to flame yourself!
Meet new friends. Discover friendship. Make bonds.
Copy this post starting from the PICTURE ABOVE to the end
and add your blog on the list below.
Let's start FLAMING!
The People Who Accepted The Flame of Friendship
Tiklaton: We are the witness.
Janeth Vicy's Life Journey.
My Sweet Haven
OOOPSS!! Don't forget to invite your friends!
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Tuesday, June 17, 2008
An organization called "Perverted-Justice" which was also mentioned in the show, exists to catch these sexual predators who usually use the internet to sexually abuse and prey upon children. They would post fake profiles about young kids in chatrooms and wait for these sexually disturbed individuals to contact them, to talk about sex and much worse to ask about meeting in a certain place. That's how they catch these sickos. I think it's just sickening to imagine that our young kids or younger siblings can be victims of these people. The cyberweb is so accessible even to kids nowadays, so it's really important to guide them and keep watch so they won't fall as preys into the hands of these perverts.
Monday, June 16, 2008
Friday, June 13, 2008
Swimming at Deep River Waterpark in Indiana
There's more pics in my Multiply Page, if you want to view more, visit Deep River Waterpark and Summer Vacation in Illinois albums.
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
We left Monday afternoon but on our way home, I saw Tanger Outlet Center in Tuscola, Illinois, right beside the interstate so I thought of stopping by and take a look. The stores include GAP, Old Navy, Bath & Body Works, Lee, Hush Puppies, Coach, Carters, Oshkosh B'Gosh, NIKE, Polo Ralph Lauren and a whole lot of good brands. The best part of outlet shopping is that their prices are way more cheaper than in the retail stores. I had a great bargain with the stuff that I bought. You wouldn't find a $10.00 Lee and Wrangler pair of jeans in retail stores, would you?
Anyway, I'm glad that we got home safe Tuesday afternoon. It was a 13-hour drive each way with a few stopover to eat and use the restroom, so we had to stay in a hotel back and forth to get some sleep. Sure, it was exhausting especially for Jeff 'coz he did most of the driving but we still enjoyed it. I took a lot of photos and I'm gonna share that to you in my next post. I missed 5 reservations from Social Spark while I was in Illinois but now I'm back and I can have all the time in the world to catch up with blogging. Happy Wednesday everyone!!!
Friday, June 6, 2008
Thursday, June 5, 2008
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
In preparation for my new domain, I thought about adopting a new blog template and so I browsed through a number of free templates online yesterday. There were quite a few that I liked--a 3-column template is the first thing that I was really looking for. As soon as I'll get my new domain, I'll shift to the new template. I also got busy yesterday fixing my blog categories. It used to be in such a clutter. I think it's a little better after I made some changes with them. I'm happy with it so far.
Today, I am going to take care of my blog roll list. I've read some bloggers here cleaning up their list and deleting those links that didn't have the courtesy to link them back. I mean, they're quite right, what's the point of keeping the links if you're not linked by them anyway? It's just gonna take your blog forever to load. So, I decided to clean it up today. If I still have time, I'm also gonna do my blog hopping rounds since I haven't done it in days now. Enjoy blogging everyone...
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
1. Me and Mine 2.Creative In Me 3.Little Peanut 4. Pea in a Pod 5. Sugar Magnolias 6. Supermodel Wannabe 7. FunFierceFabulous 8. Filipino love stories 9. A Mom's Note 10. Tasteful Voyage 11. Cheerful's Journey 12. Bienvenue `a la Noryfel 13. Felicity's Visions 14. Inday's Kitchen 15. My Sweet Haven 16. (your blog here...)
F I R S T :
* First real job: Quality Assurance Data Processor
* First screen name: Jollie106
* First funeral: I was in Grade 4 and it was a funeral of an old neighbor.
* First pet: Rusty and Trixie (dogs)
* First piercing: Ear piercing
* First tattoo: None
* First credit card: HSBC
* First kiss: hahaha! I don't even wanna remember it! But yeah, it was with my first crush.
* First enemy: Neighbor when I was in grade school
L A S T:
* Last car ride: yesterday...I went grocery shopping.
* Last kiss: Jeff before he left for work.
Monday, June 2, 2008
Last week was a crazy diet for me. To help myself in achieving my goal to lose weight, I tried to eat less rice and small portions of food. I eat salad with a fruit or turkey sandwich with cheese for lunch and rice with meat for dinner. But last Memorial Weekend was a break when it comes to food that I ate. We did grill a lot. From steak, back ribs and country-style pork ribs. I tried different ways of marinating the meat. I even followed one suggestion of my friend Lou. All styles proved to be yummy and mouth-watering. I enjoyed the food so much.
Baby back ribs marinated with Kraft Honey Bar-b-que Sauce (Overnight)