Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Let's make Kimchi the easy way . #kimchi #koreansidedish #banchan

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Six Easy Steps to Make Kimchi  

One of the skills you have to develop when you have a Korean husband is making Kimchi. Why? For one reason, a meal will never be complete without it for Koreans. Meaning, Kimchi sa umaga, tanghali at gabi. Isama mo na ang meryienda. Also, Koreans believe that “ Kimchi a day keeps the doctor away” .

There are hundreds of varieties of Kimchi  made from cucumber, radish, turnip, onion leeks , squid, as a main ingredient but napa cabbage is the most common. Also, everyone has their own way of preparing Kimchi. Today, I am going to share my own style  which is less complicated minus your friendly food processor.

My mother-in-law told me that Kimchi was packed with nutrition our body needs like dietary fiber, vitamin a and c. Had Popeye known it, he would have preferred Kimchi over spinach. 

Here are the ingredients you need for making Kimchi:

3 tablespoon red pepper flakes
(or according to taste)
( you may also use radish)
onion leeks
1 Shallot
5 cloves of Garlic
1-2 teaspoons Sesame oil
2-3 tablespoons Fish sauce 
( you may use shrimp paste)
1 tablespoon of roasted Sesame seeds

Six easy steps to make Kimchi 

1. Prepare a large basin with salted water.
2. Remove the outer layer of the cabbage that has little holes and discoloration.
3. Slice the center of the cabbage and remove the core.
4. Soak the cabbage into the salted water for thirty minutes, but if you are not in a hurry you may let it sit in salted water a little bit longer until the cabbage is rubbery.
5. Using a colander, drain the cabbage. Squeezing  as much water from the leaves as possible. Set aside.
6. In a bowl, combine the minced garlic, onion leeks, red pepper flakes, fish sauce, sugar   and the julienned carrots.   Then add the napa cabbage and mash them with your hands. Take note with your HANDS.

Put the Kimchi in an air-tight bottle or food storage container. I prefer glass bottle.

Enjoy your Kimchi!

Monday, February 24, 2014


Hi peeps! How was your weekend? Ours was jampacked and super fun. As you know my husband and I were so bagsak from attending Mitch Albom's book signing event . Yesterday, after my husband's regular Sunday catechism, we headed right away to PICC to hear mass and to listen to Bro.Alvin's preachings at The Feast  - the happiest place on earth - with our other ka-sundate couple Mr. and Mrs. Ely Banjao.

We arrived three hours early kasi nagchopper kami.

To kill time, we registered at the Seafair '14 exhibit at Harbor Square, Manila Bay.

At  The Feast, Bro.Alvin talked about putting God first in all areas of our lives.

"But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you." -Matthew 6:33.

Friends, allow me share my own reflections with bible verses about Bro. Alvin's talk yesterday.

In married life,God should be our third-party . 

"Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder." -- Matthew 19:5, 6.  

At work, He should be our boss

"Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters" - Colossians 3 :23

In friendship ,surround ourselves with people who will draw us closer to God.

"In that way, we will encourage each other by sharing our common faith." --Romans 1:12

As children, listen to our parents.  

Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.  "Honor your father and mother"--which is the first commandment with a promise- Ephesians 6:1-2

Now, I feel guilty on this one. I always follow  my parents' pieces of advice , especially mom's, but more often than not halfheartedly. What's funny is I often end up telling myself "buti na lang sinunod ko si mama". At the end of the day, I always realize my parents only want the best for me and if things don't turn out the way I or we want it , I always have their back. Following your parents will never be a lost cause.

we wrapped up our weekend with a lite dinner.

It has always been a joy to attend the Feast every Sunday. It makes me spiritually and physically recharged and ready to face the daily grind of life head on.

               Have Happy and Blessed Monday !

"The quality of your relationship with God will directly affect the quality of all your relationships with people." 



Saturday, February 22, 2014

Mitch Albom in Manila Part II

Today was a major OMG! I woke up as early as four thirty in the morning to get ready for Mitch Albom's book signing tour. By nine o' clock, my husband and I were already at G3.  We were pretty early-I thought- because there were only few of people- more or less about twenty five- waiting outside the entrance gate. When the gate opened , we were ushered by the security guard from the activity center to the end of the queue . 

Holy moly! Little did we know that there was already a long queue inside the mall.

                   We walked through  the  labyrinth of very eager Albom fans .Many of them were reading books while standing in line.

The last person on line became an instant celebrity. When he was asked to carry this placard, people started taking photos of  him. 

picture muna bago before leaving 

I knew my husband could not stand the muggy weather anymore. All for the love of me, he was trying to convince me that he was a okay when suddenly he had a dizzy spell. So I suggested that we watch a movie na lang since there was a slim chance that we could get in considering the massive number of people who wanted to have their books signed.

We bought something to eat first before watching Starting Over Again ( wait for my  blog about this movie) I knew that we will have finished watching the time movie by the time Mitch Albom arrive for his interview. 

 True enough, we were just in the nick of time. My husband  had taken  a snapshot of him before his  interview  began.

Mitch Albom,  impersonated Elvis Presley to the amusement of his fans.

On his interview, he mentioned that he will donate forty fishing boats   (each with names of his best selling books on the hull)  and will  put up ten libraries in devastated areas in Tacloban . 

Some trivia about Mitch Albom : 
  • His book " Five People You Meet in Heaven" was inspired by his uncle Eddie who was a world war II veteran in the Philippines.
  • He did not know that "Tala" means star until his Filipino fans emailed him that Tala means star. She is an Asian fictional character in his book Five People You Meet in Heaven.
  • He wrote "Tuesdays with Morrie" to raise funds for his dying professor.
  • He had been invited several times to visit Philippines but never had a chance to come until the catastrophe occured in Tacloban.
Before ending the interview, he gave words that he will come back here in the Philippines once the movie inspired by his book One More Day comes out.


Tuesday, February 18, 2014


If I ask ten people ,  “who among you want to be wealthy?”  I am sure nine out of ten will say “yes” the one left , who did not say yes , is  a hypocrite. Why?  I am sure if he wins millions of pesos in a lottery, he will ecstatically, rapturously, triumphantly accept the money. Anyone who gives a brush over millions of pesos is undoubtedly a wino.

All of us want to be rich but a lot of us do not want to accept that we are rich even if we  “already” are rich, right? Even the controversial multi-millionaire pork barrel queen Janet Lim-Napoles denied she was wealthy, but rather “tama lang sa buhay” (weeeeh) , when she was put on the  hot seat during the senate investigation. Look at what happened to her ? Need I elaborate more?  

I want to be rich. You want to be rich. All of us want to be rich.But, how many of us know that we are already rich? How many of us do not accept that we are ” already”rich? Some pahumble effect lang pero panay post ng material things sa facebook with hastag #thankyouLordfortheblessing. (Just to show off,not all though) but tightfisted when it comes to generosity. 

We are all rich. Yes, we are. Try giving money to the poor, or donate money or material things to the needy . You will feel how wealthy you are and God will bless you with resources.

Some of us equate wealth to MONEY.  We think , we are rich if we have fat bank account or a pocketful of money.  How many of us equate wealth to God? God  is the one who richly provides, Isn’t He?

Few years ago, I approached someone -who I thought was capable of giving-if she could  partake her blessings to an orphanage.  She told me “ saka na ako magdodonate pag milyonaryo na ako, magpapatayo ako foundation para mas marami matulungan”.  Had she known , she would be bankcrupt three years later, perhaps she would have donated.  Why wait  if you can give now?  

Do not hold back from those who ask your help,when it is in your power to do it.Do not say to your neighbor, “Go away! Come another time; tomorrow I will give it to you!’’ When you can help him now. –Proverbs 3-27:28.

Let me quote what Bro.George Gabriel said in his talk at the Feast last Sunday , “Some people wait too much before they could give. When you give to God first, it is easy to receive gifts from God. God cannot be undone in generousity.

Why we cannot be generous?  Simple. We do not want to admit that we are rich that’s why we cannot be generous.

To remind me, and you friend, to be generous. Let me share this Prayer for Generosity.

Friday, February 14, 2014



I could not be more excited! After the Valentine's lunch with my husband yesterday, I made sure that we drop by at  National Bookstore to buy Mitch Albom's newest book "The First Phone Call from Heaven"

I am a voracious reader and, apparently,  an avid fan of Mitch Albom.His books such as: Tuesdays with Morrie, The Timekeeper and among others are not only profoundly moving, but also inspiring.  Definitely, I will  not pass up the chance of meeting him in person much more have my book signed by him. 

Mitch Albom Book Signing Tour 
Glorietta and Ayala Center Cebu Signing Mechanics: 

1. Every purchase of “The First Phone Call from Heaven” (TFPCFH) by Mitch Albom from National Book Store, Powerbooks, Bestsellers or National Book Store Express shall come with a Mitch Albom flyer. Please note that the flyer is not a guaranteed signing pass. 

2. There is no limit as to how many copies of TFPCFH can be purchased by a customer. 

3. On the day of the event, only guests with an original Mitch Albom flyer that came from a TFPCFH book bought at National Book Store, Powerbooks, Bestsellers or National Book Store Express, will be allowed to register. First come, first served. 

4. The book signing events shall be at the following times and dates:
• February 22, 2014, 2 p.m. / Glorietta Activity Center 
• February 23, 2014, 2 p.m. / Ayala Center Cebu 
Registration at both events will start at 10 a.m. 

5. Upon registration, customer shall get their numbered Signing Pass. 

One (1) TFPCFH book = One (1) Mitch Albom book of your choice to be signed. 

For example, if you bought three (3) copies of TFPCFH and have three (3) flyers, you may have three (3) books signed (e.g. One (1) Tuesdays with Morrie + One (1) The Five People you Meet in Heaven + One (1) The First Phone Call From Heaven). 

6. Mitch Albom will only sign books. T-shirts, DVDs, CDs and other merchandise will not be signed. There shall be no personalization of the books. 

7. There is no preset limit as to how many people can have their books signed and every effort will be made to have as many books signed as possible. However, should there be an excessive number of people, National Book Store reserves the right to limit (a) the number of people who can have their books signed or (b) the number of books each person may have signed. First come, first served. 

8. Guests may take photos during the signing session. However, we strictly allow only one photo per person.

By the way, when you buy you will the mechanics attached at the back of the back naman, Like this :

Honestly, I haven't scanned its pages yet lol! Well,when it's authored by Mitch Albom, "Don't judge the book by its cover" saying doesn't count.





Hi readers! I took a sabbatical leave because I had been busy doing things left and right. I know  I was not able to live up to my last post. Anyhoo, I want to greet everyone a HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY! I am BACK!

I want to start my comeback with a review of one of the restaurants in the south that serves sumptuous buffet, the CafĂ© d’Asie at second floor Main wing of The Bellevue Hotels and Resorts in Alabang.

Since it is Valentine’s Day, my husband and I chose to dine in there because of   Valentine’s buffet  promo. It has been five years since I last visited this place. At that time, they served their usual buffet menu and since then,I could not forget the satisfying meal I had eaten  . I was not Mrs.An at that time yet, so I wanted my husband to have a taste of their exquisite meal. I have been cajoling him to eat there but he would hesitate kase hotel restaurants spell e-x-p-e-n-s-i-v-e. Finally, because of the Heart's day, he succumb to my pangungulit with a dash of extra sweetness .

The Dessert Station
As we entered,we were greeted with nice backdrop of the dessert station

The fruit tartlets are not too sweet which I like because sometimes I get “umay” if they were extra sweet.Actually, the dessert section reminded me of Sambukojin.

              The Patisserie and Bread Area .  

I did not eat any bread from this station. I did not want to load on carbs. Buffet itey!

The Salad Bar 

The Salad bar was a treat for my unusual-semi-vegetarian diet. Minsan vegetarian in short lols. 

The Cooked Food Station 

A wide array of exquisite food to feast on.

The Seafood Carbonara was the super star...for me.

      Korean-Chinese Dishes Station.

 There's Nothing special for me in this station because these are our typical food at home  (Kimchi sa loob ng bahay,kimchi pa rin sa labas? lols!) except for Yuk hwe. Yuk Hwe is raw ground beef eaten together with spices and other side dishes. However, I did not dare to ingest it.Why? First, I was not sure if it were fresh. Yuk Hwe beef should be eaten fresh after defrosting otherwise, I don't need elaborate more lols. I think, alam nyo na kung anung mangyayari sa'yo. Take note: uncooked, raw, in Tagalog hilaw.

 If I were in Korea, I would have devoured it without seconds thoughts. There, all beef were tagged with an ID number that includes information on the age, the origin, the supplier, the distributor, the grade, the butchering date and the butcher shop it was cut in. Super safe di ba? Furthermore, bacteria spreads so fast, for all I knew the ground beef had been exposed on the table  before we arrived. How could I eat that, eew!

Hindi ako nakakain nito. :(

                                                                                         The  Sushi Station

I ate them with much gusto especially the Kani salad because  I had been craving for it. My tummy was so happy! Never had I eaten so much Kani salad in my entire life lols.

What we ate...

Herb and spices with a kick on the shrimp. The herb potatoes however were so so.

Grilled rosemary chicken ( I made imbento the name of this food kasi they taste like it naman lols)

Yummy Salmon dish

You thought we ate this few???  Battery empty na kse. lols di na carry picture picture :)

What I like about Cafe d'Asie? The place is not crowded with sophisticated interiors. My husband likes the seafood, especially the smoked milkfish. For the dessert, he likes the bread and butter pudding with vanilla cream.The waiters are friendly and attentive to our needs. Casual dining.Though there is a dress code. Don't wear sando, flipflops and shorts when you go there. My husband and I will definitely come back. 

My Valentino 

                                                                            tulala after eating

                                                                    I love you to the moon and back!

                                              How about you?  How did you spend your Valentine's day?

Happy Valentine's Day!!!!


Cafe D Asie
Adress: 2nd Floor, Main Wing, The Bellevue Hotel, Alabang, 
Operating Hours:
Open Daily
6:00am to 10:30am Breakfast
11:30am to 2:30pm Lunch
6:00pm to 10:30pm Dinner


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