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Sunday, April 27, 2008

Economic Crisis: Rice Shortage in Oregon

Is your town experiencing this so called “rice shortage” crisis? If so, Oregon is one of it. Started last week most people rushing and buying more rice since they heard that there is a rice shortage coming. And yesterday I went to all bulk stores that carried rice but unfortunately they were all out. So I began to think maybe it is true that Oregon will encounter this “rice shortage”. Lately I ordered rice at WinCo Foods, and said that I will get as much as they have, but they only have one bag. The good thing is they saved it for me.

But I did start wandering, why we have “rice shortage”? And how it happened? Did somebody hide the rice? There is no way people can do that. Anyway, as what I’ve heard from the news and all the gossips everywhere especially in the stores that most of our rice was sent to China, which they needs rice right now and their family here in Oregon trying to provide rice for them. That’s why Oregon encountered this economical imbalance with rice. In fact Costco limits one bag of rice per person. And I worried about my co- rice lover! I knew that Chinese, Filipino, Mexican and etc. eats rice with their meals. So, folks let saved rice now!

Perfect Picture

Mickael is already 7 months old last April 20. He showed a lot of different characteristics everyday. Earlier today we went to the store with Mickael and I dressed him up with his Pooh outfit. He looks good on it! But for sure that cloth is just a bonus. I took a perfect picture from him and I think this is so cute! And I’m planning to upload this picture for a contest of most beautiful baby photo on TV. Here’s his best picture ever!

What can you tell? Isn’t he adorable?

Perfect Ray-Ban for Summer

Today is my relaxing day. I just want to stay home for my 2 days off from work. And I was thinking for something to get for my husbands' birthday gift. Anyways, I got him a nice wallet and a sunglass. Hoping he will be surprise when it come here. Anyways, while surfing @ Macy’s.com I went to the women’s menu and this ray-ban catches my attention.

For me it is so pretty, and a perfect for this bright summer days. I will get one of this too. Not just for fashion but for my eyes protection against bright shinny sunshine too!

Saturday, April 12, 2008

The Origin of Banana chips

I realized that some American who loves banana chips didn’t have a chance to see a real banana plant. Here’s a picture that shows the origin of banana chips, for where it comes from "Banana Tree".

Well, back of my days in Philippines I used to ask my mom in the province that I was coming home from the city and I missed banana with salted fish (bagoong). And she hurriedly cooked it for me! I really love boiled banana too.
Anyways, banana chips are an all natural product prepared from the sound fruit of the Saba variety. The bananas are picked in their mature green stage, peeled, washed, sliced and then fried in fresh refined coconut oil.
The country of origin is Philippines, the supply of banana’s is all year round.
And America is one of the importing country for banana.

Nokia 6680: My Cellphone Forever!

I am typically “stick to one” person. I love the things that I already have. Actually I got my cell phone from Philippines, it was brand new and never been used. I got this last 2005 but the look is still brand new.

It was Php. 18,000.00 that time. It was expensive but affordable for me. Of course, what is single life? I got the control of everything. Actually having cell phone in Philippines is just very common or natural. Anyone can have it as long as you can buy a load, e-load or pasaload. But here in USA, there’s a big difference you need to apply in a certain wireless company in order for you to have a cell phone. For short it will take a long process. Upon choosing my wireless provider I pick the one that will accept my cell phone. And they just change my sim card and I awe them monthly. What makes me happy about this is, I am still using the things that I had even though there are lots of latest cell phones but I just love my Nokia6680.

Asparagus: My baby’s 1st favorite vegetable.

Once in a while, we will have a whole family dinner and it’s always comes with asparagus. I’d tried to feed it to my 5months old baby Mickael, and we were all surprised how much he sucked and chewed it. Oh man! He really loves asparagus. And he will end up screaming if there’s no more asparagus for him.

Here’s one of his stolen picture while he was eating his first vegetable “asparagus”!

And I do believe that good nutrition and a balanced diet help your kids grow up healthy. Serve a variety of healthy foods and snacks. Be a role model by eating healthy yourself. To all mommies try to feed your babies with a healthy food. Start with vegetables.

Mood Swing, Not FUN!

I had a “mood swing” since last Monday. It was triggered by a phone call from my husbands’ ex-wife. That day, Monday morning before my hubby go to his work I asked and checked if he had his cell phone with him and then gave him goodbye kissed. Suddenly his cell phone rang “ring, ring, and ring”“Hello“! Guest who was calling? And my hubby walk away and they’re talking some kind of appointment “For whom?” and what for? I was just waiting for him to tell me about their conversation yesterday, last night, today, or tomorrow. Not sure if he’ll tell me anything about it. So far, I am not happy because I never felt secured for his being secretive and not being open and honest to me.

Sometimes, I thought I was losing my mind!

I need someone to share their brilliant thoughts and advice. Please leave your comments. Thanks!

What’s your names hidden meaning?

When I got up this morning I went straight to my computer to check my blogging career page. But one site brought me to a certain quiz for what is the meaning of my name and that made me curious about “What is the meaning of my name?” And I found out that I got a good name so far. It’s not bad at all to be in my name. So now I LOVE my name and I will treasure it forever.

Check this out folks, this is so cool!
I am going to pass this to mylen, jana, catsy, carol,writeshy,twinkletoe,deliciosa,sexymom,sheng,lourdz, annie and zharina

What Serjean Means

You are the total package - suave, sexy, smart, and strong.

You have the whole world under your spell, and you can influence almost everyone you know.

You don't always resist your urges to crush the weak. Just remember, they don't have as much going for them as you do.

You are friendly, charming, and warm. You get along with almost everyone.

You work hard not to rock the boat. Your easy going attitude brings people together.

At times, you can be a little flaky and irresponsible. But for the important things, you pull it together.

You are wild, crazy, and a huge rebel. You're always up to something.

You have a ton of energy, and most people can't handle you. You're very intense.

You definitely are a handful, and you're likely to get in trouble. But your kind of trouble is a lot of fun.

You are fair, honest, and logical. You are a natural leader, and people respect you.

You never give up, and you will succeed... even if it takes you a hundred tries.

You are rational enough to see every part of a problem. You are great at giving other people advice.

You are usually the best at everything ... you strive for perfection.

You are confident, authoritative, and aggressive.

You have the classic "Type A" personality.

You are very intuitive and wise. You understand the world better than most people.

You also have a very active imagination. You often get carried away with your thoughts.

You are prone to a little paranoia and jealousy. You sometimes go overboard in interpreting signals.

Spicy Chicken with chorizo

As I started my day this morning I came up with something special for our dinner and I got a spicy chicken recipe to share here. Sound spicy and really yummy!

Spicy Chicken with chorizo


1 large brown onion, skin on,
thickly sliced into rings
1 hot chorizo sausage, thinly sliced
6 chicken Maryland,
cut into thighs and drumsticks
and backbone removed
1 whole garlic bulb, smashed, skin on
6 whole sprigs rosemary
Sea-salt flakes
Freshly ground black pepper
2 Tbsp olive oil
80ml vinegar
5 desiree potatoes, peeled
and cut into chunks
2 large garlic cloves, peeled
1/2 cup olive oil
1/2 cup milk

Cooking Procedure:

1. Preheat oven to 190°C (170°C fan-forced). Arrange onion in the base of a medium baking dish. Push about 2 slices of the chorizo under the skin of each chicken piece and arrange the pieces snugly in the baking dish. Scatter over the garlic and rosemary. Season well with salt and pepper and drizzle over olive oil. Bake for 40-50 minutes or until chicken is tender. Pour over vinegar and set aside to rest. Serve the chicken with the pan juices and a bowl of skordalia.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Chicken Soup with Bakchoy (Tinolang Manok)

Once in a week I spent my day off cooking my favorite soup "chicken soup". My hubby love the way I made my soup. Yet, he eats more rice with it. We both love tinolang manok.

Here's my chicken soup recipe for you:

Ingredients (Sangkap):

1 whole chicken, chopped medium pieces
3 cups of water
½ cloves of garlic
2-3 cups of chayote squash
½ onion, sliced
1 package of bakchoy , chopped and sorted
4 cups of chicken broth
2 cups of sliced potato
Salt to taste

Cooking Procedure (Pagluluto):

1. Heat cooking oil in a pan. Sauté garlic, onion, and the chicken.

2. Add water. Cover and simmer over medium heat until chicken is tender.

3. Add the potato, chayote squash and bakchoy stem. Let it cook.

4. Add chicken broth and let it boil for 10 minutes.

5. Add salt to taste it.

6. Add bakchoy leaves, cover and cooked for 2 minutes longer.

7. Remove from heat and serve with rice.

Hope you'll enjoy this soup too! Guaranted it will make you stuffed.