Monday, November 19, 2007 0 comments

Postin' It!

hey ZJ,

sorry for being so out of touch again. i didn't mean to, it's just that too much technical stuff (mostly ISP-related), the pc needed to be reformatted, things at work, my never-ending to do lists, and trying not to fall too deep in matters of emotional attachment (if that is possible!).

since we've done YM earlier, i've told you about these mixed emotions right? i'm on a trippin' mood. it's like being in high school all over again. i think the word is: tuliro! hehe, that's the word! like you've told me this morning: give it time. give him time because he could just be waiting for the right time to tell me whatever he wants to tell me. give myself time. oh well, since i haven't seen the guy for 8 months, i think i could still hold out for a bit more time. patience is always a virtue.

also, safety first is key. in anything. anywhere. anytime. good that both you and R have looked into insurance. it's a practical investment. it's ok to start on lower premiums because you always have the option of being able to increase your monthly contributions in time. it earns dividends, too. just be sure that you're getting your money's worth by way of legit financial planners or underwriters (or whatever fancy names they have now for insurance agents).

these will be for now. i will be posting my reply to your tag soon - after i've re-installed the software i need to be able to upload my pictures.

until then, amiga.
Tuesday, November 6, 2007 0 comments

You're Tagged: What's In Your Bag?

Hi Sam. I was tagged by a blogger-friend (in my other blog) to reveal the contents of my bag. I got hold of her tag two Wednesdays ago, just as I was preparing to leave town again for another fieldwork. I promised her I would do it but I was delinquent on this one because of the many other things - all screaming at me to be completed at the same time.

So what's in my bag, you ask?

There were loads of stuffs in my bag, especially that I was leaving town at the time I was asked to reveal what's in it:

1. Backpack for the laptop (and everything else!)
2. Camera and camera bag
3. Eyeglass case
4. Organizer
5. Wallet
6. Mobile phone
7. Laptop (partly covered)
8. USB Flashdisk
9. Laptop charger
10. Mouse
11. Batteries
12. Battery-operated (mini) fan
13. Flashlight
14. Revlon Just-Bitten lip color
15. Pens
16. DVDs
17. House-keys
18. Virgin Mary of the Lourdes, a present that R brought from Lourdes, France when he was on a cycling trip of Europe
19. Cross prayer, from my mother

Other miscellaneous items, like toiletries, clothes and other stuffs were in my other bag. I know, friends and colleagues kid me about this habit of mine, carrying my whole house in my bag. But I do get bored or I don't fall asleep easily when I am away from home (especially on the first nights) so I bring with me DVDs to lull me to sleep. I used to bring hankies, too, but stopped doing so because I lose them all the time. Natak-an na ko sige bakal bag-o. I got too frustrated buying new hankies to replace the lost ones, only to lose them again. Anyways, on ordinary workdays, I just bring with me items #2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 15, 17, 18 & 19.

I thought it was fun doing it, especially that I have been always curious about what people have in their bags. So I thought, you should answer the tag, too. Come on, Sam... do tell :)

Also I would like to know what things our friends Armie and Roselle.

Friday, November 2, 2007 0 comments

Stuffs we do when no one is looking :)

Yo, Sam.

Don't fret, there is no lewd content in this post. Akala mo kung ano na, ano?

Looking at your cookies made my mouth water! Now, I am so craving for it. I am imagining freshly-baked cookies dunked in hot-chocolate... hayyy, siram na! Thanks for the recipe and I am so excited to make some this Saturday. R promised me that we will go to Pencil Supermarket this Saturday to get some decent baking utensils to support my new-found hobby. Actually, it's our new-found hobby.

Where in the world can you find a supermarket named Pencil? Hah, only in Cambodia!

These past two months, there were lots of red-letter days in the Cambodian calendar. Some times, we drove to the countryside... to Kep, actually. Kep is like our second home - away from home - and the town never failed us. The mountains (although in Philippine standards they are just mere hills), the rice fields, and the sea all remind me of Roxas City, my hometown.

Anyways, I digress.

On most times, we just stay at home and do stuffs. You know... like cleaning the house. Doing the laundry. Tidying up the rooms. Cooking up a storm in the kitchen. That's right! R and I found a great way of spending holidays - and that is whipping out some goodies to fill our forever-hungry stomachs. No wonder we are gaining weight at an exponential rate!

Sige, uya ang ebidensiya:

Now our blog is beginning to look like a food blog and we are already showing signs of domesticity, but I do not mind it a bit. It clearly shows that we both can handle the pressure at work and at the same time tackle the rigors of our domestic affairs. When I have more time this weekend, I will jot down the recipes for the pizza a la R (I just made it up!) and the chicken burritos so that you may, one day, have a go at it. Have a great weekend.

Thursday, November 1, 2007 3 comments

My Treat

Hola Zar,

I'm sharing with you this recipe. Well, it's adapted from The Joy of Cooking Cookbook. These chocolate chips cookies are so easy to make and bake. They're versatile and are best kept in a tin can. Serve with either coffee, milk, juice or plain water. You may adjust the amount of sugar, use semi-sweet or bittersweet choco chips and your choice of chopped nuts. Happy baking!
Note: I've made 100 pieces of these cookies the other day.

Chocolate Chip Cookies

preheat oven 375 deg.
mix: 1 cup + 2 Tbsp flour and 1/2 tsp baking powder
beat: 1 stick softened butter, 1/2 c sugar, 1/2 packed light brown sugar
beat well: 1 large egg, 1/4 tsp salt, 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
stir: 1 c choco chips, 3/4 c chopped nuts
blend all the ingredients
drop by teaspoonfuls on an ungreased cookie sheet
bake 8-10 minutes

for crispier cookies:
add 2 Tbsp flour more and bake 13-15 minutes

Sam here