Thanksgiving Day 2016/Mystery Blogger Award

Hello , Renxkyoko Iglesias here .

 

I’ve been nominated twice  for  Mystery Blogger Award by  livepulchritudinously  and  Nayan Nair . However, I couldn’t  find Nayan Nair’s link to that award,  so Nayan Nair, please send me that link again.

 

Anyway, here are my answers to livepul…….  questions.

 

a) What was the last movie you saw ?  I’ve been watching tons of movies on Netflix and Hulu.  I am watching  Body of Proof, a crime series,  right at  this moment.

 

b)  What is your favorite thing about winter ?   I get to wear  my cool boots  and winter jackets…. and most importantly,  Christmas.

 

c)  Do you have any pets ?  We have 2 dogs , one of which is my own, a pitbull. No one wanted to adopt a puppy pitbull at the animal shelter, so I did.  Her name’s Taylor, and I really love her.

 

d)  What was the last book you read ?   Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

 

e)  Are you allergic to anything  ?   Oh, sweet mother of pink, it’s weird that I get asked about allergies.  I just had an allergy attack at work last Friday, right after Thanksgiving Day. I got worried they might fire me .  Good thing I tested negative on milk (  O_O ! ) , more specifically  on almond and soy milk. I work at a dairy company, for Pete’s sakes. Well,   it is still a mystery what triggers  it.  Last time,  I suspected it was the red food color of chorizo.

 

This is it. Again, thank you for the award, @pulchritudineously.

 

Now, as per Ren’s tradition……  I post pictures of our Thanksgiving feast  every   year.  This year, however, there is really nothing much to show.  The family did not really feel like celebrating, because of * cough *  election issues  * cough * . But, I did not renege on my promise to do some cooking.  I made all the desserts…. heck, I even baked  the chocolate cake, angel food cake, and fruit cake from scratch. No store – bought cakes this year. And of course, I cooked my specialty, paella.

 

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Six main dishes……. paella,  beef mechado,  lechon kawali (  boiled , then fried pork ribs  with liver sauce ) , lumpia (  wrapped  meat ), ham ( instead of turkey ), and honey roast chicken.  Desserts are  biko ( rice cake ) , fruit salad , chicken-macaroni salad, leche flan  (  egg custard made of egg yolks )  angel food cake (  I used the egg whites …. leche flan and angel food cake always go together ), fruit cake  (  from my gandmother’s recipe ), chocolate cake.

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Oh, wait, my father bought pumpkin pie. Okay, one store-bought food.  I don’t like pumpkin pie, by the way.

 

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This is all for now. Thank you for reading.

 

 

 

 

 

 

How To Boil an Egg, The Story

RenxKyoko Iglesias  here, hello .

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On my previous post  here, I promised I’d  give my reason  for my weird post, “How To Boil An Egg“.  I did make it like it was a  mystery.  Sorry , but there’s nothing earth-shaking there, no clap of thunder.  It does have a rather long back story , a story  that my parents had experienced, up close and personal.

 

I will try to keep it short, so here goes….

 

There was this person named Ferdinand Marcos, who was elected President of the Philippines in 1968.  He  was , well, I don’t know what he was, but  he   was an honor law student  and topped the Bar exams  before he became a Congressman , then the President.  But he was  brazenly corrupt (  together with his wife, Imelda Marcos  of 10,ooo pairs of shoes  ) and knew he would not be reelected .  There were massive  protests all over the country……..  so what he did was first, he suspended the writ of habeas corpus , and using his personal army ( The Armed Forces of the Philippines )  ,   was able to detain his political enemies,   and in 1971 just  3 months  after  the suspension ( September ) , and  before  the presidential election  in November, he  proclaimed Martial Law.  Philippine democracy was replaced with dictatorship and authoritarianism. He detained  senators, congressmen , and known critics, one of whom was then Senator Benigno Aquino  who was detained for more than 7 years , then exiled to the US, ( supposedly due to medical reasons ….  and here in the US, he was given a teaching job at Harvard University ) .     Marcos dictatorship lasted from 1971 to 1986 (  15 years ! ! ) when he was toppled down thru the famous People Power Revolution in February 1986,  the culmination of people’s protests that began when Senator Benigno Aquino went back to the Philippines on August 21, 1983, and assassinated right there at the airport tarmac.

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The picture above was  the  funeral procession of  Senator Benigno Aquino .  The outrage was massive .  But, here’s the most unbelievable  part of the story. The day after the funeral march,  there was NO NEWS  that came out about that historical event. No photos.  None. Zero. Zilch. Nada. Soon after,  journalists, especially opinion  writers ,  wrote nothing  but    HOW TO BOIL AN EGG  .

 

That, my readers, is the back story.

Alright, this is all for now. Thanks for reading.

 

Addendum :

 

My parents were so outraged that they joined the early protest movement in 1983, right after the assassination.  It was a very dangerous thing to do then because Marcos was still in power .  Soldiers  would come knocking on doors in the night . The victims became  part of the Disappeared , the Desaparecidos . Filipinos  called it  getting ” SALVAGED “.  There were thousands of  these victims  during Marcos’ dictatorship and kleptocracy.   It came to a point when my siblings , who were then 4 and 5 years old,  had to live with friends and were moved from one house to another over 3 years ( not with my parents’ families because , of course, the government  knew who they were ).  My parents were willing to die for the country. Great story !

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How to boil an egg

 

Renxkyoko   Iglesias here.

 

a)  Check for freshness.  Put the eggs in a bowl of cold water with salt in it…..if the eggs sink,  they’re fresh. Discard the ones that float.

 

b) Put eggs in a pan with cold water and salt ( the salt will prevent eggs from leaking ) and heat on medium…… as soon as the water boils, turn off cooker. The heat will finish  the cooking,

 

c)  and depending  on how you want your eggs cooked….. for soft boiled, leave eggs in hot water for about 2 minutes or so, for medium boiled, about 5 minutes, and for hard boiled , about 15 minutes.

 

There you go…. you’re all set, so get crackin’ ! !

 

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Ren ?

 

Don’t worry.  There’s a reason for this post.  I’ll tell you in a day or so.

 

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Please bear with me.  I’m still grieving.

 

I just can’t.

 

 

 

 

 

 

To the world… I’m sorry.

 

 

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What’s in my purse ?

Hi there ! Renxkyoko Iglesias here.

 

What’s with the title ?  Who the heck cares what’s in my purse ?  Well, I do, because  what’s in my purse is very important to me. a)  There’s a set of car keys in there.  It would be troublesome if I lost that. ….. I don’t have a spare set.  b )  a credit card   c)  driver license  d)  6 packets of  condiments from restaurants ( lemon juice ,  ketchup,  sriracha hot chili sauce, mustard and honey sauce  fr. KFC ) d )  a $ 4 discount coupon for L’Oreal mascara  … guess I have to use that soon, it expires  on No. 10……. that’s $ 4, folks, so don’t judge  )  e ) pen  f)  paper  napkins  from a restaurant )  g)  a small digital camera  h) $ 10 and some coins ) panty liner  … too much information, I know  i)  a ROSARY.

 

There’s always a rosary in my purse , and a rosary hanging on my front view mirror. However,   I’ve only prayed the rosary 6 times in my life. …… on the plane going to and from the Philippines  in 2010 and 2014 and  to Europe and back to the US in 2012.  But I think I’m going to pray once more, before election day.  I’m as afraid to be in the plane as  Trump getting elected as President of the United States.

 

A few irrelevant photos because there should be pictures , right ?

 

Alright !  This is all for now, folks !  Thank you for reading !

 

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Paranormal or Coincidence ?

Hi ! Renkyoko Iglesias here !

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Holloween is just around the corner…….  and I just realized that in all the years  that I’ve been writing about anything under the sun here on WordPress,  I have never written  about  a topic  that I like  …… scary stuff and things that go bump in the night.

 

So, do you believe in ghosts or in  the paranormal ?    To be honest,  I am not sure that I don’t.

 

Let me tell you a story.  There were two unexplainable incidents that happened to my mother.  One occurred when she was in 6th grade, the other in 2005.  When Mom was in 6th grade, her grandmother  who lived in the ” province ” fell ill.  When the incident happened,  the whole family had just come home from visiting her, and their grandmother was fine when they left her .  Then one night, something woke up Mom’s older brother (  a college student ) . Something or someone sprinkled water on his face. He also felt  that something bad happened to the grandma.  With the parents’ permission, he and my mother  went back to the province  early morning ( which was about 250 miles away, by the way ) to check up on their grandma.  She was already dead when they arrived.  Then in 2005,  the same thing happened to my mother.  She freaked out  when she felt water on her face, but  was relieved that Dad was snoring   beside her .  She got up to check up on all of us,  and  yes, we were all * cough *  alive. But she knew  something bad had happened, so she took note of the time. It was  3 AM.  At  6  AM, she got a call from my aunt in the Philippines to inform her that our second cousin, Jay,  died  of heart attack while playing basketball  that night  , 7PM Philippine time, or 3 AM  US time .  Jay was the son of Dad’s first cousin who lived next door to our house  in the Philippines.  Jay was only  25  years old.  But then,  Jay was only a second cousin, right ?   Well, Jay lived with us here in the US  for 4 years to study  and went home to the Phil.  right  after graduation in October, 2004. By March, 2005, 5 months after coming home,  Jay was dead  from undiagnosed heart condition.  Jay was part of our family for 4 years …. my parents treated him like a son. We were his immediate family .  I guess Jay thought it was just right that we were one of the first to know that he had passed on by giving a sign.

 

So, here’s my question…. were they mere coincidences or  was it something else ?  You be the judge.

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Job -hunting Update

Renxkyoko Iglesias  here. Hi !

I didn’t watch the second debate.  While watching the first debate,  I did a juvenile thing …. I threw potato chips at the TV, not to mention  my intestines almost exploded.  Eh.  I don’t need that kind of aggravation in my life.

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So, okay, some of my readers have been asking me about  my job hunting.  Thank you very much for asking.  I did say on my previous post my dream job was  to be a forensics  analyst….. after all,  that’s  one of my majors (  I graduated with 2 majors, Cell and Molecular Biology , Minor in Chemistry, and Forensics Biology. )  I applied as Criminalist 1  two months ago,  took a test,…… unfortunately, it was  an ” experience ” test with questions like ” Have you ever been called as a DNA expert at a court trial ? ”  What the heck !  Of course I haven’t.  So, I didn’t get the job. But I have a question……   I got a Rank 4 and they said  they took in those that got Ranks 1 , 2 and 3 (  with experience , all of them ) but I’d have first priority  if and   when a position opens within the next 2 years.  I told my police officer friend about it….. and she said, ” Congratulations , girl, Rank 4 is  great news.  Just be patient. ”   My question is,  what does getting a Rank 4 really mean  ?  I want to be optimistic . That’s my dream job, after all.

 

Good thing I have another  degree to fall back on.  I actually got so many responses to my applications, but 90% of them are from out of my city……..  LA,  Nevada, San Francisco, Berkeley, etc.  Oh, wait, I even applied  at NSA ( National Security Agency , ha ha ha )  I answered NO to all the questions, except the one on being bi-lingual.  Then the questions got more detailed. Well, never mind. Hey, that’s NSA , okay ? *   zips mouth *

 

I got 2  responses from 2 companies   that are  located in my city….  one from Diagnostics and one from a  dairy company. At Diagnostics, I  didn’t get the job because , believe it or not, I WAS OVERQUALIFIED  in  the position  that I applied for.  That’s one  heck of a reason for rejecting me.

 

Well, good news! ! !  I got the job  at a dairy company.  I am now working  at their   Quality Control department,  checking out for contaminants, microbes….  in other words, the quality of the finished products, duh.   The dairy company manufactures milk, of course, and  ice cream, novelty ice cream products,  cheese,  cream cheese, gosh,even eggnog, and any product that comes from milk. Our milk comes from California cows,  and California cows are happy cows.

 

My work schedule is fluid…  sometimes it is from 12 PM to 8:30 PM….. or  8 PM to 4:30 AM  .  Another good thing about this job is , it’s a) unionized  b)   pay is good, very, very good    c)   it’s just an 11 to 12 minute drive from our house.

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Irrelevant random photos because there should be photos, right ?   I love these ones that I took at Louvre Palace in Paris.  Bet you haven’t seen a photo of Venus de Milo’s  butt.

 

This is all for now.  Thanks for reading, folks !  !

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