Holiday Musings, 2013

Hi  ! ! Renxkyoko Iglesias here again ! ! !

I’ve been busy  ( as usual ). Next week is exam week, my finals, and also the last week of  my school semester.

So, okay, I know I’m late for the party, Thanksgiving party, that’s what, but I ‘ve had this post written just after Thanksgiving, and kept on my folder, and I know it’s now stale and lame,  but  I’m  posting it, just the same.  Well,  mainly  pictures, anyway,  so  I hope you don’t get too bored.

To start off…….  look closely at the pic below. There’s a baby turkey  up there . It was taken about 3 months ago at our frontyard. Can you see it? It’s a little above center.


Well, here they are again, just a few days before Thanksgiving Day.  My, how they’ve grown.


On Thanksgiving day…… RIP Turkey

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We didn’t have guests on Thanksgiving Day. Just family, all  6 of us,  so we didn’t cook much. In fact, the roast turkey pic was last year’s. We had decided not to have turkey this year. We had ham , though. I cooked my specialty, Paella, pic below.


I also cooked  vegetable wrapped in eggroll wrapper, with brown sauce.   Sooo delicious.

DSCN2357.Below are barbecued ribs and roast pork with liver sauce. ( liver sauce in the bottle )


Shown below is Kare-kare,  baby back ribs , stewed in peanut sauce. Peanut sauce ?  It’s actually very delicious.   Well, I guess it’s an acquired taste.  But, believe me, it’s good.


Below  is cassava cake.



There’s also turrones  ( banana wrapped in lumpia wrapper )  The banana  Filipinos use is not the common banana, nor plantain. We use  Saba.  Below is a pic of saba.




.Chicken macaroni salad and fruit salad.


.Above is almond jelly and lychees.

That’s it. Our Thanksgiving spread. Oh, there’s pumpkin pie too.  Our dishes were purely Philippine, though.  No turkey, no mashed potato, no green bean casserole.

After dinner, I went to work for this  Black Friday madness.. 10 PM  on Thanksgiving Day up to 7 AM Friday.  There was already a long line of shoppers  at the store when I arrived.   Crazy. I guess I was just as crazy. I shopped  after work. I  had been  eyeing a few items at our store but couldn’t buy them. There were only 6 of each item so  I was happy there was one left for me.  It’s a $400 coat  but because employees get 75 % discount….. *wink *



.Then I went to the next door store to purchase this nice Bebe sweater, then off  I went to Nine West to buy this pair of leather boots.’



.I also bought  a few toastie scarves. I came home  exhausted, sleepy, but  a  happy , contented cow.

Then, on Dec. 6, my parents and I went to see  the Fab Four concert.  This  is a Beatles look-alike, sound -alike band.   Oh. my. gosh,  they do look and sound like the Beatles.  My Mom sparkled !  And sang. And clapped  * Hold me, clap, clap, love me, clap, clap…. lol * and swayed . Mom?  . LOL !



.I wonder, how and where did  they find a guy who looks and sounds exactly like Paul McCartney ( or John Lennon), plays the piano, harmonica, drums, bass guitar, and LEFT HANDED, to boot. ! ! !

My Mom did  watch a real Beatles concert when she was in  Grade 6. She also knows and can sing all the Beatles songs ( we have an Anthology,  a complete collection of Beatles songs), and in high school , was  obssesed with Paul McCartney. She had a shrine of Paul McCartney in her room.   Maybe  with candles, too ? Now , that’s creepy.

Three  years ago, I watched an Eric Clapton concert with my parents.  Great guitar playing ! !  I love classic rock !

This is all for now.  Happy Holidays, folks ! Be good, be nice, and Peace to all !

77 responses to this post.

  1. wow, they look and sound very much like the original band…


  2. Good luck for your exams! And happy holidays 😛


  3. Rock and roll, tributes and exams. Takes me back to my student days. Good luck next week.


  4. Posted by Jueseppi B. on December 14, 2013 at 9:13 am

    Reblogged this on The ObamaCrat™.


  5. it’s so fun to see what other cultures have for Thanksgiving!! good luck on your final exams! : )


    • I know, right? Our Russian neighbors also have roast turkey ( I think the live turkeys are theirs, LOL ) but the rest of their foods are Russian. I’m sure of that because one of the daughters is my classmate/bestfriend. It’ s really intresting to know different cultures.

      Cheers, jenn !


  6. The food looks incredible Renx! yum! I chuckled at the R.I.P Turkey after you took a picture of it lol


    • ha ha ! We sure know the fate of those turkeys. Ooops, I’m not supposed to laugh.

      *whisper* We ate the the same food, leftovers, you know, for 4 days. o_O


      • Gah!! 4 days! so, turkey sandwich..turkey soup..turkey meatballs..turkey lasagna..turkey salad..turkey noodles..turkey dang lol


        • Oh, no, we didn’t have turkey this year. Do you know last year’s turkey leftover stayed in the freezer for 6 months before we threw it away. We ‘d forgotten it was there ! ! What we had for 4 days was ham… ham sandwich, chopped ham in fried rice, etc. Better than turkey, coz to be honest, noone in the family really likes turkey. So , yeah, we opted out. We had Kare-kare for 3 days, bbq pork and roast pork for 3 days too. And the salads , esp. the macaroni salad !!! ( there’s still some left in the freezer )


          • 6 months!! dang, hey I ❤ ❤ kare-kare and lechon, I could eat those all year long 😀 who made so much macaroni salad though? I can't think of many ways to add that to dishes :O you could send some over this way if it keeps 😉


            • Oh, wow ! You know that roast pork is LECHON?

              I made the macaroni salad, he he he. I know, it was too much for 6 people. The fact is, we actually restrained ourselves from cooking too much. My Mom is used to cooking for a batallion. that used to be her business. She had a catering business, ha ha ha.

            • Absolutely! I love lechon and especially palabok, We even have a max’s chicken here that roasts their chicken to perfection. Their lumpias are a little too soft for my liking though 🙂

              Dang! I would of eaten enough for a battalion, soon after followed by a damn good workout that is lol! I can’t wait to see your Christmas party photos 😉

  7. You been quite busy which always good and lot to be thankful for especially with your dad being ok. You have been enjoying yourself and that’s where true happiness comes to life. I had problems with foreverpoetic, so my new site on wordpress is wherewordsdailycomealive.wordpress. Stop by when you get a chance. God bless you my sister, and have a wonderful weekend!


    • Huh ? You mean I’m not going to get Foreverpoetic on my mail folder anymore ? Okay, I’ll go to the new site and subscribe.


      • Thank you my sister I have missed your visits! I did manage to save all of my poetry that appeared on foreverpoetic, but you will like the new one also! Have a very wonderful and safe holiday season, remember every moment together is a precious one God bless always Renx! In the new year I will also share some tracks from a project I recently finished, where my brother who is a musician wrote some music specifically for some of my poetry. it is romantic and spiritual poems , 15 tracks on the CD, I will share a few tracks on my blog, sound cloud and hopefully you tube. I could let you listen to a couple if you want, let me know my sister, my email is You can tell me what you really think about them, a sneak peek!


  8. It’s always better delayed than denied….nice pics. =)

    That’s quite an impressive thanksgiving spread, and big props to you on taking advantage of the %75 off deal….super discount! =)


  9. Posted by WordsFallFromMyEyes on December 15, 2013 at 1:50 am

    Oh my gosh your FOOD!!!!! How wonderful, that must be to sit down to. Wow.

    I didn’t see the turkey in the tree! I just couldn’t!!

    Good luck with your exams, Renx. What a huge year.

    & Merry Christmas 🙂


    • Noeleen, look at the center, then just a bit above the center, and a little to the left, you can see the turkey. lol

      And I cooked most of the food, Noeleen. Up to the wee hours of the morning.


  10. Posted by ~REBECCA DAWN~ on December 15, 2013 at 5:27 am

    Poor turkey! 😦
    Oh boy! All that food looked so yummy! I would have had to been rolled out the door! 😉 wow you got some nice clothes! I didn’t get to do any shopping for Black Friday! I was working, and our town sucks for shopping!
    Our walmart is doing renos during Christmas, like seriously!
    But I’m glad you had a wonderful thanksgiving!


    • Rebecca, we ate the leftover for 4 days. Hu hu hu…….. It’s not good to throw away food.

      ha ! How could I not shop? I was right there already, right smack in the middle of madness.


      • Posted by ~REBECCA DAWN~ on December 15, 2013 at 3:58 pm

        You had that much food! @_@ I am so jealous! My eyes are glazed over at the mere thought! I am not a Turkey person, so hello! Yummy!
        I love left overs(depends tho.)
        We Canadians don’t have black Friday, but we love the sales. It sucks because we can’t use black Friday as an excuse for a day off to go shopping!
        That’s what boxing day is for hee hee. We are weird!


  11. Looks like you’ve been having fun!! And those are cute boots! Do you know the style name? (I’m just curious. 😉 )


  12. “so we didn’t cook much”

    gyahahahaha! truly an asian statement


  13. hello, Ren… ang ganda ng first pic. can i have some of the baby back ribs and cassava cake? the cassava cake looks good. and yes, some lychees and jelly, hehe. the fruit salad looks delicious, too but kinda rich (there’s peaches toppings), after eating a proper meal, i usually find out that there’s little space left for fruit salad and cake, huhu. 😉 btw, it’s nice that you have lumpiang sariwa, too Pinoy, and it usually neutralizes the taste of meats, ‘no?

    the sweater looks maganda and the boots, too. pwedeng pabili rin ng coat at 75% discount? hehe. Merry Christmas, dear. 🙂


    • Ano yung first pic? Yung may baby turkey?

      Hay, naku, we’re still eating the cassave cake ! ! And naubos kagad , yung bbq pork. Yummy talaga. Meron kaming delicious recipe of the marinade; Even my sis’ BF, who’s non-Filipino ( he’s white ) loves this bbq pork. He is our taste – taster. Pinaka. gusto nya, yung fresh lumpia. He loves the sauce.

      Alam mo, medio secret yung 75% discount. Ha ha.


      • yeah, yong may puno. you’re being artistic without knowing it, hehe.

        masarap cassava cake for me, simple ang lasa… that so, marunong kang mag-marinate ng pork for the bbq? ang dami mo namang alam gawin, kakainis ka na kapatid, hihi. at may taste-taster talaga. he should marry your sister so he’d eat well, kamo,.. Pinays always make it their mission to fatten up their hubbies, haha. yup, masarap sauce ng lumpia, medyo matamis ta’s may ground nuts, yumyum.

        ah, basta, gusto ko yong sweater. 🙂 hwag na coat, di masyadong maginaw dito ngayon. yon lang, wala kang 75% discount sa next door store? dangit. 😉

        Happy Yuletide. have fun this holidays, dear… 🙂


  14. Wow! I mean just… WOW!!


  15. Your pics and words have warmed my heart, old friend.
    Thank you.


  16. Posted by supernova1c on December 16, 2013 at 7:41 pm

    Happy Hols Ren, best wishes 🙂


  17. Mate! Seriously… is there NO end to your epicness? The spread is jaw-dropping! I want some! I’m on a diet and that stuff just aint helping, Ren! 😛 lol I want some of the Paella!!! I’m not fond of Turkey myself, we have Chicken for Christmas these days and have done for about 5 or 6 years!

    Oh, three cheers for Ren! Hip Hip Horaaaaaay! X 3 (<– I'm too lazy to write it 3 times!) because she's finishing Uni! 😀 I'm assuming you still have a few more terms to do though before you get your full degree?

    I found the baby Turkey! Granted I HAD to enlarge the picture, but I found it. Um, just a question, why is there Turkeys walking around your street? If that was my area they would've been nicked by now or the local Dogs and Foxes would've got them! I'm assuming they belong to someone, or are they wild?

    Your 'black friday' sales are mental! I've seen them on the TV, In the UK we have nothing like that! I mean we have the post xmas day sales and January sales, but they're nothing like that! Good for you playing it safe and smart by being on the inside! 😀

    If I don't see you before it, have a wonderful Christmas and a excellent New Year, Ren, and all the best to you and your family! :O)

    – Phil


    • Phil, guess what, we actually restrained ourselves from cooking too much. Compared to past Thanksgiving spreads, this one is quite modest. I’ll give you a link of a post I made with over the top spread. But then, it was sort of reunion. We had guests . Ah, I do make good paella. Toot, toot !

      I’m 90% sure those turkeys were/are owned by our Russian neighbors. They home kill their meats LOL ! ! Sometimes, their turkeys hang around at our backyard. It’s fine, though. Loving the scene ! Kinda pastoral.

      I know ! Mental! Crazy ! Mad ! Americans are crazily in love with good deals !


  18. P.S: Oh, my Mam’s a fan of the Beatles, but me… not so much, I only like a few of their songs. But your Mam sounds slightly more mental than mine, only slightly! lol 🙂


  19. You conveyed such a wholesome time, food, family, entertainment and good cheer. That’s the reason that, even though I’m English, I love this festival more than any other.


    • I have a feeling Thanksgiving Day is a much bigger holiday than Christmas here in the US. Well, I’m not sure, but then, every family celebrates it, whatever their religion, beliefs, etc are. Christmas is only for Christians, so yeah.


  20. the food looks great or should i say it may tastes great too….i ve watched this also makes a little resemblance to the original..happy holidays renx 😉


  21. I always love your excitement. Its so refreshing and lovely. You had six people at Thanksgiving !! I cannot imagine how you managed to eat all that food. It looks so delicious. The other evening I ate nine meat balls, because they were quite nice and available. With food like that I would have munched my self to total destruction. I’m glad you and your family had a lovely day


  22. I don’t know what Cassava cake is, but it looks DELICIOUS. I just finished my finals. Good luck with yours! 🙂


  23. Posted by 25pesocupnoodles on December 19, 2013 at 1:08 am

    hi Renx, si Mama rin fan ng beatles, she knows how to play beatles songs using the guitar. haha. few weeks ago tinanong ko kung kaya pa nya mag-gitara, haha, na miss ko kasi yung times during brown-out tumutugtog siya w/ Papa. 😆


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  25. I never saw the turkey in the trees…need to clean my glasses but laughed when I saw them roaming the streets and then again on a platter. Our Thanksgiving was even more quiet and I didn’t take a single picture! Glad you made it through the shopping madness and hope you enjoy the rest of the week. Be safe!


  26. Posted by JK Bevill - Lost Creek Publishing on December 20, 2013 at 10:35 am

    Happy Holidays!


  27. the food looks gorgeous, never knew about the bananas (so fat and short, lol…). looks like you had a great time cooking and eating. paella and roast pork, very yummy! btw, i love the beatles too 😀


  28. 75% discount nice….That dinner looked absolutely wonderful! Thanksgiving on the West coast is definitely the place to be…it was for me and I loved it.


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  30. Sounds like you had a great time on Thanksgiving & Black Friday. Also at the concert with your folks, which looks cool.

    Turkeys don’t fly!


  31. Damn, I’m hungry now =P

    Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas and happy holidays, my dear! xoxo


  32. I’m hungry too!! Thousand congratulations on these holidays to you and all your loved ones. A big hug


  33. Gosh, to comment here one needs to go down and more down and more…………..;)

    That was quite spread wasn’t it? I am sure six of you could not have finished all that!

    Yes, the Beatles rendition was great, at once nostalgic and alluring.

    Merry Christmas.



  34. What a festival of food! I would seriously be a building with feet if I lived at your place. I’m kinda wishing I lived at your place. 😉


  35. The food looks good, especially the turkey and kare kare


  36. Posted by Clouds N Cups on December 24, 2013 at 4:37 am

    Merry Christmas and best wishes to you and your loved ones in Year 2014! Cheers~ 😀


  37. Happiest of Holidays to you awesome one!


  38. wow, this is what I’d call a very yummy post! 🙂 I wish you magic holidays, health, love, affection, joy, serenity, wonderful surprises and useful gifts! 🙂 let’s remember that our dreams are often the bedrock of our hopes, let’s try to dream beautifully and open-eyed, let’s use our present to move towards a positive future! 🙂

    joyeux Noël! merry X-mas! amicalement, Mélanie NB


  39. Amazzing …. ❤everything is so kinda 🙂 cool ….. just too awesome moments of your beautiful life yumm yumm food… rockiie band …. lovely outfits 🙂 enjoy sister 🙂 enjoy 🙂


  40. Ohh yea i forget ::) merry christmas 🙂 Ho ho ho

    “May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness.and don’t forget to make some art — write or draw or build or sing or live as only you can. And I hope, somewhere in the next year, you surprise yourself.” 🙂 TC


  41. So you had a gorgeous day than and all that delicious food, love it, my mother also make often meat with peanut sauce and my children are going crazy for it !


  42. Hello, i am new here so i love to meet new people,i find Your Blog and i must say i stay for a while,i am a gamer too 🙂 Regards form Poland 🙂


  43. Awesome photos and kudos to your mum’s cool music taste.


  44. Hi Renxykyoko! To echo the many replies to this post, the Filipino food looks absolutely delicious! What a nice feast. Thanks for sharing! By chance, do you have recipes for the featured dishes posted anywhere? If not, are there any sites or cookbooks you would recommend with these recipes? Thanks again, Renx!


  45. Being a major carnivore, I’m specifically interested in the recipes for the bbq ribs and the lechon. Is it possible to make a decent lechon with the usual cuts you’d get in a typical U.S. supermarket? I know nothing will compare to roasting a whole pig traditionally but I’m wondering how close you can get without putting in that type of effort. The lechon in your pics look perfect!


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