Archive for November, 2017

Thanksgiving Day spread, 2017



Forgive me, fellow bloggers for being absent on WordPress.  It’s been 8 days since my last reading.


Tuesday last week, I had a wisdom tooth taken out.  Tuesday was  my day off.  I switched my Saturday off to Wednesday because I didn’t want to go to work with swollen  cheek after the dental work.  It was a busy day too as it was Thanksgiving Day eve. I cooked a few dishes, (my specialties) , Pancit Malabon (  seafood -based noodle dish ) and lumpia ( meat eggroll wrap ) . We used to cook all the dishes and desserts, but this time , we  bought 2 dishes and cakes from our favorite Filipino restaurant and bakeshop (  Red Ribbon Bakeshop, a franchise of a popular bakeshop in the Philippines ). Funny thing is, with all that food on the table, I could only eat cakes and canned Campbell chicken noodle soup.  Then I worked Friday , Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, with 2 hours of overtime, everyday ( worked from12:30 PM to 11 PM. ). Guys, it’s the holidays. Production of our dairy products is at its maximum.


As per my own tradition,  I’m showing pics of our Thanksgiving spread. ( I notice that each year that passes,  our holiday fare is getting simpler and less fussy. )



I cooked the Pancit Malabon . Malabon is a fishing town near the capital city Manila. It makes sense that the dish’s ingredients are seafoods ( shrimp, squid, smoked fish ) . The one on the left is Caldereta ( stewed beef )



That’s lumpia ( meat eggroll wrap )…. there’s also ham and the fried chicken from the restaurant. The fried chicken is the best fried chicken, ever.  We have been trying to guess the secret spice in the chicken…. my mother thinks there’s a Seven-spice in it, and celery powder.



Lechon de carajay ( lechon kawali , roasted pork ) . The gravy is in the bottle and it’s liver sauce. You can also see the chocolate cake.DSC00014

The dish above we call Laing ( pronounced lah- ing )  doesn’t look appetizing, but  it’s actually my family’s favorite dish. It’s taro leaves with shrimp, garlic, onion, and ginger and cooked in coconut milk.  We bought it from the same Filipino restaurant.



Above pic are desserts. There’s a tray of  an assorted  Filipino sweets like espasol,  biko, pichi-pichi, etc. bought from the Filipino supermarket, Seafood City.



There’s banana loaf, ube cake ( purple yam cake ) , chocolate cake, and Sans Rival.  Sans Rival and Ube cake are common  cakes one will find in a Filipino bakeshop.



According to Wikipedia,  Sans Rival  ( meaning  without rival ,pronounced  San Reeval )  is a Filipino  dessert,  origin is Philippines,  and is made up of layers of buttercream, meringue, and chopped cashews.  Guys, it’s sooooo delicious. Foodies who love to bake should try this.



Ham/macaroni salad



Fruit Salad




Cassava cake and ube jam. ( purple yam)  Ube (  pronounced  oo- beh ) is as Filipino as apple pie is to Americans.  I think  Filipinos are the only ones that eat ube. There’s ube ice cream, cake, jam, candy, pie, ube bread filling, pastries…. geez, everything is colored purple.




Red Ribbon Bakeshop is where we buy the cakes.  Those are the common  cakes one can find in a Filipino bakeshop.. Brazo de Mercedes, Sans Rival, Mocha Cake, Ube Cake, mango cake, etc.  Not shown here are ensaimadas,  empanadas, taisans, fruitcakes , etc.    Maybe there’s a Red Ribbon franchise in your neighborhood ?  Or Goldilocks ?  If there’s one in the neighborhood, go buy some of their cakes ( especially mango cake from Red Ribbon )


Ok, this is all for now.  Have a great holiday, folks, and stay green. Bye ! !








Something about Lea Salonga



Who is Lea Salonga ( pronounced Le- yah  Sah-long-ga ) and why am I writing about her ?


First, I just watched a few snippets of  her  Broadway show  with George Takei in Allegiance, and secondly, I couldn’t think of anything to write about.


Lea Salonga  has been a popular  singer in the Philippines, since the 1990’s,  and still popular  to this day,  from  almost 25 years ago when she played the leading  role in the musical Miss Saigon. The story was ,  the producers of the show had been looking for Asian stage actors and singers for a long time when the producers were asked, ” Have you been to the Philippines yet ?”  They went to the Philippines and ended up getting everyone who auditioned , including Lea  who was just 16 at that time and member of Repertory Philippines.



She won the  Sir  Lawrence Olivier  and Theatre World Awards  in London , then when the show was brought to Broadway, she won again, the first Asian to win a Tony  Award.  During her stint on Broadway, she was asked to provide the singing voices of Jasmine in Walt Disney’s  animated film Aladdin and Mulan .  Below is a video of Lea, and Brad Kane singing  A Whole New World at a Disney studio . ( how nostalgic ! ) * only 2 min. 32 seconds of your time , folks *



Lea in Mulan , just 2 min. , a beautiful song, great voice….  they say the best ” Disney Princess singing voice “.



They also say she is one of the  best who played the role of Eponine in Les Miserables, as mentioned by Anne Hathaway who played Eponine in the movie.




She has played  a lot of roles on Broadway, the latest of which is in Allegiance , ( 2017 ) with George Takei. ( playing the role of a Japanese woman at a Japanese internment camp in the US during WW2. )


That’s it.. And please check out my manga/anime/video games blogsite @       I have a new entry, about  RWBY, an American – made  anime, I rate 9/10.


This is all for now.  Oh, and Happy Thanksgiving Day , folks ! ! Peace and stay green.  Bye ! !

Update on my email problem





I’m not getting any new posts  from WordPress  in my email folder  ( Inbox )




I just found out Microsoft ( Outlook )  does not support  anymore.  I am  computer -challenged, but I’m sure I will be able to figure this out somehow.  First step is to change my email address to .  Aaargh . I’ve been trying to do that, but I’m not being prompted on how to go about this  cr*p.  In the first place, every time I log in , I’m actually logged into Outlook.  I feel like I’m just running around like a headless chicken.


It’ s so frustrating that did not even notify  its users.  Neeha, neeho.  We were just left high and dry. , you suck !


Meanwhile, I will just read the posts on WP Reader.   I was able to read 2 or 3 new  posts, but it was so inconvenient .  I guess there really was a reason why I never bothered going to the Reader.  I was like, what the heck is this !


Oh, well.


The upside is, I  finally found the time to  plant all 150 tulip bulbs that I bought at Home Depot last month.  Fall is the time to plant these beauties. See you in spring,  my lovelies.


Also, I’m so glad I’m not assigned to work on Thanksgiving Day.  Yes ! !  ( though, I go to work the next day )  Good thing there ‘s a laboratory technician  who volunteered. He is single and his family’s in Georgia.   Hey, it’s  x3  the regular salary for the day.  So , if his paycheck is  $250 a day, he brings home $ 750 for a day’s work.  Maybe I’ll just bring some Thanksgiving left-overs for lunch the next day and share the food with him.


This is all for now. This post is so boring, I know, so thank you for reading. Bye !





Stranger Things on Netflix


My previous post is about my email issue. I don’t get any email subscriptions of the blogs that I follow.  Some bloggers say to wait for the problem to resolve itself. Okay, I’ll wait.  So, to bloggers that I follow, I’ll be AWOL temporarily.  At the moment, I have  Norton  on full scan mode.  They better do their job. I’m paying them $75 a year.

Random pic….. my dog.  She’s a pitbull.


I adopted a pitbull because they are getting such a bad rap nobody wants to adopt them.   (  That’s why I  got  a pitbull  from the shelter. They are such underdogs, pardon the pun.  Nobody wants them .) That pitbulls are vicious is a myth. My dog is very sweet  and intelligent, and very protective.  And believe it or not,  a  pitbull’s temperament is just  .04  below  a Labrador’s.

Anyway, this  post is not about my  beloved dog. It is about  Season 2 of  Stranger Things on Netflix, the show that  I’m so hyped up to watch  since last year..  I binged watch Season 1 ( 8 hours ) before I watched  complete Season 2.  Is there anyone here who likes Stranger Things ?

It is of the supernatural, horror,  adventure  , thriller  genre,  and what I like about this series is that events are   viewed , experienced , and explained by 12 year old school kids, not by adults.   It’s up to the  TV viewer to make sense of  what’s going on,  and  not have science type people  explain it to us. The kids’ points of view are simple,  direct and straightforward, as kids are wont to do. ” Our friend has disappeared , let’s find him . Let’s go ! !” , unaware  their friend and classmate  ( Will Byers ) is somewhere underground hiding from flesh-eating monsters, and that they are in great danger themselves.  So they take off   on their bikes ,( reminiscent of the movie E.T.) with just  a slingshot, walkie talkies, flashlights , and yes, snacks, ! in their backpacks..  I also love that THERE ARE NO CELL PHONES yet. The series is set in 1983-1984, so  landlines are the only means of long distance communication,( besides their walkie talkies )  and  people  actually physically communicate with each other.  So refreshing ! !


Because the series is based  on the kids’ POV, Season One ends with so many unanswered  questions and mysteries .  Why are there monsters underground, and why  does the underground have a duplicate of their small town ? … fictional Hawkins, Indiana . (  like a mirror image with monsters as inhabitants ).

Stranger Things Season 2 Trailer: What Is The New Spider Monster? | moviepilo...





Season 2 does not answer all the mysteries . I’m happy to learn they have started shooting Season 3, and maybe another season more.  After all, the kids are growing up so fast.  The main character , El, ( short for Eleven , 011 tattoed on her wrist )  now looks older than her age ( girls mature faster ) . Eleven or El, is a 12 year old girl the boys found in the woods, ( instead of their friend, Will  Byers ) ,  who has been experimented on by the CIA  for her supernatural abilities .


Okay, if you want spoilers, check out Wiki…. or just watch the series on Netflix.  I don’t recommend movies and TV shows, but I assure you, this one is truly thrilling, and highly recommended. I rate it 9/10.


Another one that I just watched and liked is ” ARRIVAL ” , available on Hulu Plus. It’s one that is quite different from other sci-fi movies.  I rate this 8/10.  There is some sort of time travel here,( only in the main character’s mind )  which means, paradoxes, and I ‘m not keen on paradoxes.


Before I end this post, let me say this……. the man whose name I will never utter , is in big trouble.  * sings To Russia with Love  *  I should be seeing   a light at the end of the tunnel . Instead, I see the shadow of a man whom I believe is even worse than the one whose name I shall not utter.   So, no , my depression will not go away anytime soon. And , yes,  this is what  I feel towards  this person whose name I shall not utter, so much so that I feel  I should see a therapist.

Okay, thanks for reading .  Peace, and stay green.

OK, an update on my WP problem

The only emails that I receive from WordPress are Notifications of LIKES and COMMENTS, but no new posts from blogsites that I follow.  That means, my email provider does receive emails sent by WordPress, but it seems the only ones that I get are the Notifications, and no new posts. (  no  email subscriptions  from  the blogs that I follow ) I also get emails from others sites , other than WordPress, no problem there.


Has anyone ever experienced this ?

I have a problem with my email account

I’m not getting any  new emails for 3 days now ( just the old ones that have been automatically deleted )…… that means,  no new posts from WordPress.  Has this ever happened to you ? I need help here, folks.