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My First Musings in 2017

 

 

Renxkyoko Iglesias here…  Hello, 2017 !

 

I’ve been very busy these past 2 months, so pardon me for being AWOL  from  your blogs.  As you know,  I work at a dairy company,  and  the demands for our products  this past holiday had kept me insanely busy.  We have our own brand, of course, but for your information,  we also produce  for at least 50 other companies, different labels, from just one dairy manufacturer, and that’s us.  Delivery trucks from Wal-Mart (  we make their Great Value dairy products, their house brand ) , McDonald’s, Target, and so many others  came  at least twice a day during the holidays. My eyes were kept glued to the microscope , checking out for microbes from samples every 15 minutes ….. with engineers  breathing down my neck,  to hurry it up. ( production is stopped while I check for microbes ) The heck ! The pressure was so exhausting. There is  a constant struggle between production people and the Quality Control staff.

 

Of course,that’s not the only reason why I haven’t been reading blogs. My brother ‘s  X’mas gifts to me are   a PS4  and 4 video games…. Ratchet and Clank, Bloodbourne, Doom, and  Batman.

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The gamer in me has been  resurrected, so instead of reading blogs, I spend my free time playing nowadays.

“ponders”

 

You know,  I watch how other gamers play on You Tube……  their style is chaos and mayhem, they charge forward and shoot, shoot, shoot….. it’s awesome .Mine is quite different, it’s boring, actually.  My style is stealth.  I check out  the area, look for  a place where I can take cover, check out my weapon and ammo inventory, strategize,  then, slowly but surely, take down  the enemies one by one .   I wonder,  does the way I play  reveal something about my own personal character ?  I mean, I’m a sniper, but  , I don’t really like snipers. (  in movies, they are usually the bad guys, that’s why )

 

Also, I promised I’d post a pic of our Christmas food.

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Pancit Malabon  (  noodles ),  Paella ( rice with mussels, chrimp, chicken, pork ),  pork barbecue,  roasted pork,  fried chicken, ham, stir fried vegetables, sweets, cakes, etc. (  cassava cake, fruit cake,  almond jello /lychees , rice cake, red velvet cake,  and desserts/cakes  from our favorite Filipino bakery, like ….

Ensaimada ( sweet bread with cheese on top )

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Pichi-pichi  ( steamed cassava with grated fresh coconut )

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Ube Roll (purple yam cake )

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Cuchinta (  steamed rice ?  I don’t know why it’s orange in color ….. that is so yummy !)

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Mocha cake with coffee butter icing (  what’s with Filipinos and mocha cakes ? he he  )

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And  now for the best part….Tadaaaa !   My Christmas haul from the family … ( besides the PS4 from brother )

From my mother, a Marc Jacobs watch

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From my sister, Sperry sneakers and Michael Kors handbag

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From my cousin, a Hillfigger handbag and assorted make-ups

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Ahhhhh, how juvenile of me…. showing  off my gifts.  Ha ha ha !

 

So, what else …… okay, I got a good job in 2016…. thank you….. otherwise , 2016 to me, is such a disastrous year  , what  with Trump’s election as President of the United States of America .    My good friend blogger @Cassie  (  Hi, Cassie ! !  ) says some of her friends feel suicidal  with Trump’s election…..  And I thought no way a person could feel suicidal about Trump being President…. then ,  I realize  I feel that way , too. Don’t get me wrong….. this is just a  a figure of speech….. but my feelings are definitely visceral, and the thought of him and his wife living at the White House, and Trump taking charge of  the US ‘s  national security , and being the Chief of the Armed Forces make my  stomach churn.  America, what have you done ?

 

This is all for now….sheesh.  Anyways,  may 2017 be an interesting year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Christmas 2015, better late than never

Hi !  RenxKyoko Iglesias is here again ..

Before anything else, please check out  my anime /manga  blog  HERE.  I already have 3 posts over there, but there’s no FOLLOW feature on that blog, so if you’re interested , just click the link  HERE….

I piled on about  7 lbs. of  body fat  during the holiday season.  The perpetrators  were these nasties below…. mango cake and Brazo de Mercedes being the masterminds.

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.Caldereta ( stewed beef  with liver spread ), paella, barbecued spare ribs, fried pork eggrolls ( lumpia ) ,  fresh vegetable  lumpia, turrones ( fried  wrapped  saba bananas ), ham, ube  ( purple yam ) jam, fruit salad, mango cake, cassava cake, Brazo de Mercedes (  it’s the rolled cake in the pic )…. oh, I see a tin of Danish cookies!  I’m sure there’s chocolate pastry  somewhere there. I’m sure of this because I baked it.  Oh, my sister is in the pic, too ! Do you see her ? ” What’s with the pose, Sis ?”

Brazo de Mercedes  (  arm of Mercedes ) and mango cake are very popular cakes in the Philippines. We bought these two from Red Ribbon Bakery, a franchise of this popular bakery from the Philippines.  Brazo de M  is rolled cake with egg custard filling. Super yummy and mango cake is Red Ribbon’s  specialty.  And yours truly cooked the paella, my own specialty.

We heard the Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve ( 10 PM , Dec.24 ).  * ponders *  I wonder why Catholics say ” hear Mass ” instead of “attend Mass.”

The Christmas gifts I received  in 2015 were a bit modest compared to 2014.  Well, it’s not about the presents, anyway.  I also know that 2015 wasn’t a great year for  my family, as far as finances were concerned.  We do  have our ups and downs, and last year happens to be a downer. I hope and pray 2016 will be a good year for everyone….. peaceful, productive and prosperous.  * sigh *  I bought 15 Power Ball lotto tickets, then I prayed to all the saints in heaven and promised that if I won, I’d donate one half to charity.  lol   Oh, well, better luck next time, eh ?

This is all for now. Be good. Be nice. Be happy. Peace.

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Merry Christmas !

Hello !  Renxkyoko  Iglesias here.

I’ve finally created a new blogsite, as promised,  where I can write about mangas , animes, and video games to my heart’s content !  HERE it is.

I was supposed to post pictures of our Thanksgiving Day  fare , but it was a big FAIL.  My Mom volunteered to do it using her digital camera , but, guess what, there was no SD card in it. lol  It doesn’t matter, though, because the dishes are the same as last year’s, anyways ( there are pics of it somewhere here )…. paella ( I cooked that ) pork eggroll, caldereta, pork bbq,  chicken loaf, ham, sautéed veggies, and roast chicken, instead of roast turkey.

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Wow. I can’t believe we’re already in the middle of Christmas holidays.  * shakes head *  Here comes again this feeling of nostalgia for  Christmases past.  Is that a sign  I’m  getting old, or what ?  Please don’t answer that.

Anyway,  I was watching the APEC summit meeting that was held in Manila, Philippines , late November,  attended by 22 heads of state of countries that touch the Pacific Ocean rim ( that means the USA, too ). Pres. Obama was in the Philippines for 3 days. The Philippines has the longest  holiday celebration in the world ( starts in September, all through the ” er ” months ), so I’m sure the Philippines  had pulled out all the stops  to show off  how the country celebrates Christmas. Unfortunately, no one has uploaded on YouTube this year’s Philippine Christmas celebration. I did find an older video ( 2011 ) , but WP notified me that it couldn’t support the file type.  ( Seriously, what’s going on with WordPress? This has never happened before. )  Fyi,  the country’s population of 100 million is 90% Christian, more than 80% of whom are Catholics. It is a Catholic country. Don’t think Christmas is highly commercialized in the Philippines. It isn’t.  It is , in fact,  authentic , genuine,and religious in nature. I read an article by a CNN reporter entitled ” Why the Philippines leads the world in celebrating Christmas.” The article says, to quote , ”   it is the longest and the most lavish,  and  if a global competition were to be held for a country with the most Christmas spirit, the Philippines would have an excellent shot at winning.  While other countries ( even non-Christian countries ) focus on the commercial side of Christmas,  the Philippines’ Christmas is very religious in nature, as it should be.  Like,  for  10 days before Christmas Day, Filipinos go to Mass  everyday at 4: 30 AM. They call this Misa de Gallo ,  ( Mass at cock’s crow ) . I actually remember this. How can I forget ? A marching band  ” marches” up and down the roads, playing Christmas music to wake the people up at 4 AM ! On Christmas Eve, Filipinos go to Midnight mass they call Misa de Aguinaldo, after which, they go home to eat midnight dinner they call Noche Buena. Also, each house is decorated with traditional Christmas lantern they call Parol  ( or Star of Bethlehem. )

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I wish I could show you guys the amazingly beautiful lanterns and the twinkling colorful lights, but again, WP couldn’t support the file type.  I have only 3% storage left , so do you guys think it’s time to buy the Premium ?

Also, I feel WP is not blogger -friendly anymore. It was easier to post before. Now, it took me a while to post this.  This got lost in the muck several times before I finally got this published/

This is all for now.  Merry Christmas and happy holidays. Be good and peace to all.

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