Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Sunday, May 29, 2011

I'm sorry.

Patawarin mo 'ko.

Act according to your age, even on facebook

Sometimes the teenagers act more mature than a 30 plus year old.  Just an observation from the facebook walls of those 2 age genre.

Teenagers post in their facebook walls are self expressions and whereabouts.  But with the 30 plus year old, saying “good morning” everyday on their wall is just so immature.  

Then the 30 some thing suddenly stop posting the “good morning” greetings when they feel that nobodies commenting on it anymore.  I bet those friends are annoyed replying back to the same shit every day.  

30 some thing years old should post some thing relevant, interesting and equivalent to your age.

Saturday, May 28, 2011


I’ve been depressed lately and with that I don't feel like blogging.  I just tried to type something here today, because, I want to make a note of this event.  I want to remember every pain that you cause. 

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Friday the 13th.

Yesterday was Friday the 13th and read about about it.


I was suppose to post this blog yesterday, but blogger was running the maintenance and didn't get a chance.  I wonder why they have to do it on Friday the 13th :) 

Same in the office, they run the intranet maintenance on same day.  So what the heck, I'll blog it now.
In Philippines we don't have 13th floor and even in the airport we don't have 13th cubicle line and that is because it is Satan's number or unlucky number or some thing bad's gonna happen.

Here in Dubai, we have 13th floor (and they don't have that kinda myth).  I remember working night shift and I have to prepare the laptop on the 13th floor, 3AM in the morning.  It was a big challenge for me, but I want to experience it.  So I did what I have to do.  On my way up from an empty lift, it suddenly shake, but I ignored it.  When the door opens, some force was telling me to go to the right and enter but I choose to go to the left.  The glass door on the left was closed so I have to check on the right glass door, it was open.  The 13th floor is a meeting room and it was so dark, the only light I have was the cellphone torch.  I searched for the switch but couldn't find it, so I depend on the cellphone torch to prepare everything and suddenly I heard footsteps, I started getting goosebumps, but still I have to finish what I have to do, some noise started and when I'm done with my work, I ran down back to the office.  I swear, I'm not gonna challenge myself again on Friday the 13th, on the 13th floor at 3AM.

Peace out!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Ginisa sa sardinas na may misua at upo (my own version)

I'd like to dedicate this recipe to my friends who are abroad for a long time.  I'm sure you've missed this food just like me.  


Misua (good for 4 people)
1 upo
1 ligo sardines
1 sliced onion
1 tsp Salt 
1/2 tsp Pepper
4 cups of hot water
4 tsp of oil

1.  Magpainit ng mantika, 
2.  I-guisa ang sebuyas,
3.  Ilagay ang ligo sardines at durugin habang kumukulo,
4.  Ilagay ang 2 cups of hot water,  
5.  Ilagay ang misua, haluin ng mabuti, kapag nagda-dry or nauubos ang sabaw, lagyan ulit ng tubig.
6.  I-lagay ang upo.
7.  Hayaan kumulo ng 2 beses, kapag nag dry lagyan ng tubig.
8.  Ilagay ang pepper at salt, para magka-lasa (depende sa gusto ninyo).

Ang misua or mee sua or miswa ay isang manipis na maalat na chinese noodles na gawa mula sa wheat flour.  Ito ay nagmula sa Fujian, China.

Ito ay masasabi natin Filipino-Chinese food.  Madalas ito lutuin ng aking Mommy, dahil sa mura'ng ingredients at para sa walo niyang anak.

Sunday, May 08, 2011

20 Things about my Mother.

Since I am in Dubai and Mom is in Manila, I decided to blog about this special occasion.  I hope my other siblings would do some thing to celebrate it with her.  So, here are my random thoughts today. 

1.  She's a strong woman.  Why?  Read more.

2.  She knows what she wants and she don't want.

3.  She spank us in our butts when we were kids.  Take note, in our butts only and not on the other parts of our body.  She make sure that we still be physically fit in the end.  Those days, spanking in the butt is part of discipline.

4.  She gave birth at home without anesthesia on her first 6 children.  7th and 8th she finally gave birth in the hospital with anesthesia :)

5.  She has an awesome love story to tell :)  

6.  She's a good cook.  We have maids when we were growing up but she make sure that she cook our food and not the maids.  She's afraid that they may not clean the vegetables or the meat properly.

7.  She's funny!  She's like Nova Villa (Philippine actress).  One day, when she was doing her normal talk to us "sermon", I recorded it (casette tape).  The next day, she made her "sermon" again, which is the same topic as the other day.  I told her not to talk so she won't get tired, we will just sit and listen.  I played the tape and when she heard herself she started laughing!  She get a stick and I started running out the door LOL!

8.  She fired my nanny when I was a toddler because she saw the nanny threw me in the bed.

9.  She fought fiercely when she saw that my brother was down on the floor fighting with 4 men and she joined the fight...and on the mud.

10.  Even though my other brother is the worst as what other people say, my Mom never give up!

11.  She make sure that all our clothes are ironed, regardless of how it look like (even if looks like a rug).

12.  She make sure that all the bed sheets, pillow cases, etc are all ironed.

13.  She talk too much :)  It's her hobby.  Just kidding, that's her.  She's like that.

14.  She saved 500 pesos every month for my 18th birthday.  She started saving when I was only 10.

15.  She bought me my first computer.

16.  She always remind us not to make "kupit/picking money" in our mini-store.  She said to get any foods that we like in our store without limits.

17.  She have a schedule thing that she always do when we were kids and that is...  making sure that we drink our milk at 9PM.  But one day, she came to the school and looking for my brother who was in his 3rd year, she brought a glass of milk :)  Until now my brother are being teased about it.

18.  She did her best for all of us to finish college.  Her reason, she didn't finish hers and she want to see us with the degree.

19.  She love watching teleserye or TV series (drama).  Before the actress starts to cry my Mom already wiping her tears.

20.  She has been a good wife.  When Dad was in his worst health situation, she never give up, she gave him the best attention, caring and love till my Dad's last breathe.


I think, there are 1 million things about my mother.  I will blog about it on the next mother's day :).  Meantime, hope you enjoyed the first 20.

Saturday, May 07, 2011

It's been a year, may your soul rest in peace.

It's my brother's (Kuya Roger) 1st year death anniversary today.  My sister, message me in facebook that they are on their way to Laguna to visit my brother's family.

The urn was in Canada for a year with his wife and daughter.  This year, they decided to bury the urn to the cemetery. 

May my brother's soul rest in peace.

Born:  September 30, 1956
RIP:  May 7, 2010

Thursday, May 05, 2011

10 Easy steps to renew your car registration in Dubai.

Tanya's internal organ.
My 2 days off were fruitful.  I've blogged about "my own version" of Filipino dishes (see previous post).  The main reason I cooked was because, it was a celebration of the coming back of my car named "Tanya".  For 13 months, I was not able to renew the car registration due to my huge traffic fines.  2 days ago, I was so happy to see the new sticker and card of Tanya.  I am back on the road.

Having a car, you can go to the places without worrying that you might miss the bus schedule or the train schedule.  

Taxi in Dubai is expensive and that's why, car is a necessity.  I admit I enjoy riding the Dubai metro train and I guess that is one of the best project that the government provided for the locals, residents and tourists.  

Here's the procedure on renewing your car registration.

1.  Enter your car in the main gate (Al Wasel RTA).  The security will give you a token number (piece of paper) and give them your car, keys and old car registration.

2.  Go to counter 12 and wait for your turn (look at the piece of paper) and your token number will be on the TV screen.

3.  When your token number showed on the TV screen, go to counter 12 and he will inform you whether your car testing passed or not.  If passed, then, you will pay 50/AED for testing.  If not, he will tell you what you have to do.

4.  Car insurance.  Near to counter 12 is an insurance company, wherein you can renew it there.  You have 2 choices, full-insurance or 3rd party insurance.  I chose the 3rd party (for budget reason).  So its up to you to decide.  They need the photocopies of your passport and driving license.

5.  After the insurance renewed, they will give  you your insurance documents and you have to go back to the reception desk to get your new Token number.

6.  Once, you got the token number, wait and see your token number in the TV screen.

7.  Go to the counter that showed in the TV and there you need to submit the documents that you have from the insurance (old registration card, proof of car testing and the car insurance).

8.  Pay your car registration fee and pay as well the penalties if you have.

9.  Go to the last counter which is next to counter 12 and get the new registration card and the sticker for your registration plate.

10.  Get your car outside and you're ready to go.

For more information, visit www.rta.ae

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Sweet Potato (my own version)

Clean up the potato.
Sliced it.
Let it boil for about 20 minutes.

while boiling, add 2 cups of brown sugar.
let it boil again.
until the sauce thicken because of the sugar.
let it boil for another 20 minutes.
Separate the cooked sweet potato to the remaining sauce.

my own version of sweet potato

Chicken Liver Adobo (my own version)


Chicken Liver


put the butter in the preheated pan

Saute the onion

Add the chicken liver.
When it is a bit brown, put the water, soy sauce and vinegar.
Let it boil for about 30 minutes.
Add some pepper to taste.

Rice with Chicken Liver Adobo topping.

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Pansit Guisado (my own version)

4 to 5 cloves of garlic

1 onion

1 carrots

1 red and 1 green pepper
1 small cabbage

Saute the garlic & onion

add the chicken breast (no skin)

Add a chicken broth cubes

Add 3 cups of water

Add the carrots

Add the red pepper, green pepper and the cabbage

rice sticks should be in the warm water for 10 minutes

drain the rice sticks

separate the vegies from the broth (don't throw the broth)

separated vegies

add the drained rice sticks to the broth, add soy sauce & oyster sauce (keep stirring until  broth absorb)

once broth has been absorb, add the vegies back and stir, until it blend, just like that picture.

in Philippines we use calamansi as our garnish, but since it is expensive here, we use lemon.


taste test, by chef kuya Jay

good for 4 to 5 person.

Monday, May 02, 2011

The Roles of Bloggers

I started blogging way back in 2002 when blogger.com was still fresh and new. My first post was, "I got the Dubai driving license!" What I was thinking then was to make an online journey of my Dubai experience and let my family and friends read my blog instead of sending emails for updates. I thought that if I email them for updates (which they didn’t ask me to update them) it will just clutter their inbox with my emails. So having a blog, my family and friends can just visit the site and read when they have free time.

Then, I stop posting. I began to have doubt publishing my whereabouts online. I feel like, I am not ready to publish my life online. It took me some time to come back and used a different identity, as I am afraid that my opinion would offended somebody or they just criticize my grammar. Again, it stops me from posting. I've made several comebacks and one of them, were slicing my blogs from my personal blathering, photography portfolio and IT tutorials. Then, I realized slicing the blog makes it more complicated and non-sense. Blog is mine and it is about me-myself-and-I. So, this year 2011, I came back and I’d say “this is it, my blog-in-1”.

The other day, I registered in "World Blog Day", and it is sign for me to maintain this blog and continue my goal.

As you know, it seems everybody blogs these days. Chances are we read few of them intentionally and unintentionally (following a link from a search engine).

Blogs play a big role in the bloggers life and in the reader’s life too. It is the bloggers duty to provide a real good and informative blogs from positive to negative, advantages to disadvantages, about dogs to new gadgets in town, what's hot and what are not, opinions or points-of-view, so-on-and-so-forth. Make sure readers are spending a good time reading your post.

I listed down the roles of bloggers in my opinion.

1. Be responsible and accountable for the words.

2. Bringing attention to the issues and news that are (you think) important/interesting and readers will benefit.

3. I will do my best to keep the blog post interesting as possible to be worth adding in your favorites.

4. Offering viewpoints to the readers, perhaps to have open conversation/comments with the readers.

5. Providing facts and reason to consider other points of view.

6. Be sensible, polite and respectful.

Sunday, May 01, 2011

International Workers' Day

It's our day today!  Congrats to all the people who work hard everyday to able to sustain a good life with their family.  In Philippines, some of the private companies celebrate this day and consider this as a Public holiday.  Anyways, it is Sunday today and its the weekend :) 

Today, in Dubai, it is Sunday and it is the first day of the week.

Enjoy the rest of the day!

To read more about International Workers Day, click here.