Sunday, February 14, 2016

Where's the "Bilo" in "Bilo-bilo"?

Bilo-bilo is a dish with sticky rice balls formed from a mixture of glutinous rice flour and water. Coconut milk is added for flavor, along with jackfruit strips and sweet potato cubes.

But the main thing is the rice ball(s) - the bilo-bilo.

This is one of my favorite dishes but I haven't had the chance to eat it for years - maybe around 5 years now! So when I saw it at the Sunday Market in Legazpi, it was a no-brainer.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Need Something - Anything - To Feel Better. Music? Eating?

Quitting smoking, exercising, and gobbling down apple pie aside, I just feel so darned tired. I think I know the reasons. I probably do, but I just don't want to dwell on it.

Trying to be positive here, you know?

They say one of the best things to cure the blues is music. Listen to music, learn to play an instrument alone or at a center like emeryville, go to a live gig?

Man, I am just so...I can't even find the words.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

The Quest for the Best Apple Pie in Manila: Second Stop - Mom & Tina's

Still on the hunt for awesome apple pie. Still haven't found what I'm looking for.

But, I went back to Mom & Tina's - I know, it was my First Stop, but I also knew it had another version. They call it French Apple Crumble.

Obviously, it's different from the traditional American apple pie (like the first one I posted), although I do believe apple crumble is just as common. 

The Quitting Smoking Chronicles: Week 3

Week 3 has come and gone, and I can't say that it was much different from Week 2

The itchiness around the patch application area has lessened, and the craving - or lack thereof - hasn't been much of an issue.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

The Quitting Smoking Chronicles: Week 2

Boy, oh, boy.

I knew it wasn't going to be easy, but Week 2 was a tough one. While I was tempted to smoke once or twice during Week 1, I had a rough time last week.

It's probably due to other circumstances as well...stress=smoke.

But here I am. Two weeks without smoking and on "Step 2" of the Niquitin program.

Quitting Smoking

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

New Bedtime Playlist Discovery

I've had trouble sleeping for as long as I can remember, but in the recent months, I was able to find that nice point wherein I was able to relax and drift off to sleep without any assistance - except for yoga before bed. Who would have thought?

Then there's the music. I always (well, usually) have music in the background - if I don't, I struggle more with falling asleep.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

The Quitting Smoking Chronicles: Week 1

Eight days ago, I finally started what I have been saying I'd do for years: quit smoking.

I say started because I know this is a fight that is going to take a while.

I'm going to have to take this one day at a time. One week at a time. Hence my first post about it.

It's been a week since I smoked my last cigarette!!!

Thursday, January 7, 2016

I Take Back My Rant on Gratefulness

After my previous post, I realized that I had that rant about gratefulness late in December.

For the record, I take it back.

I was having one heck of a difficult time - my family was.

Imagine being hit by a bus, then managing to try to stand up, only to get hit by another one. Then imagine this happening again. And again.

That's how it was.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Home Improvement Dreams

Ever since I moved into this homey condo I call home, I've found myself being quite the house person. I used to have someone do the cleaning for me. My previous place had more modern amenities and was freshly painted when I moved in. All I had to worry about was cooking - which wasn't a worry because I love cooking, and when I didn't feel like, I would just take the elevator and walk out the building and take my pick of the restaurants in the area.

Now, I sweep and mop the floor, vacuum the carpet, scrub the bathroom and kitchen, etc. on a regular basis. And you know? I enjoy it, too!

It gives one a sense of satisfaction knowing you're doing things on your own.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

What's the Fuss About Gratefulness?

If I got a dollar every time I've seen or heard this line, I probably could go buy my own island and live there forever. Or not.

The thing is, we've all been taught that gratefulness is a virtue. It is a good thing. It is one of the key ingredients to happiness. That there is always something to be grateful for - as that image shows.

But what about those times when all you can feel, find, and see are things you can't be grateful for?

I remember being taught the concept of "in everything give thanks; in every situation".

Boy, have I gone a long way from there.

No one likes a Debbie Downer, but pardon me. I just can't buy into these concepts these days.