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Our Own Herb Garden

Last year, I and my husband decided to put up a small herb garden of our own. Since my sister and his aunts are living outside the country, we asked them to send us some seeds of the plants that we want to cultivate. Some of the plants that we were able to grow under Philippine climate are the Italian Large Leaf Basil and Jalapenos.
The Italian Large Leaf Basil is an herb that we use most of the time when we cook pasta. We are very fond of pesto so the leaves are always being harvested, leaving the plant almost bald. Haha! 
It may seem impossible for anyone in the Philippines to grow these plants but researching a lot about them definitely gives some good results. However, there are some plants that no matter how hard we tried growing and taking care of them, they just wilt and die. Like rosemary. When my sister came back from Italy, she managed to hand-carry a mature rosemary plant. It lasted for about a month (we kept it indoors, near the kitchen sink, even though my sister insiste…

Taste N See Toasted Pastillas: A Milky Treat

My husband went home from work one day with a packet of tasty treats. At first, I thought it was just a small bag of crunchy croutons (I was puzzled actually, as I can't remember we bought some stuff for salads). But then, it turns out those little cubes were actually pastillas! I wouldn't really know if he hadn't told me.
Honestly, this was my first time to taste toasted pastillas. And this thing tastes great! This is the kind of pastillas that I'd always wanted. The sugar coating on the outside makes it sweet. I think the sugar was torched to make it stick to the milk mixture, thus giving it a toasted look. The pastillas cube may have been coated with sugar, but, surprisingly it tastes just right and not too sweet. I was so used to the pastillas that we usually buy from sari-sari stores that I was expecting Taste N See Toasted Pastillas to be the same in terms of sweetness.
I took some photos of it before opening the bag. I'm afraid I might not be able to take …


Great! It's one in the morning and I'm still wide-awake. Thanks to my companion for more than fifteen years: coffee. It's effect on me never fails. I just had a cup of instant coffee after dinner and here I am, very much awake, alert, and alive (not that enthusiastic though, haha!).

I've started to have a relationship with this buddy when I was twelve (I know, I was way too young but I just love it). The bond between me and coffee is going strong as ever. I became more drawn to this alertness-enhancing beverage back in college when I had to read stacks of lecture manuals until the wee hours of the morning. I thought it's going to end after I graduate. I was wrong to believe that 😂.
When I used to work call centers, my bond with the aromatic brew became stronger. I wouldn't have survived the graveyard shifts if not for this wonderful caffeine-packed decoction. Back in the days when I had to stay up from 10PM until 7AM, my average consumption's around sever…

Blog Makeovers And Personalities

Over the past few days, this blog went through a series of re-"fashioning" (if you can find any fashion in it, haha!). I've done that to simply make it look different so, to justify individuality further, I made some changes according to my whims.
Most often, blog readers often look at blogs first from its looks then the contents. I must admit that my blog isn't the "Wow!" type of blog when it comes to looks. It's a bit plain, actually. But I just don't want to overdo things so I kept the look more on the subdued side. I'm more on inclined on that side as a person and my goal is to make this blog resonate that.
To make the blog personality thing more interesting, I tried the Typealyzer, the brainchild of Jon Kågström, created using Wordpress for the site's framework coupled with his own text classification server called uClassify. This thing compares texts on a URL provided based on the predefined sample texts compiled by Mattias Östmar. And …

On Getting Inked

Most elderly people look at tattooed men or women as if they have just been fresh out of jail (read: jail ink). I totally understand this as our elders lived in a time when people got inked while serving time. So when my husband got his very first tattoo recently, he hesitated a bit as he knew how his parents are going to react.
I, however, supported him all the way, as I am open to this kind of penchant. I have an uncle who's a tattoo artist, who happened to be the one behind the tunnel piercing for my ears (done 11 years ago) . And oh, by the way, I've got a plan on having my own tattoo but I haven't really decided yet as to which tattoo designs I'll have. I'll have to choose something that's not unpleasant.It's quite common for older people to disapprove of getting inked. "Dinudumihan nyo lang ang balat nyo" (You're only tainting your skin), they usually say. Or most often it's "Mukha kang adik!" (You look like a substance ab…

Time For A Break!

Whew! I have never felt so refreshed. I've had another project done. Yay! Good vibes! It really feels good to know that at least one person believes in my ability as a writer. Though I'm just making some baby-steps to my own success, I am on my way to reaching it. I'm a hard knock, y'know. Haha! No one and nothing could stop me from pursuing this career. And Stef Gonzaga released "The Freelancer's Manifesto" just in time. It's such an inspiring piece that freelancers must read. In case you're wondering what I'm referring to, here's the link to the book: The Freelancer's Manifesto.To any freelancer who might be reading this, you can click on the link I've provided, make sure to share it with anyone whom you think might need it. It'll surely boost your confidence and morale.

Reading it made my day. What a nice way to have a break. Plus warm hugs from my husband and son. I had no idea that freelancing can be physically and emotio…

My RCBC MyWallet Visa Experience

I recently got my RCBC MyWallet Prepaid Visa Card and initially, I was happy with the service. I got a personalized card (with my name on it) and Paypal verification was a breeze using it. The RCBC Cabanatuan branch personnel made sure that all the necessary fields in the form were filled out during application

Note: Paypal cannot make a charge for verifying the card if your email address was not included in RCBC's system, so you better fill out the email field during application)

For the application process, I just presented my police clearance (I have no other valid ID card at that time, as I have surrendered my company ID when I resigned and great, I lost my postal ID). I had to photocopy it for bank records purposes. I made an initial deposit of PhP 120.00, activation fee included. I was then advised to come back after a week to claim my card. And so I got it and happily went home to have my Paypal account verified. Once I linked the card, I immediately sent an email to their …

Casapsapan Beach in Aurora Province

Here's another must-try whitesand beach in the Philippines. The Casapsapan beach in Aurora Province (I'm a fan of beaches in this province 'coz they're just a few hours away from Nueva Ecija). In case your point of origin is Manila, here's a map showing the route that you will have to take to experience one of the less popular but great beaches in the Philippines.
For me, it's one of the best beaches in the Philippines as it's not been commercialized yet. Many beaches in the Philippines like Boracay Beach has been receiving too much amount of popularity that most people, celebrity or not, choose to explore it than the other less known ones with the same amount beauty.

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The map above shows only the route that you can take using your own vehicle. There's a different route available if you take public transportation

The snapshot above gives you a clear view of what to expect during your travel to Casapsapan beach. Notice the muddy terrain, w…

It's Nice To Be Back!

Whew, I have been wanting to post a few days back, but my keyboard just wouldn't allow me. Some of the keys seem to be stuck that I had to open the laptop by myself (yes, I do it all the time with any gadget that I have hahaha!) and clean the keys. 
A lot has been going on since I was gone (as if I was gone for a year). Anyway, I just want to let every one know who might have been reading my blog (if there are any), that I am keeping my promise of updating this blog regularly. And while in the process of updating, I again managed to create a few new ones. I just got so excited because I was able to fix my laptop (smug look on my face). 
Apart from the laptop fixing episode, I was also surprised that our pet Douglas (he's a dog) munched on my sandals the other day. Yes, my ever trusty (and dirty) Crocs got torn and bitten by the pooch. Well, I guess he was just bored being imprisoned in his cage the whole day. Or he was just trying to get our attention. He's already an adu…

From Call Center Agent To Freelancer

The sudden switch from working as a call center agent to a full time freelancer brings so many changes. I, myself, have proven it. Giving up something that you've been doing for years is not easy. It could be one of the toughest situations anyone could ever be in. It's even more difficult if that's your main means of putting food on the table.

Having a regular 8-hour job in a call center means shorter time to be with the family. Presence in family gatherings is very rare (reps often sleep during the day). To get an approved leave, you must have a so called "valid" (read: life and death situation) reason, unless you're brave enough to face the wrath of your boss when you get back from your absence.

Socialization with friends outside the company you're working in almost never exist. And many other sacrifices. Including one's own health. You cannot be absent (unless you're on your deathbed). You have to brave the storm just to get to work. More ofte…

Dinadiawan Beach!

This is a very long overdue post as these photos were taken on the very last week of March 2013. It's rainy season now, but what the heck?! I just posted this for the sake of other people who may be looking for other travel destinations during summer breaks or company team building activities. Boracay may be way too far people who live in the northern part of the Philippines. I know it's worth the wait but why settle for something too far when you can have same look and feel with less than half the travel time?
Dinadiawan is a part of Dipaculao, Aurora Province. If you've ever heard of or traveled to Baler (one of the most popular surfing spots here in the Philippines), then you might have an idea about how much time you'll spend traveling to get to this nice place. Approximately, it's a 2-hour drive from Baler, Aurora. I recommend riding an SUV or something that's higher than a car. No need to ride a plane if you live in nearby provinces. Just expect some bump…