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Monday, December 31, 2012

Photography Practice

I need to write about something here so I thought of showing you how I am progressing with my photography hobby.  These pics I took from our family road trip to the north.  I hope you like them.  

Not quite sunset yet.  I know I know I need to make the horizon straight.  hahahaha

fast shutter speed

slow shutter speed but same subject

Sunday, September 02, 2012

Our Sunday lunch: Tuna Panga and Ensaladang Labanos

Beginning today, I'll attempt to write about some of the food I serve on special days.  This will include sundays when I prepare something nice for the family.

Today I thought of serving something special.  I had bought two packs of Tuna Panga (jaw) from Hypermarket last week and since I want to have nice food every weekend when Ikee is home, I thought of cooking those for lunch.  However, I still needed to serve it with something really healthy.  Instead of the usual labanos ensalada (radish salad) but with yakon and sugar beets to make it really nutritious. To some thinly sliced radish, I added some fresh coriander leaves, julienned green pears and yakon.  To make the dressing I blended sugar beets, apple cider vinegar, water kefir, a bit of sugar, freshly ground pepper and sesame oil.  tossed the dressing into the mixed salad.  For dessert, we had kefir ice cream with mango toppings.  Here are some pics.  So what did you have today?

Note:  if you're in the Philippines, you can buy kefir ice cream from Yoggie's Yogurt Station.

Monday, May 07, 2012

Pasig Shutterbugs Celebrates Its 2nd Year and We're Celebrating!


The Pasig Shutterbugs is celebrating its 2nd Anniversary.  Everyone is invited to join us during the celebration.  It will be held at the *Tanghalang Pasigueno, on May 20 from 2 to 6 pm.  There will be  Model Shoot, Swap meet, Inter-Photo Club Eyeball, Games and other fun activities! Admission is for FREE! Potluck is welcome.  

So come on, pack your camera and celebrate with us. 

Note : If you want to sell/trade your used or new photography related items, please PM any of the Administrators at the Pasig Shutterbugs Facebook account.

*Tanghalang Pasigueno is located at the Pasig City hall complex.

Sunday, April 08, 2012

God Friday Dish

I always find it a challenge every Good Friday to serve something that does not have any pork, beef or chicken in it.  In the Philippines, For most Catholics,  Good Friday is a no-meat day.  I'm not Catholic but my husband and daughter are.  Thus, I need to prepare food that they may eat on that day.

This year, (2012), I prepared Fish and Chips the usual way with the addition of breaded okra and tzatziki sauce.   My Fish fillet recipe  was made from Cream Dory, along with some sliced okra which I had dipped in the same batter as the fish.  The chips were just fresh potatoes that I julienned and fried to a golden brown.  The tzatziki sauce is the same sauce that is sold on, prepared with fresh greek yogurt, cucumber, garlic, mayonnaise and some dill.

At night we had some fresh vegetarian lumpia with a twist.  I did the usual lumpia but instead of putting peanuts, I used garlic flavored cashew and had made some fresh egg wrappers.  They really tasted good mind you.

So, what did you have?

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Debut Preparations

It's just a few months till my daughter's debut.  How time flies and I feel ambivalent.  Just the same, the feeling should be put aside first because there are things to be done for her party which we had wanted years ago.  Of course my husband is not as excited as we are or if he is he's doing a good job at keeping his excitement hidden. 

We are currently working on a budget which my husband and I had determined.  So far, we started with the theme and the motiff of the party.  It will be a masquerade.  Since Ikee likes the Phantom of the Opera which film we had watched several times already, we agreed to have that for her theme but will allow  a mixture of Parisian and Venetian designs.  Her motiff will be, of course, black, white and red which are the colors of the Phantom. 

Next off, we drew up the guest list - most of them relatives.  Some of Ikee's friends are invited of course.  We've been fortunate that some of her friends from the university she goes to will attend.  However, we promised to provide them with overnight accommodations with a warning though that it wouldn't be first class as that would be expensive. 

I wrote the program already but that will remain a secret for now.  Suffice it to say that I want it to be a unique and memorable party. We have also so far chosen a suitable venue for the occasion - the Intramuros in the City of Manila.   Along with the venue, we've started to scout for a caterer, lights and sound provider and photo and video service.

The more exciting part for me is that I have started to think of the decor and invitations.  We do want a beautiful party but we don't want to spend too much either.  This is why I'm doing some of the things that I can do.  I will make the invitation cards myself which will be a scroll with a tassel to hold it in place.  So far, I have bought pre-decorated masks that I will use to add to each table centerpiece just to set the mood.  I have also bought 3 blank full masks to decorate the stairway with.  I've opted to do this instead of buying 1 big mask.  The big ones cost thrice as much as the three small masks do. 

In summary, here's the list of what has been done so far:

*  Determined budget
*  Theme and motiff
*  Guest List
*  Program
*  Reserved Venue
*  Canvassed caterer, photovideo and lights & sound providers

*  Started with decor (masks)
*  Prototype of invitation card

Any other suggestions?  I shall update you a on the progress we make each time.