Simple Pork Adobo Recipe

pork-adoboIn the Philippines, pork adobo is a dish braised in garlic, soy sauce, oil, and vinegar. Due to its popularity, ease in preparation, and long storage life, it is considered the national dish among the Filipinos. Another great thing about adobo is its versatility. This dish is not just limited to the most commonly used meats – pork or chicken. Others cook their beef, veal, goat meat, shrimp, squid, water spinach (kangkong), bamboo shoots (labong), or bok choy in the same manner. Continue reading

Amazing Pork Skewers (Filipino Style)

filipino-pork-bbqThe best pork skewers I’ve ever had was not cooked by a chef in some fancy 5-star restaurant. It’s quite the opposite actually. These pork skewers were marinated by the hands of a mother who never even got to high school, but ran a small food stall at night in a busy street so she could send her kids to school.

Her food stall was just right across the street from where I grew up in the Philippines. Among all the street food she sold, I think this was her specialty. Her pork skewers (commonly called barbeque in the Philippines) sold pretty fast! I remember there were nights I would go home disappointed because I didn’t get there in time.

Since I have left the Philippines, I never had such amazing pork skewers, until now! I think this is the closest I’ve had to actually copying the taste of her deliciously awesome pork on sticks. Continue reading

Easy Pork Binagoongan Recipe

Cute Baby Announcement Photo Ideas

I’ve been thinking of creative ways to publicly announce our good news! When we had our first, three years ago, I carved a pumpkin and posted it on Facebook. I did it during the Fall season when pumpkins were readily available. To read about my step-by-step on how I made our Fall theme baby announcement, click here. For our second baby, I didn’t do anything since I took almost a year and a half sabbatical from Facebook. We did have maternity photos taken by a photographer (and then we took pictures of her ourselves when she arrived) and I used those to make a thank you card to give to friends and family.

Now that I am back on social media… and not only Facebooking, but also blogging (for the first time!) I thought I should probably do something creative to publicly announce that our family is expanding. Continue reading

Effective Home Remedies for Mosquito Bites (First Hand Experience!)

mosquito-bites-on-toddlerOur toddler has an allergic reaction to mosquito bites. She swells up pretty bad! And when she scratches them, they sometimes get infected, leaving the affected area more swollen and purulent. I also noticed that when her swelling starts to subside, some of them bruise up.

A pharmacist suggested I give her oral Benadryl for children (5ml every 6 hrs) and apply a thin layer of hydrocortisone cream on her mosquito bites, 2-3 times a day.  I did this for about a week while we were away on our trip. She was so itchy, and I was desperate! Eventually, the swelling and itchiness went away.

mosquito-bites-on-babyA week after we got back home, we went camping. The campsite was infested with mosquitoes! A mom’s worst nightmare when you have a kid who is notoriously allergic to mozzie bites! She ended up with yet another round of swelling, this time even on her face. I was heartbroken to see her face end up disfigured from the swelling. Even her younger sister who didn’t have a bad reaction to mosquito bites before ended up with awful swelling. (She still managed to keep her happy disposition despite it all). So our camping was cut short, and we went home the next day.

This time I opted for a more natural solution. And I’M GLAD I DID! Continue reading

Just an Update!


Hi folks,

I meant to post more regularly after returning from our big summer road trip. I was able to do it for a while but then some things came up. First, our kiddos got eaten alive by mosquitoes when we went camping (this was a week after we got back from our road trip). Our toddler has an awful allergic reaction to mosquito bites (same as her dad when he was young) so it was a horrible experience for her, and for me too. My husband was pretty calm about it, but I almost rushed her to the ER when her face swelled up. Continue reading

Road Trip (Day Five)

Journaling our first big family road trip with our old and rusty well-loved Dodge Caravan.

(Minnesota – North Dakota – Manitoba – Dugald). Road time: 8 hrs


June 26 (Monday).

We came down at 7:40 AM for breakfast. The dining area was packed! We almost went down to the lower level of the inn because we couldn’t find a table. The sign that I noticed last night now made sense.

Two men drinking their coffee gave us their seats when they saw we have 2 little ones with us. It was very kind of them. And we were grateful. Another person gave us a spare chair for Mira. I nodded and gave him thanks. We didn’t see any high chairs so Diane ended up on Ian’s lap. We all shared the small table, and had bagels, muffins and cold cereal for breakfast. I had a cup of hot chocolate. Ian had coffee as usual, and the girls had apple juice. We ate in a rush to give room to others who were waiting for tables to be available. By the time we finished breakfast, the swimming pool was open for the day.  Continue reading