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Thai it is!

For me and my Sweetest... since we got married 6 years ago - Friday night is Chinese night.
Som Tum (Green Papaya Salad)
But not last night. Because last night I had Thai.
Pad Tai with Tofu
But he still had Chinese just like every Friday for 6 long years.

End of Summer

I started my summer with a run. Now I ended it with a colorful run.
Summer is like a race. There is a start line and a finish line. Timing is not important unless you are after the medal. What is important is if you had fun running.

 -Ruthi Orona-Gregoire

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Comfort Food Mode

The other day I went to see my Filipina friend. I don't usually see her very often but when I do see her it always involves food. So here is the result of my meeting with my dear Filipina friend.

Drum roll please! Cod Fish Sinigang. To get the recipe for this click HERE.
Oh yeah, I made a big pot of this and ate the whole pot. No, what I mean is... I ate the whole pot in batches or several big bowls. I had one big bowl every lunch for an entire week. And I am not bluffing.

I am still burping!

Installing Husband 1.0

This is not a new post. I actually posted it already here years ago. I was checking my emails earlier and suddenly bumped into this and I realized hmmmm.... why not post it again.
So here you go, I am posting it again to remind me and housewives out there that we have choices. We can choose to be happy or sad. Whatever choice me make, we are the only one who will be affected. And taking a little joke is not just fun but a therapy that might somehow help us bounce back to our old self.


Dear Tech Support

Last year I upgraded from Boyfriend 5.0 to Husband 1.0 and noticed a distinct slow down in overall system performance, particularly in the flower and jewelry applications, which operated flawlessly under Boyfriend 5.0.

In addition, Husband 1.0 uninstalled many other valuable programs, such as
Romance 9.5 and
Personal Attention 6.5, and then installed undesirable programs such as

NBA 5.0,
NFL 3.0and
Golf Clubs 4.1.

Conversation 8.0 no longer runs, and…


Hold fast to dreams for when dreams go life is a barren field frozen with snow.
*Langston Hughes

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June Birthday Party 2

Two weeks after my Sweetest's birthday celebration, we had B's 12th Birthday Party. This year I did a MineCraft Theme party.
Just like last year's Dino Video War theme party, I made his birthday invitation which I sent online this time since we don't have much time to mail them anymore.
This year, instead of candy bar I made "S'mores Bar" so we can make our own s'mores.
I got 3 different sizes of marshmallows.
And a propane lamp to toast the marshmallows. The kids enjoyed making s'mores and so did my Sweetest.
And just like every birthday party he had in the past, I made personalized party favors.
I made some "Microwave S'mores Kits" for the guests to bring home. I found something like this in Pinterest. But I made my own version.
I put together graham cracker, Hershey's chocolate bar and marshmallows in a plastic favor baggie and tied it with a string and a special instruction card in MineCraft theme too.
I also made some perso…

3 Tips: Getting Hitched

Half of all marriages in America end in divorce. What’s odd is that when it comes to marriage, many couples spend exponentially more time, energy, and passion towards decorations and the look of a wedding than they do working on their own relationships. Am I stating that we shouldn’t plan for our weddings and only attend counseling? No I’m not. But what I am saying is that there are some key areas in our lives that we should address during engagement that shouldn’t be overlooked.

1. Goals
What are your spouses’ goals? Do they want to start their own business? Do they want to be a stay at home mom? Do they want to travel the world? There are many little things that couples can disagree upon and it wouldn’t be the end of a relationship. But there are a few key things in marriage that we have to agree upon to make for a healthy marriage. What are the big things in life that your spouse wants to accomplish and how can you two work together to accomplish each other’s big goals.

2. Communica…

June Birthday Party 1

Yes, this is a very very long overdue post of my Sweetest's birthday party. As I have mentioned in my previous post, I will have two separate posts for that June birthday celebrations so I can share how it turned out.
So here we go. This year we [my stepdaughters and I] decided to make it simple, small and intimate. It was so small that there were only 6 people who attended, including the birthday celebrant. B was not there because he was with his mother.
As usual, the girls made an awesome cake for their father. It was a blue fondant cake with hand-painted flower design.
Aside from the fondant cake, H baked some chocolate cupcakes with cream cheese frosting. They were delishhhhh. I had 3 of them in one sitting. shhhh.
Compared to last year's celebration, the desert table is small and simple too. I just made a fruit bouquet as the center piece of the table.
While, I arranged the veggie bar in the center of the dining table that served as center piece too. I put the veggies …

Keeping an Empty Office Secure

There may be a time, such as during building work or in the process of a change of office, when your office could be left empty for some time. Even over the Christmas break, your office may be a target for burglars who will know that the site will be left vacant. Offices can contain lots of expensive equipment, so it’s absolutely essential that you do your best to look after the space and keep it safe during empty periods.

Firstly, you need to make sure you have a good security system in place, including top quality CCTV cameras. There is no point in having CCTV cameras if they’re not going to help the police identify trespassers or burglars, so go for the best you can afford, ideally including night vision. A security expert will be able to help you find the best locations and angles for these cameras to focus on the most important areas.

If you have a lot of vehicle entrances, make sure these are blocked off if you’ll be out of the building for some time. A barrier system placed acr…

The Gregoires went picking

Last Wednesday my Sweetest didn't go to work and since it is still vacation for me and B, I decided to plan a blueberry[slash]raspberry picking for the three of us. Good thing my Sweetest didn't really have a plan to go anywhere that day so he said yes.
raspberries blueberries
We went back to Libby's and Son U-Pick in Limerick because it was shouted out in their facebook page that raspberry picking is open for the day.
back to the orchard
We came a little late because my Sweetest wanted to finish his coffee first. So when we got there the raspberries were all picked out already. But I insisted to see the bushes hoping I would be able to find even just half a pint of raspberries. I just need to have raspberry. It isn't that hard to ask, is it? [wink*]
my Sweetest and B getting ready to be transported to the blueberry/raspberry fields the view of the raspberry field from top of the hill
So yes, I could see from top of the hill that the raspberry field was already deserted. Bu…

Secure your Premises with Security Cameras Merseyside

The world today is a 24 hour world allowing for flexible hours of work for employers and employees. This means that businesses can offer 24 hour service as goods and services are also available online. Security needs have therefore changed and must keep pace with a world that never stops.

Security cameras are an integral part of any complete security system. The benefits to be had from integrating 24 hour security into your home and or office are readily apparent. 24 hour surveillance provides unprecedented access and control. The benefits of these systems far outweigh the cost.

Security Cameras Merseyside can provide 24 hour access to your factory school, home, hospital or office. Security guards are only human and they need coffee and bathroom breaks. They are limited by the fact that they can only see what is in front of their eyes.

They cannot see around corners, through walls or very far distances. Security cameras are able to do it all.  There is no downtime based on human limitati…

What Summer?

I'm on a countdown now. This is my last week of summer and work starts next Tuesday. Where does summer go? Didn't even feel it.
Camping it is.
Anyway, last weekend I went camping (yes, finally) with my boys and hubby's friend. It was not like the kind of camping that I was used to. No, we didn't go up Byron like we do for the past 5 years. We just camped out at Hubby's friend's property in Newfield.
Where the bumming-out happened. It was just like bumming-out-camping where I just watched Monk the whole day. Yup I just did a Monk Marathon and I loved it. I don't really watch TV very often and having nothing to do at the camp just gave me that opportunity to watch the DVD I bought years ago.
Relaxing and bonding with Tony Shalhoub
And yes, I also spent uninterrupted hours on my kindle just stopping to get something to munch or take a quick trip to the bathroom.
My Kindle Fire taking a break and giving Monk the center stage.
Took a little photo walk around and s…