Ma, it’s our Day!

Life is always celebrated by get togethers, banquets, and laughter but when our most beloved Mom is not around anymore to be appreciated and loved on Mother’s Day, there’s emptiness somewhere unexplainable. Looking back, I have so much to thank my Mom for, and the two most important things are for my life and for the unconditional and unending love she gave me. I miss you on this very special day.

Ma and Me circa 1975, Katipunan Metro Manila Philippines

Why the late post?  It’s because I too celebrated Mother’s Day.  I thank my children and my husband for making my life complete.  My two most precious girls have brought so much happiness, laughter and love into my life.  Because of my girls,  I have learned about my strengths that I never knew I had.  Now that I’m a Mom, I understand… Now that I am a Mom, I just want to thank back my Mom for everything.

Mama & Mei
Portrait of my Mom by Jade Art Masters Class
Ten things I know about my Mom From my Jade for Mother’s Day 2015

Song for Mommy: “Mama”

I used to not like singing this to my Mom because of the sad words in the song but she loved it a lot everytime I sang it to her.  I won my first singing medal when I was in 3rd Grade singing this song by Lea Salonga.

Mama, I miss the days when you were here beside me
Mama, those happy days when you were here to guide me
Safe in the flow of your love
Sent from the heavens above
No one can ever replace
The warmth of your tender embrace

Oh, mama
Until the days that we`re together once more
I live in this memory
Until the days that we`re together once more

Safe in the flow of your love
Sent from the heavens above
No one can ever replace
The warmth of your tender embrace


Oh, mama
Once more…



Before I was a Mom … I never felt how it was to instantly love a stranger the moment you held them in your arms after birth.  It was a feeling of unfathomable love.

Before I was a mom … I had a shower in the morning and before I went to bed.

Before I was a mom … everything I saw my Mom did for me was a mystery.  I questioned every decision she made for me, protested against her strict ways of running the household, felt embarrassed with her when she just wanted to spend time with me, and never quite appreciated her sacrifice for me.

Before I was a mom … I had my career and my professional social life.  I wore tailored clothes and high-heeled shoes.  I blow-dried my hair everyday and I didn’t smell like baby powder, chicken teriyaki, or Clorox spray.

Before I was a mom … I never had to check on anybody at night and made sure they are warm and snuggled in their blankets.  I slept all night long and woke up late specially on weekends.

Before I was a mom … I ironed my jeans.

Before I was a mom … our home was completely clean and neat.  No hand prints on the sliding glass doors, no toys under the bed, no rubber duckies in the tub, no colorful mismatched utensils in my kitchen, no dolls and knick knacks anywhere in the house.  It was truly immaculate.

Before I was a mom … it wasn’t a diaper bag or an extra-large purse for me…

Before I was a mom … I loved to go window shopping.  Spent hours driving around town, store-hopping and shopping.

Before I was a mom … I only have two to three loads of laundry in a week.  I didn’t care about the cost of laundry soap, the price of bringing clothes to the cleaners, and the cost of clothes even if I didn’t like the style.

Before I was a mom

I was ignorant and life was incomplete.  Motherhood taught me honor and made me selfless.

However, this post is not about me nor is it for me.  It is for my Mommy.

My Mommy who tried her best to provide us with everything we needed.  She sacrificed a lot, thinking that what she was doing was always for the good of her children.  She taught me to be ambitious, thrifty, compassionate, honest, God-loving, hardworking, and most importantly, she made sure I know how to love my family with all my heart and commit myself to being a good mother and wife.

Happy Mother’s Day to my Mom.  I love you Ma!

Look who’s back!


Welcome 2012!  I know… I know, it’s been a year.  I may have been gone for a long time but with me (as seen on photo) is my 10-month-old baby girl.  I still can’t imagine how fast time flies.  I still remember feeling so bad about not being able to write on my blog because I was so sick during my pregnancy.

Life changed.  For the better…

I still love to cook but I’ve learned new recipes and we’ve somehow changed our eating habits after becoming a BIG LOSER…. loser of fat (that is).  When I get the chance, I will write about new recipes.  Honestly, for now – my life is really all about raising our children – specially our new member, little Roo.

Thanks to all who remained loyal to my dormant blog 😛

2010 in review

Thank you everybody who supported and followed my blog for 2010.  I hope to write more in the coming months.

The stats helper monkeys at mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads This blog is on fire!.

Crunchy numbers

Featured image

A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 3,700 times in 2010. That’s about 9 full 747s.


In 2010, there were 37 new posts, not bad for the first year! There were 29 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 49mb. That’s about 2 pictures per month.

The busiest day of the year was May 11th with 127 views. The most popular post that day was Doyd’s Spicy Mackerel Stew.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were,,,, and

Some visitors came searching, mostly for doyd74, sutamyeon, jajangmyeon, dokbukki recipe, and korean black bean noodles.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


Doyd’s Spicy Mackerel Stew May 2010


Jajangmyeon (Korean Black Bean Paste Noodle) May 2010


Duk bokki (Spicy rice cakes 떡볶이) July 2010


Igname Patbingsu (Purple Yam Patbingsoo) June 2010


About April 2010

my pot

On this blog, I will share a  wide variety of recipes of my own version.  I remember, started helping in the kitchen at the age of about 8, probably even younger, I just don’t remember exactly.  My mom let us help by slicing green beans and potatoes using a butter knife just to get the hang of being in the kitchen.  It was indirectly know that my kitchen skills were upgraded when I was allowed to hold a kitchen peeler and started working on peeling turnips for our mid-afternoon snack after playing with friends in our old childhood apartment in Loyola Heights, Katipunan.  Oh, I also do remember that when I am able to chop onions back then, that means I am truly a big kid and I am in control of what I’m doing 🙂  I still remember that feeling.  I was really excited about being able to help out in the kitchen.

Growing up with both parents working, my siblings and I learned specific chores at home.  We were given specific responsibilities and these became our training ground.  My home, my parents and my childhood was definitely my foundation and it helped me learn to love what I have and appreciate the small things I own.

Is blogging for me too?

Finally, a blog site where I  can hopefully religiously share my posts about me and my world.  It took months for me to decide where to finally create an account and I have chosen wordpress in the end.  Why?  I don’t know, maybe because of the color scheme and the simplicity of the themes I see online.

I’m really excited about this!  I actually don’t know where to start but I guess by writing this, I have already started my first post.

There’s a lot going on in my mind.  I want to say this, I want to say that, do I have to mention this, should I mention that! Ha ha!  Let me pause for a few moments…. To my reader/s (or just myself if I will be the only one reading this), thank you for spending time to visit my blog site.

Mostly, I will be talking about my passion on cooking and amateur photography.  I am excited to upload my photos not to show off but to see it organized online and ready for sharing firstly to my family and friends, then to the world.

Well, let’s start this!