Nectar for our Hummingbirds

A new friend  at my patio  garden  #hummingbird

Here’s my simple recipe for making nectar for our Hummingbird feeder:

  • 4 cups of filtered water
  • 1 cup of refined white sugar

In a small pot boil water then add sugar and stir until sugar melts.  Make sure that nectar is at room temperature before transferring to hummingbird feeders.  This is a great recipe and they love it!

Important note: Do not use different forms of sugar except White Refined Sugar only.



Skaters’ Waltzin’ with Shades

Break… break… break from photography and cooking.

Spring recital 2011 she was 7 years old and played “The Skaters’ Waltz” by Emile Charles Waldteufel.

Awesome melody to my proud Momma ears.  Hard-work and perseverance are what it takes to enjoy this kind of performance at home.  I am glad and really overjoyed that my baby loves her music.


SUPERMOON 2012 lighted Irvine’s night sky

At exactly 8:09PM, I finished putting our children to bed. I ran to my husband telling him I needed to go out and drive around to take a few shots of the Super Moon that’s expected to be at it’s brightest and biggest this year (2012) at exactly 8:34PM Pacific Standard Time.

I grabbed my Nikomat film camera and made sure I had all my accessories with me to help guarantee a good shot of the beautiful moon tonight. I also brought my DSLR camera to be certain that I can take a few digital shots and bring home proof to my husband of this gorgeous display of tonight’s clear skies.

To make a long story short (because I am posting this and writing this at exactly 9:29PM, I just got home and am too excited)… here’s a sample of my shot.


Lens: AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED

Date/Time: 5/5/2012 8:35:40PM PDT

Focal length (35mm): 232.0mm

ISO 160 f/11 1/100 155mm

I wish my family had gone with me. I would’ve taken a much beautiful view of the moon from where I drove around the dark corners of Irvine. Security was my priority and I didn’t want to be along a dark street by myself.

There’s always a next year 🙂

Hope you like my composition!

Amaryllis tie-dye

My tie-die patterns and first ever brush tool “serious” project on CS4.  Yes, I am serious so please don’t make fun of this art work.  I dedicated my complete attention and artistic skills (which I don’t have quite a lot) to create this masterpiece.

By the way, the seed of this flower came directly from my Mom’s garden in Katipunan to my patio planter in Irvine.  I had to take a picture of this year’s blossom because I want to be reminded of the good memories I shared with my Mom.

Easy Kimchi (막김치)

During my first month of blogging, I posted a collage of the same photos.  This time, I was able to organize my pictures so you can see them on a slideshow.  I hope you like my pictures and I hope it inspires you to make your own.

I got this recipe from Maangchi’s easy-to-make pickled season cabbage recipe.   She simply makes korean cooking look so easy 🙂

Happy weekend to all!!!

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Jade Avenue

jade avenue
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I’ve been swamped! Yes, I was so busy… I couldn’t even find time to write up a short blog thru my iPhone.  I’ve been meaning to share some photos on my blog but I truly want to spend at least 10-15 minutes of quiet time writing something and not thinking of other work to do.

I chose this new picture I took last April, I hope you like it.  My brother and sister-in-law gave this “Jade Avenue” sign to Jade during our trip to their home in New Jersey.  I wish I had seen the Amish County on that trip but our schedule was too tight.

I will try my best to post another recipe this weekend.  My daughter advised me to post the Filipino Pork and Chicken Adobo recipe.  I cooked it last night and she had two servings 🙂 You should try it!  It’s really tasty…

I will buy ingredients this weekend and will share my American Adobo recipe 🙂

Spanish Dance on Piano

I asked my daughter to play this song yesterday while her cousin was online to watch her practice piano. At the video on the far side is my computer and there, my daughter’s cousin enjoying the sound of Malaguena from Manila.I am always fascinated by the fact that we can easily be with our loved-ones via the internet. At this age and time, I am very thankful for this kind of technology because it makes living apart from your family much easier and bearable.Malaguena is a Spanish dance song. I like it because I know that my daughter practiced a lot to make her playing sound really nice. I hope you enjoy this beautiful short song as much as I did. 

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tsim sha tsui alley (hong kong)

tsim sha tsui alley
Originally uploaded by doyd74

A break from cooking. This photo was taken by me during my first trip to Hong Kong last December 2009 with my family. It was a 7-day side trip to Hong Kong, after visiting Manila for the holidays.

To me, Hong Kong is full of character that needs to be experienced by any person who craves the extraordinary culture of the East. I wanted to capture an image of Hong Kong that will remind me of the “feel” I had when I was there experiencing the country.

The high-rise Hong Kong apartments captured my attention. Just like in Japan (my dream country to visit someday), I like the idea that people can live in small homes because they have to accustom their lifestyle to what resources they have.

My photo shows the busy street along the alley of Tsim Sha Tsui but atop the commercial ground are the quiet homes of Hongkongese. The gloomy and chilly mood during winter time makes it over-the-top for me.

I think I really left my heart… not in San Francisco – but in Hong Kong.

More vegetables please Mommy!!!! (Buchujeon)

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I can’t believe it myself but you’re reading it right. My title says “more vegetables please Mommy!” My daughter is an addict! She loves this recipe so much she can’t get enough and will even ask for more and not leave anything for her Dad. 

This is Maangchi’s Korean Vegetable Pancake recipe called Buchujeon in Korean. You can see her recipe at her website but as always, I give my version a personal touch. 

Here’s what I do: 


Small Korean Zucchini (or italian zucchini) 

5-8 Stalks of Green Onions 

1 Korean Chili (I use this because it’s not hot/spicy – good for kid-friendly recipes) 

1 Egg 

 A piece of small Carrot 

3 Garlic cloves 

Fresh Oysters (optional: or shrimp and try scallops) 

Chop and julienne the carrots and zucchini. Add in the thinly chopped green onions and korean chili. In a separate bowl, mix in 1/2 cup flour, salt and 2/3 cup water or sometimes I use a store-bought korean vegetable pancake mix and follow the package instructions. 

Chopped vegetables should be around 3 cups. Mix the vegetables with the batter and mix it up with your hands to spread evenly.Chop 3-6 pieces of fresh oysters and set aside. 

In a big heated non-stick pan, put some olive oil and spread the vegetable pancake mixture. Put your heat to medium. Top the raw side of the cooking pancake with fresh oysters and one beaten egg. Wait about 5-8 minutes before flipping the pancake. 

After 8 minutes, flip the pancake and add more olive oil (if needed) to make it crunchy (a cooking tip from Maangchi). Press the pancake down with a spatula and check once in a while to see if it’s getting cooked the way you want it to be. 

My secret dipping sauce that really makes my daughter eat this pancake a lot is a mixture of 1/4 cup rice vinegar, 2 tablespoon of light soy sauce and a pack of splenda. You can use sugar if you want but I don’t have that in my pantry 🙂 

Use other vegetables if you want to explore it! I’ve tried, sweet potato with green onions, chives and red peppers, I even tried bean sprouts with oysters as suggested by my husband. 

Enjoy and let me know about your version!