meet me on monday 02

here’s my second edition Meet me On Monday:

the questions are:

1.  Do your pants get hung on a hangar or folded?
2.  If you are stranded on an Island, what 3 things would you need to have with you (not including humans or electronic devices)?
3.  Where is the farthest you have ever traveled to?
4.  Do you live in a house, trailer or apartment, etc.?
5.  What is your most hated household chore?

my answers:

1.  Some of it the ones i usually wear i put in hangers in my closet for easy retrieval and some which are seldom worn (including those that i love but no longer fit and am still dreaming of wearing someday) are folded in my closet.

2. first i need books (loads of ’em), then i’d need my pajamas so i still can sleep soundly and lastly bottled water cause i get thirsty so easily

3. cebu is the farthest so far but given the chance i would love to travel the world, with my beautiful baby in tow.

4. i live in the very same house i was living since i was 10 years old. planning to move to a new one but i think i will have a hard time adjusting if that happens, plus our home holds loads of wonderful memories of my parents and my childhood..

5. most hated household chore will have to be cleaning the bathroom, but then again someone’s got to do the dirty work around here sometimes, haist!

i’d love to hear your story, just click on the image above if you want to link up!



writer’s workshop 01

I so wanted to join this writing workshop ever since that day I chanced upon it on Mama Kat’s lovely blog, alas, procrastination and motherhood in between, days and weeks flew by with nil participation from me, so to make up for what’s lost, here is my writing workshop’s entry for the week and my very first…

If I could stop time for 24 hours and given that all of my son’s needs and concerns will be attended to while am at it, I would love to put on my old, forgotten bathing suit (lying somewhere beneath the rubble and the debris that is my closet!) put several dozen paperbacks (so I can catch up on my reading) on my green/purple mailman and rush to the first beach that pops up to mind, with my flip flops in tow, to work on my tan!  

I envision myself lying on the beachfront, a Coelho or a Kinsella on one hand and a tall glass of green mango shake with that colorful, lovely, tiny umbrella on top and just taking in the sun, the salty air on my face, the lovely coconut trees dancing to an old, familiar tune, the warm breeze and the quiet, calm atmosphere that I love so much about seasides.  or i can spend the entire afternoon, doing yoga and just breathing followed by taking an afternoon nap in a hammock or while having a rejuvenating massage, a facial, and a foot massage. 

I would love to walk barefoot on the beach at sunset then I’d have a henna tattoo of my son’s name on my nape and shoulder. Come dinner time, I’d dig in on yummy and scrumptious grilled squids and all sorts of delicious sea harvests, salads and green mangoes! And probably I wouldn’t hurt if I’d have a shot or two of tequila to cap the night…

And when that’s all done, I’d probably repeat everything from the top, only this time with my son, in his cute pocoyo trunks, in tow!

now, let’s hear yours!

Mama's Losin' It


am a cyber chef…

the lovely photograph of sous chef amelia is from
am brewing up some depth charge, cooking up pastilla and feijoada for the anniversary catering and yep still needed 2 tesla coils and 7 flux switches for my lightning stove assembly….
did you think I’ve gone mad and started talking gibberish? the statement above makes total sense, at least to the 2 million people hooked on this game in the much-visited, most famous networking site, Facebook – the caffeinated gamers of caféworld, that is!
I have started playing this game a little after jared was born. in between chaging diapers and feeding and doing my son’s laundry and later on add a tiring day from work (as i have gone back to work a few more months from maternity leave before finally turning my back and decided to be a SAHM in may) into the melee, i would find a couple of hours each day, if it were possible, to go online and squeezed in playing this lovable game whilst I check my mail or change my shout out in facebook. I was hooked. For a struggling and frustrated cook such as myself, who wouldn’t get past my staple of frying a tacky sunny side up or sautéing, it was a person’s dream come true and for someone dreaming of putting up his own diner in the not so distant future this is a restaurateur’s idea of nirvana. I can easily whip up a yummy triple berry cake, or fix lox and bagel, or cook up a homestyle pot roast and later on, can even brew some cappuccino and lattes. But unlike in real life, where a few dishes could probably take you elbow greasing in the kitchen for 3 hours or so, dishes in this game could be whipped up in 30 seconds, an hour and some could run in up to two days depending on its level of difficulty. So must watch out when you’re cooking time’s up lest you want unpleasant aroma of spoiled food wafting thru your entire restaurant. 
Apart from the sheer joy of a click-away cooking, caféworld also offers an array of kitchen functionalities to choose from, be it a lightning stove which allows you to cook a meal in just a single click, or an assortment of fancy counters, or funky wall and floor decors and every bit of accessories you might want to add in your café. Possibilities are endless and it is 100% pure fun! And as your customers doubled up, your levels reaching sky high, a little something will be given as a token like you can cook this particular dish if you reach this particular level and of late, they’ve given each café junky a coffe machine where you start practicing your brews before opening up your own coffe joint a la starbucks! And yes they have also introduced catering, wherein you need to cook specific dishes and complete several items for special occasions such as dinner parties, weekend barbeque, a children’s party and more importantly a first caféworld anniversary party.
October 02 marks the end of a week-long first caféworld birthday celebration, and to mark the momentous occasion zynga has cooked up something special for all its avid followers. You cook 4 special dishes for the occasion, complete it in seven days, get a three-star rating and you get to keep the special dishes, unlock the next catering order and you can even win a roundtrip ticket for two.  Plus, you can even recruit your friends to help you with all the work in the kitchen. How fab can it get?
So we cook away….
but several days past and I haven’t finished my catering task so I would have to forget about the three star rating and unlocking the next catering order. Probably this is what happens when taking care of my baby is the utmost priority and everything else, yes including the café addiction, falls crammed up to second place. And for someone who’s idea of a computer game actually only includes having the main character plunge into the abyss a number of times till I used up all my turns, what I achieved in my jared’s café is actually worth the noble prize (or whatever is the equivalent in cooking!). so here’s the point I give meself a pat on the back!
Kudos, too, to zynga and for the wonderful ideas you’re coming up with to make my café adventure swell. Cheers to more years of brewing, catering and tinkering with the pots and pans in my cyberrestaurant. And to everyone out there who’s hooked too, I’d very much appreciate it if you can add me as a friend, am such a dearie, I’ll spice your dish while you’re away, send you gifts and yep, help you to achieve that ever elusive catering three-star, so what are you waiting for?
In the meantime, the mummy has to attend to this little man tugging at my sleeves,30 minutes to one hour is all that he allows me to play this game, enough for him to marvel at the graphics, enjoy the catchy sound and let him be entertained and hopefully just enough for mummy to finish all her tasks, coffee brewing and stove and other assembly and keep all them hungry customers at bay.
So enjoy brewing, keep the kitchen spick and span and continue serving those mouth-watering café dishes. And don’t forget to send me that flux switch while you’re at it!