Friday, January 13, 2006

Tuna Carbonara (In My Kitchen #1)

Having yet to recover from the holiday hangover, I decided to finally make the Tuna Carbonara last weekend (it was supposed to be our media noche pasta last New Year's Eve but was too zonked to prepare it). Cooking is one way for me to relax, I enjoy it...I'm no expert but rather I go with my gut and experiment away. So don't expect any exact measurements because i don't usually measure. Anyway, I'm posting the recipe as part of "In My Kitchen"...


1/2 kg spaghetti noodles (cook according to package direction)
3 tbsp. olive oil
6 cloves garlic, minced
1 onion, chopped
1 can tuna chunk in water, flaked
1/4 cup button mushrooms, sliced
1/4 cup corn kernels
1 small red bell pepper, chopped
1 small green bell pepper, chopped
1 box all purpose cream
italian seasoning
salt and pepper
parmesan cheese, grated
red pepper flakes (optional)
Heat olive oil. Saute garlic and onions. Add bell peppers and tuna. Toss in mushrooms and corn kernels. Season with italian seasoning, dried basil, salt and pepper. Add in cream. Simmer for 3 minutes. You may add crushed red pepper flakes for extra zing. Take off from heat and pour over cooked pasta. Top with grated parmesan cheese. Bon appetit!

Thursday, January 12, 2006

NPA (No Permanent Address)

It took me a while to finally sit down and give due attention to this blog. It has been in existence since last year but my knowledge on blogging was not enough to really make me post religiously. Besides, I didn't tell my friends about it yet since I felt there wasn't much to see, more so, to read. Anyway, inspired by the many blogs I visit quite often (the one of my cousin Mark included - *wink, wink*), you are now seeing the beginnings of a "home & family life-inspired" blog which chronicles my life at home away from home (explanation below).

Why "Home is where the Heart is?"

I felt choosing the appropriate blog title was essential in giving this online journal of mine character. It took a lot of thinking and when the phrase above ran through my mind, I knew I found the right one.

You see, I've now considered myself as an NPA...not part of the rebel group that the government is after, but rather a person with No Permanent Address. I spent most of my life in Quezon City - having been born there, residing and growing up there and getting my education from kinder to college in schools located there. When I began working 13 years ago, it facilitated my "moving out" of QC to the "world outside". From Pier 4 in Manila, I did the rounds of the metro by moving office bases to Makati and back to Taft in Manila. In 1998, I made a big leap by accepting a job in Cebu. Little did I know that this would begin my NPA status. Suffice to say, although my hometown would be considered to be QC, I was making quite a home nest in Cebu too. A testament to this would be finding the man of my dreams there and making another leap (this time of faith) by getting married. Four years later, I found myself at the bottom most part of the country - General Santos City...having to move here because of hubby's work assignment. With my Cebu stint already giving me confused signals as to where home is, can you imagine what another move made me feel (I have difficulty filling up the "residence" portion of any kind of application form)? In March, we will mark our 4th year here in Gen San and surprisingly, I find myself calling this home (away from home - QC, away from home - Cebu). This is where my son, Jarred was conceived and born and where a lot of the more significant events involving marriage and family life have happened. Do I still get confused whenever asked where home is? No. My confusion before stemmed from the fear that I didn't have roots in my adoptive cities. But my stay in Cebu, no matter brief, has enabled me to establish roots there thru my marriage and thru the friendships I developed there. Same here in Gen San. Looking back, I can see that I have left a piece of my heart in the places I've been to. I've left my mark there. And home is where my heart is - family, relatives, friends. And no matter where else I go, be it here or abroad, I am sure to make my home because I will always carry these treasures of home with me.

Hmmm...I wonder where the future will take us next....can you guess?

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

20 Things I'm Thankful for in 2005

1. Renewed relationship with God
2. Better and stronger bond with my hubby, Jerome
3. My son's antics and amazing vocabulary (he's one smart kid)
4. Long distance love and support from my parents
5. Wisdom and reassuring words of my sister Tintin and her hubby, Ray
6. Loving concern of my brother Paulo and the overwhelming support of his gf, Chynna
7. "Text presence" of my mentor/friends - Ma'am Lei, Aries, Nancy and Jessica
8. Wise words of my kumare, Margie
9. Support of friends in SOCSKSARGEN thoughout the year
10. New found friends (from my son's summer school, fish port, CFC)
11. Having a hardworking and trustworthy househelp, Lyn Lyn
12. Good health
13. The beginnings of financial freedom
14. The good turn out of my fish trading business
15. The spiritual, mental and emotional blessings that we received
16. The material stuff which was part of our holiday wish list
17. Discovering the world of blogs and being the silent fan of many blogs on home and family life
18. Getting a home phone line (logging on to the net is more convenient now)
19. Two Uncles - Tito Tony and Tito Jessie, reuniting with our Creator (although very sad with their passing, thankful that they are now in the loving hands of God)
20. For an overall better life, despite the odds


Tuesday, January 10, 2006

fIsH mOuTh

One of the many perks of motherhood is the tirade of kisses I get everyday from my son. I enjoy every kiss and hug accompanied by an "I Love You Mom"... what bliss!

I shall cherish these moments for I know that when he gets a little older, it'll be difficult to ask him for these precious kisses.

Hmmmm...if only he can stay a kid forever...

Kiss me...Mwah!!!
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Super Mario on the 1st day of the New Year

What a way to welcome the New Year 2006! Before going to Sunday mass, we thought it'll be fun to do one round of Super Mario. Jarred is getting to be so good at the game, it's no wonder he'll be as good as his Dad in no time. I guess he also takes after his Tito Paulo (who wowed all of us with his computer skills at about the same age as Jarred now).
Happy New Year to all! May 2006 herald peace and economic recovery all over the world.
God bless!
enjoying a game of Super Mario on a Sunday morning
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