Saturday, April 30, 2011

Nova Oatmeal Cookies

Uy! This is my new discovery just awhile ago... The store beside our shop owned by my SIL carry this new product from Nova. She gave me packs of it :) It tasted so good and best thing is that it has fiber ...and it is very cheap for just P 10.00.

Multigrain oatmeal cookies

I love the flavor!!!

munching now, munching now, munching now... hihihihi :)

Friday, April 29, 2011

Another Dinner at Ying Ying Tea House

After our Visita Iglesia last Holy Thursday, we had our dinner here. Ying Ying Tea House is one of our favorite Chinese Restaurant. The food is really good and the price is very affordable. The restaurant is always full everytime we go here so it's very obvious that it's one of the best in Binondo area.

We order our usual favorite

Coldcuts Combination Platter - Medium

Lechon Kawali, Pork Asado, Soy Chicken, Century Eggs and Seaweeds

Kids fave, Hot Prawn Salad

Salt & Pepper Squid

One of the best Yang Chow in town!

We feasted on them ;)

The happy eaters...

Hubby and Jeff

Justine and Yeye...

More Ying Ying dinner to come!!!

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Happy Morning = Excellent Breakfast

I woke up early with a good mood so I decided to cook yummy breakfast. A friend of mine went to Lucban Quezon last week so I asked her to buy me some Lucban longganisa. We met up last Sunday and she gave me 2 dozens of this garlic longganisa.

While having coffee, I cooked first the longganisa then I refried some leftover beef tapa (hehehe), fried some eggs and made a dippings of spicy vinegar with pepper and garlic.

My black coffee

Beef tapa cooked by hubby

Super garlicky Lucban longganisa

my not so perfect sunny side-up egg... hahahaha!

vinegar with chilli, pepper and garlic :)

fried rice with eggs and chinese sausage

Our heavy breakfast....

Kain tayo!!!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Nelia's Palabok and Halo-Halo

Few weeks ago, I really craved for Razon's Halo-halo and asked my friends in facebook if where's the nearest branch near in Malabon. I was able to eat one when I got Jeffrey's report card in school. Last Good Friday, I was having a nap at around 2:30 when my hubby woke me up and asked me if I want to go to Nelia's. Haha! I immediately took a bath and we went there around 3:00 pm. I then realized that I don't need to go to SM everytime I want to eat a very good halo-halo because Nelia's is just a few minutes drive from our home.

Nelia's is famous for their Halo-halo and Palabok since 1960s. It's one of the hidden culinary treasures in Malabon, they are known also for their delicious Mechado and Kare-kare.

Special Halo-halo for P 70.00

The place is located in Barangay Tinajeros

For me, hubby and our 2 kids :)

Their palabok is way better than Nanay's!

Oh... I'm drooling now!

Jeffrey had plain congee with fried tofu ... it's good too!


By the way, they also have a branch in ... 31 D Talipapa Station 2, Boracay

We'll come back again...

Hope that my friends Peachy, Anney, Rome and Dj could try these treats too!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Supplies of Chocolates :)

Hayyy... how can I control myself from eating these sinful treats from my friends and family. From January up to this month we never run out of chocolates in our ref. Oh no, I'm not hoarding, hehehe... it's just that friends and family were coming back for a vacation in the country so as expected their pasalubong will always be chocolates. I was not able to take pictures of the previous "supplies", from my faves Toblerone, Cadbury, Lindt, Hershey's and many more... my diabetic hubby whose a chocolate fanatic did not deprive/refrain himself from eating, how's that?

What's next??? Me weighing 200 lbs?!!! Ouch!!!

Tuna Penne Pasta

I super love the Tuna Penne Pasta that my hubby cooked last week. We had some penne pasta sent by mom and tuna in cans too so he decided to cook those and it was really good. He just sauteed some garlic, tomatoes and onions in olive oil and then he add the tuna and a little amount of tomato sauce to put some color (he didn't like a pale one) and salt and pepper to taste and mix it with the pasta and that's it!

The kids love this too!

How lucky I am to have a husband who can really cook!

He couldn't find some parsley in the ref so he just put
leeks for garnishing :)

Lunch on Good Friday

We had a simple lunch last Friday, hubby went to Obando early in the morning to buy two sacks of fresh oysters, one for our family the other one is for my sister-in-law. Oysters are always on our table every Good Friday because it's my eldest son fave seafood. We had a hard time removing the shells but we had a great time eating those dipped in vinegar with lots of onions and siling labuyo... yum!

We also had boneless daing na bangus

(sawa na sa inihaw)

and glasses of Sunquick orange juice!

Wow! No meat on the table but we were all full after :)

Kain tayo!

Visita Iglesia 2011

One of the very popular activity during Holy Week is visiting 7 or 14 churches. This is what we call the Visita Iglesia which is a Spanish words for Church Visits. It is a practice during Holy Thursday by Catholics here in our country. People flock to different churches to ask for penance and others say their Station of the Cross.

Since our family did not go for our yearly out of town during Holy Week, we planned days before the Holy week the 7 Churches that we visited. Some churches were recommended by some religious sectors and here are they...

1st was... Sacred Heart of Jesus ParishTugatog, Malabon City

To pay respect to our Parish Church, of course it is the first church that we've visited

The altar of our parish church

2nd was... Minor Basilica of St. Lorenzo Ruiz

(Binondo Church)

We were stunned by the beauty of this Church

The murals on the ceiling is awesome!

3rd Church was...
San Sebastian Church
(Recto, Manila)

The all steel church, 2nd in the world and first in Asia.
My husband really admire the gothic architecture of this church,
see the altar?

4th Church
San Agustin Church
considered as one of the oldest stone church in the Philippines

I was not able to capture the church's altar :(

These were the scene while we headed to the Manila Cathedral...
there were lots of people and food stall along the street,
I heard one of them saying "I thought Banchetto was transfered here"

Side of San Agustin Church

5th Church
The Manila Metropolitan Cathedral Basilica
(popularly known as Manila Cathedral)

The facade of the church is stunning...
you can see sculptured statues of some famous saints

The interior is simple but this is one of the most visited churches
in the country. It's aircondition too :)

I'd like to go back in Intramuros some other time to see some old and famous landmarks like, Casa Manila, San Agustin Museum and many more historical sites.

6th Church was The Shrine of Jesus, The Way, the Truth and The Life

in Pasay, Mall of Asia

Too many people are also visiting this church because it's one of the newer places of worship in Metro Manila. It's our first time to actually see the church interior.

The 7th Church was...
Malate Church

One of the oldest stone churches in Manila outside Intramuros.

It is a baroque style church facing Manila Bay.

The interior of the church is not big but it's beautiful.

We solemnly prayed for every church that we visited and I'm happy to see our kids embracing this religious tradition for I know that they too know and realized how Jesus sacrifice his life for our salvation.

Via Crucis

I've learned that the Via Crucis or Way of the Cross started as early as 4th c., devouted Catholic pilgrims to the Holy Land and follow the path that Jesus walk for the salvation of mankind. This devotion according to our parish priest were represented in 14 events starting from Jesus' condemnation to his resurrection.

This year, we were lucky again to be a part of it. Our parish coordinators chose our family to read the prayer and meditation for the 14th Station of the Cross - Jesus Rises from Death. we feel blessed for participating in this year's Via Crucis.

Me and hubby prepared a simple table setting for the

laminated frame of the 14th Station.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Ilocos Empanada in Manila

My three boys (hubby, Justine and Jeff) love empanada from Ilocos. Everytime we go to UST Hospital for check-ups, we never failed to drop by at FariƱas Bus Station to buy emapanadas there. There's a booth at the side of the station wherein two Ilocanas were happily making these yummy treats from Ilocos.

Actually, this is their pasalubong to me... I was left alone in our computer shop this morning... :)

Inside the empanada ...

were generous bits of Vigan longganisa, an egg, and vegetables

Hmmm... I don't think I'll be successful on my diet with these kind of food.