Arwen’s Blog

After 3 years, there’s a new update on this blog. I promised before that I’ll be updating this at least 3 times a week, but it seems I did not keep that promise. :D

Yesterday was Sam’s birthday. Me and my wife had a great plan for Sam’s celebration and it concluded much better than what we planned.

The original plan.

  1. Go to the pediatrician for check up and Ley’s vaccine
  2. Eat lunch at Mall of Asia
  3. Attend CEL Manila 2008
  4. Go to Star City and experience Dino Island Adventure and Snow World
  5. Have dinner
  6. Go back home

But of course, plans are always subject to change. After completing the first 3 bullets, we started the next on the list and backed out when we got to Star City. Reasons? No parking space, too crowded, it seems it’s gonna rain, and too much hassles (no explanations).

We went back to Mall of Asia and went shopping birthday gifts for Sam. I’m sure everybody enjoyed it. Honey and Ley, Sam and her grandma enjoyed shopping, while I enjoyed sitting on one corner at the childrens accessories section, watching over our things while having long power nap. Trust me, I slept comfortably, eye’s closed, body was helpless, brain not functioning, but ears are wide alive. I heard everyone passing by me, including some sales attendants talking about me. I did not care about their comments, they were funny.

“Tingnan mo naman lalaking yon, ginawang tulugan ang MOA”
“Grabe naman tong lalaking to, di na nag-share ng upuan”
“Kawawa naman yong lalaki, baka mahulog”
“Astig yung guy o, naka see through”

The last comment, I have no idea if that came from a beautiful girl, or a gay dude.

Alright, shopping done, no other plans. We took light snacks at Wendy’s, a place I always love to go to because of their Biggie Iced Tea which is very special to me. It’s flavored with calamansi and pulpy too. I love the pulp. Then, time to go home.

Ooops, wait. You heard the PA system? It’s telling everyone to wait 15 minutes more for the fireworks display at the Bay Area. Alright, we waited a little longer, we were all excited.

There came the fireworks display and from start to finish, it was awesome. I swear, it’s like there’s a battle going on. Fireworks were coming from an actual ship floating on the water of Manila Bay. That made it a battle ship. Some fireworks fired from the water itself. And firing answers coming out from the Mall’s roof top. It was hilarious. And what’s more hilarious were the “Wows” and all the reactions coming from the audience. You know what the most hilarious was? It was Sam, shouting every word of this sentence. “Wow. The fireworks was amazing!”

Ended better, ain’t it?

A long long time ago, I was gone. And now I’m back;
With some pictures, I will attack;
 Just can’t believe, some posts I lack;
After all, it’s good to be back!
 
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Today our “baon” for lunch is Bulanglang, it is a native dish originating from the Tagalog region. It is a clear soup with mixed vegetables; kalabasa(pumpkin), green papaya, tomatoes, okra, patani beans, malunggay leaves. You can add pretty much your other favorite vegetable, the secret here is how you cook it, anyway. To cook Bulanglang, slice up all the vegetables into medium strips,  put everything in a soup casserole and boil, season with salt. Simmer for a few minutes to allow vegetables to cook… and that’s it.

THE WORKS:

I guess my husband wanted to impress me, we arrived home last night around 8:30, we ate, watched TV, then he decided to cook one of my favorite vegetable dish, Bulanglang. So he went ahead and prepared the ingredients, but I was too sleepy to watch him cook, so I put Sam to sleep or me to sleep. He said this morning that he got his cooking done around 11 PM already.

THE TASTE TEST:

When I woke up this morning, I found the steaming hot pot of my hubby’s Bulanglang. The first-time cook that he is, he warned me that the vegetables are over-cooked, the soup is too bland, etc. The expert cook that I am, I took my first sip and I what can I say, what he said is true. Hehe. I got the salt and added a dash or two into the pot, tasted the soup again and viola! It’s now better; as for the vegetables, forgivable, besides, Sam will love the texture since the vegetables are soft and mushy.

THE SWEET ENDING: 

As we said good bye to Sam and Lyn and enjoying the morning pollution brought by the tricycle ride, I whispered to him, “Honey, I’m giving you 200%.”. He said, “200? For what?” And I replied, “That’s your score for cooking Bulanglang, Thank you very much” and I gave him a hug. Honey thank you for your effort, I know I sounded very critic-ish with you this morning, but truly, I appreciate what you did, staying up late to cook not just for me but for our family. Keep it up! I know next when you attempt to try cooking Bulanglang again, you’ll do better, you are a fast learner. That will be part 2 of our Bulanglang Chronicles. I love you!!!

P.S.
The SugarPlumFairy just might be back again to one of the things that she loves doing… Blogging! So watch out! Ciao!

I went with Daddy, Mommy, and Ate Lyn to Alabang Town Center last Sunday. It was really a very good day! I really wish to go there every Sunday with them. I enjoyed it very much.

Daddy has his stories here and here. And the photos were there as well. So I think I don’t need to key-in mine here. But I have to show a photo of course.
I never thought Daddy can catch a nice shot of me. I was reading menus.


It's Summer Time!

Sometimes it rains, sometimes not.
But it’s always really really hot.
At morning, at night, and uh, broad daylight,
but just one smile and I feel alright.

Yahoo!, summer is on, its open.
Havin a good time, we’re plannin.
Of course with Mom and Dad,
and it’s OK if you want joinin.
Let’s head to Batangas
and there swim with us.
Have a summer of fun,
enjoy it under the sun.


Smile on shades.

It’s been a long while…
Time to show again my smile.
Laughters and moments worthwhile…
Daddy can hear it, though farther than a mile.


Catch me if I fall.

I’m standing straight up.
Catch me if I fall.
Don’t look down, look up!
Camera trick. That’s all!


Crawlin crawlin crawlin.

Crawl Sam, crawl.
That’s what mommy told.
No mommy I can’t.
The blanket doesn’t hold.


Time to sleep.

Now it’s time to sleep.
zzzZZZzz.. Ooops no beep!
Mosquitoes can’t bite me.
Look what my sweet mom did.


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