Saturday, August 19, 2017

A Grateful Heart Weekends: My Bestfriend's Wedding

Wedding is always a happy occasion. I love weddings because they always bring out the best in people. Weddings bring families, friends and well-wishers together to celebrate the special event with the loving couple.
I spent one summer in the Philippines in 2012. It was nice to be back home after 5 long years of being away from family and friends. Consequently, that year one of my BFFs finally decided to tie the knot. And since I came home without anyone knowing about it [except for 4 people], my visit came as a surprise to my friend Tess. The meeting brought back the "drama queens" in us. LOL.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Som Tom: The Ruthilicious Version

The other day, I had a craving for Thai Salad. But the problem was. I was too lazy to drive and go out to eat.

So, to solve my problem I just made myself a Thai Salad.

I got myself a green papaya the last time I went grocery shopping. I was planning to have it ripen and make a smoothie out of it. But the calling for Thai Salad was so strong that it ended up into a Som Tom - Green Papaya Salad.

I was so happy with my ingenuity so I took some photos and post it in my IG and one of my friends in FB ask me how to make it so here you go.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

A Glimpse of my Trip to Haiti

Life is full of many surprises so they say. I couldn't agree more. Miracles happen every time. Blessings on the other hand is like the air we breath. We know it is there but we don't see it. Like miracles and blessings, we are aware of them but we don't really appreciate them as much until we are put in a situation we are not expecting and not prepared for.

I would like to share with you this beautiful write-up written by a good friend mine about her personal journey to Haiti. I hope this will inspire you and give you new meaning to miracles and blessings. Read on.

Friday, August 11, 2017

A Grateful Heart Weekends: Now a Mainstay

If you have visited this site in the past couple of weeks, you might have noticed that this is undergoing a major facelift and reconstruction process. It is inevitable. The decision wasn't easy. It's painful and heart-breaking. But after considering a lot of options and exploring all possibilities, I finally accepted the fact that I am no superwoman. I tried my best to keep up with the expectations but it's just not possible anymore. Because of that, I decided to downsize and to keep only two - this site and the other one (which is undergoing major change too) out of the eight blogs that I lovingly manage in the past eight years so I can give you a more effective and engaging blogs that I dreamt of.

I am officially giving up and ending the existence of my six other blogs to rehabilitate and nurture those two remaining blogs. This transition will be a long and tedious task but I am positive that it will be done in no time.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Enjoying Summer with lots of Selfies

I can't believe it's already August. I have only 3 weeks left of my summer vacation and it will be back to reality in no time. I think I am having a panic attack right this minute.

Friday, June 16, 2017

The Second Phase (the 2nd time around)

Today, marks the first day of the second phase of my life. The past 50 years of my existence is nothing short of excitement and full of memories both happy and otherwise. The first phase of my existence is full of blessings and.....  



Thursday, August 18, 2016


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Wednesday, April 6, 2016

The Light from Paradise

The dusk is gathering, snowflakes dancing around the lazy newly-lit LED street lights, stopping on the skyscrapers and accumulating on it. Walking along the obscure road for thousands of times, today, it’s so different, a kind of complicated pain burst out from his chest. It seems that the whole world are to be drowned by the pain.

Suddenly, a sweet voice, from far to near, floating into his ear. “The distance street lights shining like countless stars, and the stars looks as if the LED street lights.” the voice is his beloved, who carries a pair of eyes as shining as Led industrial lighting solutions. Moreover, what the girl like best is LED butterfly street lights. However, it’s regrettable that she passed away. From then on, his ambition is to make out the most beautiful LED street lights , to make the girls eyes exist forever, After several decades, he works in the most successful LED street lights company, the lights on the whole street are made by his own company. To create a bright enough LED street lights used in outdoors, he overcomes lots of technical obstacles. Such as, how to radiate under the situation of high power, how to control junction temperature, and how to waterproof, dustproof as well as moisture proof. Compared with traditional LED Street lights, the light made by his own company are more energy efficient, stable but less maintain cost. What’s more? It can be used in garden, municipal roads, urban street, and all kinds of places that need high luminance of lighting condition.

He hastened his steps, seeing the light given out by LED street lights, he feels that she is beside him. His mood is better, thinking that environment is changed by heart, as long as there is light in one’s own heart, the one you love is always beside you.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Staycation Perks - Getting back to old hobby

Staycation is awesome. It's cheaper and stress-free. Though, it is a little challenging to make things around the house interesting but I got my creative juices flowing so far like cleaning the cellar for example. LOL This summer, I was able to do some of the items in my "To Do List" (finally) which have been there for as long as I can remember.
Yeah, after I was done organizing my craft area and sorted out my drawers and put away all my fall, winter and spring clothes in totes and some  went to Goodwill... (Yeah, did I tell you I have some kind of an OCD issues?) now I need to move on to the next item in the list... painting.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

GF-Paleo Veggie Breaky Pizza Cups

Since it is summer vacation, I don't have to wake up at 4 AM to prepare to go to work. Yup, I turned off the alarm as soon as the last school bus left the school ground. LOL But there is one important thing about not going to work that make me so excited about - breakfast! Yup, now I don't need to eat the same stuff every morning. I can have the luxury of time to cook breakfast which is my favorite meal of the day. So, this morning I made myself a "Gluten Free-Paleo Veggie Breaky Pizza Cups.

This recipe is easy. I will not lie to you, I cheat with the dough. I used the store-bought GF pizza dough made by Portland Pie Co. I just prepared it the day before. I made 2 single serving flat pizza crusts and 6 pizza cups which I brushed with EVOO and baked at 350 degrees in the oven. I froze the 2 flat pizza crusts and put the cups in the fridge for my breaky.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

GF Banana-Oatmeal Breakfast Muffins

It's officially my Summer Vacay here in my neck-of-the-woods so the kitchen smells like heaven. Well, it's because when I am not working, I am constantly eating. And when I want to eat I need to cook. And so yes, I find time to cook and bake and yes.... do some gardening.

So here I am hungry still after I had my herb salad with strawberry slices drizzled with homemade honey mustard dressing.
So I decided to finally make another experimental baking. I have been craving for oatmeal lately but I am so tired of eating it the traditional way so I went to Pinterest for inspiration for muffins or cookies with oatmeal as the main ingredients. And viola! It didn't disappoint. I found one and as I usually do, I made a little tweaking and alteration to suit my needs and whatever ingredients I have at hand.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

50 is the new 29 (with a few shades of grey)

When I turned 18, I didn't have a grand birthday party. Compared to most of my classmates who celebrated their debut in 5-star hotels, I had a quiet-low-key celebration with just a handful of my friends and close family. It was what I wanted for a reason. My Dad was not home that time. He was overseas working. So what's the point of having a grand debut party when I cannot have a dance with my father. End of the Story.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Brown Rice Crispy Squares

I got a lot of request for recipes for all the food I created and posted in Instagram and Facebook. The pressure is building up so I guess I need to post one right now.

Here is one of the recipes that I want to share - my Homemade Brown Rice Crispy Squares.
Homemade Brown Rice Crispy Squares

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Ruthi's "Cancer-Fighting" Brown Rice

I love rice. I had to admit that I eat more rice now than when I was still in the Philippines. Though rice is a staple in the Philippines, I tried to avoid eating rice back there for some stu*pid reasons.
Brown Rice with Cod-ala-Ruthi