Monday, August 26, 2013

Comfort Food Mode or just PMS-ing?

I haven't cook in a long while. The convenience of fast food and grocery-prepared meals are... yeah, very convenient for me and my hectic work schedule.

But when I do get an opportunity to cook I cook big time. No, I'm just bluffing. LOL

So, I was in one of those comfort-food-modes that I usually get when I am PMS-ing. No, I'm still bluffing. I think it's more of a pre-menopausing. Yeah, I'm already at the threshold and proud of it. Anyway, one day I just felt that I need "a" food to eat and so I hit the grocery and came up with...
Cod Fish Sinigang (Cod fish in Tamarind Soup)
1 1/2 cod fish 1 bunch of kale (stem removed)
3 medium size tomatoes (quartered)
1 big white onion (quatered)
1 medium eggplant (sliced)
1 package of tamarind mix 5 cups of water or rice wash salt and pepper to taste

Cooking procedure:
1. Put tomatoes, onion, eggplant and fish in pot.
2. Pour 5 cups of water and tamarind mix. Bring it to boil.
 3. Add kale. Cover and let it boil for 2 more minutes.
4. Adjust taste with salt and pepper and you're done.
* Serve with steamed rice. Sinigang is a tamarind based soup which is a Filipino dish.

For us Filipinos outside the Philippines, Sinigang is not just a dish... it's a comfort food. This version is not really the real sinigang that I remember my Lola (grandmother) and Mom used to cook since the ingredients they use back home are not available here. So this one is "my version" because I used "kale" for the leafy green. And I was surprised that I liked it better than the original version.

--------------------------Food and Drink-------------------------

This is another entry for Food and Drink.

For more interesting Recipe... Click HERE!

Friday, August 23, 2013

Auto-Renew and Blog Series ALERT - TAKE 2

So you thought that my "auto-renew" issue is over? I'm sorry to disappoint you but... he*l no! I have 2 or 3 [hey, who's counting anyway?] more blogs that are up to auto-renew disaster.

Yup, I can't deny it. It's coming. The only good thing about this is that - I am not affected anymore. It's a disaster waiting to explode anytime soon. Well, actually it's long overdue because it has been more than a month now since it already expired. But who cares? I'm over it. It's not like I'm going to cry and have a nervous breakdown over one lost domain again. I learned my lesson and I'm done. I've moved on. wink*

So what am I talking about this time? It's-a-Craft!
This the header of my craft blog

Yes, my craft blog is losing its domain and I'm ok with it. Look I have more than 7 blogs that I cannot keep up with in total plus I encouraged my brother to make another blog. Yeah, I heard you... "what am I thinking, right?" LOL Oh Yeah, Japol - who cannot keep on blogging [guess it's in the genes] got a new one. Check it out HERE. So my hands are really full right now or for now or until I find some alibis not to blog again. LOL.
Anyway, so what am I going to do with my "It's-a-Craft" blog? I have two words for you - blog series! Boooom!

Thursday, August 22, 2013

What was I thinking?

I can't believe it! Imagine, I have been using these logos for over a year now and didn't even realize that I made a big mistake until last night when I was trying to make a logo for My Philippines blog series.
How could I make such mistake? Mis-spelled Philippines... my birth home. The place where I dreamed dreams. My country of origin. And to think that I thought its history for 11 years. This is unacceptable.
I am a horrible person. I mis-spelled Phillipines.. see the first photo... I put two "L's" instead of one. And put one "P" instead of two. I panicked when I saw it and I made the necessary corrections.
So here is the new photo of the logo that will accompany every My Philippines blog series post. I will not change the photos I used in other old posts anymore because it will be a lot of work. Anyway, since nobody called my attention to it, it only means 2 things... 1. no one is reading my posts [LOL], 2. no one cares about the spelling. I hope it was the later. wink***
Alright, that would be it. What a nice way to start the week, huh. I'm really sorry Motherland. My Bad!

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

My Brother's New Blog

I know... I know! It runs in the family. Another blog is born. Not mine but my brother Japol's and yes I will be babysitting it for now until it can walk on it's own. And that I believe is - indefinite. LOL

So here I am, just giving it a little promotion here. Hey, I got to do what I got to do. He is my brother. He has my forehead. He has my eyebrows when I wasn't plucking them. He has my frown. He has my skin color [mine from running, his from surfing]. And he has my addiction too... on shoes! What were you thinking? LOL

So yeah, he is my brother and he came up with a new blog through my nagging because he can write. And as an educator, I don't want that talent to rot. He has so much adventure since I left. I bet he was more happy than I am when I migrated here because big sister will no longer be there breathing down his neck. Go figure.

So it didn't take long to convince him to make a new blog probably he knows that he has no choice because I won't stop nagging him about it. He finally came up with a blog title. It's "my rolling stone kind of life." He said his life is a rolling stone. I don't know.

Well, he is a rolling stone alright. Rolling from one place to another and can't stay in one place for the longest time. According to him... "he won't leave no stone unturned" when it comes to adventure. He has to try anything and everything. And yes, he is in a mission - to see all the islands of the Philippines! Are you kidding me? There are 7,107 islands!

Oh well, he is my brother indeed. So pleassssse... read his blog and comment and be nice to him [LOL]. You won't regret it. 

Friday, August 16, 2013


My Philippines boasts of its Spanish heritage. Being under the colony of Spain for centuries, it is typical to see Spanish architectural buildings and houses all over the country.
Typical window panels in the olden days.

Having said that, the town of Vigan is just one of the many towns all over the country where Spanish influence is very much felt. It is only in Vigan where you can find this well-preserved planned Spanish colonial town is still existing despite the inevitable mushrooming of modern architecture.
One of the many century-old houses turned souvenir shop in Calye Crisology

The city of Vigan in Ilocos Sur is one of my Philippines' important sites which was included in UNESCO World Heritage lists in 1999. Calye Crisostomo is the very heart of Vigan, it is where you can find what Vigan is all about.
Calye Crisology now.

The famous cobblestone paved street of Calye Crisology is lined with century-old Spanish houses where horse-driven carriages called "Kalesa" traversed from colonial Spanish era to the present time.

The famous cobblestone of Calye Crisologo.

Though Vigan used to be just an ordinary place or home to Filipinos many many years ago, tourism paved a way to what we now know Vigan City in the present time - a UNESCO World Heritage Site and an important tourist spot.
Ice Cream Cart, typical to Filipino entrepreneurship.
One of the souvenir shops in Calye Crisologo

Because of tourism, most of the old houses are now either stores that sell souvenirs or museums. What used to be homes to wealthy Filipinos and influential Spaniards  are now homes to Filipino entrepreneurs.
Sign of one of the souvenir shops. This is the name of my niece too.

But despite the fact that this historical street now become its key financial site in terms of tourism, they were able to preserve the beauty of the once glorious Spanish era.
It was my very first time to visit Vigan. Though I lived in the Philippines all my life, it was not until I came home for a visit last summer of 2012 that I was able to really see this place that I only came to know through one of my Philippine History subjects. Well, Philippines has 7,107 islands so go figure. LOL.
That visit was like another lesson in Philippine History. I was like transported to the Spanish Era to relive the life of my forefathesr just for a day. I have seen many houses like those ones in other part of the country or even in my own town but never have I seen as many of them as in just one street. Blame it to the charm of modernization.
My brother Japol and I spent just a day in Vigan for a photo walk and to have a taste of its famous empanada and bagnet (which I will write about next) but it was indeed another fun-filled experience for me. It was educational and yummy at the same time. wink*

For more Information about Vigan, click on the following links:
1. Historic Town of Vigan
2. Video of UNESCO for World Heritage List
3. Welcome to Vigan

This is regular weekly post for MY PHILIPPINES. For more interesting story about the beautiful "Pearl of the Orient"... click HERE.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Top 7 Amazing Health Benefits for Taking Decaf Coffee

In a recent study, it was discovered that an average person in the United States drinks roughly 600 mugs of coffee annually. This is regardless of the fact that the US is rated 25th in the world in respect to coffee consumption. The study also went further to reveal that modest -to-heavy consumption of coffee is beneficial to one’s health, especially when it comes to preventing various ailments. How to choose right coffee you can find out on this site
Listed below, are seven health reasons for consuming decaf coffee:
1.       Helps in Prevention of Skin Cancer
According to a research that was carried out by the American Association for Cancer Research, it was discovered that drinking coffee can help in preventing the formation of basal cell carcinoma. This is a malignant cell that has been linked to different types of cancer. The research which was carried out at Harvard Medical School indicated that women who drink 3-5 cups of coffee on a daily basis were 20% less likely to develop skin cancer. On the other hand, men who drank the same amount of coffee had 9% less chances of developing cancer.
2.       Aids in the Prevention of Prostate Cancer
In a research that was printed in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, it was discovered that taking 1-3 cups of coffee on a daily basis aided in the lowering of prostate cancer by at least 30 percent. In another research that was carried out in Harvard School of Public Health, it was revealed that taking 6 cups of coffee on a daily basis lowered the odds of acquiring prostate cancer by at least 60 percent and other types of cancers by at least 20 percent.
3.       Protects Your Liver from Damage
Consumption of coffee can also help in protecting your liver from diseases such as cirrhosis as well as other types of cancer. The Harvard School of Public Health has stated that the proof of prevention of cancer of the liver as a result of drinking coffee has become stronger with one research after the other.
4.       Prevention of Type II Diabetes
Drinking coffee can greatly help in regulating blood sugar. This is because coffee consists of minerals such as chromium as well as magnesium which are essential in regulating blood sugar. This theory is supported by a research that was carried out by the Archives of Internal Medicine as it discovered that the odds of acquiring Type II Diabetes can be decreased by consuming coffee on a daily basis.
5.       Decreased Chances of Developing Alzheimer’s Disease
Consumption of coffee has been linked with decreased chances of acquiring not only Alzheimer’s disease, but dementia. In a research that was carried out in both Sweden and Finland and involving more than 1,400 people in a span of 20 years discovered that people who consumed 3-5 cups of coffee per day were 65 percent less likely to acquire Alzheimer’s disease.
6.       Lowers Your Risk of Developing Parkinson’s Disease
A close review of more than 25 researches printed in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease involving more than 100,000 people discovered that consuming 2-3 cups of coffee on a daily basis can decrease your odds of developing Parkinson’s disease by at least 25 percent. The studies even went further to suggest that increasing the amount of coffee consumption can aid in enhancing motor
7.       Boosts Your Energy
Perhaps the key reason why a majority of people prefer taking decaf coffee is because it is an energy boosting drink. The caffeine found in coffee functions in providing momentary boost in energy levels as well as alertness. Then again, it is important to point out that increased consumption of coffee can interfere with your tolerance level to caffeine, thus compelling you to take more coffee in order to experience the same energy boost. On the other hand, excessive consumption of caffeine is not good for your health.

My Brothers - My Partners-In-Crime

My brothers and I have practically the same interests and hobbies. Those similar interests and hobbies are probably the reasons why we get along well and why we argue and disagree and fight as well.
Gary and Japol - My Partners-In-Crime

My brothers and I are bloggers, photo-enthusiasts, artists, and partners-in-crime.
Gary - The Expat
Japol - The Rock Star

We enjoy doing things together like eating, shopping, travelling and blogging.

We also enjoy doing the same things own our own like eating, shopping, traveling and blogging.
Now that we live in 3 different cities or shall I say 3 different parts of the world, we still do the same thing that we love doing when we were little.

Growing up with my brothers is a life I will never trade anything in this world.


My Two Questions and Thursday Thoughts to ponder:
1. Do you have siblings?
2. What are the things that you love doing with your siblings or rather not do with them?

This is my entry for Self Sagacity's Thursday Two Questions. To join and for more interesting 2 Questions entry... click HERE.

This is also a Blog Hop that I am participating at Cathy Kennedy's Thursday Thoughts.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

My Liliw: St. John the Baptist

My Philippines is a religious country. It is predominantly a Catholic country in all of Asia.
Catholicism in My Philippines can be traced back to the Spanish Era which has a great impact on the Filipino culture and traditions.
Though it is notable that there is an alarming number of new religions mushrooming all over the archipelago,  80.9% of the Filipinos are still Catholics based on it's 2000 Census.
My hometown Liliw is predominantly a Catholic town. I was raised as Catholic and schooled in Catholic schools. Though I don't consider myself as religious, I can proudly say that I am a "faithful".
My Liliw has one Catholic Church - The St. John the Baptist Catholic Church. It is where my parents were married. It is where my parents' parents were married too.
It is where my brothers and I were baptized. And it is where I usually go to when I was having some down times.
St. John the Baptist is not just a church. To the Liliwenos, it is the heart of Liliw. It is the core of the Liliwenos' values. It is the Liliwenos' solid foundation of their characteristics.
St. John the Baptist Catholic Church is located in the center of the town. You will never miss it because it is right next to the town Plaza. This historical bricked architecture embodies the faith of the Liliwenos - strong, solid and unshakable.
The church was founded in 1605 by the Spanish Friars. Damaged by natural disaster, it was rebuilt in the 1800s. Through the years it has undergone several renovations and restorations to maintain and protect this historical architecture.
Today, it is one of the most visited sites in Laguna especially during Visita Iglecia around Holy Week season.
St. John the Baptist Catholic Church for me is my refuge. It is not just a place. It is not just an establishment or an architecture or a historical building.
My Liliw's St. John the Baptist Catholic Church is my home.

Photo Credits: Thanks to my brother Japol. [ALL except 1 of the photos here are from JAPOLOGY which are also the photos selected for St. John the Baptist Parish Church's 2013 Calendar.]

For more interesting information about Lililw's St. John the Baptist click the links below:
1. Liliw Laguna Tourism
2. Laguna Travel Guide


This is regular weekly post for MY PHILIPPINES. For more interesting story about the beautiful "Pearl of the Orient"... click HERE.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

On Blogging and Auto-Renew

I am a blogger for more than 6 years now and I'm proud of it. I am not saying that I am a computer whiz or a tech-savvy. I am just a simple person with nagging thoughts that needed to be expressed one way or another.
I started blogging full-time when I migrated here in the US. It was my way of dealing with boredom and homesickness. Blogging opened up a whole new world of opportunity to discover a lot of things - learn new skills... meet new friends... explore new possibilities... and yes, as a source of income. Eventually, it became a way-of-life for me for the first crucial year of my life in a foreign country.

Then I bought my own domain [this one.] That moved opened up a wider range of opportunity for me. It empowered me. My first domain gave me a sense of ownership. My first domain is the home of my total transformation as a human being because it is there where I wrote practically everything I learned. It was my survival kit.

Then as I learned to adjust to my new home I also lazed on blogging. I took a day job and that got in the way of my blogging. Though I admit I miss it every now and then, but my work schedule eaten up so much of my time.

Then I lost my domain due to my negligence and ignorant. Being away from blogging clogged up my brains which caused me frustrations. I almost gave up on blogging for 2-words... auto-renew. Good thing I kept my "smarty pants" handy. Now I got it back and I'm so back in blogging.


My Two Questions:
1. How often do you blog?
2. Do you use your blog to monetize or just to satisfy your thirst for literary creativity?

This is my entry for Self Sagacity's Thursday Two Questions. To join and for more interesting 2 Questions entry... click HERE.

Monday, August 5, 2013

My Philippines... An Invitation

NOTE: This is re-post because I want to invite Filipino Bloggers out there to share their pride and beloved Philippines here in my website.

Though I live half way around the world now and pledged allegiance to another flag which colors are also red, white and blue, my heart still longs for one place that will forever be "my home".

Though I use a different passport now and search for a different queue when I come home, deep inside I know that I will forever be heading to one place that I will forever call "my own".

And though, I will surely spend brief vacations and look for more exciting places around the world, I know for sure that I will always and forever be going back to "my Philippines".

For these reasons, I want to dedicate this part of my blog to - MY PHILIPPINES.
Breathtaking sunset: One of the amazing things I love about My Philippines
[Photo Credit: Japology]

I will be posting anything and everything Philippines. This is the part of my blog where I will breathe and eat... live and relive... create and recreate happy memories with my dear Motherland, the Philippines.

This part of my blog is solely dedicated to My Philippines. Other contributors, writers and bloggers alike are welcome to share anything and everything Philippines, as well. Contributions, be it photos and/or write-ups will be published every 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month.

Those who have their own blogs and would like to be featured here at Ruthi's breathingSpace are also welcome. You can post your write-ups about the Philippines in your own blog and just shoot me an email of your  link together with some photos and I will write a brief description of you and/or your blog and feature it here.

All interested parties are encouraged to send their contributions by email at

Come and let's share OUR PHILIPPINES to the world and let the world know that this piece of paradise do exist.


Saturday, August 3, 2013

Look Who's Back!

Whew, that was close!

Hello bloggers and followers [hope I still have some left] I am so back!

Don't know what I am talking about? Check it out HERE and HERE.

So what happened? I lost my DOMAIN for this website. End of the Story. LOL

Well, weeks ago I was inconsolable because I encountered problem with this website's domain registration and totally lost it because I wasn't tech-savvy. I struggled big time for the loss because this website is... the love of my blogger-life. This is my very first owned-domain and it bears my name. It is not just being personal... it is PERSONAL in all capitals.
Then I took its fate into my own hands and I decided to have it adopted by a Carpenter's Wife. How stu*pid is that? It's like I abandoned my own child. Yes, this is my child... my first born... it got all my genes all over it, right? But without a home how can I take care of this child? So yes, from the goodness of the Carpenter's Wife cyber-heart... RBS was taken in and got a special space in the "tool box".

Now here is the big news. Two days ago upon digging into the tool box, I realized I own an old smarty pants and booom! I instantly got an idea. I wore the smarty pants for 2 straight days and booooyah! RBS is back in the bloggosphere.

Yup my dearies... Ruthi's breathingsSpace is back... with it original DOMAIN... with renewed spirit... with new perspective... with new concept... with new charm... but with old momma.

Whew! I can BREATHE now because I got my old SPACE back. Thanks Carpenter's Wife for babysitting me.