>> Tuesday, February 24

Sugarhouse. Lovin' it.Chicken Salpicado.
I always order it with mashed potatoes instead of rice. "Salpicado" is spanish for "splashed" ... and this dish sure is splashed with all sorts of goodies-- olive oil, espanole sauce, garlic, leeks, a simple salad of lettuce, minced tomatoes and onions on the side.
If you're hypertensive, stay away from the salpicado. While it is covered in minced garlic, it also tends to be quite salty...

Chocolate Truffle Cake. What my chocolate dreams are made of... They also have the "Midnight" cake-- a slice of more sinful cocoa goodness. Not advisable for diabetics.




>> Friday, February 13

posted in loving memory of
our dearest "Daddy Nanding" (December 13, 1929 - February 8, 2009)

Happ'ly we remember you -- the charm that spells your face
the warmth in it that locked our hearts to your most graceful gaze
Learn did we to listen, still -- for the voice that owned our nights,
Your lullabies that echo through are angels ours, in flight

Learn did we to think of you -- in every thought you are
Your hands we hold though truth just has us touch you from afar

~ Learn did we to feel from you -- a warmth surpassing time
Above those many dos and don'ts, you live in all our rhymes

Learn did we to look with you, at a world, through distinct eyes
Sing do we 'til our sun sets, and we dance until its rise

Learn did we to love with you, to love you... to be loved
Tears may sting us, nonetheless, our peace from you, we have

Learn did we to say all this which you have often heard
We love you. We just want that clear - beyond our thoughtless words

Learn did we to realize how favored we've become
We wake up daily giving thanks to the one that you've come from.

Caballero, M. "Learn". Handful of Heaven © 2000


Hippo and Torto

NAIROBI (AFP) - A baby hippopotamus that survived the tsunami waves on the Kenyan coast has formed a strong bond with a giant male century-old tortoise in an animal facility in the port city of Mombassa, officials said The hippopotamus, nicknamed Owen and weighing about300 kilograms (650 pounds), was swept down Sabaki River into the Indian Ocean , then forced back to shorewhen tsunami waves struck the Kenyan coast on December 26, before wildlife rangers rescued him.

It is incredible. A-less-than-a-year-old hippo has adopted a male tortoise, about a century old, and the tortoise seems to be very happy with being a 'mother'," ecologist Paula Kahumbu, who is in charge of Lafarge Park , told AFP
After it was swept away and lost its mother, the hippo was traumatized. It had to look for something to be a surrogate mother. Fortunately , it landed on the tortoise and established a strong bond. They swim, eat and sleep together," the ecologist added. "The hippo follows the tortoise exactly the way it followed its mother. somebody approaches the tortoise, the hippo becomes aggressive, as if protecting its biological mother," Kahumbu added

The hippo is a young baby, he was left at a very tender age and by nature, hippos are social animals that like to stay with their mothers for four years," he explained.

"Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away."


Anti-Cancer Superfoods Really Work

>> Thursday, February 5

Please consider linking your health articles to this important post, friends. Share the information with everyone dear to you... so together, we can battle this evil disease called cancer .

(article lifted from
Do anti-cancer foods really work? The short answer to this question is YES. They really do. While studies are ongoing, there's strong evidence that certain fruits and vegetables rich in plant-based nutrients can both prevent tumors from starting and halt their growth.
Here, the top foods to work into the family diet to cut cancer risk or help those with cancer recover.

Turmeric. The orange-yellow spice turmeric, best known for its role in Indian curries and other Asian dishes, fights cancer because of an active ingredient, curcumin, that's a powerful antioxidant. Researchers at Ohio State University in Columbus reviewed numerous animal studies and concluded that curcumin demonstrated anti-cancer effects at virtually all stages of tumor development. Researchers in France and Britain also have been studying curcumin's action in the laboratory and concluded that it prevents and slows tumor cell growth. Watch out, though; according to the American Cancer Society, turmeric made certain anti-cancer drugs less effective when studied in animals and test tubes. Cancer patients shouldn't add a lot of turmeric to their diets or take curcumin supplements without talking to their doctors first.

Green Tea. One of the first plant-based chemicals to be studied for its anti-cancer properties, catechins -- the chemicals in green tea -- have been known for some time to prevent and reduce recurrence of breast and other cancers. With this particular chemical, experts even know why: a chemical known as EGCG inhibits breast tumor growth, a University of Mississippi study shows. Just two cups a day is enough to do the trick.

Garlic. Numerous studies over the years (more than 30 different studies to date) have documented the anti-cancer properties of garlic. The strongest evidence so far has focused on digestive cancers, but garlic appears to protect against all types of cancer, including breast and prostate. According to the National Cancer Institute, an analysis of seven different large-scale population studies showed that the more raw and cooked garlic a person consumed, the lower his risk of stomach and colorectal cancer; one study found that middle-aged women who regularly consumed garlic had a 50 percent lower risk of developing colon cancer. Scientists have isolated two active ingredients in garlic, allicin and allyl sulfur, and demonstrated that they prevent and fight cancer in both animals and humans; you can take garlic in supplement form but the capsules must be enteric-coated to protect these active ingredients. Add crushed, fresh garlic to your meals whenever possible; some experts also recommend waiting 15 minutes between peeling and chopping the garlic to get the full effects of the active compounds.

Broccoli and Cabbage. British researchers made headlines last year with a study that showed that men with early signs of developing prostate cancer prevented tumor growth by eating broccoli four times a week. Other studies have shown anti-cancer benefits from eating cabbage, brussels sprouts, and other cruciferous vegetables.

Blueberries, Acai Berries, Raspberries, and Cranberries. The rich, dark colors of blueberries, Brazilian acai berries, raspberries and cranberries come from phytochemicals that protect against numerous types of cancer. Most recently, researchers at the University of Florida found that the active ingredient in acai berries destroyed cancer cells when tested in cell cultures. And blueberries and muscadine grapes contain compounds that recent research shows cause cancer cells in the liver to self-destruct. In studies particularly important to women, cranberries have recently been discovered to be an important weapon in the fight against deadly ovarian cancer. Studies reported at the annual meeting of the American Chemical Society found that ovarian cancer cells that were becoming resistant to platinum chemotherapy -- the standard of care for ovarian cancer -- became six times more sensitive when exposed to a compound in cranberries. The anti-cancer properties of all these berries are so strong that researchers have been developing concentrated supplements and other products such as purees and concentrates.

Resveratrol . The hype about red wine centers on an antioxidant called resveratrol that's present in grapes and grape juice, but is most concentrated in red wine. Numerous studies show that resveratrol possesses powerful anti-cancer activity. Teams at several universities and cancer centers are studying resveratrol's effects against specific types of cancer. Most recently, a University of Nebraska study published in Cancer Prevention Research demonstrated that resveratrol suppresses the abnormal cell growth that leads to most types of breast cancer. Breast cancer is fueled by estrogen, and resveratrol acts to block the action of the estrogen, preventing it from feeding tumor growth. Previously, research conducted at the University of Alabama at Birmingham showed that mice fed a diet enriched with resveratrol had an 87 percent reduction in their risk of developing prostate tumors of the most dangerous kind.

Tomatoes. Harvard researcher Edward Giovannucci reviewed 72 different studies published by the National Cancer Institute, and concluded that lycopene, the active chemical in tomatoes, lowered the risk of many different cancers, particularly prostate, breast, lung and colon cancer. Subsequently, the FDA conducted a review of its own and disagreed, refusing food companies' request to label tomato products with an anti-cancer health promotion message. However, many experts believe the FDA's process was flawed and that tomatoes will be vindicated by further studies. The good news: cooking tomatoes seems to enhance the effects of lycopene, qualifying tomato-based spaghetti sauce as a nutritional powerhouse.

Soy. The active ingredient in soy is genistein, which is a phytoestrogen that protects against hormone-dependent cancers. It's also a powerful inhibitor of several proteins that are implicated in the uncontrolled growth of cancer cells. To get the anti-cancer benefits of soy, you need to consume about 50 grams per day of the whole food, such as raw fresh soybeans, known as edamame, dry roasted soybeans, or tofu. The research to date shows that supplements containing isoflavones don't work with the same action as soybeans themselves and in fact can be bad for you rather than good.

Onions and Leeks. According to the National Institutes of Health, studies of people from Southern Europe who eat a diet high in garlic and onions show a direct relationship between high consumption of "allium" vegetables (all types of garlic, onions, and leeks) and reduced risk of many common cancers.

Watercress and Spinach. Researchers in Ireland released studies in the past two years showing that eating watercress everyday can prevent the DNA damage that leads to cancer. Research published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition – but conducted in Ulster where people are more comfortable eating watercress -- found that antioxidants in the nutrient-rich greens prevented free radicals from damaging healthy cells. Spinach, which we're all more familiar with, is also a cancer-fighter; research conducted by the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Texas showed spinach to protect against bladder cancer. The chemical that gives spinach its dark green color, chlorophyllin, proved to reduce the risk of liver cancer in research by the National Academy of Sciences. Who cares about muscles? Here's a much more important reason to eat your greens.

The Bottom Line
None of this is to say that an anti-cancer diet or nutritional supplements should be used in place of doctor-recommended treatments such as chemotherapy and radiation. While there are members of's cancer community like Joel MacDonald who are using nutrition to battle their disease and have interesting stories to tell, the experts in this field strongly recommend that those who've already been diagnosed with cancer use anti-cancer nutrients to bolster traditional medical cancer treatment, not to replace it.
A great resource for those interested in learning more about making dietary changes to prevent cancer or cancer recurrence is a new book, AntiCancer: A New Way of Life by David Servan-Schreiber, an MD, PhD, and professor of psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. At the age of 31, Servan-Schreiber, one of the founders of Doctors Without Borders, had a brain tumor surgically removed. After exploring the research on the connections between diet and cancer, Serban-Schreiber embarked on a series of lifestyle changes that he credits with preventing his brain cancer from recurring. Two books by nutritional biochemist Richard Beliveau, Foods That Fight Cancer and Cooking with Foods That Fight Cancer, provide specific lists of foods and cooking suggestions that make following an anti-cancer diet straightforward and simple. (
Eat healthy. Live right. Love true.
Never doubt the power of prayer.


Cradle This

>> Tuesday, February 3

Cradle this
(a lullaby for all I see)
Words. Curse of Cupid© Psalmist's Chant©


You're in the middle of a memory
Smack between what was
and what I believe is meant to be
True is true, when you're here I see
Just how perfectly you fit this symphony
What was becomes only
What used to be
Cradle this, sing me that
One true kiss sends me a-flying
off the atmosphere
And I would never think to land
If you hold my hand


I'll be the paddle of the boat you dream to be
Gateways open at the sight
of a very happy you and me
The angels will agree
They'll always welcome you and me
and our perfect symphony
in the middle of a memory
Your lips, your eyes
Your sound, your noise
Your laugh, your voice
You're always all I see

In the middle of a memory

(You're all I see)
My "meant to be"
Sweet melody
and harmony

(You're all I see)

in the middle of a memory.


Tag from Pinaykeypoint

>> Monday, February 2

The rule of four. That's the number of answers needed for each item asked/presented. Thanks for the tag, Juliet! Sorry it took me a while to complete it ;-p



  1. Italy - to enjoy the food, the gelatto, renting vespas / lambrettas (my husband will so love this), I hear LVs are slightly cheaper there too ;)

2. Paris, France - to go picture taking by that famous CHURCH, TOWER, STATUE, MUSEUM... LV home base! Now THAT fuels the drive. ;-p

3. Dubai - to check out the Burj-al-arab

4. England - for MOD fashion sale racks... dreaming of Fred P., Ben S. & Paul S.!


  1. Lay's by Frito-Lay's
  2. Dried mangoes
  4. Fruits


  1. Ebay
  2. Fred Perry (when on sale), my lovely does the shopping for me here
  3. Ebay
  4. Ebay


  1. Paypal account
  2. Get a check up or work on passport renewal
  3. Attend a birthday party
  4. Submit a very important prayer request to GCF


  1. Facebook account
  2. Thethirdmuse blogspot
  3. Musik Lokal site (NJ album feature)
  4. GMA (NJ album feature)

This time, I'm not tagging any of my fellow bloggers... if you find this amusing, go give it a shot :D


FUNdue time!

This cute "FUNdue Ideal" cost me just Php 249.75 (US$ 5.20) at
Robinson's Galleria. Four forks with handles in different colors came with it.
Ladies and gentlemen, I joyfully present
my very first fondue!
It's perfect for melting chocolate or cheese
or heating a small cup of broth for nights of
romantic shrimp cocktails for two...

I'm using it for my beloved slab of chocolate...
for the mallows that need attention,
the bananas and apples that won't stay fresh forever...
the strawberries that will soon be affordable enough
to join me and my party...for one.
When the going gets tough, friends,
the tough eat chocolate.

Happy hearts month, sweet teeth.
Get a fondue.

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