Let me bring you to the Philippines by eating sinigang …

Today’s lunch Sinigang ~ is a typical filipino dish. It’s actually one of my daughter’s favorites dish and when there’s leftover she would wake up in the morning and would eat sinigang for her breakfast.

Sinigang is characterized by an acid broth, typically based on tamarind, in which meat or fish and local vegetables are cooked, and which is eaten with rice. What really characterizes the sinigang is its acid broth based on fruits of the archipelago, most often tamarind and tomato, but also guava, green mango, kamias, alibangbang, even calamondin or lemon and possibly condiments such as fish sauce or calamondin juice.

I assured you that there are a lot of sinigang recipes that you can spot in the internet.

I am extremely mirthful and full of gratification. I want to believe and I believe I finally found what I am searching for. But well, there is no such thing « finally » because there will always be something and someone who would test, tempt or take away my fries from me and this just gonna be all up on my commitment my mindsets and reactions. All the curiosity, emptiness that I felt is now turned into a magic peaceful atmosphere. God is the greatest of all. God save me from all the burdens , I said to myself that past is past and there is no more looking back and everything is forgiven and though it took years to healed …. I have been asking God to help me do what I want to do and I know if I will just sit and wait ~ nothing will happen. but then life happen, I started surrounding myself by people with the same purpose and goals … just to be happy, to love and just want to live a peaceful meaningful life, I thought I would never find people with principles God-fearing people who put God first and keeping to obey the divine command. But God is so great that he given me more than I asked for. I engaged myself in some personal activities that pleases me that no one could stopped me. If terrible things may happen I would know what to do and I won’t just go in the corner and cry a river … My dreams is just in front of me and I am the pilot of life.

Hello, Come and join me inside my kitchen and let’s cook ….

This time I would love to share with you sauted green beans with sichuan pepper. This recipe is just very basics there is nothing to stress for, all you gotta need to do is saute each of the ingredients.

The main ingredients here is the sichuan pepper, the first spice that will give taste to our recipe. I love sichuan pepper , there are several types of sichuan pepper, red and green and haven’t tried any other varieties yet … If you haven’t tasted or know it here is the picture :

Green sichuan pepper

When I was in China I discovered and experienced great numbers of recipes and I really love to shares it with friends and family and I just don’t have much time blogging. But considering that almost the whole world seems confined I wanted to at least shares some of my favorites chinese food recipes.

Let’s start by preparing all the ingredients.

500grams of green beans

300 grams of pork belly

4 spoon of vegetables oil

1 thumbs of ginger or +

3 gloves of crashed garlic

1 onion (red or white)

2 Tbs of green sichuan pepper

6 Tbs of soy sauce

1/2 black powdered pepper

8 pcs of dried chillis

1 Tbs of sugar

and follow the pictures below :

And let’s feast ! bon appétit 😋

Antelope

It was such a wonderful feeling when we explored Antelope. Antelope is a natural wonder. We booked this trip and were managed by coexist west coast company. From Las Vegas to Antelope, yes it’s really too far to get here, not only it is thousands miles and miles away but it is also exhausting but really worth a visit and it means a lot ! Can you imagine we are from the other side of the globe and wanting to discover Antelope and I used to see Antelope only on TV and I can’t really believe we got it here and we made it safe and sound. I just can not explain the happiness we felt and had earned. Witnessing this natural wonder is such a wonderful experience, awe-inspiring and picturesque ! When we got here the driver sign-up for us and each group that enters will have to wait and needs a guide and must wait your turn to be called. You can carry nothing but your camera your bags should be left in your vehicle. They will take you to the van and bring to the canyon. They will give a brief information about the history, geology, and culture of the Antelope Canyon area. I took a lot of photos during our visit, here are my photos and hoping that you will like them and for those who have never been in Antelope I hope these gives you encouragement to come and see it. Let’s pray that covid-19 will end soon. We were , (alright let’s called it fortunate ) fortunate to come and able to explore west California because Just after 1 week when we got back home, America shut their door against Europes due to corana virus. For now and for uncertain time Please stay home and be safe everyone. But I want to say something more, well, this is a dream place of every photographers.

While waiting for our turn, kids still can find something to laugh for …
amazing Antelope
way to the cave surrounded by magnificent mountains
God created so much beautiful wonders
come let’s get in !
against the light we’ll never know the outcome of the image
My son the yoga guru … hahaha
throw a shovel of sand and throw it against the wall
come away with me inside the cave …
upside heart shape
Me myself and I taking pictures wondering which angles … a photographer wannabe lol.
way to the cave …
me and my love the shyness is it !
Glad we were able to bring the children here , on the left that’s my daugther together with her loving cousin.
go go go stop and look and strikes a pose !

Horseshoe Bend

We booked this trip with coexist west coast via trip-advisor. You need to reserve in advance and they have several package tours. Coexist west coast company is an expanding small group company They will take care of everything and even snacks and drinks were included inside the van. You can reserved a private trip otherwise with small group. Their drivers are awesome and friendly. Our visit were beyond greatness. We’re tremendously happy and have no regrets for this trip because we are from the other side of the globe and we didn’t want to drive after a long flight so you just have to sit & relax and it saved us days and time. Check-out my photos and I hope that you will like them. I used my iphone here because my nikon camera has a small lence and couldn’t take the whole landscape.

Baked Fish

There is not a day that goes by that I don’t eat vegetables but due to covid-19 we ran out of vegetables and fruits and imagine I haven’t gotten out up until now since the first day they started to lockdown our city. Well, preventions is much better than cured as they said. Well, timely I have some food stocks inside our freezer and I have been longing to eat fish today so here it goes our lunch for today ….. baked fish accompanied with tomato salad and rice… bon appétit ! Please stay healthy and be safe everyone.

Muir Woods

We wanted and planned to go to Yosemite but it was still winter so we canceled our plan because we didn’t want to take risk because we had heard that some roads might be close and vehicles were not permitted so instead we went to Muir woods.

The power of imagination makes us infinite ~ John Muir
Going to the mountains is going home.
John Muir

Muir woods is just a few miles north of San Francisco. When we visited Muir woods we reserved a parking space in advance because reservation is required for all vehicles.

Everybody needs beauty…places to play in and pray in where nature may heal and cheer and give strength to the body and soul alike. ~ John Muir

When visiting the park remember that is cold inside the park, so dress appropriately. There are several paths to walk and hike. We had a wonderful walk and we really enjoyed the cool breeze. You’ll find what you’re looking for and that’s the tranquility far from all commotion and noise of the cities. While we were walking , we were amazed that the trees are giants and strong and think of it, they live longer than humans. It reminded me of Mainau Island (Metasequoia Avenue) in Germany they also have these kinds of trees. The trees are large and tall. All of us, sometimes, we need to go in these kinds of parks, and let’s help preserve these forest Not only is it good to go but besides there are many animals live here, the forest is their home and hopefully we humans would take good care of them.

There is a love of wild nature in everybody, an ancient mother-love showing itself whether recognized or no, and however covered by cares and duties
John Muir
Yet how hard most people work for mere dust and ashes and care, taking no thought of growing in knowledge and grace, never having time to get in sight of their own ignorance. John Muir
I don’t like either the word [hike] or the thing. People ought to saunter in the mountains – not ‘hike!’ Do you know the origin of that word saunter? It’s a beautiful word. Away back in the middle ages people used to go on pilgrimages to the Holy Land, and when people in the villages through which they passed asked where they were going they would reply, ‘A la sainte terre’, ‘To the Holy Land.’ And so they became known as sainte-terre-ers or saunterers. Now these mountains are our Holy Land, and we ought to saunter through them reverently, not ‘hike’ through them.
John Muir
When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe. -John Muir
Come to the woods, for here is rest, …climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees.
John Muir

The Grand Canyon

Well I have a story to tell, on what had happened on our trip to the Grand Canyon From Las vegas – Flaggstaff. We took a bus (greyhound bus station) and when we arrived in Flaggstuff about 1:30 pm we were so lost and couldn’t find any uber or taxis around , and tried my best that I could to communicate with all people I see and one man told me to installed Lift apps for an easy transport but as We have a slow 4G and couldn’t upload it, so eventually I asked the bus station if they can help us to get a taxi and thanks God The man upfront given us the right taxi shuttle number (groome transportation) and so we made a call and booked a shuttle for 3:30 pm and they told us to go to the train station and there they would pick us and it took us 20 minutes by feet and oh oh brrrr it was freezing and windy, each of us pulled our luggage and of course when we reached to the station we stopped in a coffee bar nearby the station and had some drinks and imagine we didn’t had time to lunch yet. We just sat and only waited for few hours for the taxi. We were just calmed and keeping our feelings cool and it was useless to worry as sometimes surprises has always been a part of the journeys … nothing is ever perfect and as usual we choose to calm down and luckily we got the whole day for the trip so nothing to rush. And time has come and there you are our savoir the shuttle, hmmm who else ? … It took us 30 minutes before we reached Williams ~ (Grand canyon railways and hotel.) at last we are able to bath and clean ourselves after the whole long day and we spent one night here.

The next day, had our breakfast and watched the 9:25 am western show before we ride the railways going to the grand canyon national park …

Inside the train and each car has a guide and an entertainer who plays violin and made us happy inside the train.

The guide has told many stories to expand our knowledge about the area. How spectacular and breathtaking Grand canyon is.

The train journey took about two hours and it’s a wonderful feeling seeing and witnessing the dessert.

We reached to the train depot and went straight to the bus grand tour. And we got on the bus immediately and met our guide and our tour began we stopped at several view points and lunch meal were included. The day tour last about 3 hours or less. After the tour we were transported in our hotel. We spent one night in Maswik lodge situated inside the national park.

Spectacular Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon is incredibly imaginable…~ by the way, about our tour we reserved two days tours (thetrain.com) including Sunset tour and dessert tour , all by bus tour It’s a lot easier and we save a lot of time because it is a long long way from home just to come here to witness the imaginable views. How I wish to stay longer to at least hike but we didn’t have enough time due to limited vacations. Grand canyon is indeed a special place in a world of imagination.

Grand canyon Sunset really amazing …
Costumes for junior rangers
Maswik Information center

We Left Grand Canyon at 3:30 pm we took the last trip back to Williams.

Bryce

Hey people so here’s my photos from Bryce taken last two week, We drove from Las Vegas – Bryce and we’re gladly that we made it, we had been informed that we must bring our jackets, check it out why ?

Spectacular Bryce

There you have it ! I just couldn’t ask for more … Bryce is such a wonderful place that our creator proves that he never stop and he still creating beautiful amazing places in the universe.

Las Vegas

3 nights in Vegas , Just went in vegas just for sleep as we made road trip during the day. First night we went out and curiously look around on what is going in this known city as the sin city. Well, personally I felt a lot of disappointment. But, I took some pictures though haha … basically we just gotten out and only to grabbed burgers and drinks and went back full speed inside our hotel and took shower and the next day were just another day for some road trip in arizona.

view from our hotel room
Bellagio fountain show

San Francisco

I left my heart in San Francisco …

view from twin peak
Be with the one who love you the most ~ photo taken in crissy fields
old vintage van passing through…
view from the twin peak
and visited Alcatraz
prisoners area
San Francisco view from alcatraz
palace of fine arts
pier 39
chinatown
Aloma square
Aloma square
Downtown
Lombard street without flowers
downtown
passing through the Golden gate
cable car

Los Angeles

This is how we spent our time and energy around Los Angeles. What about you how do you invest your time ? and who do you invest your time with ?

Here are my Pictures on how we invested our time and energies. Pictures always speak to themselves.

Venice Beach

Santa Monica

Hollywood sign

Hollywood boulevard

Griffith Park

pollution view from
griffith observatory

Universal studios

Science Center

Venice Canal

Manhattan Beach

I have been so busy as bee and didn’t have time to blog much as there are so many priorities going on in my life now. But of course I would always prioritize and not forgetting to love myself and my family like taking vacations outside the country despite of corana virus that spreading around the world.

My husband planned our vacation this time in South California and gladly that he has a sister who lives in Manhattan Beach and I am grateful for that because we are able to visit some of the most beautiful places that God has created in America.

Anyway, we had chosen to fly during the night Paris- Los Angeles ~ 12 hours flight Air France

My sis-in law waited for us and fetched us at the airport she was genuinely happy when she seen us and we as well after 4 years of not seeing her and her family.

When we arrived in her place it was 10 o’clock in the evening and we opened our luggages and offered some gifts to the whole family and we talked till mid and then we all went to bed.

The next morning we took our breakfast and made some walk in their beautiful neighborhoods Manhattan and oh no I do really love where she lives.

In the late noon we strolled along the oceanfront and took some pictures. While walking at the beachfront, you’ll be inspired because there are so many beautiful architecture designed houses and home. Walking is so relaxing , quiet and there aren’t much crowd. That is why Manhattan will be on my Top list around Los Angeles but do not forget that everything are expensive, Restaurant, stores and boutiques…

Here are my captured images … so please let me take you to Manhattan beach.

along the roads of Manhattan
Famous beach house from the tv series Beverly hills 90210 located in Manhattan beachfront
walking along the beach
witnessing the brilliant sunset of Manhattan beach
and there you are …

Back in France

Time always begin with hello and always end up with goodbye …

Time has come to an end, here we are back in France.

Spent 4 years in south China was an amazing experienced. I am happy to finally reunited with our family , dog and house. I have been so busy tiding and emptying the house , removing all stuff that I don’t really need.

I need a long rest, I am so busy and living my life which means not getting connected to anybody or things. Buying new stuff and changing old gadgets, I am always victimized with all these stuff that in reality I literally don’t need much.

I am so grateful with everything, old and new and more than excited for the things that are coming.

Rice cake

Ingredients :

4 cups (640ml) glutinous rice

3 cups (480ml) water for cooking rice

2 cans (500ml) coconut milk

2 cups (500ml) brown sugar

cook the rice first

when rice is cooked

add the coconut milk and brown sugar mixed well

place in a pan and bake 45 min 180 degrees

Latik : 2 cans of 11 ounce cans coconut milk

simmer till latik separate from’the oil

top on the bake rice

Nasi Goreng

Hello everyone, yesterday meal after 1 hour of abs and butt workouts… Indonesian nasi Goreng and I intentionally cooked without meat and shrimp/prawns this time. But still tasted so good.

Apple Pie

There is not a month that gone by that I never made apple tarte at home …and because it’s weekend, I would always love to just stay in the kitchen and I would always end up making something. And if you are lucky to pass by you’ll be treated like a king 👑….

here is my traditional french apple pie.

Tarte :

250 g flour

100 g butter

125 sugar

1 lemon zest

1 egg

10 apples

crumbles :

250 flour

100 g sugar

100 g butter

1 egg

Caramel Tarte

Excellente caramel tarte made by the one I love. Recipe from Stéphan Glacier the Best french artisan pâtissier in France. My husband has given his best to make and made this cake by himself and I am so proud of him.

Chicken Rice

1 whole chicken ~ or any part that you desires. (whole or sliced)

1 and half liter water

4 thumbs fresh ginger or more

8 crushed gloves garlic

green papaya & bochay – optional

4 spoon vegetable oil

seasonings: salt, fish sauce, chicken cubes, black pepper powder.

Garnish : onion leaves, chillis, cilantro.

direction :

Heat the sauce pan with the vegetables oil

Saute the ginger + garlic

add the chicken and make it golden

seasoned with salt and peppercorns

bring to boil until tender

add the remaining seasonings

when cooked add the papaya and simmer for 10 minutes and just place the bochay on top and off the fire and let it stand 7 minutes.

Serve in a large bowl and garnish with cilantro and onion leaves.

accompanied with rice.

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sauces :

  1. grind ginger & garlic + chicken broth

  2. soy sauce and sesame oil + pinch salt and peppercorns

  3. sweet soy sauce

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Rice :

In a rice pot

heat 2 spoon of vegetables oil

saute ginger and garlic

add the uncook rice

stir and lightly roast

add the chicken stock

low fire and wait until cooked.

Lemon Crinkles

Lemon crinkles

1 egg

1 egg yolk

120 g caster sugar

1 teaspoon of baking soda (or chemical yeast again if you do not have one but the baking soda is top with all that is acidic)

100 g melted butter

1 big lemon

260 g flour

1 pinch of salt

1 cup icing sugar

Start by whipping together the egg, egg yolk and sugar. The set must double in size.

Add the melted butter without stop whipping.

Add zests to the preparation. Take a maximum of zest,

In another container, mix together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.

Add to the preparation.

Finish by squeezing the lemon and adding its juice to the dough.

Place the dough in the refrigerator for 2 hours to harden.

Preheat the oven to 180 ° C.

Form balls the size of a walnut 23g each and roll them in icing sugar.

Place the balls of dough on a baking sheet covered with baking paper or a silpat.

sprinkled some more icing sugar so that the crackle is better afterwards.

Bake for 11 minutes at 180 ° C

Stewed pork

1 kilo pork belly

bunch of bochay

2 cutted potatoes

2 corns (cut into 4)

300 grams green beans

1000 ml of water or more

1/4 cut red onions

seasoned with : salt, black pepper powder , fish sauce.

Boiled the meat with onion until tender , add the seasonings , add the corns , potatoes for 5 minutes , afterwards add the vegetable and served Hot !

dipping sauce ; fish sauce & crushed chillis.

Laab~Larb, Thai Beef Salad

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Let the night begin with Laab also known Laab. It’s a thai beef salad and it’s one of our favourite thai dish. 

300g Medium cooked minced beef
mint leaves
1/8 cup of roasted powder rice
cilantro
Sauce:
2 tablespoons of lime juice
2 tablespoons of fish sauce
red chillies
1 teaspoon of stock granules sugar
When meat is done pour the sauce and mix it up with cilantro & mint leaves … serve with hot japanese rice or sticky round rice.
bon appétit !

Mango Salsa

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Sharing is caring … last night, I prepared mango salsa with half-cooked fried salmon.

Here’ s my secret recipe :

500- 600 grams ripe mangoes

1/4 cup chopped red onion

1/4 cup finely chopped red bellpepper

1/4 cup finely chopped yellow bellpepper

1/4 cup onion leaves ( toppings )  

sauce :

2 whole lime juice

1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger

1 spoon soy sauce

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

1 spoon sesame oil

1 spoon sesame seeds

Combined the chopped mangoes and sauce , let it cool inside the fridge 1-2 hours and serve it cold. Add the salmon on top.

Optional : half-cooked Fried Salmon cut into small cubes.

there you have it !

 

Mango Tarts

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A635A0C0-D0F1-4055-BE8B-8895D61E4495.jpegBaking is heaven inside my home. The baker is usually my loving husband but today is exceptional Today I made some mini mango tarts. It is also called Mango pie. I assume that the best mangoes that you could ever eat are in the Philippines. Mangoes are smoothest and sweetest that are incomparable to any mangoes that you’ll ever found in this planet. 

Let me share you my mango tart recipe. 

Biscuit :  

250 g Flour

125 g sugar

1 egg

100 g butter

1 whole zest of lemon

Direction : Combined all the ingredients and Fridge it for 15 minutes then formed into balls and flatten each balls , place them into greased molds and sting each biscuit with pork.  Add 1 spoon of mango jam and baked 200 degrees for 15 minutes ! 

Mango Jam : 

600 grams pilled & chopped mangoes 

400 grams sugar 

direction: simmer till cooked. 

Voila ! hope that you will like my Mango tarts. 

 

 

 

Negros Oriental, Philippines

Hello Readers , It’s been a while , I was occupied living in the present and I think I am in a cheerful mood to write about my previous trip and Today I will bring you in Negros Oriental a province in central Visayas and it’s also include Apo Island.

We stayed in Atmosphere resort situated in Dauin 20 min drive from Dumaguete the capital city of Negros oriental. We were fetched at the Dumaguete airport by the hotel’s shuttle and when we arrived in the hotel we were given complimentary drinks (sugarcane I guess) personnel were kind and amenable. They brought us to our bungalow, the bungalow contains terrace with a sofa,  pillows and table, enorm comfortable bed , spacious bungalow and comtemporary interior design and includes huge bathroom outside, Be ready to say HI to mosquitoes, especially when the natures comes calling you.. The resort has a beautiful garden, healthy bermuda grass that well kept and resort owns two pools. Family pool and the another pool boast a Bar and it is use when there are diving course which is everyday occupied. They have Spa Sanctuary, Yoga zone , simple and basking beach front. The Hotel has its finest Restaurant which means excellence cuisine, Western , filipino cuisine, as well healthy nutritious menus. Moving on , Excursions were awesome, inspite of half day tour, there are severals Tours which you will be able to select what which and where you want to go and see. It’s all up to your favour . Each night they would put sweet treats surprises inside the room. Authentic delicacy tarts. We were given complimentary bag made from coconut leaves and and each of us were given thermos Bottle additionally which is good for our environment. The hotel is promoting not to use plastic They are environmentally friendly.  Regardless of being a luxurious hotel they do not offer slippers & shower cup. 

moving ahead – excursions.

First activity and first choice , Oslob~swim with the whale sharks located in the south part of Cebu , yet we were asked to get up at 5 am and it took us 40 minutes drive to Santabar port and 25 min ferryboat and drive another 20 min when we reached Oslob. It’s worth a visit and a remarkable experienced for us. By that time there were plenty of boats lining up and however it is stupendous experience. There are Fishermen feeding those giants whales and it was perfect organization, You are allowed to swim, watch them but it’s probihited to touch them and there is a distance to respect. The feeding terminates at 11 am , plan and go there early morning.

Dumaguete is known for world class marine life , divers or non-divers will surely enjoy the water , land, surface the water and under the water. Dumaguete City, also known as the City of Gentle People and divers destination.

 

 

Third day , Discover scuba diving for Children. My kids had their first scuba diving experience which they did at the resort. The resort is known for their high reputation in diving course.

Fourth day , We took our breakfast in Manjuyob Sandbar, How would you imagine that ? A heaven in the ocean … We planned to do Dolphin watching… But we were not able to go and pass the ocean because of an unfavored winds as safety without exceptions comes first. Any options ? of course, we decided then to go in Twin lake , Balinsasayao and Danao. We had our barbecue and buffets at the deck, there is a restaurant where they accommodate visitors , visitors would eat and drinks there. I loved their bananacue (wrapped banana and deep fried cooked with sugarcane ) After lunch , we then continued walking down the hills and we rent a boat. There are some activities boating, kayaking and birds watching. The lake has a spontaneous views and it is truly a peaceful place. Coconut trees are everywhere, there are many different varieties of trees , plants, birds , butterflies , it’s a greeny uninhabited territory and it’s a protected natural park In negros Oriental.

Fifth Day ~ Apo Island ~ snorkeling and swim with the turtles. Snorkeling here is Still good for non-swimmer, I stayed on my lifevest and floated with the help of the guide and he stayed with me. The boat stopped 50 meters away from the shore of the island where the sea turtles can be seen immediately. Honestly I was not comfortable because I can tire easily but Thankfully our guide lured us to follow him when he looked for sea turtles there were plenty small & big I wanted to give them a hug but touching any sea creatures is strictly prohibited We were all exhausted All I could think of is to eat after snorkeling… then thinking of, the boat men had given us complimentary drinks, fruits & mini burgers. Dumaguete do not have a proper fancy beaches with sun beds but it’s heaven for divers , swimmers, snorkelers, and even for hikers if you want to go to mt. Talinis & Kanlaon Volcano. There is a little regret in me here, I was disappointed because we had done the group tour Organized by the hotel which I really regret , because we were not informed about this excursions. I would rather choose a private tour because we were not allowed to go and hike at the view point, which usually you will go in the Island and would have a small promenade around 15-20 minutes going up the Top of the hills , we did not even go at the shore , I felt trapped, it was an excursion trapped. We just snorkeled and that’s it !!!! it’s just half day ( what a pity ) I don’t even know what ???? we were just in the middle of the sea far from the crowd. Make sure to communicate with the hotel information before deciding which tour would you want to pick. Too bad we were not informed about it and as well combination Tour … lack of information in terms of giving the top & a must things to do and they did not explained well about the combination Tour which we literally had lost half day each day of our stayed. It’s pitiful that we learned it when we departed the hotel.

Sixth Day ~ Spent the rest of the morning at the hotel , enjoyed the pool and Restaurant and Dumaguete City tour , Dumaguete main attractions : Belfry tower , the church Iglesia De Santa Catalina De Alejandria dating back 1754 , I did not go inside the church because of my beliefs. Siliman University founded in 1901 & we visited the Siliman anthropology museum as well , then Rizal Boulevard named after the great Philippines national hero, Noah’s cultural heritage they sell and exports quality stonecrafts – prepare your credit card when going there, unexpectedly we purchased Authentic extravagant frames made from variety gems, We did not leave the store with empty hands … Noah’s heritage arts is one of Dumaguete’s prides. Afterwards we went to the city market composed 10 buildings and we went to taste the controversial budbud kabog Tanjay. It was divine , it’s made from millet and wrapped with banana leaves , they served it with melt chocolate or sprinkles with sugar , Then next we took our lunch at Lab-as restaurant, I made sure to order the right menus and I wasn’t disappointed what a Feast ! We missed going in Sans Rival famous bakery because we ran out of time , Philippines common transportation are tricycle, jeepneys & easycab.

    And Of course habitually , Time would always come to an end …. each and every Hello there’s perpetual goodbye  ! … overall We will definitely come back !!!!!

Siargao, Philippines

Welcome to Siargao the Isla de las Palmas literally means Palm Island.

Skyjet got canceled but Thanks cebu pacific we were able to go in Siargao ! Spent 6 nights and 6 days in Siargao. We settled in Sandy feet Hotel located in Malinao General Luna which the main center of Siargao. Siargao airport has a tiny airport that resembles more a bus station to me and clouds were gray when we debarked into the Island , and the Island is surrounded by uncountable coconut trees everywhere and anywhere. It took us 2 hours and half by plane from Manila. First week of February when we gone in Siargao. Our first and second day the weather was not really that friendly and the rest we really had a wonderful perfect sunny blue Skies and had the best excursions around Surigao ,Sorocco , Siargao.

We arrived at 2 pm and There’s a van waiting for us that we booked from our hotel. It took us 45 minutes from the airport, upon reaching the hotel they given us coconut juice as a welcome drinks . First impression of the hotel is just wow 😮 a paradise in my eyes.

Sandy feet Hotel

after drinking and resting , we went straight to Cloud 9 and rode a tricycle ( local transport it has a 4 seater ). Cloud 9 or Siargao is known for surfers , but I assured you Siargao is definitely not only for surfers. We watched the surfers but most of them are learners So just went there for the waves , impressive huge waves , sea water is clear like a pool … after taking pictures and all , rode a tricycle and we regaled at the popular Bravo Restaurant. Their employees were friendly and sumptuous food and drinks . Everybody had a great time on our first day.

Cloud 9

Children were playing basketball, on the way to Cloud 9

The next day ~ land tour to magpupungko rock pool and Along the road we stopped and took some pictures at the viewpoint for the uncountable coconut trees. We spent our half day in magpupungko and used our drone and took aerial photos and videos. I bought 2 Tshirt, there are some stalls that sells souvenirs and other stuff like tshirt, swimwear, and many more. There is an admission fee 50 pesos and free entrance for children 10 years old below. 11 o’clock am when low tide and you can walk along the beach and there are some guide and will help you go till you reached the rock pool … waves in magpupungko are also marvelous. The rock pool has a crystal clear water and it’s just amazing just like other places and it’s common in Philippines to see those crystals water That’s why I keep on coming back and exploring more places and Islands and when I am back in Europe I would definitely miss Philippines my homeland.

Fisherman catching shells

My son under the tree beachfront in Magpupungko

Maasin Enchanted river ~ fortunately opened to the public last December 2018. We were so lucky that we passed into this enchanting place. It’s a paradise … The Village is so clean that you could drink the water straight in your mouth. Oh I love and I have no words how would I describe the place it’s just wow !   Maasin river has a tiny passage and there are several boats where the guides will row the boat for you, at the end of the river there is a tiny clear water hole and people would take pictures one by one when crowd comes.  So make it sure you go there earlier cause the place is really getting popular and how could you not share such a beautiful place. We were so hungry so we took our lunch there after the boat rides. There is a small sari-sari store and they offer meal as well , felt like a local ?  no problem ! we enjoyed every little things. I couldn’t remember how much the admission fee because We were so thrilled. We only spent 500 pesos for our lunch including our drinks and coffee. People were so kind and hospitable. We came back at the hotel with our heart not empty but full.

Maasin River

Happiest person knows how to smile with strangers

Magnificent view of Maasin River

3rd day ~ since the sugba lagoon in del Carmen is closed for rehabilitation. We decided to do the mangrove tour in Del Carmen , the largest mangrove all over the Philippines. The place is well kept and protected by the locals and the river is spotless that there are zero garbage around. I felt so happy to know that people here are environmentally-friendly. Then we went to the Pamomoan beach and Kawhagan beach. Oh yeah The place is all ours …. huh ! just like a celebrity star all alone at the private beach ……

Del Carmen

Lunch at Pamomoan Beach

Kawhagan beach

Del Carmen Mangrove

4th day ~ Sohoton tour ~ We reserved a Galatea boat the lifestyle boat in Siargao. Sohoton ~ what can I say , a small El Nido in Bucas Grande ….(that’s my honest opinion). but cleaner, greener and not crowded unlike El Nido. Sohoton is getting popular …. the activities are snorkeling in some permitted area and moving on they will bring you to the small lagoon where you’ll able to touch the jelly fish , dive at the cliff , pass through the caves and boat around. I haven’t seen people kayaking knorr paddle board don’t know why maybe for some protection and hiring local boats would really help the local people for their everyday living.

Entrance In Bucas Grande

The small lagoon where you touch jellyfish

5th day ~ 3 Island Tour with Galatea boat ~ maybe we were so exaggerated hiring these boat just for 4 pax Oh I just love it cuz it’s so homely, convenient, restful and it has its own toilet …. 3 Islands Tour ~ Maybe you had heard these 3 Island ~ or maybe you’ve been there , the Guyam , Daku and Naked Island. It’s my Favorite tour that we did in Siargao …. My kids and I love the Daku Island the most. We had our lunch in Daku and eaten the boodlefight – were food served on the top of the banana leaf and eat with your hand. The 3 Island have their own beauty and The whole area is surrounded by the pristine water and fine sand …… these 3 Island are just 5 minutes away from each other with Galatea boat. We dine at Kalinaw Restaurant ~ the finest restaurant in Siargao. Food is beyond Excellent.

aerial photo , as I go down the boat

Naked Island

Daku Island

Boodlefight were food served on a banana leaf

Bianca’s Galatea Boat

Guyam Island

General Luna Port

My Photos aren’t edited at all , I captured those images and they are original by the time I captured them, I don’t have to say a lot but pictures speak to themselves.

6th day ~ time has come and it was the last day , we spent our time and enjoyed the beauty of the hotel and took a lot of pictures … Life in Siargao is so peaceful , hassle-free and it was hard to leave but as usual you gotta pack all your luggages and leave. This amazing voyage means a lot to me , I am so grateful to live and just enjoy whatever life, places, people may offer without expectation.

General Luna

Sandy Feet Beachfront in the Morning

departure ~ through skyjet going back to Manila it took us 1 hour and half but as usual , traffic as expected we landed smoothly and waited the plane to park. We were starving ……… and all I could think of is to EAT.

Manila Sunset

Breathtaking sunset in Manila, I had taken these pictures at the roofdeck in Microtel situated at the seaside view boulevard nearby the Mall of asia.

This is the best and famous sunset all over the world. Don’t miss sunset in Manila when going there. Cheers !

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Seoul, Korea

Seoul, Korea the 6th tourist destinations in Asia. It has been a fascinating journeys , Seoul has a unique charms that allure . Seoul’s has different perceptions we were amazed by the culture and history, the food, people, as well the weather had been pretty friendly with us. Autome is the best season when visiting Korea. We had seen and completed several top sight and eaten their famous dishes , I would say that I eaten the best kimchi nonetheless the authentic one which I think exact recipe that I well kept and been doing since 2012. We went in Insadong-gil is a home to such many places, eating out, chatting, drinking, meeting out, shops, restaurants given its traditional past . One famous restaurant ⭐️Cha Iyagi ⭐️ literally means ‘tea story’. As usual, we followed the rhythms of Seoul, just being cool, relax and we really enjoyed each every moment of the day without stressing ourselves A real scape from reality.

Normal day

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Come along with me as I show you what I did for our lunch, I really haven’t done anything that much this Month. It’s just a normal day and It’s been exactly 1 month now since we came back here in China after 20 Speedy days in France. Yes Everything went well so fast. So Today I decided to blog and just wanna share my food for today , I made mashed pototoes with alligot cheese all the way from the center of France which I just discovered and it is actually given by a friend. I am thankful because another additional recipe in my cook book. Second, Green salad and yellow mangoes with lemon dressing ~ one my favourite salads which I do really like accompanied with charcuterie (saucissons and chorizo). Third, Quiche lorraine – it is a classic french dish it is actually our left food from last night and Before I forget about our drinks, coke for my children and chardonay for me and my hubby. I think it’s not bad to indulge ourselves sometimes when we can …. A cheat day for me I guess … because I commited myself for not drinking any kind of alcohol but sometimes drinking alcohol moderately is not that really Bad. So here I am wishing everyone would have a lovely day like mine. (burp!) 

Philippians 4 : 6, 7

6Do not be anxious over anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication along with thanksgiving, let your petitions be made known to God;7and the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and your mental powers by means of Christ Jesus.

Proverbs 14 : 15, 16

15 The simple believeth every word: but the prudent man looketh well to his going.

16 A wise man feareth, and departeth from evil: but the fool rageth, and is confident.

There’s a man like a bird and you are the tree. The bird will rest on your branches, covered himself underneath the leaves and tap into the fruits Then fly away and will only return and                                                                 repeat all of the above. 

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Hybernating

I have been hybernating this past few weeks and still wondering when will I be able to get up and hoping to get back and be myself again. But I don’t want to force myself. I just love being in silence and my atmosphere loves me so much that I can’t have any rooms for distractions.

I am in rush and I am already there 2019 … Why am I hurry like this ? Oh 2019 stop calling me …….

 

 

El Nido, Palawan Philippines

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view side of  ~ Sandbar

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Sandbar

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Cathedral cave

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Matinloc Resort

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Beachfront view Matinloc Resort

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a mouth mouthering lunch picnic all alone at the star beach

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Travel with the one you love

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secret beach

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Yoga pose

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Cudugnon cave

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Traditional basketball court at the cudugnon cave

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kayaking at Cathedral cave

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Sandbar

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Sandbar

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Pinagbuyatan Beach

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Seven Commando beach

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magnificent view of Matinloc resort

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Short trekking in Canopy

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Nacpan beach which has a long beach

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Nacpan beach

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Lio beach …

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kayaking in Small lagoon

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Big Lagoon

 

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Spectacular Big lagoon

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Lio Aiport El Nido

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Hidden beach

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Chicken Barbaque for lunch

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Bar in middle of the Sandbar in Snake Island

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secret lagoon

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Entalula beach

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Sandbar in Snake Island

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Enjoying the crystal water & the sun at The Snake Island

I can’t describe how spontaneous El Nido is, seeing the coast from the air (airswift ) is so speechless. Sunset, beaches, mountains, El Nido have it all …. we just want to enjoy ! We have chosen to stay in Matinloc Resort …. matinloc name which came from the word Mantilo ~ which means beautiful …. Mantiloc island is an ideal destination for those seeking a relaxing holiday in a private and tranquil island, It has a magnificent beachfront view. Matinloc is really tranquil , This place is for those seeking serenity , Tranquil , peaceful place … a small Paradise, upon arrival personnel fetched us in Lio airport. From El Nido to Matinloc resort it took us 20 minutes by the speedboat. When we arrived at the hotel they offered us a welcome drinks and shells necklace. A very warming approach for our checked-in. Stuff were so helpful and kind to us. 

El Nido, Palawan is for those seeking a relaxing, tranquil , private Island. But accept the fact that El Nido is a tourist destination and it’s the most visited place in the Philippines and we must accept that we are in the present and El Nido is just too beautiful place that you have to share with a lot more people. Always choose the best season when going there and If you want a quiet vacation you can hired a private boat all by yourself.

Cave tour 

~ Cudugnon cave 

~ cathedral cave 

~ Sandbar 

~ Pinasil Island 

~ Pinagbuyatan Island 

Cadlao Tour 

~ seven commando beach 

~ Cadlao lagoon 

~ Bukal Island 

~ dilumacad Island 

Matinloc tour 

~ Hidden beach 

~ Matinloc shrine 

~ Secret Beach 

~ star beach 

Lagoon tour 

~ Small lagoon 

~ secret lagoon

~ Big lagoon

~ snake Island 

~ Entalula Island 

El Nido Town : 

~ canopy peak 

~ Nacpan beach 

~ Lio beach 

Oh Philippines I can not get tired of you. 

Friendly tips: To Avoid crowding in, make sure to hop Early morning and hired private boat. 

 

When you read someone stories, books, when you heard someone advice, voice , you heard their voice, read another’s mind , hold their books , which literally not yours …….

Lamb Curry

Today’s lunch at home. I am so happy to be able to cooked mutton curry , it is one of my favourite Indian dish. I am always grateful to have Indians friends, In Malaysia, Oman and India , meaningful friendship that I made and built along the way and thanks Internet We are still able to communicate despite distance. Indians friends who helped me grows and inspires me. Friendship that just kind of happen, the very good thing is that nothing change when you get to see them.

Mutton curry is one my favourite , I bought leg lamb and sliced them into small square. Curry powder is the main spice. 

here’s my own version : 

 • 500 grams Lamb meat ( cut into small pieces ) 

  • 3 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 gloves minced garlic 
  • 1 onion ( minced) 
  • 2 spoon ginger (minced)
  • 1 stick of cinnamon
  • 2 star anis  
  • 2 teaspoon cumin powder 
  • 2 teaspoon turmeric powder 
  • 2 tablespoon of concentrate tomato 
  • 1 cup of whipping cream
  • salt to taste 
  • coriandre leaves 

Instructions : 

  • in a frying pan medium heat the olive oil
  • saute the 1 cinnamon, and star anis 
  • add the ginger, garlic, onion 
  • add the meat and let it turned to golden brown 
  • add the spices, curry, turmeric , cumin 
  • add 500liter of water and cover & let it boil 
  • low the heat and simmer for 20 minutes 
  • add the concentrate tomato 
  • add the cream 
  • low the heat and cook for 1 hour , cover it well. 
  • serve in a serving plate or bowl and top the coriander leaves 
  • accompanied with rice or naan bread 

Side yougurt 

  • 1 cup of plain yougurt 
  • 1/2 lemon
  • salt and black pepper powder to taste 
  • coriander leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin  
  • 1/2 minced red onion
  • combined and mix well 
  • serve with cocomber or carrots 

Spanish Bread

So Today I made Spanish bread. One of favorite bread when I was a little girl and until now So I am happy to share my own recipe.

Ingredients :

3 cups bread flour
1-1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp salt
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup melted butter
3 egg yolks
3/4 cup milk
extra flour for kneading

~ bread crumbs for coating

Filling :
1/3 cup softened butter
1/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup bread crumbs
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
~ combine filling ingredients together.

Instructions :
• Dissolve the yeast and let stand until bubbly
• In a large bowl combine the milk, sugar, butter, egg yolk and salt
• blend well and add the yeast
• add flour to make a moderate dough , knead the until smooth and elastic
• greased a large bowl and transfer the dough to the bowl
• cover with a damp cloth and let it rise 1 hr
• transfer the dough into a big surface and devided into 4 equal parts
• roll and form into a log and cut each log into equal pieces
• flatten the pieces with the rolling pin and spread some filling and roll up
• and roll each pieces with bread crumbs
• Place on a tray
• Preheat the oven 170 degrees
• Cover the bread with damp cloth and wait another 30 minutes
• Bake for 20 – 25 minutes until golden
• Serve hot
• Enjoy

Remember you can fill anything , Chocolates, dried raisins , peanut butter, anything that you desires …. I also love the sweet red beans paste for the fillings …….

 

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Luke 21:34-36

34“But pay attention to yourselves that your hearts never become weighed down with overeating and heavy drinking and anxieties of life, and suddenly that day be instantly upon you35as a snare. For it will come upon all those dwelling on the face of the whole earth.36Keep awake, then, all the time making supplication that you may succeed in escaping all these things that must occur and in standing before the Son of man.”

 

34“ Mais faites attention à vous-​mêmes, de peur que vos cœurs ne s’alourdissent dans les excès de table et les excès de boisson et les inquiétudes de la vie, et que soudain ce jour-​là ne soit sur vous à l’instant même,35comme un piège. Car il viendra sur tous ceux qui habitent sur la face de toute la terre.36Tenez-​vous donc éveillés, suppliant en tout temps, pour que vous parveniez à échapper à toutes ces choses qui doivent arriver, et à vous tenir debout devant le Fils de l’homme. ”

Cambodia

Hi there, Here are some pictures That I had taken during our 3 days tour in Ancient Angkor Cambodia.

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Angkor Heart Bongalows – This place is perfect for families , upon arrival they offered us a welcome drinks and viennoiserie to put something in our empty tummies. The hotel is located just 15 minutes drive from the airport.

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I couldn’t remember the name of this restaurant, Their food is just so amazing that I didn’t even had the time to take some pictures.

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Two little boys with their dried leaves hat

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tuktuk service

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The Bayon – the complex of the face-towers. Narrative bas-relief of daily life and khmer history. State temple of Jayavarman VII symbolic centre of the universe and empire. Dated late 12th to late 13th centuries.

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You’ll see plenty of monkeys nearby the Angkor wat Temple.

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Angkor wat – the world’s largest religious monument. A completely realised microcosm of the Hindu universe, culminating in the five peaks of mount meru. Architectural masterpiece in fine proportions and rich in detail: the apogee of classical khmer construction. Some 600m of narrative bas-relief and nearly 2,000 apsaras.

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Bakong- first khmer temple mountain. State temple of the capital of Hariharalaya under Indravarman. date: late 9th century.

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A boy selling and making wood art

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Neak Pean – Unique Island temple. Hydraulic engineering in the service of Buddist symbolism. Sculpture of the horse Balaha. Sculpted fountainheads.

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Ta Prohm – Romantic atmosphere with opportunities to explore many hidden corners. Strangler figs and silk cotton trees enteined among ruins.

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Typhical cambodian tuktuk

Thailand

After 17 years , I have never thought of going back in Thailand. It’s really a wonderful enjoyment going back in a country where I guess I left my heart way back, Innocent and chaotic life.

My husband and I decided a trip in Bangkok & Chiangmai and this time with our kids.

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Two little girls in What Phra That Doi Suthep

We intentionally visited our dear friends in Lampang, We got the chanced and visited the oldiest pottery, at Dhanabadee art ceramic we learned that they are the largest pottery producers and exporter in Thailand. They shown us a short demonstration on how pots were being made, moreover we headed to the elephants conversation center and watched the elephants show. Kids were so cheerful and thrilled. The next day, we headed to Chiangmai and Chiangmai is even better with our dear friends.

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A traditional Thai dirty kitchen

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98 years old elephant

It was unpropitious for me because during that time I got a cold, in spite of having a cold that really didn’t stopped me for being dynamic as I don’t want to miss anything.

Our Trip plan just went top and well spent , we really had a wonderful time, real pleasure and we had seen so much beautiful faces & places and of course delicious food. Thai food is really beyond excellent ~ one of my favorite food in south east Asia!

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parhaps my old time favourite laab-moo and uniquelly rolled with paper rice.

Thailand we’ll never forget you.

The 7th days we flew to Angkor, Siem riep Cambodia ! and then, there it goes another adventures begun …

Woshoku

6AFE7D63-29A2-48AF-AB94-F163286A4F98Lemme take you to Japan ~ Konnichiwa!  Traditional Japanese food is collectively known as washoku. (literally, “food of Japan”) 和 (wa), which means Japan or Japanese, and it also represents harmony, and the second character 食 (shoku) means food or to eat.

so what we had for lunch,  I prepared sushis  , sashimi’s, cabbage salad with japanese dressing , and yakisoba stir fried noodles, yakisoba is pretty much the Japanese version of Chinese chao mian which means fried noodles , and of course miso soup ….accompanied by hot matcha tea- matcha simply means powdered tea.

 

Il n’y a rien de mal de se soucient de quelqu’un, ce qui est mal quand vous vous attendez à ce qu’ils fassent la même chose…

Ne dispute jamais avec des idiots …

Apple Tart

Today, I am going to show you how to make simple apple tart.

Filling:

10 pieces sliced apples

For pastry I used :

250 g flour

125 g sugar

1 egg

100 g soften butter

Incorporated all the ingredients and kneed till it formed like picture below and

Refrigerate for 1 Hour

bring out the dough from the refrigerator

Heat the oven 180 degrees

and flatten the pastry :

place it in tart mold

prick with fork
place the sliced apples
fill in till full
top with brown sugar (optional)

Baked 180 degress for 1 hour

Let it cool and eat !