An Open Letter to my Cousin

Dear Inday Christine,

You’re an incredible woman. You’re doing your best in everything you do. You graduated with flying colors from elementary until college. You work and study while taking care of your husband and two kids. How amazing is that? You have parents and siblings that supported you in your journey. My niece and nephew misses you so much, and please know that you’re welcome at our house when you come back here in Manila again.

We all may have expected so much from you, including your friends, classmates and professors but please know that we’re here to comfort and pray for you. To encourage you more to reach your dreams.

I hope you cried all your heart out already yesterday. I hope that you found comfort from your friends, family and our other relatives there. I hope your faith in God didn’t fade. I hope you wouldn’t find yourself a failure after what happened because you’ve already proven to us and to yourself how strong and determined you are.

Now, please smile and have the courage to face the day. I know you know that there’s a reason for everything. Keep on praying that Jesus will guide you and give you strength. This is just a challenge and accept this challenge with stronger faith. Do your best-est effort on the next Bar Exam, don’t lose hope.

I may not say the best words to say to encourage you or give advice but please know that you’re loved. You will always be the attorney of the clan. God bless you!

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❀,
Glaiza 👩

PS.
Congratulations to all the topnochers and passers of the Bar Exam.

My Summer Checklist 2015

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Summer Checklist 2015

It’s not even officially summer yet here in the Philippines. Though the hot and dry icky feeling can already be felt! With that, I made a checklist that I hope I could do this summer to help me discover new things along the way and also to guide mebto have a well spent summer.

1. Go swimming at a pool or at the beach.
2. Go somewhere outside Metro Manila.
3. Finish reading a book. (aside from the book I’m currently reading because I started it last February.😄)
4. Do DIY.
5. Go ice skating at SM Mall of Asia.
6. Make a strawberry smoothie. Or any fruit.
7. Blow bubbles with my niece.
8. Make homemade pizzas.
9. Watch fireworks.
10. Lunch or dinner out with the family.

It’s not that much, very simple, so, I hope I could do all of them before June. How about you? What’s on your whatever-the-season-is-at-your-place checklist? πŸ˜€

One Deduction

One Direction, the best selling pop boy band. This group of guys jas a big impact in the music industry, and in their fans known as Directioners. They are known to have a member of 5 guys that even though they auditioned at X Factor individually, they were grouped into one.
Though you can’t call me one of their huge fans, I love their catchy and sometimes groovy songs!
This morning though, I felt sad about the news that Zayn Malik quitted the band. Fans all over the world got broken-hearted about it. With the hashtags trending in Twitter, it’s not that Zayn is dead, but of course the fans are really sad about it. (Even cried, as what they posted on Twitter.)

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Screenshot of Twitter trending topics.

Last weekend, One Direction had a two-night concert here in Manila where thousands of fans gathered to witness the event. Zayn Malik wasn’t able to join the band because of stress and rumors also spread about the cheating allegations.
With four members left of the band, let’s just hope that they’ll still have the best songs ever to produce. And to Zayn, best of luck! πŸ™‚

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PHOTO from GMANEWS' IG

Online Friends I’ve Never Met in Real Life, But Hope to Soon

image Making friends online is something I really love. It makes me happy that when I log in, there’s someone that I particularly know even if I haven’t met him/her before. I’m online every day, so to meet friends there, as time goes by, is inevitable. Below are just some of the people whom I consider as my friend that I wish I’ll have the chance to meet in person.

1. Kristina H. β€” we’re friends on Facebook.Β  She’s American and has a Filipino husband. It all started when I bought a book last 2010 and I foundΒ  many teenagers’ name on the first few pages of the giving reviews of the said book. I was 19 then and was bored (haha!) that I tried searching all the name on Facebook (I only have Facebook back then.) and her name was one of the few names I found successfully (or that they have a Facebook account on the same name they had on the book.) She accepted my friend request and we had a small talk, getting to know each other. She just had given birth to her first child this March.

2. Patrick C. β€” this Filipino guy would always tap the heart button on my Instagram photos. Haha! It jist went like that for a few weeks until I decided to engage in a conversation with him.

3. Alexandre P. β€” we used to have Blackberry phones and we first talked on BBM. He’s from Belgium. Almost 3 years later or 4 (?) we would still chat on Twitter and Kik and I learnt a lot from him about himself, his country, their weather, etc. It was only last December though that we thought to send cards to each other. I sent him a card and he successfully received it (it was my first time to send a card!!)

4. Kathelyn S. and Ayessa β€” these two Filipino ladies whom I met through Twitter is very dear to me. We’re actually four who would talk on Twitter always but our other girl friend died unexpectedly. 😦 It was just one day when we noticed that Mae (not her real name. I forgot her real name) haven’t logged in on Twitter a few days or weeks already. Kathelyn who’s friends with Mae on Facebook saw on Mae’s account that she passed away already. It was last 2011/2012 I guess. We were morose of what happened to her and prayed that the suspect will be caught. As of now, I don’t have any idea what happened to the case. Mae’s place is far from Manila that we can’t visit her. Anyway, Ayessa is working as a nurse in Riyahd now.

5. Bryan A. β€” we both joined in a contest hosted by @ohteenquotes on Twitter, though we both lost. Haha! But, see? I gained a friend! πŸ™‚ he used to work at one of the restaurant at the mall that is near my place but we never had the chance to meet.

6. Loida B. β€” I think it was last 2009 when I first talked to her. It started on Uzzap, a chat application that’s popular here in the Philippines during that year. She’s one pretty lady.

7. Nicole D. β€” a Filipino but is living in Canada. She’s also a fan of Island Media Asia (a group of 7 men who are half Filipinos and is making videos about Filipino cultures on YouTube) and we first met through Twitter last 2013. She came here in the Philippines last year but I never had the chance to go to the swimming party she organized. 😦 see you next time, Nicole!

8. Renalyn B. β€” my dear friend on Facebook started last 2010. A Filipino but is living in Arizona with her family. We used to talk a lot until late night on Facebook but as times goes by, we grew apart. She then deactivated her account. It was only last month when she followed me on Instagram and when I saw her name, I was nostalgic. All the memories (more like chat conversations. Haha) flooded in my mind.

9. Jina – also a fan of Island Media Asia. We met through Facebook and talked about IMA and how she would love to meet IMA too someday. She’s Filipino but is living in Australia.

10. WordPress people β€” of course! Ever since I made an account here, I gained people whom I could consider my friend. WordPress has such a friendly community! Thank you all! πŸ™‚ I really hope I could get to meet you all!

❀ ❀, Glaiza πŸ‘― image

Yearbook Pictorial

Yesterday, I had my pictures wearing toga and a formal attire taken. I was alone since my classmates done it the other day. It was fine though, that way I didn’t had to wait for my turn to have my make up done. Haha! Below are the raw photos of mine sent by the photographer to me.

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Fine Light Photography
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Fine Light Photography

Hello chubby cheeks!  Haha.

Have a great weekend, everyone! 😘

Filipino Recipe 101: Ginataang Kalabasa at Sitaw

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When we say ginataan, it means any dish that is cooked with coconut milk and Filipinos has a variety of ginataan dishes. One of which is this dish.
For dinner, we had Ginataang Kalabasa at Sitaw. Guess who cooked? Me! 😁 Though in the recipe I found on Google they did not add chilli leaves, I added some to add more nutritious vegetables and flavor. My family liked it! ❀

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Ginataang Kalabasa at Sitaw

Ingredients

1 lb shrimp, cleaned
10 strings beans (sitaw), cut into 2 1/2 inch length
2 cups kalabasa (squash), cubed
2 cups coconut milk
1 medium yellow onion, sliced
1 cup malunggay (moringa) leaves
chilli leaves
3 cloves garlic, crushed
Salt and pepper to taste
3 tablespoons cooking oil

Cooking Procedure

β€’ Heat oil in a cooking pot.
β€’ Saute the garlic and onion.
β€’ Put-in the shrimp. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes or until its color changes to orange.
β€’ Add the kalabasa. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes. Pour-in the coconut milk. Stir and let boil. Cook for 8 to 12 minutes or until the squash becomes tender.
β€’ Add salt and pepper to taste.
β€’ Add the string beans (sitaw), chilli leaves and malunggay leaves. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes.
β€’ Transfer to a serving plate. Serve.
β€’ Share and enjoy!

That’s it! πŸ˜€ Oops! I almost forgot. It is best serve with riceΒ (Philippines’ staple food) and fried fish. It’s fine though if there’s no fish, but I like it if there is. Haha. Okay. πŸ˜€

Filipino Recipe 101: Nilagang Baka

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β€œNilagang Baka” in English is Boiled Beef and is one of my many favorite food! (Also called Beef Stew.) I love the beef and the vegetables used in that recipe. Its hot soup is something that I love too, especially when it’s kind of salty. πŸ˜€ Since it’s my favorite, I asked my mother to teach me how to cook it when I was still in high school. It’s pretty easy!

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PHOTO panlasangpinoy.com

Nilagang Baka Ingredients:
1 kilo beef shank
8 potatoes cut the same size as the beef
1 bundle Pechay (Bok choy) cut into 2 pieces
1 small cabbage, quartered
5 onions, diced
4 tablespoons of patis (fish sauce)
10 corns of black pepper
1 liter of water
Salt and pepper to taste

Nilagang Baka Cooking Instructions:
In a big casserole, place beef and pour in water the water level is just above the meat.
Bring to boil and let it simmer for 10 mins then remove scum or dirt on top while simmering.
Add onions, cover & simmer for 1 to 1 and 1/2 hrs or until beef is tender, if using pressure cooker it will only take 30 mins.
Add enough water, beef cube & potatoes, continue to simmer until potatoes are cooked.
Add peppercorn, ground pepper, & fish sauce.
Add the cabbage then the pechay, cover then simmer for 2 mins. Do not over cook the vegetables.
Salt and pepper to taste.
Serve steaming hot in a bowl and plain white rice.

*Recipe is from here. You may add Saba banana just like on the picture. πŸ™‚
It’s past 12 midnight here and I’m craving for this dish. 😭