Foodgasm: Okra aka Ladies’ finger

Okra also known as ladies’ fingers to some English Speaking countries is a popular nutritious vegetable here in the Philippines.

Nutritional Facts

Calories 25
Dietary Fiber 2 grams
Protein 1.52 grams
Carbohydrates 5.76 grams
Vitamin A 460 IU
Vitamin C 13.04 mg
Folic acid 36.5 micrograms
Calcium 50.4 mg
Iron 0.4 mg
Potassium 256.6 mg
Magnesium 46 mg

Source: (http://urbanext.illinois.edu/veggies/okra.cfm)

My friend is on a faceless diet also known as Vegan diet. With the attempt to make her eat something outside from her diet. I bought salted anchovies (salted small fish). Yummy.And yes, It was a successful ploy.

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Okra is especially delicious when dipped with Salted Anchovies. And if you have rice on the side and a delicious Chicken Adobo, who would not be tempted to eat ’em?

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My second home: Tagaytay City, Philippines

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This is my home for the next 10 days. Today is my second day in Tagaytay, it’s cold as usual, I checked the temperature it says 24 Celcius. For someone like me who lives in the city with temperature of 30 to 33 Celcius, so close to having a fever, the weather in Tagaytay made me want to sport a sweater. And yes I have been wearing a sweater for 2 days now.

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I enjoyed the Funicular train ride in Tagaytay Highlands.If you know of a member in the golf club you will be able to enjoy the ride for free.

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Tagaytay City is 56.2 Kms away from Manila. So this is the closest place to go when someone is exhausted with the hustle and bustle of the city. You will love the peaceful feeling just by looking Taal Lake and the foggy mountains. I love it here, but I can’t stay here longer because I miss my daughter.

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I did a relaxing walk today, just to kind of breathe some fresh air and I saw these beautiful sunflowers. There are still more beautiful and colorful flowers that grow in Tagaytay because of its cold weather.

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Things I love about Tagaytay

1. The 23-25 Celcius temperature
2. Majestic view of Taal Lake
3. Beautiful Flowers
4. Plastic-Less shopping bags
5. Quiet and Serene
6. You can drive fast. As fast as you can.

I still have 8 more days to experience Tagaytay

Shall I wait or not?

I’ve talked so much about waiting because that is mainly the reason why I am here and why you are all here. I’ve made a post several times about waiting and that is prolly one of the most common question some men and women here have asked?

Is there really a destiny for us?

Can true love be found online?

Am I going to be married?

Am I going to receive God’s best?

Will I let go and let God?

Shall I trust again?

How long shall I wait?

 

I’ve told myself several times, I will let go and let Him work what’s best for me. I am not going to wait for anyone, but instead I am going to enjoy my walk with Him and get on with my life. I have stumbled several times already just because I followed my own imperfect will, so this time I surrender everything to Him and just want to trust Him.

I am going to relate this idea of waiting with the recent clumsiness that happened to me. I ordered 2 pairs of shoes from my cousin, one was a wedge and the other one was a formal black shoes. I don’t buy a whole lot of shoes because I don’t work in an office, but just recently I worked as a teacher so I needed to invest on good shoes.The order did not arrive yet so, I was a dissatisfied
customer, but I just have to wait for it to arrive because the good thing about ordering from her is
that I could pay it the next month.

But Payday came and salary was deposited. I was walking at the mall near our place and suddenly I found myself inside a shoe store. And fell in love with a pair of wedge shoes. And pulled some bills from my wallet and paid for it. The next day I was so excited to wear it. I made sure my nails were clean with my favorite blue green nail polish. I was wearing a good dress. The color of my bag
matched the color of the new pair of shoes (pretending to have a good fashion sense). I was strutting with finesse, I was strutting like a lady, then suddenly some small part of my shoes fell on the floor and I noticed that the strap had let go of my ankle. Boom! It was the end of a 10 dollar wedge shoes. I have to find a way (Mentos way- Filipinos love to quote it that way when there’s
a sudden misfortune or clumsiness e.g. one shoe got damaged, you also make the other shoe be damaged, it’s a popular TV ad) to be able to walk despite the damage. Embarrassment was an additional perk by the way.

I know God has been telling me alot of times already that I just need to wait for the shoes I already ordered, yet I went on my own and got so excited, I even felt good after buying it, for some reason it felt so perfect. Then, BOOM! The shoes died on me.

In the same way, I feel like that in waiting for the special guy God wants me to be. I shall trust His will in my life, I shall trust His perfect and pleasing will in my life. I don’t have to go against His will. I don’t have to go on my own again. It might end up like that of the pair of shoes.

Lord I shall surrender all my personal desires to you (this is very hard), and I shall trust for Your will
be done in my life.

 

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How does Filipino value education?

I remembered telling myself two nights ago; “I despised teaching, I will never teach again.”The days are so tiring and I feel like I don’t have the luxury of time to do the things I want done. But today, my students showed an amazing transformation. From day 1 they were all silent, no one’s talking, they didn’t participate, they were all laid-back. Today I looked at them with pride and inspiration. My students inspired me, they inspired me to love what I do, to give the best in everything that I do. They inspired me to become that catalyst of change I have always envisioned myself to be.

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Ok,the whole point actually of writing this is my attempt to let people know how a filipino values education. I have 40 students, the majority of them came from the provinces with parents working in the farm, some parents working as an OFW in Middle East. Filipinos give high regards to education, that even if the parents have to sacrifice under the scorching heat of the sun, that even if they have to leave the country and be able to find means to get the money they need to send their children to school, that even if they would have to take care children that were not theirs they will do it for education’s sake. This probably the reason why this line became famous, “Poverty is not a hindrance in attaining success.”

 

Education for Filipinos ( I guess for some cultures as well) is the best legacy that parents can relinquish totheir children. So that I guess is the reason why there are so many career women nowadays, many women that establish a career first before tying herself to marriage. That explains why there are so many 30’s, 40’s, 50’s here that are still unmarried. Well,maybe, just maybe, that during their youth they were busy arming themselves with education, building career that they forget about romance.

I am curious what other girls think?

 

What’s wrong with dreaming?

What’s wrong with dreaming those blue eyes? Is there a law forbidding me not to dream?

What’s wrong with dreaming a hospital for Cancer Patients? I had been a cancer patient myself and I know how all the chemotherapy and radiation can destroy ones body?

What’s wrong with dreaming comfort? A house and a car? Almost 2 decades my parents struggled working under the scorching heat of the sun, farming the land that was not ours. I walked some 7 kilometers everyday back and forth for 10 years in order to go to school. Am I not allowed to dream on that while I am still on earth?

What’s wrong with dreaming a school for the out of school youth? I have seen so many young adults in our neighborhood that wanted to go to school but cannot because of their parents’ meager income.

I know too well that our intellect and other gifts have been given to be used for God’s greater glory but I also do know that God is taking pleasure in our prosperity and truly enjoying meeting our needs.I know He desires to bless His people His abundance so that I/WE can be a blessing to others and confirm His covenant with ME/US.

I am not going to use the Word of God as an excuse, but this is based on the truth that I know. I believed that we are already redeemed by God with all the curses of the law in Deuteronomy 28. These are spiritual death, sickness and poverty.

 

Deut 28:1-4 (you can open your Bible and read the entirety)

If you fully obey the Lord your God and carefully follow all his commands I give you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations on earth. All these blessings will come on you and accompany you if you obey the Lord your God:

You will be blessed in the city and blessed in the country.

The fruit of your womb will be blessed, and the crops of your land and the young of your livestock—the calves of your herds and the lambs of your flocks.

I don’t think any good charitable works one shall do on earth will gain you access to heaven. I am not trying to perform infront of God’s eyes but I just want to claim and believe His promises to be TRUE. Is it wrong to believe His promises? What shall we do on earth? Slack off? and wait for the apple to fall on our mouths just like Juan Tamad (Filipino for “Lazy John”)? Is that the picture of living by Faith?

For me, dreaming for prosperity isn’t that bad, but making our intellect and giftings our very god for us is a sad news. We should not think highly of ourselves than we ought, but remember that everything good in us and all the blessings are gifts from God.

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What are your dreams?

I have looked at my dreamboard again and I am reminded of my dreams. I have so many dreams for myself. I have so many dreams to reach. But am I closer to getting them? I wrote them and put pictures on it just so I could visualize them. I have done it 2 years ago, I have 7 more years to comply for it.

-Bloody Red Mazda 3
-House in the middle of the woods with 3 bedroom/2 bath made mostly of wood.
-Vacation in Prague, New Zealand and Japan
-College Education for daughter-DONE
-School for free teaching English and Values
-Hospital somewhere in Bukidnon that offers no medicine, no surgery, no radiation but just plain nutrition, no pollution, fresh air, organic fruits and vegetables (joint venture with my friend)

I know some of my dreams are only for myself because I believe God’s promise in Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

I follow this mnemonic M-A-G-I-C from a young friend of mine Jan Hilado who is already an author of a book called Rich, Real, Radical.

M-easurable. Don’t just say I want a happy family. Say I want a happy family with 1 boy, 2 girls in 2015.

A-mbitious. Ambition is not a negative word, it simply means you dream high, you aim high. Because bigger dreams can actually keep someone excited. Make it attainable as well.

G-odly. Dreams that are not Godly can make someone miserable and empty. Notice that the G is actually in the middle of the word MAGIC because that only means that God should be the center of our dreams. He is the Great source. He is the richest among the rich. Discover the dreams that God has placed in your heart. I am really dreaming of building my own school and educate the young children for a better and beautiful tomorrow.

I-maginative. I can now imagine my house in the middle of the woods as a matter of fact I browsed the internet and looked for something that is almost the same with what I have in mind.I want to be married to a man with blue eyes, blonde hair, strong arms, taller than me, inlove with God and have heart for service.

C-omplete. Your dreams should touch all important aspects in your life; spiritual, family, physical, financial.

What triggered me to write this post is the message that I received today, I was invited to teach again at the University of Southeastern Philippines for another 10 days and I was like asking myself, shall I do this or not? But how can I say NO to 40 incoming college students who I can probably inspire, who will need God in their lives.

Lord thank you for this beautiful reminder. Thank you that you are lining up things in my favor: the right people, the right breaks, the right opportunities. I surrender my mind, my heart, my will and my emotions and even these dreams of mine Father God, so that I can live as a testimony of Your work in my life.

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Are you tired of waiting for the ONE?

I know most of us that are in here are waiting for the ONE. The one true love, like that of Cinderella. I am just going to relate my experience as a mother because some of us that are here, are quite frustrated because you feel like no one seems to notice you. 

Let me tell you this: Just let go and let God.

I remembered quite too well the time I was pregnant some 4years ago, I waited nine loooooooooooooooooong months before I can deliver my baby. And that process is called Gestation Period.

What can I do with the long wait? I cannot rush things and push my baby out the soonest I wanted. I was not frustrated. I was not depressed. I did not rush things up. The only thing I did was WAIT. I rested, trusted and believed God that my baby will come out with complete body parts, healthy and beautiful like me. (no pun intended)

“Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer believe that you have received it and it will be yours.” Mark 11:24


Don’t feel frustrated and depressed. God is definitely hearing all our prayers. Don’t get tired of waiting. God’s perfect time has not arrived it. Let go of that wanting, and Let God fulfill your prayers. Be thankful and grateful everyday. 

Waiting for a good (hot) man. 

 

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