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Chicken Feet Adobo

Christmas…you are just a few days away. I can’t believe I was worrying about how I’d celebrate this Christmas  a few months ago…I was wondering if I would have any extra money to buy the food I’ll prepare for our Noche Buena, I was not sure if I’d have enough so I can take my family to the mall for the usual after Christmas movie and dinner treat.  And now, you are here.  I can hear the kids with their homemade drums and tamborine as they bang away, happily singing  their hearts out…

This afternoon, while I cooked my chicken feet adobo, I turned on the portable piano I bought for my Mom about five years ago one December evening. She told me she wanted to learn how to play the piano, so I bought her an electronic keyboard. Dad, in his rare lucid moment was able to express his question about Ma, really learning how to play. (Dad is a stroke patient and until now, he has difficulty talking).

Ma has her bucket list and it includes piano playing.  Well, the piano is waiting.

I have mine too, and my list ALWAYS involves the kitchen.  This year, my newest recipe is chicken feet adobo.  I have  a list of what I’ll experiment on before the year is over and  will definitely post the results here and on my facebook album: Lily’s wok.

WordPress is telling me that today is my second year anniversary with wordpress, when I registered this blog.  Well, I have some delectable chicken feet adobo to feast on.

Here’s the chicken feet adobo. Bon appetit!






Of Storms and Ice Cream

Typhoon Nona has just left Manila.  The rains are no more.  But she definitely left some homeless here and there; some crops destroyed; establishments damaged; lives lost…

That is always the case when we have storms —and we have them the whole year, at any time… At least, nowadays, the government is more responsive and the people more alert…

And Christmas is just around the bend. All over the country, Catholics look forward to the Simbang Gabi–it started last night, and as I type on my pc, I can hear the mass going on a stone’s throw from my house.  The next one will be at 4 am later, which I also cant attend, for I work at home from 10 pm until 6 am.

I’ve been wrackingmybrains what dishes to prepare for our Noche Buena.  Ever Since I learned how to cook, I have been preparing meals for the family and the Christmas season is when I try out my experiments.

Then, I saw this on my fb  news feed  —



LST and Halloween

We finished the rest of the Love Someone Today booklet over Skype.. I was with Joy from 7 o’clock until almost 9 tonight and we shared the Word and how It helps us be better people.  Joy is a hungry soul searching for God and she found Him at the Feast Bay Area.

This triumph of the God who IS Alive over death happened tonight on Halloween. That time of the year when kids dress up like their favorite heroes or heroines. (when the focus is not on the goodness of God but on scaring one another in jest)

God is Good.

Do You Maximize Your Skype?

Once upon a time, we communicated with people via snail mail, aside from using the regular telephones or the telegraph. Oh yes, that was how it was before. Then suddenly, we have cellphones and computers and cellphones with computer capability. And then there’s Skype. Skype is a means to communicate for free with anyone who also has a Skype account. You can either chat, call, or make a video call. Some people may think that Skype is only good for making free calls, just like any other tool out there. I have a surprise for you. You can also SHARE SCREENS on Skype. It can be used by anyone– students, employees, teams who need to update each other, or even those who are holding webinars.
Check this out.

Escape to freedom. Bringing a Syrian family to safety

How can we help all these people fleeing oppression from their country? There must be something we can do, instead of putting up walls along the borders to stop them from coming…

Russell Chapman

The events in this article took place in the first two weeks of August 2015

This is the story of a Syrian family’s journey to freedom in Europe and the small part I played in helping them. Along the way I saw and learnt a lot about what refugees face as they escape from war-torn countries and political oppression.

Fadl and his family were introduced to me through Muhannad, a mutual friend. He asked me if I would be prepared to help Fadl and his family get from Greece to a particular European country. After some consideration, I decided to try and help them. The family is from the Aleppo region of Syria and before the war they had their own restaurant, they were a middle class family. His wife Majelina, who had to stay behind to look after ageing grandparents, was a university professor of English literature. Then, because…

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