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Monday, June 12, 2017

Mouthwatering Monday - Makes me hungry

When my sister told me about the dinner she was preparing for her guests, I was not really
sure how she was going to do it.  A few days later she sent me the photos of the dinner she
prepared.  I was actually surprised because there were a lot of different type of Filipino dishes as well as dessert.  It was so mouth watering and I wish I was invited but it would have been a very expensive dinner.  My sister lives in Alberta, Canada.  Anyway, I wanted to share the photos with my reader.  

This dessert is called Halo-halo.  A mixture of sweets with coconut milk and crushed ice.
She made some grilled fish, crispy pork belly, lumpia (spring roll), bbq chicken and mango salad.
Then a couple days later, my daughter sent me a photo of their dinner and I got jealous again because I love seafood.  The next day after golf we decided to stop and have dinner at a place called Crab Claw.  Sorry, I couldn't find a photo of this meal.  Instead I have the dessert I made for our guests,




Friday, June 9, 2017

Frangible Friday - To pack or not to pack

How can I describe what I have been doing for the last couple of weeks? Let me see how many words I can use.  Paring, organizing, packing, sewing, sorting, shredding, cooking, cleaning, ironing, labeling, filing, wrapping, and others I can describe. Moving to another country in nothing new to me.  At my age I have move to three countries and now this is my fourth although it's the same as the one I recently came from.  For Jeff, this is the first time for him.  He was born and raised in the Bay area and although he has moved different cities or communities, it is still the Bay area and not a different state.  That's another difference, I have moved cities and provinces in Canada.  If I recall correctly, I moved from Ontario to San Jose with only 11 boxes of 16x16x16.  I used UPS for the shipping of these boxes and it arrived within a week.  Although some of the items where broken, it was nothing of importance, just the glass of some of the picture frames.  It is taking a bit more time for Jeff since he has lived in the house for almost 11 years and his other house about 14 years.  He has collected a lot of tools, boxes of files, and other stuff I don't even know.  So paring down for him is much more time consuming and overwhelming.  Being the experienced one, I have packed the linen closet, photo albums, important documents, my foot ware, his and hers coat and jackets, plus a box of dry goods that are not available in the place we are moving. Now I have to end this post because there's still plenty of packing, sorting and cleaning to be done.  Until the next post, please keep on reading and thank you for following my blog.

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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Wedding Wednesday - Happy Anniversary

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This was taken on the morning of Easter Sunday(2012) right after breakfast while still wearing their PJ's.
After 11 years you two are still as crazy as when it all began.  May you continue to do what it takes to keep the love sparkle and shine everyday of your life together.  Congratulations Mike and Alysia!
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Monday, June 5, 2017

Mix Mix Monday - Only one drink

Do you remember those days when you could drink a lot more before you declared yourself drunk?  As we grow old and lack of practice the amount of alcohol that we can tolerate seems getting smaller and smaller.  Not that I want to be able to consume a lot, but now that I am getting really old (LOL), I don't even need a drink to have a great time.  Actually I never did.  But I am sure some of my friends recall some of my birthday parties, where I end up going home early before some of my out of town guests arrive.  At the same time, at my 50th party, I only drank diet coke the whole evening.  It was not funny the next day where I felt a hangover from drink too much of the fake sugar in the soda.  Now when there is an occasion and I am going to have the one and only drink, I have to make sure it is the one that I crave and that I am truly going to enjoy.  Here are some of the drinks that have made my list as my favorites.  Of course being a diabetic, I have to be truly careful to ensure that my blood sugar does not go too high or too low.  

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My new favorite Moscow Mule - I even got my own special mug.

AMF - ingredients very similar to the Long Island Ice Tea.

Raspberry Beer
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The best Spicy Caesar I have ever seen.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Signature Saturday - Sign, sealed and delivered

For the past couple of weeks we have been doing a lot of signing in, creating user ID, password, etc.  The world of technology and paperless transaction is daunting.  Maybe for some of us older people who did not grow up using computers, etc. at times it's scary and intimidating.  I am thankful that Jeff is such a geek and so much comfortable in dealing with anything online, electronic transfers, and so on.  Even as simple as switching to a new phone is like trying to learn how to walk again.  A few days ago I was trying to check something on Pinterest and I found out I can't remember my ID and password.  I had to plug in my old phone, recharge and search for the information I needed.  My daughter was trying to help me and finally I figured it out.  She mentions that having an iphone was easy when it comes to switching new phones because that data is transferred automatically.  Jeff said, you can always switch to any Apple products, but you won't get any technical help from him. Some people create a special Excel document to record all the information for logging.  Others write them in a book, old school system that works as long as you don't misplace that book.  What is truly worrisome is every time the news announce hacking, identity theft and anything related to emails, bank accounts, personal records, one would have to quickly change passwords and do all the preventative measures.  When you experience your bank card being compromised, you tend to not trust anything anymore.  You become paranoid about using anything that might reveal your accounts, etc.  Modern technology is convenient but you also feel vulnerable to hacking and unscrupulous crooks.  

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Thursday, June 1, 2017

Touring Thursday - Just cruisin'

This year I celebrated my birthday without any big party instead it was a get together with our couple friends.  We spent the weekend in Discovery Bay and the weather was perfect.  Our friends recently bought a pontoon boat and we were lucky to be able to cruise for a couple of hours in and around the the bay.  We arrived late and we joined our friends for lunch.  Then it was time to sail and since I don't know how to swim and a little afraid of the water, my friend got me a special life jacket.  After a while it was getting too warm and I removed the jacket and was comfortable and a little brave that I even dipped my feet on the water.  When we return we had a BBQ pork, grilled corn on the cob, garden salad and garlic bread.  Of course my friend served cake and ice cream since it was my birthday.  Here's some of the photos we took for our trip.  It was a perfect birthday and I love all the cards, gifts, surprises, text greetings, email greetings, telephone calls from family and friends.  
 





 

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Sparkling Sunday - It's my birthday

No big party, no extravagant gifts and no birthday cake.  OMG am I getting old.  Wait a minute as my BFF Percy says "you are not getting old, YOU ARE OLD".  That's what friends are for, they tell you the truth and guess what, "I can handle the truth."  So today is just another Sunday but although there is no big celebration, somehow my friends manage to do a get together to celebrate it.  My friends just bought a big boat and we got on it for it's first boat tour. Afterwards we had a BBQ at their deck overlooking Discovery Bay.  I almost forgot to mention that Jean already gave me the birthday gift a month ago.  Jeff manage to get me a couple of things while were in Vernon, BC Canada and I love it because it was practical.  I am very thankful to be at my age still feeling young and able to do a lot of things, like play golf, tennis, bowling and even go out dancing.  Although my knee is only good for a couple of songs.  It has been almost seven years since I retired and I am so glad of that decision.  Being retired in California was a wonderful experience but life brings changes and we are very excited with the coming change.  Keep following my blog to read about our next adventure.



Thursday, May 25, 2017

Travel Thursday - By Air, Land or Sea

Just in case you are wondering why I have not posted anything since last week, here's my story and I am sticking to it.  Between flying to Arizona to pick an RV, then driving it all the way to Texas and back to California, time just flew by and soon we were packing again our bags to leave for Canada.  The only travel we didn't do is by sea.  Although we might do a little of that soon as our friends just got their new boat.  Last week we were in Vernon, BC
to look for properties and reconnect with my friend Dot.  After nine years since we last saw each other, there were too many stories to share that we would stay up late each night to get caught up with our lives.  The Okanagan Valley is such a pretty place and I took some photos to share.




Highway 97 going to Vernon, BC


This is the view from the window of the church in Winfield.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Fresh Friday - More Flowers

It has been a very busy time for me and my apologies for those readers and followers who are so great about checking my blog.  With summer being here and the weather is perfect fr golf, I find my self outdoor a lot.  But I know I have taken more photos in an around the area.  So here they are.





 
 

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Foodie Friday - It's all about presentation

Just thought of posting a variety of food photos from our RV trip and the day to day meals.  Of course some are coming from our kitchen and the rest are from restaurants.  As you can see, sometimes, it's all about presentation but then sometimes, looks are very deceiving.  You can be the judge.






 

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Signs Saturday - Welcome signs

When the road seems like it has no ending, that's when you start taking boring photos of everything.  While traveling on our new RV, I found myself doing a lot of different things so I don't get too bored during those long drives.  Although Jeff does not drive for hours and hours without stop, it still feels like a long time to go from point A to B.  During that week we were in four different States.  Arizona, California, New Mexico and Texas.  I'm sure everybody knows Texas is the biggest state.  It seemed forever when we cross the State Line.  I keep asking Jeff "are we still in Texas?".  As much as I like to take great pictures, it was very difficult to take a good one when the RV is on the highway plus the high winds that causes the vehicle to swing side to side.  Anyway, here's three welcome sign that I was able to take and if you zoom on it, you probably would read where we have been.



This one is more of a real welcome sign to the state of New Mexico.
This shows the flag of the State of Arizona.
It's too bad that this sign wasn't designed with a bit more creativity/

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Thor Thursday - Meet the new addition

Don't get too excited, it's not the same as having a new addition to the family.  It's more like a new
addition to the collection of vehicle that Jeff has.  He finally got the RV that he wanted and we had to go all the way to Phoenix, AZ to get it.  Last week we flew to Phoenix and we were picked up by Hunter, the sales person that Jeff has been dealing with.  Prior to arriving to their site, we pass by Walmart to get some of the important supplies for a first time RV owners.  Since we only had our carry on luggage, we had to but all the hoses, special toilet paper, bedding, and others I can't remember.  Hunter decided to stop for lunch at a special BBQ place that he recommended.  It was his treat and that was nice.  We got to their office and Jeff sat down with their finance manager to get all the paper work started.  They offered for us to stay in our new RV on their site and gave us a car to use for the evening to go for dinner or do more shopping.  We had dinner at a Casino and had their special for the night - Seafood boil.  For the next few days, I will be posting our journey from Arizona, New Mexico, Texas and back to California.  Of course I will include photos of scenes from the trip as well as meals we shared with friends, meals I prepared in our RV kitchen and other meals.

The great view from the passenger seat on our new THOR is awesome.

THOR Axis 2016 - 26 ft RV with 3 TV, kitchen, bathroom with shower and sleeps three.

Pork Carnitas Tacos at the BBQ place in Mesa, AZ

Seafood Boil at the restaurant inside the Casino.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Wondering Wednesday - How is this possible?

As you may recall a few months ago, I shared a photo of the first bloom of my orchid plant.  It is amazing how this plant that I received as a birthday gift two years ago, is still producing flowers.  This is the third season and I should have a total of six orchid flowers.  I cannot take all the credit for this because all I do is talk to the plant, admire it and encourage it to bloom.  Jeff in the meantime is very religious about watering them on the same day of the week and a specific time of the day.  We have not move this plant from the original spot that my friend Pam, told me to place it.  Anyway my sister is still wondering how I have not killed this plant but instead have taken care of it that it produces beautiful orchids.  It is a miracle plant and it brings so much joy each day I look at them.

As you can see there's two more waiting to bloom.
 

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Spectacular Sunday - More flowers

Like what I said in yesterday's post, there were more flower photos that I took last weekend so I am featuring more of these spectacular flowers in the neighborhood.  Some of them I know their names but others are just so pretty and so colorful, I just wanted to share them.