Saturday, March 28, 2015

March Read



Finally, after 11 days of no internet connection, I'm back to blogging and it feels so good! While offline, I'm able to read a lot. Mojo is back.

Maid for the Billionaire by Ruth Cardello (Legacy Collection #1)-The plot is very common. A rich guy falls in love with a normal woman. I'm a sucker for this kind of plot, but the timeline of events in this book is over-the-top and somewhat unbelievable. Can a person in real life declare undying love after 7 days? I don't think so. But despite that, I can say that I really enjoyed reading it.

For Love or Legacy by Ruth Cardello (Legacy Collection #2)-The second book of this series for me was much better. The chemistry between the characters is awesome and their love story had me hooked from start to finish. I love it.

The Hiltons: A Family Dynasty by J. Randy Taraborrelli-This is a well-researched, well-written book that chronicles the life of Conrad Hilton. It was a really good read for me. An entertaining read about the Hilton family.

How to Date a Nerd (How To #1) by Cassie Mae-This was such a great book. I read it in one sitting. I couldn't get enough of it. I'm not picky when it comes to books, but I love stories like this one. What a refreshing read!



Strange Bedpersons by Jennifer Crusie-I love this book but if it's in real life, One of the main characters are without a doubt someone whom I will never be associated with. Tess was egotistical, self-righteous and controlling. She was kind of a bitch. She had to argue and lecture about everything. It got tiring after a while. She took everything to the extreme. This isn't a bad book. It's quick and witty and cute, BUT I'm warning you about Tess. She's quite annoying to read.

My Story by Marilyn Monroe, Ben Hecht, Joshua Green- I've never been a Marilyn fanatic, but I was curious about this book because I wanted to hear her story in her own words. A book that looks like a 'tell all', but I am very aware that she is definitely not telling everything because I felt that something significant was missing. It was a quick read for me and made me sad in the end because, to be honest, I didn't learn anything.

Love, Life and Linguine by Melissa Jacobs-Quick and light read. A little predictable, but a nice twist at the end.

Secret Lives of Husbands and Wives by Josie Brown-I thoroughly enjoyed this novel! You can easily relate to the characters. Some of the characters reminded me of people I actually know. This book mimics real life for many people.

Judging a Book by Its Lover: A Field Guide to the Hearts and Minds of Readers Everywhere by Lauren Leto- Not a book for readers but a book for people who want to pretend to be readers. Full of tips for pretending to have read well-known books to impress others, which is ridiculous. Seriously? Why bother to pretend to be someone you are not? What is the problem with admitting that you don’t have the time or the interest to read a certain book? I’m hugely disappointed with this book, this is a book for phonies.

To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han-This was so much more than what I'd expected. This was such a great book.


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Saturday, March 14, 2015

Growing food in the Comfort of our Home And The Things I learned

One of my dreams is to grow edible plants that I can use for my everyday cooking. To be able to go outside our house and harvest a pesticide-free vegetables.The idea of harvesting instead of buying makes me want to try and try again even though I failed several times. To me, gardening is a waiting game because according to Liberty Hyde Bailey "A garden requires patient labor and attention. Plants do not grow merely to satisfy ambitions or to fulfill good intentions. They thrive because someone expended effort on them."
The reason that I prolong to start gardening is, I thought I need tons of supplies. I was wrong. You only need the basics: Soil-less potting mix, pots, water and sunshine and you're good to go.

The Things I learned

Grow Basil from stem cuttings. If you want a regular supply of fresh basil readily available for you to harvest, you need to learn the art of stem cutting. This technique saves you money and teaches you to be extra patient (which I failed to do) in waiting for a longer and thicker new roots before planting it in soil. 

If it ain't broke, don't fix it. This idiom can also be apply to gardening. As you can see below, my basil was very much happy and growing in its original container. I should have just left it alone. Maybe my basil would still be alive. 

Regrow foods from scraps. All along I thought that leftover or scrap vegetables have no used except making it into a fertilizer. I can actually regrow store bought spring onions, as long as they have a little bit of root left on each plant. I just put it into a container with a little bit of water leaving the stem out of the water. After a few days, it begins to grow. I Just wait for a longer and thicker new roots before I planted it in soil. 

Plants need space to grow. They outgrow their pots. Transferring to a larger container or replanting it in the ground outside gives it more space to grow. 
A garden is a grand teacher. It teaches patience and careful watchfulness; it teaches industry and thrift; above all it teaches entire trust.-Gertrude Jekyll

Friday, March 13, 2015

Grocery Haul


Our grocery is good for two people (hubby and I) and our food supplies exactly last for two weeks. We avoid food waste and keep a stockpile of items that we use on a regular basis. We live near a wet market that's why I don't stock up on fresh vegetables and meat. I buy them daily. Note: All price in Philippine peso (1 US dollar equals 45.02 Philippine peso)

I know it's been awhile and my last grocery haul was 3 months ago. I have been busy with tons of things that the last thing in my mind is taking photos of my groceries plus the fact that, before I have the chance to do it, We were already consuming half our food items and I don't see the point of having a haul without the complete picture. 

Tiong Hwa Small Tokwa (50.00) We love this brand of tokwa. 

Santi's Chorizo Pamplona price depend on grams

Yogurt Delight (14.00) each

 (Left to right) Cocobites cookies, Chocolate chips cookies (42.93) and Butter crunch (37.50)

                                                         (Left to right) Choco knots and Chippy

(Left to right) Pork cubes, Oyster sauce, Instant Ulam, Banana blossom, Soy sauce, Tomato sauce, Tomato paste, Sweet pickles and Pineapple tidbits

ChocNut (29.75)

                                Balducci #55 Spirali Pasta (51.95) and Ideal Spaghettini (45.75)

                              (Left to right) Liquid seasoning, Chinese cooking wine and Worcestershire sauce

 
Royal Jelly Honey 

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

February Read



It took me forever to finished these two books for the simple reason that halfway through it, I got bored, lost interest and it became a dragged. I just want to be over and done with it.

Yes Please by Amy Poehler-It's very hard to write this review because I love her on TV, but the book was so disappointing. It just wasn't as fun to read as I anticipated. A lot of fillers which really just take up space. It jumps from theme-to-theme with no chronological organization. I felt like I was reading several short stories with really no direction. I got tired reading about celebrities who I don't know. I am sure if I know them, I would be more interested. This book made me sad because I thought the humor will be the same with I Suck At Girls & Sh*t My Dad Says by Justin Halpern. Overall, this is a much-hyped book.

The Fertile Vampire by Karen Ranney-I thought this book was about a vampire who got pregnant.Well, the heroine is not pregnant despite of the food cravings. I kinda felt like I was dragged along.


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Monday, March 02, 2015

Samples

Receiving free sample of products I usually buy, is one of my favorite things. The idea of waiting for something totally free makes my heart beat fast and, to be honest, This is quite addicting. 
 

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