A Tribute to My Favourite Teacher – Mam Flor Octavio

Today I received a very sad news that Mam Flor Octavio, one my favourite High School teacher in Manila Central University had passed away.

I really cried because she was part of my humble success at this age of mine, she is one pillar of my success.  She was my Third Year Adviser in III-Humility, I remember that I was the Class Officer that time (President or Vice ata) that time.

She was soft spoken and although she may not be the best History teacher one can ever have but her words of wisdom to me when we are personally having our intimate moments were all very lasting.  Naalala ko pa nung naiinis ako sa higpit ng Mama ko, she told me na huwag daw akong magtatanim ng galit sa aking Mama, Love lang daw kami ng Mama ko at eventually pag tumanda na kami pasasalamatan pa namin ang higpit na iyon.  She was right…After that I feel that I have a big sister in her na nakakausap ko.  Right after my second year college, hindi na ako nakapunta sa MCU High School and we lost touch.

Kaya naman last December 2014, during our 25th High School Reunion, napakasaya ko nang makita ko muli sya.  At muli we exchange pleasantries. I hugged her tight, I remember and I Thank her.  Then she told me, hinding hindi ko ito makakalimutan – “Bilang isang guro masaya ako na makita ko kayong maayos na ang buhay, mahirap man ako, hindi matutumbasan ang saya ko.”  Then followed by a tight sincere hug.

Salamat po sa iyo Mam Flor, I LOVE YOU po alam mo iyan.  No One forgets a good teacher. Thank you teacher you had been a bridge to our success….Hindi ka man sundalo pero saludo po kami sa inyo.

Sa iyo aking guro, have a safe journey back to Our Father’s home.

Note: I am still procrastinating writing a blogpost about our MCUHS89 25th Reunion, but sadly nauna pa itong sad post na ito…

A good teacher is like a candle — it consumes itself to light the way for others. ~Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, translated from Turkish

A Plea to My Fellow Kapamilyang OFW

After watching PINOY ABROAD – it melts my heart seeing our Pinoy OFWs who are not as lucky as others…

Ang OFW hindi lang dugo at pawis ang puhunan kadalasan ang isang paa ay nakabaon sa hukay.

Kaya tayong mga Pamilyang OFW pahalagahan natin ang kanilang paghihirap…ipunin at sinupin ang kanilang pinapadala.

Umalis sila para sa pamilya dapat bumalik sila na may masayang pamilya..pagbalik nila dapat meron silang daratnan na kabuhayan… Nawa sa kanilang pagbalik ay may sarili na silang bahay at hindi na kailangan pang makitira at mangupahan pa.  

Sa mga anak ng OFW, diploma ang inyong ialay sa inyong ina, ama at kapatid. Sa mga katuwang / asawa ng OFW tapat na pagmamahal sa kanila ay ipangako.

Mahalaga ang communication, ano ba naman ang pisong text sa roaming, libreng call sa viber, FB chat, skype, YM, atbp. Kung nakakapag update tayo minuminuto sa ating FB/Twitter/Instagram stat anubanaman ang makausap ang ating mahal na OFW…Tayo ang kanilang lakas at inspirasyon atin itong gampanan….

At sa kanilang pagbalik, at kung dumating ang panahon na hindi sila nakaipon dahil lahat ay pinadala na sa pamilya,huwag natin sa kanilang ipadama na wala na silang silbi.  Higit kailanman mas kailangan nila ang ating pagmamahal. Ating alalahanin ang buhay ng OFW sa kanilang pagbalik sa bayang Pilipinas ay nakasalalay kung paano natin sinupin at ipunin ang kanilang padala.

Muli nais kong ibahagi na pamilya ang dahilan ng kanilang pakikipagsapalaran sa ibang bansa, upang mabigyan ng magandang buhay ang kanilang pamilya sa Pilipinas, kaya marapat lang na sa kanilang pagbalik masayang pamilya ang kanilang daratnan.

Mabuhay ang mga OFW, mabuhay ang Pamilyang OFW…

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To us, family means putting your arms around each other and being there. ~Barbara Bush

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Crispy Kangkong

My son is a very picky eater, letting him eat veggies is a real challenge to me. He eats starchy food {i.e potatoes, kalabasa, papaya and sayote}, but he does not love to eat green leafy veggies. But I am glad that he loves my “Crispy Kangkong”, he told me that it is like his fave yummy chips. You may also try to serve it to your picky eaters.

Crispy Kangkong Ingredients:
1 bundle of kangkong (use the leaves only)
1 egg (beaten)
1 cup cold water (to make it crispy)
1/2 teaspoon salt (asin)
1/4 teaspoon pepper (paminta) – or as desired
2 cups cornstarch or all-purpose flour
Cooking oil
salt and pepper to taste (or Magic Sarap)

Mayo Dip Ingredients

1/2 cup mayonnaise
Catsup (as desired)
Dash of pepper (as desired)

Cooking Procedure

  1. Use the kangkong leaves only {the stems can be used in other recipes.
  2. Wash the leaves and dry.
  3. Mix the batter : egg, cold water, cornstarch/flour, salt/pepper (or maggi sarap).
  4. Dip the Kangkong leaves. Mix until all the leaves are submerged in the batter.
  5. Fan fry the leaves into heated oil. Make sure that the oil is really hot to make it crispy. Spread the leaves when submerging it into the hot oil. Remove from heat when crispy and golden brown.
  6. Remove excess oil by putting it in a plate underlined with napkin to absorb excess oil.
  7.  Serve with mayo dip
  8. Enjoy!

As a Mom we really need to be creative and innovative.  We have to adjust to our kid’s needs.

 

No-Bake Strawberry Cheesecake

 

No-Bake Strawberry Cheesecake


Crust:

  • 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs (MY San Graham Crackers) –there is also crushed graham already available in the grocery store
  • 1 tablespoon  confectioner’s sugar (you can use the regular white sugar if confectioner’s sugar is unavailable)
  • 1/2 cup softened butter
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon powder (to others this is a must for me it is optional)
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg (to others this is a must for me it is optional)

Filling:

  • 1 cup (1 brick) cream cheese (Magnolia Cream Cheese)
  • 1 cup (1 brick) all purpose cream (Nestle Cream) – chilled
  • 1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar (you can use the regular white sugar if confectioner’s sugar is unavailable)
  • 3 tablespoons liquid milk
  • 1 tablespoon or 1 sachet of Knox unflavored gelatin (I really preferred Knox brand)
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice  or vanilla extract (optional)

 

Topping:

  • 1 can (American Garden) Strawberry pie filling (if you want a strawberry toppings)

 

OR

 

  • 1 can (Comstock) Blueberry pie filling(if you want a blueberry toppings)

 

Disclaimer:  this post is not a sponsored post, I have indicated the brands which I used in this recipe for easy reference of my readers.

 

Crust Preparation

  • Crush the graham crackers, if you are not able to buy the crushed version. (it should almost resemble the texture of sand)
  • Mix all the dry ingredients (listed under the crust ingredients)
  • Add the melted butter to bind the mixture.  You can microwave the butter or let it melt naturally.
  • Press into baking dish or aluminum pan. I use the bottom of the glass to press it.
  • Refrigerate the crust  (in the freezer)  while you are still preparing for the filling to harden it.

Filling Preparation (you can use the electric mixer or blender, but in its absence your strength, energy, mixing skills  and hands will be sufficient) – FYI I don’t have the tools so I use the later.

  • All Purpose Cream Mixture – In a bowl mix the all purpose cream and 2 tbsps. of sugar.
  • Cream Cheese Mixture – In a separate bowl fold the cream cheese, remaining sugar,
  • In a separate pan, mix 3 tablespoons liquid milk  and 1 tablespoon or 1 sachet of Knox unflavored gelatin. Whip and heat until completely dissolved. Remove from heat and pour into the Cream Cheese Mixture.
  • Mix and fold the Cream Cheese Mixture and the All Purpose Cream Mixture – mixing it from medium to the maximum of your strength heheheheh – high.
  • Add the lemon juice  or vanilla extract (optional). Mix thoroughly.

To Assemble

  • Pour the cream cheesw mixture  over the chilled crust. Spread evenly. Cover it and refrigerate until set.
  • Top it with strawberry or blueberry pie fillings.  But ofcourse you can also use any toppings that you wish i.e. Crush Oreo cookies, chocolate chips etc.
  • Chill before serving.

Serve and enjoy.  To further enjoy eating this No Bake Cheese Cake it is advisable to really feel how it melts in your mouth.

You can also top it with blueberry pie fillings

Let me know how it works for you.  Happy eating!!!!

 

How Do You Like Your Coffee?

I want mine concocted this way:

– Black coffee with a little sugar only. I am not really partial with coffee creamer.
– Mixture of ½ hot water and ½ tap or cold water.

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How about you? How Do You Like Your Coffee?