Tests, Examinations

Life is like a test. There is a multiple choice, enumeration, essay and fill in the blanks.

I choose to answer first the multiple choice.  Every morning when you wake up, you can choose either to be happy or sad.  And everyday I choose to wake up happy.  No matter what happened during the night.  I may grumble a bit but eventually when consciousness kicks in, so does the happiness. The happiness that God deemed me worthy enough to have another day to spend with my children and my husband.  Another day to enjoy life’s blessings.  But this is not always so.  There will always be days that I’ll wake up miserable no matter how my kiddies or my husband tries to make me smile. But still it was my choice and I stand by it.

Another part of the test is enumeration.  Counting off the graces and blessings that I received from God. The immeasurable joys that I get each and every day with my children and the unfathomable love that I have for my family and God.

Essay.  My favorite part.  I get to ramble on and on and on and on of everything and anything under the sun.  Sometimes I might dwell on one specific topic for the rest of the day, week or month but oftentimes, it changes by the minute or hour.

And lastly, the fill in the blanks.  No other explanation just fill in the blanks.  I get to start the sentence and you just fill in the blanks.  People who knew me or claimed to know me might be able to give a near to or a correct answer.  But there is no right or wrong.  For the answers depends entirely on your perception of me. The same applies on reverse. You can start the ball rolling and let me finish the sentence.

Everyday is a test.  Either we pass or fail but no matter what we just got to live life the way we see it best.

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Fear

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The familiar brings comfort and sometimes it is the main reason why we are in a rut. Fear of the unknown stops us. Letting go of fear, replacing it with God’s words of affirmation is more than enough comfort. Be brave. Be bold. Explore the world. Be a disciple by living your life. In God’s perfect time, everything will be alright. Amen.

Sad and Alone

Be thankful of what you have.  The trials are mere reminders that you are human and prone to human failings.

Whatever you are going through it is by far better, than what others are up against with.

Life is but a journey and being at the stage of your life now, it is journey worth having.

Whatever “wrongs” you have done in the past, it is but in the PAST!  There is NOW, the present, that you can right everything.  Wallowing in past mistakes will not make your present a better one but rather a bitter one.

You may not have much to speak of, but I bet when you die, a lot of people will say, “tsk, tsk!  Taken too soon!”

Being sad, feeling alone is but fleeting.  Read.  Watch TV. If everything else fails, why not pray?

Do not accept failure.  Do  not accept negativity.

When rejection hits like a ton of bricks, accept it but rise above the emotion.  YOU are a much better person that they perceived you to be.

Don’t let the negativity ruin the light in your eyes.  There is much more better options out there than what has been presented to you.

Your environment does not define you.  Reach out.  There is a lot of opportunities out there and it takes only your belief in yourself to come out a winner.

Love yourself and laugh.  You may not able to do it now, but with practice it will come naturally.

Finally, be kind! It’s free.

Breath!

Breath!

Don’t Worry, Be Happy

I have been suffering from lack of sleep. Gritty eyes, pounding headaches, muscle spasms and just plain uncontrollable urge to close my eyes.

But I cannot and will not.

I sleep sporadically.  Hence it is playing havoc with my system.  I should be in dreamland by now but here I am holding my trusty phone writing the night away.

I had an hour nap late this afternoon and an hour nap again when i’ve put my babies to bed. Two of my siblings have sent me emails already to shut it and sleep.

But I can’t so I browsed through my phone’s photo gallery and 2 images caught my attention.

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We are but humans and part of our make up is to feel emotions. To love, to hate, to worry.  I have my share of “worries” and try very hard to stop myself from doing so.  I can say God will take care of everything but that little cynic in my brain would say that God gave you free will to work things out.  And I conclude that it must not negate each thought as I can merge them to have me say that God gave me free will to work things out with my faith and HIS guidance.

Today might be gloomy and dark and the next day thereafter but a day will come that ray of sunshine will pass through that dark ominous cloud.

I know, I have been there!

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images credited to instagod_ on Instagram.

I, thank you!

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Life is too precious to dwell on the negative stuff. Affirmation and recognition are some of the ingredients on having a wonderful life. No matter how crazy a day is, having 2 beautiful human beings, breathing, giggling is more than enough to give me courage to stand up and be a mom. Let us be kind to each other. Spread love and give thanks.

Chicken curry

Cooking is my passion, not.

Through the years I have tasted and eaten different kind of curry. Traditional Indian, Thai version among others and either chicken or beef.

Once in a while I craved for spicy foods.

I really dont know how good my version of chicken curry is as I only have my husband’s words. But accordingly he has been trying to replicate it at work and he couldnt get it right. Yay!

My recipe has evolved from the recipe book to its present form.

Ingredients:

*Pound of chicken wings (can use more, depends on how many are you serving)
*2 medium potatoes, cut chunks
*2 medium to large carrots (i prefer 1 cup of baby carrots or cocktail ones)
* 3 or 4 tbsp of vegetable oil
*salt and pepper to taste
*curry powder
*soy sauce
*5 cloves garlic, smashed
*1 onion, julienne
*ginger, julienne
*cup and half of  water

Process:

Pour 2 tbsp of vegetable oil on frying pan, heat.

Sautee garlic till you can smell it, then add onion and ginger. Put some salt and pepper. Mix. When evenly mixed and browned a bit, add chicken wings. Mix. Add a bit of oil to help the sauteeing/frying of chicken wings.

When chicken turns brown and juices are coming out, add water. Bring to boil. Add 1 tsp curry powder, salt and pepper, just enough for  water to taste.  Bring to boil again. Simmer for 5 minutes and taste.

On 5 minute mark add potatoes and carrots. Bring to boil then simmer for 20 mins. Mixing every now and then.

Check the softness of potatoes and carrot. Simmer for another 10 minutes. By now potatoes has given your curry its starchy features.

Add 1 tsp curry powder or more depends on how spicy you want it. Add some soy sauce for color. Bring to a boil. Turn of fire.

Best with steamed rice.

Fire should be at medium (6 for some) thw whole time your cooking.

And that’s it. It is as simple as that and I don’t know if it really is exceptional but so far every time we have it for dinner, my husband cleans out his plate.

When we cook, it is mostly trial and error. Thats how we evolved established recipe and make it our own.

Happy eating!

Stuff and kids

This would be an attempt to chronicle our lives through my phone.

An everyday check list for me who relies heavily on smartphone from doctors appointments to grocery lists.

Still trying to get a hang of things, but getting there everyday.

First off, we are a family of 4. Me, my husband and our babies, a toddler girl and a baby boy.

I used to be this happy go lucky single person who with a stroke of luck hooked up with the most amazing man and so far has produced 2 adorable human beings, that gives us joy every single second of their existence.

Being a mom to this 2 is not all rosy as all mom would tell you. It has its challenges and it takes a lot of patience to get through each day. There are off days as can be expected but no matter how crazy a day is, a tiny squeak “mama” is more than enough to lift your spirits up.

The way I see it now, its the bestest 3 years of my life and counting. A heck of a ride and worth all the sleepless nights and crazy days anybody can conceive.

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