Friday, November 30, 2012

Sweet November

I can't believe that November is officially over! It's been a very good month to me though. I have to end it by saying how thankful I am for everything!

Anyway, it's a long weekend today here in Manila and I'm off to attend one of my best friends' brother's wedding later. What a way to end this month! =)

I'm wishing RJ and Jade love, prosperity and more happiness in the years to come! See you guys later!

{Image: Merci New York}

Thursday, November 29, 2012

A Weekend in Niagara Falls

When we went for a visit to Ontario Canada, Mike's uncle and his family took us one weekend to Niagara Falls and Niagara on the Lake.

Niagara Falls is the collective name for three waterfalls (Horseshoe Falls, American Falls and Bridal Veil Falls) that straddle between the international border of the Canadian Province of Ontario and the U.S. state of New York while Niagara on the Lake is known as the loveliest town in Ontario where Niagara River meets Lake Ontario. Both areas have eclectic restaurants, contemporary/upscale hotels, fun attractions and more.

We rode the Sky Wheel (Giant Ferris Wheel) together with my husband's cousin Naomi.

and saw this breath-taking view from up here...

A closer look of the Falls

American Falls and Bridal Veil Falls
Horseshoe Falls
Maid of the Mist
Mike and me
with the De Leons
Now I understand why it is undoubtedly the most famous waterfall in the world.

Besides the fabulous falls, I fell in love with the quaint picturesque village of Niagara on the Lake and its charming Victorian architecture. This town has a lot to offer. From antique shops, bed & breakfasts, horse-drawn carriage rides, restaurants and wineries. It's like stepping into a movie set.

 I can't wait to go back!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Chaturanga Dandasana

Chaturanga Dandasana (four-limbed staff pose), a pose that is part of the Sun Salutation sequence that is often practiced during Hatha, Vinyasa, Ashtanga and Power Yoga classes. 

It's like a push-up. This pose strengthens the arms and wrists while tones the abdomen. It is a highly delicate and quite challenging pose to perform at first until your arms, back and legs are strong to support you. 

I'm still struggling with this pose but happy to share that I have already developed a bit of an arm strength. Yay! Attending Vinyasa classes regularly and/or continuously practicing at home is starting to payoff. At last, progress! Having a really good perhaps thicker mat helps to aid your practice too! This is for added support and provide cushioning between us and the hard studio floors. 


{Video: Lululemon Information: Yoga Journal}

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

I'm Dreaming of a White Kitchen

We might be moving to a place near the hubby's work. This move might be temporary in lieu of a bigger, more permanent plan. (Yay!) Traveling to and from Metro Manila's Central Business District gets harder and harder everyday due to the traffic situation and the humongous population. That's why we are considering to move to a place nearby. The place doesn't have to be necessarily spacious because it's just the two of us. A one-bedroom apartment or even a studio will do however my prerequisite for this tentative move are white cabinets especially in the kitchen.

There's something about white kitchen cabinets, pendant lights, silver appliances that makes me swoon.

And colorful kitchen stuff too! The items below are all from Anthropologie. An inspiring place to shop that offers one-of-a-kind designs in fashion, home and a lot more.

Chalkboard spice jars

Egg tray

Colorful measuring spoons

Tea and Toast Butter Dish

Bahia Apron

Looking forward for the turn of events. Excited much! 

{Images 1 - Convoy,  2,3,4,5 and 6 - Anthropologie}

Monday, November 26, 2012

New Girl

I have been fangirling over New Girl lately. It's a TV show about a 20-something girl who works as a teacher and finds herself living with three male roommates after answering an ad on Craiglist after a bad breakup.

I like everything about the show from the goofy costars (especially Schimdt), the distinctively quirky writing and Jess Day's fashion sense. She exudes a happy aura and wearing bright and vibrant colors portrays her personality perfectly.

How about you, what's your favorite TV show?

{Image from CollegeFashion}

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Strutting the Streets of Toronto

Toronto is the provincial capital of Ontario and the financial capital of Canada. It is a big, beautiful and efficient city. It's like New York but with a slightly different character. I didn't get to do all the nitty gritty in the city but that's alright because we are planning to move there anyway, hopefully soonish.

We rode the GO bus and the GO train from Brampton at one time. Then drove to the city from Orangeville the second time. Special thanks to our relatives who were very kind to accompany us and show us around.

Toronto Cityscape
This photo was taken outside a window in Casa Loma
We decided to be a little touristy and went to see the CN Tower and Casa Loma. The CN (Canadian National) Tower is a communications and observation tower located in downtown Toronto while Casa Loma is a majestic castle complete with decorated suites, secret passages, an 800-foot tunnel, towers, stables, and beautiful 5-acre estate garden which is now a local landmark and museum located in midtown.

The CN Tower

The hubby having a photo op at Casa Loma's sprawling gardens
Rogers Centre
We also experienced riding the subway like a local, shopping at Eaton Centre (+ 13% tax boo!) and strutting the streets of York and Chinatown.

Eaton Centre
Riding the subway
Old City Hall
This becomes an ice skating rink in winter. This is just across the Old City Hall 
Hop on Hop off
For me, Tim Horton's is the number one coffee shop in Canada and Second Cup places second. This coffee shop was recommended by a cousin-in-law. I ordered their Frrrozen Hot Chocolate. It was sooo sinfully delicious!

We were able to pass by Royal York Hotel where Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II resides during her visits to Canada.


with my cousin in law Ate Jenny and her son Brett Myles

I love the colorful ethnic mix, the beautiful architecture and poutine! I can't wait to go back hopefully on a permanent basis.

Happy Thanksgiving!

{Some information taken from Wikipedia}

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Great Excuses Not to Go to Yoga by Lululemon

So, what's your excuse? Spill!


{Image from Felt and Wire}

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Mango Float

Mango Float is one of my all-time favorite Filipino desserts. I made some a few days ago for the hubby's birthday. It's super yummy yet so simple to make. All you have to do is layer, layer, layer then chill. Oh and nothing beats the taste of Philippine mangoes.

Here's my version prepared in a 9 1/2 x 6 1/2 aluminum pan.
- 2 ripe mangoes
- 2 boxes of Nestle cream (250 ml each)
- 1 small can of condensed milk (168 ml)
- 1 pack of Graham (200 g)

 I made a solid bottom layer of 4 graham crackers

Cover the graham crackers with mangoes

Spread a generous helping of sweetened cream (2 boxes of Nestle cream is to 1 small can of condensed milk)

Crush the remaining graham crackers then sprinkle generously on top of the first mango-cream-graham layer then add some mangoes again and spread the sweetened cream. Repeat the whole layering process until there are no more ingredients left.

Place the dish in the chiller of the refrigerator to chill and thicken overnight.

Just imagine biting through layers of cream mixed with condensed milk, combined slices of ripe Philippine mangoes and slightly salty graham crackers. Need I say more? 

Monday, November 19, 2012

The Julie / Julia Project

We have the exact same wire whisk at home. =)
I watched Julie & Julia over the weekend. I finished reading the book months ago but didn't get to watch the movie when it was shown in 2009.  Being a blogger, I felt completely inspired. I could totally relate to Julie's situation back then when she was still cooking her way into Julia Child's MtAoFC.

I used to be stuck in a humdrum job too only hers was better because she's based in New York. (If I can make it here I can make it anywhere that's what they say - Empire State of Mind II) Sometimes I have melt downs and doubts too. I'm in my thirties and still waiting for plans to push through in my life. (Note to Self: Patience is a Virtue) One key take away from this book/movie is to fuel your passion. It also helps by setting goals and working towards them. I like Julie Powell's writing style. She's sharp, articulate, sometimes funny, sometimes explicit, sincere in a very personal and conversational way.I hope I can cook my way into my dreams soon!

By the way, our former cook in the family is named Julia too! She makes the best pork adobo ever! I miss her. Rest in peace Manang Julia.

{Image from TexasTanya}

Friday, November 16, 2012

Life Lately...

So far, it's been a busy but successful week.

and I'm feeling grateful and hopeful...


Happy Weekend!

{Image from Etsy}

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Listology 101

L - ogs
I - nventories
S - chedules
T - o Dos

Hello! I'm ditching a travel post today to share something that has been a habit of mine since I learned how to read and write. It's surprisingly a powerful way to organize our thoughts.  

I'm a self-confessed list keeper. From grocery lists, meal plans, to dos, packing lists, list of goals, wish lists, blog post lists, our wedding list, you name it I might have it. Making a list unleashes my inner OCD one bullet at a time. There's something about the feeling of crossing something off my list or checking a little checkbox on the side that makes me high or maybe because it simply feels: MISSION ACCOMPLISHED! I could totally relate to Monica Geller of FRIENDS.

I'd like to share the benefits of making/keeping a list. Believe me, it's a big help especially in our era of living in the fast lane with too much information.
  • It brings order to chaos. In short, it keep us organized.
  • It helps us remember things.
  • It relieves stress and keep our minds focused.
  • It keeps us from procrastinating.
  • It makes us efficient.
  • It makes us creative.
  • It helps us dream and reach our goals.
So, are your ready to start listing?

{Images 1 and 2}

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Culinary Arts Institute Encyclopedic Cookbook

I saw this from Fully Booked today after yoga practice. I'm adding this to my Christmas wish list. ;)

Any takers?

Happy Tuesday!

{Image from Book Depository}
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