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22 Nov 2014 2 Comments
I haven’t posted my Dubai trip last week yet, yes! I was out of Jeddah, KSA again..hurray! It is always a treat to be out of this shell, Oh how I wish it will be forever!
Anyhow, my friends and I were planing a weekend trip for a long time now, so even though I just came back from Dubai and needed a rest, I didn’t miss this happening! And I was right! This place is awesome as if we’re not in Saudi Arabia. And to be surrounded with friends is a bonus in itself!
We left Jeddah late at night and woke up early to catch the sunrise at the beach. I learned the coconut trees were taken from the Philippines, great!
The place is so serene, as if the place was reserve for us only. there was a couple of families fishing along the edge and a few women who are still wearing their abaya, strolling along the beach.
I was having headache all day and took medicine every 4 hrs., but still manage to enjoy the place and my friends company.
Thank you so much for the spectacular weekend! :-)
22 Nov 2014 Leave a comment
The address, Dubai mall
While I was looking for the exit door at Dubai mall, as I look up, i saw this reflection of “the address” a five-star hotel connected to Dubai mall. I immediately took a snap shot.
Below is a normal photograph of the hotel outside the Dubai mall.
09 Nov 2014 3 Comments
in Home-baked Cheese Cake Challenge Tags: baking, buko pandan, buko pandan cheesecake, buko pandan salad, cheesecake, home baked cheesecake, homebaking, otap, pandan essence, Philadelphia cream cheese
Buko pandan is a very popular dessert in Filipino gathering. Buko (young coconut meat) pandan (tropical plant in Asia usually used in cakes to give a beautiful aroma and green colour) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pandanus_amaryllifolius.
In buko pandan salad, I usually mixed the pandan essence with the gulaman (jelly) and this is exactly what i did in this mini cheesecake.
First, I mixed the coconut juice about 1 cup with a small packet pandan flavoured jelly, let it boiled for few minutes, I didn’t add any sugar in the mixture, thinking the calories I gonna have when I eat all cheesecake hahaha of course, You can always add (at your own risk!) ;-). Keep it aside and once its solid, cut it into any shape, I choose- heart shape!
To make it more authentic, I used otap as a crust ( a small oval shape puff pastry- made with a mixture of flour,coconut,shortening and sugar)
1 pkg of otap biscuits, crushed
2 tbsp of unsalted butter
2 pkg (250g ea) Philadelphia Cream cheese
1/2 cup plain yoghurt
1/2 cup white sugar
1 tsp pandan essence
1/3 cup condensed milk
shredded young coconut meat
1 drop green food colour
Gulaman (jelly) pandan flavoured
1 cup coconut juice
sugar (according to your taste)
Pre heat oven Gas mark #3
Crushed the otap,mix with melted butter and press crumbed mixture into the bottom of the springform pan, set aside.
Beat cream cheese until fluffy, add sugar and yoghurt. Beat in eggs one at a time until well combine .Add shredded coconut meat,panda essence and condensed milk. Pour into the prepared pan. Baked for 45 minutes (if using small cupcake pan) 1hour and 30 minutes if using a normal 9 inches springform pan. Topped with a heart-shaped cut jelly and coconut meat, sprinkle with pandan powder mixed with fine caster sugar.
Ladies, I divided the cheese mixture into two, one with green food colour and one with out. You can experiment any combination you want to make it more pleasing to the eyes, but this flavour is so yummy with or without colour
08 Nov 2014 Leave a comment
03 Nov 2014 Leave a comment
I know, my birthday was last week and I just turned fifty-five.. so this is the start of a life that’s full of excitement or forgetfulness ? hahaha well, I didn’t forget to post this but I got caught up with a busy schedule and celebrations!
It was a wonderful feeling to have friends who insisted to celebrate my bday (take note..I didn’t spend any halala) and it didn’t end up with one celebration but three! I’m a lucky lady!
First, joy-riding Jeddah ;-0 huh! touristic celebration ..we ended up having a drink and pizza at marina.The breezy night and the ambience made the feeling more wonderful.
2nd celebration – Friday barbecue et.al courtesy of my friends once again. Without a family on my side, so happy to have my friends around. Thank you Lord!
Psst… no pictures got uploaded at their own request hehehe everyone was working to the max! No time to do make up for photo shoot ;-) So here’s some of the food we ready on my bday (2nd day)
3rd celebration: at work, with my consultant and staffs. Of course I baked my cheesecake :-)
a simple celebration at work with beautiful people who I work with for many years. what a day!
and my bff came in the morning too!
followed by my most charming and beautiful FA friend. Thank you for the baked mac!! yummy ;-)
and lastly, the night ended with more beautiful people inside -out..You all made my bday complete!!! Thank you so much!
” One of the most beautiful qualities of true friendship is to understand and to be understood “
- Lucius Annaues Seneca
Thank you so much my friends.
and at midnight receiving a call from my sons and read this message:
Thanks for everything. Thanks for being a great parent no matter how rebellious i become. I like to believe that your level of understanding is better than anyone. Your wisdom matches no other. Even my own. My “smart know it all” version. You have carried kuya and i’s dreams so far. I just wanted to let you know on this special day that. Youve known that i always hated the idea of looking up to someone. But i would like to let u know that you have set the example so high there is no one else other than you to look up to. I was never great at getting gifts for you so yea.
Thanks for all the love and support. Even on your birthday i can only remember all the great gifts you have given me.
I know i don’t show it much but thanks for being a great parent/friend. I hope all the people you have cared for through these years have given you one amazing day.
Happy birthday and much love to you.—–
You bet..welling up till morning..so much happiness and blessings. Thank you Lord.
26 Oct 2014 2 Comments
On turning 55..
Life is what we make it..
Fifty five years of joy,laughter,tears and triumph..
For awhile I thought when I hit fifty, life will be boring,but I was wrong!
Every trials are challenges that makes life more meaningful..
And now I am fifty five..I am more excited of what life has to offer..
A new beginning, new memories to make..