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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Swine Flu: What to Do About it

I am one of the people who worry about swine flu. After doing some research, this is what I've found. Hope this would keep us away us from getting swine flu.

The number of deaths attributed to swine flu may be climbing. But anxiety about it is climbing even faster. Understandably. At any moment, you can find someone, somewhere -- the TV, the radio, the cube next to you, the person in front of you at the bathroom line at the ballpark -- talking about it.

No one knows how this will go, and where there’s uncertainty, there’s anxiety. But you can do more than be worried. Here’s what we YOU Docs are doing -- and what you should, too:

1. Accept the control you have (and don’t). You cannot control who gets this flu, how severe it is, and where it will spread. Acceptance lowers stress, and that’s key: Stress weakens your immune system, making you more susceptible to any bug . . . including the flu.

2. Wash your hands! Wash your hands if you shake someone else’s. Wash your hands before and after touching anything. Wash your hands before and after eating. Soap up and really wash!

3. Avoid coughers. If you work in a hospital or near coughing people, talk to your doctor about the prescription antiflu drugs Relenza and Tamiflu.

4. Be smart about crowds and planes. Avoid ’em if you can. And avoid wherever it is that Sanjay Gupta is reporting from -- it is probably an area with high flu rates.

5. Keep your immunity up. Get 7 1/2 to 8 hours of sleep a night. Avoid more than one drink of alcohol a day. Take a multivitamin with 1,000 international units (IU) of vitamin D3 every day. Have chicken soup every day, unless you can’t have too much salt.

6. Carry an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. And use it! Your hands aren’t the only things that pick up germs. Ladies, do you know where the bottom of your handbag has been? Keep your environment clean, too.

7. Wash your hands. Did we say that already? That’s because you need to do it. Now, and when flu season comes back next year, too.


Friday, September 25, 2009

Food Trip Friday: Vietnamese Pho

This is one of my favorite soup, Pho! If you have clogged nose, this is perfect for you to eat!

Pho, anyone? Come dig in with me!

Friday Fill-Ins we go!

1. One week ago we ate lunch with our son at school cafeteria.

2. I love playing under the rain when I was young.

3. Mama told me the importance of saving money for rainy days.

4. God has a great plan for you and me.

5. Take your time to relax and enjoy God's creations.

6.This, too will pass!

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to finishing the laundry, tomorrow my plans include changing the bedding on in the guest room for my in-laws and Sunday, I want to spend quality time with my family, and go to church!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Anniversary Dinner Date at Bistro Resto

On our Anniversary this Monday, we went out for a dinner at Asian/American Restaurant and these are the dishes we each ate. We love Vietnamese foods and these are the foods we eat every time we go there.

Jacob, and ....
Mine, of course!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Sharpen Your Brain with These 5 Foods

There's another way you can sharpen your brain: Revise your grocery list.

Dr. Mehmet Oz, RealAge expert and host of a new national TV show -- The Dr. Oz Show -- recommends adding five important foods to your supermarket tab to help spark a brain boost.

Key Nutritional Knockouts
Eat 'em every day for better brain functioning and overall health.

  • Blueberries: Compounds in the bright berries may help shield against harmful processes tied to Alzheimer's disease and premature brain aging.
  • Eggs: This breakfast favorite is loaded with selenium -- a mineral that could help make your brain years younger.
  • Mustard: What makes mustard so amazing? Turmeric. Getting just 17 milligrams of it a day -- about a teaspoon of mustard -- can help activate genes that control the cleanup of cellular waste in your brain.
  • Salmon: This pink fish is a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, including the type thought to have the most antiaging effects on the brain. A DHA supplement is another way to get your omega-3s.
  • Kale: Getting at least three servings a day of dark, leafy greens high in carotenoids and flavonoids can slow mental dec

Friday, September 18, 2009

Food Trip Friday: Char Kway Teow

This is one of the many Malaysian/Singaporean foods I miss so much. My friends and I used to eat it every Sunday for lunch during our get together day. I just made it for dinner tonight to satisfy my craving for this dish!

(Malaysian Singaporean stir-fried rice noodles with shrimp)

Char kway teow, which means "fried flat noodles," is a popular and cheap dish found in Malaysia and Singapore. Hearty and filling, it started out as a poor laborer's meal. Over time its popularity has spread. Char kway teow was originally stir-fried in lard and it got a reputation as unhealthy. But using vegetable oil makes a much healthier dish with much of the flavor. Other spellings: chow kueh teow, char koay teow, char kuay teow.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Mommy Moments: Treasured Pictures

It's Friday once again; how time flies...Mommy Moments time again. This week theme is all about "Treasured Moments." And here is my entry. Hope you guys enjoy these pictures. Happy Mommy Moments and Weekend at the same time!

mommy moments

After one year of exchanging emails, long distance calls and dates, we finally decided to be sealed for time and eternity in the House of the Lord in in ABQ, New Mexico.

Three years later, our son was born and stayed inside the incubator for a month before we finally go home.

Jake and I first encounter; he smiled at me when I called his name :-)!

Hubby and son at NICU...I love this one!

Jacob's first swimming experienced; he was barely 1 year old here.

Chicken Macaroni Salad, Anyone?

This is one of the Filipino dish that Matt and I couldn't resists; and so I decided to make some after tasting some made by our friends two weeks ago. And here is the picture of "Chicken Macaroni Salad." My husband loves it so much that he even took some for his lunch.

If you guys want a recipe for this, let me know and I will add it here for you.
Thanks for visiting! Have a great day!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Traveling with Kids

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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Car Insurance Comparison

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Monday, September 14, 2009

Me, an Achieving Kid!?

You Were an Achieving Kid

When you were a kid, people often remarked on how mature you seemed. You acted quite adult.

You excelled at school, and you actually enjoyed it to a large extent. No one had to ask you to do your homework.

As a kid, you were probably a bit picky. You liked structure, schedules, and organization.

You had trouble being friends with regular kids. You probably were only friends with other serious children.

Blogthings: Discover the Parts of Your Personality that Have Been Hiding

It must have been because of the hardships I experienced as a kid; that inspired me to do better in everything I do. I wanted to achieve something despite of poverty. For I believe poverty is not a hindrance to achieve our goals and dreams in life...and more than ever not a hindrance to success.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Time to Get a Home Alarm!

Living overseas taught me many lessons in life. When I was living with my Aunt and her family in Malaysia, I had a bad experienced when it comes to security. I never experienced in my life seeing a robber trying to break inside a house. I was alone that time, scared and didn't know what to do but call my cousin on the phone asking him to go home right away. Thankfully, when I turned the lights in my bedroom, this guy immediately left! My Aunt's house was big and located where rich people live, but they didn't installed home security to protect them and their valuable possessions knowing that area is prone to burglars. A friend's employers house has burglarized twice already though they have an alarm system installed. Anyway, when I got here in the U.S.; I became paranoid that I told my husband that when we buy our first house, I want alarm or security system installed as soon as possible. Luckily, the house we bought has already one installed. Having alarm system gives us important benefits. Let me tell you the many benefits of a home alarm installed in your home. It protects not only your valuable possessions, but most of all the lives of you and your family. It also give you peace, security and assurance that everybody and everything in your home is protected. So, if you want security, contact ADT for they have been providing services to their customers both commercial and residential alike. Being a Pentagon, Fort Knox and the White House security system provider made them number one spot in security system business, and the leading home security provider in America.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

You Can Save the Date!

If you are hosting a party of any kind, it isn't not easy as we know it, but because we want the celebration to be as happy and memorable as can be, we will do our very best to make it happen. With all the preparations going on from foods, theme of the party and favors, and there's guests to be notified, planning alone needs a lot of time and effort. Talking about visitors and guests notification, can help you because they offer save the date products. They have many save the date designs and style that fits your need. Why not check them out and browse different products they have such as save the date magnets, save the date postcards or save the date cards. You can even customize it by putting photo to tell the story visually for free. So, what are you waiting for? Visit their website now!

Friday, September 11, 2009

Friday Fill Ins we go!

1. That's a good thing to be.
2. Looking for me; I'm over here!
3. The possibilities include: staying home with my son, going to the mall or visiting friends.
4. Hot and Sour soup is one of my favorite cool day recipes.
5. How will you know whether you like it or not if you don't want to give it a try.
6. Outside right now is a cloudy and a stormy sky.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to sleeping early, tomorrow my plans include walking on a treadmill while doing some more laundry and maybe go to the mall with my son so he can play at the play place there with other kids and Sunday, I want to be with my family at church and rest afterward!

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Thursday, September 10, 2009

Food Trip Friday: Sinigang and Adobo

I made these dishes last night for we are craving for these lately. I am glad that my son eats Filipino foods and these two are his favorite!

Pork Sinigang and...

Pork Adobo...Yummy!

Watch the Ironman 70.3 in Branson!

Are you an avid fan of Ironman? If so, then you wouldn’t want to miss the inaugural race which will takes place in Branson, Missouri on the 19th of September 2010. The Ironman 70.3 Branson will serve as one of the 34 worldwide qualifying events for the 2010 Foster Grant Ironman World Championship 70.3 in Clearwater, Florida.This competition is one thing my husband and son would really enjoy watching. Since it would not takes place till next year, it would be nice to plan on going there with the whole family.

Accommodation would not be a problem because there is the Hilton Branson Convention Center where you and your family could stay. The hotel is within easy driving distance of Branson’s championship golf courses, lakes, museums and 49 live entertainment theaters. It is also right across the street from the Fountains of Branson Landing, which is the finish line for the competition, as well as where the awards ceremony will takes place. The competition starts with a 1.2 mile swim in Table Rock Lake, which is one of the beautiful lakes in the area. Then the competitors will bike 56 miles through the Ozark Mountains, and finish with a spectator friendly 13.1 mile run.

This sound very tiring to me that is why if we go there, I would probably go out window shopping as well as enjoy a river walk. At the end of the day, we would go dine out in one of the finest restaurants in town. A trip to an amusement park would be the highlight of our vacation since the whole family gets to go together. I really like going to Branson because there is always something for everyone to enjoy and have the fun with. So, wait no longer; visit their website now to book you reservation!


Saturday, September 5, 2009

What is Tapsilog?

Tapa is dried or cured beef or venison, although other meat or even fish may be used. The term tapa however, has mostly become associated more with this form of cured meat and tinapa filipinos prepare thin slices of meat and cure it with salt and spices as a method of preserving it. Tapa is best fried or grilled, often served with rice, fried egg and achara (pickled papaya strips). (literally "made into tapa") with smoked fish.

Tapsilog is the term used when tapa, garlic-fried rice ("sinangag"), and fried egg ("itlog") are combined into one meal, which is served primarily during breakfast. The word tapa is related to the Sanskrit term tapas which means "heat". In Tagalog, a restaurant that primarily serves tapa is called a tapahan, tapsihan or tapsilugan. According to some sources, "tapsilog" and "tapsihan" are slang words. However, these terms are used by those restaurants and many Filipinos of all social strata. Tapsilog and tapsihan, therefore, may be considered standard words in the Filipino language and not slang. The word tapsilog has spawned many other dishes, all having fried rice (or garlic fried rice) and fried egg in it and suffixed with silog.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Food Trip Friday: Tapsilog

After school, Jacob decided that he is hungry with Chinese foods, so we went to a Vietnamese restaurant that serves certain Filipino foods. I saw on their menu that they have "Tapsilog." I ordered one for my son and he loves it. I forgot my camera, so this photo is courtesy of google.

Friday Fill-Ins we go!

1. I feel better now that I started the treatment for being anemic (I really have to... doctor's order).

2. Spending time with my family is always fun.

3. Right now, I can hear these things: Husband eating dinner and son watching his fave TV show at Noggin (Go Diego Go).

4. It is almost fall and I'm glad because the weather is much better than summer!

5. The last time I visited my family in the Philippines was last April 2009.

6. It would be nice if we go visit my in-laws in New Mexico this this Labor day weekend.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to dropping EC's and blog hopping before going to bed, tomorrow my plans include calling my friend to confirm Saturday's concert we will go to on the 13th and Sunday, I want to
once again go to church, rest and visit friends.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

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Tuesday, September 1, 2009

What Grade Should You Teach?

You Should Teach Second Grade

You are an excellent communicator and instructor. You would take teaching seriously.

You know how to present a subject in many ways. You are good at coming up with examples.

You are both supportive and challenging. You know when to push, and you know when to praise.

You have a lot of energy, and you don't get discouraged easily. You don't give up on people.