Sunday, December 2, 2007

Colbie Caillat- Bubbly

Love love this song :)
Watch the video here...

Will you count me in?
I've been awake for a while now
You got me feelin like a child now
'Cause every time I see your bubbly face
I get the tinglies in a silly place

It starts in my toes
And I crinkle my nose
Wherever it goes
I always know
That you make me smile
Please stay for a while now
Just take your time
Wherever you go

The rain is falling on my window pane
But we are hiding in a safer place
Under covers staying dry and warm
You give me feelings that I adore

It starts in my toes
Make me crinkle my nose
Wherever it goes
I always know
That you make me smile
Please stay for a while now
Just take your time
Wherever you go

What am I gonna say
When you make me feel this way
I just mmmmm

And it starts in my toes
Makes me crinkle my nose
Wherever it goes
I always know
That you make me smile
Please stay for a while now
Just take your time
Wherever you go

I've been asleep for a while now
You tuck me in just like a child now
'Cause every time you hold me in your arms
I'm comfortable enough to feel your warmth

And it starts in my soul
And I lose all control
When you kiss my nose
The feelin' shows
'cause you make me smile baby
Just take your time now
Holdin' me tight

Wherever wherever wherever you go
Wherever wherever wherever you go
wherever you go

I always know
'Cause you make me smile
Even just for a while

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

"Feed me..."

When you're pregnant, your actions, temperament and especially your diet are being influenced (consciously or unconsciously) by your pea in the pod. :)

For me, I really didn't have a bad craving unlike other preggy moms. I practically can eat or will eat anything edible hehehe (except for those that my OB told me not too) So I guess Baby J didn't have an influence on the type of food I'd eat.

But talking about the frequency when to that's a different story.

Early in my pregnancy, I would require munching every 2 hours. I would even wake up at the wee hours of the morning, 2am and then 4am and then 6am, feeling hungry and having the need to munch on something, anything.

I would usually eat a slice of bread, a few crackers or maybe a bowl of cereal. Well it would all depend on what's available and within reach.

I'd feel so sleepy but the same time sooo hungry. It's like your body is telling you "Go back to sleep..." but there's a voice whispering in your ear "Feed me..." So I would end up having no choice but to follow my stomach :)

Then on the later part of the 2nd trimester, the two hour intervals became 4 hours...whew! No more waking up in the middle of the night but mind you, there's got to be food if I asked for it. Because if not...bad mood! ahahahha

Now that I'm on my 3rd trimester, it's easier now. I don't feel hungry as much as before and still no particular cravings. Oh and this is my food schedule now :)

  • 9:30AM-10AM - wake up and grab breakfast

  • 12nn - Lunch

  • 3PM-4PM - merienda

  • 7PM - dinner

  • 10:30PM - midnight snack

  • 1AM - no food just wiwi break :)

  • 5AM - light snack (cracker, 1 slice of bread or pandesal)

* Well I mentioned that I didn't have a real craving during this pregnancy right. Oh I just remembered that during the 1st trimester I craved for Chili's mashed potatoes. But that was just a short stint but I really could finish the whole serving all by myself. :) Then just last month, I craved for pineapples which I NEVER and HATED eating before but then tasted oh so yummy. :) Now, I'm back to having no cravings, just make sure there's food when I ask for it! hahaha

Monday, November 26, 2007

Our dreams...

At 34 weeks, Ric and I are getting anxious and excited with the upcoming arrival of our baby :)

Well Ric is still in Hanoi and his flight will still be on the 28th of December and my estimated due date is January 8 of next year. Hopefully everything goes well and as scheduled so that Ric wouldn't have to miss Baby J's birth in case he decides to come out early (Oh no! Wait for daddy, baby.) :)

The other night, Ric and I had this conversation about what we dream for Baby J to be when he grows up.

Well being the sporty type, Ric immediately said that he dreams or would like Baby J to excel in "Just like Kobe" he said. So I told him, ok let's enrol him to the Milo Best Training Camp as soon as possible heheheh

We finished our conversation and said our goodnights but I wasn't able to tell Ric my dreams for Baby J. Hmmm...a successful doctor, lawyer, engineer, businessman or maybe a famous star, performer, athlete, many good many dreams...

Well I realized that no matter what Baby J decides to be when he grows up, all we can do as parents is to guide, encourage and support him.

Then it came to me that I should've told him that my real dream for Baby J is... to be just like be just like his dad.

Monday, October 29, 2007

Tried and Tested Recipes

Here in Hanoi, I was able to experiment again with different recipes and create new dishes for me and my honey. It's amazing that everything is all in the web! You just have to read the instructions carefully and the rest is up to you. So here are some of the home cooked meals that we've tried and enjoyed.

Latina's Adobo
*My honey's all time favorite!

pork belly (preferable the ones with alternating fat and meat)
cooking oil
onion (chopped)
garlic (pressed)
soy sauce
boiled egg (optional)
laurel leaf (optional)

- Boil the pork belly first for about 15 minutes in water. Wash, drain and set aside.
- In a pan, heat some oil, then add the onion.
- When it becomes transparent, add the pork belly and fry until it turns brown on the edges.
- Add the soy sauce, vinegar, garlic, sugar, pepper
* The ratio of soy sauce and vinegar is 1:1. Remember to wait for the vinegar to boil before stirring or else it make the dish taste sour.
- add the boiled eggs and laurel
- leave for 20-30 minutes or until the pork gets tender
- adjust the seasonings according to your taste

Halaan (clams) and Malunggay Soup
*Remember to soak the clams in SALT water for maybe...half a day. Just so to make sure that they expelled all the sand in their systems :)

Steamed Tilapia
* A healthy alternative compared to the fried ones. Just go easy on the soy sauce.

Butter Garlic Shrimp (Dampa Style)
- marinate the shrimps in either Sprite or 7-up for 15-30 minutes (para mawala yung lansa)
- saute garlic in butter, pag medyo ok na, add the shrimp
- pag medyo reddish/orangey na, add knorr ginisa mix, sugar, 2 tsp. of the sprite/7up marinade, para di sya dry, mix ulit.
yung seasonings, i-adjust niyo na lang according to your preference.
- you may add chili powder or sweet chilli sauce para medyo spicy.
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Adobong Kangkong
*The ever famous kangkong comes alive with a lemon twist

Pork Tongkatsu
*I never thought this dish would be so easy to make.

Chicken Fillet with Oyster Sauce (Fried Rice Topping)
*You can also use shrimps for this one.

Friday, September 21, 2007

Baby's 24th week checkup

September 18, 2007

Today is our 24th week checkup with Vietnamese OB, Dra. Nguyen Thi Tan Sinh. We were supposed to go and see her last month but she was out of the country. We found out that she attended a doctor's conference in Greece. Wow!

Dra. Sinh was recommended to us by Dra. Helen Ng. We've heard and read that she's the best OB here in Hanoi!

"Dr. Nguyen Thi Tan Sinh: Gynecologist and Obstetrician (Vietnamese)Dr. Sinh is one of Vietnam's leading specialists in women's health issues, trained in France, Vietnam and Australia. She combines a busy practice with writing research articles on gynecology and obstetrics for publication in both French and Vietnamese medical journals. Dr. Sinh headed up the Gynecological and Obstetrics Department at the Vietnam International Hospital for three years, before joining the Hanoi Family Medical Practice in 2000. She speaks fluent English, French and Vietnamese."
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With her credentials, it's understandable why she can charge $30 for foreigners. Ouch!

Our appointment was scheduled at 4PM. Ric just worked at home and we left around 3:15PM. We got there too early and the clinic was still closed so we just waited at another clinic just beside Dra. Sinh's clinic. It was a pediatric clinic and the nurses looked ok except that they were wearing slippers! hahaha Uniquely Vietnam!

They started talking to us in Viet and I couldn't understand a word that they were saying. After many repetitions and hand gestures, they were asking us if we were Koreans. We said no, from the Philippines. I can't count how many times people here taught we were Koreans!

First impression of Dra. Sinh, she was very accomodating and answered all our questions. She can converse well and was also excited for our coming baby.

Our checkup went well, baby is well and also mommy :) She had a machine to check the urine and the result was ready in minutes. Everything was normal :) I now weigh 130 lbs! Kinda scary huh? I was 116 lbs before I got pregnant. But I know I need to gain weight for our baby.

Also one thing that made our visit to Dra. Sinh memorable was that she used a fetoscope instead of a doppler to check our baby's heartbeat. It's our first time to see one of those and it was so cool! We didn't know that a thing like that existed!

Now time to celebrate! We went to Quan An Ngon for dinner, well an early dinner! :) We ordered Vietnamese pancake, crab in tamarind sauce and rice. But we were not yet satisfied, especially me, so we ordered a bowl of Pho Bun Hue. Then for dessert we each ordered Che. Che is like their version of our halo halo and ginatan. Yummy!

It was a great day! Spent the whole day with my husband, healthy baby and mommy and ended with a good dinner!

Last weekend

I'm a week late again. Oh well as they say...better late than never. hehehe

Last Friday, Sept 14.
Ric and I had dinner at our ever favorite porridge place with our Singaporean friend, Edmund. He's back here in Hanoi for meetings and would also attend a wedding of one of his engineers in Saigon.
After dinner, we went to the night market and I was able to buy 4 kitty cat pouches. But I think these are over runs of those being sold in Vincom and is originally made from Japan. Because the ones being sold at the night market was way much cheaper and also you have to double or triple check the quality. Some have stitching and zipper problems and a few small stains here and there. Then we walked a few blocks to buy some DVDs.
We saw a lot of foreigners/backpackers having Bia Hoi (draft beer) on the street. This was an amazing sight for me because I had this impression that they would be in a nice and cozy cafe instead. But they were sitting on the plastic blue chairs, having their drinks and some even chit chatting with the locals.

Damn that yellow light!....
When we got home, I checked the pouches again and I saw some damages on two of my purchases! Grrrrr! Oh well, I'll know better next time.

Saturday, Sept 15.
We invited Edmund to come over to our place for lunch. Ric and I cooked pork adobo (thank you Mama Sita), Vietnamese spring rolls and vegetables from the market.
Then we watched Bourne Ultimatum on DVD.
Luckily for dinner, Edmund invited us to eat at Little Hanoi, his treat! So we went, no second thoughts! :) Dinner was great and as usual the place was packed by travellers and I think we were the only Asians there. After eating, we went again to the kitty stall and I bought more this time and we made sue to really checked the product. Then we went again to the DVD place cause Edmund needs to buy a couple more movies and complilations. Singapore doesn't have pirated DVDs ny the way, that's why he's hoarding!

Sunday, Sept 16.
Just a lazy Sunday for the Simbols :) Our time to just rest and relax!

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Hot Mamas!

Being pregnant doesn't mean you can let go of yourself. A pregnant woman can be as sexy as ever! So to all you pregnant women out to frump! :) This is our time to shine!
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