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And The Secret's Out

.. so here we go again. :)


When I had my adorable Alfonso, friends and family would ask, "When can we expect the next one?"

And since I had just survived a wretched, horrific 9-month pregnancy, my primary answer had always been, "Ask me again after 10 years."

That was 5 years ago.

Last week, I took another one of those over-the-counter tests and passed it. :)

I was excited and elated.

At first.

A few days later, I started feeling nauseated again. (No. No. No. No. NO!)

I hate memorizing the cracks in toilet bowls! Unintentionally!
If you guys only have any idea how many hours I've spent with my head half-way down the rim of any toilet bowl I had access to 5 years ago.. MYGAWDD.

Let's weigh pregnancy, shall we?


No need for belly-hiding clothes.
Excuse from painful stillettos.
Excuse from Annual Physical Exam X-ray.
Statement: I get to have unprotected sex. (HAHAHAHAHA.)
Statement: I am with the IN crowd; along the likes of J.Lo, Jessica Alba and Nicole Kidman.


Morning sickness happens not just in the mornings.
Slow comprehension.
Mood swings.
Food. (It IS a CON during the first trimester! I swear! You pretty much throw up most of what you had.)

Hmmm.. I said it would take me 10 years before another pregnancy.. Oh well. At this time, words are easier to eat back than food.

Besides, I'm sure 9 months is worth the wait as it always is for a mom. :)


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My First Galera

Remembering the fun BETs

Puerto Galera.

Believe it or not, the very first time I set foot on the sands of Galê was last year.

Pathetic, I know.

Even my younger brother has been there a hundred times.

I will have to thank the now disbanded PSU for the awesome fun I had in that teambuilding.

Sharing some of my fave snapshots from the trip...


Meet up at the lobby. (Which I now found odd because we didn't have to "meet up". We were all coming from our Friday night shift!)


As we wait for our, erhm, yacht, to bring us to Galera.


All aboard the speedy yacht. :) Killing time. The ride was supposed to last for 45 minutes to an hour, but took an hour and a half.


The gals.


Homies on da beach. :)


So funny. This was supposed to be a close shot so as to look like a beach full of drunk dancers. They just looked bananas. :)


Before leaving the next day, we made full use of the cams.


And used it good. Haha.


About to board the wooden yacht. :)

Hey BETs, I had a grand time.

Sa uulitin!

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My entry for the Cupcake Round-up II

Where I am from, no traditional feast would be complete without Leche (Spanish for milk) flan for dessert. In some provinces, they are more fond of Ube (Purple Yam). In most places here in the city where they offer iced desserts, Leche Flan and Ube are served together. And since I love both, I decided to have them in one cupcake serving.

Vanilla Cupcakes with Flan Filling and Purple Yam Frosting

Tip: One can make the flan earlier. They keep well in the fridge for a day or two.

Vanilla Cupcakes

• 2/3 cup butter
• 1 1/2 cups sugar
• 2 large eggs
• 2 teaspoons vanilla
• 2½ teaspoons baking powder
• 2½ cups flour
• 1¼ cups milk

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. In large bowl, cream sugar and butter. Beat in eggs, vanilla, baking powder and salt.
3. Add flour in batches of ½ cup, alternating with milk. (End with milk.)
4. Beat at low speed for 30 seconds or until mixture is smooth and consistent.
5. Fill cups two-thirds full. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean.
6. Cool on wire rack.

Flan Filling

• 1 1/2 cups sugar, divided
• 6 egg yolks
• 2 whole eggs
• 1 1/2 cups evaporated milk
• 1 tablespoon of lemon juice (optional)

1. Prepare a baking pan that can hold about 2 cups of liquid (about an inch high in the pan). Melt 1/2 cup of the sugar in the pan over low heat. Tip pan back and forth to distribute caramelized sugar evenly and avoid burning. Set aside to cool.
2. In a medium bowl, mix milk, eggs, egg yolks, lemon and remaining sugar. Mix well and avoid beating to lessen bubbles.
3. Strain egg mixture twice and pour in caramel-lined pan. Cover with aluminum foil and place in a larger baking pan.
4. Set it in the middle shelf of the oven. Pour hot water in the bigger pan until it reaches almost halfway through the height of the custard pan. (Bain marie method)
5. Bake for 1 1/2 to 2 hours or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
6. Let cool to room temperature. To unmold, run a knife around the sides and quickly turn the pan over into a plate. Pour the caramel sauce over it.

I used 2 loaf pans for my flan and it worked just fine. The cooked flan looked like this:


Purple Yam Frosting

• 3 cups grated cooked purple yam (ube)
• 1 ½ cups sugar
• 1 1/4 cup evaporated milk
• ½ cup butter
• about 1 ½ cups fresh milk

1. In a medium sauce pan, mix purple yam, sugar and evaporated milk and place in medium heat. Keep stirring.
2. Add butter in batches. Alternate with fresh milk. Keep mixing until desired consistency, for spreading or for piping. Remove from heat. Let cool.

I was thinking about adding in some purple food coloring, but my purple yam turned out with a pretty shade of purple on its own so I didn't.



1. Cut off the top of the cupcake in the shape of an upside-down pyramid. Flip the top over and cut off about a centimeter from the point of the pyramid.
2. Cut the flan in 1”x1” cubes and use these to fill cupcakes and replace the top of the cupcakes.
3. Frost with purple yam.

The end product was a striking purple garden. Uhm, I thought it was just too purple to look at, so I took a pandan leaf, cut it in triangular strips, and stuck them into the purple yam. It looked posh. And smelled freshly sweet too. :)


Placed them in cute boxes and decided that I may have something special to give out on Christmas. :)


My friends gave it a 10. I gave it a 9. My mom's word is my final scorecard. I'll find out my overall score tonight.

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A New Start

I was all about travel..

For three years, taking calls for an online travel agency is all I can think of doing tirelessly for the rest of my life.

I loved the darned airport codes. The mind-twisting inbound ticket exchanges. The funny (and sometimes, sick) crank yankers. The frustrating hold times with varig.. erhm.. various airlines..

Travel talk kept me up. There never really was a dull moment.

I just LOVED it!

That is, until I got promoted to training people to do the same. This has awaken in me a certain passion for teaching.

It is just so unfortunate that at this day and age, mahirap mabuhay sa pagiging guro.

But I love what I'm doing right now.

Above all, I love the people with me.





What's not to love?

They've been putting up with the biggest beyotch I know for 5 years now.



Five years.

That ain't too long. :)

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