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Sunday, July 20, 2014

"A portraits of my daughter, once a week, every week, in 2014."

Babygirl, we went to the city center this afternoon. After we ate ice cream we took few photos of the big buildings. When  I asked you to stand and pose for me you did this. It was nice to see you happy while running around and stand still while I snapped photos. 

You have been so talkative lately. You also showed more interests in dancing and singing. However, you love to spend outside now than playing inside the house. The berries are now ready to eat and as always you stayed there all the time to pick and eat berries. We walked and ride a bike almost every afternoon. You skipped nap time these days, but it's okay. The weather is really nice and we all enjoyed it every single day. 

Travel Diaries: Stockholm, Sweden

Friday, July 18, 2014

Almost two weeks ago, our little family had a cruise trip to Stockholm. It was the first time that we all have travelled together outside the country with the older kids. The main reason for the trip was for me to meet my best friend who's that time came to Sweden for a short vacation. I asked her a favor if she can bring something for my family in the Philippines. She agreed so we made the trip the same time they were there.

It was a perfect timing because hubby had currently enjoying his three-week summer vacation. So, we thought we could bring the big kids with us if they want, as well. They said yes, so we all went there. 

It was just a cruise trip, so we don't really stay in Sweden for nights. We only had 4-5 hours to explore the city which was just right. We walked through old streets, through those old and high buildings. We visited the King's Castle, Nobel museum, the harbor, the shopping streets, and many more. We dined at Italian restaurant and all enjoyed pizza and spaghetti. Yes, nothings really special  for our lunch, you know!

The weather was great and it feels really summery on that day. Thankfully, it didn't rain. The sun was shining brightly. My best friend and I did a lot of catching up. Talking whatever we could think to talk about. The last time we saw each other was last year, during our family vacation in the Philippines. We never talk often every day as she live in Asia and time is different. But every time we meet again, it seems that everything's just the same. We are the same young best pals we have known back in college. 

Here are some of the photos I took at Stockholm, Sweden. Excuse for the blurry photos. They were all taken with an iPhone 5s. 

Lastly, you may want to check our Stockholm visit in 2012 and 2013. Read it here and here

Where did you spent your summer vacation this year?

Recipe: Spring Rolls/ Lumpia

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Growing up spring rolls or lumpia is one of my favorite food. This food is famous in the Philippines and is always present in every occasion. I love it very much. Now that I am far away from home I sometimes miss this kind of food. Thankfully, there's always an Asian store where you can buy the ingredients anytime you want to cook Filipino food. Well, most of the ingredients I can buy in a local supermarket except the spring rolls wrapper. 

Today, I am going to share to you this simple and easy recipe: The Spring Rolls. You have probably know how to make it or read the recipe somewhere, but my cooking style is different and so I am so happy to share it to you today. Hope you like it. If you haven't tried cooking it, why not try now? 

Spring rolls is best serve as a snacks or often serve as an appetizer. It is crispy and delicious and is very common in Asia. 

Spring Rolls Recipe


400g ground meat
Spring roll wrappers
3 medium size carrots, cut into small pieces
1/2 cabbage, sliced into small pieces
1 red onion, cut into small pieces
Spring onions, cut into small pieces
2 eggs
2 tablespoon soy sauce or more
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
black pepper
2 cups vegetable oil or any cooking oil for deep frying


1. In a large bowl combine sliced carrots, sliced cabbage, onions, spring onions, soy sauce, garlic and egg.
2. Beat another egg and set aside. Use this to seal the spring roll wrappers.
3. To make the lumpia:
Simply place your spring roll wrapper on a clean surface or a plate.
Scoop the mixture to the wrapper and rolled.
Sealed/close the wrapper at the end with beaten egg just put a little amount. (see photo)
Repeat until everything is done.
4. Heat the oil in a cooking pan.
5. Deep fry the spring rolls until the color turns to golden brown.
6. Remove from cooking pan and place in a plate lined with paper towels (to absorb the oil).
7. Serve with any kind of sauce you like.