domenica 31 agosto 2008
Sometime I wonder what my life could have been if my father was still alive and in good health...maybe I would have spent all of time studying, maybe I would already have my degree and fulfilled his dream, maybe...well, maybe I would have been someone else, someone different, someone I wouldn't recognize as myself.
Uhm...at the end of the day I like the person I'm becoming, even though I know I have lots of things to work on, and I know I am this way because of all the things happened till now in my life, so why should I complain, after all?
What a depressing post!
Never mind! I'm off, my kids await! :)
sabato 30 agosto 2008
I like to work ( well, I like to earn money, that's it! :D ) and, lucky me, I am a fast learner, so in a week I became faster than them, I prepare kebab ( or schawarma, it has so many names but take a look at the picture and you'll know what I'm talking about )
in less than a minute, and I already know how to use all of the machines they have ( good things to add to my curriculum for my future career as a dishwasher in some Ny City fast food, muahahahaha..err...I mean, it is always good to know how to do lots of different things and collect experiences for, anywhere I go and as long as I have my own two hands, I can work to make a living :) )
There are good and bad things about working in a fast food ( not a big one such macdonalds or whatsoever, but a small-medium sized one, not situated in the middle of the city but still in a crowded place ) and there they are...
1) you get to know lots of people and have something that sounds like a"social life" ( I've been a caregiver for 7 years, and social life was a fantasy of mine till now :P )
2) you learn to prepare different dishes in less than a minute (and it's great, especially when you don't have much time for yourself)
3) people actually smile while giving you their money! and they say thanks too!( Isn't it amazing? :D )
4) at the end of the day all of the leftover is yours ( I just don't know how many fries I brought home tonight *_* )
5) you are not going to lift something that weighs more than 120 pounds ( thanks God!)
1) You have to stand on your feet all the time. You cannot sit even if you want to, for if you've finished serving people, well, you must clean out the tables or throw the garbage or just listen to your boss while he's complaining for something you are not really interested in.
2) Your boss: he has the right to be nervous, to sit and talk with costumers, to leave whenever he wants and to tell you what to do, always. ( Just say " yes, sir" and go on with your duties :P )
3) On the third day, you finally get sick of all the things you sell and that's good if you are on diet like me, but not if you have to dine there everyday, and of course you cannot show it to your costumers : everything is delicious, always.
4) Social life : if you had a real social life ( friends, parties, boyfriend and more, not like mine :P) well, forget it. Depending on your hours , you will be stuck behind the counter all nights, or just too tired to go out with your friends, and you'll probably miss birthdays, parties and so on.
Anyway, it's still a good job, not the one I've always dreamt of but people are kind to me ( as long as I smile, they smiles me back...that's so nice :D) , my boss and his wife are kind to me also and I'm saving my wages to pay university taxes ( what a blow..) and to buy a ticket for my next year trip to NY!
It's late, now...Good night!
venerdì 29 agosto 2008
I laughed out loud for almost one hour and a half tonight: I went to the cinema with the kids
( their parents had some dinner with friends and I thought it would have been boring to just stay at home, so I took them to a fast food - the one I work for( muahahahah!)...oh, and tomorrow I am on charge!) and then we saw...Kung fu Panda! It was so funny and witty and yet so lovely and my little kids kept laughing even after we left the cinema, repeating their favorite lines all the way home.
I liked it so much I think I'll see it again someday...or maybe I will buy the dvd as soon as it comes out!
There's a line that I really liked and somehow I 'd have never expected to find it in a movie like this :)
Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift. That is why it is called the present.
ps: I've seen the italian version of the movie, with Fabio Volo dubbing Po and ( and the italian cast did an amazing job!) so I'll wait till the dvd comes out to hear Jack Black, Dustin Hoffman, Angelina Jolie, Lucy Liu and Jackie Chan playing their characters, even though I'm pretty sure they were just great.
giovedì 28 agosto 2008
on the table! And it was 8 o' clock in the morning!I was a bit shocked, for I forgot that yes, Italians usually eat pasta for lunch and dinner but, in Philippines, pasta is nothing more than a snack!
( I remember my cousin giving me a dish of Spaghetti and me asking " what is this?!" she gave me a smile and replied "merienda, of course!" lol!)
My brother bought milk and ate two cups of sopas my aunt herself finished one; I was late for work so I had to give it up...my portion of sopas is still in the ref, waiting for me! :D
Ps: if you want to know how real sopas looks like ( as my aunt used tortellini and not elbow macaroni and didn't put meat and vegetables) take a look at this site : http://ascientistinthekitchen.net/pasta/sopas-a-filipino-version-of-minestroni/
Sopas is one Filipino dish that can be good as snacks or a complete meal itself. Traditionally, it consists of boiling chicken or pork bones with salt and pepper. Once you get good tasting broth flavor, elbow macaroni is added which you cook till al dente. When the pasta is almost done, vegetables are added usually chopped carrots and cabbage. Once done, season with salt and pepper to taste and add a cup of milk to make it really creamy.
mercoledì 27 agosto 2008
John was wearing tiny yellow-flowered shorts and a pink t-shirt, and Jeannie oversized blue-t shirt and shorts, almost disappearing into them! I asked them why they were dressed like that and the told me it was a bet!
The only way to find out which gender is the best was, according to the two, to switch between them and then betting on who was going to give up first! I laughed out loud for almost an hour, for they also switched names, accessories and even swimming suits! I had so much fun when I saw the little boy with his sister's bikini...He's still on his feet, and doesn't want to give it up at all, while Jeannie is missing her clothes and accessories, so I guess, she will be the first to surrender... but let me tell you something : A girl can dress like a boy and people will say ( as I heard today) " she got some style!" but if a boy dresses in a girly way, well, you know... it's not fair, it's just how world turns...!
Ps: they loved my crepes and told me I have a future in this business ( If I'm not going to be a musical performer, a bookshop owner, a professor or a researcher, I still can dream of being a great chef! :D )
martedì 26 agosto 2008
This morning my kids ( No, I'm not a young mother, just a babysitter :P ) asked me to cook some "crepes" with chocolate cream...I froze. I realised I didn't know how to cook that "crepes" or whatever. Then I said : Honey, you already had your breakfast today...let's make it tomorrow, ok?"
They agreed, and while playing with them, I remember thinking " I have to find out how to prepare crepes! omg!" or something like that!
I got home and surfed the net...
Got the ingredients...
Got the recipe...
It was time to try and cook!
and...well, have you ever experienced a moment when everything you do seems to be perfect and it cannot be better?
That's exactly what happened this afternoon in my kitchen, lol!
Above you can see how my first crepe looked like ( without the flower, of course :P ) and it was delicious ( or at least I think it was, my brother ate it in a glance without a word and then asked for more!) and here's the recipe I found on the net :
1 1/4 cups milk
2 sp sugar
1/2 tsp salt
2 cups whole wheat pastry flour or unbleached white flour
Put all ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend at high speed
for 1 min.
To cook crepes, heat an omelet or crepe pan on low heat for a few minutes.
No need to add oil, these cook fine without it.
Remove from heat, pour in 3 or 4 tablespoons of batter and tilt pan so batter coats the bottom.
Put pan on burner, cook crepe for a few minutes over medium low heat until
lightly browned. Flip crepe over and cook other
side for about 30 sec.
Gently remove and place on a plate.
Repeat process with remaining batter, stacking crepes as they're cooked.
Use with favorite breakfast, dinner or dessert crepe filling.
Of course I used Nutella ( God bless it!)as filling!
and I can't wait to prepare crepes to my kids tomorrow! :D
domenica 24 agosto 2008
Well, Hello everybody! Today I' m posting a song that I can't stop singing and listening to on my pc ( it's addictive!).
I'm talking about Some Enchanted Evening, from Rodgers and Hammerstein's South Pacific.
It is a gorgeous, romantic and popular song, I should have known that, but to tell you the truth I didn't know a thing about this song and this musical until two day ago, when I finally received the cd I won on Ebay two weeks ago ( but it's another story and you may not want to hear it :P )
Anyway, the cd is " Broadway in Concert" by James Barbour and Hershey Felder ( It's autographed too!! but I found out that some tracks are missing, so I have to buy the other version of the cd, with Jellicle Song and Rapsody in Blue...and I will do it! - someday, I first need to reload my poor card with no more credit -_- )
Back to the song, it is in the cd ( what a surprise, isn't it?) but it's not the romantic, inspired song you may think to hear, but a very hilarious version sung by the artists themselves ( I love mr. Felder's Falsetto, lol!) involving the audience to sing along ( You are the South Pacificians! Chorus!)
I just love it and now I can't stop singing it wherever and whenever I can!
I heard the original version of Some Enchanted Evening sung by Ezio Pinza and Mary Martin and just fell in love with it...I think I will have to include Natalie Forbush to my very private and prestigious ( just kidding) wish-list of roles I will manage ( still don't know how) to play on stage one day! :)
Some enchanted evening
You may see a stranger,
you may see a stranger
Across a crowded room
And somehow you know,
You know even then
That somewhere you'll see her
Again and again.
Some enchanted evening
Someone may be laughin',
You may hear her laughin'
Across a crowded room
And night after night,
As strange as it seems
The sound of her laughter
Will sing in your dreams.
Who can explain it?
Who can tell you why?
Fools give you reasons,
Wise men never try.
Some enchanted evening
When you find your true love,
When you feel her call you
Across a crowded room,
Then fly to her side,
And make her your own
For all through your life you
May dream all alone.
Once you have found her,
Never let her go.
Once you have found her,
Never let her go!
sabato 23 agosto 2008
We'll see how long I will last! :P
My first blog was in Italian, my native language, but I thought about my relatives in Philippines who cannot understand it, as my friends worldwide also ( internet..what a wonderful invention!) so I decided to make it in english , and hope that you people will forgive my grammar horrors ( ops, I mean errors :D ) and have a good time here with me on my blog! I will not talk about politics, or very high and important questions... those who already know me will say I'm a dreamer and a good student and worker. Those who don't...well, my friends, you'll get to know me soon! Stay tuned! :P