Bluer than Blue

by : Bacardi Gold
14/Nov/2020


green is to be young
the dawn of a new season
then you came into my life
when we were still not man and wife

greener days like the life of a tree
when time begins to move and flowing free
gentle whispers blown by different winds
green hearts of ours echoed the footprints

as we lived our lives and gambled our youth
we found ourselves hiding the ultimate truth
unforseen drama of different shades and hue
the promise of Spring turned to lonely blue

now the leaves of the once greener young tree
crumbled to the ground without a trace of glee
the love that we shared was left for another
bluer than blue, the green leaves of Summer

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image from : Pinterest









Straws of the Wind…

by : Bacardi Gold
13/Nov/2020

Photo by Simon Migaj on Pexels.com

i feel the earth moved deep in my heart
so heavy it breaks me apart
i want to rest and find relief
clean-up my way and rectify false belief

to carry the heaviest of weight
my mind will fight, my thoughts could defeat
and once the stiffest trials get light
i can carry the burden with utmost pride

strong honeyed calls of temptation to sin
could defy man’s resistance to give-in
prayers in mind will thwart the roaring tempest wind
could resist the strongest perfumed baits of sins

so stand up and carry the fight
against the darkness that rules the mystery of the night
evils will be brought to a bright daylight
to surrender the power of their might

now i can breath with total sweetness
from the bitter taste of the ruinous kisses
with the Lord, my heart will no longer be pinned
to carry the world even the toughest straws of the wind…

Travel – Seoul, South Korea …Bibimbap

by : Bacardi Gold
12/Nov/2020

Bibimbap is a fantastic Korean comfort food, packed with rice, vegetables and flavour. Judy Joo simplified her bibimbap recipe, making it quick and easy to prepare.

During our trip to Seoul, South Korea, our itinerary included a local Korean restaurant for lunch. Bibimbap was on the menu. We were excited to taste the Korean food to be served on a very low table, maybe a foot in height. First to be served was the portable butane stove. Next was the ingredients for the Bibimbap. Then the waitress left and stood a few feet from us and waited for our additional orders. We looked at each other and whispered , “What are we going to do with that?” The waitress sensed that we were tourists in the city and observed us for a minute. Ha, ha,ha ! Nothing has been done with the bacon-thinned pork and the veggies. So, I called her to please help us do the cooking. She started with a smile and did the explanation in Korean which we never understood a single word she uttered. Only her body language helped us to understand her show. When all was finished and devoured the delicious food, our tour guide who left us earlier to eat her own meal in another room showed up. “Did you enjoy your Korean meal? … “Of course, we love it”

This is our table ,so low, we have to sit on the floor…

honestly bibimbap is one of the fastest dishes to make on ur own, looks difficult but takes me maybe 15 mins, enjoy ;))


image credit : additional Pinterest blown-up Bibimbap photo

Classic Bibimbap Recipe – (pronounced:  BEE – beem – bap)

There is a reason this dish is one of the most popular dishes served in Korean restaurants all over the world…it’s amazing!

Learn how to cook this delicious Korean dish. Seasoned veggies, Korean beef (bulgogi), egg, Korean sauce, all on top of perfectly steamed rice. It’s so easy. Make all the toppings first, then the rice…and serve with the homemade sauce. So good.

This can give you the following Vitamins and Minerals for the body. Calories: 274kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 164mg | Sodium: 1738mg | Potassium: 1014mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 8327IU | Vitamin C: 42mg | Calcium: 180mg | Iron: 5mg

All the vegetables, mushrooms, and steak can be prepared up to 1 day ahead of time.  You need to re-heat each component in the wok, or skillet, before serving. Gochujang can be found in the Asian section of most well-stocked supermarkets, or at Asian food markets, or online. Long-grain rice, or Jasmine rice are good substitutes for the traditional short-grain rice.  Just follow the cooking time according to package directions.  



Ingredients

THE TOPPINGS

  • ▢1 lb prepared bulgoli or cooked, seasoned ribeye, sirloin, or skirt, thinly sliced
  • ▢Stir-fry oil or vegetable oil…for stir-frying all the ingredients as you go.
  • ▢4 garlic cloves minced
  • ▢2 cups bean sprouts
  • ▢4 tbsp soy sauce divided
  • ▢2 tbsp sesame oil divided
  • ▢1 cup julienne carrot or shredded
  • ▢1 zucchini seeded, cut into 1-inch sticks
  • ▢12 oz spinach fresh
  • ▢8 oz shiitake mushrooms sliced
  • ▢4 eggs
  • ▢2 tbsp sesame seeds toasted

THE RICE

  • ▢2 cups short-grain white rice
  • ▢2 cups water
  • ▢2 tsp rice vinegar
  • ▢1 tsp salt

THE KOREAN SAUCE

  • ▢2 tbsp gochujang
  • ▢1 tbsp sesame oil
  • ▢1 tsp sugar
  • ▢1 tbsp water
  • ▢1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • ▢1 tsp garlic minced

Instructions

MAKE THE TOPPINGS

  • Prepare the bulgogi, or stir-fry beef with salt, pepper, and 1 tbsp each soy sauce and sesame oil. Set aside.
  • Cook the bean sprouts in boiling water for 5 minutes. Drain, Place in a separate bowl and add 1 teaspoon garlic, 1 tablespoon each of soy sauce and sesame oil. Mix. Set aside.
  • Stir-fry the carrots in a little oil for about 4 minutes. Set aside. Lightly salt.
  • Stir-fry the zucchini in a little oil for about 4 minutes. Set aside. Lightly salt.
  • Stir-fry the spinach with a teaspoon of water until wilted and water has evaporated, about 4 minutes. Place in a separate bowl. Add 1 teaspoon garlic, 1 tablespoon each soy sauce and sesame oil. Mix. Set aside.
  • Stir-fry the mushrooms with 1 tablespoon of soy sauce, until reduced and lightly browned, about 6 – 8 minutes.
  • Cook 4 eggs, sunnyside up, add salt and pepper, set aside.

PREPARE THE RICE

  • Bring rice, water, vinegar, and salt to boil in a medium saucepan over high heat.
  • Cover, reduce heat to low and cook until liquid has been absorbed, 7 – 9 minutes.
  • Remove rice from heat and let sit, covered, until tender, about 15 minutes.
  • (Cook time will be longer, approx. 25 minutes, if using long grain rice).

PREPARE THE KOREAN SAUCE

  • Mix all the ingredients together and set aside.

ASSEMBLE THE DISH

  • Portion out rice into 4 bowls.
  • Arrange toppings in a circular fashion.
  • Top each with egg and then toasted sesame seeds.
  • Garnish with sauce.

happy cooking everyone…!



Give Me A Friend

This is from my other wordpress site, the hut owner blog.

the hut owner blog

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As I sit by my window

I feel the weariness

And I long for a hero

To launder this loneliness

.

It is upsetting

To snore by myself

And it’s a bore to do the eating

With my fork and spoon do the talking

.

I only hear myself

When I talk to my phone

With greetings of hello

Then bye, I’m alone

.

Nobody sees me

When I change my clothes

To ask how I look

Only the mirror knows

.

Wind of the sun

Breeze of the moon

Sparkling evening stars

Stones of diamonds

I’ve no one my life to spend

Send someone some time to lend

The joy of togetherness please extend

Heed this longing, Give Me A Friend

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Travel, Photography #46 – Sirao Gardens, ( Little Amsterdam ) Cebu city, Philippines

by : Bacardi Gold
10/Nov/2020

Visited by local and foreign tourists, this charming and lovely garden in Barangay Sirao, Cebu started with four gardeners which ballooned to thirty industrious care takers. From a small number of local visitors, it now caters to a thousand to two thousand visitors at peak months of the year which include Asians, Americans, Europeans and other nationalities.

A number of other gardens have also opened in the mountainous areas of Cebu which posed competition and challenged this original field of floras. The owner built interesting structures to support and enhance its charm to the fore. She took the lead in growing additional kinds and species of flowers coming from abroad but one never gave a chance of growing in the local soil. Tulips. It failed the owner of making a locally grown European beauty. It needed a negative temperature to emulate the icy condition of Europe. Instead, vegetables were grown , such as, giant peas, eggplants, peppers, tomatoes, and taro.

 Sunflowers (seeds from Canada, Amsterdam, and the United States), dahlias, China stars, chrysanthemum, salvia, and begonias are abundant in this area. Along with those varieties, the area also features Cape Plumbago, Catharantus Roseus, pink queens, millions, birds of paradise, gadiolas, and orchids.



Travel Photography # 45 – Sta. Cruz, Zambales, Philippines

by : Bacardi Gold
08/Nov/2020

Bell tower – Sta. Cruz, Zambales



Sta. Cruz, Zambales Catholic church ( St. Michael, the Archangel Church )


interior of the church…



At the garden of Sta. Cruz church



Rizal Monument at the plaza
Sta. Cruz Municipal Hall








Strangers in the night

by : Bacardi Gold
06/Nov/2020



lone wide bed sleeping in a rectangular room
ages of summers crossed its wicked door’s perfume
glories unaccounted to the mind revisited
awakened from the slumber it once was buried
nights’ drifters floated with the candle-whipped wind
invisible yet could be felt more than it was imagined
melodious smoke loitered along the tunes of ravaged graves
un-ordained priests said masses for the creeping slaves
churches’ bells screamed as the night grew old
entered at every square unmindful of the eerie cold
shook every hand it meets though not seen
never answered when asked where have you been
faces of the living in frightened moments of pale white

hugging the ghostly love as Strangers in the Night…