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Sleepless night Befriending me Talking in my mind Moving like the wind Whispering in my ears Building stories for my heart Darkness with scorching sun The eyes of dawn closed To fantasize the realities Until the light’s curtain drops in quiet repose…
Last Nov. 5, 2020, I went to my family’s graveyard and saw these intriguing beautiful flowers giving life to the greens carpeting the land where my members of the family are laid to rest. Prayers were said on their graves and being alone who visited their tombs made a short walk inside the area. Small flowers have grown independently among the bushes.
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”
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.
▢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
▢2 tbsp sesame seeds toasted
▢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
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).
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.
Image credit : the last two photos courtesy of , siraogarden.com
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…
Buntod Reef Marine Sanctuary and Sandbar is an ideal place for swimming, snorkeling, bird watching, sunset/sunrise watching, scuba diving, and for family picnics. It has a 250-hectare white sandbar and is located in the sea waters off Barangays Nursery and Tugbo, Masbate.
It is a long stretch of white sandbar surrounded with turquoise crystal clear waters and teeming with different kinds of marine life and vibrant corals.
Have you ever dream about a white dove? If you do, you’re lucky. A white dove is a representation of love between you and your bride/groom to-be or simply your future partner in life. He/She maybe the one you’re looking for, your future Romeo or your Juliet.
In real life, releasing a white dove during your wedding ceremony is a great sign to bring promises of lifelong happiness, fidelity, and prosperity.
Do you believe it? If you do, it’s a great way of starting and grooming a family full of love and joy. It’s a simple encouragement of doing good in your wedded life.
If you don’t, be it as it may. Just let the symbolism stand what it represents in your life and use it as your guiding light in treading a wholesome happy married life.
As a whole, a white dove is a perfect sign of peace, kindness and forgiveness. New beginnings of love, faithfulness and prosperity are predictions and clues that they may bring in your life.
There were times when I felt so hungry and I needed something to eat. Thanks for the instant foods that our stomach demands right away, particularly noodles. Here’s my take for this popular Asian instant food. Hmmmm, yummmmy !
Old churches in the Philippines have grand and impressive structures made of stones built by the Spaniards. Many has been rebuilt numerous times over the centuries because of wars and natural disasters. They stand as the muted witnesses of the places’ culture and history. Majority of them have been declared as national treasures as they represent the Philippines as the only Catholic nation in Asia.
Along with these old churches, bells have been instruments for spiritual purposes. They were rang to call the faithful to worship, to highlight the climax of a particular stage of a church service, to remind them of God’s presence in their daily lives. Church bells were also used for practical purposes of alerting the faithful of important events and emergencies, such as, fire, end of war, disseminating information over far distances.
During the People Power Revolution of 1986, church bells were rang when President Marcos escaped and departed from the Palace.
The biggest bell in the Philippines measures 7 feet in diameter, 5 feet in height and weighs 10,400 kilos… It is housed at the belfry of Sta. Monica Parish church in Pan-ay, Roxas, Capiz together with the other olden church bells. It is considered as the “Biggest Catholic Church Bell in Asia”.
Through its powerful sound and simplicity in communication, they have become one of the most important influential percussion instruments in the world.
I was in a supermarket when I took this photo. I like the way it was displayed just like small snakes curling several times and tied with scotch tape.
To make this post more rewarding than just looking at it at face value, let me touch some interesting information about this veggies.
String beans are good for the heart. They are great sources of antioxidants which eliminate free radicals in our body which can cause illnesses and can damage our body tissues. They are also rich in fiber which are good for constipation, hemorrhoids, ulcers and acid reflux diseases.
Thank you so much, readers, for giving me the opportunity to reach this number of followers in a span of three and a half months since I resume writing again. Please allow me to continue this achievement in attaining this huge chance of returning in my pastime that I love. You are my inspiration my followers. You motivate me to continue my writing as far as my health permits me to. From the bottom of my heart, Thank You Very Much !
This is the lone standing Buddha in Bangkok which rises at 32 meters high and 10 meters wide. The Buddha itself is known as Luang Pho To or Phrasiariyametri which was built in the Ayutthaya period, is adorned with 24-carat gold and glass mosaics. Its location in the Nakhon District of the city, near the Rama VIII bridge over the Chao Phraya river, makes it accessible to several restaurants for visitors to dine in after visiting this place.
With the pandemic still going on, I really miss travelling again. But I can’t do it at this time of the year. I think it is still unsafe to wander in other places , be it abroad or locally. If I may, I’ll reblog my work from a different site. I hope you’ll like it.
The first time I saw this, I insisted to drop by. I was really curious about the airplane crashing into the roof of the establishment. Visitors passing will surely take a glimpse of this “come on” publicity stunt of this watering hole in Davao city, south of the Philippines.
I just came from a tour with a rented car and a driver in the province of Davao Oriental, specifically the city of Mati. They have fine white sand beaches there comparable with the known ones today. It was a tiring but a very pleasant and enjoyable travel I had. Beautiful and green sceneries along the way were awesomely inviting. Spending a short time in every locale that I visited was a temporary option as some need a little longer time to stay. And as such, we will be returning to Davao in the later hours of the afternoon. All…
take your wings and fly to the summit of a cloudy sky lift your spirit and together you must try the showers will hide an imminent cry take your words in flight when your dreams deny when the limits of asking is too high then realization will bring light it’s time for a change pick the perfect shade of rays not the overcast or somber the one just suited for your sight not the one that’s very bright for your dreams will go blind build your castle on the ground you can never build it in the air…