When my cousin’s son received an electric guitar for his birthday, every kid that saw it was amazed. There might have been a bit of envy and disappointment among some of us because it was something that happened only to people with money. His father had money. Ours didn’t. We did get to see his present which came with a box that we later figured out was an amplifier. It was really cool. My cousin’s husband made sure everybody heard that he took his time to decide among the classic bogner amplifiers on display at the store before he made his purchase. It was like watching somebody else open your Christmas present. Or dream Christmas present anyway. The kid was thrilled with his present but we could tell he would have been happier if he was given a different present. He rarely played with the guitar, an older neighbor used it more for the adults’ entertainment. I guess that’s what happens when you do not ask your child what they want, presents end up not being used regardless of how much it costs.
March 1st, 2014
February 25th, 2014
Chicken wings in tomato sauce. This is one recipe I learned to cook at a very young age, mostly from watching my grandmother cook for the whole family on special occasions. Normally, this recipe calls for more vegetables but since I am not normal (lol) you can only see the meat and a few carrots to go with it. I did saute garlic and onion before I put in the meat and carrots. The picture may look so plain without the necessary color and garnish but I can assure you, this is one recipe that is good with rice and fried dried fish on the side. It makes the whole house smell heavenly too. The husband who is ever worried about my waistline asked me if I can eat it all which I replied on the affirmative. I did reassure him I will make it last a few days at least so he will not get horrified at how much his wife can eat. As if he doesn’t know, lol.
February 17th, 2014
I was informed by the little man that he is no longer going to be a full time artist when he grows up. He said he will be a musician too. He does not know yet whether to go full time on being a musician and give up the artist thing so he said he will take his sweet time. Right now he is discovering features in his portable piano that he did not know existed. He spends long hours locked in his room to “make” music. His father is excited while I am taking it like it is, a seven year old’s whim. I am not complaining either because this wanting to be a musician gets him out of my hair in a good way for both of us. I told him he better get another job to support his craft because daddy and I will only help him so much then he will have to make it on his own. It means that he will have to shell out money to buy affordable chromaharp strings in the future, if he ever needs it. It makes him think, this kind of discussion. I am not sure if I should be bothering his mind about things about expenses and spending his own money yet but I must admit I get a kick out of his answers. Lol. We fully support his fascination with music and musical instruments. We are, in fact, proud of our little boy for the things he does.
February 3rd, 2014
This is called a Banyan tree. I saw this at a park in Florida on one of our trips last year. The husband was fascinated with it the firs time he saw it. I also thought it was beautiful albeit a bit creepy. This tree, according to my research, is what we Filipinos call Balete. It is called Dakit in my native Leyte. According to folklore, in this tree resides otherwordly creatures. I had to take a picture although I was afraid of what I will find when I look at it. Fortunately for me, there is nothing in the picture but a beautiful tree that is so full of life.
January 20th, 2014
The little man has been watching this cartoon show on tv that has musical instruments for characters. The characters do not talk but they do have “faces” that shows their emotions, along with body movements to emphasize what they feel. There is a narrator that tells about the story as it goes. It is pretty cute, if I may say so. The little girl likes it too. He likes it that he can tell what musical instrument is on the screen or what it does. They do not have fancy instruments like lakland bass guitars but the show does feature string instruments from time to time. The main characters are a drum, a trumpet, and a metronome. The main characters meet other musical instruments along the way. I like the voice of the narrator, so cool and low, very good to listen to. When I get the chance, I sit in and watch the show with my kids. It pays to know what these two are watching, you know? I still decide what they watch but they can also pick shows as long as it is tailored for kids with no violence or bad words in it.
January 2nd, 2014
We were at Legoland Florida, of all places, when I found this tree. I thought it looked familiar so I had to take a closer look to make sure. Upon closer inspection, I determined that this tree is the same variety that my parents’ neighbor had in her yard when I was a child. We called it Duldul but the common name for it is Kapok. I had every reason to believe that this tree was native to the Philippines simply because I saw it every single day but Wikipedia said otherwise. The old people from my town harvested the mature, dried up seed pods so they can use the cotton that is inside it to stuff pillows. As far as I know, all the pillows that my parents use are stuffed with cotton harvested from the kapok tree. It had been years since the last time I saw a tree like this and I just had to take a picture to share.
December 28th, 2013
When the little man wrote a letter to Santa, the husband was so thrilled. Why? Because last Christmas was the first time that the little man actually asked for presents. For the first six years, he did not ask anything. He just accepted what was under the tree without questions or complains. School has made him cognizant of a lot of things, thanks to his teachers and classmates. I thought it was cute but I must admit I am a bit weary of this new development for a lot of reasons, most of it financial. But since this is the first time our little boy asked for some things specific for Christmas, his father made sure he got most of the items on his list. And then some. Fortunately for us, he did not ask for a rainsong dr1000 or it would have been a problem, lol. He asked Santa for Lego City toys, art set, and a new Wii remote. He got the Lego City toys he wanted (and a Lego Chima that he has not asked for but that we told him was a present from us), and the art set complete with an easel but not the new Wii remote. He kept on wondering aloud why Santa did not bring him the last item on his list so I had to make up stories about it. I know it is bad of me but Mrs. Santa is not yet ready to give him back the Wii. It was taken away from him a few weeks before Christmas because of the way he always acts when he is playing a game on it. I told him that maybe if he will be extra good he might get a new Wii remote next Christmas. He is still overwhelmed from all the presents that Santa delivered for him that he has not complained yet. Maybe, if I am lucky, he will really wait until next Christmas to ask Santa for it.
November 20th, 2013
I am happy to report that the calamondin (kalamansi in Filipino) plant that I have been taking care of is blooming. Yes, it is happening. I could not believe it myself when I saw the white buds because I was told the plant is not going to do anything until it reaches its third year of life which will be in two years. It happened in a cold month too so I am not very sure if it will turn into fruits. I did some research and it said that most citrus plants are self pollinating so I should not have problems with that. I am up against the weather. I could not bring the plant inside the house because I know the little girl will tear it up (she will uproot it if she can, as per experience) so I have to let it sit in the garage. There is no heat in there but at least it is not directly exposed to the element. I have not checked on my baby for a couple of days now but I will try to do it tomorrow. I sure hope it is still alive.
On to the bad news, the lone banana plant in my backyard got frosted. The beautiful green leaves turned into brown mush one day when I checked on it. The husband assured me that the trunk is still green and that it will come back in the spring. I hope he is right. He paid good money on that plant, it will be a shame if it just dies without even been used for anything. I will keep an eye out for banana plants for sale though, just in case the one we have does not make it. The funny thing is that the neighbors’ banana plants are not frosted. It seems like the frost targeted my puny banana. Oh, well. I am sure I will let you all know one way or another whether or not my banana plant makes it next spring.