Two Years Ago…

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This must have been the longest break I’ve ever had from blogging, though it’s actually the opposite from what would be expected as uneventful years, for me at least. The truth is, 2016 and 2017 were significantly a turning point in our lives, as my husband and I finally become parents.

Sorry, not sorry.

I almost embraced before the idea of living as a single woman; neither I relished the thought of becoming a mother as well. I was enjoying my independence so much.

While I was seeing my friends getting married and settling down, I was getting less keen to find that better half who I can spend my life with.  It took me 5 long years after a break from a serious relationship to get back into another again. Read more

Great Taste in 2015: Soups, Pastas and Home Dinners

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Since we moved here to Belgium, I’ve actually spent a good deal of time preparing dinners for family and friends at home. Then over spring and summer, I got so hooked in making soups and pasta dishes.

Go meat! A few meat dishes got my attention that I chose to share the recipes here. I always enjoyed preparing this herbed lamb with crushed potatoes; just placing everything in the oven and you get this luscious lamb dish in half a time. Then this chicken adobo with merguez was a happy experiment of sorts.

Soups for spring. This year I started what I called “spring soup series,” to showcase my favorite soup recipes. I blogged about fish chowder, carrot and coriander soup, egg drop soup, asparagus soup, and tom yum goong. These soup recipes are really a must-try! Read more

On the Go in 2015: At Home and A Bit Away Too

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“Marmotjes!”

My husband and I just visited their museum somewhere at the mountain top in Grossglochner.   I had already expected that I’d only see these creatures on screen or at their “most preserved” forms.

“Turn around. Look!” hubby was calling me out in a forcible hush tone, so as not to scare them and run away.

We stopped walking, and I couldn’t believe what I saw.

“For real, I’m finally meeting my furry kinds at last!” I jokingly reacted.

Marmots are large squirrels living in mountainous areas such as the Alps.  These fluffy animals typically live in burrows and often within rock piles, and hibernate there through the winter.  Most marmots are highly social and use loud whistles to communicate with one another. Read more

10 Things I Learned After Living in Switzerland

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Time goes so fast indeed.  I remember how I would constantly remind myself that I won’t be able to stay long in Switzerland.

Three months was enough.  Then I got a job.  Okay, two more months. Then came six more, then a year, and least than I expected, I was able to live in Switzerland for surprisingly four long years!

I took that giant leap out of my comfort zone.  Since then, things have never been the same again.

Away from my home country, living in Switzerland has taught me a lot and changed me in so many ways.  True enough, you’ll get a better understanding of yourself and what surrounds you, once you expand your horizon.

There’s actually a wealth of life lessons I can take with me, especially now that I moved to live in another country.  And there are things that Filipinos back home can also learn from the people of the Alps. Read more

My Great Taste in 2014

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Fifteen dishes in my Cooking Diaries.
A few more unpublished recipes. Tried, tested and prevailed.
Summer holiday guests. Belgian mussels in season. Cebu lechon.
More meat and seafood, pastas and rice, cheeses and wines…

This is how I describe my cooking and food adventures in a nutshell for 2014.

Cebu & Dumaguete Food Bliss.   Mahal and I devoured over the smoky red, crispy Cebu lechon at Zubuchon.  Our first sutukil experience would have lost our appetite, but a special and sumptuous dinner buffet at Mactan Shangri-la’s Tides saved the day. Our Visayan food adventure didn’t end in Cebu. We’re lucky to spot some good restaurants in Dumaguete that were not only serving delicious dishes but also at unbelievably reasonable price. Read more

On the Go in 2014

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Somehow I’ve anticipated that I’d be in hiatus again. Yet a two-month worth of time (or three, almost) that just guiltlessly went by didn’t seem to be fair. As I’d put it, there’s a blackhole; between the days my husband and I spent our holidays and the time we settled in to our new home.

For weeks we ‘d been living out of our suitcases. I’m considerably an avid traveler, but then I realized that I cannot remain a nomad for a long time. I still felt the need for a home base. What’s even more, we also had to move our stuff over the thick snow at zero temperature.

Anyhow, I’m relieved that we have settled in to our new home at last, and I’m steadily getting back to my routine. We made it and we did well. So yes, you heard me right. It’s finally au revoir, Suisse. And hallo, België! Read more