My Week in Photos #13

Checking out the new coffee shop, Craft, down the street from my parents house


Digging the reclaimed wood furniture


Split pea soup for dinner (recipe from David Lebovitz) – my first time to make it!


Yogurt, granola and strawberries makes a healthy-ish breakfast


Waiting for my turn at the cashier


Christmas display at Shangri-la Plaza mall. I wish I had brought Bea along to see it!


Drove to Anilao for the weekend. Two lolos (grandfathers) vying for the little one’s attention


Sorting the shells and corals


Look at that face!


Wrinkled fingers from soaking in the water too long, trying to get Bea accustomed to swimming


Siesta time!


Blessed to be able to wake up in a place with this gorgeous view


Life in the middle of stones and dead corals


Missing the husband, who stayed home


More photos soon!


My Week in Photos #12

A sunny break in between the downpour that started the week.


Someone finally slept the whole night in her bed! Unfortunately, she was back to climbing over me and into our bed the next night.


Waiting for my turn at the endocrinologist’s clinic. The doctor said I have to have a lifestyle change because of my borderline diabetes. In other words, time to move my butt and exercise!


Breakfast at Pi to celebrate my father-in-law’s 76th birthday. Anyone notice how often we’re at that restaurant?


I had Eggs Sammy, or eggs benedict with smoked salmon instead of ham. As usual, I preferred what Julio ordered – caramelized spam with kimchi rice.


Just a few more weeks, and it’s Christmas already! I decided to put up our holiday decorations so that the 2 months or so that they’re on display will make it worth the trouble of putting them up.


Dusk at the Veloso household, with all the Christmas lights on



More next week!


My Week in Photos #11

Wow, November’s going by pretty quickly! Here’s what I was up to the week of November 11 to 17.

Cooked pad thai for the first time. It’s definitely worth a repeat but next time I’ll add more hotness to it.


Got stuck in traffic. I should have known better than to drive down Katipunan on a school day, close to dismissal time.


Someone got a treat for dessert!


Attended a homeschooling seminar. Bea’s only two years old but we have to start thinking about her education. I’ want to choose homeschooling over conventional school but am getting A LOT of opposition.


Bought my little girl two books. I used to read Sally’s Secret in the school library when I was a kid.


Here in the Philippines, there’s a saying that you should stop somewhere else on your way home from a wake so that the spirit of the recently deceased (or any other spirit, for that matter) won’t follow you home. Being the scaredy cat that I am, I was more than happy to stop for coffee! Although, in hindsight, the peppermint mocha I had probably contributed to my inability to fall asleep right away that night.


Dutch baby pancakes for Sunday breakfast. This recipe called for apples but I only had pears so used those instead. It turned out so yummy! I really liked the gooey-ness of the honey at the bottom of the pancake. It has to be served upside down, which I forgot to do so the plates were quite difficult to clean after.


One of the several graffiti walls at The Collective.


Another wall at The Collective on Malugay Street, Makati City.


Wings for lunch at Wingman


A great way to end the weekend – a foot reflexology massage at Footzone!



My Week in Photos #10

Given that I always post this series a week later than I’m supposed to, I thought it better to change the name of this series to My Week in Photos.

My week started with a trip to a car shop. On our way back to Manila from Baguio, we were rear-ended by another vehicle. I had to wait until the next Monday to have the damage (which was minimal) assessed and estimated by a mechanic.


This little girl is getting so big so fast!


Fried chicken and biscuits for dinner – I can’t remember where I got the recipe from!


I wonder what these two are up to…


Chicken and waffle breakfast at Pi


I wish Bea had been with me to see this train going around the third floor of Eastwood Mall


First night in her toddler bed – but right beside ours. I wish I could say she slept there the whole night. That’s still a work in progress.


Apple scones for Sunday breakfast


All dolled up for a busy Sunday!



The Scent of a Memory

Does this ever happen to you?

You catch a whiff of something and all of a sudden you remember a person, a place, an event.

Like the way a certain spice reminds me a grocery in Jakarta, Indonesia. I don’t remember much about Jakarta, as we lived there for only a year when I was six years old. I can’t explain it – I don’t think it’s one specific spice but a mixture of several – but it takes me back to walking through the aisles of Hero with my younger brother and his nanny, under the bright fluorescent lights, on our way to the exit. Is that weird?

I made strawberry shortcake pancakes (recipe from Crumb here) for breakfast a few weeks ago. Previously, I used regular unsweetened yogurt but this time I followed the recipe and used greek yogurt. They turned out really good. Fluffy and light, with just a touch of sweetness from the strawberries and maple syrup. Halfway through eating a stack, as I was about to put a forkful in my mouth, I inhaled. And suddenly I remembered the Jelita Cold Storage in Singapore (funny that I only remember groceries!). My aunt lived in Singapore for many years, and we would visit often. In the recent trips there, I would walk from her house in Bukit Sedap to Jelita Cold Storage. to buy food to take back with me to Manila. There’s a bakery right at the entrance, and maybe the combination of vanilla and strawberry in the pancakes reminded me of how the store smelled whenever I would enter the grocery.

That exact moment was what inspired this blog entry. I had to wait a while to make those pancakes again though, because I had already devoured the entire stack and wanted to include a photo in the post! Yesterday, I went to S&R specifically for greek yogurt and strawberries. I couldn’t find any strawberries so I bought a punnet of blackberries instead. So today I made the pancakes but changed it up a bit, and substituted the almond extract (which I hadn’t used the last time) for lemon extract and strawberries for blackberries, then topped it with whipped cream.  I also used up the whole container of greek yogurt, as there was a tablespoon or two left and I didn’t want to waste it, and it definitely made the pancake softer. My husband liked it, asking if I did anything different. I liked the addition of the whipped cream, and also poured maple syrup over it, but I’m certain it added way more calories than necessary!

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Make these pancakes for breakfast – or dinner if that’s your thing! I promise you won’t regret it. And who knows? It just might conjure up a memory of your own.