Saturday, February 28, 2009

You Shouldn't Meme Tags

I received again a tags from my friends at blogosphere like Ate Cecile, Niko, and Sister Grace.
Thanks for being so friendly!!\(^0^)/

The Rules:
1. List these rules on your blog.
2. Share 7 facts about yourself on your blog.
3. Tell 7 unspectacular quirks on yours.
4. Tag 7 people at the end of your post by leaving their names as well as links to their blogs.
5.Link the person who tagged you.
6.Leave a comment for each blogger.

7 Facts :

1: Eldest and only girl in the family with two half- brothers.

2: Working as a former entertainer here in Japan before getting married.

3: My day is not complete if I can't take cafe au lait or just plain coffee for one day.

4: I am sporty-- I love caps, sneakers and sports brand because I feel comfortable with them.

5: I'm crazy about Jenson Button ( F1 Racing Driver ) and Kimura Takuya of SMAP ( Japanese artist).

6: I love to eat, Eat, and EAT!

7: I just learned ' linking ' with the help of my fellow seniors at blogosphere,Sister Grace and Ate Rose this month and very useful on making tags like this.

7 Unspectacular Quirks :

1: I ran away from home when me and my husband had a fight and went back home 20 minutes after. Reason?? It's snowing hard at that time and I'm freezing cold! I won't do that again during winter time!lol!

2: I use my husband to buy me a sanitary napkins whenever I have my period and he won't complain. ( it's because he will choose for me what's best, unlike me always choosing the cheap ones )

3: I eat slow.

4: I hate Spring season!! I have pollen allergy and it's coming! (T_T)

5: I have this in my bag: a nose spray and eye drop ( for pollen allergy and house dust ), band aid, purse, pen and paper, schedule diary, lip gloss and lip balm, hand cream and I don't know why--- a remote control.

6: Whenever I slipped, I say " POKE MON ".

7: I wear socks even in bedtime.

I'm passing this tags to my friendly friends here at blogosphere namely :Ate Kim,Mommy Maria,Mommy She,Sis Annabelle,Ate Weng,Reanaclaire,Mommy Elizabeth. Happy Blogging!!^_^

Friday, February 27, 2009

Clarissa -- ology

Received this tag again from Ate Cecille of Life Is Good And Beautiful Thank you again for the thoughts of always including me in your tag lists!!^_^ Since they're putting --ology after their names, it's called Clarissa-ology here.


1. What is your salad dressing of choice? Fried Onion dressing and Sesame dressing

2. What is your favorite sit-down restaurant? Za-Za Yakiniku restaurant

3. What food could you eat for 2 weeks straight and not get sick of? Onion Rings

4. What are your pizza toppings of choice? Fresh ham, basil and tomato

5. What do you like to put on your toast? Butter and honey


1. How many television sets are in your house? One

2. What color cell phone do you have? I DON'T OWN ONE FOR 7 YEARS!!

3. Do you own a laptop? Nope, only wide desktop PC

4. Do you own an ps3? No

5. What kind of cellphone do you have? I don't have them in hand!


1. Are you right-handed or left-handed? Right-Handed

2. Have you ever had anything removed from your body? My nail! Ouch!

3. Have you ever had any surgery? Yes, Appendicitis when I was 9 years old.

4. How much do you weigh? 145 kg. ( I wish )

5. How tall are you? 5 ' 3'' ( I wish )


1. Favorite season? Autumn

2. Favorite holiday? New Year

3. Favorite day of the week? Friday

4. Favorite month? November

5. Favorite brand of chocolate? Royce'


1. Currently missing someone? Yes, my family in the Philippines

2. Current mood? Alive and active

3. Currently listening to? J-Pop-- need some background music while blogging.^_^

4. Currently watching? Drama ^_^

5. Currently worrying about? Waking up early in the morning during offs!

I'm passing this tags to Sister Grace, Ate Kim, Mommy Dhemz, Mommy Umma, Ate Rose, Mommy Liza, Dee, Mommy Niko, and Mr.Richard and to YOU. Have a nice day everybody!! ^_^

Thursday, February 26, 2009


THE TOUR OF MISIA DISCOTHEQUE ASIA 2008 is MISIA first Asia tour that started from Taiwan, Singapore, Korea, China, Hongkong and all over Japan celebrating her 10th Anniversary in the music industry. And last Febuary 21st, me and my husband ( minus the kids )was able to be a part of MISIA 11th year Anniversary at Sendai, Hot House Super Arena here in Japan!! She wowed us her signature The Whistle Octave! She doesn’ t need any setting up a fancy stage or whatsoever - all she needs is a microphone and listen to her powerful voice and songs with deep lyrics!! We put our hands in the air, sang with her, danced with her with such energetic and very entertaining on- stage dancers and the lightning designs was magnificent!! It was a big WOW!!

I'd like to thank my husband for taking a seat at the arena ( thru an auction ), if it was like of a baseball game, Misia's center stage is the pitching ground and our seat is at the batter's box. How bad audience am I taking a shot of the stage an hour before starting the show and getting the guard's attention afterward. I know cameras are not allowed inside! lol!

Forget downloading pics of your favorite artists and saving it on your computers--- buy a Photobook! Highly recommended! This is The Real MISIA Photo Book I bought before starting the show.

Hot House Super Arena Sendai, Japan --- after MISIA's concert! \(^0^)/

Our dinner at a Yakiniku restaurant--- a yakiniku set and Bi Bim Bab. It's our first time to go out on a date with my husband minus the kids. I never thought he would come to surprise me going to MISIA's concert!

Watch MISIA's CATCH THE RAINBOW ( Discotheque Asia Live edit ) ENJOY!!

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Proposed to Marry Tag

I've been tagged by Mommy Maria of Maria Went To Chicago. Thank you very much-- I enjoyed doing this and reminscing as well. ^_^ Though this might not be a romantic one, this is one of happenings of my life that I always keep.
My ideal of a perfect proposal is this: the setting will be at the beach, sunset( of course ) and there he'll give me the engagement ring and say the magic word " I wanna share the rest of my life with you, will you marry me? " .

BUT it was impossible coz I was working then in the evening as an entertainer here in Japan and when my husband proposed to me in the club, it was noisy! When he proposed to me, I said " What? I didn't hear you! " he said " kekkon shiyou "( a straight and simple marry me ) 3 times coz we're not hearing each other well. He proposed to me a week before finishing my contract for 6 months and decided to meet his parents. I met his parents but I didn't know that his Father is against a Filipina. After a long waiting of processing of papers, we became man and wife and then we went back again to his parents house and that's the only time I heard the truth that he is against me. Gees!! That time I was nervous because of that long silence between both parties.We are all sitted at a coffee table ( japanese stlyle ) me and my husband, and they're all facing in front of us. But my husband said to his Father that he's not asking for forgiveness for marrying a Filipina but he wants to introduce me that I am now his wife and whatever happens, it's his decision and responsibility. Even if his father is against of our marriage, my husband fighted for our love. After that, his father asked his wife to prepare a hotpot. While my Mother-In-Law is preparing the hotpot, she was crying-- she told me that hotpot is served during winter time, she said that it means that I am now accepted in the family because for them a HOTPOT is shared by family and that time it was summer and then we both cried.

I will wait for you down the aisles, Count each step and everystep, while you and I will be together, never to be parted forever and ever --- Yoshiyuki

I will walk to the altar to where you are, Smile to the world like a shining star, Take your hand as I have never done because you and I will be one. --- Clarissa

Reception in Japan

I'm passing this tag to all of my friends who wants to share their Proposal stories. Please grab them! ^_^ Have a nice day everybody!

Friday, February 20, 2009

Haruka chan, now 3!!!

Haruka on her first birthday

My Dear Haruka--- How time flies... Haruka was born on Febuary 20,2006, 8:30 a.m. and a 3,518 grams healthy baby. Since I had a fever when I was giving birth to her, I was not the one who first touched her but my Sister-In-Law because she's the one who helped me give birth, my midwife, my nurse. Haruka was named after NHK's morning drama entitled ' Kaze no Haruka', there's no name meaning in particular but sounds cute(according to her Daddy) that's why we chose Haruka. She was breastfeed for a year, her first tooth showed during her 4 months, and knows how to walk before her first birthday. Knows how to drink on a cup and use chopsticks at the age of year and a half. Last summer, her diaper is totally removed!! I'm happy that I was able to see her milestones in life and really blessed for having her as our child.
I LOVE YOU, HARUKA!! \(^0^)/

Haruka on her 2nd birthday

Haruka on her 3rd birthday

Haruka celebrates her 3rd birthday at my Mother-In-Laws home. Her GrandMom cooked for her birthday party!
A gift cash from Great Grand Mom

I love baking cakes for my kids!!!

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Life is Grand for Wakaba and Haruka

Wakaba and Haruka is being tagged by beautiful Ryliej and EJ of Ate Rose' Obstacles And Glories and cutie Jacob of Ate Cecile's Life is Good And Beautiful .Thank you very much for this wonderful tag! The simple rule is 1: List 5 reasons why I think that Life is Grand and then pass to 5 people.

Life is Grand for Wakaba and Haruka because they have Daddy and Mama who plays with them either at home or going out for fun.

At Tokyo DisneyLand
At Tokyo Motor Show
And because they always receive an appreciation in every thing that they do, big or small.

At Wakaba's Sports Festival
Life is Grand for Haruka because her GrandMa will cook for her birthday celebration this Friday and for Wakaba, will spend the rest of her night with her GrandMa and GrandPa during our visits with them.

At my In-Laws home
Life is Grand for Wakaba and Haruka because their cousins were always there waiting for them ready to play anytime of the day.

Playing at school
Life is Grand for Wakaba and Haruka because they're surrounded by wonderful friends, playful cousins, loving GrandParents, relatives and family. See how Life is Grand for them!!

Family in Japan

Family in Philippines

I'm passing this tag to Mommy Eden's Dorothy,Mr.Richard's kids, Sister Grace Nicole, Mommy Maria's beautiful child,Mommy She's Vincent.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Sukiyaki at home!

Who says you can't do sukiyaki at home? I know that dining out is a kind a pricey but you can make a home-style sukiyaki right into your home! I made a homestyle sukiyaki at home last night and I want to share again the recipe.

3/4 cup water
1/3 cup soy sauce
3 tbsps sake ( japanese rice wine )
5 tbsps sugar

beef - thinly sliced
negi ( leek ) - 1 pc
carrot - 1 pc
hakusai ( chinese cabbage ) - 1/4 pack
yaki- dofu (grilled tofu) - 1 cake
shirataki noodles(yam noodles) - 1/2 pack
shiitake mushrooms - 1 pack
shimeji mushrooms - 1 pack
chrysanthemum leaves - 1/2 pack
2 tablespoons oil


1: Cut all ingredients into bite-sized pieces.
2: Mix A to make sukiyaki sauce.
3: Boil shirataki noodles, set aside.
4: Put oil and fry some beef slices into the skillet, then pour A in the pan.
5: Add other ingredients when the sauce starts to boil except for grilled tofu and leek.
6: Simmer until all ingredients are softened, add grilled tofu and leek, simmer for a while.
7: Add chrysanthemum leaves just before you eat them.

Our family don't add raw eggs for the sukiyaki but you can add raw eggs for dipping if you like. Enjoy!! ^_^

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Best Mom Award

Received this award from Ate Rose of Obstacles and Glories and Reanaclaire of Caring is Not Only Sharing. Thank you very much!! This is huge, though!

Children are a gift of the Lord and I consider myself lucky for giving me a such wonderful kids.I may not be a perfect Mom for my kids but a word from them saying ' Mama, daisuki! ' is pleasant word to hear. Being a perfect Mom is a long way to go and I don't want to assume that I am always right but I do love to challenge as they grow up, I wanted to ' grow ' as well. I love myself as Mom of Wakaba and Haruka.^_^

The rules: 1. Show the award logo in your post. 2. Pick a picture you have with your kiddo(s). 3. Post should include your best experience as a Mom. 3. Nominate other blogger mom's out there that you consider the best mom, like yourself.

I'm passing this award to my very loving Moms' at blogogsphere-- Mommy Dee,Mommy Maria,Mommy Elizabeth,Mommy Dhemz,Mommy Liza,Sister Grace,Mommy Bambie,Mommy Eden,Ate Cecille and to all MOMs out there who happened to drop by at this blog.Please grab them-- YOU deserve this award!

And I would also like to thank my sister here at blogosphere, sister Grace of My World&My Family Inspirations for teaching me on how linking works. Thank you very much, sis!^_^

Monday, February 16, 2009

Meme: My Top Three

I grab this tag from Ate Kim of My Life Journey in Focus. Thank you for making me grab this one! \(^0^)/

Three Names that Friends Call You:
*** Clang
*** Clarize
*** Claire

Three Most Important Dates in your Life:
*** Febuary 20,2006
*** June 6, 2003
*** January 30,1973

Things You've Done in the Last 30 Minutes:
*** Washing the dishes
*** Finished one post
*** Visited Ate Kim's blog

Three Ways to be Happy Even You’re at Home:
*** Playing with my kids
*** Doing Sumo with my husband
*** Drinking my cafe au lait in the morning

Gifts You Would Like to Receive:
*** A concert ticket
*** A discount ticket
*** Doutor Coffee set

Three of Your Favorite Hobbies:
*** Cooking
*** Baking
*** Blogging

Three Places You Want to Go for a Vacation:
*** Philippines
*** Philippines
*** Philippines

Three Favorite Drinks:
*** Gin tonic
*** Chu-Hi
*** Beer

Three Things Found in Your Bag:
*** Nose spray ( for allergy )
*** Eye Drop ( for allergy )
*** Lip gloss

Three Favorite Colors:
*** Black
*** Red
*** Blue

Top Three Hangouts:
*** At Home
*** At some discount shops
*** At my favorite shopping mall

Top Three You Love so Much:
*** Loving my family
*** Going outdoors
*** Going for a date

Top Three You Think Will Answer this Survey:
*** I Hope
*** Somebody
*** Will Grab This Tag

Top Three Things Special To You:
*** Celebrating birthdays of my love ones
*** Celebrating our Wedding Anniversary
*** Going to an Honda event

Top Three Reasons Why You Answered This Survey:
*** Ate Kim is a sweet friend
*** She's a good cook
*** She's inviting me to come over to her house to eat!Yum!!

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Pregnancy and Delivery Story Tag

Received the tag from my fellow Ate's here at blogosphere, Ate Cecile of Small and Simple Things.Thank you very much !! \(^0^)/ The pic above is my second baby, Haruka. I would like to take this opportunity to post my pregnancy and delivery story of her here coz her birthday is soon approaching.

1. WAS YOUR FIRST PREGNANCY PLANNED? Yap, we planned the very first and the second of it ever since we got married.


3. WHAT WERE YOUR REACTIONS? Excited and happy for my second baby.

4. WAS ABORTION AN OPTION FOR YOU? Not in our wildest dream.

5. HOW OLD WERE YOU? I was 29, then.

6. HOW DID YOU FIND OUT YOU WERE PREGNANT? I did a home pregnacy test since I find myself strange at that time .

7. WHO DID YOU TELL FIRST? My husband when he came back from work.

8. DID YOU WANT TO FIND OUT THE SEX? Nope, we wanted to get excited upon the arrival but the doctor said the sex of the baby even if we didn't questioned it.

9. DUE DATE? The due date was March 3.

10. DID YOU HAVE MORNING SICKNESS? Yes, just like almost every pregnant women do..

11. WHAT DID YOU CRAVE? Fruits, most especially pineapple.

12. WHO/WHAT IRRITATED YOU THE MOST? I hate the smell of garlic-- weird coz I love eating them when I'm not still pregnant.



15. HOW MANY POUNDS DID YOU GAIN THROUGHOUT THE PREGNANCY? I can't tell you!! Only my Sister-in-law knows about it!

16. DID YOU HAVE A BABY SHOWER? Yes, at home.

17. WAS IT A SURPRISE OR DID YOU KNOW? A surprise, my Brother and Sister-in-laws planned them.

18. DID YOU HAVE ANY COMPLICATIONS DURING YOUR PREGNANCY? Yes, I had a fever when I was in labor to Haruka!


20. HOW MANY HOURS WERE YOU IN LABOR? 12 hours, more or less.

21. WHO DROVE YOU TO THE HOSPITAL? My Husband, Yochan.

22. WHO WATCHED YOU GIVE BIRTH? My Husband Yochan,my Mother-in-Law, my Sister-in-Law Mihoko--my midwife, and my other Sister-in-Law Taiko--watching at the corner,her 1st time to experience to watch on natural birth.

23. WAS IT NATURAL OR C-SECTION? Natural, but I was about to be on C-Section if the baby didn't come out in time.

24. DID YOU TAKE MEDICINE TO EASE THE PAIN? No, my Husband did a massage on me at my back.

27. HOW MUCH DID YOUR CHILD WEIGH? She's weighs 3518 grams.



31. HOW OLD IS YOUR FIRST BORN TODAY? My second born will be turning 3!!

I'm passing this tag to Sister Grace,Mommy She,Mommy Maria, Mommy Eden, Ate Rose,Mommy Bambie, Mommy Elizabeth, Mommy Dhemz,Mommy Liza,Mommy Niko,Mommy Umma and to all Moms out there.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Precious Choco from Royce'

Yesterday, I finally received that I ordered on-line for my chocolate lover husband this Valentine's Day-- Precious Chocolate, a new product from Royce'. It is a white chocolate in the inside that covered with dome dark chocolate from the outside that melts in your mouth.

We both ( I have to taste them to blog on! lol! ) enjoyed eating them with hot coffee and Potato Chips coated with chocolate for the kids to enjoy as well. The combination of salt and chocolate is great!!

We're not doing something special this Valentine's Day coz we are going back home to visit our in-laws this weekend.

Have a great weekend and Happy Valentine's Day to everybody!!\(^0^)/

Friday, February 13, 2009

Happy Valentine's Day!!

Valentine Pictures, Images and Photos

May no gift be too small to give, nor too simple to receive, which is wrapped in thoughtfulness and tied with love.
--L.O. Baird


Wednesday, February 11, 2009

ala- INDIE JONE'S Adventure!!

Our family went for an adventure last summer which is new to me and the family and that is going to a limestone cave. I love nature and impressed on how nature works and it excites me a lot! You’ll see some drip stones on the roof of the cave which is so impressive. It is 600 meter long path course inside the cave. The kids are very cooperative, they walk through some creepy paths and climb stairs without complaining at all and I can see it through their eyes that they're thrilled, too! While walking and enjoying the cave’s beautiful formation, I heard my mind singing the Indiana Jones theme: tatarara–tataraa—tatararaaaa—tantann!! There’s no crystal skull there but what awaits us is an impressive drip stones and hearing some water dripping which is soo pleasing to the ears that makes me feel closer to nature. I wanted to share what we have seen in there, so enjoy!!

It's dark in there and creepy, too!!


Do you hear water dripping?

Haruka climbing the stairs!

This Christmas tree is over 2 meter high


If I had to pick between shopping and exploring a cave or camping, it would be camping and exploring a cave! ^_^ I love nature!!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Valentine Linky Love Tags

I received this tag from Ate Cecile -- please visit her blog at

Thanks for always including me in your tag lists!!\(^0^)/

~~ Start Copy Here ~~


"For God so loVed the world,

That He gAveHis onLy


That whosoever

Believeth In Him

Should Not perish,

But have Everlasting life." John 3:16

Rules: 1. Post this tag in your blog if you believe in the message. Please don’t forget to copy from = Start Copy Here = to = End Copy Here =. If you want, please include your own thoughts about LOVE.2. Tag as many friends as you want to help spread the message to the world. 3. Comment with the link of your post here so that you will be included in the master list. 4. Don’t forget to come back to the master post once in awhile to check and update your own blog’s master post . 5. Please don’t delete this tag or out no follow tags. Let’s spread love and so as linky loves. Thanks!

I'm tagging Mommy She, Ate Weng, Ate Kim,Maria, Sis Annabelle, Sis Joanna, Mr.Richard, Mr.Joops ,KalyoGalera, Mommy Umma,Mommy Liza,Mommy Dhemz,Sis Grace, Mommy Elizabeth,Dee, and to YOU!

Happy Valentine's Day! :)

Monday, February 9, 2009

A Japanese Potato Recipe

This is a typical " mother's taste" meal in Japan which I have learned from my Mother-in-law. It is served with a bowl of white rice and miso soup. My Mother-in-law taught me how to cook when we were still living with them for 3 years due to my husbands' work. You may find ( again ) the ingredients to your asian supermarkets.

Ingredients: ( good for 4 persons )
beef /pork sirloin - 100g, thinly sliced
4 potatoes
1 onion
1 carrot
shirataki noodles ( yam noodles ) - 1/2 pack
8 snow peas
4 tbsps soy sauce
4 tbsps sake
1 tbsp sugar
2 cups dashi soup stock
2 cups water
1/8 cup katsuobushi (dried bonito flakes)

1: Make dashi soup stock.(Put water in a pan and heat on medium heat. Just before the water boils, add katsuobushi flakes. When the water boils, stop the heat and strain the broth.) You can use the instant dashi powder( 1 tbpsp dashi powder plus 2 cups of water ) if you want.
2. boil shirataki noodles, set aside
3: Cut beef or pork slices and vegetables into bite-sized pieces. Boil snow peas lightly and set aside, or you can you use the frozen one,thawed if use.
4: Put oil in a pan and sauté the meat quickly. Add potatoes, carrots and shirataki noodles in the pan and sauté them together.
5: Add dashi soup stock, soy sauce, sake, and sugar in the pan and simmer for 10 min on medium heat.
6: Add onion in the pan and simmer on low heat until the liquid are almost gone.
7: Sprinkle snow peas over the simmered beef and potatoes.
8: Serve with hot rice, miso soup and salad.

Enjoy your meal! :)

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Sporty Tag

I received a tag from Ate Rose and Ate Cecile-- I called them my Ate coz they're my senior here at blogosphere and I respected them a lot! Thanks for being so friendly, Ate Rose and Ate Ces!!\(^0^)/

1992 / HONDA NSX-R
This state-of-the-art 2-seater sports car featured a lightweight aluminum body and a midship-mounted engine. The "R" designation indicated even lighter weight and higher driving performance.
Water-Cooled 4-st. V-6 DOHC 4-Valve VTEC
Max Power
280PS / 7,300rpm
Net Weight
Special Racing Pad, Special Lightweight 40/45 Tire & 16/17 Inch Wheel (Front/Rear)

THIS BABY IS MINE!!\(^0^)/ Hahahahaaa!! What a dreamer!!! I'm gonna pass this tag to those who love to dream about their dream cars-- who knows, you might own one!!! :) What are you waiting for-- grab now and have fun!!!\(^0^)/

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Passionate Blogger Award

Receiving an award is always a great feeling-- recieved it from Ate Rose, Ate Cecile, Sister Grace, and Mr. Joops!! Thank you for always including me in your tag lists!!\(^0^)/

The Rules:
1: Put the logo in your post
2: Write 5 things you are passionate about aside from blogging
3: Tag 5 people on your lists and let them know you tagged them.

I'm Passionate about:


My Family




I'm passing this tag to Ate Kim, Ate Weng, Maria, PrettyMom, and She. Happy Blogging!!\(^0^)/

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