Posted by: Leah | January 27, 2016

Breathe and smile

Every day is a day of chance to learn.

We go about each day in a routine like manner. Do you remember what you’ve done from the time you wake up to the time when your head hits the pillow? Sometimes, I cant even remember what I had for breakfast or how I drove from home to work and vice versa. The day just went on a blur. This is especially true when there are so many things to do , when there is not even time to take a deep breath and relax. That there is not enough time in day to accomplish all the things that need to be done.

However, there comes a time when there is just a time in one’s life to take that opportunity and take on each moment and reflect. Take things slow, “Stop and smell the roses” . Its an old cliche but it makes sense. Mind you, this opportune time does not come often. So now that I have it, I am taking advantage and thinking and maybe sometimes over thinking about what I can reflect on.

I’ve decided to restart writing again. Maybe not as often as I would want but nonetheless, still write something, Anything.

I’ve read some of my previous blog entries and they weren’t so bad.

Well, here’s to a day of learning, a day to expand a little cell in my brain and a nudge to oneself to bring a smile to my face and someone else’s !2014 to 2015 cell phone photos 329

Posted by: Leah | January 22, 2016


Lets see what this New Year has in store for me

I have decided to start blogging again



Posted by: Leah | February 2, 2012

Cabbage Salad

Cabbage Salad (Recipe)

This is a repost

Cabbage Salad

1 red cabbage – chopped


½ cup white sugar
½ cup oil
½ cup white vinegar
½ cup water
2 tsp soya sauce

Put all ingredients in a jar & shake well.

Crispy Seasoning:

¼ cup butter
1 cup slivered almonds
½ cup sesame seeds
2 packages “Mr. Noodles” – crushed – do not use the seasoning packet

Melt the butter on a cookie sheet, add the crushed noodles, almonds and sesame seeds. Toast in the oven until brown, allow to cool.

Just before serving add the crispy seasoning to the cabbage. Pour dressing over and mix well.

This makes a large bowl of salad – enough to feed at least a dozen (or more).
I usually prepare everything and just make small amounts as I need it.


**thanks to flickr Ruthieki’s photostream for the photo

Posted by: Leah | December 21, 2011

Happy Holidays

Let us celebrate the birth of Jesus. HE is the reason for the season. A Merry Christmas to all!

If you have 5 minutes to spare. Watch this slideshow/movie
A Silent Night

Posted by: Leah | September 25, 2011

Let go

There are things that we don’t want to happen but have to accept, things we don’t want to know but have to learn, and people we can’t live without but have to let go. – Author Unknown

Posted by: Leah | September 18, 2011

Goodbye TATAY

Sept 17, Tatay was 74 . The good Lord has taken him from us.
I am so sad

Posted by: Leah | September 18, 2011

repost- Tatay’s 70th birthday 2007

Wednesday, May 30, 2007
Si Tatay

My Tatay (father) turns 70 today.

My father came from a big family. His father had quite a few wives so he has a lot of half-sisters and half-brothers as well. Good thing he did not turn out to be a ladies man like his father. He has always been a loyal husband and a loyal father. I never met his father nor his mother – my grand parents – since my father was orphaned really young. He is the youngest in his family so he came to his sisters as his mother/father figure.

My father is a great disciplinarian. He had this special call//whistle done thru his tongue/mouth and when we heard this loud shrilly sound, we’d all come running home from wherever we were. He made sure we had dinners togeher and had outings as well.

I’ve always been a Daddy’s girl. I remember telling off my mother to my dad as soon as he comes in the door after a day’s work. When asked who I loved more (they always ask that when you are small). My answer would alway be “Tatay” ofcourse. Whenever he would ask me to ran an errand for him (e.g. buy a few sticks of cigarettes – Hope was the brand name I always bought for him then), I always end up with a few loose change in my pocket. And whenever I’d ask for money, he’d simply put his hand in his pocket and give to me whatever is there. He was a generous man and still is.

I think he showed me off to his co-workers then as well. The stories were ridiculous so I’d rather not publish anything about it here. As far as I know, it just shows how proud he is of me.

Tatay used to have luscious and thick black hair. I remember how shiny and sticky it was. He used a lot of pomade then. Now, its thinned out and you can see more of his head. I’ve always thought that I got my hair genes from my Tatay. I just hope mine doesn’t thin out like his did.

Speaking of hair, Tatay is a great barber. He does not do it for a living but he cuts every guy’s hair in our family (except my husband’s – I guess, hubs is too scared my dad will cut something else, he!he!). Even his friends come to him for their regular hair cut. Hey, I think he even gets paid sometimes.

In the process of migrating here to Canada , the medical tests showed a few irregulaities in his lungs and that was the end of his smoking. He dropped it just like that and I am so happy he did. Oh, the sacrifices you do for your family. I guess, he really wanted all of us to live a good life. Well, that’s how its always been perceived…life in the Western world is more prosperoous. But that’s not what my post is about, so …let me go on.

On our 2nd year here, he had a heart attack which thank God was only mild but nonetheless, it has brought him so much pain and the on set of athritis, high blood pressure and diabetis came as well. So now, he takes different kinds of pills everyday. I am just thankful that he is still with us today and celebrating his life with his children and grand children all together.

We’ve been planning to get a big party going for him but it fell under the cracks . So the family decided to give him a surprise gift instead. A trip to Las Vegas for him and my mother.

Today however, we will have a small impromptu get together and greet him with lots of hugs and kisses.

So to you Tatay, I love you and may you stay longer and live a healthier senior life.

Posted by: Leah | July 17, 2011


So many webs to clean. In and out . Physical and spriritual.
So much time wasted. If only i can have 48 hours a day.

Posted by: Leah | May 12, 2011

Sugar Free in 28 days

I am in my 4th day of sugar detox (its a 4-day regimen I got from a co-worker) , Its fast track compared to Dr. Oz’s 4 week guideline. I will follow his plan instead . Although this 4-day fast track is working , it is H-A-R-D. I am getting lots of headaches. Gotta take it easy.

here is Dr. Oz 4 week plan
In this country, we’re facing all kinds of addictions – and beating them may be the #1 health challenge we face. Whether you’re addicted to nicotine, carbohydrates, salt or sugar, we all need a little help kicking the habit.

Try this 28-day challenge to reduce the amount of sugar you consume – you’ll feel healthier, and if you stick with it, you might just extend your life.

In this country, we’re facing all kinds of addictions – and beating them may be the #1 health challenge we face. Whether you’re addicted to nicotine, carbohydrates, salt or sugar, we all need a little help kicking the habit.

Try this 28-day challenge to reduce the amount of sugar you consume – you’ll feel healthier, and if you stick with it, you might just extend your life.

Overview The Action Plan: Get Started! When you eat sugar, it stimulates the release of dopamine into the nucleus accumbens, which makes you feel pleasure. The brain recognizes and likes this feeling and begins to crave more. It may startle you to learn that heroine, morphine and sugar all stimulate the same receptors in your brain.

It takes 28 days to detox from most addictive substances, and sugar – hidden in fast food, low-fat options and condiments – is certainly an addictive substance. On this plan, you’ll detox, eliminate hidden sugars and learn how to incorporate alternative sweeteners.

Week 1: DetoxTake a deep breath – you’re not going cold turkey. Cut back on the amount of sugar you add to foods (no more than a teaspoon!) Instead of buying and consuming processed foods that include sugar, try buying healthier alternatives – like whole wheat cereals – and adding 1 tsp. of sugar. This puts you in control of the amount of sugar you’re consuming.

Week 2: Eliminate Hidden SugarsHunt down hidden sugars hiding in your cabinets and pantry. Throw away foods containing high amounts of added sugars, everything from tomato sauces to ketchup to peanut butter. Be especially wary of low-fat items as they often contain more sugar to make them taste better.

When purging your kitchen, be on the look out for these names:
FructoseMaltoseSorbitolEvaporated cane juiceSyrupsXylotolSugars ending in “ol” or “ose”

Week 3: Use Alternative SweetenersInstead of sugar, try using the following alternative sweeteners:

Non-caloric herb from ParaguayVery sweet with slight licorice tasteFound at health food, specialty and grocery stores with the dietary supplements – not with sweeteners.

Agave Nectar
Made from blue agave cactus grown in MexicoHigh in calories, but you only need a very small amountFound at vitamin stores.

Week 4: Trick Your Taste BudsUsing fresh spices and herbs can trick taste buds into thinking you’re eating something sinfully sweet. Try adding cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, vanilla or allspice to your coffee, cereals and baked goods.

Posted by: Leah | January 2, 2011

2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads This blog is doing awesome!.

Crunchy numbers

Featured image

The Leaning Tower of Pisa has 296 steps to reach the top. This blog was viewed about 1,100 times in 2010. If those were steps, it would have climbed the Leaning Tower of Pisa 4 times

In 2010, there was 1 new post, growing the total archive of this blog to 223 posts. There were 4 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 1mb.

The busiest day of the year was June 18th with 34 views. The most popular post that day was 2007 1st Christmas Tree Blog Parade: Here at Munimuni.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were,,,, and

Some visitors came searching, mostly for blue moon, love forever, silent night, tabing dagat, and piolo.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


2007 1st Christmas Tree Blog Parade: Here at Munimuni December 2007


Blue Moon September 2006


Don Bosco High School 1986: Baguio City, Philippines December 2007


A Silent Night December 2007


Sa Tabing Dagat July 2008

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