Saturday, November 27, 2010

You're Invited To Earn

Since this blog receive more visitors than my other blog, Invest and Work at Home, I would like to re-post an entry from there , which is an invitation to everybody to join a Clixsense team.

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4. Contest - as a member, you can join team's contest which has cash prizes.

5. For Philippines members, Assistance to Withdraw earnings through GCash or SmartMoney.

6. Very helpful team support.

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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Totally Tuesday Blog Hop - November 23rd

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Monday, November 22, 2010

WANTED: ****

A fellow blogger, Levy from Living the Life to the Fullest, is asking for help to disseminate the picture of the suspected killer of her friend.

**Update**
Due to the Levy's request, I removed the story and picture of the person suspected of killing her friend. The removal of the story and pictures is due to responsible journalism which she explained here.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Chicken Lasagna Treat


First, I would like to apologize for not be able to provide you the photo of the lasagna that I made this weekend, as after I pull it out from oven, the hungry little monsters (lol) immediately delved into the pan and finished them off before my busy mind thought of taking a snap of it for my blog. So, what I can offer you is the image from the world wide web, which I grab from this site, which I think was almost identical to the look of my lasagna, specially the little burnt cheese on top.

Now, off to my chicken lasagna.

     The Spaghetti Sauce (the red one)
250 g ground chicken
1 onion, chopped
garlic, chopped (if you like garlic, you can put as much as you like)
1 tsp butter
1 tsp olive oil (or any veg oil)
3 very red tomatoes (remove the skin and chopped)
half cup ketchup (i like to use this as i do not need to put sugar)
1 cup water
salt and pepper to taste

Heat the pan and put the butter and oil. Saute the garlic, onion, ground chicken, respectively. Let it stand for 2-3 minutes. Add chopped tomatoes and stand again for 1-2 minutes. Pour the ketchup and water, stir. Simmer for 5 minutes or until the tomatoes are crushed. Add salt and pepper and taste. Make sure that the water evaporates and has the proper consistency, not too watery or not too thick. Set aside.

     The Balsamella (the white one)
People use different kind of cheese in their balsamella, but since cheese is quite expensive here, a simple cheddar cheese is enough for my balsamella. So for the balsamella, you need the following:
half cup of milk (not powdered :p)
half cup grated cheese
1 egg (I use egg as thickener not flour as I do not like the flour-ery taste)

In a sauce pan, pour the milk and heat it but do not boil. Using the whisk, stir the milk and put the cheese in it. Make sure that your fire is low so that you will not boil the milk. Continue stirring until the cheese melts and the milk reduced by one fourth. Remove from fire and continue stirring until the temperature is reduced. When the milk-cheese sauce is warm but not hot anymore, put the egg and whisk till the egg is dissolved. If there are traces of eggs in your sauce, that means your milk was hot and it cooked the egg, which is not good. If you got it correctly, now set it aside and move to the next step.

     The Noodle!
Some people boil the lasagna noodles which I do not do. Lasagna is cooked in the oven so there's no need to boil the noodles as it will be cooked there too. So, what should we do with the noodles? In a deep flat basin with full of water, soak 8 pieces of the lasagna noodles (my pan is quite small so I use 8 strips only).
I use this Barilla Lasagna noodles. It has enough noodles for 3 cooking.

      The Cheese!
Well, as I have said, since cheese is quite expensive and rare here in my place, I use what's available only, that's cheddar cheese and mozzarella. Just grate separately these two cheeses which will be used as toppings later. (You can use ricotta cheese instead of cheddar, if ricotta is available).

     Assembly Time!
Now, in your lasagna pan, grease it with butter, then arrange the lasagna noodles, put the red sauce, then the white sauce, then the cheeses, and repeat until no more ingredient left. On top of it, put the mozzarella cheese first then followed by the cheddar (or ricotta). I noticed that when mozzarella is burnt, it's not so nice, it doesn't have the gooeyness of the cheese, so I always put is below the other cheese.

     It's Almost Ready!
In a pre-heated oven, bake the lasagna for 180 degrees Celsius for 25-30 minutes. It is ready when you see that the top is brownish already. Let is stand for 10 minutes after baking so that it will be firm (but with kids like mine, it didn't even last for 10 minutes hehehe).

     It's Ready!
Cut in squares (or rectangle for more serving lol) and serve with garlic bread (I'll post the recipe next time) and a nice iced tea. Enjoy!

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Have you seen The Visitor?


Last week, I watched a 2007 movie entitled, The Visitor. I found the story interesting and real-life (though it was not) and the actors performed really well. I suggest that if you don't have any movie in mind to watch, try this one. 

The movie was about a bored college professor who travels to New York City to attend a conference and found a young illegal immigrant couple living in his apartment. The movie showed how the professor, played by Richard Jenkins (Burn After Reading, Step Brothers) influenced the couple's lives and in return how he was affected by the couple's lives. 

**SPOILER ALERT**
The widowed and lonely professor, Walter, teaching in Connecticut was assigned to attend a conference in New York. Upon arrival in his New York apartment, he found a couple, Tarik Khalil, a Syrian musician and Zainab, a Seneralese street vendor. After the awkward encounter of the professor and the couple in the apartment, it was known that a couple's friend has rented the professor's apartment unknown to the professor. The couple tried to leave the apartment but the professor sympatized to the couple's situation and offered to stay until they get a place to stay. 


Tarik was an African drummer and Walter was fascinated by the way Tarik played and the music he made. Walter tried to learn piano in Connecticut but was not successful; his late-wife was a good pianist. Tarik taught Walter how to play the African drum and they became friends. Tarik always brought Walter to the jazz club where he performs and they also played drums in the park along with other African drummers. Walter's life has turn with full of life until Tarik was arrested one day while they were trying to hurry to go back home.

Since Tarik was an illegal immigrant, he was put into detention. Walter would always visit him as Tarik's girlfriend could not as she was an illegal immigrant too. One day, the worried mother of Tarik came and met Walter. Walter has developed friendship and special bond to Tarik's family. He went back to Connecticut and sold the piano and took a leave of absence from his teaching job. 

He came back to New York, only to find himself falling in love with Tarik's mother. When the day came that Tarik was deported back to Syria, his mother decided to follow him although she will not be able to come back to America once she left. On the eve before she left, it was known that she also loved Walter. Tarik's mother left America and Walter bid her goodbye from the airport.

The movie ended as Walter was playing the African drum in the metro station, where Tarik dreamed of playing.

Friday, November 19, 2010

An Amazing Speech and A Bravery!

I was amazed how this 14-year-old student gave his speech in front of the school board committee to defend his beloved teacher who had been suspended for two days for asking a student to remove her Confederate flag belt buckle and for ejecting two students from class after a heated exchange about gay rights. I admire this guy for having the courage to face the school board, to admit that he is gay, and to defend his teacher.  This young student, Graeme Taylor, said that his teacher, Jay McDowell, has prevented him from committing suicide when he was 9 because he was bullied for being gay.

Check out the video below to see how this young guy has given a very moving speech in defense to his teacher.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Life Can't Wait's First Ever Giveaway!

My fellow blogger,Mizhelle, has just had her blog, Life Can't Wait first ever giveaway, and to coincide is also the first contest I join since I started blogging, so pipz, let's keep our hopes high to win some giveaways here. It is also in time for the Christmas season and the badge is just perfect. I'm excited!

My congratulations to Mizhelle for her blogversary!


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Monday, November 15, 2010

Manny Pacquiao Made a History!


Last Saturday's fight against Antonio Margarito in Cowboy's Stadium earned Manny Pacquiao a place in the history, the first boxer to hold titles in eight divisions. The latest the WBC Super Welterweight title which Pacquiao won round after round against Margarito. Margarito suffered cuts on cheek and right eye that almost left his right eye shut. The score: 120-108, 119-109 and 118-110 in favor of Manny.

Though I seldom watch boxing as I feel pity to the losing guy, I always support Manny Pacquiao in all his fights. There were times that I would not watch his fight but would just pray hard that he would win or at least not to be knocked out, and every time my prayer's granted. 

To Manny, you know that every Filipino feels pride because of you. Congratulations!

Friday, November 12, 2010

A Viral Christmas Card this Season!

Hi Guys! I am helping a blog friend, Noypi from Pinoylandia , here by posting his Christmas Card and of course at the same time to give me blog a Christmas Season's feeling since it's already November and Christmas is in the air. For us, Filipinos, Christmas starts on September as this month has the -ber at the end already and extended to the end day of December. So, for everyone, Filipinos or not, Happy Christmas!



P.S. 
If you do not understand what's written in the card, just ask Noypi hehehe....

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Happy Meal without HAPPY


The city of San Francisco, California has recently voted on a proposition that banning the sale of food with too much fat and sugar that comes with a toy to the public. Mc Donald's Happy Meal is actually one of the directly affected of this proposition. A Happy Meal is consisted of a burger, fries, drink, and a toy. Consumers of Happy Meal are usually kids ( I cannot say "all" as my friends and I were actually once a fan of it hehehe...). 

Although the health buffs and small restaurants are happy about this news, not everybody accepted it with a healthy smile. Most of the parents who aired their opinions said that the choices of what their children should eat must be left to them. As a parent, I totally agree on this. The parents have the responsibility to decide what is the good for their children. With government dictating what to eat and not is some kind of dictatorship, where's freedom in there? I just hope that it will just stay in California, if not, no more "Love Ko To"

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Glee Stars GQ Pics, Too Racy?

Have you seen the Glee stars photos on GQ magazine? What do you think of them? Too much skin? Too sexy?

Lea Michele, Diana Agron, and Cory Monteith recent cover photos on GQ magazine have caused stir in the web and TV world. I personally found these pictures too sexy. Some said that GQ is a men's magazine and these three stars were all adult, however, the way they portray these Glee stars in the magazine is based on the school setting, which is actually a high-school setting, which I believe make these pictures not appropriate. Another thing is that, the two girls, Lea and Diana are dressed (or undressed) in a very provoking way, while Cory is fully-clothed!

Check out the photos below and judge for yourself. 








 (Photo credit: GQ)

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