Saturday, September 6, 2014

The Best of Billy and Eve at 25

Days before our 25th wedding anniversary, I thought of posting a verse daily for at least three days until the day itself, but I wasn't able to execute my plan, though I managed to post this verse on my Facebook wall two days prior,

 "I know that whatever God does, it shall be forever. Nothing can be added to it, and nothing taken from it. God does it, that men should fear before Him."
Ecclesiastes 3:14

As usual, I went home tired from work and didn't have time to think about the planned anniversary posts anymore. To my surprise, my husband posted this photo to celebrate the day even while he was away at work.


The caption says, "September 2, 1989: 25 years with the woman who stood with me and by me. Silver!"

Would you believe that we got married with me having a lateral fracture on my.... oh no, how could I forget which foot now? Yes, I was actually limping during the wedding march that I had to whisper to my father to walk very, very slow. My affected foot was on cast one week before our wedding and I could still remember how my hands trembled when I removed the cast in the morning of my wedding day! I went to the church wearing a pair of soft slippers and put my shoes on just minutes before the wedding march! 

In my anniversary post last year, I featured a testimony of God's goodness and faithfulness in our marriage. Today, I still share the same testimony (click L'amour @ 24 to read the whole post) :


"We may not realize how He works miracles and wonders, simultaneously in the hearts and minds of men, but He does. He did... for Adam and me! And when He works, it couldn't go wrong. He works so perfectly, nothing can thwart His plan and will, defying physical disabilities (I sustained a fracture one week before our wedding day) and seeming constraints. All praises and glory to Him who specializes in making everything beautiful in His time that Adam and I could only succumb to His will, that is... to be united together in the bonds of matrimony, one perfect day ... such happiness!"

Well, to date, this wedding picture post amazingly garnered 323 likes and 94 comments! Billy already wrote his "thank you" comment saying, 


"To all of you who greeted us on our special day through likes, comments and PMs, 
thank you very much. You made this day extra meaningful for us!"

And so here's my own special way of expressing my thanks to everybody --- a thank you collage of our "best" photos together for the past months as we traveled together this year in celebration of this special milestone in our married life. 

Brace yourselves, here they all are!!!

Yes, poses with "Marilyn Monroe" at the Universal Studios in Singapore.

Funny because the photo op should have been done with Ms. Monroe in the middle :)) but then, I deliberately positioned myself on the other side, away from her such that my husband would be in the middle. And she was really smart and fast to catch what I had in mind!!! Take a closer look at the photo on the top left. She was actually asking us, "Oh, so you would like it to look like we're fighting over one man!" And I readily said, "YES!" because that was exactly my concept!!! :)) Well, my husband never even thought that I could think about such plot in an instant! Google for images of Marilyn Monroe in Universal Studios and you will see her always at the center. :)) She's the star, remember!!!

These photos were taken at the Malaysia Cultural Village when we came to see the Kuala Lumpur Tower. I love the ambiance at the village and I was actually elated to see that we had nice poses there. Credits to Ayana Grace and Ana Cristina for the photos. See, we didn't look tired in the photos even if we've been through a lot of walking already!

Now this is another group of photos of Billy and me together. Well, I admit, I'm not really good at taking selfies, much more a we-fie! So, what do you think? Oh, I'm sure you can very well tell which three photos are we-fies? Hahaha!!!!

Guess who's fun and who's smart?

Now take a look at some poses taken at the Kuala Lumpur City Gallery. 

Can you tell what we were trying to do in the photo on the left? Hmmm... it really took us some effort attempting to get a perfect heart figure using our fingers. We could have tried harder had it not been for the queue starting to get longer in front of us! :((

You might not agree, but I really think it's CUTE!!! Hahaha! Looking at that photo with an imperfectly-shaped heart simply brings to mind the mystery of how God could allow two hearts to beat in unison and share a love that only by God's grace can grow stronger together through time. This also reminded me of our wedding verses, 1John 4: 18-19:

"There is no fear in love; 
but perfect love casteth out fear:
because fear hath torment. He that feareth
is not made perfect in love.
We love him, because he first loved us."

Now it's getting cheesy, I know, so I better be going. Again, just my way of saying THANK YOU to all of you! 
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Monday, September 1, 2014

Tuna-Lemon Penne Pasta

I had another chance of traveling out-of-town for a night on a weekend, following a hectic schedule and several sleepless nights. That meant cramming to pack my things while cooking at the same time... so that there will be food on our table while I am gone.

Opening the cupboard and seeing the penne pasta and can of Century Tuna Flakes, I knew exactly what to do. I just took two pieces of lemon and a stalk of leeks from the veggie bin and all the other ingredients I needed were spices. 

This is what I had in mind--- Tuna-Lemon Penne Pasta. Another fast food meal! And this is how it turned out.


Here's how I did this.

Ingredients:

Oil
1 tbsp garlic, minced
1 medium onion, sliced
1 large can Century Tuna in oil
2 pcs lemon, halved and squeezed
Pinch of salt, pepper, thyme, basil, rosemary, cayenne powder of any spice of choice
Penne pasta, cooked according to package instruction
1 stalk leeks, sliced diagonally

Steps:

1. Saute garlic, onions and tuna in oil.
2. Add lemon juice, salt and spices of your choice.
3. Add cooked penne pasta to sauteed tuna and mix thoroughly.
4. Top with leeks and serve with garlic bread.



Hmmm... I just love how the spicy flavor of the cayenne powder blended with lemon.  Have a great week ahead!

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Walking Down the Streets of Zurich: Episode 2 (River Limmat)

Hello, there you are, great! With all the daily activities at work eating up my mind and body, I usually go home tired and sleepy that I almost forgot I still had this to post. Yes, it's been months and I'm so sorry for that...

After our walk a few months ago (referring to my previous post, Walking Down the Streets of Zurich: Episode 1), I bet you have recharged a little bit? Oh, come on, don't tell me you would like to rest still? The sun is up but it's still very cold at 2 degrees Celsius! I really think we should keep on walking. This is getting even more exciting as we approach the heart of the city!

We're just about to leave Sihlquai and stroll along Museumstrasse heading toward the Swiss National Museum. The museum which is one of the main sights of the city is located on an island between two rivers, River Sihl and River Limmat.

River Sihl                                        River Limmat

You will see the museum exactly in the middle of the two rivers.

From a distance, the museum resembled the castles I used to read from my Classics Illustrated comics. Believe it or not! Look at these.
A view of the Swiss National Museum from the bridge

Looks a bit scary, I know, because of the barren trees but for me it was another mesmerizing view. I couldn't seem to stop gazing at the towers of the museum. Oh, I should have a picture with it at the background. How unfortunate though that Billy wasn't able to capture the tip of the tower when he took a photo of me standing in front (left photo). But good that he was able to get another full view of it (right photo)--- without me in the pic!!! :(

The tower of the Swiss National Museum

Unfortunately, the museum was closed that day, being a Monday. That means we had to return another day to see what's inside.  For this day, we had to settle with a few shots outside the building.

But I will post the photos together with all the rest of the photos taken inside. Oh, sorry to say that it would mean another post!

From the museum, we crossed the Museumstrasse to go to Zurich Main Station or Rail City (or Central Station) also known as Zurich Hauptbahnhof (or HB).
Photo taken along Museumstrasse. The museum on the left and the Zurich Central Station (Rail City) on the right.

Side entrance to the Rail City; along Museumstrasse, in front of the Swiss National Museum
Let's see what's inside...

The Central Station is the largest railway station in Switzerland, Zurich being the major railway hub servicing not only Switzerland but also other neighboring countries like Germany, Italy, Austria and France, as well.


 Photos of the train station inside the Rail City



The station has more than 200 underground shops where travelers can buy food, souvenirs, jewelries, ornaments, flowers and plants included. The photos below were all taken inside the Central Station or Rail City.







A full view of the balloon-like figure of a big winged woman hanging in the middle of the Rail City. 
I was so intrigued looking at it that I took a photo as it seemingly hovers over my husband posing below. Hahaha! I finally succeeded after several attempts!



There we found the Zurich Tourist Information where we were able to ask questions about transportation, top places to see and the easiest, fastest and most practical means to reach any place we wanted to visit. All the Tourist Information staff were very approachable and courteous in entertaining us. They speak different languages... impressive! English, yes!!! They gave us these brochures containing maps of the whole city. Now we literally had Zurich in our pockets!
Zurich in your pocket

                                  Zurich Welcome Guide                               Zurich Guide Shopping

Thanks to these handy guides containing maps and information about top Zurich attractions. Having received tips on how to explore the city, we were able to buy tickets that would allow us to travel by tram, bus, train or even cable car. That's the first thing I like about Zurich---its transportation system. Hmmm... would it disappoint you to hear that I plan to make another very special post about that. 

But before leaving the Rail City, here's Billy posing in front of the souvenir display. 


Sorry, we didn't buy anything here. Just queries on where to go, how to go, how much.

For now, let's get out of the Rail City through the gate fronting the Limmat River, along Bahnhofquai. Let's walk across Bahnhofquai towards Bahnhofbrucke in order to cross the Limmat River.

Look at this map to see the area covering the Swiss National Museum, 
Zurich HB (Rail City) and the Zurich Central
Now we're heading towards the Central Plaza which I always referred to as "Zurich Downtown". 
The photos above were all taken along Bahnhofbrucke on our way to Zurich Central
See us standing at Bahnhofbrucke, while crossing the Limmat River. Have you noticed that we don't have photos taken with both of us together?


At long last, we reached the heart of the city! From Zurich Central, we traversed the length of Limmat River alternately via Limmatquai on the East Bank and Bahnhofquai on the West Bank. One could not describe Zurich without mentioning Limmat River. It plays a major role of dividing the city into two, the east and the west banks. 

I hope you can relate by looking at this map. 
See the Limmat River at the center.

This division of Zurich into the East and West Banks by River Limmat really caught my interest. Yes, the city stretches on both sides of the river! That spells the beauty of the Limmat River, making it one of the highlights of the city. 

Connecting both the East and West Banks at certain points are the following bridges, starting from the Zurich Central--
The Bahnhofbrucke


Bahnhofbrucke, the bridge between Zurich Hauptbanhof and Zurich Central, is one of the main thoroughfares in Zurich.

The Muhlesteg 


What's in this plain and simple-looking footbridge? Don't you dare underestimate it! 
You might be surprised to know the main feature of this bridge. Another post to watch out for ;)

 The Rudolf-Brun-Brucke 

This bridge was named after the first mayor of Zurich, Rudolf Brun.

The Rathausbrucke

The Rathausbrucke is a popular pedestrian crossing that connects the Rathaus (Zurich Townhall) located at the right side (East) with the left side (West) of Limmat near the Lindenhof area. The foundations of the Rathaus is built on the waters of Limmat River. We didn't enter the building but it is said to have a Renaissance architectural design with a Baroque ceremonial hall. 

 The Munsterbrucke
The Munsterbrucke with the Grossmunster Church at the background
This bridge is located near the three prominent churches in Zurich. That could be the reason for its name as "munster" means "big church". These churches are the Fraumunster and St. Peter Church on the westbank and the Grossmunster Church on the eastbank. Click here to view my previous post entitled, "Kirchen in Zurich" where I featured these three famous churches.
Here's another view of the Munsterbrucke taken from the Rathausbrucke.

... and that's me with the Munsterbrucke and the two churches 
(Fraumunster and St. Peter Church) at the background. 
The photo above was taken while resting for a while under the shady tree beside the statue of Ulrich Zwingli at Zwingliplatz.


The Quaibrucke

The Quaibrucke, as I observed, is the bridge near the quay area. 
Photos of this bridge above and below were taken from opposite directions. 
The photo above was taken while watching the boats and yachts at Pier 7 along Limmatquai while the one below was taken from Quaianlagen along Utoquai, a few blocks away from Quiabrucke, towards the direction of Lake Zurich. 


The Quaibrucke is the last bridge along River Limmat connecting the East and West Banks of Zurich. Beyond this point the river meets Lake Zurich (Zurichsee), one of the main tributaries of River Limmat.

Ooooppppsss... of course, I shouldn't forget to post these before I leave. Snap shots of me taken by Billy as we sidetripped into some streets along the East and West Banks and while crossing the bridges along the Limmat River.



In this post, see how far we've gone traveling on foot! Mind you, my husband walks so fast!


That very well explains this countenance.

We had to recharge after walking that far!
Whew, finally, I made it... six months in the making! Well, it did take so much effort preparing this post after all the time spent consulting Google maps, zooming in and out on specific areas comparing various city landmarks with photos we took. It gave me a great sense of fulfillment reading about the places we've been to. So here, I wouldn't pass this chance of sharing with you a portion of what I've experienced in Zurich in a week's time. Oh no, erratum please... this is only Day 2! 

Hope you enjoyed traveling with us!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Fast food dishes by Garden Chef: Mackerel - veggie omelette


Oh, no, it's almost 8:00 am!!! No more time for another snooze :((  This is one of those days when I don't feel like getting up from bed but I have no choice. I have just begun to feel the stress of office work for the past weeks. Yesterday was another lazy day. No marketing, no cooking... just blogging in bed! :)) 

Okay, now I'm off my bed. So what happens next? You gotta be fast!!!!! Any idea brewing? Let the countdown begin!


Opening the cupboard, I see a large can of 555 Mackerel Salmon style. 


Are there eggs? 
Yes, I still have six pieces. 
Take out three. 
Open the can of Mackerel. One onion coming. 
Then the veggie bin, of course! 
Let's see... I have tomatoes, green bell pepper, carrot and leeks from among the other vegetables. Let me take one large tomato. 
Cut a piece of leek from the stalk, take out the green bell pepper and the remaining carrot.  

Now, I'm ready! Did you get the ingredients? Don't worry, I'll summarize them for you. Here...

Ingredients:

1 medium onion, sliced
1 large can of mackerel salmon style, cut into chunks
1 small carrot, sliced into strips
1/2 small green pepper, diced
3 medium eggs, beaten 
pinch of salt, ground pepper, any spice of choice 
1 tbsp leeks (or green onions), sliced thinly 



Steps:
  1. In a skillet, heat some of the oil from the can of mackerel. Saute onions and Mackerel chunks.
  2. Add carrots. Allow to simmer.
  3. Add tomato slices and bell pepper. 

    4. Add salt, ground pepper and other spices to beaten egg.
    5. Pour egg mixture to sauteed mackerel mixture in pan, turning pan left and right to mix the egg         evenly over the mackerel mix. Allow the egg to settle in very low fire.


    6. Once the eggs have settled, top with leeks and serve with toasted bread or with fried rice.

Here it is...


It does look like pizza. By the way, for the spice, aside from ground pepper, I used Garam Masala, a spice I bought during our recent trip to Malaysia. 


Have a great week ahead! Oh, I'm looking forward to two holidays this week. More rest days :)) Thank you, Lord!
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