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useful life tips and lessons for dear kababayans

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Friday, December 14, 2018

Tips Pinoy - Money Saving #001

Saturday, December 8, 2018


Republishing this blog entry I did a few years back

August 8, 2014

Bakit nga kaya ang hirap magpatawad ano? Kasi naapi ka, nasaktan, tinamaan yung ego. Kasi inabuso yung tiwala mo. Kasi paulit ulit...

Marahil kung perfect (hindi nagkakamali) ang isang tao, baka understandable pa na mahirapan siyang mapatawad, kasi may katwiran siyang mag-isip na "Eh, pwede naman na hindi magkamali eh. Tulad ko!" ... pero may ganun ba??


finding freedom in forgiveness

Forgive and be free

Dami din kaya nating kapalpakan. Yet the Lord has always been forgiving...

Hindi nga kaya't ganun din dapat tayo sa kapwa?

Meron pa ngang iba, hinihintay pa na dumating yung paghihingalo bago bitawan yung "I forgive you". Bibitawan din pala, bakit hihintayin pa yung last minute?

Mahirap kung sa mahirap ang magpatawad. Easier said than done. Pero utos ni Lord...

Ang tanong, hindi bagat mas mahirap ang hindi magpatawad? Kasi whether we admit it or not, may dala dala tayong kabigatan sa puso. Isa pa, yung ampalaya sa dibdib natin, pwedeng mamunga until di na natin alam kung bakit miserable ang pakiramdam natin. Walang peace. Studies show people unwilling to extend forgiveness to someone who has done them harm will often withdraw from social relationships and tend to experience deep loneliness.

May kalayaan sa pagpapatawad. Ang unang lumalaya ay tayo.

Tama si Lord.

Colossians 3:13

Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.


December 8, 2018

"Fearless" Update today: (related to the latest episode of Halik on ABS CBN)

So tama si Nanay Dolor, tama si Lino, ganun??? Ang masasabi ko muna dito ay as of this writing, hindi pa natin alam kung nagkapatawaran o nagkabalikan na si Lino at Jade. Kasi pwede naman na kinupkop lang pansamantala dahil sa maselang kalagayan niya. (nakunan na kasi si Jade dati). Peace!

Walang kasing sakit ang pagtaksilan.. Sa daming di magandang nangyari, justified kung mauuwi sa paghihiwalay, even pagkakulong ng nagkasala.

Naisip ko lang: kinasal si Lino at Jade di ba? Nag sign sila ng covenant na "for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till death do us part, according to God's holy ordinance..."

Yung "sickness", hindi ba pwedeng "spiritual sickness"?? The wife has been spiritually sick.

Kung ano man ang tinutumbok ng istorya, napansin ba natin na nasa gitna ang God factor? Mahaba ang scene kung saan makikitang nagdadasal si Nanay Dolor. Then si Lino sa loob ng church...

Posible na piliin ni Lino ang lumaya... hindi kay Jade kundi sa gapos ng hindi pagpapatawad.

Di ko dinadamay si Lord sa usapan, pero di ba? Tama lagi si Lord.

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While waiting for my creative juices to flow, I've decided to just share a fave recipe.   

Hindi madaling magluto... ng masarap!  At minsan, malaki pa ang kailangang gastusin para mapasarap ang luto.  Pero may isa akong recipe na patok na patok talaga! Mura na, madali pang gawin, nutritious pa!

Here's a super yummy soup recipe!   A hit among foodies every single time!

creamy squash soup recipe
Mombisyosa Creamy Squash Soup

Creamy Squash Soup
Pureed squash made creamier with NESTLÉ All Purpose Cream  (Available in Filipino stores all over the world)

Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 30 minutes

2 tbsp butter
2 tbsp sliced leeks
3 cups cubed squash
2 medium size potatoes, cubed
2 pcs 11g MAGGI Chicken Broth Cube (or a suitable substitute)
2 cups water
1 tetra brick 250ml NESTLÉ All Purpose Cream
salt and pepper to taste

Melt butter. Sauté leeks until limp. Add pumpkin and potatoes. Cook for 2 minutes.
Season with MAGGI Chicken Broth Cube. Pour in water and bring to a boil. Cook until vegetables are tender. Remove from heat and let cool.
When cool enough to handle, transfer on a blender and puree until smooth.
Pass the mixture into a strainer to remove any un-dissolved ingredients (optional). Pour back soup into the soup pan and bring to a simmer. Add NESTLÉ All Purpose Cream and cook for another minute. Serve hot.

Carbohydrates (g):21
Protein (g):2.3
Fats (g):14.8

A variation would be to top it up with crispy croutons so you'll have some crunchiness that goes with the soup. Try it!!! You will never ever regret serving it!!!

What quick recipes can you share? Please feel free to post below.

Source - Nestle Recipes website

Saturday, September 1, 2018


It's SEPTEMBER!  Which means we have just "officially" entered the Christmas season here in the Philippines!

As we know, the Christmas celebration in the country is reputedly the longest in the world. Come the first day of September, (when the “ber” months of the calendar starts), some radio stations begin playing Christmas carols and this goes on until Valentines Day. It really is a long stretch!

So as early as now, we can start planning our shopping, beginning with the most popular Christmas shopping place:  DIVISORIA!

And don't blink because Divisoria is now being turned into an international shopping hub by the mayor of the city of Manila.

Rather give us a list of shopping tips,  Mombisyosa is sharing one of the most basic tips to you today

Can you share some tips on bargain shopping?

Monday, May 7, 2018


The Handywoman! Sometimes we mombies just can't be stopped taking over a few of the "handyman" tasks around the home. We find it fascinating to do them (astig!) or we get tired of waiting for something to be fixed (busy si hubby). Or maybe, just like me, we love doing things ourselves. There is something about the "doing it myself" factor! We love the happy, "I accomplished it!" feeling of success. Whatever your reason, here are five tips that will make a Handywoman's life easier:

1. Painting tip no. 1 -

Painting hack no. 1

By using a big rubber band or old garter (pwede yung galing sa old puruntong shorts ni mister) to have something to wipe your paintbrush on, maiiwasan ang pagkalat ng pintura sa gilid. The excess paint there almost always causes the lid to get stuck. Ang maganda pa dito, mas even yung distribution ng pintura sa brush at nakakasave dahil wala halos pinturang tutulo sa labas ng lata.

2. Painting tip no,. 2 -
Pinoy life hack
Painting hack no,. 2

Kung gagamit naman ng aerosol paints, mas maigi na gumawa ka muna ng malaking "cover" to avoid accidentally painting on the items surrounding the object that you will do some painting on. A big carton box (see photo) will do. I should know this kasi kamuntik ko ng ma-damage yung kotse namin nung pinintahan ko yung dining chair namin with a black aerosol paint.

3. Drilling tip No. 1 -

handywoman life hack
Handywoman hack

Di ko agad nalaman ito. It should have saved me a lot of cleaning time. Meron pa ring maliligaw na mga powder bits pero konting konti na lang. Be sure madikit yung post-it na gaganitin mo.

4. Drilling tip No. 2 -

pinoy life hacks

I find this ingenious. I remember installing a small toothbrush cabinet at tinantia tantia ko lang. Nagawa ko naman. Ang tibay! Sturdy! Kaso pag sinilip mo yung wall sa likod ng cabinet, ang daming butas!

5. Carpentry tip -

pinoy life hacks

Sino nagsabi na ang suklay ay para sa buhok langgg??

Mga mombies, kaya natin to! Meron ba kayong mga tips and hacks diyan??? Share natin!

Friday, September 19, 2014


worry means we don't trust god enough

Worry implies that we don't quite trust that God is big enough, powerful enough, or loving enough to take care of what's happening in our lives.

There is this powerful truth that asks, "Why worry when we can pray?"

Wednesday, September 17, 2014


Found this in an old email.  Filipinos are indeed one of a kind.

Filipinos are generally cheerful people. We always have funny ideas and stories about life, love, work and leisure. Life is lifeless, love is loveless, work is dull, leisure is non-relaxing and getting together with people becomes boring if there is no funny story-telling and jokes. Everything under the sun when treated with Pinoy humor can bring smile and laughter!

FROM the 1896 Revolution to the first Philippine Republic, the Commonwealth period, the EDSA Revolt, and the tiger cub economy... history marches on.

Thankfully, however, some things never change. Like the classics, things irresistibly Pinoy or Filipino mark us for life. They’re the indelible stamp of our identity, the undeniable affinity that binds us like twins.

These things celebrate the good in us, the best of our culture and the infinite possibilities we are all capable of. Some are so self-explanatory you only need mention them for fellow Filipinos or Pinoys to swoon or drool.

Here, from all over this crazed country (but beloved nation for patriotic Pinoys like us) and in no particular order, are fifty (50) best things that make us unmistakably Pinoy.

1. Merienda. Where else is it normal to eat snack five times a day?
2. Sawsawan. Assorted sauces that guarantee freedom of choice, enough room for experimentation and maximum tolerance for diverse tastes. Favorites: toyo’t calamansi, suka at sili, patis.3. Kuwan, ano. At a loss for words? Try these and marvel at how Pinoys understand exactly what do you want or mean.
4. Pinoy humor and irreverence. If you’re desperate or unlucky and you know it, crack a joke. Nothing personal, really.
best things about pinoys

5. Tingi. Thank goodness for retails of small entrepreneurs. Where else can we buy cigarettes, soap, condiments and life’s essentials in small affordable amounts?
6. Spirituality. Even before the Spaniards came, our ethnic tribes had their own anitos, bathalas and assorted deities, pointing to a strong relationship with the Creator, who or whatever it may be.
7. Po, opo, mano po. Speech suffixes that define courtesy, deference, filial respect–a balm to the spirit in these aggressive times.
8. Pasalubong. Our way of sharing the vicarious thrills and delights of a trip, and a wonderful excuse to shop for presents without the customary guilt.
9. Beaches! With 7,000 plus islands, we have miles and miles of shoreline piled high with fine white sand, lapped by warm waters, and nibbled by exotic tropical fish. From the stormy seas of Batanes to the emerald isles of Palawan–over here, life is truly a beach.
10. Bagoong. Darkly mysterious, this smelly fish or shrimp paste typifies the underlying theme of most ethnic foods: disgustingly unhygienic, unbearably stinky and simply irresistible.


11. Bayanihan. Yes, the internationally-renowned dance company, but also this habit of pitching in still common in small communities. Just have that cold beer and some pulutan ready for the troops.
12. Balikbayan box. Another way of sharing life’s bounty, no matter if it seems like we’re fleeing Pol Pot every time we head home from anywhere in the globe. The most wonderful part is that, more often than not, the contents are carted home to be distributed.
13. Pilipino komiks. Not to mention “Hiwaga,” “Aliwan,” “Tagalog Classics,” “Liwayway” and”Bulaklak” magazines. Pulpy publications that gave us Darna, Facifica Falayfay, Lagalag, Kulafu, Kenkoy, Dyesebel and Captain Barbel characters of a time both innocent and worldly.
14. Folk songs. They come unbidden and spring, full blown, like a second language, at the slightest nudge from the too-loud stereo of a passing jeepney or tricycle.
15. Fiesta. Eat, drink and be merry, for tomorrow is just another day, shrugs the poor man who, once a year, honors a patron saint with this sumptuous, no-holds-barred spread. It’s a Pinoy celebration at its pious and riotous best.
16. Aswang, manananggal, kapre. The whole underworld of Filipino lower mythology recalls our uniquely bizarre childhood, that is, before political correctness kicked in. Still, their rich adventures pepper our storytelling.
17. Jeepneys. Colorful, fast, reckless, a vehicle of postwar Pinoy ingenuity, this Everyman’s communal cadillac makes for a cheap, interesting ride. If the driver’s a daredevil (as they usually are), hang on to your seat.
18. Dinuguan. Blood stew, a bloodcurdling idea, until you try it with puto. Best when mined with chilis and peppers. Messy but delicious.
19. Santacruzan. More than just a beauty contest, this one has religious overtones, a tableau of St. Helena’s and Constantine ’s search for the Cross that seamlessly blends piety, pageantry and ritual. Plus, it’s the perfect excuse to show off the prettiest ladies–and the most beautiful gowns.
20. Balut. Unhatched duck’s embryo, another unspeakable ethnic food to outsiders, but oh, to indulge in guilty pleasures! Sprinkle some salt and suck out that soup, with gusto.


21. Pakidala. A personalized door-to-door remittance and delivery system for overseas Filipino workers who don’t trust the banking system, and who expect a family update from the courier, as well.
22. Choc-nut. Crumbly peanut chocolate bars that defined childhood ecstasy before M & M’s and Hershey’s.
23. Kamayan style. To eat with one’s hand and eschew spoon, fork and table manners–ah, heaven.
24. Chicharon. Pork, fish or chicken crackling. There is in the crunch a hint of the extravagant, the decadent and the pedestrian. Perfect with vinegar, sublime with beer.
25. Pinoy hospitality. Just about everyone gets a hearty “Kain tayo!” invitation to break bread with whoever has food to share, no matter how skimpy or austere it is.
26. Adobo, kare-kare, sinigang and other lutong bahay stuff. Home-cooked meals that have the stamp of approval from several generations, who swear by closely-guarded cooking secrets and family recipes.
27. Lola Basyang. The voice one heard spinning tales over the radio, before movies and television curtailed imagination and defined grown-up tastes.
28. Pambahay. Home is where one can let it all hang out, where clothes do not make a man or woman but rather define their level of comfort.
29. Tricycle and trisikad, the poor Pinoy’s taxicab that delivers you at your doorstep for as little as five (5) pesos, with a complimentary dusting of polluted air.
30. Dirty ice cream. Very Pinoy flavors that make up for the risk: munggo, langka, ube, mais, keso, macapuno. Plus there’s the colorful cart that recalls jeepney art and of course Mamang sorbetero.

dirty ice cream

31. Yayas. The trusted Filipino nanny who, ironically, has become a major Philippine export as overseas contract workers. A good one is almost like a surrogate parent–if you don’t mind the accent and the predilection for afternoon soap and movie stars.
32. Sarsi. Pinoy rootbeer, the enduring taste of childhood. Our grandfathers had them with an egg beaten in.
33. Pinoy fruits. Atis, guyabano, chesa, mabolo, lanzones, durian, langka, makopa, dalanghita, siniguelas, suha, chico , papaya, singkamas – the possibilities!
34. Filipino celebrities. Movie stars, broadcasters, beauty queens, public officials, all-around controversial figures: Erap, Cory Aquino, Fidel V. Ramos, GMA, Sharon Cuneta, Vilma Santos, Tiya Dely, Mel and Joey, Pops and Martin, Gary V., etc.
35. World class Pinoys who put us on the global map: Lea Salonga, Manny Pacquiao, Charice Pempengco, Paeng Nepomuceno, Eugene Torre, Luisito Espinosa, Lydia de Vega-Mercado, Jocelyn Enriquez, Elma Muros, Onyok Velasco, Efren “Bata” Reyes, Lilia Calderon-Clemente, Loida Nicolas-Lewis, Josie Natori.
36. Pinoy tastes. A dietitian’s nightmare: too sweet, too salty, too fatty, as in burong talangka, itlog na maalat, crab fat (aligue), bokayo, kutchinta, sapin-sapin, halo-halo, pastilyas, palitaw, pulburon, longganisa, tuyo, ensaymada, ube haleya, sweetened macapuno and garbanzos. Remember, we’re the guys who put sugar in our spaghetti sauce. Yum!
37. The sights. Banaue Rice Terraces, Boracay, Bohol’s Chocolate Hills, Corregidor Island, Fort Santiago, the Hundred Islands, the Las Pinas Bamboo Organ, Rizal Park, Mt. Banahaw, Mayon Volcano, Taal Volcano. A land of contrasts and ever-changing landscapes.
38. Gayuma, agimat and anting-anting. Love potions and amulets. How the socially-disadvantaged Pinoy copes.
39. Barangay Ginebra. Jaworski, PBA, MBA and basketball. How the verticaly-challenged Pinoy compensates, via a national sports obsession that reduces fans to tears and fistfights.
40. People Power. When everyone became a hero at EDSA and changed Philippine history overnight.
41. Sing-a-long or videoke. This is a clear proof of the Filipino's love for music. Everywhere you go, may it be in bars, in small restaurants or even in carnivals, you'll always find a sing-a-long machine (which can be considered as the modern version of juke box stations). Just drop a coin or two and pronto!!! - you'll hear the latest songs on play.
42. Resiliency. We’ve survived 400 years of Spanish rule, the US bases, Marcos, the 1990 earthquake, lahar, lambada and Tamagochi. We’ll survive GMA.
43. Yoyo. Truly Filipino in origin, this hunting tool, weapon, toy and merchandising vehicle remains the best way to “walk the dog” and “rock the baby,” using just a piece of string.
44. Pinoy Games: Pabitin, palosebo, basagan ng palayok. A few basic rules make individual cunning and persistence a premium, and guarantee a good time for all.
45. Ninoy Aquino. For saying that “the Filipino is worth dying for,'’ and proving it.
46. Balagtasan. The verbal joust that brings out rhyme, reason and passion on a public stage.
47. Tabo. All-powerful, ever-useful, hygienically-triumphant device to scoop water out of a bucket and help the true Pinoy answer nature’s call. Helps maintain our famously stringent toilet habits.

mombisyosa tabo

48. Pandesal. Despite its shrinking size, still a good buy. Goes well with any filling, best when hot.
49. Jollibee. Truly Pinoy in taste and sensibility, and a corporate icon that we can be quite proud of. Do you know that it has invaded the Middle East, as well?
50. Christmas season. We are the folks to observe the longest Christmas season. And why not? The spirit of giving and sharing is in our hearts.

If you are a true-blue Pinoy, what can you contribute to this list?

Acknowledgment: E-mails from friends / Internet jokes / Google photos

Friday, August 29, 2014


Mombisyosa is sharing today this poem which has been enjoyed by millions around the world.
It is a piece of beauty making us think about how we should all live our lives (similar to the poem
by Michael Josephson called What Will Matter)

The words have changed many lives. They could change yours, too.

the dash image 1


I read of a man who stood to speak
At the funeral of a friend
He referred to the dates on her tombstone
From the beginning to the end

He noted that first came her date of her birth
And spoke the following date with tears,
But he said what mattered most of all
Was the dash between those years

For that dash represents all the time
That she spent alive on earth.
And now only those who loved her
Know what that little line is worth.

For it matters not how much we own;
The cars, the house, the cash,
What matters is how we live and love
And how we spend our dash.

tombstone the dash

So think about this long and hard.
Are there things you’d like to change?
For you never know how much time is left,
That can still be rearranged.

If we could just slow down enough
To consider what’s true and real
And always try to understand
The way other people feel.

And be less quick to anger,
And show appreciation more
And love the people in our lives
Like we’ve never loved before.

If we treat each other with respect,
And more often wear a smile
Remembering that this special dash
Might only last a little while.

So, when your eulogy is being read
With your life’s actions to rehash
Would you be proud of the things they say
About how you spent your dash?

Credits to Linda Ellis.  Please visit her store for great THE DASH products.


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