When I first came to the US, I knew nothing about American football. Almost twenty years later, I've improved a lot. I know how the game works. I know what fumbles and spot kickers are. I understand phrases like "second and five" and "two point conversion" and "Gatorade shower". I know the difference between a pass play and a running play. I even know there's such a thing as a dive running play and a draw running play!
photo courtesy of Carlos Celdran's Facebook page
For about a month now, I have been planning to write a post entitled "Only in the Philippines". It was supposed to be a semi-satirical post, gently mocking some of the crazy stuff that you see in the Philippines. For example....
Only in the Philippines do travelers pack their belongings in gigantic cardboard boxes instead of suitcases (a 20x20x20 box can fit the most bulky items and still stay within the linear-inch luggage requirement of most international flights).
Lentil, mushroom and tomato wrap, blueberries, pineapples
I rarely pack hot lunches. Getting hot food to stay hot is just too much of a challenge for me, so until each classroom in school gets a microwave oven, almost all of the lunches I pack are going to be some variety of cold sandwich. But for the kids' sake as well as mine, I try to avoid using the square sliced bread each and every day. My favorite variations include bagels, english muffins, tortillas, lavash, pita and nan. I've put together a week's worth of lunch ideas that are anything but, um, square -- hopefully you'll find inspiration and use these lunches as a jumping-point to creating lunches that work for your family!
What does Manny Pacquiao have in common with Michael Jordan, Michael Johnson, Charles Barkley, Tiger Woods, Lance Armstrong, Wayne Rooney, Cristiano Ronaldo, Maria Sharapova and Serena Williams? Yes, they're all top athletes and they are (or were) the best at what they do, but they are (or in Lance Armstrong's case, used to be) Nike endorsers. Nike signed Pacquiao back in 2006, but I had never actually seen Manny Pacquiao apparel in stores until today.
Both boys decided they wanted a cookie cake like they've seen at the Mrs. Field's kiosks -- but they cost $40 each (that's one expensive cookie!), and we'd probably need 2 per party. I decided to try making one myself. Here's what I did:
Ham & cheese on whole wheat bread, sweet potato chips, trail mix
Did you know that yesterday was Blue Monday? The third monday of January is supposedly the most depressing day of the year. I don't know if there's any science or statistics behind it, and it seems to apply only to Northern Hemisphere countries (I first heard about it on the UK channel Sky Sports), but apparently the combination of the cold/snow/rain, limited daylight, post-holiday blues, post-holiday BILLS and failed New Year's resolutions get people down in the dumps.
Last night we took The Pea to her first-ever concert: Lady Gaga's Born This Way Ball at the HP Pavilion in San Jose. As far as first concerts go, this one turned out to be a Monster one, thanks to concert sponsor Skype, and I'm hoping she'll forgive the lameness of the fact that she attended her first concert with her mom and dad, and focus on what an amazing time she had.
We've been back in the US for 10 days and we're down to our last 12 pieces so I'm desperately searching the web for a dealer to supply me with a steady stash. Any leads? We're jonesing for more!
Click here for more photos of Cebu Best Mango Chocolate.
I've just come back from a 3-week vacation in my native country, the Philippines. It was one of our busiest vacations ever, with no less than 3 side trips (and it would have been 4, had a typhoon not stopped us) to various parts of the country. I had a long list of Must-Dos and Must-Sees that I never got around to completing, but one thing I simply had to do was visit a McDonald's restaurant and gorge on the local offerings that one simply cannot find in the US (or anywhere else in the world, for that matter).
PBJ bagel, fruit cup, red pepper strips
Happy New Year! It's back to school and back to packing lunches, and I'm excited to be planning, packing and photographing our weekly school lunches throughout the year.
Starting tomorrow, that is.
If you're reading this post and hating me for being organized enough to prepare a whole week's worth of lunches ahead of time on the last weekend of winter break, don't be silly. These are the lunches the kids ate the week before winter break (I didn't post any lunches that week). Hey, I just got back last night from a 14-hour international flight! In fact, when this post goes live, I'll probably still be sleeping in. Hmmm, I guess I should wake up and get the kids to school....zzzzzz.......