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I’m not a good cook. I’m not a baker.

But, yes, i can cook and i can bake.

This is the 3rd time i baked coconut macaroons.

The first one was a bit disaster and the second one is good.

Today i guess it’s better. (complaints are prohibited) hahaha.

It’s a very easy recipe. Anyone who got the ingredients, and an oven can do so.

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Ingredients

14 ounces (about 400 grams) Sweet Shredded Coconut (or Desiccated Coconut)
1 cup butter
½ cup brown sugar
3 pieces raw eggs
14 ounces condensed milk

Directions

1. Place the butter in a big bowl and cream using a fork2. Add-in the brown sugar and mix well

3. Add the eggs and condensed milk then stir/beat until all ingredients are blended

4. Put-in the Sweetened Shredded Coconut and distribute evenly with the other ingredient in the mixture

5. In a mold (with paper cups if possible), place 1 tablespoon of the mixture on each of the cups

6. Pre-heat oven at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 10 minutes

7. Bake the Coconut Macaroon mixture for 30 minutes or until color turns golden brown.

8. Serve during dessert or snack time.

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The genes can’t deny it, we look-alike, we think alike. Except for one thing: numbers!

He’s a genius in math, i’m the opposite.

Anyway, he may be 73 years old today, but he doesn’t look like his age.

Some things i learn from him:

keep the brain working each day

be open to discover and learn things

in the morning, eat like a King

write whatever comes into your mind and keep it

solving equation is like life, keep on going until you get it

never stop dreaming

HAPPY BIRTHDAY DAD!

Thanks for all the wisdoms and learnings you’ve taught us.

Love you.

Huge!!!

Huge!!!

I know i have been a blog absentee for some days now. I have been measuring these huge succulents in Monte Carlo. kidding…. =)

We had a fantastic weekend in Monaco, France, and i have been busy with work. So tune in for a detailed travel blog soon as i grab more time to sit back and write/share everything. ok?

By the way, it’s my sister’s birthday today.
Love you sis! Wish you were here with me looking at these amazing plants.

Got you a postcard, at least! =)

My Music Man

Carlo James Maaliw
written on Facebook
Umuulan ng biyaya.

Nagsimula sa birth ni James Ussher.

Nakipagkumustahan kay Alvin Cabalhug at naging saling-pusa sa Visual Elements.

Na-feature ang remix sa Vandals On The Wall.

Aiming for NDFY.me next.

Medyo natatakot ako for what’s next. Hahaha.

Naooverwhelm lang ako at ang bilis ng mga pangyayari, parang wala pang tatlong buwan. Nagpapasalamat ako sa inyong lahat. Ang laking bagay na nito sakin. I will keep my feet on the ground and will not disappoint.


Lots of love.  

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If there’s another thing i can be proud of my son CJ, it is his love for music.
He can mix and mix music for hours without being annoyed.
Passion i guess.
He was featured on this blog. (click link)
well, maybe i will copy and paste it here.

MAY 8, 2013

NEW TRACK: Frank Ocean – “There Will Be Tears (James Ussher Remix)”

Here’s the fact: remixing a Frank Ocean song, when done sloppily, is a heresy. He’s the face of a music genre that thrives on the liberated junction of urbanized R&B and electronic music. But when done right, nobody will care whose song it is originally, it’ll just be damn good that’s going to stand on its own. 

Which is the case on this remix.

James Ussher, the newest addition to the berth of Buwan Buwan Collective’s artists, dotted the original with a more lavish approach. It opens with a sloshed tinker and wobbled hook, which is when you’ll know this is a good song to listen to as an alternative to its more upbeat original. Layered with sparse synths and spurious glitches, it flourishes into a cathartic arrangement – just the right amount to make it the more affable, laid-back, and ‘no tears’ version. 

That’s my son CJ (aka James Ussher)

True Love

True Love

Ok, before you react why i post photos of my chocolates here, it’s just a metaphor, ok?

Chocolates are irrisistible, and so is love.

We always have that notion to find our “true love” at the right time. Well, i guess Love just comes unexpectedly, sometimes at the wrong time when you don’t even feel falling in love, yet you can’t help it anyway. We often describe love how mysterious it is, and thousand of quotes have been written. What it makes mysterious is that, it simply find us, no matter where we are, no matter what we do and no matter how ready or not ready we are. You can’t escape love.

 

By the way, i saw something, even “wikihow” have some steps how to fall in love. http://www.wikihow.com/Fall-in-Love

Let me just copy and paste it here.

1. Meet a lot of people. The first key to falling in love is finding someone to fall in love with. The person you love will most likely be your best friend or someone that you have known for a while. Try hard not to fall in “love at first sight” – it’s romantic, but it isn’t very smart.

 

2. Give it time. Let’s assume you’ve been going to parties, events, etc., and your friends have been introducing you to people they think you will be interested in. Don’t rush the process. Take your time and be friendly and open to everyone you meet. Even if you aren’t struck by a bolt out of the blue the first time, you may find yourself developing an attraction to someone you wouldn’t normally have been that interested in just from one meeting. This can signal a person (and a relationship) of depth and substance. Letting things unfold for a little while can make you more open to different people. And remember, opposites may attract.

 

3. “Read” the person. Okay, you’re interested. Is s/he interested? Watch for signals, body language, catching him or her looking at you, etc. Watching for subtle signs can tell you if s/he shares your interest.

 

4. Take the plunge. Ask him or her out. Don’t worry that you will be turned down – and never allow yourself to be intimidated by extreme beauty or social status. If s/he seems interested in you despite the fact that you consider yourself ordinary while you consider him or her extraordinary, remember that you are a worthy person with much to offer. It’s no big wonder that s/he would find you interesting, fun, and attractive! Remember everyone is unique and so are you.

 

5. Open yourself to love. Now that you’ve been dating a little while, and you’ve found many common interests, allow yourself to open further. Share your heart, your dreams, your fears. Let your love in, to soothe your fears, support your dreams, and believe in you, as you believe in him or her. Holding back at this stage will only result in many tears and the erection of barriers that may never fall – allow yourself to open up and be vulnerable and transparent. This is the only way to find out for sure if the person you are falling in love with can be trusted with your most valuable resource: your heart. Let him/her know who you actually are.

 

6. Give yourself fully, receive wholeheartedly.Allowing yourself to receive love is as important as giving it. It is so important to believe that you are loved– look what it did for Peter Pan: In the 2003 movie, Pan fights with Captain Hook, and at one point, Pan is captured attempting to rescue Wendy. It shakes his confidence badly when Hook chides him for his arrogance and insinuates that he is only a protector, and not valued as a person. But as he lays on the deck in defeat, unable to fly without his “happy thoughts,” Wendy leans down to kiss him, not even in a romantic way, but just in a reassuring, purely loving way. Peter turns pink and hurls himself into the air, having now recovered his “happy thoughts,” and flings his arms wide as he blissfully realizes that he is loved. The one you love has much invested in being The One to answer your prayers, to heal your hurts, to make a huge difference in your life. Your ability to believe that you are loved is so important to the person in love with you, and ultimately, to your relationship, because it says that you trust your partner completely with your well-being, and most importantly, with your fragile heart.

 

7. Tell your love that you are in love. Nothing says love like saying it. Don’t just assume that s/he knows – say it. Tell this remarkable person, not just “I love you,” although that’s pretty good. Say, “I am in love with you.” There is no mistaking the meaning there, and it is important to cementing that feeling for both of you. It can help to settle nerves and fears, and gives both of you the certainty that comes with clearly stating your feelings

 

8. Defend the honor of your love. Never make jokes at his or her expense – many people fall in love, but then use their loved one as joke material. Don’t make deprecating jokes about your love, and don’t allow anyone else to make them either. Never jump to believe the worst of your love – instead, if you hear something disturbing, consider all the possibilities – maybe s/he had a rough day, maybe the person telling you is wrong. Above all, your response to disturbing gossip or accusations should be, “That doesn’t sound like him/her at all. I’ll talk with him or her tonight, but I’d appreciate it if you would not repeat that to anyone until we’ve had a chance to talk and get to the bottom of this.” Don’t let rumors fly without at least expressing your belief that your love is innocent, or at least justified in whatever is going on.

 

9. Do nothing to compromise trust. This said, be sure that your conduct never gives rise to such rumors or accusations. If you are in love, you both should agree to the boundaries of your relationship, and once they are set, you should not violate those boundaries purposely – and you should take care not to violate it accidentally. Avoid anything that would give even the appearance of a violation of trust – in other words, don’t do anything that even looks funky. Trust is usually given very easily – you want to trust each other. But once it is broken, repairs are generally quite obvious (you can always see where it was broken), ugly, and take a very long time to really bond into something real and functional again, if ever.

 

10. Believe in your love. Don’t expect that you will never disagree, argue, or fight. As you stay together, conflicts will arise. Through them all, it is important to, if nothing else, intellectually remember that this is the person you love. Never threaten to break up or leave, and if you are threatened in this way, wait until a calmer moment to remind your love that this type of knee-jerk reaction to discontent is damaging to trust. Instead, address disagreements and hurts mindful of the fact that your partner would not hurt you intentionally. Remind yourself (and your love) that you can work through anything if you work together, and agree that breakup or leaving is off the table – don’t make this threat lightly, ever, instead treating one another with respect and discussing problems like adults. You both must be able to trust in your love and believe that you are both fully committed in order to keep your love alive and create a lasting relationship.

 

11. Do something every day to make your love life worth living. By reminding yourself and him/her daily that your love is real and alive, you will keep your relationship vibrant and healthy. Showing appreciation is underrated: the smallest things you do will make the biggest impression. Try making him coffee, or mending her favorite shirt. Try bringing orange juice to her or washing the dishes after he has made dinner. A smile when you come in from a long day at work, a sweet hug and kiss hello, a quick “I love you, sweetie,” when you are leaving – all these things let your love know that you are still thinking of him/her in the special way that you always have. Any little thing – a text of “<3 u” at a random moment during the day, a little email saying, “I was just thinking about how happy I’ll be to see you when I get home, and how lucky I am to have you” – may seem like a little thing, but all these things add up to something big over time.

 

12. Celebrate! Falling in love is a rare, wonderful, miraculous state of being! If you’ve found The One, be glad! You can be an inspiration to others, that’s true, but most of all, you and your love will be inspiration to one another. Remember every day that the hand you are holding right this moment is the hand that will caress your cheek tonight, hold your children tomorrow, and steady and comfort you when you are old. Hold on tight and never let go.

 

13. Fall in love for the right reasons. It is important to understand that what you value in your partner as you embark in the relationship has significant implications for the outcome of the relationship. Poor values like mere physical/sexual attraction can lead to a relationship that may not endure the test of time. It is important to love the person for their innermost being and to have friendship and genuine caring as the forefront points of attraction. Couples who merge together due to financial considerations is another course of poor decisions, as the value of money in a relationship can often lead to issues in long-term stability. Fall in love for the being inside the person, and you will have the key ingredient to a successful, long-term relationship. Get intimate and romantic with the person and live. Don’t be afraid to make love come alive.

 

14. Don’t look for love, let it find you. The more you push for someone to love you the less likely it is that they actually will. If you go looking for love then you’re too vulnerable, pretty much desperate. Take things in their own time, no need to rush anything. If you rush your mind will play tricks on your heart, you think your in love but you’re just in love with the idea of being in love. You’re more likely to be hurt that way and less likely to find that one person worth your energy. Always put your feelings before theirs.

 OK, i love that last one: Let love find you.That’s why it’s called falling in love, because you don’t force yourself to fall.

You just fall!

"Mommy"

Zendra’s latest “obsession” is to call me “Mommy” instead of “Mamma”. 
I wonder why. I never tell her to do so. I even don’t say the word “Mommy” inside the house.
She’s getting used to it. Even on her sleep, she talks “Mommy…”
Sweet though…=)

Gucci Girls

Gucci Girls

1 Gucci floral jumpsuit. 3 kid models! All for one!
The original design by Gucci on end left.

L-R: my daughter Zendra (seen on Gioia Bambino Magazine, Italy), Emma (seen on Gucci official website), Carlotta (seen on Io Donna Magazine, Italy)

Aren’t they gorgeous?