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Smokey Musings

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It was a holiday last November 1 and I spent the entire day at home with my family.  I read various books, checked emails and lazed around. 

 My search led me to visit OPM website and dug into old Filipino music.  I found Smokey Mountain and it brought back childhood memories.  I personally like Kailan and Can This Be Love from the original group consisting of Geneva Cruz, Tony Lambino, Jeffrey Hidalgo and James Coronel.  After the original group disbanded sometime in the early 90s, a second group was organized composed of James Coronel, Jayson Agangan, Chedi Vergara and Zhar Santos.  This second group popularized Da Coconut Nut and Paraiso. 

Here is the lyrics and mp3 of Kailan and Can This Be Love for a quick music fix: Sing-a-along:

KAILAN

Bakit kaya nangangamba
Sa tuwing ika’y nakikita
Sana nama’y magpakilala

Ilang ulit nang nagkabangga
Aklat kong dala’y pinulot mo pa
`Di ka pa rin nagpakilala

REFRAIN
Bawat araw sinusundan
`Di ka naman tumitingin
Ano’ng aking dapat gawin?

Bakit kaya umiiwas
Binti ko ba’y mayroong gasgas
Nais ko lang magpakilala

Dito’y mayroon sa puso ko
Munting puwang laan sa’yo
Maaari bang magpakilala?

(Repeat REFRAIN)

CHORUS
Kailan (kailan)
Kailan mo ba mapapansin ang aking lihim?
Kahit ano’ng aking gawin, `di mo pinapansin
Kailan (kailan)
Kailan hahaplusin ang pusong bitin na bitin?
Kahit ano’ng gawing lambing, `di mo pa rin pansin

CAN THIS BE LOVE

Can this be love I’m feeling right now
I know for certain I’m feeling right now
I don’t recall ever feeling this way
Tell me what does one say
To one who makes me feel this way
Can this be love I’m feeling right now
I am not sure of this feeling somehow
Why do I tremble whenever you’re near
I can’t seem to say my words so you’ll hear

CHORUS:
This is the first time I’m gonna say “I love you”
It’s the first time I ever felt so helpless deep inside
If I had to say a thousand times I’d tell you once again
This is the first time I’m gonna say “I love you”

Can this be love I’m feeling right now
I love the feeling it’s giving me now
A voice inside me is guiding me now
It’s telling me now
To take your hand and say

CHORUS:
This is the first time I’m gonna say “I love you”
It’s the first time I ever felt so helpless deep inside
If I had to say a thousand times I’d tell you once again
This is the first time I’m gonna say “I love you”
This is the first time I’m gonna say “I love you”
It’s the first time I ever felt so helpless deep inside
If I had to say a thousand times I’d tell you once again
This is the first time
This is the first time
It’s the first time I’m gonna say “I love you”

Links:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jXFT2jOa28Q

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gUCYGTHUvC8

Sweet listening! I am going back to my media player and enjoy some good music. <heart>

Cookies and Me

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I know it’s been a while since my last post.  I have been very busy with my schedule so I had very little time to write about my latest culinary (mis)adventures. 

So let me start with the arrival of my ice cream maker – Hamilton Beach Ice Cream Maker ™.  Thanks to my very good friend Anton who brought this home from Canada.  In case you read this, yes, I am learning how to make your favorite green tea ice cream soon.

The moment I got home, I carefully read the instruction manual to familiarize myself. The manual said that the ½ pint freezing bowls should be placed in the freezer overnight with the freezer set to the coldest temperature.  Also, I have to keep in mind that the unit runs on 110v.  My mom decided to place the ice cream maker beside the voltage regulator just in case this little fact slipped my mind.  I have a tendency to blow up things in the house so my mom is taking precautions.

I decided to make a very easy recipe, Cookies and Cream.  I took out my Ben & Jerry’s recipe book.  I bought the necessary ingredients like milk, whipping cream, sugar and Oreo cookies. 

The first batch was unsuccessful because the mixture did not freeze well.  I reviewed the manual and followed the instructions to the letter.  I set the freezer to its coldest setting and had the bowls frozen for eight hours.  I tried again and… tadah… I made my first homemade ice cream.

It was not perfect but my family enjoyed the treat.  You see, one can always buy commercial ice cream but once in a while it feels good to know that you can make your own, just the way you like it.

Sweet eating!

My Kitchen and I

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At 27, I still live with my parents. A small part of me wants to have my own place.  However, I find it more convenient to stay in our house and enjoy the comforts of home. Plus, this gives me every opportunity to experiment with minimal expense. So the biggest part of me dictates I should stay home for the time being.

Given this situation, I am now embarking on a journey to create my own kitchen at home. Excuse me Mom, I will leave you with just one choice; to step aside and let me work alone. (evil laugh)

My wish list for kitchen appliances is:

Tabletop Electric Oven

Coffee Maker

Food Mixer

Blender

Fruit Juice Extractor

Sandwich/Waffle/Pancake Maker

Electric Grill

Ice Cream Maker

Yesterday, I went to SM Appliance store in Megamall to check out and window shop kitchen appliances.  I feel like I need to buy everything from the cooking range down to the airpots.  Well, I can dream on.  After satisfying my imagination and my eyes, I focus on what I can and cannot buy at the moment.  Of course, the coffee maker comes first.  I got a new 12-cup Coffee Maker to start my journey to kitchen-dom.

On my next shopping, I am planning to get a tabletop electric oven and start exploring my baking skills.  I think I have to get a food mixer as well.  

I’m counting 6 to 10 months before I can buy a good ice cream maker.  I never thought it’s going to be that expensive, the cheapest I found cost around Php 50,000.  Am I going to start an ice cream store?

Anyhow, this is all too exciting for me and I can’t wait to start my kitchen adventures.