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    Inspirational, Migration

    Time to make things right

    June 21, 2018

    For the past months, I was really emotionally unstable and my brain was a mess and my previous post have the details. I really felt the stress all over my body and I also got sick. Thanks God I was able to get out of that situation.

    One day, we were in the library and saw one of the books with warning tag, “The Less Stress Lifestyle”. Maybe it’s time to read this and it might help me. But one week had passed and I was still in the first chapter. I am not a bookworm. I only read pocketbooks(novels) and 3 inspirational ones but that’s ages ago. However, I cannot let go of that book so I keep renewing it. Somehow, deep inside I know it will change my perspective of handling stress.

    One night, a friend messaged me and confided her situation. She was also not okay. As a friend, I wanted to help her. I gave some opinions and shared my issues too. We comforted each other. Unknowingly, our advice seems like a strong reminder on how to deal with our issues. It goes down to talking heart to heart with your partner. Of course, the best person to help you is your partner or the person who live under the same roof as yours. If he will not understand, then who will.

    We were almost finishing our lunch that day when I broke down in tears. I told my husband my thoughts, my failures, my failed wants, everything. I know it will make him feel bad but he needs to know. We talked about the issues and how we’re going to fix them. I thank God for giving me a supportive husband. It really feels a lot better after talking to him.

    First of all, I need to fix my relationship with my daughter. I stop looking for job(but only for sometime). If I see an opportunity, I will apply. I try to do some chores when she is sleeping and set them aside when she’s awake so that I have more time with her. Deep breathing whenever she throws tantrums but of course there are still “face the wall” moments.

    Last month, we went to Sydney to renew our passports and met our friends. I had the chance to chat with my female friends and 2 of them are moms. This vacation which gave us time to bond as a family and with friends, hearing their stories and sharing mine completely got me out of the mess. Yes, I can share my issues with my friends in chat application but nothing really beats when you share them personally to your friends and learn from their stories too. Everyone has a story and sometimes all we need is to listen and learn from their experiences.

    Know that difficult time will resurface, it’s just that we don’t know when, but we are never alone in the battle. We just need to keep trying, accept our situation, admit that we need help and let go the things we cannot control. Worrying too much will not help. My husband is right. Instead of worrying, I should do something to improve myself. I will by learning web development(typescript and angular). This is hard for me coz I realize I am too lazy to study. I fell asleep most of the time, I get bored. I am easily distracted by other stuffs. But I will continue and hopefully will get what I want to achieve. I will try my best to finish the book. As of this writing, I am already in chapter 7. There are so many things I want to do. But time to be realistic and only do what I can do, one at a time. Things will always get better. One had reminded me to trust God, to enjoy the journey. I will.

    For now I am a housewife, a stay at home mom. I enjoy every bit of it. I can fulfill my duties as wife and mom and for now that’s all that matters to me. There are so many work inside the house but sometimes I still miss working outside. I joined the Melbourne playgroup to meet more moms and establish my network. Sometimes, I still think about money. But this time, I don’t let this eat me.

    I have a lot of realizations for the past months. I learned a lot. Thank you to my friends who are always with me even we’re miles and miles away and for my family in Philippines who support my decisions even if they will affect them. To my own family, for being the anchor of my life. Most of all, thanks God for giving me these wonderful people. I will forever be grateful for having such blessing and for surrounding me with so much love.

    This is the situation that gives birth to kusinelda. I’m back to blogging and it really feels good. Why am I into blogging? I will tell you next time. 🙂

    Foods, PinoyFood

    Embutido

    June 18, 2018

    My challenge last week was to take a break from stir fry dishes ‘coz my husband started to request some viands. To take the challenge to the next level, I decided to finally make an Embutido, a Filipino style meat loaf. The first time I made an embutido was when I was in Grade 6 as part of Home Economics project. This dish takes a lot of effort to make. I just like to cook those which I can finish within 1 hour. Making embutido surely will take me hours with constant break to take care of my daughter. After more than two decades, I tried again. That decade thing surely makes me feel old. Hehehe.

    My husband came from a family who’s used to eating embutido because his mother knows how to do it well and tasty. Why not ask her recipe? Ok. I will. But time difference and her schedule and mine did not meet. So I ended up googling “Panlasang pinoy embutido” and this was my guide in making one.

    Normally, I don’t follow the exact ingredients and procedure. I still stick on what I have in the kitchen and adjust according to the recipe. Because of this, my dishes are sometimes tasty, sometimes nasty(but edible) lols. Sweet pickle relish is one of the important ingredients of embutido. To be honest, I don’t know what sweet pickle relish is. I went to the supermarket and voila! there are lots of pickled stuffs. Which one to choose? I spent a lot of time reading all the labels with pickle word in it and ended up choosing sweet mustard sandwich pickle spread. I know it’s not the same pickles that we have in Philippines but I couldn’t find anything close to what it looks like and we can use the remaining stuffs as sandwich spread. I changed tomato sauce to tomato paste. I just prefer paste over sauce for cooking. I did not use cheddar cheese but the flavored cheese I have and use the herb & garlic breadcrumbs instead of the plain breadcrumbs.

    As for the procedure, I put all the ingredients in the bowl(except hotdogs and boiled eggs) and mix everything. I don’t have a steamer so I used the small steamer which comes with the rice cooker and two sauce pans. After steaming, I can’t wait to taste it and I was disappointed with the texture. It’s too watery. Huhuhuhu! But soooo delicious!!

    The next day, when I open the foil, it was no longer watery. It’s tasty! Woohoo! And guess what, my husband and my daughter love them! My heart is overjoyed. The 5 hours I spent for making this dish were worth it. But I will not do it again anytime soon. Hahaha. See some of photos in my instagram post.

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    Migration

    Moving to a new home

    June 3, 2018

    After moving to the new apartment, I became busy finding the right furniture and appliances. Right means, within a budget but trusted brands and can fit on the allotted space. This is again something new to us. We had never shop for furniture and appliances before because we rented fully furnished HDB units in Singapore. Thanks to AU-NZ trips last year and the airbnb where we stayed. They gave me the idea of what to put in the small apartment and how to use a dishwasher. I even messaged the owner of the airbnb property to ask where she bought those items in their unit. Hehehe! She was very helpful. If ever you decided to visit Melbourne, I will recommend this airbnb listing: Cosy, light-filled with harbour view Lynda and David are wonderful hosts and their property is within the free tram zone and the station is right on your doorstep.

    Back on the furniture and appliances hunting, I list all the items we needed and compare prices. I would say that the furniture is difficult because there are so many suppliers and shops online and around Melbourne. For appliances, we only have 2 options: Harvey Norman or JB Hi-Fi. My first goal is to buy bedroom furniture which can be delivered as soon as possible. I had to frequently go out to check the shops I saw online. I went to Ikea Richmond and the other shops in Victoria Gardens, DFO South Wharf, Target in Bourke Street, Factory Outlet near us and QV Mall.

    Sometimes I will ask my husband and daughter to go with me on weekends. One day when we were heading to Ikea, my husband commented that the place was too far. Oh well it was his first time to go out of the free tram zone and going to Ikea takes more than half an hour. Only then he realized how far I traveled to find a house. We managed to complete the important furniture and appliances in 2 weeks.

    Some tips I can share for beginners like me are:
    1. Buy a tape measure. Measure the allotted space for each item, take note of them and bring the tape measure when going out.
    2. Measure the width, height and depth of the allotted space. Normally shops will display or include the dimension of the item.
    3. List the important stuffs and consider your budget without sacrificing the quality. Necessary furniture and appliances are investments.
    4. For renters, don’t forget that you are renting. Buy stuffs which can be installed without breaking the tenancy agreement and it can fit in the door once you move out. The last one is specifically for those furniture that you assembled by yourself.
    5. If you have a small kid, choose kid-friendly furniture as much as possible and leave enough space where your kid can play.

    It has been 3 months since we purchased the following items and we they are still as good as new. If you need ideas where to buy, here are the things we bought and where we bought them.

    Regal Sleep Solutions South Wharf – bed frame, mattress, headboard, pillows, pillow and mattress protector
    JB Hi-Fi South Wharf – fridge, washing machine, dryer, rice cooker, TV (but they have lots of products)
    Harvey Normal (QV Mall) – vacuum (just happens that the vacuum we wanted was cheaper in this shop so better compare with JB Hi-Fi)
    Adairs DFO – quilt cover, fitted sheet, pillow case, bath towels (Adairs is more expensive than target but the quality is better so watch out for sale)
    Target Centre Melbourne – quilt and other small stuffs in the house like clock
    Ikea Richmond – kid’s table & chairs, shelves, storage container, dining set, kitchen utensils, bath mat, rugs
    Kogan – shoe rack, coat rack

    Although starting a new life will hurt your pocket but it’s a wonderful experience. Since I do not have a job yet, there are more factors to consider when getting money out of your pocket. The joy of hearing the intercom because it means new items are coming. The satisfaction of seeing the transformation of the empty space into a livable one. We learned a lot of things and it started to feel like, you’re home.

    Foods

    Pancake with Strawberry and Salted Caramel

    May 23, 2018

    Pancake is one of my daughter’s favorite food. I guess most kids love pancakes. Since she turned 2, we are almost eating pancake weekly or fortnightly. Inside or outside home or even outside the country, she’s requesting for pancake. So last week, I made a pancake but I don’t want to be just plain buttermilk pancake. Sometimes I try different flavors such as honey, cheese, fruits, chocolate. This time I want to try something new.

    I went to Woolworths to buy salted caramel. On my way back, I kept thinking what I will do. Should I mix it in the batter, as a topping or while it’s in the pan? As usual, I checked the fridge and the shelf. There were strawberries, whipped cream and icing sugar. I cut the strawberries into small pieces and tasted it. It was not as tasty as the other brands I bought before. I could make 6 pancakes and strawberries were not enough.

    After cooking the pancakes, I put the first one on the plate. Since the strawberry was not sweet, I sift a bit of icing sugar before putting the 2nd pancake and sift icing sugar again. On the 3rd pancake, after sifting some sugar, I put half of the strawberries. I put the remaining 3 pancakes with sugar on each layer. On top, I put the whipped cream, then strawberries and the salted caramel.

    While putting the salted caramel, I noticed that the whipped cream was melting. OMG! Noooo! Slowly the strawberries on the side were falling one after the other. Oh my, it was a failure because the pancakes were still hot. I used the fork to mix the salted caramel and whipped cream and this is the result.

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    What a disaster! hahaha But don’t judge the look ‘coz it was so tasty that my husband and daughter requested for more. P.S It was not soo sweet. It’s just sinful. I hope next time, I will do better. 😛

    Bake, Foods

    Banana Bread with Cheese

    May 20, 2018

    Our typical breakfast is having a bread and a cup of coffee or chocolate drink for adults and a soy milk for the toddler. It has always been my task to think of what bread to serve. My husband and I are not fans of eating the same food at least in 2 weeks unless we don’t have any other choices.

    One week ago, I bought the Paradise’s banana bread mix in Woolworths. It is exclusively packed for woolies anyways. I like this brand because I can use our overripe bananas coz banana is one of the staple foods at home. Again, the same question, what could be different?

    My daughter has allergic reactions on cow’s milk that is why when baking, I use soy or almond milk as replacement. At this time, I am currently doing the Home Introduction and Immunology program from my daughter’s paediatrician to slowly introduce dairies, cow’s milk and tree nuts(except peanuts). I checked the fridge and found excess cheese from the pizza I made few days ago. Baking with milk and cheese is part of the program. I asked my husband if it’s okay for him to eat banana with cheese and he said ok.

    I added the cheese on the last 10min of baking. The result is yumminess! It is really tasty. Although to be honest, I can work on the texture next time. Maybe I will add the cheese 5 min before baking or I will include the cheese in the batter. That’s for the next version of banana bread.

    Oh, my daughter did not show any sign of reaction with the milk and cheese. Another milestone, yey! 😛

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    Foods, PinoyFood

    Tortang Talong with Minced Pork and Spices

    May 20, 2018

    Few weeks ago, I started to introduce the eggplant to my daughter. Having a child who shows food allergic reactions, I introduce food one at a time. I was thankful that the first Tortang Talong, a Filipino dish which consists of eggplant and egg”, she ate did not show any reactions on her skin. Whew!

    So this week, I cooked it again. What could be done to make it something new? I checked the fridge and found excess minced pork and of course eggs. I got this idea from the packed lunch of my friend when we were still in Philippines. I checked the spices I have. Hmmm, basil and cayenne pepper. Let’s do this. I add the spices when it is almost cooked. As a routine, I will take a photo of it but it looks plain so I sprinkle some dried parsley herbs. Still boring but anyways it won’t stop me from taking a photo.

    When I serve it, my daughter is very excited because she saw while I was preparing that it has eggs. She loves eggs. But to her dismay, she cannot see the egg(those with white and yellow thing).

    D: Mommy where is the egg?

    M: “It’s there. It has eggs.”

    D: “No egg.”

    Therefore, at night, I cooked a separate creamy scrambled egg. What makes it creamy? Mayonnaise.

    D: “Hmmm, its’s delicious!”

    🙂

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    Foods

    It’s a Wrap on Mother’s Day

    May 18, 2018

    It’s Mother’s Day and I feel like serving something new at the same time consuming our leftover foods from yesterday. The leftover rice becomes fried rice with egg and spinach. To put the “adobong chicken na may gata” in a wrap, I cut them into strips using fork and fried 3 slightly scrambled eggs.

    All are still well until I warm the wrap in the oven. I played with my daughter and forget to remove them immediately. By the time I remember, they are already crispy wraps. It’s a failed dish but good thing my daughter likes her big “biscuit”.

    Migration

    This is how it started…

    May 17, 2018

    I moved to Singapore in 2010 and my life becomes so comfortable. I have a career as a Software Engineer. I have a husband and eventually a child. We have a helper. Singapore is a beautiful country. It’s known for a very low crime rate and convenient public transportation. That is why many are asking why are we here in Melbourne.

    Our answer is maybe the same as the others who migrated in Australia. Although life is comfortable in Singapore, everything is temporary for a foreigner. Having a child makes you look into the future and we want to settle in a place where we can be a permanent resident. How about Germany? At first we did not consider it because we thought it’s difficult for my husband to get a job there. How about Canada? That’s too far and too cold for me. How about New Zealand? Oh I love it. But after we talk to a consultant, he recommended Australia.

    Sydney Opera House

    After receiving the visa, we have to choose between 3 cities: Sydney, Melbourne and Auckland in New Zealand. We went to these cities during our first entry. Sydney is surprisingly beautiful compared to what we read in the internet. It was raining and gloomy when we arrived in Auckland. Something that made me feel uneasy. Hahaha. New Zealand is really good if you want a very laid back place. It’s very relaxing. But Melbourne gave me the “this is it” feeling when we arrived. I like the trams which for me is a plus if you don’t know how to drive. We were really confused on where to move after our trip but eventually Melbourne won.

    Cornwall Park, Auckland

    For 7 years, I develop good relationship with my friends in Singapore. I like the comfort that Singapore is giving me. I know I will terribly miss this and them once we move out. The thought of migration makes me sad, scared and excited. Sad for what I will leave behind. Scared for what is in store for us in the Land Down Under. Excited for the thought of living just the 3 of us.

    Tram Restaurant in Melbourne CBD

    We started planning our migration. My husband will find a home-base job. We will temporary stay in an airbnb property for 3 weeks while looking for a place to rent. I will look for a full-time permanent job and my daughter will go to childcare 3 days/week. My husband will learn how to drive, we will buy a car and a house.

    Everything is settled and well-planned when we board the flight to Melbourne early this year. We are aware that starting a new life will be difficult. But how difficult it is? As of this moment, all our initial plans seem not to be working. Surprise, surprise. I will write it on my next blog.