Summer is here, so what’s next?

Been so busy this week that I was not able to post for a while.

Lo siento. Tut mir Leid. Sorry. Patawad.

I’ve got a lot of things to do, so my WordPress blog is not so updated. But hey, I am here now, trying to post some things. Gott sei dank!

Anyway, it’s summer here in Central Europe, and when I say summer, it is literally freakin’ hot. Since Monday, it has been extra hot that I long for cool shower thrice a day.

By the way, this is not my first summer in my husband’s country; in fact, this is my fourth summer here, and I like it very much, minus the idea that there’s no airconditioner and so on.

We have done some fun activities like going to the mountain for a hike, enjoying the cable car with my two cutie bunnies and hubby, eating sumptuous lunch on the mountain, swimming, and the like.

Plus the fact that we celebrated hubby’s birthday. I baked a simple version of black forest cake, cooked schnitzel for the whole family, made kartoffelsalat and halo-halo. Oh, it’s indeed summer!

Simple version of Black forest cake. This is easier to make than the classic black forest cake. Thanks to my mother-in-law for helping me bake this yummy birthday cake for hubby.

Schnitzel mit Kartoffelsalat. This is my husband’s favorite, so I decided to make it before his birthday. A little birthday present for my love indeed.

I am just glad that my husband and his family liked the halo-halo that I made for the very first time here in Europe. Maybe some of you are wondering what’s the halo-halo I have mentioned here. Well, it’s a famous summer dessert in the Philippines, and since my husband likes this very much, I promised to make it on his birthday. Two thumbs up, he said! Thanks to the ingredients that I found and bought from the Asian market in the city.

The famous halo-halo of the Philippines. This is a very refreshing and yummy dessert you should try this summer. Promise!

So, it’s summer. What’s next?

Well, we have plans this weekend, like having mountain breakfast, hiking again, and grilling. I’m already looking forward to doing such activities. But hopefully, it’s not gonna be so, so hot. That we’re gonna beat the heat of European summer. Yey!

Haaay, I’m a little bit sleepy at the moment, so I have to go to bed soon. Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!

Ciao. Bye.

Gute Nacht. Bis Morgen.

-JL

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Five Home Remedies found in your Kitchen

Aside from the excruciating pain or weakness that you usually experience when you are sick, you feel even worse because of the loads of medical expenses you have to pay. You fear of becoming flat broke due to these unexpected costs, don’t you, Mommies? Well, it is indeed stressful with all those additional expenditures, especially when it comes to budgeting. BUT, worry not because there are homemade remedies to save you from spending too much.

Don’t be shocked or surprised when you learn that these natural remedies are actually right there in your kitchen. Yes, you read it right—such natural remedies can be found in your very home. The spices, herbs and even condiments sitting in your pantry have healing capacities, the only thing you have to do is to TRY using them. They are very economical, easy to prepare, and don’t come with many side effects. Great, isn’t it?

Come on, Mommies, let’s resolve some health issues by simply taking a quick trip to your kitchen.

FIVE HOME REMEDIES FOUND IN YOUR KITCHEN

  1. Vinegar. Apple cider vinegar, all natural and cheap, is very beneficial to your health. Its uses include everything from curing tummy problems, alleviating colds and flu, stopping hiccups, lowering blood sugar, losing weight, and fighting against cancer and heart problems. It’s not just used for cooking purposes but also taken to take care of your body naturally.

    Make sure to keep raw, organic, unfiltered, and unpasteurized apple cider vinegar in your pantry to stay healthy all the time. If you don’t have it yet, Mommies, then it is high time to buy one in the nearest supermarket.

  2. Olive oil. This fantastic culinary oil can really offer a myriad of health benefits you might not be aware of. This wonder oil protects the digestive tract, improves cognitive function especially among older people, helps people lower their risk of certain cancer types, decreases risk of heart diseases, and other noteworthy benefits.

    It’s good to know that this isn’t just your simple oil in the kitchen but also a superb natural remedy for some certain diseases. Remember Mommies, olives don’t make you oily, but healthy.

  3. Ginger. This superb spice is very beneficial especially in terms of gastrointestinal problems. It helps improving the absorption of significant vitamins and minerals in the body. Also, it lessens gas and solves simple tummy problems, and helps eliminate nose and throat congestion. And oh, the warming benefit of ginger is really beneficial.

    Want to add flavor to your life, Mommies? Buy more ginger and try it as a home remedy next time you have problems with your stomach.

  4. Tea. This famous drink keeps you healthy and beautiful. Based on different surveys and studies, your favorite natural tea contains antioxidants which fights off free radicals in your body. Aside from that, it also strengthens your immune system, making you stronger and healthier. Moreover, it cuts down your stress level, giving you a younger look. Another awesome fact is that it lessens your risk of having cardiovascular diseases.

    Dearest Mommies, if you have not yet tried incorporating tea in your drinking habit, please do so. It’s never late to have a healthy diet. There are plenty of tea flavors and kinds out there to try.

    Happy drinking!

  5. Honey. The benefits of this natural sweetener go beyond its great taste. This nature’s energy booster also offers superb healing that includes preventing cancer and heart diseases, reducing ulcer and other gastrointestinal disorders, reducing cough and throat irritation and others.

Imagine, Mommies, this sweet yet classic substance in your kitchen can actually do wonders in your body as medicine. Truly cheap but definitely amazing.

To all strong and wise mothers out there, the aforementioned common homemade remedies may be able to mend common ailments and cut your financial problems, but please do remember that they’re not intended to replace a doctor’s opinion or treatment.

If you still feel unwell despite the usage of such remedies, don’t hesitate to consult your health provider. But yes, if you feel relieved, good for you. You have successfully come across with an economical way to ease your stress and pain. Go and indulge yourself to this very practical and simple way to be stress-free and healthy.

What are you waiting for? Keep these amazing items in your pantry now.

Pray for Hong Kong

Praying for Hong Kong, my beloved country of residence for three years..

I hope that there will be no more uproar and violence in Asia’s World City these coming days.

To all Hongkongers who still believe in Freedom and Democracy, please be strong. Stand firm and be united especially in this time of trial. God bless!

Together Again

Hello, friends and readers!

After a few days of being silent on social media and WordPress, here I am now, making a short update about the happenings in my life.

My husband is finally back in Europe as his work contract in Hongkong has just ended. We are together again. No more long distance. No more timezone problem. No more worries. Thank God!

My parents-and-law and I fetched him from Switzerland because we’re near the Swiss airport. We did not have to wait for him longer because he’s already at the arrival area 10 minutes after we had arrived. Then, exchanges of kisses and hugs. Indeed, a happy wife. 😁

Now, we are a little busy having family bonding because next week will be the start of his work here in Europe. We are now making the most of our time because it is so fleeting, right? The day after tomorrow is already June. OMG!

Anyway, I am definitely happy and thankful that hubby is with us now. I can’t wait to make beautiful moments with him in his home country. More beautiful than what we have had in Hongkong. Hopefully.

That's it. Just a short update. Hope you'll continue supporting my blog despite my not-so-frequent posting.

Have a nice weekend ahead. God bless!

Regards,

JL

10 Ways To Be Kind to Your {Postpartum} Self

I really like this article of Rachel–educational, inspiring and straightforward.

To all mothers out there, please check this out. Thanks!

The Buttercup Lamb

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I am so happy I’m not pregnant right now. (These past 9 months haven’t exactly been a cakewalk.)

But with this truth comes reality…

I am now postpartum.

If you’ve been postpartum before, then you are familiar with that time of transition. Going from the joy and wonder of pregnancy and birth, to the time of healing afterwards.

The squishy belly. The aching you-know-what. Swollen ankels. Aching back. The after birth contractions. The super attractive mesh panties. And the fatigue. The list goes on!

The postpartum stage is rough. As a first-time mom, it can be hard to prepare for this. I surely had no idea what to expect when I gave birth to my son 6 years ago.

Even as a 3rd time mom, this transition is still a little new to me. So when I was at the hospital I thought to myself, “how can I, and…

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When Light fades

The bright light is fading,

We succumb to weeping,

Darkness is coming,

Suddenly, blindness devours our being.

We’re not on high,

Now we live with sigh,

For the light bids goodbye,

We kneel down and cry.

Comfort is all we need,

For our loving light has to fade,

Broken we may seem,

Now, we sing a desolate hymn.

The little light finally meets the real source of Light, our Host.

Then, she will never be lost.

Finally, she won’t feel aghast,

Cries will end at last!

By j. Lorenzin

(This sad poem of mine is dedicated to my dearest Mamay who finally met the real Source of Light and Life a decade ago. I miss you so much, Mamay. May your soul continue to be at peace in God’s loving hands.)

It all started with a ‘Pho’

Being an expat in Hongkong is not that easy.

New culture. Different lifestyle. Difficult language. No friends–these summed up my first two months in Hongkong.

Boredom and homesickness were my companions. My husband was most of the time at work and sadly, we only had much time at night, during weekends or holidays.

I was longing for my family and close friends back then. For an extrovert like me, this I tell you, it’s really hard to be alone. Thank goodness! There were Facebook messenger, Twitter, and Whatsapp for communication purposes.

One day, my husband asked me if I wanted to meet the Filipina wife of his colleague. Of course, I said YES. I had been waiting for that moment to happen, the moment which could possibly give me new friends.

Her name’s Ruth. She’s a wife of a Hongkong national working in the same company with my husband.

Before I met Ate Ruth personally, her husband messaged me on Facebook. He asked if it’s ok with me to meet Ate because she’s also alone and bored. Woooaahh, we were in the same boat huh. Anyway, he gave me her number and told me about his high hope of me being friends with Ate.

Our supposed meeting in the first week of November was postponed because I went to the Philippines for a short vacation.

It was in the last week of November that I met her and her then-one-month-old baby boy. Our rendezvous was at New Town Plaza in Sha Tin. She’s very nice and accommodating, something that really made me think she’s the one I’ve been waiting for in Hongkong haha.

My new friend and I strolled around some shops. You know, women and shopping sounded almost the same! hahahaha just kidding. I wanted to buy some nice clothes then, and gladly, she helped me decide on which clothes to take.

We had our merienda at Viet’s Choice, her favorite restaurant. It was my first time to eat in a Vietnamese restaurant.

Oh, how I liked the delicious taste of the Vietnamese noodle soup called pho. The rich, savory taste of its soup base, the yummy combination of ginger, fresh mint, cilantro, onions and other herbs, the flavoursome chicken meat, and the good taste of the flat, long rice noodles caught the attention of my picky tastebuds.

My favorite kind of Pho. Sliced Vietnamese ham gio lua Pho with iced milk tea

Another kind of Pho. Sliced beef brisket Pho with hot milk tea

Of course, I ordered my favorite milk tea. It’s always my choice of drink whenever I was in an Asian or local restaurant.

I was really glad Ate Ruth chose Viet’s Choice. We really had a great time eating and having conversation there. In addition to that, we also discovered that we shared some common traits. Nice to know!

Who would have thought that the start of a good and strong fellowship just happened in a restaurant called Viet’s Choice? It was indeed a special place for Ate and me.

Fast forward to the present —–

Oh, how I miss eating pho and drinking milk tea.

And…

how I miss my close friend.

Like what I’ve said, it’s not that easy to be an expat in Hongkong, but because of the presence of Ate Ruth and her family, my social life in Hongkong became colorful. 😀

I do hope to see her again in the future. Guess where? In Hongkong or maybe in the Philippines.

Time flies so fast. For sure, we will see Ate Ruth again. Maybe not so soon, but definitely after a few years.

But for now, hello Facebook and Whatsapp! hahaha

Time to pause for a while and eat some dinner.

Gute Nacht. Bis Morgen.

JL