Author: Lotlot
•6:15 PM
Last year the governor in Bohol went to my grandmother's house. He went there because my grandmother called him and asked him to visit her if he had a time.

When the governor and his men arrived in my grandma's house, they knocked the door. Then, they heard a voice from grandma telling them to come, they went inside.

The caretaker of the house was shocked. How did they enter the house when she locked it? And she was even more shocked when the governor asked her where grandma was.

Why? Because grandma has already died. She died two months before the local election in 2007.

So, the caretaker told the governor that grandma died last 2007. But the gov didn't believe her.

Why? it was because grandma was the one who called the governor in his office asking him to visit her and it was grandma who told them to come inside the house ( Well, they didn't see grandma, but they heard her.)

The governor really insisted that it was grandma who called him and who told them to come inside in that he recognized grandma's voice.

Anyway, grandma was the captain in our barangay for many years before she died. It was only her death which stopped her from being the captain.

Until now, I'm still wondering why it happened?
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Author: Lotlot
•8:57 PM

When I was young, my father used to tell my mother to grill a bitter melon for our dinner or lunch. At first, I was hesitant to eat it because it was kinda bitter. But I had no choice. It was the only viand that was served on the table. So, I was forced to eat it. Later on, I learned to like it.

After I graduated elementary school, I started to live by myself. I finished high school and college through my own effort. During those years, I was miles away from my family. So, I hadn't tasted again the grilled bitter melon; especially that I was living in a rich family that time.

Last Saturday night, I went to the market first before I went home after work in that I ran out of bananas, tomatoes and onions (my favorites..hehe). As I bought some bananas, tomatoes and onions, I saw some bitter melons near the fruit stand. Then, they reminded me of the grilled bitter melon which I used to eat; thus, I bought a kilo of them.

Bitter melon is good for people who have diabetes because it helps decrease the blood sugar and insulin levels. Nowadays, I've seen medicines for diabetes, like the Ampalaya Plus. Ampalaya is the Tagalog word for bitter melon.

Anyway, I grilled a bitter melon for my dinner this evening. I've already forgotten the process of cooking that food ( Well, it's been 17 years since I last ate it. Besides, it was my mother who cooked it.). But then, I tried my very best to cook it right (hehehe).

Luckily, I've got the taste that I desired. I had a perfect dinner. I had grilled bitter melon, rice, tuna in vinegar sauce, banana, orange juice and water.

Before I forget, I'll share you the recipe. Who knows you'll like to try it?..hehehe..Here it is....

Grilled Bitter Melon


1 pc. medium size bitter melon
2 pcs. unripe tomatoes
2 pcs. onions
2 tbsp . vinegar
iodized salt
Ajinomoto umami seasoning


1. Grill the bitter melon until it is soft to touch.

2. Wash the grilled bitter melon as well as the tomatoes and onions.
3. Then, slice them into small ( but, you can slice them in any shapes you like).
4. Put them in a plate.
5. Add the salt, the seasoning and the vinegar.

6. Mix them using a spoon. ( You can add any amount of salt, seasoning and vinegar until you get your desired taste.)

7. Finish.

That's it. It's very simple, right? By the way, though it's only a simple dish but it's good for the health. Specifically to those who have high sugar and insulin levels.

Also, it's good for your wallet. It's very affordable. (Remember we're in crisis.) And, it can save the earth too. I've read that eating vegetables and fruits helped save Mother Earth (I forget its details but it really helps.).

If you value yourself. If you love your body. And, if you want to live longer. Then, try it! Worry not, it's not too bitter. Its bitterness is enough for you to want for more. Try it and you like it! Save your your Mother grilled bitter melon!
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Author: Lotlot
•4:05 PM

Man mistakes woman for a monkey, shoots her

updated 9:28 p.m. ET March 13, 2009

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - Police said a man shot his neighbor, mistaking her for a monkey as she was picking sapodilla fruit in his tree.

Yahaya Othman, police chief in eastern Pahang state, said the woman was gathering fruit Thursday when her neighbor shot her.

The man came home and saw rustling in the tree and fired into it, Yahaya said. "Then there was screaming ... and only then did he know it was his neighbor."

He said the woman was hospitalized with a wound to the abdomen but her condition was stable Friday.

He said police were investigating the man, a volunteer security corps member, for illegally discharging a firearm, which carries a maximum prison term of two years.

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Author: Lotlot
•8:15 PM
Recently, I've been mad at my husband for some reasons. I've told him words that I was sure have hurt him much. Nevertheless, he has never fought me back. He just listened and waited for me to finish nagging at him.

Thus, I can say that I'm very lucky to have him in my life. He may not be perfect, but there's something in him that is very precious and special. Whatever happens, I'll never leave him. Moreover, I'll never stop loving him. His great love for me is enough for me to stay with him forever.

Dad, I'm so sorry for nagging at you sometimes. You know how much I love you. Dad, I miss you so much! I miss the times when you were here with me, the times when you let me feel that I'm your princess and the times when you were at my side as I woke up in the morning.

Dad, it's not easy to be left alone here in our paradise, but I understand that you have to work for our future. So, you take care of yourself there, as well as our marriage and love for each other. I'm just here to support you and to love you more each day. I can't wait for the day you go home.

I love you so much, dad!
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Author: Lotlot
•5:56 PM

I'll just post some of the pics that were taken during the Cebu Tour of the Gil's students with us - One On One ESL Academy Inc Teachers.

Everyone of us enjoyed much. The students had much fun. We went to St. Joseph's School in Lapu-lapu City. In there, Gil's students rendered a song entitled Sakura for all of us.

After we visited the school, we went to Magellan's Cross, Sto. Nino Church, Fort San Pedro, SM City Mall and Waterfront Hotel (for the massage).

Anyway, here are some of the pics. Enjoy!

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Author: Lotlot
•2:39 PM
Well, I'm not really talking about my first love here..hehehe...I'm just posting this song of Utada Hikaru ( First Love) in that I like it.

Here it is...enjoy!

Wait.....Perhaps you're wondering if I understand or speak Japanese since the above song is in Japanese language....well, I don't really speak Japanese but I know a very little of it...e.g, Konichiwa!, Hai, Ie, Konbanwa, arigato, etc...hehehe...

Why do I like the song?...Hmmnnn....It's because of its melody and lyrics. I understand and know the meaning of the song because it has an English version.

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Author: Lotlot
•5:20 PM

Last Tuesday we, the One on One ESL Academy Inc teachers , together with Shin, Chris, Hedi, Seiko and the Gil's students went for an island picnic in Pandanon. Pandanon is one of the beautiful islands in Jetafe, Bohol. When we reached the island, I felt like going home. My family also lives in Jetafe but not in an island, instead in the mainland.

Anyways, everyone enjoyed much in the picnic, especially the Gil's students. They went swimming, they rode on a jetski , they ate delicious seafood, they rode on a motorboat, etc..

Before we went to the island, we had activities/games first. We, the teachers, made activities for the students. We enjoyed a lot as well as the students. Each of them participated in the games.

At the end of the day, everyone felt tired but very happy.

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Author: Lotlot
•4:41 PM
Friendsys is our first and only niece. Her nickname is Ren-ren. She's the daughter of our older sister- Christie. She's 4 years old. She lives in my parents' house in Bohol. She's a pre-school pupil.

Her name 'Friendsys' was taken from the words FRIEND and SISTER. It was my younger sister, Mae, who invented the name. I and my siblings treat her not only as a niece but as a sister and a friend as well.

At times, our youngest sibling 'Glomera' feels jealous because our parents give more attention to Ren-ren than her. She will shout or pinch Ren-ren whenever she feels jealous. So, we remind her every now and then that there's no need for her to get jealous. Ren-ren is still small so it's natural that she'll get most of the attention from our parents and even from us (her aunts/ uncles).

As a pupil, Friendsys goes to school from Mondays to Fridays. She's doing great at school. So, we are very happy. We keep on encouraging and inspiring her to do great at school. And, we help in developing her talents. Her teacher says that she's one of the smartest pupils in school so we're very proud of her.

Nonetheless, my parents get mad at her sometimes because she'll go home when she's bored inside the classroom. Well, her school is a throw stone away from our house, thus she can go home easily. It only takes 5-10 seconds for her to reach home.

Anyways, the pictures below were taken in Sagbayan Peak. Sagbayan peak is one of the best scenery in Bohol, Philippines.

my niece - Friendsys

Mama Gloria and niece Friendsys

Mama and Ren-ren @ Sagbayan Peak
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