Archive | November, 2011

Quotable Diana Spencer

30 Nov

Whatever everyone else says about her, I am a firm believer than in her own way, Diana Spencer, Princess of Wales, touched lives and in her own way endeavoured to make a difference in the world.  I think she was a product of her environment and coped as well as she could with the emotional equipment she had to work with.

I think it’s apt to post a quote about kindness today.  I’ve been struggling with the firm belief I had about following the Golden Rule – that one should treat people the way one would like to be treated.  I was brought up to treat people with kindness and respect, and I continually hope (and expect) that people will respond in kind; and for the most part, I am being treated in the way that I treat others.  There are frustrations of course, because I keep trying to be kind and respectful of others, but I continually get teased or chided for being “too nice.”  I, however, find it tough to go against what I have grown up believing.  I came across this quote from one of the people who fascinate me.

I think it was divine intervention that I read this today, the day when I felt, strangely, burdened my upbringing more than ever.  It has encouraged me to press on.  Kindness is worth it.  I shouldn’t stop, because somehow, somewhere, what I do will touch someone and make a difference at just the right time.


“Carry out a random act of kindness,
with no expectation of reward,
safe in the knowledge that one day
 someone might do the same for you.”
~Diana Spencer (1961-1997), Princess of Wales


Terrible Tuesdays

29 Nov

Sometimes, the punches just keep rolling.  I feel slightly battered and it’s only Tuesday!

Cathy, Ack!

Monday mania

28 Nov

One of these days I will wake up on a Monday morning and not feel the way I do about Mondays.  I believe that.

One day!

Sunday Pudding: Neiman Marcus Cookies

27 Nov

This recipe has been making the rounds for ages.  My aunt sent me the recipe a few months ago with a request that I try out the recipe and perfect making it, so that when I went home to Manila for a visit, I could bake the cookies for her.  I’ve been planning the cookie bake for ages, but have had other baking projects in the works.  But tonight was the night for the so-called Neiman Marcus cookies.

The recipe calls for nuts, and I chose to use 2 kinds: pecans and hazelnuts.  I didn’t add the Hershey bar shavings anymore because I felt that there were enough chocolate chip cookies for it to be oh-s0-chocolatey already.

Here’s the recipe, as I received it.  I halved the recipe and it yielded 50 cookies already!

NEIMAN-MARCUS COOKIES (Recipe may  be halved)Neiman Marcus Cookies
2 cups butter
24 oz. chocolate chips
4 cups  flour
2 cups brown sugar
2 tsp. soda
1 tsp.  salt
2 cups sugar
1 – 8 oz. Hershey Bar (grated)
5  cups blended oatmeal
4 eggs
2 tsp. baking powder
2 tsp.  vanilla
3 cups chopped nuts (your choice)

Measure oatmeal,  and blend in a blender to a fine powder. Cream the butter and both  sugars. Add eggs and vanilla, mix together with flour, oatmeal, salt,  baking powder, and soda. Add chocolate chips, Hershey Bar, and nuts. Roll into balls, and place two inches apart on a cookie  sheet.

Bake for 10 minutes at 375 degrees. Makes 112  cookies.

Pass the kleenex!

26 Nov

I cry at the drop of a hat.  I think I inherited my mom’s tear ducts.  Let me just get that out there right away.

It comes at no surprise that the John Lewis advert is a tear-jerker to me.  Although it gives me great comfort to find out that I’m not the only one who finds this lovely Christmas advert heart-warming and inevitably tear-jerking!


25 Nov

Mummy and Baby Giraffe

This photo was taken whilst I was in Edinburgh with my parents in 2007.  I had to take a picture because I loved giraffes and because this sculpture was too lovely not to preserve in my memory.

I am thankful!

24 Nov

I know I whine a lot about what’s wrong about my day, what’s not right about work, why I don’t have this or why I don’t have that.  I think that it’s important for me to stop doing that today.  While it is, traditionally, an American holiday celebration, I think it has its place in this world.  I think it’s important that today I stop the whinging and the whining.

I am thankful for everything that I have in my life right now.  The good and the bad, the blessings and the challenges.  I’m also thankful for what I don’t have.  God has blessed me with a life that most people would envy and He has continued to bless me with opportunities that a lot of people can only dream about.  I am thankful for every situation, every opportunity and every disappointment because I believe that everything that happens, God has a purpose for bringing me through it.  I know that every situation is a learning opportunity.

I am completely thankful for every single moment.  I am thankful that I am alive.

I am thankful!

Happy Thanksgiving!