Hula Hoop Dance

My friend, Courtney doing  her Hula Hoop dance.
She’s really good at it.   She makes it look so easy!!
When I tried it myself, I could barely keep the Hula Hoop spinning around my waist.
I can also see this as a good work out.  But I think I will stick to Zumba instead.

St. Petersburg, FL
April 14, 2018

Hello Spring!

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Hello Spring!  Although I didn’t appreciate all the pollens you have placed on my car.  Not to mention, my allergies acting up for weeks!  I still welcome you, Spring Time!

I love seeing the flowers blooming.  The vibrant green leaves on every tree and bush in the garden, just so beautiful!

It’s been a year since you’ve been here.  I can say that there’s a difference in the air this year.  Is it because things look a lot better than my year before or the year before that?   Oh Spring, were you this beautiful 2 years ago?  That time, I was in recovery.  That felt like a long time ago.  I remember wishing how time should just fast forward to the future and let me look back in the past and say, “wow, that really happened? I really went through that?”  I’m still in disbelief.  But now, I can proudly say, “I’m a fighter. I survived.”

Hello Spring!  Did you think I was going to be defeated?  Did you not see I was meant to rise and bloom again?  Now, I’m blooming like a flower after a winter chill.   Yes, Spring!  We meet again.  I have become a warrior of teal, pink and purple with a butterfly seal on my shield.  Did you not hear of my victory?  You must have!  It was a beautiful victory.

Hello again Spring!  May this be a good Spring time.  🙂


ThyCa Warrior

An Absolutely Sarap Find in Tallahassee, FL

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A few months ago, we celebrated Thanksgiving Day weekend with the family in Tallahassee, Florida.  A family member had mentioned that a Filipino restaurant had opened in the area and that we should try it out.  We have had our disappointments before in trying out different Filipino restaurants around Florida.  Many of them were very generic, to say the least.  Eating at some of those places felt like being in a relationship that is not working out but you refuse to admit it and still try to make it work.  Nevertheless, we still decided to try this new place out.

We were heading out of Tallahassee after checking out of the hotel.  It was close to noon so we thought of grabbing some lunch before heading out.  We remembered about the newly opened Filipino restaurant that someone had told us.  We searched for it on the internet and found the address.  We were still skeptic and really kept our expectations very low.

We arrived at Real Sarap and asked them first if we can dine outside with our dog.   They said it was fine.  Looking at the menu, there were just so many good dish to choose from.  But since were still going to have to drive back to Tampa, we decided to keep our order small so we won’t have a food coma.

Real Sarap is a restaurant featuring Filipino Home-style Cooking.  Sarap means delicious or tasty in Filipino / Tagalog.  Saying delicious in Tagalog is masarap, and Real Sarap really lived up to its name.  The food was delicious!

We ordered pork barbecue, pork adobo, and lumpiang shanghai (spring rolls).  They were all delicious!  But I love the pork barbecue the most.  It was marinated well, which made the meat really tender and the flavor was spot on.  The price of the food is not bad at all.  It’s not cheap, but it’s not expensive either.  We will definitely be eating there again when we visit Tallahassee in the near future.

Check out their menu:

Real Sarap at Tallahasee, FL   11/25/18
Ainee Photography

Hot Sour Soup for Sunday Lunch

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Chris, my husband, decided to cook some Pork Sinigang for lunch.  He’s really good at cooking it.   Ehem! *clears throat*  It’s my recipe of course! *wink*

Pork Sinigang, also known as Pork Tamarind Soup, is a Filipino dish.  It’s usually compared with Thai dish, Tom Yum / Hot & Sour soup.  The Pork Sinigang is a sour soup but definitely not spicy.   It’s good to eat with lots of rice, by letting the rice soaked with the sinigang soup.  The Sinigang is also good cooked with shrimp instead of pork.   There is also fish sinigang, which they normally use bangus (Milk Fish).  Mmmm… My mouth is salivating just thinking about it.  Going to go ahead and finish eating my bowl of sinigang.  *burp*

Pork Sinigang 04/01/18

Sick Days Nourishment

I have been sick for a few days this past week.  These are just some of my go to nourishments when I’m sick.   Rehydrating myself with some gatorade and taking some egg flower soup with crab and corn.   This Knorr egg flower soup / egg drop soup is very tasty.  I usually go for the Crab & Corn flavor.  It’s pretty easy to make – just add one egg!  I also cooked some Chicken Tinola (Filipino Chicken Soup).  Chicken Tinola is one of my main “go-to” when I’m sick.  I usually cook it with a lot of ginger too.  So it’s good for the throat.  I’ll take photos of Chicken Tinola the next time I make it.

Photos – Ainee Photography  03/27/18