For the past few months I’ve been walking fairly regularly (minimum of 5 days a week). Me and my daughter Jean, my niece Bebe, our helper Joy and once in awhile my son Chris goes walking. He doesn’t like waking up so early (4 am is our waking time). So he mostly played basketball or ride his bike for his exercise. We’ve been trying to walk at a very early morning just near our house. So thankful that the nearest mall at our house has a big parking area that can accommodate to a lot of people that want to exercise so early in the morning. It’s just so nice going there when it’s still dark, not much traffic and not much people walking there yet. So many people will be walking after 6 am, I think until 8 am. We walked for over an hour a day. The girls do jogging sometimes.
The walk from our house to the mall takes like 7-10 minutes. Nice thing our street lights have a timer and it will turn off like 6 am. So its safe to be walking around our subdivision to the main road and to the mall. The best time to be walking at the mall near our house would be during weekdays. People that’s regular walkers there pretty much recognize the other walkers. During weekends, sometimes its a bit busy. Usually some school students meet up there for volleyball games or basketball games. Some students they just go for a group walk. Often times they will be a little louder than usual. Once in awhile theres a walking marathon’s going too. Even with those events I was mentioning, It’s still not a problem walking around the mall, the mall has a big parking lot anyway.
Most SM malls in the Philippines have a big parking lot. I think they allow people walking inside the parking lot too. Here in Davao, we have 2 SM malls and both location have big parking lot. The only mall here that you can’t be walking around would be the Gaisano malls. Gaisano mall’s parking lot usually on the underground or next to every floor. I think Felcris Centrale is just like Gaisano parking lot too. Abreeza has big parking lot, so does Victoria mall. I think those malls that have open parking lots will allow people to walk inside the parking lot. I’m just guessing. I know that we walked at Victoria Plaza before. I’m not sure if Abreeza management will allow people inside their parking lot during mall closing. We’re lucky here in our area that SM allows us to be walking there.
I really like walking in the mall parking area because its safer. They had security guards there. We used to walked inside our subdivision, but sometimes dogs got out of the gate. Some dogs look harmless, some look scary. Plus sometimes dog dirty stuff will be in the middle of the road, if you are not paying attention or the light post is out then you might step the dog poop. But if you live in a gated subdivision no problem of dog getting out of gate or the dog poop.
Even walking in our neighborhood, we didn’t experience a time yet that we felt scared or threatened while walking during late at night or early in the morning. Hopefully it stays that way forever. Crossing my fingers. Really just pay attention while walking and pay attention to the person next to you.
Did you ever experience being threatened here while walking during dark in the city? Feel free to share.
Just a few days ago we celebrated Bob’s birthday. As a tradition in our household we would ask the celebrant what would they want to eat for dinner. Bob told me that he will think for a few minutes, then he remembered the recipe he really likes that we saw on MKR (My Kitchen Rules Australia) show. Well, he then decided that he wants paella, we saw one of the contestant there cooked seafood paella. I had to make other food too because some of my kids would not eat seafood.
Bob, asked me if I think it would be easy to make paella. The recipe in the MKR was a little bit complicated. So I told him I will look it up in the internet for the recipe and let him know. I then told my daughter Jean and my niece Glenda that it’s Paella and popcorn shrimp for dinner. Jean is not really into seafood that much too. But since Dad wants that menu she’s happy to help me out.
I found a few good seafood paella recipe in the internet. I cooked the one that I know the chef. Good thing most of his ingredients I can find it locally. Few ingredients that I was lucking was the saffron and the Spanish rice. I’ve seen saffron on some stores here but they don’t have this time. My niece went all over the place and can’t find it. Maybe the “No shipment” and “The no stocks” is here again for sure. For the rice I just substitute with Japanese rice. It works out good too. For the clams I used mussels instead, since that’s what Bob preferred. Since it’s hard to get lobster in the market, plus its a bit expensive, I just put more of the prawns then. The calls for Spanish chorizo and it really adds flavors. I marinate the chicken with the spices the chef recommended, but he marinated his chicken for an hour. I marinated my chicken with the spices for half a day. The flavor were really good. At the end, I followed what he said to turn up the heat for 40 seconds to give toasted rice bottom, its called socarrat (dukot in Bisaya). You can really find good paella recipe that your family will enjoy and that will also suits your budget. If some of the ingredients were expensive, find some local substitute from your local grocery stores.
With the other recipe the popcorn shrimp. I made the batter from scratch. I even made my own heavy cream. Thank goodness for the google. Both recipe I tweak to suit more to our own taste. I think it works really good for us. Bob and us in the house seems to like it and so did our friend Bebe.
Talking about the popcorn shrimp. It’s rally a simple recipe too. I made some of the spices and save the rest for the next time uses. The popcorn shrimp on the other hand, we had to used small shrimp. The downside to it, the cleaning and deveining of the shrimp was a bit of work (we had to devein prawns for paella and shrimp for popcorn shrimp. But at the end its all worth it though. Everyone that likes seafood in our house loves it. I made some ingredients out from substitution. I saw heavy cream in the store. It not worth the money for me because I just need 2 tablespoon.
If ever you want the recipes of the paella and the popcorn shrimp that we made, Just let me know, I’m happy to email them to you.
Good eating you guys!
Well, almost over a year ago I wrote about that we had new baby in the house. The name of that baby was Blue. Our helper got her from the ditch (canal) here near the house. Well just 10 months from we found her she gave us 5 kittens. The runt kitten died the next day. Blue didn’t feed her properly, really she abandoned him. We tried to feed him, but no luck. He was really weak. I never thought we will get kittens this early. We did have a female kitten before and it took awhile for me to have them taking care of (spayed) because they didn’t show signs to have it taking care of right away. Well, Blue was just different I guess.
We joke here at the house that we feel that Blue was a victim of a teen pregnancy. Firstly, she got pregnant early, then she just doesn’t know how to take care of her kittens at first. I guess sometimes now too. She gave birth a little over 3 weeks ago. Not the best mom ever. We also joke that she’s having postpartum depression. She would be in with the kitchen like just staring at something and sadness in her eyes. We’re giving her special attention while her babies were sleeping. We would cuddle her and rubbing her head or tummy. She’s close to Bob, Jean and Chris. She will leave her babies and stay in our bedroom to be on Bob’s lap and be cuddled. She will stay with me once in awhile. A lot of times we just bring her babies to our room and let her stay there until time for us to go to bed.
Blue is something else. When she gets nervous she will lay down/step on her babies, or she’s trying to hurt them by biting hard. It’s not the carrying kind of bite, its really hurting them. Sometimes she will bite the legs of her kittens. My kids will help her when time for feeding the babies. I bought those little bottles for the animals. She really gets nervous when she heard her babies made sounds. She thinks that they’re crying. We felt that her kittens are getting bigger and bigger everyday. We tried to feed Blue more, she feeds active 4 kittens now, we let her drinks lots of milk too.
By the way, we are naming her kittens in honor of Pope Francis visiting the Philippines. Blue give birth the 2nd day of Pope Francis arrival in the Philippines. The first born name is Pope (the easily recognized kitten), the other names are Francis, Tina (short for Argentina, where the Pope came from), Yolly (For Yolanda, Pope Francis visit the PI for the Yolanda victims), last was Jorge (unfortunately Jorge died, he was the runt). Jean, Chris, my niece Bebe and our helper Joy helped Blue during the birth. They even made record of what time every kitten were born. I’m proud of them for helping Blue and staying up late until she was done with the last kitten.
When they were born Pope was the biggest one. Now he’s the runt. He is the one also that easily recognized. He’s the one that had Blue’s color of hair and with some white on him. To be honest we had to put tag with the other 3 kittens. It’s so hard to recognized them, they had the same color of hair all over their body and the same size. For the record we are giving them away. We already had 4 cats in the house. I’m trying to convince everybody here in the house that we don’t need a cat anymore. I think it’s going to be hard to give them away. We are giving them to friends that we know. I want to give them to people that will take good care of them. But in all honesty, I might give the older ones and keep the 4 kittens. NOT…