Archive for June, 2011

TRAINING YOUR OWN DOG

Taken when Pom-pom was just over 7 months old.

Sit, shake hands, down, crawl are just some of the commands I taught my Pomeranian spitz named Pom-pom.

I never thought it was possible. We’ve had several dogs before Pom-pom and the only commands they knew were ‘go inside’, ‘out’ and ‘come here’. I’m always amazed at dogs who can perform tricks, even if it was just the basic ones. I remember seeing a home shopping network advertisement, selling VHS tapes (yes, VHS tapes, this was more than a decade ago) on how to train your dog. They claim it was easy and that there was no need to pay big amounts of money to have your dogs trained by ‘professional’ trainers. Speaking of which, these professional dog trainers ask for a very high fee, which in my opinion isn’t so practical anymore. Thank goodness for Youtube videos where you can choose from tons of dog training videos.

Take it from me, I watched a couple of videos and picked up a few tricks to effectively teach my dog. The first command I taught Pom was ‘sit’. I think it took me about four to five days before he learned the command. But when he did master it, we were all smiles! Nowadays, it only takes Pom three days to learn a command.

Does he look more like a Pomeranian or a Japanese spitz?

It definitely takes a lot of time, effort and patience to teach a dog. But it was fun, you get to learn more about your dog. With what I learned from Fred Alimusa, a famous dog trainer here and he also hosts a segment in the show DOG TV, I teach/train Pom fifteen minutes each day. Any longer than that and he loses concentration even if there’s food involved. Also, PLEASE don’t scream the command to your dog. That is just so WRONG! Sure, you’ve got the dogs attention but you’re just scaring/confusing the poor creature. When training a dog, I make sure that I have their full attention, and when I give the command, I look them in the eye and praise them if they did good obeying the command. Oh, and of course, don’t forget to give your pet the reward / treat for doing something right.

Smiling for the camera...not exactly.

Some other commands Pom-pom knows: (the following commands are in our native language and I simply translated it to English)
Come here.
Let’s go.
Where’s your ball? (Pom will frantically search for his little orange ball when he hears this command)
Get your ball.
Leave it there. (I use this command when we’re about to go outside and he wants to take his ball with him. When he hears this command he instantly drops the ball and waits for me to open the door.)
Up. ( he will stand on his hind legs)

Currently I am on day two, teaching Pom the command ‘crawl’. He just needs a little more training and he’ll be able to perform the command perfectly.
You don’t have to spend hundreds of dollars have your dog trained to tricks/ commands. You can train your pet dog yourself if you can commit your time and effort and lots of patience.

Here are the videos of Pom-pom performing his tricks.

 

 

 

 

Or you can check out my Youtube channel if you want to see more videos of Pom-pom, Chibi, and Max 😀

 

 

We are family! Sorry, blurry pic. I was using my old camera phone here...

HAVE YOU EVER…

Have you ever sung out loud like no one’s watching?

Have you ever said something you wanted to take back as soon as you ended the sentence?

Have you ever said I love you and did NOT mean it?

Have you ever read a book of the same title more than once?

Have you ever watched a movie of the same title more than once?

Have you ever forgotten a loved one’s birthday?

Have you ever been thankful for the rain?

Have you ever told someone about your biggest fear?

Have you ever memorized a line from a movie?

Have you ever eaten so much you felt like exploding?

Have you ever wished you can turn back the time?

Have you ever wished you can choose your relatives?

Have you ever wanted something so bad, you cried?

Have you ever wished you were a superhero?

Have you ever considered bungee jumping?

Have you ever thought of changing careers?

Have you ever wished you’d disappear even for just a moment?

Have you ever been so embarrassed?

Have you ever been praised for something you did?

Have you ever been thankful to God each morning that you are able to get up from bed and start another day?

Have you ever thanked God for his blessings?

Have you ever gone to church more than twice a month?

Have you ever fought for someone?

Have you ever wished you were different?

Have you ever said something that is true and hurt someone?

Have you ever physically hurt someone?

Have you ever tried the staring game?

Have you ever watched TV for more than seven hours, straight?

Have you ever said sorry and didn’t mean it?

Have you ever made a decision and regretted it?

Have you ever denied something/someone?

Have you ever heard yourself snore?

Have you ever had a nightmare and thought you’d never wake up?

Have you ever put on make-up and looked funny?

Have you ever been in awe of God’s creations?

Have you ever liked a book so much that you finished reading it in three days or less?

Have you ever felt ignored?

Have you ever wished you were a kid again?

Have you ever read the Bible?

Have you ever kept a diary?

Have you ever worn two different socks at the same time?

Have you ever been laughed at?

Have you ever got lost in a new place?

Have you ever gone out in the rain and never gave a damn if everybody thinks you’re a complete idiot?

Have you ever seen a ghost?

Have you ever thought of answering the questions above, even if it’s just inside your head?

Have you ever thought you’d never get to finish reading this blog?

 

NAMELESS CANDY TREAT

During our recent trip, I was able to buy a pack of a ‘childhood’ long lost candy treat.

My favorite - Yema ball

I had no idea they were still making these candies – it had been more than two decades since I ate one of these nameless treats and I missed it so much! During the mid 80’s to mid 90’s these candies were sold at local stores, wrapped in orange cellophane with a toothpick stuck in the middle to make it easier to eat and was sold for P1 (one peso) each. The pack I bought contained around two dozen candies, also wrapped in yellow cellophane but without the toothpick this time. The store where I bought it was called “Nathaniel’s” and sells local delicacies, desserts and traditional foods.

Custard inside!

To describe this candy, it’s basically custard covered in thin, melted (but now hardened) sugar. It’s just a simple snack most kids would love but as an adult, I still love it. There’s always something about eating a childhood snack – it brings you back to a time when life was all too simple and not a lot of responsibilities yet because you’re still a kid!

I just found out the name of this candy – YEMA BALLS. For the longest time I never knew what this local delicacy was called, no one knew back then either >_<

DUKBOKKI AND ODENG

떡볶이   in Hangul or Tteokbokki when Romanized, is a popular Korean snack food, sold by pojangmacha or street vendors while Odeng is skewered fish cake (borrowed from the japanese word oden, a japanese dish that sometimes contains kamaboko – which is the japanese term for fish cake.

I wanted to eat dukbokki. I first saw this food in a Korean drama. I was wondering what the tube shaped thingy covered in red (I assumed it was hot and spicy) sauce bought at food vendors on the street. I didn’t know what it was called back then. Then I started noticing that in every food vendor or pojangmacha, they sell this red stuff and it never goes missing. So fast forward to a couple of years later when Korean drama, fashion, song and every little Korean thing you can imagine has invaded the country, I finally found out what that red stuff was called with the help of Maangchi’s cooking video in Youtube. It was called Dukbokki and she even had the recipe for it. You can find the recipe here – http://www.maangchi.com/recipe/ddukbokkie) or if you are interested in authentic Korean recipes, check out Maangchi’s website: www.maangchi.com

Dukbokki

The tube shaped thingies are rice cakes but what makes it flaming red is the hot pepper paste or gochujang. Now the recipe calls for rice cakes, gochujang, sugar, water, dried anchovies and green onions. Okay, I got all the ingredients in the pantry (yes, including the gochujang, which I had to scour the shelves of the grocery to make sure I got the right ingredient) except for the rice cake. There are very few Korean stores here and are really far from where I live and I’m not really sure if they have rice cakes available. I thought I could finally taste authentic dukbokki by cooking it myself but only got disappointed again because the main ingredient was missing.

Almost two years later after I gave up hope of eating dukbokki my husband discovered a food stall at a mall near his family home. The stall was named TOPOKKI and sells Dukbokki and Odeng. I know, maybe they spelled it as they hear it but it doesn’t matter if they spelled it wrong. I knew I just had to have a taste of that famous Korean snack.

My husband warned me that it was really spicy, I knew it was. I love spicy foods but still he warned me to prepare myself. He ordered one trial serving and two odeng for both of us. I was surprised to see that the dukbokki wasn’t all rice cakes, it had pieces of fish cake and thinly sliced carrots in it. I immediately took a bite at the rice cake that was swimming in red, hot sauce. Okay, first reaction – chewy, but not that tough, the sauce was flavorful at first, but then comes the hot, unique flavor of the gochujang. The chewiness of the rice cake and the hot, spicy flavor of the sauce makes dukbokki addictive – not to mention that I’m a big fan of Korean dramas, that eating dukbokki and odeng in a local mall made feel I’m in Korea already.

After my dukbokki experience, I decided to take a bite of odeng. It was served with hot soup and I guess this is something

Odeng with soup

for those who cannot stand really spicy foods. Like I said, it’s just basically boiled, skewered fish cake, simple as that. I know we shouldn’t be eating something as spicy as dukbokki and sipping the hot soup from the odeng because it was summer, but I don’t care. I just had to get my hands on the famous Korean snack – at least now, I no longer just imagine what it tastes like.

If you want to see the whole list of Korean street foods, you can check out simon and martina’s youtube channel EAT YOUR KIMCHI: http://www.youtube.com/user/simonandmartina#p/u/138/GzjajL1lOh0 Here they sample dukbokki, odeng and the other snack that’s sold in pojangmacha. You can’t say it’s not authentic because they are in Korea, it’s as real as it can get.

THE GREATEST DEFINITION OF LOVE (from Friendster blog, 2006)

Written on July 2, 2006

The English word “love” has many different meanings. It can have affectionate, benevolent, strong liking, romantic, or sexual implications. i’ve read a few of these definition, sadly it’s not enough….

“Love involves a peculiar unfathomable
combination of understanding and
misunderstanding.”
–Diane Arbus

“Today I begin to understand what
love must be, if it exists. When we
are parted, we each feel the lack of
the other half of ourselves. We are
incomplete like a book in two volumes
of which the first has been lost.
That is what I imagine love to be:
incompleteness in absence.”

–Goncourt

“You come to love not by finding
the perfect person, but by seeing
an imperfect person perfectly. ”
–Sam Keen

“Love is a gift of one’s
inner most soul to another
so both can be whole ”
–Tea Rose

“Love has its own time,
its own season, and its own
reasons from coming and going.
You cannot bribe it or coerce
it or reason it into staying.
You can only embrace it when
it arrives and give it away when
it comes to you. ”
–Kent Nerburn

see? something’s missing… if you read the verse from the bible,1 Corinthians 13:4-8, 13, you’d understand what i’m saying.

Love is patient; love is kind;
love is not envious or boastful or arrogant
or rude. It does not insist on its own way;
it is not irritable or resentful;
it does not rejoice in wrongdoing,
but rejoices in the truth.
It bears all things,
believes all things,
hopes all things,
endures all things.
Love never ends.
But as for prophecies,
they will come to an end;
as for tongues, they will cease;
as for knowledge,
it will come to an end…
And now faith, hope, and love abide,
these three; and the greatest of these
is love.

complete and beautiful definition, right?

SMARTBRO SERVICES – HOW INCOMPETENT IS IT? (from Friendster blog 2008)

Written November 8, 2008

At last, I finally have our web connection back after being redirected to our web provider’s service page – because they ‘enhanced’ their system to serve their customers better…all I had to do was to log in our acct number and reference number and I’ll have the connection back and I can access my favorite websites again, duh! Their log in page was blank! How am I supposed to input an info when it’s all white!? Stupid smartbro…and what exactly do they mean ‘enhance’? The connection’s still SLOOOOW! What did I ever do to deserve this kind of service? We pay our monthly payments and frankly I am not satisfied with the way they provide their internet services! Oh, and by the way, if you try to call customer service and complain about the connection, they will always tell you that they are doing remote adjustments to the system…sure, but why is the connection always slow if you’re always doing remote adjustments? And if you call them a couple of times a week, just so you can get a real service and not just an excuse, one of their customer service representatives will hang up on you once you ask to speak to a supervisor, so much for customer service – SMARTBRO CUSTOMER SERVICE REPRESENTATIVES ARE ALL INCOMPETENT!

June 1, 2011

Now that I think about it, both Smart Bro and Globe Broadband services almost always say the same thing. After two years we replaced service providers with Globe Broadband – it turns out it has a much slower internet connection! Most of the time, you won’t be able to connect; but if there is a connection, you’ll need an hour to load a 5 minute video from youtube. No, you can’t download any stuff from the web either – it’s virtually impossible. Plus, the fact that they are already billing you for next months services – is just unfair! Their monthly bills always come LATE! And if you try calling their customer service, they will ALWAYS say (without fail) they have an ongoing ‘SYSTEM ENHANCEMENT’ in our area. Hmmm, Smart Bro will say they are doing ‘REMOTE ADJUSTMENTS’ to their system. It’s not just Smart Bro that’s incompetent, it’s Globe as well…

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