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Young Ben and Vivian

Bienvenido De Guzman Dela Cruz- my dad probably during his teens Concepcion Camua Dela Cruz - my mom also in her teen years To preserve their photo, I have them with me, worn out and may not stand the test of time so I have them scanned, post it here so my kids, my grand children and my great grand children will still see them even when we are gone.

Travelling Back in Time and Admiring the City

A Clean and Beautiful City that was Manila-wasn't actually in Spanish time but the American era

Stuffed Squid-A New Home Cooked Recipe

I bought five pieces of six to eight inches squid from Al Maya two days ago, we had it for dinner last night. I usually cook the squid the tradition way, adobong pusit (squid cooked in vinegar) and ginataang pusit ( squid in coconut milk) but I get bored cooking squid using the same recipe over and over again and the once appealing squid recipes turned bland for me. I searched for new recipes of squid over the internet and I was lucky to find an easy recipe where ingridients are available in my pantry. Let me share it with you, my family liked it, I like it, it is new to the taste but I guess I added too much of the cheese so it became too rich but except for that, the food was really delicious. I actually did not follow every single ingridient, I did some substituing, I am not afraid to do that since I trust my cooking skills anyway. Ingridients 5 squid 6-8 inches long cleaned 2 onions chopped 2 cloves garlic crushed 3 stalks of green onion chopped 5 tbps olive oil 1 cup

Toughest place to be

I have two wonderful kids, my little girl is turning seven, she was born in 2004 at Al Qassimi Hospital in Sharjah and my little boy is turning one, he was born last year at Al Wasl Hospital in Dubai, both celebrating their birthday this April. I love them so much and I will do everything for them. My mom used to tell me that giving birth is not easy, it is the time in a woman's life when one of your feet is on the grave. Perhaps she was right if a woman gives birth in a place where there is not much of a facility or at home without having a qualified person to deliver the baby. Today I stumble upon a video documentary by BBC in YouTube about some toughest place to be as a midwife which they featured Liberia in West Africa - one of the worlds poorest country where there is a very high infant mortality rate. The documentary was divided in five parts and at every segment, Suzanne a practicing midwife for nine years in Sutton Coldfield learned and discovered a world of midwifery

Stronghold

Dubai World Trade Center - photo taken by my husband in 2010 This photo was taken from the Etisalat building near the Dubai World Trade Center. A beautiful view from the elevator of the building eh? DWTC building was inaugurated in 1979 when all the building behind and beside it are non-existent. If only it could talk, it can tell us the story how each and every skyscraper along SZR was built. It was hazy but you can still see the shadow of Burj Khalifa from far, the Emirates Towers and look at the Metro, looks gorgeous.  I searched for the old 70's picture of DWTC with the clock tower as its background for comparison but to no avail instead I put this (above) for you to see the difference of then and now.

My Sharjah Love Affair

Sharjah is a beautiful emirate although far from Dubai’s grandeur. Sharjah was my province and Dubai is my Metro like Bulacan is to Manila. I have lived half of my life in Sharjah after I came to UAE in 2002 before moving to Dubai in 2007. The main reason we moved to Dubai was the annoying traffic within Sharjah-Dubai highway four years ago. Going Back to the Province Dubai and the UAE as a whole went into recession during Q1 of 2008 along with the world economy downturn. Although the rent keeps on falling as number of projects entered the market which is an advantage for many, still the price of a 1BR and 2BR apartments are still high and cannot be shouldered alone by a medium earner family of five. The constant rising of food prices, water, electricity, gas, fuel and other main commodities are completely impossible to imagine and come knocking without prior notice. We can simply say that the cost of living in Dubai is perhaps higher compared to other emirates. If you are payi