let’s eat in Xi’an, China

Well not that I guess what happened in Xi’an won’t stay in Xi’an… and this time I would like to share about the food we had eaten … People proposed us to at least try to eat their most known noodles and hot pot. There are plenty of restaurant, + a brief demonstration on how noodles are pulled (hand-pulled noodles). We were stucked in the city We did a lot of walk and ended up in muslim district for lunch. As we were walking along the busy street, street foods are everywhere and annoying motor riders are appearing unexpectedly. Bbq’s, noodles, bread, candies and etc .. staring on those bbq’s have totally given us mouth watering and without hesitation we had chosen and picked 8 sticks of Mutton bbq, one bread and two plate of rice with chicken and the most awaiting lunch been served and then voila we then had a feast. Over above we found the authentic roasted duck just in our hotel.

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This is the local noodles in Xi’an
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A man demonstrating on how noodles are pulled.

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Impressive man with his passion pulling noodles.
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Hot-pot, tomato and green chili soup accompanied with tofu, green salad, chinese cabbage, fish, beef, cilantro and hot-pot sauces.
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bon appétit kids !
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A glimpse of me and my daugther
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Bread
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BBQ lamb

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Walking along the street.
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Authenthic Roasted duck
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Local noodles
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Shanghai, China

Welcome to Shanghai , we flew From Guangzhou – Shanghai had a 2 hours and half in the air and when we landed to the Airport we took our luggage and went straight to find a taxi and woahhhh I haven’t seen any crowd like that ever before, It remind me when we went in India 11 years ago at first I thought there’s only 500 meter long queue to get a taxi but then while we were moving, there are another 6 aisle queue … but I was more than happy because only 7 minutes of waiting we got a taxi… We stayed in Sofitel hotel just in Nanjing Road the center of everything …
I think Shanghai is different from the rest of China. Shanghai has its fascinating skyscrapers and people does their job well , and everything moving fast, in the restaurant you’ll get your meal like a bat out of hell than you expect. The hotel has a friendly service and we were more than satisfied. In Shanghai crowd might be a battle for some. There are too many tourist, and Chinese vacationist. The metro and pedestrians crossing is a real sardines.

Here are some list places we have visited :

Shanghai oriental pearl tower
Former french concession
Shanghai fuzhou road cultural street
The Bund city sculpture
Nanjing lu road
Yu garden
Ocean Aquarium.

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The sky is blue and posters have color pink background , it matches well which regular people can’t see.
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The finance centre
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Nanjing road
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Finance centre
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Two adorable chinese toddlers in their troller
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way to ocean aquarium and orient pearl tower
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The orient pearl
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Bicycles

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French concession

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My focus is starving here, I couldn’t make perfect shot.

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Old town

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Just capturing images without thinking.

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Chinese traditional clothes

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Old town

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View from our Hotel
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Walking around with the crowd. Enjoying the cool weather.
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Tourist train in Nangjing lu road
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Myself and my daugther

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what it’s like to cross in Shanghai pedestrian crossing.

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pedestrian

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Pedestrian crossing
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The orient pearl tower at night.
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The bund.

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The Bund at night
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Spectacular lights view at night

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The Bund

Meringue

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9FF9D902-E32D-4670-AE81-52D86E6801DEI have been cooking and eating more lately. Thanks God it’s weekend and I can now indulge myself going in hair salon and have physical theraphy. I recently joined yoga session and I will continue doing it. I did loved it and the yoga teacher was really awesome. It is tough for me to live to not go for cardio because each time I have terrible headache. I feel petrified because I am not getting any younger anymore. When I feel bored I always end up in the kitchen , I think I love my kitchen than my friends (kidding aside) this time I made Meringue. I would really love to share my meringue recipe.

Ingredients :

6 egg whites
200 grams confectioner sugar
2 drops lemon
1 pinch salt
2 drops liquid food coloring

Fridge the egg whites for 15 minutes

Preheat the oven 120 degree

Pour the egg whites in a metal bowl mixer

Whipped the egg whites using hand mixer and set in a rapid beat. Whisk 2 drops of lemon and pinch salt.

mix well till it turned foam.

devide the confectioner into 3 and add gradually with the swifter.

continuously mix until consistent is right.

Transfer the mixture to a large pastry bag. Pipe the meringue out onto the prepared baking sheet using a large tip or star tip. Or use tablespoon.

Place inside the oven for 1 hour , remember to open the oven from time to time to let the heat out and let the air comes in, a very good method to have perfect authentic french meringue.

When it’s done let it cool completely before storing.

so, here’s my perfect authentic french meringue.

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Hailing Island, China

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Along the bumpy highway, we had horrific experienced and I prefer not to share it, I’d rather keep it for myself. ( oh It is hell ).

We stayed 5 days in Hailing Island Crowne Plaza. The Hotel and resort is pretty nice far away from the hassle and busy cities. The hotel is tranquil and new. I think it was constructed 4 years ago. Going there was a real escaped for us.

Upon arrival, Our room ( seaside view ) wasn’t prepared and the reception kindly inquired us to wait and proposed to take our lunch. And so we did, we devoured our lunch at the chinese restaurant , The food is excellent , finely cooked and well presented but quiet expensive.

The hotel has a private beach. It is unusual for me to see tones of life vest , People swim with the life vest which I found really strange and shocked. I have never been in any beach here in China. Wearing life vest is a must when swimming at the beach. The waves are quiet strong and windy, rough sand and gray water. Inside my head, I would rather go in the Philippines next time.

We mostly spent our time at the pool… they do not have towels, so better get them at the gym or bring your own towels which most of the guest do. There is a bar in front of the beach you can have and order your drinks. You will also see some people appreciating water activities like parachute , kites, and many more.

Breakfast and buffet diner happens at the Aqua restaurant and be happy they have a la carte for people like us, who stick to eat less food. I feel pity to the chef he got lot of works.

One night, we tried to eat barbecues at the hot pot restaurant nearby the beach besides the pool area. We liked the food, barbecues and hot pot, meats and sea foods, vegetables, noodles , dessert , fruits , drinks oh it was paradise for all the eaters and with perfect service.

At the lobby, there is a lounge, cozy coffee bar, you can sit or lay on the couch , read or have a drink of coffee or tea as well eat a slice of cake up to your choice. They also have a game Area for small children. During the night there are two musician they start to play music at 8 pm till midnight. We really had so much fun, eating, drinking and listening to their music.

4th day the weather wasn’t friendly, thankfully they have indoors swimming area and I fancied the Spa and longing to have some massage but I am tigthing my belt, the price is out of my budget ( ouch ! ) I want to save for something valuable matter. In some such way I still know how to limit my expenses. I deteste burning cards.

All we did was just eating, swimming, gained some kilos. Seeing my children growing …….! Oh time flies … We really had a wonderful stayed.

5th day, all luggages are packed and locked… around 4 pm we bid goodbye to the place and vacation is over and we were back to life.

I don’t 🤔think of going back in Yangjiang or Hailing Island.

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Two years has gone,
and still feels like yesterday.

Wound that never healed,
Blood that keeps flowing.

Living imperfectly,
Wondering what future may bring.

Coffee without sugar,
all my doubts won’t leave me.

Each of my days have nights,
Each yesterday have tomorrow.

and If tomorrow never comes,
I won’t know it.

At night

After diner, what is the next thing do you do ? Oh well for me, I want to sit on the couch and kick back but oh No ! I am oblige to clear up the table and it’s a pity we do not have dishwasher here in China, we literally tighting the belt to have one. But anyway, Thanks to my Mom I am not a laid person. I habitually maintain the house tidy and clean which is fun for me… but of course, I still allowed messes days because I am only human and it is impossible to keep our place neat with two kids .

Sitting on the couch with my husband routinely every night is one of my favorite scene for the two of us… hmm what most couple do at night ? and how would you like to spent your night with the most loving person in your life ? Did it ever cross in your mind ? … well yes for me, watching tv while eating popcorn and drink coca cola ? nah wait, my husband is a French guy and admit it or not , French yes French they never eat after meal unless they are starving hahaha really far from my culture. We Filipinos loves to eat, I myself Loves food tripping … Oh alright end ! So where am I ? Lets continue , aside from watching tv , reading books on the bed and additional ? Oh sometimes I run for 30 minutes before bed mmmm it’s a rarely thing that I work for before bed. Lets go back to my subject, sitting besides my man makes me feel so canonized and sentinelled like a Queen with her King… wanting that I live in Versailles Castle yeah you’ve heard it! (lol)… from time to time we would have a little conversation and making mementos that we will remember for all of our life.

There are some nights that I love to look up to the sky and wish to see shooting star. It’s been ages I haven’t seen shooting star , As far as I remember that was year 2000 when I last seen shooting star and it lasted a second just a blink and gone!… and of course I made some wished which some of them came true…… blah blah blah ……. I love stars , the moon , clouds, the sound of the night … And I would thank GOD for everything, for the life, how powerful HE is with everything that He created in this world. God is beyond amazing.

Nights are passing by swiftly and tomorrow is a new day and then it goes and on and on … and , and , and… and I wish there is an everlasting life.

I always love to think how we’ve met and how we held each other arms for the first time. Life is really too short to be unkind and unhappy So better make the most of it ! Love your spouse the most !

I hope you realise

3890445C-44DA-405F-832D-AF997F7F240C.jpegMaybe, just maybe, While you have been thinking about yourself and your own feelings, instead of negatively judging me Because you didn’t get what you want from me… I hope you realise I do not walk on this planet to please everybody. I hope you realise that we are all humans and there is no perfection in this World only GOD.