Sunday, December 25, 2011

What's for Christmas Dinner

Chocolate and Orange Chiffon Cakes

Preparing Caramel syrup for the Egg Custard 

Caramel Syrup

Turbo Broiler

Stuffed with Lemongrass and bay leaves

close-up of the chicken cooked in turbo btoiler

Chicken Macaroni Salad

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Chiffon Cakes

 Chocolate mix
 Chiffon Pan

 Beating the egg whites

 Orange Chiffon Cake
 Chocolate Chiffon Cake

Ready to serve for Christmas Dinner

Cooking range

 Our ELBA cooking range
 Mallunggay leaves not included on my menu list (just love to take a photo of this veggie)
Ready to prepare for the Christmas Dinner

I'm all set to bake and cook our Christmas Dinner.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Peri-Ampullary Cancer Survivor

I'd like to discuss more about this subject as a lot of people from different countries had viewed my blog and emailed me about my survival. They asked about my diet and even seek advised on what precautions to do, whether they will continue chemo.and radiation therapy or not. I have no authority to give my opinion since I'm not a doctor so I always tell them to seek advise from medical professionals or experts on these matters. Your doctor is the best person to ask. Only your doctor can diagnose and treat a medical problem.

Well, 20 years is a long way, I don't know if I am the longest survivor of peri-ampullary cancer. After my Whipple surgery in 1991, the gastroenterologist recommended chemo or radiation therapy but my surgeon advised me not to have any. By the way, I have a type 2 diabetes.

I have not heard of this kind of cancer in my whole life, pancreatic cancer yes, but peri-ampullary never. My operative findings was 3-4 cm, mushroom-shaped involving the entire ampulla of vater. After the whipple procedure which took about six hours, the diagnosis were: pancreas, common bile duct, stomach, gall bladder, gastric and duodenal margins of resection were negative for carcinoma.

 My cancer was periampullary. To fully understand the nature of ampullary carcinoma, it is important to know a little about the anatomy of the region, Ampullary cancer is a form of bile duct cancer. 
This cancer is a type of cancer that grows first part of you intestine, the duodenum. 
photo credits to Krames Communications

What is ampulla of vater? "ampulla of Vater" is named after Abraham Vater (1684-1751), a German anatomist who first published a description of it in 1720.

Periampullary means sorrounding the ampulla. The ampulla of vater is the doudenal end of the drainage systems of the pancreatic and common bile ducts. It serves as passageway of bile and pancreatic juices from the liver, pancreas, and gallbladder to the small intestine, helping in digestion.

The ampulla of Vater (Latin: papilla Vateri, papilla duodeni major), also known as the hepatopancreatic ampulla, is formed by the union of the pancreatic duct and the common bile duct. The ampulla is specifically located at the major duodenal papilla.

Carcinoma of the ampulla of vater tends to manifest early, since they guard the exit of the bile duct, so any growth that blocks or narrow the outflow of the bile will create symptoms due to the damming-back of bile into the liver and to the general blood circulation.

Whipple Procedure - was named after Dr. Allen Whipple an American surgeon. He began work on the procedure for resection of the pancreas (pancreaticoduodenectomy) in 1935 and his original technique has since been modified greatly. In 1940, he shortened the procedure into a one-stage process.
During his lifetime, Whipple performed 37 pancreaticoduodenectomies.
Note: As for my diet, I eat anything except foods that are rich in fats. Please visit the site for other survival forums

Reference: Wikipedia

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Garden of Maria - part 2

My sister Maria in her garden

Healthy tomatoes! She can't wait the harvest.

Joe and Maria Puppy dog(RICO)-the scene stealer

Eggplants - You bet she made an eggplant salad with tomatoes, onions and vinegar

Playing Golf after a hard day's work in her garden. Is that for real? Joe is the best judge for this.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Maria's Garden

Joe and Maria have made some vegetable plots in their backyard. I can see my sis doing her best, shoveling, digging, and gardening from early spring till summer in a far-away continent of USA. Nice job sis!

Is that a Radish?

sweet corn?
ahh tomatoes
The harvest. What's for dinner?

Saturday, May 14, 2011

20 years more

As part of my 20th year celebration as peri-ampullary cancer suvivor I cooked 20 pieces of hard boiled eggs as a symbol for new beginnings. Eggs means growth, protection, new beginnings and rebirth.

Thursday, May 5, 2011


This is how I look now.

Today will mark my 20th year as peri-ampullary cancer survivor. I was diagnosed in May 1991. I am truly BLESSED and fortunate to be a survivor and grateful to our dear Lord for my extended life on earth. Thank you all my beloved sisters, brothers, and friends who have supported me all these years and to my nieces &  nephews who are my inspiration in life.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Patrick's Triumph of Art

Pat's work
Arch of the Century

The Artist

UST Arch of the Centuries - this is Pat's drawing selected from 600 college freshmen students only 30 drawings were exhibited at UST's Architecture Week February 14-19, 2011

University of Santo Tomas "ARCH of the Centuries" is the only survivor of the original UST campus in Intramuros during WWII, relocated piece by piece to its present location at UST campus. The present structure puts together back to back. The original faces UST main building and the replica faces Espana. Life of St. Thomas Aquinas, an Italian priest of Dominican Order and the Patron Saint of the university and other Catholic schools, is depicted on the sides of the arch. Also present are Markers of Dr. Jose Rizal (National Hero) and Manuel L. Quezon, former Presidentof the Philippines, both alumni of UST.

UST was founded on April 1611, is the first university in the Philippines and Asia.

Friday, February 11, 2011

What's in the Box ?

"Good things come in small packages" as the old saying goes...

Guess what! Is this a box of spaghetti ??? at first glance, yes, but the box is heavy. so what is this?

Aha! I was able to open the box. It's a book, a spaghetti cookbook with over 130 recipes of authentic Italian recipes. This is the Christmas present I got from my friend GEE (Georgeanne ) of Pennsylvania, USA.
I claimed my parcel at the post office yesterday. Post office customs requires everyone to open the package to check the value of the article. However, it was not taxable so no fees were collected. The post staff was also curious about the spaghetti box so I opened it and she was amazed that it turned out to be a cookbook. The cookbook is same as in the shape of a traditional spaghetti package.
Great stuff to add to my cookbook collection. Furthermore, I will try one of the recipes in this cookbook and post it here one day. Thank's Gee.

Blood Moon

I captured this Super Blood Moon last January 2018 from our balcony.