Baked Ziti

“See you at church!” I excitedly told one of my regular customers.  I was excited to see them at church friday night.  However, someone needed my help that was why I missed church night.

My usual friday night consists of ordering my dinner at Freckles.  I always order its pasta for the night.  Then I go to church.  Baradine is just a small place so I either know them by name now and all faces are already familiar.

I missed church so I decided to just head on to my next friday night activity–dinner.  I called Freckles to order my pasta but last night, they had no pasta.  So I just decided to cook my own pasta.

So presenting my very own baked ziti 🙂

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It was yum.  I don’t have ricotta cheese but the one I bought have four cheese all grated.  They blended so well.  Now, I have enough food for the week. 🙂


I was about to go walking after work.  But it rained hard.  This town really needed rain so I should not complain even if I got soaked so I had to change clothes immediately.  Anyway, I got inspired watching the Biggest Loser on tv.  I’m still continuing on with my calorie restriction and trying to eat healthier.  I am just finishing on my last cup of jasmine rice.  I bought potato, sweet potato, fruit juices, and bananas.  They were the cheaper ones at the grocery.

I also saw the football field in this town and I thought about running.  But of course knowing my body, I have to load up on multivitamins and calcium.  I’ll give it a few weeks, even if it’s already autumn.  I will still go running once I get more confident with my calcium intake.  For now, I will stick to walking and who knows, maybe next week I might do tennis. 🙂

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This is the place I am staying here.  Inside I don’t feel like I am in a rural area.  It feels like living in a city.  I thank God for this opportunity.  This is really a different season in my life.  I pray that I will make the best of this season in my life. 🙂

Adobo Version 2

Here in the country, there isn’t much restaurant in town.  So I have to do what I got to do to survive–cook.  And one of the easy dishes to cook is adobo.  With the help of Mama Sita’s ready mix, I made adobo almost instantly.

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The taste is alright but if you want to do the sauce from scratch, you need soy sauce, vinegar, garlic, and pepper for this.  Saute the garlic until golden brown, add the chicken, stir fry them until cooked, add a bit of soy sauce and vinegar and a little pepper.  Adjust the taste if you want it salty, add more soy sauce and if you want it sour, add more vinegar.  You can also make it chili by adding some chili sauce. 🙂

This dish goes best with rice. 🙂

Koko Black

It is the place of my favorite hot chocolate.  It clearly beats Jollibee and Starbucks.  Every sip is heaven with its creaminess, it really feels like drinking a chocolate bar.  So good!

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But too bad, I am here in the bush and that means no Koko Black.  But should I wallow in self-pity?  No.  I am here for a greater reason–a very good reason.  I would always choose to go to this place if I were to live my life again.  But of course, there is no reincarnation only resurrection. 🙂  So I decided to make my own hot chocolate and here it is:

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According to one of the Koko Black staff, all I had to do was warm the milk and add chocolate shavings.  And that is what I did.  Only, I didn’t really shave the chocolate.  I just put it in cubes.  It still melted though so it’s all good. 🙂

Wow, now that I am here in the bush, I realized that I have so many things that I can do.  So many projects that I can accomplish.  By God’s power and grace, I will do the best I can with this life of mine. 🙂

*Koko Black can be found at 52 Collins St, Melbourne.  For more information, their website is here.


I have been busy answering my module.  May God take care of everything. 🙂

I had a serious reflection last weekend and I realized that I was slowly backsliding.  Scary!  But it happens subtly.  We would not really realize it until we were at the bottom.  This song touched me while we were singing this at church.

I pray never to leave God’s arms 🙂

I am blessed to go on a spontaneous road trip to Armidale and we ate at Fat Goose Crossing (FGX) and I ate this:

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I had the dill salmon with lots o cheese!!!  My friend ordered vegetarian pizza.  The pasta was filling and nice enough.  I would like to have something like this in Tamworth aside from the usual steak place.  I love pasta! 🙂



I couldn’t capture the brightness of the surrounding outside that moves my heart as I look at this tree.  Building foundation.  Taking roots.  I hope that my faith is deeply rooted.

I am dying everyday with what I’ve been struggling inside.  This is not me.  This is God’s will for me.

This morning I was complaining again.  That this is not really how I pictured things here.  I was crying while trying to swallow spoonful of rice.  Then I’ve come across this post:

You are where God wants you to be to be the hand, mouth, voice of God.  Be a blessing to others.

Then I remember what my spiritual leader said in her prayer for me based on Genesis 12:3.  God has been so good to me.  And He’s also been good to those who have blessed me. 🙂  It’s overwhelming sometimes–all the blessings that I’ve been receiving although I know that I don’t deserve it.  Maybe God is teaching me about His grace.

Praise be to God. 🙂

Sun and Moon

This was my view on my way to the “mall” (it’s more of like a grocery) and back.


It’s a quiet place except for the mating birds and insects and dogs barking in the distance.  I said to myself, “This place is beautiful…” but then it would even be more beautiful if all of my loved ones are here.  But then if all my loved ones are here, living in one community, then this must be HEAVEN.  Because that’s what heaven is like–living in a community with GOD and all our loved ones.

Anyway, I went to the grocery store because the chicken I bought the other day was still frozen and I wanted to eat meat and so I decided to just buy new chicken.  Lazy @**! 🙂

On my way back to the unit, this was my view.


I could see our unit from here.  The moon was already up although it was a little short of 16 minutes from sunset.  It’s spring that’s why. The mountain was seen from anywhere in this place, reminding me of where I am.  This place is really beautiful–this part that is. 🙂


There’s Noodle Bento on West and they serve very nice Malaysian food. They don’t have Hainanese Chicken though. Oh well, I went there yesterday and bought this.


I think this is called Seafood Nasi. They give a big serving. I ate this for yesterday’s lunch and today’s breakfast. 🙂

It should be my goal to try to eat everything on their menu during my whole stay here in this side of NSW.

God has been good to me. Bits and pieces of niceness from people I don’t expect to be kind to me make me think of God’s work in my life. Thank You God.

Convictions and rebuke are God’s discipline. Because He loves me. Like a father disciplining his daughter simply because he loves her.

I am no wiser than I think I am. I just have to obey God. Godly counsel from other people helps. Thank You Lord.