Monday, November 24, 2014

An Anniversary of East Meeting West

Happy Thanksgiving week! This week is definitely memorable for me and that is because it was on this week four years ago at exactly 5:41 PM on the 23rd of November when me and my son set foot in our new hometown on U.S. soil. It was two days before Thanksgiving when we arrived that year. Yes, it has been four years and I can't really believe that it has been that long. Time surely flies when we're having fun, huh? I was going to talk about something else today, but decided to look back and be nostalgic. I can't help it. Being sappy is allowed from time to time, right? #harhar

A curious little boy at the airport in Manila

It was mine and my son's first international trip. My son was only 7-years-old that time and he had no clue where we were going nor how far we were traveling. But he was very excited. He was excited to ride in an airplane more than anything else. It wasn't his first flight but you know kids. I was excited too but anxious at the same time.

NAIA International Airport, Manila, Philippines

We left my home town the day before our flight and stayed at a hotel in Manila for the night. Our flight to Japan was at 8:00 AM so we left the hotel at 5:00 AM so we'd have enough time to travel to NAIA and go through immigration and all. We were done an hour before our flight so we just stayed in the departure area and patiently waited for boarding.

Narita International Airport, Japan

The smooth flight from Manila to Japan took about three hours. And there I was, still looking fresh after a three hour trip.

 This place was full of Hello Kitty stuff!

What would you do to kill time in an airport? We checked everything that was in there that was waiting for us to explore. We went through this convenience store and looked at every little thing that they sell.  There's the hubs in stripes and there's cutie little Yogi posing as my model. #cute

 Can you translate these signs?

And we also browsed the airport. While Yogi was having fun, I had fun taking photos of him. See what he's holding? We bought him a little airplane from the convenience store to play with. It's a magnetic plane and we still have it hanging on the fridge.

Atlanta here we come!

The flight to Atlanta was 12 hours. Glad they had those TV to keep us entertained. Yogi was awake half of the time and watched all the movies he could watch on his TV until he got tired. I did too. The only difference, I was awake the whole time and didn't sleep a wink. I had mixed emotions and couldn't calm down enough to sleep.

Touchdown Atlanta!

Jet lag! And I was the only one who felt it. I didn't even know it was jet lag at first. I felt dizzy and I felt like I was floating to the point of feeling like I was going to puke. Hubby had to buy me coffee at Starbucks thinking I only needed to warm my tummy. #wronganswer

We had to wait for another two hours until our next trip to our final destination which was Asheville, North Carolina, part of which was taken up by dealing with the immigration services. The jet lag kept me from taking photos. Dang it! And I would never forget that moment when we stepped out of the regional airport. I was welcomed with that icy cold breeze - something that I had never felt before seeing that I'm from a tropical country. #brrr

All in all, it was a 21 hour flight including the stopovers from Manila to Asheville. If I would add the flight from my hometown to Manila which was an hour and a half, then it was 22-1/2 hours in the air. It may have been a tiring flight but it was an experience - a special experience - that I would forever cherish and keep looking back on.

How about you? What's the longest flight you've ever taken?

Friday, November 21, 2014

It was Delicioso!

It was a few days ago when my sister-in-law posted a drool-worthy photo of their dinner - Garlic Shrimp or Gambas al Ajillo - on Facebook. It looked so enticing that I had this urge to make it too. Gladly, we had shrimp. Unfortunately, I found out after checking for recipes online that I didn't have all the ingredients needed and it was too late to go to the grocery store and grab the stuff. When times like that happen, I make use of what I have. The girl scout in me. Wink!

Most of the recipes online are spicy. I don't like anything spicy so I skipped the chili red pepper flakes although we had that. It is one of my husband's favorite spices. He loves it on top of his pizza.

Below is my own version of Gambas al Ajillo. I'm not really that creative or the best of cooks, but I do my best. It turned out good, by the way. That was the reaction from my two boys, better known as my husband and son. Or maybe they just didn't have any other option but to say yummy? Har.

Gambas al Ajillo a la Lynndee

1-1/2 tablespoons olive oil
6 cloves garlic, finely minced
1 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined
3 tablespoons lemon juice
1/4 cup chopped red bell pepper
1/3 cup chopped parsley
salt and pepper to taste 

1) Heat olive oil in a pan. 
2) Saute' garlic until golden brown.
3) Place the shrimp. Cook until shrimp begin to turn pink.
4) Stir in lemon juice and red bell pepper.
5) Season with salt and pepper.
6) Stir in parsley.
7) Serve hot.

I love seafood and this Spanish food is one of my favorites now because it's not only delicious, it's so easy to prepare too.

Have you tried this dish before?