A letter to my daughter on her birthday

Dearest Baby girl,

Today is a very special day not just for you but also for me. On this day, I was blessed with a very beautiful baby. You may sometimes tease me when I get sappy, but what I’m feeling as your mom is best expressed with tears in my eyes for it is the finest feeling in the world. I’m so proud of you, maybe you already know that. And I want to be with you and see you in every milestone, every step, every dream you want to achieve. I will be here no matter what, I will be here as your confidant, as your art-buddy, as your adviser, as your mentor or math tutor, most especially I will be here as your mom – always and forever… I will give you all the love in the world, all the love I can give simply because you deserve it. You are such a wonderful being, a little timid, sensitive, compassionate, smart and an artist by heart. I would do everything I could so you can have a better life, better that what I had. The material is of least importance as we pass unto you the values and tradition we have received from our parents. These will guide you as go through life particularly on tough times. Always remember that God gives favor to those who love Him, believe and ask with your heart, God can hear you… just like when God heard me and gave me you…

happy birthday.

I love you,

forever, mom.

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Bistek Tagalog (Pinoy Beef steak)

hello everyone!

I’m sharing more family recipes, yep tried, proven and tasted recipes. there’s more to come so please like and follow my page.

So, here’s one family favorite (actually 🙂 we have a lot of favorites) the Filipino version of Beef steak. I used round steak cut thinly for this dish. And of course with vegetable side dish as I always do.

bistek tagalog


what you need:

2 small pcs calamansi

1/2 kilo lean beef, sliced thinly

1 cup water

3 tbsp soysauce

oil for frying

1 large onion cut into rings

2 cloves garlic, minced

salt & pepper


serves about 4

45 mins prep time


  • marinate meat with salt & pepper for at least 15 minutes
  • saute the garlic, pan fry the beef until slightly brown.
  • add water, cover and simmer for 30 minutes until meat is tender.
  • stir in soy sauce, then add onions.
  • (optional) you can also add 1 tbsp of brown sugar if you like
  • when meat is already soft and tender, squeeze calamansi before removing from heat.

serve and enjoy!

love,

mitch 🙂

HomeMade

I was introduced to the world of food way before I can remember. My grandmother who raised me up cooks the best homemade meals ever. And my classmates before would remember the yummy packed lunch prepped by my ‘ ‘Nanay’ (mother) dear. They were delighted as I share some with them. So now i have my own family, beloved recipes are passed down to me. And of course i have to tweak some ingredients and modernized the menus. The results are delicious, validated by full and happy tummies of my loved ones. I’m planning to post the recipes soon so please keep in touch.

Some photos to indulge my readers…

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– mitch