What keeps your blog up and running?

Right now I’m still reviewing my food pool (gallery) of recent foodporn photos to share with my followers even with strangers outside my instagram page.

A beginner in #foodstagramming yet a doodler for years now. As of now, I still can’t believe it, that I’m running a food blog incorporated with snapshots doodled via Instagram.

A simple medium for my simple yet my own creative foodie photos to be shared one by one. Accompanied with stories that makes the experience well portrayed all over again. I think even photo has its own story to tell and I’m just a tool for it to happen.

Worth sharing Locally esp. Globally

I started with lots of categories to choose from. Food ideas like interviews, recent foodstops and recipes to share. Everything is colorful with food presentations I may say. All of my posts are personal experiences within the Philippines. I know there’s a lot of food bloggers out there doing the same thing, sharing their thoughts and food ideas but all of us have different moments. For me it’s SNAPSHOT BLOG LIFE: Food Doodle Blog

Why Food Doodle Blog?

I’m a picky eater. I don’t eat everything served on the table. I tend to ask the particulars and what does it taste like. I have my favorites and my dislikes too. The taste, smell, preparation and presentation are very important factors for me.

I may not be a chef of some kind but I can cook to mt own likings, I can explore and I’m willing to watch tutorials and understand each one of them. I even watch my favorite foodie personalities discovering food recipes and visiting certain food stops.

For now, I’ll be an instrument for people to appreciate through my feedbacks and ideas about food/drinks. I love sharing what I alreafy absorbed and also giving life to my own photo/ snaps.

I wanna thank God for this talent. I wanna make my followers happy and knowledgeable as they acknowledge my experiences.

Thank you for all the blog lovin’ ❤

-Nicole, eater not a cook

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Some people

they understand what I feel of every day

they try to make me happy with their little ways

they put an effort in everything they wanted me to feel

and I’m blessed to have them in my life

thankful indeed

The Richness of the Past: Sef’s Original Homemade Brownies

This is a one on one interview with my Lola Josefs “Sef”. Staring at her while she’s telling stories makes her smile glow continuously. That’s why I didn’t even wonder na saan nangangaling yung “Richness” sa Taste ng Brownie Recipe niya.

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Origin (1960)

When Notre Dame of San Jose was opened as a private school, there was a “Rigodon” which is the Changing of directors, directors such as Priests of different congregations and Marist brothers. Then the Director of Notre Dame of San Jose was a Marist brother, he was no other than Brother Joseph Damian Teston who happens to have a mother whom he said “let the children grow by eating brownies every day” so the mother baked brownies every day. Using the right ingredients, such as walnuts, rich fat evaporated milk, butter (if possible the best butter) with the best chocolate powder, flour, eggs, and sugar. It so happened that he was the president of Notre Dame of Marbel College now NDMU Notre Dame of Marbel University. Every time he has his visitors, especially from abroad, he invited them for a lunch at Notre Dame of San Jose which he called his University. So every time he has special visitors, he asked me to bake brownies so he buys the best ingredients for the brownies which the visitors liked very much. So I tried my very best to bake the best brownies until I made friends with all the Bishops assigned in Cotabato City and Marbel especially Bishop Mongeau who loves eating brownies very much. So when he comes to Marbel, he visits us in our house and asks for brownies. All Bishops assigned her in Marbel who also love Brownies very much so everytime they have a special occasion, Brother Damian always requested me to bake Brownies for them.

The Brownies

Brother Damian’s mother used to send us Fresh Walnuts still with shells which the children (students) break using the hammer. So with the rest of the ingredients Brother buys them from the different stores and bring them to Notre Dame of San Jose to be bake. That’s how I was made known to baking the best brownies in town so until now.

The Connection

I taught my students how to bake brownies in the class until all of them learned even the boys with their teachers. Much more, Notre Dame of San Jose was one of the recipients of the Catholic relief services which includes flour, powdered milk, butter, cooking oil and cheese. That’s how I was able to improve the baking of brownies. I picked some of my talented students to bake brownies in School especially when we have visitors.

The Struggle with Baking 1975-1980

We lack ovens, baking pans and mixing bowls. Instead, we use small basins, we kerosene stove with portable ovens. We obtain our baking utensils by sending our native projects made of coconut materials such as guinit bags, guinit slippers, and guinit hats to the States through Brother Damian. He distributed it among their family friends in the States and in return he was given an amount to buy the things we needed for baking such as Kerosene Stoves with portable ovens. Then when Bishop Arliss, was assigned in Marbel as Bishop, he did the same. Through him we send ipil-ipil projects made out of ipil-ipil seeds just like ipil-ipil necklace, bracelet, centerpieces of ipil-ipil seeds for flower vases. Until such time, the School was able to buy a Lagermania oven with a refrigerator from the solicitation of Bishop Arliss. Because of the Facilities we had, our work became lighter.

At Home

Before we even started selling brownies, during weekends, my grandchildren and I bake brownies especially for meryenda (snacks) until all of them learned how to bake brownies taken from my own original recipe.

Now

So when Mr. Parcon and Myself retired from School we had several cooking utensils accumulated for the school which is being used until now. And by this time, my grandchildren are trying to follow my ability in baking brownies with their added ideas.

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Thank you for your support!

-Sef’s

My Grandmother’s Original Homemade Brownies in Koronadal City

2B223FE1-E594-4ED7-8DFB-E78CD6C12FA7     This is the photo of the actual brownies my brother made last March. Baked from my Grandmother’s Brownie Recipe from her teaching years. She’s a TLE teacher in the Philippines while being a mom to her grandchildren.

Celebrations among family is common, and because of that food is always present so as the visitors. Many say “your brownies is extremely good especially because it’s not too sweet”. Some even mentioned that our family must venture out for Brownie business.

More than a decade of serving our brownies we didn’t thought about giving it a go just to try.

It’s a matter of time my brother suggested baking some for a photoshoot so that people in social media can appreciate. Below are some of my Grandmother’s or I may say Sef’s Original Homemade Brownies photos.

This is now a level up version of my brother for he added more chocolates leaving the taste not to sweet which is perfect for everybody.

Sef’s Original Homemade brownies made with love – Worth Sharing!

If you’re in the koronadal city, South Cotabato, Philippines you must…

 

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Changing your game

When you change your game for the better, it must sound parallel to what you’re expecting. Though it might be more difficult this time around at least you got your time to manage. If you hook up with a big company and stayed for their 8 hours job offer everyday sticking your butt for the same hours on your not so favorite and comfy chair, these things won’t work for you.

Hey, I’m Nicole and I hooked up with a big online e-commerce from Sept 2017 to January 2018. Not actually my dream job but the pay is reasonable compared to what my profession has to offer here in my country. All I do on weekdays is to sit and live up to their expectations and create. Well, in the first phase it’s all good and that but we cannot defy circumstances especially emergencies at home. It leads me to give up the job and resigned.

It’s not all on the spot you know, it’s planned and such but I didn’t realize that I’ll be caught up on the same matter after that. My next client was one of my old bosses. I’m happy knowing I’m familiar with him a little bit.

What happened was, he asked for a certain type of format for his “own” company he said. I manage to create versions and adjustments for him yet he didn’t stick to his promise of reviewing the end product what he did was say sorry because we had a meeting about the project if it’s a go or not. Take note he told me that’s his company why to delay our transaction because of some I don’t care and I don’t care about matters.

He’s away on Skype for a week and didn’t give me updates on his whereabouts. He left me unanswered and hopeless for the project. What’s awful is that he asked for another day or two to make up his mind. I agreed so as to feel I’m humble enough to wait, what I didn’t understand is that he’s asking for revisions again. Oh C’mon get yourself together!

I’m a freelancer but it doesn’t mean you can abuse my skills and time. Maybe because of the familiarity he decided to take me for granted. But not that time. I’m no up to no good anymore.

What I said was I’m sorry I can’t do it anymore.

What I really wanted to say was: WTH, I don’t need your money wasting my precious time asking for another week to mess with me. The F.

That’s all. Hahahaha

All I wanted to say is that make up your mind and say no to the things that you don’t want to do and don’t live up to your employers all likers and requests if you don’t get the same feeling of success. Stand up for what you love and what can make you feel alive.

 

-Victoria

“Our” not so private life

Unveiled is the truth about our transparency whether in Social Media or even in our personal life. It can be our daily activities, feelings or opinions about certain topic/matter. Aside from our daily mantra, we tend to butt into other people’s ideas and whereabouts. I know you know this for sure because this is the type of life we live right now. Surely, millennials can deeply relate to this and I myself as part of this millennial idea is free to express myself just like what freedom means to all of us. But, there’s this thing we called “privacy” that is bugging me. Why? Because I think the word itself is uncertain, means it doesn’t have its standard limitations per person.

This term is widely requested by the most of us especially introverts and people who believe that their life stories are not for show or not for sale to the eyes and ears of the many.  The problem is to what extent would you like yourself socially be heard and seen by the media/people? How limited is the word “PRIVACY” for you? Does your environment respect what you imply?

Share your thoughts.

THE Next STEP, does it really matter?

Taking the next step is very important in whatever circumstances and paths of life, you’ll come to that point where you’re compelled to choose the next big thing you’ll be doing in order to give your life a sense of direction.

If you’re a dreamer you need to understand this mechanism. It may not be simple as simple as choosing what kind of fruit you’ll be having today but it’s of utmost importance that you know the risks of doing so. It’s the same with the deciding what to do after you’ve been consumed and bored with what you suddenly left behind.

With the so many drafts you’ve tried to fathom why surprisingly stacked in the Drafts section of your Web Blog – weekly giving yourself a chance to move on and go on to the next flow. It doesn’t seem to fit all walks of life. Even with the motivation, you’re capable of following your daily grind is not there anymore.

So, we’re left with what’s laid in front of us and from there, as the origin of our Dreamy Success stand up and grind. All I wanna say is that what you got in you is what you are! If you’re capable of working as a professional you can look for a job and start again or if you’re an artist of any type you can design from there also.

Take it or leave it, skipping the drama in between all of ups and downs in life is just a part of it. The bitterness and slow progression are all depending on how you handle yourself in the process. Life is always risky in a different level of difficulty but we need to just go on with it in order to achieve our aspirations in life if that so, Strive!