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Monday, February 11, 2019

Chasen's Kitchen: Spicy Tuna Carbonara (Filipino Style)

As you may have noticed, I changed my blog name from  blahblahblogchef to Chasen Dreams (Chasing Dreams) though the url is still the same.  Why did I name it blahblahblogchef? What was I thinking?Lol. It’s supposed to be a food blog of a chef wannabe but then it evolved  into a whatever-enters-my-mind blog.  However, my love for food and cooking has not changed.  I am still passionate about preparing food for my family.  I still dream to cook not just for my family… to make money from my passion.  When I retire,  I will  open  a cafeteria  na medyo konti lang ang tao para hindi ako mapagod.  Besides, I will retire to pursue my passion not to get tired. Lol. 

Now, I’m gonna share the recipe of my future bestseller.  It’s actually the recipe of my friend. I just tweaked it to match my taste.


½ kg                      Pasta (I used Penne)
1 can                     Luncheon Meat (I used Delimondo)
1 420g                  Century Tuna Hot and Spicy
1 250ml                Nestle Cream
1 410g                  Carnation Evaporated Milk
1 can                     Mushroom
1                           Onion (chopped)
2 cloves                Garlic (minced)
1                            Red bell pepper (julienned)
                              Parsley (chopped)
1tbsp                     Butter
                              Olive Oil
                              Cheese (grated)


1.    Cook the pasta according to package instructions. Set aside.
2.       In a separate pan, heat the butter and put the olive oil.  Saute the garlic, onion and bell pepper until fragrant.  Add the tuna flakes, then add the luncheon meat and mushroom. 
3.       Put in  the evaporated milk, nestle cream and  tuna water. Let it boil.
4.       Add the chopped parsley, salt and pepper.  
5.       Let it boil for  one minute.
6.       Turn off heat.  Pour the sauce on the pasta.
7.       Top it with cheese and lots of love.  Enjoy!



Monday, February 4, 2019

My 2018

I did not blog for the year 2018. I was busy offline.  And I think I lost my blogging mojo but I’m in the process of getting it back (What?! Feeling consistent magblog).   Anyways, I am still alive, and I would want to believe that 2018 was good to me.  Please allow me to summarize my 2018 in one blog post.

In  the second quarter of the year, my family and I were confronted with a dilemma.  It was whether or not  we let our mother undergo an operation.   Both options have repercussions.    It was such a difficult decision to make but  we chose to deal with the problem head-on.  Although I was soooo scared, inilaban namin.  Thank God, we made the right choice.  Mom’s surgery  went well and there were no complications whatsoever.      Indeed, our God is such a good God.  He never abandoned us.  He   sent the best persons to assist and help us aka the doctors, friends and relatives.   We are beyond grateful.


Cean is already 4 years old, very cute and very smart (sorry, nanay lang lol).  She’s already going to school.  I enrolled her at Children’s Little University (CLU) located at Samar St., Bgy. South Triangle, Quezon City.  I’m so  happy that I enrolled her at CLU. It’s just a block away from our home and  the teachers are so nice and their method of teaching is effective.  Cean is always excited to go to school and her social skills have notably improved.    But she’s still makulit and super daldal.
Cean:  Mommy, Mommy, Mommy
Me:  What? Mommy nang mommy…puro na lang mommy
Cean: Momshie…

 Last year, I resolved to travel and spend more time with Dan and Cean.  And I did.  We traveled to Pampanga, Baler, Baguio City, Tagaytay and Davao City.   We opted for local over international trips because Cean lacks travel documents.  Hopefully, we could travel abroad this year.

We stayed at Club Samal.  

Club Samal

Lsirene Resort in Baler

Our cozy room in LSirene




I found a new love.  I am so in love with running.  I was never a sporty person. Lampa talaga ako.  However, last year, my friends kept on bugging me to try running.  You know, I’m bad at dealing with peer pressure. So, one morning I found myself at QC Circle.  Honestly, it was not a love at first run.  But after three running sessions, I was hooked. I  also join  fun runs.  To date, I ran 11 races, two 5K, eight  10K and one  21K.    Guys, runner’s high is real!  

Last year, we put up a water refilling  station in Naga City.  So far, it’s doing good.   Our  apartment in Naga City is self-liquidating since we are renting out.  As to paper assets, my investments in UITF and MF have increased but I stopped monitoring  my stocks because… I kennat!  I could not stand looking at my losing stock.      Currently,  Dan and I are working on creating  other income streams.   So, if you see us working on a Sunday, please do not judge us.  We are not bad parents.  Lol.

So yeah, the foregoing constitute my 2018.  Thank you for reading!