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Charmed in Vietnam 2014: OUT NOW!!!

Pamilya ang isa sa mga dahilan kung bakit napapayag si Nicole sa isang weird na kasunduan. Bukod pa roon, tila naengkanto siya sa charm ng playboy na si Mateo de Ortaleza na siyang sangkot sa deal na iyon. 

Tila napakadali ng misyong iniatas sa kanya subalit nang makita niya sa personal ang binata at pinakitaan siya nito ng pagka-playboy, nahulog na si Nicole sa bitag na siya mismo ang gumawa. Sino ba naman ang makakatanggi sa isang sweet, guwapo at may makapanindig-balahibong boses na si Mateo?  

Subalit hindi niya tiyak kung maiintindihan siya ng lalaki sa oras na malaman nito ang totoo. Higit doon, kung magagawa pa ba nitong mahalin siya kapag buko na ang kanyang plano….



http://www.bookwarepublishing.com/shop/charmed-in-vietnam/


CHAPTER ONE


“Let me see that!” Hinablot ni Pearl ang picture ni Mateo mula kay Marge. Pinagpipiyestahan ng dalawa niyang kaibigan ang lalaki habang nakaupo sila sa gitnang bahagi ng Airbus 320 na eroplanong bound to Ho Chih Minh, Vietnam.

     “Girls, playboy siya. Wala siyang naging steady relationship. Vocalist siya ng isang band at may-ari ng Hacienda de Ortaleza sa San Carlos,” umpisa ni Nicole.

     Pagkatapos nilang magpirmahan ng kontrata ni Don Lorenzo ay inasikaso ng sekretarya nitong si Connie ang mga sumunod na pangyayari. Kinausap ng matandang Ortaleza ang manager nila para gawin ang sunod nilang sports wear photo shoot sa Vietnam nang linggong iyon dahil nandoon ang anak nito. Tumutugtog ang banda ni Mateo sa mga hotels at Filipino communities doon. Isang e-mail ang natanggap niya mula kay Connie na naglalaman ng lahat ng detalye tungkol sa binatang Ortaleza.

Charmed in Vietnam 2014 - Coming Soon!


I'll take one step at a time.

After the story in Thailand, here comes another story set in Saigon and Hanoi, Vietnam called Charmed in Vietnam. The sneak peek is now available at Bookware Publishing site.

As I browse through my previous posts about my first published book, I noticed that I never felt the same excitement as I did before. Probably because now I know how the process goes. I am guessing that this novel will be released on March.

So no more hyper-celebrating this time. I am focused more on finishing my next books. I got three work-in-progress and one big project still in planning stage. This is for 2014. Hopefully, I'll have the courage to complete them all.




The 52 Week Money Challenge

photo credit: www.lgfcunewsworks.org

The 52 Week Money Challenge suddenly goes viral in Facebook and I find it very worth-sharing. I am convinced to join the challenge as well. Indeed, the best way to start the year 2014 is to plan on how to save up for the future.

Life as you Live It started out this campaign last January 2013 and she was able to save $1,378 by the end of the year. That's roughly equivalent to more than Php 60,000! So this year, she is inviting everyone to take the challenge.



Converting this into Philippine peso KuripotPinay has created her own chart:


Kare Kare Recipe

Kare Kare is a traditional dish in the Philippines. It is usually made with tuwalya (beef tripe), ox tail, pork leg, vegetables and blended with thick peanut sauce. Sometimes chicken or goats meat are used. What made Filipinos love Kare Kare? It’s the savory sauce on the rice matched with bagoong (shrimp paste).

Most Filipinos tried different kinds of meat parts to be used in preparing Kare Kare. In Cebu, I was able to try this dish and they used lechon for the meat. Every Filipino surely has something salivating to say about this traditional food.

On a personal note, I am not a big fan of beef tripe or ox tail. Every time we eat Kare Kare, I always make sure that all the veggies will be on my plate. It never occurred to me that one day I’ll be cooking Kare Kare. Since it’s one of my husband’s favorite, a special request just put me into another cooking challenge.

The day before Christmas, I was thinking of something to work on in the kitchen. We already received boxes of cakes as gifts from friends and relatives; that is why, I crossed out baking in my activity list. When hubby realized that I’m up for another busy night, he made sure that the dish will be in favor of his tummy. So the Kare Kare challenge begins!

Feeding Project: Jollibee Party 2013


500 Feeding Project Updates. -- So I celebrated my birthday this year with 30 kids at my home town, Malvar Batangas. These kids are tagged as "malnourished" by our town's health center. We coordinated with them to get the list. This year, I planned to put a party for them so I contracted Jollibee for a Kiddie Party. The party is good for 2 hours and the services they provided include games, mascot, dance number and kiddie meals.

Prior to the event, I prepared cupcakes for them while my mom filled 30 loot bags with soap, towel, toothbrush and toothpaste. I would probably create a separate entry for the cupcakes but it was my first attempt in cupcake making. I prepared it the night before the party and I was so worried that the frosting would melt. Luckily, I was able to make the correct blending and whipping. My first cupcake attempt is successful!

I don't want to put everything into writing as this is a personal campaign and I refrain myself from being egotistic. All I can say is that their happiness is priceless!

458 - 30 = 428 children to go!



 

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