👩‍🍳Since Christmas advent calendars have become so much more than the stale chocolate kind, it’s not just us humans that benefit from a pimped up advent calendar our pets are getting in on the act, too, with advent calendars for dogs. My daughter treats our pets during the countdown to Christmas, too. And for today’s breakfast, I had sort of salad topped with eggs served with toast bread and ginger tea.

My dogs advent calendar and brekky at home


Tuesday, it’s a holiday! A holiday date with my two kids celebrating the feast of immaculate conception, is a public holiday in Vienna but shops are open.


After church service we had our late lunch in chinese restaurant which is located at Naschmarkt. Vegan and sweet & sour the soup we had.


I love shrimps garlic from this restaurant, cooked fresh and not too much oil. Also the steamed halibut fish with spring onions. While my kids had chicken fillet with vegetables in sweet sour sauce. You could have lunch for two person with two different viand and rice including soup at resonable price for only 13 euros. A very recommendable restaurant at Naschmarkt.


After our late lunch we had a walked at christmas market infront of Vienna’s city hall which is so popular specially for the tourists and the Christmas illumination in the Rathauspark. Was a pleasant and enjoyable afternoon for us. Sometimes you need to step outside get some fresh air,…



In the morning hubby, our daughter and I we made some shopping for our noche buena and pick up our traditional  fresh christmas tree infront of the church where the kiddos graduated from elementary before,  where they sell this trees.  The custom of the Christmas tree developed in early modern Germany.


Hubby did his yearly job of decorating it and every year is different. So this is our christmas tree for this year 2014!   He decided to have a small christmas tree this year. CHRISTMAS is an unique time or year. Christmas tree is a prime part of christmas season. One of the more enjoyable parts of Christmas other than opening gifts of course is going out to find the perfect tree and decorating it.


RACLETTE- a spcial treat not only during festivals or holidays.  We had the Raclette on Christmas Eve. All raclette ingredients can be prepared easily and when the time comes, you can sit comfortably together and spend the whole evening with food. Anyone can fill his raclette dishes according to their taste. We had this raclette grill in the center, as seen in the photo above to it’s frame a heating coil is mounted. Under this spirals space for small pans in which the raclette cheese is melted. We had chicken fillet, beef meat and pork meat. Also different kinds of cheese, button mushrooms or champignon, spring onions. apples, cherry tomatoes, cold cuts and small red radish.  For sauces we got two different sauces with barbecue and garlic sauce. Hubby had it with his steamed rice while kiddos and I with sliced brown bread.  It was fun doing this the whole night long while watching tv 🙂

image_03A present from my daughter a RACLETTE GRILL which we immediately used for our Noche Buena .  Thank you so much my pretty baby girl for this present!

So this was christmas 2014 for us how about yours, hope you have a good one too. Merry Christmas everyone from my family to yours…..

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FIRST ADVENT-THE CANDLE OF PROPHECY! — We celebrate with the lighting of this candle the prediction that Christ is coming soon.
Today November 30, 2014 is the first Advent. The first Sunday of Advent recalls the entry of Jesus into Jerusalem.
Wishing you all a nice first advent Sunday!


This is my Advent Wreath for this year 2014 🙂 For more details and INFO please check this out:

Just like last year we celebrated it with my Noytube BFF Dana, by this time here at home in my flat!

She came over and we recorded a collaborated video clip our entry for the Noytube 2014 Christmas Collaboration headed by brother Jason Telmo, father of NOYTUBERS 😉


But beforehand we ate first our lunch, I cooked Mackerel Tuna (Tulingan) with Shrimps, Squash (Kalabasa) ,Jalapenos, onion, garlic, ginger and Okra in Coconut milk seasoned with Anchovy Sauce (Patis) served with steamed rice. And our kids had Kebap Pizza no picture above,  she came with her son. So take it away from me Folks 😉



From year to year you meet different kinds of people, I mean character, belief, nationality, or even coming from the region where you came from or you speak the same language. Last December (2013) hubby and I was invited by one of our brother and sister in christ to visit Wiener Neustadt.

With Emaly from Wiener Neustadt

Wiener Neustadt is with 41.701 inhabitants (as of 1 January 2013) is the second largest city of Lower Austria and is about 50 km south of the capital city of Vienna in the industrial area.
We visited and join the first christmas party of the Philippine Catholic Community at Wiener Neustadt.

We arrived around 2pm and stayed after we performed our dance number for that afternon. Late lunch was served after the holy mass followed by their program. What a wonder experienced to learn new friends from the region. One reads here so every now and then, that homesick usually occurs if you where abroad or far from home. Sure, you make new experiences and unforgettable experience. What would interest me, however, is how it is with the “normal” life, interpersonal relationships and homesickness. For us filipinos who are residing here abroad and living with our family is not really a problem. Maybe for those who are here just for work and their families are in the Philippines.

I am interested in time as it went to the people who were for a long time abroad also. Have you quickly made ​​friends and settled you? The acquaintances have joined to form proper friendships, if so, after what period of time? How quickly did you generally settled?



For me Christmas is LOVE, therefore CHRISTMAS (PASKO/ WEIHNACHTEN) is a day of love. However, in many families sometimes it comes to conflict, because all are tired and stressed out by the preparations and the pressure of expectation. Hopefully this not your case by this time!
Apparently most people suffer from Christmas because they experience the holidays as extremely stressful. This begins during the festive season. Mostly in european countries.

Men get stressed because they have a hard time with the Gifts Search, women put themselves under pressure because they want everything planned and organized, it will be a peaceful Christmas and all are under time pressure, because Christmas once again so unexpectedly fast at the door stands.

But we Filipinos we are contented of what we have, where we are and even just for a small celebration. The most important is we celebrated it together with our family with all our LOVE to each and everyone of us.

“Hindi kailangan ang magarbong handaan, naglalakihan at mamahaling regalo basta ang mahalaga ay sama-sama at buo ang pamilya! For almost 30 years na inilagi ko dito sa europa at sa bawa’t pasko na nagdaan sa buhay ko at sa mga darating pang pagdiriwang ng pasko, kuntento na ako na kapiling ko ang aking pamilya, my two kids, Ronald-Louis and Diana-Grace at ang aking kabiyak sa buhay. Marami nang nagdaan na mga magarbong handaan sa aking buhay, walang pinakamasaya at kuntentong pagdiriwang para sa akin kung hindi ko kapiling ang aking pamilya. Malaking pasasalamat sa Poong may likha sa handog na buhay, pag-ibig at pamilya.”

On the 23rd of December we went for christmas shopping at IKEA (SCS-Shopping City Süd) with our dogs, daughter Didi-Grace she drove us and hubby. Picture down here she found time to play with Riyadh and Riyanah (our doggies)!

DIdi played with Doggies at IKEA

Ang sama-samang pag palamuti ng tunay na “Fir Tree” o Christmas Tree – The Ultimate well known around in the city of Vienna the Christmas tree. Although I still do not know why “how beautiful are thy leaves” and its smells wonderful during winter season. But I know that a beautiful Christmas tree is the alpha and omega of a successful Christmas in europe. From purchase of tree and decoration this year we got the decoration stuff from IKEA. Something different for a change as what we have every year!
Picture down our christmas tree bought by hubby, which is not finish-decorating hubby is not yet through with it.

Decorating christmas tree

Here (photo down), this was last year with our son Ronald-Louis and of course with Dad. 🙂  Picture down our christmas tree a plastic one, which is not finish-by decorating hubby is not yet through with it. That was 2 days before christmas.

We had lunch at IKEA Restaurant and while preparing the christmas tree at home hubby made “Turon” for merienda!

Lunch at IKEA and Hubby's Turon-Merienda

The reason why the christmas tree was not in time finished because we watched “Polar Express” from our files, every christmas season I love to watch it all over again 😛

Watching Polar Express and Christmas Tree not finish!

This was the last hours before the 24th of December, and yesterday (December 25) we sleep until noontime, puyat sa kapapanood ng film at home. Laze time for eveybody during christmas season, just at home… but happy.



I spent the day today with my Noytube BFF Dana. We visited the “Unique location” the Vienna Christmas market is located infront of the Rathaus (Municipality/ City Hall) of Vienna. This market is considered as one of the best known and largest of Vienna and has a lot to offer aside from really big-giant Christmas tree. The magical Christmas markets. The aroma of Christmas bakery items and hot punch creates a pre-Christmas atmosphere. And in the Christmas shop children have the opportunity to let their creativity run wild. Countless stalls care for the physical well-being and there is a large range of craft and gift ideas. We warm up ourselves with a delicious mug of himbeerpunsch! 😉
We did our Video recording infront of it, which will be our part for the forthcoming NOYTUBE CHRISTMAS COLLABORATION 2013.


Then we had our light lunch at ROSENBERGER Restaurant behind Hotel Sacher at first district with her son- Daniel and my daughter. We had salad and soup so with the two kids. The Rosenberger Restaurant is an Austrian company in the hospitality industry with a focus on operation of motels and motorway service station. But the one which is located at Maysedergasse 2 at first District of Vienna, is not that bad, one can wondefully meet someone for coffee or lunch to eat something. Often I have just salad with a soup just like today.

Stupid thing is that it extends the whole thing over several floors and basement floors. Since you felt funny when you drive with a full tray of food inside elevator. But you can also sit down somewhere and if you want to stay for more hours. How long you sit , namely nobody cares. 😛


Came back home around six pm just about the right time to light the first candle for the first advent Sunday (week). We begin this first week of Advent by asking Christ to come, to set us free from our sins and from the punishment that we deserve. He is our salvation. On 01 December 2013 is the first Advent. The first Sunday of Advent recalls the entry of Jesus into Jerusalem.

Wishing you all a nice first advent Sunday!



Noche Buena is the Filipino feast on Christmas Eve. After attending or hearing the traditional Misa de Gallo families gathers and shares meal together varies from Menu which was serve, here our 2012 Noche Buena!


My Broccoli Cream Soup with brown bread croutons. I just cut into cubes some of brown bread then rolled in melted butter.
Very nutritious and satisfying, this cream of broccoli soup recipe makes for a quick and easy meal. With fresh boiled broccoli, some coconut milk, milk and whip cream. Its velvety smooth texture, along with a subtly fresh, creamy flavor, will make this pureed soup a favorite with broccoli lovers.


For main course I prepared GARLIC-TENDERLOIN with WILD RICE and VEGATABLES.
Sirloin or tenderloin is the most tender, finest and most expensive piece of meat in cattle. It is a long, fish-shaped piece of meat surrounded by shimmering skin and fat, and consists of the tenderloin pin, the center piece and the sirloin tip. The piece is primarily about English fillets or steaks, also used for all other types of chips, since it is particularly suited for the rapid preparation. The Vetables are composed of Broccoli, Cauliflower, Zucchini, and Carrots. Boiled and rolled a little bit in melted butter and seasoned with “Magic Sarap” from the Philippines. 🙂


And for Dessert I have Panna Cotta Caramel and Panna Cotta Blueberry. I used Agar-Agar from the Philippines instead of Gelatin. Panna cotta is one of the most popular Italian desserts. The classic recipe is made with cream, sugar, vanilla and gelatin. Since I like to avoid gelatin, I tried this recipe once with agar-agar. Here’s the variant panna cotta without gelatin, with which I had success. And for blueberry I added Blueberry Marmalade which I bought from IKEA!

In the future you will know from me a three-course meal blogging, and then calculation of the cost. And the result of many great menu suggestions. From simple “cheap menu” to “gourmet meals”. And now enjoy reading the summary of this which I cooked for my family on Noche Buena. 🙂



* 1kg Tenderloin or Sirloin, marinated with finely chopped Garlic, Salt and pepper for one hour
* 1 big pc. Carrot, peeled and sliced
* 1 head Broccoli, half for Broccoli Soup and the other half for side dish
* half a head Cauliflower
* 1pc. Zucchini, medium-sized, peeled and sliced thinly
* some Canola Oil
* Salt and Pepper
* 1 whole head Garlic
* some melted Butter for Vegetables
* 3 tbsps. Whip Cream
* 200ml Coconut Milk
* Vegetables Broth (where the Vegetables boiled)
* some Brown bread, cunt into cubes for Croutons


* 400g Whip Cream(Sahne)
* 1-2tbsps. Sugar
* some Bourbon-Vanilla
* 1,5g Agar-Agar (alternative: Gelatine)
* 4 tbsps. Blueberry Marmalade



Mix the sugar and the vanilla in a mixing pot. Then slowly heat and simmer for about 10 minutes.
Then add the agar-agar, stir and simmer for another minute.
To avoid lumps in the panna cotta cream mass pour through a sieve into a measuring cup.
The panna cotta best cold overnight in the fridge. Before serving on small plates.



What is Christmas?
In many countries of the world, the celebration of Christmas on December 25th is a highest point of the year. But why? Can it have any real meaning for us today? Is there a ‘real’ Christmas message?

It is belief in the past, courage for the present, and hope for the future. It is a fervent wish that every cup may overflow with blessings rich and eternal, and that every path may lead to peace!

Shopping centres become busier as December approaches and often stay open till late. Shopping centre speaker systems will play Christmas ‘carols’ – the traditional Christmas Christian song. Most places of work will hold a short Christmas party about a week before Christmas and even different church communities. Although traditional Christmas foods may be eaten, drink and plenty of it means that little work will be done after the party!

Hubby and our son prepping the Christmas tree – iCookiTravel

By mid-December, most homes will also be decorated with Christmas trees, coloured lights and paper or plastic decorations around the rooms. These days, many more people also decorate garden trees or house walls with coloured electric lights, a habit which has long been popular in all over the world!
But for us my family used to do it on the first advent Sunday together with lightning the first advent candle.

Traditionally, Christmas cards showed religious pictures – Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus, or other parts of the Christmas story. Today, pictures are often jokes, winter pictures, Father Christmas, or romantic scenes of life in past times. They said the The custom of sending Christmas cards started in Britain in 1840 when the first ‘Penny Post’ public postal deliveries began.

Handmade simple gift from a nun – iCookiTravel

Picture above I got it yesterday as a thank you gift from a nun, for helping brother Wilson a friend of mine by preparing and cooking food for the homeless under the supervision and auspices of (Missionarinnen der Naechstenliebe)  Sisters of Mother Teresa of Calcuta, here in Vienna.  Looks like so simple but was a hand made by nuns with love.

Me abusy bee in the Kitchen – iCookiTravel

Here me in action in the kitchen while rendering my power with LOVE.

See Video up here was taken in 2015.  I started joining them 2012 until 2016. For some reason I did not continue anymore.

Today in the West, not many people consider the religious meaning to Christmas. Most people in UK or Europe will not go to a religious church meeting, even at Christmas. It has become a busy race to spend money on presents, and get ready for the Day. A visitor from another world would think that Christmas was a festival to the gods of money and shopping.

Advent wreath – iCookiTravel

We don’t have “PAROLS” here in Vienna just like the classic parols in the Philippines. Instead we have this “ADVENT WREATH”! As you could see on photo above here. 🙂
There is no winter or snow in the Philippines at Christmas time. The parol is one of the most iconic and beloved symbols of the holiday. Traditionally, Christmas Day in the Philippines is ushered in by the nine-day dawn masses that start on December 16. Known as the Misa de Gallo in Spanish and in Filipino as Simbang Gabi, or “Night Mass”, this novena of Masses is an important Filipino Christmas tradition.

For Filipinos, Christmas Eve (“Bisperas ng Pasko”) on December 24 is celebrated with the Midnight Mass, and immediately after, the much-anticipated Noche Buena – the traditional Christmas Eve feast. Family members dine together at around midnight on traditional Noche Buena fare, which includes: queso de bola, pasta, fruit salad, and hamón (Christmas ham). Some families would also open presents at this time.

Christmas Day in The Philippines is primarily a family affair. The Misa de Aguinaldo is celebrated on December 25 and is usually attended by the whole family. In the Roman Catholic and Philippine Independent Churches, it is the main means of celebrating Jesus Christ’s birth.

The Misa de Aguinaldo is often celebrated between sunrise and 10 a.m., a schedule preferred by many Filipinos who stay up late on Christmas Eve for the night-long celebration of the Noche Buena.




Simbang Gabi or “Night Mass” in spanish “Misa de Gallo”, is a nine days novena of dawn Masses from 16 December to Christmas Eve. Which practised mainly by Catholic in the Philippines. Since I was school girl (in grade school, after my first holy communion) I learned this from my late nanay that God grants the special wish of a devotee that hears all nine Masses.

Cooked Arroz Caldo for Simbang Gabi Agape

Here in Vienna Filipinos use to practised it also. December 18, our community the Marriage Spirituality Holy Family Community was Agape-hosts at Donau City Black Church.



And the following night December 19 at Pfarre Floridsdorf – Pius-Parsch-platz. Every reunion group prepared Arroz Caldo and 2 loaf of sliced butter bread or brioche bread.


For us, hubby and I its our second christmas season to be a part of this tradition the reason why we are so grateful to God Almighty for giving us the chance to do this every year. And so happy seeing our fellow kababayans enjoying the agape every night after the holy mass.

I still remember in the Philippines morning observance of Simbang Gabi begins as early 3 o’ clock in the morning, while in some parishes, anticipated Masses begin the previous evening at 8 o’ clock. After hearing Mass, you could have your breakfast outside the church and eat many native delicacies, like bibingka; putò bumbóng and suman. Drinks include coffee, salabát and hot chocolate.
Which I miss so much I keep telling my two kids about this epiphany how it feels is totally different in the Philippines!