Throwback, some of my home food prepping during the time my cousin Gie and her son was with us. During their Europe vacation.

That was linner, the first meal I prepared for my cousin Gie and her son. Oven trout, salad, Sarma ( stuffed cabbage), and knuckle of pork (Stelze) and because we are Filipinos rice is a must!

Here again brekky with boiled Frankfurter, toast bread, strawberry in sour cream, coffee and tea. The time my cousin Gie and her son took their vacation in Vienna. Of course my doggy Mary and Riyad also on the picture.

My spaghetti requested by Noah, Gie’s son (cousin). Bolognese is the sauce I made for them with grana padano cheese plus salad and sliced apples. Someone requested for coffee and tea too.

Food memories brekky a la Pinoy (Filipino) too heavy never again! Imagine; fried rice, longganisa, fried tuyo, scrambled eggs, sunny side egg, and for dipping vinegar with chili spicy of course plus tea and coffee Jesus Christ! What unhealthy life style never again!



The first time we visited Hallstatt, Austria I think sometime in May 2018 with my daughter and followed in June of the same year with a friend from Barcelona and his sister whoโ€˜s living in Vienna too. World heritage. From the skywalk, Charnel house, salt mine, romantic lakes- a paradise for culture and nature lovers like us.

Jenโ€˜s, my niece first snow experience with Lizette, hubbyโ€™s colleagues daughter. Coming from a tropical country like these two girls how do they feel seeing snow for the first time?

This video down here says it all.โฌ‡๏ธ๐Ÿคฃ

The ancient salt mine village, with a unique culture, a breath-taking mountain setting and with a lot of nature the world heritage region. The skywalk, Charnel house (Osuary), saltmine and the romantic lakes said to be paradise for nature lovers.



Feeling like sorry ๐Ÿ˜ for myself since July 25, 2019. The day I tried to be strong but it doesn’t work for me.๐Ÿฅบ I thought I am, until now I’m still fighting. I should always remind myself:

“Don’t let the critics let you down.” ——-unknown

“Choose the hills wisely on which you must do battle.” ——-unknown

Thanks God of reminding me,

He is my refuge and strength, an ever present help in trouble. Therefore I will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though it’s water roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging. โ€ข Psalm 46:1-3

Slowly but surely my blog helps me out with my struggles. It makes me happy. ๐Ÿ˜Œ Every time I want to post or write something here it eases me.

Today I want to share my August- instant- telegram that partly helped me out with my worries about my job.

Today— Thank you so much ate Nitz, for a very healthy lunch ๐Ÿด from her urban gardening direct to her kitchen ๐Ÿ‘ “ampalaya” or bitter melon which is good for diabetic like me.๐Ÿ˜˜ (bitter melon and shrimp ๐Ÿค in coconut ๐Ÿฅฅ milk plus mung bean with bitter melon leaves) Joan (her daughter) cooked “adobo”. Yum๐Ÿ˜‹

Last Friday, our Friyay brekky (with daughter) toast with avocado ๐Ÿฅ‘ boiled egg ๐Ÿฅš arugula and cherry ๐Ÿ’ tomatoes ๐Ÿ… yummy ๐Ÿคค

Salmon head “sinigang” (sour soup) ๐Ÿฅฃ for Hubby’s dinner ๐Ÿฝ I cooked ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿณ With lots of water spinach (kangkong).

We watched the movie ๐Ÿฟ ๐ŸŽฅ “Hello Love Goodbye” relate much with the story occurring in reality drawn from actual situations mostly for Filipinos OFW.

Yummy ๐Ÿ˜‹ foodies at Vienna Film ๐ŸŽฅ Festival 2019 infront of City Hall. The popular summer event the 29th Film Festival, dedicated to the 150th anniversary of the Vienna State Opera.

Now slow down a bit after a long day outside. But she’s happy to that. ๐ŸถMy doggie Mary๐Ÿ˜

Again, green leafy jute leaves (saluyot), squash, okra, ampalaya (bitter melon), with tiny shrimp ๐Ÿค seasoned with just salt ๐Ÿง‚ for my linner, watching ๐Ÿ”Ž my sugar level today. Noโ—๏ธto rice๐Ÿš

The best bulgogi in town. ๐Ÿ‘ Real quick though bell Peppers are crunchy the way I like it. Yum ๐Ÿ˜‹ But rice ๐Ÿš is not mine.๐Ÿ™ˆ๐Ÿ˜” Thank you Jesus ๐Ÿ™ hopefully will get through if not hubby will eat it all.๐Ÿฅบ

Civapcici and boiled broccoli ๐Ÿฅฆ again NOโ—๏ธto rice ๐Ÿš๐Ÿ™ˆ๐Ÿ˜… but I’m happy ๐Ÿ˜Œ sugar is under control. Self determination and discipline equals happiness, right?

Brownie my baby boy doggie ๐Ÿถ I miss him everyday, I will visit him again soon thank you Ate Luz for sending me his latest picture.๐Ÿ˜ Looks ๐Ÿ‘€ so tired ๐Ÿ˜“ ๐Ÿ˜ด

That’s all for today folks, happy viewing thanks for visiting my blog.๐Ÿ˜˜ —– Dolly here๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿณ



It is common for people to collect things from places they travel to. Fridge magnets seem to be a very popular one. It reminds me the places I had been. But not only magnets but also my mugs.

STARBUCKS MUG from Stanbul brought by my daughter – iCookiTravel

Sunday afternoon snack, apple strudel plus a Starbucks mug of coffee gave me a possitive vibes! My Starbucks mug brought to me by my daughter from Stanbul, Turkey early 2014. Beside from tea lover sometimes I drink coffee too with hubby, just like today I baked apple strudel for snack and my hubby prepared coffee for us. ๐Ÿ™‚

This is my third collection among Starbucks mug. Many Starbucks fanatics out there are already familiar with the underground movement of collecting Starbucks Mugs. For sure there are thousands of people collecting these mugs all over the world and I am one among them. It has been mentioned there are different categories or series out there namely: City Mugs Series, Archetect Series and Global Series. So, which among of these you are collecting for? Happy Sunday everyone! ๐Ÿ™‚



Hopefully you are enjoying your day Vienna, eventhough it is a rainy day outside. If you feel like spending the rainy days doing something productive, inside at home or office that better way to warm up. Like us here we are just having our brunch.

STARBUCKS MUG from Barcelona brought to me by my daughter – iCookiTravel

Brunch with hubby, egg-rice with garlic and tomatoe plus a mug of coffee. Happy rainy Thursday everyone!
Mug is from Starbucks as souvenir from Barcelona last October 2014. My fourth mug from Starbucks direct from Spain.  The mug which will be featured on 9th Day was my third mug from starbucks. Having a starbucks mug at home and with our brunch, is not just like seating inside a starbucks branch with coffee task and service and a place to rest for a few minutes.



Another Starbucks mug which was brought to me by my daughter in December 2014 from Prague, Czech Republic. She and her best friend stayed for a weekend there and enjoyed the city for just two days. Travelled by car for about four hours excluding rest or break.

My STARBUCKS MUG from Prague – iCookiTravel

My second mug from Starbucks. The first Starbucks Branch in Czech was opened on  January 22, 2008 in Malostranskรฉ nรกmฤ›stรญ. Their people claiming that not just passionate purveyors of coffee, but everything else that goes with a full and rewarding coffeehouse experience. They also offer a selection of premium Tazo teas, fine pastries and other delectable treats to please the taste buds. And the music you hear in store is chosen for its artistry and appeal. Itโ€™s not unusual to see people coming to Starbucks to chat, meet up or even work. It is a neighborhood gathering place, a part of the daily routine โ€“ and they couldnโ€™t be happier about it. Get to know their branch and youโ€™ll see: they are so much more than what they brew. I’ve been there for so many times, not only for a weekend as well just for shopping hours. One among neighbour country of Austria.

Sipping my Lavender Tea product of Sidroga. The tea treat for rest and relaxation.
Overloading, Pressure, Stress and Restless rushing you through the day. Finally, only in the evening is time to turn off everything. The pleasant taste is new to enjoy a special tea from real lavender flowers. Lavender as a tea or bath additive smells of relaxation and summer evening in Provence and is also known as the “blue gold South of France”. Its versatility makes it particularly valuable and popular.




This mug brought to me by hubby from Berlin. He got it from Rahmel-Verlag Souvenir shop. It is not the price of the mug wthat counts but the love and faithfulness in it. Knowing that I am a mug collector, remembering me and bringing home is priceless.

Mug from BERLIN, Germany, brought by hubby – iCookiTravel

Sipping my tea now, berries with cocoa shell product of Sidroga organic. What could be better than a freshly made, aromatically fragrant cup of tea from sidroga? Precision craftsmanship with a view to a variety of flavors is evident in every variety. Thus you can enjoy traditional tea produced in an ecologically clear conscience. The pleasure even in terms of sustainability. Experience the purity of Japanese tea culture! Keep calm enjoy your tea Folks! ๐Ÿ™‚



Monday afternoon after seven and half hours duty I need a mug of tea. Got this tea from our wellness at work for free. Not bad… try it once and now enjoying it!
Going back to work after the festive period can be trying, stressful and exhausting, sipping my tea now can help me getting excited again.

Mug from ERSTINGS-FAMILY.AT – iCookiTravel

My mug is from Erstings Family- My Home
I bought it from the shop year 2014, I got myself in light blue, light green (in the picture) and two red for my daughter. That huge mug I love it ๐Ÿ™‚

I’m having white tea mixture from Sidroga- Organic with Vanilla flavor. Picked by hand, the elaborate workmanship and its low fermentation make white tea so special. Silky fluff surrounds the unopened tea buds and thus gives this unusual tea its name. Aromatic organic vanilla pieces harmonize in my white tea mixture with cheerful yellow sunflower blossoms and round its nuanced flavor from noble. Source;



My ever first Starbucks Mug, 2008 Christmas Holiday Limited Edition 12oz Mug with Candy Cane Handle. I got two of them one for hubby and one for me ๐Ÿ™‚
Every year Starbucks releases numerous Christmas themed mugs of varying shapes and sizes.

My christmas STARBUCKS MUG – iCookiTravel

My Riyanah, drinking milk from my coffee mug โ€” at Dolly’s Kitchen At 10Th District.
I love this edition because of Candy Cane Handle โค โค โค
With this mug I love to have my cafe latte. Traditionally the cafe latte is a ratio of two parts coffee and one part steamed milk, mine is the other way around two parts steamed milk and one part coffee. LOL… That is the reason why my doggie Riyanah loves it too.



My first tea mug for this new year 2016. A souvenir from London brought to me by my son as a memento of his stay at Cambridge way back year 2010. Modern mugs, which are most commonly used for coffee or tea, likely envolved from beer steins. I love mugs because of their size, have thick walls and flat bottoms.

My Tea Mug from London brought by my son – iCookiTravel

Enjoying my black tea with milk. Just like Indians sell very strong tea with condensed milk on street corners, as “Pick-me-up”. They said would be better for our health if I drink with honey and lemon, like Russians. Sometimes I drink green tea with nothing added like so many Japanese and Chinese. Specially during meal time in winter season. When it comes to food and health, it is becoming increasingly difficult to follow all studies advice. I just go with my instinct, a mug of black tea with milk I find it relaxing while seating on my bed corner with my notebook in pajama.