Weekly Challenge #166: UMT Diva style

Posted by Louise L. Hagedorn on May 5, 2014 in Zentangle |

Laura Harm’s latest Zentangle challenge is up on her website. 20140505-231947.jpg Read more…

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Zentangle Pattern Tutorial: Raincoat 6

Posted by Louise L. Hagedorn on April 30, 2014 in Zentangle |

I developed a tangle using the Arabic symbol for six. Some of the Zentangle community that takes part of the Weekly Diva Challenge kept calling it a “raincoat”.

I enjoy the feedback I’m getting and decided to share the instructions for making Raincoat 6.


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Weekly Challenge #165: “UMT – Camelia”

Posted by Louise L. Hagedorn on April 28, 2014 in Zentangle |

Laura Harm’s latest challenge is up at her website. 


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Weekly Challenge #164: “Amanda (Earth) Day”

Posted by Louise L. Hagedorn on April 25, 2014 in Zentangle |

This week’s Zentangle challenge is to find inspiration from Earth Day.

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Steamed Crabs (Halabos na Alimango)

Posted by Louise L. Hagedorn on April 24, 2014 in Food |

Steamed-crabs-recipe-manilaspeakMy steamed crab recipe is up at ManilaSpeak.com. This is a family favorite. Though it was a learned like for me, as I didn’t have the patience when I was much younger to peel the crabs myself. I didn’t like having the crabs peeled for me as I felt there was something missing when you have it peeled for you. I feel bad for those who have crustacean allergies. I once explained to my friend Pinay, who has severe crustacean allergies, that crabs and other crustaceans taste like a sunny windy morning at the beach. The breeze wafting through the air, that’s the taste of crabs.

The best fresh mud crabs I’ve ever eaten was in Roxas City, Capiz, the Seafood Capital of the Philippines. Roxas is found at the head of Pan-ay River. The meeting point of the sea and river, known as an estuary, creates brackish water. Fresh water fish and crustaceans grown here adapt to the water and are “pre-salted”. The salt absorbed into their bodies add a decidedly delicious component to their flesh.

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Weekly Challenge #163 New Official Tangle – Rixty

Posted by Louise L. Hagedorn on April 18, 2014 in Zentangle |

Rixty is not my favorite tangle. I tend to draw right triangles instead of equilateral ones. After a couple of false starts over the course of the week, I finally got into the right frame of mind to tackle this week’s challenge by Laura Harms.

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Easter Eggs Recipe up at ManilaSpeak.com

Posted by Louise L. Hagedorn on April 17, 2014 in Food |

easter eggsMy recipe and tips for making Easter Eggs is up at ManilaSpeak.com.

Making Easter Eggs is a great family activity to do to lead up to the celebration of Easter. Many Easter Egg hunts now use plastic eggs instead of real eggs. This is because unfound eggs spoil and give off funky sulfuric smells before they’re found.

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Diva Challenge #162: Initials String

Posted by Louise L. Hagedorn on April 9, 2014 in Zentangle |

Laura Harms’ challenge for the week is to use your initials as a string to make a tangle.

My initials are 5 letters, so it was a bit complicated to use them as a string. It turned out better than I expected.


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Taal Crater Lake

Posted by Louise L. Hagedorn on April 7, 2014 in Photos |

We started our trip to Taal Crater Lake at the Taal Lake Yacht Club (TLYC) in Barrio Sta. Maria, Talisay, Batangas. They offer Taal Volcano tours that, at first glance, seem more expensive than your ordinary boat operator. If you’re on a budget, still consider what they offer, because what they offer is value for money.

Lake view of the Taal Lake Yacht Club

Lake view of the Taal Lake Yacht Club.

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Sneak Peek: Taal Crater Lake

Posted by Louise L. Hagedorn on April 5, 2014 in Photos |

We’ve just come back from visiting Taal Crater Lake today. There’s more pictures, but I’ll leave you with a view of Crater Lake, with more pictures tomorrow.


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