My new book title


After three months of rewriting my manuscript, I just finished my first draft yesterday. And if you’ve been reading my blog for so long, you might remember that my book title was Pesos to Pennies: An Immigrant’s Memoir, but now I changed it to Amerika: A Filipino Immigrant’s Memoir. This book is about my immigration journey while the first one, Pesos to Pennies, only focused on my work experiences.

My new title might still change but we’ll see.

It will take me at least a week to retype this whole manuscript before I send this back to my book editor. It’s a lot of work but I’ve been working on it every day.

I would love to hear your suggestions about my new book title, now what do you think?






I’m practicing a good habit of putting things back where they belong

dsc_4893I’ve been begging asking our daughters and my husband to do the same. Put the pencils back in the pencil case when the girls are done using them, or hang the keys at the key hooks because how hard is it for them to do that?

I hate, hate, hate it when I start my day getting frustrated because we can’t find the brush, my husband’s belt, a pair of girl’s shoes, or a school folder because they misplaced it. So when I see something laying around on the floor I ask the girls to pick them up because, hey, it won’t take them a minute to do it.

Before I used to wait the next day to put something back because I just got comfortable sitting or reading, but I learned it’s not a good habit to have.

If things are organized and always in the proper place, life gets easier and stress-free…and happier!

There are times when the blame-game happens in our house. That I was the last one who drove the car and I should know where the keys are, or my husband left his sunglasses somewhere and yet we would find it in a truck, in a car, or it’s just inside the house.

Our daughters always put the books they borrowed from the school library everywhere and when the day it’s time to return them, we’re like doing an Easter egg hunt.

And that makes me frustrated.

That’s why we have a rule in this house, let’s put things back where they belong so that we all get along!

Hope you all a great weekend!







Runza sandwich recipe


I was encouraged to make Runza sandwich for the first time after Tim was about to order last week. He’s already at the drive-thru when I called him but I told him I can make a homemade one. And he’s okay with that.

Runza is a famous fast-food chain restaurant here in Nebraska that serves a pastry filled with beef, onion, and cabbage. The first time I had one, I was hooked. I like the taste but going there so often wouldn’t be cheap.


I tried to find the easy and yummy recipe online and as I promised, I’m happy to share it with you!


Runza sandwich recipe

Runza dough ingredients:

(I cut the dough ingredients quantity in half because we ended up having too much of a dough (as my husband says) and less filling), so here’s my own version.)

1/4 cup shortening

1 pkg. active yeast or 2 1/4 teaspoons

1 cup warm water

1/2 cup sugar

1 tablespoon salt

1 beaten egg

3 1/2 cups flour


(This is how I make my dough.)

  • Mix yeast in warm water and let it stand for 10 minutes.
  • Add shortening.
  • Add egg.
  • In a large bowl, mix flour, salt, and sugar.
  • Make a well in the center and add the yeast mixture.
  • Knead the dough (you can add flour if the dough is too sticky but don’t overdo it, the more flour you add, the harder the bread becomes)
  • Let rise for at least an hour (the longer the better for softer dough)

Runza filling ingredients:

(I changed a few things like not having sauerkraut and cheese because I didn’t have it with me, but even though without those this recipe still turned out good.)

2 cups chopped onions

1-2 garlic cloves

2 pounds ground beef

1 large head of cabbage, shredded

salt and pepper to taste

1 tbsp. butter


  • Sauté onions and garlic until soft.
  • Add beef until brown and drain.
  • Add salt and pepper.
  • Turn the heat off and add shredded cabbage.


  • Roll the dough and cut them into equal pieces and make a golf ball. I think you can make at least one dozen. It all depends what size you prefer (I made 18 big pieces!).
  • Roll out each dough and fill with 1/4 cup beef filling.
  • Preheat the oven, 350 degrees F.
  • Place the dough on a greased cookie sheet and cover it with a damp cloth, plastic wrap or light cloth.
  • Bake for 30 minutes.
  • Five minutes before you take them out, brush each sandwich with a melted butter.
  • Enjoy this Runza sandwich!