August 25, 2020

My Quarantined Birthday Celebration

If you knew me, I love spending my birthday outside simply because ayaw ko magluto ng sarili ko handa, I rather go out and try a new restaurant. But because of the community quarantine, we cannot celebrate my birthday outside so I decided na maggrill na lang ulit kami ng food. I already blogged about our DIY Samgyeopsal at Home and for a change, seafood grill naman.

My husband bought Kimchi at Romantic Baboy P170 (500g). He also bought salmon, tanigue, shrimp and lettuce (P50) in the wet market for our seafood grill but I was craving for scallops. Namimiss ko yung Yurakuen Teppanyaki experience ko last year. While browsing my Instagram feed, I saw baked scallops so I checked the store and for the very first time, nag-order ako ng food online. I don’t even have a Grab or Lalamove app, so I’m thankful sa seller na nagbook sa akin ng delivery.

I was hesitant at first because we live outside Metro Manila so baka mas mahal pa delivery fee sa order ko. Pero dahil birthday ko naman, I have an excuse to splurge. I ordered the following from @ninjas.pantry. It only took me 3 hours to order, pay and receive my order, ganun kabilis lang.

Saikoro Wagyu Cubes (1kg) P1,250
Japanese Sausages (500g) 600
Japan Jumbo Scallops (1kg) 800 (9pcs only)
Chicken Karaage Set (300g) 350
Yakinuku Sauce 200
Grab Delivery 540
Total: P3740

As expected, we are not big eaters so I only took a portion of the Saikoro Wagyu Cubes, I divided the scallops into two portions. I grilled 5 scallops in the oven and grilled the remaining 4 scallops without shells using the electric grill. For the baked scallops, I just mixed minced garlic, lemon juice, melted butter, salt and pepper. Pour the mixture on top of the scallops and put some sliced mozzarella. Grilled it for 15 minutes.

Hindi ko na nilabas yung shrimp kasi tamad na ko magbalat. Hehehe! So I only prepared wagyu cubes, scallops, salmon, kimchi and lettuce. In fairness, kahit mahal yung wagyu cubes, masarap naman. I will order again for my son’s birthday naman kasi baka hindi na umabot yung stock namin, for sure may repeat ulit yung paggrill namin. Hehehe!

My husband bought Tiramisu cake at Cafe Mary Grace P1125 and nagcram ako na gumawa ng DIY cake topper. My husband gifted me a Cricut Maker, two months ago but I haven’t used it yet because I don’t have the Cricut tools. Two months of waiting din bago magkastock so last weekend was my first time to use it after my set-up. My first project was my DIY Cake Topper for my birthday cake, kaso masyado malaki pala yung cake topper ko so I guess I will make another version for my son’s birthday.

Watch the video here

So that was my simple quarantined birthday celebration. As I turned another year older, this year 2020, allows me to rediscover myself, reevaluate my priorities, and appreciates what matters most. My realizations are...

1. Life is short so learn to appreciate the people in your life now because we don’t know how long they’ll be here.
2. I used to be a planner and I always have long and short-term goals but this year 2020 makes me changed my perspective to keep my sanity. Take my life day by day and don’t be stressed about the things you can no longer change or control.
3. Life isn’t always good but have faith and trust God, even when it hurts, even when it seems unfair and even through raindrops and tears.
4. You are never too old and never too late to set another goal and dream.
5. The best project that you will ever work on is you. Personal growth and self-development are always a choice.
6. Don’t let others tell you how to live your life. Do what makes you happy and feel alive.
7.“Even when you fall, even when nothing goes as you expected, even then, be proud of yourself. You tried and there is nothing more courageous than trying - F.E.Marie”
8. Surround yourself with people who believe in you, who support and encourage your ideas, dreams, and ambitions, and who push you to bring out the best in you.
9. It’s okay not to be okay. :)
10. Don’t wait for everything to be perfect before you decide to enjoy life. - Joyce Meyer

Baked or Grilled Scallops Recipe

9 pcs of Jumbo Scallops
1/4 cup of butter (melt)
1 lemon juice
3 cloves of garlic minced
salt and pepper to taste
Sliced mozzarella cheese


1. Mixed minced garlic, lemon juice, melted butter, salt, and pepper to taste.
2. Pour it on top of the cleaned scallops.
3. Put mozzarella cheese.
4. Grilled in the oven for 15 minutes or baked it at 350F for 15 minutes.

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