Tuesday, September 19, 2017


Ginataang Kalabasa at Okra--is one of my favorite everyday dishes,  #healthy combination. Kalabasa is good for the heart--has amazing benefits for the eyes, skin and hair. Okra helps manage #sugarlevels --thus, the secret weapon against #diabetes.
Here is my recipe of ginataang kalabasa-okra:
2 c squash (big cubes)
2 c okra (sliced)
1/2 c tomatoes
1 c thin coconut milk
1 c thick coconut milk
2 Tbsp ginger (sliced)
2 Tbsp leeks or spring onions
(or 2 cloves garlic, 2 Tbsp onions)
salt, labuyo chilis or green chilis
1. In a pan, saute leeks or springs onions (or garlic, onions). Add ginger, cook for a while then add tomatoes and salt. Cook well.
2. Add squash, thin coconut milk and seasoning. Cover and cook. When a little tender, add okra and chilis.
3. In a separate pan, cook thick coconut milk until very thick almost like becoming latik. Set aside.
4. When kalabasa-okra are cooked, removed from heat. Add cooked creamy coconut milk. Mix and serve.
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Monday, September 18, 2017


Here I gave a short lecture on the topic 'care and compassion for all' at Agico Vegetarian Restaurant in Greenhills. Meditation enhances all aspects of life, including having care and compassion for both humans and animals, all living creatures and nature.

Thursday, August 3, 2017


'Meditation enhances all aspects of life including having care and compassion for all, both humans and animals, other living creatures and nature.'

Saturday, July 29, 2017


Hello Friends, I'll be in Greenhills on Sat., Aug 5, 3-5 pm to give a short talk. If you have time, pls drop by. It would be really nice to see you. Come and join us for some relaxing yoga music and wonderful vegetarian snacks. See poster for details.

Saturday, July 1, 2017


Dear Friends,
There will be a Summer/Winter Sale on Smashwords from July 1-July 31,2017.
You can avail of 50% off on all my ebooks. Pls check the ebooks on: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/nonalema

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Wednesday, April 26, 2017


(taken from a video of the same title)
Hi Hello, this is Nona Lema. Haribol, Namaste.
Today I’ll be speaking on the topic of the effects of moonlight on fruits and vegetables...

Tuesday, April 25, 2017


PASTA -- Once in a while, I do pasta dish with either red or white sauce or sometimes a bit of a Mediterranean style like this–-just garlic or leeks sautéed in olive oil with broccoli, salt and seasoning...

Saturday, April 22, 2017


EARTH DAY - - What does living in harmony with nature mean?

(taken from a video of the same title)

Hi, hello, haribol, namaste, this is Nona Lema. Today I'll be speaking on the topic of Earth Day.

On April 22, people around the world in 192 countries will be celebrating International Earth Day. Ito ay sama-samang pag gunita kung paano natin dapat pangalagaan ang Inang Kalikasan. It is a day of collective responsibility to promote living in harmony with nature.

But what does it really mean to live in harmony with nature? Most environmentalists would say that living in harmony with nature means that we have to maintain the assets of the earth so that we may continue to live and enjoy clean air, clean environment,etc now and in the future.

But actually there is a deeper meaning to it. In reality, God, the Supreme Father already owns Mother Earth. She is not our property to enjoy. So we have to recognize both Mother Earth and Father God. We cannot separate the two - - Ang Inang Kalikasan at ang Diyos Ama. Ang Diyos Ama ang siyang nagmamay-ari sa Inang Kalikasan.

On Earth Day celebration, there are different outdoor activities we can do in connection with earth safety and earth protection such as:
1. tree planting
2. picking up trash on the street, roadside, river or beach
3. on that day reduce the use of plastic in order to avoid soil and water pollution
4. promote energy conservation, and so on

But while we are doing these activities, it is very important that we have a different consciousness. It is not enough that we just do river clean up or ocean clean up for the sake of doing it.

We have to understand that our eternal function is to be engaging in the loving service of God and be pleasing to Him. Therefore, the reason we are doing clean up,etc and trying to be respectful to Mother Earth is because we are trying to be pleasing to God.

So on this coming Earth Day celebration, one other activity we can do is maybe say a little prayer of thankfulness to Father  God for allowing us to show our respect to Mother Earth. Pray that our clean up activities, etc may be pleasing to Him.  Let us focus on our awareness of His existence.

Hanggang dito na lamang po. Thank you. Haribol. Namaste.

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Friday, April 21, 2017

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Wednesday, April 19, 2017


GINISANG SINGKAMAS - - It's singkamas (jicama root) season and it is time to enjoy this wonderful fruit of the earth. Singkamas (eaten fresh) contains a sweet inert carbohydrate which makes it an ideal sweet snack for diabetics...

Thursday, April 6, 2017


Earth hour is celebrated today worldwide by turning off all lights, tv, and abstaining use of electricity for 1 hour 830-930pm tonight. This will save millions of energy, thus relieving mother earth for at least 1 hour. Lets do this to please our Supreme Father. Pls share to your friends...

Wednesday, April 5, 2017


PASTILLAS DE UBE - - is one of the various flavors we can make with pastillas, such as pastillas de langka, pastillas de leche, pastillas de mani, pastillas de macapuno, etc. I am definitely a sweet tooth and I love any kind of pastillas...

Tuesday, April 4, 2017


GINISANG KANGKONG sa kamatis (sauteed water spinach with tomatoes), with little pieces of fried tokwa or tofu is a very simple yet nutritious meatless Lenten meal. Serve with hot rice.

#kangkong #waterspinach #tofu #tokwa #lentenmeal #meatless #vegetarian#vegan #instafood

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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Friday, March 24, 2017


TAHO -- is a favorite Filipino breakfast or snack street food peddled by the 'magtataho', made from silken soft tofu, arnibal (sugar syrup) and sago pearls. It is a signature childhood sweets. Every Filipino had eaten taho as a child and they just loved it. My favorite too. It is very nutritious and satisfying...

Tuesday, March 21, 2017


Once in a while my son Bhumi Lema takes over the kitchen and prepares the day's lunch or dinner. Here is one of his quick and satisfying meal ideas (mabilisang ulam) that a family of 4 can enjoy right away: fried talong, potatoes, green beans; stir-fried onions, button mushrooms, corn kernel, whole garlic; fresh tomatoes, pineapple chunks and cucumber. Season with salt or soy sauce. Serve with steaming hot rice.

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Saturday, March 4, 2017


PUSO BALLS --- is one of the many simple ways that I cook puso ng saging. Puso is so versatile and lends itself to so many meat or fish look-alike dishes. It is cooked in kare-kare, kilawin, adobo, ginataan, veggie 'sardines', etc...