Nicole's Big Idea
Nicole Mordeno-Kenneally was born and raised in the Philippines. She moved to New York when she was 21. She is a member of Alpha Phi Omega Service Sorority and the American Association of Notaries. She has a bachelor's degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of the Philippines and a master's degree in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. She currently works as an analyst in a healthcare investment banking firm.
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By Nicole Mordeno-Kenneally | Nicole's Big Idea | February 12, 2014
PHILIPPINES – Yet another Filipino athlete made Filipinos proud all over the world at the Olympics. Figure skater Michael Christian Martinez displayed great determination and showed no fear at the 2014 winter Olympics. As a Filipino myself, I know it is extremely hard to be in this sport. Philippines does not get any snow and Martinez has to go to malls with skating rinks to practice. At a very young age, Martinez became the first figure skater from Southeast Asia and the only athlete to represent the Philippines at Sochi Olympics. Martinez is currently ranked no. 30 and I’m pretty sure that this puts him in a very nerve-racking position. Martinez mentioned at NBC “There is a lot of pressure …
By Nicole Mordeno-Kenneally | Nicole's Big Idea | January 13, 2014
Many of us immigrants dream of living in the land of the brave, but, only a few are actually allowed to migrate due to the strict immigration laws in the United States. Based on personal experience, my mother waited 23 years since the time my aunt (my mother’s sister) filed a petition for obtaining an immigrant visa. I remember being depressed during my interview when the consul announced that I cannot go with my family because I “aged-out”. It turns out, he overlooked my birth certificate, and thought I was already 21. Thanks to the Child Status Protection Act (CSPA), I was able to join my family. Unfortunately, my older brother was left behind because he just turned 22. …
By Nicole Mordeno-Kenneally | Nicole's Big Idea | January 3, 2014
Scrambled Crab Omelet
1 tablespoon half and half
1 teaspoon salt (or garlic salt)
½ teaspoon dried dill
½ teaspoon parsley
½ pack (about 4 oz) crab meat (you can always use fake crab meat)
½ cup onions (cubed)
In a bowl, mix eggs, half and half, and salt and pepper. On a separate pan, add some oil. When the oil is hot, saute the onions until it’s translucent. Then, add the crab meat and dill. Add the eggs in the pan and let it cook for 15 seconds, then, slowly mix everything until the eggs are cooked. Turn off the heat and add some parsley. Transfer the scrambled eggs on a plate. Set aside half …
By Nicole Mordeno-Kenneally | Nicole's Big Idea | December 21, 2013
As we countdown to Christmas and New Year, most of us have been extremely busy decorating everything, making our Christmas lists, shopping for gifts, and wrapping presents. Wouldn’t it be wonderful, if we could just slash the preparation for the holiday feast off of that to do list, and just go to a restaurant or buy food instead? Maybe — but, the holiday feast wouldn’t be that special (well, at least for me). So, I wanted to share with all of you, some recipes that I’ve simplified and tweaked, to make it my own. You can cook these recipes anytime you want and not just on holidays.
Short Ribs and Cavatappi Pasta with Cream of Spinach
4 pieces …
By Nicole Mordeno-Kenneally | Nicole's Big Idea | December 19, 2013
NEW YORK — According to Alicia Keys’ hit single Empire State of Mind “In New York, concrete jungles where dreams are made of, there’s nothing you can’t do. These streets will make you feel brand new, the lights will inspire you”. I have heard of this song multiple times and it feels so surreal thinking about it. Many of us dream to make it big in New York (in the global entertainment industry in general), but, it is not as easy as you think. I have come across so many people who have been trying to get to the top, but, I am particularly impressed with how Latin Jazz flute player, Carlos Jimenez’s success story played out. I am honored …
By Nicole Mordeno-Kenneally | Nicole's Big Idea | December 14, 2013
PHILIPPINES — It’s December again, most of us look forward for Christmas and New Year — shopping, gift giving and feasts here and there. But, as most Filipinos know about, December is that time of the year wherein most students patiently waits for Alpha Phi Omega’s (APO) annual oblation run at the University of the Philippines (UP) nationwide.
Watching the oblation run has become each Filipino college student’s highlight. Although it is only done at the University of the Philippines, students from other universities gather as they await for nude male APO members to run the most controversial event of the year. Oblation run, commonly known as the “Ritual Dance of the Brave”, portrays a statue of a naked man …
By Nicole Mordeno-Kenneally | Nicole's Big Idea | December 10, 2013
CANADA — Fe Oller Gatus, the newest fashion guru in town, has been hitting the Canadian entertainment scene with her new found love — the world of beauty, music and fashion. Gatus migrated to Canada from the Philippines more than five years ago to finally follow her heart’s desire. She previously worked as a career executive officer in a Philippine government financial institution and also owned a fashion boutique at the same time. She currently works as a radio host at Radyo Filipino’s Pinoy Link located in Toronto and she is also an international freelance makeup artist, fashion consultant, artist developer and a voice coach rolled into one.
It wasn’t an easy decision, but, when her mentor asked her a …
By Nicole Mordeno-Kenneally | Nicole's Big Idea | December 10, 2013
PHILIPPINES – It has been a one painful month, and the official fatality count from super typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda is nearing 6,000. According to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), the fatality count increased from 5,796 to 5,924.
There are 1,779 still missing and 27,022 people have been injured from this disastrous event. Philippine authorities have been trying to validate these figures as it may still vary based on the reports from the local government units. I am hopeful that the fatality count would stop at this point.
Moreover, at least 1.1 million houses have been destroyed, with the total number still increasing as the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) validate the actual figures. Filipinos are …
By Nicole Mordeno-Kenneally | Nicole's Big Idea | December 7, 2013
Thanksgiving may be over, but Christmas and New Year are fast approaching. What is the best part during the holidays? You guessed it right — food, gifts and the gatherings! Christmas and New Year are truly festive in the Philippines. There are lanterns and Christmas trees in each and every house you’ll pass by. Most children are roaming around the neighborhood singing Christmas carols and the malls are always filled with people buying gifts for their friends and loved ones.
It is quite similar here in New York, but because most of my relatives are back home, I think I enjoy the festivities there a tad more. One thing that would never change though, is my appetite for food. Here…
By Nicole Mordeno-Kenneally | Nicole's Big Idea | December 5, 2013
PHILIPPINES — Back in 1995, Typhoon Rosing’s destructive nature, caused power outages all over the Philippines which lasted almost two months or so. Fast forward — I moved to New York and experienced the wrath of Hurricane Sandy. The damages were devastating, and I thought I would never see anything like it again. Imagine the shock and horror I felt when I heard about Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda.
Its aftermath truly left Filipinos helpless but hopeful that help is on its way. I really admire these families for withstanding the storm, but I admire them more for withstanding the “real aftermath”. Thousands of families are now homeless and most of them lost a loved one, but yet, the real aftermath that is …