Thursday, December 23, 2010

I Got Featured!

I received one great Christmas gift, not a material one but it's something I greatly appreciate. I am delighted to share with you that I got featured in Nelson's blog, this is something unexpected. Nelson is one of the bloggers I treat as a fact, I also visit his son's blog and by doing such, it gives me a chance to really know Nelson and his family. I know this guy has a good heart and provides commitment and sincere service to his patients not because he is paid to do it but simply because he finds fulfillment in giving service to anyone entirely not related to him, not to mention the fact he's an OFW like my hubby who works hard to provide for his family.

I thank Nelson for this Christmas gift:)

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

A little something from Hubby

Hubby sent some tops for Acey & CJ which I think he bought at an affordable price in Qatar. I got them this morning and as soon as the kids came home from school, I had them tried the tops and it perfectly fit them. Because Acey's size is bigger than her age (she's 7 y/o), hubby got the size for 10 to 11 year old girl. I don't have to rush to SM department store anymore now that my kids have something to wear on their Christmas party that will be held this coming Friday (Dec. 17). In addition, hubby also bought candies & chocolates for us, different from what he usually sends us which is Galaxy chocolates. My kids and I promised not to touch these sinful sweets until Dec. 24 BUT that is just promise...we'll try...hahaha.

Have a Blessed and Peaceful Holiday Season:)

Monday, November 29, 2010

DIY Cupcake Stand for Toots' Birthday

Toots celebrated her 30th birthday in Fontana last Saturday (Nov. 27, 2010). She's undeniably one of the prettiest and sexiest mom I know. This hot mama is also a fashionista. She’s addicted with plains and prints dresses and highheeled shoes and a lot of branded stuff every girl wishes to have. We thought she doesn’t need material gifts anymore so we thought of bringing cake and cupcakes for her birthday with matching 5 tier cupcake. Collyn who’s starting a baking business volunteered to bake the red velvet cake and cupcakes. We actually had a tastetest of her red velvet cupcakes and we approved it with two thumbs up. The cream cheese frosting was perfectly done. All we can utter is “mmm…” after every bite.

I volunteered to take care of the tower cupcake. I inquired to one of the cupcake seller in multiply and attempted to order. It took 5 days for the exchange of messages (excluding the days the multiply seller didn’t reply in my emails) and when I was about to order, unfortunately, the delivery of the cupcake tower won’t make it on the day I needed it. I didn’t tell Collyn and other friends about it because I do not want to disappoint them. I do not want to hear “it’s okay” when in fact it’s not, considering I had enough time to order it.

It’s already Saturday and the event will be held at night. I got in touch with cupcake sellers I know who owns cupcake tower and ask if I can rent it and VIOLA…NOT AVAILABLE! I was so unlucky that day...I got stressed!!! Then I thought of the DIY cupcake stand I read in one of the blogs I follow. I run into the craftstore to buy all the materials needed and assembled everything with the help of my little girl Acey. It may not be a 5 tier cupcake tower as originally planned, it’s just a mini cupcake stand AND when I saw the finish product in the picture with the actual cake and cupcakes on it, oh boy, you’ll agree with me if I say it’s a BEAUTIFUL mini cupcake stand. This is one of the nicest and cutest thing I’ve done in my entire life. Here are the photos and let me know what you think…

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Kids love Snack Time

Sometimes I make an effort to make special snack or merienda for kids. Their current favorite is anything with cheese like pizza. My daughter Acey is always willing to help me prepare snacks for them and started to admire me for being able to copy simple recipes in the internet. It’s actually my indirect way of telling my daughter if there’s one thing you’ve been meaning to do, go for it. She wish for me to have a bigger oven that will enable me bake cakes and cookies and put up my own bakeshop eventually. Her wish is my prayer. I can not imagine spending another 10 years in a call center, which is why I’m saving up for an oven and enroll for a basic baking course to enhance my baking skills and while waiting for that to happen, I have mastered making no bake cheesecake and banana cream pie.

I made hotdog & cheese sandwich ala Jolly Hotdog two Saturdays ago and baguette pizza for today. Incidentally, my son’s classmate who happens to be a distant relative was here to enjoy the snack as well.

Our tummies are full and happy.

Have a great weekend!!!

Monday, November 8, 2010

A Spooky October 31

I was supposed to bring CJ and Acey in the trick or treat activity of Marquee Mall held last October 31 at 10 am, but good thing I changed my mind. I knew from the pictures uploaded in Facebook from friends that most of the kids who joined the trick or treat activity were pre toddlers. They all looked so cute and adorable in their costumes. But we attended the halloween party organized by my highschool batchmate in the afternoon of October 31.

CJ was captain John Smith while Acey was a little fairy. I wore black top, jeans and higheeled black shoes and tried to copy the seductive vampire make up of Michelle Phan minus the contact lens. Unfortunately, I didn't have close up picture because I was busy taking photos of my kids. I used Acey's headband with a black flower to match my get up, I actually planned on putting a tool on it and some feathers to make it look like an empire hat just like what the designer Mich Dulce was known for, but there was not enough time for me to execute my kikay idea.

We arrived at the venue on time and I brought chocolate rumble from goldilocks. The hosts of the event were busy arranging the candies, materials for the games and making the venue spooky looking. Whenever guests would arrive, they get giddy taking pictures of the venue, the food plus kids wearing costume.

Kids enjoyed the candies more than the food. They got energized after the first game which was the "donut eating contest" and I did an impromptu hosting for the second game because my batchmate was already exhausted and requested me to facilitate the "picture perfect" game.

It was another memorable Halloween event for my kids. CJ and Acey's pumpkin baskets were almost 100% filled with candies and they shared some with their cousin the next morning.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Stage Mom

I am immensely enjoying my well deserve rest from work since October 29. I’ll be back to work on Nov. 02, if president Noynoy Aquino will not declare it as a holiday.

But before my vacation, I got too busy accompanying my kids in their practice and performance for the Achiever’s School Festival. My eldest CJ joined the Cheering Dance competition held last October 27. He was also part of the Jabbawokidz who rendered a special dance number in the early part of the program. CJ was undeniably excited before, during and after the Jabbawokeez performance. He considered it as one of the happiest event in his life. He would watch Jabbawokeez in youtube almost everyday as part of his preparation for their dance number. Unlike in the Cheerdance, he joined because it was a requirement, their grades in PE subject will be based in their participation in the Festival.

On the other hand, my daughter Acey was part of the Mass Demo held last October 28. They rendered a broadway performance and gracefully danced to the tune of Life is a Cabaret, Big Spender and New York, New York. They all looked cute and pretty in their costumes.

I only had 2 hours of sleep for 2 consecutive days. I can not afford to miss the performance of my kids even if it will cause me sleeplessness (is there such a word?). I admit I am a stage mom. I uploaded pictures as soon we got home after every performance so that I could show them to hubby. He’s certainly as excited as I am to see the photos of our kids and who knows, maybe one of them will realize performing onstage is a passion and will bring it to next level :P.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Cebu Business Trip

Our Cebu trip was from Aug. 24 to 27, it was purely business trip, meaning, no time to see and enjoy the tourist spots in Cebu. The hotel we were billeted (Parklane) was a lot better compared to the hotel (Golden Peak) we checked in the first time we went there. We relished the dishes in the restos we dined in. Toots and I fell in love with the coffee caramel latte from dessert factory. I thought that the quesadillas in Zapatas here in Angeles City was the best until I tried the quesadilla in Moon Cafe' in Cebu.

We're happy to meet warm and accomodating people in our Cebu office. I'm certain Toots and I were able to serve our purpose in going there. We were productive all through out our stay and having the opportunity to present to our boss some reports related to our queue and our contributions to the success of the entire queue was considered an "Oh Shit Moment!", we gave our best and we were more than pleased with the result.

Back to Blogging

I know, it's been over two months since my last post. I'm bad for not taking care of my paid domain, now it's gone and if I need to reactivate it, I have to pay double. I'm thankful that my officemate Vic is around to help me out bring back my original free blogspot domain, so now I don't have to worry about paying for domain every year. I already thought of abandoning my blog completely but a part of me is saying to keep it, there are some moments or events in my life that I can bring back only through this online journal, so I decided to keep it for as long as blogspot is here to exist. I just have to inform some friends and fellowbloggers about the change in my blog address.

Now I can say, once a blogger, will always be a blogger.

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Happy Kids

I'm fond of bringing my kid's to kiddie birthday parties, it's a perfect time for them to mingle with other people, develop their social skills in a fun and happy way.

CJ, my eldest, is always ready to participate in games and befriend all the kids. On the other hand, my little princess Acey is the shy and reserve type, she's more interested in the party food and loot bags (LOL).

For this month of July, we attended 2 birthday parties, the first one was held first week of July and the other one was last Saturday. The pictures taken on last Saturday's birthday party were not uploaded yet but here are the photos taken by an officemate and a fellow blogger CandidMom who I think is a promising great photographer.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Healthy Packed Lunch

I try my best to come up with a list of menu for a week for my kids baon in school. I try my best too, to avoid cooking canned goods or anything with preservatives such as tocino. I wake up as early as 4:30am to prepare my kids' breakfast and baon so might as well use the time cook dish rich in vitamins and nutrients.

Last Monday, I cooked Tofu in Oyster sauce I learned from Ms. Caren Yrastorza's blog. This is the main reason why I often visit food blogs. I compile easy to cook dishes that I think my kids would love to eat during their lunch break. I always remind my kids there is always time for everything, time to study, play and eat and it is important for them to take their break and savor the rice & viand I cooked for them with love to make them stay healthy and alert.

Here is a pic of the Tofu with Oyster Sauce:

Today, I cooked home made chicken nuggets. I marinated chicken breast cut into cubes in oyster sauce, garlic and salt & pepper and deep fried it this morning. Sadly, it slipped my mind of taking a photo of it, I was understandably too busy preparing my kids for school.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Before and After Meal Photos

This is a continuation of my last post regarding "Early Dinner with Friends"where I posted pictures of the dishes we have eaten in New York Supreme. This time, I am sharing photos of ours taken inside and out of the said venue. Our pictures will describe how much we enjoyed the amount of money can ever buy moments such as this, full of sweet giggles and loud laugh. For a stress and personal worries were completely out of our minds.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Early Dinner with Friends

We decided to have an early dinner in New York Supreme after work yesterday. The last meal we had was lunch at work at 12 noon and we got out of the office at 4pm. We intentionally emptied our tummy's to fill it in with yummy panizza and various pasta from New York Supreme. It was my third time actually in NYS and I will go back again and again. I fell in love with their delectable and affordable menu. Because we were so hungry, everytime the waiter will serve the dish, it's gone in a snap!

I really had a great time dining with my friends at work, savoring the food with a lot of laughter and friendly was HEAVEN! In between meals and before we head back to our respective homes, we took a lot of photos in and outside NYS, I'll share the photos of the dish we had for now. More pics in my next blog. Enjoy viewing them.

Spaghetti Carbonara (rich and creamy)

Pasta Putannesa (rich in tomato sauce, i love the pesto bread that that goes with every pasta)

Chicken Pasta Parmigiana (my all time favorite)

Panizza ( we asked for 3 orders of this)

arugula and alfalfal (place on top of the panizza before rolling and eating it)

I call this rolled panizza ( this is actally my favorite photo)

group pic after eating...allan, arlene, minette, me, vic, jovy and bobot

Happy weekend dear fellow bloggers:)

Friday, July 2, 2010

Lip Art

I've encountered blogs where bloggers share tips on how to make a perfect nail art using various nail colors and nail accessories of different types and brands. I guess beauty bloggers should also give attention to doing LIP Art.

What do you think?

Thursday, June 24, 2010

How to be HAPPY

I got this from Andi Eigenmanns' blog, I hope she won't mind now that I'm reposting it here in my blog, anyway she it got this from someone else's blog...

Monday, June 21, 2010

Sweet Treats on Father's Day

Aside from sending hubby a heartfelt father's day message in Facebook, I wanted to make him feel it’s really a special day for him so I ordered a father's day cake for him (for my dad and brother as well) even if he can’t have a taste of it since he’s several miles away.

It was a pre ordered cake, I was undecided what design I like, I just told Annali (the cake maker) any design for as long as the phrase “Happy Father’s Day!” is written on it. I was delighted to see the design of the cake, simple and cute. The icing or the sugar paste is not too thick so you can tolerate the sweetness coming from the sugar and most of all, we love how super moist the cake was.

I also made mango sago dessert. I ‘ve been wanting to do this last summer while mango fruit is in season, perfect dessert on a humid day but I had a hard time looking for sago (Acey calls it baby sago). When finally I was able to buy sago and found the easiest cooking directions in google, I lost the momentum doing it.

While buying ingredients for the pasta I brought in my brother-in-laws despidida party last Saturday, I also bought readily peeled and sliced mangoes. I have ready ingredients so there was no excuse for me not to make mango dessert. My family enjoyed and loved it!

Belated Happy Father's Day to all Wonderful Dads out there!!!