May 31, 2011

Free Starbucks Drink

Yes! free Starbucks drink, you’ve read it right; I’ve got free Starbucks drink yesterday. It is one of HSBC promo for their credit cardholders. All you need to do is present the charge slip amounting to P2000 or above and your credit card. You can redeem any of the Starbucks beverages or 3-pack Starbucks VIA ready to brew.  Be sure that you redeem the freebies within thirty calendar days from the purchase or transaction date. Faded charge slips are not honored.

This HSBC promo is really perfect for coffee lovers or Starbucks fan but this promo is not for me, I have so many charge slips that I have not used because I am neither a coffee lover nor a Starbucks fan. One more thing, the nearest Starbucks branch in our place is Shell SLEX branch, so it is not accessible. On our way home, we drop by at Shell SLEX to redeem the free beverage.

We’ve got two mocha frappucino for free (P135 each) and we ordered one mango peach cream pie P110 and honey glazed donut (P45). Our damage is only P155, not bad.

I do not like their honey glazed donut, krispy kreme donut is much better. The mango peach cream pie is just ok, I love their banoffee pie but it is not available that time.

May 30, 2011


Mother in law was here for a quick visit so my husband decided to bring her to Nuvali but weather did not cooperate because it was raining when we got there. We were not able to ride in taxi boat and we were not able to feed the koi. We had our lunch in Contis; it is really one of my favorite restaurants because of their lengua estofado and mango bravo cake.

We ordered apple potato salad, chicken ballotine, lengua estofado, parmesan fish fillet, philly cheese steak, roast porkloin, blueberry cheesecake, mango bravo and ice tea.

Apple Potato Salad (Php 130.00)
Apples, potatoes, carrots and chicken chunks

Philly Cheesesteak (Php 175.00)
Thinly sliced grilled steak covered with sauteed mushrooms, onions, peppers and cheese on toasted baguette

Roast Porkloin (Php 195.00)
Boneless loin of pork with special gravy, served with buttered vegetables and garlic rice

Lengua Estofado (Php 290.00)
Tender slices of ox tongue in mushroom sauce, served with buttered vegetables and garlic rice

Chicken Ballotine (Php 225.00)
Meat-stuffed boneless chicken breast rolled in creamy sauce and served with buttered vegetables and garlic rice

Parmesan Fish Fillet w/ Parsley Sauce (Php 230.00)
Served with buttered vegetables and almond pilaf

Mango Bravo (frozen) (Php 120.00)
Blueberry Cheesecake (Frozen) (Php 70.00)

We were all satisfied with the food, service and price.

Solenad, NUVALI
Tel. No: (049) 3026050 / 55
Mobile: (+63922)8819126 / (+63905)2545110

May 28, 2011

How Motherhood Changed Me

We always hear this phrase when we are still young, “wait till you become a mother” and we did not pay any attention. But now that I am a mother, I have realized that it is true, that you will learn to appreciate your mom once you become a mother.

 Motherhood is not an easy job; it is very different from the corporate jobs because there is no day off, no salary and no resignation. You cannot earn any trophy, medals, or promotion. It is a lifetime contract that you cannot revoke.
I never expected that motherhood will change my life; not just a minimal change but it turned me upside down. There are so many changes in my life including my health, career, lifestyle, social life and outlook in life. I never thought that I could give up my career just to take care of my son. I never thought that I would be happy in doing simple things with my family. There are a lot of sacrifices that I have done but I have no regrets because I love my family.  
There are so many lessons that I have learned in my journey as a mom, I have realized that it is easy to become a mother but it is very difficult to be a good mother. I have my own fears if what I am doing is right or wrong, if my son would grow up the way I want him to be, a God-fearing man and a good citizen. I know that I can choose a husband but I cannot choose my child, and he cannot choose his parents too. So I always pray that God gives me more wisdom and strength so I could be the best mom that I could be.

May 21, 2011

Buttered Garlic Shrimp

One of my favorite foods is buttered garlic shrimp because it is so easy to prepare, to cook and to eat. Lol! All you need is shrimp, butter, garlic, salt and a dash of cayenne pepper to add some kick. You can have your buttered garlic shrimp in less than ten minutes.


½ kilo of shrimp 
½ cup butter 
¼ cup garlic 
Salt and pepper to taste

1. In a pan, melt butter and saute garlic. 
2. Once you smell the aroma of the garlic, put the shrimp. 
3. Add salt and pepper according to your preference. 
4. Cook the shrimp until it change its color. 
5. Serve it hot.

May 20, 2011

My Son’s Artwork

My son’s completed his summer class program yesterday and I am such a proud mother seeing his certificate of attendance together with his artwork. I know that his artwork is not perfect because the color goes beyond the line, but for me, it is perfect (stage mother).  So this artwork is the reason why his two shirts and jeans have stains. I never expected that he will enjoy his summer class and I am sure that we will miss going to school.  

May 16, 2011

Banana Cupcake

For the last three days, my husband keeps on begging me to bake banana bread because it’s been two years since the last time I have baked a cake, cupcake or any food. Finally, I gave in last night so I baked banana cupcake.

It is just a plain banana cupcake because I no longer have baking ingredients in my pantry. It was my first time to use gas oven, it is not complicated as I thought. So now, am thinking to buy baking ingredients again to enhance my baking skills and learn new recipes or enroll in baking school? (wish I have time).

Check the recipe here

May 15, 2011

Poquito Mas

We went to Paseo de Sta Rosa yesterday to look for restaurant where we could eat our lunch, we are really hungry that time so when we saw this poster, we immediately went inside to check the food.

Poquito Mas restaurant ambiance is not really inviting but since we are hungry, we took a chance. We are not expecting that we will enjoy their Splatino buffet (Spanish, Latino and Filipino) but we're really satisfied. P299 eat all you can is really worth it. 

They serve soup, salad, dessert, fish, chicken, pork, vegetables, pasta and others. I am too shy to take picture on their buffet table so I only have limited picture of the food. I love their pork caldereta, rosemary chicken, roast porkloin and palitaw. The service staffs are all friendly and nice.

May 14, 2011


I’ve got this from hubby; it is a cardholder that you can use to store your calling cards, atm, credit cards or memberships cards. It can hold up to six cards, so if you have limited card slots on your wallet, this is a better alternative for storing your cards.

I love Eng Bee Tin

Another pasalubong from my hubby, hopia mongo and ube from Eng Bee Tin. I really love their hopia especially the hopia mongo, the filling is not too sweet. This is the only hopia that I eat, too bad, they only have limited store.

Eng Bee Tin
650 Ongpin St. cor. Nueva Street, Binondo, Manila, Philippines
Masagana Citimall, GL-8, 2410-2432 Taft Avenue Near Corner Libertad Street Pasay City
Masagana Superstore, TM. Kalaw Street Metro Manila
518 Quintin Paredes Street near Binondo Church Metro Manila
B-1 & B-3 Agora Mall, San Juan Manila
Level 2, Walter Mart Center, Chino Roces cor. A. Arnaiz ST. Makati
284 E. Rodriguez Sr. Ave. Quezon City
G41-42 Ground flr, Victory Central Mall, Monumento, Caloocan City

May 11, 2011

Danish Butter Cookies and Currant Cookies

Hubby gave us this butter cookie last night. He got this as a prize from his team building. I love the taste of the butter cookie because it is not too sweet. I wonder where I can buy this “Wonderful Copenhagen” Danish butter cookies.

Update: May 28, 2011

Hubby is back from his Shanghai trip and I am so happy that he brought me a box of cookie. I thought it was a butter cookie but I was wrong. Kjeldsens currant cookie is a little bit sweet with different texture but I still love it except for the currant because I do not like dried grape. Perfect match for hot chocolate drink or coffee. Another favorite from Denmark.

May 06, 2011

Mother's Day

I almost forgot that this Sunday is my “day”, Mother’s Day. I am not expecting anything from my son because he is only 2 and 7 months old, so I was so shocked when he gave me this card after his class. This is my first Mother’s Day gift from my son. I am so touched and it really made my day. I really appreciate his effort for putting all the glitters on this card.

Happy Mother’s Day to all moms!

May 05, 2011

Cebu's Ayer Lechon

Every time my hubby will go Cebu, I only have one request; do not forget my pasalubong and he knows already that I want Cebu’s lechon. He was not able to buy CNT lechon so he opted to Cebu’s Ayer Lechon.  This was supposed to be our dinner but because of the “delayed” of PAL, it became a midnight snack. I really woke up just to eat this lechon. 

I always love Cebu’s lechon because it is flavorful, tastier and cheaper compared to Manila’s lechon. No need for liver sauce or any condiments for their lechon. 

P375 for 3/4 kilo

It may not look good on the picture but believe me, it is yummy! Hindi na nga lang malutong yung skin, makunat na. Two months ago my husband bought two kilos of CNT lechon and it took us 3 days to eat it but now, after 12 hours, no more Cebu’ Ayer Lechon (3/4 kilo).

Edited this post because of this

Read: Cebu's Lechon

Update July 2017

My husband went back to Cebu last week and I told him to buy lechon. He always buys lechon at CnT since the branch is just near in Marriott Hotel. But he was running late to the airport so he bought lechon at Cebu's Ayer Lechon at Mactan International Airport. You have two option at the airport, either Zubuchon or Cebu's Ayer Lechon. The latter is cheaper at P375 per 1/2 kilo. 

Asian Hospital E.R. Experience

Last week when my son was not feeling well, we immediately brought him to Asian Hospital without eating our dinner. We stayed there for more than two hours waiting for his stool sample but we did not get any so finally they decided to give us stool collector just in case my son’s poop, we can go to nearest hospital to have it check.
I am used to their E.R. facilities and services but this is my first time to see their room for infants and children. The room has a television to entertain the patient.

If I did not panic, my damage will be P500 for pedia check up and not P1500+ for E.R. check up.