December 30, 2011

Highlights of 2011



January - Youth Builders get together and Royce's birthday!




February - Wedding anniversary in Boracay











April - Grandfather-in-law's interment














May - Nuvali



Ethan's Summer Class











July - Cassey's Christening and Birthday



August - my birthday celebration in Cebu



Revisited Villa Escudero 




September - Blue Coral Resort



October - Ethan's birthday celebration in Ark Avilon Zoo, Fun Ranch and Enchanted Kingdom




November - Baguio




December




Thank You Lord for all the blessings!
Goodbye 2011 and Hello 2012! Happy New Year to everyone!

December 29, 2011

Thomas Climbing Set

I was having a hard time thinking which gift I will buy for my son, Christmas had passed and we still have no gift. Good thing that my son was not asking for gift yet. 

But it’s better to be late than never so finally we bought our gift, “Thomas Climbing Set” and additional character Stanley.




I thought this is just a small train set but I was wrong, it occupies most of our free space in our room. 

My son loves Thomas and Friends so we’re not surprised if he likes this gift, all out ang smile. The only disadvantage of this toy is I need lots of batteries and to save me from buying batteries, I bought rechargeable one.



Shoe Room

I was not blessed with good height and my parents did not invest on Cherifer so I always wear high heels but when I got pregnant, I started wearing flat shoes and I enjoy wearing it so now my high heels shoes are only for special occasion and event.


I forgot to tell you that I bought a pair of shoes in World Bazaar Festival, the only non-food item that I bought. I’ve been using these flat shoes during my busy days and I could attest that this shoe is really comfy and no foot ache at the end of the day. Another good thing about these shoes is, it is made of breathable materials, affordable and you can customize your own shoes. So if you are looking for comfortable shoes, try Shoe Room.


P370 - shoes that i bought

Photo Credits: Shoe Room Facebook Page


Shoe Room 

#14 Redwood St. New Marikina Subdivision San Roque, 1801 Marikina Valley Subdivision, Philippines
Hours Mon - Fri: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Sat: 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
myshoeroom@gmail.com

December 27, 2011

Christmas 2011

I can definitely say that this is the most stressful Christmas season for me because we tried to squeeze our “to do list” in our limited schedule, hubby was on leave last Thursday and Friday, but it didn’t happen again because he needs to go to Cainta just to check something (baka siya daw masisi pag nawalan ng telepono ang Ortigas extension). 

Staff cannot follow his instructions over the phone so we have no choice but to go there. (so pumasok din kami sa work). Good thing that we only stayed for almost two hours, kakainip kaya maghintay.



From Cainta, we went to MOA to get my Skin Food free sample then we had our early dinner at Gotti’s.


Friday, went to Pag-ibig office to pay our amortization, then back to Cainta again just to check the progress, after that we went straight to Valenzuela to attend Christening, buzzer beater sa reception. Hehe! 

The reception is few minutes away from my family so I visited them again and pick up my son’s gift (may naiwan pa).  Dropped by at Sampaloc to see my husband’s nephew and we went home.


So last Saturday, I did not prepare any food for our Noche Buena because I really want to rest, rest and rest. Knowing me, I am so lazy to cook during holidays so I already bought some frozen foods from Contis last Sunday, we had lasagna for breakfast, lengua estofado for lunch and steak (hubby is the one who grilled it) and mango cake for dinner. No more Noche Buena, we slept after dinner. =)


another favorite from Red Ribbon
Christmas time, we went to church and rest. Then we left at 4PM to fetch my in-laws at Cubao bus terminal (from Pangasinan) and grandmother in law in Pasig.


Yesterday, we went to Tagaytay and Nuvali to tour my in-laws before we dropped them off to Laguna.

December 23, 2011

Annoying Children Behavior in Restaurants & How to Stop Them

A restaurant in Pennsylvania, USA, has recently banned children below 6 years of age from entering their doors. The reason? Younger kids are often difficult to control and end up disturbing other customers’ dining experiences.

Whether you agree with the action or not, you have to admit that as a parent, there have been times when you were unable to stop your child from misbehaving in restaurants. As you know, it can
be quite embarrassing. Some parents might not even be aware that their kids' actions affect others.


As a guide, here’s a list of annoying children’s behavior in restaurants from parents and restaurant goers. After the list, you’ll also find tips on how to minimize these types of disruptive actions.

Annoying Things Your Child Might Be Doing in Restaurants


  • Running around
  • Picking her nose
  • Screaming or shrieking
  • Singing or talking loudly
  • Removing items from other customers’ tables
  • Putting food under the table
  • Playing with food
  • Tantrums
While everyone may not agree on what the proper decorum is in a public setting, it’s worth mentioning that everyone must be considerate of others. How do you get your child to behave better in restaurants?

Tips on Minimizing Misbehaving

1. Age


It’s easier to train and reprimand kids 3 and up. If you have a younger toddler, you may want to bring her to kid-friendly restaurants especially if you know it will be difficult to control her. In going to places that are more tolerant of kids, other customers who enter are aware that their dining experience may be interrupted by the occasional scream or flying food.

2. Distinguish different settings, and types of behavior required in each setting


Teach your child that there is a time and place for everything. A play area is for playing, while a restaurant is for eating. Tell her she can run, skip or hop to her heart's content inside a play area. However, she should only walk and stay glued to her chair when dining out.

3. Set expectations before going to the restaurant


Lay some ground rules. Prior to leaving for the restaurant, have a little chat with your child about how she should behave while dining out.
Use positive statements as much as possible, such as: use your quiet voice, food should stay on the plate (as opposed to under the table), walk only, sit still on the high chair, etc.
Emphasize that other people eating in the restaurant should be respected by showing them proper behavior.

4. Bring toys (as long as they aren't noisy)


Take your child’s favorite toy(s) along to keep her occupied in the restaurant. You may also take crayons and coloring books to keep idle hands busy.

5. Mood levels


Make sure your kid is well-rested so she won’t be cranky. This decreases the chances of a major meltdown from taking place.

6. Patience


Just because you did steps 2 and 3, it’s not a guarantee that your child will remember to behave the entire time. Be prepared to reprimand her throughout your dining experience.
If your kid misbehaves (she is a child, after all), respond to her in a calm manner. If she doesn’t stop crying loudly, step out of the restaurant until she is ready to enter again.

Conclusion

It’s every parents' responsibility to teach their children how to behave when dining out. Use the tips above to make your dining experience a better one for your family and other restaurant patrons too.
Today’s guest post is by Anne Mercado of Green Eggs and Moms Anne is a mom who is passionate about raising happy, healthy and smart children. How? With a glass of information, a pitcher of love, a gallon of patience, and of course, a bucket of humor. She believes that though parenting is challenging, it doesn't have to be boring. Catch more of her at Green Eggs & Moms.

December 20, 2011

Help CDO





I’ve been so busy these past few days and I was so unaware about CDO tragedy, I knew there was a typhoon but I didn’t know that Typhoon Sendong snuffed out over nine hundred lives and many people lost their homes.







Looking at the aftermath photos really breaks my heart, I experienced flood during typhoon “Milenyo” but I know that it was nothing compared to CDO victims. In our own little way, we can extend our help to our fellow citizens.



You can donate thru SMS (Red Cross)


 Text RED<space>AMOUNT to 2899 (Globe) or 4143 (Smart)


  G-Cash


 Text DONATE<space>AMOUNT<space>4-di​git M-PIN<space>REDCROSS to 2882



You can donate the following denominations:


 Globe: 5, 25, 100, 300, 500 or 1000


 Smart: 10, 25, 50, 100, 300, 500 or 1000



7-11 NOW ACCEPTS CASH DONATIONS FOR RED CROSS NATIONWIDE. 


Click here for more list of “how to help”


Stressful Week

I’m now feeling the Christmas rush, so many things to do but so little time. I’ve been out every single day since Friday just to finish my mom’s Christmas list. Since she’s not here in PH, I’m in charge in buying gifts, wrapping it and deliver it to my family and some relatives, good thing that they live in same area.


I won’t feel the stress if my husband just took his vacation leave seriously. My husband is so workaholic, he goes to the office even he is on leave just to finish his work or attend meeting. He always do this for years but I’m still not used to it. So in short, nasira schedule ko. No shopping last Wednesday because he went to office and school (Cisco Class) for his final exam. Fine with me because we can go out on Friday, but unfortunately, he needs to attend an emergency meeting so he dropped us (me and my son) in megamall so he could go to his meeting somewhere in Ortigas.



That was the longest two hours of my life, you’ve read it right! Though I’m a full time mom, I never go out with my son (just the two of us) because he is too handful for me. (weird no, because 24/7 ako nag-aalaga sa kanya). I do not know what to do to kill our time since this is our first date; so we went to Toy Kingdom looking for some toys and activity book to keep him busy. I bought this and stayed in Starbucks.





Lunch time came and he wants chicken, so I was looking for Shakey’s, KFC or Jollibee. I finally saw Jollibee; we ordered our food for take-out so I can easily bring it while looking for vacant table. While eating our food, I just realized how hard it is to be a single mom or if your husband is not with you. Finally, after two hours, hubby came so I can now go back to Toy Kingdom and buy gifts. =)


Then we went to hubby’s office, he needs to do some stuff daw. After 30 minutes of waiting in parking area, he’s back and we went to World Bazaar Festival in World Trade Center. I did not see any unique gift items so I ended up buying foods, Michelle’s homemade putong ube, eng bee tin hopia, and Gap biscuit.




Satuday, we went to Southmall to finish my mom’s list. The place was really jam-packed, it’s hard to look for parking space and it took me forever just to pay for my stuff. I can go to gift wrapping section to avail the free gift wrap but I don’t want to wait anymore. (spell STRESS)




Sunday, we went to Victoria, Laguna to visit my grandmother and give her pamasko (from my mom). Inasmuch as I want to sleep there so we could rest, I can’t because I have to finish wrapping the gifts. FYI: Isdaan is already open in Victoria so no need to go to Gerona, Tarlac. =) We dropped by at Nuvali to buy frozen foods and cake.







Moist Chocolate Cake P295, another favorite from Contis, the best chocolate cake that I’ve ever tasted so far. =)

Monday, hubby is on leave but as expected, he went to office for his teleconference. After his telecon, he fetched us so we can go to the hospital somewhere in Sampaloc to check my sister in law, baby was not out yet so we went to Valenzuela to deliver and pick up our gifts. Dropped by at SM Valenzuela, to pay bills and eat dinner. We went back to the hospital to check again but sister in law was still in the delivery room so we went home.  






Now back to reality, more time to finish my household chores. =)

December 17, 2011

Blog’s Wishlist

Well, because it’s Christmas and people are making their own Christmas wish list, I also listed down my wish list for my blog. I started blogging just this year, to be specific February 2011. Actually, I’ve been meaning to have my own blog since 2008 so I registered my first blog using Wordpress, but my first post is also my last post. I was having a hard time exploring and using Wordpress so I stopped. And now, I can’t even remember my user id and password.


Then after resigning from my part time job as a ghost writer, “Michi Photostory” was born and the rest is a history. Now, I enjoy blogging and sharing pieces of my life and because of that I want to improve my blog site. So these are my wish lists for this blog. (haba ng intro noh).

1.   Blog Makeover – right now, I’m using common themes. I checked some packages and the lowest that I’ve seen is $30. I do not have the budget yet but sponsors are very welcome. =)

2.   DSLR – it’s an open secret that I really want to have a new camera, though I am not really into photography but I still want to have my own DSLR. I’m choosing between Canon EOS 1100D and Nikon D3100. I think this is the cheapest DSLR in the market.

3.   External hard drive – I do not have one, I’m just using dvd’s and usb to save my files but after what happened to my laptop two months ago, I realized that I need this one to back up my files.

4.   Domain – this is my dream ever since I created this blog, I just don’t know how. I’ve been contemplating about this and finally I bought my own domain last Tuesday. Tee-hee! For the past few months, I keep on asking, searching and reading information about buying own domain but I’m still scared to try even I’ve seen some promos, I did not grab it. Sayang! Anyway, I have my own domain na, dotcom (sosyal! sana may pang renew ako noh. hehe!). The only disadavantage is my stats are back to zero.  

One down and more to go!

December 13, 2011

12 Days before Christmas



12 days before Christmas and I am not sure if our Christmas balls will last, almost every day I’m losing Christmas balls. There are only three people in the house and I am hundred percent sure who is the culprit. =)





Christmas Party




Believe it or not but I never attended any Christmas party when I was still working so that means five Christmas parties, well I’m not really into big parties. But last year when my husband told me to join him in their Christmas party I have no choice but to come, hehe! (sumama daw ako at baka siya lang walang kasama family). Anyway, it’s just a small and simple Christmas party (team), more or less 40 persons including the family.


I had fun on my first company Christmas party and my son enjoyed it too.

December 12, 2011

Skip Hop Zoo Pack






If you still remember my post Christmas Gifts for Kids 2’’, Skip Hop Zoo Pack is one of my lists and just yesterday, I’ve got my order. Yes, I bought it online and I was happy that seller agreed for meet-up. My son really loves this zoo pack; he hugged his zoo pack on our way home.




When we reached home, he immediately put it on his back and the only time that he removes his zoo pack is when he is taking a bath and sleeps. I thought that he was just so excited but when he woke up, he grabbed his zoo pack and wore it again. He was wearing it during our breakfast. =)



I was happy that he likes his zoo pack so I am not surprised that even celebrities are using Skip Hop Zoo Pack. I will definitely buy another one when he goes to school next year. This is better alternative than using his “cars” bag, would you believe that almost all the kids in his summer camp has “cars” bag so I have to put a picture tag on his bag so he can identify his bag.


Age: 3+
 • BPA-Free, Phthalate-free
 • Roomy main compartment
 • Insulated pouch for snacks
 • Adjustable mesh bottle pocket
 • Padded, adjustable comfy straps
 • Write-on nametag inside
 • Easy to clean lining
 • Dimensions (inches): 10.5 wide x 12 high x 5 deep

December 11, 2011

Oven Baked Steak and Potatoes

It’s pretty obvious that I’m a meat eater so diet is not really my thing, though I know that it is not good for our health but I cannot give up on meat yet, not now. =) Steak is one of my favorite food and in fact my comfort food but this was the first time that I cook my steak in an oven. I usually grill my steak because I find it easy but after I’ve tried baking it, I’m now a convert. I can prepare two dish at the same time so less hassle for me.





½ kilo of sirloin steak
Granules black pepper
Salt
Olive oil


2 Potatoes
Dried basil
Salt
Pepper
Spanish paprika
Garlic powder
Olive oil


1.  Preheat oven 225C degrees.
2.  Rub salt and pepper on the steak according to your taste.
3.  Place the steak in baking dish.
4.  You have the option to sear your steak first before baking it.
5.  Scrub and clean the potatoes.
6.  Slice the potatoes.
7.  Put dried basil, salt, pepper, Spanish paprika and garlic powder on your potatoes.
8.  Place it beside your steak.
9.   Drizzle some olive oil on top of your steak and potato (you can also butter)
10. Bake it for 25-30 minutes or depends on your preference. 


After baking it, it’s time to cook gravy sauce using beef steak drippings. If you want the recipe, just click here. An easy to prepare dish for less than P250.



December 08, 2011

5 Benefits of Minimalist Living

I’m trying to practice minimalist living in my life because I love the idea of “living with less but only with the best”.  But I’m not on the extreme side, I consider myself as a simple to moderate minimalists. I talked to a friend before and he said that he only has three shirts, one pants and so forth.  I asked him why? He said he donated all his clothes because he wants to live simple. I love his idea but I know that I cannot live in less than 10 pieces of clothes because I love variations.

I’m not sure if my “Milenyo” experience is the start of my minimalist living but it helped me in downsizing our stuff.  When I was still young I love to collect stuff including my first airline ticket, entrance fee tickets of my travel, membership cards or any cute stuff that has sentimental value which will serve as souvenirs but after our bungalow apartment submerged into chest deep flood everything change.  

We lost almost everything and I bid goodbye to all cards, love letters, magazines, books and stuff that I have collected. That’s when I realized that I can live without it. So when we move out to our own house, we did not have a hard time moving our stuff, everything fits in one truck van. Living in a new home helped me more in simplifying my life.

Minimalist living doesn’t happen overnight, it takes time to embrace the true meaning of it and I’m still in the process. But I want to share five benefits of minimalist living from everyday minimalist.

1.  Less stress 

I love the first benefit because stress is not really good for my health. I have a skin condition called psoriasis and stress is not good for psoriasis patient because it triggers our flare up. 
       
How to achieve less stress? 

The answer is living a simple life by cutting back your commitments and downsizing your stuff. Do not say yes to all invitations, parties and events if you think that is not really necessary. Christmas is a very busy month and I’m sure you have a lot of parties, occasions and events that you need to attend but do not stress yourself, learn to prioritize.

Minimize your stuff so you have less to take care of. As everyday minimalist say “The less you have and do, the more you will FREE”

2.    Less impact on the environment 

Minimalist living is like practicing green living because in some way you are helping the environment. Minimalists tend to buy less and use less. Before, I used to buy stuff if I find it cute or if it is on sale but now I think before I buy.  I always ask myself “Do I really need this?

3.   Less money is spent 

Less money is spent because you will buy less and save your money. Saved money can be used for future needs or future wants like travel. Minimalist doesn’t mean you are cheap but it means buying quality items so you can use them for long period of time. Quality items are not always expensive; there are quality items that are affordable.

Do not buy new stuff just because it is “in” or everyone has it and you feel less if you don’t have the latest gadgets, bags and so forth.

4.  Less cleaning to do

Being a minimalist is a great help especially for a full-time mom like me who has no helper and nanny. Imagine the stress if I have more stuff and furniture that I have to clean, polish and maintain every day.

5.   Less time wasted 

If we learn to simplify, prioritize and organize less time is wasted. We have more time to focus on things which are more valuable and significant.

December is a busy month for me because this is the month when I weed out our closets, I put away our paper bills, I delete some files, email and phone numbers that I will no longer need and let go unnecessary stuff.

How about you, are you a minimalist or not?