September 26, 2011

Mita’s Fudgy Brownies

Last Saturday, I baked Mita’s Fudgy Brownies and I was so delighted because I made it. It was my first time to bake brownies and thank you for this recipe. Click here for the recipe. 

I planned to add some nuts in the recipe but my hubby bought a garlic flavor nuts but brownies are still yummy even without nuts. It is a little bit sweet so next time I will reduce the sugar to ¾ cup. It doesn’t look good on the picture.



Banoffee Pie



I’ve told before that I will try Iced Crème Brulee Macchiato and Crème Brulee Macchiato on my next visit but I’ve change my mind because I’ve read a lot of negative feedback so I ordered Mocha Frappuccino P135, Soy Strawberry Cream Frappucino P155, Cinnamon Swirl P60 and Banoffee Pie P110.






Banoffee Pie is my all time favorite. It is a dessert that it is not meant to be shared because I really love this pie, good thing that my hubby and son did not like this. =)




September 21, 2011

Crème Brulee Frappuccino



Last weekend, we visited Starbucks to try their new beverages and yummy breakfast options. I ordered Crème Brulee Frappuccino P135 and French Toast P85 while my hubby got his favorite Café Latte P110.




Crème Brulee Frappuccino is overly sweet so I was not surprised if my son likes it, I patiently waited for him to give me my drink, he almost finish half of it before I was able to taste this drink. There is nothing special on their French Toast with maple syrup; I still like my own version of French toast with cinnamon powder. =) I was not able to finish the other slice so I shared it with my husband.  I will try Iced Crème Brulee Macchiato and Crème Brulee Macchiato on my next visit; I still have few charge slips to use.




September 20, 2011

Favorite Meals at Max’s

Max’s is one of our favorite restaurants because we always love their food and service that is why I chose this restaurant for my son’s christening. We’re always satisfied with their food even their combo meals are affordable. My favorite combo meals are Platter Meal and Chopsuey Meal.




So, I ordered Platter Meal, Pancit Canton, Fiesta Plate with Fresh Lumpiang Ubod and Max’s dessert Sampler. Every time we eat here, we always order their dessert sampler; my son can finish half of this after eating his favorite pancit canton.


September 19, 2011

BookSale



If you want books at a cheaper price go to Booksale. Believe me their price is really affordable. These are the books that I have bought last week for my son. Twelve pieces of books for P220 only. It is a must for me to buy cheaper books because my son doesn’t know how to take care of his books; I really pity his battered books, if only they can talk. I plan to enroll him next school year and I hope that he will learn to take care of his school books.  


September 18, 2011

Play-Doh Cars 2 Mold N Go

Yesterday, I was scouting for bike and tri-scooter for my son but it seems that he is not interested so I just went to Play-Doh section. I want to buy Play- Doh to enhance his imagination and creativity.  I was choosing among these three but my husband did not agree. He said my son might eat this. Well, he has a point though Play-Doh is non toxic it is still not edible.  

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Then we saw Play – Doh Cars 2 Mold N Go, this is perfect for my son because he loves McQueen. This will make him busy.


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September 16, 2011

Jump, Bounce N Play









While waiting for my niece and nephew, we stayed in Jump, Bounce N Play at SM Valenzuela, P200 for unlimited play. They have 2 big inflatable slide and 1 big inflatable basketball ring. You need to buy a ball for P30 if you want to use the basketball ring. The staff required us to stay inside because according to her, “maliit pa yung mga bata”, true enough for my son because I need to assists him in this inflatable slide, he can’t get in at nadudulas”. Hihihi!



The kids really enjoyed the place; they jump, bounce, play and slide in different positions.



After two hours and thirty minutes, I do not hear any more noise and I cannot see my son in the slides. So when I checked on them, here’s what I saw.



They no longer want to play so we had a quick snack at Jollibee before watching Spy Kids 4: All the Time in the World.





Spy Kids 4: All the Time in the World



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This is another movie date with my mom, we are looking for a kid’s friendly movie for my son, nieces and nephews but we have no other choice so we watched Spy Kids 4: All the Time in the World. I am not expecting too much because I know that I’m too old for the movie but we all enjoyed the movie. The kids are even laughing on some scenes. This is really a family movie that conveys positive message. We should not waste time and we should make time for our kids. I even told my husband to watch this movie because he’s so busy these past few weeks. =)




September 14, 2011

We Love Red Ribbon

From the time that my mom went home in the Philippines, she will always suggests Red Ribbon. It seems that this is her flavor of the month so we always eat here whenever we go out. And because they only have few meal options, we’ve been eating the same meal over and over again. She finds Red Ribbon meals very affordable because drinks and desserts are already included.

my favorite





KFC Snack Box



We had a quick snack last Sunday at KFC. I ordered two snack boxes, which includes fries, drinks and choice of chicken wings or fun shots for P70. When I saw the snack box I told myself that this is not enough for me but after finishing the meal, I concluded that it is just enough to fill my stomach. =)








September 13, 2011

Ultimate Grilled Cheese

Last weekend while getting my credit card bill online, I’ve read that Starbucks Instant Rewards will end on October 31, 2011. Hmm, the end is near for my Starbucks adventures so I immediately check our charge slips if we have something to redeem.

We decided to have our breakfast at Starbucks before going to Asian Hospital for my son’s check-up. We redeemed our free beverages, Café Latte P110, Caramel Macchiato P140 and White Chocolate Mocha P140. It was my first time to try Caramel Macchiato and I’ve enjoyed it. We also ordered Cinnamon Swirl P60, Ham and Cheese Croissant P75 and Ultimate Grilled Cheese P140.



Ultimate Grilled Cheese is one of the new sandwiches of Starbucks; it has six types of cheese such as cheddar, mozzarella, emmenthal, provolone, gruyene, and feta. I felt so disappointed because I was expecting cheese sandwich but when I sliced it, I saw slices of Hungarian Sausage inside. But in spite of my disappointment I still love this sandwich, another alternative for Grilled Ham and Three Cheese. The name is quite deceiving, those people who are not eating meat won’t be happy if they order this.





Charity Blogging for Cancer Awareness



When almost everyone were so busy preparing for the Holidays, attending Christmas party, doing their last minute shopping and wrapping gifts for love ones, we received a bad news that my sister in law had passed away last Dec. 16, 2010, exactly nine days before Christmas.  She fought hard for almost two years but colorectal cancer succumbed her.

It was indeed painful for my husband’s family and it was even difficult to celebrate Christmas when deep in your heart you are missing someone. It is really hard to accept but we know that we do not have the right to question God. We just need to rely on Him, that we have our own time. We just hope and pray that God will give us the strength to accept, to understand and to learn the art of letting go.

I want to share this poem, it was written by a 13 year old boy who died of a brain tumor that he had battled for four years. He died on December 14, 1997. He gave this to his mom before he died. His name was Ben.

My First Christmas in Heaven

I see the countless
Christmas trees
around the world below
With tiny lights, like Heaven's stars,
reflecting on the snow

The sight is so spectacular,
please wipe away the tear
For I am spending Christmas with
Jesus Christ this year.

I hear the many Christmas songs
that people hold so dear
But the sounds of music can't compare
with the Christmas choir up here.

I have no words to tell you,
the joy their voices bring,
For it is beyond description,
to hear the angels sing.

I know how much you miss me,
I see the pain inside your heart.
But I am not so far away,
We really aren't apart.

So be happy for me, dear ones,
You know I hold you dear.
And be glad I'm spending Christmas
with Jesus Christ this year.

I sent you each a special gift,
from my heavenly home above.
I sent you each a memory
of my undying love.

After all, love is a gift more precious
than pure gold.
was always most important
the stories Jesus told.

Please love and keep each other,
my Father said to do.
I can't count the blessing or love
has for each of you.

So have a Merry Christmas and
Wipe away that tear
Remember, I am spending Christmas with
Jesus Christ this year

I am blogging this because I want to help those cancer patient in my own little way. I know how hard it is to have cancer, it is also considered as a traitor disease because you never know when it is your time. For every 10 bloggers who will blog about this, CanShare (support group for cancer warriors and survivors) will receive one Prosure Formula and there will be a whole day event on December for cancer warriors and survivors.

For full mechanics, please visit life and fever website. Click here for the link. Hope you do the same, deadline is September 30, 2011 5PM. If you are not a blogger you can still help by tweeting or posting this event on your facebook wall.

September 12, 2011

Water + Floater + Sun = Fun

Since July, I’ve been looking for arm band floaters for my son and I’ve been to seven different malls but unfortunately, there were no arm band floaters available. No arm band floaters on our Cebu trip but lucky for me; I was able to pass this store on our way to Victoria, Laguna.


There are several stores that sell floaters in Pansol, Laguna and I am very familiar with this place, I just wondered why it did not cross my mind. Anyway, it was not too late because my son was able to use the arm band floaters in our Villa Escudero trip and Blue Coral Resort outing. I bought it for P50 only. Hehe!

My son loves water, even he doesn’t know how to swim yet but with the help of the arm band floaters, he can go anywhere. In fact, he is very confident with his swimming skills and sometimes he removes his floaters and jump on the water. He is not scared but we are scared for him. He is so independent that he feels that he no longer needs guidance.  He even pushed us if we will hold him.



And now he enjoys the slides. He never gets tired of it.



Whenever he slides, this is all his landing positions.


There are always crying moments and tantrums when it is time to get off the water.  After swimming for several hours, we know that he really enjoyed it because he can sleep while watching TV and eating slice of bread.


September 11, 2011

My 7 Links Project

Thanks Karla for tagging me.  I’ve just started blogging since last week of February but it took me a long time finishing My 7 Links Project, hahaha! I had a difficult time choosing from my few posts. =)

1.       The most beautiful post – I’ve considered Day in Paradise as the most beautiful post because it is one of my memorable and fabulous birthday celebrations. I always have simple birthday celebrations and this was the first time that I really splurge on my birthday, knowing that I do not have an active income.


2.       The most popular post is Busy as a Bee. Believe it or not this is the most popular post in my blog. It has more or less 2,000 views in less than two months. I guess when people are searching for bee images; they are redirected to my blog.


3.       The most controversial post is no other than Cebu’s Lechon. It was my first time to receive negative comments and I admit it somehow affected me but thank you for the kind words that I’ve read from you. It really helped me a lot.


4.       The most helpful post is Cebu City Tour because it will give you an idea how to DIY your tour. You can save from hiring private van or booking travel tours.


5.       A post whose success surprises me is Morong Star Beach Resort and Hotel because I never thought that it will gain viewers nor expected that it will be on page 1 ranking when you google search the resort.


6.       A post that I feel did not get attention it deserves is Why Your Support for the PsorRocks Concert is Critical? I reposted this post from our PsorPhil’s President because I want people to understand why we need their support, how much we wanted to inform them that psoriasis is not contagious and to let them know that we need acceptance and not pity.

7.       The post that I am most proud of is World Psoriasis Day 2010 because this was the first time that I come out in the open and admit that I have psoriasis.



September 09, 2011

Kidz Playhouse


It seems that I’ll be posting more playhouses in the future because my son is a handful now. We went to Festival Mall yesterday to accompany my mom in her shopping spree but she can’t concentrate on her thing because we keep on chasing my son inside the department store and I can’t remember how many times I told my son “to behave”, “to stay in one place” and “to stop touching displays”. After one hour, I told my mom that I’m really tired and I have no more strength to go on so we had an early lunch.

After lunch, my son and I went straight to Kidz Playhouse beside Hairplay. This was our first time to go there, P180 for unlimited play. The place is quite small, toys are very limited compare to other playhouses and the staffs are not wearing any uniform so it took me time to find out who the staffs are and who the guardians are. 



I hate waiting and waiting my mom to finish her shopping while I’m inside the playhouse is not really enjoyable. I do not know how my hubby entertains himself while he’s in the playhouse. I guess, I should learn how to kill my time because there is more to come. I’m still a paranoid mom who can’t leave my son inside the playhouse, who can’t read a magazine or watch TV because I keep on checking my son if he is enjoying himself or if he is hitting someone or vice versa.




September 07, 2011

Playmates


Whenever we go out we’re always together so even if I’m going to Divisoria, my husband and my son will accompany me. I admit that it is hard to shop in Divisoria if you have a son in tow but with the help of “Playmates” I can enjoy my “Me Time”.



After eating our lunch we will separate our ways, I will do my own thing and they will go to Playmates. I have to pay P150 for four hours during weekends, so I have to finish shopping within four hours or else I will pay more. Hehe!

This is now our routine if ever I will go to Divisoria, once or twice a year. The only problem is my son, he always cries when we’re going home because he doesn’t want to leave.    






September 06, 2011

Staycation at Blue Coral Resort

We went to San Juan, Batangas last weekend without any reservation because we’re thinking that it’s lean season so we do not need a reservation. But unfortunately La Luz Resort is already fully booked, then we moved to Taramindu Resort and we have the same fate.

Good thing that I have a list of resorts and draft of expected expenses so we’re prepared just in case the resort could not accommodate us. Out third stop is Blue Coral Resort and finally, they still have available room for us though penthouse is no longer available so we ended up with family deluxe and suite room. Each room is good for 12 persons which are perfect for us, 10 persons per room.



Actually, I made my reservation at La Luz Resort last month but I did not pay the 50% down payment because my mom was worried about the weather and down payment is non-refundable. I made my last minute booking but received no reply so lesson learned, peak or lean season we should make a reservation. 

But we have no regrets because we think that Blue Coral Resort has better facilities and amenities. Their staffs are all approachable and friendly. When they told me that there are still available rooms, I immediately said ‘ok, I’ll get those rooms” but the staff said “ma’m baka gusto niyo po muna makita yung room”. I really appreciate the effort because they want me to check the room first before reserving it. I still checked the room though I already have an idea because I’ve seen it on the internet.

suite room

family deluxe
They have a policy of early check in and early check out, standard check-in is 3PM to 1PM. They allowed us to check in as early as 11AM and check out time is also 11AM the following day.






For an overnight stay, we availed their food package of P1,100 per person which includes buffet lunch, dinner and breakfast. Foods are just ok.


We were all happy and satisfied with our stay in Blue Coral Resort; it was really an escape from urban life.


Blue Coral Beach Resort
Laiya, San Juan Batangas Philippines

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