June 29, 2012

Keep Costs Low With These 3 Online Services

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The challenge for business owners today, especially for small businesses and startups, is to maintain efficiency in their business while keeping costs low. Despite the various efficiency tools available in the marketplace, cost can be a barrier. But using a few simple online tools may be just what you need to give your business that extra boost while maintaining costs at a reasonable level.

1. PickyDomains.com

Who needs expensive branding agencies when you can rely on the power of crowdsourcing? This is exactly what PickyDomains.com is all about. A service provider for companies looking for names that stand out – particularly true for startups who aren't that well-established yet – PickyDomains has a base of at least 50,000 contributors, each ready to contribute to a pool of ideas that business owners can utilize for their naming needs.

It's fairly simple. Just register as a client, pay a downpayment of $50 for a company name - $75 if you're looking for an excellent company slogan – and provide the site with a list of your desired naming specifications. It's risk-free as clients can get a full refund if none of the suggestions fit what they want. This is a good service to consider not only for its low cost but also because a business name that is unique and stands out in a crowd is most likely to generate potential customers than a business name that disappears in the background.

2. Bitrix24.com

Keeping an efficient workspace and workflow can be quite a challenge. CRMs and company intranets typically do the job by integrating the different elements of your business or workspace while maintaining free-flowing communications between employees. Still, a service of this size and scale can cost a lot.

With Bitrix24.com, you can have the benefits of a CRM and company intranet while getting it practically free or at a relatively low price. With numerous functionality such as a free calendar, free activity planner, free messaging and free real-time streaming, you can be sure you virtually have almost all the tools you need in order to run your business smoothly, even from the comfort of your own desk. For small companies with a maximum of 12 persons, the service is free whereas an upgrade to unlimited users only costs a meager $99 a month – a good investment especially if you're looking to expand your business.

3. JetRadar.com

In today's fast-paced environment, it's essential to get things done in the least possible time – and that includes travel. Air travel is one of the fastest and most reliable modes of transportation over long distances. But with the competition in the air travel industry resulting in airlines keeping their deals and promos exclusive to their own corporate websites, travel deals and other related information may be hard to find on price-comparison websites.

With JetRadar.com, you can cut the time spent on searching for the best ticket prices significantly. JetRadar.com provides data from 728 airlines and hundreds of flight and ticketing sites, readily available to the public in a single site. This can open up a bulk of time in your schedule and allow for more productivity, and perhaps even leisure.

Breakfast Omelet Muffin

I mentioned in my other blog that I’ve been trying to make muffin tray meals, I tried meatloaf muffins before and I was so happy with the result so last weekend I tried breakfast muffin omelet. I used bacon, mushroom and bell pepper instead of Italian sausage and broccoli.

This is another easy recipe that you can prepare for breakfast and school snacks. Next time I will add cheese.  

June 28, 2012

Steamed Puto with Cheese

Finally, I’ve made my first steamed puto with cheese. I got this recipe last year but I never tried it till I saw Bechay’s post. So yesterday, we made this for our merienda and we were so happy with the result. I was able to make 26 pieces of puto in less than an hour. Pwedeng pang potluck. =)

3 cups all-purpose flour
1 ½ cup white sugar
3 tbsp baking powder
3 eggs beaten
½ cup melted butter
3 cups fresh milk
Quickmelt cheese

1. Mix the dry ingredients
2. Put eggs, milk and butter. Mix the batter well.
3. Put the batter in small muffin pans and let it steam for 10 minutes or until inserted toothpick comes out clean.
4. Put cheese on top and let it steam again until the cheese melts. 

Read: Puto with Cheese using Maya Hotcake Mix
White King Puto
Leche Flan Puto

June 27, 2012

5 Things You Want to Do Before You Get Old

Honestly, I have so many things that I want to do before I get old but here are the five things that I really want to accomplish.

1. I want to learn how to sew. 

I can do some basic stitches just enough to fix clothes, mend a torn seam and sew a button or sequin on fabric. But I want to improve my sewing skills and make my own clothes, bed sheets, pillow cases and curtains.

I remember when I was in high school one of our project is to make a blouse and short but I don’t know how to sew. My classmates told me that their moms made their project but my mom was not with me so I went to my “suking mananahi”, I gave her my design, blouse and skort (skirt in front/short at the back). The finished product was so good and it is very obvious that I did not make my project so my teacher just gave me 85. Hehe!

2. I want to learn how to swim and dive.

We love to go to the beach and pool but I’m not an expert swimmer so I always rely on lifevest. I told you before that I did not learn anything from my P.E. swimming class, blame it to rainy season. But I hope someday, I can swim and dive like a pro.

3. I want to learn how to drive.

We bought our first family car last 2007 when we found out that I was pregnant. I promised myself that I will enroll in driving school after I gave birth but it didn’t happen. We sold the first car then our second car and now we’re using the new one and I still don’t know how to drive. I’m still scared. Hehe!

4. I want to have my own business 

Now that I’m a full time mom for four years, I don’t know if I can still go back to the corporate world so I want to have my own business but until now I’m still clueless on which business I want to pursue.

5. RTW (Round the World) 

I mentioned before that when I was young, I want to be a flight attendant because I want to travel and see the world. Tourism is one of my choices when I was applying for college but I did not pursue it. I accepted the fact that I cannot be a flight attendant, blame it to my height. If money is not an issue, I would love to travel around the world but if there is no budget I can travel around the Philippines. 

June 25, 2012

Not a secret anymore…

I’ve been trying to keep this secret of mine since last month. I thought I would never blog about this and this event will just pass by without you knowing it. I’m scared because you might laugh at me but I know that there is nothing to be ashamed of and I have to make a stand. If you've been reading this blog for quite some time now, you know already that I have psoriasis and I've been blogging about it since last year. 

We had Asian PsorClub meeting last month and our group nominated me to be the representative of Mr. and Ms. PsorPhil. Yes, you’ve read it right I’m joining Mr. and Ms. Psorphil because I have no choice, hahaha! I know that I don’t have the look and body for beauty contest nor I’m popular to get popularity votes but I can’t say no because I know that this is the only thing that I can do for our group.

I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.

Psalm 139:14

This is not a beauty contest for obvious reasons; all delegates have psoriasis so we’re not flawless. This is a fund raising event of PsorPhil so we can continue to help and serve Filipinos who have psoriasis. You can click here to read more stories why your support is very critical to our group. 

I’m the official candidate of Asian Hospital and Medical Center (AHMC), you can see my picture here, #06.

As I mentioned before, this is a fundraising event so each candidate has 100 envelopes, flyers and letters to disseminate our advocacy.  

Dear Readers,

Greetings from Psoriasis Philippines!

For the past seven (7) years, Psoriasis Philippines (PsorPhil) has been advocating for the Filipinos suffering from psoriasis. It has raised the public’s awareness through local and national awareness campaigns. It has served the community in securing access to proper treatments and elevates individual’s self-esteem with various projects that it has created to its members free of charge. With its very limited resources, PsorPhil has been able to give livelihood and medical support to its most economically challenged members. At the heart of all these activities is The PsorPhil Resource Centerr (PPRC) that acts as the headquarters of its leaders and volunteers.

For us to be able to continue serving Filipinos with psoriasis, we are organizing another event which is called Search for Mr. and Ms. PsorPhil 2012. This is a fund raising event for PsorPhil for us to be able to continue serving Filipinos with psoriasis.

The winner/s will be crowned on August 18, 2012.

Thank you very much!

Marj Platilla
Moderator, Psoriasis Philippines

Noted by:
Josef De Guzman
President, PsorAsia Pacific
Chairman, World Psoriasis Day SC
President, Psoriasis Philippines
Member, IFPA Executive Board

Canvassing Dates

The first canvassing date was June 16, 2012, I know I still don’t have votes because I just received the envelopes last Saturday but hopefully we can submit the envelopes on July 16 and August 11, 2012.

You can also support me by sharing this post through your Facebook, Twitter or G + so we can spread the word that “Psoriasis is not contagious”. 

If you know someone who has psoriasis or if you have psoriasis, please join our Facebook group. Click here.  You can also register here. 

Thank you in advance.

June 22, 2012

Hassleback Potato

I’ve been pinning for the last few weeks and I’m enjoying this activity because I discover a lot of interesting sites.  I keep on pinning those recipes that I like to try and Hasselback Potato is one of them It looks fancy but the truth is, it is so easy to make. All ingredients are available in your pantry and you can also use different seasoning according to your taste. I’m so happy with the result and now I’m searching for cream or dipping recipe. Click here for the recipe. 

Family Friendly Short Haul Summer Escapes

Finding time to spend as a family can be challenging depending on pressures from work and restrictive school timetables. When you book your summer holiday abroad, whether you opt for cheap holidays to Cyprus or all inclusive holidays to Tunisia, be sure to secure the best deal and save money to spend on your precious time together.

When considering travelling abroad, it is essential to factor in what is important for you and your family. If you are globetrotting with tots and young children, flight times and climates can be a big influence on your destination. Those with older children and teenagers will benefit from ensuring there is enough to keep active minds occupied at your chosen destination.

Although the Balearic Islands – with a travel time of just over two hours and manageable summer climes – are excellent for young families, short haul destinations stretch as far and wide as Tunisia, Turkey and Cyprus. The longest short haul destination is Egypt, a great option for sun lovers with teenagers that can withstand the breathtaking heats.

Cheap holidays to Cyprus are bargain child friendly breaks. The island’s year round sunshine and 53 blue flag beaches make it a superb spot for a summer sojourn. While younger children can safely build castles in the safe shores at Limassol, older children will love the many waterparks and watersports available on the island.

While all inclusive packages can seem like a more expensive option, they offer the assurance of three full meals every day, snacks, local and soft drinks and some activities. Tally up the cost of dining on half board or self catering and you may find that splurging on an all inclusive will save your spends and guarantee unlimited ice-cream for the kids!

However and wherever you choose to travel, book your break online for the very best holiday deals this summer.

June 21, 2012

Things that Make You Happy

Since yesterday, I’ve been thinking if I will join the first meme of BC bloggers or not because I having dilemma with my son. I told you before that he doesn’t want to go home and I really don’t know what to do to convince him that we need to go home and we can’t stay all day in school. I really want to cry because my son is not listening to me. It’s an everyday dilemma for me and just today this is our scene.

Me: Ethan, let's go home
Ethan: nooooo!
(Repeat for the nth time)
Me: Ethan, I'm going home now. (walking towards the gate)
Ethan: ok, bye mommy, see you tomorrow! 

Waah! As if I can go home without him. Anyway, like Peter Pan said, “think happy thoughts” so now I will be sharing things that make me happy.

1. Traveling 

Traveling makes me happy. Since I was a kid, I really want to travel and see the world maybe because I feel deprived. We only experience family outing if my relatives will invite us or if my mom was here. It is always my dream to finish school so I can work and when I have work I can save money for my future travels. When I was still working, I really save my salary and if my mom gives me money, I also save it so even though I’m a full-time mom now I have no problems if I need money for my getaway. But of course, I have to limit my travels because I don’t want to deplete my funds.  But I would be more than happy if my husband will finance my/our future travels. =)

Time doesn't wait for you... Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer

2. Cooking and Baking 

Now that I’m a full-time mom, I have more time to cook and bake. I love trying new recipes and I feel happy if my hubby and son like it. But don’t expect me to cook during holidays or if there’s special occasion because I find it stressful.

3. Time with my family 

I always look forward to weekends and holidays because that is the only time that my husband has time for us. I always wish that there will no more out of town and out of the country business trips. I always pray that one day; he will file a vacation leave on his own, without me telling him that he needs to file a vacation leave because I booked a flight or we need to attend this or that.

4. Family/Friends Reunion/Outing 

Because of distance and busy schedules, I seldom see my family and friends so I really appreciate those time and moments.

5. Blogging 

It became part of my life since last year and I’m happy sharing my random thoughts, pieces of my life and crazy moments in my post. This is my “me time”, my stress reliever and my connection.

Shakey’s Party

Last Saturday, we attended Aerith’s (my niece) 1st birthday party at Shakey’s - Caloocan. We reached the venue 40 minutes before the party so I took some pictures.  #earlybird. The party started late because visitors were also late, blame it to bed weather.

The room is good for 120 people.

And because we’re so early, my son immediately get 3 balloons. Yes, he loves party balloons.

I notice that there’s big improvement in my son’s social skills, thanks to his summer class. He now participates in every game.

he won in "bring me"game

Surprisingly, he didn’t cry when he saw the mascot. If you remember my post before, my son dislikes mascots and life-sized figures so I think he doesn’t have masklophobia. Sayang, no picture with the mascot.

What I love in Shakey’s Party? Food of course, my son was able to finish his chicken, rice and ice cream. #napagod sa games. =)

June 18, 2012

Viaje Del Sol: Lake Pandin and Lake Yambo

If you’ve been reading this blog for quite some time now, you know that I’ve been meaning to visit Lake Pandin since last year. Yesterday, I visited my grandmother and fortunately she has no plan to go to supermarket so I informed my husband to text Ate Siony to ask for directions so we can visit Lake Pandin. But no one replied, so I told him to call the number and he said I gave him the wrong number. I checked his phone and told him that he texted and called the wrong number. #sayang oras. We called Ate Siony and asked how to get to Lake Pandin and off we went. We left Victoria, Laguna at 2:20PM and we reached Lake Pandin at 3:30PM including the 15-20 minutes trekking.

Finally, I was able to visit Lake Pandin.

We visited Lake Yambu too, about 3 minutes of trekking. It is not advisable to senior citizens and kids but since we want to check the other side, my husband carried my son. =)

Lake Yambu
When we went back to our raft, they gave us fresh buko juice. But if you want to avail their food package, you have to call them in advance. (grilled tilapia, shrimp, fern salad and banana).

Whether you are a good swimmer or not, you have to wear lifevest if you want to swim. Surprisingly, my son did not want to swim and he only stayed for two minutes. The place where we stayed is “75 feet deep” and other part of the lake is 180 feet deep. We left around 5PM. #bitin

If you want to unwind and relax, this is the best place for you. We will definitely go back again and avail food package.

Lake Pandin Rates and Contact

P180 per head
P180 food package per head

My son (3 yrs old) is free of charge.

Contact: 0929-9789565 Ate Siony

June 13, 2012

How to Celebrate your Dad on Father’s Day

After celebrating mom last month, it’s now time to celebrate the dad in the family. June 17th is father’s day and it’s an important time for any family to reflect on the men that helped raise them. Just like our moms, dads are a critical part of the family; some dads are the breadwinners of the family, others are staying at home dads that raise the kids while mom is out at work. Either way, they deserve to be honored on this very special day. Here are a few tips on how you can do your part to ensure that your dad feels appreciated on this holiday!

Keep it special but low key

Mother’s day is a festive affair that brings to mind fabulous brunches and elaborate gifts from families showering their appreciation to the number one mom. As you might guess, most fathers don’t expect or want the same treatment for their day. In fact, I think it’s safe to say that most dads would prefer a simple gathering with their loved ones to any big blowout party.

So I’d advise keeping that in mind when you plan the festivities for your dad: think small but significant. You want your celebration to be novel enough to let your dad know how much you care, but small enough so as to not draw unwarranted attention. After all, dads won’t want any fuss on their special day. They just want to be around the ones they love.

Cook together

One of the best activities I can think of is hosting a small and intimate dinner for your dad. You and your kids can work together to cook him one of his favorite meals, or you can include him on the cooking and make it a family event. For instance, cooking styles like barbecue lend itself to the kind of communal and fun eating that would be perfect for any father’s day. If your dad is in on the cooking, you all can work together to make his favorite dishes to make it extra special, whether it’s a simple noodle dish or some elaborate meat dish.

Cooking is a simple but powerful activity. It brings the family together around a nice meal, allowing for good conversation and quality time with loved ones. It’s all your dad needs for father’s day, and it’s honestly all he probably wants out of it. So treat him with a nice meal!

If he’s away, get creative

Of course, there are some cases where either you or your dad won’t be able to be home to celebrate father’s day. You might be a college student focusing on summer courses or taking classes at some college abroad, for example. Or perhaps your dad travels often for business and can only make it home so often during busy months. Either way, one has to get creative when you can’t have a traditional father’s day.

I have two recommendations in this case. One is that you write and mail a personal letter to your dad wherever he is, letting him know just how much you can about and appreciate him. I personally think that a short but heartfelt handwritten letter is a much better than a long email. The other option is that you set up a video conference over Skype or a similar service online so that you can see him on his special day. It’s not exactly the same as a face to face encounter, but it’ll at least be good for you to see your dad, say hi, and catch up on things.

How will you celebrate father’s day this year?

Guest Post: 
A born writer, Angelita Williams loves to write short stories. Her second passion is education, a topic that she covers incessantly as a freelance blogger. Though she has an allegiance to online education, she’s dedicated to depicting all forms of education equally, and she writes impartially about college courses online and offline. Angelita can be found at angelita.williams7@gmail.com


I no longer have any problem with my son, he’s really excited to go to school but my dilemma now is, he doesn’t want to go home after class and he just want to play, play and play.

 And just today, we’re the last one to go home. Now, I’m thinking if I will get a school service or not.  

June 11, 2012

He is No Longer a Baby…

Time flies so fast and today was Ethan’s first day of school. After 3 years and 8 months he’s now an official school boy, whether I like it or not he’s no longer a baby. How I wish I could stop the time so he will always be my baby but I know I can’t and I just have to accept the fact that time has come that I have to let him go. I have to allow him to spread his wings and fly, see the world, meet new people, learn new skills and discover things on his own.

It was a bittersweet memory, I’m sad because I know that he will have new friends when we used to be his only friend (me and hubby) #jealous. I know that he will be more independent when he used to ask for my help in everything #feel less needed. I’m scared because I won’t be able to see him for 2 hours and 30 minutes, I can’t be there to defend him from bully kids and I can’t be there to comfort him. #paranoid mom. Maybe this is the reason why I’m not yet ready for school because I’m not yet ready for this moment.

But despite my drama moments, I’m still happy and excited for him, this is now a new chapter in his life and I’m just here to support and guide him. No matter what happen, I will always be proud of him and I will be here and there all the time. Even though he’s no longer a baby, he will always be my baby.

First Day of School

He started school this morning,
And he seemed so very small.
As I walked there beside him
In the Kindergarten hall.

And as he took his place beside
the others in the class,
I realized how all too soon
Those first few years can pass.

Remembering, I saw him as
He first learned how to walk.
The words that we alone made out
When he began to talk.

This little boy so much absorbed
In learning how to write.
It seems as though he must have grown
To boyhood overnight.

My eyes were blurred by hastily
I brushed the tears away
Lest by some word or sign of mine
I mar his first big day.

Oh how I longed to stay with him
And keep him by the hand
To lead him through the places
That he couldn’t understand.

And something closely kin to fear
Was mingled with my pride.
I knew he would no longer be
A baby by my side.

But he must have his chance to live,
To work his problems out,
The privilege to grow and learn
What life is all about?

And I must share my little boy
With friends and work and play;
He’s not a baby anymore –
He’s in Kindergarten today

I've read this poem here, I just edited the she, her, little girl etc. 

June 09, 2012

Muffin Tray

My son is now a school boy and one of my dilemmas is his snacks. I don’t know what to prepare because he’s not fond of eating rice meals. He eats depending on his mood so it is not surprising anymore if he went home without eating his snacks. Since last week, I’m just giving him snacks like cupcake, mamon and sandwiches. Last Friday, I prepared rice meal because his schedule is from 10:30AM to 1PM but same fate, he just took a bite. Good thing that he eats heavy meal before and after school.

But of course, I want him to eat during recess time. So, I’ve been checking pinterest site for the last two weeks and now I’m starting to try some of the recipes. I was so amazed because muffin tray is not only for muffin and cupcake, you can use this tray in different recipes like these.

I have tried the meatloaf but I use my own recipe. Next time I will try the breakfast omelet muffin. Now, I love my muffin tray. 

June 08, 2012

Recipe using Breading Mix

For the last few months my husband has been requesting for breaded pork chop. The requests were not granted not because I don’t want to cook it but I always remember my first try. I seasoned the pork chop with salt, dipped it in egg wash, coated with flour and fried it. It was unsuccessful. I dislike the result so I don’t want to try it anymore.

But when I saw the instant breading mix in our pantry, I promised myself that I will cook breaded pork chop but as always I forgot about it. Hehe! So just this week, I put the breading mix in our fridge to remind me that I will cook breaded pork chop, finally I made it.

This was my first time to use breading mix; I can’t even remember when I bought this. This mix is for chicken but I used it with pork and potato. Yes, you’ve read it right! Potato. I always love mojo’s of Shakey’s so I always fry potato at home though the taste and appearance is not the same. Check my first try here.  But now, I was glad because I have better version of DIY mojo’s.

Wash the potato, slice, coat with breading mix and fry it.

I used the same procedure with the pork chop. Finally, the result was successful and my son liked it too. From now on, I will include breading mix in my grocery list. 

June 07, 2012

4 Tips For Finding a Home

You may all agree with me when I say that June is considered as wedding month. I do not know the true reason why couples choose June as their wedding date, all I know is flowers are cheaper during this month. Well, aside from wedding preparation, most couples are also busy finding their dream home. Like what I’ve said in my old post, it is not easy to find your dream home. There are few factors that you need to consider aside from your budget.

1. Location 

Location is very important; you have to choose your house depending on your workplace and lifestyle. Do you want to live in rural or urban? We live outside the city but my husband office is just 45 minutes to 1 hour away from our home via SLEX. We did not consider living in the city because we don’t like traffic but now we’re thinking if we have made the right decision because toll fee is P158 one way only compared to P74 when we bought the house. That is an everyday burden for my hubby. =)

2. Type of Home 

Do you want a single home, condominiums or townhouse? We do not like condominiums because there is additional payment for parking space and you do not own the lot.

3.  Number of Stories 

Do you prefer bungalow, two stories, loft type or split levels? We experienced the Typhoon Milenyo flood and it is really hard to save our furniture and appliances because we live in a bungalow so we chose two stories house. I believe that we now live in free flood area so I’m praying that we will not experience any flood.

4.  Interior Specifications 

How many rooms, bathroom and extra space you want? We dislike big houses because it is difficult to maintain and clean it. =)

That’s my tips for finding your home base on my experience. If you are still having a hard time looking for your home, do not hesitate to contact real estate agents. They are the one who will assist you in all the tripping, paper works, and other documents. You can search the internet and you will be surprised that there is an automated homefinder. If you live in Colorado, there are real estate agents in Denver that you can call for help. 

June 06, 2012

Viewpoint Restaurant

Yesterday was hubby’s nth birthday and he didn’t have any plan where and how to celebrate his birthday. I suggested lunch or dinner in Marcia Adams or Dusit Hotel Buffet (to avail the birthday discount promo – your age is the total discount) or visit BlueRoze Farm. All my suggestions were rejected so it seems that he has no plan of celebrating his birthday. But since we want to welcome the new member of our family, off we went to Tagaytay for test drive. No definite destination we just enjoy the ride.

Hubby dropped by at Our Lady of Lourdes church to give thanks.

Before we reached Nasugbu, Batangas we saw Viewpoint Restaurant, just in time for lunch. Parking was not difficult because there were only few customers.

This view deck is all ours.

We ordered sinigang na maliputo ½ kilo P325 (2 pcs) and lechon kawali P270. Price is quiet steep considering the serving but I guess you’re not just paying for the food but also for the ambiance. I want to add salted egg (3) with tomato and onion but the price is P150. waah!

The food was just ok for me but hubby and son was very much satisfied with sinigang na maliputo (simu’t sarap). You know that I’m a meat lover so I ate lechon kawali.

What I don’t like in Viewpoint, it is really hard to call someone if you need something or if you have additional order. Even there’s a buzzer in the view deck, it took them so long to go to our table. So we immediately asked for the food bill after the staff delivered the extra rice.

Happy Birthday to my hubby!


Some people have their own piggy bank where they put their coins. I don’t want to hoard coins forever so what I always do is, group the coins (10pcs) and wrap them with scotch tape. One advantage of this is I can easily dispose coins in my coin purse.