October 27, 2012

Trick or Treat


***School***

October 29, was supposed to be my son’s Trick or Treat but they moved it last Tuesday because of the semestral break. It was a simple trick or treat for the kids, parents need to bring two packs of cookies, candies or chocolates but I decided to bring 16 packs of goodies. Click here to learn my DIY.



We have the option to wear costume or not but of course I wanted my son to wear costume. As I mentioned in my other post we just borrowed his Halloween costume, if you answer Peter Pan and Astronaut your guess is right. He used his old pumpkin basket and I just replaced the handle. 

My son wore peter pan costume during his trick or treat in school.


After trick of treat, my son happily went home with his goodies.



***Office***

Day before the event I packed another set of goodies, I have no idea how many kids would be present so I just packed 35 pieces. My son wore astronaut costume last Thursday and we have no idea that the theme was recycle costume, my husband checked the email again and there was no note about it. Most of the kids wear costume made of carton, flour sack, garlic sack, plastic and many more.


Anyway, because it was raining cats and dogs last Thursday we were not able to roam around. My son just enjoyed drawing and coloring in this illustration board. There was poster making contest but my son did not join the contest because he was only 4 years old. The contest is open for 5-12 yrs old.



The theme is “earth day” and this is the finish product of my son. I know it is abstract! Hehe!


He went home with his goodies. Konti lang compared last year. Hehe!


We have another trick or treat today in our subdivision but I decided not join anymore because I don’t want to pack any more goodies and I think two trick or treat events are enough. 



October 26, 2012

United Nation

United Nation was founded on October 24, 1945 represented by 51 nations and until now we are celebrating United Nation. I have no idea when it was started (celebration) but I can still remember my elementary days, we always make flag every October and there was a time that we had presentation too so when I learned that my son will have United Nation I was also excited.

Cedie?
It will be an additional expense because of the costume and food but seeing my child wearing his Sweden costume and watching his dance presentation, it is priceless.

parade
We attended his first United Nation today, yes, it was a holiday and we were in school but it was fine because my husband was able to watch my son’s presentation. No need to file vacation leave. Thank God for giving us good weather. The show must go on despite the rainshowers. 

dance presentation

October 25, 2012

Halloween Costume



We know that Halloween costume is not cheap and for one time use it is very impractical to buy every trick or treat. Last year I bought a pirate costume for my son but it doesn’t fit anymore so I really need to buy costume but I was blessed to have mommy friends in school who offered their kids costume. They lent me their extra costume to check if it will fit my son. My son happily fits all the costume and poses for picture taking. Hehe!

Turle

Spider

Peter Pan
Astronaut
Can you guess which costume he used?




Interesting Perfume Facts You Will Love To Know

You might have read lot many facts about perfume, on how to buy, where to wear, how to wear and many more. There are also resources available on net that would suggest you to get best from the perfume and the brand you buy.

Whether you shop perfume online or offline, you should spend some fruitful time in buying the same. After all, you are going to buy your signature. Perfumes not only decide the mood but set the mood. It also increases the confidence level in the wearer so there is nothing wrong in spending some great time on internet or market to get the best possible perfume for self.

It is a known fact that wearing of perfume is a personal thing and people hardly feel comfortable discussing on the matter. However, perfume is enough to define the persona of a person; you may detect the person blindfolded by the perfume he/she is wearing. I would be not wrong if I say that perfume sets uniqueness, individuality, and personality. Just shop the right perfume and the world is yours.

For some great shopping tips, and buying perfume online you can follow me or read my previous published articles. In this article I would discuss some interesting facts related to perfume. Some would be common, you might know and some would be totally unknown to you. In whole, I think the write up would prove interesting to you.

  • Females enjoy keener and better sense of smell as compared to men. So, seriously saying when shopping around for perfume go with your girlfriend, they will suggest you better.
  • If you too want to develop better sense of fragrance and smell, change your lifestyle and diet. The smell is also affected by medication, so work out, you too may develop a great sense of smell. Lol, you can watch the movie perfume too.
  • Every human skin is different so perfumes also react differently. Don’t get confuse a better smelling perfume of your boyfriend may not be the same for you. 
  • Olfactory sense is better than the sense of visibility, so you will remember the smell better than the thing you see. 
  • Again a thing to try out, research says that sense of smell is better in the later part of day i.e. after afternoon, hey friends try out and write me back. 
  • Sense of smell is inversely proportion to your age, so you will grow old just to decrease the smelling ability. Wear perfume on nerve pulse area. You can try behind the ears; it will stay longer as compared to other parts of your body. 
  • If you have oily skin, perfume will hold better on your skin as compared to your friend’s having dry skin. Versace perfume in Australia is said to be the perfume working well with both dry and oil skin. Try out and write me back. 
  •  Don’t keep perfume open, it reacts with air. You will find your expensive Versace perfume fade off quickly if kept open and not kept nicely. The smell and efficiency of perfume reduces with attitude, so your perfume is not going to work on height. So, friend’s don’t love to be on top.
These were some simple yet interesting facts about perfume; feel free to comment about some more facts and help me to increase the list. Your feedback is really appreciated. Hope to see you soon with the new interesting write up. For than enjoy reading.

October 24, 2012

DIY Halloween Goodies

Yesterday was my son’s first trick or treat experience in school. It was supposed to be on Oct. 29, Monday but there was a change of schedule because of the semestral break. And because I was so busy last weekend because of my training and funwalk I had a last minute preparation.

I was told to bring 2 packs of cookies, candies or chocolates but I realized that not all packs of candies, cookies and chocolates have the same quantity. Some are packed by 20, 24, 50 etc. so I decided to pack all my goodies so each kids will receive the same stuff and the teacher can easily distribute it. My son has 15 classmates now; there was an additional of two classmates after his birthday so I prepared 16 Halloween goodies including my son.

What do I need?



Cookies, candies and chocolates
Printed Halloween stuff
Black Cartolina
Ice plastic bag
Stapler
Scotch tape
Double sided tape


I put the stuff inside the plastic bags, two milk chococate, 4 choco-choco, 2 tootsie roll and 2 wafers. I used scotch tape to bind each goodies before placing it inside the plastic bag so they will stay in its place.

Then staple the plastic bag.



Use scotch tape to connect the paper and plastic bag.

Then I use double sided tape to seal the paper.


Finished product. 




A repost from my old blog Michi's Home Sweet Home

Oatmeal Cupcakes

Yesterday, I decided to make an oatmeal cupcake and while waiting for the cupcake I was doing some chores and when I got back, I was shocked because there was no fire, my husband turned off the gas before he left so I have to bake the cupcake again and I don’t know how many more minutes I need to bake it. Grrr!

So what happened to my oatmeal cupcake….the top and bottom was over bake and the middle was under bake and it has no taste. Honestly, I can’t explain the taste, I asked my husband to taste it and same reaction but because he was guilty, he said “I will eat it for you”. 

I checked the recipe again and there was no sugar but there is 3 tbsp of chocolate chips which I did not include in the recipe. Epic failure! I will never try this recipe again. Hehe! 



Sharing the recipe from Green Lite Bites site

3 mashed bananas (the more ripe the better!)
1 cup vanilla Almond milk (you could use skim but you may want to add a little sweetener)
2 eggs
1 tbsp Baking powder
3 cups (240g) Old Fashion or Rolled Oats
1 tsp vanilla extract
3 tbsp (42g) mini chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 375 degrees

Mix all ingredients except the chocolate chips together, and let sit while you prepare the muffin pans.
Spray a muffin pan and/or liners with with non-stick spray.
Stir the chocolate chips into the oatmeal batter.
Divide batter into 15 muffin cups. They should be just about filled.
Bake 20-30 minutes, you’ll see the edges just starting to brown and they will be firm to the touch.

October 23, 2012

FunWALK and FunGAMES


World Psoriasis Day is a yearly event for those people who have psoriasis like me so last Sunday we went to Maysilo Circle in Mandaluyong City to join the Funwalk and Fungames of PsorPhil. Actually, not only psoriasis patients were present because even doctors, sponsors, supporters and other volunteers joined us to promote the global theme “Put Psoriasis on The Agenda Now” and of course to tell the whole world that psoriasis is not contagious.


HUG ME - with psoriasis | I HUGGED - without psoriasis
I became a member last 2010 and this was my second time to join the funwalk. I was happy because my husband and my son always accompany me even it is more than an hour of walking. 



Photo from PsorPhil group
After the funwalk we had parlor games and we were lucky to win the sack race game. Go Asian PsorClub!.


Click here if you want to know more about psoriasis. 

If you have psoriasis, join our group here and register here.


P.L.A.N.E.T.

I was one of the lucky participants of P.L.A.N.E.T or Psoriasis Livelihood Assistance Network and Training. If you’ve been reading this blog, you know that I have psoriasis and I’m a member of PsorPhil group. One of the visions of PsorPhil is to help and support people with psoriasis. For your information, we have members that are unemployed, they were either terminated or they can’t find job because of the skin condition so it is PsorPhil aims to help members by providing livelihood assistance and training. PsorPhil hopes that this training can help them to earn.

I was able to attend the Basic Web Designing and Basic PC troubleshooting training at Hope Christian High School in Sta. Cruz, Manila last Oct. 13 and Oct. 20, 2012. It was half day training so don’t expect that I can do web design or troubleshoot computer already but at least I’ve learned the basics. Now, I know and understand some html and css terminology and I’ve tried to assemble and disassemble computers. I just hope there’s a continuation of this training.




This was the second livelihood assistance that I’ve attended the first one was soap making, jewelry making and loadingbusiness.

I know that our Mr. and Ms. PsorPhil fundraising event was already finished but if you like helping or donating to PsorPhil group. For as low as P10 you can make a difference, you can click here and send your donation. “Psoriasis Philippines needs your help to sustain its operations in serving the Filipino psoriasis sufferers”.

If you have psoriasis, join our group here and register here.

Photos from PsorPhil group. 




October 21, 2012

World Psoriasis Day 2012


Leo Pharma Asia’s Top Executive to join National Psoriasis Week

Ricky Teo, a top ranking executive of LEO Pharma-Asia will grace this year’s celebration of the National Psoriasis Awareness Week at the Kaban ng Hiyas of the Mandaluyong City Hall.


Photo from Asian Psorclub Group
The annual event, a testament to the importance of the Presidential Proclamation No. 179 declaring every last week of October as the National Psoriasis Week, will carry the global theme “Put Psoriasis on The Agenda Now” for this year’s celebration.

Despite his hectic schedule, Teo, Leo Pharma-Asia’s Area Director for South Asia, will join the national events as a show of support for the region. Teo is responsible for Leo Pharma’s markets in the Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand, Taiwan, Singapore, Hongkong, Vietnam, Indonesia, and Sri Lanka.

Teo will discuss the topic on the stigma of psoriasis on why a great number living with it take their own lives to escape the suffering that it entails and why is this the only solution they see. He will also post the question why in a world where beautiful and clear skin is the benchmark of beauty, psoriasis patients are being treated negatively because of their inflamed, thick red scaly lesions found in their skin.

Most people think that the physical symptoms of psoriasis patients are contagious and people tend to ostracize patients with psoriasis. These instances lower the self-esteem of the patients and they shy away from the public, hiding from the judging eyes of the outside world. They hide at their homes and most patients fall in to depression.

About 30% of Psoriasis patients develop painful and debilitating psoriatic Arthritis. Their quality of life is lessened and can’t do some of the simple things that most people take for granted in their daily lives. Recent global studies also show that psoriasis patients are at higher risk of developing other co-morbid conditions such as: hypertension, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, Crohn’s Disease, and other chronic conditions.

Psoriasis Philippines, along with Leo Pharma and Teo, advocates for the Filipinos with psoriasis who are estimated to be between 1 to 2 milllion. Every year Psorphil celebrates World Psoriasis Day together with 64 other countries.

This year's Psoriasis awareness week is also supported by Pfizer Phils, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Galderma Phils. and Pascual Laboratories.

October 17, 2012

Ghirardelli: Triple Chocolate Brownies


I remember when I was still starting to bake I tried few instant mixes first before baking from scratch. After learning how to bake from scratch I never bought any instant recipe mix but last month I bought this Ghirardelli Triple Chocolate instant mix. I’m not familiar with the brand maybe because it’s imported but since it was a sale I bought 1 box good for six batches.

I baked it yesterday and I just told my husband that we have brownies inside the fridge if he wants to bring some in the office. My son and I ate this during our breakfast and then few minutes ago I received a text from my husband and he said “sarap ng brownies”. I hate to admit but this triple chocolate instant mix is better than the two brownies recipe that I baked from scratch. This brownie is so rich, dense, chewy and chocolate-y. It is a balance of semi-sweet, milk and bittersweet chocolate chips.

I’m not fan of ready mixes but after tasting these brownies, I will definitely buy this again. It is starting to convince me that I will not bake brownies from scratch again. Hehe! Another thing is it is so easy to make, I just need to add water, oil and egg. 





October 16, 2012

Monggo

Twelve days ago before my son’s birthday party started, kids planted monggo seeds on this cup, using water, cotton and monggo seeds. It is one of their activities in school and this is the result after four days.


…after 7 days


…and on the 8th day, monggo plant withered. 

And because of this project, my son doesn't like to eat monggo because it will grow on his tummy daw. Hehehe!

October 15, 2012

Mr. Sweden

October is United Nation month and we’re now busy preparing for the costume. Honestly, preparing for the costume is not easy, I spent my weekend looking for cloth and tailoring shop. I visited five or six tailoring shop pero ayaw tanggapin kasi next week na daw. Thank God that there’s a tailoring shop that accepted my request though I find it expensive pero go na rin because I was so tired looking for tailoring shop already. Here’s the costume of my son.

I also made Sweden flag but I need to prepare an extra flag because I don’t think that it will survive till next week. 




October 14, 2012

Oreo Cheesecake

I wanted to make blueberry cheesecake but I don’t have blueberry at home so I check the internet for possible recipes with cheesecake but I did not get anything I like so I used the recipe of no-bake blueberry cheesecake, I just change some of the ingredients.



Crust:
1 1/2 cups oreo cookie crumbs
1/2 cup (approx. 100g) softened butter

Cheesecake filling:
1 cup (1 brick) cream cheese
1 cup (1 brick) all purpose cream
1/2 cup sugar
3 tablespoons liquid milk
1 tablespoon unflavored gelatin (1 sachet of Knox)
Few pieces of chopped oreo cookies

To prepare crust:
Mix oreo cookie crumbs and add butter to bind. Mash well.
*Crust mixture should be close to texture of moist sand; add a bit more butter if too dry.
Transfer and press evenly on bottom of ungreased springform pan (or any pie dish you prefer).
Place in the freezer to harden crust while you make the filling.

To prepare filling:
Using a mixer, whip chilled cream with 2 tablespoon sugar until stiff. Set aside.
In a separate bowl, gradually mix remaining sugar into softened cream cheese. Beat until fluffy and set aside.
In a small sauce pan, combine milk and gelatine powder. Heat until completely dissolved (don't boil, use a wire whisk while heating to remove lumps). Remove from heat, pour and beat into cream cheese mixture.
Fold in cheese mixture to the whipped cream and beat on medium to high.
Add few pieces of chopped oreo cookie.

To assemble:
Bring out pan from freezer and pour in the cheesecake filling. Spread evenly with spatula and tap pan lightly to set and release some air bubbles.
Cover pan and chill for a few hours.
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It was a sure hit to my son but hubby and I still prefer the no-bake blueberry cheesecake because eating oreo cheesecake is like eating cookies and cream ice cream. Hehe!



October 12, 2012

Reading


Teacher is one of the professions that I never dreamed of because I don’t have the patience. I swear I dislike it but now I’m doing it because my son is now studying. First semester was stressful because of the adjustments and now it is even more stressful because of the lessons that my son needs to learn.

There are times that I don’t know which subject I will concentrate because I feel that he needs to improve on all his subjects. He needs to enhance his writing skills, memorize 1-100 and learn to identify the odd and even numbers and of course he must know how words are read. Honestly, it is not easy at first and there are times I really want to hire tutor because I’m losing my patience.

Photo Source

Good thing that I already taught him phonics before he entered school and now we are reviewing the sight words again and I’m hoping that he can read his own books. As in read the words not because he already memorized some parts of the book. Whenever we review his assignment and he is not in the mood, he will recite all the words even though I’m only pointing on one word.

For example:

I’m showing the word cat and my son will say, cat, cot cup
I’m showing the word gas and my son will say gas, gil, gum
I’m showing the word jar and my son will say jar, jet jug

That’s always our scenario and how I wish I can buy more patience. If you can relate, feel free to share your thoughts, recommendations and suggestions. 

October 09, 2012

Caramia: Sansrival

We trooped to Alabang Town Center last weekend because I need to buy some baking supplies in Gourdos. It was my first time visiting the store and it wasn’t easy locating it. Gourdos has two stores in ATC, one in Homezone and one in Entertainment Complex. I visited the two stores to check the difference and I prefer the Entertainment Complex branch because it is much bigger.

Then we had an early lunch at Amici and ordered our old time favorite Spaghetti Al Carbonara and Pollo Arrostito but for a change we order Sansrival cake instead of Sanrival gelato. We all love it and I think I can finish half of the whole cake and as of this writing I’m craving for Sansrival how I wish I know how to make this.




October 08, 2012

Bread Pudding

I’ve read the bread pudding post of “The Harassed Mom’s Food Journey” last Friday so yesterday; I’ve made my very first bread pudding. I dislike leftover so if I have time I make French toast using our old bread but for a change I tried different recipe. I got the recipe from Mom Who Think site. 
  
2 cups whole milk (or 2 cups half & half)
1/4 cup butter
2/3 cup brown sugar (light or dark, depending on taste preference)
3 eggs
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 cups bread, torn into small pieces (french bread works best)
1/2 cup raisins (optional)

1. In medium saucepan, over medium heat, heat milk (or half & half) just until film forms over top. Combine butter and milk, stirring until butter is melted. Cool to lukewarm.
2. Combine sugar, eggs, cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla. Beat with an electric mixer at medium speed for 1 minute. Slowly add milk mixture.
3. Place bread in a lightly greased 1 1/2 quart casserole.
4. Sprinkle with raisins if desired. Pour batter on top of bread.
5. Bake at 350 degrees F for 45 to 50 minutes or until set. Serve warm.

While making my bread pudding my son joined me so I gave him all the sides of the bread to keep him busy.


I have few pieces of old bread so I increase the measurement of the ingredients but I guess I miscalculated the measurement because my bread pudding wasn’t that successful.



It is crunchy on the top but too soft and wet at the bottom. Nevertheless, my boys love this or maybe because they eat anything I serve. 



How to Pay SSS Salary Loan if you are Voluntary Member

I mentioned before that I applied for SSS Salary Loan and according to the email that I’ve received my first payment would be on October 2012 so I’ve made my first payment last weekend at SM Payment Center.

I only paid my first month and I forgot to ask if I could also pay quarterly just like my contributions. Hay, if that is possible I need to wait for January before I could make a quarterly payment.




That’s the only disadvantage of a voluntary member because I have to pay every month at the payment center unlike the employed members, HR is responsible for that. 

How to Pay SSS Salary Form if You are a Voluntary Member

1. Go to SSS branch or SM payment Center. I always go to SM because it is open every day. 
2. SM payment center provides form but if you want you can also print the form from SSS website. Fill it out and make payment.

October 07, 2012

4th Birthday

If you’ve been reading this blog for quite some time now, you know that I’m not a fan of parties but since this is my son’s first school experience, I decided to celebrate his birthday in school. My son has only 13 classmates so this is really a simple celebration. I started the preparation three weeks before the event so it would be less stressful for me.

I was really worried day before my son’s birthday because we went to school only to find out that the class was suspended (Typhoon Marce). I was really praying hard that there will be no class suspension on his birthday and God is indeed good because He gave us good weather. I realized that maybe he suspended the class so I have more time to prepare.

Invitation
Giveaways

Guest thumb print
Vanilla Cupcake + Vanilla Buttercream Frosting
These are all D.I.Y. so click here for the instructions.

Compared to his last three birthdays, my son really enjoyed his 4th birthday. Happy birthday Ethan! We love you! 



October 05, 2012

Vanilla Cupcake + Vanilla Buttercream Frosting Recipe

Yesterday was my son’s 4th birthday party in school and I baked choco-banana cupcake and vanilla cupcake. My initial plan was to buy cake but I realized that it would be easy for the kids to bring home the cupcake after eating their meal.

I baked the cupcake day before the party and I made the vanilla buttercream frosting few hours before the party. I got this recipe from Brown Eyed Baker site. 

1½ cups all-purpose flour
1 cup granulated sugar
1½ teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon table salt
8 tablespoons unsalted butter (1 stick), room temperature
½ cup sour cream
1 large egg , room temperature
2 large egg yolks , room temperature
1½ teaspoons vanilla extract

1. Adjust oven rack to middle position; heat oven to 350 degrees F. Line standard muffin/cupcake tin with paper or foil liners.

2. Whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in bowl of standing mixer fitted with paddle attachment. Add butter, sour cream, egg and egg yolks, and vanilla; beat at medium speed until smooth and satiny, about 30 seconds. Scrape down sides of bowl with rubber spatula and mix by hand until smooth and no flour pockets remain.

3. Divide batter evenly among cups of prepared tin. Bake until cupcake tops are pale gold and toothpick or skewer inserted into center comes out clean, 20 to 24 minutes. Remove the cupcakes from tin and transfer to wire rack; cool cupcakes to room temperature before frosting.

Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

1 cup (8 ounces) unsalted butter, at room temperature
2½ cups powdered sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract

1. Using the wire whisk attachment of your stand mixer, whip the butter on medium-high speed for 5 minutes, stopping to scrape the bowl once or twice.

2. Reduce the speed to low and gradually add the powdered sugar. Once all of the powdered sugar is incorporated, increase the speed to medium-high and add the vanilla, mixing until incorporated. Whip at medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes, scraping the bowl as needed.

My son loves the vanilla cupcake and he keeps on eating my cupcake while I’m waiting for the other batches to finish so I ended up baking more.



It was my first time to decorate a cupcake and I thought it was easy but it wasn’t. I need more practice, but at least I did it, I’m still happy with the result. Hehe!