June 27, 2013

Three Food Catering Tips for the Perfect Office Party

Unless you’re blowing the budget on a corporate retreat, the food is likely going to be the centerpiece of your next office party. Whether you’re planning a working dinner or a friendly summer barbeque, you want to make sure you get the food right. Hiring professional food catering in Eugene is one way to do that.


If you’ve never worked with professional caterers before, follow these three tips to ensure your next office event is a successful one.

1.Plan Quality Portions

The first thing to decide is how much food you’ll be ordering. To do that, you’ll have to consider the likely size of individual portions.” Because most office parties are a “thank you” to employees or customers, you’ll want to be generous with portions.
For example, if you’re serving meat as a main course, plan on one-quarter to one-thirds pound per person. If you’ll also include hors d’oeuvres, anticipate that people will sample between four and six per person.

Follow similar portion sizes for vegetarian or gluten-free options.

2.Consider Desserts

If you’re having a full-course dinner, don’t skimp on dessert. This is especially true if you’re planning a Christmas party, which traditionally relies on rich dessert options ranging from sugar cookies to mince pies.

Even if you aren’t throwing a Christmas party, desserts are always welcome. If you’re throwing a themed party, this is another great chance to shine. For example, Mexican food can be complemented with flan, fried ice cream, and churros.

3.Tip Accordingly

Of course, your employees aren’t the only people you should be considering. You’ll also want to behave right to your caterer. Do so by leaving an appropriate tip.

Generally, you should tip about $1 per mile for a delivery fee. This is especially true considering modern gas prices. If your caterer delivered an especially large order requiring multiple trips, tip as high as 15 or 20 percent of the food’s cost.

Finding Quality Catering Services

Talk with your office manager about past caterers, or ask for recommendations from friends or family. If you have a favorite restaurant, ask if they do catering. If any of these options fail to produce results, seek out local listings for food catering in Eugene online.

With the proper care and attention, you’ll ensure your next office party is a success and that you, your employees, and your caterer will walk away satisfied.

Three Reasons Why You Should Hire a Catering Company


Putting on a party is an overwhelming experience. There are so many things to think about. You have to decorate, make invitations, and plan entertainment. With all that on your mind, the last thing that you want to think about is the food. If you have a big event coming up, consider Columbus catering. Here are three reasons why you should turn the food over to the professionals.

They Know How to Keep Food Safe

Did you know that it only takes meat two hours to spoil if left at the wrong temperature? If you don’t want to walk around your big event with a food thermometer, then you should leave it up to the professionals. Caterers have all kinds of ways to keep food safe. They have heated pans to keep food warm and dishes that are made to keep food cool. It could be a huge expense for you to purchase all of the equipment that you need to keep the food safe. If you consider how much it would cost to buy everything a caterer uses, then you probably could hire a caterer three times before you actually paid for all the equipment.

They Gauge the Right Amount of Food

Have you ever wondered how much it costs to feed a crowd of 100 people? It seems like a huge amount of food. A caterer is trained to know how much food is required to feed a large group of people. You know up front how much the food will cost, and you know that everyone will get their fill. That’s worth the extra money that you would pay for a caterer.

Peace of Mind

Social gatherings like weddings, graduations, and birthdays are wonderful events to sit and visit and be with loved ones. If you are providing food for an event, it can be very difficult to be stuck inside a kitchen when you could be reminiscing with friends. Why not let someone else take care of the food so that you can concentrate on enjoying the event?


If you have a big event coming up, hiring a Columbus catering company can give you safer food and the proper amount of food as well. When all is said and done, it’s the peace of mind that you will feel as you can spend time with friends and family that makes catering worth every penny.

How to Choose the Right Catering Options

If you are planning a party or special event, then quality catering in Fort Worth can help relieve you of a great deal of stress. By carefully choosing the right catering services, you can help make your event truly memorable for you and your guests. Consider the following when you are searching for the right catering options:

•How much service do you need? Some catering companies offer complete service, including setup, cleanup, and table service. Other caterers offer take out or delivery services if you only need food and nothing more. Once you know what you need, you can find the right catering services or package for your event.

•What is your budget? This is the most important consideration. Let your catering company of choice know what your budget is upfront so that they can inform you of which options are available to you. 

•How large will your party be? This will help you better determine how much food you need.

•What type of food service options would work for your party? For instance, you can choose from sit-down dining, buffet, barbeque, and more dining options.

•Do you have a particular theme or event style in mind? If you want to stick to a theme, let your caterer know. They can usually accommodate the theme and formality of the event.

•Do you have any vegetarians or picky eaters in your party? Choosing the ideal menu can take some time and it is important that you know if any of your guests have special dietary needs or allergies. Many caterers also offer vegetarian, vegan, and other specialized menu options for picky eaters. Offering meatless options can usually appeal to both vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike.

•Do you need rental options? If you need tables, chairs, silverware, linen, etc., let your caterer know. Oftentimes, they can provide affordable, convenient rental options to save you time, money, and frustration.

Most importantly, make sure to choose catering in Fort Worth that offers personalized service. This will ensure that they can meet your expectations.

Achieve Your Once in a Lifetime Fishing Experience


There are some things in life that are a once in a lifetime experience. You hope that getting married is one of those, becoming a parent for the first time, achieving a goal or dream, and having that fun experience that you never thought you would be able to have. Those experiences vary widely from person to person; if the once in a lifetime experience happens to be catching that big, elusive fish, then you need to go big or go home by going Kona fishing.

Choose Hawaii

Why choose fishing in Hawaii? Why not? It is Hawaii for Pete’s sake! Besides the fact that you would be enjoying a tropical paradise, some of the best fishing is found around the islands of Hawaii. Just like the people know where to find paradise, the fish do as well. Some of the fish you can find off the coast of Kona include the following:

•Marlin
•Tuna
•Mahi Mahi
•Ono
•Ahi
•Spearfish
•Aku
•Tombo
•Many more

Just the Facts

Although you can get caught up in the excitement of the paradise islands, the perfect weather, and the sheer joy of Kona fishing, you must think logically about the whole experience. You need to get an idea of what this once in a lifetime experience is going to cost. How many bones you need to save up. You will be saving up too, because this is on your bucket list. From your research, you have learned what a reasonable price is for a fishing experience in Hawaii. The charters are usually broken up into a full day, three-quarter day, and half-day. A fair price for a full day would run you around $950. A fair price for a three-quarter day would be about $750. Finally, a fair price for a half day would cost you about $550. Keep in mind the fact that you can probably find something cheaper, but it may cost you in the captain’s experience, a hoopty boat, and a disappointing fishing trip. If you go with a reasonable, well-established charter company, your dreams of catching the big one will most likely be realized.

June 26, 2013

Goodbye Google Reader


Last March 13, 2013 Google announce that they will have spring cleaning and starting July 1, 2013 no more Google Reader.

“We launched Google Reader in 2005 in an effort to make it easy for people to discover and keep tabs on their favorite websites. While the product has a loyal following, over the years usage has declined. So, on July 1, 2013, we will retire Google Reader. Users and developers interested in RSS alternatives can export their data, including their subscriptions, with Google Takeout over the course of the next four months.”

If you’ve been following this blog via RSS feed or GFC (Google Friend Connect), you will no longer receive any update starting July 1, 2013. So if you still want to be updated, you can follow me on my Facebook Page, Twitter Page or Bloglovin.



I had Bloglovin for two years already but I’m not really active in using it but now I’m starting to import my RSS subscriptions from Google Reader to Bloglovin so I can still read and follow other blogs.



June 25, 2013

Grateful


After so many months of waiting, I felt so relieved last Friday. My husband took RCDD (Registered Communications Distribution Designer) exam last June 21 and he passed it. We’re so thankful to God for giving him wisdom because I know that the exam was not easy. FYI: As of now, there are only 5 persons (including my hubby) in the Philippines who have this title. (insert yabang here). I’m just a proud wife. =)

Honestly, I was so nervous last Friday and I was praying hard that he will pass the exam. I have faith in my husband’s capacity but of course I’m the type of person na laging may “what if”. What if hindi pumasa, I don’t know how I will comfort him because I witnessed his effort while working and reviewing for RCDD exam. He always wakes up early so he can study before going to work and study again after work. Even on weekends, he stays in our living room para tahimik daw, maingay kasi kami mag-aral mag-ina. Hehehe! #di siya makaconcentrate.


There are times that I will say to him na “You’re so near, yet so far”. Kasi nga kahit kasama naman siya, busy siya sa pagreview. That is why I’m grateful that he passed the exam, tapos na ang busy-busyhan niya. He now has time for us. So we went to Tagaytay last Sunday, he visited Our Lady of Lourdes Church again to give thanks. He always drop buy in Candle Chapel. 



Then we went to Max’s Tagaytay for merienda before going home. We avail the affordable max’s merienda mixes again but this time iba na yung nasa menu. 



June 21, 2013

First Week of School


At last first week of school was over and I could take a rest this weekend. My body is still adjusting with our schedules, tutor + school + household chores + blogging. I know this week has been very busy and stressful but I’m not complaining because I know in time I could adjust.

Back to my normal routine, I was waiting in school again because I can’t entrust my son in school service alone and I don’t want to go home because I’m saving my fare. #paranoidandkuripot.

I was reunited with my mommy friends in school and we had nonstop chatting about summer vacation. Most of our kids took swimming lessons, one kid enrolled in karate lesson and one kid took piano lesson. I guess piano lesson is the least summer activity that I will enroll Ethan because I couldn’t even afford cheap yamaha dgx 640 at WWBW.  Admit it, piano is so expensive plus you have to pay extra for the recital and the venue is in Alabang Country Club #social.

One kid still continues his swimming lesson and my mommy friend is convincing me to enroll my son too because the swimming class is every Saturday only. I love the idea but I don’t want to stress Ethan so much and I have to check my budget first.



Today is Friday and time for assignment. 

June 20, 2013

Personalized Koozies


If you have been reading my other blog which is Michi’s Home Sweet Home, you are aware that I love DIY (Do It Yourself) stuff. It is something that I do to save money or to add personal touch in anything that I do or give.

But if there is something that I want and I know that I cannot do it on my own I always hire company or services that personalized things at affordable price just like my wedding souvenirs.

As of now, I’m searching for ideas for my son’s 5th birthday. I know that it is still three months away but it is really my habit to plan in advance. My son wanted Mickey Mouse Clubhouse theme and I’m glad that there are so many ideas all over the internet.

While searching for ideas I found personalized koozies, you can view site here,honestly, I’m only familiar with coaster so I really have no idea about koozie so I consulted google again and here’s what I found.





Koozie is a foam or fabric device that is designed to insulate a can or bottle beverage from heat using both external infrared sources and conduction. But now, it is also made from open cell foam, polyester and neoprene. It can reduce the warm of the beverage up to fifty percent. In addition, it is also used to easily identify the owner of the beverage.

Aside from insulating the beverage, it is now being used as a marketing tool. Company realized that koozies are affordable means of advertising or promoting a service or product. It can also be used as giveaways in weddings, schools, shows, events and product launch.

There are websites like Custom Koozy that offer designer tool that allows you to customize your own koozies. You can add text, images and personal designs. Koozies are also available in different sizes and colors so choices are not limited. They do not require minimum order so even you have small party or event, you can still order.




Actually, I found this product so cute but I can’t bring softdrinks in my son’s school party so I have to make something like this again. 


Back Pain


I’m pretty sure that almost everyone experienced back pain. Whenever I feel back pain, I always ask my husband to massage my back but there are times that it didn’t work so I have to rely on pain relief ointment or patches. Sometimes it works.

Now that I’m in 30 I always feel back pain but it is still tolerable so I know it is nothing serious. I’m not sure if it is a sign of aging or it is because I don’t have active healthy lifestyle.

My normal wake up time is past 5AM but today I woke up at 3AM and I can’t sleep anymore. My husband cellphone alarms at 4:30 in the morning and he was shocked that I was already awake. I told him that I can’t sleep and experiencing back pain. I even suggested that I think we need to buy new mattress or pillow top. He just laughed. I have no idea when it is the right time to replace mattress but we’ve been using our bed for 7 years already.

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I was surfing the net a while ago, checking different online store who sell mattresses and I can’t decide which one I will buy if ever we have the budget. There are foam mattress, memory foam, latex mattress and even custom mattress.


I can’t believe that mattress is so expensive and bed frame is not yet included. Well, you really have to invest if you want a sound sleep. But as of now, I’m happy with my pain reliever patches. 

June 19, 2013

My A to Z


It’s been a while since the last time I was tagged and thanks to Mars for tagging me.

A. Attached or Single? Attached to my very first boyfriend.



B. Best Friend? My husband.

C. Cake or pie? Cake

D. Day of choice? Friday, looking forward for the weekend, no school and no work.

E. Essential Item? Cellphone, Wallet and Wipes.

F. Favorite color? Pink and blue

G. Gummy bears or worms? None.

H. Hometown? Hmm! Since birth we don’t have permanent address we’ve been transferring from one place to another so I guess Valenzuela is my hometown because I lived there for 10 years.

I. Favorite Indulgence? Anything sweet like chocolates, cakes and ice cream or anything salty like fries, chicharon and pizza.

J. January or July? January, start of the year.

K. Kids? One and we’re still happy with one.



L. Life isn’t complete without? My family and internet.

M. Marriage date? 2-18-2006 (Civil Wedding) and 12-16-2006 (Garden Wedding)

N. Number of brothers/sisters? One brother and two sisters.



O. Oranges or Apples. Apples because I’m lazy to peel oranges.

P. Phobias?  Height.

Q. Quotes? “Be happy with what you have while working for what you want. Remember, a happy and successful life begins with God and ends for God”

R. Reasons to smile? Waking up besides my husband and son. #blessed

S. Season of choice? I want autumn and I love to experience it but since we only have two seasons, I choose Summer because I hate rainy days, it makes me sad.

T. Tag 5 People. Joy, Mel, Jo, Tin and A Vagabond Mom

U. Unknown fact about me? As I mentioned in letter H, we always moved so I studied in different schools and the longest that I’ve stayed in one school is four years during my college days. So I don’t really have close friends kasi paiba-iba every two years.

V. Vegetable?  Potato and string beans.

W. Worst habit? Cleaning my ears every day.

X. Xray or Ultrasound? Xray. I always feel nervous sa ultrasound and I hate transvaginal ultrasound.

Y. Your favorite food? lengua estofado, kare-kare,  adobo, and many more. =)


Z. Zodiac sign? Virgo but sometimes Leo. 

June 18, 2013

Contis


We went to Valenzuela and Victoria, Laguna last Saturday so we were so dead tired the following day. My husband decided not to celebrate father’s day and wanted to stay home but I told him we will just buy cake.


Mango Shake P80

He agreed so we went to Nuvali at 5PM just to buy cake. Anyare! We took early dinner instead of buying cake. We love Contis and we always order our favorite Lengua Estofado P295, Grilled Pork Chops P285, Bananalicious Pie P90 and Sanrival P90.

separate bowl for garlic rice


My husband and son shared on grilled pork chop, Ethan prefers pork than lengua. =) So after finishing my food I have no more room for desserts. Pero hindi ako papayag pinilit ko pa rin magdessert. Sayang! Naorder na!



Mabuhay Miles Shall No Longer Expire

I was so happy when I received this email update from Mabuhay Miles.

“Good News!! Miles shall NO longer expire for active members.

Who is an active member? Active members are those with the following valid Mabuhay Miles activities, within two (2) consecutive years, starting 01 January 2014 - 31 December 2015.

Earning flight Miles on PAL/PAL Express or code-share partners
Conversion of credit card rewards points earned from Mabuhay Miles program partner banks
Mileage accrual from hotel/resorts, car rentals and other lifestyle partners
Flight and non-flight mileage redemptions
Buy Miles, Transfer Miles and Bonus Miles transactions
Reinstatement of Expired Miles

Don’t worry!! If you have Miles scheduled to expire between 01 June 2013 to 31 December 2013. Miles will no longer expire and will be carried over to the first review period on 01 January 2014 - 31 December 2015.”


Yehey! No mileage expiry. I hope all reward points have no expiration date kasi sayang talaga if you are not able to use it. I experienced this last year, I was not able to use my miles because we have no plans to travel yet. 

June 17, 2013

Back to School


I wonder what you’re doing right now,
and if everyone is treating you kind,
I hope there is a special person,
a nice friend that you can find.


I wonder if the teacher knows,
just how special you are to me.
And if the brightness of your heart
is something she can see.


I wonder if you are thinking about me.
And if you need a hug.
I already miss the sound of your voice
and how you give my leg a tug.


I wonder if you could possibly understand,
how hard it is for me to let you grow.
On this day know that my heart breaks,
for this is the first step in letting my baby go.


Though this is the second year that my son will go to school, I still feel emotional every time I read back to school poem because it is true that it is hard for me to let him grow. I know that he’s no longer a baby and he doesn’t want me to call him baby anymore. He always says “Mommy, not baby, just Ethan”.


He’s growing too fast and I know I can’t stop it so I just have to cherish the days, hours and minutes that he is with me. This is one of the reasons why I don’t regret to be a full time mom. Last year, I waited for 2 hours and 30 minutes and now he will be in school for 3 hours. Honestly, I’m not looking forward on his elementary days because I know I will miss him more. 

June 15, 2013

Man of Steel


Honestly, I’m not a fan of any superheroes but when you have a child, you can’t help but watch superheroes movie. I’m not fond of Superman too and as far as I can remember, the only TV series that I’ve watched is “Lois and Clark” (Teri Hatcher and Dean Cain) during the 90’s.

I’m not sure if my husband is a fan of Superman because he watched “Lois and Clark” and “Smallville” TV series and he was persuading me to watch “Man of Steel”. We’re supposed to watch it last Wednesday in support of PsorPhil but unfortunately, tickets ran out. I don’t want to go to cinema because I know lines will be crazy because it was first showing day and holiday.



Yesterday, I told my husband that we will go to SM after his office because I need to pay bills. He immediately said yes because at the back of his mind, we will watch movie and we did because we were able to finish everything before 7:30PM. We took early dinner while waiting for my husband and nagpizza na lang si hubby sa movie house para lang makanood ng 7:30PM. hehehe!

Though I’m not a fan I enjoyed this movie because now I understand why he was sent to Earth. My son enjoyed too and ang ingay manood.

Ethan: Mommy, sira na earth.
Ethan: Mommy, patay na.
Ethan: He’s flying!



I’m pretty sure that my son will get our hand towel again and use it as his cape. He did this after watching Thor movie while holding his hammer (free from hotdog).

June 13, 2013

Throwback Thursday: Baby Pictures



My husband always insists na siya kamukha ni Ethan. Sino nga ba talaga? 

DIY Scratch Pad

Green living is part of my lifestyle ever since I was a kid. I’m a fan of 3 R’s which is reduce, reuse and recycle so making scratch pad is one of my thing. I always reuse papers because I know that we need to help in saving trees.

Making scratch pad is not difficult so if you have spare time you can do this. Like yesterday, it was holiday so I got my folder where I keep used papers and started making scratch pad. I saw the old calling card of my husband and put some padding glue too.

What do I need:

Used paper
Scissors or Cutter
Padding Glue
Clamp


For calling card, I just put clamp and padding glue.


For used paper, fold and cut the paper according to your preference.


Arrange the paper, put clamp and padding glue.


Let it dry for few hours. 

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

June 12, 2013

Pap Smear


I kept on coming back to my OB-Gyne last month because of UTI and I took advantage those visits and I undergo Papanicolaou test a.k.a pap smear, cervical smear, smear test or pap test. Pap smear is a screening test for cervical cancer so it is a must for women to take this test to detect cervical cancer early.

I started taking this test one year after I gave birth. Honestly, I’m not really comfortable with Pap smear or any test that will expose my private part but whether I like it or not, I have to do it. Anyway, it will only take a few minutes of exposure. =)

There are two types of test; Conventional Pap and Liquid Based Cytology, I always choose the latter because according to my OB-Gyne it is more accurate. Though this is more expensive P1,500 per test but not yearly so my next pap test is on year 2015.

I got my result after one week and thank God everything is normal but there is a note “benign smear with moderate inflammation and reparative changes.” So I need vaginal suppository for 7 days.


If you’re planning to take Pap smear, remember that no intercourse two days before the test and no menstrual period during the test. 

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

June 11, 2013

How to Save Tips: Buy in Bulk

Buying in bulk can really help you in saving money so most of the time I buy products in bigger sizes like soap, cooking oil, shampoo, toothpaste or any stuff that we normally use at home.

Last Saturday, we went to a Sports Warehouse because my BIL (brother-in-law) was looking for rubber shoes. Besides the Sports Warehouse is a factory that produces cotton buds so I bought this for P50 only.


Yesterday I put the cotton buds in a sandwich bag, 150 pieces per bag. I really counted these cotton buds, 726 of cotton buds for P50. #bigsavings.


My husband went home from office and he saw this sandwich bag and he asked me.

Hubby: Hon, magbebenta ka na rin ng cotton buds.

Me: Oo, bili ka sa kin. =)

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

June 10, 2013

Tootsie’s Tagaytay


We always see Tootsie’s whenever we visit Tagaytay. It is hard to miss the restaurant because it is situated along the Hi-way. Like I said, we went to Tagaytay last Wednesday without definite destination so my husband just drove from Tagaytay Rotonda up to the market looking for a place to eat then he drove back to Rotonda and we settled in Tootsie’s Tagaytay. #weirdnamin.

Actually, it was our first time in Tootsie’s. It was Wednesday so the place was not crowded, only three tables were occupied including our table. Without looking at the menu, I already told my husband that I want Lengua. My husband ordered Rice P45 (per cup), Bulalo P460 and Lengua P495.


may laman yan sa loob. =)
cute!
I’ve been reading a lot of good reviews about Tootsie’s Lengua so I want to try it. Not to mention I really love lengua estofado so I was so disappointed when I tasted my order. It is not my type, I dislike olives and I can really taste the olives. The taste is not that bad but I wanted a creamy lengua. Bulalo is just ok. The food is good for 2-3 persons so we take-out our leftover.

In fairness, the service was fast.

Tootsie’s Tagaytay Restaurant
J.Abad santos cor Aguinaldo Hi-way
Silang, Crossing West, Tagaytay City
Tel. (046) 483 4629 09178668743

June 09, 2013

Instagram: Disappearing Comments


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Last month I registered in Instagram and still learning about it. My first dilemma is I can’t connect the IG in my Facebook account even I allowed it in my privacy settings. I don’t know how to solve this.

Then just this week, I noticed that my comments were disappearing. It was successfully posted then when I browsed the IG again, I noticed that my comments were gone. It is so impossible that I deleted my own comments. I consulted the Google and I found out that I’m not alone but the sad part is there’s no solution even you reinstall the Instagram.

It’s so annoying that I can’t comment, react or interact so like na lang ng like ang peg ko. =(

June 08, 2013

Healthy Living

I always mention that I’m trying my best to practice healthy living but as usual I always fail. I can’t stick to it and let me quote.

“Dear Diet,

Things just aren’t going to work between us. It’s not me, it’s you. You’re tasteless, boring and I can’t stop cheating on you.”

I’m not really following a diet plan but I try to reduce my meat and sweet intake but it is not working. I still can’t live with vegetables and fish alone.

Second, I’m too lazy to exercise. Last year, two of my winnings are related to healthy living which are One week Unlimited Yoga (P1,200) and 1 Drop in Anti-gravity (P1,500). 

I was looking at www.yogaaccessories.com yoga mats, checking for price, color and other stuff but I decided to give out my winnings because I know I can’t do yoga yet and the location is too far.

My supposed to be running routine every weekend did not happen too and I haven’t buy my running shoes yet. Yes, I know I have so many excuses. But lately, I’ve been hearing positive comments from my husband that I look slim already. I don’t know if it is a joke or what because I still feel that I’m fat.


Then I just realized, I’ve been walking every day for 15 minutes from house to tutorial class then back to house. That's six weeks already and indeed there are really benefits in walking.