May 31, 2013

How to Check Broken Links

I’ve been blogging for more than 2 years now and I started with zero knowledge because all I wanted is to create a post and publish so until now I’m still learning. Yesterday I’ve learned about broken links, actually I have no idea about broken links and how it will affect my blog so I search for more details and here’s what I found. 



What is broken link?

A broken link is a link on a webpage that is no longer working. It is considered a dead link because it encounters errors, maybe because the link is no longer working or they attached an improper url. 

As a website owner, we need to “Check for broken links and correct HTML”. That is one of the 35 things that Google wants us to do to avoid bad reputation that could decrease your page ranking. I do understand that because I always use Google in searching for information and I felt so disappointed if I will be directed to a dead link. It is such a waste of time. 

How to check your broken links?

There are free broken links checker and as of now I’m using this http://www.brokenlinkcheck.com/

It is so easy to use; just type your url and click find broken links. After few minutes you will get the status. On my first check I’ve found out that I have 70 broken links out of 3000 pages. You will see bad code, 404 error and bad host.

I spent hours in removing those broken links and until now I’m not yet finished because after I removed the links, I will type my url again and there are still more broken link. I know that it is a tedious task but I have to do it.

May 30, 2013

Chocolate Ganache

For the last three weeks I’ve been looking for powdered sugar and it’s always out of stock. I don’t know why. So last week I’ve made chocolate ganache to pair with my vanilla cupcake.

I can’t remember where I got the recipe.

¾ cup chocolate chips
¼ cup heavy cream

Melt chocolate and cream in metal bowl set in simmering water.

Easy peasy right? 


May 29, 2013

Where to Find Home Decorating Ideas?

When I was a kid, I love browsing home magazine, I don’t know why but maybe because we don’t have a place that we can really called our home. Since I don’t live with my parents, I experienced living with my aunts and grandmother’s house. 

Of course, every kids love to have a home but in our case, I know that it is impossible so I just dream that someday I will have my own home. God is good because now I’m living my dream but of course the house is not yet fully furnished so I’m still busy searching for different home decor ideas.

I find different home ideas in 

1. Magazine 

I love reading and browsing home magazine like Real Living and IKEA Magazine. When I was a kid, my aunt used to work in Saudi Arabia and she always brings home IKEA magazine which I never get tired of browsing whenever we visit her but that was years ago. 

2. Store

Even I have no plan of buying, I do check home depot, home plus and others just to see their display. If there’s IKEA here, I’m pretty sure that I will be a regular visitor.  

3. Television

If I have time I do watch show that features home make-over, whether local or international show. 

4. Websites 

I know there are several websites and blogs about home living, home designs and home make-over but my favorite is Pinterest because it leads me to different websites. I enjoy pinning pictures for future use.

Ginataan

Ginataan is one of my favorite merienda but the only ingredients that I like are banana, bilo-bilo and langka. I always feel disappointed whenever I order Ginataan and I can really count the bilo-bilo and banana, most of the ingredients are camote and sago which I’m not fond of so I cook my own version of ginataan.

I can’t give you the exact measurement because I can’t remember how many bananas I used basta inubos ko ang isang piling na saba. =)

2 cans of coconut milk
1 cup of sugar
Banana
Bilo-Bilo (glutinous rice flour + water)

Boil the coconut milk + sugar.
Add the banana and cook until half-cooked
Then add bilo-bilo. If it floats it means it is already cook.
Serve.


Even there’s only banana and bilo-bilo, it was an instant hit to my family. 

May 28, 2013

Living in Luxury

I was not born with a silver spoon and I’m just an ordinary person living a simple life. I’m not asking for more because I always feel blessed but it doesn’t mean that I don’t have wishes, wants and desires. If I would be given a chance to live in luxury world even just for a day or week I would grab the opportunity just to know and experience if luxury stuff would really make people happy.

If I have the luxury in the world and money is not an issue, I would love to... 

1. Experience Cruise – though I’m not sure if I won’t experience sea sickness because the longest that I’ve travel inside a ship is 22 hours that was from Manila to Cebu. And because I felt so scared, most of the time I just stayed in the cabin and watch TV. The only time that I would go out is when we’re going to eat. 

2. European Tour – I’ve been in Europe once but that was long long time ago so given a chance, I would love to go back and experience riding a train or ship to cross other borders. 

3. Branded Stuff – I would like to purchase those branded stuff that I don’t even know if I can pronounce it right like Givenchy, Yves Saint Laurent, Peugeot, Lacroix, L’occitane, Christian Loubotin, and Guy Laroche. 

4. Lamborghini Aventador LP720-4 – since I don’t know how to drive, I will have a chauffeur to drive me wherever I want. 

5. Luxury Villa – rest and relax in luxury villa.

Well, enough for day dreaming, back to reality now and more household chores to finish. =)

Blogs that I Follow


I started blogging when I resigned from being a ghost writer. I just feel that ghost writing is not really helping me because I’ve been on the computer for hours and I have no time with my son. I’m not really a writer so it gives me stress and headaches just to write a good article so I’m always tired.

Then I felt bored without doing anything at home so I started this blog and the rest is history. I know that in blogging, I can easily write because I’m just sharing stories. I thought I will just create a post and hit publish button and that’s it. But I was wrong, I have no idea that there are so many bloggers in this world and then I began to blog hop and follow some blogs that I like.

I do believe that you only follow blogs if you’re interested, if you can relate with their stories, if you can get information and if you’re learning along the way. So, I don’t force anyone to follow my blog and even after my giveaway, I don’t mind if they unsubscribe or unfollow me. They are free to stay and leave.

I have long list of blogs that I follow so I won’t go into detail but I will share the niche.

1. Motherhood – I’m a mother so I follow those blogs that I can relate especially those full time mom like me. I like reading their mommy adventures too because somehow I felt relieved that I’m not alone. I do follow working moms and work at home mom because I was amazed on their time management. Imagine, they still have time and energy to blog after work.

2. Travel – it is not a secret here that I love to travel so I’m really interested in travel blogs. I love reading their travel stories, DIY tips, itineraries and reviews. I discovered new places and because of that I have long list of “must visit place”.

3. Food –  we love food trip and I love trying new restaurant and recipe. I stalk food bloggers who are passionate about food and drinks and no doubt that I’m gaining weight.

4. Inspirational – I love reading inspirational blogs. Those blogs that inspire me to do DIY and Craft projects, to be closer to God and to be a good mom and wife.

5. Money - blog talking about financials, investment and savings. I’m not getting any younger and I know I must save and invest for our future.

These are the niche that I follow and stalk. One of these days I will feature those blogs.

May 27, 2013

DIY Book Labels

Yesterday, after my labtest I went to National Bookstore to buy sticker paper and plastic cover. Few more days before the end of May so I covered my son’s books and started searching for free personalized sticker. When I was still studying I used to buy personalized stickers in mall for P50, I can’t remember if it is Robbie Stickers but I can’t find a kiosk here in our place so I decided to DIY it.

Good thing I found a board in Pinterest for printable labels and tags, click here for the link. There are several choices so it took me so long to choose. I downloaded the file and type my son’s name. I can’t edit the font so no second name.


Since our printer doesn’t have ink I asked my husband to go to nearby computer shop (walking distance) to print my sticker. I saved a lot in this DIY project.

Sticker Paper P3.47 (P34.75 for 10 pcs)
Print P10
Total: P13.47 

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

Things to Consider When Traveling

Travel is one thing that makes me happy, it is something that I always look forward whether a domestic or international trip. Even though the preparation and planning stage is somewhat stressful, I don’t mind it all because I know vacation time is approaching.

Looking back at my past travels, I’m aware that not all were smooth and there were some mishaps along the way but those experiences taught me a lot. Always remember that there are important things that we need to consider when we are traveling and I’m sharing with you my own list. 

1. Documents 

Make sure that you bring all the documents that you need such as ticket, ID, hotel confirmation and passport. See to it that you have a photocopy of your passport, ID’s or credit card. I always have a hard copy or soft copy so just in case something happen. 

I had an experience when my son was 3 years old and the airline staff was asking for his ID or birth certificate to prove that I’m the mother but I don’t have any. That was not our first domestic trip but that was the first time that I was asked for my son’s ID. Good thing they allow us to board but after that incident I always bring a photocopy of his birth certificate. 


2. Money

Money is very significant when traveling so it is very important that you have the right amount with you to pay for airport fees, transportation, food and accommodation. I always go to the bank or FOREX to buy foreign currency and if it is not available I buy few US dollars. Remember we’re not allowed to bring more than P10,000 outside the Philippines. 

Aside from cash, I always bring my atm and credit card, just in case I run out of money. In addition, you need to check if your ATM is international activated. If you have BPI atm card, you need to call to confirm if your card is good for international use. BDO is fine, I was able to use it when I was in Hongkong. Regarding credit card, luckily we’re able to use BPI and HSBC card.

3. Gadgets 

I’m pretty sure that you always bring laptop, iPad, camera and cellphones whenever you travel so don’t forget to bring charger and universal adapter because not all socket are the same.

4. Phone 

If you are a postpaid subscriber, make sure that you can use the phone abroad. It happened to me again when we went to Hongkong and Macau, my phone was useless because I can’t use it while my husband was able to use his phone, by the way, we have the same network.

I felt so discriminated, “Is it because I only have Plan 299?” Again, I was advised to activate my international roaming before traveling.

5. Weather

Sometimes due to our excitement, we forget to check the weather. I experienced this when we went to Hongkong and Macau. I have no idea that there will be rainshower so we ended up buying raincoats and additional clothes to keep us warm. 

6. Itinerary

Don’t forget your itinerary and maps so you won’t be lost. You can check advisor travelling news to give you an idea and advice on your destination. 


Feel free to add if you think I’m missing something on my list.

Swimming Graduation

I mentioned in one of my post that I enrolled my son in swimming lessons last April and when we finished the 10 + 2 (free) sessions I did not enroll him again kasi naaawa na ko sa kulay niya at baka hindi na bumalik. Hehehe!

Then last Friday night, I received a text that there will be graduation on May 25, Saturday at 8AM and bring money for the T-shirt. Kaloka, super late notification and I asked if it is still swimming attire or not. I did not receive a reply but the following morning I receive another text that we should bring potluck. Hello! You will inform me at 7:30AM, I have no time to prepare for food and I don’t know if there’s bakeshop or store that is already open at that time so I did not bother to bring anything.

So off we went to the venue and I was surprised that every student is wearing swimsuit and rashguard, good thing that I brought his swimming stuff but I forgot to bring his slippers. =(

nagcocoach pa ang daddy bago magstart ang laban. #stagedaddy
Anyway, there’s friendly swimming competition according to age and my son was in 3rd place (5 kids) which is not bad kasi may age 5 siya na kalaban. I was not expecting from him because he’s not really good in using the kickboard. What is more important to me is he finished the race and he’s indeed happy. I don’t want to post the video at baka mairita kayo sa boses ko na super cheer ng “Go Ethan” and “Kick your legs”.

Like I said, it is friendly competition so everybody is a winner. Each student receives medal and certificate for completing the swimming class. #proudparents

Sa sobrang tuwa ni daddy, natakpan ng certificate ang face ni Ethan.
Since I did not bring any potluck, we just went to McDonalds to celebrate. I’m not the only one who did not bring food so di naman nakakahiya. 

May 26, 2013

In Planning a Trip


I enjoy planning for future trips. I have a long list of “dream destination” so searching and planning will never stop. I’m not a full-pledged traveler but I will share with you how I plan our travel trips. 

1. Destination 


Since I already have bucket list I’ll just check my list and choose which destination we want to go, domestic or international. 


 2. Date 


It is important to know the date of our vacation so it would be easy for me to book just in case there is seat sale. Most of the time I choose those special dates like birthday and anniversary so we have reason to spend. 


3. Days of Vacation 


Overnight? 3days? or 1 week? This will help you in planning your itinerary. You have to list the “must visit places”, “must try food” and possible places that you can visit just in case you have spare time.


4. Budget 


We always have a budget whenever we travel to avoid overspending. The budget is not that strict because sometimes we splurge too, of course we want to enjoy our travel.


5. Accommodation 


Hostel or hotels? Sometimes choosing for accommodation is not easy because there are several choices but take your time to read reviews, blogs, and forums. Consider the location and budget.


6. Plan your itinerary 


Planning an itinerary is very personal because it depends on your preference and lifestyle. Some prefers luxury trip and some prefers travelling on a shoestring. Whatever you prefer it is best to search and read, you can check tripandtravelblog to help you in planning a trip. Hope this helps.


Click here to know how to plan an itinerary.

May 23, 2013

Things to do in Nuvali

Aside from Tagaytay, Nuvali is one of our favorite weekend escape if we have nothing to do at home. It is more or less 30 minutes travel time from our place via SLEX. April 3, 2010 was our first visit in Nuvali and the rest is history.


People love to go here because you can enjoy the place and it is FREE. Yes, there’s no entrance fee and no parking fee. If you haven’t been here, I’m sharing with you the things that you can do in Nuvali.

1. Fish Feeding – this is the favorite activity of my son and we will  never leave the place without buying fish feeds for P15.



2. Boating – you can also ride the water taxi for P30 per person but there is a minimum capacity of 6 persons. It is a few minutes of joy ride.



3. Dining- aside from fish feeding, we always visit Nuvali for food trip or we will just buy cakes and pastries from Contis or Purple Oven. There are so many restaurants in Solenad 1, 2 and 3 that you can visit. I will share on a separate post the different restaurants that we've already tried. 

4. Biking – you can bring your own bike or you can rent a bike per hour.

5. Bazaar and Event – sometimes there are bazaars, sales or events in Nuvali. 

6. Shopping – shopaholic will enjoy Nuvali because there are several outlets that you can visit and some stores are on sale too.  

7. Wakeboarding – there’s Republic Wake Park in Nuvali and you don’t have to travel far to experience wakeboarding. I’m not a sporty type so I haven’t tried this activity yet.


8. Free Activity – sometimes there are free activities that you can join in Nuvali, just like this “Every Day Earth Day”. My son had fun in painting and molding clay. He was able to take home his finished project.



9. Night Sky Cinema - from time to time, Nuvali offers FREE movie screening and it is called Night Sky Cinema. You can watch three movies in one night. 



10. Play Area - Kidzoona is already open in Solenad 3. My son enjoyed his ride in Skidkart Circuit


How about you? What’s your favorite activity in Nuvali?

Nuvali
Entrance along Sta. Rosa-Tagaytay road,
4026 Santa Rosa, Laguna

Oven-Baked Salmon

I’m a full time mom without nanny or helper so time is very precious to me. Preparing meals for my family is my everyday role and to make my life easier I always have weekly menu. My menu is not that strict. I just write menu for the whole week without specific day. If I’m busy I will cook the easiest meal listed on my weekly menu just like yesterday. I cooked Oven-Baked Salmon.

If you’ve been reading this blog for so long you know that I love salmon so from time to time I buy this fish even it is expensive. Aside from it is my favorite, it is so easy to cook too. You can grill, steam, bake or fry depending on your preference.

Sharing to you my recipe.

2 pcs of Salmon
1 Lemon Juice
Salt
Pepper
Garlic Powder
¼ cup of Melted Butter
Cheese (optional)

1.Preheat oven at 375F.


2.Prepare the Salmon. Rub the fish with salt, pepper and garlic powder according to your taste. Squeeze the lemon on top of the fish. Place the melted butter and add cheese if you want. You can put quickmelt cheese, cheddar cheese or parmesan cheese. I only have mozzarella cheese so that’s what I used. =)


3.Marinate the fish. In my case after I preheated the oven I immediately put the fish inside the oven.
4.Bake for 15-20minutes.
5.Serve. 


May 22, 2013

Razon’s of Guagua

Yesterday, my husband picked us up after his office and we went to the hospital for another lab test but the medical staff did not allow me because according to her, morning pee is needed for urine culture. My UTI is not yet clear and it seems that the antibiotic that I took last week did not respond to me so urine culture is needed. We just went to SM Sta Rosa to have our dinner.

We’re looking for restaurant and we saw Razon’s. We tried Razon’s for a change because according to my husband masarap ang pork binagoongan and kaldereta nila but too bad, it is not available in Sta Rosa branch.

So he ordered sizzling sisig meal P158, dinuguan P98 and ensaymada P45. Extra rice is P25. If you notice most of the time we have bread or dessert because that’s the order of my son. He’s not fond of eating rice meal so we just allow him if we’re outside to avoid tantrums but if we’re at home he has no choice but to eat rice meal.



Anyway, we liked the food and my husband even ordered additional rice. He suggested that I should try Razon’s Halo-Halo because it is good but I told him I tried it before when we went to Hot Air Balloon Festival and I didn’t like it. He said, “kiosk lang kasi yun kaya di masarap, dito pino yung ice nila”. So I ordered Halo-Halo P96 and I agree that this Halo-Halo is really good.  Now, I love Razon’s Halo-Halo. =)


May 21, 2013

Revisited Enchanted Kingdom

Last week, I was checking my husband’s phone and I’ve read the message of my MIL (mother-in-law). Yes, from time to time I do check my husband’s phone not to spy but to delete my messages and other messages because he has this habit of not deleting messages for months.

Anyway, on our way to my MIL to pick her up for our flu vaccine I asked my husband why he didn’t reply to his mother.

Hubby: E hindi naman ako pwede, weekdays yun.
Me: Hello! May 13 is holiday so we can go to Enchanted Kingdom.
Hubby: Oo nga no! Sige, tanung ko mamaya kung meron pa.

My MIL was asking if we want to go to Enchanted Kingdom because she has 4 complimentary tickets that are valid on May 13, 14, 20 and 21.  Luckily my SIL and BIL were not interested to go to EK so we got the 3 tickets.


Fast forward to Election Day, I thought we couldn’t make it because we voted in the morning and I had my ultrasound in the afternoon too. Ang tagal ng waiting time dahil wala pa yung doctor. My husband didn’t want to go because it was raining on our way home but I told him “sayang ticket”, so we went straight to EK and God is good because the rain has stopped when we reached the theme park at 5PM.


My son was indeed excited because he really wanted to go back to HK Disneyland but of course no budget for that. I don’t know if he remembered that we’ve been in Enchanted Kingdom when he was three years old because looking at him parang first time lahat.





Since it was a holiday, I was expecting a crowded theme park but it wasn’t. I was so delighted because no long lines or queus and we were able to experience Enchanted Kingdom in less than 3 hours compared to our last visit. See my post here.

 


My son was able to try the rides that we’re not able to ride during our last visit because of height requirement.

P199 per photo. bumili kami para may family picture kami. hehehe!

We had fun in less than three hours. We were all tired so we went home early and again no more fireworks experience.



Last Saturday, my son cried because he thought we will visit EK again but sorry makikita lang siya sa SLEX on our way to Victoria, Laguna. I did not promise anything. =)

May 20, 2013

Pho Hoa



My husband always tells me that he likes the food in Pho Hoa but he was not able to convince me to try this Vietnamese Noodle House. Last Mother’s Day I was lazy to cook for our lunch so I just told my husband that we will just eat outside which was not a good idea because when we reached Festival Mall. All fastfoods and restaurants were full and we really had a hard time looking for restaurant.

I took this photo yesterday

We’re not choosy that time, we’re just looking for available table and luckily we got a table in Pho Hoa, past 1:30PM. My husband ordered Grilled Pork and Fried Spring Rolls with Rice, large bowl of noodle and a dessert. I don’t know the name except for my meal. 





While eating our meal...

Hubby: Sarap noh? Favorite ko yan and yan lagi ko order.
Me: Hindi kaya, lasang sunog.

Since I was not able to finish my meal, my husband ate my leftover and he said “Sunog nga”. 

Sanuk Summer Hangover

Yesterday, I was browsing my Facebook and I’ve learned that there was Sanuk Summer Hangover in Solenad so I immediately told my husband about it. Since last year I was convincing my husband to buy Sanuk Sandals but the price is not that cheap so of course the answer is always no.


Finally, I was able to convince him yesterday so off we went to Solenad even it was raining. I registered to join the raffle.


There were a lot of people so it was hot and it wasn’t easy to choose. My husband bought a pair for P1,200 only. So if you have time visit Solenad next weekend, May 25 and 26, 2013. 


A repost from my old blog My Other Nook

May 18, 2013

Getting Ready for School

At last, I went back to school last Wednesday to enroll my son and buy books, uniform and school supplies. Yes, new set of uniform again because the old uniform doesn’t fit anymore. I should be happy because I know my son is growing. I asked the date of first school day and I was told June 4. Waah!


I’m not yet ready for school and I can’t believe that I only have two weeks of summer vacation. Well, nothing much to do except to cover his books, personalized his school stuff and wash + iron his uniform.

excited to use my new tape dispenser
How about you?

May 17, 2013

Dads, Saisaki and Kamayan



Dads, Saisaki and Kamayan is one of our choices if we have get together or reunion because we need a place where we could share stories while eating. #kwentuhanatkainan We are all aware that it is an “eat all you can” restaurant and they really have wide array of food choices but most of the time we chose Kamayan only because it is cheaper.


I finally tried the Crossover, thanks to my SIL (sister-in-law) who treated us last Saturday. She decided to celebrate her birthday in Dads, Saisaki and Kamayan so after our flu vaccine off we went to Glorietta.


Lechon, Steak, Lamb Chop and Turkey

Our sore arms did not stop us from eating the ultimate buffet. Since we always avail Kamayan, I focus on Dad’s and Saisaki station. Enough said, let me share the few photos that I took because I became busy eating. 

My son only ate tempura and desserts. 
My first plate. Obvious na carnivore. Lechon, steak, lengua estofado, roast porkloin and paella.
Grilled Salmon. I tried sea urchin too, not my type.

May 16, 2013

Flu Vaccine

Flu vaccine is one vaccine that we need every year to protect us against influenza virus. It is highly recommended to everyone from 6 months old up to elderly people. People with weak immune systems and has chronic illness should get flu vaccine too.

We had our flu vaccine shot last Saturday care of my husband’s company. Even my son had his flu shot there because it is cheaper compared to his Pedia which is P1,500. Now that my son is four years old, he is really aware of injection and that is the main reason why he doesn’t want to go to doctor anymore. In his mind, Doctor= Injection. As expected, he cried during his flu vaccine shot.

The last time that he got sick we went to different Pedia to avoid crying scene and drama moments. This is my dilemma now and I just hope next time no more drama moments because he needs MMR booster this year. 

Read: What is Flu?

Grilled Tanigue



Grilled Tanigue is one of the easy recipes that you can prepare at home. I marinated the fish before going to the voting precinct and after I voted, I pan-grilled the fish and after few minutes lunch was ready.

2 pcs of tanigue
Salt
Garlic Powder
1 lemon
2 tbsp of soy sauce
1 tbsp of minced garlic
1 tbsp of olive oil (any oil will do)


Rub the fish with salt and garlic powder. Then put the soy sauce and lemon juice.
Marinate according to your preference. 30 minutes is fine.
Saute minced garlic in olive oil. Then set aside.
Grill the fish.
Serve with lemon butter sauce.