September 30, 2014

Kumon Free Trial

I’ve learned about Kumon three years ago when I enrolled my son in his first Summer Class. I always hear good reviews about Kumon because I have mommy friends who enrolled their kids in Kumon. After three years, I finally took advantage the 2 weeks free trial. I’ve read it online so I told my husband about it. 



Last week of August we went to Kumon to register but my son was not interested. He doesn’t even want to enter the room so we were told to take the assessment next week during the Parent’s Orientation. The staff just asked me about my son’s age, grade level and if my son can read already. 



I took the Math Free Trial and the starting point is 5A101. I was not happy with our starting point because I know that is is so easy for my son. My son can already spell number 1 to 100 and the worksheet is just “find the number and connect the dots. He learned this when he was in Nursery. 




I’m aware that we will start at a level lower than the school grade level because they want to start at comfortable level wherein the kids would enjoy doing a lot of worksheets. But in my son’s case, he was so bored doing the worksheets and nilalaro lang niya. 



After answering one week worksheets and attended two days class in the center. I decided not to continue the 2 week free trial, I just feel that Kumon is not what we need. For someone who has very limited budget, I don’t want to waste P1800 every month for worksheets that is lower than my son’s grade level. (two years below) I don’t know how long will it take before we reach his level. Baka grade 1 na siya wala pa kami sa Division. Well, this is just my opinion. 



For your information, Kumon is not a tutorial center because they want kids to develop good study habits, to be independent and self learners. My son was doing his worksheets on his own. Kumon is not a quick fix, so it will take time before you see the improvement or benefits of it. It is not a short term summer program that you can take every summer.

September 24, 2014

Play Dough Mats

My son had fun when I printed play dough mats last month, you can check my post here.  So just this week, I printed another set of play dough mat and while covering the mats with plastic cover, my son saw it and requested to have a yellow play dough. 



I cooked play dough yesterday while he was in school and he was really surprised when he arrived and saw the play dough in our table. He hugged me and said I love you mommy! #cheesy 



Anyway, we played with the new play dough mats last night. 


Apple tree and Snow Tree

Cactus + Sun

This is my work! :)

Click here for the homemade play dough recipe
Click here to download the play dough mats

September 22, 2014

Purple Oven: Pistachio Stardust Cake

I’ve been meaning to try the Pistachio Stardust Cake but every time we visit their store it is not available. Two weeks ago, we went to Nuvali and I saw the Pistachio Stardust Cake but I did not buy it because I remembered that we have just baked Rainbow Cupcake again.  




Last Saturday after visiting my grandmother in Victoria, Laguna, we dropped at Nuvali to pay bills and finally I bought the Pistachio Stardust Cake P800. This is the third cake that I have tried in Purple Oven, the first one is Grandma’s Chocolate Cake and the second one was Classic Sansrival



Pistachio Stardust Cake is a chiffon cake covered with pistachio icing cream. I even gave some slice to my friends and one friend said, “malambot pa sa mamon”. Hehehe! This friend is not into sweets and she liked the cake because it is not sweet.  

September 16, 2014

Dulce de Leche French Toast

What do you usually do with your stale bread? If I’m not lazy I will make a bread pudding but the easiest way to save the stale bread is making French Toast.  

Last Sunday, I’ve made Dulce de Leche French Toast. The steps is the same with French Toast, the only difference is the spread, you can use Nutella or any spread you want.




2 eggs 
1/2 cup milk 
1/2 tbsp of sugar 
6 slices of bread 
Butter 
1/2 tbsp cinnamon powder (optional) 

1.Beat egg, milk, and sugar. 
2.Spread Dulce de Leche in one slice of bread and put another slice of bread to make a sandwich. 
3.Soak the bread in egg mixture just enough to coat the bread.



4.Heat your pan and put butter. 
5.Place your bread in pan and cook until golden brown, about 2 to 3 minutes on each side, 
6.Slice in half and serve.



*You can add cinnamon in your egg mixture or sprinkle it before serving the French Toast.

September 15, 2014

Raising a Reader

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I’ve been quite busy for the last two weeks that is why I seldom update this blog. I was busy with school and chores so I really have no energy to write a post. Anyway, today has no classes because of Typhoon Luis and Laguna is under yellow warning sign so I have time to blog. 

Last September 4, my son asked me to go to school because he wanted to borrow books. I was happy because for the very first time he will use his library card. It is one of the reasons why I have no time to blog because I was in school for almost a week. I have to teach my son how to borrow books and how to return the books. 



It was only last Friday that I was able to teach him how to return the books because most of the time nandyan na teacher ng anak ko hindi pa bukas library, it supposed to be open at 7am and my son’s class is 7:15am. It is really important that he knows how to return the books or else may penalty kami pag late return. 





I used to buy books so I can raise a reader but I notice that my son prefers watching movies, playing ipad or toys than reading books. I admit that we don’t read everyday so I was really glad that my son wanted to borrow books. We read those books after we finished his homework. So far we have borrowed 6 books. 



I told him not borrow last Friday because we have to study na for his second monthly test, after exam na lang.

September 10, 2014

Oven Baked Steak + Gravox Traditional Gravy

Steak is one of favorite food so I always look for steak if we’re eating on buffet. Happy na ko pag may steak but of course it should be tender and flavorful. I do cook grilled steak at home but it was year 2011 when I first tried to cook Oven Baked Steak, see it here.  

I can’t remember the last time I cooked Oven Baked Steak so last Sunday, I cooked this again so we can try the Gravox Traditional Gravy. Yes, I also bought this aside from Gravox Roast Chicken with Herbs Gravy.  



Preheat oven to 225C 
Season the beef. I only used pepper, salt and garlic. 



Sear the beef in butter. 



Put slices of butter on top of beef and bake for 30 minutes or depending on your preferred doneness. 



It was a hit again to my family and my son even said, “Mommy I love beef”. The gravy sauce is good and my husband told me again na kalasa ng Gravox gravy sauce yung gravy ng ibang restaurant na nakainan niya. I still have half kilo of beef in my fridge so I will cook this again.

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September 06, 2014

Places we Visited in Viaje Del Sol

I posted in 2011 that I wanted to finish this Viaje Del Sol list or at least visit most of the places listed on the map. Viaje Del Sol means “the way of the sun”. A map has a list of places that you can visit in Batangas, Laguna and Quezon. Viaje del Sol is like having an educational tour because you will learn more about food, art and cultures. Not only that, you can also relax and stay in different bed and breakfast. 

Read: Viaje Del Sol List

Here is the map of Viaje Del Sol just in case you want to have this tour. 
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So far I have visited the following. Click the name so you can read more. I still have more places to visit. 

Arabela


Villa Escudero 2010



Villa Escudero 2011



Nagcarlan Underground Cemetery



Lake Pandin



Cafe Lago 



Casa San Pablo



Sitio De Amor 



September 04, 2014

Let us Vote Vigan City for New 7 Wonder Cities

Our very own Underground River was included in the New 7 Wonder of the World last 2012 and now Vigan City is one of the finalists in New 7 Wonder Cities. I hope you can also give your support in voting Vigan. 



There are different voting phase and we still have until October 7, 2014 to vote so Vigan City can be included in Top 14 and compete for Top 7. Other finalist cities are Barcelona, Bangkok, Beirut, Chicago, Doha, Durban, Havana. Istanbul, Kuala Lumpur, La Paz, London, Mumbai, Mendoza, Mexico, Perth, Quito, Reykjavik, Saint Petersburg, Seoul and Shenzhen. 



I’ve visited Vigan two years ago and I was really happy because I’ve seen this World Heritage Site. Do you know that Vigan is one of the few Hispanic towns left in our country. If you visit Calle Crisologo you can see that structures still remained intact. 



Do not forget to visit Syquia Mansion where our former Philippine President Elpidio Quirino lived. There are more tourist spots that you can visit in Vigan, you can click here to read my post. 



How to vote? 

You can vote online, click the link www.new7wonders.com.en/cities or via SMS, text Vigan and send to 29290777 



Vote Vigan for the #New7WondersCities

September 02, 2014

Red Ribbon Merienda Meals

I posted here before that we love Red Ribbon.  Aside from their cake, we like their meals because I find it affordable. The meal already includes drinks and dessert so busog ka talaga. 

I was deleting files in my phone memory and I found these photos. We had merienda two months ago in Red Ribbon after buying mamon for my son. My son loves mamon for his baon. 






I also bought macaroons. Masarap pala and sulit din for P50. How about you what’s your favorite cake or meal in Red Ribbon.



September 01, 2014

Fun with Clay or Play Dough

The first time experience of my son with play dough was three years ago, I bought Play-Doh Cars 2 Mold N Go weeks before his third birthday. He loves Lightning Mcqueen so he really enjoyed his toy but he stopped playing because he ran out of play dough. I checked the play doh in the department store and the price is expensive for my budget. 

Thank God for Pinterest because I found recipe for homemade play dough and my son started playing with his toy again.  You can check the step by step here.  



Inspite of the mess, there are several benefits of play dough like developing the fine motor skills, it enhance the imagination and creativity and it calm and soothe even adults. Honestly, I love playing play doh, I wanted to have this when I was a kid but no money for that. 

If you remember my post last year, we had fun with clay modelling in Nuvali.  



My son received a gift of clay set last Christmas and I bought this book last summer to entertain him. 



Last week I printed this play dough mats from Pinterest. You can print it in regular paper and paste it in old folder or print it in cardboard paper to make it sturdy. You can laminate the paper but I just cover it with plastic cover. I've made homemade play dough again.





We had fun in making dinner, ice cream sundae and cake. 



my work

my work
Click here to download the file.