February 26, 2016

Painting at Sip & Gogh

Ever since I was a kid I wanted to enroll myself in a summer art class where I can learn how to draw or paint but of course, we don’t have money for that. So when I saw Sip & Gogh featured in one TV show, I told myself that I will try it someday. 

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The only problem is, QC is so far from where we live. They have other branches pero malayo pa rin. Actually, I already promised to my son that he will paint as my reward for his “Golden Eagle” last second grading period pero hindi pa pala open yung sa Alabang branch so I ended up giving him a gift.



So I was really happy when I learned that Sip & Gogh Molito, Alabang branch is already open. Finally, we can try it na. It was our 10th wedding anniversary when we went to the paint studio. 



Sip & Gogh is a paint and sip studio where you can paint while sipping your favorite beverage with family or friends. The fee includes canvas, paints, brush, easel, palette and apron so all you have to do is bring yourself and enjoy. 



Our family doesn’t have talent in art but we are just frustrated artist who wanted to try painting. We registered for Open Session at P1000 each. It includes complimentary drink and snacks.


Paint, Sip and Laugh

It is an open session so you can choose an artwork that you wanted to try, choosing an artwork is not easy, parang lahat gusto ko itry and nagdadalawang isip ko kung kakayanin ko ba. We are all first timers and walang kaalam-alam. Hehehe! 

We were lucky that we’re the first three guests so tig-isa isa kami ng nagguide sa min. They prepare everything that we need and guide us step by step like mixing colors and different strokes that we need. 


Photo grabbed from their FB
We really enjoyed ou experience and sa sobrang focus ng mag-ama ko nakalimutan na nila ko kunan ng picture, lol. Good thing the Sip & Gogh staff take pictures and you can see that in their Facebook page. O di ba, may stolen shots pa kami, I thought we only have 2 photos. (picture above and below) 



We really had fun and it was really memorable because it was our anniversary and we experienced painting at the same time. It only proves that anyone can paint. Our painting is now up in our wall, at last no more blank wall in our living room.



I recommend this painting activity. You don’t need the skill and talent, just try it, enjoy and you will be amazed on your own masterpiece. My son wanted to paint again and I told him, we will go back if he will get an award this school year. 

Sip & Gogh Alabang
2/F Unit 5, Molito 3, Madrigal Avenue corner Alabang-Zapote Road,
Alabang, Muntinlupa City, Philippines 

They have branches in Kapitolyo, Ayala Heights and Eastwood

February 23, 2016

La Finca Tagaytay

My husband was on leave last Thursday because it was our anniversary, we don’t have a definite plan where to celebrate that day because my son has classes. He cannot afford to be absent anymore because he already missed his long quiz in one subject because of our trip in Vivere Azure

It was a lesson learned that do not expect na walang gagawin after monthly test. Hehehe! I did not expect na long quiz agad, e nagmonthly test kami ng Friday and Saturday (Feb. 12 and 13). 

Anyway as I mentioned in my previous post, I suggested to hubby na magdate naman kami while my son is still in school. I suggested La Finca Tagaytay, I saw this in Deal Grocer but I did not purchase the voucher because there is a 48 hours reservation condition.

La Finca is one of the new restaurants in Tagaytay which is located in Domicillo Design Hotel. There were only two tables occupied including us that time so we did not have any problem with the service. 



The staff gave us the menu and we asked her what is the best seller, she said “Bagnet”, you can choose from Dinuguan, Binagoongan and Crispy Sisig. We ordered Bagnet Dinuguan P475, Bidasilog P295 from All Day Sunrise meal and extra rice at P75



We can dine outside but we wanted to avoid the fly so we chose indoor. Do not worry because you can still enjoy the Taal Volcano view inside the restaurant. I was trying to take a photo of it but it is against the light so madilim lang lumalabas. 




The meal is good for 2-3 persons, so sana pala di na kami nag-order ng Bidasilog. Hehehe! We liked the combination of the dinuguan and bagnet. We can't finish it so we took it home but I was disappointed kasi wala dinuguan sa take out ko, so parang dinampot lang ng staff yung bagnet at nilagay sa plastic. Kung ano lang nakadikit sa ilalim yun lang ang may dinuguan. Hmmm, sayang naman bayad ko sa dinuguan at di sinama sa pagtake-out. 



I also ordered Chocolatey Mess P275, according to the staff that is the best seller. It was good but not really for my taste because I find it too sweet so we weren't able to finish it. It is a combination of ice cream, meringue, cookies and butterscotch fudge. A type of dessert with different texture. 

La Finca Tagaytay 
Km 58, Emilio Aguinaldo Hi-way 
Maharlika East, Tagaytay - Nasugbu Hwy, 
Tagaytay, Cavite

February 22, 2016

How did we Celebrate our 10th Wedding Anniversary

10th wedding anniversary is the first milestone of marriage so we wanted to have a special celebration. We’ve been thinking about it since last year, we already have plans but it did not materialize. 

Life has been so crazy and busy since June 2015 because of my psoriasis, my husband’s business trip every month and husband’s operation two weeks ago. In addition, our wedding anniversary fell on weekday so it is really hard to plan. 


But of course, we need to celebrate our 10 amazing years so I’ve been checking and inquiring in different hotels, some did not reply and others were fully booked. Maybe because February is love month so a lot of couples are celebrating too. 

February 14-15

Few days before Valentine’s Day, I checked Vivere Azure Resort and I told my husband about it. He called the resort and reserved a room for February 14 and 15, 2016. It was an overnight stay only but we had a great time. This deserves a separate post. 

February 14 is also our couple anniversary so my husband bought me Fujifilm X-A2 camera. I was really happy because DSLR has been in my blog’s wishlist for so long, hindi lang nabibili kasi nasisira laptop ko, of course laptop pinipili.



We’re supposed to buy this last Christmas but the color that I wanted was not available. Fast forward to February, it is still not available. I want mint green or pink but yellow is fine because I can’t wait anymore and pagod na rin kami, we’ve been to 3 different malls just to look for the camera. 

February 18


And because I received my gift in advance, I was not expecting anything on our 10th wedding anniversary. I was really surprised when I woke up and I have 10 anniversary cards. It’s been a long time since I received a love note from my husband so this is really something special to me. He gave not just one but 10 cards so it took me a long time to finish it. 



Then I told him, mag-date naman kami. Seriously, I can’t even remember the last time we had a date since I gave birth. Every time we go out, my son is always in tow. We had a quick lunch at La Finca Tagaytay while my son was still in school. 



We went home and waited for our son. We finished his homework and off we went to Sip & Gogh. This has been in my bucket list for so long because I wanted to paint, frustrated artist lang. But the branches are too far so I was really glad when I learned that they have branch in Alabang na. 

We registered for Open Session, we really had fun because we are all first timers and we were able to create our own masterpiece even we don’t have the talent or skill. 




The family that paints together stays together. 

It was a simple celebration for our 10th year wedding anniversary but it was a memorable experience for all of us. 

How about you, how do you celebrate your wedding anniversary?

February 20, 2016

Movavi Video Converter Review

Having to convert videos to a different format can be tough – especially in certain cases. If you know the format that you want to convert your video into then at least you may be able to do so, but in many situations you may not be sure what format is best, or which ones are compatible with the device that you’re using. 

Instead of being discouraged by the technical and often confusing nature of most video converters, it would be a good idea to try using the Movavi Video Converter instead.

The Easy Way to Convert Videos

When you use the Movavi Video Converter for the first time, you may very well be surprised how easy it is to convert videos using it. The user interface is designed to be intuitive and accessible, and all that you need to do to convert videos with it is load the video, select the format you want, and click ‘Convert’.

If you’re stuck in one of those situations where you aren’t sure which format would be best, the Movavi Video Converter comes with a handy library of hundreds of presets. Each of these presets is tailored to a specific device or platform, and you’ll find that they support mobile devices as well as popular online platforms like YouTube and Facebook too. 

With these presets, you won’t need to select a format and can instead choose to pick the device or platform you intend to use – and let the Movavi Video Converter handle the rest. 

Numerous Extra Features

Make no mistake, the Movavi Video Converter does video conversion well – but that is far from its only feature. Instead, it is capable of acting as a full-fledged media converter and video editor too with additional features that include:


  • Cutting and combining video segments to remove unnecessary footage or merge clips together. 
  • Enhancing the video quality and correcting common issues by smoothening, sharpening or stabilizing the video footage. 
  • Adding customizable text directly to the video to create subtitles, captions or watermarks. 
  • Cropping or rotating the frame and orientation of the video. Extracting the audio from a video and saving it as an audio file. 
  • Creating animated GIFs out of short video clips. 
  • Grabbing ‘stills’ directly from a video. 


Long story short, with the Movavi Video Converter you will have complete control over your video’s appearance and be able to use it as and how you please. All of these features adhere to the intuitive approach of the software in general, and it is part and parcel of what makes the Movavi Video Converter unrivalled when it comes to being a capable tool to deal with any of your media conversion needs and requirements.

February 18, 2016

One Decade and Counting

Fourteen years ago, after our trip to Embassy for my school project; out of the blue you’ve asked me this question “Kung may manliligaw sayo, isang mayaman at yung isa di mayaman pero masipag, sino pipiliin mo?”. I said “yung masipag”. 


Civil Wedding
Four years after that day, I said “I do” to you. Yes, I did not marry a well-off man but I married to a man with vision, dreams and skills. It is something that I’m proud of because I know that my son has a father that he can look up to.


Our marriage is not a walk in a park but I’m grateful to God for giving you to me because I have a faithful partner in this journey. Thank you for sticking with me; for richer or poorer, in sickness and in health. 

You know that my love language is QUALITY TIME and ACTS OF SERVICE so thank you for trying to be present always in all important occasions, events and even my check-ups and therapies. Thank you for helping me in my chores and in raising our son. 

Ten years ago this is my vow,


Garden Wedding

Beyh, God knows how much I’ve waited for this day, to stand in front of you with the presence of God, saying “Here is the ONE I have created just for you”. I have no regrets in waiting because you are more than enough what I’ve dreamed of. 


As we begin our life together, I submit myself to you. I’ll give you my hand, my heart and my life as I pledge my faith and love for you. I vow to be the wife and mother that He wants me to be for you. I will take care of you and our children to be. I’ll always be here for you as your friend and as your lover, to honor, to support, to encourage, to respect, to understand and to love you. 


Today, I take you to be my husband, loving what I know and trusting what I yet have to know. Beyh, you are my joy, my strength, my love, my life and my husband. I could never ask for more. I have been truly blessed and there are no words good enough to thank God for giving you to me. Beyh, I will always love you and keep in mind that you are my first love and definitely my last. I love you. 




Today as we celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary, this is still my marriage vow. I’m not sure if I did a good job in being a wife and mother but always remember that I am ”work in progress". 

Happy one decade and praying for more decades to be with you so let us stay healthy. Thank you for loving me but I love you more Beyh! 

February 17, 2016

Lechon Kawali

I’ve been trying to cook lechon kawali since last year but it took me few tries before I was satisfied with the result. The taste is good but I was looking for a crunchy skin that I was not getting when I baked it in the oven. 



So last December, I tried to cook it using the turbo and voila, it came out perfect; soft and tender inside and crunchy on top. I served it during our Christmas lunch and my in laws liked it too so it is a confirmation that I cooked it right. Turbo oven lang pala ang need ko. Hehehe! 



Cooking lechon kawali is so easy. 

First I brine it (salt and water) for few hours. 1/4 cup of salt per 1 liter of water.
Boil for 40 minutes or more (depends on the size of the meat) with garlic, laurel leaf and whole peppercorn. 
Air dry for few minutes. 
Make a few cut on top so it will be easy for you to slice it.



Cook it in the turbo oven for 30 to 40 minutes at 200C

February 12, 2016

Our St. Lukes BGC Experience

Some people were busy looking for resorts or hotels to spend their long weekend last week while I was busy checking the room rates of St Lukes BGC. Check the rates here

My husband underwent Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy so we had hospital staycation last week. I will share the story on a separate post, for now let me share with you our experience in St Lukes BGC. 

I was thankful because my son has no classes last Friday so he was not absent. After his school, off we went to the hospital last February 4 as advised by the doctor, the operation is February 5 at 7AM so we need to be there, the day before. There are some preparations that need to follow like fasting at 11 PM. 

Admission Office 



After we parked the car, we went straight to the Admission office. Just get your number and wait for your turn. The staff gave us the folder with Philhealth forms, reminders and patient/visitor guide. Don’t forget to inform them about your parking ticket, the charge is P50 flat rate per day for in patient. 

Regular Private Room 

Then we were ushered to our room. We’re supposed to get the Small Private Room but it was not available so we settled in Regular Private Room. I was surprised because the room is big, I’ve been in different hospitals before and so far this is the biggest room that I’ve seen (regular private). 



The room has a bed, TV, DVD, fridge with a water bottle, telephone, cabinet, side table, couch, safety deposit box, hangers and slippers. 



The Admission Kit includes toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, face towel, glass, and spoon and fork. 



The bathroom has one towel too. 



Checking the facilities and amenities of St Lukes BGC, there is no doubt that it is also called a hospital hotel. My son even said, “mommy, this is like a hotel”. He doesn’t feel that we are in the hospital because he is so comfortable with our stay. Well, hotel rate din naman kasi ang rooms nila. Hehehe!

Food

Salmon for dinner
I’ve been reading good reviews about their food and I agree with the reviews, gourmet ang food nila. I’ve stayed in different hospitals and ito lang yung time na I was looking forward to hospital food. As if ako yung patient noh! Hehehe!


Breakfast
While my husband was in the operating room, we were eating his meal, “Food for Companion”. You don’t have to go out if you need to buy food because there are so many restaurants at the ground floor



Expect your meals to be delivered to your room at

Breakfast 6:30 - 7:30 AM
Lunch      11:30 - 12:30 PM

Dinner     6:00 - 7:00 PM

Service

My husband is the one who chose this hospital and so far we’re all satisfied with the service, from parking, admission office, doctors, nurses and other hospital staffs. 

Since I was staying in the room, I’ve been calling the O.R. to check my husband. After my husband’s operation, they called to inform me that my husband’s was already transferred to Recovery Room and when they will transfer my husband’s back to our room.



If you need anything, just press the button and someone will go to your room to attend your needs. 

The staffs are going in your room to inform you or if they need information like the staff from Infection Control. They even ask you if you need anything before going out. We requested for a medical certificate. 

With regard to billing, they were the one who process everything and they just gave me the papers that I need to settle. I attached our CF1 (Philhealth Form). One thing I like, I can pay the bill on the same floor, imagine kung baba pa ko sa lobby di ba, e nasa 11th floor kami. 

Note: Free wifi

We went home last February 6, so it was 3 days and 2 nights stay in the hospital. The rate of St Lukes Global City is not really budget friendly but if the service and food are good, I think it is still worth it. Kung may health card naman, why not.

February 09, 2016

IHOP

International House of Pancakes, also known as IHOP has been in the Philippines for few years, three years if I remember it right but it was only today that I’ve visited this breakfast restaurant.

I’m not really fond of pancake because I know I can cook this at home. But when I learned that they have P25 per pancake promo, I told my husband about it.



After the school service picked up my son, off we went to IHOP Filivest City branch, parking is P25 We already ate light breakfast at home, kasabay ng aking student so we just went there to try the pancake. 



We ordered 4 pieces of buttermilk pancakes P25 each, hot choco P75 and pork sausage P85



The buttermilk pancake is just ok, there is nothing special about it. I was a bit disappointed because there were only two syrups available, strawberry and blueberry. There were no butter pecan and old fashioned syrup. The hot choco is just ok too, mas type ko pa yung sa fastfood. Lol In fairness, we like the pork sausage. 

Service is good. If you want to try their pancake, the promo is from February 8 to February 12, 2016 in all branches. IHOP branches at Bonifacio Global City, UP Town Center, Century City Mall, SM Mall of Asia Official, The Araneta Center, Filinvest City, & Fairview Terraces!

IHOP Filivest Alabang
Spectrum Center, Block 28
Filivest City, Alabang, Muntinlupa
7AM to 12MN

February 04, 2016

Purple Oven

Last Friday, after my check-up we went to Festival Mall and I decided to go to salon and cut my hair. When I got home, I just noticed na hindi pantay ang hair ko, as in mas mahaba ang right side sa left side, almost an inch ang difference and hindi ko siya napansin sa salon. Grrrr 

And dahil hindi ko mapakali sa hindi ko pantay na hair, we went to Nuvali para ipaayos. Ang layo noh, pero I tried their service before and ok naman. Natawa na lang sa kin yung naggugupit, bakit di ko daw ibalik. I said, ayaw ko na baka masira pa lalo. Nadoble pa tuloy gastos ko. From now on, dadayo na ko dun and ayaw na sa Festival Mall. 

Before going home, we dropped by in Purple Oven. If you are regular reader of this blog, you know for sure that I love their cakes, pastries and breads. We love 



Grandma’s Chocolate Cake
White Chocolate Sansrival  
Pistachio Stardust Cake
Classic Sanrival
Revel Bar
Fudge Brownies
Ensaymada




Speaking of ensaymada, it is our family favorite. My son can finish one whole ensaymada, it is already an achievement kasi mahina kumain pero pag type niya, ubos. :) I also bought Cheese Roll and Cinnamon Roll and they taste good too. Now we have new favorite on our list again.



Care to share your favorite in Purple Oven. 

February 03, 2016

Learning Filipino with Buribox

When I had my son, I have no idea that I will be having a hard time teaching him the Filipino language. My husband and I speak Filipino in our home while my son is learning The English language because he always watches educational videos so even we talk to him in Tagalog he will not understand so we ended up speaking in English too. #nosebleed 

When he started going to school, that is the only time that his Filipino vocabulary increases because of his classmates. We have no problem with school until he reached Kinder Level.

It is really a challenge for us to get good grades in Filipino and Araling Panlipunan subjects. Whenever we study or review these subjects, the calm mom became a monster mom in the end. hehehe! #stressdrilon He dislikes those subjects because he can’t understand all the words and sentences. He is having a hard time composing a sentence in Filipino. 

There are limited resources that you can find in the bookstore and even online so I was really happy when I learned about Buribox last year. I was planning to subscribe this summer but thanks to May of fullyhousewifed.com for the invite to try Buribox. 



What is Buribox?

Buribox is a monthly subscription box that will help you in developing kids literacy, critical thinking and gross and fine motor skills. It is designed for Filipino child so expect that the materials are bilingual and refer to Filipino culture. 

There are 2 subscriptions that you can choose from. 

Toddler Buribox P799 

Recommended age: 3-5 years old 
4-5 New preschool books every month 
Multiple activities/worksheets and art materials every months 

Young Reader Buribox P799 

Recommended age: 6-8 years old 
5 New storybooks each month 
Multiple activities/worksheets and Art Materials every month 

Young Reader Buribox 

My son is 7 years old so I subscribed to Young Reader Buribox, I lived outside Metro Manila so I paid P150 for shipping fee via Paypal. 



We received our first Buribox last month and my son was really happy with his new stuf. The box includes 5 books, worksheets/activities and art materials. There is a Parent guide to guide you in the different activities. We started our activity after his periodical test but until now we haven’t finished all the activities because we are so busy with homework and quizzes.



I’m planning to continue my subscription after school year so at least we have something to do this summer. I wish this subscription box is available when my son was still in Preschool years because we have more time. Anyway, if you are homeschooling, if you are looking for additional activities or if you are having a hard time to teach Filipino, try Buribox. 


Likes 

1. We like Buribox because it is a nice way of teaching Filipino. I like the bilingual books because it makes my life easier in translating the story. The box includes worksheets and activities that will help kids in understanding the story. The art materials are already included in the box.

2. If you want to cancel the subscription, all you need to do is log in and unsubscribe. 

Things to Improve 

1.The only payment option is Paypal. 

2. I hope there is an option for me to put comments regarding my delivery. In other online shopping sites, I can put weekday delivery only. So when they shipped the package last January 15, hindi ako makaalis ng bahay ng weekend waiting for the package. I can’t even track the package because there is no tracking number. Lol I received the package January 19. There is a note of 2 -3 days delivery but I want to make sure that I'm home. 



3. Make sure that the activities or worksheets are correct. We’re supposed to receive carabao but we received cat.

Buribox 
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February 01, 2016

How to Open Savings Account in BDO

Living in a single income is not easy, there are times that we are living from paycheck to paycheck. The word “savings” is easier said than done but savings is really important if you care for the future. We need to be a good steward and all we need is discipline. 

Luke 16:10 “One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much, and one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much". 

We already have savings account in BDO but when we learned that there is a new BDO branch in our place, I told my husband that we need to transfer our account to save time, effort and charges. Unlike BPI, BDO has interbranch fee that you need to pay if you will transact in other branches. 

How to Open BDO Savings Account: Joint or Individual Savings

Opening savings account is easy, all you need to do is submit the requirements and money for initial deposit. 

Passbook Savings P5000 (initial deposit) P10,000 (minimum monthly ADB requirement) 
ATM Savings P2,000 (initial deposit P2,000 (minimum monthly ADB requirement) 

BDO Savings Account Requirements 

2 valid IDs + photocopy of ID’s 
Proof of Billing 
1×1 photo 

But it is better to call the branch to ask for their requirements, in our case we only submitted, 2 valid IDs + photocopy of ID’s and proof of billing. Photo is no longer needed because they will take your picture there.

BDO Junior Savings Account 

My son has savings account already, I opened it when he was still a month old. He is now 7 years old and I decided to transfer his account too so he will experience how to open his own savings account. 

Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it. 

When I opened his savings account several years ago, it is still a joint account but now no more guardian needed. My son signed the form and ATM. I filled up the form for my son and I just asked him to sign the paper, nagcocomplain pa at ang dami daw sinusulat. Hehehe!



BDO Junior Savings Account Requirements (ito yung hiningi sa min) 

Original Birth Certificate 
School ID 
School Registration Form 
Proof of Billing (just to check the address) 

When my son was still a baby, they only asked for 1x1 photo, birth certificate, my valid ID and P500 is the initial deposit. But now you can open savings account for as low as P100



Junior Savers P100 (initial deposit) P100 (minimum monthly ADB requirement)

But if you want to have Junior Savers Card, initial deposit is Php2,000. Kids 7-12 years old may opt for an ATM Debit card which also serves as their Junior Savers ID Card. Click here to check the benefits of JSC.

Next time I will teach him how to deposit money. We will deposit the money from tooth fairy



Read: How to Enroll in BDO Online Banking