October 31, 2016

Rubber Stamps

When your kids are in preschool or grade 1 level, you will notice that teachers love to stamp their notebooks, books, artworks or any school work in school. We feel happy if we see Very Good or Good stamps. But I notice, paulit-ulit lang stamps nila. 

I’ve been looking for rubber stamps because it is a nice gift for teachers on Teacher’s Day or Christmas. So when I searched where I can buy this, I saw one post na sa Divisoria meron. Waah! It is too far, mas mahal pa siguro gastos ko kaysa sa bibilhin ko. Hehehe! 

Then my friend suggested an online store but when I checked the site, the Teacher’s Rubber Stamp is not available (out of stock). Good thing I saw these rubber stamps at SM Department Store and I was happy because it is cheaper. If I remember it right, it is more or less P120. 



This was my gift to his teachers last Christmas and natuwa ko after the Christmas break, nagamit na nila. Oh di ba, may iba na sila choices na rubber stamps. Now, I’m still thinking what to give this year since hindi na mahilig magstamp ang mga teacher sa Grade 2. The custom rubber stamps are also a nice gift but it is too expensive for my budget, 7 ang teachers ng anak ko. Hehehe! 

Read: Custom Rubber Stamps 


If you have family, relatives or friend who are into crafts, the alphabet stamps are also nice. I bought one for myself too. I bought it at SM Department store too, I just can’t remember the price. 



I don’t have a number stamp set yet so next in line yun. Aside from that, I also want a self-inking stamp. :)

October 30, 2016

Shopping at The Candy Shop Prints

There are online sellers that sell nice products that I like but when I check the payment method, there is no Paypal or Credit Card Option so I will not place an order. I dislike going to the bank just to pay for my order because I need to spend money for transportation, sometimes there is an additional P50 bank fee and of course I hate the long lines in the bank. 

2014

Two years ago, I learned that "The Candy Shop Prints” accepts Paypal and Credit Card payment so I did not have second thoughts. I’ve been meaning to have my own contact card just like any bloggers. Though I’m not really active in attending events because of my location and I have to prioritize my son but maybe someday I can use it. #atleastiamready 


So for my first order, I ordered my Contact Cards, Memo Cards and Note Cards. I received a payment form and paid it via credit card without a service charge. After few days, I received the soft proof and I approved it. I finally received my order in less than one week after my approval. 

2015 

It was a smooth transaction so last year, I ordered Note Cards, Money Envelopes and Gift Tags for gifts and of course for my personal use. This time I used Paypal payment method. After my credit card was hacked, I tried to avoid using it online. 

Read: My Credit Card was Hacked


One thing I like in The Candy Shop Prints is, It doesn’t charge client “Paypal fee”. I ordered in other online sellers and I have to pay extra because I chose Paypal. 

2016

This year because Christmas is near, I ordered Note Cards, Money Envelopes and Gift Tags. This time maaga na so I can prepare early for the holidays. I had a problem with my Paypal so I have to deposit my payment. I’m thinking if I should activate the Transfer to Anyone feature in BPI mobile app so I don’t have to go to the bank anymore. What do you think? 

Read: Why I Can’t Use my Paypal Balance?



I ordered last October 12, 2016 and I received my order October 27, 2016. Yes, it takes time because they will only process the order once payment is made, you need to wait for the soft proof for approval and then printing process. The delivery time depends on your location, whether within Metro Manila or outside NCR. 

So if you are planning to order for the holiday, do it as early as possible. 

The Candy Shop Prints 
Email: info.thecandyshop@gmail.com  
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October 29, 2016

Leche Flan Puto Recipe

One thing that I dislike is food waste because I know that my husband works hard for it so sayang ang pera kung may matatapon lang. So in our house, we really eat leftover food, I take note the expiration date and I make sure that we will use or eat whatever we will buy in the wet market or grocery. 



Last Wednesday, I made meringue. Since this recipe only needs egg white, I need to keep the egg yolk. I was supposed to cooked Leche Flan Puto on the same day pero di na kinaya ng powers ko.

Read: Meringue Recipe

I baked brownies, made merigue, cooked our meal, chores plus the deadline of my blog post so I immediately checked how long I could store the egg yolk. When I learned that I can store it for 2-4 days (fridge), nakahinga na ko ng maluwag or else mag-omelet na lang ako. 



Well, I could make my life easier by cooking omelet but the truth is, I want to use my new silicone mold. I asked my husband to buy this for me when he went to Singapore, two weeks ago. Hehehe! I hope my husband won’t get tired of going to IKEA. 

Anyway, the first and last time I ate Leche Puto was two years ago, I bought it at Noel Bazaar at Filinvest Tent. So yesterday, I tried to make my own Leche Puto or Leche Flan Puto. Since I’m a fan of pancake mix, I used it again for my puto.  



Leche Flan Puto Recipe 

2 egg yolks 
Half can of condensed milk 

1 medium size egg  
2 tbsp oil 
3/4 cup water  
1/4 cup sugar 
1 250g Maya Hotcake Mix 

For Leche Flan 

1. Prepare your steamer. 
2. Mix egg yolks and condensed milk in a bowl. 
3. Pour the egg mixture in silicone cups (puto molder) 1/4 or 1/3 full. 
4. Place the cups in the steamer and steam for 8 minutes. 
5. Remove the cups from the steamer. Set it aside.

For Puto 

1. Beat the egg. Add oil, water, sugar and hotcake mix. 
2. Mix the ingredients and put the batter in puto molder with leche flan.
3. Place the molder in the steamer. Steam for 10-15 minutes depending on the size of your molder.  
4. Remove the cups from the steamer. Let it cool. 

Note: If you are not using silicone cups, grease the puto molder so it would be easy to remove the puto flan.



It so easy to cook but it took me awhile to finish it because I only have a small steamer. From this recipe, I was able to make 13 pieces, enough for a family of three. I’m so happy with my finished product. My son who is not fond of puto has no choice but to eat this because he wants the leche flan. Win-win situation.

Read: Puto with Cheese
Steamed Puto with Cheese from Scratch
White King Puto

October 28, 2016

Shopping at Groupon

This is a sponsored post. 

Christmas holiday is fast approaching. Here in the Philippines, we start the countdown as early as September 1. Oh yes, we celebrate Christmas holiday for so long. 

As I mentioned in my previous posts, I already started buying gifts for the holiday to avoid cramming. I will start wrapping gifts this semestral break too.

Speaking of the holidays, ber-months are known for heavy traffic and crowded malls so I really appreciate online shopping sites because they save time and effort. 

So if you have no time in going to the malls, if you dislike heavy traffic and you hate squeezing through the crowd, I suggest you take advantage the online shopping. 



I stumbled on Groupon site while browsing, it is an online shopping site too. It is not just an ordinary shopping site because they offer deals, coupons, discounted products and clearance sale. It is nice to know that you are not only saving time and effort but Groupon makes you save money too. 

Actually, it has so many products that you can choose from, they have goods for baby, kids, men and women. They have products for home, entertainment, electronics and even collectibles. Name it and they have it for you. 



Since the holiday season is near, I was browsing Groupon Goods because my Christmas wish list is related to travel. I want luggage, luggage protector and packing cubes. I hope my husband is reading my post so he’ll get an idea on what to give this holiday. :)

How about you, have you tried Groupon?

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October 27, 2016

Mom or Dad Can Work with their Kid at Kidzania Manila

We treat our son if he did well in school, he doesn’t need to be on overall top or top in class in order to receive something. As long as we know that he did his best and we see the improvement every grading, he deserves a treat.

Two months ago, we received his card and we saw the gold eagle seal. In our school, you feel proud if you have gold eagle seal because it means you have high grades. Bonus na lang if may top, after one week I also learned that he was one of the top 10 in their class. 




So I was thinking of what to give to him, he was asking for a toy but I said no. Then while browsing my newsfeeds, I saw the Kidzania Manila post. Companion can work with misters or misses on September 12, 2016. It was “Eid Mubarak” holiday but they only have one shift and weekday ticket price. Yey for that. 


I asked my son if he likes to go to Kidzania, yun na lang treat namin and he said yes. It was also our chance to experience working at Kidzania. Aminin, we don’t have this nung bata tayo. 




The following day, off we went to Kidzania Manila. I was a bit worried because I already saw the long lines, baka wala na kami slot. But thank God, we were able to buy tickets. This was our second visit to Kidzania Manila, last time he was able to do 16 activities

Read: Kidzania Manila: Where Kids do Big Things  


12 Activities in One Day at Kidzania Manila 

Click here for the video



As I mentioned, mom or dad can play with their kid. I messaged Kidzania Manila FB page to know what are the jobs that companion can join. But they did not reply, as in deadma until now wala reply. (seen lang) Lol. 


Anyway, when we bought the ticket at the counter we saw the poster of it so I took a photo and for your information, here are the jobs.


Ground Floor Level 


Acting Academy

Art and Design Academy 
Beauty Salon 
Bookstore 
Car Design and Dealership 
Courthouse 
Hotel 
Hospital - Baby Care Training Center 
Radio Station 
Supermarket 

Mezzanine Floor 


Aviation Academy 

Clean Energy Center 
Cooking School 
Pizza Shop 
TV Studio 

Note: Every child visitor may be joined by one companion at a time. 

Companion do not spend or earn Kidzos 
Uniforms are for child visitors 4-14yrs old. 

I guess, this is only available every weekend/holiday. Just call #kidzaniamanila for more information. 


Since we have Kidzos, we did not encash the check  and we went straight to Mezzanine Floor. We fell in line at 1. Clean Energy Center so my husband and son can work. Sarado pa nga nung pumila kami hanggang sa may sumunod na sa amin. Nung nagpapasok na, hindi niya binilang hubby ko, so I asked her. 


Me: Di ba, pwede magjoin ang companion? 

Staff: Yes po, pero mas priority po namin kids. 



I was disappointed because that is one of the reasons kung bakit ko sinama si hubby. So balewala din pala yung pagsama ko kay hubby if he cannot join the activity. Like I said, holiday + may nagfield trip so aasa pa ba ko? Companion fee is not cheap, P630 rin yun. Anyway, wala naman ko magagawa kundi mag-move on. Hehehe! 



And because of that, kinalimutan ko na yung list of jobs na pwede mom or dad. We went straight to 2. Coca-Cola Bottling Plant so my son can make his own Coke. 
Click here for the video



Then we looked for establishments na konti ang pila, we saw the 3. Lady’s Choice Cooking School. It is part of the jobs that companion can join so since kami ang first ulit sa pila. I immediately asked the staff if makakajoin ba companion and she said yes so kahit may mga sumunod na sa pila. He included my husband. Thank God, may napala din ang bayad ko. Hahaha! 



But this is the first and last job that he was able to join. Good thing my husband was there because my son was having a hard time in shaping his sandwiches.

After that, my son encashed his check. No more long lines at the bank. 



Then we went back to the Mezzanine Floor and he worked at 4. Jack & Jill Snack Factory,  5. Magnolia Ice Cream Factory, 6. Purefoods R&D Center, 7. Cream O Snack factory. Click here for the video



The good thing about the paid activities is you can take home your product like the coke, sandwiches, chip, ice cream, cookie and hotdog. 



We’re running out of Kidzos so I told my son that he needs to earn Kidzos so he worked at 8. Urban Garden. While he was working, my husband bought our lunch and sakto pagtapos namin, nakabili na rin siya. Click here for the video

We had a quick lunch. Then my son worked at 9. Pascual Product Lab. Click here for the video




We went to the ground floor to look for other jobs. My son worked in 10. House Painting 11. Window Washing and 12. CSI & Police Station







My son wanted to work pa but I told him, closed na Kidzania. Indeed, when you are inside Kidzania, you will never notice the time because you are enjoying the different activities. We forgot to get ATM again. 


We still have a long list of jobs to try, among the jobs that my son did, he did not like the Window Washing job, hirap na hirap siya maglinis. Hehehe! Now he knew, it is not easy to clean the house. 


Operating Hours  

Monday to Thursday 9 - 4PM  

Saturdays to Sundays and National Holidays 9 - 2PM or 3PM - 8PM

Kidzania Ticket Prices 


Kids (4-14 years old) P900 (Mon to Thurs) P1,100 (Sat, Sun and National Holidays)  

Toddlers (1 - 3 years old) P500 (Mon to Thurs) P600 (Sat, Sun and National Holidays)  
Babies (below 12 months) 
FREE  Guardians (15 years old up ) P630 (Mon to Thurs) P770 (Sat, Sun and National Holidays)

October 26, 2016

Cooking and Baking with Tupperware Speedy Chef

I’m pretty sure that you would agree with me that Tupperware is already a household name. It has been in the Philippines market since 1966, for years it became part of your home and our home.



I grew up using Tupperware products because my aunt is a dealer. Few years ago, my in-law became a dealer too so every Christmas we receive Tupperware products. I received Baby Care Plus cologne so I was surprised when I learned that it is a Tupperware brand. I have no idea that it has so many products, I thought they are only selling food container. 

Review of Tupperware Speedy Chef 



Last week, I received this Tupperware Speedy Chef. It is one of the new products this October and according to the brochure, you can buy this at P1,599 from October 16-31 only. Regular price is P1,999. 



The box includes 

1L base 
Pull cord mechanism  
Three Whisks 
Cover & handle 
Seal 

Dimensions: 

L14.4 x W18.9 x H26.2  
1L capacity

I’m happy with my new kitchen gadget because I can whisk and whip without using an electric mixer or electric beater. You can whisk and whip cream, egg whites, mayonaise, pancakes and batters. 

Likes 

1. It is compact and you can store the parts inside the jug. 
2. It does not need an electricity so big savings. 
3. The jug is transparent so you can monitor what is happening inside. 
4. It has an anti-skid base to ensures stability on your counter top.
5. It has 3 whisks so it whips faster than the electric beater. 
6. You can pour liquid without opening the cover because there is a tiny hole in the holder. 
7. It is very easy to assemble and disassemble. 
8. It is so easy to use and easy to clean. 
9. You can operate this with minimal force. Exercise na rin sa arms. Hehehe! When you feel that it so hard to turn the handle, it means that whipping is done. 

I hope there is manual, I was checking the box but I did not see any manual. Good thing that you can easily assemble this. But I would prefer to have a manual so I can check if I have the complete parts or how I will take care of it.  

I just learned that Tupperware has Lifetime Guarantee, I wish I knew this kasi sayang yung lunch box ng anak ko. Natapon ko na lang kasi nasira yung cover. Anyway, because it is already sembreak I made meringue using the Speedy Chef. 



Meringue Recipe 





2 egg whites 
1/4 tsp salt 
1/4 tsp cream of tartar 
1/2 tsp vanilla extract 
1/2 cup white sugar 
Food color (optional) 

1. Preheat oven to 300F. 
2. Beat egg whites, salt, cream of tartar and vanilla until soft peaks. 
3. Gradually add sugar, whisking well between each addition. 
4. Add food color if you like and then whisk again. 
5. I put the my mixture in ziplock bag, cut one corner and drop a teaspoonful or spoonful of meringue. 
6. Bake for 15 minutes or it depends on the size of your meringue. 
7. Check the oven from time to time to avoid burning it. 
8. Store in an airtight container. 

My son said,"Mommy, it looks like a P**ps"

Waah! Yes, I know it doesn't look good and I need to practice more, but this taste good and he kept eating my meringue. :)



Other Recipes that you can try

Oreo Cheesecake
No-Bake Layered Blueberry Cheesecake

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October 25, 2016

Yummy and Healthy Vita Cubes 2 Good Fun Day

Thanks to Mommy Bloggers Philippines and Vita Cubes for inviting us to attend Vita Cubes 2 Good Fun Day at Active Fun BGC



We were one of the early birds in the event so we immediately fell in line at Flip Book booth. This is a nice souvenir for parties, weddings and events because it is not just an ordinary photo but a book with series of pictures. 30 pictures in one book.


A video posted by michisolee (@michisolee) on

Since this is a fun day event, the program started with games and I was glad because my son won the “Battle of the Brains” game.





Next is one on one talk with Frances Sales, one of the mommy bloggers that I follow ever since I started blogging so it is nice to see her in person. Her family is a fan of Vita Cubes and they like it chilled. 



There are more games for kids and mommies, decorate your own cake activity and magic show. Click here for video



Of course, the much-awaited part of the event is one hour play at Active Fun Play Area. I have no picture of my son at bigla siyang naglaho sa paningin ko pagpasok niya ng play area. lol

After an hour, the staff already called his name to go down but after few minutes, wala pa rin. Sumakit na leeg ko kakatingala at kakahanap so when I finally saw him, I called him na. Mas narinig pa niya boses ko kaysa sa microphone ng staff. Hehehe! He doesn’t want to go home pa but we need to, malayo pa ang uuwian namin

It was really a fun event and I’m glad that I met few fellow mommy bloggers. 

What is Vita Cubes? 

Vita Cubes are cube-shaped jelly candies that are fortified with essential vitamins and minerals. It comes in five different fruit flavors, strawberry, apple, grape, orange and mango. 



As I mentioned, this jelly fruit flavored candy is high in vitamins and minerals that are essential for growing children. It contains Vitamin A, B, C, E, Lysine and Zinc. So you can eat candies without guilt. If you like gummy bears, you will definitely love this, though this is a little bit sweet because of the sugar coating. One 50g-pack has 190 calories.



Imagine, jelly candies with vitamins and minerals. Indeed, it is a yummy and healthy candy. Unfortunately, my son is not fond of candies. He sometimes eats it but most of the time candies have no appeal to him, whether it is hard or soft candy. So every year, we give away some of the candies that we got from Trick or Treat parties to his cousins. But give him a pack of chocolates, he can finish it in one sitting. :) 

Well, he may not a fan of candies but I eat candies. I also have nephews and nieces who love gummy bears so I’m pretty sure that Vita Cubes will be an instant hit. #vitacubes2good

I learned about Vita Cubes last year, it is one of the sponsors of the Trick or Treat at Taal Vista Hotel. We already tried it because it was included in the loot bag. Among the flavors, my son prefers mango so I eat the rest of the flavors. Hehehe! 

Read: Trick or Treat at Taal Vista Hotel

Where to Buy Vita Cubes?

You can buy this at Mercury Drug Outlets, SM Supermarkets, Waltermart, Landmark, Puregold and Mini Stop Outlets. 

How Much is the Vita Cubes?

It is available in 50g-pack at P12 (10pcs) or Vita Cube singles at P1. 



This is not expensive so you can put this in birthday loot bag, trick or treat giveaways or even gifts to your kid’s classmates this holiday. Have you tried Vita Cubes?

Read: DIY Halloween Goodie Bag

Follow: Vita Cubes Facebook Page

October 24, 2016

Lunch at Denny’s

We attended an event at Active Fun BGC last Saturday. The event is at 1PM so we left as early as 9:30AM because I have scheduled labtest at Healthway. Then off we went to BGC. Since we’re so early for the event, we went straight to Uptown Mall BGC to eat our lunch. 

At the parking, before we get off the car. 

Hubby: Dalian niyo. 
Me: Bakit? 11:30 pa lang
Hubby: Baka matagalan tayo makakain, marami kasi pagpipipilian dito.

True enough, there are so many restaurants in Uptown Mall na wala sa province. Hehehe! Natagalan talaga kami kakaikot para mamili ng kakainan then we ended up in Denny’s, kahit pang 6th pa kami sa waiting list. 


Complimentary Iced Tea
I have never been to USA so I’m not really familiar with Denny’s but because of the news, I learned that Denny’s is a popular American chain. It has been around for 63 years and it has over 1,600 branches including the newly opened fast food chain at Uptown Mall BGC. It just opened last October 7, so no doubt that people do not care kahit waiting list pa. 

It serves breakfast meals, sandwiches, burgers and even Pinoy’s favorite meal 24/7, so you can eat breakfast, lunch and dinner anytime at Denny’s BGC.

Monday to Friday 6AM to 3AM 
Saturday to Sunday 24/7 

While waiting outside, we were browsing the menu and we were surprised when they served complimentary iced tea drinks to us. Kudos to them!

Upon seated, we ordered All-American Slam P395, Fried Chicken Platter P295, Bottomless Soda P105 and Extra Rice P35



Scrambled eggs with cheddar cheese, two bacon strips, two sausages, hash browns and toast. 



Three deep fried chicken pieces with fries and brown gravy. 

We only ordered two meals but we were not able to finish everything because the servings are very filling. The meals are reasonably price considering the big servings. 

Now I know, why this is one of the best casual dinings in the US. We enjoyed our order and I hope they will have a branch in Southern Luzon. The service is good too. They have free wifi but we could not connect. hehehe!

My husband dropped us off at Active Fun, then he went to his office. 

Denny's 
Ground Floor, Uptown Parade, 
9th Avenue Corner 38th Street, 
Bonifacio Global City

October 21, 2016

Educational Wooden Toys

I’ve been sharing Christmas Gift Ideas in my Facebook Page, you can check it here. I hope this will give you an idea on what to give this holiday to your family, friends, colleagues and other people who are close to you.  #christmasgiftideas

I’ve started buying gifts already because last year, nagcramming ako. I placed an order for my personalized Christmas tags and hopefully it will be delivered soon so I can start wrapping my gifts this semestral break. 



Anyway, one of the gifts that I can recommend for kids is educational wooden toys. Wooden toys are timeless gifts, it doesn’t follow a trend so you can pass it on to the next generation. In addition, wooden toys are durable compared to plastic or other materials that can break easily. It is neither light or heavy, so even toddlers can play with it. #woodentoys

It is educational because it can enhance the hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills of the kids. It promotes imagination especially the building blocks. When I was browsing the online shop, I remembered the materials that my son was using when he was in Montessori School. I wish I bought these wooden toys when my son was in Preschool but anyway, my son still enjoys the building blocks and wiss toy wooden blocks.

Sharing with you the toys that I bought last year at Mom and Milly. They accept Paypal payment but with additional charge. I can't remember the prices. 



my son likes this



this is one of our family bondings