September 26, 2011

Mita’s Fudgy Brownies

Last Saturday, I baked Mita’s Fudgy Brownies and I was so delighted because I made it. It was my first time to bake brownies and thank you for this recipe. Click here for the recipe. 

I planned to add some nuts in the recipe but my hubby bought a garlic flavor nuts but brownies are still yummy even without nuts. It is a little bit sweet so next time I will reduce the sugar to ¾ cup. It doesn’t look good on the picture.



September 20, 2011

Favorite Meals at Max’s

Max’s is one of our favorite restaurants because we always love their food and service that is why I chose this restaurant for my son’s christening. We’re always satisfied with their food even their combo meals are affordable. My favorite combo meals are Platter Meal and Chopsuey Meal.




So, I ordered Platter Meal, Pancit Canton, Fiesta Plate with Fresh Lumpiang Ubod and Max’s dessert Sampler. Every time we eat here, we always order their dessert sampler; my son can finish half of this after eating his favorite pancit canton.


September 19, 2011

BookSale



If you want books at a cheaper price go to Booksale. Believe me their price is really affordable. These are the books that I have bought last week for my son. Twelve pieces of books for P220 only. It is a must for me to buy cheaper books because my son doesn’t know how to take care of his books; I really pity his battered books, if only they can talk. I plan to enroll him next school year and I hope that he will learn to take care of his school books.  


September 18, 2011

Play-Doh Cars 2 Mold N Go

Yesterday, I was scouting for bike and tri-scooter for my son but it seems that he is not interested so I just went to Play-Doh section. I want to buy Play- Doh to enhance his imagination and creativity.  I was choosing among these three but my husband did not agree. He said my son might eat this. Well, he has a point though Play-Doh is non toxic it is still not edible.  

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Then we saw Play – Doh Cars 2 Mold N Go, this is perfect for my son because he loves McQueen. This will make him busy.


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September 16, 2011

Jump, Bounce N Play









While waiting for my niece and nephew, we stayed in Jump, Bounce N Play at SM Valenzuela, P200 for unlimited play. They have 2 big inflatable slide and 1 big inflatable basketball ring. You need to buy a ball for P30 if you want to use the basketball ring. The staff required us to stay inside because according to her, “maliit pa yung mga bata”, true enough for my son because I need to assists him in this inflatable slide, he can’t get in at nadudulas”. Hihihi!



The kids really enjoyed the place; they jump, bounce, play and slide in different positions.



After two hours and thirty minutes, I do not hear any more noise and I cannot see my son in the slides. So when I checked on them, here’s what I saw.



They no longer want to play so we had a quick snack at Jollibee before watching Spy Kids 4: All the Time in the World.

Spy Kids 4: All the Time in the World



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This is another movie date with my mom, we are looking for a kid’s friendly movie for my son, nieces and nephews but we have no other choice so we watched Spy Kids 4: All the Time in the World. I am not expecting too much because I know that I’m too old for the movie but we all enjoyed the movie. The kids are even laughing on some scenes. This is really a family movie that conveys positive message. We should not waste time and we should make time for our kids. I even told my husband to watch this movie because he’s so busy these past few weeks. =)




September 12, 2011

Water + Floater + Sun = Fun

Since July, I’ve been looking for arm band floaters for my son and I’ve been to seven different malls but unfortunately, there were no arm band floaters available. No arm band floaters on our Cebu trip but lucky for me; I was able to pass this store on our way to Victoria, Laguna.


There are several stores that sell floaters in Pansol, Laguna and I am very familiar with this place, I just wondered why it did not cross my mind. Anyway, it was not too late because my son was able to use the arm band floaters in our Villa Escudero trip and Blue Coral Resort outing. I bought it for P50 only. Hehe!

My son loves water, even he doesn’t know how to swim yet but with the help of the arm band floaters, he can go anywhere. In fact, he is very confident with his swimming skills and sometimes he removes his floaters and jump on the water. He is not scared but we are scared for him. He is so independent that he feels that he no longer needs guidance.  He even pushed us if we will hold him.


And now he enjoys the slides. He never gets tired of it. Whenever he slides, these are all his landing positions.


There are always crying moments and tantrums when it is time to get off the water.  After swimming for several hours, we know that he really enjoyed it because he can sleep while watching TV and eating slice of bread.

September 11, 2011

My 7 Links Project

Thanks Karla for tagging me.  I’ve just started blogging since last week of February but it took me a long time finishing My 7 Links Project, hahaha! I had a difficult time choosing from my few posts. 

1. The most beautiful post I’ve considered Day in Paradise as the most beautiful post because it is one of my memorable and fabulous birthday celebrations. I always have simple birthday celebrations and this was the first time that I really splurge on my birthday, knowing that I do not have an active income.

2.  The most popular post is Busy as a Bee. Believe it or not this is the most popular post in my blog. It has more or less 2,000 views in less than two months. I guess when people are searching for bee images; they are redirected to my blog.

3. The most controversial post is no other than Cebu’s Lechon. It was my first time to receive negative comments and I admit it somehow affected me but thank you for the kind words that I’ve read from you. It really helped me a lot.

4. The most helpful post is Cebu City Tour because it will give you an idea on how to DIY your tour. You can save from hiring private van or booking travel tours.

5. A post whose success surprises me is Morong Star Beach Resort and Hotel because I never thought that it will gain viewers nor expected that it will be on page 1 ranking when you google search the resort.

6. A post that I feel did not get the attention it deserves is Why Your Support for the PsorRocks Concert is Critical? I reposted this post from our PsorPhil’s President because I want people to understand why we need their support, how much we wanted to inform them that psoriasis is not contagious and to let them know that we need acceptance and not pity.

7. The post that I am most proud of is World Psoriasis Day 2010 because this was the first time that I come out in the open and admit that I have psoriasis.

September 07, 2011

Playmates


Whenever we go out we’re always together so even if I’m going to Divisoria, my husband and my son will accompany me. I admit that it is hard to shop in Divisoria if you have a son in tow but with the help of “Playmates” I can enjoy my “Me Time”.



After eating our lunch we will separate our ways, I will do my own thing and they will go to Playmates. I have to pay P150 for four hours during weekends, so I have to finish shopping within four hours or else I will pay more. Hehe!

This is now our routine if ever I will go to Divisoria, once or twice a year. The only problem is my son, he always cries when we’re going home because he doesn’t want to leave.    






September 06, 2011

Staycation at Blue Coral Resort

We went to San Juan, Batangas last weekend without any reservation because we’re thinking that it’s lean season so we do not need a reservation. But unfortunately La Luz Resort is already fully booked, then we moved to Taramindu Resort and we have the same fate.

Good thing that I have a list of resorts and draft of expected expenses so we’re prepared just in case the resort could not accommodate us. Out third stop is Blue Coral Resort and finally, they still have available room for us though penthouse is no longer available so we ended up with family deluxe and suite room. Each room is good for 12 persons which are perfect for us, 10 persons per room.




Actually, I made my reservation at La Luz Resort last month but I did not pay the 50% down payment because my mom was worried about the weather and down payment is non-refundable. I made my last minute booking but received no reply so lesson learned, peak or lean season we should make a reservation. 

But we have no regrets because we think that Blue Coral Resort has better facilities and amenities. Their staffs are all approachable and friendly. When they told me that there are still available rooms, I immediately said ‘ok, I’ll get those rooms” but the staff said “ma’m baka gusto niyo po muna makita yung room”. I really appreciate the effort because they want me to check the room first before reserving it. I still checked the room though I already have an idea because I’ve seen it on the internet.

This is the Suite Room. The room is located at the beach front so you can relax at the balcony looking at the beach. It has living room area, three beds and big bathroom with bathtub. 





This is the Family De Luxe Room. I don't have pictures of the room because I did not stay there. My brother's family and sister's family stayed at the second floor of the building. 



They have a policy of early check in and early check out, standard check-in is 3PM to 1PM. They allowed us to check in as early as 11AM and check out time is also 11AM the following day.






For an overnight stay, we availed their food package of P1,100 per person which includes buffet lunch, dinner and breakfast. Foods are just ok.



We were all happy and satisfied with our stay at Blue Coral Resort; it was really an escape from urban life. Check here the other resorts that we have tried in Bantangas

Blue Coral Beach Resort
Laiya, San Juan Batangas Philippines

The Effect of Having a Blog

I’ve been blogging since last week of February but yesterday I received a comment on one of my post “Cebu’s Lechon”. Somehow it affects me because as far as I know, I’ve been honest to all my posts, I will say if the food is good, so-so or not because I do not want to lie to my readers. I am also one of the people who also rely on some reviews, testimonies and comments. That is the power of blogging.


I do believe that we have our own preferences, tastes and likes, there are things that we may not like but there are people who will appreciate it. I also believe on “freedom of speech” but I know that there are limitations. But I keep on reading my post yesterday if I really said something that really affects the commenter, I even asked my husband about it and he said, I should not give any negative comments.

ME: Do I need to lie? Both lechon na kinain ko are pasalubong, what do they expect sabihin ko na crispy siya, e nilagay na siya sa plastic at box at nagtravel from Cebu to Manila. Pareho natin kinain and same ang reaction natin, makunat talaga yung sa Ayer’s while sa CnT malambot yung balat so nakain natin. Do I have to buy another kilo just to taste it again and replace my first post?

Hubby is just laughing at me because I’m so affected.

Me: Wala naman ko sinabi na di masarap yung lechon, naubos ko pa nga and I even said that it is yummy.

Hubby and Mom: forget about it, just be careful next time baka owner pa yun kaya ganun makareact.
These are the comments.

TRISHIA PADILLA wrote:

“I have read this blog and honestly it loses the morale of being a good critic. We don't need to judge the product of the competitor by an identifiable statement in which fact we're not aware of. CNT's lechon and Ayer's lechon have different taste as i have tasted it. And to whoever the one sending the blog, you can't judge that Ayer's Lechon is a rubber...stealing such taste. Please taste it again and you can clearly identify the difference. As you have said, it took you three days to eat CNT but less than a day for Ayer. Isn'y it because Ayer's Lechon tasted really good. Good beyond expectation???!u Come to think of it?”

TRISHIA PADILLA wrote:
“Indeed, we have our own preferences but be careful with your statement because it might affect the business itself. As I notice you tasted Ayer's Lechon once, is it enough to conclude such statement?”

Please do enlighten me if I really did something wrong and if I should refrain from saying negative comments. Now, I am thinking if I will only post those foods that I’ve really enjoyed without a single flaw.

You can read the post and comments here. I want to reply back but I know that the discussions will not end. She must understand the nature of blogging and if she is affiliated with Ayer’s lechon, they should listen to all customer’s feedback whether good or bad because it will help them in improving their product or business so, in the end, they will benefit from it.

The Effects of Having a Blog

1. You cannot please all people. Whether we like it or not, some people won't agree to us, some people won't like our post, some will take extra effort to post nagative post. 
2. Yes, you have your own blog and have freedom of expression but we should also be responsible in what we post. I've learned from this experience that I need to choose me words, I think I should use the word "makunat" instead of rubbery. Huwag ng i-English kasi baka maiba pa pagkakaintindi.

For business owners, blogs, forums and social media are there to inform us the good and bad sides. If we read something negative, we should take it lightly. Accept and check if there are really things that you need to improve. 

September 05, 2011

Santa Rosa Plaza



On our way to my grandmother’s house, we saw this monument. We want to stop by to take some pictures but Rizal statue was too crowded. We passed this monument four times within a week and finally we had our chance yesterday.

This is the tallest monument of Jose Rizal in the Philippines.


September 02, 2011

Kinder Surprise



When I was a kid, my mom used to give us Kinder Surprise every time she goes home and now that I’m old; my kinder surprise belongs to my son. =) I love the taste of this chocolate and it always excites me every time I open it.

I helped my son in opening and eating the chocolates. Hehe! Here’s what we’ve got.







September 01, 2011

Villa Escudero Plantations and Resort

My original plan is Lake Pandin but my family preferred Villa Escudero so I’m back again in Villa Escudero last Monday. Typhoon Mina did not stop us from enjoying our long weekend. I only paid P1250 per person last year but now, day tour rate is P1400 for adults and P700 for kids.


photo op while waiting for our welcome drinks


Last year we were not able to try bamboo rafting because my son is not yet allowed so this time we had our chance because someone will take care of my son. It looks so easy but it is hard to maneuver the bamboo raft unlike in kayak.
You can also try fishing for P100, but this is not worth it.

In spite of the weather, there were so many visitors who came to Villa Escudero so it took us more time in getting our food and no more second round. Hehe!
Photo op while waiting for 11AM (lunch time)


My family spent the remaining hours in swimming pool and Jacuzzi because they are not interested in the museum and cultural show.

Souvenir shops are also available.

See my previous post of Villa Escudero here.