August 30, 2013

Birthday Celebration at Outback Steakhouse


When I started working, my ex-bf (now husband) and I always eat out every payday and we wanted to try different restaurant that we haven’t tried when we’re still students. Since I work in Makati  we went straight to Glorietta after office.

We always see the Outback Steakhouse outside the mall building so we tried it out of curiosity. I can still remember while browsing the menu, lumalaki mata ko sa nakikita ko presyo. But since we wanted to try the food, we still order, pikit mata na lang sa pag-order. Ending we paid almost P3000 for our meal; it was too steep for us but charged it to experience. Since then never na kami bumalik. hehehe!



After 10 years, we tried this restaurant again because we saw the 30% discount promo if you will use your Citibank card and since it was my birthday, we have reason to splurge.

We’re the first customers, upon seated the staff gave us the menu and asked if there’s any occasion. I said, it’s my birthday and she greeted me “happy birthday”. I thought meron slice of cake or presentation pa like other restaurants pero wala. #feelingkolang.

yummy complimentary bread
Anyway, I did not order steak anymore; we ordered Grilled Pork Chop P599, Baby Back Ribs P699 and Kid’s Pasta and Fingers Combo P249.




The serving was big, my son just ate one piece of chicken and I only ate one slice of pork chop so my husband has no choice but to help me. Take-out na lang namin food ni Ethan because he was busy coloring and playing in this corner.


Well, the taste is just ok, you can eat this meal in other restaurant at lower price. 

Outback Steakhouse
Parking 6 Theater Drive
Alabang Town Center
Ayala Muntinlupa City

August 28, 2013

Washi Tape Holder


I’ve been seeing washi tapes all over the web and since then I became curious but it took me so long before I decided to buy. According to Wikipedia, washi is a style of paper that was first made in Japan. Washi comes from “wa” meaning Japanese and “shi” meaning paper.


I received my washi tapes order yesterday and I put them all here including the two fabric tape. I bought this glass holder seven years ago but I did not use it. Good thing that I did not throw this away because it is now my washi tape holder. I guess, I need to buy more washi tapes.


I can’t wait to start my own washi tape project.

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

Lemon Cupcake


I baked lemon cupcake last week using the recipe of calamansi cupcake. I don’t have calamansi so I used lemon instead. But I think, the recipe needs ½ cup lemon juice because the taste is not lemony.



Lemon Cupcake Recipe

1 cup softened butter
1 cup granulated sugar
4 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/3 cup lemon juice
Lemon zest from 3 lemons that I used
2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder

Preheat oven to 350F
Line muffin pan with paper cups
Sift flour and baking powder
Cream butter and sugar until light and smooth
Add eggs one at a time to the cream mixture
Add the flour mixture a little at a time
Add the vanilla slowly
Add lemon juice and lemon zest
Incorporate all ingredients
Pour batter into muffin pans
Bake for 20 minutes

August 26, 2013

Plants vs Zombies 2

Since Aug 17, 2013 up to now we’re on vacation because of the bad weather and holiday. It was really a long vacation so I need to adjust again starting tomorrow. We will be in school for 3 days and another long weekend for us starting Friday because we have no class, it’s Montessori Day.  

Well, we enjoyed the “art of doing nothing”, we just eat, sleep and watch movie. Of course we did some household chores but because of the #bedweather, we took advantage of it. It is time for us to relax and recharge.

From August 18 – 22, we’re just at home so we have nothing to do except watch movie and play. We finished Resident Evil movie from 1-5 and we became addicted to Plants vs Zombies 2. My friend texted me to download this free game and now we’re hooked.


I still play candy crush pero nakakainis lang because it took them more than a month to update the levels, right now I’m stuck on level 410 so I don’t know when it will be updated again. So right now, killing zombies muna ang peg ko. 

August 23, 2013

10 Foods to Avoid Before Going to Sleep

Many people enjoy preparing a snack before they drift off to dreamland each night. Some individuals enjoy the ritual of enjoying their favorite beverage or snack as they prepare for bedtime. But if you want to enjoy a deep and restful night's sleep, Bunkers Melbourne, the bunk bed specialist, recommends that you avoid snacking on any of the following 10 foods that can interfere with your body's ability to get the deep sleep it deserves in order for you to wake up feeling rested and refreshed the next morning.




Candy and Sugary Foods 

Foods loaded with sugar may provide your body with plenty of energy during the day, but you want your body to slow down and not speed up right before going to sleep. 

Fried Foods 

Take a pass on that fried chicken leg or plate of French fries right before retiring. Fried foods are difficult to digest and may cause you to wake up in the middle of the night with abdominal cramps, stomach aches or heartburn.

Alcoholic Beverages 

Many people assume that since a drink or two often makes them feel sleepy, an alcoholic drink is a great before bedtime tonic. But alcohol actually makes your body dehydrated and causes a more shallow sleep pattern that wakes people up several times throughout the night. 

Spicy Foods 

That bowl of chili or chips dipped in taco sauce create an abundance of excess stomach acid. Instead of experiencing sweet dreams, consuming spicy foods before bedtime may have you waking up and reaching for an antacid to calm a rumbling stomach or uncomfortable feelings of heartburn. 

Foods and Beverages with Caffeine 

A steaming hot cup of coffee is a great pick me upper at the start of your day, but coffee and any other foods and beverages with large doses of caffeine won't do you any favors when it's lights out at the end of your day. The same goes for that piece of dark chocolate you've been saving, which is also loaded with caffeine that is counterproductive to a good night's rest. 

Red Meat 

Grabbing a hamburger or fixing a roast beef sandwich as a bedtime snack will prove to be a bad idea because red meat is high in both protein and fat, two ingredients that make your digestive system work all the harder. Putting extra stress on your digestive system right before falling to sleep will result in a much less restful and shallower sleep pattern that will have you groaning the next morning that you still feel tired. 

Celery 

Snacking on celery might seem like a good idea for those feeling slightly hungry before bedtime and want a low calorie snack. But celery works as a diuretic, which means that it will irritate your kidneys and cause you to wake up in the middle of the night with the urge to urinate. 

Ice Cream 

Just like red meat, ice cream will place more stress on your digestive tract all through the night and it's loaded with fats and sugars. Research has also shown that snacking on sugary and fatty snacks before bedtime increases bad dreams.

Pizza 

Save that extra slice of pizza pie for tomorrow's lunch rather than gulping it down before bedtime. In addition to the acid in the tomato sauce, pizza also contains high levels of grease, fat and carbohydrates which will keep your stomach churning busily all evening. 

Cereal 

Most breakfast cereals are coated with load of sugar, so even though the milk you pour into the bowl may have a calming effect, the sugar content will make your blood sugar level spike, not at all conducive to sweet dreams and a restful night in a Bunkers Melbourne bunk bed!

August 22, 2013

Birthday Wishlist

Yesterday, my husband was asking me “what do I want for my birthday?”. Oh yes, I’m getting old again tomorrow but that is fine with me, as the quote says “Do not regret growing older. It is a privilege denied to many”.

My answer is “I want vox 150 pro at musician's friend”, hehehe! Of course that was a joke because I don’t need that.  The price of that vox is more than price of my birthday wishlist. Well, I’m not expecting that I will receive this on my birthday but to answer the question, these are my choices, cellphone, camera and travel trip.

1.Cellphone – just this week my phone stopped working and I was really disappointed because it is just a year old phone. I have globe number so I can’t use my old phone because it is lock to Smart. As of now I’m using my husband’s old phone (duo) that is lock to Sun’s network. He has no choice but to give me his sim card because I can’t use the phone if there’s no Sun sim card. Good thing that I’m not receiving any business phone calls yet. I have to remind myself that I need to buy Sun sim card when I go out.

2.Camera – this is my wishlist for two years already but this time I want this model "Samsung NX1000"

3.Travel – It’s been months since the last time we travel and my restless feet is badly missing it.

That’s what I want but not need so I would still be happy on my birthday even without those stuff because I’m thankful to God for giving me another year. I’m grateful that we’re safe during Typhoon Maring and I feel that I’m blessed enough to ask for more but if it is not too much to ask, there are two things that I really want: good health and psoriasis-free. 

Disappearing Comments in Facebook

90% of my comments in Instagram were still disappearing and I already accepted the fact that I can’t connect and communicate with my few followers. But just this week, my comments and friends’ comments in Facebook were disappearing too. I was receiving notification that someone commented but when I check, I can’t read anything even my comments. 

It is really frustrating! I search again for possible solution but the only choice is “report it to Facebook”. I did not do anything because I don’t think it will really solve the problem. There are several comments there and no one testified that it solved the problem. I hope this won’t happen again. 

August 21, 2013

Let's Face It: Eyebrow Threading

My first experience of eyebrow threading was seven years ago, in preparation of my wedding. At that time I have no idea about threading so I was not prepared, it was really painful and my tears just began to flow.


It took me years to try it again, last week we went to Let’s Face It for eyebrow threading P150. According to Wikipedia, threading is an ancient method of hair removal which originates in Eastern world but gained popularity in Western countries. A thin thread is doubled, twisted and rolled over areas of unwanted hair.


Fortunately, with my second experience, the pain was tolerable and no more tears. 





Like

1. It is not painful as I expected. Kudos to the staff.

Dislike

1. There’s no privacy, no room or curtain to separate you from other customers bed.

A repost from my old blog Mrs Ugly Duckling

August 20, 2013

Hampas ni Habagat

No classes again today because of Habagat. Our province is already in state of calamity because of flood. I’m still thankful because despite the nonstop raining, we’re still safe and dry, though some parts of the subdivision have ankle deep flood.

It is hard to cook, wash dishes and use toilet because the water wasn’t draining fast but still no reason to complain because other people are experiencing worst situation.

FYI:

Basic Disaster Supplies Kit

-     Water (one gallon per person a day enough for 3 days).
-     Flashlight with extra batteries.
-     Fully charged mobile phone
-     Food (non-perishable food enough for 3 days)
-     Whistle to signal for help
-     Can opener
-     First aid kit
-     Radio (battery operated with extra batteries
-     Garbage bags with tape and plastic ties for sanitation.

Official Government Twitter Accounts

PAGASA @dost_pagasa
PAGASA FLOOD WARNING @PAGASAFFWS
PEOPLE’S TELEVISION @PTVph

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION @DepEd_PH
COMMISSION ON HIGHER EDUCATION @phCHED

DOTC @DOTC_Philippines
MMDA @MMDA
NLEX @NLEXtraffic
SKYWAY @SkywaySOMCO

NDRRMC @NDRRMC-OpCen
DSDW @dswdserves
PHILIPPINE RED CROSS @philredcross
OFFICIAL GAZETTE @govph

Emergency Numbers

MMDA Flood Control – 8820925
NDRRMC 9111406, 9122665
Red Cross – 143, 5278385 to 95
Philippines Coast Guard – 5273877, 5278481

PNP -117

August 19, 2013

Ghirardelli: Walnut Brownie Mix


Classes have been suspended so I was able to blog today. Well, nothing much to share I just miss posting in my blog. After two months of not baking; yesterday, I baked Walnut Brownies from Ghirardelli. 

After trying the triple chocolate brownie  and cookie mix, I became hooked so I kept on buying their instant mix. Oh yes, now I feel so lazy to bake especially baking from scratch so I was really thankful for instant mixes.


My husband and son were both happy because I baked again. They missed my pastries kahit instant pa yan. Hehehe! As expected we love the walnut brownies. 


August 13, 2013

Origami

Origami is the art of folding paper, when I was a kid I bought a book to learn different designs but I’m not really good in it and I can only do basic folding like boat, balls, polo and airplane.

If you have a child, you have to expect that in his/her eyes you are a supermom. My son thinks that I can do anything, I can cook clay, I can bake his Mickey Mouse cake, I can fix his broken toys, I can draw anything and I can even make dragon.

But the truth is, I can’t do everything he asked, I’m just a simple mom who is trying to be the best mom in the eyes of my son. I was thankful that my husband can do the things that I can’t do like this paper crane.


Pwede na yang dragon sa napanood niya, “How to Train Your Dragon 2”. He requested three dragons. #demanding

August 09, 2013

How to Have an Amazing Family Getaway in Amsterdam

Amsterdam may not seem an obvious holiday for families to choose given some of the activities you can get up to in the city, but it is actually a children’s paradise should you give it a chance. From the lack of traffic, quirky buildings and beautiful winding canals, it can be a captivating place for the small ones. There are also some great attractions for you to visit as a family in the city, and here is a guide to some of the best ones on offer.


NEMO

On the outside, you might think this odd green, ship like building couldn’t possibly be a museum but NEMO is a brilliant attraction to keep the kids entertained. Located on the eastern harbor, the science museum has lots of interactive exhibits which children love. If you’re flying the whole family out also, it’s a great idea to search for flights to Amsterdam online.

They can attempt to draw pictures with a laser, work out the anti-gravity trick with mirrors or visit the labs around the site where they can discover the answers to questions such as how do you make cheese? There is also the summer terrace on the top of the building which offers visitors some fantastic views of the medieval center of Amsterdam.

Anne Frank

If you have teens traveling with you and they have read the Diary of Anne Frank, then you can stop in at the Anne Frank House for them to explore where the literature was created. The museum is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the Netherlands, meaning that the adults will appreciate the exhibits focusing on how the Jewish community hid from Nazis during World War II.

Tropenmuseum

One of the star attractions of Amsterdam, the Tropenmuseum is home to three floors of colonial artifacts that are presented with some great imagination and a fair bit of multimedia. Certain sections of the museum are recreated in their original environment such as the African Market or the Central Asian Yurts.

Kids will love the displays in their colorful settings and ritual masks on display as well as the section dedicated to educating children. The museum also houses two cafes serving international food and a gift shop that the young ones can explore.

VondelPark

If you find that the kids have too much energy for you to bring them around some of the attractions on offer in the city, then you can head over to VondelPark where the wide open green spaces will be the perfect location for them to run around and play. Head over to the Het Groot Melkhuis cafe where you can sit and enjoy some refreshments while you watch over the children playing in the adjoining playground.

 Amsterdamse Bos

Another great way to spend the day is to head over to the Amsterdamse Bos where you will find a vast range of lakes, woods, and meadows for the kids to explore. There is also a small goat farm here where the children can come and feed and pet the cute animals.

Rudy Project Watch

Honestly, we’re very satisfied with our present credit card company but my husband tried to apply for Citibank credit card when he saw the Rudy Project Watch freebies. 

Fortunately, he was approved but the thing is he needs to spend P5,000 before he can redeem the watch. It is not a problem because we will just use the card for our groceries.

“Approved cardholders can avail of the watch upon using the card for a single or accumulated purchase of at least P5,000 within 60 days from card approval date.”

He was told that he will receive a notification once he reach the P5,000 but more than two weeks had passed and still no notification. He called the bank for follow-up. After one week, he printed the voucher and went to the store to claim his watch but to his disappointment, he cannot claim the watch because his name was not included in the list that was July 13. It was noted that he can start claiming the watch as early as July 11.

The following week, we went to different store to claim the watch but still his name was not included. I ended up buying this watch at 20% off, P1450 original price.



He called Citibank for follow-up and as usual, puro promises na naman. He told the rep that if he cannot claim the watch on this date, he will just cancel the card. As I mentioned, we are very satisfied with our present credit card company and we do not want to deal with poor customer service. We received freebies before but this was the only time na we’re really having a hard time claiming the freebies.

We went to Solenad to claim the watch because he was told that everything was fine and the representative gave a contact number just in case he can’t claim it again. For the third time, his name was not included. He called Citibank to fix the issue. Finally, last August 2, after almost an hour of waiting, he was able to get his free Rudy Project watch. It took us several weeks to get the watch, follow-up on June so he can print the voucher and follow-up on July to claim the watch. #sigh

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

August 06, 2013

He Loves to Draw


If you’ve been a regular reader of this blog, you are aware that my son loves to scribble. He scribbles everywhere even in our walls, furniture and appliances. He also scribbles on his clothes and different body parts. Click here and here to read the story. Thank God that he already graduated and he only uses paper now so I always make scratch pad. Click here to learn my DIY scratch pad. 

I cannot say that he has talent in drawing but all I knew is he loves to draw. So I just let him and he even posts it in our walls. He will get scotch tape and stick his own artwork in our walls or just post it if he is using “Post It” paper just like this.




He dislikes reading and writing but he enjoys doing his assignment if it is “read, copy and draw the word”. Last month, he drew this and said “Mommy, I want Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Birthday Party”. Two months to go pa birthday niya pero may theme na siya. =)


August 05, 2013

Twenty Things That Parents Should Teach Their Child

Nice post that I’ve found from FB. 

1. Play a sport. It will teach you how to win honorably, lose gracefully, respect authority, work with others, manage your time and stay out of trouble. And maybe even throw or catch.

2. It is better to be kind than to be right.

3. Save money when you're young because you're going to need it someday.

4. Allow me to introduce you to the dishwasher, oven, washing machine, iron, vacuum, mop and broom. Now please go use them.

5. Pray and be a spiritual leader.

6. Don't ever be a bully and don't ever start a fight, but if some idiot clocks you, please defend yourself.

7. Use careful aim when you pee. Somebody's got to clean that up, you know.

8. Your knowledge and education is something that nobody can take away from you.

9. Treat your partner kindly. Forever is a long time to live alone and it's even longer to live with somebody who hates your guts.

10. Take pride in your appearance.

11. Be strong and tender at the same time.

12. A woman can do everything that you can do. This includes her having a successful career and you changing diapers at 3 A.M. Mutual respect is the key to a good relationship.

13. "Yes ma'am" and "yes sir" still go a long way.

14. The reason that they're called "private parts" is because they're "private". Please do not scratch them in public.

15. Peer pressure is a scary thing. Be a good leader and others will follow.

16. Bringing her flowers for no reason is always a good idea.

17. You will set the tone for the sexual relationship, so don't take something away from her that you can't give back.

18. A sense of humor goes a long way in the healing process.

19. Please choose your spouse wisely. My daughter-in-law will be the gatekeeper for me spending time with you and my grandchildren.

20. Remember to call your mother and father because they might be missing you.

August 03, 2013

Travel Inexpensively and Live Like a Local with AirBnB

Caroline is a writer on OnBetterTerms, AvantCredit’s blog. Avant is a personal loan provider operating in the United States. 


I’m writing to you from Prague right now. Yesterday, I was in Vienna, and before that Budapest, Athens, and Chania on the island of Crete. I didn’t win the lottery to be able to afford this European trip. I just took advantage of the website AirBnB


AirBnB is a service where regular people can list their apartments, extra rooms, or full homes for travelers to book. I’ve stayed in AirBnBs all over Europe and North America. Here’s what I’ve learned… 

You save a lot of money when staying at an AirBnB 


The average cost per night that I’ve spent on this trip has been around $50 USD per room. That means that since I travel with my partner, it’s only $25 a night per person. If you’ve ever tried to travel cheaply at hostels, you’ll probably know that the price is per person, not per room — meaning the AirBnBs are not only more comfortable but more affordable. When you compare the AirBnBs to hotels in the area, you’re probably only paying a fifth of the hotel price. The same great location for much less than a hotel — plus, more amenities… 


You save a lot of money by eating at your AirBnB 


Because most AirBnBs give you access to a kitchen, I’ve saved a lot of money on food by cooking some meals at home and preparing lunches to take during the day’s sight-seeing. Being able to keep food in a fridge and make my own coffee in the morning means I’m not buying inflated convenience food in the tourist areas. Often our hosts share in their meal preparations too, further diminishing the costs. This leads me to my next point… 


Your hosts are locals, so you live like locals 


My travel style is to try to get immersed in the new culture and avoid tourist traps. Hotels are the same all over the world and you may never speak to a local if you stay in one. Your AirBnB host lives where you’re visiting and can give great tips about local spots that you’d never find in a travel guide. They’ll help you save money by telling you about the fantastic little restaurant off the beaten path so you can avoid the inflated prices on the main drag. They’ll know what entertainment is worth it, and they can help you navigate the public transit so you can save money on taxis. 


With AirBnB, I’ve been able to afford to see some of the world’s most beautiful places. What’s more is that I met some lovely people and really experienced what living in these cities was like. What are your tips for frugal and authentic travel?

August 01, 2013

Mandaue Foam


Since March, we’ve been contemplating whether to customize the cabinet or buy cabinet. I’ve been meaning to visit Mandaue Foam but we could not find time and finally last Saturday we paid a visit.





The store is huge and we checked every floors looking for cabinet and drawer. Some cabinets were already sold so we settled for this one.



We bought it at a regular price but I availed the Mandaue Foam Card (P500) to take advantage the 10% discount.

The service is good and they even have softdrinks, juice and water dispenser for clients.

Mandaue Foam
Las PiƱas City
487 Alabang Zapote Road
Brgy. Almanza Uno
(02) 556 5621 or (02) 556 6086

Update: Mandaue Foam Card is already P700


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

McDonalds Diet

Minions were out and Smurfs are now in so we did not waste our time and we immediately went to McDonalds last Saturday. We learned our lesson because we were not able to get Minions, as in no Minions for my son.

My husband and son went to different McDonalds in Alabang, Sta Rosa and Binan, Laguna but still no minions. Parang one week lang kami late sa pagbili, ubos na agad ang stock. The only free toy that is available is spongebob so we have no choice but to avail it. Good thing that my son is not hard to please, he was still thankful for the spongebob toys. #yellowdinkasi



As I was saying, we went to McDonalds last Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday just to buy happy meal. #mcdodiet. We’ve been ordering nuggets, spaghetti and burger for how many days and we need three more Smurfs. I don’t usually collect toys and this is the first time that I will collect because I find them so cute and my son knows already how many Smurfs he needs. #waah!

To

Last Tuesday, I gave him Papa Smurf and he said “Papa Smurf, check. Party next” (Party Planner). Wow, may checklist pa siya! I’m not sure if I can complete the 12 Smurfs, napupurga na ko sa happy meal. =)


August 8, 2013 The Smurfs 2 Movie

We have completed the 12 Smurfs Toy Collection in McDonalds last week and yesterday we were able to watch “The Smurfs 2”. Honestly, I’m not really a fan of smurfs but since my son enjoys collecting the smurfs, we joined our friends in school in watching the movie. After class we went straight to Festival Mall, it was our second movie experience without my husband. Kids really enjoyed their first movie date.