October 17, 2018

Cafe Mary Grace Cakes and Pastries

I started limiting my carb and sugar intake last year + exercise and I was so happy that slowly, I’m losing weight. But when summer vacation came, I totally forgot about my diet and exercise. Just this month, I bought clothes online and when my order came, one blouse did not fit me well, kasya naman huwag nga lang ko hihinga. My mom even asked me kung nagdadiet pa ko, kasi mukha na daw ko mataba ulit. So I checked my photos and weight. Reality bites, I’m almost back to my old weight.
“My life is a constant battle between my love for food and not wanting to get fat” 
Anyare! Napasarap ko ng kain ulit. Hahaha! In addition, may branch na ng Cafe Mary Grace na malapit sa amin so I’m starting to try their cakes and pastries. Yes, sugar overload. Take note, I’m just buying the mini cake pero ang calories hindi nawawala.
“Calories; tiny creatures that live in your wardrobe and sew your clothes a little bit tighter every night” 
Anyway, I don’t know when I will start my diet and exercise again but for now, let me share the cakes and pastries that we have tried in Cafe Mary Grace.

Read: Cafe Mary Grace Southwoods Mall

Ensaymada 

Cafe Mary Grace is very popular with their ensaymada because their cafe started with ensaymada. It was the year 1994 when Mary Grace started selling ensaymada and cheese rolls in the bazaar. After several years, she opened her first kiosk in Glorietta, then her first cafe in Serendra, and the rest is now a history.

So when we first dined at Cafe Mary Grace, we ordered their famous ensaymada. The classic ensaymada is made of butter, eggs and topped with Edam Cheese. The bread is soft, whether grilled or not. It is best paired with their chocolate drink daw but I haven’t tried it yet, maybe next time. You can buy their ensayamada per piece for P85 but if you want to save money, buy 6, 8 or 12 pieces so you can get discount. They also offer ensaymada with a twist too.

I remember, when I attended a baking class, while we’re making ensaymada, nashare din nung chef yung story ng Cafe Mary Grace.

Cheese Roll 



Aside from ensaymada, Cafe Mary Grace is also famous with their classic or grilled cheese roll. You can buy this at P55 per piece or buy 6 or 12 pieces for a discount. I always buy this, since mas mura siya kaysa sa ensaymada. Hehehe! The cheese roll is still soft kahit galing fridge pa siya, so I can eat it kahit hindi ko na initin pa.

Tiramisu 



When my husband celebrated his birthday at Sambokojin, I bought a Mini Tiramisu before going home. It is a simple coffee-brandy sponge cake with cream filling. We also enjoyed this cake.

Chocolate Cake 



My son likes chocolate cake so every birthday celebration niya, yun ang gusto niya. So I bought Mini Chocolate Cake P320. It is made of premium Belgian Chocolate with a creamy custard filling. So if you are a chocolate lover, you will love this. It is not overly sweet too, mas matamis pa yung Contis Chocolate Cake.

Classic Cheesecake 



I also bought Mini Classic Cheesecake P390. It is a simple cream cheese with graham cracker crust. The taste is good but I still prefer the cheesecake of Calea in Bacolod, ang layo lang. Hehehe!

Compared to other bake shops, their price is a little bit expensive but so far, all that we have tried are delicious so at least sulit ang pagbili. Cafe Mary Grace makes sure that their baked goods are all handmade, homemade and they only use all-natural and wholesome ingredients and it has no additives, colorings or preservatives. Care to share your favorites at Cafe Mary Grace.

October 09, 2018

How to Access Your Meralco Account Wherever and Whenever

Several months ago, I posted “How to View Meralco Bill Online” and since then, they send my Meralco bill on my email address. I was very happy because I can immediately pay my bill without waiting for the Meralco Delivery Guy. Aside from the email, I still receive a paper bill. But last week, I received an email and I was advised starting December 1, 2018, they will stop sending my bill via email.

Dear Valued Customer, 

Thank you for your continued patronage of our e-Meralco bill facility. We’d like to inform you that starting December 1, 2018, we will stop sending your bill via email through this facility. We would like to share the good news that we have migrated to a new system, Meralco Online beta. Meralco Online beta will give you the power to access your Meralco account 24/7, from any device.

Aside from viewing your bills online, with Meralco Online you can:

Pay Bills
Report an Outage
Inquire and Give Feedback
Apply for Electric Service
Get Notified

Please note that you will need to create a new account, which is different from your e-Meralco bill account. For further assistance, please email us at customercare@meralco.com.ph or call our 24/7 hotline 16211

I remember last March, there was a note

“e-Meralco Bill will be moving to a new home. To continue having easy and convenient access to your bill, register on Meralco Online, available soon, or just update your e-bill profile details on or before March 31, 2018 to be pre-enrolled in Meralco Online” 

So kaya pala hanggang March 31, 2018 lang yung pang-enroll dati sa e-Meralco Bill Facility, ito na pala yung bago nila. So I immediately download the Meralco Mobile App and register.


How to Register at Meralco Mobile Beta App 

1. Download the Meralco Mobile beta app on App Store or Google Play or visit www.meralco.com.ph and click on the Meralco Online beta button.
2. After you downloaded the app, click the Meralco Mobile Beta app. You will see Log-in, Register and other buttons. Click Register.
3. To register you need the following details such as Bill Date, Total Kwh, and Service ID Number These details are all available on your current Meralco Bill.

Enter your Personal Details

Email
First Name
Middle Name
Last Name
Mobile Number

Choose from the following 

I already have a Meralco Bill  (I chose this one)
I haven’t received my first Meralco Bill

Then enter the following details

Service ID No.
Total Kwh:
Bill Date 4.

Click I have read and agree to the Meralco Online Terms and Conditions. 

5. Click Register. Then you will see a note

“We’ve sent you a confirmation email. Please click on the link to proceed with your registration. If you can’t find the validation email in your inbox, please check your spam folder.”

6. Check your email. On your inbox, look for Meralco Online Email Verification then click the link to confirm your email address and create password. (link will expire in 30 days)
7. Set your password
8. To Log in, you can use your Mobile Phone or Desktop.

For Desktop, go to https://www.meralco.com.ph/ and click Meralco Online Beta. Enter email and password.
For Mobile app, click the app, login and enter your email and password.

That’s it!

Read: How to Refund Meralco Bill Deposit

October 08, 2018

10th Birthday

How did ten years go by that fast? 119 months and 364 days had passed and I can’t believe that my son is now a decade old. I feel that it was only yesterday when I was pregnant and now I have a TEN-ager. His age is now double-digit and this is the last year that he can count his age using his fingers.


He is now 10 years old and how I wish that he won’t be in a hurry to grow up because his mom is not ready yet. He may not be a baby anymore but he's not too old for our hugs and kisses.

Happy 10th birthday to my favorite son. Always dream big, believe in yourself and make it happen. We love you so much.

Birthday Celebration 

A few weeks before my son’s birthday, I asked my son what he wanted for his birthday.

Ethan: Ayaw ko party, sa bahay lang.
Me: How about staycation?
Ethan: Ayaw.
Me: Why?
Ethan: Expensive yan.

I felt happy because my son knows that staycation is not cheap. I thought makakatipid ako sa birthday niya since ayaw niya magparty and magstaycation. He just wanted to receive gifts so my husband was planning to buy Playstation para daw hindi puro cellphone anak ko pag weekend, at least may bonding sila mag-ama. Pero feeling ko, mas gusto ng ama niya ang Playstation. Hehehe!

A week before his birthday, my son changed his mind.

Ethan: Mommy, for my birthday, I want to go to my favorite hotel.
Me: Hmm, what is your favorite hotel?
Ethan: Sofitel

Waah! I was shookt! Hindi ko ineexpect na may favorite hotel na pala siya. We just went to Sofitel last February for our wedding anniversary so naging favorite na pala niya. So I immediately inquired to Sofitel and Shangri-la Fort for their room packages. We’ve been to EDSA Shangri-la and Makati Shangri-la and hindi pa namin na try yung Fort branch. They have Adventure Zone kasi so I feel that my son will like it so I inquired. We compared the price and inclusions and we chose the Sofitel package.



Since my son’s birthday fell on a weekday, we celebrated it in advance. Ayaw ko din naman siya mag-absent sa school para lang magcelebrate. I will share our Birthday Staycation at Sofitel Club Millesime on a separate post.

On the day of his birthday, we bought small gifts, mini cake and I printed Pokemon Birthday Banner. I planned to have a small Pokemon Party sana for his birthday kaso nagbago isip niya so hindi ko na tinuloy preparation ko. lol



October 05, 2018

5 Tips for Brewing a Great Cup of Coffee at Home

At the risk of sounding a little dramatic, we all know that a single cup of coffee in the morning can determine the outcome of your entire day. If you wake up feeling groggy and out of it, you probably leave your bed looking for that extra boost of energy from your morning cup o’ joe. Every coffee lover knows that this black gold can only be enjoyed if it is perfectly brewed. It is not every time that you will want to go to a coffee shop and rely on your barista to get your fix. Sometimes, you want to take your time and brew yourself a great cup of coffee so that you get everything just right.


Brewing coffee is a very simple and straightforward task. You need to note that every single detail needs to be just to ensure that the result is perfect. The best part about this is perfecting your coffee-making skills won’t be too difficult. You also need to remember that making and drinking coffee is a personal experience. You need to know what works for you so that you enjoy your coffee every single time. That being said, here are a few basic rules to follow when making your cup of coffee at home:

1. Go for the Best Coffee Beans 

Always keep in mind that the best coffee always starts with great beans. While the brewing process is also a huge factor, the type of coffee beans that you intend to use will determine the outcome of your coffee. As https://coffeeorbust.com/  states, you need to look at the roast date to determine the freshness of the beans. This will help you to ensure that your coffee’s flavor will not be affected or degraded by oxygen and other elements.

2. The Water 

The type of water used is also integral to the quality of your home-brewed coffee. If you are a coffee fan, you know that coffee tastes best when the water used is bottled or filtered. If you use tap water, your coffee will have a strong taste and odor that will just put you off. Tap water already has other flavors that don’t complement the coffee.

3. Measure Everything 

Let’s be honest: we all tend to eyeball it when measuring the ingredients for making our cup of coffee. However, the best results are achieved if you use some measuring equipment that ensures everything is balanced out to a tee. You can use the normal kitchen scale to measure the beans before grinding. Ensure that the ratio of ground coffee to water is just right.

4. Use Clean Equipment 

You will also need to ensure that your tools of the trade are extremely clean before use. Anything else will compromise the taste of your coffee. Rinse your filters, grinders and the removable parts of your coffee maker with hot water. You can also wipe down and then dry with an absorbent towel. Any traces of leftover coffee oil or dirt will make the coffee taste rancid and very bitter.

5. Observe Your Coffee-to-Water Ratio 

The rule of thumb when brewing a cup of coffee is to use one or two tablespoons of ground coffee for five ounces of water. Remember, coffee is very personal. Therefore, you can adjust the measurements to suit your preferences. Every brewer has a measurement indicator to guide you. Lastly, some of the water can be lost to evaporation depending on the brewing method used.

October 04, 2018

Quick Date in Tagaytay

I can’t believe that we’re down to the last quarter of the year, ang bilis talaga ng panahon. Ber months are here and life would be busy again. I only have few posts starting last month because I’m preoccupied with my son’s exams, birthday celebration and lastly, tinatamaan ko ng katamaran. Hehehe! Thanks to my guest posts at may napopost pa ako.

Starbucks Tagaytay 




Anyway, last week out of the blue, niyaya ko ni hubby magTagaytay.

Hubby: Punta tayo Tagaytay.
Me: Why?
Hubby: Libre kita ng kape.


I find it funny because I’m not fond of drinking coffee but it's a date so off we went to Starbucks Tagaytay. We always see this Starbucks branch but it was only last week that we were able to pay a visit. It has a nice view of Taal Volcano but at that moment, may construction sa likod nila so you won’t appreciate the view.



This Starbucks is just beside the Discovery Country Suites where we ate Christmas breakfast last 2016 and 2017. And I guess, that was the last time that we went to Tagaytay so ang tagal din naman bago nakabalik. Since I’m not fond of coffee, I just told my husband to buy me Banoffee Pie. This was my all-time favorite whenever we visit Starbucks but now, sa dami ng pagpipilian, marami na rin kong ibang gusto.

Santis Deli-Cafe 





We did not stay long and we drop by at Santis Deli-Cafe at Silang, Cavite. It’s been five years since our last visit. We dined here after my son’s moving up and we had a good meal here. I knew that they sell imported products so we checked the store. I bought Hungarian Sausage because I’m craving for the sausage that we ate at Cafe Breton. I was glad that the taste is quite similar. I also bought Balocco Cubes which is similar to Loacker but much cheaper.

Read: Food Trip in Tagaytay
Staycation in Tagaytay

Jollibee Epic Fail 



Since we went to Tagaytay, I was not able to cook ulam for our lunch so we went to Jollibee Drive-Thru. We got our order and off we went home. I was disappointed when I opened my order because I ordered chicken palabok but they gave me chicken spaghetti. Hay, nakakainis! Lesson learned, always check your order. Di na kami nadala, last time naman yung ice cream sundae ang hindi nila nailagay sa take-out namin. Sayang money.

Looking Back

I remember when I had my son, never na kami nakalabas ni hubby na kami lang. Wala na kami date and alis na kami lang dalawa, it is always package deal. I’m not complaining because we have no yaya or helper and ayaw din magpaiwan ng anak ko sa iba so wherever we go, he goes. But now that my son is in grade school, we now have time for quick dates. We just make sure that we’re home before my son arrives from school.

P.S. Acienda Designer Outlet will be open on October 26, 2018. Malapit na siya matapos so we have another reason to go back to Tagaytay. 

October 02, 2018

How to Prepare for Your Next Big Travel Trip

Traveling is something that lots of people dream about throughout their lives. When the time finally comes for them to embark on a big travel trip, the excitement can be overwhelming. However, while it is great to embrace your delight, you should also remember that there are some key things to consider before you travel. Such things can affect the overall enjoyment of your trip if they are not tackled before you depart. This can mean that preparing for travel can be a chore. To ensure your excitement remains high and that you are fully prepared, you should take note of some important steps.


Combat any health problems 

Sometimes, it is easy to become blinded by your plans when it comes to your general health. Yet, you don’t want underlying health problems to catch up with you when you are trying to immerse yourself in a new destination. Ideally, you should visit your doctor before you leave to make sure you are in the clear, and to pick up any medication you may need. When it comes to your mental health, you want to be able to enjoy your time away to the fullest without it getting in the way. If you have developed a drug addiction in bad times, try a rapid drug detox programme to speed up the process.

Save enough money 

The biggest mistake many travelers make is assuming they can travel on a shoestring budget. While in rare cases this can bring a more rewarding experience to the table, it mostly leads to copious amounts of stress that you must encounter when traveling. The trick here is to save all the money you need for accommodation, flights, and estimated daily expenses. You should then add on an extra amount to make sure you have enough saved for surprise experiences and emergencies.

Learn about your location 

It could be that your travel trip takes you to the other side of the world. When this is the case, it means you could be encountering a whole new culture and way of life. Learning about local customs and laws will help you avoid getting into any trouble when you are away. You should also take the time to learn some basic phrases in the native language using specialized apps so that you can show your respect to the local people. This will also enable you to unlock some hidden locations that are off the beaten track, and which only locals are usually able to enjoy.

Book accommodation and flights 

There is a big misconception when it comes to traveling that you must book everything as far in advance as possible. In fact, there is a sweet spot for booking flights which means you may pay much less than you expect. With short-haul flights, you can easily book them up to two months in advance, and even last minute. If you are traveling further afield, you should book up to half a year before you depart to lock in the best price. Then, you can go about searching for hotel booking sites for the best deals.