February 27, 2021

15th Wedding Anniversary Celebration

It’s been more than a year already since the last time that we had a staycation, weekend getaway, or travel trip. This community quarantine is a battle between keeping safe and keeping sane. Staying in the four corner of house for a very long time is not really healthy so we’ve been meaning to go out. 

I’ve mentioned before that my husband was planning for our Anniversary Getaway, he kept on checking different resorts that will allow kids. Then he found a resort in Calatagan, Batangas that accepts kids provided that we have a travel medical certificate issued by a government physician stating that we are not showing any symptoms and are not on the list of the probable suspect and confirmed COVID19 cases + Resident’s ID. My husband research how to avail this, he went to Barangay to get and pay for our RESIDENT CERTIFICATE. He mentioned that we need it to secure a travel medical certificate because it is a requirement sa resort. 

Then he kept on checking the resort if there is an available room and out of excitement he immediately booked a room nung nakita niya na may available na. He paid a 10% downpayment to secure the slot. Then two days before our trip, we went to the health center to get a travel medical certificate, only to find out that they are not giving any travel medical certificates for leisure. I don’t know when they changes this policy kasi ang dami ko na nakita na nakapagbeach and may mga nabigyan dati. I understand naman kung ayaw nila magbigay but I hope sinabi na ito nung kumuha pa lang kami ng Resident Certificate so we were able to plan. 

We’re so disappointed because we’re really looking forward to our beach getaway. Though we have another option which is the swab test but the problem is, the resort does not have its own swab testing, unlike sa resort sa San Juan, Batangas. We have to research pa kung saan kami pwede magpaswab test. And because of this, my husband immediately called the resort to cancel our reservation, kasi kung late na namin icancel, we need to pay full reservation kahit hindi kami makakapunta. 

This happened on the day of our wedding anniversary, nakakastress and nakakalungkot. Well, I have to accept the fact na lang na matatagalan pa bago nakatravel. I’m thankful na 10% percent lang yung non-refundable downpayment, unlike sa iba na 50% or Full Payment na ang bayad. And because of this nag-stress eating na lang kami. We went to Chef RV Manabat Cafe to order hot meals, cakes, and bread for our anniversary celebration.  

February 26, 2021

Exploring Castilian Cuisine at Alba Restaurante Español

It’s been several years already since I discovered Alba Restaurante Español in Deal Grocer. I always see their Spanish Buffet Lunch and Dinner promo but I was hesitant to purchase a voucher because I’m not sure kung sulit ba sa kakainin ko. Their buffet spread has only few choices and I’m not fond of paella, callos, or tapas. 

But after trying their food last December, I blamed myself for not buying the voucher. Sinayang ko yung chance, ngayon pa na may community quarantine and I’m not sure kung kailan maibabalik ang buffet nila. Huhuhu Just this month, we visited their restaurant during weekends and no buffet offering.

Would you believe that Alba Restaurante Español has been around since 1952? Wow, almost seven decades na but they only have few branches, you can find their restaurant in Bel-Air Makati, Tomas Morato, Estancia Mall, Prism Plaza, and Westgate Center. This restaurant was founded by Señor Anastacio de Alba who came from Avila, Spain. 

New Year’s Eve Celebration 

Last December, we were planning for our New Year’s potluck and I told my husband na bumili na lang kami. Ayaw ko na magluto, napagod na ko nung Christmas. Hehehe! He wanted lechon and I suggested Alba’s Cochinillo so he called the restaurant but at that time, they are not accepting orders pa. They are not sure and will inform us if they will accept orders. Fortunately, they called and we paid for our reservation. My husband picked up the cochinillo at the restaurant, we did not ask kung may delivery. 

It was our first time buying cochinillo so maliit pala talaga siya. I remember, marami naawa when I posted this on my social media. Life is short for the suckling pig because it is being roasted between the ages of two and six weeks. After I’ve learned this, napaisip ako, next time I will just buy per kilo ng lechon or lechon belly. But the taste of cochinillo is really good, it is crispy, tender, and flavorful. One whole is PHP6000 and it is good for 12 people. 

I went with my husband when we paid for the reservation and while at the restaurant, I saw the different cold cuts and cheese. Wow, this is perfect for our New Year’s Eve because I don’t want to cook, so I bought a few packs for our DIY Charcuterie. I purchased Salchichon, Pamplona, Jamon Serrano, Tocino, Chorizo de Bilbao and Los Molinos Tempranillo (Wine). My charcuterie was a hit so now we know where to buy our cold cuts. 

Chorizo de Bilbao PHP125 per 100 grams 
Pamplona P160 per 100 grams 
Salchichon P160 per 100 grams 
Butifarra PHP110 per 100 grams 
Jamon Serrano PHP330 per 100 grams 
Tocino PHP130 per 100 grams 

My son and I like the Chorizo de Bilbao, I sliced and sauteed this in olive oil. Sometimes, I add this to Chicken Afritada. We liked the Salchichon and Pamplona too, meron na kami instant yummy sandwich, I just need bread, meat, and mozzarella cheese then toast it in the oven toaster. The Jamon Serrano and Tocino are too salty for our taste but we still eat this kasi sayang but I have no plans to repurchase. During our last visit to Alba, I bought a few packs of cold cuts, and this time I added Butifarra, I will just update this post once we tried it. 

Valentine’s Date at Alba 2022

We’ve been planning for our wedding anniversary getaway or food trip but I guess it is still impossible for now. The day before Valentine’s day we went to Landers for grocery, this was the third time that I went to the grocery since the community quarantine started. Then after our grocery, my husband and I went to Alba for lunch, instant date na rin for our anniversary. 

We don’t have any reservations but we’re glad that they were able to accommodate us. We’ve seen other tables with “Reserved” signs so mukhang marami na kumakain sa labas. You need to scan the QR code and answer the health declaration form, I was having a hard time doing this because the form is not appearing on my phone after I scanned it. Good thing that my husband has two phones so I used his other phone para makapagscan ako ng QR code.

Upon seated, they gave us the menu, it was so thick that we just scanned it and order the house specialty Paella Valenciana PHP580 and Lengua Sevillana PHP500, the meal is good for 2-3 persons and the cooking time is 30 minutes. While waiting, they served complimentary bread. I really appreciate this kind of gesture because we have something to eat while waiting for our meal. 

They served our meal on time and we were so delighted with our order like I’ve said before I’m not fond of paella but after tasting the Paella Valenciana of Alba, nagbago na pananaw ko sa buhay. Hehehe! I like their paella, it is already a complete meal. I’m planning to buy this again kapag may occasions. I love Lengua and their lengua sevillana did not disappoint me, in fact, favorite ko na agad. 

We tried to finish our food pero hindi kaya so may take-out pa kami sa anak ko. Nagustuhan din niya yung paella and lengua, sorry na lang siya hindi niya natikman yung Tarta de Queso PHP160. Parang nagsisi pa kami na isa lang order namin dessert, bitin sa amin ni hubby kasi nagshare lang kami. Hehehe I’m not sure if they are selling whole cake, I’ll check na lang when we dine in again. 

Lengua Sevillana - Stewed ox-tongue with mushroom & olives in rich sherry brown sauce 
Paella Valenciana - Valenciana rice dish with chicken, pork, seafood & vegetables
Tarta de Queso Alba’s- classic cheesecake 

Sunday Lunch at Alba 2022 

Ever since I discovered Alba, it became my go-to restaurant if ever we are in the Alabang area because I like the food and service. So last December, after our grocery trip, off we went to Alba, and luckily, there is still an available table for us kasi nakareserved na talaga yung mga tables. It was our first time upstairs and medyo masikip pero okay siya kung irereserve mo lahat ng tables for intimate gathering.

Without checking the menu, I already knew what to order kasi nga favorite namin yung Lengua Sevillana and I am a creature of habit kaya lagi same order ko. Hehehe! So for our family of three, we ordered Lengua Sevillana PHP650, Plain Rice PHP60, and Solomillo a la Pobre PHP700 + Service Charge. 

Solomillo a la Pobre - Classic grilled beef tenderloin with olive oil garlic sauce. 

The Lengua Sevillana is good for sharing but the Solomillo a la Pobre is good for one person lang pero hinati namin sa tatlo so we can all try the steak. hehehe! After trying this one, may bago na ko favorite. Hehehe! At least, nadagdagan na yung options ko. We’re supposed to order Tarta de Queso Alba’s para matikman ng anak ko kaso busog na kami.

February 25, 2021

Great Earth Frozen Strawberries

Growing up, I like strawberry jam but I dislike eating fresh strawberries, in my mind “ang mahal-mahal pero ang asim naman” hehehe! Buying fresh strawberries is a hit and miss, sometimes it is sweet and most of the time, it is bland or sour. So I rarely buy this in the grocery or market so when I saw this Great Earth Frozen Strawberry at Landers, napabili na ko. 

One pack is 2lbs for PHP184.75, it is perfect for juicing, syrup processing, and cereal mix. I bought this last December but it was only last week when we tried it. This is the last Great Earth product na nabili ko, you can check my review of Great Earth California Blend and Great Earth Potato Wedges. The pack has instructions too but I did not follow them. 

Great Earth Frozen Strawberry Preparations 

1. In a blender, combine soy milk, oats, banana, and strawberries 
2. Add vanilla and sugar if desired. 
3. Blend until smooth 
4. Pour into glasses and serve. 

The truth is, I have a can of evaporation milk that is nearly expiring so we use it. We just put the frozen strawberry, milk, sugar in the blender. The strawberry shake was too thick so we add some ice cubes and blend them again. My husband and I like the strawberry smoothie that we made. My son did not taste it because he is not fond of strawberries. 

Freezing strawberry is a great way to store your berries especially if you purchased a lot. This is what we do if we have fresh strawberries at home (minsan lang naman). Most of the time, kapag nagpunta lang kami ng Baguio, napapabili kami ng strawberry. One of my bucket list nga is picking strawberries at Strawberry Farm kaso hindi naman harvest season tuwing visit namin. 

Every time we visit Norway, my mom usually buys fresh strawberries so she freeze some strawberries and we will make Strawberry-Banana Smoothie. One of my favorite snacks in Norway is fresh strawberries + sugar + Tine Kremfløte, I really love this cream kung pwede nga lang mag-uwi sa Pilipinas. 

February 24, 2021

How to Apply for Multiple Entry Japan Tourist Visa

This blog post is sitting in my draft for more than a year already. I was so excited to share this last year because we got a Multiple Entry Japan Tourist Visa but my excitement was gone when COVID19 news broke. We’ve been planning to go back to Japan so we can experience Spring, Fall, or Winter season there. 

In fact, as early as January, I was searching for accommodation and planning for our Osaka-Kyoto-Nara-Kobe trip. We were planning to visit a travel expo so we can score a cheap flight to Japan but all plans were canceled and until now, traveling is still unachievable. I don’t know when everything would be back to normal. I don’t know if we can still use this Japan Tourist Visa because, since last year, tourist visas are suspended. 

Whether we can use this or not, I will just post this to remind me na minsan sa aking buhay nagkaroon ako ng Multiple-Entry Visa. Hehehe! Last October 2019, we visited World Travel Expo and we availed the Japan Visa Processing promo for PHP600 from PHP1,200. It was a good deal already compared to our first Japan Tourist Visa application.  

Japan Visa is free but you cannot apply directly to Japan Embassy, so you need to look for a travel agency to process your visa application. The processing fee depends on the agency that you will choose. You can check the list of authorized travel agencies here. For our first application, sinabay kami ni hubby sa pag-apply niya ng Japan Business Visa through their company accredited travel agency. Unfortunately, their agency is not part of the authorized agency of the Japan Embassy so nadoble tuloy bayad namin because we paid 2 travel agencies, more story on this blog

Anyway, we realized that it is so easy to apply for Japan Visa as long as you have complete requirements but of course, the visa is still subject to their approval. Here is the list of visa requirements for a Japan Tourist Visa from H.I.S. Travel Agency. They sent the list of requirements and forms that we need (via email). We just printed and filled out the forms. 

Requirements for Japan Tourist Visa 

Philippine Passport 
Visa Application Form (A4 Size Paper) Download the application here 
2x2 Photo with White Background 
Original PSA Birth Certificate 
Original PSA Marriage Certificate 
Daily Itinerary in Japan (A4 Size Paper) 
Original Bank Certificate 
Photocopy of Income Tax Return, Form 2316 or 1701 
HIS Authorization Letter (A4 Size, signed per applicant) 
Request for Multiple Entry (optional, not guaranteed) 


A. Since I’m a housewife, the staff asked me to write a letter of explanation why I don’t have an ITR or Income Tax Return. 

B.They asked my husband to sign the Letter of Guarantee for me and my son. 

“I will guarantee the following items regarding the above-mentioned applicant’s entry into Japan: 

1. Expenses for the applicant’s stay in Japan 
2. Return travel expenses 
3. Compliance with Japanese laws and regulations” 

C. This was our second Japan Tourist Visa application but they still require us to submit the original PSA birth certificate and marriage certificate. Ganun daw talaga if you are applying as a family. 

D. They require us to submit the passport where our Japan Visas were issued. So we submitted our old and new passports.

E. This time, we submit a letter of request for a Multiple Entry Visa, this was part of the forms that were sent to us so print lang din namin. We did not do this during our first application, hindi rin kami aware na pwede pala magrequest. 

January 6, 2020 - submitted our application at H.I.S Travel Agency 
January 7, 2020 - visa approved; Multiple Entry for 5 years 
January 8, 2020 - passport our ready for pick-up 

Japan Tourist Visa Expense 

Photo PHP255 (PHP85 per person) 
PSA PHP720 (3 Birth Certificate and 1 Marriage Certificate) 
Japan Visa Processing PHP1800 (P600 per head) 
Bank Certificate Free (use our voucher) 

Total: P2,275 

We spent PHP2,275 for something that we haven’t used but I’m hoping and praying na in the future, we can still use this. May 4 years pa naman na natitira. Hehehe!

February 23, 2021

My Korean Movies List

For the past few years, I’ve been watching a lot of Korean drama series and as of this writing, I’ve already watched 103 Korean dramas, not including the unfinished series. After I hit my 100, I had a hard time looking for a good series to binge-watch. I started some series but I lost interest and I don’t know if I will still continue to watch them. 

And because of that, I started exploring Korean movies. The first two Korean movies that I watched are “A Moment to Remember” and Miracle in Cell No. 7, these were already old movies. As far as I know, I am not addicted to kdrama yet when I watched these movies. Both movies are tear-jerkers and they are worth watching. 

When I started watching the drama series, I watched the “Fabricated City” movie because I learned that Ji Chang Wook is part of this movie. Then just this year, I finished watching Space Sweepers, Extreme Jobs and My Girlfriend is an Agent. I’m still searching for good movies but some are not available on Netflix.

1. A Moment to Remember 
2. Miracle in Cell No. 7 
3. Fabricated City 
4. 200 Pounds Beauty
5. Okja


6. Space Sweepers 
7. Extreme Jobs 
8. My Girlfriend is an Agent 
9. Tune in for Love
10. The Bros
11. Pandora
12. One Day
13. Sweet and Sour 
14. Crazy Romance
15. On Your Wedding Day
16. Always
17. Be With You
18. Love + Sling
19. Luck - Key
20. Flu
21. My New Sassy Girl
22. Finding Mr. Destiny
23. The Princess and the Matchmaker
24. Kim Ji Young Born 1982
25. Whatcha Wearin?
26. Hit and Run Squad
27. Tunnel
28. Mr. Handy, Mr. Hong
29. Collectors

So let us see if I will hit 100 Korean Movies too. Care to share your favorite Korean Movies? 

“I just like sitting at home, chilling and watching a movie” - Niall Horan


30. Alive
31. The Pirates: The Last Royal Treasure
32. Parasite
33. Train to Busan
34. Midnight Runners
35. 20th Century Girl 


36. Ultimate Oppa
37. 6/45
38. My Love, My Bride
39. The Last Princess
40. Take Off
41. Confidential Assignment 2
42. Kill Boksoon
43. Commitment
44. Dream
45. My Paparotti


46. The Princess and the Matchmaker
47. My Name is Loh Kiwan

February 16, 2021

10 Years and Counting

Exactly 10 years ago, I started my blogging journey and I never imagine that I will hit my tenth blogging anniversary. Blogging is my “me-time and until now even I’m busy with other things, I still try to find time to update my blog”. Last year, I got derailed but this year, I miss blogging so I unplugged myself with client work to give time to my first love which is blogging and crafting.

Even though my blog and social media accounts have few followers, I continue blogging because I didn’t start my blog for fame but for myself. Even I have an audience of ONE which is myself, I still go on. Blogging is my creative outlet to keep my mind and life productive. 

I love seeing and reading my old blog posts because it is a testament to my improvement as a wife, mother, and person. I discovered how my hobby changed from cooking to baking, sewing, crocheting, designing, and now crafting with my Cricut Maker. I witnessed how my body size keeps on growing as the years go by because of food trips. Slowly, I'm crossing out my bucket list and the list goes on.

Today, I’m celebrating my ten years milestone and as of this writing, I have 1,640 blog posts and 8,167,086 pageviews. If you have stumbled on my blog, thank you for being part of my 8 million views. Sharing some of my favorites quotes that keep me going and doing what I do. 

“Do whatever it takes to make your soul happy” 

“Do it for you, so that you can look back and feel proud of yourself for everything you’ve done”

“Allow yourself to be proud of yourself and all the progress you’ve made. Especially the progress that no one else has seen” 

“You belong in the world - there is space that you can fill. This life would not be the same without you because there are beauty and magic that no one else but you can create” p.bodi 

“My worth is not determined by how other people view me. My worth is determined by how I view myself” - April Green 

“I began to realize how important it was to be an enthusiast in life. If you are interested in something, no matter what it is, go at it full speed. Embrace it with both arms, hug it, love it, and above all become passionate about it. Lukewarm is no good. - Roald Dahl 

“I’m not good at everything, I just do my best at everything” 

“My goal is not to be better than anyone else but to be better than I used to be” Wayne Dyer 

“I’m not where I want to be, but I’m proud that I’m not where I used to be - Lucia Litman

“Self-love, this is exactly where happiness starts” - Camille Benitah

When in doubt, always remember why you started and why you do what you do.

February 15, 2021

My Pots and Succulent Plants

I’m not a plantita or a crazy plant lady but we do have a mini garden at home, thanks to my husband. Planting fruits and vegetables became his new hobby during this community quarantine, you can have a glimpse of our small garden in this post

Two years ago, I received a succulent plant as a souvenir so I was happy because this type of plant is perfect for a non-green thumb like me. But I felt sad because, after few months, we went to Norway for a vacation so I already expected that my plant will die because no one will water it. Surprisingly, it survived for almost one month. When my husband went back to the Philippines, he took care of it. 

One year had passed, my succulent keeps on growing so one pot became three pots and then five pots. When my husband repotted my succulent plants, the plants slowly died hanggang sa walang natira. Huhuhu! I don’t know why, is it because of the soil that we used or nasobrahan ba ng dilig? 

Anyway, after several months, my husband bought me a new succulent plant so I was happy na may kapalit na yung nawala sa akin. My husband was so shocked with my reaction, iba daw kasi yung smile ko sa plants compared sa flowers na binibigay niya dati. Now, he finally understood na ayaw ko talaga ng bulaklak talaga. Hehehe! Well, he already stopped giving me flowers since year 2012.  

On the same day, I immediately searched Shopee for ceramic pots. I don’t want to use the old plastic pots at baka mamatay ulit sila. Hehehe Sinisi ko na ngayon ang paso. I ordered from two different stores and I’m glad that my pots arrived in good condition, may free pebbles pa. 

Then using my Cricut Maker, I made some decals stickers. I can’t do this with my old pots kasi hindi sila smooth so ngayon pwede na. I used glossy black and frosted glitter vinyl stickers pero hindi maganda kinalabasan sa frosted glitter so I will remake this project if I have extra time. 

Plant Quotes

Love grows here 
Please don’t die 
Plant, grow, bloom 
Plant your dreams 
Bloom where you planted 

And dahil halaman naman daw pala magpapasaya sa akin, my husband bought succulent plants again. OMG, I only ordered 5 pots so I have no choice but to use the plastic pots sa dalawa, hehehe! Next time na ulit ako oorder kapag naggrow and bloom na sila. I do hope humaba na ang buhay nila. I’ve made some research on how to take care the succulent plants. 

How to Care Your Succulent Plants 

1. Choose the right soil. A mix of gardening soil, sand, and perlite or pumice. 
2. Make sure they get enough sunlight. 
3. Water the soil directly not spray. 
4. Choose a container with a hole or drainage. 
5. Keep succulent leaves clean. 
6. Fertilize 

I asked my husband kung ano name nila, hindi daw niya alam so ireresearch ko pa. Waah! Checking the plants parang I have Echeveria and Jade, correct me if I am wrong.

Where to Buy Pots for Plants

Sharing the links where I bought my succulent pots. 

February 09, 2021

Great Earth Potato Wedges

I love potatoes so if ever we will travel outside Asia, I can still survive even without eating rice. I can live eating bread or potatoes but of course not for a very long time. Hehehe! Nothing beats rice meals. When community quarantine started last March, we missed eating out so we’ve been buying fries and mojos to satisfy our fast-food cravings. 

Yesterday, I shared about the homemade mojos potato and now let me share the Great Earth Potato Wedges. I just realized na same brand ito ng California Blend that I previously blogged. Anyway, last weekend, I cooked fried chicken and I remembered the potato wedges that I bought last December at Landers. One pack is 2 lbs for P179.75. 

I checked the packaging for cooking instructions and this potato wedges pala is good for baking. But I did not follow it, nag-fry na ko ng chicken so nagfry na rin ako ng potato wedges. I just fry 1/3 of the pack for 6-8 minutes. 

The taste of the potato wedges is quite similar to KFC fries, medyo oily because I deep fried it so it was not a hit. Next time I will follow the cooking instructions kung magbabago ang lasa. Pero may lasa na siya kahit wala pa seasoning or dahil prinito ko siya kung saan ko prinito yung chicken na may Crispy Fry. hehehe!

Potato Wedges Cooking Instructions 

1. Preheat oven to 375F. Light grease a large baking sheet and set it aside. 
2. Place potato wedges in a large bowl. Drizzle with olive oil and toss to coat. In a small bowl, whisk together salt, garlic powder, and Italian seasoning. Sprinkle potato wedges with the shredded cheese, tossing to coat, then sprinkle with the seasoning mixture. 
3. Place potato wedges on a prepared baking sheet in a single layer with skin-sides down. Bake for 25-35 minutes until potatoes are fork-tender and golden. Sprinkle with freshly chopped parsley and dressing for dipping. 

Update March 2021: Potato Wedges with Parmesan Cheese and Parsley

Last month, I mentioned that my potato wedges were just okay. We still have remaining potato wedges so I cooked this again together with Chicken Karaage and Tonkatsu. I added Parmesan cheese and dried parsley after I deep-fried them. Taste-wise, it is better compared to plain potato wedges. Thanks to Parmesan cheese. 

February 08, 2021

Homemade Fried Chicken and Mojos Potato

My usual routine every Saturday is to plan for our weekly menu and every time I asked “Ano gusto niyo ulam?”, my son will always say “fried chicken”. Nakakaloka, maski kapag kumain kami sa labas puro fried chicken ang order niya especially sa Shakey’s. Walang kamatayang Chicken ‘n Mojos ang order namin. That is why I need an air fryer in my life. Hehehe! 

But because we are still under community quarantine, eating outside is not that easy so I was happy when some restaurants offer “Ready-to-Cook” meals like the Shakey’s Mojos Potato. One pack is P375, pero sobrang dami niya talaga na napuno agad freezer namin nung binili yun ni hubby. Unfortunately, the pack does not include the breading mix but there is nothing to worry about because they also shared the recipe on how to cook mojos potato at home. 

Shakey’s-Approved Mojos Hack 

1. Wash - Rinse mojos for a few seconds and drain. 
2. Coat - Coat evenly using your preferred breading mix, or this recipe. 

Homemade Breading Mix Ingredients 

1 tbsp garlic powder 
2 cups all-purpose flour 
1/2 tsp ground black pepper 
2 tbsp iodized or table salt 
1 tsp paprika 
1/2 tsp thyme 

Mix ingredients together in a bowl. Carefully toss mojos in a bowl with the breading mix to prevent them from breaking. (Breaking mix can approximately cost 1.5kg of mojos) 

3. Fry - Heat cooking oil in a frying pan. Place coated mojos individually. Deep fry until golden brown and desired crispness is achieved. Choose good quality cooking oil for frying and reuse up to 2 times only to ensure crisp and tasty Mojos. 

I did not bother to make a homemade breading mix because we are already okay with Crispy Fry. Since 2012, ito na gamit ko para wala ng measure-measure pa. I use it kahit anong food pa, you can check my post here.  

For my fried chicken, I always precook this, boil it for 30-40 minutes with seasoning. If nugget-sized yung chicken, I don’t precook na, diretso fry. After boiling, coat the fried chicken and mojos then deep fry in oil for 6-8 minutes. Voila, we have our own version of Chicken n’ Mojos. As years pass by, improving na ang mojos ko compared sa first try ko. hehehe 

February 05, 2021

Great Earth California Blend Frozen Mixed Vegetables Recipe

I am not fond of eating vegetables so diet is not really for me. In our home, I only cook vegetable dishes once a week because I don’t like storing a lot of vegetables tapos masisira lang. Second, vegetables are easy to cook but the preparation is taking much of my time. Nakakapagod maghiwa lalo na kapag chopsuey at pinakbet ang ulam. Hehehe! 

Hindi rin lahat ng nasa Bahay Kubo song kinakain ko so mabibilang lang na vegetables dishes ang niluluto ko. If my husband wants to eat more veggies, yung tipong nagdadiet siya, siya na bahala magprepare ng salad niya. Sa samgyeopsal lang ako kumakain ng lettuce. Hehehe! 

Last December, I saw this Great Earth California Blend Frozen Vegetables at Landers. Most of the time, corn + carrots + peas ang nakikita ko na frozen vegetables so when I saw carrots, broccoli, and cauliflower, napabili ko. It is only P164.75 for 2lbs so feeling ko mura na kasi ang mahal kaya ng broccoli.

I planned to pair this with our Lechon Belly de Cebu pero hindi natuloy so last month I cooked this. It just so happened that we have leftover beef bulgogi after namin magsamgyeopsal so para hindi kami maumay at puro meat na kami, may sidedish kami na vegetables.  

I just followed the cooking instructions at the back of the packaging 

1. Heat 2 tbsp oil and 2 tbsp butter on high.
2. Add frozen vegetables to the hot pan. 
3. Stir frequently, add separate carrot clusters, adjust heat, as needed to reduce browning. 
4. Cook for 10 minutes (2 lbs) 

The taste of the vegetables is bland so I seasoned it with salt and pepper. Maybe next time, I will add chicken powder or cubes. For a family of 3, 2 lbs is a big serving so after I cooked it, I divided it into 3 portions. May sidedish kami ng ilang kainan. Hehehe! I will buy this again on my next visit.

February 04, 2021

Grafen Anti-Hair Loss Care Set

Buying gifts for my husband is always my dilemma because he already got everything when he married me. Hehehe! Just like my son, my usual gifts to him are “something he wants, something he needs, something to wear and something to read”. Sometimes I asked for his wishlist (yung afford ko lang, lol) but most of the time, he will just say “surprise me”. 

So last year, I was having a hard time because I don’t know what will I buy for him. Fortunately, while browsing Facebook, I saw my friend’s post about Grafen Root Booster Shampoo for Dry Scalp so I searched about it. According to my research, this is the number one hair care product in South Korea, ang dami din videos about this. 

Grafen Root Booster Shampoo is good for straight hair, curly hair, and dry hair. It prevents hair loss, enhances hair, supply nutrients to the scalp and hair and it also removes residue on the scalp. This shampoo is made of black bean extract, green tea extract, and other herbal extracts. It also contains natural-originated materials (certified by MDFS) like olive oil, licorice extract, evening primrose oil, rosemary extract, jojoba seed oil, avocado oil, and others. Surprisingly, even kids and pregnant women can also use this. 

The reviews are positive so I was sold so I checked where I can buy this shampoo. It is available in Shopee and Lazada. When I checked the price, halos mahimatay ako nung nakita ko presyo. Hehehe! Since he is experiencing hair loss, I know this is a perfect gift for him. But I did not order yet kasi baka madelay lang din shipping so after the holiday, I checked the two online stores again and fortunately, Lazada has Grafen Anti-Hair Loss Care Set.

Total is P7000 but I only got it for P3400 so I saved P3,600. And since I’ve read that it is good to use with Grafen Edge-Finger, I also added this to my cart. I am aware of the edge-finger because I saw it at Althea Korea before, sana pala binili ko na kasi mas mura price nila doon dati. 

The Grafen Edge-Finger is made of soft silicone material that gently massages your scalp without hurting it. It is waterproof and does not accumulate water, dandruff, or waste. It has an ergonomic design so it is easy to hold and use. It makes bubble well. Luckily, there is 50% off so I got it for P600 only. It is available in two colors, red or white, I chose red. The shipping fee is P50 and the product is from South Korea. 

January 2, 2021 - ordered via Lazada (COD) 
January 8, 2021 - received ordered. 

All items are well-packed and arrived in good condition. May bubble wrap pa yung mga items. Since this was my gift, my husband is the one who is using GRAFEN Anti Hair-Loss Care Set, but I tried the Root Booster Shampoo once and okay naman ang smell niya. Nakikigamit ako ng Edge-Finger, ang sarap lang niya sa scalp. Hehehe! It is true that it makes plentiful bubble kahit iba ang gamit ko na shampoo. 

It’s been almost one month since my husband uses them and so far, less hair fall na. Before kasi ang dami ko nakikita sa bathroom pero ngayon as in sobrang nag-improve. Though sa mga video na nakita ko, after 8 weeks pa makikita kung kumapal hair. Makapal naman hair ni hubby, ang problem lang is hair fall and medyo numinipis ang gilid pero I hope this would work talaga kasi mahal e. hehehe! But if there is SALE, why not.

Photo from Lazada

As of this writing, I checked Lazada, and available pa yung Grafen Anti Hair-Hair Loss Care Set - P3400 pero hindi na nakasale yung iba. You might want to check Shopee Mall because it also offers Grafen products and this February month, they are on sale + they have shop vouchers too. 

So far, yung dalawa pa lang ginagamit ni hubby but let me share na rin kung ano yung benefits ng ibang product. I will just update this post kapag natry na. 

Grafen Cica Care Treatment makes your hair nourished and fragrant. It helps control excessive sebum. It is good for people who have damaged, weak, and split hair. Use this, if you want to have sleek hair and fragrant hair. No parabens and no silicone. It is made of natural material extracted from vegetable. Expiration is 3 years from the manufacture date. 

Grafen Mini Remover Shampoo helps you to remove residue on the scalp, relieves troubles on the scalp, and supplies nutrients. It is made of natural materials like peppermint, green tree extract, chamomile extract, and others. Expiration is 3 years from the manufacture date. 

Grafen Mini Cica Silky Shampoo nourishes your hair and making it hair silky-soft. It helps soothe the scalp and repair damaged hair. No paraben and no silicone. Expiration is 3 years from the manufacture date. 

“Adulting means growing hair in places you’re not supposed to and losing hair in places you don’t want to.”

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