Sunday, December 23, 2012

What's Cooking: Ham Wrapped Pinoy Embutido

Last minute holiday food gift idea!

Embutido is one Holiday dish that my mom never cooked but for some reason we always have it during the holidays. Turns out there's always a neighbor or friend who gives them for Christmas. Like I said, we didn't have a family recipe so I decided to wing it. For my family and friends who wants the recipe, here it is, let's play a little shall we?



WhatYahNeed:
1/2 kilo lean ground pork
1/4 kilo ground chicken breast
1/2 cup chopped cooked ham 
1/2 cup sweet pickle relish
1 cup non melting cheese, small dice
1 cup red bell pepper, minced
1 cup green bell pepper, minced
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup carrots, minced
1 medium onion, minced
1 cup bread crumbs, tempura crumbs
2 pcs raw eggs
1/4 cup soy sauce
1 cup tomato sauce
1 tbsp salt
1 tbsp pepper
6 cheese frankfurters
12 cooked honey ham slices




WhatYahGottaDo:
  1. Mix the ground pork and chicken in a large bowl,
  2. Add mixed bread crumbs, carrots, bell pepper (red and green), onion, pickle relish, cheese, raisins, combine thoroughly
  3. In a separate bowl  mix raw eggs, tomato sauce, soy sauce, salt, and pepper, flavor mix then mix well. pour over meat and mix
  4. Test for seasoning by frying  a small portion to taste
  5. Place two slices of ham the in the middle of an aluminum foil (8" by 11" bond paper size)
  6. Place 4-5 spoonfuls of meat on top of ham to form a rectangular shape about half inch thick, leaving 1 1/2 inch space from the edge of foil
  7. Place cheese frankfurters (hotdog, vienna sausage will also do) in the the middle of the flat meat mixture.
  8. Roll the foil to form a log, very much like rolling a maki. Fold in the edges as you roll to lock the sides of the foil with the meat thoroughly wrapped.
  9. Steam for 20 mins over low to medium heat.
  10. Once cooled slice and serve or wrap in plastic film and freeze until ready to eat.


To serve:


Slice diagonally about 1/4 inch thick, fry or reheat in a steamer about 15 minutes and serve with ketchup or sweet chilli sauce.


Alternative cooking:


Traditionally Embutido has whole cooked eggs and you can add some together with the frankfurters, but I find they do not freeze well. I've tried this Embutido after freezing for about 3 weeks and it's still good and yummy. 


*Note to family, now you know what to expect for Christmas lunch ha ;)



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Sunday, December 9, 2012

Sofie's Pink Poodle Birthday

This year we wanted to do something different for Sofie's birthday. She just turned 5 and is a very inquisitive girl so we wanted to give her an experience instead of just a party. 

We started her birthday celebration with a surprise mini-party at her school to celebrate with her friends and teachers.She knew she was going to have a birthday but we kept the details from her and    just said "We will see" whenever she asked for something for her birthday. The teachers were very gracious in allowing us to celebrate during snack time and even gave us time to prep the room where we can have her party. 

At first she wanted a Minnie Mouse Party, easy enough right? However, right about the time that we finished her DIY invites and bought some Minnie loot bag items, she changed her mind and wanted a Pink Poodle Party. Buti nalang Boy Scout and Girl Scout kami ni hubby. Always ready!

Here's her party invite Ver.1 and Ver.2, Whew!


I'm having so much fun with printables right now, I found a pink poodle image online and did a  little magic with Photoshop. Here are some Pink Poodle stuff  I made for her party.

Don't you just love her heart-shaped cake?! I added the themed bunting instead of having the bakers write on it.























I prepared very simple lunch boxes sure to be appreciated by the preschoolers, some jello, fool-proof cheezy pasta (mac&cheese spin-off) and a cupcake with a poodle topper that looks more like a gay snowman. Heck, I'm not a professional but a DIY mom so I'll forgive myself. 



Of course it's never a party without games and entertainment, we set up a very simple game of Pin the Tail on the Poodle and did some balloon twisting. Who knew I had a knack for it. Last year, when we did her Angry Birds birthday Hubby and I did some magic tricks, this year we wanted to do some balloon twisting, so of course I ended up doing them and hubby took the photos to appease me. haha! andaya!

I'm just glad nobody asked for a dinosaur or a bicycle.
It was a very simple Pink Poodle party but the most important thing is that our daughter enjoyed every bit of it. Just seeing her eyes pop when she saw what we prepared, hearing her tell her classmates about how her mom made her cupcakes and proudly showing them her daddy is more than enough to make our hearts swell with joy. 

The second part of her birthday was celebrated on the day itself and we invited some friends and family to go with us on a mini-field trip to Mind Museum. More on that later, for now I have to prepare lunch ;-)



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Friday, November 16, 2012

Thankful

I don't have much time to blog these days, but I just have to do this quick one for things that I am THANKFUL for.

Liliana Estelle - 10.25.12  -  7lbs.3oz



Sofia Isabel Big Sister




Thank you for filling my life with love and laughter ;-)

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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Why Some Mothers Eat Their Young!



Sofie: Why did you change your dress? 
Me: It doesn't fit.
Sofie: Why?
Me: Because I'm round and pregnant
Sofie: (monologue) What animal is round, fat and pregnant?   Ah, a gorilla! 
Me: What?!?!?!
Sofie: You're not a gorilla, see you're narrow. (smiling sheepishly)



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Monday, October 8, 2012

For My Little Girls



One day you’ll meet a guy. And ultimately, he’s going to find out. How you chew, how you sip, how you dance, how you smell at every point in the day. The fact that most of your friends are shallow. How your face looks underneath all your makeup. How you love chocolate, how you can be hyper at times, how certain games and shows make you really happy. How cranky you can get when you’re tired, how you think you look bad in all your photos. He’s going to know everything about you. And you know what? He’s still going to love you!



**found this on the web, not sure who wrote it but  I sure hope my girls find someone like their Daddy someday;-)




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Sunday, September 16, 2012

Q.C. Brunch Pick #1: Stacy's at Capitol Greenstreet

I'm currently having a resto-crush on Stacy's, it's a heavenly 50's diner themed place tucked sweetly amidst the trees and slopes of Capitol Golf Course, just off U.P Diliman. We planned on having brunch and woke up  at around 8:00 a.m, started moving at about 9:00 a.m and went out the door at around uhhhm eleven-ish?! 

Since we picked the auspicious day of  the ACET, the typhoon and our 150th monthsary, (yup, that's how we roll!) our supposedly 15 minute drive doubled into 30 minutes along Katipunan Ave. We had to weave along the throng of cars of Blue Eagle hopefuls. Still, we can call it brunch since nobody except Sofie had breakfast yet and besides the place served all day breakfast. Yey!

We finally got there a little past noon, Sofie thought the restaurant was closed since the place was pretty much empty. I blame it on the typhoon and the ACET. Stacy's feels very much like walking into a Stepford grandmama's house, its quaint, sweet and makes you feel like wearing a little girl petticoat and sipping tea. Here's what welcomed us as soon as we were seated;

 Free Stacy's Merry Mix 

Hubby ordered the Irish Beef 'N Taters (205php), it was basically corned beef chunks cooked in malted beer and sauteed with lots of onions. It was juicy, tender and salted just right, yumyum! It was served with two perfectly poached eggs, golden steak fries and a choice of bread or rice. Of course my manly man chose rice and was shocked to see it heart shaped ;-)

The serving looked quite small  but really it was more than enough!


Sofie had the classic Stacy's Spaghetti and Meatballs (185php), it was cooked Italian style rather than Filipino which was probably why the little girl did not enjoy it as much. Or maybe because she finished the merry mix all by herself, along with my potato chips. It was good though and I loved the meatballs, which I had to finish sine the little girl does not eat much meat.


I was torn with all of the breakfast choices and finally settled for a Croque Madame (230php/215php w/o egg), it was a french toast ham and cheese sandwich topped with poached egg, served with potato chips, sour cream and strawberry jam. I had my egg on the side which the staff were very happy to accommodate. The meal was hefty and delicious, the strawberry jam was something they could improve on though. It would have been better if it was more like Good Shepherd and a little less like those little packets often served with hotel breakfast toast. Still, the poached eggs, I tell you if you have a hankering for poached eggs this is the place to go.



The only damper in our little brunch was that they did not have coffee. They have it on the menu but for some reason the coffee machine broke down earlier today. Bummer, huh?

Remember, I said the place was quite empty when we got there? In my experience,  it is never a good sign since that means A) the food is not that good B) Service sucks and C) Chances are, the food you'll be eating has already served it's jolly time in the resto freezer. NONE of these things apply to Stacy's, it turns out we were lucky we got there before the lunch crowd. By the time we started with our meal the place was packed and as much as we wanted to linger, we took pity at a couple of grandpa's sitting patiently at the kiddie table.

Over all we loved the food, the ambiance, the service and it's very kid friendly. Surely we would come back again and again and again!

Perks of having a 4-year old, we have a photographer in tow ;-)
She loved the place so much she said "Oh, YOU'RE going?" when we called her from the kiddie corner.





Stacy's
Capitol Greenstreet Commercial Center,
1 Capitol Hills Drive, Quezon City
Mobile:  +63 927 326-2244 | +63 933 442-7661 | +63 917 847-2229
Facebook: Stacy's Resto
Twitter: @Stacysresto



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Thursday, September 13, 2012

Belgian Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars with Almonds


This recipe is soooooh easy even a 4 year old can do it. We found this blondie recipe from a Taste of Home and changed it up a bit to make it a little less sweet and a bit more crunchy. I've been teaching Sofie how to do small things in the kitchen to practice her fine motor skills. We incorporate our Math lessons there too, apparently she likes to bake and there's a lot of measuring and counting involved. This is her 2nd time to bake her masterpiece it so good we can hardly wait for it to cool down before we devour it.

WhatYahNeed

1-1/2 cups packed brown sugar
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 eggs, lightly beaten
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup Belgian chocolate chunks 
1 cup sliced toasted almonds

WhatYahGottaDo!



1. In a large bowl, combine the brown sugar, butter, eggs, vanilla and mix until well blended  or until preschooler is ready to move to the next step.




2. In another  bowl combine the flour, baking powder and salt. 



3.Make a well and pour the brown sugar mixture. Mix well until blended.



4.Stir in chocolate chunks and sliced almonds. At this point the adult-pretending-to-be-in-charge can continue mixing as it can get hard and to make sure the ingredients are all blended well. 


4. Divide the batter in half and spread into two greased 11" by 7" baking pans. Bake each at 350° for 10-12 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. If you can wait, cool on a wire rack then cut into bars. If not, it's best eaten with Mcdonald's Ice Cream Sundae ;-)
Makes 32 bars. 


Preschool Baking Tips



Tasting is always equivalent to grazing so make sure you have extra ingredients ;-)


It's a good time to take embarrassing photos to show future suitors ;-) 



Always make enough to share with friends and family,
here's my girl writing a note for her little cousin ;-)


For a happy and safe baking experience always practice caution, parents should be the ones to operate the oven or handle hot surfaces at all times. 


***Please note we are using a convection oven and you may need to adjust timing depending on the type of oven you will use.


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SCAM ME NOT: Platehead Scam/Spam Email

Thank God for my procrastination in checking my emails. Thank God for distracting me with my pregnancy hormones and for my new found addiction to GMANewsTV, CNN, FOXNews and Bandila. Thank God to Sen. Tito Sotto for entertaining me with his antics as a comedian-turned-Senator-turned-comedian!

It took a couple of weeks before I got to read this email, looking for a web content writer and since I am currently not looking for new work, I was able to concentrate more on the email and not get sucked in. It's one of those trying to be legit, fast-easy-money schemes that can really do you in if you are not careful.

What clued me in about this cheap, revolting scam? Apart from the horrendous grammar and composition, here are some things I noted:


  • It was asking for a free sample of my work  
  • The email promised money but did not include the currency. 
  • I Googled  their site and the domain already expired as of August 25, 2012. The email was sent to me August 7, 2012. 
  • Other bloggers who also wrote about Platehead.com that confirmed my suspicions.  Thank you guys!


Here's an email I got from Platehead.com, mom-bloggers please beware;-)
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Hello XXXXXXXX



We are looking for committed individuals to add to our team as internet marketing assistants/Virtual Assistants/Web content writers/copywriters


Job description:

You will be given a wide array of internet marketing related tasks and projects, especially search engine optimization work.
Tasks would include writing blog posts, publishing articles, web development, creating joint ventures with other websites, etc.

Skills required:

You must be fluent in written and conversant in the English language
You must be proficient with web-mailing, browsing, word processing, spreadsheets, etc.
Experience with building/managing websites and HTML,CSS,PHP, etc. are preferred.
Internet marketing experience preferred, but not required.
College degree preferred, but not required.
"Willingness to learn new skills useful for Internet marketing"




Pay:


13000-14000 per month starting pay.

How to apply:

Please submit atleast 1 article about "Information Security & Techonology" to writers@platehead.com

This job is 3 hours a day and 5 days a week we offer high compensation for qualified employees.


Thanks

Yeah, sure pull a fast one on my why don't you!
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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

What's Cooking: Lady's Choice Fish Fillet and Apple Sandwich


It's baon season once again and it's very easy to experience lunch box fatigue from eating and preparing the same school snack everyday. As much as possible, we stay away from unhealthy snacks and my kid often brings choco-milk or a yogurt drink, a peanut butter sandwich and a banana. Although she enjoys her food, we also like to jazz it up from time to time. Good thing we have different viands of Lady's Choice Sandwich Spreads, for this recipe we used Lady's Choice Tuna Spread.

Here's an idea we taste-tested a couple of days ago. Since we are trying to cure her of her frozen chicken-nuggets addiction, I used cream dory fish fillet for the sandwich. What I like about cream dory is the mild taste and when breaded and battered, she can't tell the difference between that and chicken nuggets, haha;-)

WhatYahNeed:

Apple Slaw:
1 small apple, julienne 
2 tbsp raisins
1 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp sugar

Fish Fillet:
1 Cream Dory
1 tbsp corn starch
1 pinch baking soda
1 tsp vinegar
4 tbsp flour
1/2 cup water
salt and pepper
oil for frying

2 Slices of  bread
Lady's Choice Tuna Spread

WhatYahGottaDo:

1. Prepare the apple slaw, start by julienning the apple. I just love saying julienne, it's a fancy shmancy term for slicing the apples into thin strips. In a small bowl, mix the apples, raisins, lemon juice and sugar. Set aside.

2. Prepare the fish batter. In a non-reactive bowl mix  the vinegar and baking soda, don't be surprised when it sizzles, mix the flour, water, salt and pepper. Adjust to taste. Sprinkle some salt and pepper on the cream dory fillet then dredge it n cornstarch before dipping it into the batter and deep frying in hot oil for about 5-6 minutes until golden brown. You can also pan fry at 3-4 minutes on each side. 


3. It's time to assemble your  Lady's Choice Fish Fillet and Apple Sandwich. Put some Lady's Choice Tuna spread on to 2 pieces of bread. Put about 2 tablespoons of apple slaw, without the juice, and top it with the cream dory fillet. Enjoy!




The sweetness of the apple-raisin slaw combined with the fish and the balanced taste of the Lady's Choice Tuna spread makes this a perfect snack;-)


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Friday, July 13, 2012

The Bashful Mimosa Encounter

It's amazing to be a kid, everything is new and there's always something to discover. To a child even the most mundane things can be a source of wonder. 


During an out of town trip, this little girl discovered the Bashful Mimosa or Makahiya plant. She was in awe of how the plant "closed" at the touch of her finger and ended up hunting "open" ones for a significant part of her afternoon. She was surprised how her simple action can affect change in the plant. I told her that the plant is very shy and sensitive to touch, like the Makahiya other plants also have feelings and we should take care not to hurt them. 







Later on she said, "Look Mommy, it's just like a game in my iPod." . . . hmmmm digital kids!







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Thursday, July 12, 2012

Filipino as a Second Language

Before I became a mom, I worked in the outsourcing industry for about 7 years. During this time, I've known and interviewed a lot (and I mean a LOT) of people who could have been hired, except that they were not able to express themselves well in English. In college, I made extra cash from teaching English as a Second Language to Koreans, most of my students wanted to study the language to enhance their careers. 

When we had Sofie, we didn't want her to have the same problem, regardless of what field she may want to get into when she's older, so we taught her to speak in English. The rationale was, when she's old enough to attend school, she'll be able to learn Filipino anyway. This theory would have worked except that her school uses English to teach preschool and almost everywhere we go, specially in urbanized areas, you can hear kids speaking in fluent English instead of Filipino. At home we can not watch a Filipino program without my daughter needing an interpreter. Imagine Going Bulilit translated in English, we don't know whether to laugh first and translate after or vice versa.  

Hubby and I are very much Filipino at heart, given options we always opt for supporting Pinoy made products instead of imported ones. We prefer to live and stay in the Philippines, despite opportunities to go abroad. So why then, does our only daughter have a neutral American accent? Yun na!  Nag Soft-skills training!

A star, a bunny for support and a reward for a job well done!
Since we didn't want her to have a problem understanding Filipino in school, we even considered hiring a Filipino tutor. Of course, after thinking about it I had to mentally smack my behind! A kid with two Filipino parents does not need a Filipino tutor. And if I was able to teach English to Koreans without having a common language with them, I'll be darned if I can't get my kid to speak Filipino. 


We are currently using these methods to teach our kid Filipino as a Second Language. 


1. Reading bilingual books. Thank God for Adarna Bilingual books, which we now read in two languages, as opposed to before when we only read the English translations. There are many resources in National Bookstore and Filipino books are even cheaper that the English ones. 

2. Declaring "Tagalog Day". We do this once a week, although it still a Tag-lish day at this point since Sofie only knows a handful of  words like "Opo", "Hindi po", "Salamat", "Walang anuman" and "Tubig". We know she can understand a bit already since she often joins the conversation when her Dad and I speak in Filipino even if she answers in English. It's not much but it's a start, baby steps. 

3. Filipino Activities / Worksheets. Even though she is already attending regular school, we still do home school at least 3 times a week. We implement "No TV Days", so this is a good way to spend time, since we do not have a big space for her to run around. I found some Filipino worksheets from TheGoMom, although her materials are for grade school kids and we can not use them for Sofie yet, I love it since I can brush up on my own Filipino as well. For Sofie, I use preschool worksheets found online, they're in English but I translate them in Filipino and print them out. I'll check for copyright information first and when I have enough, I'll post them here. 

In hindsight, although we would still want our daughter to speak English fluently, we would also have taught her to speak Filipino and Cebuano for that matter. Now, we speak to her in both languages as much as possible, when we speak to her in Filipino, we also translate in English. So yes, I repeat almost everything I say more often than usual. Paulit-ulit! Paulit-ulit!

Such are the struggles of the first-born child, they always end up as experimental subjects of mom and dad's "parenting skills". Good thing, she is open to the challenge and often asks me what this word or that means in Filipino, Cebuano and sometimes even in Chinese and SpaMish. (Yup, SpaMish with an M!)

We are not Chinese or Spanish, we do not speak either language, so I only have Kailan and Dora to blame for that bit.




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Monday, July 9, 2012

What's Cooking: McCormick Adobong Pula


The adobo is one of the staple dishes in a Pinoy kitchen, for me it's my go-to dish when I run out of ideas on what to serve my family. However, perfecting the adobo is a topic of much debate and variety, there are many kinds, adobo sa puti, sa pula, adobo with coconut and so on. It can be done with chicken, pork, fish, beef and even vegetables.  One thing I've learned before I was able to cook my own perfect adobo, is that every household has their own way of cooking it and the taste relies very much on the taste of the chef. 

Sometime ago I got some McCormick Adobo Mixes from YummyEats 2012 and in one of our hectic days I decided to try it. We were busy, hungry and we wanted something homey, hot and fast for dinner. I got some chicken and my McCormick Adobo Pula mix and went straight to cooking. It's pretty much easy peasy cooking with a mix and here's what I did. 

WhatYahNeed:

1 packet McCormick Adobo Pula Mix
2 tbsp cooking oil
5 cloves garlic (crushed)
1 small onion
1/4 tsp crushed black pepper
2-3 pcs laurel leaves
5-6 pcs chicken, cleaned and cut in serving portions
**for this recipe, I used half a kilo of chicken

WhatYahGottaDo:

1. Using a shallow pan,  I browned some chicken in a bit oil until it began to render it's own fat. I removed the excess and added the onions, crushed garlic, laurel leaves and black pepper. 

2. I stirred in 1 pack of McCormick Adobo Pula mix along with half cup of water. The instructions on the packet called for one full cup but we want our abodo a bit dry in these parts. 

3. I let it simmer until cooked and served with steamed rice. Yumyum!


Overall, it was a good filling dish the chicken was tasty and it had that homecooked adobo feel. If no one new about the adobo mix, it would receive very good comments. I did wish I put a bit of soy sauce or salt though since I want my adobo to be on the salty side, but as for the rest of my family they all gave thumbs up. So, I guess it's a good kitchen helper to keep in my pantry for those kind of days and I can't wait to try the other variants. 



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Pink Tights Phenomenon

I'm thankful this little one has a cute fashion sense, since I am no longer able to tell her what to wear! What's with the #pinktights, girl?


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Friday, June 29, 2012

Recycled Art Kit with Mini-Me Appliqué

Since classes in Philippines coincide with the rainiest and stormiest months of the year, hubby and I declare our own "no class days" when the rains are especially bad. We feel that its better for our preschooler to stay at home than risk her getting sick while battling the elements. 

To keep ourselves entertained while learning at the same time, we usually do a bit of homeschooling. As much as possible, I try to teach her the same things she is currently doing in school or we do some of our little  preschool art projects. Last week, Sofie was asked to bring a box to school for their art kit. Since the weather was pretty bad and she had a cold, we opted to stay home and made our own, with the little diva's personal touch, of course.

WhatYahNeed:

1 empty shoe box
1 manila paper/wrapping paper of choice
1 pink art paper
1 pink scrap booking paper
black felt 
green felt 
scrap booking decor
stickers
ribbon
colored pens
puppet eyes
glue


WhatYahGottaDo:


1. Since this project is done with a preschooler, it's much easier to pre-cut some of the decors. Black felt was used to cut some hair, a circle made out of pink art paper (about 2" diameter), a dress cut out of  scrap booking paper (my kids style choice), green felt was used for the grass. I had a bit fun with the shoes and made some mary janes (Sofie's favorite pair at the moment).

2. Since we are putting a mini-me appliqué, we opted for a plain back ground that we can spruce up later.

3. We glued the decorations on the box, starting with the mini-me's head, followed by the dress and shoes. When I asked Sofie to draw the other parts of her body, I was thinking, neck, arms and legs. I should have been more clear, because  here's what I got:

Human anatomy for 100?! Anyone?
4. When it came to decorating, we sort of got carried away. Sofie stopped only after there was not much space to put her stickers and she was able to draw her pink lunch box. Overall not bad for a day's work. *wink*wink!


What I like about this preschool art project, is that it can really bring out the child's creativity  while practicing her fine motor skills. Learning about how my daughter saw herself is also pretty exciting, plus it tells me that I have to prepare myself for a few interesting anatomy questions. 


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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

This is How I BonChon

This is How I Bonchon

6 pieces Bonchon Spicy Wings 
1 Bulgogi Rice 
1(4 piece) Wings combo 
1 Koyo mini Korean yogurt 


 I can not be held liable for what I do after this!
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Saturday, June 23, 2012

YesMOM: Saying Yes to my Little Girl

How often have we heard our parents say "NO"? All the while they are saying:

"No, you can't go outside"
"No, you can't come with me"
"No, you can't play with scissors"
"No, you can't make a mess" 
"No no no no no!"

And all the while I'm thinking:

"What's the point of all of the toys I can't play with? What's the point of all the art materials? What are kiddie scissors for? And by gawd! What is the point of my beautiful new shoes?!"

I'm not saying that my folks were wrong in raising me, I turned out okay after all. All I'm saying is that hearing "NO" all the time can get really old and most of the time, with kids these days it really doesn't work. I've learned this from experience as well as from parenting books that kids are unique, inquisitive, creative and intelligent human beings. Children are PEOPLE, not mini-walking-talking-things that you can just order around. Saying "no" all the time prevents them from blossoming into the great people that they are. Sometimes, it's even easier to parent this way than having constant battles and cry-fests. Who needs all of that, really. 

Don't get me wrong, I'm not after raising a spoiled brat. There are certain values that hubby and I are strict about and can not compromise. However, for the little things, I just think that there are ways in working around the word "No". Explaining why certain things can not be done and letting the child know the consequences of such behavior often gets more results. I find that this approach is more effective than flat out saying "NO". It works for my four year old as well as most adults I know. For example when my child is running crazy in the mall or any public place, I say "I know you're excited to play in the mall but can we walk properly to the play area so we will not have an accident?". Sometimes when she needs a playmate real bad and I need to blog real bad I say, "I really want to play with you, can you give me 15 minutes?" or I invite her to join me at the desk where she can color or "work" on her own laptop. 


It's not always easy and I'm no baby whisperer, however as hubby and I build our confidence as first-time parents, we are learning to say "YES" more and more. This is granting, of course that she is in a safe environment and would not get hurt enough to need medical attention. A few scrapes and bruises is a right of passage, I think. The playing with dirt thing, is still something I can't work my mind around, though. If she wants to run in the park, cut news papers into bits and pieces or scatter all her toys and build forts and castles and ride a unicorn with my just washed pillow cases, I say "YES! Sure, anak, knock yourself out!" 


I still watch her like a hawk and go into my turbo-worry mode, but from a safe distance. I carry a band-aid for potential boo-boos. A change of clothes. Sanitizer. Still, any mess she makes she can clean up and pack-away. The lessons she will learn as she explores the world and the things that she will realize she can do are priceless.  

And besides, my YesMOM moments are not just fun for her, they are also great fun for me. 







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Sunday, June 17, 2012

To My Husband: Happy Father's Day

Remember in college, when we went to visit an orphanage in Pasil? You didn't know it then but I was looking at you and how the kids seemed to gravitate towards you. Some kids were sickly, snot nosed and dirty but you didn't mind. You played with them like you were a kid too, in such a short time you made them feel loved. That was when I knew you would make a great dad. Now that we have our own and one on the way, I'd like to thank you for being the best dad there is. 

For being "Daddy the Teacher", "Daddy the Kite", "Daddy the Payer", "Daddy the Officer", "Daddy the Watcher", "Daddy the Doctor", for all this and more, thank you! One day is never enough to celebrate YOU, we love you Daddy!







**Check out our Easy to Make Father's Day Trophy ;-)
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