Rex Navarrete

July 31, 2011 § 1 Comment

I forgot na where I first heard about Rex Navarrete but from the first time I heard him I have been a fan na.

We watched his SM Cinema show once and then again in Tagaytay Highlands. I have long been wanting to watch his show again. Then last night I came across Mike Unson‘s FB Stat about Rex Navarrete I just had to find out more. Here’s what I found out. Tickets will be sold at Ticketworld.com.ph soon but while it is not yet sold you can already reserve tickets from Marco Aventajado

show details in the poster

seat plan

Am really excited!

Can’t wait na…

In aid of Mother Earth and the Urban Poor

July 30, 2011 § Leave a comment

I love recyclables specially when the making of it helps the urban poor pa.

We used to sell the Yabang Pinoy bands. We are mighty proud of how far the group have gone na.

This is where Pat & Maricris started, and look where they are now.

Here are other stuff I have and super love that are made from recycled materials &/or made by rural communities.

gift from N@Wie Marife - made from Coke Billboard

gift from K Fol & Leslie - coke wristlets from bottle labels

The only Rajo Laurel item in our house... for now. Coveting Rajito!

And this one I saw  from SM in Kultura. I got myself the pink & purple one :)

made from those colored plastic bags that clogs our river and drainage! but I assume they use new ones so anong recycled dito? hmm maybe it just gives livelihood to the urban poor

I want this one from Aranaz. I wonder where I can get myself one of this? and how much!

Salute and cheers to people like Penny Velasco of Happy Earth & Forest King (and yes Velasco from Dominic Velasco), who just went ahead and built her Eco Village, she did it while others (me included) are just yapping and yapping away!

Read more about Tuwa, The Laughing Fish a bed and breakfast place in Cabiao, Nueva Ecija

by BeyondManila

by TripleEspressoShots

by BioDiversityMedia

by EcoVillageNews

This is what I wish to leave for my kids when I die, not just a house, not just a rest house, not just a vacation house but an ecofriendly house.

Can’t wait for your ecohouse to finish, Velvet!

Mama’s Table by Chef Vicky Tinio Clemente

July 28, 2011 § 1 Comment

I love eating out, food should be good, it would be such a pleasure if place is stunning or cozy, but I think what makes a meal memorable is the company. I have lots of memorable meals but this one I want to do again.

I first read about Chef Vicky from Heart-2-Heart‘s blog last January (she blogged about the place again recently here) and after reading I really really wanted to go. Lucky for me, my closest friends were on a road trip bug so off to Baguio we went one February weekend. Oh we were really excited for that meal!

It’s an 8 course meal at Chef Vicky’s home in Baguio. We wanted to have it Saturday dinner but she was already booked as she only accepts one group per meal. So no choice but to have our meal on Sunday lunch before we head back to Manila meaning no wine for us. Her place is roughly 10-15 minute away from Manor in Camp John Hay, roads are in good condition too.  As you enter her home you will notice the big living room/dining room space with a big window for the wonderful view of the mountain and of their garden. Oh my I wish I have access to such a house. The weather was perfect so we loitered around the place before starting on our meal. The meal was such a great experience. Quite pricey at roughly P1500/pax but it was such a memorable one that the amount is so worth it.

We started our meal at 1230 and mid way we told Chef Vicky to quicken the pace as we will still head back to Manila, we finished around 330pm, if only we are not heading back we would have lingered on pa. Such precious memories of great times with good friends.  These are friends I have been with since grade school and high school. Knew them quarter of my life now. Love them too!

Am not a food blogger so please head to Leslie‘s blog instead for a blow by blow account and lovely description of the food accompanied by great photos. Our meal was like theirs except for the soup, ours was mushroom cappuccino.

I am itching to go back to another meal at Chef Vicky’s place. When kaya?

Chef Vicky

074.4421794

0915.6438775

Tatts

July 26, 2011 § 3 Comments

The itch for another tatt has been with me for quite some time. Then I got pregnant so had to put it on hold then I was busy with a newborn and now that she is one am once again itching to get one.

Problem is I dont know what yet and I dont know where pa.

Our first is soooo faded na it is so lame already.

Didda's (left shoulder) & Mine (right shoulder)

Who are the recommended tattoo artist? Saan kaya ako pa tattoo? Ano kaya palagay ko? Should I choose the infrared ones?

I like something like Angelina Jolie yung map coordinates of her kids.

Before I wanted to have this sana…

But with Laya now, parang di na pwede ito.

Hmmm any idea?

Thai Chicken Basil

July 23, 2011 § 4 Comments

My mom is a very GOOD cook! I grew up in a household where our chicken are bought from the market alive and slithered at home upon need. We buy LapuLapu alive and nag swi-swimming sila sa balde with oxygen filter til it is time to prepare lunch/dinner. We make our own curry paste. We have a ref just for raw ingredients. Our food are so good my friends would always eat in. And much as I love to eat out, I love eating at home. Food in our house are production numbers, we have seafood nights, we have chinese lumpia nights, thai food night. Restaurant quality food sa house namin I swear! If I compare the lumpia sa house namin and sa resto panalo sa bahay namin. There are a lot of food I order sa resto now na mas masarap pa din yung sa bahay namin kaso di ko naitanong sa mom ko or sa old cook namin how to prepare it kaya, ayun memory na lang sila, when I eat them sa resto it is just to satisfy my craving but it is not as good as my mom’s.  Super regret ko talaga not be able to ask for the recipes. May mga ilan na lang na naaalala ko dahil mahilig akong makialam kung saan ang kaguluhan. Isa itong Thai Chicken Basil. Share ko na din sa inyo how it is cooked.

it doesn't look appetizing but yummy siya for us

Ingredients:

chicken thigh fillet (madalas walang fillet so I buy thighs then idebone na lang ng helper)
yellow beans
sliced sili sigang
sili labuyo
basil leaves (sweet basil is good but thai basil is better)
soy sauce
minced garlic & onions

Saute garlic first then put onion, pag transparent na yung onions I put the yellow beans para mabango na the oil then next put the chicken until maluto siya, next soy sauce then pag pasok na lasa ng soy sauce sa chicken I put the sili sigang, pag medyo lumabot na yung sili sigang I put the siling labuyo na, then taste again then adjust it, if too maalat I add water if kulang sa alat more soy sauce then I put na the basil leaves. Let it sit for a while para maging softer lang yung leaves then serve. We eat it as rice topping.

Yun lang! Nasarapan lang ako sa pagluto ko a few days ago kaya naisip kong ishare. Pag di kayo nasarapan isipin na lang ninyo mali yung quantities ninyo and NOT because di yummy itong chicken basil ko hahaha.
The one childhood food I am so craving na di ko pa din mahanap sa resto maski saan is this one. Super favorite ko ito. Lucky may version ate ko na kinda pwede na but di pa din authentic and mahirap gawin, ma effort so di ko pa inattempt.

photo from Cooking Momster

This picture id what we often have sa restos, but the one I am craving for needs more pa, yung amin may sauce before serving na di ko pa nakakain sa kahit anong resto.  All I remember with this recipe is it needs freshest tanguigue tapos ipa palo palo or slam slam ng maraming maraming maraming beses para maging malutong I remember minimum of 100 times yan so masakit sa braso and kilikili. Hay di ko talaga ito natutuhan. Buti na lang the curry I like I can buy ready made red curry paste na sa market. But I still miss the bamboo shoot and fish head curry my mom makes.

Bangkok House in Glorietta Fast Food

I miss my mom! She had a restaurant nga pala when I was little, it’s called Bangkok House sa food court kung saan ang Glorietta is standing now. Makati girl akong lumaki! Tapos may resto din siya sa Avenida, Lee Garden naman yung name. Sikat kaya yung resto noon? I have no idea. Hmm what joy if may mga makilala akong alam yung mga resto ng mom ko.

Lee Graden Kitchenette in Avenida

Love you mommy! She died so many years ago. Weird lang I am good with dates but my mom’s death I cant remember, the date nor the year I need pa to check her death certificate. I guess unconsciously I block out the memory of her death.

Milk Mama Diaries 3

July 20, 2011 § 24 Comments

Welcome to the Milk Mama Diaries Carnival (July).  For this month, we join the National Nutrition Council – Department of Health in celebrating Nutrition Month with the theme ”Isulong ang Breastfeeding – Tama, Sapat at EKsklusibo!” Participants will share their experiences in promoting breastfeeding or their tips on how breastfeeding should be promoted.  Please scroll down to the end of this post and check out the other carnival participants.

I love breastfeeding! Ha you should have heard me during the early weeks! I swore and kept waiting for a valid reason to stop. But luckily none came. I always remember what I once saw on TV, about how a man can breastfeed by letting baby suck often enough. And I know some nannies was able to breastfeed even when they didnt give birth recently simply by allowing baby to keep sucking. Velvet helped a doctor who adopted a newborn breastfeed and was successful! With that in mind how can I not when they can? If a mom wants to go through the hardship or not is a different question. I once told a friend, dont breastfeed na if it is giving you so much emotional distress, mag formula ka na lang at least mas happy ka and mas ok ang magiging mommyhood journey mo. I am not sure how other breastfeeding advocate sees that, is it normal advice or am I the black sheep but I stand on my advice and will still say the same to one who is on that boat. But if you are one who is very much wanting to breastfeed oh I have your back. I even pay for people to visit some friends just to make sure they are on track and are given the right guidance. What I am trying to say is I am not a formula hater,I dont want people to perceive me as all breastfeeding and makes one feel bad if they are formula feeding. Ay ang dami kong busina!

photo by Rey Tuazon

During my pregnancy I made a mental note on who among my friends are successfully breastfeeding or breastfed, I kept them in mind so I can text them if and when my morale is low or when I stumble upon roadblocks. I had to choose well because I didnt want to get advices and message from annoying and know-it-all people, remember I might be in my post partum and could be ultra sensitive. I didnt want others to be able to make me feel small or like a failure or get frustrated.

Now that I was able to do it, that is also what I do to help others out. I make myself available to others who might want to go into breastfeeding. I simply talk about my experience and how much fun I have and how glad I am about breastfeeding. That would hopefully attract those who are interested to breastfeed to ask me anything and at the same time not seem pushy to those who aren’t since am not talking about it anyway, am showing it lang. Is it effective? I think so as I got friends who would email or text me their breastfeeding concerns and even friends who would ask in behalf of their friends.

Also attending Breastfeeding meets were very very helpful to me, meeting different people with different experiences you will bound to meet one who shares what you went through too. Of course nothing beats online support group since it is available 24/7 and is a group of wider kinds of mom. Being with people who breastfed makes you realize it is not as hard nor as impossible so your confidence grows too.

Pressure point of breastfeeding: I feel that the first few days of breastfeeding is the most crucial part, once they start giving up or doubting all the problem start entering so I am always telling people to text, email or message me at the moment they feel they need help. This is where I think people should focus to help promote breastfeeding.

I think seeing my friends feed til their child is 3 or 4 years old makes me not stop too. I first wanted to feed till Laya is 1 but didnt want to overwhelm myself when I was having a hard time so I made it 3 months then 6 months then on my 9th month I knew I can go on not even need to give myself a goal, it is not inconvenient to continue instead it is so convenient na nga, mas inconvenient pa to stop, I had so many concerns and preparation to make if I stop. Now at 16 months am not seeing myself stop unless Laya decide she doesnt want to anymore.

As for the government to promote breastfeeding? I honestly dont know, I am quite scared about promoting breastfeeding because it is so easy for those who doesn’t breastfeed to feel that the breastfeeding moms are so gung ho and so full of themselves when they talk breastfeeding (Read this blog this is EXACTLY how I felt). It is so easy to step on their toes so I try to be quiet and only answer when asked (yes sa lagay na ito pigil na ako). I guess people just tend to always talk with too much emotion on things they are passionate about and those who arent on the same boat feels those who are are OA na. Kinda like having born again friends diba? They are so happy to discover God that they would do anything to convert those who havent. Yung nga lang mas easy to understand mga born again kasi God yan eh. Sa breastfeeding, it comes off differently because there’s this feeling na if you didnt breastfeed you didnt give the best and thus guilt and so many other emotions get in too so some people gets riled up easily too. But I do think getting popular celebrity that connects well to the people to endorse breastfeeding will help leaps and bounds :)

Please read the blogs from the other carnival-ers

3 Ways I Promote Breastfeeding by Example blogged by Dainty Mom (@Dainty_Mom)
A Simple Breastfeeding Campaign blogged by The Lazy Mama (@TheLazyMama)
I Am A Breastfeeding Mom blogged by The Painter’s Wife (@PaintersWifePH)
the low-milk-supply mommy did it! blogged by The Odyssey of Dinna
On Promoting Breastfeeding blogged by ImPerfectly Created (@imperfectlyours)
Breastfeeding Mama! blogged by The canDIshhh Tales
I *heart* Breastfeeding blogged by The Mum Side (@rachelcrz)
Spreading the Word on Breastfeeding blogged by Mommy Kwentos
A Breastfeeding Formula-Fed Mother blogged by Soprano Mom Writes (@touringkitty)
Taking Breasfeeding Further blogged by Mec as Mom
w-u-r-r! w-u-r-r! w-u-r-r! blogged by Martha de Lusong (@frannie17) hosted by Jen CC Tan‘s MomExchange (@next9baby)
I am your breastfeeding friend blogged by Changing Nappies in High Heels (@lilly_pad)
More Breastfeeding Promotion Plus a Guest Post blogged by Chronicles of a Nursing Mom (@mamababylove). Guest post by Shaps Lim (@cromartielove)
Celebrating my Magic Milk blogged by open the lunchbox and see what’s inside
Breastfeeding Sisters blogged by The New Adventures of An Old Mommy

Enjoy!

Mommy Milkshake 2011

July 20, 2011 § 1 Comment

Yes am going :) haha but no, not for the running bit but for the food in Mercato and the Breastfeeding Expo.

Mommy Mundo, the organizers of this event are our dear dear friends :)  Good luck guys! Go to The Bull Runner for everything and anything about running.

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