Foursquare

September 26, 2011 § Leave a comment


Am so having fun with the Foursquare App. Kakatuwa kasi you get badges, mayorships and scores. I know Facebook has check ins din but its not as fun as this one and check ins in FB tends to get annoying pag solo solo lang, fun yun if you are checking in with friends. Tsaka sa FB parang nagyayaban ka lang if you check in in so many places in a day. Tsaka scary kasi you have so many friends there.

I even rely of the tips and advices left by others who checked in when visiting new restaurants. I also am enjoying the specials, kaso I think it will catch on pa lang kaya konting establishments pa lang may specials.

Wala lang wanna tell you lang am so enjoying this. But since this is kinda like telling everyone where I am at every stop I make I choose closely sino lang mga aapprove kong friends here. If I didnt approve you and you notice just tell me saan kita friend kasi minsan first name lang naka lagay so I dont approve it.

Yun lang enjoy ako makipagkulitan sa akin FourSquares friends. Nanghihinayang lang ako kasi di ko ito kinareer nung nasa Australia kami. hmmph!

See yo at Foursquares.

🙂

Babywear Meet 3 Kwento and Discovery of Bailey Wrap

September 26, 2011 § 1 Comment

Wanna share lang.

We had Babywear Meet 3 last Saturday at Gymboree. Yung first 2 kinda kinareer ko, but this one not anymore, aside from I think am graduating na I felt mas ok if the sellers na mag asikaso kasi malaki na yung group unlike the first halos tayo tayong taga N@W mostly, yung second lotsa N@Wies but half na lang kasi nga super dami.

Anyway it was great kasi sa Gymboree ginawa so the kids and yaya can play sa floor area (they gave a promo of pay for an hour and play for 2 hours) tapos yung babywear dun sa classrom nila. JenCC made a presentation ng ibat ibang carrier pa. Di na siya chaotic like Starbucks yun nga lang the attendance is super limited lang. Also less chikahan kasi nga mas serious anf mood, but then if you went to learn you will go home learnt (if there is such a word). Congrats to those who took care of Babywear Meet 3. (Maski di ako pinakilala sa group hehe)

Am writing this kasi I want to kwento about the new carrier called Bailey Wrap. Check them out at their Bailey Wrap Facebook page.

I tried it with Laya and I felt na parang ang gaan ni Laya so sarap gamitin. Medyo may level of difficult kinda like Saya I think. The make of this is SaYa-ish but may support siya sa waist kaya ang laki ng difference.

Sa mga may SaYa carrier you just buy a stabilizer belt for SaYa at P350 then parang ganito na din, no need to buy a Bailey Wrap na.

Ok since I want to buy this one am selling my other slings hehehe. Iisipin ko lang muna how much ha. Will post here.

Anyway just wrote to share this new discovery.

Also isang negative about Bailey Wrap is parang too much cloth baka it might feel mainit although super thin yung material naman. Also ang Bailey wrap is locally made so good yan and yung imported counterpart niya is Moby Wrap
daw sabi nung mga veterans sa carriers.

Yun lang.

Parks in the Metro

September 22, 2011 § 12 Comments

Clarice posted sa N@W na may group of developmental pedia who wants to conduct free assessment for kids so syempre sign up ako for Laya.  Result came out and all are great except for locomotor skills, so lagay pala na ito eh di pa naman masyadong pinapa explore si Laya, so super atat akong mag punta sa kung saang saang park with Laya to let her feel vast space and walk around and do whatever.  Ito ang aming UP adventure. Am lining up parks for her to go to…

My list (got these from my FB friends)

Nuvali (super wanna go here kasi may Koi pond eh Laya is so cute when she says fish with action pa, actually 2 actions niya for fish one is from Ninang Michelle and she calls the action nnn-nang)

Eco Park (but malayo daw eh so hmm bahala na)

UP sa likod ng Oblation (sabi Tisha)

Eton Centris (ito nakita ko as in super nasa plan ko na ito maski kami lang)

TechnoHub (this came as a suggestion so maybe para sa Kanin Club!)

I want Laya to be able to touch leaves, dirt sa ground, run, madapa, and all that. Si Kite kasi halos hindi nakaka outdoor, so rare na rare and sugat so maliit na sugat may takot na agad siya, eh ako nga nung bata eh mala mapa sa laki ang sugat na nagiging langib eh. Hope Laya will be more outdoorsy. Pero saksakan ng tamad maglakad itong si Laya! Hay diyos mio. Need to force her talaga to walk.

Yun lang.

Type ko lang mag blog ng mag blog 🙂

 

Roasted Sesame Dressing

September 20, 2011 § 7 Comments

I saw it at Eastwood Malls Food bazaar, tasted it, loved it and bought the smalled bottle at P150 for 150ml. Ubos agad isang kainan lang (3 naman kami) bought mesclun mix at Santi’s (highway robbery! but walang ibang ganyan kaganda ang mix eh, they even have endive in it. you know of sellers ng mesclun mix aside from Santi’s?).

Dahil ang sarap nga ng dressing I bought one sa Shopwise ibang brand kasi Sesame Dressing din, kaso di masarap so tinawagan ko yung seller nito kasi nakadikit sa bottle yung numbers nila. Got na a bigger bottle at P350 for 350ml. Lasa nito yung arang salad ng UCC. Hay naka ilang kain ako, been eating it for the past 4 days. I am guessing it is healthy kasi greens eh maski I am eating it for the dressing.  Oh well, am going to subscribe to Good Food Co. for their salad subscription, Rowie of Pinoy Baby from N@W’s been raving about this here and here and I am so eager to try it too. Sana maka daan ng Sonya’s Garden kasi I want the pop beans and also their dressing. Para maka salad everyday! Another dressing I like is the kamias somethign vinagrette, gift ng friendship Michelle, kaso forgt the name of the seller/brand, but alam ko nagse-sell sila sa Mercato.

 

Happy Salad Everyday!

Roasted Sesame Dressing

P150 for 150ml; P350 for 350ml; P550 for 1 liter (P650 for 1 liter sa DEC)

5151350; 0917.8137462; 0922.8148503

 

Full Disclosure: I dont know them at all, I just ask the messenger to text them and pick up from them. Dont even know their names… wala lang feeling ko lang idagdag.

 

 

Arugaan needs help :)

September 20, 2011 § 4 Comments

Last week, while watching tv shows I’ve downloaded parang I was surprised, bakit may time ako manood at nakakapagbasa ako? then I remembered may blog pala ako na di ko na pinapansin… I was so surprised to realize I forgot all about this blog. Oh well, I finished the entire season last night. Also wala akong ma blog na pwede kong gawin in super short time, until I got an email from Velvet (yes the very person I majorly credit for my smooth breastfeeding journey) regarding Arugaan and the Breastfeeding counselor program she is part of. Ok read about it at Jenny’s blog na lang kasi dun ko din lang ico-copy eh. But yun nga am hoping you guys will be encouraged to share, give & help out maski maliit na amount it will go a long way if there is enough people to give. Come on help na. Imagine these Breastfeeding Peer Counselor goes from barangay to barangay in the hope of teaching counselors per area so each barangay will have a peer they can go to for breastfeeding support.  We are talking about the very people who really needs to breastfeed, who stand to gain a lot if they do. I really am hoping you get your support for this.

If you have whatever goodies kikay kit, hand towels, toothbrush, toiletry kits, alcohol, basic medicines.  Also items for babies like baby clothes, lampins, toiletry kits, etc as incentive for their games during the trainings.  Let’s make it fun for them para ma enganyo silang tuloy tuloyin na. I believe super laki ang masosolve na problem if the urban poor will breastfeed.

Please help pray too for the success of this project.

Please email Velvet of Arugaan to discuss donations. I will personally vouch for her integrity and honesty 🙂

What a great way to be back to blogging 🙂

 

Babywear Meet 3

September 6, 2011 § 1 Comment

Yehey there’s a 3rd Babywear Meet 🙂

click photo to read about Babywear Meet 2

I think this is my last na. I learned it, applied it and preached it na din. I have been asked often enough whats my favorite carrier. After trying several I think am stuck with the first one I tried the Maya Wrap, probably hard to teach old dogs new tricks? The quality of the cloth is different eh, it is sturdy yet soft sa skin. Pricey nga lang. You can buy Maya Wrap from Medela Moms, problem lang with them di sila madaling mabili at di din madami mag stock.

To register for this event please go to Next9‘s site andun yung reg form. To be able to make the event efficient, we need to implement rules. So we now have a cancellation policy. Andun sa form din.

Hope to see you there! Thanks Elai for helping get Gymboree’s support!

 

 

Ultimate Taste Test 6.0

September 5, 2011 § 17 Comments

Been interested to join the Ultimate Taste Test by Anton Diaz of Our Awesome Planet but never did in the past, either didnt find time or was tamad or whatever. But this time, timing was right so off we went. Oh I had fun 🙂 And true na it has to be planned and you have to have a lot of time. We went at 1pm and stopped for a break at 2:30-4pm then went back again for another hour. Actually I read somewhere na a couple shared theirs and it would work kasi super dami di mo kayang ubusin eh, bad lang sa sharing is if the food is good you just can get half hahaha.

Here are my take on what I was able to taste. Mga di ko tinaste are those na di ko type na food, and full na ako so I chose na which I want to go to na lang.

Farm n’ Deli Barang’s Tinapa – really good! their longganisa are good too, I like yugn sweet Cebu longganisa. So good my friend bought a jar of tinapa whatever home. I would buy.

Marla’s Original Muncheez Muncheez – this is ok, as in I would buy it, medyo kulang sa sweetness for me but good if for my baby. My friend bought one for her daughter. I would buy this.

Daims Food Inc Debrecziner, Wasabi, BBQ, Vienna – hmm I found the sausages a bit dry, maybe because they were sliced and exposed na?

De Original Jamaican Patties Beef Original, Beef Pinaubo – didnt try it na kasi super suki na kami dito, I loved it when I was a kid until now even my picky eating daughter loves it.

Cafe Mediterranean/ Wild Ginger Moutable with roasted eggplant rolls, Vegetable samosas/ Spinach & Dhal Chapati – I didnt notice them, so I wasnt able to try them out.

Purple Mustard Sebadas con miela rosmarino (fried ravioli with rosemary honey) – hmm di ko like, I didnt like the taste of rosemary honey. Di siya kasundo ng palette ko.

5 Loaves & 2 Fish Baked Crunchy Veggie chips with homemade dips and spreads – I didnt try it. Parang I got tired na of dips and spreads eh. They are always yummy sa food fairs and bazaars but when its at home na di na as yummy. Siguro pang small doses lang sila. Or maybe pang party siguro.

The Fruit Garden Jam flavors: Fruit Cocktail, Lychee Berry Rose, Winter Season – this is not something I would buy but I admit their packaging is always so adorable. I tasted lang kasi alam ko di ako bibili eh so how else can I know how they’d taste. I tried all three I liked Lychee Berry Rose.

El Kapitan Spiced Chai, Vanilla Chai – didnt try this.

Concept Specialist Inc Coffee with different flavors – didnt try this.

Party Fuel Mojito Mocktail – didnt try this.

Istituto Culinario Limonada – found the taste a bit bland but I appreciate na they gave a bottle each. I would buy this.

Bugle Boy Distributors Corp Arizona iced tea – didnt try this.

Chef C’s Paella de Andaluz Paella de Andaluz – I like the taste but I found the rice too soft/soggy. But I see myself ordering from them yummy yung taste eh.

Big Daddy Jay’s All American BBQ Smoked Pork Ribs and Bama Chicken – Oh this one is really good. Yes I do see myself ordering from them.

Hyphys Calamansi Tuyo, Spaghetti, Falafel/ Hummus Tapenade Rolls – tried the Calamansi Tuyo, it is good but I dont imagine I can eat more than the taste portion, sobrang malasa and sobrang malakas yung lasa.

Luigi’s Muhlach Chicken cordon bleu with a choice of aligue mayo, cream cheese or wasabi sauce, Phillychanga – oh gosh this one is so good, I got to the booth when I was quite full na yet I didnt just bite on the sampler I ate them all to think mga 3-4 bites yung sampler niya. Ang yummy talaga! Will definitely order from him. Will look for his price list muna but I already see myself going to Mercato to eat his food again. He is THAT good. This is one of my TOP 5. Probably my #1 pa. And this is not because I am a fan of both his mom and dad! haha

HKR Food Express Asado, Roast Chicken – I read about this na from Heart2Heart’s blog and nasa list na ito ng pupuntahan namin one day. So when I bumped into my lamon friend Jenki and she told me to make sure I try, so am really looking forward na. Yes masarap nga talaga! Will definitely order from them. This is one of my Top 5.

Heart, Meat and Soul Foods Hearty meaty spaghetti – didnt notice this so I didnt get to try them.

Sushi Mo California maki roll, Tuna&mayo maki roll – ok naman no big deal. I love the wasabi cream though. I can eat this again but I wont be buying to serve this unless super affordable.

Dek A Authentic Thai Popia, Thai milk tea – I wanted to go back after our tea break because of this one. Hmm ok lang siya, it didnt impress me but ok naman di naman pangit yung lasa since am really on the look out for a good Thai resto am going to eat in their resto pa din and give it another try.

Pinakbest Bagnet – this booth consistently had a long line, ewan if good for the katabi kasi habang waiting people would get from their katabing booth or bad for their katabi kasi nahaharangan. Well I got the very last piece of Ilocos Empanada. Hmm ok lang, not super good na I wanna go back to Ilocos but good naman. Yung Bagnet din good but di super good na you will want to eat more knowing it is so bad for the health. But A+ to them for giving such big serving, as in di ka nila kinukuripot sa serving size. And I so love their big plate, it saved me from holding so many smaller samplers.

Eat my GF Original GF with toppings – hmm not my type eh. Ok naman but ayaw ko ng oily na eh. Kasi full na ako at that time. Maybe if I ate here first mas ok ang reception ko sa food nila.

The Flying Chef Ham and Cheese Empanada; Chocolate & Bacon Empanada – the Chocolate Bacon Empanada is a good food to serve sa party kasi interesting siya, but not one I would buy kasi di siya that good for me. Interesting lang siya and ok iserve sa party. One of those must try food lang.

Muesli Granola Kitchen & Bakeshop Monkey Bar, Chocolate barmuncher with almonds and cashew nuts – I super love the Chocolate Barmuncher, yung Monkey bar was ok lang. Yung plain was ok naman not that yummy but I will buy that plain one too to offset the guilt sa chocolate one. Am now so regretting not buying. Will also go back to Mercato for this one. This is one of my Top 5.

Almost Gourmet Parmesan chicken sticks – was so looking forward to taste this kasi I had high hope for this kasi nga I recommend them for suppliers meal. Oh well I find the food ok lang, kinda dry for me and oily. But I still recommend them for suppliers meal para maiba naman ang kinakain ng suppliers, enough Jollibee, McDo, Max & KFC na.

Joy’s Fuzion Kitchen (JFK) Fried chicken wings – may na try akong Chicken Wings yung katabi ni Pinagbest, am not sure if this is the one. The chicken is good naman but not exceptionally good.

Edible Options Fish Fillet, Chicken Galantina, Sunflower brittle – didnt notice this so di ko na try.

Casa San Luis Pastries Adobo quiche – I skipped this, either I was busog or they have a queue.

Spring by Ha Yuan KuaPao: Pulled pork, Braised short rib, Lychee and Sesame crusted Teriyaki tofu – oh gosh I LOVE this one. Sana they gave samplers of all kaso no eh, choose one lang. I chose the one with Lychee. So yummy the wansuy was super duper helpful in making it so yummy also the crunchy thingy. I wonder if they join Mercato. I would love to go to Mercato for this! Or I will go back to Ha Yuan to eat this. Saan na ba ang mga Ha Yuan? I grew up eating Ha Yuan kasi sa Masangkay, then after I got married we’d go Ha Yuan sa West Ave naman. Saan na mga Ha Yuan? It is so yummy I will google and look for them. Part ito ng Top 5 ko.

Chori Chori Burger Joint Boracay original Choriburger – I didnt like it. I think the bun was not yummy, yung sa Bora I remember mala pandesal bun eh… or am I mixing it up with Bun on the Run? Oh basta I didnt like it.

Cre-Ate Concepts PIZZA-teriyaki mayo, PIZZA- 4 cheese – I didnt like it. I like my pizza super hot, with bubblying cheese, but it is not possible in the event to have such. I got the crust part pa so di talaga masarap.

Gourmet Keso Chevre(goat cheese), Chevre w/ cashews & truffled salt; Chevre w/ garlic & herbs, Kesong Puti Hiyayako – I tried the one with truffle and I didnt like it. Na over power nung truffle yung lasa and yun lang na taste ko truffle!

Mang Pedro Taho – I skipped this kasi dami kong hawak di ko kaya mag hawak ng cup. Di ko na din binalikan di naman ako atat. Hopefully I wont be reading super duper good reviews of this one or mangihinayang ako. Tsaka pala too many flavors di ko alam what to pick so I didnt pick na.

Tina’s Pie Outlet Main Dish: Callos. Tart: Shiitake With Swiss Gruyere, Prawns In Aligue, Chicken With chorizo – been hearing about Tina’s Pie but when I went to Mercato I either forget or they werent there, kasi if they were there for sure bibili ako after reading Leslie’s (of Shoot First Eat Later) review. Hay sana they gave samplers for all flavors din. I tasted yung Shitake, they recommended the Chicken with Chorizo, my friend tasted yung Prawns with Aligue all said yummy so super wanted to taste them all kaso isa lang pwede. I will also go to Mercato for this one. So yummy! This is part of my Top 5 also… hahha I think lalampas ng 5 yung Top 5 ko but you get what I mean when I say Top 5 sila. Parang disservice to them if I call them Top 6 or Top 10 eh.

Chef’s Table Buko pie martini – I love this! But am not sure if I can eat a bigger serving of this yung sampler size niya na 2-3 bites was good for me kasi sweet sya, dunno why it’s called martini I didnt taste any liquor.

Hansie’s Desserts Chocolate Chunk Cookies – di ko din ito na try

Cupcake Boutique by Klar Joseph Cupcakes (Red Velvet) – di ko na try.

Merry Moo Artisan Ice Cream: Brown Bread – I tried Brown Bread and Pistachio with Mango, wow wow both are yummy. I would go back and buy a scoop. I wanna know if it is still good pag a scoop na but yung sampler size super good siya.

Empire French macarons – I am not a fan of macarons, what I like are macaroons yung with desicated coconut, yung sa Goldilock like na like ko! But this one is good. Another macaron I like is the one in Burgos Circle NOT from Bar Dolci but from another shop, Leslie also found that shop’s macaron yummy, di ko lang alam if ito din yun. If di ito yun then this one is even better. So good na I got my friend’s share and ate them too. I will buy from them again when I have my very occasional macaron cravings. I tried the chili choco and I forgot what else.

Sweet Life by Ange Cam Chips – I like the camote chips but that’s just camote chips so parang how good can it get or how bad would it be ba. The cakes naman are good. Not super I wanna crave for those cake kind but good naman na if I am to have a party I might order para ibang cake naman ma serve.

Mochiko Cookie Dough & Cream Mochi – my daughter is the one who loves this. Ako not really a fan, but I did try the cookie dough so I’d know if I will buy for my daughter, yes it is good and I think my daughter will like this. So will buy this.

My Pink Wasabi Kashi Maki – am so going to be bad. I bought from them sa Mercato, di ko type 😦 feeling ko nagpapaka iba lang. My friend gifted this to me last Christmas di ko pa din type. Sa UTT I was thinking baka ibigay nila yung yummiest nila. I tried one and didnt like it pa din. I wanted to taste more but di daw pwede 1 lang, made the expreince with them go from bad to worse. Oh well they didnt lose a customer naman kasi di din ako target market nila but sana if sasali sila sa ganito ready na sila ng pang taste for everything they are offering. Yeah it is costly but worth it din naman if they have a good product and it spreads.

Symphony of Flavors Lecheflan cheesecake – not my taste. I find it too sweet.

Pink Candies Kucina Food for the Gods – huwat! Food For the Gods pala! Sayang I didnt get to taste.

Elle’s Torta Torta cebuana – didnt notice this one too or didnt find it appetizing? Not sure which kasi di nagreregister sa mind ko now yung food nila eh.

YOH-GEE Frozen Kefir – didnt get to taste this. when I wanted to si Marian the host kept interviewing so I skipped it na lang.

Carmen’s Best Ice cream: Salted Caramel & Coffee – di ko ito na notice 😦

Riz Rice Homemade suman – I love suman so I looked for them, wala sila 😦

Sugarhouse Yema balls/ Sylvannas – di naman taste bad but I was looking for exciting food sa UTT.

Baked by Anita Bacon n maple mini cupcake- so so lang di ako bibili but if served sa party I would eat it.

Theo&Philo Chocolate Chocolate bars – I like this but not enough to buy it. Siguro ito yung one of those I might buy if the mood strike me. I love that he is so generous in allowing us to taste more than once and taste all flavors pa. Hmm remembering the nice experience and his nice booth, yeah I will probably buy. Yung memory ng taste ng choco niya getting better sa mind ko.

Kiddie Affairs Cupcakes – didnt taste this.

Yumy.Aco Banana loaf with walnuts and choco chips – didnt taste this.

The Ice Cream Bar Lemon Crumble Yogurt – didnt taste this.

To recap:

I can’t wait to buy and will buy the next chance I get

Luigi’s Muhlach’s food

Muesli Granola Kitchen & Bakeshop

Marla’s Original Muncheez

Spring by Ha Yuan Kua Pao

Tina’s Pie Outlet

Empire French macarons

Merry Moo Artisan Ice Cream: Brown Bread

I will buy this one day

Farm n’ Deli

Chef C’s Paella de Andaluz

Big Daddy Jay’s All American BBQ

Sweet Life by Ange Cam Chips

Mochiko Cookie Dough & Cream Mochi

Theo&Philo Chocolate Chocolate bars

I don’t think I will buy these

Cre-Ate Concepts PIZZA

My Pink Wasabi Kashi Maki

Symphony of Flavors Lecheflan cheesecake

Hmm Will I join UTT 7? Yeah if mas mura yeah, if same price, I might. But bahala na depends when and where.

Congratulations to Anton & Rache Diaz for this event! Galing. Hope to see the stuff I like in Mercato. Great job Gary & Janice of Creative Juice.

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