Personalized Gifts

August 12, 2011 § 14 Comments

I so love receiving personalized gift.

(lucky me for having friends who always send such).

Sharing them here, mag ‘ber’ months na at malapit na ang Christmas.

Here are gifts that I gave away: (click on image to go to the website of maker)

The Write Impression gave us this memo pad as gift and the year after we gave it to friends naman. (by The Write Impression | photo by Alpha)

Personalized fans with Logo

I loved having my own name in my fan. Luckily, Didda Abet‘s hometown is Lumban, the land of Barong.  He got a lot of relatives there who can help us source and order these fans. So last Christmas 2008, this is what we gave away, then again last year to the some other friends. Now our nephew in Lumban is our go-to guy if there’s order for this. He found the source and can handle orders na if may bulk orders.

Personalized Picture Frame

Gave this away to kids of our friends last 2008. Was actually hoping the makers still make them coz some of my friends got new kids na but they dont anymore daw 😦 boohoo

Memo pad with their handwriting

I had Kite ask her classmates write their name in a paper and then sent it to Noky to scan and place sa top ng memo pad. Perfect for first graders huh? Kite’s gift to her Grade 1 Classmates. (by Wink – Written in Ink)

Gift Cards

Gift Cards – gifts to Kite’s prep classmates 🙂 (by The Write Impression)

Polymer Figures USB

We had this Kite USB made in Bangkok and we were so amazed.

When we saw Clay Creation here we showed her these and she added this as their line na since. For a year almost all our family & friends got this for gifts from us.

These are made na by Clay Creations. (by Clay Creations)

VCOP Officers Year 2008

This is Abet’s gift to his set of officers during his term as President of Vespa Club of the Philippines. Super aliw ako kasi pati yung color ng Vespa nila pinagaya namin. (by Clay Creation)

Maong Apron with Embroidery

My friend Yvonne (her gifts are always personalized) gave me one as gift and 2 years after ito na gift ko din sa friends ko. Love it 🙂

Floor Tote

I met Lynlyn in a bazaar in Rockwell and ordered these floor totes from her last Christmas 2009.   (ordered from lynlyndy@yahoo.com)

Bag Tags

Kite’s gift to friends & classmate’s when she was in Kinder 🙂 (by Tagz Inc.)

puzzle

Ordered from a wedding supplier but she sold her business na. Gift ni Kite to her classmate sa Grade 2 farewell party.

This one is a marvelous idea kasi cost niya nasa P25 lang per pad. Erron Ocampo did all the illustrations in our 2011 W@W Desktop Calendar, aside from the illustrations on the cities he also made illustrations of Malacanan Palace, DOT Building and the Building where we stay for our message place. We found his illustration of our building too nice to just use once so I had this brilliant idea na gawing note pad and ipa print but syempre bida si Abet Rana his idea is brilliant-er izerox na lang para mas mura at mas madaling gawin. Ayun we printed it sa isang bond paper, per bond paper 4 na memo pad ng kasya, we place each name of the recipient (lahat ng kapit bahay namin na alam namin ang name ginawan namin, meron pang lobby guard, sa akin lang I have Benz Rana, Mr & Mrs Rana, Bennette Rana). Tapos pina-photocopy sa Copylandia 50 sheets per pad then pina cut ko and pina pad na lang sa Kenstar Graphics, printing press where all our printed materials are done. Ito super galing talaga. I love I love! Thanks Erron!

Picture Bag

We used to order A LOT of picture bags sa ibang supplier and they used tarp printing lang, when my sister in law Ellen who’s based in Aus said gusto niya pagawa ng picture bag ulit hinanap ko number ni tarp bag maker kaso di ko na mahanap kasi ilang years ago na yun. Then I remembered seeing this sa wall ni Charisse of Print Diva ayun this bag is a lot nicer kasi the picture is printed sa tela and maganda yung printing niya. Medyo matagal lang ang order so allot 3-4 weeks for order. Happy with this discovery!

Now here are the gifts we received naman na I love:

Notebook na may name na sa labas may name pa sa bawat page from The Write Impression

from Clarice made by Tisha

bag organizer na malaking malaki from Yvonne ulit

toiletry kit na his & hers from Willin/Beabi

kikay bag for Kite & Laya from Yvonne

Will keep adding if I see more. Sige if may maganda kayong gift bigyan niyo ako hahaha!

Laya’s Birthday Party Pictorial

August 11, 2011 § 4 Comments

Our baby Laya turned 1 last March and instead of having a big birthday party we had pocket celebrations and a birthday pictorial.  The pocket parties were planned, we started with a family dinner (just people in our house), a family dinner (all of Didda’s side) and another party in Australia where we spent the summer.  The pictorial on the other hand wasn’t planned it just fell into place.  We had quarterly shoot with The Stork Studio and on her 9th month Sofia suggested an outdoor shoot but we were not ready for it so we had it inside the studio, but on our way home after the 9th month shoot, John said we can do outdoors the next time and just prepare a small table for four and have a small cake so we’d have a birthday themed pictorial since it will be her 12th month. That was my ‘aha’ moment and it turned into one big production number as soon as we got a nod from Teddy Manuel.

Please read more about the party, the suppliers involved and etc at W@W’s Blog or Didda Abet’s Blog or Mommy Manila’s Blog and please watch the video at Threelogy’s Blog shots from shoot of Phoeben Teocson Cinema 🙂

Am here to brag lang that the party is included in Smart Parenting’s Aug 2011 Issue on Party Special

click to enlarge

We didn’t really plan this pictorial to be a full blown party pictorial but it turned that way and we are so happy. So happy that I would even recommend this to all, both those who intend to throw a big party and to those who don’t.

Why I like it?

1. We didnt spend a fortune throwing a party for her.

2. She didnt need to endure a party she wont remember yet we have party pictures for her to enjoy when she grow old.

3. We got a LOT of pretty family pictures. We always miss having family pictures during our parties because we are all busy entertaining our own guests and when we do get some snapshot they are hurried.

4. We got to do dream set up we wouldn’t be able to afford for an actual party.

5. It is so damn fun! We were just busy looking good and having fun, no guest to care for and no program to follow!

Oh I super suggest this to other families! Now if I can just convince Kite to not celebrate her debut haha!

Guide to a Breastfeeding Newbie

August 4, 2011 § 2 Comments

I know new moms have so much on their mind and even those who are dead set on breastfeeding sometimes fail because there’s lack of preparation and all sorts of reasons come in. Some find it hard to actually pursue because they thought it will come naturally like pregnancy & birthing. Well it is but there are several bottleneck on the breastfeeding journey that I would advice new moms to learn about it and find out as much as they can.  Yes online reads are very helpful but to actually join a support group is the most ideal, aside from you actually get inspiration from those who were able to do it you also get to find your support group. There is nothing more powerful than knowing people who actually did it, I think about my friend who did it and tell myself doable yan ang daming naka gawa eh.

Here are ways to arm yourself with breastfeeding knowledge before birth. (I personally think the work is 5x harder if you start seeking help when you are actually there na. I even think that is 95% why breastfeeding fails, the other 5% is medical condition na.)

1. Attend classes to learn how to breastfeed

a. L.A.T.C.H. (Lactation, Attachment, Training, Counseling, Help) is a hospital based non-profit organization established in 2006 that offers quality lactation education and peer counseling services to mothers who wish to breastfeed.

LATCH will have a FREE breastfeeding talk  at The Medical City (TMC) this August 13, 2011 from 9:00-12;00 nn. Best to attend with  partner/support person.

Read about What to Expect During LATCH Classes. I have never been to their class so I have no first hand info.

b. Medela Moms – they are the exclusive and authorized distributor of Medela Breast Pumps here in the Philippines, they also accept repair and check ups for pumps even if bought abroad or thru online sellers. They hold breastfeeding classes in 3 modules. I will try to get hold of their modules and schedule and price too. Will update this as soon as I get them.

Breastfeeding 101: Sept. 10 (1:30pm-3:30pm)
Breastfeeding 202: Oct. 15   (9:00am-11:00am)
Breastfeeding 303: Nov. 19 (8-10am)    

To register, just email back or text 0917-5614366. Indicate if you will be accompanied or not (for the snacks’ headcount :). Fee is P500 for 3 classes

c. Join birthing classes, usually those who are interested to do birthing the natural way are also the same people who are very interested in breastfeeding. I know of two groups that offer birthing classes. That of Chiqui Brosas-Hanh & the one from Rome Kanapi. I recommend these classes to first time mom, we took it when we had Kite and we learned a lot, you dont have to want to do Lamaze or anesthesia free birthing o join the class, we joined it to learn about birthing and just know more.  Classes included newborn care & touches on breastfeeding too.

Chiqui’s Prepared Childbirth Class
PCC 202

AUGUST-SEPTEMBER CLASS 2011 (4 Sundays)
DATE: (Aug. 21, NO CLASS), Aug. 28, Sept. 4, 11, 18
TIME: 2:00-5:00PM

Prepared Childbirth Class
PCC 203
SEPTEMBER- OCTOBER 2011 (4 Sundays)
DATE: Sept. 25, Oct. 2, 9, 16 (or 23, not confirmed which of the two dates)
TIME: 2:00-5:00PM

NOTE: Please complete contact information so we could inform you if there will be any changes in the schedule, venue or time.
GLOBE: Olive +63917-4770628
EMAIL: birthtimes@gmail.com

2. Join breastfeeding support meet. This is to make the journey fun and to have some people to talk to for support when the going gets tough.

a. La Leche League Phils is formed by Abbie Yabot it is an international support group organization for expectant and nursing parents. Meets twice a month, every 4th Saturday at Mothercare Greenbelt 5 at 1030am, join their facebook page to get latest update re meet schedule it changes sometimes eh. (I attend this one as much as I can)

b. The BreastFriends Support Group – join their YahooGroup for meet update, though the mailing list is inactive you can still post your questions and get the ball rolling. The group meet every 2nd Saturday in Baby & Co. Podium at 10:30am confirm muna if there is a class before attending, they require registration thru text too. (I attended this one a few times)

3. I got Nanay Lita Nery to massage me to prepare me for birthing and also massage me to help me relax and guide me in breastfeeding Kite the first time and again when I had Laya. I heard she no longer accepts pre natal massage because of her busy schedule. Actually I tried getting her services when I wanted to relax but she couldn’t fit me in her schedule. But am glad she made time for my friends who were in dire need, so I am assuming she picks whom to go to base on the urgency of the case and I commend her for that 🙂 Call Nanay Lita at 0918.5557565

Now that you have armed yourself and prepared for it. Here naman are the list of people to go to if you encounter problems Breastfeeding Counselors in the Philippines or if you need to consult or ask for help call the Latch Warmline 0917.5325643 (pls remember the people in Latch are ALL volunteer moms so there might be days when it takes a while before a reply is given) start rate for home visit consultation with Latch volunteers is at P500.

In case you are wondering what you need to buy to prepare for breastfeeding well NONE, you dont even need to buy a breast pump. Pumping is suggested when you reach 6 weeks na so wait for the need to buy before you go and buy one. I am also asked what pump I used I used Medela Freestyle Pump, I got it from an online seller. I am very happy with my choice and have recommended that too to several friends. But that doesnt mean it is the only good pump. I am actually now on a hunt for cheaper pump.

Hope this gives you a headstart for now. See you in one of the meets I hope 🙂

Mga breastfeeding friends, if you are willing to accept emails from people you dont know please leave your name & contact info or blog info sa comments so they can also go to you if ever.

Laya’s Breastfeeding Story

August 2, 2011 § 9 Comments

After sharing my Breastfeeding Story of Kite. Here is Laya’s naman:

We had Laya 11 years after Kite and 11 years din after forming NewlywedsAtWork (N@W) so we were armed with a thriving support group whose members have practically been through everything that could possibly happen, we have all kinds of moms there: breastfeeding moms, formula feeding moms, mixed feeders, those who had a hard time breastfeeding, never attempted breastfeeding, longing to be a mom, wouldn’t want to be a mom ever, being a mom more often than they would want to and what have you. I knew motherhood will be so much more fun this time with so many mommies to run to for any of my most trivial questions. I knew my chances of successfully breastfeeding Laya is high, as I am very good friends with Velvet and Abbie who are experts and studied breastfeeding (their actual title escape me now); am friends too with Jenny who’s blog Chronicles of a Nursing Mom is all about breastfeeding; am friends with a lot of the members of Latch (another breastfeeding group) and there’s so many breastfeeding moms in N@W (that we can even form our own breastfeeding group if needed), need I add more? Ahh I almost forgot, hubby Abet is I think keener than me in making this breastfeeding business a success.

Hubby would bribe me by saying sige breastfeed ka, if you are still breastfeeding mag Cebu na tayo as reward by May. Syempre ako atat sa lakwatcha kaya effective naman his idea. We stayed in a hotel muna for a night to try it out. Successful kami so we went to Tagaytay for a night the week after to see if we can do it again and see how Laya behaves to traveling, aba it was easy! Off we went to Cebu as soon as Laya turned 1 month old 🙂 Hiya ko lang tumigil after Cebu diba? hahaha

Seriously, I think what really clinched it for me was hearing Mimi say I never entertained the thought I wont be able to breastfeed, basta ako mag be-breastfeed, it was so simple, yet so powerful! Whenever I wanted to stop or doubted I would remember how she said it and I remember, of course I am going to continue breastfeeding.

Let me start on the day I gave birth. I was induced March 29 and had Laya that afternoon. Wasn’t able to see Laya again til 12 hours after, by then I was told she was given glucose water already. Am old na, I dont sweat the small stuff anymore. Fine, I just told the nurse nothing anymore after that kasi I will purely breastfeed. I tried to make Laya latch and was so happy she took it in so naturally but she wasn’t hungry and was more interested to sleep. Me too, I wanted to sleep too so I went back to my room na but I requested rooming in of Laya as soon as possible. Well she was roomed afternoon na. And Velvet, my one and only visitor (we didn’t let friends visit kasi we intend to breastfeed so we dont know the schedule when Laya would want to feed, ayaw ko naman mag feed with visitors around; she dont do personalvisits anymore ha, she did it for me lang kasi love niya ako heheh) was able to visit me that day to help make sure I will be off to a good start. She watched and taught me how to latch, taught us to look at the jaw to watch and listen to her swallow, to feed and feed and feed by demand, to not even look at the clock and worry just let baby lead, to put as much of the areola in and make sure it is not just the nipple (it is the nerves in the areola that signals the mind to produce milk) most common mistake is the latching, if you latch right I think there’s 80% success. Velvet also taught us how to massage Laya. We had a smooth breastfeeding routine with Laya at the hospital that night.

As we were about to discharge from the hospital the next day I felt pain in my nape, it felt exactly what they said high blood pressure would feel like, had my BP taken yes it was getting high. I was still discharged but what I was feeling was scary na. Got home and immediately texted Nay Lita Nery (lactating masseuse) to help relax me and at the same time make sure latching is correct. She came and taught me how to feed lying down and I think 2 more positions. My BP remained high and went higher pa. The fact it was Maundy Thursday made things worse for me as I didnt want to go to the hospital on Good Friday all my doctors are away! To make things worst I was also instructed by my OB not to take care of Laya and I am not allowed to breastfeed at night! Huwat? I didnt want to feed formula and I didnt have extra milk. Worst I didnt have a yaya as the yaya who will take care of Laya is our helper whom I haven’t trained yet. And hubby the only other possible person to take care is sniffing and looks like he is going to get sick! Oh that was one super stressful Thursday for me. Lucky I have friends! First Dee came to the rescue she not only gave me milk, she delivered it pa! I had no way of getting the milk at this point (this is also why whenever I donate and I feel that the mom or dad asking for the milk have no way of getting I do personal deliver of the milk as much as I can, aside from not knowing how to handle the milk it is a really a very busy time for new parents). Milk problem solved! Now I needed someone to care for Laya, one whom I can safely leave Laya with, lucky for me Medical City’s nurse station helped me secure one. Sigh! All my immediate problems are solved. The midwife stayed with us that night and cup fed Laya. I wasnt able to sleep a wink. It was hard having somebody else in our bedroom and I missed Laya too. Oh added to the already stressful situation was my dilemna, all the ge-lai food I should eat are also the same food a high blood patient shouldn’t be eating ayayyay! Good think my childhood friend Nancy (my friend since I was 1 year old) took me under her wing, she’d cook a big pot of whatever food I am to eat that day, she’d bring it to me before lunch and then I would reheat the remaining portion for dinner (inaagawan pa ako ni Abet! kasi yummy) she’d carefully choose and ask what are the food allowed sa ge-lai and allowed sa high blood, yes fish nga with lotsa soup! She’d bring it to our place while I am asleep and would teach my helper what to do with it. Am so blessed with so many friends talaga those days! We got over the high blood episode on Easter Sunday (so apt no?), and the midwifes trained Laya’s yaya on how to care for a baby too, she can do everything except she is not comfortable giving Laya a bath. Fair enough, I am also not comfortable entrusting Laya’s bath to her yet.

Breastfeeding Laya was smooth but it was hard. There’s pain, lack of sleep, doubts and a whole lot of other things. Major was the feeling na I cant function, cant do anything kasi a needy child is relying on me and would need me anytime. I remember it was Mother’s Day and I was awake middle of the night so I took that time to greet my mommy friends and hopefully disrupt their sleep. I was at this point wanting to stop breastfeeding na kasi am tired and aching and was really finding a valid reason to stop. Eh yun nga wala akong nahanap na reason so I went on. Every step of the way when the going got tough I would do mass texting, (my regular text victims were Velvet, Abbie, Jenny, Rica, JenCC, Dee, Mimi… either some or all of them hmm forgot who else) always may 2 or 3 na sasagot hehe. I also started going to Abbie’s La Leche Meet and also Breastfriend at Mary the Queen. I started going with so many hang ups, questions and I got my groove there. So my BF Support Group friends saw me turn into a swan. They were with me through all my issues and now am with them egging the newer ones to go on. Now am paying it forward na.

Why am I blogging about my breastfeeding story? 1. It is breastfeeding month kasi. and 2. After reading Confessions of a milk machine and Breastfeeding: It’s a Choice I felt the urge to blog or say my piece. But I also do not like to be perceived as puro breastfeeding na lang. The blog by Frances or better known as TopazMommy, I don’t want to be a lactivist, is so so true. So there.

While I am on a roll let me share na din Why I love breastfeeding.

1. It is so convenient. We just bring a small bag with change of diapers and clothes and a small towel to wipe and we are ready to go anywhere.

2. Because I breastfeed, I had a very easy time taking care of Laya, imagine we went on an overnight stay before she turned 1 month and had her riding an airplane by 6 weeks old, went out of the country for 6 weeks when she turned one.

3. Breastfeeding is the solution to everything! She falls? I feed her and she is ok; She is cranky? I feed her and she is ok; She got hurt? I feed her and she is ok; when she wants something she cant have and is about to throw a fit, I show her my booby and she forgets everything. Breastfeeding her solved EVERYTHING!

4. You know whats amazing, you have booby antennas that tells you your kid is hungry, you actually feel it before she cries that it is feeding time! The things you will realizes are simply so amazing.

5. I watch her feed and the muscle movements from her cheek, tongue and jaws am sure help her so much, while bottle feeder just suck and the milk comes out, the breastfeeder work on it so early and get to use na their muscles.

6. A breastfeeding baby can detect boobies even while asleep. This one still amazes me until now. Sometimes at night I just watch her and she knows which direction to face and when to open her mouth! Amazing talaga.

7. Breastmilk cures everything. I was a cynic too at first, OA naman yan ano magic? Have a cut? Rash? Itch? Put breastmilk and it really does cure! Did it and it worked 🙂

Miss U moments:

People who made it possible for me and helped me with this mommy journey!

Velvet – who would be my rah rah girl talaga throughout the journey. Did I also mention I met up with her for a one on one session on what to do with a newborn aside from about breastfeeding? And when I was looking for a midwife to care for Laya and was not getting anywhere she even offered to yaya Laya sa house namin, papahatid siya kay Atan and stay the night in our place, grabe my heart was filled with gratitude for that text she sent. Super duper thank you Velvet! I owe you!

Dee – she sent me milk when I wasn’t able to breastfeed, if I resorted to formula then and had a taste of convenience I am pretty sure I it would be super hard for me and will constantly be tempted. I also learned from her how to pack and freeze the milk, hers was so flat and so pretty to look at!

Mimi – since she is always no nonsense and frills free I go to her when I am stressed and true enough her ways are the simplest.

Rica – she is like me oldie na and habol baby na lang ito so we can relate with each other, her amazing story of being able to pump 16 oz in one sitting helped motivate me to reach that level.

Nancy, Grace & Morning – oh these are my childhood friends who fed me and made sure I dont stop the ge lai thing. Morning and I had a one on one session too on the meds and drinks to take.

Abbie, Jenny, JenCC, Rica – for always receiving my text and for most of the times replying 🙂

Didda – for making it so clear stop breastfeeding is not an option.

Laya is 16 months old now and we are still breastfeeding. She’s been taking solids since she was 6.5 months old and had her first taste of cow’s milk in Australia. Am now trying to let her get used to the taste of cows milk so she have milk to drink when I go out at night in preparation for the time I go out of the country. She is so loving the chocolate milk from MilkMan, yung fresh milk sometimes she likes sometimes she doesn’t, so what we do we milk the choco milk with milk na lang.

Again, if you are breastfeeding or would like to breastfeed, please know you can drop me a line here or thru my email or thru my facebook or text me if you have it. Would be more than happy to be part of your breastfeeding journey.

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

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.

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