First of all, I have to thank you for joining Weeks 1 to 6 of the tweet & win contest. To make it more enticing for you guys, aside from Mercury Drug GC, there’s an additional Toy Kingdom GC for your kids, plus the surprise gift pack!
In my family, when shopping for household items like kitchen appliances, I have the upper brand on what to buy. But when it comes to other appliances like TV and gadgets, Jeff knows best. I have to trust him for his techie recommendations. Both of us agree that one important thing to consider is the brand. Honestly, if the brand is popular, I don’t read much the reviews online. Brand-conscious, yes, but this is only because we are spending our hard-earned money, we saved up for it, that’s why we deserve to have something with the best quality.
Have you considered buying Taiwanese brands for your home? Do you use Acer, Asus, HTC, Tatung, or BenQ? Well, these are Taiwanese brands and they all carry the Taiwan Excellence seal.
The Taiwan government launched the Taiwan Excellence campaign in the Philippines to help Filipinos distinguish the best Taiwan-made products. It is through this campaign that Taiwan can promote top quality Taiwanese brands and products among Filipinos.
Mustela is one of the baby products used by Gwen. I chanced upon this brand when they opened their Trinoma store in 2011, Gwen was around 7 months old then. They recommended Mustela Dermo-Cleansing Gel for Gwen at that time, they have a wide array of products but this one is from Mustela Bebe, a line for normal skin. Just read the review I made 3 years ago, I swear, your baby will smell so good from morning till night after using Mustela. Aside from being paraben-free, the scent is another thing why I bought Mustela even if its pricier than other baby products.
Imagine my joy when I was invited for media launch about Mustela’s latest innovations on skin care… At the event held at La Creperie Moderne, I was reacquainted with my favorite Mustela products and I got to know the other product lines.
Diaper changing with a toddler is different than with a baby. When Gwen was less than 1 year old, she behaves well that’s why changing nappies was a breeze. It’s a different story by the time she turned 1 year old and up. It’s hard to keep her still, andyan yung nasisipa ka pa during nappy change, or worse having poop in your hands (oops sorry!). That’s why we shifted to a Huggies Dry Pants when I couldn’t handle her kalikutan.
In the Kitchen will be the category where I will post some of the recipes I cook for my family. I promise you these are super-duper easy recipes because I’m really not an expert in the kitchen plus the fact that I don’t want recipes with so many steps/how-tos. Just 4-6 instructions, anything more than that, I skip the page of my recipe book and look for simpler recipes. So newbies in the kitchen, I hope you’ll try my recipes or suggestions and let’s share kitchen secrets!
This is another simple pasta recipe. I prefer cooking carbonara over tomato-based pasta because I find it easier since I just open all the ingredients, dump them in one pot, just add a bit salt if needed, and voila! Unlike in tomato-based pasta where I need to adjust on salt, sugar and pepper. My Tuna Carbonara recipe is special because I use Cream of Mushroom to make the sauce creamier and tastier. No need to use expensive Cream of Mushroom, I use Jolly Cream of Mushroom and also a small can of Jolly Mushrooms, cheaper alternative but yields delicious carbonara sauce too.
Tuna Carbonara Pasta
Happy Halloween! It’s my birthday tomorrow but first let’s celebrate halloween :). If you’re reading my blog, you know how excited we area this time of the year. Well, we spent Trick or Treat in Boracay for 3 straight years. My parents are from Aklan kasi, and they go to the province for undas, sumasabay kami pero we go straight to Boracay. This year is different, when I booked our tickets during a seat sale, sabi namin ibang destination naman. So I chose Cebu, our flight was supposed to be last night. Tapos this time, dapat nasa Bantayan island na kami. Kaya lang nagkatamaran the last minute, kaya ayan we’re stuck here in the city. We’re heading to Las Pinas na lang this weekend.
Anyway, our office had its annual Halloween celebration for the kids. This year, Gwen is dressed as Princess Anna. Hindi nyo pa ba kilala si Princess Anna, naku, I’m sure patok na patok ang Frozen costumes no? Mapa-Anna or Elsa.
Calling out all mommies with children 4 to 7 years old, join my super easy Twitter contest. You could win Php 500 Mercury Durg GCs plus a surprise gift pack. This is open to Philippine residents. We are now on Week 4!
Last October 11, we attended the 3rd birthday of Jeff’s goddaughter at Jollibee Casimiro in Las Pinas. It was a Hello Kitty themed birthday party. I noticed that Jollibee is more lenient these days when it comes to party themes and other additional party activities. When Gwen celebrated her 1st birthday at Jollibee Shell Macapagal, I remembered having a lot of restrictions like prohibiting character-themed party favors and souvenirs, bringing in other food items, hiring non-accredited suppliers like photobooth, etc. Now, Jollibee even has a Hello Kitty theme, perfect for little girls!
Jeff’s cousin, Sherwee, is good at crafts and DIY. She first made a DIY candy buffet at her son’s birthday last January, also in Jollibee but with a Cowboy-theme. For this Hello Kitty themed birthday party, here’s what her DIY Candy Buffet looks like.
The opening of the first H&M store here in the Philippines rocked the fashion scene. Imagine, people falling in line a day before the shop opens, crazy right? But yeah, I posted on FB that people should not panic, hehe… There are more branches opening soon, I saw branches to be opened in Robinsons Magnolia and SM Makati. I love H&M too, and I look forward shopping in it whenever we’re in HK and last month, in Bangkok. Pero di ko pa rin tatyagain pumila :p.
I was chatting with a friend and I said I have mixed reactions about H&M opening here. Kasi I won’t have something to look forward to when we go abroad. First, Forever 21, Uniqlo, then Cotton On, and now H&M. Slight lang naman :p. I really like H&M among the retail brands mentioned, H&M kasi is classic and trendy at the same time. Uniqlo is my second fave because of good quality and its classic styles. Not much of a fan of Forever 21 and Cotton On.
Anyway, funny story how we got to buy Gwen’s whole outfit. Originally, when we first went out, she’s wearing pink sleeveless shirt, shorts, and her saltwater sandals. We went to our agenda that day, Thai cooking class, after lunch and since we have nothing to do, we checked out Siam Paragon Mall. H&M greeted me at the entrance hehe. Jeff allowed me to indulge while he searched for a sofa inside the store since Gwen fell asleep. H&M in Siam Paragon has 2 floors only (H&M Philippines has 3 floors daw!). Hindi pa ako nakakapili nakita ko gising na si Gwen. Tapos nilalamig daw because of the full blast aircon. She went inside wearing a sando-shorts-sandals and went out looking like this.
There are different studies about kids behaviors, health, and educational style these days. Before, it was only traditional school. But now, we have progressive, Montessori, etc. -teaching styles that we parents can choose from according to the needs of our child. Before, if you got good grades, then you’re intelligent. In school, there are no other gauge but the numerical scores of your quizzes and tests. It doesn’t matter if you sing good in your church choir, or if you dance well in your ballet class. When I was still studying, I got good grades, but part of me wishes to do more. I wanted to have more friends not just in our batch but also in lower and higher levels but I’m too shy. Oh, and I really want to be a cheerleader when I was in high school, but again, I’m too shy and I don’t know how to dance gracefully :p.
Now that I have Gwen, I promise to let her be. I won’t put pressure on her grades too much. I will encourage her to enroll in dance classes, voice lessons, whatever she wants. I will let her friends have a slumber party in our house. I will ask Jeff to teach her how to ride a bike, to fix the tent up in the mountains, and to tie a knot. Haha, I sound like a stage mother here.