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My One Word for 2021: Intentional

Intentional

I’m a huge fan of Christmas celebrations (my love language is gifting), and I enjoy how our homeschool lessons are centered on the birth of Jesus. But looking forward to the new year is another reason why I love the Christmas holidays! I know New Year’s Resolutions are overrated and you can simply start a new habit (or stop a bad one) any day of the year, but the first day of the new year is just so symbolic. The new year is a great opportunity for a reset, right?

A cold new year to you all!

I also look forward to my year-end/year-starter traditions such as breaking open the piggy banks with Yuri, my financial planning session with Job, and coming up with a One Word for the Year. Instead of separate resolutions, I take time to think of a word that embodies how I would like to picture the incoming year. It’s a personal tradition that I’ve been doing since 2016!

(Here are my One Words for 20162017, 2018, and 2019 – I don’t think I was able to come up with one for 2020.)

After much thinking, I decided that my One Word for 2021 is Intentional.

There are a few major goals I would like to accomplish, so I would like to begin the year intentionally rather than just going with the flow. For example, even though I’ve been in charge of budgeting our income and expenses ever since, this year, I drew a 12-month financial forecast with clearer goals in mind.

But finance is just one of the aspects of living that I would like to approach more intentionally.

During the mid part of 2020, I started getting interested in minimalism. And I don’t mean the ~aesthetic~ kind of minimalism (my house does not look anything like the “minimalist” Pinterest interior boards). Instead, I started to desire less and appreciate what I already have.

I had our cable connection disconnected and opted for Netflix (which costs less and has more shows) and YouTube (free). I also had my postpaid plan disconnected even though I was eligible for another new device. I don’t need a new phone, and since I was mainly at home, I no longer needed the mobile data allowance. I switched to a prepaid sim and never looked back!

Another thing I did to minimize was to not buy a new planner… for the first time. This was a significant change for me because I used to be a big planner junkie and easily spent thousands per year for planner and accessories. This year, I decided to use digital planners on my devices — not only free but also more convenient and efficient (for me).

I was so into minimizing that I actually had trouble thinking of a gift for myself whenever someone asked me what I would like for Christmas!

I did ask for food… like the Aromacology coffee our neighbor gave us!

I think I’m rambling here and going beyond the point, and there are still more things I would like to talk about regarding minimizing, so I’ll write another post about it next time!

What I want to say is that I would really love to approach things and the important aspects of my life more intentionally. I would love to be more intentional about my quiet time with God, my health, my family, my work, our finances, homeschooling, friendships, interests, and more. This is how I picture the year that I would like to have in 2021.

I was elated because, the other day, my devotional was about God being an intentional God with a purpose and a specific plan for each one of us. It said that because God does not approach life randomly, neither should we. I think the devotional confirmed my One Word for 2021 wonderfully. 😊

Cheers to an intentional, purposeful year ahead!

Christmas Events

Christmas and New Year 2020 in Photos

It’s currently the second of January 2021, and I’m taking advantage of the downtime before school resumes on Monday. I was actually able to finish 2 K-dramas during the Christmas vacation — Sweet Home and The Guest (all horror series, I know) — so I think it was a vacation well-spent haha!

Anyway, belated Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! I was supposed to write at least 2 blogs back last month, but December happened and it just got super busy. I wasn’t expecting that Christmas in the year of the quarantine would be busy, but here we are. Just to clarify, my schedule was busy not because there were a lot of events (there were none), but I was trying to finish all homeschool and work tasks before the vacation. There was also some shopping to be done for Noche Buena and Media Noche as well as gifts for neighbors and family members.

Christmas and New Year this year was admittedly different from others because, aside from the lack of holiday events, we were not able to spend it with our loved ones. Both Job and my brother did not get to go home this year because of the pandemic so it was only the 4 of us at home who celebrated Christmas and New Year. Still, we are blessed to be complete and healthy so we’re happy!

Celebrating Christmas with my 8-year old who’s nearly 9!

Small Noche Buena spread enough for 4

I wasn’t able to take photos while we were opening gifts, but I gave these 2 K-Pop albums of their choice. A Blackpink album for my sister and the BTS Map of the Soul 7 for Yuri (I bought these albums in advance; hindi pa narelease ang BTS Be)

We had Christmas Day brunch at home with my cousin, Kuya Jason Olalia, and his family

On Christmas weekend, we did our yearly tradition of counting Yuri’s ipon (which is actually my Invisible-50 Challenge since he did not receive any allowance this year hahaha)

Happy New Year! This was our small Media Noche spread

I had to highlight this dish, which was the only dish we did not cook. We ordered this Chicken Biryani from a neighbor. Yum!

Celebrating Christmas and New Year as a family — virtually!

Again, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Let’s look forward to a great year ahead!

Lifestyle Planning

4 Reasons Why I’m Switching to a Digital Planner in 2021

Who else is starting to prepare for 2021? I know the future is indefinite (isn’t everything?), but even if it looks bleak, I prefer to be optimistic. I always end a year looking forward to the new year, and because I’m a self-confessed planner junkie, that means window-shopping for a new planner.

My planners from 2011-2020

Something has changed this year, though. Earlier this year, I began to use both a paper planner and a planner app to test out both options. While I have used planner apps for years, I started trying out MacOS planner apps for the first time.

Here’s the paper planner I am using (given to me as a gift by my good friend, Christine), which I love:

My monthly spread in February, pre-quarantine

In the end, I decided to not get a paper planner for 2021 and go totally digital. Here’s why I’m switching to using a digital planner this year.

1. Convenient

I’m on my laptop for probably 75% of the day. I use my Macbook a lot more than I use my phone, and I only get to write on my planner at night. While planning at night is alright for planning weeks and days, it’s much more convenient for me to update my tasks throughout the day using a digital planner that’s on my laptop.

2. Ability to sync

Using a digital planner that syncs between my Macbook and my iPhone is a game-changer for me LOL. Because I can access the planner using all my devices, it’s easier for me to keep track of what I need to do. I am even tempted to get an iPad to complete the ecosystem, but I don’t really need it so next time na lang. 

3. Minimalist

I already have too many paper planners (see photo above), and I don’t know how to reuse or get rid of them. In an attempt to minimize my clutter, I’ll be going digital. (I’m also going digital with journals and notebooks, too!)

4. Cost-effective

A digital planner is the more cost-effective option. I am currently using Elisi and Notion, which both sync between my devices and have completely free personal plans.

Elisi

My Notion dashboard

There are more reasons why I am switching to digital planning (and journalling) this year, such as how it is much easier to track habits and how I can change colors/appearances/systems whenever I feel like doing so. However, those 4 reasons mentioned above are most important to me and have the heaviest impact on my productivity and lifestyle.

What planner are you planning to use in 2021?

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Making Fudge Brownie Using Dehydrated Potatoes (A Giveaway from Potatoes USA!)

Potatoes USA Giveaway

I’ve been spending more time in the kitchen ever since the pandemic began. Aside from being home all the time, we are also trying to minimize our trips outside the home. That’s why I would bake sweet treats rather than buying them in the store, and if I have time, I would even make our own bread!

Like many households, we also like keeping a supply of food items with long shelf life in our pantry. Apart from the usual staples, did you know it’s wise to keep dehydrated foods, too?

Dehydrated standard potato flakes and dehydrated standard potato granules from Potatoes USA Philippines

Dehydrated potatoes, in particular, are known to have a shelf life of 18-24 months. In my opinion, they should be a staple in every pantry. Here are 5 reasons why:

  1. Made from 100% whole, high-quality U.S. potatoes
  2. Loaded with the same nutrients as fresh potatoes
  3. Versatile and can be used to make many recipes
  4. Less prep time need, can be used straight out of the package
  5. Good value, with one kilo making approximately five kilos when rehydrated

In other words, U.S. dehydrated potatoes are a delight to use in the kitchen!

I personally love having U.S. dehydrated potatoes in stock because they can be used in a lot of recipes, whether savory or sweet. Yes, you can totally use dehydrated potatoes to bake bread and pastries!

This is why I got super excited when Potatoes USA sent me a package containing U.S. dehydrated potatoes, cooking essentials, various merchandise… and cookbooks!

New cookbooks!

All those and more inside this bag ^_^

Of course, I immediately perused the baking cookbooks (with recipes by Chef Miko Aspiras). There are so many things you can bake pala with dehydrated potatoes! The first recipe I followed was the Fudge Brownie, which uses U.S. dehydrated potato granules.

Potato Fudge Brownies

Do you know what I immediately noticed when making the recipe? It only requires 30 grams of dehydrated potato granules. That’s less than ½ cup, if my conversion is correct. A pack of dehydrated potato granules would definitely go a long way!

Oooh, fudgy!

The brownies were so fudgy and chocolatey. The consistency was moist and rich, which is perfect if you don’t like dry and cake-y brownies (like me). I’m excited to try the other recipes in the cookbooks next.

But wait, there’s more.

 

Giveaway time!

Potatoes USA actually sent me TWO packages: one for me and another one for a lucky reader! The gift pack contains the following:

  • 1 travel bag with multiple pockets and compartments (including a laptop compartment)
  • 1 pack of Potatoes USA Dehydrated Potato Flakes
  • 1 pack of Potatoes USA Dehydrated Potato Granules
  • 1 khaki apron, 1 oven mitt, 1 whisk
  • 1 hardbound notebook, 1 pen, 1 phone pop socket, 1 mouse pad
  • 1 hardbound Heirloom Collection cookbook
  • 1 Street Food cookbook
  • 3 Bake cookbooks

Here’s all you need to do to win:

  1. Share your own potato recipe using frozen and dehydrated US potato products.
  2. Share it on Facebook or Instagram and tag me and Potatoes USA-Philippines.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/maanlx/ and https://www.facebook.com/PotatoesUSAPhilippines/

OR 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/marie_angeli/ and https://www.instagram.com/potatoesusaphl/

That’s it! The package can be shipped anywhere in the Philippines (we will shoulder the shipping fee.)

Giveaway is now closed!

Where to buy US Potatoes:

  • US dehydrated potatoes are available in most baking supply stores. You can also message Potatoes USA-Philippines to order from the comfort of your home.
  • US frozen potato brands like McCain, Simplot, and Lambweston are available in the frozen aisle of grocery stores nationwide.
  • US table-stock and fresh potatoes, which are seasonal, are available in the produce section of your favorite supermarket.
Homeschooling Parenting

Homeschool Classroom Tour

Hello, hello! We are fresh out of sembreak and we’re currently in the middle of the 2nd Quarter of the school year. We are about to take our second monthly exam for the quarter (there are 2 per quarter + 1 quarterly exam) next week, so we will probably enter the 3rd Quarter of the year come December. Ang bilis!

I’m still pleasantly surprised at how well our homeschooling year is going. Truth be told, there’s 80-90% chance that we are still going to enroll with Chosen Homeschool  next school year. We are loving the laidback, low-stress setup and the balance between structure and flexibility.

(I hope the low-stress lifestyle meant having more time to blog, but a lot of my time is eaten up by managing the household and juggling two part-time jobs. I am trying, though. :P)

Anyway, I’m showing you our homeschool classroom today! Our classroom used to be the home office, but because nobody was using it anymore, it became sort of a stockroom. In other words, bodega haha. When we made the decision to homeschool this year, it was clear that we were going to convert the office into a classroom.

It’s a very simple, no-frills classroom. I had the walls repainted as well as an old rattan dining set. We spent days cleaning the space. Oh, and I did not buy a single piece of furniture. The only things I bought were our actual school supplies like paper and ring binders. Okay, enough, talk, pictures na. 😛 Continue Reading

Parenting

Straight From The Experts: Useful Tips for a Healthy Toddlerhood

NIDO® 3+ Todo Expert Tips

We had a nice break from our regular quarantine routine last week when Nido sent us a package for an indoor picnic! Yuri and I had fun setting up the indoor picnic (and eating the nibbles Nido had so kindly provided) in preparation for an online talk with Nido experts to guide parents of toddlers.

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Admittedly, I no longer have a toddler, but my child is still growing up and I need all the help I can possibly get! Read on to know more about Nido’s Todo Expert Tips.

NIDO® 3+ Todo Expert Tips

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Homeschooling Parenting

Why We Decided to Homeschool This Year (Grade 3)

Why We Decided to Homeschool This Year (Grade 3)

We have been homeschooling for almost a month now!

It does not even feel like a month. Sure, homeschooling has its challenges, but for the most part, Yuri and I have been enjoying it, looking forward to our class every morning.

The last time I homeschooled Yuri was when he was in preschool pa so I am definitely no expert when it comes to homeschooling. Also, preschool homeschool for us was more like un-schooling. We did not enroll him to a regular preschool. Instead, I taught him whenever I can (I still had a full-time job back then) and supplemented with sessions at Eye Level. But despite the lack of routine, Yuri did learn a lot during that year, thank God.

Yuri’s compost in a jar

This time, because Yuri is already in Grade 3, he needs to have a consistent routine. He is also very used to traditional schooling as he has been going to a traditional school since he was in Senior Kinder. He has no problems with school whatsoever and, in fact, is blessed to be the Top 1 student of his grade level (thank you, Lord!). He also gets along with everyone and has a lot of friends both in school and at home. So why did we decide to homeschool?

Job and I talked about it and both of us agreed that the best option for us right now is homeschooling. Obviously, it has a lot to do with the fact that we are in a pandemic right now, and with distance learning options available, children are very likely to spend this school year safe at home. Yuri’s old school, for instance, offers three options: online schooling, printed modules, and a mix of both.

But while I support these options, I thought, if Yuri is going to stay home anyway, I could just teach him myself. Knowing Yuri, he will not stay still in front of a computer screen for a long period of time (unless it’s a game or a show he likes). He has a short attention span and easily gets distracted. I was not looking forward to using thick modules either.

Leaning odd and even numbers using our four-in-a-row game

With homeschooling, though, I can give Yuri face-to-face lessons and because he is my only student, the lessons can be tailored to fit his interests. Plus, our schedule will be much more flexible, which would be handy just in case we ever have the chance to go on a vacation, God-willing.

Also, homeschooling, for us, provides the perfect opportunity to lead Yuri closer to God, which I think is true with a lot of other homeschoolers worldwide. Yuri loves our Bible lessons, and we are able to incorporate what we learned from the Bible to our daily life. Oh, we have made household chores part of our “non-graded curriculum,” too, which made Yuri a lot more responsible!

When it comes to practicality, homeschooling, when you are enrolled in a provider, is not free. I think it is also worth saying that if we decided to keep Yuri in his old school, his tuition fee would have been free since he was the Top 1. However, weighing all miscellaneous expenses, we were still able to save money by homeschooling.

Yuri’s tuition fee, if we kept him in his old school, would have been free, but not the other fees. We enrolled in Chosen Homeschool, and all we need to pay for the entire year is P15,000. We also did not need to spend on a new laptop or a new computer set dedicated for daily online classes. You see, I have a couple of freelance jobs so we wouldn’t be able to share one laptop between us. But with homeschooling, my own laptop is enough for 2 weekly online sessions (1 hour each) with Chosen Homeschool. For discussions, we watch a few videos here and there, but that’s it. There’s no need to get Yuri his own laptop or desktop computer.

We often use textbooks and worksheets

Of course, I did spend a little bit of money to convert our old home office into our homeschool classroom (future post), but let’s charge it to miscellaneous fees 😀 Also, the home office was due for a redesign anyway!

And these are the reasons why we decided to homeschool this year. What mode of learning did you choose this year?

General Information

Globe At Home introduces Xtreme WiFi Plan 999

Instant Big Data, Instant Big Entertainment, DIY with no installation needed for only 999/month

In the new normal, many still continue to work from home, while students will transition to online learning in the coming school year. Globe at Home is ready to meet the increasing demand for fast and reliable internet with the new Xtreme WiFi Plan 999, the most affordable Globe postpaid home Internet plan with which families can enjoy bigger data allocation for work, school and entertainment.

For as low as P999 a month, subscribers can experience instant WiFi, instant big data and instant entertainment right at home. The plan comes with a DIY device that’s easy to set up. The first of its kind in the world, this all-in-one device is equipped with free clear local live TV channels which can also turn regular televisions into a Smart TV, allowing families to access over a million YouTube videos on a bigger screen. The device can be installed effortlessly: once you take home the device from the store or once delivered to your doorstep, just turn on the device, log on to the network, and it’s ready to use.

Apart from offering stable 24/7 home internet, Xtreme WiFi Plan 999 gives customers 3-months access to Amazon Prime Video, transforming their homes into an entertainment hub where families can bond over the latest titles. Customers can also avail Xtreme WiFi Plan 1499 that comes with bigger data of 200GB per month, perfect for everyone in the family’s work and streaming needs.

“Now that many Filipinos are spending most of their time at home, the internet has become even more important. Parents use it for work, while children rely on it for their educational and learning needs. At the end of a busy day, families can also get together and go online for leisure. With this new plan, Globe at Home can provide those working, learning end entertainment needs to the entire family to help them recreate the world right at home,” says Barbie Dapul, VP and Head of Marketing for Globe at Home.

Interested customers residing in the Greater Manila Area can apply for a Globe at Home Xtreme WiFi Plan through the Globe at Home official online shop or via the Globe At Home Facebook messenger. Customers in other areas may avail the new plan by visiting Globe stores nationwide.

Whether it’s for work, learning, or streaming, you can recreate your world right at home with a plug and play Xtreme WiFi Plan. Learn more via the official Globe at Home Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/globeathome/ or send a message via the Globe At Home messenger.

My Christian Walk Personal

A New Normal (My Home Quarantine Journal)

Davao City Community Quarantine: Day 17

Actually, I had to look that up because I’m confused whether the community quarantine was initially declared on March 15 or March 16. So I had to check to the Executive Order, which was dated March 15 nga. Case closed.

Wow, I have time to check executive orders now. Yep, welcome to the new normal.

Am I still updating my planner? Yes. Do I follow it? Not so much.

Well, honestly, not much has changed for me, at least in general. I work from home, so my daily schedule is more or less the same. The difference is that I no longer go outside the house to do on-site real estate work. My day is pretty much work, chores, Netflix, news updates, books, prayer time, chatting, and calls lumped together with no clear structure.

Oh, and I don’t have to check the time now because I don’t have to take my child to and from school.

1. Speaking of school

Yuri’s school had to abruptly end the school year when classes were suspended on a national level last March 12. They were scheduled pa to have their final exams the following week, kaya lang everything was already cancelled then.

Déjà vu! We had almost the exact same experience last December at school, when the region experienced strong earthquakes. The city had to cancel all classes right in the middle of the 3rd quarter exams and napaaga ang aming Christmas vacation. This time, summer vacation naman ang napaaga.

Segue: Another thing that I find funny (in an ironic way) is that during both times, Yuri had a fever right around the cancellation of classes, and in both times, I worried whether Yuri was healthy enough to take the exams or not.

Anyway, Yuri said it was fine that school ended earlier than expected (syempre, no more exams!), but he felt sad that he didn’t get goodbye to his friends and classmates. They will be in 3rd grade na the next time they see each other, and possibly in different classrooms.

And by the looks of things now, we can’t be sure when the next school year is going to begin…

I have entertained the idea of homeschooling Yuri just in case it comes to a point that the school will require it. Seeing as we have had some experience in homeschooling during his preschool year, I don’t think we’ll have a hard time (if ever). I do think it will be a challenge to families with both parents working, so it’s entirely possible that it will not happen naman. Wala lang, I just like being prepared.

2. Home quarantine supplies

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Personal School

Earthquakes and Christmas Breaks

I suddenly have some free time to blog because Yuri’s school just (at 8pm) cancelled classes this week and declared tomorrow to be the first day of their Christmas break.

Eh yesterday was the first day of their 3rd quarter exams (class last Monday was cancelled because of the 6.9 magnitude earthquake last Sunday) and tomorrow’s supposedly the second day. Kaya bloody ang pagre-review namin ni Yuri because their subjects for tomorrow’s exam are Math, Filipino, and Mother Tongue. Okay lang yung Math; it’s the 2 other subjects that are bloody hehe. 

Yuri was already set to sleep when I received a lot of messages from fellow parents. I wasn’t checking Facebook (where the school makes announcements on its page) so I was really surprised to learn that the exams — and the Christmas party — will be postponed to January.

At first, I was upset. We spent the whole afternoon studying na eh, nasayang lang. But now that I think about it, since the strong (strooong) earthquake last Sunday, there have been numerous aftershocks felt. Not to mention no one can predict earthquakes. So cancelling classes altogether seems to be the best decision to make for the children’s safety.

Not to mention having Christmas parties seems to be in bad taste given the lives lost and the properties damaged  in Davao del Sur because of the earthquake.

Yun lang, tapos na akong magbalot ng gifts ni Yuri hahaha. And we’ve been looking forward to attending our respective Christmas parties (students inside school and parents outside school lol). Oh well, I guess they’ll have to wait until January!

(Good thing I didn’t make my gifts for my fellow parents yet. Yan pala ang advantage of homemade gifts hehe.)

Now, about the earthquakes…

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Davao Events Events

Solane Kitchen Hero Chef’s Edition Goes to Davao!

Last August, the Solane team visited Davao for its Davao Region leg. It’s my honor to have been invited to the luncheon, which was held at 1953 Kusina Leticia at Juna, Matina Davao City. It was a fun lunch with fellow mommy bloggers and people from the media! Let me share with you what Solane Kitchen Hero Chef’s Edition is all about.


Solane Kitchen Hero Chef’s Edition Goes to Mindanao

Solane, the leading LPG solutions brand, is taking its grandest culinary competition to Mindanao as it kicks off a series of regional cook-offs for the Solane Kitchen Hero Chefs’ Edition, the first-ever cooking competition that aims to discover the next big name in the culinary world.

After going to 8 different regions in Luzon and Visayas, the nationwide culinary tilt will start off with the competition at the Robinsons Place in General Santos. This will be followed by competition legs in Davao and Cagayan De Oro.

“Mindanao is home to some of the country’s culinary treasures and the most talented chefs in the country,” says Isla LPG Corp. CEO Ruben Domingo. “Through the Solane Kitchen Hero competition, we aim to recognize these chefs who are vital in bringing Filipino cuisine to the world stage. At the same time, we are on a quest to explore and highlight Filipino specialties that are unique to our provinces.”

For this one-of-a-kind cook-off, participants must be Filipino professional chefs with at least three (3) years of kitchen experience gained locally or abroad. They must be currently employed as a professional chef in a hotel, restaurant, or any food-service establishment.

Prior to the Mindanao regional leg, Solane Kitchen Hero has conducted competition legs in Luzon and Visayas, resulting in 9 Solane Kitchen Hero finalists. The regional winners will compete in the semi-finals where qualifiers will move on to the grand finals for the final cook-off to find out who among them will be hailed the champion of Solane Kitchen Hero Chefs’ Edition.

The culinary creations will be judged by renowned chef and Solane Kitchen Hero ambassador Chef Sau del Rosario and bestselling author and Solane Kitchen Hero competition director Nancy Reyes-Lumen.

Chef Sau del Rosario (2nd from left) and Chef Nancy Reyes-Lumen (3rd from left) with team Adobo (L-R) Chef Mon Urbano, Chef Jen Saranilla and Chef Jaja Andal

The winner of Solane Kitchen Hero Chef’s Edition will take home P100,00 and will embark on a culinary trip to Japan with customized stops at different food and drink destinations.

To know more about Solane Kitchen Hero Chef’s Edition, visit Solane’s website www.solane.com.ph and Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/solane.ph/


The nationwide search for the Solane Kitchen Hero actually culminated last September 7 at Eton Centris. Out of hundreds of applicants, 15 top contenders, and 5 grand finalists, Chef Roseller Fiel II of Region IX emerged as the grand champion!

Taken from the Solane Facebook page

Congratulations!

Food Review

Hello, Red Ribbon Taisan!

Red Ribbon Taisan

Last Mother’s Day, Red Ribbon sent me this package:

Red Ribbon Taisan

I was genuinely surprised to see my picture on the box! It’s probably one of the most thoughtful packages I’ve received from blogging. And I was even more pleasantly surprised to see what’s inside the box.

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Rows of Taisan!

To be honest, those loaves of Taisan did not last long in my household. Yuri, who doesn’t even like sweets, ate one loaf at a sitting. Then again, Taisan is the perfect combination of sweet and savory. I took a bite — okay, a few slices — and instantly fell in love with its buttery taste. I remember eating Taisan when I was a kid, but it definitely tastes more delicious now!

Press Release from Red Ribbon

Savor sweet memories with the return of Red Ribbon Taisan

Remembering the fondest memories from one’s childhood is always a great feeling. The comforting experience of coming home from school to a delicious snack prepared by lola or eating merienda with mom at the playground – all those simple yet sweet moments carries over into the present whenever we look back, bringing us instant joy from reminiscing.

 

Get ready to experience waves of sweet nostalgia as Red Ribbon brings back a classic favorite. In celebration of its 40 th
anniversary, the well-loved bakeshop is once again offering the delicious Red Ribbon Taisan that was first offered back in
the 1980s.

Look back at your treasured memories as you share the familiar buttery sweet flavor of the original Red Ribbon
recipe – a fluffy chiffon cake delicately brushed with butter and topped with sugar crystals.

Relive the good old days and make bonding moments sweeter again with the Red Ribbon Taisan. This is available for only
P20 per slice and P80 for a full loaf. What are you waiting for? Visit your nearest Red Ribbon Bakeshop now!

Personal

Blogging Again! For Good, I Promise!

Is it cobwebs that I see in here? I haven’t opened my blog at all for the longest time… again!

I promised to write more often, but then life happens. So much has happened since last year until this year (we’re already done with the first quarter of 2019, can you believe that?!) that I am having trouble deciding where to begin. All I know is I want to write. And I want to write now because I have time to do so and I’m in the mood. I’m fully taking advantage of it!

I haven’t given up on my blog yet — and I want to believe that I will never give up on it. To be honest, there are a lot of bloggers out there (like me 😭) who have abandoned their blogs because it’s not as lucrative as it was several years back. In my case, the monthly views I’m getting used to be my average daily views in 2013-2016, which I believe was the peak of my blogging career. Chos, career daw. Hehe. So anyway, it made more sense for other bloggers to move to social media.

As for me, because I have a personal Facebook and Instagram account and do not really have a big social media circle, I decided to just stop blogging altogether.

But you see, I wanted to keep writing because I want to keep my writing skills honed (as I have stopped working full-time since last year — another story for another day). More importantly, I want to continue documenting memories. It’s so much fun reading old blog posts and remembering, for example, how Yuri was like when he was a toddler and what my days were like. I even wrote last year that my blog will remain online for the sake of Yuri (and, if God allows it, his future sibling).

However, I admit that blogging now does not come as easy as it did before, when readers would send me emails and would manage to find me on social media to send me messages. Having a readership was the ultimate achievement, whereas today, readers preferred to follow vlogs and soc-med blogs. Which is not a bad thing! I enjoy watching vlogs, it’s just… not my thing.

And then one day, I stumbled upon a comment made by a certain mommy blogger. Continue Reading

Personal

Happy New Year! Here’s My One Word for 2019

Oh wow, what just happened? One minute I was still shopping for Christmas gifts and the next minute, it’s already the 3rd of January. In 2019.

I had planned to blog more often — which obviously didn’t come to fruition — but I still have so much to say so here I am! I wasn’t even able to write about the big decision that I made towards the last quarter of 2018. Since I haven’t given up on writing that post, I won’t go into details here.

Now, 2019. Hello, hello! I think 2018 was quite a rollercoaster of a year for me. There were a lot of big things that happened, a lot of highlights here and there, and I’m very grateful for everything that has happened. I can’t wait to write about the highlights of my 2018 given that I wasn’t able to blog much!

Although it’s fun to write a list of New Year’s resolutions, I find that deciding on One Word to focus on for the rest of the year is much more helpful for me. This is something that I have done every year since 2016 (my 4th year now!) and it’s amazing that each One Word pretty much spoke for the year they represent. Continue Reading

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I Bought 28 Books for Less Than P2,000 at the NBS Book Binge Bazaar

I am so officially back!

I owe you a post or two (or three) about my absence and now my come-back, but first, let’s talk about something awesome. My book loot from the National Book Store Book Binge Bazaar!

I hoard books, so naturally, I eagerly awaited for the Book Binge Bazaar after I first heard of it on Facebook. Even though there’s a growing pile of unread books on my shelf! Because why not, books don’t have an expiration date heehee.

Imagine how thrilled I was to receive an email from NBS, inviting me to a special preview of the bazaar. Because of my excitement, I made sure to come as early as I can (8:30 am call time); I even think I was one of the first bloggers/ media people inside the venue. I literally said “wow” when I ente red the function hall. So many books! I was so blown away by the selection that I had trouble — only at first — figuring out where to start.

It feels good to be back <3

Because it’s almost Christmas, I set my mind on prioritizing buying gifts for inaanaks and Yuri’s friends. I made a beeline toward the kids’ section where — surprise, surprise! — almost everything was priced at P75!

Christmas came early for me, too. Thank you so much, National Book Store!

I spent the entire time browsing every single section, savoring the peace and quiet before the mall officially opens. I want to show you every single book that you can find there, but that’s impossible, so here are some pictures of some of the books you can see at the Book Binge Bazaar.

There’s no shortage of great reads and bestselling authors, I promise! Continue Reading