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Kadayawan, Succulents, and the Long Weekend

Hey guys, how was your long weekend?

I’m quite fortunate because I live in Davao City and Ninoy Aquino Day fell right after the Kadayawan holiday, making our local holiday 4 days long! I didn’t get a 4-day weekend though because I worked last Friday (I had my holiday last Thursday instead because I need to make our weekly newsletter every Friday). But it was still great because no school = more time to rest!

Dress worn as shirt from an online store, Forever 21 denim shorts, Toms, Coach (I am aware that I need to lose a LOT of weight lololol)

I wasn’t able to take part in any festivities because it’s been a busy weekend. My entire Saturday was spent doing real estate broker duties, while Sunday was for school-mom duties. It’s the General Assembly at Yuri’s school and we did groceries after. I also spent some time training our new helper (Lord, thank you!).

But I was able to go visit SM Ecoland’s yearly Agricultural Trade Fair and see a lot of nice flora. As mentioned in my last post, I was also able to fit in going to Miniso and did a little shopping! Honestly, I don’t have a green thumb so I just wen along while my mother looked for succulents (her new “project”) and my older brother looked for bonsai stuff. However, I came to appreciate just how pretty succulents are! Look at these:

I’m sure they’ve been gaining popularity because more people are living in apartments and condominiums and even houses without a lot of space for a garden. With succulents, space and soil is not a problem. You don’t even need to water them often! I don’t have budget for plants (as I’m in tipid and ipon mode) but I’ll probably get succulents if gardening ever appeals to me.

I wanted to get a lemon tree for myself but I’m afraid I’d just kill it

Also, I found a little free time last Sunday and changed my header again teehee. How do you like it? I wasn’t actually planning on changing my header. However, while browsing the internet, I found this cute, free (with attribution) watercolor vector of a boy jumping on a trampoline. Yuri plays on the trampoline (our neighbor’s, hehe) virtually everyday so it fits him! He’s a very active boy and afternoons are filled with play and ~mess~ so I think it just fits my blog to a T. What do you think?

Birthday Lifestyle Yurisms

Yuri Turns 5

It’s been a full month since Yuri’s party! And I have a looot of drafts in my backlog. #mustfindtimetoblog

Anyway…

I can’t believe I already have a 5-year old!

Wasn’t it just yesterday when I had a semi-permanently attached baby to my boobies?!

Yuri’s real birthday was on March 26, but we were scheduled to be out of town on that date so his birthday celebration was held a week earlier. It was a truly intimate party (yes, a McDonald’s party can be intimate because they only require a minimum of 10 people!) where I invited people close to us. Continue Reading

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LUZVIMIN Schools win at the 2017 Ajinomoto® Umami Culinary Challenge

Over 300 aspiring chefs from 52 schools and universities competed in the 2017 Ajinomoto® Umami Culinary Challenge (UCC) at the Philippine Trade and Training Center (Manila).

UCC Judges composed of Culinary and Nutrition experts scrutinize entries

This event was the culmination of the national roadshow that began last August 2016 in Cagayan de Oro and October 2016 at Cebu City.

Liza Soberano and Enrique Gil graced the stage of the 2017 Ajinomoto Umami Culinary Challenge

Liza Soberano and Enrique Gil, who are both Ajinomoto endorsers, also graced the event to provide encouragement for all the student-competitors and kicked-off the event’s highly anticipated awarding ceremony.

St. Dominic College of Asia is the Umami Bowl Champion of the 2017 Ajinomoto® Umami Culinary Challenge.

The Grand Prize winners for the Ajinomoto® UCC’s National Culinary Showdown came from VIZMIN: University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines from Cagayan de Oro for the Best Filipino Umami Dish Category and University of St. La Salle – Bacolod for the My Own Umami Creation Category. Each school received PhP 15,000.00 in cash, medals and certificates.

The National Cooking Showdown Champion for Best Filipino Umami Dish is University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines

Best Filipino Umami Dish – National entry: Grilled Vegetables and Boneless Bangus Stuffed with Sweet Potato

The National Cooking Showdown Champion for My Own Umami Creation is University of St. La Salle-Bacolod

My Own Umami Creation – National entry: Pan Seared Salmon with Spicy Carrot Puree and Grilled Tomato

Luzon’s first place winner for Best Filipino Umami Dish is Perpetual Help College -Manila

Best Filipino Umami Dish – Luzon entry: Bringhe Piyanera Chicken Roulade

For the Luzon culinary competitions the big winners were Perpetual Help College –Manila, Chiang Kai Shek College and Polytechnic University of the Philippines. The Umami Bowl Award and PhP 50,000-worth of kitchen appliances were bagged by St. Dominic College of Asia for receiving the highest accumulated score in major categories.

Luzon’s first place winner for My Own Umami Creation is Chiang Kai Shek College

My Own Umami Creation – Luzon entry: Zucchini Noodles in Coconut Water

Luzon’s first place winner for Umami Master 2017 is Polytechnic University of the Philippines

Umami Master 2017 – Luzon’s winning entry: Tempeh Triangles with Yogurt Sauce on Lemongrass Risotto

The Ajinomoto® UCC is an annual inter-school culinary competition that started in the year 2009. This event provides a training ground for future chefs and nutrition professionals to enhance their cooking skills and nutrition awareness.

A spread of umami or delicious food

It is part of Ajinomoto’s “Eat Well, Live Well.®” advocacy to promote the benefit of umami taste in preparing deliciously nourishing recipes. The panel of judges is composed of Food and Nutrition luminaries invited to offer valuable insights to student-competitors on how to apply culinary skills and nutrition knowledge in the creation of nourishing umami dishes. This event is presented by AJINOMOTO PHILIPPINES CORPORATION in partnership with La Germania, Solane, Masflex, Fujidenzo and Anvil Publishing, Inc.

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Ajinomoto Philippines Corporation (APC), established in 1958, is an affiliate of Tokyo-based Ajinomoto Co., Inc. APC lives by its promise to provide consumers products that will always give the delicious taste to healthy and nutritious meals as embodied in APC’s slogan Ajinomoto® “Eat Well, Live Well.®” APC’s complete line of quality food and seasoning products are produced by international affiliates and local factories using Ajinomoto’s license, quality standards and technological expertise. APC’s products include AJINO-MOTO® Umami Seasoning, Ajinomoto® Brand Ginisa Flavor Seasoning Mix, Ajinomoto® Brand Chicken Powder, PORKSAVOR® All-in-One Seasoning Mix, CRISPY FRY® Breading Mix, CRISPY FRY® Seasoned Crumbs, TASTY BOY® All Purpose Breading Mix, AJI-SHIO® Seasoning Mix, Ajinomoto® Brand Sinigang Cube SARSAYA™ Oyster and Sweet and Sour Sauce and “amino FRES-C” Instant Juice Drink.
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What I Got from National Bookstore’s Color and Calligraphy Fair!

Yesterday, I gave you a virtual tour of National Bookstore’s Color and Calligraphy Fair.

Now let’s get to the juicy part: the loot!

All the bloggers and members of the media who attended the fair’s media preview went home with a handful of bags containing gifts from the generous sponsors and the awesome peops from National Bookstore themselves. Here’s mine!

I had to go somewhere so I wasn’t able to open the bags and explore the gifts until later that evening. When I got home, though, I noticed that the bags have been re-arranged. Someone at home obviously had fun looking at the supplies inside (I’m not the only stationery junkie at home!).

Had to return the stuff to their original bags to take this picture LOL! (Look, I have a photobomber!)

Let me show you what’s inside the bags:

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This set of pens from Uni

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National Bookstore’s Color and Calligraphy 2017

One of my absolute favourite stores in the world is National Bookstore.

It’s a no-brainer. I love books, pens, notebooks, stationery, school supplies, art supplies, even office supplies like staplers and tape dispensers. Where else to go but NBS? Nothing compares.

When I first knew about National Bookstore’s Color and Calligraphy fair, I was sure I was going to be there. I was already salivating at the thought of all the art and calligraphy supplies. I would figuratively drown in 0.5 tips and brush tips and at least 150 gsm paper. What got me jumping up and down, though, was an invitation to be part of their media preview. Oh, National Bookstore, you don’t need to tell me twice!

I got to Abreeza a few minutes after it opened, but at the atrium, where the Color and Calligraphy fair was happening, people were already milling around. I noticed teenagers and young kids examining the booths and claiming some spots in the art tables. Nice one, kids! I myself felt like I was in an art heaven of some sort. I think all the art supplies you will possibly need were there!

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My Finds from the Christmas Bazaar 2016

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I admit that I had much more fun browsing the items on sale during last year.

I would say that the products sold by the booths last year were much more interesting than the ones on display this year, but maybe that’s just me and my hobbies speaking. You see, while I love dressing up, I don’t really get excited about hangers and piles of clothes. And shoes. And bags. And makeup. Don’t get me wrong; I love all of those things just as much as the next girl, but come on, I see all of those in malls and online stores everyday.

When I visit bazaars, I expect to discover unique knick-knacks, browse hobby stores and stores that offer products we don’t often see in malls and boutiques, sample locally made food products… So I was quite disappointed with this year’s bazaar’s lack of those things.

I found myself missing the craft, artsy, hobby, party, local organic food stalls from last year. Where were my handcrafted soap, planners and diaries and colouring books, locally made chocolates, and calligraphy stuff? Oh well.

However, I did not come home empty-handed. Okay, I almost never come home empty-handed from whatever, but yeah, you get the point. I did find stuff that sparked my interest and even discovered things that I’ll surely buy again (totally saving those business cards, guys!). Here are my finds from the Christmas Bazaar 2016. Continue Reading

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Christmas Bazaar 2016 at the Davao Convention Center

My co-workers, Sarah and Jona, and I are regulars at local bazaars.

More often than not, we end up buying more food than we had planned!

This year’s Christmas bazaar is no exemption. Since the bazaar will be there until Sunday (November 30 was the first day), and we went yesterday (where there was a huge downpour!), here’s a quick post about what you can expect from it. This is by no means an extensive description of the entire bazaar. Instead, here are pictures of booths and stalls that caught my eye.

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iflix Goes to Davao!

If there’s one thing I love, it’s watching a good movie or a good television series.

I’ve encountered people who don’t watch TV at all, and deep inside my mind, I wonder how they do it. I mean, I’m no bimbo (at least I hope so! Haha!). Anyway, a couple of weeks ago, I went to now one of my favourite restaurants, Rekado, not to eat (well, I did eat) but to attend the launching of iflix in Davao.

Although I’ve never availed of these before, I am a fan of streaming services which allow you to watch (and binge on) your favourite movies and shows legally and without breaking the bank. I’ve been eyeing iflix in particular because of its low rates (only P129 a month – much lower than the price of a movie ticket!) and ease of use. So when I got invited to its Davao City launch — and in my favourite restaurant to boot — for a night of good food and a movie, it was a no brainer. I should go.

The table centrepiece? Lurve!

iflix goes to Davao

The host, Rovic Cuasito

iflix goes to Davao

After dinner, games, and the team’s presentation of what iflix is all about, we were treated to a movie. I was pleasantly surprised to discover the movie they had in store for us. Continue Reading

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Why We Attended Our Village’s Trick or Treat This Year

The long weekend is almost over! Noooo!

Give me more long weekends please! (*Checks the calendar for Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. *Sees that they both fall on Sundays. Come on!)

Seriously though, I had a lot of fun during my long weekend. I was really busy (which I shamelessly talked about here), but I loved that everyday there was something new to look forward to. Last Sunday, after attending my goddaughter Xandrah’s baptism, I immediately went home to attend our village’s Trick or Treat.

Last year, I talked about my stand about Halloween and how I do not want to take part in it. (To be honest, last year was the only time we didn’t join.) Okay, I still don’t believe-believe in Halloween and I still don’t want the concept messing up with our concept of Christianity. However, I realised that if I make such a big deal about avoiding it, it may become a morbid fascination to my son. I decided to treat it like just another unique day, with limits. 

There are more reasons why we attended our village’s Trick or Treat this year:

  1. They decided to make the kids dress up in innocent and fun costumes. Child-like, in other words. No blood or gore allowed! (There were a couple of older kids who still went the scary look, but they looked so out of place they might probably hesitate next year.)
  2. Unlike in the previous years, the decorations to be used would be wholesome. Balloons and buntings instead of the previous years’ cobwebs and skeletons.
  3. The officers slightly changed the program. No more award for the scariest/best costume so good bye, bloody prosthetics. Yes, kids came with prosthetic makeup in the previous years! More party games, more food, more prizes, less spookiness!
  4. This is the first time that the village youth (which is 100% male) stepped up to organise an event by themselves. The boys ordered food for the event (sponsored by McDonald’s — no Pinteresty Halloween food here haha!), decorated the venue (and made the decorations by hand!), and promoted the event to homeowners. It would be sacrilege not to support what they worked so hard on!
  5. We only have 3 major village events: the village anniversary, Trick or Treat, and the Christmas Party. I love our community and will always support these events. It’s a great way to reconnect with old neighbours and get to know new neighbours as well!

I know I shouldn’t be explaining my decision to join the Trick or Treat as a Christian, but I just want to talk about it for the sake of those who cannot figure out where to stand. Don’t forget to set your limits! Without much ado, here are pictures from this year’s village Trick or Treat. Continue Reading

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Fun and Finds at Expo Mom 2016 – Davao

Expo Mom Davao 2016

I look forward to Expo Mom Davao every year because it’s another chance to discover and patronise local goods.

But the last time I’ve been to Expo Mom was in 2014. I’m sure I wasn’t able to attend last year’s expo though my memory of it is vague. I’m not sure what the reason was – I think I was either sick or busy or out of town.

So because I wasn’t able to go last year, I made sure I was able to attend this year’s. It was still held in Abreeza and still didn’t disappoint, but I must admit I bought fewer things this year. Which is most probably a good thing, lol! Look at these pictures I took from the Expo Mom 2015 in Davao.

Expo Mom Davao 2016

Upon registration, I was given free Caltrate samples.
(The SunLife Financial notepad naman I won from the SunLife booth)

Expo Mom Davao 2016

And almost immediately upon stepping inside, Yuri ran toward the Stockbridge booth

I remember that their booth in the 2014 Expo Mom was smaller. Also, there were more teachers this time and they were really teaching the kids for free! I asked Yuri if he’s okay on his own (there were a handful of teachers manning the kids and I made sure they remember Yuri’s guardian’s face – which is mine lol). He almost didn’t hear me because he was already so engrossed so I called his attention again and he nodded. I left him there while I explored the other booths. Here are some of the booths that caught my eye:

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Baby Shower Slash Slumber Party With Best Friends

I know it’s already Thursday, but how was your weekend? I need to ask you that because last weekend, I had a blast celebrating friendship!

I celebrated my birthday early this month, and because of our hectic schedules, I never got to celebrate it with my girlfriends. So we planned to stay overnight in a hotel, just a night of fun and bonding. But life happened and it got postponed and postponed until my birthday was already too far away lol. So instead of my birthday, we just decided to organise a baby shower for our dear friend who will be giving birth next month. 😀

Also, instead of a hotel, I decided to book us in a condominium unit. It’s a lot less expensive than a hotel and I figured we would need a bigger space to host a party!

My preggy friend, JM, knew of course that we would be staying overnight, but all she expected was a slumber party and nothing more. My conniving friends, Hazel and George, and I kept everything a secret. But it was not the original plan. We (actually Hazel) only thought of it a couple of days before the day! We only had a few days to plan and we weren’t able to visit the condo unit in advance, so we were planning blindly. And when Saturday came, we only had a couple of hours to whip up a bash-ready place.

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Messy Weekend: Elections + Mother’s Day + Yuri’s First Day of School!

WOW!

What a weekend!

It’s already Tuesday evening and I’m still reeling over the weekend that transpired. I don’t think I ever had a weekend as busy and brimming as this one. Well, maybe except Christmas and New Year. But that’s another story. Let’s talk about the weekend that was. Here’s a photo diary!

Enrolment + Trip to the Dentist

Eye Level Davao

We liked Eye Level so much that we decided to go back last Saturday to enrol. Yuri’s excited to attend sessions!

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After going to Eye Level, we went to our family dentist’s clinic to have Yuri’s teeth checked. It was Yuri’s very first time to visit the dentist so he wasn’t comfortable sitting on the dentist’s chair yet. So I sat down and sat him on my lap while our dentist prodded at his mouth. He has one cavity that needs filling up and we’re going back this Saturday. Good luck teh.

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My Friend’s Lovely Rustic Wedding

I spent my weekend in Kidapawan and Magpet, North Cotabato to attend the wedding of my dear friend, JM.

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Grabbed from JM’s account

In our circle, it’s George who got married first and I was her bridesmaid. (How I wish I already kept a blog then!) I remember tearing up when I saw her cross the aisle – hey, my best friend was getting married and I was (am) relieved it’s to a man who, I know, will always be faithful to her. I pray Yuri and Andrei will grow up to be good friends, too!

And this time, it’s another very dear friend, JM, one of the most reliable friends I’ve ever had. I’m so glad I met and am friends with this person who is beautiful inside and out. Like George, I’m happy she’s getting married to a man who will protect her and cherish her.

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Nothing But Mott’s Apple Juice For Us!

A month ago, just a couple of weeks before Christmas, I was invited to an event hosted by one of my trusted brands when it comes to Yuri: Mott’s Apple Juice.

Yuri is a drink-person. He loves drinking (more like gulping) water and fruit juices throughout the day. Sometimes milk, more often water and juice. In fact, right now, he’s just back from the playground and thirstily drinking fresh calamansi juice.

So unless I have fresh fruit on hand (read: citrus), I always make sure that I have some juice in the fridge. Of course, I prefer them to be sugar-free and, as much as possible, free from most unwanted additives.

We do buy several brands of juices but when it comes to apple juice, I always go back to my failproof brand, which is Mott’s. I am such a loyalist that I even wrote about it in my old blog! For starters, it’s sugar-free and is 100% apple juice. No unnecessary flavouring or, ick, food colouring.

Second, it has a high dose of Vitamin C, perfect for building up the immune system of my preschooler. An 8 fl oz serving provides 2 fruit servings per day! My son loves fruit but we don’t always have access to fresh ones so 100% fruit juice does well in a pinch.

Third, even enjoy it because it tastes just like apple cider. Promise! All I need to do is grab a goblet, pour some chilled Mott’s apple juice into it, and feel like an adult. Drink it like it was real apple cider and they would be none the wiser. Haha!

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Highlights of Our Christmas 2015

How was your Christmas?

I have come into terms with the fact that I won’t be able to blog properly until everything goes back to normal (hopefully during the first week of January!), but I found just enough time to squeeze in an update post. Here are the highlights of our Christmas, 2015!

Christmas Eve started with me meeting my SAHM (Stay At Home Mum) Team PH friends — in other words, my work friends. We met for lunch where we, ten tenen tenen, exchanged gifts! We had lunch at Cafe Teresita near GMA Shrine Hills, which is owned by the owner of Jive Highland Resort. Why we ate there? It’s a long story! I’ll tell you about it in a post especially devoted to the one about our trip to Buda. Abangan!

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I got this oh-so-wonderful gift from Julie, our colleague from La Carlota, Negros Occidental:

A beginner's calligraphy set + a couple of brush pens!

A beginner’s calligraphy set + a couple of brush pens!

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