Happiness, is being a sister… having a brother :)

I first introduced Baby Bear in this blog with this entry, while I was also introducing my alter ego as a StartUp Mom. Now, I’m in the same cycle again in my life as I am happy to announce that Baby Bear will become a big sister soon… as in very soon! :)

hello gummi bear

     hello gummi bear

We are expecting Gummi Bear this December!!! :) :) :) We purposely held off in announcing anything with everyone even family and friends because of what happened to us last year.  We lost our little tomato that time and we were so heartbroken. It took me awhile to prepare myself to have another baby again. I thought I would actually be a paranoid pregnant woman this time around with what happened but surprisingly I am a bit chillax with this one. Happy to say that this pregnancy has also been smooth sailing. With Baby Bear, I was even hospitalized twice due to excessive all-day morning sickness for the first 4 months. I lost a lot of weight back then and even had subchorionic hemorrhage.

I truly believe that all babies come from God and God didn’t forsake me during my bad year last year. He even gave me a baby boy just to sweeten the deal. :) I am praying for a healthy and happy baby. He has given me a lot of happiness and love with Baby Bear and I can’t wait to experience the joy Gummi Bear will surely bring to our family.

I love Christmases and we can’t wait to meet our December baby. Christmas will surely come early this year and be doubly joyful for our family as we await the arrival of our little Gummi Bear. Thank you God for happy miracles and blessings. For happiness, is anyone, and anything, at all, that’s loved, by you! We love you so much already, Gummi Bear. Can’t wait to meet you! :)

Kitchen Friends

Lately I have been seeing a lot of cooking posts on the world-wide web. The posts make me very hungry and makes me feel guilty about not spending more time in the kitchen. I look back at this post I made last year and feel doubly guilty for not pushing through with my promise. In fairness, thanks to the lovely airfryer I received last Mother’s Day, I have slowly eased my way back into the kitchen. Short-cut cooking but still cooking nonetheless. Did I mention again just how much I Love Philips Airfyer!??!!!

Here are other meals we’ve cooked up in our Airfyer.

bangus - baby bears' favorite

bangus – baby bears’ favorite

steak - family favorite!

steak – family favorite!

healthy fried chicken

healthy fried chicken

yummy liempo

yummy liempo

If you need more Airfryer recipes, you can follow I Love Philips Airfryer FB page.

For other drool-worthy cooking recipes, follow Christine’s Recipes and Bam’s Kitchen.  I have been following Bam ever since I started this blog. She is a lovely mom with teenagers – boys! Picky eaters who quite adore their mom’s cooking. She makes cooking seem so easy and always makes sure that healthy meals are on their dining table. I love how OC her blog is – with precise measurements and instructions.

I have 2 friends that I regularly ask for cooking or baking tips. For baking, I have my friend Reg Austria on speed dial. She has yet to make her own FB/IG page or website but she makes the best sweet treats. This creative baker is responsible for all our party needs. I have yet to post all of her beautiful creations that she has made for me through the years. The best cake she ever made for me was for Baby Bears’ 1st birthday party. Check out the eye candy treats she made for the 1st Birthday Ni Hao Kai Lan party I had 2 years ago and here’s another post that featured her classy creation – Air Balloon Birthday Cakes and Cupcakes.

For cooking, I have my friend, Zelda Ng. I’m happy that she finally decided to put up her own blog after much persuasion! :)  Not only is she a super mom but she is also a super wifey, making sure she prepares healthy dishes for the hubby. Hop on over to her new blog, Zelda Ng’s Kitchen. She takes great food shots too.  Just looking her pictures will surely give you that push you need to put your aprons on and bring out the pots and pans.

If I ever do get around to puttering around the kitchen again, I hope I can do justice to the recipes and teachings of my friends. Thanks for always entertaining my kitchen questions.  Looking forward to cooking or baking soon with you guys! :) I hope to find the same passion for cooking/baking/food that you guys have.

I Love Philips Airfryer!

I can’t say it enough but I love my Philips Airfryer! I’ve added this to my list of things I can’t live without. It’s actually right on top of the list next to I-tunes, I-phone, Google, Waze and Spotify :)

I was gifted this wonderful gadget by my ever techy hubby. I normally don’t consider tech items from his as proper gifts. He’s such a tech freak that I think it gives him more joy to give me tech items than for me to receive it. I’m such a girly girl when it comes to this. He knew I had been eyeing this appliance for months. It has been out of stock for the longest time here in Manila. I even considered having it shipped from Singapore or Hong Kong, but then it would’ve been too expensive already.

I got this baby as a Mother’s Day Gift. Hint: Please cook more! hahaha :)

I Love my Philips Airfryer

I Love my Philips Airfryer

It’s from the Philips Avance XL collection. Look at this digital black beauty! :)

 

How do I love thee, let me count the ways:

1.) Shorter cooking time — busy mommas, this gadget is for you! :)

2.) Air is the new oil – it uses rapid air technology to circulate air around the food. It’s perfect for the health conscious – use very little or no cooking oil at all.

3.) You can fry to your hearts’ content without the guilt! (fish & chips, onion rings, french fries and potato chips — anytime you want!) :)

4.) Food still comes out crunchy and juicy.

5.) Wipe, wipe, wipe and it’s clean! Even easier to clean if you use an aluminum foil when you cook. No more oil splatter mess.

6.) Can be used for reheating — sayonara microwave!

7.) Very economical since you need to buy less cooking oil especially if you are just cooking for 2.

8.) I think this should also help us save on electricity since you now have shorter cooking time.

9.) Did I tell you can also roast and bake with this wonderful invention?

10.) With the timer feature, you can go about with your busy life and just come back for it when it’s done! Ready, set, cook!

11.) Your place won’t smell like fried fish anymore . This is especially important when you live in a condo.

12.) It has a divider so you can even cook 2 meals at the same time. Talk about multi-tasking!

13.) The XL is quite large so you can cook a whole chicken, liempo, or pecking duck in it!

14.) For the low EQ cook like me, you can open anytime to peek while it’s cooking.

 

Sharing with you my first 2 successful airfryer attempts. The only thing I experiment with is the length of time I leave it in the airfyer, depends on how crunchy or juicy you want your food to be.  I was too excited to use it that forgot to take a lot of pictures.

1.) Breaded Pork Chops

a. Season the chops with salt and pepper.

b. Dip each side of the pork chop in a mixture of egg, milk, flour and breadcrumbs.

c. Pop into the airfyer for 12 minutes and ding, it’s done! :)

Airfried Pork Chops

Airfried Pork Chops

 

2.) Lumpiang Shanghai

a. Mix lean ground beef, finely chopped carrots and veggies.

b. Wrap in lumpia wrapper.

c. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

d. Airfry for 10 minutes and serve with your favorite sweet chili sauce!

Airfried Lumpiang Shanghai

Airfried Lumpiang Shanghai

 

For more recipes, check out the following sites:

1.) http://allrecipes.com.au/recipes/tag-8594/philips-airfryer-xl.aspx

2.) https://www.facebook.com/pages/I-Love-Philips-Airfryer/163566940375180

3.) https://www.facebook.com/pages/We-Love-Philips-Airfryer/317979768221304

 

Happy Airfrying! :)

Barney’s Birthday Bash

While everybody is excited to watch the much-awaited broadway show, Wicked… I am excited for Baby Bear’s first show – Barney’s Birthday Bash.

Barney's Bday Bash (pic stolen from Manila Concert Scene Blog)

Barney’s Bday Bash (pic stolen from Manila Concert Scene Blog)

We watched the 30 minute live show over at Eastwood last year (see post here) and I think she is ready this time around for a longer one. She has been feeling under the weather the past few days and normally it’s hard to get her to take lots of rest. I have dangled the Barney show as bait for her to sleep more so that she can recover before the weekend. I know it sounds bad but you do what you have to do to get them to rest more. ;) Bad news for me though, I just learned that the show was moved to March 29-30 because the equipment, set and costumes weren’t shipped on time due to the typhoons that recently hit our country. I try to always keep my promises to Baby Bear especially when I use it as a reward for good behavior. I don’t want her to think I was just lying to get her to do what I want. Oops! I will definitely have to think of a way to make up for this weekend.

(details from Manila Concert Scene blog)

(details from Manila Concert Scene blog)

As the title mentions, this year’s show is all about a birthday bash. This is so timely as I am preparing for her 3rd birthday coming up in a few months (huhu, 3 years old… not too fast, my baby). We hope that Baby Bear has a super-dee-duper time with her cousin. I just remembered the theme for her 2nd birthday was also Barney. Wonder if she will still clamor for the same theme again this year. Hopefully NOT! :)  

Here are the details for the show.

Barney’s Birthday Bash!
February 1, 2014 – Waterfront Hotel Cebu, Cebu 
(11:00am, 3:00pm, 7:00pm)
March 29 to 30, 2014 – Mall of Asia Arena, Manila
(March 29 – 3:00pm and 7:00pm || March 30 – 11:00am and 3:00pm)

TICKET PRICES
Manila show:
VIP FRONT ROW – Php 3,400.00(Reserved Seats)
VIP – Php 2,970.00(Reserved Seats)
PATRON – Php 2,650.00(Reserved Seats)
LOWER BOX CENTER – Php 1,590.00(Reserved Seats)
LOWER BOX SIDES – Php 1,170.00(Reserved Seats)

Cebu show:
FRONT ROW – Php 3,400.00(Reserved Seats)
VIP – Php 2,970.00(Reserved Seats)
GOLD – Php 2,230.00(Reserved Seats)
SILVER – Php 1,590.00(Reserved Seats)

Tickets for Barney’s Birthday Bash – Manila and Cebu shows is available at all SM Tickets outlets nationwide and at http://www.smtickets.com.
Call 470-2222

LINKS
https://www.facebook.com/vivrefortentertainment
https://www.facebook.com/happyjuniorproductions 
http://smtickets.com/event/details?event_id=2087 – Manila show tickets
http://smtickets.com/event/details?event_id=2088 – Cebu show tickets

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Color of the Year 2014

Happy 2014! This season’s hottest hue is RADIANT ORCHID! My mom is so thrilled with the color of the year because it’s her all-time favorite color. Finally she can whip out her purple ensembles and radiate cool confidence.

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I like this color also as it shrieks creativity to me. It’s such an enigmatic color. It truly brings out the fuchsia, purple and pink undertones that make it so captivating and vibrant. This color has a quiet subtlety but it catches the eye with its classy dazzle.

I’m so glad this is the new color of the year. It’s a good excuse to wear the purple pants the hubby gave me 2 Christmases ago. Hmm… does this mean the hubby has good fashion foresight? I should let him buy me more clothes LOL.

Happy New Year everyone! May we all have a radiant 2014! :)

Color of the Year 2013

12 Things Successful People Do Differently

I normally have our family picture as my laptop wallpaper. This poster I saw over the internet though was so important for me that this IS my current laptop wallpaper. The list here is quite simple but hard to do. This serves as a daily reminder for me when I lose sight of my goals. I hope this helps you, too! :)

12 things successful people do differently

12 things successful people do differently

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Barney Show in Manila

I never thought I’d see the day that I would love this purple dinosaur that I used to hate. It’s the all-time favorite of Baby Bear so I’ve changed my mind about how I feel about Barney. :P To show how much I love my baby, I even prepared a Barney-Rainbow themed 2nd Birthday. ahh… the things you will do for the ones you love! :)

barney invitation

barney invitation

Invite reads: With a great big hug and a kiss from me to you, Barney’s friend __ is turning two!

little touches

little touches - A is for Awesome Mallows; C is for Cookies

what's inside the loot bag

what’s inside the loot bag

barney rainbow cake

barney rainbow cake

sorry for the lopsided picture of the cake. I was trying to cover the name on the cake but this picture doesn’t do justice to the beauty of the cake and more importantly, the deliciousness. Rainbow cakes are usually just nice to look at and it has become quite a fad (thanks to Pinterest), but more often than not, they are not yummy because it’s just all food coloring. This one though, is by far, one of the yummiest rainbow cake that I’ve tried. Thank you ninang for this labor of love and work of art. :)

I never thought I’d see the day that I would be so excited to see the Barney Live in Manila billboard posted somewhere near Eastwood. I had to stop and take note of the telephone number so that I could ask about the show.

Here are the details of the show:

Barney Live at Megaworld Lifestyle Malls

Barney Live at Megaworld Lifestyle Malls

This is her reaction to whenever she sees Barney in the toy store:

So much joy! Imagine if she saw her purple friend up close and personal… this would probably be her equivalent of our chocolate heaven. :P Excited for the weekend. I hope we will all have a Super ‘D’ Duper Time!!! :)

- For Inquiries and Ticket Reservations, call 709-0888. 

- For VIP Seats and exclusive Meet and Greet pass, you just need to buy P1,500 worth of Barney products at the Magnavision kiosk from July 11-21. One pass admits four but is valid only at place of purchase.

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Hello and Goodbye, Little Tomato

Been awhile since I last blogged. I’ve been MIA in the blogging world, twitter world and the real world. Last month, I had an ectopic pregnancy and had to have a Laparotomy. Last month was a blur. Everything happened so fast. I found out I was pregnant, it was ectopic, had a Laparotomy, and now in the process of healing (physical, emotional and spiritual).

There are 5 stages when dealing with loss but I seem to be stuck in the anger stage. I can’t seem to move on from the fact that a cruel joke was played on me. Why give me something if you’re just going to take it away from me? When we learned we were pregnant, for some reason everything was so peachy. We were even confident it was going to be a baby boy. We were already calling him shoti (baby brother in chinese). Even Baby Bear was in on the secret and she would constantly kiss my tummy and talk to shoti.

My little tomato was 5.5 weeks when we lost him. Since it was still so early into the pregnancy, I know he wasn’t a real baby yet for us to be so emotional about what happened. But for me, as soon as it’s a confirmed pregnancy, you start imagining life with your new baby.

I honestly still don’t understand what happened. I am ashamed to admit that I was angry with God the whole time. I felt it was unfair how I would always have a life-threatening emergency during my pregnancies. During my first one, I was on bed rest for 4 months and hospitalized twice. I thought everything was going well with my 2nd time since I didn’t have any bleeding or pain. In hindsight, I would’ve gladly taken the pain in exchange for my baby to be alive.

The doctors are telling me I can try at once within a few months and it is supposedly easier to get pregnant this time. I don’t think I’m ready though for another round of roller coaster emotions. I don’t know how long I’ll be in this stage. I hope I can heal soon. They say that God has a plan and there’s a promise of something better. For now, I don’t know what could be better than having my baby boy… but I would like to still believe that God has a plan for why things happened.

Dear God, I am hanging on to my faith in you that you are taking care of my little tomato. I miss him so badly everyday. I cry for the pain and the loss. I am still confused but I hope you can help me understand, let go and move on. As selfish as it sounds, I am holding on to Your promise that there is a rainbow after this rain.

I leave you with this song called “Hang on Little Tomato”. It’s my comfort song for what happened. It’s melancholic yet hopeful at the same time… perfect for the mood and what I am going through as I wait for my sunny someday to come soon.

(Instrumental intro is a bit long so just fast forward to 1:24 if you wish to hear the lyric part at once)  :)

The sun has left and forgotten me
It’s dark, I cannot see
Why does this rain pour down
I’m gonna drown
In a sea
Of deep confusion
Somebody told me, I don’t know who
Whenever you are sad and blue
And you’re feelin’ all alone and left behind
Just take a look inside and you will find
You gotta hold on, hold on through the night
Hang on, things will be all right
Even when it’s dark
And not a bit of sparkling
Sing-song sunshine from above
Spreading rays of sunny love
Just hang on, hang on to the vine
Stay on, soon you’ll be divine
If you start to cry, look up to the sky
Something’s coming up ahead
To turn your tears to dew insteadAnd so I hold on to his advice
When change is hard and not so nice
You listen to your heart the whole night through
Your sunny someday will come one day soon to you

Til We Meet Again, Kitchen!

“When will you cook for me again?!!” Ever since I became a mom, err… ever since I became pregnant, the hubby has been begging me to cook again.  I stopped cooking way, way back. It started with me on bed rest for 4 months, then the baby came along, and now that the baby is 2, it’s now the getting my-life-and-work-back excuse.

So when will I cook again? I’m not quite sure… but for now, the hubby will just have to settle for old food pics I took when I used to cook. Pardon the pre-instagram/pre-iPhone food pics taken before. Maybe if I do decide to get my butt back to the kitchen, the food shots will definitely be better this time. (Hopefully the food will be better, too!) ;)

chicken tikka masala

chicken tikka masala

korean namul

korean namul

chx teriyaki

chx teriyaki

crab cakes

crab cakes

rosemary chicken w/ apple slices

rosemary chicken w/ apple slices

chicken adobo

chicken adobo

eggs ben w/ hollandaise sauce and german sausage

eggs ben w/ hollandaise sauce and german sausage

steak w/ peter luger sauce

steak w/ peter luger sauce

scallops in white wine sauce

scallops in white wine sauce

grilled beef w/ mushrooms

grilled beef w/ mushrooms

lamb chops w/ mint jelly

lamb chops w/ mint jelly

beef salpicao rice

beef salpicao rice

egg omelet surprise

egg omelet surprise

grilled salmon

grilled salmon

shabu shabu soup

shabu shabu soup

shabu shabu

shabu shabu

blueberry cheesecake w/ vaniilla ice cream

blueberry cheesecake w/ vaniilla ice cream

choco-banana pancake

choco-banana pancake

hickory spare ribs (salad?)

hickory spare ribs (salad?)

most requested: blueberry muffins

most requested: blueberry muffins

our version of banana split

our version of banana split

steak AGAIN! :)

steak AGAIN! :)

Hmm… I’m suddenly hungry and missing my cooking LOL.

Can’t wait to get back to the kitchen… or maybe for a change, hubby can cook for me! ;)

Snoopy at F&X!

For as long as I can remember, I have always been a crazed fan of SNOOPY! :) Snoopy is love, love, love! My friends and cousins grew up loving Hello Kitty, Care Bears, Rainbow Brite, (oops… I am revealing my age!), and Kerokerokeroppi, among others. I was the only one I knew then who was a huge fan of this beagle dog. It was frustrating to me that it was so hard to buy Snoopy merchandise. Hello Kitty fans had it easy with a slew of items to choose from: toys, clothes, stationary and other knickknacks.

Much to my delight and surprise, I saw that one of my favorite retailers, F&X, had Snoopy items!!!

what i got for moi

what i got for moi

snoopy for baby bear

snoopy for baby bear

snoopy for papa bear

snoopy for papa bear

snoopy for boys

snoopy for boys

snoopy for girls

snoopy for girls

snoopy for tweens

snoopy for tweens – so chic!

snoopy for teens

snoopy for teens

snoopy accessories

snoopy accessories

The colors are warm and bright, just in time for the summer! The best part is, the clothes are all so soft, comfy and stylish.

It’s unique in me that I love Snoopy. I don’t know how many other Snoopy fans are out there, but if there are… this one’s for you! :) Thank you F&X for carrying a Snoopy line. You have no idea how happy you have made me. :)

Hop on to the nearest F&X branch and get your own Snoopy shirt.

F&X Philippines Facebook

Branches: Greenbelt 5, Fort Bonifacio, Robinson’s Manila, Trinoma, SM Megamall, SM Mall of Asia, SM North Edsa-Annex, SM Cebu, SM Clark, SM Masinag, SM Southmall

Snoopy fans unite! :)

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