I read last week that our all-time favorite ramen restaurant is finally open for take-away and delivery. I was tempted to order but then the shipping cost would be too much since it is only available on selected branches. And what do we do when we’re craving for our favorite but do not have the means to procure it? We make our own!
The other night, the kids and I made our very own pan de sal (bread rolls) and told them that we will call it Pan de Valencia. The little ones giggled and proudly told their Dad as they took a bite of our homemade bread. I said We because they took part in the preparations. Our big kid helped with the mixing and kneading of the dough, while our toddler dusted her hands with flour and pat the dough pretending to knead it. I did the rest on my own (while big kid took the pictures) because we all wanted the bread to be ready for our midnight snack.
Our Pan de Valencia is a bit different from the usual pan de sal. I love eating this Filipino breakfast staple but I dislike the breadcrumbs that came with it. So, when I made our own bread, I skipped the crumbs. Armed with our willingness to wait for the rising of the dough and our craving for fresh, hot, homemade pan de sal, we pushed through with our late night baking.
For the love of books, and not wanting to miss the great selection of books at amazing discounts, we made a last minute decision to go to this year’s Big Bad Wolf Book Sale (#BBWManila) at The World Trade Center in Pasay City. Our kids were more than thrilled and jumped for joy, literally, when my husband and I told them to dress up and get ready for Big Bad Wolf. We left at 12:30am, Sunday, and was inside the BBW Manila premises at 1:30am. As a safety precaution from the NCov, all of us were wearing masks, jackets, and pants. It’s a good thing that the BBW team were taking safety measures, too. At the entrance of the building, the security group, checked the body temperature and sprayed the hands (with alcohol) before allowing people to enter the halls.
We got there at a good time because there aren’t that many people scouring the tables and filling their trolleys with books. There were also plenty of plenty who have already finished their shopping and going out of the building. Inside, there were families like us who brought their little ones along, and even saw a mom cradling her infant while browsing at the books. Majority of us were wearing masks while others didn’t bother to cover at all. Our family have implemented the strategy that we have used in the previous years at BBW, so we already knew which sections to go to and be out of the premises as soon as possible. My husband also had strict orders not to buy the type of books that we got last year that we were not able to maximize. We have also briefed the kids, while still in the car, about what to buy, and how the four of us will partner up when they feel tired and sleepy. We got what we needed and wanted except for that Curious George Workbook for 6-7 . We were not able to find it though we spent much time looking for it and even asked for assistance from the BBW staff. Without further ado, below is our BBW Manila 2020 book haul!
Ever since I was a kid, I delight in reading. I took pleasure in perusing hand-me-down textbooks from my cousins; reading the Youngblood section of The Inquirer; and would get giddy with the non-school related books that my parents would occasionally buy for us.
I am so glad to be married to a man who loves reading, too! Though, we have different reading styles — he would jump straight to the parts that interests him while I am more likely to savor every page of the book, even taking the time to read the copyright and dedication pages. Lately, I have adopted his method to prioritize on the sections with content that I need to have a grasp on and speed up reading on the many books that I am currently reading.
I remember that when I was in Grade 1, we were told to write and draw about what we want to be when we grow up. While my classmates were drawing and writing about becoming a doctor, a nurse, and a teacher, I wrote about becoming a businesswoman.
Growing up, I helped out in selling food and beauty products. I also worked as a sales associate for an IT company. I also had a stint with some networking organizations but didn’t last long. I have realized that if I were to get into business, it should be about something that I am really passionate about. I didn’t know it at that time. It took me a long time to find out.
After months of being postponed due to storms, the Dengue epidemic, and my husband’s schedule, we finally made it to Avilon Zoo last October 31 and we can say that it was all worth the wait and the long drive. It’s a family field trip, nature walk, up close animal encounters, and a 4-hour hike rolled into one. It’s our greatest family adventure to date! The zoo houses more animals than we expected — a mix of native-born animals and exotic wildlife.
I signed up my son for the Kids Obstacle Course Racing (OCR) Clinic facilitated by Coach Derick Urbano and his daughter, Jersey Urbano at Decathlon Alabang yesterday, November 10. It was a first for my kid to participate in a sports activity, and though it tested his stamina, we could tell that he had a good time. Even our little girl joined in during the briefing and warm-up exercises. My husband and I made the right decision to try this activity out. Both of our kids had fun! Check out the video below to get a glimpse of this amazing OCR training for kids.
We just got home from the 40th Manila International Book Fair (MIBF) and we’re so blessed to have bought the books that we wanted for our children! We got there at almost 12 noon and went straight to the second floor to where the booths that sell children’s books were located. We’re so glad we went there first because there’s no line at the registration area. We were supposed to have printouts of MIBF passes from National Bookstore’s FB page but I have taken it out of my bag by mistake before leaving home. It’s a good thing that the fee is minimal — Php35 regular rate and Php20 for students (my son’s student ID is always on my bag). My toddler got in for free.
The deal with being a stay-at-home mom (SAHMom), the ones who are helper-less (read: yaya-less AND maid-less), is that it gets really exhausting, and sometimes frustrating. I am one and I’m speaking from my very own experience. Seriously, SAHMoms need to have a mandatory weekly time off.