Month: May 2019

FREELANCING

THE BEST WORKPLACE EVER IS YOUR HOME

As a mother of two children, having a work at home would be a dream. Aside from taking care the children, you can take care as well as your home and husband. Five years ago i wish that there’s a work from home, because working at the comfort of your home is more beneficial. In the Philippines, most especially in Metro Manila, Edsa is the biggest parking around the metro. So if you came from San Pedro Laguna going to Makati and at the office at 8am you must on your way at 5 am so that you wont be late or else memo will slap on your face, yay!. Another thing if you’re a new mother and breastfeeding your baby, no problem you can breastfeed anytime you want, because you don’t need to go out to work, because the kitchen table, the center table in your sala or the freezer in your sari sari store is your desk. Super cold in the morning or worst than that is no water in the morning, all you need is brush your teeth and comb your hair, a cup of coffee yes don’t forget that because your office pantry is two steps in your bedroom. There’s a lot of advantage working at home you can sleep well and paid well, no toxic office mate and you can wear the dress you want. 
That’s freelancing.

Shi Lin – Taiwanese Restaurant

Authentic Taiwanese Restaurant

I’ve never been to a lot of Authentic Taiwanese restaurants here in the Philippines obviously because there aren’t many and some of them are being mistaken as Chinese or even Japanese restaurant due to some similarities on their menu.

Shi Lin is an authentic Taiwanese restaurant located in several branches here in Metro Manila that offers decent variety of food items on their menu.

The one that stands out is their Xiao Long Bao and Rice meals.

 

Their Xiao Long Bao delivers the right flavors on your pallet especially when paired with Ginger Soy sauce.

Do not be mistaken by their rice bowl because for it’s price, it’s almost good for 2 person and their Braised beef noodle soup has a mouthful chunk of tender and juicy beef meat and savory broth.

If you happened to cross into one of their branches, don’t hesitate to try their food items.

Travel to Sihanoukville, Cambodia. Discover the most beautiful beaches in the country

What to see in Cambodia?

When you hear Cambodia, you’d probably think of Angkor Wat (in Siem Reap) which is their very popular tourist spot. Most tourist in Cambodia go there to experience and see the most historical temple in the country. But what others don’t know is that there’s a lot to explore in this country. One of it is in Sihanoukville.

There’s a lot of beautiful beaches in this province of Cambodia that is conveniently not so busy.

So, here’s a list of most beautiful beaches you should probably visit during your trip to Cambodia.

1. Otres Beach

Is a white sand beach with a crystal clear water you can’t resist to swim. It’s peaceful and not so crowded. On the other hand, if you prefer swimming pool there are also a lot of beautiful hotel and resorts nearby. (Check this) There are also restaurants and bars alongside of the beach that offers good food and comes with a lot of choices.

 

 

 

2. Ochheuteal Beach

This beach is more lively and crowded compare to Otres beach. It has chain of restaurants and bars but it is a good spot for watching the sunset.

 

 

 

3. Koh Rong Island

It is like a virgin island which has a lot of beautiful beaches and bungalows, perfect for wedding occasions and honeymoon. You can also do a lot of water activities such as snorkeling, jetski, scuba diving etc.

 

 

 

There’s still a lot more beaches in Sihanoukville but those three are the most popular and organized. So if you plan to visit Cambodia, make sure you add these to your bucket list. Enjoy!

A City Resort

Looking for a place to go to this summer??? Do you want a place that would make you feel far away from the city and yet not leave the city at all? Well…. Sofitel could make you feel just like that! This 5-star hotel offers a lot of amenities, IG worthy views as well as great food to choose from. This is a cool family place to have fun and enjoy the company of each other.

The Million Dollar View at Sofitel

You could opt to just stay in the comfort of your room and enjoy the so-called “million dollar view” (or should I say peso) and capture the much talked about Manila Bay sunset from your balcony. You need not go out of the metro to feel the breeze and enjoy the fresh air, you could go out of your room and lounge comfortably on their viewing deck. They have provided some very nice and comfortable lounging chairs and beds (yes! beds!) for you to watch the beauty of nature right in front of you.

So next time you want a city getaway…..you may want to try and go to Sofitel.

“The Crown Princess” Review

Best Thai Drama

“The Crown Princess”

This is the best Thai drama I ever watched on TV.  A combination of romance, drama and action that makes this TV series exciting to watch. The lead actors Nadech Kugimiya and Urassaya Spearbund are so adorable. They are both hot and sexy.  Their chemistry are awesome and the character fits to them. I love the way how the male lead actor showed his pure and unconditional love to the princess he protects, While watching them, you could also feel their love to each other, maybe because they are real-life lovers. I love all the other casts too, because they performed well on their characters.

 

– Gracita F. Bulaklak

Best Coffee for Pregnant/Lactating Moms

What? Best coffee for pregnant/lactating moms? Are you kidding me?

Most women love coffee and one of the struggles on pregnancy and breastfeeding is not having COFFEE!
” Some studies have linked drinking more than 200 mg of caffeine a day with an increased risk of miscarriage and low birth weight. And drinking large amounts of caffeine (eight cups of coffee or more a day) has been linked with stillbirth. More research needs to be done to confirm these links, but it’s a good idea to err on the side of caution when you’re pregnant.Be aware that the amount of caffeine in your cup of coffee will vary depending on the type of coffee and how it’s brewed. The coffee at a restaurant or coffee shop, for example, can range from about 100 mg for a small (8-ounce) cup to over 400 mg for a large (16-ounce) cup, depending on the brand and the brew.And remember, decaffeinated doesn’t mean caffeine-free. A 16-ounce cup of brewed decaffeinated coffee typically contains about 12 to 25 mg of caffeine.”
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But here is the good news mommies out there! Mother Nurture 7-in-1 Coffeemix and Chocomix are specially formulated for nursing/pregnant moms. Each sachet contains special l ingredients and natural galactagogues such as Calcium Lactate, Stevia Leaves, Gotu Kola, Ashitaba and Malunggay. These ingredients are known to promote milk. As a mom, I highly recommend this company for providing the best for our babies. When I got pregnant the eventually become mom, I crave so much for coffee very much but there is limitation intake of coffee? Glad to be connected to my friend who introduces mother nurture to me. I research and found out that a mom founded it and lactating also. She shares the goodness to all moms who suffered for not having coffee and much breastmilk for their babies. To make the long story short, I’ve ordered through her reseller she’s quite popular back then, even celebrities like Marian Rivera, Camille Prats, etc are drinking it. I did not expect the taste to be more like a real coffee, but to my surprise, it tasted so good even the chocolate drink. Not only that!  It is good for health too! And will promote a lot of milk to have a healthy baby   Here is the picture of my child when I was breastfeeding him.   Isn’t he adorable!  I miss those chubby cheeks though, he is turning 5 this year. Try their products and you’ll love it also. Thank you for reading my post, Hope this helps a lot. Good luck on your pregnancy or planning to get pregnant and breastfeeding moms out there. Keep healthy and your babies.       They have a website, social media accounts where you can find them. Here are the links: Website Facebook Instagram    

Susie’s Cuisine: My Best Place for Pampango Kakanin

 

Looking for the best place to satisfy your cravings when you are in Pampanga?

I would highly recommend  Susie’s Cuisine. It’s already a culinary institution in the region that every time you think of kakanin, you’ll immediately think “Susie’s”.

It is no doubt the best place if you are looking for sumptuous kakanin and different Kapampangan dishes either for snack or as pasalubong to your friends and relatives who are in other places.

Let me give you a little background on how this successful business started. Susie’s Cuisine has been in the business since 1972. Anicia Ayson founded Susie’s through the motivation of her family and close friends who were fond of her cooking. And eventually got Kapampangans loved her cooking too. Today, it is now being run by her daughter Jesusa Ayson Yabut, together with her husband Glenn Yabut. With many outlets in Pampanga, Tarlac and Bataan, people can easily buy Susie’s products.

Some of their specialties and also my favorites are Pancit Luglug/Palabok, Maja Blanca o Tibok Tibok, Sapin Sapin, Rice Cake, Cassava Cake and Motche.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     Some of their delightful dishes also include pasta(baked macaroni & spaghetti), fettuccini and carbonara. Kapampangan dishes like sisig, relyeno bangus, dinuguan with puto, and many more!

    Susie’s Cuisine is definitely a must visit in Pampanga for best kakanin and pasalubong. Your Pampanga food trip is not complete if you did not taste the food and bring home some of the Susie’s Cuisine’s specialties.

 

Endgame: The Last Triumphant Snap

Endgame: The Last Triumphant Snap

 

Avengers: Endgame
Avengers: Endgame

 

Avengers: Endgame is a thrilling superhero film based on the Marvel Comics superhero team, the Avengers, directed by Anthony and Joe Russo. Endgame had a worldwide opening of $1.2 billion, the biggest of all time which broke numerous box office records. In fact, it became the fastest film to ever gross $2 billion worldwide, amassing the amount in only 11 days. The world premiere occurred on April 22, 2019, at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

 

How did Endgame suit the series?

 

According to The New York Times, Endgame provides,

“the sense of an ending, a chance to appreciate what has been done before the timelines reset.”

Endgame is the 22nd film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and Part 2 of a two-part sequel to Avengers: Age of Ultron. In general, the movie received positive feedback. And the popularity of the characters and the franchise has had a great influence on interests in post-Avengers: Endgame movies.

 

Endgame: What’s the Story?

 

The film got off to a rather dark and desperate opening sequence, which is expected knowing how the Avengers: Infinity War concluded in a tragic and sad closing. For instance, it’s first scene took place on the Benatar, the Guardians of the Galaxy ship that’s now being operated by Tony Stark and Nebula. They are stranded in space with no food, water or other resources.

 

Avengers: Endgame
Tony Stark and Nebula adrift in space.

 

Moreover, Endgame opens with Clint Barton losing his family to Thanos’ snap. The scene was more moving by the fact that he was about to settle down for a picnic with his wife and children.

 

Avengers: Endgame
Above is Clint Barton with family.

 

Meanwhile, the other Avengers — Thor, Black Widow, Captain America, Bruce Banner, Rocket and James Rhodes — must figure out a way to undo the damage caused by Thanos. Thanos is one of the most powerful villains in the Marvel Universe. He has clashed with many heroes including the Avengers, the Guardians of the Galaxy, the Fantastic Four and the X-Men. Armed with the Infinity Gauntlet housing the Infinity Stones, he is capable of destroying the planet and the universe.

 

In this three-hour movie, there are shocking twists and moments of hilarity, as well as more serious scenes and themes. The element of surprise and the thrill of discovery are everything in Endgame. Of course, it also provides emotional relief for several of the characters. It’s even safe to say that Endgame shifted the focus from wild displays of heroism to deeply emotional exploration of loss and love, duty and honor, friendship and family.

 

Endgame‘s Best Scenes

 

    1. Tony’s Recordings
      Avengers: Endgame
      Endgame starts and ends with Tony’s messages.

       

    2. Thor Going For the Head
      Eventually, Thor made sure he did what he failed to do in Avengers: Infinity War.

       

    3. Time Travel
      Avengers: Endgame
      Steve Rogers: “This is the fight of our lives. And we’re going to win. Whatever it takes.”

       

    4. Vormir Sacrifice
      Avengers: Endgame
      Will it be Natasha or Clint?

       

    5. Peter Parker and Tony Stark
      Again, another tearjerker scene from Tony Stark and Peter Parker will happen in Endgame.

       

    6. Avengers Assemble
      Avengers: Endgame
      Steve Rogers: “Avengers, assemble.”

       

    7. Stephen Strange: “If I tell you what happens, it won’t happen.”
      Tony Stark: “You said one out of fourteen million, we win, yeah? Tell me this is it.”

       

    8. “I am Iron Man.”
      Avengers: Endgame
      Thanos: “I am inevitable.” Tony Stark: “And I am Iron Man.”

       

    9. The Final Snap
      Avengers: Endgame
      Yet who could’ve thought that “snap” is synonymous to “success” and “sacrifice”?

       

    10. Captain America’s Final Mission
      Later, Steve Rogers embarks on a final mission — to return the Infinity Stones.

       

Is Endgame Any Good?

 

The main reason I like this film is how it delivered a satisfying climax. The pinnacle was not just to wrap up the story of what happens after Thanos has killed off half of all life in the universe. It is also to close out a story that has been building for the last decade’s worth of Marvel Studios movies. The last act was almost like a tribute to itself. It’s just incredible how the Marvel Cinematic Universe has created worlds and characters through 22 films. And these are films that many people have devoted and invested their time, money and emotion.

 

Avengers: Endgame
Chris Hemsworth, Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo and Jeremy Renner.

 

 

Another thing about Endgame worth mentioning is the music. The musical score was created by Alan Silvestri who was also the composer of the score for the movie The Avengers. Booming percussion and powerful brass sounds perfectly fit the action sequences. Also, the film’s soundtrack featured several classic rock songs.

 

As for me, the most touching musical piece is “It’s Been a Long, Long Time” by Jule Styne and Sammy Cahn. It was played lightly and smoothly through the air while Steve and Peggy finally get to have that dance. Most importantly, it’s a beautiful song and a beautiful moment on which to end the saga. And it continued to play as the credits roll making it rather difficult to hold back the tears because of the amazing synthesis of music and the final score.

 

Finally, Steve Rogers and Peggy Carter dancing to an old song.

 

Endgame‘s Takeaway

 

Avengers: Endgame
The Avengers.

 

Certainly, the Avengers are all fictional characters. But we believe in their story. Thanks to the full commitment of the Russo Brothers and a well-designed screenplay. In addition, the casting was successful. All actors portrayed their characters excellently.

 

“Whatever it takes…”

What this phrase best reflects is the central idea of a superhero. In the face of danger, superheroes or avengers combat adversity through feats of ingenuity, bravery or strength. This is not just for the sake of glory and honor but for the common good. In conclusion, this film is a bittersweet example that the best heroes won’t allow excessive pride or insecurity to defeat them. Truly, Avengers: Endgame is one of the most epic, emotional and exceptional franchise finale.

House wife Depression

Posted by: Katrina Regina Angelada

There is a great extent of different kinds of depression.

Wives who are stayed-at-home whether by choice or by circumstances feel like a long-dead star being suck by a black hole while everyone else is twinkling like newborn stars at a pitch dark night sky. This nagging feeling of being worthless ensues a lot of insecurities.

      The husband is earning good money so you don’t have to work.

Portrait of a depressed housewife in the kitchen

The head of the family is providing you well with a lovely house, three times a day meal and clothes. You have your children that make you go around the house every day. You can say you are blessed to have all of the unsolicited things.  A pretty decent life that you would believe there’s nothing to complain about.

However, years passed of being inside the walls of your comfortable home, you may feel worthless and aimless. You’ll feel disconnected to the outside world. Your relationship with your husband is becoming poor not to mention your sexual relationship.

Where am I heading too?

At times like this, you are beginning to question the very existence of your being. Provided that you are graduated in some college degree, with equipped qualifications to work, you feel useless. Anyhow, house chores are manageable and the kids are all grown-ups and you fancy to put on your suit where you can rebuild yourself and find your potential again. You were once a career woman and worked hard to get the position you once had in the corporate world before.

 

 

But the husband disagrees.What to do?

Now is the moment when your husband is supposed to step up and provide you with support. However, it seems that this is not what is happening, though whether that is because he has tried and failed, or not tried at all, we do not know.

You can stay where you are and fill your days with something that has meaning for you e.g. develop a hobby, start a small business, continue your education with online courses, immerse yourself in charitable and/or religious activities.

 

Or you may want to pursue your volition on resuming your career at that comfort of your home! Nowadays, working-at-home moms are one of the burgeoning enterprises. You can do your job and take care of the household at the same time. You can have groups and friends by connecting with other WAHM on social media that have been in the same situation as you. You will be well-to-do at your craft or you can expand your horizon and be successful!

 

All Year Round Christmas Delight

Christmas is the most awaited moment of the year of every Filipino. Families where reunited and gathered on feast. A lot of people are busy buying and wrapping their gifts for their loved ones. Children are excited of Santa Claus, amazed with the twinkling lights on the streets, and do caroling on each houses.  But what is the most traditional is the “Simbang Gabi” or the mass that most of the Filipinos attended on Catholic churches for 9 consecutive days. This is their belief of wishes do come true when you have completed the 9-day consecutive mass. And what most of the Filipino comes in mind when “Simbang Gabi” is about to come, it is the best “bibingka”and “puto-bumbong” that you can buy only during Christmas season.

I knew a “puto-bumbong” home made maker that sells through out the year. Her name is Nanay Lourdes and her puto bumbong kiosk can be found in Giongco St., Silangan 1, Rosario, Cavite from 6 to 10 A.M every Thursday to Sunday. I have been her loyal customer since it is very delicious and soft not just like any other that I have tasted at a very affordable price of Php20. So if you crave and want to taste the best “puto bumbong” in town without waiting for the Christmas season, come and visit Nanay Lourdes kiosk in Rosario, Cavite and you will not get disappointed and be back again and again. She accepts orders for any occasions.

 

Minimalist is the new way of life

 

Why practice minimalism? Will it be applicable to anyone?

Minimalism is defined as an act of keeping things very simple. It is a tool to rid yourself of life’s excess in favour of focusing on what is important so you can get to find happiness, fulfilment, and freedom.

Minimalism can be used to declutter your life excess, things, fear, guilt, worry, stress, and consumerism. It is about reducing and simplifying and finding meaning in life. To appreciate what is really important to you.

Excessive consumerism leads people in a rat race,  They believe that they must work hard to be able to buy material things that will make them happy. In which they will accumulate lots of material possessions but still feel empty inside.

Anyone can practice minimalism if they want to get away to the noise of this busy life and find peace in the simplicity of life. In making time on what really matters, thank obtaining a bunch of stuff that will not bring value in your life.