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Chicken Wings Partey for Daddey

Two weekends ago, I once again proved my undying love and devotion to my husband. I don’t eat chicken. Seeing raw chicken parts makes me want vomit. But because it was his special day, Ate Doring and I slaved in the kitchen the whole day, preparing 5 chicken wing dishes. In the morning, Aki and I made memories as we baked a chocolate birthday cake. Continue reading

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Books for Less Warehouse Sale Haul

Last week, I took a vacation leave from work so I can go to the Books for Less Warehouse Sale in Pasig. From Shaw Boulevard, I rode a Pasig Palengke jeepney. That was the first time I had ever been to that side of Pasig.  Normally, I want to lie down in the couch the whole day when I am on leave but on this day, I chose to work! All for the love of books! Anyhoo, don’t believe the jeep driver if he tells you that La Consolacion and Immaculate Concepcion are one and the same. Those two schools are at least 15 minutes away from each other. From Immaculate, I got a tryke which brought me to La Consolacion which is right in front o the warehouse.  The sale officially opens at 8AM but I was there by 7AM. At first they asked me to come back. I told the kuya’s that I had no idea on which part of Metro Manila I was and had no where to go.

Fast forward to 11AM, I had 70 plus shortlisted books and extremely dirty hands. I was having the time of my life!  From 70, I chose 43 books to take home. If I weren’t commuting, I would probably had bought more.

Here are my tips so you can make the most out of our excursion to Pasig

1) Go there early. Books are stacked neatly in the morning, making it easier to go thru each pile systematically.

2) Shop with a friend. My very good friend Rachel was there with me. I helped her look for Clifford books for Coco and she helped me spot Bible stories for Aki.

3) Find a newbie book-hunting mommy. Not to brag but Rache and I have been shopping for books even before our boys started eating solids. We have extensive knowledge on highly recommended books and authors  for kids 5 years old and below. Hehe. It was great meeting Kristine, a fellow N@wie. Whenever we saw great books for young toddlers, we passed them to Kristine.

4) Ask for a box. If you find something that you like, just dump them into your box. Once you are done going thru the piles, just got back to your box and sort.

5) Ask for help. I can’t remember her name but one of the ate’s can help. If you are looking for a particular book, just tell her.

6) Wear comfy clothes. Wear shorts and a loose top.  You’d also want to put your hair up so bring a scrunchy or a hair clamp. If you are allergic to dust but want to take the risk, wear a mask. Don’t worry, there is a bathroom with a sink where you can wash up and change before leaving.

7) When it doubt, BUY!! Everything costs only 10 pesos.

8) Bring large eco bags. Or better yet, bring your KJ husband so someone can carry the books for you. There are no cabs in the area so if you are commuting, you really have to carry your mini-library all by your tiresome but highly satisfied self.

 

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New Family Hobbies

Happy Ninoy Aquino Day! The boys went to Franco’s neighborhood barber and left me all alone here. I wanted to come but they said they want an all-boys bonding activity. Fine! I have been telling myself for the past 2 weeks that I need to catch up on blogging anyway.

These are what we have been up to. I am glad that Franco decided to cut back on his extra curriculars and spend more time with Aki and me.

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This is Mr Masa, owner of Tita Em’s, our favorite Japanese turo-turo in MCS. Blogged about it here. Silly Aki was trying to copy our suki’s Japanese eyes. Don’t you just love having a suki? Ate Tina and the rest of the staff in Booksale MCS,  Monique of  Good Eats in our Sunday parish tiangge, Kuya Manny and Kuya Willy of the Bicutan-Ortigas shuttles, Dom of Studio 2916, Kitkat of Kalea’s Conections.  Their special attention makes me feel important. During our last meal at Tita Em’s, Mr Masa translated the Voltes V songs for us. hihi

 

Franco, Aki and I probably gained a total of 25 pounds in the last couple of months, special thanks to our new hobby of supporting small entrepreneurs from our beloved community.

Here is a yummy Belgian waffle served ala mode from Milky Moustache

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And these really moist and not-to-sweet red velvet crinkle sandwiches from one of the homebakers in our village. Yum-oh!

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But what we really like to eat nowadays is PANCIT CANTON!! Franco re-introduced us to canton. In college, I must have eating at least 150 packs in my dorm room. When I started working, I stopped eating them. I discovered the convenience of home-cooked Washington carinderia food (no washing required!). Back to our canton obsession. We love eating canton while engrossed in our other hobby, watching 80’s movies and shows. God bless whoever invented Youtube and streaming

Here  we were eating canton while watching Ghostbuster II.

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Prayer for our Husbands’ Protection

Do you have a copy of the Power of the Praying Wife book? If you don’t, you should get one ASAP. I bought mine from National Bookstore for PhP550.  Small price for something that can do wonders in our lives. The book is divided into 30 easy-to-read chapters. Each chapter is dedicated to an aspect of our husbands’ lives that we ought to pray for e.g. finances, sexuality, fatherhood, emotions, faith etc.

 

Today, I want to share one of my favorite prayers from this book.  My dad died a day after his birthday. He was out with friends. It was raining and the roads were slippery. I also heard that the driver was quite drunk.  My dad, who always sat on the passenger seat, agreed to sit on the back for some reason. The driver and the friend who sat beside him, survived the car crash. My dad was not as lucky. I can’t imagine how my mom felt and reacted after hearing the news. I was only 2 and my sister was only 10 months old.  And this is why, I get semi-paranoid when Franco tells me he is going out with friends.  This prayer is for our husbands’ protection. We can shield them from danger 24/7 but God can. Continue reading

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My Jon Snow

To my panganay and bestfriend, happy happy 34th birthday!

Aki is so luck to have the world’s greatest foam swordsman and Tito-Vic-and-Joey’s #1 fan as a daddy. He is going to have so many happy childhood memories because he has you.

By rolling your eyes every time I plan our weekend schedule, you teach me to live simply.

By impatiently waiting and honking in the van while I am still getting dressed, you teach me efficiency.
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Grilled Chicken with Almost Expired Dry Rub Marinade

One of my greatest joys is seeing my boys wolf down a dish that I just “invented” from scratch. On the opposite end of the pole is Ate Doring whose never ending “Anong ulam natin mamaya?” (What do you want to eat later?) drives me crazy. I have not yet finished my meal and she asks me that stressful question. Gone are the days when I had the patience to plan the menu for the week and our weekly grocery shopping list. I have piles of cookbooks and even a taller pile of cooking magazines but deciding on what to eat next is such a challenging endeavor to me. Three out of five times, I answer her with “Ayoko nang mag-isip, Ate! Surprise mo kami” (I don’t want to think. Surprise us!). And with that, I pass the stress to her. Hehe

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Update: Top 100 Children’s Books of All-Time Collection

In case you have not yet heard, Books for Less if having their month long warehouse sale this month.

 

I am planning to go as soon as we are done with Aki’s periodical exams. For now, we can’t afford to have any distractions. Hehe.  Honestly, I am just waiting for the perfect timing to ask my forever-reluctant-impatient driver to drive all the way to Pasig. Wish me luck!

 

I am updating my list in preparation for the trip to the warehouse sale. The ones in bold letters are the books that we already have. This list contains 10 runner-up titles. So out of the top 110 books, I just need 20+ more! Yey!

 

 

ABC3D:  89
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, Very Bad Day  7      
Amazing Grace:  86
Animalia: Graeme Base   19
Are You My Mother?:  P.D. Eastman       31     
Bark George     100

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Paranaque City Hall: Voter’s Registration and Police Clearance Application

One of the things that I had been wanting to do for a long time is to go to the Paranaque City Hall and register at the Commission on Elections (COMELEC). You see, until recently, I was still registered in my hometown in Laguna. Every election, I vote first thing in the morning in Bayog . Franco and I would then rush to Paranaque so he could vote. Not only is the trip stressful, I also felt I was not fully exercising my right and duty to vote since I am not familiar with the issues in Los Banos. Thanks to my medical leave, I finally found the time to cross out items on my to-do list including updating my COMELEC registration. I also had another reason to go to the City Hall as Ate Doring needed to get a police clearance. Her insurance requires her to have a valid ID which she did not have. The easiest one to get is the police clearance.

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What To Do During Brownout

First, let me tell you what you should do BEFORE blackout/brownout. First, check your candles. Two, check your batteries. Three, charge your gadgets. Fourth, do something really nice for your husband so he will be more forgiving if you forget the first three. I learned all these during Typhoon Glenda. My super sweet husband did not fail to grab every opportunity  to remind me that it’s my fault that all we had were our unity candle from our wedding, 3 battery-less flashlights, a copy of seasons 1-4 of Game of Thrones and a low-batt laptop.  I hate it when he is right……

What did you do during the brownout? Aside from reading, here is what we did

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