Lost in Translation

travel I love to travel.. I like exploring new places and eating the local cuisine. One thing I’m not a fan of though is the challenge of local language. Not everyone speaks english so before I travel I make sure that I look up some basic greetings and terms that can help me. Don’t you just love technology and the help that they bring.Online translation is really a big help. Continue reading »

My Biggest Challenge

mathFirst of all let me say this out in the open I have a learning disability. It’s called Dyscalculia or math disability which is a specific learning disability involving innate difficulty in learning or comprehending mathematics. It is akin to dyslexia and can include confusion about math symbols. Dyscalculia can also occur as the result of some types of brain injury. When I was younger I felt really bad that I couldn’t understand the lectures and I felt frustrated. I need all the Math Help that I can get. At that time finding an online math tutor was still very far fetched. Continue reading »

Coffee 101 at Le Bistro Cafe

splash_coffee101I was one of the lucky ones that was invited to attend a Coffee 101 Seminar that was conducted by Ms. Chit Juan. To be really honest I am not a big fan of Coffee but Philbert is. We have been together for 10 years and I still haven’t caught the Coffee Bug. Another ironic fact is that I used to help my mom with her small coffee shop and I know how to brew coffee using the Espresso machine and I still didn’t drink coffee.  It was a really informative talk because It gave me an insight on the process of how Coffee is being produced. In our restaurant we support the local farmers and we really do buy Philippine coffee. Continue reading »

A New Wardrobe?

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We are supposed to go on a short vacation at my grandma’s house in Mindanao this December.I’m trying to think If I have enough outfits for the trip. I think I have to buy new clothes just for that trip. I’m looking for a cute dress that I can wear to a formal dinner. Since I am on a budget I need it to be affordable. Looking at the prices online I’m really tempted to really shop.My goal is to be able to buy a complete wardrobe which of course includes the  Basics like a nice pair of jeans,cute tops underwear, sleepwear and a nice jacket Continue reading »

Who Will Emerge as the Winner in MTV Merge

mtv-newsletter2_v2MTV Emerge is a platform for unsigned music talent in the Philippines to showcase their work and to be given an opportunity to win a one-year recording contract with Jeepney Music.

Because of the MTV, Jeepney Music, and Department of Tourism collaboration, MTV Emerge not only aims to hunt for the hottest unsigned music talent from all genres of music (indi e, rock, hip-hop, R&B, metal, solo artists, DJs, etc), it is also an online music community where new music from the Philippines can be discovered.

Participants from any music genre are encouraged to register and upload their profiles, photos and original music on the MTV Emerge site during the contest submission period. All entries will go through a public voting process. After which, a total of seven grand winners will be selected from the top entries on November 20 by a panel of judges including Apl.de.Ap, founder of Jeepney Music and Black Eyed Peas member.

The seven grand winners of MTV Emerge will win a one-year recording contract with Jeepney Music and mentorship under Apl.de.Ap. The contract includes artist management and promotion, digital distribution of 3 – 6 songs and a strategic marketing plan for the signed artists to break into both the Philippines and international markets.

The winners will also be invited and introduced by Apl.de.Ap at the live showcase event on November 27

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Cheesy…

Whenever I cook I always love to add cheese even if the recipe doesn’t call for it. I just love to experiment and I’m glad that my family appreciates my cooking. Entertaining is not always a planned affair.We don’t usually entertain guests at home because our condo is just small. But at certain times of year, guests can just turn up on our doorstep. Even now and then though Philbert’s family is will visit unexpectedly. That’s why I do have different cheese recipes that are easy to prepare f0r those kinds of emergency.

I was so excited to find out about Sarap Nang Buhay. They really wanted to showcase our Filipino food culture in 5,000 dishes as a unique, kraftwonderful and utterly tasty experience. On December 14, they will gather cooking enthusiasts, culinary students, kusineros, chefs and foodies for one battle royale featuring cheese, with Kraft Eden products demonstrating their versatility in various dishes, from the savory to the sweet..

I highly encourage everyone to join and together we could make that world record happen.

I even submitted a recipe of my favorite dish which is also tried and tested in my family as well.

Chicken Cordon Bleu

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6 slices Kraft Eden Cheddar cheese
6 slices sweet ham
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon paprika
3 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 cup chicken broth
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 cup heavy whipping cream
chopped basil, for garnish (optional)
1. Pound chicken breasts to 1/2 inch thickness. Place a cheese and ham slice on each breast within 1/2 inch of the edges. Fold the edges of the chicken over the filling, and secure with toothpicks. Mix the flour and paprika in a small bowl, and coat the chicken pieces.

2. Heat the butter and olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat, and cook the chicken until browned on all sides. Add the broth. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 30 minutes, until chicken is no longer pink and juices run clear.

3. Remove the toothpicks, and transfer the breasts to a warm platter. Blend the cornstarch with the cream in a small bowl, and whisk slowly into the skillet. Cook, stirring until thickened, and pour over the chicken. Serve warm.

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14 Days to Fitness and Fashion

kate1Have you ever wanted to raid a certified fashionista’s closet? Have you ever imagined yourself  taking a pick from all those expensive clothes by  Hermes, Rhett Eala, Michi Calica, Religioso, Kate Torralba,Jun Escario, Chanel, or 7 for All Mankind?

You know you want to and in 14-days, these could all happen to you — if you win in NESTLE FITNESSE’s 14 Days to Show off Your Shape, that is.

Here, fashion and fitness come together to give style mavens a crack at their dream ensemble— handpicked by the country’s top fashion editors no less—while getting in tip-top shape. “This is the first of its kind in the country,” says Myra Garcia, Consumer Marketing Manager, Nestle Fitnesse. “After all, there’s no better motivation than walking the streets of Manila while looking fashionably fit.”

You know you want to and in 14-days, these could all happen to you — if you win in NESTLE FITNESSE’s 14 Days to Show off Your Shape, that is.

Here, fashion and fitness come together to give style mavens a crack at their dream ensemble— handpicked by the country’s top fashion editors no less—while getting in tip-top shape. After all, there’s no better motivation than hitting the mall and going out with your friends looking fabulous

So what do you have to do to get a crack at Manila’s most coveted designer wardrobe?

Simply form a team of 2-8 members, and using Nestle Fitnesse’s 14-day meal plan, everyone in the team has to lose at least 2 pounds in 2 weeks. Losing 2 pounds is not as difficult as it may seem, it only needs a few diet adjustments,” Participants only need to replace breakfast and one of the main meals – either lunch or dinner–for 2 weeks.  The best combination is still exercise as well as eating plenty of fruits, vegetables and low-fat, carbohydrate rich foods to complement the 14-day regimen.

And as part of the challenge, participants also need to chronicle their 14-day regimen via an online “fitness diary” accessed at

www.fitnesse-14days.com. The Top 10 most popular FITNESSE 14-day diaries will make it into finals.

I highly encourage everyone to join.. If I could nominate someone I would nominate my friend RIA. I am so inspired by her determination to start losing weight. The first step is the hardest that’s why I’m so proud of her because I know that she’s really determined to win the battle that’s why I know she deserves to take a pick from her choice of wardrobe from  Hermes, Rhett Eala, Michi Calica, Religioso, Kate Torralba,Jun Escario, Chanel and for All Mankind

The Nestle Fitnesse 14 Days to Show off Your Shape will kick off on November 14, Saturday, 9am, with the voting period lasting from November 15 to December 3, 2009.  And as adjudged by Manila’s top style icons the winners will be announced on December 10, 2009 in a special fashion show.

Globe Tattoo Handy Helpful Tips

Globe Telecom’s Globe Tattoo Broadband has been extensively advertised. It’s all over the place in TV, Print, Radio and Even in Facebook as well.I am a self confessed user. As seen here:

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My USB looks really plain unfortunately at that time that the USB was acquired we didn’t know that Globe Tattoo Broadband New Skins were already available.

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A very helpful tip that I can share is to make sure that your area is included in the HSDPA listing.  This will save you a lot of  time  and spare you the agony, the trouble and most of all the frustration of calling the customer service. To be able to give you an idea of the different internet speeds that are sometimes really dependent on the signal.

If you’re going to be spending several hours just browsing or downloading media, it’s better to set your browsing status to Time-based. The setting for all Globe Tattoo SIMS by default is Time-based. You will be charged Php5.00 for 15 minutes.

If you’re just going to quickly check an email or a site, set your browsing status to a “Per-KB” browsing. You will be charged only 15 centavos per kilobyte. To switch from Time-based to Per-KB browsing just text KB to 1111 using your Globe Tattoo SIM.

To check your default browsing, text STATUS to 1111.

If  have a design in mind for the  USB skins, you can design your own and submit it to the Globe Tattoo Broadband Gallery.

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Your design will judged, rated and executed on a USB to see if it works out. If  your design is great enough to be chosen  you’ll have a chance to win PhP 5000.00 plus see your design on an actual Globe Tattoo unit.

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