Monthly Archives: April 2012

A’s Creation + Happy Weekend!

Starting off the weekend with a block building from A :)

I am so happy she’s starting to gravitate towards other types of activities and toys :)

Ofcourse, books remain to be her favorite :)

Needless to say, the H and I are extremely thrilled and proud :)!

Happy Weekend, Folks! :)

Adorbz!!!

This little girl is just too adorable!

I am filing this under “Halloween Outfit Ideas for A”.  Hahaha!

Image via Pinterest

Getting Crafty

Am I excited, or am I excited?  I just read about the collaboration between Todd Oldham and Target for an exclusive arts and crafts collection! I am beyond thrilled that I will be in the US when it is made available in stores on May 20th.  Woohoo!  Hoarding time!  Hahaha!

The 50-piece collection is based on Todd Oldham’s best-selling book, Kid Made Modern, wherein it is said that he “created a mini revolution in the world of arts and crafts.”  Through this book, he wanted to inspire kids to become more creative and let their imaginations run wild by introducing 52 easy-to-do projects inspired by the works of influential mid-century artists such as Marimekko, Ray Eames and Alexander Calder.  All the projects can be done at home, and are meant to be enjoyed with the child’s parents or friends.  They provide very hands-on experiences, using a combination of easy-to-find household items and store-bought crafting materials.

Through this collaboration with Target, Oldham extends his influence in inspiring creativity by making available various art supplies and kits for any and every creative soul—young and old alike.

The products are beautifully made, and each individually tested by Oldham himself.  They are packaged in recyclable boxes, and are priced quite affordably—each item costs less than $20!

I really cannot wait to get my hands on some of these art supplies not just for myself but for A too :).  Here are my favorites:

Can you believe these beauties are actually crayons?!?  I just loooove the bright colors!

Aren’t these space stone jewels the best? I am stocking these for A for when she gets older :).

I am totally digging these whimsical design duct tapes!  I can already imagine using them in my gift wrapping!  Sigh!

I thought these were really interesting–crayon discs!  I like how each disc has a mixture of two or more colors!

This crazy crayon is perfect for A’s little hands!

These colored pencils are for moi!  I adore the not-your-usual colors! :)

This paint-with-numbers set totally takes me back to my childhood!  I want one!

Uh oh.  Looking at this wishlist, it looks like the H and I are gonna have to lug some balikbayan boxes home! :P

Images via: blog.2modern.com, twitter.com, howaboutorange.blogspot.com, blogs.babble.com

Date Night Diaries { PEW Guerilla Dinner }

Those of you who have been following my blog already know by now how rare it is for the H and I to have a night out.  I know, I know, I’ve written about it several times already :P.  Hahaha!  Kulit ba? :)  As parents, it’s quite easy and convenient to blame it all on “the kid”, but honestly, part of it is also because we don’t make enough of an effort to go out and date like we used to.

Last week, my friend M sent me a text to remind me that there was another Pinoy Eats World guerilla dinner scheduled for Thursday, April 19.   She asked if the H and I were interested to join.  I thought to myself, “Why not?”.  Since the H and I had been working extra hard lately, I definitely felt we deserved a break and a treat.  Despite the fact that we would be in the company of strangers, I thought the guerilla dinner would be the perfect “date night” activity.  So I said yes to M, and looked forward to the gastronomic feast that I knew we were in for.

This is my second guerilla dinner.  I wrote about the H’s and my first experience here and here.  Unlike the first dinner I attended, the location was no longer a secret, but the menu and the guests still were.  This time around, they also invited a guest chef, since this dinner was part of a new series of theirs entitled Friends with Food Dinner Series.  It’s nice how the folks behind PEW find ways to make the guerilla dinner experience new and fresh :).

You will see from my pictures that the evening definitely did not disappoint. Props goes to the chefs, JJ Yulo and Namee Jorolan, as well as to the guest chef, Amanda Tengco, for serving us a most amazing dinner!

When we arrived at the venue, PEW’s test kitchen, we were greeted by a very festive looking tablescape, with all-you-can-eat nilagang mani in white porcelain bowls, and re-used green beer bottles as vases.  A welcome drink of melon vodka shake was immediately served, a refreshing drink to cool us from the warm evening.

The nice thing about the guerilla dinner is that aside from being able to eat really good food, you also get to meet very interesting people.  I like making new acquaintances and engaging in stimulating conversation.  It really gets my juices going :).  I also like hearing stories people have to tell, and learning from them :).

That evening, there was a nice mix of “old” and “young”, PEW virgins and old timers.  It made for a very lively bunch, and an even more fun experience :).

On to dinner…We started out with some caviar pie.

It was my first time to try this very popular appetizer, and I really enjoyed it!  I had to stop myself from eating too many, since I knew there were several more courses to come.

We had two sets of courses for the evening–the savory flight, and the dessert flight–the latter being Amanda’s showcase as she is a budding pastry chef.

Dinner started off with a pako salad called Ensalamanda.  It was a simple yet yummy salad, enough to tickle my tastebuds and whet my appetite for the next dish that was to come.

The salad was followed with some sour soup, similar to sinigang, but with a slight twist.  Chef JJ added  some bokchoy, roasted tomatoes and eggplant, and threw in both the shrimp and the beef ribs into the soup.  I liked the mix very much, and the broth did its job of warming my belly :).

The next course was pretty major–we had cuchnillo baked to a crisp in a special oven (I forgot what kind :(  Haha, obviously I wasn’t listening when Chef JJ was explaining :P), paired with adobo red rice and baked potatoes.  Yum!!!  The skin was extremely crispy and seasoned very well.  If I just wasn’t watching my cholesterol, I probably would have eaten the entire serving on my plate :o! Hahaha!  The meat was also sooooo soft and tender–I’m getting hungry just thinking about it!  And ofcourse it went very well with the adobo red rice.  It was a great way to cap off the first flight of our meal.

On to the desserts…First up was a dessert called  Kakasuyin Kita!  It’s basically a meringue with a dollop of cream and drizzled with some syrup and mangosteen sauce.  There were also some cashews and walnuts on the side.

This was a very yummy dessert!  It was light and had just the right amount of sweetness to it.  Even the portioning was enough to give us a taste, but not to the point of sawa.

Actually, when I found out that there was going to be 3 types of desserts, a part of me was overjoyed like a kid in a candy store, but the other part of me (the thirty-something year old me) panicked!!!  My poor, ever-expanding waistline! Hahaha!  So I was glad to see that the desserts came in small, tasting portions.  At least eating them did not make me feel that guilty.  Just a teensy bit lang.  Hahaha!

Dulce Nero, the next dessert, was my most favorite!  Made with tsokolate, dulce gatas and some rock salt sprinkled on top, it was an interesting but really good combination! I’m always partial to any dessert with chocolate, and this was no exception.  Winner!!!

Last but not least, we had Going Bananas.  It’s basically a new take on the classic rhum cake.  But instead of using rhum, the pound cake was drizzled with some lambanog.  Cream and candied bananas were also sandwiched in between the cake slices.

The pound cake was, surprisingly, extremely moist.  I loved it!  The lambanog was a bit too strong for me, though, so I tried to avoid the parts that were soaked in it.  Overall, though, I would say that I also enjoyed this dessert.  It was light, not too sweet, and a perfect cap to the wonderful meal.

I was a bit sad when our dinner came to an end.  I thoroughly enjoyed the food adventure, as well as the friends we made.  Looks like the H and I are candidates to be PEW regulars ourselves :).  Hahaha!  I can’t wait for the next one!

The Weekend That Was

We officially kicked off the summer with a trip to Bataan for our company outing.  We could not have chosen the hottest day to do it!  Hahaha!

Incidentally, my dad’s farm is in Bataan too, so it was the perfect opportunity to go and visit.

Here are pictures of our trip :)

Road trip!!!

I really love how this landscape looked.  The Philippine countryside is really beautiful.

A hazy view of the top of Mt. Samat.

We finally reached our destination…

A and Mommy were so happy!!!  The long car ride was starting to drive us crazy!!!

Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to capture any photos during the company outing.  It was sooooooo hot, I couldn’t even will myself to move from my chair in the lounge area! :(

These are the fabulous views from Dad’s farm in Bagac.  Unobstructed and panoramic–it can’t get any better than that!!!

Dad has a lot of coconut trees and lagundi in his farm :).  The flat and level parts of the land are used as a camping site.

One of Dad’s first projects was to build this footpath along the stream.  The stream is a bit dried up now, but during the rainy season, it is flowing, serene, very pretty to see and walk alongside.

You’ll notice, I wasn’t exactly prepared to make this trek.  Haha!

Walking the plank!!!

More of nature along the footpath :).  It was a lovely walk, and surprisingly not hot at all because of all the foliage surrounding and shading us :).

Dad’s man-made tilapia pond, and the future site of a possible picnic area :).  The view and the shade make it very conducive for outdoor dining :).

This is the foreman’s cottage.  Looking at it got me to thinking, “I can totally live here!”  Honestly, just give me a cushion for a bed, an electric fan, a simple but clean bathroom with water, and wifi–I’m totally set!

Rural life has its draws.  I especially love how simple and peaceful it is, especially in this farm.

I can’t wait for all of Dad’s dreams for this place to become a reality :).

Hope you had a weekend that was as lovely as ours :).

A’s Artwork

At one year and seven months, this is the kind of artwork that A has been making recently :).

First, she started making scribbles with markers.

Then she started making sticker collages.

Today she decided to do some mixed media :).

I am both proud and happy that A has taken an early interest in art :).

Not only does art encourage her to become more creative, but it develops a lot of her skills as well–small motor skills, hand-eye coordination, spatial recognition, etc. etc.

It’s also a fun way for her to learn colors and shapes!

For all you mommies out there, this is definitely a simple and fun bonding activity to do with your tots on a Saturday morning.

Have an amazing weekend!

Outtakes

Just wanted to share the outtakes of our fun and fab Working Mom shoot :)

I love how cozy our bed looks! I just wanted to jump right in!

The book was a generous gift from my friend, O--Undecorate by Christiane Lemieux. It has such visually inspiring ideas for the home. Get a copy now! :)

My lovely bedside vignette. The painting is by Antonio, the Matryoshka Doll and wooden jewelry container are souvenirs from Russia and Poland.

A's room so pretty in Dwell Studio linens and accessories :).

The Little Miss getting directions from Tita Leah :).

Posing, posing :). It was such a relief that A was so comfortable in front of the camera!

A can't decide which book she wants to read! :) Thanks, Ninang K for her outfit! :)

Tito O is keeping a close eye on the shoot :).

So many makeup brushes! And a peek at Dwell Studio's latest pillow collection designs. Drool!

Me and the little one (and our naked bed! Whoops!). Pagod na sa kaka-pose :)

The amazing team behind the shoot!

This was truly an unforgettable experience :)!

I am Loving…

Bungalow 300’s new Ikat Collection!

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If you are like me and you love dressing up your sofa with pillows, then here is a perfect summer print!  

So pretty, and so chic!

I want them all!  They come in other delicious colors too!

The Ikat Collection is currently available at the Bungalow 300 Alabang Studio, 7 Buencamino Street, Muntinlupa,

and at Dimensione

Easter Sunday

Snippets of the little one’s first “official” Easter Sunday :)

Walkway

Kudos to Church Simplified, the group responsible for these interactive displays! This years Walkway at Bonifacio High Street was truly moving and inspiring.  In several stations I almost broke down in tears.  Reflecting on Christ’s passion truly touched my heart, and made me realize the enormity of God’s love for me and for humanity.