Saturday, September 27, 2014

Reading List



When it comes to keeping my bookmarks organize I think I tried every thing. From Google reader to Bloglovin. For awhile I was OK with it. Things are working fine until I add the blogs I regularly visit and the new blogs I found. I spent most of my time organizing, waiting for graphics to download, etc. Reading became a hassle and the only thing left to do is find a new alternative.

My CRITERIA are very basic:
  • I want the links to be organize in a way that it was easy for me to find the name of the blog/site 
  • If one of the blog is updated, the latest post will be displayed automatically 
  • Images/graphics should load easily 
  • Add any blog on the web that I want to follow (have the capability to add and delete blogs without doing extra steps) 
  • It should be web-based so I can access it anytime, anywhere 
  • Clean, uncluttered interface 

It was pretty basic right? but seriously, it took me awhile to finally found the perfect reader that will suit my needs and it was here all along in my Blogger dashboard. To access your Reading List just follow the instructions below.

Sign in to blogger.com.
Click Reading List.
Click Add.
Enter the URL (web address) of the blog you want to follow.
Click +Add to add as many blogs as you want.
Decide if you want to follow each blog publicly or privately.
Click Follow.

Here’s how to manage the blogs on your Reading List:



Sign in to blogger.com.
Click the gear icon on the right side of the list.
Click Settings next to the blog you’d like to manage.
Click Stop following this site and a pop-up box will appear.
Click Stop following to confirm.







and as easy as that you stop following blogs you no longer fancy. I just love how simple and easy to use Reading list.

Grocery Haul


Instead of sharing a once a week grocery finds, I decided to post it after our grocery shopping. Our grocery is good for two people (hubby and I) and our food supplies exactly last for two weeks. We avoid food waste and keep a stockpile of items that we use on a regular basis. We live near a wet market that's why I don't stock up on fresh vegetables and meat. I buy them daily. 

To Try Items:

Balducci #55 Spirali Pasta (51.95)

Lactasoy Soymilk (31.65)

------------------------------------------------------------------

Regular/Pantry/Stockpile/Favorite Items:

Green Kiwi (75.00)

I know buying all those sachet packs will not do our environment any good, but wasting too much food every month will not do us good also. That's why I buy pantry items in small portion. 

JY Mustard Powder (18.65)


OK Processed Filled Cheese (32.70)


Surf Blossom Fresh


Downy Parfum Collection: Passion 
------------------------------------------------------------------

Update on the "To Try Items" from our last Grocery Haul


Pampanga's Best Mighty Burger Patties (47.80) 
We love this brand of burger. Taste good and doesn't shrink that much when you cook it.

Ka Gerry's Farm Hamburger Patties (49.30) 
I didn't like it. The taste is more of a homemade skinless longganisa than a burger. More on the peppery taste. 

Philadelphia Cream Cheese (145.70) 
Love it but a bit expensive compare to other imported cream cheese brand. 

Mountain Top Strawberry Preserves (115.50)

I Didn't like it. Too sweet for my taste. The jam looks horrible after refrigeration. It's hard to spread on bread because the consistency is far from the usual jam texture.  

Note: We had a few stocks left from the previous grocery haul because my parents sent us cooked food.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

I Suck At Girls by Justin Halpern


Last Saturday, We (hubby & I) was at The 35th Manila International Book fair 2014 to do a scrapbooking demo with Stick-ee under National Bookstore unfortunately due to some unavoidable circumstances, I was not able to do a demo and we end up enjoying ourselves roaming around and checking book deals. I was overwhelmed and we leave the fair without anything.

The following day, I went to Market! Market! to buy cold cuts for hubby's packed lunch. I dropped by at National Bookstore and luckily found this book by Justin Halpern, I Suck at Girls it was a random picked on their SALE items. Before I read this, I have no idea who Justin Halpern is. It felt like I'm living under the rock. He is the American author of the Twitter feed "Shit My Dad Says" and the best-selling book Sh*t My Dad Says.

This book is about Justin's misadventures with women from early life until he proposes to the woman who is now his wife. What a fun read! This book was laugh-out-loud funny. Seriously. And I almost never laugh out loud when reading. Justin's dad is hilarious with his foul mouth and words of wisdom. This book had the perfect blend of wit, charm and profanity that I really enjoy. Too bad it was quick and easy read.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Linky Love


Every Monday, I'll be sharing some of my favorite links I found over the weekend. I hope the roundup inspires you. If ever I try them myself, I'm going to share it here.
From the top left:
  • The gold jars got me big time. Pink+Gold combined together are really a chic palette. My kind of thing. 
  • Hubby without a doubt is enjoying his lunchbox sandwiches and I'm sure he'll gonna love it more when he open it and find one of these sweet notes
  • A fun and creative activity for your kids and maybe those kids at heart. 
  • I absolutely LOVE these sharks! Who knew sharks could be this adorable!

Friday, September 19, 2014

Getting ready for WITL & DD 2014

as I mentioned before, I'm taking a break with my project life spread and diverting my energy to other things. As I list my new goals this year, I saw Ali Edward's post and got inspired to do 2014 WITL and December Daily. I checked my stash and here's what I found. 




Monday, September 15, 2014

Linky Love

Every Monday, I'll be sharing some of my favorite links I found over the weekend. I hope the roundup inspires you. If ever I try them myself, I'm going to share it here.
From the top left:
  • Glittery bottles reminds me of a house display that I used to play. Just by looking at it, i feel calmer.
  • Dates to Remember Print is such a cool sign to display in your home. 
  • DIY Vacation Memory Jars is the perfect project for visual memory keeping. A great way to look back at all the fun things you did during family vacations. 
  • With tons of beautiful placemat designs available in the market today, making this placemat vases would be a fun project.  

Sunday, September 14, 2014

New Products: Fabric Yoyos, Fabric Poppies & Fabric Bows

Our popular FABRIC YOYOS are back!!! No need to sew your own, these ready-made yo-yos are perfect for hair pins, headbands, table runners, use multiples of them to make fabric banners or garlands, curtains and more. Each yo-yo measures approximately 1 inch in diameter. 
Our FABRIC POPPIES are simple and hip.  Layers of fabrics. Hand cut and sewn with a center of faux pearls. Have a little circle of felt in the back, so they are ready to be attached to your favorite project.

Our FABRIC BOWS can be attached to an elastic band, a plastic headband and scrunchies. Each bow are made of quality materials and are carefully handmade. Each measures approximately 2 inch in diameter. 

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Pamplona Pasta 2.0


Of all the pasta dishes I cook for hubby, this is his ultimate favorite. The ingredients are the same with the Lazy Pasta with a few additional ingredients. 


Ingredients:
2 tbsp Olive oil
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 white onion, chopped
Chorizo Pamplona, sliced then minced
sugar, pepper and salt to taste
250 grams cooked angel pasta
Grated parmesan cheese

Instructions:
Cook angel pasta according to package direction. Drain. Set aside. Heat oil then sauté garlic and onion for about 1-2 minutes. Add chorizo pamplona and cook until it changes its color. Add tomato. Cook until the tomato is tender. Season with salt, pepper and sugar. Cook for another 3 minutes. Topped with parmesan cheese then serve.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Summer Memories with Fireflies


As I browse the net for my linky love post I stumbled a project that made me reminisce those summer nights I spent in my mom's hometown. Those cherished memories of spotting and catching fireflies during warm summer evenings and running around in circles, enjoying one of life's simple joys.

To me at that time and for always, Fireflies are fascinating creatures that brings a sense of magic and mystery. It's beauty can't be captured by anything except my little hands. I tightly cupped my hands together then catch them carefully then I delicately open a small crack and peek inside my hands and watch the beauty of nature. It was breathtaking and the feeling of firefly walking around inside my hands, is beyond extraordinary. Summer really is a wonderful season just thinking of the memories I created during those times made me want to be a kid again.

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Getting Bored with Project Life Itself


At the beginning, I contemplated if I can do this or not. I've been on the fence for so long that when I finally decided to do it, I got busy with life and I totally forgot this project. My first page was publicly shared March of 2011. I didn't finished the whole year because the album is more of our old photos than photos of 2011. 

My first completed "PL Album" was 2012. Capturing a year is not that easy but it’s doable. A bit of creativity, scrap product organization and a lot of patience will result into an albums full of memories. 

The PL system works for me. Simple, fast and stress-free, my kind of scrapping. I was so inspired. I figure it out what’s working and what’s not. And then for some reason that I just couldn't figure out until this morning, I got bored with the concept. Let me explain that. I wasn't bored/uninspired with the process (taking photos, processing, printing, sorting, etc) but the Project Life itself. 

You see, I've been doing this for years already. My main GOAL is to have "an album/s of memories" at the end of the year and I was able to achieve this year after year after year. It came to a point that doing this project is like breathing to me. I don't need to think about it. It just came naturally. And the sad truth hit me---There's nothing else left to do after the goal. I no longer feel challenge by the concept as what my dear friend told me this morning. I'm falling into the black hole of boredom. My PL goal no longer motivates me and the only solution we're able to come up with is to try new things like blogging and doing crafts besides scrapbooking. I'm an artist and I need that kind of break---Break from boredom and setting new goals to achieve. :) :) :)

Monday, September 08, 2014

Linky Love

Every Monday, I'll be sharing some of my favorite links I found over the weekend. I hope the roundup inspires you. If ever I try them myself, I'm going to share it here.
From the top left:

Friday, September 05, 2014

Lactasoy


If I can, I would. Drink milk that is. You see, besides having a hard time digesting meat, I'm also lactose intolerant* and the only milk that I can consume without me having unpleasant symptoms is soya milk. A good option for me that is fortified with 500 mg of calcium per serving.There's no way I can consume 3 liters (different flavor) of soya milk before it goes bad, that's why I love Lactasoy because they have 500 ml tetra pack. I can now buy different flavors in small quantity. I do a bit of research and found eatbydate article about the shelf life of milk alternatives.
*Lactose is a sugar found in milk and milk products. The small intestine produces lactase, an enzyme that breaks down lactose. The small intestine is an organ that breaks down the food you eat. Common symptoms of lactose intolerance include: bloating, a feeling of fullness or swelling in your belly, diarrhea, gas and nausea. You may feel symptoms 30 minutes to 2 hours after you have milk or milk products. You may have mild or severe symptoms.
Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with any of the products and services featured on this blog. My opinions are personal, unless specified.

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Spicy Sweet Dilis


Spicy dilis or dried anchovies is a popular street food snack here in the Philippines. Pre-packaged and sold in sari-sari stores. Made out of dried dilis in a sweet and spicy coating. I used to buy this during my elementary years and got addicted to it. I usually ate it with a bowl of fried rice with slices of tomatoes and onions on the side. Just the thought of it makes my mouth water. 

This simple finger food brings back lots of good memory that made me want to try making it myself so I can enjoy it anytime I want it. For my version, I used Sriracha and regular sugar. Next time I'm going to try Thebee and Panlasang Pinoy version. 


Ingredients: 

Dried anchovies (good quality usually comes from the south of the Philippines) 
1 tbsp cooking oil
3 tbsp sugar
Sriracha (adjust the hotness base on your taste)

Instructions:

In a frying pan heat oil. Add dilis and stir-fry until dilis become crispy. Add Sriracha and sugar and mix well to distribute evenly. Once the sugar caramelized, turn off the heat. Transfer to a bowl and cool.   

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Wi-tribe Internet connection


Before anything else, I would like to state that this is not a technical review of Wi-tribe Internet connection instead I'm just sharing our experience based on our location. 

Our Plan subscription started 3 years ago when we moved out from my parent's home. Our current address is 3 streets away from them and our previous Internet connection was Globe. Our connection was good and their tech support respond immediately when we have problems. We wanted to retain our account but the transfer fee is too much, So with a heavy heart we decided to give it up and find another Internet provider. 

We stumbled Wi-tribe kiosk in the mall during our Sunday date. It was unplanned, spur of the moment thing. Next thing I know hubby is signing a subscription form and paid it already. I know that's kinda careless on our part. We should had ask their agent to give us a demo test first in our place to know if the Internet signal will be sufficient enough to provide us reliable connection and to avoid future disappointment. We gave it a shot and we never regret it to this day. We hardly have any problem with them and our connection is always reliable. 


Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with any of the products and services featured on this blog. My opinions are personal, unless specified.

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Grocery Haul


Instead of sharing a once a week grocery finds, I decided to post it after our grocery shopping. Our grocery is good for two people (hubby and I) and our food supplies exactly last for two weeks. We avoid food waste and keep a stockpile of items that we use on a regular basis. We live near a wet market that's why I don't stock up on fresh vegetables and meat. I buy them daily. 

To Try Items:

Pampanga's Best Mighty Burger Patties (47.80)

Ka Gerry's Farm Hamburger Patties (49.30)

Falcon's Valley Whole Kernel Corn (26.00)

GP Anchovy Fish Sauce (26.25)

Philadelphia Cream Cheese (145.70)

Mountain Top Strawberry Preserves (115.50)

------------------------------------------------------------------

Regular/Favorite Items:

Virginia Salami (50.00)

Florence Sauteed Shrimp (50.05)

Maggi Savor Liquid Seasoning ( 27.75)

Reno Liver Spread (16.95)

Divella Fusilli 40 (56.70)

Ideal Capellini (45.75)


Lactasoy Soymilk (31.65)

Dutchmill Yogurt Drink (8.50)

------------------------------------------------------------------

Stock-pile/Pantry Items:

Iodize and Sea Salt (8.95)

JY Cinnamon Bark (10.10)
JY Minced Onions (14.75)
JY Five Spice (15.65)
 

The good life Template by Ipietoon Cute Blog Design