Sunday, October 30, 2016

STACKING THE SHELVES #04

Stacking The Shelves, hosted by Tynga’s Reviews, is a weekly feature. It is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!


Friday, October 28, 2016

Malunggay Pasta topped with Breaded Sugpo


One of my to-go recipe for those I'm-so-busy-with-something-I-can't-barely-get-up-to-cook-days. There's nothing easier than having a homemade malunggay pesto and Japanese bread crumbs in the pantry. It saves me a lot of time thinking what to cook. 

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Choosing a Performer for my nephew's party

As early as today, My sister and I have been planning for my nephew's baptism/1-year-old party. She wanted something fun and classic at the same time for a theme. On the pastel side of course. I told her to list down all she need for the party including the musician/performer. I heard somewhere that some musician use infinite looper that made their performance top-notch. So, I told her to note that when searching. 

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Stacking The Shelves #03

Stacking The Shelves, hosted by Tynga’s Reviews, is a weekly feature. It is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!


What’s new on my shelves this week?

Saturday, October 22, 2016

LINKY LOVE

Every Saturday, I'll be sharing some of my favorite links. I hope the roundup inspires you.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Scrapbook+Art Supplies Haul

It's been 3 months since I last share a shopping haul and I'm back for more. The above photo of Watercolor tubes is from National Bookstore. (Php 50.00)

Darice 4x6 Mini Paper Trimmer* I super love this mini trimmer. I usually bring this during my classes at The Crafter's Marketplace

Sharpie Value Pack* I'm a lazy person when it comes to coloring chipboard and I learned somewhere that instead of using paint (which is a  bit messy) I can use markers and it works! 

Crayola Super Tips Markers* I'm into doodling right now and having different shades of pink (my favorite color) makes me really happy. Super love these markers.

A pack of envelopes (I do snail mail) and two blank notebooks bought at Landmark Makati while the Zig Clean Color Real Brush at National Bookstore but you can order a set at The Crafter's Marketplace

We R Memory Keepers (my ultimate favorite scrapbook brand when it comes to tools) 123 Punch Board was given to me for free by The Crafter's Marketplace. I'll be doing a product review of this wonderful product next month. Please note that I will never review something that I'm not interested in buying it myself. I'm also doing a demo classes using this tool. Watch out for the date. :)

These Paper Designer Pack by Enogreeting are a gem. I love it so much that I'm planning to go back to buy the other designs. Bought it at Landmark, Makati for Php 99.75 each. Such a good deal. The Zig Clean Color Real Brush are available individually at National Bookstore but you can order a set at The Crafter's Marketplace

*Note: If you are living in the Philippines and want to order all these products, I highly recommend The Crafter's Marketplace Both owners are friendly and very accommodating. Just send them an email for inquiries. 

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Stacking The Shelves #02

Stacking The Shelves, hosted by Tynga’s Reviews, is a weekly feature. It is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

What’s on my fall reading list?

The OrchardMy October A Curious Harvest

Friday, October 14, 2016

Marinated Pork strips with Stir-fry Sesame Cabbage

Another lazy day and I'm back with another easy recipe that you can cook within an hour. Remember the Breaded fried pork chop strips I shared before? The base recipe is the same. Cut Pork chops into strips then marinate with Datu Puti BBQ-rrific marinade. After 30 minutes, remove the pork from the marinade (set aside) then pan fry. Add the marinade and Simmer until pork is tender. In another pan, Stir-fry cabbage and white onion. Add raisins and sesame seeds. Mix and cook for 5 minutes. Add sugar, pepper and salt to taste. Before serving with pork strips and steamed rice, drizzle with sesame oil.

Sunday, October 09, 2016

Stacking The Shelves #01

Stacking The Shelves, hosted by Tynga’s Reviews, is a weekly feature. It is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

What’s new on my shelves this week?

Leave Me by Gayle Forman
Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty
You will Know Me by Megan Abbott

For Review

Who We Were Before by Leah Mercer

Saturday, October 08, 2016

September Read


Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris|304 pages, I finished this book and I still can't stop thinking about it. It sticks to me like a gum stick to a shoe. It's hard to describe this book without remembering all those horrifying scenarios. I was not prepared to encounter a psychopath character in this book. What you see on the outside can be very deceptive, never ever judge a book by its cover. This book is a page turner thriller that will haunt you for a while. The story is written really well and I highly recommend it. 

It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover|384 pages, A few pages before the end, I cried for the characters and how the title makes sense in that one scene. It was heartbreaking. Too heavy for me to react casually. I feel the struggle and pain with the love and understanding mix together to create a love worth fighting and giving up at the same time. This book left me completely speechless.

This is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper|339 pages, The book revolves around the Foxman family. The four adult siblings come home to their dad’s funeral and to sit shiva for 7 days because their mother insists it was their non-religious father’s last request. The novel is your basic dysfunctional family relationship story which I love to read, but the story felt really flat, the characters were unlikable. I had a hard time connecting with them. I'm also annoyed with the numerous descriptions of Judd and his family's sex lives. It just felt like filler and if all the sex was removed how much would be left of his story? At one point, I thought I was reading a whining teenage boy. Too much blame for the troubles in his life to others and he was supposed to be a grown man. This book has been made into a movie and it looks like better than the book based on the trailer. I'll be adding this to my list of movie to watch for comparison.


The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena|320 pages, This book played with my emotions and turned me into a detective myself. Observing each character and tried to put all of the pieces together. A nerve wrecking story, full of twists and turns that made me question almost every character. I have multiple theories and left my mouth hanging open. It was so good from start to end that when all the truths came crashing down on me, I was wanting for more. 

Friday, October 07, 2016

Makati Post Office

A Disclaimer: Before I start, let me clearly state that this is based on my own experience and this is not a paid post to promote Philpost. 

Two months ago, I shared  my first Etsy experience and promised to do another post about shipping with Philpost and how was their service. Am I satisfied? Would I recommend it? Did the horror stories about them be true? Let me answer my question one by one. 

I placed an order on Chotskibelle's shop on June 02 and She shipped the item on June 07 via registered mail with a tracking number and after 2-3 days my parcel will be here. That didn't happen. I contacted the shop owner on the 15th of June because I'm a bit worried and I would like also to inform her that the parcel is still not here. She sent back the tracking number and I double checked on Philpost website

True enough, the parcel arrived after 2 days and en route on the 11th of June to Makati post office. I felt relieved, although it's already on the 15th of June. So I waited for another week. No parcel came. My worries become a reality and I am saddened by the failure of expectation. I contacted the seller and told her the bad news. That transaction will be my first and last in her shop until I figure out another shipping option. What irritates me the most, is the knowledge that my parcel was already here, but stocked in the post office and there's nothing I can do but wait and search online about other people's experience. (I don't recommend this because it triggers more negative energy) I waited for a few days more and when the parcel or a note from them didn't arrive, I decided to give up and move on but on the 14th of July, I was surprised to receive a claim notice from them of my parcel after more than 1 month of being stocked with them. Honestly speaking, I was speechless while the mailman hand over the card to me, but deep inside I was doing this. I can finally claim my parcel. 

The following day, I and Hubby went to the Makati post office. I used to do snail mail back in the days when Philpost mailbox where everywhere. I did not have the chance to actually claim or visit the Makati central office until that day. 

We arrived there around 2:30 in the afternoon and the place was cooled by fans in different areas. It looks clean to me and well-lit.There's already a line of people in the claiming area and in front of the counter, there were available chairs that you can sit while waiting for your name to be called. I asked hubby to sit while I line up. I brought my SSS Id and 112 pesos (postal fee) The staff, I encountered was pleasant, quick and nice. The whole transaction lasted for 30 minutes without any issue. I did a happy dance in my mind with hubby.  

And before we leave, I also sent my snail mails to friends here and abroad. 

   Let's go back to my questions, awhile back.
  • Am I satisfied? Yes. (because the parcel arrived safely and complete) No. (because the waiting game and additional fees are insane)
  • Would I recommend it? Yes. Because the shipping fee is cheap and since then I've been there a couple of times to send my snail mail and everything (with the exception of 1 letter) arrived safely and intact. But don't take my word for it, as they say, "send at your own risk"
  • Did the horror stories about them be true? Partially true, but over-all I'm satisfied that's why I still used their service.
 

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