Archives for May 2015

Walktrendy and My First #OOTD Post

Walktrendy asked me to check out their website. They sell trendy street clothes online. They offer free shipping worldwide. Sunnie of Walktrendy was kind enough to send me the dress I wanted. I got my package in two weeks. Well, if only the Philippine post office was prompt enough to inform me I have a package! I had to go to the post office to inquire after a month of not receiving any notice. I was too happy to receive the package that I did not rant about it anymore.

I chose this dress.

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If you want the right size, you have to take out the measuring tape and check their sizing chart.  I can usually fit medium but in their chart, I am large. Ouch!  I ignored my ego and got the large one. It is easier to alter from large to medium than medium to large.

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I have to come to the part of the post where I have to post how the dress fits me.  I would have taken a clearer photo but I couldn’t wait until somebody else could take my photo. So I settled with using the self-timer and doing the shoot indoors. Brace yourself for my first #OOTD post. This is difficult for me since I do not know how to pose. I just have to settle for that ‘faraway look’  type of pose.  Hahaha!

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The dress was my size. No need to alter.

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The hemline is just above my knee so my thunder thighs are hidden away.

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Next week is my aunt’s birthday. I now have a dress to wear. Thanks, Walktrendy!

Frozen Dessert Goodness with Inipit! #NoLimitWithInipit

Summer is intense this year. Any cold dessert is a welcome comfort to make the heat bearable. I am sharing with you two cold dessert recipes that were hits with my family. Both recipes are easy to make and you can even get your kids to help you prepare them. I used ingredients that are easy to find in the grocery.. or even in your nearest convenience store!

Mangoes are in season. In our place, they are sold at Php40 per kilo. So cheap! I had to incorporate them into the dessert. You can always replace mango with any fleshy fruit available in your grocery. You can substitute canned fruits if you cannot find mangoes in the grocery.

Mango Inipit Popsicles

You will need 2 ripe mangoes, 6 individual packs of Lemon Squares Inipit and 1 big can of evaporated milk.  If you want a sweeter dessert, you can add sugar to the ingredients.

IMG_0689 To create the dessert, cube the Lemon Squares Inipit and soak the cubes in the evaporated milk .
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IMG_0699 I got the Inipit pack with assorted flavors.  In this layer, I used the ube variant.
IMG_0700 This recipe yields 8 popsicles.  This is how it looks when frozen.

IMG_0768 The heat is a little bearable with this frozen dessert.

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Here’s the recipe:

Mango Inipit Popsicles

Ingredients:
2 ripe mangoes
6 individual packs of Lemon Squares Inipit
1 large evaporated milk (Optional: Sugar)

Procedure:
1. Cut Inipit into cubes.
2. Soak cubed Inipit in the evaporated milk.
3. Cut mangoes into cubes.
4. In the popsicle mold, fill up with layers mangoes and the soaked Inipit.
5. Pour in the excess milk to fill the mold.
6. Freeze the popsicle container overnight.
7. Enjoy!

Yields 8 popsicles.

 

Choco Mango Inipit Pudding

Since I still have packs of chocolate Inipit in my pantry, I made another frozen dessert.

You need almost the same ingredients: 1 ripe mango, 10 individual packs of Lemon Squares chocolate  Inipit, 1 small can evaporated milk and 2 eggs.  Sugar is optional.

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Here’s how  I made the pudding:

Beat eggs. Add milk. Mash the Inipit into the evaporated milk-egg mixture.  Use the fork to mash.

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Mix in cubed mangoes into the mashed Inipit.

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Mix well.

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Pour the mixture into a shallow dish.

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Microwave the mixture on high for 3 minutes. I am doing this to cook the eggs. You can also bake this in the oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 15 minutes.  Let it cool and freeze for at least 4 hours.

To serve, garnish cubed mangoes on top and drizzle with chocolate syrup.

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This is as delicious as it looks. Try this!

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This is the recipe:

Choco Mango Inipit Pudding

Ingredients:
2 eggs
10 individual packs of chocolate Lemon Squares Inipit
1 small evaporated milk (Optional: Sugar)
1 ripe mango, cubed

Garnish:
cubed mangoes
chocolate syrup

Procedure:
1. Beat eggs. Mix in the milk.
2. Mash the Inipit into the evaporated milk-egg mixture.
3. Mix in cubed mangoes. Mix well.
4. Pour the mixture into a shallow dish.
5. Microwave on high for 3 minutes.
6. Freeze.
7. To serve: garnish with cubed mangoes and drizzle with chocolate sauce.
8. Enjoy!

Yields 8 slices.

 

 “Sarap maging kid with Inipit!”  #NoLimitWithInipit

*** This is an entry to a Nuffnang Contest.

Summer Sojourn at Bucas Grande

Early March, I received a message from my cousin that she is coming  home to the Philippines in April for  a few days. You see my cousin was born and raised in Canada and the last time we saw her was 13 years ago. This trip was long overdue.  We were all excited. We agreed to meet her in Surigao to be with her  and her friends to visit Bucas Grande.  I have long wanted to visit the place and this is the perfect opportunity.  I have long wanted to travel with my cousins, too!

Bucas Grande Group of Islands is part of the municipality of Socorro in Surigao del Norte. To get there, you must reach the port of Hayanggabon in Claver, Surigao del Norte to cross to the islands. Claver is an hour and a half land trip from Surigao City.

This is our home in Bucas Grande for four days. This called Cinnamon Island. There are cinnamon trees in this island. We get an unlimited supply of cinnamon tea.  After every island hopping trip, there is cinnamon tea waiting for us.

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Electricity was available from 5 PM to 7 AM the following day.  Who needs power when you are out  exploring the whole day? There is cellular signal in some areas of the island.

On our first trip out of the sea, we visited the Jellyfish Sanctuary. Bucas Grande is home to stingless jellyfishes.

We had to transfer to a paddle boat.

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There is only one passenger per paddle boat.  Here’s my cousin and her boatman.

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I love the boat ride towards the jellyfish sanctuary. The sea was calm and the air was cool.

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Trees surrounded us as we sailed towards the sanctuary.

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We were not allowed to swim with the stingless jellyfish because the lotion in our bodies can harm them.  We were allowed to touch them for a little while though.

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This is the white jellyfish. I would not have seen it had the boatman not pointed it out to me.

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This is the stingless jellyfish that is very visible from the boat. I am glad I was able to capture this photo as it swam near the surface.  I added some calligraphy into the photo.

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Bucas Grande has so much to offer.  We toured inside the Sohoton Cove. We  can only do this during low tide since we need to pass through this inlet.

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There is so much to see.

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We also swam inside the cave. I have no photo to show since my camera is not waterproof. In another activity, they went inside the a cave and the easier way out is to jump off a cliff.   It looked fun but I chickened out. There were so many people. I might cause delay to some people if I take time to prepare myself to jump.

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We had lunch in one of the islands.  We spend some time swimming here and taking some jumpshots.

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There were 11 of us on this trip.

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This island is beautiful.

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Oh, we ate fresh sea urchin, sea oysters that are attached to the rocks and other sea creatures whose names escape me right now. We saw this blue starfish.

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We had this seaweed for dinner.

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We also went spelunking inside the Crystal Cave. Stalactites and stalagmites are encrusted with crystals.

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Three of our friends went inside the Bolitas cave.  It was a narrower cave where there are a lot of rounded stones inside the cave.

We cooked our own food so when we ran out of food to eat, we went to nearest island with settlements.  This is Barangay Bay-ang in Socorro.

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We bought vegetables from a sari-sari store; meat and fish from a supplier’s house.

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This community has a fowl that is a cross between a rooster and a turkey. I do not know what this is called.

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We were able to visit Club Tara. This is the most expensive resort in Bucas Grande.

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Our humble accommodation was okay, too!

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We woke up to this view every day.

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Before we left the island, we had a special delivery! Fresh young coconut! Buko!

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Oh how I miss the island life! Some good things had to end to welcome new adventures. Can’t wait for the next beach trip!

6 Memorable Things of My April 2015

Time flies so fast when you are having fun and I cherish every moment spent with love ones and friends. I invest a lot on memories and on learning about things that interest me. I do not mind not having a fat bank account, new car, new gadgets and other bright new things. As long as I have stories to tell and I learn new things, life is worth living.

I live each day trying to balance between earning a living and doing what I want to do in the hopes that one day both will become one and the same thing.  I try to explore the world as often as I can and if I can’t, due to some constraints, there are always books I can read that enrich my imagination. Life is too short to get bored.  I try to fill my minutes and hours with things that matter and  important to me like exercise, prayer, walking with the dogs, conversations with my loved ones and learning something new with art.  These were the things that kept me busy this April and there are 6 things that stood out in my memory.

1. Vacation. When my cousins and  I here in the Philippines learned that our cousin from Canada was coming home for a short vacation, we were already looking forward to the first week of April. It was a short stay but a fun and relaxing one.  I will talk  more about this trip in the coming days.

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2. Cousins. This is my  Canadian cousin’s 4th trip to the Philippines so I have to post a then-and-now photo to mark the event.  The photo on top was  taken more than 10 years ago.

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3. Art. I started to explore The Flourish Forum and The Postman’s Knock. Both are excellent resources I can use to improve on my calligraphy. I am interested in joining their mail exchanges that I signed up for June. I also made some birthday cards. My friend’s birthday was coming up so  it was an opportunity for me to practice calligraphy.

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I also made a lot of artworks to catch up with friend requests.  I am just happy that many liked my work. There are only two that are left unwanted. Poor artworks.  I will open an online store soon and I hope somebody buys my artwork.

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4. Flipping Ships.  Below is a photo of a junk boat that I posted here. Remember Edwin McCain? He was the singer behind “I’ll be”, a relatively popular song in the late 90’s (I think). He will star in a new reality show called “Flipping Ships” where he and his team revive old boats to their sailing glory. The show premiered last August 24 on Animal Planet. One of its associate producers emailed me to ask permission to use my photo of a junk boat as reference photo for an episode which might be aired on May 29.  It is cool that they made efforts to get in touch with me to ask permission to use the photo.

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5. Fixing the faucet. I have allowed my faucet to drip for a week until I made an effort to replace it myself. My cousin promised to fix it but forgot to return and finish the job so I mustered some courage to do it myself. And I fixed it! I am proud of this accomplishment.

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6. Photoshoot. I will have a photoshoot with a friend which I reluctantly said yes because if I say no I might be saying no to possibilities and challenges.  Besides, I think it would be a fun morning of catching up with a friend. We might even forget we are doing a shoot.   I am just thankful for the trust given to me. I hope I can meet expectations.

As I write this post, it is already almost the middle of May.  So far, May is treating me well. How’s your April and May?

Rewarded For Traveling

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If you enjoy traveling, there are ways that you can earn dollars that can go toward a future vacation. These programs give you points that can be exchanged for air travel, hotels and other aspects of your trip. When you go on a vacation, you earn a certain percentage from the total spent on the trip. Once you have enough dollars or points accumulated, you can use them on a car rental, hotel room or something else that you want to save money on when you book your next vacation.

This is a benefit for those who like to travel through the year. Most of the rewards earned don’t expire for quite some time, and you can sometimes combine other offers so that you save more money. If you have a large group traveling together, then this would be an idea so that you don’t spend a lot of money for a hotel room or air travel. One way to save more money is to book your vacation in advance of a busy season so that you get the lower price while using the savings earned from your points. If you want to travel extensively, learn how today for as little money as possible.

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