Archives for November 2017

How to Have a Happy Thanksgiving with Your Furry Bestfriends

I live in a country that does not celebrate Thanksgiving. I would like to believe we are thankful everyday.

I am thankful for this life I have. Although I have many wants, I have everything I need. Although I have many worries, God has His way of reminding me every day that He has everything covered-that I just have to chill and let His will be done. I do forget to be thankful sometimes but I am happy He sends friends my way to nudge me a bit.

These best friends of mine remind me how to take it easy. I am thankful for all their sloppy kisses and hugs. They appreciate the little things I do for them.

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My friends at Puppyspot have these tips on how to safely celebrate Thanksgiving with your furry friends.

Happy Thanksgiving y’all!

Planning the Planner

It is that time of year again when many people unintentionally gain pounds by drinking all the coffee in order to get that much-coveted planner.  Ha! I am a planner girl myself but I usually D-I-Y my planners. Because there are less than six weeks before the new year comes, I figured I should have a planner strategy. Talk about planning all the planning!

I now have a plan for my 2018 planners. I will have 5 planners for 2018.  I know what you are thinking. I am overdoing it. ( In Tagalog, OA na! LOL) So let me explain why I will have 5.

The Visual Journal

Since I no longer print my photos, I have no more new photo albums. This is how I keep my memories. I started this this year and I love it. It is easy for me to look back at the memories for the year.  So, I am doing the same journal this year. I have this Midori Travel Journal as a gift from a friend and I can just buy the inserts if I use them up. I have extra inserts so I am good for 2018.

The Task Journal

This year, I am using this planner from Myanmar. It is quite a novelty because this was a token from a trip. It has photos of Bogyoke Aung San (Aung San Suu Kyi’s father). Hehehe!

I got another Midori planner as a present so I will be using this for my to-dos in 2018.  This insert has grid lines on one side.

The Personal Journal

I have had this journal since 2008. This is a Moleskine that I covered with washi tape. It was meant to be my diary/journal at first. It has doodles and clippings of anything that reminds me of a moment. Through the years, this journal has become my refuge. Writing is one of the ways I talk to God. It has mostly my prayers to God in letters.

Idea Notebook

I write painting, writing and business ideas in this notebook. It is really a simple unlined notebook I got from a department store. In this notebook, I also list down the materials I need to buy for my paintings and other wishlists I have for the blog and other interests.

Reflection Journal

This was a corporate giveaway from my cousin that I did not use last year.  The dates without the year were already printed which makes it easy for me to use in any year. I will use this to write some short reflections for the day. I will try to incorporate into my routine to write something before I sleep.

I think I am all set.  I still have my washi tapes. My friends know that I am into this stuff. They have been my enablers.

Hmmm. I think I need to find nice colorful pens. I have brush pens and colored pencils. I need colorful fine ballpoints. When I get those, I am set. Or maybe I need some rubber stamps, too.

We’ll see. 😉

Walk-in Fridge: Safe Food Storage

The wonders of the walk-in fridge!

Have you ever wondered how restaurants, bakeries, pastry manufacturers and other kinds of businesses cope with storing large amounts of food in a way that respects all the relevant environmental health requirements? Well, the walk-in fridge, (or cold room) together with its big brother, the walk-in freezer, pretty much hold the key to how they keep their stocks of food products and ingredients at the right temperature. As their names suggest, these items of kitchen equipment are large enough to actually stand upright in. They can come in a variety of sizes, but all will adhere to fairly strict guidelines when it comes to temperature. Generally-speaking, walk-in fridges will maintain temperatures of between -2°C and 12°C. There are often two different temperature zones in play: a chiller, with temperatures of between 2°C and 12°C, and a colder zone, (-2°C to 5°C). Walk-in freezers, on the other hand, typically keep food at a constant -18°C to -22°C. At these temperatures, food can be stored safely for years.

How to store food safely

Fridges and freezers, of the walk-in type or any other, need to be used correctly to ensure they do their job properly. With this in mind, one of the most important things you can do is to keep a careful eye on your appliance’s temperature. Domestic fridges and freezers don’t always have their own digital displays – in this case, invest in a thermometer and check it at least once a week. Keep fridges clean by wiping up spills – this will help keep bacteria at bay. It is also extremely important that food that needs freezing or refrigerating is safely stored away as quickly as possible. Nothing destined for cold storage should be left at room temperature for more than 2 hours. In warmer weather, this time limit is reduced further. Finally, neither fill your freezer too full – this prevents proper air circulation – or leave it mostly empty either, as it will have to work harder to maintain the proper temperature in a nearly empty space.

Travel Video: Camotes Islands

I know I still need a lot of practice when it comes to creating travel videos. This is my way of learning how to put all my video clips together. Someday, I will learn how to take better videos. For now, I hope you still find my video interesting enough that it would make you think about a trip to Camotes.

No Stress in Camotes

A month ago, I got a message from my friend, Shirly, asking if I want to spend her birthday with her. I missed her big birthday bash in Phuket last year because I had work. This time, I did not have vacation plans for November and my work schedule is manageable. It was so easy to say “Yes!”. She planned to go to Cebu which was convenient for me because we just have to meet halfway.

I booked an overnight ferry to Cebu. I specifically asked for a top bunk because I feel more secured when I can see everyone.

Good thing, I was also placed near the window so I can see what is outside.

I took the boat because it leaves Nasipit port at 7pm and arrives at the Cebu pier at 5:30 am the following. I have enough time to catch the 9AM fast craft to Camotes Island. Shirly took an early flight from Manila so we agreed that I drop by the airport to pick her up (with my cab from the pier) and proceed to the wharf which was just around one kilometer away from the airport. The cab driver got lost actually. He brought us to Island Mall in Lapu-lapu instead of the Island Central Mall in Mactan which was just across the more popular Marina Mall. Inside the mall was a ticketing counter of Jomalia Shipping. The wharf was just a walking distance from the mall. It was just near the Cebu Yacht Club.

We arrived Camotes at around 10:30 AM. Our tricycle from the resort was already waiting for us. We were booked at Sunset Vista Seafront Guest House. It was located in Esperanza, a quaint and secluded barangay in San Francisco, Camotes Island. Shirly said that we were easily sold at the “quaint and secluded” description because we both wanted the peace and quiet areas. (The tita blood in us is showing! Ha!)

Esperanza was a quiet fishing barangay.

Our first order of the day was to find a place to eat lunch. Our guest house was not serving lunch because their cook was on vacation. Good thing there was good pizza in the next resort.

We had nothing planned for the afternoon because we were chill like that.  Ha!  We took a nap and before we knew it, it was time for dinner.  We were there to relax. So, relax we did!

We did all the touring the next day. Here is our guide showing Shirly all the spots we would be visiting.

Timubo Cave

I learned that both of us were non-swimmers. Before we entered the cave, we asked the lady at the entrance if there was going to be a guide. She said no. We asked how deep the water was. She said the deepest part was 6 feet deep so we were both careful. So careful that we only dipped near the steps and never went further down. Ha! Better safe than sorry!

Lake Danao

It was a beautiful lake. There were kayaks and boats you can hire. We  just opted to sit in the grass and let the sun dry our clothes a bit.

Paraiso Cave

The cave was underneath a well-manicured garden.  Stairs, lights and railings were there to make it easier for tourists to access the cave pool.

Amazing Cave and Beach Resort

Yes, there was a cave in this area. I just do not have a picture. I have a video clip though. I will post my Camotes video on my Youtube channel once I am done editing it.

Mangodlong Rock Resort

After all the cave pool swimming, we were looking forward to the beach. We found one in this resort.  They also have a large octopus-shaped slide that dropped to the ocean.

Santiago Bay

If only we have known how nice and wide this beach area is, we would have booked a resort near this place. Next time, next time. We went on a weekday and an off-peak season so there were few tourists and beach-goers. This is the kind of vacation this introvert likes the most- peaceful and no crowds.

San Francisco Baywalk

We were wondering where the market area was since all we saw in Esperanza were small stores. We found our answer when we visited the Baywalk area.

Tulang Diot

Our last stop was Tulang Diot. It is a small island near Esperanza. It was not part of the usual tour package of the Camotes. You need to pay additional fee to get there but since our resort was just a short walk away from where boats were docked to cross to the island, we were not charged for the trip.  We just have to hire a boat. It was a short boat ride and, as a bonus, we have Moana on board!

The beach was pristine. For a Php5 environmental fee per person, the beach was kept clean and immaculate.

It was raining on and off when we arrived Camotes.  Since we were billeted in Sunset Vista, I have been looking forward to seeing the sunset. I was glad to finally see the sunset in Tulang Diot.

As a bonus, we also saw a rainbow. I hope you can see the rainbow in this photo.

What a beautiful way to celebrate a birthday! Happy Birthday, Shirly! Thank you for inviting me on this trip!

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