Tuesday, July 30, 2013


I went to Robinson's Malate earlier today to scout for bento stuff at Saizen, the Japanese store. Aside from the stuff I got, I learned that there is a food stall that actually sells green mango with bagoong now! Heavenly!  I tried it and I wasn't able to take a picture because I was walking while eating. It was soooo delicious. Well, maybe because I am addicted to green mangoes! I am a certified mango addict and I can eat it everyday. Although bagoong is bawal for me, I couldn't resist. The carabao mango was just right. The bagoong, not too salty and not too sweet. There are actually options to choose from whether you like it more sweet or spicy. You can also choose between the mangoes or singkamas. I haven't seen the stall around Makati. Hopefully, Mango-ong will soon have branches nearby. :)

Photo from mangoongfranchise.com.ph


Because I saw an Instagram post on bento (Japanese decorative snackboxes), I also became a little excited on trying it out. I wanted to change how my kids eat because it's always chocolate cookies and such. 

This was my first try:  

Cheese sandwiches with fruit loops and crackers. I made the sandwiches using the bento tool i bought from Japan Home. 

Tomorrow I plan on making ham and cheese with toast, and gelatin with pineapple chunks. 

Crossing my fingers that the kids eat them. 

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Galaxy Note 8.0

My mom gave me a Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 for graduating from my MA.  The apps available from the play store aren't quite at par with the apple store, but the device's capabilities have promise. I like the S pen a lot. The big screen is just right for watching movies while I'm on dialysis. :)

Japan Home

I have been going to Japan Home just to window shop but now they have cool
stuff that I actually bought some. 

They now have accessories, hair extensions, and bento stuff. Pics below. 

All for 88 each.  Nice, huh?

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Resorts World Manila Family Fun Fair

I was invited to attend Resorts World Manila's Family Fun Fair event last Saturday by Lourdes Labii of Nanay's Lunches With Love since she was going to present in a workshop for preparing healthy snacks for kids.  I wanted to meet her finally so my family attended the event.

There were a handful of booths selling fashion accessories, shirts, bags, toys, educational materials, etc and there are booths that offer clay art, balloon twisting, face painting, and paper art for free.  I found the booths okay, however, the ones manning them need to smile more often and be more encouraging.  The clay art booth and face painting booth were okay.  The face painter was superb!  He was painting children (and adults, too!) nonstop because he was that good.  We had to ask the one from balloon twisting to make us one and the one from the paper art if we could join.  They didn't encourage people to join them, or try out their stuff.

The workshops were okay, but the presenters were on a high stage.  I don't think it was an effective way to conduct a workshop, even if there is a widescreen television.  It would have been better if the presenter is situated within the crowd, besides there weren't that many people.

In any case, it was still a good way to spend the weekend with family.  Until the next event!

Monday, July 15, 2013

Puffed Flowers Crazy

Well today I made puffed flowers! Again, I learned how to do it from a Youtube tutorial video. 

I sew them together and made a hair tie out of them. 

Unfortunately, my daughter who is already 18 and not girly at all doesn't want to wear it. I probably will give it to my niece instead. :))

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Peter Pan Collar Crazy

I saw a video tutorial on how to crochet a  Peter Pan Collar on Youtube yesterday and I started making one in pink cotton yarn. It was so pretty I made another one in white. :)

Next time I think I would do one with pearls. 👍

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Crazy Crochet

I learned the basic stitches of crochet when I was in elementary. My teacher made me do a huge granny square. I hae been crocheting every now and then but it is only now that I have found a passion for it. 

I am watching a lot of Youtube tutorial videos for different kinds of crochet pieces, and I have done some of them. I am practicing my stitches and learning new techniques from these videos. Here are some of my work so far:

Some of them are "failures," but I still think I did ok. 😅 So, anyway, I am going to post my work here from now on, and I also have an Instagram (crazy_crochet) account just for my (mis)adventures in crochet. I hope someday I can be as good as the tutors so I can also do tutorial videos for you guys. Ta-tah!