Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Temptation Island

I know. . . it's another food post!  I think you'll be seeing lots of food posts now that I'm pregnant!  Haha!

I've mentioned in an earlier post that I was put in a low salt, low fat diet. . . .when I'm at home, these diet  restrictions can be managed easily.

But this is where the hard part comes in. . . imagine having all these diet restrictions, then you get invited for dinner and you are served with food like this!


Sisig is one of our province's (Pampanga) food specialty.  It is actually made from pig's head, liver and meat (which were boiled or grilled then chopped) and then seasoned with vinegar, soy sauce, onions and chillies.  Anthony Bourdain described sisig as "a divine mosaic of pig parts, chopped and served sizzling and crisp on one side on a screaming hot platter" (as I've read in Casa Veneracion's food blog). 

Yes, you try to reason out and find something that would give you a free pass like . . .

"Hey, there's actually more meat than pork fat in here!"
(Which makes it okay for me to eat then)


So I thought hard about the momentary bliss brought by this sinful (and heavenly!) sisig . . . and being the good patient that I am (ahem!) . . . I just settled for . . . 

The Roast Beef!  heehee

Hey, they said I can eat lean meat! Just saying. . . 

And you know what's the hardest part?  Having to drink water (bleh!) while eating all these glorious food! (Ms. Ice-cold Coke Light, where were you when I needed you?  Haha!)  

I told you I've been pretty good! 

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Note: For the record, I just had a taste of the sisig. . .  =P

Writing this post is making me hungry. . . I think I'll just sleep over it! Haha!

Goodnight everyone . . .  

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Something Fishy

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The first time I got pregnant, I read up on everything about Pregnancy, what to expect, the dos and don'ts, what to eat, what NOT to eat . . . . until Zola's Dad told me that if I follow everything I read, I 'll end up eating nothing! Haha!

But one of the things I took note of was to be careful with eating fish since some of them have a high mercurial content.  It is dangerous for a pregnant woman to be exposed to Mercury because this liquid metal can damage the developing baby's nervous system and can also cause brain damage (scaarrryyy right?)

So now that I'm pregnant (again), I googled (again!) and found a list from the American Pregnancy Association website.

Here's the list of fish (and shellfish) with the highest and lowest mercurial content:

Highest Mercury
  • Marlin
  • Orange roughy
  • Tilefish
  • Swordfish
  • Shark
  • Mackerel (King)
  • Tuna (Big Eye, Ahi) - Shame. . . I love Tuna!

High Mercury (No more than three 6oz servings per month)
  • Sea Bass (Chilean) - Sea Bass!!!! Noooooo. . . *sad face here*
  • Blue Fish
  • Grouper
  • Mackerel (Spanish, Gulf)
  • Tuna (Canned, White Albacore)
  • Tuna (Yellowfin)

Lowest Mercury  (Two 6oz servings per week)
  • Anchovies
  • Butterfish
  • Catfish
  • Clam
  • Crab (Domestic)
  • Crayfish/Crawfish
  • Croacker
  • Flounder
  • Haddock
  • Hake
  • Herring
  • Mackerel (N Atlantic, Chub)
  • Mullet
  • Oysters
  • Perch (Ocean)
  • Plaice
  • Salmon (Canned, Fresh)
  • Sardines
  • Scallops
  • Shad (American)
  • Shrimps
  • Sole
  • Squid
  • Tilapia
  • Trout
  • Whitefish
  • Whiting
Okay, I'm only familiar with half of what is in this list (Haha!) but it's okay. . .nice to know that I can eat tilapia, salmon, shrimps, squid, sole and SCALLOPS!!!  (If I can't have Sea Bass, Scallops would be perfectly fine!)  

I'm a happy camper!  =)

Monday, August 27, 2012

Going Healthy

Pregnancy has changed me. . . and my eating habits!  I went to the grocery to get some "healthy stuff" because I couldn't find anything healthy to nibble on when my hunger pangs set in.  The trip to the grocery (a happy place of mine!) was quicker than usual. . .because i skipped a lot of aisles (read the good and sinful stuff, Haha!)  

Goodbye to the colorful world (for now, heehee) of junk food, processed food and caffeinated drinks . . .and everything I should not be eating now that I'm pregnant. . . 

and say Hello to. . . .

The Healthy stuff

I was put in a low salt, low fat diet . . .thanks to my high-normal blood pressure *sigh*   

So I got some:
1) Fruits and cucumbers (vegetables sticks anyone?)
2) Wheat crackers (I prefer the Garden Brand over Hwa Tai---they don't taste like cardboard)
3) Chocolate soy milk (I don't drink milk but milk is important in my diet so I settled for soy milk.  The only brand I like and drink . . . Silk brand for its chocolatey goodness!)
4) Cereals (Nestle's Banana-Nut cluster remains a fave)
5)  Brown rice (I've had other brands before but thought of trying Harvester's . . . just because it is endorsed by Chef Laudico, hahaha!  I just find him nice, heehee =)
6)  Wheat pasta (I can't . .  and won't give up pasta. . .ever!) 

Looking at this list. . . all I can say is . . .I am a changed woman, hahaha! 

Have a nice week ahead! =)

Friday, August 24, 2012

Finding Lost Items at Home

If you're a mom and you have something missing at home. . . . you might want to check on your kids' stuff!  Haha!

The other night, our house angel was looking for the rice cooker's spoon and couldn't find it.

The next day,  while I was arranging the Little One's toys. . . guess what I saw . . .

Tadahhh!  It's THE spooon!

Yes, it was in our room!  I guess somebody gave the spoon to her to play with (in one of the Little One's random trips to the kitchen) and forgot about it.

Hmmm . . . .I wonder what else would show up in her stuff. . . 

Savory's Chicken "ala BonChon"

We had lunch at the Classic Savory Restaurant the other day and saw something new in their menu. . .Crispy Glazed Chicken!  I had a feeling that it might be "BonChon"-ish.  Yes, Philippines has caught up with the  BonChon craze!  I'm not surprised that there are some restaurants/business establishments serving their own take on this crispy chicken.      

We decided to place an order of this plus other Savory classics---like their Original chicken and a personal fave, their Miki Bihon Binondo! Yum-O!  I didn't bother to take photos of the rest of our lunch fare because I was too hungry to take them, haha!

I couldn't decide which photo to post, so I'm posting two. . . heehee

With camera flash

And without =)

I only had a taste of the real BonChon chicken a couple of months ago . . . one piece of chicken at that one-time!  We had the soy-garlic sauce for the chicken but I tasted some slight sweetness in it too (not sure if it was supposed to be like that or it was just my taste buds) I seriously think I have to try it again!  Haha!  But I one thing I clearly remember is the crispiness of the chicken!  

So based on my one-time BonChon experience, Savory's Crispy Glazed Chicken is a more than good enough alternative (for me, at least) to the real BonChon chicken.  Savory's sauce though is sweeter (I think there's honey in it) and the chicken's crispiness definitely didn't disappoint.  (I just hope that there's consistency in food quality in all Savory branches!)  I would order this chicken again!  It is also reasonably priced at Php 195 (around US$5)  per order.   

Have a nice weekend ahead . . . it's a perfect time for some food tripping! =)

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

The Wife Cake

One of the earlier pregnancy cravings I had was . . .hopia (a local pastry filled with bean paste)!  I have another favorite which is similar to hopia (in my opinion) and is called the "Wife Cake".  Somebody gave us this as "pasalubong" (gift) from Hong Kong.  

The Wife Cake is a flaky Chinese pastry that is made with wintermelon, almond paste and sesame.  I like it because I like the taste of wintermelon and the flaky pastry around it.  It would have been better . . .if I can have coffee with it! Haha!  This and a cup of coffee  would have been a perfect treat! =)

(When I'm pregnant, one thing I find hard to do. . . is give up my coffee! *Booo*)

There is actually an interesting story behind the pastry's name.  The story below was written on the box of the pastry.
Legend has it that back in feudal China, a daughter-in-law offered herself for sale in return for money to cure her ill-health father-in-law.  In a desperate attempt to redeem his spouse, the husband created a gormet cake for sale in the bazaar.  His product did pay off with the proceeds saved.  The copule was able to get together again and lived happily ever after.  His recipe then spread from place to place, winning the name "Wife Cake"
Such a romantic story about love and devotion. . . which makes this simple pastry extra special.  

Do you know that there is also a "Husband Cake"?  The difference is just the filling.  And this is the story behind the Husband Cake.
The tale of the Husband Cake begins long ago with a couple of childhood sweethearts. The boy came from a poor family, and so lacked the funding necessary sit for the national examination for government office, the passing of which was seen as the only way for a poor villager to ascend in wealth and class. The girl then created a salty pastry made of sesame and bean curd and sold it in the market in order to earn the money for his examination journey. Since then, people called it Husband Cake. Not only was she able to earn enough for him to take his exam, her efforts imbued the boy with the confidence to score the best marks and win the position of a highranking officer. 

Have a love-filled day everyone! =)

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Who's your Daddy?!

Not so long ago, the Little One saw Jericho Rosales (a Filipino actor) performing at a TV variety show and said "Papa, Papa" 

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And just a few weeks ago, we were watching TV and the Little One saw John Lloyd Cruz (another Filipino actor) in this commercial . . .

And guess what, she said "Papa, Papa" again!

Well I guess . . . I married somebody with movie star looks then??!! Hahaha!

Huney, you will always be my favorite leading man. . . =)

Have a nice weekend everyone!

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Plus ONE!

I blogged about being in a bad mood and not being able to take any caffeine a couple of weeks ago and I promised that I would share with you why. . .

I am 7 weeks pregnant!

I actually took the pregnancy test around the last week of July.  Since it was my Mom's birthday, I thought it would be nice to surprise her with the good news!  I've put the test kit in a box and when she opened it, I think it took a few seconds before she realized what it meant!  It was priceless to see how delighted she was.  And you know what she told me. . . "Kaya pala masungit ka!" (That's why you're cranky!) 


I thought of waiting until my 7th week (a good time to hear the baby's heartbeat) before I share this wonderful news with everyone.  I went for an ultra sound a few days ago and I'm so happy to hear how strong our bunso's ("bunso" means youngest child in English) heartbeat was.

Did Zola's Dad and I plan on having a baby?  Not really. . . the topic comes up once in a while but we don't  seriously talk about it.  It's true what they say, sometimes things happen when you least expect it.  We are thankful and blessed that we were given another blessing in the family.  There is so much love to give and to go around =)

When I was at the mall, I dropped by Booksale and was browsing randomly when I saw this book . . .

The timing couldn't have been more perfect!

I started reading the book to the Little One and though she may not fully understand the story yet, I know that she can feel that Mommy is going to have a baby.  It is so nice to see her kiss my tummy when I ask her "Where is Mommy's baby?"  

There is a page in the book which shows a family  . . . it could well have been our family =)

Mama, Papa, Ate and Baby =)

A perfect illustration of what's to come . . .in 33 weeks! =)

And the countdown has begun. . . .

Monday, August 13, 2012

A sleepy Monday

Yes, we're starting the week with a lazy (and sleepy) Monday morning.  The Little One had her milk. . . played with her alphabet flash cards, my phone, the tv's remote. . . turned to her side, went quiet and . . . fell asleep!  Yes, just like that!  And I didn't even lift a finger, haha!  (I hope it's going to be like this everyday!)

And when she takes her morning nap. . . I get to take one too, heehee

So . . . "goodnight" everyone =)

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Cravings: Cyma's Roka Salata

Well, hello Mr. Sun!  *Woohoo*   I hope the weather stays like this for a looooong time!

Another thing that makes me dance for joy is. . . finding a recipe that attempts to replicate one of my favorite (if not my most) salads---Cyma's Roka Salata!  *Daydreaming about it now*     

Cyma's Roka Salata
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You know how we try to guess what makes up our favorite restaurant food, hoping we can do it at home but just couldn't figure out how to get THAT taste? (in this case, one thing i'm sure of, there is balsamic vinegar in the salad dressing)!  

I like the tanginess of the dressing, the sweetness (and crunchiness!) of the candied walnuts that compliments it and then sealed by the slight nutty flavor of the Parmesan cheese. .. . oooh and it has sun dried tomatoes, one of my favorite things!  Deelish!

I'm soooo glad (and thankful!) AIS house (Thanks again I!) blogged about Pepper.Ph's take on this lovely salad.    

Here is Pepper.Ph's version . . .
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The salad dressing is easy as 1-2-3:

*taken from Pepper.Ph's site
1 tbsp mustard
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup honey
2-3 tbsp sugar
1 cup extra virgin olive oil
pinch of salt
pinch of pepper

For the complete recipe, please click on this link.

Hope you find something that makes you dance for joy too =)

Wishing you all a beautiful and blessed Sunday!

Friday, August 10, 2012

What is big and green?

This has been sitting in my draft folder for a couple of weeks now.  I think it's a perfect time to post it after I blogged about my Little Big girl and her Big rabbit. . . here comes another biggie!

I've shared in a previous post about the different vegetables and fruits we have in our backyard. (Thanks to my Mom and Dad!).  Guess what we got this time. . . . BIIIIGGG avocados!

The tree has been around for a number of years but actually it bore fruit only this year . . . but it's okay.  It definitely made up for the lost time, haha!

I know. . . they're huuuggee!

To give you a clearer picture, I've put it beside a big bottle of peanut butter and the Little One's can of milk .

At home, Mom makes avocado shake or "ice cream".   Our version of homemade "ice cream"---mom scooping out the avocado meat, mashing it a little bit, mixing it with some evaporated milk and some ice!

While Zola's Dad simply dips it in powdered milk or condensed milk.

As for myself, since I'm not really fond of milk . . . I like my avocado. . .as a salad ingredient or in  guacamole. . . with my salsa and chips!  Haha! 

Though avocados have a high calorie content, they offer health benefits that would surely outweigh our obsession over calories, heehee.  I think avocado is one of the most essential and dynamic fruits we have. . . you might want to include them in your shopping list the next time you do your groceries =) 

Here are some of the health benefits of avocados which I got from

Prostate Cancer Prevention
Avocadoes have been shown to inhibit the growth of prostate cancer.

Oral Cancer Defense
Research has shown that certain compounds in avocados are able to seek out pre-cancerous and cancerous oral cancer cells and destroy them without harming healthy cells.

Breast Cancer Protection
Avocado, like olive oil, is high in oleic acid, which has been shown to prevent breast cancer in numerous studies.

Eye Health
Avocados have more of the carotenoid lutein than any other commonly consumed fruit. Lutein protects against macular degeneration and cataracts, two disabling age-related eye diseases.

Lower Cholesterol
Avocados are high in beta-sitosterol, a compound that has been shown to lower cholesterol levels. In one study, 45 volunteers experienced an average drop in cholesterol of 17% after eating avocados for only one week.

Heart Health
One cup of avocado has 23% of the recommended daily value of folate. Studies show that people who eat diets rich in folate have a much lower incidence of heart disease than those who don't. The vitamin E, monounsaturated fats, and glutathione in avocado are also great for your heart.

Stroke Prevention
The high levels of folate in avocado are also protective against strokes. People who eat diets rich in folate have a much lower risk of stroke than those who don't.

Better Nutrient Absorption
Research has found that certain nutrients are absorbed better when eaten with avocado.  IN one study, when participants at a salad containing avocados, they absorbed five times the amount of carotenoids (a group of nutrients that includes lycopene and beta carotene) than those who didn't include avocados.

Glutathione Source
Avocados are an excellent source of glutathione, an important antioxidant that researches say is important in preventing aging, cancer and heart disease.

Vitamine E Powerhouse
Avocados are the best fruit source of vitamin E, an essential vitamin that protects against many diseases and helps maintains overall health.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

My Little Big Girl

When I became a mom, I get to do my what I call "Computer" stuff --- which includes checking my mail, FB, catching up on my blog reading, etc. --- when the Little One takes her morning nap.    

My Little Girl at 6 months

This morning, I can't help but get sort of sentimental (must be this gloomy, rainy weather! Heehee) when I was looking at her while she's sleeping . . .
My Little Big Girl. . . . Now

She really has . . . .grown!  She is just 13 months. . . .I know, she doesn't look like one!  She already wears clothes sized for 3-4 years old!  Must be my genes, haha!  (When I was in Grade 1, a shoemaker called me "Big Foot" and there were some students in my school who thought I was a fifth grader!)

It's true what they say, kids do grow up fast . . . I think her pajamas say it all, haha!  She is slowly getting over her fear of walking by herself, she can do other things too which I posted here. She definitely knows what a fish looks like, her vocabulary is expanding ("mel" is milk, "pisss" is please, "men" is open, "ba" is bag, "tar" is star). . . oohhhh and "se-xy" means  Mama.  Actually, I prefer "gorgeous" but I think sexy is easier . . . for now, hahaha!  (Just kidding on this one!)

But as they say. . . some things never change

at 8 months
at 13 months

Yes my Darling, you have cute, chubby and irresistible fingers. . . that even I can't stay away from.

Thought of closing this post with this question. . .

What is one big thing my little big girl has? 
a GIANT rabbit!
They look good together noh? Hahaha!

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Just another Iya story

As the day ends, I would like to share with you a funny story about my 5 yr old niece, Iya.

Classes were suspended today because of the continuous rains brought by typhoon Gener.  I called Iya's Dad (my brother) to tell him something and Iya was the one who answered the phone:

Iya: Hello. . .

Me: Hi Iya!  

Iya: Hi Ta-ta! (That's what she calls me)

Me: Is your dad there?

Iya: Yes

Me:  Can I talk to your dad please.  Hey, you don't have classes today! 
*me sounding excited and happy because she gets to stay home today*

Iya: Yes. . . and I'm  so SAD 

(She really was!)

Sad Face  Clip Art
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Yes, you read that right!  She's sad that she didn't go to school today. . . . I think she gets bored at home, haha!

I'm happy that she loves going to school.  I hope and pray she doesn't change, that she will always have that passion and eagerness to learn . . .and one more thing I like her to learn that's important. . .when you work hard, you also have to play hard! =)

Goodnight everyone and please say a prayer for everyone's safety, especially those who are greatly affected by the typhoon.

Time to catch some Zzzzzsss . . .Night, night!

Rain, Rain, Go Away!

 Rain, Rain, Go Away
Come again another day
Little Johnny wants to play 

When we were little kids, my brother and I sing this nursery rhyme whenever there's rain because we couldn't go out of the house. . .(though there are times the rain didn't stop us from playing. . . hehe)

It has been raining non-stop for the past few days.  Our province (Pampanga) is one of the places in Central Luzon that is greatly affected by typhoon "Gener".

I don't know when was the last time I saw our garden look like this . . .  

After a couple of hours . . .

View of the front garden from our window
We've been living in this house for almost 40 years and
this never happened. . . water reaching this level

From a different angle

Outisde our gate 

As I write this post, the water level at home has gone down (thank you Lord!) but there are still other areas  in our province and in Central Luzon that are highly-flooded and impassable.  Properties were damaged, people got stranded or were evacuated, and sadly there were even lives that were 1ost.  Each disaster that we face brings out one thing we are good at, our resilience. . . and it is being tested. . . again.  

Thought of sharing with you a checklist I read from the "Your Emergency Survival Handbook" by Paloma which is called the "Bug Out Bag" checklist.  This bag is meant to be put together for each member of your family.
  • Sturdiest life vest you can find
  • Swimming pool floaters (optional).  The humble interior tire, anywhere available, will do
  • Maintenance and first aid medicines (like anti-itch creams, topical and oral antibiotics, paracetamoil, antipyretics, cold medicines) sealed in plastics bags labeled "First Aid Kit: your name, age, blood type, allergies and otehr medical conditions)"
  • Ready to eat dried food good for at least five days
  • Bottle and can opener
  • Drinking Water
  • Your portable water purifier or water purifying tables
  • Light jacket
  • Malong
  • Extra light clothes/rubber shoes you can into to keep yourself dry
  • At least two flashlights and extra batteries
  • Ropes (for general use, any rope will do)
  • Strong and loud whistle attached to a brightly-colored lanyard for cord
  • A small, portable radio and extra batteries
This list is definitely helpful, something we can work on or refer to at least.  I think it is important that in times of disaster, each household has their own emergency/contingency plan.  

Be safe everyone. . . Stay high and dry!

Saturday, August 4, 2012


Yes, I'm overwhelmed. . . .with the movies I have yet to see! Haha!  

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The last movie I saw (with Zola's Dad) was "Amazing Spiderman" (which I loved!  I like it better than the previous ones and I have to say, I underestimated Andrew Garfield.  He was brilliant as the new Spiderman)  

And that was it!  Going to the movie theater doesn't come easily now since I have to take care of the Little One.    

But I am keeping tab of the movies I have to watch!  

I want to watch "The Dark Knight Rises" in the big screen!  Heard so much raves about it, being the best among the Trilogy.  Okay, so I can let go of "Magic Mike" (Channing Tatum doing his stripper moves. . .hmmm, will reconsider then,  Haha!). . .Ohhh and there's" Ice Age 4"!  I'm sure the gang has another exciting adventure!

And then there's the "The Healing". . . yes, I'm a sucker for Filipino horror films!  (And it all started with "Shake, Rattle and Roll"! Haha!)  

"BRAVE" is now being shown at the cinemas and "Bourne Legacy" is scheduled to be shown next week!

Whew!  What to do?  What to do? 

Mooooommmm. . . .!!!

I'm sure my mom won't mind looking after the Little One for a couple of days next week! Heehee

Have a nice weekend ahead!

Are you going to see any movies?

Friday, August 3, 2012

An exciting Twist!

The McDonald's Twister fries is bacckkkk!!!! *Jumping for joy*

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And just like that . . . my mood just got better, Haha!

I would love to eat this with my favorite diet soda but since I can't take any caffeine right now, I guess an order of  sundae would be just fine, haha!

On second thought, does Sprite have caffeine? 

I think someone's going to drive thru in McDs just for these, heehee

Let's Twist again!!! =)

Bad Mood Alert

Yesterday, I caught the last part of the romantic-comedy movie "Just Married" (starring Ashton Kutcher and Brittany Murphy) in Cable.  (Since I became a mom, I never get to watch TV.  And if I do catch a movie, I get to see the middle or last part, haha!)

There was a line in the movie that I liked.  This is what Ashton's character's Dad told him when he was giving up on his marriage. 

What you're saying here is, you had a couple of bad days in Europe and it's over.  Time to grow up, Tommy.  Some days your mother and me loved each other.  Other days we had to work at it.  You never see the hard days in a photo album.  But those are the ones that get you from one happy snapshot to the next.

It has been said too many times, Marriage (or any kind of relationship for that matter) is not a bed of roses.  I know we love our partners/husbands with all our hearts but sometimes, there are just days that they manage to rub us the wrong way (I think this sounds better than "getting into our nerves"? Haha!)  And that thing they do which we find cute when we were still dating is now annoying. . . or the fact that people change over time.  Or because there are days when our hormones are just going out of control AND then we make a mountain out of a molehill (in short, we over act or over analyze, haha!  Admit it ladies, hehe) . . . or simply because we are in a bad mood.

So there will always be good days and bad. . . .we just have to work through it. . . together.

Hun, I'm so sorry. . . but the *hormones are kicking in today and probably in the coming days too, you know what I mean.  Thank you for being patient with me =)  I love you! 

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*And I will  share with you why . . . in the next few weeks =)

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Who likes Brownies?

My sister was craving for chocolate chip cookies but didn't find her favorite brand in the shelf . . .but she found this!

We've seen and tried different Oreo variations (Golden, Wafer rolls, Fat Free-ugh!), but personally, the Classic Oreos will always be my favorite!  But this one looked promising!  Brownies and Oreos, what's not to love?!!! 

So my sister got one (just to try it) and was disappointed. . . disappointed that she only bought one!  She liked it so much that she wanted to go back (right away) to get some more, haha! 

I just ate a teeny weeny bit of it (I can't have too much of chocolates now *booo!!!*. . . I'll let you know why in a couple of weeks) and it tastes (and smells!) good. . .it's moist, chewy, chocolatey (I think the photo below says it all)  

340 calories of goodness! 

Yes, there may be better brownies out there. . . but considering that these are commercially sold and are mass-produced, these brownies will more than satisfy your sweet cravings.

Just a thought, wouldn't it be nice to heat this and add a scoop of vanilla ice cream on it?  Happiness!  Haha!

I love my sister so much that I went back yesterday to get her stash. . . and left 3 pcs on the store's shelf . . .for the other shoppers, haha!  (Hoarder!)

Have a great day ahead!  Spread some sweetness =)

*Got these at the Snack Exchange of SM Department Store.  Each pack costs Php 49.75 (a little over $1)

Ready? Not quite yet . . .

The Little One is now thirteen months but she still hasn't walked . . . on her own.  She still looks for something to hold on to or asks for my hand before she takes her steps.

She may not be walking yet, BUT she can . . .

Go down of the bed

Lift this chair (with one finger!  Just kidding!  Haha!)

Climb the sofa bed 

Crawl up this flight of stairs like Superman, faster than a speeding bullet!
(Okay, I'm exaggerating, haha!)  

And before she was able to do all the things I've mentioned, one of the things she learned earlier is brush her hair!
This photo was taken one morning, when she woke up from her nap.
The moment she stood up, she got the hairbrush and brushed her hair!

My dear Little One, 

I know you are trying hard to learn how to walk but you're still scared to do it on your own.  Don't rush, just do it at your own pace, at your own time.  Baby steps are fine.  And when you are ready. . . just let go of my hand darling.  And if you fall, just stand up and try again.  

Whatever happens, Mama is here to catch you . . .always.


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