Sunday, April 27, 2008

Oh, Martha

I love you! You are a DIY craft genius!

Under her 25 Eco Chic Ideas for Your Home is this cork trivet which I think is a wonderful idea!

They don't just keep your wine from spilling and spoiling; corks can also protect your tables and countertops from hot pots and pans. 1. For a medium-sized trivet, collect at least 50 uniformly sized corks. 2. Stand them upright and arrange them into a tight circle. 3. Surround corks with an 8- to 10-inch metal hose clamp (sold in the plumbing section of the hardware store). 4. Tighten the clamp to bind the corks together and then trim the excess clamp with metal clippers. Cost: about $3
To jump-start my eco-living, I am going to collect those wine corks. Donations from alcoholic friends and relatives are welcome ;)

Thursday, April 24, 2008

1st Day of School

Santi goes to school!

This is a video of his free trial class at Gymboree, Polo Club. Denise and I took Santi and Benny a few days ago. No, I am not enrolling him because I find the tuition fees insanely expensive for playdates and activities I could do at home with other moms and babies. We might just brew something up for INDIGObaby!

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Para Bos!

Today was quite an experience. I had some pending errands in my to-do list and wanted to get it done before the week ends so I, together with my help, braved the summer heat and took Santi for his 1st jeepney experience. I would have said 1st commute experience but last week we took the tricycle to the nearby grocery!

For only P7.50 per person, we got ourselves to Greenhills in one piece without much sweat (we left 9:45am to avoid the heatwave). There was an available car in the garage but it had no fuel plus, I was having a 'save-the-earth' hangover from yesterday.

Look at my little one- quiet as a mouse the whole ride. He was just observing everyone else. He was probably thinking "what the hell is going on here?" hehehe.

*The title 'Para bos' was inspired by Denise's college essay paper on her commuting experiences ;)

Monday, April 21, 2008

Nutritious Camote Juice

During the Ladies & Babies Tea Party Bazaar, Santi & I were served the most refreshing juice - Camote Juice! I vowed to make for the house because it's easy, cheap and HEALTHY! These sweet potatoes are listed as one of the most nutritious foods in and even said to be the all-natural cure for Dengue!

Today I semi-walked to the market to do the grocery to buy some veggies. (I say semi-walk because mid-way I decided to ride the tricycle because it was HOT :P Poor Sanch sweaty and all!) Anyway, I was able to get Camote tops which is the key ingredient in the healthy Camote juice. It costs only P5 per sheaf!

So, here is the recipe if you want to try this at home--

Camote tops
Brown sugar or honey would be a healthier alternative

Boil camote tops then add the calamansi juice and sweeten with the brown sugar or honey. Add ice for a col, refreshing drink. EASY!

Oh and here is an excerpt on how nutritious this drink is!

Sweet Potato Contains Anti-aging Nutrients

Sweet potato is a health vegetable rich in antioxidants and other nutrients useful in maintaining a healthy body.

A new study conducted by the Rural Development Administration (RDA) of South Korea shows that sweet potato contains antioxidants such as chlorogenic acid, isochlorogenic.

Antioxidants, known as the modern-day anti-aging nutrients, are phytochemicals or substances (mostly present in fruits and vegetables), which neutralize or counterbalance the free radicals that are generated by the body during normal metabolism.

Free radicals are the most vicious and toxic by-products of metabolism. When not neutralized, they can travel through the body cells, disrupting the structures of proteins, lipids, carbohydrates, and cause cell damages.

These damages are believed to contribute to aging and degenerative diseases such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes, stroke, cataract, and the like.

Sweet potato antioxidants are higher in the leaves than in the tops, but higher in the tops than in the roots and petioles.

Also, all parts of sweet potato, especially the leaves and tops, contain protein, lipids, carbohydrates, calcium, iron, phosphorus, and vitamin A and C.

These nutrients are favorably comparable with those of other vegetable nutrients when they are boiled or used in their dry form than when they are consumed raw.

PFN No. 6482 July-September 2004

Source: FFTC leaflet for agriculture. No. 2001-34. Food and Fertilizer Technology Center (FFTC), 14 Wen Chow St., Taipei, Taiwan, ROC. Cooperating agency for this topic: Rural Development Administration (RDA), Suwon, South Korea.

Sorry for the pun but...Go home and plant camote!

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Timba Time!

Yup, I can't believe that they actually sell this in Canada for 60CND when I use the timba in the banyo for Santi's daily baths. And for what amount? I don't know..maybe P100 or even less from the local market? Gosh. What marketing can do!

Here's my local version ;)

Monday, April 14, 2008

Child Labor

Hilarious right?! I got that in my mail from my mother who is into Jap stuff all of a sudden since she will be going on a trip next week. I'm not so sure if this is a real product there or some kind of a joke but I do want one! Haha.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Ladies & Babies Tea Party Bazaar

I met co-mumprenuer Ana during the AWCP Bazaar months ago. She invited INDIGObaby to join her fabulous Ladies & Babies Tea Party Bazaar in her beautiful home in Antipolo yesterday. Foot traffic may not have been great (partly our fault, none of our invitees showed up boohoowoo) but it was surely one of the BEST bazaars I've ever been to!
Check out our set up by the pool turned playpen for the bubs. They enjoyed but I think water would've made them ecstatic!The coffee soaps by Bodyfood which weren't cured yet but almost sold out already. (I bought one!) The aroma is soooooooo intoxicating! Here goes my new form of caffeine fix! Whee!

Other interesting loot:
Award-winning Filipino books for kidsTriops: the brother of Ana made these! Amazing!A Yoga instructors booth. I'm a sucker for these things so most of my money went to him by the end of the day!
Daddylolo's Kape 0926-6243080 (Sagada coffee!)BEST BROWNIES I've EVER TASTED! These were made by the baker of Ana's husband. I am so SOLD and already ordered for home-stash. Delicious!

We also met genius teen-baker David Espina (from the family of the original Julie's Bakeshop) who had just graduated from high school. He told us that he has been baking since he was in 1st grade!
I went nuts over his cherry cheese cake! He also had chocolate cake, pineapple upside down cake and crinkles but I didn't even bother in fear of gaining 5 pounds!
You may contact him at 0916-3316620 for orders. According to David, he can bake whatever you wish for (for as long as there is a recipe for it!) I'm sure they'll all be as yummy as his other creations! This boy will definitely go places!

Food, food, glorious food:
It ended up becoming a major foodie event and I was utterly happy that it did!

More photos from this bazaar here.

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Why I Love Tagaytay

My latest trip to Tagaytay made me realize how much I love this place! Here are my top reasons:

1. Proximity - Only a 2-hour leisurely drive from Manila and you have a completely different city vibe. It really is the most convenient getaway spot for urban dwellers. I remember my very first date with M in Fire Lake Grill at the Cliffhouse. He admitted later on that he wanted to spend as much time with me, hence the location :P

2. Weather - This summer, I can't seem to stand the heat in Manila. If I could be naked all day I would. The Tagaytay cool breeze with that perfect scenic view of Taal Volcano is indeed enticing in times like these!

3. Food - Oh, golly. This is my favorite reason. I totally binged on this trip! First day lunch was eaten at Antonio's Grill where I had my ultimate Chicken Inasal. JT's Manukan still has my heart but this one does chicken justice ;)

A Tagaytay treasure is our foodie find, La Cuccinella Trattoria (0928-3904230). This fairly new Italian restaurant is located on the main road by the Mendez crossing. Husband and wife team Max & Cynthia Arici are very hands on. They greet you and will cook your food as soon as you've ordered from the menu.
Cynthia & Max Arici with their 2-week old Max Jr.
Food is always served fresh. Bravo!

Because it was a Thursday, we had the place all to ourselves. Niiiiiice!
My Tiramisu...gone in 2 minutes!

I know I had more photos of the food but they weren't so clear so I will just leave all that to your imagination. Think 'authentic Italian food' prepared and cooked by Cynthia a Filipina lady who lived in Italy for 25 years! (If you get the chance to meet her you'd notice her heavy Italian accent.)

4. Extra curricular activities - In high school, my crazy friends and I used to go up to Tagaytay on weekends after San Mig bar (in old Greenbelt) would close at 2 or 3am. We'd drive (probably still very intoxicated), listen to music and smoke our lungs off as we wait for the sunrise amidst the early morning fog. That was eons ago.

Now, I enjoy Tagaytay for other more wholesome things like the Paradizoo (which was a bitch to find by the way)

And I end this entry with a photo of breastfeeding piglets. I was very moved by how raw, how natural these newborn creatures were breastfeeding. No need for books or consultations with doctors. They are just doing what nature intended so. Inspiring.

More photos of this family trip in my multiply account.

Monday, April 07, 2008

Pining For Palawan

Two things to look forward to in the next month:

1. Santi turns 1 on May 9 and...
2. Our Palawan Escape as his 1st birthday celebration!

Triple hurray! I know that we have been planning of throwing our son a birthday bash but come on... he really is too young to appreciate the gifts (those crappy ones) and the presence of relatives and friends (most of whom are unimportant to his young life). -This pretty much was my brainwash-spiel to M and it worked ;)

I have been to Palawan once with Montri during our life pre-Santi (has it really been 3 years?!) and I enjoyed the quiet seclusion of Club Paradise in Dimakya Island at the Northern part of Palawan. This trip was M's Christmas present to me that year. :)

Chill as you please with a view like this!
And there was my pre-mummy body!

May 8-14 is our scheduled trip. We booked via Cebu Pacific and tickets were charged to my credit card. Ooh the power of that plastic card!

We plan to discover the main city Puerto Princesa and the remote Port Barton with our not-so-baby in tow. I do not want to divulge our itinerary until we have booked the places because I am paranoid that a lot of traveling googlers might just book before we do! :P

M and I are pining for the trip already. Boy, do we NEED that vacation! We haven't traveled in so long because all energy (and funds) were focused on Santi. Now that he's older, we gotta celebrate for the year that has been LIFE CHANGING!

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Earthy Toys

As I write this entry I am practically jumping out of my seat because my oh-so-lovable and generous aunt, Diana Limjoco just purchased Santi this fab dancing alligator wooden toy from Plantoys in the U.S.

Isn't it beautiful?! It's a stark contrast to Santi's first ever wooden toy from his aunt Marga.
This wooden Jeepney is obviously made here in the Philippines. Pwede na. Nice and simple. But back to drooling over internet finds--- More from Oompa Toys

HABA Discovery Blocks

Cone Sorting from Plan Toys

Many thanks to my birth classmate Shera for pointing out MUJI, a minimalist, no-brand Japanese based company. They have this wonderful city-in-a-bag wooden set for the poshier babes.

Barceleona & Paris in a Bag
Wooden blocks depict iconic symbols of global cityscapes. These stylish and collectable cities make unique and inspiring gifts for the well travelled and travel-hungry amongst us. Made from FCS wood. Packed in stylish calico bag.

What a coinkidenk- my family will be heading to Japan this month! Better add this up on my 'pabilin list'. Hmmm..looks like I'm going to be teaching Santi lessons on culture and architecture early on.


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