At the start of this year, I said to myself, I won't make any resolutions or any plans. Instead, I will make goals. I read somewhere...

Of Goals and Spontaneity


At the start of this year, I said to myself, I won't make any resolutions or any plans. Instead, I will make goals. I read somewhere that a goal is a dream with a  deadline.

Yes, I like the word deadline right there. I only hate the word when it's about work, LOL, but I can't possibly hate it when it comes to my life, right? But seriously, if I have a deadline, I accomplish things, and I know I can say the same for you, too.

I remember back in January, my goals were these.

  • Decrease debt (all IOUs) which I incurred because of the sudden drop of my income when I took that leap of faith to leave the corporate world - but with much patience and self control, I am slowly paying off each one of them. Yey!  
  • Increase income - think and do all the "raket" (get as many projects as I can do, including blogging), and yeah, I am doing just that. One project is underway, and which is a good way to get my consulting firm rolling. 
  • Have the kids on dental braces - yes, this is ongoing
  • Replace old appliances and furniture (as old as my elder son, so that's 17 years!) - by the grace of the Lord, yes, we were able to do it by midyear. Woot, woot! I still need to decide to get a new gas range or get those counter top stoves. I guess that will have to be a goal for next year. He he... 
  • Replace old roofing of the house - yes, done, also!
  • Improve interior design of the house such as repainting, lighting fixtures, and other necessary repairs - this we will do in the remaining half of the year
  • Travel (local and foreign) - yes, for domestic, we traveled to Batangas, Dumaguete and Siquijor last summer and we are flying to Hong Kong. I am hoping to go on a JUST (Just Us, No Kids) or do an Eat, Pray, and Love thingy sometime October this year. OR attend alumni grand homecoming of my high school Alma Mater in December and spend Christmas in Davao with family.     
  • Spread the value of saving for retirement, investments and kids' education - I cannot emphasize this enough to my friends that without our insurance and investment portfolios, we would not have sent our elder son to a big university for his senior high. I said this because in the last three years (tough years!), my own income dropped, and we had to rely mostly on my husband's income. 
  • Be healthy - I need to lose weight, seriously! So I need a good, solid plan to achieve this. I need to be consistent, I need to persevere, I need to focus and be disciplined. I am nearing my golden era and I don't want to be old and ill. I have to start now, as in NOW! LOL 

Looking at the list above, I didn't realize I have accomplished most of them already. Wow!

What's funny is that everything was spontaneous in a way. Like when we replaced our old appliances and furniture, we went looking, we found what we liked and bought it. Same thing happened with the other stuff. There was no pressure whatsoever to the point that we would declare, WE HAVE TO BUY THIS and THAT! Well, it helps that my parents were here to help out and pay for some of them, LOL.

But what I wanted to share is that you can be goal-oriented and spontaneous at the same time. It works for me.

What about you?


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Are You a Middlescent? What is even a Middlescent?


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On Clutter and Decision Making


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What Makes A Dad God took the strength of a mountain, The majesty of a tree, The warmth of a summer sun, The calm of a quiet ...

What Makes a Dad



What Makes A Dad
God took the strength of a mountain,
The majesty of a tree,
The warmth of a summer sun,
The calm of a quiet sea,
The generous soul of nature,
The comforting arm of night,
The wisdom of the ages,
The power of the eagle's flight,
The joy of a morning in spring,
The faith of a mustard seed,
The patience of eternity,
The depth of a family need,
Then God combined these qualities,
When there was nothing more to add,
He knew His masterpiece was complete,
And so, He called it ... Dad

Yes, I say Dads are masterpieces created by God, and my father is one of them. To us he is a masterpiece because he has molded my brother and me with inspiring words, and not with the rod or restrictions.

I cannot remember a time when he clenched his fists and hit us, or extended his arms or legs to hurt us. I never even saw him violent and hit anything or throw something out of frustration, desperation, or anger.

He gets angry, of course! He raises his voice to make a point, sure! He would frown to show disagreement, yes.

But, he is always ready to listen and talk. Words, guiding and inspiring words---through talk or song---are his greatest legacy to Boy and me. In fact, one of our most fun bonding times is jamming, he plays the piano or guitar and we all sing along; or I play the piano or guitar, and they would all sing along. Up to this day, those words would echo at the perfect time when we need them.

Here are some of them:


  1. Into your life, some rain must fall (thus, I am better able to cope with problems or difficulties).
  2. Cuss words are unbecoming for a woman (this is why I don't swear at all. Or if I'm on the verge of spewing, I'd catch myself and remember his words).
  3. Men are polygamous by nature (so, I don't look at men as perfect human beings).
  4. The woman is the stronger force in the home (this has built my self esteem as a woman).
  5. Make your home a refuge (true - the world outside can go chaotic, but I have always found comfort and peace in my home).
  6. A man or woman who appreciates music is most likely a good person (so my best friend and I looked for this in our men, who are now our husbands).
  7. Rules are not there to impose but to be lived (he doesn't impose rules, rather he lives them so that we will learn and follow).
  8. Always follow your head and heart; not one or the other (in other words, always strike a balance - and I think I always do).
  9. The way you live your single life should not be so different from the way you live your married life because conflict arises when you had to make a lot of adjustments (true - my husband and I maintain and nurture our individuality).
  10. The secret of life is in the passage of time (yes, everything passes and you become a better person each time.).

Happy Father's Day, Hutsai!

We love you beyond words.


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I remember when my kids were still toddlers, one of the activities that was more challenging to do was getting them to brush their teeth. I ...

Make Brushing More Fun with Minions!

I remember when my kids were still toddlers, one of the activities that was more challenging to do was getting them to brush their teeth. I really don't know why. But I think because it was the only activity that nobody else can do for them, but they themselves. LOL.

So, one of the ways to get them to brush their teeth was make it fun for them. And one of the pieces of advice that our pediatrician gave us then was to make it a family activity, like brush teeth together, and in front of the mirror.

Another way is to get kiddie toothbrushes with cool designs. Colgate has always had fun flavors and colors for their kiddie toothpaste.

Fast forward to today, Colgate continues to come up with cool designs for their toothbrushes and toothpaste. Their latest is Colgate's Minions toothbrush and Minions toothpaste.


   

Now, we have a little girl, Alya, at home and we are happy to get the Colgate Minions toothbrush and toothpaste.



Since Alya likes Minions, all the more she enjoys using the Colgate Minions toothbrush and Minions toothpaste.

The pair is so cute, I'm sure your kids will love them, too. It's also good to start them early with caring for their teeth. 

Go, get your Colgate Minions Kids 2-5 Years Old (Junior) Oral Care Pack HERE, and be on your way to having healthy teeth and healthy children.


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Sisig (using banana hearts and breadfruit) Marriott Hotel Manila introduces its vegan take on Filipino dishes. Just look at the ...

Go Vegan this Father's Day at Marriott Hotel Manila

Sisig
(using banana hearts and breadfruit)


Marriott Hotel Manila introduces its vegan take on Filipino dishes. Just look at the photo above. It's the Filipino popular dish, sisig, but this time made with banana hearts and breadfruit. 

Bicol Express
(using mushrooms)

Bacolod Inasal
(using tofu)

Curios how they taste?

Visit Marriott Hotel Manila and bring the whole family. 

“We thoroughly studied and searched for quality plant alternatives that provide the same aroma, texture and flavor to replace the meat,” says Executive Chef Meik Brammer. They challenge the popular “meaty” dishes such as Bicol Express, Sisig and Bacolod Inasal to an all-vegetable makeover. Substituting the pork in Bicol Express with a variety of mushrooms such as portabello, shitake and Tagaytay’s oyster mushroom is a creative feat. Mushrooms already are rich and meaty textured perfect to combine with their homemade spicy coconut cream. Sisig, on the other hand, turned into a hearty fare by using banana hearts (puso ng saging) and breadfruit (kamansi). These are tasteful ingredients and can easily be mistaken as pork with eyes closed. For Bacolod Inasal, they char-grilled the high-protein alternative tofu to be dipped in traditional Iloilo vinegar, sinamak.  

What makes them go vegan? The hotel got inspired by the growing vegan or plant-based eating community in the country. It’s a culinary treat catering to various, if not all, cravings such as foodies, vegans, healthy seekers and any appetite who’s up for something new.

Explore and enjoy Marriott’s fresh take on the local cuisine. Vegan or not, indulge in a buffet-style for only Php 1,950 on lunch every Saturdays to Fridays and Php 2,100 on dinner every Sundays to Thursdays. Enough reason to take pride in local and healthy eating. 


Cru Steakhouse is located at Marriott Hotel Manila’s G/F and is open from 6pm to 10:30 pm on Sundays to Thursdays and 6pm to 11:30pm on Fridays and Saturdays. While, Marriott Café Bakery is located at the G/F and is open from 6am to 10:30pm. For inquiries, call (02) 9889999 or visit manilamarriott.com. To keep up on their latest offerings, follow @marriottmanila at Facebook, Twitter and Snapchat and, @manilamarirott on Instagram.
  

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The Miagao Church, also known as the Sto. Tomas de Villanueva Parish Church, Iloilo That  those who are close to the Lord, serve the...

It's Not True


The Miagao Church, also known as the Sto. Tomas de Villanueva Parish Church, Iloilo

That  those who are close to the Lord, serve the church, can recite Bible verses at any time, are forgiving and understanding.

From my experience, they are the ones who are the least compassionate and who don't give second chances.



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I got an email suggesting gifts for moms. It contained cooking books, though. And me, I am not really a cooking mom. I can cook of cour...

Sweeten Up Mother’s Day with Gigi Gaerlan Custaroons



I got an email suggesting gifts for moms. It contained cooking books, though. And me, I am not really a cooking mom. I can cook of course, but I don't get to do it often.

But one thing's for sure, I enjoy eating and trying out new dishes, new restos, and new pastries. Glad I got to hear about Gigi Gaerlan’s Custaroons®. Perfect for Mother's Day treats.

Custaroon®---a term coined, invented and trademarked by Gigi Gaerlan---is a soft, chewy, melt-in-your-mouth combination of custard and macaroons punctuated with just the right amount of sweetness.  They are homemade and handmade with love every day.


The pretty and dainty boxes of these scrumptious desserts are so elegant that they won’t only catch mom's fancy but also make thoughtful gifts to others. They are a perfect gift for any occasion and are guaranteed to be a hit for the whole family. 

Her bestselling custaroons come in its original and cheese variants. Just recently, Gigi Gaerlan released coffee and green tea flavors, too. Also available are Custaroon® Poppers, bite-sized Custaroon® truffles that come in original, chocolate, coffee and green tea, and dusted with a generous amount of premium chocolate powder concoction, which makes it an ultimate favorite for chocoholics.

They are truly lip-smacking treats, and are a perfect match for tea or coffee while spending quality time with mom.

So if you're thinking of a luscious and uniquely delicious surprise, Gigi Gaerlan's Custaroons® is it.

Gigi Gaerlan Custaroons®  are available in the following branches: St. Pio Chapel Compound, Century City Mall, Greenhills Promenade, Robinson’s Magnolia, SM City BF Parañaque, SM City East Ortigas, SM Mall of Asia, SM Mega Fashion Hall, SM North EDSA-The Block, Alabang Town Center, Ayala Malls The 30th, and U.P. Town Center. Pick-up points are also located at 46 Tomas Arguelles St., Sta. Mesa, within the areas of Loyola Grand Villas/La Vista, and Gigi Coffee & Cupcake at Eastwood City, Libis.

For orders and inquiries, visit custaroons.com or call ‎713-1137 or ‎0918-8282929
 

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This heat is unbearable! Good thing, you have Old Orchard Cranberry that can help you cool down. Nothing can be more delightful than sip...

Beat the Heat with Old Orchard Cranberry's Summer Cool Recipes

This heat is unbearable!

Good thing, you have Old Orchard Cranberry that can help you cool down.

Nothing can be more delightful than sipping something refreshing with the right balance of sweetness-and-tartness. So, grab an Old Orchard Cranberry Juice.

If you want something more than just plain juice, this thirst quenching drink can complement can serve as a base for easy-to-prepare mocktails.

Let me share with you some of the recipes.


Non-Alcoholic Sangria

Ingredients
1 bottle Old Orchard Cranberry 64 oz.
1.5 liter lemon soda
1 orange
1 lemon
24 pieces of grapes

Directions
1. Combine chilled Old Orchard Cranberry  and chilled soda in a punch bowl. 
2. Wash fruit. Halve grapes and place in the bunch bowl. 
3. Cut the orange and lemon into wedges. 
4. Place the orange and lemon slices into the punch bowl. Stir and enjoy. 



Cranberry Mocktail

Ingredients
1/2 cup Old Orchard Cranberry 
½ cup ginger ale
Ice
Fruit for garnish

Directions
1. Pour Old Orchard Cranberry in a large glass over ice. 
2. Slowly add ginger ale. 
3. Garnish with a fruit slice, if desired.



Summertime Kiddie Cocktail

Ingredients
1 cup Old Orchard Cranberry Juice  
2 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup Gerolsteiner Sparkling Mineral Water 330ml
Fresh strawberries for garnish

Directions
1. Mix all liquids together
2. Pour in a tall glass over ice


Let me know which mocktail you enjoyed. ;)

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