Tuesday, September 30, 2008

School Foundation Day

Last Saturday, my daughter and I went to her school for the final performance of their group in their recently concluded Cheering Competition as part of their program in the school’s 26th anniversary. She belongs to the Blue Jaguar team and they won the First Prize for the cheering competition.

Program started with the registration followed by a mass then proceeds immediately on the program proper. They were the first one to perform followed by 2 other teams in the elementary level. See pictures above. Supposedly, it’s a whole day program but we decided to go home half the day coz the afternoon program is for parents’ sports activities. Hubby just came back from a business trip so we decided to go home and look after my little boy so hubby could rest. It really feels great seeing our kids performed and be involved in school activities to develop their personalities and discover their talents. She had first a Henna Tattoo on her wrist before we finally able to go home.

Bibingka & Puto Bumbong

Christmas is nearing and as early as now you can see Puto Bumbong and Bibingka being sold along the streets. These are the two favorites among Filipinos during Christmastime. If you gonna visit Philippines on September and onwards you will have a great chance to taste these two.

Ingredients for Bibingka includes rice flour, sugar, coconut cream, eggs, baking powder, grated cheese, butter, salted egg, fresh grated coconut and salt. Special Bibingka filled with more cheese and salted egg is being sold and really tasted great. I usually eat this during my visit in Manila.

Puto Bumbong is a purple-colored Filipino dessert made of sweet rice cooked in hollow bamboo tubes that are placed on a special steamer-cooker. When cooked, they are removed from the bamboo tubes, spread with butter and sprinkled with sugar and niyog (grated coconut). They are then wrapped in wilted banana leaves which keep them warm and moist until ready to be eaten. Like Bibingka, Puto Bumbong is inexorably linked with Simbang Gabi--the Catholic mass celebrated at dawn on the nine days preceding Christmas.

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Monday, September 29, 2008

Brochure Holders, Sign Holders, Poster Holders & other plastic products

I am pretty sure you’ve seen these plastic products when dining in your favorite restaurant, or maybe during your visits in your depository bank or probably you have those in your office. This stuff just not serves as plain decorations to give elegance and make those brochures and leaflets look in order but moreover of a marketing strategy. It is a kind of space-saving advertisement yet very appealing and effective coz surely people get notice of it immediately and lets face it not all customers are fond of asking first instead they may preferred to read first.

I found those sign holders in restaurants a very effective marketing strategy. I do myself get notice immediately of their promos or seasonal products without having the menu beforehand and even browsing it even I finish with my order. I think the Sign Holder with Brochure Holder will be perfect for real estate companies during their campaigns at malls or even during open house occasions. How about those donation boxes for churches, banks and charitable institutions to house those collected funds for their specific projects?

There are vast selections of this plastic stuff at Plastic Products Manufacturing that you can choose from in case you need one or more. They got a large inventory of these quality and competitive plastic products on sold and they have knowledgeable online support staff to handle your queries or to guide you in your selection.

Proposed tax on SMS for educational and health care system

The end does not justify the means. Speaker Prospero Nograles is willing to support Senator Richard Gordon’s proposal to compel telecommunications companies (telcos) to set aside certain amount from their Short Messaging System (SMS) charges for health and education. If the proposal will be approved, Speaker Nograles said the government can easily raised around P340M a day, based on estimates of l.7 to 1.9 billion text messages exchanged daily.

The proposal sounds great though an additional burden to the public but what Speaker Nograles and Senator Gordon can say about the Commission on Audit (COA) Reports stating the P8M worth of expired medicines and DepEd’s mismanagement of fund? Though the whole proposal looks noble the people are still in doubt considering those millions of pesos repeatedly wasted by both agencies.

As a housewife, sometimes it’s hard for me to take the news unfolding different anomalies and corruptions while on the other hand you hear children knocking on the gate begging for something to eat or hearing people choosing to take their lives because they are jobless. I just hope and pray that if this proposal will be approved, everything will be done as planned and many will benefit from it coz P340M a day is huge money that sounds like a Christmas bells to those corrupt officials and servants.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Senate Probe on Double Insertions


The Senate will commence investigation on the double insertion issue unfolded by Senator Ping Lacson on Monday, September 29. Senator Lacson brought in the senate floor, on his privilege speech, the anomalous insertion of a P200-million fund for a supposed road project involving Senate President Manny Villar.

This insertion created different controversies between senators themselves and stretched other Senate insertions on the approved 2008 General Appropriations Act (GAA) as follows:

  • Kibawe-Kadingilan-Kalinangan Road (P5 million) and Don Carlos-Kadingilan Road (P25 million), both in Bukidnon;
  • Construction of access road, West Lateral Dike connecting to Hacienda Dolores to Porac Interchange of the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway in Pampanga (P100 million);
  • For the completion of the Cagayan de Oro International Trade and Convention Multipurpose Center, (P100 million);
  • Tagaytay-Silang Road, Balalang-Matanda section in Cavite (P13 million);
  • Construction of Molino Boulevard, in Cavite, including right of way (P37 million);
  • The Aguinaldo Bridge project;
  • P200 million for Maharlika Road, which, Lacson said, "God knows which part."

I’m sure many will watch the live coverage of this probe as it created media mileage for weeks and that people will be enlightened on the legalities of these double insertions and what will be the outcome. There are many Senate investigations done in the past but many where not disclose clearly to the public. Will this issue be one of those?

Web Hosting Solution

Lately, hubby and I are reading articles about domain name and web hosting services. We are thinking of buying our own domain not only for our personal and business use but also for our friends who are interested in getting into blogging. A friend who is a blogger for years now educated us about the details and importance of owning a domain and having a reliable web host.

One of the references we got is the site of WebHostingRating.com wherein lots of web hosts are being featured, evaluated and rated by the real customers. You don’t need to check different sites just to know web hosting because they will give you detailed information about everything with users participation. I had blogger friends who encountered technical and customer service related problems with their respective web host providers and someone even got lost of her PR4 blog permanently because of poor service. We already checked the site and indeed it is very useful and helpful not only for individuals but for businesses too who are planning to have a site and for those who already maintain a site.

There is one article, Understanding the Domain Game, that hubby is reading. We wanted a domain name for the group and we wanted it to be unique and appealing. WHR is a big help to all domain and hosting wanderers out there. It is very profound and we enjoyed reading different feedbacks of real customers about how good and bad their experiences where.

China milk scare continues: Four Fonterra brands removed

Four products manufactured by New Zealand’s Fonterra had been removed from the initial list of food items being tested for possible melamine contamination by the Bureau of Food and Drugs (BFAD) last Saturday. The Fonterra brands: Anchor Lite Milk, Anlene Milk Low Fat, Anmum Materna, and Anmum Materna Chocolate were removed from the list since they manufactured in New Zealand. According to the Fonterra website, it is a company "owned by over 11,000 New Zealand dairy farmers." Its shareholders represent 95 per cent of New Zealand's dairy farmers. Fonterra is the sixth largest dairy company in the world by turnover. Dairy farmers supply Fonterra with "more than 14 billion liters of milk each year."

The removal of the four milk products leaves 52 products that are to be tested by BFAD for melamine. BFAD Chief Gutierrez said that they will commence the testing of milk and milk-based products from China early next week and samples will be coming from the different regions.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Beef Steak Recipe (Filipino style)

This is the Filipino style of steak I’m sure you will love. The perfect mixture of calamansi and soy sauce will give the beef and the sauce itself a great taste.


  • 1/2 kilo beef sirloin, thinly sliced
  • 2 tbs calamasi or lemon juice
  • 1 big onion, sliced into rings
  • 3 tbs soy sauce
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 4 tbs vegetable oil

Cooking procedures:

Marinate the beef in soy sauce, lemon juice and pepper for 1 hour. Then heat oil, pan fry the marinated beef until medium rare. Add the sliced onions and marinate sauce and continue to cook for 5 minutes. Move beef into a platter and garnish it with the sauce and onions.

Baby proofing & child safety products plus home safety tips

I’m a mother to two kids, one girl and one boy, and I know the importance of child safety and security at home, in car, or anywhere else. Even though parents wouldn’t want it to happen to their kids accidents do really occur and worst often if we don’t take the necessary child safety gadgets.

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Friday, September 26, 2008

China milk scare continues

The Bureau of Food and Drugs released on Friday a partial list of milk and milk products in their possession undergoing testing for possible melamine contamination. Due to public demand, BFAD Chief Leticia Barbara Gutierrez released the partial list and advices the public not to purchase the following products until the tests are over for safety precaution.

Below is the partial list:

1. Anchor Lite Milk

2. Anchor Wam Froot Milk Drink Mango Magic

3. Anchor Wam Froot Milk Drink Orange Chill

4. Anchor Wam Froot Milk Drink Strawberry Spin

5. Anlene Milk

6. Anmum Materna 180 g

7. Anmum Materna Chocolate

8. Dutch Lady Pure Milk

9. Farmland Skim Milk

10. Green Food Yili Pure Milk

11. Jinwei Drink

12. Jolly Cow Pure Fresh Milk

13. Jolly Cow Slender Low Fat Milk

14. KLIM instant full cream milk 1.8kg

15. M&M Chocolate Brown 40g

16. Meiji Hokkaido Azuki (Red Bean Ice Cream)

17. Meiji Ujikintoki (Red Bean and Green Tea Frozen Confection)

18. Mengniu Original Drink Milk

19. Mengniu Pure Milk

20. Milk Chocolate Bars/China

21. Milk Chocolate Candies/China

22. Milk Boy repacked

23. Milk Boy repacked

24. Monmilk Breakfast Milk Walnut Milk Beverage

25. Monmilk High Calcium Low Fat Milk

26. Monmilk High Calcium Milk

27. Monmilk Milk Deluxe Pure Milk

28. Monmilk Pure Milk

29. Monmilk Suan Suan Ru Sour Milk Beverage (mango flavor)

30. Natural Choice Milk Ice Bar

31. Nespray

32. Nestle Carnacion Calcium Plus non fat milk powder 1.6 kg

33. Nestle Chocolate Flavor Ice Cream cone

34. Nestle Dairy Farm Pure Milk

35. Nestle Vanilla Flavor Ice Cream Cone

36. Nutri Express Milk

37. Nutri Express Milk 15 Nutritional Elements (Blue, Red and Orange label and cap)

38. Nutri Express Milk

39. Nutri Express Milk Green Apple

40. Prime Roast Cereals 28g

41. Pura Fresh Milk

42. Snickers brown 59 grams

43. Strawberry Sorbet

44. Trappist Dairy Low Fat Yogurt Drink

45. Vita Fresh Milk

46. Wahaha Orange

47. Wahaha Yellow

48. Want Want milk drink

49. Yili High Calcium 250ml

50. Yili High Calcium Milk 1 liter

51. Yili High Calcium Low fat milk beverage

52. Yili Low Fat Milk 1 liter

53. Yili Milk

54. Yili Pure Milk 250 ml

55. Yili Pure Milk 1 liter

56. Yinlu Milk Peanut

In addition, the chief advised the public to avoid all milk products labeled “made in China” or “PROC” (People’s Republic of China) and those with Chinese characters.

Truly melamine is a disastrous so be cautious and responsible to control the global effect of this catastrophe. Be safe always.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Google G1 Phone VS. Apple iPhone


As early as now I am thinking of a special gift for hubby for Christmas. He’s been very supportive on the financial needs of my parents for our business and a great husband and father to us. I know a multi-functional cell phone will be of big help to him like the Google G1 phone and Apple iPhone. I am thinking for an Apple iPhone for him under Globe plan. What do you think?

I need help from cell phone lovers out there to give me advices so I can pick the right one for him. Hubby is an ECE Engineer and currently working as Engineering Department Head in a radio network. He loves to read informative articles and the latest news on technology. Thanks in advance!

Gabby Concepcion's dad passes away

Rolly Concepcion passed away at 8:43 p.m. after suffering from a heart attack, the Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital confirmed. He is the father of actor Gabby Conception who just recently went back to the Philippines after the controversial Metro Manila Film Fest Award scandal.

The elder Concepcion, who has had illness for some time, was the reason the actor returned to the Philippines after a 13-year self-imposed "exile" in the United States.

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They all are charmed with the blogs, where in the majority of its aims are to show the marvels and to do friendship; there are persons who are not interested when we give them a prize and then they help to cut these bows; do we want that they are cut or that they propagate? Then let's try to give more attention to them! So with this prize we must deliver it to 8 bloggers that in turn must make the same thing and put this
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Stylish & elegant stainless steel products

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Laing Recipe (Taro leaves in coconut milk)

Laing is a delicious native dish from Bicol too. It is prepared in bundles of taro leaves, filled with shredded taro leaves, bits of meat or shrimp, lots of chilies, ginger, garlic and onion then cooked steadily in coconut cream.


  • 150 gm pack dried taro leaves or gabi
  • 3 big mature coconuts
  • 1 onion
  • 2 tbs crushed garlic
  • ½ cup crushed ginger
  • 1 stalk lemon grass tied in bundle
  • 250 gm dried fish any meaty ones will do
  • 250gm pork, diced
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 tbs chilli (siling labuyo)
  • Fish sauce to taste

Cooking procedures:

Have the coconuts grated and squeeze until the milk is well extracted. Strain the pulp out of the milk and set aside. This should be the kakang gata or first squeezed coconut milk. Add another 1 ½ cup of water in the pulp and repeat the process. Put this 2nd squeezed milk in the pan or wok. Add all the ingredients except laing, and bring to a boil while stirring continuously. When the mixture has thickened, add the laing or taro leaves. Stir occasionally over medium heat. When almost dry, add the kakang gata, fish sauce to taste or a pinch of sugar (optional). Cook over low heat until coconut milk turned almost into oil. Serve hot or cold with rice. Others include gabi to thicken the sauce.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Bicol Express Recipe

If you like spicy dishes then this one is for you. Bicol is not only known for dishes with coconut milk but moreover the chili ones. Get an express taste of Bicol with this Bicol Express. It is a favorite in the house for hubby and me. You can add siling labuyo to make it spicier.

  • 1/4 kilo pork, cubed
  • 3 cups long chili
  • 1 onion, minced
  • 1 head of garlic, minced
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1 cup coconut cream
  • 2 tablespoons of cooking oil
  • Fish sauce to taste

Cooking procedures:

In a cooking pan, heat cooking oil and brown sliced pork for a few minutes. In another pan, sauté minced garlic and onion then add to the sauté the browned pork. Put few fish sauce. Add the coconut milk, bring to a boil and simmer for 10 minutes. Add the long chili and cook until dish gets a little dry. Add the coconut cream and simmer until the sauce thickens. Add fish sauce to taste.

Trade Show Booths @ CamelBackDisplays.com

Working in a network of radio stations blessed me with diverse experiences on meeting different people, attend several trade fairs and other occasions of advertisers, aside from my usual functions on commercials and finances. Usually our network participated in various projects and activities of prospective and active advertisers to serve as part of our marketing strategies in getting an account. It is kind of tiring part of my job but fruitful indeed.

The trade show booths I have seen before in several trade fairs diverse from extravagant to ordinary presentations. Well what to expect with those big and multinational companies who have the budget for that and can afford such extravagant presentations. From tailored and themed table skirts down to the colorful and eye-catching banner stands that caught the attention of visitors. Pipe and Drape are important factors too in trade shows. The design and sturdiness of the booth packed with matching personalized draperies will surely attract visitors.

Businesses showcase their products and services during trade shows and this is such a tough task. The need for an effective company booth is really crucial as you need to draw attention to your booth and stand among other booths in the trade show.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Aquarium in the house

Before the year ends, the family will be having the long-waited aquarium in the lanai. Hubby was given a big aquarium by one of his officemates. We already have different shells that we gathered in one of the beaches in Batangas so we will just need some decorative plants and stones plus the fishes of course. We are thinking of having one Arowana and some breed of colorful fishes to house in the aquarium. In feng shui, Arowanas bring good luck and wealth.

The kids are excited upon hearing the plans and they can’t wait to see the finish aquarium. They get even more excited when they see aquariums in the malls and the different fishes on sale. If Arowana can be mixed with some fishes I guess we will go on with the original plan, if not then maybe we will just have mixture of colorful fishes as what kids want.

Melamine in milk products

After successfully hosting the 2008 Olympics, China is facing with a negative bang of milk products recall contaminated by melamine. There are 1,253 infants have been diagnosed with kidney stones, 53 are in critical condition and 2 have even died from the bad formula which was distributed by Sanlu Dairy.

Melamine Uses:

Melamine is used combined with formaldehyde to produce melamine resin, a very durable thermosetting plastic, and melamine foam, a polymeric cleaning product. The end products include countertops, dry erase boards, fabrics, glues, housewares and flame retardants. Melamine is one of the major components in Pigment Yellow 150, a colorant in inks and plastics.

Melamine is also used to make fertilizers.

Melamine derivatives of arsenical drugs are potentially important in the treatment of African trypanosomiasis.

Melamine use as non-protein nitrogen (NPN) for cattle was described in a 1958 patent. In 1978, however, a study concluded that melamine "may not be an acceptable nonprotein N source for ruminants" because its hydrolysis in cattle is slower and less complete than other nitrogen sources such as cottonseed meal and urea.

Melamine is sometimes unethically added to food products in order to increase the apparent protein content. Standard tests such as the Kjeldahl and Dumas tests estimate protein levels by measuring the nitrogen content, so they can be misled by adding nitrogen-rich compounds such as melamine.

To all the mothers out there, be careful in buying milk products for your beloved infants. Double check the safe brands for consumption.

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Browse different planter manufacturers by size, shape, color, features and more so you can pick the right one to match your needs and preferences. They also provide product depth, knowledge, low prices and customer service needed to help you find a fully customized planter solution. Planting is great and important so take your pick and beautify your place.

Korea's Three Daddies & One Mommy

Three Dads with One Mommy is one of the newest shows of ABS CBN’s Primetime Bida. Lizette (played by Kim Yoo Jin) and Justin (played by Yoon Sang Hyun) desperately want a child but they are unable to have one. Justin (impotent) seeks the help of his 3 best friends Ariel (Shin Sung Rok), Jayden (Jae Hee), and Jake (Jo Hyun Jae of Only You and Forbidden Love) by convincing them to donate their sperms for Lizette's in vitro fertilization.

The donation was a success. Lizette got pregnant but Justin dies in an accident and the three friends discovered the truth of Justin’s vitro plans. What will happen now to Lizette and who among the three best friends is the biological father of the baby? Can Lizette be romantically involved in one of his husband’s best friends? These are just some of the things that will be answered in the succeeding broadcasts of the show so keep watching.

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