Halloween Finger Party Foods

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Halloween Is here and it is very ideal to organize a Halloween Party. Last Night, I was able to attend a Halloween Parade and It was such a blast. They wore a lot of creepy costumes and you can really see how much efforts they gave just to come up with some highly realistic prosthetics and more. Interestingly, before the Halloween Parade, my neighbor organized a small Halloween Party. It has been a tradition for them to organize such event every Halloween. Aside from their creepy props and costumes, one thing that took my attention are the Halloween finger party foods on the table.
GEDC0319eThese are Halloween-inspired treats. They use hotdogs for these finger-like foods, they prepare gelatin, fruits, and other nicely-decorated items on the table.
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Starting A Healthy Lifestyle

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My blood sugar went too high last week. Surprisingly, it went up to 248 compare to it’s normal value which ranges from 60 to 110. It was really depressing to find out but I just have to bare with it. The doctor asked me to take Metformin three times a day and I have to establish a healthy lifestyle. My work is taking so much of my time that I never had enough to exercise or to sleep well. But then, it is too late for me to realized it and now I have to face the consequences. Thanks God, i had my Fasting Blood Sugar test earlier today and it went down to 152. Still high indeed but not compare to my first readings. So now that I am trying to set things right, I have to start taking meals that are very ideal for me. I lessened my rice intake and took out 3/4 of its value. So today I start making my own sandwiches!
GEDC2307An easy peasy dish that everyone can make..

Ingredients:

  • Tomato (Sliced)
  • White Onion (Sliced)
  • Cucumber (sliced)
  • Lettuce
  • Mayo
  • Ham
  • Wheat bread

I don’t think you need any explanation here. Just put all the ingredients together, pile them inside the bread and that’s it!


MiniStop Gravy Pork

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There’s definitely a MiniStop branch near you. Their almost everywhere with hundreds of outlets nationwide, it is not really surprising. Anyway, one of their products that I patronize the most is their ‘Toppers”. For a rice meal lover like me, I just can’t help but to try out all their Topper dishes.  It is an ideal student meal which could be avail for as low as Php29.00 (The Burger Steak in particular). Gravy Pork is one of my favorite and I used to order it every night since my job requires me to work overnight, I need something to keep me going and good thing there’s a Ministop branch near us.
P4210625The Gravy Pork Topper is available at Php50.00 and it is really worth it. It is actually enough to satisfy your hungry tummy. I am not a picky eater so I don’t really want to compare their meat to those typical meat dishes you can find in restaurants. It’s a fast food after all!
P4220667Although, I must say that the Gravy itself is somehow inconsistent (I’m referring specifically to the Ministop branch near my place). Sometimes it gets too thick (the way i like it) while sometimes it gets too watery. You can ask for additional gravy by the way for Php4.00


Chowking’s Happy Pao

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P9250162eI’m sure you have already tried the new Chowking Happy Pao! It is their newest version of Siopao which comes in two variants. The Piggy Pao and the Panda Pao.  Well, these are the kind of food that you don’t really want to eat not because of their taste but due to their overwhelming cuteness.
P9250155eThe Happy Pao is available in all Chowking PH branches in a very afforadable price. Each Happy Pao sells at Php39.00 but the price will vary for some store.  You can avail them in single or three-piece pack at Php117.00. It can also be sold with drinks.
P9250158e The Three-piece Happy Pao PackageP9250165eThe Panda Pao is a bun filled with creamy chocolate. The taste actually reminds me of MiniStop’s Belgian Kariman at some point.
P9250164eThe Piggy Pao , on the other hand , is filled with the classic Chowking’s chunky Pork Asado.
P9250171eNow I wonder if they will release new set of Happy Pao soon. I am looking forward for their Happy Pao’s version of Bola-Bola. How about a Kitty Pao? LOL I don’t think that is a good idea considering that there are rumors spreading that Siopao are made from cats haha
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How To Cook “Saging Con Yelo”

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Every summer, one of the ideal desserts to try here in the Philippines aside from the classic “Halo-Halo” is the so-called “Saging Con Yelo” (also known as Saba Con Yelo). It is a very simple and easy to prepare dessert but this time we added some twist as we included sweet potato (kamoteng dilaw in partiicular). Here are the ingredients you need.

Ingredients:

  • 5 to 10 pieces of plantains (saging na saba) sliced. This amount is good for 10-15 servings and ideal for bigger occasions.
  • 1/2 kilo of Brown Sugar
  • 5-6 cups of water
  • 1 kilo of Kamoteng Dilaw (sweet potato) cubed
  • 1/4 langka (Jackfruit). Sliced and Caramelized
  • 1 cup sago
  • 1 Can evaporated Milk
  • Crushed Ice

P4180535Procedure:

  1. Simply mix all the ingredients in a huge pot including the sliced bananas, cubed kamote, water, all the sugar together.
  2. Set the stove in low heat and let them boil. Wait until the the saba and the camote cooked and the sugar to caramelized.
  3. Stir the pot from time to time to prevent the sugar from being burned.
  4. Once the caramel is staring to get thick, placed the langka slices and sago and stir.
  5. If you already achieved the desired thick of the caramel. Turn off the stove and leave the sweetened plantain for few minutes.
  6. Now to serve, put an adequate amount of the sweetened plantain and camote in a small bowl. Topped it with crushed ice and pour a right amount of milk.

 


How To Cook Bacalao (Bacalhau)

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Bacalao or Bacalhau is a popular dish that is often being served during the Lenten Season of most Roman Catholics in the city of Cavite. This dish that is originally came from Portugal is often included in Caviteños special menu during the Lent season because this is the time that the Church forbade eating meat so they used Bacalao meat instead.  There are different ways to cook Bacalao but  the recipe I am going to share below came from my grandma’s very own version of Bacalao.

Ingredients

  • 1 Kilo  Daing na Bacalao (salted cod fish) or Daing na Labahita (salted surgeonfish)
  • 1/2 Kilo Potatoes (pared and quartered)
  • 1 whole Cabbage (shredded)
  • 2 cans of Garbanzos
  • Atsuete seeds with Lye Water (lihiya)
  • Garlic (half bulb minced)
  • 1 Large Onion (chopped)
  • 2 pcs Tomato (minced)
  • 3 Bell peppers

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Procedure:

  1. Soak the Salted fish on a warm water and leave it overnight. On the day of cooking, drain, shred and debone the fish and set it aside.
  2. Fry the potato cubes on the pan until it’s golden brown and set it aside.
  3. Saute the onion, garlic and tomato.
  4. Put a cup of water and add the extract from the Atsuete See with Lye
  5. Let it boil and simmer for 10 minutes.
  6. Add the shredded salted cod fish or labahita, the garbanzos, bell pepper and shredded cabbage.
  7. Stir and add the potato.
  8. Simmer it again for another 15-20 minutes. Stir it from time to time.
  9. Salt and pepper to taste. (although the fish will already provide a natural salty taste to it)

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How to Choose the Perfect Hat for the Shape of Your Face

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headHats are more than just a garment that is used to protect us from the heat of the sun but it is also now considered as a fashion statement that can be matched perfectly with our outfits. However, just like sunglasses, hats should be chosen perfectly. Not all hats will look good to you and it will vary depending on the shape of your head. We have different shapes of head and they can be classified as oblong, oval, round, triangular, square, diamond and heart shaped. Listed below are some useful ideas I have found online to know which kind of hat is suited for the shape of your face.

Oblong Face – This kind of face is described as long, narrow face with wide hairline and jaw like a rectangle. People with such shape is encouraged to choose a hat style with wide brim and flat crown to establish a great balance.

Round Face – This kind of face is wide and the widest part of it is somewhere around the cheeks. It is said that hats with high crown and small brim will make your face look much slimmer.

Square Shaped Face – Described as face with wide and flat hairline and jaw. The face is similar with width and length. Hats with upturned brims and asymmetrical silhouettes is very ideal for such face.

Heart Face – This head is wider at the top, tapering down and prominent cheekbones. You can compliment it with hats with tilted style.

 Oval Shape – This face is longer with forehead and jaw slightly narrower. Luckily, Oval Shaped face is considered as the most versatile shape as it can go on with any style

The style will also vary depending on the type of occasion or event you are going to attend with. Now that you now the kind of hats that are suited for your face shape, then you can confidently shop hats at wholesale or retail stores without worrying if it will either look good or bad on you. Cheers!


Google Doodles the 180th Birthday of John Venn

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Google Doodle commemorates with the 180th birthday of John Venn. Venn is an English Logician and philosopher who is best known for his Venn Diagram which is now being used in many fields like set theory, probability , logic, statistics and computer science. Venn Diagram is basically a diagram that shows all possible logical relations between a finite collection of sets. Google has created an interactive Doodle. In the doodle, the user is allowed to pick one category from each circle and then they will overlap to show you the result. Shown below are the complete sets of results from this fun interactive doodle.
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Mom’s Special Day

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P5110064It was Mother’s Day a week ago and I’m sure you guys made your mom extremely special on that day. My brother and I decided to give my mom a very special treat for mother’s day. After she went to the church, all of us woke up early to prepare our gifts. We gave her a huge bouquet of roses and a cake and greet her a Happy Mother’s Day. A day after, we took her in her favorite salon and give her a nice makeover as well. Mother’s Day is not just about giving gifts. It is not just about the material you give and its value. It is all about your effort and time you offer. As their kids, we are responsible for bringing back the courtesy of all the things they’ve done for us.

This coming May 20, my mom and my dad will be celebrating their 25th anniversary and this is really something special. We’re planning to bring them both in a restaurant and gave them some nice treats and gifts. I found a magnetic bracelet online last night and I think my mom will definitely love this. As for my dad, i think i will buy him a new wallet. Well, we’re hoping to give them a blast!


Chow Pao

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Ever tried the Chowking Special Sausage? This special meal offered by Chowking (fast food restaurant)  is being offered in a very affordable price and if you are a frugal guy like me, having this meal is definitely a must but allow me to give my honest review about their so called “Chow Pao”. The meal is basically worth Php30 which is not bad at all but you might wish to have those add on veggies to make it more appetizing. Honestly , Chinese Sausage Special is not that special at all. It’s more like a combination of “Longganisa” and hotdog. Most of my Malaysian friends noted that it doesn’t look like a Chinese Sausage at all. Perhaps, Chowking is trying to change it in a more Filipino way. What i love about this meal is the soft bun with a cute CK logo on top
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I went over to their site and discovered that apart from the Chinese Sausage Chow Pao, they are also offering Chunky Beef Chow Pao, and Braised Chicken Chow Pao.