November 27, 2015

Christmas Gift Ideas for Ladies

Less than a month to go before Christmas. Have you already prepared your gifts for friends and loved ones? Or are you having some difficulties in choosing the right gift?

Mommy shared some gift ideas for men. Most are composed of gadgets, power tools and other thing sthat suites men’s interests. It is time for me to share some ideas too. That is Christmas Gift Ideas for ladies.

Bags and wallets

Source: Gucci
Ladies will definitely love these items. Just be sure to know their favorite color and material – cloth or leather. Last year, Mommy eye for a bag at the mall so I bought it secretly for her.

Adult coloring books
Source: Life hack
Adult coloring books are very popular now. It's a good gift for those who are always stress because of work or house chores.


Ladies love jewelry. For sure they cannot resist if you give her a piece of gold or silver jewelry. Make this piece of metal more personalized by engraving it like Joy Jewelers sterling silver engravable charms.

Electronic gadgets

Source: Asus

If men love electronic gadgets like phone and tablets, women can't say no to electronic gadgets too. Today, LazadaPH is having a Pinoy Cyber Sale where you can find electronic gadgets with marked down prices.

Gift giving is already part of the Holiday season but we must not forget the true meaning of what we are celebrating on this time of the year.

Have you already completed your Christmas gift list?

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November 25, 2015

On Regulating TV Programs and Ads

Television (TV) is one of the most influential media for people of all ages. There’s a strong tendency that people may believe in everything we watch on TV. That’s why it’s also a powerful tool for communication and information.

Just like the use of internet, we should also guide our children in watching TV shows and even commercials. Thanks to Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) for regulating and classifying each TV program according to its suitability to the viewers’ ages.

However, it’s still us who will decide what programs we will let our children watch. Also, they are TV ads in a rated G (General Audience) show that may not also suitable to young audience. Parents and guardians should be vigilant on what our children should watch.

Being a working mom, this is one of my household problems. Since my husband and I both work outside home, our helper/yaya is the only one who will guide our son in watching TV after his class. Even if I will tell her not to let our son watch this and that, I am not assured she will not really do that. I know that’s also the dilemma of other working moms like me.

Our son is a very smart boy. He can easily recall everything he watch. Sometimes, I am surprise that he knows all the character in a TV show. He also has a strong recall on TV ads jingles too.

Just like what I have said, there’s a tendency that people believes everything we watch on TV. Let me share this one case of ridiculous lawsuits about a TV ads. Because he believed that when he use that certain product, what the TV ads showed will happen to him as well. So he filed a case, here’s what happened.

A man from Nigeria, Anthony Olatunfe, filed a case against Uniliver Nigeria Limited. He sued the later for not attracting girls after using the product as shown in the commercial. He said, "no girl ever agreed to even go out for a tea or coffee with me, even though I’m sure they could smell my breath. I always brush my teeth with so much close up gel to make sure the girls get turned on by my fresh breath as they usually show on TV.” Also, he was got fired from his job by trying to kiss his boss after brushing his teeth.

He even presented used and unused tubes of close-up as evidences. And he accused Uniliver of cheating that caused him mental stress. Really absurd but this is true, haha.

Seriously, this is something we parents should take seriously. Instead of TV, we should think of other ways to entertain our kids. Also, regulate the time of watching TV. Always be sure that we are around when they watch TV. As much as possible do not put a TV inside their bedroom.

This is really a difficult task for us parents. Do you have other ways to regulate TV programs and shows that children can watch?
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November 24, 2015

Calamares with Crispy Fry Seasoned Crumbs

Mommy received a gift pack from Ajinomoto and one of the items in the loot bag is Crispy Fry Seasoned Crumbs. It is a mixture of seasonings and bread crumbs perfect for fried dishes like chicken, tempura and calamares.


Last week, I found squid sold in the market at low price. Buying such items at cheaper price is doubtful but when I checked on the squid it looks fresh naman. Calamares became part of our dinner that day.

To lessen the malansang amoy, I squeezed few calamansi on the squid and marinate it for about 10 minutes before frying.

Calamares Main Ingredients: Squid, Calamansi and Crispy Fry Seasoned Crumbs

According to the cooking instructions, no egg is needed when Crispy Fry Seasoned Crumbs is used. Just make sure that the meat is wet so the crumbs will stick on it.

However, upon trying the first batch, the crumbs did not stick on the squid. To resolve the problem, I went to the usual breading procedure. Dip the squid in flour and egg before rolling into Crispy Fry Seasoned Crumbs.

The calamares goes well but I got another problem. I need to hide the finished product first or else, wala nang matitira para sa dinner.

Matthew cannot wait to take his first bite of Calamares.
Calamares is perfect paired with either spiced vinegar or garlic-mayo dip.



1/2 kilo squid, sliced into rings.
1 pack Crispy Fry Seasoned Crumbs
1/4 cup calamansi juice
1 egg, slightly beaten
1 cup flour
Oil for frying

Marinate the squid in calamansi juice for about 10 minutes.
Coat the squid rings in flour.
Dip in egg.
Coat with Crispy Fry Seasoned Crumbs.
Deep fry until the coating become golden brown.
Place the cooked products in strainer or papar towel to remove excess oil.
Serve with garlic-mayo dip or spiced vinegar.

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November 19, 2015

Perfect Memorials Holiday Gift Guide

With the Holidays fast approaching, Perfect Memorials, the leading online retailer of premium quality memorial products has created a special Holiday Memorials category with more products, many of which are on sale.


Ornaments serve as very thoughtful gifts for someone who is looking for a unique way to memorialize a lost family member or friend during the holiday season. Perfect Memorials has many different styles to choose from and even offer them in packs of 5 or 10, which makes it very easy for you to share an extra special memory with a group of friends or family that will last for years to come.

Give a gift that will be enjoyed year round with a Perfect Memorials Photo Engraved Pendant. These pendants are engraved with the photo and name of a loved one and can be worn around the neck or displayed alongside other mementos and keepsakes.

Personalized Memorial Cards are very thoughtful stocking stuffers you can give to your loved ones during the holiday season. Perfect Memorials memorial cards come in five vibrant color options and serve as a very nice and tasteful way to carry or display a photo and special memory of your lost loved one. Visit and enter the keyword Memorial Card to view all of your Personalized Memorial Card options.

Perfect Memorials Premium Jewelry Collection is guaranteed to steal the hearts of your loved ones and the spotlight at your next holiday party. The Premium Jewelry Collection combines our most iconic cremation jewelry pendants with free engraving and a complimentary custom engraved jewelry gift box. With 12 options to choose from, you are sure to find a special gift for everyone on your holiday list.

Whether displayed in a memorial garden, city park, or inside your home, engraved stones make a perfect way to celebrate your loved one. Personalization including names, dates of their legacy, other text sentiments, and artwork are available to symbolize and pay tribute to the life of a loved one or family pet. Engraved stones are offered in many shapes and sizes and they are sure to spread cheer throughout your family during the entire holiday season.

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November 10, 2015

Vigan Empanada ala Chemist Dad

Here is another merienda suggestion – Vigan Empanada.

The usual empanada is a baked or fried bread stuffed with meat like asado, chicken adobo or bola-bola. Vigan empanada, on the other hand is very different. The filling is made of vegetables (grated papaya, toge or mung bean, carrots), meat (vigan longanissa) and while egg. (Source:

Unlike the usual empanada, Vigan Empanada is best paired with spiced vinegar. 

Vigan Empanada ala Chemist Dad

Few weeks ago I made my own version of Vigan Empanada. Instead of papaya and Vigan longganisa, I used sayote and home made skinless longganisa. I already tried making this one using a homemade dough for the wrapper but ended unscuccessful so I tried using the ready-made lumpia wrapper. I also used Ajinomoto Ginisa mix to enhance flavor.

Vigan Empanada Ingredients
Grated syote, skinless longganisa, eggs, cornstarch, lumpia wrapper, Ajinomoto Ginisa mix

Look who's waiting to take a bite of Vigan Empanada ala Chemist Dad?

Matthew the Judge


1 cup sayote, peeled and grated
Eggs, yolk separated from white
Lumpia wrapper
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 medium sized onion, chopped
1 tbsp cornstarch dissolved in 1 tbsp water
¼  sachet Ajinomoto Ginisa mix
Cooking oil for deep frying.

Saute garlic and onion.
Add grated sayote and Ajinomoto Ginisia Flavor mix. Continue cooking for about 2-3 minutes.
Remove from heat and cool.
Add egg white. Set aside.

Saute skinless longganissa until color turns brown.

In a plate, lay lumpia wrapper.
Place sayote mixture and longganisa.
Make a well and nest egg yolk in the middle.
Carefully fold making half circle and seal the sides using cornstarch mixture.
Fry until golden brown.
Drain excess oil in paper towel.
Serve with spiced vinegar.
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