Eggplant With Pork Bits Adobo

In one of my previous posts, I have mentioned that my kids eat eggplant but they differ in how it is cooked. Another challenge for the Mom, right? Every morning, I get to watch a morning show called “Magandang Buhay” whish is hosted by celebrity moms, Melai Cantiveros, Karla Estrada and Jolina Magdangal. In one of their most recent episodes, they tackled about how important it is to eat healthy and still prepare affordable dishes for the family. Their guest, Lassy, cooked Adobong Talong ala Lassy and I find it really mouth watering.

Right before fetching my younger daughter from school, I went to the market and bought few pieces of eggplant. Glad it is not that much expensive from the store I often buy veggies from. I was excited to prepare that same dish for dinner, and so I did.

Again, I had to twist the recipe I saw from Lassy. I sautéd the pork bits with the onion and garlic before adding the vinegar and soy sauce. I also added a tablespoon of Oyster sauce and sesame seeds for garnish. Because, why not?

The girls did not bother the fact they are eating eggplant cooked the way they have not tasted it before…they totally liked it! Makes me wanna tell myself that I am good at cooking, haha! kidding aside, I do love cooking for this fambam I call mine!

FMS Photo A Day: September 4 Sauce

September 4 | Sauce

This is how I want my LAING, a little saucy and not too spicy. I didn’t crush those chili but hubby did when he took some on to his plate.

Laing is one of the many delicious dishes that hails from Bicol. It is made with dried Taro leaves, coconut milk, shrimp paste and chili. There are several versions of Laing out there, but mine is not that spicy. I also had to skip adding the shrimp paste this time and used pork bits instead. Our daughters had requested a non spicy version, so this Mom had to give in. Chili is so expensive nowadays, so YES to their request! Those two pieces you see in the photo had been in the fridge before the price soared in its highest. How much is it in the market? Php 800-1000 per kilo!

Chicken with Creamy Corn and Potatoes

As a Mom, have you ever experienced asking yourself what dish to prepare for your family as soon as you open your eyes in the morning? It is quite challenging especially if you are a working Mom, right? Even if you are like me who work from home, it is really a test.  There are many things to consider in preparing everyday dishes for the whole family. It has to be healthy. It has to be something that everyone will eat… and appreciate – a bonus!

One morning, I already know I am to make Chicken Afritada but I only have half kilo of chicken thighs and few potatoes. I also found a can of corn kernels in the shelf so I had to search for a recipe I can use these ingredients I readily have. Simply because I felt too lazy to go out and buy few more missing ingredients to go for the Afritada dish I originally planned. I found Chicken with Creamy Corn and Potatoes from Kraft Recipes and it caught my attention. Although I did not follow their recipe exactly, it was my inspiration.


I only had the ingredients I have already mentioned, used butter, added cheddar cheese, ground pepper, and cream cheese. It was a breeze cooking this particular recipe. And that is what I have accomplished! The girls really liked it!

Online access to different recipes is truly a big help to many moms, including myself. I found another recipe from the same website and will sure try that some other time.

Learning A Lot From That Shout Out

K: (Happy in her fan state of mind) “Ni-like ni Jameson yung banner na gawa ko.”
Me: “Talaga? Maganda iyong may drawing mo as background.”

At almost 16, I’m sure nasabi nya sa sarili nya na parang tama naman pala itong pinili kong track. Na-inspire akong pagbutihin.

Next day…
I had to hug her tight and wipe her tears. I gave her back all the assurance, confidence and love na somehow, were taken away from her in an instant. A number of you started blaming her, calling her selfish, cancer, peenoise and asking her to change her mindset.

Ha? Teka lang po sa inyong lahat.

1. If it was me (freelancer state of mind), I would have asked for movie tickets aside from the shout out. But then, it wasn’t me.

* A little bit of info:
I freelance too, though not in the art & design field. But I have colleagues and relatives that are artists and designers. My daughter knows the importance of getting paid for the services you give. Trust me, she witnessed how hard it is to get a job online, especially nowadays. Hindi lang sa specific na industry ito nangyayari.

2. If K asked for a payment na baka para sa iba ay sobra naman for the basic banner made using Canva app, maba-bash pa rin sya, right? Baka sabihan pa rin sya na “kahihiyan sa industriya”, “mayabang na wala pang napapatunayan”, or “kapal ng mukha na maningil, Canva lang ginamit.”

3. If I did tell my daughter of no.1, knowing her, she would give me an “AHA! moment look” that means, “Oo nga ‘no? Pero, kakatapos lang kasi ng birthday nya. Gift ko na ‘yun. Masaya na nga ako nung ni-like nya, lalo nung napili nya yung isa. Kung gamitin nya yung banner, parang birthday gift na din ‘yun sa akin. Bonus na lang yung shout out, nothing bad with it.”

4. There is a Twitter feature called “Direct Message”, you all know that. Kung ano-ano nang nasabi ng marami, why? Do you actually know what happened behind the public tweets? Do you know what transpired through direct messaging?

Having given you all these points, I don’t get the point of these people na magagaling calling my daughter a cancer in the art industry. She only responded to a tweet with kindness. And to that person na tila kinuwestyon kung bakit proud pa yung Mom ng artist, I really wish you become a parent yourself, then you will understand.

As for Jameson Blake, correcting him properly is enough. He apologized already. Stop the hate. Stop the ugly memes. Those who used their time, talent and effort making these memes to make fun of Jameson Blake – his mistake has earned you likes and followers. Happy now?

We all had moments of “That is not what I meant” and “I did not mean to offend you”. If there is someone out there who did not or have not experienced these moments, it is about time to log off and take time to self-evaluate. How is your relationship with everyone around you going? Maybe it is time to really connect and communicate, openly and calmly. Then through that way of expression and evaluation, I am sure there will be so much realization. I hope each of it is beautiful. Let me borrow that ripple-effect mentioned at the heat of the argument, it does come in… if you fill your heart with positiveness, the same people around you smile and get that vibe you bring. I tell you, it will surely grow and go back at you. We all just got to learn to listen, and understand… if needed, then respond, with kindness.

Three Day Prompt in a Post For July FMS Photo A Day

I decided to make a single post for the three day prompts as I do not want to flood your inbox, my subscribers. I also want to keep this short but as interesting as it can be.

For July 2, the prompt is Furry. And the hashtag to use for this is #FMS_furry, in case you are doing it via Instagram. This particular photo of Roey holding new furry friends was taken at the Enchanted Kingdom in Sta. Rosa, Laguna. She was terrified as the Wheel of Life reached its peak, especially when it stopped to load and unload people. She eventually got used to that fear until she conquered it.

July 3, Hot #FMS_hot

It was our first time to visit this church at Mexico, Pampanga. It still has its “old look” that made it really look perfect for a lot of shot. Used my daughter’s phone, Oppo A71 in this particular shot. It was truly hot at that time we were there, summer eh?!

July 4, Heart #FMS_heart

Sometime ago, just before Mother’s Day here in the Philippines, I sent this photo of me and my daughter K to a “campaign” of a well-known milk brand. We got included in the long list of Mother and kids’ photo line up. What surprised our hearts is that all the entries that got in were displayed in a few digital billboards located in different malls. Made K, me and our family happy.

July FMS Photo A Day

I have made a promise to myself that I’ll make sure to complete all of this year’s FMS Photo A Day prompt in my Instagram account, but come June, I failed already. I only got to the 6th, and it was so late even. Now, I am again late for the first 3 prompts but let me try to catch up and this time, I’ll also use this blog to post my entries.

For those who has Instagram accounts, who wants to unleash their creativity and wants to join in the fun, join us! Here is July’s prompt list along with the corresponding hashtags to use.

And here is my entry for the July 1 prompt, lonely. Roey as a firefly (correct me if I am wrong, she is either a firefly or dragonfly in this costume), and yes, an old photo. She was upset and lonely as this was her third costume at that time of the shoot. We all know that babies get easily irritated and she was obviously uncomfortable already. Sorry my little darling.

You see, with FMS Photo A Day you can share an old image you have been keeping or click the camera for new ones. Just as long as you share your OWN photo, no problem with that. Also, you have the freedom to post wherever you want, on your blog, Instagram or on your personal Facebook account. So, I hope you got some inspiration in here to join the FMS Photo A Day Community. Have fun everyone!

 

Okra Poppers

My daughters eat veggies, but there are some slime-y ones that they sometimes hesitate tasting. One of which is Okra and eggplant. They do eat eggplants depending on the was it was cooked. My elder daughter likes it fried or mixed with pork & “bagoong”, while my younger daughter likes it in “Paksiw” and when cooked the “torta” way. There are many ways how to incorporate eggplants in different dishes but it is quite hard to do that with Okra.

My husband has recently shared a post about the health benefits of Okra and the girls were put up in a challenge. Eat Okra more often! Like the girls, I grew up hesitant with this particular veggie, so I myself is challenged too. I decided to look for a recipe that would allow me and the girls to eat Okra, willingly and happily. I found different techniques and recipes for Okra Poppers and this is what I came up with:

15 pods okra, sliced in bite-size pieces
1 egg, beaten
150g all purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 cup vegetable oil

Soak okra in egg for 5 to 10 minutes. Mix all dry ingredients in a separate bowl. Coat okra pieces evenly and fry in the pre-heated vegetable oil until golden brown.

It was a hit! It was simple but the fambam loved it! This particular dish is perfect as an appetizer.

Tips On How To Be Cyber Secured

We always hear experts say that in today’s cyber-age, it is NOT always enough to just simply review your privacy settings every three months and create a strong password. Why? Simply because these cyber criminals do that too – they are wiser in being able to obtain data from people. So, aside from being vigilant, here are few more tips on how to be secured while being active online.

  • Never post any identification numbers and travel documents as we would not want to end up victims of identity theft.
  • Do not give away home, school and office addresses that may cause security harm.
  • Avoid sharing or posting eye-catching pictures of your properties and rich possessions.
  • Do not divulge information to people you only met online.
  • Refrain from sharing your exact location.
  • Set your social media account posts (as much as possible) to either private or friends only.
  • Deactivate the social media accounts you are not using.
  • Protect your password resets. You can turn on the feature where you are required to enter a personal information to successfully reset the password.
  • Do not underestimate how much your browser’s cache knows about you, clear it often.
  • Lastly, add two-factor verification. This is available for you to set up in most online accounts now.

My Instagram account has been hacked recently. My account has been used to like and follow people I do not know. I was looking for a particular image I have liked in the past and that is when I found out about it – I saw likes that I can’t even recall to have made. I had to change my password immediately and turned on the two-factor verification feature. When someone else tries to login to my Instagram account  this time, a 6 digit code has to be entered. Who else has the code but me only, because it will be sent to my mobile number. My Instagram profile being hacked somehow scared me and I also kind of felt angry and dismayed. I had to unlike a lot of images and videos – I’m not done yet actually, really upsetting.

I do hope that these tips would help you all. It is also best to refrain by being too excited in using and sharing but take time to also explore and learn more about the applications we are using. Be safe online every time, everyone!

Janine Berdin; A Genuine Star of this Generation

Young and talented Janine Berdin is a semi-finalist for the 4th quarter of Tawag Ng Tanghalan in It’s Showtime. She instantly got my attention and admiration the first time I saw and heard her sang during the daily round. Her talent and X factor made me say: “this girl will make it to the semis and even to the finals.” I even got the same feeling I had when I saw Sarah Geronimo, Charice Pempengco (now Jake Zyrus) and KZ Tandingan perform years ago in their respective singing contest performances. Janine Berdin will definitely go a long way. It is evident as all her performances get standing ovation from the judges, gives viewers the goosebumps and make us teary-eyed, clap and exclaim “hanep, ang galing!”

Besides all the praises she get every after her performances, Janine remains kid-like and humble. I saw her Facebook account and started following her even before the semis and found out that she is actively mingling with fans and keeps them, us updated via Facebook Live too. I once commented while she’s doing FB Live and she actually read my message. I decided to send another message/comment few minutes before she ended the video and she once again got to read it. The last comment was actually for my daughter Keanna, they are born the same year. So, Keanna was all smiles when the Janine Berdin greeted her as she end her live update.

If you have not seen her performances in YouTube, let me share it here. These are the ones I consider my favorites of her performances since she joined Tawag ng Tanghalan. I only have 4 videos here but who knows, her performance today might be included in my fave list.

‘MAGASIN’, her first performance at the show:

Janine rocked the stage with her rendition of Eraserheads’ ‘Ang Huling El Bimbo’ for Semis Day 3 (Awit ni Idol theme):

Her Semis Day 4 got a standing ovation from the judges with her rendition of Yano’s ‘Banal Na Aso'(Judges pick theme):

Semis Day 5 performance was Kamikazee’s ‘Narda'(OPM theme), this has left Ogie Alcasid teary-eyed:

With her awesome and obvious talent, Janine Berdin is indeed a genuine talent in this generation. She has made her mark in the industry already, even if she has not won yet. Her talent is just oozing and it is as if it keeps on growing every time she performs. I really wish she make it to the finals. We are voting for her, actually. Go girl!