Sunday, July 23, 2017

Food Review: The Shawarma Shack

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My mother, sister and me see to it we have our monthly bonding this means a lot of eating. shopping, laughing and sharing al lot stories about our family life.  We decided  to go to Starmall Alabang because my sister need to buy toys for my nephew's upcoming birthday celebration in school.

Our mom suggest that we try Shawarma Shack aside from the price that is affordable they also serve fresh and tasty shawarma, and so we lined up. Surprisingly the queue is always long, but the order is served quite fast. They have tables and chairs inside their kiosk but we opted to eat our shawarma in the foodcourt because it is hot inside their stall.

We ordered the Large 3 for 130PHP, and it was tasty and juicy. As a matter of fact we ordered another 3 for 130php when we were about to go home for our take out. Brought it home and my eldest who was craving for Shawarma for the longest time tried it and almost finished all 3 good thing she just ate dinner when I arrived so she was able to control herself.

They also have Buy 1 Take 1 for Regular for only 65PHP and Large is for 85PHP and they offer variety of Shawarma may it with rice or kebab wrap.

They already have a lot of branches inside SM malls and they are growing.

You may refer to their facebook page for details of their branches.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Government Processing Guide : Pag-ibig Short Term Loan Application


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I have decided  to take advantage of my Multi Purpose Loan a.k.a Short Term Loan in Pag-ibig,

When I arrived in Pag-ibig Gil Puyat branch, the queue number for Short Term Loan Application was at 179, and the queue number given to me was 297. I was double checking if I am reading the number correctly or it was really 197, but it was right it was indeed 297, tsk!

While waiting, I read the information posted in the wall for the requirements to present, I already have my Application Form verified by our HR (√) , the photocopy of my government id (√)  and also the Certified True Copy of my payslip (√) , however my original ids  I left it in my other wallet, because I changed my bag (only girls can understand!).

I double checked what valid IDs that are acceptable, I do not have any id referring to their lists except for Company Id and expired passport, so this is the queue to go home and just look for another option. However, before going home I thought of asking the reception if they accept expired passport but I can attach the receipt for renewal of  passport since I applied for it last week, but the reception suggested that I just can get Loyalty Card. Pag-ibig are about to close that time when I asked but the lady was kind enough to say that I can be the last applicant for the said card and just fill out the form and give it to the processing area, so I obliged then gave them the form and they verified my information and paid for 100php for the card. Told me to wait for my name to be called for the photo capturing then digital thumb mark, after the process I was informed to claim the card after 2 months just present them the receipt.

Please take note that one of the new requirement for applying a Short Term Loan is the Pag-ibig MID No.  so I decided not to wait for my Short Term Loan application number anymore and instead just get my Pag-ibig MID No. instead, so I asked another number under Membership (the category where you can your membership information like MID) from the Information Desk. They gave me the printed information of my Pag-ibig membership details with the Pag-ibig MID No.

I photocopied the receipt of the Loyalty Card and my company id, and decided waited for my queue for my Short Term Loan Applicatioon, that time the number being served in Short Term Loan Application is at 260+ then I observed that most numbers being called are no longer around, it means they were already impatient and decided to go home and opted not to wait for their number, so I waited patiently, then my number was called at last, the guy Kevin assisted to verify my documents, I submitted my company id and the receipt of the Loyalty Card I applied earlier, and he accepted it!yey!

Since for the last years that I applied for Short Term Loan they issued me with check, since the loan release has been updated  they issued me with Citi Card where they instructed me after the allotted working days I will receive a text message from Pag-ibig informing me that the loan amount has been credited to the Citi Card then I will have to Citi Bank to activate the card, Kevin gave me the instruction list on what to do.

I want to share some tips for your easier application to save you from wasting your time, waiting for long hours on queue and once your documents are being evaluated, you realize it is incomplete then you will be asked to complete it and go back again the next day.


1. Fill out the Multi Purpose Loan Form

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2. Attach photocopy of your 2 valid accepted id's and make sure you also have the original id.

3. If you are employeed, attach 1 (one) month payslip if your company issue online payslip then you have to bring to your HR to have it verified, stamped and signed it with Certified True Copy.

4. If you are employeed, have your HR sign your application form and 2(two) witnesses.

5. Have your MID Number ready, if you still do not have MID then you may go to pag-ibig website to register and get your MID , if you do not have internet then go to Pag-ibig and tell the Information you want to get your MID.

6. Make sure you ask question where to fall in line and tell them in detail your purpose, because there are different sections depending on which region or branch your company is remitting your Pag-ibig contributions, as for me since our company is registered in CESA Tuguegarao, I was asked to fall in line in 2nd floor in Pag-ibig Gil Puyat for Short Term Loan Application.

Good Luck and let us all join force to take advantage our benefits!!





Saturday, July 15, 2017

Fitness Battle : Wait until I reach my Target Weight

Looking back with my previous blog entries, it seems that diet, loosing weight and being fit seem to be out of sight. My family has been hopping and trying new restaurant, we do it like we are paid to do it, we pig out like we have been deprived our self from eating for the longest time, thus gaining more and more pounds each day.

I have been trying my very best not to step on any device that can detect my weight, who are those scale to judge me?! Oh! well in my own rough and tough estimate my current weight is ranging from 55kgs the most, and I am unhappy.

I do not like what I look in front of the mirror, I am not comfortable wearing the tshirts I used to wear comfortably, my face have this bulges of fats in every corner of it, dresses emphazises my belly and needless to say my arms are flabby.

I am on  my 30-ish and I know that I can still do something with my weight loss battle, what hurts me the most is that I do not eat rice and drink softdrinks for already 8 years and still I have this dilemma.

I started a short routine everyday, and as of writing this rant blog, I already lose weight based on the numbers during our Annual Physical Exam, the weight itself does not have huge decrease, but for sure my jeans before I got pregnant now fits well without my belly complaining! yey! and oh! plus the fact that my flabbs are not exposed anymore when I wear fit shirts! another yey!

Let me share you some tips that I have been doing that without me realizing that I am making my muscle intact (take note do not lose weight), making me feel a alot fitter!

-Early morning, after I say my gratitude prayer for waking me up, I start my stretching, planking and squats

-Intermittent Fasting I eat my last meal of the day at around 8PM then the following day I drink green tea and lots of water for my breakfast, I start my first meal by 12NN and I allow myself to eat anything in moderation until 8PM

- I just eat when I am no longer hungry, and not when I am already full.

- I avoid pork fats.

- I still do not eat rice and drink softdrinks and coffee

I have not started the entire loose weight battle seriously since I am not into running or brisk walking yet or even enrolling to the nearby gym.

Current Weight : 123lbs
Weight Goal     :  117lbs (July 15 - Aug 15 2017)

If you have your own goal weight struggles, you may also share it with me via the comments section.

Let us help each other to achieve what we deserve!

Government Processing Guide : Passport Application

April 2017, my husband applied for a Passport Appointment via online. He discussed it with me of what is the best date and time to get, and we agreed 2nd week of July, he set an appointment for all of us, we are all 5 in the family. We set the passport application appointment in DFA Alabang, located at the 4th floor of Metro in Alabang Town Center.

When July arrive, I was already busy completing our requirements, make sure that we also have the documents photocopied according to what is stated in the website (https://www.dfa.gov.ph/). Since everything seems to be in their website, what I am going to share in my blog are basically what are not written on it.  Since we are applying for passports with kids I want to share some tips for your guidelines.


TIPS :

1. Kindly be in your appointment time 30minutes ahead just to avoid any inconvenience.

2. Please wear proper attire, no earrings and colored contact lenses during the photo capturing.

3. I suggest that you do the touch up of your make up and have your hair done before going to your line, bring water and some food or even toys for your kids if you have toddler like us.  Since queuing start in the encoding part which is the last part.

4. If you are applying with kids, then please ready a photocopy of the mother's appointment schedule form and the passport (front and last page), since they will attach it to your children's documents.

5. If you are for passport renewal and you have Electronic Passport (E-passport), all you need to bring is photocopy of the expired passport, that's it!

6. If you are for passport renewal and you have Machine Readable Passport (MRP without IC Chip logo), then you need to bring PSA Authenticated Birth Certifiate and for married applicants, you need to bring PSA Marriage Certificate.

7. Bring school id for your children who are already studying and if you have kids who are still not going to school then that is ok just bring their PSA Authenticated Birth Certificate all original and your PSA Marriage Certificate.

8. After DFA staff encoded the information they will let you double check all the information so make sure that all details are correct.

We were there at 12NN and we were able to complete all the procedure at around 2PM.  Long queue starts in encoding but that is ok since it was still fast.  We choose pick up over delivery since Alabang is just near our place. The DFA staff reminded us to pick up the passport on the scheduled date given.

Steps :
At the entrance there is a reception that will verify your appointment date and time, and they will let you proceed to Step1

Step 1 they will verify your documents if information are correct and your requirements are complete.

Step 2 is Payment

Step 3 Encoding, this is where they encode your details and photo capturing, and basically the last step.

Regular Fee   - PHP950 (14days processing)
Special Fee    -PHP1200 (7days processing)

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Resort Review : White Cove Laiya Batanggas


We celebrated our Father's Day in Laiya, Batanggas, with my in laws, since this trip was unplanned, then we have to do resort hopping since we do not have any reservation, there was a challenge looking for a resort with pool. We came across White Cove Resort the only resort available for overnight stay to accomodate 11 of us.  They do not have a pool but it was not a problem since kids enjoyed the calmness, clear and fine sand beach of Laiya plus it is much cleaner then the pool.



We occupied total of 2 rooms, since there was a company outing during that time so their food service is limited for walk in guests, they allowed us to buy food outside without corkage, then we had a dinner in their restaurant since their guests checked out at 5PM so they were able to accomodate us for dinner.  Their food was hefty, and wide range of dishes to choose from. We ordered Pancit Canton, Sinigang na Baboy, Pinakbet, Crispy Pata, Fried Chicken and Rice. It was a feast. After dinner they have sungka and chess all around the lounge they we can play with.

I super enjoyed the beach and definitely will be coming back to White Cove, it is really a quick get away from the city and an escape from busy work week schedule. My kids enjoyed playing sand, husband, brother in law and my dad in law was just spending their afternoon bonding. While my sis in law, mom in law and eldest played sungka, I was just savoring the calmness of the place by doing nothing.

I woke up as early as 5AM just to dip in the beach with my daughter, it was so much fun! I am looking forward in going back to the resort again for another relaxing break.

The only time I was able to hold my phone to take photos when we are about to check out from the resort, this is how I super enjoyed our stay.





Fast Food Review : ChopStop - Festival Mall

My family was strollin' around in Festival Mall, we were looking for place to eat something new, tired of eating Fried Chicken all the time, hubby like to eat either Chinese or Japanese food tha time, but kid's do not agree with the idea, they still like fried chicken, so we walked along the food court as we have decided to eat in a Pizza Store, but when we reached ChopStop Fast Food chain, it was enticing, they offer Barkada meals good for 4 which includes Buffalo Chicken, Fish Fillet, Rib Steak then unlimited rice with 4 iced tea drinks for only 390php only. So, we decided to give this ChopStop a try.

We ordered the Barkada Meals and ordered separate order of Jack Daniel (Pork) 2pcs and French Fries Sour and Cream flavored, we were surprised that they offer big sizes, worth for the amount we paid for, and the taste was similar with Rack's their Baby Back Ribs were fall off the bone. Their fish fillet were my kid's favorite,  their Buffalo Wings was a bit spicy and I love them! Jack Daniels was for my husband and he even shared it with me since he ordered the 2pcs.

Jack Daniels (Pork)

Fish Fillet, Buffalo Wings, Baby Back Ribs

#kupunangcatimpipay


Staff and crew were friendly and accomodating, although it seems manpower were limited during that time, but still they were alert with our needs, most especially when kids were asking for rice since it us unlimited.

I like their conceptualization and their food area design all about street signs and the tv that shows cartoons was a relief since our kids were well behaved and just sat while waiting for our food to be served!! (#lifehacks)

All in all we loved our first try in ChopStop and we are definitely coming back. I want to try their pasta too next time.

ChopStop
Ground Floor, Festival Mall, Filinvest City, Muntinlupa City

Sunday, June 18, 2017

2017: Father's Day Celebration

This time of Father's Day was a bit of expensive since my brother in law  treated us with a shoes feast, after our overnight stay in Laiya, Batanggas after we checked out we had our lunch and head over to Nuvali, Laguna to shop for shoes.


My husband, eldest and 2nd child bought from Nike shoes, while me my inlaws and youngest including our yaya opted to shop shoes from Payless. It was a simple but extravagant way of spending Father's day for us family.






After our shoe shopping spree, we headed back home to cook for dinner. I cooked baked mac and cheese flavored french fries, my bro in law was in charge of grilling pork, while my sis in law prepared eggplant salad.

Then we bought my bro in law back to his hotel for his flight to Singapore that night,  tiring and busy day for us but all time spent with family are worth it!

Indeed what a Happy Father's Day!

Sunday, May 14, 2017

2017 : Mother's Day Celebration

Every Mother's Day my husband and kids are thoughtful enough in giving me surprises. This year, we started it a day before, we had dinner with my sis in law and nieces. Mother's day itself early morning my middle child greeted me with her hand made card.  We went to church service and my youngest handed me her diy card during the church service. Churchmates gave me sweets and gifts too, and when we arrive home, I slept and hubby and my eldest woke me up with their gifts, as I opened it was pillows of different kinds, since they are really concern of my sleeping pattern and wanted me to get more sleep everyday!









At work they gave us Becky's Kitchen brownies and my co worker gave me flower icing!!

Love the effort and thoughtfulness, plus all the greetings I am getting via my facebook messanger.

I have my 3 kids that makes me a mom, who taught me to become a mom, inspires me to be a good mom and motivates me to stay that way!!

Happy Mother's Day!!




Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Restaurant Review: Loleng's Hu Tieu-An in Bataan



When going to Morong, Bataan never miss a chance to eat at  Loleng's Hu Tieu-An  they serve Vietnamese food and combined with Filipino food, but since this is the first time we are trying their food menu, so we tried the most rave Vietnamese food.

Their Bahn Mi Special is my favorite it is like Subway but I love their version! Their price is very reasonable it ranges between 20PHP-50PHP, this is the reason their restaurant is full all most of the time.

Bahn Mi Special - 50PHP
Bun Tit Nung     - 50PHP
Hutieu Special
Big                      - 25PHP
Small                   -20PHP
Bun Cha Gio       -50PHP
Bun Ga Nuong   - 50PHP


The pictures of celebrities who have visited their simple restaurant are posted in their wall. In getting to Loleng's you will need to ask direction from the local since it is not located along the highway, even us have to ask for the direction in order to get there.








The taste of Vietnam in Morong, Bataan! If we will be back again for a vacation in Morong definitely going back here!!


Saturday, April 22, 2017

Dunsulan Falls - Pilar Bataan



We wanted to let our kids experience Falls for the first time, we are not mountain hikers so we could not really get the chance for them to see falls, so when I learned that near Mt. Samat just 30 minutes away, there is a falls that we can visit, I told my husband to include this in our itinerary, and so after Mt. Samat trip we headed to Dunsulan Falls.



There is an entrance fee of 50php per head, my 10 and 4 year old are free, this fee is regardless if you are going to swim or not, tables are also with fee of 50php, but we were not charged for it. There is also one activity that they offer like Tree Hopping.

Do not expect much with the beauty of the falls as this is just a small fall, it is a very easy access, may visit it via car or tricycle at around 300php no need of too much hiking.  However, you might get a bit disappointed with how the place get maintained, going down the falls is a bit risky, rocks are to slippery, while there are stagnant water that is already growing mosquitoes in it, there are garbage everywhere, and when I was able to settle at the river, I can barely move since there are a lot of stones around it, if I have to move around I need to use both of my hands and feet, or this is just me?!!

On the other hand my eldest daughter and our house angel took the opportunity to take photos, it is not every day you get to see a falls.

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However, as I stood integrity in my blog, I am not gonna lie to you, my photo below will have to speak for me..




Well, the experience we had here is just unforgettable, we had fun so many first happened for our family, so going here is still worth it!




If you want to take photo or see falls without hiking, I recommend Dunsulan Falls!!

Mt. Samat








Mt. Samat it is a historic mountain in the town of Pilár, Province of Bataan, in the Republic of the Philippines. Located near its summit is the Mount Samat National Shrine, a national shrine dedicated to the fallen Filipino and American fallen during World War II. (source : Wikipedia)

We checked out from our hotel earlier to give way with our travel time from Morong, Bataan to Pilar. It was almost 2 hours travel time going to Mt. Samat, the road going to the mountain was steep cqan be compared to 3x Baguio road-like.  It was not an easy drive, and when we arrived the place it was worth the travel since the place is full of historic memories, this is the first time that I visited the place, while my hubby was able to visit the historic place when he went with his father in a business trip.





We had our series of photo op, and then we went inside the museum, it was filled with knowledge of history on what had happened and the more I am thankful and feeling blessed of the freedom we have at this time.  At this point in time there are only Word War no more World War!!

Signature Pose
Every memories of the Fall of Bataan was really a heart breaking scene seeing all the photos collected and preserved it was really a hard earned freedom on what we are enjoying right now.








The place was well maintained the only problem was the elevator going to the top of the Mt. Samat cross that is no longer working for who knows for how long,  so we were not able to get inside the cross and enjoyed the view, however we were able to come close to the cross, we went there by car since we have our 4 year old with us so it will be very difficult for going up via stairs.

We were charged total of 200php including parking fee and entrance to the museum for 6 upon entering the place. We were given discounts since we have 10year old and 4year old child.

When getting inside the museum they are not strict with dress code for as long as you do not take pictures with flash and kindly observe silence when inside the museum, no horseplaying or laughing loud.

Entrance Fee : 50
Parking Fee   : 50
Dress Code : nothing in particular

Next time you visit Bataan, do not miss your chance in paying a visit Mt. Samat!


Friday, April 21, 2017

Hotel Review : Benisa Beach Resort





We went to Morong, Bataan we have not reserved any accomodation yet, so we opted to check the hotel at the stretch of Morong,Bataan.

The first resort we checked was Benisa Beach Resort, then checked out some other resorts too like Pamarta Bali, Morongstar,  and other resorts but we were most feel at home at Benisa Beach Resort, that time there were only one family staying in the resort it was not crowded and what we love most about the resort is they have a table assigned for each room facing the beach and pool front for dining and you can cook and grill your own food without corkage.  We paid 3,500 per night we stayed for 3 days and 2 nights, our stay was really relaxing and definitely want to go back in Morong, Bataan.

I list the Pros and Cons of the hotel amenities.

Pros :
Privacy
Pool
Accomodating Staff
Clean ammenities

Cons:
No TV
No Wifi
No Towel and Toiletries provided

http://www.benisabeachresort.com/
Crossing, Morong, Bataan
Contact :
+63 920 252 4250
+63 922 799 8528
+63 927 499 4878

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Summer 2017: Morong, Bataan




We chose a lot of destination for our road trip to celebrate our eldest 17th Birthday, and we decided to Morong, Bataan for our summer destination this 2017.

Travel time took us for 3hours and a half from Cavite, We left our place 3AM in order to avoid Edsa traffic, from Balintawak we exited at Subic North towards Subic Bay for our stop over to have our breakfast by the bay. It was a lovely morning and awesome way to start our vacation!


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After our breakfast, we headed to Morong, Bataan and since we do not have our reservation made yet so we check all the resorts along the stretch of Morong, Bataan. We decided to stay at Benisa Beach Resort after our resort hopping, since Mang Ben who is the part owner of the resort is very accommodating, he even suggested to check out other resort first before we decide to check in,

Benisa Resort is beach front resort, they will assign table facing the beach for each room, it is spacious and the time we checked in there were only 1 family in the resort so it was not crowded, we had the relaxation that we always wanted while staying at Benisa.



Morong, Bataan beach is not white sand but it is grayish fine sand with a very clear water, it does not have to much waves it is similar to Boracay less the seaweeds, plus Morong, Bataan is still not that civilized so the stretch of the beach does not have any establishment except for the resort itself unlike Puerto Galera and Boracay, they also do not have night life, therefore Morong, Bataan is a vacation good for families or any one who wants out from City life!



Signature Pose. Hand Stand with Support


We stayed in Benisa Resort for 3days and 2nights, since it is not civilized.  Benisa do not have their own restaurant so bringing your own food and cooking is allowed,  Luckily we bought portable stove powered by butane, we bought 2 butane for cooking our baon, instead if grilling it is easier to cook using this portable stove (a must buy for camping, hiking or outing) we have our cooked food and cold cuts with us but still we went out to buy for more food and we spotted Loleng's hu tieu-an for 2 straight days we keep on coming back!


Morong, Bataan have short stretch of beach while their sand is fine grayish texture, beach water is clear, we loved it there since we were really able to bond play cards with the kids, swim with them alternately in the pool and beach, surprisingly our kids love the beach more than the pool, We already able to visit Boracay but our 2nd daughter do not like Boracay beach because of the algae greeting her by the bay.


What we love about Morong, Bataan is that it is not yet civilized yet and the beach and the place itself!!









Thursday, March 23, 2017

Happy 4th Birthday Skye!

4years ago, my youngest was born, she was so fragile but when my inlaws was checking her while at the nursery room, they can tell how strong her personality was when she was crying while kicking and her sock fell off, then the name tag fell off on her face then removed it, so much happened and she was not even a day old, so she was strong and agressive.

Fast forward, she is still aggressive in a way she already knows her right, she knows what she want and she can aggravate your anger while not just after a few minutes she will make you realize like it was your fault, and that she is just being the 4 year toddler that she is, she can make sorry the sweetest word ever and i love you the cutest and sincerest word you can ever hear and her request for a tight hug uh! why did I ever get mad at her?!!

She is Moana, Elsa and Super Girl, when she is Super Girl she is really in character, really a good actor!  When you tell her to sing she will do it with feelings, and when she hear a song she dance along the beat, and oh! if you will take a picture of her, it is effortless, her posing just simply reflect and it looks good on her.

Her own posing

no one told her to do this

she strike a pose just like that!

Her Dab is quite different with us


She is the life of the party, one of the many source of our family's happiness.  She is our youngest, celebrating her 4th Birthday. Cheers to fanstastic Four!!

I love you my baby girl!!