Tuesday, January 23, 2018

How I Lose Weight After the Holiday Season

It's January 2018 already and I know its not just me who gained so much weight during the holiday season. I gained so much weight right after my pregnancy with my youngest baby and I am having a hard time joggling my time doing business, household chores and attending my family needs. I don't have enough time in a day to complete all the things that needs to get done in time. I was so eager to really shed these extra pounds that I gained because I can't fit in to my clothes. I am actually small-medium sized about two years ago right after pregnancy but after given birth my clothes became too tight for me that I am having a hard time what clothes to wear. I had to sell them all and removed them from my closet since they wont fit me anymore. So I decided to lose weight which is not too difficult for me. It only took me a week to eliminate some unwanted fats from my belly and I am still working out to get back from 31 inches waist to at least 26 inches before my pregnancy.It really bothered me a lot that people are mistaken me being pregnant again. 

So today let me share with you what I did. I worked out again just at home doing some cardio, lunges and weight lifting. I even started eating fish and vegetables through out the day as much as possible I rarely eat meat and sweets. I also drink infused water with either cucumber or lemon on it.

I used to buy bottled juice claiming that they are made of pure fruit extracts without sugar in it. I became too meticulous on what food I ate. Its very important that you watch what food you eat and regular work out is also a must. It doesn't have to be in the gym but you can do it just at home. In my case I was always get bothered by my kids so I do my work outs three times a week during morning while all of them are still sleeping tightly. As a mom of 5 kids its really difficult but I need to focus. It is my duty as a mom to stay fit and healthy for me to be able to take good care of them well. 

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Homemade Food in a Jar

I am so excited to share with you my new hobby that turned into business. As the eldest child I do all the chores when I was younger. I grew up with my grandma and aunt cooking and selling different kinds of home made products from home. I remember during that time my grandma had so much to do in taking orders from customers. She cook authentic kapampangan delicacies that she also learned from her mother. I happened to inherit her talent in making great and delicious food. I remember when the time I got married that I would visit her and ask for her own recipes so I could cook it at home. I owe it all to her.

Finally the long wait is over and I am really excited and happy with my new business which I named after my eldest daughter Alizia. I named it Zia's Kitchen.Our products are dulce de leche spread, pure honey, chili sauce and gourmet bagoong. I am also looking forward to make new products to sell in the market soon. For now we are now ready to take your orders for the following products. We are currently selling it online. Hopefully by January we can have it available in the groceries.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Hassle Free Online Grocery

As you all know, I am a busy momtrepreneur with different task that need to get done on time. Running an errand like grocery is really time consuming, add on the traffic that you will face and the loads that I need to lift is no joke at all. Thanks to honestbee because i don't have to worry about going to the grocery anymore it's super convenient for me specially when it's raining. All you have to do is download the app at your mobile phone and it's all set you just do your shopping and wait for the delivery guy to bring your grocery at your door. 

One more thing about this app is that they are giving away a FREE 500php off on your first order and still you can get another 500php off for every successful referral. 

You may use this code and get 500php less on your order. 
https://honestbee.ph/r/MAYS1323 Minimum of 2,500php is required to avail the discount.

Tim Howan Uptown Mall BGC

Tim Howan is one of our favorite restaurant located in Bonifacio Global City. Just a few minutes from where we lived. What I loved most about Tim Howan is they are open til 3AM. Isn't it too good specially for the busy people like us who doesn't have enough time to spend outside. So Tim Howan in BGC is super nice place because it is so cozy and the food is great as well compared to their Megamall branch. I dine in to Megamall branch twice and I don't know why its not the same. We love Tim Howan whether with our kids along or just us.They have different set of meals for lunch and dinner.

                We usually come late so we always ended up ordering the same thing. 

I love their Beef Tendon Noodles, It was so delicious and the food is not overcooked or too salty. Taste is perfect all the time. 

Chicken and Sausage Mushroom also is another must try comes with rice and their sauce.

Spring roll with egg white is also one of our favorite. Everything is delicious and well prepared. The price is so affordable too. You can also enjoy the venue specially during wee hours when its not too crowded unlike during the peak hours when you will have to wait longer to be seated.

Sonamoo Mart

Me and my husband are always busy with our loads of endless work in our business and in our home. We have a big family after all, we are also hands on to everything from taking care of our small kids to running the household and our business. 

Our typical night would be dining out late at night, sometimes it's almost dawn. Funny but its true. We need a break too. Our so called us time. Time to bond and talk quietly no kids crying out for our attention. 

So we went to Salang Restaurant in Ortigas Pasig City to satisfy our craving for Korean food but unluckily it was closed for whatever the reason we don't know. It was actually supposed to be open 24 hours a day but that night it was closed. So we went for a walk along the area and we found the Korean mart nearby, I was so hungry that time and I can no longer wait to look for any open stores to get our dinner. So we just shop at Sonamoo Mart bought samgapsal meat, condiments, kimchi, veggies, dimsum and ice cream for dessert. Then we went home to cook and have our dinner finally.

It was too good to be true our grocery only costs us 1250php it lasted for 3 separate meals. Usually when we dine out just the two of us it would cost us the same amount. I love their red bean ice cream it was one of the best that I have tasted. The samgapsal also is too delicious along with their kimchi which they personally make. 

We are having a week of Korean food for our lunch and dinner at home. I am now learning how to prepare some of their dish like my all time favorite Gamjatang or the pork bone and potato stew with perilla leaves. Before that we used to eat out a lot at Masil located in Kapitolyo Pasig where they serve Gamjatang and the other one was Jang Ga Nae in Escriba drive near Goldland Millenia Tower but they are not 24 hour operational so we need to look for other stores when we can't make it on time.

Finally I will no longer need to crave at all, I can always have it anytime of the day. One more thing is they also accept deliveries which is way convenient for us. They have a minimum order of 2000php per order.

Next time I will share with you my recipe. 

Kapampangan Leche Flan

I remember during my childhood, I grew up living with my grandma. She loves to cook a lot. One of my favorite dessert was her kapampangan leche flan. Instead of using the ordinary eggs she would use the ducks eggs. Here the recipe that I am going to share with you.

  • 8 large duck egg yolks
  • 370ml evaporated milk
  • 300ml condensed milk
  • 1/2 tsp zest of calamansi
  • 1 cup sugar and just enough water (to give the sugar a wet sand like consistency)
In a sauce pan, caramelize the sugar over low heat. Let it slowly caramelized to a shiny golden amber, quickly coat the bottom of llaneras or glass container with caramel.
Prepare a medium bowl, mix egg yolks, evaporated milk, condensed milk and calamansi zest. Slowly mix in a circular motion until well blended. Using a fine strainer or clean cloth or cheese cloth, strain egg-milk mixture. Transfer strained mixture into prepared llaneras or glass container.
Place a foil cover on each llaneras or glass container and place in an already boiling steamer. Steam for 45-60 minutes or less for smaller pans. Not everyone is aware of, after steaming flan let it cool completely and refrigerate first to set.  this will make your flan perfectly shaped when you turn it over on a plate.
To serve, turn flan over on a serving plate. Enjoy the creamier and tastier leche flan than any chicken yolks flan.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

My Top 5 Korean Drama

I am a big fan of Korean drama. I've stayed in Gangnam Seoul for seven months way back 2006. I have plenty of good and bad memories while in Seoul. Back then I was not curious about these dramas I just love to shop there and travel with my friends. I just can't stand the weather because it was super cold outside during winter time. I still love to be here in Manila the weather is awesome. So now let me share with you my top 5 best Korean drama that I find interesting and encouraging. 


"Giant" covers the lives of the three siblings growing up in the 1970's and their pursuit for revenge; Lee Kang-Mo (Lee Beom-Su) is a man who carries deep sorrow, his younger sister Lee Mi-Joo (Hwang Jeong-Eum) & his older brother Lee Sung-Mo (Park Sang-Min). Lee Kang-Mo's father died due to a friend of his father. Because of this, Kang-mo also lost his mother and had to separate from his younger sister and older brother. Kang-Mo was then raised by a man named Hwang Tae-Seob (Lee Deok-Hwa). Kang-Mo also falls in love with Hwang Tae-Seob's daughter Hwang Jung-Yeon (Park Jin-Hie). By a cruel twist of fate, it turns out Hwang Tae-Seob turns out to be the man responsible for Kang-Mo's father's death. Now Lee Kang-Mo & Hwang Jung-Yeon's relationship changes as Lee Kang-Mo becomes driven for revenge..

2. Drama series follows 3 characters: a woman experiencing a harsh fate, a woman that is jealous of her and a man set out to get revenge.

3. The story of a man who fights against greed, and experiences every hardship and adversity known to man in order to make something of himself and find love.

4. A drama based on law about money, love and passion. It is about lobbying, rebating, connecting and corruption of the Korean society through Lee Cha Don who loses everything because of money. Lee Cha Don (Kang Ji Hwan) is a man who rises to the seat of a special branch prosecutor with the money of a loan shark, while Bok Jae In (Hwang Jung Eum) is the daughter of the loan shark who raises Lee Cha Don.--HanCinema

5. Michael King vows to revenge his parents' death. He believes that he can use his power as head of an underground drug kingpin to punish those who hurt him. However, his beliefs are shaken when he falls in love with a reporter named Jin Bo Bae

I love all these 5 drama because it's all business related dramas not the typical romance drama that you will see on tv that is a waste of time.