8.01.2014

Foodie Friday: Wienerli Fried Rice

First Friday of the month: Mom-Cook / Recipe


This recipe is nothing spectacular -- it can actually be a perfect dish for the clueless cook. I've been uninspired to whip up new dishes the past several weeks. I guess the stress and exhaustion from homeschooling has taken a toll, as I've become such a nag, very grouchy, quick-tempered and masungit. Not liking myself now. Ironically, I've been having quite a big (bigger than usual) appetite lately.  I've been eating a lot of this Wienerli fried rice for the past 2 days already since I received the sausages! It only proves that I always find comfort and pleasure in eating regardless of circumstances.


I can't recall if I've already seen some wienerli in the grocery, or maybe I just don't notice them. Wienerli means Viennese sausage. It resembles a hotdog, but longer and thinner, and has a wonderful smokey flavor. A few days ago, King Sue generously sent me another package with their premium brand of sausages, Kaiser Deli. I buy their kielbasa from time to time, and I was glad there was this pack of wienerli to try.  My husband can attest that I am not a fan of hotdogs, especially the red ones.  I also limit the family's consumption of processed meats. Surprisingly, I got hooked with one as soon as I tried it, so I thought I'd share my instant rice dish today.


The wienerli is flavorful and has a perfect balance of "smokey and spicy" for me.  It's not as firm as a hotdog, and the taste and texture is more appealing to me.  I'd prefer to serve this over regular hotdogs anytime. I think that's why the fried rice was so fragrant and appetizing.

This recipe is a no-brainer, a perfect way to recycle day-old rice.  You can cook this in less than 10 minutes, and even pack for lunch to go.  J and the girl loved this dish too, and to think she's not even fond of fried rice!


WIENERLI FRIED RICE

1 Kaiser Deli Wienerli sausage, thinly sliced or diced (add more if you wish)
3 cloves of garlic, minced
3 cups cooked rice
1 egg, beaten
pinch of rock salt, ground pepper
2 tablespoons cooking oil

To cook:
Heat oil in a pan and saute garlic.
Toss in sliced wienerli and cook for a few minutes until lightly toasted and fragrant.
Add rice and mix very well.  (Add water by the spoon if it's too dry for you.)
Pour beaten egg and mix a little. Leave for 10 counts so egg can set, then mix the rice again until color is even.
Add salt and pepper to taste.

Serve immediately.
Good for 3.

Are you fond of sausages? How else do you serve them?


Yesterday, I threw in some corn kernels in the mixed rice and it tasted just as great, with that extra sweet bite.  Next time, veggies will be added in too! It'll be a meal in itself.

Kaiser Deli products are available in S&R, Unimart, Landmark, Cash&Carry, Rustan's Supermarket at Rockwell and Shangri-la.

Other fried rice dishes to try:
Garlic Corn Rice
Chicken Pesto Rice
Crazy Rice
Honey Bagoong Rice

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7.28.2014

Twoanyone 212-1212 Delivers Cafe Mary Grace

I consider myself a struggling home cook, trying to come up with simple everyday meals for the family. We don't dine out often, but we welcome take-outs and food delivery at least once a week to enjoy a variety of dishes, and at the same time, give a self-imposed kitchen break for me. While we do have our usual list of dining places to call for direct home deliveries, the flyer menus are piling up with more establishments to try. For a change, we got to try Twoanyone.com delivery service a few Sundays back when they offered to bring us homestyle favorites from Cafe Mary Grace.  Plus, there's a raffle waiting for you at the end of this post! =)

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7.25.2014

Mom-Finds: Kuu Konjac Sponge

Last Friday of the month:  Finds and Faves / Beauty / Shopping

Let's have some skin talk today. Well, you know I'm not that into beauty products so I have very limited knowledge of what's out there.  I tend to stick with my tried-and-tested brands, but over the past year, my skin has been playing tricks on me. I can't deny it -- my age is the main culprit.  I've been more conscious about my skin since I hit 40 so I often find myself asking friends about the products that worked for them. Last summer, I chanced upon Kuu Konjac facial sponge online - I don't think it's something new in the market but it's new for me, so I immediately asked a few friends if they've heard about it.  I can't even pronounce the name right. Obviously, I got good feedback and quickly ordered two variants to try.


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7.22.2014

Enjoying Deezer Music Streaming with Smart

I've always been a music lover and I enjoy listening to the radio or CD since my schooldays. Okay...I think I dated myself by telling you that, hahahaha! I'll redeem myself by saying that I'm still very much up to date with chart-topping songs in different genres. It's the digital age and truth be told, I have not caught on to using video or music streaming yet. That all changed when I learned about Deezer. It's the premium music streaming service from France and they partnered with wireless services leader Smart, launched last July 9 with a big party, which I obviously missed.

http://smart.com.ph/Deezer

If not for Smart and Deezer, I wouldn't have discovered new tracks, and wouldn't known the titles of the latest songs that my kids and I are humming to! Good riddance, "Let It Go"!

“We are very happy to secure this partnership with Deezer,” said Kathy Carag, Smart Postpaid Marketing Head. “We have brought you SPINNR and now Deezer to beef up our music portfolio. We know that music is life for many Filipinos and now Smart is making it possible for Filipino music lovers to enjoy what they want to hear with the clarity and features they truly deserve.”

What's amazing about Deezer:
  • Contains more than 30 million songs in its library
  • Deezer App is available in over 180 countries worldwide
  • Man and machine recommendations - 50 music editors around the world + smart algorithms personalize the recommendations to enjoy and discover more music
  • Music discovery features like Flow, Hear This, Explore
  • Spotlight on local artists
  • Smart-caching on mobile - can play on Offline Mode

I am currently building my Playlist as I add more songs to my Favorite Tracks. 

Deezer offers are initially available for Smart Postpaid subscribers through Unlisurf Premium Plans starting at just PhP1,175  a month, bundled with the latest smartphones and unlimited LTE surfing. As an exclusive perk to early subscribersSmart will give Unlisurf Premium Plans a P175 bill rebate for six months.

Existing Postpaid subscribers can avail of Deezer Flexibundles with a free Deezer Premium+subscription:
  • Deezer Daily = Php25 (1-day Deezer access + 25 SMS and 10MB of mobile data for Deezer streaming)
  • Deezer Weekly = Php125 (7-day Deezer access + 125 SMS and 50MB of mobile data for Deezer streaming)
  • Deezer Monthly = P250 (30-day Deezer access + 250 SMS and 100MB of mobile data for Deezer streaming)
Offers for Smart Prepaid subscribers will be announced soon. For more information on Smart’s Deezer offers, visit smart.com.ph/Deezer.  Try Deezer now!

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7.18.2014

Fun Friday: Dioramas on Philippine History at Ayala Museum

Third Friday of the month:  Recreation / Leisure / Art

We've only been to a few museums around the city, and this is our first time to visit the famed Ayala Museum in Makati City.  I initially intended for this field trip to coincide with the boy's current lesson on Philippine history. It was a perfect showcase of vignettes from our past, presented in meticulously crafted dioramas, hand-carved in Paete, Laguna -- all 60 of them.


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7.11.2014

Family Friday: The Beauty and Logic of Singapore Math

Second Friday of the month:  Schooling / Education

Before anything else, I'll share what is Singapore Mathematics according to the principal of Marshall Cavendish Institute (see full video here):



"Singapore Math is the way we teach Mathematics to children in Singapore in the way that we help the child succeed:
Struggling learners - will learn enough to progress to the next stage
 Average learners - able to perform at a higher level
Advanced learners - abilities will be challenged
To students, it's a way of learning that allow every single one to learn Mathematics well.
To teachers, it's a way of teaching Math such that they do not need to have specialist knowledge to be able to do the job; materials and textbooks will allow them to learn the Math they need to teach.
To the systems/schools, it's a way to help increase the level of proficiency of the children."
- Dr. Yeap Ban Har


Singapore Mathas developed by Marshall Cavendish Education:
"Learning mathematics is more than just numbers, sets of rules or formulas.
It teaches us a way of thinking critically, a method of solving problems.
Materials developed equip students with problem-solving skills and critical thinking skills necessary for life." - www.mceducation.sg

I attended a talk on teaching Singapore Math at my girl's school last year, which was conducted by none other than Dr. Yeap Ban Har, who also provides teacher training for the school's faculty members. I clearly remember him saying that it sounded funny hearing people say "Singapore Math", 'coz for him, there's nothing "Singaporean" about Mathematics. It's just arithmetic. And then proceeded to share that Singapore's approach to teaching and learning math was a result of decades of research to find ways to help Singaporean students perform better in school.

When I was still studying, Math and Filipino were my stronger subjects.  I don't know why, but that was the trend until college. But that doesn't mean I'm good at accounting and finance - these were my waterloo, my lowest grades went to those subjects! Until now, I'm allergic to those areas so I stay as far away from those topics! =)

Anyhow, being a tutor to my kids, I learned about the Singapore approach and realized that's how I process (math) in my head - that's why I love Singapore Math! I get it! BUT, and a big BUT - knowing how is different from teaching it! It's quite a challenge to patiently go through the steps with each equation. It's a longer way, yes. But only at the beginning. 

Step by step, the method requires you to use concrete materials, then illustrate the process, and finish with the numbers.  Eventually, this will reveal the "fast" approach to arriving at the answer with a conceptual understanding of the problem. The exercises in the books will help students compute faster as they progress and go to next level.  That is the fundamental learning theory applied to Singapore Math. Watch this short video to know what I'm talking about:


Singapore Math = Concrete > Pictorial > Abstract (CPA approach)


Concrete materials, following the theory of Jerome Bruner, using symbolic or concrete representation
Pictorial, use of visuals
Abstract symbols = Numbers in equations

CPA approach harps conceptual learning, on critical thinking and problem solving; avoids memorizing, rote counting, eliminates tedious processes; adds layers to learning, not rushed. It's how you arrive at the answer that's more important - as Dr. Yeap quipped, we can always use the calculator to get the answer! Totoo naman! =)



My key learning from Dr. Yeap:
Learn beyond basic, process is more important than answer.
Mathematics is a vehicle = Focus is on problem-solving, critical thinking, and 21st century competencies

I am currently trying to apply his tips and techniques below. The Scaffolding technique has been very effective especially when doing problem solving exercises. I have to admit, my patience is being stretched every day. The use of white board has been very helpful, but I may need to get my hands on more concrete materials and visual aids.

Teaching Tips:

  • Visual learning for young kids, pre schoolers = use materials to help visualization to solve math problems.
  • If kids cant explain, do not teach. Ex. for low level skills to teach high level thinking
  • Any method they know, break in smaller groups to get answer

Teaching Techniques:

  • Modeling - read by parts, show and verbalize thoughts on solving the word problem
    • Example: Model cognitive behavior - don't rush task, read a little at a time, skip reading the number
  • Scaffolding- prompt and build by asking question from the word problem

5 Things to be Mathematically Proficient

  1. Visualization
  2. Look for trends, patterns, methods
  3. Number sense
  4. Mental cognition - managing conditions, brain process
  5. Communication - understand and be understood

Strategy to teach SPED kids
  1. Concrete ways - work with materials (virtual manipulatives here)
  2. Structure, set expectations
  3. Group learning, but teach proper social behavior


See and analyze the sample illustrations below, and try to solve them too, the Sing-Math way! =)
(Grabbed from albums in Marshall Cavendish Institute on Facebook)

Try this, mentally, it's brilliant!

I'm scared of fractions - but I got the process of this one. 

This was challenging. I got the answer, the traditional way, but not the Sing-Math process.

As a parent-tutor-teacher, I am interested and eager to learn how to properly and effectively teach this method of Mathematics to my kids. We've been using the Singapore-made My Pals Are Here books since 2010. I appreciate the methods and CPA approach developed for teaching and learning Math better. The books/materials were meticulously designed and planned with that goal in mind. Believe me, it really makes learning/teaching Math a little more fun and interesting, heehee. =)

Having a better understanding and appreciation of the Singapore Math approach will give me more confidence in teaching the kids, especially now that the boy is homeschooling. Truth be told, I look forward to our Math time than Language and Social Studies classes! =)

Are you a parent with school kids? Are they learning Math the Singapore way?

References:

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7.07.2014

Win a Trip to Universal Studios in Hollywood with Oreo Transformers

My family is still on an #OreoTransformers
 high. Last June 27, I had an awesome #OreoBetterTogether movie date with my parents as we were treated by Oreo to an exclusive screening of Transformers: Age of Extinction.  Meanwhile, my kids are enjoying the limited edition Oreo Transformers cookie flavors and collecting the stickers.  Oreo also launched the experience of a lifetime contest where a family of 4 can win an all-expense paid trip to Universal Studios, Hollywood, USA!



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7.04.2014

Foodie Friday: Pan-Grilled (Rib Eye) Steak

First Friday of the month:  Mom-Cook / Recipe

There are days when my carnivorous side would kick in and gets me craving for some lip-smacking slice of juicy steak.  We rarely go to restaurants to get our steak fix.  I manage to prepare tenderloin tips or cubes for salpicao, steak a'la pobre, or hanger steak at home.  I can't explain, but I get intimidated with a ribeye or T-bone, or other premium cuts of meat. Maybe I'm just scared to ruin a perfectly marbled beef.


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6.30.2014

Mom-Grocer: Yakult Light Everyday

I grew up with Yakult, and has been drinking it since elementary days. I still remember Yakult ladies in blue, pushing their carts with a smile and selling packs of these little cold probiotic drinks from house to house -- and I think they still do to this day.  Yakult has been part of our grocery list for the longest time, and everyone I know drinks, or at least have tried, this delicious health beverage, adults and kids alike. And just recently, they came out with Yakult Light, same yummy goodness but with less calories!


Yakult invited me to a plant tour in their Calamba, Laguna factory last June 7, but sadly, I was not able to make it.  It would have been awesome to see where and how our favorite cultured milk is made. Incidentally, Yakult is celebrating it's 35th anniversary and I believe they still remain to be the top probiotic drink.


I was thrilled to receive sample packs of Yakult Light for the whole family to try.  We're down to our last Yakult pack (red) so it's time to enjoy the new light version with this cool blue label. Compare their Nutrition Facts, side by side above.


Yakult = 60 calories vs. Yakult Light = 45 calories
  • Also contains 8 billion live lactobacillus casei Shirota strain
  • Sweet and tart, same great taste we love, but I noticed a slightly "thinner" consistency (hubby thinks there's hardly any difference)
  • Helps increase good bacteria and decrease bad bacteria = healthier, stronger intestines = better digestion

In my home, the kids prefer other milk drinks.  It's actually J and I who drink Yakult everyday! One main reason is because of Probiotics.  I wrote about it's benefits here before (wellness and nutrition feature):

Yakult Light is priced a bit higher with SRP at PhP10 /80ml bottle. But I saw a pack of 5 in the grocery priced below PhP50, while regular Yakult is less than PhP40 per pack of 5.  I think I'll buy this Yakult Light for J from now on (since having less calories will benefit him more than me, heehee), while I can have any variant I want! =)  



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6.27.2014

Mom-Finds: TIGER Lightweight Stainless Steel Bottle

Last Friday of the month:  Shopping / Finds & Faves

We have several stainless steel bottles / tumblers / jug, whatever you call it, since we're trying to lessen our use of plastic bottles.  I actually stopped buying plastic bottles a long time ago. Anyway, many of the bottles are used by the kids since they bring their own water wherever we go, not just to school. I also end up carrying my own bottle if I have a big bag, but I pity my bag and my shoulder with the extra load! Tiger, the ubiquitous lunch box brand from Japan that I grew up with, came out with a fantastic solution with this new flask.



Occasionally, I ask my kids to share their water with me when I'm too lazy to bring one.  There's no need for that now as I have my own Ultralight Stainless Steel Bottle, thanks to my friend from TIGER! Woohoo! And look, it fits right in with all the essentials I have in the bag. I've been taking this everywhere with me for two weeks now.  Love, love, love the pearl white finish, so sleek and classy, don't you agree? =)

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What I like about TIGER Ultralight Stainless Steel Bottle:
  • As the name suggests, it's ultralight - weighs 130g only
  • 7 inches small, compact and portable
  • Single serving size - 300 ml / 9.5 oz
  • Stainless steel body with Advanced Super Clean Plus process - BPA-free, keeps bottle stain-resistant and odor-free
  • Spill-proof with rubber rim from cap interior
  • Keeps beverage hot or cold, up to 6 hours (see Quality Label below for more details)
  • Comes in 4 attractive colors/finish - White, Blue, Pink, Stainless



Get one of these handy flasks for yourself so you don't need to bring/buy (plastic)bottled water when going out.  I also ordered these babies as gifts for relatives.  You can't go wrong with a TIGER!
SRP @ PhP 999.75

TIGER Ultralight Stainless Steel Bottle is currently available in Landmark and Robinson's department stores.
For orders or inquiries, contact TIGER's Philippine distributor, New Benehlyn Enterprises:
Tel.: (632) 241-0159 / (632) 241-0177 / 0917-8967555 / 0908-8641709

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6.24.2014

Say "I DO" to Great Deals from Corelle and Pyrex

Ahhh... the charm of being a June bride.  I know of some who just married this month, and will marry very soon. The new bride or lady of the house will surely appreciate owning brand new sets of cooking and dining ware. So, I'm sharing yet another great news from Corelle, Corningware, Pyrex, and Visions.

Grab these fantastic deals this June! 

(1)
I love this sleek white collection - Corelle Winter Frost White.
It’s pristine white modern design will showcase any dish beautifully, even with amateur food plating skills like mine! =)

The DEAL: Buy a 21-pc Winter Frost White Set, get a FREE Visions Frying Pan.
Corelle Winter Frost White

(2)
I still have my set of different-sized Pyrex glass pans which I use regularly use for baking and serving, but not with Easy Grab handles and lids.

The DEAL: Buy a 1.9L Pyrex Easy Grab Casserole Set, get a FREE Pyrex No-Leak Lid Storage. Now you can bake and store in the same Pyrex pan.
Pyrex Easy Grab Casserole

(3)
Visions and Corningware allows safe and convenient meal preparations faster - from freezer to fire and to the table.  No need to transfer to a serving dish!

The DEAL: Buy a 9-pc Visions Cookware Set, get FREE Corelle Noodle Bowls.
Visions 9-pc Set

The DEAL:  Buy a 6-pc. Corningware Casserole, get a FREE Pyrex Storage Set. 
Corningware Provincial Blue

As I've mentioned in my earlier posts, these beautiful cookware and dining ware all adhere to high quality standards of hygiene, safety and practicality for cooking and serving food. They make perfect wedding and house warming gifts.  For blushing brides-to-be, make sure you include these items in your bridal registry!

So what are you waiting for? Go to your nearest Raffles distributor for MORE GREAT DEALS this June! 

Visit your 
nearest branch today.

  Metro Luzon: 8005 Ortigas ave. (near Wilson St.) Greenhills, San Juan. 
 Tel: 576-7731 to 32

  Cebu: 100 Escario St. Cebu City
.  Tel: (032) 253-8006

  Davao: Doors 9 & 10 Belisario Bldg., J.P. Laurel Ave., Davao City.  Tel: 
(082) 225-0717

  CDO: G/F Knights of Columbus Bldg., Capt. V. Roa St., CDO
.  Tel: (088) 856-4738
Per DTI-NCR Permit Number 3860.

Like us on Facebook: worldkitchenAP or call (02) 687-5467. 

Corelle, Corningware, Pyrex, and Visions are exclusively distributed in the Philippines by Raffles and Company, Inc.
For inquiries, call Raffles and Company, Inc. :  (632) 687-4715 to 16, local 33 to 34
Visit www.raffles.com.ph.  
You may also email: marketing@raffles.com.ph.

Note: All photos from Raffles and Company, Inc. 

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6.23.2014

Easy Internet Access and View Account Info with New Smart Bro Dashboard

Don't you wish you can monitor your mobile subscription and internet usage, while still enjoy free access to our favorite social networking sites? 

Here's good news from Smart as they launched their breakthrough portal -  the Smart Bro Dashboard, which allows Prepaid users to manage and view their account easily, and soon for Postpaid subscribers too! 

This is how the SmartBro Dashboard looks like.

What Smart Bro Dashboard offers it's users:
  • Quick access to a real time account information and subscription package
    • Subscriber’s current load balance
    • Subscriber’s current package registered
    • Easy subscription to other services:  Flexitime, Unlisurf, Always On, LTE packages
  • View internet usage and charging for worry-free internet experience
    • Volume meter to monitor Always On packages
    • Time counter to monitor time-based packages
    • Notification will be sent to subscribers when load/package expires
  • Free content while inside the dashboard = Free social networking feeds of Facebook and Twitter via Smart Net

How to access Smart Bro Dashboard:

New subscribers:  
  • Plug in your Smart Bro Plug-it or connect to your Smart Bro Pocket Wifi and open your browser - the dashboard will automatically pop out
Existing subscribers:  

To all Smart Bro subscribers, go ahead and use your Smart Bro Dashboard nowStart shopping online, or conveniently browse through your favorite blogs (like mymomfriday.com *wink wink*) and other websites with Smart Bro while still keeping track of your internet use!  It's really the smartest and fastest way to enjoy and manage your subscription!


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