All Out Surf with the Eraserheads

So much from the 90s pop culture, music, and fashion are making a comeback. I became a young adult in that era and I'm one of those who can appreciate the revival of some 90s trends like the grunge look, earthy matte lipsticks, and alternative rock music. And when it comes to Pinoy rock, the Eraserheads tops my list. They became so popular when I was in college and was even touted as the local Beatles of our generation. "Pare Ko", "Ang Huling El Bimbo" and "Ligaya" are just a few of their now iconic songs. Their last stage performance was in 2009, and just recently, SMART was able to bring them back together for a special private performance.

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From PokemonGo to Instagram Stories

Third Friday of the month: Hobbies / Recreation

When August came around, there have been so many new stuff to try, and the hottest of which is the worldwide phenomenon -- PokemonGo.  Naturally, J and the kids immediately got the app as soon as it was launched in the country last August 6. It was a Saturday, so the kids were too happy to be able to register their own accounts and started playing with the rest of the world. Two days earlier, I was the one excited to try Instagram Stories, the latest feature on this popular social media platform.

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All-time Favorite Sinigang na Liempo sa Sampaloc with Gabi

Fact: My family loves sinigang. Sinigang na baboy, sinigang na hipon, sinigang na maya-maya, sinigang na bangus, sinigang na corned beef. These are the different ways I cook sinigang. For me, the best part about serving this classic Filipino comfort dish is when my two picky eaters actually devour most of the vegetables mixed in the soup, which makes this an instant favorite in our home.

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Family Friday: Keep Calm and Carry On with Homeschool

Second Friday of the month: Parenting / Education

We just started our new school year this month and the boy is now grade 7.  I can't believe we are on our third year of homeschool! It doesn't get any easier, and to be honest, there are more days where I still find it hard to find joy in our homeschooling journey.  Kaya I continue to seek inspiration from successful homeschoolers and from online resources.

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Unbeatable Smart-Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Plans, Open for Pre-Orders Now

It's gorgeous. It's mesmerizing. It has groundbreaking features. The most anticipated Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is coming very soon and now being offered for pre-orders by Smart. Registration started last August 6 for both Smart Postpaid and Smart Infinity. The best news is that for the approved pre-order applications, you can get your Note 7 units as early as August 17!!! If you are thinking of getting a plan, now is the time, and here's what Smart has in store for you.

For Smart Postpaid : Surf Plus Plan 999
  • Only 999 plus cash-out of P1,200 / month for 24 months = P2,199 per month
  • Comes with 5GB data for all your surfing needs
  • 30 call minutes and 100 texts to all networks
  • Free data access for the app of their choice every month—i.e. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, and more
  • Approved postpaid pre-orders from the following Smart Stores between August 6 to 19 will also receive a free Samsung battery pack and clear case
    • Smart Wireless and Business Centers: Rockwell Powerplant Mall, SM Megamall / Aura / North EDSA / Baguio / Clark / Festival Mall / Molito / Cebu / Davao, and Smart Online Store

For Smart Infinity Plans:
Roaming Plan 8000 (24 months) - comes with 2 Galaxy Note 7 devices
Roaming Plan 5000 (30 months) - comes with 1 Galaxy Note 7 and 1 Galaxy S7
  • Members may experience their new devices with discounted outbound roaming rates, 15GB data allocation and a hefty monthly consumable allocation
  • New Plan 5000 and Plan 8000 members from August 6 to Aug 19 will also receive a complimentary
  • Level Box Pro speaker

To know more about Smart Infinity’s exclusive offers, existing members may contact their Infinity Relationship Officer or the Infinity dedicated hotline *800. For new membership, call 848 8806.

“Smart Infinity ensures our members enjoy the latest gadgets and fast mobile data that they deserve. The Galaxy Note 7 coupled with Smart's ultra-fast LTE technology is definitely a worthy addition to our line-up,” said Julie C. Carceller, Head of Smart Infinity.

I am planning to have a Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge 'coz I was impressed by my husband's S6 Edge from Smart, with it's amazing innovations. With this Note 7's jaw-dropping features, I'm smitten! Sobrang ganda naman kasi, nalito na tuloy ako! =)

What makes Note 7 desirable?  
It features the first ever Iris scanner security function, first mobile HDR video function, high-precision S-Pen, superior DSLR-quality camera with f/1.7 lens that's excellent for low light, an expandable memory up to 256GB and runs on an Octa-core processor for smoother graphics, aside from a water-resistant and uber stylish body!

Don't wait! Be among the first to own a #SmartGalaxyNote7.

Note: All images provided b Smart.

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Foodie Friday: Baked Leftover Spaghetti with Spinach

First Friday of the month:  Mom-Cook / Pasta / Recipe

Leftovers. How do you serve leftovers to make it appetizing again?  Most of the time, I just re-heat and serve as it. There are days when I get crazy and in the mood to rework a boring leftover dish and use whatever ingredients I may have in the ref or pantry.  This happened last night. Let me present to you my leftover spaghetti, now baked and even more delicious!

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Mom-Finds: Lock & Lock Anodized Hard & Light Frying Pan

Last Friday of the month:  Mom-Finds / Cookware

As a home cook, I am the one who makes decisions when it comes to what kitchen appliances and cookware to purchase. Aside from aesthetics, the product features, ease of use, and price points are my main considerations before I buy. One of my trusted brands is Korean brand Lock & Lock. I've been using their food keepers and tumblers even before I got married, and in recent years, they also introduced several lines of cookware, a few of which I have also acquired and use on a daily basis. So a new addition to my "collection" is always received with much delight. My latest discovery is their Hard & Light frying pan which I am showing off here. =)

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Create and Broadcast YouTube Videos from SMART Launchpad Upload Stations

"I want to be a famous YouTuber."  That's what my son tells me. Aside from wanting to be an artist when he grows up, he also wants to create his own video games and share them online. But he still needs to learn how to create better-quality content and learn coding. Even the girl is into YouTube tutorials and toy shows. Nung panahon ko, TV is our main medium when it comes to entertainment and information. Nowadays, YouTube and other social media channels rule. Good thing, SMART recognizes the creativity of the Filipino youth kaya they recently unveiled #OwnIt -- a campaign to empower the youth to pursue their passions, channel their creativity, and broadcast their talents to the world via SMART Launchpad.

With fellow #SMARTmoms @mommyfleur, @mommymundo, @manilamommy

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Vacation in Shangri-la Mactan Resort Cebu, part 2

Here's our day 3 and 4 in Cebu. 
I felt bitin with our recent vacation especially our stay at Shangri-la Mactan. Nonetheless, we made the most out of our trip and tried different activities as a family.  Our plan was really to have a city tour visiting historical landmarks on our first day in Cebu, which I featured here for part 1, and then move to Mactan for more rest and relaxation.

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Fun Friday: Vacation and Sightseeing in Cebu

Third Friday of the month:  Travel / Recreation

This post is long overdue. Rainy season na, so I'll just reminisce on our memorable trip to the queen city of the south as we explored the city and relaxed on the island resort. We spent the last weekend of May in sunny Cebu and it was a special treat for the kids as well since it's their first plane ride. Our destination of choice is rich in history and a melting pot of people and culture.

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Knorr Lutong Nanay Recipe: Sinigang With Pakwan

I love food in general. I'm quite adventurous in trying new dishes and cuisines mainly because I grew up in a home of hearty eaters and good cooks. My mother is a great cook and I learned so much from watching her whip up a variety of dishes on a daily basis. Iba talaga ang sarap when it's lutong nanay. You know what's in your food, you know it's healthier, and meal times at home bring families closer.

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My Breakfast and Morning Routine

I am not a morning person. Even if I try, I am simply not as productive in the early hours of the day compared to working mid-morning and late evening. That said, I still maintain my morning rituals and try not to skip breakfast 'coz I might faint. I'm not kidding. So how do I start my day?

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