M Baldemor X beabi Floral Symphony Collection

Fresh off the launch, I am sharing with you the latest limited edition collection from lifestyle brand beabi, who is celebrating its 10th year, in collaboration with world renowned Filipino artist Manuel Baldemor. I am familiar with Baldemor's masterpieces because I like his colorful little houses and lively geometric style in painting. Look him up to see his beautiful works of art. With his first brand collab, we saw another side of the artist with the MBaldemor x beabi Floral Symphony Collection.

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Grilled Keta Salmon (Yakisake)

Salmon has never been a staple fish in our household. It's more pricey than other fish in the market and has a very distinct flavor that I believe is an acquired taste. Somehow, salmon intimidates me, that's why I rarely cook with it.  I personally enjoy salmon dishes from restaurants, and buy smoked salmon as canape from time to time. Recently, I received a batch of frozen wild-caught Alaskan salmon to try. This is a new line from Seaking brand. I regularly buy Seaking's marinated bangus belly so I welcomed these new salmon packs and got excited to come up with something in the kitchen.

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Arroz Caldo and Rice Toppings with My Tacook Ricecooker

Hey all! My Mom-Friday is still alive and active, heehee... just haven't been blogging as much as I used to. So, for today, I'll be sharing something that I've been using for a few months now, and it truly deserves a blog feature. Tiger Tacook JBX Rice Cooker -- the multi-tasking, multi-use, micro computer controlled rice cooker from Japan!

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GoodFood.ph Ready-To-Drink Subscription and Delivery Service

Moms and homemakers like me will always find ways to make our days more organized, productive, and less stressful, even when spending many hours a day online.  Whether for work, socializing, or shopping, I try to find reliable online services that offer the best value and convenience.

From travel needs and electronics, to fashion, food and groceries -- I love the ease and time-saving elements of purchasing our needs and wants at the comfort of our home or on my mobile phone while on the road. Ultimately, we all want to be able to spend more time with family and on things that matter. Weeks ago, I attended an event that introduced us to Nestle's baon subscription service through GoodFood.ph and I was impressed by this initiative. Read on!

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Prawns in Oyster Sauce

Half the year is over and I have so much to share! I really need to get my blogging mojo back na, hahahaha... but please be patient and watch out for my upcoming features, okay. For today's Foodie Friday post, let me share this very easy and tasty Chinese-style ulam, which is one of J's favorites, kasi mahilig siya sa prawns.

I just posted on my IG Stories but got several messages asking for the recipe. So, here's a full feature na para mas maraming maka-try. Sorry, no prep photos coz I was not prepared to write about this, hehe... anyways, here's the recipe.


8-10 prawns (bulik)
(Rinse, trim, butterfly and de-vein. Rinse and drain well. Add some rock salt and set aside)

1 Tbs. minced ginger
1 Tbs. minced garlic 
Chopped leeks
3 Tbs. Oyster sauce diluted in 4-5 Tbs water 
Drops of sesame oil
1/2 tsp sugar
cracked pepper

To cook:
Heat little oil in wok, and saute minced ginger. Over high heat, add prawns. 
Cook for about 3-4 mins. on high heat, flip until cooked evenly. Remove from pan and set aside.
Lower heat.

In the same wok/pan, make sauce:
Add oil, saute the rest of the ingredients.
Taste and adjust seasonings to your liking (you can add oyster sauce, sugar and water little by little).
Put back prawns in the pan, saute and coat well with sauce.
Cook a few more minutes. Garnish with leeks. Serve immediately.

Previous to this, I made a different recipe - a simple Lemon-Garlic-Butter Butterflied Prawns, pan-fried on a pan.

Hope you'll try both and like it! Let me know! (",)

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My Summer Beauty Finds

My beauty routine is boring. But when I find a good product that suits me, I stick with it for years. This summer, I had a chance to try awesome new products that are now part of my basic skin care and beauty must-haves: A face mask, a face powder, and a lip tint.

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Mom-Grocer Shops at SYSU Food Hub

I've always expressed how I enjoy grocery shopping. I consider it my me-time, and during those weekly rounds, I've discovered lots of good products that became our kitchen staples. Many of my favorite Mom-Grocer finds are from SYSU International, and it's not surprising. SYSU is a leading distributor of global brands that we have patronized for many years, such as San Remo, McCormick, Lee Kum Kee, Tabasco, and homegrown brand Clara Olé. And here's a new discovery that's worth sharing with all of you -- The Food Hub by SYSU, their retail store in Quezon City.

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Holiday Fun in Taiwan - Window on China Theme Park

XIAO REN GUO Theme Park a.k.a. Window on China Theme Park was in our must-visit list while I was planning the itinerary for our holiday trip to Taiwan last December. J insisted on it. I've never heard of this until J told me about it. Childhood dream daw niya na makapunta dun, kasi he was fascinated by this miniature theme park ever since he learned about it when he was a little boy. I was reluctant at first because with all the Taiwan tour recommendations I've read, not one source have mentioned about this theme park. True enough, this Window on China (WOC) still exists and is thriving. WOC is the oldest theme park of Taiwan, located in Taoyuan City, which opened its doors in 1984.

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Auntie Arnie's Ready-to-Heat Heirloom Recipes

I'm slowly getting my blogging mojo back (fingers crossed) and lately, I've been drawing inspiration from new experiences and discoveries that I cannot wait to share with you. I used to follow a weekly theme for my features, like Foodie Friday for the first Friday of every month, Family Friday for the second Friday, and so on. Today is the first Friday of April, hence this food post. I was introduced to these great-tasting meals during the event I attended yesterday. Yup, this is hot off the press! =) So, say hello to Auntie Arnie's!

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7 Travel Planning Tips with Tweens and Teens

It's summer time and I'm sure many of you are planning your vacations, if not planned out already. I have friends who made arrangements as early as last year pa! We don't travel often but when we do, I take a considerable amount of time and effort to plan each trip, whether it's to a local or an international destination. Iba kasi when traveling with kids -- major considerations would be the budget, interests, and comfort. But there's always a compromise when it comes to our itinerary.

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Easy Spinach and Cheese Puff Pastry

It's been ages since my last Mom-Cook blog feature and I apologize for being too lazy to write lately. Blogging has taken a back seat for me, but I will try to continue to share content that are hopefully interesting and entertaining for you. I just realized na mag- 10 years old na ang My Mom-Friday this May!!! Nakatagal din pala ako, all thanks to you who still visit and read my blog. THANK YOU! 

Anyhow, today's catch-up post is all about this delicious turnover I made for the first time. It was a hit-- the girl loved it, so I thought it's worthy of a space here. 

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2019 Philippine Childhood Immunization Schedule

I have just received this email about the latest immunization schedule and thought it would be best to share this information as is. In my almost 10 years of blogging, I've shied away from posting random press releases sent my way. But this time, I am making an exception so parents like me can be guided when it comes to vaccination and disease prevention. My kids have both followed their immunization scheds as recommended by their pedia, and we will continue to go for their follow-up vaccines in the coming years. Hope the information below will be helpful for your family.

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The 2019 Childhood Immunization Schedule for the Philippines, which indicates the recommended vaccines for children and adolescents, has been released with a recommended indication for measles vaccine for infants as young as 6 months of age.

The annual schedule is developed by the Philippine Pediatric Society (PPS) and the Pediatric Infectious Disease Society of the Philippines (PIDSP) together with the Philippine Foundation for Vaccination (PFV).

Similar to last year, the schedule contains 13 vaccinations that Filipino children need, including:
  • Anti-tuberculosis Bacillus Calmette-Guerin (BCG)
  • Hepatitis B vaccine (HBV) given to children right after birth
Both the HBV and BCG, to be given from age 0 to 18 years, are included in the National Immunization Program (NIP), which identifies vaccines that are available for free at health centers.

The Childhood Immunization Schedule also covers vaccines that can protect children from infections and diseases such as:
  • diphtheria
  • tetanus
  • pertussis
  • hepatitis B
  • haemophilus influenzae type B
  • polio
  • pneumococcal infections
  • rotavirus infections 
  • influenza
  • measles
  • Japanese encephalitis
  • mumps
  • rubella
  • chickenpox
  • hepatitis A
  • human papillomavirus (HPV)
Given the measles outbreak nationwide, however, pediatricians now recommend that the first measles vaccine be administered at six months old. Measles vaccines are usually given to infants at nine months old, but they can be given as early as six months of age in cases of outbreaks.

The PPS and PIDSP also reminded parents that vaccination is a safe and scientifically proven way of fighting deadly and infectious diseases. During PIDSP’s 26th annual convention held last February 21, the doctors launched the “Save The Future” movement to restore the public’s confidence and trust in vaccination, alongside the release of the national childhood immunization schedule.

“Vaccinating our children is one of the most basic medical interventions to ensure that our children develop as healthy adults. Some fears and myths persist that vaccines could harm infants, but decades of studies have shown that vaccines prevent unnecessary child deaths instead of causing them,” said PIDSP president Dr. Anna Lisa T. Ong-Lim.

PPS President Dr. Salvacion Gatchalian also emphasized the need for collaboration between parents and doctors.

“While the Childhood Immunization Schedule contains our ideal vaccination routine, we acknowledge that some patients will require schedules that are different from our recommendations,” said Dr. Gatchalian. “That is why it is important for parents to consult their pediatricians so they can make the best possible decisions for the health and well-being of their children.”

(Press Release)

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For questions about immunization, please consult your doctor.

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