Donating Breastmilk

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Being a breastfeeding/breastpumping mom - I've had my fair share of highs and lows.  Good thing is that I have a supportive family, supportive friends and supportive (online) strangers who lift me up and give me advice on breastfeeding/breastpumping.  My Kailee is nearing her 10th month mark and STILL I am giving her my breastmilk!

Freezer Stash

To pay it forward - I have been donating my frozen breastmilk to friends and strangers in need.  Since I have a good supply - I share to those in need.  Its just my way to support lactating mothers - help them when they need it.  You see, breastfeeding/breastpumping is not easy - its really hardwork!  One may say its FREE but you have to be healthy, nourished with good food and is hydrated at ALL times!  And being well fed - well, that's not cheap!

Storing and collecting breastmilk too is not cheap.  You'd have to have ample refrigerator and freezer space.  You'll need storage bags, storage containers and etc.  You need to label them and organize them (FIFO - First In First Out)  It's quite tedious - but then, it has to be done right?

So when I donate to friends and strangers - its done with love and care.  I am sharing a part of me to their kids - to keep them healthy, to help them out with their milk supply, plainly said - to keep them BREASTFED.

The reason why I am doing this post is because I've had my fair share of not so good experiences with strangers asking for milk.  I know it's quite odd - but I was hoping that people would have this 'rules of engagement' - ethics in asking for breastmilk.  I've LIKED the FB page of Human Milk 4 Human Babies - Philippines and I've given quite a number to those who posted that they needed breastmilk.

This post if for those lactating mommies who donate.  Think of it as my way of showing consideration to them (as I am one too). 

Breastmilk is FREE but the collecting and storing process is not.  It takes time to pump out the milk, pour the milk into bags and freezing them.  When the milk bags are frozen - we still organize them by date.  Here's a thought to those asking for breastmilk:

1)  GET IT when you say you will - I've had numerous experiences when those asking DO NOT pass by for the milk.  They said they will get the milk but after a few days - they still haven't picked up the milk you've prepared for them.  Its either they've gotten from other sources or simply forgot to pick-up and end up not picking up at all!  Be considerate enough to inform those you've asked from that you won't be getting the frozen/chilled breastmilk already - it's the LEAST you can do.  We could have shared that milk to someone else in need. 

2)  Bring a CLEAN cooler with ice packs or ice - Transporting breastmilk is tricky!  One must have a good cooler with ice packs so DO NOT FORGET to bring a cooler!  I've had one stranger look at me like I'm crazy when I expressed disappointment when she didn't bring a cooler - you see, frozen breastmilk is delicate and once thawed, it must be consumed within 24 hours.  Proper handling of frozen breastmilk is important - it'll be put to waste when not handled correctly!  We took our precious time pumping them and preaparing them only for you to end up spoiling our precious milk!  Also, make sure that your cooler is CLEAN!  We, moms have taken out time out to ensure the cleanliness of storing our milk so when I receive dirty cooler - I hesitate and think 'Should I still give my breastmilk?' because the cleanliness is compromised.  So, be sure to clean your coolers! 

3)  TEXT or CALL before you pick up - this is a very considerate gesture.  To remind and be reminded.  There are times that we moms - forget and there are times that we need to be reminded.  Inform us nicely so we won't be hassled with an 'I forgot' (for both the mommy donating and the mommy asking) 

4)  Arrange a pick-up TIME that is CONVENIENT for the both of you - Time is precious, therefore inform ahead, what time you intend to pick up the breastmilk.  A ball park estimate of time is enough - just be considerate enough not to pick up during the wee hours in the morning or night.  If you're running late - a text informing us of your lateness will be very MUCH appreciated.

5)  Since the milk is FREE - a simple thank you is fine.  But let's be honest - milk storage bags costs a lot too!  I was giving away bags of frozen milk - then I suddenly noticed my milk bags stash is depleting and I needed to buy more.  I thought to myself - I am donating YET I am spending so much on milk bags that I don't even get to use (for my baby).  It was then that  I started asking for milk storage bags as an exchange.  At first I was uneasy with the idea BUT then I realized - What am I suppose to use for myself?  There is no SOP on the number of bags you will give - think of it this way, the cost of breastmilk is free BUT the time and effort put into it is great, so be generous!  These donating mommies are generous enough giving their precious milk to you, right?  A simple thank you is appreciated BUT it's also nice to receive a token from those you that we have given milk to!  These tokens need not be expensive gifts - a small box of goodies such as ensaymada and cookies will go a long way!  It will make the donating mommy feel appreciated - AND it will put a BIG smile on her face.

There's this saying that women complain of not being appreciated.  So, let's all do our share in making lactating mommies FEEL APPRECIATED. 

Human Nature Baby Care Giveaway!!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Ever since I gave birth - its all about the baby now... 

Hurry and Join!! :)



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Human Nature Baby Care Giveaway!!


Chef Boy the Kusina Master

I like watching cooking shows.

When I was younger, I remember getting up early on a Saturday morning to watch 'Cooking it up with Nora'.  I used to play with my then only girl cousin - a cooking show!  Since she had those Little Tikes kitchen set - we would pretend being hosts to a cooking show.  This I think helped with my fascination with the culinary arts.  I pursued this fascination by enrolling in Sylvia Reynonso-Gala's kiddie cooking classes.  I wanted to further my studies when I was in Senior year BUT there wasn't a college degree in culinary arts.  It was only recently that culinary art schools were put up that gave you a bonafide diploma on cooking.

You see, I have this idea in my head.  That being a chef is a title to be earned and not learned.  That one does not need a diploma that proves he or she is a chef.  I look up more to those cooks who earned their being called a chef.  Rachel Ray always said that she is not a chef but is a cook - and I understand what she meant.

Here in the Philippines - where a LOT of Chefs are mushrooming everywhere, there is one that stands out for me because he started as a cook!  He is Chef Boy Logro.  Chef Boy started his humble beginnings from being a houseboy - to a chef's assistant to a full fledged chef!  All that without going to any culinary school!  He says with pride that he was a student of U.E. - University of Experience!  And this for me sets him apart from the rest.

 Photo grabbed from THIS site

I am very glad that GMA-7 showcases is talent and pure genius on their TV line up.

Starting January 2, 2012 - Kusina Master, a 15-minute cooking show hosted by Chef Boy Logro; will air right before Eat Bulaga.

Irene's Quezo de Bola Cheesecake

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Cheesecake was the first thing that I learned to make - a lot of.  It was easy and most everyone likes cheesecake.  My cheesecake was really simple - I got the recipe from my ICA HS Home Economics class - it was a no bake recipe.  You can say I impressed quite a number of people with it - hehehe...

To tell you the truth - Cheesecake is not something I really really like.  I appreciate it but its not my favorite.

That is UNTIL - Irene's Quezo de Bola Cheesecake!


She gifted me and my Panget one for Christmas and it was D-E-L-I-C-I-O-U-S!  The mix of sweetness and  tartness of the quezo de bola was WONDERFUL!  It was actually love at first taste - my Panget said it was really good and sinful (the cheesy-ness is loooooooooove!)  We decided to keep half of the cheesecake for the next day - but while watching TV - I couldn't stop thinking about the cheesecake!  I finally gave in and took the half out of the ref and ate it all.  Imagine - it was haunting my mind the whole time - I had to give in right?


That's what Irene's Quezo de Bola cheesecake did to me.

So for those cheesecake lovers - give Irene's cheesecake a try and I'm sure you're going to love it as much as I did!  It might haunt you too, so order more! Because that's what I just did!!


Irene's Cheesecake
0917-6225800
0922-8303900

BPI's Holiday Sale Ticket Giveaway!!

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

I'm giving away fifty (50) tickets!



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To automatically win entries kindly do the following:
1)  Share the message below (with URL) to any social networking site:
"Didi is giving away FREE tickets to BPI's Big Holiday Sale! http://candishhh.blogspot.com/2011/12/bpis-holiday-sale-ticket-giveaway.html "
2)  Leave a comment with your email address (so I can contact you)
3)  One ticket per comment - a maximum of two (2) tickets per person!

Deadline for entries is December 14, 2011 at 12:00noon.  I will follow the time stamp on your comments.

Remember that this is a first come first serve basis!!

Christmas Solicitation FAIL!

Friday, November 11, 2011

It's that time of the year again, when companies give out and receive solicitation from other companies!

I've heard and read all sorts of solicitations.  Some were nice but some were, my gosh - out of this world!  Take for example this certain letter.  This was shared to me by a friend - I omitted the name of the company and certain details.  Look at what they're asking!


Goodness gracious!

Fine, they're straight to the point - but man, to ask for certain gadgets and things?  Aren't these people materialistic?! 

Tsk.. Tsk..

My BLENDTEC is here!!!

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

The long wait is OVER!!

My Blendtec blender is finally here!! :)

This has been on my wishlist since 2007!  I finally bit the bug and got one!! YEHEY!!

This is one powerful blender - a commercial blender actually that Starbucks and CBTL uses!  They even have a site to let the world know of how powerful their blenders are - here's the site Will It Blend?  They've blended to smithereens matchbox cars to iPods and even an iPad!  Check out the videos!! Go!!

I think I'll be going on a blending frenzy!!  (I feel like a Starbucks barista, opening and closing the cover!  Hihi!!)

Anyone want to join me? 

Red cups let's us be MERRY!

Friday, October 28, 2011

One of my favorite Christmas thingies are seeing those red cups from Starbucks.  They make me feel giddy and excited about Christmas!  Its that time of the year where one of my favorite drinks - the Toffee Nut Latte becomes available! 

This year - Starbucks is introducing a newbie - the Cranberry White Chocolate Mocha!  For those who like their White Chocolate Mocha - here's a Christmas beverage with a twist!  I was skeptical at first, but then I thought - its quite impossible for the guys at Starbucks to launch a drink that is not like-able!  It  was love at first sip - the goodness of the White chocolate mocha with a tang of cranberry sugar!  It was really good!  (So for this year - I have a second option - the Cranberry White Chocolate Mocha!)  So this Christmas - expect to see the Toffee Nut Latte, the Peppermint Mocha, and the Cranberry White Chocolate Mocha!!





Of course, with these Christmas beverages - comes the Christmas Food that is uniquely Starbucks!  We were lucky enough to taste them and here are some of them!

Peppermint Brownies

 Glazed Ham with Apricot Spread on Multi-grain Bread

 Snowman Gingerbread

Enjoy Christmas at Starbucks!!

Let's be MERRY at Starbucks!

Its that time of the year again! 

The red cups and of course - the Starbucks Planners!

Here's a sneak peak on what's instore for you guys from Starbucks!



This year Starbucks is launching seven different covers for their planners!  Its made from engineered wood and is very much in tune with their Shared Planet campaign.  It's very nice to know that these planners were made with much consideration to our environment!  There are several covers to choose from ranging from lightest to darkest (Poplar, Bamboo, Cherry, Spruce, and Oak)

The Momme Planner

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

I'm an old fashioned kind of gal when it comes to taking down notes because I like holding a pen and the feel of paper.  In this day and age where your cellphone can double as your notepad - I still rely on my trusty steno notebook and my collection of pens to remind me of things to do and appointments.

 Grabbed from Momme Planner's FB Page

Goodfellas Kamuning

Monday, October 10, 2011

Grabbed from GoodFellas' FB page

 My Panget's brother has been raving about this burger place near their office in Kamuning.  He's been telling me about it since last year - that it was really good and the price was not so bad.  So finally, last night - we got to try it! 

And I have to say - I am impressed.


I was a COW in Hong Kong!

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

I am officially a COW.  Why?  Well, because while on vacation in HK – I was still able to pump and bring home a whopping – 250+ ounces of milk!  Can you believe it?  I was honestly in disbelief!  I even counted it thrice – just to be sure I got the figures correctly.  

 Image borrowed from THIS site

I tell you, it was really a LOT of hard work!  Imagine, while on vacation – I still had to wake up in the wee hours of the night just to pump.  I had to cut short shopping trips so I can pump.  My Panget had to lug around a trolley that contained my pump, bottles and a cooler!  That was everyday – for five (5) days.  Even while at the airport – we were still lugging it around. 

I am proud to say that I was able to pump in the following areas:
            a)  Airport Lounge
            b)  Nursing/Babysitting Rooms
            c)  Fitting Rooms
            d)  On the Bus
            e)  On an Airplane
            f)   In the bathroom

I had to be ‘cowboy’, good thing HK bathrooms are clean and not stinky.  I am thankful for the list I got from the internet of places where I can ‘pump’ or nurse (had I brought Kailee along)  I had the notion that Hong Kong is not breastfeeding/breast pumping-friendly country – but at the end of the trip, I realized that it IS a breastfeeding/breast pumping friendly country

Here are tips on how you can pump while on vacation:

Unilab Ideas Positive: Vote NOW!

Monday, September 05, 2011

Unilab is an industry leader and I am happy that they launched a campaign for college students to come up with their best health related community project.  Health is wealth as they say - and everyone agrees that is TRUE!  So UNILAB came up with this project to help jumpstart the winning campaign by giving the winner P250,000.00 as seed money!  Isn't that the best?  Now the ideas won't just be on paper - but the ideas can literally come to life!!

For more details on the project visit Unilab Ideas Positive!

Unilab received more than 60 entries and now they've narrowed it down to eleven (11) finalists!  Now, here's what you can do to help - you can vote for the BEST campaign and help that particular campaign win the seed money!  From the eleven (11) entries - it will be narrowed down to five (5) entries - and there will be three (3) winners out of the five entries!  Here's how:

  1. Visit www.UnilabIdeasPositive.com
  2. Click the "Videos" tab
  3. Like their FB Page - Unilab Positive Ideas 
  4. Users may vote for a video only once BUT you can vote for multiple videos
Voting ends on Sept. 7, 2011.

HURRY!!

Philippine Travel Mart!!

Thursday, September 01, 2011

PHILTOA Invites Everyone to Visit the 22nd Philippine Travel Mart

Looking for a great vacation spot?



If you’re a travel enthusiast or you’re just in the mood to have a weekend getaway with your loved ones, you should definitely visit the 22nd Philippine Travel Mart (PTM) this September. Not only will it be held in a bigger venue at the SMX Convention Center in SM Mall of Asia on September 2-4, it will also feature even more tour and travel packages to the most beautiful places in the country such.

The annual event is organized by the Philippine Tour Operators Association (PHILTOA) and is supported by the Department of Tourism. Hundreds of exhibitors will be present at the PTM to offer tour packages that cater to the different travel preferences of companies and individuals.

“We’re always looking to make the experience at the Philippine Travel Mart better and more engaging,” says Cesar Cruz, PHILTOA president. “Aside from wanting a bigger venue so that we could accommodate more participants, we also wanted to offer something different. In line with our aim to also make the Philippines a premier destination for luxury travel, we recently awarded the Top 10 Luxe Destinations in the Philippines. We will also be offering tour packages for these destinations at the 22nd Philippine Travel Mart.”

In addition to that, this lively and engaging event will have seminars and cultural performances such as the Cultural Dance Competition the Eco-Chorale, and a memorable performance centered on the revival of the kundiman, which is a genre of traditional Filipino love songs.

Not only will there be tour packages exclusively available at the PTM, there will also be educational seminars for those who are interested in learning about the current trends in the travel industry. For the younger generation, there will be a Tourism Quiz Bee, which encourages friendly competition among its contestants as they find an engaging way to know more about the Philippines.

With its numerous activities, fun games, and great travel deals in store for everyone, the 22nd Philippine Travel Mart is a must-visit for people who are looking for a perfect vacation spot where they could unwind and have fun with their friends and relatives.

“I’d like to invite everyone to drop by the 22nd Philippine Travel Mart on September 2-4 at the SMX Convention Center in SM Mall of Asia,” Cruz says. “Aside from a variety of tour and travel packages, you also get to know more about the local culture.”

The Philippine Tour Operators Association (PHILTOA), Inc. is an organization of tour operators and allied members actively involved in the advocacy of responsible tourism. Founded on 12 June 1986, non-stock and non-profit organization. The membership includes travel agencies, hotel, resorts, transportation companies, handicraft stores, and other tourism-oriented establishments and association. For more information on the 22nd Philippine Travel Mart, please visit www.philtoa.org

*Press Release

My Kailee

Thursday, August 04, 2011

She's turning five months on Monday!


Time flies!!

Breastfeeding Mama!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

"Welcome to the Milk Mama Diaries Carnival (July). For this month, we join the National Nutrition Council - Department of Health in celebrating Nutrition Month with the theme "Isulong ang Breastfeeding - Tama, Sapat at EKsklusibo!" Participants will share their experiences in promoting breastfeeding or their tips on how breastfeeding should be promoted. Please scroll down to the end of this post and check out the other carnival participants."

When I got pregnant, I knew instantly that I would be breastfeeding my baby.  My mom found it odd that I decided to breastfeed - this was because I grew up formula fed.  My twin brother and I were given formula since birth, there was no attempt whatsoever to breastfeed.  In fact my mom recounted that she was given medicine to stop the milk production.  My pedia, Dr. Joy Ty-Sy said that during my mom's time (when she had us) it was the boom of formulas, that it was the trend that time.  I grew up with formula, my cousins drank formula, I fed my baby cousins formula too!  So for my mom and me, it was a new thing.

My closest encounter with breastfeeding was with my sister-in-law.  She decided to breastfeed her baby, my niece - Elle.  I would remember my SIL lugging around a heavy bag with her electric pump wherever she went.  When we had dinners, out of towns and the like, she brought it with her.  She would breastfeed Elle when the baby demanded for it!  She was every ready with a nursing cover or towel.  I saw how natural it was for her to feed Elle, it made me realize that the female body was created for such - and I was honestly amazed at what moms were capable of.  And there, my highest respect for breastfeeding moms rooted from - I saw the difficulties and the benefits.  I remembered one time, my SIL was so mad - it was because she lost a big plastic container (plastic boxes that stacked) filled with frozen breastmilk.

And so, I prepared myself with breastfeeding.  I bought an electric pump, I watched the video on how it was supposed to be used.  I read the manual from cover to cover not once, not twice but THRICE!  I mastered myself with the contraptions of the hands-free pump so that when it was time for pumping, I'll be prepared.  I had all kinds of storage bags, I bought milk trays, I bought extra bottles - I really thought ahead and to say it frankly 'kina-reer ko ang paghahanda sa breastfeeding' I even asked for a lactation massage and asked for tips on how to increase my milk supply.  Kailee didn't have a hard time latching - and so I breastfed without any problems.  I'm also lucky enough to have friends who are very helpful, patient and encouraging when it came to breastfeeding.  My friend Sharon even gave me some of her milk a few days after I gave birth - and this gesture I appreciate so much!  I have to say this, I learned a LOT from their stories, email exchanges and advises.

 Kailee at 4 months

So, I'm a BREASTFEEING MAMA!  I say that with my chin up high and with the biggest smile on my face!  I've also tried nursing in public!  This is something I never thought I'd do - and when I did, I got a lot of stares from strangers - but who cares!  My Kailee now is four months old, and I am proud to say that she's taking breastmilk exclusively!  My mom used to tell me to supplement with water - but I refused and told her that breastmilk is the only supplement that the baby needs. And now that we're four months - my mom says she can see the difference already.  Kailee is healthier and stronger!  I honestly never thought that I will last this long, but here I am!  I plan to give Kailee breastmilk for as long as I can.  I have a freezer full of breastmilk that I can give her when the need arises. 

I can't explain why but I feel so empowered by my choice and now, to pay it forward, I encourage pregnant friends to breastfeed, I even offer to give them breastmilk - I cheer on friends who are already breastfeeding and I congratulate moms who breastfed their children.  Breastfeeding is not easy - but then again, what is easy?  Everything we do needs a lot of work, and breastfeeding is one of them.  I have to be honest, I lack sleep - I haven't slept straight since I gave birth but at the end of the day, when I see my Kailee happy and healthy - I know I made the right decision to give her breastmilk.

So to all the pregnant moms out there - Ask and be informed, I know its not easy but I promise you, you'll see the difference with your babies!  You just need a little push and encouragement - and if you need one, I'm here - my all out support is behind you!


The Low-Milk-Supply Mommy Did It! by The Odyssey of Dinna 
Milk Mama Diaries 3 by MimmaBenz (@benzcorana)
More Breastfeeding Promotion Plus a Guest Post by Chronicles of a Nursing Mom (@mamababylove).  Guest post by Shaps Lim(@cromartielove)


Winners! Roxy/Quicksilver & Kickers Cash Coupons!

Monday, July 18, 2011

Thank you for everyone who joined!

Here are the winners!! 
CONGRATULATIONS to:

Kickers Cash Coupon:
  1. brenda . coronel @ yahoo.com
  2. jamira1009 @ yahoo.com

Roxy/Quicksilver Cash Coupon:
  1. karl_chan32 @ yahoo.com
  2. randiej . joanne @gmail.com
  3. erfraliga @gmail.com
  4. charmabulous @yahoo.com
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  6. brcastronuevo @ hotmail . com
  7. maarja(underscore)yasmina(at)yahoo(dot)com
  8. abieiverson @yahoo.com
  9. fritz.tentativa-at-gmail-dot-com
  10. katz_chan @yahoo.com
I will be sending you guys an email on how to claim these coupons..

Thanks again for joining!! :)

Contest Alert! Kickers, Roxy & Quicksilver GCs!

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Guess what?!!

I am giving away Cash Coupons worth P500.00 each!
     Two (2) coupons from Kickers
     Ten (10) coupons from Roxy/Quicksilver

There will be a total of twelve (12) winners - each winner will get one (1) coupon.



Here's how to join:
1.  Leave a comment on this blogpost with the following info:
a)  Which Cash Coupon you want (Kickers! or Roxy/Quicksilver!)
b)  Name (your nickname will suffice)
c)  Your (valid) email address

Contest will run from today until July 15, 2011 at 11:59PM.  Since I will be using Random.org to pick out the winners, you can leave as many comments as you want!  I will announce the winners on July 16, 2011.


*These cash coupons CAN be used in Cebu!!
 Good luck and THANKS for joining!!

Skin Asthma: Update!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Being a first time mom, I experienced high levels of stress when I found out that my baby girl has skin asthma otherwise known as eczema.  My pedia, Dr. Joy Ty-Sy advised me to bathe my baby every other day and gave me a skincare regimen to follow that consisted of moisturizing and moisturizing.  In all honesty, I was quite uncomfortable with the taking a bath every other day - even if reading articles online seconded her advise.  I wished that I would get to read an article that says otherwise - but there was none.  To tell you the truth, I didn't follow the 'taking a bath' advise - but the moisturizing part, I did - to the dot.

Yaya and I followed the moisturizing part for about a week or two, what convinced me to seek a second opinion was when we noticed that K's scalp was red and scaly.  Yaya suggested we see a pedia-derma, so that once and for all - we'd know if the scaly scalp and body rashes were food related or just skin asthma.  I took her advise to heart and the next day started asking friends if their pediatricians were derma specialists.  I suddenly remembered my good friend May May - her son, Lucas has skin asthma too!  I asked for her pedia's number - and right there and then, I called the office of Dr. Carlos E. Paguio at The Medical City, I spoke to Malou, his secretary and learned that he was in - I immediately told Yaya that we were seeing a pedia derma.  We got into the car and within thirty minutes - we were there....

When we got to TMC (The Medical City) I was quite impressed with the building and the receptionist - it seemed like she knew this particular doctor, because when I mentioned the doctor's name - she immediately knew what room and what his specialization was!  We then headed to the elevators - this I was very UNimpressed, we waited a LONG time for an elevator - not just that, it was jampacked!  It seemed like to reach the 15th floor - and when we did, a very nice and smiling Malou greeted us.  I was asked to fill up a form and within a few minutes, we met Dr. Carlos E. Paguio.

His first words were - 'You came to me for a reason, now - let me see Kailee'  He told yaya to take off all of Kailee's clothes and lay her on the table - he examined her and asked 'How often do you bathe her?'  I honestly did not know what to answer because I was not following my pedia's advise, so I just told him 'The pedia told us to bathe every other day' he then replied with 'Kaya naman pala..  We'll do the exact opposite, Kailee needs to bathe twice a day.'  His reply made me smile wide!  I knew it!  He then explained that babies with eczema need to feel comfortable - and whenever we bathe, he says - we feel good right?  In-deed!  I can't explain to you the happiness and joy that I felt when I heard that!  He then told me to relax and not to worry because treating it is easy, he then told me that treatment and avoidance go hand in hand, if we don't treat - how can we avoid!  Galing diba?

Dr. Paguio is a very pleasant and jolly doctor, I honestly like him.  He's very enthusiastic - I've never met a doctor with such enthusiasm - and I like his humor!  He told us 'I-sa-Spa natin si Kailee!'  I wondered what he meant - he then continued to tell us what we needed to do (he also repeated 'Mrs. Panget, you don't need to worry - this is very easy!'

Step 1:  Massage VCO on whole body and leave on for 20 minutes (Twice a day before bathing)
Step 2:  Bathe using Physiogel Cleanser (for the face and body) and Physiogel Shampoo (Twice a day after 20 mins of VCO)
Step 3:  Apply Elica Lotion on scalp (Twice a day for 1 week)
Step 4:  Apply Cutivate cream on body rashes and leave on for 30 minutes (Twice a day for 1 week)
Step 5:  Apply AI Cream (Twice a day for 1 week)

He then told us to come see him after a week.   He also told us to airdry Kailee after changing nappies - this prompted me to tell him that we found it weird that Kailee seems to like it whenever she was without clothes!  He then said that she likes it - because its not hot!   He told me and Yaya to remember three (3) C's  Cool, Clean and Comfortable!  He also told us the enemies of these 3 C's - heat, dust, sweat and dirt!  We must keep Kailee comfortable as much as possible - if that means having her in an air-conditioned room, so be it!  He then said 'Bagay si Kailee sa Canada'  I wondered why and asked him, to which he replied 'Kasi malamig dun!'  Hahaha!!  I laughed so hard!  Doc is really funny, and I love it!

That night, we did the whole regimen and we saw instant results the following day - Kailee's cheeks were FLAWLESS and she even looked more white!  This I noticed while I was breastfeeding her, I didn't believe what I saw - I had to open the lights to inspect.  When we got to my mom's house - she also saw the difference!  We also noticed that Kailee seemed much happier!  She slept more soundly and was less irritable - maybe this was because of the itchiness of the rashes.  After a few days - Kailee was ridden of the rashes, her scalp was not scaly anymore - but her skin still had some patches of dry skin.  There was a VAST improvement!  And this made me, Yaya and Kailee very happy!

We next saw Dr. Paguio last week, and then again this morning.  I am happy to report that Kailee's skin asthma has been treated and the results are wonderful!  We've graduated from the medicines and was told to continue with the VCO, Physiogel products (they seem to work more than Cetaphil), and AI Cream.  I have to say - I was very much impressed with Dr. Paguio!  It was a wonderful decision to go see him, and this idea I have to attribute to dearest Yaya D., without her suggestion - I wouldn't have sought a second opinion.

THANK YOU - Dr. Carlos E. Paguio, you're a wonderful doctor!
THANK YOU - Yaya D., was it not for your suggestion - hindi natin makikita ang flawlessness ni Kailee!
THANK YOU - May May for recommending your pedia to us!
THANK YOU - Kailee, for being patient with Mommy!

So there, if you're a mommy that is stressed with your child's eczema, go see Dr. Paguio! 

Dr. Carlos E. Paguio
The Medical City (M-Sat 9-12nn)
MATI Room 1517
Tel. 634-4749

Sorry, I've been so out of the loop!  My MBP is sick!!
Please get well soon, MBP!!

Skin Asthma

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Yesterday was a stressful day.  I had to take Baby K to the doctor to check out the dry patches in her skin.  It has been days that we have been putting on petroleum jelly on her but it doesn't seem to work.  I have been updating the doctor and telling her that the patches are still dry - she told me to bring K over to her clinic.


Last week, we have been noticing that the dry patches have a round shape.  I just dismissed it as dry patches - my mom suspected that it might be ringworm, but kept quiet.  When yaya told me that she suspects it was ringworm, my mom blurted out and told me 'I told you it was ringworm!'  This irked me so much because she never said ringworm!  She just said 'round'!  I was irked because she told me that I didn't listen to her - I mean, how will I associate round with ringworm right?  Oh, well - I just told her to tell me specifically what she was suspecting because if she drops hints, how was I supposed to know what's on her mind!  I value her opinion immensely and listen to her suggestions but when she gives me vague descriptions - how can I deduce it right?  Yaya also suspects that if its not ringworm, that it might be skin asthma.  And I dreaded it because I remembered my Panget's nieces to have skin asthma, and my SIL was having a hard time treating it.


Contest ALERT: YUMMY Eats Tickets!!

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Contest Alert!  Contest Alert!

Thanks to Yummy & Frannywanny, I'm giving away five (5) tickets to YUMMY EATS!!


Here's how to win:
a)  Leave the following details on the comment section:
     Your name/nickname
     A valid email address (so I can contact you)

Since I have five (5) tickets to give away, I'll pick FIVE people with the MOST number of comments!  So please leave the same name and email address so I can count ALL of your entries!!

Contest will run from today until May 19, 2011 at 11:59PM (all entries after that time stamp will be disqualified and immediately deleted)

Good Luck!

My Kailee

Monday, April 18, 2011

Here's a glimpse of what makes me smile every single day

Meet my darling Kailee...

Contest ALERT: J&J Baby Bedtime Goodies!

Thursday, April 07, 2011

To celebrate the one month of my baby girl tomorrow - let me have a pa-contest!


I will be giving away these two J&J Baby Bedtime goodies!


 To join - simply follow the instructions below: (leave these details at the comment section)
1)  Mention a well wish for my Kailee (i.e Happy 1st Month Kailee!, etc.)
2)  Your valid email address
3)  Contest is for Metro Manila residents only BUT if you're from elsewhere and is willing to shoulder the shipping costs - join away!! :)

Its that simple, you can join as many times you want!
The winner will be picked using Random.org

Contest will start today and end on Monday - April 11, 2010 at 11:59PM!
Entries received AFTER the cut off will not be included in the raffle!!

Thanks everyone!! :)

Why I've been away...

Saturday, March 19, 2011

You guessed right - I just gave birth last week to a beautiful baby girl, and that's why I've been out of the loop.  The journey has been unbelievable, I still can't believe that I'm a mom now, I still feel the same, I still think the same - the only difference is that, I have a new love - my Baby K.
 

I sleep less now because I breastfeed, but I don't mind - it's good for her, and anything good for her - I will do.  I can't believe I am saying these things.  But seriously having a baby really changes you - one way or another.  I've never seen my Panget so attentive to anyone (well he was with me on our wedding day!) as he is with K.  He loves touching her, smelling her and he talks to her every so often!  He's soooooo in love with her!  And it makes me so happy to see him like that!

Going back - I actually didn't know I was already in labor, when I was.  So here goes my birthing story!  I am warning you, I may give too much information!  Hahahaha.....


I'm in LOVE with a girl!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

I'm soooooo in love with my newly born daughter, K.


Welcome to the world K!

We LOVE you!! :)

The Club's SURPRISE!!

Monday, February 21, 2011


 A few weeks before I got married, I was too stressed to recognize that I was in a for a surprise bridal shower.  My Panget led me to Chili's Greenhills for dinner and I was a zombie that time - so when I was lead to a table with people already seated I was confused!  It was only after a few seconds that I recognized that it was Fran, Paul, Jane and Chris!  Then I thought to myself - why were they there?  What were they doing in Chili's?  It was only then that it hit me - they were hosting me a surprise bridal shower!  Hahahaha..  I can't imagine what was going on in their heads as I looked at them confused!  Hahaha... 

Last week - Fran initiated a dinner, she said that it would be a 'before they leave for a trip' dinner and that it was going to be held in Cerchio in nearby Tomas Morato - and that I SHOULD go because it was just nearby!  I had to say yes - I wanted to see them before they fly off to the land of green money and I thought, it might be my last dinner with The Club before I give birth - so I said yes!


I was already telling my Panget that I would be attending the dinner, whether he comes with me or not.  So last Thursday night, when he suddenly said he wanted to come with me, I was ecstatic!  I mean - that meant, I didn't need to drive myself to the restaurant!

So last night, when I got home - I rushed my Panget to leave because I didn't want to be late!  But my Panget, having his new PS3 installed - was a little hard to convince to leave early!  Five minutes became ten, and ten became twenty and twenty became thirty.  I knew he wanted to still play BUT there was the dinner!  In waiting for him - I snoozed a bit, and when I snooze - my energy levels drop and makes me lazy to go out!  But since I already said yes - I had to go, even if I was sleepy!  Hahaha..

When I got to Cerchio - I was instantly impressed with the place, the restaurant looked very fresh and new!  But as I walked along to where our table was, I saw pink balloons - and this made me think, was I led to the right place?  And there - I saw the rest of The Club!  Apprently, it was a baby shower for me, a SURPRISE baby shower!  Hahahaha..  (Restuarant review to follow!)

I was shocked and touched at the same time.  I was honestly overwhelmed, and didn't want to cry!  Good thing, the crybaby in me didn't set in!  Or else, EVERYONE would have witnessed me crying!!

It was another surprise, pulled off by The Club!  Imagine, from the shower - we were just six!  Look at us now - we've more than doubled!! :) Who would have thought that blogs can bring people together?  Who would have thought that a common interest like food can make friendships blossom and develop into something more!

THANK YOU to Fran & Paul, Jane & Chris, Irene & Richard, Ro & Peter, Joan & AbetTrixie, Carlos, Tita Jane & C2 and Glenn!!  THANK YOU soooo much!!

I am deeply, deeply touched!!

Fisher Butter Toffee Peanuts

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

I have been obsessing about Fisher Nuts since I tasted them en route to Seoul, Korea.



Since I was pregnant, I asked the flight attendants for more peanuts - and they gave me a LOT of the Fisher Honey Roasted nuts!  And I have to say, after tasting the Fisher brand - there was no turning back!  All other brands - were no comparison at all! 

When I got back to Manila, my limited stash was depleting - and this prompted me to try and contact Fisher US to ask if they have a local distributor here in Manila or in nearby countries.  I was prepared to have friends buy it for me!  I sent an email and after a few weeks - I received a 'tweet' from Fisher Nuts.  They sent me a direct message saying that they have a distributor in our country - they supplied me with the name of the company and the number.

Of course, eager beaver me - I had to call immediately to ask.  I looked for the person who's name was sent in together with the number in the direct message of Fisher - unfortunately, he was out!  But I left my number and asked for a ring back.  And they did ring me back - I spoke to a lovely Evelyn, she told me that the shipment of the nuts will be arriving 2011 and that upon its arrival here in Manila - she will give me a call to tell me.  She also was impressed that I got their number and that I was interested in a product that hasn't been sold or marketed yet here in the Philippines.  She said that for the trouble I went through just to look for them (contacting Fisher US) it must mean that I really like the product!  I told her that I was able to try packs of the nuts while on a Korean Airlines flight!

So last week, she sends me an email telling me that the nuts have ARRIVED!! :)  They're initially available in ALL Robinson's Supermarket outlets.  Good thing, there's one near me!! :)  So last night, I couldn't help myself - despite the time, I drove myself to a Robinson's Supermarket to purchase Fisher Nuts!  Evelyn told me to try out the Butter Toffee Peanuts - because its her personal favorite.  I was so excited that I opened the small plastic container and tried some - and indeed they're really goooood!!  A twist of sweet and salty - with nuts!! :)



Thank you Clever Cats!  Thank you Fisher Nuts!

THANK YOU Korean Airlines - for introducing me to this brand!!

Happy days are FINALLY here!!! :)

Shakey's: If it's WRONG it's FREE!

Wednesday, February 09, 2011


I enjoy eating pizzas, thus my Panget decided to get the Shakey’s Pizzanatic card. This card has served its purpose because since I got pregnant, we have ordered a bunch of pizzas. The branch that served us usually was the one located in Quezon Avenue, but for our last order – it was the Waltermart Munoz that served us.

Shakey’s has this thing – if it’s late, it’s FREE! The time frame was 45 minutes, quite long if you think about it because we’re so used to the 30 minutes or less thing but then again – I gave it a chance. So my Panget and I ordered, the hotline person I spoke to told me to synchronize our time – and I did. I also gave specific instructions to have my pizza cut into squares and to prepare change for a bigger bill. These instructions I repeated, so that the person on the other end will remember and take note of. After the order, my Panget and I waited. And we waited – on the 40th minute, I gave the hotline a call informing them that the pizza hasn’t arrived yet. And 7 minutes later, the pizza arrived.


Since it arrived 2 minutes late – it should be free right? Well, technically yes – but the rider insisted that he was early – he even showed my helper his watch! My helper on the other hand, pointed to the clock near the gate and the difference was a good 8 minutes. So whose time should we have followed? I immediately called the hotline to complain – according to their clocks, my clock’s time and their’s was the same. So my helper insisted that it was free, but the rider was – well also very persistent that he was on time – he then decided to give his supervisor a call. The supervisor also insisted to me that the rider arrived on time – when I asked to look at his watch, surprisingly – the time matched with the clock near the gate! My helper was already laughing when she saw this – she said, how could a difference of 8 minutes be an exact match 5 minutes later? Was his watch running too fast or was our running too slow?

After a few more arguments here and there – the supervisor gave in and said that the pizza will be given for free, but take note – he told me specifically that the pizza was ON TIME. I told him again – how come there was a time difference with the rider’s watch and our clock then after 5 minutes, they magically matched! I found it really silly – good thing, the hotline’s clock matched with mine. I was willing to pay, had the driver not insisted he was on time nor had his watch adjusted for the time to become later. I felt cheated that is why I complained! Had the driver been honest and apologized for being late for 2 minutes – I would have let it go and paid.

Fast forward to last night. I was craving and I thought, it has been a while since we last ordered a Shakey’s Pizza. So I called the hotline, placed my order and specifically told the person on the other line that I wanted my pizza cut into squares and to prepare change for a bigger bill. I had to say my instruction thrice – to make sure she understood, and she said she did. So when we synchronized our time, I was secretly thinking – I hope the branch that will serve us will read the instructions carefully.

I was hoping for another free pizza, but unfortunately they were on time! The pizzas arrived on the 40th minute.

But wait – my helper called to ask me ‘Is it okay if the pizzas aren’t cut into squares?’

BINGO!

Of course, I said it was not okay – I specifically gave instructions for the pizzas to be cut into squares, I even repeated it. I called the hotline to report and this person who took my call was English speakingly-challenged, I had to repeat myself three times, I already spoke to her in Tagalog YET she still chose to reply in English! (Out of Topic – there’s nothing to be ashamed of if you can’t speak straight English, I won’t judge you! I’d rather you speak in Tagalog than make a fool of yourself!) The hotline supervisor told me to keep my line open so that the servicing branch will call me. So, the rider and I waited for the servicing branch to call us. And when they did – I immediately asked for the branch! And true enough – it was again Waltermart Munoz! They told me that the current pizzas will be given FREE and that the rider will come back with the correct cut pizzas and those I will need to pay. It was a good enough solution– I spoke to the assistant manager, I told her to check and re-read the special instructions EVERY time, so that they won’t have this kind of error again. I also told her that they this is the second time that they’ve serviced me and that there was always an issue. The square cut pizzas arrived about 40 minutes later – I honestly did not time it anymore.

Moral of the story – had the branch read and understood the instructions, I wouldn’t be given the FREE pizzas. You see, I have been noticing more and more that people lately have poor listening skills and only hear and understand the LAST sentence or word that you mention. They do not listen to the whole conversation BUT instead only choose to hear the last sentence AND deduce from the last words that you utter.

FOR SALE: The SAK Sakroots Bag!!

The SAK Sakroots Bag!
Brand new with tags!!


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Little Darth Vader

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

When I have a son - I'd dress him up like the kid in the video - a little Darth Vader for Halloween!!

This was sent by my Panget - and I found it super duper cute!! :)

Shi Lin's Xiao Long Bao - BEST (In MNL) so far!!

Monday, February 07, 2011

I heard of this Chinese restaurant from my future brother in law - he said that they also serve Xiao Long Bao.  So yesterday - after doing some baby shopping, my friend Selene suggested we go to Shi Lin at the Podium for an early dinner.


I honestly did not know where it was - its has been a while since I was at the Podium, so I was wondering where it was.  The restaurant was located on the same floor as Toy Kingdom.  When you first see it - you'll notice that the entrance is quite narrow and that there's a show window where the cooks are making the Xiao Long Baos manually.  This reminded me of Din Tai Fung, one of my favorite restaurants abroad.  I was skeptical, I thought - I'm sure the skin of the Xiao Long Bao will be thick, and I said to myself 'No restaurant can copy the thin skin of DTF!'

So when we sat down - I immediately ordered the Xiao Long Bao - I was excited to see and taste this restarant's version of the XLB.  The menu looked familiar too - the red color, the design of the logo, even the fare - it was so DTF!  When the XLB arrived in bamboo steamers - I was quite excited, and then my chopstick caught one - and it didn't rip - I said to myself 'PLUS points for Shi Lin!' and when I bit into the XLB - I was already impressed.  The skin of the XLB was just perfect!  It was thin enough to hold in the juices and not break easily.  I thought to myself - 'This XLB - coming from a copycat (remember, this is my opinion!) - was very well made!!'  I mean, look at Suzhou's, Crystal Jade and Lugang's - the skin is still thicker than Din Tai Fung's! :)  And since it was a local copycat restaurant, I was more impressed!  Think about it - Crystal Jade couldn't do it - Lugang too!  But Shi Lin was able to somehow give us the thinner skinned Xiao Long Bao! :)  Shi Lin's Xiao Long Bao - has got to be THE BEST

The BEST Xiao Long Bao (in Manila) for me!!

I also remembered how good Din Tai Fung's Noodles with Peanut sauce was so we decided to order Shi Lin's version with a bit more spice.  The dish in general tasted great, my only complaint was that the noodles were not as fine as I was hoping them to be - they were actually unevenly shaped, but nevertheless - I enjoyed eating them whilst sweating out the spicy-ness!  I also ordered take-out for my mom to try!  And she agrees that its really good!

Spicy Peanut Noodles

The Beef Noodle was also good - the soup was very flavorful - and the nice thing was that when I asked for extra soup twice - they didn't charge me for them! :)

Beef Brisket Noodle Soup

As for the Drunken Chicken that we ordered - it was served cold (as it usually is) this was the only complaint of my friend Selene - but my Panget liked it and was used to eating this dish, cold!  I didn't try it because I have this thing of not eating chicken that is steamed or with liquid-y sauce, but there are exceptions!  Haha!  Yes, I am that maarte when it comes to chicken.

Drunken Chicken

For dessert it was Selene's request that we order the Taro Dumplings.  This friend of mine LOVES taro so much - and true enough - they also tasted yummy.  The Taro dumplings dish was a refreshing end to our early dinner - it was not overpowering but it was tasty - the sweetness was just right.

Taro Dumplings

Overall - I enjoyed my dining experience in Shi Lin.  I was really really impressed - I don't know if I was just hungry or what, but I liked everything that I ate there.  I am excited to bring my family there to try it out1  I just hope that the skin will be the same - still thin.  Hahaha!! :)

Kudos to whoever thought of putting up Shi Lin - your Xiao Long Bao has to be THE closest thing to Din Tai Fung that we have here in Manila!  No need anymore to buy the expensive franchise anymore!  Hahahaha... :)  Galeng!

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Guess Hobo Bag - Brand New with Tags!!


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MOUSE Alert! RAT Alert!

Saturday, February 05, 2011

My Panget and I usually have lunch at my mom's every Saturday.  So today, after lunch - we were all in the living room minding our own businesses, me and my Panget were busy with our internet surfing, my mom was watching her Koreanovela and the dogs, well - they were a bit pre-occupied with something.

Jenna and Hapee were running back and forth near one of the cabinets.  My mom noticed this but we didn't mind, we thought they were just playing.  And then I blurted 'Baka may daga!' (There might a mouse!)  And so my mom checked it out - and true enough, THERE WAS!!

The mouse was stuck in a series of wires, my mom said that it was the mouse's strategy to get stuck - so that we won't notice it!  This got the attention of my Panget and my brother - they each looked and agreed that the mouse - wasn't actually a mouse, but a rat!  It was big, big enough in their standards.  But the rat wasn't moving, my mom said it looked dead but then when I asked our driver to take a look - he said it was still alive and is pretending to be dead.

Now - what do to?  How do we trap the mouse?  How do we catch it?  I surmised that if it moves - for sure it will get away - again!  The driver together with another 'boy' moved the cabinet - so they could catch it, but the rat was able to get away!  They were actually looking where the rat went because it suddenly disappeared!  I thought to myself - the damn rat got away, dammit! 

But then I notice the dogs going crazy over the trash can near our main entrance - and then, there - I saw the rat, trying its best to escape from the dogs!  The rat was running like crazy everywhere, trying to get out the house!  It suddenly stopped behind the mini-ref that we had in the living room.  It stayed there for a while then we thought - we had to catch it, because if not - for sure it might go up to the second floor! 

So our driver devised a plane - he asked for a long screw driver, he wanted to 'trap' the rat by 'attack poking' it so it would move to the place where the 'boy' was.  But it wasn't working - then suddenly, I heard the cries of the rat!  I immediately put my hands over my ears!  I hate the sound of a rat shrieking!  The shreaking made Jacob mad and he too was barking like crazy!  The cries of the rat didn't stop for a while - I thought, well - because he was injured!  Then - silence... I thought our driver killed the rat, but then after a few seconds - the cries were there again!  But it didn't last long - because our 'boy' was able to catch the rat by using long nose pliers!  (Can you believe it?)

I had to take a picture of it - as proof that we caught that damn rat!  And here it is!!



I am honestly used to seeing small mice - this has to be the biggest one that we've caught so far!

Goodbye rat!! 

Goodbye!

The Real Thing Diner

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Everyone, for me at one point in their lives collected something.  I for one am still into collecting ballpens.  I still surf the net in search for that perfect ballpoint pen and dream that someday, I will get to own one and maybe develop one for everyone to use!

When I was still in High School, my friend Kath was into collecting those Coca Cola polar bear dolls.  She was so happy when she received a Coke polar bear from a suitor!  Little did I know that there are avid Coke collectors out there.

The Real Thing diner is representative of an avid collector of Coca Cola items and turning this hobby into a business!  Honestly, I like the idea of a diner - it brings me back to the time where I read Archie comics - they always hung out in the Soda Shop.  How I wish there was something similar here in Manila.

The Real Thing diner offers food with a bit of a twist, they've incorporated sodas into their meals - which is really good because it makes the restaurant more authentic and more in tune with the theme of the restuarant.

Here are some of the dishes served:

 Cinnamon Sifter - P99.00


Eight O'Clock Chicken - P289.00


Sarsi Wings - P199.00


Eight O'Clock Apple Green Tea Dory - P249.00


Coca Cola Baby Back Ribs - P399.00


 Happily Appley - P89.00


Chookie Ice Cream Sandwich - P89.00


My favorite has to be the Sarsi Chicken Wings!  The flavor is just perfect!  This kind of reminded me of Bonchon's (even if I haven't eaten there yet) and Richard corrected me saying it was like Manang's chicken - only juicier!  I have to agree with him, the flavor was similar, but I am partial to these Sarsi chicken wings.  Richard and I couldn't stop ourselves from having more!!

I have to rave about the food - they've come up with unique recipes and there's a hint of sweetness because they've incorporated sodas and juices to the food.  This made me like the food even more because I like a hint of sweetness on my savoury meals! :)

The feel of the restaurant is cheery and happy, this is what a diner should exactly feel like.  I will definitely go back to try the other dishes.


The Real Thing Diner
2/F Il Terrazzo
Tomas Morato, QC
Tel. 352-4320