Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Getting Hooked With Your Favorite Show

I stay home but I work almost 24/7 especially with an infant around. One of the things I have less time with is to relax, sit back and watch a good show on television. I have my favorites if we're to talk about t.v. series. I grew up following certain tv shows. I watch them almost everyday.
It's different if you're able to watch from the beginning up to the end. But now, since I'm busy- full, I rely on the net. Well it's a growing industry, since you can access almost everything on the web. In case I miss a show, I go online, I update myself watch online series especially my favorite shows. With that, I get to relax and take a break even just for a short moment, and I get to watch basing it when I want to watch it.
Web television has a wide variety of categories, including; Video Game, Comedy, Animated, Cartoon & Comics, Woodworking, Drama, How-Tos & DIY, Music, Health & Fitness, Educational, Celebrity Entertainment, Food & Drink, Parenting & Family, News & Politics, Sports & Cars, Talk & Interview, Technology, and Fashion & Beauty Webisodes.
It is also a perfect medium in discovering new ideas and shows. It's not bound to one series and one time frame. There's so much to choose from. Almost every night, I look forward to something to watch.
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 Share the episodes your watching, series you've followed and episodes you've loved
 Follow your favorite web series and keep up with their latest episodes.
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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Shrimp Paksiw in Coconut Cream

Paksiw: Vinegar sauce.
Food cooked in vinegar sauce is very common here in the Philippines. Most of the time, we use seafood such as fish. One of the main purposes of vinegar sauce is to eliminate the fishy smell. Vinegar sauce is composed of vinegar, pepper, ginger and garlic. With the viand I am sharing today, I used shrimps, I simmered it in vinegar sauce then I added coconut cream to balance the vinegar flavor and to make the sauce richer.
Servings: 3-4
  • 10-15 pcs of shrimps (head removed, shell intact).
  • 1/2 cup cane vinegar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup Coconut Cream
  • 1/2 tsp chopped ginger
  • 5 cloves crushed garlic
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • a dash of salt
  • 1 stalk celery with leaves (washed well, chopped) optional
  • 1 medium eggplant (chopped into thin rings) optional
How To:
  • In a pan arrange prepared shrmps.
  • Add vinegar, water. chopped ginger, crushed garlic, ground pepper and salt
  • Simmer until shrimps are half- cooked.
  • Add eggplants, then simmer until eggplants are half- cooked.
  • ( Add water if necessary )
  • Add coconut milk and simmer for a few seconds.
  • Add chopped celery.

Best served with hot rice and a little soy sauce.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

From The S&R Members' Treat 2012

As A Consumer:
S&R has been a regular grocery stop for us for the past 2 years. Grocery? some of you might think... that it's  too expensive... I understand where you're coming from, I also thought of it that way. But since I'm after the freshness and quality of the products I buy and serve my family, especially the perishables and stuff we can stock on like canned goods, S&R has it all on a silver platter. It's just the right place for me as a home-maker, I find whatever I need in S&R.

From One Branch To Another:
My husband and I noticed the flood of people coming to S&R BGC branch even on a regular day. With that, sometimes we don't get to buy the products we need. So we decided to move to a different branch to shop. Since we live in Quezon City, we thought that S&R Congressional is a the perfect branch. It's bigger, I noticed that this branch has more products and of course, on a regular day, there's not much shoppers. With the recent Members' Treat, Congressional was packed to a point that they closed the gates to regulate the poeple and cars coming in. From there, we decided to head back to S&R BGC branch.

Last year, the S&R BGC branch was in total chaos during the Members' Treat.  This time, it's the exact opposite. The line was long but moving, it was more organized and parking was easy. I'm just happy to visit this branch again.
The Journey Begins:
The S&R Members' Treat is one of the most anticipated events every year. As early as 4am first day of the sale, people are already lined up just to get their hands on hundreds of products sold for a very cheap price both local and imported items. Some are offered on a Buy1Take1 basis, some have discounts for as low as 50%.
This month's Members' Treat, we didn't concentrate on certain products. We opened ourselves and our budget to whatever we can find useful for our home.
Since S&R BGC is smaller, it's hard to go around with a shopping cart. One tactic that my husband and I practiced through the years is to park our cart in line for the cashier then we take turns to go around and get whatever our eyes catches.

As always, the line for the cashier is longer than the line of people waiting outside for their turn to come in. Last week, I posted a link where everyone can get updates with regards to S&R promos, special offers and activities.
It is very important to get updates on products to be sold and at the same time, make a list of products you intend to buy or at least products you wish would go on sale. A list makes it easier once you're inside the warehouse, all you have to do is go from one aisle to another and then grab, grab, grab!
It took us 2-3 hours to get to the cashier counter. We lined up where people ahead of us had 2 or 3 carts full. We were in line to pay around 11am, we went out of S&R exactly 2pm. While waiting, my husband got us some food. Actually, I enjoyed the whole waiting process. While in line, we were just playing around with the new apps we bought for my iPad, one of them is 360 Panorama, my first picture with the app was not as presentable, but I like it.

Our Great Finds:

1. Quilted pillows: Queen Size at (350.00 each) Standard (250.00each)
    Buy1Take1 Pillow Cases with 300 Thread Count (250.00)
2. Canned goods and other products:
  • Prem Luncheon Meat( php79.00 each)
  • Hormel Luncheon Meat (php 87.00 each)
  • Purefoods Chunkee Corned Beef (php38 each)
  • 2  280g boxes Swiss Miss with Free Mug (php 197)
  • 1 box of Pringles 6 Super Stack (php399)
  • 1 box heavy Duty Ziploc (php175)
  • 6 Chow Mein Terriyaki Beef Noodles (php49 each)
  • Planters Honey Roasted Peanuts (php129each)
  • Combos (php100+ each)
We stock up on certain products such as canned goods with easy-open lids for emergency purposes. It's always best to keep a full pantry. I for one, cook a lot. I make experiments on whatever ingredient I have available, so everything is an essential for me. The goodies such as the chips, peanuts and biscuits, those are to be consumed anytime, especially for our weekend family movie night :)
3. Toiletries:
  • Buy1Take1 8Bar Pack of Safegurad White (350.00)
  • Buy1Take1 6Bar Pack Irish Spring (350.00)
  • Buy1Take1 3 Litre Jug of Zip Dishwashing Liquid (299.00)
  • Buy1Take1 Colgate (179.00)
  • 1000 ml Johnsons baby Milk Bath with Free Johnsons Baby Powder (200.00)
  • Carefree packed by 2s (124.00)
Most of the tioiletries we got are the very same products we're using.

4. Others:
1 K Bounty Fresh Chicken Nuggets (214.00each) original price (250.00)
Hormel Pork Sausages (75.00 each) original price (199.00)
As always, our favorites for breakfast. Chicken Nuggets and Sausages.

5. Home Essentials: Furnitures
So we moved to a new place last July, we're still at it. Since we ditched our old furnitures, we are now slowly buying new ones, looking for the right ones that will fit in our humble home. One of our great buys during this month's Members' Treat was a shelf. My husband bought it separately, we had to go in an area in the parking lot to claim it. My husband said he got it for (2,100.00)/ original price was at (3,000.00)
It's sturdy and way better than the stuff we see in local department stores.
We're very lucky that S&R moved their sale on the time we're about to do our regular grocery shopping.  Most  discounted products and buy1take1 items are the things we needed. Imagine, same budget we got more than the usual, spent a little on the things not on the list but still very useful and handy.
Why is this so important? you don't get TREATS like this in any other store here in the Philippines and you're not treated this way in any other shops and outlets.
Last Hurrah for the S&R Members' Treat 2012, waiting for another round at the S&R Members' Treat 2013 and see you again S&R next week :)

In Preparation For SAT

Preparing for college? I remembered my own struggles just to be able to get in to a good school in college. Aside from the entrace exams taken from different universities and colleges, I also prepared for NSAT National Secondary Assessment Test. It's similar to SAT, it's a form of exam that gauge literacy and important skills that will determine one's success in college. SAT is a form of assessment done by analyzing and solving problems, topics learned throughout highschool that will come in as essentials in college. In my case our highschool class had a month of review everyday after our regular class. For some of my classmates, they thought that getting a tutor will help a lot in acquiring the proper knowledge and review in order to pass the exam.
I went through another process... The college or university I chose used my scores as another source on how ready I am for college. And as they added up my scores, yes, I did pass and I was able to get in to the school of my choice. These exams such as SAT, with proper review and with the help of sat tutors can be considered as a big contribution to one's future.
We all want to be successful. In order to be successful, it's best to achieve the things we think is good for us, just like choosing the best schools we will thrive in. A place where we can grow and develop in.