#daretoshareIGchallenge

#daretoshareIGchallenge

I joined this class by Arriane Serafico. To be quite honest, I wasn’t serious at it first. I didn’t do the first few days because I was on a playdate and got swamped at work. I woke up to reality that there were groupings! I want my own support group and to actually see what other people are doing and what their attack is. Good thing, we were still able to group. Yay for extension.

This course/challenge is just amazing and intense. The fact that you need to do an editorial calendar is just pushing me out of the comfort zone. I was in a rush to find photos and to do my content (Thanks Canva!).

My team is #teamrush and which stemmed from the fact that we were in a rush to find groupmates. We started from around 6 people and I think we are now 7 or 8? The engery in the group is just wildly positive! We are juggling different tasks everyday but we find time to interact. I am actually stalking the other posts and hopefully, I can be friends with them too! #supportgroup

Key takeaways? I am doing just fine. I know the basics already and I am building direction. I started it this year. Styling my feed with a pattern. It now all boils down to creating content and being consistent with what I want to do. I’ll be committed this time around since I want to claim my authenticity as blogger (Wow! Big words!)

Here’s a photo of my feed before and after the challenge! I know my followers isn’t that much but quality over quantity, right?

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Before (taken 6/14)
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Now (taken 6/20)

Obviously, it’s a work in progress. I’ll be posting my last one for the challenge in a few minutes. It’s gonna be a long one (for the caption).

Shoutout to Arriane, who is generous with her knowledge and created this workshop and to Team Rush for all those positive comments and the push to be accountable. Too legit to quit!

Oh My Fish!

Oh My Fish!

Remember when you are looking for something fun to do with your kid? For our Burrito’s birthday, we went to Manila Ocean Park.

Pro Tip: We got a ticket through MetroDeal. We picked the Deep Sea Rush with the following activities: Oceanarium, Sharks & Rays Dry Encounter, Jellies Exhibit, Sea Lion Show, and Symphony Evening Show.

We could have gotten more but we just took into consideration of the two year old’s nap time and energy. We started the day late because we have a small breakfast party. You can check my post about that here.

Here’s just a quick rundown of what we did.

Oceanarium. It was a good thing that we didn’t bring the stroller. The place has stairs! It was also divided into different segments like fish you can see in the jungle, reef, etc. It was a pretty sight. We expected to see more fish at the tunnel though. My husband said there were more a few years earlier. Lucas liked to see different fish. He didn’t know where to look.

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Fish, fish!
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This fish made him say, “Oh my gosh!”
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Colorful fish!
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Starfish.

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Curious kid.
So happy with everything!

Jellies Exhibit. I expected more but it was just a small room with around a few kinds of jellyfish. Overall, it was a good place to take your profile photos! Ha. Lucas was just a bit steady during this exhibit. There was this area where there are souvenirs, that’s the only time he was interested because there’s a truck.


Sea Lion Show. This show is done outside. We watched it around 3:00 PM. No umbrellas are allowed since it might distract the Sea Lions. Lucas enjoyed this! He was laughing at some parts and clapping with the rest of the crowd.

See how happy he is?
Yay!


Shark and Rays Dry Encounter. There were a lot of people who wanted to touch sharks and rays. Lucas got a bit scared but it was a good sight to see. Maybe the experience is better if the place is not really that crowded. We weren’t able to take photos because of the crowd.

Symphony Evening Show. We missed this show because we had dinner. We hope to catch this on our next trip.

Another tip: Make sure you know the height of your kid. We didn’t know he’s over two feet so we had to get a ticket there instead.

Overall, it was a good place to bring your kid! Our Burrito is in the stage of exploring and learning. We are happy that he is enjoying and beginning to understand the different experience. It was just too bad when we went there when a company had their team building. But we will definitely be back for more since we missed out other attractions.

Any suggestions where to go next?

#BurriTWO

#BurriTWO

Last weekend, we celebrated Lucas’ second birthday. It was not as fancy as his first but I still proceeded with having a themed birthday. This year, we went nautical. We thought it would be fitting as he likes fish and we were planning to bring him to Manila Ocean Park.

As a mom, I did my usual planning but this time around, I was too caught up with raising a toddler. I resolved on getting this party in a box! Yes, a party in a box. It is basically your instant decorations for any special occasion. All you have to do is set it up. I checked this supplier, The White Box.

I sent them an email two weeks before the celebration and talked to them about how I envision the party. The main idea is only to have a breakfast party since we’ll be out for the weekend. We are doing it for the rest of the household and since he is the first app, we would want to involve the grandmothers too. The set up was really small. The package that we got was good for ten (10) pax. What is good about The White Box is that they can customize the package for you so you can add or remove the things that you need for the party.

Since I was planning to have a background decoration and some for the table, they gave us a package for the following: garland, tassels, fans, buntings, balloons, table runner and a cake topper. We finalized the transaction on the week of his birthday and I got the decorations before my need date! So fast and efficient. They are accomodating too!

I know you will be saying why do I need to find a supplier, these are the things that can easily be bought elsewhere. Well, for someone who has a lot on her plate, you would rather have something instant than go through the hassle of everything. To be quite honest, it was sulit because we get to reuse them for the next birthdays a few days after like my sister-in-law and I.

We did the ingress the night before. It was no joke setting up even if it came in a box. We had to think of how to put them together!

It was all worth the pagod and puyat.

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After a hard night’s work, we were able to hide the chismis on the wall. What a wonderful set-up!
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Boat not included in the package.
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It’s all in the details.
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Look at that lovely cake topper! Cake not included in the package.
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Here’s our birthday boy and his breakfast party! We served him his favorites: tuyo, pasta and spam!

A few friends expressed their delight with the set-up. So if you want an easy, hassle-free way of doing a party, I suggest you check out The White Box.

Facebook: facebook.com/thewhiteboxph
Instagram: instagram.com/thewhiteboxph

I’ll be writing about his trip to Manila Ocean Park, up next!

This is not a sponsored post.

Sunday Currently | Vol. 3

I haven’t really had a real weekend for the past month. I think my body is actually clamoring for more sleep!

CURRENTLY.

READING. E-learning module.

WRITING. Planning to finish my blog for Lucas. But ha! I am really just too lazy.

THINKING. How to deal with the current situation of actually not going to mass with my son.

SMELLING. Nothing. I have a blocked nose right now.

WISHING. I have enough will power and not just all talk.

HOPING. My internet will keep up. It’s too slow. Why do internet service providers give you sucky service anyway?

WEARING. Shirt and skirt!

LOVING. My new steal. Hahaha. Yes, I bought a phone case.

WANTING. FASTER INTERNET!

NEEDING. I need my life fixed according to the KonMari App.

FEELING. Annoyed because we were supposed to go to mass with my son.

CLICKING. E-learning module.

Fangirl

Last weekend, I went to a Rustan’s event. This is the yearly Summer Fashion show and guess who was there?

No other than Bianca Santiago-Reinoso. Seeing her walk with Juano, I just went wild. It was legit fangirling. My officemates were like, “Sino siya?” I go, she’s part of the Baby Barangay and also part of Baby and Breakfast.  Okay, okay. I know some of you can’t relate to this.

Think of it as: you, seeing your favorite celebrity, author, band, up close. Yes, that’s it. You muster up all courage to say hi. It is a bigger challenge to actually want a photo.

She is part of my mommy peg. I can’t say it enough. I also like her style, very laid back and comfy. She’s good in styling too. I am blabbing right now, forgive me. I can’t help it. Maybe some of you can relate, most of you won’t.

Here’s a photo of us. I want to be closer to her but yeaaah, sobrang fangirl ko kulang na lang ihug ko siya. OA pero totoo.

So that’s 1 out of 5 sa Baby Baranggay. YASSS!

Buen Comer Poquellas

Buen Comer Poquellas

Other than Korean food (specifically grill) the other cuisine I usually crave for is Mexican. Tacos and nachos in particular. Maybe a burrito minus the beans. I also like dirty rice (is that Mexican?). Since I work near Maginhawa, I am always in a search for good food that doesn’t actually put a dent in my budget. Lagi kong sinasabi na basta sulit! I am willing to spend for food but not so much.

After yoga, I pass this corner with a food stall  called Buen Comer. Obviously, it’s Mexican. I did my research and that they usually open from Wednesdays to Saturdays. I’ve been always wanting to eat here but I don’t have company. Even if I muster the strength to eat there alone, I can’t. I was thinking to eat there before yoga but I can’t because it requires you to eat an hour and a half before the class. There’s a risk that I may just vomit. If you eat anything it has to be light. How about after yoga? I usually go home straight because I am either too tired to eat or feel guilty.

So my husband and I took the time to try it out. At first, I was a bit sad. They weren’t there anymore! The street is under construction. What a hassle. I asked my husband to drive around to see if it is just near the area because their sign says “this way”.

Good news! They just moved inside the street. Similar to set-up. They have a stall set-up in front of the house and you eat in the garage. It was pretty much a self service thing. You order at the stall then wait for your order. My Mexican heart is happy.

We asked what their best sellers are and it’s the Kare-kare Burrito! I was really hesitant to eat that. Hello, kare-kare and burrito? Really. But my husband is just experimental so we had that and their Steak and Fries Burrito. Of course, we had to try their Nacho Potato Crisp.

Mostly everything came in fast. First was the Kare-Kare Burrito then the Steak and Fries. What took time was the Nacho Potato Crisp.

Fast fact: The fries and potato crisps are home made. This is the reason why it takes some time to have both served. The Nacho Potato Crisp, according to the chef takes around 5-8 mins serving time. Still not bad.

Let’s discuss the Kare-Kare Burrito. Guys, ANG SARAP. I never thought that it would be that good. It’s Kare-Kare rice + a little veggie + BAGNET. Yes friends, bagnet. It was crispy and glorious. It had the right amount of kare-kare flavor. Also, you can have the bagoong either spread in the burrito or have it separated. We had it separated because I eat kare-kare without the bagoong. I am weird, no need to tell me. My husband had it with bagoong. We were just both happy. The serving is good for two! Needless to say, we finished it. Simot sarap!

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How it looks after I munched on it.

Next up was the Steak and Fries Burrito. It was so heavenly. Meat, fries and special sauce. The steak is meaty and the fries, it’s hand cut. Really filling. I was struggling finishing my share. The fries remind me of the Beef and Potato Burrito of Taco Bell. The potato is love. you can’t go wrong with the combo.

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Steak and Fries. SOOOO FILLING.

Both burritos are even more delicious with their home made sauces. They have three: the green one which is cilantro, then the red is hot sauce. I forgot what the white thing is. My favorite is the hot sauce of course. It matches my burrito.

Last but not the least, the Nacho Potato Crisp. The serving can be up to three people. It was just different from the usual nacho chips because its base was more on thinly cut potatoes. They use their special sauce on this.  I have not much to say about this since we were quite full when we got to eat this. We had to take it home. Pretty much when my husband finished it up, he was happy. I made him eat some of the veggies.

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Sorry, I wasn’t able to get a good photo since we chowed it down immediately. This is a mound of potato crisps!

Regarding service, they are more on the self-service side, we had to pack the left over food (the nachos). They have a designated station for it. You can also find utensils, gloves and paper bags there. You might also want to throw away your stuff after you eat. Not sure about it but maybe we just took a cue with the trash can being labeled.

Rating time. The food is great! Plus points for having stuff home made. Everything feels extra special. The serving is good enough for two! We were both stuffed after eating. Every time they serve the food they ask how was it probably we’re first timers. All I can say is that it was just delicious!!!

We went there a bit early just before the customers start to pile up. Everything was fast and the chef got to take our orders and explain the food. One time, I passed their area and there were a lot of customers, but I still here them explain all about their specialty. This is a plus! The chef is also very hands on. Everyone it just great.

If you want a bang for your buck? This is the place to be. Your Mexican heart will be happy and your tummy too. Here, you can share your burrito because definitely you’ll maximize your tummy space if you eat it alone.

Food – 4.5
Service – 5
Price – 5

As for the area, you have to scout for parking since this is a residential area. No worries though since people just come and go since it is not really a space that will make you stay for hours.

Tips: Bring someone with you to share your order. Go there before their peak hours. They open 4pm onwards.

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Here’s part of their menu (1/2)

Menu (2/2) plus the place where the magic happens!

There is our new adventure. I am definitely going to recommend it. Date night or friends night out this is a great place!

Buen Comer Poquellas
48 Mapagkawanggawa, Diliman, Quezon City, 1101

The Sunday Currently | Vol. 2

So this weekend was all about getting a much needed rest.

CURRENTLY.

READING. A summary of the movie “In The Heart Of The Sea” but yeah I skipped through most of it. I just want to see if Mr. Chase will live.

WRITING. None as of now but planning to write a mommy content next week.

THINKING. More of getting anxious for deadlines tomorrow.

SMELLING. Air?

WISHING. To have more time for my tasks.

HOPING. For better days ahead.

WEARING. The usual.

LOVING. Lazy weekends.

WANTING. Focus.

NEEDING. To eat at that taco/nacho place near Maginhawa.

FEELING. Anxious for the coming week.

CLICKING. Nothing.