Petron Collectibles Limited Edition: Lamborghini Aventador

Boys will always be boys. And their love for cars is really undeniable. By the way my son looked at the two Lamborghini cars that we game him, his chinky eyes sparkled and his cute lips smiled sweetly, we know that he loved his new collectible cars. And not only that, I saw my husband’s childish interest over the new toys. He acted like a cute little boy and discovered how the thing works. Oh, I love seeing them like that, full of happiness and excitement.

These lovely Lamborghini collectible cars are available at all Petron Gasoline Station. Petron started selling these cars last November 15, 2015 and according to one of the stations, their promo will end only upto December 15, 2015. So, avid collectors of toys and stuffs, are now heading towards their nearest Petron Gas Station for them not to be left out.

We gave our son two Lamborghini cars, color black and white. There are also three more available colors: green, red and orange. The box is designed according to the color of the car. It has an authenticity seal with code (color gold and white) with text Automobili Lamborghini and Official Product Lamborghini as background. The text Petron Collectibles Limited Edition are also written on the black box. The Petron product that is featured in the box is the Petron Blaze 100 Detane Euro 4. At the bottom of the box, the instruction how the car works is shown with pictures.

How the car works (as printed on the box):

  1. Turn on the switch at the bottom.
  2. Touch the driver’s window to hear a start up sound with lights on.
  3. Touch the passenger’s window to hear a reviving sound with lights on.
  4. Touch the windshield and watch it go with acceleration sound and lights on.
  5. Touch the back panel and watch it drift backwards with the screeching sound.

Isn’t it amazing? You can enjoy the car by only touching it. This is another innovation made for toy cars for the enjoyment of kids nowadays. So what are you waiting for, grab one now for your kids and for your would-be-boys as well. 😉

Kids’ Corner: Bedtime Stories

Bedtime story telling is usually done by mothers to their kids, in our family’s case, the father will take part some of the story telling nights. Before going to bed, my son will get some of his books and me or his father read it aloud for him. What we do in some of the books, we let our son read it first in the manner that he wants it and later we will just explain and correct some mispronounced words. He is only 5 years old and it is still acceptable if does not pronounce some of the words correctly. All we have to do as parents is to guide and teach them.

Father and son

Reading books take them into new worlds, new adventures. My son sometimes re-enact what is in the book. He role plays. He transformed into a superhero, a cute animal and a man of different profession depending on the story. By this acts, we knew that he loved the story and absorbed whatever values that was taught in it.

Parents should devote some of their precious time reading stories for their kids. This will be a very intellectual way of bonding with your children and at the same time, you will help them nurture the knowledge that they have. May it be night or day, if your kids ask you to read stories during your idle time, never hesitate to read one for them.

Have Your Holiday Cards Printed by Minted

Christmas is a time of giving, of sharing. What item can you give that is meaningful and for keeps? A holiday card is one of the top choices. Although most greetings are received over the net thru social media, it is very touching to receive greeting in a conventional manner, delivered thru mail.

While I was browsing the net I found this site Minted.  I became interested in their holiday cards.  Anything about customized printing cards, invitations and the likes are specialized by Minted. They have wide array of designs that will also catch your very selective choice when it comes to holiday card printouts.

If I were to receive and give a card this yuletide season, I prefer to have this Complete Tree card that has a collage of photos forming a Christmas tree with a heart on top of it.  I like it because in the cover, I believe that above everything that we do, we should always have a heart for others, for others will love us in return.

Complete Tree

The next one that I like is this Amazing Comic Book holiday card.  Since we love Marvel movies, and during our early years collecting of comic magazines is one of the favorite hobbies. Seeing this card, brings back happy childhood memories.

Amazing Comic Book

With Minted, I learned that you can customize the design by adding your favorite photos and changing the color of the background of the text.  So as early today, I already know what to give to my loved ones wherever they are in the world. I should start looking and choosing my most loved photos to be printed on my holiday cards. Happy holidays!!!

Hobby: Cooking Chicken Curry

When thinking of what influences did the Philippines have from India in culinary, most of us will answer the use of Curry powder. I have learned to cook and loved the taste of curry on the food that I cook. So now, I will share with you my home-style recipe of Chicken Curry.

Ingredients:

3/4 kilo chicken breast cut

2 cups of coconut milk

2 tablespoon of curry powder

2 medium-sized onion chopped

3 cloves of crushed garlic

1 medium-sized ginger pounded

1 small red bell pepper

2 medium-sized potato cut into bigger cubes

1 medium carrots cut into cubes

1 teaspoon of fish sauce

1/2 teaspoon of pepper

salt

Chicken Curry

Here is how to cook Chicken Curry:

1. In a pan, half-cook the chicken together with the garlic, onion, pepper, fish sauce, pepper and a bit of salt. If you notice it, I didn’t add water or oil to cook the chicken because the meat of the chicken emits liquid and oil when cooked. So to be healthy, I prefer the natural water and oil from the chicken itself. Cook it for 5 minutes.

2. After 5 minutes, add the potato and carrots, then sprinkle the curry powder. Next pour the coconut milk. Let it boil for 5 to 7 minutes.

3. Then placed the red bell pepper and cook it for another 2 minutes. Caution: curry powder and ginger make chicken curry spicy so if you add chili pepper it will only heighten the spicy taste of it which will not be appreciated by some. So instead of using chili pepper, you can use bell pepper as a substitute. 

4. After 2 minutes, your chicken curry is ready to be served.

Simple isn’t it? For wives out there, make cooking your hobby and you will be loved by your hubby. 😉

Hobby: Cooking Home-style Lechon Paksiw

If one is to crave for food, one of his top choices will be Lechon. Lechon is a roasted pork which is famous in Spain as well as in our very own native land, the Philippines. But I do not know how to cook lechon the roasted type, so I will only teach you how to make Lechon Kawali or deep-fried pork. And later we will make use of this Lechon Kawali in making our Lechon Paksiw.

Here is how to cook Lechon Kawali:

Ingredients:   3/4 kilo of belly or bacon cut, salt, pepper, bay leaf, 2 cups of water for boiling and  cooking oil

Steps: 1. In a pressure cooker, tenderize the pork with 2 cups of water and add the pepper, salt, and bay leaf for 15 to 20 minutes. Use extra caution in using pressure cooker, you should read first the manual before using it. Then when the pressure settled down, get the pork and place it in a plate for cooling. You can place it inside the refrigerator when cooled to achieve the crispiness that you desire.

2. In a deep frying pan, heat the oil but be sure not to overheat it. Then place the cooled cooked pork. You can sprinkle cold water to make it more crispier. When the color turns golden brown, it is now cooked and ready to be served.

Now we know how to make Lechon Kawali, we will now make use of the lechon kawali for our lechon paksiw.

Most of us cook lechon paksiw due to the leftover lechon during celebrations. Lechon paksiw is cooking lechon in a cooked lechon sauce mix.

Here is how to cook Lechon Paksiw:

Ingredients:   cooked lechon kawali, 1/4 cup lechon sauce, 4 cloves of crushed garlic, 1 medium-sized chopped onion, bay leaf (laurel), 3 tablespoon of vinegar (depending on how you like it to taste), 4 tablespoon brown sugar, 2 tablespoon of liver spread (optional), 3 tablespoon of bread crumbs or crushed soda cracker, 1/4 cup water, 1 tablespoon cooking oil, pepper and salt.

Steps:    1. In a heated pan, saute’ the garlic and onion. Add in the lechon kawali and season it with bay leaf, vinegar, liver spread.

                 2. Pour the lechon sauce, next add the water and let it boil. Then sprinkle the bread crumbs or crushed soda cracker. Add pepper and salt to taste. And it is ready to be served. Makes 2 – 3 servings.

Experiment to form new dishes. Make cooking your hobby, and you will make everyone’s tummy happy. Until next time! 🙂

Hobby: Cooking Indian Adobo

Adobo is one of the most common and famous dish in the Philippines. And throughout the world, Filipinos are always associated with with menu. Cooking Adobo is easy. But sometimes, we need to add something in it to make it more exciting to eat. How about mixing Indian and Filipino culture in a dish? India is famous for their spicy foods mostly with curry powder as an ingredient. Now you know why I call it as Indian Adobo, it is because of the curry powder that I put on my Adobo. It’s very obvious I guess. (chuckles)

Here’s how to cook Indian Adobo:

In a hot frying pan, saute’ 3 cloves of chopped garlic and 1 medium sized onion, when golden brown, put the 1/2 adobo cut pork and cook it until near tender. Pour 1/2 cup vinegar, 1/4 cup soy sauce and 1 tablespoon fish sauce (patis). Add 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, 3 laurel leaves and a bit of seasoning. Add 1 tablespoon of curry powder, this makes our Adobo yellowish in color. When it is nearly cooked that the vinegar and soy sauce are already absorbed by the meat, add 1 teaspoon of sugar. Then serve. 

Enjoy eating this authentic Filipino dish with a twist.

Mc Do and Coca-Cola’s upside down glass collectibles

Yearly, Mc Donalds and Coca-Cola have something exciting for the holidays. This year they are offering these colorful glass collectibles that comes in assorted colors. In my photo below, we bought the colors purple, blue and green. How to get these upside down glasses? Just purchase any Mc Donalds Value Meal and add 25 pesos to get your desired glass. Collect all 6 colored limited edition glasses. Not in my picture are color aqua, charcoal and pink. And it would be a delight if I collect all these 6 glasses perfect for the upcoming holidays get together.

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Hobby: Cooking Home-style Spaghetti

In a party, spaghetti is on the top of the list when it comes to pasta. Like in a children’s party, this pasta completes the whole menu to make the kids happy. So as my 3-year-old son, he really loves to eat spaghetti and would usually say it a “ghetti” to make it simpler but of course, I correct him every time he says it.

 Here is how I cook spaghetti just to satisfy my son:

  1. First, do the pasta. In a big casserole, fill it with 4 liters of hot water then add 1 tablespoon of salt and 2 tablespoon of cooking oil. When the water is boiling, pour the 1 kilo spaghetti noodles. Cook it for 8 minutes until it reached the desired al dente bite. Tip, be sure to stir your noodles when cooking to avoid burnt part and for the coil to separate each strand from the others. Then drain your noodle with a flowing tap water. Set aside
  2. To make the sauce, in a large non-stick pan, sauté 1 minced medium-sized onion and 4 cloves minced garlic until golden brown. Then add in 250 grams of ground pork or beef depending on what you desire. After 2 minutes add the 250 grams sliced hotdog. Pour 1 tablespoon fish sauce, a bit of black pepper, 1 tablespoon of salt, 4 grams of Maggi Magic Sarap, 1 tablespoon of sugar, mixed all ingredients. While stirring pour grated cheese to taste and let it melt with the ingredients. Pour 1 ½ kilo of spaghetti sauce, 250 grams of all-purpose cream and let it boil for 8 to 10 minutes. Be sure that your sauce is cooked-well. Gradually stir your sauce to avoid over-cooked bottom. When cooked, again gradually pour the sauce into the bowl of spaghetti noodle. Mixed until the entire noodle is covered with sauce. Add grated cheese on top. Spaghetti is ready to eat.

 You can make this home-style spaghetti for your kids. I’m pretty much sure that they will love it.

Hobby: Cooking Pancit Romero

Pancit is a popular noodle dish in the Philippines. There are places which are known for their famous pancit. Like here in Bicol I already tried cooking Pancit Bato and Pancit Tabaco, named after the town where the noodle is made. But, what I usually cook and been a part of our meals is the one made by a known bakeshop here in Naga City, the Pancit Romero. Pancit Romero is a noodle made by Romero’s Bakeshop. The said bakeshop has been in business for years. As a matter of fact if my memory serves me right, I’ve seen and bought breads and pastries on them even when I was a little girl. Now that I’m already a grown up, what makes me go back to Romero’s Bakeshop is their pancit. I like their noodle because when I cook it, it does not turn lumpy and looked over-cooked. And the taste is just right, it is not salty nor taste like flour. The price is very affordable, only 48 pesos per kilo as of June 2013. Here I will share with you how I cook pancit romero.

 1. Slice 4 cloves of garlic, 2 medium-sized red onion, 100 grams baguio beans, 100 grams cabbage (you can also add 100 grams carrots to add color and taste). Then set aside.

 2.  Cut into small pieces: 100 grams chicken liver and 100 grams chicken wings. Slice 1 chinese longganisa. Then set aside.

 3. Wash the 500 grams pancit romero in a strainer then drain. Then set aside.

 4. In a pan, sautee garlic and onion until near golden brown, then add the chicken liver and wings. Stir to evenly cook the chicken. Add the chinese longganisa. Pour 1/4 cup soy sauce and 3 tablespoon fish sauce. When the chicken is half-cooked, add first the baguio beans and after 2 mins add the cabbage. (and other vegetable that you desire). Add a pinch of black pepper, 1/2 teasespoon salt, 1 tablespoon sugar, 1/2 of 8 gram pack Maggi Magic Sarap. Add 4 cups of water. Let it boil for 2 minutes.

 5. Add the noodles. And mix with the ingredients. After 8 minutes it is ready to be served.

 Enjoy this affordable and easy-to-cook noodle dish. And think of visiting Romero’s Bakeshop your self and buy their famous pancit. Their store is located along Igualdad, Naga City just in front of the Naga City People’s Mall.

My husband is one satisfied eater. 🙂

Hobby: Making Atchara or Atsara

When eating fried chicken or grilled-foods like BBQ or kebab, a perfect side dish for those is the atchara. Atchara or atsara is a condiment in the Philippines made mainly out of pickled unripe papaya. The papaya is shredded into thin strips.

 

How to make atchara:

 1. Prepare the shredded papaya. When done, put a bit salt before mashing it. The salt is used to make squeezing of the juice on the papaya easier. It is important to drain the papaya for it not to look lumpy. Then set aside.

 2. Next, prepare the other igredients. Slice 1 medium sized carrot (what I did with my atchara is, I also shredded it), slice 1 red bell pepper, 1 green chili, mince 2, slice 1 red onion. Then set aside.

 3. Make the syrup. In a pan, pour 355 ml vinegar, add in the garlic, onion, black pepper, a bit of salt, 1/4 sugar then let it boil. When on boiling point, add all the other ingredients plus seedless raisins (you can also add pineapple chucks). Then add the shredded unripe papaya, let it boil for 2 minutes before turning off the fire.

 Be sure to cool it down before transferring it to a container. Enjoy your side dish. ‘Til next dish. 🙂