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Happy Halloween

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

The Twerp's schools celebrated Halloween early, on the last day of school before the semestral break. They were asked to bring their favorite book to school and dress as one of the characters in the book. Via told me she wanted to bring her Barbie Musketeer book so Barbie Musketeer she will be for Halloween.

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I didn't want to spend for her costume but I didn't time to make one too. We looked into her closet and found whatever could pass for a musketeer costume. I did make the hat with the feather and bought her a plastic sword.  My friend J said she looks like Puss in Boots. Without the cape yes, it does look like Puss in Boots. Oh well.


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The school went all out for their halloween celebration. The kids went trick or treating in nearby business establishments such as the bank beside the school and a radio station. Then they had a program. Via came home with a basket full of candies.

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Wonderful Indonesia

Sunday, October 28, 2012

From time to time, my office features a country to get to know it better. There is a program to open the "exhibit" and after, a buffet of food native to that country. I've never attended any of the previous programs but this time, I was very interested because it's P's country.

I was surprised how interesting it was. There was a fashion show, talk from people who lived and worked there, and performers from their tourism ministry. We enjoyed the performance especially the one with audience participation, playing songs with the Angklung. Everyone who attended had a souvenir, an anklung. It's a musical instrument made of bamboo. It makes a sound when you tap or shake it depending on the tune.

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The fashion show was a hit. The native costumes were very festive and colorful. I took a picture but it wasn't clear because of the lights on the stage. Too bad. The clothes were amazing.

Of course we enjoyed the buffet after.

My friend Becky with her Batik bag and me with the souvenir with the angklung inside.

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This assorted dish is so delicious. See the dilis on the left side? That's Ikan Bilis. P always brought back Ikan Bilis with him when he went to visit Indonesia. I love it!

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This is a mixed vegetable dish. It looks boring but it's really full of flavor.

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Chicken Satay.

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Some of the clothes on display.

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It's just a preview of Indonesia's rich culture. I'm looking forward to seeing the more historic places in the country.

Fun Facts:

Java is one of the earliest places the ape-man lived. The skull of the ape-ma who lived at a time when most of Europe was under ice was discovered here.

Almost everyone in Bali has their teeth filed down. They believe that the essence of the six vices, jealousy, anger, confusion, drukenness, desire and greed, enters the body through the top six teeth. By filing the top six eeth, they are filing away their "demonic" ends. The entry of the vices are thwarted and entry to heaven is guaranteed.

Top places to see:

Bogor, Jakarta, Yogyakarta, Borodubur Temple, Tagunan Zoo in Jakarta, Istiqlal Mosque, Bali and Medan.

Happy foodtripping and traveling weekend everyone!

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Paradizoo in Mendez, Cavite

Sunday, October 21, 2012

A great place to bring little ones during the weekend is Paradizoo in Mendez, Cavite. It's a working farm with beautiful gardens. Rates are reasonable. The place is also owned by the owners of Residence Inn. It's better to go to Residence Inn first because there is a bus service to the zoo. It's a very nice place to relax. They have a lot of fun activities for young and old alike.

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Pony Ride

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Feeding the Rabbits

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Butterfly Farm

P is looks interested.....or trying to look interested. Our guide was determined to show us every little corner of the place. I was not interested in the butterflies so I sat down to wait till the next attraction.

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The famous five legged cow. I didn't quite get the fifth leg in the photo though.

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Fishing
I love this small pond. It looks so peaceful.

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They also have a bee farm and products from honey for sale. We bought a massage oil that just smelled heavenly. It's very big and you'll get a workout from walking around the place. We stopped by this cafe midway our tour of the farm/zoo to rest and quench our thirst. Water never tasted so good! The little one enjoyed it a lot. We might go back again some time.

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United Nations Month in School

Monday, October 8, 2012

Via’s school announced October to be United Nations month. The students in the pre-K class were asked to choose a country to represent. Then on October 5, a Friday, the class will wear the national costume of their chosen country. Aside from wearing the national costume, each student will share with the class a word in their chosen country’s language. Mommies were requested to make a headband indicating the country, the flag and the chosen word so everyone in class will see it.

Syempre, pinili ko Indonesia for via because Daddy is Indonesian, Via has lots of Batik dresses. No need to spend for her costume. The school actually encouraged Mommies to be creative and not to spend on the costumes. Since Via has the perfect dress to wear, all I needed to make was the headband. 

I was excited to make the headband. I went to Robinson’s Department store and found a perfect brown, sturdy headband. The flag was easy enough. It was red on top and white at the bottom. Buti na lang simple and flag ng Indonesia. Red for courage and white for purity. For the Bahasa Indonesia word to share with the class, we chose Terima Kasih which means thank you.

At tamang tama may birthday celebrant kaya very festive ang araw na yun.

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Terima kasih untuk mengunjungi!

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Baking with the Twerp

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Last Sunday, Via and I made Oatmeal Cookies, our first attempt. I let her help as much as she wanted and only took over when her arms got tired mixing. We followed the recipe below which I found in Panlasang Pinoy. We did not have a measuring cup so the measurements weren't followed exactly. We also did not have a proper oven and used the oven toaster. We just loosely followed the recipe. I know when baking, measurements are exact but my objective is simply to have an activity with my little girl that we would both enjoy.


Ingredients:




  • 1 cup oats

  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened

  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1 piece raw egg

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

  • 1/2 cup raisins


Combine flour, baking powder, ground cinnamon, and salt then mix well. Set aside. Put the butter in a mixing bowl then cream using an electric mixer. Gradually add the light brown sugar while beating. Continue beating until the texture becomes fluffy. Add-in the vanilla extract then continue mixing for 2 to 3 minutes. Put-in the egg then beat in low-speed for another minute. Gradually add the oats and mix until fully distributed. Gradually add the dry ingredient mixture (flour, baking powder, salt, ground cinnamon) then mix again. Add the raisins and incorporate with the other ingredients. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Place a wax or parchment paper on top of the cookie sheet or baking tray. Scoop some of the mixture and arrange on top of the wax/parchment paper. Flatten the mixture to a thickness of about 1/2 inch. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes.
Remove the cookie from the oven and let cool for a few minutes.
Transfer to a cooling grid to completely cool before serving.


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The cookies did not turn out as we expected. They look like potato chips but they were edible and best of all we had fun making it. Via said, "It's yummy!"

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