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Coron, Palawan 2015
Jul 5th, 2015 by niceyfemme

It all started with a Marketmanila blog post. I really look up to the man and one day he posted a picture of himself a la James Bond in a beach with the clearest waters and fine white sand. I told myself, “I’m going to that place too.” And made a mental note of the place’s name, CORON, PALAWAN.

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I love travelling but of course in real life it’s not very easy to do. I mean it’s not easy to just pack up and leave. First, it’s not cheap even if you choose the most basic options if there’s a number of you in the group and with the hectic-ness of the world today who can go? We did. 🙂

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It didn’t hurt that I found some nicely priced airline tickets.

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Flight was delayed for a few hours but that didn’t reduce our excitement!

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Touch down in Busuanga Airport! We arrived at 5pm and started our tour the next day.

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The tourists! 🙂

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The knowledgeable tour guide Anthony if I still remember his name right.

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My sleepy daughter.

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If these photos didn’t make you want to go there then I don’t know what will. 🙂

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Just after I booked the tickets I immediately ordered long sleeved rash guard for the family especially for Joleigh, and aqua shoes.

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There’s just one thing I didn’t like very much, it’s the sun that’s shining like it’s really mad at us! It really hurt our skin and roasted it in minutes.

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Scorching hot!

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So we “swam” on the side of the boat. We don’t know how to swim and my Mom and Aunt are really scared about drowning and getting washed away from the shore. They’re always paranoid haha.

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Floating. Big accomplishment for them.

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She loves the water. Or she just doesn’t know the concept of danger yet.

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Joleigh with Lola Precy or Lola P.

She’s already sleepy on the way to the next destination hence the face. To be honest I don’t remember which island is which.

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I loved snorkeling! But I didn’t like that it’s rented. (I bought my own now.)

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Sarap!

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Woot woot!

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I brought a waterproof camera.

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Blue green clear waters. This is the clearest waters I have seen. On the way to the next destination.

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Food for lunch.

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Set up for lunch on the island.

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Breathtaking!

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All the time that I was looking at the clear waters I was thinking about the freshest fish and other seafood we could eat!

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Took a lot of prodding to get her to get to the water. Even with the life vest my mother still thinks she’ll drown. Can’t blame her though, I still get scared myself.

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I love this place!

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Mommy’s “floating!”

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Exhausted!

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Tried fishing with my mini fishing rod and reel. My first ever catch!

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We were too tired and hungry. Here we were waiting for our food.

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Tired and hungry but happy!

P.S. We’re going back to Coron in a few months!

French Baguette Recipe plus Baked Macaroni
Apr 10th, 2015 by niceyfemme

This is the better recipe I tested. Been wanting to use my Kitchenaid mixer and baguette is what I’ve been craving to eat recently. This recipe produces a baguette that has a chewy inside and a crunchy crust.

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My bad that I forgot to take pictures after it was baked.

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I thought this will go well with Baked Macaroni.

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Found this recipe on Allrecipes.com but forgot which one. And I adjusted the recipe a bit, like added more flour, added some dried herbs for flavors I prefer. If you prefer a more plain taste then don’t add the herbs.

French Baguette

1 cup lukewarm water (110F)

3 cups bread flour

4 T sugar (I added more as prefer a bit of sweetness)

1 t. salt

1 1/2 t. instant yeast

1 egg white

1. Add the water in the mixer bowl and add half of the sugar mix then add the yeast to activate. Wait for 10 minutes until the mixture becomes bubbly.

2. In speed 2, add the flour to the bowl. Once it turns into a ball of dough sprinkle the salt and keep on kneading until the dough is smooth.

3. Oil the bowl and roll your dough on it to coat with oil. Cover and let rise until doubled in size, about an hour.

4. Roll the dough into a rectangle until the dough is very thin. Cut in half then jelly roll it and seal the seams. Do the same with the other half of the dough. Brush with beaten egg whites.

5. Cut at an angle, not too deep. Cover. Let rise until doubled about 40 minutes.

6. Bake in 390F for 20 minutes. You can spray some water while baking for crunchier crusts.

Done!

 

Tune Hotel Quezon City
Apr 9th, 2015 by niceyfemme

Just a short review.

Double room at Tune Hotel Quezon City

Well can I Just start by saying I got a cheaper rate by booking online.

Booked the same day and called them on the phone regarding parking, said they have a few. What they didn’t mention was that the signage/name of their hotel was missing (learned later on theyre trying to fix it) so it took us a few going back and forth in the area to find it. Ooops I just realized I forgot to take a picture and it’s such a hassle to take one in front of the hotel with a toddler who’s very active.

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Parking was ok since it wasn’t a busy day so many slots are vacant.

The room was small but for the price it’s ok. This is the kind of hotel Im looking for, not too expensive but comfortable with the basics. If you want all the extras the book in a 5 star hotel.

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The hot water and shower works well. TV with cable is fine. Wifi is good but not fast. Aircon is fine at first but around 12 midnight I noticed the aircon got loud, it was the blower. So loud that it was a hassle to get to sleep. Then around 6am I thought storm Chedeng was finally in Manila when I checked outside the window the sun was bright, the blower was that loud and crazy.

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No slippers, you have to bring your own.there were two towels and a small one. 1 bottle of shampoo, 2 small thin round soap. I was looking for a door mat found none.

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Courteous housekeeping staff, always greeting you. Front desk staff are all cold. Not even a smile. Took at least 30 minutes to check out, took that long for them to check the room.

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and their site said minimum age of guests is 5 years old and below that is not allowed. I brought my daughter with me and it was not a problem.

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Still will go back. I don’t think there’s a better hotel at this price. Is it too much to ask for breakfast? Just some wishful thinking… 🙂 It’s just nice to know that if we really need to stay overnight that there’s an affordable hotel we can stay at that won’t break the bank and will leave me feeling guilty.

Active Fun in Bonifacio High Street, Taguig
Apr 1st, 2015 by niceyfemme

Brought Joleigh to Active Fun so she can channel her endless energy in play with other kids. For someone who doesn’t live close to the area, I found it quite a challenge to find the place. It did help that I used google maps for me to have an idea where it is with St. Luke’s Global as my base point.

After going around a few times on the building I still couldn’t find the parking area. Turned out they don’t have their own parking space I was told. We parked in the building where Dimensione is located and we had to walk to get to Active Fun. So we registered and off she went! Oh you have to bring socks don’t forget.

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Tunnel 1.

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Tunnel 2.

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Kids aged 3 and below need to have a guardian with them inside. Needless to say I had my exercise by going up and down with her. Read the rest of this entry »

Joleigh @ Manila Ocean Park 2015
Mar 28th, 2015 by niceyfemme

February 25, 2015

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She’s now 2 and a half. How fast time flies! I can easily talk to her now and how blessed I am that she’s simply a smart kid as well as affectionate so I find it hard to say no to her requests like going to see the fishies at Manila Ocean Park. Every time we passed Luneta area whenever we go to Quezon City she would asks me to got there and one time I had no choice but make a promise and boy does she remembers my promises. She won’t stop until I make true to that promise!

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With the fishies. Read the rest of this entry »

Named After Jordan Taylor Hanson
Nov 21st, 2012 by niceyfemme

Yeah I gave my baby daughter Taylor Hanson’s first name Jordan. Why? Because I believe that Taylor’s a really gifted musician, a music genius actually and I want my daughter to get that from him. He’s the one person who influenced me to appreciate music of all kinds by listening to their music. He and his brothers can make rotten leaves sound like fibracell reeds of the best quality!

It just sucks that most people here in the Philippines are not aware that Jordan is a unisex name and many girls/ladies have Jordan as their name. And by the way, no one can question me why I gave my daughter a guy’s name grrrrr if that’s what you believe it’s alright just keep it to yourself and don’t bother me with your nonsense and ignorance. 🙂

My Life As A New Mom
Nov 20th, 2012 by niceyfemme

I don’t know where to begin. The moment I gave birth my life has changed forever. This little baby daughter took over control of my life and everyone in my family. She sleeps whenever she wants and we also only get to sleep when she is haha.. So far it has been wonderful anf very challenging to me physically and emotionally. I want to give her the best I can so I decided on breastfeeding years before I got pregnant then breastfeeding kicked my butt I flew to the wall and got knocked out crying.It has been hard and yet I still continue with all these things with a happy heart. Motherhood has been a blessing and a dream come true for me. I always prayed to be a mother and have a baby and He finally answered what my heart desires.I now have a beautiful and somewhat funny daughter who always makes me laugh. She’s the apple of my family’s eyes. Yes we are exhausted but we’re sooo happy!

Ilog Maria Honey Bee Farm in Silang, Cavite
Jun 23rd, 2012 by niceyfemme

Warning: Picture heavy post. 🙂

Months ago when I learned that I am finally pregnant I started to read about what I should do and what I should avoid. One of things I should do is stop my usual beauty and cleansing regimen as they may be harmful to the baby. So no more lotions, no more creams with vitamin A and I became careful even with the soaps that I was using. My skin became so dry it has never been that dry before. My husband Bee bought me an organic lotion but I didn’t like that. I was in Singapore during my first trimester and I saw a documentary about Palestinian soaps aka Nablus Soaps I think. It’s natural and no parabens but I felt it’s drying to my skin and it’s not cheap for something that small.

Good thing we passed by Ilog Maria Honey Bee Farm in Silang, Cavite last month when we went to Tagaytay but we didn’t have time to drop by. I finally get to drop by yesterday that’s after stalking their website for like a week.

Did I have a hard time finding the farm? Not really. I realized if you’re coming from Dasmariñas then it’s before the second Petron station from Robinson’s Dasmariñas and right after Monte Luce.

Then the narrow driveway started. Man was I glad I brought a car. I couldn’t imagine walking alone in that long and narrow ‘road’. If someone’s with me maybe I can. Read the rest of this entry »

Little Corn Kernels Popping
Apr 30th, 2012 by niceyfemme

Is how it feels like for me when my baby kicks. Sometimes the baby’s movements will catch me off guard but it’s a welcome surprise. I love that feeling. Now it’s like I have a more concrete evidence that my baby is there, moving. Before I only get to see the baby move and feel assured that the baby’s ok during ultrasound. So far I had two. First and second times was to find the heartbeat. Ooh that tormented me but that’s over now and I’m happy. My baby’s so active even at this very young age.

In 3 weeks time, my husband and I will have another ultrasound, that one’s to finally know the gender of the baby. I can’t wait to know! Well I guess there’s no surprise there that I’m so eager since patience is not one of my strengths. 🙂 So it’s a good thing we can finally know soon. To have to wait almost 5 more months to know my baby’s gender would be very hard on me. Hmmmn I really can’t wait to know. A boy or a girl? I need to know! 🙂

I Will Be A Mommy!
Feb 18th, 2012 by niceyfemme

I’ve always wanted to become pregnant and be a mommy. Since I know that I need to do these kinds of things in the perfect time and with the right person, I put a full stop on this dream for years. Fortunately, I reached a point in my life where I am in that place and everything is right for that dream to happen already. I am now married to a wonderful and funny man, and I felt ready for motherhood since last year even before we got married. I am one who do things when it feels right. He asked me to marry him year 2008 but I did not feel like I am ready for marriage then more so having a baby.

After getting married baby is next on our plan but it seemed to be more difficult challenging for me, that’s what my Reproductive Endocrinologist told me. Still it is possible, we just need some help. So I took medications for a year. Wow, it was not easy on me. Those medications made me feel down and low and even caused me to gain a lot of weight. There are times when I was so down I always cried. It was so stressful and the fear of  not knowing if it will ever happen or if it is even possible was just haunting me. Add to that other different stresses life brings and I was a mess on the inside. I was always mad at the smallest things. Thank God I have my family who understands.

Then by December of last year, a really big stress in my life is finally gone. I guess I was stress free that month and happy. I also reached that point when I just prayed to Him leaving everything up to Him since having a baby is beyond my control. I said to my husband, we will do our part then just pray. If it happens then great I’ll be very happy if not then we just have to try again. Trying again is much trickier since distance is going to be a challenge. But I have my faith. Knowing the odds, I didn’t keep my hopes too high.

Then I got the biggest surprise of my life. It was positive! That was after feeling sick and feverish for about a week .I was actually really scared to test because seeing that single line really broke my heart many times before. I really waited for cycle day 35 before I used a home pregnancy kit. I really couldn’t believe my eyes. TWO LINES!!!! I immediately went to Asian Hospital for the first pre-natal check up. Talking about being excited. I was only 4 weeks and 4 days along then.

Still can’t believe I am now pregnant. My husband is happy same with my Mommy and my Dad is so cute and being extra caring with me. Haha he is really excited which is something I somehow knew would happen. Why? He is the one who keeps on asking me when I’ll give him a grandchild. Haha I told him, “Daddy, you know it’s not easy! It’s not like I could just go to the mall and pick the one with the most dots!”

Now I am at 8 weeks and boy it’s not been a walk in the park! I have trouble eating as it makes me feel like vomiting so I can’t eat much but also, I am always hungry! I’ve never felt this hungry before! This kind is different, the type that worries me. The first week I lost 2 lbs now I guess I lost even more. I really lost a lot of weight. I even wake up in the middle of the night because of severe hunger.

I stopped using lotions. I am extra careful now. I want to use comodynes but I guess that will have to wait until after this whole pregnancy.

All of these inconveniences are worth it because after a few months I will have a baby! I so wanted to have a baby that I tried to adopt many times before and even went to an orphanage just to cuddle a baby. Now I will have my own. Thank You Lord. I am so happy.

 

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