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My baby’s things: Car Seat
Aug 10th, 2012 by niceyfemme

Well we still have to wait for a month before she is ready to meet us all but we have already bought her her things. It’s fun buying her clothes. Shopping for her clothes was delegated by myself to myself and Mommy while buying her playpen, stroller and car seat is my husband’s responsibility. It’s so cute how Bee (my husband) would do his research first and changes his mind a lot of times before buying something. Of course I need to approve the appearance first haha, the technical part of it is his job, but really we have to both agree on appearance. We want what is best for our princess. 🙂

Of course price is a big consideration for us so we decided to buy a car seat she could use until she’s about 3 to 4 years old.  For some reason my husband wants orange for our baby haha.. When I was in first grade and you asked me what my favorite color was, I’d say orange so I have no objection about this.

I love all these new stuff we’re having for the baby but for myself I would really appreciate some really good quality utility knives. One’s home should have a good set. For now I’m so happy with all our purchases even though all the spending has reminded me just how pricey it is to have a child but I wouldn’t have it any other way. I waited for our baby girl for a decade and a half so you won’t hear me complaining!

Homemade Filipino Burger
Jun 3rd, 2012 by niceyfemme

Most burgers nowadays are just so disappointing and I can’t help but feel scared for my baby’s health and feel cheated as the burger usually isn’t worth my money. So I decided to make my own. I thought, “How hard could it be?”. And I also want to use my meat grinder. 🙂

This is the second batch on the same day. Shows how much I like it.

Reminds me of Jollibee’s Burger Champ. To be honest and bias aside, I believe this taste even better! Just good old fashioned meaty beef goodness. 🙂 From the first batch.

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Japanese Gohan Nabe
Feb 20th, 2011 by niceyfemme

Or Japanese Rice Cooker. I don’t know what to really call this as I’m not at all familiar with anything Japanese except for my beloved Masked Man, Masked Rider Black shows. Can this be called Kamado San? I don’t know. All I know is this is a double lid claypot (donabe?) rice cooker that cooks the rice like a pressure cooker.

One thing I’m sure about is that this little wonder cooks the best rice we’ve ever tasted. Ok, this statement exposes a little bit more than that. I admit I’ve been eating rice again and I blame it on this great find. It’s just the best! I so love the things I discover in my new favorite place.

I discovered this in the branch in Niog. I pass through our village’s gate 2 , I pass by Bisazza’s warehouse (who manufactures the nicest glass mosaic tiles) and I’m there in Niog in 3-5 minutes. It is so near to our place.

You can have the simplest ulam and it would still taste great. I love this feeling I get when I discover new things! So exciting!

My new toy: A Takoyaki Pan!
Feb 3rd, 2011 by niceyfemme

Wheww! I’m so excited. I love this feeling when I found something I would love to have and get it at a fraction of it’s original cost. I have mentioned in here before that while other women love shoes and bags ( I do too, but not that much) mine is kitchen gadgets. Specially ones that are new to me.

I have seen an iron cast takoyaki pan in Singapore years ago when I roam around in one of my happy places which is the kitchen appliances section of the mall and I remember it was so heavy and expensive. Like more than SGD 100 plus so even though it intrigued me, I didn’t buy it. Also, it will be very heavy to carry to bring home. Luggage allowance is also another thing I considered.

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My new happy place
Feb 2nd, 2011 by niceyfemme

Recently, I’ve been frequenting second hand shops. I discovered them while I was researching on where to buy affordable and yet quality folding bikes.I love it there! You can find so many interesting things. But I’m careful with what I buy. And I try to stop myself from buying expensive things. I try to stay away from electronics as it might be defective.

Once Mommy and I were in Emilio Aguinaldo Highway on our way to Imus and as usual it was traffic. I’ve been bugging Mommy to accompany me to surplus shops in Pier 4 in Manila so when we passed by a surplus warehouse in Imus, we decided to park the car in Cavite Coliseum(?) not too sure though and walk back to the place. We like a set of really nice stemmed glasses and a few ramekins.

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Bazaars are everywhere
Dec 11th, 2010 by niceyfemme

It’s almost Christmas now with only two more weeks to go and I’m savoring these days. This the season that I’ve been waiting for the whole year round. 🙂

And comes with Christmas is gift giving (or is it something created and hyped by commercialism?) but we are now in hard times so we try our best to look for cheaper options for our shopping. It is pricier in malls so Divisoria and bazaars (tiangge) are preferred by most. It is way more crowded in Divisoria so most people prefer bazaars and they are everywhere!

I for one doesn’t do a lot of shopping. It actually stresses me out. I only buy when I need it and I really like it but I don’t go around waiting for something to catch my eye. This is why I like bazaars. There are so many new, unique and innovative things to see! So many food to try you don’t usually find in malls. Of course most if not all things there are local products and we cannot find the types of schlage hardware there because there are mostly food and gift stuffs there.

I wanted to go to the bazaars in World Trade Center like last year but didn’t get to go. Next time maybe. That’s where I bought the charcoal stove above. (EDIT: As of Aug.22,2011, I have since found a new obsession and this stove has been left  in storage. It’s still new, used maybe a couple of times. Whoever wants to buy this, please leave a comment and I will sell this at a low price.)

One I find really interesting is the Mercato Centrale in The Fort. I am just drooling with all the photos I see online, it’s just that I’m not used to that area so I’m still thinking if I should go.

Shopping steals
Oct 15th, 2010 by niceyfemme

I’ve been feeling blue these past months and I realized something, something I thought doesn’t apply to me. What is it? Shopping. They say shopping is the best cure for stress, for broken heart (but I’m not hehehe) and any other boo boos. But while most girls go for clothes and bags shopping, what gives me excitement like no dress can give is kitchen equipment or gadget. And I have found one that’s my current favorite.

Since last month (September) I have been cooking chapattis since Preet, my Indian friend, showed me how to make them. I dragged Bee to Mustafa to find the tawa/tava, the pan where you cook the rotis and chapattis, found it and never stopped cooking! I love the chapatti with cheese and green curry sauce. Yummy! And chapatti deserves one separate post, coming up soon. 🙂

This tawa or tava is only SGD 14. For something that has been this useful to me I can say it’s so worth it. I’ll be coming back to Mustafa again, next time alone so I can take my time checking out all the amazing equipments there. Ooh! Maybe I should go wait for Cyber Monday and shop online for the even better deals. I can’t wait.

Authentic wok–exactly the type Chinese people use
May 19th, 2010 by niceyfemme

Yup. Finally I have my authentic carbon steel wok. This is the exact same wok they use to cook my favorite dishes here in Singapore. I have a carbon steel wok already, the one I bought from Amazon.com and shipped to Philippines. It is carbon steel too, a very nice quality wok but that one came from America and I just have to have what Chinese people use.

I bought this close to where I live now. Only SGD 20. The problem is with the seasoning process. You cannot really use a newly bought wok as is because it has an industrial coating that prevents it from rusting, it is poisonous. I know from experience that seasoning a wok is not easy especially for an inexperience person.

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