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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 »

Gypsum: Found!
Jun 15th, 2011 by niceyfemme

Where we live, a real market is not close by like a stone’s throw away like in our place in Singapore. Here, either you settle for SM supermarket where produce is much more expensive and the freshness is compromised or go to Imus Market (where price is reasonable but fresher produce) which is the town next to where we live and go through exhausting traffic. Oh and there are two small village stalls which is really expensive, so this last one is not an option for me as I feel I’m being ripped off. So I only have only two options where to shop, until today. 🙂

Two years ago, Mommy together with the helper went to a market on the other side of the town, side of the town I’m not familiar with. I only drove past it a few times only. Every time, after marketing in Imus, I complain of exhaustion. The last time, Mommy mentioned the other market she only went to once. That it’s nearer and more option of fresh produce. Then I remember something.

I’ve been wanting to try make taho or soya beancurd at home for ages;  ok a few years now. But not knowing where to but the thing that solidifies the soya milk hinders me. I asked the vendor about it and at first he said he didn’t know. I did my research and turned out you can make taho or tau huay using calcium sulfate aka gypsum or with GDL (Gluco Delta Lactone)  aka lactone. The street vendors use gypsum. I was able to find lactone in Phoon Huat.  A few months ago, I went crazy over making taho at home. I successfully did it with the lactone/ GDL I bought in Singapore. Oh I haven’t posted it here I totally should post it asap. So next I want to try and see the difference of using gypsum myself. An online forum mentioned where I can buy it in Singapore but it’s available in bulk at 5 kilos and priced around $7 which I think is too much for an experiment that’s only needing 3 tsps the most. And buying it there would be hard as I need to explain to them that I need the gypsum that’s cooked or else my beancurd will fail. I don’t speak Mandarin so that’s a problem so I didn’t buy.

Then I asked again for the nth time our favorite beancurd vendor about where they buy their gypsum. He said it’s in Zapote market. I remembered this when Mommy told me that market is better so I decided to drop by and try finding it.

I totally loved this market! So many choices! Fresh veggies and lots of fruits available! It’s like I’m seeing diamonds in the fresh pineapples and bananas everywhere! It’s like almost everything is available. I even saw native/free ranged eggs which is not easy to find and even steel drums from the shop in the corner. I was like in market heaven and grinning to myself. Then I tried asking around where I could buy the ingredients for taho and as usual they didn’t know (it’s been years that I’ve been asking around in different markets wherever I go and no one knew). Then I bought coconut milk and asked again while they were pressing the coconut. They didn’t know. BUT the woman on the next stall overheard me asking and said, “Ah, calcium sulfate?” I was like, “Yes! It’s so nice that you know!, then she said, Oh I took beancurd making seminar.” She’s so nice! I loved her at that time hehe and she totally get me why I like making bean curd at home. It’s a different feeling, maybe contentment, knowing that you make one at home and it’s better quality than the one you buy from vendors. She said that I could buy it at the bakery supply store across the street. Thanked her many times and I almost hoped to that supplies store. I asked again for it which is a pain to explain, and they said, “ah calcium?” I was like, “I guess.. if that’s what you call it here..” So I asked if I could buy just half a kilo and they said it’s fine and I asked if I could see the “label” of the powder I bought and I almost shrieked when it said, GYPSUM. Oh yes! After what 2 or 3 years I finally found it! I can’t wait to try making bean curd using gypsum. And I saved a lot because I didn’t buy the 5 kilo gypsum available in Singapore. Whoot! Even though my fingers hurt like hell because of the heavy stuff I bought, I was still so happy with the discovery of the better and nearer market and of course, finding gypsum! Yeah baby!

P.S. Many people are scared of using gypsum aka calcium sulfate aka plaster of paris as they are scared to turning their insides into something solid. But they say it’s safe as long as you don’t eat way too much every day. Many tau huay/ taho stalls in Singapore prefer to use GDL aka lactone as this is a natural ingredient that is naturally existing in fruits I think.  Let me try my hand at gypsum and let’s see which one gives better result. 🙂

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!

Pawned Babies
Dec 8th, 2010 by niceyfemme

I’ve been sleeping late this past days and I somehow decided to sleep a little early last night. But then the teaser for GMA 7’s Reporter’s Notebook was shown and the topic really caught my attention; it’s about pawned babies.

Whoah! I haven’t heard about this before and had no idea this was happening. My life having the softest spot for babies decided that I was going to watch that program even when it will be shown very late, actually way past midnight.

I have heard about all kinds of scams, from debt settlement scams to housing scams but not this one. Again, the reason why they do it is because of poverty, of hunger. They have no choice. They pawn the baby for only three thousand pesos Php 3000. One woman lost her baby when the person with whom she pawned her baby left and moved. Must be heartbreaking.

I don’t know; it may be illegal but I don’t mind helping them. I don’t mind taking care of a baby and helping them too. I know how it feels to be so helpless and even desperate. You will really consider the things you usually wouldn’t even think about out of desperation.

Cool & Funny American dudes in Philippines
Oct 20th, 2010 by niceyfemme

While blog hopping this morning I read about this two American guys who speak great Tagalog and are doing blue collar jobs in the Philippines.

Apparently it’s some kind of experiment they are doing to inspire people after they lost their jobs in US. Tory Chapman and Jason Cowdin used to be Mormon Missionaries  and now they’re doing a different kind of helping by doing odd and hard  jobs  giving Filipinos a good laugh.

As taho vendors in Marikina City.

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Is Wentworth Miller gay?
Oct 5th, 2010 by niceyfemme

Online buzz says yes and he also gained a lot of weight.

But I still ♥ Michael Scofield.

See yesterday I was able to watch Resident Evil: Afterlife and was surprised to see him in this movie as Chris Redfield. I didn’t get to see any trailer or photos for this movie before I got to see it in the big screen so to say I was thrilled to see him in this movie is an understatement.

I noticed something though. He’s got bulging tummy. He gained weight. Blame it on his frequent Starbucks visits. But still I’m happy to see him there.

Then this morning, I was greeted with the news that Wentworth Miller is gay and he’s finally out. His apparent boyfriend is Luke Macfarlane, who is Dr. George O’ Malley’s ex-boyfriend years ago. Apparently, Wentworth and Luke are together for more than 3 years already, since they began dating in 2007.

Photo: Insidesocal.com

I have to say this news is unbelievable to me. He is so manly. I never had a clue while watching Prison Break. Though I thought how come he doesn’t have a girlfriend aside from some photos of him with a woman (or two) on few occasions I saw online which are very few.

It’s alright. You are still Michael Scofield to me. I don’t care if you prefer men than women. You’re still hott!10

Moving again
Sep 3rd, 2010 by niceyfemme

Yes we are moving again. The third move in two weeks. Hate it. All these trouble are because of people who are suckers for money but only want to have it by fooling people.

I’m waiting for Bee to come home from work and we’ll do the moving again. It’s so hard when you have a lot of things. The good thing is that we are moving somewhere that is closer to work. Just a few MRT stations away. It doesn’t have modern furniture but as long as the landlord is a decent man who keeps his words then we are ok with it. It is unbelievable how hard it is to find someone decent right now.

So good luck to us!

P.S. We are moving to a flat which is only a few minutes walk to MRT, like 5-6 minutes walk only and the best char kway teow (for us with foreign taste buds) is within walking distance! That is the kway teow taste Filipinos love, right Greta dear?

Maximize
Jul 22nd, 2010 by niceyfemme

Ever since we moved all our remaining stuff from the other house, I found so many things that are just in storage, forgotten and some wasted. It’s alright if it’s just jeans that are forgotten, I can still use them even if they’re not in style right now. I’m not one to follow what’s in. I dress according to how I feel. BUT I found some skin care products I bought in a set that we have forgotten already and they are expired already! Waaahhhh!  I read about prototype 37c reviews and the one I wasted is pretty good. Such a waste.

Photo: populicio.us

We, in our family are guilty about storing things and forget about them because my Mom needs a clean house without any clutter.  Yeah ‘need’ is the operative word haha. I found so many things I can still use. Like two pairs of jeans. I really need new pairs but I hate shopping. Shopping makes me feel bad haha. It’s not easy finding anything (in this case, jeans) that fits right. That’s why I don’t go out shopping, looking for something to buy. I prefer it if I have seen one I like so much then I’ll buy that.  Yeah so I have two new pairs I can use.  Circa 2004-2005 haha. Good thing they still fit.

Found some t-shirts too. Some bags. I feel like I went on a shopping spree. Without spending a peso.

I guess everyone has some forgotten ‘treasures’ somewhere. I love, love it.

Even SM Mall of Asia has no electricity
Jul 16th, 2010 by niceyfemme

Woke up with no electricity yesterday morning. I’m ok with no water supply, but not black outs. It makes me go nuts! I really need power.

So even though I didn’t have plans to go out of the house, I decided to do the shopping I needed (which I originally planned to do next week when my flight is nearer) right then and there. I just have to leave the house. So I went to SM Mall of Asia (MOA).

Driving to SM MOA was a breeze. No traffic at that time. Hmmmn around 11:45 am? And no matter how much I hate the spiral drive way going up to the parking floors, no choice but to pass there as THAT is the only way up.  I feel like it’s not safe. So steep. And so dark.

Then once I hit the mall I was surprised as it was so dark. NO ELECTRICITY. I really wasn’t able to escape it. 🙁 It’s haunting me. Some stores are closed because of that power interruption. BDO atm machines are all offline. So I wasn’t able to withdraw some money and I only had less than a thousand cash on hand. I still decided to check how things are there. Sayang ang parking fee at gas sa pagpunta ko dun heheheh….

Since I was there already, I headed to CD-R King as we need those laptop fans, which turned out to be at the other side of the vast mall. I ordered the laptop fan.

Because of lack of POS systems of any kind in CD-R King, it took them close to what 20 minutes just to write down that receipt and give me my change. And they do not accept cards, only cash. I don’t know if that’s because of power failure or what.

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Diva
Apr 17th, 2010 by niceyfemme

Another talent in YouTube. Great voice.

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