Pakistan mangoes now in season



Pakistan mangoes are in season and its widely available in the UAE imported from Pakistan. Philippine mangoes are better tasting (I am biased of course) but it's rarely available here except for the raw ones that reached the supermarkets from time to time.

Pakistan mangoes comes in cheap in the middle and end of summer season and it's a lot sweeter and better tasting than other variety of mangoes available here making it a popular choice.

We were at a leading supermarket this morning and we just can't resist not to get some Pakistan mangoes. It's 4.95 dirhams per kilo, it is still expensive coz it can go as cheap as 2.50 dirhams per kilo later on when its on promotion.

Filipino families love to have fruits in season as dessert, bananas are highly popular but avocados, papaya, watermelon, pineapple and melon is as good.

It would be nice if some frozen ripe Philippine mangoes will be available here, perfect for mango slushy in a hot humid afternoon.
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A different perspective


This photo was taken while we are on our way home from work along Business Bay road. Behind us as reflected in the car side mirror is the Dubai skyline and the setting sun.
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An Afternoon to Remember

It was breezy, the birds chirping and the golden sun is setting behind us. I was sitting in the park bench with my husband holding each others hand while watching the kids play. My son contented with his small car and my daughter riding her bicycle to her hearts content.

Peace + Love = Happiness


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Perfect cinnamon rolls

My family loves cinnamon roll, I love it too especially while its cooking in the oven and the aroma of cinnamon fills the air. It is best for breakfast with coffee and for mirienda too.

I've baked cinnamon roll many times and I have almost perfected it by now.  I used to get disappointed when I burned it or it gets undercooked and in one time I even forgot to add the baking powder in the dough. I smiled at myself when I look back as I try to learn this basic recipe. I am a mother trying hard to learn baking and it is an achievement, small it maybe but it's very fulfilling to look at my family savouring what I have prepared for them. So now that I am confident about this recipe, I am ready to share it with you.


For the dough:

3 cups all purpose flour
1 packet yeast
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup milk-scalded
1/3 cup sugar
1 tsp salt
1/4 cup vegetable oil
flour for dusting

For the filling:
1/ cup butter - allow to soften in room temperature to be spreadable
1/3 cup dark brown sugar
1 tbsp cinnamon powder
1/3 cup crushed roasted peanuts or cashew nuts
1/3 cup raisins

Dough:

Mix all the dry ingredients before adding water, scalded milk and oil. Mix to form a dough and then add little water if its too dry. Kneed the dough and set aside for an hour to allow it to rise, you may wrap it with cling film or cover it with cloth.

Mix brown sugar and cinnamon powder and set aside.

After an hour, take the dough and kneed it in clean surface with a little flour for dusting. Form the dough into a rectangle shape, spread the butter atop the dough, then the sugar-cinnamon mixture, spread crushed nuts and raisins. Carefully roll the dough one side first then the next until you have a log. Cut the dough evenly and place in a baking dish/tray covered with wet parchment paper making sure there is space between each roll to allow the rolls to rise further. set it aside and leave for half to an hour before baking in a preheated oven set at 175 degrees Celsius for 30-45 minutes or until its cooked.

The cinnamon roll fresh from the oven is already a treat but if you like to make it extra special then you can top it with some caramel sauce. For the caramel sauce, I used butter, condensed milk, nestle cream and granulated sugar. Mixed together in a pan medium heat until its thick.

This method works for me. I went into trial and error before I had the perfect cinnamon rolls. It does needs practice and patience.
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Out of the Ordinary: Ajman Traffic Light

when all other traffic light in Dubai or Sharjah will blink at you three times before opening or closing, in Ajman they are using a countdown timer. Honestly, I find it easier for motorist to anticipate when they need to go or need to stop. Don't you think so?

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growing up and learning

I remember how happy my daughter was when she got a bicycle on her 4th birthday for a present. I saw the same delight on her face after it's been fixed and finally she was able to ride it again. We ask the bike mechanic to remove the support and it did not take time for Mica to get her balance and ride the bike on her own. She was very pleased with herself and I am very proud of her. I believe that every child must learn to ride a bike as much as learn how to swim. Mica's swimming skills are getting better and better and I'm glad that she learned it at an early age. These are life long skills so as a mom I am making sure that they get to learn them

On the other hand my son is showing signs of potty readiness, he doesn't like his diapers anymore, he feels very uncomfortable with it and there are times in the day that he would not want to put it on. I think we will soon bid goodbye to diapers which only means a fatter wallet for mommy.woohoooo! :)) he is still confused with wee wee and poo poo and uses the terms interchangeably :)) at two, he has a bigger vocabulary, he can understand simple instructions and request. he can also tell us exactly what he wants and echoes every world we say. There is so much joy  in parenting, it is very overwhelming.

It's summer once again here in Dubai and we are thinking of enrolling Mica to a summer camp. She's never been to a camp so we do not know what to expect. I was looking into some decent summer camp that offer a number of fun activities. I have asked her a couple of times if she wants to join but all I get is a no until she saw a flyer at our doorstep about a summer camp. She seems interested now so we will see about that later on. June and July are also Dubai Summer Surprises month so there are a lot of fun activities in the malls for the kids. We were at Mirdif City Center last weekend for the smurfs but was late to see the show so we will take the kids there again next week.

I know that in my country, school just started while here in the UAE schools just closed for summer holidays. How are you helping your kids in their deveolpment and in learning life long skills. How are you keeping them enterntained on weekends and on holidays, share your ideas here.
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Bottled Water Analysis

Disclosure: This post is not to promote a brand but only used for comparison

Hi guys it's been awhile I know and I am writing this in the edge of a weekend.

I'm back and in search of the best water in town, my question is...

Have you ever checked once or even cared to check the water analysis written in the bottle of water you are drinking? Did you know that it is important to know what's in the water you are gulping down everyday?
We have tried several bottled water here at work and we keep on changing depending on what's available at the supermarket. We need to stick to one and for that purpose I  created a chart to compare the quality of water while I also stumbled upon another chart that has more brands comparison here.

As you can see above the pH are all different. pH is the one that determines the acidity or alkalinity of the water source. Pure water has a pH 7 however it taste flat.The desirable drinking water pH range from 6.5 to 8.5 according to WHO standards. Make it lower and it is acidic and higher makes the water harder with more dissolve solids/mineral in it. Some people prefer to drink mineral water for its mineral content and health benefits but the taste is altered. We can also note that there are different kinds of water that is namely natural mineral water, spring water and natural or drinking water that varies in the amount of TDS and pH level. So why it is important to track the levels of pH and TDS? "It says that when the water source has a high TDS level or the pH is low, it is likely that there are other harmful contaminants in the water.

You will notice that the pH of Al Ain water, Nestle water and Evian in the comparison of Foodiva are the ones next to pure. Pure water has pH 7, that taste flat as I have already said so I did not like that. Because of this exercise of comparing pH and TDS level of water we are drinking in the office, I know now with what to stick to.

There is a catch though, the plastic bottle, that we also need to inspect. We are already aware that we should not drink bottled water left in the car or stored and been left under the sun for a long time because heat tend to dissolve Bisphenol A or BPA from the plastic bottle that is a harmful chemical and can make us sick. So even with the water that we drink, we need to be aware and we need to take care.

Did you find this post interesting or helpful? Was it first time for you to encounter the terms pH and TDS like I do? Well it's good to know isn't it. spread the word to your friends, please don't leave without commenting, it is important to me.

I hope you guys have a good weekend.
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