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Vanilla cupcake with m&m minis

Happy Birthday Laiza! xoxo I baked these yummy cupcakes last weekend for our birthday girl - super sweet Laiza. This is how the cupcake looks like after frosting it with whip cream (the one you'll find in supermarkets in an aerosol can) and adding the m&m minis on top. Just a reminder, if you want to use the whip cream in can make sure you whip it at your cupcakes just before serving. Ingredients 1 1/2 cake flour (if you cannot find cake flour you add together 1 tbsp of corn flour to 1 cup of all purpose flour) 1 1/4 tsp of baking powder 1/2 tsp of baking soda 1/2 tsp of salt 1/2 c. plus 1 tbsp. of butter, softened to room temperature 1 c. of sugar 3 large eggs 1 c. of buttermilk (for buttermilk, squeeze half a lemon into a measuring cup then pour in enough whole milk to measure one cup) 1 tsp. of vanilla extract Procedure Preheat oven to 180 C In a bowl, sift together cake flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. In a large mixing bow

Kangkong - Chowking Style

I recently discovered how to cook kangkong (swamp cabbage, native in China and South East Asia) - the ChowKing style and I am ecstatic because Ferald ate it, he usually eats kangkong only in sinigang (Filipino sour soup/stew). Ferald is a veggie picky eater so when I saw him eating kangkong cooked differently, it makes me feel happy. It makes me more determined to introduce more veggies to him. I just don't understand why some people like my husband won't eat vegetables when I myself can live on veggies alone. (sigh :( ) Let me share to you how I cooked the kangkong - ChowKing style, just a note to my readers, I did not google this nor bug a ChowKing waitstaff to get the recipe, it was all an unexpected discovery in my kitchen. Sorry for the grainy picture You'll need: a bunch of kangkong (swamp cabbage) 2-3 cups of water boiling hot 1-2 tsp of olive oil Procedure: Remove the hard stalks of kangkong using a knife, hold the bunch and cut Wash in running

Peace Lily - Natural Air Cleanser

After my sister-in-laws family went back to our home country, my mother-in-law left some thriving peace lily which we gave as a present on her birthday but since she cannot take it with her, the plants are left under my care. I love plants, I always do eversince childhood, but I have doubts with the green thumb after some plant did not survive while under my supervision. I have three pots which are currently recovering from sun burns beacuse I left them at the terrace in direct sunlight, did not know it was not good for them and I guess the sun and heat here is more than plants and people can handle. I felt bad  for taking little care of the peace lily so I put them indoors although I have doubts that they will thrive. I am afraid that this is another story of a houseplant that won't survive like the beautiful anthurium I got from Ace Hardware in twenty-O-nine, well it is still alive but in a very bad condition don't really know if it will still grow, after its red heart sh

Consulate General of the Phillippines in Dubai

Consulate General of the Phillippines in Dubai Address Villa No 48, 35 Beirut St., Extn no. 2 Al Quasis 3, Dubai, United Arab Emirates P.O. Box 94778 Contacts Tel: +971 (04) 2544331 Fax: +971 (04) 2544229 Mobile: +971 (50) 6544047 Office Hours Sunday to Thursday (except official holiday) 8:30 am to 12:00 pm 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm (Lunch Breaks) *Cashier accept payments untill 4:00 pm only For Inquiries you can write to  regardingPhilippines Passports For all other inquiries you can send an e-mail to Location Map Road Direction and Land Mark The consulate in located opposite Al Quasis Police station, it is near the corner of Beirut St. and Baghdad St. You are near when you see Light Cafeteria, you can also spot the Philippines flag from far Consular Services Include Passports Application for New Philippines Passport (Babies born in the UAE) Renewal of Philippines Passport Ammendments

List of Filipino Organizations in Dubai

These are a few of the many existing Pinoy organizations in Dubai, if you happen to stumble upon this list and some details have changed kindly notify me so I can update it and if you are not listed here, just comment here and I will be happy to add your org, I hope that you find this list useful. Alpha Phi Omega Contact: Choy Reyes Email – Computer and Aided Design and Drafting Group ENGR. Orandantes Delizo Filipino Association for Computer Excellence Contact: Olympia "Ollie" Pineda Filipino Chess Player League Contact: Mars Marcial Email – OOPPS - For Photo Enthusiast Joel Macalma / Jeff Biteng Pinoy Expat Auto Club in Emirates (PEACE) Email – Philippine Guardians Brotherhood, Inc Contact: Lindon Largo Email - Philippine Institute of Certified Public Accountants Contact: O

Filipino Restaurants in Dubai

Updated: 06/04/2016 Chowking-various locations Agemono-Al Attar Shopping Center Karama, International City and Al Quoz Tagpuan- Al Karama 2 Goto King-Al Attar Shopping Center Karama Barrio Fiesta-Burjuman Center Bur Dubai Salt n' Pepper-Warba Center Deira Big John Restaurant-Satwa Pinoy Grill-Al Rigga St. Deira Kita-Kits-Marco Polo Hotel, Deira Rocky's Cafe-Regent Hotel, Bur Dubai Smiling Bar-B-Q and Shabu Shabu-Satwa Kabalen Restaurant-Karama Far Eastern Restaurant-Karama Bulwagang Filipino Restaurant-Karama Shopping Center Fiesta Filipino-Karama Max's Restaurant - Sharjah Max's Restaurant - Dubai Bodega Street Food Yellow Cab Pizza La Mesa Restaurant Asiana Hotel Seafood in a Bucket - Karama Little Manila - Deira

Tagalog Mass & Churches in UAE

Are you Filipino and Catholic? Are you new in Dubai or in the UAE? Are you looking forward to attending church mass in Tagalog language every Friday or during your day off? Are you in trouble and you need to talk to Him? Would you like to offer thanks and praise but do not know where to go? Here is the list of Catholic Churches in the UAE and Tagalog Mass timings for your convenience  Dubai St. Mary's Catholic Church, Dubai Tagalog mass every Sunday at 12:45 pm. For a list of holy mass click here If you need to know more about other church activities like weddings, baptism, and holy communion, click HERE Location Map   *************************************** Jebel Ali St. Francis of Assisi Parish Tagalog: Sunday (2nd & 4th) - 8:00pm Location Map For more information click HERE ************************************* Sharjah St. Michael's Catholic Church Tagalog Mass   Church- 2nd and 4th Saturdays - 08.15 pm Parish Hall - Every Sunday- 08.15 pm For more infor

Mi Ultimo Adiós by Dr. Jose Rizal

Below was the text of Dr. Jose Rizals Mi Ultimo Adios written the night before his execution, we sang this song (song version of the poem) in Luneta on the 100th Philippines Independence Day celebration in 1998, I was in high school back then. I started a self study of the Spanish language hoping that someday I will be a fluent speaker. I find it adaptable and easy to learn since most of the Tagalog words we use are rooted from the Spanish language unlike if I will push myself from learning Arabic or French. Warning: This poem is somber Mi Ultimo Adiós by Dr. Jose Rizal Adios, Patria adorada, region del sol querida, Perla del Mar de Oriente, nuestro perdido Eden! A darte voy alegre la triste mustia vida, Y fuera más brillante más fresca, más florida, Tambien por tí la diera, la diera por tu bien. En campos de batalla, luchando con delirio Otros te dan sus vidas sin dudas, sin pesar; El sitio nada importa, ciprés, laurel ó lirio, Cadalso ó campo abierto, combate ó c

Cubby House

Last night, me and mica played bahay-bahayan (cubby house), she would not go to sleep and still looking for some entertainment. I thought that it would be nice if we play together, read her stories inside the cubby house and role play as if she was my mom and I am her daughter, it was a nice feeling having to make her feel happy and I feel good being able to give her an undivided attention. Add to it our little visitor who invades the house and seemed interested to play as the dad, he sits inside and watch what we were doing, he wanted to play too but her ate (sister) thought he was so small and was just trying to wreck our cubby so the real dad was called in for rescue to take the little guy out and make him busy with run and catch me game. I used to play bahay-bahayan when I was small with my friends, I remember bringing in my cooking play set with some flowers and leaves cut from the garden to disguise as ingredients for cooking. We bring dolls for baby's and we act like moms

Bento box sans the doggy

Japanese food preparation is an art in itself. It is carefully prepared using fresh and healthy ingridients. I read that japanese diet is also amazing and if followed strictly will result in proper weight loss. I watch this video of a Jap woman preparing a bento box and I could not stop myself from clapping after the video but sans the dog, I think its unhygienic. I would love to have that bento box for lunch at the office. Enjoy watching

2nd Annual 5K Women's Run - this time a volunteer

This year on 11-11-11 will be the second year for the "5K Women's Run" and in addition, the organizers decided to have a 10K category. I ran on the first UAE 5K Women's Run 2010 and it was worth the try. Finishing that 5 kilometers is an achievement for me, my first run  ever, I may be not be the first to the finish line but I am happy to be part of that historic moment. This year I decided to put away my running shoes and become a volunteer. Thank you to Ms. Lisa  Euton the Event Manager, I am looking forward to this wonderful event.  If you need a kick start to that diet or you simply want to get fit, this might be the opportunity, so I am inviting you, on behalf of the UAE 2nd Annual 5K Women's Run, all ladies out there to participate in the event. It's fun and its exciting. For more information click here .

Boyfriend Blazers-Sweet

Today's outfit was unplanned because I didn't prepare my clothes last night so I just pulled the pieces from the closet randomly this morning while imagining how it will look when I put them on together. I bravely sport the boyfriend blazer style which I immediately voted sweet when I read the article from youlookfab . I like it because it's trendy and playful. I paired the blue pinstripe jacket with a white T and a pair of jeans and then  added a bronze heart shape long necklace for a 70s edge. There were no regrets even though I fall short with the animal print ballet flats because they are comfy and my feets loves them. My sister suggested that a black patent two inch heels shoes will actually nail the look. I am always cold in the office so the jacket keeps me warm all day plus it gives a more polished look The silver Citizen 21 jewels watch was my moms and it is something that I treasure, love wearing it too. Next time I must follow Angie'

Dubai School Transport Safety

Accidents happen and school bus drivers must  be cautious and mindful their driving to avoid it. I think that the school bus driver and school bus nannies must make sure that the children are seated and buckled up before they move the vehicle, afterall these are children they are transporting everyday, they are not adults who have strong body motion control. The slightest impact or sudden break can throw a child to a few meters. Please practice safe driving school bus drivers. photo credit This morning I received a call from my daughters teacher telling me to come to school immediately because Mica had an accident. I was terrified but try to get first hand information over the phone from her before storming to the school. She said Mica slipped while getting on the school bus this morning and when she reached the school her right ankle was already swollen and that it was painful. She said that the school nurse already gave her first aid but it needs to be checked by a doctor. I

Reflection - Reasons Why I Stay In Dubai

Two reflections of me on the silver vase with a fish eye effect This photo was taken while waiting for my number to be called - passport collection at the DIFC Govt. Office. Another three valid years of visa have been stamped on it. Been here for so long that I guess I don't know when to call it quits. I get used to my life here, our life here. Why do I keep on staying in UAE? Well, there are many reasons. The main reason is that I am working and earning a living here plus having to support a family member at the same time in the Philippines  apart from that 1. Dubai is a safe place  - the crime rate is low, and it is actually regarded as top five safest cities in the world to live in. Locals and ex-pats alike are well protected by vigilant police officers. This is the kind of place I want my kids to grow. People respect people and people respect authority. 2. Affordability  - Things that I thought that is hard to afford in my home country are within reach here