Sesame Street Fizzy Tub Colors

Bath time fun for tots.

Funky Feet

Not quite shoes.

Cinema Leonardo

Baguio house by the hill.

Saturday, 22 January 2011

A Bag Of Goodies From A Fellow Hippie Mum

I can't recall how Khristine found my travel blog... but I'm sure glad she did. She left a comment on one of my posts and I remember how thrilled I was to hear from a fellow hippie mum.

Bag of travel goodies: Bag, Citronella Bug Spray, drop-in bottle, disposable liners, vegetarian cookbook.

We haven't met in person yet nor have we been cyber friends (I love that 90s term) for a long time, but she sent me a package of goodies three days ago for no occasion at all - perhaps out of hippie sistahood?

I was in bed playing with our baby Luna when the delivery guy called out "Tao po!" from our apartment's gate. Hubby was the one who answered the door and received it. I asked him if it was an envelope (we were also expecting mail from NSO) or a boxed package. When he said it's got a lot of contents inside, I rose quickly to check it out.

I love all of the stuff she sent but I'm particularly fascinated with this Playtex Drop-In Nurser Bottle. I never knew it existed until I received one! Khristine also gave disposable liners for it. Perfect for traveling with an infant.

It's the first time I have received a gift from someone who reads my blogs. It feels stellar and strange. I am a human being and I love attention like everyone else, being noticed makes my existence more colorful... and to be noticed by someone whose writing I admire too (I've become a serial internet snoop follower of her blog too when I found out about it), not to mention that someone is a more learned mum than me, is something else.

Thank you, with all my heart. I know today's your birthday and I wish you good karma for the rest of your life. And oh, regarding the note you've written on the book... Would love to meet you in person (or in a parallel universe) so I can give my simple birthday gift for you.


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Wednesday, 19 January 2011

Pasta Wednesday: Clara Ole's Cheesy Pesto Pasta

The Hippie Mum's household had/has a tradition (had because it used to be a tradition until one Wednesday we just totally forgot about it, and has because we've just started it again) of eating at least one pasta dish every Wednesday.

Pesto overload: pesto sauce with pesto chicken fingers!

My mom's the greatest cook I and colonies of other people know (my parents used to have a catering biz in our ol' village), specializing in Kapampangan and Ilokano food. I, on the other hand... well, let's just say I can follow cooking instructions easily and I don't usually burn stuff. But I can't whip up a mean dish from scratch (hubby always says my meals are awesome, but that's from someone who used to live off bread and bananas).

With that said, I bet it's odd for me to share a recipe then (let alone you guys browsing through it). If you're no chef-material like me or if you love prepping meals in a jiffy (because you got a bunch of Facebooking other things to do), this shall interest you. This pasta sauce is ready to eat, and you just need to "make it your own"

This post ain't in any way sponsored. Ingredients were chosen by me.

What you need:

2 tbsp olive oil (vegetable oil will do)
2 cloves minced garlic
250 grams spaghetti (or any other type of pasta available)
180 grams Clara Ole Cheesy Pesto Pasta Sauce
4 pieces Magnolia Pesto Chicken Fingers sliced into bite size pieces, then fried.

What to do:

1. Saute garlic in oil. If you're substituting chicken fingers with mushrooms, tuna or shrimp, you may already add them in.

2. Pour in pesto sauce, add salt if desired.

3. Toss in pasta. Mix until well blended. Add chicken fingers last so they remain crispy. Serve on a charming, colorful plate (just because).

The sauce itself is already chees-ey, but you may add grated parmesan or leftover keso de bola (you still have?!). I love adding chopped peanuts too, if I don't put any meat in the sauce.

The 250 grams pasta may not be enough for the sauce (in case you don't like it too oily), you may use the excess sauce as bread spread.

There you have it folks. Delizioso! At least, for me.


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Tuesday, 11 January 2011

How To Apply For Marriage License In The Philippines

This was originally posted 14th of October '09 on my personal blog, but now that I've taken it down (with a very demanding drama princess toddler I cannot maintain a gazillion blogs!), I decided to move it here. Same requirements are asked until this day. Yes, I checked.

Yesterday, we attended a seminar conducted by the Manila Health Department at the Manila City Hall. We winded through the maze-like corridors in search of the seminar room. Records and books that got wet from the flood which typhoon Ondoy caused were still lined up along the halls to dry.

The seminar's a prerequisite for a marriage license. For those who are planning to get married soon, this post will give you guys an idea as to what the requirements are.

The application for license shall be done in your own municipality. At least one should be a resident of the city, you will be asked for a valid I.D. which shows your address later on when you submit your documents.

Charming Manila City Hall, where we applied ours.

At Manila City Hall, you need to approach first the helpful staff at the reception of the Civil Registry Office. They will provide you with a sheet where requirements are listed down:

They will refer you then to another officer who peruses the documents being submitted. She (if I remember it correctly, her name is Mina Lopez) will check which documents you need to submit, in accordance to your age bracket which are as follows:

Applicants 18-21 years old
1. Birth Certificate latest copy
Born in Manila - local copy
Born outside Manila - NSO copy
2. Valid I.D. - original and photocopy
*Again, at least 1 of the party must be resident of Manila, I.D. must show address.
3. Parental Consent - parent must come with valid I.D.
4. Marriage Counselling
Manila Health Department
5. CENOMAR (may not be required)

Applicants 21-25 years old
1. Birth Certificate latest copy
Born in Manila - local copy
Born outside Manila - NSO copy
2. Valid I.D. - original and photocopy
*Again, at least 1 of the party must be resident of Manila, I.D. must show address.
3. Parental Advice - parent must come with valid I.D.
4. Marriage Counselling
Manila Health Department

For 25 years old and above (where I belong), only Birth Certificate, valid I.D. and marriage counselling are required.

For Foreigners
1. Legal Capacity to marry (Certificate of No Impediment) to be issued by the embassy.
2. Certificate of Singleness or CENOMAR. This is different from the CNI and can be issued by the foreigner's country of origin's government. Case in a point, an Australian's CNI is issued by his embassy here in the Philippines but the Certificate of Singleness can only be requested directly from the Australian government. The City Hall will accept an email or fax copy.
3. Passport - original and photocopy.

Previous Marriages
Additional requirement:
1. Must provide the death certificate of deceased spouse
2. Or the judicial decree of your absolute divorce, or the judicial decree of your annulment or declaration of nullity of your previous marriage.

Note: If changed nationality, present Naturalization Papers if father is Chinese and mother is Filipino (or vice versa). Married parents born 1975 up, present election/recognition of citizenship.

Seminars are conducted Mondays through Fridays at the Manila Health Department Rm. 128. Before attending though ask for a payment slip from the registry, pay at the taxpayer's center (P120), present receipt back at the registry and they will finally give you the application form for marriage license to fill out.

Schedule of seminars:
1st session 9:00-10:00am
2nd session 1:30-2:30

You will hand in the form to the Manila Health Department staff before taking a seat to watch a film about human gestation and ironically, abortion. Which perhaps will encourage couples to practice family planning rather than resolving to killing an unborn child. The film was Silent Scream , which I have actually watched in primary school. Geez, what were our teachers thinking then?! Okay, so before I wander off memory lane, let's continue with the final steps (by the way there was also a short talk by the staff-cum-speaker about married life).

After the seminar, if you have brought with you all the documents, you simply go back to the registry officer to submit these together with the certificate of seminar attendance. After going through the papers, she will lead you to an office for the oathtaking. It's an oath stating that the information you have provided are correct. You simply answer 'yes' to two questions.

Hurray you're done! You will be asked to come back after ten days to claim the license, notice of the marriage application will be posted on a bulletin board outside the local civil registrar's office (like marriage banns) during this period. It may also be a time to contemplate whether you want to push through or not *wink*.

License is valid for 120 days from the date of issuance.

Additional information taken here. List of requirements copied off a brochure from Manila City Hall's Civil Registry.


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Saturday, 8 January 2011

Funky Feet: Not-Quite-Shoes

So... Weather forecast indicates that the temperature here in Baguio might hit once again its all time low at 6°C by mid-February. Hubby and I are worried for the little one - especially after watching news reports about infants and toddlers brought to hospitals because of flu and pneumonia.

Luna in Candy Janes' Blue Stars in Tam-Awan Village.

And what are we doing to help protect her from being sick? Well, aside from not taking her out too often, we make sure she's warmly bundled all the time. She always wears a jacket, pants and socks.... fashionable socks! Funky Feet socks!

Can't remember how I came across this brand on Multiply, but I'm sure glad I did. When my sister asked what present should she buy for Luna's baptism, I requested her to order online a Funky Feet Candy Janes set!

On her first roadtrip to Baguio, she wore this pair, Candy Janes' Pink Hearts (still very loose when she was 5 weeks old).

This particular set turned out to be the perfect choice for its socks are long, appropriate for the cold climate.

Candy Janes' Dotty-dots. Luna by the beach in La Union, but all dressed up because we were about to head back to Baguio.

Price may be a bit steep for me some, P500 for a "Mix & Match set" of 5 pairs and P320 for a box of 3 pairs - but hey, you're paying for good quality and fun fashion! I say they're worth the dough.

Check out Funky Feet's other adorable designs here:


Saturday, 1 January 2011

Happy, Shiny New Year

Cheers to 365 happy, shiny days of 2011!

Today's the first day of the new year and I just sent a donation to WWF Philippines to help fund the different conservation projects of the organization. Since I currently have a demanding (but uber cute) infant to take care of, I may not have the chance to do volunteer work anytime soon, so this is the next best thing that I could do.

This is in a way a baby step towards achieving our green resolution for 2011. How about you? What have you done this 1/1/11?


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