Ultimate Ben 10 Themed 5th Birthday Party

This maybe too late to post but still allow me to share how we celebrated Angelo’s 5th birthday.

It was a mutual decision that when he turned five we will not give him a party but rather we will just celebrate at home and kids church. 

My son absolutely LOVES Ben 10, so it only made sense to throw him an Ultimate Ben 10 party!

I really wanted to order a custom cake for the birthday boy but budget didn’t end up permitting.Instead, I got him delicious chocolate cake from Coco’s Restaurant and print small picture of Ben 10.





I also used his miniature Ben 10 toy as cake topper.

Since he will be blowing his cake at Kids Church we opted to have candy buffet for the kids. It served na din as their party favors then we add Ben 10 bubbles.









But the best part of the celebration is looking his reaction upon opening his birthday present. Thank you Tita Raquiza for spoiling our children! 





In few months time he will be turning six and we are now discussing if we will have party this time. Actually, I want sana sa school niya with his classmate kaso his birthday is vacation time dito. 

Anyway, it’s Thursday so Happy weekend!



Cook’s Nook – Buttered Shrimp with Tomatos and Spinach

Garlic and butter. When you combine these two in a glorious shrimp skillet, well, it’s nothing short of perfection.

Eh perfection na pala why I still need to add tomatos and spinach. You may wonder why just give it a try and  you’ll be surprise how it will turned out. 

It’s delicious and this is just one of those dishes that will be stapled on your daily menu because every last, succulent, juicy bite of this is completely worth it. 



What made this dish extra special is that I got a cute little chef, who happened to like being in the kitchen.



Now it’s your turn to shine and impress your love ones!

Happy Weekend!







J. Co Al Ghurair, Dubai is now open!

It’s been almost a month when J.Co opened their first shop here in U.A.E.I am not a donut-type person so I can’t understand why they choose to wait for two hours just to have a bite of the “controversial/sensational” donut. 

I first saw a glimpse of J.Co in Instagram when all of the artista in the Phillipines are raving about it. I was so curious that I put it right away on my “shop to visit” list. 

Couple of weeks ago, after dining in at Shogun Restaurant which is also located in Al Ghurair, we decided to visit the donut shop and to my surprised even if it’s already past 10pm ang haba pa din ng pila…hmm.. there must be something in that donut. 

But of course though my curiosity is eating me up there is no way that we would stay there for hours. Hello! Musta naman ang me mga anak na maliit pa.

But God is so good that HE send his angels. Ate Rowee and Kuya Arnel called and asked us if we like a dozen of J.Co donut. Syempre I said in pakipot way na “wag na nakakahiya”. Pero deep inside YES na YES! Haha..



In a box we get to try the variety flavors. We sampled Oreology, Why Nut, Alcapona, Heaven Berry, Crunchy Crunchy and Choco Loco. 



My verdict- It’s one of the best gourmet donuts here in UAE. These donuts can go even without tea or coffee. Unlike Krispy Kreme na sobrang tamis J.Co has a perfect blend of sugar and the dough is so soft.  But I advice to eat them fresh from the store mas masarap!Admittedly, it’s worth waiting for! 

For the price value, I think aed 35 for 1 dozen is not bad.

But how true that J.Co here in Dubai is not actually a legal franchise from the management. 

Well, for whatever the truth is let’s just devour the taste of the sensational donut! #ehdiwowdiba



If you are still clueless about J.Co donuts, here’s the list of flavors that you may want to try on. Flavors are the same like in the Phillipines.




BANANA & NUTELLA PUFF PASTRY PIES.



Because I’m still adjusting to my new role of being a mother of three, I have something real easy for you. This is so delish especially for those Nutella lover.

Combine your cravings with Nutella. 

You only need three ingredients: nutella, banana and puff pastry. I always love to try to make thing from scratch, but I am so nervous to fail so I cheated and used shop bought puff pastry – hey, don’t judge – because I felt like I deserved to slow down besides my boys wanted to help so our afternoon is filled with so much flour and cookie cutter.

THREE INGREDIENTS BANANA & NUTELLA PUFF PASTRY HAND PIES

INGREDIENTS
  • 1 sheet (320g) puff pastry, thawed
  • 1 banana, sliced
  • ½ cup nutella


INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Preheat oven to 220 degree celcius.
  2. Using cookie cutter cut the puff pastry sheet into 6 equal shapes, and set aside 3 of them. On the remaining 3, place banana, followed by dollops of nutella. Then place one of the shape of puff pastry you had set aside on top of the nutella. Seal the two shape of pastry together by pressing the edges with a fork. 
  3. Place the pies onto a baking tray lined with greasproof paper and leave in the oven for approx. 25-30 minutes or until they have turned golden brown.



Someone is so excited to see Mickey Mouse..

Say hi to Mickey Mouse!



Perfect with tea,coffee or a kiss from chinito Inigo!



Letter to Jelly Bean @ 2 months old



You are TWO months old now! Whew!
You have changed so much in your short time here with us.  My favorite part is  when you make eye contact with me and flash that squishy smile, I can’t help but feel completely smitten. 
You are also starting to get vocal and will coo and talk to us. 

You are a very happy and smiley baby, but you have definitely had your fussy days. You are not a fan of the water.  I have to be strategic about when giving you bath or you will scream the whole time.  We have had a few days where you have been pretty fussy most of the day.  It breaks my heart when you cry, so I will do everything I can to make you comfy.  
Your brothets absolutely adores you and is constantly trying to hug, kiss, and snuggle you.  They gets so excited when they gets to hold you and I am so glad watching all of you. 







I am so thankful every single day to have you as my baby.  I love holding you and watching you. Your daddy and I talk about how precious and cute you are all the time.Each day you are becoming mini-daddy. You gor his features.   We feel ridiculously lucky to have you.  There are no words to express how much I love you.  Unconditionally & forever.  

Happy 2 months my sweet little princess. I still stare at you and can’t believe you’re ours and have been for 2 months.  The time is passing at an impossible pace and I just want to soak in every little detail of you.

#chinitoinigo as a brother

After giving birth many people have asked me how Inigo is adjusting to being a big brother. As you know he was only 6months old when I’ve found out that I am pregnant again. It was too soon I know when both if us are still adjusting and enjoying parenthood.




But this time I feel both my kids are just as needy of me. I can’t tell you how heartbroken I felt in days when Inigo would also wants to be carried while I am nursing his sister. In days where he only wants our full attention on him. And he has his own way of getting it!
I was like a part of me crumbled, but I had to be strong at the same time so that I could hug him, kiss him and tell him that things were changing but that change is good.

He’s only 15 months old and  I am sure the change is hard on him too.Don’t get me wrong: Inigo adores his baby sister to bits.
He had his good and bad moments since we brought Isabelle home from the hospital – but in the moments where he kisses her head and wants to love on her, I know in my heart that he is going to take this role as a big brother and love it.  


Mother of three…

I’ve been meaning to write a post of my thoughts and learning of becoming a mother of three. But part of me is not yet ready to open up my feelings to others. My husband knows my frustrations. Sometimes I envied mothers who makes things easier for them.

While me on the other hand needs a lot of adjustment and improvement.
Please don’t judge me by my messy hair, or my ngarag look.  Our house seems to be a mess, no matter how many times a day I tidy up the toy room.  A crib has taken our family room to keep my curious Inigo from smothering his baby sister when she is not in our arms. We are still on the process of “gentle”.
There are days that this beautiful baby girl is very fussy especially when she can’t get her sleep. She can cry for two straight hours.And I got so frustrated that I don’t know how will I pacify her. In the end we are both crying. 

I was stressed about having the energy to make it through the day being the best mommy I can possibly be.  There is guilt… lots of it… as I try to maintain the focus and love with my two boys and not lose my patience when they are fighting over one toy or worst when Angelo is acting up when he’s eating his food.

But, if you could see inside my heart – inside my spirit – you would see a consuming love blossoming as I digest this beautiful new life I am so blessed to live as a mother of three.  You would see my anxiety of time passing as I try to enjoy these precious moments with a newborn because I know too well how quickly this stage of his life will pass. 

Most of all, you would see the gratitude I feel every single day.  I know I will look back on this time of my life, some of it probably being somewhat of a blur… and wish to have just one more day with my little babies.  I know there will be many times in the coming years where I will question my abilities as a mother, but I also know deep down I am meant to be their mom… this is more fulfilling than I ever imagined.  They have filled a very special part of my heart.





I may not get it right today. I may have already made a mistake.

Yelled.

Said something I regret.

Did something I regret.

But the thing about motherhood.

There’s never a perfect one. 

I guess I just have to try again — to put kindness and love before power and authority 

James 1:19-20
Listening and Doing
19 My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry,20 because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires.


The sweetest note

I had a very bad headache today and can’t even get out of the bed. Must be the effect of the pills that I am taking right now.

And because I can’t be with the kids, Kuya Angelo pretend to be my doctor. He told me that I need to book an appointment and register to his medical lab.

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Then he gave the sweetest prescription, just in time when I needed comfort.

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He maybe defiant child at times but definitely he’s one sweet, loving and caring son!

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