Monday, July 30
Posted by Wenchie at 5:47 PM
Thursday, July 26
Pio with the three favorite doughnuts
Pio at Krispy Kreme Greenhills Branch
(with drive thru)
chocolates & almonds
Hershey's Cookies & Kreme
New York Cheesecake
This afternoon, hubby has a meeting at the Greenhills area. As usual, Pio and I would tag along since it's our free day again (he's homeschooling). We went to the Krispy Kreme store in the area (with a drive thru pa), and I'm so happy they have new doughnuts with the mouth-watering Hershey's chocolates. I won't let this day pass that I don't get to taste these doughnuts so I ordered the new ones. Each doughnut costs P38.00. Never mind, they're so yummy....
This is not a paid post...
Posted by Wenchie at 10:05 PM
Tuesday, July 24
Oh well, I was tagged again by Cookie (of ScroochChronicles) to state weird things about me. I'm beginning to enjoy this tagging thing, remember I'm a new blogger...
Here it goes:
1. I am so scared of cockroaches. I would scream everytime I see one flying in our house.
2. I am terrified of stray dogs, I was bitten by one when I was 5 months pregnant with my son.
3. I have an OCD. Some friends call me oc-oc. I would pour alcohol on our doorknobs and on our dining table to make sure they're clean, canned goods are arranged neatly in the cabinets so with the clothes and shoes, toothbrushes, towels, socks, bedsheets. And I can go on...
4. I eat green mangoes with fish sauce (patis).
5. I would iron all our pillows and our bed once a week, I need to get rid of dust mites (my kids have skin asthma).
6. I usually post my helper's daily work schedules on the ref's door.
7. When I go out, I would count (in my mind) all the appliances that were unplugged from the sockets when I'm already in the car.
8. I can put on a happy face even on my low moments.
9. I take time to call LTFRB to report smoke belchers and taxi drivers who refused to convey passengers, write columnists on various issues and even text GMA some suggestions or complaints (I get answers too, I bet from her staff).
10. I would give generous tips to cheerful hard-working people but not a single centavo if the service is not good, esp. to some taxi drivers who would force an additional pay aside from the metered fare.
11. I finished law school but didn't take the bar (I haven't reviewed wholeheartedly for it).
12. I would memorize the faces of passengers (and some drivers) when I would take the MRT, buses or fx vehicles (my Dad told us to do so when I was younger for security reasons).
Am I weird? I'm tagging Raqgold, Chats and Kim.
Posted by Wenchie at 6:11 PM
10 Random Facts About My Mom
1. My mom, Aurora, is a Kapampangan, although she's born and raised in Manila. That's why she's really a good cook. How I wished I could get even 1/4 of her cooking skills.
2. She shares birthdays with my youngest sister (and a wedding anniversary also).
3. She met my Dad in Congress (funny thing, I also met my hubby in the Senate) while she's working as Executive Secretary while Dad is Chief of Staff to a Manila congressman.
4. Went to the banking industry, but resigned to be a full-time mom to us.
5. She's got 4 cs's (like me), gave birth yearly from 1969 to 1972. Who can beat that?
6. I consider her a supermom and super martyr. She goes to church everyday and so pious.
7. She loves to shop and buy new furnitures every two years. I get the hand-me downs. He he.
8. She's quite tactless (like Kris Aquino), say anything she wanna say even when they're embarrassing already.
9. When she was still a baby, during the war, an American soldier often played with her, good thing they didn't take her away from my grandmother.
10. She's one smart lady. And I love her to the max....
Posted by Wenchie at 1:57 PM
Friday, July 20
Datu Puti soy sauce and vinegar
a dozen of eggs & quail eggs, red eggs (SM Bonus or Surebuy)
Nestle Fresh milk (for Nicole)
Nestle Corn Flakes
Purefoods Chunkee Corned Beef
Purefoods Pork and Beans
Purefoods or Maling luncheon meat
Dole pineapple tidbits (for breakfast desserts)
Safeguard or Irish Spring soap (for hubby)
Ivory or Tender Care (for me & kids)
Surf detergent powder and bar
Zonrox cleanser (for the kitchen's use)
Domex cleanser (for the bathroom)
Joy 2-ply tissue paper
Milo (powdered milk chocolate)
Nescafe Gold instant coffee
NIDO 5+ milk (for Pio & Gabbie)
CDO burger patties
SM Bonus sweet ham
Dairy Creme butter
Magnolia mango powdered juice
Lucky Me instant noodles
SM Bonus or Surebuy sugar
Royal elbow macaroni
Pantene Glossy Shine shampoo
Alaska evaporated milk
frozen mixed veggies (corn, carrots & green peas)
Dizon ripe mangoes
ponkan, apples, bananas
at the wet section:
labahita (my favorite)
daing na bangus
ground beef & ground pork
pork liempo cut
beef shank (for bulalo)
beef mechado cut
magnolia chicken wings/ drumsticks
chicken adobo cut
magnolia chicken tocino/ chicken teriyaki
There I have my lists, I'm gonna print it and go straight to SM or Rustan's. But when I'm in Makati area, I go to the Landmark's grocery (it's much cheaper there compare to the two).
Posted by Wenchie at 3:24 PM
Clean out your ref
Before buying food, clean out your ref first. Do this regularly so you get the most health benefits (and savings) from the food. Don’t stock up more than you have so that you enjoy your food at its freshest.
Think small and big
If you have budgeted an amount that has to cover a wide variety of goods, buy the smaller sizes so you stretch your peso to afford the wide variety that you need. On the other hand, when you have extra cash, go for the big sizes because you get savings on volume discounts.
Save through technology
Want to connect with friends and relatives abroad? Lean how to email or voice-chat over the internet- it’s for free! Ask your teen to teach you how to use the internet. Example, instead of buying recipe books, search for recipes through http://www.nestlerecipes.com.ph/
Re-arrange toiletries by placing them in spare baskets or clear food containers. If short on space, hang a large, colorful drawstring bag at the back of the door and use it as a hamper. Add a picture of a place you dream about or put a fragrant plant inside to keep it smelling nice.
Flaunt the Freebies
Get old calendars with breathtaking designs, artistic food menus, hip party invites, printed handkerchiefs or colorful postcards. Place these in a frame for display. Liven up the kitchen or your living room by hanging dishes or any interesting item on an empty wall.
T-Shirts as Throw Pillow Covers
A child’s T-shirt fits very nicely as a throw pillow cover. Turn shirt inside out and sew neck and arm openings closed. Stuff with cotton or old pantyhose until you have just the right plumpness, then sew the bottom part. This is a great thrifty idea!
New Life to a Lost Sock
There are many ways to recycle socks that have lost their partners. Why not use it for applying furniture polish, floor wax and other types of cleaners?
Mystery keys are those keys that you keep but don't actually know what they open. To avoid the mystery key syndrome, when you get a new key, immediately trace the new key and label it and file this information. It just takes a little time at first but will save you hours and hours of searching (not to mention the headaches) if you have to match keys to the right locks.
Moisturize as You Clean
When using rubber gloves to clean, put your favorite hand lotion or moisturizer it will help slip hand easily into the rubber gloves. And while your cleaning, it will moisturize your hands especially if you handle warm water.
Handy Spice Bottles
Spice bottles can sometimes be so pretty that it's a pity to throw them away. Recycle them by using these as containers when storing spools of thread. Put the strand through the hole of the bottle to prevent tangles. Spice bottles can also store embroidery needles or hold craft things like safety pins, sequins, buttons, glitter powder, etc... Or you can fill these up with flour and use it to sprinkle flour to meat or fish before frying to prevent it from stick to the pan.
Get the Dirt Off Those Pans
For stubborn dirt on aluminum pans, boil the pan filled with 3 tablespoons of cream of tartar and 1 quart of water. Boil for 10 minutes. When the pan is cool, with just a little scrubbing the hardened dirt will come off easily, then wash and rinse the pan well.
Instead of having your kids watch TV or play video games all day, why not play outdoor games with your kids? Bring out the kid in you by playing patintero or hide and seek, or simply engage them in a game of habulan- something to keep you active!
You don’t need to spend much for your family to enjoy. Take the fun to your backyard! Why not play some music at your garden and dance with the kids? You could even try dining outdoors, under the stars, with a lantern or candlelight and exchange stories. In this way, you create an intimate atmosphere for treasured memories.
To make get-togethers more exciting, why not break up families into two teams (combine young and old and mix families for more fun). The teams stand a distance from each other and toss water balloons back and forth. The person who pops a balloon is out. Another water balloon is given to that team. Teams keep going until only one is left...and everyone is wet! This is best played outdoors.
Musical Dress Up
Let your teen organize this one- something interesting to make parties more memorable. Fill a black garbage bag with weird stuff (e.g. a mask, a green-colored wig, a moustache...). Play musical chairs and pass the bag. When the music stops, the person left holding the bag grabs something to wear from the bag (without looking in). The game continues until the bag is empty...and everyone looks silly. Take group pictures for posterity!
Spill the Beans
Delight your party guests with this simple yet enjoyable game. Pass around a bag of chocolates and tell people to get as many as they like but not to eat them yet. After everyone has gotten from the bag, then tell everyone that this is a game. For every piece of chocolate that they took, they have to tell the group one wish they want to come true for the coming year. This is a great way of getting to know your friends and relatives, as well as help them achieve their dreams.
Easy, Painless, Splinter Removal
Working with your hands you're bound to get you a splinter sometime or the other. Just put white glue on the splinter area. Let it dry and then peel off the dried glue and the splinter will come off with it.
Pest Repellant Recipe
A recipe to keep pests away from your plants: blend together 1 peeled onion, 2 peeled garlic cloves, 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper, and 3 cups water. Strain and refrigerate the liquid and coat your plants the next day.
Posted by Wenchie at 8:28 AM
Encourage the writing of thank you letters.
Walk the talk.
Saying grace before eating.
Blanket for Bonding
Posted by Wenchie at 8:16 AM
Thursday, July 19
Posted by Wenchie at 9:20 AM
Wednesday, July 18
pio's homeschool books
pio studying in our room
kids clowning around at MOA's Nat'l. Bookstore
gabbie inside the school bus
pio & jocjoc (of dzmm)
I am so excited to use my new phone (n70), given by hubby. Here, I've posted more pics taken recently in our home, at the mall of asia, dzmm studio and even inside the school bus. he he he. Bear with me guys, I just love to take pics of my kids even they're asleep or while taking a bath. My cabinets are full of photo albums and photos on cute picture frames are displayed everywhere. I have a new assignment from hubby, to scan all of our pictures and save them in a disc. I think I would be needing more discs, and more time.
Posted by Wenchie at 5:11 PM
Posted by Wenchie at 3:08 PM
Sunday, July 15
As time goes by, we tend to accumulate a lot of clutter in our homes. Many times, dealing with clutter can be overwhelming.
Start small. Tackle the most urgent clutter- usually the bills, letters, and mail. Set aside an hour each day and go drawer by drawer.
Focus on one area at a time. Toss items that belong somewhere else into a box and return them to the correct place later on. This way, you can finish one area at a time and not get distracted with clutter that belongs to another area of the house.
Give yourself a target date to finish an area. For example, a kitchen could take up to 3 days. Break up the big task into daily tasks to make it more manageable.
Think logically. Items used daily should be easily accessible. Bed linen can be stored under the bed. Towels can be stored in overhead cabinets in the bathroom. Rarely used items like Christmas décor should be stored up high, in not-so-easy to reach places.
Sort by type and label. Have different boxes and sort out things by type. Label them so it is easier to remember where you stored the item. If you haven’t used certain items in years, maybe it’s time to give them away.
Posted by Wenchie at 9:12 AM
Tuesday, July 10
Pinoys favorite pastime, malling
waiting for their prize at the Timezone
kids playing at the arcade
Pio Miguel before playing hoops
father and son at veneto pizzeria
Last Saturday, we're supposed to go to Tagaytay but since hubby had his boys Friday nite-out, he's not so thrilled to drive that far. And I haven't tried driving outside of Metro Manila yet. So we just decided to go malling at Trinoma, the new Ayala mall in North Edsa just across the SM City Mall. We arrived before lunch, there are few people at this time. My kids and hubby played at Timezone. After playing, they got their prizes. Off we scoured the area for lunch. There are a lot of empty spaces inside the mall. Some stores/shops are just setting up for their soft openings. Decided to eat at Veneto, a pizza house. We ordered carbonara (pasta), veggie salad and their special pizza. Their pizza serving is huge. Got so full. My kids have enjoyed this day with their Papa (he seldom goes malling)....
Posted by Wenchie at 5:43 PM
Monday, July 9
I'm feeling lazy. I don't want to get up early. But I have to prepare breakfast for my kids. Good thing, a new helper arrived. Actually, she's a former helper who came back to work again for me. I was so tired the past few days mostly because of too much household chores. Yesterday, I drove hubby to the airport. He flew to the province to do some business. Then, my kids and I went malling at the Mall of Asia (MOA). I was wearing my 3 inch high-heeled sandals. By midnight at home, I've found a small wound on one of my toes. Nicole accidentally step on it while we're attending mass. Whew, it pains so much. I can't sleep either. Hubby is not home pa, and I missed him already. I have no one to whine with. I have a very low tolerance to pain, that's why. Whenever I have migraine, I always think I'm gonna die.
I missed work also. I wanted to work. I missed talking to people (the constituents), following up papers in other government agencies, and actually helping our fellow Pinoys. When I was still working as ES, I get some perks. I received so many gifts on Christmas, got a lot of invites for product launching, concerts, benefit fashion shows, stage plays, movie premiers. I attended parties/cocktails/ribbon-cuttings if my boss can't make it. Plus, the fruits (lots of mangoes, rambutan, bananas, lanzones, etc.) and veggies (lettuce, carrots, potatoes from Baguio) which local leaders brought in our office whenever they're in Manila. Going back, I'm scheduled to do consultancy work again but I can't totally leave my kids with only one helper around. And I'm also home schooling my only son. No choice but to do multi-tasking again. Way back in college, I was attending marketing 1 and marketing 2 at the same exact time on different class, different rooms. I was shuttling from one room to another every 15 minutes. Whew, I don't know how I did it. Then in 1998, I was working for 3 different companies (one as Account Executive and the two as Consultants). I would go to the three offices everyday, spending 3 hours of work (mostly paperworks) plus another two hours of field work. Oh boy, I have no time for my baby back then. My mother was the one taking care of her (my first born). Hubby and I would only watch movies to unwind.
Anyway, I'm excited to work again. Hope I'll find one more helper to ease household chores. Of course, I will still teach Pio his lessons before I go to work. And fix our home. And.....do all the mommy works.
Posted by Wenchie at 6:23 PM
Thursday, July 5
Posted by Wenchie at 7:52 AM
Monday, July 2
As I started working, I learn the ropes little by little with the help of my colleagues who would become my wonderful friends as the years went by.
To give my readers an idea, here's the office set-up. Each Senator can get a staff of 20-50 employees. If the Senator gets a Committee Chairmanship, he can still add more staff. They are all in the Senate payroll, government pays for them (not from their personal pockets). In our office, we have the Legislative Group-composed of legal secretary, researchers, lawyers, speechwriters. They are the ones who serve as back-staff to our boss in the Session Hall or during committee hearings.
The Political Group/Constituency Unit headed by a Political Officer/ Constituency Officer- those who handle and facilitate numerous requests from walk-in constituents, political leaders, government officials (mayors, governors, congressmen. brgy.captains, etc). This group also includes the Project Officer. The one who handles the Senator's projects, the most sought after staff in the office.
We also have the Media Group/PR Group composed of press release writers, Public Relations Officer, and a secretary. They write press releases, give it to the media reporters covering the Senate, fax them to radio and tv stations. They arrange for the Senator's press conferences. They make sure that their press releases will be printed on the papers the next day. They initiate tv and radio interviews. The more publicity, the better.
The Admin Group includes the office accountant, personnel officer and another secretary. The Senator also has an Executive Secretary and Appoinment Secretaries, aside from the Executive Assistant. Of course the office has a Chief of Staff (usually related to the boss).
By the way, each Senator has a monthly allowance of P2 million for the staff salaries, travels, office rentals, newspaper/magazine subscriptions, office supplies/equipment, food allowance, representation, etc. and the so-called MOOE (maintenance and other operating expenses). Plus they each have a P200 million fund for their priority projects which they will identify, wink here.
This would be the first part. So many things to share with you guys...