Uniwide Warehouse Sale

When I was little, we used to go to a Uniwide Warehouse Club to do groceries and find some quirky items. Sadly, most of the Uniwide stores in the metro are now gone. Today, I had a chance to revisit my childhood when my cousin brought me to a surviving Uniwide in the south. It was a very rundown building, the grocery is gone but the warehouse stuff are still there. This time I appreciated the quirky finds more. If not for an active little girl and the limited space at home, I would’ve bought some of those fun little mugs and pots.

Here are some of the cute stuff that are still being sold in the warehouse:

water dispenser
“Gift box” ceramic water dispenser: So cute but oh so heavy!

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On Financial Awareness

Yui may still be too young to count money but we think it’s never too late to teach her the value of it. Ever since she was little we made it a point not to spoil her with toys and other unnecessary things. Lately we would occasionally window shop at a local toy store and every time Yui points at a toy I would say that it’s too expensive. She would move on and content herself in looking at the other toys then watch video clips of these toys in Youtube when we get home. Thankfully, she doesn’t throw tantrums when she don’t get what she wants. We just explain that these are too expensive and that we don’t have budget to buy.

I was pleasantly surprised then that she took this learning in other things and not just with toys.

 

Yui-ism #1:

Since the start of the year, she would tell us that she wanted to have a birthday party at Burger King (because she loves the playground at the BK near our house). One time we talked to her and told her that we couldn’t afford a BK party. She would have to pick a cheaper place to celebrate. The next day, she told us that she wants to have her birthday at McDonald’s. When we asked why, she said because Burger King is too expensive. Haha! Fast learner 😛

Yui-ism #2:

I recently bought her a new rash guard for our upcoming beach outings. I wanted a long-sleeved one and she wanted Dora. Good thing there was something that fits both our requirements. However, it is somewhat costly, same as an adult’s swimwear. She knew it was “expensive” so she was thrilled to have it and said she would take care of it.

Yui-ism #3:

Sometimes we would make homemade jelly made from gelatin mix we buy from the grocery. One night Yui was looking at the ice tray which we use to mold the gelatin and she said, “Mommy, when we have enough money can we buy gelatin so we can make jellies?” That’s really when I thought that this girl is now used to not having everything she wants.

I hope we’re on the right track… 🙂

Weekly Photo Challenge: Future Tense

This week’s photo challenge is all about showing a photo that says FUTURE TENSE to me.

Sunset

I took this photo of the sunset at Cordova, Cebu the last time I went to visit my team there. We had dinner at Lantaw Floating Restaurant and this breathtaking sunset was the highlight of our day. To others, a sunset might mean that another day is ending, but personally I feel that it can also be a beginning…

A beginning of the coming night.

A perfect time to spend quiet and special moments with our loved ones.

And a promise that a new day is coming. A promise that tomorrow will bring new opportunities, new chances and a fresh start.

 

MMDA Children’s Road Safety Park

Last weekend, the Home Room kids had an educational trip at the MMDA Children’s Road Safety Park in Quirino Ave., Manila in line with their “Things That Go” topic. It was aimed to teach the kids about the signs they see on the road and basic road safety. I tried to google about the park prior to the field trip but all I saw were news releases about the opening of this park. I also tried to find it in google maps but it didn’t register. All I got was that it is in front of Manila Zoo and the address is Quirino Ave. cor Adriatico Street in Manila.

We came from Roxas Blvd. since the kids went on a Manila Bay cruise first before the MMDA park. So armed with the address and the knowledge that it is in front of Manila Zoo, we drove on. When we crossed Quirino Ave. and Adriatico, we saw the park. Since there was no entrance for parking along Quirino Ave. we circled around once and then when we reached the front of the Manila Zoo entrance we realized that there really is no parking area for the MMDA Children’s Park. So we parked at the Manila Zoo parking area then crossed Adriatico Street to go in the MMDA Children’s Road Safety Park.

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Apple Squares and Cheesecake Brownies

One of my most used apps is the Allrecipes Dinner Spinner because of its nice interface and easy to follow recipes. Apart from my local recipe book, this app is next on my list of go-to kitchen best friend. With this app, I was able to discover two yummy recipes that received thumbs up from family and friends (of course, they don’t have a choice but to say it’s yummy, right? :))

I now have two dessert goodies that will be great for gifts, pasalubongs and  potluck mainstay. As they say, shared happiness is doubled happiness. So I’m sharing these recipes for double the fun and double the waistline 😛

Desserts Galore

Apple Squares

Ingredients:

2 cups sifted all-purpose flour

2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

1/2 cup butter or margarine, melted

3/4 cup packed brown sugar

3/4 cup white sugar

2 eggs

2 tsp vanilla extract

1 cup chopped Granny Smith apple

1 cup finely chopped cashew nuts

2 tbsp white sugar

2 tsp ground cinnamon

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350F (175C). Grease a 9×13 inch pan. Sift together flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon. Set aside.

2. In a large bowl, mix together melted butter, brown sugar, and white sugar with a wooden spoon until smooth. Stir in the egg and vanilla. Blend in the flour mixture until just combined, then stir in the apples and nuts. Spread the mixture evenly into the prepared pan. In a cup or small bowl, stir together the remaining cinnamon and sugar; sprinkle over the top of the bars.

3. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes in preheated oven; finished bars should spring back when lightly touched. Cool in the pan, and cut into squares.

 

Chunky Cheesecake Brownies

Ingredients

2 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened

1/2 cup white sugar

2 eggs

2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

1/2 cup butter

2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

1 cup white sugar

4 eggs

1 1/3 cup all purpose flour

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350F (175C). Grease a 9×13 inch pan.

2. Combine cream cheese with 1/2 cup sugar and 2 eggs in a mixing bowl; beat until smooth. Stir 2 cups chocolate chips into the cream cheese mixture. Set aside.

3. Microwave the remaining chocolate chips and the butter in high for 30 seconds. Mix together melted butter and chocolate chips. Microwave for another 10 seconds. Transfer to a mixing bowl. Stir in the remaining sugar and eggs, then sift together flour, baking powder, and salt; stir into chocolate until evenly blended.

4. Pour half of the batter into the prepared baking pan. Spread the cream cheese mixture over the chocolate layer. Top with remaining chocolate mixture (this doesn’t need to completely cover the cream cheese layer). Using a knife, swirl the top chocolate layer into the cream cheese to make a marble pattern.

5. Bake in preheated oven for 25 to 30 minutes, or until top is crinkled and edges pull away from sides of the pan. Cool thoroughly. Cut into squares.

Chunky Cheesecake Brownies
Chunky Cheesecake Brownies

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Phoneography Challenge: My Neighborhood

Wow, this is actually my first time to join the photo challenge posting through the mobile WordPress app. Amazing, right? 🙂

The Phoneography Challenge encourages bloggers to post photos captured using their phones. I’ve actually been posting lots of “phoneography” already but this is the first official challenge and I figured it would be fun to join.

I initially planned on getting out and take photos of our place but I still haven’t managed to do so (still planning…) Lately I’ve been spending a lot of time at work due to urgent tasks so last night I took photos of the area where I normally wait for Daddy Bunny to pick me up at night.

Trikes Abound
Not yet our ride: Trikes Abound

Aside from taxis and private vehicles that pass by this area, there are a lot of these tricycles that is common transportation to bring employees to the nearby MRT station and residential area.

Pan de Manila
Pan de Manila: Home of the freshly baked Pandesal

One of my favorite places in this office is the Pan de Manila bakery. It sells the local pandesal which keeps me nourished and brings back childhood memories as well.

Pan de Manila
Pan de Manila: Clearer sign

Photos taken using my Samsung Galaxy S II

Edit: I originally posted through the WordPress app but had to edit the post in my laptop because the captions didn’t work from the app 😦