Thursday, December 22, 2011

Cupcakes take the cake

For several years now, people have been obsessing about cupcakes, making them the highlight of important events instead of the convential cakes.  A lot of creative flavors have been born apart from the usual chocolate and vanilla flavored cupcakes.  Gazillion flavors and uber cute decors adorn this little dessert that everyone's going gaga over.  For the longest time I have been wanting to go back to what I've always loved doing as a kid - baking.  I used to bake cookies and cakes and sold them during Christmas, but that stopped when I became too busy with work.  I'd rather sleep than bake, that was how tired I was.  I regret the fact that I stopped.  But now, I'm trying to go back to my first love, especially now that I have Rocco.  I want to be the one to make all his birthday/ celebration treats.

Celebrations are more special if you make it personal. Hell yes, there are a lot of dessert gurus out there that I can order from, but nothing beats homemade goodies.  One day, I'd love to be able to say, "I made my son's birthday cake," or my son say," My mom made my birthday cake and it's so cool!" Hence, this is the reason why I enrolled at Heny Sison's Theme Cupcakes in preparation for Rocco's baptism.

The Theme Cupcakes (by Chef Aggy) workshop teaches you how to make 3D cupcake toppers (so don't expect that you'll have hands on training on how to make different cupcakes since that's another class). When you come to class, the cupcakes are already prepared, topped with fondant that acts as your topper's base.   Chef Aggy will  quickly show you how to make the banana choco chip cupcakes, fondant and gum paste and the rest of the time, she will teach you how to make the toppers.

Initially I was wondering why the class would run from 10am to 6pm.  That long to 'just' make 3D toppers? I never thought that making these little toppers would be so tiring because you'd be using your hands all day molding (gum paste) them into works of art.  You will need A LOT of patience especially if  it's your first!  I'd say it's also not for everyone because you will need to be creative.  Time flew so fast  and before I knew it, the day was over.  I took home all 10 cupcakes that I made by myself and was itching to start on my 1st project, my son's baptism!

Under the sea : our first cupcake, I had a hard time doing the starfish because I forgot to cut my nails!  Lesson learned: always have short fingernails!

Baby shower/ Baptism
For the Bagaholics

Safari/Jungle theme

 My first project: give aways for my son's christening

Bottles (yes, those are bottles ;) ) and booties

For Heny Sison's schedule of classes, check her website: .  The Theme cupcake workshop costs P2800, a whole day hands on class where you get to take home your works of art.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Mommy Finds: I'm masaya over my SAYA!

Ever since I gave birth to Rocco, I have been in search for the perfect carrier.  Not that I'm too lazy to carry him --- he's just way too heavy to carry especially when we go out.  I've gone through three carriers/ slings and I am so happy that on my 3rd attempt, i finally found my match, the SAYA sling!

The very first carrier/ sling that I bought was the Ring Sling (P995).  The video tutorial looked very easy to follow, thus I quickly went to Shangri-la mall to purchase one.  Alas, I found out that it wasn't easy to use after all. It was a  good thing that the store allowed me to return the item, and I just exchanged it for another set of cloth diapers.

My second affair with a carrier/ sling was with the Chicco carrier (P1700) which I bought after returning the ring sling.  I felt that this would be the way to go since it's as if I'm just carrying a backpack.  It was ok after awhile.  However, Rocco also got heavier and carrying him using the carrier caused my back and shoulders to ache big time! I couldn't stand carrying him for 10 mins while walking around the mall.   Right now, the Chicco carrier is back in the box.

So, I honestly gave up on ever putting my little Shaolin in any carrier until I saw one of my high school batchmates in Shangri-la with her daughter in this sling that looked so comfy!  She told me that one of the kiosks in the children's floor is selling it.  That day, I also saw another mom in the mall happily carrying her little girl in this sling and they both seemed  happy and comfortable with it.    I didn't waste any time and rushed to the 4th floor of the mall in search of what would be one of my good finds.  I found out that this sling is called the SAYA.

The SAYA comes in two kinds, the semi-stretch knit (P950) and the Versatekk (P1400).   I loved the feeling of the fabric, which is the same fabric used in work out/yoga clothes. Since Rocco was with me in the mall that day, I was able to practice putting on the SAYA and Rocco before I made the purchase.  To my excitement, I used it at once while my mom and I went to the grocery.  My dad was also happy with it and even uses the SAYA when he carries his grandson around the house.  As for the hubby, his first reaction was furious at first, commenting " Not another carrier! That's your third and am sure you'll not use it!"  I had to make him feel the difference and he had to agree that wearing Rocco using this new carrier was more forgiving to the back and shoulders and our son seem to be enjoying it.  The true test was when we went to the mall and didn't bring the stroller with us, just the SAYA.  For 1 1/2 hrs, I wore my son comfortably. The verdict: We are truly maSAYA with the SAYA!

 Photo borrowed from Indigo Baby

Hubby trying on the Saya with Rocco

Thank God I found you!

Friday, November 25, 2011

Mommy eats: Yabu, House of Katsu

My husband and I are suckers for Katsudon and Pork Tonkatsu;  Hence, when I read in several blogs about this newly opened katsu restaurant, I was itching to try is out ASAP!  So, off I went to Megamall (2F Atrium) last Tuesday (during my 'me' time) to see what they've got to offer.

Once I was given the menu, I instantly knew what I must try first, the Rosu Katsu , which is served with Miso soup, cabbage salad and slices of fruits as side dishes.  I also ordered the appetizer set, wherein you get to choose two. I ended up with the Wakame, which is seaweed salad with ebiko and Potato Salad.  

Once my food arrived, I didn't expect that it would be too much for me (knowing the portion size of food here in our country). I ended up eating only half of what I ordered because I was so stuffed!   I loved the creamy potato salad and the Rosu Katsu was heaven!  It was cooked to perfection!
Thursday came and I was in Megamall once more for the Thanksgiving sale ( first time I went home not buying anything for myself, but that's another story) with my mom and son in tow.  I had to eat at Yabu again and let my mom taste it!  This time the place was jam-packed, a different scenario two days ago.  It's probably due to a lot of publicity and the owners were also there.  This time, I tried the 180g Pork Tonkatsu. Again, I wasn't disappointed!  I was wiser and just settled for the main course, no more appetizer.  Just the same as the other dishes, it comes with soup, salad and slices of fruits. They will also give you a mortar and pestle to crush the sesame seeds for the tonkatsu sauce.

Yabu interiors

Yabu interiors

Appetizer: Potato Salad and Wakame

 Rosu Katsu

 180g Pork tonkatsu

Yabu is still on its soft opening phase, so the service isn't that polished yet. But I can say that this is my new favorite restaurant in Megamall and I will definitely be back soon wtih my hubby!

Friday, November 4, 2011

My 5th month journey

It's my son's 5th month birthday today.  He is fast asleep, enjoying the cool weather that we have today.  Looking back I did not imagine that things will get better, sleep wise.  Now, he is able to take naps lasting 1-2 hrs, and is able to sleep through the night (by that I mean, he still wakes up every 3-4 hrs to feed, but would sleep immediately after burping), a far cry from how he was 3 months ago.   It is true that things get better by the day.

As a first time mom, I was totally clueless of what's in store for me.  But thank God for my Mom, my 'mommy friends,' the Internet and Parenting books, for the tips and pointers.  It is truly important that you create your support system and do your own research as well.   One of the books that I bought is the American Academy of Pediatrics Caring for your Baby and young Child (birth to age 5). What I like about the book is that it does not only provide you with milestones that you can expect at a certain stage, but it also gives you developmental health watch, basic care, safety checks, and so on. It's a nice book to have on hand.

Five months having my little big boy is such a joy, especially since each day brings about new surprises, discoveries and accomplishments.  I am truly lucky to have the chance to experience and witness all of my son's milestones.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

I'm all set!

I have been meaning to create a blog a few years back, but never got a chance to do so.  I was caught up with work, my wedding, my pregnancy and my baby.  Finally, I'm here and I'm all set to make a commitment (fingers crossed).


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