Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to do it. – Proverbs 3:27
I am blessed to be a part of one blogging organization who does not only aim to uphold our city in the world wide web but also gives emphasis on social responsibilities. Last December (yes! this is a long overdue post), CDOBloggers, Inc. ones again went to the City’s farthest baranggay (Besigan) to hold a Christmas Outreach to the pupils of Cadayonan Elementary School. This is the organization’s second time to visit the place and we are glad to see that the school has improved a lot since our last visit. From 2 almost make-shift classrooms, now to 2 buildings of 2 classrooms each plus comfort rooms at the back. I am personally so happy to see the newly constructed classrooms as it means the children will remain dry and can continue with their classes even when it’s pouring outside (which normally happens almost everyday in Cadayonan-Besigan).
I would like to share some of the photos taken during our visit.
This outreach is also extra special to me because my eldest son decided to go with the group to help us with the outreach program. This trip made him appreciate more the things that he have.
Mike, Irene, Ruby, Jenjacqs, Germz, Edu, Me, Micah and NJ braved the stiff and super rough road going to Cadayonan Elementary School in the spirit of giving. Made ourselves comfortable at the back of this truck (not really the cleanest so we had to settle sitting on a used tarpaulin and empty boxes of cartoons and braced ourselves for the 2 and a half hour rough ride to make it in one piece) Thank you to the CDO City Engineers office for the ride.
The kids – the same kids two years ago when we first visited. So happy to see most of them didn’t stop going to school. They weren’t unruly and they didn’t mind the rain as they were so excited to receive their gifts. Cadayonan now caters Grade 1-Grade 4. Next school year will be until Grade 5. Thank you Teacher Ramon, Joeph and the school’s head for accommodating us and for helping us put things in order.
Even with the slippers, the kids were so excited! Thank you to Cepalco and Bang & Ding Aban for all these. You have made many kids happy!
We also brought a little something for the parents and seeing the smile on their faces is purely priceless!
This boy with us (Ruby, Jenjacqs and Me) we remembered him from two years back. He gamely sang the ABC during our first visit and look how grown up he is now! Mind you, we asked him to sing the ABC ones again and he surely did!
Thank you so much to all who shared their blessings to make this outreach possible. To Redlemon Digital Media, Jia Cha, Poprock, Ms. Ma Cheryl Tano and her generous friends, Ding and Bang Aban, CEPALCO, Liempo King, Online blogger friends and to the CDOBloggers members who also shared their blessings. God will bless you/your business for your generosity. You truly made these kids happy.
My youngest loves leche flan but I personally got bored having it plain. I was also craving for Puto, a steamed rice cake in Philippine cuisine so I decided to play a little with both recipes and try this Puto Flan (rice cake with leche flan at the bottom) I saw featured on TV a while back.
Here’s the finished product and I must say, not bad for first timer! My boys loved it :). Check out the recipe below.
5 egg yolks
1 cup condensed milk
1 tbsp. Lemon juice or kalamansi juice
5 egg whites
1/4 cup evaporated milk
2 cups All Purpose flour or Cake Flour
1 cup white sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp. Salt
1 1/2 cup water
How To Prepare:
- In a bowl, mix eggyolks, condensed milk and lemon juice extract.
- Stir in a circular motion until blended.
- Grease moulds with a melted butter then pour the mixture.
- Steam on low heat for about 10 minutes
- Remove from the steamer and let cool
Steamed Rice Cake/Puto
- In a bowl, combine egg white, evaporated milk and sugar.
- Blend until mixture is smooth.
- In a separate bowl combine cake flour, baking powder and salt.
- Keep stirring until completely combined.
- Pour the egg mixture
- Mix all the ingredients until smooth, add water and continue to mix and ensure no lumps on the batter
- Scoop mixture, and pour over flan filling nearly to the top.
- Steam on low heat for another 10 minutes.
- Remove from steamer, let cool and serve.
Using my moulder, I was able to make 18 pieces of puto flan.
I was reminded last night while I was reading my bible. Jesus Christ came to the world to save all the wretched and sinners. So if you have done something terribly bad and shameful..don’t think for a second that God hates you because He does not and never will. Turn to God instead because He forgives and Jesus heals. #GodIsGood
There are times where working out is compromised just because my laziness kicks in. I would use my busy schedule as a #WAHM (Work at Home Mom) as an excuse not to exercise. Lately I found a way to combat that — work on my workout clothes! It helps me to remember to take a break and sweat and of course not to put the outfit to waste!
Losing weight is a struggle, like SERIOUSLY! For a woman like me who have bore 2 kids and who’ve aged (a bit), my metabolism is no longer as fast. You can jut imagine all the frustration and disappointment everytime I step onto that weighing scale and see no progress – it’s either my weighing scale is broken (yeah right!) or I am gaining more muscles because I am mostly doing HIIT and strength routines (this I’d like to believe and comfort myself with! LOL!). Either way, I know I am doing my body a favor by pressing on. So, since “losing weight” is a huge challenge, I look at my working out not mainly as to lose weight but to ensure that I release toxins everyday through sweating. That way, there’s not much room for frustrations when the weighing scale decides to be rude to me. So to all moms out there, no matter how busy you are, find time for yourself – at least 30 minutes, you can do it!
It’s Wednesday and the family is trying our best effort to eat healthier. I prepared this dish called “pinakbet” in our local dialect. It is a mixture of various vegetables normally squash, eggplant, okra, string beans and bitter gourd (ampalaya) and a little meat and some shrimp paste. Well the preparation varies from where you come from. I like mine simple and made use of whatever is available in our fridge. Since we want it healthier, I mixed in diced fish instead of pork meat. I don’t have shrimp paste either but I do have “hebe” (tiny dried shrimp – not sure if that’s how it’s called in english though). Seasoned with a little brown sugar, soy sauce and oyster sauce.
Below is another version I did last week. Everything is almost the same except that I didn’t have bitter gourd and fish in it. Instead, I separately deep fried small pork belly cubes that’s seasoned with oyster sauce and then coated pork breading mix. Deep fried it until it’s golden brown and crispy and then put them on top of the cooked pinakbet. The boys did love it! It was like eating lechon kawali with pinakbet