June 15, 2014

My Carrot Cup Cakes

One weekend, I decided to bake some carrot cakes for hubby and kids.  It's one special day that we're complete at home, so I just thought that having some special snack served on the table is a must.  Besides, I'm in the mood to bake that day!

Well, it's been a while that we ceased to get cup cake orders from our customers.  Since hubby arrived home last April 23, we've been very busy with our home projects and we're practically going to our other house that's under repair and improvement for almost a month so attending to our cup cake business would be tough under this situation.

However, for the love of my family, I took a day off from my busy schedule to bake some carrot cup cakes.  hubby has been complaining that he didn't had that chance to taste yet our home made cup cakes but instead of baking our signature chocolate moist cup cakes, I've chosen to bake carrot cup cakes para healthy!   

My son Edmar, who was also in the mood that day volunteered to make some sugar icing which he used to decorate the cup cakes.  I wanted to put some cheese cream for toppings but I wasn't able to get it from the super market so I just made use of what we have at home.

I baked 24 pcs of carrot cup cakes and it lasted until the following day.  The presence of a house help who did the laundry and ironing also contribute to the fast consumption of my baked goodies. lol

It was one of those sweet moments that I get to do what inspire me most....baking!!  

June 10, 2014

Condo Unit or House and Lot?

During our recent visit to Baguio, we were billeted in a hotel which is actually situated inside a commercial building.  Aside from the hotel, you can also find some condo units.  I think the owner of the hotel and condos is only one. There is an office beside the hotel lobby where you could inquire about owning condo units.

I wish we have one condo unit in Baguio where we could stay for vacations.  Oh well, that's a big dream! Kidding aside, I was actually thinking if it's better to own a condo unit than a single detached residential house.  We've actually invested on 3 properties but owning a condo never crossed my mind.  I am actually curious if owning condo unit would be far better than a residential house and lot.  Some friends said it's more practical as condominium is more secured and comes with a complete package.  Most have swimming pools, park, club houses, etc but the only downside is that you have to pay monthly dues.  Aside from that, there is no opportunity for expansion as you just practically own one fixed space   Also, if you want to have your own garden, it's not quite possible as you don't actually own a yard.

However, living in a condo also have it's own advantages.  I guess a condominium unit is easier to manage and maintain and you can easily go on an out of town or out of the country vacation without worrying much on who would look after your home as the entire building is secured and well guarded.  Because of these points, I am also tempted to own a condo, if given the opportunity and resources, of course.

For most company workers, owning a condo is much easier than building their own homes as there are so many real estate developers who are selling out condo units at a much affordable price with greater options and easy payment schemes.  I am not sure though for miami condos for sale.   

As a property owner myself, I also see the advantages of having single detached houses as we could do what we want with the property.  Having projects for improvements each year also make us inspired and fulfilled.  Anyway, whether you want to own a house or a condo, what is important is we know our goals and we know exactly what we want so there will be no regrets in the end.  After all, owning our own home sweet home is always everyone's dream.

June 3, 2014

OMF Lit's Incredibulk Sale

Oh yes, it's back to school once again and for book lovers out there, this is indeed a great news...

Here’s the solution for those who want to buy a lot of books on a tight budget. OMF Lit Bookshop brings back THE INCREDI-BULK SALE! For as low as P500, customers can already take home 5 books! Other bulk deals include 10 books for Php 800, 20 books for Php 1500 and 50 books for Php 3000.

Gladys Doronila, product manager of OMF Literature, explains, “It’s not a fixed bundle so customers are free to choose what to include in their set of books. It will surely be fun as they build a stack of books with new finds as well as titles which they’ve been wanting to have.” Customers will find international best-selling books written by Max Lucado, Gary Chapman, John Eldredge and best-selling local works by Grace Chong and Harold Sala.

Kids can also make a bulk-bundle of their own with the Hiyas Kiddie Mix, where they can select any 10 titles from Hiyas for only Php 400. The kid’s pile includes books by Palanca winners Grace Chong and Dr. Luis “Tito Dok” Gatmaitan and National Children’s Book Awardee Robert Magnuson.

Book shoppers will enjoy 20% off on regular-priced imported titles, including Bibles and multi-media materials. Gladys Doronila shares, “It’s a great way to invest in books that will help them grow spiritually. It’s a terrific opportunity to pick up that inspirational gift for a friend or loved one. It’s a can’t-miss deal.”

May 22, 2014

Our Little Marcus is Sick!

Our little Marcus is now currently sick! He's having this skin rashes and infection all over his face.  I think it's quite itchy as we would sometime wake up in the morning seeing him with blood all over his face.  We already brought him to his Vet for consultation and was prescribed with the proper antibiotics , however, he already had consumed few bottles and the infection seems to be recurring from time to time.   Poor Marcus! We cannot bring him out of the house for a walk as we do not want his face to be exposed to dust and bacteria as it may just aggravate his worsening condition.  Aside from the regular dose of medicine, his wounds are being cleaned and sanitized and sometimes covered with gauze pad to prevent him from scratching his wound.    

I'm wondering what may have triggered his skin infection.  Is it the shampoo that he's using?  I would admit, we sometimes use Sunsilk, Palmolive or Cream Silk whenever we bathe him especially when he ran out of his dog shampoo and come to think of it, man's shampoo smells better and we love him smelling fresh and clean all day.  We cuddle him and hug him sometimes, so it is essential for him to be totally clean and smelling good.  As I browse online, I came across this site, http://www.entirelypets.com/duoxomain.html  and they have this special line of shampoo and hair care products for our beloved pets.  Not only that, they also have these amazing pet home essentials, toys and pet food and treats.  Our dog's Vet advised us to be very particular about the product we use in bathing our Marcus as this can also cause his infection.

Right now, he's still recuperating from his illness and hopefully, he'll get better soon.  We can't wait to bring him to our next weekend swimming get away.

May 5, 2014

Strawberry Milk Shake

One of the best things that we got from going to Baguio is feasting with fresh strawberries.  We all know that strawberry is one of many products that Baguio is mighty proud of.  Strawberries are abundant in Baguio and you could find it everywhere in Baguio from the souvenir and "pasalubong" stores down to the tourist spots, to the public market and even on the side walks. I love strawberry best when it's fresh.  I would normally dip it into salt and I swear it really tastes heavenly!

I bought few kilos from Baguio during our recent trip.  As much as I wanted to buy more, it can't be done as we are already carrying a lot of stuff.  Besides, strawberries won't really last long.  This is exactly what happened as I still have a pack of strawberries left unconsumed and these are already getting over ripe.  So, I've decided to prepare strawberry milk shake out of the remaining strawberries and we really had a great time enjoying our fresh strawberries in it's new form... milk shake!

The whole family enjoyed their share of the fresh strawberry milk shake and we were able to have another bonding time together. Ahh...one of the best summers that we had!

April 30, 2014

Preparing for our Trip

Our trip to Baguio did not come as a surprise as we have long planned for it even before hubby arrives.  We have made a pledge to each other that we would take time out to go for an out of the country or an out of town vacation once in a while.  He only stays with us 2 months in a year so we have to make the most of his time with us.

I have prepared our trip itinerary about two weeks before he arrives home.  I wasn't able to make a hotel booking though that early as I am not yet certain about the exact date that we have to go.  Packing our clothes and leaving the house in an instant is not possible as we have so many things to consider like who's going to look after the house and my old aged Mom, who's going to feed our three dogs and who's going to look after my garden.  I don't want to see our pets and my plants already died of dehydration when we arrives home.  That would not certainly be a good thing to welcome us back.  

After fixing everything and having hired a reliable "helper" to look after my Mom, our house and pets, we already set the date.  Everything comes so easily though as we have managed to get everything in place before the big date.

Getting a hotel accommodation for us is not so easy though as it's peak season but I was able to do it on the last minute. Thanks God, I was able to choose a good hotel despite the rush.

On the night before we leave, our pet shih-tzu seemed to be troubled as if he could feel that we're leaving him behind.  He managed to squeeze himself inside the luggage and we all had a good laugh seeing him that way.

With all the preparations we've made, we were that hopeful that our Baguio trip will turn out to be a great one!

April 9, 2014

How Can I Get the Most Money When I Sell My Car?

People often ask, “I want to sell my car in Florida, but how can I make sure I get the most money possible?” In this article, we’ll cover some of the ways you can increase the asking price for your car so that people will be happy to pay for it.

Finding the Right Price

The first thing you need to do is find out what your car is reasonably worth. Consider its condition, including how many miles are on the odometer, how recently you’ve had any work done on it, and if there is rust or denting on the body. One way to put a number to it is to look online at the Kelly Blue Book site, which is one of the most credible and popular methods of valuating your vehicle. You might be tempted to upgrade the condition of your car once you see how much more you could ask for a vehicle in excellent condition rather than something in fair or poor condition, but resist the temptation. Be honest with yourself or get an objective third party to rate what condition they consider your car to be in. If you try to ask too much, you’ll have a difficult time selling; you could also end up getting someone angry enough with you for the deception to come after you legally.

It’s All in the Presentation

You wouldn’t pay top dollar for a house that looked messy and trashed, so spend some time thoroughly cleaning the car. Even if it’s only in fair condition, a clean car will sell faster – and more likely it will sell at the top end of your blue book value. Remove trash, vacuum everywhere, and clean and polish the interior so it shines. Do the same for the outside, sanding away rust spots and retouching the paint as necessary. You can also hose down the engine and use a scrub brush to rub away dirt and grime.

Advertise in the Right Places

Now it’s time to get the word out. Word of mouth is still one of the best ways to sell a car; it seems someone’s nephew or cousin or brother is always on the lookout for a vehicle they can afford. You can also place a sale sign in the window, making sure that the lettering is clear and legible (be sure to include an asking price. Most people won’t take the time to call you if they think you expect them to make the first offer). You also have the option of advertising in free online classifieds, both locally and nationally. If you have a great car to sell that is a classic or has very desirable features, you can find niche sites that will be thrilled to list your car for their customers, either for free or at a nominal price. And finally, if you have a junker that doesn’t run and that no one wants, there are always the used part lots that will buy it from you. There’s no excuse for you now when you wonder, “How can I sell my car in Florida?” You’ve got the information you need and you can start working on getting the best payout possible.

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