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Foodie Goodie | Chocolate Chip Muffins.

I live next door to my brother, and there's a wonderful smell wafting from their kitchen. Apparently, he's making Chocolate Chip Muffins, and yes, my brother knows how to bake!

And because I can't concentrate on anything else but those yummy muffins (and sinking my teeth into them), I'll skip on writing a product review for now and just share the muffin recipe instead. :)

Chocolate Chip Muffins

2 cups all-purpose flour
1⁄3 cup light-brown sugar, packed
1⁄3 cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1⁄2 teaspoon salt
2⁄3 cup milk
1⁄2 cup butter, melted and cooled
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 package (11 1/2 ounce) milk chocolate chips

1. Grease twelve muffin cups.
2. In a large bowl, stir together flour, sugars, baking powder, and salt.
3. In another bowl, stir together milk, eggs, butter, and vanilla until blended.
4. Make a well in center of dry ingredients.
5. Add milk mixture and stir just to combine.
6. Stir in chocolate chips.
7.Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until a cake tester inserted in center of one muffin comes out clean.
8. Remove muffin tin to wire rack. Cool for 5 minutes, then remove from tins to finish cooling. Serve warm or completely cool.


Sponsored Video | Knorr's Flavour of Home.

Ever since we were kids, my siblings and I would always look forward to the summer season with eager anticipation. Aside from the fact that we're on a school break during the months of April and May, it's also that time of the year when Mum usually comes home for her annual vacay. (She's a cardiology nurse in London who officially became a British citizen three years ago.)
London calling. :)
And for us, Mum's vacation would mean lots of pasalubong, shopping trips, videoke nights, weekends at the beach, and home-cooked meals everyday! My Mum makes the most awesome kare-kare (a traditional Filipino ox tail stew in a thick peanut-based sauce) in the world, and I'm pretty sure my brother and sister would agree with me on this one. Sure, my Mum taught me how to cook this dish, but I can never ever replicate the taste of her kare-kare. It's true what they say - nothing beats your mum's cooking!
Just another weekend at the beach.
In a research conducted by Knorr, results show that regardless of how much time passed, many of us still find our mother's cooking to be the greatest flavor on earth, and how these flavors can make people happy, feel comforted, and be reminded of loving childhood memories.

These sentiments are echoed in this short film, which celebrates a mother's love, the taste of home, and the power of flavor. Dubbed as 'Flavour of Home', this heart-warming film by Knorr tells the story of Carmen - a husky safari guide who works in the Arctic - and her mom, who traveled more than a thousand miles just to surprise her with a wonderful, home-cooked meal.

This video tugged at my heart and made me miss my Mum - and her cooking - all the more! We all can't wait for her to come home this May!

How about you, which of your mom's dishes do you love or miss the most? :)

About Knorr
One of the world's largest food brands, Knorr defines itself by a high standard of quality, flavour, and freshness. Sold in more than 87 countries around the world, Knorr has a variety of products including the iconic bouillon cube and soup mixes. For more information on Knorr, their products, and recipes, visit the Knorr website.

*This is a sponsored post. Thoughts and opinions expressed are entirely my own.

Wordless Wednesday #127 | PLDT Problems.

Oh PLDT, when will my misery end?!


Success Secrets for Makeup Artists.

In case you’ve missed it, makeup artists work in competitive fields - film, TV, beauty, and fashion, to name a few. But, a handful of professionals know how to stand out from the competition regardless of where they work. Here, we share three ways you can set yourself apart from the crowd and succeed in the rough world of makeup artistry.
Photo credit: Efamous.
Know your employers.
This advice might be targeted towards recent graduates of makeup school, but it’s still important knowledge for all makeup artists. Before you can shine in any field learn all you can about who you will be working for. Makeup artists might work for ad agencies, art directors, or photographers. Discover what each type of employer is looking for and why. The more you know about your boss and how they hire makeup artists the better your chances of landing the job you want.

Master your craft.
It’s not enough to graduate from makeup academy. To truly excel in your field, it’s important to become highly skilled in your trade. This means hours and hours of practice. Whether you work at a department store or as an independent makeup artist, it’s important to practice the basics as well as the latest techniques as often as possible. Then, don’t stop practicing.

Know more than makeup.
The most successful makeup artists can do more than makeup. They also know how to style hair and wardrobe. While pursuing your education in makeup or after you’ve graduated, consider taking basic courses in hair and wardrobe styling to boost your skill set and make you more valuable to employers. Cosmix School of Makeup Artistry is one of the top schools for makeup artists in the nation. The school provides comprehensive programs in fashion, beauty, and special effects makeup.

Written by Cosmix School of Makeup Artistry.


Free Seminar | Juicing for Health, Beauty and Wellness.

SpeedyCourse Philippines has teamed up with Hurom Slow Juicer to kick off the summer season with a FREE health and wellness seminar - Juicing for Health, Beauty and Wellness.

Free Seminar!
As the juicing trend continues to make waves, the increasing number of recipes, ingredients, “diet” menus and contrasting opinions on juicing leave many people with the question: "How is juicing really beneficial to our health?"

In this seminar, Maria Socorro 'Cocoi' M. Andal, Naturopathy Practitioner and Health & Wellness Advocate, will talk about what our bodies need as true nutrition, its sources and how fresh fruit and vegetable juicing can help meet these nutritional demands. She will also touch on detoxification, an essential process to losing weight the natural and healthy way, helping to recover from ailments, as well as keeping the immune system strong and fit to prevent diseases.

Using Hurom Slow Juicer, Ms. Cocoi will also discuss and demo various juicing recipes for multi-dimensional needs. Attendees will get a chance to ask questions during the seminar.

The free juicing seminar will be held on March 28, 2015 from 9:00am to 12:00nn at Roofdeck, Prestige Tower, F. Ortigas Jr. Road, Ortigas Center, Pasig City.

Online registration starts on March 20, 2015! To register, visit

About Hurom Slow Juicer
The Hurom Slow Juicer is a juice extractor that uses the world’s first patented technology LSTS, which allows juice to maintain its natural flavor, original color, vitamins, enzymes, and nutrients. For more information about the product, you may call Zinven International Corp. through 926-7782 or 926-7786, the exclusive distributor of Hurom Slow Juicer.

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