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5.22.2015

Foodie Goodie | Nacho Salad.

It's almost the weekend! And you know what I'm most excited about?
UFC 187!
The card is stacked with awesome fights - from the prelims all the way to the main card, and two - yes, not one, but two - titles are on the line!

Chris Weidman will defend his Middleweight title against top contender Vitor Belfort, while Anthony 'Rumble' Johnson and Daniel Cormier will square off for the Light Heavyweight title, vacated by the former champion Jon Jones. It's gonna be one epic night, I tell you!

Well in my case, it's gonna be morning. Sunday morning to be exact. I'm pretty sure I won't be able to cook a proper meal in the kitchen because I'll be glued to the telly, so I'm thinking of making a huge platter of Nacho Salad for us to munch on while watching the fights. Best paired with an ice-cold beer! :)
Nacho Salad

Ingredients:
1 pack baked tortilla chips
12 ounces ground beef
3 tablespoons lettuce, shredded
2 tablespoons tomato, chopped
1 tablespoon cucumber, chopped
1 tablespoon green onion, sliced
1 teaspoon fresh cilantro, chopped
2 cups salsa
1 cup reduced fat cheddar cheese, shredded

Procedure:
1. Cook beef and bell pepper in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until beef is browned; stir to crumble.
2. Add salsa; bring to a boil.
3. Stir in cilantro; keep warm.
4. In a large platter, layer the chips, lettuce, tomato, cucumber, and onion on serving plate.
5. Add the meat, then sprinkle with cheddar cheese.
6. Serve with sour cream or guacamole on the side.

5.21.2015

Keeping Time.

A watch is an ideal gift for any time of the year. You can give it for a holiday, birthday, retirement, graduation or anniversary. There are several kinds of watches that you can purchase, but there are some tips to keep in mind so that you get the best deal possible when you shop today.
Photo credit: Discover Hongkong.
Think about the person who is receiving the watch. It could be someone who likes items that are fun and whimsical or someone who likes more of the elegant look when it comes to accessories.

This can also help in determining the price you spend on the watch. When you purchase the watch, think about the message that you want to get across. Is it something to say you love the person or a simple gift because you don't know what else to get?

Make sure you get the appropriate size of watch when it comes to the wristband and the face of the watch. Some aren't able to see smaller faces on watches, and there are some who like a digital watch best.

You can get the watch engraved with the initials of the recipient or a short message. There are numerous kinds of bands to get, making the selection of watches somewhat hard, but there are options for the special gift that you need.

5.18.2015

Win a Skincare Getaway with the Cetaphil Experience!

Not too long ago, I shared with you my experience with the Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser. Now here's your chance to share your own experience with Cetaphil products - and win a prize while you're at it. And it's just not any prize - it's a once-in-a-lifetime skin pampering experience that most women would lust for!

Just recently, Cetaphil - the world’s #1 dermatologist-recommended skin care brand - has announced the launch of its latest campaign, which focuses on giving women the opportunity to improve their skin confidence.

Dubbed as 'Cetaphil Experience' the campaign is run on social media and is designed for women to express what skin confidence means to them. The campaign aims to give women a chance to celebrate and see how they can enjoy themselves and learn from the experts on how to balance the day-to-day demands on their skin.
The Cetaphil Experience.
The new campaign includes a contest that will see a lucky Filipina win an award-winning retreat at the luxurious The Farm at San Benito. In addition to this relaxing wellness retreat, the winner will likewise get an empowering educational experience with skincare experts leading group workshops and one to one sessions.

Contestants can join the competition by registering through the Cetaphil Experience app in Cetaphil Philippines Facebook page. Every contestant that takes a stab at the grand prize also has the chance of winning a Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser!

For more information, visit Cetaphil Philippines on Facebook http://bit.ly/1IBUGuT

About Cetaphil
Cetaphil range of cleansers, moisturizers and sun protection products belong to the Cetaphil family of skincare solutions developed for use by dermatologists worldwide for over 40 years. During this period, Cetaphil has received numerous awards and seals of approval from beauty insiders and the healthcare community.

Cetaphil shares a well-established medical heritage. The iconic Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser was originally founded by a pharmacist in 1947 as a compounding vehicle for dermatological remedies. It was the first skincare product formulated by dermatologists as a stand-alone skin care product gentle enough for all skin types.

Today, about one bottle is sold every minute across the globe and its formula developed in 1947 still holds true to tradition, without change – even to this day.

About Galderma
Galderma is a global company founded in 1981, committed to delivering innovative medical solutions to meet the dermatological needs of people throughout their lifetime while serving healthcare professionals around the world. The company has 34 wholly-owned affiliates with a worldwide network of distributors and more than 5,000 employees.

Galderma’s extensive product portfolio is available in 80 countries and treats a range of dermatological conditions including: acne, rosacea, onychomycosis, psoriasis and steroid-responsive dermatoses, pigmentary disorders, skin cancer, and medical solutions for skin senescence.

5.15.2015

Foodie Goodie | Good Shepherd Ube Jam.

As you might recall, my son and I spent Labor Day weekend in Baguio City together with my in-laws. And if you're following me on Instagram, then you might remember seeing photos of how my son enjoyed every minute of our vacation.

Of course, no trip to Baguio would be complete without shopping for pasalubong. And by that I mean strawberries, strawberry jam, and my all-time favorite - ube jam.
Ube Jam! :)
My ube jam of choice are the ones from the Good Shepherd Convent. Made from fresh ube harvested from the nearby provinces of Benguet and Ilocos, the Ube Jam is Good Shepherd's most popular and best-selling product.
The Good Shepherd Sisters' mission.
No artificial flavoring or coloring are added to this ube jam - just Anchor butter and Alaska condensed milk, and that's it!
Nutrition facts.
I love the melt-in-your-mouth goodness of this ube jam. The texture is smooth and creamy, with just the right sweetness. 
Ube yum!
My son isn't very fond of the ube that we have here in Laguna (think the ones served during fiestas and parties) so I'm surprised that he actually enjoyed this ube jam. He would usually ask for a spoonful or two after meals as his dessert.
Dessert, anyone?
Had I known, I would have bought the bigger 24 oz bottle. This one's the 12 oz bottle, which sells for Php 180. Yeah, they're a bit pricey compared to the 'unbranded' ones sold at the stalls around Mines View Park, but the taste and quality is worth every cent. Also, you help send a Cordilleran youth to school with every jar you buy. 
Food for a cause.
The Good Shepherd Convent is located along Gibraltar Road, a walking distance from Mines View Park. Aside from this ube jam, the nuns from the convent also make and sell other food items (e.g. peanut brittle, lengua, alfajor, crinkles) which are also very popular among tourists.This popularity is evidenced by the long queues of shoppers day in and day out at the Good Shepherd compound. 

If you're in Baguio, or have plans of visiting soon, make sure to bring home a jar or two of this Ube Jam. :)

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