June 3, 2020

The Rhinestone Art

We all knew that kids cannot go to school yet and most of them are already bored in our homes. 

Here is a suggestion that your kids, and parents as well, will enjoy doing. Rhinestone Art.
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We got this from one of our blogger friends, Marie of Mommy Unwired. She sends this few years ago and ngayon lang naasikaso.

If you are a cross-stitch enthusiast, this may look familiar with you because Rhinestone art has the same concept with cross-stitch but easier and faster to have the finished product.
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Instead of threads, multi-colored rhinestones are used. Every hue of rhinestone has a corresponding code.
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A glued drill pen that is used to pick the rhinestone and placed it on the corresponding square in the canvass.
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The pattern is already printed in the canvass called the rhinestone glue area. Each square has a legend where the corresponding rhinestone color is placed. 
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The finished product gives a 3D effect.

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May 31, 2020

When LG Fully Automatic Washing Machine Shuts Down

This is another overdue post. I just want to share our experience when the LG Smart Inverter Washing Machine suddenly shuts off.
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LG Smart Inverter Washing Machine (LG T2107VSPW)
The unit gives many convenience to us since we don't have a househelp. However, after 4 months of using the unit, it stopped in the middle of washing. I tried the basic troubleshooting but it was unsuccessful.

I called the customer service and they immediately set a schedule for diagnosis. The following day, the technician arrived and found that the motherboard was burnt.

I asked what are the possible reason. The technician told me that closing the lid immediately after washing can be the cause of damage. Since the motor heats up, closing the lid will cause condensation of the air inside the unit and may go into the motherboard causing the short circuit. According to the technician, this is a common problem of most fully auto washing machines not only LG but other brands too.

I was advised that they are going to order the said part and replace it after 3-4 days. They arrived on the promised day with the motherboard.

After the replacement of the motherboard, the unit, still doesn’t work. No electricity is flowing inside the unit. They checked the fuse and it was busted. Again, they are going to order the said part and go back after 3-4 days.

They returned and replaced the fuse box. A red light is already observed in the motherboard as an indication that electricity is already flowing. However, the unit is still not working. There is a damage on the display this time, making the washer not functioning.

Again, for the third time, they are going to request for the replacement of the said part and will go back again after 3-4 days. The technician did not arrive on the said date so I made a follow-up through the LG Service and they promised to make a report on my concern. Also, their accredited technician is making an update to me. They said that the said part is not yet available.
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The continuous follow-up took two months and they kept on saying that the said part, the display panel, is not yet available since it is a rare part. They are going to request from the nearest Regional Area, which is South Korea.

Mommy Maye was already fed up with this reason. She made the next call to the customer service for two consecutive days and talked to the customer service manager which promised her that the unit will be fixed as soon as possible.

Two days after those calls, the part was immediately delivered and replaced.

If you are asking how much I spend on all the replacements and services? Nothing, the unit is still under warranty.

Take note the unit is just 4 months on the time we encounter the trouble. Good to share that now it is working already.
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April 14, 2020

Unboxing LG Smart Inverter Washing Machine

Pardon me for this long-overdue post.

Last year, we started not having our house help. There are many struggles like we need to get home earlier, Mommy has to commute every time I went to Tarlac or BGC, let Matthew stay at home from school which makes us worried if he hasn't called us when he was home, do household chores at our own-cooking every morning, washing clothes, and many more. But with all of these, we survived.

Speaking of washing clothes, we do have the conventional washing machine but we decided to have the full-auto which gives us convenience.

All you need is to load the clothes in the unit, set the mode, and wait. After an hour, your washing task is finished. You can even do other stuff at home like cooking and teaching the kids with their homework.

Our TV brand is LG and we don't have a problem with it until the LED backlight busted but already fixed by their accredited technicians. This is one fo the factors why we choose the same brand for the washing machine we purchased - LG Smart Inverter Top Load Full Auto Washing Machine.
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At first, we picked the 7.5kg capacity with a metallic silver body. Unfortunately, we need to wait for 2-3 days since there is no available stock in their warehouse.

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We ended purchasing a lower capacity of 7.0kg, white body. This will be enough for the three of us.

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The LG Smart Inverter Washing Machine is equipped with Energy Saving features with Smart Inverter Control allowing a small amount of power to run the unit.

The unit has an Auto Restart function that automatically shuts off experiencing power failure and will start from the point it stopped. The unit also automatically shuts off after washing.

The Standy Power Save feature that helps save energy. Even the cord is plugged, it allows extremely little electricity to run through the washer.

It has a soft-touch, user-friendly panel. All you have to do is choose what of the programs to be used in washing. You can also set your program from the amount of water, time to spend in washing, rinsing, and air drying.

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The lid is made of tempered glass giving you the view of what is happening inside.

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The tub is made of stainless steel with 1 main and 3 mini pulsators.

One of the good features of the LG Smart Inverter Washing Machine is the LoDecibel and Less Vibration minimizing the noise. You don't even notice that the machine is running.
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The back is covered with aluminum steel and the bottom part has a screen making the unit safe from rats.

The unit has a 1-year warranty on parts and services and a 10-year warranty on the inverter motor.

Unfortunately, after 4 months of usage, the unit suddenly stopped and needs to have repair. That is another story.

Here are other main features of the LG Smart Inverter Washing Machine (T2107VSPW).

Smart Motion
Smart Motion is 3 kinds of motion created by Smart Inverter for optimized washing by fabric type.

TurboDrum™
TurboDrum™ enables the most powerful wash and removes the toughest dirt through strong water stream of rotating drum and pulsator in the opposite direction.

Punch+3
Punch+3 creates powerful streams of water which mix laundry up and down repeatedly for even washing result.

Smart Diagnosis™
Smart Diagnosis™ helps diagnose and troubleshoot mechanical issues, limiting costly and inconvenient service visits.

To know more about LG Smart Inverter Washing Machine, you can visit and check in the LG Electronic Philippines Website.
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April 7, 2020

The Enhanced Community Quarantine


During the Enhance Community Quarantine (ECQ) due to COVID-19, most of us are requested to stay at home to reduce the transmission of the virus. But for us, we still need to report to our office since we are working in a food manufacturing industry.

In the first week of the ECQ, we need to pass through checkpoints in each barangay. Last week though, check points where lessen and located between boundaries of municipalities. However, we are still nervous because checkpoints are already powered by National Police wearing their best tactical gear like the one below.

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Shellback Tactical Banshee Elite 2.0 Plate Carrier

It is much easier as there are no more questioning as along as you have your IDs with you.

But what is Enhanced Community Quarantine?

When COVID-19 cases started to increase, President Rodrigo Duterte placed the entire country under the state of public health emergency on March 8, 2020.  After this announcement, there are some suggestions or recommendations to lockdown the entire Metro Manila by stopping the operation of mass trasportation and cancelling of classes.

This was implemented on March 15 to April 14 by placing the metro under community quarantine. Some means of trasnportation, land, domestic sea, and domestic air, are suspended but with exemptions. Everyone going in and out of Metro Manila needs to provide documents to checkpoints in order them to be allowed to pass.

However, on the second day of the community quarantine, President Duterte declared the "Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ)" placing the entire island of Luzon which goals to stop the continuous spread of COVID-19. The EQC took effect on March 17 and will end on April 12, 2020.

During the ECQ, all means of public transport are cancelled to limit the movement of people. Most individuals are recommended to stay at home. Furthermore, mass gatherings are also prohibited.

We are nearing the end of the Enhance Community Quarantine but some are still recommending to continue the implementation until the end of April 2020.

With this, we hope that the cases COVID-19 will be reduced and eventually brings back the nation to the normal situation.

Stay Safe. 

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April 1, 2020

Organizing Our Kitchen


Last Sunday I got a chance to finally reorganize our kitchen. This is the before photo:

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And this is the after photo.

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Just did some organizations of our kitchen utensils.

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This is the kitchen knife holder/organizer Daddy A made years ago.

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These are our plates and bowls I organize using a stainless dish organizer. By the way, that board rack was installed by Daddy A too. Such a handy man right?

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I bought these plastic basket to hold the cooking utensils.

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Even if our kitchen is not a modern one and also far from my dream kitchen, I make sure it is clean and organize.

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We bought this rack years ago to hold our kitchen appliances like the oven and airfryer.

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In the middle layer, here's where I put our canned goods, condiments, seasonings and other kitchen stuff. I always dream of a kitchen pantry and I will make I will have that in our dream kitchen soon.

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In this layer, I organize the chopping boards and the pan lids or covers. I used an old dish organizer.

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And this our overhead cabinet. This is where I put those glasswares gifted on our wedding 12 years ago. See the different glasses on the top left most? I just can't give them away, haha. Also, this is where I put out lunch jars and boxes, and our excess plates and bowls for visitors.

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Below the cabinet, you can see the pans hanging.

So that's how I organize our kitchen. It may not be as modern as those you see in cooking show but it's clean and organize. And we cook great meals too. Check our Home Cooked Meals blog.


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March 26, 2020

How to Make Gyoza with Your Kids


One my son's favorite food is Gyoza. When I first made it, it's an instant hit to him. So whenever I cooked Gyoza, he's so excited that he volunteers to help me.

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Since we are in community quarantine and most of us are staying at home with our kids, it's great time to let your kids help you in the kitchen. Here's how to make Gyoza.

Start by making the Gyoza fillings. Check out this easy Gyoza recipe.

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Let the Gyoza fillings cool before wrapping it. To make the wrapping easier, you can buy this dumpling maker mold. Bought this one at Shopee for less than 50 pesos.

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It weighs so light and looks not sturdy. But actually it's a great help. All you have to do is put the dumpling wrapper on top of it then put the fillings like this.

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After filling in, press the dumpling maker.

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And that's it.

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Now you have Gyoza ready for frying.

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Here's crispy Gyoza just as my son like it.

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Also, I found this video that we made. I posted it at my son's Youtube Channel. please watch and subscribe, thanks!


Cooking is just one way of killing boredom during this time when we can't go out. It's also a way to teach your kids home chores and give them a break from gadgets, computer and television. Just make sure everything is safe for them in the kitchen.

Keep safe everyone.

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March 17, 2020

DIY Disinfectant Solution to Fight Coronavirus disease (COVID-19)


Because of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, there's a run-out of alcohol and hand sanitizer in the market. Although, hand washing is still the best recommendation in helping to stop the spread of coronavirus disease, alcohol and sanitizer are handy first aid that we can bring anywhere we go.

But don't worry because there are lots of alternatives that we can make and use as effective as alcohol. 

Here's a DIY Disinfectation Solution:

For disinfecting areas: *mix 9 glasses of clean water + 1 glass of Zonrox (Clorox).

If there is no liquid Zonrox (Clorox): mix 1 tablespoon of chlorine powder + 2 liters water 

For disinfecting your hands: get 1 glass from the above mixture* then add 9 glasses of water

If there is no liquid Zonrox (Clorox): 1 tablespoon of chlorine powder + 20 liters water

(Source of formulation: DOH-RITM)

For easy sharing I made this:

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Remember, do not hoard because you are taking other's chance to buy for their own protection. When that happen, you are not helping to stop the spread of coronavirus disease. Not only for alcohol, but also for food supply. The Government assured that there will be enough stock for everyone. So please stop hoarding!

Stay safe everyone!

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