Rainy days, kids, and homemade spaghetti
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It must’ve been Sunday afternoon when I noticed the rain pouring heavily outside.
“Is there a storm coming?” I tweeted.
Tropical storm #MaringPH is coming, was the tweet I got back.

So the kids have been home since Monday, Tuesday and today. I feel a little guilty for enjoying the cool/bed/sinigang/sweater weather while other have lost homes and loved ones.
Felt guilty checking out the new Muji store at Shangri-La yesterday. But the rest of the time, I stayed home.

It was an added treat for me since work was called off and my husband also stayed home.
Today we decided to make some homemade spaghetti, since Del Monte sent some merienda packs. The merienda pack on the left costs more or less Php 40 in the supermarket. I bought a small packet of Del Monte tomato paste to add more zing.

How to make spaghetti bolognese

My husband is a Dutch trained chef and makes wonderful things in our kitchen.
I prepared the ingredients and took the pictures, while Jeroen did most 98% of the cooking.

What you’ll need:

1 pack of Del Monte spaghetti merienda pack (about Php 40)
2 teaspoons of Del Monte tomato paste
350 grams of ground beef
2 tablespoons of cooking oil
vienna sausage or hotdog, sliced
1 small garlic, chopped
1 small onion, chopped
1 1/2 cubes of beef bouillon
a dash of oregano, pepper, and salt

Here’s how we do it at home:
1) Bring some water to a boil before throwing in a pack of Del Monte spaghetti noodles.

How to make spaghetti bolognese

2) Cover and boil for 8 minutes while preparing the sauce.

How to make spaghetti bolognese

3) When it’s done, drain noodles and top with a slice of butter to prevent them from sticking together.


4) If your kids like hotdog or sausage in their spaghetti, brown some slices in a teflon pan and set aside.

How to make spaghetti bolognese
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5) Using the same oil, throw in 350 grams of ground beef with chopped garlic and onions.
Don’t forget to add 1 1/2 cubes of beef bouillon to wake up the flavor.

How to make spaghetti bolognese

6) Add two teaspoons of Del Monte tomato paste, oregano, and pepper.

How to make spaghetti bolognese
How to make spaghetti bolognese
How to make spaghetti bolognese

7) When cooked, pour the entire pack of Del Monte tomato sauce into the pot, mix, and simmer.

How to make spaghetti bolognese

8) Throw in the sausage or hotdog, add salt to taste, and voila!

How to make spaghetti bolognese

Optional: Add Farmer Sanchez.
Cooked with love, this is restaurant-grade spaghetti bolognese, if you ask me!
Perfect bonding food for the kids.

How to make spaghetti bolognese

Tried and tested: The Face Shop’s CC Cream
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After BB cream comes CC cream.
BB cream stands for blemish balm or blemish base, promoted as an all-in-one facial cosmetic product to replace your serum, moisturizer, primer, foundation and sunblock.
And now there’s CC cream, which stands for Color Control—a must-have product for those who want to achieve a natural skin tone.
I’m currently using the Face It Aura CC Cream SPF30 PA++ (Php 1,595), which comes in this interesting package—a round compact with a clear push button, to pump small amounts of cream to your sponge.

Face Shop Aura CC

I use this after applying concealer under my eyes and on my freckles, and finish this off with a powder fix.
I like it because it looks so natural with a dewy finish, instead of the heavy cakey feel of many foundations.
But I have yet find out if it is refillable because the packaging is too fancy to throw away.
The Face Shop also has the Face It Smart Capsule CC Cream SPF40 PA++ (Php 1,595).

Face Shop Capsule CC

While both products offer anti-aging, brightening, and UV protection benefits, there’s a slight difference:
The Aura CC is a liquid makeup base, while the Smart Capsule CC Cream finds the most natural skin color for the user.
It comes in three capsule colors: yellow, black and red which gets broken when applied using fingertips (it needs body heat to release the pigments).
This means no matter how dark or fair the skin is, the CC cream will automatically find the most natural skin tone.

The Smart Capsule CC Cream’s main ingredient is the Italian Blood Orange which brightens the skin and contains more vitamin C than normal oranges, giving excellent anti-oxidant effects.

66/365: G is for Good Morning :-)

Designed to offer more coverage than BB creams, The Face Shop’s CC cream still goes on sheer, moisturizes better and contains hard-core anti-aging ingredients.

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Please be careful with your bag
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Last week, I was invited to Taylor Lautner’s press conference for BENCH at the Makati Shnagri-La ballroom.
I consider myself very careful about my belongings and placed my bag behind my seat.
But during all the excitement, I didn’t notice that my bag had fallen to the carpet with my wallet right next to it.
Good thing all the guests and staff were decent and none of my things disappeared.

But when my friend Jude had his bag stolen from a chair he was sitting next to at a Quezon City restaurant, I felt bad for him as though I was the one who lost a Margiela bag, a cellphone, and Mommy’s wallet with Php 15,000 inside.
Why was he carrying that much cash?
Jude was supposed to pay his bills. But the good friend and kaladkarin in him made him accompany our journalist friend to visit their schoolmate’s new restaurant instead.

How do bags disappear from right under your nose, or on the seat next to you, even though you feel protected by a wall?
Check out these two CCTV videos taken at McDonalds’ restaurants in Quezon City and Dau.
In this first video, the victims are on the left, while the thieves are on the right, aided by a man on a cellphone, who drops two bills (pesos and a dollar) and asks the people on the left if it is theirs.
When the couple checks out the bills, the thieves on the right snatch the bag right from the hole in the wall dividing them.

Be very aware of modus operandi where snatchers drop a bunch of coins to divert everyone’s attention, allowing accomplices to grab the bags of victims. This diversion method is also known as salisi.
In this next video, the victim is on the left with her bag placed on a seat next to her.
The thief takes the seat behind the bag, while a man with cellphone covers the scene of the crime.
Watch as the bag gets snatched, while the salisi gang disappears quickly.

So please be careful with your bags. Be careful even when seated in a booth or next to the wall. Make sure your bags are always in front of you. Hold on to a strap, even if it’s in your grocery cart. Be extra vigilant when there is a commotion around you.


Farmer Sanchez
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I wish I’d taken notes or pictures of the funny things that have appeared on our grocery list, written by the maids, of course. They run from the amusing to the baffling.
My friend, Biden, who was visiting from Canada told me this story while we were shopping at S&R at the Fort:

Her friend was shopping at S&R too when she came upon “FARMER SANCHEZ” on her grocery list.
The first thing she did was ask the S&R staff if they had any “FARMER SANCHEZ” and showed them the list.
But none of the staff had a clue.
Finally she did call the maid to ask, “Inday, ano nga ba yung FARMER SANCHEZ na nilista mo? Meron ba niyan sa S&R?”
To which Inday replies, “Opo mam, yun pung nilalagay sa spagiti.”
Ah……Farmer Sanchez…..
Meron nga naman sa S&R.

Parmesan cheese

And you, can you recall any funny things found on your grocery list?

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