Gimme Mah Caveman & Yeti!!!!

The day started out as a regular art supply run. The only reason I ever find myself at SM City North Edsa is to visit Deovir for The Painter’s art supplies. I haven’t been there since I gave birth and I was pleasantly surprised to find the 3rd level of the Main Mall totally renovated. One shop caught my attention:

With a name like Caveman & Yeti, it’s pretty hard to miss. At first I thought it was yet another frozen yogurt shop, but no!! They serve one of my favorite things in the world – SHAVED ICE!! In a country where temperatures hit 90 degrees all the time, wouldn’t shaved ice be on top of your refreshments list too?

So we took a peek at the menu:

And we decided to try the a couple of the Caveman Creations to save on brain cells. Here’s the unnecessary, but irresistible Basti Pic of the Day:

We decided on the Mais Con Hielo with Cornflakes, and the Strawberry with Graham Crackers.

Mais con Hielo

Strawberry

We also ordered a Mochi Bun. It was served warm and was oozing with chocolate syrup.

Both of the orders were set on vanilla-flavored ice. We ordered the regular sized cups so we wouldn’t be overloaded with orders, right? WRONG. I have two simple words for ya:

ANG SARAAAAAAAP. The ice is perfectly shaved. It’s feather-light and the flavor stands out. I should’ve ordered the “Sharing” size because I think I could’ve finished it. Without sharing.

Between the two, I liked the strawberry more. The mais con hielo is a familiar taste, and would be a good choice if you’re looking for comfort and cool on a hot day. But strawberry won the flavor contest.

Because I am naturally chikadora, I engaged the owner, Dazzle (chika ng name!!) and she treated me to a couple of samplers.

How they prepare the ice is fascinating. They pull out a huge chunk of ice (it looks like a giant Twin Popsie) and the machine does the rest.

Dazzle gave me a taste of the peanut butter and ube ice dishes. The peanut butter is drizzled with chocolate syrup and served with crumbled Choc-Nut.

The ube is served with chunks of halaya and ube pastillas.

Both were really good, but I already fixated on the strawberry. I loved how the vanilla ice (ice, baby – sorry couldn’t resist) meshed perfectly with the strawberry and graham.

Dazzle says they’re looking to open more branches and hopefully, franchise soon. So for now, one guess on who’s a willing volunteer to go for an art supply run?

Caveman & Yeti

3/F SM City North Edsa Main Mall

Gimme Mah Caveman and Yeti!!!!

The day started out as a regular art supply run. The only reason I ever find myself at SM City North Edsa is to visit Deovir for The Painter’s art supplies. I haven’t been there since I gave birth and I was pleasantly surprised to find the 3rd level of the Main Mall totally renovated. One shop caught my attention:

With a name like Caveman and Yeti, it’s pretty hard to miss. At first I thought it was yet another frozen yogurt shop, but no!! They serve one of my favorite things in the world – SHAVED ICE!! In a country where temperatures hit 90 degrees all the time, wouldn’t shaved ice be on top of your refreshments list too?

So we took a peek at the menu:

And we decided to try the a couple of the Caveman Creations to save on brain cells. Here’s the unnecessary, but irresistible Basti Pic of the Day:

We decided on the Mais Con Hielo with Cornflakes, and the Strawberry with Graham Crackers.

Mais con Hielo

Strawberry

We also ordered a Mochi Bun. It was served warm and was oozing with chocolate syrup.

Both of the orders were set on vanilla-flavored ice. We ordered the regular sized cups so we wouldn’t be overloaded with orders, right? WRONG. I have two simple words for ya:

ANG SARAAAAAAAP. The ice is perfectly shaved. It’s feather-light and the flavor stands out. I should’ve ordered the “Sharing” size because I think I could’ve finished it. Without sharing.

Between the two, I liked the strawberry more. The mais con hielo is a familiar taste, and would be a good choice if you’re looking for comfort and cool on a hot day. But strawberry won the flavor contest.

Because I am naturally chikadora, I engaged the owner, Dazzle (chika ng name!!) and she treated me to a couple of samplers.

How they prepare the ice is fascinating. They pull out a huge chunk of ice (it looks like a giant Twin Popsie) and the machine does the rest.

Dazzle gave me a taste of the peanut butter and ube ice dishes. The peanut butter is drizzled with chocolate syrup and served with crumbled Choc-Nut.

The ube is served with chunks of halaya and ube pastillas.

Both were really good, but I already fixated on the strawberry. I loved how the vanilla ice (ice, baby – sorry couldn’t resist) meshed perfectly with the strawberry and graham.

Dazzle says they’re looking to open more branches and hopefully, franchise soon. So for now, one guess on who’s a willing volunteer to go for an art supply run?

Caveman & Yeti

3/F SM City North Edsa Main Mall

Mind Dumping

I am in the middle of finishing up the week’s article submissions and I’m running low on drive. Thoughts are racing through my head and I feel the need to do a dump. If only all of us had a Pensieve just like Dumbledore, eh?

 

* I have so many posts, all saved as drafts. I have posts about my quest for the right diaper, my current bottlefeeding-training blues (no, Basti won’t take a bottle. Sigh), the search for the perfect bottle, a review of the Spectra Dew 300, and my recent finds from SM and the Belly Mama fair.

* SEO writing can sometimes feel like a trudge in the mud, but at least I’m earning money at home. If only to pay for aircon-ing electricity costs.

* I miss theater.

A Mama Bear and A Squirrel in Narnia

Even if I had to dress up like this every weekend, it was just the most fun I’ve ever had on stage.

* The Painter’s shoulder has been acting up due to non-stop painting for a few months now. Must get him to our trusted family therapist or else I shall be living with sullen person for a while.

* The actor who plays Dr. Cullen also plays Dr. Cooper in Nurse Jackie. Because of how well he played “Coop”, I had to think for a bit before I figured out who he was. He was close to unrecognizable.

* I watched Twilight: Eclipse this morning. Too much talking, not enough vampire-ing. True Blood!!!!!

* I am so jealous of my friend Kat’s friend’s pictures of the True Blood Season 3 premiere.

* I pack up Basti again this week to spend 8 days at my parents’. When maid goes on vacation, so shall we. Sorry, hubby. You’ll just have to fend for yourself for a while.

I really gotta get back to work. I’ll just tweet the rest of my mind on Twitter.

Apologies for the totally inane post.

The Sarah Sleep Bra: A Quick Review

So in a previous post, I mentioned that I purchased the Sarah Sleep Bra from Mama.Baby.Love.

Photo courtesy of Mama.Baby.Love.

So I wore it to sleep because that’s what it’s meant for. Well, it’s so comfortable that I never want to take it off. It has adequate support and has enough elasticity to keep nursing pads in place. The thin, breathable fabric makes it perfect for the warm weather. Heck I’d buy this bra even if I wasn’t nursing, just for wearing around the house. It’s cheaper than Mamaway’s version too.

Postscript: I mentioned in a previous post that I didn’t like the Dynabelly brand for nursing bras without explaining why. Jenny of Mama.Baby.Love. asked me why, because apparently that nursing bra is her bestseller. Personally, I prefer the QT because it’s easier to peel off when it’s time to nurse. The Dynabelly is well-padded and when unhooked, just sorts of hangs there. It takes some effort to put it aside so the baby can nurse comfortably. For me, that’s not a good thing, because all it takes is a few seconds of delay before the baby starts wailing for milk. I have a feeling it sells better because of the padding – the QT isn’t padded at all. But I wear nursing pads with it all the time, so that doesn’t bother me!

Helper Horrors #45637

In a society where having helpers in the house is a common thing, I’m sure everyone has had their share of horror stories with their “kasambahays”. I’ve had more good experiences than bad experiences actually. There are even some that are a mix of both such as the yaya who was really an actress in the making. Read all about her in my Multiply blog.

This latest one makes me sad.

We had this helper who was in and out of our household since I was 12. She’s only 3 years older than me. Countless times she would go on her day off and never come back, always leaving her things behind. Then she would come knocking again, begging for her job. Sometimes she would even borrow against her salary, go on a day off, and never come back. For some reason, we just kept taking her back in until she just disappeared altogether.

Aside from this, her mother was also our laundry lady. Because of the amount of clothes being washed, it was hard to keep track of things. We only found out after they both disappeared altogether that several pieces of clothing and shoes had gone missing. They’ve been stealing from our wardrobes little by little.

Fast forward to 2010. This helper comes back, saying she’s changed and she wants another chance. My dad, being the nice guy he is, takes her back in as the yaya of my nephews. Same old story, after only 2 weeks on the job, she borrows against her salary then disappears and didn’t come back. She wouldn’t answer texts or calls.

Jump to a day last week when The Painter comes home and tells me that my brother asked him for money. “Eh?”, I said. “Joel asked you for money?” I was perplexed. Asking for money was totally out of character for any of my siblings. The Painter even said my brother specifically asked that he didn’t tell me or our parents because he was in a real bind. My brother asked that the money be sent through LBC.

I asked The Painter to show me the texts, which read like this:

“HeLLow poh kuya, si joel 2 po, kapatid ni ate cHelit. gus2 k poh sna humiram ng pera ksi kapus aq sa gastus sa bnda. wag na wag poh nyu sbihin kay mommy at daddy, lalung lalu na po sa ate koh.”

My first thought was… MY BROTHER IS NOT A JEJEMON! And I told The Painter.. “Ano ka ba, text pa lang, talo na. Ganun nga si Joel pero taga-La Salle naman yan no!”

So that being clarified, The Painter continued to text with the scallawag person as if he was really going to send him money. We noted down the number he was using. Needless to say, hubby did not send him any money and the texts just stopped coming.

The next day, the same number texts my present helper, Rose!! (Hellooooo… criminal FAIL) “day rose, kmusta k na?” Rose calls the number.. and it was that same helper who left with a debt!!!!

I’m furious. She involved my husband and actually thought she could bamboozle us out of money. My dad knows where she lives and is thinking if we should have her arrested. Bro and I are thinking of catching her using her greed. What do you guys think?

Helper Horror Story #45637

In a society where having helpers in the house is a common thing, I’m sure everyone has a helper horror story or two. I’ve had more good experiences than bad experiences actually. There are even some that are a mix of both such as the yaya who was really an actress in the making. Read all about her in my Multiply blog.

This latest one makes me sad.

We had this helper who was in and out of our household since I was 12. She’s only 3 years older than me. Countless times she would go on her day off and never come back, always leaving her things behind. Then she would come knocking again, begging for her job. Sometimes she would even borrow against her salary, go on a day off, and never come back. For some reason, we just kept taking her back in until she just disappeared altogether.

Aside from this, her mother was also our laundry lady. Because of the amount of clothes being washed, it was hard to keep track of things. We only found out after they both disappeared altogether that several pieces of clothing and shoes had gone missing. They’ve been stealing from our wardrobes little by little.

Fast forward to 2010. This helper comes back, saying she’s changed and she wants another chance. My dad, being the nice guy he is, takes her back in as the yaya of my nephews. Same old story, after only 2 weeks on the job, she borrows against her salary then disappears and didn’t come back. She wouldn’t answer texts or calls.

Jump to a day last week when The Painter comes home and tells me that my brother asked him for money. “Eh?”, I said. “Joel asked you for money?” I was perplexed. Asking for money was totally out of character for any of my siblings. The Painter even said my brother specifically asked that he didn’t tell me or our parents because he was in a real bind. My brother asked that the money be sent through LBC.

I asked The Painter to show me the texts, which read like this:

“HeLLow poh kuya, si joel 2 po, kapatid ni ate cHelit. gus2 k poh sna humiram ng pera ksi kapus aq sa gastus sa bnda. wag na wag poh nyu sbihin kay mommy at daddy, lalung lalu na po sa ate koh.”

My first thought was… MY BROTHER IS NOT A JEJEMON! And I told The Painter.. “Ano ka ba, text pa lang, talo na. Ganun nga si Joel pero taga-La Salle naman yan no!

So that being clarified, The Painter continued to text with the scallawag person as if he was really going to send him money. We noted down the number he was using. Needless to say, hubby did not send him any money and the texts just stopped coming.

The next day, the same number texts my present helper, Rose!! (Hellooooo… criminal FAIL) “day rose, kmusta k na?” Rose calls the number.. and it was that same helper who left with a debt!!!!

I’m furious. She involved my husband and actually thought she could bamboozle us out of money. My dad knows where she lives and is thinking if we should have her arrested. Bro and I are thinking of catching her using her greed. What do you guys think?

For The Love of My Hubby and His Talent

In other words, Shameless Plugging. My husband, who hardly has any exhibits, is joining a group show at the SM Megamall Center this month.

He’s joining artists Nune Alvarado, Ricky Ambagan, Malyn Bonayog, Joseph de Juras, Grandier, Jose Ibay, Josue Mangrobang Jr., Lex Marcos and Dicky Joe Santos for an exhibit titled “Untitled Expression.”

The exhibit will have an opening reception on August 25 at 6pm. The exhibit will run till September 10.

If you have time, please drop by the exhibit. If our cup/bottle feeding efforts are successful, Basti will be enjoying QT with his grandma and grandpa. If not, I’ll be the one carrying the baby in a sling. You know where to find me – BUFFET TABLE!!! Haha!

I hope to meet some people who’ve dropped by my blog and never met before! It’s always so nice to meet online friends. :)

See you there!

It’s Friday the 13th

..and this entry’s title has absolutely nothing to do with what I’m writing about today.

I actually wonder how I even come up with entries. I hardly go anywhere and my life revolves around a roly-poly infant named Basti. This is my new favorite picture of him.

At the moment, Basti and I are exiled to my parents’s house because The Painter needed some time alone with his new creation. Artists! Hay! He goes through this at least once every two months and I have to pack up Basti, our paraphernalia, leave lots of food in the freezer and wait till he asks us to come back. He doesn’t even want the maid around. Again… artists!! Hay!!!

My thoughts just jumped randomly to the new nursing bras I ordered from Mama.Baby.Love.. I reordered the QT Nursing Bra and decided to try out the Sarah Sleep Bra.

I also ordered the Blissful Babes Nursing Bandeau in brown. I already have this in black.

I super love wearing the bandeau under my kimono dresses. All I have to do is slide down one sleeve and go!

Today I was supposed to confirm my order for my breastpump at Amazon.com, but a snafu with HSBC delayed it. I shall blog about the ridiculous situation with HSBC another time when I am not so mad at them anymore. All I can say is I’m paying my credit card off, then I’m canceling my credit card with them. THEY SUCK.

I did enter the Babymama contest on Facebook, but the other contestants are so rabidly campaigning that I am so far behind in votes. I am actually considering if I should just buy the Spectra Dew 300 instead of the Medela Swing I originally planned to get. I get a double pump for the same price. What do you think mommies?

It’s Friday the 13th: Nursing Bras and Breast Pumps Anyone?

..and this entry’s title has absolutely nothing to do with what I’m writing about today.

I actually wonder how I even come up with entries. I hardly go anywhere and my life revolves around a roly-poly infant named Basti. This is my new favorite picture of him.

At the moment, Basti and I are exiled to my parents’s house because The Painter needed some time alone with his new creation. Artists! Hay! He goes through this at least once every two months and I have to pack up Basti, our paraphernalia, leave lots of food in the freezer and wait till he asks us to come back. He doesn’t even want the maid around. Again… artists!! Hay!!!

My thoughts just jumped randomly to the new nursing bras I ordered from Mama.Baby.Love.. I reordered the QT Nursing Bra and decided to try out the Sarah Sleep Bra.

Photo courtesy of Mama.Baby.Love.

I also ordered the Blissful Babes Nursing Bandeau in brown. I already have this in black.

Photo courtesy of Mama.Baby.Love.

I super love wearing the bandeau under my kimono dresses. All I have to do is slide down one sleeve and go!

Today I was supposed to confirm my order for my breastpump at Amazon.com, but a snafu with HSBC delayed it. I shall blog about the ridiculous situation with HSBC another time when I am not so mad at them anymore. All I can say is I’m paying my credit card off, then I’m canceling my credit card with them. THEY SUCK.

I did enter the Babymama contest on Facebook, but the other contestants are so rabidly campaigning that I am so far behind in votes. I am actually considering if I should just buy the Spectra Dew 300 instead of the Medela Swing I originally planned to get. I get a double pump for the same price. What do you think mommies?

August Is World Breastfeeding Month

This is my official World Breastfeeding Month entry for 2010. I’m sure blog surfers out there have encountered mommy blogs that tout, “Breast is best!” or “It’s the most natural thing in the world!” and all sorts of Hallmark-card and Paolo Coelho-esque inspirational messages.

Well, this entry is not one of them.

I’m focusing on hard facts.

One of the most often comments I get when people learn I am purely breastfeeding is this: “You’re so LUCKY you have milk!”

Guess what people, I am NOT lucky. I am INFORMED.

I’ve gone through the rounds of mommy blogs, both local and international. Save for a few, most are still posting how they could not breastfeed for some reason or the other – and all the reasons are wrong. Nothing a simple breastfeeding class or a talk with a lactation consultant could’ve solved. Here are some situations that made me shake my head in sadness:

– A mom fed her baby formula because she pitied the baby because she had “no milk”. She didn’t even try to latch.

– A mom didn’t even try to breastfeed because her mom and all her sisters had “no milk” hence breastfeeding doesn’t run in the family.

– Another mom pumped and pumped the day after her delivery, found she couldn’t get any milk and therefore concluded she had “no milk”. She didn’t try to latch. She gave up on breastfeeding and her doctor let her without informing her otherwise.

I am convinced: education leads to lactation. Though many moms express the desire to breastfeed, a lack of knowledge on the how leads to early discouragement. I’m with organizations such as L.A.T.C.H. and La Leche League in their advocacy to promote and educate everyone about breastfeeding. It’s not just about you and your baby, it’s also spreading the word and making our society a safe and friendly place for breastfeeding mothers. I’m lucky I’ve never encountered people who ridiculed or confronted me while I was breastfeeding in public, but it happens.

Picture from birthyourwayjax.com

So to all moms out there who want to breastfeed: Educate to Lactate! Shatter the breastfeeding myths! Make the informed choice and prepare to face the challenges and receive the rewards of breastfeeding your child. Lastly and importantly, SPREAD THE WORD.

To my mommy friends who supported me during my breastfeeding blues, thank you.

To Abbie Yabot and The Breastfeeding Club, I am grateful to you.

To Amelia Ann and the rest of L.A.T.C.H., I am with you!

And to all my fellow breastfeeding moms who go through everything and rejoice at that indubitable sensation of the perfect latch – I SALUTE YOU!

Happy World Breastfeeding Month!!!

P.S. Be there on Sunday for Eastwood Mall’s culminating event that celebrates breastfeeding! Brought to you by L.A.T.C.H. and Eastwood Mall!