2017 Week 36: Long Weekend | The OWF Niece is Back to Work

August 28 – September 3, 2017

Hello September!

And what better way to welcome the month than through a bonus holiday for September 1 hehehehe. Adulting is hard sometimes so these non-working holidays are helpful in easing some of the work stress away whew.

Anyway, the OWF niece who came home last June 30 is now back in the Middle East. The last 2 months have gone by quickly but as I always say to her, we need to make some sacrifices if we want a better future. Working for 2 years is long to be away from her daughter but it’s also unfortunately not enough to save much so that she can stay here for good. She just needs to focus on her goals and she’ll be home for good eventually.

Anyway, last Monday, which was also a holiday was spent cooking food for packed lunch and dinner this week.

The rest of the work days are hectic and it’s really sapping my energy so I was so glad for the other holiday last Friday, where I just stayed at home watching movies (aka 3 movies), while waiting for the time when my niece had to leave for the airport.

Last Saturday was spent in the grocery and cooking food for this week’s meals. I’m slowly getting used to this weekend activity hehe.

I went to the mall last Sunday after mass for lunch and a few hours of window shopping. I went home after to rest more. I also spent a few hour researching for bedroom colors, bathroom designs and home office designs. It’s confusing and it’s challenging the non-interior designer in me hahaha.

By the way, last Thursday, I received a text from BDO that my ATM was blocked because it might have been used in compromised ATMs. I need to sort that out this week. I have already used the few hundreds in my wallet hehe.

Lastly, I started another segment in this blog – the Grocery Expenses. This will only include all expenses related to the groceries I need for my packed meals. This is so I will have a better idea on how much I really need to budget for these meals. It’s only now that I’m bringing packed meals to work so I really don’t know.

The end.

Have a great week ahead.

Yellow Cab meal

What Sunday lunch was like. Yellow Cab’s MyMix. All my favorites in one box at Php 195.00, cheaper than when you need to get whole orders of each hehe.

2017 Week 35: Resting When I Can | Unstable Food Budget

August 21-27, 2017

Last Monday, August 21 was a holiday. I spent some hours cooking the vegetables I bought in Baguio. The rest of the day was spent just relaxing aka surfing the net.

Last Wednesday, I went to the grocery to pick up some items aka more kitchen appliances and kitchenware (steamer and Pyrex baking dish and mixing bowl because these were on sale) and roasted chicken for my packed lunch and dinner this week.

This is another long weekend but I just spent it in the apartment. I did some domestic chores on Saturday. The rest of the day was spent watching movies in Netflix. I’m taking advantage of the one month free access teehee.

After mass on Sunday, I dropped by the grocery store to buy some groceries again for next week’s packed lunch and dinner. I was able to steam the fish and vegetables. I have marinated the chicken and I’ll bake it tomorrow. In between cooking, I was also manning the washing machine. Talk about multi-tasking haha! It worked because I was done with both chores after 4 hours whew. The rest of the day was spent watching 2 movies again haha.

I was consistent in bringing packed lunch and dinner in the past two weeks, and I plan to do so as long as I can. However, I am always shocked every time I pay my groceries. It’s so expensive to buy everything in the supermarket. I wish there’s a nearer wet market in my place but there’s none. Therefore, I need to review and adjust my budget. I know I need to reallocate more for groceries now. I don’t know how much yet. Oh, I have an idea. I think it will help me if I record all I groceries for my meals every week. This will give me an average of how much I spend each week. Ok, yes, I’ll do that. This is also a practice for me in preparing a family budget in the future haha.

Steamer

↑ My new kitchen appliance. I’ve used it earlier to steam fish and okra.

Pyrex set 2

↑ This Pyrex set (baking dish and mixing bowl) was on sale at 30% off. I paid less than Php 1,300.00 for these 2 pieces.

Pyrex set 1

↑ Another Pyrex set (loaf dish and pie plate) on sale at 30% off. I paid less than Php 1,200.00 for these 2 pieces. I bought this two weeks ago, together with the oven.

DreamStove

↑ This is the gas range that I want. It’s stainless so no rusting as per sales agent. It’s expensive though. And all gas. I’m not sure if I should instead buy the model where it’s a combination of electric and gas. Which should I get? Need to research more.

Anyway, that’s it. Have a great week ahead.

Mylene

2017 Week 34: Weekend in Baguio 

August 14-20, 2017

I went home to Baguio last weekend for some family time.

I went out on Saturday with some of my nieces for some errands which I was not able to do in Manila.

We dropped by the grocery to buy some food.

We also dropped by Ace Hardware to check out their paints. I am planning to repaint my room but I can’t decide which color is best for the long term. I’m leaning towards blue/grey/bluish grey. There are many shades. I don’t know which shade I want.

I made the mistake of painting my room with several shades of blue and green. But the multicolored room is turning out to be not the best especially for small rooms. It just feels so “busy”. I want something that has a calming effect, hence the repainting plans. Plus, it looks dirty because of the sealer they’ve used before with cracked walls. I talked to my brother about it and fortunately, he learned something from a carpenter and there’s a remedy to conceal all those unsightly patches. Whew.

It was my grandchildren’s christening last Sunday and I was one of the sponsors. It was good to be home again after more than a month. The uncles and aunties were not complete but at least other cousins still joined us.

I made a quick trip to the hangar market to buy some vegetables – Baguio beans, potatoes, zucchini, broccoli. I wanted to buy more because it’s cheaper there but it was too heavy.

The BF and I had a short “we time” aka dinner before my trip back to Manila. I opted to return earlier even though it was a holiday on Monday to get some rest.

Enjoying her ride.

Someone’s enjoying the ride. Php 35.00 for around 3 minutes.

We time

Spending some quality time at Don Henrico’s.

The end.

Have a great week ahead.

Mylene

2017 Week 33: Weekend Cooking | Virtual Jamming

August 7-13, 2017

The BF is singing in the background as I type this. I was surprised when he called maybe an hour ago. I was saying hello but he was not replying. After a few seconds, he was singing. Looks like he’s out with friends and they are jamming. Ok, so this is our way of “jamming” together too hahaha. I also sing along if I know the song.

His second song was a song I told him to sing for an occasion in the future. Looks like he still remembers. Very good. Plus pogi points hahahaha. And while he was singing that, I was just smiling and shaking my head at the same time and I had to stop what I was doing for a while eh kashe kinilig ako ng slight besh  😛  😛  😛 . Pagbigyan na.

The vegetables are still roasting in the oven. I still have one batch to go. Since I don’t want to eat pork this month, I decided to prepare some of my meals. While I love chicken, I don’t want to eat it everyday hehehe. Plus, I want some vegetables in my meals. It’s tiring. But at least I now have food for the whole week hehehehe. And I am able to road test the Hanabishi electric oven that I bought last week. So far, so good. I have not busted it yet due to ignorance in operating it hahaha!

I need to prepare a month’s worth of menu. This will surely be tough. I haven’t tasted anything that I cooked yet. Saka na if naka-schedule ko nang kainin hahahaha. It’s edible but I’m not sure if it’s palatable of other people’s taste buds. Cooking doesn’t really love me but now that I’m making the effort, hopefully maging friends man lang kami hahahaha. Dear future husband, don’t say I didn’t warn you, ok? I already did so many times hihihihi.

I also want to bake. This is what I want to do more than cook viand. But sugar, sugar, sugar. Hay. I’ll look for low sugar / low calorie recipes first, if there is such a thing. But then again, just thinking about the frosting, that’s a lot of cream already hehehehe. And it will be a sad-looking cake or cup cake without the frosting. That’s my dilemma hihihi. Any suggestions for a diet-friendly cakes and pastries? Thank you in advance!

We had a very long day at work last Friday. The team is getting bigger. We are now more than 30. Hence, the leaders need to re-strategize the team’s management. But first, we had to align our understanding on what each post is supposed to be doing. It was a long discussion but it was all worth it because we accomplished our goal. Plus, we had free snacks and dinner courtesy of the office hehehe. Nadaan na naman sa pagkain hahaha!

Friday Goodies

Pa-ration last Friday ni Mayora aka boss hehehe! Thanks, boss.

I went to my friend’s place again last Tuesday because the Palawan friend was here for a seminar so a get-together is a must.

I don’t have any other interesting stories except that the BF’s phone went bonkers 30 minutes ago, hence cutting our jamming. And I’m not yet done with the roasting. And there are still a lot of utensils to wash. And it’s already Monday again hahaha!

Thank you for all your blessings, dear Lord.

Have a great and blessed week ahead, everyone. Cheers!

Peace,

Mylene

2017 Week 32: Saturday Work | Oven Shopping 

July 31 – August 6, 2017

Some of us had to go to work on Saturday because we are a bit delayed with the project. There are too many findings but I’d like to already deploy the system so that it’s out of our plates. Crossing my fingers for lesser bugs this week.

Weekend

My vacationing OFW niece came to Manila for some errand. Thanks to TNVS, I didn’t need to fetch her at the terminal. I just had to book and monitor to make sure that the route is towards the apartment and not somewhere else.

After mass on Sunday, we went to the mall to check out convection ovens. I just want to try to homecook my food and have some variety in food preparation. I’d like to have roasted chicken and vegetables, bake some cookies, cup cakes and baked mac and lasagna! I was with my friend and she let me promise her to make sure that I use the oven often hahahaha. Opo inay hahaha. I bought the Hanabishi 40L.

Hanabishi

My new kitchen appliance which I MUST maximize its use hehehe.

And let me just say that I am really a noob when it comes to baking hahahha. I don’t even know which basic pans and other baking stuff I need to buy hahahaha. My friend and niece helped me put together. So I also bought a mixing bowl, muffin pan, measuring cups, and lasagna and pie glassware from Pyrex. The items from Pyrex were bundled and on sale at 30% off. I’m planning to get the other glassware from Pyrex the next time they are on sale.

We also went to Dad’s for merienda. Since I am on a no-pork this month, I had limited options of what to eat. However, I was still full by the time we were done hehehe. Ang hirap magdiet talaga.

The end.

Have a blessed week ahead.

Peace,

Mylene

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