Posted in family, parenting

Holiday Pressure

We recently bumped into some friends at the mall. They were buying Christmas gifts for their son’s classmates. They said that he would come home everyday from school with a new gift each day. So they felt “compelled” to reciprocate the gesture. 

I had it in my mind that I got that covered… I mean come on… our kids get so many presents from family and friends… a small token from classmates would be enough… so I pack a few pieces of candy in a cute little pouch and slap a sticker on it… I’m done!!!!

I have to admit that I was pretty proud of myself! Quick and easy… 👍 “great job, Momma!”

Then, my daughter comes home and goes through the fantastic loot she got from her classmates… oh!!! We had the share of, “oh wow! That’s a big box!” Or “oh that is so sweet! They really thought about it.” 

Then there’s the Pinterest worthy token gift. My really close momma friends know how much I wanna be THAT mom! I quickly lay it all down and send snapshots of them to my core mom group… with the caption “I wanna be like her!” … then I suddenly felt envy in the pit of my gut… I sent my kid to school with those little pathetic packets of sugar… with a sticker with her name written using a plain old black Sharpie… and it was one of those stickers I used for a garage sale to mark the cheap items… (that should have been a sign)…

“Oh man!!!! What was I thinking?” 

Then comments like, “she probably only has one kid!”… (though I do have a friend who lives abroad that has 3 kids and the time to be a total Pinterest mom!)… but kidding aside… I found myself wanting to be THAT mom… the mom who not necessarily has the time but makes the time to actually print out tags and pack an assortment of goodies. 

Then one momma friend said something that snapped me out of it… “Come on, Gi! Be realistic!” And that was it! Be realistic… 

I have 3 kids… the youngest of which seems to be joined to my hip… he cries when I put him down… even just for me to pee… so when will I find time to actuallly do anything creative?! 

Then I realized that I should be happy for moms who are able to achieve such Pinterest worthy stuff.  I don’t have to be like then…  we all do what we can with what we have! 

So, let celebrate all moms (and dads) … That mom AND this mom!!! Merry Christmas to us all 😊🎁🎄

Posted in food


So, today, I wanted my kids to try something I used to have when I was a kid… champorado! 

Champorado is a chocolate rice porridge usually eaten for breakfast in many Filipino homes… it’s usually eaten with a dash of fresh milk (I personally preferred powered milk though) and tuyo flakes (popular dried fish).

Well, they had a few spoonfuls before asking for some cereal 😅 

Here’s the recipe I used:

  • 5 cups water
  • 1 cup malagkit rice (sticky rice)
  • 5 tsokolate tablea (cocoa powder would do)
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar (I used coconut sugar)
  1. In a large pot, boil water.
  2. Add rice to boiling water… keep stirring.
  3. Add the tablea and sugar.
  4. Mix constantly until thick.
  5. Serve with milk and tuyo flakes on top.

Keep stirring….

Until thick…

*We put a little ginger in the oil when we cook tuyo to help lessen the fishy smell 😊