Saturday, July 24, 2010

No more Messy with Bessy!

Thanks to a Samsung event I attended for work, I got to try some variants of the Messy Bessy line. If you aren't familiar with the brand yet, Messy Bessy manufactures home cleaning products which are all non-toxic and environment friendly.  They are available in selected supermarkets nationwide at reasonable prices.

The Samsung organizers launched their new microwave, french door refrigerator, and front load washing machine. I was  hoping to win the raffle and take home a neat home appliance but I wasn't at all disappointed when they handed me the Messy Bessy gift pack. 

I tried the all-purpose cleanser on my bathroom sink. It had a pleasant eucalyptic scent which I love! The texture is quite grainy which worked like a scrub on its own. Like Axion.

Another favorite is the Minty Orange Surface Cleaner. You know how when you're cooking and you mess up your kitchen counter WHILE you're cooking and need to clean up as your cooking? This is the perfect solution. Since its non-toxic, you can spray and wipe whenever you feel like it without worrying about being poisoned. :)

I highly recommend this for anyone who wants to turn to green living in the simplest ways. In small ways, we can help make the world a better place. :)

Thursday, July 22, 2010


Given my association with the world-renowned Philippine Madrigal Singers, people naturally ask whether my son K also likes to sing. You know, I believe I haven't heard him sing more than 10 times in his entire life.

K reacts to music. That manifested when he was about 3 years old and we were on a taxi home and the radio was playing "I never had a dream come true". All of a sudden I heard sniffling. K was crying! I asked him, "What's wrong?" He just shrugged and buried his head into my lap. When the music stopped, he explained that "the music made me cry".  Another instance was at the end of the first Harry Potter movie, he begged me to stay and finish the end credits. I asked him what he was waiting to see on the screen. He said he wanted to finish the music. I noticed that since then, he prefers soundtrack or theme music than songs with lyrics. However, K would occasionally grant us a song or two when we had our Magic Mic moments, but not happily.  

Anyway, I was lucky enough to catch him still awake when  got home one night and he told me that he had an oral quiz in solfeggio (reading music).  He appeared nervous about it so I decided to help him out (Actually, I was more excited to teach him, that's the truth).

There were three pieces and he had to sing the notes with the tune and not the actual words. They were: Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star, Sakura, and El Coqui. I said to myself: this was a piece of cake. "Do-do-sol-sol-la-la-sol..." We studied the first song quickly. When we got to the 2nd song, I was struggling a bit with the third (as I always have) and in the short pauses while I was figuring out the tune, I heard K humming the correct one softly.  I asked him: "Do you know this already?" He goes: "Yeah, kinda." So I said, "Sige nga (Alright) sing it." And he did. Perfectly.

I felt so proud at that moment. For many moms, their kids singing and dancing talents may be nothing new. But for me, this was really special. I felt even prouder when I found out the next day that he got one of the highest grades in class. :) One more step for K! Hurray!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

My momma always says...

When I was younger, I found out I was allergic to crustaceans when I had a small bite of crab meat and my face blew up, my heart raced and I couldn't breathe.  Since then, I never touched crab and I bring along an antihistamine in my wallet for emergencies. People tell me that I can overcome my allergies by eating a bit of it every chance I get. I haven't been lucky with crab yet, but I believe I am totally over shrimp. I try to limit myself to jut 5 pieces of shrimp per meal. BUT when my friend A and I go out for shrimp at Bubba Gump, I most certainly will eat a lot more than 5.

To order a Bubba Gump, customers have to flip the sign on each table to say: Stop Forrest, Stop. This way, servers will know that you need something from them and have no excuse not to pay any attention to you.  Once you've given them your order, you can flip the sign back to Run Forrest, Run.

A and I had shrimp in mind so we ordered the Shrimper's Net Catch (P699)which was a pound of steamed, cajun flavored shrimp served with veggies, corn on the cob and potatoes. 

Yummy!  I had a glass of water while A had the Frozen Lemon-up(forgot the price). A said that the Lemon up was non-alcoholic and was just right: not to sweet and not too sour.

The service was great. The place was crowded and accidents could easily happen. But they've got it covered. I observed that every time they turn a corner or emerge from the kitchen bearing huge platters of food, they cry "Corner!" This way, anyone headed the same way can watch out for whoever was coming. Simple but effective, huh? 

I believe I never ate so much shrimp in one sitting and in under an hour. They flavored the shrimp just right that once you start, you can't stop. 4 out of 5 stars for me. :)

Luckily, I didn't need any antihistamine after that. I'll just save that pill for when I try crab at the Red Crab soon!