Learning How to Cook? Here are Shows to Watch!

I was raised in a home where my brothers and I were served hearty homecooked meals by our mother. When my maternal grandmother was still here, she used to prepare her signature dishes for us when we go home to Batangas. Growing up, I never really thought about learning how to cook because there was an abundance of love through food in our family.

I guess the Filipino running joke, “Pwede na mag-asawa” usually told to anyone single when they produce a good dish has never been applicable to me. I have all the patience in the world for cleaning, washing, folding, and organizing, but not necessarily for cooking. Amusingly enough, I got married to a person who has an innate love for cooking, supplemented by his short course on culinary arts, that I was not forced to cook even more! I must admit though, my husband would always tell me that I need cooking skills for survival.

Now that we have a daughter, I would also love to replicate the “feeling of home” that my mother and maternal grandmother created through food. I’m sure her father can do it, but I would love her to have memories of good meals from her mother, too! I try as much as I can to learn from my husband, and from shows made available through the internet. Here are a few of them:

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The Day My Baby Met the Pope

It was the year 2018, I was at Fiumicino Airport waiting to board my flight back to Manila. I can vividly remember how Michael (my boyfriend back then) sent a video of his niece being carried and kissed by Papa Francisco. Tears started to fall, my knees were shaking, I was smiling. In fact, I cannot explain what I was feeling just by watching the video, yes – in the middle of the airport. From that time on, I promised myself that IF and WHEN I get the chance to go back to Rome, I would make sure that I will see him.

Fast forward to 2022, I am now married to Michael and we were blessed to have a one year-old daughter, Margarita. Initially their family planned to spend the holidays in Europe, have a little tour here and there and do a little side trip to Rome. As soon as I learned about it, I secretly prayed and wished to see Papa Francisco alongside with my Margarita.

Our itinerary wasn’t final until mid-November, and tickets to the Papal Audience wasn’t confirmed until first week of December – so imagine the anxiety of keeping this wish for quite some time. Nonetheless, my faith was not shattered, I kept on praying and indeed when the time was right, the Lord made it happen – Isaiah 60:22.

The Day My Baby Met the Pope

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6 Alternatives to Birthday Parties if Your Child is Not Up For It

Children’s birthday parties are fun! What’s not to love about seeing your child celebrate with his or her cousins, classmates, and friends while dressed in a theme or in character? Preparing the food, the decorations, and the invitations can be quite exciting, too!

Let’s admit it though: not all children enjoy their own birthday party. It may be because they don’t like to be the center of attention or they just prefer a different way of celebrating their special day. So what do we do when our child is not up to the usual birthday party? Well, for starters, we give them options!

Here are some options we can give our child in lieu of a birthday party:

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Take a Look: A First Time Mom’s First 72 Hours of Breastfeeding

One of the earliest and easiest decisions I had to make while waiting for my baby is to breastfeed. While making this decision is easy, the actual experience is not! The beginning of my breastfeeding journey is quite unusual; despite the initial bumps in the road, thankfully, my baby and I are almost in our second month now! Here’s the story of our first 72 hours.

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