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A Heartfelt Mother's Day Celebration: Family, Food, and Gratitude


A Heartfelt Mother's Day Celebration: Family, Food, and Gratitude

As I sit down to reflect on this year's Mother's Day celebration, my heart is full of warmth and gratitude for the precious moments shared with my beloved family. It was a day brimming with love, laughter, and delicious flavors, leaving indelible memories that I will cherish forever.


Our day commenced with a meaningful visit to the church, where we lit candles and offered prayers of thanksgiving for the blessings bestowed upon our family. We sought divine guidance and protection as we navigate the journey of life together, knowing that our faith serves as a pillar of strength and solace in both joyous and challenging times.

Before indulging in a sumptuous feast at AA's Barbeque, we made a quick stop at the grocery store to pick up some essentials for the week ahead. At AA's Barbeque, we delighted in a spread of traditional Filipino cuisine that tantalized our taste buds and brought us closer together as a family. From the savory beef pochero to the succulent grilled squid, each dish was a symphony of flavors that celebrated our rich culinary heritage. The baked scallops, fried garlic shrimp, and sizzling sisig with lemon cucumber added a delightful twist to our meal, perfectly complemented by refreshing iced tea to quench our thirst.




No celebration would be complete without a decadent dessert, and we indulged in the heavenly sweetness of Goldilocks Cherry cake, accompanied by a selection of sweet treats. To toast to the joys of motherhood, my hubby and I savored a few shots of Pink Moscato from Carlo Rossi, raising our glasses in a heartfelt tribute to the incredible women who have shaped our lives.

Though distance may separate us physically, technology bridged the gap as I reached out to greet my dear Mama, sister mom, and cousin moms online, sharing in the joy of this special day despite the miles between us. Their love and support have always been a source of strength and inspiration, reminding me of the unbreakable bonds that unite us as a family.

As the evening unfolded, I was touched beyond words when my youngest daughter presented me with her most beautiful hand-drawn portrait, accompanied by the sweetest words, "Happy Mother's Day, Ma." In that moment, my heart overflowed with love and pride, grateful for the privilege of being a mother and the blessings of a loving family.

As the day drew to a close and we gathered together for dinner with the whole family over the weekend, I couldn't help but feel immense gratitude for the precious moments we shared. Seeing all our children in fine evening, laughing and sharing stories, reminded me that the true essence of Mother's Day lies in the love and connection we share with our loved ones.

In the tapestry of life, Mother's Day serves as a poignant reminder to pause, reflect, and express gratitude for the incredible women who have shaped our lives with their love, wisdom, and unwavering support. Today, I celebrate not only the joys of motherhood but also the priceless gift of family, knowing that with their love by my side, every day is filled with endless possibilities and boundless blessings.

Exploring the Sweet Delight of Biko: A Kid-Friendly Recipe

 



Exploring the Sweet Delight of Biko: A Kid-Friendly Recipe

Are you looking for a delightful and easy-to-make treat that your kids will love? Look no further than Biko, a traditional Filipino dessert made with glutinous rice, coconut milk, and brown sugar. This sticky and sweet delicacy is not only delicious but also a wonderful way to introduce your little ones to the flavors of Filipino cuisine.



What is Biko?

Biko is a beloved dessert in the Philippines, often served during special occasions such as birthdays, fiestas, and holidays. It's made by cooking glutinous rice with coconut milk and brown sugar until it becomes sticky and caramelized. Biko has a rich, sweet flavor with hints of coconut, making it irresistible to both kids and adults alike.

Kid-Friendly Biko Recipe:

Ingredients:
- 2 cups glutinous rice (also known as sticky rice)
- 2 cups water
- 1 can (400ml) coconut milk
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Banana/Pandan leaves or Cinnamon barks (optional, for serving)

 Instructions:
1. **Prepare the Rice:** Rinse the glutinous rice under cold water until the water runs clear. Then, soak the rice in water for at least 30 minutes to soften.

2. **Cook the Rice:** Drain the soaked rice and place it in a pot. Add 2 cups of water and bring to a boil over medium heat. Once boiling, reduce the heat to low and simmer, covered, for about 15-20 minutes or until the rice is cooked and sticky. Remove from heat and set aside.

3. **Make the Coconut Mixture:** In a separate pot, combine the coconut milk, brown sugar, and salt. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until the sugar is dissolved and the mixture becomes slightly thickened, about 5-7 minutes.

4. **Combine the Rice and Coconut Mixture:** Add the cooked rice to the coconut mixture and stir until well combined. Continue cooking over low heat, stirring frequently, until the mixture thickens and becomes sticky, about 10-15 minutes.

5. **Serve:** If using banana leaves, line a serving dish with them and transfer the biko onto the leaves. Let it cool for a few minutes before slicing into squares or rectangles.

6. **Enjoy:** Serve the biko warm or at room temperature. It's delicious on its own or paired with a hot cup of tea or coffee.

Why Kids Will Love Biko:

1. **Sweet and Sticky Texture:** Kids love foods that are fun to eat, and biko's sticky texture makes it enjoyable to pick up and savor.

2. **Rich Coconut Flavor:** The combination of coconut milk and brown sugar gives biko a rich and indulgent flavor that kids won't be able to resist.

3. **Easy to Make:** This recipe is simple enough for kids to help with. They can assist in measuring ingredients, stirring the coconut mixture, and even shaping the biko onto the serving dish.

4. **Perfect for Snacking:** Whether it's an afternoon treat or a dessert after dinner, biko is the perfect snack to satisfy your child's sweet tooth.

### Final Thoughts:

Introducing your kids to new and exciting flavors is a wonderful way to expand their palate and appreciation for different cuisines. With its delicious taste and easy preparation, biko is sure to become a favorite in your household. So why not gather your little chefs and whip up a batch of this Filipino classic together? Happy cooking!

Serene Retreat: A Family Escape at Billy's Resort in Oslob, Cebu

"Serene Retreat: A Family Escape at Billy's Resort in Oslob, Cebu"

Our one-night stay at Billy's Resort in Oslob, Cebu, was a delightful escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. As a family of six, we were in need of some quality bonding time after attending our youngest daughter's school family day affair.

Arriving at the resort late in the afternoon, we were warmly greeted by the friendly staff who quickly checked us into our spacious room. The room was perfect for our family, comfortably accommodating all six of us with room to spare. The beds were cozy, and the amenities provided were just what we needed for a comfortable stay.

One of the highlights of our stay was the delicious Filipino breakfast served at the resort's restaurant. From traditional favorites like tapsilog and longganisa to freshly baked pandesal and creamy arroz caldo, we were spoiled for choice. The flavors were authentic and satisfying, providing us with the energy we needed for a day of exploration.

The hospitality of the staff was exceptional throughout our stay. They were attentive to our needs and always ready to assist with a smile. Whether it was recommending local attractions or arranging transportation, they went above and beyond to ensure we had a memorable experience.



Early the next morning, I took advantage of the serene surroundings to indulge in a quick yoga session by the pool. The peaceful atmosphere and gentle sound of the ocean waves provided the perfect backdrop for some much-needed relaxation and rejuvenation. 

While Billy's Resort may not have a shoreline, its exterior ambiance more than makes up for it. The resort's swimming pool offers a refreshing escape from the heat, and its direct access to the ocean allows guests to enjoy water activities like snorkeling and kayaking right on their doorstep. The lush greenery and well-manicured gardens add to the resort's charm, creating a tranquil oasis where guests can unwind and connect with nature.


Overall, our stay at Billy's Resort was everything we hoped for and more. From the delicious food to the comfortable accommodations and welcoming staff, it was the perfect retreat for our family getaway. We left feeling refreshed and rejuvenated, already planning our next visit to this hidden gem in Oslob, Cebu.

Thanks for dropping by, for more Travel Experiences of our family of six see more at this JustMom I Travels

Summer in August at SUBIC BAY!


Speaking of Summer Vacation, everyone loves it you know. This summer, my family goes to Subic Bay, Zambales Philippines. Why Subic Bay? It’s because it’s the place where the 22nd Philippine Robotics Olympiad 2023 will be held where our sons are contestants of the event. Since it falls to Summertime, let’s go to Subic Bay without a second thought.


How to go Subic Bay?

If you’re Cebu based, you can take a plane from Mactan International Airport for an hr ride to Clark International Aurport. Then a bus/van ride for two hours at the least to go to Subic Bay Freeport Zone. The plane fare around this time of the year is around Php 3,000. The bus fare is Php500 person or take a van for Php 4000 for 4-6 people can ride. We're so lucky enough to meet a transport service with a very reasonable price and good service to us. Thank you Kuya Mike, for sending us safely to Clark International Airport on time despite of waiting us for so long at the event area since awarding time came very late as scheduled. Click here if you'd like to avail the transport service.

Mactan International Airport

Clark International Airport

Where to stay in Subic Bay?

There are many hotels and condo for rents around the Subic Bay Freeport Zone. You may search through Agoda or Booking.com to find the best deals for room accommodations.

TREASURE ISLAND RESORT

My family prefers to stay at Treasure Island Resort. It’s a beach resort with beachfront access located at Long Beach, Baloy in Subic Bay, Zambales. The facilities of the resort include signature pool inside the premises, beachfront access of the Long Beach in Baloy, Restobar, and Diving Shop.  The family room accommodation starts Php 3,000- 5000 per night with FREE BREAKFAST for two. 

During our stay at the resort for the 4 Days and 3 Nights, we had a great experience at the resort. Starting from the spacious  & neat room we’d stayed, the food and cocktails at the Restobar, accessible beach right infront of the resort, and the courteous & hospitable staffs. 

TREASURE ISLAND RESORT (AGODA.COM)

What to do in Subic Bay?

If you come to Subic Bay purely for leisure, many tourist spots and activities you can engage with just coordinate with the hotel resort management for the available water sports they have and the tourist transport service they recommend. You and your family can do swimming, beach walking, do some beach Yoga if you like, engage with different available water sports, or just sit and watch the beach while sipping your favorite cocktail drinks.

In our case, our family came to Subic Bay for our sons' robotic competitions to attend with and a family vacation as well since we all together visited the place and it's during school break. But then, our time we're divided to go back and forth to the venue of the event, the Subic Bay Gymnasium at the Subic Bay Freeport Zone and the hotel resort. We arrived Subic Bay in Zambales a day before the robotic competition event, so we had whole day to relax and get used to the place and hotel resort. We even visited the venue for the competition to check the area before the competition and stroll the nearby mall and cafes around Subic Freeport Zone. We visited the following sites during our stay at Subic Bay, Zambales. And this is how our Subic Bay experience becomes so memorable! We bring home good memories like winning the competition as 1st Placer for 22nd Philippine Robotics Olympiad 2023 in Robo Sports Category Double Tennis. The MNHS Robotics Team will represent our country as part of the Philippine Robotics National Team to compete in the World Robotics Olympiad 2023 in Panama on November 7-9, 2023.

Subic Bay Freeport Zone

Subic Bay Yatch Club

Wildlife In Need Rescue Center

 

Seafoods You Like at Cebu Yatch Club.

Seafoods You Like at Cebu Yacht Club. 

 At Cebu Yacht Club, you can find diners. resto bar, coffeeshops and restaurants with signature meals from steak to seafoods like live crabs. One Friday afternoon, we dine at Mr. Krab to celebrate the educational milestones of our sons as With Honors students in Junior High School. This year they won Robotics Line Tracing competition from school to Division level and Science Investigatory Project for Tuklas Robotics for Intelligent Machine Category. Indeed, we’re grateful of their achievements and treating them with delicious meals is one way of our appreciations for them for performing well at school. Good job guys! We’re so proud of you!


At Mr. Krab, the Seafood platter with scalloops, shrimps, talong & sea shells halaan, Butterred Chicken, Beef Pochero, Grilled Squid we’re the main meals you can find in our table. Four Season pitcher drink and Tequila Sunrise serve as our beverages for the afternoon meal. For those who loves to eat crab, you can order a live crab and cook accordingly to your preference. We tried it once before. And its so yummy! Price and serving of their food is average. 

While eating our favorite Filipino cuisine, the sea view around and the cool sea breeze really makes us comfy and relax. The restaurant is non-AC building so it’s an open where sea breeze can passes freely around. When you’re dining, just watch out for cats roaming around under the table. 

About parking, you’re free to park anywhere the Cebu Yatch Club area. They have spacious parking area around but during peak hours it will be full but you opt to park at the nearby mall, the Mactan Island Mall.

The food service is great and fast and so with the courteous staffs of the restaurant. They will attend you immediately as you enter the restaurant premises. About the payment method, you can pay with cash or credit card. So much for that I think. So, our dining experience at Mr. Krab seafood restaurant is great and we’re all full and satisfied as we go out from this diner. Until next dining.

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