Saturday, November 30, 2013

Sausage Penne Pasta

Last weekend, I treated my husband to a home-cooked sausage penne pasta. He arrived from a weeklong seminar in Hong Kong, so Zohan and I greeted him with our pasta recipe made with lotsa lovin! ;)

Here's the little boy trying to help me out. I allowed him to peel off the dry portion of the onions. 


I got the recipe from Real Mom Kitchen  but as usual, I tweaked it again to suit our Pinoy taste. I used Delimondo's Schublig with cheese sausage, which was my husband's favorite. I also added canned mushrooms.

Here's my version:

Delimondo Sausage Penne Pasta

  • 500 grams uncooked penne pasta 
  • 4 pcs. Delimondo's Schublig with cheese sausage
  • 1 small onion, halved and sliced
  • 1/2 medium green pepper, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomato (I couldn't find a can with garlic so I roasted lots of garlic first and mixed it in.)
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • Grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 small can of diced mushrooms
  1. Cook pasta according to package directions.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook the sausage, mushrooms, onion and green pepper in oil over medium heat until sausage is no longer pink and vegetables are tender.
  3. Add the tomatoes, tomato sauce and seasonings; heat through.
  4. Drain pasta; toss with tomato mixture. Sprinkle with cheese.


The picture didn't look appetizing at all because I used the wrong photo effect! But the husband said this was the best pasta I've ever served him (and I've served him a lot since we started dating!) so that should make you believe me. Haha. Even Zohan said it was good; I paired it with banana grapes smoothie.


See the look of satisfaction in his face?


I might cook it for our Noche Buena. Go try it at home and let me know how it goes :)

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Maternity Fashion featuring Anna Patajo

Today, we feature Anna Patajo, a fellow lawyer and blogger. Her blog is one of my favorites because it's very relaxed, refreshing and informative. Go visit her site at www.bluelawbyanna.blogspot.com and show some love :)

Just a side kwento - when I saw one of Anna's #themommycloset posts on Instagram (with the burger wife beater top, specifically) I was inspired to do a maternity fashion feature in this blog. So I really have to thank Anna, first for the inspiration, and second, for agreeing to be featured here. Thanks AAP! Hehe.

Without further ado, here's Anna and her take on maternity fashion:

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Dressing up for this pregnancy has been easier for me because 1) it's my 2nd pregnancy, and 2) I don't work full time.  With my first kid, it was much much tougher because I had to come up with maternity corporate attire 5 days a week.  Most of the time I ended up looking really losyang - or like a really uptight stereotype school principal.  With this 2nd pregnancy, I knew better.  I limited buying maternity clothes - whatever I bought were mostly loose dresses I could wear with belts after giving birth, and I got a lot of stretchy maxi dresses which I can again wear after giving birth.   

During the first 2 trimesters, I wore my regular clothes - I just used a belly band for my pants and jeans.   I avoided loose and baggy tops and dresses because they make any pregnant woman look even bigger. I wore tight tops - I noticed that the more you emphasized and celebrated your belly, the leaner you actually look.  Now that I'm in my last trimester, stretchy midi skirts, form-fitting maxi dresses and long slim tank dresses are my best friends.




I'm sharing this because I love that burger wife beater top, haha!  It's from Forever 21.  I was 26 weeks pregnant in Outfit 2, and wearing a wife beater from Forever 21, Uniqlo joggers, and Melissa x Karl Lagerfeld flats.   Since I refused to buy maternity pants with this 2nd pregnancy, I found a great alternative with those Uniqlo joggers.  They're lounge pants actually but I can dress them up with heels if I have to - plus the waist is garterized, so I just wear it below my belly now.  (It's only Php 590 in Uniqlo, I believe, and comes in 3 colors, so bili na, fellow preggos!).  

I'm 27 weeks pregnant in Outfit 1.   I started wearing my tunic dresses as shirts at this point!   The chambray dress-worn-as-a-shirt is from Uniqlo, the belt is Calvin Klein, pants from Gap (worn with a belly belt), and sandals from Salt Water.



I'm 29 weeks pregnant in that picture.   I came from my baby shower.  I'm wearing a Basic House tank dress, bed jacket from Brown Belly, and the same Salt Water sandals.

When I have to go to the office, I wear this stretchy midi skirt from Gap, or midi skirts from Basic House, and pair those with tunic dresses in lieu of shirts.  Or I wear smock dresses (which I used to wear already before I got pregnant). Still no maternity wear.  I also live in Melissa shoes.  I just throw on a blazer or cardigan so I'll look more "lawyerly."

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There you go! Thank you for the tips Anna. And again, if any of you dear readers happened to be pregnant and interested in featuring your maternity fashion here, or you want somebody featured, let's inspire each other and make pregnancy more fun by emailing me here.

Watch out for the next Maternity Fashion feature! 

Friday, November 15, 2013

Finally found my (hopefully) VBAC doctor!

This is actually a late post because I already settled with an OB who's willing to do a VBAC at the onset of my pregnancy. But I'm quite hesitant to post specific details of my dream VBAC, baka mausog and all. 

Recently though, I realized that there could be other readers out there who may have significant experiences to share, and who, for some reason or another, stumbled upon this humble space of mine in the blogosphere. 

In addition, I was also inspired by my new-found philosophy that happiness is in the planning, so with the proper frame of mind how to manage in case all these preparations turned out to be nil, I had mustered enough courage to tell you about it.

I previously consulted two other OBs in my quest for a VBAC doctor. The first one was from UP-PGH whom I consulted for a preliminary determination of my chances. (At that time, I was not yet expecting. I wrote about it here.) Upon learning that I was pregnant, we went to the second doctor, who was from Makati Med. This doctor said she would only do a VBAC if she was the one who performed the prior caesarian. I never went back to her clinic.

Instead, I asked Zohan's pediatrician, Dra. Vienne Saulog, if she knew of a good VBAC doctor, and she recommended Dra. Valerie Tiempo-Guinto. I looked her up and learned that she is the Chief of the Section of Maternal and Fetal Medicine in UP-PGH and the Head of the Section of Maternal and Fetal Medicine in St. Luke's-BGC. How was that for a background?

So my husband and I decided to visit her clinic in Don Santiago Building in Manila, just right across PGH. At the onset, I already informed her of my preferred birth method and asked her of my chances. I took out all the medical records of my first pregnancy and she looked at my history. Through ultrasound, she examined the incision done inside my tummy to determine if its location would impede an attempt to do a vaginal birth. She also confirmed the findings of the first VBAC doctor whom we consulted.

After all the initial examinations, Dra. Guinto came up with the conclusion that I have a good chance to do a VBAC. I had been seeing her every month since, and each time, I would always ask about my chances. Thankfully, my pregnancy had been uneventful and her answer remained the same. 

I am very much comfortable with Dra. Guinto. She isn't chirpy and comforting and sweet - in fact, she's the exact opposite. She looks and sounds tough, almost aloof - but I guess when one is an expert at high-risk pregnancies, being calm, composed and detached is a necessary requirement. And that's exactly how she appears to me. Despite her lack of knack for small talks, she is very thorough in explaining things without any sugarcoating. And with the premise that I want to do a VBAC, she is exactly what I need.

I am now at my third trimester, week 29 to be exact, and it seems I'm all geared up for the delivery room. After a thorough deliberation, my husband and I have decided that I will give birth at Manila Doctors, where Dra. Guinto is also an affiliate doctor. I am looking forward to the empowering experience and with Dra. Guinto's help, I have a really good feeling this "push project" will push through. So help me God.




Saturday, November 9, 2013

Maternity Fashion: How to Dress your Baby Bump in Style (Featuring Aimee Diego)

I couldn't believe myself when I typed down the title. I thought a fashion post was the last thing that could be found written in my blog because while I could be many things, being sartorially elegant was definitely not one of them. No matter how hard I tried to dress up, I would always find myself unconsciously going back to my simple, classic, if not boring, dressing style.

The dilemma worsened when I got pregnant, because dressing up a baby bump (fashionably) could be as elusive as a preggo's good night sleep. Even if I tried to find inspiration from the internet, there was no way I could pull off the suggested wardrobe pieces unless I magically turned into a pregnant Miranda Kerr.

So what's a girl to do? Well, I tapped some real talent - real women who I looked up to because they made maternity fashion looked so easy! And they sported looks that were actually comfortable and practical, yet aesthetically pleasing to the eyes - something that the rest of us pregnant mommas could draw inspiration from.

My plan was to do a one-time post featuring three of my very accommodating friends whom I coaxed to be featured in this silly post. But when Aimee sent me her photos, my eyes had a feast that I thought it wouldn't be fair if this would happen just this one time. So kindly indulge me as I would be doing a series of posts featuring my fashionable  pregnant friends. 

For the launch of this segment, and with much gratitude, here's Aimee Diego of www.iamimeediego.com and her take on maternity fashion:

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When it comes to dressing up for my second pregnancy, I only have two rules in mind...one, to make sure I dress for comfort and two, to wear only what I have in the closet and not result to maternity wear. Not that I have beef against maternity wear per se. It's just that coming from my first pregnancy, I realized that those things are not just overpriced, but also have no use whatsoever the moment the baby pops out of your vajayjay. Or in my case, abdomen. Some of the cuts can also look unflattering and matronly. 

I'm sharing three photos of my myself and 8th month belly. No glam fashion shots here but just sensible everyday outfits, utilizing pieces that I already have in my closet.  





This is my standard work outfit. We're all about casual dressing in the office so we don't need to come to work in corporate attire. Ladies, just because you're preggers doesn't mean you should shy away from prints. If you're not comfortable with prints, instead of large ones perhaps you can go with the small prints which I think work best with the preggy belly. In this outfit, I wore a black dress with beige prints from Elle and threw on a black cardigan, a bazaar find. On my neck, I wore an Elena Bautista bespoke initial necklace which I won in a giveaway from The Soshal Network and to spruce it up a bit more, I added a two-strand necklace that I found in Forever 21. I like the key pendants as I feel that they are quite symbolic. One represents my 4-year-old daughter and the other one represents the little boy who is about to make his debut next month! My kids are my treasures and they hold the keys to my heart. Naks naman!!! Anyway, I paired the whole outfit with black flat swirly sandals from Forever 21. I'm grateful that my feet have not swollen into epic proportions. But yikes pardon the dry skin on my legs! What can I say, dry skin is one of the banes of pregnancy. haha.


This is my standard shopping/grocery day outfit. Here I wore a black ribbed tank top from Uniqlo (I like showing off my bump this way hihi), faded low waist jeans from Babo, Yosi Samra flats and to accessorize, I wore a beaded necklace that I bought in Palawan a few years back. When shopping, eco bags are a must! I have tons! This one is a collab by Chalk X Team Manila. I also have my trusty Longchamp bag that is spacious and versatile enough that it can be used as a working bag, travel bag, shopping bag, diaper bag and throw-everything bag. 



For a little lunch out with girl friends, this would be my standard outfit. I threw on a flirty floral top from Elle and paired it with my Simply Vera by Vera Wang dark wash jeggings. I know some people hate jeggings but that stretchable fabric is a savior for my growing thighs! On my feet (pardon the veins), I wore a pair of beige Marikina-made shoes that I found in Market! Market! I love how comfy and cheap these shoes are. As for the accessories, I kept it at a minimum and just threw on my small vintage Casio gold watch.

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That was fun, wasn't it? And if any of you dear readers happened to be pregnant and interested in featuring your maternity fashion here, or you want somebody featured, let's inspire each other and make pregnancy more fun by emailing me here.

Watch out for the next series of Maternity Fashion! 


Monday, November 4, 2013

Trick or Treat Year Two: #medyofail

The little boss had spoken; he wanted to dress up as a tiger for halloween this year. So, the parents obliged.

The biggest hurdle was to look for a tiger costume that was cute but wouldn't cost us an arm and a leg. Of course, he would only be using it once, so it had to be practical. Unlike last year when we dressed him up as a Buddhist monk and the costume could easily be DIY-ed, a tiger costume was not really easy to make. Plus, the video tutorial required an orange overall, which we did not have at home. So, instead of buying a piece, I decided to buy a full costume altogether. 

Unfortunately, the ones sold at the malls (we went to four!) ranged from P500 to P1,000. I thought that was too much, so my husband tried our luck online. Fortunately, he saw one at sulit.com (we dig second-hand stuff, sue us.), which he immediately bought.



When the costume was delivered to our home, Zohan was so excited. He was so proud of his tiger costume. So I thought everything was going along smoothly.


Practice practice pag may time.

Well, what do I know, that was all for show, apparently. During the annual Trick or Treat party at our place, Zohan refused to wear the head-dress of his tiger costume. Towards the end of the night, he wanted to just wear his sando. Haha.


Sorry, I am not the techiest person. I couldn't remove the red-eye in our photos.


I had to cut him some slack as those white furs were really itchy.

When we followed the trail of the candy stations, the poor boy got scared of the different halloween creatures that added to his already sour mood.


Well, who wouldn't?




After dinner was served, we decided to call it a night. 




Look at my poor tiger who couldn't wait to undress. 


The following day, I took the day off from work because it was Trick or Treat in Kristan's office. Zohan flatly refused to wear the tiger costume, and I did not insist on it anymore. He had a rough halloween, I must say.




But he did enjoy his "pop" (lollipop) and the toy Blackberry. Thank you OSG!

At two years old, my son already had preferences and he passionately fought for it. I really didn't mind, though. After all, I just wanted him to experience these events, with or without the silly costumes.

Maybe next year, when Zohan is three, Trick or Treat parties will be a more exciting experience for him. And we can bring our second baby too. (And dress him up as a tiger, what do you think?)



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