Chasing Sunrise and Pastel Dreams at Magic Beach Resort

Lambug Beach, Badian, Cebu

It's been more than a year since I left the corporate world, and if there's one thing I constantly miss about it - it's the people I've been and worked with for nearly 7 years. We all eventually left the workplace and moved on with our own personal lives and careers but we're still the same old silly friends together. 

Reiko's Fave Spaghetti with Jolly Pure Goodness Mushrooms

So where did June go again? It's insane that time flies so fast (as I always say). Things at home are sometimes messy or in chaos because of Reiko's early call time in school. I take every chance I can get to wake up at 6 AM, even though I usually sleep at 4 AM. Many times when I just can't bring myself to wake up that early, my husband and mother-in-law are there to help Reiko. 

On one of my previous posts, I shared a few baon ideas (plus got to practice a little bit of food photography). Sometimes we run out of baon ideas for him but it's important that he gets to eat right everyday. It's funny because in one of Reiko's class activities, they were asked to encircle which food/s can help them stay healthy. Reiko encircled hotdog, and pizza (his favorites!) and almost left out fruits and vegetables! Ouch! 


Over the weekend, we prepared one of Reiko's favorites - spaghetti! I initially wanted carbonara, but you know kids will always love spaghetti. Yesterday, I was on a holiday so I went to the nearby grocery store for some ingredients. Good thing everything was readily available. 

Since I had some #adulting stuff to do (not an excuse, lol) - my husband went ahead and cooked the spaghetti. We just used the pasta we have left, then I bought another 400g to add. I also decided to use the creamy spaghetti sauce from Del Monte so that I don't have to buy evaporated milk. So basically we had: 
  • 400g spaghetti pasta + 175g (leftover)
  • 500g creamy spaghetti sauce + another pack of 250g Italian sauce
  • about Php 30 ground pork
  • some hotdogs
  • some onions and other spices you put in a spaghetti
  • just enough of Jolly Mushrooms/Champignons (Pieces & Stems) 

Please don't trust me with measurements. Haha! Everything happened so quickly! Pasta was cooked in about 10 minutes, then comes the sauce. My husband just called me when it was all done. Then I just ate (which is what I'm good at). 

Here's how to make spaghetti in a couple easy steps. In our version, we added the Jolly Mushrooms because Reiko likes it! I think most people know how to cook spaghetti. It's a household favorite, plus it's so easy to cook. Even I who have zero cooking skills can probably nail it. Just kidding! I can nail it if someone helps me in the kitchen! ;) 

I commended my husband for cooking this, although it doesn't look photogenic. LOL. It tastes yummier than it looks though. Ya know, nobody's perfect! ;) 

I even practiced taking photos using my mobile phone. You can read it here - #Foodstagram. I'm not the best but I always try. 

*I received the Jolly Products in exchange for writing this blog post. As usual, all opinions are my own. Also, I finally decided to create a separate blog about lifestyle for my cooking adventures and other motherhood stuff, yay! Please do check it out at Flawsome Ninja. :)

Food Tour Of Three Italian Cities With Different Food Cultures

Italy food tour

*This post is contributed by Ellie Jo for Blissful Snapshots. Photos from Pixabay

Italian cuisine is the choice of the Gods, or some might say. They kind of have a point. Italian food has so many different variations on the same fish because the culture of north and south is so different yet the people are similar. 

See More During Your Holiday Trip To Sri Lanka

sri lanka

*This post is contributed by Ellie Jo for Blissful Snapshots. 

One place which has grown in popularity as a holiday destination is Sri Lanka. With its stunning temples and gorgeous beaches, it’s definitely somewhere you could enjoy spending a week or two during your travels around Asia. 

Forget Travel Bucket List, A Transport Bucket List Is Where It’s At

*This post is contributed by Ellie Jo for Blissful Snapshots. All photos are from Pexels

When it comes to travel and adventure planning, everyone has a bucket list filled with the exciting places that they’d love to visit and see at some point in their life. As you start to work through it and tick places off, it can feel incredible. But, it’s also handy to know that a travel bucket list isn't all that. 

Jolly Back To School Baon Ideas + My Attempt at Food Photography

Jolly Eats PH

The first week of back to school in our household had been a struggle! First, we all found the need to wake up as early as 5 or 6 AM for Reiko's 7 AM class. He's already in Grade 1 and we didn't want him to be late. Second, because the class is too early for all of us, we want to make sure he won't go hungry in school, so breakfast and baon or snack in school is a must. 

Tips and Tricks For Making The Most Of Your Vacation To Greece

*This post is contributed by Ellie Jo for Blissful Snapshots. Featured photo from Unsplash

In recent years there have been many horror stories on the news about Greece and their financial crisis, which might have put many people from traveling over there. However, in such a diverse country, with a variety of different islands to experience, there are still plenty of reasons to travel to Greece. 

Gifts for Father's Day from Gifts Less Ordinary + Dad Photos

Father's Day is coming up real fast in this part of the world! Have you planned your activities yet? I've always believed that everyday should be Father's Day or even Mother's Day, but to dedicate one extra special day for the dads in our lives won't hurt, right? 

Photos Mood Board: Construction Show Cebu Remains Relevant at 25


Last week, Construction Show Cebu (CEBUCON) took the center-stage at the Sky Hall and Mountain Wing Atrium in SM Seaside City to celebrate its 25th year of "building business networks in the construction industry in the Southern Philippines."

Kalye Serye Cebu: Because It's Not Always Rainbows and Butterflies

It's June people! Can you believe that? Anyway, I've been quite busy with a couple of things like planning (or not planning) for my upcoming trip, working/creating contents, catching up with family and friends, and all other sort of stuff a.k.a adulting. Except for what I've mentioned in my previous post, everything's going quite well in my part of the world.