Growing Sprouts with my Kids

Growing my own sprouts was an idea I learned from my brother.  I researched about it and how beneficial and healthful it will be for me and my family.

I invested on a Victorio 4-Tray Seed Sprouter, I read the manual, watched YouTube tutorials and with my daughters, we enjoyed germinating and growing our sprouts.


Our first harvest proved really effective.  The best discovery I had was that our girls love to eat them.  Growing sprouts being easy and money-saving plus fun simply makes it a worthwhile experience we will be doing from now on.

I can’t wait to learn to grow sprouts from a Jar.

Crazy Sippy Straw Cup Hunting (Review) 2012

Back in 2005, it took me a while to find the sippy cup that will work best for our first child, but after several purchases, we finally found what we were looking for. Now, I’m back to hunting and spending and frustration. All these new sippy cup technology and features are just way too frustrating that’s the reason why I am sharing my experience and hopefully give light to other parents who are now in the same boat as I was.


This was one of the first cup I used after weaning my baby from using baby bottles. By the way, for infant bottles, we always loved Dr. Browns but because of cleaning and washing issues, we ended up with Avent Infant Bottles. I introduced Born Free Training cup to my baby and here’s the verdict:


  • Baby loved the handles
  • Easy to sip water
  • No leaking when used for younger babies (6-12 months)
  • Easy to clean
  • When baby learned to shake the bottle with all might, she discovered that water can come out from the spout and she enjoyed playing with the leaking water. One day, I just saw our carpet all wet with water. I discovered that my baby spilled the water by just tapping and tossing and turning her Born Free training cup until it leaked out all the water.
  • The slit/whole on the spout got bigger eventually after a few use (2 months of use)


While shopping at Target, my husband handed me this bottle and said it’s really cheap ($2.99) so we can try it and we might get lucky… we were not.

  • Very light
  • Easy to wash
  • Baby can sip easily
  • Nice design
  • Not insulated
  • Leaks when turned over and shaken
  • Straw was hard to clean


One of my favorite sippy. I guess since my baby used Avent when she was an infant, I’ve been leaning towards her using an Avent sippy cup too. Anyway, I saw this online. Not available in stores anymore (except I think at Sears) so I ordered this at Amazon. It’s a little bit pricey but I get three, 9 oZ. cups with cute designs and colors. I am keeping these for when my baby is about two years old. I am sure she will use this because she likes it now except that it’s too big for her to hold.


  • Cute colors and design
  • Super EASY to clean (dishwasher safe)
  • Very durable
  • Comes with a flip-top lid
  • I especially love the Non-spill bite resistant spout with valve to conrol flow
  • A little expensive and hard-to-find (Amazon still sells this)
  • Too big to hold for very young toddlers like mine (14-month-old)


I honestly don’t like this cup as much as my baby doesn’t like it. Even if you look around on the web, the consumer reviews for this cup is not so good.


  • Nice Design
  • Handle loved by my baby


  • Terribly LEAKS around the nipple/spout area
  • Hard to sip for my 14-month-old
  • Spouts with valves are hard to clean – need special tools just to be sure it’s clean inside
  • LEAKS LEAKS LEAKS – Simple very disappointing for the price..


Their claim that it is non-spill is a NO NO… but because of the soft spout, easy-sip technology, I’d give this cup an 4 Stars out of 5. It serves our purpose so I like it. My baby loved her Avent baby bottle nipple so she really likes this cup too.

For us, it was a GREAT STARTER CUP!!!


  • Easy to find (Toys R Us, Babies R Us, etc.)
  • Easy to clean
  • Handle for easy holding
  • Easy transition from Avent baby bottle for easy weaning
  • Very light and cute design


  • When thrown, the soft spout in squished and leaks (but this only happened to us after using if for a couple of months already)
  • Nipple eventually became loose and falls off from it’s snapped position of the cup.


I got this only because I saw that it has a soft silicone spout and the spout is my top priority in choosing a cup because of my very picky toddler. Nuk wasn’t as we expected it to be…


  • Cute design
  • Lightweight
  • Nice on-the-go cup


  • Spout was soft but it looked like my baby was still drinking from a bottle (defeats purpose of bottle-sippy transitioning)
  • Leaks
  • Spout was too soft my baby ripped the tip after a few use (I guess she has sharp front teeth)


We loved this cup for our first daughter. This was her favorite cup back in 2005. Not only was it very cheap, it was easy to clean too.. But here’s the story now in 2012…..


  • Lightweight and easy grip for toddlers
  • Easy to clean
  • Very very affordable
  • No spill


  • For my baby, the spout was too big … she didn’t like sipping from this spout. It was hard for her
  • Non-insulated

Because we liked this bottle years back, I still recommend other parents to try it. It’s really cheap and nicely designed. My first daughter liked the spout so it’s worth a try if your child will like it too.


Another Nuby products I hoped my baby would like.. But she didn’t. It was worth the try because Nuby products are fairly cheap.


  • Lightweight
  • Easy-to-clean
  • Nice handle


  • My baby didn’t like the spout. She had a hard time sipping plus it was too big for her tiny mouth
  • Super Spout leaks if it is not positioned correctly onto the cover… It was hard to back every after wash
  • Non-insulated
  • Too wide that it wouldn’t fit a stroller bottle holder
  • Lost all the “undetached” covers


Sorry to say this but I HATE this cup! It was so disappointing and each time I washed it, I was frustrated and upset and I wanted to throw it to the wall. My review might not be accurate for others who had a good experience on this cup but I still want to express my frustration so that others new to this cup will be warned.


  • Cheap… ($8.99 + Tax at Target for two cups)
  • Looks and feels durable (didn’t use it too long to prove that it is durable)


  • Too HUGE for toddlers to hold
  • HARDEST in the world to clean because of too many parts that not easy to assemble. And even if you can assemble properly after reading the manual, the straw inside falls by itself when bottle is shaken.
  • Baby gets upset and frustrated when while drinking, she suddenly sips air and no milk when the straw inside detaches from the attachment with just a light shake (NOT GOOD with sleepy, hungry and tired babies… too upsetting I tell yah!)
  • Too big to fit in standard cup holders for strollers, carseats, or even diaper bags

And the winner…..


How do I love thee… let me count the ways.


  • Very cute designs (our is Backyardigans but it also comes in assorted animals, Dora, Spongebob, Elmo, Thomas the Tank and I think even NiHao Kai Lan)
  • Insulated (and works perfect too)
  • Easy cleaning, assembly of parts is a breeze…
  • Baby sips well. Not too easy – not too hard
  • Perfect grip for my baby… it’s not too wide to hold.
  • Most importantly – LEAK PROOF!!!!! Plus I love the Click-Lock Leak Proof Technology


  • For now, I don’t see anything negative – that’s why it’s the WINNER!!!!!

For more information on Munchkin’s Click Lock Leak Proof Technology, here’s a quoted paragraphs from Munchkin’s website:

Munchkin’s new line of Click Lock™ Cups are just right because they just CLICK. These cups feature a simple click-and-lock lid to securely close for a leak proof seal – guaranteed. Parents will see, hear and feel the cup lock, so they have triple assurance against dribbles and drips. Munchkin is so confident these new cups are mess-free, we are backing up the promise with a 100% replacement guarantee.

I hope my short review on different sippy cups will help other parents buy the right cup for their use. I have yet to try the Thermos Funtainer. I bought a Ni Hao Kai Lan Funtainer for my incoming Kindergartener back in 2009 and it lasted really long. It was very durable and it kept her drinks cold for a long time. I will buy one for my toddler soon.

That’s it for now! I am done buying sippy cups except for the Funtainer and maybe some extra Munchkin cups for back-up.

Have fun with your hunting! :)


Morning Has Broken

A beautiful song played to me by my daughter on my birthday. :)

When I hear this song, I remember memories of childhood.  I think we own a vinyl record with this song in it.

 Lyrics of Morning Has Broken are as follows:

Morning has broken, like the first morning
Blackbird has spoken, like the first bird
Praise for the singing, praise for the morning
Praise for them springing fresh from the Word.
Sweet the rain’s new fall, sunlit from heaven
Like the first dewfall, on the first grass
Praise for the sweetness of the wet garden
Sprung in completeness where His feet pass.
Mine is the sunlight, mine is the morning
Born of the one light, Eden saw play
Praise with elation, praise every morning
God’s recreation of the new day.

The Ultimate Filipino Elvis Fan (STORYLINE)

Remedios Quintos Ferranco was featured on a local Philippine show called Storyline. This documentary shows us the Remy Ferranco we all know and how much she loves being an Elvis Presley fan.

If you have twenty minutes available, keep on reading and watching.  This is a video of my Mom when she was featured on TV in a show called “Storyline.”  It was during their season 3 when this show was broadcasted on Philippine TV, I think in 2008 if I remember well.

Being away for my Mom, and watching this video makes me feel so enthusiastic about seeing her soon when we visit her this summer.  To all of her friends who will be watching this.. feel free to send her a message through me.

She’s strong, she’s hardworking, she’s proud, she’s loving and she’s an avid fan.  My Mom.

Storyline:  “Everyone is a story”

Les Misérables – The Official Trailer (2012)

The story of my life’s Les Misérables

I first learned about this musical when I was a sophomore back in high school.  Each class was to perform a broadway musical presentation and our class picked Les Miserables.  I played Cosette.  It was a memorable day…. too bad we didn’t have a video camera then.  Find me on the photo below…

During those younger years, I never heard about Les Mis before and I only knew and heard songs from The Sound of Music, Grease, and Cats.  It was during these years when my passion for music was at it’s best.

University of the Philippines Integrated School – 9 Silver (1990)

I took voice lessons since I was 8 and it was during my early teens in 1989 was when I first attempted to audition for a musical and sang On My Own (from Les Mis) and I Still Believe (from Miss Saigon)

In 2001, my husband and I watched Les Misérables at the Orpheum Theatre in San Francisco.  Once the orchestra started playing their ensemble, I had tears in my eyes.  Literally, tears pouring down my cheeks.  It was a dream come true.

At present, as a mother who loves this production, I have greatly influenced my “almost” 8-year-old daughter and she can now sing most of the songs from this musical.  Now I have to work on my 13-month-old :)

Here’s my daughter singing Castle on a Cloud (2010)

I can’t wait to see this movie and own a DVD.  I am proud to be a Les Miz fan!


Before I was a Mom … I never felt how it was to instantly love a stranger the moment you held them in your arms after birth.  It was a feeling of unfathomable love.

Before I was a mom … I had a shower in the morning and before I went to bed.

Before I was a mom … everything I saw my Mom did for me was a mystery.  I questioned every decision she made for me, protested against her strict ways of running the household, felt embarrassed with her when she just wanted to spend time with me, and never quite appreciated her sacrifice for me.

Before I was a mom … I had my career and my professional social life.  I wore tailored clothes and high-heeled shoes.  I blow-dried my hair everyday and I didn’t smell like baby powder, chicken teriyaki, or Clorox spray.

Before I was a mom … I never had to check on anybody at night and made sure they are warm and snuggled in their blankets.  I slept all night long and woke up late specially on weekends.

Before I was a mom … I ironed my jeans.

Before I was a mom … our home was completely clean and neat.  No hand prints on the sliding glass doors, no toys under the bed, no rubber duckies in the tub, no colorful mismatched utensils in my kitchen, no dolls and knick knacks anywhere in the house.  It was truly immaculate.

Before I was a mom … it wasn’t a diaper bag or an extra-large purse for me…

Before I was a mom … I loved to go window shopping.  Spent hours driving around town, store-hopping and shopping.

Before I was a mom … I only have two to three loads of laundry in a week.  I didn’t care about the cost of laundry soap, the price of bringing clothes to the cleaners, and the cost of clothes even if I didn’t like the style.

Before I was a mom

I was ignorant and life was incomplete.  Motherhood taught me honor and made me selfless.

However, this post is not about me nor is it for me.  It is for my Mommy.

My Mommy who tried her best to provide us with everything we needed.  She sacrificed a lot, thinking that what she was doing was always for the good of her children.  She taught me to be ambitious, thrifty, compassionate, honest, God-loving, hardworking, and most importantly, she made sure I know how to love my family with all my heart and commit myself to being a good mother and wife.

Happy Mother’s Day to my Mom.  I love you Ma!

Skaters’ Waltzin’ with Shades

Break… break… break from photography and cooking.

Spring recital 2011 she was 7 years old and played “The Skaters’ Waltz” by Emile Charles Waldteufel.

Awesome melody to my proud Momma ears.  Hard-work and perseverance are what it takes to enjoy this kind of performance at home.  I am glad and really overjoyed that my baby loves her music.


SUPERMOON 2012 lighted Irvine’s night sky

At exactly 8:09PM, I finished putting our children to bed. I ran to my husband telling him I needed to go out and drive around to take a few shots of the Super Moon that’s expected to be at it’s brightest and biggest this year (2012) at exactly 8:34PM Pacific Standard Time.

I grabbed my Nikomat film camera and made sure I had all my accessories with me to help guarantee a good shot of the beautiful moon tonight. I also brought my DSLR camera to be certain that I can take a few digital shots and bring home proof to my husband of this gorgeous display of tonight’s clear skies.

To make a long story short (because I am posting this and writing this at exactly 9:29PM, I just got home and am too excited)… here’s a sample of my shot.


Lens: AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED

Date/Time: 5/5/2012 8:35:40PM PDT

Focal length (35mm): 232.0mm

ISO 160 f/11 1/100 155mm

I wish my family had gone with me. I would’ve taken a much beautiful view of the moon from where I drove around the dark corners of Irvine. Security was my priority and I didn’t want to be along a dark street by myself.

There’s always a next year :)

Hope you like my composition!