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Thursday, January 14, 2021

Hi! My name is Jeng. I'm a nurse and have been such since 2008. I was lucky enough to be able to receive a COVID-19 vaccine because of my job status. Here's my experience and thoughts about it.

Since I work as a nurse, I am part of the first tier of people able to receive the vaccine. I was able to get a link that allowed me to set up a appointment to receive the vaccine. After inputing my information and getting the desired time and date that I wanted, I received confirmation e-mails as well as links to information and fact sheets regarding the vaccines. It was either the Pfizer or Moderna version but personally, it didn't matter to me. Aside from the signed consent form, I also brought a proof of employment or id containing my role.

I arrived at the site roughly 20 minutes before my time slot. It took me around 45 minutes to get in the building. During this time, I noticed a number of police officers outside. Also, there were staff reminding people to stay 6 ft apart. Once I got it, they checked my name against a list and checked my credentials. There were 3 stations that I would need to visit. The first one was to double check and verify your consent and current status. They would ask if you're pregnant, had any vaccine allergic reactions, or received a vaccine within the past few weeks. Unfortunately, you're not allowed to receive the COVID-19 vaccine if you answered  yes to any of those questions. Also, you can only receive the same type of brand of vaccine if it's your second dose.

The second station would be where they would inject you. Here, the staff would double check your information and also ask you a few more questions. They would also remind you that you need to stay 15-30 minutes after getting the vaccine. They would ask you to sit down and give the shot in the arm. Aside from that, they would give you a vaccine record card that has all the information including your return date for the second vaccine. This time, they administered the MODERNA vaccine. I had to return a month after. If I couldn't get the vaccine on the same date, I can do it a day or so later.

Afterwards, I was led to an observation area where there were chairs spaced out and available. This is the third and final station. Take note, there is someone that would clean and disinfect each chair after use for both the administration area and the observation area. Here, they gave you a tape with the time that you're able to leave. According to them, they would monitor you for 15-30 minutes. There were a number of EMS staff around just in case you needed some medical attention. While waiting, you could check out the fact sheets and the app or website that the CDC has on the vaccine. VSAFE is a program that would allow you to check-in and report how you are doing. If they see something that is a red flag, they would contact you and help you out.

All in all, everything was well-planned and organized. From start to finish, there were staff present. Someone would check the credentials and your name against a list, someone would guide you, there's a list of questions that are asked, professionals administer the vaccine, you're observed for a few minutes, and then you're done. Social distancing was practiced and they would clean high touch areas. Overall, it took me around 1 hour and 15 minutes. Not bad.

So of course, I wanted to treat myself. I went to a Korean Food Court and had a delicious meal. For those asking how everything went, here's a link to my Youtube video describing my experience from start to 24 hours after the administration of the Moderna vaccine. 

Disclaimer: wrote this based on my experience. please read up on the facts regarding vaccine and administration. This article is not a fact sheet. Please contact your healthcare provider if you have questions or concerns regarding Covid-19 and the vaccine.
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Tuesday, November 10, 2020
WINERY PH 11/11 Clearance Sale: Getting Ready For The Next Drink Up

Sometimes, you just want to have a great drink together with that juicy steak or meal that you've been planning. Maybe you just want to unwind and relax. Since being under lock down and in a pandemic, what other way to have your wines or e-numan in the metro but through WINERY PH. It's a local website that could get your quality wines to you within a couple of business days.

Tomorrow 11/11, WINERY PH will be having a clearance sale. Aside from their low priced drinks, they will have more to offer. As high as 41-56% off from really good wines. If that's not enough, if you get half a dozen or even a dozen more, you get a bulk price discount automatically.

If that's not enough, they even give you an automatic 500 Php off on your first order.
So, remember tomorrow 11/11/2020, WINERY PH will have an online clearance sale that is just amazing. Quality wines are can never be more affordable than this. 

Best for you to check them out at

Disclaimer:wrote this as a sponsored post for
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Monday, August 24, 2020
9 POPULAR DISHES: You Can Recreate at Home

Months of quarantine have prompted many to explore their culinary talents and recreate dishes that broke the internet. From street food to drink mixes, desserts, restaurant favorites, and fancier versions of convenience store food, many have learned to recreate popular dishes in their own kitchen. 
Here are nine popular dishes you can try to make at home.
Mac n' Cheese is considered one of the most beginner-friendly dishes to cook at home. it only needs macaroni, milk, and cheese mixed in a pot. Mac n' cheese also comes in all shapes and sizes, making it one of the most versatile and delicious dishes out there.
 One popular mac n' cheese dish uses Beecher's flagship cheese sold in public markets and grocery stores in the U.S. The good news is you don't have to flu to the U.S. to taste this mac n' cheese dishes. USE THIS RECIPE TO REPLICATE THE FAMOUS BEECHER'S mac n' cheese with ingredients available in your grocery store. 
Cookies are a great snack to munch on or to give as rewards after your kids have finished arranging their toys or doing their chores. The Luxurious DOUBLETREE BY HILTON HOTEL shares its recipe on how to create their signature chocolate chip cookies. If you want chunkier chocolate chips on your cookies, PRET A MANAGER recommends using large chocolate buttons.
With the Christmas countdown beginning in September, you might want to take advantage of being in quarantine to master cooking paella. Originally a laborer's dish, this Spanish course has become one of the most well-known European dishes. SPAIN ON A FORK shows you how to recreate the authentic seafood paella from Valencia that will be perfect for your family Noche Buena.
Baked sushi is another dish that became popular on social media due to many vloggers and chef's recreating the recipe. This has led to many online entrepreneurs selling baked sushi to bring the contemporary dish to homes everywhere. BUT YOU CAN MAKE YOUR OWN BAKED SUSHI AT HOME since sushi ingredients are available at Asian grocery marts and online sellers of Korean and Japanese food.  Here's my version of the BAKED SUSHI that I made at home easily.
Yet another international classic, fish n'chips allows you to get a taste of London, Engliand without leaving home. Fish & Co., a restaurant in SM North EDSA's Sky Garden, is one of the few places you can order fish n' chips from. Sm North EDSA is just MINUTES AWAY FROM ETON CENTRIS making it easily accessible if you live in this side of the city.
If you live in an area where fish n' chips isn't available for delivery, you can still satiate your fish n' chips craving by MAKING YOUR OWN VERSION OF THE BRITISH DELICACY AT HOME.

The milk tea craze has just gotten bigger when the quarantine was implemented. Food delivery services have made it possible for you to explore various milk tea flavors and quech your thrist for sugary drinks. 
If you are craving milk tea but you want to save money from buying a cup weekly, you can make your own for cheaper. THERE ARE RECIPES THAT SHOW YOU HOW TO MAKE VARIOUS MILK TEA FLAVORS with ingredients you have at home or from your grocery store.
These soup dumplings from Jiangsu Province, China have stirred the interest of dumpling lovers everywhere. It is perfect with rice and hot tea, and the idea of having broth inside the dumpling is baffling and offers a magical eating experience at the same time. 
Recreating xiao long bao at home might require a lot of practice as preparing the dough for the wrapper alone is already quite tedious. But with patience, YOU CAN LEARN TO CREATE THE PERFECT SOUP DUMPLINGS AT HOME.
The Vietnamese noodle soup is perfect for the chilly rainy weather. With its thick noodles, hearty broth, perfect slices of beef, and spices, pho remains a favorite soup dish all over the world. Other than being delicious, beef pho is also healthy and easy to cook in your kitchen. A RECIPE BY THE ASIAN FOOD NETWORK teaches you how to recreate Vietnam's beloved beef noodles soup.
Iced blended coffee is also one of the most popular drinks for many. But because many coffee shops remain closed and only a few offer delivery, it might not be ideal for some to line up and wait for their orders. The good news is that THESE DRINKS CAN BE EASILY REPLICATED with crushed ice, chocolate syrup, chocolate chips, spices, and a blender in your kitchen.
With the ongoing coronavirus pandemic keeping you and your family at home, take time to recreate these well-loved dishes. Enjoy and hone your culinary skills while staying safe. 

Disclaimer:  Some Photos are care of pixabay. 
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Thursday, July 23, 2020

 So it's been like this. Preferring to eat at home just because you won't know if it's safe to eat out. With COVID cases in the thousands, it would make sense to eat at home. At least, you're sure of the stuff that you get. One of the things that I was lucky enough to try out would be PACIFIC WEST SEAFOOD. It's a known brand that has ready to cook frozen meals. To be specific, they got very good restaurant quality seafood. 
They sent on over a number of easy to cook frozen seafood. I like how you don't need to be a great chef to have restaurant grade dishes. For today, I was able to try 4 of their special dishes. From Dusted Baby Squid, Lemon Pepper Squid Chunks, Popcorn Shrimps, and Cheesy Fish Fillet.
 Cooking them is pretty easy. No need to thaw, just heat up a pan with oil. Then, deep fry for roughly 3-4 minutes or until golden brown.
 Whoever did the RND on the Cheesy Fish Fillet is a genius. The breading kept the cheese inside. It didn't leak and destroy the dish. This actually reminded me of a seafood restaurant that shall not be named but it's really that good. Partner this with some aoili sauce or lemon and butter plus some chips or fries and you're good to go.
 I was actually thinking how to differentiate the two types of squid that was sent over. The dusted one is a little darker in color because of the breading. It was also more formed compared to the chunks. In contrast, the chunks are a like small balls made with breading and cut up pieces of squid. The popcorn shrimp though would be perfect with some cocktail sauce. My goodness, everything in this seafood platter is pretty good.
These and a lot more from Pacific West Seafood is available from @afcphils or Alternative Food Corp ( for delivery and online order. They're also available in Rustans Supermarket, Shopwise, Fishermall, Best Value Factory Outlet (Eastwood), and in other major supermarkets.

Disclaimer:These items were sent on over. I wrote this based on my experience and opinions.
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Wednesday, July 1, 2020

This is not your ordinary munchin. It looks normal from the outside but these donuts are different. MILKY DUST DONUTS is extraordinary. A brainchild of Twinkle Lacsamana, this is her labor of love.
Sprinkled with sugar dusting, different small balls of fun would surprise customers. Each has a filling that would make you want to eat more.
Mocha would definitely be our favorite. The mixture found inside makes it a perfect one for coffee lovers.
Chocolate tastes a bit traditional for me. The bread is soft and moist. They're pretty good as a snack on the go.
There's also a milky vanilla flavor and ube cheese. The vanilla is a little too sweet for me. The ube has a familiar cheese flavor inside it. Maybe next time, I'll ask her not to add sugar coatings so that I can eat some more.
You could check them out in instagram @milkydustdonuts . They're based in Edsa, Pasay. They currently have 4 flavors. Dark Mocha, Ube Cheese, Vanilla Milk, and Pure Chocolate.

Disclaimer: wrote this based on my experience. I ordered and paid for some of these donuts but where also given some as a treat.
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Friday, May 29, 2020
TAKING CARE OF YOUR GUT: World Digestive Health Day 2020

 As a foodie, I tend to go overboard with food. Who wouldn't right? With food present left and right, it's a bit too much sometimes. Especially now that Metro Manila is in a quarantine, we tend to create dishes and eat as long as we want to. One thing I realized early on is that we need to take care of our gut. 
Today is WORLD DIGESTIVE HEALTH DAY 2020. Today, it's all about taking care of our tummy. It's something that we need to do to keep up with everything that's happening around us.
 Stress, oily dishes, and not eating on time could lead to problems for our stomach. It's better to have a preventive approach when it comes to this. Eat healthy dishes like veggies. Go for high fiber intake. Don't forget to take in tons of fluids. Exercise is also the best way to go.
 Just in case, you might need some medications that could help you out. When, there's pain involved, there's a decrease in the way we move about. It's best to take care of it asap. If we're having loose bowel, we need to take care of it just so that we don't get dehydrated. On the flipside, having constipation is also bad for us. It's all about balance.  Sanofi Philippines sent on over some samples of their dependable meds. As always, please consult your healthcare provider before taking any of these.
 If you're feeling constipated, DULCOLAX will be your best bet. It's best to take it before you sleep just so that when you wake up, you'll have an easier bowel movement. Best to drink it with a full glass of water.
On the other hand, when you have loose bowel movement, ERCEFLORA is a great medication when you're trying to restore the normal balance in your tummy. It's basically a probiotic to help your gut return to normal. They now offer these for kid as well in the form of Probi Bears.
 Essentiale Forte P is something for your liver. It helps protect and promote liver health especially when you have a chronic liver disease. So, it's best for you to take alcoholic drinks in moderation and never go overboard.
BUSCOPAN is a great antispasmodic medication to help you with abdominal pain. They now offer one that's targeting cramps for our female friends with the Buscopan Venus. These would help decrease stomach spasms and help us get through the day.

SANOFI is encouraging everyone to talk about their gut feelings. They're using the hashtags #WDHD and #LetsTalkAboutGutFeelings. Maybe you could share your stories too. Cheers.

Disclaimer: wrote this based on my experience. These sample medications were care of Sanofi Philippines. As always, please consult a doctor before taking any of these medications. There are contraindications and also severe reactions that may occur to some when taking in these medications.
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