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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Travelling to Asia with a Toddler - Entertainment Haul

We are going to Asia in June to visit both our families. Jacob will be 22 months by then. Travelling to Korea in June is sooooooo expensive but we have no choice. My husband can't go on vacation before May 24th, July is the height of rainy season in the Philippines and Jacob turns 2 in August. So really, June is the best time for us.

I'm dreading the trip. Our first stop is to meet my family in the Philippines. However, my husband will be flying in a week after. Which means, Jacob and I would have to take the 14hr flight from JFK to Incheon Airport (South Korea), a 4hr layover at Incheon Airport and another 4hr flight to Philippines. I'm not sure how this is going to go. So as always, I started planning. I read a lot of blogs and watched countless of YouTube videos on what to do on a long haul flight.

I made a video on the things I bought from Target yesterday. These aren't everything I'm bringing. I still have to buy a couple of things to add for Jacob and for myself.

P.S. I'm sorry I looked super yellow. I didn't realize how bad it looked until towards the end. By that time, I was too lazy to refilm the entire thing.


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Sunday, October 13, 2013

Instagram Videos: Jacob @ 14 Months

Here are some of the instagram videos I took of Jacob recently. If you haven't yet, please follow us on instagram and youtube.

Instagram: eyps49
Youtube: da1andonli49

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Apple Picking

I LOVE fall! Pumpkin spice, apple cider, colorful leaves, cool weather.. I love everything. It was a must that we go apple picking. We had such a great time. We went to Barton's Orchard which is about an hour and 30 minutes away from our place. It was definitely a drive but a scenic one which makes it even better.

The orchard is big and hosts a whole lot of activities like corn maze, mining, petting zoo, pumpkin patch and a whole lot more. Jacob loves the wind and he had an awesome time running on the field with the cool breeze. We will definitely make this a yearly tradition.

Here are some of the photos from our apple picking adventure.
















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Jacob's Teddy Bear Picnic 1st Birthday

On August 17th, we held Jacob's 1st birthday party at a local park. It was a success!! We were so lucky to have such great weather that day. Our friends also help us set up and my friend Geff was our photographer. Most of our friends came and the food were so delicious. We couldn't have asked for anything more.






Since Jacob is half Korean, I wanted to make sure that he gets to experience Korean culture and traditions. So for his first birthday, we did a doljabi. Doljabi is a fortune telling ritual wherein the child chooses his/her future path. For Jacob's doljabi, the items we had were a stethoscope (doctor), mic (musician), crayons (artist), book (scholar), ball (athlete) and money (wealth). During the party, our friends and families got to vote which item they think Jacob will choose. I prepared 6 buckets; 1 for each of the item and raffle tickets. He also wore a hanbok which is the traditional Korean outfit. He was sooooo cute and he looked like a mini emperor  hehe.






He chose a stethoscope! We didn't get a good picture of him touching the stethoscope because he cried and rushed to his daddy.



I also prepared 12 pictures from birth up to 12 months so our guests can guess the right order. Noone got everything correct. The winner got 7 correct items.



For decorations, I made 2 dol towers. 1 has his Korean name and the other is a dragon since he was born on the year of the dragon. I made them using paper towel rolls, lima beans and black beans. It took a long time to do them but it was definitely worth it. They came out really nice.




Here are some of the photos from the party. Enjoy!











If you are in the NYC area and are interested in using the vendors I used, here is the list.

Cake & Cupcakes - Diane Marin https://www.facebook.com/diane.marin.963?fref=ts 
Photography - Geff Herrera jeprox718@yahoo.com







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Sunday, August 25, 2013

[RECIPE] Lechon Paksiw

Lechon or roasted pig is a staple in Filipino parties. It is usually slow roasted for at least 8 hours to achieve its juicy meat and crunchy skin. So needless to say, we had a 20lb  pig for Jacob's 1st birthday. Now, that's a LOT of pork and we also had a LOT of left overs. I wanted to use up my left over lechon to make a Filipino dish called Lechon Paksiw. Paksiw means to cook in vinegar. So I headed over to my favorite website for Filipino food, panlasangpinoy.com and looked up the recipe. Luckily I had everything. I just cut the portions a lot because I only had about 1 lbs of lechon left. Below is the recipe and how it came out.



Lechon Paksiw Recipe (http://panlasangpinoy.com/2010/03/07/lechon-paksiw-recipe/ )

Ingredients

  • 4 lbs leftover Lechon or Lechon kawali
  • 3 cups Lechon sauce (follow the link for our homemade authentic Lechon sauce recipe)
  • 2 cups beef stock
  • 6 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 large onions, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon whole peppercorn
  • 8 pieces dried bay leaves
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 3/4 cups vinegar
  • 3/4 cups sugar
  • salt to taste

 

Cooking Procedure

  1. Heat a cooking pot and pour-in the beef stock. Bring to a boil.
  2. Put-in the garlic and onions then cook until the texture becomes soft.
  3. Add the whole peppercorns, dried bay leaves, and soy sauce.
  4. Put-in the leftover Lechon and simmer for 30 to 35 minutes.
  5. Add the vinegar and bring to a boil. Simmer for 10 minutes.
  6. Add the sugar and Lechon sauce then simmer for another 5 minutes.
  7. Dash-in some salt to taste then stir.
  8. Turn off the heat and transfer to a serving plate.
  9. Serve hot with rice. Share and enjoy!

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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Back from Mini Hiatus and Life Update

I am back from my short hiatus. I'm sorry if I haven't posted anything in a month. I was so busy with party planning and transitioning to a new job twice. Yes, you read that right. I accepted a contract job in July but by July 26th, I started a full time job and had to leave my contract job. It's been a little hectic and to be honest, it's just tiring from all the trainings that I haven't had the energy or time to sit down and write a post.

Jacob turned 1 on August 9th. I can't believe my little baby is now 1 and soon to be a toddler. Apparently they become a toddler once they start walking. I always thought they become a toddler at 2. He is now pulling up on anything and everything. Very recently, he has been standing for a few seconds on his own and without holding on to anything. His 2 top teeth finally came in as well.

His party is this Saturday. I've been so nervous because the weather here in New York has been crazy. Luckily, depending on which weather service you look at, they are now saying that it won't rain and it'll either be cloudy and beautiful or just mostly cloudy.

Here are some recent videos my husband took of Jacob yesterday. He is soooo cute!!

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Thursday, July 4, 2013

First Birthday Party Preparations

It's hard to believe that just a year ago I was hot, waddling, hungry, carrying an 8.5lbs baby and gained 55 lbs. In short, I was miserable. Now, i'm planning his first birthday party. Oh, how time flies! I thought that what better way to celebrate Jacob's first birthday than to have a picnic party. I've decided that his theme is going to be Teddy Bear Picnic.

My son is Korean/Filipino. So I wanted to incorporate both cultures. For both Koreans and Filipino, first birthday is a big deal. Historically, a lot of children died before they reached their first birthday. So when they did, the entire village celebrated and it becomes a huge feast called doljanchi. For Filipinos, to be honest, I think is just a chance to get together, eat a LOT of food and just party.

So for Jacob's birthday, my sister in law is buying him a hanbok. This is Korea's traditional attire. I am excited to see him wear it. I am pretty sure he will be adorable.



These are his dol towers that are part of his table centerpieces. The one right below is his Korean name, Heemin. My friend and I are making ours because these typically runs around $60-$100. It's pretty easy to make but definitely takes up a lot of time. The second dol tower is a picture of a dragon because he was born last year during the year of the dragon.


Here are his invites! I bought them from etsy. I received them just 4 days after I placed my order. The quality is amazing. I'm so happy that I decided to just have her print them out. They were so high quality that I will definitely recommend her to all my friends. If you want to visit her etsy shop, please click here. She has plenty of cute designs and she is definitely one of my favorite vendors that I have ever worked with.

I can't wait for his party. We are so excited to celebrate our son's first birthday with our families and friends. I know that all this planning will be worth it. I just hope and pray that it doesn't rain or that will completely ruin the entire party.

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