Friday, January 20, 2017

Asian Food Channel's Brand New TV Series--Martin Yan's Asian Favourites

I love to eat, but I don't like to cook, haha.  Sometimes I get a glimpse of some cooking shows on TV because I wanted to learn new dishes.  I like experimenting on new dishes as long as it is easy and the ingredients are readily available.  

Kib is also an aspiring chef.  He would help me in the kitchen and sometimes he would also prepare his own meals. Mind you, he would also prettify his plate.  Check my earlier blogpost about our cooking adventures here.  

I have friends who are fond of watching cooking shows, particularly the cooking shows at Asian Food Channel.  I would see their posts on Facebook replicating the dishes they learned from those shows.  Sometimes I would also switch channels and go to Asian Food Channel because I am really curious on the kind of dishes the chefs prepare and to be honest, they really look good and healthy!

Culinary icon and award-winning chef Martin Yan returns to Asian Food Channel (AFC) this January with a brand new series, Martin Yan's Asian Favourites.  Chef Yan is a celebrity chef, highly respected food consultant, and a prolific author.  He wrote 30 cookbooks, including the award-winning Martin Yan's Feast, Chinese Cooking for Dummies, and Martin Yan's Quick and Easy.  His latest cookbook, Martin Yan's China, documents his travels and culinary discoveries throughout the far reaches of China.



Chef Yan has starred in a number of AFC original productions: True Passion--Martin Yan features Chef Yan pairing his signature dishes with his favorite Jacob's Creek wines; Back To Basics shows Chef Yan venturing deep into the palm oil plantations of Malaysia, braving searing heat to discover the truth behind one of the world's most widely used food products, palm oil; Martin Yan's Taste of Vietnam showcases the essence of Vietnam's rich cuisine and vibrant culture.

Now in his new series, Chef Yan will handpick eight different themes to feature in each episode, where he will then whip up four dishes that best represents a country an its unique food culture.  In the premiere episode, Chef Yan will combine Thailand's unique "5 senses in 1 bowl' approach in his Cold Noodles Salad and Crispy Caramelized Noodles and share his take on Malaysia's Fish Head Noodles and Singapore's stir fried noodles, all bound to tantalize viewer's taste buds.



Asians love eating vegetables!  So Chef Yan will also showcase different Asian dishes with vegetables in this show.  Watch Chef Yan whip up the all-time favourite Crispy Tofu with Bok Choy, Malaysia's Spicy Nonya Vegetables, the refreshing Vietnamese style Papaya Salad, and last but not the least, the savoury Cheese and Eggplant Omelette, locally known as Tortang Talong in the Philippines.  



In addition, Chef Yan's newest TV show will also feature some guests, like Datuk Fazley and Chef Minh Nha to come up with dishes to celebrate Asian's vibrant cultures and its flavourful cuisines.

The pilot episode was shown last January 5th, 2017.  Martin Yan's Asian Favourites will be watched every Thursday, 9PM on AFC.  You can watch AFC on these following cable networks:


Network
Channel Code
SkyCable
22 (Analog)/ 248 HD
Dream Satellite TV
27
Cignal
62
Destiny Cable
71 (Analog)/ 22 (Digital)

Let's learn to cook with Chef Martin Yan and spice up our everyday dishes!







About Asian Food Channel

Asian Food Channel (AFC) is the region’s leading food-focused channel that celebrates the unique Asian culinary experience with the added touch of global flavour. AFC entertains viewers with a range of local and international content from reality, lifestyle to travelogue program formats. It believes in celebrating the rich history and story behind Asia’s most beloved cuisines and continues to grow its library of originally produced Asian content, breaking boundaries with new and exciting programs. Available in more than 10 countries in Asia Pacific, the channel’s online engagement via website and social media platforms surpass two million likes on Facebook and continues to increase daily. Asian Food Channel is part of Scripps Networks Interactive, one of the world’s leading producers of lifestyle content. More information is available on www.asianfoodchannel.com or Facebook page www.facebook.com/asianfoodchannel






Thursday, January 12, 2017

Turn Your Hobbies to Business! Attend this Workshop Now!

Hobbies can make our idle time productive.  It also makes us entertained and gives us channel for creativity.  Hobbies can also be our stress-reliever especially when times are getting tough.  Hobbies can also give us a reason to save money because we want to develop and grow our hobbies.

Most importantly, we can turn our hobbies to business!  How?

Attend the second run of Hobbies to Business this January 21st!





I handled the first run of this workshop last year (please see post here) and we're so happy to inspire people to pursue their dreams of becoming an entrepreneur.  I also listened to Marge's talk and voila!  Katsa Co. was born!  

I always tell myself that I don't have entrepreneurial skills, but I thank the people around me who believed that I can be an entrepreneur in my own little way.  There's no need to start big; start dreaming and make that dream into a reality.  Take a risk (even if it is a small one) and from that risk you invested on, be inspired to work hard so that the risk you made will be worthwhile.   





Hobbies to Business Second Run is much better!  




Morning session will cover how to turn your hobbies into business by discussing business model and registration procedure.  In the afternoon, it will tackle personal branding and going online.  Personal branding is very important because this will serve as your foundation in making your hobby into a business.  Your personality, preferences, and limitations will be taken into consideration when you do your personal branding.  Also, now that we are living in the digital age, going online is the best way to easily make your products known.




I am already excited for the second run of this workshop!  I do hope that I'll see you there!



For registration and fees, you may visit http://hobbiestobusiness.com/

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Seven is God's Number

Number seven can symbolize a lot of things.  It can be a lucky number, a celebration of a milestone, or even a significant number in different religious beliefs and organizations.  According to a survey, seven is the most favorite number, followed by three and eight. 

Each and every one of us have these 'special numbers' in our lives.  Primarily, our favorite numbers are our birthdays and anniversaries.  We usually link the major events in our lives to our favorite numbers for easy recall and because of the belief that our favorite numbers will always bring fortune to our lives.

Personally, I also have my 'lucky numbers' too, but even if I have these lucky charms, I don't base my decisions around that number.  For me, it's just pure coincidence and I have this "oo nga noh" moments after realizing that incident has something to do with a special number.

Just recently, I had this reflection towards number seven which I would like to share with you.  I also posted it on my Facebook wall.

"I have been waiting for this major life decision for seven years now. Honestly, I also got impatient, but I claimed the Lord's promise that He has great plans for me. I have written this as one of my faith goals at the start of the year, I fasted for it, and I even asked friends to also pray with me for this.

Slowly, all the questions that I have in mind were answered by the Lord one by one. I am truly amazed how God shows me that this will be the year that He will answer all my plea. I really cried out for joy when finally, it has been concluded. Now, I just have to wait for few more days."


A chat with a friend reminded me that seven is God's number. A lot of stories in the Bible revolved around number seven (you may check it here).  And just few minutes before posting this on my Facebook wall, the Lord has reminded me that He has a different timeline. He reminded me of this verse: "But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like thousand years, and a thousand years like a day. The Lord is not slow in keeping His promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not anything to perish, but everyone to come to repentance." (II Peter 3:8-9)



Sometimes, we might really get impatient waiting for the Lord's answers in our prayers.  Let us remember that God has a different timeline from ours, and He has the perfect timing in everything.  Most of the time when we hasten our decisions, we get in trouble.  Even if we make mistakes in our lives due to our hard-headedness, the Lord is still gracious to give us a way out from all of these (I Corinthians 10:13).  The Lord really wants the best for us, He really pursues us because we are His children.  

Lord, I am still in awe on how You work into my life. Thank You for Your Words. Thank You that You are putting things in order in my life. My everlasting praise and thanks I give to You. Amen.


Tuesday, December 27, 2016

A Mother's Pain

"Ang anak ang naglilibing sa magulang, hindi ang magulang ang naglilibing sa anak."

I've heard this saying for so many times especially when a child dies before their parents.  I've written about death in the past and reflected on it (see post here) and now I'm writing about it again because the recent death that I encountered was the death of one of closest friend's child.  

The child somehow played a special role in my life as well.  I was one of the secondary sponsors during my friend's wedding.  I saw my friend pregnant with her (we renewed our PRC license then) but I already sensed that there was something wrong (my friend was already had edema).  I was able to visit my friend when she gave birth to her firstborn (she was premature and was born at 1 kilogram only).  The baby stayed for two more months in the hospital.

I was not able to go to the baptism because I was pregnant with Kib.  I also missed the first birthday because my father was in the hospital during that time.  I saw the kid during my son's first birthday celebration.  I was at her 3rd birthday celebration and saw how 'likot' she can be on a walker (she still cannot walk properly then).  I was updated with all of her developmental milestones.  I was there during the planning of her 7th birthday.  It was a joy for me to hear her say my name and say "I love you" to me and give me a hug.  She's indeed special, an angel that brought joy to my friend's life.


Kib and Alex' first picture together taken during Kib's first birthday celebration

Her name is Alex.  She's a special child with cerebral palsy and visual and hearing impairments.  While she's special, she is not treated like she has an illness.  She is treated like a normal child.  Her parents are proud of her and gave her the best things in life.  She was able to go to several places, eat at finest restaurants, have the best toys and books.  Her parents didn't deprive her of the things a normal child can enjoy and experience.  


This is Alex, age 6

December 12, 2016..a tragedy happened...Alex died on the eve of her 11th birthday.  My friend and I prepared lootbags for her classmates in celebration of her 11th birthday.  It's so painful to lose her on the eve of her birthday.


Part of the lootbags to be given away for Alex' 11th birthday celebration at school

It was a shock for everyone.  After hearing the news, I cried at home.  I calmed myself first before going to the funeral parlor to be with my friend.  As soon as I saw my friend I gave her a hug and cried buckets again as she told me the story of what happened to the sudden death of Alex.  I cried again when I saw my friend's husband arrive at the funeral parlor as they both look at the remains of Alex.  I can feel the pain of the parents, losing their firstborn to an accident.

When I got home that night, I cried again.  I so loved that child, that I treated her like my own daughter.  We did a lot of bonding moments with my son.  It's so painful to see her die at a young age.

I went back to the funeral parlor the next day and on the interment day.  For three days I drove from Cainta to Novaliches for Alex.  I sacrificed work hours for her.  That's how special she is to me.  

I was able to see resilience from my friend for the whole duration of the wake.  She was still okay during the necrological mass and during the funeral march.  She was still composed when the PVC cover was opened to put on some of Alex' favorite things at the cemetery.  The grandparents were the ones who were crying the most then.  But I saw my friend poured out her anguish and pain when the coffin is being lowered on the ground.  I can feel her pain as a mother. I cried with my friend from a distance.  I gave her the space she needed to hug her husband while Alex is being laid to her final resting place.  She cried until all the tears from her eyes were gone.  That's the first time I saw my friend's weak side.  

That's it. We would no longer see Alex. So sad, so painful, gone too soon.

As of this writing, my friend and I chat on Facebook only for few minutes.  We don't talk about Alex because I know it's very painful for her and for the whole family at the moment.  I know that time will come that she will be ready to move forward and live a life without Alex.







Friend, I am always here for you.  You can cry on my shoulders.  I will also cry with you.  You are always in my prayers. 

Love you friend :)


For Alex, you will always be remembered.  We love you so much.  We know you're now in a happy place.  Please look over your parents and younger sister.  This song is for you my dear:



Monday, November 28, 2016

Shop Online This Holiday Season Via Shopee

In the Philippines, traffic starts to swell when -ber months come, and as Christmas comes near, the traffic is getting worse.  In addition to that, government infrastructure projects add up to the road congestion.  Hay, traveling in the Metro can really test your patience these days, waaah!

Now that I'm already in online business (please visit my FB page Katsa Co.), I've now come to appreciate online shopping more and more.  It really offers convenience to everybody.  No queueing up to the cashier to pay, no more traffic to battle to and from home, no more plenty of shopping bags to carry, among others.  There are lots of reasons to resort to online shopping these days :)

There are lots of e-commerce sites right now, and I've tried all of them.  The latest that I have tried is Shopee.  Shopee is the number one mobile marketplace in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, where everyone can browse, shop, and sell.  It is a platform tailored for Southeast Asia, making online shopping easy, secure, and fuss-free through its strong payment and logistical support.



In the Philippines, Shopee had its soft opening in June 2015 and was formally launched in December of the same year.  Currently, there are over 25 million downloads of Shopee app from Google Play and App Store from Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, and Taiwan. One good thing about Shopee is that it is open to be used for FREE by both merchants and customers at no hidden costs.  Another good thing about Shopee is that they work in close collaboration with local retailers and entrepreneurs to establish an extensive range of high-quality product listings.  



A friend of mine who has a Shopee online store can attest that it's really safe and convenient to put up an online store at Shopee.  An online shop owner at Shopee can easily upload their products at Shopee--just snap a picture, describe the product and set the price.  The customer traffic is also good.  A customer is protected from fraud because Shopee guarantees elimination of fraudulent transactions by having a secured payment method.  Potential customers can also have a chat on Shopee with sellers to ask questions about the product.

And yes, Shopee is currently running a huge Christmas promotion until the end of the year, don't miss it!  Shopee is offering free shipping and cash on delivery nationwide.

Please watch this video from Shopee:



Indeed, Christmas is a time for us to be reunited with our loved ones, so make more bonding time with them and leave shopping worries with Shopee!  Happy holidays everyone!



For more information, visit www.shopee.ph




Thursday, November 24, 2016

On Raising A Perfect Child

FACT: Nobody's perfect.
BITTER TRUTH: When someone points out our imperfections, while it is constructive, we will still be affected by it.

We all know that it is hard to be a parent.  In my case, it's twice the difficulty because I have to discipline my child both as a mom and a dad.  To be honest, there are times that I break down because I am the only one who absorbs all life's difficulties and I pray to God that He gives me a partner so that there would be someone whom I can rely on to when life is getting tough and that there will be someone who can help me in solving problems that I face in daily situations.

Parents have this desire to raise a 'perfect' child, a child that they can be really proud of in all aspects--academically, socially, physically, etc.  Parents expose their children to all avenues to fully develop their potential and to be perfect in the eyes of everybody.  

But is there such thing as 'perfect' child?

Well, all of us already know the answer to this question.  

Sometimes, we feel disheartened when we hear some negative comments about our child.  We have a tendency to think if we lack on disciplining our child.  Worse, we feel awful about ourselves that we feel we are a bad parent because people have pointed out our child's misbehavior.  On the other hand, some parents think otherwise; they are in defense of their child's behavior, not accepting the fact that their child behaves differently when he/she is with others, and take it as a form of character assassination to discredit their child.  

Kib is a very confident and assertive child, but his behavior can sometimes go way beyond the normal.  Some people may no longer tolerate his behavior because he is already a pre-teener.

I recently heard a comment about Kib's behavior.  While I appreciate that comment because I also needed validation from others on how Kib behaves on social situations, it also made me think about my parenting skills.  It made me think about myself if I am lacking focus on my child because I'm too busy with other things.  I even thought if Kib has special condition (ADHD) because he is so malikot and uncontrollable.

I had this pep talk with my son about his behavior.  What is good about Kib is that when he knows he is at fault, he will say sorry to the offended party.  I told him to apologize and he immediately did that.  He was also reminded by the person not to do it anymore.

While on the car, I further talked about his behavior towards others.  I reminded him to always observe proper decorum when we're on a different place and he has to be always courteous when talking with other people.  I was so upset at the situation that I asked him if I'm a bad parent.  I know he felt bad about the comment too, but I just reminded him to be refined in his actions because he is already big and he can already understand things.  

I also confirmed with my friends about my feelings on parenting Kib.  One friend assured me that what I'm feeling is normal, that there are times that we think we lack discipline to our children when other people made a remark about our child's behavior.  Another friend also reminded me that as parents we can only do so much in disciplining our child.  One more friend just simply reminded me not to dwell so much about the comment, because she sensed that I was really bothered about it.

While doing some reflection about this, I was also reminded by this verse: "Train up a child in a way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it." (Proverbs 22:6)  It is a reminder for me that it's still not too late to instill the values I want my son to have so that he will grow up to be a fine young man.  

Haaayyy!!!!  It's really hard to be a parent.  I don't regret being a mom to my son, but the challenges of raising a fine individual can be really tough and testing my patience and tolerance in daily living can bring a lot of stress to me.

I know the Lord is with me to help me raise a God-fearing child.  While I may not raise a perfect son, I know that I can raise a God-fearing child.  

Lord, please help me to be a better parent to my son, Amen.


Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Katsa Co.: Me, An Entrepreneur in the Making

I always wanted to have a business of my own, but thinking about the difficulty of running your own business already gives me a headache, haha.  Well, I've tried direct selling before but only for a short time.  

Now that me and my son's needs are growing, I have to think of different income streams to prepare for the future.  While my present jobs can provide for me and my son's needs and wants, I still need to think of other ways to earn, both actively and passively.  We have a saying, "Don't put all your eggs in one basket," that is why I am trying to apply it in my life right now.

A close friend of mine and I have already been talking about putting up a business together.  For months, we have been planning for a business that we will both like.  We've put our current resources and finances into consideration and the feasibility of us working together too (she lives in Novaliches, I live in Cainta).  We ended up putting an online shop as our initial partnership.

My friend and I are both kikays.  We have a penchant for anything girly.  We like talking about fashion and even go to salon together.  We've thought of creating personalized bags made of katsa as our main product.  We started making our prototypes and having it printed so that we know how the finished products will look like.  

After we have finalized our design and prices, we have launched our business at the end of October, wee!  Friends and family, introducing Katsa Co.!




We are both fairly new in online shopping business so my friend and I are still learning on a daily basis.  We would really try to make our Facebook page as informative and engaging as possible and we are hoping that our friends and followers would support us in our venture (let orders come in!).

We would recommend our katsa bags and pouches to be your gift to your friends and family this holiday season.  Please do not hesitate to ask us a lot of questions before finalizing our order.  For full-time moms like us, having this kind of business would really help us augment our daily expenses while taking care of our growing kids.







Please drop by at our humble Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/katsacoph/ or drop us an email at katsacoph@gmail.com for inquiries.  You may also visit our Instagram account (@katsa_co) as well.




Happy online shopping and happy holidays!