Chinese New Year Greetings | Say What?

We’re celebrating the Chinese New Year in a few days. In the Philippines, this Chinese holiday has become something like a national event. In fact, a few years back, the Philippine government began declaring the Chinese New Year as a special non-working holiday. One question that I get a lot: how to say proper Chinese New Year greetings?

We see and hear a lot of different variations, which has only added to the bit of confusion.

Chinese New Year Greetings kiong hee huat tsai Binondo arch
The Binondo Chinatown Arch, Manila

So is it –

“Kung Hei Fat Choi”? (What we read and hear most commonly)

Or “Gong Xi Fa Cai”?

Or “Kiong Hee Huat Tsai”?

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All Day Cafe | Banawe Food Crawl

My family loves going all the way to Banawe Street to get our Chinese food fix. Lately, the Banawe area is becoming more diverse, with more restaurants offering fare other than Chinese. All Day Cafe is, as the name says it, an all-day breakfast cafe located on D. Tuazon Street near Banawe.

Our group of volleyball moms met up for brunch at All Day Cafe last December.

Aside from having daughters who play volleyball, our common denominator is: love for food! 😀

all day cafe banawe food trip_al fresco dining

This beautifully made blackboard greets guests, and makes for a nice photo wall (if you have daughters like ours, who selfie/groufie like pros. :P) Continue reading All Day Cafe | Banawe Food Crawl

Obviously not from the same frying batch. One is slightly browner. :D

Southern fried chicken recipe | Weekend Cook

I have been craving for Tom Sawyer’s Fried Chicken ever since I saw that it has re-opened a fastfood restaurant in Tiendesita’s over a year ago. Unfortunately, our family hasn’t been able to visit. So today, to finally settle the craving (ang tagal ah!), I Googled up “Southern fried chicken recipe” and found a recipe inspired by Paula Deen! Paula Deen equals genuine southern style cooking.

The other thing that got my attention is the part of the title that says “look out,KFC!” Game, eto na nga ang gagayahin ko!

Obviously not from the same frying batch. One is slightly browner. :D
Obviously not from the same frying batch. One is slightly browner. :D

The southern fried chicken recipe calls for hot sauce, which I omitted in my version because V and Nate don’t like spicy food. Instead I used paprika, which other southern fried chicken recipes use. Continue reading Southern fried chicken recipe | Weekend Cook

Raising Digital Natives

I contributed this article to my kids’ school paper last school year. The editor asked me to write about parenting… Eh I am not a parenting expert, that’s for sure. And parenting is such a vast and sometimes subjective topic, because “to each his own”. It’s not easy to write about parenting and not sound preachy or smug to some readers. So I wrote about something I thought was appropriate for our times – raising digital natives. (I edited the article a bit, because there’s always something badly written in anything I write, hehe.)

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I first heard the term  “digital native” from my mommy blogger friend when I brought my eldest daughter along to a digital media forum. Pat was the youngest participant, and my friend was happy to see a young person listening intently and learning from the speakers. She called my daughter a digital native.

What are digital natives? Who are they??

kid blogger raising digital natives

Circa 2007. One-year old Nate loved to mess up my blogging sessions back then. Today, he is into gaming, and begs me to make him a YouTube account so he can be a “Youtoober”, as he pronounces it. *eyeroll*

The term “digital native” was introduced in 2001 by Marc Prensky, an advocate for innovative technology-based education.

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