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Compiled Recipe – Oatmeal Pancakes

Oatmeal Pancakes

Ingredients:
* ¾ cup rolled oats
* 2 bananas, lakatan variety
* 2 large eggs
* ½ tsp baking powder

Preparations:
1) Combine rolled oats, bananas, eggs and baking powder in a blender; whiz until well combined.

2) Heat a slightly greased pan over medium heat. Pour in batter and swirl pan to form a circle. Cook until light brown, about 45 seconds per side. Repeat with the rest of the batter. Serve with sliced bananas and maple syrup, if desired.

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Compiled Recipe – Baked Tahong With Garlic and Cheese

Baked Tahong with Garlic and Cheese

Ingredients:
* 25 pieces green mussels (tahong)
* ½ cup cheddar cheese, grated
* 2 cloves garlic, minced
* spring onions

Preparations:
1) Pre-heat oven to 200˚C.

2) Boil the mussels for 10 minutes , until all the shells have opened. Remove residue and remove the other shell.

3) Arrange each tahong shell in a baking tray and top each with grated cheese.

4) In a separate bowl, mix the cream cheese spread and minced garlic together. Place a dollop of the cream cheese mixture on each mussel.

5) Bake at 200˚C for 10 to 15 minutes or until cheese has melted. Top each shell with spring onions before serving.

 

 

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Compiled Recipe – No Bake Fruit Trifle

No Bake Fruit Trifle

Ingredients:
* 12 large eggs, yolks only
* 2/3 cup sugar
* 1/3 cup cornstarch
* ½ tsp salt
* 4 cups milk
* 3 (90 gram) packs gulaman, strawberry flavored
* 4 packs butter cake, store-bought, quartered
* 1/3 cup rum, sherry or cognac, or orange flavored liqueur
* 1 (453 gram) can cherry pie filling, or strawberry pie filling, or fresh tropical fruit
* whipped cream, for garnish (optional)

Preparations:
1) Whisk together yolks from 12 large eggs, sugar, cornstarch and salt in a medium bowl until pale and fluffy; set aside.

2) Simmer milk in a large saucepan over medium heat. Turn off heat and pour milk into egg mixture while whisking continuously. Pour egg mixture back to the pan, and cook over medium heat until thick. Pour custard into a bowl, place plastic wrap directly on the surface and chill.

3) Prepare gulaman according to package directions. Pour into a clear trifle or serving bowl; chill for 1 to 2 hours or until jelly is set. Arrange cake on top of prepared jelly. Gently brush rum or orange flavored liqueur on top of cake layer. Pour chilled custard over the cake. Top with pie filling or fruit. Top with whipped cream, if desired.

 

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Compiled Recipe – Pineapple Macaroni Salad

Pineapple Macaroni Salad

Ingredients:
* 1 (200-gram) pack elbow macaroni
* 6 strips bacon, reserve the oil
* 1 (227-gram) can pineapple slices, reserve the juice
* ½ cup sour cream
* 3 to 4 tbsp pineapple juice
* 1 ½ tsp bacon oil
* salt (to season)
* ground black pepper (to season)

Preparations:
1) Cook pasta according to package directions. Cook bacon until crisp then chop; reserve oil. Drain pineapple slices; reserve juice. Grill pineapples until slightly charred; slice into quarters.

2) Combine sour cream, pineapple juice and bacon oil. Mix in cooked macaroni, bacon and pineapple. Season with salt and pepper.

 

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Compiled Recipe – Homemade Avocado Ice Cream

Homemade Avocado Ice Cream

Ingredients:
* 4 pieces avocado
* 1 can condensed milk, 300 mL can
* 1 cup heavy cream
* ¾ cup milk
* ¼ cup almonds, chopped

Preparations:
1) Slice avocadoes in half and remove pits. Scoop out flesh and place in a bowl; mash using a fork.

2) Add condensed milk, heavy cream and milk. Stir in almonds.

3) Cover bowl with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for a few hours or until thoroughly chilled.

4) Pour the mixture into an ice cream maker and process according to manufacturer’s directions.

5) Transfer to a container and place plastic wrap on the surface of the ice cream. Cover with a lid and freeze for 5 hours or longer before enjoying.

 

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Fun-Filled BDJ Women’s Summit

Yesterday’s event was a wonderful experience for me as a Bella, especially since this was also my first time to attend a conference or summit for women empowerment. The Samsung Hall Auditorium was filled with more than a hundred guests.

Inside the Samsung Hall Auditorium
Inside the Samsung Hall Auditorium

 

Registration for the BDJ Women’s Summit started at 8 am and the queue was already that long when I arrived at the venue. Lucky enough, I and my sisters were able to get to the venue in time, much thanks to Grab.  We were waiting patiently for our turn to be accommodated and claim our ID Pass, as well as our Summit Kit which includes snacks and goodies sponsored by brand partners (Oishi, Hunt’s, Goldilocks, Kratos, Griffins, La Pacita, Kai, bobbie Nails, habitat, Sharpie, Olay, Jergens, BIC, Ace Water Spa and more) , as well as the booklet where we could jot down key notes.

While waiting for the program to start, I reviewed the booklet from cover to cover starting with the flow of the program, speaker profiles, partner organizations and event promos. I also took a selfie with my ID pass.

Ms. Luane Dy hosting the BDJ Women's Summit
Ms. Luane Dy hosting the BDJ Women’s Summit

Ms. Aya, one of the BDJ Team, opened the Women’s Summit by welcoming the Bellas and started a program with mini-games such as question and answer game, Bring Me, and sharing game, before opening the floor to the host, Ms. Luane Dy, followed by the welcoming remarks of Ms. Darlyn Ty.

Now, proceeding with the plenary sessions and  speakers, here’s how it went:

Plenary 1 Speakers: Ms. Abbygale Arenas –De Leon , Ms. Jodi Sta. Maria and Ms. Hidilyn Diaz (Unleashing the Power Within)

Ms. Abbygale Arenas-De Leon (Certified Image Consultant, Binibining Filipinas 1997)
Ms. Abbygale Arenas-De Leon (Certified Image Consultant, Binibining Filipinas 1997)

Some of us may not be that familiar with Ms. Abbygale Arenas. She was a former representative of the Philippines in the 1997 Miss Universe Pageant, Fashion Model and a TV Personality. She has ventured into the world of image consultancy where she inspires others with her legacy of beauty and poise.

Ms. Abbygale Arenas inspired Bella’s on looking and feeling good through her sharing of secrets on how every Bella can be beautiful, especially when it comes to dressing and different kinds of smile. Apart from that, she also teaches us the importance of living life NOW.

Here are some of her words of wisdom:
* “Live the best life possible.”
* “We can make things special. “/ “You are unique”
* “You have to make sure that you treat your body like a temple.”

What I liked the most from these words of wisdom is the third one. Our body is God-given, we don’t really own it so we better take good care of it by not defiling our bodies with vices like smoking, drinking or putting tattoos.

Ms. Jodi Sta. Maria (Actress, International Emmy Awards Nominee)
Ms. Jodi Sta. Maria (Actress, International Emmy Awards Nominee)

We have all seen her in various television shows like Tabing Ilog (George Fuentebella), Pangako Sa ‘Yo 2002 version (Lia Buenavista), Be Careful With My Heart (Maya Dela Rosa) and the remake version of Pangako Sa ‘Yo (Amor Powers). Ms. Jodi Sta. Maria started acting at the age of 15. She’s a versatile actress who received nominations from FAMAS, Gawad Urian and the International  Emmy Awards for her portrayal of Amor Powers.

Here’s my takeaway from her life-story sharing/words of wisdom:
* “When God gives skills or talents, it comes with a purpose.”
* “Turning our dreams to reality requires massive action.”
* Dreams give vision, actions give the opportunity, but it is faith that gives us the fulfillment.”

What struck me the most from her inspirational words was the last one where we should not only dream, take action, but also have deep faith in our Creator who gave us the skills/talents. This was what I admire the most in Ms. Jodi Sta Maria — her deep faith in God. More than that, she inspired me more with her answer to my question ‘What can you advice to those who wanted to be actresses someday?’ . It’s true that it wasn’t really easy when entering the show business, it takes a lot of patience, determination and passion/desire.. but what matters most is our ATTITUDE.

Ms. Hidilyn Diaz (Silver Olympic Medalist, Rio 2016 Olympics)
Ms. Hidilyn Diaz (Silver Olympic Medalist, Rio 2016 Olympics)

Ever heard of the quote or saying ‘No Pain, No Gain’? That’s what I believe most when Ms. Hidilyn Diaz shared her life story yesterday. Despite having leg injuries and failed in one of the competitions she has joined, she still chose to be positive ,fight and gave her very best until she finally won. Determination and passion were the qualities or characteristics she possessed .

Here’s what I liked most from the things she shared:
* “Nothing’s impossible with God.”
* God gives us more than what we expect only when we know how to surrender everything to Him but still remember to do our part.”

Both these statements hold true. Nothing is really impossible with God when we entrust everything to Him. But still, we have to keep in mind that we also have to do our part.

After their session follows a Q&A with the speakers where Bella’s get to ask questions for each speaker.

Q&A with Ms. Abbygale, Hidilyn and Jodi
Q&A with Ms. Abbygale, Hidilyn and Jodi

Plenary 2 Speakers: Ms. Rebecca Bustamante-Mills and Ms. Pia Gladys Perey (Make It Big With Something Small)

Ms. Rebecca Bustamante Mills (OFW turned Businesswoman, Charle Associates)
Ms. Rebecca Bustamante Mills (OFW turned Businesswoman, Charle Associates)

 

Ms. Rebecca Bustamante-Mills opens her session with two questions: “How can you be successful? or what is success?” and “Why are there many who are un-successful?”

You can be successful only if you work hard. It doesn’t matter where you start, just as long as you work hard and strive for excellence? Then you can become successful. With regards to the second question, there are many reasons why many people are unsuccessful: 1) unwilling to work, 2) negative thinking , 3) fear of failure .  Let me add poor time management to the many reasons why so many people are unsuccessful.

Ms. Rebecca Bustamante –Mills shares her piece of mind when it comes to her success alongside her life story. These words of wisdom are:
* “It doesn’t matter where you start.”
* “There is no shame in helping others.”
* “Challenges make you strong.”
* “Learn the skills and apply them.”
* “You need to achieve what you want in life.”

I love the first and third statement. It doesn’t matter where we start and it also doesn’t matter how big or small our business is, as long as we have the determination to work hard, then we can be successful. Also, failures or challenges should not to stop us from achieving what we want in life. As a matter of fact, they serve as a teacher to us and make us strong.

Unfortunately, I missed out on Ms. Pia Glady’s Perey’s session and the Q&A

Plenary 3 Speakers: Danah & Stacy Gutierrez and Jayme Pizarro (Be The Driving Force To Positive Change)

Ms. Danah & Stacy Gutierrez (Editors-in-Chief, PLUMP.ph)
Ms. Danah & Stacy Gutierrez (Editors-in-Chief, PLUMP.ph)

These twins started the Body Positivity Movement in Philippines. Being advocates of body positivity, Danah and Stacy appeared on various media in order to promote their advocacy and message when it comes to loving your body.  They upgraded their personal blog into a web magazine called Plump.ph and launched their first book entitled “The Big Fat Book of Self Love” , which inspires everyone to love and accept their body.

Their words of wisdom? Here they are:
* “You can have flaws and be flaw some.”
* “Big girls are the ones who should feel safe.” In other words, NO body shaming!
* “There is health at every size.”
* “Ask yourself, “What kind of reality are you creating for yourself?” /”What lies are you believing for yourself?”
* “How can you share positivity when you don’t have it in yourself?”

What strikes the most is the fourth and fifth statement. Sometimes, we really have to ask ourselves these two questions: “What kind of reality are we creating for ourselves?” and “What lies are we even believing for ourselves?”

Moreover, we reflect on this question: “How can you share positivity when you don’t have it in yourself?” . If we , ourselves, don’t have this positivity within us, how can we expect others to do the same?

Ms. Jayme Pizzaro (Founder, TheBullRunner.com)
Ms. Jayme Pizzaro (Founder, TheBullRunner.com)

Just like our silver medalist Hidilyn Diaz, Jayme Pizarro also experienced having injury, but this doesn’t stop her from running a marathon. She’s a head strong woman behind the popular running blog called ‘TheBullRunner.com’ which started first as a journal of her passion for running then later grew into one of the most credible and widely followed online resource and inspiration for Filipino runners.

What I’ve learned most from her is the 6Fs which stands for: 1) Follow your heart, girl!, 2) Find a higher purpose, 3) Friends! Community, 4) Face Your Fears, 5) Fight and 6) Have Fun.  Aside from this, I’ve also learned not to be afraid to give up the good to go for the great . This means that we can do more than that so we don’t need any reason to be afraid to step out of our comfort zones. Get out and have fun!

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Vice President Ma. Leonora ‘Leni’ Robredo (Keynote Speaker)

 

Last, but definitely not the least, is our key note speaker: Vice President Ma. Leonora “Leni” Robredo. She’s known to be the 14th Vice President of the Philippines but before that, she was a human rights lawyer who devoted most of her time serving for the most vulnerable sectors of the Philippine Society. She was also a public attorney, a member of the alternative lawyers group SALIGAN and Representative of the Third District of Camarines Sur.

I admit I am not really that much of a fan of our Vice President, but it doesn’t give me any reason not to be empowered by her words yesterday. Quoting her, “Empathy empowers while meanness and criticisms imprisons.” When we are being mean to one another or even criticize other people, we imprison them or do not give them the freedom to voice out their thoughts. When we empathize with other people, we empower them.

What’s the use of being on the safe side anyways when you can’t speak out for the voiceless? Despite all the issues being thrown to her, most especially the impeachment being imposed, Vice President Leni Robredo still chooses to speak out, unafraid. She’s not afraid to lose a fight.

with VP Leni
Group photo with Vice President Leni Robredo

Ms. Abbygale, Ms. Jodi, Ms. Hidilyn, Ms. Danah &Stacy Gutierrez, Ms. Jaymie Pizarro and our Vice President are these speakers who empowered and inspired me the most.

But of course, the fun in this event just doesn’t stop with the sessions, there’s the raffle prize where lucky Bella’s get the chance to win one of the surprises from BDJ’s brand partners – gift certificates from Skin Station, Serenitea and Browhaus, gift packs from Jergens, Wacoal, Tupperware, Pink Sugar, Flawless and more. I could consider myself lucky also for winning three gift certificates from Skin Station (1 from the game and 2 from the raffle.)

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With Ms. Luane Dy

Ms. Luane Dy gave the closing remarks and ended the Women’s Summit. It was now time for us to claim our certificates from the staff in charge. I still stayed for a short moment after the sessions to visit one of the booths of some of the advocacy groups like Miss Possibilities, Angat Buhay and ECPAT PH, as well as join in some games from Flawless and Serenitea. There’s also this photobooth where Bella’s can take photos of themselves.

Advocacy Groups I want to Support:

 

Game and Selfie Time!

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#TeamFlawless

I just love visiting this booth. I Choose Flawless!

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Selfie at the photobooth

This event is really worth attending! So glad to have taken my part by attending the BDJ Women’s Summit.

Now it’s time to uncover or take a peek at what’s inside the Summit Kit loot bag.

A Summit Kit loot bag jam-packed with surprises
A Summit Kit loot bag jam-packed with surprises

Ready to take a look? Here it is… Ta Da!

Goodies from different brand partners/sponsors
Goodies from different brand partners/sponsors

Thank you Sharpie, Oishi, Kratos, Kai, Bobbie Nails, Olay, WaCoal, Griffins, Habitat, La Pacita, Jergens, Life, Goldilocks, Maynilad and Belle de Jour for these goodies.

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Certificate of Participation

Here’s the certificate of participation for the BDJ Women’s Summit.

But wait… there’s more!

Flawless Pink Peso Voucher
Flawless Pink Peso Voucher

Thank you, Flawless Face and Body Clinic for this pink peso voucher. 🙂

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Compiled Recipe- Mango Yogurt Cup

Mango Yogurt Cup

Ingredients:
* 1 cup rolled oats
* ¼ cup almond slivers, toasted
* ¼ cup cashew nuts, toasted
* ¼ cup honey
* 2 tbsp brown sugar
* 3 tbsp vegetable oil, plus more to grease
* 2 tbsp dried coconut, shredded
* 2 tbsp dried mangoes,  sliced thinly
* 1 cup plain yogurt
* ½ cup coconut cream, store-bought
* 3 tbsp brown sugar
* fruits in season, cubed

Preparations:
1) Pre-heat oven to 350˚F. Grease a baking pan with oil.

2) Make the coco-mango granola: Combine oats and nuts in a bowl. Set aside.

3) Combine honey, sugar and oil in a microwaveable bowl. Heat in 30 second intervals on medium power until sugar is melted. Pour over oat mixture. Spread mixture on baking pan.

4) Bake in the pre-heated oven until golden and crispy, about 10 to 15 minutes. Let cool for 5 minutes before adding dried coconuts and mangoes.

5) Make the coconut yogurt: Combine all ingredients in a bowl; mix until well combined. Adjust sweetness to taste.

6) Assemble the parfait: Fill glass halfway with yogurt. Top with ¼ cup granola and fruits. Repeat to make  3 more parfaits.

 

 

 

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Compiled Recipe – Creamy Potato Malunggay Soup

Creamy Potato Malunggay Soup

Ingredients:
* ¼ cup butter
* ¼ cup garlic, chopped
* 1/3 cup onion, chopped
* 1 cup ham, diced
* ½ cup chorizo de bilbao, sliced
* 4 cups water
* 1 pc pork broth cube
* 2 cups potato,  cubed
* 1/3 cup celery, chopped
* 1 cup malunggay leaves
* 1 cup quick melt cheese, grated
* 1 pack Alaska Crema All Purpose Cream
* 1 tbsp all purpose white flour
* salt (to taste)
* pepper (to taste)

Preparations:
1) In a medium pot over medium heat, melt butter.

2) Saute onion and garlic in butter until onion is translucent and garlic is golden brown. Add ham and chorizo and continue sautéing.

3) Add ham and chorizo and continue sautéing. Sprinkle in flour. Stir to coat.

4) Pour in the water and add pork broth cube. Simmer.

5) Add potato. Bring to a boil then simmer until tender. Add celery and cheese. Stir until cheese has melted.

6) Pour in Alaska Crema. Season with salt and pepper. Add malunggay. Mix well and bring back to a simmer. Serve hot.

 

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Compiled Recipe – Chicken, Ham and Potato Salad

Chicken, Ham and Potato Salad

Ingredients:
* ¼ cup mayonnaise
* 2 tbsp pickle relish
* salt (to taste)
* pepper (to taste)
* 1 tsp sugar
* 2 large potatoes, boiled and sliced into cubes
* ½ cup cooked ham, diced
* ½ cup chicken, use breast part, cooked and sliced into strips

Preparations:
1) In a mixing bowl, combine the mayonnaise, pickle relish , sugar and season with salt and pepper then set aside.

2) In a large bowl, combine the potatoes, ham and chicken. Drizzle with the mayonnaise mixture. Toss lightly and arrange in a serving bowl.

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Flawless Surprise at Flawless Face and Body Clinic

Selfie before the treatment
Selfie before the treatment

What’s up, Bellas?

Want a skin that’s alagang Flawless? Flawless Face and Body Clinic may be just the right aesthetic beauty clinic for you.

For my follow up appointment, I availed of this clinic’s free classic facial as a #FlawlessSurprise freebie. For this treatment, it takes only 30 minutes for your skin to look perfectly flawless and it comes with the fractional needling therapy that removes all the impurities from your face.  Sure, this FNT treatment may hurt a bit and will make you get a bit teary-eyed but it’s definitely worth the pain as it makes your skin look fresh.

This facial treatment is also my way of preparing for tomorrow’s big event which is the BDJ Women’s Summit.

In order to avail of this #FlawlessSurprise freebie, you need to present a valid ID and if you’re 18 years old and below, you might need to bring along a guardian to accompany you.

Aside from the facial treatment, I also availed of their underarm waxing service which costs Php 280 (this is for both underarms already).

Alagang Flawless
Alagang Flawless

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#AlagangFlawless
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