Showing posts with label Nuffnang Philippines. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Nuffnang Philippines. Show all posts

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Nuffnang Philippines- Building Strong Relationships Among Bloggers and Brands


If I remember it right, there were only four instances that I joined Nuffnang Philippine's Blogging Contest. The first time that I joined and won was when Globe sponsored the movie screening of Runner, Runner. For a person without beginner's luck, it was such a  great experience to join for the first time and win thereafter. I was looking forward to watch it and join other bloggers who won. Unfortunately, my kids got hospitalized and I even never had a chance inform the organizer that I would not be able to  make it.

I was still new to blogging then. I didn't know what to do and honestly, I was so nervous because I barely knew any blogger. An introvert in nature, I was so shy to interact with people especially those that I didn't know. That was me a long time ago but little by little, I started gaining friends from the blogosphere. 

I consider myself to be so blessed to meet good friends while gaining opportunities through blogging. This endeavor can make me do business with pleasure.

2017 marks my fifth year in the blogging industry and my fourth year as part of Nuffnang Philippines. I am so proud and happy to be part of this community because it has opened doors for me and other bloggers as well. It has brought 16,470 campaigns to be exact which includes hosting giveaways for reputable brands. It is giving away huge prizes like gadgets, staycation/vacation packages, movie tickets, and a lot more. The contests are solely open for their pool of bloggers that have signed up in their website. If only I can join in all, I would love to, but my hectic schedule never permits me at the moment. 

Not until I was asked by my photography mentor and one of my favorite food bloggers and good friend, Joy Gurtiza. She posted in her Facebook wall if there was somebody who liked to get three tickets for the advanced screening of Despicable Me 3. Without batting an eyelash, I immediately commented "Me!!!!" So she sent me a private message stating that for me to get those tickets, I have to join Nuffnang Philippines's blogging contest sponsored by Colgate. The requirements are clear and easy to do, intended especially for parents, so for me, I was good to go! Imagine, I could have a chance to win a prize in exchange of doing something that I love! Win-win!

Actually it was a diad effort between Paps and I. I asked him to guest post because I wanted to submit a unique article coming from a dad's perspective. I just placed personal touches and did the editing and we were able to submit our entry on time. After a few days, the result was posted and we were so lucky to be recipients of three movie tickets for the advanced screening of Despicable Me 3. Yay! 


Despicable Me 3, Nuffnang Philippines, Colgate Philippines


Kuya and I were the only ones who watched the film. We gave our extra ticket to a friend who needed it because we didn't want her one loved one to be left behind. It was indeed a great feeling to share our blessing and make someone happy.

Here on this photo were the highlights of the event. We really had fun! Thank you Nuffnang Philippines for organizing this event. Kuya and I and the rest of the moms, dads, and kids who came had a wonderful experience--- another treasure to be kept inside our bank of good memories.

Despicable Me 3, Nuffnang Philippines, Colgate Philippines

If you are a blogger, I encourage you to register and be part of Nuffnang Philippines. It is a venue for us to monetize our blogs aside from having an opportunity to join its contests. It is dedicated to building strong relationships among bloggers, its community, and brands. Nuffnang Philippines wants their bloggers to earn a passive income, gain more exposure and opportunities, and of course, have fun! By just getting an ad banner of your choice in your Nuffnang Philippines account and placing it on your website, your visitors' number of clicks on it can make you earn.

I already cashed out my earnings for the last four years for the first time and I'm currently waiting for my cheque. Isn't it exciting? You may visit www.nuffnang.com.ph and explore to learn more about it.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Make Brushing More Fun with Minions!

Bringing-up our kids provided us so much learning through experimentation, lots of patience, a mountain full of prayer, and creativity. The joys and trials that we have endured as our kids grow up have become avenues of so much learning. For my blog entry today, I have invited my ex-boyfriend, best friend, confidant, and husband to share a portion of our parenting experiences in his perspective.

As a little boy, I never enjoyed the ritual of brushing my teeth. Agonizing were the moments when Tatay Jun, my dad, would ask me to brush my teeth with the minty toothpaste that we used to have back in the day. One time, we were watching a cartoon program on Saturday television and Tatay asked me who my  favorite cartoon character was, and I told him that it was Donald Duck. Later that day when my brushing schedule was coming, he told me that Donald Duck's teeth were perfect (Later on, I learned that ducks don't have teeth.) and that he would want me to be like Donald and Donald would help me. With that I became very excited. So come brushing time, Tatay gave me a Donald Duck toothbrush. I diligently brushed  my teeth since then knowing that I would have the same teeth as Donald's.

Times have changed. I am now a father with two bouncing, very active, and assertive boys. 

minions, colgate, toothbrush, toothpaste

Teaching them the importance of mouth hygiene is a daunting task. I remember how my father has encouraged me to develop the habit. But boy, kids nowadays have a way of circumventing on every logic, notion, or rationale that are imposed by their parents. They simply don't listen and follow. It's more like listen and ask, "Why?" The trick is, if the reason does not conform to what they want, then so long reason. 

As for the "mouth hygiene" thing, my eldest Ross taught me one important lesson on how to do it. During one of our heated arguments on why he should clean his teeth, he argued, "Why can't it be fun?" At that moment, I realized that my dad a long time ago taught me and my sisters mouth hygiene by engaging us in somewhat "role playing" activity. Whenever we brush our teeth, he would pretend to be Donald Duck and would even imitate the character's manner of speech.

Ross at four
As for the care of my kids, my wife and I agreed to brush with them together. To enhance the experience more we bought them their favorite character themed toothbrushes. Then while we brushed together, we would pretend that we belonged to a family that would always do the same things one at a time. It so happened that my son Ross's favorite character then was Mickey Mouse.

So while we were brushing, I would usually ask him to discuss things about Mickey Mouse. Then at certain instances, my wife and I would give quick instructions to Ross the manner on which he should clean his teeth. So every night, we would gather around near the sink and brush our teeth together. It became our bonding time or ritual before sleeping. Our brushing time became a fun-filled and anticipated activity everyday. 

Nowadays, Ross has developed the habit of cleaning his teeth regularly even at times without us telling him. My wife and I together with him are still doing it but with one more "trainee" in the guise of his younger brother, Ice. Same routine, same fun but with a twist since Ice has Mild Autism. he has the tendency to stick to routines. On top of the routines that I have mentioned, one particular aspect of our brushing session with Ice is his fixation to a particular brand of toothpaste. Among all the brands that we have tried and tested on him, he prefers with utmost reverence, Colgate Original. So far, my kids have developed strong, white teeth on top of their good brushing habits.

The latest "Minions" themed toothbrush and Colgate toothpaste can be motivating factor for young kids who love the adorable Minion characters like Dave, Stuart, Kevin, Carl, Phil, and Lance to see brushing as fun-filled health-laden activity. Furthermore, Colgate has customized oral care by coming up with two (2) variants of their themed product, both available in Lazada Philippines---



Colgate Minions 2-5 Years Old (Junior) Oral Care Pack  and Colgate Minions Kids 5-9 Years Old (Youth) Oral Care Pack (This is definitely a must-have for Ice who is currently six years old.).

These packs were specifically designed through research to address the oral hygiene needs of kids while keeping them happy and inspired as they brush their teeth.


Monday, October 31, 2016

Cheers to Life, Cheers to Everyday

Time flies! It’s been two years since Bunso was diagnosed with Mild Autism Spectrum Disorder and it happened 16 days before his fourth birthday. I already shared it through a blog post only last year when I felt that it was the right time. I also wouldn’t forget how we celebrated Bunso’s birthday then and it was only on this day that I was able to share it.

Our family is not used to celebrating birthdays or special occasions by throwing huge parties. Paps and I are not comfortable having these maybe because both of us belong to families that prefer intimate celebrations.

During Bunso’s fourth birthday, we prepared something simple that we thought would make him feel very special. We let Kuya plan the entire surprise simple birthday party not just because he insisted but also we wanted him to use his creativity to show his baby brother how he really cared.

On the day before the celebration, Kuya showed me the birthday card that he was making for Bunso. He was so excited to tell us that he started doing it during his free time in school and he would still do the finishing touches later. While he wasn’t looking, I asked Paps, “Did you tell him to do that?” Then Paps replied that he didn’t. How sweet of Kuya!

Kuya continued decorating the birthday card diligently. Right after finishing it, he handed it to me and said, “Mama, I know that Ice doesn’t know how to read yet. Will you keep this for me? When he knows how to read, can we show this to him?” I couldn’t help myself to cry while reading Kuya’s message and laughed out loud thereafter.

I hugged him and said, “Thank you, Kuya! You’re such a sweet brother. Ice will surely love and appreciate this. When the time comes that he knows how to read and understands what you mean, I am going to show this to him definitely."

The following day, I mentioned to Bunso upon waking up that it was his birthday and Paps and Kuya would have a surprise upon arrival in the afternoon. He patiently waited and he was very sad because Paps and Kuya went home late. His sadness faded away and he jumped with joy when he saw the small chocolate cake and Pancit Bilao that they were handling. We set up our dining table and prepared his “handa”, sang the Birthday Song, and ate together as a family. Bunso was very conscious with getting messy that was why he kept on wiping his face with Cheers, one of our most trusted and favorite tissue brands made of 100% virgin pulp, no artificial whiteners and elemental chlorine, truly hygienic and safe for my family. He also gave each a few pieces for wiping our mouths while eating. Moving on, while doing so, we could see in his eyes how happy he was! For a child who could barely talk and express his emotions, his smile was indeed priceless!

After the salu-salo, Kuya showed his first gift, a shape sorter, and Bunso opened the box quickly. He was so excited to play with it. When he felt bored, Kuya handed him his second gift, a ball. If Bunso was happy receiving his first gift, on this one he was more excited! He was not yet capable of expressing his gratitude and longing towards his brother and I was glad that Kuya didn’t wait anymore for his baby brother to say “Thank you” and initiated to play with him immediately without being told to do so.

I watched blissfully as my two boys played together with their Paps. I felt so proud of Kuya for doing the best of his ability to plan Bunso’s frugal birthday party and for making him happy despite not being sure how his brother would reciprocate the time and effort that he exerted in that thoughtfulness of his.

This happened two years ago. Kuya was nine that time. As days, months, and years passed, I realized that Kuya was digesting most if not all, the advice that Paps and I were giving him--- to make other people happy; being good, generous, understanding, and caring to others especially to his baby brother. We see a lot of improvements with Bunso and Kuya is the big factor in those milestones.

From that day on, living with a family member with Mild Autism Spectrum Disorder becomes very challenging everyday but we learn how to celebrate life not just during special occasions but anytime, everywhere daily. We appreciate simple things, joys, triumphs, milestones, blessings, and even trials that come our way. We believe that there is always beauty in everyday no matter how bad the situation it seems. We learn to be more patient, forgiving, understanding, and loving to one another. We become more generous of our time more than with material things especially with Bunso who needs it the most. 



We extend our efforts in all aspects. We do our best to become the best version of ourselves. We are contented with what we have but never contented with who we are. Our family life is not perfect but we always see beauty in that imperfection. Oprah Winfrey once said, “The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.” It’s happening. It’s so true. There is always a reason to have “Cheers to life, cheers to everyday!”



Life is uncertain but when we see our kids, I know that Kuya is going to protect and love Bunso above anybody else when Paps and I leave this world. 

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

We Made Three Yummy Lemon Square Inipit Desserts! There's #NoLimitWithInipit!

Lemon Square Inipit is one of my family's favorite snacks. It's always included in our grocery shopping. We resist this sweet, tasty, and soft pastry! We're so happy that Lemon Square has created this which tastes similar to the original Inipit that has been originated in Malolos, Bulacan. 

Aside from the original inipit flavor, CUSTARD, Lemon Square launched more flavors to indulge with: UBE-PASTILLAS DE LECHE, QUESO, PANDAN, CHOCOLATE, and LEMON.

What is Inipit? "Inipit is a type of cake made out of two slices of sponge cake filled with a potato custard in the middle. The name inipit means “pressed” in English defining the way the middle layer is sandwiched between two slices of sponge cake, a popular pasty in the Bulacan region and its creation was credited to Salome P. De Ramos of Malolos during the 1940’s." (Courtesy of http://www.angsarap.net/2013/06/26/inipit/)

The original Inipit was introduced to us by my uncle during the early 90's when he used to work as a bank manager in Malolos, Bulacan. We loved the pastry ever since!

When I saw Nuffnang Philippines #NoLimitWithInipit: Make Your Own Lemon Square Inipit Dessert Contest, I was so impressed with the concept of the campaign. Lemon Square Inipit is already good when I eat it on its own and converting or upgrading it into another dessert makes it yummier and tastier for sure. Joining this is also another way of teaching my kids kitchen skills and stimulating their creative juices as well. 



So we came up with three desserts out of one pack of Assorted Lemon Square Inipit. We wanted to maximize the use of all flavors and also the ingredients that were already available in our fridge and pantry. We also thought of Filipino dessert inspirations to make this possible to match Inipit being a Filipino dessert too.

In one pack of Lemon Square Assorted Inipit, we got the following flavors, 22 grams each: 2 pieces-LEMON, CHOCOLATE, UBE-PASTILLAS DE LECHE and CUSTARD; 1 piece- QUESO and PANDAN (Total of 10 pieces)

Without further ado, here are the three desserts that we made:


Inipit Halo-Halo

Dessert Inspiration:  Pinoy Halo-Halo

"Halo-halo (Tagalog: [haˈlo-haˈlo], 'mixed together') is a popular Filipino dessert with mixtures of shaved ice and evaporated milk to which are added various boiled sweet beans, jello and fruits. It is served in a tall glass or bowl.
Ingredients include boiled kidney beans, garbanzos, sugar palm fruit (kaong), coconut sport (macapuno), and plantains sweetened with sugar, jackfruit (langkâ), gulaman, tapioca, nata de coco, sweet potato (kamote), cheese, pounded crushed young rice (pinipig). Most of the ingredients (fruits, beans, and other sweets) are first placed inside the tall glass, followed by the shaved ice. This is then sprinkled with sugar, and topped with either (or a combination of) leche flan, purple yam (ubeng pula), or ice cream. Evaporated milk is poured into the mixture upon serving."- wikipedia-org (Photo Credit: www.ferna.com.ph)

Ingredients

2 pieces Custard Lemon Square Inipit
2 pieces Ube- Pastillas de Leche Lemon Square Inipit
1 piece Pandan Lemon Square Inipit
1 piece Queso Lemon Square Inipit
Nata de Coco
150 ml chilled all-purpose cream
50 ml condensed milk
4 tablespoons Nata de Coco syrup


Additional Materials

mason jar
spoon
fork
bread knife 



Procedure

1. Mix condensed milk, nata de coco syrup, and chillled all-purpose cream. Set aside.
2. Cut all Lemon Square Inipit Variants into half to make them easier to put in the mason jar. Make sure to leave half of the Queso Variant for topping.

 
3. Arrange the ingredients alternately until you reach the top of the mason jar: CUSTARD INIPIT- cream/condensed milk/nata de coco syrup mixture-NATA DE COCO-PANDAN INIPIT- cream/condensed milk/nata de coco syrup mixture-NATA DE COCO- UBE INIPIT- cream/condensed milk/nata de coco syrup mixture-NATA DE COCO-mashed QUESO INIPIT- NATA DE COCO

4. Chill and serve.

Oh my! This Inipit Halo-Halo tasted like the Filipino Halo-Halo that we could purchase from our favorite Filipino restaurants. The assorted Inipit flavors that we used mimicked the taste of the ingredients of the real Halo-Halo! It was refreshingly good, promise!

Note:  

- Chill the all-purpose cream at least 24 hours before mixing it with condensed milk and nata de coco syrup. The mixture is stiffer which makes it easier to pour and layer with the rest of the ingredients.
- Make sure to press Inipit on the mason jar wall to make the layering more obvious which makes it more appetizing.
- Chilling the Inipit Halo-Halo longer before serving makes it taste more refreshingly good!


2     Pastillas de Inipit

Dessert Inspiration: Pastillas de Leche

"Pastillas de leche are sweet milk candies that are usually served for dessert. An authentic recipe will require the use of Carabao’s (water buffalo) milk and cooking is also necessary."- Panlasang Pinoy (Photo Credit: www.filipinow.net)
 


Ingredients

2 pieces LEMON Lemon Square Inipit  
4 tablespoons condensed milk
2 tablespoons white sugar for coating


Additional Materials

small mixing bowl
fork
spoon 
small serving dish or saucer
toothpicks (optional)


 
Procedure

1. Mash LEMON INIPIT into crumbs.

2. Add condensed milk and fold until paste-like but please don't overdo it.

3. Get 1/2 teaspoon of the mixture and form into balls.
4. Roll each ball in white sugar.
5. Serve the pastillas balls with toothpicks.

Mom was so happy with this Pastillas de Inipit. She told me that it tasted like the classic Pastillas de Leche. The lemon flavor of Lemon Inipit mimicked the "Dayap" or lime, the resident ingredient of Pastillas de Leche. In our set of ingredients, we only made 7 Pastillas de Inipit balls. Mom requested for another batch kasi bitin daw! No sweat because cooking wouldn't be required to make this!






3    Inipit Choc-Nut Cake

Dessert Inspiration: Choc-Nut Cake

"Chocnut, the sweet staple of my childhood, a simple concoction of peanuts, milk, cane sugar, cocoa powder and flavoring."-pinoydelikasi.com (Photo Credit: ladycupcake.typepad.com)
 

Ingredients
2 pieces CHOCOLATE Lemon Square Inipit
1 bar choco-caramel-nougat  bar, cut into small cubes
1 tablespoon chocolate syrup
2 tablespoons all-purpose cream and condensed milk mixture
1 teaspoon crushed peanuts


Additional Materials

small serving dish or saucer
spoon
  


Procedure

1. Cut each CHOCOLATE INIPIT  into 4 equal parts.
2. Place in a small serving dish or saucer.
3. Drizzle with all-purpose cream and condensed milk mixture and chocolate syrup.
4. Top with peanuts and choco-caramel-nougat bar cubes.
5. Serve and enjoy!  

The harmony of Chocolate Inipit and other ingredients were superb! This Inipit Choc-Nut Cake was chewy, crunchy, and delightfully sweet! Yummy! Chocoholics would love this!



The whole family enjoyed the entire process and most of all the finished products. Imagine, we were able to finish preparing the desserts in less than an hour and without cooking! Take note, without cooking! Experiencing these things made me feel like a winner already! Mom and hubby said that the desserts were close to the taste of the desserts that we used as inspirations which we liked to eat since we were kids. It brought back childhood memories that we were fond of reminiscing.  "Ang sarap maging kid with Inipit!

Friends, I encourage you to join too. It's super fun, I tell you!

It's open to bloggers and active social media users.
    
To my fellow bloggers here's how to join:
  1. Create a dessert using Lemon Square’s soft, yummy, and fluffy Inipit cakes.
  2. Document how you created the dessert through photos or video.
  3. Share the dessert recipe on your blog.
  4. Include the message and hashtag below in your blog post:
    Sarap maging kid with Inipit!
    Hashtag: #NoLimitWithInipit
  5.  Fill out the gravity form here: http://blog.nuffnang.com.ph/2015/05/09/blog-contest-no-limit-with-inipit/


Five (5) winners will win a baking set worth Php5,000 each and Lemon Square products!

Entries will be judged based on the following criteria:

50% - Uniqueness of Recipe
40% - Dessert Presentation
10% - Blog Post Story


For non-bloggers, no worries! You can still join! Here's how:

  1. Create a dessert using Lemon Square’s soft, yummy, and fluffy Inipit cakes.
  2. Take a photo of your finished product.
  3. Share the photo on your Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram accounts.
  4. Describe your dessert in the caption, and include the hashtag #NoLimitWithInipit.
  5. Don’t forget to make your accounts public!
  6. Fill out the gravity form here: http://blog.nuffnang.com.ph/2015/05/09/blog-contest-no-limit-with-inipit/
Ten (10) winners will win baking tools worth Php2,000 each and Lemon Square products!

Entries will be judged based on the following criteria:
50% -Dessert Presentation
40% - Photo Quality
10% - Caption

Contest runs from May 8 to May 29, 2015.
Winners will be announced on June 3.


I can't wait to read the posts about your dessert creations! Good luck to us!

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