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Add Krem-Top to your Coffee

I am not one to put creamer in my coffee. Having tried Krem-Top in our brewed coffee is a welcome treat for me. Krem-Top is a non-dairy coffee creamer that gives all the rich taste which best complements your coffee. Relish the creaminess and savour the wonderful aroma which will make your coffee experience more enjoyable.

Krem-Top

Krem-Top is a perfect partner with a hot cuppa for a breakfast of fried rice, bacon and sausage. Yum!

Incidentally, Krem-Top has an ongoing campaign called Change for the Better.

I used Krem-Top in one of the homemade gifts I gave away last Christmas and here was what it looked like:

Coffee Mix

From bottom to top:

1 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 cups powdered chocolate milk
1 cup Krem-Top non-dairy creamer
1/3 cup coffee
1/2t cinnamon
1/2t nutmeg

Instructions: shake the container until all of the ingredients are incorporated. OR pour the ingredients in a clean bowl, stir till everything has been mixed. Transfer back in the container.

Use two heaping tablespoons to make a cup of hot creamy coffee.

Posted by Treasure Jar on Jan 16th 2015 | Filed in From the Admin's Desk,Kitchen Needs,Recipes,Reviews,Through the Lens | Comments (0)

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Finally, a New Guitar

The little girl finally has a new guitar, a full-sized one! After scouring different guitar centers here and there, we finally found something that she likes and one that fits the budget as well.

She has been playing new songs, one of which is the Beatle’s Paul McCartney’s Blackbird which I have shared below:

We love listening to her play songs on her guitar and it is inspiring that she learned to play without any formal guitar lessons.

Posted by Treasure Jar on Jan 16th 2015 | Filed in For Little Hands,Musical Delights | Comments (0)

Filipino Values and Change for the Better Campaign with Krem-Top

Change for the Better Campaign by Krem-Top focuses on 5 key Filipino values to help us Filipinos give focus on doing a reflection about how we lived in 2014 and how we will be stronger and better for 2015 as we start to plan and start things right.

The campaign Change for the Better started in 2012 as a call to action to commit and sustain change that will help people become better throughout the year and not just when the inspiration to do so is stronger.

Going beyond making one’s self better was the call for a more nationalistic mission, to bring more fire to the Filipino spirit that has been through a lot of challenges in the recent years.

Krem-Top

Krem Top’s Change for the Better campaign reminds us of the small distinctly Filipino traits that when rekindled can make our country better. Small changes can create a huge impact when done together by a community wanting to practice innate Filipino traits that will make their lives, and the lives of fellow Filipinos better,

For 2015, Krem-Top’s Change for the Better campaign zeroed in on Filipino values that remind us of our identity which in turn can help build a stronger nation.

Dr. Mina Ramirez of the Asian Social Institute is a renowned phenomenological sociologist who helped identify the FIVE CORE VALUES that define the Filipino people. These core values make the Filipinos stand out from the rest of the world. These five core values are essential in our quest to build a stronger nation.

Krem-Top Change for the Better

Based on Dr. Ramirez’s study “The Filipino Worldview and Values” and her insights from decades of practice as a phenomenological sociologist, here are the Five Core Filipino Values based on the Basic Aspirations of a Filipino:

Mapagpasalamat

This is based on Filipinos’ aspiration for “Pamumuhay” (Life) and “Pananalig sa Diyos at Kapwa” (Faith in God and people).  Filipinos know how to enjoy life.  We have many holidays, feasts, occasions, and reunions.  Filipinos are cheerful and naturally sociable.  We love to connect to people. We are a happy race.   We wear smiles on our faces even in depressing situations. This is because we always look at the bright side of life. We always have a positive outlook because we always find things to be thankful for, even in the smallest things. We would always say “Salamat sa Diyos” (Thank God) whenever good things happen because Filipinos, from whatever religion, would attribute life’s blessings to the Higher Being. We also acknowledge the good deeds of other people towards us and we do our best to return the favor.

Matatag

Being in a country prone to natural disasters, Filipinos have adapted and learned to be strong in times of need and in hard situations life throws at us. We continue to stand up, be firm, and fight because we have our loved ones and life’s aspirations to be strong for. This strength is drawn from our love for our family and to the higher being we believe in. This is based on Filipino’s aspiration for “Kaayusan” (Order).  In fact, Filipinos’ common expression is “Ayos Na”.  When we are able to get through difficulties, we say “Ayos Na”.  We, Filipinos long for “Kaayusan” and we will endure everything and be strong amidst hardships and challenges until we surpass the obstacles.

Masigasig

When Filipinos dream of something, we do everything possible to get it. We do it for our families and loved ones.   This is based on Filipinos’ aspiration for “Kasaganaan” (Abundance) and “Ginhawa” (Relief).  A Filipino aspires for abundance not for himself but for his family.  The Filipino translation for Happy New Year is Masaganang Bagong Taon (Bountiful New Year) because we equate happiness and celebration with abundance.  In Bisaya, “Ginhawa” means breath.  And the smooth flow of breath is the smooth flow of life which we call “Ginhawa”.  “Ginhawa” according to lay theologian Dr. Jose de Mesa is the feeling of well-being in a Filipino.  An example would be Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) who endure being away from home to give their families a good life – abundance and relief from hardships.

 

Mapagmalasakit

It is because of our love for the family extended to friends, neighbors and other people that make Filipinos naturally compassionate. This compassion enables us to help other people without asking for anything in return. This is based on Filipinos’ aspiration for “Loob at Damdamin” and “Kapwa” (Other People) as explained in Dr. Mina’s The Filipino Worldview and Values.  “Loob” is the seat of Filipinos’ dignity.  The personhood of Filipino is manifested in his “kalooban”.  Filipinos tune in each other’s “kalooban” by checking on each other’s condition and chatting about each other’s lives.  Filipinos reach out to other people.  Due to our familistic culture, Filipinos use “kapwa” to refer not just to a stranger but to a relative, a next-door neighbor, a distant relative or a friend.  Our “Mapagmalasakit” trait makes it easy for us to champion the Bayanihan spirit – to unite and help each other during calamities and celebrate together during special occasions.

 

Magalang

The use of po, opo, and pagmamano (kissing of the hand) are distinct Filipino ways of respect. We say these words and use this gesture to show our respect and love for the elderly. The Filipinos’ respect is not just limited to the elderly but also to other people’s properties, emotions, and ideas. We are polite people.  Our language itself is also respectful because it does not have any gender bias. Examples would be the words kapatid (brother / sister) or asawa (husband / wife) or biyenan (father-in-law / mother-in-law) or anak (son / daughter) which do not manifest differences in gender. These words are uniquely Filipino definitely respectful of the sexes. Our respect for other individuals is embedded in our culture and in our language.  This is based on our aspiration for “Lakas ng Loob” or “Kagandahang Loob”.  Malakas and Maganda, Filipinos’ original creation story brings dignity to both the Filipino and Filipina.  Both the man and the woman sprang from the bamboo.  The man bowed to the woman.  They held hands and went off together.  Dr. Ramirez said, “This is a very non-sexist indigenous version of the creation story.”

 

Dr. Mina Ramirez explained, “If you want to get to know the Filipino, learn the language.  Most of our values are deeply rooted in how we express ourselves.  The Five Core Filipino Values based on the Basic Aspirations of a Filipino are in Filipino language because there are no direct translations of these traits.  The words are unique to us.  Understanding these traits would mean dissecting the soul of a Filipino.

Filipinos may be hard pressed at times, but in general, we are rich.  We are rich in natural resources; we are rich in our people.  If we can just get to know more ourselves clearly and use our values to our advantage, we will become a better nation.  It’s time to change for the better,” said Dr. Ramirez.

Blen Fernando, Alaska Milk Corporation’s VP for Marketing and also the campaign leader for Krem-Top Change for the Better is optimistic that through this project, there will be awareness about the need to keep and further enrich these five Filipino Core Values. “We hope that Krem-Top’s Change for the Better campaign will inspire us to be the better version of ourselves for the benefit of our families and our country.  The public can count on our continued support to champion the Filipino spirit that will help make us a better and stronger nation.

Photos here.

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For more information about Krem-Top Change for the Better campaign, visit www.facebook.com/AlaskaKremTop or follow @kremtopPH on Twitter.

 

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About Krem-Top

Krem-Top is a product of Alaska Milk Corporation, a leading company in consumer goods and was launched nationwide in 2012. It is a non-dairy coffee creamer that gives all the rich taste which best complements your coffee. Relish the creaminess and savour the wonderful aroma which will make your coffee experience more enjoyable.

 

Posted by Treasure Jar on Jan 10th 2015 | Filed in From the Admin's Desk,FYI,Happenings,Launching,Philippines,Through the Lens | Comments (1)

Samsung Washing Machines for your Happy Homes

I admit, laundry chores are something I do not look forward to especially when I am swamped with other things that need tending to. On good days, I love doing the laundry because it gives me time to reflect on some things while I sort the clothes and while I fold these after the task. These days though, I have laundry-free days because the eldest child has taken the chores as her responsibility during her term break.

Samsung Washing Machines

Even though we have a washing machine to use,I still have to soak the whites, the uniform because these need a lot of soaking and handwashing. I got surprised to learn that there is a perfect washing machine for my family and our laundry needs: a Samsung Fully Automatic WA4000HH.

Here are the reasons why:

  •  ActivDualWash which has a wash sink with a built-in side water jet. The wash sink provides a convenient and dedicated space to hand-wash delicate items and pre-wash heavily soiled clothes before regular wash. The built-in side water can be started and stopped with a simple press of a button for maximum convenience. COOL!!
  • Wobble Technology that allows laundry to be done with less time, efforts and worry.

Families should consider their needs and lifestyle to suit the washing machine that will cater to the laundry chores like washing the delicates, separating the whites and the colored clothes, pre-soaking stained items and ensuring that the clothes are still in good quality after frequent washing AND that the washing machine itself is better than others to last a long time.

What are the different factors to consider when buying a washing machine?

  • TIME. The longer the boosting time of the machine, the more energy is wasted thus an increase in the electric bill.
  • TEMPERATURE. More energy is wasted when higher temperature is used and the risk that the clothes will be damaged is greater.
  • MECHANICAL ACTION. Too much of this and the fabric gets damaged.
  • DETERGENT ACTION.Too much detergent leaves residue that could damage the clothes and become a threat to the environment.

Some factors to consider in buying a washing machine:

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Posted by Treasure Jar on Nov 26th 2014 | Filed in Between Us Women,From the Admin's Desk,FYI,Going Digital,Reviews,Visual Delights | Comments (0)

A Christmas Dinner Larry Would Love

Larry Cruz is synonymous with these iconic restaurants

  • Café Adriatico,
  • Bistro Lorenzo,
  • Bistro Remedios,
  • Bistro Burgos
  • Ang Hang,
  • Larry’s Bar,
  • Café Havana,
  • Bollywood,
  • Camp Gourmet,
  • Paper Moon,
  • In the Mood Dance Bar
  • Fely J’s,
  • Lorenzo’s Way
  • Abe

Larry Cruz and his legacy continues today as the LJC Group makes sure that everything is as perfect as Larry would have wanted it.

Invitation Nov 29

Join The Maya Kitchen on November 29, Saturday, 9am-1pm, as it presents Chef George Lizares, the corporate chef of the LJC Group, in a cooking demonstration entitled “A Christmas Dinner Larry Would Love.”
Chef George will prepare the following:

  • Cheerful Feta and Watermelon Salad (black olives, yellow and red watermelon with Italian dressing);
  • Kingfish and Shrimps Curry in Coconut, (Tanigue fillet and shrimps gently simmered in Indian-style coconut cream curry sauce);
  • Chicken with Three Mushrooms, (roast chicken with Porcini, Button and Shitake Sauce);
  • Couscous with Seven Vegetable (tender lamb morsels combined with chickpeas, zucchini, eggplant, tomatoes, carrots, capsicum and cabbage in a rich broth);
  • Baklava (filo pastry, nuts, butter and orange-infused syrup served with vanilla ice cream).

Chef George looks up to Larry Cruz who had been both a boss and a mentor to him. He started with the LJC Group in 1998 as a food and beverage manager. He left and came back in 2008 as corporate executive chef, left and came back again in 2011 up to the present in the same capacity.
The LJC Group was borne out of Larry Cruz’s decision to take a career change way back in 1979. The journalist became a restaurateur. Larry’s indelible mark will forever remain in the history of Philippine cuisine. Every day, Chef George Lizares and the people behind The LJC Group continue to pay tribute to the man who cannot cook yet somehow managed to permanently change the country’s culinary landscape.

“A good meal is one that satisfies all the senses. …More than just looking good, it has to taste good…match the setting… More important for me, it should be enjoyed with someone.”—Larry J. Cruz

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For more information on this and on other courses offerings, log on to www.themayakitchen.com or e-mailcontactus@themayakitchen.com

visit The Maya Kitchen Culinary Center every Tuesday to Saturday at 8F Liberty Building, 835 A. Arnaiz Avenue (Pasay Road), Makati City or call 8921185 / 892-5011 local 108 / Mobile No. +63947 835 2290.

Posted by Treasure Jar on Nov 25th 2014 | Filed in From the Admin's Desk,FYI,Happenings | Comments (0)

Pan de Donuts from Pan de Manila

We are regular customers of Pan de Manila Mindanao Avenue Branch. Aside from pandesal, we enjoy the cheese bread and the ensaimada.

These days, we also buy Pan De Donut from them. Priced at Php38/piece, less if you buy more than one, even I have a difficult time finishing a piece. I have to share with one of the kids because the Pan de Donuts are heavy. Made with soft baked bread, a combination of pandesal and donut, without the pandesal crunch and “powdery” crumbs, these Pan de Donuts are not just delectable but soft, not too sweet (am talking about the bread itself and not the toppings) and so filling. Aside from the toppings, these is a not too sweet filling inside the bread that oozes out every time you bite into it.

Pan de Donut Chocomonds (pardon the grainy photo)

Pan de Donut

In the box, clockwise from L upper corner: ChocNut Crumble, Nippy Nips, Piling Pili, and Cocojammers.

Pan de Donut assorted flavors

This ChocNut Crumble was shared between my daughter and I.

Pan de Donut ChocNut

Best eaten with brewed coffee or cold milk. My kids have these with smoothies.

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Since it has opened several years ago, there rarely goes a week that we do not buy pandesal from Pan de manila Mindanao Avenue branch. For sure every Saturday we do because I need to bring a few pandesal with me to go to work to “bribe” a student to work well.  Anyway, another post will be coming up about a complaint we have which actually didn’t just happen this week but has happened a few months back.

Posted by Treasure Jar on Nov 1st 2014 | Filed in Bonding Time,For Little Hands,From the Admin's Desk,FYI,Plateful of Fun,Reviews | Comments (0)

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