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2016 Maya Kitchen Summer Classes

The Maya Kitchen Culinary Center offers the following courses for children, teens, coffee lovers, bakers and chefs:

Maya Kitchen’s Kids Magical Adventure is on May 3-6, Tuesday to Friday, 9am-1pm Themes include ‘Circus,’ ‘Star Wars’ ‘Pixar Party’ and ‘Let It Go.’ Class fee is P6,000.
Young Foodie Hangout features ‘Instagrammables’ for Instagram-worthy recipes and plating; ‘One-Two-Three Kitchen’ for basic kitchen knowledge while “Eat In What You Eat Out” includes recipes inspired by famous fast food joints and restaurants. Class schedules are May 10-13, Tuesday to Friday, 9am-1pm. Fee is P7,000.
Coffee 101 is on May 7, Saturday, 1-5pm. Get an insider’s look at the various techniques in steaming, frothing and foaming of milk. Learn machine techniques in drink making and find out more about freestyle and etching in Coffee Latte Arts. Class fee is P999.
Coffee 102 is on May 14, Saturday, 1-5pm. Create delectable drinks like a professional barista with lectures on Choosing the Right Coffee, Coffee Latte Arts Part 2, Cold Coffee Concoctions, Equipment Maintenance and Creating Your Own Signature Drink. Class fee is P999.
Basic Culinary is on May 17-20, Tuesday to Friday (9am-3pm) and May 31-June 3, Tuesday to Friday (9am-3pm). Learn Cooking Fundamentals and International Standard Techniques of meal preparation from soup, salad, pasta, main courses to desserts for Home and Institutional Scale Kitchens with workshop. Class fee is P8,000.


Basic Baking
is on May 24-27, Tuesday to Thursday (9am-2pm). Learn Basic Baking Techniques applicable to small and commercial scale production of recipes and formulations of quick breads, pies, cookies, cakes and other bread varieties with workshop. Class fee is P7,000.
Commercial Breads is on May 28, Saturday (9am-1pm). This hands-on class teaches recipes for Kopi Roti Buns, Ensaymada, Cinnamon Rolls and Oatmeal Bread. Class fee is P1,499.

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For more information on this and on other course offerings, log on to www.themayakitchen.com e-mailcontactus@themayakitchen.com or 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. +63929 679 6102. Call and reserve a slot now!

Posted by Treasure Jar on Apr 30th 2016 | Filed in For Little Hands,From the Admin's Desk,FYI,Happenings | Comments (0)

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Frugal Christmas: Do More with Less

How do we Do More with Less? Here are a few ways:

The holidays are almost gone and with it came wonderful memories that, as a mom, I hope will be cherished in the years to come.

Several years ago, I have started FRUGAL CHRISTMAS and our family has been practicing this ever since.

Here are a few of the Frugal Christmas practices I have done since I started though a lot of it, I have not blogged about:

Family photo Christmas tree ornaments which started as a project back when we were still homeschooling. These ornaments still adorn the tree and we have added more updated photos.

Handmade tree decorations. Children and adults as well should try this to foster bonding time, personalize their trees and unleash their creative energies. These hand-made Christmas stockings still hang from our tree this year. This year I added a 3D Christmas tree made of gold tinsel to the Christmas wreath I decorated hanging on our front door. The excess tinsel was used to wrap gifts.

3D Christmas star

Japanese paper as gift wrapper. You can choose any color you like depending on the theme of your gifts. This year, I used yellow Japanese paper with gift tags made by one of the children.

homebaked cookies
• Baked goods wrapped in yellow Japanese paper with personalized gift tags. Since we bake at home, it has been our practice to give baked goodies to friends. (see photo above)
Personalized gift tags. You can either print these yourself or make from scratch. We always opt for the latter.
• If you love going to bookstores and bookstores that sell bargain books, then you can spend a little time scouring bargain books to give to book-loving people.
Hand-made gold ribbons hang on our tree every other year. These have seen a lot of Christmases and hang alternately every year with the red ribbons. This year, we are having the red ribbons.

red ribbons
Hand-made notepads. The last two years had us made notepads to give to the children’s friends. These were made during times when they have “nothing to do”. They also assembled these while watching their favorite videos on their gadgets.
• For this year’s Christmas, everything we served for the Noche Buena were home-cooked or home-prepped:

noche buena
o Baked ham
o Chicken pasta and chicken fajitas (blog post coming up soon)
o Slow-cooked chicken
o Cheesecake
o Cheese platter

blueberry cheesecake

Blueberry cheesecake by the eldest child finally sliced and tasted, a day after Christmas! This is easy to make and you spend less than if you buy commercially baked ones.

For our family reunion Christmas lunch, we brought slow-cooked ribs and the eldest child made brownies. Easy-peasy prep, right?

Photo below is the Electrolux microwave being used to melt chocolates for the brownies.

I know the list is getting longer so I will stop. Finally, yes!

What do all these things mean for “Do More with Less” when it feels like there is so much to do with all the crafts that involve conceptualizing, cutting and pasting and with the baking and cooking tasks?

 

All these tasks, we do not do year after year. For the tree decorations, since we have plenty of these (and hand-made too!) we alternate what we put up on the tree. Buying Christmas tree decorations every year is not something we do since we already have at home. Baking goodies for family and friends is what we love to do and for the last three years, the children are tasked to do these, making me have more time to do other chores. The personalized gift tags are easy to make because we have been doing this for several years already.

We “Do More with Less” by planning ahead, making lists and following up on schedule to avoid the hustle and bustle of the season.  The gift packs for the village guards and Noche Buena packages for the families of Manang Salve (who helps clean the backyard) and Joey (our occasional DIY guy) have been distributed a day or two before Christmas Eve. Christmas and New Year’s Eves are not main worries because we already have the things that needed on-hand and so we don’t have to join the rush to purchase what was not bought and getting stressed caught up on long supermarket queues and traffic jams.

We “Do More with Less” investing in reliable appliances like Electrolux that make chores easier so we don’t see housework as burdens. Our Electrolux Vacuum Cleaner is something the kids use by themselves. This is the youngest child’s task: cleaning the area where the puppy stays.

cleaning the floor

We “Do More with Less” by giving more importance to tasks that foster spending time with our loved ones.

Aside from not spending too much money, the family also tends to give importance in having more time bonding because we are all working together to make wonderful Christmas memories that we will look back with fondess, joy and love.

Do More with Less” everyday, it is good for the mind, body and spirit.

ASUS Designs and Styles for ZenPhones #ZenLooks

ASUS Philippines teams up with world-renowned industrial designer Kenneth Cobonpue, bloggers David Guison and Arisse de Santos, for a regional competition offering Filipinos a one-of-a-kind chance to be the designer of their own ZenFone 2 case.

How exciting!

For the #ZenLooks competition, designs showcasing the diverse beauty of our local culture along with a unique design will be chosen.

ASUS ZenFone 2 Case Designs

Internationally acclaimed and multi-awarded industrial designer Kenneth Cobonpue and style authorities David Guison and Arisse de Santos will help amplify the call for their fellow Filipinos to join in by creating their own designs for this competition by submitting an original case design for the ZenFone 2 inspired by the Philippines’ national colors.

Cobonpue focuses his attention on the shades and shapes of nature as his design inspirations for #ZenLooks.

On partnering with ASUS Philippines for the competition, he says, “I feel humbled to be a part of a global movement that allows Filipinos to express their creative identities through a personal must-have that accompanies them in their day to day. Our mobile phones, and what we do with them, say a lot about who we are and what we love.”

Admitting his personal affinity for the ZenFone 2, he declares, “It’s the perfect phone for this campaign. As a designer, the ZenFone 2 allows me to express my personal aesthetic. It’s very important that a device latches on to its owner’s views. And as for its performance, I like that it doesn’t compromise speed and promises such a rich photography experience for anyone who appreciates style.”

He concludes, “#ZenLooks is consistent with my personal advocacy of creating original and unique designs while promoting local culture. It’s a collaborative effort between the ASUS team and aspiring artists to produce an art piece inspired by the Philippine’s iconic elements.” Continue Reading »

Posted by Treasure Jar on Dec 3rd 2015 | Filed in From the Admin's Desk | Comments (0)

Chef Sau Style Noche Buena at the Maya Kitchen

If you want to have a Noche Buena ala Chef Sau del Rosario, head over to the Maya Kitchen this Saturday, 9am – 1pm on December 5, 2015.

Chef Sau will demonstrate and cook the following scrumptious recipes that are just perfect for a unique Noche Buena for your family and friends:

  • Tamales, rice flour simmered with coconut, annatto and shrimp stock topped with peanuts, chicken and quail eggs;
  • Chicken Galantina, ground chicken, chorizo, Vienna sausage, capers, raisins, eggs, ham and bacon;
  • Salt-Baked Salmon, salmon covered then cooked with egg whites and salt served with orange and rosemary beurre blanc sauce;
  •  Brazo de Mais, infused with corn and molded to look like a real corn. It is stuffed with pastry cream and layered with egg whites.

Chef Sau del Rosario credits his culinary talent to his Kapampangan roots. He studied at the University of the Philippines for a bachelor’s degree in Hotel and Restaurant Administration and obtained culinary education in Paris, France.

Chef Sau at the Maya Kitchen

He has worked in Michelin restaurants in Nice, Paris, Shanghai, Bangkok and in Raffles Singapore. After moving back to Manila 8 years ago, Chef Sau opened the restaurants Chelsea, M Café and Le Bistro Vert to mention some.

Today, Chef Sau is the Culinary Director for Center for Culinary Arts Manila (CCA). He is also a recipient of Most Outstanding Kapampangan Awards for Culture (MOKA) and a few months ago, he added author to his many accomplishments by publishing his own cookbook, 20 Years of Love + Cooking.
The ever creative and energetic chef will soon open 2 restaurants, ‘Lola’s Boy’ in Angeles City set to welcome diners on December 15 and ‘93 North’ along H.V. dela Costa Street, Salcedo Vilage, Makati which is set to open in February 2016.

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For more information on this and on other course offerings, log on to www.themayakitchen.com e-mailcontactus@themayakitchen.com or 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. +63929 679 6102. Call and reserve a slot now!

Posted by Treasure Jar on Dec 1st 2015 | Filed in From the Admin's Desk,FYI,Socials | Comments (0)

ASUS Introduces new ZenBooks

ASUS Releases Most Powerful Ultrabook Yet

As ASUS introduced its new line-up for every type of user, the title “the most powerful Ultrabook yet” caught my attention.

With 6th generation Intel® Core ™ processors for extra mobility and improved performance and pre-installed Microsoft Windows 10, I’m sure there is more to these new laptops than meets the eye.

ASUS ZenBook Pro501

ZenBook Pro UX501 is an ultra-high-performance laptop with a timeless and classic design. It is 20.6mm thin for easy portability with spun-metal finish. Some features are brushed metal surfaces and diamond-cut chamfers to add brilliant highlights while the keyboard surround has stylish laser-engraved ripple-effect pattern.

The following are some features of ASUS ZenBook ProUX501
• 15.6-inch Visual Master multi-touch display with 4K/UHD 3860 x 2160 resolution that is 4x higher than HD (wow!) Stunningly details and lifelike images will surely delight the senses.
• quad-core 6th generation Intel® Core ™ processor, gaming-grade NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX™ 960M 4GB DDR5 graphics and the world’s fastest 256GB PCI Express® (PCIe®) x4 SSD.
• an outstanding battery life of more than six hours from its high-capacity 96Wh lithium-polymer battery.
Specifications:
UX501
CPU – i7-4750HQ
GPU – GTX 960M 4G DDR5
Storage – 256GB SSD
RAM – 12G
Screen – 15″ 4K2K
ODD – [SATA] 8.9″mm 8X Super Multi with Double Layer
OS – Windows 10 (64bit)
WiFi – 802.11bgn+Bluetooth 4.0 (Single band)
USB Port – 3x USB 3.0
Battery – 60WHrs, 4S1P, 4-cell Li-ion Polymer Battery Pack
SRP – Php89,995.00

ASUS ZenBook UX305LA
Stylish Notebook with ultra-fast SSD storage : ZenBook UX305LA
The ZenBook UX305LA Ultrabook™ measures just 12.3mm thin, making it one of the world’s slimmest 13.3-inch FHD laptop.

The following are the features of ASUS ZenBook UX305LA:
• weighs only 1.2kg
• powered by the new 6th generation Intel® Core™ i7 processor for seamless multitasking, and features a lightning-fast up to 512GB solid-state drive (SSD).
• 13.3-inch display has an up to QHD resolution.
• Available in a sophisticated new Gold color with ZenBook’s signature spun-metal finish, or a silky-smooth Ceramic Alloy shade

Specifications:

UX305LA
CPU – i5/ i7
GPU – Intel HD graphics
Storage – 512GB SSD
RAM – 8GB
Screen – 13″ FHD/ QHD
ODD – N/A
OS – Windows 10 (64bit)
WiFi – 802.11ac+Bluetooth 4.0 (Dual band) -Intel WIDI
USB Port – 1x USB 2.0
2x USB 3.0
Battery – 56WHrs, 3S2P, 6-cell Li-ion Polymer Battery Pack
SRP – Php 59,995 (i5 version) / 65,995.00 (i7 version)

 

ASUS ZenBook K555

Tactile metallic surfaces and a solid build quality : ASUS K555LB has a solid build quality, and feature a minimalist aluminum design with crafted lines for a premium feel with a brushed-aluminum top cover finished in black and a sandblasted palm-rest.

The following are the features of ASUS K555LB:
• powered by 6th generation Intel® Core ™ i7 processor for fast and responsive multi-tasking computing;
• can be specked with up to NVIDIA GeForce GT 940M graphics with Microsoft DirectX® 11 for fast and fluid gaming visuals and movie playback as well.
• 15-inch LED-backlit, 4k QHD panel
• provides 94% sRGB color gamut for accurate, life-like colors when handling design tasks, watching movies, or viewing photos.
• ASUS K555LB has ASUS IceCool technology that uses a unique internal component layout to address palm-rest heating issues.
• K555LB laptops have a seamless one-piece keyboard for a solid typing feel, along with a large touchpad with ASUS Smart Gesture technology to support a range of Windows 10 touch commands for quicker, responsive input.
Value-packed with all the essentials, the X555UB reinvents your daily computing experience.

The following are the features of X555UB:
• 6th generation Intel® Core™ i7 processor and GT940 graphics card
• Instant on that resumes your computer from sleep mode in 2 seconds
• USB 3.0 for 10 times faster data transfer speed.
• comes equipped with SonicMaster technology and ASUS AudioWizard to bring you high fidelity audio.

Lessen your worries on your PC with ASUS’ notebook 2-year global warranty!
Now you have the opportunity to protect your investment with an extended global warranty worth Php2,500. This is available to select ASUS notebook models with pre-loaded Microsoft Windows™ 10.

X555UB
CPU -i7-6500HQ
GPU – NV940 2G
Storage – 1TB
RAM – 4GB
Screen – 15″ FHD
ODD – [SATA] 8.9″mm 8X Super Multi with Double Layer
OS – Windows 10 (64bit)
WiFi – 802.11bgn+Bluetooth 4.0 (Single band)
USB Port – 1x USB 2.0
2x USB 3.0
Battery – 37WHrs, 2S1P, 2-cell Li-ion Polymer Battery Pack
SRP – Php 44,995.00

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About ASUS
ASUS is a worldwide top-three consumer notebook vendor and maker of the world’s best-selling, most award-winning motherboards. A leading enterprise in the new digital era, ASUS designs and manufactures products that perfectly meet the needs of today’s digital home and office, with a broad portfolio that includes motherboards, graphics cards, optical drives, displays, desktop and all-in-one PCs, notebooks, netbooks, servers, multimedia devices, wireless solutions, networking devices, tablets and smartphones. Driven by innovation and committed to quality, ASUS won 4,326 awards in 2014 and is widely credited with revolutionizing the PC industry with its Eee PC™. ASUS has more than 13,600 employees around the globe with a world-class R&D team of 4,500 engineers. Company revenue for 2013 was approximately US$14 billion.

ASUS Zen AiO Pro

Unfold your incredible stories: ASUS Philippines recently unveiled Zen AiO Pro with pre-installed Microsoft Windows™ 10. The ASUS 23.8-inch Zen AiO Pro Z240IC, the first models in the incredible new Zen AiO Pro Series, a premium range of all-in-one PCs that fuse art with industry-leading technology.

ASUS Zen AiO Pro

Featuring a stunningly-elegant all-aluminum design, Zen AiO Pro has some of the following features:

• 6th-generation Intel® Core™ i7 processor and gaming-grade NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX™ 960M graphics with up to 4GB of video memory
• the latest USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C port, up to PCIe® 3.0 x4 M.2 SSD storage
• Zen AiO Pro models are equipped with a powerful six-speaker ASUS SonicMaster Premium sound system that delivers 16W of incredibly rich and clear stereo

Zen AiO Pro is the ultimate digital hub for work or for play because of its high tech features and elegant design wth slim and elegant unibody shell forged from anodized aluminum. The display is a layer of edge to edge glass while the rear cover has fine brushed-metal finish.
Extreme beauty, extreme performance
The extraordinary Zen AiO Pro is built to provide out-of-the-ordinary performance for discerning home users. Using the latest generation of quad-core Intel Core up to i7 processors, combined with 16GB of the very latest DDR4 memory and lightning-fast up to PCIe® 3.0 x4 M.2 SSD storage, Zen AiO Pro has power to spare for instant responsiveness and ultra-smooth and immersive entertainment.

Dedicated NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX™ 960 gaming-grade graphics with up to a class-leading 4GB of video memory ensure users can enjoy superb stutter-free high-resolution movies and videos in vivid, lifelike colors, or play even the very latest games at full resolution with high quality settings.

ASUS Zen AiO Pro
Zen AiO Pro is the world’s first all-in-one PC to use the next-generation USB 3.1 Gen 2, which delivers blindingly-fast data transfers of up to 10Gbit/s —twice as fast as USB 3.0, and over twenty times faster than USB 2.0. With these speeds, even the biggest data transfers take no time at all. Zen AiO Pro uses the latest USB 3.1 Type-C connector for improved ease of use — the connector is reversible, so it can’t be inserted the wrong way round. And for all-device connectivity, Zen AiO Pro also has a full complement of 4 USB 3.0 ports plus a USB 2.0 port, along with the latest ultra-fast 802.11ac Wi-Fi.

Incredible sound, awesome entertainment
Zen AiO Pro is designed for the ultimate multimedia entertainment, with up to a stunning FHD 10-point multi-touch IPS display for vibrant, pin-sharp visuals that make every detail visible, along with wide viewing angles and ultra-responsive touch interactivity. Zen AiO Pro also has a color gamut of up to 100% sRGB, which ensures accurate, rich and vivid color reproduction.

The incredible audio system has a total of 6 speakers that deliver rich and clear full-range sound. Each 8-watt stereo channel uses three powerful speakers located at either side of Zen AiO Pro, giving fully-realistic stereo separation and a total of 16 watts of pure, undistorted sound for an amazingly-lifelike experience.

The state-of-the-art technology in Zen AiO Pro ensures an awesome entertainment experience, whether users are watching the latest blockbuster movie, enjoying games or simply relaxing with music.

More PHOTOS here.

Specifications: Z240ICGT

CPU – i7-6700T
GPU – GTX 960M 4G DDR5
Storage – 2.5″ SATA HDD 1TB (5400RPM, 9.5mm)
M.2 SATA SSD 128G
RAM – DDR4 2133MHz, 8G *2
Screen – 23.8” Full HD 1920×1080 LED-backlit
OS – Windows 10 (64bit)
WiFi – 802.11bgn+Bluetooth 4.0 (Single band)
USB Ports:
• 1 x USB3.1 (Type-C)
• 4 x USB3.0
• 1 x USB2.0
I/O Ports:
• 2 x HDMI-out
• 1 x Microphone
• 1 x Headphone
• 1 x 2-in-1 card reader
• 1x Power Input
• 1x LAN
• 1x Kensington lock slot
Dimensions – 585(W) x 434(H) x 52~190(D) mm
SRP – Php 97,995
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About ASUS
ASUS is a worldwide top-three consumer notebook vendor and maker of the world’s best-selling, most award-winning motherboards. A leading enterprise in the new digital era, ASUS designs and manufactures products that perfectly meet the needs of today’s digital home and office, with a broad portfolio that includes motherboards, graphics cards, optical drives, displays, desktop and all-in-one PCs, notebooks, netbooks, servers, multimedia devices, wireless solutions, networking devices, tablets and smartphones. Driven by innovation and committed to quality, ASUS won 4,326 awards in 2014 and is widely credited with revolutionizing the PC industry with its Eee PC™. ASUS has more than 13,600 employees around the globe with a world-class R&D team of 4,500 engineers. Company revenue for 2013 was approximately US$14 billion.

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