Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Deep Fried Tofu - Filipino Style

A must-try yummy fried tofu ... Thanks to my Chef mom, Mama Lorraine Carluen.  
Happy reading! Cheers! 


Mommy Mai

For a crispier and crunchier tofu texture, increased palatability, golden brown color, consider deep-frying. This is really a very easy, healthy and budget-friendly recipe.

Quantities and measurements vary on your preference/s.

medium or firm tofu 
tablespoons of cornstarch or flour, as needed
extra virgin olive oil or sesame/canola oil for deep frying, as needed

Wash and drain the tofu carefully.
Cut the tofu into cubes, usually four parts per piece, as desired.

Directions for Deep-fried Tofu:
Roll the tofu in the cornstarch or flour with salt and pepper to taste. 
(Optional: You may also coat the tofu with egg and cracker/bread crumbs.)

Heat wok and add oil for deep frying. When the oil is heated to at least 350 degrees F., carefully add 2-4 tofu pieces into the wok.

Fry, stirring occasionally, until the tofu is golden on both sides. 
Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels. 
Keep warm while frying the remaining tofu. 

Serve with Soy-ginger Dressing, Sweet and Sour Sauce, or Chinese-Style Peanut Sauce.

Enjoy this yummy treat! Hugs.   :-) Super thanks to my Chef Mom 

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Time to Share and Give Back - Help the Victims of Typhoon Yolanda

Be blessed and be a blessing.
Hubby and I went to ABS-CBN yesterday to share our love and blessings to the victims of typhoon Yolanda. We donated and shared what we have, took efforts to make others help too, and most of all, inspire them to pass the good deeds on. Yes, it feels good to help but it feels a lot better to inspire others to help. Thus, it is really overwhelming to see many people doing their share and giving back.

Words are not enough to express how happy we are to experience and witness this ‘unity, love and commitment’. We were in tears to see how united we all could be. These moments are priceless; we are really speechless.

 It’s payback time.
Our sincerest and big thanks to all those who join us in lending a hand.  May the good Lord bless you and your family more and always.

Again, thank you very much… for this endeavor won’t be successful without you and your big hearts.

Si Papa GOD na po ang bahala sa inyo… babalik, siksik, liglig at umaapaw.

A million thanks, everyone.

Shirt for a Cause: Tulong na, Tabang na T-shirts
We went to ABS-CBN store to buy 125 shirts which we intended to give to the orphanage in Bulacan that we support. It’s like hitting two birds with one stone, helping the victims of super typhoon Yolanda and at the same time, extending support to our beneficiary, the said orphanage. 

Since there are no reservations for bulk orders of t-shirts, many wish to make it more available to their places, provinces and towns. The ‘Tulong na, Tabang na’ T-shirts are now out of stocks and are available (in limited stocks, maximum of three shirts per person) in Ayala malls.

Marami ang bumili, bumibili at gusto pang bumili ng ‘Tulong na, Tabang na’ T-shirts. Nakakalungkot na marami ang naubusan pero hindi ba dapat mas maging masaya tayo kasi ibig sabihin, marami talaga ang gustong makatulong kaya nauubos ang stocks?

To all those who want to grab the shirts, please watch out for it in Bench outlets and Boardwalk soon.

‘Tulong na, Tabang na’  T-shirt details:
Sagip Kapamilya Tulong Na, Tabang Na, Tayo Na #TulongPH
Color: White - Available in:

Shirt Size : Length x Width x Shoulder (Dimension)
Small  - 66.5cm x 48.5cm x 41.5cm 
Medium - 68.5cm x 51cm x 43cm
Large -  70cm x 53.5cm x 46cm
Extra Large - 71cm x 54cm x 46cm

Where to buy?
Online: ABS-CBN Store and Lazada

Or go directly to the ABS-CBN Store in Quezon City.  

You may also purchase TULONG NA, TABANG NA, TAYO NA SHIRTS in the following AYALA MALLS*:

Alabang Town Center, Glorietta, Trinoma, Greenbelt, Market Market, Festival Mall, Harbor Point in Subic, The District Mall in Cavite, and Marquee Mall in Pampanga.

*Limited stocks, maximum of three shirts per person. 


What breaks our hearts?
Yes, it breaks our heart to see the news on TV, knowing how devastating the situation in Leyte. But it is more heart-breaking to know that there are SOME people who are taking advantage of this devastating and critical situation. 

There are now FAKE ‘Tulong na, Tabang na’ T-shirts that are available in many places and even online. Grabe, sana naman makonsensya kayo at itigil na ang pagnenegosyo. Napakaganda nang adhikain ng ‘Tulong na, Tabang na’ T-shirts at sana wag naman po kayong namamantala.
Maraming salamat po.

Buy only from authorized distributors and outlets as mentioned above. 

Let us all continue to give back, be blessed and be a blessing.

God bless us all.


Mommy Mai

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Donate and Help the Filipino Victims of Super Typhoon Yolanda

What we did and how we shared our blessings...
Hubby and I were in tears while we were watching the news about how destructive and disastrous the aftermath of super typhoon Yolanda. We said our prayers and hoped that our dear fellow kababayans could make it through and would still see the goodness of life and greatness of GOD. 

 After praying for the victims as well as for their families, loved ones, relatives and friends, we decided to do our share and spread 'love' even in our own little ways. Through this blog post, hubby and I really hope (keeping our fingers crossed) that we are able to inspire others to help and share their blessings. Let us all pass the good deeds on and be a blessing to others.

To my avid readers, blog visitors, virtual friends, and all who are able to come across my virtual space, please extend a helping hand, we, Filipinos, need it so much. Your helping hands, your kindness, and your sincerest generosity are all greatly appreciated. 

May the good Lord bless you and your family always, now and forever. 

Below are the bank accounts and other means as to how you could lend a hand.

Again, thank you very much! God speed.


Mommy Mai

Photo Credit: http://www.inquirer.net//

Cash or Check Donations
Please send cash or check donations to the PRC National Headquarters in Manila. We now accept cash donations for the Philippine Red Cross at any 7-11 store or Cebuana Lhuillier Pawnshop nationwide.

Bank Deposit
Bank accounts for Donations
Banco De Oro
Peso: 00-453-0018647
Dollar: 10-453-0039482

Peso: 151-3-041631228
Dollar: 151-2-15100218-2

Philippine National Bank
Peso: 3752 8350 0034
Dollar: 3752 8350 0042

Unionbank of the Philippines
Peso: 1015 4000 0201
Dollar: 1315 4000 0090

All Check/Cash for the account of Philippine Red Cross (Swift Codes)
Banco De Oro

Bank of the Philippine Islands


Philippine National Bank

Unionbank of the Philippines

For your donations to be properly acknowledged, please fax the bank transaction slip at nos. +63.2.527.0575 or +63.2.404.0979 with your name, address and contact number.

Photo Credit: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/

ABS-CBN Sagip Kapamilya 
For cash or cheque donations, you may deposit to the following:
Peso Account
Bank Account No: 393- 011-4199
Bank Account Name: ABS-CBN Foundation Inc. - Sagip Kapamilya
Branch:Sct. Albano, Quezon Avenue, Quezon City
Swift Code: BNORPHMM

Dollar Account
Bank Account No: 393-008-1622
Bank Account Name: ABS-CBN Foundation Inc. - Sagip Kapamilya
Branch:Sct. Albano, Quezon Avenue, Quezon City
Swift Code: BNORPHMM

Peso Account
Bank Account No: 305-111-2775
Bank Account Name: ABS-CBN Foundation Inc. - Sagip Kapamilya
Branch:West Triangle, Quezon City
Swift Code: BOPIPHMM

Dollar Account
Bank Account No: 3054-0270-35
Bank Account Name: ABS-CBN Foundation Inc. - Sagip Kapamilya
Branch:West Triangle, Quezon City
Swift Code: BOPIPHMM

Peso Account
Account Number: 636-3-636-08808-1 
Account Name: ABS - CBN Foundation, Inc. - Sagip Kapamilya
Branch: Examiner Quezon Ave. Branch
Swift Code: MBTCPHMM

* For confirmation of donation, please fax (+632-411-4995) or email (sagip@abs-cbn.com) copy of transmittal/ transaction slip with complete donor's information.

GMA Kapuso Foundation
Peso Savings
Account Name: GMA Kapuso Foundation, Inc.
Account Number: 3-098-51034-7
                              : 3-098-51566-7
Dollar Savings       
Account Name: GMA Kapuso Foundation, Inc.
Account Number: 2-098-00244-2
Code                     : MBTC PH MM

Photo Credit: http://www.globalpost.com/

TV 5 Alagang Kapatid
Cash and check donations may be sent at the following bank accounts:
Bank of the Philippine Islands-Ayala Avenue SGV Branch
1. Account Name: Alagang Kapatid Foundation, Inc.
(PESO) PHP ACCOUNT NO: 1443-0533-32 
(DOLLAR) USD ACCOUNT NO: 1444-0214-85 
Banco De Oro – BDO Makati Ave- Ayala Branch 

2. Account Name: Alagang Kapatid Foundation, Inc.
(PESO) PHP Account No.: 00- 5310-41016-4
(DOLLAR) USD Account No.: 10-5310-46264-4

Username / beneficiary: alagangkapatid@news5.com.ph
Send a copy of the cash deposit slip to alagangkapatidfoundation.tv5@gmail.com or to alagangkapatidfoundationtv5@yahoo.com for record purposes.

For questions, please call: (02) 3764412, (02) 6893100 local 45191 or 45192, or fax >936 7181

Thanks be to GOD.
*Photo credits go to cnn.com, gmanetwork.com, and washingtonpost.com (Big thanks!)

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Study Abroad Today and Experience Financial Freedom and Stability in the Future

Do you wish to study in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, USA, and United Kingdom? 
Oh well, the wait is finally over…

To my avid readers, blog visitors and fellow bloggers, I have some good news for you and all. I hope this could help you decide on which career path to take. Happy reading!

It is true that many professionals especially yuppies like me would always dream and love to study and eventually work abroad. Well, more than having greener pasture, earning more and saving for the future, we wish to obtain an international degree to primarily explore possibilities, widen our horizons, and achieve professional growth.

Indeed, many believe that studying abroad could really be challenging. Well, not anymore... for you simply need to have the right ‘education partners’ – a team who could give you reliable assistance, sincere mentorship, and the best counselling for you to meet your academic and career goals.

Yes, it could really be as easy as ABC. Very simple, find the leading and the most trusted name in helping aspiring overseas students, and learn from these academic experts, educators and consultants. With this trend and support, you could proudly say that studying abroad could now be a very fulfilling and rewarding experience.

So, what are you waiting for? Join the loop and be one of us. Do what we all just did... 
Take the initiatives, register online to attend in the upcoming 2nd World Education Exhibit in Manila and Cebu! Below are some details that you may need:

  2nd World Education Exhibit in Cebu
  Date: November 15, 2013
  Time: 12nn - 5pm
  Venue: Marriott Hotel

  2nd World Education Exhibit in Manila
  Date: November 16-17, 2013
  Time: 12nn - 5pm
  Venue: Dusit Thani Hotel, Makati

  Register today, click HERE.
  Or call (02) 816-07-55 (loc 116).

  For more related events, visit this PAGE

  Share this great news and be a blessing to others. 
  Pass the good deeds on.

Good luck, everyone! See you there!


Mommy Mai

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Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Unang Hirit: Arnold Clavio's Interview with Atty Alfredo Villamor

Media can really make or break a person. The 'media' influences the people – their beliefs, perceptions, points of views, outlook in life, mannerisms, fashion, lifestyle and many others.

Hubby and I were both very disappointed as to how Arnold Clavio interviewed Atty. Alfredo Villamor. 

Watch the video and see for yourself.  

Grabe, ito ang ibang mukha ng media. To our dismay, Arnold Clavio should discern and have his daily dose of reflection and prayer. Yes, we all hate Janet Napoles and pray that justice will be served and the truth will prevail. In this interview, I believe Mr. Clavio was able to become emotional and unconsciously have biases. 

Infairness to Atty. Villamor, maayos ang sagot nya at magalang makipag-usap. 

Nakakalungkot. Nakakadismaya. Sana maging mas responsable at maingat tayo sa ating sasabihin o ipapahayag.

Feel free to read other news and blogs related to this...  

Ang Mayabang at Pilosopong Panayam ni Arnold Clavio kay Atty. Villamor