April 2017
Chocolate Chip Cookies


Ingredients:
  • 2 cups of flour
  • 2 stick softened butter (8oz)
  • 1tsp baking powder
  • 1tsp vanilla
  • 1tsp salt
  • 1cup muscovado/ brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cup of chocolate chips
Procedure:
1) In a bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt. Whisk well and set aside. This will be your dry ingredients. 




2) In another bowl, mix softened butter, muscovado/brown sugar, white sugar, and vanilla. 




3) Place the two eggs one at a time. Stir well until the dough looks like the 2ndd pic below. This will be your wet ingredients.



4) Mix your dry and wet ingredients.


5) Put chocolate chips and stir well until well-combined. Chill in the fridge for 20minutes.




5) Pre-heat the oven for 4-5minutes. Scoop a cookie dough and flattened it on the oven tray. Baked cookies for 5-6minutes but always check the cookies as the oven toaster cooks faster than a conventional oven. You may adjust the baking time if you see the cookies are already cooked evenly.




6) Remove the cookies and let it sit for 2minutes before transferring in a plate.


7) The cookies should look like these. Served with milk or coffee.





Tonight, I just realized that patient's watcher or companion should be alert and mindful of what the nurses are doing and injecting to the patient. If you are a person who is a sleepyhead, then you might not be a good choice as a patient's watcher, especially during his or her dialysis sessions.

We just got home from my mom's session and she almost had an emergency. Her doctor prescribed her to take 10doses of IV iron. She is on her 6th dose tonight. But unluckily, we had her treatment terminated beforehand and most of its prescribed amount of iron were not used and now gone to waste.



As you can see in the above image, a lot of it has not been consumed. Under the doctor's prescription, the iron should be mixed with 100ml sodium chloride (two 50ml bottles as shown above) and such must be done 1hr before the dialysis session ends.

However, due to busyness of our designated nurse as he was terminating other patients, he allegedly asked another nurse to mix it up. Unfortunately, the latter put everything in only one 50ml bottle.

Our nurse, even knowing something was wrong, still went on to connect it to the dialysis machine. My mom noticed that it's already less than an hour when he connected it and asked whether it's still okay to proceed with it but our nurse said it's alright making the drips faster. I was sleeping that time and was suddenly awaken. That's when I noticed that he connected first the unmixed bottle to the machine and about 30mins thereafter changed it to the mixed one.

When the mixed bottle was connected, that's when my mom felt unwell. She said her body went numb and she felt weak. Her strength was suddenly drifting off. She can hardly breath. That's when I decided to terminate her session. She still had around 25mins left. She agreed as she's no longer feeling well.

Our nurse admitted to his mistakes and kept on saying sorry, sorry, and sorry. He said it was another nurse who wrongfully mixed it up to only one bottle and he thought it's alright to proceed. He just added some of the contents of the other bottle to the mixed one and thought it's okay. We told him even if he added some, it would still not constitute 100ml as prescribed by the doctor. He said yes he understand and again apologized to us. We told him to never do that again as one simple mistake could cost too much as life is at stake. It took some time before my mom regained her strength and we managed to get home.

That's when I realized the important role of the patient's companion and the patient herself/himself attentiveness. If that was left unnoticed, anyone could get away without knowing the cause if ever something happened. Maybe, this is one of the reasons of some people's emergency situations. Thus, a very important lesson here is that we companions must be mindful, conscious, and alert at all times for our loved ones especially during their dialysis sessions.

Starbucks PH is offering special fan flavors for only ₱100 for a Grande (16oz.) size all Wednesdays of May, from 3pm to 6pm.

Mechanics:
  1. Promo applies to Grande (16oz.) size only.
  2. Offer is limited up to two (2) purchased featured fan flavors per customer per transaction. 
  3. Cannot be combined with other discounts or promotions. 
  4. Purchased fan flavor will not earn a Beverage Star if paid using a Starbucks Card.
  5. Valid in all Starbucks stores in the Philippines.
This promo is only for a specific frap flavor for each Wednesday of May. So head to your nearest Starbucks and avail your favorite drink. To know which flavors are included, please see below:


MAY 3: CARAMEL FRAPPUCCINO® BLENDED BEVERAGE



MAY 10: BUTTERSCOTCH FRAPPUCCINO® BLENDED BEVERAGE





MAY 17: DOUBLE BERRY SHORTCAKE FRAPPUCCINO® BLENDED BEVERAGE


MAY 24: HAZELNUT TRUFFLE FRAPPUCCINO® BLENDED BEVERAGE


MAY 31: COFFEE CRUMBLE FRAPPUCCINO® BLENDED BEVERAGE

Source: http://www.starbucks.ph/coffeehouse/promotions
I was on my first solo travel abroad last January, hence, I wanted everything to be on a budget. I stayed in Singapore for 5days. I looked for a budget hotel that is secured and near the MRT or the bus station so I could go around anywhere easily. I also wanted the hotel to have an inclusive breakfast so it could lessen the hassle of getting up early just to eat breakfast.


I browsed agoda and happened to chance upon the The Pod Capsule Hotel located at Beach Road. It got my interests as it offers your bed and breakfast differently. I have read good feedbacks and reviews of the hotel and I thought it would be nice to try it out.

For me, the hotel is safe and secured enough as it is opened only by an automated door wherein you either have a key card to enter or dial the hotel lobby's floor number through their security system below.


Once checked-in, you will be given this key card. You can use this to enter your designated room. Every door in this hotel is keycard-operated. This means you cannot just enter any other room or any other floor using your own keycard. Your keycard can be used only on its designated floor and room number.


I chose a single side-entry pod capsule (female only) room. They also offer a mix room but I rather choose this as I was travelling alone.




The pod bed is uniquely made. Even though it's a 12-pod bed in a room, you can still keep your privacy as you can pull the curtain down. It's not really the usual curtain as it is thicker and sturdy-like.

Each pod is equipped with a personal reading light, folding table for laptop use, hangers and a clothes rack, and a power socket.




Moreover, included in the hotel's price is breakfast buffet, complimentary wifi in all rooms and public areas, and a bottled drink which can be refilled at the dining area. They also offer self-service laundry and dryer and they will give you your own designated shoe cabinet based on your pod and room number. It is strictly prohibited to wear slippers or shoes in the room for hygiene purposes. 





You can also request for earpods if you're unlucky of getting loud voice roommates. As always, there are considerate and inconsiderate people. So, it's better to be prepared. But during my entire stay, which was 5days, my roommates are considerate enough to lower their voices when talking so as not to disturb the others in the room.

What I like most in staying here is there breakfast buffet. I totally loved the food choices they offer, especially their desserts. They have pancit, siomai, varieties of bread, unlimited coffee and juice, and cereals. Here's a quick look of what I got during my entire stay:











Among its desserts, I totally loved this one below. I don't know how do you call it but it's a mango-strawberry, kiwi tart I guess. So maybe, it's a fruit tart. Haha!


I paid a total of Php6,448 inclusive of service charge and hotel tax for 5days. So that's around Php1,289.60 per day. 


Everything about the hotel for me is great. The only downside is that the nearest MRT stations (Nicoli Highway and Bugis) is 10-15mins away from the hotel. But you can always choose to ride a bus which station is just in front of the hotel. It is just difficult to understand and memorize their bus  routes as their buses are classified by number. 

Overall, I will rate this hotel 4.75/5. If asked if I will come back, yes, definitely!