Thursday, July 24, 2014

Askim and Her Tree Hole

When I was a kid, let say around 7 to 8 years old, I used to love sitting at the corner at the back of my grandparent's living room, doing a monologue of self-invented stories while playing with paper dolls at the same time. In the province, when it's rainy or too hot to go outside, I remember pretty well that I would stay at home and play all by myself just like that. Both of my brothers do not share the same interest as mine, reading stories, writing, scrapbooking, and all. Glad that my elder daughter is showing the same signs. She's been buggin' me for a Dora diary and those glitter glue and color pencil kept in the small drawer in her room. Now here she is, sharing a story, which I think, is inspired by Alice in Wonderland. It has an illustration to match.

Sorry for the quality of the video, though. I took this using my point and shoot camera.

She included her baby sister in the story as one of the major characters.

Her dog stuffed toy Doggy-doggy, too!

Look how cute is her drawing of Doggy-doggy here.

I am not sure if she's gonna like it when she's already grown up and reading this blog entry. I hope she'll thank me for documenting her cute antics here, as well as her sister's. My generation was not that high tech unlike theirs. I mean, my childhood days were the early 80's so I couldn't keep any of my work online. Mind you, we didn't even have a TV at home. All we had was a radio transistor.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Hash Browns Bento

Potato is a staple in my kitchen. Next to french fries, another way of cooking potatoes that both my husband and elder daughter love so much is hash browns. I learned how to cook hash browns from scratch like 2 years ago. It is a hit since the first time I served it on the table. Today, I will gladly share to you my very easy hash browns recipe (written below) as bonus together with this bento entry.

3 medium potatoes
small onion, diced
1/4 cup bread crumbs
freshly ground black pepper
salt to taste
cooking oil

-Peel and grate the potatoes. Squeeze to remove the water.
-Combine all ingredients except oil.
-Form into elongated patties.
-Pan fry until both sides are brown.
-Serve and enjoy.

Yield: Makes 5 pieces of small hash browns.

This is one of the bento snack boxes I made for my daughter last month. As you can see, there's 3 pieces of hash browns and blueberry muffin, jelly babies, and cucumber slices on the side.

I have more simple bento creation for posting, but still need to resize my photos and process for better lighting and color.

Till then, bento lovers! :)

Friday, July 18, 2014

Our Tribe Leather Tote Bag Review

Whenever I pass by an Our Tribe store, I would always remember Dr. Janet Emmanuel from 3 years ago and her lecture on global translation of Filipino products, mentioning Our Tribe as a perfect example. She noted that Our Tribe sells shoes, bags, and other small leather goods with superior quality, but because of limited design, lonely store window, etc. the brand doesn't seem to catch a lot of attention. Dr. Emmanuel used to be the Academic Director of Raffles Design Institute - Manila. It was year 2011 when I met her at RDI during a workshop titled "Conversations on Fashion and Design". After hearing her lecture, I promised myself I will pay Our Tribe a visit and purchase a bag for myself. Years 2012 and 2013 came and passed, I lusted on a couple of bags from their online site, I did dropped by to every Our Tribe store I saw yet couldn't decide whether to buy or not. Fast forward to 2014, I finally bought a shopping tote so I'm doing this short review as requested by a friend.

My first Our Tribe leather bag, ever.

Close up photos of the bag's material, logo, inner pockets, and zipper.

The brand logo tag and flower charm.

This bag was a little over P4,000 when I bought it at Our Tribe in SM Megamall. Sorry, I do not remember the exact price but will go back to this entry and write the price once I found the receipt. Also, I am not particular with the model name or code of this bag, still waiting for Our Tribe's answer to my query. Anyway, let's just call it a classic shopper in chocolate brown color and hard leather material.

This bag is called 676. That's how they name their bags in Our Tribe. They give numbers instead of a specific name like Neverfull or Selma or Nightangle. And, I remember now, I paid a little over P4000 for this bag because of the flower charm. The exact price of the bag alone was P3895. Thanks to Our Tribe in Facebook who kindly replied to my query.

Things that I like about this bag:
-It good as an everyday bag. I normally use it when I commute.
-It is perfect for my size being a petite woman.
-It can carry a lot of things from wallet, phone, and makeup kit to my daughter's nappies, breastfeeding cover, and wet wipes.
-Being a leather bag, it is affordable for its price.
-No metal hardware so it isn't heavy compared with my other leather bags.

Things that I don't like:
-It is too plain so I had to buy a flower charm to add some "joy" to it.
-The leather material is very hard. There is no way you can fold it.
-The zipper makes the bag look cheap.
-Inner lining is boring. I hope they consider using a printed material for it.
-No hardware.

Will I buy a bag from the same brand again?
Yes! I am actually planning to get something in fun color. Maybe red?

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