Hi All:

I know it’s already the end of summer in other countries (and BOY has it been brutal!), but here in the Philippines, we are TROPICAL ALL. FREAKING. YEAR. ROUND.

So, there are little bugs every so often. Somehow, this time of year, they should lessen but it seems like mosquitoes like my home. ANYWAY: I saw this online and wondered if any of you have the same problem? Or do you have any other repellent tips?  Post them here 🙂

For now though, check this out: https://www.thesnug.com/keep-bugs-away-with-a-mason-jar-repellent-1215091644.html

And this song has been on me for the last few days. That beat is pretty cool. ENJOY GUYS!


Things around the Net

Thought I’d drop in and share a few things I saw online the last few days.

I’m now in the mood that I’m looking through houses and just loooooove the movies of Nancy Meyers.  After watching “It’s Complicated”, “The Holiday”, and “Something’s Gotta Give”, I’ve come to the conclusion that my dream house that’s in my brain is nearest to the layout of Meryl Streep’s house in “It’s Complicated.”

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My goodness that KITCHEN!  And it has that courtyard in the middle and a vegetable garden in the back. So my thing. SO SO SO MY THING.

So following that, I saw these rest houses. GORGEOUS NOH?

Following my New Year’s resolution of trying to get rid of plastic in my home, there’s THIS READ that seems to have more ideas for me to keep going. The straws have been mostly successful so again, fantastic!

Robert De Niro and Al Pacino are two of my favorite actors, mostly because of the Godfather really, but this is a great site to read up on those celebrities without all the other hoopla.  There are some conversations that are awesome, at least a little more serious that the stuff that’s flying about.

Do you want to test yourself with this spectrum test? It seems that I am a tetrachromat. I really don’t like yellow.

Oh and here. I love to travel in trains and I haven’t had the chance to do so in such a long while, but I love the whole romance that goes with it.  These trains are giving me DREAAAAAAAMS. These are insane! I want to sign up for all of them!!

I haven’t been able to try any of these, but I want to.  I’ve only been able to make eggs in the microwave, but I wouldn’t mind trying the others 🙂

If there are any fellow parents out there reading this blog of mine, would you know if this book actually works? Soooo tempted to get it from Amazon. Let me know if you have a review! It will be much appreciated.

And now I will leave you with this mesmerizing video of how they make a cello by hand.

I’ll be back soon! 😉

Nesting :)

Lately, apart from getting all involved in prepping, I’ve been nesting. Been looking into ways on how to make my home, well homier, if there is such a word.

Yes ladies and gentlemen, I have a Pinterest addiction. There is a Pottery Barn literally walking distance from my house and I decided to poke around. I got awesome inspirations, especially for couches, which I have to say is my new obsession. Though I have had a healthy obsession with my bedroom too…

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I don’t LIKE this bedroom per se, but I DO love that pattern on the duvet.

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The rug and bedside table are awesome.

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I’m liking the bedframe in this one; sort of minimalist four poster.

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I love everything about this room, including the greenish hue.

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I imagine being here in a colder season, like autumn and winter… If I lived in a place that had cold weather.

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The sheets look awesome.

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I love the color palette to this room.

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I can’t decide also if I really like that bed frame….

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I love sloping ceilings! And again that bed frame.

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Love the lighting and the trunk!

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Heaven! 🙂

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As you can see, most of my room inspirations are really light and airy. I like having subdued tones, except for that one dark one, which I imagine would be my room if I ever live somewhere with a winter again.

But oh, I do love this couch I saw yesterday in Pottery Barn.


It’s simple and understated and I doubt my Dorkat will have anything to paw. And since I have a little space downstairs, this can be a little longer, with a rocking chair in the end. Hopefully paired up with this lovely table that I’ve been dreaming about since forever and West Elm finally got it!


Ah well. I think I’ll do the next best thing and get these made custom 🙂 It will probably come out cheaper and last longer too. I’ll see what I can do. For now, there should be enough space for the punkus to run around with his little scooter. He’ll be mad if he can’t ram it into the wall anymore!

What are your thoughts for your home? Do you have any advice for me on where to get started with these pieces?

Leaving you with some Simon and Garfunkel. Always gets me cosy, this song 🙂

The future is bright

To all those who are reading this and are part of a company, one that you have a personal vested interest in, how do you start thinking of the future?

The future itself is such an awesome thing, isn’t it? So full of possibilities and realised dreams.  Things that aren’t even thought of can become reality and if I’m anything to go by, almost to the other end of the imaginary spectrum from where I started 15 years ago.

These days I’ve been wanting to up my game professionally, and though yes, there are so many resources that are now online and at our fingertips, it is still very hard to try and sift through everything to really see what you need.  Reading and watching everything from Wikipedia to TedTalks and YouTube “how tos” are beginning to say the same thing as the last thing you watched / read / heard.

So I ask myself and those 2 people reading this (ha ha!): where ELSE do you find good advice about how to move forward with your business? How do you take it to the next level? And how do you do it if you’re the only person IN THE COMPANY? It should be easier, shouldn’t it?

I’d appreciate any insights you guys have for me. LATERS!

Always a good tune 🙂

Health is wealth

I’ve been gone for a while and my sincerest apologies for that!  Urg, I have no excuse.  I’m back now, and please know that the time I haven’t spent here writing, I’ve spent on my trying to increase my knowledge on trying to get healthy. Because we live in the times that we do, healthcare has gone a long, LONG way to make us not only better, but to help us better understand ourselves that we may not have to get sick. Or at the very least, I want to learn more about personalized and preventive medicine.

Now yes, this of course comes with a price, but really, I figure that this would be one of the best investments I could buy right?

So ok first: I learned about the Food Intolerance Test, or FIT. I’ve had a gut problem in the last few years, and my tummy has not been my bestie for quite some time now.  That was the main reason why I tried this test out.  I’m currently working with the dudes that distribute this test, Global Medical Technologies, who are the only ones in the Philippines that have this test and make it available to partner clinics all over the metro.

In the process of doing this test, I found out that *SOB!* I am intolerant to cow’s milk and cheese, wheat, egg whites (but weirdly enough, I’m ok with egg YOLKS… I know right?), and white rice.

Now what does it actually MEAN that I’m intolerant? First of all: THIS IS NOT AN ALLERGY.  Intolerance is your IMMUNE SYSTEM’S REACTION TO FOOD, and how it processes the things you eat. In the FIT I took, they test of 220 different kinds of food.  Intolerance talks about the levels of the IgG antibody, or Immunoglobulin G, in your gut.  This “makes up as much as 80 percent of all the antibodies in the blood. IgGis broken into four different subclasses, IgG1 through IgG4. IgG is always available to help ward off infections.” In other words, it is the little brick in your makeup that helps fight off the bad guys that come with feeding yourself.  All it takes is a prick on your finger, a drop of blood, and about 2-3 weeks. GMT says that if a person is suffering from long term migraines, headaches, IBS, bowel problems, depression or anxiety, chronic fatigue even, skin problems, even weight gain, this could possibly be because of the IgG and how they behave in your body.

Now because I’ve done this particular test, I’m more conscious about the way I eat, especially the way I eat cheese because IT IS MY ABSOLUTE FAVORITE THING IN THE WORLD AND NOW I CANNOT HAVE IT…. Well, at least for the next few months until my IgG levels are better.  Yes you read that right, I can eventually take some cheese again…. but in total moderation and not beast eat it like I used to.

I could eat it all… ALL I TELL YOU.


But! Health is wealth and for me, especially now with a little punkus, who needs his mama to keep with him and his running around, jumping off stuff, climbing on stuff, and just being a BOY, I need to be in the best shape I can get myself in.  I just see this as me being responsible for myself. I’ve worked so hard in trying to be responsible for the things I do and things that are around me, I thought it was time I should apply that to myself.

In other news, I’ve decided to make The Who my Monday soundtrack because I’m detoxing from the last season of CSI: Las Vegas. Man I LOVED that show. Ah well. Things move on. And I completely forgot how big of a monster Keith Moon is. Damn that guy, whatta drummer! Have a good Monday folks! 🙂

Monday Monday

Ah Monday: everyone’s dreaded day. Meh.

Had a trying day myself, since the utilities here in the Philippines are frankly, shit. The Philippine Long Distance Company, or rather, PLDT is the main internet provider here in this country.  It’s basically trying to make me pay twice for TWO accounts…. sigh. I can’t get into it.

BOO. Seriously, annoying and could potentially destroy my business.

On to happy thoughts!

Been looking for ways to cut down on groceries, slowly but surely.  I can’t wait to try all 13 of these to regrow on my windowsill. 🙂

Everyone seems to have their own version of Mac and Cheese. This looks AMAZIIIING. Do you have your own family recipe? Care to share it with the blog? 🙂

I’m sorry I didn’t write more on this Monday, but I’m also trying not to feel too defeated which is grinding on me. I’ll make it up to you guys!  For now though, here’s the song that’s been in my head for the last 5 days. ENJOY!

Some things in my inbox

Hello all. Before leaving for Holy Week vacation, I’ve decided to try and clean my inbox.  Some interesting things found and….. truth be told, I haven’t gone through ALL my email subscriptions but I’m getting there! 🙂

I have a TEENY tiny kitchen and any way that I can make more space would be awesome. Here are some things I would like to try…. SOMEHOW.

I have several junk drawers hehehehe! I’m hoping this will help 🙂

I don’t know about this. Any thought about 70s decor?

I love eggs in the morning. A perfectly scrambled two egg breakfast with cheese is heaven. Checking these recipes out to add on to my repertoire.

Because I need more inspiration for left over night.

And also because I’m in need of some sort of organization in my recipe folders, both online and off.

And this is a great read for those who are like me, still trying to figure out what they want in their homes 🙂 (Personally, I’d like a different sofa, and a sitting area and a work area for myself….)

Steady sounds for the rest of this Tuesday… and week for that matter 🙂

The Year Long Challenge of Recipes

This year, more than ever, I’m trying to eat heathier for my son’s health as well as my own.  As he’s starting to mimic our movements, like when we do exaggerated feedings of ourselves, so as much as possible I’d like to instill in him the quality of trying things even before disregarding them all together, especially because I love to cook (yes and EAT! 🙂 ) I’d like to have him at least try the things I make.

So one of the resolutions I have this year is since I have a ton on recipes, in this computer I’m working on, the hard drive beside it, and the bookshelf holding my cook books and folders. So I’ve decided to start out making a dent in these recipes and make them for the little one. Also, more than organic and whatnot, I do want to be able to buy local, and be more contentious about where our food comes from and how it is made. The amount of sugar and salt especially that goes into our food, two of the things that could most likely cause disease as my side of the family is prone to diabetes.

The first recipe is that of Jamie Oliver’s that I played around with. Kept the main the ingredients and I just played around with the quantities and measurements. It is his Milk Roast Chicken. Now see, I had a couple of problems: one is that I don’t have a stove and the recipe calls for the whole chicken to be browned first.  The second is that my oven toaster is rather small and I only have a roasting pan, so the liquid I put in had to be minimal, which made me scared that the chicken wouldn’t be as juicy as the recipe promised.  Also I used tarragon instead of sage just because I couldn’t find any sage in the grocery.

Now I have a whole bunch left.

Now I have a whole bunch left.

Here’s the recipe 🙂 

This is what I ended up with:

The Final Product!

So far so good. I’m happy with the result and so was the rest of the house! 🙂 We also have enough left over chicken to last a couple of more days, through sandwiches and maybe a salad or two.

Tomorrow, in an effort to get my not so little punkus to eat more veggies I will try to make zucchini and carrot pancakes 🙂 I’ll write about that soon. Meanwhile, I’ll research on the best pancake batter recipe for this challenge 😉

I’ve been listening to this because I’m helping a friend’s daughter get some gigs and thought this song would be awesome for her to cover.  Maybe with a beat boxer 😉

Home made cleaning wipes

In an effort to make our home budget friendly, I’ve researched online and found several ways to make my own home made cleaning wipes.  The Clorox ones are just too much to buy every time and the smell STINGS if used as often as we do.

SO! To be more friendly to the tribe’s pocket and even to the environment, I’ve decided to make our own cleaning wipes. It is much like the homemade baby wipes I did eons ago and which we still use today.

Ok so much like the baby wipes, you first start out with paper towels:


Any size so long as the paper is sturdy enough to take on liquid

And then you get a serrated knife and cut it in half:

Takes MUSCLE! haha!

Takes MUSCLE! haha!

Then put in 3/4 cup of WHITE VINEGAR, and 3/4 cup of WATER, with about 20-25 drops of essential oil to take that vinegar smell out of the solution.

We use Green Tea from Zenutrients because it smells clean without being chemical-y.

We use Green Tea from Zenutrients because it smells clean without being chemical-y.

Then you stick the half a roll into the receptacle of choice, and pour the shaken (not stirred hahaha!) solution OVER THE WHOLE THING.

Make sure the place where you decide to put your wipes can hold the towel AND liquid together.  This was a tight squeeze but when you take out the little roll inside it wasn't so bad.

Make sure the place where you decide to put your wipes can hold the towel AND liquid together. This was a tight squeeze but when you take out the little roll inside it wasn’t so bad.

I poured the solution into the receptacle til most of the paper towel was wet, made it soak right way up, and 10 minutes with it upside down just to be sure. I didn’t finish all of it so I have some left over just in case the towels dry out.

Keep it somewhere you don't mind having the smell in :)

Keep it somewhere you don’t mind having the smell in 🙂

TADA! Home made cleaning wipes! 🙂



Let’s all break free of chemical-y cleaners!  HAHAHA! 🙂 I just really wanted to play Queen 🙂

Have a great day everyone!

Feel free to post your versions of your cleaners on here. If there are any additions and suggestions, please feel free to write back or post (AND LIKE!) in my Facebook account for this blog here: https://www.facebook.com/thedomesticdrummer?fref=ts


Today is Monday and unfair or not, this is the day I tend to make myself face things I don’t like, such as math. Deadlines. Credit card debt situation. Bills.  Yeah all the icky grownup stuff that we all have to inevitably face, whether or not we’re kicking and screaming in the process. (I’m doing both just in case you’re wondering. Silently as the punkus is asleep.)

Today seems all about numbers.  It’s not that I hate numbers per se, but I am just no good at it. I don’t see the poetic flow of how numbers fit together like a math teacher does, or how it opens up worlds for other people. I may have glimpsed it when I really, REALLY got into trigonometry in high school, for all of 8 months, because seeing those equations making sense made my heart leap, like I spoke a new language. But then it disappeared like a dream, and I was stuck with remedial math.

Here’s a little Metric music for your Monday. I just rediscovered them again. Forgot how awesome Emily is 🙂


So to keep to the topic of counting, here are some things I saw online today:

Truth be told, I’m still trying to learn how to maximise time consuming Pinterest. So addictive and fun, but I want to learn what more I can do with this platform, don’t you? Check this out, and maybe we can learn together 🙂

Top 10 most innovative companies in advertising and marketing. Interesting stuff.

Thick skin? So makapal mukha (thick faced) as we say in Tagalog? Know the difference.

Ah failures. What would we learn if it weren’t for failures. Based on this list, I’m in pretty good stead as I’ve pretty much bombed in each and every one of these. Amazing. Currently I am massively failing at that “healthy” bank account. WOOHOOO!

These are just fantastic albeit a little creepy pictures and a short film of an author I want to get into. So awesome.

Here are a bunch of photos of an abandoned Parisian apartment. I’ve seen this before, but it is still GORGEOUS. And I want all those books!

Last but not least: THREE things to be thankful for, and help you love your business again.

Happy Monday all! Oh and belated happy International Women’s day too!