BiaGenil's Kitchen

Chicken Charlie Chan

My mommy friend slept over with her daughter last Wednesday. We try our best to have regular playdates and sleepovers so our kids will have fun. Not to mention us, moms, too, when they’re already asleep. 

I prepared Chicken Charlie Chan for our dinner. This is super close to Yellow Cab’s Charlie Chan. Thank God for the ready made sauce with just a few touches to achieve the taste. 

For our late night bonding, we paired our beers with Nachos and Quesadillas. I made the nachos and Ibay made the Quesadillas. We almost finished everything! 

I look forward to our next sleepover and playdate. I do believe it strengthens our friendship and our kids will grow close to each other as well. 


Kids At Heart

I promised myself that I would always introduce my kids to something new whenever possible. I want them to experience things that would make them say ooohh, aahh, and wow. Things that would make them realize how amazing our world is and that there’s so much to see. 

Last Friday was Yuri’s 2nd birthday. My husband took a leave and I told him that we should do something different. I want to take them to the zoo since I know I can relate the animals to almost all the animated movies we see everyday. It would be easier for the kids to connect between reality and fantasy. 

Luckily, there’s an indoor zoo in Pasig, Ark Avilon Zoo, which is currently 50% off. It’s a small place but such a big dimension for my children. We got to feed a bearcat with bananas and crocodiles with chicken heads. There were also lions, tigers, jaguars and leopards. For such a small zoo, those wild animals were a plus. 

Although my kids couldn’t express themselves fully yet, especially Yuri, I know that they had fun. Caleb had a lot of questions and he was so game in feeding. He didn’t even get scared. His favorite was the tortoise. 

We also took the kids to Kidzoona. They’ve been there before but they were still excited and happy. 

It’s so nice to see our kids explore, experience and remember different activities. Caleb even included in his prayer every detail we did at the zoo. That I know he cherished every moment. I promise to continue letting them see the wonders of the world. 

Happy mom,


Daily Prompt

Daily Prompt: Imaginary

I taught my children how to play pretend. I thought at first that they wouldn’t get it but after several exaggerated act outs, I have instilled it in them.

Once, Caleb was holding a cup from the stacking toy set and I requested for him to make me coffee. He was clueless of what I meant. Then I instructed him to open the cabinet, inside is a dispenser where he can get hot water. Then he approached me while holding the cup and I told him to walk carefully because it’s hot. When he gave me the cup, I acted as if I dropped it and coffee was all over the floor. We then took a towel to wipe the mess.

I remember how much he laughed and liked the new pretend game of dropping the coffee. I was glad he got the idea. From then on, we leveled up to making hot Milo, blowing my birthday cake, eating ice cream, and munching on a spoonful of whatever food it was on their minds.

“Sssh, Yuri’s sleeping”, Caleb told me one afternoon. It wasn’t nap time so I doubted him. “Are you sure?”, I said. Then I checked on his little brother who was wide awake. I told him that he’s joking and he said, “Only pretend.” and giggled.

Kids’ imagination is so broad that sometimes I get startled at what my kids are playing. I’m so glad I was able to teach them the skill of imagination at an early age. It’s a stepping stone to something bigger which when they grow up can take them to places.

Let’s see what other things they can think of in the coming years.

Proud mom,



Acacia Hotel Staycation

I am a strong believer in having days off and vacations but having such privilege can be costly. So, being the practical mom that I am, I am in constant search for affordable and quality promos. 

I bought our voucher from Deal Grocer weeks before our vacation. After many comparisons to other websites (Agoda, Trivago, etc.), Deal Grocer still has the cheapest price. 

We are from Cainta so going to the South can be considered a new place for us. Therefore, making it a perfect staycation plan. 

I searched for areas to visit but it all led us to malls, which obviously isn’t something new. We then just spent the whole day at the hotel, swam for a few hours (it was cold!), had dinner, put the kids to sleep, and (my most awaited part) Kdrama with my husband with beers and chips. Isn’t it perfect? Everybody’s happy! 

I’m looking forward to our future trips with these two and my husband. They say, it’s better to spend money for memories and experiences rather than buying them toys. 

Happy mom,


BiaGenil's Kitchen

Creamy Garlic Pasta

When I cook, I always look for a recipe that has easy to access ingredients. Better yet, a dish that has ingredients that are readily available in the pantry. This is one of them. 

It was my first time to cook this, so I didn’t want to cook too much because chances are, if my family didn’t like it, I might end up eating my own mess. 

Ingredients are super basic:


All purpose cream



I know, it looks dull. I thought so, too. So I attempted to add canned tuna (which again, is in the pantry) but it didn’t taste creamy and garlic-y anymore. So, the tuna went inside the ref and who knows when it will reappear in someone’s plate again. 

My husband said it tastes fine. Fine to him is something acceptible and not something to remember. And yes, he said it lacks meat or anything else other than the pasta. Haha. 

Next time I make this, I’ll add up chicken and mushrooms. 🙂 

BiaGenil's Kitchen

Honey Garlic Chicken

I don’t know what to cook for my husband who only eats chicken, fish and vegetables. I want to cook something new this time so I searched on Pinterest and this is the easiest recipe that I saw. I had all the ingredients in the pantry. 

The recipe calls for thigh and leg parts but I had chicken fillets on hand. I improvised by adding eggplant to make it less dull and some toasted sesame seeds for garnishing. Other than these, I followed the recipe. 

Things to improve:

Chicken is overcooked – hard to bite (I waited till it turned brown as per recipe)

Too sweet. Maybe because I used smaller pieces of chicken? And I didn’t season with salt because again, the recipe didn’t state so. So, there wasn’t a balance between sweet and salty? I’m guessing here. Haha. 

It’s my first time to cook this so I wanted to strictly follow the instructions so that I would know how it really taste like. The next time I’ll make this, I know what to improve to make it to the list of everyone’s favorite. 🙂


Mothers vs. Toddlers

It’s true. Toddlerhood can take away your sanity. Everyday is a battle between having a good day or a bad day. I wake up telling myself, “Today, I’ll be a better mom. I won’t get mad and I’ll handle situations calmly.” 

Here is a brief idea on how my day is: 

“Mommy, I want dede.” at 6am when I’m still dozed off. And when I can’t obey, Caleb wouldn’t stop requesting until Yuri wakes up. That’s when our day starts to roll. Zzz.

Caleb: “Hey, that’s mine!” (Referring to a toy) Yuri cries and sometimes fights back. I introduce “taking turns” and ask them to count 1 to 10 for every turn. Most of the time it fails. 

Both kids take out 2 big boxes of toys (or mostly trash). I make a deal with them letting them promise to pack away when they’re done. They say yes many times. When it’s time to pack away, Yuri gladly obeys while Caleb suddenly needs to pee or cry and says, “I’m too tired.” 

Meal times are the worst. I hate it. Yuri loves to eat and would willingly eat anything. Caleb would say, “I’m full.” after 2 spoonfuls (or nothing at all). 

I put them in the crib and take a VERY quick bath while they watch. But I need to be very cautious as they can get out of the crib by themselves! So, I have to finish everything including a little bit of cleaning up (sweeping, preparing the bed, etc.) in about 10 to 15 minutes. It’s like playing Diner Dash! 

“Don’t do that.” 

“Don’t hurt your brother.”

“Stop doing that.” 

“If you don’t stop, you’ll stand in the corner (monsters don’t scare them).”

I say that 1M times a day in different tones. Either nicely or authoritatively. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. 

You think of activities for them but Caleb would still say, “Mommy, I’m getting bored.” What should I do then? I’m running out of ideas and I’m too tired to even think. Help! 

These are just a few of the chaotic situations that I have. They drive me crazy. Out of frustration, I close my eyes and mumble (things that I don’t recognize anymore; sometimes I curse; sometimes I pray) while trying to stay calm and then I just find myself crying. The bathroom has been my bestfriend for the past months. I lock myself and cry (while the boys are banging the door). Then I go out trying to feel replenished. 

I get exhausted by afternoon and am about to lose my voice from the constant telling off. One time, I just felt so tired I can’t even identify whether it’s physical or emotional. I literally begged my children to pack away, telling them I’m tired of shouting, of meeting their demands, and that I just want to rest. I was teary eyed and I think they noticed that they did what they were told. It isn’t always the case, though. 

It’s like I’m holding on to a bucket full of patience that I carefully distribute throughout the day. But they still go beyond the limits and that’s when I lose myself. Sometimes, I wonder if I’m still normal. 

At the end of the day, when I’m all settled and kids are asleep, I thank God that I survived another day and that I’m sorry for the times that I yelled at them. I am just so blessed to have these kinds of problems. Not every mother can complain about this. Some moms would like to have the life that I have. I am grateful for everything and I don’t have regrets. But I’m only human and my super mom powers do not always last. But one thing’s for sure, I was given 2 kids because He knows that I can handle it, that He trusts me to raise decent and loving human beings despite all the hardships. That’s what I’m holding on to. 

Kudos to moms who have more kids than mine. I don’t know how you handle it but we moms just keep on surviving. We do have the toughest job in the world! 

Looking forward to a better tomorrow,