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Conching's Special Atchara
Conching’s Special Atchara

My trip to Calaca will never be complete without eating or taking home Atchara, can be Atsara or Achara. Calaca is known to have the finest Atchara. It is home for the Calacatchara Festival which Calaqueños celebrate every October.

Atchara (also spelled achara or atsara), is a pickle made from grated unripe papaya popular in the Philippines. This dish is often served as a side dish for fried or grilled foods such as pork barbecue. The name may come from several names for South Asian pickle and is related to acar from neighboring Indonesia and Malaysia.” – Wikipedia

Conching’s Special Atchara

There are different types of Atchara in the Philippines but nothing beats, for me, the variant made in Calaca. It tastes a bit sour and sweet. The shredded Papaya is crunchy, and the color made it extra inviting to eat. This is a perfect side dish for any grilled or fried viand, but I partner this with any ulam. I even ask my siblings to send me one when I moved to the North.

I will not go into details anymore as to how it is being made as I do not know the exact measurement of ingredients used and the process. But the main ingredients are green papaya with carrots, ginger, onions, and red bell pepper. Maybe, just maybe, when I have time in the future, I’ll try to make the exact version and I’ll share it with you. 🙂

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Best Chicken Adobo Recipe


Chicken Adobo is considered a national dish in the Philippines (unofficial) and every town or province has its own way of cooking it. Some cook theirs with onion, some don’t. Others cook it without soy sauce (yes, there’s someone I know) and a lot more unique recipes that you can find on the web.

There are also several types of Adobo — chicken, pork, beef, liver, vegetable, etc. As I’ve tasted several recipes already, there are times that I’ll be disappointed if I didn’t get the taste that I am looking for. Having a mom who cooks tasty and delicious dishes, I cannot help but compare other recipes to my mom’s cooking.

I, too, have my own version. I am not entirely sure if this is the correct way to cook it but this works for me and my son, who is a picky eater. He likes it so much that he can eat it every day. How do I cook it? Read on.

Chicken Adobo
This photo doesn’t give justice to its taste. haha

Ingredients (no exact measurements, ‘tantya, tantya’ lang):

Soy Sauce

  1. Heat the oil.
  2. Fry the chicken until brown (not too much, just make sure that all sides are cooked properly).
  3. Remove the chicken from the wok, and saute the onion first until slightly brown, then garlic.
  4. Add the soy sauce.
  5. Let the mix boil first then add the chicken.
  6. Once the chicken is drenched with soy sauce, add the vinegar. I always put half the amount of soy sauce. When I put 1 cup of soy sauce, I’ll add 1/2 cup of vinegar.
  7. Add the peppercorn and sugar.
  8. Let it boil until the chicken absorbs the mixture and the sauce thickens.

And that’s it! I have my own perfect Adobo, perfect for my family’s taste only. 🙂 I have not tried this exact recipe for others, but I hope you’ll like it too.

How about you, how do you cook your Chicken Adobo? Or, if you’ve tried this exact recipe, did you like it? Let me know in the comments section. 🙂

Thank you for reading! If you wish to see more of the recipes I’ve tried, please visit my Facebook Page – Homebound Mom. 🙂

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I am a tired mom, but happy!

Caleb playing

I am a tired mom, but happy! Nakakapagod mag-alaga lalo pa at dalawa lang tayo madalas sa bahay, palaging puyat, hindi pumipirmi na malinis ang bahay, hindi makapagtrabaho si mom kasi ang clingy mo – gusto mo palagi ako kalaro at katabi matulog, hindi tayo makagala na tayo lang kasi hindi kita kaya buhatin mag-isa pag napagod ka na maglakad (laki at likot mo po kasi), ang dami mo na din ‘watdat mom?’, di ko na masagot minsan kasi paulit ulit e.

caleb playing

Pero makita ko lang yung smile mo na yan at happy ka, aba anak, nawawala na pagod ni mom. Hindi literal na nawala ha, syempre pagod pa din ako. 😂 Nakakalimutan ko lang na pagod ako kasi happy ka eh. Sana palagi ganyan smile mo. 😘😘😘
Isa pa lang to, paano na yung mga mommies na more than 1 ang anak at wala din kasama sa bahay? Galing ninyo mga momsh, saludo ako sa inyo! Kakayanin ko din to! 😘😘

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Playful Baby Wipes, a review.


Baby wipes — every mom’s life-saver when we go out with our little one.

Playful Baby Wipes

I came across this brand, Playful Baby Wipes while searching for an alternative. It is cheaper than what we are currently using and has good reviews.

Playful Baby Wipes is owned by Primero World Alliance Corp, a Philippine-based import company founded in August of 2004. It comes in two variants: Hypo-Allergenic Baby Wipes (blue packaging) and Anti-bacterial All Purpose Wipes (pink packaging).

Hypo-Allergenic Baby Wipes is alcohol and fragrance-free to gently care for baby’s sensitive skin, while Anti-bacterial All Purpose Wipes is paraben-free and has a light floral scent when used on the skin. Both are made with high-quality soft fibers and are infused with Aloe Vera and Vitamin E to keep baby’s skin healthy and moisturized.

I have been using both variants for a month now and I am satisfied with the performance. My toddler’s skin is slightly sensitive, especially the bum area, but I haven’t seen any redness or rashes so far when I used it. As each sheet is thick and moisture is just enough, 1 or 2 pulls would suffice for a dirty hand or to clean up my baby’s bum when we are outdoors.

Oh, I got mine in Lazada if you are wondering where I purchased them. Hypo-Allergenic Baby Wipes: 90’s – P76.00, 55’s – P47.00, 30’s – P33.25. Anti-bacterial All Purpose Wipes: 90’s – P80.75, 30’s – P37.00, 15’s x 3 packs – P60.00 (prices listed are as of August 7, 2019). They sell these in bundles as well if you are looking to purchase in bulk. They also sell Playful Baby Diapers – magic tape, and pants – but I haven’t tried it yet on my toddler.

I am just so happy to share that I found a great and affordable product for my toddler.

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Airspeed – Soaring High Under the Wings of Women Leaders

Airspeed Women Leaders

In the male-dominated Philippine logistics industry, there is a company headed by a mother of four and has been successfully thriving and slugging it out with the “Big Boys” for more than 30 years. Airspeed is an end-to-end logistics solutions and express courier company founded in 1985 by Chairman and President Rosemarie P. Rafael. Through the leadership and vision of Mrs. Rafael, Airspeed has become one of the most trusted and fastest-growing logistics companies in the country today.

A closer look at Airspeed reveals why it stands out in the cargo and logistics industry and exposes the most probable reason why it continues to grow and prosper. Although it is unusual, it is not unlikely that a woman holds the top position in a highly successful logistics company. What is certainly extraordinary and significant, is that 80% of Airspeed’s top executives and 45% of Airspeed’s middle-tier managers, the people responsible for Airspeed’s achievements, are WOMEN!

Airspeed is proof that in an industry where men make most of the deals and decisions, women’s visions and perspectives are just as valued, judging by their rapid rise.

Rafael has chosen to empower women at Airspeed because women are naturally nurturing, and she believes that when people are supported and enabled, they do great and impossible things. Rafael also believes that her greatest competitive edge as a leader is being able to care deeply about her team, in fact, she considers her people as Airspeed’s biggest success.

Some of the women working under the wings of Rafael are General Manager and Senior Vice President Mariz Regis who takes care of the International team and E-Commerce Pick-Up and Delivery department; Assistant General Manager (for International) Maritoni Rey; Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Eliza Nieveras who heads the Finance and Administration; Chief Commercial Officer Grace Pascual who handles and trains the Corporate Sales team, Chief Information Technology Officer Liza Marquez who heads the Management Information System department; Chief Human Resources Officer Emilee Alfonso who handles the whole people management division; Vice President for Seafreight Thelma Manila, and Vice President for Pick-up and Delivery Josefa Susbilla.

Having a majority of women leaders makes a difference in the way Airspeed does its business. The motherly instincts that women possess transcend work at Airspeed to a personal level. Management treats employees like family, which is why employee turnover is very minimal. When the management team handles clients, they also make sure they do not focus simply on making a sale but ensure that they feel cared for by Airspeed.

Airspeed’s women leaders are not only experts in their respective fields but visionaries as well. They are determined individuals who are devoted to making things happen and are committed to foster work-life integration. Because they see the bigger picture, the women of Airspeed know that Airspeed employees must be able to adapt to the fast-changing landscape of logistics. Airspeed continuously trains and educates employees through seminars, conferences, and like activities to remain up to date and stay competitive. To find ways and means of improving existing systems and technologies, employees, especially women, with the ability to innovate and the talent for disruption are stimulated, encouraged, and rewarded at Airspeed.

Airspeed aims to be a company that is highly respected by its peers and clients, a brand which is synonymous with reliability and integrity, and the preferred corporate logistics provider in the country. In the male-dominated logistics industry, the women of Airspeed are doing their best to make it happen.