Wednesday, August 30, 2017

How to Prevent Bird Flu Contamination

With the news of bird flu outbreak in San Luis, Pampanga and recently in Jaen and San Isidro, Nueva Ecija, there's fear of the public over poultry products, particularly chicken and eggs.

We can't blame them because as I have remember back in 2013, the first outbreak of H5N1 bird flu happened. There are over 700 human infections reported primarily from 15 countries in Asia, Africa and Europe.

What is bird flu?

Bird flu, or avian flu (influenza), pertains to a group of infectious diseases caused by influenza viruses that infect bird and make them sick. H5N1 is one subtype of bird flu. 

Bird flu virus affects chicken and other animals with wings, which means it does not directly affects human. But in some cases, it can be transferable and be fatal in 60 percent of cases. Symptoms include blood in sputum, a high fever, headache and upset stomach. Antiviral medication can help reduce the impact of the disease.

Amidst the bird flu breakout now, it is still safe to eat chicken and other poultry products. Here are how to prevent bird flu contamination:

1. Follow the four basic food safety steps: CLEAN, SEPARATE, COOK and CHILL. Do proper processing, handling and cooking of poultry. Cook chicken meat and egg properly. Avoid eating raw or half cooked egg, it must be hard boiled.

2. Buy poultry products only from trusted stores and outlets. It is important to know the source of chicken and eggs. Being part of Bounty Fresh Food, Inc, we guarantee are chicken and eggs are safe.

Bounty Fresh Chicken, fresh chicken, eggs, safety

3. Observe proper sanitation and good hygiene. Wash hands before and after eating.

4. Strengthen your immune system. Eat the right kind of food and exercise daily.

5. Avoid going near poultry houses, farms, live poultry markets and same places with improper ventilation.

6. If you can't avoid exposing your self to birds and chickens, have a flu shot vaccine.

7. See a doctor and have yourself check if you are feeling not well after exposure to birds or chicken.

8. Be observant and report immediately any incident of not ordinary death of birds and chickens in your area.

So it's still safe to eat chicken, eggs and other poultry products. Just follow these tips on how to prevent bird flu contamination. 

Be safe.
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Monday, August 14, 2017

Our Baker's Hub Experience

My apologies for not posting that much. Medyo busy lang sa araw-araw na buhay. Haha!

It's another manic Monday. I was supposed to take a leave from work but changed my mind because of an important meeting. So Daddy A went alone to do our planned errand today. I will share about that soon. Meanwhile, let me share our experience at Baker's Hub when we visited their branch at Meycauyan, Bulacan.

Baker's Hub Meycauayan

Last June, yes that's two months ago, we went to Baker's Hub to buy our baking needs for Matthew's 7th birthday.

Baker's Hub Meycauayan

When you love to bake, I guaranteed you will palpitate upon entering the store, haha!

There are mixers, and tin and glass food containers.

Hand Mixer, Stand Mixer, tin food container, glass food container

Measuring cups, egg beaters, scoops, spatula, rolling pin and more.

measuring cups, egg beaters, scoops, spatula, rolling pin

There are all forms of aluminium moulds too. 

aluminium moulds

These are chocolate moulds.

chocolate moulds

Silicon moulds are on sale that time.

silicon moulds

Cake stands and turntables.

cake stand, turntables

Different shapes and sizes of cake boards.

cake boards

Cupcake cups and holders!

cupcake cups, cupcake holders

So many food colors available at Baker's Hub.

food colors

There are also cutters, which Matthew thought are toys.

cookie cutters

cookie cutters

There are different kinds of piping tips.

piping tips

Chocolate bars and chips are also being sold there.

chocolate bars, chocolate chips

Of course, there are butter and cream cheese too.
 butter, cream cheese

Sugars, baking soda, baking powder and syrups are also available at Baker's Hub.

Also, you can find chocolate coated candies, sprinkles and other cake and cupcake edible decorations.

cake decorations

Oh, here are more of the cake decors.

cake decorations

And of course, candles!

birthday candles

Finally, here are what we bought at Baker's Hub: Cutters, brushes, fondant smoother, rolling pin, silicone mat, cupcake and bread pans, cupcake liners, butter, marshmallows, white chocolate bars, confectioner sugar and food colors.

Baker's Hub loots

Ooops, not in the photo is the cake turntables that we used for this Minion Cake, our first fondant cake.

Despicable Me, Minions, DIY, cake, fondant

Although there are so many flaws, this fondant cake made my son extra happy on his special day.

That's our Baker's Hub experience. If you love to bake, then Baker's Hub is the place to be.

Baker's Hub Meycauyan 
Address: 2nd Floor, Licaros Commercial Strip, Mac Arthur Highway, Calvario3020 Meycauayan, Bulacan 
Phone No.: (044) 244 0821 
Store hours: 9am-6:30pm
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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Our 9th Year + 4 Surprises

Yay! It's been more than a week since my last post. August na pala, where did July goes? 

July has been a very busy month. As in, morning palang super busy na. I am back to making bento once again, which will I share to you next naman. But you can follow me at Instagram and Facebook because I post my daily bento baon ideas there. This post kasi is for our 9th wedding anniversary that we had celebrated last July 27. Yep, July 27. So this a super late post.

Like our previous anniversaries, we chose to celebrate our 9th year with a simple dinner at home. Since both of us are busy at work and we have a little boy to attend to, our travel plan did't push through. It's okay for us naman because we still have no househelp and syempre hindi din namin maenjoy if we keep on thinking about our son.  

Ang haba ba ng explanation noh? Anyway, we just had a simple dinner but I got 4 surprises! I cooked spaghetti and we just bought fried chicken.

wedding anniversary, marriage, celebration

By the way, those flowers, which was surprise #1, were from Daddy A of course. He seldom gave me flowers because he knows I didn't like it kasi mahal nga, haha. That's why I was surprise when he handed me a bouquet of red and white roses. 

red roses, white roses, roses, wedding anniversary

When Matthew saw the flowers, he teased us... "Uy! May nagliligawan!" Haha! 

Of course, I didn't waste this moment and took photos with the roses. Matthew joined me too and he told me pala, "Mommy, gagayahin ko po si Daddy. Magbibigay din ako ng flowers sa asawa ko." Asawa agad talaga anak? Hehe!

Then before having our dinner, we took some photos of the three of us.

This was surprise #2 from our little boy. He told me he can't buy us gift yet kaya heto daw muna.

When we were almost done with our dinner, I saw this on the table in the kitchen. Surprise #3 was this Red Ribbon dedication cake.

Red Ribbon, Dedication cake, chocolate cake

I thought the day was over na, but I saw a little box inside my bag. When I opened it, I saw this!

It may not be expensive but it is priceless because of the man who gave me this.

With what Daddy A gave me, naguilty naman ako kasi I didn't have gift for him. So I told him to buy the shoes he wants. Wala kasi ako time to go out even online shopping.

Anyway, more than those material things, it's the time, love, understanding and patient that Daddy A gave me I am most thankful for. I know sometimes I make it hard for him but still he never gave up on me. 

To Daddy A, I want you to know that I appreciate everything you are doing for us. Thank you for everything. I love and will always be here for you no matter what. 
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