Getting 2 at Food Panda Give 1, Get 1 contest

I’m ending a two-week blog hiatus (not intentional, really) to answer questions of fellow mommy bloggers who nominated me for the Food Panda Give 1, Get 1 blogger award contest. It’s one of the best things about being part of Mommy Bloggers Philippines, to meet other mommies and actually have the opportunity to build friendships with them.

SJ Valdez of All Around Pinay Mama and Celerhina Aubrey of Reigning Still are two of such friends I’ve made, and yup, part of the perks is them alerting you to win some of the coolest prizes in the blogging community.


So, without further ado, here are my answers to their questions:

Celerhina’s questions:

What’s your fail-proof recipe for kids? As in yung patok na patok for them?

My baked herb chicken seems to be a constant hit to my kids. Honestly, I came up with it because it’s less fussy to prepare.

How to do it? I coat the chicken pieces with olive oil and generously sprinkle on them thyme, basil, rosemary, oregano and a little salt, then I set the oven to 250 degrees and pop the chicken in to cook for 20-30 minutes.

Even my 9-year old can make it on his own.

Best Japanese restaurant for you?

I’m no fan of Japanese food, though I’ve mentioned before that I do like Tempura and California Maki. But I do remember the first time my brother Nelson introduced me to authentic Japanese food back in the 90’s.

It’s this little grocery store found at the old building right across Glorietta. I’m sorry, it’s been a long time since I’ve been in that area, I no longer remember the name, but this grocery store has a little food corner where a cook prepares Japanese food for diners. I think it’s the best simply because my brother, who was a Japanese food fanatic, swore by it.


SJ Valdez’s questions:

What do you think is the future of blogging in the Philippines? What would be its impact on the different perceptions of people in the various aspects of their daily lives?

I think that the future for blogging is already here.  The web is primarily intended for information and communication, two things that marketing is made up of, a value blogs can offer.

A blog’s influence is determined by many factors — It can be the popularity of the blogger (celebrities, politicians, respected personalities, etc.) or the quality of the content. I learned about RAVE Pasig through another blog and decided to go based on the photos the blogger posted and I tried a facial wash (and loved it!) because of what a fellow blogger wrote.

I think that online media, as a whole, is already making a huge impact on people and it will go on that way for a long time. People will be checking out their favorite online resources and blog sites for recommendations — even on matters in politics, such as who to vote for and why.

What motivates you to write?

My passion to help people find hope.  I realized that providing the right information can help steer people towards hope. To show them possibilities they’ve overlooked and the better side of life over negative mindsets.

How do you see me as a blogger? What are my writing strengths and weaknesses?

In my opinion, one of of your strengths as a blogger is that you genuinely want to provide your readers everything that they need to know about a product or service to help them make decisions.I also noticed that when you provide critique, you do it with class. For instance, that blog you wrote about sponsors that disappointed you.

Weaknesses? My stand on this is the same as my stand as a musician – preference has a lot to do with whether people will like the quality of your output or not.

So as a fellow blogger, I am in no position to point out my fellow bloggers’ weaknesses as I know that not everyone enjoy my style, as well. Besides, it’s not a habit of mine to coast through blogs to find mistakes. I’m more after what the blogger has to say.

There you go. I hope that my answers make sense. To Celerhina and SJ, thank you for the friendship.

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My turn to nominate!

Now it’s my turn to nominate and ask questions. I’m not sure if there’s time for my nominee to answer, but here goes:

I nominate Jhanis Vincentte of Vanilla Housewife.

Jhanis’ blog is one of those I enjoy visiting. I love that most of her recipes are about Filipino desserts and she’s hilarious. I also like her in person and I had the opportunity to get to know her a bit when she flew in from Cebu for last year’s Blogapalooza.

She’s sensible and very intelligent. I enjoy talking to her as much as reading her blogs.

Here are my questions:

1. Who are your blogging influences?

2. How do you develop your brand of humor in your writing?

3. You are one of those bloggers I know that earn through your blog. Can you give me 3 practical tips on how I can earn from mine, too? Other than the generic – put out quality content answer.

That’s it! I hope that Jhanis can still get a chance to win any of the prizes and I look forward to her answers. Till my next blog!

Update: Jhanis answered my questions! Turns out the Instax FujiFilm Camera from Food Panda was worth going for, for her, heehee. 

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Update: (5-12-2015)
Unbelievable! I opened my email and found this!

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Thank you, Food Panda and Mommy Bloggers Philippines!

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  1. I love that blog of Vanilla Housewife. I was fortunate enough to have met Jhanis in person when she came to Blogapalooza last year. She was really nice although we were not able to talk as much.

  2. I enjoyed reading your answers and I’m curious about the herb chicken. It sounds delicious. We’re all fans of chicken, so I will give this a try.

    1. You know, I’m not really sure, haha! On my part, I didn’t want to take for granted my fellow bloggers’ efforts to nominate me and come up with the questions. 🙂

  3. It’s really entertaining to read questions and answers like this from other bloggers. It gives us readers a deeper insight to the personality of people we follow.

  4. A fan of the Vanilla Housewife too, love the stick drawings. And I agree, she’s absolutely hilarious. I’m a new member of Mommy Bloggers Philippines, just not that active since I’m grounded (by choice due to a one year old and a 3 year old plus the house and online jobs) and can’t attend events. Fairly new to blogging as well, hopefully when I do get to go out I can finally meet all the amazing mom bloggers in the country.

    Heading off to Food Panda now, since it’s the first time I’ve heard of it haha.

  5. I enjoyed reading your answers and was thrilled to know that you nominated Jhanis! I also find her posts too funny and was really glad to meet her in two of our local blogging events here in Cebu. Good luck to everyone on this contest! 🙂

  6. Good luck on your Food Panda certificate! Hey, I thought everyone loved Japanese food, hehe. Good way for Mommy bloggers to support each others’ blogs this way.

  7. I love doing this kind of a game. I remember the Liebster Award for bloggers, this way you will have an idea what kind of a person is the one blogging or owning the sites. A getting to know you game.

  8. I so love how you answered each question thrown at you. “My passion to help people find hope. ” You made me paused for a while and have me think why am I too writing.

    1. I’m passing by Makati later, perhaps I’ll remember to check out the place if it’s still there. 🙂

  9. Cool. I am not familiar with Japanese food, too. I like tempura, ramen and katsudon, if those count. hehe I wish you remember the Japanese place. It sounds homey and authentic. Great answers, btw.

  10. That chicken “recipe” sounds like a winner! I have to say, Food Panda’s a genius for coming up with an interesting and meaningful campaign like this, thoughtful and suited for the target audience of busy home makers!

  11. I too have learned so much from reading articles of fellow Mommy Bloggers Philippines members. This is a great, fun way to know more about each other.

  12. Food panda definitely makes online delivery easier. It’s nice to see your insights in blogging and I agree that its your dedication to readers that sets you apart.

  13. OMG May! So sorry I missed this and thank you for sending me a message! It has been crazy over here, summer kinda suck but doing my best in making the last few weeks of it memorable for the kids! Ugh. Nahiya tuloy ako sayo! But thank you for tagging me in this post! I’ll have my answers up later today, errr very early tomorrow morning! 😀 xoxo

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