December 2014

Our Noche Buena in California

I have been busy cooking for noche buena. A Filipino tradition that my family do every Christmas Eve. I really miss the sweet ham and leche flan. This year, actually last night, I tried to do the tradition. This was my first attempt and I almost got it. The sweet ham almost tasted like we had from home and my leche flan was just at the right sweetness and firmness.

Sweet Ham
I bought a fully cooked honey glazed ham from Savemart. Not the big ones, but about 1-2 lbs. I was particularly paying attention with the sodium content and luckily this had the least amount, about 700mg, I don’t want a sweet and salty ham. I followed the sauce recipe from this website: Pineapple juice is a very important ingredient for Filipino Sweet Ham taste. I also like the while cloves flavor, I wouldn’t skip it. Although the sauce is for a bigger ham, I used the extra for further glazing the ham on the individual slices I take when I eat. read more

Philippine Bank Codes for PayPal

Link A Bank
This helped me in setting up my Philippine bank account with PayPal. Here is a list of Philippine bank codes that you can use to link your Philippine PayPal account to Philippine banks.

Get Verified
After linking a bank to my PayPal, the next step is to get verified to lift up some limits on your account. To get verified you need to link a credit card to your account. With PayPal Philippines, there is NO address confirmation so it is okay to link an US-based credit card or from any country even though the billing address in your account cannot be changed to the actual billing address of your credit card. That is fine, I talked to PayPal customer service about it. read more

How to troubleshoot iPhone activation on first use.

So you typed in your billing zip code and your primary account holder’s last 4 digits of SSN and your carrier is unable to verify your identity. Here’s how I fixed mine (this is based on AT&T network):

1. Call AT&T or your carrier and have your sim card checked.

You will need:
-The 20-digit number that is on your sim card (the one that came with the new iphone)
-your iPhone’s IMEI number.
-billing zip code
-last 4 digit of primary account holder
-your mobile number read more

How To Make Camera Roll To Show All Photos on IOS 8 iPhone

Ever since I upgraded to IOS 8, I haven’t been able to upload my downloaded photos/images from the Internet to Facebook or to any social media. My camera roll only shows the photos I took using my iPhone. To fix this, go to your Settings > Photos & Camera and uncheck Optimize iPhone Storage and check Download and Keep Originals. It worked for me, let me know if it doesn’t work for you. You should be able to see every single photo/image when accessed by Facebook or other social media. read more

My previous post about cheese fries got me craving for cheese popcorn so I made some! I wanted to cook cheese fries but I was too lazy to deep fry some frozen fries. Cooking cheese popcorn is a no brainer, I meant to just make a video, but not putting subtitles would make it boring to watch, so I did some extra effort in making subtitles. Okay, I shouldn’t be explaining too much. Here’s the video, yes I’m bored.

My Favorite French Fries

I would feel incomplete or get into a bad mood (if I’m really craving for a combo meal) if I buy a burger without pairing it with french fries, seriously! They’re just made for each other, plus ketchup (catsup?) of course. But there’s another kind of french fries that can stand alone without burgers, it’s flavored/seasoned french fries! And my favorite, is the cheese fries from Potato Corner.

USPS Schedule A Pickup Feature

Schedule A Pickup
Not many know about it yet, USPS picks up your outgoing packages and mails right from your front door, for FREE! Well for me I prefer my outgoing packages being picked up from my front door instead from my mailbox. As an eBay Seller, this service is a gem!

A lot to catch up on...

Hello everyone! I have a lot of
catching up to do. Here’s a screenshot of my camera roll, and yes, those are the food that I will have to blog about. I ate faster than I could blog! Stay tuned! Thanks for visiting.