Great Buys For Mums, Dads + Kids At Robinsons Malls’ #RedHotSale

I have already posted about my great finds at Robinsons Malls’ #RedHotSale, but I just had to make another post to feature a few more fab finds I chanced upon during my Robinson’s Galleria visit a few weeks back. Here are numerous items on sale for mum, dad, and our beloved kiddos, which I am sure you can never resist.

Great Buys for Babies and Kids

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When shopping for babies and toddlers, there is no better place to be in than Mothercare. A lot of their items are on sale and some are sold at up to 70% discount. A few great finds I discover are these BPA Free Avent 9Oz Feeding Bottles which are up for sale for only Php600 from its original price of Php1199.75. Bottle sterilizers and manual breast pumps are also available at discounted prices. I also love the onesies which are sold at Buy 1 Take 1 for only Php599.00

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This creative GoVinci “Look What I Made” Backpack is available at the very affordable and discounted price of Php1,399.00. This is most ideal for toddlers who love to travel. Mums can simply stash the little one’s arts and crafts materials onto the bag and attach it at the back of the car’s passenger seat so the little ones can create and entertain themselves in a very creative while on-the-go.

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Another great find that caught this mum’s fancy are these Disney Pixar Cars’ Cotton Boy Slips Pack of 5′s which are now on sale at Php225.00 from its original price of Php699. Pity it was not available in the little man’s size, I am sure he will love these! There are also pants for boys which are now up for sale at Php629.30, originally priced at at Php899.00. There are also tees with cool and funky designs for little men which are up for grabs at Php599.00 for 2! That surely is a good buy, it was just rather unfortunate that I was not able to find one in my little guy’s size. I guess Jared is too big for us to be looking at baby shops!

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One of our go-to brands for comfortable tees and bottoms for the little man is OshKosh B’Gosh and now is the perfect time to shop for little guys and gals wears as they offer up to 50% off on selected items.  Tees are up for grabs for only Php499.50 – Php519.50. Selected tees are also on sale at 30% off. You can also buy any 2 items at 30% off and get a 50% discount, instead.

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Apparels are not the only items on sale, belts for kiddos are on sale at 50% off, while shoes for little girls and boys are available at 30% off, or you can buy 2 pairs at 50% off.

Great Buys for Dad

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There are also numerous items on sale for the man of the house, starting with these comfy and fashionable shoes which are on sale at 50% and 70% discount at ResToeRun.

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Dad will surely look like a hunk with one of these many sleek reading glasses and sun glasses available at up to 30% off at Sarabia Optical. Branded Eyewear available include Guess, Police, Range Rover and Timberland.

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There are also a number of mailman bags, wallets and apparels available at Marithé et François Girbaud at Buy1 Take 1 which am sure dad will find interesting. New arrivals are also up for grabs at 10% off.

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Ginataang Gulay Made Meatier With The New PORKSAVOR™

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I am a culinary-challenged mum and I have a limited knowledge about the kitchen and cooking. It was rather unfortunate that I was not able to inherit my Mama’s cooking prowess. It does not help that I have a very picky eater to feed and please come meal time. At the moment, the little man is not so adventurous about his food choices and would often stick with his staple food rather than trying out something new.

You’d probably wonder what I was thinking signing up for the Ajinomoto Cook and Blog Contest? Oh well, I have the same question traversing in my mind. Of course, I had to rule out cooking unfamiliar and elaborate dishes that I am not sure I can pull off. So, as my entry, I cooked this simple yet delicious dish ~ Ginataang Gulay.

I love any dish with coconut milk, so even when I am not adept at using the ingredient, I make it a point to cook something with gata every once in a while. I chose to prepare this meal as it was very easy and simple to prepare, it has very few, not to mention affordable, ingredients which you can readily get from your local grocers or the wet market. It is also economical as most ingredients, save for the pork cuts perhaps, cost less that Php30!

Let’s Cook Away

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As I’ve mentioned this is a very simple dish and I bet most of you mums have tried it in your kitchen on one or two occasions. I have no specific measurements for most of the ingredients but for the veggies, I opt for those pre-packed ones in the grocers, I just chose the size and amount which I thought would be enough for my dish.

Here are the ingredients for our Ginataang Gulay:

  • 1 medium-sized onions, minced
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • about 400grams of squash, cut into cubes
  • about 400grams of string beans, cut in bite sizes
  • a cup of pork, cubed and seasoned with PORKSAVOR™
  • a cup of coconut milk {I used a sachet of a popular seasoning product for this dish}
  • salt and pepper to taste

Here’s how to cook the dish:

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  • Fry the cubed pork pieces until golden brown, set aside  food, mum's cooking, Ajinomoto
  • Saute onion and garlic in a non-stick pan
  • Add the vegetables and a 1/2 a cup of water
  • Boil until the veggies are a little tender
  • Add the coconut milk and simmer for 3 minutes
  • Add salt and pepper to taste

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Zambales Miners Appeal To DENR To Lift Suspension on Mining Companies

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When the people’s primary source of income is being taken away from them, expect them to be adamant about putting up a good fight and do anything they can to get back what was taken away from them. Over a thousand miners in Zambales took to the streets, and visited one barangay after another on Saturday, urging their fellow citizens to join them in their petition to lift suspensions on 4 major mining companies in the area. These mining companies are the main source of income for a majority of people in the province who were originally earning through seasonal jobs at farmlands. Now that their jobs are in peril they worry about how they can manage to support their families and provide for their day-to-day needs.

Here is a brief summary about the tales of our miner brothers in Zambales:

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Over 1,000 mine workers in Sta. Cruz town in Zambales gathered on Saturday, 09 August 2014, morning in what was believed to  be an opening salvo for the worker’s campaign in defense of the mining operation in their area. The worker’s caravan in this province rich in nickel and chromite is calling their local officials’ support in the fight to win back their jobs. On Sunday, a special mass for the workers’ plight will also be held at the St. Michael Parish Church in line with this campaign.

The fate of more than 3,000 workers, mostly from this town, now hangs in the balance after the Mines and Geosciences Bureau {MGB} and Environmental Management Bureau {EMB} Region III of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources suspended the operations of four mining firms in Cental Luzon namely Zambales Diversified Metals Corporation, Benguet Corporation Nickel Mines Inc., Eramen Minerals Inc., and LNL Archipelago Minerals Inc last month.

The workers of these companies have recently formed a group called Coalition of Mine Workers, Families, and Communities {CMWFC} to press the resumption of the mine operations of the four companies and the lifting of the cease and desist and suspension orders issued separately by the DENR on 09 June and 15 July, respectively.

“Since the mining operations here in Zambales, thousands of residents here have become the immediate beneficiaries of the new jobs created and the services these companies have rendered for the communities,” Orlan Mayor, spokrespersonof the CMWFC said.

Orlan Mayor said with the temporary closures of the four mining companies, who are among the top nickel producers in the country, it is the Sta. Cruz town and its citizens who bear the full brunt of the government’s sanctions. 

“We are supposed to receive our salary next week. What will happen to all of our families now that we don’t have jobs?” says workers who lost their jobs.

The prospects of finding new jobs for these workers are dim with only farming, apart from mining, as the primary source of livelihood in the province. Mayor added that “marami sa mga manggagawang nawalan ng trabaho ay hindi nakapagtapos ng pag-aaral dahil sa kahirapan, at tanging minahan lamang ang nagbigays sa kanila ng pagkakataon na makahanap ng trabaho na walang diskriminasyon sa antas ng pinag-aralan, basta masipag ka at handang matuto ay binibigyan ng pagkakataon.”

These workers hired by the mining companies previously worked as laborers or farm workers for small-scale/backyard farms and earned not even half of the minimum wage they now get from the mining industry, besides the fact that as farm workers their jobs are seasonal. 

The potential loss for the municipality who gets a hefty sum in taxes and fees from mining companies was also seen to affect the Sta. Cruz people.

“This is apart from the fact that the local small businesses in Zambales were pushed up by the thriving mining industry here,” he said. “The local businesses that experienced an upbeat in their sales since the full operation of the mining companies are now in fear of possible significant loss in their income,” Mayor added. 

Around 7am on Saturday, the workers with their families and children in tow converged at the Sta. Cruz Amphitheater. They traveled in a convoy and made a stop at each barangay hall in Sta. Cruz to air their concern and urge their barangay leaders to rally behind them. 

The workers’ group belied the allegations of the mining firms’ violations, saying all of them which the DENR has used as bases for issuing its orders “were either conceived by wild imagination or bloated by the anti-mining group led by Dr. Benito Molino.” They are referring to the statement of Dr. Molino that “libu-libong ektarya na ng mga sakahan ang apektado ng nickel at libu-libong mga magsasaka ang nawalan o bumaba ang ani.” 

“Results of the investigations of the local offices of the DENR and the Department of Agriculture in Zambales showed that only 30 hectares of land are affected by the nickel erosion and these are owned by 30 individuals contrary to the claims that there are thousands of hectares of farmlands affected,” the group presidend said. The group also recently found out that Dr. Molino indicated his plan to enter the local political arena. In the interview by interaksyon.com he admitted that “…the people here in Sta. Cru ay matagal na nila akong kinukumbinsi para maging mayor.”

Majority of the fishponds allegedly affected by the mining operations were found to be operating illegally and without the necessary permits issued by the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, the DA, and their respective barangays. 

Believing that it’s high time that the majority of the populace raise their voices against a handful of propagandist ~ whose only aim is to derail the social and economic development brought about by the mining operations; the coalition also calls on their fellow citizens to speak out and not fall prey at the political agenda of this pseudo anti-mining group. 

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