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How to Prepare Quick and Easy Tacos

4 Oct

This is very quick and easy to do: 15 minutes tops to prepare and cook.

What you need:

  • 1/2 – 3/4 kilograms ground beef (ground pork works too)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 pack McCormick Taco mix
  • onion
  • tomato
  • lettuce (or cabbage, it’s all up to you)

1.) In a pan, mix taco mix with water.

Taco Mix

2.) Put beef in the mixture and cook. You can wait until there’s only meat and oil or you can leave a bit of sauce in.

I like to cook a big batch and leave a bit of sauce in. Then I let the beef cool down, put the mixture in a plastic container and store it in the freezer. Instant merienda for the whole week ūüėČ

Cook: beef plus water and taco mix

3.) Dice onion & tomato and cut up lettuce.

Diced onion, tomato and lettuce

4.) Mix the veggies with the cooked beef and put in taco shells. Or you can use nachos like we do at home. They still work well with the beef mixture promise!

Mega Mexicana Nachos

We just heat up the nachos in the oven toaster and they become warm and crunchy! YUM!

Optional: You may add the following for greater yumminess!

  • sour cream
  • grated cheese
  • hot sauce

How to Join Online Contests

1 Sep

My friends and family call me lucky because I win all kinds of prizes from different contests. When I win stuff online I just tell people I’m naturally lucky. I tell them this because,well, I don’t have time to explain the psychology of luck to every person who asks why or how I win these things. ūüôā¬† (Google Richard Wiseman and the Luck Factor.)

I only started joining contests in 2008 after I met Rowena Lei of Animetric. When I met her, Ro was considered a contest queen who had won gadgets, a trip to Singapore and all kinds of prizes from all kinds of contests.¬† I believe it’s because of her that the mommies in the social network Multiply learned of online promos and give-aways.

Because I’m online 15 hours a day, it’s easy for me to discover online promos and contests. I don’t join every single contest that I find, only those that are very easy to join (leave a comment, tweet, etc.) , are worth my time (with expensive prizes like ipad, etc.) or are simply fun to do.

Here’s a simple guide on joining contests so you too can win awesome prizes online:

1.) Choose contests that are worth your time– the reason I sound extremely lucky is because I win most of the contests I join.¬† And this is partly because, like I said- I don’t join every single contest I stumble upon.¬† Instead of wasting countless hours on hundreds of contests, I take the time to make good entries for the few contests that I join.

Most of the contests I join require no more than a few minutes to do.¬† I won two prizes from Daphne Ose√Īa Paez’ blog on two different occasions.¬† I like her promos cause she makes it very easy to join- you just need to leave a comment. When contests are easy, I join them right away. I think of a good comment and do my entry. P 3000+ worth of Evita Peroni accessories for my 10 minutes is worth it right?

2.) Put in the needed effort- When the prizes are attractive, promos usually get many participants.¬† During judging, do you think your short comment will win against another participant’s creative entry? Uhm, NO.

3.) Follow contest junkies online- There are people who get a kick out of joining contests, follow their social networking accounts so that you can get promo updates.¬† I post online contests on my Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Sweet-Hopia/148036191887239 . Follow me ūüėČ

Look, I won an iPad at an event. If I weren’t following the right people online, I wouldn’t have known about the event,¬† I wouldn’t have gone there and wouldn’t have won an iPad.

4.) Start a blog- There are contests that will require you to blog. Start a blog NOW so that you already have one should the need arise.

5.) Remember all contests that you join– write them down if you have to.¬† The winner of my first blog give-away did not claim her prize, even after I sent her a PM in Twitter. It seems she doesn’t really use her Twitter and yet that’s the account she used for the give-away.¬† I’m sure she doesn’t really follow my blog cause I blogged about the winner. She probably forgot about the contest and my URL ūüėÄ

5.) ShareРshare information online and help people with their contests.  Promos and contests are supposed to be fun.

Are You Missing Posts from People on Facebook?

26 Aug

Are you missing posts from friends and fan pages in Facebook because you didn’t see them¬† in your news feed?

Did you create a fan page for your business and have gotten feedback that your followers can’t see your updates in their feeds? The problem is not in your business page’s settings, it’s actually in your followers’.

When I created my personal Facebook account last year, I had set my news feed limit to 250.¬† That means that I could only see updates from 250 friends in my feed.¬† I now have more than 250 friends on Facebook and follow more than 2 dozen pages.¬† I had forgotten about my news feed limit and didn’t realize I was missing updates from people.

A quick change in the news feed settings solved the problem.  Now I can see all updates from friends and Facebook pages.

Here’s how to increase the news feed limit:

1. Go to the bottom of your news feed. You will see “edit options”. Click on it.

Edit Options (click to see larger version of photo)

2. When you click on it, you will see “Number of Friends”

Number of Friends Limit (click on photo)

3.  Enter a number into the box. Make sure you enter a high number so that you can see all the updates from your contacts.

“Control how many friends you want shown in live feed. A higher number means you will see new posts more frequently”.

I have changed my limit to 2000 just to be sure.

If your followers can’t see your page, ask them to increase their news feed limit.¬† I hope this helps.

How Nicole Got Her Passport Through TELESERV

29 Jul

Here’s the step-by-step process on how we applied for Nicole’s passport.

Nicole at Counter #30 ūüôā


  • Jay called¬† TELESERV at 737-1111 and requested for Nicole’s NSO-printed birth certificate.
  • We went to an RCPI center to pay the fee (I think the fee was less than P400). The rate was pretty affordable considering we didn’t have to go to NSO, line up, and spend on transportation and food. Plus Jay only spent 10 minutes on the TELESERV¬†phone call. So¬†no time wasted.
  • Birth certificate was delivered to our home four days later.
  • Jay called 737-1000 (TELESERV number for passport scheduling) to schedule the DFA appointment. Jay called last May, we were scheduled today- July 29. If you intend to get a passport, set an appointment NOW.¬† The problem is not with Teleserv but with passport issuance at DFA.¬† I can’t remember why passport scheduling takes that long. It was in the news a few months back.
  • Nicole’s schedule was at 9:30 AM today. We went to DFA¬† early, around 7:30 AM.¬† Nicole was accomodated at the senior citizens’ and children’s lane. (YAY! no long lines!).¬†
  • We had¬†the document from TELESERV verified and¬†got a number for the first step: submission of documents. (TELESERV will give you a list of requirements.¬†)
  • After submitting all the requirements,¬†the man at the counter decided to issue a passport to Nicole, he¬†gave us the billing.
  • We paid at the counter. The fee was P 1,200.
  • We got a number for passport¬†enrollment.
  • Nicole’s photo taken at counter #30.¬† We verified data on the screen.¬† I signed the form.
  • We paid for passport delivery through LBC: P120.
  • EXIT

The whole process may seem long,¬†but I swear it was pretty painless.¬† I’m sure it’s harder for adults who have to go through the regular lanes.

Other people accomodated at the special lane:  Government employees with GSIS and Civil Service Eligibility, Baranggay Officials: Brgy. Captain, Kagawad, and SK Chairman,  and Retired government employees (provided a year has NOT passed since the day of retirement).