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After the National Bookstore sale, we went to Book Sale to find more bargain. But it was a bit disappointing. I had a hard time looking for good books. In fact, some of the books cost more than National Bookstore price. This is weird, because they are supposed to be second hand books. Anyway, here’s my haul. Not as fun as National’s bunch.

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There’s an ongoing sale on all National Bookstore Branches for 10 days starting on August 30. We went to the MOA branch on the first day of sale and I am super happy with our haul. Some books are discounted at 70%. Super bargain. The biggest surprise are the Simpsons books. There’s no price tag on the books but since they are on sale we have decided to get it. And what a pleasant surprise! We got it for 33 and 40 pesos. It’s original price is at 300+ in other bookstores. I also like the Ready to Read Books, I got them for 13.50 Php each. Super bargain. Another good find is the Look n Find books at 50% off. I got 4 books at 49 Php each.

Here’s our stash. For 655 Php, we got the following

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Moment of truth, I finally got my package from My seller in Aliexpress just when I thought it won’t arrive anymore. It took approximately 37 days to receive the package. It seems a bit long since the package only came from China. I’m also happy that the Manila Post Office didn’t charge extra. I only paid the standard 50 Php. So not bad…

The goods? I am satisfied. It looks pretty similar to the picture they were advertising. Although some of the goods are smaller than expected. Overall I am pretty happy.

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Husband is the sweetest, I was asking him why he didn’t get me a Serenitea keychain before. And now he did. What a lovely surprise.

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Egg Nog

After thorough research, there’s no ready to drink eggnog in the Philippines. I’m very much tempted to ship from Amazon but it would cost at least 30 USD, that’s why I have decided to try doing it myself first. The problem, I don’t know what it’s supposed to taste like. So, I’ll just trust the judgement of the people on the net. Since I want Edward to taste it as well, I’ll be using the cooked version also.

I’ll be using the recipe from Baking Bites. On a side note, I just found out that markets sell sugar as well. All the while, I thought it’s only sold at groceries. Husband laughed at me. Meanie! Haha.

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The ingredients are easy, I’m skipping the brandy and the nutmeg. Because Edward is drinking and I don’t know what a nutmeg is. I saw in google but I don’t know where to buy. The vanilla extract is hard to find as well. I’ve been to various groceries and I think I was successful in Shopper’s Mart or Metro at Lucky Chinatown.

Here are my ingredients and tools.

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First break the eggs, pour sugar and beat/whisk it. It was tough for me as I was using a fork. And four eggs is a bit heavy to beat.

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Add in the vanilla extract and milk, almost 1 liter of milk. And beat again.

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Transfer to a pan and heat the mixture. Continuously stirring. Mine seems to be slightly burned but still seems okay.

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The verdict? It seems a bit sweet. Yes… Even for me. Then I guess, next time, I’ll use the whole milk carton to reduce the sweetness. But I still don’t know if it tastes like the real eggnog.

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One day, when I had nothing to do, I’ve decided to play around KeepShot app. This app is used for lay-outing photo books. It’s easy to use and navigate. But the problem is it’s a bit expensive to ship to Manila. Other than that, the app is pretty cool with cute embellishments.

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I’ve decided to try making a paper toy for Edward after I discovered his fascination for trucks. So, first, look for a template, I’ve downloaded the Goopymart Taco Truck because it looks easy and cute. The direction is Print, Cut, Fold and Stick. Sounds easy…

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The first three steps are easy, no brainer. But the sticking is a bit of a challenge for me. I think the area is small, and my glue stick is a bit big. Not to say, not too sticky. The final product looks messy as there’s a lot of fingerprints. I tried washing my hands several times before sticking the rest of the parts but it didn’t work. I need to devise a better plan next time.

My first paper toy was a Failure. I entered the room to show Edward the toy but he was more interested in the Ipad I was holding in my other hand. But after a while, he seemed to like it. It was wrecked. And I had to stick it again. At least I know my son liked it. I even showed him the online photo and he looked for the paper truck. I guess, not bad then for a first timer. Will try to be less messy next time.

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