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Sweets and Confectionery by Ninz

By on December 18, 2021

Is it a wedding? Valentine’s day? Baby shower? A very special birthday or any day? Whatever the celebration, it is destined to make the party a beautiful event. Holidays are the perfect occasion for warm and joyous traditions, literally, just a few days away. Begin one of your own by remembering special friends, loved ones and relatives. Something comes along that exceeds your expectation, the sweetest gift you can give, it does more than you’d expect.

Welcome to the world of Sweets and Confectionery by Ninz

A wonderful world of flavors, creamy delights and invariably delicious custom cakes and pastries. More people enjoy Sweets and Confectionery by Ninz than any other, that fact alone will solve your gift-giving problem this holiday season.

To add sparkle to your entertaining, personalize your holiday greeting cakes. Sweets and Confectionery by Ninz invites you to shop the easy and convenient way in the comfort of your home. Order in advance. Shop online, pick-up and delivery. (Tuguegarao city)

Creative Cake Designs

Kid’s Birthday Cakes

The best custom cakes comes out to compliment your birthday celebration.

Gardeners birthday cake

For the Green thumb, gardening themed cakes is also available. It’s a hearty warm cake for your own passion. So creamy, love at first bite.

Burnt Basque Cake

For fruit lovers, fresh strawberries in the middle of the cake is equally worthy.

Blooming flowers cake

Classic cake with medley of flavors, exciting new treats for family and friends.

Sweets and Confectionery by Ninz

Senior citizen birthday cake

If you are about to blow the whistle on… the cake that taste so much richer and creamier. Go for it!

Elegant cakes

Lovely baby cake

Unicorn cake

Recently, I’ve found her bakeshop on social media, which is also accessible to everyone, a good platform for business. I loved how she creates such a memorable flavor and color combination of customized cakes. This holiday season really catches flavor at its peak, the warmth and glow of this season brings forth feelings of goodwill and all of us naturally want to share these happy times with family and friends, it is something special meant to be shared.

Pastries & Desserts

Cakesicles

  Doughnuts 

Sweets and Confectionery by Ninz will long be remembered. Affordable and accommodating ! They are ready to take and deliver your orders. Wishing you the best this holiday season!

Go cashless, online cake delivery

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By Nina Cagat

Contact number:  0916 524 0121

Address: Pallua Norte, Tuguegarao City

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Qingjing Farm-Green Green Grassland

By on December 13, 2021

It is often said: It looks like Switzerland setting, it is the green land pasture to bond with flocks of sheep and your reward? Up close and personal to bond and feed the gentle animals.

A tourist attraction in Taiwan, the ‘’Green, Green Grassland’’ in Qingjing farm or Cingjing farm is a hill ranch through the heart of rolling grasslands, a beautiful pasture ground for livestock. It is situated at altitude 1,750 meters above sea level. There’s a large temperature difference between the day and night.

Green, Green Grassland in Qingjing farm or Cingjing farm

Green, Green Grassland in Qingjing farm

Postcard perfect scene

Aside from the picturesque scene of the pastureland, surprisingly full of life to see the spectacular beauty of the mountains and hills abounds here.

Gentle Corner

Human-Animal Bond

Sheep, one of the earliest animals to be domesticated and loved by humans. I even tried to touch them and didn’t resist, it seemed I gained their trust and so, I also feel safe.

Green, Green Grassland in Qingjing farm

Feeding the sheep with the feed provided by the park.

Outer part, sheep hair is a crimped wool and coarse but to my surprised, the wooly undercoat was soft and fluffy, much less than I thought.

Visiting Green green grassland in Taiwan is worth the effort, it was truly an unforgettable experience, my very first time to interact with the gentle animals. I feel comfortable to move and touch them, it was a zestful relationship between us.

When in Taiwan, whether you drive or hike, The sheep ranch, Qingjing farm os Cingjing farm is a must- visit attraction. Green, green grassland has an admission charge, and the ticket includes the following: Green green grassland, Guanshan pastoral area and Shoushan park.

Qingjing farm Green green grassland

Address: Renhe Road, Ren’ai Township, Nantou County, Taiwan

Visitors Information

No smoking

No camping

 Foods not allowed

 Pets are prohibited

Do not scare animals

Do not ride with sheep and horses

Use animal food provide by the park

No aircraft

Drones are strictly prohibited

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Sunbird/Hummingbird in the Philippines

By on October 23, 2021

The stay at home orders due to pandemic gave me the opportunity to reconnect with nature and wildlife. I began seeing species of birds that I’ve never seen before. This month, I began to notice the presence of hummingbirds around, with rain on and off, sometimes, showers are much more scattered, I was surprised to see them eating blossoms and performed the backward upside down position and hovered overhead.

Just like other pollinators which is fairly the same way as the bees and butterflies, hummingbirds are also nectar lovers. I’m blessed that our backyard is a natural habitat for birds and other pollinators, full of all sorts.

Hummingbirds are incredibly cute! They are the only birds that can fly forward and backward that no other birds can fly like hummingbirds.

When circumstances calls for photography, I don’t want to miss this opportunity to get at least few good shots, the most natural look as possible. It’s a big effort to wait for the right timing and prefocus my camera on branch where I expect the hummingbird to land but by observing the birds, I can easily get a good idea on how and where to position myself and to wait for the birds to change position to get a natural look.

Hummingbirds moves so fast, fairly not approachable, can’t normally get close to capture. Any slightest movement may cause this bird to scurry away, a few times it flew from the branch a short distance away but it always returned even when I stood nearby. I meant no harm attempting to photograph, soon , the bird seemed to get used to my presence.

These flowers are reliable food source for the birds. I just hope these hummingbirds will come back for more beautiful pictures,

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Stunning Flower Fields in Full Bloom Chiang Mai

By on October 5, 2021

One of Thailand’s increasingly popular tourist hotpots is Muangkaen in Chiang Mai. Mungkaen flower fields is a flower garden that covers a vast landscape that features vibrant cosmos flowers, the breathtaking fields of pretty blooms uniquely charming cosmos fully designed for pleasure and sightseeing. Chiang Mai is a mountainous city in northern Thailand known for its cool climate. It is most famous for its beautiful ancient temples, ethnic village (traditional and aboriginal) and it is a home to some gorgeous flower fields. It is pleasantly cool out there, it offers wonderful tourist attractions.

After 3 wonderful days in Bangkok, I went north in Chiang Mai with my family and spending a day at Muangkaen flower fields. We all had a good time together, Thailand is a popular destination for Christmas vacation. I realized, travelling is really a part of life and family bonds built through vacation too. We visited 3 of the finest flower fields, a touch of nature adventure celebrating life’s simple pleasures where beauty blends beyond flowers and brilliantly won me over.

Absolutely, flower fanatics loves Muangkaen fields, it’s the best place to visit while in Chiang Mai, everything was beautiful especially the graceful blooms in abundance ranging majority from hot pink to white and fuchsia. No wonder, just like us, travelers always begin their sightseeing here.

Muangkaen Flower Fields

Visiting one of the most beautiful flower fields in Chiang Mai, we came early in the morning but there was already a lot of people around when we arrived. My feelings while photographing the pretty blooms, it was a moment in life when I wanted to stop the time and wished to stay a little longer. It is completely a different experience I’ve been longing for, a scene you don’t see in everyday life.

Cosmos in full bloom, Cosmos – a daisy-like flower in average height and one of the fastest growing annuals that grows best in full sun, blooms is heavy and more compact. (Refer to the picture gallery for more details)

Beautiful flowers, birds, butterflies, and bees flitted around.

Muangkaen Flower Fields is a unique venue for recording memoirs (historical account) and perfect location for pre-wedding photo shoot.

All photos taken here serves as my most precious gifts to bring home. If you are planning to visit Thailand soon, Chiang Mai is a destination that will make you fall in love with. If you are in the northern part of Thailand, Muangkaen is a must-visit. Thank you Papatson dear! I miss you… More flower fields next posts…

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Fruit Photography/Fresh Strawberry Pictures

By on September 22, 2021

Strawberries are at their peak right now and my present photography subject today. These fruits have a lot of vitamins and minerals as well as it’s a good source of fiber too. I want to emphasize a very simple setting to show some of my pictures taken during my ‘’Fruit Photography Hour.

 Indoor shooting is much easier for me because all the things needed is quite beside me, ready to use. I have encountered difficulty to catch the angles just to make fruits looks more natural, appealing and appetizing as possible especially attempting close-ups. Lightning is very important because it will reveal the texture of the fruits My aim is to make strawberries looks fresh even on pictures.

To be a food blogger is combining 3 passions together all at the same time: cooking, writing and photography. I have learned a lot of things doing all these things as well. It’s fun and I’m happy to see all my efforts have paid off.  Let’s look at some photos of strawberries.

Intrinsic beauty of strawberries

My macro shots

The white background makes the image more colorful and attractive however, just like any other fruits captured previously with white background, same method applied here. Sometimes the danger is great because small particles came from fruits is noticeable, this is always my problem using macro.

What I’m pointing here is you don’t need all those bright lights if it will give unwanted shadows, that’s why, I’m controlling the intensity of light. For macro shots, you need close equipment at distance. Macro lenses fitted to the camera, 55 mm, 100 mm to 200 mm is great, shows more good working condition specifically designed to perform at close range.

Strawberries on a white plate

 The perfect white background for strawberries. My mood will rise and seems active, let me tell you how it was done, I used a white cardboard for the frame to reduce the intensity of light. The white background will make these fruits even brighter and sharp because it was done under full sun. If you know how to control the light by covering both sides using white cardboard to shelter from the wind and extra unwanted shadow reducing the intensity of the bright light or reflectors. The white background exposing the natural freshness of the fruit although, it is sharp.

Having a white background will emphasized more on the subject itself.

Strawberry on Green Background

Other fruits goes well with strawberries

Indoor photography is just as fun not to expose myself from the heat of the sun. It seems I’m protecting something, oh well, my skin tone color is already light brown, no need to add more into it. It feels good to see my effort after the hard day’s work. After photographing these fruits, you’ll find them inside my tummy!

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Peking Duck Wraps

By on September 17, 2021

Sumptuous dishes traditionally prepared and served in a grand style, the Peking Garden, 4th level Greenbelt 5, Makati City serves the best Peking duck in the city, it was the restaurant’s specialty as the name goes well with it. Tonight, is the birthday dinner celebration of my aunt, fabulous dinner served and the most popular choice. From the 10 courses meal served, the Peking duck and the Winter Melon Soup with assorted seafood was my 2 best favorites although meal’s highlight and star on the table is the savory Peking duck.

Winter Melon Soup with assorted seafood

The best comfort soup and our favorite.

The Peking duck is in good shape, well-cooked and the aroma is awesome. It was very tasty, and the skin is crispy. It is bound to reign on the table.

How to carve a whole Peking duck

The Peking duck was neatly carved into even slices by the server. Started with the breast diagonally towards her holding the wing with the fork and cut through the outer layer of the breast into the joint.

Carving the breast in thin slices parallel with the breastbone and repeating with the other side. It looks like very easy to carve because the knife is sharp, that’s the secret of perfect carving.

The thin flesh was carefully arranged in a circular shape following the edge of the plate on a big white plate with the crispy skin at the center or it work both ways. You can see the difference from the photos up and down. The duck flesh at the center and the crispy skin on the edge of the plate or vice versa.

After the carving and preparation, the Whole plate of Peking duck transferred to our table along with the tortilla, stalks of spring onions and the sweet hoisin sauce.

See how it looks, Attractively beautiful !

How to wrap a Peking Duck Strips

Lay one fine strip of Peking duck flesh on a tortilla wrapper, followed by the stalk of spring onions, add a spoon of sweet Hoisin sauce on top and lay another strip of Peking duck.

This is how it looks before wrapping.

The filling looks like this inside.

Hold one end of tortilla and roll it halfway. Fold both borders and roll it again to enclose properly.

Almost done, I’m leaving one end open to show the filling inside and roll it once again to finish.

One bite, followed by another bite and more pls… I’ve tasted Peking Duck from different restaurants before but these, nothing can equal the flavor, I’ve never tasted like it before. So far, the best among the rest.

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RAVE Pasig Rainforest Park

By on September 8, 2021

There’s no shortage of things to do nowadays, one way to manage my pandemic stress is to keep myself busy. I was checking and digging through some old photos from my folder on my desktop, reminiscing special moments of RAVE memories from past adventures. To date, I can still remember my first visit at Rainforest Adventure Park and revisited a year after, remain as my most precious experience due to notable features and the ease of accessibility, it is within 20-minute drive from home.

Going back in time, traveling backward brings many returns of the day and those good old days still alive is what I always keep to preserve so they can be enjoyed in the future or last in generations to come. A story behind the picture, just like what I’m doing today that today’s moments are tomorrow’s memories to remember. Let’s get started!

Note: Just an old memories to share taken before pandemic.(All photos taken January of 2018) This theme park is relatively closed. I’m not here to encourage you to go out and visit this theme park, Covid-19 pandemic brought significant changes and far from over pls. stay home until it will restart.

Rainforest Adventure Park

It is the first adventure theme park constructed and managed by local govt. unit, it is the project of Mayor Bobby C. Eusebio and Pasic City Council. RAVE is equipped with different outdoor facilities, a leisure ground for the public located in village of Maybunga Pasig. It was opened in 1977 but relaunched as RAVE known as ‘’ Rainforest Adventure Park Experience’’ in 2013 after the completion of additional features such as the Zip line, Boating lagoon and Skatepark. It also features the following: Butterfly house, Boating Lagoon, Rapid rides, Park pavilion, Botanical Garden, Pool area, Aviary, Mammal sanctuary, Kiddy land, Train station, Amphitheatre, Flower fields, Chess pavilion, Reptile house, Mini Zoo, Maze Garden, Tree house as well as picnic and camping ground.

In the 2 hours that I was in RAVE, I had the chance to enjoy the wide variety of attractions rainforest has to offer especially the Butterfly house and the Flower fields, it was my favorite spot for photography. How can I forget my bonding with the zoo animals? In here, you can do a lot in just an hour at this 4.8-hectare park but to complete your viewing, an hour is not enough, it was large-scale theme park.

Bringing dinosaur back to life. Along the way, the pathways adorned with a life-sized statues of dinosaurs, as you walk around, it looks like you are entering a prehistoric land of Jurassic park. You are free to take pictures with the dinosaur models.

Rainforest Adventure Park Attractions

Most people visit Rainforest Park from early March for the best glimpses of blooming flowers, wildlife, and boating. Rainforest essential sights are conveniently close together, almost everything in one place, it’s a good place also to explore nature, to learn and have fun. If you enjoy the flowers, butterflies, animals and water forms, RAVE is for you.

Boating Lagoon

A man-made lagoon with paddle boats. A Paddle boat is a powerful watercraft, paddle it yourself style. Me and my sister enjoyed the 20-minute paddle ride, it’s a good way to burn extra calories.

Butterfly House

Up close and personal to snap the butterflies, I have spent more time here snapping all different varieties of butterflies. Considered as the most beautiful habitat, showcased different species of live butterflies in an enclosed garden.

My favorite spot to capture the most colorful insects. Butterflies are my favorite subject to photograph as well as my favorite agent of pollination. My endless photo shoot shows my great admiration for them. I have captured great photos and of course, I realized the power of pictures, it’s difficult to select which one fits the best.

Amaze Garden

An outdoor garden maze is a puzzle game, the dividers are made of plants formatted into a maze and it’s quite tough and confusing to solve the path route to the end.

Flower Fields

Just one of the many attractive features of Rainforest Garden and the monster sunflowers are the mainstay and point of interest in the garden. Flower Fields landscape design is made up of variety of flowering plants that fits different elements together from flowering plants, popular perennials and annuals.

Wind beneath the eye-catching monster sunflowers are perfectly attractive and sun-kissed pointing skyward. Adventure photography is a must-do here.

Botanical Garden

A lovely walk around worth seeing situated next to the flower fields is the Botanical Garden.

Deep well is an open framework that serves as a garden accent.

Aviary

The Bird Sanctuary or the flight cages for birds provides a safe habitat and home for the endangered species and migratory birds. My day is not complete without a short visit to capture the birds. Around here, you’ll encounter beautiful birds.

Crowd pleasing ducks

Petting Zoo

It is a combination of wild and domesticated animals, you are free to touch but not allowed to feed them. This attraction is a family leisure activity.

There’s no point rushing here, there are nicely-spaced benches around if you want to take advantage of shade, it’s for you to rest and relax. Overall, you’ll experience all what Rainforest theme park has to offer.

What you need to know, RAVE Pasig Rainforest Adventure Park map.

3 hours after, the sun is up and about to reach the highest point. Me and my sister went home around midday very happy but exhausted.

Wanting for more? One post is not enough to reach the highlights of Rainforest park. I just hope the weather will cooperate for my next visit soon…

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Welcome ”BER” Months!

By on September 1, 2021

It’s the first day of September and the start of what is known as ”BER Months” it marks the beginning of the yuletide season. ”BER” simply means the four months of the year September, October, November and December, Take note > BER at the end of the suffix. The first thing that comes to your mind when you hear the word ”BER” is Christmas. Philippines holds the longest festive season in the world starting from September to December of each year. what is so special about it? It might be your favorite months of the year, it makes us happy and excited to think of the merriment it brings and the start to create Christmas holiday spirit into your home.

”BER Months” under Pandemic

The 2nd year of the pandemic has been very difficult for all of us, we are still experiencing a global battle facing a common enemy and the blues about cold season approaching. While everyone is at risk to be infected by COVID-19, it’s the time to be more alert and cautious, rainfall varies much more and bit colder than usual, it is considered as health threat as the virus deepens.

Living through a global pandemic and preoccupied with guidelines, How does one celebrate Christmas this year amidst pandemic? Stay safely at home, we might as well celebrate Christmas with only family members as Christmas is always in our hearts so, Cheer up! Let us pray together, spread more love and hope. Stay safe and healthy everyone and May God bless us all!

Wishing you all a COVID-FREE Christmas!

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Winter Melon Bowl

By on August 23, 2021

Winter melon Bowl is a vegetable shell and an excellent serving dish for soup. The good thing about the shell, it’s quiet thick and good enough to hold the heat of the soup.

Double-Boiled Winter Melon Soup with Assorted Seafood

This is the internal part, wide and clear white. I don’t see any damage parts.

Complete example of Winter melon shell, Four Winter melon Bowl on the table, wrapped in plastic Cling wrap to support  the whole shell. It’s heavy that needs a support to stand but no signs of swelling at the base.

Two servers carefully ladled in assorted seafood inside the shell and scraped the flesh of winter melon using a long-handed cup-shaped spoon followed by the clear soup to fill each bowl. For our finale, picking a piece of shrimps over the edge of the winter melon bowl.

Peking Garden 4/L Greenbelt 5 Makati Phase 2 Ayala Center, Makati, Metro Manila serves the best Double-Boiled Winter Melon Soup with Assorted Seafood

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Seasonal Fresh Fruits in a Glass

By on August 13, 2021

I’ve prepared fresh fruits in a glass before my snack time, it’s quiet earlier than the regular time so it will not lessen my appetite for the next meal. Today’s assorted fruits are the following: kiwi, red watermelon, papaya, dragon fruit, red apples, grapes, oranges, sweet pineapples, and strawberries as the best example of my favorites. It’s just a fresh fruit to increase my strength for today’s physical activity.

Fresh fruit medley, a wonderfully assorted fruit combination combining different colors and flavors, unique taste come in. Lately, I had indigestion, so I avoided large meals, a small frequent meal is good and something light and nutritious just like these fruits are the best source of vitamins and minerals, high in fiber and good for digestion. I eat more at breakfast and lunch, less for supper but most of the time skipping supper if my tummy is already full but for me, skipping meals is not a good idea because I need more energy, I don’t want my body to lower its metabolism, I need a better mood day after.

From the garden, a call to wear face mask when preparing food at home.

Fresh Fruit Platter

 Bite-sized pieces of fruits

See how fresh it is! It was cleanly cut into bite sized pieces and beautifully arranged inside a cocktail glass.

More than just another pretty way to bring out the best in fruits. This is just a simple serving idea for fresh fruits, it is also good for special set-up, a pick-up snack and dessert.

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