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Read this before giving your child Swine Flu Vaccine !

iI just wanted to share this to all concerned parents re: swine flu vaccine, this is an article from Dr. Mercola’s website.
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2009/10/06/Why-You-Should-NOT-Vaccinate-Your-Children-Against-the-Flu-This-Season.aspx

Do NOT Let Your Child Get Flu Vaccine — 9 Reasons Why
Posted by: Dr. Mercola

This year it is more important that you protect your children and loved ones from the flu vaccines than influenza itself.

In his article published on LewRockwell.com, Bill Sardi details 18 reasons why you should not vaccinate your children against the flu this season. Here are nine of them:

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The swine flu is simply another flu. It is not unusually deadly.
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This is the first time both seasonal and pandemic flu vaccines will be administered. Both seasonal flu and swine flu vaccines will require two inoculations. This is because single inoculations have failed to produce sufficient antibodies. This is an admission that prior flu vaccines were virtually useless. Can you trust them this time?
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Adjuvants are added to vaccines to boost production of antibodies but may trigger autoimmune reactions. Some adjuvants are mercury (thimerosal), aluminum and squalene. Why would you sign a consent form for your children to be injected with mercury, which is even more brain-toxic than lead?
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This is the first year mock vaccines have been used to gain FDA approval. The vaccines that have been tested are not the same vaccines your children will be given.
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Over-vaccination is a common practice now in America. American children are subjected to 29 vaccines by the age of two. Meanwhile, veterinarians have backed off of repeat vaccination in dogs because of observed side effects.
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Modern medicine has no explanation for autism, despite its continued rise in prevalence. Yet autism is not reported among Amish children who go unvaccinated.
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Researchers are warning that over-use of the flu vaccine and anti-flu drugs like Tamiflu and Relenza can apply genetic pressure on flu viruses and then they are more likely to mutate into a more deadly strain.
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Most seasonal influenza A (H1N1) virus strains tested from the United States and other countries are now resistant to Tamiflu (oseltamivir). Tamiflu has become a nearly worthless drug against seasonal flu.
9. Public health officials are irresponsible in their omission of any ways to strengthen immunity against the flu. No options outside of problematic vaccines and anti-flu drugs are offered, despite the fact there is strong evidence that vitamins C and D activate the immune system and the trace mineral selenium prevents the worst form of the disease.

For even more reasons — 18 in all — please review the full article on LewRockwell.com.

Sources:

LewRockwell.com September 16, 2009

Living Wisdom E-Newsletter, September 2009

New York Times September 18, 2009

Dr. Mercola’s comments:

According to a recent New York Times article, more than three million doses of swine flu vaccine will be available in the U.S. by this week. I just returned from the 4th International Vaccine Conference with NVIC in Washington D.C. this past weekend and many people there told me that they were already administering the vaccine in their state. I hope to provide important updates from that conference in the upcoming weeks, as there were some outstanding speakers.

I also learned at the conference from Dr. Vickie Diebold who is the consumer representative on the federal vaccine panel, that the CDC has budgeted over 12 million dollars to BLAST kids this fall on TV with characters such as Elmo from Sesame Street to propagandize them to be afraid of the swine flu and make sure that they get their vaccine. This is over 50% of the total amount ($21 million) they have budgeted to determine if the vaccine is even safe.

Twelve MILLION dollars confiscated from US taxpayers to brainwash the public and manipulate the truth. What a major perversion of the liberties that many of the founding fathers of the US gave their lives for.

Rest assured that there’s plenty of confusion and misdirection when it comes to flu vaccinations this year. And, as you can tell from the list above, you have every reason to question the validity of the information you’re given by government health authorities about the swine flu vaccine.

Fortunately, even conventional doctors and infectious disease experts are starting to speak out and take a stand against the current recommendations. In the video above, infectious disease expert Dr. Kent Holtorf goes on the record stating that neither he nor his children will take the swine flu shot, because the health risks are simply too high.

Confusion and Irrational Conclusions Reign

First of all, nearly all of the swine flu vaccines that will be made available in October will be a nasal spray type that contains live virus’, which is not recommended for pregnant women, people over 50, or those with asthma, heart disease or several other health problems, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The nasal spray causes a much greater immune reaction, and since it contains live virus’ they may multiply too quickly if your immune system is already compromised.

The injectable vaccine will supposedly contain only killed and fragmented virus components, but in order to “make it more effective” it also contains adjuvants; ingredients designed to cause a greater immune reaction by lowering your immune function.

Some of these adjuvants, such as squalene, have already been shown to carry considerable health risks. Thimerosal, a preservative, is also being added to the non attenuated vaccines.

While I’m glad the CDC offers some warning about the FluMist vaccine, what about the fact that none of the coming vaccines have undergone any form of safety testing? Some media reports have stated vaccines will be approved following a five-day safety review. What safety data could possibly be gleaned in a matter of five days?

And what about the possibility that people who have received seasonal flu vaccines may be twice as susceptible to contracting the swine flu?

Health officials everywhere are now recommending each man, woman and child get as many as four flu shots this season; two doses for the swine flu, and one or two doses for the seasonal flu, depending on whether you’ve ever had a flu shot before.

Is it really prudent to mass-administer an untested swine flu vaccine along with a seasonal flu vaccine that may increase your chances of contracting the swine flu?

And, last but certainly not least, while the number of swine flu cases is increasing, the severity of the flu is decreasing, with many doctors and health experts stating it’s actually turning out to be a much MILDER version than your average seasonal flu.

So where is the logic in this season’s vaccine campaign?

Evidence-Based Science Swept Under the Rug

The fact of the matter is that there are mountains of peer-reviewed papers demonstrating that the very basis of vaccine theory is wrong — and provably so.

Evidence-based science shows, again and again, that when it comes to preventing infectious diseases, antibodies on their own cannot, and do not, equal immunity.

For example, years of scientific research, assembled by researcher Judy Wilyman, have demonstrated how ineffective the whooping cough vaccination really is, and why it is nothing short of madness to continue to claim that whooping cough vaccination will lead to a decline in this disease.

Another example is the PhD thesis of a researcher from Tasmania named Arlette Mercae. Her thesis is an in-depth look at the way in which assumptions made about vaccine-induced immunity have led to a vaccination policy that is not based in science, ignores research that disagrees with the accepted premise that vaccines induce immunity, and, by pushing ahead with more and more vaccines, may be doing untold damage to the human race.

In a world where science-based evidence supposedly rules the roost, the vaccine industry has managed to turn scientific evidence on its ear and indoctrinated the entire health care system, and the general public, into believing a lie based on flawed assumptions.

It’s time to wake up from our advertisement-induced collective slumber and begin to review the folklore of conventional vaccine recommendations with a more critical eye.

And, we need to do it fast, because even though the swine flu vaccine is still optional, there are disturbing indications that a mandatory vaccination policy is brewing.

As reported in the Living Wisdom newsletter, some of the recent events that point toward the possibility of mandated vaccinations include:

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The State of Massachusetts had passed legislation that would fine citizens $1,000 a day, or up to 30 days in jail for each day they refuse to take the swine flu vaccine if the swine flu is deemed a public health emergency. (However, that law changed when they allowed a philosophical exemption – so now all they have to do is say they don’t want it.)
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France may be introducing compulsory vaccination against swine flu after the 28th of September, and secure vaccination facilities are being set up in every region to be used as vaccination centers with no exemptions available.
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Greece has announced that it is considering the introduction of compulsory vaccination for the swine flu vaccine.

Why Did Baxter Patent Hybrid Flu Vaccine a Year Ahead of Outbreak?

Interestingly, despite the fact that health authorities around the world were “shocked” at the emergence of this never-before-seen hybrid flu strain, Baxter had patented a flu vaccine covering these now infamous strains on August 28, 2008.

Baxter’s patent # US20090060950A1 includes “more than one antigen… such as influenza A and influenza B in particular selected from of one or more of the human H1N1, H2N2, H3N2, H5N1, H7N7, H1N2, H9N2, H7N2, H7N3, H10N7 subtypes, of the pig flu H1N1, H1N2, H3N1 and H3N2 subtypes, of the dog or horse flu H7N7, H3N8 subtypes, or of the avian H5N1, H7N2, H1N7, H7N3, H13N6, H5N9, H11N6, H3N8, H9N2, H5N2, H4N8, H10N7, H2N2, H8N4, H14N5, H6N5, H12N5 subtypes.”

As you may recall, the first swine flu case in Mexico didn’t emerge until mid-March, 2009, and the mixture of human-avian-swine viruses was considered to be quite an anomaly and not likely to occur through natural mutation…

Three months later, Austrian investigative journalist Jane Burgermeister filed criminal charges against Baxter AG and Avir Green Hills Biotechnology of Austria for producing and releasing live bird flu virus’, alleging it was a deliberate act to cause and profit from a pandemic.

She also filed criminal charges with the FBI against the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations (UN), and several of the highest ranking government and corporate officials, charging them with bioterrorism and attempts to commit genocide.

For the latest updates on her legal action, you can read her personal blog or look at her most recent video.

Reminder: How to Protect Yourself without Dangerous Drugs and Vaccinations

There will always be threats of flu pandemics, real or created, and potentially toxic vaccines will continue to be peddled as the solution until enough people realize there’s a better, safer, saner way.

You can break free of the drug-solution trap right now by following these natural health principles. I have not caught a flu in over two decades, and you can avoid it too, without getting vaccinated, by following these simple guidelines, which will keep your immune system in optimal working order so that you’re far less likely to acquire the infection to begin with.

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Optimize your vitamin D levels. As I’ve previously reported, optimizing your vitamin D levels is one of the absolute best strategies for avoiding infections of ALL kinds, and vitamin D deficiency is likely the TRUE culprit behind the seasonality of the flu — not the flu virus itself.

This is probably the single most important and least expensive action you can take.

I would STRONGLY urge you to have your vitamin D level monitored to confirm your levels are at a therapeutic level, which is between 50-65 ng/ml. I also recommend using a reliable vitamin D lab like Lab Corp, if you’re in the U.S. Sometime this fall, we hope to launch a vitamin D testing service through Lab Corp that will allow you to have your vitamin D levels checked at your local blood drawing facility, and relatively inexpensively.

If you are coming down with flu like symptoms and have not been on vitamin D you can take doses of 50,000 units a day for three days to treat the acute infection. Some researchers like Dr. Cannell, believe the dose could even be as high as 1,000 units per pound of body weight for three days.

However, most of Dr. Cannell’s work was with seasonal and not pandemic flu. If your body has never been exposed to the antigens there is chance that the vitamin D might not work. However the best bet is to maintain healthy levels of vitamin D around 60 ng/ml.
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Avoid sugar and processed foods. Sugar decreases the function of your immune system almost immediately, and as you likely know, a strong immune system is key to fighting off viruses and other illness. Be aware that sugar is present in foods you may not suspect, like ketchup and fruit juice.
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Get enough rest. Just like it becomes harder for you to get your daily tasks done if you’re tired, if your body is overly fatigued it will be harder for it to fight the flu. Be sure to check out my article Guide to a Good Night’s Sleep for some great tips to help you get quality rest.
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Have effective tools to address your stress. We all face some stress every day, but if stress becomes overwhelming then your body will be less able to fight off the flu and other illness.

If you feel that stress is taking a toll on your health, consider using an energy psychology tool such as Meridian Tapping Techniques, which is remarkably effective in relieving stress associated with all kinds of events, from work to family to trauma.
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Exercise. When you exercise, you increase your circulation and your blood flow throughout your body. The components of your immune system are also better circulated, which means your immune system has a better chance of finding an illness before it spreads. You can review my exercise guidelines for some great tips on how to get started.
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Take a good source of animal based omega-3 fats like krill oil. Increase your intake of healthy and essential fats like the omega-3 found in krill oil, which is crucial for maintaining health. It is also vitally important to avoid damaged omega-6 oils like trans fats found in most processed foods, as it will seriously damage your immune response.
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Wash your hands. Washing your hands will decrease your likelihood of spreading a virus to your nose, mouth or other people. Be sure you don’t use antibacterial soap for this — antibacterial soaps are completely unnecessary, and they cause far more harm than good. Instead, identify a simple chemical-free soap that you can switch your family to.
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Eat garlic regularly. Garlic works like a broad-spectrum antibiotic against bacteria, virus, and protozoa in the body. And unlike with antibiotics, no resistance can be built up so it is an absolutely safe product to use. However, if you are allergic or don’t enjoy garlic it would be best to avoid as it will likely cause more harm than good.
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Avoid hospitals and vaccines. In this particular case, I’d also recommend you stay away from hospitals unless you’re having an emergency, as hospitals are prime breeding grounds for infections of all kinds, and could be one of the likeliest places you could be exposed to flu bugs of all kinds.

As a side note, please beware that 21 different pediatric Tylenol products have been recently recalled due to the possibility of bacterial contamination. So, if your child comes down with cold or flu symptoms, make sure you do not give him or her a potentially contaminated product.

Better yet, help your child recover using more traditional cold and flu remedies, such as, hydrogen peroxide solution in the ear, zinc lozenges, high quality raw honey, or a homemade cough syrup. For more information and instructions, please see this previous article: Is Honey More Effective Than Cough Medicine?

Last but not least, if you do end up being coerced to take the swine flu shot, I strongly recommend you review Dr. Blaylock’s recommendations, which may alleviate some of the associated health risks.

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My Speech Delayed Toddler 2

After worrying so much about developmental pediatricians and whether to start lining up and shelling out two thousand pesos, my quiet  little girl decided to get a little bit more talkative.   Eye contact and interest interaction is wonderful.

She now can say EYE while pointing to her eye, and TEETH  while  grinning and pointing to her teeth.  She also can say FEET and does this while lifting her feet all the way to her nose.  She can’t say NOSE but understands the word NOSE and actually points her nose out.

She can identify letters from A, B and C perfectly.  Confusion comes in when it’s time for D and E.   Her  word Ball is Bum.  The word bounce is also Bum.  She calls people by name Ga, Bi, Bim, Yaya, Ahia, Didi hia, Mimi (that’s me) , Papa, Ama and Kong  and lately, she actually said Mommy.

She imitates the sound of a dog by saying “Aw aw” when she sees a dog.  ” Mao” when she sees our good for nothing cat (who happens to be afraid of rats).

She can grip a pen and scribble on paper which she loves to do, although I’m being encouraged to just let her use crayons.  She greets everyone who comes into the room with a flirty Hi and a wave.  She also greets everyone  Bye!

She walks fast and steadily for her age and likes to peek and scrounge into closets and cabinets.

Every milestone I’m seeing in her right now, I am happy and thankful for.

We’re  glad we saw her allergy to cow’s milk early on and took it out (we were taking Pediasure).   My doctor was suggesting Isomil, but I gave her vitamin fortified  goat’s milk  instead and it has worked wonders  for her.  We’re  50% gluten free . 100% cow’s milk free.

As long as she’s not fully talking yet, we’re avoiding vaccines like the controversial MMR or 6 in 1 .   Even pediatricians we’ve talked to have mentioned delaying that MMR vaccine especially when the child isn’t that verbal yet.

Thank goodness that some pediatricians are more aware now.

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My speech delayed toddler

I was worried about my baby a few days ago when my pediatrician and a relative of mine told me that she was speech delayed. At 1 year 4 months her words were: Yaya (means Nanny) , Mimi (that means Mommy), Papa (she says this in a girly manner), Ama (she always calls her paternal Grandma) , Ahia (she calls both brothers as Ahia), Hi  and Bye.

We were trying to teach her how to say Dihia, but she refused.  Although she’ll copy you if you say ” Dididididi hia” .  So, all the while I was worrying about her speech delay and trying to decide whether I’ll take her to my developmental pediatrician or not.  This little toddler  started  showing more words like “Bak”  which is book (she really loves reading I Spy books and Basura Monster).  ” I”  is the “I  Spy ” book.  ” I” she also  uses to point out her eye to us.  And she can say End and floored me completely by completing the word ” The End” by saying  “End”  after I said “The…”

At dinner time, Little Prince #2 went over and bonked her head playfully with the palm of his hand.   Yaya went over and asked my baby who hit her. She again surprised us all  by pointing out the culprit who was trying to hide behind his Nanny.  The Little Prince#2 panicked as he didn’t expect Baby to be able to point him out just like that.

Finally at bedtime, Little Prince#2  started crying over a trifling matter.  My baby girl who was busy drinking milk kept getting distracted by all the crying.  She got up and pointed a finger at Little Prince #2 and made a very good imitation of Little Prince’s face and the crying sound that he was making.  It made everyone in the room laugh so hard.

She might be speech delayed, but at 1 year and 4 months, she knew how to get her brother’s goat.  She was rewarded with her brother throwing a blanket big enough to cover her.

I don’t think I’ll be panicking just yet.  The speech delay might just be that- speech delay.

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My Christmas Thoughts

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It’s always busy this time of the year. This is a shot I took of my kid’s favorite row of Christmas lights along Gilmore. After December 25 th, all the traffic seemed to die down or did it?

Everyone seems to be in the mall. And people like me are usually taking this time off to play with the kids ( I finally get to take naps with the kids on afternoons yehey!).

The boys are just at home and taking their rest. And Mommy’s off trying to experiment on new recipes again or eating some fattening food and blogging on how good it was.

One of the boys’ highlights this Christmas was meeting one of the most eligible candidates for President in 2010.

I can’t tell you how exciting it was for them to see the Bee . My son even won a cool prize worth P2000 courtesy of the Bee.

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Little Princess’ 10th Tooth Eruption

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Little Princess is almost 15 months. For the first time since the day she was born, Little Princess came down with a fever two nights ago. Temperature ranged between 37.8 to 38.5 C.

We were wondering if it was the stubborn cough with the sticky phlegm that has been plaguing her all week.

Sad to say, the fever marked her first time to take antibiotics . It was also curious though, the mucous that she had was actually white, but I was so afraid it would lead to pneumonia if I didn’t follow the doctor’s orders.

Turns out it seems that the fever was all about Little Princess’ 10th tooth eruption with matching swollen gums. Try reasoning with an irritable baby at 2:30 am about her tooth.

We ended up giving her a special powder to rub against her swollen gums. Fever hasn’t returned. She coughs but is feeling much much better.

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Baby Milk Brands, Prices, and Places to Shop

My little princess consumes a lot of milk. I buy an average of 2 cans a month and more. The reality is that milk takes up a large portion of the family’s budget. I’ve been thinking lately of hoarding milk so my budget on my baby’s milk stays at a fixed cost.

Sadly, we are often subject to inflation, and manufacturers often pass on this additional cost to unsuspecting consumers.

I did a short but detailed canvass limited to Unimart, Cherry, SM, Mercury Drug and Cash and Carry. We were able to come up with a fair tally for popular infant and toddler formula milk.

I limited the choices to 900 g cans. The data below is based on current items that were displayed on shelf today and limited to the stores that were covered today.

Best Places to Buy Milk at a Bargain Price:

RANK GAIN 2 SRP NO STOCK
1 UNIMART 737.95
2 CHERRY 748.7
3 SM 762.5
4 MERCURY DRUG 770
5 RUSTAN’S 771
6 CASH AND CARRY 0 NS
RANK GAIN 3 SRP NO STOCK
1 UNIMART 587.95
2 CHERRY 611.15
3 SM 619.5
4 MERCURY DRUG 628.5
5 RUSTAN’S 629.95
6 CASH AND CARRY 632.5
RANK GAIN 4 SRP NO STOCK
1 UNIMART 537.75
2 CHERRY 553
3 CASH AND CARRY 573
4 RUSTAN’S 583.95
5 SM 0 NS
6 MERCURY DRUG 0 NS
RANK ISOMIL SRP NO STOCK
1 UNIMART 809.5
2 CHERRY 818
3 RUSTAN’S 0 NS
4 SM 839.5
5 MERCURY DRUG 840.75
6 CASH AND CARRY 848.7
RANK ISOMIL 2 SRP NO STOCK
1 UNIMART 729.25 NS
2 CHERRY 736.4
3 RUSTAN’S 0 NS
4 SM 0 NS
5 MERCURY DRUG 756.75
6 CASH AND CARRY 764.4
RANK NAN HA1 SRP NO STOCK
1 MERCURY DRUG 687.25
2 RUSTAN’S 822.5
3 SM 822.5
4 CASH AND CARRY 0 NS
5 UNIMART 0 NS
6 CHERRY 0 NS
RANK PEDIASURE SRP NO STOCK
1 UNIMART 829.95
2 CHERRY 838
3 RUSTAN’S 849.5
4 SM 849.5
5 MERCURY DRUG 860.5
6 CASH AND CARRY 867.4
RANK PROGRESS SRP NO STOCK
1 CHERRY 563.4
2 UNIMART 568.5
3 RUSTAN’S 0 NS
4 SM 0 NS
5 MERCURY DRUG 0 NS
6 CASH AND CARRY 0 NS
RANK PROMIL SRP NO STOCK
1 UNIMART 492.95
2 CHERRY 496
3 MERCURY DRUG 498.5
4 SM 584.5
5 CASH AND CARRY 629.5
6 RUSTAN’S 0 NS
RANK PROMIL GOLD SRP NO STOCK
1 RUSTAN’S 717.5
2 CASH AND CARRY 723.5
3 MERCURY DRUG 724.5
4 UNIMART 0 NS
5 CHERRY 0 NS
6 SM 0 NS
RANK SIMILAC SRP NO STOCK
1 UNIMART 737.75
2 CHERRY 802
3 CASH AND CARRY 829.5
4 MERCURY DRUG 835
5 RUSTAN’S 0 NS
6 SM 0 NS
RANK S26 SRP NO STOCK
1 SM 609.5
2 CASH AND CARRY 609.95
3 CHERRY 641.2
4 MERCURY DRUG 723
5 UNIMART 0 NS
6 RUSTAN’S 0 NS
RANK S26 LACTOSE FREE SRP NO STOCK
1 UNIMART 715.25
2 SM 724.5
3 CHERRY 759.4
4 MERCURY DRUG 769.5
5 CASH AND CARRY 0 NS
6 RUSTAN’S 0 NS

In terms of winning the distinction of having the most affordable prices for milk. Unimart ranks #1 on our list. They are followed by Cherry Foodarama at #2 and SM at #3 . They stand out as one of the most value for money place to shop for milk powder. Rustan’s, Cash and Carry and Mercury Drug prices are more or less similar to each other and fluctuate as some products are priced either higher or lower.

In terms of availability of products and reliability, Mercury Drug won the category for best supply chain management. They have the most complete range of milk available in the market and limited stock outs.

Cherry Foodarma follows a close 2nd. Cash and Carry is #3 on our list. Unimart and SM both rank number #4. Rustan’s lags behind at #5 and wins the distinction of having the most out of stock items in the milk category.

In terms of the brands of milk availability, there only two brands that we found that are available in all stores: Pediasure and Gain 3.

Difficulty level of getting stocks for certain milk brands.

Easy to Find brands: Gain 2, Isomil and Promil. These brands with only 1 store out of 6 with out of stocks.

Gain 4, Similac, S26 and S26 Lactose free are the brands which have 2 out of 6 stores having stock issues.

Hard to find brands : Nan HA1, Isomil 2, and Promil Gold. These brands are not available in 50% of the stores we check out .

Most Difficult to Find: Progress. This brand are not available in 66% of the stores we covered.

The reality is that It’s more cost efficient to actually stock up on milk for several months than to go out and buy milk last minute at convenience stores which tend to mark-up higher as the consumer pays for the convenience.

I’ve been guilty of buying 1 or 2 cans a month just to stay within the allocated budget. But when I run out of milk, I end up spending more since I have no choice but to go to places like Mercury to buy since the baby needs to drink milk. : )

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Little Prince #2’s 4th Birthday

Today’s the little Prince’s Chinese birthday. He woke up to a bowl of hot steaming misua soup (softened mushy wheat or rice noodles) on the table with hard boiled eggs. My little boy can’t imagine life without eating eggs. As the connoissuer of anything “eggy” the addition of egg into the misua is definitely a treat!

The tradition to eat noodles on one’s birthday is the belief that noodles symbolize long life. My father-in-law is a stickler for traditions that all of our Chinese birthdays are already scrawled and marked on the calendar.

I went out this morning and got him a toy called Fiddlesticks at Pocketful of Kids. Fiddlesticks is an interesting engineering contraption of sticks and joints. All you need to build and have fun is your imagination. Tita Natalie of Pocketful of Kids decided to just give this wonderful toy to my little boy.

We played with the toy for a while and the little boy had to go to school in the afternoon. When he came back home, he changed into a red shirt. Yet again another tradition, red is said to be the color of celebrations and happy occassions.

I brought him to go walking in Greenhills along with his elder brother. I definitely declared this to be a non-gfcf day. What my boys wanted was to eat out at Mc Donalds and we all had french fries, nuggets, chicken and spaghetti.

After that, my husband picked us up at McDonalds, and took us to Red Ribbon where the Little Prince #2 could gaze on all the cute little cakes available. ” Do you want Mango, Black Forest, or Red Velvet ?” We asked him. He was already pointing to the shocking purple cake in the cake display rack. He said ” Purple cake. I want the purple cake. Like on Shobe’s birthday.”

” Ube? ” I asked incredulously, ” You want Ube?” I couldn’t believe he was pointing out ube cake. I never liked ube cake, but my husband’s family loves eating ube cake or purple yam cake. My husband was smiling from ear to ear as the kid was definitely a chip off the old block.

Ube is a popular tuber that is sweetened and used for traditional native desserts like Halo Halo (another popular Filipino dessert) and delicacies. The tuber has natural pigments that give it it’s famous bright purple color.

That’s how we ended up being the proud new owners of an ube cake. By the time we got home, the cake had suffered some minor manhandling from Little Prince #1 and the birthday celebrant who wanted to hold his own candles. We ended up singing like 2 or 3 birthday songs in front of a lopsided purple cake since both children wanted their turn to blow the cake. The little Prince #2 demanded that we sing the song in Chinese since it was his Chinese birthday. How logical can you get?

Overall, it was a wonderful and magical day for the boys. The simple joys of life it seems are enough for little children.

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Our Hot Pot Sunday Lunch

Our Cozy Hot Pot Sunday Lunch for Five

Our Cozy Hot Pot Sunday Lunch for Five

Our family had hot pot for Sunday lunch. This is something our family looks forward to, as it a welcome break from the usual everyday cooking.

Hot pot cooking goes as far back as the Tang Dynasty in A.D. 618-908, spanning a thousand years of Chinese tradition. Typical hot pot restaurants here will offer a incredible array of raw meats, vegetables ,seafood, and even congealed pig’s blood for you to choose from.

For our family, a typical hot pot will comprise of soup stock which has pork bones, dried shiitake mushrooms, sea cucumbers. Our vegetables will often include bok choy, Chinese lettuce, and taro (this is to your personal preference).

We cook thin raw beef strips, thin slices of raw grouper fillets and deveined raw shrimps. We also add defrosted lobster balls, fish balls or fish tofu which we get from the local Chinese deli.

Dips are not complete without Bulldog Sate Sauce, raw eggs, minced garlic, minced chives, soy sauce and slivers of finger chili.

We heat the soup stock on an induction stove which is placed on the center of the table. We then cook the pieces of meat, seafood, or vegetables individually using chopsticks or a special slotted spoon. The dips are essential in bringing out the flavors of the food.

We like having hot pot once in a while. It’s a novel way of bringing the family together. Aside from that, it also a very enjoyable and healthy way of dining.

My little prince #2 was so excited to see eggs on the table. He had only one special request during our hot pot session. He wanted egg with no sauce ( he means no soup in it) and waited for my mother-in-law to cook the raw egg for him on a metal serving spoon dipped in the hot pot.

The Little Prince #2 and the Frog

And this connoisseur of anything “eggy”, got the poached egg, ate it and pronounced my mother-in-law’s cooking as “very yummy!”.

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