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Lunch Box Recipe: Egg Sandwich

You need this recipe.

I always plan ahead when it comes to our weekly meals and lunch box. Having leftovers stashed on the freezer is a lifesaver on days where I am just overwhelmed with responsibilities and just fail to plan ahead.

egg sandwich lunch box

On mornings when I only have a few minutes to spare, Egg Sandwich is a no fuss recipe to prepare and pack.

Egg Sandwich


  • 2 slices bread
  • 3 hard boiled egg, peeled
  • 4 Tbsp mayonnaise
  • Salt & Pepper to taste


  1. Slice hard boiled egg, place in a bowl.
  2. Mash with fork. Add 4 tbsp of mayonnaise and mix. If not moist enough to your liking add about 1/2 tbsp more.
  3. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Spread the egg mixture on bread.

If you are making a sandwich for one person ratio of egg and mayo is 1:1.

Lunch Box Details

  • Box: PlanetBox Rover
  • Hunter Foods Vegetable Chips
  • LunchBox Love notes
  • Fruits: Grapes & Oranges

egg sandwich lunch box


Kids Corner: Unboxing Hatchimals CollEGGtibles

Any toy presented in egg like containers was the one constant toy on every kids (I know) wishlist. MissChloe belong to the bunch of kids who gave us hints that this is the toy that would really make her super happy!


We were boring parents and refused to buy her one. Why? We already have a lot of toys and she already own one Hatchimal.

She did not give up and solved the problem by saving up her weekly allowance and earnings from selling cupcakes. Her savings was more than enough for her to buy half of the toys in her wishlist.

We helped her hatched her first batch and I do admit that it was quite exciting to finally see what was inside.

Hatchimals CollEGGtibles unboxing

Does your kid own one?

One Little Word for 2018

Happy 2018!

I know that I have been sharing few and far between posts in 2017. I plan to do so MUCH more blogging this year. I’ve missed sharing stories with you. So if you’re still here, THANK YOU for sticking around.

The last quarter of 2017 bought so many realization. Friends leaving Dubai for good. Companies downsizing. That we at some stage will move on from working overseas and our expat life.

The only constant in life is change.


“Courage” was a word I have been pondering on since the start of the year. I discovered this when I participated in our oil group’s “what will I manifest in 2018” game, you just need to take a screenshot and whatever word or phrase appears is what you are suppose to manifest this year. I won’t let predictions define me or my day, but the word stayed with me. I prayed about it and the word “courage” just kept coming back to me. I knew it was the right one. If you want to check out what you might need to manifest this year, click here.



1. mental or moral strength to venture, persevere, and withstand danger, fear, or difficulty

2. fearlessness, dauntlessness, intrepidity, pluck, spirit.


I will have the courage to DO things that will make me happy. I will show courage in situations that I have no control. To have the courage to let go of stressful tasks. To have the courage to see the blessing in difficult situations. Courage to create and do more things that will make me a better version of me.

My friend, Neelu inspired me to choose the one word that you would intentionally live with for the year. Read her post here.

Courage. Yep, this just fits right for me this 2018.

What is your one little word?


How to make Christmas Shadow Box

ho! ho! ho!  December is my absolute favorite month


Head over to our photo tutorial on the Pretty Paper Studio Blog to see how we made this beautiful Christmas display. I really hope that the easy crafts we make will inspire you to do crafting with your kids.

Chloe and her friends had fun making this month’s craft. We had glitters everywhere and sang carols up until we were done.

Once you’re done, make sure to tag our social media handles @PPSUAE and @cuddlesandcrumbs with the hashtags #ppsuae #prettypaperstudio #madewithppsuae.

How to make a Butterfly Canvas Wall Art

I have always loved making crafts but was never good at doing and finishing it. My mom and sister however has an eye and hand for creating beautiful things. They take one look at something on display then their imagination start working and recreate it without any instructions. I need clear instructions (that is why I love baking) or someone to show me how they do it before my creative imagination kicks in.

The kids and I used to make a lot of crafts together, Daddy C’s office is adorned with things that we created but we stopped. So when Neelu of Pretty Paper Studio invited me to be part of the PPS Design Team 2017-2018, I was excited and scared. Excited to start crafting with the kids again and scared that the outcome would not be mmm well pretty.

Over the next few months we will create easy Mom & Child projects that we hope you will also enjoy making at home.

For our first project we created a Butterfly Canvas Wall Art, super easy and would only require few materials.  

DIY Butterfly Wall Art


November theme was “Anything Goes” which was actually difficult for me because my mind was busy with all the possible projects we can make. I decided to let Chloe take the lead and she suggested we make something with butterflies because she missed seeing them hop from one flower to another.



We searched for butterfly crafts and she fell in love with a wall art. I insisted on making a purple ombre kind then she argued back with “butterflies have colorful wings, Mama.”


Head over to our photo tutorial on the Pretty Paper Studio Blog to see how we made this beautiful art canvas. I really hope that the easy crafts we make will inspire you to do crafting with your kids.

Once you’re done, make sure to tag our social media handles @PPSUAE and @cuddlesandcrumbs with the hashtags #ppsuae #prettypaperstudio #madewithppsuae.


Happy crafting!



#LetsMakeLunchFun Box with the Colors of the UAE Flag

Our second home, the United Arab Emirates is celebrating it’s National Day on the 2nd of December.

A few weeks back, I pack a #LetsMakeLunchFun box with food representing the colors of the UAE flag.

We are celebrating UAE Flag 🇦🇪 day Kuya V went to school proudly wearing a cap and shirt with the flag colors. #LetsMakeLunchFun box today is packed with food representing the colors of the UAE Flag. • Today, I learned that the flag colors represents the following: RED - symbolize the sacrifice of previous generations who laid the foundations for the Union & sacrifices of the nation’a martyrs to safeguard UAE, its achievements and gains GREEN - symbolizes growth and prosperity WHITE - symbolizes UAE’s charitable contributions and the states approach to supporting the security and peace in the world BLACK - reflect the strength of Emirati citizens. ••• •• • #uaeflagday #uaemombloggers #uaebloggers #bentoideas #lunchboxideas #baon #makemealsfun

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Packed inside our lunch box are apples, edemame, olives, yoghurt chicken & rice, and dates.


The flag colors represents the following:

RED  – symbolize the sacrifice of previous generations who laid the foundations for the Union & sacrifices of the nation’a martyrs to safeguard UAE, its achievements and gains

GREEN – symbolizes growth and prosperity

WHITE – symbolizes UAE’s charitable contributions and the states approach to supporting the security and peace in the world

BLACK – reflect the strength of Emirati citizens.



This post is part of the UAE Mom Bloggers Blog Hop for UAE’s National Day on December 2.

Do check out other posts from our bloggers:

7 things under 20 dirhams that I love in the UAE – Nayel and Mummy

Oatmeal, Carrot and Apple Muffins – Thoughts Over Chai

Popsicle Stick Flag Craft – Stars In The Desert

The Spirit of the Nation – Explored by Mafaza

UAE Flag Paper Pinwheel – Mumzy Notebook

UAE Keepsake Box – Sand In My Toes


Friday Farmers Family Brunch at Bab Al Shams

We have heard great things about Bab Al Shams Desert Resort and Spa from friends who have spent a weekend staycation but we have not been there ourselves. While it may seem like a stressful long drive just to have brunch it became a fun scenic trip once we found ourselves driving in the middle of the desert, we played spot the camel first which made journey pass in no time.

Driving in the resort took our breath away and immediately regretted not visiting the place before this brunch invitation. The resort look similar to the old forts we visited at Fujairah, it was just beautiful.

Bab Al Shams Friday Brunch

Friday Family Brunch is held at the resorts Al Forsan Restaurant which won the Shorlist Award for the Best Family Brunch for 2017. The place had a beautiful outdoor area overlooking the desert, a big area for the kids to run around.

Join us for brunch in the video below.


Al Forsan’s brunch had plenty of yummy dishes to offer from fresh farm produce, in house cheese, sushi, salad, seafood and a lot more. They offered a lot of choices but it did not feel overwhelming for us, maybe because the setup easily flows from one area to another.

Our favorite was definitely the scallops station that they cook as you order and popular with other guests as well. Kuya V kept going back for more Buratta and Wagyu Beef. Chloe on the other hand really enjoyed the barbecue corner and ask for more lamb chops and chicken refills. I had a bit of everything and all was good but I kept coming back for more chaat

They have a dedicated kids food area which had mac and cheese, fries, chicken fingers, smoothies, popcorn, cotton candy and ice cream.

Fun Activities

They have various activities to keep the little guests busy and have a big outdoor area to run around.

Al Forsan Brunch Outdoor Area

Bab Al Shams Guess the Weight Game


Every week they have a “Guess the Weight” competition, guests need to give an estimate on how an item weighs. The week we visited was the corn on the baskets. If you guessed it right, prizes included a brunch voucher, pool access and a lot more.

As soon as the kids were done eating, they headed out to have fun. A dedicated shaded corner to pet farm animals, face painting, got their hands busy with some arts and crafts, ride a camel and pony.


If you’re looking for a place away from the city with a beautiful view of the desert and spend some quality time with the whole family, we definitely recommend the Family Friday Brunch at Al Forsan. The Entertainer has a buffet voucher for Al Forsan for some savings.


Friday Farmers Brunch’ is available  from 12:30pm to 4:00pm and is priced at AED 345 per person (including food, still water, soft beverages and 4 types of fresh juices); at AED 515 per person (including food and selected house beverage). Children until 4 years enjoy complimentary brunch, 50% discount for children from 5 until 12 years old (AED 175 per child). Telephone: +971 4 809 6498 or email


Disclosure: We were invited for the Friday Family Brunch at Al Forsan, Bab Al Shams. All views and opinions are my own. 

We ate Uok at Angono, Rizal!

One of the things we made sure to accomplish during our vacation back home in the Philippines this year was to explore the province of Rizal. I have lived in Rizal for 10 years and it has been our home base whenever we are back home.

The province of Rizal has a lot to offer, it is after all the Art Capital of the Philippines. Some of the top things to do in the province is to visit art museum, old churches, spend a day at nature parks and explore food scene.

We accomplished two of the suggested things to do – eat and relax.

First on the list is FOOD.

Balaw-Balaw Restaurant located at Angono, Rizal is well known for serving local delicacies and exotic dishes. I have been to this restaurant twice however a first time for my Daddy C, kids, my Mom and siblings. This restaurant was also featured at Andrew Zimmerman’s show Bizarre Foods.

We chose to have lunch at this restaurant for us to try out some exotic food. Here are some of the unusual food Balaw-Balaw has to offer.

Listed are crocodile, kabayo (horse), kalabaw (water buffalo), kuhol (escargot), palaka (rice frog) and Uok (coconut beetle larvae).

Growing up in Davao and with an adventurous Ilocano family I pretty much tried a lot of dishes which some might consider exotic – tokak (frog), balut (duck embryo), rabbit, sawa (snake) and baywak (monitor lizard). I was quite an adventurous kid, if you tell me it’s good food I would probably eat it! However, I draw the line on animals that I consider family.


Uok Tempura

Uok Tempura (PHP 300 / AED 22) had a crunchy exterior, the larvae skin was so tough it was a struggle to bite but when you manage to cut through the skin it had a gelatinous gooey insides! We ended not being able to chew the skin and had a spoonful of vinegar dipping to get through the “fat” inside.


Uok Adobo

Uok Adobo (PHP 300 / AED 22) was more pleasurable to eat because of its rich adobo sauce. We managed to chew some skin but it was still tough.

After sharing photos to family members I learned that my Great Grandma used to eat Uok and Abal-Abal so did my Aunts/Uncles growing up. Apparently it is a good source of vitamins that is according to my Lola.

What is Uok? Uok is a coconut beetle larvae which can be found in coconut logs. According to our server this one is best eaten RAW! this creepy creature is apparently a good source of protein.

Andrew Zimmerman ate Adobong Uok at his show, Bizarre Foods.

Crocodile Sisig (PHP 480) tasted like chicken. This one we really enjoyed and sadly I can’t find the photo.

Ginataang Kuhol (PHP 170) is Stewed Escargot in Coconut Sauce. This is a familiar dish since we always have it every Sunday when in season. Kids are also used to eating this, please don’t tell Chloe she ate this.

Ginataang Kuhol

Sinagang na Kanduli sa Miso (PHP 200 / AED 20)  I have no idea the English name of the fish, mom said it is a cousin to the cat fish. A fat fish that complemented well with the rich sour sinigang soup.

Sinigang na Kanduli


Balaw-Balaw is not just a restaurant it also features some art pieces.


We did not have any room for desserts but they have some delicious choices of Filipino snacks like turon and ginataang bilo-bilo.

Balaw-Balaw Restaurant


Food may take time to be served but you can use that to explore the place and admire the art pieces. Servers was very pleasant and patiently answered all our questions about the food. I will update this post soon with a video blog of our dining experience.

Balaw-Balaw Restaurant and Art Gallery is one stop you should not miss when you travel to Angono, Rizal.

Balaw-Balaw Restaurant

16 Doña Justa Subd. Ph. I Angono, Rizal
Contact Nos.: +63 2 651 0110; +63 2 295 2698; +63 923 714 4209