Sunday, November 15, 2020

Meet My Pet Cats' Favorite Food - Whiskas, Sheba, and Temptations from Shopee!

Who among you are pet lover? Well, count me in! Yeah, yours truly Runner Rocky is a certified pet lover! Since childhood, I used to took care of different pets from kittens, puppies, chicks or chickens, fishes, and even a piglet! Until today when I grew up, I'm still taking care of pets which are our cute cats and kittens!

Yes, I am a cat person! We started to adopt cats in 2013. He was Mac-mac, our very first cat who live with us in 2013. Next to Mac-Mac is Choleng or Baleleng or Leleng, our mother cat who are still living with us since 2013. She already gave birth to different kittens - some her first batch of babies were still living with us while the others were given to my friends. Today including Leleng, we have 5 cats living together with us.

Selfie with Two of my Favorite Cats - Nini, the daughter of Macmac and Leleng and her mother cat Leleng!
 

Great that our cats and kittens even though no foreign breeds grow up cute and healthy aside from being sweet and lovely! We feed them with cat foods, their favorite which is the Whiskas!    

They love Whiskas very much! In fact, they already tasted its different flavors. They even tasted all its variants both those in cans and those the chip types.  

Nini is Even Cuter When Sleeping

Our Mother Cat Leleng Who is Living with Us Since 2013

Great that the leading online shopping store Shopee is offering the cat foods particularly Whiskas and its sister brands like Temptations and Sheba. And yes, they are also giving great discounts and promos! 

Alright, allow me to discuss the different cat foods offered by Shopee and their promos. These are also the favorite foods of my cute pet cats! 


The Whiskas Junior Tuna Pouch Wet Cat Food (85g)


The Whiskas Junior Tuna Pouch Wet Cat Food (85g) has the following product descriptions:
 
1. Specially formulated for kittens 2-12 months old. Also suitable for pregnant and lactating cats.
2. Enriched with calcium and phosphorus for healthy bones and overall growth.
3. Contains natural antioxidants for healthy immune system.
4. Soft texture for easy consumption.
 
We are dedicated to helping the world become a greener place. In this product, we have lessened our plastic packaging effectively from 10 rolls to just three outer rolls. We have invested on research to make our carton packaging thicker and stronger so our products will still reach you in good shape. Please do reach out to us in case of any concern. Keep safe, always.

The Whiskas Junior Ocean Fish Flavor w/Milk Dry Cat Food (450g)


This Whiskas Junior Ocean Fish Flavor w/Milk Dry Cat Food (450g) has the following product specifications:

Crunchy, munchy and delicious chunks packed with real fish flavour and milk pockets
Made with high-quality ingredients that provide your pet Kitten with the nutrition it needs. The special blend of nutrients help support the cat's vital system. 

Provides Kittens with shiny coat, healthy eyesight, and energy to stay active. 

Backed by research done by the Waltham Centre for Pet Nutrition and Mars Petcare (the makers of Pedigree).

The Whiskas Adult Tuna Flavor Dry Cat Food 1.2kg

The Whiskas Adult Tuna Flavor Dry Cat Food 1.2kg has the following product specs:

Crunchy, munchy and delicious chunks packed with real fish flavour. It is made with high-quality ingredients that provide your pet cat with the nutrition it needs. 

The special blend of nutrients help support the cat's vital system. 

Provides adult cats with shiny coat, healthy eyesight, and energy to stay active. 

A balanced cat food that helps prevent obesity when fed right. 

Backed by research done by the Waltham Centre for Pet Nutrition and Mars Petcare (the makers of Pedigree). It is also available in other 1.2kg and 7kg packs.

The SHEBA Succulent Chicken Breast Wet Cat Food Pack of 6 85g

This SHEBA Succulent Chicken Breast Wet Cat Food Pack of 6 85g has the following product descriptions:

Sheba® varieties are designed by cat lovers to be the world’s finest cat foods. This passion is reflected in everything from the careful selection of ingredients to the gentle cooking process.

From the first purr of anticipation, it’s easy to see the difference this makes. Sheba® meals have pieces of real meat and fish, delicate sauces and unique combinations of flavours.

The SHEBA Tuna and Salmon in Gravy Wet Cat Food Pack of 6 85g

This SHEBA Tuna and Salmon in Gravy Wet Cat Food Pack of 6 at 85g each has the following product description:

Sheba® varieties are designed by cat lovers to be the world’s finest cat foods. 

This passion is reflected in everything from the careful selection of ingredients to the gentle cooking process.

From the first purr of anticipation, it’s easy to see the difference this makes. Sheba® meals have pieces of real meat and fish, delicate sauces and unique combinations of flavours. 1 can is 85 grams.

The Temptations Tempting Tuna 12g


 And lastly, this Temptations Tempting Tuna 12g has the following product descriptions:

It has the following INGREDIENTS:
Chicken by Product Meal, Corn, Beef Tallow, Beef Blood Plasma, Rice, Wheat Flour, Flavours, Grain Distillers Dried Yeast, Minerals, Vitamins, Taurine, Salt, Antioxidants.
NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION:
Crude Protein Min. 30%
Crude Fat Min. 17%
Crude Fiber Max. 4.5%
Moisture Max. 12%
Ash Max. 12%
Calcium  Min. 0.6%
Phosphorus Min. 0.5%

 

These different varieties of cat foods from the makers of Pedigree PH truly make my cute pet cats grow healthy and lovely! You may also try those! Just feel free to download the Shopee app in App Store or Google Play to order and enjoy the promos!   

 How about you? Can you also share with us your lovely pets! 11/15/2020 (Bits of Rocks)

 

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Thursday, November 12, 2020

6 Helpful Tips for Home-Based Food Business Start-Ups

One of the silver linings of the COVID-19 pandemic and community quarantine is that they gave way to many delicious food home business start-ups. However, while majority of the start-ups continue to thrive today, home-based food businesses take a lot of work and require thorough research and planning to survive the ever-changing market.

If you’ve also been thinking of starting your own food business, let Solane, the country’s leading LPG solutions provider, guide you and help you. The trusted LPG gas of many business owners, Solane helps guarantee safety and weighs your LPG with its “Timbang Challenge service” which is essential for food business owners who want to get the best value for their money. Additionally, Solane also offers these practical tips to succeed: 


Know your target market. Identify which group your business will target: Is it the health buff or dessert lover? Millennials or moms? By knowing your target market, you will be able to narrow down your food offerings, as well as package them according to the buying behaviors of your target customers.

Conduct market research. Since the food industry is very competitive, it’s important to do your research before opening your own food business. Join online seminars, safe business networking events, and interview people who run small business to know what works and what doesn’t. You can also test your food recipes on your family and friends and ask for their feedback so you can make any necessary changes for the best product possible.

Prepare licenses and permits. Check with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), and your local government unit to familiarize yourself with the necessary licenses and permits when opening a business. These documents are required to protect public health and safety, keep track of your finances for tax purposes, and help keep you accountable for your company’s actions, while simultaneously gaining the trust of new customers.
 
Use quality equipment. Aside from the ingredients, the kitchen equipment that you use are just as essential in running a food business. Make sure to invest in durable kitchen equipment, such as an oven if your business is baked goods, or a quality stove range to keep up with the demands of your food business.

Prioritize safety. In any food business, it’s important to follow proper hygiene and sanitation to ensure food safety. Restaurant owners should provide adequate hand sanitizing solutions, require employees to regularly wash their hands, and clean all kitchen tools and surfaces. Food business owners should also use high quality and safe LPG tanks, such as Solane, which conducts a free 7-Point Safety Check upon delivery to your home to help ensure that the LPG tanks are safely installed.

Promote your business. Get your family and friends involved in helping you spread the word. Consider spending a little money to advertise your business in your online community groups, and social media. Maximize the social media platforms and e-commerce business sites by creating your own business page to help your start-up reach a bigger market.

Starting your own home-based food business may be a risk and an uphill battle, but with hard work, ample preparation, the right equipment, and these tips from Solane, you can begin this new venture with more confidence. To know more about Solane, visit www.solane.com.ph. 11/12/2020 (Bits of Rocks)


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Wednesday, October 28, 2020

What are These White Pouches Used as Alternative to Cigarettes?

Smoking kills.

In a study of more than 200, 000 people, about 67 percent of smokers perished from smoking-related illnesses.

From all over the globe, around 570 people die every hour due to smoking or almost 10 people per minute.

The smoke coming from a cigarette is more harmful to the people around who inhale the secondhand smoke.

Yearly in the United States, about 34,000 premature deaths from heart disease among nonsmoker is caused mainly by secondhand smoke.

Annually, it is also the cause of around 33,950 deaths from heart disease and 7,330 deaths from lung cancer.


According to U.S. Surgeon General’s report; between 1964 and 2014, 2.5 million people died from exposure to secondhand smoke.

With all these harmful effects, it is just right to ban cigarettes in most places if not possible in all places. But banning the tobacco industry is not easy for the revenue it creates for a certain country, therefore smokers are encouraged to lessen the consumption or totally quit. But then, quitting is also not that easy, so what can smokers do?

Nowadays, there is this so-called nicotine pouches used as alternative to smoking.

These are white pre-portioned pouches that have been in the market for centuries. They are smokeless products that don’t stain the teeth.

The century-old Swedish Match first introduced the concept of these pouches. This Swedish company based in Stockholm started manufacturing a product that did not taste or smell like tobacco. ZYN was the first pouch and it included food-grade ingredients such as pH adjusters, flavorings and sweeteners.

These pouches provide a unique blend of fresh flavors, nicotine, and natural fibers, with a chewing gum base to provide the bags with an optimal softness to fit perfectly under the lips. To maintain the consistency of the pouches,  stabilizers which are plant-based food additive are used. The pH balance of the product is maintained with the use of adjusters and the nicotine salt derived from tobacco leaves delivers the desired nicotine level. Fillers and sweeteners are also added to enhance the flavor of the product.

These pouches are also used in Nicotine Replacement Therapy. NRT, according to many studies have shown that it can nearly double the chances of quitting smoking.

So if you are concerned with your health and the health of the people that matters to you, you should at least try these pouches as an alternative to the harmful cigarette. 10/28/2020 (Bits of Rocks)


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Saturday, September 26, 2020

5 Kitchen Tips for Homeschooling Moms

 “Going back to school” is different this year as many schools shift to distance learning due to the pandemic. In addition to other responsibilities, most parents now need to take on their kids’ schooling and ensure that they really understand their online lessons.

If you’re already working from home, you may be thinking that you just don’t have enough time for your job, household chores, and helping your kids with school. Before you get overwhelmed, Solane, the leading supplier of LPG in the country, is here to offer some kitchen tips to make your new arrangement at home easier.


Set a schedule. Preparing a meal, on top of everything else that needs to get done, can be time consuming. Make sure you have a daily schedule that includes the time you will allot for cooking, uninterrupted work, your kids' school hours, as well as your break time and meal times. Once you have your schedule, do your best to stick to it so you can manage your time better.

Plan meals in advance. Save yourself from unnecessary stress by planning the meals you will cook for the family ahead of time. By doing this, you get to save some time by getting all the ingredients you need at the grocery in one trip during quarantine. Just make sure to plan a variety of dishes that are easy to prepare, flavorful, and nutritious.

Get the kids involved. If your kids aren’t too busy, you can ask them to help with some simple tasks in the kitchen like rinsing the vegetables or mixing ingredients. This can also be an opportunity to teach them about kitchen safety when it comes to things like peeling and chopping vegetables to avoid accidents. A few minutes before your meal, ask your kids to help by setting up the table. After eating, they can also help clear the table and put the dirty dishes in the sink. Not only will this help you, but this will also teach your kids responsibility and discipline.

Do the chores immediately. Try to get the chores done right away. Small stressors, like unfinished kitchen chores, only add up and affect your overall well-being. If tasks are left undone, you may feel more stressed, especially while working or tutoring your kids.  Start small. After eating, you can wash your kitchen tools and tableware, wipe the counters, and throw out the trash immediately. If you don’t feel up to it, don’t think of it as, “I need to clean the kitchen.” Instead, look at it this way: Do you want a clean kitchen? Then, get cleaning.

Invest in the right kitchen equipment. Invest in kitchen tools that can help you save time and cook faster, such as convection ovens, food processors, and instant pots. Also consider kitchen appliances that don’t need too much attention while cooking, like slow cookers. Just put your ingredients in them and they will take care of the cooking process. This will give you more time to focus on your work and kids’ lessons. In addition, opt for an LPG brand that is made for fast and safe cooking, like Solane. With the help of Solane, you can easily prepare your meals without the hassle or any worries.

For more information, visit www.solane.com.ph or follow @solane.ph on Facebook. 09/26/2020 (Bits of Rocks)

 

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Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Creative Snacks for Homeschool Recess

As students prepare to take their classes online for their safety amid the pandemic, it is important to keep them fueled and motivated for school. To help boost their creativity and learning, Solane, the country’s leading LPG solutions provider, suggests smart tips for creative snacks that are perfect for study breaks:  

Turn Recess into a Fun Learning Session

Create fun snacks during craft-making day. Parents can bake butter cookies, cupcakes or cakes while kids decorate them with designs like the planets of the solar system or their favorite literary characters. The key is to think out of the box and prep ahead of time or during the weekend so everything is ready for a quick snack break. Doing this can help make their homeschooling experience more fun and give them something enjoyable to look forward to every week.

Have a weekly themed recess. Turn recess into an opportunity to learn something new. It can be a fun science experiment like turning milk into ice cream or it can be a short “tour around the world,” discovering different cultures through food. Serve them various cuisines as their snacks with a new country as the theme every day or every week.

Make bento boxes. Some parents struggle to make their kids eat nutritious foods. To encourage and excite the kids to eat well-balanced meals, why not make bento boxes? Utilize colorful ingredients or shape them into cute animals to make the bento box visually appetizing. Other great ideas for bento lunch sets are sushi sandwiches with sliced fruits or nori-wrapped rice sandwiches that can be made from leftovers.

Incorporate food that boost memory and concentration. Help kids get through their homeschool hours by preparing “brain food” to boost memory and concentration. Try fruit bowls or smoothies with blueberries, strawberries, kiwis and oranges. Studies show that these fruits contain vitamin C and antioxidants, which help prevent mental decline and improve communication in the brain cells, respectively. Be sure to include fatty fish like salmon, sardines, tuna, mackerel, which are rich in omega-3s for better cognition and thinking abilities.

Prepare these fun and healthy snack options suggested by Solane to help students be well and learn better. To know more, visit www.solane.com.ph. 08/12/2020 9Bits of Rocks)


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Wednesday, July 1, 2020

5 Must-Know Tips on Preparing a Safer and Healthier Baon


With the easing of quarantine protocols in many parts of the country, employees are starting to adapt to the new normal and return to work. However, things aren't quite back to how they used to be. For instance, many restaurants are still closed, or are open but with limited capacity which, among other important issues, limits the food choices for Filipino workers during break time.

To help with this, Solane, the country's leading LPG brand, offers some tips on safely preparing healthy baon that you can bring to work.


Clean your cooking space. Prior to cooking, make sure to clean every kitchen surface and equipment that your food will come into contact with to stop bacteria from spreading. This includes the countertops, cutting boards, pans, dishes, and even utensils. Wash or wipe them down with warm, soapy water and dry them with a clean cloth or paper towel. Also, do not forget to wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

Cook with fresh ingredients. Now more than ever, preparing a healthy meal is essential, and cooking at home enables you to do so. Avoid canned or processed food. Instead, buy fresh and high-quality ingredients. Fresh food can really improve your health since it retains more nutrients. Also, you can enjoy a tastier meal because you get the most flavor possible from fresh ingredients. Try supporting local businesses and buy your groceries from them. Many reputable sellers are on social media and offer delivery.

Use insulated containers. Using an insulated lunch box and containers is the best option for packing your meals. Consider investing in them if you haven’t yet. They can keep your food warm and help minimize bacterial contamination and growth. Another advantage of having insulated containers is that they are reusable, eco-friendly, and may be safer. Single-use plastic containers and food wraps may carry a higher risk of cross-contamination.

Store food properly. To avoid rushing to cook your lunch in the morning, it's a good idea to prepare your meal the night before, or even days ahead. When prepping ahead of time, it’s also advisable to know how to store your food properly to maintain its quality. If you’re storing freshly cooked food, let your food cool first for a few minutes before putting it in your fridge to avoid spoilage. Cook a big batch, then divide it into small portions and put in separate containers for each day of the workweek. Also, always check the shelf life of the meals you make.

Turn off all heat sources. After you are done preparing your meals, make sure to turn off all the cooking equipment that you used, especially the gas stove and the LPG cylinder. Moreover, it is best to cook with a trusted liquefied petroleum gas brand like Solane to help ensure safety in the kitchen.
 


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Casa de Memoria Launches New Online Auction Platform for Budding Collectors

Following the success of its Primero and Segundo anniversary and inaugural online auctions, Casa de Memoria, the Lhuillier-managed auction house now introduces The Casa Online.

Powered by Invaluable, The Casa Online is a series of auction events that aim to provide  budding art enthusiasts and younger collectors with an accessible platform featuring smaller art pieces and interesting bric-a-brac that are within the reach of this growing audience.  





With this, The Casa Online will be featuring a series of at least four online auctions, starting with “The Casa Online 01” on July 11, 2020, Saturday.

The first auction is primarily aimed at young, affluent art collectors who are starting to delve into the world of auctions. It will feature European-Filipino art pieces but highlighting must-have paintings and small vintage items that are affordable with a ceiling price of Php 45,000 only.

Proceeds from The Casa Online 01 will be donated to Sagip Kapamilya, the emergency humanitarian assistance program, of the ABS-CBN Foundation. 07/01/2020 (Bits of Rocks)


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Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Landers Central Brings a Taste of New York to your Home

If you want to have an authentic New York-style dining experience, you are in luck! Flavors from the Big Apple are now within reach with Landers Central which brings some of New York's all-time favorites right at your doorsteps.  Located within Landers Superstore, the fastest growing membeship shopping in the country,  Landers Central's must-try items are truly worth checking out:

Pizza. New York is known for its own style of pizza. With Landers Central's N.Y. Cheese Deluxe, you get the same soft dough, tasty tomato sauce, and gooey cheese that will leave you wanting for more. They’ve also got other flavors like Manhattan Supreme, Bronx Pepperoni, and Brooklyn Bomber to satisfy whatever you are craving for.

Hotdogs. The streets of New York will not be the same without its iconic hotdogs. Landers Central's U.S. Famous Beef Hotdog will make you feel like you are walking along Central Park with its flavor-packed sausage and complimentary toppings. They also have the U.S. Beef Jalapeno Cheese Hotdog for those who want to spice things up.




Chicken. You can never go wrong with fried chicken. Another street food staple in the Big Apple, Landers Central's fried chicken is a sure treat made for sharing or for indulging by yourself. You can get it in solo meals or in an 8-piece bucket.
Burgers. Landers Central is all about lip-smacking all-American flavors and its U.S. Angus Beef Burger is one of their must-try items. With its perfect combination of fresh buns, tasty sauces and veggies, and a juicy patty, the U.S. Angus Beef Burger is a comforting meal that you can also pair with some fries and soda.

Now available for delivery via Central Delivery, you can get a taste of all these New York favorites and more from Landers Central at home. Just visit  www.centraldelivery.com to place your order. You may also follow @LandersPH on Facebook and Instagram to get the latest updates. 06/23/2020 (Bits of Rocks)


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Wednesday, June 17, 2020

A Heartwarming Celebration for Dad this Father’s Day

This year’s Father’s Day may not be quite normal for all of us, especially with the ongoing pandemic. While we can’t celebrate this special occasion with a big gathering to honor and express our love for Dad, we can still make him feel loved on Father’s Day with these heartwarming ways suggested by Solane, the country’s leading LPG solutions provider:

Prepare his favorite dishes. This special day for dads is the perfect opportunity to cook his favorite dishes. If he’s a meat lover, then you can prepare a spread of burgers, steaks and barbecue. If he is trying to be more healthy, try out some new vegan recipes. Don’t forget to complement his favorite dishes with his favorite drink!


Host a surprise virtual party with his buddies. Because of social distancing rules, you can’t invite dad’s friends over, but you can still make it a memorable occasion by throwing him a virtual surprise party with his friends. Arrange for packs of drinks and pica-pica to be delivered to his friends’ houses and along with an invite indicating the time and log-in details for the online surprise party. Tell guests to sign in a little later than your dad for the added surprise effect. For sure, Dad will enjoy having drinks with his buddies who hasn’t seen in a while.

Grow a garden. If you’re thinking of a refreshing bonding activity with your dad, consider working on a gardening project together. The plants can add a breath of fresh air to your home during community quarantine. If you grow vegetables and fruits, you can also use them next time you cook in the kitchen together. Moreover, growing a family garden presents a great opportunity to putdown your phones and interact with each other face-to-face. That would be a very meaningful gift to give our dads this Father’s Day.

Build something together. Does your dad enjoy building things? This Father’s Day, why not join him and suggest to make something together like a birdhouse or plant box. If the kids are too young to use the tools, bring out the paintbrushes and let them decorate the DIY projects.

Go glamping indoors. In the house’s living room, set up a big mat with pillows, blankets, or beanie bags, where the entire family can comfortably huddle together for a night of bonding. Prepare smores, hotdogs on sticks, and other yummy snacks to lend to the camping feel, but a glamorous one, of course!

Even with everything that’s going on in the world, our dads deserve to have a fun and memorable Father’s Day celebration. For more tips and recipe ideas or to order your Solane LPG to cook for dad, visit www.solane.com.ph. 06/17/2020 9Bits of Rocks)


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