Beef Caldereta Recipe, Made Easy by Mama Sita’s Caldereta Mix

I used to be intimidated by Caldereta. It seemed so complicated. I’ll tell you why.

In the olden days…

Growing up, we would always have these family parties and gatherings at home. Aunts and Uncles would come over early to help with the preparations. Food were always made from scratch. And I mean no short cuts!

You need chicken? Pork? Beef? Goat? They buy them alive and slaughter them at home. Morbid, I know. But that was tradition … something that was not passed on to the next generation. I don’t know, we just can’t do it. We also did not use gas stoves when cooking. Not that we don’t have stoves, the older generation just prefer cooking with firewood. They say it adds flavor. Complicated, right?

Anyway … back to Caldereta. 

Beef Caldereta using Mama Sita's Mix

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Lost passport in the UAE: Here’s what you have to do

As an expat, lost passport is one of the worst things that can happen to us. It may seem that all is lost in the beginning but with this guide on what to do if you lost your passport in UAE, there is actually hope.

lost passport

Tip: Having copies of your documents speed up the process of applying for a new passport. Make sure you have copies of all your important documents.

Steps to follow in case of lost passport in the UAE:

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Blake’s 5th Birthday

Ohaii beautiful people who still reads our blog! We’ve been really busy lately which explains the lack of updates. A very lame excuse for a blogger, yes – I know. 

I’ve missed this space so hopefully we can get ourselves a little more organized so we can post more on this blog. (We are active on social media though, so follow us on Twitter and Instagram!)

I can’t believe we are at the last few days of October!! It’s been more than a month since Blake’s birthday and I haven’t shared anything on here. 

Jollibee Party

Blake had 4 celebrations this year. Since A’s side of the family is having a reunion and a family dinner/birthday party for September celebrants, I decided to have a kiddie party in the Philippines with my side of the family. I wanted Blake to experience a Jollibee birthday celebration! [Jollibee is big back home so it’s something not to be missed!] 


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Kimchikin : Good Food That Won’t Leave You Broke

Kimchikin Al Ghurair

A few days after our quick vacation in the Philippines, we were invited to try Kimchikin in their newest branch in Al Ghurair Centre. The place is cozy with contemporary, minimalistic design. A big TV plays Kpop music videos on the background. Being a Kpop fan, my niece would have loved it here but alas! she isn’t here and I was at a loss. I had no idea what I was watching. LOL.

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How to Pay for Philippine Travel Tax Online

Many Filipinos are unaware that they can now pay travel tax online . For Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) this do not apply. OFW’s are exempted from paying travel tax provided we have a valid Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC). However, we do get visitors from time to time and any amount of time saved by eliminating unnecessary trips to the Department of Tourism or waiting in line at the airport is time that we can spend better on other things.


Online Travel Tax


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Blogger in Focus: Working Mother of 2

Blogger in Focus: Working Mother of 2

I’m Haneen, 27 years old, mommy behind Working Mother of 2. I’m Lebanese moved to UAE 5.5 years ago and now living and working in Sharjah. I have a 2.5 years old daughter and a 10 months old son.

Working Mother of 2

How did you start blogging?

I started in November 2015 when I found myself advising expecting and new moms & answering too many questions on motherhood, experience with my kids, deliveries, balancing life between family and work so thought why not giving it a try. Plus, writing is something I love since ever. And thus Working Mother of 2 was born.

What do you write about?

Working Mother of 2 is mainly about my personal experience with motherhood journey. I only write about things I’ve been through, things I tried before & things I’ve learned since 2013 when I had my 1st baby. My primary goal is to help mommies out there in a way or another as I’ve been through it all and maybe what worked to me, will work for other moms and the things I’ve learned might be of benefit for others. So why not have each others’ backs, support and share our experiences and get to learn from each other. Read more

The scariest drive I did – Manila North to South

I recently experienced the scariest drive of my life when we went to the Philippines to celebrate my Mother’s 60th birthday.


From North to South

My family is from Las Piñas which is in Southern Manila, “S” family is from Meycauayan which is outside of Manila but on the Northern side. We arrived NAIA terminal 3 on 9th of September and headed straight to Meycauayan to spend a day relaxing before the festivities. Our plan was to spend 2 nights in Club Balai Isabel in Talisay, Batangas which is again in the South. Read more