The Filipino cuisine is so diverse. We are proud of our classics and street foods. However, we also have an exhaustive list of exotic Filipino foods.

There are certain exotic foods that I don’t eat but would offer my kids to sample their taste. I don’t expect my daughters to like them. I just want them to appreciate all things Filipino. After all, these food items are a part of our being Filipino.

I don’t want them to grow up afraid to try new things as well. I hope that I’m nurturing the adventurous spirit just right.

Exotic Filipino foods my husband and I let our children eat

Balut (Boiled duck embryo)

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Balut is a protein-rich delicacy sold in the neighborhoods at night, shouting ‘Balut! Balut!’ Some people would buy them as midnight snacks or pulutan. I think balut is the OG Pinoy pulutan, or food that is typically served with an ice-cold beer or other alcoholic drinks.

Balut is by far the most exotic food Filipinos eat. Well, at least for me. I would not say no to eating balut anytime. Papa Jun and I enjoyed eating it together, especially with salt and spicy vinegar. It was also his idea to let Sasha and Adele eat balut. He bought, prepared everything, and provided an impromptu discussion of what balut is. 🤣

To my surprise, Sasha loved the duckling. I don’t—I only eat the yolk part of balut. Adele is so-so; she’s okay with everything. Or must I be shocked—they are both adventurous eaters. That, or we’re raising monsters. 🤣🤣

Helmet (chicken head)

We Filipinos eat pretty every consumable part of the chicken. I believe that helmet or the chicken head is a testament to our ingenuity.

Not to mention how we hate wasting food. So instead of throwing this part away, we skewer, grill, and eat them despite not having much to eat from them.

Adidas (chicken feet)

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I have no idea who first called chicken feet adidas. Yup, after the well-known shoe brand. Clever huh?

I know some people who don’t like the texture of chicken feet—kind of gelatinous. But I love how this lends uniqueness to adidas. Others don’t like how it is a ‘struggle’ to eat them, with all the small bones to get rid of while eating.

Regardless of how it is cooked, chicken feet can be very tasty. Adele loves chicken feet. Two days ago, she requested her lolo to buy chicken feet.

lolo /n/
Grandfater; a polite title or form of address for an elderly man

Adidas is also a popular dish in China and other Asian countries.

Isaw (chicken intestine)

Isaw is a classic. And I think isaw is every Filipino child’s first foray into exotic food because it has a subtle taste, especially when dipped in thick sweet sauce.

Barbecue stands in the Philippines usually have two dips: spiced vinegar and sweet sauce. The latter is for kids and adults who don’t like spicy dips.

Betamax (blood cubes)

I have no idea why this is called betamax. Perhaps because of how it looks. It’s solidified chicken blood, resembling the look of the videotape.

Betamax is so tasty regardless of your preferred sauce. I like vinegar for my betamax. 🤘🤘🤘

Dinuguan (blood stew)

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I’m not aware that dinuguan is actually an exotic food. Our family eats them on a regular, though we rarely cook them. How? When the day gets too busy to cook anything for lunch or dinner or when we don’t have anything to cook, we would just buy our ulam (viand) from the nearby carinderia.

And dinuguan is a carinderia staple.

Other exotic Filipino dishes that I want them to try

Chicharon bulaklak (Deep-fried pig intestine chitterling)

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I love chicharon (pork crackling)! I rarely eat chicharon bulaklak, and I don’t crave it as well. But if served, I will definitely have it.

Chicharon bulaklak is best eaten with spicy vinegar.

It is served as an appetizer in some areas. However, it is more known as pulutan.

Camaro (Field or mole cricket)

Camaro or kamaru is popular in Pampanga. Common recipes are adobong camaro, which is cooked in salt, soy sauce, and vinegar, and fried camaro. I’ve tasted it at Everybody’s Café during one of our brand exposures. It has a unique meat-like taste with hints of herb-y and nutty flavors.

Betute tugak (Deep-fried stuffed frog)

Also from Pampanga, betute tugak is a crowd favorite. Indeed, frog tastes like chicken. You can’t tell the difference between the two. However, this one has sauteed ground pork stuffing.

My tatang would take home palakang bukid (rice field frogs) from Obando, Bulacan when I was so young. We would often cook it as tinolang palaka, a Filipino stew with green papaya, dahon ng sili (chili leaves), and fish sauce.

tatang /n/
Father or a father figure

In case you’re wondering, it’s the less popular variation of chicken tinola.

Papaitan (Bitter stew)

Papaitan is made from beef or goat innards. Its bitter taste comes from bile that is carefully extracted from its sac. Papaitan is our Papa Jun’s favorite. I wonder how Sasha and Adele would react once they tasted papaitan.

I guess this shows our family’s adventurous side. It’s not for a culinary thrill, though, but loving your own.

Disclaimer: This blog post contains affiliate links, which means I’ll earn a small amount for conversions made through such links.

When I started this blog, I intended to make it a money-making machine. 😁 That’s an exaggeration, of course! But I would not say no to a paid blogging opportunity, especially if it aligns with what I want to write as a mummy blogger.

And speaking of an opportunity, I discovered Intellifluence through a Facebook page. Another Filipina mummy blogger shared it. I tried it out. In the three months of working on the platform, I already earned $285! For a struggling blogger like me, that’s a lot!

When there’s an opportunity that you know would benefit other bloggers, you share it with them. So, that’s what I’m doing now. This paid blogging opportunity is worth sharing. So please read on.

How to join Intellifluence

Here’s a brief rundown of what you need to do.

1) Create an account using my Intellifluence affiliate link ➤➤➤ https://bit.ly/3BZlFOM. Here’s how the registration page looks.

2) Click the Register As An Influencer button.

3) Fill in your first name, last name, email, password, and confirm the password. Then, tick the box to accept the terms of service and privacy policy. Click Next.

4) Add a profile picture. Upload, adjust, crop, and click Save Crop. Click Next.

5) Answer the question What are you interested in? Place the cursor on the field to trigger the drop-down menu. You can select up to 10 categories. Click Next.

6) Add a public bio. Click Next.

7) Upload up to five additional photos. This is an optional step, and you may go back to this step through the dashboard.

8) Fill in your address and other contact details. Click Next.

9) Connect your social media accounts and blogs. You may connect your Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, and even Reddit. Basically, everything where your ‘influence’ can be measured and monitored.

Social media influencer marketing is alive and well. So requiring to connect social profiles is not surprising at all.

You will be asked to log in to your account when connecting it with your Intellifluence profile.

For the blog part, you need to put the self-hosted blog URL on the +Blog, while the free hosted blogs must be placed on +Other.

You may complete the social profiles at this step or do it later through your dashboard. However, you need to add at least one account to proceed.

Next, you will be directed to your dashboard, though I’m not really sure. Hehe. Apologies. I was using a dummy account that had no social profile whatsoever. So I had to stop there, in Step 7.

Nonetheless, I suggest you complete your profile first. A profile strength indicator outlines a checklist of what you need to do to achieve a 100% profile strength. Just follow it, and you are good to go.

My Intellifluence profile

Here’s a glimpse of my profile. As you can see, I am currently a High Closer influencer with a Medium Audience. (I don’t call myself an influencer—I cringe at the thought. I am more comfortable with blogger).

Of course, the profile page basically contains your personal and payment info.

There’s the Badges section where the badges you’ve earned are displayed. You’ll get each badge as you interact with the platform and complete transactions, for instance.

I already earned seven badges. 👏👏👏

My earnings summary

Now, let’s proceed to my earnings. Below is the screenshot of the Earnings Summary.

I’ve already completed five transactions, the payment of four of which are already processed, and one is upcoming. It will be processed on December 1, if I’m not mistaken.

Once you complete a transaction, it will appear on your Upcoming payment after 15 days. I already mentioned above that I already earned $285 from August 6 to this writing. Come December 1, and my total earning would be $485.

Also, you have to be eligible for payout, which means you should have $25 on your Payout Balance. Payouts are sent to your PayPal account every Friday, again, provided that you met the threshold.

Expect to earn more if you have a broader reach, especially on Instagram and YouTube, since you will have more opportunities to work with brands.


FAQs about Intellifluence

I know you want to know more about Intellifluence. So here goes.

What is Intellifluence for influencers?

Co-founded by Joe Sinkwitz and Terry Godier, Intellifluence is an influencer marketing platform. It connects brands with influencers so they may collaborate on projects and campaigns with ease.

Intellifluence claims to be the “home of the largest warm influencer network in the world.” To date, it has more than 171,000 registered influencers who partner with over 20,000 brands.

Is Intellifluence.com legit?

Yes, Intellifluence is legit. It pays influencers from $1 to $1,000 for each campaign. Also, the platform features Intellifluence Promise, a guarantee that you’ll be paid once you satisfactorily complete the given task, transaction, or offer.

Here’s my proof of payment.

How to earn from Intellifluence?

To earn from Intellifluence, go to Marketplace. This section displays the opportunities that you qualified for. You may apply for the campaign by sending a proposal or declining the offer.

Recently, Intellifluence introduced My Offers. This is where you create services. The categories are Social Share, Social Engagement, Social Review, Blog Review, and Video Review.

To create an offer, you need to choose from the service type options. Then, fill out the offer details.

Is Intellifluence free?

Yes, it is. Registration is free.

You may create your profile through its website or the Intellifluence app. Download it from the app store.


Other things to know about Intellifluence

You need to explore the platform. When do you so, you’ll encounter these things.

Sallybot

Sallybot is Intelifluence’s support bot. She helps you navigate the platform while also sending timely advice and reminders on deadlines and completion requirements for the most part.

Reach

The availability of opportunities depends on your platforms’ reach. Some offers require 100 to 1,000 reach; others, 10,000 to 100,000.

For bloggers like me, the higher the blog metrics like DA, trust flow, citation flow, etc., the better. Although, my social reach compensates for my lack of reach. You’d want to connect social pages with the highest reach.

It pays to grow your reach to be eligible for more opportunities in the future.

Categories

I cannot emphasize this enough.

With my three months collaborating with brands and digital marketing agencies, I observed that the top three most profitable categories are Marketing, Advertising, and Business.

Unqualified Offers

You may check the unqualified offers section to get a feel of what brands are looking for and what you need to work on to qualify for more offers.

Click the Advanced Filters to check the list of offers.

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And, if you want to know more about Intellifluence, the comment section is open. Ask away!

“I see dead people.” ~Cole Sear, The Sixth Sense

Can kids really see ghosts?

I confronted this question five years ago when my firstborn, Sasha, was only 3 years old. I observed her playing with someone I couldn’t see. I asked her who she was playing with, and she said, “Kuya.” But we were only four in the house, and we didn’t have a Kuya with us. 👻👻👻

kuya

big or older bother

This matter hits close to home because I saw ghosts too when I was much younger. Yup, my third eye is open before my father closed it, so he said. I guess feelings of dread are just feelings of dread until you can accurately describe what your grandfather has worn while he lay peacefully inside his coffin by looking at him standing on the door. Hair-raising, isn’t it?

Looking at her then, she seemed not afraid at all. Looking back, I think I was more scared than she was. It’s a different realm, so to speak, and no one is prepared to handle such. Not me definitely, despite going through the same experience when I was younger.

How parents deal with their kids’ ghostly encounters

Now that I’m a mother, the question is: how I/we (Papa and I) should deal with it? My husband was very unenthusiastic about it, though he also believes in mythic creatures. 🧚🧚🧚 Oh well…

According to Caron B. Goode, author of Kids Who See Ghosts: How to Guide Them Through Fear, parents respond differently. Some parents experienced abject fear, but some would support their children, listening to their stories yet not acting on them. I also know parents who think of it as an intuitive gift that should be accepted. But, then, some parents would immediately seek doctors and therapists.

Goode also noted that the younger the child, the more delicate the situation will be because “the child’s psyche is open and fragile.” However, the parents are in the position to empower their children in facing their fears. It would help to be more compassionate about the entire situation.

How to deal with kids seeing ghosts

There is no formula here. But as parents, we just have to deal with it, not dismiss it. Remember that how you would react will significantly affect your child’s values and belief system, so tread carefully.

1) Encourage your child to talk more about the experience.

Conversations are powerful. The more your child gets to talk about her ghostly experience, the more comfortable she will be. Also, this is an excellent way to validate the said experience and how they are feeling about it.

Don’t tell your child “ghosts are not real,” “you’re just imagining things,” “you don’t know what you’re talking about,” or things like that. From the eyes of your child, everything is real.

2) Listen to your child attentively.

Talking about what she’s seen is therapeutic enough, knowing that someone is ready to listen to her. While it is true that kids have an imaginative tendency, the devil is in the details. Spooky, right? But you’d know there is nothing inventive with her stories because of the details.

Concrete details than abstract ones are definitely hard to doubt nor refute. So I asked Sasha to describe him. I got horrified because there were mentions of a “white t-shirt” and “bloodied face.”

3) Believe in your child.

Goode also states that it doesn’t matter whether you believe in ghosts or not. What matters in situations like this is that you believe in your child.

She might get scared, but this is entirely normal and understandable. You might get fearsome too. What you can help her with is in processing the fear. Of course, you want her to feel safe, so any assurance coming from you will help.

4) Lower the fear factor.

Freaking out will not help. But when faced with situations like this it’s either you’d want to know more or not hear about it anymore. So I took the first path. I asked her about it—where in the house it would appear, what time of day, is it alone, does it hurt her. Sure enough, I asked a lot of questions about Kuya because I wanted to understand more about it and gauge if she was scared or not.

However, I realized that it would be best to take the child’s lead about what she is willing to share with you. Don’t force your child to talk about it, definitely not in front of other people. You don’t want your child to feel humiliated, intimidated, or overwhelmed. But I did ask Sasha, and I would still ask her from time to time. And her stories are consistent.

Not long after, when Adele was the same age, she would laugh hysterically playing pretend with someone. When I asked her to hand me something, she grabbed what I was asking for, gave it to me, and hurried back outside. “Why the rush?” I asked her. Adele said, “So I can play with Kuya.” Oh no. Here we go with the pep talk again.

I also asked Adele about this Kuya. I regretted asking her, “Where is Kuya now?” because she immediately pointed at the back of the door. 😱😱😱

So think of this as an opportunity to move beyond fear while learning about the world of spirits. This is also a great way to start exploring different realities. Not to mention, child psychologists believe that having an imaginary friend is actually a sign of healthy development.

Over time, I realized why we would always turn to evil spirits or creatures when someone told us they have an imaginary friend. Shouldn’t we consider the good spirits and creatures first, such as guardian angels or… fairy godmothers?

Multo agad? ’Di ba pwedeng guardian angel muna?

Good point, right? Or not? Let me know in the comments below.

If you’re breaking into the market for an incredible home, it’s okay to be excited! There’s a lot of tremendous change that comes with buying your place, but you shouldn’t let that blind you to the important things. When you’re looking at homes, carefully consider each of these details.

Any significant future changes

Where do you see yourself in five years? How about ten? Although these may feel like the questions someone would ask you in a job interview, you have to answer these for yourself when house hunting. Is this first home meant to be your forever home, or are you planning to look at other homes for sale in Toronto in five to ten years? Do you think you’ll have another person living with you? Do you see kids in your future? Consider all of these, and shop accordingly.

How much of a project you can realistically attempt

We all see ourselves as a little more driven than we are. That’s okay and forgivable, yet it’s important to admit that sometimes we don’t measure up. For example, if you’re looking at a home that needs a ton of projects, how many of those projects do you think you’ll complete within a month? How about a year? Although you don’t have to move into a cookie-cutter home, and you can put your personality into place, it’s a good idea to be realistic about what work you can take on.

How far you are from work and family

Most people go to work several times a week, and many more also visit family and friends often. You don’t have to live in the dead center of these locations, but planning around an easy transit time can help your life later on. When you look at a home, think about what your daily transit to work would look like and how often you’d be able to see the ones you love. Is it short enough of a drive that you’re okay with it, or is it more stressful?

Whether the schools are ideal

If you have kids or are considering going back to college, are the local schools the ones you feel good about? Your school area will make an impact on the education of whoever lives in your home, so it’s a good thing to consider if you think it matters.

If the neighborhood is safe and friendly

Talk to neighbors, and become familiar with the neighborhood when you look at homes! If you’re narrowing it down between one or two houses, don’t be afraid to walk through the community for a workout and talk to those you encounter. Be friendly and courteous and see if you align well with this neighborhood. Do those who live there feel nice to you? Check the crime rate in your area, and be sure to look up if it’s a safe place to live or if you’ll be dealing with dangers and hazards that you would be better off avoiding.

When shopping for a new home, it is vital to look into what you’ll need a few years from now. These things are your non-negotiables. However, please keep an open mind about the entire homebuying process because there will be compromises along the way for sure. Most importantly, enjoy the nitty-gritty part of the process. You’ll appreciate all the efforts, even the most mundane tasks of creating lists of non-negotiables and can-live-withouts, once you find your dream home.

And with that, happy shopping!

No one knows precisely when work-from-home (WFH) job opportunities exploded. However, we all know that these opportunities intensified during the coronavirus pandemic and gave people a new chance at earning a decent living while staying at home. At-home jobs are very diverse and categorically easy to do—anyone can do it. Here are some of the most exciting job prospects.

WFH jobs for moms and dads

1) Virtual assistant

Virtual assistants provide all forms of administrative, secretarial, medical, and legal works. Usually, the companies requiring the services of a VA are in the food, retail, and elder care industries. However, some companies that hire VAs are small companies that cannot necessarily justify hiring permanent employees.

Skills required: Word processing, computer, communication, writing, proofreading, organizational, and management

Earning potential: Starts from $15 per hour

2) Translator

Translators don’t translate verbatim, but with both linguistic and cultural differences in mind. Most translators, who translate from one language to another, often work under tight deadlines and with high levels of accuracy. Professional, technical, scientific, educational, and health care services frequently require the help of a translator.

Skills required: Translation, writing, reading, comprehension, computer, typing, and communication

Earning potential: Starts from $20 per hour; some industries pay higher

3) Data encoder

Also called data entry clerks, data encoders enter or update data into a database. Data are customarily typed from paper documents. Accuracy and speed are just some of the measures used in determining the efficiency of a data encoder. Companies dealing with volumes of data such as medical institutions, academic institutions, pharmaceutical companies, and courier companies are the typical clients.

Skills required: Typing, computer, numeracy, administrative, and organizational

Earning potential: Starts from $15 per hour

4) Website tester

From the title itself, website testers inspect a website to determine any bugs, defects, errors, and any usability and interaction issues. Large companies that develop websites require the services of a website tester consistently. Also, there are dedicated websites that list sites that pay people for testing websites on a first-come, first-served basis.

Skills required: Communication, technical, computer, and testing

Earning potential: $10 per test

5) Survey taker

Survey takers answer questions and respond to polls. The website contacts the survey testers regarding a survey relevant to their demographic profile. For example, pay differs on the survey length that is often for FMCGs (fast-moving consumer goods) and automotive companies.

Skills required: Comprehension, typing, and communication

Earning potential: $1 to $15 per survey

I wrote a blog post before on how I earn extra income by answering surveys. 😉

6) Lead generation specialist

Also called a sales executive, a lead generation specialist prospects, qualifies and generates new leads. The specialist commonly conducts a product or service demo. Leads are generated online through social media networks, forums, emails, etc.

Skills required: Computer, typing, communication, follow-up, cold calling, and data management

Earning potential: It depends; some pays a percentage per conversion

7) Social media manager

Social media managers are like virtual assistants, only that the former’s responsibilities are more lenient to doing tasks on the social media platforms. Social media is the newest marketing and customer service channel for brands worldwide. Managing their social profiles means either hiring an in-house manager or outsource to third-party companies or freelancers. Nevertheless, one requirement is a sizable following.

Skills required: Social media, communication, interpersonal, graphics, writing, and customer service

Earning potential: Starts from $10 per hour

Above you will find work-at-home jobs that require no special skills. The works required are straightforward, so it applies to anyone who wants to earn from home. Aside from a computer and a connection and, of course, the suitable skill set, all you will ever need is a can-do attitude. These at-home jobs are ever-booming, so you’d never run out of opportunities.

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