Sunday, November 23, 2014

Turkish Gov't. Amps up DepEd Computerization Program

The holistic growth for learners is a crucial factor in realizing the need to raise the standards of our public schools to cope up with the curriculum standards for K-12 schools in the Philippines.  This was one of the basic priorities DepEd had been putting effort into filling up that need.  As the curriculum had been upgraded and now is being implemented aptly, the development of facilities to answer this need is utmost important.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Dee's Gourmet Popcorn: Definitely not your 'Ordeenary' Popcorn

Popcorn eating has gotten a new light in our home.  I never knew eating popcorn at home can be as enjoyable as eating popcorn at the movies.  Let's face it, when we go to the movies, there's nothing more appealing than the scent of butter and freshly popped corn kernels, that's why every movie theaters had not been totally saturated by it.

As years went by, the relationship between popcorn and the movies has changed more than the smell of a theater lobby or the at-home movie night, it’s changed the popcorn industry itself and a lot of products kept on coming.  Our family is a self-confessed popcorn fanatics, we never leave the grocery without 4 packages of it - I'm talking about the microwavable ones.  Well why not?  I'm more trustful to popcorn than any potato chips in the market, when we talk of giving better snack options to our kids.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Maginhawa Food Festival

I've been meaning to do a food tour at Maginhawa St., Quezon City ever since I first heard of it.   My first UP Teacher's Village food tour was with some church friends, back when my 10 year-old daughter was to celebrate her 7th birthday.  Hubby and I decided to have lunch meeting with some of our party organizers at Gayuma ni Maria.

Years went by, still yearning to do a trip back there, which may be more like a field trip, cause we live far south from Q.C.   However, an invitation came for a food review at "the" Maginhawa St., finally and it was from Galli Village Cafe.

Furthermore, my itchy feet made a way for the family to travel to Malingap St., one of the streets adjoining Maginhawa to check out Chef Edward Bugia's  π Breakfast and Pie on its soft opening.

That was it!  Among the twenty or so number of cafe's and restaurant, and now foodies still counting, I have only been to three of them.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

CCP and LJC Restaurant Group Present “A Holiday Symphony” Featuring the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra

The Cultural Center of the Philippines , with the support of Bonifacio High Street and the LJC Restaurant Group present  “A Holiday Symphony” featuring the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra (PPO) on November 23, 2014, 6 p.m. at the Bonifacio High Street Amphitheatre, 7th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City.

The concert, which is free to the public, will be a serenade of Christmas, classical and contemporary  pieces. Under the baton of Herminigildo Ranera, the PPO will perform the Christmas-Beatle's Medley, J. Nowak's A Christmas Portrait,  Ryan Cayabyab's Kumukutikutitap, selections from Starwars and The Titanic, among many others.

The Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra  is considered as the country's leading orchestra and as one of the top musical ensembles in the Asia-Pacific region.

Holiday Symphony  is  presented as a Christmas offering of Bonifacio High Street and in celebration of  35 years of the LJC Restaurant Group, a company created by the late restaurateur, Larry J. Cruz. The LJC Group manages Cafe Adriatico, Abe, Cafe Havana, Bistro Remedios, Fely J's Kitchen, Lorenzo's Way, Larry's Cafe and Bar, Abe's Farm, Polka Dot Bakeshop and the LJC Catering Service.

Guests watching the concert will also get a chance to win LJC dinner certificates, discount coupons and other prizes. For inquiries regarding the free concert, please call 5520403 or like us on facebook, LJCRestaurantGroup. For inquiries regarding subscriptions to PPO concerts, please call 8321125.

Not Only for the Sweet-toothed Us!

I've never taught myself how to believe in tooth fairies and as grew up and became a mom, I also didn't give my daughters any inkling to this slowly-dying myth.  I'm sorry if I'm hitting any principles
here, but it's the truth.  However, this does not make any exception that I never cared of having good sets of teeth to replace milk teeth, same goes with how I decided to teach my kids how to take care of their permanent teeth.

We are undoubtedly a family of sweet-tooth, that is one reason I learned how to bake and create lovely, appetite-inducing desserts.  Thus, it is important that my family knows the importance of brushing our teeth to protect it from decays and what nots.

But here's the thing, at the recently concluded Colgate event at Marriott Hotel Manila, the common knowledge that sweets are the major culprit of tooth decays had been debunked.  

Having realized that not only sweets -meaning foods rich in sugar and carbo and acids, can ruin our teeth.   As a matter of fact, any kind of food can be culprits.  Yes, even healthy food such as fruits and vegetables can also cause damage, this is due to sugar acids.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Fleeting Moments of Travel Bliss at Bluewater Sumilon

Here is a reminder from Jamie Hall, "life is but a fleeting moment so do not waste a second on something that doesn't make you smile."

I have never seen myself exploring Philippine islands and the natural beauties that made our country a wonderful tourism target.  However, when I started going out there and overcoming worries and fears that could have hindered me from seeing scenic spots that has left me breathless, I guess I have nothing more to share...

Although I am up to my neck with business stuff and writing (blogging) assignments, plus add to that my parents coming home from Milan, certain invitations from friends are just hard to say no to.  To say that the week has been “super busy” does not even justify, and with many things I have on my plate, I hope the title suits the weekend that made me forget about the word "busy."

The invitation for a weekend of bliss and nature-tripping, came too soon, but when I heard that we will be goin

Friday, November 14, 2014

Pan Pacific Manila opens the Sunset Lounge

It has been a while since I last visited Pan Pacific Manila.  To date I had organized two precious events for my clients here, one is a wedding and the other is an Alice in Wonderland-themed debut. Pan Pacific Manila is known to exude with comfort and classy flair without overbearingly so.  Thus, many businessmen chose this as a venue for meetings and other business-related gatherings.

It was a pleasure to grace an event held by Pan Pacific to launch their newest al fresco venue and with one of Manila's sought-after venue for sunset viewing.  Last November 12,  Pan Pacific Manila had a relaxing get together with valued guests and clients to the launch of  Sunset Lounge.

The guests were treated with overflowing drinks and a sumptuous buffet that samples the dishes that came from the Sunset Lounge Menu.  The guests got to unwind and enjoy the comforting ambiance while watching the famous Manila Bay Sunset.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

A Sumptuous Bohol Bee Farm Tour

Do you know of a place where you deserve to bee?  Pun intended, Bohol Bee Farm is 
a venue partly concealed from everyone but is a jewel meant to be discovered.

Located in Dao, Dauis in Panglao Island in Bohol. it is one of the well visited places by tourists. Nestled on a cliff with a view of the ocean, guests would surely enjoy the fresh air and  the sea breeze and with a buffet that will make you want to stay for a healthy and organic get-away.  

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Dinosaurs Island Adventure with my Girls

Overcome your fears of these ferocious monsters, for they conquered this part of Clark, Angeles, Pampanga.  Hundreds of them, different kinds and sizes, are scattered and kept captive inside the walled park known as Dinosaur Island, only it's not really an island per se.

In my girls' recent class field trip, I was the one who chaperoned them, I thought I wouldn't be able to enjoy it, since I'll be flying the next day to Cebu, but I made sure that I keep my girls safe, hydrated enough and having a blast with their friends and classmates.  Though, I hated walking under the sweltering heat of the sun, I just made the most of it while keeping up with my Dana and Danica.  

The planned itinerary all summed up in Clark Free Port, Angeles City, Pampanga.  We first visited Nayong Pilipino, then the aircraft park, next is the Creamline Factory, and finally at Dino Island Park.

The tour and entrance fee is P 150.00, this includes activities such as the walk along the Dino Trail with a tour guide, entrance to the Fossils Museum, and an entertaining (yet scary) dance number from some dinosaur mascots.

The following photos show how exciting the tour was, as if you were walking on a forest being migrated by semi-life-sized dinosaurs.

First, pardon me for the not so clear photos, as I didn't manage to bring my heavy dslr, I guess not for this trip though, since I anticipated. 

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Whale-shark Watching in Oslob, Cebu

Ticked out from my bucket list - swim with the Butanding!

Well, I didn't really swam with the whale sharks, it took me quite a while to dive in the water and have a photo with the closest whale-shark at the pier of Tan-Awan, Oslob, Cebu.  For one reason, I'm not a good swimmer, and also I need to take photos from above the water. But that doesn't mean I had less of an adventure and fun compared to my friends who were with me.

The once-sleepy town was transformed into an eco-tourism spot and had been gaining popularity since they have welcomed the butandings in their coastal areas.  "Tuki" as it is referred to by the locals, is such a gentle giant indeed.  Our boat ride to Oslob was taken care of Bluewater Sumilon and even the adventure itself was arranged by the kind staff of the resort.  With Bluewater Sumilon's own outrigger, we were brought to Tan-awan port with only 15 minutes ride.  Coming towards the island, you can feel the exhilaration, with a swarm of tourists ready for the close encounter with our Philippine whale sharks.  

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