Saturday, August 29, 2015

Comfortable Anywhere: Breastfeeding at Work, A Philips AVENT Advocacy

Oxytocin, my favorite word right now, widely known as a "love hormone" or "cuddle hormone" has been mentioned in the recent event I've attended.  Oxytocin is released into the bloodstream to produce its classic effects on the uterus and breast milk, but it is also released into defined regions of the brain that are involved in emotional, cognitive, and social behaviors.  Though many also attribute that it does not act alone in the chemistry of love, but is "just one important component of a complex neurochemical system that allows the body to adapt to highly emotive situations."
Last August 26, 2015, I had the pleasure to visit Philips office in Sunlife Center, BGC.  This is for the launch of their new advocacy, COMFORTABLE ANYWHERE: Breastfeeding at Work.  In collaboration with Philips Avent, they have announced their commitment to helping mothers breastfeed for longer.  This means that they know how important for mothers to naturally feed and nourish their babies to up to 2 years, even though moms are working.
The announcement which was headed by RJ Buenaventura, General Manager for Philips Consumer Lifestyle, was very much fitting since August has been mandated as the National Breast-feeding Awareness Month.  As he said, " At Philips Avent we're committed to supporting parents and their babies, giving them the best start in life to set the stage for healthy futures.  We know that most new moms want to breastfeed their baby because they believe it's healthier for them.
I have been advocating breastfeeding ever since DOH have campaigned for the said advocacy.  Remember Breastfeeding TSEK?  For one, I'm a mom who have breastfed babies, I actually had four and all of them had been purely breastfeed for at least 8 months. I felt a tad guilty for not being able to have them fully breastfed for two years, which was said to be optimal.  I'm glad that seasoned have definitely changed and for the better.  More and more moms have decided to breastfeed their own babies, even moms who are in the workplace. 
When I got pregnant, I had made the ultimate decision not to work, to stay at home and be a home-maker, but mainly to religiously breastfeed my baby, this stayed true to all four of my children.  Every time I'd get pregnant, I would resign from work or not apply anymore not until the baby is about old enough to be with a caretaker.  Those were challenging years for women who either needed to push a career or earn stably.  For a breast-feeding mom like me, a major concern would be to face issues in the workplace which was at my time does not have a strong support for breast-feeding.  Another is not being to of course breast-feed the baby.  There weren't a hefty number of good breast pump at that time yet.
Today, moms have Philip AVENT to rely on, when it comes to breastfeeding related stuff and a high end reliable breast pumps.  In addition to these is the said advocacy Philips is campaigning for.  This I believe would empower more moms in the working comunity.  As this is said they would love to give assistance to any company who also gears up to this practice and they could give counseling in how to set up a conducive facility for breastfeeding employees.

Kudos to moms who are pro-beastfeeding and kudos to Philips for rooting up to moms of future leaders of the country.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015


If you are a huge food fanatic as I am, you probably love to get gifts that complement this hobby of yours. Or maybe you have a friend that proudly calls himself a foodie. No matter what, you still can use these few gift ideas for people who love to cook. So read it and get inspired to make a little precious memory for your friend right away at any occasion!

A pot of herbs
All food lovers would really appreciate some nice and natural herbs that can grow again and again for a whole year. So buy a nice pot or a few with some rare or super useful herbs in it and let the foodie grow his own ingredients. It will definitely show your love to that person and let cooking be more special. You can even accessorize the pot in some fun way or just decorate it with some quotes or pictures. Imagination has no limits here.

Re-used a plastic container from
powdered choco to basils. 

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Break the Fast at Sulyap Gallery Cafe and Restaurant

The allure of the old-world charm timelessly whisks me away from the slaving modern world.  I can't explain it, I've grown to love vintage arts including architectural structures however I'm glad that I don't have the tendencies to hoard old stuff else, my home would be haunted with stories from the past and with the scent attributed to it.

What better way to start a heritage culinary tour than to visually step back in time as we were welcomed on the first part of our tour at Sulyap Gallery CafĂ© and Restaurant in San Pablo, Laguna.  Overwrought when I received the initial invitation for a Southern Tagalog food tour upon seeing Sulyap, I said yes in a heartbeat. 

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Buddy's 30 Glittering Years of Success

Lucban, Quezon  Mayor: Celso Olivier T. Dator giving words 
Buddy's humble beginning was one that Lucban had always been proud of and something that pushes fellow locals to be passionate in what they are doing.  Not only known for the iconic Quezon Province' festivity, Pahiyas Festival, Lucban is also known for their famous pancit of its namesake. Pancit Lucban also  acknowledged as Pancit Habhab made a mark to many nearby towns and now had become one of the primal dining pleasures of Manila foodies.

photo linked here

Monday, August 17, 2015

Cooking with Samsung Smart Oven and Chef Ernest of Gala Stars

Last July, some media friends were invited by Samsung for a cooking workshop at The Gala Stars Culinary.  Chef Ernest Reynoso Gala II was so gracious enough to teach us two recipes, easy-peasy and the best dishes to prepare and enjoy with the whole family for the rainy season, as Chef Ernest would say "very masarap."

Friday, August 14, 2015

Restaurante Pia Y Damaso: A Call to Subversive Foodying

While others rhapsodize over organic, farm-to-table resto concepts, Pia Y Damaso have been already the talk of foodies with their inventive takes on usual  heirloom dishes. 

I have dined here with friends and on meetings on several occasions but this is the only time I have written about this restaurant, not that you would consider it a crime, well for food bloggers probably. Even though I've never written any words, though worthy of every praise, this is top on my list when asked about my fave Filipino restaurant.  Damaso however is caught in the blurry lines of Filipino, Spanish and Fusion cuisine.  

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Culture and Flavors Melded as Resort World Manila Brings New York Pinoy Deli

And the bread is broken!  

What a way to launch a new concept restaurant at the heart of Manila's crowning entertaining center, Resort's World Manila.  This food fanatic is right at home in New York Pinoy Deli - the restaurant in town that never sleeps.  

I've always thought of New Yorkers to be especially lucky in the international flavor of the Empire City.  Dozens and dozens of Italian restaurants, some as good as those in Rome or Florence, dozens of Chinese and French, as well.  A hungry person can sample every ethnicity from Afghan to Vietnamese as well as exotic combinations like Cuban-Chinese.  Of course there are all the Americans, South, Central, Standard, and nouvelle. 

Monday, August 10, 2015

Erwan Heussaff and Philips Showed How to Host Dinner Parties, Condo-style

Being a condo-dweller himself and part of the growing population of "YUP-pies," or simply young urban Pinoys, Erwan Heussaff have collaborated with Philips, producing a couple of videos showing how easy-breezy it is to whip up what you think may seem to be a recipe that's hard to follow.

An intimate dinner was organized for a couple of media guests at Erwan's bar and kitchen in "the red light district of Makati" - The Red Light.  Though, it wasn't just a dinner, it was a gorgeous kinda one, as The Fat Kid Inside was the one who hosted, prepped and even served us a five-course dinner.

With a twinged pointed finger, he was able to keep everything near perfect, if not perfect.  This hunk, cool as a cucumber, delegated in the kitchen heat was able to give us key points in living healthy, enjoying food, and what it would make for a perfect dinner at the comfort of one's condo or apartment. 

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Gourmet and Artisan Stuff from Pastry Armoire to Fill Every Kitchen with Precious Memories

A new addition to BF Homes' growing foodie go-to list is Pastry Armoire, tucked at the second level of Ivory Building, along El Grande.

Last Sunday, with some South-based mommy bloggers, we were treated as a princess for a day, as we were all given some foot spa treatment care of Pick and Polish Nail Salon.  It was a collaborative celebration as Pastry Armoire, Chef Anna Chua's new sweet venture was launched.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

When Fat is Good yet Sinful: An Awakening at Fat Restaurant

Forbes Town has not have a face lift for a long time and I don't think it's intended to be, however more and more restaurants and bar seem to be popping up and they are begging to be more creative and surprising.  So after having fun discovering at the Mind Museum, why don't you spring right over to the building across the street and pay FAT a visit.

I know, I know, Fat can be a scary or challenging name for a resto, right?  
But for a food-lover like me, there is something behind the word that's enticing yet mischievous at the same time, repulsive yet encouraging.

The stimulus behind this idea was Jennifer McLagan's cookbook.  It pretty much says it all: Fat.  A glance at the cover — a white-marbled shank of meat and that single word floating in large letters — you know exactly what you're getting into. But, as these things go, there's also that pesky subtitle, in smaller letters, which tells the real story. This isn't just a collection of recipes, it's "An Appreciation of a Misunderstood Ingredient, With Recipes." 
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