Friday, March 27, 2015

Lenten Specials at Burgoo and Gumbo

If you are sticking to the worthy tradition of meatless meals on Lent, and are wary if your fave restaurants might not have something to replace your usual meat cravings, fret not, Burgoo and Gumbo offers sumptuous seafood blessings.  Here are some of their Lenten offerings. 

Bon apetite!

          Burgoo highly recommends Shrimp Fajitas this Lent.  It’s made of  char-grilled fresh shrimps, served with tomato salsa, sour cream, shredded cheddar cheese and tortilla wrappers.  Burgoo’s menu includes a wide selection of mouth-watering seafood dishes such as Shrimps and Chips, Seafood Jambalaya, and Shrimp Popcorn.  Also available are Seafood Linguini, Spinach Grilled Salmon, Quatro del Pesce, Golden Pan-Fried Salmon, Prawn Oreganato, Seafood Caesar Supreme, Lemon-Peppered Grilled Lapu-Lapu, Grilled Squid ala Pobre, etc.  Also, one should not miss Burgoo’s meatless but delicious alternatives like Baked Potato Slices, Mozzarella Sticks, Supreme Onion Rings, Bread with Spinach-Mushroom Dip, Caesar Salad, Vegetarian or Margherita Pizza, among others.

           Visit Burgoo at T. Morato in Quezon City; Powerplant Mall in Rockwell Makati; The Podium in Ortigas; The Promenade Mall in Greenhills; Gateway Mall in Araneta Center Cubao; Robinsons Galleria in Ortigas; SM City The Block in North EDSA; Mall of Asia in Pasay; SM City Marikina: SM Southmall in Alabang, The District in Cavite, and newly-opened The Terraces Mall in Fairview.  For reservations and inquiries, please call 9277424, 8381815, 6875254, 7263578, 9136112, 5560091 or 6336256.


   This Lent, Gumbo offers sumptuous seafood dishes you should not miss!  Top of the list are: Barbecued Shrimps, Cream Dory Mango, Steamed Pacific Clams, Cheesy Baked Oysters, Jumpin’ Shrimp & Peel, Calamari Friti, Shrimp Remoulade, Cajun Blackened Salmon, Ultimate Seafood Feast, Seafood Boil, Oyster Rockefeller, Fish Aglio Olio, Blackened Norwegian Salmon, Seafood Jambalaya and Seafood Gumbo.   Likewise, highly recommended is Gumbo’s Seafood  Aglio Olio, made of generous amount of fresh shrimps, clams, mussels and calamari sautéed in olive oil and garlic, seasoned with Cajun spices and green onions.  Indeed, these seafood treats are the best and healthy alternative this season.
           Gumbo is located at the 2nd Level Entertainment Hall, SM Mall of Asia in Pasay; 3rd Level Robinsons Manila Midtown; 2nd Level SM City The Block, North EDSA; 2nd Level Atrium Bldg. in SM Megamall and Robinsons Magnolia in Manila.  For reservations and inquiries, please call 5560238, 4420106 and 5271925.

Friday, March 20, 2015

OMG! I'm already 39, so what now?

Another OMG moment slightly going on in my mind right now.  Today is my birthday, no grand celebration, no cooking, no nothing, just what I want it to be.  In fact, i'm just at home, enjoying my loved ones' greetings, calls and text messages and here in Bloggers sharing my thoughts.

One year more and I'll be saying good bye to my thirties, though many say that I don't look my age, soon enough my years will take its toll on me.  So as much as I can do to hide my real age, years of hardwork, stress, sleep-deprivation and a lot more will show.  

But as Leroy "Satchel" Paige had put it "Age is a question of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter."

Oh well, I guess I have  a lot to mind instead of tricking others about my age, a lot to be thankful of, which really mattered most to me.

Let me share you 39 reasons why I feel blessed beyond what I could have asked for.  These are just some of the top reasons why inspite of my age, I still feel that vigour and confidence to do things I haven't done before, when I was younger and stronger.

1.  Yes!  I believe in a God who is faithful, beyond reproach and an ever loving Father.

2.  I have Jesus, He is the lover of my soul.  I'm captured by  His abiding love and He loves me inspite of my true being.  (Romans 8:38-39)

3.  I have loved ones and friends who always pray for me.

4.  I have a husband who always stand by me, though he may not be all that I have ever dreamed of, he is here, ready to give me a hand, a hug and kisses, no matter what.

5.  I have a son, nearly a man, destined by God to be a true leader.

6.  I have a daughter, who is the most responsible girl, the one who will paint my most interesting picture and hang on a museum someday.

7.  I have another daughter, God's constant reminder of His love and His beauty reflected on her.  Others refer to her as the bravest pretty face.

8.  I have another daughter, the third of them, who I know will take care of me and her dad when we are really, really old, the person who always give us laughter and makes our family life crazier.

9.  I have a cuddly dog.  She is our joy-giver, comforter, "bantay" who always sleep at my foot and never leaves my side at home.

10.  We will have puppies next month.

11. We have a home, it's not a mansion, but a place we all feel safe and comfotable.

12.  My husband cooks my kids' favorite dishes and always think of what I like to eat.

13.  I have a good oven where I can bake whatever we fancy having for snack.

14.  I have a couple of recipe books who I have relied on throughout my life of cooking and baking.

15.  My herbs and plants are growing.

16.  I have friends who treat me good with perks in return for  blog features.

17.  I found a friend in my financial adviser who assured me of helping out make my kids dreams come true.

18.  I live a life where the past is a learning tool, the present is defined by current situation and my future secured in God's promises.

19.  I have a best friend, whom I met in college and now have been more than a sister to me, she had always been my supporter, even though I falter many times.

20.  I have another best friend who I almost lost through time, but God brought her back to me and now we will forever be there for each other.

21.  As long as I have a stable internet, a quiet spot to think and inspiring stories to tell...I'll be alright.

22.  I belong to a church who teaches me to rely more to God, to live a life of Shalom.

23.  I have parents who have been my idols when it comes to marriage and family life.

24.  I have a sister who is also my best-friend.

25.  My sister have beautiful babies who always makes me smile and laugh.  They make me miss the times when my kids were still babies.

26.  I've breast-fed all 4 of my kids.

27.  I met a lot of different people, good people, and bad people.  They all gave me lessons I learned.

28.  Made Philippine traveling as my next hobby.  The beaches as my backdrop.

29.  I have control of my time.  No boss, no shifts, no tme in.

30.  Our daily needs are met by our business.

31.  I have brother who I'm so proud of, being a servant of God who has a heart to always follow Jesus.

32.  I have a brother in law who always takes care of my sisters and nieces needs, a husband to my best bud and a cool dad to my nieces.

33.  I have a sister in law who is filled with many talents and blessed with a beutiful face and heart to serve Him and my brother.

34.  Bhogs and I have an Ate in Ate Lhen who we know will stand for us too in times of troubles.

35.  So blessed to come from the most prestigious and challenging university - De La Salle University.

36.  My husband works at home.

37.  Both my husband and I have no vices, we don't smoke, we don't get drunk and definitely never in to drugs.

38.  I am a Filipino and so damn proud of it.

39.  I have so many friends and many more are welcome to be part of my life.

You know what, I still have  a lot, the list can go on unending,  they are countless like the stars in a perfect night.

There you go!  I hope this makes you think of your present situation, I know what I listed are simple ones, probably "sisiw" compared to yours.  However, these are what defines my happiness.

How about you?  How is your happiness defined by the life you live today?  Care to share the list?

A truly happy birthday indeed!

Thursday, March 19, 2015

2nd Entrepreneur and Franchise Expo 2015

As the Philippine economy powers up in 2015 add to that the upcoming ASEAN integration, and annual growth of 20 percent in the franchise industry, the country has the potential to become the franchising hub in global manner.  Did you know that there are over 1,300 local and international franchises, thus making franchising a preferred route for many Filipinos to start their own business.

With these, MEDIACOM SOLUTIONS INC. will once again bring us ENTREPRENEUR AND FRANCHISE EXPO now on its second year.  They carry the tagline, Your Step 2 Success!, is set to be held on June 05-07, 2015 at the Megatrade Hall 1, 5th Floor, Mega B Building, SM Megamall, Mandaluyong City, Philippines to strengthen the growth of franchise businesses and Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs).

Last year the show featured 88 businesses and attracted over 11,000 visitors covering over 1,348 square meters of exhibit space. In 2015 the show will feature 108 top franchise businesses and Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) from various business sectors and expects over 15,000 attendees. Visitors will be able to explore franchise opportunities from various business sectors, such as food, retail, education, travel, health and beauty. The show is also featuring industry suppliers and SMEs from the agriculture, manufacturing, technology, automobile, logistic and financing sector and will hold several activities to encourage business professionals, company owners and decision makers to meet face to face.

Among the seminars that will be provided are the following:

  • The Power of Social Media 
  • Search Engine Optimization 
  • 5 Secrets To Run Your Business Like A Top CEO 
  • Promoting Your Business Online 
  • What To Look For When Investing Into A Franchise
  • Financing Opportunities for Small Businesses 

“In 2015 we are expecting to see many new brand concepts at the expo, especially in the service industry, like beauty, healthcare, education and wellness. Our vision is to strengthen local businesses and provide a platform for them to showcase their innovative products and services. We also provide assistance for business owners and executives to network amongst other professionals and stakeholders in order to open opportunities for aspiring entrepreneurs to start their own business and for local businesses to grow regionally” says MEDIACOM SOLUTIONS INC. President and Entrepreneur and Franchise Expo Founder and Managing Director, David Abrenilla.

Get the chance to meet some of our exhibitors such as Murang Generiks Pharmacy (Healthcare), BN Whitening Shoppe (SkinCare), Megaworld Corporation (Real Estate), Website Express (Technology) and La Mulleure Nouriture Co. (Food kart Franchise).

The Entrepreneur and Franchise Expo 2015 is endorsed and supported by the Filipino International Franchise Association (FIFA) and the Young Entrepreneurs Society Philippines (YES); and sponsored by GLOBE MyBusiness, 2GO Express, Benchmark and ESQUIRE Financing.

If you are interested to visit the show, register for Free online at Interested to exhibit? Contact ELVIS ELORDE at +63.2.509.4792, +63.927.395.1575 or send an email at Join the community on Facebook at

MEDIACOM SOLUTIONS INC. is a leading Philippine exhibition and convention organizer. The company is currently servicing 80 industry sectors with 6 dynamic face-to-face exhibitions and professional conferences, supported by its targeted trade publications for a fast growing community of over 380,000 exhibitors, visitors, conference delegates, advertisers and subscribers from all over the world. MEDIACOM provides a one-stop diversified global service for high-value business matching, quality market news and online trading networks for businesses that like to enter or grow in the Philippine and the ASEAN market. MEDIACOM SOLUTIONS INC. operates from Makati City, Philippines. Contact I Phone +63.2.509.4792

05.16-17, 2015: I Do Wedding Fair - Your Marketplace for the Best Wedding Deals
06.05-07, 2015: Entrepreneur and Franchise Expo  - Your Step 2 Success
07.18-19, 2015: Property Expo Cebu - Your Marketplace for the Best Property Deals in the Visayas
09.04-06, 2015: Baby and Family Expo Philippines - Welcoming Life, Love and Care
10.02-04, 2015: Philippine SME Business Expo - Boost Your Business
11.14-15, 2015: Property Expo Philippines  - Your Marketplace for the Best Property Deals

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Precious Moments at Century Park Hotel Easterland

Two of my favorite names will be making more meaning to Easter this year- Precious Moments and Century Park Hotel.

Mark your calendars as Century Park Hotel turns your Easter moments into a precious celebration.
Rejoice with fellow parents and kids in a fun-filled day on April 5, 2015 from 9 am to 1 pm at the Grand Ballroom.

My girls and I have a few of our fun Easter moments with the last two years at Century Park.  To see how the two Easter event were hosted by the said hotel, do click on these links:

A Fun Easter Celebration at Century Park Hotel (2013)

Our Easter Egg-venture at Century Park Hotel (2014)

It's time to bring your kids, heck, why not the whole family and wander in a land full of exciting activities like interactive games, coloring contest, face painting, mascot dance, enchanting magic show and the traditional egg hunting. Enter Easterland and get a chance to win raffle prizes and bring home bag of give-aways from their  participating sponsors – Trolli, Asia Brewery, Chips Delight, Happee Toothpaste, HBW, Lemon Square, Leslie’s, Lotte, Manila Bulletin, Miramar Confectionary Corp., Oishi, Toy Kingdom, Yakult, Mentos, Fun Ranch, Jack ‘n Jill, Farm House, Pizza Pedrico’s, Aficionado, J.Co Donuts and Coffee, Enchanted Kingdom and Star City.

For inquiries, please call 528-5840 or email

Sunday, March 15, 2015

M Cafe's Dimsum High Tea is My Kind of Meryenda

When you're caught unaware where to bring your friends or colleagues for an afternoon snack that's not crowded, noisy and that can bring a candid break from the usual coffee and cake afternoons, then head on at M Cafe or  Kabila.  

For a mere P595 you get a pot of Twinings Lady Grey tea, assorted dimsums and sweets. 

Don't you know that the term "high tea" was made apparently to fill up rich people in between lunch and dinner.  It's a variation from "afternoon tea" which was developed by English rich people where teas are enjoyed with an addition of light savory noshes that are easy to prepare on a regular high table.  So while Afternoon Tea was largely a social event for their upper class counterparts where tea is paired with shabby scones and pastries, high tea became part of the daily meals served in such homes and noble dining places.

Friday, March 13, 2015

An Enchanting Pampering at Aum Spa

Crimsom Resort wouldn't be categorized as a spa for nothing.  I've been to a lot of spa and wellness centers in Manila but Aum outshines them all.  Tourists make way to take a break from civilaztion and allow themselves to be cocooned in the lavish treatments that Cebu has to offer.  Aum is just one of the man examples of Cebu's signature warmth and kindness.  

Wining last year's World Luxury Spa Awards (2014), it only shows that Crimson does not compromise on guests' luxurious relaxation, and they are serious when they say the facility is an enclave of wellness that exudes serenity and bliss.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Hotel Review: Crimson Resort and Spa Mactan, Cebu

I've heard so many good things about Crimson Hotel in Alabang from the blogs that I constantly follow.  According to Rina of Rina's Rainbow, they have a couple of  wow factors  which always surprise guests.  I've been meaning to have a weekend escape to the said hotel but without much luck, and Bhogs persistence going out of Manila, it never became a part of our plan.  Another blogger, Je's Anatomy, wrote in here blog, "Joie and I said only one thing when we first stepped into the reception area. WOW! We could not stop admiring its elegance. It’s as if even the smallest detail speaks of grandeur – the fountain, the couches, the chandeliers and even the warm lighting."

So my expectations of Crimson Resort and Spa Mactan was high and when Bhogs and I were planning for our family's Cebu get-away we made sure that we would stay in a hotel where family guests' welfare and comfort are their first and foremost priority.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Niu by Vikings Launched Resdiary Online Restaurant Reservation Service

Nothing beats a sumptuous feast at Vikings! 

I've been to several of their branches already, five out of the eight branches that they have to date, and Vikings in SM Jazz mall have always been my favorite. This time I got an amazing experience at the newest branch down cold.  Coined as the most luxurious of their luxury buffets, Niu by Vikings proved to be a haven for gastronomy and gourmets longing for a feast-for-the-vikings with

Let me quote Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin for me to fully describe what anyone can expect in Niu,  "Its purpose is to ensure the conservation of men, using the best food possible..."  This is how he have defined gastronomy, my most favorite topic of all, next to talking about God's fullness of Grace in my life.  Niu have definitely put themselves on this major category.

Niu by Vikings' aim is to bring utter satisfaction to epicures and food-lovers who have discriminating

Friday, March 6, 2015

Truly Flawless Skin at RCC Amazing Touch

It has been probably six years since I last visited an RCC Amazing Touch clinic.  Believe it or not I have acquired some skin disorders, other than pimples and wrinkles.  Pimples can be easily ruled out if managed properly, wrinkles however is a different issue in itself.  The other problem I have on my skin is the appearance of mini bumps that the derma specialists does not like to handle, unless be electrically cauterized.  I'm not talking about warts, but the ones I have are the pesky little white spots which had clustered under my eye bags, some above m cheeks and on the sides of my nose.
I used to be annoyed and might I mention that I'm ashamed of sharing this to you.  But I adhered to the saying that a problem shared is a problem solved.  I used to have them in clusters and no amount of make-up have hid them and frequent visits to the facial center didn't help as well.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

The Family's Bluewater Maribago Escapade

If you've clicked on this post you are one of three people: 1) someone who wants to know how to enjoy summer even with kids 2) a hater who wants to criticize me for bringing my kids on our wedding anniversary at this very romantic beach or  3) you are my mom (Thanks Mama, who is in Milan).

Well, yes, yet again we brought our kids with us to celebrate our bond of love, and we are on our 19th year.  Whew!  Believe me it wasn't all bed of roses and I'm no "Supermom" at all, as many would tell me.  Rearing four kids, a dog and a husband can easily burn one down, add to it some business on the side and the family's not so good medical condition. 

If you are one or two, I have news for you! Chances are you will definitely be taking my words on this.  Bhogs and I have ditched our plan to go out of the country to do something extra as a means to celebrate and welcome another beautiful year of togetherness.  Instead, he bought tickets ahead bound for Mactan, Cebu and I took it from there.  After experiencing Bluewater Sumilon without him and the kids, I have sincerely prayed that my next island tour in Cebu would be with them.  
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