Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Victories of Isabela Highlight BAMBANTI FESTIVAL 2019


Aliw Awards’ Hall of Famer Bambanti Festival showcased the “Victory of Isabela Spirit” (Tagumpay ng Pusong Isabela) in a week-long celebration of creative concepts and images this year held at Isabela Provincial Capitol Compound from January 21 to 26.

Bambanti is an Ilocano word for scarecrow, which the province considers as protection despite the common notion that it rouses fear. Created with colorful straws and grasses wrapped in farmer’s clothing, bambanti has always been the icon and mascot of the festival.

Saturday, February 9, 2019

Duty Free Philippines Welcomes the Year of the Pig


Are you curious for what's in store for the Year 2019?

As the Chinese New Year ushered in last February 5, I was one of the lucky media personnel who witnessed the Chinese New Year celebration with a blessing at Duty Free Luxe.

The spring celebration culminated the night before and will be running for 15 days, so the Fest will be until Feb. 19..  According to Feng Shui expert Princess Lim Fernandez, the best way to celebrate this is in the company of family, friends, valued colleagues, clients and generally happy, positive people.  Fernandez is the owner of Yin & Yang Shop of Harmony, she guided the guests to Chinese traditions and best practices to achieve happiness and prosperity.

But what exactly is the earth pig, as for those like me who isn't Chinese by nature or someone who is educated in the Chinese traditional ways, this was the perfect means for me to learn a little about what ever fortune or misfortune is along my way.

Friday, February 8, 2019

Stuffed Ourselves Lovely with French Vibes at Crepe Amelie, Poblacion


If you're after a rustic, French-inspired cafe that serves more than crepes and coffee then Crepe Amelie will surely get the job done. The wood accentuated exterior with floor-to-ceiling paned glass windows lets in just the right amount of sunlight into the venue's simple interior. Grab a table outside and watch the loyal tribe of locals who return day in, day out for their daily coffee and flavorful meals.

Monday, February 4, 2019

Lee Kum Kee Announces Winners of 130th Anniversary Recipe Contest in the Philippines

Home business owner took home HKD 13,000 for her signature recipe

In celebration of its 130th Anniversary, “Lee Kum Kee 130th Anniversary Recipe Contest” was launched in 2018 globally to look for the best recipe created with Lee Kum Kee sauces and condiments. The competition received close to 500 entries worldwide, of which 50 came from the Philippines (https://130.lkk.com/winner-announcement/). On January 22, 2019, a Prize Presentation Ceremony was held to award the country’s two regional winners.

Sunday, February 3, 2019

This #Realmom Speaks Her Heart Out, Thanks BabyDovePH for the Reminders


Please tell me to never feel guilty for starting again.

I can’t wrap my head around the fact that I have wronged the family for being pregnant again.  It came to us as a surprise, I felt scared and wary at same time.  Giving birth to four amazing humans seemed I have cheated death that many times.  Now, I'll be dealing with all the pregnancy hullabaloos all over again.  It's so ironic feeling alone (but we are actually two lives living in one body, duh!), and how it felt so unfair.  "Can I hear Amen among the crowd?"

Thursday, January 31, 2019

8 Ways to Draw Luck in the New Year of the Pig


Get ready for Chinese New Year 2019 with Harbour City

Chinese New Year has been marked around the globe for over 3,000 years, with its traditions evolving over time. However, the holiday's spirit remains the same as the world looks forward to ushering in another year of luck.

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

PSBank's Good to Know Campaign for Property Buyers



Are you in the need for a new property? Perhaps to develop for your growing family or as an investment?  Would you prefer a brand new one from a well-established property developer or would you consider buying a property from an original (first-hand) owner.

As a property seeker, one might be hesitant when it comes to buying second-hand homes. This is because such properties could eventually cost you a fortune in renovations if you are not cautious. 

How about sparing yourself from possible remorse.

PSBank, through its “Good to Know” campaign, help you spot a gem among wide choices of pre-owned houses with these tips:

Duty Free PH Pushes Livelihood Programs for OFWs, Balikbayans


Back in September of last year, I was able to get first dibs on Duty Free's Kabuhayan Shopping Program for OFWs.  It is to their intention to partner with our balikbayans to provide additional income for them and their families.

Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) and balikbayans who plan to break into entrepreneurship can now purchase their livelihood equipment at Duty Free Philippines Fiestamall.

Monday, January 28, 2019

PROMAMA Unveils Baby’s First Gift to You


I never could have imagined myself having a baby again after 13 years.  Physically, no woman is ever prepared for this, where in the body goes through a whole roller coaster of changes and these reflect in the changing states of mind as well.

When my husband and I confirmed that  was indeed expecting we felt we're back to square one.  All over again, I have to learn the ropes as I go along and while taking utmost care.  As parents, we are o faced with the most fundamental questions about everything from the body to life, to what happens int he first five years, to chaning family plans and many more.

Presotea: Taiwan's Brew-to-Order Tea is Now Here in Manila


As a tea-lover myself, one of the most exciting undertaking I had during our last year's trip to Taiwan was to be able to sample their teas, particularly their oolong tea, which I had several tastings of at Jiufen.

Taiwan produces some of the finest oolong teas in the world, and the more I learn about the different varieties and subtle differences between them, the more I find myself becoming obsessed with tea.  As a side note, Taiwan is also famous with milk teas or bubble teas.