Tuesday, May 31, 2011

The Only Party the Family Hosted

   With the help of our Lord Jesus and our dear friends, we were able to host an event my daughter would really treasure.   Our family was able to overcome a painful ordeal and with that we were able to realize what life has yet to offer.   My daughter who turned 7 last May 5 was so expectant of the outcome of the party.   Yes she really prayed hard for this!  And the Lord was so gracious enough for answering her birthday wish.   More than a year ago she  was diagnosed of DKA or Diabetes Ketoacidosis.  Is an acute, major, life-threatening complication of diabetes. DKA mainly occurs in patients with type 1 diabetes.  And we never knew she has it till then, being kept in the ICU for more than three days.
Since then she have been taking insulin shots, twice a day.   
But the miracle we see now is that in spite of her condition she grows more intelligent, beautiful and faithful to the Lord.   As we await for the total healing of our daughter the Lord continues to heal every family member with all the  dark and painful past.   We just live each day at a time and live every blessed day as it is!
   The day, May 7, 2011 were we celebrate God's fullness in miraculous and loving ways not only in our daughter's situation but more so for the whole family and the friends and relatives who have been on our side through the tough times.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Too Late for Lactation

   It was a rainy Saturday, though I was still not stopped by the peculiar weather the Philippines has.   After touring Mercato Centrale for the SMC Weekend Market Roadshow with Chef Ed Quimson, I headed on to NBC Tent Mommy Diaries, a Lifestyle and Wellness Expo for Mothers. 
   The event was indeed an interesting one, I was invited by a friend, whom I was supposed to meet at the said venue for some health know-how and mommy-pampering, but far more have I encountered.  
   I will give you more of the exciting details on my other site, mommygonebloggin.wordpress.com.  I hope you do visit it and be sure to discover new ideas, products and people. 

Sunday, May 22, 2011

SMC Weekend Market Roadshow at Salcedo

    The first stop of San Miguel Weekend Market Roadshow was at Salcedo Weekend Market at Bel-Air Village, Makati.   Chef John and Chef Ernest (son of Chef Sylvia Reynoso Gala) gave away tips n' tricks in cooking.   Five easy to follow recipes were shared and here are the finished products.

Weekend Market Roadshow

    San Miguel Corp. is inviting everyone to the Great Food Club Weekend Market Roadshow on May 28, 2011, 9 AM at Mercato Centrale, Bonifacio Global City.
Chef Ed Quimson, 
The infamous chef behind Paseo Uno's Pasos del Tiempo (A Walk Through Time) will e giving a FREE cooking demo.
Plus exciting raffles, product samples and fun photo shoots await everyone!

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Contis Caters for A Mom-bloggers' Workshop

Last May 18, I headed straight to Fully Booked, at The Fort Strip for  Intel's Mother's Day tribute for mom-bloggers.  

Universal Kindergarten at Chelsea

   Bloggers once again met with Assistant Secretary Tonisito M.C. Umali to address more

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Eastwood Richmonde Hotel Caters for McKinley Hill

   Last April 27, we were luckily invited by a Megaworld Inc., Premier Property Consultant, for a very extravagant dinner buffet at McKinley Hill Information Center.   Richmonde Hotel of Eastwood were the one who catered for the Open House.   The place was jam-packed with investors, agents and surprisingly people who pleasures in informative gatherings such as this, like me. 

Cocktails at McKinley Hills

Add flavor to summer and
enjoy the pleasure of delightful treats
as the country's most luxurious hotel
concoct their desserts exclusively for Megaworld

on May 31, 2011, Tuesday
6 pm onwards
At McKinley Hill Information Center

Ivan A. de la Luna

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Gayuma ni Maria

After a very uplifting message from our church's pastor, we decided to treat our friends for a surprise lunch.   It was only two weeks before my Dana's birthday, and we have yet to finalize the program, the design of the

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Dana's Cupcakes and Grand Birthday Cake Table

Jell Robante Photography
Jell Robante Photography
Jell Robante Photography

Cupcakes by me!
Cake by Miss Matamis
Venue Decor, including all the accessories in the table by Racquel Urbano-Abadiano
Follow Architect/Photographer Jell Robante and her Passion at

Lunch at DepEd

   Being a blogger sure is exciting, "you'll never know what you'll gonna get" as Forrest Gump

Friday, May 6, 2011

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

  The much awaited foodie event of the year.  Dubbed as “The Ultimate Food Show Experience”
   With the remarkable success of WOFEX 2010, World Food Expo continues to be the food and beverage industry’s main source of supply solutions. The phenomenal rise of the event in terms of exhibitor bookings, visitor traffic and sales generated has reinforced its growing importance in the industry.
   WOFEX 2011 will be held from August 3 to 6, 2011 at both World Trade Center and SMX Convention Center, Metro Manila, Philippines and they invite us to be part of the continued growth in food industry.

See Pacquiao and Mosley Fights in Gastronimity

P800 for 1 Entrance Ticket of Pacquiao - Mosley Fight Live Telecast with Buffet Brunch at Makati Palace Hotel, Makati City (valued at P1600) For Ensogo Members.

Marriott Hotel Manila

   Inviting all sport-loving families to gather on May 8 at the Grand Ballroom from 9AM to 1PM and witness another most-awaited fight of the season-- live via satellite from MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. There is quite no perfect destination to watch another phenomenal battle of the country’s pride other than the Grand Ballroom as it transforms to a sleek and state-of-the-art sporting ambience. Everyone will surely experience a larger than life blow by blow adventure of the game in gigantic screens. Find out if Shane ‘Sugar” Mosley will fall another victim to Pacquiao’s fist after celebrated victories over the likes of Juan Manuel Marquez, Oscar dela Hoya, and Ricky Hatton.

   Take the viewing experience to a higher level with an inclusive ambrosial brunch buffet escapade, courtesy of Executive Chef Meik’s culinary choices: crispy bacon, corned beef, hash brown, garlic rice, Chinese bun, and Singapore noodles. The oven-fresh bakery section is also filled with an assortment of sweet and crisp bread choices which include pandesal, ensaymada, warm croissant, Danish bread roll, cheese cake, and apple tart. Wrap up the treat with a loadful of healthy fruits such as papaya, orange, watermelon, and mango. Then top it all off with creamy fruit yogurt, crunchy cornflakes and coco pops. Sip in indulgence free flow of San Miguel beer, soda or iced tea for only P1750 net or a choice of 2 San Miguel beer, iced tea, or soda for only P1500 net. Watch the nation’s sports hero with his first biggest fight of the year as he goes for the gold only at Marriott Manila!

For inquiries or reservations, please call 988-9999 or visit www.marriott.com/mnlap

   WHY PAY to watch the LIVE TELECAST of the Pacquiao-Mosley fight when you can WATCH IT FOR FREE at Mercato Centrale?
   PLUS freedom to pick your choice of pica-pica food from our 140+ vendors!

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Jaeda's Orange Cake

The new tangy zest of orange in dreamy creamy layers of orange chiffon and rich chocolate cake.

Heaven-sent Baking Supply Store (Closed)

h & j Baker's Choice

My daughter and I met with a new friend last Thursday, and as we were on our way to Cash and Carry, Makati, to have a snack we saw a small store.   Quite intrigued by the name of the store, we tried to get near.  Seeing known baking suppliers, such as Wilton, Kitchen Aid etc., made it more interesting.   So we barged in.   To my surprise a lot of the things I need to make the cupcakes for my daughter's 7th Birthday party were there.   Even the ones I need to buy at Gourdo's to add a more personalized and themed touch to the cuppies.   With that I won't be spending much on gas and time.
The staff was welcoming and kind enough to help us breeze through the things I was looking for.   

 What's more is that they offered a promo, and gave me a discounts and with that I will definitely go 
back there for my baking needs.   I'm used to buying stuffs at Chocolate Lovers at P. Tuazon in Quezon City.  To think that I live here in Pasay, it is such a labor going to and fro.   A nearer store is at Baker's Depot at WalterMart, Pasong Tamo.   But most of the time their supply is not comprehensive.   A lot of times, Divisoria was referred but it is still far and we can't bear the traffic.

They have all the baking needs, from ingredients to materials and they even conduct classes.   

h & j Baker
's Choice
Calatagan St., Palanan, Makati
Telephone: 556 4322

Here are some of the cupcakes my kids and I baked.

 My daughter's birthday Chocolate cupcakes my Sweet Temptation recipe with Royal Icing.

 My own vanilla buttercream frosting recipe.
My Chocolate cupcakes making debut on Reggie and Gigi's Wedding
(Credit to Mitchell's Sweet Kiss, cakes and cupcakes in their wedding motifs, mine was with the white frostings only)

Gastronomic Treats for Moms' Day!

"Motherhood brings as much joy as ever, but it still brings boredom, exhaustion, and sorrow too. Nothing else ever will make you as happy or as sad, as proud or as tired, for nothing is quite as hard as helping a person develop his own individuality especially while you struggle to keep your own."   That is according to Marguerite Kelly and Elia Parsons.   
We owe our lives and success to our mother's.   All over the world it is celebrated, however obscure the  date is or when and how the celebration began, what trully matter is we took 1 day in the 365 calendar days and give it mom.
We should always thank her, say sweet words, flog her with hugs and kisses,
 but this day, May 8, should be special.
Don't you think she deserves to be happy and thankful for being your mom?
                                 Here are cool gastronomic treats for mom on Mother's Day!  
Fruiquet has great and unique ideas that will surely make your Mom's eyes sparkle.
Here is their website: www.fruiquet.com or give them a call at  +632 794 5999 or 
+63915 451 9999

My Pink Wasabi can capture mom's heart in these inviting sweet delights.
Check it out at their Facebook site: http://www.facebook.com/MyPinkWasabi.pastries
Marriott Hotel Manila whips up pancakes and have kids meticulously design their flapjacks for their moms.For inquiries or reservations, call 988-9999. 

Drop by Powerplant for activities with mom and buy her something special, some shops are having sales.
And bring her to Starbucks for a refreshing Frappuccino with just half the price.

It's All About Mom and Pancakes at Marriott Hotel

   On May 8, start the day with a blast at Marriott CafĂ© for a seafood buffet brunch commingled with a refreshing smoothie station for only P2000 net. While the whole folk kick back and relax, everyone will be thrilled as kids get to create a customize pancake, guided by Marriott Manila’s renowned chefs at the pancake station. Kids are set to be inspired as they whip up a worth relishing flap jack while mom awaits to the scrumptious surprise. 

   From the sweet to savory, Executive Chef Meik Brammer and his team ensure kids will feel like a pro as they come up a heartwarming pancake gift. Featuring deliciously decorative ingredients, there’s no other creative way by greeting mom with personalized and piping hot pancakes. 

   Want more? Escape in the rowdy city and treat mom to a luxurious overnight stay at Marriott Manila. For only USD 180++ enjoy a replenishing retreat with the whole family, inclusive of breakfast buffet and P500 worth of F&B credits per day. Make her the ultimate star of the gathering; swing by at Jessie Mendez Salon and Quan Spa for a breezy weekend look with a 20 percent discount on this special day. 
   The evening of celebration intensifies at the Cru Steakhouse with its choice of 3 or 4 course set menus at P3, 000. Abstract in its beauty, the plate is touched by the hand of none other than Executive Chef Meik Brammer, an assurance that it’s a ritzy meal one will remember. 

   Meticulously inspired by the sophisticated characteristics of a modern mom, Java+ is featuring limited edition Mother’s Day confections. Introducing maracaibo vanilla crunch filled with majestic flavors of swiss felchin premium dark chocolate, vanilla panna cotta, and chocolate mousse. While for a splendid cake concept minus the guilt, the emanuelle cake fits well to all diet-conscious moms. Its multi-layered mango, lemon, lime, and orange ingredients add a zesty burst of flavor to almonds and white chocolate. Touch mom’s heart with any of these specialty cakes for only P1700 to make her feel appreciated all-year long. Thinking of symphony of sweets to surprise her? The daintily decorated assorted chocolate truffles in strawberry champagne, black forest, baileys, gianduja, malibu, and sugar-free rum raisin all at P55 each can do the work. 

   With all these astounding mother’s day surprise ideas from Marriott Manila, throwing a party will surely steal scenes for a fabulous family event to remember.