Monday, July 24, 2017

Grande Rice Bran Oil for the Healthy Foodie in Us

I was just on the TV and Solenn Heussaff was being interviewed regarding her diet to which she attests that she don't eat fried food, to maintain her sexy bod.  Aww, so how can we (who eat fried food, a lot) then have that same bod without having to succumb to cholesterol and rich, oily yummy dishes?

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Herbed Mushroom Soup

I'm always up for a challenge and in the kitchen "raising the bar' had been our routine (mine and my kids).  We sure do love the classic dishes, of course, we'd make often, but there are times that we want to try something unique and most of the times, we'dbe our own guinea pigs, but we don't mind, I just needed to make sure that in the process, I don't get to waste the food.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Arts and Culture at Tam-Awan Village

Our education system is dominated by the idea of teaching children to absorb information within the guidelines of the curriculum and standardized tests.  It is our duties as parents to teach kids beyond what they can learn withing the schools' boundaries, especially about being culturally responsive.

What I love about that responsibillity is having to explore our regions, drive to the unknown and discover with them.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Pay Hotel Bookings Even Without Credit Cards

Hoping for a quixotic staycation at a hotel, but you don't have a credit card to pre-book it?  Or, you do have one but you don't want to use it for some reasons.  Fret not! had solved your misery. exclusively now offers Pay-At-Hotel, No Credit Card Needed.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

AirAsia's New Santan Menu and Catalogue Launch at Amorita

Last July 12, I flown with fellow foodies and travelers to Bohol on board Air Asia.  At the very least, it was my first time to have a pre-booked meal flying across the country.  My husband and I have counted on air Asia to bring our family to the destinations we have pinned as best-ever family trips, such as Puerto Princesa, Davao and Boracay, but we never really experienced a good meal inflight, because we were not aware of how such meals could be delightful.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Mati's Meat and Bread

When we think of family, there's that term that stands synonymous to it - home.

Conveying the theme of family and home is what Mati's Meat and Bread strives for.  Getting inspirations from their own family celebrations plus the foundation which Melo's Steakhouse have banked on for years, the heirs of the aforementioned establishment invite everyone o visit Mati's at Festival Mall's River Park.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Arca's Yard for our First Stop-over in Baguio

I'll just be photo dumping snapshots from our recent food partakings at Arca's Yard, a cafe and a museum with a mini library.

It's a famous hang-out of weekenders needing to find solace from well, the busy life.  It was for it's impeccable dining-on-the-floor-with-a-view.  When you enter the compound an al fresco dining area will welcome you and on your left would be the door to the main building.

There are plenty of Instagram-worthy nooks to get cozy with, or dine with a group.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Baguio: A Different Perspective of a Family Escape

For the nth time, our family have been escaping the dynamic life in Manila.


Baguio. our temporary distraction from reality and routine-living.

This time I was so eager to see "The Valley of Colors" in La Trinidad.  Also known as Stobosa, it's a hill of gigantum mural led by the solar artist Jordan Mangosan together with Tam-Awan artists.  Stobosa actually stands for Stonehill, Botiwtiw, and Sadjap, the three sitios on which the artwork now stands.


Baguio isn't what it used to be 10 years ago, nor was it last year when we last had an overnight. Today, even though the mist had always been upon us, followed by drizzles from the clouds, the city had been ever so busy, with people, with cars and with all the hustle and bustle.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Enticing Flavors Added to Izakaya Sensu's Menu

Just a couple of days ago, hubs and I were serious about trying out  a couple of listed sushi bars in Manila.  This happened after watching Jiro Dreams of Sushi, a documentary movie about an 85-year old Japanese sushi master.  The master Jiro Ono, owns a Michelin three-star restaurant - Sukiyabashi Jiro located in a subway in Tokyo which we dream of trying out in the future.  Our first take on this project did not start out so well, this one was in Ortigas.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Leaving Indelible Footprints at the Tower of Pisa

After our month vacation in Italy with a short jaunt to neighboring countries such as France, Monaco and Switzerland, I gave my two girls an assignment.  They were supposed to write an essay each about the lessons they learned during the trip.  Of course the first things that came out of their mouth were make up shopping at Kiko and realizing that Zara is cheap in Milan. 

I know they have better things to say, but spontaneity spoke so loudly.  I guess my girls aren't so little anymore.  Well, it has been a month after coming home and school started so they haven't started on that yet. 

Monday, July 3, 2017

Experience the taste of Japanese Food, Music at Buddha-Bar Manila

Buddha-Bar’s Corporate Chef Shigeki Iimura, to serenade customers with the exquisite Japanese Cuisine
Buddha-Bar-Manila, a world-class resto-bar-lounge that offers fine dining and entertainment experience, is bringing the best of contemporary Japanese cuisine as Chef Shigeki Iimura, Buddha-Bar’s Japanese Corporate Chef, visits Manila this July 7 for a meet-and-greet with lovers of good food and entertainment.

A night of gastronomical delight will follow on July 8 as the renowned executive chef showcases his culinary skills as he prepares choice Japanese dishes through a live kitchen demo.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Smart Parenting Convention + Free Tickets and Give-away

At "The First Year of Life Workshop" last November, moms and moms-to-be audibly gasped when Dr.Roselyne M. Balita, a pediatrician and founder of the Little Lamb’s Pediatric Wellness Place, said you could actually use edible oil (yes, that can mean cooking oil) to massage your baby. Sensing the disbelief, she continued, "With edible oil, there’s no danger of your baby ingesting toxins when he puts his fingers or toes in his mouth."

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Where Basketball Meets Fun in Dining at Buendia Food by the Court

Food parks, the trending foodie destinations that are continuously putting more fun into dining.

Honestly, I've been to only one (except if you categorize Mercato Centrale as on), hence, I may not be the expert in this area, but if I need to go to one, I have a benchmark.  It has to be on the same leverage (or better) with Buendia Food by the Court.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Luxurious Villa-living at Espacio Verde Resort, Roxas City

On the third day of our Roxas-Carles exploration, we found respite.

I knew from the start that island-living may not be for my kids (I'm just a reluctant mom, always thinking of what's most comfortable for my babies).  So, I needed to end this four-day tour with an anxiety-free stay, something to prep us from the flight back to Manila and then go back to our normal, too occupied lives.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

DOT Finally Says No to Nickelodeon Theme Park

From my Coron blog
Last June 1, DOT Sec. Wanda Teo said that the Nickelodeon project in Coron, will be pushed through, I'm happy to announce that she have come to her senses realized what was most relevant to our tourism practices.

Sharing with you the press release from the Department of Tourism as of today.

Father's Day Hoopla + Filipino Cuisine at Providore

I think, I did mention in one of my post that Providore is officially our family's favorite comfort food fix place!  With that said, it wasn't hard for me to pick a place on where to eat lunch on a Sunday.  But it's not just an ordinary Sunday, as it was a day to honor my husband (and other fathers), as 
the world have observed Father's Day.

Friday, June 23, 2017

20 Years of Serving the Best Seafood by MIDA Food

When selecting either fresh or frozen seafood, there are several things to consider and one of it is to always look for the label.

For instance, some refrigerated seafood may have time/temperature indicators on their packaging, which show if the product has been stored at the proper temperature.  Always check the indicators when they are present and only buy the seafood if the indicator shows that the product is safe to eat.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Traditional Trofie al Pesto Genovese

I've yet to blog about my trip to Genoa (Genova in Italian) and I can't wait to share it to you. Apart from that, I'm already drafting my take on true-blue Italian gastronomy.  But I want to bring it to you a little at a time, just like how Italians enjoy their meal.

So, on our trip to Genoa, the top-most thing that really made a mark on me was their love for their own pesto.

LN MomMe Joy

Monday, June 19, 2017

The French Riviera in One Day: Nice, France and Monte Carlo, Monaco

Oh I've been to Nice and the isle of Greece
While I sipped champagne on a yacht
I moved like Harlow in Monte Carlo and showed 'em what I've got

It's not really an LSS kind of thing, LSS as in "last song syndrome."  The song I've Never Been to Me was really special to me, even before I became a lady.  It was popularized by Chrlene back in 1982, but I think I first heard it in 1985 and I was really young then.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Banana Wheatgrass Mini Bundt Cake

I've known wheatgrass juice' significance to health a long time ago, but I've gotten tired of its taste. But from time to time, I make it a point to give kindness to my skin, hair and body by drinking a glass of Easy Phamax Wheatgrass juice.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Back to School Recipe Ideas from EASY PHA-MAX WHEATGRASS

Wheatgrass Banana Cake with Pistachio Cream

It has been two weeks since my two girls back from busy school life.  And I'm again faced with challenges in the kitchen on what to give my picky back-to-schoolers, which I hope should also be healthy and yummy enough for them.

Are you faced with the same predicament?

Saturday, June 10, 2017

#MindaNOW: A United Pop-Up Benefit at Providore, SM Aura

June 12...

What is it to us?

Independence, nationalism, freedom?

At this point, I don't think many people would be in a celebratory mood, as our brothers and sisters, either Muslims or not are in grave threat due to our armed forces battle against the Maute group in Marawi.

Friday, June 9, 2017

UNO's Modern Filipino Taste: A Filipino Feast for All Senses

Words and photos by Dems Angeles of Dangmusings (

The Filipino cuisine is celebrated in the Queen City of the South through a two-month special culinary fest!

Everytime I hear Chefs Roland “Lau” and Jackie Laudico's name, I know that at the heart of every venture they do is their passion for Filipino food and cooking culture. Their latest collaboration, with the Waterfront Group of Hotel's UNO in Mactan and Lahug, is a festival of flavors.

“UNO's Modern Filipino Taste: A Filipino Feast for All Senses” showcases the Laudico's reinvention of well-loved Filipino and Cebuano dishes.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Demystifying Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet at Verona, Italy

Are you a hopeless romantic like me?  Someone who believes in love and has tons of romantic ideals in life...somehow sees fairytales maybe true and may happen, and looks up to famous lovers for their inspirations.

YES? Then this article is devoted for you!

Monday, June 5, 2017

A Few Reasons Why One Should Visit and Go Back to Venice, Italy

As I was writing this article, my heart missed a beat, and the dream I just woke up with kept on crippling in my thoughts.  In my dream, I was in Italy, alone somewhere, lost, flashes of conversations with Filipinos to get instructions on how to go and meet with my family were vague.

One thing is clear though, if ever I get lost in an island or somewhere, it has to be in Venice.

Venice, the floating city, "the city of mirrors, the city of mirages," "an orange gem resting on a blue glass plate," "Italy's mask," are just some famous words meant to describe this group of small islands.

Doña Elena Olive Oil Brings Philippine Airing of US Master Chef Season 8 on Star World

Doña Elena Olive Oil brings Philippine airing of US Master Chef Season 8 on Star World

Chefs, home cooks, and foodies now have something more to look forward to as the all-new season of US Master Chef surprises viewers with a feast of flavors that are both inspiring and entertaining.

Over the course of its newest season that premieres on June 8 at 8 PM on Star World, US Master Chef Season 8 promises to showcase hilariously yummy dishes, and a mix of new breed of personalities who can potentially change the culinary scene, one recipe at a time. To intensify the excitement, James Beard award winner and Mexican-American Chef Aaron Sanchez joins acclaimed pastry chef Christina Tosi, and main host and celebrity-chef Gordon Ramsay as judges.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Art Cafe and Food, Ristorante, Murano, Venice

All I know is that my father is going to take us to Venice and maybe we can also find a good place to eat lunch with my brother-in-law and a new found friend and sister in Christ, Elma.

An earshot of Venice, Murano, a small island, separated by a wide body of water from the main island.  The two-story buildings, all-charming canal houses, quaint streets, and picturesque views caught my attention immediately and made us all excited to bring home evidences of the visit to the island.  Until we reached the middle of the day, nearly famished, with my girls grumbling to have lunch.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Murano, The Glass Island of Venice

Isola de Murano, a gem of an island, literally, is one of the string of man-made islands in Venice, Italy. It's a small island, separated by a wide body of water from the main island of Venice. and it's known as the glass capital of Italy.  When you check the map, it may to be close to each other, but it will take you about 45 minutes to get there. Even though it's small, the Venetian charm will definitely fascinate you.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Auro's Bean to Bar, Not Just a Chocolate Concept

Started from a search of one’s spiritually and founded not just her passion but also the gold in chocolates.

Back in 2010, during a difficult time Ms. Jackie Go was in pursuit of her higher being and at the same time was prospecting for the best cacao in the country. All along Ms. Nieva Cornejo was with her. She helped  looked for farmers and founded the criollo porcelana, the rarest variety of cacao in Davao. Yet farmers didn't know its true value and the market was not in good shape they were cutting down trees. So they worked hand-in-hand with these farmers to restore cacao production. Bringing bean-to-bar concept to a whole new level.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Two of Europe's Famous Lake in One Day + Castello Grande

Lake Como, Como, Italy
Can you possibly visit two European countries in one day?  The answer is yes!

Many travellers have actually made this tour, maximizing both their time and Schengen visas validation. 

With our ever trustee tour guides, the Manlapaz family, on their limited edition Chrysler Grand Voyager, my kids and I were able to visit two famous European lakes in one day, each one located on different countries separated by a border.

Old Orchard Cranberry’s Summer Cooler Recipes

With summer’s scorching heat around, there’s nothing more delightful than sipping something cold and fruity.

However, when you’re after a refreshing drink with the right balance of sweetness-and-tartness, Old Orchard Cranberry Juice is the answer. This thirst quenching drink can complement any meal and can serve as abase for easy-to-prepare mocktails. So whether you’re at home, on a vacation-out-of-town, or at a get-together party, these delightful non-alcoholic infusions would surely be a good company and help bring along the fun!

Friday, May 12, 2017

Two Must-Visit Landmarks in Milan Aside from the Duomo

Aside from the majestic cathedral, Duomo di Milano, there are so many historic landmarks you can also add on your list when you want to travel to Milan.  I had a glimpse of Italian history at Castelo Sforzesco and Arco della Pace.

It's More Than Ice Cream, It's Carte D'Or Gelato

Over the years, UK’s #1 premium ice cream brand has been enjoyed by discerning dessert lovers from all over the world. Carte D’Or is present in Italy, France, Russia, Brazil, and Turkey among many others.

Now, Carte D’Or is finally making its Southeast Asian debut with its new gelato range, and it starts here in the Philippines. Carte D’Or Gelato offers a lineup of flavors crafted with real Australian cream & only the finest ingredients sourced from all around the world.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Mangiare! To Eat at Alzaia Naviglio Pavese

When my sibs' friends found out that I'm here in Milan, they organized a dinner at one of the sought-after dining place in Milano.  They knew right away where to bring me so I can feel that sweet way of Milanese welcome with the Filipino\s touch of course.

Filipinos and Italians have one thing in common - the love and passion for food!

Hence, we ate, but first we met up at Naviglio Grande and we all joined at Maya.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Duomo di Milano, A Guide for the Wanderers

No one is to leave Milan without ever visiting Duomo di Milano.  It's always the priority on the list of tourists, as it is iconic as the majestic history of Italy.

Hence, it was the first landmark my sister had us visit on our first day.  Together with my two kids, my sister, Wilma, who lived here for almost 20 years, brought us to Piazza del Duomo and we rode the tram on the 16th.  From Via Venosa, where they live, it's only 10 stops which took only 15 minutes.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Skin Rejuve Elite's Newet Branch in Alabang

Skin Rejuve a premiere medical spa company with expertise in handling both non invasive and minimally invasive aesthetic procedures is now open to serve the southern peeps.

Its team of service providers are composed of doctors experts in the field of aesthetic intervention and board certified nurse.

The grand launch of their fifth branch was held last April 29, 2017 at Westgate Center, Alabang.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Club Balai Isabel Aquapark is Now Open

If you find summer to be  a monotony of events - basking in the sun, adorned in your new summer outfit, the usual coastal walk and selfies, then you're in for one adventure you should never miss before summer lasts.

Club Balai Isabel have transformed summer from one drabness to one of excitement and adventure. Though many have already found home in the summer in Club Balai, this haven of a resort have taken summer living up a notch by not only providing sports activities but a playful spot where even adults can be kids for a day.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Cook and Celebrate with Franzia + Beef Bourguignon Made Simple

There is always a reason to celebrate and what better way to do that than with Franzia.

A memorable milestone has to be accompanied by the perfect celebration. So for the graduation season, Franzia wine is here to inspire a lifetime of achievements where friends and family are happy to gather in support of the newly grad! 

Though we aren't celebrating graduation yet in the family, we are celebrating another milestone fort this blog, for the family and it's my son's 21st birthday.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Toast Asian Kitchen and Tasting Room Opens in Ayala’s The 30th

More and more malls have been opening up and have welcomed the concept of it being a culinary destination, and there's one that I was so unlikely to visit-Ayala the 30th but hve braved the traffic with.

But what really made me visit the said mall is the opening of another restaurant serving contemporary cuisines.

Say hello to Toast Asian Kitchen and Tasting Room.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

A Second Look at Tanay, Rizal's Beauty

Whenever a tragedy happens at a certain place or region, the tourism gets affected the most.  Like what have happened to Tanay, Rizal, after the Sitio Bayucan (Magnetic Hills) tourist bus accident.

According to the local government of Tanay, it has been observed that tourist arrivals have slowed down following the temporary suspension of all school field trips in the country as a consequence of the said bus accident, which involve 15 casualties from the BestLink College.

The   Department   of   Tourism   (DOT)-Region   IV-A  in   collaboration   with   the   Provincial Government of Rizal and the Municipality of Tanay together with the Tour and Travel Agencies,   Stakeholders   and  Academe   came   up   with   a  “WALK   FOR   SAFETY   IN TANAY” to recapture the trust of tourists and travellers and assert the safe and secured destination of Rizal.

It was held last April 5, 2017 at  Epic Parc (Tanay Sampaloc Road). But on the day before, together with some media personnels, we were able to visit several tourist spots and had a look at their major roads.

Contrary to the remarks made of the danger of going up the hilly roads of Tanay, it was actually a smooth ride from Manila.

 Our first stop was at the municipal hall of Tanay and we were welcomed by the tourism office and Mayor Rex Manuel C. Tanjuatco.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

#MomsTheWord, A Gourmand Market Rendezvous for Moms

When you're a mom, you can easily find simple joys in everything.  But there are times life is harried, prosaic, and we need more loving and we need our lifestyle to be more eventful.

Well, if you are stuck in that notion and you want to add zest in your mom-life, or whether you're in need of a more breath-taking event for your moms or mommy friends, here is my best suggestion - THE GOURMAND MARKET, Mom's the Word.

Found My Perfect Summer Footwear with ELRO

You can never be ready for the vibrant hues of summer.  Whenever I here or read about summer, I think of the warm azure colors of the sea, the sky, the sand, green fronds an neons.  Ooops, something went a bit eclectic there.  Neons are a thing of the past, and please don't ever disgrace the fashion community you belong to donning neons while at the beach.

Instead get caught in cool  hues that won't compromise your own design style.  But which would
fall perfect with whatever ensemble you decided to garb on with.

Shang Chocolate Wonderland, a Dream Come True for Chocoholics

Photo by Chu Perez
When a piece of chocolate heaven was made possible here on earth, what do you do?

OMG!  I might not have contained myself and went on panic attack and hoarded all the chocolates I could hold in my tiny arms.

Why the weird question? It's actually real, weird but real.  So fellow chocoholics, let us all rejoice, as Shangri-La Plaza, the metro’s top lifestyle destination, presents Shang Chocolate Wonderland. The week-long celebration kicked off last Easter Sunday, and runs until April 23 at the mall’s East and Main Atria.

Chocolate has been known to trigger happiness so chocolate lovers have the perfect reason to indulge in their favorite treats. Shang Chocolate Wonderland is choc-full of fun activities, the perfect way to celebrate Easter and jumpstart the summer season.