Sunday, April 22, 2018

Artsy Easter at Buddha Bar


April 1, Easter Sunday, probably one of the days when traveling or taking a cab from our place to Kalayaan Ave., in Makati was a breeze.

It is probably the last Easter kiddie party or event my youngest daughter would have attended.


Buddha Bar was kind enough to invite us to their Easter event where families with kids gathered to savor a buffet spread made only for that day and made sure the place was welcoming enough for the kids.

Friday, April 20, 2018

Making Your Tap Water the Purest and Cleaner with IVO



What if you have a device at home where you can easily have the cleanest, purest water with the turn of the tap?

You might say, "that's impossible," as Manila's water can be so dirty and might have millions of pollutants and toxins in it.  

What if I say it's now possible.  Well, it has been since the launching of Torayvino in the market two years ago, many homes have been given safe water from their own faucet.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Artheraphy, To Remind Us of the TRUTH!


Long, long time ago, after attending an event near E. Rod., I came across this cute coffee shop as I waiting for a cab ride.  It was on a rush hour so I had to just ask my husband to pick me up as it was hard to get a ride.  As I was waiting for him, I took shelter at this cute coffee shop, with a Biblical verse as if trying to invite me in.

Loving Veggies at the National Food Fair


Sitaw guisado, kare-kareng gulay, barbecue salad- these were just some of the appetizing vegetable dishes served by Mama Sita’s during the Sikat Pinoy National Food Fair held last March 14-18 at the Mega Trade Hall. Emphasizing the need for cooking and eating healthy, Mama Sita's showcased delicious and nutritious examples of homecooked meals in their 7-day menu incorporating various locally available vegetables. The menu was designed to encourage families to include more vegetables in their daily meals for a healthier lifestyle.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Create New Happiness with RWM's Mobile Companion


Something really exciting happened in my mobile just recently, I discovered that life is getting easier and easier by the minute, only if you are "in the know." This meant that being aware of what our favorite companies have been kindling up to serve their customers better, you still are ahead of the
times, therefore, making it easy to design a lifestyle that fits you.



Well, I'm talking about Resort's World Manila's newly updated mobile and online application. Resorts World Manila (RWM), the Philippines’ first integrated resort, is bringing the concept of seamless integration to your fingertips with its latest updates on the RWM Mobile Companion app, which can be downloaded for free on the AppStore and GooglePlay.

Shangri La Plaza's Exciting Offers for a Quality Family Time This Summer


We know how Filipinos love hanging out at malls to escape the scorching city heat and Shang loves having everyone around, that's why they have lined up fun activities for the kids and kids-at-heart.

Get ready to explore and discover Shang's Summer Safari and takethe perfect selfie against floating islands, colorful vines and palm trees, and larger than life lions, elephants, zebras,giraffes and flamingos.  Coz yes nothing like vibrant pink hues of flamingos at the mall.

Getting ready to hang out at Shang? Then start mapping out their itinerary for a fun-filled family day out.

I was blessed enough to be amongst moms and their kids who got to try an eventful day at Shang, so I can share with you the experience, for you to recreate with your kids.

How about starting out with the family's fave summer snack, ice cream.  Stopover at Joseph's Craft Ice Cream and watch how they whip up their artisan ice cream using liquid nitrogen.  Tried their Organic Vanilla Bean and it sure did worked up an appetite for fun!  Other unique  specialties are Bacon, Crisps and Coffee Latte.

Right across is Mr. Franks.  Load up on cheese nachos, yummy hotdogs garnished with lovely extras!

Or how about some corn dogs?

My kids grew up roaming Shang the more fun way - Shang Express, like a choo-choo ride around Shangrila.  Did you know that you and your child can have FREE rides at the Shang Express?  For a minimum single receipt purchase worth P500, your child can get access on the ride.

What can brighten up every child's visit to the mall, you ask?  Let's spell it!

T-O-Y-S.

Build City at Level 4 of the Main Wing is a haven for little engineers, aspiring architects and builders.  They can have free play as well with LEGO bricks on a table while still deciding what toy to take home with.

Another giggly voice from behind as we head on to Animaland also at Level 4 pf the Main Wing. 
Let me share you a video of what this cute stall is all about.


If the still have lots of energies in them, make sure to include a visit to Kidzoona, an educational entertainment center where kids can develop communication skills and stimulate motor abilities through play, specially in the ball pit.

Shangri Mall awaits!





Thursday, April 5, 2018

BAKE Cheese Tart, A Welcome Delight from Hokkaido


It's true that Japan holds the magic to lure tourists,  especially during spring, making it a dream destination for many.  While Japan goes into a craze each spring, gathering millions of people catching a glimpse of the elusive cherry blossom -traditionally known as Sakura, it's also when the tourist would flock famous pastry shops and savor the fine food Japan could offer.


Awesome Summer Parties by Jet 7 Bistro Catering

World Food Expo catered by Jet 7 Bistro Catering

As summer approaches, planned reunion events with friends abound. From beach parties to swimming parties at country clubs (or even at home), spending time with the people we care about is always the best way to de-stress, but let’s be honest here – the food served is also a huge factor!

When it comes to food preparations, Jet 7 Bistro Catering is here to help! They are an experienced catering service and have been the go-to for many companies around the metro. They are easy to contact and even easier to book – so hassle-free! Getting Jet 7 Bistro Catering for your celebration is efficient because you’d have more time to plan other aspects of your party – you don’t have to worry about the food anymore, they got it covered for you!

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Growing Your Own Food from Seed


Some of us have a primal urge to get back to our roots and learn how to become more self-sufficient. Others are content to go to the grocery store and purchase fruits, vegetables, and other unhealthy processed foods at the checkout line. Still, others want to be able to take the seeds that create life, plant them into the ground, and ultimately have a harvest of great tasting fruits and veggies that they can eat all year long and share with family and friends.

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Almond Flour and Oatmeal Chocolate Cookies


I always, always make time to do some research in the kitchen, removing guilt whenever I feed something delightful to my family.  It's really hard to get focused and staying up tuned to healthy living especially when you have a diabetic in the family.

Friday, March 30, 2018

Discover the Flavor of Tex-Mex in SM MOA at Fiery Style


I could not forget the first time our family had Tex-Mex together and it was five years ago in Dumaguete. Imagine, we even have to travel all the way to Dumaguete to be able to try what is said to be authentic yet with a modern flair of Mexican dishes.

We loved that foodie experience and since then, we'd have this hankering for Tex-Mex or even some true-blue Mexican dish, from time to time.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

#AWholeLotToLove With Anchor


Achor Butter have been well loved long enough since my great grandparents time perhaps.  I, myself practically grew up with Anchor milk (and another the four-letter word brand).  With it's existence in our market, never have I really took time to dig in deeper and really get to know the product.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Lessons LIFE Taught Me for 42 Years


You've heard it right I'm already 42 (March 20 was my birthday, haven't you known) and I never denied my age,  but I try to conceal it, I'd to thank good health, contentment, and love for that.  

Again, many would be surprised if I tell them my age and I always get this statement, "You don't look your age!" And I would joke like "Oo nga parang 39 lang" (when I told them I'm already 40). Many would say, age is just a number, I couldn't agree more, but I'd rather use this thought - As we grow old, We grow riper.

Have a Roaring Good Time at Resorts World Manila’s Easter Safari


Time to bond with the family on Easter Sunday, Resorts World Manila, the first one-stop, non-stop entertainment and leisure destination in the Philippines that features recreational thrills, world-class performances, unique events, and exciting lifestyle options had yet again arranged something really special for Easter.

Families with kids aged four to 12 are invited to take a walk on the wild side at the Easter Safari at The Plaza in Newport Mall, Resorts World Manila (RWM) on April 1, 4:00 p.m.

Monday, March 26, 2018

LIKHANG HABI X KULTURA: Weaving Stories with a Common Thread


Driven by its genuine desire to promote the preservation and creative enhancement of the indigenous textile industry through entrepreneurship and synergy, HABI: The Philippine Textile Council aims to continue to celebrate the traditional Filipino weavers that are keeping the industry alive with this year’s  8th Likhang HABI Market Fair.

Friday, March 23, 2018

Doña Elena Olive Oil Premieres the All-New Season of Master Chef Junior and Celebrity Chef: East vs. West

                     
Are you prepared for a food-filled month this March is? Dona Elena Olive Oil welcomes the premiere of two mega cooking shows for all culinary lovers, like me and all food enthusiasts at home.

On Being a Prime Mom with Mega Prime’s Canned Fruits and Vegetables


Mega Prime, the brand that paved the way to quality canned vegetables in the market had just recently renewed their contracts with Marian Rivera-Dantes.  Since it's plunge into the market bringing canned Mushrooms, Kernel Corn, and Green Peas products, they knew Marian would best suit the embodiment of a Mega Prime endorser.

Many girls look up to Marian especially now that she is a mom to an equally beautiful girl. It was indubitable for people not to notice the brand without Maryan in the picture, and according to her, she uses the products and believes in the products.  She added, "if you know the product and can trust it, why would I not approve the tie-up with Mega Prime?"

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

LG's Stand for a Cleaner, Greener Environment for Women


In modern societies, it is important to consider how we connect and preserve with nature.

Pollution (air, noise and waste) is on the rise, biodiversity is lost, and, all over the world, people are suffering the consequences of climate change due to constant development.

Women, in particular, are more vulnerable to the detrimental effects caused by pollution and toxic substances compared to men. Women have a different relationship with the environment given their needs and responsibilities as household stewards, economic providers, and their role in reproduction.

Birthday Month GIVEAWAY!



HELLO everyone!

Have you ever heard of the phrase "mad as a March hare?"

Well, that's literally how I would sum up this month! Try as I must, I don't want to put myself in the same idiom sense.  I still managed to be collected and not too frantic about my calendar being full and wonky, but there would be times, that I would be likened to Mad Hatter but definitely not the March Hare.

Monday, March 19, 2018

5x the Summer Fun FamilyMart Raffle Promo


Summer is definitely here and what best way to enjoy it than go on vacation mode. After working for so many hours, you deserve that break to relax and recharge. That’s why your go-to for daily essentials FamilyMart is giving you the chance to win awesome getaway packages where you get to bring along your barkada or family!

Thursday, March 15, 2018

DOT Pushes for Faith Tourism


Tourism Secretary Wanda Tulfo-Teo urged the public to visit faith-based tourism destinations and participate in the Lenten activities in the regions.

The tourism chief made the assertion in a press briefing held today at the Illustrados Restaurant in Intramuros, Manila.

Teo noted that with the creation of the Faith and Farm Tourism sector, “The DOT is poised to go full swing on piloting emerging faith tourism destinations this year, highlighting festivals and various Filipino traditions that will encompass a holistic pilgrimage experience.”

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Recipe: Cheesy Beef Stroganoff



Sometimes, when we're tired of eating chicken dishes, we buy fresh-cut beef in the market and end up cooking it either "tapa-style" or "Bistek."  But when you have tons of Anchor products in your fridge, especially having their cheeses in packs, you get to be inventive.

Endless Possibilities of Celebrating with Feliz Dish & Details


Throwing a festive fete can be exasperating, but when managed properly and a little help from creative people who walk the talk, having one can be so rewarding and fun.

Parties are getting more and more novel, and Pinterest can be of help or could add to the confusion.  Whether you want to go with the trend or just have it simple, your event, intimate or grand, can be memorable and worth the effort.

Last Saturday, I was able to attend the launch of Feliz Dish and Details.  But prior to that, I received a wonderful invitation that came in this gorgeous little party in a box.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Mott's 100% Apple Juice and Peter Rabbit Equals One Exciting GIVEAWAY!


Beatrix Potter has created a character which children can easily relate to. The story is so simple yet seemed engaging enough for young kids.  We can all agree that nothing is as irresistible as something that is off-limits, and Peter Rabbit is no exception to this rule. Peter’s wayward behavior is in contrast to his sisters, Flopsy, Mopsy, and Cotton-tail, who were well-behaved little bunnies.

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Surviving Two Days in Taiwan


Ever heard of bizarre travel plans, well that's probably how I roll with my family and the trip I had with my husband is no exemption.

We tend to create unconventional itineraries when we travel. It’s a little alarming at first as we worry about what we might miss out on. But in the end, we see the place in our own way, at our own pace and it doesn’t matter that we haven’t checked all the standard sights off our checklist. We have something to go back and see in our roundabout way on the next trip.

I've been so busy with a lot of things as of late but at the back of my mind, I've been thinking about how I could make my husband and I's anniversary less tacky, not boring and something we could say "glad we did it" or just "WE did it."

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Na-Engkanto sa Polilya


If you're one of those who was somehow exposed to folkloric stories or has gotten an appeal for it, then you're going to like this feature. But if you're both and also someone looking for a place in Poblacion that serves up artisan beers and grubs that could satisfy even a discriminating gourmand, then you'll make me your friend before you even finish reading this feature.

While the location and atmosphere comprise a hefty part of Polilya's initial appeal, every eatery lives and dies based on one simple factor. Yep, that’d be the food and sometimes the alcoholic beverages that keep the community alive.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Have Your Chipotle Fire Chicken Hotter with Effin Hot Gravy


Are you feeling the heat already! I mean to say, with Kenny Rogers Roasters firing up our appetite for really hot specialties that may blow your mind away, have you felt that hotness yet?

After the successful launch of Kenny Rogers new addition to their roasted chicken list - Chipotle Fire Chicken, they made sure to even amp up the hotness level of what is to say #HOT, cause anyways #ItsGoodToBeHot, don't you think?

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

YOUniversity Suites and L.A. Village: Where Hip and Heritage Convene

Photo credited from facebook.com/YouniversitySuites/

Who would have thought that an old building along Recto was made anew and given a hip and modern vibe?

What happened to be an apartment just a shell for a long time with nothing but a decaying facade and rubbles in an open lot. This building known as Laperal Apartments, built in 1946, had been a witness to the rise of the post-war era and the glorious days of Manila, alongside many famous buildings and movie houses in Azcarraga (now known as C.M. Recto Avenue) and Avenida streets.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

#IntheMoodFoodCrawl at Evia Lifestyle Center


Just like what Yotam Ottolenghi said, "Brunch, is an extended breakfast that should be enjoyed whenever you have time properly to engage in cooking and eating."  But gather together moms who love eating and socializing, brunch is given a whole new light.  It becomes an avenue for a blooming or even a lasting friendship.

As a mom, we work on multiple things all day long. You get in a rut and begin to feel like a hamster on a wheel. You don’t have to reach that point if you set aside some time to meet with a good friend and enjoy the company of others.  Thanks to Michelle Ressa-Aventajado and Sabrina Cristobal-Go of Mothers Who Brunch who gives value to fun gatherings.  

Social functions are great for well-being and prompt a cheery disposition and this duo definitely have the means to infect us with their creativity and light-heartedness. 

I've been to a couple of their well-managed brunch events and every time I attend, it gave me a sense of inspiration and well, meeting new like-minded moms tops it all.

Friday, February 9, 2018

When in Los Banos, Make a U-Turn at Kaeron's Cakes and Cafe


Know you're not alone. God is here for you. CHECK!
Stop worrying about what others think. CHECK!
Surround yourself with the right people. CHECK!
Learn from each blunder and actively develop better habits. CHECK! CHECK!

These are just some of the ways one can overcome self-doubt to be able to build a profitable business.  Most of us tend to assume that successful, confident people never have any doubts -- that they are decisive about every choice, never have regrets and always know what to do.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

It’s Love at First Bite at Shang’s dining destinations


February...

The month when we think mostly about love.  Just like what Henry Miller said, "The one thing we can never get enough of is love. And the one thing we never give enough is love."

As the air of Valentine's celebration draws near, it's never too early to think of how we can give love and more.

Shangri La Mall had thought through to help us.  What better way to give love, love, that sharing a good meal, as this is said to be the best way to bond with people. Allow the delicious food offerings of several restaurants of the mall entice you to gather and think of love.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Makan Ken Mainum at the Bambanti Festival 2018


Translated as food and drinks, Makan ken Mainum, are Ilocano words every foodie who wants to explore the culinary of Isabela should know. Moreover, it is the banner of the recently concluded Isabela’s Master Kusinero Cooking Contest which was one of the highly-anticipated activities in the Bambanti Festival 2018.

This event is a show off of different culinary ingenuities coupled with the tradition of city and town representatives of Isabela.  Of course, Ilocano cooking in the highest degree of respect is the major factor for this cooking battle.

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Setting the Limelight to Isabela's Bambanti Festival 2018


There is one thing Isabelenos are undeniable about, their ardent love for their Motherland.

Ergo, the annual Bambanti Festival was again live this year, in all its vibrancy and warmth of welcome bearing the theme “ISABELA KONG MAHAL” (Isabela, My Beloved Land).


Organized by the Provincial Government of Isabela, the Bambanti Festival is a tourism, trade, and environment project aiming to develop, promote, and market Isabeleños’ world-class indigenous products, lifestyle, merchandise items, and cuisine as the pride of province.

Bambanti Festival 2018, celebrated from January 22 – 27, focuses on Isabeleños’ warm traits for their beloved land, care and protection for their national resources and environment, love and respect for the culture, history, and heritage of the community, and consistent efforts for a sustainable agriculture and all other industries. 

The theme “ISABELA KONG MAHAL” depicts Isabeleños strong commitment to their beloved land and outstanding virtue of hard work, proudly sharing to its visitors how their family-inherited traits contributed to the fast-growing socio-cultural and economic development of the province through various creative concepts and images.


I bear witness to these eventful festivities, and I can truly attest how the government body imbeds patriotism and the importance of the major source of livelihood -farming, but still staying intact with their cultural roots but open to modernization and development.


 “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.


Bambanti Festival Fares

The Provincial Government of Isabela has prepared yet again another impressive array of festival fares that locals and visitors can look forward to.

Onset is the Kultura Ken Sining – activities featuring the province’s rich culture and arts:


Giant Bambanti Showcase, a province-wide Search for the Best Giant Bambanti (Scarecrow) Showcase to be participated in by all LGUs of the province.  Each official entry epitomizes the character of the place and people it represents in terms of culture, history, trade, industry and environment following the prescribed theme:  ISABELA KONG MAHAL.  It will be displayed in front of the exhibit space designated for each LGU participant at the Bambanti Village.


Bambanti Street-Dance and Showdown Competition, showcasing the advocacy for agricultural progress and environment protection and conservation through their dance movements, with Bambanti as the focal reference and unifying element.


Bambanti Musical Street, with Isabela’s choral groups interpreting a common four-voice contest piece—an original composition, depictive of the inherent qualities, virtues and character of Isabeleños and a second pop music piece of each group’s choice to be rendered with full choreography.

Bambanti Festival King and Queen, a cultural pageant to search the LGUs’ festival king and queen who excel not only with their physical beauty but more importantly their knowledge, appreciation and pride of place, culture and history of their hometown and province.
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Furthermore, Bambanti Festival’s highlight falls on the Bambanti Village, which exhibits Isabela’s Agri-Eco Tourism prides:


Indigenous Handicrafts, which is a rich collection of locally-made OTOP-certified products from each municipality and city.

Heritage, which displays patterns, weaves, music, arts, language, traditions and culture of the tribal communities of Gaddang, Ibanag, Ytaois and Ilocano.



Lifestyle Merchandise or the showcase of hand-crafted home accessories for dining, entertaining, bedroom and living room areas including but not limited to furniture, linens, home decors, etc.


Isabela’s Master Kusinero Cooking  Contest, aiming to bare exotic dishes from the traditional Isabela home kitchens that are mostly undiscovered.

The Bambanti Festival is a three-time winner of Aliw Awards, bringing home the title of Best Festival Practices and Performance for 2015 - 2017.




Thursday, January 25, 2018

Welcome good fortune with Resorts World Manila’s Imperial Festival


Mastery Academy of Chinese Metaphysics founder Dato’ Joey Yap holds the Manila leg of his Feng Shui and Metaphysics world tour at the Marriott Hotel Manila on February 7 as part of Resorts World Manila’s Imperial Festival.

Monday, January 22, 2018

Camp #LiveBetter, Changing the Insurance Game


Don't unfollow me if I say that it is easy and rewarding to live longer, healthier and better lives because I just quoted that from Philam Life.  However, three wellness teams have strongly agreed and will surely attest to that, and so did I.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

When #ItsGoodToBeHot with Kenny Rogers Chipotle Fire Chicken

Many foodies would agree when I say that food is so reinforcing.  Our memories of it would not escape the way we see a certain food even as simple as roasted chicken.  Every time, I see a chicken being roasted, it brings me back to the years when my father would grill chicken in the oddest way-"pinaupong manok" or how he would prepare the chickens he himself took care, for Christmas.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Your Guide to Healthy Snacking with FamilyMart

Ube, Ube Creme or Vanilla Twirl

We can’t help those sudden cravings for a sweet, salty, or cool treat—but maybe we don’t have to. While eating frequently throughout the day used to be frowned upon, studies now show that having small snacks in between meals can actually be good for you.  Your go-to for delicious favorites, FamilyMart, is here to satisfy your taste buds with new options for your morning, mid-day, or nighttime munchies.

10 Best Places to Travel in Tuscany


Italy in itself is a place that people dream of visiting not only for its landscapes and monuments but most especially for its food.

Today, Tuscany is another place in Italy that has certain attributes that make it so famous around the whole world. It is known as the most attractive place in Italy that people must visit at least once. Tuscany is known for its well-cultivated wine and the rich culture it holds inside its wide area. It is the birthplace of some famous artists, scholars, and visionaries that have polished the world.  Hence, you must simply rent a villa in Tuscany and soak in the Tuscan vibes.