Sunday, July 30, 2017

Turning Wilderness to Wonder at Amorita Resort

Have you ever seen the wonder
In the glimmer of first sight
As the eyes begin to open
And the blindness meets the light
If you have so say

I'm walking in the wonder
You're the wonder in the wild
Turning wilderness to wonder

from the song Wonder by Hillsong United

Upon reaching Amorita's lobby, one word came to my mind instantly, wonder.

Before I could tell you something about how I felt when I once again reconnected with the mesmerizing shores of Panglao, let me first say how glad I was to reach Amorita and to experience their warm services and the smiles of the hotel staff.  Because there is really something about the welcoming smiles of Boholanos (which I have apparently inherited from my father's side).

Friday, July 28, 2017

Alona Beach, Night and Day

Thanks to AirAsiaPH and Amorita Resort, I was able to experience the little Boracay of Panglao, Bohol.

Bohol is our home away from home, as my father was born and raised here.  And everytime we come to visit this province, a trip to Panglao is always a part of it.  We would always go to Dumaluan beach and when we were endowed to go to a resort that's fine and dandy, we would go to Bluewater Resort Panglao.

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.