April 19, 2018

The Pancake Warrior at The Maya Kitchen's Hotcake Art

I seldom get migraine but yesterday was a different story. Despite that condition I didn't let it spoil my day and headed to The Maya Kitchen to meet and greet and learn the hotcake art from no other than The Pancake Warrior, Elle Jay Orbase himself!

Elle Jay is not a chef nor a professional artist, but he enjoyed drawing cartoon characters in grade school. What started out as a curiosity over a hotcake griddle turned into a full-time career as he launched The Pancake Warrior YouTube Channel. His creations, ranging from logos to anime and cartoon characters, and even Philippine presidents, have become online sensations, garnering a total of 16 million views and fans from around the world.

Now, Elle Jay extends the love of Hotcake Art to more people by partnering with Maya. “I’ve always used Maya Hotcake Mix since it is easy to prepare and has a consistent texture,” he says. “Just like Maya, I also believe in making cooking fun, and so this project on hotcake art began.” 

Elle Jay uses the Maya Original Fluffy n’ Tasty Hotcake Mix and the Maya Quick n’ Easy Hotcake Mix for his creations, and will be sharing special tips and tricks to help you perfect your hotcake art. Using a squeeze bottle filled with colored batter, he first outlines the shape onto a heated pan, then fills in the gaps with details to bring the characters to life. But even without the tools that he usually uses, he encourages families to infuse a little more fun and imagination with their hotcakes. 

“You can just use additional ingredients, like whipped cream, chocolate chips, or even fruit slices, to decorate and make designs on the hotcakes,” he advises. “You don’t need to be an expert to do Maya Hotcake Art! For me, the important thing is that you make your kids and family happy, and that you have fun together.”

For more fun ideas on making hotcake art, follow Maya Hotcakes on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Mayahotcake and on Instagram at @mayahotcakesandmore.

The Maya Kitchen Culinary Center
8F Liberty Building, 835 A. Arnaiz Avenue (Pasay Road), Makati City
8921185 or 892-5011 local 108 or +63929 679 6102.

April 18, 2018

Lazada's 6th Year Birthday Sale

Lazada Philippines, the country’s largest e-commerce platform, celebrated its 6th BIRTHDAY today at The Ruins in Makati City with a cool party for media, bloggers, influencers and guests. To give everyone a night to remember, a two-minute shopping was the highlight of the night. I got what I wanted, a laptop/bed table and a lot of shampoo and conditioner (lol!).

To give  loyal Lazada clients a big thank you, there's an exciting annual birthday sale which is slated to happen from 25 to 27 April 2018.  Be prepared to get blown away with big discounts on your favorite brands and many more! During this three-day sale, you’ll definitely be in for the win as this birthday blowout includes killer deals, massive discounts, unbeatable flash sales, and other amazing surprises.

April 16, 2018

Okada Manila

Seven months of waiting for this Okada overnight is so worth it. That's how popular and busy this luxurious five-star hotel is. So if you plan to stay at Okada, make sure to book early for that special day or occasion.

Upon entrance to the floor where our room was located, we were greeted with lavish execution in every detail. I particularly like that glass decor they put on outside each of the rooms,

We liked the exquisitely spacious Deluxe Room that is overlooking the fountain. We were able to watched The Fountain show and recorded it at the comforts of the lovely room. The room has a space of 60 to 74 sqm, with beds with Sealy mattress. We were definitely spoiled with the elegance specially because of the bathroom that comes with jacuzzi that is made by Inax. Everything's soft touch. The toilet is automatic. We didn't have to worry about bidet handle that tangles.  

My kids had fun eating with over 21 dining options to choose from.  We stayed a bit late at The Fountain because we ate non-stop starting from Starbucks; to French Baker, Chatime, Pink's, and capped the night at Tokyo Cheese Factory.Family with young kids who's into popular food chains didnt have to worry because you can have it delivered in Okada but guests must pick it at the lobby since Okada is very strict with security. That's even a plus factor, right?

The room rate for De Luxe Room we stayed on starts at 14,000 up to 17,000, depending on the occupancy rate. The receptionist told me, it can even go as high as P22,000.  I didn't have to worry about the rate because I won this overnight accommodation at an event I attended last year.

For shopaholics mom (like me, lol!), worry not because at Okada Manila, over 50 of the world’s leading brands are well represented in a retail space designed to make memorable experiences. Navigate the Crystal Corridor with a personal retail concierge to help you get the most of every purchase and shop to your heart’s content.

The only thing we didn't like was the late check-in late, about 19 minutes, because the room was not ready. I think the receptionist forgot about us. Had I not reminded her, we would have stayed longer in the lobby.

The Fountain at Okada Manila is a sight to behold. As expansive as 50 Olympic-size swimming pools, the US$30-million fountain’s grandeur and accurately choreographed water, light and music performances rival those in Dubai’s Burj Khalifa and Las Vegas’ Bellagio. Equipped with advanced underwater robots, more than two-thousand lights, dozens of high-fidelity speakers, and more than 700 high-power jets that can shoot water beyond the height of the Okada Manila hotel building.

Fountain Show Schedules: Sun to Thu, one song at the top of each hour (6:00 PM to 10:00 PM)
Fri to Sat, two consecutive shows at the top of each hour (6:00 PM to 12:00 AM).

Okada Manila
New Seaside Drive, Entertainment City
ParaƱaque City, 1701, Metro Manila, Philippines
Telephone Number: +63 2 888-0-777
Email: Room Reservations
Restaurant Reservations

April 15, 2018

Gerald Anderson as ZenFone Brand Ambassador

I have three event invites for yesterday but I chose Asus event at One Esplanade for their launch on ZenFone 5 because I'm planning to buy 2, one for my son and the other for me.

Gerald Anderson was introduced as Zenfone Brand Ambassador.

The event started with awesome performance by Gymnastics Philippine Team. Followed by presentation of ASUS  newest line of AI-powered smartphones, namely, ZenFone 5, ZenFone 5Z, and ZenFone 5Q, by Asus big bosses.

The ZenFone 5 is priced at PhP 19,995 while the more premium ZenFone 5Z will retail for PhP 29,995. The ZenFone 5Q will cost PhP 16,995. The ZenFone 5 and 5Q are in stores starting today and the ZenFone 5Z will be available come July. The ZenFone Max M1, which is powered by an amazing 4000mAh battery, also launched in the country alongside the ZenFone 5 line. It will retail for PhP 8,995.

April 14, 2018


April and May is busy for us, Mendiolables, because I lined up many trips but I wouldn't miss the opportunity to see new products that are 100% Filipimo thru LIKHANG HABI AT KULTURA FAIR in SM Megamall.  

Support Filipino artisans and help keep the cultural tradition of these crafts alive by dropping by the first Likhang HABI x Kultura Market Fair on April 13 to 15 at SM Megamall in Mandaluyong. Part of the proceeds goes back to the weavers. 

Though the advocacy started years ago, this is the first time that the organization tied up with organic plant kit corporation MNLGrowkits for a full guide on the Philippine cotton. That said, HABI will be having a lecture on cultivating and growing cotton—further emphasizing the fiber as an integral part of the native Filipino rituals and lore and indigenous culture.

Since 2009, HABI has been providing the weavers and vendors an avenue to further enhance their skills in creative design and modern marketing by exchanging ideas with consumers, designers, and traders. The weaving community’s level of product development has since grown: from placemats and blanket and then to jackets, dresses, shoes, and apparel. One of the exhibitors, Rosal Lim of Rurungan sa Tubod Foundation, revealed that being with HABI all those years has made a huge impact on the foundation’s brands and the people behind it. As they launch their first cotton line, Lim expects to help more weavers. “The more people that we can get to join, the more they get to be exposed to the possibilities that their crafts can give them. What’s good about weaving projects like ours or the ones all around the Philippines is it empowers the craftspeople to make a living off what they do best. The more you give them an opportunity to live off this craft, the more people will stick to it,” Lim said. Also for the first time, HABI is joining forces with Kultura Filipino, a pioneer cultural supporter in Filipino Craftsmanship. Kisha Roxas, senior marketing manager of Kultura, said that their collaboration for this year’s Market Fair is an exciting one, getting to highlight brands in the same bandwagon. “What we’re trying to do is, for HABI, they’re trying to promote the importance of Philippine cotton,” said Roxas. “For Kultura, what we want to highlight is really keeping traditions alive and keeping the heritage alive; the craftsmanship that goes into making all these beautiful textiles and materials. A lot of the products now are shortcut machine work, but the items that we have here are all handcrafted. There’s really a meticulous labor that goes into it.”