March 30, 2015

Lipstick Versus Food at Chelsea Kitchen

Joy Felizardo's invite for Lipstick versus Food at Chelsea Kitchen made me realized three things. First, that Chelsea Kitchen has been in this spot for almost a year now.  I'm so busy that I didn't even notice CK even if I frequent its neighboring store, namely H&M and Zara.

Juancho told me, "Mom, I've been asking you even before when are we going to dine at Chelsea Kitchen". All the while I thought he was referring to Chelsea in Serendra. By the way Chelsea Kitchen is under the same company as Chelsea Grand Cafe in Serendra. 

Ck's open location, big windows, wooden furniture and  bright and earthy colors reminds me of home.  By this I mean, I felt so comfortable and happy dining despite the noise coming from the event elsewhere. It really feels like home because my husband likes playing music all the time. While our children likes making noise, happy noise that is.

Unlike most restaurants constrained by walls, the big glass windows from the main entrance provide natural light which makes it feel like I'm dining al fresco, minus the dust and heat.

I'm more of a bread person now than rice, 
so it's a real treat that Chelsea Kitchen offers a variety of bread.

raspberry tea

The second thing I realized is that, I still enjoy food review. I begged off invites of food review for quite sometime because food just tasted the same. Not at Chelsea Kitchen. I personally enjoyed their raspberry tea, watermelon-pineapple-mint fresh juice, 4-hour cola ribs, roasted seafood cioppino pasta, squid ink and clam pasta, crispy hot wings, super garlic cream pizza, and clam chowder and crouton's soup.

Juancho enjoyed chocolate milk and clam chowder and crouton's soup, and the birthday cake.

sesame seared tuna and mango salad

clam chowder and crouton's soup, pumpkin soup and maple bacon soup

crispy hot wings

super garlic cream pizza,

 4-hour cola ribs

roasted seafood cioppino pasta

squid ink and clam pasta

ultimate grilled cheese

birthday cake, slice.

And the third thing I realized is that it's never too late to own more than one lipstick! Thanks to Monika De Veas of Lipsticks and Moe for encouraging me to experiment and enjoy lipstick!

 Chelsea Kitchen
 Ground Floor, Mega Fashion Hall, SM Megamall, Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong City
(02) 909 7012

March 28, 2015

The Real Measure of Intelligence and Success

The time has come to explore and recognize the different forms of intelligences to help children achieve the most success. Understanding that success isn’t solely based on how good a child is in math or science means giving the chance to recognize their ability to be good at other things as well, eventually creating a generation that possess multiple intelligences.  “We continue to seek ways for parents and educators to recognize that developing multiple intelligence is just as relevant as academic performance, giving kids today the chance to develop their inherent skills in a motivated and well-rounded environment,”says Rhea Villareal, Senior Product Manager, Progress Pre-School GOLD.

“Multiple intelligence can spark multiple achievements – it is the edge that this new generation will have.”

This edge is perhaps best exemplified by some of this country’s young multi-achievers who were recently recognized at Progress Pre-School GOLD’s Multiple Intelligence Recognition Day. Among them are Sofia Pablo, whose excellence in academics is complemented only by equally impressive achievements in dance and sports; Cedric Rafael Uson, whose potential for leadership and the arts are notable; Sean Clarence Cai, who consistently impresses others with his propensity for numbers and excellentinterpersonal skills at such a young age; Luis Raphael Danao, whose academic achievements are rivaled only by his passion and excellence in sports; and Ciara Russegger, whose athleticism and academic inclinations prove that a seamless integration of brain, body and people smart is possible with the right support.

Kim Atienza, multi-achiever and Commencement speaker in the Multiple Intelligence Recognition Day, also expressed that his well-rounded character has been key in achieving success in life.

“Multiple Intelligence has equipped me to confidently engage with the world and readily accept challenges with family, passions, and career,” says Atienza.

Improving access to multiple intelligence

Progress Pre-school GOLD’s multiple intelligence advocacy has the opportunity to transform development approaches simply by highlighting the fact that various facets of intelligence combine to create a balanced and successful child that can potentially change the world.

As a means to further promote multiple intelligence, Wyeth is partnering with the Reading Association of the Philippines (RAP), a non-government organization committed to improve all aspects of the national reading programs and teaching procedures through teacher-training and research.

RAP calls educators to embrace a comprehensive curriculum to promote students’ maximum participation for overall development. It educates school teachers using proven progressive methods to teach kids to learn to read and enhance comprehension — thus, facilitate a better learning environment to help students to progress into multi-achievers.

Moving up and choosing multiple intelligence

Progress Pre-school GOLD encourages Filipino moms to move upto a more progressive approach to parenting as expertsprove that young minds gain knowledge through play, direct experience and social interaction.

“As a parent, my challenge is to help my kids apply their knowledge to everyday life, not just by getting good grades but by being well-rounded individuals that are smart, creative and helpful,” says Jenni Epperson, Multiple Intelligence advocate.
Activities have become open-ended and interdisciplinary and the more kids exposed to different fields and interests, the more they are able to perform better and beyond given measures.

“With multiple intelligence, you don’t just go one step ahead, you go twice as far,”says Mikaela Lagdameo-Martinez, Multiple Intelligence advocate.

Progressive moms have a partner in Progress Pre-School GOLD as they further support the development of their child’s multiple intelligence. Progress Pre-School GOLD is now with its best-ever GOLD Biofactors System with higher levels of DHA, Choline and Lutein to support a child’s multiple intelligence.

March 27, 2015

Randy Ortiz Designer Collection for Kashieca

Hello there! I haven't blogged anything for the last 8 days. I've been busy with the twins graduation last March 24 for Rafael and March 26 for Julia.

This is a very special week because it's also a celebration for  the twins passed their examination in a Science School.  In short, their tuition will be free from now on, yipee!

Julia specifically told me that jeans is not allowed on their graduation day so I kinda got busy window-shopping for that perfect dress. Unfortunately, I was not able to find one because I'm more of a shirt and jeans type of person.

Then I remembered I bought 2 dresses at Kashieca 3 years ago for Queen and Princess Contest that I haven't worn. These dresses were Randy Ortiz Designer Collection for Kashieca. I actually bought 3, same design but 3 three different colors. I wore the blue one for my 40th birthday.

Rafael's Awards:
Youth Leadership Excellence Award,
Co-Curricular Awardee for Basketball Varsity
and Knights of St. Thomas Aquinas

Julia's Awards:
Bronze Medal for Third Honorable Mention,
Exemplary Performance in Math and Science Club,
Exemplary Performance in Journalism,
Exemplary Performance in Supreme Student Council,
Best in Reading and Phonics,Punctuality and Perfect Attendance Award

"In this outward and physical graduation ceremony,
the awards are not the end of it all. 
You know what has made me the happiest mom?
Knowing that my son and daughter enjoyed their elementary days
without pressure to be accepted for who they are not.
 Their inner and spiritual strength is more important 
than bringing those medals home." 
- Joy Mendiola
March 27, 2015

March 20, 2015

PRO Earth Run 2015

In its Global Climate Risk Index 2015, Germanwatch listed the Philippines as one of the countries most affected by extreme weather events in 2013. It also reconfirmed that "less developed countries are generally more affected [by extreme weather] than industrialized countries, and forewarned that “if mitigation efforts are not immediately taken, the world will continue heading down the path towards dangerous climate change.”Is it a downward spiral from here?

Prayerfully, no. As surely as "a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step,” so is the race to protect, respect, and oversee care for Mother Earth.

To increase awareness on environmental responsibility, join and raise funds for Earth Day Network Philippines; continuing projects and programs, on its second year the PRO Earth Run 2015 on 25 April, 4:30AM, at the Mall of Asia Grounds in Pasay City!

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