February 20, 2018

Occasions of Joy's 8th Year Anniversary

I quietly celebrated Occasions of Joy's 8th Year Anniversary by posting a photo on IG, FB and Twitter taken at California Pizza Kitchen Shangri-La branch. I originally wanted to have an intimate thanksgiving lunch with blogger friends close to my heart but all of them had prior engagements.

I also planned an outreach at Little Angels Home in Cavite on this day but Sister Monica said to move it on the 25th because most of the kids are in school on a weekday. 

Although my plans didn't materialize, I am happy that this blog have reached this far. 
What I wore. Unbranded floral dress  and my favorite Gola white shoes

February 17, 2018

Mary Kay® Concealer, CC Cream and Brightening Stick

Rafael has many blemishes from his previous acne. It actually does not bother him much but because he needed to look really good at Mr. and Ms. MandSci Finals Night, I used Mary Kay Concealer, CC Cream and Brightening Stick that my sister Liz and brother Jubert gave me last 2016 Christmas.

The effect is really nice! Flawless in an instant. Plus, I didn't have to worry about El's sensitive skin because Mary Kay® products are not only to look good, but also good on all types of skin. Mary Kay® Mary Kay® Concealer, CC Cream and Brightening Stick is infused with antioxidants to help protect skin.

If you want to buy or simply test Mary Kay® products, contact my sister at https://www.facebook.com/liz.alberto1.

February 16, 2018

Mr. and Ms. MandSci 2018

Although I'm okay for my son Rafael to join Mr. and Ms. MandSci 2018, I had ambivalent feelings  because I wanted him to join when his twin sister is ready to join. I wanted them both up in the stage at the same time for I find it really cute to just see them there.  Since El was personally chosen by Mr. Patron and Gimeno to represent 9-Gamma, I couldn't refuse because both teachers are among the nicest in school.

Long story short, El made it to the first step, chosen one among the 32 male students of City of Mandaluyong Science High School. Then moved on to Top 8. My son did not win the contest but what's important is to enjoy the experience, win or lose".

Congratulations not just to the winners but the whole crew who made Mr. and Ms. MandSci 2018 a successful one.

Before I end this post, just a few reminders that I hope the organizers will take note of. Program must start on schedule. Nakakaawa yung mga performers from other schools they invited kasi di na napanood ng karamihan ng audience kasi late na nagsimula. Halos nag uwian na ang mga parents and friends ng mga mag-aaral na di nakapasok sa Top 16. Sa susunod, dapat huwag mag imbita ng napakaraming performers kung di lang din mapapanood ng audience.

Ikalawa, if may reserved seats, lagyan ng RESERVED sa umpisa pa lang ng pag aayos ng upuan. My family and I were there as early as 430pm. My husband was seating at that same chair since 5pm. Nag restroom sya pandalian at around 630pm, pag balik nya sa same seat sinabi sa kanya ng isang SSG Officer na reserved seat daw. Walang nakalagay na RESERVED doon since 430pm. Pagbalik nya may nakalagay na at ayaw ng paupuin ang husband ko ng SSG officer dahil uupo ang boyfreind ng isang judge. My friend, who is a mother of a former Batang MandSci can attest to this because she was there, she witnessed what happened. She felt disappointed with how that SSG Officer talked to my husband kasi hindi daw magalang ang pagkakasabi sa asawa ko. Ni hindi nag apologize ang SSG officer na yun. Ganito ba ang virtues ng Batang MandSci? My husband didn't say anything about the incident, it was my friend who told me this story.  I hope the SSG will look into this incident. I have been an active parent of two MandSci students for 3 years, nakaka disappoint lang na gawin iyon sa husband ko because we were there very early. Kung may nakalagay na RESERVED doon sa upuan na yun hindi uupo ang asawa ko doon because he is a man who follow rules and regulations. Buti na lang likas na mabait ang aking kabiyak at di nag react.

"What's important is to enjoy the experience, win or lose"
-Joy Mendiola
February 16, 2018

February 15, 2018


John and I are thinking of buying a condominium as an investment and as a future gift for our children.  We've been visiting places since November to check out model units and other amenities but we still haven't found the right condo for us.  

Thanks to Mich SMDC Eats invite, I was able to see three SM Development Corporation properties, namely Light Residences in Mandaluyong, Grace Residences in Taguig and Jazz Residences in Makati. Although, I didn't get to see the model unit, at least I got to see its location and neighboring establishments. Plus, I got to taste hidden treasures where you can eat delicious and satisfying food from the three properties mentioned above.

Our first stop was at Light Mall where we tasted tacos, burritos and more at The Art of Tacos. Then we proceeded at Eggettes and Company for Hong Kong style waffle with a twist.

Second stop was in Grace Mall where we had to-die-for sisig, crispy pata and steak at Hot Kitchen by Fresh Options. 

Last, but certainly not the least, is at Jazz Mall. We capped the night at After All Bar and Grill where we tasted sisig, seafood teriyaki (I super like it!), different kinds of cocktails and coffee, oh my coffee!

As I always do, I keep the writings short and focus more on videos. Feel free to watch our SMDC Eats, a food crawl.

About SM Development Corporation

SM Development Corporation commits itself to provide access to luxurious urban living through vertical villages perfectly integrated with a commercial retail environment, giving its residents access to a truly cosmopolitan lifestyle. 

Properties of SM Development Corporation are strategically situated in key areas across Metro Manila specifically the Central Business Districts of Mall of Asia Complex, Makati, Ortigas, Taguig, Quezon City, Manila, Pasay, Parañaque and Las Piñas.

They can also be easily accessed from neighboring provinces like Cavite, Bulacan and Pampanga.

SM Development Corporation AWARDS & CITATIONS

SM Development Corporation - 2016 Winner, Special Recognition in CSR
Trees Residences - 2016 Highly Recommended, Best Affordable Condo Development 
Grace Residences - 2016 Highly Recommended, Best Affordable Condo Development
Shell Residences - 2015 Winner Best Landscape Architectural Design
Mezza 2 Residences - 2015 Winner Best Affordable Condo Development
Wind Residences - 2015 Highly Commended Best Mid-Range Development Resort
Grace Residences - 2015 Highly Commended Best Landscape Architectural Design
Trees Residences - 2015 Highly Commended Best Landscape Architectural Design
Green Residences - 2015 Highly Commended Best Affordable Condo Development
Jazz Residences - 2014 Best Residential Interior Design
Jazz Residences - Best Mid Range Condo Development (Manila)

Shore Residences - 2016-2017 Highly Commended Residential Landscape Architecture Philippines
Shore Residences - 2016-2017 Highly Commended Residential High-Rise Development Philippines
Shell Residences - 2016-2017 Best Residential Landscape Architecture Philippines
SMDC Light Mall - 2016-2017 Highly Commended Retail Development Philippines
Jazz Residences - 2016-2017 Highly Commended Residential Landscape Architecture Philippines
Fame Residences - 2016-2017 Best Interior Design Show Home Philippines
Breeze Residences - 2015-2016 Highly Commended Residential  High Rise Development Philippines

Reader's Digest Trusted Brand Award 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
BCI Asia Top Ten Developers 2014 SM Prime
BCI Asia Top Ten Developers Corporation

February 14, 2018

Grade 9 MandSci Field Day Performance.

My daughter Julia is an academic achiever. She does not asks for a lot of things, except for concert tickets of popular Korean male groups. I also know when she wants me badly in school like when she texted, "Mom, the field demostration is about to start but we are the last group". I know that she wanted me to see them perform. Luckily I made it on time to record Grade 9 MandSci Field Day Performance. 

Sharing this Grade 9 MandSci field day performance to the parents who were not able to see their respective kids on this special day.