October 26, 2010

Dona Maria The Amazing Rice

My entry for Dona Maria Stories Writing Contest DONA MARIA BROWN RICE

I am a mother of 3 young, sweet and smart kids namely Rafael, Julia and Juan. I had special health needs when I reached the age of 34 last 2007. My bad cholesterol was over the normal and my blood pressure was elevated.

I came across Dona Maria Brown Rice at an event they joined sometime in 2008 wherein they gave samples to all the attendees. I didn’t use/cook the said sample; I gave it to my dad (who just like me has, or even more, special health needs). I heard a lot about brown rice, they say it is very nutritious and very healthy. Some would say it is nutty. I literally took the word ‘nutty’, so I didn’t try my Dona Maria Brown Rice believing that for a rice to taste nutty only means awfully tasting. As fate would have it, last May 8, 2010, I covered Sterling Group of Companies sponsored event Mom and Me in SM Megamall for my Blog www.occasionsofjoy.com. Media and bloggers were given press kit which includes Dona Maria Brown Rice. Wanting to have a better take on health, this time I got interested, read the back label of the Dona Maria Brow Rice and cooked it the next day. For the first week, I wasn’t able to eat a lot because my taste bud was still adjusting. The Second week turned better, Third week I’m already experimenting on how my children will like eating brown rice. My kids during the first few weeks kept on asking, “Mom, when are we going to have white rice again?” So goes with my experimentation on how they will eventually like brown rice. When I cook beef steak, chicken curry or afritada, I make sure to have extra sauce. Instead of the usual sinangag or fried rice I sauté brown rice to the extra sauce and voila! Instant beef steak rice, chicken curry rice and orange rice (for afritada). For an added touch of love I serve the rice heart shaped. Now my children proudly tell their classmates that they eat brown rice. Aside from the steps and measures I take in making myself fit like eating/drinking food that is high in fiber, eating Dona Maria Brown Rice helped me more in attaining a healthier eating habit, a healthier body and a more positive outlook in life. I noticed that I don’t get hungry easily anymore after eating brown rice, my bowel movement also improved a lot. My cholesterol and blood pressure are on a normal level. Our long time house help and nanny resigned last March 2010, for 5 months now I do all the household chores, takes care of my family and on top of that I do freelance events hosting and organizing, I also do blogging every now and then. Imagine, just 3 months of eating Dona Maria Brown Rice gave me more energy…energy to do the necessary, and energy to do things that makes me really joyful. Now my husband tells our kids, “you’re mom is a superwoman”, being able to do all things (especially the hard ones, like laundry and ironing of clothes). I firmly believe that a life long commitment in eating Dona Maria Brown Rice will be more beneficial to me and my whole family. I hope through my story, more people will have a change of heart and try brown rice.

Now out in Good Housekeeping October 2010 Issue, page 123.

It was fun meeting Abby Yabut up close and personal. I have met her in many breastfeeding talks I have attended, Abby as the source speaker. No dull moments with her. Abby is one super mom, just like me, still breastfeeding her kid at 4 yrs old.

BOUNTY FRESH CHICKEN - First Quad Media Event

Embracing the healthy lifestyle starts with shopping for healthier food options, from the freshest greens and fruits to the cleanest meats and poultry. Bounty Fresh Chicken, a Filipino-owned company and one of the leading and fastest growing suppliers of high quality chicken products, stayed true to such principle by providing only the best poultry products to Filipinos. Fresh from winning the very prestigious Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2010 award, , the 2009 Asian Livestock Awardee revealed its best practices and its secrets as to why they are known as Asia’s Best in the broiler integrator category in its recently concluded multi-media event called “1st Online Product Launce and Quad-Media Day.” Bounty Fresh Chicken held the event at the classy & popular Chef’s Table Restaurant located at the Infinity Tower at the 26th street, the Fort Bonifacio Global City.

The event was hosted by Meg Entrata (sister of Susie Entrata of QTV’s Fulltime Moms)
The place was packed with media and bloggers. Friends from the media and top bloggers had a fun, prize-laden and educational experience. Aside from bringing home great freebies from Bounty Fresh, we all learned delicious and healthy chicken recipes personally prepared and demonstrated by popular TV celebrity gourmet chef, Bruce Lim.

Lucky guests went away with special prizes for participating in the games and raffle. A wellness talk given by respected nutritionist Joan Sumpio was one of the highlights of the day’s program, which stresses the importance of chicken meat, nutrition and finding the right product in the market. A ‘Best Blog Post’ Contest was also launched.

Some of Bounty Fresh’s well-loved chicken variants are its whole dressed chicken and its chicken nuggets and hotdogs. They also have chicken cut-ups great for Filipinos’ all-time favorite ‘Chicken Tinola’, traditionally cooked with green papaya and dahon ng sili.

“From the day Bounty Fresh Foods was established in 1996, the company has always been committed in providing clean and fresh chicken and chicken-related products processed from its own state-of-the-art hatchery, broiler farms, and processing plants to make sure our standard of quality are met at all times,” says Bounty Fresh Brand Marketing Group Head Patricia Cheng.

“We would like to be known as a company that adheres to the highest standards of freshness and quality. We commit to offer healthy food choices and the best chicken products in the market. We make it as our humble contribution to nation-building by inspiring Filipino families to live a healthy lifestyle, by providing more jobs and business opportunities across the country, and by showcasing Filipino ingenuity and value of hard work and honesty.”

Bounty Fresh Dressed Whole Chickens are processed in its state-of-the-art and world-class facilities. The unique processing methods include triple washing carefully grown chickens (first of its kind) and vacuum-packing immediately to preserve the freshness and flavour. “With this world-class vacuum packing process which I think is our advantage over our nearest competitors, we guarantee the consumers that what they are getting is the freshest and cleanest chicken in the market,” said Dondi Alentajan, Bounty Fresh’s Group Marketing Manager.

Bounty Fresh also offers Fresh Chicken Cut-ups, Chicken Nuggets, Corned Chicken, Juicy Liempo and Super Legs and is found in all major supermarkets and groceries nationwide. The company is also behind the success of Chooks-To-Go, a popular 900-strong roast chicken chain famous for its ‘Masarap kahit walang sauce’ flavour.

Bounty Fresh Chicken chose world-renowned talent Lea Salonga as their latest endorser as seen in their recent commercials. Asia’s finest, homegrown prodigy representing Asia’s Best Chicken, a fitting tribute indeed.

Visit www.bountyfreshchicken.com for more info.

Food that were served, all using Bounty Fresh Chicken.

After event photos with Chef Bruce

Coffee at Chef's Table is comparable to that of popular coffee shops. Even Bedalyn (above in green) agreed.


Big Buddha, located at the 2nd floor of Greenbelt 3, had a dry run last October 15, 2010. They invited their loyal clients from sister company Super Bowl of China

Glad to have seen staff from Super Bowl of China - Megamall extending their support for Big Buddha

Clean area even when the staff were busy preparing the guests' orders

I have invited my friend Jingle Leomo (who's a regular of Big Buddha even before)
Juan, enjoying his Mango Shake

Yummy appetizer...

Delicious Noodles
My favorite...

With Maan (Super Bowl of China's Manager), Rachel Fallarme 9Director of Operations), Juan, and Jingle

Our server for the day, shy because she's new but innately friendly.

Visit Big Buddha
Accepts Credit Card
Telephone Nos.(02) 757-4820, (0917) 885-5630
Business HoursOpens from 11:00 am - 11:00 pm today.
Su, M, T, W, Th: 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
•F, Sa: 11:00 am - 12:00 mn

Diode Laser - The CLARITY Way

Diode Laser, commonly known as Laser Hair Removal is an effective and safe treatment for removal or reduction of hair. Its longer wavelength provides for safe and deeper penetration into the skin layer, thereby providing for better hair reduction or removal results, and fast treatment of larger body areas. It is the best laser treatment for all skin types based on long-time use and safety, but especially for individuals with darker complexion.

(The machine used for laser hair removal)

Last August, husband and wife Hen and Con Dela Vega visited us. We were talking about our respective kids and life as a whole when suddenly Con asked, "what's the one thing you'd like to enhance?". "Nothing", I said. " I'm happy with the way I am, oh but wait, I'd like to get rid of the hair on my armpit". I find it irritating when the hair starts to grow. You'd like to wear a sleeveless shirt but you can't because you haven't visited your waxing salon. For a busy mom like me, going to waxing salon twice or thrice a month is a hassle.

(Beautiful Dr. Karen Lipana, while doing the procedure)

Over the phone (a day prior the procedure) I asked Clinic Attendant Sheryll if Laser Hair Removal is painful. She plainly said, "madali lang po, tapos na bago ka pa maka-aray. She was actually correct, the procedure took only about 10 minutes.

Diode Laser will help break free, let loose and get rid of unwanted hair in six to eight sessions. Clarity Diode Laser is as follows: Underarm (P3,850), Upper lip (P2,200), Beard area (P3,300), Bikini Line (P3,850), Legs (P11,000) and Pubic (P6,600)

(With Sheryll Lindsay Berber, Clarity's Cinic Attendant)
Clarity Aesthetic and Laser Center, Inc.

5L Wellness Zone, Shangri-La Plaza Mall
EDSA cor. Shaw Blvd., Mandaluyong City
Tel. 910-4955 to 63
Customer Service Hotline: 632-751-4929
Email: info@clarity.com.ph

October 25, 2010

No Men, No Mirrors, No Make-up

Some women would rather not go to the gym because they get conscious doing floor exercises and other workouts along with the men. Some women like to go to the gym but can't because their boyfriends or husbands wouldn't allow them (again due to the presence of other men). Fret no more girls, because CURVES is the right gym for you...no men, no mirrors, no make-up.

(Photo courtesy of Metro Mag and Curves)

Visit CURVES at 2F Serendra, McKinley Parkway, BGC, Taguig City

or Call: 828-0208

October 21, 2010

CURVES - Strengthening Women

Been getting invites left and right for food tasting, product launching, birthdays, baptismal and what have you. Because of this the weight is weighing me down a little. Plus the fact that I have to monitor my bad cholesterol level. I've been thinking of going to the gym for the longest time. Finally I have found the right fitness institution for me, CURVES!

CURVES is the first to offer a 30-minute exercise program designed exclusively for women. Curves also offers a complete fitness and nutrition solution.

The Curves 30 minute workout exercises every major muscle group and burns up to 500 calories through a proven program of strength training, cardio and stretching.

In addition, club promotions and events encourage women to support charitable groups. Curves Mission: is so simple it can be summed up in two words: Strengthening Women, supporting women in their wellness, fitness, weight loss and life goals.

I'm heading to CURVES any time now.

Visit Curves: Fort Bonifacio, Taguig, Metro Manila, Philippines
2/F Serendra, McKinley Parkway, Bonifacio Global City
Taguig City, 1634
63 2 8280208

October 19, 2010

JUAN Strikes Back

Juan is such a funny boy... Just today:

Juan: Mom, do you know why they call celphone a celphone?

Me: O, why?

Juan: They call celphone a celphone because you can sell your phone when you don't like it anymore..

October 18, 2010

Winnie The POOH

I'm not fond of stuffed toys even as a kid, I'd rather play sipa and piko with my friends. I remember receiving a Winnie the Pooh stuffed toy from my husband (who was then my boyfriend) for our 2nd year anniversary as sweethearts. I was truly disappointed! I wanted something else but I had no choice but to say thank you. Little did I know that this same Winnie the Pooh will play a big part in my family's life.
(Pooh stole a scene in this photo taken in Edsa Shangri-La Hotel,
our Wedding Day last 2000)

(This photo was taken at SM Megamall last 2006, during Winnie the Pooh
and Friends visit to the Philippines)

Meet our Pooh Family:
This is the same old Pooh that my husband gave me 15 years ago. I have given POOH to Rafael since he was 3 years old.
This is Julia's Pooh which I proudly got from Timezone's UFO Catcher last 2005.
Julia fondly calls her Pooh as POOHSHA.
This is Juan's POOHLOY, which I bought last 2008 at Toy Kingdom.
This Pooh have been by my side during 3 operations: 2 cesarean and a tonsillectomy. We can't go on vacation without bringing Pooh, Poohsha and Poohloy.

(This photo was playfully taken by Rafael at Venezia Hotel, Subic)

(at Grand Seas Resort, Olongapo City)
(at Legend Villas, Pioneer, Mandaluyong City)
(at Jeds Island Resort, Bulacan)

(at Grand Riviera Hotel, Tayabas Quezon)

(at Lighthouse Marina Resort, Subic)
(at Island Cove, Cavite)
I still am not fond of stuffed toys, but seeing my kids loving their respective Poohs, I can't help but feel for them. Do you have a penchant for Pooh? Email me (with photos, if you like) at joydamendiola@yahoo.com. I'll send a special Pooh gift to the most touching Pooh story.