August 30, 2013

Fashionable Friday: Camouflage and Fatigue

When you get bored of all the options that you have in your wardrobe and want to add some interesting options to it, try going masculine via camouflage and fatigue outfit.

Camouflage and fatigue has its origins in military uniforms. It became a trend in the '90s, when designers such as Jean Paul Gaultier, Marc Jacobs, Issey Miyake and Maharishi started showing streetwear-influenced designs incorporating military camouflage patterns.

Although camouflage and fatigue shows a rugged and masculine look, you can still send a feminine and no-nonsense message loud and clear by wearing dress and skirt.

Just remember, there is absolutely nothing formal about fatigues and camouflage so never wear it on a formal event. Since camouflage is such a striking pattern, you'll want to keep it on the simple side. by avoid clashing or distracting patterns, Instead, choose a solid color to match your top, skirt or pants. Other colors such as yellow, hot pink, cherry red or electric blue camouflage would also make for an eye-catching outfit.

Here are a few of interesting military inspired outfit I found...

At Topshop Galleria, Ana Capri was also checking out fatigue and camouflage just like me...

Topshop hooded camou, P4,545

Topshop fatigue coat, P4,195
While watching the buzz, took photo of Boy Abunda, who's so much into military get up lately.

August 29, 2013

LifeProof Frē Case

Earlier today at One Lounge Events Place, LifeProof, a company based in San Diego that designs, manufactures and markets cases for smartphones and tablets rings launched to media LifeProof Frē Case. 

Hosted by Philip Abadicio of It's More Fun with Philip, the event showcased the versatility of the product.  The brand endorser, Marc Nelson graced the event and had fun chatting, as well as played water gun with the media. 

Why get yourself LifeProof Frē Case?

1.  It is water proof. Fully submergible to 6.6/ 2m for 30 minutes

2.  I is dirt proof. Sealed from dirt & dust particles – meets or exceeds IP-68 Ingress Protection Rating

3.  It is snow proof. Seal from snow & ice - meets or exceeds IP-68 Ingress Protection Rating

4.   It is shock proof.  Withstands drops from 6.6/2 m – meets or exceeds MIL STD 810F-516

LifeProof cases and accessories are available for sale at all ICON, PowerMac, Digital Hub, Beyond the Box, Digital Walker, Switch, iStudio, AShop, Astroplus and Technoholics outlets.

For more information, visit

A Date with Da Vinci

One way of breaking the monotony of life is by visiting a museum, and that's what I did last night by viewing the most comprehensive traveling exhibition on Leonardo da Vinci  at The Mind Museum.

This premium traveling exhibition is created by world renowned Grande Exhibitions Australia under the kind auspices of the Commune di Roma, Commune di Firenze and Citta di Venezia. This once in a lifetime encounter with the greatest genius of all time is made possible by The Mind Museum, the Philippines’ first world-class science museum.

The exhibit features over 200 pieces of Leonardo da Vinci’s extraordinary works from paintings, war machines, flying machines, to his codices, leaving one inspired and in awe of what one human being can do with the power of his mind.

The interactive experience will immerse guests in Da Vinci’s timeless brilliance through full-scale interpretations of the mastermind’s inventions and unparalleled studies of his iconic art. The exhibition features 13 compelling themed areas of Da Vinci’s work, offering visitors an unmatched look inside the mind of the ultimate Renaissance man who laid the groundwork for some of modern society’s most impactful inventions, such as the helicopter, airplane, automobile, submarine, parachute and bicycle.

The Mind Museum aims is to give their guests an extraordinary experience that inspires them to understand nature. Visitors to Da Vinci – The Genius are invited to embrace the history, theory and objective behind each of Da Vinci’s designs and artworks through engaging and entertaining technologies.

Many exhibits are interactive and could be pushed, pulled and touched for better understanding. Other highlights include reproductions of “Virgin of the Rocks”, “The Annunciation”, the controversial new Leonardo discovery “Bella Principessa”, amazing anatomical sketches, the preparatory drawings of the “Anghiari Battle,” and video presentations of “The Last Supper,” the “Vitruvian Man,” and the “Sforza Horse” sculpture that offer never before seen perspectives on these famous works.

Guests will also enjoy a glimpse into da Vinci’s mysterious alphabet and writing techniques as they browse touch-screen versions of his actual codices.

Have a date with “Da Vinci – The Genius” Traveling Exhibition and experience this premier exhibition starting September 1 – November 30, 2013 at The Mind Museum, Special Exhibition Hall. Open on Tuesdays thru Sundays. 

Ticket Purchases: (via or museum ticket booth)
  Da Vinci only: Php 250 (Adult); Php 200 (Children/Students)
  3-hour Museum + Da Vinci:  Php 800 (Adult); Php 600 (Children/Private school students) 
        Php 300 (Public school students and teachers)
  All-Day Museum + Da Vinci   Php 950  

For more information on tickets and schedules, visit

About The Mind Museum

The Mind Museum is the Philippine’s first world-class science museum and its vision is to be the country’s center for the public understanding of science.

Committed to bring to the country traveling science exhibitions which belong to a class of their own, The Mind Museum also aims to give Filipinos the opportunity to experience how different countries also make science come alive in every aspect of people’s lives.

A project of the Bonifacio Art Foundation, Inc., The Mind Museum is a non-profit educational facility. All ticket purchases and donations go to the maintenance and improvement of the Museum and its exhibits, plus help subsidize the entrance fees of public school students and teachers.

Visit The Mind Museum at
Instagram: @themindmuseum

August 27, 2013


Subic has always been a haven for adventure-seekers: From the jungle adventures at Zoobic Safari to the water adventures at Ocean Adventure to the shopping adventures at the Royal Duty Free Shops. Now, we’ve got another great reason for you to visit Subic: A Foodie Adventure! 

The Mercato Centrale group, organizers of the popular night food markets Midnight Mercato in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, Cucina Andare in Glorietta Park, Makati, Mezza Norte in Trinoma Mall, Quezon City and Cocina Centrale in MarQuee Mall, Angeles, opens the NEWEST Mercato Centrale market in the North: PORTO CENA in Ayala’s Harbor Point Mall, Subic every Friday and Saturday starting October 5 (Saturday) from 4pm to 3am.  

“We are excited about bringing the Mercato Centrale experience to the Subic Bay Freeport Zone”, shared Anton Diaz, co-organizer of PORTO CENA and the blogger behind the popular food and travel website “The variety of great-tasting and affordable food choices, the acoustic music and the lively atmosphere will definitely complement the fun and adventurous vibe that Subic has become well-known for!”

“PORTO CENA will be a night food and lifestyle market where the home-grown food entrepreneurs of Subic Bay, Olongapo and the rest of Zambales can showcase their local cuisine.” said RJ Ledesma, co-organizer of PORTO CENA.  “We are also excited to have the expatriate community of Subic - who come from all parts of the globe - to offer their specialty dishes in the market.” 

“Of course, we are also bringing over the best-selling food vendors and food trucks from our Mercato markets in Manila to be part of PORTO CENA.” Added Anton Diaz. 

PORTO CENA is located at Ayala’s Harbor Point Mall in the Subic Bay Freeport Zone, Olongapo City.  

For interested food and bazaar vendors from Manila, Subic, Olongapo and Zambales who want to join PORTO CENTA, please contact (+63 917) 840-1152 or (+632) 812-0102 or email or visit You can also pick up an application form at the administration office of Ayala’s Harbor Point Mall. 

The Mercato Centrale markets have been the birthplace of many fast-growing food companies including Manang’s Chicken, Mochiko, Merry Moo, Chuck’s Grubberie Mio Gelati, Spring by Ha-Yuan, Kristina’s Inutak, Zen Taclings, Eat My Garlic Fries and many more! Join the growing Mercato Centrale family! 

Cajun's Burger Challenge

The last time I dined in at Cajun was 2 years ago. I had a bad experience so I felt it was best to not go back for awhile. The bad experience was not actually directly because of Cajun's food or service. It was because I bump the bumper of my car while parking prior to dining at Cajun Megamall.

Last Saturday, as I was craving for burger, I asked John if we can try Cajun's. As we wait for our order, we saw a commotion on the other table. There were Fourth year La Salle Greenhills high school students betting, cheering and laughing. 

It was because of their classmate and friend, William Holganza, who took the XXX Burger Challenge. 

This challenge involves finishing a huge and hot burger in 3 minutes. If a challenger finish it at 3 minutes, the burger is on the house. If finish at 4 minutes, burger is at 50% off.

William was not able to finish the burger but these young men had a great time, and so did I!


August 26, 2013

Work With Joy

When I met Chef  Eric at Tasty Tucker, my first question was, "from what culinary school did you graduate from?". Chef Eric replied, "high school graduate lang po ako, Ma'am". I was amazed and continued to ask him on how he got to where he is now.

Experience and hard work paved the way for Chef Eric. He worked for well-known restaurants in the past, bringing with him all the knowledge and lessons he has to learn.

Aside from perseverance, he works with joy. He just does not work for the sake of working. He works with gusto, with love and care for the company he works for. And these are the basic ingredients why Chef Eric is on top of his game.

He is now a proud father of an almost one year old baby girl. And life for him gets better everyday as he tosses that dough; as he cooks those dishes; and as he travels this wonderful journey called life.

Catch and taste Chef Eric's pizza and more at Tasty Tuckers.

Work is love made visible. 
And if you cannot work with love 
but only with distaste, 
it is better that you should leave your  work 
and sit at the gate of the temple 
and take alms of those who
work with  Joy
-Khalil Gibran

August 24, 2013

Conjuring Made Many Viewers Scream

Shang Cinema is normally very quiet that's why we like watching here. But last Wednesday, it feels like I was in a nearby cinema where there were too many people talking and shouting.  John and I were not bothered though. The noise was understandable because the movie Conjuring was actually frightening. My small eyes were half closed most of the time for the scenes were filled with truly terrifying moments that made many viewers scream. 

With great performances from the main cast, namely, Hayley McFarland, Joey King, Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Lili Taylor, Ron Livingston, Mackenzie Foy and Shanley Caswell, this horrifying true-to-life story that happened to world renowned paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren  is a must see for audiences who're up for tension and terror.

August 23, 2013

Fashionable Friday: Palazzo Pants

I've always wanted to wear palazzo pants, but was too scared to do just that because I lack height. I feel that because palazzo trouser's cut has a loose, extremely wide leg that flares out from the waist, I might look shorter so content myself by taking photos of people I see wearing one.

Lani is a tall woman, she enjoys wearing palazzo pants anytime, be it in events, 
stroll in the mall or traveling with friends.

I met Joanne while doing the grocery. She is a proud mom of three.
The big question is, is it alright for short women, like me to wear palazzo pants? That I will have to find out next. I'll ask first my fashionable friends in Belle De Jour Power Planner.

August 22, 2013

Benefits of Cooking with Kids

It has been three days of no school. It's best to spend it bonding with the family. One way of doing it is to cook together with your children.

Cooking with kids may require extra effort, time and patience but the benefits are well worth it. First, iteaches them skills and self-confidence. When children are given freedom they tend to learn easily. But be sure to guide them, specially with the use of knives and scissors. Children must not be left alone with sharp objects. 
Cooking is much like play time for little kids like Juancho. It's the best time to teach them the alphabet, counting or even spelling. Make the most of it by teaching bigger kids about math (measuring, volume, etc.) science and health.
More than anything, when children grow up, they will remember the memories when you cook that lugaw, that minatamis na saging, that turon together! Surely these moments will last a lifetime.