November 30, 2013

Chicken Soup for the Soul Warms The Heart

When I was younger,  20 years ago to be exact, I was kind of lost. Lost in way because Mama passed away at a young age of 43. I was struggling between work and school. I was also lost trying to find my purpose in life.  

One day I stumbled upon Chicken Soup for the Soul book. The stories written were stories of hope, love, faith and many more. That's when I knew that this book will stay as a companion for the rest of my life.

For this Christmas, I highly recommend Chicken Soup for the Soul as gift to your loved ones.  They have series of books that suits any one like mom, dads, friend, co-workers and many more. These books will definitely warm the heart of the receiver.

November 29, 2013

Emperador Deluxe and FOG's Ice Cream - A Different Kind of Fusion

I'm not into sweet food like ice cream and chocolats. The only ice ice cream i can eat is vanilla. The rest will inflame my tonsils.

I much more dislike alcoholic beverage like brandy.  I can't and don't drink hard stuff like brandy although at times my friends, my husband and I would occasionally drink wine. But no harder drink than that because I get wild (wink!). 

I was surprised to know that I can have both ice cream and brandy without getting drunk and having tonsillitis after eating.

At Foccasia in Makati yesterday, Bloggers were treated into a different kind of fusion -  Emperador Deluxe and  FOG's Ice Cream.

I never thought that a mixture  of ice cream and brandy could be mixed to make a heavenly delight. It was a night when I had not just one but three servings of ice cream!

FOG City’s expertly made Fruit and Nuts Deluxe ice cream has the signature touch of Emperador Deluxe’s distinct flavors of Palomino grapes toffee, almonds and honey. This perfectly complements the rich taste of different fruits and nuts and the creamy goodness of ice cream.

Edy Gamboa-Liu, Fog City Creamery Owner and Mr. Carlos Vergara, Marketing Director for International Spirit of Emparador Distillers Inc.

It was truly a pleasure and honor to meet and interview Edy Gamboa-Liu, Fog City Creamery Owner.  It was her love for ice cream that made her start Fog City Creamy. When she was still based in San Francisco, frequenting the small artisanal ice cream shops in the bay area was her favorite pastime. When she moved back in Manila, in desperation to eat Bi-Rite Creamery’s salted caramel she created her own salted caramel, and the rest they say is hstory.

In the same manner, FOG City only uses top quality ingredients as a commitment in serving only fresh, all-natural and quality ice cream. 
Mr. Edward Gador is the Brand Manager for International Spirits at Emperador Distillers, Inc. and is in charge of all media communications for Emperador Deluxe. Prior to this, he was the Product Manager for EandJ Gallo, the same people who brought Carlo Rossi wines to the Philippines. He brings with him more than 6 years of experience in the wine and liquor industry and has toured to country giving talks on wine appreciation and product demonstrations.

Being a passionate learner, Mr. Gador is currently working towards his MBA degree at the Ateneo Graduate School of Business.He is also an avid photographer and loves taking pictures of different subjects from scenic vistas to portraits to mouthwatering cuisine. In fact, his first professional assignment as a photographer was for a gourmet bakery.

His favorite activities include running wherein he regularly joins 21K events around Metro Manila, and surfing as he runs off to his favorite spots in La Union and Baler on long weekends.

About FOG City Creamery

FOG City Creamery is a popular, one-of-a-kind artisan ice cream brand, and Emperador Distillers, Inc., a company with a long tradition of bringing world-class liquor products to Filipino celebrations  decided to combine their expertise and create something that can be enjoyed by many – especially ice cream lovers and liquor connoisseurs.

What makes Fog City Creamery different?
For 10 years I became very particular with what I consumed; I learned to read food labels, and ate organic when I can. The same principle goes when making our ice cream. We use the freshest ingredients we can find and we source organic when possible. We do not add any artificial flavorings or stabilizers and our sugar-free line uses Coconatura Organic coco sugar as a sugar alternative. Second, we are different because of our flavors. The flavors that we offer are innovative and sophisticated, and not too edgy. We try to create flavors that will entice the adventurous but would still appeal to a broader customer base. Also our flavors are very intimate to our brand. It’s a reflection on how passionate we are in making our flavors unique. 

Where do you get inspiration for your flavors?
There are so many things that I draw inspiration from. Places that I've visited, is one. The Sorrento flavor was concocted when I visited the town of Sorrento in Italy and tasted really good authentic limoncello. I find inspiration from places I used to frequent while I lived in San Francisco. There was this small diner that made really awesome banana cream pie that I just had to create an ice cream version. I also get inspiration from my experiences. Of all the seasons, I love autumn the most. When I went home to Manila, I wanted to be bring autumn with me so that’s why I created the Pumpkin Gingersnaps flavor. Lastly, I find inspiration with food that I eat and love. I love the classic ensaymada made by my good friend Chona Ayson of Homemade Treasures that I just had to make an ice cream version of that buttery treat.

Fog City Creamery has two pick up points: Valle Verde 5, Pasig and Focaccia A.Venue, Makati. We have resellers all over Metro Manila too: Bel- Air, Ecology Village, La Vista, Damar Village and Alabang. Please visit the Fog City Creamery website for more information.

Emperador Deluxe;

Emperador Deluxe, from the maker of famous Emperador Brandy, is a golden amber liquid that has been the result of carefully followed traditions that have been handed down through generations. This new imported blend from Emperador Distillers, Inc. imported from Spain allows consumers to experience a new level of luxury with its renowned taste and quality.

Make sure to place your order at FOG City Creamery to experience this exception ice cream, Fruit and Nuts Deluxe, at (+632) 729-9403 or Mobile (0917) 883-3344. For more information on Emperador Deluxe, visit or follow them on Facebook at

Céleteque DermoScience Hair and Scalp Care Clarifying Shampoo

My son Rafael always tell me that his head is itchy. I'd suspect for lice but then there's not a single lice. We've tried a lot of shampoo already to battle the itch and oftentimes flakes that falls off his head.

At Céleteque event, I found out that my son could be suffering form residue buildup. Residue buildup is caused by constantly using hair care products such as shampoos, conditioners, gels, waxes, hair polishes and sprays. These products combined with excess oil and dirt on the scalp, can cause clogged hair cuticles, which may lead to dry and brittle hair. It also makes hair dull, greasy, feel heavy and difficult to manage because residue buildup prevents your roots from absorbing nutrients.

So by Sunday, and every Sundays to come, I'm having Rafael use Céleteque DermoScience Hair and Scalp Care Clarifying Shampoo to treat his itchy scalp.

Céleteque DermoScience Hair and Scalp Care Clarifying Shampoo  is a once-a-week wash that helps get rid of residue buildup on your scalp. Using the Céleteque DermoScience Hair and Scalp Care Clarifying Shampoo once a week will unclog follicles to allow fresh moisture and nutrients to penetrate hair cuticles. After using the clarifying shampoo, you’ll notice that your regular shampoo will work even better for you and you can enjoy having hair that is healthy-looking and manageable.

It’s time you pay more attention to your scalp and clarify your hair once a week with the Céleteque DermoScience Hair and Scalp Care Clarifying Shampoo.

Céleteque DermoScience has 7 other skin care lines for different skin types and concerns. The Hydration line for expert moisturization; Acne Solutions line for Acne-prone and oily skin; Brightening line for those who want luminous and even-toned skin; Sun Care line for double sunscreen protection against UVA/UVB rays; Advanced Anti-aging line to diminish the signs of premature skin aging; Restorative line for lifting aging skin; and the Maternity line for OB-Gynecologist certified skincare products.  

Céleteque DermoScience Hair and Scalp Care Clarifying Shampoo is now available in Watsons / PCX / Landmark Department Store / Selected Robinsons Dept. Stores / Selected Shopwise branches / Selected Rustans Supermarkets at Suggested Retail Price of Php 200.00

You can also purchase other Céleteque DermoScience products in their online store at and enjoy special Christmas treats!

Experience Tuscany's Best Kept Secret

A mouth-watering degustation tour gave Bloggers an awesome secret foodies tour last Wednesday courtesy of Megaworld Lifestyle Malls . The event was organized by two of the most influential foodies in society today, namely RJ Ledesma and Anton Diaz.  While Anton was busy taking photos, RJ hosted the event with gusto. This man is effortlessly funny and energetic!

This food tour brought us to nine gastronomic experience,  namely at Planet Grapes, Trattoria Oggion Antico, B&T Mexican Kitchen, Sauceria, Main Street, Marciano's, L.E.S. Bagels and , Sophie's Mom.

Planet Grapes

 Trattoria Oggion Antico

 L.E.S. Bagels



 B&T Mexican Kitchen

Sophie's Mom

Get a chance to discover the same best kept secret at Tuscany on November 30, December 7, 14 and 21 from 2pm to 5pm. A limited number of tickets is available at Php 1,000 per head.

Fashionable Friday: Versatility of Hiraya Scarf Necklaces - Mother of Pearl Shells

Feng Shui expert Marites Allen encouraged me not to wear black as it actually invite sickness and other negative elements. It's just that, I L-O-V-E BLACK a lot.  Ms. Allen then told me to wear accessories in shades of red, pink and orange to battle the bad vibes black brings.

I'm happy that Palamuti by PJ Valenciano makes accessories that not only brings in positive vibes, it actually makes me look oh so fashionable even in just jeans and shirt ensemble.

Featuring today Hiraya Scarf Necklaces - Mother of Pearl Shells.

Hiraya means “the fruit of hopes, dreams, aspirations, imagination, or wishes".  Palamuti gave the scarf a new twist by embellishing them with beads, shells, crystals and seed beads. Depending on their length, you can wear them in several ways...

As scarf

As belt

As headdress

More about the Hiraya Scarf Necklaces - Mother of Pearl Shells

The embellished portion are all handstitched by women beaders. Only 3 pieces are made per day and to accommodate the demand, mothers from one of the urban poor communities in Metro Manila are tapped and trained  for production. The more orders they get, the more projects Palamuti can assign to their chosen community. These scarves are now available  in the Philippines, US, Middle East and Hong Kong. They also accommodate purchased from other countries via their US office in Lawndale, California. They ship worldwide

Available in the following lengths: 2 yards, 2.5 yards, 3 yards 

Materials:  Mother of Pearl Shells,  Seed Beads, Fresh Water Pearls, Acrylic Crystals, Chiffon- Scarf 

They can purchase scarves online through: For purchase/order in bulk email the following: 

For inquiries:
US, Europe, Canada:
 Middle East:
 Hong Kong: