February 28, 2015

Tasty Tucker's Cheesecakes

I don't have sweet tooth but I'd die for cheesecake! If you're into cheesecake, too, visit Tasty Tucker at Pioneer Street in Mandaluyong. They have more than 5 flavors of cheesecake that you'll surely like. You can even ask Chef Rizza or Chef Eric to personalize your cheesecake, like what I did for Julia and Rafael's 12th birthday last December 8.

Tasty Tucker's Branches:

Pioneer St. cor Reliance St. Mandaluyong City/ Telephone number: 634-0526

Quirino Highway, Brgy.Talipapa, Novaliches, Quezon City

Daystar Industrial Park Pulong Sta. Cruz, Sta. Rosa, Laguna,

KM 21 East Service Road, South Super Highway, Sucat

GF Telus Building, Araneta Center, Cubao, Quezon City

February 27, 2015

Animal Island in Island Cove

I have to be honest, going to the zoo is not fun for me. I've seen them all and I feel that all zoo are the same. When we went at Animal Island in Island Cove, I had fun seeing my children and niece Meeca enjoy the long stroll and their adventure in naming the animals and more.

About Island Cove:

Island Cove Hotel and Leisure Park is an ISO 9001:2008 certified and an “AAA” accredited resort by the Dept. of Tourism. Located in the historic town of Kawit, Cavite, this 36-hectare Mediterranean inspired island is approximately 45 minutes away from Manila.  I

This is a pet-friendly place.

Bringing of food is strictly prohibited.

Contact info: Island Cove Hotel and Leisure Park Binakayan, Kawit, Cavite Philippines 4104 | (+632) 810-7878 | (+632) 400-4273 | (+6346) 434-0210.

February 26, 2015

Nikon D750 Review

My husband waited for Nikon D750 to come out in the Philippine market for months. Finally, he got it three weeks ago. We bought the kit at Camera Hauz in Megamall at P120,000+.

The Nikon D750 kit includes D750 and AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4G ED VR

John's review of Nikon D750:

Nikon D750 is an excellent camera, fast and accurate, especially in low light situations. It offers fantastic AF performance and image quality as it focuses and just shoots in any light. The D750 has built-in Wi-Fi, which is helpful especially when my wife needs to post her photos in Instagram, Facebook and her blog. Its  S-t-e-r-e-O microphone is superb for video. The Nikon D750 also adds a flipping LCD which helps me when shooting at a very difficult angle. At 6.5 FPS, the D750 is also the world's fastest full-frame DSLR. So far, Nikon D750 is Nikon's lightest FX camera.

Depending on your lenses and technique, D750's 24MP is enough for astounding large or mural-sized images without size limits. With a built-in AF motor and an aperture feeler for manual-focus lenses, the Nikon D750 works with all Nikon lenses. 

Nikon D750 is a semi-pro camera with an FX mount (full frame). What more can I say? I love my Nikon D750, lets me shoot perfect pictures easily!

My take: The Nikon D750 is a remarkable camera but too expensive for my taste (matipid ako e!). Seriously speaking, I really like that Nikon D750 makes our family photos look so bright and beautiful! What else can I say? John is happy with his new toy, then I'm happy, too!

February 25, 2015

February 24, 2015

HGTV and Property Brothers in the Philippines

The super cool and super funny twin brother Drew and Jonathan Scott of Property Brothers had a meet and greet at 4pm at Glorietta Activity Center. I had the privilege of seeing them up close afterwards at Makati Shangri-La over dinner.

Property Brothers is a show on HGTV , which debuted in U.S. in 2011. With more than 15 years of experience in making dream homes a reality for homeowners, Drew and Jonathan Scott are television’s twin titans. Their witty banter, charming personalities and uncanny knack for uncovering real estate treasures, have helped make the Property Brothers the faces of home renovation on television since Property Brothers made its U.S debut on HGTV in 2011. Since then, the talented and charismatic duo have gone on to star in other hit programs such as Buying and Selling and Brother her.

HGTV will launch Property Brothers in the Philippines on March 1 on Channel 88(SD) Channel 246 (HD) and soon on Cignal TV.

When asked about his expectations for the tour, Drew Scott, the real estate half of the duo, said, “ I am excited to be back in the Philippines, having been to Manila before, I love its cultural landmarks, beautiful architecture and wonderful people. It is such an honor to be part of the HGTV launch in Asia, and delighted to have met the fans in the Philippines, answer all their questions about home design and get to know more about their lifestyle and culture.”

Echoing his brother’s sentiments, Jonathan Scott, an experienced contractor, commented, “It feels great to have been able to get up close and personal with the home and design enthusiasts in the Philippines. HGTV is the place to be if you are looking for home tips or creative ideas. We really enjoy what we do and we look forward to inspiring audiences with fresh ideas and authentic stories soon. ”

Scripps Networks Interactive, one of the world’s leading producers of engaging lifestyle content, announced the launch of HGTV in the Philippines. With a growing demand for home lifestyle entertainment in Asia, HGTV will premiere with a robust line up of top-rated programs about property, hybrid construction, design and extreme spaces. Hit programs such as Property Brothers, Buying and SellingKitchen Cousinsand The High Low Project, will entertain and inspire viewers with fresh ideas and authentic stories on how to find and love their own dream home. As a continued commitment to cater to local audiences, Scripps Networks will also produce localized original short-form content Extreme Homes and I Like This, on the two leading platforms – SKYcable and Cignal Digital TV. HGTV, a top-rated U.S. home lifestyle channel, will be available on SKYcable starting 1st March on channel 88 (SD) and channel 246 (HD) and is coming soon onCignal Digital TV in high definition. 

This announcement comes on the heels of recent HGTV launches across the region including StarHub in Singapore, Fetch TV in Australia and Univision in Mongolia.  Derek Chang, Managing Director of Scripps Networks Interactive, Asia-Pacific said, “HGTV is the first regional channel dedicated exclusively to the growing home and lifestyle category in Asia and is seeing great traction with our advertisers, affiliates and audiences alike.  I’d like to thank our partners, SKYcable and Cignal for their continued support and commitment to bringing our high quality content to viewers across the Philippines. We look forward to engaging audiences with our aspirational storytelling and charismatic characters as they strive to transform their living spaces into their dream homes.”

Those who are interested to find out more about the channel and the brothers, can also visit the HGTV Asia Facebook page (www.facebook.com/hgtvasia) and share questions they have about the home– Fifteen questions will be chosen and personally answered by the brothers in vignettes that will be featured on the HGTV Asia Facebook page. The five best questions submitted will also win an exclusive HGTV goodie bag.

For more information on HGTV and The Property Brothers, 

visit HGTV at www.hgtv.asia and follow the tour action on Facebook(https://www.facebook.com/hgtvasia), 

February 23, 2015

Hidden Garden in Vigan

Honestly, we didn't know what to expect at Hidden Garden in Vigan. Our GPS suggested Hidden Garden when I typed tourist attraction. When we reached the place John and I were apprehensive to dine because there were too many people. We waited about 20 minutes before we were seated. After eating, we realized why Hidden Garden is a must visit when you go to Vigan. I ate 3 empanadas, really!

Lucky for us, we met the owner, Ms. Glo Rafaela Flores, she told us the story and how the garden started. The garden is actually the project of her husband, who suffered a heart attack. Landscaping proved to be a healing factor and he eventually became a highly sought-after landscaper in Vigan.

Inside the compound you will find a certain kind of peace. The wooden bench welcomes passers, among these benches, the most popular is the one with a sign, "Lovers Corner". Of course di kami nagpahuli, nagpakuha din kami ni hubby. Actuall, pinilit ko sya!

Rafaela "Glo" Flores Owner Manager(
Located At The Heart Of Hidden Garden Vigan)
Brgy. Bulala, Vigan City, Ilocos Sur
Cel(0906) 332-8309
Tel: 674-02-70 

February 22, 2015

How Do You Explain Death to a Child

Lately, Juancho has been so concerned about me. He likes me to relax and he'll just do whatever it is I need to do around the house. At night he'd hug me so tight and will be so quiet. I sometimes hear him sob.

Me: O, why are you suddenly so quiet? 
Juan: I'm afraid Mommy that you will die early like Mama Judith.

Mama Judith's my mother who passed away at an early age of 43 last 1993. I'm turning 42 this July, so Juan's quite agitated by the coming months.

This  fear of death that is common among children aged four to eight is called Thanatophobia.
Below are the five steps I did that helped alleviate  my son's anxiety about death. You can try it but if it does not help, consult your doctor.

1.  Have an open communication or talk with the child about death. Permitting children to talk to us about death can give them needed information, prepare them for a crisis, and help them when they are upset.
2.   Listen attentively. Children are  encouraged to talk when you  show genuine  interest. Give the child your undivided attention. Turn off celphone, hang the telephone, turn off the television.
3.  Respect the child's views. Do not just shun the child's anxiety about death. Remember, what we say about death to our children, or when we say it, will depend on their ages and experiences. It will also depend on our own experiences, beliefs, feelings, and the situations we find ourselves in, for each situation we face is somewhat different.
4.  Answer the child's questions honestly. Children are aware of death so never sugar coat an answer just so to protect the kid from worry and fear.  Death is a part of life, and children, at some level, must be able to grasp this reality.

5. Examine your own feelings and beliefs about death so that you can talk to the child  as naturally and as honest as possible when the opportunities arise.

February 21, 2015

Guess Jeans

I'm planning to do a video blog on how to make distress pants so I checked the jeans I haven't used for a year. I found my 10-year old Guess Jeans. It was a gift from my husband 10 Valentines ago. Before reaping it, I decided to wear it last Valentine's Day at Pan de Amerikana in Marikina.

What I was wearing: My 10-year old Guess Jeans, borrowed white Bench shirt fom my son Rafael, Merona Suede Wedge shoes, Oakley shades, G-Shock

Realizing how nice this Guess Jeans still, I scratched my head and decide to keep it the way it is.

Why ruin somethin' so beautiful?

"I have often said that I wish I had invented blue jeans: 
the most spectacular, the most practical, the most relaxed and nonchalant. They have expression, modesty, sex appeal, simplicity - all I hope for in my clothes."
 - Yves Saint Laurent

February 20, 2015

Occasions of Joy 5th Anniversary - The Joy in Arts and Crafts

It's been five years of joyful blogging. I choose to  celebrate my blogversary by giving back. For Occasions of Joy's 5th Year Anniversary, I organized a workshop entitled, The Joy in Arts and Crafts at Aquinas School. Participants of this activity were Grades V and VI from different schools.

Mr. Nick Bunye, Vice Principal of Aquinas School, welcomed participants, volunteers and speakers

We started the day with the Art of Decorating Cupcakes under the lovely couple, Alvin and Jannet Salazar of Funlipix.


Mr. Ricky Quinsay, a.k.a. Jestler The Magician, not only made the children laugh by his funny magic tricks. He inspired them of his humble beginnings and his success as a family man and magician.  He taught the kids the secret ingredient on how to be successful in life with the words from the Bible.

I taught the kids to transfrom potato chips tube, crayon boxes, used envelopes into re-usable items like coin bank, gift box and a lot more in The Art of Recycling.

PJ Valenciano of Palamuti by PJ, Novie and Steph Lopez of Flow Jewelry and Crafts taught the children how to make fashion jewelries. All the kids made earrings and necklaces for their respective moms. Some of the boys.


I may be the moving factor for this free workshop but it will not be made possible without the help of my husband, friends and generous sponsors, namely, Alvin and Jannet Salazar, Ricky Quinsay, PJ Valenciano and Gerard D Sagun, Steph Lopez, Jovie, Kim Urdaneta, Loucelle Alamban, Carlyn Mendiola, Jomes Mendiola, Lyn Borje, Carolyn Torre, Fe Darilay, Jen Naga, Jennifer Baetiong, Omar Catolos, Bernard Zulueta, Gwen Carino, Janice Crisostomo, Darlyn Ty, Eiskin, Flawless, SVR Infinity, Aquinas School, OMF Lit, Walter Bread and View Park Hotel.

I am surrounded by inspiring people who are selfless in sharing their time and talents to the future of our country - the children. Maraming, maraming salamat sa inyong lakat!

"To receive joy, one must know how to give some, 
for joy is consists in giving, and in serving others."
-Joy Mendioa
Feb 20, 2015

(View more photos HERE)