October 17, 2017

Looping - Squizz 2.0 Stroller

Having three kids, I'm familiar with most of the strollers available in the country. I bought some of the most popular brands but I sold them right when the twins turned 6 months. Why? I just find strollers too heavy and bulky to bring to places.

Earlier at The Manila House in BGC, I was introduced to Looping, a brand from France, launched Looping- Squizz 2.0 Stroller.



This stroller makes travelling with your baby so easy. Its slimline and ultra compact size fits everywhere.  It can be carried using the shoulder strap or wheeled around  like a suitcase. SQUIZZ is suitable from birth to toddler. So easy to adjust the lie-flat seat recline for peaceful naps to a sit up position by simply and gently pulling the buckle behind the seat. An added bonus :  The footrest adjusts to a complete horizontal position.  Fully recline the backrest and baby is comfortably and snugly installed.

Looping - Squizz 2.0 Stroller is available in major baby shops and mall in the Philippines.

October 16, 2017

Ms. Philippine Islands

Ms. Philippine Islands had its inaugural last Saturday, October 14, at Tanghalang Pasigueno in Pasig City. I was invited to cover this event by my idol, Ms. Nina Taduran.

The winner of the first ever Ms. Philippine Islands is Ms. Tarlac, Joy Barcoma (whom I rooted for the whole night). Joy also won Best in Long Gown and Best in Swimsuit. Congrats tukayo!








October 14, 2017

Drs. Drip Lounge and Infusion Bar 4th Year Anniversary

Drs. Drip Lounge and Infusion Bar celebrated their 4th Year Anniversary today at  its main branch, located at32 Timog Avenue, Ground Floor Newgrange Condotel, Quezon City.

Present at the event are the owners, Dr. Ma and Mr and Mrs. Dennis and Tess Lumahan. Nicole Hyala, Ms. Nina Taduran, PBA Basketball Players, April 'Congratulations' and Ryza Cenon with her boyfriend (Cholo Barreto).



32 Timog Avenue, Ground Floor Newgrange Condotel, Quezon City
(02) 373 4685

October 13, 2017

PATAK - A Benefit Show to Launch the Patrick Donald Teng Foundation

If you're available this Saturday,  October 21, I hope you can support PATAK, a benefit show to launch the Patrick Donald Teng Foundation is happening  at the Henry Lee Irwin Theater, Ateneo de Manila University at 6:00PM.

Patrick Donald Teng had an amazing vision in life. He dreamt of becoming a neuro surgeon and took up medicine at the Ateneo School of Medicine and Public Health. Not known to his own family, he supported charities while attending college and at the same time, offered much of his time doing volunteer work for different organizations and one of them was Hearts at Play.



Patrick was also an active member of The Company of Ateneo Dancers and was President of the Ateneo Medicine Dance Group. He brought joy to a lot of children through dance and even encouraged many of his group members to offer their time to make these children happy.

Unfortunately, all his amazing efforts had to take a side step when diagnosed with Glioblastoma Multiforme, a rare type of brain cancer, which ended his dream of being a doctor. Despite his condition, his contagious positive outlook in life remained and Patrick continued his volunteer work even while in a wheelchair. He bravely fought for his recovery, but sadly, time dictated that he had to leave everything behind to join our Creator – gone too soon at the age of 25.

But as they say, everything has a season and a reason. Patrick’s parents were devastated and thought it best to continue what their loving son has started. In May 2017, the Patrick Donald Teng Foundation was founded in memory of their beloved son.

PATAK represents how a single drop in the water can create ripples in the ocean. It is a force, much like Patrick was. The concert will introduce the foundation by showing Patrick’s life and struggle with brain cancer, the lives he has touched, sharings by his doctors, and dance performances by various groups – all with the end goal of continuing what Patrick has started.


For more information on tickets for PATAK, and to support the Patrick Donald Teng Foundation, please like Patrick Donald Teng Foundation on Facebook or call 0917 8390200.

October 12, 2017

True Value’s Private Sale at Shangri-la Plaza

It was an afternoon of pure joy as I attended the preview of True Value’s Private Sale at Shangri-la Plaza on October 13, from 10am to 10pm.

It was awesome to meet Kelly and Bianca of Baby Barangay  We all had fun shopping the whole day!


 I scored amazing discounts of up to 90%! Isn't that wonderful?


True Value’s Private Sale is October 13 at Shangri-la Plaza, Level 6, Main Wing.  
Get a load of great treats, gifts and more surprises.
See you tomorrow!


October 11, 2017

Teachers' Day at MandSci

Teaching is a very noble profession that helps shape the character, caliber and future of an individual kaya naman I have a high respect for teachers. Being a mom of three hirap akong mag turo, imagine hundreds of kids that the teachers handle, isama pa ang mga ilang pasaway na mga magulang (ha!ha!ha!).

Kaya naman ang General Parents and Teachers Association of Mandaluyong Science High School ay naghanda ng munting GPTA Spa para sa mga minamahal naming mga guro.



"A good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination, 
and instill a love of learning." 
- Brad Henry

October 10, 2017

Mr. Eugene Agulto

I spent 1st and 2nd year high school in Phil. College of Technological Resources but due to traffic and other circumstances I transferred in St Francis in Novaliches. 

I felt so lost during my third year high because I didn't know anyone  unlike in PCTR where I knew people because my elder sisters and brother were from the same school.

I was lucky enough to have a very kind adviser, Mr. Eugene Agulto, who just came out from the seminary and decided to teach. It was his first year to be a teacher, and we were his guinea pigs (lol). He may have been young and soft-spoken at that time but he sure knew how to discipline his students in a caring way. Unlike other teachers, Mr. Agulto didn't show favoritism among his students so I felt secured knowing that I have a chance of making it to the top. I was fortunate to have been under the advisory class of Mr. Agulto because I ranked number in my section so in fourth year high I was placed in section 1.

Though happy being in the top section, I felt sad because Sir Eugene didn't renew his contract with the school.

Fast forward to 2017, 28 years to be exact, a classmate found Sir Eugene in Facebook. I added him and had a mini reunion with my former classmate Jennifer Salen. 

Ngayon para na lang kaming magkaka-edad. It was great reminiscing our high school days, as well as sharing our respective views and opinions about life, pains, struggles and love.


"A good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination, 
and instill a love of learning." 
- Brad Henry

October 9, 2017

Pilipinas Shell Deed of Donation Signing at Ayala Museum

As part of the 50-year legacy of Pilipinas Shell, they have donated to the Ayala Foundation Inc. more than 200 winning art works of the Shell National Students Art Competition held at the Ayala Museum. Artworks included such as those made by Jose Joya, Federico Aguilar Alcuaz, Ang Kiukok, and BenCab. Not all the paintings will not be on display all at the same time. Ayala Museum will just curate shows out of the 200 paintings.

The Pilipinas Shell Deed of Donation Signing at Ayala Museum was signed between Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corp. represented by CEO and President Cesar Romero and Ayala Foundation Inc. represented by Ruel Maranan, the Foundation president.

Also present during the deed of donation signing were Ayala Corporation President and COO Fernando Zobel de Ayala, Ayala Foundation Inc. Senior Director Mariles Gustilo, and Ayala Museum Senior Curator and Head of Conservation Kenneth Esguerra.

Seated from right:Ayala Foundation Inc. president. Ruel Maranan, Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corp. CEO and President Cesar Romero. Standing from right: Ayala Museum Senior Curator and Head of Conservation Kenneth Esguerra, Ayala Foundation Inc. Senior Dire


October 8, 2017

Tiny Love

Tiny Love is brand that manufactures soft developmental toys and developmental activity gyms for infants and children that helps develop a childs intelligence as early as newborn. As a mom of three, I am highly recommending Tiny Love because Julia, Rafael and Juan had some of their stimulating baby toys and baby gear when they were babies. 

I used to buy Tiny Love soft books and just leave it like a pillow for the twins to enjoy. With the help of these toy books, the twins learned how to read at 3 years old. They are also both scholars now at Mandaluyong Science High School


Tiny Love had an event at Concourse in SM Makati that was attended by parents who wants the best for their babies.



Tiny Love is avaailable in all Baby Company Stores

October 7, 2017

Britesparks International School (BIS)

I grew up studying in a traditional school, commonly known as pen and paper, where students have to follow the conventional education or customary education. Although I was able to finish school with honors, I know I would have learned more if I enrolled in a progressive school.

You might wonder why I'm advocating progressive school considering I went to traditional school. Well, for one, in progressive education, schooling isn’t seen as being about just academics, it's  not just about getting high grades in subjects like Science and Mathematics. Progessive schools are characterized isn’t confined to the classroom, instead students are helped and offered not only to learn but also to put every single lesson into action, thus giving the students the chance to be more committed and confident.

In Britesparks International School (BIS), one of the pioneer progressive schools in the country, “progressive” is more than just giving up traditional practices for the sake of novelty: it is the recognition that education must adapt to the times, must evolve alongside the society it is preparing children to enter in the future. “A traditional setup will not digest that some children may be naturally gifted in some aspects, and not as gifted in others. But there has to be a place that can see that potential in children, and that is Britesparks,” said Veronica Co, School President of BIS.

When BIS opened back in 2000, it was not yet the complete institution it is today. The institution began as a preschool for gifted children, the first of its kind with the drive to accommodate and include students with special needs in their usual classes.


Through the years, the school expanded its range of programs, eventually taking on elementary and high school students as well, while still keeping this advocacy of inclusiveness. The move to its current location in 2013 in Metropoli Drive, Bagumbayan was fairly recent, but such was a significant one which coincided with its increased capabilities.

Today, BIS accepts preschool to senior high school students, with its subject curricula complying with various local and international education standards: its Math and English are consistent with Common Core, a set of teaching standards used in over forty states in the US; its Science, ICT, Art and Music, and even French curricula are consistent with various other international school standards; and its Social Studies and Filipino methods fully comply with DepEd standards.

True to its progressive nature, however, BIS does not simply stop there: the institution recognizes the immense value of a child’s social development, which must occur alongside his academic development. The focus of the school’s methods is on the child, not the teacher: children learn through experience, collaborating through a wide range of constantly updated activities and projects which may cover multiple subjects at a time, consistent with the interconnectedness with which we process information around us today; a group project about cooking food can be an English, a Science, and a History lesson, all at the same time, as well as a subtler nudge toward the benefits of working together for something much more difficult to achieve by one’s lonesome.

When taken in the context of the school’s inclusive policy, it is no wonder that BIS students grow to be more tolerant and less discriminatory of those around them. “I’m proud of the fact that our students do not discriminate or bully those who are special. It’s really different; the children are so well-rounded and enlightened at times, you’ll be surprised,” said Co.

“Progressive” might sound vague, but go back to its roots—just like BIS, in all its approaches, has always anchored itself on its long-standing policies of inclusiveness and experiential learning—and we find a more concrete term, one that every parent wants in their child: progress. This is something BIS aims to deliver in all aspects, to ensure that the children of today grow into individuals fully prepared to face the challenges of the present and the future.

Britesparks International School classes start on August 1. For more information, visit www.britesparks.edu.ph or contact (02) 966-8120.

October 6, 2017

NEW NIDO® ADVANCED PROTECTUS® 3+ PROMO BUNDLE

Summer is long over but there is no stopping kids from going outside to play even during the typhoon season, as playing under the rain is as much fun and exciting to them as being outdoors during a sunny day. This, however, is a concern for parents as sudden weather changes signal possible susceptibility to common coughs and colds, especially when one is not prepared.

Give your little ones a #LOVETHATPROTECTS with the new NIDO® ADVANCED PROTECTUS® 3+ and NIDO® ADVANCED PROTECTUS® 5+. What makes it more exciting is that each pack of NIDO® ADVANCED PROTECTUS® 3+ 1.6kg and NIDO® ADVANCED PROTECTUS® 5+ 1.2kg now comes with a FREE lightweight rainwear in four vibrant colors: yellow, red, blue, and green.                      

This latest promo is exclusive to 1.6kg packs of NIDO® ADVANCED PROTECTUS® 3+ and 1.2kg packs of NIDO® ADVANCED PROTECTUS® 5+. Available in leading supermarkets nationwide until supplies last. Each bundled pack comes with one (1) raincoat only.


NIDO® ADVANCED PROTECTUS® 3+ and NIDO® ADVANCED PROTECTUS® 5+ are the only growing-up milk brands developed with Lactobacillus PROTECTUS®, featuring the new L. Rhamnosus, an advanced probiotic strain that helps protects children’s tummies and helps build their upper respiratory tract defense against pathogens that bring about common coughs and colds. With every 45g serving or 4 tablespoons of NIDO® ADVANCED PROTECTUS® 3+ and NIDO® ADVANCED PROTECTUS® 5+, there are at least 1 billion colony forming unit (cfu) of L.Rhamnosus present.  

To further boost their immune system, both NIDO® ADVANCED PROTECTUS® 3+ and NIDO® ADVANCED PROTECTUS® 5+ contain Iron, Zinc, Selenium, and Vitamin C, as well as Vitamin A, B, D, Calcium, and Protein to promote proper growth and development. Not to mention high levels of DHA, an essential building block for the brain.

When your little ones are nurtured, you can be more confident to let them go and explore more of what the world has to offer. With each glass of NIDO® ADVANCED PROTECTUS® 3+ or 5+, you can encourage them to pursue their passions and interests so they can make the most of their childhood.  NIDO® ADVANCED PROTECTUS® 3+, Love That Protects

October 5, 2017

Manila Water Foundation Month-long Celebration of the Global Handwashing Day (GHD)

As part of the international call to raise awareness on the importance of proper handwashing in preventing the spread of communicable diseases, Manila Water Foundation will once again lead a month-long celebration of the Global Handwashing Day (GHD). 

MWF will visit schools, communities, and malls to teach about the seven steps of proper handwashing and the key moments when it should be practiced. To adhere to this year’s theme, “Our Hands, Our Future”, the series of events also aims to educate Filipinos about the role that it plays in keeping one’s health and in attaining a great future.

This year’s celebration was launched at The Mind Museum where actor and mother, Bettinna Carlos, shared why she supports proper handwashing as this year’s celebrity advocate.  “I support this advocacy because it’s actually the small and simple things that many people do not know that have big effects, such as proper handwashing. This can actually prevent children from having diarrhea and other diseases. As a parent, I am very intentional in teaching this small habit to my child because it will really affect her future,” she shared.



At the kick-off event, MWF also invited children being supported by the Educational Research and Development Assistance Foundation, a non-profit organization that focuses on providing educational assistance to elementary school pupils from less privileged families. 

During the whole day of the exhibit, close to 1,000 schoolchildren who came from various schools in Metro Manila and nearby provinces along with their teachers and companions learned about the seven steps of proper handwashing, participated in interactive learning sessions, games, and experiments. These activities were concluded through actual washing of hands and by showing their support to the advocacy by signing their names on the pledge wall.

Aside from the event at The Mind Museum, MWF will be bringing the celebration to key locations in Luzon and Visayas. It will be followed by an event in Sta. Rosa, Laguna, Clark, Pampanga, Quezon City, San Mateo Rizal, Enchanted Kingdom, Malay, Aklan, and Market! Market!. 

To further this advocacy, MWF also aims to activate an online campaign through Facebook and a public chat via Viber. MWF also launched an educational AVP at key locations in EDSA through MMDA’s electronic billboard which will be played until October 31.  

This year’s celebration is MWF’s fifth year to implement the campaign in the country. During the event, MWF President Geodino Carpio expounded on why MWF continues to support proper handwashing through GHD.  “Manila Water Foundation’s focus is on WASH or Water Access, Sanitation, and Hygiene. We implement that focus through a lot of information and education campaigns on the proper use of water, and part of that is promoting proper handwashing. Studies show that 272 million schooldays are lost every year because students are absent from school mainly because of diarrhea and other related diseases which are transmitted by having dirty hands. With us promoting regular and proper handwashing, we hopefully will one day cut that number down to zero and have much productive, happier, healthier, and more educated kids that will lead to a healthier world,” he shared. 

He also shared that throughout the years, GHD was made possible by forging partnerships. Among those who shared their support to MWF’s 2017 Global Handwashing Day celebration are Green Cross, Pilot, and Philusa Corporation, with the special participation of Nescafe and Toy Kingdom. Venue partners include The Mind Museum, Enchanted Kingdom, and Market! Market! while helping promote the month-long activities and events are Rappler, Eagle Broadcasting Company, Viber, Business World, and Manila Standard.

For more details, follow MWF’s Facebook page and Viber public account, Manila Water Foundation GHD 2017.

October 4, 2017

Things I learned as an HR Practioner

Last year I was invited at Jesus Reigns Christian College, located at 811 J. Nakpil, Malate, Manila, to give a talk to graduating Psychology students about Human Resources.

I was told there's another speaker I didn't talk about the legalities and corporate structure instead shared the things I learned as an HR Practioner.



October 3, 2017

Homemade Popsicle Sticks

When mom's not around, kids gets busy in the kitchen. Juan and Julia made their own video on Homemade Popsicle Sticks. I guess, I'll soon be retiring from vlogging and Juancho will take my place.

Their ingredients, chocolate powdered milk, milk, ice and water.



October 2, 2017

TELUS International Philippines

TELUS International Philippines (TIP) was established in the Philippines in 2005, and has since set itself apart from other BPO companies – distinguishing itself through a caring company culture that puts its team members first. TIP has made its mark, not just in the business processing outsource (BPO) industry, but on its team members as well through engaging programs, events and activities that give them a change of pace from the corporate setting. These include corporate social responsibility events like TELUS Days of Giving, sports and wellness activities like the TELUS Healthy Living Cup, and a slew of parties and social events like the much awaited Town Hall.

Beyond these engagement efforts, TIP continues to prove that theirs is indeed a culture that cares by providing a working environment that captures and inspires the imagination. In its newest office at McKinley West, the global BPO offers a whole new set of work spaces designed specifically to delight their team members. “Unlike most BPO offices which were created for pure function and basic comfort, our workplace is designed to be an experience that will make your day better. As our team members‟ second home, we want to make sure that the 8 to 9 hours they spend at work is spent surrounded by things that matter to them. For us, it‟s all about the experience. Everything from the engagements and events that we celebrate, corporate social responsibility initiatives that we champion, the inspiring workplaces that we create, and the connections that we develop with our team members -- they all come together to shape the work experience that we want our team members to look forward to everyday." said Warren  Tait, TIP's Vice President for Brand, Marketing and Culture.


TELUS House McKinley West exudes a fun and laid-back vibe that is probably most evident in its array of themed meeting rooms, colorful hallways, and vibrant common areas. Once the elevator doors open in each floor, team members are immediately welcomed by halls reminiscent of a high school (but better!) --- vivid and multi-colored lockers embellished with cool and amusing keychains, chatty groups of people roaming the halls, friends in twos or threes making their way to the pantry. TELUS International takes meeting rooms very seriously. In fact, there are no two themed meeting rooms that are alike across any TELUS International site worldwide. And TELUS McKinley West houses a couple of standout ones.

The Board Game Room, lets team members actually carry out the phrase "work and play" literally, with a huge black-and-white chess board on the ceiling, a life-sized playable tic-tac-toe on one wall. A full-length meeting table made out of legos, and chairs in the shape of puzzle pieces.  Not only do these areas provide team members a source of inspiration, their picturesque features make for the perfect Instagram backdrop for selfies and groufies.
Container Truck Room

Gym is located just beside the pantry, where personal fitness coaches are always available to give workout tips, and where team members can exercise on state-of-the-art gym equipment while overlooking a lush and green park through floor-to-ceiling windows.

The Jeepney Room's stainless steel exterior, complete with wheels and many hood ornaments, resembles a larger-than-life version of the country‟s most popular mode of transportation. Its ice cream-colored interiors look like that of a regular jeepney but cleaner and much more spacious.


Ocean Park Room, transports team members in an underwater enclosure with cool blue interiors and sea life imagery.

The pantry has a food park concept that allows Team members to choose between the many tables and chairs in the middle of the room, dining areas on one side that are designed to look like shipping containers, or simply lounge at the spacious wooden terraces on the other corner of the room.
Talent Acquisition Area


To share a glimpse of what it‟s like to work inside the colorful and inspiring workspaces at TIP, the company held a mobile photography workshop for a select group of lifestyle bloggers at TELUS House McKinley West last September 28, 2017 with veteran and award-winning photographer, Paul Quiambao.


To know more about TELUS International Philippines, visit telusinternational.com.ph or follow them on social media, Facebook.com/TELUSPh, @TELUS_Ph on Twitter, and @telus_phil on Instagram.

October 1, 2017

SM Super Kids Day

I grew up in Novaliches but I was already married when SM Fairview was built. I don't get to go at this particular SM branch because I live nearer SM Megamall. Mich invite for SM Super Kids Day was a perfect timing to bond with my siblings as we met over lunch at Mesa before covering this event.


SM Super Kids Day was a huge success as parents and children trooped to The Atrium as early as 10am.  In celebration of #SMKidsMonth2017 this October, future astronauts enjoyed shooting Ben 10’s Omnitrix with NURF guns at the Space Ranger booth; while little girls were treated to a Princess Make-over. They will also enjoyed the rare chance to showcase their new look in the runway of the Space Princess Booth, and also surely enjoyed crafting their own space art masterpieces in the Artbit Booth!

Top kiddie TV stars Baby Baste, Xia Vigor, Lei Navarro, JR Hashtag and SM Little Stars led by 2017 Girl Grand Winner Gaea Salipot joined in the fun with special performances. Surprise Meet and Greet with some of their favorite character mascots. 

The event was hosted by Show Suzuki and Sam Shoaf, a talented child host and performer who is also a finalist of Your Face Sounds Familiar Kids.


I'm happy to see co-bloggers Berlin, Sol and Reylen and 
most specially Mommy Berlin's super gwapo baby Sumosam!


To know more about SM Super Kids Day, 
visit www.smsupermalls.com

September 30, 2017

EIKA Swimwear

If you are looking for high quality and beautiful mix and match swimwear, check out EIKA Swimwear in the Philippines. Whatever your size, EIKA has something that will fit you perfectly.  

I visited Eika in Styled Pop Up in Shangri-La Plaza with my husband and we found so many styles that is absolutely pleasing to the eyes. 


Find EIKA Swimwear in Trinoma, Podium, Shangri-La Plaza, Vista Mall, Alabang Town Center, Angeles,BF Homes Paranaque and Boracay.

Follow EIKA Swimwear:
Instagram - eika.ph
FB - https://www.facebook.com/eika.ph/
09177726942
hello@eika.ph

September 29, 2017

RF Body Contouring at The Beauty Lounge by Bianca Festejo

Being a mom of three in mid forties, sagging skin is unavoidable, especially in arms, midsection, chin and legs. I don't worry much about the other parts but I'm kind of conscious on the belly part because I have a bad case of lose skin after gaining 62 lbs while pregnant with the twins Julia and Rafael.

I don't exercise much lately because I can't do sit ups as I used to when I was in my 30s. My next best solution if to have RF  Body Contouring at The Beauty Lounge by Bianca Festejo.

Let me tell you first and foremost that RF is not a one-session treatment. It takes sessions, at least 6 sessions for some, depending of course on the gravity of the saggy skin.

If you're not familiar about RF Body Contouring, it is basically non-invasive body-contouring treatment powered by radiofrequency (RF), that sculpts, tightens and tones the skin. It helps smoothens and firms the texture of the skin, boost collagen production, and minimize the appearance of cellulite.

RF Body Contouring is a procedure for both men and women. It is safe and actually very relaxing for me as it resembles body massage that comes with heat applied on the apparatus.

Certain reminders before you undergo this RF  Body Contouring:

1.  If you have medical conditions, asks your doctor first if you're okay to have this procedure. 
2.  Do not eat at least 2 hours prior and after the procedure.
3.  No monthly period/menstruation when you schedule the treatment.
4.  Redness after the treatment is normal.


The Beauty Lounge by Bianca Festejo
2nd Fl Petron Station C5
Diego Silang, Taguig City

September 28, 2017

Crocodile Dentist

It was in 1995 when I first played Crocodile Dentist. It was introduced to us by Shiloh when he and John were in Medical School in La Salle Dasma. Every time I'd visit John in his dorm, playing Crocodile Dentist was always on a to do list.

Crocodile Dentist is a game made by Robert B. Fuhrer for young children that was first published by Milton Bradley in 1990. A smaller travel version of the game was released in 1993 and is currently being produced by Winning Moves. It was was one of the best-selling games of the 1991 Christmas season and remained so afterwards.  It has already passed into classic status but is a very fun toy to give this coming Christmas.

The object of the game is for the players to push the crocodile's teeth down into its gum, and the person who caused the mouth to shut is the loser. Playing the classic way is already fun but you may opt to used a dice to make it  more exciting (and harder) just like what we did.

This video was taken last year at BZ Bean Coffee Lounge



Initiation Rites

Initiation rites is a passage marking entrance or acceptance into a group or society. As for the MENDIOLABLES SIBROHOOD  (short for sisterhood and brotherhood), this is the act that someone must do in order to officially join our organization.

Warning: Having a good sense of humor is mandatory!
Bawal ang pikon at sensitive sa samahang ito!


September 27, 2017

Chicken Pesto Wrap Ala Mendiola

That Persian Chicken Pesto from Persian Avenue is one of ny family's favorite foods when we go at Robinson's Pioneer.  Here's my own version called, Chicken Pesto Wrap Ala Mendiola.



Click the link for how I prepare that pesto

http://www.occasionsofjoy.com/2015/08/pesto-malunggay-with-shrimp-pasta.html

September 26, 2017

Pretty Twins at Bambu Store

I was busy trying on Gola Shoes when these pretty twins at Bambu Store caught my attention. Twin sisters Sofia and Maia were cutely and adorably choosing their slippers! They are from Singapore on a vacation in the Philippines. They were accompanied by their mom Nicolette and Grandma Irene.

As a mom of twin kids, I'm always happy to meet twins.  It was a joyous night meeting their family - three generations of lovely ladies and girls, imagine that!



Bambu BGC
Address: B3, Bonifacio High Street, Taguig
Telephone:(02) 945 2749

September 25, 2017

Travel Sale 2017

It's been years since this travel fair started in the Philippines. Each year, I'd line up very early at the doors to be able to buy cheap airfare but to no avail because lining up is boring and tiring. 

Travel Sale 2017 sounded a different tune for me as I was able to book one local tour for John and I, and two international travels for the #Mendiolables. For this, I'd like to extend my gratitude to the people I met, who encouraged me "na mag tiyaga lang".  Our endless kwentuhan and tawanan made the long wait fun. 

Salamat Geraldine Crispino, Mutya Crispino Redondo, Ericka Rolle, Joy Zaragoza and Joven David (I hope I got his name right). Thanks also for Malen and Cielo's niece.

If you/re planning to travel in the nest few years, I highly recommend you visit the next Travel Sale which happens every July in SMX MOA. Hope to see you there next year.


September 24, 2017

Lugaw

I was sick for a week due to tonsillitis. I couldn't talk so I had no posts in this blog for 2 weeks. My son Juan knew I hate not being able to vlog because this is my relaxation time. He made me so happy by doing this video while I was asleep. I put all three vids because I'd like to watch it over and over. Natuwa ako sa effort nya. Sya malamang ang magmamana ng vlog na ito. 

More than the vlog he made, I'm happy he bought me lugaw because lugaw is my all time comfort food. Damang dama ko ang pagmamahal ng anak kong si Juan. Sulit ang pitong taon ng pag breastfeed ko sa kanya (lol).



September 23, 2017

Cactus is Love

When I was a kid, I heard from old folks that it is not good to have cactus in the house because it'll make family relationships thorny (unstable). Aside from that, I actually didn't like this plant because I pricked myself several times with a cactus while playing in a neighbor's garden.

At 44, I've outgrown this pamahiin (myth). I'm actually turning to be a big fan of cactus for four reasons, namely, it is affordable (sells around 3 to for P100 or P50 each), it is easy to maintain (you only need to water it when the soil  begins to dry, and it can stand extreme heat, and it's fun seeing them sprout as it produces different shapes and sizes.

Cactus is a unique and stark beauty! I'm growing so fond of this surprising plant that I now have several pots decorated in the whole house.


Growing desert cactus is actually easy because it is among the toughest of all houseplants. These pretty simple rules applies in the Philippines:

1. Light: Strong light is essential. Temperature: During the active growth period, cacti prefer hot, dry temperatures, ranging from 70ºF to more than 80ºF.

2. Only water if  the soil  begins to dry.

3. Cactus are slow-growing plants and will rarely need repotting. Many species of cacti will bloom better when they are slightly under potted.

4. I didn't event use fertilizer to grow my cactus but if you feel like using fertilizer, go ahead.

5. The most common mistake is over watering cactus so make sure to keep it away from palyful kids. Or do remind them, that mommy is the only one who will water the cactus.

September 22, 2017

Chef Jam Melchor to Feature Filipino Cuisine at Le Tavole Accademiche 2017

Held recently at Le Jardin  Café was the prescon for the upcoming Le Tavole Accademiche 2017 where Chef Jam Melchor was invited to present and feature Filipino cuisine

This October, Le Tavole Accademiche (Academic Tables) of the Università degli Studi di  Scienze Gastronomiche  (UNISG)  in  Pollenzo,  Italy  opens  its  kitchen  to  the  culinary expertise of Chef Jam Melchor, as he prepares to serve savory Filipino dishes that will open up their palates to our local flavors and feed their knowledge about Filipino food culture. 

UNISG,  founded  in  2004  by  Slow  Food  International  in  cooperation  with  the  Italian regions of  Piedomont  and  Emilia-Romagna,  has  focused  on  the  study  of  gastronomy.  Le  Tavole Accademiche  embraces  this  focus  through  food  that  combines  education, haut cuisine and local produce.  

Every year, 25 international top chefs are invited to prepare creative recipes that reflect  the school’s principles of good, clean and fair food using local, seasonal ingredients. For  the first time, a Filipino chef will present the local cuisine and gastronomy as Chef Jam  Melchor visits UNISG this third week of October, 2017.  

“I  want  this  trip  to  be  a  platform  for  Filipino  food  to  be  recognized,  especially  in  that university where they value gastronomy,” Chef Jam shares. “My goal is to inspire more  Filipinos, the youth especially, to discover more  about our  cuisine like  where it comes  from and what is it all about.” 

During his visit, Chef Jam will be serving classic and regional dishes that will hopefully  fire up more conversations about Filipino food as UNISG students and alumni feast on Filipino fare. Although he hails from Pampanga, his menu will feature different provinces through his Sinigang na Bayabas, Adobong Batangan, Binulo na Tinawon and Sinuglao.  While  the  Sinigang  na  Bayabas,  soured with  the  local  guava,  highlights  his Kapampangan roots and is a personal favorite, Chef Jam acknowledges that sinigang, just  like  a  number  of  Filipino  dishes,  has  different  interpretations.   

He  travels  to Batangas for his Adobong Batangan, pork belly braised in vinegar, garlic, and annatto. “Batangan is the old name for Batangas, where the dish originated.”  Binulo  na  Tinawon  pays homage  to  the  traditional  way  Filipinos  cook  rice  using  bamboo. This version will highlight the heirloom rice tinawon, grown in the Banaue Rice Terraces.“I  want  people  to  know  more  about our  interesting  food  culture,  its  diversity  and abundance,” Chef Jam adds. 

Chef Jam crafts his  menu around local  ingredients  such as  pili  from Albay, adlai  from  Bukidnon and  mango  from  Guimaras  and  Zambales.  In  fact,  pili  will  be  an  integral  component  of  his dessert  plates,  that  features  Mango  Pili  Sansrival  and  Pili-Crusted Turon. 

He will also be bringing several Filipino Ark of Taste ingredients, which he will have the chance to present to UNISG and use in his menu.  UNISG hones the minds of future gastronomists about the global food culture through academic discussions and practical  experiences that allow them  to discover and taste more  of  what  lies  beyond  their  shores.  Through  the  endeavors  of  chefs  like Jam Melchor, we can be assured that conversations and dialogues about Filipino food and  Philippine ingredients will continue with the next generation of gastronomes.  


ABOUT CHEF JAM MELCHOR:

Chef Jam Melchor always dreamed of becoming a chef. He grew up in Pampanga, the  Philippines’ culinary capital that boasts of prominent people engaged in food industry.   He  opened  his  first  restaurant  Villa  Café  in  2011,  serving  modernized  Kapampangan  heirloom recipes. This was followed by Bite Contemporary Cuisine in 2012, which was  hailed as one of Manila’s best restaurants for 2013 by spot.ph, and known for its organic dishes and its advocacy for sustainability. In 2013, he established Healthy Eats Manila,  now known as YesPlate® and considered as the only sustainable diet delivery service  in  the  metro  that  aims  to  provide  nutritious  calorie  counted  meals  and  easy  weight  management solutions to professionals that includes top celebrities.  From 2014 to 2015, he was commissioned by the the Philippine government under the  Department of Agriculture to be the Chef Ambassador representing the Philippines for the  ASEAN  Roadshow  2014  Linamnam!:  Flavours  of  the  Philippines.  It  was  held  in  different  ASEAN  Countries  to  promote  local  products  for  export,  with  a  food  festival  showcasing Filipino classic dishes.  
This paved the way for him to convene the Philippine Culinary Heritage Movement, an  SEC-registered,  non-profit  movement  dedicated  to  the  promotion  and  preservation  of  the Philippine culinary heritage and gastronomy.  An active member of Slow Food International, Chef Jam participated as a delegate and  Philippine representative for the Terra Madre 2016 last September in Italy, cooking and  presenting Filipino dishes and Philippine Ark of taste ingredients to the world.  Chef  Jam  Melchor,  together  with  the  Philippine  Culinary  Heritage  Movement,  spearheaded  the  call  for  the  creation  of  a  Buwan  ng  Kulinaryang  Pilipino,  calling  out  concerned  government  agencies  like  National  Commission  for  Culture  and  the  Arts  (NCCA) and the Department of Agriculture to petition and request the President of  the Republic of the Philippines for the declaration  or issuance of an Executive Order / Presidential Order  that  Filipino Cuisine  will  be celebrated  annually  through  the  Buwan  ng  Kulinaryang  Pilipino.  This  month-long  celebration  for  the  preservation  of  Filipino  cuisine, will pay tribute to the rich culinary heritage of the country, and encourage and  support the study and in-depth research about Philippine gastronomy. 

ABOUT UNISG 

The University of Gastronomic Sciences, founded in 2004 by the international non-profit  association Slow Food, in cooperation with the Italian regions of Piedmont and Emilia- Romagna, is a private non-profit institution. Its goal is to create an international research  and  education  center  for  those  working  on  renewing  farming  methods,  protecting  biodiversity, and building an organic relationship between gastronomy and agricultural  science.  The  result  is  a  new  professional  figure—the  gastronome—skilled  in  the  production,  distribution, promotion, and communication of high-quality foods. Gastronomes are the next  generation  of  educators  and  innovators,  editors  and  multimedia  broadcasters, marketers  of  fine  products,  and  managers  of  consortia,  businesses,  and  tourism  companies. UNISG students, hailing from around the world, gain dynamic experiences in artisanal  and industrial food production, thanks  to complementary education in both sciences  and  humanities,  sensory  training,  and  hands-on  learning  during study  trips  across five continents. 

ABOUT ACADEMIC TABLES 

The Academic Tables is more than just the dining hall at the University of Gastronomic Sciences  in  Pollenzo.  It  is  a  space  that  combines  education,  haut  cuisine,  and  local products at a fair price.  The preparation of each dish takes into account seasonality of locally  sourced  products,  the  furnishings  and  cutlery  are  eco-sustainable,  the  kitchen features energy efficient equipment, and finally, meals are ordered in advance through a booking system which reduces food waste at the source. In addition to the team of five UNISG chefs at the Academic Tables, each year 25 guest  chefs are invited from around the world to visit UNISG and prepare creative recipes for our  students  which  respect  the  principles  of  good,  clean,  and  fair  by  using  local,  seasonal ingredients while keeping the meal at an affordable price. 

ABOUT LE TAVOLE ACCADEMICHE 2017 

Chef  Jam  Melchor  will  the  be  first  Filipino  chef  invited  to  present  and  cook  the  local cuisine and gastronomy this third week of October, 2017. He was invited when he met the  organizers  at Terra  Madre  2016,  and  expressed  their  desire  to  feature  Filipino cuisine and to learn more about it. Chef Jam will be assisted by Johan Movido, a culinary graduate from CCA Manila. The  road  to  Le  Tavole  Accademiche  was  made  possible  with  help  from  the  following  sponsors:  Department  of  Agriculture  -  Philippines,  the  Province  of  Pampanga  and  Albay, the city of Angeles, Carl Schmidt Sohn PH, Mama Sita's Mixes and Sauces, Le Jardin  Café,  Top  Chef  Enterprise,  Destileria  Limtuaco,  Philippine  Culinary  Heritage  Movement, and Slow Food Youth Network Philippines. 

For  parties  interested  to  support  this  endeavor,  you  may  get  in  touch  with  Chef  Jam through his email at chefjamme@gmail.com or mobile 09178309516. 

September 21, 2017

Motorino Makati

Child Psychologists suggests to bring kids on a one-on-one date, so moms or dads gives full attention on the child, thus giving him that sense of closeness and acceptance. This will benefit your family as a whole as it brings trust between parent and child.

For Rafael's date, he chose it to be at Motorino Makati.




September 20, 2017

French Toast ala Mendiola

My children loves french toasts and I love heart-shaping anything. Here's my simple way of making my kids, as well as myself, happy - French Toast ala Mendiola.



September 19, 2017

Know Your Love Language at ViewPark Hotel

There are so many reasons why we love going at ViewPark Hotel - the people, the food, the place, everything actually!

They have added a new feature where you'll be able to know your love language by taking a quick test. This is a good activity that couples may do while at ViewPark.

Although John and I knew along time ago our repective love languages, it was still fun to answer some of the questions as a review or reminder how far and mature our marriage has gone.

Take note, this test is not limited to couples. It is also a a great way to learn more about your children, specially the teens. Who knows, you might learn something new about your kid or kids after they take the love quiz and discover your love language and begin improving your relationships.



Viewpark Hotel is just an one-hour drive from the metropolis.  It is one of the most affordable yet elegant hotels in the heart of Tagaytay City and accessible to the city's famous tourist spots such as Picnic Grove, Tagaytay Highlands and the peak of the city, the People's Park or the so called Palace in the Sky.

View Park Hotel Address:
3500 Calamba Road, Sungay East, Tagaytay City, 4120 Tagaytay City

Phone SMS (0922) 885 1516; (0917) 544 6396;
(Viber) (0999) 883 9460
Telefax (02) 584 4090 or (046) 413 0862
Email inquiry@viewparkhotel.com
Website http://www.viewparkhotel.com

Public Transit From Manila:

Take SLEX (South Luzon Expressway). From Sta. Rosa Exit, turn right on the Sta. Rosa-Tagaytay Road. As you reach Tagaytay Rotonda, please turn left. View Park Hotel Tagaytay is located just in front of Picnic Grove Park.

September 18, 2017

Sugod Kusina at Tita Tiny's Kitchen

I was a certfied lakwatsera when I was in elementary and high school. I have probably visited most, if not all, of my classmates houses. Kaya naman di ko masisisi si Juan if he likes visiting his friends' homes.His favorite is at Gavin's place because his grandmother, MyLa (short for my lola) cooks delicious food!

Syempre dahil gusto kong patunayan na masarap nga magluto si Myla, ako ay nag sugod kusina at Tita Tiny's Kitchen.



"Grandmothers always have time to talk 
and make you feel special" 
- Catherine Pulsifer