May 23, 2017

LIBEL

Maintaining a cheerful disposition in this high-tech, fast paced life is difficult especially when you're active in social media. There are plenty of rules that one must follow so as not to get into trouble and later on be sued for libel.

For bloggers like me who wish to be on a safe side or if you are a victim of cyber-bullying and planning of suing someone, feel free to read this article I copied at http://www.lectlaw.com. 

LIBEL

Published material meeting three conditions: The material is defamatory either on its face or indirectly; The defamatory statement is about someone who is identifiable to one or more persons; and, The material must be distributed to someone other than the offended party; i.e. published; distinguished from slander.

Criminal Law. A malicious defamation expressed either in printing or writing or by signs or pictures, tending to blacken the memory of one who is dead, with intent to provoke the living; or the reputation of one who is alive and to expose him to public hatred, contempt or ridicule. It has been defined perhaps with more precision to be a censorious or ridiculous writing, picture or sign, made with a malicious or mischievous intent.

In briefly considering this offence, we will inquire: 1. By what mode of expression a libel may be conveyed; 2. Of what kind of defamation it must consist; 3. How plainly it must be expressed; 4. What mode of publication is essential.

The reduction of the slanderous matter to writing or printing, is the most usual mode of conveying it. The exhibition of a picture, intimating that which in print would be libelous, is equally criminal. Fixing a gallows at a man's door, burning him in effigy or exhibiting him in any ignominious manner, is a libel.

There is perhaps no branch of the law which is so difficult to reduce to exact principles or to compress within a small compass as the requisites of a libel. All publications denying the Christian religion to be true; all writings subversive of morality and tending to inflame the passions by indecent language, are indictable at common law. In order to constitute a libel, it is not necessary that anything criminal should be imputed to the party injured; it is enough if the writer has exhibited him in a ludicrous point of view; has pointed him out as an object of ridicule or disgust; has, in short, done that which has a natural tendency to excite him to revenge.

If the matter be understood as scandalous and is calculated to excite ridicule or abhorrence against the party intended, it is libelous, however it may be expressed.

The malicious reading of a libel to one or more persons, it being for sale on the shelves in a bookstore; and where the defendant directed the libel to be printed, took away some and left others; these several acts have been held to be publications. The sale of each copy, where several copies have been sold, is a distinct publication and a fresh offence.

The publication must be malicious; evidence of the malice may be either express or implied. Express proof is not necessary for where a man publishes a writing which on the face of it is libelous, the law presumes he does so from that malicious intention which constitutes the offence and it is unnecessary for the prosecution to prove any circumstance from which malice may be inferred. But no allegation, however false and malicious, contained in answers to interrogatories, in affidavits duly made or any other proceedings, in courts of justice or petitions to the legislature, are indictable. It is no defence that the matter published is part of a document printed by order of the house of commons.

The publisher of a libel is liable to be punished criminally by indictment or is subject to an action on the case by the party grieved. Both remedies may be pursued at the same time.

Practice. A libel has been defined to be 'the plaintiff's petition or allegation, made and exhibited in a judicial process, with some solemnity of law;' it is also, said to be 'a short and well ordered writing, setting forth in a clear manner, as well to the judge as to the defendant, the plaintiff's or accuser's intention in judgment.' It is a written statement by a plaintiff, of his cause of action and of the relief he seeks to obtain in a suit.

May 22, 2017

Cake Boss Baking Demo with Chef Dorothy Ferreria at True Value Shang

Cake Boss, the world’s hottest and awesome deluxe bakeware products and decorating tools by talian-American celebrity Chef Buddy Valastro, the popular head baker of Carlo’s Bakery in New Jersey and Cake Boss Café’ in Times Square, New York, recently held a baking demo in True Value Robinson’s Shangri-La with none other than Chef Dorothy Ferreria of Dorothy’s Cooking School. 

Chef Dorothy whipped up sweet treats and delicious desserts while showcasing Cake Boss product durability and convenience for the modern Filipino home kitchen during the demo. The event was hosted by actor, chef and Ultimate Male Survivor of StarStruck, Steven Silva.


Cake Boss is exclusively distributed in the Philippines by Much Prosperity Trading International, Inc. (MPTII). They offes a wide variety of premium and deluxe bakeware products and decorating tools to cover the baking needs of Filipinos. 

As part of its “Bake Like the Boss” baking demo series will also be held in other True Value and True Home branches in Metro Manila.  For more information about Cake Boss products and events, visit the official Facebook page – Cake Boss  Bakeware PH and @cakebossbakewareph on Instagram. For inquiries, you can email inquiry@much.com.ph or visit mptii.ph.

May 21, 2017

Black and White

It's summer and swimsuits in different styles are plastered all around. I wanted to post a super daring photo but I can't since I have conseravative children 😁😬😆.

This photo was taken by my husband  at Hotel Jen last year. As soon as I got home, I sent it to my guru and adviser Nora, and ask her if "malaswa" (obscene). Since Nora is conservative like my children, she politely said no the idea of posting it in social media.

But what the heck, we only live once, so here courageously posting this black and white photo that would have been here a year ago.

Let me know your thoughts by commenting below, malaswa ba?

"Life for me is either black or white. 
You can either choose to live joyfully or gloomy."
- Joy Mendiola
May 18, 2017

May 20, 2017

Carl Schmidt Sohn Cooking Demo with Chef Jam Melchor

Carl Schmidt Sohn, premium German knives and kitchenware brand is now in the Philippines and is exclusively distributed in the Philippines by Much Prosperity Trading International, Inc. (MPTII). 

They held a cooking demo in True Value Shangri- La earlier today as part of its “Solingia” cooking demo series to be held in different True Value and True Home branches in Metro Manila, 

The cooking demo was facilitated by Chef Jam Melchor, owner of Heathy Eats Manila and was hosted by Steven Silva (actor, chef and Ultimate Male Survivor of StarStruck).

Chef Jam prepared mouthwatering dishes while showcasing the outstanding durability, elegant designs and premium quality of the different Carl Schmidt Sohn products used during the demo.


Carl Schmidt Sohn products are made in Solingen, the knife manufacturing center of Germany where about 90% of premium knives and kitchenware around the world are produced. It has been making quality knives since 1829. Carl Schmidt Sohn has been expanding into houseware category with focus on knives and kitchenware that perfectly meet the kitchen needs of Filipinos.

For more than 180 years, Carl Schmidt Sohn continues to create quality products with classic German craftsmanship. It is exported in various parts of the world like Cyprus, Hong Kong and China.

For more information about Carl Schmidt Sohn products, visit the official Facebook page – Carl Schmidt Sohn PH and @carlschmidt1829 on Instagram. For inquiries, you can email inquiry@much.com.ph or visit mptii.ph.

May 19, 2017

BLOGGERS PULIS

I am by heart a joyful person. I try to live up to my name even when the going gets tough. At times though I have to be realistic and take action when necessary. 

I was bullied online by two men in 2014. As a married woman with three children I will not allow any one to tarnish my reputation and so I had to do what I had to do online as well.

Did the two troll stop? Yes. They both blocked me in FB. Probably, hopefully, prayerfully that they have learned their lesson.

I moved on, forgave them and continue to live a happy-hectic life until Concerned Blogger messaged me...




At dahil medyo alarming ang pagkakasulat ni Concerned Blogger, I Googled 'BLOGGERS PULIS' which brought me to its Facebook Page. I watched the video, ako nga! Blind item kaso ang pagkakamali ni Bloggers Pulis ay ang maliwanag na evidence ng paninirang puri dahil sa pag post nya ng video ko! I saved the copy of the video as evidence for whatever legal purposes it may serve me in the future. Eto ang screencap ng mga pinost ni Bloggers Pulis.



Hindi ako basta basta naniniwala sa mga sabi sabi kaya minabuti kong i-message si Corrine at itanong kung sya nga si Bloggers Pulis...



I was about to make a group chat with Concerned Blogger and Corrine to hear both sides of the story but then Corrine blocked me.

For those who are not updated with the chismis of the blogging world, this is how it started...Last February 23, 2017 I attended AJINOMOTO Event with Coco Martin as the endorser. Isususlat ko sa Wikang Filipino o tatagalugin para maintindihan ng mabuti ni Bloggers Pulis at ng mga bloggers na nang bash sa akin ang tunay na mga pangyayari.

- Pagkatapos ng cooking demo, nagtanong ang host kung meron gustong magtanong kay Coco. Nagtaas ako ng kamay. Bago ako lumapit kay Coco ay nagsabi ako na lalapit sa kanya at EEKSENA. Pumayag si Coco at wala din namang nagbawal na PR, organizers o mga taga AJINOMOTO sa akin. Kaya tumuloy ako sa paglapit at pag eksena kay Coco. 

Malinaw na malinaw na sinabi ko kay Coco at sa lahat ng nasa event (over the microphone pa) na eeksena ako kaya paano ako naging bastos para i-post at gawing katawa tawa, siraan ang aking pagka tao at yurakan ang aking kredibilidad bilang lifestyle vlogger ni 'BLOGGERS PULIS'?

Since Bloggers Pulis clearly posted my video with the intention of ruining me to all PRs, as she posted, "...blacklist to all prs", the big question is sino si Bloggers Pulis? Kung matunton ang tunay na nagmamay-ari nitong mapangyurak na page na ito, liable for libel ba sya?   




May 18, 2017

Mirriam Macwilliam's Smart Traders Mentorship Program

Grow your knowledge on trading and become your own boss by joining Mirriam Macwilliam, a self-made millionaire and chief trainer of Wealth Mentor, for Smart Traders Mentorship Program on May 19 to 21, 2017 at Marco Polo Hotel.


For more details contact Wealth Mentirs at 0915.7558588,
Email: register@wealth-mentors.com
PMCM at 0917.8344978


May 17, 2017

Skip Archimedes Supercharge Your Life Workshop in the Philippines

I used to just watch Skip Archimedes in videos that inspires people to develop and enhance the whole being, from mind, body and spirit.

Skip was a young gymnast, who overcame serious illnesses, a coma, a family break-up, obesity and depression to become a Gymnastic Champion and now a famous motivational speaker.

Today at Marco Polo Hotel, I finally meet in person The Miracle Man for the prescon of his workshops in the Philippines.

Skip workshop will definitely help you achieve personal productivity through energy and mental focus.


Benefits from attending this workshop: 

1. Discover Why 1000s of leaders and self-made millionaires around tge workd are being more productive with more money and energy to enjoy life.
2.  Supercharge your health, mind, body and spirit to achieve your full potential.
3.  Learn tge difference between fitness and health to supercharge your physical and mental energies.
4. Say goodbye to aches, pains and food that actually harm your body and a lot more!

Skip with media who covered the prescon

Skip Archimedes' Supercharge your life Workshop in the Philippines schedules are as follows: June 10 at SMX SM Aura, June 14 at SMX Davao and June 17 at Cebu Trade Hall

For more details, visit www.superchargeyourlifeasia.com

May 16, 2017

Manila Workshops' Photography Workshop for Kids and Teens

May is such a hectic month for us #Mendiolables but we couldn't just leave Manila without attending Photography Workshop for Kids and Teens by Manila Workshops. It was facilitated by Keith Dador last May 6 at Launch Garage in Circulo Verde, Calle Industria, Quezon City, where Julia, Rafael and Juan learned about The Camera and How It Works, Camera Handling and Care, Why Are We Getting Blurred Photos, Light and exposure, Understanding light and how to use it to your advantage, Quick formulas to ensure good photos. 

The attendees had visual exercises, games, best photo challenge and they were given certificates after the workshop.

For schedules and other workshops, contact Ms.Veni – veni.anabo@manilaworkshops.com | 09272816651.

May 15, 2017

Brigada Eskwela at City of Mandaluyong Science High School

To show my support and appreciation to MandSci for honing the intelligence of my twin kids, I accepted the responsibility of documenting Brigada Eskwela at City of Mandaluyong Science High School. It was my first time to join Brigada Eskwela  since Julia and Rafael used to study in private schools. I wasn't aware how big and important this activity is until today. 

Aside from that, it was actually fun to join and be one among the other stakeho lders- principal, teachers, school staff, community and the city as a whole. It brought back that bayanihan feeling I grew up with. With this post, I hope to encourage more parents to be involve, join Brigada Eskwela and be a part of volunteerism that brings benefits first and foremost the students.

Brigada Eskwela is proof that an effective partnership between the government and citizens is possible.


About Brigada Eskwela:

To improve the country's public school education, DepEd addressed the issue through the Adopt-a-School Program (ASP) in 1998 and in order to reach even more people, DepEd brought the program to the communities in 2003 through Brigada Eskwela also known as the “Bayanihan Para sa Paaralan.
This initiative allowed a partnership with other stakeholders who are willing to share resources tIn a few years, the spirit of volunteerism reached 200 partners and generated P6 billion worth of programs and interventions. 

May 14, 2017

Strawberry Bingsu at Hobing Korean Dessert Cafe

My daughter is a fan of Korean culture, from Kpop group BTS to food and more. For a long time Julia's asking me to eat at Hobing Korean Dessert Cafe located at the 4/F Mega Fashion Hall of SM Megamall  but we'd always end up hurrying to get back home.

Last week even if we just ate at DS Cafe, I gave in and treated Julia because she deserves it for being an honor student.

We ordered strawberry at P350. I musst admit it's a bit pricey compared to other strawberry bingsu. For its lovely presentation, I gve it a thumbs up. The sweetness level is just right for my taste but I was hoping there's more milk in it.

The store itself is actually small which has a few tables only. Although the price seems to be a little high for 'shaved ice', the bonding time with my daughter was well worth it. 



May 13, 2017

Women Empowerment

Women Empowerment or WE is a  series of  talks that invites women to events where they learn about matters that matter to them. We is a collaboration between Rowena Suarez and Joy Felizardo.
Joy is a Lifestyle Blogger, Businesswoman, Baker and Event Organizer while Ro is an Expert Financial Planner.



I wasn't able to attend their first talk, Women and Money, at Simple Lang at Ayala Triangle Gardens because I was out-of-town. It was about starting up a business.

I made sure to free my schedule for the second series of talk, Throw a Party Without Getting Broke, held at Stew Comfort Food by Chef Michelle Adrillana at Addition Hills, Mandaluyong. #We Series 2 was all about DIY-ing a simple party and how budgeting and early planning can make any occasion-planning fail-proof.

Ro shared her knowledge about money matters, budgeting, savings, starting out a business, keeping up a business and essential topics every woman needed to understand, to be able to gain freedom from stress, financial uncertainty, poverty, poor health, personal insecurities and many others.

Apart from the lovely discussion of Rowena Suarez (@JustAskRo) on 6 Pillars of Wealth, we shared with Chef Michelle’s best-selling pasta dish, Quattro Formaggi and Grilled Cheese Sandwich.


The afternoon was also a delightful experience having to be the first bloggers to taste @SpringValleyPH Mango and Banana drink and @PoptopsPH.


Everyone is welcome to attend their strings talks, make sure to follow their updates at their Facebook page- @WEManila.

May 12, 2017

Product Review: Eximius Miracle Oil

There are plenty of products sent in my place everyday for review and feature. I try all of them but I only write about those that really shows what it promises. One of them is Eximius Miracle Oil. 

At http://www.eximiusmiracleoilmarketing.com, it is written that Eximius Miracle Oil is a very unique health supplement that can penetrate and kill the virus and cancer cells.It has the ability to penetrate and rapidly absorb in lipid coated and envelope viruses. It is considered better than that of nanotechnology (nanosized molecules) due to its excellent penetration in the Blood Brain Barriers without utilizing bile salts that result in absolute energy. It is known to be a medical food specifically for people who undergoes a medical procedure and chemotherapy. It is the secret to reverse medical condition such as HIV, Diabetes, Renal Failure, Cardiovascular Problems, Cancer and Immune System deficiencies".

It was sent to me months ago but it took me this long to write about it because I couldn't find all the videos I took to document my experience with Eximius Miracle Oil's. Finally, tonight I found 'em all!

I can't say anything about the above mentioned claim but I'm sure that Eximius Miracle Oil helped my daughter's legs stretch marks lighten with only a week of use.


I also learned that my cousin, Jay, who has Stage 3 Cancer is also taking Eximius Miracle Oil. He saw in my FB Page that I unboxed Eximius Miracle Oil and he told me it has helped him with his present condition.

For orders or inquiry, contact  LuckyCowShop@gmail.com
Mobile Number: +63917-838-1337
http://www.eximiusmiracleoilmarketing.com/

May 11, 2017

The Best Time to Circumcise

Circumcision is a procedure when the foreskin that covers the end of a penis is removed during surgery. Circumcision is a controversial issue that varies from country to country. Some countries believe that boys do not need circumcision, unless there is a medical need.

In the Philippines, circumcision is carried out as part of medical, religious, social and cultural reasons.  It is a time when boys are considered and welcomed as a young man. Circumcision is a counterpart when girls had their first monthly period and welcomed as a young lady.

My eldest son Rafael asked to be circumcised at the age of eleven, that was three years ago. Last December my youngest son said, "Mom, cut na ko this summer". I knew already what he meant because Rafael said the same thing. But I didn't get it immediately when Rafael came to me and said, "Mom, cut na". I was baffled and said, "baby, you just had your hair cut last week". He then said, "No Mom, I mean cut na, you know, circumcision".

So if you're asking, "when is the best time for circumcision?", the answer is if your son is ready for it.


Dr. Mark Joseph Avendano did the surgery. 
You can visit him at MeDispex Multispecialty Clinic, 
Marketplace Mall, 4th floor, Gen. Kalentong St. Mandaluyong City.  
Contact numbers: 383-8049/ 0919-3060299
Clinic schedule Tuesday to Saturday - 4pm to 7pm. 

May 10, 2017

Cheridel Alejandrino - Elevator Girl of SM Olongapo

It was an honor to meet Cheridel Alejandrino, popularly known as Elevator Girl of SM Olongapo, yesterdat at the Prescon of the First Ever National Super Moms Day at SM Malls.

Kapag mabait, masipag at minahal talaga ang trabaho, may magandang kahihitnatnan tulad ni Cherry na mas kilala na ngayong Escalator Girl as she promotes SM Malls Escalator Etiquette.



May 9, 2017

First Ever National Super Moms Day at SM Malls

Being a mom is not an easy feat. We want to do things for everybody - to be the perfect mom, best wife, good cook, and even a great labandera. Kidding aside, May is a happy month because Moms like me gets to celebrate Mother’s Day with the whole world. 

This year, Mother's Day is made even more special with the First Ever National Super Moms Day at SM Malls, where moms get to be given special treats on May 14, 2017 at all SM malls across the country!

Present at the event earlier today was today SM Supermalls Senior Vice President for Marketing Jonjon San Agustin, "Mother's Day is the best time of the year to thank our moms for all their dedication and hard work for us. While our moms also look forward to celebrating this day with us, SM's National SuperMoms Day is the perfect occasion for the whole family to create many more memories to cherish in the years to come," he said.



What to expect National Super Moms Day at SM Malls: 

1. There will be Mommy and Me event - a mom-and-kid fashion show - where Jollibee will be giving away Jolly Spaghetti to the first 200 shoppers who will catch the show in 43 participating malls nationwide. 

2. #SuperMoms Fashion Makeover Promo as SM Supermalls partners with SM Woman to reward five lucky moms with an extraordinary gift - a fashion makeover! 

Interested participants can check out the SM Supermalls Facebook page for the details and updates.The #SuperMoms campaign was launched in 2016 as part of the SM's 30 years of fun shopping that pays tribute and connects with the silent superheroes of the family. Find out more about National SuperMoms Day and visit bit.ly/MothersDayAtSM2017. Visit www.smsupermalls.com or follow SM's official social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram; and get an insider access to all the fun happenings at SM Supermalls nationwide through SM's Viber Public Chat. #EverythingsHereAtSM 

May 8, 2017

Mango Tree Bistro in Trinoma Mall

My love for Thai food blossomed when John and I went in Thailand in 1999.  Their food is amazingly delicious. I particularly like the way they serve their rice, always with lemon on the side. And because I like salty food, Thai fish sauce is always on my list when eating at a Thai resto.

Thai cuisine is certainly one of the favorite cuisines of the world and since I've been craving Thai food after 3 days on the road to feature Zoocobia in Pampanga, Zoobic Safarin in Subic and Nature's Healing Home in La Union, we went at Mango Tree Bistro in Trinoma Mall for late lunch.

Mango Tree has a casual fine dining restaurant with warm hospitality coming from all its staff and crew, ensuring that customers is satisfied with their food by using only the best and freshest ingredients and an array of nutritious Thai organic herb and spices.

We tried their Siam Platters (good for sharing for 3 to 4 persons), Nachos with Salted Egg Chips, Salmon Sisig, Mango Cheesecake, Thai Halo Halo, Ice Cream with Salted Egg Custard. If you like salted egg chips, a must try is their Salmon Crispy Skin Crackling. 


Mango Tree Bistro
Trinoma Mall, 1136 North Ave Cor Mindanao Ave, Quezon City, 
Phone:(02) 916 0297
Hours: Open today · 10AM–9PM

May 7, 2017

PUREGOLD Livery with AIR ASIA

Puregold Price Club Inc., the Philippine retailer that brings Puregold, formally launched its new plane livery in partnership with AirAsia. Puregold unveiled its first of two plane liveries last May 5 featuring its official name and logo prominently displayed on both sides of the body of an Airbus A320 aircraft. 

Present at the event is Puregold President Vincent Co who said “Like all things that we have been doing since we started our retail chain in 1998 up to our Initial Public Offering in 2011, this day heralds a perfect opportunity for Puregold to expand our brand’s reach. Our partnership with AirAsia, a globally recognized brand, is anchored on a shared commitment to deliver value and the best quality service.” 

For his part, Philippines AirAsia CEO Captain Dexter Comendador said, “We are honoured to be carrying a homegrown retail brand on the ground and in the skies, extending as far as the whole of Asean region to China, Korea and into the AirAsia Group’s massive network of over 120 destinations.” Puregold has its name wrapped on two AirAsia aircraft.  “We are a sociable and innovative brand. We also take pride of our collaborative nature and this new livery demonstrates AirAsia’s creative approach to partnerships and marketing opportunities especially with companies that support and promote the Filipino brand of excellent service,” Captain Comendador said at the unveiling ceremonies in Clark Airport in Pampanga. 

The first Puregold livery aircraft was officially presented to the public with a water cannon salute upon arrival at Clark International Airport in a ceremony led by Clark International Airport Corporation President Alexander Cauguiran, Puregold President Vincent Co, Philippines AirAsia CEO Captain Dexter Comendador and Philippines AirAsia Head of Ancillary Business Karlo Sanchez.


Puregold has a total of 329 stores nationwide, includinf 277 Puregold stores, 12 S&R membership shopping warehouse, 23 S&R New York Style fast-food outlets, nine NE Bodega Supermarkets and eight Budgetlane Supermarkets. 

AirAsia voted the world’s best low cost carrier for eight consecutive years and a proudly Asean airlinePhilippines AirAsia is part of the AirAsia Group that has been awarded the World’s Best Low Cost Carrier for eight consecutive years running by Skytrax from 2009 to 2016. They operates a fleet of 17 aircraft with domestic and international flights out of hubs in Manila, Cebu and Kalibo. The airline operates several flights to/from Manila, Davao, Cebu, Kalibo, Caticlan(Boracay), Tacloban, Tagbilaran (Bohol), Puerto Princesa (Palawan) and Clark in the Philippines with international flights to/from Shanghai, Taipei, Incheon (Seoul), Hong Kong, Macau, Kuala Lumpur, Kota Kinabalu, and Singapore (via Cebu only). 

May 6, 2017

Flatiron and Sentro 1771 in Uptown Mall

Tagug City isn't my usual place to go to but for great food and meeting awesome people not event traffic and migraine can stop me from going.

Last night, 1771 Group of Restaurants had a back to back celebration for Flatiron and Sentro 1771 in Uptown Mall, Flatiron's First Year Anniversary and the Grand Opening of Sentro 1771 in Uptown Mall.

Chef Vicky Pacheco, Executive Chef and COO of 1771 Group of Restaurants, friends, guests and media were there to enjoy the rainy night.



Sentro 1771’s unconventional yet superb take on Filipino cuisine brings it to the pedestal as one of the most celebrated restaurants in the country. Its invasion in Uptown Bonifacio aims to cater for guests who are hungry and wanting the most satisfying treat to the palate. It can also accommodate events in its cozy function room fit for an intimate gathering of 10-30 guests. 

Drawn from its name, Flatiron Brisket 6 is the restaurant’s house specialty, definitely, a must-try! The meat is slowly cooked for 6 hours to achieve the perfect fusion of tasteful ingredients and the right amount of tenderness.  One can also devour on its Chicken Piccata, thinly-pounded chicken breast fried in butter and tossed in lemon butter sauce. The richness of the lemon butter sauce is balanced by the lightly creamed spaghettini. Another comfort food that will surely fill a growling stomach is the Corned Beef Skillet sautéed with onions and tomatoes that comes with sunny side eggs and a choice of rice or potato bread rolls.


 Both Sentro 1771 and Flatiron
Upper Ground Floor, Uptown Bonifacio Mall, 36th Street corner 
9th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.  
792-9133 (Sentro 1771) and 802-5458 (Flatiron) 
Instagram and Facebook: (Sentro1771 and Flatiron.ph)
www.sentro1771.com and www.flatiron.ph

May 5, 2017

Allianz PNB Life Supports National Youth Futsal Cup

On May 6, Saturday, 7am to 5pm, at the University of Asia and the Pacific, Allianz PNB Life in cooperation with the Henry Moran Foundation and the Philippine Football Federation (PFF) will be holding the National Youth Futsal Cup.

The event will mark the beginning of the selection process for the Philippines’ participation to the Allianz Junior Football Camp (AJFC). Allianz, the official partner of FC Bayern Munich, is host to an annual international football camp held in Munich, Germany. The camp gives teenagers (between the ages of 14-16) from across the world a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to train with the FC Bayern Munich coaches. 

This is the first year Allianz PNB Life will be sponsoring five male players from the friendly tournament to the AJFC to be held this July in Bali, Indonesia. Two winners out of the five players will be given the chance to represent the Philippines in the global camp this year in Munich, Germany.

Gae Martinez, Allianz PNB Life Chief Marketing Officer; Rei Abrazaldo, Allianz PNB Life Branding Communications and Digital Director; Ake Pastoral, Philippine Football Federation National Grassroots Officer; and Danny Moran, Henry Moran Foundation President.

(PRESS RELEASE)

May 4, 2017

Sparklelab Mommy Bloggers and Kids Event

Having  teen twins, Julia and Rafael and 11 year old Juan is not an easy feat when it comes to stimulating their intelligence. I can't just enrol them in an activity that they find BORING.

Last week, Julia and Juan came with me for Sparklelab Mommy Bloggers and Kids Event where we meet Rosanna Lopez, Founder of Sparklelab, Jacqueline Van Den Ende, CEO of Sparklelab and the teachers or mentors.

Sparklelab's present location may be a bit small but it surely is a creative space where mom bloggers, kids and teens engaged in activities of a multidisciplinary character.

Juan, who's always a happy boy, was much more happy while imagining and creating for their group's claymation project.

Julia, who's usually reserved, engaged joyfully in designing the clay up to the post production. Feel free to watch this video and spark the imagination and creativity of your kid or kids. Who knows, Sparklelab may just be  the learning place you're looking for.


About Sparklelab:

Sparklelab was founded by Rosanna Lopez in 2013 and with Jacqueline van Ende as the CEO, Sparklelab is expanding. Soon to open in Quezpn City, Makati and Alabang. 

Participants assume various roles and develop skills in areas of design, media, technology and the arts. They develop projects individually and collaboratively, within and across disciplines.

Sparklelab is a safe and inclusive space where all participants are encouraged and supported as they take on roles, assume identities, explore, experiment and collaborate in both the social and creative contexts.

Integral to this are the values of respect, kindness, mutual understanding and accepting and celebrating diversity.

Sparklelab is a connected space where ideas, models, practices, innovations and creations are informed and inspired by, are relevant and meaningful to, and are developed and shared with a wider community whether physical or virtual.

There is a place called Sparklelab where strange and wonderful things happen. Where everyday objects like Lego’s, sewing kits, motors and inflatable pools converge in unique and compelling ways.

They design new learning spaces, both physical and virtual, that support collaboration, peer-to-peer learning, inquiry, experimentation and youth-driven production.

They offer a number of hands-on workshops for kids, teens and adults, which range from media production, game design and development and toy making to soft circuits, e-textiles and physical computing. We also offer professional development workshops for K-12 teachers and administrators, and for faculty in institutions of higher education.

Sparklelab acts as a research and development space where kids will learn while having fun. Mentors or teachers are artists, designers, gamers, storytellers musicians, hackers, producers, cartographers, journalists, collaborators, inventors, engineers, thinkers, explorers, educators, architects, builders and many more.
Byte Size is Sparklelab's flagship program for little tinkerers, scientists, artists and engineers! Our two-hour play groups are filled with stories, wacky design jams and lots of play. For children ages 3.5 to 7 years. This summer, Byte Size is hosting a Circus of Delight filled with cute little animals, clowns, colors and games. Listen to stories. Play dress up Wiggle, giggle, build, paint and craft. Children will learn about storytelling, sensory play, role-playing, tinkering, simple circuits, arts and crafts and more.

SPARKLELAB
 455 P.Guevarra Street, San Juan
www.sparklelab.ph  
0917-8014778 

May 3, 2017

Subic Park Hotel

Subic is one place we visit at least once a year. We've probably seen most of the hotels so I was kinda surprise that I'm not fa,iliar with this cozy and charming boutique hotel calledSubic Park Hotel.

I've only seen it in less than an hour when Rommel Bobiles brought us there for snacks. The moment I saw there cute artworks here and there, I knew in my heart that #Mendiolables have to see this unique and dainty hotel.

Its  country home atmosphere is an excellent place to stay for a family who wants peace and quiet, just like home.

Don't forget to eat pancit and other food at Horizon Restaurant where authentic Filipino cuisines are made fresh every day by skilled chefs for a reasonable price.

Their swimming pool may be a bit small but it has a picture perfect panoramic view of Subic Bay.

Best of all, for the shopaholics, the hotel is located only a few minutes away from the shopping centers, Duty Free shops, and famous Theme Parks!

For reservation and information, call (047) 252.2092 and (047) 252.2093


Reservation and Information CenterTel: (047) 252.2092 and (047) 252.2093

May 2, 2017

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Quezon City Science High School would have been my alma mater if I followed what I wanted rather than the tradition of going to the same school where my elder sisters and brother studied. 

Who would have thought I'd be a part of Quezon City Science High School fund raising project via the movie Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 at Trinoma Cinema. Thanks Mommy Joan Lacson Paz for the opportunity to be of help to your beloved school. 


Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is a 2 hr and 15 min, action, adventure, sci-fi movie that didn't dispppoint its viewers. The sequel proves that Guardians of the Galaxy wasn’t a one-hit wonder, which is, sad to say happened to other films. Director James Gunn made sure that the novie will keep the audience glued with tricks, action-packed plot, colorful visuals, punch lines, cameo roles of famous Hollywood actors and a bit of drama on the side. 

Synopsis: 
Peter Quill and his fellow Guardians are hired by a powerful alien race, the Sovereign, to protect their precious batteries from invaders. When it is discovered that Rocket has stolen the items they were sent to guard, the Sovereign dispatch their armada to search for vengeance. As the Guardians try to escape, the mystery of Peter's parents is revealed.

Starring: Chris Pratt Bradley Cooper Vin Diesel Zoe Saldana Dave Bautista Karen Gillan Kurt Russell Michael Rooker Elizabeth Debicki Pom Klementieff Sean Gunn Chris Sullivan

Produced by Marvel 
Rated PG-13

May 1, 2017

Dahn Yoga

Out of all the exercises, I know that yoga is for me. Becoming a yogi is actually one of my bucket list. 

Last week at Nature's Healing Home I learned about Dahn Yoga. Juancho even joined us to try this kind of yoga.


Dahn Yoga is a Korean system founded in 18 June 1996 by Ilchi Lee which most closely resembles non-violent martial arts such as qi gong. Through the practice of simple exercises of the brain and body, Dahn yoga claims to enhance the mind body connection, also known as Brain Education.

April 30, 2017

Nature's Healing Home

I've been wanting to feature the surfing area of La Union for a long time but every time I'd plan our trip something comes up and we'd be in a different province.

Last week I tried to book at popular hotels but to no avail because it's peak season. As I checked booking.com, Nature's Healing Home kept on popping and so I gave in and booked for an overnight there not even knowing what lies ahead.

From Subic Park Hotel it took us four hours to reach San Fernando. We got lost along the way as the GPS failed to locate Nature's Healing Home because it was cloudy that day. Then we just found ourselves in San Juan La Union where we actually wanted to go the next day. We were already tired and just wanted to sleep so we looked for bed and breakfast inns around the area but we weren't comfortable with the noise and just thought of going back to Manila until Precy sent message worriedly asking where we were. 

John and I decided to give Nature's Healing Home a second try and drove all the way back to San Fernando. There's a major road construction and the scarce amount of streets lights are of no help so it took us amost 9pm to reach Nature's Healing Home.

All the hassles my family went through has all been worth the effort because we like the place a lot! The experience of living on the mountain with just the basics - connecting with nature, eating organic food, picking of mangoes and other fruits and vegetables, dhan yoga session, playing and conversing with people. Oh, I almost forgot, playing throw and catch with Neo and the other dogs.

Am I recommending Nature's Healing Home? Definitely yes! Just a few tips. First, drive while there's still daylight. GPS will come in handy just use Bacsil Monument as your point. When you reach the monument, turn left, then left again right after the house on the left. Bringing of food is allowed but if you want to live the NHH way, inform them ahead. We had breakfast at P100 per head, consisting of coffee for John and I, hot chocolate for the kids, organic papaya, cassava pancake and boiled saba (banana).


Bacsil, San Fernando, La Union 2500
www.natureshealinghome.com
https://www.facebook.com/NaturesHealingHomeBacsil/
0917 777 5138

April 29, 2017

Gapuz-Ancheta-Solinao Grapes Farm

It was my friend and kumareng Jingle who told me about grapes picking in La Union many years ago. We wanted to go there together but our schedules woudn't meet until she went to Saipan. Since we can't go to Saipan yet, we've decided to go to La Union and visit and pick grapes at La Union, which is now called Gapuz-Ancheta-Solinao Grapes Farm, and dedicate this vlog to her.

Going to Gapuz-Ancheta-Solinao Grapes Farm is a family bonding activity you shouldn't miss, especially for those with young kids. They will surely remember the fun in picking the best and sweetest grapes.

Note: Gapuz-Ancheta-Solinao Grapes Farm is separate from Gapuz Grapes Farm though both offers picking.


Tips and reminders:

✔ Gapuz-Ancheta-Solinao Grapes Farm is not connected nor associated with any tour guides so just proceed DIRECTLY to their farm to avoid unnecessary payment. 
✔ Review driving and commute directions via Google and Waze
✔ Brgy. Urayong boundary of Bauang and Caba, La Union. When facing Manila route, turn right after boundary arc.
✔Best time to  pick is from March to May
✔Rainy season picking is from June to September
✔Call the farm for December picking

Brgy Urayong, MacArthur Highway, Bauang, 2501 La Union
Phone: (072) 705 2013
Picking Hours: 7AM–6PM
Call 510-770-4120// 0915 778 4594// 0999 714 7616// 0917 896 3161
@GapuzGrapesFarm
joegapvz@gmail.com
http://facebook.com/gapuzgrapesfarm

April 28, 2017

Zoobic Safari

Part of the #Mendiolables Summer Adventure is a "balik tanaw" of places we used to frequent when the kids were younger. Zoobic Safari in Group I Ilanin Forest Subic Bay Freeport Zone is one of our favorite places so we went back to check if Julia, Rafael and Juan will still enjoy the place and to see the new activities they offer.

Verdict: We still enjoyed Zoobic Safari, especially the crododile feeding, and tiger feeding. We're particularly happy with tour guide, Ellaine, who incidentally was celebrating her 18th birthday that day.

Tips: Do your trip in the morning. Be there at 8am to fully enjoy the place minus the uv rays.


About Zoobic Safari and its attractions:

Zoobic Safari is a 25-hectare amusement park presenting a once-in-a-lifetime experience for you and your family. Far from the conventional zoo, Zoobic gives you a chance to meet these wonderful animals up close and personal, promote awareness and concern for their species thru education/information given by our competent Tour Guides, a unique avenue to commune with nature and most of all, experience an adventure like no other here in the country: A close encounter with the biggest members of the cat family. This may very well be the closest  thing to a real animal jungle safari around here in the country.

Important Tour Details

The guided tour takes approximately 2 1/2 hours to visit 11 attractions
Park Hours - 8 am to 4 pm (last admission of guests)
No schedule for the tour. 15 minutes waiting time after purchasing entrance tickets, the assigned Tour Guide will conduct an orientation before start of the tour.
There are two parts of the tour:
WALK-THRU : 30-40 minutes walking inside the Zoobic Park, Rodent World and Serpentarium 
DRIVE-THRU : Group/s will go through the different attractions aboard their own vehicle (no additional charge) OR our Tram (additional P50/person). Groups will then be transferred to our customized Safari Jeep at the Tiger Safari Ride attraction.

Animal Show and Animal Parade on Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays.
Forbidden Cave
A thrilling forest adventure with live and stuffed animals, guest can have an excitement while walking in a shaking hanging bridge.

Sky Safari

Zip through the air, soar over trees and fly like superman in our SKY SAFARI adventure ride!

380 meters long (back & forth: 200 meters one way, 180 meters back)
Approximately 40 ft high
Price: Php 199/ pax
Discounted Rate: P150/pax if availed with on-site payment entrance ticket

Note:

Maximum capacity is 200 kgs.
Zoobic Cave

See an array of real and stuffed animals in their natural habitat.

Animal Show

Enjoy a show put-on by park rangers as they show you some exotic animals and engage the audience in holding and feeding the tigers, snakes, large iguana lizards and other animals. This show is evolving and will feature new animals as these are brought out of training.

Animal photo opportunity

Get your picture taken while you feed or hold an exotic animal such as a young tiger, giant python snake or large iguana lizard.

Aeta trail & show

You can see a realistic Aeta village featuring their homes and cooking areas. These native Filipino people will also treat you to a very entertaining tribal show including the butterfly and war dance. Marvel at the amazing athletic gymnastic ability of these dancers as they perform the monkey dance and catapult up a tree.

Rodent World

If you are a fan of the rodent kingdom, or just wonder how many different species were found in the world of rodents, then this is the place for you. You will find everything from tiny guinea pigs, porky pines to very large Palawan Rats. There’s even a grooming station where you can watch the rodents get their hair done.

Croco Loco

Here you will find a pit of over 200 crocodiles. Walk over the steel grated walkway with the snapping monster directly below you. Here you can purchase a quarter chicken, dangle it on a fishing pole for the Crocs to snap away from your line. Then walk down to the Crocodile Café where you can view the quick-snappers from a water-level glass observation area while you snack on some goodies.

Serpentarium

Get a close-up view of reptiles small and large. See snakes from around the world from the simple king snake to some huge pythons and boa constrictors. Also included here are lizards, iguanas, monitor lizards, turtles, and other cold-blooded creatures are available for viewing.

Savannah

Drive your car into an animal sanctuary of farm and exotic animals such as wild boars, potbelly pigs and guinea fowls. Many wild ostriches roam free here and many times try to run alongside your vehicle. Some of these guys may attempt to get a closer look at you and your vehicle, even to the point of a peck or two at your vehicle window.

Zoobic Park

A special petting zoo and animal observation area set in a tropical jungle environment. Meander through and interact with, pet and enjoy displays of a diverse array of animals from many regions of the world. Many of these animals have become acclimated and friendly to human beings and are free and roaming amidst the visitors. You are free to reach-out and pet many of these animals. Here you will find deer, ostriches, albino caribou, a bear, monkeys, an eagle, miniature houses, ducks bearcats, guinea pigs, ferrets, and much more.

Tiger Safari

See the amazingly-long and sharp tiger-canine teeth so close to you that you actually feel the fear and excitement of these ferocious hunters. Thrill as a 400 pound tiger easily jumps on top of your safari vehicle while he eats a whole chicken. A once in a lifetime adventure experience riding in a safari jeep were you will enter in a c close fence structure and be fascinated to see the live tigers roaming around as they thrilled you with their vibrating growl.

Zoobic Safari
Group I Ilanin Forest
Subic Bay Freeport Zone, Philippines
Telefax: (+6347) 252-2272; (+63) 929-7072222

Makati Office
3/F Yupangco Building
339 Sen. Gil Puyat Ave., Makati City,
Philippines
Tel: (+632) 895-7142; 898-3695; 899-9824;
899-9595
Mobile: (+63) 917-8351111
Fax: (+632) 899-9829

April 27, 2017

Zoocobia Fun Zoo

Part of the #Mendiolables Summer Adventure is a "balik tanaw" of places we used to frequent when the kids were younger. Zoocobia Fun Zoo in Clark Freeport Zone in Pampanga is one of our favorite places so we went back to check if Julia, Rafael and Juan will still enjoy the place and to see their new activities they have there.

Verdict: We still enjoyed Zoocobia, especially the gravity car ride, zipline, camel ride and the animal feeding.

Tips: Do your trip in the morning. Be there at 8am to fully enjoy the place minus the uv rays.


About Zoocobia Fun Zoo and its attractions:

Zoocobia is much more than a place to view animals. It is a complete educational and fun experience. Situated in the beautiful, lush, forested foothills of the extended Clark Freeport Zone, Zoocobia is an ecological experience of impressive proportions.

ZOOC
Now in the Philippines! The Zooc! It is a gravity car that is patterned after the luge in Sentosa Resort in Singapore. It runs on a 400 meter track with three hairpin curves that are guaranteed to make one’s ride a zoo-per thrilling experience!
BIRDS OF PARADISE
Have a very close encounter with colorful birds perched on tree branches. You will delight at their bright colors and melodious chirping.
PHILIPPINE’S PRIDE
This showcases various animals and plants that are endemic to the Philippines – they are indeed the country’s pride.
MAZE
Be amazed with our Garden Maze that features various animals topiaries. The thrill is when you go through the labyrinth and the challenge is to find yourself out of it.
BARN
All roads lead to “The Barn” where many animal-related activities happen. Experience bottle feeding baby farm animal such as goats, sheep and pot bellied pigs.
MENAGERIE
See a unique collection of stuffed real animals that have been preserved by our taxidermist.

Zoocobia Zoo Entrance is  P295.00