August 21, 2017

Justin Turns 18

We rented a place in Malaya Street for 12 years. We actually hoped to buy one of the properties but to no avail so we just decided to develop our property. Before moving back to our own place, my kids wera sad, especially Rafael because his bestfriends - Justin and Joaquin Racpan are from Malaya. Julian is the youngest among the three boys. He is Juancho's friend.

Today, Justin turns 18! Happy birthday Justin! You're one of the nicest and most gentle young man I know. Stay loving to your family!  

I've taken this video some 3 years ago, I think. 

August 17, 2017

Pajama to Infinity Scarf

I love pajama, I love scarf, I love recycling, I love upcycling. I put them all together  and I got an infinity scarf.

It's actually very easy an inifinity scarf using an old pajama. Thanks to my friend Gilda Ibita for helping me do it. Here's how.

1. Choose an oversized pajama
2. Cut the garter, cut the bottom, cut the inner thighs straight.
3. After cutting, you have the option to sew the cut pajama or use textile glue to create the infinity scarf.

August 16, 2017

Gopro Recharchable Battery

If you're planning to buy Gopro Recharchable Battery, I hope this review by my husband will be of help.

August 15, 2017

Urban Filipino Home Exhibit

This year, Shangri-La Plaza’s Urban Filipino Home exhibit showcases the vibrant character and creativity of personalities from different fields as they style living spaces inspired by their passions and pursuits. 

From August 15 to 23 at the mall’s Grand Atrium in the Main Wing, mall guests can visit the display and be inspired by the aesthetics of fashion icons Rajo Laurel and Jappy Gonzales, interior designer Jie Pambid, musicians Karylle Yuzon and Jed Madela, lifestyle columnist Stephanie Zubiri-Crespi, TV personalities Tintin and Julius Babao, PBA courtside reporter Apple David, and Xandra Ramos-Padilla of National Bookstore and Anvil Publishing House.

Each designer’s space is curated to embody their individual interests using selections from the Shang’s very own lifestyle brands, so visit the exhibit to find quality pieces that fit your style.

“Here at the Shang, we’re all about helping you live out your dream lifestyle,” says Shangri-La Plaza Executive Vice President and General Manager Lala Fojas. “After the first home exhibit we held two years ago, we wanted to continue inspiring our guests to create spaces that they feel are truly theirs.”

The featured stylists selected items to furnish their spaces from brands Bo Concept, Luxe Room, Sheridan, Rustan's Department Store, Steltz Lighting, Restoration, Tempur, Design Pod, Sealy, La-Z Boy, Shelter, Ego Italiano, La Sedia, Ariston, GE Monogram, Hacker, True Value, Ashley Furniture, Simmons Gallery, Blims, Slumberland, and Shell Canvas.

For inquiries, call 370-2500 loc. 597 or visit Follow the Shang on Instagram: @shangrilaplazaofficial.

August 14, 2017

Ace Water Spa VIP Card

One of my family's favorite bonding is going to Ace Water Spa. Once or twice a month we we, especially John and I, would go at Ace to relax, to de-stress or just plain have fun. It's good the receptionist introduced to us  Ace Water Spa VIP Card because now we get to save a lot.

The ACE VIP Card is a loyalty program loaded with perks valid for use within a year in Pasig and Quezon City Branches .

You can avail the ACE VIP Card for only PhP1,385 and enjoy the following perks:

FREE 1 Ace Water Spa Adult Ticket
BUY 1 GET 1 Ace Water Spa Adult Ticket
BUY 1 Ace Water Spa Adult Ticket GET 1 Kiddie Ticket
BUY 2 Ace Water Spa Adult Tickets GET 1 Adult Ticket
FREE 1 Ace Water Spa Ticket on your birthday (Redeemable within your birthday week)
BUY 1 GET 1 on any set meal at ACE Coffee Lounge
Book 1 night at ACE Hotel and Suites and GET your 2nd night for FREE
FREE pitcher of Ace Punch for a KTV room booking
Dine at Sky High and get a bottle of wine or a pitcher of Ace Punch for FREE

ACE Hotel and Suites / ACE Water Spa
(02) 628.1888 (Pasig Branch)
(02) 367.8040 (QC Branch)

August 13, 2017

Manulife versus Sunlife

When I was pregnant with the twins in 2002, I decided to get a life insurance. After a month, John got one also. The next year when Julia and Rafael were born, we got for them as well. And in 2006,  when Juan was born, we insured him too.  All these five insurances are under Sunlife.

In 2012 when my friend Rose Gacad needed sales, I got a VUL for the three kids (an insurance that earns dividends) with Manulife. Then followed by my Eve (an insurance that covers dreaded diseases for women) then we got VUL John three years ago.

To cut the nonsense, napuna ko lang na mas maganda ang extra service ng Manulife compared to Sunlife. To think I've been to Sunlife 10 years earlier than Manulife. May free coffee pa ang Manulife sa kanilang Main Branch in Ayala. Meron din bang pa kape sa Main Branch ang Sunlife? For Sunlife kasi I pay at either Paseo Branch or Ortigas Branch. Wala akong nakikitang free coffee doon. One time I asked the Manager in Paseo Branch, "Do you have complimentary coffee for your clients here?". To which she replied with a question, "gusto nyo po ba ng coffee?". I didn't bother asking again, nakakahiya yung para kang nanlilimos ng kape, hahahaha!

August 12, 2017


NIDO® ADVANCED PROTECTUS® 3+ brings Love That Protects Event at  The Atrium, SM Megamall from today until tomorrow - August 12 to 13, 2017.

This heart-shaped activity booth is headlined by interactive parent-child activities. To join, simply need buy one (1) 370g pack of NIDO ADVANCED PROTECTUS® 3+ or 5+ from the nearby selling booth to get a set of three (3) wrist tags.

Inside, they can win special prizes by evading the dangers of the forest through the sound-controlled game Shout for Love, hugging to catch yellow hearts at Catch the Love Bug, expressing their creativity by coloring templated artworks at Color Me Love, and stating their commitment through a mom and child handprint and answering the question “How do you show your love that protects?”

The different activities will allow the participants to demonstrate their creativity and teamwork, and at the same time, provided parents and their kids with an educational, fun-filled family bonding day with NIDO® ADVANCED PROTECTUS® 3+. Watch out for announcements on Cebu and Davao legs. 


NIDO® ADVANCED PROTECTUS® 3+ has Lactobacillus PROTECTUS®, with the probiotic strain L. Rhamnosus, which not only helps protect children’s tummies but also helps support their defense against pathogens in the upper respiratory tract.

In every 45g serving (4 tablespoons) of NIDO® ADVANCED PROTECTUS® 3+ and NIDO® ADVANCED PROTECTUS® 5+, there are at least one billion colony forming unit (cfu) of L. Rhamnosus present.
 For more information, visit

August 11, 2017

GPTA 2017-2018 Bougainvilla Planting at MandSci

This is my second and last year to be an officer for General Parents and Teachers Association for City of Mandaluyong Science High School so I'm giving my full support for our hardworking (always nag aabono at nagpapakain sa amin) President,  Sir Levy Cabeliza.

For the first project of GPTA 2017-2018, we helped the school in planting more Bougainvilla at the Senior High Building in coordination with our beloved principal, Dr. Teresita Evangelista.

Special mention goes to the #BatangMandScie, namely Sophia, Denise, Josue and Luther for bringing the plants from first floor to fourth floor. Thanks Mr. Guillarte for helping Sir Levy finish the planting of this beautiful yet thory plants. Last but certainly not the least, the school staff (whom I forgot to get the name) who watered the plants.

"Lahat ay gagawin, kahit ang bumitin
Upang magtanim ng Bouganvillang bulaklakin
Para pagandahin ang paaralang mahal namin."
-Joy Mendiola
August 11, 2017

August 10, 2017

Irvins Salted Egg

I first tasted Irvin Salted Egg when my brother Jubert brought one as pasalubong from Singapore. Since then I'd ask friends to buy for me when they travel to this most expensive city in the world.

I'm happy to announce that Irvin Salted Egg is now available in the Philippines with its stall at the ground level of SM Megamall.  John, Juan and I witnessed its opening. We happily waited for the long line to buy this popular chips.

August 9, 2017

How To Grow Beatiful Cactus

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 before 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.

August 8, 2017

Kita Kita

When Kita Kita's trailer were shown in movie houses months before, my husband said, "it looks like a good movie."

At such a short preview John found this movie a must see one, to think he is not into romantic/love story films.

With busy schedule, I've completely forgotten about Kita Kita until the time when I was paying five tickets for Valerian in Uptown Cinema, my daughter blurted, "Mom, I'd like to watch that. They said it's a nice movie." Looking at the clock, we have 2 hours waiting time for Valerian so Julia and I watched it while the boys shopped.

This is the kind of movie na uulitin mo at ikukuwento mo ng todo sa kaibigan dahil tagos sa puso. Alessandra has always been a great actress, no question about that. Empoy was a revelation! Simple ang mga salita at patawa pero magaling ang kanyang pag deliver!

Kita Kita (I See You) is directed by Sigrid Andrea P. Bernardo and not Direk Joyce
Apologies po Direk Sigrid.

Here are hugot lines at mga nakakatawang hirit na tumatak sa aking isipan from Kita Kita:

 “Bakit pandak pa rin kayo? ‘Di naman kayo bonsai?” – Lea (Alessandra de Rossi) to her potted plants.

“They say that if you make a thousand paper cranes, your wish will come true.” – Lea

“How will you know I’m honest if you cannot see my eyes?” – Nobu Lea, as per Sari’s correction in the comment section.

“Tour guide ako ng sarili kong buhay.” – Lea

“Ito na. Ito na talaga. Wala ng blood clot sa puso ko. Dadaloy na ang dugo sa puso ko.” – Lea

“Nagluto pala ako ng turon. Matamis. Baka kailangan mo ng asukal. Ang asim kasi ng mukha mo.” – Tonyo (Empoy Marquez)

“Eh, ano kung bulag ka, ako naman ang magsisilbing mata mo eh.” – Tonyo

“May mga bagay na kailangan mong paghirapan bago mo makuha.” – Tonyo

“Di mo naman kailangang makita (ang mukha ko), ‘di siya makatutulong sa mundo.” – Tonyo

“Nagugutom ako kapag nakarinig ako ng bell. Naaalala ko ang recess.” – Tonyo

“Oops. Hind ako mayabang. Humble ako. “Di ko nga pinagpapansin lahat ng patay na patay sa aking mga chicks sa lalawigan namin. Nagpuntahan nga sa bahay lahat, sabay sabay. Sabi ko wait lang, wait lang, wait lang kasi taken na ako.” – Tonyo

“It’s now. It’s never. But for now, I am late.” – Tonyo

“Malaki ang puso ko, at ‘di magtatagal sasabog ito. Ang hiling ko lang, bago man ito sumabog, makilala man lang kita.” – Tonyo

“Noong nakakakita ka, ‘di mo ako nakita. Nang mabulag ka, doon mo lang ako nakita.” – Tonyo

“Salamat, puso. Nagmamahal, saging.” – Tonyo

August 7, 2017

Fil-Global Immigration Services Corporation

Fil-Global Immigration Services Corporation just celebrated its 3rd Year Anniversary today with a Wine and Cheese Immigration Event at the Roberts Hall, 4/F, Times Plaza Building, United Nations Ave cor Taft Avenue, Ermita, Manila.

They announced the opening of PTE Academic Centre, the official English Centre of FGC for those who need to take Pearson Test of English.

Mr. Albert Alde, Chief Operating Officer, discussed the services being offered by FGISC as well as its achievements in the industry.

Fil-Global Ltd. is a world-class company that started in London and then branched out in other countries. They offer university, immigration and visa travel services. Aims to provide a stepping stone to study\, work,  and live abroad.

Their services and products are:
Fil-Global Ltd. offers the following products and services:
Immigration and Visa Services
Student Visa Placement
University Enrolment Assistance
Business Development and Marketing Services
United Kingdom Citizenship And Permanent Residency Visa Services.
New Zealand Citizenship And Permanent Residency Visa Services.
Australia Citizenship And Permanent Residency Visa Services.
Canada Citizenship And Permanent Residency Visa Services.
Business Visas for start up entrepreneurs wanting to migrate Visa Service ·

Fil-Global Ltd Manila
2/F Times Plaza Building, UN Avenue cor Taft Avenue, Ermita, Manila
Call 0956 869 9469

August 6, 2017

NNES Batch '86

It was a day of fun, giving back and get-together as NNES Batch '86, where I belong, went back at our beleoved alma mater - Nagkaisang Nayon Elementary School, to inspire Grade 6 students as well as share snacks from generous classmates and batchmates.

Hindi na po natin iisa-isahin, ang Poong Maykapal na ang magbibigay biyaya sa mga NNES Batch '86 na tumulong upang maisakatuparan ang pagbabalik at pagbibigay inspirasyon sa mga ika-anim na mag aaral ng paaraalang aming ginagistan, minahal at humubog upang kami ay maging matibay, malakas at matatalinong bata.

"Giving back in the community 
that helped you be where you are now 
is the ultimate way to express gratitude."

-Joy Mendiola
August 6, 2017

August 5, 2017

August Birthday Dinner at Hukad

August is one of the happiest months in our family because four of our members are celebrating their birthdays, namely, Jubert and Izhi on the fourth, Papa (+) on the 6th, and Ate Che on the 8th.

We normally celebrate it on the 6th for Papa's birthday but since most of us have prior commitments on the 6th, we celebrated August Birthday Dinner at Hukad this year on Jub's and Izhi's birthday. 

I'm happy that Nonoy (Jub) chose Hukad to be the venue. I've been to Hukad quite a number of times. I was actually there when they launch it to the media.

Masarap ang food sa Hukad at mura din. Matutuwa din ang malakas sa rice because they offer unlimited rice.

Mababait din ang mga empleyado. Kahit madami kami at pamaya maya ang tawag ay di sila nagpakita ng pagka-aburido (irritation). 

Salamat Nonoy for the treat! Salamat Hukad sa matamis at masarap na libreng leche flan para sa aming mga mahal na nagdiwang ng kanilang mga kaarawan. Sa uulitin.

"The most important thing in the world is family and love." 
- John Wooden

Hukad sa Golden Cowrie:
First Metro Manila branch at Trinoma Mall in Quezon City.

Hukad Branches:
Cebu : Golden Cowrie in Lahug, SM City Cebu, Robinsons Cybergate, Marina Mall Mactan and Hukad in Ayala Terraces, Parkmall, South Town Centre and SM Seaside.
Other areas of Visayas: Golden Cowrie in Bohol, Hukad in Robinsons Dumaguete, Tacloban, Boracay, SM Iloilo, SM City Bacolod.
Mindanao: Hukad in Davao Abreeza, Davao SM – Lanang, Davao SM Ecoland, Gensan Veranza, Ozamiz, Robinsons Butuan, Gaisano Mall Tagum, KCC Zamboanga, Prime Arcade Pagadian.

August 4, 2017

Finally Found Someone

I've watched all John Lloyd Cruz and Sarah Geronimo movies so when it was announced they'll be having a movie together again, I already put it in my calendar (yes, even without the date yet, ha!ha!ha!)

Finally Found Someone still has that kilig factor from the two stars but before I go on, I just want you to know this is not a movie review. I'm just happy to have watched this movie with Jing, my friend since elementary, and Jam my inaanak.

What made this movie more fun? Jam treated Jing and I, may work na kasi sya, yahoo! Giving back time na ang favorite inaanak ko!

August 3, 2017

SM Youth - SMYTH

SM Youth - SMYTH, is the newest and most anticipated new brand of SM Supermalls. The label is all about trendy aesthetic with the comfort and affordability of pieces made especially for the fashionable youth.

SMYTH drops exclusively at all SM Youth sections starting July 24, which bears a complete selection of tops, shirts and bottoms for the young set.

To represent the face of SMYTH, YouTube sensation, singer and actor Troye Sivan, will surely capture his Filipino fanbase with his single Youth (a rhythmic anthem that muses on the desire to be young, wild and free).

Follow SM Youth (@sm_youth) on Instagram and Facebook for more updates on SMYTH and Troye Sivan.

August 2, 2017

CPK's National Pizza Days on August 15 and 16

Head on at #CaliforniaPizzaKitchen on August 15 and 16 in celebrating CPK's 6th Year National Pizza Days where you can avail their BUY 1, GET 1 FREE Pizza. Choose from among an exclusive selection of five NEW PREMIUM PIZZA, namely, Ham and Mango Cucumber, Pizza Italiano, Cheese Triplets Pizza, Asparagus+Chicken in Spinach Artichoke Sauce and Primavera Delight Pizza.

For every purchase of a thin or regular crust pizza, you get another pizza for free from 5 available choices. This offer is valid for dine in and take out only, delivery is not included. Payment accepted is cash or credit cards only. Gift Certificates are not accpeted for this two-day promotion. 

California Pizza Kitchen Branches:Rockwell, Alabang Town Center, W Global Center BGC,
                  Greenbelt 5, Shangri-la Plaza, Promenade Greenhills,
                  SM Mall of Asia, Century City Mall

August 1, 2017

SM's Cybermonth 2017

SM Supermalls kicked the first day of August with an event geared for tech and gadget lovers for its SM Cybermonth 2017  at the SM North EDSA Activity Center.

Former Pinoy Big Brother Lucky 7 housemate Mccoy De Leon graced the event as VIVO's endorser. 

Enjoy an amazing month-long Gadget Sale at SM's Cybermonth where customers can get up to 50% off on select gadgets and accessories. Weekends of August is the best time to discover the latest on gaming products and technology.

Find out more about #SMCybermonth and get #FirstDibsatSM at 

July 31, 2017

Styled Pop-Up Store at Shangri-La Plaza

Styled Pop-Up Store at Shangri-La Mall was a huge success as celebrities, clients, select media, guests and friends attended its grand opening yesterday at the 2/3 Level of East Wing.

Styled was a collaboration of Tintin Bersola-Babao and her two stylists friends Jayson and Mitch. It is a Pop-Up Store that carries 20 different brand names from accessories, home, clothes, gowns and a lot more. It's open from 11am to 9pma, starting today, July 31m 20117 up to January 15, 2018.

I am truly happy with Styled because four of my favorites have a space here, namely, Victoria Couture, Mary Kay, Bennita and Katre. It is noteworthy to learn about new products and brands like Collab, Jamie Go, Pili and a lot more!

July 30, 2017

True Value Kitchen Appgrade with Chef Louise Emmanuelle Mabulo

She was just 12 or 13 when I first met in an event. Such a beautiful girl with so much passion for cooking! And there I was, a mom of three, with zero knowledge about cooking Pinoys favorite adobo, watching her cook in front of a big crowd.

I am talking about Chef Louise Emmanuelle Mabulo! She landed as the Pinoy Junior Master Chef finalist some 5 years ago (if I'm not mistaken).

Today she is an Ambassador for cooking and kitchen appliances and also for Operation Smile. I was happy to see her at the True Value Kitchen Appgrade in Shangri-La Mall. She's already 18 and have grown prettier and taller. Despite her success, I like that she has remained humble and still as accommodating as when the first time I saw her. This time Juancho was with me. When I introduced Juan to Chef Louise, Juan immediately said, "She's in the Nickolodeon commercial as one of the talented young people".

Although she was raised in the United Kingdom, she remains simple and a loving daughter to her parents. Aside from that she delights in giving back by helping local charities and organizations

July 29, 2017

True Value Kitchen Appgrade with Philips and Chef Jose Sarasola

It was an afternoon of healthy cooking demostration as well as food tasting at the recently concluded True Value Kitchen Appgrade with Philips and Chef Jose Sarasola earlier at the Shangri-La Plaza Atrium. 

Chef Jose Sarasola spearheaded live cooking demonstration and interactive among audience. He featured Philips Electric Pressure Cooker by cooking Bulalo; Philips Low Fat Fryer by cooking Pork Tonkatsu; Philips Power Juicer making Summer Fun Juice, and Philips Blender Demo Food by making Banana Strawberry Smoothie. 

The event was happily concluded with food tasting for all guests and audience. 

July 28, 2017

Rainy Day Fashion with ELRO Shoe Holiday

I'm a certified pluviophile that's why I'm overjoyed during rainy season.  Dressing up is more fun because the cold weather makes me the happiest person. If you aren't like me, kick the gloomy and all the negative feelings with style via the Rainy Day Fashion with ELRO Shoe Holiday.

For Ipanema, try Ipanema Glam (in Gold, Black, Silver, Rose Pink, Lilac and Metallic Green) and Fashion Fern (in Red, Pink, Violet and Blue).  Both styles are priced at P1,095 and are available at SM Dept Stores, Shoe Salon, Landmark, and selected Bambu and Ipanema Stores.

For women who likes to stand out, Gola's Metallic Collection is a sure winner for that rainy day OOTDs! It comes in two designs, Gola Orchid Metallic White and Gola Coaster Metallic Gold.

Rider Ink Ad, at Php 995, is a good choice for men who likes bold  and trendy prints.

Grendha brings Acai and Rivera II (both priced atPhp 1,295) for a more sophisticated look that is flexible to be worn from city or at the beach.

Saxy Glam Hugtec for everyday look comes in tan and black colors. It's a comfortable shoes that can be paired in skirt, jeans or dress.

Shoe Holiday Rainy Escapade brings huge discounts this season. Get 20% off on new collection and regular items or get 30% off when you purchase two or more regular priced items on all stores nationwide.

Buy any two pairs at SM MOA, Sports Central SM Manila, Bambu Highstreet, Bambu Gateway, Bambu Nuvali, Shoe Salon Glorietta, Shoe Salon Trinoma, Shoe Salon MOA and Shoe Salon Magnolia to get a chance to win an overnight stay at Shangri-la Hotel Fort for two.

For more details, visit

July 27, 2017

Philips' Philips' #NothingBeatsHealthyEats Event

It was a beautiful-yummy afternoon at Shangrila Plaza as Philips' #NothingBeatsHealthyEats Event introduced its five new appliances, namely, Philips Avance XL AirFryer,  Philips Avance Collection Sensor Touch Rice Cooker,  Philips Electric Pressure Cooker, Philips Viva Collection Juicer and Philips Viva Collection Blender.

Chef Jose Sarazola and Mothers Who Brunch – Michelle Aventajado and Sabrina Go joined forces to put together a healthy spin on a menu of Filipino favourites such as bulalo, corned beef, vegetable quiche, lechon kawali. Guests were invited to make their own slush and fresh juices at the Philips juice bar. 

Urasinee Patarasongkram, Country Manager Philips Philippines, was also present at the launch. She said, “At Philips, our goal is to enable families to prepare healthy, homemade food easily and more often. We believe that food is essential to healthy living and enjoying life, something our product range and innovations are centered around. These smart kitchen solutions are aimed at making it easier and simpler to cook tasty, nutritious food at home.  Philips is glad to be able to work with esteemed personalities in the industry to help empower and inspire Filipinos with new ways to take control of their personal health”. 

As a mother of three, and a  business to run, Philips helps me to cook dishes in a fast and easy way with its healthy kitchen solutions mentioned above because being able to cook tasty yet healthy food, in a limited amount of time, is an essential part of a happy lifestyle. I suggest you check out Healthy Kitchen Solutions because you will never go wrong with Philips. With more than 60 years of striving to make the world healthier and more sustainable through innovation. Philips, a global leader in kitchen appliances understands the needs and desires of moms like me.

Healthy Kitchen Solutions

The revolutionary Airfryer took the world of home cooking by storm in 2011, bringing consumer oil-less fried food. Now, Philips has brought even more improvements to the new Philips Avance XL Airfyer. The new airfyer is 50 percent bigger capacity and 30 percent cooking time for great tasting food, every time! With its unique Rapid Air technology it enables you to fry, bake, roast and grill the tastiest snacks and meals with less fat than a conventional fryer, by using little or no oil! Philips Airfryer with Rapid Air technology also creates less smell than conventional fryers, it is easy to clean, safe and economical for your daily use! 

The trusty rice cooker that cooks beautifully and withstands more scratches  - Philips Avance Collection Sensor Touch Rice Cooker Philips is introducing a new range of rice cookers that are especially designed to give busy moms a convenient, reliable way to whip up great-tasting rice every time. It features a unique five-layer inner pot that is non-stick for easy cleaning and anti-scratch for enhanced durability, this rice cooker promises a longer lifespan.  Tasty rice makes the whole meal more enjoyable and the way of cooking plays an important role. 

You won’t feel any pressure with Philips Electric Pressure Cooker. With this, you can cook all kinds of food with all the different setting that will make your life so easy and convenient.  This is durable and has a non-stick inner pot. It has easy-to-read large digital screen display.  This pressure cooker and is 8x faster than the conventional cooker.  This pressure cooker cooks fast and healthier way.   

Maximum juice, minimum fuss with Philips Viva Collection Juicer. Everything you expect from a juicer – high juice extraction, cleaning within 1 min. Treat yourself to a healthy homemade juice on the go every day.

Beat the heat with your favorite smoothies using The Avance Collection Blender. This Philips blender can handle just about anything - from fruits and vegetables to ice. Its multi-speed function will blend, crush and cut for perfectly smooth blending and any consistency you want.

Make 10% more juice with Philips Avance Collection Juicer.  This juicer extracts even more juice from your fruit and vegetables. Cleaning has never been easier thanks to the innovative quick clean sieve and integrated pulp container. Treat yourself to healthy homemade juice every day!

To find more about Philips’ healthy lifestyle innovations, log on to 

July 26, 2017

Lite Premium 16-in-1 Health Drink

I know how it feels to be on a heavy side because I used to be cute and cuddly, in short CHUBBY, when I was younger. More than the aesthetics, it was difficult on my health because I had difficulty breathing and walking.

Lately I'm gaining weight again, 8lbs to be exact, and once more I'm experiencing the negative side of having extra pounds.

I'm thankful that my high school classmate, Ferdie Adajar, introduced Lite Premium 16-in-1 Health Drink to me. I just tried it for a week and I can feel the difference already. Whenever we go to the beach, I'm always wearing rash guard and ladies board shorts to hide my bulging tummy. In El Nido Palawan, I was able to let go of the rash guards  and wore cute haltered swimsuits and sexier ladies board shorts!

It is actually hard to believe other person's experienxe so I suggest you give Ferdie and his wife Glenda a call at 0908-8724299, 09399278014 and 985-6590 and in Facebook,, to see for yourself the effect of this Lite Premium 16-in-1 Health Drink. Who knows, this might be the slimming, anti-aging and whitening drink you've been looking for. It is a product distributed by Inochi Intertrade.




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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 21g
Serving per Container
Amount per serving
Calories 60 Ca    0
                                         % Daily Value
Total Fat                         0g               0%
Sat Fat                            0g               0%
Cholesterol                     0mg           0%
Fiber                                20g            14%
Sugar                              less than 2g
Protein                            less than 2g
Vitamin A 25%
Vitamin C 20%
Calcium    18%
Iron Less than 3%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 Calorie diet.
*Vitamins are based on 21g serving size.

Bakit nga ba maganda ang produktong LITE 16in1 Premium Health Drink?

Bukod sa effective at masarap ang Lite, napakaraming dahilan kung bakit maganda ang produktong ito, sample tayo ng ilan:
1. Ni-research at pinag aralan mabuti ang active ingredients ng Lite. Hindi basta kinopya lang sa ibang formulation, kasi "trending" ang ingredients o kaya "in" kaya isinali na sa formula,
2. 16 in 1 ang formulation ng Lite, hindi sobrang baba ng number of actives kasi sayang ang bayad ni client, hindi din sobrang taas ng actives na halos wala nang effect ang individual active ingredients,
3. May FDA license,
4. Hindi nagmi-misclaim na HALAL certified (kahit on-going na ang application ng certification ng Lite as HALAL),
5. Hindi nagbibigay ng false claims sa ingredients para lang makabenta,
6. To top it all, may award na nagpapatunay ng quality ng produkto, hindi lang isa kundi tatlo pa!

Paano nga ba nakakapayat ang Lite Premium Health Drink 16in 1???
First is DETOXIFICATION because of the potent herbs and vegetables included in the formulation. Its like consuming high amount of vegetables that will result to a high fiber diet which will cleanse your body toxins esp in the colon. Very big help to people who does not take too much veggies, unhealthy lifestyle and eating habits, constipated and those with the dangerous visceral fats.

Next there is also APPETITE SUPPRESANT and LESS HUNGER CRAVINGS because of garcinia cambogia, white kidney bean, yerba mate, which raises serotonin (body chemical that makes you feel hungry), hinders breakdown of carbohydrates making you feel full.

There is also an effect of INCREASED METABOLIC RATE and DIURESIS because of garcinia cambogia,  lcarnitine, green tea, yerba mate, ginseng, turmeric and hibiscus (kindly refer to the product info indicated in the box).

After the detoxification, skin will BRIGHTEN and REJUVENATE with the help of lglutathione, collagen and acai berry. 

Usual effect is regular and lighter bowel lalo na ung mga hindi pa nakapagdetox before tlagang ilalabas nila lahat ng dumi through poop and sweat. Tapos minsan wala na gana kumain at lesser cravings resulting to weight loss. Also remind your clients to drink 2 - 3 liters of water to assist in flushing out the toxins.

July 25, 2017

Chef Xavier Btesh at The Maya Kitchen

French cuisines made easy to prepare for the Filipino Kitchen by Chef Xavier Btesh at The Maya Kitchen held last July 22, 2017 at The Maya Kitchen Culinary Arts Center.

Sharing here the recipe of Chef Xavier Btesh: 

Marseille Seafood Soup

4 pieces tomatoes
3 mugs fish broth
1 mug fish fillet, sliced into chunks
1 mug seafood (you can use shrimps, clam, squid or whatever you prefer)
1 teaspoon Pernod alcohol (you can use a teacup of diced fennel as a substitute, but unfortunately no local alcohols has the same taste)
1 piece small onion, sliced
1/3 teaspoon saffron powder

Choose a combination of your favorite kinds of seafood and fish.  Just make sure to remove the bones, skin and shells.  Peel tomatoes.  Slice them into four wedges.
In a large pot heat your broth and bring to a boil.
Set a handful of seafood aside.

Add tomatoes, fish chunks and the rest of your ingredients to your broth.  Reduce heat to low and cook for 30 minutes without covering your pot to allow your liquid to reduce.  After 30 minutes, remove from heat, and pour the soup into the blender (you might have to this a few times depending the amount of soup).  Blend well on full power dntil soup is smooth.  Pour soup back into the pot through a fine strainer.    Use a wooden spoon to help press the soup through the strainer, allowing all the liquids through.  Set the fleshy residue that is left in the strainer aside.  Add the rest of your seafood into the soup, along with the Pernod, and pepper to taste.  Stir and allow to simmer for 15 minutes.  Serve hot.

Salad Nicoise

2 pieces peeled tomatoes
1 picce spring onion, thinly chopped
Half a red bell pepper
Half green bell pepper
5 pieces small red reddish, thinly sliced
10 pieces green French beans
5 pieces black pitted olives, sliced
1 piece hard-boiled egg cut into quarters
 1 espresso cup olive oil
½ espresso cup red wine vinegar
Half a can canned tuna in water or 5 marinated anchovy fillets salt & pepper.

Remove the edges of your French beans.  Steam beans in a bamboo basket or a strainer over apot of boiling water for about ten minutes (or until they are aldente).  Set aside to cool.

Take the rest of your vegetables and rinse under clear water.  Remove any wilted parts and core and seed the bell peppers.  Dice your bell peppers, peel and slice your tomatoes, slice the egg into four quarters and cut your green beans into 1.5 inch lengths.  Drain the tuna or the anchovies.

In a large bowl, place 2 pinches of salt and a pinch of black pepper.  Add the sliced spring onions, green beans, bell peppers, radish and tomatoes.  Then add your drained anchovies or drained tuna and top with the sliced olives.  Pour the olive oil and the red wine vinegar cover your salad, cover with cling film, and leave in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.  Just before serving, toss well and garnish with hard-boiled egg sliced.

Authentic Pasta Carbonara

Half of a handful of Linguini (about 80 to 120 grams)
1 piece egg yolk
1 espresso cup Parmesan cheese, grated
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
½ espresso cup boiling pasta water
1 pinch salt
1 dash olive oil

Cook your linguini.  Set aside some pasta water and strain.  Pour a dash of olive oil on your noodles and toss.  Place pasta water, egg yolk, cheese and the pepper in a bowl and quickly whisk with an eggbeater.  Poor sauce on hot pasta, toss and serve immediately.

Boeuf Bourguignon

 2 mugs beef chunks
1 piece onion, thinly sliced
1 piece garlic clove, peeled
1 teaspoon tomato paste
4 pieces button mushrooms or;
2 pieces small Portabello mushrooms
 2 pieces carrors, peeled and sliced
1 espresso cup bacon chunks
1 ½ mugs beef broth
2 teaspoons white flour
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 pinch clove powder
2 mugs good red wine
Salt and pepper to tasteand bacon.  When onions
½ espresso cuo butter, melted

Set a frying pan on medium-high heat.  Place in half your butter, and saute your onions turn translucent, transfer onion and bacon to a cast iron pan on high heat along with the rest of the butter.  Add the chunks of the meat and toss well.  Sprinkle flour, and stir, making sure to scrape the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon.  Add the beef broth, wine, and all the other ingredients except the mushrooms.  Mix well. Reduce to very low heat and cook for three hours, stirring every once in a while so that your ingredients wont stick to the bottom of the pan.  After 2 ½ hours, add your mushrooms.  If the sauce reduces too much, add a bit of wine or broth.  After 3 hours, your iconic French Stew will be ready.  Serve it with boiled potatoes or rice.  

Milanese Risotto
2 espresso cups risotto rice
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 espresso cup white dry wine
Half a small onion, peeled and chopped
1 ½ mugs hot chicken broth
1 espresso cup mascarpone Italian cream
1 espresso cup parmesan cheese, grated
½ teaspoon saffron
Salt and pepper

In a second large pan, heat olive oil on medium-high setting until it smokes.  Add onions and saute until translucent.  Pour in rice and toss well for 3 minutes.  Rice should be well coated in oil.  Add your saffron and white wine.  Toss for 4  to 5 minutes giving the rice time to absorb wine.  Use a ladle to slowly pour a bit of broth into the risotto base.  Stir and repeat each time the liquid is absorbed.  After about 15 to 20 minutes, the rice should be almost cooked.  The only way to know for sure to taste it should not be aldente but soft.  If not, add a bit more broth.  Add a pinch of salt and pepper per person.  Once the rice is cooked and tender, reduce the heat to a minimum.  Add your cheese and mascarpone cream.  Mix until the cream and cheese have melted.  Serve immediately.

Chocolate Mousse

5 pieces eggs
220 grams dark chocolate, broken into small pieces
1 espresso cup melted butter
1 espresso cup sugar
1 pinch salt

Separate your eggs and set aside.

Melt yor butter in the microwave oven (make sure to use  a microwave-safe cup).  Place your chocolate  pieces and a tablespoon of water in a microwave-safe bowl and melt for 2 minutes, mix chocolate and melt again for 1 minute.  Mix so that it makes a nice paste.  Mix in butter and set aside.

Using an electric mixer, whip the egg whites with a pinch of salt until they are really stiff.  Beat your egg yolks, adding in sugar and your chocolate mixture.  Mix well.  Gently pour your chocolate batter into the stiff whites.  Once the egg whites are completely incorporated, pour into a serving bowl and cover with aluminum foil.  Leave in the refrigerator for at least 3 hours.    

July 24, 2017


John and I are both July born, him on the 19th and me on the 12th.  For our birthdays, we had simple with relatives and some friends respectively on our birthdays.

Having parties at home would mean a lot of preparation, cooking, washing the dishes, entertaining the guests and cleaning the house when the guests are gone because we do not have house helps. 

John and I made sure our guests were happy during our celebration. To make up to our children, we had a post birthday family celebration last Sunday at IHOP at BGC.

Since 1958, IHOP® has been the place where people connect over breakfast, lunch, snacks and dinner. The food at IHOP are delicious with big servings. What we noticed is one ingredient that’s always constant — the smile from IHOP's employees. Special mention goes to Hassy and Ryan for taking good care of us while we were there. 

Fort Bonifacio W. Global Center, 30th St, cor, 9th Ave, Taguig, Metro Manila
Tawgi:(02) 687 5611
Open Monday to Sunday from 6am to 11pm

About IHOP:

International House of Pancakes, stylized as its acronym, IHOP (/ˈaɪhɒp/), is an American multinational pancake house/fast casual family restaurant chain that specializes in breakfast foods. It is owned by DineEquity, with 99% of the restaurants run by independent franchisees.[5] While IHOP's focus is on breakfast foods, it also offers a menu of lunch and dinner items. The company has 1,650 locations in North America, Latin America, the Middle East, Southeast Asia, and Oceania.[6] It is known for many of its locations being open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. For locations that are not open 24 hours, the franchise's minimum operating hours are Sunday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Fridays and Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 12 midnight (Source: Wikipedia)

July 23, 2017


Club Penshoppe Philippines had a meet and greet with their fans at the Mega Fashion Hall in SM Megamall, with no less than its newest members, namely, PBB heartthrob Tanner Mata and international model Tyler Mata, Spanish model Emilio Francisco Perez, young actresses Loisa Andalio and Sofia Andres, Brazilian model and former Teen PBB housemate Maria Fabiana, and Hashtag member and actor Ronnie Alonte.

The crowd were so happy to see their idols as they brought fun and excitement during the event. These fresh faces represent the group in the Philippines, where they’re collectively referred to as #ClubPenshoppePH.

July 22, 2017

New Faces of Penshoppe

The newest Faces of Penshoppe PH were launched with a big party at The Mega Fashion Hall, and they are Loisa Andalio, Maria Fabiana, Emilio, Sofia Andres and Ronnie Alonte.

Fans, shoppers and media screamed for their idols. There was a meet and greet, games and other fun activities during the event.

July 21, 2017

Denim Days at SM

SM Supermalls had a special screening of War of The Planet of the Apes at SM Aura Director's Club in celebration of Denim Days at SM. Spotted at the event are Jenny Miller, Jerome Ponce, Manuel Chua, Editors of magazines and broadsheet and social media influencers.

Angela, Adela, Ina, and Janny of “Philippines’ Next Top Model (PNTM): High Street” when asked had interesting stories to tell about their well-loved and cherished denim pieces. Recently, these four strikingly beautiful ladies were hailed the best among the 12 finalists of the country’s premier model-making fashion reality show.

Landing on the top spots of the competition continues to open a more doors for the girls. One of their latest exciting engagement is to be the alluring faces of SM Denim Days – a month-long denim festival offering shoppers great denim finds and exciting events in 63 SM malls nationwide. Find out what is next for these ladies as they also share their denim stories.

Angela Lehmann, 25
Prior to wining PNTM Cycle 2, Fil-Swiss Angela was an interior design student who enjoyed a little bit of farming. She is a vegetarian and likes to eat organic. Though Angela was not really into modelling before she joined the competition, she wanted to prove that having a condition like scoliosis did not hold her back from pursuing a career in the industry.

She dislikes using single-use plastics or disposables utensils, straws and water bottles. Now that she’s the newest ambassador of SM Woman, she wants to use her voice to raise awareness on environmental concerns such as waste management and animal rights.

The oldest denim piece she owns is a denim jumper. “Actually, I’m unsure if the jumper is mine or my sister’s,” said Angela. She just knows that they have been arguing over it for years now. The PNTM Cylcle 2 winner also loves a good denim jacket. “It never goes out of style and goes with almost goes with every outfit,” she added.

Adela-Mae Marshall, 19
Modeling was never part the plan when Adela’s family moved to the Philippines last year. The youngest of the 12 finalist, Adela only did one fashion show as a favor to her mom’s friend that somehow led her to doing seven commercials before joining PNTM.

Though she turned down a lot of modeling opportunities in her early teenage years due to lack of interest, Adela was eventually inspired by her mom who formerly did modelling and acting in the Philippines back then.

Her oldest denim is a pair of flared/bootleg jeans that she got from her mom. “It just proves that fashion comes in cycles and good denim never goes out of style,” said Angela. She is also fond of denim jackets because they can immediately dress down a nice outfit but also can give it a bit of swag.

Ina Guerrero, 23
Ina may not look like your typical Filipina, but she is 100% Bicolana. When she was younger, she used to spend summer vacations with her family in the Bahamas where here parents both worked as nurses. She has always enjoyed the beach and the salty breeze and sand in her hair.

Ina was 17 years old then when she started joining beauty pageants, bagging already a couple of titles until she tried national competitions. Ina was one of the top 13 finalists in the 2014 Miss World Philippines, and a candidate of the 2015 Binibining Pilipinas. Now, she’s taking time to pursue her Master’s Degree in Business Administration.

She owns a denim jacket she has had since high school. “It was a Christmas gift from my Ninang. You see that is the best part of denim, it will never go out of style,” said Ina. Among other denim pieces, she favors ripped jeans the most because they look edgy, matching best her personality.

Janny Medina, 23
Since she loved watching America’s Next Top Model when she was a kid, being part of PNTM was a dream come true for Janny. Before joining the competition, she was already a full-time model for various events and commercials. According to her, she is doing all this for her son.

Janny aspires to become a celebrated androgynous model in the country. She aims to continue her modeling career, especially after her valuable exposure from reality show, and also maybe one day become a flight stewardess of an international airline.

When asked about her oldest denim piece, it was a pair of blue denim pants. “It’s from my eldest sister. [She] passed it on to my second eldest sister, then passed on me. The pants are already 8 years old,” explained Janny. She is also fond of tattered denim pants. “They give off a laid back and relaxed vibe that is similar to my personality,” she added.

Like the final four of PNTM Cycle 2, most people would find themselves nurturing a mysterious and emotional bond with their well-loved denim. Denim wear has evolved over the years to provide both functionality and timeless style. What once started as a rugged workwear, denim now became a wardrobe staple, ranging from denim jeans of various cuts to shirts, shorts, jackets, and skirts – becoming also an expression of the wearer’s mood and personality.

To find out more about Denim Days at SM and for exclusive news about SM Supermalls, visit 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. Tweet your thoughts, upload and share your photos about your memorable moments at SM, then use its official hashtag #EverythingsHereAtSM.

July 20, 2017

El Nido Palawan

Buying an El Nido Palawan air tickets was not in my plan when I went to Travel Madness Sale. I was actually aiming for Korea and Japan but the dates that my kids are available are all sold out.

I ended up buying from AirSwift because their sign said, 50% off, I think. Plus I met a woman named Joy (who's birthday falls on July 19, same as my husband) who convinced me to go on this wonderful adventure.

Was this impromptu El Nido trip worth it? Of course, it was worth every penny and time away from home. During our stay in El Nido it was announced that Palawan's voted the Best Island destination for 2017 by Travel and Leisure. our travel was a perfect timing!

This biglaang Palawan wouldn't have been easy without the help and assistance of cousins Mel and Top Cañizares. John and I will be forever grateful.

For those planning to go to this beautiful place, I hope these videos will be of help.

1st Day Itinerary:
Domestic Airport, Manila to El Nido - 1055am flight 
Arrived El Nido approximately at 12nn
Lunch - 1pm
Settled at Together Pension - 2pm
Afternoon Nap - 3pm to 4pm
Met Pinoy tourists - 4pm to 5pm
Went around town - 6pm to 7pm

2nd Day Itinerary: Via Viaje Del Sol Tours and Travel
Tour Package C started at 930am going to Cadlao Island, Lunch at an Unnamed Island
Hidden Island, Tapuitan Island, Helicopter Island.

3rd Day Itinerary: Via Viaje Del Sol Tours and Travel
Small Lagoon, Big Lagoon, Shimizu Island, Secret Lagoon, 7 Commandos Beach

4th Day Itinerary: DIY
Check out: 7am
Hired a tricycle for P1,000 to bring us to:
Nagkalit-Kalit Falls
Nacpan Beach
Lio Beach
Lio Airport - 4pm
Airswift Flight - 5pm
Home - 8pm

Together Pension
Amboy Street, Maligaya
El Nido Bacuit, Palawan, Philippines
Call 0917 599 9925
How to go there: From the bus/van/jeep terminal, a tricycle ride of around 5 minutes.

Room Rates/:
Fan Room: P1000.00 / night
Air-Conditioned Room: P1500.00 / night
*Extra beds are charged P200.00 / night

Viaje Del Sol Tours and Travel
Amboy Street, Maligaya El Nido Bacuit, Palawan, Philippines
Call 0917 599 9925

Lagoon Encounter (Tour A) : Php 1200/pax
Caves and Coves (Tour B) : Php 1300/pax
Lovely Getaway (Tour C) : Php 1400/pax
Cadlao Adventure (Tour D) :Php 1200/pax

Flight Reservations. (+632) 318 5942

July 19, 2017

Project Kitchen Appgrade by True Value

Join True Value as they bring Project Kitchen Appgrade from July 28 to July 30 at the Shangri-La Plaza Atrium. 

Program line-up includes, 1st day, Philips with Chef Jose Sarasola, with live cooking demonstration and food tasting for the audience.

Philips Electric Pressure Cooker Demo Food: Bulalo, Carrot Cake. Philips Low Fat Fryer Demo Food: Pork Tonkatsu, Bangus w/ or w/o foil. Philips Power JuicerDemo Food: Strong as Rapunzel, Summer Fun Juice  Philips Blender Demo Food : Banana Strawberry Smoothie. Food tasting completed this fun and yummy event. Second day for Cuisinart  and Third day for Misso and Cake Boss.

July 18, 2017

Pia Wurtzbach for Century Tuna

Miss Universe 2015, Pia Wurtzbach is now the newest endorser of Century Tuna as it was revealed earler today at Makati Shangri-La Hotel.

Her whistle-bait figure is put to full visual as the  campaign ad for the lite version of the tuna brand. 

July 17, 2017

BTS Manila Concert

John and I watched concerts in the pasr but to tell you honestly we both rather buy a bluray and watch the concert at home because we dislike long the long lines and waiting time.

Last May, John and I had to brave the traffic, long lines and waiting time for two consecutive days because of BTS Manila Concert. It wasn't for us, by the way. It's because our daughter is a big fan BTS. Julia didn't aske for any gift for her birthday and Christmas, all she wanted was to warth this concert for two days. We gave in because Julia is a good daughter. Plus, she's always an honor honor student. She deserves all the effort we put in for two days.