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 www.philips.com.ph 

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 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. 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 firever grateful.

For those planning to go to this beautiful place, I hope this 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 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.

July 16, 2017

Praiaz Shoes

This Praiaz Shoes was given as a raffle prize some four years ago at MomPreneur Event. It has been very effective in all my trips, be it land or water. Lately, I noticed I can actually feel even small stones when I step on it. The inevitable has come. I have to let go. How can I let go if I actually can't let go?

Ang drama, hahaha! 

July 15, 2017

Stella Purse

It was mostly raining in El Nido Palawan during our 4-day imprompty trip. Though we weren't able to visit other islands because of the strong current, it never dampen my spirit. Color yellow proved to add sunshine to a gloomy day. Credits to my new baby, Stella Purse. I didn't have to do so many OOTDs in El Nido. Just me and my Stella Purse was enough to confidently strut the charming shores, beaches and islands of El Nido.

This Stella Purse was given by Ms. Maristel for my 44th birthday. Thanks Ma'am!

July 14, 2017

El Nido Palawan via AirSwift

I have been attending Travel Madness for years but I always end up buying nothing. It's either because I get dizzy or bored with the long lines.

For this year, I was looking for an affordable Korea, Singapore, Hong Kong Malaysia and Japan airfare. I got a one way ticket for five persons to Singapore for P12,000 and P10,000 One way ticket for five persons to Kuala Lumpur.

The El Nido Palawan via AirSwiftI airfare was in no way planned. For the second day of the travel madness I've seen AIrswift booth and talked to whoever is available to talk. I didn't but anything. but I had no one to ask if P5,000 two-way ticket from Manila-El Nido-Manila is cheap enough.  On the last day of the travel I met a womn who's also named Joy.  She told me to get the tickets because it was on a sale.

To cut the long story short, John and I flew to Palawan via Airswift.  What can I say about Airswift?

1. Friendly staff from Domestic Airport to Lio Airport
2. Snacks were provided from Manila Domestic Airport and in Lio Beach
3. Departure and arrival were on time.
4. Smooth travel despite heavy rains
5. Clean and spacious Lio Airport
6. Airport is near the town

Note: This is not a sponsored trip

July 13, 2017

44th Birthday

Known by family and friends as someone who likes throwing impromptu parties and get together, they were  surprised when I said no celebration for my 44th birthday. Even my husband couldn't believe it. John said I'm just having birthday blues.

In fact, I was actually deeply happy turning a year older that I wanted to quietly celebrate it by sleeping the whole day. Why? You see I lost my mother in 1993. Mama was just 43. After losing Mama, my goal since then is to live longer than her.

What's my birthday wish? Number one, peace in Marawi. Secondly, to live longer than my father whom we lost last year at the age of 66.

Thanks to Nana Nadal for this lovely birthday cake by Hizon's Catering. The cake prompted John and I to have an instant celebration at home.

Also thanks to my daughter Kulia for buying aMy birthday wish, to live lo

July 12, 2017

Party Like No Other

I used to be very active in events planning and hosting. I have probably organized hundreds of parties from weddings, birthdays, reunions and corporate events from 1990s up to 2011. Though I still host and organize events from time to time, I semi-retired in accepting big number of clients when we built our house in 2013.

For years, many of my clients preffered Hizon's Catering so I'm familiar with Hizons food. I've also frequented Hizon's headquarters in Quezon City to bring clients for food tasting.

Having affinity with Hizon's Catering, I couldn't say no to Nana's invite to grace her event even if it fell on my natal day. When all I wanted to do on my  44th birthday was to sleep the whole day, I got the best surprise I have never experienced before. Wala pang nakapag surprise sa akin. Akala ko sa 50th birthday ko pa mararanasan ito, sa 44th pala! Thanks Nana and Hizons. Truly, Hizon's Catering throws party like no other!

Before my friends and relatives feel bad, I'd like to say it again, this was not my personal party. This was a quadruple bash exclusively for bloggers to showcase Hizon’s Catering versatility through a different party occupied each of the four corners of Oasis Manila’s Pavilion.

The wedding was formal and featured an extensive buffet of soup, salad, and main course options plus a carving station. In contrast was the no-frills breakfast seminar set-up which had a spread of omelette filling choices and a cooking station. Appealing to the child in all the guests was the circus-inspired look of the kiddie party matched by a menu of finger food that suit the palate of tiny tots. It was all glam at the awards night section where hor d’oeuvres were passed around by waiters and a dessert spread was laid out to the attendees. The four events provided a glimpse of how Hizon’s Catering can make your dream event happen.

The event was made possible with the support of Oasis Manila, Advent Light & Sounds, Sentimental Groove Band, Bars Datiles Design Props, Star Balloon, Enzuno Cakes, The Photoman, Keon Salon, Jerome Yu LED Projector, and Myra Lorenzo who emceed the program.

Being in catering industry for the past 27 years, Hizon’s Restaurant and Catering Inc., is one of best caterer in the country, specializing in weddings, private parties and corporate events. As Ms. Baby Hizon, Hizon’s Catering family matriarch who started it all takes a backseat, her son Joseph is now headlining their business as General Manager. Joseph's many innovative projects within the company such as implementing a computerized system makes Hizon's Catering stronger than ever.  It was great to meet Joseph who celebated his birthday just a day after mine.

Joseph is a graduate of Economics at the De La Salle University (DLSU) in Manila. He finished his Master’s Degree in Economics at the Asian Institute of Management and  has been helping his mother in managing the company.

Hizon’s Catering’s operations is housed in a fully equipped 2,500-square meter commissary in Quezon City where a trained culinary team creates mouth watering treats as well as hygienic preparation to meet the demand of its customers through a diverse local and international cusines. Dishes are whipped up by the kitchen team headed by Chef Simon Dayrit.

Make your dream event happen with Hizon's Catering, call them  at (02) 9250103 / (02) 9250107. You may also email info@hizonscatering.com. For more information, visit www.hizonscatering.com.  or call

July 11, 2017

Diode Treatment at The Beauty Lounge by Bianca Festejo

I was made fun of, in short bullied, when I was young because of my short and muscular legs. It took a toll on me so I avoided (as much as I could) wearing shorts. If I wear skirts back then it has to be below the ankle.

Now at 44, (yes, I'm celebrating "doble kwatro" birthday today) I flaunt these legs feeling like a 6 footer beauty queen. Bakit ba, this Jolas legs has carried me for 44 years and will carry me to another 44 years to places I have never been.

Thanks to The Beauty Lounge by Bianca Festejo, my legs are almost hair-free in just 2 sessions of Diode!

Note: I do not have hairy legs but I'm annoyed to see patches of hair in different directions. Number of sessions may vary from person to person (legs to legs, hehehe!)

Learn more about Diode by calling The Beauty Lounge by Bianca Festejo at 0917 847 3531 or visit them at Petron Station, C5, Diego Silang, Taguig.

July 10, 2017

Makansutra Megamall

I do not frequent the second floor of SM Megamall Building A until I discovered Makansutra.

Makansutra is an outdoor place that has different food stalls, originally from Singapore. It was brought to Manila by the man who started this hawkers, KF Seetoh. He has partnered with local celebrity chef JJ Yulo. 

There are so many Asian dishes you can choose from, such as Thai, Chinese Korean and Indonesian. My favorite is Geylang Claypot Roce. Consisting of  jasmine rice, chicken, Chinese sausages and other premium meat, this is a already. For unique drinks, try Kopi teh and even Milo Dinosaur. 

If you're into a variety of Asian Cusines, visit Makansutra. You might also enjoy the games they have (conditions apply before one can play these games)

Level 2, Unit 209 AB, SM Megamall 
Bldg. A, SM Megamall EDSA 
corner Julia Vargas Ave., Mandaluyong City
Open daily from 10:00am to 10:00pm

July 9, 2017

Thick-Blend Shakes and Cheetos® 4-Cheese Crunch at Burger King

Burger King currently revealed to the media that it is blending   a   special   concoction   of   thick   milkshakes—from   creamy   vanilla,   rich   chocolate,   to strawberry dreams. But these whipped creations remain in their kitchen, as they’d want to hear what you think— a yes or a no? Do you think these are great additions to Burger King’s menu? Burger King will make these shakes available to the public, only if you want them to, because the call is yours. That’s how much Burger King values your take and taste on everything they serve. Every  slurp  of these  thick-blend   shakes  is   a   burst   of  creamy,  yummy  goodness   that   perfectly complements the unique flame-grilled taste of their burgers and the soft and crispy quality of their thick cut fries. “Burger King is keen on implementing efforts to reinvent our products. One of the many ways is to add new variations to satisfy the cravings of our consumers,” said Jo Anne Tan, Marketing Head of Burger King Philippines. “And as Burger King continues with these efforts, we hope to bring milkshake in the Philippines this year, to complete that ‘indulgent American burger experience,’” Tan added.

These  heavenly  cups   of   thick  and  creamy   goodness  will  be   surprisingly  affordable  so  they’re definitely to watch out for. Perfect Together These thick-blend shakes are perfect with the newly-launched Cheetos®  4-Cheese Crunch. This unique combination of oh-so-cheesy flavors and the favorite flame-grilled patty is made even better with the signature Cheetos® crunch. The Cheetos® 4-Cheese Crunch is made with Cheetos® Cheddar Jalapeno and 100% beef patty bringing a  cheesier,  beefier, tastier, and hotter burger experience. Sharing  the spotlight are its other   ingredients,   which   include   Mozzarella,   Swiss   cheese,   American   cheese,   and   Cheddar Cheese sauce.  But a burger as delicious as this deserves just the right kind of partner to complement it. Burger King's very own twist on the classic burger match: the Thick-Blend Shakes. Now, be that cupid in their love story and say yes to this burgeoning romance—as this dreamy milkshake offering is the queen to Burger King.

July 8, 2017

SpiderMan Homecoming

When my husband said the other day that Spiderman is already showing, I told myself, okay I've  got more than an hour to rest (meaning sleep) inside the movie house. Don't get me wrong, I'm not killjoy or anything. It's just that I didn't like the last Spiderman and the performance of Andrew Garfield.

Nuff said. Did I like Spider-Man: Homecoming? The movie didn't bore me hence, I was awake the whole time. My hubby's because I didn't waste money😁 I didn't even take a 15 minute  nap, so yes I like the movie.

Marissa Tomei isn't the Aunt May we are all accustomed, she's way too sexy for my taste.

Robert Downey Jr,, as always, is the goodlooking, suave Tony Stark.

Michael Keaton, as a villain, made the movie interesting. Michael didn't have to look weird or different to be an effective nemesis. Three hearts for my favorite My Life actor! 💟💜💖

As for Tom Holland, the second Brit to do Spider-Man, he fits the role of a 15 year old high school student.

I love Captain America' s scenes, especially at the end credits, so stay until they open the lights.

July 7, 2017

Tyron and Tanya's Birthday

I lost count as to how many inaanaks (Godchildren) I have now. Among the youngest is Tyron, who just celebrated his first birthday along with his sister Tanya, who celebrated her 6th birthday.

Although it was a rainy night, Tyron and Tanya's Birthday was a successful one as their family, relatives and friends joined them for fun, games and lots of prizes!

July 6, 2017


We used to have a lot of Makahiya in our backyard when I was a young kid. But due to influx of people and construction of houses and buildings, I only get to see Makahiya when we go to provinces.

Yesterday, Juan was happy to announce, "Mom, it's evident that your garden is getting better because there are bees and Makahiya already". Well, I wasn't happy with the bees because I was once bitten. My face was swollen for a week and I wasn't able to go to school. I was excited with Makahiya because it was part of my playtime with friends. Nen and I can spend hours and hours just touching Makahiya, watch it close and open, and repeat the whole process until it was time for us to go home for snack.

Makahiya (mimosa pudica), it is also called bashful mimosabecause the leaflets fold together on touching, warming and shaking. When the leaflets fold together on touching, they reopen in about 10 minutes. The leaflets fold together in the early evening and reopens at sunrise. It is called bashful or sensitive  The phenomenon is called seismonastic movement due to a rapid change in turgor pressure and changes in membrane permeability in the pulvini cells in the leaf regions with rapid movement of calcium ions. At night, the leaves also fold and bend, termed nyctonastic movements (reaction to absence of light). 

Makahiya is a common weed in the Philippines and often found in open, moist, waste places, open grasslands and open thickets, at low and medium altitudes in settled areas. Its uses includes, roots as aphrodisiac, for bladder gravel and similar urinary complaints,.as diuretic, dysentery and dysmenorrhea. The  entire plant in decoction used as alterant and antiasthmatic, hypertension, menorrhagia, glandular swelling, sore throat and hoarseness, used in asthma and as expectorant. Leaves for glandular swellings, for piles and fistula, to cure bruises and diabetes.

July 5, 2017


My late Lola Ebeng made sure my siblings and I drinks a cup of boiled Oregano whenever we have cough and colds when we were young. The worst part is that we have to drink the juice of a freshly squuzed Oregano leave if the coughing is bad. It was actually very effective but as I grew we relied mostly on pharmacy-bought medicines.

Now that I'm trying to go herbal, I'm happy to see that my small Oregano, which was given last year as an event invite by Lysol, is now bountiful.

Oregano is a species of Origanum, belonging to the mint family (Lamiaceae). Its name comes from the Greek words oros (mountain) and ganos (joy). Oregano typically grows 50 cm tall and has purple leaves around 2 to 3 centimeters in length. The chemicals that give the herb its unique and pleasant smell are thymol, pinene, limonene, carvacrol, ocimene, and caryophyllene.

According to The Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database, oregano is also used for the following illnesses and conditions like Cold, Muscle pain, Acne, Dandruff,  Bronchitis, Toothache,  Bloating, Headaches, Heart Conditions, Allergies, Intestinal parasites, Earache, Fatigue,  Repelling insects, Menstrual cramps.

However, it's important to note that further high quality study results are necessary to confirm these claims.

July 4, 2017


My late Lola Ebeng was a fan of the late Julie Vega. At exactly 6pm, no one can touch the television because Lola has to have her dose of AnaLiza drama series. My siblings and I were able to watch with Lola but as soon as my father arrived from work, we pretended not to be interested in watching because Papa never like telenovelas. Papa would often say, it's too long and dragging and that there's already too many problems in the world to waste our time watching something that can be finished in an hour instead of years.

I probably learned it from my father so I was never a fan of any drama series until I talked to Ate Jo (my sister-in-law). She's so into Gong Yoo that she'd tell me not to disturb her from when Goblin starts playing at ABS-CBN.

I fely betrayed (lol), I got curious so I asked my daughter what this Goblin is all about. Julia said, "Mom I've been telling you months ago about Goblin. You should watch it so you know".

Long story short, I finished all 16 episodes in 1 week. I had headache because I refused to sleep just to see the ending of this series.

Did, I like it? Well, yeah! It's a love story, I love love stories! I like the cinematography, the view, the pa cute of Gong Yoo, and the song Beautiful Life.

Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Love story, Comedy

Cast: Gong Yoo - Kim Shin Kim Go-Eun - Ji Eun-Tak Lee Dong-Wook- Grim Reaper Yoo In-Na - SunnyYook Sung-Jae - Yoo Duk-Hwa


In ancient times, Kim Shin (Gong Yoo) is an unbeatable general in wars, but the young King (Kim Min-Jae) is jealous of Kim Shin and kills him. Kim Shin becomes Dokkaebi (Goblin), possessing an immortal life. At first he thinks that he is blessed, but he realizes that he is cursed.

Closer to the present day, Kim Shin has waited 900 years for a human bride to end his immortal life. One night, he saves a dying pregnant woman (Park Hee-Von) who is destined to die. Meanwhile, the Grim Reaper (Lee Dong-Wook) is unable to find the dead pregnant woman. The woman gives birth to a baby girl named Ji Eun-Tak (later played by Kim Go-Eun). 9 years later, Ji Eun-Tak lives with her mother and is able to see ghosts. One night, her mother suddenly dies. On that night, she meets the Grim Reaper.

In the present day, Ji Eun-Tak is a high school student. She still sees ghosts and hears their whisper of “Dokkaebi’s bride.” She now lives with her aunt’s family, but she is mistreated by them. On her birthday, Ji Eun-Tak sits by the sea with a lighted birthday cake. At that time, Kim Shin suddenly appears in front of her. Kim Shin does not know why, but he can hear her voice and appears in front of her against his will. Coincidentally, Kim Shin lives with the Grim Reaper at the same house.

Now, Kim Shin appears in front of her against his will, whenever she turns off the lights. One day, Ji Eun-Tak tells him that he is Dokkaebi and she is his bride.

July 3, 2017

What I Wore at ToyCon 2017

If given the right body and height like Allodia, I'd do cosplay every chance I get and be Wonderwoman, Catwoman, Black Widow, Baby Doll, Harley Quinn and Darna.

I once did HitGirl but that wasn't a cosplay at ToyCon, it was a contest held by Powerbooks. Since I wanted to win all those books at stake, I had to do what I had to do. I won 1st place and brought home the bacon (books of course, hehehe!)

For ToyCon 2017, I just wore black shirts to hide stubborn flabs!

Day 1: Wonderwoman Shirt bought at Robinsons for P349.94

I paired the Wonderwoman Shirt with black pants and canvass shoes
Day 2: Borrowed Starwars shirt from my daughter Julia. I paired it with my super old army/camou skirt
and gray Promod shoes

Day 3: Borrowed Starwars shirt from my daughter Julia. I paired it with my printed skirt
and white unbranded canvass shoes.

July 2, 2017

ToyCon 2017 Day 3

With sevenn big international celebrities who graced ToyCon 2017, popular local artists, vloggersm youtubers and more, ToyCon 2017 is indeed another successful event! Carla Perez – Rita Repulsa in the Power Rangers 90s TV Series, was there for three straight days.

Superheroes are featured in their classic art and comic form courtesy of the Mars Ravelo Estate and ABS CBN Licensing. The TOYCON Toy Club Gallery – The biggest toy collectors’ exhibit ever assembled under one roof featuring top toy brands, Kotobukiya, Enesco, Bandai, Hero Cross, Hasbro, Mattel, Hot Toys and Lego. This exhibit makes ToyCon one of the most photographed events in the country. Artists Alley and custom artwork - fans meet their favorite local and international guest artists for custom sketches, signing and art critiquing.  The biggest dealer floor of around 240 merchants of various pop-culturemerchandise, comics, accessories, cosplay merchandise, toys and collectibles.

With all these, ToyCon surely make every hobbyists, toy collectors and their respective families happy.  See you again next year!

July 1, 2017

ToyCon 2017 Day 2

ToyCon 2017 Day 2 brought more people at SMX Convention Center because of Lisa Soberano who graced the event to promote Mars Ravelo's Darna.  There were so many people I was not able to take a closer photo and video of this young beautiful actress.

What’s instore this year?

SEVEN big international celebrities for the Filipino fans to enjoy an up close and personal encounter! These include: Carla Perez – Rita Repulsa in the Power Rangers 90s TV Series, Charlie Bewley – The Vampire Dmitri, from the Twilight movie franchise, Lindsay Mckeon – Tessa the Reaper from the hit TV series, Supernatural, Karen Fukuhara – Katana of the Suicide Squad, Stefan Capicic – Colossus in the Deadpool Movie, Cas Anvar – the voice of Altair in Assassins Creed:Revelations, Kevin McNally – Joshamee Gibbs in all 5 Pirate of the Caribbean movies
The TOYCON also boasts of some of the biggest exhibits in the world of popular culture and this year’s highlights include:  Japan’s top toy brand, Kotobukiya, displays its latest line of Marvel, Star Wars and DC figurines along with the launch of the Frame Arms Girl Anime and merchandise.  Warner Brothers features its movie exhibit of its upcoming line of hit movies, IT, Ninjago, Justice League and the original movie prop doll of the horror cult classic, Annabelle.  Mars Ravelo’s Superheroes are featured in their classic art and comic form courtesy of the Mars Ravelo Estate and ABS CBN Licensing.  The TOYCON Toy Club Gallery – The biggest toy collectors’ exhibit ever assembled under one roof featuring top toy brands, Kotobukiya, Enesco, Bandai, Hero Cross, Hasbro, Mattel, Hot Toys and Lego. This exhibit makes ToyCon one of the most photographed events in the country.
 Artists Alley and custom artwork - fans meet their favorite local and international guest artists for custom sketches, signing and art critiquing
 The biggest dealer floor of around 240 merchants of various pop-culturemerchandise, comics, accessories, cosplay merchandise, toys and collectibles.
 The grand finals of the World Cosplay Summit Philippine Championship and our very own TOYCON Cosplay Competition
 The awarding of the very first Pinoy Pop Culture Awards
 Musical performances by British electronic duo, Addictive TV and top local bands
 ToyClicks toy photography competition and the Toy Customization contest