August 31, 2017

Chef Mira Angeles of Spell Kitchen at The Maya Kitchen Top Eats Series

It was an honor to meet Chef Mira Angeles of Spell Kitchen at The Maya Kitchen Top Eats Series last week where she had a cooking demo of Taco Salad, Garlic Cheese Butter dip, healthy Vegetable Lasagna, indulgent Belly Good Lechon Kawali, and sweet Apple Turon.

Over a decade of being a chef and a lifetime of loving food has led Mira Angeles to where she is now, owning a “magical” restaurant and sharing the joys of cooking to others. It took years of training and several attempts at entering the industry before finally becoming a well-loved chef, but now she’s sharing her talents and inspiring others to take up the skill with a Maya Kitchen Top Eats session in her very own Spell Kitchen.

It’s not a stretch to say that Mira has been cooking her whole life, being that her mother was taking classes at Le Cordon Bleu while pregnant with her. Her family has always loved eating good food and watching cooking shows, making her a foodie since she was young.

Though she didn’t get to immediately pursue her chef dreams, life worked its magic and steered her that direction anyway. Working at ABS-CBN, she was partnered with Food magazine’s Micky Fenix who introduced her to chef Myrna Segismundo. The two reignited her passion for food and became her mentors. She eventually entered certificate courses in ISCAHM for fundamentals of Culinary and Pastry, then other short courses in Maya Kitchen. She soon became a full-time chef and opened steak restaurant Cow King with her brother.

While steaks were something she was perfecting, she also indulged her creativity by creating different dips which, through word of mouth, amassed a huge following. Not long after that, she fulfilled her dreams of writing with regular recipe contributions to Yummy magazine; of teaching as she holds special classes at Maya Kitchen and at culinary events space Back of the House; and of opening her own restaurant with the magic-inspired Spell Kitchen, after the closing of Cow King. In this new restaurant-cafe, she puts her twist on Filipino comfort food, along with steaks and her famous dips, spreads, and salad dressings.
But more than just running down recipes, the chef imparts the lessons she’s learned from her cooking career. One of them being: “Dishes should be done well. Never settle with ‘pwede na yan.’ Always do things with quality no matter how simple your dish is.”

This respect for food and for her customers is one of the things that makes Mira such a well-loved chef. And for those just starting out, she has this to say: “One should make time to practice and never give up. I’ve had failed Chiffon cakes, burnt brownies, and a chocolate mousse that didn’t turn out well. One must persevere in order to have success.”

For more of Chef Mira Angeles’ quality cooking, Spell Kitchen located at Tomas Morato cooks up magic meals daily.

For more information on this and on other course offerings, log on to, e- mail, or visit The Maya Kitchen Culinary Center every Tuesday to Saturday at 8F Liberty Building, 835 A. Arnaiz Avenue (Pasay Road), Makati City. You may also call us 8921185 or 892-5011 local 108 or +63929 679 6102. 

Like and follow Maya Kitchen on Facebook and Instagram @TheMayaKitchen1 and follow on Twitter @TheMayaKitchen.

August 30, 2017

August 29, 2017

Buwan ng Wika

Noong ako ay mag-aaral pa sa elementarya, ipinadgririwang ang Linggo ng Wika sa isang buong Linggo sakop ang Agosto 19, and kaarawan ni Manule L. Quezon (Ama ng Wikang Filipino).

Sa pamamagitan ng Proklamasyong Bilang 1041 ni dating Pangulong Fidel V. Ramos, ang Linggo ng Wika ay pinalawig noong Enero 15, 1997 at ginawang Ang Buwan ng Wika. Kaugnay nito, maraming mga kaganapan ang ginagawa upang ipagdiwang ito, gaya ng sabayang pagbigkas, balagtasan, paggawa ng slogan, paggawa ng mga sanaysay, pagbigkas ng mga tula, pagsasayaw ng mga katutubong sayaw at pag-awit ng mga katutubong awit.

Ang aking kambal na anak ay tatlong taon ng mag-aaral ng City of Mandaluyong Science High School, ngunit ito ang unang taon na ako ay nanood ng kanilang selebrasyon bilang isang kinatawan ng General Parents and Teachers Association.

Ang masasabi ko lang, sulit ang pagod at puyat sa pagluto ng mga kakaning Pinoy para sa okasyong ito sapagkat napaka saya ng araw na ito.

Salamat sa lahat ng bumuo ng Paaralang #MandSci mula kay Dr. Evangelista, mga guro, mga mag-aaral, mga tagapangasiwa at mga magulang na walang pagod na sumusuporta sa #MandSci!

August 28, 2017

Asia Pop Comic Con 2017

My family scheduled a trip to Hong Kong from August 25 to 28 to take advantage of the long weekend but when Abi announced that Asia Pop Comic Con 2017 will be from August 25 to 27, I had no choice but to cancel the trip.

John and I were packed and ready to be at  APCC very early last Friday, unfortunately we had to rush my mom-in-law to the hospital.

It was only on the last day that I made it to Asia Pop. John had to take care of Mama so it was Juancho who took his dad's place to cover for Jampacked Lifestyle.

August 27, 2017

Chan Lim Family of Artists Exhibit at SM City East Ortigas

To celebrate the Mid Autumn Festival, SM City East Ortigas and Chan Lim Family of Artists and Students have prepared 135 hand painted fans.  The exhibit is joined by 42 artists showcasing their culture and artistry. This is a very beautiful way of encouraging the creativuty and artistic side of anyone.

Chan Lim Family Exhibit was supported by no less than Robin Padilla on its opening day. It will run from August 27 to September 24, 2017. 

The Chan Lim Family of Artists is best known for their Asian-themed art with particular focus on Chinese brush painting.  The family has been actively engaged in the arts for more than half a century to date.  The three generations of the Chan Lim Family use a multitude of media, styles and techniques to incorporate Western into Eastern art.  They continue to get involved in the arts by actively developing and promoting Chinese brush painting in the Philippines and abroad
Chan Lim, the family patriarch, originally dabbed mostly in Oil and Watercolor.  Most of his art are on canvas.  He recently ventured into other types of media such as ceramic and porcelain plates. Asian lanterns and fans to blend Western and Eastern techniques. The second generation of Chan Lims, Alex, Felix, Rolex, and Jolex, are all engineers by profession and are engaged in leadership position with multinational companies.

The Chan Lim family of Artists has traveled extensively across the Philippine Islands to conduct numerous art exhibits, classes, workshops, seminars, and on-the-spot painting demonstrations.  Several thousands of people have attended these activities.  The entire family have joined several art exhibits locally and internationally.  The third generation of Chan Lims reveal in exploring different types of modern techniques, such as digital media and apps, and incorporate these into theirbart.

The Chan Lim family aims to create art that does not exclude any media over the years, they have continuously pushed the envelop on the type of media used for the Chinese brush.  Their arts subject have included flora, fauna, landscape, even portraits.  These themes can be seen in the most of the family’s art, as well as their students.  The family is one of the few remaining notable Chinese brush painting artists in the country today, and is sought after in the field.  Art classes are conducted in the family studio located in Pasig City.  Their painting can be found in private collections across the globe.

For more info:
Fb – ChanLimFamilyofArtists

August 26, 2017

August 25, 2017

True Value Private Sale at Robinson's Magnolia

The rain didn't stop me from going to True Value Private Sale at Robinson's Magnolia today because of their great bargains up to 70% off! I actually bought some stuff at 90% off!  The most important item I bought is Breville Juicer with a 10% off. 

It was a fun sale because they prepared unique program. First is Lucky Lane where shoppers had the chance of winning prizes every hour. They also have the biggest sale award where the customer who bought the highest amount gets to win a Weber Grill.  Plus, they provided snacks (popcorn, cookies, chips). Other suppliers like Breville, Kleen and Happy Call had cooking demo and food sampling as well.

Hope to see you could join their next Private Sale True Value at Shangri-La Plaza sometime on October 2017.

August 24, 2017

Lara Maigue

Events are extra special when talented personalities grace and perform for the guests. At Grohe Inax Bath Party at Okada Manila, Soprano, Songwriter, Actress and Recording Artist Lara Maigue, amazed the media with her performance. This young lady is not only beautiful and talented, mukang napaka bait pa! 

About Lara:

A classically-trained soprano, Lara lights up the stage with her natural talent and unassuming charm. Her versatility as an artist allows her to transition effortlessly from singing opera and Kundiman to dazzling audiences with her renditions of jazz standards, OPM, as well as her own original comSoprano, Songwriter, Actress, Recording Artist

A classically-trained soprano, Lara lights up the stage with her natural talent and unassuming charm. Her versatility as an artist allows her to transition effortlessly from singing opera and Kundiman to dazzling audiences with her renditions of jazz standards, OPM, as well as her own original compositions. Under the management of Alcasid Total Entertainment Artist Management (ATeam), she has performed as special guest in the concerts of Ogie Alcasid, Gary Valenciano and Noel Cabangon. Since 2010, Lara has promoted Filipino music in different parts of the world with solo cultural concerts in Florence, Italy; Canberra and Sydney, Australia; Singapore and New Delhi, India.
positions. Under the management of Alcasid Total Entertainment Artist Management (ATeam), she has performed as special guest in the concerts of Ogie Alcasid, Gary Valenciano and Noel Cabangon. Since 2010, Lara has promoted Filipino music in different parts of the world with solo cultural concerts in Florence, Italy; Canberra and Sydney, Australia; Singapore and New Delhi, India.A budding composer, Lara’s words and melodies translate into honest prose with her telling of how emotions and the human experience intertwine. In 2015, Lara was one of the top 12 finalists in the song writing competition headed by Ryan Cayabyab and Manny V. Pangilinan, the Philippine Popular Music Festival (Philpop), with her entry, “Nasaan.” Prior to that Lara has written teleserye and movie theme songs interpreted by the country’s premier recording artists—Erik Santos, Jaya, and Asia’s Songbird, Regine Velasquez-Alcasid.

Her foray into song writing came in 2013, where she became one of the top five finalists in Philpop for her composition, “Sa’yo Na Lang Ako,” interpreted by singer/actress Karylle. She later on tried her hand at acting and became one of the lead stars in the musical teleserye on TV5, “Trenderas,”where she was nominated for “Outstanding Breakthrough Performance by an Actress” by the Golden Screen TV Awards.

Lara was born to composer/arranger, Prof. Rayben Maigue, and soprano, Nanette Moscardon- Maigue, who would become her first classical mentor. She was trained by Fides Cuyugan-Asensio at the University of the Philippines College of Music, where she graduated majoring in Voice. Lara is currently having intensive vocal workshops with tenor Arthur Espiritu. She divides her time as an artist and as managing partner in her family’s music school, the Maigue Music Studios (MMS).

(Grabbed from Lara Maigu's FB Page)

August 23, 2017

SMSupermalls' Art For Everyone

This August, SM Supermalls' celebrating Art For Everyone from August 23-27.  Get a dose of art and culture for 5-Day Student Art Fair, where they will exhibit pieces from students from all over the Philippines. You can actually buy to take home any art pieces on display.  You can also attend several talks and art workshops throughout the day.

Catch the #ArtForEveryoneAtSM exhibit at these participating malls: SM Aura Premier, SM Megamall, SM Mall of Asia, SM City Baguio (official), SM Cebu, SM Lanang Premier, SM City Bacolod, SM Dasmarinas, and SM City Clark

For more information visit:

Kampai Sushi Bar

I've been a fan of Japanese food for as long as I can remember. I love how the food is presented, colorful and beautifully plated.  In all our travels, we make sure to find a Japanese restaurant to feature. At our recent trip to Antipolo, we didn't have a hard time finding one because the #Mendiolables were invited by no less than the lovely owner of Kampai Sushi Bar.

Kampai Sushi Bar used to be located near Ynares center but is now strategically located at the al fresco dining area of ultra cool and cozy Robinsons Place Antipolo.

At Kampai you will find one of the best Ramen with big servings, Salads, Gyoza, Katsudon, Sushi, Rolls, Maki, Nigiri, Sashimi, Donburi, Bento Meals and desserts. But what takes this sushi place a cut above the rest is the jamming session where diners can join the fun by singing solo or duet with the resident singers.

Kampai Sushi Bar is ideal for groups, families, friends, as well as couples who deserve to chill and sing while having the best sushi in town.

We, the #Mendiolables, had a great time eating, chillaxing, singing and chatting at  Kampai Sushi Bar.

Kampai Sushi Bar
Lower Ground Floor, Robinsons Place Antipolo,
Sumulong Hwy, Antipolo, 1870 Rizal
Telephone:(02) 696 0561
Openating hours · 10:00am – 11:00pm

August 22, 2017

Grohe Inax Bath Party at Okada Manila

I just got home from a fun event, Grohe Inax Bath Party at Okada Manila, where media were given a closer look at how this premier hotel spoils its guests with the best of dining, retail, gaming, hospitality, leisure and the best bathing experience using Grohe and Inax. 

GROHE. with highly precise German technology and aspirational design aesthetic, it is the most desired brand in luxury bathroom fixtures and fittings. Its showers, faucets, and myriad of other products fits perfectly instylish homes, hotels and resorts. 

All 993 rooms and suites of Okada Manila are equipped with GROHE Grohtherm Thermostatic Mixer:  Takes your showering safety and enjoyment to the next level.  Made with advanced technology, and the highest-quality materials, Grohtherm thermostat has been an industry-leading product.  Being a pioneer in the development of thermostats, Okada Manila’s guests can be assured that they will only experience maximum comfort and safety as they indulge in the most relaxing and rejuvenating shower during their stay.

Grohtherm thermostat was a natural choice for Okada Manila: it fulfills all aspects in terms of design aspirations and installation must haves with its stylish selection. More so, GROHE Thermostatic mixers gives luxury integrated resorts like Okada Manila the opportunity to help save the world’s water and energy. Grohtherm thermostatic shower mixers feature an EcoButton. Its showers start at a reduced flow rate. Guests may increase the water flow as desired, using the EcoButton to allow full water flow.

In the elegance of its rooms and suites, guests are drawn to the sophisticated comforts offered by Inax Satis.  As one soaks up this smart toilet  system’s  thoughtful, high tech amenities, the more one  will  appreciate how central Inax Satis can be, to one’s pampered existence. 

Satis is replete with techy creature comforts.   It is the world’s most compact, fully-automated tank- less toilet system, manufactured by LIXIL, the Japanese global leader  in shower seat technology. True to its tradition of utilizing only first rate technology and materials,  Lixil on its milestone 50th year continues to spearhead  innovation, inventing and reinventing smart toilet systems, producing world-first technologies, and  developing  the most  advanced sanitary ware products    that   shape the market  and enhance  living spaces.

Inax Satis impresses with its Plasmacluster Technology  that cleans even the air after every use;  its  hands-free convenience with its fully automated system delights,  and its   automatic seat and cover with a built-in sensor to open and close its lid whenever it detects the presence of a user simply amazes the indulged guest.

Inax Satis’ deodorizer kicks into action instantly. Another hands-free feature is competently demonstrated in its fully automatic flushing action where flushing will occur as soon as the user steps away from the toilet.

The introduction of SATIS to the world in 2001 conferred the smart toilet with a Good Design Gold Award and the recognition as "The World's Most Compact Shower Toilet that offers Maximum Satisfaction". The name SATIS was coined from the word 'satisfaction' - fully delivering its promise to offer maximum satisfaction, despite its petite size.  At only 650mm from front to back, the tankless SATIS.

A rare opportunity for us all to indulge more on the finest products of GROHE, with select products at 30% price off. This exclusive offer starts August 20, 2017. Only in these WILCON DEPOT Stores: IT HUB. LIBIS. FILINVEST. LAS PINAS. BALINTAWAK.PASONG TAMO. QUEZON AVENUE. MANDAUE, CEBU. DAVAO. MEXICO PAMPANGA. 

GROHE is exclusively distributed by Wilcon Depot in the Philippines. Visit for more information.

To know more about Inax and its fine bath products, please email and to experience a remarkable stay in the heart of Manila, reserve rooms online at or call +02 888-0777.

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 20, 2017

SM Supermalls and Smart Teams Up for Everwing Tournament

If you have what it takes to be the ultimate Everwing champion, join the first ever Everwing Tournament to win awesome Everwing prizes! 

Everwing fans and gamers are in for an exciting mission as SM Supermalls teams up with Smart for the first nationwide Everwing tournament this August in 35 SM malls across the country. The partnership was announced during a media launch on August 20 at SM city Manila.

Fun-filled Everwing happenings at SM include Free Play Activities, the Costume Contest where fans and cosplayers can dress up as their favorite Everwing character, face painting sessions for kids and fans alike, and a photo booth  where mall goers can capture their best Everwing moment at SM. Everwing players can also join the #EverwingAtSM Digital Promo by just sharing their top scores for a chance to win SM GCs!

Everwing is a mobile vertical scrolling shooter game developed by Blackstorm Lab. Launched in November 2016 on Facebook Messenger, the game amassed a total of 7 million fans to date in the Philippines alone. The game allows players to control avatars, known as “Guardians”, in an endless fight to defeat monsters. Other facets of the gamed includes quest where users can send Guardians to mission to later claim treasures, and Boss Raids, a cooperative multiplayer mode that enables players to team up with friends to defeat powerful monsters.

For more details about Everwing at SM, check out 

For exclusive news about SM Supermalls visit or follow SM’s official social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram; and get 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 moment at SM, then use its official hashtag #EverwingAtSM.

August 19, 2017

Casa Nieves

A restaurant will be two thumbs up for me when my kids enjoy the food because it's quite hard to please Julia, Rafael and Juan.  Our visit to Casa Nieves was worth all the our effort to brave the traffic and rain because they serve the best Paella in town! Julia and Juan does not eat Paella at all but they loved Casa Nieves Paella Valenciana. Plus, I actually didn't want to eat that night but when I had a smal portion of Paella, oh my goodness I coudn't stop myself from eating.

We've also tried their Beef Salpicao, Kaldereta and Pakbet with Bagnet, and I must admit, it ruined my no rice diet because the food tastes so delicious!

But don't you just take my word for it, visit Casa Nieves  in Antipolo and experience their great tasting Italian, Filipino and other dishes.

Casa Nieves
G/F Robinsons Place Antipolo,
Sumulong Highway cor. Circumferential Rd., Antipolo, Rizal

August 18, 2017

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

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