September 30, 2017

EIKA Swimwear

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

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


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

Follow EIKA Swimwear:
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hello@eika.ph

September 29, 2017

RF Body Contouring at The Beauty Lounge by Bianca Festejo

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

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

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

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

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

Certain reminders before you undergo this RF  Body Contouring:

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


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

September 28, 2017

Crocodile Dentist

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

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

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

This video was taken last year at BZ Bean Coffee Lounge



Initiation Rites

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

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


September 27, 2017

Chicken Pesto Wrap Ala Mendiola

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



Click the link for how I prepare that pesto

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

September 26, 2017

Pretty Twins at Bambu Store

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

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



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

September 25, 2017

Travel Sale 2017

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

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

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

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


September 24, 2017

Lugaw

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

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



September 23, 2017

Cactus is Love

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

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

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


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

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

2. Only water if  the soil  begins to dry.

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

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

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

September 22, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


ABOUT CHEF JAM MELCHOR:

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

ABOUT UNISG 

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

ABOUT ACADEMIC TABLES 

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

ABOUT LE TAVOLE ACCADEMICHE 2017 

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

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

September 21, 2017

Motorino Makati

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

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




September 20, 2017

French Toast ala Mendiola

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



September 19, 2017

Know Your Love Language at ViewPark Hotel

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

Public Transit From Manila:

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

September 18, 2017

Sugod Kusina at Tita Tiny's Kitchen

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

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



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

September 17, 2017

DIY - Tassle Earrings

I've seen friends wear tassle earrings and I must admit I like what I see specially when Mela Sison wears 'em. I wondered for a long time if I can carry tassle earrings but I'm more into necklaces and bracelets than earrings. 

After attending Urban Home Filipino Exhibit at Shangri-La last  August John and I were given each a candle wrapped beautifully with a tassle on top. 

As an advocate of recycling and upcycling, nothing is more fun than seeing things that can be used and reused for a different purpose.  Diy-ing my own jewelry, tassle earrings to be exact! 


Presenting my first ever tassle earrings, tadaaaaaaaa!


September 16, 2017

#SMagicalChristmas at all SM Supermalls

Today marks SM Supermalls launch of 100 Days to Christmas countdown and it was made very special by the presence of every Pinoys favorite, the iconic singer-composer-producer, a great man, Mr. Jose Mari Chan.




Also  present at the unveiling of  100 Days to Christmas were Mr. Russel Alaba (AVP for Marketing, Mindanao Region) and Mr. Joaquin San Agustin Senior Vice President for Marketing, SM supermalls

For more details on how to join SM Supermalls 100 Days to Christmas,
visit www.smsupermalls.com/smagicalchristmas/ 

September 15, 2017

Earth Kitchen

John and I were supposed to celebrate our 24th Year Anniversary in Batanes, unfortunately the universe didn't cooperate due to typhoon Lannie and Maring. Plus Mama was hospitalized a week before our scheduled flight so we had no choice but to just stay home. 

I  didn't even have the energy to cook that day so I asked John if we he's okay to drive to Earth Kitchen so we can use the two thousand pesos gift certificate I won at Hizon'z Event.

John enjoyed the Bacon, Tablea Cake and Tablea Hot Chocolate drink. I liked the Pomelo and Shirmp Salad with Huge Kropek on the side but I went home with an allergy after eating the Kropek. It was my first time to have an allergy in 44 years. We both didn't enjoy the two kinds of pasta we ordered.

Earth Kitchen is a nice place to visit as it is nestled in the beautiful and serene  White Plains. The ambiance is moderm, warm and homey.  The service staff, specially Mark, were very attentive. hindi napagod sa katatanong namin kung ano ang masarap.

At Earth Kitchen you can even buy organic food at Got Heart Store. I bought some chips and 6 pieces organic eggs, unfortunately 4 out pf 6 eggs are rotten. I messaged Got Heart and they are replacing the four eggs.

I guess, this September 11 didn't agree much on my side starting with a cancelled flight, an allergy and four rotten eggs (lol). Ganun naman talaga ang buhay, hindi lahat laging okey. Ang importante maayos ang pagsasama naming mag-asawa despite the many heath challenges we faced last year.


Lot 10 B-10 Katipunan Avenue, White Plains, Quezon City
Phone Numbers 02 5779138 and 02 9610572

September 14, 2017

BDO Credit Card Yellow Cab Promo

Being a thrifty and practical person, I'm happy when credit card companies offers freebies just like BDO Credit Card Yellow Cab Promo, where a cardholder can get P100 gift certificate from Yellow Cab (also from Ace Hardware) for every P3,000 purchase anywhere. I like this promo a lot because we like Yellow Cap Pizza.

This promo started July 15, 2017 and will end on Septeber 20, 2017. 



Here are my Tips and Advice to Make Credit Cards Work for Your Advantage: 

Ask yourself the following questions before signing that credit card application:

1.  Am I financially capable of paying the full amount monthly? Using credit cards is actually fun because of the many perks, such as, rewards system, points toward merchandise, airline miles, or access to exclusive events, but if you cannot pay the entire amount once the bill arrives that's where the problem arise. Interest does not stop until you pay in full. 

2.  Will I be able to use this card responsibly?  If you are an unwise spender, do not get a credit card.  If you're a shopaholic, do not get a credit card.  Remember that although you might use credit cards like cash, they are actually considered debt as long as you haven't paid in full amount. Eventually, credit cards will have an impact on your financial goals.

Here are my eight tips

1. Be an educated consumer. Take the time to consider credit cards in the context of your budget and other financial priorities.

2. Don't get a credit card just because they're giving something away.

3.  Pay bills on time so you won't have to pay late fees or jeopardize your credit history.

4.  Pay bills in full each month so you won't have to pay finance charges.

5.  Use credit only when it's necessary. Don't use credit to buy just to impress others.

6.  Keep track of all credit purchases so you know if there are bogus transactions reflected on your bill.

7.  Keep tape receipts, original receipts and printed billings for future reference.

8.  Use credit cards to your advantage. I have 5 credit cards but I often use the one that offers awesome freebies.  Better yet, just keep one or yes, mayb two credit cards.

September 13, 2017

Twinning's English Breakfast Tea with Organic Honey

If you like tea a lot but hate brewing every now and then, try my Twinnings English Breakfast Tea with Organic Honey. It's actually tastes even better when its cold.


September 12, 2017

Timex Time Travel Road Show at SM Supermalls

Timex Time Travel Road Show at SM Supermalls is an event you shouldn't miss as they have many activities in store. John and I experienced some of the fun games as well as prizes from Timex, Police, Titan, Nixon, Ingersoll and Ice Watches, 

Explore Timex Time Travel Road Show at SM Supermalls this September and October connecting past and present, linking classic and colorful as the home of Global Brands, SM Supermalls has launched an exciting campaign inviting the whole family to experience new and fun happenings at SM as the retail giant partners with various international brands such as Timex which boasts a 160-year old heritage from United States. Alongside Timex are other global watch brands like Ingersoll from U.S., Police from Italy, Titan for UK, Nixon from the U.S., and Ice Watches from Belgium. 

Timex Time Travel Road Show is designed to celebrate and explore the evolving landscape of watch making from various watch brands around the globe. The brand interactivity in this travel-themed expo includes free barber cut for the dapper gentlemen courtesy of vintage-centric Ingersoll, X-Box Kinect game challenges by surf-and-skate-inspired Nixon, selfie-worthy mugshot photo booth and fan meet & greet from MMA specialists Mark “Mugen” Striegl and Filipino Eduard “Landslide” Folayang presented by Police Watches, Cosplay demo by color-inspired Ice Watches, plus other fun games from Timex and Titan. 

Grab your new watch without stressing out your pocket with event specials from these global brands offering 10% to 70% discounts for all the watches. Enjoy easy installment for 3 months and 6 months to pay at zero percent when you swipe your card. Perfect for your pre-holiday gift hunting is the Marathon from Timex at two sportswatches for only Php 1,500. Plus, get freebies like shirts and accessories when you buy Ice Watches or get a free Puma eyewear worth Php 8,000 when you get an Ingersoll.

Join the Timex Time Travel online contests to win watches. It only requires you to capture your selfies from each of the brand’s corner and post in your Facebook wall and you can win a free watch! Police is giving away four bold-designed watches, Timex is raffling 10 watches of your design choice, Ice is awarding ten colorful watches and Ingersoll is giving away one P28,000-worth vintage-inspired automatic watch!

Aside from deals and prizes, the Timex Time Travel is also your best chance to get free watch services such as free watch personalization with caseback name engraving, free cleaning and diagnostics, and free battery replacement (upon watch purchase) valid for two years. 


Catch the Timex Time Travel road show on: Sept 1 to 6 in SM East Ortigas; Sept 4 to 9 in SM San Lazaro; Sept 9 to 13 in SM Manila; Sept 11 to 14 in SM Marikina; Sept 16 to 20 in SM Dasmarinas; Sept 22 to 27 in SM Centerpoint; Sept 23 to 27 in SM Fairview; Sept 29 to Oct 4 in SM Southmall & SM Taytay; Oct 6 to 11 in SM Novaliches; Oct 7 to 11 in SM Marilao; Oct 13 to 17 in SM Clark; Oct 13 to 18 at SM BF Paranaque; Oct 19 to 23 in SM Pampanga; Oct 20 to 25 in SM Bacoor; Oct 23 to 25 at Mall of Asia; Oct 25 to 27 at SM Bicutan; and Oct 27 to 31 at SM Sucat.

Get ready to explore and experience the world in SM malls and make a style statement  SM malls and make a style statement with iconic watches from Timex Time Travel!

September 11, 2017

Cabbage Omelette

My daughter Julia is a certified egg lover, as she always says "anything is better with egg". Last night she requested Cabbage Omelette. 

This is so easy to cook and a complete meal by itself. Kaya if nagbabawas ka ng timbang, no rice neeed to eat this Cabbage Omelette.


Ingredients:
 Egg, cabbage, garlic and onion, salt and pepper
 (carrots and ground meat is optional)

Stir fry cabbage in garlic and onion. Beat 1pc egg. Mix stir fried cabbage and egg
Fry cabbage and egg until golden brown

September 10, 2017

Kuya Virgil's Surprise 50th Birthday

Coming from Arnel and Belle's Wedding, John and I rushed in Novaliches to attend Kuya Virgil's Surprise 50th Birthday that was organized by Ate Coy and assisted by Ayee, Ynah and Kyle.

I cannot allow the day to pass without being there because Kuya Virgil is one of my closest cousins. I was their little baby sister when we were kids since they were all boys. Kuya Virgil is also the responsible person (Engineer) who managed  and renovated our house in 2003. What I love most about him is that he has a very positive outlook in life, laging naka ngiti, walang boring na oras pag kausap sya.

Happy 50th Birthday, Kuya Virgil!

September 9, 2017

Arnel and Belle's Wedding

I'm most humbled when I'm asked to stand as ninang and today is my third time to be a sponsor (commonly called ninang in the Philippines) for Arnel and Belle's Wedding. 

Belle and I met last year when she was tasked by Hi-Precision for a home service in FBS and other blood works for my husband. We became close because I felt Belle's sincerity in helping us during those trying times. 

When Arnel and Belle came over to asked me to be their Ninang, I immediately said yes. Arnel is equally a good man. Bagay na bagay silang dalawa.

John and I didn't stay for the reception as we had to run for my cousin's Kuya Virgil's 50th Birthday. Here's some of the videos I took from the wedding mass. 


September 8, 2017

Luljetta's Hanging Gardens Spa

It was the #Mendiolables honor to meet Ramon Marinas, Managing Director Bienvenido Travel and Tours when we went in Antipolo to feature Luljetta's Hanging Gardens Spa.

Luljettas is a beautiful place to bond with the family and friends where you get to relax and pamper you body, mind, as well as your tired spirit.

I won't be bothering you with so much words, just watch our video to see the kind of fun we had. Better yet, visit Luljettas in Antipolo.




Luljetta's Hanging Gardens Spa
San Roque, Antipolo, Rizal, Antipolo, 1870 Rizal
Contact no:(02) 570 2532

September 7, 2017

Applebees Grill and Bar

US favorite dining chain  Applebees Grill and Bar launched new menu earlier today at its BGC branch in the Philippines. 

Part of the  NEW Applebee's Menu are Team Beer (Fried Sweet and Spicy Pickles, Bacon Jalapeno Potato Croquettes and Calamari) and Team Cocktails and Wine (Southern Beef Brisket Quesadillas)

For women like me who tries to cut on calories, Grilled Watermelon and Spicy Shrimp Salad with fresh greens, cucumbers, feta cheese, toasted almonds, spicy grilled shrimp and grilled watermelon cubes in a creamy mint yoghurt dressing is for you!

New Pasta includes Spinach Artichoke and Grilled Chicken Cavatappi, Spicy Firecracker Shrimp Cavatappi and Grilled Sausage Marinara Pasta and many more. There are actually 20 new menu. 

The Applebee’s experience in the Philippines is exactly the same as in the US, they have big portions and the same quality of dishes.



The launched of Applebee's new menu made even more complete with their partnership with Enkangto Beer. I had the privilege of learning about this new brew from its Founder and President, Mr. Ian Paradies. 

Engkanto Brewery brings back forgotten Philippine folklore into the daily lives of the modern Filipino. The vivid tales of the Engkanto, who are believed to guard natural creations, include Maria Makiling, the Kapre, the Tikbalang, the Sirena, the Duwende, and many others. A new generation of Engkanto observed that beer was the one thing that all Filipinos still worshiped daily, so the Engkanto created the perfect recipes.

Engkanto Brewery is positioned to deliver to Filipinos an obtainable craft beer that is brewed with high-quality and natural ingredients. Today, after over a year of perfecting its  avor, Filipinos can  nally drink the magic of Engkanto.

I highly recommend you try them all as you will definitely enjoy any kind of celebration, but don't take my word for it, head on at either BGC and Libis Branch and taste the goodness of Applebees' new offerings.



Applebee's Grill and Bar Branches:

Fort Bonifacio. W Global Center, 30th St cor 9th Ave Fort Bonifacio, Taguig
(02) 801-9662.

CityWalk 1, 1110, C1-B Eastwood Ave, Bagumbayan, Queon City, Metro Manila
(02) 566 6800

September 6, 2017

Fuzboll

At our recent stay in OneA Bed and Breakfast, we had so much fun playing Fuzboll.


Fuzboll or foosball, also called table football, is a table-top game that is loosely based on association football. It is a game resembling soccer in which the ball is moved by turning rods to which small figures of players are attached. 

A "Foos" is when you block your opponent's shot or pass and kick it back in their own goal. This is also known as a "stuff" because you actually stuff the ball.

Table football can be played by two individuals (singles) – and also with four people (doubles), in which there are teams of two people on either side. In this scenario, one player usually controls the two defensive rows and the other team member uses the midfield and attack rows. In informal matches, three or four players per side are also common. Spinning the ball while putting it in the play for the advantage of the placement team is allowed. A goal scored only by placing the ball in the hole with spin is legal. 

September 5, 2017

Cafe Lupe and Onea Bed and Breakfast

Instead of flying out out of the country for the long weekend we decided to explore Antipolo since John and I are planning to build our rest house in Alta Vista.

We stayed in Onea Bed and Breakfast had a taste of Cafe Lupe's Pinoy breakfast and their famous Paella.

I particularly like the vintage vibe of this place while John and the kids had fun playing fuzboll or foosball. It was the #Mendiolables honor to meet the super cool owner Chef Albright.

If you are planning to spend a quality time with your family check out Cafe Lupe and Onea Bed and Breakfast.



Cafe Lupe and OneA Bed and Breakfast  
267-268 Sitio Ruhat, Barangay Mambugan, Rizal, Antipolo, 1870
Contact number: 0936 474 6697

September 4, 2017

Patched Top

Patched tops are trending again big time! Being a frugal mom, I'm not ready to spend big bucks on this trend so I opted to upcycle a table runner and an old white top. Check out my vlog for few easy steps on how I did it. 


What can you say? 


September 3, 2017

Bun Tutorial

Wearing a bun has always been my choice but I can't do it so while looking for stuff at SM Megamall Ladies Section yesterday, I asked the help of Judith and HoneyLyn for Bun Tutorial.



September 2, 2017

True Value's Kitchen Appgrade at Robinson's Magnolia

It was once again a successful three-day event, True Value's Kitchen Appgrade at  Robinson's Magnolia, from September 1 to 3, 2017, as shoppers trooped to the mall to watch celebrity chefs whipped easy to cook food using kitchen appliances that are all available at True Value. 



True Value
Robinsons Magnolia, Aurora Blvd,
Corner Dona Hemady, Quezon City, 1111 Metro Manila
Telephone (02) 720 9639

September 1, 2017

KATRE

Although twelve years has gone by, I wouldn't forget Kat Erro because she was the person who gave me the guts to wear skirts. I first met Kat (Kat Manalo back then) in 2005 at Unang Hirit when I was featured for their Makeover Episode. She used to be a beauty editor and celebrity stylist and was assigned to style me for the summer makeover.



Kat joined her husband overseas and I never heard anything from her until I saw her at the opening of Styled Pop-Up Store last July 30, 2017. She now owns KATRE! 

Kat established KATRE in 2009 with a 15-piece collection of ready-to-wear items that she sells online. To cut the long story, the rest, as they say, is history. 

KATRE formally opens its store earlier today at the second level of  East Wing in Styled Pop-Up Store in Shangri-La Plaza Mall. 

At KATRE, expect locally made leather goods that are of highest quality and is globally competitive. Check out KATRE's Boite, City Totes, Camdens, Wristlet, Hanovers, Double Sloane and Mayfairs.

I am most humbled to be invited by Kat herself tohave the first dibs on her new collection.