December 28, 2018

Mr. Apen and Mrs. Linda Francia's 50th Wedding Anniversary

I've hosted numerous and different events for years but it is my first time to host for a 50th Wedding Anniversary. I am ecstatic because this is the Golden Year of Marriage of Edwin's parents, Tatay Apen and Nanay Linda.

Edwin is one of my good friends in Bayantel since 1995. Kahit kinukulit ko sya di sya nagagalit o nagtatampo sa akin. Kaya even if his invitation for me to host this momentous and joyful occasion is kinda short notice, I happily oblige.

It was amazing to see how The six Francia grandchildren, three each from Ate Eileen and Edwin, are all very talented. All of them played a special number for their Lolo and Lola.

I feel honored being their, standing in front of their friends and relatives, kaya muli, Maligayang Ginintuang Anibersaryo po Nanay at Tatay!

"There is no more lovely, and charming relationship, 
communion or company than a good marriage." 
 -Martin Luther

December 27, 2018

NNES Batch '86 Kita Kits

The last time I organized and hosted a reunion was in year 2000. It was for my high school batch in St. Francis. After that I vowed not to organize such events again as it is really a taxing job since I'm the only one not living in Quezon City anymore. I had to drive 2 hours (no traffic) and 3 to 4 hours (with traffic) from my place to SM Fairview for meet-ups.

I also hosted for the 25th Anniversary of my other high school PCTR five years ago. This was an easier task because a different group of batchmates were the proponents.

After the two reunions I vowed not to be active in organizing and hosting such events because it is really time consuming and taxing on my body.

Last November, classmates and batchmates from my  Nagkaisang Nayon Elementary School started chatting about reunion. Originally the venue was of course in Novaliches. I immediately declined for 2 reasons, I have a family trip in Taiwan and the venue is darn far from my place!😁

As fate would have it, some classmates requested for a change of venue so we can breath in some new air other than that of QC. To cut the long story short, this time, I didn't drive 2 hours (no traffic) and 3 to 4 hours (with traffic) to plan for our NNES Batch '86 Kita Kits. 

The venue was just 5 minutes away from my place! It was held at Cafe Publico in High Point, Medical Hub, Shaw Blvd. It was an amazingly fun and funny kita kits ng NNES Batch 86! Sulit ang 32 years in the making!

When the program ended, I paid the bills and packed my bags. I was sure ready to go home for that much needed sleep. They were insistent that I go with them in Comedy Bar. My body argued, saying I'm tired and that I must go home. My mind debated, how can I refuse all of them when they took an effort to leave their comfort zones to go to my area.

It was definitely a night and morning to remember. 

Those who were present: 

Edna Arcaya, Maura Arce, Rhodora Barreras, Susan Beltran, Throy Catan, Juner Creencia, Maricel Dela Cruz, Remedios Dancel,  Jennifer Samonte-Duldulao and hubby Glen, Mon Esmeria, Haydee Lee-Espiritu, Bonifacio Galinato and wife Malen, Beng Hermocilla, Antonio Lampera, Jimmy Mariano, Julius Milagrosa, Jennifer Naga, Babylynne Almario-Oballes, Rhodora Ailes-Pagay, Gina Padrilan, Jennifer Perocillo-Payang, Alfred Suellen, Jerry Tabadero,  Nenalyn Alcedo-Tamayo, Oscar Torrefranca, Roel Traballo, Angel Uy, Sander Velasco, 

December 25, 2018

Love, Love, Love

Every year my husband and kids would ask, what I like for Christmas. I'd reply, " I don't like anythin'. All I want is love, love, love and lots of love". Last night they still gave me gifts. I appreciate them much but I got that love, love, love and lots of love from Nanay Flori (my oldest garage buyer) when she came and brought me 2 green Mangoes. She said, "tatlo sana yan pero may nanghingi ng isa." I felt that it was my late Mama telling me that I am loved, loved, loved because I like mangoes a lot dahil pinaglihi ako ni Mama sa manggang hilaw. Tears fell from eyes...

#OccasionsofJoy #Christmas #mango #Mendiolables #Christmasgift #love #touchingstory

December 24, 2018

Christmas Gift

Michaella is my youngest buyer in garage sale. Akala ko nung una boy sya. She buys anything at P20. Kahit 100 or up ang item, sasabihin nya, "P20 lang". How can I refuse her charm kahit na may kakulitan at ang daming tanong. Madalas sumasabay pa sya sa dami ng namimili. For 4 weekends she'd come and bring P20 to buy anything she fancied. Hindi sya marunong mag po at opo, so before I give in to her request for a super discount, I'd tell her to say po and opo when talking to older people. Today she came not to buy but to give me a melon as Christmas gift. Nagpopo na din sya sa akin. ♥️πŸŽ„♥️

"Christmas, my child, is love in action. 
Every time we love, every time we give, it's Christmas". 
- Dale Evans
#OccasionsofJoy #Christmas #children #christmasquotes #quotes #melon #Pasko #intheeyesofthechild #thoughtful #christmasgifts

December 22, 2018

A Great Teacher

Teaching is a very noble profession that helps shape the character of students and that's why I have high respect and admiration to teachers. 

I am happy and proud knowing that my former elemetary classmate is now a professor. I'm pretty sure he is a great teacher because he was a good kid and student when we were in elementary. He was very quiet, observant and intelligent. 

Thanks Prof. Roel Traballo for a quick catch-up at sa kape na may 2 stickers. 

"A good teacher can inspire hope, 
ignite the imagination, and instill a love of learning."
- Brad Henry

December 19, 2018

December 18, 2018

Catriona Gray's Winning Answer

Catriona Gray's winning answer at the recently concluded Miss Universe 2018 has been used and still being used by milions all over the world. So when I met Mon Esmeria, a former Grade 3 classmate,  for an ocular of venue for our upcoming reunion and he asked, "So how are you after all these years?"

To which I replied using the famous Cat quote, “Well, I'm doing great because I’ve always taught myself to look for the beauty in life; to look for the beauty in the faces of adversity, sadness and pain, and to be grateful for everything. I have and will always bring this aspect for as long as I live, to see situations with a silver lining. If I could teach our other batch mates and classmates to be grateful, we could have an amazing reunion where negativity could not grow and foster, and we will go home after the kita kits  with a smile on our faces.”

Sabi nya, "makulit ka pa din".😁

#OccasionsofJoy #reunion #catquotes #NNESBatch86 #classreunion #catrionagraywinninganswer

December 17, 2018

December 14, 2018

Mighty Morphines Cast in Manila

The Mighty Morphines Cast recently visited Manila for an engagement arranged by TOYCON PH and POPLIFE GLOBAL in time for the Power Rangers 25th Year Anniversary.

The media prescon was held at DC Superheroes Cafe at the Fashion Hall in SM Megamall.

Present at the event were, Time Force Red Jason Faunt, Time Force Blue Micahel Copon, Time Force Green Kevin Kleinberg, Megaforce Yellow Clara Hanna and Dino Charge Pink Camille Hyde.

December 10, 2018

CMSHS GPTA 2018-2019 Luau Christmas Party

The recently concluded CMSHS GPTA 2018-2019 Luau Christmas Party was a fun and funny night as the Proud Parents of mga Batang MandSci took time off from their busy schedules as they danced and laughed the night away.

"Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, 
and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful." 
-Norman Vincent Peale

December 8, 2018

Julia and Rafael at 16

Sometimes the best plan is having no plans at all. This is what happened for my twin kids' 16th Birthday. They originally both wanted to stay overnight in a hotel with their friends. I already booked 2 suite rooms 6 months prior to December 8. Two weeks before their birthday, Rafael told me he wanted to have a party. I asked Julia if she wants a party as well. Her reply, "whatever Bober wants".

They both left all the details of the party to me - the venue, the theme, the food. They took care of the list of people to invite. Dad took care of the payment .😁😁

It was a rush and a simple party but I'm sure Julia and Rafael at 16 was a successful celebration since the people close to them were there to celebrate with us.

Special mention goes to my friend, Engr. Edwin Francia, for taking care of the e-invite and the photo booth Just Shoot Me Ph; Keiran Tumpalan and Julian Somcio of War N' Wager for the live music; My niece Meeca Ocuaman for the beautiful song, and everybody who took time out for this very special day of El and Ia.

"I always was looking for the purpose in my life.
When I had Ia and El I found it. 
The pure joy of just being a mother to them 
is enough to say, I am blessed."
- Joy Mendiola
December 8, 2018

December 6, 2018

Congressman Teodorico Haresco Jr.

An afternoon of buffet lunch and a getting-to-know session with Congressman Teodorico Haresco Jr. happened this afternoon at Dad's West Ave.

Representative Haresco is a proud Ilonggo. He is popularly called  Nonong Haresco and he is from Aklan who has authored thirty three (33) House Measures and co-authored thirty one (31) House Measures. He is running again for the next election for the same position.

About Congressman Teodorico Haresco Jr.:

He finished Engineering and Accounting in Dela Salle University with honors.  Completed his M.A. in International Economics at the McGill University in Canada. He participated in the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development- International Trade Center in Switzerland. He is the only Visayan and Aklanon to receive the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry Businessman of The Year in 2007 and the Deutch Bank Banker of the Year in 2005. He was People Asia's Person of the Year in 2008 and one of the Modern Day Heroes in 2008. He was cited in the book celebratig 347 years of Philippine-British Relations. His company WINSOURCE Solutions Inc. has been a five-time recipient of the Queens Awards for Entreprise. He conceptualized President's Bridge Programme (PBP). PBP is a very successful reengineering model in the Philippines being duplicated in Sri Lanka, Papa New Guinea, Cambodia, Siberia and other Asian countries. He is the principal developer of a nationwide scholarship fund for the slain journalists and has put 34 young scholars through school since 2007.

About Aklan Legislative Districts:

The Legislative Districts of Aklan is the representation of the Province of Aklan in the Philippine House of Representatives. The province is currently represented in the lower house of the Congress of the Philippines through its first and second districts. Prior to electing its own representative for the first time in 1957, the province was represented as part of the second and third districts of Capiz. From 1978 to 1984 it was part of the representation of Region VI. Aklan has 2 legislative districts signed by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte.

December 3, 2018

Christmas Shines at Bayview Park Hotel

Standing proud and strong for 75 years, Bayview Park Hotel Manila is one of the most famous and most sought-after destination for travelers here and abroad. 

Earlier this morning John and I witnessed third annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony headed by Bayview General Manager, Mr. Eugene T. Yap

The lobby of the hotel is filled with guests (both young and old), decorative gifts, toys, candies, and of course, a huge Christmas Tree.  

As celebration, Mr. Eugene Yap, has invited the Shepherdine Children’s Choir. They serenaded the crowd with their angelic voices, sung carols that surely brought back wonderful memories of the audience consisting of hotel guests, bloggers and media personnel.

They introduced the 13 lovely candidates for their first ever Ms. Bayview Park Hotel consisting of selected employees. They will be competing for a “Best in Gown” and a “Popularity Award”, through Facebook-likes voting.

Bayview Park Hotel
1118 Roxas Boulevard, cor United Nations Avenue, 
Ermita, Manila, 1000 Metro Manila
Phone: (02) 526 1555

#ChristmasShinesatBayview   #ILoveBayview #BayviewChristmasTree 
#BayviewParkHotel #ILoveBayviewParkHotel   #YourHomeByTheBay 

November 30, 2018

SDO Mandaluyong Stakeholders Convergence 2018

The recently concluded SDO Mandaluyong Stakeholders Convergence  2018 was a success with the participation of all the people involved from SDO-Manduyong with Dr. Nanette L. Losaria, our OIC-SDS, to all SDO employees, principals, teachers, school staff, students and parents.

I am happy to have graced this event, along with Sir Erick Mendiola (Mandsci Principal) Sir Jun Medrano (MandSci Adopt-a-School Coordinator), Ma’am Elizabeth Panganiban, (Mandsci GPTA President), and my hubby John (Mandsci GPTA Vice President)

Seeing our beloved teachers, Ma'am Winnie Lopez-Cruz and Sir Mac Kakalikasan, hosting the event made me so proud. Ma'am Winnie and Sir Mac are two of the nicest teachers in Mandsci.

What made the day even more amazing is meeting the three former principals of MandSci, Sir Henry Sabidong, Dr. Teresita Evangelista and Dr. Corazon Regino.

November 28, 2018

The Need for Hospitals to Deliver Quality Healthcare

I was in my teens when I used to see Gov. Obet Pagdanganan in Bulacan. My late brother-in-law Jesus Punzalan is somewhat related to him so I get to si Gov, Obet mostly in wakes if Punzalan Clan.

Early today in Makati I got to see him again as he was one of the speakers for HealthCore event. The main focus of this event is the need for hospitals to deliver quality healthcare to meet global standards.

There is no denying that Filipino healthcare professionals stand out globally – thousands of doctors, nurses, and other workers in the industry continue to be in demand across the world each year.

Back home, however, local medical facilities still play catch-up in order to make the Philippines an international hub for healthcare. While the country landed on the 5th spot in the most competitive economy in Southeast Asia in the recent Global Competitiveness Report released by the World Economic Forum, it still lags in three pillars, including health. To date, there are 14 internationally accredited healthcare facilities in the Philippines.  

As hospitals and clinics continuously step up to upgrade their facilities and services, one organization is helping them shape up to achieve world-class status.

HealthCore, the center for international quality accreditation for healthcare and medical tourism in the Philippines, has been breathing life into the country’s goal to become globally competitive in the healthcare arena. Since its establishment in 2010, HealthCore has been pushing the industry improve the quality of the hospitals and medical facilities in the country. 

“As the ASEAN representative of various international certification organizations, we promote the globalization of healthcare,” HealthCore president and CEO Joyce Socao-Alumno said. “From day one, our advocacy is to help bring the quality of our medical facilities’ services at par with the international/global standards.”

She explained that they assist various stakeholders involved in international healthcare management, medical and wellness tourism, and retirement services to achieve global competitiveness, excellent patient service and outcomes, and enhanced bottom line through education, international accreditation, and strategic approaches. 

“In a bid to make the Philippines and the ASEAN become a global healthcare destination, HealthCore has committed itself to become part of the medical facilities’ journey to deliver world-class healthcare, particularly in the areas of: academy, accreditation, consultancy, and trading,” Alumno said. 

Recognizing the challenges that hospitals and clinics face in trying to be globally competitive, HealthCore organizes workshops, seminars and on-site trainings that provide insights on how they can acquire international accreditation from International Organization for Standardization (ISO), Temos and International Society for Quality Healthcare (ISQUA), accrediting bodies like JCI and National Accreditation Board for Hospitals & Healthcare Providers (NABH). 

Part of its recent initiatives include the training of healthcare professionals on the revised version of the ISO 9001:2015 BS EN 15224: 2016. Supported by the Department of Health (DOH), Philippine Hospital Association, and the Private Hospitals Association of the Philippines, HealthCore, as the ASEAN representative of Swiss Approval, discussed the Implementation Guidelines and Best Practices for the Audit and Certification of Quality Management Systems (QMS) and Patient Safety in Healthcare Services. 

HealthCore also offers consultancy services in the areas of operational efficiency, patient care, facility management and safety, infection control, continuous quality improvement, and quality audit tools as prescribed by international accreditation standards. It has recently concluded a talk on reinventing healthcare through patient-centered hospital designs. The event brought experts from across the globe to discuss about design and technology that change the way hospitals and clinics are operated with the patient at the center of all considerations.

In addition, HealthCore Hospi-tel furniture that give luxurious comfort to patients that are affordable, yet with excellent quality

All these, Alumno said, are geared towards helping the Philippines push its huge potential in the area of medical tourism, a market that is estimated to be worth $22 billion. Currently, the country ranks 19th in the overall global ranking according to the Medical Tourism Index. As hospitals and clinics work toward that goal, with support from the government, HealthCore is relentlessly working behind the scenes to push for global competitiveness. “In terms of international standards, the Philippines is well on its way to get a clean bill of health,” Alumno said. “As we have in the beginning, we at HealthCore will continue to play our role to reach this goal – one medical facility at a time.”


HealthCore International Consultancy, Inc. was founded in 2010 with the aim to assist the various stakeholders involved in international healthcare management, medical and wellness tourism, and retirement services–to achieve global competitiveness, excellent patient service and outcomes, and enhanced bottom line–through education, international quality accreditation, and strategic approaches. Health Core’s businesses are divided into four: Training & Education, Quality Accreditation, Consultancy, and Trading.

It represents and works with the following accreditation agencies: Accreditation Canada, Joint Commission International, NABH International, Swiss Approval, Temos, and Quality and Accreditation Institute.  It is a member of Asian Society for Quality in Healthcare (ASQUA). (

November 25, 2018

Fat Fook Kitchen at The Globe Tower in BGC

Taiwan is the next travel destination I am planning for my family next year so my Kumareng Berlin's invite for the opening of Fat Fook Kitchen, located at The Globe Tower in BGC, was timely!

What got my attention upon I entering the tall glass door of Fat Food was that tall, slim and beautiful lady standing at the back. She was then called to welcome the media. She's Chef Rachel Kao, Managing Partner and the executive chef. I actually thought they invited a celebrity to endorse this Taiwanese Restaurant.

Chef Rachel conceptualized everything on the menu. As a Taiwanese born in Taiwan and grew up in the Philippines, I believe she's in the right position to open a Taiwanese Restaurant.

Second that caught my chinky-small eyes are the plates that beautifully decorated the place. I am impressed with it because it reminds me of my late mom who used to collect plates.

I am clueless when it comes to Taiwanese food so it was a big help that Chef Rachel was there to explained the food they served last night.

I like tofu a lot. What's my personal favorite among the 17 dishes serves? It's definitely stinky tofu! It lives up to its name, it is really stinky but once you eat it, it's heaven (for me!).

"To remain authentic, we kept our recipes as is. We didn't adjust them to suit the Filipino palate", Chef Rachel explained.

Enough said, I suggest you head on at Fat Fook  at The Globe Tower in BGC and try their dishes.

What we had:

Taiwan Sausage –skewered pan fired authentic Taiwan sausage garnished with fresh garlic silvers

Tofu with Century Egg and Pork Floss – soft tofu and century egg in sweet and salty sauce topped with pork floss

Fried Stinky Tofu – a popular Taiwanese dish of fermented tofu served with sweet salty sauce and pickled cabbage

Pork Spareribs Radish Soup – deep fried marinated pork ribs then steam until tender in chicken broth and radish topped wansoy

Oyster Misua – fresh oyster in misua soup garnished with wansoy, fresh garlic and fried shallots

Truffle Xiao Long Bao – a soup dumpling with the twist of truffle oil serve with black vinegar and ginger dip

Pork Xiao Long Bao – a soup dumpling and one of the best seller served with black vinegar and ginger dip

Fat Fook Chicken Chop – a signature dish deep fried breaded chicken fillet with salt and pepper

Fried Intestine – deep fried pork intestine served with salt and pepper

Cua Pao – tender slices of pork belly and pickled mustard leaves sandwiched in soft whole bun.  Garnished with wansoy and ground peanuts

String Beans with Minced Pork – stir fired string beans with stewed shredded pork

Oyster Omelette – fresh oyster with Taiwan petchay in egg drizzled in sweet pepper sauce

Black Pepper Beef – stir fried beef tenderloin chunks in black pepper sauce

Beef Tendon Hotpot – braised beef tendon in mild spicy sauce. Garnished with spring onion and chopped chili

Taiwanese Style Fried Noodles – stir fried noodles with pork strips and vegetables

Kiampong – steamed sticky rice with pork, mushroom topped with dried shrimp and wansoy
Rice Topped with Minced Pork – steamed rice topped with minced pork belly, yellow radish and stewed boiled egg, garnish with wansoy

November 24, 2018

The SM MOA Grand Festival of Lights

SM Mall of Asia once again brings the most awaited Grand Festival of Lights Parade today with different Christmas floats, characters dancing and a spectacular fireworks display at Seaside Boulevard.

This is the preview of what to expect for The SM MOA Grand Festival of Lights happening on Dec 1, 8, 15, 22 and 25.

#OccasionsofJoy #Mendiolables #JampackedLifestyle #events #MOAGrandFestivalOfLights #FrstivalOfLights #MallOfAsia #parade #MOA #Festival

November 23, 2018

Jack Daniel's Holiday Barrel Tree Lighting

Jack Daniel's celebrates the Christmas season with the lighting of its gigantic Holiday Barrel Tree and the grand opening of the Bar No. 7 mobile bar at C1 Park, 5th Avenue, Bonifacio High Street, BGC, Taguig City.

The Bar No. 7 and Christmas Barrel Tree will be available and displayed until January 6, 2019.

"It's not what under the tree that matters, It's who's around it."

November 22, 2018

Merry #MayaChristmas

John and I usually just say no to events when it's Thursday because of coding but not when we like the brand or the company inviting us. In the case of The Maya Kitchen, it's hard to say no because we've been supporting Maya products even before we started blogging.

Today we just got home from a Merry #MayaChristmas at The Maya Kitchen in Makati tried Maya Happy Mug.

Maya Happy Mugs is a versatile mixes come in single servings that are ready to mix: just microwave for 2 minutes ans a warm, tasty cake will be in your hands. Available in Chocolate and Caramel, that comes with its own delectable sauces. What's best about Maya Happy Mugs is that you can even add other toppings like nuts and fruits. It's an easy and hassle-free way to make a quick treat for the whole family.

For a fun and easy Christmas breakfast, try Maya Hotcake Art using Maya Original Fluffy n' Tasty Hotcake Mix and Maya Complete Quick N' Easy Hotcake Mix.

For more fun ideas on making hotcake art, follow Maya Hotcakes on Facebook at and on Instagram at @mayahotcakesandmore.

The Maya Kitchen Culinary Center
8F Liberty Building, 835 A. Arnaiz Avenue (Pasay Road), Makati City
8921185 or 892-5011 local 108 or +63929 679 6102.

November 21, 2018

In Memory of Stan Lee

Aside from his dad, my husband looks up to Stan Lee as his hero. As a Marvel fan since a young kid, John is still mourning for the loss of “The Man", who was a true legend, co-creating many of the biggest Marvel characters of all time.

John built a room to keep his novel and comic books, which includes even his late dad's 1920's collection.

To the man who wrote stories that made my husband happy, thank you. You made the entire world entertained throughout the entire comic book industry.

November 20, 2018

Alex 16th Birthday

My daughter, Julia, and Alex Rodelas' are classmates since Grade 7. That's almost 4 years in the making. They've also been together many times during Math Contests since both girls are good in Math.

When Alex announced she's having a birthday party, 10 Curie class were excited since it's the first time one of them are celebrating a birthday outside of their comfort zones. The girls started thinking on what to wear.

Come November 16, moms  were excited to see these teens strut their way to Peri-Peri in Capitol Commons.

I'm one of the moms who happily waited til the party's over. Julia said it was a fun party and every body enjoyed the night.

"Sixteen candles make a lovely light 
but not as bright as your eyes tonight."
- Luther Dixon

November 17, 2018

Monochrome Dressing

If you think wearing one color is boring, think again! Monochrome dressing when executed well, is undeniably chic and figure-flattering.

Monochrome dressing isn't limited to black and white. For my recent family trip to Hong Kong, I've opted to monochromatically be in navy blue #OOTD.

Wearing varied textures of blue brought the focus toward my red hair by Beauty Lounge by Fine Image.

Because the color is uninterrupted from head to toe, it elongated my figure, making me appear slimmer and taller than I actually am.

Bagay na bagay ang monochromatic fashion sa mga tulad kong hindi nabiyayaan ng kataasan.😁

What I Wore:
Zara long sleeves top gift by Lani. Gap Denim pants gift by Liza. Shoes by Gola @gola.philippines . Backpack by Katre KATRE Chic Leather Goods Goods. Glasses by EYE SEE Fashion

#OccasionsofJoy #momfashion #momsbelike #calibre45 #HK #fashionblogger #HongKong #Mendiolables #whatiwore #wiw

November 16, 2018

CPK Philippines at 20

California Pizza Kitchen (CPK) Philippines celebrates its 20th anniversary by bringing back six trademark pizzas, namely, Roast Duck Pizza, Tuna Melt Pizza, Wild Mushroom Pizza, Cheese Burger Pizza, Mango Tandoori Pizza, Rustica Crispy Thin Crust Pizza.

CPK Philippines at 20 is adding 14 varieties of dishes, The new menu offers 14 new dishes that comprise five pizzas, two pastas, two salads, three varieties of rice, and two desserts.
The five new pizzas are Spicy Chorizo Pizza, White Clam Pizza, Chicken Fajita Pizza, Tricolore crispy thin crust pizza, and the Tropicale Quorn Regular Hand-Tossed Pizza, while the two new kinds of pasta are the Chicken Tequila Fettucine and Cajun-spiced Jambalaya pasta.
Two new salads are California Harvest Salad, and the Golden Pear Salad, while the three foreign-flavored rice are Thai Calamari Rice, Salisbury Steak Rice, and the Thai Coconut Curry Shrimp Rice.
The two new desserts are Banoffee Pie and the Nutella Cheesecake.  

The new menu is only available at Philippine CPK branches and will be available to the public starting Nov. 26 or the first week of December. CPK plans to make the new menu available until May or June next year, with the most popular dish that can capture the public's taste remaining. 

November 15, 2018

Motolite RES-Q App

I have been  driving since year 1998, admittedly though I have limitations when it comes to car problems. When I'm out driving alone in the middle of nowhere then a sudden stop happen due to overheating or run out of battery, I'd call my husband to call someone to come and rescue me. Everything is going to be handled by my husband even if it means he has to wake up in the middle of the night.

Now Motolite has a solution to the above mentioned scenario thru Motolite RES-Q app. ES-Q app. RES-Q app is FREE to download from the App Store and Google Play. It is Motolite's way of giving motorists the peace of mind when it comes to car troubles. With just a few clicks, help is on the way. RES-Q app even allows you to see the profile of the RES-Q rider coning to help you, track exactly where he is in real time and rate them based on the services rendered. If you have a Motolite battery installed in your vehicle, the RES-Q service will be free of charge!

About Motolite:

Motolite Batteries are proudly manufactured by PBI, one of the largest manufacturers, exporters and distributors of automotive, motorcycle, and industrial battery products and solutions in the Asia-Pacific Region.

PBI's TS16949 and ISO-certified manufacturing plant is one of the largest and most modern battery manufacturing facilities in Southeast Asia. Housed in an 18-hectare fully integrated facility that produces world-class maintenance-free automotive and motorcycle batteries as well as dry-charged low maintenance batteries, industrial batteries, plates, sulfuric acid and separators, PBI employs a fully-integrated closed-loop manufacturing and distribution process that covers material sourcing, component design and production, assembly, charging, distribution and recycling.

The company has been leading the lead-acid battery industry since its foundation in 1919, and has been providing consumers with world-class power solutions for 99 years, making it one of the region's pioneers and longest-serving battery manufacturers. PBI is also the biggest investor in manufacturing facilities in the entire ASEAN region, giving Motolite a formidable edge over its competitors. PBI proudly serves the US, European, Australian, Middle East, and Asian markets, and is the industry leader in productivity, capacity, technology and innovation.

November 14, 2018

5 Days and 4 Nights DIY Hong Kong Trip

The last time John and I went to Hong Kong was in year 2001. That time I booked a package tour  which included the airfare, hotel and an overnight trip to China for a hassle-free trip.

In our experience, joining a group tour is hassle free but is actually more expensive and the time is  compressed that we didn't get to enjoy the places we really liked to see. I felt that we just wasted one day when we went to jewelry stores, herbal medicine shops and other places we could have skipped. When you join a group package tour, it is a must to join these side trips. Otherwise, you will have to pay an additional $$.

I've planned so many Hong Kong trips for our family but we would end up cancelling because of my kids' school activities. As scholars, they cannot easily absent form attending classes. This time booked November 28 to November 1 thinking it's semestral break. Lo and behold, it was not! DepEd declared October 22-26 as the semestral break for government-run schools.

I asked my husband if I'll just cancel this trip, John decided we'll push with the plan. I messaged the school, Dra. Regino and Ma'am Oben for Julia, Rafael and Juan to be excused.

As per my son's, Juan, advice, I did not make a jampacked  itinerary for a more relax pace unlike our trip in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and Korea where we were running from one place to another to cover most of the tourist spots.

Day 1

8:05am flight from Manila to HK via Cathay Pacific

Since Disneyland was not yet constructed on our first trip to Hong Kong in 2001, I booked an overnight stay at Disney Explorers Lodge. Malou, my classmate in elementary, met us at Disney Park where we had lunch (KFC courtesy of Malou😊).

After lunch we checked in the hotel where John and the kids spent the whole day inside the room while Malou and I checked all the three Disneyland Hotels, namely Disneyland Hotel, Disney Explorers Lodge and Hollywood Disney Hotel.

Day 2
We checked out at Disney Explorers Lodge early at 9am to enjoy whole day of fun at Disneyland rides. We left all our luggage at Disney Explorers Lodge Luggage area which is free of charge. After the Parade of characters, we went back at Disney Explorers Lodge to pick up our luggage. We traveled via MTR and reached Tsim Sha Tui around 11pm.

Day 3 - Spent the whole day at Ocean Park. Located on the southern coast of Hong Kong Island, the park is easily reached by taking the MTR, Ocean Park Citybus 629 from the Central Ferry Pier or Admiralty Station. Visitors are welcome between 10:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Don't forget to buy sponge cake at Jim Bakery

Day 4. Before checking out at New Reliance Inn ( DO NOT BOOK THIS PLACE!) we had a walking tour of Tsim Sha Tsui promenade, Star Ferry Pier. Near the Star Ferry Pier, the Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade is easily reached via MTR's East Tsim Sha Tsui Station. The shops, bars, restaurants and museums that stand along the promenade, including the Hong Kong Cultural Centre, Hong Kong Space Museum and Hong Kong Museum of Art, maintain varied hours of operation. Tsim Sha Tsui promenade gives you unobstructed views of Hong Kong Island's majestic skyline. During the day, you can watch the boats travel in and out of Victoria Harbour, but travelers recommend making an extra visit at night: From 8 to about 8:20 p.m., the Symphony of the Stars (a sound-and-light show) projects dazzling lights onto the Hong Kong skyline. .

Checked out at New Reliance Inn ( DO NOT BOOK THIS PLACE!) and checked in at Stanford Hillview Hotel located at 13-17 Observatory Road on Knutsford Terrace. At 2pm, we met Klook guy at Central Station for our tickets to Peak Tram and headed to The Peak. Victoria Peak, commonly called The Peak, situated atop the highest point on Hong Kong Island, is a must-visit attraction for its incredible views. There are are multiple vantage points atop the mountain, including the Peak Tower and the Peak Galleria, with the latter offering access to its observation deck free of charge.

Day 5

Things to consider before planning your Hong Kong trip:

1. If you hold a Philippine passport, you can stay at Hong Kong for 14 days without needing to apply for a VISA. A total of 170 countries’ nationals can enter Hong Kong without a VISA.

2.  Choose the season you want to experience in Hong Kong. The ideal travel season is from October to around Christmas for autumn, when Hong Kong weather is relatively more pleasant. The four seasons are:   Spring – warm and humid is from March to mid-May
                      Summer –  hot and rainy is from May to mid-September
                      Autumn – pleasant and sunny is late September to November.
                      Winter – cool and dry is from December to February

3. Choose the airline for flights. There are several budget airlines flying from Manila to Hong Kong and vice versa, such as Cebu Pacific and Air Asia. I bought a round trip airfare at Cathay Pacific because they had a sale last August for Elite Visa Credit Card Holders, payable for 3 months at 0% interest. We got round trip ticket at P10,000 per passenger, including terminal tax, 20kg baggage allowance and free snacks.It is our first time to ride a Cathay Pacific plane.

4.  Where to Stay. I usually book our accommodations through I've tried and AirBNB.comonce, and they're both ok.

Tsim Sha Tsui – This place will give you stunning view of Hong Kong’s skyline with its proximity to Victoria Harbour. You can also have access to Avenue of the Stars and a lot of shopping options. Low-budget hostels are also spread along the place and the location is pretty great with access to ferries and MTRs.
Central – Here is where the high-end shopping centers and companies are. Think Makati or BGC. Central is where The Peak is located – one of the top tourist destinations in Hong Kong.

5.  Exchange currency for Hong Kong dollars at Chungking Mansion/Mirador Mansion to get a better rate.

6. I rented a pocket wifi because I needed to be updated on things. If you're on a budget, don't rent a pocket wifi or buy a sim card because Free Wi-Fi is located all over Hong Kong – in major tourist attractions, shopping malls, parks, museums, and even MTR stations.

If you're the type who'd online every second, you can use either of the two options below:

7. Download Useful Apps/Websites like Google Translate to make your travel in Hong Kong easier

8.  Ride MTR instead of taxi. It will save you time and money but it will reguire you to transfer to other train from time to time depending on where you are going.

There are three main ways to reach the city from the airport.

1. Public Buses is the cheapest option but the ride is an hour long, depending on the traffic.

2. Airport Express – The airport express takes passengers to Central in around 24 minutes.

3 Taxis the most expensive

9. Buy an Octopus Card. It is a card use if you prefer to ride buses or trains. You can also use your octopus card at convenience stores, fast food shops, supermarkets, vending machines. Or you could also buy them online where it’s much cheaper.    Octopus card are refundable in 7-Eleven and other places They will refund you HKD50 once you return it.  Present your identification card so they can give you the right color of card for your age - rainbow color for adults, pink for kids 11 and below, and green for senior citizens 60 years old and above.

10.  Shops in Hong Kong charge for shopping bags so be eco friendly, bring you're own shopping bag.

11. Be practical, bring water bottle and drink water instead of sugary drinks.

12. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes.

November 13, 2018

Beauty Lounge by Fine Image Salon 1st Year Anniversary

It seems like it just  was yesterday when I met Joy Zaragoza in Travel Fair in SMX. The next thing I knew I headed in Unit 19/21 NRR Bldg, Avenida Rizal St, Bahayang Pag Asa, Molino 5, Bacoor, Cavite to try the services of Beauty Lounge by Fine Image Salon. Life indeed is very fast when your having fun as Beauty Lounge by Fine Image Salon Celebrated its 1st Year Anniversary last November 8, 2018.

The whole day activities was spearheaded by Joy of course. In the morning Ms. Lynn Sy, Area Manager of Calabarzon Robinsons Bank, conducted a Seminar on Self and Employee Enhancement. Lunch  was served then followed by blessing  and thanksgiving with priest. Then snacks and dinner were served.

As if the they has no end, at 8pm onwards celebration of Beauty Lounge by Fine Image Salon 1st Year Anniversary continued at Pocajan Resto Bar and Grill.

Congrats, Tukayo Joy! More salon to open soon!

To give back. Beauty Lounge by Fine Image Salon is giving up to 50% off, starting @ 500 ONLY!! Book your appointment by calling  5020263.  This promo is valid for the month of November only.

November 12, 2018

Bohemian Rhapsody

I wanted to watch Bohemian Rhapsody on its first day of showing but it opened in Philippine cinema while I was in Hong Kong vacationing with my family.

When we arrived home Riz told me it's such a great movie but I still could not find time to watch it, I waited for my sis-in-law, Ate Jo, but she's busy with her duties both at work and her grand kids.

Finally today John and I watched Bohemian Rhapsody in Century City Mall in Makati. Being a huge Queen fan, this film made my slow Monday really exciting! 

It's a killer performance by Malek! His lip sync is flawless! He was able to copy Freddie Mercury's movements down to a tee. One thing that annoyed us though is the exaggerated protrusion of his upper teeth. Freddie's teeth wasn't that protruded.

Quotable Qoutes from Bohemian Rhapsody:

"We’re family. We believe in each other. That’s everything." 

"Being human is a condition which requires an anesthetic."

"We’re all legends."

"Good thoughts, good words, good deeds." - Freddie Mercury 

"Fortune favors the bold." - Jim Beach

"You can’t get anywhere by pretending to be someone you’re not!" - Bomi Bulsara [to Freddie] 


This is a foot-stomping celebration of Queen, their music and their extraordinary lead singer Freddie Mercury. Freddie defied stereotypes and shattered convention to become one of the most beloved entertainers on the planet. The film traces the meteoric rise of the band through their iconic songs and revolutionary sound. They reach unparalleled success, but in an unexpected turn Freddie, surrounded by darker influences, shuns Queen in pursuit of his solo career. Having suffered greatly without the collaboration of Queen, Freddie manages to reunite with his bandmates just in time for Live Aid. While bravely facing a recent AIDS diagnosis, Freddie leads the band in one of the greatest performances in the history of rock music. Queen cements a legacy that continues to inspire outsiders, dreamers and music lovers to this day,

The Casts are Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury / Farrokh Bulsara, lead vocalist of the rock band Queen. Lucy Boynton as Mary Austin, Mercury's girlfriend. Gwilym Lee as Brian May, Queen lead guitarist. Ben Hardy as Roger Taylor, Queen drummer. Joseph Mazzello as John Deacon, Queen bass guitarist.

Director: Bryan Singer
Producers: Bryan Singer, Robert De Niro, Graham King, Jim Beach

November 11, 2018

November 10, 2018

November 9, 2018

Groundbreaking Ceremony of CMSHS 4-Storey Building with Congresswoman Queenie Gonzales

This day is made special for many reasons. We have welcomed our new principal, Sir Erick Mendiola. It is the birthday celebration of our Congresswoman Queenie Gonzales, and most important of all it is the day for Groundbreaking Ceremony of CMSHS 4-Storey Building to cater to the growing number of mga Batang MandSci.

Power couple Congresswoman Queenie Gonzales and Ninong Boyet Gonzales, Dr. Corazon Regino, Dr. Nanette Losaria, Bgy Captain of Hulo Bernardino Maglaque, councilors, green ladies, parents and students were present at the ceremony.

The event was hosted by Sir Vic and Ma'am Winnie.

November 8, 2018

Dreamagination and Christmas Tree Lighting at SM Megamall

It was a delightful sight as unicorns, rainbows and candy-colored dreams unfold at SM Megamall with lots of magical and dreamy moments enjoyed by shoppers, guests and media held at the Mega Fashion Hall.

The event was hosted by Tim Yap and Karla Aguas as the mall unveiled its 45-foot Christmas centerpiece, adorned with candy-colored jewels, rainbows, and iconic unicorn and toy soldier dolls.

SM Megamall welcomed the holidays with whimsical performances by local and international acrobats, such as the Twin Ballerinas Annika and Tisha; Eric Aranas as Toy Soldier and parkour stunts by members of Ninja Academy as Elf Jumpers; the awe-inspiring acts by global Vertical and Trapeze Dancers; and spiral pole and rope dancer Kristel De Catalina of Pilipinas Got Talent season 6.

“Every year we challenge ourselves to come up with a theme that surpasses the grandness of the previous year. We are very excited with this holiday season because we know our customers would love this year’s colorful and magical theme,” said Christian Mathay, SM Supermalls Assistant Vice President for Mall Operations.

More exciting events await shoppers exclusively at SM Megamall this season! Mallgoers are invited to visit the DC Justice League Christmas Capers for a chance to play fun, interactive games. You can grab latest Justice League merchandise at DC pop up stores at The Event Center, Mega A and The SM Store, Mega B at the Event Center from November 16 to January 14, 2019. For more dreamy and magical #ChristmaSMoments, visit SM Megamall with your family and friends for #MegaChristmas2018 holiday spectacle. 

November 7, 2018

Dr. Corazon Ramiro Regino

My family and I were in Hong Kong last week enjoying sem break when I got a lot of messages asking if we are related to CMSHS new principal, Sir Erick Mendiola. I was stupefied not knowing what to reply. Instead of answering the question, I asked them back, "we have a new principal?".

I quickly messaged and asked Dr. Regino. All I got was a seen mode. She didn't reply. It's not typical of Dr. Regino not to reply because she's one of the most accommodating person I met in my entire 45 years on earth. Her silence meant the answer was yes. 

As we walked along the city streets of Hong Kong after that seen mode all I could think of was that time flies really quickly when you're having fun. That thought goes both for our trip and Dr. Regino. It feels like only a few months ago when we everybody welcomed her. GPTA 2017-2018 under Sir Levy Cabeliza worked hand-in-hand with her. We had an easy and wonderful time as we successfully completed our projects. She always find time for every one who needed her advice.

Yesterday may be one of the longest and most touching send-off program I've watched as the whole school participated in showing their love and respect to our beloved mother of City of Mandaluyong Science High School.

I normally take a nap or doodle with my celphone during long speech but never with Dr. Regino. I listen to every word she says because  it is complete in every sense, starting always with a Bible verse, followed by inspirational quotes and jokes, and ending with practical and motherly advice for every child and adult to absorb well.

Quoting Dr. Regino's words, "no one will say goodbye"...Opo Doc, we're not saying goodbye. Maliit lang naman po ang Mandaluyong para hindi tayo magkita kita ulit. We're always just a ride away. Pwedeng car o jeep para mas tipid. Pag sinipag sipag pa po, pwedeng maglakad papunta sa inyong new school.

Salamat po  ng marami, Dr. Dr. Corazon Ramiro Regino!

November 6, 2018

Lazada 11.11 Shopping Fest

Lazada 11.11 is the biggest shopping event in Souteast Asia, happening every Novemver 11. The annual event is aimed at showcasing the convenience and value of online shopping. Enjoy more than 50 million blockbuster deals from LazMall and other Lazada local sellers starting 12 midnight of Nov. 11 up to 11:59pm.

As part of 11.11 Shopping Festival, Lazada will launch– a first-of-its-kind partnership with UNICEF that allows online shoppers to support the welfare of Filipino children. In time for Christmas, UNICEF will have an online shop at Lazada from November 11 to December 31, 2018 where inspired gifts such as backpacks, hygiene kits, and emergency supplies can be donated to children all over the country. 

These are life-saving and life-changing items which address real needs of children. Southeast Asia’s biggest eCommerce platform Lazada partners with UNICEF in hopes of making giving an integral part of the Filipinos’ Christmas shopping experience. “Lazada is honored to work with UNICEF in helping the underprivileged children of the Philippines. e-Commerce has helped cater to the needs of many underserved Filipinos and our UNICEF partnership allows us to extend this help to those who need it the most. With kids, a little help goes a long way because you're helping build the future, one child at a time. We believe that the Filipino future is bright because of the kids we help today through our platform”, said Ray Alimurung, Lazada Philippines CEO.

Children in the Philippines face various deprivations such as undernutrition, lack of access to education and poor access to WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene).  These challenges are further exacerbated by the natural and man-made disasters that frequent the country. With gifts ranging from P199 to P999, anyone shopping at Lazada can now purchase gifts for these children who need them most. 

“Through innovative partnerships like this, everyone is given the opportunity to improve the lives of so many children. We appreciate this collaboration with Lazada,” said Lotta Sylwander, UNICEF Philippines Country Representative. About UNICEFThe UNITED NATIONS CHILDREN’S FUND (UNICEF) is the world’s leading organization devoted to the rightsand well-being of children. 

Since 1948, UNICEF Philippines has been implementing programs which promote andprotect every child’s right to health and nutrition, safe drinking water and sanitation, basic education and protection against abuse,  violence and exploitation.  

For more information  about UNICEF  and   its work   for   children in  thePhilippines, visit For further information please contact Dennis Cruz, Individual Fundraising Officer, UNICEF PhilippinesMobile: +639178616289; dcruz

November 5, 2018

Scary Guy in New Reliance Inn

I have been a happy and satisfied client of since I started traveling here and abroad. I also shared my reviews, both in this blog and in site, to the places we've stayed so other parents who are travelling with kid/kids can read what to see and expect to the places and hopefully benefit from my reviews.

For our recent trip in Hong Kong I booked 3 times at - Disney Explorers Lodge in Lantau, New Reliance Inn in Tsim Sha Tsui, and Stanford Hillside Hotel in Conservatory Rd Tsim Sha Tsui.

My family and I had a wonderful time at Disney Explorers Lodge and a relaxing stay at Stanford Hillside Hotel.

Our delightful experience with Disney Explorers Lodge and Stanford Hillside Hotel was way different when we met this Scary Guy in New Reliance Inn. Few days after our trip to Hong Kong, I did a review at with the same title, Scary Guy in Reliance Inn. It was published until I could not see it anymore after 2 days it was posted. I emailed asking why my review of Reliance Inn was deleted in their website. No reply from

Things got weird when I received an email from asking me the reason for my cancellation at New Reliance Inn. I replied, "we pushed with our booking, paid via credit card and were even forced by Samson the Scary Guy in New Reliance Inn to pay an extra 300hkd by  in cash! customer service replied that I should coordinate it with Reliance Inn for the extra charge.

Things got weirder when I saw this from my bookings list. How can I cancel it when we were there from October 29, 2018 at 11pm. 

Things got weirdest when simply accepted this Samson The Scary Guy in New Reliance Inn lies saying I arrived with 8 guests!...and that I have to show proof within 14 days otherwise they cannot help me with my concern.

Sharing here my review of New Reliance Inn that was deleted at

"Weeks prior to our trip to Hong Kong I emailed New Reliance Inn on how to reach it coming from Disney, Explorer's Lodge. No reply. I emailed again a week before our trip to HK. Still no reply. I meailed again a day befroe our bokking at New Reliance Inn. No reply. 

We arrived at New Reliance Inn on October 29, 2018 at around 11pm. It took us long to reach the floor where Samson the  Scary Guy in New Reliance Inn met us because there was only one elevator that can accommodate only 7 people. This elevator serves the many different units inside Chungking Mansions. When this Samson the  Scary Guy in New Reliance Inn met us and my family (hubby age 44 and 4 kids ages 27, 15, 15 and 12) he shouted at us saying awful words, frightening us about the number of people they can only accommodate. He did not even let me and my husband speak. Samson the Scary Guy in New Reliance Inn kept on talking on a very scary voice. He said he is going to call the manager, gave us a room key and told us to go down to the ground floor, do not go out of the elevator and just press the elevator again to go up to the 13th floor. It took him about 15 minutes to see us in the room. That time we were expecting to see and talk to the manager to tell him our story. But Samson the Scary Guy in New Reliance Inn came back without the manager. He said we must pay an additional 300hkd. I asked why because we are total of 6 people. I was going to explain again our side but he kept on talking loudly and told us to pay 300hkd in cash. I asked if I can pay in credit card but he refused. I gave him 500hkd. He left again and came back after several minutes with the 200hkd change and a receipt. He also gave us 6 paper cups. That's the last time we saw Samson the Scary Guy in New Reliance Inn. We left early the next morning to go at Ocean Park. when we arrived, someone from New Reliance Inn went inside the room even if we did not ask for a clean up."

When I book New Reliance Inn in I knew that they have a small space and the bed can accommodate only 4 people. Samson the Scary Guy in New Reliance Inn did not even bother to listen to me and my husband. I booked this because we only needed a place to leave the bags and the kids because we were meeting my friend that night and the following night for a long needed catch up talk. We ended up not leaving because our kids were really afraid of this Samson the Scary Guy in New Reliance Inn.

This is just one of the many scary opening/holes within the area of New Reliance Inn

This is a scary opening/hole inside the room where we stayed in at New Reliance Inn. My husband asked Samson the Scary Guy in New Reliance Inn about it and he answered in loud voice, "Why you sacred, why you scared? Don't worry about it. Safe place here."
This water dispenser is placed outside the rooms of New Reliance Inn.
There are dirty stuff beside and near the water like brooms, dust pans, floor map,
bathroom and floor chemicals.

The bathroom may be small but it is clean. There's a drip coming from the shower which wet our heads while sitting on the toilet bowl. The water heater is hard to manage as it cannot maintain the right temperature. It gives either a very cold water or very hot water

Just one elevator that runs super slow. It can only accommodate 7 people
(less if another person is on a heavy side).
This elevator serves many units inside Chungking Mansions

The receipt given by Samson the Scary Guy in New Reliance Inn for the extra 300hkd cash he forced us to pay. Aside from the 1,300hkd I paid in via credit card.

The room  with pillows and blankets provided by Samson the Scary Guy in New Reliance Inn
This is the only decent area in New Reliance Inn. It is located near the main door.

Even if Reliance Inn is near MTR and Avenue of Stars, I would not recommend it. There are plenty of other hotels that is way nicer hotels at Tsim Sha Tsui area which offers the same price as Reliance Inn.

Our experience with Samson the Scary Guy in New Reliance Inn is one that we will not forget. I have emailed Booking,com to look deeply into this matter because as a trusted platform by many, it is's duty to ensure that the hotels/inns and other places they accredit in their site is professional, respectful and honest in dealing with travelers, most especially when there  are children involved.

Hong Kong is a wonderful place to visit, people like Samson the Scary Guy in New Reliance Inn has no place in it.

I have emailed and still waiting for's reply on this matter.