April 30, 2018

The Spa of View Park Hotel

It has been a crazy-busy April as the Mendiolables enjoyed travelling from Manila, to Laguna, to Batangas and to Baguio as we toured my sister-in-law and her kids. More than any one, my husband is the most tired because he's the sole captain and drove from all the places mentioned.

John's body ached so much so we headed in The Spa of View Park Hotel in Tagaytay for a whole body massage.

Since Mother's Day is near, View Park Hotel brings a complete Mother's Day Off wellness package for Php 499 only where moms get 1 hour of whole body massage, foot soak and facial mask with FREE signature Siglo Turmeric Tea.

Reserve a slot for your mother, mom, mommy, mudra, inay, nanay, mama, mamang. Call 0932 534 6090 for booking and reservation. or you may email at inquiry@viewparkhotel.com.



View Park Hotel

Address: 3500 Calamba Road Sungay East, 
Tagaytay-Calamba Road, Tagaytay, 4120 Cavite

@ViewparkHotelTagaytay
http://www.viewparkhotel.com 

April 29, 2018

Baguio Night Market

We go to the City of Pines at least once a year but we don't get to go to Baguio Night Market because we usually stay in the hotel or visit SM after dinner.

This Baguio 2018 trip is for Gabe and Meeca and their most important itinerary was to buy stuff. So we headed at Harrison Road, near Burnham Park, before 9am. We were too early because the selling starts at  9:00 in the evening and closes until around 2:00 am.

The crowd built up earlier than when we arrived because it is a shopping Mecca where people from all walks of life haggles for items like shoes, dresses, shirts, toys and more.

This "ukay-ukay" street is not only for late night thrifting but also a street food haven. You will never get hungry because lugaw, kwek-kwek and other food abound.

I'm happy for my first ever Baguio Night Market experience because I got to meet artist Nadz Barcasio and bought a bag from him. He gave me a necklace token.

Juan bought 4 pieces of small stuffed toys for only 100. Meeca, Julia and Gabe bought clothes. Rafael is the happiest because he found Kobe 10.  It was selling for 3,200. I haggled for my son and  got it for only P2,500.


April 28, 2018

Azalea Residences in Baguio

I have been invited before to visit and stay at Azalea Residences in Baguio along with other bloggers. It was actually a nice invite because everything is paid for, including the trips in other tourist spots in Baguio. I begged off with the invites because traveling to Baguio or any other places means spending it with my family - The #Mendiolables.

I bought this De Luxe Room Overnight Accommodation online to a female blogger.  So, what can I say about Azalea Baguio?

What we liked:

1. Telephone Handlers/Customer Service are efficient and well-mannered
2.  It was easy to book (if room is available, of course!)
3.  Front liners are efficient, accommodating and well-mannered. Special mention goes to Aaron.
4.  Room Service personnel are quick to respond to our requests
5. The Room has a balcony with great view of the hotel's frontage.
6.  Buffet breakfast has different choices from rice eater to non-rice eater.
7. The Supervisor was kind enough to serve Julia's food in the room since she's is a late-riser and was not able to join us for breakfast.
8.  Wi-fi is fast with no limit as to the number of users.
9.  Hot and Cold water dispenser is provided for every floor so we didn't have to buy at the grocery.
10. The place is near Teachers Camp, Camp John Hay, Burnham Park, The Mansion, Botanical Garden and Mines View Park.

What we didn't like:

1. When we opened the door of the room, something bad -smelling came out. I called the room service and he brought a Lysol spray. I asked if he can leave the spray so we do not have to call back again if the smell persists. The guy said no because they need to use it for the other rooms. An hour after spraying the Lysol, the smell persisted so I just used my perfume to freshen the room.

2.  There was a loud noise coming from the tent. I called the reception area and asked if they have an event going on. There was a private company event happening at the tent. There was a loud sound coming from the speakers being used. The smoke of their BBQ grill reached our room (which made us really hungry, lol!).  We were able to tolerate the BBQ smoke but not the loud sound (which you can hear while I was shooting for this vlog). We we were not able to sleep in the afternoon because of the loud sound.

Despite the two mentioned things we disliked, Azalea Residences in Baguio is actually a nice place if you plan to stay in Baguio. The room has a kitchen so you can cook fresh veggies bought at a nearby market. They also have a play area for the kids to enjoy.




Azalea Residences in Baguio
#7 Leonard Wood Loop, Bgy. M. Roxas, Baguio City, 2600, Philippines
(074) 424 8712

April 26, 2018

Dominican Heritage Hill and Nature Park

The Dominican Hill Retreat House, also commonly known as the Diplomat Hotel, is an abandoned structure and a reportedly haunted place atop Dominican Hill, Baguio. We've been in this place a couple of times and I'm amazed that it is now rehabilitated and has been renamed as the Dominican Heritage Hill and Nature Park. 

The structure has a panoramic view of the city from its vantage point.  It is a great place not only to learn about its history but more so for people who are into photography. Fashion bloggers will love the place because it such a lovely place to do OOTDs


Address: Dominican Hill, Diplomat Road, Baguio, 2600 Benguet
Phone: 0926 788 9234

April 25, 2018

Chef Didier's Table

My husband is very choosy when it comes to food and people so when we travel I take into consideration the people we will tag along and the food we will eat.

For our 2018 Baguio Trip, John didn't ask for anything but he kept on telling about Chef Didier's Table with his sister, Ate Gaye.

As a dutiful wife, I made a rush booking with Merna (wife of Chef Didier), for an overnight stay with breakfast. Don't do what I did. If you want to experience Chef Didier's food at its best,  consult them by calling at 0921 572 8408, or message Chef Didier's Table in Facebook or you won't be accpeted because they only buy and cook the freshest ingredients. 

If you're particular about the aesthetics, this is not the place for you because this is a simple house. The place is a bit far from the commercial center, located at 134 Upper Loakan Road, Liwanag Subd., Baguio City.

We, the #Mendiolables though love the warm accommodation, the endless talk about life, family and food with Chef Didier and Merna. More than the facade, Chef Didier's place is about great food and great company. 


1. Serves merienda (minimum of 8 pax) for non-staying guests
2. Serves breakfast (minimum of 8 pax) for non-staying guests
3. Offers combination of plated and buffet for International breakfast and Filipino Breakfast, minimum of 8 pax for non-staying guests
4. Lunch and dinner starts at P249 up to 399 per person for in house guest only (minimum 4 pax).
5. If you prefer to stay at Chef Didier, overnight accommodation is P500/person with Filipino breakfast and  P600/person with international breakfast.
6. They also offer more elaborate menus and works around the clients' budget as well as dietary preferences.
7. At least 36 hours minimum advance reservation (48 is best) if you have request for certain dishes.
8. They also cater for special events at the clients' prefered venue.
9. They make cake for Free if you reserve for 12 guests.
10. As for the accommodation, they have 2 rooms. The room on the ground floor can accommodate up to 4 and on the second floor, it can accommodate up to 8 friends and families who wish to stay overnight without the noise of the city. 

About Chef Didier:

Chef Didier was Born in Paris France, but grew up in a small village where nature was generous with fresh produce, eggs, dairy and poultry. An apprenticeship in Pastry Arts in 1976 at the young age of 14 was the beginning of a long and fruitful career. The program consisted of working long hours at a nearby Pastry shop, while also attending classes at a school in the city of Versailles.  School curriculum was more on theory, math, science. After graduating 3 years later, Chef Didier moved to the city of Nimes in the south of France, where he was employed as a commis for a prestigious Pastry, Chocolate and Ice cream shop. After returning to his home a year later he worked for 2 years in a large pastry and bakery facility supplying desserts and breads for hotels and restaurants.

With a strong desire to travel and explore the world, Chef Didier applied and was accepted for his first Pastry Chef position in Studio City California, for a high end pastry shop, he was 20 years old. Once the contract ended, returning to France was difficult and when another opportunity presented itself to go back to the US, he did not hesitate. What was supposed to be a 1 year contract turned into 21 years living in America. 

Mostly working for 5 star hotels, from Detroit, Houston, to Washington D.C, his experience matured. It was in his last 10 years in the US, that while being Executive Pastry Chef, for the prestigious St Regis Hotel that he started developing his cooking skills.

Nominated 5 years in a row as Pastry Chef of the Year by the Washington Restaurant association as well as many press reviews, TV interviews and shows, propelled him at the forefront alongside the local and national elite of celebrity Chefs.

Often the Pastry Chef chosen for Charity dinners, as his course was the last he would spend time with the other Chefs, observes and absorbs their techniques.  Surrounded by the best Chefs in America from all over the world, spending time by their sides was an amazing experience.

After leaving the US in 2005, Chef Didier’s international experience grew with jobs in North Africa, the Middle East, where he met his wife Merna, and the Philippines. 

Chef Didier was hired as Executive Pastry Chef in the pre-opening stages of Raffles/Fairmont hotel in Makati. After a year of Sabbatical to help Merna open her business, Chef Didier was brought in to open Novotel Araneta Center.

April 24, 2018

Izakaya Sensu

Sunday family lunch and dinner is particularly important for us, #Mendiolables, because its the day when we leave stress and worries out to bond and focus on what's important in life.

Last Sunday we headed at Izakaya Sensu in BGC to try their Don Buri All Day and other specialties like  Daikon Salad with Sesame Cream Dressing, Kaisou Salad (3 seaweed salad with Ponzu vinaigrette), Omakase 7 (Bluefin tuna, Norwegian salmon, squid, horse mackerel, flounder, hamachi & our daily chef's selection), Hanjuku Tamago or Soft boiled eggs, Mango Orange Yakult Smoothie Frozen with condensada, Wasabi Watermelon Smoothie, Four in Season, Yuzu Citrus Mint Spritz, Sensu Iced Tea, Miso Chocolate Cake, Fluffy Matcha Chiffon Cake, Fluffy Matcha Chiffon Cake, Matcha Belgian White Chocolate Cheesecake.


Izakaya Sensu is an informal Japanese-style gastropub that serves fresh sashimi and other traditional Japanese favorites. It shares the same space with Chotto Matte where you can enjoy fresh beats, cool cocktails and the best Kakubin highballs.



 Izakaya Sensu
Ground Floor, Net Park Building, BGC  
Phone: (02) 283 2979
(Opens at 11:30AM )

April 23, 2018

Mother's Day Off Wellness Package at View Park Hotel

Mothers are the most hardworking creature on earth so they deserve something really great. Why not give your mom, nanay, mudra, inay, Mother's Day Off Wellness Package at View Park Hotel.

Here's what I suggest, give you mom a complete Mother's Day Off wellness package for Php 499 only where moms get 1 hour of whole body massage, foot soak and facial mask with FREE signature Siglo Turmeric Tea. 


Call 0932 534 6090
@ViewparkHotelTagaytay
inquiry@viewparkhotel.com
http://www.viewparkhotel.com

April 22, 2018

ARTipolo in Casa Nieves

ARTipolo en Casa Nieves join hands in it's first ever Art Exhibit in Robinsons Place Antipolo to celebrate the colorful life of the late Nieves "Bebe" Lam Escobar-Rodriguez.

As an inspiration to many, she was adored as a humble mother, businesswoman, beauty queen, cook, collector of artworks, pottery and wood sculptures, philanthropist, horticulturalist, writer, religious patron of the Virgins and Saints and a dedicated community worker.


Through the ingenuity of @Artipolo and its Artists, the vision of Casa Nieves was fulfilled - we eat and feast with our eyes first.

"I will empty the walls of my restaurants to make space for the creation of Artipolo Artists." - Michelle Lucas, owner of Casa Nieves and niece of Nieves

"We should continue supporting young talents. Who knows one of them is a National Artist in the making." - Pol A. Mesina Jr., President Artipolo

"It's not only in my hometown Angono, where you can find Artists. They are also here in Antipolo. And I am amazed to see such talented young artists." - Queen Mitzie G. Go-Gil, Mrs. Asia Pacific Tourism 2018 Grand Winner

"I wish to inspire more tourism establishments to partner with Artipolo in the promotion of culture and arts." - Ramon Mariñas, Luljetta's Hanging Gardens

“Bilang isang orihinal na Antipoleño, bakit pa ako lalayo kung dito mismo sa sarili kong bayan makikita ko ang magagandang likha ng mga Artists ng Antipolo.” - Bernadette Coronado, Owner BACI

The Exhibit will run from April 21 up to May 21, 2018 and the artworks will perfectly fit the empty spaces of your workplaces and homes. These original and beautiful artworks are conversational pieces that are sure to capture and hold anyone's attention.

The Paintings come in 12x12in canvas and are reasonably priced to be bought in pairs or in sets.

For inquiries you may contact, 9971894/09175435931. Or visit www.artipologroup.com for the Artipolo en Casa Nieves Catalogue.

April 21, 2018

Earth Day Jam 2018

The longest running FREE Concert for Mother Earth is happening  on on April 28, 5 p.m, at the Quezon City Memorial Circle.

Here's the program of activities:

Pre- Concert Activities

Exhibit and Booth Display Spearheaded by the Earthday Network Philippines ,this years’ exhibit will be participated by in by multi cultural sectors dedicated towards best environmental practices and sustainable communities

Film Showing Earthday Jam will premiere the French production “TERRA” among other Filipino environmental documentaries.

ART and JAM Sessions will unfold an afternoon activities of spontaneous drum beating workshop and demo with on the spot painting competition open to everybody of all ages.
A jury composed of internationally renowned artists will facilitate the activity with selected art work to be presented during the show.

Earthday Jam 2018: What’s in store …
Pre- Concert Activities

Exhibit and Booth Display Spearheaded by the Earthday Network Philippines ,this years’ exhibit will be participated by in by multi cultural sectors dedicated towards best environmental practices and sustainable communities

Film Showing Earthday Jam will premiere the French production “TERRA” among other Filipino environmental documentaries.

ART and JAM Sessions will unfold an afternoon activities of spontaneous drum beating workshop and demo with on the spot painting competition open to everybody of all ages.
A jury composed of internationally renowned artists will facilitate the activity with selected art work to be presented during the show.

The Main Program

8-Hour Music Jam EARTHDAYJAM 2018 spells an exciting array of more than 100 music artists representing various genre : pop, rock, hiphop, modern jazz, folk, electronic and world music.
Exciting segments include Newbie of the Year featuring a budding music artist with exemplary talents and skills. IDOL segment pays tribute to Filipino artist/s in recognition of their music legacy.

Empowering short talks Resource speakers prominent in environment and civic society will discuss urgent concerns on this years’ Earthday Jam’s main focus: Water, Air and Solid Waste or Trash

Videos New exciting animations, AVPs and video teasers accents every segment of the concert making it a multi media presentation.

Interactive Trash Demo Collection On its second run and initiated by the SWEET (Solid Waste Enforcer and Educators Team )the activity is an experiential and actual trash collection participated in by the audience, interspersed three(3) times during the show.

SALAMAT CITATIONS
For NGOS organizations who have transformed poor communities to be self sustaining households through social enterprise and whose design is to serve the small people. NGOs whose vision is to involve all sectors of the society to work together to bring the poor into the economic system.

FUTURE GREEN On Line Interactive Activity This is a pre event on line interaction focusing new ideas and initiatives concerning renewable energy. These green ideas are posted by Earthday Jam’s social media followers. The DEPED will shortlist the TOP 10 unique ideas and initiatives to be announced in the Earthday Jam Foundation Facebook and acknowledged during the show.

GREEN POETRY
Initiatives from the Environmental Information Division of DENR, 3 winners are pre chosen with their GREEN Poems .The pieces are not longer than 30 lines in English, Filipino or Taglish. The awarding will take place during the show with Invited popular poets and students from UP deliver the winning poems .

April 20, 2018

Genki Sushi in UP Town Center

Eating Japanese food seldom happen for my family because my husband is not much on sushi and raw food. I frequent Japanese food only with my son Rafael because he loves anything from Japan.

I'm happy that John enjoyed our Genki Sushi adventure in UP Town in Katipunan for its food  and concept. He and the kids, had fun with the interactive ordering and the conveyor belt that served our orders. John also enjoyed the food especially the premium bento. 

We enjoyed the whole process at Genki Sushi - from the greetings of Genki Sushi staff, to making my own green tea and up to the serving of food via the conveyor belt.

We, #Mendiolables, highly recommend this Japan-based chain restaurants for the whole family to enjoy. Kung ako na nanay nag enjoy, lalo na ang mga kids. 


Address: UP Town Center, 216 Katipunan Ave, Diliman, Quezon City, 1108 Metro Manila
Phone number: 02 9585010

Opening hours
Today  11AM to 10PM

April 19, 2018

The Pancake Warrior at The Maya Kitchen's Hotcake Art

I seldom get migraine but yesterday was a different story. Despite that condition I didn't let it spoil my day and headed to The Maya Kitchen to meet and greet and learn the hotcake art from no other than The Pancake Warrior, Elle Jay Orbase himself!

Elle Jay is not a chef nor a professional artist, but he enjoyed drawing cartoon characters in grade school. What started out as a curiosity over a hotcake griddle turned into a full-time career as he launched The Pancake Warrior YouTube Channel. His creations, ranging from logos to anime and cartoon characters, and even Philippine presidents, have become online sensations, garnering a total of 16 million views and fans from around the world.

Now, Elle Jay extends the love of Hotcake Art to more people by partnering with Maya. “I’ve always used Maya Hotcake Mix since it is easy to prepare and has a consistent texture,” he says. “Just like Maya, I also believe in making cooking fun, and so this project on hotcake art began.” 

Elle Jay uses the Maya Original Fluffy n’ Tasty Hotcake Mix and the Maya Quick n’ Easy Hotcake Mix for his creations, and will be sharing special tips and tricks to help you perfect your hotcake art. Using a squeeze bottle filled with colored batter, he first outlines the shape onto a heated pan, then fills in the gaps with details to bring the characters to life. But even without the tools that he usually uses, he encourages families to infuse a little more fun and imagination with their hotcakes. 

“You can just use additional ingredients, like whipped cream, chocolate chips, or even fruit slices, to decorate and make designs on the hotcakes,” he advises. “You don’t need to be an expert to do Maya Hotcake Art! For me, the important thing is that you make your kids and family happy, and that you have fun together.”


For more fun ideas on making hotcake art, follow Maya Hotcakes on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Mayahotcake 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.

April 18, 2018

Lazada's 6th Year Birthday Sale

Lazada Philippines, the country’s largest e-commerce platform, celebrated its 6th BIRTHDAY today at The Ruins in Makati City with a cool party for media, bloggers, influencers and guests. To give everyone a night to remember, a two-minute shopping was the highlight of the night. I got what I wanted, a laptop/bed table and a lot of shampoo and conditioner (lol!).


To give  loyal Lazada clients a big thank you, there's an exciting annual birthday sale which is slated to happen from 25 to 27 April 2018.  Be prepared to get blown away with big discounts on your favorite brands and many more! During this three-day sale, you’ll definitely be in for the win as this birthday blowout includes killer deals, massive discounts, unbeatable flash sales, and other amazing surprises.

April 17, 2018

The Maya Kitchen Kids Summer Cooking Class

Have you found a great after school activity for your kids this summer? Sign your child up for our Summer cooking classes at The Maya Kitchen.

Kids will learn to cook, grow and develop culinary skills safely while whipping up age-appropriate recipes into tasty meals. Your child will discover new and different ingredients and how to create wholesome meals. Plus, kids realize how helping in the kitchen at home is fun!

In The Maya Kitchen’s Kids Can Cook classes this summer, children try their hand at tasty culinary basics they’ll enjoy preparing as much as they’ll like digging into them. Classes for kids aged 6 to 12 years old will be held from May 15 to 18 and May 29 to June 1, 9 AM to 1 PM.


This summer, steer your teenagers towards independence by signing them up for The Maya Kitchen’s Teens Summer Cooking Series. Over the course of four days, participants will learn how to whip up recipes perfect for sharing with their friends and the family. If your kids are between 13 to 18 years old, enroll them in the May 22 to 25 classes, 9 AM to 1 PM.


Cooking Class Fee is Php 6,000

April 16, 2018

Okada Manila

Seven months of waiting for this Okada overnight is so worth it. That's how popular and busy this luxurious five-star hotel is. So if you plan to stay at Okada, make sure to book early for that special day or occasion.

Upon entrance to the floor where our room was located, we were greeted with lavish execution in every detail. I particularly like that glass decor they put on outside each of the rooms,

We liked the exquisitely spacious Deluxe Room that is overlooking the fountain. We were able to watched The Fountain show and recorded it at the comforts of the lovely room. The room has a space of 60 to 74 sqm, with beds with Sealy mattress. We were definitely spoiled with the elegance specially because of the bathroom that comes with jacuzzi that is made by Inax. Everything's soft touch. The toilet is automatic. We didn't have to worry about bidet handle that tangles.  

My kids had fun eating with over 21 dining options to choose from.  We stayed a bit late at The Fountain because we ate non-stop starting from Starbucks; to French Baker, Chatime, Pink's, and capped the night at Tokyo Cheese Factory.Family with young kids who's into popular food chains didnt have to worry because you can have it delivered in Okada but guests must pick it at the lobby since Okada is very strict with security. That's even a plus factor, right?

The room rate for De Luxe Room we stayed on starts at 14,000 up to 17,000, depending on the occupancy rate. The receptionist told me, it can even go as high as P22,000.  I didn't have to worry about the rate because I won this overnight accommodation at an event I attended last year.

For shopaholics mom (like me, lol!), worry not because at Okada Manila, over 50 of the world’s leading brands are well represented in a retail space designed to make memorable experiences. Navigate the Crystal Corridor with a personal retail concierge to help you get the most of every purchase and shop to your heart’s content.

The only thing we didn't like was the late check-in late, about 19 minutes, because the room was not ready. I think the receptionist forgot about us. Had I not reminded her, we would have stayed longer in the lobby.


The Fountain at Okada Manila is a sight to behold. As expansive as 50 Olympic-size swimming pools, the US$30-million fountain’s grandeur and accurately choreographed water, light and music performances rival those in Dubai’s Burj Khalifa and Las Vegas’ Bellagio. Equipped with advanced underwater robots, more than two-thousand lights, dozens of high-fidelity speakers, and more than 700 high-power jets that can shoot water beyond the height of the Okada Manila hotel building.


Fountain Show Schedules: Sun to Thu, one song at the top of each hour (6:00 PM to 10:00 PM)
Fri to Sat, two consecutive shows at the top of each hour (6:00 PM to 12:00 AM).

Okada Manila
New Seaside Drive, Entertainment City
Parañaque City, 1701, Metro Manila, Philippines
Telephone Number: +63 2 888-0-777
Email: Room Reservations
RoomReservations@okadamanila.com 
Restaurant Reservations
RestaurantReservation@okadamanila.com

April 15, 2018

Gerald Anderson as ZenFone Brand Ambassador

I have three event invites for yesterday but I chose Asus event at One Esplanade for their launch on ZenFone 5 because I'm planning to buy 2, one for my son and the other for me.

Gerald Anderson was introduced as Zenfone Brand Ambassador.


The event started with awesome performance by Gymnastics Philippine Team. Followed by presentation of ASUS  newest line of AI-powered smartphones, namely, ZenFone 5, ZenFone 5Z, and ZenFone 5Q, by Asus big bosses.








The ZenFone 5 is priced at PhP 19,995 while the more premium ZenFone 5Z will retail for PhP 29,995. The ZenFone 5Q will cost PhP 16,995. The ZenFone 5 and 5Q are in stores starting today and the ZenFone 5Z will be available come July. The ZenFone Max M1, which is powered by an amazing 4000mAh battery, also launched in the country alongside the ZenFone 5 line. It will retail for PhP 8,995.

April 14, 2018

LIKHANG HABI AT KULTURA FAIR

April and May is busy for us, Mendiolables, because I lined up many trips but I wouldn't miss the opportunity to see new products that are 100% Filipimo thru LIKHANG HABI AT KULTURA FAIR in SM Megamall.  


Support Filipino artisans and help keep the cultural tradition of these crafts alive by dropping by the first Likhang HABI x Kultura Market Fair on April 13 to 15 at SM Megamall in Mandaluyong. Part of the proceeds goes back to the weavers. 

Though the advocacy started years ago, this is the first time that the organization tied up with organic plant kit corporation MNLGrowkits for a full guide on the Philippine cotton. That said, HABI will be having a lecture on cultivating and growing cotton—further emphasizing the fiber as an integral part of the native Filipino rituals and lore and indigenous culture.

Since 2009, HABI has been providing the weavers and vendors an avenue to further enhance their skills in creative design and modern marketing by exchanging ideas with consumers, designers, and traders. The weaving community’s level of product development has since grown: from placemats and blanket and then to jackets, dresses, shoes, and apparel. One of the exhibitors, Rosal Lim of Rurungan sa Tubod Foundation, revealed that being with HABI all those years has made a huge impact on the foundation’s brands and the people behind it. As they launch their first cotton line, Lim expects to help more weavers. “The more people that we can get to join, the more they get to be exposed to the possibilities that their crafts can give them. What’s good about weaving projects like ours or the ones all around the Philippines is it empowers the craftspeople to make a living off what they do best. The more you give them an opportunity to live off this craft, the more people will stick to it,” Lim said. Also for the first time, HABI is joining forces with Kultura Filipino, a pioneer cultural supporter in Filipino Craftsmanship. Kisha Roxas, senior marketing manager of Kultura, said that their collaboration for this year’s Market Fair is an exciting one, getting to highlight brands in the same bandwagon. “What we’re trying to do is, for HABI, they’re trying to promote the importance of Philippine cotton,” said Roxas. “For Kultura, what we want to highlight is really keeping traditions alive and keeping the heritage alive; the craftsmanship that goes into making all these beautiful textiles and materials. A lot of the products now are shortcut machine work, but the items that we have here are all handcrafted. There’s really a meticulous labor that goes into it.” 

April 13, 2018

Cashless Payments in 68 SM Supermalls Nationwide

I'm supposed to go home Friday evening coming from Canyon Cove in Batangas but I couldn't let bear the thought of missing the fun at SM City North Edsa Skydome for Everyday is Playday Event.

Everyday is Playday is back, as SM launched its kick-off party with even BIGGER and MORE EXCITING activities this year! 

The kids (and kids-at-heart) enjoyed interactive activities with their favorite superheroes and beloved cartoon characters. That's not all! This four-month long initiative will feature challenging games, delightful performances, and yummy food that will surely make your time with us even more awesome. 

The event also paved the way for shoppers and media to know more about PayMaya  and GCash for cashless payments in all 68 SM Supermalls nationwide!


For more events and promos, visit www.smsupermalls.com

April 11, 2018

Club Mwah

If you haven't been at Club Mwah, I suggest you check out the place and enjoy the fabulous show with friends or colleagues.

My friend Riz has been a Mandaluyong residence for 30+ years and it was her first time to watch the  brilliant and very well choreographed performances. What did she say after the show? Riz said, "Wow, I enjoyed it. I didn't know it was that fun and entertaining.  The costumes were intricately designed. And the production was just amazing".

Show starts around 9:30pm and finishes midnight. They are open Fridays and Saturdays but there are times they are close because they also perform for corporate events, in hotels here and abroad. To reserve a seat, call for reservation at 535 7943 or 532 2826.  Club Mwah is located at 652 The Venue Tower Boni Avenue Mandaluyong City Philippines


April 10, 2018

City of Mandaluyong Science High School Recognition Day 2018

The City of Mandaluyong Science High School held its Recognition Day 2018 for Grades 7, 8, 9, and 11 last week. I'm happy and proud that my twin kids were both their. Julia received medal for honors and Rafael played a big part in this celebration; he carried the school flag and one of the official photographers.

Mrs. Lav Resurrecion read a lengthy and colorful notes as she introduced the achievements of the Guest Speaker, Dr. Bill Allen Alarcon. He was a former student of CMSHS under the advisory class of Ma'am Resurrecion.



I'd like to share the words spoken by Dr. Regino and Dr. Alarcon during the recognition:

"Our hands are made by God to serve. 
To serve our parents and people whom we do not know
that needs our help" 
Dr. Corazon Ramiro Regino

********

"To the students, there are no secrets to success. 
It is the result of preparation, hardwork and learning from failure." 
To the parents, you do not really need to be very affluent to send your child to college and realize their dreams. Let us not allow scanty resources be a hindrance in dreaming big things. All you have to do is to guide them, support them and encourage them. After all everyone of us is capable of achieving something".
Dr. Bill Allen Alarcon

April 9, 2018

True Heroes

Today as Filipinos commemorate Araw ng Kagitingan, I salute the true heroes in my life - my parents.

It has been 25 years ago today since Mama left this world. Even up to her last day, her only wish for me is to have someone who'll love me because she knew that even if I'm tough on the outside, I'm actually fragile. Mama taught me how to forgive even if forgiveness is not warranted.

April 12 will be Papa's 2nd year death anniversary. He has taught me how to serve others without asking anything in return.

My parents love us so much that their death anniversaries are just 3 days apart, allowing us to visit them without having to skip school and other commitments.


April 8, 2018

Grade 12 Batang Mandsci Graduation Ball

Graduation ball is one event in the lives of students that is mostly anticipated since the start of Grade 7.  The graduation ball of Grade 12 students from City of Mandaluyong Science High School is a very special one because these students are the first batch of senior high graduates from K12 program.

The event was held at The Great Eastern Hotel, formerly Aberdeen Court. Kuddos to all the parents committee and the teachers for helping the students have a fun night.

Congratulations to all Grade 12 Batang Mandsci for graduating!



April 7, 2018

Lets Play Now At SM

It's my first time to visit SM Lazaro as I attended Lets Play Now At SM Event.  The crowd was full of happy kids and parents as they watched kid celebrities and mascots perform on stage.

Summer fun begins at SM with Summer Takeover workshops so kids can have fun, learn, and make friends this season! Happening until June 3, the interactive workshops include artistic fun workshops on arts and crafts, painting, drawing, and fashion design lessons; entertainment workshops with modeling, music, dancing and theater acting classes; explorers workshops which offer culinary, visual reality and interactive games, and photography; and sports workshops on basketball, taekwondo or martial arts, archery, and golf.


Mallgoers can also relax at SM’s Summer Chillin’ on weekends of April and May. Featuring the country’s well-loved OPM bands and artists, the musical performances are set to treat customers with delightful summer experiences – complete with live art and a food bazaar!

There is also the Summer Fun Run every weekends of April and May where customers can get active and spend time with loved ones. 

Another must-try experience is Summertacular Emoji Balloons Photowall, powered by Vivo, until May 31, where customers snap and show off their summer feels at SM!

As part of the #LetsPlayNowAtSM campaign, customers can download the SM Mobile App to enjoy loads of fun summer games to get instant freebies and giveaways! For more about SM’s Summer Fun, visit www.smsupermalls.com. 

Don’t forget to experience summer fun at SM with new and educational activities for the whole family this season!

For exclusive news about SM Supermalls, visit www.smsupermalls.com or follow SM’s official social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram; and get an insider access to all the fun happenings at SM Supermalls nationwide through SM’s Viber Public Chat. Tweet your thoughts, upload and share your photos about your memorable moments at SM, then use its official hashtag #EverythingsHereAtSM.

April 6, 2018

Love By Glade

I'm very happy to have attended Glade's event, Love By Glade, earlier today at Glorietta Activity Center in Makati. where  they introduced Glade's new scent Peony and Berry Bliss.  

Complete with a dome where you can have peony tea and strawberry meringue, this event is the best smelling event I have covered in my 8 years of blogging! 

My family has always been Glade user, from scented gel for the car, scented oil for the house, aerosol spray, name it we have it. I'm happy that there's Glade Automatic Spray that automatically time-releases fragrance.

The Glade Automatic Spray is a battery-operated unit that makes any room oh so fragrant for weeks.

I suggest you go visit Glorietta tomorrow until Sunday and check out the Glade's event where you can smell Peony and Berry Bliss, get FREE golf umbrella, eco bag and GIF photo by buying Glade Automatic Spray Starter for only P570. Plus, you get to watch ballet performances and listen to violinist for FREE as well.



April 5, 2018

Alpha and Gamma Closing Party

When I was in elementary and high school I'd always look forward to closing party because everyone is in a relax and happy mood. It's also the official start of summer vacation. And most imporatantly, the food! I like eating a lot when I was young. I was actually a chubby, chubby (cute, shhhh, quiet, lol!) girl back then.

I am the Homeroom Parents President so I facilitated an impromptu mini program for Julia's Alpha class. I asked Carl to do the thank you address for Mrs Ressurecion. Of coursr it wouldn't be complete without our dear teachers message for the kids and parents as well. Chow time is always a big hit which made everyone happy.

I'm not an officer at my son Rafael's Gamma Class but I initiated the same mini program because our president, Riz, is in the office. She couldn't make it because she just started working in AFP.

Everything went well for both sections, it's just that we are going to miss Ma'am Jaymee because she will be transferring to another this coming 2018-2019 school year.

So long, Ms. Jaymee. Until we meet again! We love you!


April 4, 2018

Pink's Hotdogs in Okada Manila

At our stay in Okada Manila, Julia and Rafael just wanted to stay in the room to watch television and connect with their friends. John, Juan and I went around to check out the many food destination of this luxurious hotel.  My chinky eyes were glued as soon as I saw Pink's Hotdogs. 

When I called Julia to say we were eating at Pink's Hotdogs, she and her twin brother joined us immediately. Kids will always be kids when it comes to hotdogs, especially with Pink's Hotdogs!

Juan ordered plain Pink's, hotdog and catsup, at P230. Rafael got Bomb.com at P280. Julia had Nacho Cheese Dog at P250. I ordered Hollywood Legend at P280. John had Philly Cheese Dog at P250. 

The price may be a bit higher but not everyone gets to go in Hollywood, so go ahead indulge and eat Pink's Hotdogs!


About Pink's Hotdogs:

Pink’s is renowned for its delicious variety of hot dogs and hamburgers, huge portions, and affordable prices. Its historic, fun atmosphere is considered a quintessential Hollywood experience, particularly for the late-night club crowd.

Celebrities love great hot dogs, too, and Pink’s has been visited by many stars. Back in the day they ranged from Orson Welles to Marlon Brando to Michael Jackson.  Today Pink’s serves personalities such as Jay Leno, Craig Ferguson, Steve Martin, Betty White, Martha Stewart, Aretha Franklin and Guy Fieri -- and is visited by celebrity chefs such as Bobby Flay, Giada De Laurentiis, and Emeril Lagasse.

April 3, 2018

Mammogram

A mammography, or mammogram, is an X-ray of the breast. It's a screening tool used to detect and diagnose breast cancer. If your doctor orders a mammogram as a routine test to check for any cancer or changes, it's known as a screening mammogram. That's what happened to me after attending an event in Centuria last month. Bloggers and media were given free breasts ultrasound by Asian Breast Care. The doctor found cysts on my left breast and immediately advised to have Mammogram.

I honesty don't feel anything wrong with both of my breasts but because of age, I'm required to have it. I tried to avoid mammogram for four years because I heard my relatives before that it's a painful procedure. It actually isn't painfl but it is tiring because I needed to stand quite long to get the proper positioning of the breasts.

My mammogram result will be released next week.


A mammogram is an important step in taking care of yourself and your breasts. Here are important reminders :

1. Schedule your mammogram when your breasts are not tender or swollen to help reduce discomfort and get good pictures. Try to avoid the week just before your period.
2.  On the day of the exam, don’t wear deodorant or antiperspirant. Some of these contain substances that can show up on the x-ray as white spots. 
3.  You might find it easier to wear a skirt or pants, so that you’ll only need to remove your top and bra for the mammogram
4.  A technologist will position your breasts for the mammog/ram. You and the technologist are the only ones in the room during the mammogram.
5.  To get a high-quality picture, your breast must be flattened. The technologist places your breast on the machine’s plate. The plastic upper plate is lowered to compress your breast for a few seconds while the technologist takes a picture. 
6. The whole procedure takes about 20 minutes. The actual breast compression only lasts a few seconds. 
7. If you feel some discomfort when your breasts are compressed, and for some women it can be painful. Tell the technologist if it hurts.
8.  Two views of each breast are taken for a screening mammogram. But for some women, such as those with breast implants or large breasts, more pictures may be needed.
9.  Choose a facility that specializes in mammograms and does many mammograms a day.
10. Try to go to the same facility every time so that your mammograms can easily be compared from year to year.
I1. If you’re going to a facility for the first time, bring a list of the places and dates of mammograms, biopsies, or other breast treatments you’ve had before.
12. If you’ve had mammograms at another facility, try to get those records to bring with you to the new facility (or have them sent there) so the old pictures can be compared to the new ones. 

April 2, 2018

Britt Loafers by Moxie Amsterdam

I've been a loafers user since high school. That's more than 20 years ago. I just stopped wearing them when I turned 40 because I couldn't find a brand that suit my taste. I need a loafer that I can wear to different events as I am always on the run covering events for my children and this blog.

It took me two months to find the one for me and finally found Britt Loafers by Moxie Amsterdam which certainly suit my lifestyle.



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April 1, 2018

Easter Egg Hunt

An egg hunt is a game popular for young kids. During which artificial eggs made of plastic filled with chocolate or candies, or foil-wrapped egg-shaped chocolates of various sizes are hidden in various places. We used to do egg hunt in hotels and mall when my kids are still young, now that the twins are teens, and Juan is almost teen, we played indoors. 

For the Mendiolables 2018 Easter Egg Hunt it was my sister-in-law, Tita Gaye, who prepared the eggs and prizes in it.

This is a fun family game that I hope to continue even if my children are working already. Maybe by that time, I have grand children enjoying this yearly tradition.