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 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
ParaƱaque City, 1701, Metro Manila, Philippines
Telephone Number: +63 2 888-0-777
Email: Room Reservations
Restaurant Reservations

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


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


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.

2F East Wing Shangrila Plaza, Mandaluyong
Call 0917 803 8417

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.