June 30, 2018

The Color Bar By @StylingByJOF

Now there's even more reason to go to BGC because The Color Bar By @StylingByJOF has just opened its door last June 29, 2018. The Color Bar is a premiere destination Hair Color Salon owned and operated by its Chief Hair Stylist Jof Fantone. 

John and I are happy and honored to be  part of The Color Bar's Opening. The cool and friendly interview with Jof made the night more fun.

The Color Bar By @StylingByJOF flagship branch has a modern, and homey feel with a unique coffee nook, which I like a lot! 



The after party filled The Bowery with friends and families of The Color Bar, media and bloggers.


Address: Unit F106 Forbeswood Heights, Rizal Drive Cor, 
29th St, Taguig, 1634 Metro Manila
Hours: Open 10AM ⋅ Closes 10PM
Phone: 0917 527 5387

June 29, 2018

Hello Kitty Sanitary Pads by Softex

When I was a little girl of about 7 or 8 years old, my father would send many Hello Kitty items from abroad where he used to work. That's when I was introduced to this cute brand.

Now every time I receive Hello Kitty stuff I remember my old man who sacrificed working abroad at a young age for the sake of his growing family.

Last month, Jen sent me Hello Kitty Sanitary Pads by Softex that were simply too cute to resist. Although it took me a month before doing this review as I waited for my monthly period to come, I never fail to gaze at it's cute print on its print.


 Let's get on with the main topic, what can I say about Hello Kitty Sanitary Pads by Softex?

1. I like it's cute print on the packaging. Who wouldn't find Hello Kitty adorable?  It also comes in a thicker plastic packaging as compared to other pads in the market.

2. I super like Hello Kitty Pantyliner because of its embossed Hello Kitty ribbon, that acts as line to protect leakage. It is perfect for my use during the 4th and 5th days of menstruation when the flow is  light (ika nga, pahabol na lang).

3.  I like the overnight pad because it covers a wide area that will protect me while I sleep.

4. In terms of absorbency, the absorbency of the overnight pad is better that the other two regular pads (non wing and with wings). I believe because it was meant to take care of heavy flow while user is sleeping.

5.  The speed of transfer of blood to the pad for both regular pads (non wing and with wings) is actually disappointing. The surface did not allow for very quick uptake of blood so the blood stayed on top of the pad for quite some time which made me feel uncomfortable.

6. I also didn't like that the adhesive they use is not much of help because the pad/s I used didn't stay where it should stay.

I'm definitely buying the panty liners but sorry to disappoint for the other types. I hope Softex will take note of the things I didn't like for a better Hello Kitty pads in the near future.

To know more about Softex, follow them on Facebook and Instagram @SoftexHelloKittyPH and on Twitter @softexHK_PH

June 28, 2018

Savoy Hotel Manila

Unboxing is one of the many things I like to do and I'm happy and privileged to be among the media and guests to be invited as Megaworld ‘unboxed’ Savoy Hotel Manila earlier today.

A stone’s throw away from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3 rises Savoy Hotel Manila—a 12-storey hotel within the 25-hectare Newport City in Pasay City. Situated right across the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3, the new ‘airport hotel’ highlights the luxurious comforts that business and leisure travelers look for in a home away from home. Traveling to and from the airport right across the street from Savoy Hotel Manila also becomes a breeze via Runway Manila, an enclosed, air-conditioned 220-meter pedestrian link bridge that connects NAIA Terminal 3 to Newport City.

The P5-billion development has 684 rooms with adequate sizes ranging from 23 to 27 square meters. From the most basic standard rooms (Essentials) to comfortable executive suites (The Runway, The Space, and The Deck), all rooms welcome travelers and staycationers alike who are looking for a much-deserved respite in the middle of the bustling city.

Designed for people who are constantly on-the-go and understand the value of meaningful pauses, Savoy Hotel Manila also offers themed spaces called The Squares where collaboration, leisure, and business interactions are made more fun.

These co-working spaces are located on several guest floors of the hotel and are equipped with high-speed Internet connection and electricity ports, as well as books, express checkout counters, and a snack corner. Guests can access this facility round-the-clock, allowing them to find their own spaces for casual group hangouts, intimate chats and meetings, or even relax while reading a book or listening to music.


“Savoy Hotel Manila provides the spaces that everyone needs. From businessmen who need a venue for meetings, travelers who want to spend the night beside the airport terminal, to families who want to enjoy staycation together, Savoy Hotel Manila is a perfect venue for a different hotel experience beside NAIA Terminal 3 and within the 24/7 leisure and entertainment complex of Newport City. We wanted to offer something unique to guests. Hotels have always been so conventional and stiff and The Squares challenges that norm.  Savoy Hotel Manila’s amenities and facilities are all aimed to highlight different spaces to have share-worthy experiences – the space to share, to coexist, to be yourself, to relax, to express, and more” says Lorenzo Tang, general manager, Savoy Hotel Manila.

Savoy Hotel Manila also has three Food and Beverage (F&B) outlets: the Savoy Café where guests can experience buffet dining featuring Asian and Western cuisines; Zabana Bar for lounging over cocktails and drinks; and The Poolside for after-swim chill and indulgence.

The hotel also has the Connect Lounge, a club lounge exclusively for guests staying in the executive suite rooms. The lounge serves as an extension of Savoy Café where club guests can have breakfast and snacks, complete with facilities for work or for relaxation.

Strategically located in the bustling entertainment center of Newport City, guests staying at Savoy Hotel Manila can dine, shop, and treat themselves to a world of entertainment options to their heart’s content. 

Fun destinations like Resorts World Manila and Newport Mall, among others, are easily just a few blocks away from Savoy Hotel Manila. Guests can even go around Newport City in style onboard the hotel’s Mini Cooper, which is available for rent.

Savoy Hotel Manila is Megaworld’s second hotel under its homegrown Savoy brand. The first Savoy Hotel opened in Boracay Newcoast last year, while another Savoy Hotel is expected to open in Mactan Newtown next year.

Savoy Hotel Manila
101 Andrews Avenue, Newport City Complex, Pasay City.
 Website:  https://www.thesavoyhotelmanila.com/  

Official hashtags:
#SavoyHotelManila #WelcomeToYourSpace #SpaceToExperience

June 27, 2018

Hotel Venue G Review

For my family's DIY Trip to Korea, I booked three accommodations due primarily for its proximity to the tourist spots we're visiting. At Gangnam, for the first 2 nights, we stayed at Hanatogo's place, booked via Air BnB. In Myeongdong, we stayed at Namsan Gil House. And on the 5th and 6th nights in Jong-no, we stayed at Hotel Venue G because it is located very near Chenggyecheon Stream.

Among the three accommodations, it is at Hotel Venue where I got to rest well. The room is big enough for a family of 5. The bathroom is clean and has a bath tub. The hot water is working very well. I did not have to worry about cleaning the place unlike in Namsan Gil House and Hanatogo's place, where guests are required to clean. The area where Hotel Venue G is located is very quiet and clean as well. Lastly, the amount we paid, P3,600+ is fair enough for a family of 5.

What we didn't like though was that the air condition did not work very well. We were given an electric fan and was told to open the window for colder air instead.


Address: South Korea, Seoul, Jongno-gu, Cheonggyecheon-ro, 117

June 26, 2018

Chenggyecheon Stream

Many of my friends have visited South Korea before me but none of them have visited Chenggyecheon Stream. I made sure to include this place in our DIY Trip to Korea because John and I love any forms of water. The South Korean government have done a very good job when they developed the stream in 2003 where people can walk or jog safely.



Cheonggyecheon is an 11 km long modern stream that runs through downtown Seoul. Created as part of an urban renewal project, Cheonggyecheon is a restoration of the stream that was once there before during the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910). The stream was covered with an elevated highway after the Korean War (1950-1953), as part of the country's post-war economic development. Then in 2003, the elevated highway was removed to restore the stream to its present form today. The stream starts from Cheonggye Plaza, a popular cultural arts venue, and passes under a total of 22 bridges before flowing into the Hangang (River), with many attractions along its length. (Source: visitseoul.net).

June 25, 2018

Everland

Everland is located in Yongin,  It has outdoor and indoor rides and a zoo inside its compound. Although it is one of the must see visit because and the largest theme park in South Korea, we didn't enjoy the place simply because there were just too many people during our visit Out of all the many rides, John and I only got to try 3 rides (including the cable). Our kids were able to ride Everland's famous T-Express (The first wooden roller coaster in South Korea, T-Express remains a top favourite to both locals and foreign visitors of Everland. With speed topping at 104km/h and a vertical drop height of 77º).

Tip: Purchase the Q-Express Pass to skip the queue on T-Express and other popular rides such as, (1) European Adventure (T-Express, Rotating House), (2) Magic Land (Thunder Falls), (3) American Adventure (Robot VR, Hurricane, Double Rock Spin, Rolling X-Train, Let’s Twist), (4) Global Fair (Kpop hologram, Grand Emporium to shop), (5) Zootopia (Safari World, Amazon Express, Lost Valley)

There are several ways to get from Seoul to Everland, By Subway/Metro, By Public bus, By Shuttle Bus, pre-purchase at Klook. We went with option (4) which is the most fFuss-free way. If you don't want to be disappointed just like us, avoid weekends and peak periods and Korean Holidays, Summer vacation (mid-Jul to mid-Aug), Chuseok Holidays a.k.a “Korean Thanksgiving Day” (15th day of the 8th lunar month), Christmas, and New Year.

Since the lines are way too long, we just settled in watching the Parade at 2:30PM at Carnival Square. We didn't wait for the fireworks at 9:30PM because we chose to join the bus going back to Myeongdong at 6pm to avoid traffic.


June 24, 2018

Doppelgänger

Rayrose is one of my co-bloggers who I find very pretty. It's probably her cheerful demeanor that makes it easier for her to be liked.  One time at an event we both attended, I complimented the cute tassel earrings she was wearing. Rayrose told me she actually made those and gave me 2 pairs. I love it! It's just unfortunate that my ears are too small that it cannot handle the weight of the earrings.

I'm the kind of person who's not comfortable when things are not being used so thought hard enough as to whom I can share the earrings. No one came into my mind until I saw Angelie's video in Facebook. The earrings will definitely look good on her.

As I was upcycling the celphone box into a gift box, it suddenly occurred to me that Rayrose and Angelie have things in common - they are both good at doing the art of make-up, they almost have the same height and built, they both have nice set of teeth, they both have smiling face and they are both pretty.

Angelie                                              Rayrose

(Photos grabbed without permission. Sana hindi sila magalit sakin.)

Though it might be strange for Angelie and Rayrose to consider, I actually think they are look-a-likes. The odds of them being doppelgängers and simply connected thru the tassel earrings. Amazing, dont you think so?



Doppelgänger (/ˈdɒpəlɡɛŋər, -ɡæŋər/; German: [ˈdɔpl̩ˌɡɛŋɐ] ( listen),
literally "double-goer") is a non-biologically related look-alike or double of a living person.

June 23, 2018

Gift Box Idea

I don't just throw boxes and other materials because recycling, upcycling and doing ares and crafts is my stress and loneliness buster.

Please do watch my S4 celphone box as I transformed it into gift box.


June 22, 2018

Spicy Pork and Beans by Go Gourmet Meal Kit

The twins, Julia and Rafael, both like pork and beans so we've tried Spicy Pork and Beans by Go Gourmet Meal Kit.


You may choose from a variety of Everyday Meal Kits and School baon Meal Kits at Gourmet Meal Kit Delivery. The Everyday Meal Kits are curated recipes from different cuisines that may be high-fiber, low-cholesterol, low-purine, low-salt, and low-calorie dishes. The School baon Meal Kits are everyday kids’ favorites that we have made more nutritious and very easy to prepare. All meal kits come with easy to follow recipe cards and have calorie count and macro nutrients indicated for each recipe.

Each Meal Kit contains fresh produce, sauces, condiments, and recipe cards for the step-by-step instructions. All produce are vacuum-packed and nitrogen-infused guaranteeing freshness and shelf life. Vegetables, sauces, condiments, and other ingredients are carefully packed to likewise ensure freshness. Ingredients are pre-measured and conveniently packed to guarantee zero wastage.

You can choose to pay using Dragonpay, Paypal, Over-the-Counter (OTC) banking or Online Funds Transfer to  bank accounts that will be provided by Go Gourmet. For more details visit www.gogourmet.com.ph. Or you may call at 02-9507348 or 09173224343.

June 21, 2018

Grilled Caesar Salad Salad with Garlic Tahini Dressing Go by Gourmet Meal Kit

If you're thinking of shifting to veggie diet, you should try Grilled Caesar Salad Salad with Garlic Tahini Dressing by Go Gourmet Meal Kit. It is surprisingly delicious!


You may choose from a variety of Everyday Meal Kits and School baon Meal Kits at Gourmet Meal Kit Delivery. The Everyday Meal Kits are curated recipes from different cuisines that may be high-fiber, low-cholesterol, low-purine, low-salt, and low-calorie dishes. The School baon Meal Kits are everyday kids’ favorites that we have made more nutritious and very easy to prepare. All meal kits come with easy to follow recipe cards and have calorie count and macro nutrients indicated for each recipe.

Each Meal Kit contains fresh produce, sauces, condiments, and recipe cards for the step-by-step instructions. All produce are vacuum-packed and nitrogen-infused guaranteeing freshness and shelf life. Vegetables, sauces, condiments, and other ingredients are carefully packed to likewise ensure freshness. Ingredients are pre-measured and conveniently packed to guarantee zero wastage.

You can choose to pay using Dragonpay, Paypal, Over-the-Counter (OTC) banking or Online Funds Transfer to  bank accounts that will be provided by Go Gourmet. For more details visit www.gogourmet.com.ph. Or you may call at 02-9507348 or 09173224343.

June 20, 2018

Spicy Soy Salmon with Fried Noodles

Juan and his twin siblings decided that they'll cook something for their dad together for Father's Day. But what happened was Rafael finished cooking fried bacon, egg, and fish fillet at 4am. Then Julia finished baking Red Velvet Cake at 430am. Juan came to me sad. He didn't have anything for tatay. I told him to cook the Spicy Soy Salmon with Fried Noodles that we ordered at Gourmet Meal Kit Delivery. This Spicy Soy Salmom with Fried Noodles Kit is P325.00 only.


You may choose from a variety of Everyday Meal Kits and School baon Meal Kits at Gourmet Meal Kit Delivery. The Everyday Meal Kits are curated recipes from different cuisines that may be high-fiber, low-cholesterol, low-purine, low-salt, and low-calorie dishes. The School baon Meal Kits are everyday kids’ favorites that we have made more nutritious and very easy to prepare. All meal kits come with easy to follow recipe cards and have calorie count and macro nutrients indicated for each recipe.

Each Meal Kit contains fresh produce, sauces, condiments, and recipe cards for the step-by-step instructions. All produce are vacuum-packed and nitrogen-infused guaranteeing freshness and shelf life. Vegetables, sauces, condiments, and other ingredients are carefully packed to likewise ensure freshness. Ingredients are pre-measured and conveniently packed to guarantee zero wastage.

You can choose to pay using Dragonpay, Paypal, Over-the-Counter (OTC) banking or Online Funds Transfer to  bank accounts that will be provided by Go Gourmet. For more details visit www.gogourmet.com.ph. Or you may call at 02-9507348 or 09173224343

June 19, 2018

HSBC Platinum Visa Credit Card Free Round Trip Tickets for Two to Hong Kong

I have BDO and Metrobank credit cards that I have been using for more than a decade now. I have no intention of adding one more but HSBC Platinum Visa Credit Card Free Round Trip Tickets for Two to Hong Kong Promo caught my attention at the recently concluded ToyCon 2018. Thanks to Nikkel for the thorough explanation!

I'm excited for this because the ;st time John and I went in Hong Kong was in 2001. Disneyland was still on construction at that time.


This promo is promo is running until July 31, 2018 so hurry up and check out their Promo Mechanics:

1. The HSBC Platinum Visa and Premier Mastercard Free Hong Kong Flight Credit Card Acquisition Promotion (the "Promo") shall run from February 16 to July 31, 2018 (the "Promo Period"). Promo Spend Period is from February 16 to September 30, 2018 (“Spend Period”).

2. The Promo is open to individual applicants who applied for a new primary HSBC Platinum Visa or HSBC Premier Mastercard ("HSBC Credit Card") within the Promo Period, are subsequently approved, and meet the following criteria ("Cardholder"): Must not have an existing HSBC Credit Card, Must not have a cancelled HSBC Credit Card within the past 6 months from the time of application.

3. Application must not be for an upgrade or card conversion

4. Under this Promo, the Cardholder shall be entitled to redeem two  Round Trip Economy Cathay Pacific tickets from Manila/Clark to Hong Kong (‘Welcome Gift”) upon meeting the minimum accumulated spend requirement of PHP15,000 using his/her newly approved and activated HSBC Credit Card (“Promo Spend”) during the Spend Period. Tickets from Cebu to Hong Kong will be subject to additional charges care of the Cardholder.

5. Transactions made by the Cardholder’s Supplementary Credit Cardholder/s will be qualified as part of the Primary Cardholder’s accumulated Promo Spend under this Promo. Valid transactions shall be straight purchases, merchant installment purchases, cash advance transactions, bills payment and online purchases transacted and subsequently posted during the Spend Period. Each merchant installment transaction will be considered as one transaction amount. As such, succeeding monthly amortizations from the same installment transaction will not be counted as a separate transaction amount on the Cardholder’s account. Balance Transfer, Cash Installment Plan and business transactions are disqualified from the promotion. 

Other flight conditions:
Minimum stay of 2 days and maximum stay of 7 days
Valid for Cathay Pacific/Dragonair tickets issued from April 13 to December 5, 2018 on the following flights:
MNL-HKG – CX902 / CX934
CRK – HKG – KA376
HKG-MNL – CX935 / CX905
HKG – CRK – KA375 / KA373

Valid for travel outbound: June 1, 2018 to June 5, 2019; surcharge will apply to non-“O” booking class flights

Peak Dates (subject to USD30 surcharge per way will apply for Economy Class travel):
Outbound: April 26-28, 2018 / June 7-9, 2018 / June 14-15, 2018 / August 16-18, 2018 / August 24-25, 2018 / October 31 – November 2, 2018 / November 29-30, 2018 / February 21-23, 2019 / April 5-6, 2019 / May 1, 2019

Inbound: May 1-2, 2018 / June 12, 2018 / June 17, 2018 / August 21, 2018 / August 27, 2018 / November 4-5, 2018 / December 2, 2018 / February 25, 2019 / April 9, 2019 / May 1, 2019

Black Out Dates

Outbound: December 16, 2018 – January 31, 2019 / April 15-18, 2019

Inbound: April 21-28, 2019
Child's or Infant's Fare: not applicable
Refunds: Not permitted
Rebooking: Not permitted
Reroute: Not permitted once issued
Mileage Accruable: Non-mileage for “O” booking class; 25% for “Q” booking class; 110% for “E” booking class; 125% for “I” booking class
Fare combination: Not allowed to combine with other fares
The flights detailed in the offer/promotion is valid only on “O” booking class only. Prior reservation is required.
Cardholders will pay for the fare difference if he/she chose flights on “Q,” “E,” or “I” booking classes.
All taxes, service and surcharges shall be charged to the Cardholder and must be paid using an HSBC Credit Card.
Flights from Cebu shall be charged additional fees.
The limited number of seats for the subject fare allocated to a particular flight may be fully booked although seats are still available in other fare types in the same class of travel.
HSBC will extract from its system and identify Cardholders who have reached the Promo Spend following below table on cut-off dates for extraction and the corresponding coverage of posted transactions: 

Extraction Date Spend Period
April 10, 2018 February 16 to March 31, 2018
May 3, 2018 February 16 to April 15, 2018
July 18, 2018 February 16 to June 30, 2018
September 5, 2018 February 16 to August 15, 2018
October 2, 2018 February 16 to September 30, 2018

The qualified Cardholder may expect an SMS notification containing two Claim Codes (“Codes”), each entitling the Cardholder to one Round Trip Economy ticket to Hong Kong, to be sent to his/her mobile number, as registered in HSBC's records, within 3 banking days after each extraction date. The Codes are eligible for redemption of two Round Trip Economy Cathay Pacific tickets to Hong Kong.

Redemption Period of the Welcome Gift is from April 13 to December 5, 2018. Unused Codes shall be deemed forfeited on December 6, 2018 and will no longer be valid for redemption.
Cardholders may claim the Welcome Gift during the Redemption Period by doing the following:
Visit http://bit.ly/hsbchk42 and enter the Code.

Note: Once ticket/s are issued, the Cardholder will not be able to reuse the unique code to book another flight.

After entering the Code, the Cardholder will be directed to a landing page with the booking options and terms and conditions.

Fill out the booking page with Passenger names, travel date, flight and payment details.
Cardholders must use his/her newly approved HSBC Credit Card to pay for the flight including taxes and applicable surcharges.

Passengers will receive e-tickets through e-mail.

Should passengers need further assistance they may send an e-mail to: MNL-DS@cathaypacific.com
Upon verification that the redemption is valid, HSBC will credit the following amount per redeemed Round Trip Economy ticket to Hong Kong, to the Cardholder’s HSBC Credit Card on the 15th and 30th  of each calendar month. If these fall on a holiday or non-working day, the crediting will happen on the following banking day.
USD110 or its equivalent Peso amount at the time of posting for tickets with outbound travel date on or before 15 December 2018
USD130 or its equivalent Peso amount at the time of  posting for tickets with outbound travel date on or after 01 February 2019
Upon crediting of the above amounts, Cardholder shall receive a notification SMS within three banking days. The equivalent bonus points earned by the original transaction shall likewise be clawed back by HSBC. 
Cardholders without the Codes will not be allowed to redeem. Cardholders may request for resending of previously issued and unclaimed Codes by calling HSBC’s Hotline (02)85-800.
The Welcome Gift is not convertible to cash or discount.
The Cardholder agrees not to cancel his/her Promo Spend nor his/her HSBC Credit Card within 15 months from its approval date. If the Cardholder requests for card cancellation or if the redemption is found to be invalid, the amount of PHP14,000.00 shall be charged to the Cardholder’s HSBC Credit Card account (“Cancellation Fee”). The Cancellation Fee must be duly paid by the Cardholder before the HSBC Credit Card may be cancelled by HSBC.
The Cardholder will be disqualified from the Promo in the event that his/her HSBC Credit Card becomes delinquent, restrained, suspended, cancelled or terminated within the Promo Period.
The promo cannot be availed of in conjunction with other ongoing HSBC Credit Card acquisition promos. All HSBC Credit Card applications shall be subject to HSBC’s final credit card approval and Credit Card Terms and Conditions.
All questions or disputes regarding the Cardholder's eligibility for the Promo, coverage of dates, fulfillment, etc., shall be resolved by HSBC.
All questions or disputes regarding the flights and flight schedules shall be resolved by Cathay Pacific
Terms and Conditions apply. Per DTI-FTEB Permit No. 1829, Series of 2018

June 18, 2018

Twinning

I haven't posted anything in this blog for the past two weeks because...I just don't know! I lack the energy to do things. I'm mostly lying down thinking whether to blog or not. Truth is, I may be depressed. It could be hormonal, or maybe because of the weather.

Yesterday I had to force myself up to unbox stuff sent by brands. After unboxing I decided to cook one of the gourmet meal sent by GoGourmet. As I waited for the broth to boil, I noticed that the rag I was holding matches with my  shirt. This twinning with the basahan incident made me laugh so hard and lifted my mood. Tinapos ng basahan ang two weeks of drama-moment ko, hahahaha! Sabi siguro ng basahan, di bagay sa name ko ang nagmumukmok.



"Life's too short,
enJOY no matter how shallow..."
- Rafael Mendiola Jr.
6/18/2018

June 17, 2018

Father's Day

Other families prefer to celebrate Father's Day dining out in restaurants; we preferred to stay home to avoid traffic. 

I did not prepare any gift for my husband nor asked my children if they have something for their dad.  When I woke at 4am, I saw Juan still awake. I got mad and told him to sleep. Little did I know Julia, Rafael and Juan talked about cooking something for dad. They did not sleep at all because my husband wakes very early. They want to surprise their dad for breakfast.


Rafael fried egg, ham, and bacon. Julia baked a cake. Juan cooked Salmon with Spicy Noodles.

Ano ang contribution ko sa Father's Day na ito? Ako ang nag hugas ng lahat ng pinaglutuan nila. 
Ako din ang naglinis ng kusina at buong bahay.😁😁😁


 
Happy Tatay's Day to our walking-Google, 
our story-teller, our singer of songs, 
our adventure guide, our anchor and cool dad!


"It is a wise father that knows his own child. "
-William Shakespeare

June 16, 2018

Go Gourmet Meal Kit Delivery

I love cooking healthy and gourmet food for my family but I find it burdensome to do the grocery because most of the ingredients are found in supermarkets. I also dislike the fact that preparing gourmet food would mean buying expensive ingredients that I won't be able to use for a long time.

Thanks to Abbey for introducing Go Gourmet Meal Kit Delivery! Go Gourmet aims to be the first of its kind in providing meal kits that are delicious, nutritious, easy to prepare and leave no food to waste.

You may choose from a variety of Everyday Meal Kits and School baon Meal Kits. The Everyday Meal Kits are curated recipes from different cuisines that may be high-fiber, low-cholesterol, low-purine, low-salt, and low-calorie dishes. The School baon Meal Kits are everyday kids’ favorites that we have made more nutritious and very easy to prepare. All meal kits come with easy to follow recipe cards and have calorie count and macro nutrients indicated for each recipe.

Each Meal Kit contains fresh produce, sauces, condiments, and recipe cards for the step-by-step instructions. All produce are vacuum-packed and nitrogen-infused guaranteeing freshness and shelf life. Vegetables, sauces, condiments, and other ingredients are carefully packed to likewise ensure freshness. Ingredients are pre-measured and conveniently packed to guarantee zero wastage.


a. First, create an account at www.gogourmet.com.ph.

b. Upon account creation, you will receive an email confirmation of your registered account.

c. After logging in, you can start viewing the Recipes Section and start selecting your recipes.

d. In the Recipes Section, click on View Details to see more information about your selected recipe such as Cooking Time, Expiry, Cuisine, Meal Type, Calorie Count, Nutritional Information, and Meal Kit content.

e. Click Add to Cart to include the recipe to your order. No minimum number of orders is required until July 30, 2018!

f. Once you are done selecting your orders, click on your Recipe Cart to review your order. You can add more recipes by clicking Continue Shopping.

g. To proceed with your order, click Checkout and accept the Terms & Conditions.

h. Confirm your delivery details and select your preferred delivery cycle and delivery date.

i. Once done, proceed to the Payment Page and click Place Your Order to submit your orders.

j. You will be sent an email summary of your Meal Kit order, Delivery Date, and Payment Instructions.

k. You will be directed to your Profile Page where your order summary will be reflected.

You can choose to pay using Dragonpay, Paypal, Over-the-Counter (OTC) banking or Online Funds Transfer to  bank accounts that will be provided by Go Gourmet

For more details visit www.gogourmet.com.ph. Or you may call at 02-9507348 or 09173224343

June 15, 2018

Nanay Na, Tatay Pa

It was Sonora Dodd  from Spokane who initiated the idea of celebrating Father's Day Festival to honor her father, Henry Jackson Smart, who single-handedly raised six kids after the death of his wife.

In 1924 President Calvin Coolidge first recognized Father's Day because of its popularity. President Richard Nixon finally signed a permanent national observance of Father's Day in 1972, stating that the festival is to be held on the third Sunday of June.

As for the Mendiolables, we celebrate Father's Day twice - the third Sunday of June of course is for my husband. The other celebration, can be a pre or post Father's Day party, is dedicated to my single mom friends who are bravely raising their kids on their own.

I wouldn't know how it is to be a single parent and struggling with money and things like that because I have John. But I've seen how my friends handle pressures and a lot of other issues in life, as a whole, kaya saludo ako sa mga nanay na, tatay pa! 

Happy Father's Day to strong and loving moms out there!


June 14, 2018

Bone Broth Ramen by Go Gourmet Meal Kit

Juancho has been craving for noodles for days but it's been raining for days so we couldn't go to our favorite Ramen house. Bone Broth Ramen by Go Gourmet Meal Kit saved us the hassle of going out to have a bowl of hot, delicious and nutritious ramen.



You may choose from a variety of Everyday Meal Kits and School baon Meal Kits at Gourmet Meal Kit Delivery. The Everyday Meal Kits are curated recipes from different cuisines that may be high-fiber, low-cholesterol, low-purine, low-salt, and low-calorie dishes. The School baon Meal Kits are everyday kids’ favorites that we have made more nutritious and very easy to prepare. All meal kits come with easy to follow recipe cards and have calorie count and macro nutrients indicated for each recipe.

Each Meal Kit contains fresh produce, sauces, condiments, and recipe cards for the step-by-step instructions. All produce are vacuum-packed and nitrogen-infused guaranteeing freshness and shelf life. Vegetables, sauces, condiments, and other ingredients are carefully packed to likewise ensure freshness. Ingredients are pre-measured and conveniently packed to guarantee zero wastage.

You can choose to pay using Dragonpay, Paypal, Over-the-Counter (OTC) banking or Online Funds Transfer to  bank accounts that will be provided by Go Gourmet. For more details visit www.gogourmet.com.ph. Or you may call at 02-9507348 or 09173224343.

June 13, 2018

Chicken Breast Stuffed with Goat Cheese and Quinoa by Go Gourmet Meal Kit

I didn't prepare any gift for my husband for Father's Day. Good thing the Chicken Breast Stuffed with Goat Cheese and Quinoa by Go Gourmet Meal Kit arrived a day before. Unfortunately, this meal didn't reach Father's Day at all. Instead, it turned out to be John's pre-Father's Day dinner. 


You may choose from a variety of Everyday Meal Kits and School baon Meal Kits at Gourmet Meal Kit Delivery. The Everyday Meal Kits are curated recipes from different cuisines that may be high-fiber, low-cholesterol, low-purine, low-salt, and low-calorie dishes. The School baon Meal Kits are everyday kids’ favorites that we have made more nutritious and very easy to prepare. All meal kits come with easy to follow recipe cards and have calorie count and macro nutrients indicated for each recipe.

Each Meal Kit contains fresh produce, sauces, condiments, and recipe cards for the step-by-step instructions. All produce are vacuum-packed and nitrogen-infused guaranteeing freshness and shelf life. Vegetables, sauces, condiments, and other ingredients are carefully packed to likewise ensure freshness. Ingredients are pre-measured and conveniently packed to guarantee zero wastage.

You can choose to pay using Dragonpay, Paypal, Over-the-Counter (OTC) banking or Online Funds Transfer to  bank accounts that will be provided by Go Gourmet. For more details visit www.gogourmet.com.ph. Or you may call at 02-9507348 or 09173224343.

June 12, 2018

Myeongdong Night Market

Going to Myeongdong Night Market shouln't be missed when you travel to South Korea because there are so many things and food you will enjoy. We've met one of the owners of Korean food products where we enjoyed talking (despite language barriers). Madami kaming nabiling seaweed from her. Marami din syang binigay na free!


I thought that one whole night of  shopping at Myeongdong is enough to satisfy our cravings for Korean food such as seaweeds, rose ice cream, and other street foods, face masks hunting, and K-fashion...but no, oh no! We went back the next night where we bumped with Juan's teachers from Aquinas school, Sir Dwayne, Sir Fernando, Mrs. Ramos. We also saw his former classmate Liam and his mom.


June 11, 2018

Heo Joon Jae's House from Legend of the Blue Sea K-Drama

I grew up not liking drama series because my father find them boring.  Not that I'm almost 45, there are drama series that I watched. One of them is Legend of the Blue Sea K-Drama, which was high;y recommended by my daughter. More like, she forced me to watch it.

Heo Joon Jae's House from the Legend of the Blue Sea K-Drama was not in my itinerary when we went to outh Korea but it was on Julia's list of where to go in Seoul. Little did we know that that house is just walking distance, about 3 minutes, from Namsangil House. We were so happy to see that
Heo Joon Jae's House from Legend of the Blue Sea K-Drama!



June 10, 2018

TOYCON 2018

TOYCON, the longest running and biggest event Pop Event has once again drew families, friends and even strangers together for TOYCON 2018 + PopLife FANXEXPERIENCE from June 8-10, 2018 at SMX Convention Center Manila, MOA Complex, Pasay City.

We did not let our busy schedules and the typhoon to keep us from enjoying this most important event for our tatay. We usually complete the three days event but on the first day of Toycon, John had appointment with his cardiologist and nephrologist, while I attended the wedding of Kenneth and Janelle.

On the second day, the twins had to make school stuff while Juan and I attended a half day cooking event. John, Juan and I managed to catch up at 6pm til closing.

And on the third and last day, the Mendiolables were finally complete! Salamat Az and the whole Toycon for having us at this coolest and most fun event!

This vid, summarizes our TOYCON 2018.


June 9, 2018

The Arton and Yummy Kitchen Workshop

Despite heavy rain and flooded streets, Juan and I attended  The Arton  and Yummy Kitchen Workshop at the Santolan Town Plaza where moms and dads, along with their kids, learned to recreate kid-friendly recipes they can prepare at home. 

This cooking workshop was conducted by no less than Chef Sharwin Tee, author and host of Curiosity Got the Chef, The Philippines’ Lifestyle Network’s first locally-produced cooking show.  Chef Sharwin taught the parent and child duo three (3) delectable and easy recipes, namely,       Middle School Mess, Ube Macapuno “Quesadillas”, and Double Spam Musubi. 

Middle School Mess, made with mangoes, kiwi, and whipped cream mixed together in a delicious mess.  From an English dessert to a Filipino adaptation of a famous Mexican snack, who would  have thought that the traditional dessert Ube and Macapuno would actually be a great alternative filling for quesadillas?

Double Spam Musubi, the Japanese dish made with only four simple ingredients, is definitely a delicious go-to snack idea for the kids. 


The workshop was designed as not only a fun experience for children and their parents to learn recipes but it was also a way for them to bond with each other as they learn a  new skill. And this also holds true with the vision of The Arton by Rockwell. Equipped with premium amenities and spacious living spaces, the Arton was designed to be an abode where families can bond and grow together, a space where there are free to  enjoy life comfortably with their loved ones.

The official partner for the workshop series, The Arton by Rockwell, is the first high-end, high-rise residential development in Katipunan, Q.C. It is expected to be a first of its kind with co-working spaces that can inspire learning, discovery, and growth. 






Visit Yummy.ph’s website at https://www.yummy.ph  and follow them on Facebook at https://facebook.com/yummymagazine, , on Instagram @yummyph. 

To know more about The Arton’s newest tower, The Arton North, visit https://www.e-rockwell.com/

June 8, 2018

Kenneth and Janelle



I am a happy aunt of Ynah as she finally tied-the-knot with her long time boyfriend, Kenneth. Ynah is the daughter of my cousin, Kuya Virgil and Ate Coy. I'm Ynah's Ninang during her Baptismal.

All those who witnessed their union held at The Alley by Vikings were joyful because this wedding of  Kenneth and Janelle is 11 years the making! Their love story started in high school and they have already been thru many challenges.  They have surpassed all those trials and I'm truly  honored to be one of the Godparents on this very special day.


"The real act of marriage takes place in the heart, 
not in the ballroom or church or synagogue. 
It's a choice you make - not just on your wedding day, 
but over and over again - 
and that choice is reflected 
in the way you treat your husband or wife." 
- Barbara De Angelis

June 7, 2018

Namsan Gil House Review

Before going to Korea, I read a lot of reviews for hotels, homes and airbnb. I got interested about Namsan Gil House because it is near N Seoul Tower and they have low rates as compared to others. Before booking, I checked and read about reviews and even went to check some of Filipinos who booked there not just once but twice. I reached out to Jeck and she highly recommended Namsan Gil House.


What we like about Namsan Gil House:
1.  Walking distance to N Seoul Tower
2.  Walking distance to Heo Joon Jae's House (Legend of the Blue Sea K-Drama)
3. Walking distance to Myeongdong Night Market
4. Walking distance to pick up point going to Everland and Nami Island
5. Breakfast is included (Noodles, bread, spread like peanut butter, blueberry jam, coffee.
    You can actually cook eggs but we didn't have plenty of time to spare.
6. Free use of Washing machine (with soap)
7. One, the owner, is very helpful and considerate
8.  Affordable
9. Game gadgets (PlayStation) is provided
10. Water heater is provided in the shower room.

What we didn't like about Namsan Gil House
1. A bit uphill. It's tiring to go walk back after a whole day of long walks.
2. Towels are small; it's more like a hand towel.
3. Bathroom is too small
4. Trash bins are located under the food station

Address: South Korea, 서울특별시 Jung-gu, 퇴계로18길 79-3
Phone: +82 2-319-8500

June 6, 2018

Things To Do In N Seoul Tower

After checking in at our accommodation, we immediately headed at N Seoul Tower. It is the most popular attraction in Korea for lovers and couples to put and seal their fate using some love locks. 

The survey says, N Seoul Tower was voted as the most suitable place for promoting Hallyu. Hallyu refers to the rising popularity of Korean popular culture including TV shows and music.



Things to do in N Seoul Tower:

1.  Use the telescope, by inserting some coins, to see the buildings and the whole of Seoul.
2.  Ride the cable (as suggest you pat for two-way)
3.  You can ride the cable one way via the cable ride. Then if you have plenty of time, walk going back
4. Visit the K-Star Gallery It has a lot of drama posters and albums with a signature of the actors and artists. The admission is free!
5. Experience the LG 3D Zone. FREE ADMISSION!
6. Walk through the World’s first LED tunnel, FREE ADMISSION!
Attractions in N Seoul Tower with admission fees:
7. Hello Kitty Island. Admission Fee: Adult 8,000 won | Child 7,000 won
8. Ssen Toy Museum. Admission Fee: Adult 10,000 won | Child 8,000 won
9.  Visit the Teddy Bear Museum
10. Hanbok Wearing 
Admission Fee: Adults 10,000 won / Teens 9,000 won / Children 8,000 won

June 5, 2018

Hello Kitty Island

When I was a kid I'd rather play sports than play with dolls. I was not a big fan of Hello Kittty although my father used to send Hello Kitty and other Sanrio cute stuff while he was working abroad.  I only started appreciating this lovely character when I gave birth to twins because Julia loves anything pink.

We didn't let the opportunity pass without visiting Hello Kitty Island while we were in Korea.  Hello Kitty Island is a special exhibition hall, themed around Hello Kitty. Visitors can enjoy various exhibits, a gift shop, Kitty History Hall, Art Education Hall, Music Education Hall, Art Gallery, World Gallery Hall, Trip around the World Gallery Hall, Constellation Education Hall, Special Gallery, Hello Kitty Café, 3D Theater, Outdoor Modeling Gallery, and more.

The place is not that big but good enough to cute photos with Hello Kitty mementos.



Address:  340, Hanchang-ro, Andeok-myeon, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do
Telephone: • 1330 Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 / +82-64-792-6114
Operating Hours:  July-August 09:00-20:00 * September-June 09:00-18:00 

* Last admission: One hour before closing.

Admission Fees 
Individuals - Adults 12,000 won / Teenagers 11,000 won / Children 9,000 won
Groups - Adults 10,000 won / Teenagers 9,000 won / Children 7,000 won

June 4, 2018

Sid & Aya (Not a Love Story)

My friend Lyn and I used to attend blogging events together but since she started her water refilling business 3 years ago we seldom get to see each other.

Although both busy, we promised to have a once a year Filipino love story movie date. For 2018, we picked  Sid & Aya (Not a Love Story). We watched in SM Aura Cinema.

Dingdong Dantes played Sid, a heartless, flawed, asshole, who's only reason for living is to get rich. Anne Curtis is Aya. A girl who does three part-time jobs to help her family.

Sid & Aya (Not a Love Story) is written and directed by Irene Emma Villamor.  I must say that I truly enjoyed watching this movie because the script is written well. The characters are played perfectly by Anne and Dindong. 

Although I really liked Sid & Aya, I found Dindong eyes too distracting. Dingdong acted very well in this movie but his eyes conveys the same look as with all the different scenes in this movie (and his other movies as well).

As I've posted in Instagram, FB and twitterr, sulit ang puyat, pagod at pag bagtas sa ulan at trapik. Magaling ang pagkakagawa ng Sid & Aya! Ang ganda pa ng awiting ginamit, Di na Muli. Damang dama ko ang sakit, pati na din ang kilig😁. Ito ay para sa mga nasaktan, para sa mga hindi marunong magmahal at para sa mga grabe umibig.

Oh and before I forget, I love the theme song of the movie, Di Na Muli. Syempre proud ako sa song na yan because I was part of video of the original song!


31 MEMORABLE QUOTES FROM ‘SID & AYA’: 
(Credits: Cinemabravo)

“Hindi naman lahat ng may ‘I love you,’ love story na e.”

“Sino ba’ng hindi malungkot? Sino ba’ng hindi galit sa mundo? Lahat naman, di ba? Isang pikit, isang maling galaw, sasabog ka na lang.”

“Lahat may kanya-kanyang sira sa utak. Depende na lang kung paano mo itago.”

“Hindi ako interesadong makilala ang mga taong hindi ko naman kailangan.”

“Lahat naman talaga ng masarap, bawal.”

- “Magkano pinag-uusapan natin?”
— “1000 an hour.”
- “Sobrang lungkot mo naman para magbayad ka pa ng kausap.”

- “You know, you should stop smoking. The things that we love will eventually kill us.”
— “Patay na kung patay. Ganon din naman yun e.”

“Kahit ga’no mo pa alam kung gaano ang kaya mong ibigay, nasa dalawang tao pa rin talaga yan.”

“Hindi mo pwedeng ikulong ang puso.”

“Mahirap maging mahirap. Period.”

“She can do what she wants. Ako rin. At the end of the day, kami pa rin.” 

“Bakit hindi mo na lang kasi aminin, hindi ka masaya.”

“Malayo ang pagsasabi ng totoo sa pagiging judgmental.”

“The truth is, I wanted her that night. Pero ayokong maging gago sa kanya e. Ayoko sana.”

“A black swan is an event that is impossible to predict, but has major consequences for us all.”

“Wag kang papasok-pasok sa buhay ng iba, kundi ikaw ang madadali.”

“Wala ‘to, kaya ko ‘to. Siyempre pagód lang kaya madaling umiyak.”
“Wag kang mag-sorry. Alam ko ang ginagawa ko. Ginusto ko 'to.”

“Kung hindi love, masyadong malaking sugal yan.”

“If I ask you to stay for one more night, magkano?”

"So ano, malaki nga? Tell me when to stop."

“Ito ang parusa ni Aya sa akin: Mas maraming tanong. Mas maraming gabi ng hindi pagtulog.” 

“Marami pa akong gustong sabihin sa kanya kung makikinig lang siya.”

“If she was with me, I would tell her I love her. Gago lang ako para di aminin yun sa sarili ko. Takót lang ako para sabihin yun kapag kasama ko siya.”

"Hindi ba pwedeng lahat na lang kayo, mahal ko? Pwede ba yon?"

“Hindi ako nalungkot. Para akong nakatakas. Kasi dito, ayos lang malungkot. Pwede pala yun: na wala kang iniisip.”

“Nakakapagod. Napapagod na ‘kong magmahal ng mga taong kailangan kong mahalin.”

“Kung ikaw nabuhay ka para sa ibang tao, ako nabuhay nang walang rason. E wala namang dahilan ang lahat para sa ‘kin. Not until now.”

- “Tumaya ka naman sa ‘kin, Aya!”
— “Kung tumaya ako sa ‘yo, ikaw naman ang masasaktan.”

“I did not deserve her but I still had her.”

“Lahat naman ng tao nasasaktan.”

June 3, 2018

Beep Beep Media Launch

Despite the rain and traffic going to SM Aura, I made sure to attend Beep Beep Media Launch last week at Todd English in SM Aura to learn more about their services.

beepbeep.ph is the country’s premiere online destination for car owners and their car related needs. It is the first of its kind in the Philippines and completely Filipino-owned.  They offer convenient car servicing that is going to make the lives of car owners comfortable.

The featured services available to beepbeep.ph clients include, Maintenance and Mechanical Repairs, Wheels and Tires, Car Wash and Detailing,  Battery and Towing,  Insurance and LTO Registration,    Body Repairs, Paints, and Wraps; and Parts and Accessories. 

On top of said featured services listed on the website, beepbeep.ph also offers expert advice with regard to car needs and emergencies, as well as a booking system called Service Valet with which clients can schedule appointments for their car service needs with their preferred car care establishment.   They even have partner locksmiths for drivers who frequently forget car keys inside the car.

The Service Valet can be booked for either one way (pick up point to shop, or shop to delivery point), or round trip, definitely a first in the Philippines. beepbeep.ph has also recently launched its Road Side Assistance (RSA) program to assist motorists who happen to encounter accidents or emergencies on the road. 

Hands-on beepbeep.ph founders Anton Ojeda and Pao Acosta graced the event.   Anton discussed how beepbeep.ph came to be, while Pao talked about the services being offered by the new company. They both explained the car care service they are providing clients with access to an online listing of car care service and auto repair shops in the country.



Within the span of just 8 months, beepbeep.ph has become the most comprehensive online directory for car care and related services in Metro Manila. The website boasts of listing over 6,000 car care and servicing establishments from locations all over the metro, namely: Pasig, Taguig, San Juan, Las Piñas, Valenzuela, Malabon, Quezon City, Manila, Marikina, Parañaque, Caloocan, Navotas, Makati, Mandaluyong, Muntinlupa, Pasay, and Pateros.  




With 150M in funding to fill gap that has long been unmet, starting with the simple idea of removing and avoiding said problems and hassles associated with owning a car, beepbeep.ph was able to generate over 150 Million Pesos in funding through the various partners, sponsors, and collaborators who believed that owning and maintaining a car does not have to be a chore. 

With companies such as ASI Studios Inc., Brenmedia International Inc., and Synergy88 Realty and Development Corporation backing their endeavor, 

As an expansion of the Service Valet service, beepbeep.ph offers a solution to the most common deterrent for attending to car servicing needs which is lack of time. beepbeep.ph helps car owners and motorists get their cars serviced by assisting in the scheduling, pick up, and delivery, thereby giving them a convenient and worry-free car care service. “With our time getting stretched further and further, we realized that a solution like beepbeep.ph’s Service Valet will help make people's lives a whole lot better,” says Anton Ojeda, and he couldn’t be more correct.  

Both Service Valet and RSA are made possible through beepbeep.ph’s partnerships with the biggest car dealerships in the country as well as the best specialized car service shops in the metro. Some of these partners include Mitsubishi, Honda, Ford, Hyundai, Chevrolet, Kia, Peugeot, and Suzuki. According to Pao Acosta, “Our data shows that partnering with car repair shops, both big and small, is a win-win situation for both motorists and car repair shops alike.”  beepbeep.ph’s service offerings are all designed with the busy car owner in mind. Since its inception in 2017, the company has armed its users, not only with the knowledge of the available garages and car care shops near them, but also with the peace of mind that in case of emergency, they can rely on beepbeep.ph.   

To know more about beepbeep.ph, its services, partner establishments, rates, and ongoing promotions, visit the website: https://www.beepbeep.ph.

June 2, 2018

Moxie Amsterdam

It took me months to find the perfect shoes for my Korea trip. My husband and kids bought rubber shoes, and they all suggested I buy the same. I opted for Britt Loafers by Moxie Amsterdam because  I wanted a shoe that will complement all the ensembles I prepped for 7 days and still look classy.

In addition to its simple yet classy design, Britt Loafers is such a comfortable shoes. I wore it for long, as in super long, walks in Seoul yet it didn't hurt my feet a bit.



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

June 1, 2018

Camaya Coast

I've been to Camaya Coast before in 2009 when it was just the sea and land and a single model unit. Upon the invitation of my friend Lyn, we went back again yesterday to see the opportunity to buy a lot for our future vacation home.

Big difference from the first time we went! There are a few houses built, restaurants like Max's, Pancake House, Yellow Cab and others. There's also an inflatable  where Gabe, Meeca and Juan had fun while John and I checked out the new lots for sale.

If you are looking for a vacation place and might be interested to visit Camaya Coast, feel free to give Lyn a txt at 0928-1539822, she'll arrange your tour there.