May 22, 2019

Orgullo kan Bikol Trade & Travel Fair

Discover the best of Bicol at the Orgullo kan Bikol Trade & Travel fair at The Shang Ongoing from May 22 to 26 at the Grabd Atrium, Main Wing.

The fair culls authentic Bicolano products, all of them made by micro, small, and medium enterprises in Legazpi City.

OKB showcases many of Bicol's tourist spots, new ecotourism actovities, diverse natural attractions, and festivals, ideal for family vacations and romantic getaways.

The fair also highlights the fashion and flavours of bicol, with an array of handcrafted abaca products, stylish accessories, native home fixtures, and delicious, signature food items (pili based snacks are a hallmark of the region) and beverages available for shoppers to browse and purchase.


#OccasionsofJoy #Bicol #proudbikolana #Bicolproducts #foodbazaar #travelfair

May 21, 2019

Bean Box with Vicky

I saw Vicky's post in FB wearing a Hanbok and I thought she was in Korea. She told me the photos were taken at Bean Box and asked me to visit it. Actually many of my friends have invited me to visit Bean Box in the past when it opened a few years ago but I was too busy. Now that it's summer both Vicky and I have free time so we decided to have our post Mother's Day celebration in this place.

We only had Clubhouse Sandwich and an aloe vera drink, which we had to go since we both had lunch earlier at separately.

The place is kawaii, very cute and instagrammable. Hanbok is free to wear but they require diners to order first and pay. One order per person is a MUST. You will all be asked to provide a valid identification card.

For those persons with difficulty walking, you might find it hard to reach the place since they are located on the fourth floor. No escalators nor elevators available within the building.

I can't say anything about the food since the sandwich was already soggy when it reached home. Maybe on our next visit, I will do a review on the menu and pricing.

Special thanks to Josh for helping us with photos and vids. Meantime, please do enjoy Vicky and my kalokohan for this video. We are moms just havin' fun. Ang mahal ng rent ng Hanbok sa Korea, at least at Bean Box free, bibili ka lang nga muna ng food nilaπŸ˜€


Address: 461 Barangka, Mandaluyong City
Phone: 0915 490 2430

May 18, 2019

Martell Chanteloup Philippine Launch

Martell Chanteloup Philippine Launch happened yesterday at Marina Bay Spa and Lifestyle. It was headed by their speaker and ambassador, Mr. Jean Baptiste Gourvil, who flew all the way from Malaysia.

This cognac is made of eaux de vie from four of the most prestigious cognac cruz. It is carefully blended by the Martell cellar master from up to 450 rare eaux de vie. Each personality is developed creating an aromatic and sensory balance in this unique blend. This is an ultra prestige cognacs and has limited stocks in the Philippines, with a retail price at around P22,000 per bottle.

This cognac represents a brilliant tribute to a historic place experience Martell Chanteloup with your senses: to the eye: see a dark amber, attractive hue that catches the light on the house: opens with fresh stone-fruit aromas such as bush peach, apricot and floral notes. when swirled, it moves through candied fruit like orange and lemon towards dried fruits such as raisins, almonds and nuts. Martell Chanteloup perspective definitely makes a strong aroma through its complexity. in the mouth: at first, soft and light at the palate. it progressively enriched by candied and dried fruit notes with subtle hints of blackcurrant. the balanced tenor of these aromas puts together the structure, elegance and power that leaves a lingering spice finish in the mouth.



May 17, 2019

mesoprotech

The other at The Residences at Greenbelt, ieskin launched in the Philippines their newest  product, mesoprotech. The event was highlighted by the presence of the ultra beautiful Dr. Lucia Lourdes Castro-Fores, who gave a comprehensive talk about this products and more,

mesoprotech is an innovative range of products offering the most advanced and complete sunscreen technology, providing protection against the harmful effects of UVA and UVB radiation, infrared radiation (IR) and visible light (HEV). Their formulas combine safety with effective antioxidant and antiaging action, favouring the production of collagen and avoiding skin photoaging. Dermatologically tested formulas. Water resistant.




For more details and know where to get mesoprotech sun protective range, 
visit and follow mesoprotech sun protective range @mesoprotechph

May 16, 2019

Blackberry is Back

“The Art of Particularity” press launch introduced two young and driven Filipinos to represent the BlackBerry KEY2 LE—the icon for all, which has become the preferred smartphone for the new generation and young leaders of tomorrow.

Simone Rota, a football star and humanitarian, he played for the Azkals and is now with Kaya. was not able to make it to the event because he has a game in Singapore. 

I came for this press launch for the second icon, whom I know personally to be a very friendly and pretty lady. She is Mela Sison Laxamana, Group Marketing Manager for Raintree Restaurants and Raintree Hospitality Group, currently handles 12 restaurants, five food parks, one hotel, and one household. This girl boss and icon for all is also known as a shoe-loving, cookie-eating lipstick junkie superstar. How does she manage to stay organized and productive? Mela shares, “With the help of my BlackBerry KEY2 LE, I’m able to get the job done.” She shares, “I specifically like the QWERTY feature because this makes me feel like I’m responding to my emails like I’m working on my laptop, and I get to respond in real time. This makes my work easier even when I’m out of the office.” Mela adds, “With my BlackBerry KEY2 LE, better workdays are at my fingertips!”

Both Mela and Simone agree that there are social phones for play and there’s the BlackBerry KEY2 LE—a productive work phone and indispensable tool of the trade to help you get things done efficiently. Indeed, the BlackBerry KEY2 LE is raising the bar to help you do more, different. Touch it. Feel it. Experience the rebirth of an icon Black is back with the launch of BlackBerry KEY2 and KEY2 LE.




Iconic design, reimagined Sleek and super modern, the KEY2 and KEY2 LE feature a diamond pattern, non-slip textured back, a 4.5- inch impact-resistant gorilla glass display, durable aluminum alloy frame, and the most intelligent BlackBerry keyboard ever. Redesigned with 20% larger keys and perfectly sculpted for more comfortable typing with the all-new speed key with 52 custom shortcuts, speeding you into action. Instead of just launching the clock, you can go straight to timer; instead of just opening your text messaging app you can go directly to composing a text message. The QWERTY keyboard is all about tactility and accuracy, not to mention that there’s just something uniquely satisfying when your fingertips glide over and hit those keys—unlike a glass keyboard which is prone to typographical errors, not to mention how difficult it is if not impossible to type without looking.

Take stunning photos with the BlackBerry’s dual rear camera with more control and better image quality, truly an impressive 12MP photo experience. Unsurpassed level of security and enhanced privacy you can control The BlackBerry’s locker is a private app you can access only through your fingerprint or password. You can store anything here and these will stay invisible to outside apps. Locker can also block screenshots and screen recorders. Putting your sensitive documents and apps like your banking app in the locker give them an added layer of security. Within locker is Firefox Focus for private browsing that blocks unwanted ads and automatically deletes your browsing history when you exit. A quick three-finger swipe on the screen gives you the privacy shade, a “peep-hole” feature you can use to read sensitive documents in public without worrying that your neighbors may see. You can even use your thumbprint to snap and save photos directly to locker where all your other secret stuff is. This fingerprint sensor is found right on the space bar, which is a smart way of maximizing space. With such advanced security and privacy features, and regular updates that protect it from the latest threats, no wonder the new BlackBerry has been touted as the most secure phone for 2019 by gadgethacks.com.

Designed for those who want to do more, the KEY2 has up to two days of battery life. Whenever you need a boost, just use the quick-charge 3.0 and you can go from zero to 50% in only 36 minutes. The smartphone’s BlackBerry Hub puts all your notifications in one place so you can stay organized and productive, instead of jumping between multiple apps. The built-in Android Experiences like Google Playstore, Google Lens, and Google Assistant give you everything. Switching is easy!

Interested to make the switch? The transition couldn’t be easier. With Android’s straightforward set-up process, all you need to do is install the device’s switch app on your old phone which is wirelessly connected to your BlackBerry and everything will get transferred. Connect to data log-in using your Google Account, select your preferences, and then start enjoying your new BlackBerry!

#BlackIsBack #DoMoreDifferent #AllDayAllNight #IconIsBack #IconicFilipino #IconForAll

May 15, 2019

Isabelle Daza-Semblat for Pigeon Safety Alert in the Digital Age

Having been a fan of Gloria Diaz since a young kid, it is no wonder I am also a fan of her daughter, Isabelle, who's now Isabelle Daza-Semblat and a first time mom.

At Cibo in Powerplant Mall, Isabelle Daza-Semblat headed Pigeon Safety Alert in the Digital Age, where talk on childcare, parenting, health and nutrition were discussed by invited guests, doctors, Isabelle herself.  Parents, teachers, media and mall goers took part in an engaging round table discussion on modern parenting presented by Pigeon.

Some of the topics discussed at the event were handling a newborn, safety starts the minute you leave the hospital, understanding the ingredients - what’s harmful and what’s not in baby products, breastfeeding, child development, bonding with baby, pros and cons of introducing technology to a young kid, and how do you make technology be a positive influence to your child’s development.

Baby products that ensure the safety of the children were highlighted, namely, Europe’s first car seat brand, Maxi-Cosi, Pigeon Honeycomb Breast Pads, Safety 1st’s U-pressure auto fit gates with Securetech technology and even when you’re bathing your baby, Safety 1st’s Custom Care Modular Bathing, Quinny Zapp Flex Stroller, Pigeon Liquid Cleanser, and baby care products like the Newborn Pure.

Among the guests speakers are Maye Yao Co Say, Chief Operating Officer of RichwellPhils. Group of Companies – Distributor of branded children for products –Pigeon baby products, Safety 1st, Crayola Toys, Elle and more. She also serves as Director of the Philippine Association of National Advertisers, a Columnist at Business Mirror. She is a graduate of BS Management Engineering at the Ateneo de Manila University and Master’s Degree in Business Administration at the Asian Institute of Management, and a mom of 2 kids, Meagan and Marcus.

Teacher Tanya Velasco, an early childhood educator and a RIE®   Practicum™ Student. She graduated with a degree in Family Life and Child Development from UP Diliman and received her M.A. in Leadership in Education from Pacific Oaks College in Pasadena, California. She is a preschool teacher, a facilitator of parent-infant/toddler classes and educates parents about respectful parenting starting from pregnancy until post-birth through seminars. When she's not in the classroom, Teacher Tanya is enjoying her primary role as a wife to her husband Mike and as a mom, to her daughters, Ellie and Julia.

Ma. Celi M. Rico-Tantianpact, General Pediatrician specializing in Pediatric Dermatology Pediatric residency training: Makati Medical Center, Sub specialty training in Pediatric Dermatology: KK Children's Hospital, Singapore. She currently holds clinic and consultant staff of Department of Pediatrics, Makati Medical Center. She is a new mom to a 4-month old baby girl.

Bernice V. Quiros-Tan, MD, FPOGS, shetook her training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Makati Medical Center. She currently practices in Taguig and Pateros area.

Georges Ramirez is a veteran race car driver and instructor as well as a Senior Editor of C! Magazine.

Art Samaniego, Jr., is Manila Bulletin's resident geek and recognized as one of the country's go-to-guy for anything technology related. At present, he embraces the advocacy that fights fake and unverified news while keeping a close watch on cyber security. He is still human but ask tech and he shall answer.


Make sure to watch out for the next Parenting on the Move child care event from Richwell Phils. Inc. and be part of this worthwhile advocacy.

Pigeon, Quinny and Maxi-Cosi are exclusively distributed by Richwell Phils. Inc. Enjoy exclusive promotions on participating Safety Alert items when you visit Baby Company.

Make sure to "Like" them on Facebook: Pigeon Philippines, QuinnyPhils, Maxicosiphils and follow them on Instagram: pigeonbabyPH, quinny_phils, maxicosiPH to stay updated on product and brand updates for better parenting.

May 13, 2019

Halalan 2019

John and I woke early to exercise our right to vote.  It was a good day as the fI ow in our respective precints were fairly smooth. 

This election was made even fun with all the volunteers from San Felipe Neri Church giving out water, candies and biscuita.

My day made even nicer when I saw Ms. Jasmine Bayugo manning the precinct where I'll vote. Ms. Jasmine used to be Julia's Grade 4 adviser in Doninican College. She is one of the best and nicest teachers we know.

Pagpupugay sa lahat ng mga guro, mga taga simbahan at iba pang volunteers na nagbibigay serbisyo para sa maayos na Halalan 2019.


#OccasionsofJoy #Halalan2019 #suffrage #votewisely #voteearly

May 10, 2019

Hot Toys Secret Base

On our last night in Hong Kong, John and I, along with Dennis, we've visited Hot Toys Secret Base, in Sino Center, in Nathan Road, Hong Kong and In's Point.

If you're a toy collector or you have a partner, husband or lover who's into toys, Ins Point is a place to visit. My husband had a wonderful time shopping Gundam there!





May 9, 2019

Silka Seaview Hotel Review

I found Silka Seaview Hotel when I Googled "hotel near night market and toy shops". I booked it via Agoda at less than P3,000 with no breakfast. I have stayed in Kowloon and Mongkok area in the past but I am not familiar with Yau Ma Tei District, where Silka Seaview Hotel is located.

I am happy I booked this hotel because I made my husband happy because it is an easy walking distance to The Secret Base of Hot Toys and  In's Mall where John bought Gundam.

Coming from Macau, we took a bus and MTR to reach Silka in about an hour, including the time we got lost looking for this hotel. Though we got lost, it is actually very easy to find. It is a 30-minute drive from Hong Kong International Airport. Located in the Yau Ma Tei District, the hotel is a 5-minute walk from Yau Ma Tei MTR Station. It offers easy access to Mongkok, Nathan Road and Tsim Sha Tsui, where shops of various items abound.

Victoria Harbour can actually be seen from the top rooms. I like the location of this hotel but the front desk staff are not friendly. The room is too small with old bedding. They offer free wifi but I didn't get to try if it has fast connecting ability because I used my rented pocket wifi. Our room was not cleaned very well because we found used plastic bottle a used paper bag in the side table drawer. The  mini fridge also smelt bad.

Although they have a complimentary local area shuttle, we didn't get to utilize it because we decided to enjoy our walking tour of Nathan and Mongkok areas.

The front desk people should be replaced by the housekeeping staff because the two lady housekeeping staff we met are far more suited welcoming tired and confused travellers with their friendly and warm attitude.



Address: 250 Shanghai St, Yau Ma Tei, Hong Kong
Phone: +852 2782 0882

May 8, 2019

Contis Marquee Mall Ribbon Cutting and Blessing

John and I were in Macau during Contis Marquee Mall  Ribbon Cutting and Blessing last May 8,2019 but we would no want to miss the fun so we sent our beautiful nieces to cover for this blog and Jampacked Lifestyle.

Pampanga City is now invaded extensive mouth-watering menu such as, salmon, roast beef in muchroom sauce a thinly slice beef perfectly paired with butter vegetables, pies chicken ala king kiev and garlic sotanghon.

Contis is dubbed as the famous home of the mango bravo is now in it's newest domain, Central Luzon offering the kapampangans another go to place that can satisfy their cravings.



Follow Contis on Instagram and Facebook: (Contis_ph and Contis Bakeshop & Restaurant)
Visit www.contis.ph to learn more about the latest delightful dishes from Contis.
#ManganTanaSaContisPampanga #ContisMarqueeMall  #ILoveMangoBravo

May 7, 2019

Ole London Hotel Review

Before booking at any hotels in Macau, I read hundreds of review to check which is the nearest in Senado Square and Ruins of St. Paul's because these two spots were at my priority list to be visited.

Among the many reviews, Ole London Hotel had the most number of positive comments so I booked it via Booking.com. Truth to tell, this hotel is just a 2-minute walk from the nearest bus stop, 5 to 8 minutes walk to  Senado Square and a 12-minute walk from the Ruins of St. Paul's.

Though the room may be small, I like that they have fast and strong wifi, clean bathroom, easy to manage hot and cold water heater, near the city center; shopping, sightseeing, restaurants;  friendly and professional staff·; and a delicious buffet breakfast.

I'd like to commend Bill, of the Front Desk, who's very accommodating. We stayed in this hotel for two nights, May 7 to 9.

Though I like this hotel, I will have to check the final bill on my credit card becaus eat booking.com, I'm supposed to pay  HKD460.01 + hkd46 tax, I think I was charged HKD605 per day. I'll update this post once I get my credit card billing.



May 6, 2019

Greenwich Cheezy Bread Sticks

I'm tryig to cut down on carbs but lately my date with Juancho means having at least 10 orders of Greenwich Cheezy Breadsticks. I like this much, paano kami papayat and dami kong nakakain?😁

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#OccasionsofJoy #Mendiolables #1Mendiola #Greenwich #CheezyBreadSticks #lifestylevloggers #Breadsticks 

May 2, 2019

Snapchat

My daughter was playing with Snapchat, turning female photos into male (and vise versa).  I asked her to do mine and this is how I'll look like if I were a man according to a Snapchat app. This is fun! In fairness, pogi ha! Sana talaga naging lalaki na lang ako. No monthly period to think of. No menopausal time to worry about😁 Ang hirap maging babae. Kaya mabuhay ang mga kababaihan!



#OccasionsofJoy #snapchat

May 1, 2019

Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate

Every time I see nuns my heart leaps with joy because at point in time, when I was a little girl, I contemplated on being one of them. 

At our recent Taal Volcano Trek, John and I met Sister Frances, Sister Nympha and the rest of Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate. They were happy bunch of sisters enjoying the beautiful scenery while praying for the intentions of the people they are praying for.

The quick chit-chat with them turned into a family retreat when we visited them last Saturday at Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate Formation House located in Talisay, Batangas. We actually just came home this afternoon. We stayed with them for 2 nights and 2 days. We were able to join them in their evening prayer, Sunday Mass, breakfast, lunch, dinner. They even toured us to Ambon Ambon Falls where we had a picnic for lunch. 

During their recreational night, John and the kids played Slipper Game (the rule of the game is much like soccer except that they use slipper instead of a ball.

On our last night, Julia, Rafael and Juan helped in making Turmeric Powder. Before we went back home, they gave us fruits and ginataang isda to bring home.

We've been to many places, met a lot of people, the experience we had staying with sisters is one we will never forget.

If you or any one you know have the desire to be a sister or nun, feel free to message then directly in Facebook/Messenger.


April 28, 2019

Ambon Ambon Falls

Our trip to Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate in Talisay Batangas was a whirlwind plan. So before heading there the next day, I Googled what tourist spots is near the convent and it yielded Ambon Ambon Falls. Take note though that there are two other  “Ambon-Ambon Falls”, one in Pangil, Laguna and the other in Bagac, Bataan.

Sister Nympha said this falls is near their convent, about 30 minutes away.  This Ambon Ambon Falls is located in Bgy. Miranda in Laurel, Batangas. The Trail length is about 20-30 minutes to reach the first-smaller falls. Then another15 to 20 minutes to reach the second falls. the hardest climb is bout 25 to 30 minutes to reach the third and biggest falls.

Its name literally means ‘drizzle’ or ‘light rain’; a waterfall christened as such would have to be very tall to evoke such an effect. With an estimated height of 60 meters, in three levels of sharp rocks, I don't think any one can reach the 2nd and third falls like Julia and Juan who decided to stay and wait for us to finish the trail.

Though some of those who went before us find he trek to Ambon-Ambon falls easy, John and I find the climb a bit difficult but it was all worth it!

We advise that you visit Ambon Ambon Falls with any of the residents as they are knowledgeable of the place. We were blessed that Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate  were there to be our tour guided. Or you might want to join tours arranged by mountaineers and trekkers.

Start the trek as early as 5am so you'll avoid the heat of the sun and the many trekkers. Wear trekking shoes, lycra top and leggings. 


April 23, 2019

Benefits of Playing Bowling

I was about ten years old when I first played bowling. I remember I was actually at the bowling lane only because I had to chaperone my eldest sister. My two eldest sisters were not allowed to go on date alone. So there, I was the official "bantay" or bodyguard for them. They had no choice but to let me play as well.

After that I got to play bowling again in 2001 for Medicard's Marketing Dept Bowling Tournament, sponsored by Sir Voltz, where I won second place. 

Do I still have my mojo? Nope. I was just lucky to win before. This time, it was pure fun and laughter playing with our GPTA President Mam Beth,  her husband Sir Rudy and their children; Ma'am Sheila, Ma'am Carz, Luchi and my boyfriend forever, John.

Thanks Ma'am Beth for this treat!


Bowling is a wonderful sport for all ages, and is a low-risk activity for injuries. This sport has many benefits, including strengthening of muscles in arms, shoulders, and wrists, and parts of the lower body. It also improves flexibility and balance as it uses lunging, twisting, and stretching motions that can improve flexibility over time.  What's best is once you play bowling you lose150-300 calories in an hour.

Be sure to stretch and choose a ball weight that you can handle to avoid injuries.

April 21, 2019

Easter Sunday 2019

Just like Christmas and New Year's Eve, Easter Sunday is always happily anticipated by my children. Though Julia, Rafael and Juan are all teens now, they still want me to prepare an Easter Egg Hunt.  This time they do not want toys and other stuff as a treat but money.😁

Easter is one of my favorite holidays because I see joy in my children's eyes. Their laughter is genuine as they run loose looking for those colorful plastic eggs around the house.

We always have our family and loved ones on this special day. Special thanks to my sister-in-law, Ate Gaye, and Meeca and Gabe for celebrating Easter Sunday 2019 with us! 



"The memories we make with our family is everything." 
- Candace Cameron Bure

April 20, 2019

Casa Alegria Tagaytay

Going on a family staycation on a monthly basis is our family bonding but John and I have been busy since June of last year. To make up for the lost months, we went at Casa Alegria in Tagaytay for that much needed catching-up time with our children.

What we like at  Casa Alegria:

1. Infinity pool overlooking Taal Volcano
2. Clean, spacious, and relaxing rooms.
3. Billiards where I get to have fun with Rafael
4. Food, specifically their sinigang, tapa, and sisig.
5. The warm and friendly staff and their great service.

In short, we like everything about Casa Alegria but don't just take my words, call them and book your stay there and it's surely going to be a memorable experience for you and your family.


Address: Ligaya Drive, Sungay North, Tagaytay City, Philippines

Contact Number:  Steve Carranza (Casa Manager) 0917-130-3283

E-mail: casaalegriatagaytay@gmail.com

How To Go There:

Via Private Vehicle: 
Just get into South Luzon Expressway or Skyway then take SLEX (Exit 36) up to Nuvali Road. When you get to the Tagaytay proper, Just turn left before you get to People’s Park. (source: http://rodmagaru.com)

Via Commute: 
Ride a bus that passes by Tagaytay; there is one in Cubao (San Agustin) and another in Pasay ( DLTB).

Inform the driver to drop you off at Olivarez Terminal Tagaytay.
Ride a jeep to Ligaya drive, your landmark is Tagaytay Elementary School.
From there you can ride a tricycle from Manggahan and ask the driver to take you to Casa Alegria
https://www.casaalegriatagaytay.com/

April 19, 2019

Kahit Ayaw Mo Na

Kahit Ayaw Mo Na by This Band has been playing since last year but I only get to appreciate its lyrics last week at Siglo when I heard it from Gelai of Acoustic Impression.

I must say, I like the melody a lot! And the lyrics speaks about crazy, unconditional love. Akong ako ito 😁!

I've been practicing this song for five days, unleashing the frustrated singer in me. 😁
Juacho, my youngest son, recorded it while I was trying to catch my breath.
Bawal pong pagtawanan ha, mamalasin din ang mamimintas! πŸ˜



My critics verdict...

Juacho: Mom, you"ve got a nice voice. You should enrol in music school to learn more breathing techniques.
John: Babe, you've got the tone but not the timing.

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Kahit Ayaw Mo Na
This Band
Kahit ikaw ay magalit
Sa'yo lang lalapit
Sa'yo lang aawit
Kahit na ikaw ay nagbago na
Iibigin pa rin kita
Kahit ayaw mo na
Tatakbo, tatalon
Isisigaw ang pangalan mo
Iisipin na lang panaginip ang lahat ng ito
O, bakit ba kailangan pang umalis?
Pakiusap lang na wag ka nang lumihis
Tayo'y mag usap, teka lang, ika'y huminto
'Wag mo kong iwan, aayusin natin 'to
Ang daling sabihin na ayaw mo na
Pero pinag-isipan mo ba?
Lapit nang lapit, ako'y lalapit
Layo nang layo, ba't ka lumalayo?
Labo nang labo, ika'y malabo
Malabo, tayo'y malabo
Bumalik, at muli ka ring aalis
Tatakbo ka ng mabilis
Yayakapin nang mahigpit
Ang hirap 'pag 'di mo alam ang iyong pupuntahan
Kung ako ba ay pagbibigyan
O nalilito lang kung saan
Tatakbo, tatalon
Isisigaw ang pangalan mo
Iisipin na…

April 17, 2019

Jay's Adobong Pusit

Jay and I met nine years ago. She used to belong to a PR company that invites bloggers to their clients' events. Although she 's been out of that company for years now, Jay and I continued our communication, thanks to Facebook!

Finally, we got to be together again when she visited me at home to teach me how to cook Adobong Pusit at Binawangang Pusit for Kwentong Kusina. Kwentong Kusina is my vlog series where I either visit my friends and peers in their kitchen for some homecooking or they visit me at my place.

Thanks so much Jay for the time, effort and love!πŸ’—


April 16, 2019

Taal Volcano Trek

Tagaytay is just a two hour drive from my place so this is my family's favorite to go anytime that we have time to do so. We've been there hundreds of times before but never been to Taal Volcano.So on our recent trip last week, I put it in our itinerary. It has to be done otherwise I will explode.😁

Taal Volcano is actually second most popular volcano next to Mt. Mayon of Legaspi but because it it quite near Manila, many Filipinos are taking it for granted, andyan lang naman kasi. 

Off with the #Mendiolables little adventure. We got the help of Casa Alegria to hook us to people they know from Taal  Volcano Tour. Mark of Casa Alegria, drove us to the resort where we had to pay P2,000 for the boat and P500 for Resort fee.

The boat ride lasted  around 25 minutes. Take note that you have to pay P50/group at the docking area after the trek. From there we immediately walked to the Tourism registration area to pay the entrance fees of P100/person.  Then soon after, people started selling us face masks for P20. You can actually help them by buying since it is their source of income. The mask will be of help if you're allergic to dusts. Fortunately for us we didn't need any.

The trek is actually pretty easy with rests at bamboo covered camp within 15 minutes walk. We would have reached the top within 30 minutes or less if I was not stopping for vlog and photo shoots in between the 14 Stations of the Cross. Plus we needed to be careful when horses pass by.

I suggest you start the trek as early as 5am so you'll reach the top before 6am. Enjoy the Vitamin D and head back before 9am as it gets super hot already by 9am. When I say, star the trek by 5am, it does not include the 25 minute boat ride so make a time allowance for that too. Coordinate well with your tour guide or contact person.

We were advised to go to Red Lava which promises an unobstructed view of the crater lake but it was still closed during our visit. Unlike the viewing deck which is free, you have to pay an additional P50 per person to be allowed entry to Red Lava.

We went to the viewing deck I wanted to ask "if nasa langit na ba ako" because there where nuns cutely giggling while taking selfies and groufies. Taal Volcano Trek is made more awesome meeting Sister Frances and the rest of the Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate!

The trek to the crater of Taal Volcano is fairly easy for us so we didn't need a tour guide. Going all the way down to the crater is no longer allowed. For those who aren't as adventurous, you can hire a tour guide for P100 per head and  a horse for a two way ride for a fee of P500.

Bring enough water and other liquid as those sold in Taal are doubled or tripled from the original price. Buko Juice sells at a P100 at one resting camp, and P50 at other resting camp.



April 15, 2019

Blindfold Choco Drinks Taste Test

Julia and Juan have been begging me to do Blindfold Choco Drinks Taste Test. We were supposed to do this last week when we were in Tagaytay but we enjoyed relaxing so much so that we forgot to do it.

Finally we were able to do this Blindfold Choco Drinks Taste Test at home. We were surprised that Zest-O Choc-O tastes the best. I don't even know that Zest-O have a choco drink. I gre up with their juices only.

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. My children have no intention of smearing any brand. They just want to know which tastes best so I, their beautiful mom, won't have a hard time choosing what choco drink to buy for them.



April 14, 2019

Joy Felizardo's Baby Shower

Joy Felizardo and I met in a Mommy-Breastfeeding Event in Quezon City Circle some nine years ago. As a natural friendly person, I kept on talking and asking her questions. Trying my best to win her attention, I felt that she's not interested with my incessant energy so I just stopped talking. She left the event early, saying she has another event to attend to. I was hoping to God she was telling the truth and that it was not because she got irritated by me.

The next day we met again in another event. She kind of loosen up a bit but still talking to me only when asked a question.

Fast forward to 2013, Joy and I have been close although we don't get to see each other much because we have different niche, hers is food blog while I'm into lifestyle blog. Joy proved to be a very kind soul. 

Fast forward  to 2018, she revealed to me that she's undergoing some medical attention, probably due to hormonal imbalance. All the while she was wrong, she was actually pregnant!

Babies are a blessing! I am so happy for her and Bhogz and the rest of their 4 children so when she asked me to be the host for  her Baby Shower, I immediately said YES! On top of that, I'm proud to say, I'll be one of the Ninangs too! Yahoo!



April 13, 2019

View Park Hotel

It's been one year and 2 months since our last visit at our most favorite hotel in Tagaytay. This time instead of staying overnight, we've spent two nights to fully rest and relax at View Park Hotel.

On our last night, my friend Zeny and her family dropped by at View Park Hotel. I toured them around because it's their first time to see the place. They were surprised how big and lovely this hotel is. 

Before they head back home, I brought them at Siglo to watch Acoustic Impressions. Carlo even  jammed with them!


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

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

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

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

April 12, 2019

UNA TAGAYTAY

We've been very busy for months preparing for Grade 10 Ethereal Ball so I made sure to book at UNA TAGAYTAY for 2 nights so John and I and our children as well can have that well deserved break from stress.


What to like at UNA TAGAYTAY 
πŸ”°UNLI Wifi
πŸ”°UNLI Netflix
πŸ”°UNLI Amazon Prime Videos
πŸ”°49" Smart Android TV with Chromecast
πŸ”°FREE Coffee and Tea
πŸ”°FREE Bottled Water
πŸ”°FREE Goodies
πŸ”°FREE Shampoo, Soap and Toothpaste
πŸ”°Bath Towels &amp and Hand Towels provided
πŸ”°Games for and Adults provided

πŸ”°Very Clean place
πŸ”°Gracious Hosts
πŸ”°Near Sky Ranch
πŸ”°Near Starbucks, McDonalds, Hypermart


Like and Follow UNA Tagatay in Facebook for latest updates and direct bookin:! https://www.facebook.com/UNATagaytay/

April 9, 2019

Ethereal Ball

My three children studied in private schools from preparatory school to elementary. My husband and I were used to just paying whatever the school tells us to pay. It is a lot different in public or government-run school because collection of money in whatever amount is unlawful.

I was active in General Parents and Teachers Association (GPTA) since twins Julia and Rafael were in Grade 7 so I'm quite aware of activities, specifically Ball or Parties, that were rejected because of monetary collection issues.

By the time the twins are in Grade 8, many of their friends, classmates and batch mates were telling me they wanted to have a Graduation Ball since Junior and Senior Prom is not practiced in MandSci.

To avoid the same dilemma that the previous batch of students and parents experienced, the Moving Up Committee, headed by our Chairman Rafael Mendiola Jr., made sure we go by the  books. We ran a survey among the Students of Batch 2019 if they wanted a Ball. Then we ran a survey for the venue. Then we ran a survey again what food they want. It was actually a long process and planning.

Although there were some questions, mostly on safety issues, I'd like to give credit to all the parents of Grade 10 - Batch 2019 because everyone were cooperative of this endeavor.

This Ethereal Ball wouldn't have been this awesome without the hardworking Moving Up Committee. Special mention to Mommy Loui Fermiza, Mommy Carmela Austria and Mommy Emily Siquioco. Sila ang matyatyagang mag paroo't parito sa Divisoria, Recto, Quiapo at kung saan-saang lugar para makatipid ng todo. They even pay for their own fare and food at madalas abonado pa sa ibang gastusin.

Hats off to Mr. Gani and Mrs. Brigitte Mauleon for sponsoring the stage backdrop, the ideas of the flower balls and more. Sir Gani took time out from his busy schedule to be the official photographer. You must see in Facebook the photos he shot for all the students.

Papuri kay Mother Eleanor Fermiza na kahit di sya kasama sa committee she was always helping us. Sya din ang nangulit kay Former Mayor Benhur Abalos para mapayagan kami sa Wack Wack Golf and Country Club.

Pasasalamat kay Sir Vic and Ma'am Winnie for hosting this event kahit na short notice at walang preparations.

Sa lahat ng mga Batang MandSci na nag perform, maraming salamat sa inyong time and effort!

Sa lahat ng mga Batang MandSci, kapuri-puri kayo sa pagdating sa tamang oras. We started on the dot kaya mahaba ang time to partey partey!

Last but certainly not the least, gratitude to my husband for being a good leader. John is a very private person. He'd rather stay home than socialize. But, for the students, he made himself available for school year 2018-2019. He has proven himself fair and square as well. Walang palakasan na nangyari. Even our closest friends and parents, and his co-GPTA officers were not allowed to stay in the ballroom kaya naging smooth ang flow ng gabing ito.

In summary, this Ethereal Ball will not be made possible without the cooperation of everybody.



"Competition has been shown to be useful up to a certain point 
and no further, but cooperation, 
which is the thing we must strive for today, 
begins where competition leaves off."

- Franklin D. Roosevelt

April 2, 2019

Finest Thai Restaurant in Manila

John and I have been to Thai and we've tasted their food. I must say, nothing beats Thai quite like Mango Tree in BGC fairly because Mango Tree is an international restaurant chain from Thailand that serves Authentic Thai with a Fine Dining experience.

This family dinner last week was a belated celebration for Julia and Rafael for winning Mr. and Ms. MandSci 2019.



Address: High Street Central, Bonifacio 1634, 7th Ave, Taguig, Metro Manila
Phone: (02) 621 3233

April 1, 2019

Graduation

Yes it is April 1 today but it's no April Fools Day because my twin kids have finally finished Junior High School from The City of Mandaluyong Science High School.

Although this event is now called Moving-Up Ceremony, I still prefer to call it Graduation. Call it old school, I just find it fitting to be called that way because that four years in JHS is not an easy thing. These children worked hard to be able to reach this far.

Sharing this video for all the Proud Parents of Batang MandSci, especially those working abroad who were not able to make it to the ceremony.



"God wants us to know that life is a series of beginnings, 
not endings.  Just as graduations are not terminations, 
but commencements. Creation is an ongoing process, 
and when we create a perfect world where love and compassion 
are shared by all, suffering will cease." 
- Bernie Siegel

March 31, 2019

Converge FREEDOM

Converge ICT Solutions was established in Angeles, Pampanga in 2015. It is now the leading fiber internet and digital consumer-centric services provider in the country that is the first to run a pure end-to-end fiber internet network, providing Filipinos simple, fast, and reliable internet connection. Converge ICT Solutions is ISO and CE2.0 Certified.





Converge ICT Solutions have recently launched Converge FREEDOM to revolutionize the way you watch and access content. Powered by their pure fiber internet, Converge FREEDOM is a streaming service designed to access your content at your own pace and convenience.

“We’re very excited to launch Converge FREEDOM today as we give our valued subscribers the full power over what they watch, when they watch it, and where they watch it,” says Jesus Romero, Converge ICT Chief Operating Officer. “This is the first of the many new offerings we’re introducing this year and we’re starting off with what Filipinos enjoy the most: access to entertainment. You will no longer be limited to watching your favorite programs on your TV. With Converge FREEDOM, you can watch anytime, anywhere in your home with its on-demand functionalities.”

Enjoy maximized convenience with Converge FREEDOM. You can access it from your smartphone and tablet via the FREEDOM app, available for download on App Store and

Google Play. Or enjoy it on your TV via the Set-Top Box (STB) which you can purchase with your Converge FREEDOM Subscription plan.

Entertainment at your own pace, at your own place.

Converge FREEDOM gives you access to premium channels perfect for whatever passion or interest you may have.

Whether it is movie, music, sports, food, news, or events, you won’t have to worry about missing out on your favorite show. Converge FREEDOM comes with four main features that allow you to enjoy content as you please: Time shift, Playback, Multiview, and Movability.

With Converge FREEDOM’s Time Shift functionality, you can pause, rewind, or fast-forward your content for up to four hours. You’ll never have to wonder what happened on your favorite show too because you can watch previous episodes up to seven days before via Playback.

For subscribers with family members with different interests, Converge FREEDOM’s Multiview feature lets you watch shows simultaneously through different devices. For those without a Set-Top Box, Converge FREEDOM can still be enjoyed in your devices via the FREEDOM app. This allows you to access content wherever you may be within your house.

As a leading provider of fiber internet in the country, Converge FREEDOM runs on pure end-to-end fiber internet. It has a minimal bandwidth consumption of 2 to 2.5Mbps for Smartphones and Tablets and 4.5Mbps for TV Set-Top Box for high-definition content

Get it for as low as P299 monthly.

To start enjoying your own Converge FREEDOM, existing Converge subscribers and businesses may visit https://freedom.convergeict.com/ to subscribe. Non-Converge customers can access Converge FREEDOM by switching to Converge fiber internet first.

As a treat, Converge ICT is giving its existing subscribers a FREEDOM App 30-day trial period from March 29, 2019 to April 30, 2019.

Converge Freedom Plans are initially available in these areas: Metro Manila (Navotas, ParaΓ±aque, Quezon City, Taguig Pateros, Valenzuela, Marikina, Caloocan, Muntinlupa) and North Luzon (Angeles, Mabalacat, Tarlac).

Converge FREEDOM can be enjoyed by Converge FiberX subscribers with Plans 1500, 2500, and 3500; Converge Fiber Xtreme subscribers with Plans 4500 and 7000; Converge Microbiz subscribers with Plans 2000 and 3000; and Converge iBiz subscribers with Plans 9000, 12000, and 15000.

“We hope to upgrade our subscribers’ entertainment experience by maximizing convenience while providing premium content. We’re planning to extend this service to everyone in the country as Converge continues to revolutionize the way Filipinos experience internet and access content,” adds Romero.

Now with Converge FREEDOM, you can enjoy what you want, when you want, where you want.

To know more details on Converge FREEDOM, visit freedom.convergeict.com.

March 28, 2019

MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM 40th Anniversary

In celebration of MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM 40th Anniversary Uniqlo released twelve designs that will surely make Gundam fanatics happy. It continues to excite children and adults from around the world with its story, mobile suits, and unique characters. This is a UT collection that makes you look back on its history and memories.

To join this momentous event, Uniqlo Philippines held a Gundam Trivia Night at its flagship store in Glorietta 5. John and 1 were one of the 6 teams who joined the contest just for fun. Of course we would not win,  four other members of our team didn't show up.  Well, the real reason why we didn't win is because the other teams were all hardcore Gundam fans.



All twelve designs of MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM  shirts are available at all Uniqlo stores.

March 27, 2019

Ms. Nancy Vitangcol @ 50

My heart was field with joy when the Birthday Lady invited me for her 50th Birthday Celebration. I  actually do not know Ms. Nancy Vitangcol. It was her daughter, Ysabelle of YsabelleVitangcol.com whom I first met at Uniqlo event then we added in Facebook.

When Ysabelle had a Birthday Giveaway in her blog 3 years ago, I was one of the winners. I won a Viktoria Couture formal dress from that contest. Little did I know, taht the owner is Ysabelle's mom.

Long story short, I am honored to know one of the most gracious, generous, gorgeous and Godly woman on earth.

Happy 50th Birthday, Ms, Nancy!