November 12, 2019

Vampire Facial Treatment at Aesthetic and Wellness Center at St Patrick's

Last August I had the opportunity to try Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) or commonly known as Vampire Facial Treatment at Aesthetic and Wellness Center at St Patrick's Clinic under the special care of Dr. Jojie Corpuz Oreta.

Vampire facial is a trendy skin care treatment that involves drawing blood from a client's body, placing it in a centrifuge, then reapplying it to the face, to promote cell renewal.  Vampire Facial is a facial rejuvenation treatment that uses your own plasma to stimulate collagen production and cell migration, allowing for the elimination of lines, folds, and wrinkles.

Here are some question I asked Dr. Jojie:

Is PRP risky?

PRP has low risk but you have to identify those providers who are licensed and so who have demonstrated an understanding of the best way to optimize results and minimize risks. Make sure you go to a trusted skin clinic and the procedure must be performed by a dermatologist.

Since the procedure involves a device that punctures the skin (microneedling), the procedure can spread disease if done improperly. 

Is Vampire Facial permanent?

Results from PRP therapy are natural looking and subtle, and they can last for as long as two years.
Improves skin clarity, brightens up dull skin, hydrating and prevents premature aging skin.

How long does vampire facial last?
Since skin renewal and rejuvenation is using the body's own active regeneration components, facial skin renewal is continual for about 3 months after the procedure. The overall effects of the Vampire Facelift® can last for over a year.

How much does vampire facial cost?

Vampire Facial cost can vary from one clinic to another, practitioner to practitioner. Cost may range from P15,000 to P30,000 per treatment.

Does vampire facial hurt?
While Vampire Facials sound scary, it's not that painful. Well, it still depend on the pain tolerance of the client. Most patients find microneedling very tolerable, generally because dermatologists apply a topical numbing cream or anesthesia to the area before treatment. When a comfort cream or numbing agent is applied, there is almost no sensation during the treatment. Microneedling devices use tiny needles.

What does a vampire facial do for your skin?
Vampire facials don't actually involve ingesting blood. The resulting liquid is called platelet-rich plasma, or PRP. The plasma contains protein and other nutrients that are supposed to help stimulate skin cell growth and collagen.

Can I wear makeup after facial?

Post-facial rules can be dependent on your skin sensitivity and the intensity of the facial. The answer is yes, technically, but I encourage clients to give their skin a treat like a week of no make-up thereby giving it a chance to breathe and soak up the effects of the treatment.

Can I wash my face after Microneedling?

After Microneedling Treatment best is not to wash to absorb the effects of the treatment. Your skin may feel warm and tight and look red for one to three days. During this period, use a delicate cleanser and moisturizer, and apply 1% hydrocortisone cream as needed to soothe skin irritation.

How long is face red after Microneedling?

Typically you will experience redness and mild swelling for 3 days. within 2 weeks, marks have already gone giving a more flawless skin.

Is PRP better than Botox?

The primary advantage of PRP over Botox is that treatment is virtually risk-free. Because PRP works with the patient's own healing processes and produces a natural effect, cosmetic PRP rejuvenation really delivers. ... PRP also circumvents all the visible side effects of Botox such as frozen face and eyelid drooping.

How long does it take for PRP to work on face?

It takes 30 days for the new collagen to regenerate itself. This process takes time for your skin will revitalize itself. The PRP treatment usually takes between 30 minutes and an hour, though this can vary according to how many treatment areas you need addressed.

Is vampire facial good for acne scars?
Although microneedling can be used to treat scars and stretch marks on other areas of the body, most studies with PRP and scars seem to be focused on treatment of the face.

Watch my second Second session of Vampire Facial Treatment below

So do I recommend this PRP or Vampire Facial Treatment at Aesthetic and Wellness Center at St Patrick's? Yes, I definitely recommend them. My age spots has definitely lighten and my lines at the forehead too.

The clinic can easily be found at 566 Shaw Boulevard Corner Samat Street, Mandaluyong.  Call Phone: (02) 8533 9219  to make an appointment with Dr. Jojie.

November 10, 2019

Shang’s Sparkle

Sparkle’s second day is all about being the life of the party. From reunions to New Year’s Eve, choose outfits that will never make one under dressed. 

Joyful to be seated beside Congressman Alfred Vargas and wife Yasmine. Their two daughters were among the models of the event.

Take a page from history and get inspired by the 80s nightclub ensemble. Incorporate glitter and exaggerated shoulder pads to an outfit to bring out that 80s glam girl! 

It may be a summer staple, but denims are still all the rage this season. But for a party-ready outfit, go head-to-toe denim that gives a nod to Britney Spears’s iconic VMAs dress. 

Tuxedo is also having a couture renaissance this year, taking different shapes like exaggerated sleeve detailing and sculpted shoulders rendered in metallic finishes—perfect for ringing in the new year. 

Stay warm while still looking runway-ready by mixing and matching clothes in various textures and prints. It’s a style for bravehearts who want to make an impression right away. 

Shang also shares trends specifically for men to add some variety to their wardrobe and refresh their looks for the season. 

Get on board with the skin suit trend by ditching the roll neck sweater or the collared shirt and just cover up with the suit jacket pronto. 

Go grunge with tattered sweaters, think of wools peppered with holes or torn up and shredded in varying styles. Then, pair it up with timeless leather for that ultimate bad boy vibe. 

Who says grandma prints are only for women? Men can also borrow grandma’s style and work those prairie chicprints and patterns translated into menswear. 

For those who’d rather stick to the basics, pick a monochromatic outfit in neutrals like beige, off white, or gray that exude quiet confidence. These colors can easily break the monotony of blacks expected at galas and formal events this season. 

Shop for all the travel wear essentials at Anne Klein, Armani Exchange, Bayo, CK Jeans, CLN, Debenhams, Gap, Great Kids, Joe Fresh, Just G, Marks & Spencer, Old Navy, Onitsuka Tiger, Periwinkle, Pink Manila, RAF by Plains & Prints, Polo Ralph Lauren, Rustan’s, Samsonite, Steve Madden, Styled, The Flower Collection, and True Religion. 

Brace for the party season by getting holiday looks from CLN, Debenhams, Details, Evernew, John Herrera, K & Company, Mango, Marks & Spencer, Mico, Plains & Prints, Polo Ralph Lauren, Rustan’s, Samsonite, Sky Castle, Steve Madden, Stradivarius, Styled, T.M. Lewin, Unica, Viceversa, Weave, and Zara. 

November 9, 2019

ERA PP-R Piping System

I have limited idea about pipes because it is my husband who takes care of such things. It is indeed a productive day after meeting Mr. Jerwin Leung - President and GM of Parklane Commercial Corp. and Ms. Irene Huang - Regional Manager (Asia Market) Yonggao Co. ltd as they talked about ERA PP-R piping system. I can now honestly say, I will be able to contribute ideas onwhat brand of pipes to use should we build our resthouses in Antipolo and Tagaytay Highlands.

ERA PP-R pipes are considered the future of piping systems because of their many advantages over traditional PVC (polyvinyl chloride) or blue pipes that are often used in plumbing.

Compared to PVC pipes that can be affected by heat and decompose over time, ERA PP-R pipes are versatile and can be used in any climate.

Made of 100% polypropylene random copolymer resins imported from Japan and Korea, this non-toxic piping system is durable, rust- and corrosion-free, easy to install, and can last for 50 years or more.

ERA PP-R pipes are also leak-free since they are fuse-welded unlike PVC pipes that are held together by solvent glue and may leak over time. The joints of PVC pipes can’t be separated and have to be cut or replaced when problems arise.

Since they can be used for hot and cold water systems, ERA PP-R pipes are recommended for hospitals and food establishments. Owing to their strength and resistance to high temperatures, they are ideal for central heating systems, air conditioning systems, potable water supply systems, industrial pipingsystems, and agricultural irrigation.

About Yonggao Co. Ltd.

Yonggao Co. Ltd. Has been in business since 1993 and is one of the leading manufacturers of plastic valves and fittings in China. It has more than 3,250 employees and its products can be found in
146 countries.

The company is ISO-certified and follows strict quality control measures to deliver high-class products that meet international standards.

About Parklane Commercial Corporation

Yongao’s tough ERA PP-R pipes are one of the many products distributed in the Philippines by Parklane to bring world-class construction materials at a reasonable cost to local contractors, retailers, and end users, and create more employment opportunities for Filipinos.

With years of experience in the industry, Parklane constantly updates its product lines based on international standards to maintain the quality of its many brands. In dealing with customers, Parklane’s core values are honesty, integrity, respect, and passion. 

For more information on the ERA PP-R piping systems, go to, or email 

November 8, 2019

Shang’s Sparkle

#FeelTheShangVibe and make every ensemble this season a joy to put together and show off. Get ready for this season of merriment by stealing the looks at Shangri-La Plaza’s Sparkle: Holiday Collection 2019. The two-day runway show introduces trends that make every traveler and party goer a head turner. 

The first day of Sparkle is filled with outfits with a jetsetter in mind. The muse loves getting away from the tropical heat to experience the crisp, cool air of autumn or the icy glow of winter. 

Look sharp without compromising comfort by packing loose tailoring—ankle-length coats and comfy slacks—into the luggage. It’s the look that keeps any holidaymaker warm without the unnecessary puff. 

Tropical colors are making it into cooler territories this season. The fashionistas are getting inspired by the endless summer in the tropics by picking turtlenecks, midi dresses, and boots in vibrant hues, dreamy pastels, and bold patterns for their holiday travels. 

Shades of fall and winter are never going out of style. Blend in with locals and the autumn backdrop by adding pink and orange or rust and merlot to the luggage. Vacationing at the Alps or Niseko? Pack outfits in white, silver, and blue for a look that’s effortlessly magical. 

Choose statement sweaters featuring logos or slogans to inject some personality to the F/W must-have that streetwear fans can easily pair with the stuff in their closet. 

Last but not the least, travelers are reminded to pack metallics, glitter, and faux fur in their luggage for any last-minute party invites wherever they’re headed. 

November 7, 2019


Monga, popular Taiwanese style fried chicken and milk tea, is now in Manila! It is the first ever branch in the Philippines, located at the Lower Ground Level of SM Megamall.

I'm joyful to meet in person the owner, renowned Taiwanese celebrity, Nono! Nono even helped in serving the customers.

Monga's 2-inch thick fried chicken fillets marinated with honey and fried to perfection is a MUST try! I'm highly recommending you try Chee-z, The King, Hot Chick, Taiker. Pair it with Monga's Milk Tea series Black Dragon Oolong Latte and Green Dragon Matcha Latte.

Take advantage of Monga's Buy 1 Get 1 from November 6 til November for Signature Fried Chicken. and Buy 1 Get 1 for Milk Tea from Nov 12 to 18.

Like and follow Monga in Facebook (Monga Philippines) and in IG @monga.philippines

November 6, 2019

Shopee's First-Ever 11.11 Big Christmas TV Special

Just got home from Shang Fort for the Media Lunch of Shopee's First-Ever 11.11 Big Christmas TV Special starring Alden Richards, Jose Mari Chan, Julie Ann, Heart Evangelista, Gaby Garcia, Manny Pacquiao and many more.

On November 10 at 10:30 PM, Shopee will be holding its first-ever televised show, the 11.11 Big Christmas TV Special to be aired on GMA7 and Shopee Live. The star-studded show will feature performances by popular GMA stars, Alden Richards, Maine Mendoza, and Heart Evangelista, in an exciting live countdown to the finale of the Shopee 11.11 Big Christmas Sale on 11 November. In addition, it will also include the premiere of the latest Shopee’s jingle, exclusively composed by Jose Mari Chan for this year’s festive season. 

Key highlights of the Shopee 11.11 Big Christmas TV Special

Debut of Shopee’s latest Christmas jingle: Catch a live performance of the new Shopee Christmas jingle by Jose Mari Chan, which was exclusively composed for this year’s festive season. 
Star-studded show: Watch top celebrities such as Alden Richards, Maine Mendoza, and Heart Evangelista perform all-time favorite Christmas songs. Also, enjoy special guest appearances by Gabbi Garcia, Lani Missalucha, Julie Anne San Jose and many more popular homegrown stars.
Over ₱11 million worth of prizes, deals, and discounts including a house and lot: Stand a chance to win exciting prizes including a Rusi Mojo 200 motorcycle, Toyota Fortuner, and a house and lot from Avida by tuning in to 3 special Shopee Shake sessions during the program.
Score amazing deals and vouchers: Enjoy amazing discounts of up to 70% from leading brands like Unilever, Pampers, Maybelline, Anker, and Perfetti van Melle during the show.

Exciting promotions, giveaways and  discounts on November 11

Shopee 11.11 Big Christmas Sale will culminate on November 11 with exciting promotions including:

All-day sitewide free shipping with ₱0 minimum spend.
Up to 90% off deals: Score up to 90% off deals during the finale of Shopee 11.11 Big Christmas Sale, such as the Xiaomi Redmi 7 and Redmi 7A. Consumers can also get the HUG 32” LED TV LT32, and the Rapoo V600 Gamepad XB360; both available at only ₱11.
12-hour non-stop live stream: Look forward to non-stop challenges and vouchers during the exclusive 12-hour Shopee Live session from 12 noon to 12 midnight, and watch out for five iPhone 11 giveaways. 
Exciting giveaways via Shopee Shake and Shopee Catch: Stand a chance to win from a pool of 2 million Shopee coins and an iPhone 11 by playing Shopee Shake. Shopee will also be upsizing its latest Shopee Catch, with a total of 6 game sessions and a 1 million coin pool to be won. 
Exclusive deals from leading brands: Shop exclusive deals from leading brands such as Pampers, Silverworks, Bosch, Unilever, Maybelline, Olay, Pantene, Globe, Anker, Safeguard, Watsons, and Huawei. 
Special promotions from industry players: Get an additional 12% off when checking out with a Metrobank card. Also, enjoy two months’ worth of load for free when buying Cignal Ultimate Prepaid HD at only ₱2,290 during the sale.

Find out more about Shopee 11.11 Big Christmas Sale at 

Download the Shopee app for free via the App Store or Google Play.

November 5, 2019

California Pizza Kitchen with Malou

Malou works in Hong Kong so each time we visit HK, she makes it a point to treat me out. Kaya naman when she went home for a quick vacation I treated her at California Pizza Kitchen 

November 4, 2019

Nanay Fe's 83rd Birthday

Throy and I have been friends for more than three decades now but we seldom get to meet so we he invited me for Nanay Fe's 83rd Birthday I immediately said yes.

The simple celebration turned an amazing night as Nanay Fe reminisced her younger years. Her stories about my parents brought joy and tears to my eyes.

Thanks Max's Restaurant SM Novaliches for helping us with Nanay Fe's surprise birthday dinner.

November 3, 2019

Slender Sips

Last week I received package from Sue, which contains Slender Sips Coffee and Juice. I immediately unboxed and tasted both beverages.

I like Slender Sips Coffee  a lot because it smells like a brewed coffee and it taste much like barako coffee from Batangas. Each box has 12 sachets that costs P650.

Slender Sips drink beverages are made from the finest and safest ingredients which taste great and guaranteed to satisfy your cravings, while curbing your appetite and keeping your body fit and healthy. They use  Arabica coffee beans and combined them with  extracts of African Mango, Yerba Mate and Green Tea, and Hydrolyzed collagen.

Slender Sips Juice Drink Mix has Hydrolyzed Collagen, African Mango, Garcinia Cambodia, Green Coffee, Mangosteen and Acai Berry Extracts.  SRP of P750.00

Both Sweetened with Steviol Glycosides.  Absolutely NO SUGAR and with ZERO Calories. It has 12 sachets per box.  

November 2, 2019

Edge TV

Sharing here a video of my radio guesting at Edge TV with co-blogger and barefoot marathoner, Dianne. We've talked about blogging/vlogging, its perks and a lot more. 

Edge TV is at Cignal TV CH 183, Sky Direct CH 41, Sky Cable CH 33, Cable Link CH 70

November 1, 2019

Jolina Magdangal SupportsTiger Biscuit's Brand Purpose

Celebrity mom Jolina Magdangal supports the new brand purpose of Tiger Biscuit, "Developing a child's inner strength". She believes that helping shape the overall well-being of the child should start early. It can be in the way you discipline them or as simple the kind of food you serve them.

Present at the event, Celebrity host Suzi Entrata-Abrera, Celebrity mom and Tiger Biscuit KOL Jolina Magdangal-Escueta, Dr. Mary Ann Prudencio of St. Luke’s Medical Center-BGC, Kristine Enriquez and Margaret Mercado.

Tiger Biscuits by Mondelez International, the maker of Eden Cheese, is setting their record straight in making snacking right. It launched a campaign to help moms provide the important nutrients to their kids to keep them healthy even when they are away from home where full, cooked meals are served.

Through the movement  #InnerStrength, Tiger hopes to teach parents about the importance of inner strength in children and how to use it to overcome challenges in life as young as their kids are. Children are no exemptions to trials and it can be a bit difficult to make kids understand that at a young age, they can already experience hardships, most especially when they start interacting with the world by going to school. Tiger believes that the values of courage, humility, friendliness, resilience, and confidence will be their best armors to get through any challenges they’ll encounter as they grow.

Brand Manager of Tiger Biscuit from Mondelez Philippines Kristine Enriquez shares their company’s stand in this topic, saying:

“Today’s world presents many challenges that can break a child’s spirit. With inner strength, they will be able to withstand more effectively every obstacle, and thrive.”

While moms prepare their kids mentally and emotionally to face any kinds of trials, Ms. Enriquez believes their Tiger Biscuit can equip them with physical strength to face these challenges. She continued:

“Kids these days also have many activities in school and outside of school, through extra-curricular activities like sports lessons, art classes, among others. That’s why they need proper nutrition to face the challenges and seize the opportunities that come their way.”

Tiger Energy Biscuit isn’t unlike any biscuit. It is the only snack that contains 9 vitamins and 6 minerals which help provide the release of energy that children need for the day. Not only will moms love that it’s nutritious, it has a milky taste that kids will enjoy snacking on too!  

October 30, 2019


It was a hectic day for John and I as we attended three events yesterday, starting at 10 in the morning in Makati City. It was a good thing the last event was at Ponce where we had a super fantastic night sharing Spanish sumptuous fare, opulent wine, and amazing story with Sue, Vanika, Bennet, Mark, Simon and Joseph.

124 Sct. Dr. Lazcano St., 
Brgy. Sacred Heart, Tomas Morato, QC

October 29, 2019

Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) Digital Ecosystem

Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) announced today its digital ecosystem to make everyday financial transactions more convenient with nine partners with 36 services for open banking and the most extensive list of online banking and mobile app features of any local bank.

BPI Chief Operating Officer Mon Jocson said BPI has made mundane financial tasks such as loading beepTM cards or e-wallets, ordering meals or splitting bills, sending and receiving money, scheduling branch appointments, or placing money for investment accounts easier with just a smartphone or a computer. 

“This digital ecosystem will enable our clients to shift to digital behaviors for their everyday tasks, said Jocson. “Digital transformation is not just about applying technology. It’s also about changing mindsets and culture, from the inside out.”

“Culture is a key determinant of a successful digital transformation, we acknowledge this and we are working on it. We can’t afford to adopt the latest in digital technology tools without changing the way we think of ourselves and our place in customers’ lives,” he added. 

The nine partners for open banking are businesses with which BPI has agreed to open up its API, or application program interface, and vice versa, in order to facilitate transactions of mutual clients of BPI and each of the partners. APIs are communication protocols that determine how software components should share information or interact. 

These partners include fintechs and online merchants such as GCash, Paymaya, and Lazada, to name a few. 

Noel Santiago, BPI Chief Digital Officer, added that another component of BPI's ecosystem are the digital channels that include the BPI Online website,, and BPI Mobile app. 

He said BPI has the most number of features available among local banks: 70 for online banking and 40 for the mobile app. 

“BPI's digital ecosystem make digital financial transactions frictionless for clients. We are proud to say that we are leading the industry with these features that we come up with almost every month. Being relevant to our customers is important to us as we expand and integrate our presence in their everyday needs and lifestyle," he said. 

Some of these new features include scheduling appointments via BPI Online, taking control of card usage through withdrawal limits, setting for into international use, and temporarily blocking debit cards. 

Furthermore, the bank launched its upgraded digital banking assistant, Bea, which is the first conversational banking app in the Philippines. This makes the banking experience more convenient and easy for clients to transact via voice. 

In the last ten years, there was an increase of 656% in BPI's enrolled digital users, and a 1,683% increase in transaction volume. As of end-2018, there was a 37% penetration rate for digital users. 

October 28, 2019

Christmas Gift ideas at The Luxe Series by BPI

This Christmas, break away from your old gift-giving patterns and up the ante with luxurious iconic brands for your friends and loved ones. Before you say you’re too broke to shop, check out one of the biggest Christmas sales at the upcoming The Luxe Series by BPI, which will be held on select weekends starting October 11 until November 24 at The Preferred Center, BPI Shangri-La Shaw branch, Level 1 Main Wing, Shangri-La Plaza. 

Organized by the Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI), exclusive access will be given to BPI Preferred Cardholders on Fridays from 11:00 AM to 9:00 PM, and for all BPI Cardholders from Saturdays to Sundays from 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM. Enjoy as much as 50% off and Real 0% installment up to 24 months on premium brands of watches, jewelry, fashion items, and gadgets as well as travel deals. Whether you’re feeling nostalgic, generous, or just a plain practical gift-giver this Christmas, BPI and its partner merchants got you covered.  

Here’s a peek of what awaits BPI cardholders during the exclusive weekend events:

1. Watches – The Christmas season is a perfect time to indulge yourself or your loved ones with luxury watches. From October 11 to 14, BPI cardholders get special discounts and Real 0% installment up to 24 months on Breitling, Longines, Pandora and more.  

2. Jewelry – Pamper your loved ones with classic pieces from Jewelmer and Sunjewel. All unique and exquisite selections will be showcased from October 25 to 27.

3. Fashion – Whether you’re gifting for someone who’s a trendy, preppy, classy, or chic fashionista, take your loved ones’ ensemble to a whole new level with one-of-a-kind fashion finds from top luxury brands when you shop from November 15 to 17.

4. Travel – We all have that one friend or family member who can’t resist going out of town or country every now and then. Surprise them with the gift of luxury stays and travel essentials made more affordable only from November 22 to 24 with BPI cards.

BPI Sales and Service Channels Division Head for Northern Metro Manila Jose Raul Jereza said the bank’s goal is to provide clients better access to relevant financial solutions and make an impact via the best deals for some of the most luxurious iconic brands, made more affordable to cardholders this Christmas season.

“We continue to organize activities and programs that aim to optimize our clients’ buying capacity and responsibly improve their lives. The Luxe Series by BPI is an excellent opportunity for early Christmas shopping, which is the smart thing to do to avoid the Christmas rush. We have entered into partnerships with select merchants and negotiated on behalf of our clients to get the best deals,” Jereza said.   

He added non-cardholders may also join by applying for a BPI or BPI Family Savings credit card during the event.

For promos and updates, like BPI on Facebook:

October 22, 2019

Preview of Chef Carlo Miguel's Latest Creations at The Food Hall

John and I were lucky enough to preview Chef Carlo Miguel's latest creations at The Food Hall, SM Aura, where   he   has   had   free   reign   to   stretch   the   limits   of his  culinary   imagination.

Acknowledged   in   the   local   culinary   scene   as   a   master   of   premium   and   innovative  burger creations, Chef Carlo has not only perfected his burger recipe, he has also come up with a host of new creations from seafood, steaks, flat breads, pasta, and desserts. 

These unique culinary creations inspired by various cuisines across the globe are now on full display exclusively at The Food Hall SM Aura for your dining pleasure!

For his latest pasta creations, there are new dishes for both meat lovers and seafood lovers alike!  There is the Seafood Spaghetti of Squid Ink Spaghetti with shrimp, squid, clams, mussels, chili, lemon, & olive oil.   T

he new meaty pasta on the other hand is the cream based Sausage & Mushroom Pasta of Italian Sausage & Mushrooms in a creamy mushroom sauce.

Off the grill, there is the generously portioned Wagyu BBQ Brisket Platter with 36 hour Sous Vide Wagyu Beef Brisket & Half Rack BBQ Ribs served with French Fries & House Coleslaw and the Miso Glazed Hamachi Collar of char-grilled & miso glazed Hamachi tuna collar and Miso eggplant with steamed rice.

For more exotic Asian & Central American fare, you can savor Chef Carlo’s 3rd generation Beef Cheek Rendang recipe of slow braised beef cheek with Coconut milk and Asian spices served with rice & Shrimp Krupuk or his NEW BBQ Pork Belly with Chimichurri & Pickles starring a Sous Vide Spanish Pork Belly complemented by Salsa Verde, Pickled Onion & Cucumber, and Fresh Cilantro.

For more down home country fare close to the Filipinos’ hearts, there is the NEW Juicy Fried Chicken Basket of Crispy buttermilk battered Chicken Leg Quarter, Homemade Bacon & Corn Muffin served with crispy Fries.   Because nothing spells comfort food better for Filipinos than Juicy Fried Chicken!

As an exclusive sneak peek, you will also get to sample ahead of everybody else, Chef Carlo’s special dish for Thanksgiving: the 2 Part Turkey Steaks in Peppercorn Gravy w/ Cranberry Relish& Pumpkin Puree. 

And, of course, we all know that a showcase of NEW dishes from Chef Carlo would never be complete without a plethora of his latest burger masterpieces of Steak Cut All Beef patties! Asingular treat for cheese lovers, the Molten Cheeseburger with a melted Cheese Blend, lettuce, tomato,   &  mustard   relish   is   oozing   with   creamy   &   cheesy   goodness.   

Elevate   your   taste experience with the Truffle Bleu Cheese Burger with Gorgonzola Cheese, Caramelized Onions, & Truffle Aioli. 

A surefire smash hit is the NEW Double Smash Burger of all beef smashed patties, Cheddar Cheese crust, homemade Bacon jam, & Secret Sauce.

For  those looking for  over   the  top   combination   burger  creations,   there  are   several  delightful selections for you to choose from! 

For the burger version of the steak & seafood, there is the Surf & Turf Burger with Steak Cut All Beef Patty, Mozzarella Cheese, Crispy Shrimp, Thai Sweet Chili & Cilantro Cream. 

Want beef 2 ways in a burger? Try the NEW Wagyu Brisket of steak cut all beef patty, 36   hour  sous   vide   Wagyu   Beef   Brisket,   American   Cheese,   Grilled   Onion,   & Homemade BBQ Sauce.

Want a burger recommendation from them if you wanted to eat a burger like there was no tomorrow?  Well, that looks like a job for “The Kitchen Sink” (everything except the kitchen sink) – Steak Cut All Beef Patty, Wagyu Brisket, Pork Carnitas, Bacon Slab, 3 kinds of Onion, and American Cheese!

And lastly, the piece de resistance, their Foie & Fig Burger – a decadent combination of Steak Cut all beef patty, Brie Cheese, Seared Foie Gras, Balsamic Figs, & Mustard Relish.  Now that’s a handheld burger with a fine dining feel!

The FoodHall is a chef curated concept offering a whole range of cuisine options from steak to seafood,flatbreads,   pastas,   burgers,   dessert,   and   many   more.     A   dining   destination   where   you   can exclusively enjoy a host of unique creations by Executive Chef Carlo Miguel, 
The Food Hall is anideal  venue  for  your  family  reunions,  corporate   get-togethers,  corporate  parties   and  the   like. Bespoke dining options are also available at The Food Hall starting at only P 500 per head for their heavy cocktail menu. 

Located at the 5th level, Skypark Dining of SM Aura Premiere in Bonifacio Global City, 
For inquiries and reservations, please call  621-4002 or (0917) 8633364.  

October 19, 2019

Neil Valenton at 50

I wouldn't miss this special Golden Birthday Celebration of my friend kasi sa dami ng kaibigan ko sya lang ang nakaalalang pumunta sa bahay namin nung 18th birthday ko. Wala kasing handa noon kasi my Mama was battling kidney problems.

I'm proud and joyful for Neil for achieving all that success that he has now - a great wife and children, a prolific business, and  yet he remain as a humble person.

Happy 50th Birthday, Neil!

“A real friend is one who walks in 
when the rest of the world walks out.”
– Walter Winchell

October 18, 2019

Earl of Sandwich

Monday is my favorite day and I'm happy to be invited to have a taste of Earl of Sandwich. Ms. Marissa Florete-Gorriceta, EVP - Marketing and Merchandising, F and C Group of Companies and Alex Garland - Managing Director for Europe, Middle East and Asia, welcomed media and bloggers.

As legend has it in 1762, John Montagu, the 4th Earl of Sandwich, invented the meal that changed dining forever. It is said he was playing cards and did not want to leave the gaming table to eat. He asked for a serving of roast beef to be placed between two slices of bread so he could eat with his hands

What can I say? Since after this event, I've been eating there for 4 days because of the bread's perfect crunch on the outside yet still chewy inside. I like the tomato soup a lot! It goes well with any sandwich!

Among the menu that we had - Earl's Cobb Salad, Tomato Soup, The Earl's Club, The Full Montagu, The Original 1762, Spaghetti Carbonara, Spicy Shrimp Pasta, Hand-Crafted Wraps, Buffalo Chicken and Spicy Tuna. My personal favorites are Earl's Cobb Salad, Tomato Soup, The Earl's Club and Spicy Shrimp Pasta.

Fourth Floor, Bridgeway, SM Megamall, Ortigas, Mandaluyong City

Opening hours: 10am – 10pm

October 17, 2019

Keep a Clear Conscience

Today's reading is from  Rick Warren "Keep a Clear Conscience"

Feeling guilty or ashamed can cause us to lose our happiness. You’ve got to get rid of guilt and maintain a clear conscience if you want to be happy, because you cannot feel guilty and be happy at the same time.

You might say, “I’d like to be happy, but how do I keep my conscience clear when it’s not clear right now?” Do what Psalm 32:1-2 says: “What happiness for those whose guilt has been forgiven! What joys when sins are covered over! What relief for those who have confessed their sins and God has cleared their record” (TLB).

Happiness, joy, and relief are three things everybody’s looking for in life. We all want to be happy. We all want to enjoy life. We all want relief from our pain. The Bible says it all comes from purity, and purity comes from forgiveness through God’s grace.

How do you keep a clear conscience?
At the beginning and at the end of every day, do a spiritual inventory. Talk to God about anything that is standing between you and him, and then deal with the junk from your day. You practice what’s called spiritual breathing—you breathe out your sins in confession and you breathe in God’s power and cleansing: “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9 NIV).

Lord, I want to lay before you all that weighs heavy on my heart. Reveal even the sin I am not aware of, Lord. I lay these at your feet and pray your forgiveness on me.Thank you Lord for your unending love for me! Help me start fresh right now to make choices that honor you. In Jesus' Name, Amen.

October 16, 2019

Sr. Maria Martina Morales First Profession of Vows

It is our joy and honor to have been invited to Sr. Maria Martina Morales First Profession of Vows held in Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate in Talisay, Batangas.

Those who attended the event include the family of sister Martina (mother, 2 sisters and 2 nieces, uncles and aunts), Secular Franciscans and friends.

The celebration ended with at the dining hall for a fellowship lunch.

October 15, 2019

That Moment

That moment... 
when you can finally look at yourself in the mirror 
and be able to shift perspective towards self-acceptance
embracing all your flaws, weaknesses and uniqueness
forgiving your faults, vulnerability and imperfections.

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October 14, 2019

Couples Yoga

The one wish or gift I've been asking from my husband for many years is for him to join me in the gym. I've been in and out of fitness clubs because I do not enjoy being there alone. Today, I am super happy because John joined me for Hot Flow Yoga Class! 

5 Benefits of Couples Yoga:

1. Increased relationship satisfaction.
2.  Improved intimacy and sex life.
3.  Increased communication and trust. 
4.  Reduced anxiety and stress.
5. Strengthen your body and your bond.

Hopefully next time John and I can do couples yoga poses like the ones below. 

(Photos are grabbed from the internet. CTTO)

October 13, 2019

Mama's 69th Birthday at Max's Scout Tuazon

We were not sure what to do for Mama's 69th Birthday because normally she'd just like to have dinner at home. A day before Mama's special day, my husband told me Mama wants to have dinner at her favorite Max's Restaurant, Max's Scout Tuazon.

Though John was able to reserve seats for us, I didn't have enough time to make a special arrangement to surprise Mama. I tried calling the branch five hours prior to our arrival but to no avail. 

Upon our arrival, I talked to the manager on duty if we can be accommodated in one of the private rooms. They did more than that! They even put up a birthday tarpaulin for Mama!  Thank you to all the people of Max's Scout Tuazon, you made Mama very happy!

October 12, 2019

Body Balance Yoga with Teachers Brye and Dave

When I joined Fitness First last May, I made sure to enroll a Passport Card so I can do yoga near where my event is happening.

Yesterday I had a Uniqlo event in SM MOA so I attended Body Balance Yoga with Teachers Brye and Dave.

I super love this class! I had enough of the stretch and sweat I needed. Ambabait pa nila Teachers Brye and Dave!

 G/F One E-com Center Ocean Drive cor Sunset Ave,
SM Central Business Park, Pasay, 1300

Phone: (02) 8556 8000

October 11, 2019

UNIQLO 2019 Fall and Winter Collection

UNIQLO unveiled its 2019 Fall and Winter Collection at SM MOA with Pam Quinones and  Rica Peralejo giving tips and advice on what to wear and what to do when travelling to cold countries.

For more updates, download UNIQLO app, UNIQLO Philippines

October 10, 2019


If you are trying not too eat much, you must avoid BolaLugaw because their Lugaw with Lechon Kawali, Busog Lusog Lugaw, Tokwa ni Baboy and other food will definitely make you order for more!

The owner, Ping Sta. Juan, is fond of basketball. After every game, the basketball players comfort food is none other than lugaw. That's is why this lugawan is called BolaLugaw.

360 J.Rizal st.,Brgy. Namayan,Mandaluyong City

October 9, 2019

Teachers' Day

This is how the parents of City of Mandaluyong Science High School, with the initiative of GPTA 2019-2020, give thanks to our dear teachers for Teachers' Day.

October 8, 2019

Long Skirt

I like long or maxi skirts even when I was a young girl but I had no guts to wear them before because  of wrong idea I heard, "short or petite girls should avoid wearing long skirts because it'll make them look shorter."

Fast forward to thirty years, I'm happily enjoying long skirts because it makes me feel sexy and flirty Not to mention its  fashionable way to cover up my short and muscular legs.😀

Long skirt is once again in trend, no matter if you are skinny or fat you can still rock the maxi skirts. This skirt is best suitable during summer season. Skirt fashion is an uncomplicated way to look stylish easily.

Here's what I wore for Sister Maria Martina Morales' Profession last week in Franciscan Sisters of Immaculate in Talisay, Batangas.

I chose to pair a white well-fitted blousewhich I bought in Korea last year because it is simple and not over the top. White blouses always look good with a maxi, it makes long skirt outfit looks smart and not shabby. The golden rule when it comes to dressing casually while wearing a long skirt outfit is 'less is more'. Always opt for a solid round neck or tops to wear with long skirts which are floral or patterned. This allows your maxi to stand out.

As for the footwear, I opted to wear Grendha strapped sandals for a sexier and feminine vibe.

Accessorizing is very important when wearing long skirt. I chose to wear Kipling rubber bracelet. The necklace is actually DIY. The pendant is a keychain which I hooked to my old long pearl necklace. The Dolche and Gabbana is my  oldest  shades which I won from Family Feud when we joined in 2001.

Lastly, don't forget to wear your most beautiful smile and enjoy the moment!

October 7, 2019

Cagsawa Ruins

The first time we went at Cagsawa Ruins was 5 years ago. We went around to buy pasalubong, eat sili ice cream, laing and other Bicol foods.

On our recent trip we didn't stay long because it was raining. We just took funny, crazy photos with optical illusion.